CD Wire - July 30, 2018

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AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Good Luck, Mariah Stollar!

Mariah Stollar After persuading her to stay on with us after graduation just long enough to help with the NACDEP conference and wrap up a few other items, Mariah officially wrapped up her work in the state CD office last Tuesday.

She joined us in January 2017, a student in the Dept. of ACEL studying community leadership, and was very involved in OSU and CFAES activities. She ultimately graduated Summa Cum Laude in Spring 2018. In addition to receiving Research Distinction for her undergraduate research project focused on Extension’s recent futuring efforts (i.e., VP Conversation of the Future), she was also named a CFAES “Top Twenty Senior.” 

As an undergraduate, she experienced a variety of Extension-related roles including: internships in Washington County, Hardin County, Mahoning County, state 4-H Office and state Extension administrative offices in spring 2018. Of her CD program experiences, Mariah said, “It has been a joy to serve the CD program area, the staff and people of Ohio through this capacity. I have learned so much, and working with CD helped me confirm that I want to pursue an Extension career.” 

Mariah is taking a graduate assistantship position at Penn State this fall semester where she will also pursue a Master of Science in Agricultural and Extension Education. Thank you, Mariah, for bringing so much light-hearted fun and laughter to the halls of Ag Admin and best of luck at Penn State!

2018 NACDEP Conference – Thanks for the Memories!

For many of us the 2018 NACDEP Conference in Cleveland is rapidly becoming a distant memory. To preserve our experience hosting the event and to share our story, we plan to create a ‘NACDEP Comes to Ohio’ webpage as part of the OSU Extension CD webpages. We’ll post the photos and videos you have shared to date as well as thoughts, comments, and reflections in narrative form.

If you would like to submit your conference-related thoughts, comments, reflections, etc., please feel free to forward to Sandy ( Something in narrative form is ideal (we’ll fix up the formatting). And, when the page is posted, we’ll send the URL where you can view photos and see reflections shared by others. If you have photos you have not yet shared but would like to do so, please upload them to this box location:

NACDEP Conference 2018

The NACDEP webpage contains a variety of materials, including: conference and awards programs, conference photos, presentation schedule with presentation abstracts, and the 7-minute highlights video. You can also see the video on YouTube.

The NACDEP webpage is also available to host your concurrent session presentation(s). Please forward your PDF presentation material to Ricky Atkins (

Community Engagement Conference Presenters - Knowledge Bank Update

Knowledge Bank University Libraries’ Knowledge Bank, including Engaged Scholars (the Community Engagement Conference proceedings), has been updated with a new look and statistical capabilities.

You can now see how many times presentations have been viewed and downloaded among other statistics. The Libraries did a great job with the new look and functionality of the system, so please take a look when you get a chance. 



Applications due August 6 for NELD 2019:


Enthusiastic about Extension work? Interested in developing your ability to lead Extension into the future? If your vision of your future includes building your career with Extension, then the NELD North Central leadership experience may be just the opportunity you need! 

The Mission of build leaders in Cooperative Extension at all levels and provide them with the vision, courage, and tools to lead in a changing world.

The Purpose of NELD: To provide the opportunity for current and future Extension leaders and administrators to:
  • Learn, apply and reflect on new effective leadership, organizational collaboration and change concepts and strategies
  • Develop a better understanding of self and enhance personal effectiveness through assessments, coaching, feedback, individual goal setting, strategies for processing and managing information leading to results
  • Strengthen competence in decision-making, build leadership capacity, improve effectiveness of extension programming and promote life-long learning
  • Broaden understanding of Extension on a local, state, national and international level
  • Build a more robust national Extension network
Sessions - Dates, Places & Themes (NOTE: 100% attendance is required)
  • Session 1: Jan. 28 – Feb. 1, 2019 - Chicago, IL - Understanding My Role as Leader
  • Session 2: April 5-13, 2019 - Costa Rica - Entering the Realm of the Other
  • Session 3: July 15-19, 2019 - Washington DC - Leading in a Shared Power World
  • Session 4: September 17-20, 2019 - Minneapolis (area) MN - Integrating Leadership for Change
Interested educators, program staff, and specialists can apply by responding in 300 words or less to the question: “Why I am an ideal candidate for NELD North Central in 2019.” To be considered for the 2019 class, simply send your answer to the question above (email is fine) to Cindy Torppa at by Monday, August 6. You can learn more about the program here, and direct questions to any assistant director (Greg, Andy, Pat, or Tom) or Cindy Torppa.

