Smart Campus Challenge for Students

As part of its annual academic investment program, the Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) will fund the Smart Campus Challenge, a venture capitalist-style student sustainability competition in February 2019.

Student teams who advance through an initial proposal process will have the opportunity to pitch campus sustainability projects to a committee of Ohio State faculty, staff, alumni and ENGIE program managers for the chance to get their dream project funded.

“Each of us plays an essential role in the innovation of tomorrow,” said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu. “By working together, we can accelerate innovation and the implementation of projects with widespread impact. We look forward to engaging with students on their ideas to imagine new possibilities and drive solutions to make Ohio State’s campus a model for others to follow.”

The student sustainability competition aims to connect student talents to sustainability innovation by funding projects that enhance its campus’ resource efficiency and environmental performance.

More information is available on the OSEP website. Please share this opportunity with your students.

Proposals for the competition are due Dec. 7, 2018. All proposals must be submitted to the OSEP website. Click here for more information on the Smart Campus Challenge and to submit a proposal.


I-Corps@Ohio Program Request for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Request for Proposals for the fifth year of the I-Corps@Ohio Program.

The I-Corps@Ohio program incorporates Lean Startup, Customer Discovery, and Business Model Canvas methodologies to accelerate commercialization of technologies from Ohio universities, colleges, and research institutions while expanding the business acumen and networks of faculty and students across the state. The resulting companies will drive sustainable technology-based economic development in Ohio.

Registration begins on Oct. 23, 2018, and you have until Jan. 15, 2019, to submit your application for funding provided by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to be selected to participate in the 2019 I-Corps@Ohio cohort. Form your team now and submit your university technology using the online questionnaire to begin the process of taking your technology from lab to market.

Click here to view the RFP.

Shauna Brummet, president and CEO of BioHio Research Park, coaches CFAES I-Corps@Ohio teams. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, contact Shauna.

Click here to apply.

I-Corps@Ohio is a statewide program to assist faculty and graduate students from Ohio universities and colleges to validate the market potential of their technologies and launch startup companies. I-Corps@Ohio is modeled after the National Science Foundation’s successful I-Corps program, which is proven to increase innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry collaboration.

CFAES Website Search Feature Enhancement Launched

You may not be aware, but CFAES has nearly 300 unique websites on our network. While they are all part of the same web environment (Drupal), they are stand-alone sites.

Because of this set up, in the past if you did a search from the CFAES home page, the search was pulling content just from Likewise, if you did a search on a department website, the search was pulling content from only that department site.

Last week Marketing and Communications launched an enhancement that allows users to search all CFAES websites that are in our Drupal web environment.

By default, will return search results from all CFAES websites. All other CFAES websites, like departments and programs, will show only results on the individual site searched; however, once the search results appear, there will be a check box that allows users to unmark searching content only for that site.

This will make it easier for individuals to find our programs, people, and initiatives from our website.

Explain Everything Whiteboard App Price Increase

Explain Everything Whiteboard is a paid mobile app that functions as an interactive whiteboard platform where people collaborate, share, and learn. Students receiving iPads as part of Digital Flagship have the Explain Everything app included at no cost. Faculty and staff may wish to purchase Explain Everything Whiteboard to mirror the student experience. The price for Explain Everything Whiteboard recently increased to $14.99 regardless of how many copies are purchased. If you wish to purchase a copy of Explain Everything Whiteboard (or any other software) then you may submit a request to the IT Service Desk.

If you’d like to learn more about using the app, OSU’s own Scott Sheeler has developed some tutorial videos on using Explain Everything.

Bucks for Charity – Final Two Weeks to Give

Today marks the start of the final two weeks of the 2018 Bucks for Charity campaign.  In four short weeks we have managed to raise $13,513.10, which is more than half of our goal!  As we enter the final stretch of this years’ campaign it is important to dig deep and support our local central Ohio community.  Make your pledge today by visiting!

Thanks to everyone that has donated and participated in the Leadership Picture Match Game.  Also, a huge thanks to the volunteers who submitted the adorable photos.  Be sure to make your pledge and submit your matches today to be entered to win one of the five great prizes!  Winners will be contacted via email later this week and the big reveal of the picture matches will be included in next week’s CFAES Weekly Digest post.

As a reminder, the CFAES Bucks for Charity Halloween Social Hour will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Agricultural Administration Building Auditorium.  For a small suggested donation of $5, join the CFAES Bucks for Charity Coordinators for an afternoon of Trick or Treat fun.  Participants will be entered to win one of 10 great prizes.  Wear your best (work appropriate) costume for an additional entry for raffle prizes.  All proceeds will go to Bucks for Charity.

Go Bucks and Go Bucks for Charity!

Snow Blower Clinic

It’s hard to believe but winter is right around the corner! Before you know it, it will be time to get your snow blower out to clear your driveways and sidewalks! Although, we hope winter holds off for a while, it is time to get your snow blower tuned up and ready to go for the upcoming winter season, so you can be prepared to stay ahead of the snow fall.

Agricultural Systems Management Club is holding its first-ever Snow Blower Clinic to provide preventative maintenance to get your snowblower ready to go for the snow. Services Include:

  • Oil change
  • Spark plug replacement
  • Flushing fuel system
  • Tightening any loose bolts

Snow blowers must be in running condition to be serviced. We will not be providing any additional services at this clinic. If your snow blower needs additional maintenance, we will refer you to a local repair business. We will not accept any 2-stroke snow blowers. Only 4-stroke snow blowers will be accepted.

