CFAES Monthly : November 2014

  1. Help ‘Stop Hunger Now’ for Thanksgiving

    CFAES, in conjunction with the H.J. Heinz Company Foundation and Buckeyes Against Hunger, is hosting a Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Event on Monday, Nov. 24, at Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, in Columbus.

    We set a goal to package 75,000 meals from 4-7 p.m. — meals that will help feed impoverished people around the world and further the movement to end hunger in our lifetime. 


    Please sign up to help us reach our goal for this worthwhile cause and join us during Thanksgiving week as we show appreciation for what we have by “paying it forward.” We need an additional 17-20 volunteers (must be able to lift 50 pounds or more) to assist with setup between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and approximately 75-80 additional volunteers to package meals from 4-7 p.m. Please visit the CFAES Stop Hunger Now web page to sign up for either time period or both!

    You can also make a donation through a link on that page — one meal costs $0.29 — as we strive to reach a goal of $21,750. All donations, regardless of the amount, will help. Join the CFAES team here

    We will provide pizza, snacks and beverages as well as a chance to win a GREAT door prize from area businesses, but you must register online prior to the event to be eligible to win.

    Please do not hesitate to contact Bill Smiley with any questions at or 614-247-6335. To learn more about the Stop Hunger Now organization, visit their website to watch videos from past meal packaging events and read about their humanitarian efforts. 

    Note: Please make sure you register to volunteer at the event or make a donation to Stop Hunger Now at the CFAES event page so your donation is credited to our college.

  2. Say thanks, help youth: Vote now to help 4-H win $100,000

    It’s the time of year when people’s thoughts turn to giving thanks. In keeping with the season, Farm Credit Mid-America has launched its 299 Ways to Say Thanks campaign aimed at acknowledging farmers, customers and the rural community for all they do to invest in and secure the future of agriculture and rural America.

    One way Farm Credit is expressing gratitude to the organizations that make rural America and agriculture unique and successful is by inviting farmers, customers and community members to help choose an organization to receive a $100,000 special funding boost from the financial services cooperative. The organizations, all of which serve young people in agriculture, are 4-H, FFA and the Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Program.

    To cast your vote, visit before Jan. 1, 2015. (Note: You can vote once a day from now through the end of the contest. 4-H is listed first. After you click your choice, be sure to scroll down and click “Submit Vote.”)—Farm Credit Mid-America

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  3. CFAES student named Greenfield Scholar

    We congratulate Steven Parker, a student in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science and a graduate of the Agricultural Technical Institute, who was named a Greenfield Scholar during the American Society of Agronomy’s (ASA) annual meeting Nov. 2-5 in Long Beach, California. Parker, from East Canton, is a bachelor’s degree student in sustainable plant systems specializing in agronomy and minoring in agricultural system management.

    Sponsored by ASA and the International Certified Crop Adviser program, the Greenfield Scholars program supports outstanding undergraduates in a bachelor of science or associate of science program who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation and pursue the Certified Crop Adviser/Certified Professional Agronomist profession and certification.

    While at ATI, Parker earned an associate degree in sustainable plant systems with a specialization in agronomy; received the Outstanding Student Award, which recognizes the top 20 graduating students; and worked as a student lab assistant in the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Viticulture Lab.

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  4. Applications invited for Diversity Professional Development Fund

    You’re invited to apply for the CFAES Diversity Catalyst Team Professional Development Fund, which helps faculty and staff attend training sessions, conferences, workshops and other opportunities that directly relate to diversity and inclusion. There’s no specific deadline to apply. Funds are distributed throughout the year while they last. 

    To apply, fill out and send in the application, which you can find online at the CFAES Diversity Development website. Click the second link under “News” in the righthand column (“CFAES Professional Development Fund Guidelines and Application”) to download the PDF.

    For more information, contact Cynthia Toler at

    What does “Diversity Unity Community” mean?

    • Diversity: CFAES values a welcoming and inclusive environment.
    • Unity: CFAES faculty, staff and students are committed to each other.
    • Community: CFAES offers a sense of belonging for all.

    See some of the many professional development possibilities here.

  5. Dean McPheron receives experiment station leadership award

    Congratulations to CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron on receiving one of the five 2014 Experiment Station Section (ESS) Awards for Excellence in Leadership. The award recognizes those who have served ESS, its regional associations and/or the national land-grant system with exemplary distinction. It goes to one individual from each of ESS’s five regions.

    Dean McPheron’s award was in the Northeast Region category and includes his service as dean of the Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

    Recipients of the award, according to the guidelines, “have personified the highest level of excellence by enhancing the cause and performance of the regional associations and ESS in achieving their missions and the land-grant ideal.”

