Awards and recognitions

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Ohio State’s highest staff honor

Renee Johnston, school secretary, School of Environment and Natural Resources, has received one of Ohio State’s 13 Distinguished Staff Awards, the university’s highest staff recognition. Given annually, the awards honor individuals for their exceptional leadership, accomplishments, and service to Ohio State. 

The awards website said Johnston, who has worked for Ohio State for 25 years, is “dedicated to creating positive student experiences and has been lauded as critical in student success. Through her commitment to using data to inform decisions and actions, Renee created express services for advising appointments which enabled students to have immediate advising needs met.”

The website added that Johnston “uses her ability to generate trust with faculty and students to understand their challenges and make improvements, which has led to the creation of curriculum roadmaps that improved retention and 4-year graduation rates by helping students better plan and sequence their courses.”

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Research paper impact

The Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) board of directors has named Rattan Lal, professor and Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, School of Environment and Natural Resources, as the 2020 recipient of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation Best Research Paper for Impact and Quality Honorable Mention Award. The award, which recognizes the impact and quality of a research paper published in the journal in the previous five years, is for “Soil carbon sequestration and aggregation by cover cropping,” which appeared in the journal in 2015. This year’s winners will be recognized virtually during the SWCS International Annual Conference set for July 27–29.

Regional advisor of the year

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) has announced Chip Tuson, marketing and communications manager, Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, as the winner of its 2020 Regional Advisor of the Year Award for Region 4. In a press release, the society said its regional and national advisor of the year awards honor NSCS advisors who have “continuously displayed strong leadership and unwavering support and dedication to their NSCS chapter over the past year. These advisors have truly helped student officers and chapter members to embody the society's pillars of scholarship, leadership and service by coaching and mentoring students.”

Extension professional awards

Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national Extension professionals’ organization, recently recognized the following OSU Extension faculty and staff, along with some of their external partners, among its chapter and national award recipients: