1. Bruce McPheron Accepts Provost Appointment

    Jun 3, 2016

    After a national search, Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake has named Bruce A. McPheron executive vice president and provost, effective immediately. McPheron previously served as interim provost and, for three years, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. As Ohio State’s chief academic officer, he will oversee and help to advance the educational mission of one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive universities.

  2. 2016 OSU CARES Seed Grants

    May 24, 2016

    The OSU CARES program recently announced its 2016 Seed Grant recipients and several Family and Consumer Sciences members were on teams that were awarded seed grants. The grants, announced during the May 3 Patterson Lecture and Outreach and Engagement Forum, provide up to $25,000 per team to seed new or expanded partnerships. In total, 17 OSU Extension faculty and staff were among teams from five Ohio State colleges and two institutes/VP units; and 10 community partners were involved in the 2016 seed grants. Congratulations to all grant recipients including FCS’s Jim Bates, Brian Butler and Patrice Powers-Barker. A brief description of each grant project and team is available at

  3. FDA Announces Changes to Food Labels

    May 20, 2016

    The FDA recently announced new label requirements for the manufacture’s nutrition facts label. The new labels will list added sugar, calories and better serving size information. The revised nutrition facts label for packaged foods will reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The new label will also make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices.

  4. Lonnie King Appointed Acting Dean of CFAES

    May 10, 2016

    Dr. Lonnie J. King has been appointed as acting dean and vice president for agricultural administration for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. He will assume the roles presently held by Ronald L. Hendrick, who will leave Ohio State in June to become dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. King will serve in this capacity while Bruce McPheron serves as interim provost for the university.

  5. Best Practices for Retaining Nutrient and Phytonutrient Levels in Local Produce

    May 5, 2016

    Few farmers' market consumers are aware of how to retain optimal nutritional quality of produce following purchase. FCS Field Specialists Dan Remley, Pike County, and Linnette Goard (emeritus), Medina County, plus Program Director Robin Ralston, Research Assistant Morgan Orr, and Associate Professor Christopher Taylor evaluated and developed educational materials intended to inform market consumers about best practices for storing, preserving and consuming local produce to maximize nutrients and phytonutrients.

  6. Annual Chadwick Arboretum Plant Sale

    May 4, 2016

    The Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens is hosting its annual plant sale from May 5-7 in Columbus at the northwest corner of Lane Avenue and Fred Taylor Drive. This is Chadwick Arboretum’s largest fund-raiser of the year, and they depend on a successful sale to ensure support for its operating expenses.

  7. Buckeye Summit

    Apr 29, 2016

    Ohio State Convenes Buckeye Summit to Tackle Hunger and Food Insecurity

    Columbus, Ohio – Approximately 600 members of Buckeye Nation convened for change at the inaugural Buckeye Summit on April 14. Delegates from 17 states and as far away as London and Bejing engaged in an interactive town hall focused on one of the most complex and important issues of our time: food security.

  8. Amanda Woods Talks FCS Financial Wellness to Students, US State Representative Steve Stivers

    Apr 11, 2016

    Family and Consumer Sciences Program Specialist Amanda Woods, Healthy Finances, gave a financial wellness presentation on April 6 to undergraduate Ohio State students and U.S. Representative Steve Stivers, 15th district of Ohio. Her talk focused on financial wellness services offered by FCS Educators across the state.

  9. Beverage-Related Policies

    Apr 4, 2016

    The Journal of Science Policy & Governance recently published a study regarding beverage-related policies among 28 Ohio organizations during 2014 and 2015. The study, co-authored by Family and Consumer Sciences’ Jennifer Lobb, Carol Smathers and Sodexo’s Ellen Hashiguchi, examined organizational policies regarding the consumption of water as the healthy beverage of choice.

  10. FCS Outreach and Engagement Forum

    Mar 3, 2016

    During the May 6 Ohio State University Outreach and Engagement Forum, numerous OSU Extension programs were featured. The Forum provided an opportunity to interact with Ohio State’s outreach and engagement community, share outreach and engagement work and make connections with potential collaborators.