CFAES Monthly: August 2014

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College News

  1. Karima Samadi, a student in the Master of Public Health Program for Experienced Professionals, talks about her summer practicum in India and what led her there -- “Don’t be afraid to aim high” -- in a recent blog post.

  2. Linda Martin, CFAES’s associate dean and academic affairs director, has been asked to direct Ohio State’s Second-year Transformational Experience Program. She will continue her work with the college while also serving STEP.

  3. USDA has named CFAES Professor Emeritus Mo Saif to the board of directors of its new Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research. “His appointment,” Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio said, “is a testament to the leadership of Ohio’s citizens and the exceptional research conducted at Ohio’s

  4. Thomson Reuters has named Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, to its list of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. “These individuals,” the company said, “are influencing the future direction of their

  5. OSU Extension has appointed Barb Brahm, interim regional director of Extension’s Top of Ohio EERA, as interim regional director of the West Region. “I’m pleased Barb has accepted this position,” Extension Director Keith Smith said, “and look forward to continuing to work with her.”

  6. Citing his many contributions in precision agriculture technologies, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has named Scott Shearer, chair of CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, to its 2014 class of fellows. 

  7. On July 25, CFAES held a forum on the college’s master plan process, facilitated by Sasaki Associates. What’s ahead based on potential, programs and priorities? If you missed it, there’s a link to the webinar recording.

  8. The summer issue of CFAES’s Continuum magazine is now hitting mailboxes. Read all our latest stories, such as significant donations, Outstanding Seniors and growing Study Abroad opportunities, then share them with friends and colleagues.

  9. Agricultural leaders from across Ohio, including nearly 40 from our college, recently came together for a morning of celebration. The 2014 Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame induction ceremony, featuring four new inductees, took place at the Ohio State Fair.

  10. The CFAES Alumni Society’s annual awards program recognizes individuals who have made significant career contributions. Find a link in the story to the nomination form, then send it in by Sept. 1.

  11. Four CFAES faculty members recently went to Washington. The new DC Days program aims to boost the competitiveness of grants submitted by emerging researchers.