ASM and CSM Clubs to Hold Lawn Mower Clinic Starting This Week

The recent surge of warmer weather has many reminded that spring is right around the corner. But with the arrival of spring can come a number of chores, especially when it comes to maintaining your lawn. Luckily, the Agricultural Systems Management (ASM) Club and Construction System Management (CSM) Club are here to make sure your push mower is in peak condition for the long mowing season ahead.

The ASM and CSM Clubs join together annually to hold their Lawn Mower Clinic to provide preventative maintenance to owner’s push lawnmowers. Starting Wednesday, February 28, owners can drop off their push lawn mowers at the Agricultural Engineering Building Courtyard. Then, over the weekend, students will work on your mower to change its oil, replace the spark plug, clean under the mower deck, and sharpen the blades, all for only $40. Mowers will be available for pick-up on Monday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 6.

Not only will this service help your mower stay running strong, but this fundraiser helps support the ASM and CSM student clubs.

“The ASM/CSM Spring Lawn Mower Clinic is one of the most important fundraising activities for these two student organizations,” said Dr. Dewey Mann, ASM program Lecturer and Advisor of the ASM Club. “As a student lead effort, they enjoy providing a service to the Ohio State community, and being able to fund club activities. These funds will support student trips to professional conferences, service activities, and social events for our members.”

To learn more about Lawn Mower Clinic, and to see if your mower is eligible, click here.

For additional information, contact Ross Schroeder,

CFAES and Brand Website Redesign and CFAES Identity Launch

The CFAES website and brand website redesign are the result of the creation of a CFAES identity that is enhancing our current brand. I want to highlight a few things about the CFAES identity, so you are clear about where we have been and where we hope to be in the near future.

CFAES Identity

As many of you know, in 2013, the university overhauled its brand. It changed the logo from the previous block style to the logo we have today; it also created standards for university colleges and units in utilizing the brand. These standards are:

  • A single logo for a college
  • An approved identifier for certain units within a college (scarlet band, which was approved for OARDC and Extension)
  • Four approved fonts for all publications and materials
  • An approved palette of colors for all publications and materials

The college adhered to the university brand standards and has done so for the past five years. In 2014, CFAES Marketing and Communications created a robust brand website with guidance and templates for the departments and units in support of the university brand. It also developed a brand advisory team to answer questions about the brand and approve all materials produced to ensure we were in compliance with university brand standards.

The launch of the CFAES identity is not creating a new brand; the university brand standards still apply today. The work is to enhance our existing brand and build a CFAES identity. This is being done in part by creating a graphic CFAES identifier, the CFAES tag. The tag is not a logo, but a graphic way to increase recognition of CFAES in the materials we produce. We also are introducing some optional graphic elements that can be used to build cohesion. These graphic elements (screened back photos, photo frames, textured backgrounds, etc.) can be used as departments and units see fit depending on the publication and audience.

Connecting all of our mission areas, departments, units and programs to the college (via the CFAES tag) enhances our recruitment, alumni engagement, legislative outreach, collaborative partnerships, and fundraising. If people know and understand the breadth and depth of the great work CFAES does, everyone benefits.

CFAES Brand Website

To support the launch of the CFAES identity, the brand website has been updated. To support the enhancements, we will have new templates for departments and units. These templates will help teams incorporate the CFAES tag as well as some of the optional graphic elements as they produce publications and materials.

The site also will be a landing page for additional guidance on publication development including the university and college editorial style guidelines, required nondiscrimination and accessibility statements, and social media guidelines. Having all of our guidelines in one place will make it easier for our users to create and produce publications and materials.

Website Redesign

As part of enhancing the materials we design in Marketing and Communications using the CFAES tag and the new graphic elements, we are gave the CFAES website a fresh look as well. The website design (color scheme and overall feel) has been the same for four years. It only seemed fitting as we refresh our look in printed materials, that we refresh our look online. Your departments and units will not need to do anything as a result of this refresh, and how your teams update and manage content will not change.

In addition to the redesigned look of the CFAES website, we also are launching two new features on the home page.

CFAES Stories

One of the new features you will notice on the new home page, is a section featuring stories. We have created a new section of the website called CFAES Stories, where we are writing feature stories on Who We Are, Discovery, Engagement, and Learning. This section allows us to tell stories showcasing the breadth and depth of our college that we may not have the opportunity to tell in our other communication vehicles.

CFAES Events

Another feature of the new home page is the enhancement of the Events section. Although users won’t see this change, individuals who manage content for CFAES websites will. We have added a feature to all of the event calendars on all of the websites, so individuals that add events to their sites can select the option to add their events to the CFAES calendar. Those events will be submitted for review, and upon approval, will appear on the CFAES calendar of events.

