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.

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

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 

Chemical Analysis at STAR Lab

Do you need quality chemical analysis for your research?

STAR Lab provides chemical analysis on agricultural and environmental materials.

Available instruments:
Carbon/Nitrogen Analyzer
Hg Analyzer
Microwave digestion system

Visit our website to see the variety of analyses available and our fee schedule.

STARLab 2018

Service Testing and Research Lab
1680 Madison Ave
Wooster, OH 44691

Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair – Exhibitor Registration Open

The Wooster campus is hosting the 8th Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The festival celebrates, educates and demonstrates that “Green is for Life!” Free to the public, the fair features exhibits, demonstrations, recycling and food vendors.

Previous fairs have featured over 50 exhibitors and 1,500 attendees. Registration for exhibitors for the 2018 fair is now open. Exhibitors:

  • Promote their environmentally friendly company or organization;
  • Demonstrate how their company or organization made the commitment to go green;
  • Market and sell their environmental products;
  • Create an environmental and education exhibit to inspire their employees and the public.

Click here to register to secure a booth. Space is limited and locations are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline for registration is March 9, 2018. For additional exhibitor information, contact Gwen Zimmerly at or Desiree Lutsch at

Financial sponsors may qualify for free booth space. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Fred Michel at

The fair will again be offered in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Workshop. The workshop required pre-paid registration and will feature presentations and panel discussions by industry and academia experts. Registrants will have the opportunity to visit the fair and engage with leaders in emerging green energy research and industry. For more information about the workshop, contact Fred Michel at

Secrest Arboretum Curator Announced

Good afternoon, CFAES community. I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Veil as curator of the Secrest Arboretum. He will begin on January 16, 2018.

Jason brings nearly 20 years of experience in both the green industry and public garden management to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Most recently, he served as curator of horticulture for The Trustees of Reservations where he coordinated the initial documentation, improvement, and promotional efforts of 11 diverse public garden properties across the state of Massachusetts.

Jason has a bachelor’s degree in urban forestry from Penn State University and a master’s degree in plant collections curation and management from the University of Delaware.

I want to thank the faculty and staff who participated in the search committee. This position is extremely important to the college and the community of Wooster. We were fortunate enough to have a competitive pool of candidates, and their work helped identify the individuals that were best suited for this position.

I believe Jason’s education and experience along with his enthusiasm and compassion for plants will not only enhance the Secrest Arboretum but also inspire the next generation of horticulturists. Please join me in welcoming Jason to CFAES and the Wooster community.



David A. Benfield, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Agricultural Administration
Director, Wooster Campus

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.

Wooster Campus 7th Annual Celebration of Nations

Be sure to join the OSU Wooster family to celebrate the diversity of the campus and explore our differences in a welcoming environment!

7th Annual Celebration of Nations, February 23, 2017


11:30 – 12:15   Lunch Served

11:45 – 11:55   African Ghana Drum Music – D. Elder and Class

12:00 – 12:10   Madrigal Dancers (1) – Susan English and Friends

12:10   Welcome Comments – Dr. Benfield

12:15   Chinese Xiao (Flute) – Fan Fan

12:25   Madrigal Dancers (2) – Susan English and Friends

12:35   Women In Dresses – Ashley Markazi, Rosario Candelero-Rueda, Hyesun Jang, Leah Everitt

12:45   Song and Dance – Nuris Acosta and Family

OARDC Employee Appreciation Dinner

We hope you can join us for this year’s OARDC Employee Appreciation Dinner.  See the attached flyer (Employee Appreciation), which includes ticket details and the names of employees receiving years of service awards.

NOTE: This year’s dinner is occurring on a Friday evening.

Friday, October 21, 6:30 p.m.
Shisler Conference Center

Everyone must have a ticket to eat dinner. Tickets are available at these locations:

  • Wooster – from all Department Offices
  • Outlying Agricultural Research Stations – from Cathy Chenevey
  • Columbus – from Melissa Burant in OARDC Director’s Office, 106 Ag Admin.
  • Piketon – from Marsha Amlin

We look forward to seeing you there.

2016 Employee Appreciation Dinner Committee:
Ken Scaife, Susan Vizzo, Loren Harper, Shelley Whitworth, Jane Douglas, and April Martin