Archive for May, 2017

All hands needed on deck for Lake Erie: Ohio Sea Grant and its many partners

When the weather is good, charter boat captain Dave Spangler takes his boat out on Lake Erie almost every day. Using that time to help Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program solve the problem of harmful algal blooms is an obvious choice for the small business owner, whose love for the lake is evident as he speaks passionately about being on the water and helping his clients catch fish …

Stone Lab awards undergrad research scholarships; or, water them, watch them grow

Eight outstanding undergraduate students — four from Ohio State, including three from CFAES, and four from other Midwestern colleges — have been chosen for Stone Lab’s 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarship Program.

Stone Lab is Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie. It holds classes and conducts research in a range of fields related to water science. (Photo: Summer 2015 Stone Lab evolution class by Madelyn Strahan [CC BY-NC 2.0], via Ohio Sea Grant.)

You said it

“Alternative energy and water resource management are two global issues of critical importance,” says Kris Boone, director of Ohio State ATI. “We’re proud to offer this first-of-its-kind program to our students.”

Sustainable farm tour series set

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association has announced its idea-sharing, food-production-improving, healthy-food-celebrating 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, which runs from June through November.

CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team is a partner in presenting the series.

Download the series booklet.

Learn how to start your own new plants from cuttings; or, a sudden redbud flood

Starting new plants from cuttings is an easy, inexpensive way to add plants to your yard, like the Mediterranean redbud shown here. You can learn how to do in a June 23 workshop in CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum in Wooster. (Photo by Kousvet (own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.)

This bug stinks. Can science sustainably stop it?

CFAES scientist Celeste Welty is part of a 15-state study looking at sustainable ways to control the invasive, non-native, crop- and home-bugging brown marmorated stink bug, shown here. Specifically, she’s studying a tiny wasp that preys on the stinker. CFAES scientist Andy Michel, meanwhile, is evaluating the pest’s impact on Ohio’s $2.5 billion soybean crop. Details on their work. (Photo: Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org.)

New bioenergy, biological waste management program at Ohio State ATI

Starting fall semester, students at Ohio State ATI, CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit in Wooster, will be able to study a new program focused on two key global issues: bioenergy and biological waste management.

Worth noting: National Geographic recently ranked water and wastewater treatment operator as the second-fastest-growing job in sustainability-related fields.

Check out Ohio State ATI’s website.

Let’s see what’s out there

NOAA has issued its first early season Lake Erie algal bloom bulletin. You can get weekly and, starting in July, twice-weekly updates on the Forecasting webpage of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. You also can sign up to get them by email. (Photo: Lake Erie on May 8, showing sediment plumes from the Maumee River and other tributaries, NOAA CoastWatch.)

‘It would be amazing to give people clean drinking water’

CFAES student Ashlee Balcerzak, who’s from Maumee near Toledo, was a pre-med major at first. Then she took a class at Ohio State’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie and everything changed.

“I got really interested in the actual overall water quality issues and the ecosystems,” she says, “so I ended up changing my major to environmental science.” Her specialty: water science.

Now, as an undergraduate researcher in the college, she’s studying the use of magnetic bacteria to remove algal bloom-causing phosphorus from waters such as Lake Erie. She’s even given a TEDx Toledo talk on it.

“I’m just so passionate about water science,” she says. “I want to help others.”

May 16 at Ohio State: 2 ways to turn your home greener

May’s monthly breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network will feature Erik Daugherty, founder of the Nashville, Tennessee-based home-performance company E3 Innovate. He’ll present “Technologies and Strategies for Home Energy Efficiencies: Satisfied Homeowners, Sustainable Planet” from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. this coming Tuesday, May 16.

Right after, Ohio State will hold its second-ever Green Home Workshop in the same location.

Register for both events by Monday, May 15 (scroll down).

EPN is a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.