Callia Tellez, a spring graduate of the School of Environment and Natural Resources and a 2020 CFAES Distinguished Senior, presented “Conservation from the Local Level Up: A Lesson from the Farmers of the Great Lakes Basin” as a Spotlight Speaker in Ohio State’s Research and Innovation Showcase. The event, organized annually by the Office of Research and Corporate Engagement Office, was held this year as a series of virtual talks.
Task Force on Racism
Joyce Chen, associate professor, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, was appointed to Ohio State’s newly established Task Force on Racism and Racial Inequities. Chen is also the chair-elect of the university’s President and Provost's Council on Women.
Three CFAES faculty and staff members are serving in leadership roles with the National Agricultural Alumni Development Association (NAADA). Pat Whittington, assistant dean for student development, Academic Programs, was elected president of the organization for 2020–2022 after serving as vice president for 2018–2020. Emily Wickham, communication and undergraduate program manager, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, was elected to the Board of Directors as communications track representative. Kenneth Vaughn, director of development, Office of Advancement, was reappointed to the Board of Directors as director at large for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
NAADA is dedicated to the professional advancement of its members and, in turn, the institutions they serve. The organization provides education and support for professionals, volunteers, and student leaders who are dedicated to serving land-grant colleges of agricultural sciences and related programs. The network of members includes institutions from all across the United States.
UN Food Systems Summit
Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, School of Environment and Natural Resources, was named to the 29-member Scientific Group for the United Nations’ 2021 Food Systems Summit. A UN announcement said the summit “will raise global awareness to understand the food systems challenges we must solve, build a global conversation on the way in which we produce, process, and consume food, and galvanize global actions and commitments to change our food systems to provide safe, nutritious food for all within our planetary boundaries.” The independent Scientific Group “will bring to bear the foremost scientific evidence, and help expand the base of shared knowledge about experiences, approaches, and tools for driving sustainable food systems.”
Lal also recently received the dual titles of IICA Chair in Soil Science and IICA Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Issues from the Costa Rica-based Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. The soil science title, an IICA press release said, recognizes Lal’s contributions to and research on protecting the health of the soil, which is “essential for agriculture, food security, and the health of all living beings.”
IICA Director General Manuel Otero awarded the titles in a July 17 virtual ceremony that included the agriculture ministers of Barbados, Chile, and Costa Rica; representatives of the World Food Prize Foundation and the UN agencies in Rome; Ken Isley, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, on behalf of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue; and Gil Latz, Ohio State’s vice provost for global strategies and international affairs.