CFAES Connect: January 2019

  1. Adorable Insects with Touching Stories

    Danae Wolfe's portrait of a jumping spider on a petal

    Extension educator and conservation photographer Danae Wolfe presented at Tedx Columbus and spoke on how bugs truly fit the mold of “wildlife we love to conserve” despite many peoples’ fear and aversion to such creatures.  This talk featuring her photography and experiences was something we just had to share.



  2. Plant Pathology Welcomes a New Chair

    Tom MItchell

    Dr. Tom Mitchell, professor of fungal biology and molecular genetics, has been tapped to chair the Department of Plant Pathology starting February 1st.  Mitchell comes into the role with extensive research and teaching experience as well as leadership experience in local government.  Read more about Dr. Mitchell here.

  3. Night Lighting Bad for Stream Creatures

    Downtown Columbus at night overlooking Scioto River

    You may have read about how light pollution is bad for migrating birds or stargazing.  Dr. Mažeika Sullivan was lead author on a recently published a study exploring the role of light on streams and wetlands in and around Columbus, and found that increases in artificial light intensity changed the makeup of species found in those areas.  Read more about the findings of Dr. Sullivan and his co-authors, Lars Meyer of Ohio State and Katie Hossler, who is now at Wright State University.

  4. New Glove Helps Doctors Working with Radiation

    New rubber glove developed by Katrina Cornish and her team

    Imagine having to do complicated work all day with two sets of gloves on your hands.  This is a common practice for medical professionals who need gloves to protect against both radiation and bloodborne pathogens. 

    Dr. Katrina Cornish and her team invented a glove that provides all the protection needed and won’t cause allergic reactions.   This product was developed using rubber from a shrub grown in the United States.  Read more about this wonderful new invention here.

  5. Events Calendar

    A man and child gardening

    Here are some interesting events coming up that we thought you might like:

    Southern Ohio Speciality Crop Conference - February 5 - Loveland, Ohio

    This is the conference to attend for Southern Ohio specialty crop growers. Fifteen different class options on fruit and vegetable production are available at this conference. Your registration includes a continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. All attendees will receive a USB memory stick with copies of every available presentation to take home, so even if you don’t attend the session, you’ll still get the information. Private pesticide and fertilizer re-certification credits will be available for categories 3, 5, core and fertilizer. 

    Economic Nationalism & Trade Conference - February 8 - Columbus

    In collaboration, The Risk Institute, Moritz College of Law, Fisher College of Business and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences examine — through an interdisciplinary lens — the legal, business, and economic consequences of U.S. trade policy. The important and complex issues we discuss today require understanding and solutions best made apparent through collaborative sharing of the information and ideas of more than one area of specialized knowledge.

    Guided Bird Walk - February 9 - Wooster, OhioBlue Jay

    Members of the Greater Mohican Audubon Society guided birders of all skill levels. Spot birds learn their calls and discover their habitats in the arboretum. Parking and admission are free. Please dress for the weather.

    Water Conservation & Sustainability hosted by Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed - February 11 - Columbus

    FLOW will host Kent Halloran from The Ohio State University College of Engineering to speak on the importance of water conservation. He will provide a variety of strategies and techniques to save water without spending a dime! Topics will include gardens and xeriscaping, grey water, and green roofs. 

    EPN Breakfast: Justice, Equity, Inclusion, Diversity in the Environmental Movement - February 12 - Columbus

    Our natural resources are strengthened through diversity, our organizations and partnerships, too, demonstrate strength through diversity and inclusion. Despite this understanding, research shows that many environmental NGOs, foundations, governmental agencies and academic departments have barriers to developing cultures inclusive of diversity. 

    Spring Workshop: Gardening at your Doorstep - February 23 - Medina, Ohio

    Medina County Master Gardener Volunteers present this workshop covering how to simplify your garden, growing herbs, and using hostas in container gardening. 

    Ohio State Day with the Columbus Blue Jackets - February 26 - ColumbusColumbus Blue Jackets

    Ohio State alumni, family, and friends are invited to Ohio State Day at Nationwide Arena as the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Guests will receive complimentary Ohio State Day T-shirts (while supplies last). Register here.

    CFAES Alumni & Friends DC Networking & Happy Hour - February 28 - Washington D.C.

    Join fellow alumni and friends of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences for networking and socializing.  Jera Oliver, development officer for the college, and Ellen Zimmerman, CFAES Alumni Society board member, will also be on hand to provide college updates.   

    2019 CFAES Alumni Awards Luncheon - March 2 - Columbus

    Twelve alumni and friends will be honored for their career achievements and service to the college and community. 

