CFAES Monthly : January 2014

  1. Watch: What are you looking forward to in 2014?

    New Year video

    If you haven’t seen it already, we invite you to watch and share the college's recent “Happy New Year 2014” video (2:47).

    The video features Vice President Bruce McPheron, Kelly Elisar of Food Science and Technology, and Pierce Paul and Horacio Lopez-Nicora, both of Plant Pathology. It asks the question, What are you looking forward to in 2014? And it invites your input.

    “We want to hear from you,” the Vice President says at the end of the video. "Use the hashtag #CFAES2014 and let us know what opportunities you’re looking forward to from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.”

    Check it out ...

  2. Tune in to Vice President’s webinar on third Friday of each month

    VP's webinar

    The third Friday of each month at 1 p.m. will continue to be the time reserved for Vice President Bruce McPheron’s webinar.

    The monthly webinars are designed to provide a focused time for the Vice President to:

    • Update faculty and staff on progress related to college-wide priorities.
    • Provide status reports on key initiatives taking place in the college.
    • Recognize faculty, staff and student accomplishments.

    The log-in URL is the same each month:

    To view previous webinars, click here and scroll down to the red “To The College” header.

  3. Ohio Pest Management Association award goes to Susan Jones

    Susan Jones

    Please join us in congratulating Susan Jones, Entomology, who on Dec. 9 received the Ohio Pest Management Association’s (OPMA) Distinguished Service Award. The award is given for outstanding service and support to the citizens of Ohio and the U.S. and to the pest management industry.

    Susan conducts Extension and research programs on the biology and control of termites, bed bugs, and other household and structural insect pests.

    Her outreach efforts include serving as a member of the Cincinnati/Hamilton County Joint Bed Bug Task Force and as a member of the steering committee of the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force in Columbus and Franklin County.

    Watch a short video about some of her work here (2:15).

    OPMA works to promote education and ethics for the pest control industry and to foster research and the diffusion of knowledge of the industry among its members.

  4. How to use U.OSU to share your work on the web

    U.OSU website

    U.OSU is the university’s easy-to-use professional website platform. Share your work and explore sites from throughout the Ohio State community. The “U” in the name is for the work you do at this university.

    U.OSU provides web space to support professional and educational activities at The Ohio State University. Students, faculty and staff use it to share independent work, host course assignments, enhance project visibility, communicate within groups and represent their organizations.

    To get started, go to and sign up. This resource is provided and supported through the Office of Distance Education and eLearning.

    Following are some examples of personal professional sites, from across the university, that you might want to review before getting started.

    • Jay Zagorsky’s Research and Blog is a great example of a professional blog site. Jay has regular posts about his ongoing research as well as other thoughts about the field of economics.
    • The Bailey Vision Laboratory’s site is a perfect showcase of a project or portfolio site. It features news and background information about their team alongside a collection of their projects and publications.
    • Jennifer Belisle has created a great site to store and share resources, notes and collections of digital materials. Her site features a wealth of information about academic advising at Ohio State, including FAQs and links to useful university resources and tools. 
    • EDGEU Tech has done a great job with their group site, the “Place for all Things Ed Tech in Extension.” In addition to their blog, you can learn more about their team, evaluations and pilot programs.
  5. Ohio Christmas Tree Association honors Dave Shetlar

    Dave Shetlar

    We’re pleased to inform you that Dave Shetlar, Entomology, has been elected to the Hall of Fame of the Ohio Christmas Tree Association. The induction will take place at the group’s annual winter meeting Jan. 18 at Ohio State’s Newark campus.

    The honor recognizes Dave’s record of sustained excellent Extension, research and teaching contributions to Ohio’s Christmas tree industry. The industry's production ranks ninth nationally, according to the 2007 USDA Census of Agriculture.

  6. New Government Relations, Development websites now online

    Government Relations

    The college continues to update its web presence and add new sites to the homepage. Two sites that have been launched in the past several months focus on Government Relations and Development.

    • Government Relations: This resource is where faculty and staff may find all relevant information and resources related to working with and engaging elected officials. Specifically, the site has information related to upcoming and past events with photos, information for county Extension directors, listings of key advisory committees for Extension and OARDC, and related news.
    • Development: This resource is available to all faculty and staff as well as current and potential donors. Site visitors are able to find information related to priority areas to support, the impact of giving to the college, profiles of donors, and information about upcoming events and activities. If you have attended a recent event, be sure to check out the site for photos!
  7. New book looks at 'Memories and Milestones of OSU Extension'

    Extension anniversary book

    Extension is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014, and to coincide with that celebration, Ohio State University Extension is commemorating the milestone with the release of a new publication.

