MacOS Sierra

Mac users may be aware that Apple has released a new operating system version called macOS Sierra. CFAES IT Services has not yet tested this new operating system with university software and does not yet support it. Mac users in CFAES should not upgrade their OSU-owned computers to macOS Sierra at this time.

Matt DeVore
Chief Information Officer, CFAES
The Ohio State University
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Information Technology Services
203A Research Services, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691
330-202-3577 Office


Equity & Inclusion – Professional Development Opportunities

Implicit Bias Training presented by the Kirwan Institute hosted by the Graduate School

October 5, 2016
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Blackwell Ballrooms B & C
Cost: Free
Click here to register

Keynote Address
Cultural Competence:  Addressing Race Relations in the 21st Century

October 20, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater
Cost: Free
Connection information will be shared closer to the October date.
Click here for full description.

Understanding Racial Privilege

October 20, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (box lunches available at 12:30)
Location: Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater
Cost: Free, registration required
Click here for full description

Annual Conference
American Council on Education Women’s Network Ohio (ACE WNO)

November 4, 2016
Time:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., optional reception 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Ohio Dominican University
Cost: $125 for faculty/staff, $50 for Students
Limited number of scholarships are available, contact Kathy Lechman at
Click here for conference details

Articles of Interest
10 Universities Tackling Gender Inequality
Data on Gender Bias at Academic Conferences in the Sciences
The five things no one will tell you about why colleges don’t hire more faculty of color – Opinion piece
New Hiring Policy at UC Requires Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Why so few diversity candidates are hiredshort video from Harvard Business Review and accompanying research article

OARDC Employee Appreciation Dinner

We hope you can join us for this year’s OARDC Employee Appreciation Dinner.  See the attached flyer (Employee Appreciation), which includes ticket details and the names of employees receiving years of service awards.

NOTE: This year’s dinner is occurring on a Friday evening.

Friday, October 21, 6:30 p.m.
Shisler Conference Center

Everyone must have a ticket to eat dinner. Tickets are available at these locations:

  • Wooster – from all Department Offices
  • Outlying Agricultural Research Stations – from Cathy Chenevey
  • Columbus – from Melissa Burant in OARDC Director’s Office, 106 Ag Admin.
  • Piketon – from Marsha Amlin

We look forward to seeing you there.

2016 Employee Appreciation Dinner Committee:
Ken Scaife, Susan Vizzo, Loren Harper, Shelley Whitworth, Jane Douglas, and April Martin

Save the Date – Teaching & Learning Symposium

Save the date for a new CFAES Teaching and Learning Symposium to be held Aug. 15, 2017. We hope with the advanced notice you will have no schedule conflicts and can attend.

Dr. Marlene Strathe from Iowa State University is the invited keynote speaker. All interested faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend. Transportation from Wooster to Columbus will be provided. Further details will be announced in early 2017.

Symposium Announcement

Gender Initiative Skill Workshop: Effective Interviewing Skills

CFAES Office of Equity and Inclusion is hosting a free Gender Initiative Skill Workshop on Effective Interviewing Skills.

Date: Oct. 3, 2016

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Columbus campus, Kottman 244; Wooster campus, Fisher Classroom 121

Click here to register for this workshop. Additional information can be found at the Gender Initiative web site.

Workshop Flyer

Cultural Competence Keynote Address

The colleges of Social Work and Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are hosting a keynote address, Cultural Competence: Addressing Race Relations in the 21st Century. Caprice Hollins, author of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Strategies for Facilitating Conversation on Race, is the facilitator for the event.

Date: Oct. 20, 2016

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Wexner Center for the Arts, Film Video Theater

There is not cost for the event, and participants do not have to pre-register. For more information, contact Carla Curtis at

Cultural Competence

NCURA Peer Review of Research Administration

CFAES has partnered with the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) to conduct a peer review of research administration in the college. This review, similar in nature to an academic program review, is being performed to assess our ability to support the scholarly research activities of our faculty, staff, and students. The review utilizes national standards that were developed by NCURA as indicators of effective operations and include such areas as:

  • Proposal Services;
  • Award Acceptance and Initiation;
  • Award Management;
  • Research Ethics;
  • Organizational Structure and Staffing;
  • Communications, Outreach and Education;
  • Compliance and Risk Assessment;
  • Electronic Research Administration.

