Archive for December, 2013

Going, growing up

OSU CFAES OARDC FABE building constructionConstruction continues on CFAES’s new Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building in this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 19. The building, to be used for studies of bioenergy, bioproducts and more, is located on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain.)

Climate scientist Michael Mann to speak in Cleveland

Michael MannClimate scientist Michael Mann, pictured, speaks on “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars,” based on his book of the same title, from 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State. The museum’s website says his talk “will give an insider’s account of climate science, media and politics.” Complete details here. Watch a Mother Jones interview with him here. (Photo: Department of Geosciences, Penn State.)

Hot on iTunes U

course graphic“Intro Environmental Science,” taught by Brian Lower of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, ranks fourth on the list of Ohio State’s top iTunes U courses in 2013, according to the university’s Office of Distance Education & eLearning. Read more about the list and the fast growth of iTunes U at Ohio State here. Lower is an assistant professor specializing in environmental microbiology.

Speakers to look at LEED, new Sustainable Sites Initiative

Ohio 4H Center for GBThe LEED green building program and a similar new program for sustainable landscapes, called SITES, are the focus of the next monthly breakfast program of the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN). Read the press release. Download the flier (pdf). Register here. The event takes place at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau Center, shown here, the first LEED-certified building at Ohio State. EPN is a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Everything sounds like welcome home

Jeff CorneyThe Wilderness Center, a nonprofit nature center in Wilmot, Ohio, welcomes its new executive director, Jeff Corney, pictured, a master’s and Ph.D. graduate of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR). His wife, Sarah, is also a SENR alumnus. Read the press release. The Wilderness Center is located about 20 miles southeast of the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. (Photo from The Wilderness Center.)

Registration open for OEFFA conference

oeffaOnline registration is open for Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference, the 35th annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA). Many CFAES faculty have previously presented at this conference. The event has sold out in the past, so organizers suggest registering early.

In the light: Sustainable greenhouse growing

greenhouse for GBOARDC, CFAES’s research arm, will hold a Greenhouse Management Workshop Jan. 16-17 in Wooster. The focus: How to boost the quality, profitability and sustainability of crops grown in greenhouses and high tunnels, especially by managing water better. Download the flier and registration form here (pdf). Save $25 if you register by Jan. 1. (Photo by Steven via Wikimedia Commons.)

Growing greener, turning bluer

wheat field with blue skyHere’s how spreading gypsum on farmland can benefit food production. And, from an earlier story, here’s how it can help Lake Erie.

‘The goal is to offer a more holistic approach’

farm scene for GBThe 14th annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit, which this year features a program track specifically for farmers, has been set for Feb. 5.

Green energy from Browns fans’ food waste

Cleveland Browns stadiumHere’s more on CFAES working with the Cleveland Browns and other partners to turn food waste from the Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium into renewable energy. (Photo by Erik Drost via Wikimedia Commons.)