Bucks for Charity

Bucks for Charity is underway! Now through Nov. 2nd, you can give to your favorite charity – conveniently via a one-time contribution or through payroll deduction.

Bucks for Charity is one way all of us in CFAES can come together to make our community stronger.  Our goal this year is to have 13 percent of our faculty and staff donate to raise $23,703.68. Last year, 13 percent of our faculty and staff participated and we raised $22,792.

There are nearly 250 central Ohio organizations participating in Bucks for Charity that need our help. Choose a cause that’s important to you, such as food security, health services, animal welfare, education, advocacy programs and more.

To kick-off our campaign we are raffling off ten (yes, 10!) prizes to the first 100 e-Pledge participants.  This is an opportunity to enter to win individual prizes. Spread the word and encourage your colleagues to participate.  (A little secret…there will be a prize for the highest team participation.)

Every Buck counts! Donations at any amount can make a difference and, when each of us gives a little, it adds up to be a lot.  Pledge and learn more at https://hr.osu.edu/bucks-for-charity/.

Go Bucks and Go Bucks for Charity!

Wellness Opportunities

I encourage you to take advantage of the many wellness opportunities that our university has to offer. Don’t forget to complete your PHA and biometric screening so that you can earn 2019 health insurance premium credit. Also, I’d like to call your attention to the upcoming Hit the Road with the Buckeyes physical activity competition as well as the new the stress reduction resources, you’ll find more information on each of these below.

Earn 2019 Premium Credit
If you plan to enroll in an Ohio State medical plan for 2019, you may receive a premium credit to reduce the cost of your employee medical plan contributions with the completion of the Personal Health and Well-being Assessment (PHA) and a verified Biometric Screening. Enrolled faculty and staff can receive $20/month by completing both requirements, and $30/month if their enrolled spouse does as well. Complete both steps below in 2018 to lock in receiving the full premium credit for 2019.

  1. Visit your primary care provider and submit a provider fax form to the OSU Health Plan.
  2. Schedule a complimentary on-campus biometric screening.

If you have not already registered for the new wellness portal through Virgin Pulse, you will need to do so prior to completing the PHA. For help with registration, visit the Quick Start Guide for step-by-step instructions.

If you have questions about earning premium credits, visit yp4h.osu.edu/rewards.

Hit the Road with the Buckeyes
Your Plan for Health’s signature team walking challenge – Hit the Road with the Buckeyes – returns for its 9th edition this fall. This year’s challenge will be a unique and interactive experience that you don’t want to miss! As we crisscross the Midwest, you will learn about the academic and athletic history of our conference companions. Work together as a team to unlock content about each away Big Ten football opponent. Teams will need to walk over 5.6 million steps to reach all destinations.

The challenge starts on Oct. 1 and continues through Dec. 2. Pre-register your team of up to 10 benefits-eligible faculty/staff and enrolled spouses today.

Just Breathe
Created by the One University Faculty & Staff Sub-Council, JustBreathe is a new resource center designed to equip faculty and staff with effective techniques to reduce stress.

Click here to check out this wonderful resource for stress reduction.

CFAES Facilities Update

August was another exciting month in CFAES facilities. We have reached milestones and completions of several more priority projects. Please see the attached summary of CFAES milestones and updates.

  • Controlled Environment Food Production Research Complex (CEFPRC)
  • CFAES Wooster Campus Graduate House
  • Summary of Major Activities and Projects

Facility Updates September 2018

Inclusive Excellence Trainings

CFAES is hosting a series of Inclusive Excellence Trainings from October to May.

These one-hour trainings focus on best practices for ensuring all reasonable efforts to attract a diverse candidate pool for open staff or faculty positions. Participants will examine the role that implicit bias often plays in screening applicants.  Strategies for advertising and creating avenues for underrepresented applicants will be presented.

These trainings will be made available via Zoom.

To register for any of the upcoming training sessions, please visit:
Staff Hire Trainings – http://go.osu.edu/staffIEtraining
Faculty Hire Trainings – http://go.osu.edu/facultyIEtraining

Still Time for Your Students to Register for SmartAg4.0

Please continue to push registration for SmartAg4.0 to all your undergraduate and graduate students! Students can continue to register through the day-of the event!

