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First Energy Impacts Symposium starts Wednesday

The first-ever Energy Impacts Symposium is taking place this Wednesday and Thursday at Ohio State.

The event is an international research conference on the effects of new energy development — including both renewable and fossil fuels — on people, communities and economies.

Organizers are expecting about 140 energy-related social science experts from 25 U.S. states, Canada, five continents and 100 universities.

The experts will represent fields such as public health, public policy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and community development. Read More »

How Ohio communities can handle pluses, minuses of oil and gas work

A July 27 event at Ohio State will look at how Ohio communities can experience the most benefits — and fewest problems — from oil and gas work in their areas. Read More »

New report out on Ohio’s algal bloom efforts

Ohio Sea Grant, on behalf of Ohio State, the University of Toledo and the Ohio Department of Higher Education, has released the second-year research progress update for the statewide Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative. (Photo: Lake Erie algal bloom, NASA.)

Where the river meets the road

Onboard the Valley Gem sternwheeler on the Muskingum River near Marietta, Darlene Lukshin, program specialist in OSU Extension’s Washington County office, and Ohio State President Michael V. Drake talked to WTAP’s (Parkersburg, West Virginia) Julie Dunphy about a high-tech, environmentally friendly way to keep roads by the river safe from erosion.

A blue lake means green for the economy

A clean Lake Erie is vital to Ohio’s economy, a panel including Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab Director Chris Winslow told U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) Monday in Toledo.

Tour: From tree to Amish-made dining room chair

A June 20 tour in northern Ohio will show how trees get turned into products, including Amish-made lumber and furniture. “We hope people find it an eye-opening experience,” said co-organizer Kathy Smith, CFAES’s forestry program director. “A lot goes into that process.”

New meaning to rubbery eggs

CFAES scientist Katrina Cornish’s research on using eggshells to help make tires was recently covered by the UK’s 1.5-million circulation Daily Mail newspaper.

Cornish is CFAES’s Ohio Research Scholar Endowed Chair in Bio-based Emergent Materials.

Read a March 6 press release about her research.

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 …

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.

Hack your lake

A May 2 story by’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.”