New lecture series honors OARDC’s Steve Slack

Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has created a new research lecture series in honor of Steve Slack (pictured), who served as OARDC’s director for 16 years until his retirement in December 2015. OARDC is the college’s research arm.

The Steven A. Slack Lecture on Innovative Research in AgBiosciences will be given by a nationally and internationally respected scholar in agricultural biosciences who has made or is on a path to making significant, meaningful contributions to his or her field of expertise. The lecture will be given during OARDC’s Annual Research Conference.

“Steve championed the role of research in the college and also broadened its impact through engagement with internal and external partners,” said Ron Hendrick, acting dean of the college and vice president for agricultural administration.

“He led the college’s research enterprise through significant growth and change that allowed scientists to focus on significant societal challenges,” Hendrick said. “This lecture series recognizes his commitment to research and to this institution.”

“This lecture series recognizes his commitment to research and to this institution.”—Ron Hendrick

Celebrates scientists’ ‘direct impact’ on lives

  • In addition to being regarded as an expert in his or her discipline, the chosen lecturer must conduct work that has a direct impact on the lives of agricultural producers, consumers, researchers or educators.
  • Colorado State University’s Jan Leach presented the inaugural lecture in the series at OARDC’s 2016 Annual Research Conference on April 21.
  • Contact Steve Slack at

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(Photo by Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)