CFAES Monthly : May 2015

  1. CFAES recognizes outstanding students, supporters

    CFAES held its 2015 Recognition Banquet on April 16 in the Ohio Union in Columbus. The event was a celebration of the outstanding accomplishments of the college’s students, student groups, faculty and supporters. It was dedicated to the late Raymond A. Miller, who was CFAES’s assistant dean for academic affairs, and his wife, Linda Miller.

    We congratulate the winners of the following awards, which were presented during the evening:

    Top 20 Outstanding Seniors

    • Caitlyn Black, Culinary Science
    • Joey Brown, Animal Science
    • Brandon Colby, Animal Science
    • Katherine Dowling, accepted into Veterinary Medicine
    • Seth Erwin, Agribusiness and Applied Economics
    • Kelly Frager, Agricultural Communication
    • Amanda Haines, Agribusiness and Applied Economics
    • Hillary Hall, Food Science and Technology
    • Natalie Jercak, Animal Science
    • Michelle King, Community Leadership
    • Kade Louiso, Sustainable Plant Systems
    • Megan Moorman, Agricultural Education
    • Caitlyn Mullins, Meat Science
    • Megan Parsley, Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
    • Samantha Parsons, veterinary school in fall 2016
    • Sarah Peterson, Agribusiness and Applied Economics
    • Stacie Seger, Agricultural Communication
    • Kayla Starlin, Agribusiness and Applied Economics
    • Samantha Ward, Food Science and Technology
    • Erin Williams, Agricultural Communication

    Jill A. Pfister Outstanding First Year Student 

    • Ashley Rose, dual major, Community Leadership and Animal Sciences
    • Marina Sweet, Animal Sciences

    Ray A. Miller Council Scholarship

    • Jordan Bonham, Agricultural Communication
    • Joey Brown, Animal Sciences, B.S. in Nutrition

    Lee Johnston Leadership Award

    • Alissa Finke, Environmental Sciences
    • Megan Fuerst, Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability

    Academic Mentor Award

    • Maurice Eastridge, Department of Animal Sciences

    Rodney F. Plimpton Outstanding Teacher Award

    • Monica Giusti, Department of Food Science and Technology

    New Activity Award

    • Collegiate Cattlewomen’s Club of Ohio State

    Gamma Sigma Delta Scholarship

    • Caitlyn Mullins, Meat Science

    Towers Faculty Award

    • Mary Maloney, director, Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens

    Outstanding Student Employee

    • Rebecca Mellino, Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability
    • Alyssa Lamb, Agribusiness and Applied Economics

    CFAES Internship Award

    • Natalia Jurcak, Animal Sciences
    • Kelly Fager, Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership
    • Jessica Stacy, Horticulture and Crop Science
    • Olimpia Ferguson, Entomology
    • Ryan Riddle, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
    • Kayla Starlin, Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

    Outstanding Service to Students

    • Maurice Eastridge, professor, Department of Animal Sciences
    • David Hahn, professor emeritus, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

    Meritorious Service to Students

    • Ron Harris, former executive vice president of Nabisco
    • Natalie Bumgarner, horticulturist, Crop King

    Ed Johnson Outstanding Student Organization

    • Buckeye Dairy Club
  2. Cunningham named to National 4-H Hall of Fame

    A central Ohioan and long-time 4-H volunteer will be inducted into the 2015 National 4-H Hall of Fame.

    Clarence Cunningham of Hilliard, Ohio, pictured with his wife, Jane, will be honored at an enshrinement ceremony planned for Oct. 9 at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

    Cunningham is an Ohio 4-H Foundation board member and CFAES alumnus.

    “I am honored that someone would think that I should even be nominated, then to be selected. I am excited,” he said.

    Cunningham earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in agricultural education from Ohio State, where he taught as a professor for CFAES and for OSU Extension from 1957 to 1988. After his retirement as associate director of Extension, he became a professor emeritus and has served as a longtime volunteer for 4-H and the Ohio 4-H Foundation.

    “I grew up in a very small rural school, and 4-H was a very significant part of getting me started, and getting me talking in front of groups. I have been pleased to help pay forward.”

    Cunningham worked on the steering committee to raise $16.5 million to fund construction of Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. He established an endowment that creates scholarships and 4-H leadership awards.

