Awards and recognitions

Coolest science story

The award for the coolest Ohio State science story of 2019 recently went to a team of CFAES researchers—Xiaoying Zhao and Yael Vodovotz, both of the Department of Food Science and Technology, and Katrina Cornish of the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science and Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering—who are developing a promising biodegradable alternative to the plastic that covers grocery-store food. The researchers’ study appeared in the journal Polymers, and Ohio State News featured their work in an April 9 story by Misti Crane.

Read about the award.

Read the April 9 story.

Weinland Community Impact Award

The Columbus affiliate of the Urban Land Institute recently conferred its 2019 Community Impact Award on the Weinland Park Collaborative (WPC) for its work over the past decade to transform the Weinland Park neighborhood. Ohio State University Extension, Campus Partners, the College of Education and Human Ecology and its Schoenbaum Family Center, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Wexner Medical Center and its Moms2B program, the Knowlton School of Architecture, and the College of Social Work have represented Ohio State in the collaborative. OSU Extension in the University District, led by Susan Colbert as community development program director, has been a key, on-the-ground partner in the WPC from its inception.

Over the past decade, Weinland Park has evolved from a distressed, low-income neighborhood with one of the highest violent crime rates in the city into a mixed-income neighborhood that has experienced its first population increase in almost 70 years.

Read more.

Watch a 3:24 video about the award.

4-H Youth in Action finalists

Ohio 4-H members Shannon Hale and Madelyn Smith were recently recognized as finalists for the 2020 national 4-H Youth in Action awards.

Hale, of Paulding County, received honorable mention in agriculture for her efforts in establishing a community garden for her local food pantry to address food insecurity in her area. She is planning to attend Ohio State to study animal science and economics, with a goal of studying agricultural law. 

Smith, of Franklin County, received honorable mention in healthy living for addressing teen vaping and helping develop the Youth Vaping Advisory Panel with the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Read Hale’s and Smith’s stories (scroll down to their listings and click “Read more”).