CFAES Monthly : March 2017

  1. Free Trees From Chadwick and City of Columbus

    Girls planting tree

    OSU’s Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens is partnering with the City of Columbus in its Branch Out Columbus program to help plant 300,000 trees in and around the city over five years. Register now to get up to two free sapling trees for your yard. A total of 400 trees will be available to the Ohio State community to be picked up on April 14. Fill out the information below and send it to Christina Voise by April 10 at

    The tree pickup location will be south of the Nationwide 4H Center at 2201 Fred Taylor Drive. Follow the driveway behind the center to reach the pickup site. There will be free planting demonstrations at the pickup site and free parking passes for those who want to watch a demo. They will also be passing out $5.00 coupons for Chadwick’s Spring Plant Sale, which takes place May 11–13, 2017. And as always, before you plant your trees – CALL BEFORE YOU DIG so underground utilities can be marked. At least 48 hours before you plant your tree, call the Ohio Utilities Protection Service at 1-800-362-2764 or submit a request online at


    Street Address:

    City/Zip Code:

    Email address:

    Pickup time – choose one of the following for April 14 pickup

    o   3 – 3:30 PM

    o   3:30 – 4 PM

    o   4 – 4:30 PM

    o   4:30 – 5 PM

    o   5 – 5:30 PM

    o   5:30 – 6 PM

    o   6 – 6:30 PM

    o   6:30 – 7 PM

    Tree species and number (up to two trees per household). All tree species will attain a large size and need to be planted in an appropriate location. We will offer 100 of each species on a first come, first served basis.

    sugar maple ___     white oak ___     swamp white oak ___      tuliptree ___             

    A limited number of protective wire cages will be available to protect trees from deer and lawnmower damage. We will use your street address to add the tree to the City’s Tree Canopy Planner (your name will not be used and your information will not be shared). And in six months, we may email you to ask how your tree is doing.



  2. Buy Your Own Logowear Through Promouniversity

    College faculty and staff can now purchase their own logo wear through Promouniversity. CFAES is one of four Ohio State colleges offering this option.

    Currently, shirts and sweatshirts can be ordered with the college name and university logo. Soon, options will be expanded to include departmental, unit and county names.

    This option is best for individual orders or for orders with fewer than 36 items.

    To see what's available, visit

  3. Volunteer and Supporter is Honored with Building Name

    Ohio State University Extension is a vital force for improving lives and strengthening communities and a key part to Ohio State’s land grant mission. Contributions from donors are allowing the college to build a state-of-the-art facility at Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory for Franklin County Extension, enhancing its educational programming and expanding its reach to better serve central Ohio residents.

    For decades, Patricia Brundige along with her parents, Kathryn and Fredrick Kunz, have supported OSU Franklin County Extension not only through their giving, but also as volunteers. The Ohio State Board of Trustees recently approved the new Franklin County Extension building to be named the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension building.

    Brundige provided significant contributions to the college for Franklin County Extension’s new facility. She also wanted to honor the memory of her parents by positioning Franklin County Extension to become a world-class innovative model of cooperative extension with a centralized location to improve accessibility for Franklin County residents and close proximity to campus to allow staff to capitalize on and enhance ongoing collaborations.

    The college is moving forward on the new facility; Erdy McHenry Architecture, LLC has been secured and the design of the building is underway. The new building at Waterman will put cutting-edge research at the Extension office’s front door, thus engaging the community in demonstration gardens, large urban farm enterprises, nutrition kitchens, housing education, financial wellness and day camps.

    Although construction of the building is funded, Franklin County Extension is launching a #RoadtoWaterman campaign to raise funds for outdoor education and learning spaces including a three-season education pavilion, food opportunity center, and first-generation 4-H outreach program for youth and their families. There are three funds – 315720, 315722, and 315723 – established for individuals wishing to support the outdoor learning spaces at Waterman farm. For more information, visit

  4. Brian Roe Discusses Food Waste on Town Hall Ohio

    Image of Brian Roe, Right, and, Mike Long, left.

    One of America’s greatest assets is its ability to produce abundant, affordable, safe food. One of our greatest shortcomings is that we waste about 40 percent of the food we produce. That’s 34 million tons of food, every year.

