CD Wire - October 8, 2018

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AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Collegiality Extension-style

NAE4-HA Conference I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in part of the opening day of the Extension 4-H professionals’ (NAE4-HA) national conference taking place at the Convention Center in Columbus this week. After having worked through our NACDEP conference efforts in Cleveland the past few years, it was especially fulfilling to see the Ohio 4-H delegation and other OSU Extension supporting volunteers (over 170) in full conference production mode.

The energy levels were exceptionally high and the Hyatt Regency and surrounding convention center spaces were buzzing with activity you would expect from an annual gathering of nearly 1000 Extension professionals. After the official welcome by Roger Rennekamp and opening business, the plenary keynote address by Frederic Bertley (President and CEO of COSI) reinforced the Imagine, Inspire, Innovate conference theme.

The incredible sense of collegiality among 1000 passionate Extension 4-H professionals was unmistakable. To be able to attend with fellow state Extension program leaders, Pat Bebo and Andy Londo, in support of the Ohio 4-H program and fellow AD, Kirk Bloir, was a fantastic way to start the week. And to enjoy a relaxing lunch and fellowship with this group and Extension director Roger Rennekamp was even better, especially when our conversation continued to build on the keynote address in the context of our Ohio Extension work. Best wishes to you this week in continuing your efforts to cultivate the collegial and collaborative interpersonal relationships!

REMINDER: November 1 Deadline for Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award Nominations

Excellence balanced across Teaching, Research (including creative and scholarly work), and Service is the goal and expectation. To see what that looks like, take a quick look at the accomplishments of your CD colleagues who are previous and deserving recipients of the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award. Of course, if you would like to discuss how you might better attain balance, let’s schedule a visit!

The $1,000 cash award recognizes a CD Extension professional for significant programmatic strengths, major contributions and innovative approaches achieved over the course of their Extension career.

November 1 is the submission deadline for nominations. This year’s recipient will be announced during the OSU Community Engagement Conference held at the Ohio Union on January 24, 2019, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Please find complete information about the award, including past recipients and the nomination form, here.



Imagine a Day Without Water Webinar - October 10:

North Central Region Water Network


The North Central Region Water Network will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, October 10, at 2 p.m. The webinar, Imagine a Day Without Water, is part of the Current Webinar Series.

It will highlight three cases – Flint, Michigan; Kewaunee County, Wisconsin; and Toledo, Ohio – where communities have dealt with water quality concerns and how Extension professionals, researchers, and public agencies have come together to help respond to the crisis. Featured speakers include Darren Bagley, Kevin Erb, Russ Rasmussen and Justin Chaffin. Register here

AEDE Van Buren Seminar October 12 - Are Estimates of Food Insecurity among College Students Accurate?

Brenna Ellison Brenna Ellison, Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural & Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, will present "Are estimates of food insecurity among college students accurate? Comparison of assessment procedures" on Friday, October 12, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Ag Admin Room 250A.

This seminar is funded by the Van Buren Program in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. No RSVP is necessary, but seating is limited.

GDSU Seminar Series - Fall 2018:

CFAES Graduate Development Support Unit The Grant Development Support Unit (GDSU) is a part of the CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education. Their mission is to serve CFAES employees as they conceptualize, develop, write, and submit their proposals to federal agencies and other entities to seek funding.

The GDSU will be hosting the following educational opportunities as a part of their fall 2018 seminar series:

  • Appointing People on Sponsored Projects - October 11, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Register via BuckeyeLearn
  • Introduction to the PI Portal - October 16, 1 to 2 p.m., FABE 200 (Wooster) and October 17, 10 to 11 a.m., Agricultural Administration Building 250A (Columbus) - Register
  • Navigating the CFAES Research Enterprise -  October 31, 10 to 11 a.m., Video-linked: Parker Food Science and Technology Building 120 (Columbus) – 122 Gerlaugh Hall (Wooster) - Register    
  • Communicating Science -  November 13, 1 to 2 p.m., Kottman Hall 244 (Columbus) and November 16, 11 a.m. to noon, FABE 200 (Wooster) - Register 
  • Working with the Private Sector - December 6, 2 to 3 p.m., Video-linked: 130 Research Services (Wooster) – Agricultural Administration Building 250A (Columbus) - Register

Click here for more details. 

