CFAES Gender Initiative Symposium Registration is now open!

CFAES will kick off its Gender Initiative with a symposium. This symposium, Your Career on a Continuum: Building the Skill Set for Your Lifelong Journey, will be on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

The symposium will consist of various sessions delving into topics such as career challenges and alternative options, work-life balance, conflict resolution, and the tenure process. One main highlight will be the keynote address, The Crooked Path, by Dr. Christine Daugherty, VP of Sustainable Food Production for Tyson foods. The main location will be in the 4-H Center Auditorium in Columbus, but there will be a remote viewing location with facilitators in Fisher Auditorium in Wooster.

While we hope you are able to attend the entire symposium, you are welcome to join for smaller portions as your schedule permits. The event is free-of-charge and will include a continental breakfast and lunch to those pre-registered. We require pre-registration so we can plan accordingly. You may register at no later than Friday, February 5, 2016. For more information, please see the Gender Initiatives web site, or contact Sandy Velleman ( or Jared Morrison ( with questions.

Thank you for your interest and support in this exciting new Initiative and we look forward to working with you.

Search Committees – Inclusive Excellence Training


As part of our commitment to equity and inclusion I am requesting that all members of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences community who participate as search committee members participate in a one hour training session focused on Inclusive Excellence. This session was originally developed for discovery theme searches. It has been well received and all college units are being asked to provide this opportunity for all faculty and staff who participate in the search process. CFAES has a great head start and have the highest numbers of attendees. To assist in accomplishing this goal, there are a variety of opportunities scheduled beginning January 8 through March 25. All sessions will be made available on Columbus and Wooster Campus. Register.

For our Extension colleagues you are welcome to Wooster or Columbus sessions. Regional Directors can work with Kathy Lechman(.1) to schedule opportunities for county based faculty, staff and volunteers who assist with educator searches.


Ron Hendrick, Ph.D.
Acting Dean and Vice President

Terry Niblack, Ph.D.
Acting Sr. Associate Dean

New Health Benefits Cards Coming for 2016

Faculty and staff will receive new ID cards related to Ohio State health benefits over the coming weeks. These cards are often necessary for faculty and staff to utilize for confirmation and access of their health benefits. They should continue to use their current cards until the new ones arrive, then they should destroy the old cards.

Medical/Prescription Drug Cards
New medical/prescription drug cards are being mailed to the home addresses of all 2016 medical plan enrollees from CoreSource (formerly referred to as NGS CoreSource). New cards should be received by January 1.

New Ohio State Travel Assistance Cards
New travel cards will be mailed to the home addresses of all faculty and staff who are enrolled in a university-sponsored medical plan in 2016. New for January 1, 2016, RedpointWTP LLC will provide international travel services. GlobalCare will continue to provide travel services in the U.S. (outside Ohio). New travel cards should be received by early January and replace the current GlobalCare card. Printable cards will also be available soon at

Health Care Flexible Spending (FSA) Cards
Individuals who newly elected a 2016 health care FSA will receive a Health Care Flex Card by January 1. Current participants who re-enrolled in health care FSA for 2016 should keep their current Health Care Flex Card. The Health Care Flex Card allows easy access to the funds in participants’ fund in Health Care FSA, eliminating the need to file a paper reimbursement request.

What you need to do:
New cards are coming, while you wait, please use their current cards until new cards are received. Once you receive the new cards you should destroy the old cards.

Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education

I am pleased to share with you that Dr. Jerry Bigham has accepted our offer to serve as the Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education as Steve Slack transitions out of that position on December 31, 2015. Jerry will serve in the position while we conduct a national search for a new Associate Dean that will kick-off next month.

Jerry has a distinguished career at The Ohio State University and is uniquely qualified to serve in this important position during this leadership transition. Jerry came to the college in 1977 as an Assistant Professor in Soil Science and built an outstanding scholarship agenda throughout his career. Jerry has served in a number of administrative positions in the college since 2002 when he was the Research Coordinator for the School of Natural Resources. Jerry had a successful tenure as director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources from 2005-2009 and has since served in a variety of capacities supporting the college research enterprise.

Please join me in congratulating Jerry on this appointment! As we work through the national search for the new Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, we will be share the position description and opportunities for engagement in the process.