    On the Feb. 25-26 broadcast of Town Hall Ohio, Brian Roe, Van Buren Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, discussed food waste and its impact on families, communities, industries, and 49 million hungry Americans. Joining him was Mike Long, president of Resource 100, pictured on the left. To listen to the broadcast, go to

    Town Hall Ohio is a weekly radio public affairs discussion forum, which features high-profile guests covering a wide range of topics and issues of importance to Ohioans. Subjects include government and politics, jobs and the economy, food and food production, education, science and technology, business challenges and social issues. Town Hall Ohio is produced by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation; it airs on WTVN Radio, Columbus, Ohio and additional stations throughout the state.

  5. Highlights from the 2017 Undergraduate Research Forum

    Photo of student and poster

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences hosted the 14th Annual CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum on  February 28 in the Nationwide/Farm Bureau 4-H building. Forty-four undergraduate student researchers from CFAES and the School of Environment and Natural Resources shared their research in a poster presentation format with faculty, staff, fellow students, and invited family members and guests, with 42 faculty judges evaluating and ranking the presentations.
    In addition to a noon luncheon, all student participants received a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble for their efforts. Prizes were also awarded to the top-ranked researchers in each category (1st $100, 2nd $50).
    The following students were recognized.

    Animal Sciences – Animal Health
    1st        Kendal Searer, Advisor Lisa Bielke
    2nd       Shannon Kelley, Advisor Monique Pairis-Garcia
    3rd        Michell Garrett, Advisor Kim Cole
    3rd        Ellen Schwieterman, Advisor Kim Cole

    Animal Sciences – Nutrition
    1st        John Bouranis, Advisor Richard Bruno
    2nd       Makenzie Thorpe, Advisor Sheila Jacobi
    3rd        Jiwon Kim, Advisor Kichoon Lee

    Environmental and Plant Sciences
    1st        Hailey Tiarks, Advisor Suzanne M Gray
    2nd       Ashlee Balcerzak, Advisor Steven Lower
    3rd        Andrew Wilk, Advisor Bill Peterman
    Food Science
    1st        Megan Hoehn, Advisor Monica Giusti
    2nd       Anna Schmenk, Advisor Luis Rodriguez-Saona

    Social Sciences
    1st        Craig Berning, Advisor Brian Roe
    2nd       Donald Gase, Jr., Advisor M. Susie Whittington
    3rd        Frances Nicol, Advisor M. Susie Whittington

    New this year for those who attended the forum was a digital display of those who shared their work prior to the forum.  If you would like to see these submitted ePoster’s, visit

  6. College Faculty Honored by University

    Three college faculty members recently received prominent university awards.

    Brian H. Lower, School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Luis Enrique Rodriguez-Saona, Food Science and Technology, each received the Alumni Award for Distinguised Teaching. This award annually recognizes a maximum of ten faculty members for their teaching excellence.  Students, faculty, and alumni may nominate faculty; and a committee of students, previous recipients, and alumni choose the recipients.

    Recipients are recognized with a $5,000 honorarium made possible by gifts from The Ohio State University Alumni Association, University Advancement, and the Office of Academic Affairs. In addition, the Office of Academic Affairs awards an increase of $1,200 to each recipient’s base salary.  Members are also inducted into the Academy of Teaching.

    Ann Christy, Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering and the College of Enginnering, received the Distinguished Scholar Award. Each year the university recognizes and honors six faculty members who demonstrate scholarly activity, research or other creative works which represent exceptional achievements in their fields. Recipients of the award receive a $20,000 research grant and a $3,000 honorarium to pursue their scholarly activity.

  7. Mario Miranda Named AAEA Fellow

    Mario Miranda teaching a class

    Mario Miranda has been named a 2017 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Fellow. He is one of five members who will be honored and recognized at the 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting in July, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

