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CFAES Monthly : August 2014
Welcome to CFAES Monthly, the newsletter for faculty and staff of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Your story submissions are welcome. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘You never know what doors will open’
Karima Samadi, a student in the Master of Public Health Program for Experienced Professionals, is completing her practicum this summer at a National Institutes of Health Global Network for Women's and Children’s Health Research site in Belgaum, India. In addition to her studies, Karima has worked for OSU Extension in the EFNEP program.
Read about the study she is involved in, called “Women First: Preconception Maternal Nutrition,” and her experiences in India in her blog post here.
Redefining the student experience: Martin to take STEP forward
Linda Martin, associate dean and director of academic affairs in CFAES, has been asked to serve as director of Ohio State’s Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP). She will maintain her appointment in the college while simultaneously carrying out her responsibilities as director of STEP.
STEP was developed as a continuation of the university’s effort to redefine the student experience. The program is designed to focus on student success and development and will allow students the opportunity to engage in activities that cater to their individual interests and needs. Through interaction with faculty, students will be able to develop tools for life and build essential network connections.
More about the STEP program may be found here.
‘A great honor for Ohio State’: Saif named to new USDA research foundation
Ohio State Professor Emeritus Mo Saif, former head of CFAES’s Food Animal Health Research Program, has been appointed to the board of directors of the newly created Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research.
Authorized by Congress as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the foundation will leverage public and private resources to increase scientific and technological research, innovation and partnerships critical to boosting America’s agricultural economy, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
An internationally recognized virologist, Saif is a leading researcher in the field of poultry diseases, having discovered and advanced knowledge concerning viral infections that affect the intestinal tracts and the immune systems of turkeys and chickens.
Lal makes list of World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds
Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, recently was named to Thomson Reuters’ list of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. The list includes more than 3,200 scientists from around the world and 12 from Ohio State.
Thomson Reuters created the list “by analyzing data using its Web of Science and Incites platforms to determine which researchers have produced work that is most frequently acknowledged by peers,” a company website said.
“These highly cited researchers were determined by analyzing at citation data over the last 11 years to identify those who published the highest-impact work (2002-2012 and 2012-2013). These individuals are influencing the future direction of their fields, and of the world.”
Lal serves as the director of SENR’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center and has received the Norman Borlaug (2005) and von Liebig (2006) awards for his research in sustainable management of soil.
Brahm is new interim director of West Region
Barb Brahm, who currently serves as interim regional director of OSU Extension’s Top of Ohio EERA, has been appointed interim regional director of Extension’s West Region. This appointment includes the Top of Ohio and Miami Valley EERAs.
“I’m pleased that Barb has accepted this position and look forward to continuing to work with her in this capacity,” OSU Extension Director Keith Smith said.
Further announcement on the renewal of a search for a permanent West Region director will be sent early next year.
Shearer named ASABE fellow
Scott Shearer, chair of CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, has been named to the 2014 class of fellows of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), one of only 12 individuals to be so honored. He was recognized for his outstanding contributions in precision agriculture technologies as an administrator, teacher, advisor and researcher.
To be considered for the grade of ASABE fellow, an individual must demonstrate unusual professional distinction, with outstanding qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural engineering. Twenty years’ membership in ASABE is also required. Only about two percent of active ASABE members have achieved the grade of Fellow.
The new fellows were inducted July 14 in a ceremony held during the 2014 ASABE Annual International Meeting in Montreal, Quebec.
The future of our facilities: College holds master plan forum
On July 25, CFAES held an open forum facilitated by Sasaki Associates focusing on the college’s master planning process. Over the course of about nine months, Sasaki has been on campus and has worked extensively with college administrators, faculty and staff to collect input, share concepts and discuss the potential of the college’s facilities, driven by programmatic focus and priorities. A recording of the presentation is archived under the Vice President and Dean’s Webinars to the College (scroll to the bottom of the page).
Sasaki’s presentation includes ideas and concepts that will be further discussed and incorporated with other reports completed in the college. Recently, the Vice President received the Animal Facilities and Management Review task force report and will soon receive the report from the Ohio State ATI Re-Envisioning team.Throughout the next several months, college faculty and staff will hear more about these reports as next steps are identified and implemented.
Water work, infrastructure improvements and more in latest Continuum
The summer issue of CFAES’s Continuum magazine is now hitting mailboxes and desks! We encourage you to take a moment to review this issue, if you receive the print version, or you may always access the pdf on our website here.
In this issue, you’ll learn about:
- Renovations and infrastructure improvements of college property.
- An in-depth look at the college’s focus on water.
- The widespread impact the college has by working with Certified Crop Advisers.
- Recent significant donations and the impact they’ll have on students.
- A nod to the year’s Outstanding Seniors.
- The impact of ATI’s focus on internships.
- Items on OSU Extension and OARDC projects, including STEM Pathways, guayule latex and produce safety.
- The college’s Study Abroad program during the May session.
- Details about Fallfest.
CFAES faculty, staff celebrate at Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame
Agricultural leaders from across Ohio came together Aug. 1 for a morning of celebration. The Ohio Agricultural Council’s 2014 Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place during the annual Ohio State Fair and included four new inductees:
- Bernard Heisner, Hillard.
- Don Ralph, Morral.
- John Watkins, Prospect.
- William Hoewischer, Sidney.
CFAES was a proud gold sponsor of the event. Nearly 40 faculty, staff and friends of the college attended to help celebrate and recognize this year’s inductees.
Read more about the inductees here.
Nominations open for CFAES Alumni Awards
The CFAES Alumni Society sponsors an annual awards program to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions through their careers. Nominations for the 2015 awards are being accepted through Sept. 1, 2014.
Individuals receive recognition in five categories:
- Meritorious Award: The purpose of the Meritorious Service Award is to give public recognition to non-alumni and/or alumni of the college who have been singularly significant in the college’s quest for excellence.
- Distinguished Alumni Award: The Distinguished Alumni Award gives public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves and the college at large through their participation, commitment and leadership.
- International Alumni Award: The International Alumni Award is presented to outstanding international agriculture alumni representing, supporting and promoting the college and The Ohio State University around the globe.
- Young Professional Achievement Award: The Young Professional Achievement Award recognizes alumni for their early professional accomplishments. This award provides recognition for these individuals and serves as a stimulus toward further efforts by younger alumni.
- Outstanding Service to the Society Award: The Outstanding Service to the Society Award recognizes a supporter, either alumni or non-alumni, of the CFAES Alumni Society and its programs and efforts to provide alumni with opportunities to interact with the society, the college and the university.
Individuals who have received an award in one alumni award category are not eligible to receive the same award. Click the category names at the award program’s website to see past recipients (scroll to the bottom and click on the links). Please consider nominating an outstanding graduate using the form, also found at the website (click the blue “2015 CFAES Alumni Awards Nomination Form” headline to download the form).
CFAES faculty attend first DC Days program
Four CFAES faculty members recently traveled to Washington, D.C., as part of the inaugural DC Days program. Created by the OARDC Director’s Office and the Grant Development Support Unit, the program was designed to increase the competitiveness of grants submitted by emerging faculty researchers by providing them an opportunity to visit with a variety of federal agencies and program officers.
During these meetings, program officers and administrators were asked to give an overview of their agency’s mission, their approach to funding research and the submission process. Anticipated outcomes were that participants would learn more about structuring a research proposal to fit within the agency’s requirements and about the importance of tailoring a basic research idea to meet the needs and priorities of the funding agency. There was also some basic training before the trip concerning how best to communicate with program officers and how to form professional connections.