Unconscious Bias Certification

CFAES is partnering with the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Nursing to bring the Cultural Intelligence Center to Ohio State to provide our units with Unconscious Bias Certification.  This certification prepares you for facilitating the “Culture Matters” workshop for faculty, staff, and students in CFAES.  Although this training is complementary to the Cultural Intelligence Training Level 1 Certification provided in 2013, you do not have to be a Cultural Intelligence Facilitator to apply.

Space is limited.  Applications are being accepted until August 11.  The training will be in Columbus on September 14 and 15, location to be determined.  There is no cost for the training for your unit other than mileage and overnight if needed. You will be expected to facilitate at least one session for the college per year.

If interested, complete the online application.

Contact Kathy Lechman, lechman.1@osu.edu, if you have any questions.

Active Bystander and Implicit Bias Trainings – Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the following two workshops. Please note the time change for the August 29 session. A decision has not been made regarding streaming the sessions via Zoom.

Active Bystander Training.  This is training to provide participants with actionable tools to interrupt bias without causing defensiveness.
Tuesday, August 29
Target Audience: Faculty, staff, and students
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: E 100 Scott Lab
Cost: FREE

Implicit Bias Training and Mitigation Tools in Graduate Admissions
Thursday, August 31
Target Audience: Faculty and staff who focus on admissions and advising (but all are welcome)
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: E 100 Scott Lab
Cost: FREE

Ohio State ATI Turfgrass Scholarship Golf Tournament

Please join us for a great day of golf and support Ohio State ATI turfgrass scholarships at the same time by registering for the ATI Scholarship Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 14 at Hawk’s Nest Golf Course.

Click here for more information and to register.

Questions? Need more information? Contact Zane Raudenbush at 330-287-1246 or raudenbush.2@osu.edu.

CFAES Integrated Water Quality Plan

At a recent CFAES leadership meeting and department chairs meeting, Dean Kress talked about next steps with our work as a college around water quality.

Before Dean Kress joined CFAES, discussions were already underway about coordinating our efforts with respect to water science beyond the work started under Field to Faucet. It is clear that we need a broader approach to water quality in CFAES (i.e., beyond lake Erie and across our disciplines) and a renewed effort to help find science-based solutions to water quality issues across the state. Dean Kress realizes there are numerous faculty already working on research related to water quality beyond Field to Faucet, and we want to do more. Moving ahead, we are going to reboot our collective CFAES response to water quality.

We want you to know we are talking about this and are looking to engage faculty and staff in the conversation.

Dean Kress’ plan is to convene a group to discuss a framework that might pull together CFAES water quality efforts into an integrated plan. We are looking forward to gathering input from key faculty, staff, and stakeholders on next steps. Please let your department chair know if you have thoughts on this topic. We need our best ideas on the table.

Travel Support Available for 4th International Congress on Pathogens at the Human-Animal Interface

The Global One Health initiative (GOHi) of the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Outreach and Engagement are offering travel support funding for Ohio State faculty, staff and students to attend the 4th International Congress on Pathogens at the Human-Animal Interface (ICOPHAI): Environmental Changes and Impact on Global Health Congress, November 7-9, 2017, to be convened in Doha, Qatar. Individual presenters are eligible for up to $2,000 to offset the cost associated with attending and participating in the event. Completed applications must be submitted by Aug. 15.

Click here for more information.

Save the Date – Broader Impacts Workshop

The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) will be hosting Dr. Anna Ball on Friday, September 8, 2017.  Dr. Ball will be doing several workshops about broader impacts in grant work.  All CFAES faculty, postdocs and graduate students are invited to a seminar that is being planned from 10  to 11:30 a.m. At that seminar, Dr. Ball will talk about ways faculty can build stronger broader impact (sometimes called outreach or evaluation) components of their grants.  We will attempt to connect via distance/Zoom for those unable to attend on Columbus campus; at present, we are looking at space options to accommodate.

Dr. Ball is Professor of Agricultural Education and Leadership at the University of Missouri (MU) and is currently a faculty fellow in the Office of the Provost managing similar duties as our Vice Provost for Academic Policy and Faculty Resources. Prior to that, Dr. Ball was a faculty fellow in the MU Office of Research focusing on broader impacts. On MU’s campus, Dr. Ball is not only sought after by college of agriculture faculty, but other faculty as well, to help them develop their education/outreach/evaluation components of their grants.  MU has been a leader in the development of the broader impacts network.  The network focuses on strengthening communication regarding the worth of tax-payer investments in research through effective broader impacts components within grants.

More information will be forthcoming.

Safety Brief – The Heat Is On

Attached is the latest “Safety Brief” poster from OSU Environmental Health and Safety. Being exposed to excessive heat and humidity can cause serious conditions such as heat illness and heat stress. In this edition of the Environmental Health & Safety brief, learn a few tips to beat the heat.

Heat Stress

Please take a few minutes to review the material and pass it on throughout your department.  Click here for previous OSU EHS Safety Brief Posters.

Click here for more CFAES employee safety information.

CFAES Facilities Update

This month, the college will begin the design of one of its facility priorities: the new science building in Wooster.  The project will provide a new home for entomology research in Wooster, new multipurpose teaching labs for Ohio State ATI, and shared multifunction rooms for teaching and presentations.  This project also will include new or renovated food service space for improved campus life on the Wooster Campus as well as significant infrastructure improvements.  Total project estimate is currently indicated at $33.5 million.

This project is more than a building, as it will support the “one-campus” vision to improve collaborations among CFAES researchers, educators, and extension specialists.  The new building will promote greater opportunities of collaborative research in molecular biology through its proximity to Selby Hall, which houses plant pathology research and the Molecular-Cellular Imaging Center with state-of-the-art bioinformatics infrastructure.  Collocation of programs will facilitate unique opportunities for Ohio State ATI’s undergraduate lab experiences through interactions with researchers.

After the new facility is occupied, the college plans to demolish entomology’s current location, the 100-year-old Thorne Hall Complex.

The project design team includes Hasenstab Architects Inc., Sasaki Associates Inc., and Karpinski Engineering.  The construction manager is Elford Construction Inc.

Updated Wooster Campus Map

The Wooster campus of The Ohio State University is home to five Ohio State and affiliated entities: the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio State ATI, Northeast Region Ohio State University Extension, BioHio Research Park, and USDA Agricultural Research Services.

The college recently updated the Wooster campus map.  Click here to access the new map.

Staff Appreciation Week – July 24-28

In celebration of Ohio State staff members’ contributions to the university, Staff Appreciation Week activities are planned. Activities start with the annual Staff Appreciation Ice Cream Social on the Oval on Monday, July 24, from 1 to 4 p.m., with a brief program around 1:15 p.m.

Additional activities include Columbus Clippers games, a Columbus Crew SC game, Ohio State Fair discount admission, Ohio Stadium tours, Ohio State Planetarium shows, Wexner Center for the Arts tours and local restaurant and retail discounts. Share your Staff Appreciation photos using #OSUStaffWeek.

Click here for more information.

Center for Applied Plant Sciences Announces New Funding Opportunity

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) is seeking applications for its new Seed Grant Program. The CAPS mission is to build synergy that illuminates basic biological concepts and ultimately translate these into applications that offer practical solutions to important problems. CAPS provides affiliated members with support and tools for novel discoveries, commercialization and economic development opportunities.

Deadline for a Letter of Intent is July 17, 2017.  Click here for more information.