    Miranda was nominated by Joseph W. Glauber, International Food Policy Research Institute, and J. Scott Shonkwiler, University of Georgia. Their nomination cited his unique and pioneering research in the area of computational economics and risk management, most notable being Miranda’s path-breaking work in computational economics, exemplified by his book, Applied Computational Economics and Finance. This book – published by MIT Press, one of the leading publishers of advanced books in Economics – received endorsements from internationally renowned economists and has been adopted as a required or supplementary textbook in graduate economics courses at many leading universities. According to Google Scholar the book has received 867 citations through 2016.
    In addition, Miranda is the lead developer of CompEcon: A Matlab Toolbox for Analysis of Computational Economic and Financial Models. Designed for the numerical analysis of dynamic economic and financial models, it has evolved into a lasting contribution to the economist’s toolbox.
    Miranda’s professional record exhibits a rare balance of path-breaking academic research, high-quality applied research, and innovative classroom teaching. Agricultural and Resource Economist Wally Thurman’s quote included with the nomination reads, “Miranda is one of those rare economists who makes fundamental contributions to the professional toolkit – and educating his colleagues in their uses – while at the same time engaging in practical relevant substantive research. He is a methodologist, teacher, and researcher of the first rank.”
    Miranda has also made significant practical research contributions in agricultural policy, including more than two dozen stochastic computer simulation models that have been used for policy and market analyses by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  8. Ed Techs honored by JCEP

    Four members of the Ed Tech Learning Network (EdTechLN) received the Award for Creative Excellence at the Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) held in February. Those members include Jamie Seger and Jerry Thomas, Ohio State University; Paul Hill, Utah State University; and Barbara Chamberlin, New Mexico State University.

    The Award for Creative Excellence was established to recognize those individuals or small teams and their unique contributions. For the purposes of this award, innovation is an approach to emerging issues or addressing existing issues in exceptionally creative or novel ways that get results, and that others want to emulate.

    The EdTechLN is part of the eXtension Innovation Lab and is the educational technology resource and support network for Cooperative Extension professionals.

    The EdTechLN hosts TweetUps twice a month and produces a weekly Innovation Digest email newsletter. To receive the event announcements, join the EdTechLN.

  9. Julie Fox Guest Edits Metropolitan Universities Journal

    Julie Fox, Director of Extension in the City and the Central Region of Ohio State University Extension, was guest editor of the latest issue of Metropolitan Universities, Vol. 28.1, "Urban Food Networks."

    The journal is a publication of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), an organization devoted to serving and connecting the world’s urban and metropolitan universities and their partners.

    In addition to creating several articles for the journal, including Collective Approach to Complex Food System Issues, the Case of The Ohio State University, Fox helped create a thought-provoking issue by seeking out other important researchers currently addressing issues surrounding food systems in urban areas, said Zoe DiGiorgio, communications coordinator and managing editor of the publication. "Her work shines a light on the wonderful ways OSU is leading the charge in addressing food insecurity and injustice in your community," DiGiorgio said.

    The full story can be viewed here:

  10. Winslow Named Director for Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab

    Chris Winslow photo

    Christopher Winslow has been appointed as the new director for Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory, effective February 1. Winslow has served as the program’s interim director since April 2015.

    “Chris brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position in the areas of strategic planning, Ohio Sea Grant administration, grant management, research, outreach and teaching,” said Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research at The Ohio State University.

    Since serving as interim director, Winslow developed strong partnerships with universities, the scientific community, state and federal agencies and local communities, as well as many other key stakeholders concerned with the health of Lake Erie and its surrounding landscape.

    One of those partnerships is the multi-million-dollar Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI), funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, which brings together scientists from across the state to address harmful algal blooms and associated problems. The ongoing research projects have already warned water treatment plants of incoming algal blooms, developed better treatment methods for contaminated drinking water, and confirmed that Lake Erie fish are safe to eat even during an algal bloom.

    Winslow joined Ohio Sea Grant as assistant director in 2011, after having taught courses at Stone Lab and mentoring students in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for eight years. He was promoted to associate director in 2014 and successfully took on the leadership of Ohio Sea Grant in 2015 with the retirement of former director Dr. Jeffrey Reutter.

    Winslow holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a PhD in biology from Bowling Green State University. His research focused on invasive round gobies and their impact on smallmouth bass populations.

    Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit

  11. Portfolium Staff Pick Best of CFAES Portfolios

    Early adopters of the online portfolio tool Portfolium have been recognized by the organization.

    Portfolium just became available to CFAES faculty and students this year. With Portfolium, users can publish their skills, experiences and examples of their work online to share with potential employers.