    “I spent a lot of time teaching noncredit and academic programs to the 4-H professionals. I think that has been a significant thing — that I had the opportunity to influence the lives of many of our 4-H leaders not only in Ohio but across the country,” he said. “The pleasure of continuing to see the growth of people I have taught has been very satisfying to me.”

    Please celebrate Cunningham’s induction with a gift to 4-H at

  3. ATI honors outstanding students

    ATI honored the winners of its Director’s Award and Outstanding Student Awards during its 26th annual Student Recognition Banquet April 9 in Wooster. Featured speakers at the event included CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron and ATI Interim Director James Kinder.

    Director’s Award

    • Corbin James Crownover, Crop Management and Soil Conservation

    The annual Director’s Award honors the most distinguished ATI student based on five criteria: ATI academic history, ATI organizations and activities, ATI leadership and awards, community and industry leadership and awards, and work experience. The recipient presents the student address at ATI’s spring commencement, which was May 9 this year, and receives a cash award of $200 donated by the Ohio State ATI Alumni Society and by ATI.

    Outstanding Student Awards

    • Marie Catherine Arnold, Floral Design and Marketing
    • Taylor Banbury, Agricultural Communications
    • Corbin James Crownover, Crop Management and Soil Conservation
    • Logan Eaton, Agricultural Systems Management
    • Cassandra Marie Flack, Agricultural Communications
    • Andrew Thomas Glick, Construction Systems Management
    • Jeremy E. Hershberger, Agronomy
    • Eric Stephen Heydinger, Construction Management
    • Whitney Alexis Hottle, Floral Design and Marketing
    • Morgan Lathem, Agricultural Business
    • Savannah Mae Long, Agricultural Business
    • Katelyn Miller, Agricultural Commerce
    • Kayla Leigh Murray, Horse Science
    • April Lynn Rose, Livestock Science
    • Ellen Carreen Schwieterman, Horse Science
    • Garrett Thompson, Construction Management
    • Tamara Sue Warren, Floral Design and Marketing

    The Student Recognition Program was initiated in 1989 for the purpose of recognizing and encouraging scholarship, leadership and service among ATI students. Students are nominated for these awards by faculty members, and the nomination forms are reviewed for final approval by a faculty evaluation committee. Selection is made on the basis of academic history, participation in ATI organizations and activities, on-campus leadership and awards, community leadership and awards, and work experience.

  4. OARDC annual conference spotlights water quality

    OARDC’s 2015 Annual Research Conference, which took place April 16 in Columbus, featured 11 speakers on a theme of “Water Quality: Sustaining a Vital Resource.”

    The speakers included Deanna Osmond, North Carolina State University soil science professor, who spoke on “Can We Protect Water Quality? The Importance of Watersheds”; Jay Martin of CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, on “Field to Faucet: Impacts of Phosphorus and Steps Forward in the Lake Erie Basin”; and CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron on “CFAES’s Role in Solving Today’s Challenges for a Better Tomorrow.”

    “If we can control what’s coming in from the rivers, we can have an impact and lessen algal blooms,” said Martin, who is lead faculty member of the new Field to Faucet program. “The goal is to sustain agricultural production while improving water quality in Lake Erie.”

    Watch: CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron speaks April 16 at OARDC’s 2015 annual research conference.

    “I’ve been talking about water for a long time,” said McPheron, who was named leader of CFAES in 2012 and was Penn State’s agriculture dean before that. “I used to start conversations by saying, ‘Water is the next generation’s oil.’ I have abandoned that statement. Water is our oil. It is this generation’s oil.

    “When we talk about food security, we have to have water security first or there is no food.”

    A panel discussion included water experts from Ohio Sea Grant, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Ohio State’s Office of Research and School of Environment and Natural Resources.

    Watch: OARDC Director Steve Slack speaks April 16 at the center’s 2015 annual research conference.

    “Water is a very important resource,” said one of the panelists, Karl Gebhardt, OEPA’s deputy director for water resources, speaking on the need for agencies, Ohio State and other universities to coordinate their efforts. “Ask the people in California and Toledo, and I think they’ll agree.”

    OARDC Director Steve Slack and Dave Benfield, the center’s associate director, gave the conference’s opening remarks and an update on research in the college.

