CD Wire - February 4, 2019

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-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Community Engagement Conference/Extension Annual Conference Recap

Just a couple of weeks ago, we convened in the Ohio Union to share and learn, visit with colleagues, and celebrate our good work. Congratulations again to the concurrent and poster session presenters, as well as all of those recognized for their good work, including:

Susan Colbert Susan Colbert – Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in CD Extension Award
Tory Gabriel – JCEP/ESP Creative Works 2nd Place Award - Project Book
Becky NesbittJCEP/ESP CD Distinguished Service (20 years and over)
Eric RomichJCEP/ESP CD Mid-Career Service (10-20 years)
Sarah OrlandoJCEP/ESP CD Early Career Service (less than 10 years)

Finally, kudos to Jill Bartolotta, Scott Hardy and Meghan Thoreau. Each were awarded JCEP/ESP scholarships enabling them to pursue professional development activities.

CD Professional Development Support – Mar 1 Application Deadline

Speaking of professional development, as you are thinking through your goals for professional growth in 2019, don’t limit yourself when it comes to funding. In addition to the OJCEP scholarships available, please remember that we have a formal CD Professional Development Support Fund. A simple application is due by March 1 for the spring awards and October 1 for the fall awards. To learn more, see ‘CD Professional Development Support’ described here.

LAST CALL: NACDEP Awards Nominations due to Meghan Thoreau by February 6

If you have not already, now is the time to submit examples of your best work for NACDEP Awards consideration. Remember, we submit first for Ohio consideration. Here’s how it works:

  1. Complete your application (provide the info requested for each award category found here), but do not submit directly to NACDEP!
  2. Email COMPLETE applications to Meghan Thoreau ( - by noon, Wednesday, February 6.  
  3. Applications will be reviewed and state winners notified by Monday, February 11.
  4. Our state winners for all represented categories will need to submit by the March 4 deadline to NACDEP for national consideration at  
  5. Awardees are presented plaques/certificates at the NACDEP Annual Conference in Asheville, North Carolina, June 9-12.

May 14 and August 14 - PLEASE HOLD! 

For 2019, we are planning professional development and team-building in-services in conjunction with Extension colleagues in SENR, ACEL, AEDE, and Sea Grant/Stone Lab. Our May 14 event will be held at the 4-H Center in Columbus. August 14 will take us to the Sea Grant/Stone Lab facilities on Gibraltar Island (Ottawa County).
In both cases, please plan for a full day. If you have an interest in being involved in the planning, please let me know.



Promoting Accessible Science Workshop – February 6:

This introductory workshop is designed specifically for researchers, scientists, data analysts and others who want to share their research succinctly with their audiences. Targeted to Ohio State faculty, postdocs and graduate students, the event is Wednesday, February 6 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the STEAM Factory. Read more.  

NCRWN Webinar: Communicating about Water – February 13:

North Central Region Water Network As professionals engaged in water-related Extension, research and conservation, we all talk about water. So – what works and why?

Tune in to this month’s edition of The Current on Wednesday, February 13, from 3-4 p.m. and hear from a range of speakers as they discuss their research on how we relate to water, how we value water, and how different agricultural audiences perceive water-related conservation activities and the implications these findings have for the way we communicate. Read more and register.

Featured speakers include:

  • Amy Skoczlas Cole, Managing Director, The Water Main
  • Lori Weigel, Principal, New Bridge Strategy
  • Ben Gramig, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Upcoming NCRCRD Webinars:


Mental Health Promotion: An Opportunity for Opioid Overdose Prevention

  • February 21 at 3 p.m. Presented by Laura Schwab-Reese (Purdue University).

Results of Virtual Focus Groups on Small Businesses and Rural Communities 

  • March 5 at 1 p.m. Presented by Scott Loveridge (Michigan State University), Craig Carpenter & Anders Van Sandt (TAMU); Linda Niehm & Steven McKinney (Iowa State University). 

For complete information on these webinars and others upcoming, as well as the links, visit here

Elder Care: It Takes a Village – Train-the-Trainer February 22:

Elder Care Certificate Anyone who cares for or interacts with older adults will find the Elder Care Certificate Program a wealth of information about issues facing our aging population. This Elder Care Certificate Train-the-Trainer program will teach you to transform the way we all serve elders and enhance our status as caring individuals.

Share your expertise by training others to serve senior citizens and to appreciate their unique challenges. Enroll for a workshop Friday, February 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Gehres Room at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The workshop cost is $355. For complete details and to register contact Myra Wilson ( or 740-725-6330).

NCRWN Climate Change and Human Health – February 25:

North Central Region Water Network Whether it is heat stress, air pollution, or the risk of vector-borne diseases, changes in climate and an increased frequency of extreme weather events impact public health.

Tune in to NCRWN’s webinar on Monday, February 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. and hear from Elena Grossman with the UIC School of Public Health and Colleen Moran of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as they discuss the connection between human health and climate change. Elena and Colleen will overview the CDC’s Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (or BRACE) Framework for helping communities prepare for the health effects of a changing climate, and explore various tools and resources helping local communities prepare for extreme weather events. Webinar link

Collective Impact Workshop in Marion County – March 28:

Marion County colleague, Whitney Gherman, will be hosting a day-long workshop focused on collective impact; the result of a disciplined effort to bring together dozens of organizations of all types to establish a common vision and pursue evidence-based actions in mutually reinforcing ways. The program is designed to help us engage in cross-sector dialogue to better address complex, social issues and is scheduled for Thursday, March 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Marion.

Registration is $50/person (scholarships available upon request) and is scheduled to open here on Friday, February 15. For more information, contact Whitney (

CFAES Research Conference April 22 - Registration Now Open:

Registration has opened for the CFAES Annual Research Conference to be held on Monday, April 22 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Transportation will be provided from Wooster to Columbus for those who are interested. The conference will be shortened this year, taking place from approximately 9 a.m. to noon. Updates about the state of research at the college, presentation of faculty awards, and poster viewing of the annual poster competition will all take place. Light refreshments will be provided.



NCRCRD Multi-State Grant Proposal Deadline Extended to February 11:

Due to extreme weather and university closures – the proposal submission deadline for Multi-State Rural Development Research or Extension Projects North Central Region FY19 is being extended to February 11 at 5 p.m. Complete information is available here.



Ohio JCEP Scholarships – Applications due February 15:

Ohio JCEP Ohio JCEP scholarships provide incentive and expense support for current members of Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals pursuing professional development activities that will increase their expertise and effectiveness. 

Maximum funding award per individual is $750. Scholarship stipends totaling up to $3,000 will be awarded in February, May and September for a total of $9,000 annually. Only one award per individual per year is permitted. Funds must be spent within 12 months of receiving award.

Submit applications by February 15 for the winter awards. Read more

Ohio State Launches Sustainability Institute:

Sustainability Institute

Motivated to improve complex sustainability challenges, Ohio State has created the Sustainability Institute to support and integrate sustainability and resilience scholarship and activities across the university mission. Their interdisciplinary research capacity, culture of problem solving and partnerships with industry, government and advocacy organizations offer strategic opportunities to create transformational change.

The Sustainability Institute was created by a merger of the Office of Energy and Environment and the Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme. Read more

Articles/Publications of Interest:

CFAES Monthly (January 2019)

Climate Change Reshaping how Heat Moves around Globe (Ohio State News)

Twine Line (January 2019)

Enterprise Project Digest (January 2019)

Connections Newsletter (South Centers – Winter 2019)

The Drop (NCRWN eNewsletter January 2019)

eXtension News Roundup (January 2019)

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