Wednesday Wire : October 24, 2018

  1. Puerto Rico: The Reality of 'Paradise'

    Submitted by Frances Whited,

    Puerto Rico: The Reality of “Paradise”
    Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, 12-1 p.m.

    Selby Hall (Plant Pathology) Room 203, Wooster
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    Cost: Free
    Details:  Light lunch provided, space limited
    Meal starts at noon.
    Presentation starts at 12:15 p.m.

    Rsvp at by Tuesday, Oct. 30.

    Marlia Bosques Martínez: B.S. in Crop Protection from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Pursuing a master’s degree in Plant Pathology at Ohio State under the guidance of Dr. Chris Taylor and Dr. Sally Miller. Her research focuses on studying root-knot nematode diversity, yield loss, and biocontrol management on tomatoes.

    Noelymar González: B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Pursuing a master’s degree in Soil Science at Ohio State under the guidance of Dr. Steve Culman. Her research focuses on studying soil health in no-till soils.

    Ana M. Vázquez Catoni:  B.S. in Biology and in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Pursuing a master’s degree in Plant Pathology at Ohio State under the guidance of Dr. Soledad Benitez. Her research focuses on studying microbial diversity in tomato seedlings.

    Puerto Rico Cultural Connections

    A talk in the series Cultural Connections: “Where Culture Meets Agriculture”

    Contact information: Jason Owens, International Coordinator at the Wooster Campus,  (605) 691-1066


  2. Cultured Meat: Developing an OSU Perspective

    Submitted by Frances Whited,

    A seminar about the future of cultured meat, its role in agriculture, industry impact, and discussion on consumer perceptions.

    Where: Animal Science 117 and Research Services 130 or join us on Zoom

    When: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2:15 - 5:00 p.m.

    We will gather insight from experts including:

    Dr. Dustin Boler, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain in the Department of Animal Sciences. Dr. Boler is also on the American Meat Science Association board and has recently testified at an FDA hearing focused on foods produced using animal cell culture technology.

    Dominique Harris, a business development advisor for Cargill, a livestock meat and industry leader. Cargill has made significant investments in alternative protein sources such as the development of cultured meat technology. Ms. Harris will share the philosophical reasons Cargill has made these investments and what Cargill perceives as the future for these technologies.

    Dr. Joy Rumble is an assistant professor with a joint appointment at Ohio State ATI and the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership within CFAES. Dr. Rumble has authored a manuscript describing media coverage of cultured meat technology, and she will share what she learned from this initial study along with other information about expected consumer perceptions and acceptance of this technology.

    Associate Dean Gary Pierzynski will provide the welcome and introduction. Dr. Shauna Brummet, president and CEO of BioHio Research Park, and Drs. Lyda Garcia and Daniel Clark, both meat scientists in the Department of Anicaml Sciences, will also give a brief introduction to the technology and overview of the markets and investments by venture capitalists.

    Please use this link to register for the seminar.

  3. Reception with CFAES Equity and Inclusion Program Director

    Please join Dr. Leo Taylor, the new Program Director of Equity and Inclusion for CFAES for an informal meet-and-greet on the OSU Wooster campus, 4:30 - 5:45 p.m, Halterman 124, Wooster campus.

    Dr. Taylor provides professional development opportunities for Columbus and Wooster CFAES faculty and staff on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues such as implicit bias, microaggressions, and cultural competencies. He is new to OSU and will be visiting the Wooster campus for the first time on Oct. 24. He would like to learn about the campus climate experienced by members of historically underrepresented minority groups, women, and LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff, and their allies. This is an opportunity for individuals to share their experiences and provide suggestions for how the Office of Equity and Inclusion can best support the Wooster community. Refreshments will be provided.

    Dr. Taylor is especially interested in meeting LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff. In an effort to support LGBTQ+ CFAES students, he is spearheading the establishment of a Cultivating Change chapter at OSU and is looking for student volunteers to serve as officers and a faculty/staff advisor based in Wooster. The Cultivating Change Foundation is a national organization devoted to supporting LGBTQ+ agriculturalists. The OSU chapter will involve individuals from both the Columbus and Wooster campuses. If you are unable to attend the reception and would like more information about this leadership opportunity, please contact Dr. Talyor directly (taylor.3408).

    To learn more about Dr. Taylor, visit

  4. Associate Dean's Coffee Hour, Oct. 24

    Submitted by Frances Whited,

    Greetings! Based on feedback, there will be more opportunities to chat informally with the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education. We highly encourage you to attend, as this is a great opportunity to ask questions, give suggestions, or hear updates about research and graduate education at the college.

    The first of these events will be on Oct. 24 from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. in the Yenne Room, Shisler Center (Wooster). Coffee and cookies will be provided.

    Stay tuned for more information about additional opportunities.

  5. Sexual Misconduct Training on Oct. 26, 2018

    Submitted by Kris Boone,

    If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to attend the sexual misconduct training scheduled for Oct. 26. Details below.

