CFAES Monthly : August 2017

  1. Brian Roe speaking at 2017 Food Tank Summit

    Brian Roe is among the speakers at the sold-out 2017 Food Tank Summit on Food Waste in New York City on Sept. 13.

    The event will include panel discussions, speakers from around the world and keynote speakers moderated by journalists from The New York Times, Vice, Bloomberg, Modern Farmer, and more. Within just four hours of announcing the event, Food Tank received four-times more applications than there are seats.

    The entire NYC Food Tank Summit can also be viewed remotely via Facebook Live and live on Additionally, Food Tank will be featuring backstage interviews with speakers all day using Instagram Live and Periscope/Twitter Live. After the event, all videos will be immediately archived on Food Tank's YouTube Channel.

    Audiences will be able to participate in extended question-and-answer sessions with topics ranging from leveraging capital to fund innovations and fill research gaps, to forging creative partnerships, and encouraging behavior change.

    Research indicates that as much as 40% of our food supply is wasted, with collateral damage that includes economic loss, unnecessary food insecurity as well as climate and environmental issues. Major contributors to the issue include confusion about food expiration labels, local composting rules, and liability surrounding food donations.

    Following the national event the Ohio State Food Waste Collaborative Conference and Webinar will take place on Sept. 15, at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

    Participants can participate in a full day of programming in person at the 4-H Center for a registration fee of $20.00, which includes lunch. Students may attend for free but registration is required. A complimentary live stream will be available for those that cannot join us in person. Live stream participants must register in advance.

  2. Joe Donnemeyer is keynote at international conference

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    Ohio State Professor Emeritus Joe Donnemeyer is one of three keynote speakers at the first-ever International Rural Crime Conference in South Africa Sept. 27.

    The theme of the conference is "The challenges of rural crimes affecting agriculture." Donnemeyer will speak on the impact of crime on farms, Elaine Barclay from the University of New England in Australia will discuss crime and crime prevention on farms in Australia, and Emmanuel Bunei from Mount Kenya University in Kenya on will discuss stock theft in Africa: current challenges and future direction.

    For more information, visit

  3. Roads Scholars visit Western Research Station

    Photo of Scott Shearer

    The Western Agricultural Research Station in South Charleston was the last stop on the 2017 Roads Scholars Tour in July for about 50 faculty members, administrators and community leaders. Among the presenters were David Benfield, Scott Shearer, photo, Mark Loux, Eric England, Mack Riedel, and Laura Lindsey.

    Other stops this year included the university's airport, the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Emory Oleochemicals, the Plum Street Temple, the University of Cincinnati Community Design Center, and the National Weather Service. The tour is an annual, two-day, traveling seminar that visits a region of Ohio – this year the southwest – to meet faculty and community partners, talk with current and future Ohio State students, learn from business and community leaders, and get acquainted with others who may be partners for future projects.

  4. Cleveland research featured in city event

    Prairie in Cleveland with people.

    Research underway in Cleveland by graduate student Denisha Parker, undergraduate Ryan Byler, and entomologist Mary Gardiner was featured in the city's ciCLEvia event July 16.

    In its second year, ciCLEvia is an open streets movement that periodically closes down sections of the city to motorists and opens it to everything from yoga to cycling to giant Jenga games and hula hooping. 

    On July 16, the group showcased the Central Neighborhood of Cleveland, allowing families to walk among five activity hubs. Included was an OARDC prairie research site that is looking at the importance of green spaces for native insect biodiversity and whether habitat design influences a green space’s conservation value.

    For more on the research, visit:

    In the photo, Denisha Parker, yellow shirt, and Ryan Byler, blue shirt, help budding entomologists wrangle their catch.

  5. Faculty and staff increase support for CFAES and university programs

    Photo of Jeff Hattey, Jim Fowler and Greg Davis

    In addition to alumni and stakeholders, faculty and staff donate to CFAES and the university helping reach annual fundraising goals. This past year, 680 CFAES faculty and staff joined their colleagues throughout Ohio State to donate to the university through Campus Campaign.

