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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.)

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.)

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.

How to cut your home energy bill

CFAES and its partners are holding their second Green Home Workshop on May 16 in Columbus. The deadline to sign up is Monday, May 15.

Included will be tours of Ohio State’s student-designed and -built enCORE solar home, shown here, which is just a short walk from the workshop site. (Photo: Office of Energy and Environment, Ohio State.)

‘The day I discovered my passion for plants’

Secrest Arboretum’s Plant Discovery Day is Saturday. For Jeff Gallimore of Ohio State ATI, CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit in Wooster, the event is true to its name (scroll down).

Hack your lake

A May 2 story by Cleveland.com’s Peter Krouse featured the Erie Hack Water Innovation Summit in ClevelandJeff Reutter, special adviser to and former director of Ohio State’s Lake Erie-serving Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab programs, was interviewed for the story.

The Erie Hack competition, according to its website, “unites coders, developers, engineers, and water experts to generate enduring solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest challenges.”

‘An environmental leader on and off campus’

Tal Shutkin of Shaker Heights, Ohio, pictured, a sophomore in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, has been named a 2017 Udall Scholar.

‘Many of our campers have gone on to careers in natural resources’

Put 100 teenagers in the woods for a week, in a place with spotty cellphone service, and you’d think they’d be bored.

But teach them about the nature there, allow time for fishing and swimming, offer the occasional climb up a 10-story oak tree, and “the kids really seem to love it,” said CFAES’s Marne Titchenell, co-director of the Ohio Forestry Association’s 66th annual Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp.

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For those about to plant

CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum is holding its 24th annual Plant Discovery Day — featuring the sale and auction of 300-plus types of trees, shrubs, herbs, annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and more — on May 13 in Wooster. (Photo: Dahlia (one of the 300), iStock.)

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Good pickings

Public “fruit parks” are coming to Columbus’s Weinland Park and South Side neighborhoods, and healthy eating and community bonding soon should be growing there, says an April 17 story in the Columbus Dispatch. CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, is a partner.