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Wednesday Wire: January 29, 2020

  1. ATI teams takes 3rd in national turfgrass competition

    Submitted by Zane Raudenbush,

    David Payne, Mason Embry, Chase Combs and Noe Gonzales represented Ohio State ATI at the Sports Turf Managers Association 2020 Student Challenge, held in conjunction with the STMA conference in West Palm Beach, FL.  Each year students from 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities across the country compete in an exam that challenges knowledge in the sports turf industry. Topics include turfgrass identification and selection, soils and soil fertility, irrigation and drainage, turfgrass mathematics, pest management, and sports field management. The winning teams receive a cash award, a plaque and medallions for each team member. The prize money benefits the institution’s turf program and creates opportunities for students pursuing a career in sports turf management.

    ATI's team took third place in the 2-year school category out of 18 teams.

    Congratulations David, Mason, Chase and Noe!

  2. Online Course Delivery Basics

    Submitted by Subbu Kumarappan,

    February 10 to February 28, 2020 
    Online via Carmen 
    This online course focuses on understanding theories and strategies that address the needs of new online instructors at The Ohio State University. The course will address teaching and learning theories and strategies, social inclusion and collaboration strategies, refinement of classroom management and planning techniques, and informal and formal assessment practices. 
    This event is open online via Carmen from 2/10/2020 - 2/28/2020. 
    Follow this link to enroll in the workshop: 

  3. 1095-C tax form available

    Submitted by Robin Frazier,

    The 1095-C tax form contains health coverage information that employees had or were offered by Ohio State during 2019. Those who consented to electronic delivery can access it in Employee Self Service. Those who did not consent will receive it at home by mail by January 31, 2020. 

  4. New SEEDS program funding opportunity

    Submitted by Kris Boone,

    Dear CFAES Research Community,

    I am pleased to announce the new Emerging Needs funding opportunity for the SEEDS program.  A request for proposals is attached and information is also available at:

    The objectives of the program are given below.  Several important points:  1) $200,000 is available for the program; 2) individual projects can be funded up to $50,000; 3) Proposals are due March 2, 2020; 4) Investigators with projects funded through other SEEDS programs are eligible to submit to the Emerging Needs program; and 5) Due to the late notification for approval of funding for the program, the project narrative will be limited to 2 pages and an expedited proposal submission and review process will be used.  It is our goal to provide award notification before April 1, 2020.  Please carefully read the RFP to ensure eligibility and that submissions fit within the scope of the program and meet all requirements. 

    Fiscal Year 2020 Objective: Fund new and applied research in direct support of addressing critical issues affecting one or more commercial agricultural products important for Ohio and for which external funding is not readily available or adequate to support CFAES stakeholders. Preference will be given to projects that:

    • Identify solutions to problems that can be directly and immediately implemented by producers
    • Represent commercial agricultural products for which no or limited funding opportunities exist

    Example projects would include, but are not limited to, soil fertility, insect, disease, pest, or weed issues with fruits, vegetables, berries, hemp, or other specialty crops in conventional or organic production systems.

    Gary M Pierzynski,
    Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
    Director, Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station
    College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences 
    106 Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH 43210
    614-688-5681 Office




  5. 2020 Service-learning grants closing soon

    Submitted by Kris Boone,

    There is just one week left to apply for the 2020 Service-Learning Course Grants.  Any Ohio State instructor who would like to create a new service-learning course or improve an existing course with service-learning is invited to apply.  This includes courses offered at the regional campuses, and undergraduate or graduate level courses.  Grantees receive up to $4000 in funding and participate in a service-learning Course Design Institute with their peers.  Please consider inviting your colleagues to apply.  Applications are due February 4, 2020.

    For more information: