Final Request for International Highlights

The Office of International Programs in Agriculture (IPA) is requesting international highlights from CFAES faculty to include in the 2016 IPA Annual Report.

If you have information to provide on major activities related to international research, teaching, or service that you were involved with in 2016, please send details of these activities to Beau Ingle ( by December 23. Please contact Beau if you have any questions.

Call for Applications: U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program will hold its sixth annual Summer Institute on Global Food Security Sunday, June 4 – Saturday, June 17, 2017, on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. This two-week learning program is for graduate students who are interested in developing a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global food security with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world development challenges.

Applicants must have completed at least one semester of graduate study and be enrolled in a U.S. institution at the time of application.  U.S. citizenship is not required.  The application deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.

Specific information and applications are available on the program website. Contact Beau Ingle ( in International Programs in Agriculture with any questions or for additional details.

Safety Brief – Employee Accident Reporting

Attached is a new “Safety Brief” poster from OSU Environmental Health and Safety.  This safety brief features employee accident reporting and the responsibilities of the employee and the supervisor.  The poster also includes locations to seek medical treatment at the Columbus Campus. For those employees at the Wooster Campus,  Research Stations, or Extension Offices, please follow your current protocols for seeking medical treatment in your area.

Accident Reporting

Please take a few minutes to review the material, print it out to display in your work area, or pass it on to others in your department.  More information on CFAES employee injury reporting go to

Click here to access previous EHS “Safety Brief” posters and additional printable safety materials.

Town Hall Forum with President Drake

USAC is currently planning a Town Hall Forum featuring President Michael V. Drake, MD.  The forum will be held on Tuesday, December 13 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the U.S. Bank Conference Theater located on the first floor of the Ohio Union.

A BuckID or Medical Center ID is required for entrance into the event.

If you are unable to attend in person, the event will also be viewed online at

President Drake will take questions from audience members. Click here for further information and to submit questions in advance.

Distinguished Staff Awards Deadline: January 13

The Distinguished Staff Awards recognize and celebrate staff members who have made an impact at The Ohio State University. Nominations are being accepted until Friday, January 13, at 5 p.m.

The award honors 12 outstanding staff members for their significant leadership, accomplishments and service to the university. It is the highest honor for Ohio State staff members.

Award recipients are selected based on their individual contributions to the following: enhancing the quality of work life for colleagues or customers; providing outstanding service to university stakeholders; developing creative solutions to increase department or university operations; and demonstrating one or more of the university’s values.

Recipients are honored at an awards luncheon ceremony in April. Each recipient will receive a $1,500 cash award, an increase of $700 to his or her base salary and a commemorative trophy.

Eligibility includes all part-time and full-time staff with a minimum of five years of continuous service at The Ohio State University in a regular, non-faculty position.

Click here to learn more or to nominate a staff member.

The Ohio Program Approved for STEP Funding

In support of your students as they prepare for the upcoming summer term, The Ohio Program (TOP), also known as the Ohio International Agricultural and Horticultural Intern Program, is now approved by the Office of International Affairs and STEP for the use of STEP project funding.  This is one of only a few means approved by OSU for students to use STEP funds for the purpose of completing an international internship.  Students who are not in STEP can also use TOP to secure an international internship.

TOP prepared the flyer below and can be shared with your students who have an interest in an international internship. Students should contact TOP directly to inquire about internship options.

TOP Flyer

Discovery Themes: Infectious Diseases Video on Superbugs

“Superbugs” that are resistant to antimicrobial drugs are estimated to cause 700,000 deaths each year; if not stopped, they are expected to kill 10 million people annually by 2050. This would mean common procedures such as giving birth, treating wounds and undergoing surgery could become fatal due to a lack of effective antibiotics.

Those shocking facts are what inspired the Infectious Diseases Discovery Theme group to produce an informational video that addresses the problem of antimicrobial resistance.

Ohio State is at the forefront of grappling with the complex issue of antimicrobial resistance. There a dozens of organizations and centers working on advancing our knowledge and capabilities.


Remembering Archie Max Lennon

We regretfully announce the death of Max Lennon, former CFAES Vice President of Agricultural Administration and Dean, who died Nov. 29 at the age of 76.

A native North Carolinian, Archie Max Lennon was born in Columbus County on Sept. 27, 1940, to Denver H. and Mary Kelly Lennon. Lennon attended Mars Hill College graduating with an associate degree in agriculture in 1960. He received a bachelor of science degree in Animal Science from North Carolina State University in 1962 and proceeded to operate a diversified crop and livestock farm in Evergreen North Carolina. In 1966, he returned to North Carolina State and focused upon studying swine nutrition, his 1970 dissertation being “Soy Flour as a Protein Source for Early-Weaned Pigs.”

