Department Roundup : Department Roundup 2015 10 09

  1. Recent Funding

    Dr. Ramesh Selvaraj was recently awarded a USDA NIFA AFRI Foundational grant under the Animal Health & Disease Program. Title: Regulatory T cell Suppressive and Kinomic Properties in Persistent Salmonella Infections of Poultry. The review panel concluded it was relevant to both animal health (disease in animals) and food safety.

    Kelly George was selected as a recipient of UCAT’s Fall 2015 Lecturer Teaching Development Grant to attend the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture National Conference in 2016.

  2. October is Pork Month

    As noted in the National Hog Farmer, October is pork month because this is the month when hogs were traditionally marketed.

    The History of Pork

    (from http://www.porkbeinspired.com/about-the-national-pork-board/the-history-of-pork/)

    “The pig dates back 40 million years to fossils which indicate that wild pig-like animals roamed forests and swamps in Europe and Asia. By 4900 B.C. pigs were domesticated in China, and were being raised in Europe by 1500 B.C. On the insistence of Queen Isabella, Christopher Columbus took eight pigs on his voyage to Cuba in 1493. But it is Hernando de Soto who could be dubbed “the father of the American pork industry.” He landed with America’s first 13 pigs at Tampa Bay, Florida in 1539.

    Native Americans reportedly became very fond of the taste of pork, resulting in some of the worst attacks on the de Soto expedition. By the time of de Soto’s death three years later, his pig herd had grown to 700 head, not including the ones his troops had consumed, those that ran away and became wild pigs (and the ancestors of today’s feral pigs or razorbacks), and those given to the Native Americans to keep the peace. The pork industry in America had begun.

    Pig production spread throughout the new colonies. Hernando Cortez introduced hogs to New Mexico in 1600, and Sir Walter Raleigh brought sows to Jamestown Colony in 1607. Semi-wild pigs conducted such rampages in New York colonists’ grain fields that every owned pig 14 inches high had to have a ring in its nose. On Manhattan Island, a long solid wall was constructed on the northern edge of the colony to control roaming herds of pigs. This area is now known as Wall Street.

    The pig population of Pennsylvania colony numbered in the thousands by 1660. As the seventeenth century closed, the typical farmer owned four or five pigs, supplying salt pork and bacon for his table with surpluses sold as barreled pork. Finishing pigs on Native Americans’ corn became a common practice in Pennsylvania. After the Revolutionary war, pioneers began heading west and they took their indispensable pigs with them. A wooden crate filled with young pigs was often hung from the axles of prairie schooners. As western herds grew, the need for pork processing facilities became apparent. Packing plants began to spring up in major cities. Pigs were first commercially slaughtered in Cincinnati, which became known as Porkopolis. More pork was packed there than any other place in the Midwest.”

  3. Data Show Faculty Profiles are Important

    According to data collected by CFAES Communications folks, the most visited page on all department websites is the faculty profiles page. (And, the most searched for information in the CFAES is the list of departments.) Your profile is important!

    You can develop an extensive faculty profile for visitors to learn about you and your research. One might assume these visitors are graduate students investigating potential advisors, people looking for expertise, undergrads learning about their professors, and so on.

    No matter if you are a faculty member or staff member or graduate student, here is what you can add:

    • a short biography,
    • up to 3 links to any professional website related to you,
    • your appointment (% Research, Extension, and Teaching),
    • your degrees & credentials,
    • your research area(s) (in a few words each),
    • your Extension specialization(s) (in a few words each),
    • your interests & expertise (in a few words each),
    • links to your graduate students’ profiles,
    • uploaded documents,
    • “Works” (publications, etc.), listed or linked in from Research in View—books, chapters, conferences, journal articles, patents, presentations, and/or technical reports,
    • Courses taught (already linked—make sure your list is accurate!)

    Send your information or edits to hendrick.17.

    In addition, any news articles or events posted to the website are related to the pertinent people involved, thus, connecting you to your current events and happenings. Have you been part of a news article, interviewed for a newspaper, or had some other published recognition? Send those references along and they will become part of your activity list.

    We will have a photo opportunity October 15 at the faculty/staff retreat in Wooster to get a new profile picture. Opportunities may also be coming to Columbus in the future.

    Finally, if you want to keep up your own profile, that will soon be an option. You will need to go through some training to do this. Alternatively, keep sending updates to hendrick.17.

  4. The Ohio Academy of Science Annual Meeting

    “The Ohio Academy of Science Annual Meeting is a scientific meeting that brings together students and professionals from across Ohio. This meeting is an opportunity for students to attend a true scientific meeting.” Abstracts due November 6th.

    Learn more

  5. Get to Know Central State University, Ohio’s 1890 Land Grant Institution

    Wednesday, October 14, Ohio State University Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, International Room 3:30-5:00 with a reception from 5:00-6:00.