    Spring Game Tailgate - April 13 - Columbus

    Save the date for the CFAES Spring Game Tailgate!  Mingle with fellow alumni and enjoy great food and family friendly activities at the Blackwell Inn before heading over to the game. Tailgate schedule will be determined once the kick-off time is announced.  Look for more details and registration information soon.  

    Looking for more to do?  Upcoming events are frequently added to our events page.

  6. New CFAES Alumni Society Board Members

    Nathaniel Kramer and Celena Ritchey

    The CFAES Alumni Society Board of Directors recently held elections for two open board representative positions.

    Nathaniel Kramer obtained his Masters in Applied Economics from the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics.  He lives in Dublin, Ohio and works for the Ohio Department of Medicaid.

    Celena Ritchey received her BS in Environmental Policy and Decision Making in 2018.  She is a Food Justice Fellow for Repair the World in Detroit.  


  7. CFAES Alumni Making News

    Dr. Dwight Roseler, right, in front of cattle

    Our alumni are out in the world making great things happen.  If you see an alum in the news, let us know!

    Here are some recent newsmakers from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences:

    Robert Agle, BS in Animal Science, 1980 - Ohio Cattlemen’s Association 2019 Meeting and Awards Banquet

    Dr. Hardy Castada, PhD in Food, Science & Nutrition, 2014 - 2018 International Scholar Research Exposition Summaries

    Stephanie Conway, BS in Agricultural Education, 2004 - FFA is topic at Kiwanis meeting

    Rick Crawford, BS in Agronomy and MS in Agricultural Education, 1975 - Deer hunting fills on-farm void left by lost tobacco production

    Greg Corcoran, BS in Construction Systems Management, 2007 - Corcorans named to American Farm Bureau committee

    Kevin Fall, MS in Horticulture and Crop Science, 2007 & BS in Crop Science, 2003 - OABA Industry Excellence Award recipients  

    Shelby Faulkner, BS in Agricultural Education, 2016 - Ridgemont’s Faulkner a Golden Owl Award finalist

       Kevin FallTim Fogt, BS in Agricultural Economics, 1981 – In Memoriam

    Dr. Steve Gratz, BS, MS & PhD in Agricultural Education, 1983, 1989 & 2004 - AgriCorps Expands Mission to Advocate for International Agricultural Education

    Dr. Katie Hossler, PhD in Environmental Science, 2010 - Nightlights for stream dwellers? No, thanks

    Holly Jennings, BS in Agricultural Education, 2001 - Holly Jennings Honored as Nationwide "Golden Owl" Finalist                       

    Dr. Rattan Lal, PhD in Agronomy, 1968 - Japan Prize goes to CFAES soil scientist Rattan Lal

    Lars Meyer, MS in Environment and Natural Resources, 2012 & BS in Environmental Science, 2008 - Nightlights for stream dwellers? No, thanks

    David Myerholtz, BS in Agronomy, 1990 - Farming in Northwest Ohio

    Trish Raridan Preston, BS in Parks Recreation and Tourism Administration, 1994 - Meeting with Judge Judi — AgriPOWER Session 4 blog

        Trish Raridan Preston and her AgriPOWER colleagues at Rumpke Recycling

    Tom Price, BS in Agricultural Economics, 1964 - Ohio Cattlemen’s Association 2019 Meeting and Awards Banquet

    Alan Robison, BS in Agricultural Education, 2001 - Ohio Cattlemen’s Association 2019 Meeting and Awards Banquet

    Dr. Dwight Roseler, BS in Dairy Science, 1981 - Ohio man works to build Kenya dairy industry      

    Dr. Yehia Saif, MS in Poultry Science, 1964 - World's Top Experts and Institutions in Turkeys

    Tim Shipley, AS in Livestock Production and Management, 1977 – In Memoriam

    Travis Smith, BS in Agribusiness and Applied Economics, 2016 - Smith joins Seed Consultants as District Sales Manager

    Brian Stickel, BS in Agricultural Mechanization and Systems, 2011 - Ohio Cattlemen’s Association 2019 Meeting and Awards Banquet

    Katrina Swinehart, BS and MS in Agricultural Education, 2011 & 2013 - Greene County’s Swinehart Golden Owl Award finalist

    Hannah Thompson-Weeman, MS in Agricultural Education, 2012 & BS in Agricultural Communications, 2011 - PORK Q&A: Meet Hannah Thompson-Weeman

       Danae Wolfe

    Dave Volkman, BS in Forestry, 1983 - 2019 Ohio Hop Conference highlights blossoming industry

    Nicole Wallace, BS in Agricultural Communications, 2016 - Nicole Wallace Promoted to Director of Communications and Marketing

    Danae Wolfe, MS in Environment and Natural Resources, 2011 – TEDx Columbus: Ew to Awe: Your View of Bugs May Never be the Same