Cost: $40/snow blower. Cash only please. Credit cards will NOT be accepted.

590 Woody Hayes Drive Agricultural Engineering Building Courtyard
Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22-23
Times: 7 – 9 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.

590 Woody Hayes Drive Agricultural Engineering Building Courtyard
Thursday and Friday, Oct. 25-26
Times: 7 – 9 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.

For more information and any questions, please contact: Ross Schroeder or Jacob Lesch


Associate Dean’s Coffee Hour

Greetings! Based on feedback, there will be more opportunities for graduate students and post-docs to chat informally with the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education. We highly encourage you to attend, as this is a great opportunity to ask questions, give suggestions, or hear updates about research and graduate education at the college.

The first of these events will be on Oct. 24 from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. in the Yenne Room, Shisler Center (Wooster). Coffee and cookies will be provided.

Stay tuned for more information about additional opportunities.

Invention and Commercialization Assistance

Invention and commercialization assistance is now available on Wooster campus at BioHio in Pounden Hall.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, a representative from the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO), Jay Dahlman, will be available at the Wooster campus from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The TCO representative, along with Dr. Shauna Brummet, president and CEO BioHio, will address questions from faculty, staff, post-docs, and students focused on innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University.

Please feel free to stop by the BioHio Innovation Lounge, 3rd floor of Pounden Hall— the incubator for the BioHio Research Park. BioHio is a regular collaborator with the TCO and works closely to provide resources for Wooster campus faculty and staff as well as increased opportunities to connect with companies and organizations on a local, national, and global level.

To schedule an appointment time with a TCO representative outside of the designated standing appointment timeframe, please contact Jay Dahlman.

Lunch and Learn: At Home Labs in Soil Science

Friday, Oct  26, noon – 1 p.m.
Bringing the pits to online learning: At home labs in soil science and other dirty tales
by Ron Reuter, Associate Professor and Program Lead Natural Resources, Oregon State University

Science happens in kitchens all over the world every hour of the day – and hardly anybody thinks anything about it. Soil science, while complex in theory, can be explored at the beginner’s level in a kitchen, in a hands-on way, with very simple tools, and provide the same amount of insight as a class at an R1 university teaching lab. We will explore some simple experiments and engage our creativity to explore new ways of learning hands-on science, without the science lab. Ron will also share his research into how well students are learning key concepts when labs are taught in this manner.

Dr. Ron Reuter is an associate professor in the Forest Resources Department at Oregon State University Cascades. He teaches several classes and is engaged in research in the areas of effective distance education technology and ecosystem processes in Oregon’s high desert. He was a guest speaker at the 2017 CFAES Price Chair in Teaching, Learning, and Advising Symposium. We have had several requests to bring him back to share his insights with more of our science faculty thinking about teaching online.

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Puerto Rico: The Reality of “Paradise”

Puerto Rico: The Reality of “Paradise”
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, 12-1 p.m.

Selby Hall (Plant Pathology) Room 203, Wooster
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Cost: Free
Details:  Light lunch provided, space limited
Meal starts at noon.
Presentation starts at 12:15 p.m.

Rsvp at by Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Marlia Bosques Martínez: B.S. in Crop Protection from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Pursuing a master’s degree in Plant Pathology at Ohio State under the guidance of Dr. Chris Taylor and Dr. Sally Miller. Her research focuses on studying root-knot nematode diversity, yield loss, and biocontrol management on tomatoes.

Noelymar González: B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Pursuing a master’s degree in Soil Science at Ohio State under the guidance of Dr. Steve Culman. Her research focuses on studying soil health in no-till soils.

Ana M. Vázquez Catoni:  B.S. in Biology and in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Pursuing a master’s degree in Plant Pathology at Ohio State under the guidance of Dr. Soledad Benitez. Her research focuses on studying microbial diversity in tomato seedlings.

Puerto Rico Cultural Connections

A talk in the series Cultural Connections: “Where Culture Meets Agriculture”

Contact information: Jason Owens, International Coordinator at the Wooster Campus,  (605) 691-1066


Murder Mystery and Costume Ball

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40.00 per person
Includes dinner and show
Cash bar
Prizes for best costume

Employees must RSVP to the Shisler Conference Center at 330-263-5500 prior to the event.

Dinner Menu

Passed Upon Arrival
Mummy Meatball Slider
Deviled Egg Eyeballs

Plated Salad
Apple Cheddar Harvest Salad

Dinner Buffet
Pot Roast with Harvest Veggies
Apple Cornbread Stuffed Pork Loin
Garlic Gruyere Mashed Potatoes
Honey Glazed Green Beans

Dessert Platter
Oreo Bars
Lemon Bars

Mobility Week

Ohio State Mobility Week, Oct. 15-19, is an effort to educate, engage, and empower the campus community around the current options and future of mobility on campus and beyond. The week provides several opportunities to engage with mobility providers, educate yourself through panels, and experience electric vehicles from the driver’s seat.

Ohio State is the primary research partner of Smart Columbus, an initiative resulting from the city’s win of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. Columbus received $50 million in grants to transform mobility in central Ohio. A team of representatives from Ohio State’s Corporate Engagement Office, Center for Automotive Research, Transportation and Traffic Management, Smart Campus student group and several community partners are involved in planning Mobility Week activities.

Click here to learn more about Mobility Week and the planned activities.