    See the complete conference program at

  5. ATI students visit Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

    Students taught by D Elder and Nathan Crook at ATI in Wooster recently visited the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood near Cleveland. One of the students, Eric Moore, wrote the following:

    “The experience I gained from my trip to the Maltz Museum was very fulfilling. As far as the actual content of the trip and the Jewish heritage, I had no previous knowledge. It was very interesting to see firsthand actual artifacts from their culture. It gave me a lot of respect for the Jewish culture seeing as they persevered through so much and are still going strong today.

    “Another interesting part of the tour was getting to know the staff and faculty on a more personal level instead of a teacher-to-student relationship. I gained a lot more respect for all of the faculty members there after connecting with them on a more personal level. It was nice to hear that they weren’t out to get us and make us fail, but they were actually very interested in helping us and doing whatever they possibly could to help us succeed. That was probably one of the most reassuring things that I have ever heard in a very long time.

    “Overall the trip was great on an educational and personal level. After talking with several of my friends who also attended the trip, we would love for the school to arrange more trips like this.”

    The Maltz Museum describes itself as “the Museum of Diversity and Tolerance.” Details are at

  6. CFAES faculty participate in DC Days program

    Three CFAES faculty members recently traveled to Washington, D.C., as part of the DC Days program. Created by the OARDC Director’s Office and CFAES’s Grant Development Support Unit, the program was designed to increase the competitiveness of grants submitted by emerging faculty researchers by providing them an opportunity to visit with a variety of federal agencies and program officers. 

    During these meetings, program officers and administrators were asked to give an overview of the agency’s mission, their approach to funding research, the submission process and peer review. Anticipated outcomes were that participants would learn more about structuring a research proposal to fit within the agency’s requirements and the importance of tailoring a basic research idea to meet the needs and priorities of the funding agency. There was also some basic training before the trip concerning how best to communicate with program officers and how to form professional connections.

    Participants began at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where they were welcomed by Darrell Winner, senior science advisor in EPA’s Office of Research and Development, and received a comprehensive overview of EPA programming. EPA has six National Research Programs. Their mantra is “Researching a sustainable tomorrow today.” The afternoon was filled with a meeting at the National Science Foundation in which multiple program officers met with faculty. Of particular interest to our faculty was the encouragement of international collaboration within NSF.                                                                                 

    On Day 2, we met at the U.S. Agency for International Development to hear about Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s initiative aimed at global hunger and food security. Through the initiative’s 24 Feed the Future Innovation Labs, over 70 colleges and universities, along with many partner-country research and educational institutions, are on the cutting edge of efforts to research, develop and take to scale safe and effective technologies that address current and future challenges posed by a changing climate and the need to feed a growing global population.

    While visiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, faculty members were fortunate to be able to network with many national program leaders and to hear specifics on the six national challenge areas: Food Security, Climate Variability and Change, Water, Bioenergy, Childhood Obesity, and Food Safety.    

    A resounding theme among all funding agencies was the encouragement of faculty to participate in peer review panels in their desired area of discipline. This allows growth of the assistant professors on many levels and aids in competitive proposal development. Faculty returned feeling empowered to make use of the contacts they made and with a better sense of what might be successful at the individual agencies. It was also a chance to form professional relationships with other Ohio State faculty members and staff. 

    The faculty members chosen to participate in this program were selected from a pool of applicants. If you are interested in being part of the next trip, please watch your email for more information about the selection process. Contact the Grant Development Support Unit for more information.

    Lori Kaser conducted a presentation on this program to the National Council of Research Administrations Region IV annual meeting on April 28 in Chicago.

  7. iAGRI project receives $4 million in additional funding

    The Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative, or iAGRI project, received $4 million in additional funding on April 13 from the U.S. Agency for International Development to support its overall aim to improve food security in Tanzania. iAGRI is a major Feed the Future initiative led by Ohio State through the Office of International Programs in Agriculture (IPA) in CFAES. iAGRI, which began in 2011 and continues through 2017, is managed at Ohio State by IPA Director Mark Erbaugh and at the primary management unit in Morogoro, Tanzania, by David Kraybill, professor in CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics.