Ron Hendrick
Acting Vice President and Dean
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

The International Programs in Agriculture Office is Moving to a New Location!

Beginning on December 23, 2015 the Office of International Programs in Agriculture (IPA) will be at its new location:

160 Bevis Hall
1080 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-292-7252

* All telephone numbers of IPA staff will remain the same *

We look forward to working with you from our new location and hope you’ll stop in to see us in 2016!

Steven A. Slack Lecture on Innovative Research in AgBiosciences

Acting Vice President and Dean, Ron Hendrick announced the establishment of the Steven A. Slack Lecture on Innovative Research in AgBiosciences.  The Lecture Series recognizes Steve’s 16 years of leadership at The Ohio State University and his strong commitment to AgBiosciences research. A fund (#315349)has been established to support the lecture series; those interested in contributing to the fund please go here

Steve Slack Lecture Flyer.



2016 University Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards

Dear Colleagues,

The university is seeking nominations of outstanding outreach and engagement partnerships for the 2016 University Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards. We ask for your assistance again this year. A total of $21,000 will be distributed to award recipients to support their engagement programming.

We are looking for partnerships that demonstrate how colleges and universities have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities. The partnership may have a long history of engaging the university and community, or it may be a relatively new collaboration that is having a substantial impact on the university and community partners. Awards will be given for the top nominated partnerships in each of the international engagement, community engagement and service-learning categories.

From these nominations, the top overall partnership will be selected to serve as Ohio State’s 2017 nominee for the national C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Scholarship Award, sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

Nominations are also being sought for Ohio State’s annual staff, student, student organization and community partner engagement awards. We wish to recognize outstanding campus achievements in the fields of engagement and service. All Ohio State faculty, staff and students are invited to apply.

More detailed information about how to apply is available at Those interested in applying for any of these awards must submit an abstract by
February 16, 2016.

All recipients will be honored at a Recognition Awards Ceremony prior to the Patterson Lecture at 10:30 a.m. on May 3, 2016, in the Ohio Union.

Please share this opportunity with your leadership teams, faculty, staff and students.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Office of Outreach and Engagement at or (614) 247-7795.


Javaune Adams-Gaston, Vice President for Student Life
William Brustein, Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs
Wayne Carlson, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Stephen Myers, Associate Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement

Poultry Exhibition Ban Lifted in Ohio

Dear Colleagues,

As of 9:00am this morning (December 16) the ban prohibiting bird shows in Ohio has been rescinded. This means Ohio can now have live poultry at county and independent fairs, the Ohio State Fair, and all other gatherings of birds for show or for sale, including auctions and swap meets.

Throughout the length of the ban there were no confirmed cases of High Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Ohio, and there is no immediate threat of this disease. However, while the intention is to allow bird exhibitions to be held next year, an outbreak in Ohio or nearby states may require the reinstatement or even an extension of the ban. Therefore we are still recommending that youth who enroll in 4-H poultry projects also enroll in another county-fair-eligible project to be able to participate in the county fair. It is imperative that youth and their families follow strict biosecurity practices. We will post biosecurity information on the Ohio 4-H website poultry resources page at

The press release lifting the ban will be posted on the Ohio 4-H website poultry home page

Should you have any questions, please contact me at, 614.292.7453 (office), or 740.708.0359 (mobile).

Lucinda B. Miller, Ph.D.
Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development
Companion & Small Animal Programs
College of Food, Agriculture, & Environmental Sciences Ohio State University Extension
Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
614.292.7453 Office | 740.708.0359 Cell |614.292.5937 Fax /

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Research Development and Grant Writing News

The Office of Research provides a campus-wide subscription to Research Development and Grant Writing News; access current and past issues at The December issue includes ways to avoid the “Mule’s Kick” at NSF, heuristic white papers, writing tips for non-native English speakers, new funding opportunities and more.

You will need your university login credentials to access the above site.

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research – Funding Opportunity

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is now accepting nominations for the New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award. The Award will fund new faculty and their teams of graduate students and post-doctoral scholars to conduct innovative research with potential to expand the availability of food and facilitate the global practice of sustainable agriculture as the world’s population grows to more than 9 billion people by the year 2050. The program is intended to shine a spotlight on food and agriculture sciences and elevate the field in the scientific arena.  More information here