Michigan Tech’s John Vucetich (pictured, right) comes down from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to present “Confronting the Ethical Dimension of Conservation and Sustainability” tomorrow (March 21) in the spring seminar series of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. “I am a population biologist,” he writes in his faculty bio. “I spend most of my time studying the wolves and moose of Isle Royale. I am also interested in the philosophy and ethics of ecological and conservation science.” (Photo: Vucetich with former mentor and current colleague Rolf Peterson from Michigan Tech Magazine (scroll down).) Time and location. Free. All are welcome.
Archive for March, 2013
“Fungi can play a significant role in the pursuit of sustainability,” writes Minnesota mushroom maven Ron Spinosa in Fungi Magazine (pdf). A new book by CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension, helps you identify the sustainability-supporting fungi you find in Ohio — more than 140 mushrooms and macrofungi (fungi visible to the unaided eye) of woods and fields. It includes both edible and poisonous types. You can read more about it here. You can buy it here. A sample page is shown at the left.
Rattan Lal grew up on a small farm in India. Today he’s a world-renowned soil scientist (Iceland’s president is a fan, for instance) and a Distinguished University Professor in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. He works on three of the planet’s biggest (and mostly interconnected) issues: hunger, climate change, and water pollution. Ohio State “is a paradise for a researcher,” he says in a new video interview (2:14). “It provides an opportunity to do research globally.”
Daniel Yergin, CNBC global energy expert and a Pulitzer Prize winner for his book The Prize, will present “The Future of Energy and the World” on April 2 at Ohio State. Get details here. His new book, The Quest, is described as “a sweeping history of the energies — from oil and gas to solar and wind — that animate the modern world, and a riveting story of where we are today, and what the future of energy — and our world — might look like.” His talk has 13 co-sponsors, including CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Environmental Professionals Network, which is a service of the school.
Two recent stories covered the boom in jobs for students who major in agriculture and natural resources (and in both cases, who do it in CFAES) — one in the Columbus Dispatch, one by CFAES’s own communications office (“By New Year’s Day this year, graduating senior Linsey Howell already had five job offers.”)
Ohio State’s South Centers in Piketon, part of CFAES, will hold a workshop April 8 on growing and marketing bioenergy crops, including miscanthus and guayule (pictured). Get more details here and here (pdf; check out the list of expert speakers). (Photo: Clarence A. Rechenthin @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.)
The Power of Pollinators Short Course runs today and tomorrow (March 14-15) in Fisher Auditorium on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. “We depend on bee pollinators for much of what we eat and drink, and bees are also essential to ecological health,” says Denise Ellsworth, director of the Honey Bee and Native Pollinator Education Program in OARDC’s Department of Entomology. The event focuses on the biology, identification, and conservation of native bees. (Photo: Blue orchard bee, a native pollinator, on zinnia, USDA.)
“In the years ahead, figuring out how to feed an ever-expanding global population without depleting our planet’s resources and degrading the environment will be critical,” says OSU Extension educator Mike Hogan, who says sustainable agriculture and local foods are part of the solution (video; 1:20).
Not coincidentally, he adds, sustainable agriculture and local foods have roots in all three Ohio State Discovery Themes: Health and Wellness, Energy and Environment, and Food Production and Security. Learn more about the themes here.