    Sexual Misconduct Training 
    October 26, 2018 

    10:00 AM 
    Fisher Auditorium 
    Wooster Campus 

    Ensuring a safe and healthy climate for our students, faculty, staff and all members of the university community is Ohio State’s top priority. As part of a comprehensive effort to enhance the health, safety and wellbeing of our community, Michelle Gaines from the Office of Human Resources will be coming to the Wooster Campus on October 26, 2018 to present an instructor-led training on the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. 
    Participants will be provided with information in regards to key legal and policy details, information on how to recognize sexual misconduct, how to file a complaint or make a report, provide support resources and guidance on how to prevent sexual misconduct in the work and academic setting. We strongly encourage you to take the opportunity to attend this 1-hour instructor-led training session. 
    Members of the university community have the right to be free from all forms of sexual misconduct which impede the realization of the university’s mission of distinction in education, scholarship, and service. All members of the university community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that maintains an environment free from sexual misconduct. 
    Please RSVP to We are not able to Zoom this session, however, we still are encouraging everyone to take an opportunity to complete this training. You can participate in the Sexual Misconduct training in several different ways if you are unable to attend the Wooster session. Please visit BuckeyeLearn to learn about these opportunities where you can register for a web-based version of the training or you can sign up for an instructor-led class in Columbus. 

    BuckeyeLearn Link 


  6. ATI Faculty & Staff Book Club announces book choices

    The ATI Book Club for Faculty and Staff invite all to read with us.  We meet at noon in the ATI Library.

    Nov 1 In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

    Dec 6 Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

    Jan      Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

  7. Congratulations, Ohio State ATI Dairy Cattle Judging Team!

    Dairy Cattle Judging Team photo

    Please congratulate the Ohio State ATI Dairy Cattle Judging Team for their performance in the Traditional and Practical dairy cattle judging contest at World Dairy Expo – September 30 and October 1 – in Madison, Wisconsin.  Six students participated in the two contests:  Lauren Almasy, Aaron Hand, Megan McCoy, Kylie McLean, Brennan Topp, and Stephanie Wyatt.  Mr. Don Hange and Mr. Royce Thornton coached the team. 

    Ohio State ATI entered 2 teams in the Practical Contest consisting of linear evaluation, commercial heifer class, registered heifer class, and sire selection/mating.  Ohio State ATI Team 1 (Aaron Hand, Kylie McLean, and Stephanie Wyatt) placed third in the contest and Ohio State Team 2 (Lauren Almasy, Megan McCoy, and Brennan Topp place eight in the contest.  Fourteen teams were entered in the contest.  Team 1 placed second in the sire selection class and third in the registered heifer class.  Team 2 was second in the registered heifer class.  Kylie McLean was third in linear evaluation.

    In the Traditional Contest, the team placed sixth out of 14 teams with 56 contestants; sixth in oral reasons, sixth in class placings, 5th in the Red/White breed, 4th in the Milking Shorthorn breed, 4th in the Jersey breed, 5th in the Holstein breed, and 4th in Brown Swiss breed.  Individually, Brennan Topp was 10th overall, 6th in Red/White, 9th in placings, 9th in Milking Shorthorn, 14th in Jerseys, 15th in Holsteins, and 16th in oral reasons; Aaron Hand was 11 overall, 1st in Jerseys and Brown Swiss, 8th in placings, and 17th in Guernseys; Megan McCoy was 14 overall, 4th in Guernseys, 6th in placings, 15th in Ayrshires, and 16th in Jerseys; Kylie McLean was 16th overall, 6th in Holsteins, 8th in Guernseys, 16th in Milking Shorthorn, and 17th in placings; Lauren Almasy was 18th overall, 3rd in Jerseys, 9th in Brown Swiss, and 15th in oral reasons and Red/White; and Stephanie Wyatt was 26th overall and 17th in Holsteins.



  8. Lunch and Learn: Online Science Labs

    Submitted by Deana Namuth-Covert,

    The CFAES eTeam would like to announce the next event in their Lunch and Learn Series: 
    Friday, Oct 26, noon-1:00 via zoom only: Bringing the pits to online learning: At home labs in soil science and other dirty tales by Ron Reuter, Associate Professor and Program Lead Natural Resources, Oregon State University. 
    Science happens in kitchens all over the world every hour of the day - and hardly anybody thinks anything about it. Soil science, while complex in theory, can be explored at the beginner’s level in a kitchen, in a hands-on way, with very simple tools, and provide the same amount of insight as a class at an R1 university teaching lab. We will explore some simple experiments and engage our creativity to explore new ways of learning hands-on science, without the science lab. Ron will also share his research into how well students are learning key concepts when labs are taught in this manner. 
    Dr. Ron Reuter ( is an Associate Professor in the Forest Resources Department at Oregon State University Cascades. He teaches several classes and is engaged in research in the areas of effective distance education technology and ecosystem processes in Oregon’s high desert. He was a guest speaker at the 2017 CFAES Price Chair in Teaching, Learning, and Advising Symposium. We have had several requests to bring him back to share his insights with more of our science faculty thinking about teaching online. 
    Join Us Live at: 

  9. Two technology sessions from ODEE

    Submitted by Valerie Childress,

    ODEE will be coming up to Wooster on Nov. 13th to offer two sessions. Please click on the links to learn more about the sessions and how to register. 
    10 am-11:30 am: Creative Assessments with Technology 
    1-2:30 pm: Using Adobe Spark to Create Multimedia for the Classroom