    Although faculty and staff can donate throughout the year by becoming a member of Chadwick Arboretum, participating in Pelotonia or through other activities, the university ramps up promotions of the campaign in March and April encouraging employees to support the university fund of their choice.

    For the 2017 Campus Campaign, CFAES funds received $231,870 from Ohio State faculty, staff and retirees. CFAES increased the percentage of individuals donating to Campus Campaign from 35 percent in 2016 to 38 percent in 2017.

    There are several departments and units that exceeded their participation goals, and some who went beyond expectations. At ATI, 31 of 42 staff members participated helping them exceed their goal of 45 percent participation; FABE increased participation from 29 percent last year to 56 percent; and Entomology increased from 27 percent last year to 53 percent. OSU South Centers had 100 percent participation far exceeding its goals.

    This year’s campus campaign co-chairs, Greg Davis and Thom Janini, are supported by ambassadors from each department and unit. Ambassadors raise awareness about the campaign, encourage giving, and plan activities to raise funds.

    Jim Fowler, FABE’s ambassador, received a Campus Campaign Ambassador Award for his work to garner support for the campaign. According to Jeff Hattey, CFAES’s representative on the Campus Campaign Council, Jim made a point to reach out to each person in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering by personally delivering the campaign letter to their desk. He made it personal by explaining how he planned to contribute.

    The communication that worked best was his attendance at the monthly faculty meeting. During this face-to-face time with faculty, he delivered remaining campaign letters and provided a fund number to write on pledge sheets. The fund was one that many faculty already supported, but did not realize it was considered a contribution to Campus Campaign. Having the fund number provided, as opposed to looking it up, made the giving process very simple to complete.

    A faculty member in Jim’s department stated, "Many of faculty give in so many ways to this university; having Jim take the time to personally talk to us about our gifts was helpful for us to improve our participation in the Campus Campaign."

    Thanks to all of the faculty and staff who participated in Campus Campaign. Your unwavering support to Ohio State makes a difference for Ohioans and beyond.

    In photo are Jeff Hattey, Jim Fowler and Greg Davis.

  6. Three CFAES faculty members awarded Borlaug Fellowships

    Rafiq Islam

    Three CFAES faculty members have been awarded international research fellowships through USDA's Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. By working with a distinguished visiting international scholar from a developing or middle-income country, these CFAES faculty will broaden their own network of international collaborators as well as focus on long-term research endeavors that promote improved food security and economic growth. Recipients include:

    Rattan Lal, Professor and Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, School of Envrionment and Natural Resources is working with Kristine Pascual, Senior Research Specialist at the Philippine Rice Research Institute on “Climate Smart Agriculture: Research wetting-dry production systems to sustain rice yield and reduce methane emissions through improved water and nutrient management."

    Michael Cressman, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences is working with Thobela Nkukwana, researcher in poultry nutrition at the Agricultural Research Council, South Africa on “Assessing the effects of exogenous enzymes in high fiber diets on the gut health, nutrient utilization, and body weight gains of broilers”

    Rafiq Islam, in photo, Program Director and Research Scientist, Ohio State University South Centers is working with Alimata Bandaogo, Research Specialist at the Institute of Environment and Agronomic Research, Burkina Faso, on “Improving efficiency and profitability of fertilizer use within the framework of integrated soil fertility management for smallholder farmers”.

    The three international researchers will be visiting Ohio State University this Autumn for three months, during which time they will also attend the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa to witness the awarding of the 2017 World Food Prize.

