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Research News - August 2022

Aug. 1, 2022
Entomology ORIP Intern holding an insect under the newsletter title, Research News - August 2022

Inside this Issue

  • On Friday, July 15, the 2022 OSU Research Internship Program participants gave their final presentations over their summer research
  • Congratulations to our own David Mackie, for obtaining the Certified Research Administrator (CRA) designation
  • The President's Postdoctoral Scholars Program (PPSP) is currently recruiting for the 2023 cohort.
  • The Endless Frontier Symposium 2022: Research and Higher Education Institution for the Next 75 Years will be held on 9/2/22

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Funding Opportunties 

As funding opportunities are announced we will compile a full list on our website. The web page will be updated periodically as new opportunities are discovered.

  • Bioproduct Pilot Program
    The program seeks to study the benefits of materials derived from covered ag commodities for manufacture of construction & consumer products. This program directs the USDA to partner with no less than one qualified institution to support the scale-up of sustainable bioproduct manufacturing, with the goal of providing a low-cost alternative.
    Deadline: August 31, 2022  

  • AFRI Education and Workforce Development Program
    This Program focuses on developing the next generation of research, education and Extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. The aim of these grants is to cultivate future industry, government or academic leaders who can solve emerging agricultural challenges of the 21st century.
    Deadline: Varies by Program through October 27, 2022

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ORIP intern Nurain Samantha Amier presenting on her summer research Congrats to the ORIP Interns on Completing the 2022 Program! 

Alexis Didinger, R&GE Administrative Associate & ORIP Coordinator

On Friday, July 15, the 2022 OSU Research Internship Program participants gave their final presentations over their summer research that spanned the duration of the program, 10 weeks. ORIP aims to provide research experiences for college undergraduates local to Wooster, Ohio. The 2022 cohort was comprised of 11 students ranging in age and experience, from high school graduates to college seniors.

The program returned in 2022 after a 2-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon its return, ORIP found itself under new management with Michelle Jones, Professor and D.C. Kiplinger Floriculture Endowed Chair in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science as the Faculty Advisor, and Alexis Didinger, Administrative Associate in the Office for Research & Graduate Education, as the program coordinator. ORIP was previously overseen by Dr. Daral Jackwood, who recently retired from the department of Animal Science.

The final presentation luncheon was held in the new Wooster Science Building and was well-attended by ORIP faculty mentors and their lab staff, and interns' family and friends. A pizza luncheon followed the event where attendees were able to mingle and congratulate the students. On top of their 10-minute presentation, which included time for Q & A, students were also required to write a report on their research and attend weekly Lunch and Learn sessions where they would hear an educational message about CFAES research and opportunities within our college, while noshing on subs or sandwiches.

2022 ORIP interns were represented in the CFAES departments of Animal Science, Entomology, Horticulture and Crop Science, Plant Pathology, the Center for Food Animal Health, and the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Thanks to our faculty mentors for opening your labs to the next generation of investigators and introducing them to the wide variety of research that takes place on our campus.

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Headshot of David MackieSpotlight on David Mackie

Congratulations to our own David Mackie, for obtaining the Certified Research Administrator (CRA) designation. The CRA exam, offered through the Research Administrators Certification Council, has a strict set of requirements involving candidates to learn a substantial “Body of Knowledge” that includes project development and administration; legal requirements; and nuts and bolts of managing a large research project, essential to fulfill the responsibilities of a research or sponsored programs administrator.

David is a Grants and Contracts Specialist, Senior and has been employed by The Ohio State University since 2007. Prior to joining the CFAES Office for Research and Graduation Education, he was the Grants and Contracts Specialist, Senior for the CFAES Office of International Programs in Agriculture (IPA), where he managed pre- and post-award processes for grants and contracts, specializing in United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and international sponsors.

David has a B.S. in Finance from Franklin University and an M.B.A. from Ohio Dominican University. He has experience in every aspect of the grant lifecycle, including pre-award activities, project setup, implementation, and closeout. He is also a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and the Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI).

Smiling, young, female researcher in labNew & Newsworthy

President's Postdoctoral Scholars Program
The President's Postdoctoral Scholars Program flyer to recruit the 2023 cohort is now available for distribution. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs recommends distributing copies of the flyer to colleagues at virtual and in-person conferences this summer and fall.

The PPSP will provide funding to support further scholarly training of PhDs and terminal degree holders who wish to pursue careers in research and creative expression. The awards will include salary support and funds for research-related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 24 months and the second year is awarded upon demonstration of academic and research productivity as well as adequate career development as evidenced by successful implementation of a mentoring plan.

Please note that candidates must be nominated by their OSU faculty sponsor.