    This additional funding will further strengthen the project’s goals of graduate degree training in the agricultural sciences; will foster international collaborative research between faculty at Ohio State, other U.S. land-grant university partners and the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Tanzania; and will build the institutional capacity of SUA to develop innovative, agricultural education programs and form strategic private sector linkages.

  8. New gigs: Brahm, Southwest Region; McCutcheon, Southeast Region

    OSU Extension has announced the following two administrative appointments:

    Barb Brahm, Southwest Region

    Effective immediately, Barb Brahm, who has been serving as interim regional director of OSU Extension’s Southwest Region, has been named the continuing interim regional director for that region. The appointment includes the Top of Ohio and Miami Valley EERAs.

    Jeff McCutcheon, Southeast Region

    Effective July 1, Jeff McCutcheon, who currently serves as an agriculture and natural resources educator in Morrow County, will be the interim regional director for OSU Extension’s Southeast Region. The appointment includes the Buckeye Hills and Ohio Valley EERAs.

  9. OARDC honors award winners at conference

    OARDC presented the following awards at its 2015 Annual Research Conference April 16 in Columbus:

    Distinguished Senior Faculty Research Award

    Steve Schwartz, professor and Carl E. Haas Endowed Chair, Department of Food Science and Technology, studies the role of dietary phytochemicals (natural chemical compounds in plants) and functional foods in health, especially cancer prevention. His research on carotenoids (natural pigments found in plants), for example, has shown they can help prevent several types of cancer.

    Schwartz also has demonstrated that eating vegetables together with lipids, such as fats and oils, enhances the absorption of carotenoids and the bioconversion of pro-vitamin A beta-carotene.

    Most recently, he has expanded into food and nutritional metabolomics and is leading an Ohio State Discovery Theme on the topic. Among his duties, he is director of Ohio State’s Center for Advanced Functional Foods Research and Entrepreneurship.

    Steve Schwartz


    Distinguished Junior Faculty Research Award

    Andy Michel, associate professor, Department of Entomology, studies how insect pests adapt to rapidly changing selection pressures in ecosystems. He uses the new knowledge to help secure and improve food production.

    He runs the Insect Molecular Ecology and Adaptation Laboratory, which targets two major field-crop pests, the soybean aphid and the Western corn rootworm. His work there explores the genetic mechanisms that help those pests resist control. He aims to help farmers improve that control, and with it, food security.

    Andy Michel

    Michel’s expertise also has led to new collaborations on a wide range of topics, such as emerging plant disease vectors, climate change adaptation in an Antarctic insect, native U.S. lady beetle conservation, and several Mexican and Brazilian pests.


    Director’s Innovator of the Year Award

    Hua Wang, professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, was recognized for her contributions to understanding and controlling antibiotic resistance, a challenge for food safety, public health and the healthcare industry.

    Among her achievements, she found that commensal bacteria, including beneficial bacteria, serve as reservoirs and facilitators of antibiotic resistance in microbial ecosystems, such as those in ready-to-eat food products. Based on that finding, she teamed with the U.S. dairy industry to remove antibiotic resistance genes in starter cultures and probiotics used by major suppliers to make yogurt and cheese. The effort slashed the antibiotic-resistant bacteria in U.S. fermented dairy foods.

    Hua Wang

    Wang also showed that a lack of early antibiotic intervention ups the chance of patients developing hard-to-treat biofilm-based infections. The work has led to improved U.S. medical guidelines.

    More recently, she found that administering antibiotics by injection instead of by mouth tremendously reduces antibiotic resistance in test mice and poultry. Though not yet verified in humans, the finding holds promise for public health.


    William E. Krauss Director’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Research

    Megan E. Meuti, a doctoral graduate of the Department of Entomology, was the lead author of “Functional Circadian Clock Genes Are Essential for the Overwintering Diapause of the Northern House Mosquito, Culex pipiens,” which appeared in the February 2015 issue of The Journal of Experimental Biology. Her advisor was David Denlinger, Distinguished University Professor in her department.

    The Krauss award honors the best published paper by an OARDC-supported Ph.D. student.

    Research Poster Competition

    The competition, which drew 83 entries, recognized outstanding research posters by OARDC-supported graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and research assistants and associates.