Lennon was appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas Tech in 1970. Two years later he left Tech and went to work for Central Soya Company on research for swine feeds but returned to Texas Tech in 1974 as Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science. In 1980, he accepted the position of Chair of the Animal Husbandry Department at the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus and then within six months was promoted to Dean of the College and Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. Three years later, Lennon moved to Ohio State as Vice President of Agricultural Administration and Executive Dean for Agriculture, Home Economics, and Natural Resources.

In early 1986 Lennon accepted the presidency of Clemson University and began work on March 1, 1986. Max Lennon resigned on February 26, 1994, and left Clemson during July of 1994. After working briefly with Eastern Foods, he accepted the presidency of Mars Hill in December 1995. After leaving Mars Hill in 2002, Lennon became president of the Education and Research Consortium of the Western Carolinas.

Bucks for Charity Online Pledge Form Extended for One Week

When Buckeyes unite, we make our community stronger. To date, CFAES faculty and staff have donated $19,693. This is just short of our campaign goal of $23,680.

The online pledge form will be “live” until Friday, Dec. 9.

You have one more week to support the annual campaign by donating to local organizations of your choice. The more Buckeyes who donate, the greater difference Ohio State can make in our local community. The more Bucks the better.

Donations at any level – even just $1 a day – can significantly make a difference. Together, our collective donations strengthen the organizations that support our family, friends and neighbors.

Click here for more information and to pledge a donation.

Registration Enhancements Made for Buckeye Alerts

The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety has created two enhancements to support faculty, staff and students during crisis.

The first enhancement is an online form for faculty, staff and students to add family members to the alert system. Any numbers added to the system will receive the same text alerts that faculty, staff and students receive. Click here to register your family members.

The second enhancement is an online form for faculty, staff and students to receive alerts for multiple campuses. Buckeye Alerts are disseminated by campus, so faculty, staff and students can register to receive alerts for multiple locations. Click here to register  to receive text alerts for other Ohio State campuses.

Click here for more information about the Department of Public Safety.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Breakfast

As the semester is coming to a close, the CFAES Student Council would like to invite faculty and staff to its annual Appreciation Breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in the Agricultural Administration Auditorium.

Omelets will be made to order in addition to hash browns, pastries, fruit and yogurt. This is small token of appreciation for all that the faculty and staff do for the students.

If you have any questions, contact Craig Berning or Miranda Miser.

Request for International Highlights

The Office of International Programs in Agriculture (IPA) is requesting international highlights from CFAES faculty to include in the 2016 IPA Annual Report. If you have information to provide on major activities related to international research, teaching, or service that you were involved with in 2016, please send details of these activities to Beau Ingle by December 19.

Please contact Beau if you have any questions.

CFAES Gender Initiative Workshop

Please see the attached flyer for the next CFAES Gender Initiative offering on January 18 from 1 to 3 p.m.– a workshop on “Why Can’t We All Just  Get Along,” facilitated by Dr. Kathy Lechman, PhD, CFAES Director of Equity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University.

This workshop will be an excellent professional (and personal) development opportunity. This will be a free event offered in both Columbus and Wooster.

Gender Initiative Workshop

Click here to registrar. Space is limited.

Teaching Post Election

In the days leading up to and following the presidential election, our country has seen discord and, in some unfortunate cases, verbal and physical violence. As part of the teaching community at Ohio State, we know that these emotions can enter into our class interactions. We also know from research that making room for diverse perspectives and using inclusive pedagogies strengthens us as a community and promotes deeper learning.

Ohio State is an institution that values diversity and inclusion in everything we do as well as acting with integrity by proceeding with honesty, fairness, and treating everyone with respect.  In recent messages, President Drake reminds us, “It is incumbent upon us all to rebuild the sense of inclusion and support that has been key to the vibrant and engaged experience that is Ohio State.”

The University Center for the Advancement of Teaching continues to be committed to diverse, inclusive and civil classrooms. Below is a handful of resources to help teachers productively navigate these conversations in their courses. We also recommend that you review UCAT’s bibliography on teaching the election, which was assembled earlier this fall.

As always, consultants from UCAT are available to work with you and/or your department to address these issues, and any other issues that may be shaping the teaching and learning environment in which we collectively strive for inclusive excellence.

Resources for Teaching in the Post-Election Classroom
University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, “Returning to the Classroom after the Election.
Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, “Difficult Dialogues.”
Duquesne Center for Teaching Excellence, “Pedagogy and Micro-Resistance: A Strategy for the College Classroom.”
Attacking Ideas, Not People: Using Structured Controversy in the College Classroom (1996. Toward the Best in the Academy 7.7)