CD Wire - February 18, 2019

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Congratulations to the following Ohio NACDEP Award winners:

  • Meghan Thoreau - Educational Technology (Individual) - Scholastic High School Drone Racing League Program
  • Gwynn Stewart - Innovation and Creativity Award (Individual) - Addressing Public Transportation Needs with SEAT
  • Brooke Beam - Cross-Program (Individual) - Using Virtual Reality in Educational Programming
  • Amanda Osborne - Educational Materials Award (Team) - Produce Perks Toolkit for Farmers’ Markets

Our state winners will need to submit by the March 4 deadline to NACDEP for national consideration at Regional and National awardees will be presented plaques/certificates at the NACDEP Annual Conference in Asheville, North Carolina, from June 9-12. 

CD Staff Pages – Who are you?

If you haven’t taken a look at your staff page lately, please take some time to review it here. Your page serves as an ideal reference for someone looking to identify a new program partner or resource. Please check to ensure your recently published works are listed and your biographical information is up to date, and let Sandy know if you are aware of needed additions or revisions.

Recreational Economies Work Group

CD professionals with an interest in tourism and recreational economies may want to join other Extension colleagues with a similar interest in quarterly program update and networking calls. The group currently consists of county, state, regional, and national Extension, Sea Grant, Rural Development, and NIFA staff. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact me.



Upcoming GDSU Educational Opportunities – Spring 2019:

Grant Development Support Unit The CFAES Grant Development Support Unit (GDSU) will present the following sessions throughout spring semester. These are open to faculty, staff, and students. Those who plan to apply to the USDA - Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) are especially encouraged to attend, as these sessions will help craft a proposal.
  • Finding Matching Funds for Grant Applications – Tuesday, February 19, 10-11 a.m. Video-linked: Research Services 130 (Wooster) – Agricultural Administration Building 250A (Columbus). Complete information and registration.
  • Making "Cents" of NIFA Budgets (Budget Basics) – February 26, 1-2 p.m., Research Services 126 (Wooster). February 28, 9-10 a.m., Parker Food Science and Technology Building (Columbus). Complete information and registration.
  • Successfully Analyzing a Grant RFP (Request for Proposal) – March 5, 10-11 a.m., Research Services 130 (Wooster). March 7, 11 a.m.-noon, Agricultural Administration Building 250A (Columbus). Complete information and registration.
  • Writing a Compelling Project Narrative – March 18, 2-3 p.m., Research Services 130 (Wooster). March 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Agricultural Administration 211 (Columbus). Complete information and registration.
  • Time Management: Managing Your Priorities – May 2, 1-2 p.m., Agricultural Administration (Columbus). May 3, 10-11a.m., Research Services 126 (Wooster). Complete information and registration.

Digital Engagement Webinar Series – Spring and Summer 2019:

OSU Extension Educational Technology

Ohio State University Extension Educational Technology will be hosting the following Digital Engagement Webinars from February 25 through September 23. If you have any questions or comments contact Danae Wolfe (

Creating Online Evaluations and Surveys with Qualtrics - Monday, February 25 at 10 a.m. 

  • Qualtrics is an intuitive online platform for creating program evaluations and online surveys. This session will provide an introduction to using OSU’s enterprise tool, Qualtrics, for collecting and analyzing evaluation and survey data. Register.

Diversity and Inclusion - Monday, March 11 at 10 a.m.

  • This session will provide participants with an introduction to The Ohio State University’s non-discrimination policy and share best practices and guidelines for producing and sharing inclusive content. It will explore the digital gender divide as well as how to ensure all audiences feel safe and welcomed in our face-to-face and online learning opportunities. Stay tuned for registration information.

Future Digital Engagement Webinars (stay tuned for registration information):

  • Podcasting - Monday, April 22
  • Getting Started with Zoom - Monday, May 20
  • Developing Branded Infographics with Piktochart - Monday, July 29
  • Assessing Impact and Engagement of Digital Learning - Monday, August 5
  • Accessibility - Monday, September 23

Building Independence through Agriculture Workshop – February 26:

Ohio AgrAbility Building Independence Through Agriculture one-day workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 26 from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. 

The workshop will focus on agriculture and horticulture as viable work options for individuals with developmental disabilities. Speakers and panelists will provide insight on adaptive employment models, as well as identify resources and assistive technology to support workers in these settings. Workshop participants will gain an understanding of the workplace opportunities and ways to overcome barriers for both the agricultural employer and their workers.

The cost is to attend is $50. For questions contact Laura Akgerman ( Register.

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

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

Topics covered:

  • Developing an Innovator’s Mindset - Wednesday, February 27 at 12:30 p.m. 
  • America Saves Challenge: Twitter Chat and YouTube Live - Wednesday, February 27 at 3 p.m.
  • Results of Virtual Focus Groups on Small Businesses and Rural Communities - Tuesday, March 5 at 1 p.m.