    Ph.D. Students

    • First place: Kayla I. Perry, Department of Entomology, “Effects of forest disturbance on ground-dwelling invertebrate dispersal”; adviser, Daniel A. Herms.
    • Second place: Johnathon P. Sheets, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, “Effect of limited air exposure and comparative performance between thermophilic and mesophilic solid-state anaerobic digestion of switchgrass”; adviser, Yebo Li.
    • Third place: Yin Chen, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, “Response of grafted glyphosate-resistant and conventional soybean plants to glyphosate”; adviser, Douglas Doohan.

    Master’s Degree Students

    • First place: Rachel Medina, Department of Plant Pathology, “Examining the role of maize root exudates influence on soybean cyst nematode hatching”; adviser, Christopher G. Taylor.
    • Second place: Carlos J. Esquivel Palma, Department of Entomology, “Physiological and biochemical assays confirm a functional transition in the Malpighian tubules after a blood meal in the invasive Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus”; adviser, Peter Piermarini.
    • Third place: Rodney T. Richardson, Department of Entomology, “Rank-based inference of pollen type abundance using a multi-locus metabarcoding approach”; adviser, Reed Johnson.

    Postdoctoral Researchers

    • First place: Xiaofeng Zhuang, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, “Development of EST-derived single nucleotide polymorphism markers using RNA-seq in Taraxacum kok-saghyz”; adviser, Katrina Cornish.
    • Second place: Wenshuang Xie, Department of Plant Pathology, “Evaluation of a MYB transcription factor as a visible marker for transgenic plant production”; adviser, Christopher G. Taylor.
    • Third place: Chun-Ming Lin, Food Animal Health Research Program, “Generation of attenuated US PEDV vaccine candidates via continuous cell culture passages”; adviser, Quihong Wang.

    Research Assistants and Associates

    • First place: Revathi Shanmugasundaram, Department of Animal Sciences, “Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis modulate intestinal cell signaling responses that activate T regulatory cell functions and mediates persistent infections in chickens”; adviser, Ramesh Selvaraj.
    • Second place: Huang-Chi Huang, Food Animal Health Research Program, “Colonization dynamics and effect of human rotavirus infection on defined commensal microflora in a gnotobiotic (Gn) pig model”; adviser, G. Rajashekara.
    • Third place: Therese Miller, Department of Plant Pathology, “Survey of Ohio soybean cyst nematode virulence”; adviser, Christopher G. Taylor.

    The first-place winners in each category received $500; the second-place winners, $300; the third-place winners, $150.

    A list of all the competition participants and their projects is available at

  10. ATI news: Temple Grandin visits; faculty, staff honored; Higher Learning Commission visits; GSCAA service for Willoughby

    Further news from ATI, CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit in Wooster:

    Temple Grandin visits

    Noted animal behaviorist and autism advocate Temple Grandin was on CFAES’s Wooster campus on April 17. In addition to her evening address, “Animals Make Us Human,” which she presented to a packed house in Fisher Auditorium, Grandin also spoke to a group of about 50 ATI livestock students at the beef cattle handling facility designed by Grandin Livestock Handling Inc.

    “Almost every visitor to the facility, when they learn that it was designed by Temple Grandin, asks ‘Has she ever been here?’ ” said Director of Farm Operations Mark Schleppi. “Now we can finally say yes.” The facility was dedicated in 2012.

    Faculty, staff honored

    ATI held its annual recognition event on April 21. The following faculty and staff members were honored:

    • Outstanding Staff Award: Connie Miller, administrative assistant, horticulture.
    • Outstanding Advising Award: Mike Amstutz, livestock science.
    • Distinguished Teaching Award: Wesley Greene, dairy. 
    • Research and Scholarly Activity Award: Karen Wimbush, equine.
    • Friend of University Housing Award: Thom Janini, chemistry; Tom Roush, university housing.
    • NACTA Teaching Award of Merit: Jonathan Flad, Terry Lanker, Royce Thornton.

    Honored for years of service were:

    • 5 years: Jennifer Fry, admissions.
    • 10 years: Denny Talampas, student success services.
    • 15 years: Heather Hettick, student success services; Frances Whited, public relations.
    • 20 years: Connie Miller, horticulture.
    • 25 years: Kim Sayers, business training and educational services; Barbara LaMoreaux, financial aid.
    • 30 years: Jan Elliott, business training and educational services.
    • 40 years: Bob Rupp, arts, science and business.

