Connections Newsletter : Spring 2019


  1. Two research scholars, Dr. Rafidah Binti Othman and Mr. Dingkun Xie (pictured right) recently joined the Ohio Center for Aquaculture and Development (OCARD) for their post-doctoral and PhD dissertation research. 

    Rafidah Othman is a new visiting postdoctoral researcher at Dr. Hanping Wang’s Lab inside OSU South Centers. Originally from Malaysia, she is a lecturer and researcher from the Borneo Marine Research Institute a the Universiti Malaysia Sabah. She earned her PhD in Veterinary Sciences from the Universiti Putra Malaysia. 

  2. By Dr. Hanping Wang
    Senior Scientist

    Yellow perch is one of the top three aquaculture species in the Midwest and North Central Region of the United States. Funded by a NOAA-Sea Grant, the Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development (OCARD) at OSU South Centers has developed technology that enables us to produce commercial-scale, faster-growing, all-female yellow perch for the aquaculture industry.


  1. (Editor’s Note: The following is the latest in a series of feature stories highlighting The Ohio State University South Centers Staff)
    By Bradford Sherman
    CFAES/OSU South Centers

    If your computer won’t start, or the running water won’t stop; if the temperature is too hot, or too cold; or if the phones are down, or anything else is up … there is one man who everyone calls first.


  1. By Joy Bauman
    Center for Cooperatives Program Coordinator

    A group of individuals interested in growing co-op culture in Central Appalachia filled the meeting room March 22 at the West Virginia State University Economic Development Center in Charleston, W.Va. when The Ohio State University CFAES Center for Cooperatives hosted the inaugural meeting of the Appalachia Cooperates Initiative.  The group ranged from farmers and small business owners, to attorneys, credit unions, and cooperative business development agencies.


  1. By Dr. Gary Gao
    Associate Professor and Extension Specialist


  1. Submitted By Dorinda Byers
    MEP Growth Advisor

    Workforce is the biggest challenge faced by manufacturers today.  Around 71% of manufacturers cited attracting and retaining a quality workforce as their top challenge in the most recent NAM Quarterly Outlook Survey.  We have expanded our workforce service offerings to add a new training helping manufacturers bridge the generation and diversity gaps, “Bridge the Generational and Diversity Gaps in the Workplace with DISC”.  


  1. By Christie Welch
    Direct Marketing Specialist

    Nearly 100 farms from all across Ohio met Monday, March 25 at Maize Valley Winery in Hartville, Ohio to learn how agritourism is having a positive impact on Ohio’s farms.


  1. By Dr. Rafiq Islam
    SWBR Program Leader

    Du Jiaxing (Jacky), a new short-term exchange scholar (2-months) from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) from the Heilongjiang (Jiamusi branch) has recently joined the Soil, Water, and Bioenergy Resources Program at The Ohio State University South Centers. 

    Jacky is a researcher at the Sustainable Agriculture Research Institute of the CAAS-Jiamusi, having worked on no-till equipment since 2015. He is also a graduate student pursuing his Ph.D. degree. 

  2. By Dr. Rafiq Islam
    SWBR Program Leader

    Healthy soil is the foundation of climate-smart (sustainable) agriculture. 

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