Connections Newsletter : Spring 2020


  1. With the outbreak of coronavirus, most of us are now teleworking from home. In a normal situation, if you were able to work from home for a week, you would typically be feeling happy; but if you have to work at home for a month or longer, that can be a different story. 

    It is difficult to work from home. There is always something else you can do, for example watching television, eating snacks, or doing a home project; however, if you focus, you can get a lot of things done with writing in home isolation. 

  2. Dr. Hanping Wang
    Aquaculture Program Leader 

    Aquaculture team members at The Ohio State University South Centers recently published two papers in top journals within the aquaculture industry.

    The first paper deals with the evaluation of genetic variation and gene expression patterns of different strains related to the utilization of soybean meal (SBM) in largemouth bass (LMB). It was published by AQUACUTURE, the No. 1 journal in aquaculture, in March 2020. 


  1. By Bradford Sherman & Thomas Worley
    CFAES/South Centers

    Even during this time of unprecedented change and uncertainty, the critical mission of enhancing southern Ohio and assisting people with informed decision-making through responsive research, education, entrepreneurial application, and collaborative partnerships continues to be the guiding priority for all programs at the College’s Piketon campus.

  2. The video production team at The Ohio State University South Centers has been working on several videos (using zoom) on relevant topics that address some of the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus.  We have been video conferencing with some special guests who look at some of the social aspects individuals may have concerns about during this unique time.  We are also progressing with training programs that affect all of Ohio. 


  1. By Brad Bapst
    SBDC Director

  2. As employers begin looking beyond the immediate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and start thinking of bringing people back to work, they will be wise to realize the new virus means permanent changes related to their obligation to provide a safe workplace. It is a new day in terms of keeping workers safe. ]


  1. By Hannah Scott
    Center for Cooperatives

    The impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency are vast and varied. While we recognize and thank the many people who continue to do the essential jobs of feeding, moving, and caring for America in person, many Americans are now working, learning, and connecting online.


  1. By Ryan Mapes
    Endeavor Center Manager

    Hope this note finds everyone safe and healthy.  While the Endeavor Center remains closed to the public, it is open on a very limited basis to our tenants. Tenants continue to have access to their offices but most, if not all, are choosing to telework.  


  1. By Gary Gao
    Professor and Extension Specialist

    While the COVID-19 pandemic has been turning our world upside down, we have been working hard to find new and innovative ways to help all citizens in Ohio.  During these past two months, we have answered many questions from growers and gardeners, produced news releases, taught online classes using Zoom, developed fact sheets on new crops, and continued our research projects.  

  2. By Brad Bergefurd
    Horticulture Extension Specialist

    One of the many casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic was the wildly popular NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, simply referred to by many as March Madness. In the spirit of that event, “Agriculture and Natural Resources Madness: A Tournament of Education” (Ag Madness) was born.


  1. In response to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA), Ohio Hospital Association (OHA), Ohio Manufacturing Extension Program (Ohio MEP), nursing homes, and JobsOhio have joined forces through the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19. 

    This collaborative effort is currently engaged with Ohio manufacturers to see which companies have interest in repurposing their manufacturing operations to produce some of the most in-demand products in the fight against COVID-19, especially PPE (personal protective equipment).

  2. The Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19 has launched the Ohio Emergency PPE Makers’ Exchange, an online marketplace where organizations that need personal protective equipment (PPE) and related equipment can find a wide selection offered by Ohio manufacturers.


  1. By Christie Welch
    Direct Marketing Program Manager

    The impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic has swiftly changed our world. Who could have anticipated the shutdown of America, more or less within a 24-hour period?  While this pandemic has changed many things, one thing has not – farmers are still farming. 

    With the manner in which they market their products to consumers having changed, The Ohio State University’s Direct Food and Agricultural Marketing Team has been there to help producers source the information they need.


  1. By Dr. Rafiq Islam
    SWBR Program Leader

    South Centers visiting scholar Riti Chatterjee was one of the speakers invited to deliver a presentation at the 2020 Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) annual conference in Dayton on February 13, alongside Aaron Wilson, Rafiq Islam, Vinayak Shedekar, and Alan Sundermeier of The Ohio State University. 

  2. By Dr. Rafiq Islam
    SWBR Program Leader

    Jordan Maxwell, one of the researchers in the Soil, Water, and Bioenergy Resources Program at The Ohio State University South Centers, participated in the 2020 World Aquaculture Society America Conference held February 10-12 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

  3. By Dr. Rafiq Islam
    SWBR Program Leader

    Shib Nath Pattadar participated in the 2020 World Aquaculture Society America Conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii in February as part of his PhD research work. As one of the authors, he delivered one oral and one poster presentation at the conference. 

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