CFAES Monthly: February 2020
How CFAES is sharing its expertise on coronaviruses
Four scientists affiliated with CFAES and Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine are making themselves available to answer questions from the media about the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak first detected in Wuhan, China.
Linda Saif, Qiuhong Wang, Anastasia Vlasova, and Scott Kenney have expertise on coronaviruses, zoonotic diseases (ones spread between animals and humans), and related diseases and issues. All four scientists are members of CFAES’ Food Animal Health Research Program and Ohio State’s Infectious Diseases Institute, with Saif, a Distinguished University Professor, serving as co-director of the latter’s Viruses and Emerging Pathogens Program.
CFAES garden at Cleveland home show celebrates Wooster and winter
Staff members from Secrest Arboretum and Ohio State ATI’s Horticultural Technologies Division, both part of the CFAES Wooster campus, recently teamed up to build and host a display garden at the Great Big Home + Garden Show in Cleveland. The show ran from Jan. 31 to Feb. 9, with attendance expected to top 100,000.
Secrest Arboretum Curator Jason Veil said the garden’s theme was “The Fourth Season: Celebrating the Subtle Beauty of the Winter Garden.” The garden’s aim, he said, was to “educate and inspire visitors about all the great-looking and interesting plants that stand out during the winter doldrums,” including winter-flowering witch-hazels, dogwoods with red- and orange-colored stems, and “horticultural beauties with unusual, colorful, or otherwise conspicuous fruit.”
The Akron Beacon Journal’s Craig Webb, reporting on the garden, noted its “prairie grasses that stand out from lush green pines” and “a Golden Pine whose green summer needles turn, well, golden in the winter.”
‘My shadow was just under 3 years old’
“We were all surrounded by the children, each one hanging onto us. With a single tear streaming down a little girl’s face, we all began crying, too,” writes Emily Beal in a recent article on the CFAES Stories website.
Beal, a senior in the CFAES Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, spent part of her 2019–2020 holiday break on a Buck-I-SERV trip to Ghana, where she and 14 fellow Ohio State students helped out working in an orphanage.
When the trip was over, and a van arrived to take the students home, “I grabbed Charity’s hand one last time and squeezed it, urging myself to remember the feeling of her palms,” Beal writes. “I hugged her one last time. ... The final ride to the airport was silent.”
Dr. Jackson-Smith goes to Washington
New technology holds promise for America’s small farms and rural businesses, but public-sector involvement—such as for expanding rural broadband access—is needed for that promise to be realized.
So said CFAES researcher Doug Jackson-Smith, professor with the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (inFACT) and the School of Environment and Natural Resources, in comments delivered Jan. 9 in Washington, D.C., to a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business.
Jackson-Smith’s testimony and written comments, which were prepared in conjunction with Casey Hoy—InFACT faculty director, professor in the Department of Entomology, and Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystem Management—were delivered to the Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development in a hearing titled “Farming in the 21st Century: The Impacts of Agriculture Technology in Rural America.”
Awards and recognitions
Krista Scott, director of undergraduate recruitment and student engagement in the CFAES Academic Programs office, received an Outstanding First Year Advocate Award at Ohio State’s Focusing on the First Year Conference on Jan. 14. The university’s First Year Experience program established the award to recognize the contributions of exceptional Ohio State faculty and staff to first-year student success.
Scott was one of three individuals to receive the award, which acknowledges individuals who have demonstrated passion and effort beyond their typical job responsibilities for helping students make the most of their first year, including working to foster personal connections with or among first-year students, implementing policies that help make first-year student success possible, and serving as a resource to new students.
Amanda Woods, Healthy Finances program specialist with OSU Extension and coordinator of the Ohio Saves program, was named a Compass Award honoree for the month of February by Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague. The Compass Award program recognizes organizations, programs, and individuals across Ohio who are working to advance financial literacy and empowerment.
“Ohio’s future hinges on our ability to prepare the next generation of Ohioans for success in the years to come,” Sprague said in a press release announcing the award winners. “Through the Compass Award program, we’re honoring the people and organizations across Ohio who are instilling our young people with the tools and knowledge needed to achieve a bright financial future.”