    For more information on the USDA Borlaug Program, please contact Beau Ingle, Program Manager in the Office of International Programs in Agriculture, at

  7. FABE cleans up at ASABE awards

    Erdal Ozkan receives honor

    Faculty members and alumni of the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering were honored in July at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

    Erdal Ozkan was named a Class of 2017 ASABE fellow, the organization's highest honor. ASABE defines a Fellow as a member of unusual professional distinction, with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in, or related to, the field of agricultural, food, or biological systems engineering. They possess a minimum of 20 years of active practice in, or related to, the profession of engineering; the teaching of engineering; or the teaching of an engineering-related curriculum and a minimum of 20 years as an active Member-Engineer or Member in ASABE.

    Scott Shearer received the Cyrus Hall McCormick Jerome Case Gold Medal Award which honors exceptional and meritorious engineering achievement in agriculture that has resulted in new concepts, products, processes or methods that advanced the development of agriculture.

    Ann Christy received the Massey-Ferguson Educational Gold Medal Award which honors those whose dedication to the sprit of learning and teaching in the field of agricultural engineering has advanced with distinction our agricultural knowledge and practice and whose efforts serve as an inspiration to others.

    Two alumni were also honored. Sylvia Schonauer, retired from Kellogg Co. was named a 2017 ASABE Fellow, and Matt Darr, now with Iowa State University, received the New Holland Young Researcher Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the profession and to stimulate professional achievement.

  8. Rattan Lal to receive 2017 Sustained Achievement Award

    Rattan Lal in corn field.

    Rattan Lal is to receive the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation's 2017 Sustained Achievement Award. The award, to be presented Nov. 15 at the annual meeting of the RNRF Board of Directors in Potomac, Maryland, recognizes a long-term contribution and commitment to the protection and conservation of natural resources by an individual.

    During his 50-year career Lal studied sustainable intensification and climate-resilience of agroecosystems, working to advance global food and nutritional security through soil health management, carbon sequestration, and erosion control. Lal has advanced soil resources science through his extensive accomplishments as a researcher and mentor. He has written 818 journal articles, 485 book chapters, 16 books, and has given 425 keynote presentations on the sustainable management of world soils.

    In addition to teaching two classes at Ohio State, he has mentored 106 graduate students, 55 post-doctoral researchers, and 156 visiting scholars from around the world.

    He has worked with the U.S. Senate to approve Soil Resolution 208 (2008) and has witnessed six congressional hearings regarding soil resources and carbon sequestration. Furthermore, Lal has worked with several heads of state, including the President of Bangladesh (2007-2008), the President of Iceland (2006-2010), Vice President Al Gore (2010-2015), the former Secretary of the Environment of Germany (2010-2015) and the French Minister of Agriculture (2015) to help translate soil science to actionable policies.

    Lal is currently a Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at Ohio State and serves as the president of the International Union of Soil Sciences, representing 60,000 scientists.

  9. Richard Moore honored by American Anthropological Association

    Richard Moore, emeritus professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources and adjunct emeritus professor in the Department of Anthropology, will receive the Public Policy Award from the American Anthropological Association in November.

    According to a letter from AAA president Alisse Waterston, the Public Policy committee was particularly impressed with Moore's cross-disciplinary research, his outreach to high school and college students through a new curriculum, and his influence on water quality programs and overall environmental policy. "Indeed, the committee felt that your work on these issues truly represents the sort of policy contributions that deserves recognition through this award," she wrote.


  10. Ohio State well represented in World Food Prize Wallace-Carver Fellows

    Image of Christina Allen

    Four Ohio State students–three from CFAES–were among 29 across the country who received a prestigious 2017 USDA World Food Prize Wallace-Carver Fellowship. The program offers the most promising college students in America the opportunity to collaborate with world-renowned scientists, policymakers and public servants through paid fellowships with USDA.

    This summer, the fellows were stationed at USDA research centers and field offices across the country to analyze agricultural and economic policy; assist in the management of food, nutrition and rural development programs; and take part in groundbreaking field and laboratory-based research.