    Memories and Milestones of Ohio State University Extension 1905-2013 (143 pp., $10) helps tell the story of the rich history and key events that have shaped the organization.

    To order your own copy, please visit the CFAES eStore.

    Faculty and staff are encouraged to watch for announcements of upcoming events and activities that will be held to celebrate the 100th anniversary, including a special performance by the Ohio State University Marching Band at a home football game in 2014.

  8. Classes available on Microsoft Office, Camtasia Studio, more

    Computer training

    Would you like to learn more about Microsoft Office applications, using iOS devices, county website content management (Plone), Google Analytics or Camtasia Studio?

    Then check the schedule of classes being offered and contact Bonnie Scranton,, to request enrollment.

    Microsoft Office 2010 classes cost $35 per person per class. Class is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a lunch break of one hour and additional breaks as needed. Contact Bonnie to enroll. Once you are enrolled, you will receive payment information for the class. Classes are only available for persons in CFAES, including ATI, Extension and OARDC.

    Google Analytics classes are provided for persons who are maintaining websites created by College Communications. Contact Bonnie for information on getting a Google Analytics account for your website.

    Remember, class size is limited. Classes are held in Room 200, Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, in Columbus unless otherwise indicated.

    Cancellation or transfer policy: For cancellations, please contact us at least three business days prior to the class date. We will withhold a $15 administration fee for all cancellations with less than three business days notice to offset our processing costs. Students who cannot attend can transfer their seat to someone else in their business unit. Please notify the instructor when you come to class if you are using someone else’s spot.

    For further details on CFAES Technical Training, click here.
  9. Steering committee named for Vice President’s Conversation on Extension for a 2nd Century

    Steering committee

    During his Dec. 20, 2013, webinar, Vice President and Dean Bruce McPheron announced the formation of a steering committee that will provide leadership for the Vice President’s Conversation on Extension for a 2nd Century.

    The members of the steering committee that will convene in early 2014 are Graham Cochran (co-chair), Becky Nesbit (co-chair), Dan Herms, Greg Davis, Mark Light, Bruce Clevenger, Jamie Seger and Emily Adams.

    There will be a variety of opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in the conversation over the course of the year. Outcomes by December 2014 will include a compelling vision to define our future; innovative thinking about how we get there; and a springboard for the 2nd Century of Extension mission.

  10. TechColumbus and Ohio State announce Technology Concept Fund

    Technology Concept Fund

    Innovations with ties to The Ohio State University will get a financial boost from the new Technology Concept Fund, LLC. The million-dollar fund includes investments from Ohio State and Ohio Third Frontier. The Technology Concept Fund will be managed by TechColumbus.

    “The Technology Concept Fund will provide critical investment capital at the earliest stage and is specifically for Ohio State innovations,” said Tom Walker, TechColumbus CEO. “This fund will be an accelerator for investors and entrepreneurs who have formed companies around technologies licensed from Ohio State.”

    Tech 'for the good of society'

    Companies eligible for investment will have a fully executed license or an option to license the technology from Ohio State and will be clients of TechColumbus. Industry focus includes advanced materials, alternative energy, information technology and life sciences.

    “The researchers at Ohio State are discovering and developing technologies that can have a significant impact on the world around us,” said Tim Wright, vice president of technology commercialization for Ohio State. “This fund will provide the essential capital support needed to advance these technologies to the next stage and ultimately move them to the market for the good of society.”

    Read more ...

  11. Registration open for 2014 Diversity Leadership Symposium

    Lee Mun Wah

    Fight the winter blues by attending the 2014 Diversity Leadership Symposium Feb. 7, featuring Lee Mun Wah (pictured) as the keynote speaker. Come and engage with colleagues from across the university. This year's theme is "In-reach to Outreach: Fostering Cultural Engagement through Awareness, Reflection and Action."

    Registration is very reasonable at $45 (early bird rate) for Ohio State faculty and staff, with students invited to attend for $10. Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks are included. Beginning Jan. 15, registration goes up to $55, so register now.

    For more information, contact Kathy Lechman, Or for details and to register, click here.

Upcoming Events

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:30 - Promotion in Extension Workshop
Fri, 01/17/2014 - 13:00 - Dean McPheron's January webinar
Wed, 01/22/2014 - 09:00 - Strengths Finder Workshop
Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:00 - SEAC and OARDC Annual Meeting
Fri, 02/07/2014 - 08:00 - Diversity Leadership Symposium
Fri, 02/14/2014 - 09:00 - Microsoft Access Level 2