    “With the Passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, Central State University, an historically black college in Wilberforce, Ohio, became the nations newest 1890 Land Grant University, creating new challenges and opportunities for agricultural research and education in Ohio.”

    Learn more.

  6. Around the Department

    The Buckeye Meat Laboratory opened its doors to various Universities travelling through on their way to the National Eastern Meat Judging Contest held in Wylusing, PA on October 1 and 2. The National Eastern was hosted by Cargill Regional Beef. Teams traveling by car were invited to stop by to review beef, pork, and lamb carcasses, wholesale cuts, and specifications one last time before stepping into the meat judging contest. Teams were able to conduct pre-contest workouts under the invitation of Dr. Lyda G. Garcia, The Fightin’ Buckeye's Meat Judging Team’s Advisor. Guests of the Buckeye meat lab included University of Illinois, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Penn State University, University of Nebraska, Kansas State University, and Tarleton State University.

    The Big Ten Network must have smelled the smoke...they picked up recent publicity about the Barbecue Science class offered by the Department of Animal Sciences. "BTNLiveBIG: Buckeye students master the art and science of barbecue". Read the article on BTN.

    Checkout Saddle & Sirloin's involvement at the 2015 Farm Science Review. Facebook

    The 2015 Animal Welfare Judging/Assessment Contest sponsored by AVMA is coming to Ohio State November 14-15. Learn more.

  7. Young Scholars Nomination

    Opportunity: ADSA Midwest Branch Young Dairy Scholars and the ASAS Midwestern Section Animal Science Young Scholars programs. Nominations are due October 30, 2015. Learn more at Taking Stock.

  8. Funding Opportunities

    Before you know it, the next round of AFRI Foundational and Challenge Area grants will be released. Although that release date is still a mystery, USDA NIFA has published an RFA Schedule that covers other opportunities. As noted on the page, these are not guaranteed dates.

    Below are some additional opportunities. Find more on the department website at About Us >> Employee Resources >> Proposal Opportunities >> 2015 Proposal Deadlines and at 2016 Proposal Deadlines

    October 15, 2015

    Sigma Xi

    Grants-in-Aid of Research

    Grad student

    Undergrad

    link

    October 15, 2016

    OSU Discovery Themes

    Seed Grants - Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) Program - Letter of Intent (required)

    Faculty

    link

    October 22, 2015

    North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NCR-SARE)

    2016 Research and Education Grant Program Preproposals

    Faculty

    link

    October 23, 2015

    OSU Affordable Learning Exchange

    Book Launch

    Faculty

    link

    October 29, 2015

    North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE)

    2016 Partnership Grant Program Proposals

    Faculty

    link

    October 30, 2015

    OSU CFAES

    2015-2016 CFAES Equity and Inclusion Mini Grants

    Faculty

    Staff

    Grad students

    Undergrad

    link

    October 31, 2015

    Diamond V

    Diamond V Science & Technology Awards Program -  grant program designed to support innovative research, with a focus on improving the understanding of the role of yeast culture on animal health and nutrition

    Faculty

    link

    November 1, 2015

    Alpaca Research Foundation

    Pre-proposals

    Faculty

    link

    November 1, 2015

    American Association for the Advancement of Science

    AAAS Fellowship: Energy, Environment, Agriculture Program

    Faculty

    link

    link-program areas

    November 2, 2015

    US Poultry & Egg Association

    Research preproposals

    Faculty

    link

    November 12, 2015

    North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE)

    2016 Youth Educator Grant Program Proposals

    Faculty

    link

    November 20, 2015

    USDA FSA

    Outreach and Education, Technical Assistance, and Financial Education for FSA Programs, Functions, and Activities

    Faculty

    link

    November 20, 2015

    Ohio Dairy Research Fund

    Call for Research and Extension Proposals

    Faculty

    link (pdf)

    contact: M. Eastridge

    November 24, 2015

    OSU Office of Research

    Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment grant competition.

    Faculty

    link

    December 1, 2015

    US Jersey

    Research Proposals

    Faculty

    link

    December 3, 2015

    North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE)

    2016 Farmer Rancher Grant Program Proposals

    Faculty

    link

     

  9. Recently Published

    Special Recognition - Currently one of the Top 10 Most Read in Physiological Reports:

    Rachel L. Harding, Daniel L. Clark, Orna Halevy, Cynthia S. Coy, Shlomo Yahav, Sandra G. Velleman. The effect of temperature on apoptosis and adipogenesis on skeletal muscle satellite cells derived from different muscle types. Physiological Reports Sep 2015, 3 (9) DOI: 10.14814/phy2.12539

     

    Velleman SG and Clark DL. 2015. Histopathologic and myogenic gene expression changes associated with wooden breast in broiler breast muscles. Avian Dis 59(3):410-8.