SmartAg4.0 2018
Sept. 28-29, 2018

Where your revolutionary ideas build the future of farming! SmartAg4.0 is a competition for students who are passionate about revolutionizing the future of food system through technology and innovation. This year SmartAg4.0 will focus on the dairy industry with four domain topics to choose from: sustainable nutrition, sensors & smart packaging, internet of things, and blockchain. Form your team and compete against your peers in this 24-hour “hack-a-thon” style event, to pitch the best idea! Over $5,000 in prizes available! Learn more and register at smartag4.osu.edu.

Amazon Web Services Immersion Day

Amazon Web Services Immersion Day
Wednesday, Oct. 3
The Great Hall at The Ohio Union

Whether you’re looking for compute power, database storage, content delivery, or other functionality, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has the services to help you build sophisticated applications with increased flexibility, scalability and reliability.

AWS is coming to Ohio State! Join us for an immersion day to meet members of Amazon’s team and take a deep dive into learning about AWS, how it can help you, and how to use it securely. This day will be an engaging, tech-driven event focused on helping you accelerate and secure your journey on AWS. If you’d like to participate in the lab exercises please be sure to bring a laptop and a power cord.

Click here to register.

8th Annual ArboBlitz

The 8th annual ArboBlitz tree planting event, a service learning event for students, faculty and staff, will take place on the west side of the Ag Admin Building, along both sides of Fyffe Road between Lane Avenue and Woody Hayes Drive.

Currently, we are removing some of the concrete to visually enhance Fyffe Road, which will increase green space. As part of ArboBlitz, we will install 20-25 native trees, and remove three invasive Callery Pears.

ArboBlitz will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, 1-4 p.m. We are hoping that students from CFAES and the University’s STEP program will join us to plant a tree and leave a living legacy on our campus.

Lunch and Learn Session on iPads

The CFAES eTeam would like to announce a Lunch and Learn series this semester where we will touch on various topics of using technology in online and face-to-face classes and extension events.  All Lunch and Learn sessions will be delivered via zoom so you can participate from a location that best suits you and your schedule.  We will also record sessions for later viewing.

Most sessions will have opportunities for you to practice the tool or approach that the speaker is presenting on. Everyone is welcome to attend – faculty, staff, students, etc. Contact Deana Namuth-Covert with any questions you may have. We will be kick starting the series on Thursday, Sept 20 from noon – 1 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) with:

iPads 101 – Using Noteability and Explain Everything for Online and Face-to-Face Classes and Professional Development Trainings
Do you want to look cool to all of your students? Do you want to learn about the latest apps used in education? If so, then come to our session on Notability and Explain Everything. Notability is a powerful note taking app in which you can combine handwriting, photos, typing, videos, and other materials to bring your notes to life. It also allows you to add and annotate PDFs, PowerPoint slides and other materials you utilize in your courses or for your work. Explain Everything is an interactive whiteboard where people can collaborate, share and create interactive presentations. It is an easy-to-use tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.

Notability will be presented by Abigail Burkey, who is a librarian at Ohio State ATI. Explain Everything will be presented by Valerie Childress, who is an instructional design specialist at Ohio State ATI.

Zoom Information for CFAES eTeam Lunch and Learn Series:
Sept. 20, 2018
Noon – 1 p.m., Eastern

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://osu-cfaes.zoom.us/j/938104260
Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +16468769923,938104260#  or +16699006833,938104260#
Or Telephone:
+1 646 876 9923 (US Toll)
+1 669 900 6833 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 938 104 260
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/fBOIXakV

Or an H.323/SIP room system:
H.323: (US West) (US East) (China) (India) (EMEA) (Australia) (Hong Kong) (Brazil) (Canada)
Meeting ID: 938 104 260

SIP: 938104260@zoomcrc.com

GDSU Fall 2018 Seminar Series

The Grant Development Support Unit is hosting educational opportunities throughout the fall.