    Mariah Cox, food science and technology, at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, said, "I was excited to work for the USDA on tough issues such as the pandemic disease, cancer, and figuring out how cancer is linked with diet. I feel our research has led us one step further in combating this disease."

    Jane Hulse, agricultural communications, placed at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Illinois, said, “I enjoyed learning more about pulses (a category that includes all beans, peas, and lentils) and how they can be made into health-promoting food ingredients."

    Caleb Mathias, plant pathology major also placed in Peoria, said, “I was excited to dive in to the world of chemical engineering and assist in creating bio-products that will help keep our drinking water clean of harmful pesticides and move us towards a sustainable future."

    Christina Allen, in the photo, human nutrition major, was placed at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa. “I learned so much in such a short time period. My supervisors were very supportive and committed to teaching me during my fellowship. I have gained hands on experience that I know I will be able to utilize in my future education and career," she said.

  11. Faculty members receive Diplomate status

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    Three CFAES faculty members sat for and passed examination for Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine.

    The employees are Elizabeth Parker and Justin Kieffer from the Department of Animal Sciences and Shaun Wellert, Agricultural Technical Institute.  The Diplomate status reflects their commitment to excellence in scholarship and service to the Ohio State community and the animal industries in Ohio. 

  12. New tenant at BioHio provides new ways for nonprofits to collaborate

    Photo of two people at multiple computer screens

    BioHio Research Park, located on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, announces the addition of Cureo to its incubator. Cureo provides online collaboration technology software for nonprofit boards, committees, teams and community taskforces.

    “We’ve doubled our staff to support our recent growth, making this the ideal time to move our corporate headquarters to the BioHio Research Park,” Cureo CEO Andrew Vaeth said. “The location is modern, well-equipped and inspires us to thrive on the entrepreneurial energy of our fellow tenants. This is a wonderful opportunity for Cureo as we expand our mission: to bring people and communities together with collaborative technology.”

    • Cureo, the online collaboration technology for nonprofits and their communities, is an easy-to-use web-based tool that transforms an organization’s website into a communication hub, including capabilities for messaging, events, task management and content publication.
    • With Cureo, it is easy to take part in advancing an organization’s mission: users engage with the organization through their email and via the organization’s home page for a simple and organized way to join conversations, share documents and collaborate on boards, committees and community partnerships.
    • Cureo recently closed a $2 million venture round led by a private investment group in North Carolina, involving participation from Cleveland’s JumpStart Inc. and the Ohio-based Impact Angel Fund and matching funds from the Ohio Third Frontier program. The funds will allow Cureo to expand its growth, increasing reach, awareness, staff and product value.

    “BioHio Research Park is pleased to welcome Cureo to our entrepreneurial community,” BioHio CEO Shauna Brummet said. “We look forward to supporting their development through our partnership in the Northeast Ohio Entrepreneurial Signature Program network.

    “Cureo’s product offers an exciting and efficient tool for use by nonprofit organizations. We look forward to introducing them to potential customers in the agricultural industry.”

  13. SEEDS program addresses key issues through grants

    A word cloud about agbiosciences.

    The agriculture industry increasingly links with other industries to take on common challenges in key areas such as food production and security, energy and the environment and health and wellness. These industries rely on researchers to further their goals and create new opportunities. The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) SEEDS program supports innovative and interdisciplinary research that can be applied to industry and the community on a global scale.

    Each year, CFAES researchers are invited to participate in the SEEDS program, an internal competition for funding. Since the program was established in 1996, SEEDS has been addressing the challenges and opportunities of Ohio’s agbioscience industry. By fostering high-quality research among scientists, SEEDS enables these scientists to collect the preliminary data needed to give them a competitive edge in national programs and provides them with leverage to attract industry support.

    “Agbioscience: the integration of scientific disciplines to address critical needs of food security, safety and health; environmental sustainability; and biobased energy, fuel and products.”

