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CFAES events on tapCFAES’s latest calendar listings have at least a dozen sustainability-related events (including on such topics as water quality, nutrient management and conservation tillage) still to come. Get the scoop.

‘Cleaning Up America’s Rivers’ to be live-streamed

Cleaning Up Rivers to be live streamedChad Pregracke’s Feb. 24 talk to the Environmental Professionals Network in Columbus, “Cleaning Up America’s Rivers,” will be live-streamed on YouTube starting at 8:45 a.m. EST. Tune in at

Pregracke is founder and president of Living Lands & Waters, a not-for-profit group that works to take trash out of major U.S. rivers. In 2013, he was named CNN’s Hero of the Year for his efforts.

As always, both members and nonmembers of the network are welcome to attend the program in person. The registration fee includes breakfast. Get details here.

In honor of World Wetlands Day …

Mazeika Sullivan and some of his students talk about CFAES’s Wilma H. Shiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park in a video published last spring. The park, which is located in Columbus near Ohio State’s campus, is a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. Sullivan, an associate professor in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, is the park’s director. Today is World Wetlands Day.

Today is World Wetlands Day

Feb. 2 marks the anniversary of the adoption of the 1971 Ramsar Convention for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. The convention focused on the conservation, education and importance of wetlands throughout the world. Wetlands provide a host of ecosystem services, including habitat for plant and animal species, flood control during storm events, water-quality improvement, and a food source for a large portion of the world’s population. The Ramsar Convention continues to promote wetlands and their ecosystem services and to approve the designation of sites around the world that serve as wetlands of international importance. In 2008, the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (ORWRP) became the 25th wetland of...    Read More »

Ohio Board of Regents announces water quality research projects

We share a press release sent this morning by the Ohio Board of Regents: The Ohio Board of Regents has announced a series of research projects that will use a dedicated $2 million in research funds to address water quality and algal bloom toxicity in the state. A group of more than 60 university researchers convened by Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey worked to come up with recommendations and a proposal on how to best utilize and invest the funds. The researchers represented a number of University System of Ohio campuses — including The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, Bowling Green State University, Central State University, the University of Toledo, and Kent State University — as well as Defiance Coll...    Read More »

Today at 4: NIU physicist to discuss science policy in the White House

OSTP web imageNorthern Illinois University’s Gerald Blazey presents “Science Policy in the White House” from 4:10-5:30 p.m. today (Jan. 22) in the spring seminar series of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Blazey, who is a physicist and is NIU’s acting associate vice president for research and innovation, recently completed a two-year appointment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Toward bluer big rivers

picture of blue river at sunriseCNN’s 2013 Hero of the Year, who works to clean up America’s major rivers one piece of trash at a time, will speak Feb. 24 at Ohio State. Chad Pregracke, founder of Living Lands & Waters, will headline February’s Breakfast Club program by the Environmental Professionals Network. Registration is free for the first 280 Ohio State students to sign up. (Photo: Missouri River, iStock.)

Looking for a job or an internship?

Hey, CFAES students and recent alumni: You can talk to more than 30 potential employers and internship sources at the college’s winter 2015 Environmental and Sustainability Career Expo. It’s this Thursday, Jan. 22. Details.

Support Stone Lab students, kick tires on new boats

Go to the Progressive Mid-America Boat Show in Cleveland on Monday, Jan. 19, and — in addition to seeing some 400 new boats and learning more about Lake Erie from Ohio Sea Grant experts — you’ll support student scholarships at Ohio State’s Stone Lab. Here’s how.

In case you missed it (in the holiday hubbub)

Farm and Dairy’s Chris Kick wrote a fantastic story on Dec. 24 on ATI’s new and growing degree program in renewable energy. “Everything we do here,” ATI’s Russ Yoder said in the story, “revolves around the creation of job opportunity.” ATI student Cory Brewer, who is majoring in the program and now also has a job locally in the field, is featured as one example. ATI is CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit in Wooster. Yoder is a visiting assistant professor with the program.