A repurposed, CFAES-developed food pH sensor has made the first cut in an international competition. Goal: Find a new way to measure ocean acidification.
Sustainability... On Campus
Live near Lake Erie? Instructors Steve Ackerman and Margaret Mooney, both of them Badgers, discuss Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region, their new free online course. You’re invited to join them, and fellow learners from around the lakes, here.
There’s a new MOOC (massive open online course) available called Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region. It’s free, goes for four weeks and started today. But you can still join after today and get all the content. The host is the University of Wisconsin. The course, its website says, “will feature a new season each week through short lectures and activities covering Great Lakes weather, observed changes in the climate and societal impacts of climate change.” Learn more and sign up here. Watch a video preview.
[LATE CHANGE: Today's talk has been cancelled and rescheduled for Feb. 26.] Brian Gratwicke of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Species Survival presents “Captive Breeding Programs to Mitigate Chytridiomycosis-related Extinctions: Lessons from Panama” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, in the spring seminar series of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Details [the date needs to be updated but the time and locations are the same]. Chytridiomycosis is a deadly amphibian fungal disease linked to huge population declines and extinctions in many species. (Photo: Panamanian golden frog by Gratwicke via Wikimedia Commons.)
Lisa Downes, J.D., freshwater stewardship director for The Nature Conservancy and North America director of the Alliance for Watershed Stewardship, headlines the March 10 breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network. The program also will have speakers on Blueprint Columbus and Ohio State’s Global Water Initiative. Learn more here. Register here.
CFAES’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.
Chad 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 youtu.be/IV8XTNGIngM.
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.
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.