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Undergraduates excel at research forum
Undergraduate students from six CFAES departments made a strong showing at Ohio State’s Richard J. and Martha D. Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in February. They won four first places, two seconds, and two thirds in five of the event’s 18 categories.
Conservation and Development—first place, Harrison Fried, School of Environment and Natural Resources (Suzanne Gray, mentor); second place, Heather Pechtl, Department of Animal Sciences (Chanhee Lee, mentor); third place, Alyson Linton, Department of Animal Sciences (Daniel Clark, mentor).
Education Across the Human Lifespan—first place, Kayla Walls, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (Dee Jepsen, mentor).
Emerging Technologies: Smartphones, Social Media Platforms, and Beyond—first place, Kuanrong Zhu, Department of Food Science and Technology (Luis Rodriguez-Saona, mentor).
Evolution, Genetics, and Biochemistry of Insects—first place, Vivian Chang, Department of Entomology (Megan Meuti, mentor); second place, Hilary Kordecki, Department of Animal Sciences (Chia Lin, mentor).
Evolutionary Ecology and Environmental Science—third place, Joey Smith, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Ryan Winston, mentor).
Continuum soon to be a digital publication
Every day, CFAES faculty, staff, and students impact the lives of people in Ohio and beyond through amazing discoveries, unprecedented research opportunities, powerful Extension programming, public-private partnerships, and preparing the next generation of scientists and leaders through extensive and effective classroom learning coupled with hands-on experiences, job training, internships, and study-abroad opportunities. CFAES is a learning community committed to serving the public good.
And soon, in addition to receiving Continuum in the mail, readers will be able to enjoy the publication as an expanded digital piece online.
We look forward to offering you more information on CFAES’ mission to sustain life.
Your online connection to Ohio State information
More than 900 fact sheets are available on Ohioline, OSU Extension’s free, online information resource, found at ohioline.osu.edu. Ohioline fact sheets cover everything from gardening to energy, from farming to forestry, and from community development to youth development.
The cutting-edge, scientifically-based information is generated from research conducted by Extension educators, CFAES faculty and staff, and often, collaboration with other land-grant universities.
Undergraduates shine in global event
Two undergraduate CFAES students presented their research on the world stage at the second annual World Congress on Undergraduate Research (WCUR) in Germany.
Hannah Cochran, an animal sciences major, and Harrison Fried, an environmental policy and decision making major, were among nine other outstanding undergraduate students who represented Ohio State throughout several days in May at the University of Oldenburg.
Cochran, a third-year student at CFAES’ Department of Animal Sciences, presented a poster titled “Evaluation of field-based assays for rapid pathogen detection on swine trailers.” Andrew Bowman, assistant professor of epidemiology and veterinary preventive medicine, served as her mentor.
Fried, a fourth-year student at CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources, presented a poster titled “How do algal and sedimentary turbidity affect the swimming performance of emerald shiner and golden shiner in Lake Erie?” Suzanne Gray, assistant professor of aquatic physiological ecology, served as his mentor.
Fried noted that a highlight of the congress was a thematic workshop session that allowed him to work with fellow aquatic student researchers from four continents: Malawi/Africa, Maldives/Asia, Guyana/South America, and Ohio/North America.
The WCUR brings together the world’s best undergraduate research and provides an opportunity for global dialogue across many different fields of inquiry. Students share their research, discuss global issues, and create international research partnerships.
Linked for life and livelihood
CFAES conferred nearly 900 degrees upon new alumni or those advancing their education during the 2018–2019 academic year. Several of those degrees—including agricultural economics, miscellaneous agriculture, and animal sciences—are among the nation’s lowest in unemployment, a recent study shows. Congratulations!