    This award and others were presented Nov. 2 during the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Check out the meeting program here (PDF); the ESS award details are at the bottom right corner of p. 15 and the top left corner of p. 16.

    ESS is a unit of the Board on Agriculture Assembly of APLU’s Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources. Members are the designated administrators of the agricultural experiment stations of all the states and territories.

  6. Ohio State to host NCATE accreditation visit

    Ohio State is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in April 2015.

    Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments about the university’s 47 educator preparation programs across the four colleges and five campuses (Columbus, Lima, Mansfield, Marion and Newark). This includes comments directed to educator preparation programs in the colleges of Education and Human Ecology (initial, endorsement and advanced); Arts and Sciences (art education, music education); Social Work (school social worker); and Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (agriscience education).

    Please note: Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify your relationship to Ohio State (i.e., graduate, current or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

    We invite you to submit your written testimony by Jan. 15, 2015, to: Board of Examiners, NCATE, 2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036-1023.

    Or by e-mail to:

    Correspondence, which must be received by NCATE no later than Jan. 15, 2015, will be submitted to Ohio State for response via NCATE’s Accreditation Information Management System. NCATE will not upload anonymous comments.

    For questions, please contact Caryn Wasbotten at—College of Education and Human Ecology

  7. Task force to tackle antibiotic resistance in agriculture

    The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) recently announced the creation of the Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture.

    The task force is comprised of representatives from U.S. agriculture colleges/land-grant universities and veterinary colleges as well as key representatives from the production animal agriculture community and the pharmaceutical industry. The goal of the task force is to help advise the federal government on a research agenda and also help publicly disseminate information on the use of antibiotics in production agriculture. Officials from key federal agencies are expected to serve as observers to the task force, and leaders from public universities in Mexico and Canada will serve as ex-officio members.

    Scientists and the public have grown increasingly concerned about the evolution of antibiotic resistant bacteria in veterinary and human medicine. The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have expressed serious concerns as well. Some bacteria have developed defenses against different classes of antibiotic compounds.

    “We recognize antibiotic resistance as a public health challenge and look forward to collaborating with APLU and the federal government on this critical initiative,” said AAVMC Executive Director Andrew T. Maccabe, noting that many of the AAVMC’s member institutions are based at land-grant universities.

    “This is an important collaborative effort,” APLU President Peter McPherson said. “The task force and its members are well-positioned to advise the Obama administration as they consider strategies to address the judicious use of antibiotics in production agriculture.”

    Lonnie J. King, chair of the task force and dean of Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said, “The task force will draw on the expertise of its members to serve as a knowledgeable and important source of advice for the federal government as it develops its plans. It can also make recommendations on further research that should be undertaken to develop alternative solutions for some antibiotic use in production agriculture.”—APLU News

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  8. Agreement signed for sharing climate change information and technology

    On Nov. 3, Steve Slack, director of OARDC, was one of the signers of a memorandum of understanding to better equip farmers, communities and individuals with information and technology so they can best adapt to climate change and weather variations.

    Under the agreement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will work with state extension programs, such as OSU Extension, and agricultural experiment stations, including OARDC, to widely disseminate science-based information through USDA’s seven Regional Climate Hubs.

    The agreement involves USDA, the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), and the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy (ESCOP). It was signed during the 127th annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in Orlando, Florida. Slack is immediate past chair of ESCOP.

    “Partnerships result in much more value than any organization can achieve individually,” APLU President Peter McPherson said. “APLU and its public university members are proud to be part of this strong collaboration to address a critical national and global issue.”

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  9. On glaciers, mountains and some REALLY old plants

    The Climate Explorations series, whose collaborators include the Ohio Sea Grant College Program and OSU Extension’s Ohio 4-H Youth Development Program, will host two programs in November:

    • “Glaciers, Mountains and People,” 6-9 p.m., Nov. 12, at the Blacklick Woods Metro Park Beech-Maple Lodge, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., in Reynoldsburg. Featured will be a screening of “Glacial Balance,” a film on glacial melt in the Andes Mountains and its impact on people.
    • “Three Million Year Old Polar Plants and What They Tell Us of Our Climate’s Past,” 7-8:45 p.m., Nov. 19, in the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., in Columbus. The program will look at interactions between Earth’s plant life and climate, with a focus on the Arctic. The event can also be viewed online; visit

    For more information and to register, visit or call 614-324-3001.

    The series is made possible by a grant from OSU CARES.