On November 1-4, 2016, CFAES will host a team of three, nationally recognized research administrators on both the Columbus and Wooster campuses.  The site visits will provide an opportunity for the team to interact with representatives from constituent groups in our CFAES research community. If contacted, please accept the opportunity to provide your views on the strengths and weaknesses of our research administration.  Thank you in advance for your support and participation. If you would like more details regarding any aspect of the review, please contact Lori Kaser, Grants & Contracts Administrator, Grant Development Support Unit, at  or 330-263-3647.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is just one of the ways that the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences demonstrates its commitment to excellence in research. Training in RCR promotes public trust, research integrity, and the preparation of future researchers. RCR covers a variety of topics including conflicts of interest, animal welfare, human subject protection, data acquisition & management, mentoring & collaboration, responsible authorship and publication, peer review, research misconduct, and the scientist as a responsible member of society.

All personnel (faculty, staff, postdocs, and students) participating on a federally-funded research project, including capacity funds, are required to complete RCR training every three years. For more information on the training, click here.

BuckeyePass is Now Live

As a reminder, BuckeyePass went live on Sept. 12, 2016, and is now protecting our employee’s personal data found in Employee Self Service. Among other things, Employee Self Service allows you to update your personal data including the bank routing information for the direct deposit of your pay.  You’ll also need BuckeyePass to access and decide on your healthcare coverage during this fall’s open enrollment window (Nov. 1 – 15, 2016).  If you have not already enrolled in BuckeyePass, you will not be able to access your information in Employee Self Service until you complete the registration process.

Please refer to OSU’s BuckeyePass Knowledge Base for detailed instructions on how to register for BuckeyePass.  If you have any questions during the process of registering for BuckeyePass, please contact the CFAES IT Help Desk or 8HELP.

Update: Ohio State ATI Director Search

The Ohio State ATI Director search committee has completed its initial review of applications, and we are excited about the quality pool of candidates. The search committee is working on a first round of confidential in-person interviews with six candidates that will be completed within the next week. Once the first round interviews are complete, look for an update on next steps in this important hire for Ohio State ATI and CFAES.

If you have any questions about the process, contact one of the search committee Co-Chairs – Charles Goebel or Carol Anelli.

Funding of $1M for Faculty, Staff and Student Engagement

The Connect and Collaborate Grants Program incentivizes faculty, staff, students and their public/private sector community partners to submit concept proposals that have the potential to catalyze engaged, collaborative teaching and research activities benefiting the community and university. Grants up to $100,000 are available.

Concept proposals are due Monday, Oct. 3. An information session will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 9-10 a.m. in the Research Commons.

Read more at Contact for more information.

EPN Signature Event to Focus on Fate of Yellowstone’s Grizzly Bears

Join renowned nature photographer and conservationist Tom Mangelsen and investigative environmental journalist Todd Wilkinson to help decide the fate of 399, the most famous bear in the world, and other grizzlies in the greater Yellowstone area.  How can people and bears share America’s parks and wildlands?

See breathtaking photos and hear hair-raising tales, Monday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Ohio Union ballroom.  This event, hosted by the Environmental Professionals Network, is free and open to all, but registration is required.

EPN Event to Focus on Ted Turner, Bison, Biodiversity, and Western Land Use

Join the author of Last Stand – Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet, Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., Ohio Union US Bank Theater.  This event, hosted by the Environmental Professionals Network, is free and open to all, but registration is required.

Todd Wilkinson is a Montana-based author and investigative environmental journalist.  An amazing storyteller, he will share Turner’s amazing life story and the difference he has made as America’s second largest private landowner, raising bison, allowing for predators, protecting biodiversity, and still making money ranching.