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April 22: Ecosystem stewardship and rapid climate change

Managing forests for climate changeThe Climate Explorations series continues on Wednesday, April 22, with “Ecosystem Stewardship in an Era of Rapid Climate Change.” The subject: Science-based ways to help forests and other ecosystems adapt to climate change. Ohio State plant ecologist Peter Curtis is the speaker. Free at 7 p.m. in the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. in Columbus. The program will also be streamed online; to watch, register here.

Food security needs water security

CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron spoke April 16 at OARDC’s 2015 annual research conference, whose theme was “Water Quality: Sustaining a Vital Resource.” You can watch his talk, called “CFAES’s Role in Solving Today’s Challenges for a Better Tomorrow,” above. His comments on water quality come near the end, around 22:10. “When we talk about food security,” he said, “we have to have water security first or there is no food.” OARDC is CFAES’s research arm.

Fight or flight when facing science?

Here’s some further reading related to Tuesday’s Climate Explorations talk, “Why We Don’t Believe Science” — a 2011 Mother Jones story called “The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science.” A pullout quote of note from it says, “We apply fight-or-flight reflexes not only to predators, but to data itself.” Check it out.

Ohio State President Drake’s ‘unprecedented commitment to food security’

Ohio State President DrakeOhio State’s faculty-staff newspaper, onCampus, covered the “Vision 2020” speech by Michael V. Drake during his investiture ceremony March 31 as the university’s 15th president. It’s all good reading — click here — but scroll down especially to the fourth part, “Drake makes unprecedented commitment to food security,” as it’s right in CFAES’s wheelhouse. It’s one of our Signature Areas. And it stands to change more lives than you may think. Despite impressive hunger-fighting efforts and an Ohio agricultural industry worth $100 billion, “At this moment, blocks away, children may not know where they’re getting their next meal,” Drake is quoted saying. “This is unacceptable.” Read the coverage.

Today at 3:30: ‘Why we don’t believe science,’ and what can be done about it

Why hide from science?Ohio State’s Climate Explorations series continues today at 3:30 p.m. with “Why We Don’t Believe Science: A Perspective from Decision Psychology.” Ellen Peters of the Department of Psychology is the speaker. The event flier says, “Examples in climate change and other politically charged domains will be considered along with evidence-based strategies that may help.” Get details. Also to be streamed. Also try this. (Photo: iStock.)

New life for spent foundry sands

Spent foundry sand as a safe soil amendmentSpent foundry sands are safe for certain soil-related uses, such as in soil blends for use around homes, a recent risk assessment has found. The sands are a byproduct from the metal casting industry. A CFAES study played a key role in the assessment. (Photo: iStock.).

(Sustainable) ice cream with breakfast

Jeni's Ice Cream pintsHere’s a scoop: The next Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program at Ohio State features Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. The Columbus company, which is continuing to expand nationally, last year earned B Corp certification for its sustainability practices, one of only eight Ohio businesses to hold that distinction. Registration for the May 12 event includes breakfast and, yes, ice cream samples. (Photo: CSRwire.)

‘Everyone recognizes how important this is’

Lake Erie algal bloomWhat is Ohio doing to stop toxic algae? Kristina Smith answers that question in her April 2 Port Clinton News-Herald story.

Growing green energetically

Biofuels WorkshopBiofuels, bioproducts and growing the crops needed to make them in Ohio are the focus of a CFAES workshop April 9. Among the topics: Growing switchgrass (shown here) to make ethanol and growing dandelions and guayule for rubber and latex. Read the press release. Check out the speakers and topics in the flier. It’s free, but sign up by Monday, April 6, if you want the free lunch. (Photo: iStock.)

Sneak peek: Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond talks about his book The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? in a 2013 appearance on The Colbert Report (video, 5:17). He presents a lecture based on the book this Thursday, April 2, at Ohio State.