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Bioproduct Pilot Program RFA Informational Webinar Available On-Demand
Did you miss the RFA Informational Webinar for NIFA’s Bioproduct Pilot Program earlier this month? It’s now available to watch on-demand. Visit the NIFA website to watch the webinar and get answers to frequently asked questions.

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Endless Frontier Symposium 2022
On September 22, 2022, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), in collaboration with the Kavli Foundation and Issues in Science and Technology, will host the "Endless Frontier Symposium 2022: Research and Higher Education Institution for the Next 75 Years." This symposium is a follow up to the February 2020 symposium, and will bring together experts and leaders from across the world to consider transformations needed from research and higher education institutions in the next 75 years to better address complex, global challenges like the impacts of pandemics, advancing innovation, building and nurturing capacity, and so much more.

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Sheila Craft-Morgan HeadshotWelcome New Research Impact Librarian
Sheila Craft-Morgan is joining the faculty of University Libraries as the Research Impact Librarian. In this role, she will lead the development of systematic, scalable approaches that support scholarly research impact within the research lifecycle. Sheila will also support faculty, staff and students in managing, communicating and promoting the impact of their research projects. Schedule a consultation via email, now!

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Fulbright U.S. Scholar competition now open
With over 800 awards annually in more than 135 countries to teach, conduct research and carry out professional projects, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program offers faculty and professionals who are U.S. citizens a path to solve complex global challenges and create a brighter future. The application deadline for the 2023-24 competition is Sept. 15.

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New postdoctoral scholars onboarding funds
Thanks to the generosity of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has established a competitive onboarding fund named the OPA W.K. Kellogg Postdoctoral Recruitment and Onboarding Support Program (OK-PROS). As many as 40 postdoc scholars will receive onboarding funds over the 2022-23 academic year. Those selected will receive $5,000 to cover relocation expenses, implement their research program, pursue professional development and attend professional conferences. Deadline: 9/2/22

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Research Development & Grant Writing News
Access the current issue of Research Development & Grant Writing News. The Enterprise for Research, Innovation, and Knowledge | Research Development Office provides access to this subscription-based newsletter for the entire campus community.

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SPO Updates

ACEL: Stephanie Harrier.4
AEDE: Jessica Tweed.20
AS: Stephanie Harrier.4
ATI: Jessica Tweed.20
ENT: Stephanie Harrier.4
Extension/Counties: Cheryl Sowash.10
Extension/Other: Gretchen Turner.368
FABE: Cheryl Sowash.10
CFAH: Stephanie Harrier.4
FST: Jessica Tweed.20
HCS: Jessica Tweed.20
Wooster Campus Administration: Anna Shadley.5
Piketon: Anna Shadley.5
Plant Path: Stephanie Harrier.4
SENR: Anna Shadley.5
All Business & Industry Contracts: Michael Adkins.121/Kelsey Sigrist.22

Recent Awards

  • Rachel Capouya - Plant Path, $214,680: Genome sequencing for detection of phytophthora in landscape plants, National Institute of Food andAgriculture
  • Theresa Ferrari - 4-H, $65,000: Ohio National Guard 4-H outreach support services, OH National Guard
  • Francesca Hand - Plant Path, $110,000: “Supporting Ohio’s cut flower industry through diagnostics, disease management, and outreach”, Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • Jonathan Jacobs, Francesca Hand, Melanie Ivey, Sally Miller, Veronica Roman-Reyna, Francesca Rotondo - Plant Path, $175,225: Next generation diagnostics and surveillance for Ohio specialty crops, Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • Dee Jepson, Lingying Zhao - FABE, $287,902: Assessing farmers’ exposure to dust and noise hazards at on-farm grain bins to develop effective protections through engineering controls and educational programs, Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation
  • Sally Miller, Francesca Rotondo - Plant Path, $90,000: Improving anthracnose management in Ohio pepper and tomato production systems, Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • Clay Sneller - HCS, $266,473: Use of traditional and genomic plant breeding to improve fusarium head blight resistance soft winter wheat, USDA Agricultural Research Service
  • Feng Qu - Plant Path, $158,869: Exploring RNAi-based management strategies to confer plant resistance to white mold infection, USDA-ARS

Events & Opportunities

  • OSP Office Hours for Extension Professionals
    Q&A over grants, ranging from proposal submission and the epa-005 process, through award management
    August 3, 10, 17 from 1:00-2:00 PM
  • NIFA Agricultural Workforce Training Grant Program Webinar
    This program area seeks to develop a workforce ready for the field as well as industry jobs in food and ag
    August 4 from 1:00-2:00 PM
  • Internal Grants Program Information Sessions
    IGP RFPs will be releasing soon! Keep your eyes peeled for details on the information sessions to learn more!
    Coming Soon!
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