Collaborative @OSU Kick-off Event

Collaborative Kick-off Event Flyer

Friday, February 10, 2017 12 noon – 4 p.m.
Hale Center, MLK Lounge

The Collaborative @OSU is part of a national coalition of institutions committed to supporting and advancing research addressing the lives of women and girls of color. We are excited to bring together OSU researchers to build a university-wide research and learning community focused on the lives of women and girls of color.

We are honored to have Professor Patricia Hill Collins, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and a leading scholar in the study of intersectionality as an analytical approach deliver the luncheon keynote address, Sharpening Intersectionality’s Critical Edge.

Following the keynote address, we will engage in breakout conversations aimed at building our research and learning community by identifying collective goals, research needs, and potential research collaborations.

This university-wide event is open to all OSU researchers. To attend the event, please RSVP by clicking here.

Lunch begins at 12 noon and the program and keynote address will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more about the Collaborative @OSU.

For questions and more information contact Professor Wendy Smooth at

Second Annual Global Brain Health and Performance Summit – Call for Abstracts

The Global Brain Health and Performance Summit Scientific Program Committee invites you to submit abstracts for papers to be presented at the upcoming conference, April 27-29, 2017, at the Hilton Columbus Downtown. The summit will feature top scientists from academia, industry and government discussing innovations in research and development designed to enhance brain health and human performance.

Submit your abstract before February 10.

Click here to learn more about the summit or contact

Safety Brief – Winter Driving

Attached is the January 2017 “Safety Brief” poster from OSU Environmental Health and Safety.  This safety brief features winter driving. According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 116,800 people are injured every year in vehicle accidents involving snowy, icy, or slushy pavement.

Our CFAES faculty, staff and student employees do a tremendous amount of driving to conduct research, present at events, work with stakeholders or industry partners and commute daily to office locations. This winter use a little extra caution to get to your destination safely.

Winter Driving

Please take a few minutes to review the material and pass it on to others in your department.  Additional CFAES employee safety information can be found at

Information Security Awareness Training

Ohio State Policy (ISCR IT16.1.1, page 174) states the following: “organizations must ensure that all users of university networks or institutional data participate in university-approved information security awareness activities. Users must participate in a minimum of 1 hour of information security awareness annually.”

CFAES Information Security has been working with OSU Enterprise Security to compile training videos ranging from 2 to 5 minutes each in length.  The 1 hour of training includes 15 minutes needed to complete the comprehension quizzes.  Each video will provide content that is useful while at work and at home.  Training will be available starting this month via BuckeyeLearn with employees having until Sept. 30, 2017, to complete their assigned training and quizzes.

You will see an email from indicating training has been assigned to you and is now available.  Please note you may need to turn off your pop-up blocker to view the course.

If you have any questions, please contact CFAES Information Security Officer Rob Clifford (

Share the Value of Peace Corps in Your Classroom

For over 55 years, the Peace Corps has been sending skilled volunteers to tackle agricultural and environmental needs in over 60 countries. The needs are greater than ever, and Ohio State CFAES can do support this effort by promoting Peace Corps service to our undergraduate and graduate students.

Ohio State Peace Corps recruiter, Gail Messick, is available for brief classroom talks to interested students. These talks can be as brief as 5 minutes or as long as 30 minutes.

If you are willing and open to having her address your class on the opportunities the Peace Corps provides, please connect with her at or

Alpha Zeta Partners – Recruiting New Members

My name is Landon Lindemer, student in CFAES and PR/Fundraising Chair for Alpha Zeta Partners (AZP), a professional honorary for students in CFAES. Because AZP has a rich history in our college (founded in 1897) and we are currently recruiting new members, we thought it would fun to share just a bit about our organization with faculty and staff in CFAES.

What is AZP? AZP focuses on scholarship, character, and leadership. After induction into AZP, first-year members complete a year-long program with goals around leadership development, developing individual leadership capacity for leading change in organizations and society. The heart of the AZP program is a six-week education abroad experience in Brazil. Students spend half of their Spring semester in an immersion learning experience that is a collaboration between CFAES and the University of São Paulo’s Escala Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ), in the state of São Paulo. You can follow the current study abroad experience here.

Work with students or know a current CFAES student? We are currently recruiting CFAES students who will be sophomores or juniors when traveling to Brazil in Spring 2018. Applications are due Feb. 6. If you have a student in mind who you think would benefit from this experience and meets the requirements of our organization, please let them know about our organization and the many opportunities they have through it.

Want to learn more? Here are links to our Facebook page and website for more information!

STAR Lab Has a New Web Site

On Sept. 28, the weekly digest posted an update on the Service Testing and Research Laboratory, or STAR Lab, located in Williams Hall at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center on CFAES’s Wooster Campus.

STAR Lab now has a new website:

If you have the previous site bookmarked, you will want to update the bookmark; the previous site will shut down on Feb. 1

Training Opportunity for Wooster Campus

The Office of Human Resources, in partnership with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), will host a unique training opportunity for the Ohio State Wooster campus community next Thursday, Jan. 19.

