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Fifteen high school students received scholarships to attend Stone Lab, Ohio State’s water-science-focused island campus on Lake Erie, at Ohio’s May 13 State Science Day.

Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab offer new free curriculum on solar energy

A new set of lessons from Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab introduces students in grades 7-12 to the basics of solar energy via hands-on activities. The free curriculum is available to download and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Ohio’s Model Science Curriculum.

Stone Lab is Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie. The Ohio State-based Ohio Sea Grant program is part of the national NOAA Sea Grant network.

See what Stone Lab’s solar energy system is producing today. (Photo: Stone Lab’s 2016 solar workshop by Erin Monaco via Ohio Sea Grant.)

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.)

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“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.”

‘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.”

‘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).

Earth Day service along river, in wetland

Props to the 60-plus volunteers who helped clean up the Olentangy River and CFAES’s Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park as a day of service on Earth Day, April 22. Read more and see photos on the School of Environment and Natural Resources’ website. The school manages the wetland. (Photo: Ris Twigg via SENR.)

‘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.

Top 5 moments from EPN’s events: ‘None pooped on stage, either’

Five years ago, David Hanselmann helped launch the Environmental Professionals Network, a statewide professional group based in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Since then, EPN has grown to have nearly 2,000 members. It’s held 55 public monthly Breakfast Club programs, which typically draw more than 125 people, and five signature events, whose top attendance has been 1,400.

Hanselmann, who coordinates EPN as a lecturer in SENR, shares his top five moments from those events …

April 19: ‘Citizen Sense’ leader will speak

Jennifer Gabrys, reader in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, and principal investigator on the European Research Council’s “Citizen Sense” project, will present “Citizen Sense: Monitoring and Contesting Environments of Extraction” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 19 in Room 311 Denney Hall on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. She’ll also give a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon April 20 in the Research Commons classroom on campus. Details. Ohio State’s Environmental Humanities program is the sponsor.