If you give a mouse a melon

Want to grow something new in your garden? CFAES Master Gardener Volunteer Pat Fuller weighs in on the cucamelon, aka mouse melon, aka Mexican sour gherkin cucumber — “They aren’t the least bit sour as the name suggests” — in a recent issue of the Youngstown Vindicator. (Buy seeds here and here, among others.)Try growing mouse melon

$4 million to go to Lake Erie water quality research

Funding for Lake Erie water quality researchThe Ohio Board of Regents and a consortium of Ohio universities (including Ohio State and specifically CFAES) and state agencies are investing $4 million in 18 research and development efforts aimed at solving water quality and algal toxicity issues in western Lake Erie. Read the story. (Photo: Marblehead Lighthouse, iStock.)

April 22: Ecosystem stewardship and rapid climate change

Managing forests for climate changeThe Climate Explorations series continues on Wednesday, April 22, with “Ecosystem Stewardship in an Era of Rapid Climate Change.” The subject: Science-based ways to help forests and other ecosystems adapt to climate change. Ohio State plant ecologist Peter Curtis is the speaker. Free at 7 p.m. in the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. in Columbus. The program will also be streamed online; to watch, register here.

April 22: Transgene flow into rice wild relatives

Transgenes and riceOhio State’s Xiao (Peter) Yang presents “Evolutionary Impacts Caused by Transgene Flow into Rice Wild Relatives” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the spring seminar series by CFAES’s Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. Learn more. Yang is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Allison Snow, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology.

Food security needs water security

CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron spoke April 16 at OARDC’s 2015 annual research conference, whose theme was “Water Quality: Sustaining a Vital Resource.” You can watch his talk, called “CFAES’s Role in Solving Today’s Challenges for a Better Tomorrow,” above. His comments on water quality come near the end, around 22:10. “When we talk about food security,” he said, “we have to have water security first or there is no food.” OARDC is CFAES’s research arm.

Hop (tours) back, hop (growing moves) ahead

CFAES’s “First Friday” public tours of its hop research plantings are back starting in May.Topurs of hop research

Spotlight on water research

Conference to focus on waterThe 2015 annual research conference of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC — featuring guest speakers from CFAES, elsewhere at Ohio State and North Carolina State — is today. Its theme, “Water Quality: Sustaining a Vital Resource,” jibes with big issues now facing Ohio, such as nutrient management and Lake Erie algae. Water quality, too, is in the college’s crosshairs as a whole. See the agenda.

Why take Stone Lab classes? ‘Everyone was excited about what we were doing’

Enroll at Stone Lab8Enrollment is still open for summer science courses at Stone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie. Get out of the classroom and earn credits toward your major or minor with Stone Lab’s hands-on, one- and five-week courses.

“For me a big part of it was spending five weeks with people who had similar interests both in my research and in my class,” said Blair Perry, a senior zoology major who took Field Zoology last summer. “It made it more fun because everyone there was excited about what we were doing.”

Find out more and apply. (Photo: Introduction to Aquatic Ecology by Halle Miller from Stone Lab’s Flickr page.)

Fight or flight when facing science?

Here’s some further reading related to Tuesday’s Climate Explorations talk, “Why We Don’t Believe Science” — a 2011 Mother Jones story called “The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science.” A pullout quote of note from it says, “We apply fight-or-flight reflexes not only to predators, but to data itself.” Check it out.

Ohio State President Drake’s ‘unprecedented commitment to food security’

Ohio State President DrakeOhio State’s faculty-staff newspaper, onCampus, covered the “Vision 2020” speech by Michael V. Drake during his investiture ceremony March 31 as the university’s 15th president. It’s all good reading — click here — but scroll down especially to the fourth part, “Drake makes unprecedented commitment to food security,” as it’s right in CFAES’s wheelhouse. It’s one of our Signature Areas. And it stands to change more lives than you may think. Despite impressive hunger-fighting efforts and an Ohio agricultural industry worth $100 billion, “At this moment, blocks away, children may not know where they’re getting their next meal,” Drake is quoted saying. “This is unacceptable.” Read the coverage.