Making “Cents” of NIFA Budgets (Budget Basics)Register
Sept. 24, 3-4 p.m., Kottman Hall 244 (Columbus)
Oct. 1, 1-2 p.m., Research Services 130 (Wooster)

This workshop will provide an overview of the expenses most commonly requested in grant applications, specifically focusing on NIFA applications. We will also discuss critical issues associated with developing budgets, including direct costs, allowable costs, and budget justifications.
Presenter: Lori Kaser, Grants and Contracts Administrator

Introduction to the PI PortalRegister
Oct. 16, 1-2 p.m., FABE 200 (Wooster)
Oct. 17, 10-11 a.m., Agricultural Administration Building 250A (Columbus)

This workshop will provide an overview of the new, redesigned PI Portal, demonstrate its enhanced features, and address questions. In this session, you will learn tips on how to use the PI Portal system to manage financial aspects of a project, verify remaining balances, reconcile outstanding expenditures, monitor cost-share activity, and review commitments and personnel appointments. We will also review project deadlines, uploaded documents, invoices/payments, expenditure allocation, important alerts from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), and how to use the Portal to close Purchase Orders.
Presenter: Angie LeMaster, CFAES Finance

Navigating the CFAES Research EnterpriseRegister
Oct. 31, 10-11 a.m.
Video-linked: Parker Food Science and Technology Building 120 (Columbus) and 122 Gerlaugh Hall (Wooster)

Join us to learn the different responsibilities of the Primary Investigator, Grant Development Support Unit, and the Office of Sponsored Programs when working on sponsored project proposals and throughout the life of a project.
Presenters: Lori Kaser, Grants and Contracts Administrator and Traci Aquara, Senior Sponsored Program Officer

Communicating ScienceRegister
Nov. 13, 1-2 p.m., Kottman Hall 244 (Columbus)
Nov. 16, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., FABE 200 (Wooster)

It is incredibly important that scientists are able to communicate their research in ways that the general public can understand. In this session, we will discuss tips on how to communicate your work to non-scientists, including how to write compelling impact statements.
Presenter: Kayla Arnold, Administrative Associate, Office for Research and Graduate Education

Working with the Private SectorRegister
Dec. 6, 2-3 p.m.
Video-linked: 130 Research Services (Wooster) and Agricultural Administration Building 250A (Columbus)

The university interacts with industry partners in many ways. In this session, we will consider the opportunities and advantages of engaging with private sector companies, non-profits, commodity groups, and philanthropic organizations and entrepreneurship early and often in your academic career.
Presenter: Shauna Brummet, President of BioHio

Junior Faculty Development Conference

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and Dean Kress are excited to announce a new opportunity for Assistant Professors. On Thursday, Sept. 27, please join us for the CFAES Junior Faculty Development Conference – for Assistant Professors ONLY!

This event will replace the monthly First Tuesdays meetings and provide an opportunity for assistant professors (tenure-track, clinical or professional practice, and research assistant professors) to ask questions and network with their peers.

The event will include a message from Dean Kress, faculty networking, and concurrent learning sessions relating to a variety of topics. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided, and the event will be followed by a networking happy hour. Attendees will also receive resource packets, CFAES swag, and have a chance to win an iPad! For more information, please see the attached agenda.

CFAES Junior Faculty Development Conference Schedule

Date: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Refreshments and lunch will be provided)
Location: The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center

Transportation from Wooster to Columbus will be provided. For those attending from other locations, the Dean’s Office will provide mileage reimbursement.

Click here to RSVP.

Please direct any questions to Joshua Hayes.

2019 Community Engagement Conference – Call for Proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for Ohio State’s second annual Community Engagement Conference, Jan. 23-24, 2019, at the Ohio Union. The conference will bring together faculty, staff, students, and community partners to focus on professional development and making connections, while exploring new potential engagement partnerships.

The theme of this year’s conference is Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future. Proposals are due by Oct. 3, 2018. All accepted presentations and posters will receive a citable URL in Engaged Scholars (the conference proceedings).

Click here to learn more and submit a proposal.

Ohio State Releases Active Aggressor Video

It’s scary to think about, but an active aggressor could strike any place, at any time. That’s why Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety has released a new “Surviving an Active Aggressor” video to educate the campus community.

The nine-minute video provides important updates to the university’s original safety tutorial released in 2015. The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority and we encourage all Buckeyes to watch.

Click here for more information and to view the video.

SEEDS Faculty RFP Informational Sessions

The FY 19 Request for Proposals for SEEDS: The Research Competitive Grants Program is available online.

Faculty proposals are due Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, at 5 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend informational sessions on the SEEDS faculty RFP. The dates and times of these sessions are:

Tuesday, September 11
250A Ag. Admin (Columbus)
10 – 11 a.m.

Wednesday, September 12
250A Ag. Admin (Columbus)
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 13
130 Research Services (Wooster)
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, September 13
130 Research Services (Wooster)
1 – 2 p.m.