    Among those recognized:

    Expert Pick -
    Matthew Osterholt -

    Staff Pick -
    Nate Smith -
    Zachary Griebenow -
    Elizabeth Kifer -
    Elizabeth Kifer -
    Nick Shipley -

    So far, about 10 percent of faculty and students have started using the tool.

    “Portfolium brings a good concept to the table that fills a core need for us. Not only is Portfolium’s ePortfolio platform a multimedia communication tool, but it also has the built-in flexibility required to meet the various needs of our student population.” said Dr. Tim Rhodus, Professor and CFAES Portfolium Project Leader. “We’re excited to be adopting and implementing Portfolium to help our students engage in the best practices of a career search.”

    For more on Portfolium, see:




  12. Ohio State Again Receives National Recognition for Tree Program

    Photo of trees and Mirror Lake

    For the sixth year in a row, The Ohio State University is proud to earn a Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation. Ohio State has received the distinction each year since it first applied in 2011. This honor highlights the university’s commitment to creating and maintaining a healthy tree population on the Columbus campus.

    To obtain the Tree Campus USA recognition, Ohio State had to meet five core standards for sustainable campus forestry including having a tree advisory committee, maintaining a tree-care plan, observing Arbor Day, sponsoring student learning projects and having dedicated funds that support a campus tree program. 

    Tree Campus USA was launched in 2008 and is a national program that recognizes colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in conservation. 

    This prestigious award will be announced on campus at the Arbor Day Celebration at the Chadwick Arboretum on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10 a.m., on the east side of Kottman Hall. Ohio State will dedicate the trees that were planted by students and staff during ArboBlitz in October 2016 and will announce the Lorax Award Winners. The event is open to the public.

  13. The Ohio State University Among Peace Corps’ 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities

    On February 28, the Peace Corps announced that The Ohio State University ranked No. 9 among large schools on the agency’s 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 49 Buckeyes currently volunteering worldwide, many from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

    This is the third year that The Ohio State University has ranked among the top ten large schools. In 2016, Ohio State ranked No. 10.

    “Peace Corps service is an unparalleled leadership opportunity that enables college and university alumni to use the creative-thinking skills they developed in school to make an impact in communities around the world,” Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley said. “Many college graduates view the Peace Corps as a launching pad for their careers because volunteers return home with the cultural competency and entrepreneurial spirit sought after in most fields.”

    Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, 1,790 alumni from Ohio State have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers. Four Ohio schools rank as Top Colleges this year, earning the state the unique distinction of being among only 11 states and the District of Columbia with three or more ranked schools.

    Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining, hands-on experience that offers volunteers the opportunity to travel to a community overseas and make a lasting difference in the lives of others.

    Bethany Lewis, a 2014 Ohio State graduate, is currently serving in Botswana as a youth in development volunteer. For Lewis, joining the Peace Corps was an obvious next step after spending “four transformative years on campus,” and participating in an undergraduate study abroad program.

    “Ohio State expanded my mind and set me on a journey that brought me to the Peace Corps,” said Lewis. “My classes, clubs, and jobs on campus taught me the value of understanding other people's world views, of collaboration, and of the power of an act of service.”

    In Botswana, Lewis teaches life skills and HIV-prevention mechanisms to 11th and 12th grade students in her community. She also advocates for children’s rights and creating a more sustainable community for youth.

    “My favorite parts of my service are the connections I make with others,” said Lewis. “Whether a co-worker who stops by for a laugh, a friend who invites me over for lunch, or a neighbor who introduces me as their daughter, I am surrounded by people who care about me and look out for me. I am proud of the relationships I have formed during my service. They are truly rewarding.”

    After she completes her service in 2017, Lewis hopes to earn her master’s degree in social work and community organizing. She believes her Peace Corps service is the first step in building a dynamic career in social justice and community development.

    This year’s rankings follow the launch of a refreshed brand platform that underscores the agency’s commitment to putting the user experience first and makes the Peace Corps more accessible to audiences through the platforms they already use. A simple and personal Peace Corps application process can be completed online in about one hour. Applicants can learn more about service opportunities by assignment area, country and departure date by visiting the Peace Corps website and connecting with a recruiter.

    The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. Below, find the top five schools in each category and the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. View the complete 2017 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here and find an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving here.

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