Next EPN Breakfast – March 5:

EPN breakfast March 5 The next EPN Breakfast will be held on March 5, from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Please join the panel of experts–Dr. Andy Lindstrom, Ms. Sarah Lowe and Dr. Wayne Carmichael–who, along with their respective state and national agencies, are seeking to improve our understanding and management of several emerging contaminants affecting the state of Ohio.

Experts are steadily finding new or previously unrecognized contaminants in our waterways and drinking water systems, yet their risk to human health and the environment are not yet fully understood. These emerging contaminates come from a variety of sources, including our everyday consumer and pharmaceutical products, such as sunscreens, soap and medicines. There are potential environmental and health risks associated with many of these contaminants. Registration and complete information.

Grant Writing, Funding Processes for Public and Private – March 6: 

Research Commons Join the Office of Research and Foundation Relations on March 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Research Commons to learn about the similarities and differences between funding processes for federal/state agencies and private foundations.

This session also will have a livestream presentation. Read more and register

Coffee w/ CURA – March 7:

Coffee with CURA

The next Coffee w/ CURA event will be held on Thursday, March 7, at the CURA office, 0126 Derby Hall on the Columbus campus, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Curious about how using sensor networks? Geographic data is integral to most academic disciplines, from public health to sociology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can help make sense of spatial patterns and visualize place-based distinctions in large datasets.

Coffee with CURA is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to stop in and discuss geospatial analyses with CURA staff and other interested parties. If you have an idea for a project and want to determine if, and how, to proceed, then stop in and discuss it! Coffee with CURA is designed to be a forum for researchers at all experience levels to meet and to discuss ideas in an informal setting. Meetings will generally be short but should provide an opportunity to brainstorm about collaboration, propose strategies for obtaining grants, and to see what others are doing on campus. Read more

Upcoming NCRCRD Webinars

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

Understanding Stress & Depression in Farmers & Ranchers

  • March 12 at 1 p.m. Presented by Andrea Bjornestad (South Dakota State University) and Courtney Cuthbertson (Michigan State University)

The Midwest Big Data Hub: advancing the data ecosystem, projects and partnerships

  • March 14 at 2 p.m. Presented by: Melissa Cragin and Alice Delage (University of Illinois)

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

Ohio Agritourism Conference – March 25:

Agritourism Farm On Monday, March 25 the Ohio State University Direct Marketing team will hold the Ohio Agritourism Conference at Maize Valley Winery in Hartville, Ohio.

Topics and trends in Agritoursim will be discussed, as well as the following educational sessions:

  • Extending the Season to increase profits and reduce risk
  • Ohio Laws, Rules, and Regulations that Impact Your Farm
  • Developing Meaningful Community Relationships to Help Your Operation
  • Connect with Your Customers through Effective Marketing

The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the cost will be $30 per person. Complete information and registration

Collective Impact Assembly with Dan Duncan – March 28:

First Annual Impact Assembly

Ohio State University Extension, Marion County and the United Way of North Central Ohio will be hosting an Impact Assembly featuring keynote speaker, Dan Duncan, on Thursday, March 28 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Tri Rivers Career Center. 

The Impact Assembly will bring together land-grant universities, funders, and community leaders for cross-sector dialogue and peer learning to tackle complex social issues. Duncan, along with other plenary speakers, will address topics related to results-based accountability, asset-based community development, equity and inclusion, functions of Collective Impact, local government involvement, and evaluation.

Contact Whitney Gherman ( with any questions regarding this event. View the Save the Date for complete details. Register



Applications for University Engagement Recognition Awards due March 8:

Ohio State’s University Engagement Recognition Awards honor faculty, staff, students and community partners for outstanding achievement in meaningful partnerships that produce engaged scholarship and community impact. Awards will be given in the community engagement, international engagement, service-learning, healthy communities, staff, student, student group and community partner categories. A total of $20,500 will be awarded. Apply by March 8. Read more

Institute for Population Research Call for Seed Grant Proposals 2019 due March 25:

 Institute for Population Research The Institute for Population Research is currently accepting seed grant proposals to nurture research projects consistent with IPR’s mission to promote population science research. Applications from junior faculty and from faculty new to population and health research are encouraged, as well as multi-disciplinary collaboration. Apply by Monday, March 25. Read more

Soil Science Research Day (March 28) - Poster Abstracts due March 4: 

Soil Science
The Soil Science Research Day will be held on March 28 from 1-3 p.m. on Ohio State's Columbus campus in 103 Kottman Hall. The goal of the Soil Science Research Day is to promote soil science across all disciplines and to increase awareness of its importance to the environment, society, and economy. 

The research day will consist of a keynote address from Dr. Gary Pierzynski and will be followed by a poster symposium. The poster symposium will feature research from students, post-docs, and faculty from across the University. Interested candidates should submit a poster symposium abstract form by March 4 to Read more



Articles/Publications of Interest:

IT Transformation Project Update (February 2019)

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