CFAES Connect: July 2015

  1. Join the Buckeye Room

    Join The Ohio State University's Buckeye Room to provide strong representation from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences alumni community.  To facilitate hearing the voice of alumni on countless Ohio State priorities, an initiative called the “The Buckeye Room” was recently launched. Some think of it as the world’s biggest focus group. The Buckeye Room – open to all alumni – is an online forum that will enable the university to better understand the perspectives of alumni, and then shape programs around those viewpoints and preferences. If you agree to participate, you will be asked a handful of questions a couple of times each month. The questions will be brief, aiming for an investment of no more than 10 minutes of your time; and you will receive frequent reports on results. We hope you will join us in The Buckeye Room. We want to hear from you!

    For more information and to join:


  2. Save the Date – Farm Science Review 2015

    Please join the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at the Farm Science Review on September 22-24.   New to Farm Science Review this year will be an exclusive CFAES VIP Alumni Tent for alumni and friends to visit during their experience at the review, the premier exhibition of agricultural sciences and production. More information will be available soon; however, please save the date and we will plan to see you there!

    For more information about Farm Science Review, please visit

  3. Visit the CFAES Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair

    Stop by the Ohio State Fair to meet students and staff from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  CFAES has a booth within the “Land and Living” exhibit presented by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Nationwide.  The "Land and Living" exhibit is located east of the giant slide and across from the south entrance to the midway.   The fair, located in Columbus, Ohio, runs through August 9.

    All CFAES alumni who stop by the CFAES booth during the fair and enter their name into a drawing will have the opportunity to win a Buckeye gift basket.  The winner will be notified after the fair. 

    Additionally, we are offering hands-on STEM Pathways activities for youth during select hours.  We encourage you to bring your children to engage in these fun, educational activities.  To read more about how these Pathways were created, see this website. Also, families interested in having their high school students pick visit the college can pick up a visit card. 

    We hope you will come see us. For more information about the Ohio State Fair and admission, please visit

  4. Your Input Is Requested - Brief Survey

    College Communications wants your thoughts about how you would like CFAES to engage with you and other stakeholders.  To assist with an effort to improve how we reach you, please complete this short questionnaire:

    Please know that we will only see aggregate data to help formulate recommendations for a digital strategy.  

    Thank you for your participation.

  5. CFAES team chosen for first I-Corps@Ohio

    Eight teams from throughout Ohio have been selected to take part in I-Corps@Ohio, a new program whose goal is turning university research into commercial products. The I-Corps@Ohio Program is a collaboration between Ohio State, the University of Akron, the University of Cincinnati, Lorain County Community College, Ohio University and the University of Toledo, according to a university news release. Two of the eight teams are from Ohio State.

    One of the teams is led by Renukaradhya Gourapura, DVM, associate professor with OARDC’s Food Animal Health Research Program. He and his research team have recently developed a nanoparticle-based vaccine for swine influenza. Graduate student Santosh Dhakal, DVM, is the entrepreneurial lead for the team. BioHio President and CEO Shauna R Brummet is the entrepreneurial business mentor for the team. 

    Each team will receive up to $15,000 in funding. Throughout the next seven weeks, the teams will analyze whether or not their product has the potential to be the basis of a startup company, and if so, will begin planning for possible investors and partners.

  6. CFAES faculty, staff win national, regional honors

    Congratulations to the following CFAES faculty, staff and teams on their recent recognition:

    Sheryl Barringer

    Sheryl Barringer, Department of Food Science and Technology, was named a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IST) at the group’s annual meeting in Chicago. The honor is a unique professional distinction given to individuals with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for their contributions to the food science and technology field. More.

    Ahmed Yousef

    Ahmed Yousef, Department of Food Science and Technology, received IST’s 2015 Research and Development Award for his research program that enhances food safety and human health, particularly the development of methods to decontaminate shell eggs to possibly eliminate the transmission of salmonellosis and the discovery of novel antimicrobial agents as potential food preservatives. More.

    Bill Weiss

    Bill Weiss, Department of Animal Sciences, was named an American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) Fellow at the group’s 2015 meeting. More.

    Bonnie Ayars

    Bonnie Ayars, Department of Animal Sciences, received the Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award at the ADSA meeting. More.

    Mike Day

    Mike Day, Department of Animal Sciences, received the Physiology and Endocrinology Award from the American Society of Animal Science. More

    Learning About Food in Urban Communities

    OSU Extension’s Learning about Food in Urban Communities—A Total Extension Program team received the Diversity/Multicultural Award for the North Central Region from Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP), the professional development organization for Extension professionals. The team members are: Marilyn Rabe, FCS educator; Mike Hogan, ANR educator; Julie Fox, regional director; Beth Boomershine, 4-H educator; Susan Hogan, 4-H educator; Susan Colbert, community development program director; Jennifer Dulaney, EFNEP program assistant; Suad Hirsi, EFNEP program assistant; Cara Gorman, EFNEP program assistant; Peggy Murphy, youth EFNEP program assistant; Lisa Gibson, SNAP-Ed program assistant; and Becky Bell, FCS program assistant.

    GAPS Team

    OSU Extension’s Fruit and Vegetable Food Safety Program (GAPS Team) received ESP’s Distinguished Team Teaching Award for the North Central Region. The team members are Doug Doohan, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, professor; Lindsey Hoover, HCS program coordinator; Ashley Kulhanek, ANR educator; Eric Barrett, ANR educator; Emily Adams, ANR educator; Jacqueline Kowalski, ANR educator; Levi Morrow, ANR program coordinator; Brad Bergefurd, ANR educator; and Suzanne Mills-Wasniak, ANR educator.

  7. Spotlight Fund: CFAES New Facilities & Renovations Fund

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is Placing Students First and Creating Modern Learning Environments with projects such as the renovation of the current CFAES Student Library into a Student Success Center. The college's New Facilities & Renovations Fund (#314482) supports planning for and construction of such vital projects.

    Read more here.