CD Wire - April 16, 2018

Mission Statement:
Ohio State University Extension
Community Development
helps communities enhance
their well-being.

AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Cultivating Collaborative Relationships

A couple of weeks ago we had the chance to share and learn with some of our Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) colleagues as part of our quarterly state CD in-service on April 5. Key research and outreach efforts were highlighted by Mark Partridge, Zoe Plakias, Allen Klaiber, Abdoul Sam, Daniela Miteva, Brian Roe and Brent Sohngen, and Department Chair Tim Haab offered to host the visit. Thank you, Tim, for lunch!
We learned more about a variety of recent and planned efforts in areas such as housing, recreation valuation, water quality and shale gas development and look forward to continuing the conversations and potential collaborative efforts as opportunities may present themselves.
If you have specific questions or thoughts about possible projects and programs, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the AEDE faculty specifically. As we focus on identifying and developing offerings within the various Impact Areas in the coming months, you should anticipate additional opportunities to network and collaborate with department-based colleagues in the future.
Also, note that we are working to arrange a similar meeting with colleagues in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR).

Campus Campaign 2018 - Two Weeks to Go!

There are just two more weeks left in this year’s Campus Campaign, the annual eight-week effort designed to generate awareness of the various ways employees can support the programs and aspects of OSU they find most meaningful. Even though one can contribute any time, participation is actively encouraged during the months of March and April. If you have not already, I encourage you to investigate here in more detail where you can make a one-time contribution via credit card, change your existing payroll allocations, and view your personal contribution record. Click on the ‘Give Online/Search for Funds’ button. If you have questions, go here to see responses to a list of FAQs.

Remember, two long-time funds affiliated with Extension Community Development (Support Fund - 308100, and the Endowment Fund – 622250) financially support our Excellence in CD Award and other recognition and professional development opportunities. To contribute to these funds, enter these numbers in the ‘Search for Funds’ box. 



Research Navigation Symposium - April 20:

On April 20th from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., representatives from the Grant Development Support Unit, Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Research, and CFAES Finance will be at OSU South Centers presenting on various research related topics and available to answer questions.

Presentations include: Research Integrity at Ohio State, Effective Award Management, Communicating Science, and interactive demonstrations on the PI Portal and Cayuse. For a full listing of sessions and descriptions, please visit the GDSU webpage. The event is free and open to all CFAES Faculty and Staff, including OSU Extension personnel. Lunch will be provided. Register here if you plan to attend. Click here for addition information.

Advanced CarmenCanvas Online Training - April 23:

This one-hour training will focus on advanced features available in CarmenCanvas to implement in both academic and non-academic credit courses. Planned topics for this workshop include advanced assignment, quiz, and module options, gradebook functions, and Turn-It-In. A recording of the workshop will be available if you cannot attend the live session. It will be available on zoom via this link. Email Amy Kohmetscher at if you have any questions. Click here for the link to register. 

Master of Applied Economics - Applications due April 30:

The Mater of Applied Economics (MAE) is a two-semester professional master's program developed by two nationally recognized programs, The Ohio State University's AEDE and The Department of Economics. 

The MAE is designed to meet the growing demand for technical and analytical skills needed in today's work force. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • Three Letters of Reference 
  • GRE
  • TOEFL (International Students)

Click here for more information. 

OJCEP Scholarships - Applications due May 1:

The OJCEP Scholarships, Grants and Recognition (SGR) Scholarship sub-committee will review applications and make a final determination of scholarship award recipients.

Submit applications by May 1 for the spring awards and by September 1 for the fall awards to Cindy Meyer, SGR Scholarship sub-committee chair. Stipends will be payable upon receipt of an expense report and a written summary (1-2 pages). The summary must be submitted to the OJCEP treasurer and SGR Committee chair within 60 days of the training or event. Click here for the scholarship application. 

Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning - May 3:

The Academy of Teaching's Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning will be held May 3, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. This free event is for members of the Ohio State community to share innovative, interesting and evidence-based ideas for the improvement of teaching effectiveness and student learning outcomes.

The theme is "Creating Inclusive Connections." Join us for discussions about how we cross geographic, interpersonal, disciplinary, technological, instructional, societal, and many other boundaries to connect our students with ourselves, one another, and our subject matter. Click here to register.

Evaluating Impacts of Subdivision Designs on Bird Habitats Webinar – May 3:

Join eXtension’s Community Planning and Zoning Community of Practice for a free webinar on Thursday, May 3 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Evaluating impacts of subdivision designs on bird habitats” by Mark Hostetler, University of Florida, introduces participants to a new online evaluation tool that evaluates impacts of landscape/subdivision designs on bird habitats. The goal of the “Building for Birds” online tool is to provide decision-makers with a way to evaluate different development scenarios and how they affect habitat for different species of forest birds that use fragmented areas. This tool allows decision-makers to manipulate amounts of forest fragments (urban/rural) and tree canopy (in built areas) and determine the best designs for conserving bird habitat. This evaluation tool is most useful for developments in already fragmented landscapes, where decision-makers are trying to decide on whether to conserve tree patches or tree canopies. Associated with this is a bird list of North American species that do or do not use urban/rural forest patches and tree canopy in built areas during breeding and migration seasons.

