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CFAES Monthly : October 2020
Learning together safely: virtual Farm Science Review a success
CFAES’ virtual Farm Science Review was a success, manager Nick Zachrich reported. Initial statistics show that the event’s website, which hosted dozens of live and recorded webinars from Sept. 22 to 24, saw 40,000 visits. But that figure doesn’t include visitors who shared the screens on their devices with others, Zachrich said.
“I do know of teachers who attended sessions and played them live to their class, so we know that one device could realistically have the potential of 20 views,” he said.
On social media, more than 33,000 users engaged with the show’s channels, and its Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram accounts reached more than 300,000 users in the month of September, Zachrich said.
CFAES scientists part of effort to study COVID-19 in first responders
CFAES scientists Linda Saif and Anastasia Vlasova, both of the Food Animal Health Research Program, will be part of a new Ohio State center that will study the long-term, longitudinal impact of COVID-19 on first responders, healthcare workers, and the general population.
The new effort, called the Center for Serological Testing to Improve Outcomes from Pandemic COVID-19 (STOP-COVID), a new Serological Sciences Center of Excellence, is being funded by a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Cancer Institute in the National Institutes of Health to The Ohio State University College of Medicine and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Saif, a Distinguished University Professor and a world-renowned expert on coronaviruses, is one of the center’s four co-principal investigators. Vlasova, who studies emerging animal, human, and zoonotic viruses, will lead one of the center’s six components.
“This is one of the largest grants ever awarded to the College of Medicine,” said Peter Mohler, chief scientific officer for the Wexner Medical Center and vice dean for research for the College of Medicine.
Photo by Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.
Devin Peterson named a CFAES Dean’s Chair
Devin Peterson, Department of Food Science and Technology, has been named one of CFAES’ inaugural Dean’s Chairs in a term that will run from Sept. 1, 2020, to Aug. 31, 2024.
In this new role, Peterson will focus on food and general health and wellness initiatives, as determined with input from Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. The initiatives will complement Peterson’s leadership of Ohio State’s Foods for Health Discovery Theme but will engage faculty and issues beyond the theme.
Peterson will also provide leadership as the college explores opportunities within food sciences and health initiatives and partnerships at the CFAES Wooster campus.
Peterson is a CFAES Distinguished Professor of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in flavor science; is faculty director of the Foods for Health Discovery Theme; is director of the Flavor Research and Education Center; and is co-director of the Nutrient & Phytochemical Analytic Shared Resource, an Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center core facility.
Photo: Devin Peterson, right, pictured with colleagues Ken Riedl, left, and Steven Clinton of the Nutrient & Phytochemical Analytic Shared Resource.
Get STEM ideas from Ohio 4-H blog
Interested in experiencing the COSI sensory playground virtually through the 360-degree lens of a 9-year-old? Want to learn how to conduct a field trip around the world through the use of virtual reality? Have you ever wondered how to make your own lava lamp?
A new website offered by the Ohio 4-H STEM program can show you all that and more.
The Ohio 4-H STEM blog provides youths, teachers, youth development professionals, volunteers, and parents with hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math ideas that are applicable to students of all ages.
Organized by subject areas and categorized by grades K–12, the blog offers engaging STEM programming that promotes and excites exploration and learning, said Mark Light, an Ohio 4-H youth development educator with OSU Extension.