If you have any q1uestions about the CFAES brand and how it applies to the work you do, email

Day of Giving – Feb. 28, 2018

Some Ohio State students don’t know how they’ll pay for their next meal.

It’s a very real problem, but we don’t often hear about it: after paying tuition, rent and the rest of their bills, some students don’t have enough left for healthy meals. While they’re working hard on their education, they’re not getting the most out of it – because a hungry student can’t concentrate or learn as well as a nourished one.

Save the date for Ohio State’s Day of Giving on February 28, 2018. Make your gift to buy a student’s next healthy meal.

Click here to watch a video and learn more about Ohio State’s Day of Giving.

The Burgeoning Internet of Food Seminar

The Burgeoning Internet of Food: New Opportunities for Food, Food Systems and Health Informatics
Seminar with Matthew Lange, PhD

Wed, Feb 28, 3 p.m.
Parker Food Science and Technology, Room 120
2015 Fyffe Court, The Ohio State University

Part Semantic Web (SemWeb), part Internet of Things (IoT), and part blockchain: the emerging Internet of Food (IoF) holds promise to change the way we conduct science, assign value to commodities and processes, transact food business, and develop policy and intervention programs related to food systems.

A confluence of technologies underpinning the IoF support new economic models where companies compete to be more traceable, more transparent, and ultimately more trustworthy. At the same time, increasingly harmonized data structures and vocabularies enable data sharing/collaboration and publication/communication mechanisms spanning scientific disciplines, geographic boundaries, and dimensions of time and space from protein folding to earth observation.

At this seminar, Dr. Lange will highlight work being conducted at the International Center for Food Ontology Operability Data and Semantics (IC-FOODS@UCDavis) together with public and private partners, including The Ohio State University, to build IoF infrastructure.

Matthew Lange, PhD
Professional Food and Health Informatician and Research Scientist
UC Davis Food Science and Technology

Dr. Lange’s research program is helping to define and shape a new scientific discipline known as Food Informatics, while simultaneously enabling the engineering of a computable infrastructure for the burgeoning Internet of Food (IoF). Part Semantic Web (SemWeb), part Internet of Things (IoT), the IoF is the global, evolving knowledge base of food that exists as ontologies and linked object data (LOD) stores.

Refreshments will be provided
RSVPs are not required

Rodney F. Plimpton Outstanding Teacher Award

Dr. Rodney F. Plimpton was an unusually exuberant, dynamic teacher during his career at The Ohio State University.  From the time he entered Ohio State in 1959, he served as an effective teaching and research assistant.  During his faculty tenure from 1965 until his untimely death in 1987, he was twice honored as recipient of the University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award.  The tremendous number of undergraduate students who sought him as an academic advisor provides clear evidence of his extremely effective relationship with students.  He was major advisor to 26 graduate students and highly respected nationally as a speaker and public writer on meat science and teaching.  The American Meat Science Association Distinguished Teaching Award was bestowed on him in 1978.  Dr. Plimpton serviced on the University Senate and vigorously contributed challenging ideas and wisdom to numerous committees and projects.  He spent his entire career at The Ohio State University devoting his time and tremendous energy to enabling his students to become the best that they could be.  Dr. Plimpton was an excellent example of the criteria to receive this outstanding teaching award.

The Rodney F. Plimpton Outstanding Teacher Award is intended to recognize and encourage CFAES faculty members with the rank of assistant or associate professor who exemplify excellence in and commitment to teaching.  No more than two awards will be presented.  Each award includes a plaque, $500 for the recipient and $500 for the home department/school to enhance its teaching program.

Individuals who are considered outstanding teachers by their peers, professional associates, administrators, graduate and undergraduate students.  Nominations are encouraged to seek information from the nominee.

  • No more than two awards will be given.  To be considered, a faculty member must have the rank of assistant or associate professor only.
  • Nominees must not have received this teaching award during the past five years.


  • The teacher demonstrates the ability to motivate students in the learning process and stimulates strong interest in the subject matter.
  • The teacher effectively uses a variety of materials and methods appropriate to the subject matter, establishes clear learning objectives and presents subject matter in an organized manner.
  • The teacher maintains a thorough, up-to-date and futuristic knowledge of subject matter, applies principles of science in evaluating information, and strives for objectivity and intellectual honesty.
  • The teacher is innovative, constantly seeks to improve quality of teaching/learning situation, and helps students to reflect upon relevancy of information and to project ideas into new areas and into the solution of problems.
  • The teacher has contributed to teaching excellence, assessment and/or curriculum development through participation in departmental, college or university initiatives and/or committees.

