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Into the blue

picture of clean blue water for GBWorth a read: Ohio’s water issues are the focus of a recent column by Farm and Dairy Editor Susan Crowell, who quotes, among others, OARDC Director Steve Slack. OARDC is CFAES’s research arm. (Photo: iStock.)

Founder of Youngstown’s Big Cricket Farms, first edible insect farm in U.S., to speak Wednesday

“Insects May Be The Most Sustainable Food Source,” said a headline last year in the Guardian, and on Wednesday, Sept. 10, you can hear from someone who’s making it happen. Kevin Bachhuber, founder of Youngstown, Ohio’s Big Cricket Farms, called America’s first edible insect farm, and an urban farm at that, will speak on “Entomophagy: Research and Career Opportunities in Edible Insects” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 121 Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. There’s also a live video link to 244 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. The New York Times and others have featured him recently. Details: piermarini.1@osu.edu.

Sept. 9: How to continue Ohio’s clean energy progress

solar panelThe Environmental Professionals Network, a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, hosts its next monthly breakfast program, “Challenges and Opportunities: Achieving Ohio’s Clean Energy Potential,” on Sept. 9 in Columbus. You’re invited to attend. Details.

Feel the heat; or, you can’t tell how hot till you try

Mark Stewart, director of the University of Newcastle, Australia’s Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability, presents “Climate Change Risk Assessment: Is Adaptation a Workable Solution to Climate Change?” from 3:30-5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, at Ohio State’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave., in Columbus. He’s a visiting scholar at the Mershon center. Details and a link to register here.

Aug. 28: What does science say about global warming?

The Wooster Science Café series hosts a talk called “Anthropogenic Climate Change: What Does Science Say About Global Warming?” by CFAES scientist Dan Herms at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, at the First Amendment Public House, 150 W. Liberty St., Wooster. Free. Co-sponsored by CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, and the College of Wooster. Herms is professor and chair in the Department of Entomology and a member of Ohio State’s Climate Change Outreach Team.

Go for the gold

dandelion video for GB

Reuters reporter Ludwig Burger recently talked to CFAES scientist Katrina Cornish for a story on global efforts to develop Russian dandelions as a new source of tire rubber. Read the story. Watch a related video. Cornish works for CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. One of OARDC’s focus areas involves developing new biobased products such as this one.

Boost your environmental leadership

ELI bannerRegister by Aug. 20 for the 2014 workshop series by CFAES’s Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute. The series features three all-day programs in September, October and November plus several breakfast and dinner networking events in that time. The focus is on learning better ways to collaborate, engage stakeholders, set goals, make decisions, communicate science and more, all aimed at improving the state’s environmental sustainability. There’s online registration and payment.

What’s being done about water

image of clean waterFrom Toledo’s temporary drinking water ban to California’s record drought, water has been in the news a lot. If you’re a reporter or blogger, a recent media advisory gives a sampling of research and outreach by our college, plus contact details for the people in charge, to protect and improve Ohio’s water. (Photo: iStock.)

Photo feature: Roots rock

Muck Crops field day CFAES, OARDC,Bryan Kinnamon, left, and Ron Fioritto, both of CFAES, and Bruce Buurma, Buurma Farms, Willard, examine TKS dandelions at yesterday’s field day at the Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station. OARDC researchers are developing TKS dandelions, and specifically their roots, as a domestic rubber source. The station is a branch of CFAES’s research arm, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain, CFAES Communications.)

Report details chemicals at drilling site fire

Rick Reitzel of WCMH-TV, Columbus, interviewed Julie Weatherington-Rice, adjunct assistant professor in CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, for a story about last month’s fire, and the chemicals now being reported as being involved, at a hydraulic fracturing well site in southeast Ohio. Watch.