    In FY 2017 the three faculty competitions were overhauled to meet the changing needs of CFAES. The SEEDS Early Career Investigator grants are designed to provide resources to untenured, tenure-track faculty who have been employed for less than six years. These faculty members have an opportunity to develop new methods, explore new, innovative areas of research and generate the preliminary data needed to prepare for competitive extramural proposals. A total of 31% of the proposals submitted were funded in CY 2017.

    The former Interdisciplinary competition became the SEEDS Team Science Competition, allowing for additional collaboration within CFAES departments. This competition rewards proposals that generate new, innovative research in emerging areas central to the CFAES mission. It is expected that this competition will encourage the development of new scholarly teams among faculty from diverse disciplines. In CY 2017, three proposals were funded out of 18 submitted (17%).

    The Partnership Competition, which replaced the Industry Small and Matching Competitions, focuses on collaboration with industry and non-profit foundations or other non-traditional sources of funding. The Partnership Competition allows for researchers to develop productive relationships with industry and community partners, engage in innovative research, generate additional support for their research programs and promote technology transfer between the University and partner. In CY 2017 this competition had a 67% funding rate.

    SEEDS also provides grant opportunities for CFAES students. Both the Graduate and Undergraduate Research Programs prepare students for research career paths and encourage the creation of close student-faculty mentoring. In CY 2017, 19 student proposals were funded out of 74 submitted (26%).

    As we approach the 20th anniversary of the SEEDS program in 2018, SEEDS grants have supported research projects of $24,762,327 and have received more than $145,583,880 in matching and extramural funding – a return of $5.88 for each dollar invested. Overall, the SEEDS program funds 32% of faculty submitted applications.

    To read more about previously funded projects, you can download the 2016 SEEDS Report of Progress or view the 2017 SEEDS grant recipients at Please direct any questions about the SEEDS program to Melissa Burant,

  14. Sherman and Landis selected for national agricultural education symposium

    Ohio State agriscience education students Haley Sherman (bottom photo) and Sarah Landis (top photo) were selected to attend the Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium as part of the National Teach Ag Day celebration in September.

    Photo of Haley Sherman

    Sherman and Landis are two of 17 agriscience education students from across the nation who will spend three days receiving professional development that will help them in their future careers as classroom agriculture teachers. The symposium will include training in inquiry based classroom instruction, classroom management techniques, cultural competence training and the development of engaging agricultural curriculum to promote and enhance the science in agriculture.

    “The opportunity for Haley and Sarah to attend the FAST Symposium will provide them with additional training that will benefit them in their future classroom, but also the students they will be educating,” said Dr. Tracy Kitchel, professor of agriscience education and chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. “I am very proud of them for taking the initiative to apply for this program and look forward to watching them share their new skills with their classmates and instructors.”

    Landis, of Farmersville, and Sherman, of Kenton, will be seniors studying agriscience education this fall. Landis will begin her student teaching in January at Edgewood High School under the supervision of agricultural educator Kellie Beiser. Sherman, of Kenton, will complete her student teaching at Westfall High School with Megan Morman as her supervisor.

    The agriscience education major at Ohio State prepares its students to acquire a license to teach agricultural science in secondary high schools in Ohio and across the country, with extensive training in agricultural science, educational psychology, instructional methods, and youth development. For additional information on the agriscience education major, visit or call 614.247.6358.

  15. D.C. Days help develop proposal skills

    2017 participants in DC Days

    Four faculty members and three staff members attended the fourth annual trip to Washington, D.C. from May 22-24, 2017, sponsored by the OARDC Director’s Office and the Grant Development Support Unit. They designed D.C. Days to allow early career faculty members to meet with federal program officers and learn more about submitting research proposals to federal agencies.

    Day one began at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where faculty members learned about different programs and opportunities, such as the USAID Innovation Labs, Feed the Future, and the USAID Global Development Lab. USAID staff emphasized the importance of international research, as well as the need for “big data” analysis. After lunch, the group headed to the National Science Foundation (NSF), where program officers gave an overview of grant opportunities and allowed faculty members to ask specific questions about NSF research and the merit review process.

