Discovery at Ohio State: New Thought for Food - December 2017
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Happy holidays from InFACT

During this holiday season, we wish to thank the partners and friends who have made our progress over the past year possible. There is nothing more important to us than to engage with you in service to the common good as we pursue the InFACT mission, which is transforming the way food is grown, processed and distributed to encourage vibrant, sustainable and resilient agriculture that places nourishing food at the center of just and vital communities in Ohio and beyond. We look forward to our continued collaboration in 2018!

Farming after war: Edible Columbus profiles Erin Lin

Erin Lin, assistant professor of Political Science and Global Food Politics at Ohio State and an InFACT faculty hire, recently spoke with Edible Columbus about her research on unexploded ordnance left after war and their impact on farmers and agricultural growth. Lin has conducted fieldwork on the topic in Cambodia and is working with Rongjun Qin, a computer engineer at Ohio State, to develop a machine-based algorithm to scan high-resolution satellite images for bomb craters with the goal of finding a more efficient way to find unexploded ordnance to remove them and lessen their impact on human security and economic development.

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Passionate students bring sustainable farming methods to campus

Ohio State's Office of Energy and Environment recently profiled the garden outside of Smith Lab, a project of InFACT, the Sustainable Growing Club at OSU (GrOSU), Knowlton School of Architecture, the Department of Anthropology, and Landscape Services. During the summer, native heirloom plants that puff up upon cooking such as corn, millet, sorghum and amaranth were planted in the space, which was called the "Pop-Garden". Partners seeded cover crops at the beginning of October. The fall crops, called the “Plant-ilizer Project” — a play on “fertilizer” — are cold-hardy and aim to build soil fertility and protect the soil from runoff in preparation for spring planting.

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Linkage and Leverage grant funding available: Jan 31 proposal deadline

InFACT invites teams of faculty, staff, students, and external partners to submit proposals for our Linkage and Leverage seed grant program. The grants should address compelling food security challenges. Three grant cycles will be offered during the 2017-2018 academic year with multiple awards of up to $35,000 funded each cycle. The deadline for the program's second grant cycle is Jan 31.

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Save the Date: Feb 8 InFACT/TDAI network gathering

How can big data tackle food insecurity challenges? John InFACT and Ohio State's Translational Data Analytics Institute (TDAI) at a joint affiliates gathering on the evening of Feb 8 to learn about innovative work happening at the intersection of the two Discovery Theme programs. Faculty, staff and external partners affiliated with InFACT and TDAI are encouraged to attend. The event will offer extensive networking opportunities. Stay tuned for more details.

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Upcoming Events

January 9
Environmental Professionals Network: Land Grant to Land-Grant: Lessons in Sustainability from a Brewery in Our Backyard
January 23
Researcher Networking: Research, Short and Sweet
January 24-25
Ohio State Community Engagement Conference
February 8
Ohio State InFACT/TDAI Affiliates Gathering
February 13
Environmental Professionals Network: For the Love of Rivers: Celebrating 50 Years of the Scenic River Act
February 15-17
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Conference
March 27-30
National Good Food Network Conference

Funding Opportunities

OSU Foods for Health - Discovery Theme Seed Grants - Proposals due Jan 8
Congressional Hunger Center - Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program - Applications due Jan 10
OSU Institute for Materials Research - Seed Grant Program - LOIs due Jan 15
I-Corps@Ohio Grants - Proposals due Jan 16
OSU InFACT - Linkage and Leverage Grants - Proposals due Jan 31
USDA - FY 2018 Food for Progress Awards - Proposals due Jan 31
Clif Bar Family Foundation - Small Grants Program - Applications due Feb 1
Noble Research Institute - Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture - Applications due Feb 6
OSU Office of Service-Learning - Spring 2018 Course Grants - Applications due Feb 7
USDA NRCS - Conservation Innovation Grants - Applications due Feb 26
OSU Mershon Center for International Security Studies - Research Grant Program - Applications due Feb 28
OSU Sustainability Fund - Proposals accepted on an ongoing basis
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