Understanding, Tracking and Predicting Harmful Algal Blooms Webinar - August 8:

Harmful Algal Blooms Tune in on Wednesday, August 8, at 2 p.m. to hear what researchers are currently doing to predict when harmful algal blooms might occur; discover how these blooms are affecting inland waters and the Great Lakes; and explore how stakeholders and citizens are helping scientists track harmful algal blooms.

Register here.

Featured speakers include: 

  • Kristen DeVanna Fussell, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Administration and Research, Ohio Sea Grant College Program and Stone Laboratory
  • Grace Wilkinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University
  • Devin Grace Gill, Stakeholder Engagement Specialist, University of Michigan, Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR), NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL)

Practice of Data Analytics Certification Course begins August 21:

Data Analytics Would you like to learn more about the fundamentals of data analytics?

The Certification in Practice of Data Analytics (CPDA) program is designed for people who would like a solid skill set to analyze data for research outcomes, decision making, operational understanding and more. This 100% online, non-credit program provides flexibility while learning from top faculty from the College of Engineering and the Department of Statistics at Ohio State. The CPDA program includes a new fifth course, Practical Application to Advanced Analytics. CEU credits awarded. Courses begin Tuesday, August 21. Read more.

The Impact of Wind Energy on Rural Communities Webinar - August 27:

Windmills The North Central Climate Collaborative's next webinar will be held Monday, August 27, at 2 p.m. 

For the past six years, Sarah Mills has been studying how wind energy has impacted rural Michigan communities and the people that live in those communities. For this webinar, Mills will present data from surveys of 3,200+ landowners in 10 Michigan townships with windfarms to provide insight on the effects of wind turbines on local communities — not just on how the landscape looks, but the effects of wind turbines on farm incomes, local government services, and relationships with neighbors. She will also discuss the advice she shares with communities that are considering hosting wind turbines, and the extent to which the lessons from Michigan can apply throughout the region. Register here.

Planning and Writing Successful Proposals Workshop - September 18:

Grantwriting A Planning and Writing Successful Proposals Workshop will be held Tuesday, September 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (lunch provided) at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the Columbus campus. All recently hired faculty, research scientists, and others are invited to attend this full-day proposal-writing workshop.

CFAES is co-sponsoring this educational event in partnership with the OSU Office of Research and other colleges. Attendance is limited and registration fills up quickly, so register now at

The presenter will be M.S. (Peg) AtKisson, PhD, Founder of AtKisson Training Group ( This workshop contains a number of different approaches to the material, including lecture format, "in-classroom / flipped classroom," quizzes, and participant-lead instruction. Dr. AtKisson focuses on both the why and the how, turning conceptual ideas about the elements of successful proposals into concrete strategies.

Participants have two handouts. One contains most of the PowerPoint slides. The other contains text for "Study Hall" portions of the day, some example texts to follow during the discussion, graphics of the recommended timeline, theoretical framework for the proposal, and a suggested outline for the Overview page.

Some of the topics include:

  • What goes in a grant proposal
  • Integrating your work and your grant proposal
  • Choosing a grant type and Idea Development
  • Actual timeline for planning and writing your proposal
  • Talking with program officer
  • Review of your proposal
  • The front page - how to draft a solid, compelling Overview
  • Selling the Significance/Impact
  • Describing the plan, literature, preliminary work, title & abstract, team, environment, and the costs
  • Writing and formatting - how style impacts the communication of substance

Save the Date for the One Water Action Forum - December 11-13:

One Water Action Forum The North Central Region Water Network, Iowa Soybean Association, Soil and Water Conservation Society, and US Water Alliance are teaming up for the North Central Region One Water Action Forum on December 11-13 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Forum will bring together researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy-makers to advance more connected and cohesive approaches to water and watershed management in the North Central Region. Together, we will deepen the one water conversation, localize lessons learned by delegates and attendees of the National 2018 One Water Summit, and take steps to put one water to action in the Midwest. You can visit their website for updates and to learn more.

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

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

Topics include:

  • Understanding, Tracking, and Predicting Harmful Algal Blooms - Wednesday, August 8 at 2 p.m.

  • An Overview of the Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool - Wednesday, August 22 at Noon.



OFMA Junior Fair Conference Proposals due August 24:

This year’s OFMA Junior Fair Conference will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019, in Columbus at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Opportunities to either serve on the planning committee or submit a presentation proposal are available. To assist in generating ideas, view last year's conference schedule.