Video Creation Studio - October 24:

Join video experts from the Office of Distance Education and eLearning and colleagues from around the university to discuss best practices for efficiently producing high-quality, accessible video for online, hybrid or face-to-face courses on Wednesday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to noon in Pomerene Hall 280. 

Creation Studios have no structured agenda; rather, you are encouraged to bring a list of video production challenges you have encountered or opportunities you would like to explore. There will be ample time for collaborative discussion and individualized support to answer questions and devise solutions, with a focus on how OSU-supported tools can help. Register here

One Health Day Symposium - November 1-2:

The One Health Day Symposium brings together multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and internationally to address the spread of disease, promote health, and emphasize the connection among humans, animals, and the environment. Experts from Ohio State, health agencies, and universities abroad will share insight on One Health-related issues during the symposium on November 1 and 2, at the Drake Union Performance and Event Center at Ohio State University. The symposium is being held in recognition of One Health Day, which will be celebrated on November 3, 2018. Register here

Creating e-Newsletters with MailChimp - Fall Workshops:

OSU Extension Educational Technology Attend one of the Ohio State Extension e-newsletter workshops with Danae Wolfe, to learn the basics of MailChimp. 

MailChimp, an e-newsletter system, is free for up to 2,000 subscribers and offers analytics so you can discover who's opening your newsletters and exactly what content they're engaging with. It will be offered the following dates and locations:

  • Thursday, November 8, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Research Services 130 (Wooster) - Register
  • Wednesday, November 28, 10 a.m. to  2:30 p.m., Butler County Extension Office - Register



D.C. Days 2019 - Request for Applications due December 14:

D.C. Days The CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education and the Grant Development Support Unit are happy to announce that the 2019 DC Days Request for Applications is now available. This trip allows researchers to become more competitive by providing an opportunity to visit with federal program officers.

It also enables researchers to determine whether their basic concept is a good fit with the sponsor's mission, to seek advice concerning project design and appropriate funding track, and to better understand the peer review process. This is an excellent opportunity for networking and to increase your grant writing skills.
Interested individuals should e-mail a single PDF document by December 14 to Pam Schlegel ( containing the following:

  1. Cover Page: Include Name, Faculty Rank, Department, and up to three Federal sponsors and/or specific program officers and/within their programs you would like to meet with.
  2. Abstract: Applicants must provide a comprehensive abstract (1000 words or less) detailing your research program and a synopsis of an anticipated proposal submission.
  3. Curriculum Vita: Vita should include a complete list of publications, contributed and invited talks, and funding history - including submitted, funded and non-funded proposals.

Contact Pam with any questions. View the PDF for more details.



NIFA Listens coming to a Location near You:

NIFA is accepting input from stakeholders regarding research, extension, and education priorities in food and agriculture. A series of four in-person listening sessions, beginning October 11, and hosted in different regions across the country, and submission of written comments are ways to share your thoughts and ideas. Stakeholder input received from both methods will be treated equally.

The 2018 NIFA listening opportunity allows stakeholders to provide feedback on the following questions:

  • When considering all of agriculture, what is the greatest challenge that should be addressed through NIFA’s research, education, and extension programs?

  • In your field, what is the most-needed breakthrough in science/technology that would advance your agricultural enterprise? Breakthroughs result in transformative changes in knowledge, technology, or behavior.

  • What is your top priority in food and agricultural research, extension, or education that NIFA should address?

NIFA wants to hear from you about priorities and opportunities in agricultural sciences. RSVP if you are planning to attend a listening session in person. 

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

CFAES Research News (October 2018)

NCRWN - The Drop (September 2018)

Enterprise Project Digest (September 2018 Update)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (September 2018)


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