Sustainability... On Campus

Thursday at 4 p.m.: The unsustainability of ‘Breaking Bad’

Image of Allen MacDuffie 2Allen MacDuffie (pictured), associate professor in the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of English, will present “Energy, Ecology, and ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Unsustainability” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Ohio State in Columbus.

Admission is free and open to the public.

MacDuffie, who’s the author of Victorian Literature, Energy, and the Ecological Imagination, will discuss how narratives within the “Breaking Bad” TV series “register the cultural and environmental logic underlying our present moment of ecological crisis,” according to the event listing.

Ohio State’s Environmental Humanities program and Department of English are the event’s co-sponsors.

Details. (Photo: UT Austin.)

Blue wind, green power drive Buckeyes’ national ranking

Image of Ohio State marching band flagDetails on Ohio State’s partnership with the Blue Creek Wind Farm, which is Ohio’s biggest wind farm, are in a recent story by Scott Smith of the Big Ten Network. The Blue Creek operation, according to a quote in the story from Scott Potter of Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment, generates the equivalent of 20 percent of the Columbus campus’s power load, a number that led Ohio State to a No. 6 national ranking in the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership program. (Certain, ahem, wolverine-based universities didn’t make the list.) (Photo: University Communications, Ohio State.)

Thursday at 4 p.m.: Future of Waterman Farm in Columbus?

Aerial image of Waterman FarmWhat’s a sustainable future for CFAES’s Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory (pictured) in Columbus? Faculty members from Ohio State’s Knowlton School of Architecture and CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources will share their ideas in a seminar called “The New Waterman: At the Intersection of Productive Research, Education and Community Engagement.” It’s today, Thursday, Nov. 17, from 4-5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. You can attend in Columbus, watch by videolink at OARDC in Wooster, or watch online on your computer or mobile device. More. (Photo: CFAES.)

Connect with people who share your passion: ‘Thousands of professionals in Ohio and beyond’

A reminder that, while you don’t have to be a member of the Environmental Professionals Network to attend its monthly programs, there are lots of good reasons to join anyway. (It’s free, too, so there’s that.) If you work in an environmental field, if you’re studying in an environmental field and hope to work in it eventually, maybe even soon, the network will link you to “thousands of professionals in Ohio and beyond,” its website says. “Professionals are thus connected in a ‘community’ of people who share their passion for our world and its environment, natural resources, people, and communities — local to global.” Visit the website here. Join here.

EPN hosting program on lead in Ohio’s water

drinking water in the glass.Ohio’s drinking water safety will be in the spotlight during the Dec. 2 breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network …

CFAES’s Lal is a Highly Cited Researcher

Rattan Lal’s work, you could say, is very fertile. The CFAES scientist, who’s a Distinguished University Professor of soil science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, was recently profiled as one of Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers. “For nearly four decades,” says the story by Sarah Tanksalvala, “Lal has been a leader in addressing soil as a key aspect of the biggest issues facing our planet today.” Read the story.

CFAES prof wins APLU teaching award

Brian Lower award 2Congratulations to CFAES’s Brian Lower, School of Environment and Natural Resources, on winning the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ 2016 Excellence in College and University Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences. Among other things, he teaches the school’s popular Introduction to Environmental Science course, chairs the annual Environmental Science Student Symposium and helped his students create the new Environmental ScienceBites e-book. Pictured from left are Ohio State Provost Bruce McPheron, CFAES Associate Dean Linda Martin, Lower, and APLU’s Susan Sumner and Ian Maw. Read more.

Startups have roots in CFAES

Tree of LifeThree faculty-led teams from Ohio State are creating startup companies based on research they’ve developed at the university. Two are from CFAES. And both have roots in improving sustainability. Read the press release.

Starting, sustaining business

Two high-tech companies based on research done at Ohio State have been named among 2016’s “Best University Startups.” Neurxstem Inc. and 3Bar Biologics Inc. are two of the 36 startup companies to be honored by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer.

3Bar Biologics has developed a unique delivery system for beneficial microbes that provides farmers a natural, biological way to increase their crop yields while potentially lowering costs and improving sustainability of the land. The company was co-founded by Brian McSpadden Gardener, who was a former professor in CFAES’s Department of Plant Pathology and former director of the college’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research program. Read more.

They’ve — you’ve — got a friend

MACD imageThe Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) last week honored Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program and Stone Laboratory with its 2016 Friend of Conservation Award …