The nomination is to be completed by the nominee’s department.  Assistance by the nominee is encouraged to ensure the form is as complete as possible.  Only those documentation materials requested should be added.  Do not exceed space limitations nor submit materials not requested.

General Information

  • Name of nominee
  • Title or rank
  • Department/academic unit
  • Include a copy of current vita
  • Courses taught – include information dealing with number of sections, types of courses, and number of students taught per term over the previous two academic years
  • List any other teaching situations in addition to regular courses which should be considered, including student advising (1 page maximum)

Award Criteria – (Limit supporting evidence to only one page per notation)

  • Student Motivation – The teacher demonstrates the ability to motivate students in the learning process and stimulates strong interest in the subject matter.
  • Teaching Effort – The teacher effectively uses a variety of materials and methods appropriate to the subject matter, establishes clear learning objectives and presents subject matter in an organized manner.
  • Scholarly Role Model – The teacher maintains a thorough, up-to-date and futuristic knowledge of subject matter, applies principles of science in evaluating information, and strives for objectivity and intellectual honesty.
  • Innovation – The teacher is innovative, constantly seeks to improve quality of the teaching/learning situation, and helps students to reflect upon relevancy of information and to project ideas into new areas and into the solution of problems.
  • Service of Teaching – The teacher has contributed to teaching excellence, assessment, and/or curriculum development through participation in departmental, college or university initiatives and/or committees.
  • Additional Attachments – Materials, which may be included, should be limited to these items only:
  1. Student evaluations for courses taught this past year; SEI preferred, with college and  university comparative means and/or peer evaluations of instruction.
  2. Listing of prior awards/recognition for teaching and advising.

Please submit nomination by Monday, March 26 electronically to Carol Poe at or deliver to 100 Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, OH 43210; 614-688-5612.

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Seminar Series

Dr. Ian Howat, BPCRC Director Candidate, will give a Byrd Center seminar on Wed. Feb. 21, 2018, at 1 p.m. in Rm. 240 Scott Hall.

Howat Seminar Flyer

Zoom Information:
Topic: Ian’s Talk – Zoom Call
Time: Feb 21, 2018 1:00 PM America/Toronto
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Landscape Restoration Project Survey

As part of a School of Environment and Natural Resources senior capstone project, students are developing a Landscape Restoration plan for the area to the north and west of Kottman and Plumb Halls. The plan is to redesign the landscape to provide a greater array of ecosystem services including research, teaching, and recreation/relaxation opportunities while linking the project with the Campus Sustainability goals and SENR’s 50th anniversary.

The students are interested in surveying the opinions of CFAES faculty and staff. Click here to complete the survey.


Mershon Center Grants and Scholarships Program

Each year, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds a competition for Ohio State faculty and students to apply for research grants and scholarship funds.

Research Grants

Applications for Faculty Research and Seed Grants and Graduate Student Research Grants must be for projects related to the study of national security in a global context. We are also interested in projects that emphasize the role of peace-building and development; strengthen the global gateways in China, India and Brazil; relate to campus area studies centers and institutes; or address the university’s Discovery Themes of health and wellness, energy and the environment, and food production and security.

In recent years the center has funded several dozen faculty and graduate student research projects with grants for travel, seminars, conferences, interviews, experiments, surveys, library costs, and more. To learn more about the types of projects funded, please see faculty project summaries on the Mershon Center website under Research and graduate project summaries in past Annual Reports.

Study Abroad

The Mershon Center has also established International Security Scholarships for Undergraduate Theses and Study Abroad to support undergraduates whose professional career plans lie in the field of international security and who would benefit doing research for an undergraduate thesis or studying in a foreign country. Applications will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary review committee that will make recommendations to the director of the Mershon Center. Scholarship amounts typically range from $2,000 to $3,000.

How to Apply

Application forms and instructions for all Mershon Center grants and scholarships can be found in the Grants section of the Mershon Center website. The deadline for all applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

National Conference on Diversity, Race, and Learning

Remaining Vigilant: Creating & Flourishing with Diversity & Inclusion in a New Era
Monday and Tuesday, May 7 and 8, 2018
featuring Candi Castleberry Singleton, VP of Intersectionality, Culture and Diversity, Twitter

MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018 
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Diversity Training
The Ohio State University, Hale Hall, 154 West 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. returns as featured trainer along with other selected expert trainers

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Special Dinner w/Distinguished Keynote
Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Drive, Columbus, OH

TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Ohio State University Fawcett Conference Center
2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH
Including: Morning Charge, Featured Keynote Address and 18 Dynamic Breakout Sessions

Click here for more information and to register.