    Higher Learning Commission visits

    On April 6-7, ATI hosted two reviewers from the Higher Learning Commission as part of the request to change ATI’s accreditation from “AQIP” to “Open Pathway,” thus being encompassed by the univesrity’s accreditation, as the regional campuses are. The HLC will act on the request at its regular June meeting.

    While regional campuses made this change about 20 years ago, ATI continued to maintain separate accreditation. Because dual accreditation causes considerable duplication of effort, ATI initiated paperwork for a “Change of Control” nearly four years ago.

    The HLC team met with various groups during their visit, including administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and stakeholders, in order to learn more about the ways that ATI serves students, the support services available, learning environments, student engagement, learning outcomes assessment, commitment to teaching and learning, and how ATI interfaces with the Columbus campus.

    Willoughby tapped for GSCAA service

    Dave Willoughby, coordinator of ATI’s turfgrass management program, has been invited by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America to serve on its 2015 Equipment Managers Task Group. The group met April 28 at the GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas.

    Willoughby is the only university representative to be selected for this task group. Members of the task group include three certified golf course superintendents, seven turfgrass equipment managers, one engineer, one university professor and the director of professional development at the GCSAA.

    “The invitation to participate in this task group is a great reflection on Dave’s success in turfgrass education and his commitment to GCSAA. Ohio State ATI will certainly benefit from his role in this group,” said ATI Interim Director Jim Kinder.

  11. Recognition: Dresden Honorary Degree; Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction; NACAA Posters; Dairy Extension and Outreach

    Congratulations to CFAES faculty and staff members on the following honors:

    Dresden University Honorary Degree

    To commemorate the 2015 International Year of Soils, Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, will receive an honorary degree this summer from the University of Dresden in Germany. Dean Karl-Heinz Feger of the university told Lal of the honor in March while Lal was in Dresden for a meeting.

    Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Woman of Distinction

    Barb Brahm, interim director of OSU Extension’s Southwest Region, was honored as a 2015 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. The award, which was presented at an April 16 reception, honors women who are making significant contributions in the community and are paving the way for girl leaders of today and tomorrow.

    Ohio NACAA Poster Contest

    • Research Poster winner: “Iron Soil Phosphorus Release May Impact Harmful Algae Blooms and Water Quality”; Hoorman, J.; Young, C.; Sundermeier, A.; McCutcheon, J.; Islam, R.
    • Extension Education Poster winner: “Collaborative Efforts to Save Hemlocks in Ohio”; Jerry Iles, Dave Apsley, Tom Macy, Stephanie Downs.

    NACAA is the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. The Ohio winners will be judged for national awards at the group’s Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in July in North Dakota.

    National Dairy Extension and Outreach

    Cameron Thraen and the members of the Dairy Markets and Policy Team of CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environment, and Development Economics will receive the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s 2015 Distinguished Extension and Outreach Team Award at the group’s annual meeting in July in San Francisco. The award recognizes the team’s ongoing contribution to the nation’s dairy industry, from farm to consumer.

  12. CFAES student chosen as Ohio State Presidential Host

    Congratulations to Ryan Schwyn, a student in CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, on being selected as one of Ohio State’s 16 Presidential Hosts for the 2015-16 academic year.

    Presidential Hosts are undergraduate students who serve as university representatives at events sponsored by President Drake and held at the University Residence in Bexley or on campus. They are ambassadors for Ohio State and provide a student presence at university events. They have the opportunity to interact with university leaders, donors, alumni, public officials, faculty, staff, students and other guests of Ohio State.

    Throughout the year, Presidential Hosts work with staff from the Office of Commencement and Special Events, Office of the President, and University Residence to ensure that President Drake’s events are enjoyable for invited guests.

  13. Some Stone Lab summer courses still accepting applications

    Summer courses at Stone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie, are still open for undergraduate and graduate Ohio State students and for those wishing to take noncredit classes, although late fees (after May 11) now apply.

