Connections Newsletter : Connections Newsletter 2016 Spring Edition


  1. OSU South Centers Senior Scientist, Dr. Hanping Wang, was invited by the USDA Aqua Genomics/Genetics Coordinator to speak on “Genomics, genetics, and breeding programs in the Midwest” at The National Strategic Planning Workshop for Aquaculture Genomics, Genetics and Breeding,” which was held March 24-25, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama.

  2. Matthew joined the aquaculture South Centers team as an Extension Aquaculture Specialist in March 2016.  For the last year, Matthew worked in Extension in a fish health laboratory in Lonoke, Arkansas.  He received his Master’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in Aquaculture and Fisheries in 2015 and his Bachelor’s from Auburn University in 2012.   


  1. By Patrick Dengel, OSU - Rio Grande Collaboration Coordinator/Business Development Specialist   On March 16, 2016, a Business Security Forum was held at the University of Rio Grande.  This Educational program was sponsored in part by Ohio Valley Bank, The Ohio State University South Centers, OSU-OARDC and OSU Extension Programs, and University of Rio Grande & Rio Grande Community College.    
  2. By Kimberly Roush, Program Assistant   Are you looking for local business development tidbits?   Join the OSU South Centers Business Development Network team weekly as they share practical tips for new and existing businesses in areas of marketing, management, financials, technology, manufacturing, commercialization, leadership and exporting.    
  3. By Mick Whitt, Manufacturing Business Development Specialist  
  4. By Ryan Mapes, Business Development Program Leader and Endeavor Center Manager  


  1. By Gary Gao, PhD, Extension Specialist and Associate Professor, OSU South Centers  
  2. By Gary Gao, PhD, Extension Specialist and Associate Professor  


  1. By Brad Bergefurd, Extension Educator Horticulture/Agriculture and Natural Resources  


  1. By Christie Welch, Direct Marketing Specialist   The Ohio Direct Agricultural Marketing Team is a group of OSU Extension Educators and specialists along with personnel from partnering organizations that provided education and assistance to Ohio’s agricultural producers.  The team provides this assistance in a variety of ways.    


  1. By Hannah Scott, OCDC Program Manager   Ohio Cooperative Development Center (OCDC) staff, along with representatives of credit unions and agricultural co-ops, convened in Oxford, Ohio in March for Mid America Cooperative Education, Inc.’s 2016 Cooperative Leadership Forum. The forum provided emerging leaders from across the Midwest the opportunity to learn from one another and experts in the field about the co-op model and cooperative leadership.   


  1. By Rafiq Islam, PhD Soil and Water Specialist and Vinayak Shedekar, Research Associate II