Land-Grant Enews September 20, 2023

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Sept. 20, 2023 - Land-Grant e-NEWS
1890 Land-Grant * Extension * Agricultural Research Development Program

Welcome to this issue of our bi-weekly e-NEWS. We keep you in the know of happenings in the CSU 1890 Land-Grant program, Extension, and Agricultural Research Development Program (ARDP). Each issue brings you new and engaging topics. Enjoy!

Future home for CSU Land-Grant research

Rendering of the new CSU research facility.

Rendering of the new CSU research facility.

Construction Underway
Construction has begun on a new, $40 million facility to serve as home for Central State University's Land-Grant research. The two-level, 40,000-square-foot will include, among other features, a "precision" lab for both sustainable agricultural and robotic research; a food safety lab; a molecular biology and tissue culture lab; and a soil and water testing research lab. Completion of the first phase of the construction project is expected by June 2024, with Phase 2 anticipated to be completed in early 2025.
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"I'm really excited about the construction that is happening across (state Route) 42. We will be getting a new research facility," said Sakthi Kumaran Subburayalu, Ph.D., interim associate director of Land-Grant research. "It will house several laboratories and offices for research faculty and staff."
link to music video on YouTube, research facility construction.
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Where Did Summer Go?

(STEM) summer camps (L) and a group of herb enthusiasts exploring herbs in the Botanical Garden (R).

(STEM) summer camps (L) and a group of herb enthusiasts exploring herbs in the Botanical Garden (R)
Youths earning certificates from CSU Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) summer camps and a group of herb enthusiasts exploring herbs of the apothecary in the CSU botanical garden were part of the mix that made a fun 2023 summer go by -- so fast.

link to video on YouTube, summer events.

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Tech: Google's gift to JWGCESTA


As part of Google's growing efforts to support excellent research in academia, the Central State University John W. Garland College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture (JWGCESTA) has received a second gift of $10,000 from Google to promote science and technology in the classroom.
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Extension Central podcast resumed Aug. 11 with a focus on "Rural Grocery Stores," presented as part of Extension's community and economic development programs addressing stakeholders' needs where they live. You can listen to this and other Extension podcasts on our podcasts page, listen wherever you get your podcasts, and also on

Central State University 1890 Land-Grant Institution, Research Connection Podcast
Research Connection Podcast focuses on research activities and projects that are occupying the attention of CSU research faculty and students. You can listen to this and other Extension podcasts on our podcasts page or on

Research Notes
CSU is currently working with USDA scientists and partners from other 1890 Land-Grant institutions on a USDA "Community Building Grant" to investigate naturally occurring genotypes of sweet potato as candidates better suited for northern climates. The research includes field testing at CSU and partner sites and experiments to develop AI for automatic recognition. Trials will give results for the selection of varieties that perform better in Ohio's climate and reduce production risks.

CSU researchers Dr Nagle and Dr Dhillion in the field.
Marcus Nagle, Ph.D., in a blue shirt in the picture to the left, is the Principal Investigator. Rajveer Dhillon, Ph.D., assistant research professor, to the right in the next picture with his undergraduate student researcher Isaiah Walkine. Dr. Dhillon worked on this project for collecting aerial images using a drone mounted with a camera. Several data collection events were organized during the growing season to capture images at different growth stages of sweet potatoes.


Dr. Hongmei Ly-byarlay and Steve Washington

Hongmei Li-Byarlay, Ph.D., has been selected to receive Purdue University's 2023 John V. Osmun Alumni Professional Achievement Award in Entomology.
Stephen Washington was welcomed as new Community and Economic Development (CED) Extension Educator for the Northeast Region

Fall Homeschool Adventures
Homeschool students working in a raised garden bed.
Friday, Sept. 8: 10-11:30 a.m. Additional Dates: Friday, Oct. 6, 10-11:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 3, 10-11:30 a.m.
The Seed to Bloom Botanical and Community Garden is located at the intersection of St. Rt. 42 E and Wilberforce Switch Rd. (across from the CSU main entrance); parking lot on Wilberforce Switch Rd.
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Visit the Garden
Homeschool Adventures at the Botanical Garden
CSU Extension hosts a slew of exciting and interesting activities and programs for all seasons at its Seed to Bloom Botanical and Community Garden, located on this Google map.
* Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-8 p.m., Extending the Garden Season/Last Harvest/Clean-up
* Friday, Sept. 22, Creating a Perennial Vegetable Bed, 4-5 p.m.
For more information, or to schedule a group visit, contact CSU Extension at O: 937.376.6627.

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Morakinyo A.O. Kuti Vice President for Research and Development & Director, 1890 Land-Grant Programs

Sakthi Kumaran Subburayalu, Ph.D. Interim Associate Director of Research and Research Associate Professor

Alcinda Folck, Ph.D. Interim Associate Director of Extension

Lena Fields-Arnold Communications Coordinator

Cyril Ibe, Ph.D. Media Relations Specialist

Crystal Duckett Media Relations Specialist

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