The top trainers from OOD will facilitate this highly interactive training program – Challenging Myths, Fears and Vulnerabilities for Hiring, Interviewing and Employing Individuals with Disabilities. This session is based on Windmills, a national training curriculum developed in California for business and now customized for The Ohio State University.

The class is designed to enhance awareness of cultural diversity, examine implicit attitudes and biases toward people with disabilities and provide information to better understand how to comply with the spirit and letter of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The session will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Fisher Conference Room.

Ohio State’s faculty and staff, especially the HR community and hiring managers who will be on the Wooster campus that day, are encouraged to attend this session. Three hours of continuing education credits will be offered to certified HRPs.

RSVP to Jane Douglas (

Campus Conversation on the Opioid Crisis

It is our pleasure to announce that registration is now open for the Campus Conversation on the Opioid Crisis.  Through your participation in this event, we hope to learn about the many ways that Ohio State is already involved in addressing this critical issue and develop plans for advancing the role that Ohio State can play statewide in battling the opioid crisis.

The event will take place on Monday, January 30 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at 2201 Fred Taylor Drive on the Ohio State campus.  Parking is available across the street from the 4-H Center. Doors will open at 8:00 AM with coffee and pastries. Lunch will be provided.

We are pleased to confirm that Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General James Lando, MD, MPH, FACPM will be our featured speaker.  Dr. Lando serves as regional health administrator for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Lando, along with several leaders in Ohio’s efforts to combat drug addiction and overdose deaths, will lead the morning program.  The afternoon will be devoted to small-group conversations related to the various dimensions of the issue ranging from prevention to treatment.

We are also trying to develop an inventory of how participants are involved in addressing the opioid issue.  Consequently, space is provided on the web-based registration form to briefly describe the nature of your work related to the issue.

Click here to register.

Registrations are due by noon on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Roger Rennekamp                             Bill Martin
Director, OSU Extension                  Dean, College of Public Health

Subsurface Energy Resource Center Seed Grant Solicitation

The Ohio State University Subsurface Energy Resource Center (SERC) is seeking applications from OSU faculty and research staff for seed grant funding. The total expected budget is $25,000, from which we will fund 3 to 5 subsurface‐relevant proposals that are expected to leverage the SERC Seed Grants
into a high return to the university.

Proposals should be submitted to Mike Kositzke ( by Jan. 31, 2017. The SERC Management Team will review proposals and make their decision by Feb. 28.

For proposals to receive serious consideration, they must demonstrate a clear relevance to subsurface energy in areas such as technological advances, environmental impacts and/or socioeconomic issues. The funding is for one year and requires a mid‐term and final report.

See attached flyer for additional details.

SERC Seed Grant

Building Ohio State – Thompson Library Exhibit Opening Reception

The Ohio State University Libraries presents the exhibition Building Ohio State: From Forest to the Renovation of the Thompson Library from Feb. 1 – May 14, 2017, in the Thompson Library Gallery.

Join Ohio State Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron, Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries Damon E. Jaggers, and Ohio Forestry Association Vice President Adam Conway at the opening reception as they share the story of the unique connections and history shared between The Ohio State University and Ohio’s forests.

Library Exhibit Opening Reception
Feb. 1, 2017
3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Remarks at 4:00 p.m.
Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, 11th Floor

Building Ohio State tells the story of the unique connections and history shared between The Ohio State University and Ohio’s forests. From its beginnings as a land-grant institution to the renovation of the Thompson Library, the University has been instrumental in promoting forest research and education and demonstrating sound management of Ohio’s forests.

The exhibition examines the past, present, and future of Ohio’s timber resources. From near-complete removal at the beginning of the 20th century, Ohio’s forests made a comeback thanks to The Ohio State University’s many contributions to forestry research, acquisitions of forest land, and its sustainable management. Building Ohio State celebrates the 10th anniversary of the renovation of the Thompson Library with white oak (Quercus alba) harvested from Ohio’s Zaleski State Forest. The exhibition highlights sustainable forest management and its continuing role in education, sustainability, and economic development in the state of Ohio.

Hamilton County Extension Office – New Location

The Hamilton County Extension Office relocated to a county-owned facility in the community of Northside effective Jan. 17.

The new Extension Office address is 4210 Dane Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223. This location is just three miles from its previous location on Colerain Avenue.

The phone numbers and e-mail addresses remain the same.

Apply Now for International Academic Enrichment Grants

The Office of International Affairs is seeking applications for its Academic Enrichment Grants, which support activities with lasting impact across the globe. The grant competition is open to faculty, graduate students and undergraduates whose applications focus on research projects that address global issues, connect discipline-specific research to programs in diverse cultural settings, explore the languages, cultures, arts, social sciences and area studies and/or promote active collaborations with institutional partners. The deadline to apply is Monday, Feb. 6.

The grants are sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Research and the Office of Undergraduate Education. The research competition will fund between 10 and 15 awards of $3,000 to $8,000.

For more information and to access the online application, please visit:
Faculty Academic Enrichment Grant
Graduate Student Academic Enrichment Grant
Undergraduate Student Academic Enrichment Grant