Innovations & Conversations

Join technology commercialization experts for the February Innovations & Conversations on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Faculty Club Colleagues Room to learn more about the Accelerator Awards program and how faculty can be awarded funding to help further develop your technology.

Innovations and Conversations Flyer

Come spend time with our experts to learn more about: the purpose of Accelerator Awards; continuum funding; applying for an Accelerator Award; Accelerator Award criteria; and award selection. The next round of applications for funding opens in less than a week.

Innovations & Conversations is a quarterly, informal gathering for faculty to network with business, technology commercialization and industry partnerships. Conversations focus on the cycle of innovation — from discovery to marketplace.

Appetizers and drinks are provided. Click here to RSVP.

Degree Audit Workshop

The CFAES Office of Academic Affairs is offering a degree audit workshop for all advisors. This will be an active workshop where you will use the degree audit system to review a student’s progress toward her/his degree and run a Transfer Credit Report. Please bring a laptop computer.

Date: Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Speakers: Paul Heimberger and Ben Carignan, College Academic Counselors
Location: International Room (110) at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
Parking passes will be available to those that RSVP for the session

RSVP to Susie Sheller by Feb. 16, 2018

Celebration of Nations

Mark your calendar for the 8th annual Celebration of Nations. This fun CFAES Wooster campus event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Shisler Conference Ballroom.

Come learn about the diversity of the Wooster campus. Represent your native country or U.S. region/state. Share food, music, pictures, crafts, memorabilia, and more. Light lunch will be provided.

Contact a committee member (listed below) in your department if you would like to have a display or perform as part of the entertainment.

Food Animal Health Research Program: Shristi Ghimire 

Animal Sciences: Revathi Shanmugasundaram 

Entomology: Nuris Acosta and Carlos Esquivel Palma 

Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering: Juliana Vasco Correa 

Plant Pathology and MCIC: Maria Hernandez-Gonzales

Horticulture and Crop Science: Josh Blakeslee and Nikita Amstutz  

ATI: Subbu Kumarappan

You also can contact one of the event coordinators:

Jane Douglas 
Jason Owens
Gwen Short 

GDSU Educational Sessions

The Grant Development Support Unit is hosting several educational sessions. Sessions are free and open to interested faculty, staff, and students.

Data Management Basics for Agricultural Data
February 13, 2018
Video-linked: Research Services 130 (Wooster), Agricultural Administration 250A (Columbus)
1 – 3 p.m.

Working with agricultural data can lead to a variety of challenges including discipline specific issues such as: questions about ownership, difficulties in ‘matching’ or aggregating data, and data being linked to land value. This is all in addition to the normal issues of working with data including: creating a file naming system, tracking versions, and maintaining meaningful metadata for your research projects. Join Amanda Rinehart (Data Management Services Librarian) and Gwen Short (OARDC Librarian) for a workshop addressing these issues. Please bring a laptop or other productivity device in order to fully participate. There will be presenters in Wooster and Columbus.

Team Science
March 21, 2018
Video-linked: Research Services 130 (Wooster), Kottman Hall 200 (Columbus)
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Federal agencies are increasingly allocating funding to address societal grand challenges. Universities understand that mounting successful efforts in response require team science approaches.  RA/RD professionals play an essential role in supporting these efforts.  This presentation will define types of team science, describe major award programs supported by several of the federal agencies, and discuss how RA/RD can facilitate the successful development and submission of these proposals. Our presenter, Kate Hayes-Ozello, will be located in Columbus.

Initial Submissions and Buck IRB
April 10, 2018
Video-linked: Research Services 130 (Wooster), Agricultural Administration 250A (Columbus)
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop on the Buck-IRB initial submission application. Joni Barnard will be presenting from Columbus. The workshop will:

  • Provide an overview of the Buck-IRB system and how to navigate through the Ohio State IRB initial application (not external or exempt)
  • Identify documents that typically accompany a complete application
  • Discuss common pitfalls and tips for successful submission
  • Focus on application sections specific to behavioral research

Introduction to Cayuse424
May 10, 2018
Video-linked: Research Services 130 (Wooster), Agricultural Administration 250A (Columbus)
1 – 2 p.m.

The Cayuse SF424 system is a web-based product that facilitates electronic preparation and submission of proposals to federal agencies including NIH, NSF, and USDA. The product provides significant auto-filling of forms, extensive error checking, and the ability to see the entire proposal as it will look to reviewers before submission.  This session will give an overview on how to use the system including a live demo. Aimee Nielsen-Link will be presenting from Columbus, with personal assistance available in Wooster.

Click here for a full listing of upcoming events on the GDSU calendar.