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CFAES Monthly : April 2020
‘World-class research and knowledge’: New COVID-19 Hub now available
CFAES’ Knowledge Exchange has launched the COVID-19 Hub, a new website aimed at sharing science-based research and knowledge about the coronavirus pandemic directly with Ohioans. The site offers FAQs, videos, links to fact sheets, a “How to Analyze News and Data” feature, and more. Included, for example, are sections specifically related to health and wellness, farms and farming, businesses and working, and families and children.
Founded in 2019, the Knowledge Exchange is a support platform for CFAES aimed at bringing research to the public in unbiased, interactive ways.
CFAES info series is ‘madness’—and that’s good
With public gatherings, spectator sports—including the March Madness college basketball tournament—and CFAES’ normally busy schedule of public events all shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak, OSU Extension, the college’s outreach arm, is offering a series of virtual events. Called “Agriculture and Natural Resources Madness: A Tournament of Education,” the series features 64 educational sessions divided into daily brackets. The sessions are free and likely to continue until mid-May.
“This effort is a direct response to providing a variety of useful and timely sessions for farmers and families across the state during Gov. DeWine’s stay-at-home order,” said Jacqueline Wilkins, interim director of OSU Extension. “While our ‘tournament’ is being loosely tied to March Madness, it’s not a competition, and people can join in at any time for as many or as few sessions as they desire.”
CFAES Distinguished Seniors announced
CFAES recently announced the recipients of its 2020 Distinguished Senior awards:
- Caleb Hickman, Meredith Oglesby, and Marlee Stollar, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership
- Mary Buehler and Katie Garen, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
- James Constantino, Kady Davis, Caleb Rykaczewski, Emilia Sgambati, and Hailey Snyder, Department of Animal Sciences
- Hannah McKenzien, Department of Entomology
- Asaad Ahmad, Matthew Klopfenstein, Tanner Matthews, Louis Mezzopera, and Rex Tietje, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
- Simone Fishel, Jenna Fryer, Megan Gregg, and Amber Zehringer, Department of Food Science and Technology
- Patrick Lynch and Rose Vagedes, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
- Isaac Knowles, Department of Plant Pathology
- Callia Tellez and Lauren Trapani, School of Environment and Natural Resources
The Distinguished Senior award honors top graduating seniors on the Ohio State Columbus campus who exemplify the CFAES mission in areas such as academics and scholarship, research and innovation, service and involvement, and influence and leadership.
CFAES honors outstanding alumni
CFAES recently recognized the recipients of its 2020 Alumni Awards.
“We are all inspired by the accomplishments of these individuals,” Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean Cathann A. Kress told 140 alumni, relatives, faculty, staff, and friends during an awards luncheon hosted by CFAES on March 7.
In all, 12 individuals were recognized during the annual event, held at the Fawcett Center on the Ohio State campus:
Meritorious Service Award
- Jerry Bigham, PhD (Professor Emeritus), Hilliard, Ohio
- William Hildebolt (BS, Food Technology Agriculture; MS and PhD, Horticulture), Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Distinguished Alumni Award
- Jeffrey Dickinson (BS and MS, Horticulture; PhD, Entomology), Delaware, Ohio
- Elizabeth Guertal (BS and MS, Agronomy), Auburn, Alabama
- Robert Joseph (BS, MS, and PhD, Horticulture), Columbus, Ohio
- Bruce Kettler (BS, Agronomy), Westfield, Indiana
- Lou Kozma Jr. (BS, Horticulture), Perrysburg, Ohio
- Dave Richards (ASC, Nursery Management Technology), Ashtabula, Ohio
International Alumni Award
- Mauricio Bittencourt (PhD, Agricultural Economics), Pinhais, Brazil
- Luiz Lucchesi (PhD, Agronomy), Curitiba, Brazil
Young Professional Achievement Award
- Clifford Greer (BS, Construction Systems Management), Naples, Florida
- Sarah Herringshaw (BS, Animal, Dairy, and Poultry Science), Bowling Green, Ohio
Pictured, front row (l-r): Jeffrey Dickinson, Robert Joseph, Dean Cathann A. Kress, Bruce Kettler, Mauricio Bittencourt. Back row (l-r): Lou Kozma Jr., Jerry Bigham, Clifford Greer, David Richards, Alumni Board President Nick Rettig.
Three complete LEAD21 training
Monica Giusti of the CFAES Department of Food Science and Technology, Bruce Clevenger of CFAES’ OSU Extension outreach arm, and Martha Belury of Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology recently completed the national LEAD21 leadership-development program.
LEAD21’s primary purpose is to develop leaders at land-grant institutions and their strategic partners—leaders who link research, academics, and Extension and are equipped to lead more effectively in an increasingly complex environment, either in their current positions or future positions.
During the past year, the program’s 90 participants met regularly with their peers, both in person and virtually, to enhance their personal leadership capacity. The participants represented land-grant institutions and their strategic partners from across the United States.
Pictured (l-r): Martha Belury, Bruce Clevenger, Monica Giusti.