Should you have an interest in providing a session during the 2019 OFMA Junior Fair Conference, please submit the following proposal information to Lisa McCutcheon ( by no later than noon on Friday, August 24. While constructing your proposal, please be aware that sessions will be 60 minutes in length during the 2019 conference (with the exception of the 8:30 a.m. session being 45 minutes), with anywhere between 25 and 100 participants in each session, and there being four session times during the day.


  • Presenter Name(s):
  • Presenter(s) Email Address(es):
  • County:
  • Representing Organization(s): (OSUE / OFMA / JFB / FFA / etc.)
  • Tentative Title of Presentation:
  • Description of the overall topic to be addressed (limit of 40 words).
  • Some sessions will be presented two times. Is there any reason that this would be a problem for the presenter(s)?
  • Do you have a preference in session times? If so, please list those…  An attempt will be made to honor these requests, but it is not always possible.
  • Sessions will be offered at the following times: 8:30 a.m. / 11:30 a.m. / 12:45 p.m. / 2:00 p.m.
  • Will you need a projection screen and media cart for your presentation (presenters are responsible for bringing LCD projector and laptop, if needed)?
  • Would you prefer to have microphone for your presentation?

Proposals received will be reviewed on Wednesday, September 5. The list of sessions and times will hopefully be available by the end of September.  

If you would like to join in on the planning meeting, September 5 at 1 p.m., please email Lisa (

FCOB Leadership Research Grant Applications due September 14:

The Fisher Leadership Initiative at Fisher College of Business is accepting proposals for its second annual Leadership Research Grant Program. Researchers from colleges and units across Ohio State are invited to submit projects for consideration. The Fisher Leadership Initiative intends to award $50,000 in grants to eligible projects. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 14. Read more.

SEEDS Grant Proposals due October 10:

The new FY 19 Request for Proposals for SEEDS: The Research Competitive Grants Program is now available. Faculty proposals are due Wednesday, October 10, at 5 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend informational sessions on the SEEDS faculty RFP. The dates and times of these sessions are:

Tuesday, September 11 - 250A Ag. Admin (Columbus) from 10-11 a.m.

Wednesday, September 12 - 250A Ag. Admin (Columbus) from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 13 - 130 Research Services (Wooster) from 10:30-11:30 a.m. AND 1-2 p.m.

Also please note that Gary Pierzynski, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, will be encouraging the selection panels to place greater emphasis on using SEEDS funding to make faculty members or teams more competitive for external funding. Therefore, presenting a clear plan for how this will be accomplished should the grant be funded will strengthen the proposal.

For complete information, including student proposals, view the RFP announcement. All questions regarding the SEEDS program should be directed to Melissa Burant (



Food Dignity Website and Special Issue Available:

The Food Dignity team invites you to explore the:

From 2011 to 2018, five U.S. community-based food justice organizations collaborated with academic partners on a research, action, and education project called “Food Dignity: Action research on engaging food insecure communities and universities in building sustainable community food systems.”

Explore the results, partners, and partnership on the website. Words from some of the 21 titles in this (277-page!) special issue include: Costs of Community-based Action Research, Follow the Money [to] Academic Supremacy, Visualizing Expertise, What Gardens Grow, Community-Designed Minigrant Programs, Social Movement Frames Used by Collaborators, Triple-Rigorous Storytelling, and five community essays on Entering into a Community-University Collaboration.
This marks the official end of the Food Dignity project, though there will be a series of additional papers in this journal over the next few years with the addition of new results, learning guides, and details about the work of communities remaking food systems to the website.

New in CarmenCanvas for Autumn 2018:

There are several enhancements in the works for CarmenCanvas, as well as other programs designed to improve the teaching and learning experience at Ohio State. Integrated software like Mediasite and Turnitin will see improvements; new services for lab notes and academic integrity have been launched; and incoming freshmen will be equipped with new technology. Learn here how these and other enhancements could affect your Carmen strategy this fall.

Enterprise Project Sponsors add Suite of Transformation Initiatives:

Enterprise Project Core Users

The Enterprise Project’s Executive Sponsors have identified additional opportunities to transform how we do business. Effective June 2018, the Enterprise Project scope has been expanded to include new initiatives that will maximize the university’s effort to advance operational excellence and resource stewardship. Read the full article on the Enterprise Project website. While Enterprise Project news will continue to be shared through NewsLink, you can also subscribe to the monthly Enterprise Project digest.

The new scope items, in addition to the university’s Workday implementation, will be led by the Enterprise Project’s governance structure and project team. The Enterprise Project charter, which outlines the project’s scope, schedule and budget, is being updated to reflect the new suite of transformation initiatives.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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


CFAES Research News (August 2018)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (July 2018)

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