    Stone Lab offers a variety of one- and five-week field-based courses in biology, ecology and environmental science to appeal to students in any major. Students can earn general education credits in one of the lab’s introductory-level courses or work toward completing their major or minor requirements in an upper-level course.

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  14. Leadership Center workshops: Millennials in the Workplace; Conflict, Compete, Collaborate; StrengthsFinder; Emotional Vampires

    Here are upcoming workshops for faculty and staff by CFAES’s OSU Leadership Center:

    May 19: The Changing Face of the Organization: Millennials in the Workplace

    9-11 a.m., online.

    Who are these new employees in your workplace? How do you relate to or manage this latest generation to enter the workforce? These younger employees are technologically wired, highly educated and eager to make a difference in their workplace. This highly interactive workshop is filled with information that you can apply immediately in your organization.

    Millennials were born between 1980 and 2000, and this generation is almost as large as the Baby Boomer generation. An achievement-oriented group, these new employees are technically connected 24/7 and use social networking to connect with their peers. This high-achieving generation wants to immediately make an impact in their careers and are eager to take on leadership roles.

    Participants will:

    • Learn about the culture and events that have shaped the Millennial Generation.
    • Determine ways to improve communication and build relationships with this generation.
    • Generate ideas about how to manage and coach this generation of employees.

    Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop. Cost: $75 per participant.

    May 28: What Will It Be Today: Conflict, Compete, Collaborate?

    9 a.m.-noon, 105 Agricultural Administration Building, Columbus.

    There are many choices to be made in the workplace. The workplace can be a breeding ground for conflict due to different personality and communication styles. We can choose to ignore or accelerate conflict with others, or we can choose to allow conflict to make the positive changes within our organization. On the other hand, we can choose to work collaboratively or cooperatively together to further the goals of our organization. It’s a choice we make. So what will it be today?

    Participants will:                         

    • Understand why conflict in the workplace happens.
    • Identify the ways cooperation increases productivity.
    • Explore ways to collaborate together.

    Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop. Cost: $75 per participant.

    June 3: StrengthsFinder

    9-11 a.m., online.

    As a leader, it is important to know what talents you possess that you bring to the leadership table. Do you know what strengths you possess? Every leader possesses her or his own unique set of talents. According to the Gallup Organization, “We spend too much time focusing on our weaknesses, trying to make them stronger, rather than recognizing our strengths.” When you focus on your weaknesses, you miss out on utilizing what you do best for your organization.

    Participants in this workshop will take the Clifton StrengthsFinder inventory to learn their five strongest talents. By focusing on your strengths, you increase your effectiveness as a leader.

    What is the Clifton StrengthsFinder inventory? Marcus Buckingham, coauthor of the national bestseller First, Break All the Rules, and Donald O. Clifton, chair of the Gallup International Research and Education Center, have created a revolutionary program to help readers identify their talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy consistent, near-perfect performance. At the heart of the book is the Internet-based StrengthsFinder Profile, the product of a 25-year, multimillion-dollar effort to identify the most prevalent human strengths. The program introduces 34 dominant “themes” with thousands of possible combinations, and reveals how they can best be translated into personal and career success. For more information, visit

    In this workshop you will:

    • Gain a better understanding of yourself.
    • Identify your top five strengths.
    • Learn how to maximize your strengths to increase your effectiveness as a leader.

    Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop. Cost: $75 per participant.

    June 11: Emotional Vampires at Work

    9 a.m.-noon, 105 Agricultural Administration Building, Columbus.

    Emotional vampires tend to drain the energy of everyone they encounter. These “vampires” tend to suck out your optimism and enthusiasm rather than your blood. Their toxic behaviors can range from subtle comments to full-blown drama. These vampires — it can be one or 100 in an organization — affect workplace productivity and lower morale.

    It is essential to stop having your energy drained from you. One way is to learn to identify the different types of behavior that emotional vampires possess. It is also vital to learn how to keep their negativity from affecting how you work and feel about yourself.

    When working with emotional vampires, we need to remember that what they say or do is a reflection of them, not us.

    Participants in this workshop will:

    • Learn about the different types of behaviors of emotional vampires.
    • Gain a better understanding about how emotional vampires affect the workplace.
    • Develop strategies for dealing with emotional vampires.

    Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop. Cost: $75 per participant.

    Registration for the workshops is available online at