CD Weekly Wire - August 27, 2012

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National Conference Planning Committee Opportunity

After contributing to a variety of efforts as a member of the CFAES staff over the past ten years, Jill Clark, formerly with AEDE and OSUE, has taken a tenure-track faculty position at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. (Perhaps you saw Jill featured in OSU Today for a $3.96 million NIFA-funded project she is a part of - see article below). The annual Farmland Preservation Summit was one of Jill’s many high-value and high-profile efforts. Produced in partnership with others from Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Township Association, CCAO, MORPC, and a number of nature and farmland conservancies, the conference has drawn a national audience the past several years and is now recognized by the American Farmland Trust as the largest statewide gathering for farmland preservation issues. Jill played a key role leading all aspects of the program, and her absence leaves quite a void. While there are other key partners who are willing to step up (e.g. Katie Myers-Griffith and Christy George at the Countryside Conservancy in greater Cleveland), Jill’s departure provides an opportunity for others in OSUE to help carry on this nationally known effort. The 14th annual conference is being planned for January 17, 2013 at the 4-H Center. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please let me know ASAP.

To learn more about the Summit, go to

Needed: Materials and Addresses for Fall Issue of CD Quarterly News

Please send Sandy ( the email addresses of your stakeholders that would appreciate being a subscriber to the CD Quarterly News, including name, organization, and email address. We would also like to include one or two of your program highlights (a couple short paragraphs) and photos. Any upcoming events (include date, location, and pertinent information) would also be appreciated.



Register for National eXtension Conference by September 1 for $50 Discount:

Save $50 by registering for the 2012 National eXtension Conference on or before September 1, 2012. The conference, to be held October 1-5 in Oklahoma City, will include:

  • Three outstanding keynote speakers
  • Fifty-six breakout sessions on topics from working differently to using social media to understanding today's students to using technology in Extension programming and much, much more!
  • Three dynamic panel discussions
  • Hours of networking opportunities with colleagues from across the country and the world!

For details, click here to view Terry Meisenbach's email communication.

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

Visit eXtension Learn ( to view the many upcoming webinar sessions available throughout the next few months. Please note that times at this link are given in UTC, which is four hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time. The times listed below have been adjusted for our time zone. Topics include:

  • Adobe Acrobat Form 1: Creating a Form - September 5 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT)
  • Facilitating Effective Conference Calls - September 6 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • Critical Conversation: The Mobile Quandry - September 13 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • Adobe Acrobat Form 2: Distributing the Form - October 3 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT)

Starbucks VP to Keynote Food Innovation Center's Third Annual Meeting - September 6:

The Food Innovation Center invites faculty, graduate students, and staff from across campus to participate in the Center's third annual meeting, Thursday afternoon, September 6, at the Ohio Union. Mary Wagner, senior vice president for global research and development at Starbucks Coffee will deliver the keynote, "Tastes and Trends of Tomorrow." Register for the full event or just the keynote and poster reception by 5 p.m. Thursday, August 30. To view complete information, including agenda, and to register, visit If you have questions, contact Carolee Barber (

First Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast - September 11:

Join environmental professionals, students, and others on Tuesday, September 11, at the 4-H Center for the inaugural EPN 2nd Tuesdays Breakfast Club, a service of the School of Environment and Natural Resources. After President Gee's kickoff, Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, will deliver "Needed More than Ever: Environmental Professionals Confronting Profound Change." Register for breakfast by Friday, September 7. To view complete information and to register, visit Contact David Hanselmann ( if you have questions.

NCRCRD 2012-2013 Webinars Begin September 20:

The next North Central Regional Center for Rural Development free webinar, entitled Heritage Tourism for the North Central Region, will be held Thursday, September 20 at 2:00 p.m. Visit for a complete listing of 2012-2013 NCRCRD webinars.

