Morning briefing – Dec. 16

Staff report

* Matt Tullis, associate professor of journalism and digital media at Ashland University and adviser to the AU student newspaper, “The Collegian,” was selected as a fellow for the 2016 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute.

Tullis is one of 12 fellows who were competitively selected from around the world. “This is such a great opportunity for me and for the Journalism and Digital Media department. I’ve wanted to incorporate some entrepreneurship ideas into our journalism and production majors for some time, and this fellowship will give me the resources needed to do so in a media context.”

The five-day Institute will immerse participants in the concepts and practices of entrepreneurship, and will be held at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism’s state-of-the-art facility in downtown Phoenix on Jan. 3-7.

* National Lime & Stone was recently awarded the Inaugural 2014 Excellence in Safety Award for its safety programs and exemplary safety record at the Chesterville, Ohio Plant by The Ohio Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Association (OAIMA).

This award, presented by MSHA Northeast District Assistant District Manager Kevin Abel, Ohio Supervisory Inspector Carl Graham and OAIMA President Todd Young (Mar-Zane Materials) recognizes National Lime & Stone’s commitment to Safety and Health.

OAIMA Executive Director, Patrick Jacomet, commented, “We are very proud of OAIMA members like National Lime & Stone who always put safety first. In this, the inaugural year for these awards, National Lime & Stone and the Chesterville Plant employees in particular have demonstrated an outstanding program and are being recognized at the “Platinum” level, the highest possible achievement.”

* Students in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University are engaged in a variety of service and volunteerism activities throughout the year as part of their comprehensive educational experience.

And while the time around the holidays is usually busy with final exams, end-of-semester projects and traveling back home, many students find the time to give back to the community even during this hectic time.

“Volunteering allows me to take my mind off school work and focus on creating a better community and place in the world that will benefit many people after me,” said April Boehnen, who is majoring in animal sciences and minoring in forest, fisheries and wildlife as well as in agricultural communications.

During November, Boehnen joined five other students and a faculty adviser on a trip to The Wilds, a wildlife conservation and safari park in Cumberland, Ohio. Boehnen and her fellow students are members of Shades of Animal Sciences, one of the many student clubs and organizations in the college.

“We carried and spread fermented food compost waste into a currently barren field,” Boehnen said. “In the spring, they will be planting trees in the areas where we spread the fertilizer.

“Personally, I loved the experience. I hope to have a career in wildlife conservation, so being able to work on a project that will create a new habitat area for wildlife holds a special meaning for me.”

* The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness is accepting applications for its 2016 Young Investigator Student Fellowship Awards for Female Scholars in Vision Research. The Fellowship Program is designed to provide support for outstanding female scientists committed to pursuing biomedical, behavioral or clinical research careers relevant to the mission of Prevent Blindness– to prevent blindness and preserve sight.

Grants will be awarded for the summer 2016 session. Awards will range from $3000-$5000 depending upon the availability of funds. The deadline for receipt of applications is Feb. 15, 2016. Applicants must be post-baccalaureate students enrolled in a master’s or doctorate program during the summer of 2016, female citizens or permanent residents of the United States, and conducting their research with a recognized academic institution in the State of Ohio.

Applications from diverse fields in the health sciences including, but not limited to ophthalmology, optometry, nursing, genetics, public health, nutrition, gerontology, and bioengineering, are appropriate to the goals of this fellowship award. Prevent Blindness encourages fellowship applications which investigate public health issues related to the burden of eye-related health and safety topics.

For more information about the Fellowship and/or to access an application form, contact Prevent Blindness at 800-301-2020 ext. 112 or To download the application, go to:

Staff report