In addition, you may receive 1 CM credit with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Click here for complete information and webinar url.

Next EPN Breakfast - May Is All About Maple - May 8:

This year the May EPN Breakfast program will explore the many sides of maple in the state of Ohio! It will be held on May 8 from 7:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. 

Learn from a diverse panel of experts who will share about the historical coverage of maples and projections for this family of trees within a changing climate. The panelists will describe life on maple tree farms to the daily tasks of running a maple-based business. You will also learn about an Ohio House Bill seeking to incentivize maple tree production. Please click here to register.

Register for Innovate 2018 – May 11: 

The ever-changing technology landscape compels us as educators to rethink how we are teaching students and how they consume information. We see what’s being done, but in May, we will look ahead to what’s possible.

Join us Friday, May 11, at The Ohio Union for Innovate 2018. The theme is Forward, and we will explore the future of teaching and learning through three threads: access, technology and learning environments. Register here.

2018 Environmental Policy and Outlook Conference - May 15:

The 2018 Environmental Policy and Outlook Conference will be held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on May 15 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The morning session is titled "Water Quality: Pathways to Sustainability" and the afternoon session is titled "Energy: Economics and Policy of Renewables and Climate Change". The cost is free. If you have questions, contact Kelli Trinoskey at Click here for more information or to register.

Alzheimer's 101 Training - May 16:

On May 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. Dr. Erein Yelland will be offering a free webinar on Alzheimer's 101. Starting in May, Extension colleagues affiliated with the North Central Region Aging Network will be providing free training webinars on programs that cover a wide range of aging and gerontology issues. 

The Alzheimer's 101 webinar is the first training and will allow listeners to:

  • Be trained on the evidence-informed, interactive Alzheimer’s 101 curriculum
  • Gain FREE access to the complete Alzheimer’s 101 curriculum (including scripted PowerPoint, fact sheet, leader’s guide, interactive activities, news release/consumer tips, evaluation, marketing flyer, and more)
  • Gain confidence in educating the public on brain health, dementia, and Alzheimer’s
  • Have the opportunity to ask your questions!

If you are interested, click here. A recording of the webinar will be uploaded here.

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

Visit eXtension Learn ( to view and register for upcoming webinar sessions. Please share these events with others who may also be interested.

Topics include:

  • How to Avoid the Probate Process - Wednesday, May 9 at 12 noon 
  • Learn Digital Marketing Strategies to Promote Your Programming! - Wednesday, May 9 at 1 p.m.



Calling All Digital Content Creators!

Have you developed infographics, videos, social media campaigns, or online courses? The Digital Scholarship committee created a new online peer review submission process for digitally created works and are now seeking volunteers to pilot test the process and provide feedback for improvement. Volunteers will be asked to submit a recently created digital work and provide feedback via focus group sessions in spring, 2018. The entire experience is expected to only take about two hours of your time.

This new submission and review process is critical to faculty and program staff receiving scholarly credit for digitally created content and curriculum that engages new audiences. Help us move this effort, and the organization, forward by volunteering with this link by Wednesday, April 18 at 5 p.m.



New Intellectual Property Policy Effective April 15:

On April 6, the University’s Board of Trustees approved the revised Intellectual Property Policy, which provides for ownership of copyright for traditional works, rights in patents and inventions, and rights in software for faculty, staff and students. Because the current policy was last revised in 1989, the revised policy was updated to better encourage the creation and dissemination of knowledge, and promote the commercialization of intellectual property. The updated policy:

  • clarifies the rights of faculty members with respect to their scholarship, instructional works and artistic works
  • addresses the rights of software creators
  • revises the process for the commercialization of inventions, discoveries and patents
  • addresses the rights of staff members with respect to their intellectual creations
  • adjusts the royalties-sharing mechanism
  • establishes a dispute resolution mechanism

Click here to learn more about the policy.

The Future of Waterman Task Force Listening Sessions:

The Future of Waterman Task Force looks at how the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory can further support the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the college. It seeks important input from stakeholders, including college and university faculty and staff, elected officials, neighbors, alumni, commodity groups, friends of the college, and more.

Below are dates and times when this task force will be meeting. Register here.

Listening Sessions for Faculty and Staff - All will be held in the Ag Admin Auditorium:

April 18, 1-3:30 p.m.

April 19, 9-11:30 a.m.

April 25, 9-11:30 a.m.

Ohio Science Olympiad Volunteers Needed - April 28:

The Ohio Science Olympiad state competition will be held at The Ohio State University on April 28. As one of the state’s premier science competitions, Ohio Science Olympiad allows students in grades 6-12 to demonstrate their skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Ohio ranks seventh in the country for the overall number of student participants.  The volunteer sign up is here

State Science Day Judges Needed - May 12:

The Ohio Academy of Science will host the 70th Annual State Science Day on May 12, at The Ohio State University. State Science Day is the pinnacle of student originated, inquiry-based science education in Ohio, and is one of the largest science and engineering fairs in the country. 

Approximately 1,200 students in grades 5-12 will compete for more than $700,000 in sponsored awards and scholarships. The sign up for judging can be found here.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Weekly News Digest (CFAES information blog for faculty & staff)


Connect and Collaborate Grant Helps Generation Rx Fight Prescription Drug Misuse (November 2017)


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