    Day two started at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) where our National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) state liaison, Anne Lichens-Park, aided in scheduling meetings with the Director of NIFA, Sonny Ramaswamy, and individual meetings with NIFA program leaders. Director Ramaswamy discussed NIFA’s strategic priorities and new initiatives, welcoming questions from the group. The afternoon was spent at the OSU Office of Government Affairs where attendees connected with OSU public officials and learned more about the office, which facilitates the development, implementation and advocacy of the University’s federal agenda.

    On the final day, attendees visited the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, MD. The group met with NIH program officers who provided a detailed presentation of the different types of grants offered at NIH, as well as a discussion about grantsmanship. This was followed by an afternoon tour of the NIH Clinical Center.

    If you are interested in joining our D.C. Days trip in 2018, be on the lookout for more information about the selection process and application submission deadlines. Attendees are chosen based on a variety of factors from a pool of applicants in the fall. For specific questions about the program, feel free to contact us at

    “I not only greatly enjoyed getting to meet the program officers, but also other faculty and the
    grants support staff from OSU.”

    -Dr. Megan Meuti, Assistant Professor of Entomology

  16. ATI's Upward Bound program receives funding

    Group photo of upward bound participants

    The Ohio State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has received word from the office of Ohio Senator Rob Portman and the U. S. Department of Education that both its Upward Bound Programs at Columbus and Wooster have been funded for five more years.

    The U.S. Department of Education funds the two grant programs, and the latest grants were funded in the amount of $1,292,435 for the Columbus Upward Bound and $1,526,120 for the Wooster program, which also incorporates a longer summer residency component. “The Ohio State University is fortunate to receive funding for both Upward Bound programs. In my opinion, the two grant programs are closely aligned with the university’s land-grant mission as well as President Michael Drake’s 2020 Vision for The Ohio State University,” says Dr. James L. Moore III, the principal investigator for both grants and chief diversity officer at The Ohio State University.

    The Columbus’ Upward Bound program plans to serve 66 first-generation and/or low-income, college-bound ninth, 10th, and 11th grade students, who attend or live in the Columbus City Schools’ service areas of Briggs, East, South, or Walnut Ridge High Schools. The Ohio State’s ATI Upward Bound program in Wooster proposes also to serve 66 students from Orville School District (i.e., Orrville Senior High School), Canton City School District (i.e., McKinley Senior High School and Timken Early College) and Wooster City Schools (i.e., Wooster High School).

    Throughout the academic year, Upward Bound students are exposed to a variety of educational and cultural experiences. Beyond having the opportunity to partake in a positive, motivating, college-focused environment, members of The Ohio State University Upward Bound Program receive intensive year-round academic preparation, tutoring services, and test preparation for the Ohio State Assessment Test, and the ACT and SAT exams. “A major facet of Upward Bound is to increase the rate in which first-generation and low-income students complete secondary education and, more importantly, enter in and graduate from postsecondary educational institution,” says Dr. Moore.

    Students are able to participate in college/cultural tours, personal/career development activities, and enrichment workshops during Saturday Academy sessions and attend the six-week Upward Bound Summer Institute. Since 2010, 818 high school students have been served by both Ohio State Upward Bound programs.

  17. Office 365 now available

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    The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) rolled out Office 365 for university faculty, staff and guests on July 25. This opportunity will provide qualified employees access to use the Microsoft suite in the classroom, at work, or at home on their personal devices. Please note that employees of the Wexner Medical Center are not eligible to use this service.
    For more information, visit the Office 365 IT blog post. For a detailed walkthrough of the service and how it can be accessed, consult the Office 365 Employee Knowledge Base article.
    If you have questions or comments, contact Brant Thomas, Associate Director of Enterprise Messaging (

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