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On March 4, 2022, at noon, join Dr. Vivek Shandas for the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) second Choosing Our Climate Legacy: Priorities for a More Equitable and Resilient Ohio speaker series event. Dr Shandas will speak about "Situating Climate Adaptation Measures within Historic Disinvestments in Urban Neighborhoods: The Pitfalls and Promises of Preparing Communities for a Warmer Planet."

Dr. Vivek Shandas specializes in developing strategies for addressing the implications of climate change on cities. His teaching and research examine the intersection of exposure to climate-induced events, governance processes, and planning mechanisms. As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Shandas studies the emergent characteristics that generate vulnerability among communities and infrastructure.

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For Black History Month, Rob Isner with OSU Extension, Cuyahoga County has created a presentation titled "Black STEM Stars." The 30-minute presentation can be shared by any instructor who takes time to review it. The PowerPoint contains bilingual slides (English/Spanish) and has been approved by OSU branding. Rob says having an internet connection is a plus as there are several YouTube videos embedded. The lesson contains numberous slides near the end for Rob's students about George Washington Carver. The presentation can be downloaded and modified for your own use. Thank you Rob for sharing this resource. Link to the presentation.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack selected 12 members to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) inaugural Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture to provide input on policy development and to help identify barriers to urban agriculture as USDA works to promote urban farming and the economic opportunities it provides in cities across the country.

The new Secretary’s Advisory Committee is part of USDA’s efforts to support urban agriculture, creating a network for feedback. Urban agriculture plays an important role in producing fresh, healthy food in areas where grocery stores are scarce, and also provides jobs and beautifies neighborhoods. Read the complete story.

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The Hill presented the Future of Cities in January as a virtual live event. U.S. cities are diverse, dynamic, and constantly evolving. The COVID-19 pandemic sped up this evolution, pressure testing our infrastructure, economies, and collective strength. But with added challenges come increased opportunities to reshape our existing structures and build more sustainable cityscapes, enhancing economic stability and improving the lives of all residents, especially the most vulnerable. 

With the passage of the infrastructure bill and the promises within the Build Back Better agenda, what comes next for America’s cities? How can city leaders work with communities to strengthen connections across cultures and generations, allowing all residents to prosper? And finally, as we envision the city of tomorrow, what pitfalls should we sidestep and what new heights can we expect to climb?

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Working with U.S. Census Bureau data can feel like a complex puzzle and finding the right pieces to complete the picture may seem daunting to anyone who is not a statistician. To help guide novice data users, Census Academy is launching the 2022 Back to Data Basics Webinar Series on Thursday. Every month until September, Census Academy will offer two to four classes that will take participants on an introductory learning journey. The experts will introduce you to the basics of how to access and utilize their data products, topics, tools, and resources. All classes are free and open to the public. Registration is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Follow this link for more information.

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The ESP Urban and Culturally Diverse Audiences (UCDA) Affinity Group is hosting a series of virtual discussions this year, beginning on February 8. This live experience will be focused on DEI efforts related to disability topics. Morgan Bradley, a community outreach program manager for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in partnership with the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD), will be the presenter.  Bradley will address “Program Accommodations for People with Disabilities.” The session will be held on February 8 at 12:30 p.m. No registration is required; the Zoom link is Contact Karen Sergent ( of the ESP Urban and Culturally Diverse Audiences Affinity Group with questions.

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This year, Ohio USDA SARE funding allows complimentary registrations for OSU Extension faculty and staff to participate in the annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Conference on February 12 (online) and February 17-19 (in Dayton). Follow this link for more information about the conference. To receive complimentary registration for the online and/or in-person portions of the conference, follow the directions and the link at

The 2022 Urban Food Systems Symposium will be held September 26-29 in Kansas City, Missouri. The scientific committee invites you to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation. The theme for the symposium is Building Coalitions for a Changind World as viewed through our work in urban food systems. Urban food systems work includes an array of topics related to urban ag and the interation of urban populations and the food system. Submission deadline is March 15. Follow this link for complete details.