CD Wire - September 4, 2019

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AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

By now you have probably seen the All-Extension post from Jackie Wilkins announcing David Civittolo as interim assistant director for the Extension CD program. What exciting news and with that, consider this my final AD update!

I know David has much to contribute in the AD role. He understands the full breadth of our CD work and appreciates the value of teamwork. I know that he is eager to understand and help you address the particular challenges and opportunities that each of you are facing and look forward to working with him in the transition period.

The announcement also means that my AD role has officially ended. While I will miss the CD focus and working with you in pursuit of your career goals, I look forward to working with you in a slightly different capacity to engage our community partners and other key stakeholders to address the most critical needs and emerging opportunities. Of course, I also intend to support your career goals whether you are currently in a faculty or A&P position!

In short, it has been wonderful working with you in the AD role. I have learned so much and I am forever grateful for your support. Thank you for your professionalism, approach to teamwork, and dedication to our mission.

Welcome Back, Marlee

Our student assistant, Marlee Stollar, is back for her fourth semester as CD's student assistant. Below she shares some of her experiences from the summer. 

Marlee Stollar

Early this summer, I was able to go on the Agricultural and Environmental Communication study abroad. There I had the opportunity to learn more about agricultural communication in the United Kingdom by visiting agricultural publication companies, farms, and businesses. In the photo above, I am at Buckingham Palace in London, England. After the study abroad, I was also able to visit Paris, France for a few days with a friend as well.

Before and after my study abroad, I interned at Dairy Farmers of America in the Mideast Area office. As the communications intern, I wrote and created communications materials to be distributed to members and staff. I had a great summer, but I am glad to be back and working for CD! 



Panel Discussion on Urban Air Quality - September 6:

Air Quality Panel The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis is holding the Urban Air Quality: A Global Health Crisis Panel on Friday, September 6 in Thompson Library room 165 at noon. Click here for complete information and to register.

Air Quality is quickly becoming a global health crisis, especially in highly urbanized areas. Urban air pollution depends on many factors, ranging from meteorological conditions to geographic factors. The panel consists of experts in urban air quality and will bring new insights to this topic.


  • Kerry Ard, Professor - School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University
  • Ayaz Hyder, Professor - College of Public Health, The Ohio State University
  • Carolyn Watkins, Chief, Office of Environmental Education; Administrator, Diesel Emission Reduction Programs, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Brooke White, Senior Air Quality Specialist, Mid- Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)

Equitable Futures ToolKit Webinar - September 11:

eXtension Issues, Innovation, Impact Through eXtension's partnership with the Institute For The Future: Future 50, they are able to provide this unique webinar opportunity to all land-grant universities on Wednesday, September 11, at 2 p.m. 

As wealth and economic inequality reach staggering heights, we face an urgent future. Inequality at current extremes around the world, including the United States, has historically sparked civil unrest. Now is the time to join together and move toward a more equitable future, spreading as many social fictions imagining a more equitable society as possible into the mainstream imagination, making it common sense that there is an alternative, more equitable future to build. 

As these new social fictions are described, participants will pre-experience living in these worlds and begin creating them. The world needs futures that create space for many values and authorities to coexist, futures that address and undo systems of exploitation and subjugation, and futures that are locally imagined. From these stories, we can move toward a destination we struggle to imagine. What could a fair and just society actually look like? What could the end of poverty look like? Is there a post-racial future? 

The goal of this webinar is to build a common language and shared viewpoint around possible futures and clarify what building a more equitable future requires. 

Who should participate:  

  • A group of people who have a well-defined mission and are actively working together to build a more equitable world.
  • A group of diverse stakeholders who want to have a shared conversation about equity.

The webinar will be facilitated by Sara Skvirsky, Research Director, IFTF, and Katie Joseff, Digital Intelligence Lab Research Manager, IFTF.

This webinar will allow for participants to enable their audio and video in Zoom to engage and converse with the facilitators. Register here.

Energizing Entrepreneurs Conference - October 1-2:

Energizing Entrepreneurs Conference The Energizing Entrepreneurs Conference will take place in Garrison, ND on October 1 and 2.

Keynote speakers will inspire and energize aspiring entrepreneurs as well as seasoned business owners and community members.  Keynote speakers are Annie Carlson of Morning Joy Farms and Chappy Windsor of Dakota Chappy. Registration and more information can be found here.

Ohio Rural Health Association Survey for Membership:

Ohio Rural Health Association The mission of the Ohio Rural Health Association (OHRA) is to enhance the health and well-being of the state’s rural citizens and communities. Through the combined efforts of individuals, organizations, professionals, and community leaders, the Association is a collective voice for rural health issues and a conduit for information and resources.

Complete this survey if you are interested in joining the Ohio Rural Health Association. The annual membership to the ORHA is free for this first year. The ORHA will not share your data with anyone, it is solely for communication purposes within the association. If you have questions, contact Sharon Casapulla (



OFMA Junior Fair Conference Proposals due September 10:

This year’s OFMA Junior Fair Conference will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020, 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 2020 OFMA Junior Fair Conference, please submit the following proposal information to Lisa McCutcheon ( by no later than noon on Tuesday, September 10. While constructing your proposal, please be aware that sessions will be 60 minutes in length during the 2020 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 a microphone for your presentation?

Proposals received will be reviewed on Friday, September 13. 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 13 at 10 a.m., please email Lisa (

World Food Day Flash Talk Proposals due September 20:

InFACT, the Sustainability Institute (SI), University Libraries, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) are hosting Food Flash Talks on October 17, as a part of a series of events for World Food Day. These organizations are currently looking for faculty, staff, and students doing research or programming on the food systems to present at the event.

Submit a proposal here. The deadline to submit a proposal is Tuesday, September 20. 



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Articles/Publications of Interest:

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


CFAES Research News (September 2019)

Enterprise Project Digest (August 2019)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (August 2019)

NCRWN "The Drop" (August 2019)

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