CFAES Monthly : November 2019

  1. Converge on ‘Wicked Systems Problems’ Nov. 18 in Columbus

    In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR), Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and CFAES dean, is hosting a presentation and panel discussion called “Converging on Wicked Systems Problems” on Nov. 18 in Columbus. The program, its flyer says, “will explore the application of transdisciplinary research and system approaches to solve grand challenges in our food, water, and energy systems”—challenges that include, for example, the climate crisis, food security, air pollution, and algal blooms.

    Panelists at the event will be Rolf Nordstrom, president and CEO of the Minnesota-based Great Plains Institute; Greg Soehnlen, president and CEO of Superior Dairy Inc., Canton, Ohio; and Lois Wright Morton, professor emeritus of sociology at Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

    The event runs from 1–3 p.m. at Ohio State’s Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, on the Columbus campus. A reception follows. Admission is free and open to everyone, but registration is requested.

    Find out more and register to join us. You can watch, too, by livestream on the CFAES Facebook page.

  2. CFAES student Kolesen McCoy selected National FFA president

    CFAES student Kolesen McCoy, a second-year major in agribusiness and applied economics, is the new leader of an organization of more than 700,000 members after being selected the 2019–20 National FFA Organization president on Nov. 3 in Indianapolis.

    The Clark County, Ohio, native graduated in 2017 from the Global Impact STEM Academy in Springfield, Ohio, where he was a member of its FFA chapter and received the American FFA Degree. He’s only the third Ohioan to hold FFA’s top leadership position. 

    Read more.

  3. New food safety center, part of CFAES, to hold kickoff event Nov. 14

    Ohio State’s new Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention (CFI), which is housed within CFAES and is directed by Barbara Kowalcyk of the Department of Food Science and Technology, will hold an inaugural event called “Translating Science Into Policy and Practice: What Are the Food Safety Priorities?” from 1–6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Drake Performance and Event Center, 1849 Cannon Drive, on the Columbus campus. 

    The event will include a food safety panel discussion featuring Mindy Brashears, PhD, deputy under secretary for food safety, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; David Goldman, MD, MPH, chief medical officer, Office of Food Policy and Response, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Read more.

  4. What can we learn from Bangladesh about climate change?

    Bangladesh, a country of 165 million in southern Asia, can teach the world a lot about climate change—how everything from climate to food to migration to economics is intertwined. So says Joyce Chen in a recent article on our CFAES Stories website.

    Chen studies climate change and migration in Bangladesh as part of her work as an associate professor in CFAES’ Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. Her research includes how saltwater encroaches on soil and drinking water, making it increasingly difficult to grow crops and find fresh water. “It’s true that eventually the cities will be underwater,” she says, “but a lot of stuff happens in between.”

    Read the full story.

    (Pictured in the middle of the photo is J. Craig Jenkins, professor emeritus in Ohio State’s Department of Sociology and one of Chen’s co-researchers, standing on an eroding embankment, or polder wall, in Bangladesh. The homes of some 5,000 people would flood if the wall would fail.)

  5. Awards and recognitions

    winning Dairy team

    The Ohio State Dairy Judging Team took first place in the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held on Sept. 30 at the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin. The members of the team (pictured left to right) included CFAES students Billy SmithIan Lokai, Sarah Lehner, and Lauren Almasy. Their coach was Bonnie Ayars, program specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences. Eighteen schools were part of the competition, which Ohio State last won in 1986. 

    Read more.

    aldo Leopold award 

    W. Alan Wentz, who earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural and biological conservation from Ohio State and is a 1999 recipient of CFAES’ Distinguished Alumni Award, received the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award for distinguished service to wildlife conservation during the joint meeting of The Wildlife Society and the American Fisheries Society on Oct. 1 in Nevada. Named after wildlife conservation pioneer Aldo Leopold, the award is the highest honor given by the Maryland-based Wildlife Society. 

    “I am honored and humbled by this award,” said Wentz, a retired chief conservation officer for Ducks Unlimited, in a press release. “Growing up exploring the outdoors in Hardin County and other parts of Ohio made me curious to learn more. The Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County was one of my favorite places due to the diversity of wildlife, especially waterfowl, found there, and when I learned you could study wildlife conservation in college, I knew that was the only thing I wanted to do for my career.”

    Read more here and here.

    Tech commercialization award

    Katrina Cornish, Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Bio-based Emergent Materials with CFAES’ Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, has received the 2019 Ohio Faculty Council Technology Award. The award recognizes a faculty member in Ohio’s state university system for exceptional research discoveries and for the role the faculty member played in translating those discoveries into marketable products, services, or both. It was presented by Ohio Department of Higher Education Vice Chancellor Mike Duffy on Oct. 11 in Columbus.

    Cornish was honored for her accomplishments in developing and licensing technology that can extract material from the guayule shrub that can yield sustainable natural rubber latex products. Technology developed by her company, EnergyEne Inc., has resulted in products such as a natural latex radiation glove that meets FDA regulations for performance and protection.

    Read about the award.

    ACEL at AAAE conference

    Scott Scheer, interim chair of CFAES’ Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL), reports the department was “well represented” at the North Central Region Conference of the American Association for Agricultural Education in October in Michigan, including by bringing the largest graduate student delegation to the event. Research paper presentations by ACEL faculty, staff, and graduate students included “Metacognition of Pre-service Teachers: A Phenomenology of Reflection-in-Action” by Aaron Giorgi, Amanda Bowling, and Caryn M. Filson, which earned honors as a Distinguished Abstract. A poster presentation by Rachel Ramsier and Joy Rumble, titled “When Three Become One: Impact of Three Academic Specializations Serving Students Through One Academic Organization,” took the second-place award in the Innovative Idea division.

    Visit the conference website.

    Forest of Honor

    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry (DOF) honored Dave Apsley, natural resources specialist with OSU Extension, for his outstanding contributions to forestry in a “Forest of Honor” ceremony on Oct. 17 in Zaleski State Forest. Trees were planted in recognition of Apsley and two other honorees. Apsley’s name is “synonymous with forestry education in Ohio,” an ODNR press release said. “His outstanding leadership and innovation are based on his tireless hard work and ability to network to accomplish well-thought-out goals.”

    Apsley, among his work, is the primary coordinator and leader of the “A Day in the Woods” educational series, now in its eighth year at Vinton Furnace State Forest and other southeast Ohio locations. The series has reached more than 3,000 woodland owners and enthusiasts, who, combined, own some 125,000 acres of woodlands. 

    “ODNR and the Division of Forestry have been very supportive of OSU Extension’s efforts to sustain Ohio’s forests, especially in Appalachian Ohio,” Apsley said. “Partnering with ODNR-DOF has greatly expanded our capacity to positively impact the people and forests of the region.” 

    Read more.

    Borlaug Dialogue

    Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources, was an invited speaker at the World Food Prize’s 2019 Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium, known informally as the “Borlaug Dialogue,” held Oct. 16–18 in Des Moines, Iowa. The event brought together more than 1,200 people from more than 65 nations to address cutting-edge issues related to global food security and nutrition. The theme of the event was “Pax Agricultura: Peace Through Agriculture.” Lal spoke on a panel titled “Facing the Greatest Challenge of Our Time: Agriculture’s Role in Impacting Climate Change.”

    See details about the event and the lineup of speakers.