Awards and recognitions

Photo of student Paige Schaffter

NAAE student teacher scholarship

Paige Schaffter, a senior agriscience education major in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, has been selected for a 2020 Upper Division Agricultural Education Scholarship from the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). NAAE awards the $1,500 scholarships to 20 students across the United States. The purpose is to offset expenses during the recipients’ student teaching experience. Selection is based on academic performance, leadership, and service activities. 

Schaffter will be student teaching at Pettisville High School in Pettisville, Ohio, during the 2021 spring semester.

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FFAR New Innovator award

Jessica Cooperstone, associate professor in the departments of Horticulture and Crop Science and Food Science and Technology, has been announced as a recipient of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research’s 2019 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research award. The award is granted to early career scientists supporting research in one of the foundation’s six Challenge Areas. Cooperstone’s research combines plant breeding/genetics, analytical chemistry, bioinformatics, and nutrition to develop tomatoes that are more beneficial for human health.

“Preparing for the next frontier of agricultural innovation starts with investing in today’s scientific workforce,” said FFAR Executive Director Sally Rockey. “We are thrilled to support emerging superstars in food and agriculture research as they develop cutting-edge strategies to revolutionize food production, processing, and distribution.”

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Outreach and Engagement grants

Lingying Zhao and Qian Chen, both of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, have received a 2020–2021 Impact Research Grant from Ohio State’s Office of Outreach and Engagement. The grant will be used to assess and extend the impacts of Ohio State’s Green Home Technology Center (GHTC). Specifically, Zhao and Chen will develop impact assessment tools for the GHTC program; will reach out to green home designers, builders, and manufacturers to create a cohort program to support homeowners’ needs in planning and building green homes; and will collaborate with community partners to develop grant proposals to expand outreach efforts into research for developing innovative green home technologies.

Projects funded by this year’s Impact Grants focus on faculty or faculty-led teams that turn their attention outward, with the community, to address a pressing public issue or shared problem. From 56 applications, 12 faculty were awarded $10,000 grants to continue their work focusing on education, health, food security, learning outcomes, and/or models for university-community partnerships.

Also in the Outreach and Engagement funding program, Joe Campbell, School of Environment and Natural Resources, received a Professional Development grant to co-organize a major weeklong program with prominent climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe involving Ohio State, the Columbus metropolitan region, and surrounding areas including Athens, Ohio. The program will now be held virtually. 

The Office of Outreach and Engagement received 39 applications for Professional Development Grants, from which five programs were selected to receive funding to support college, department, unit, center, program, or institute conferences, workshops, or seminars.

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