EcoSummit 2012 - September 30-October 5:

Some of the world's most respected minds in ecological science will be coming to the Greater Columbus Convention Center for EcoSummit 2012 to discuss restoring the planet's ecosystems. Co-sponsored by Ohio State, this event will take place Sunday, September 30 to Friday, October 5. For complete information, including registration and workshop topics, visit

OCIO’s Digital Union Autumn Workshops:

The OCIO's Digital Union is offering close to 40 workshops on a broad range of technologies, including:

  • Mobile Development: Create a mobile user interface with jQuery Mobile
  • iPads: Productivity, Accessibility, Software Development, and iPads in Teaching and Learning
  • Adobe Connect: Explore this webinar system with a guided, hands-on tour
  • Usability: Make your documents, presentations, and videos usable and accessible by everyone
  • Google Analytics: Find out who your web site visitors are and what they are doing while they are there
  • eBooks: Use Microsoft Word and Calibre to create an eBook
  • Copyright and Citation: Learn about copyright on all kinds of resources and how Fair Use applies
  • Research in View: Collect, connect, and manage your scholarly activity information in one place

Take advantage of these opportunities to try new technology and digital resources. To view a listing of all upcoming workshops and to register, visit



Extension Annual Conference RFPs due by September 10:

You are invited to attend and participate in OSU Extension's 2012 Annual Conference on Wednesday, December 5. This year’s theme is “Embracing the Past. Building the Future.” Proposals are due by September 10 and may be submitted to present in half-session, full-session, or poster format. Click here to view the summary for an overview and submission instructions.

Tri-State Research and Extension Grant Program Request for Proposals due September 30:

Ohio State University, Michigan State University, and Purdue University Experiment Station and Extension Directors have established a Tri-State Research and Extension grant program. The goals are to:

  • encourage and enhance the development of integrated research and extension teams (comprised of members of the tri-state systems) that can better compete for large competitive grants,
  • foster new relationships with industry, and/or
  • produce new and innovative approaches to issues and problems best addressed through research and extension teams.

Seven target areas of interest are identified in the RFP at Up to $50,000 will be awarded for two years. The deadline for submission is September 30, 2012.

Call for Posters due November 1 for 2013 AIAEE Conference:

Click here to view the Call for Posters for the 2013 Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE) conference to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, May 19-23, 2013. Abstract submissions are due by November 1, 2012. Manuscripts will be submitted through the FastTrack™ system. Submissions are welcome from new and current members. Current and returning members must have paid 2012 dues and will be required to renew membership in 2013 if a proposal is accepted. New members will have their dues applied to the 2013 membership year. If you are uncertain of your membership status, please contact the AIAEE treasurer Mark Erbaugh ( If you have any questions regarding poster submissions, please contact Dr. Tracy Rutherford ( or Kristina Ricketts (



South Centers Connection Newsletter now Available:

Click here to read the summer edition of the South Centers Connection newsletter. Stories include:

  • President Gee visits Silver Bridge Coffee Company in Gallia County
  • OCARD Receives Award to Host Aquaculture Boot Camp (ABC)
  • Visiting PhD Students and Visiting Scholars
  • Mapping the Future for Agriculture Marketing
  • Local Food Celebrated throughout Ohio
  • Co-op offers Operation Cost Reduction and Opportunity to Compete for Work on a National Scale

Articles of Interest:

  • Huntington Bank-OSU Agreement will be Economic Boon for University District and Near East Side:

Just six months into Huntington Bank's 15-year agreement with Ohio State, for an upfront $25 million payment and the promise to invest $100 million more for economic development in the University District and the neighborhoods surrounding OSU Hospital East, there are early signs of just how transformative that investment could become. To read the complete story in the latest edition of onCampus, visit

  • Dr. Jill Clark to Help Alleviate Food Deserts as Part of $3.96 Million Project:

Jill Clark, assistant professor, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, will take part in a $3.96 million project that aims to enhance food security by reconnecting farmers with consumers living in food deserts of the United States. The grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will allow creation and provision of policy tools and training to help local governments alleviate food deserts. The team will also provide technical assistance to ten urban and ten rural 'Communities of Opportunity' in four regions of the United States. Technical assistance will help extension educators, consumers, farmers, and their advocates effectively participate in local policy-making processes that impact the food system. To read more, visit

  • Ecologist: Genetically Engineered Algae for Biofuel Pose Potential Risks that Should be Studied:

Algae are high on the genetic engineering agenda as a potential source for biofuel, and two prominent researchers believe they should be subjected to independent studies of any environmental risks that could be linked to cultivating algae for this purpose. Writing in the August 2012 issue of the journal BioScience, the researchers argue that ecology experts should be among scientists given independent authority and adequate funding to explore any potential unintended consequences of this technological pursuit. To read more, visit


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