Sustainability... On Campus

Here be madtoms; or, how to dig this stream scene

EPN program on Big Darby Creek for GBCentral Ohio’s Big Darby Creek, shown here, which is a National Scenic River and is a home, for example, of the endangered Scioto madtom, is the focus and setting of the June 11 breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network. (Photo: Analogue Kid licensed under CCA 2.5 via Wikimedia.)

‘A champion of Lake Erie’

Laura Arenschield of the Columbus Dispatch profiles Ohio Sea Grant’s recently retired director, Jeff Reutter.

Energy education: Time to ‘embrace conflict,’ mobilize, keep eye on future

Energy education needed“Issues related to energy development are often emotionally charged, with the potential for conflict.” So writes CFAES’s Eric Romich in “The Role of Extension in Energy Education,” published this month in the Journal of Extension. Romich is an OSU Extension energy development specialist. “Looking forward to the next 100 years,” he continues, “it is time for Extension to adapt and mobilize research and educational programming to address critical energy issues facing our nation.” Read the article. (Photo: Creatas.)

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.

Spotlight on water research

Conference to focus on waterThe 2015 annual research conference of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC — featuring guest speakers from CFAES, elsewhere at Ohio State and North Carolina State — is today. Its theme, “Water Quality: Sustaining a Vital Resource,” jibes with big issues now facing Ohio, such as nutrient management and Lake Erie algae. Water quality, too, is in the college’s crosshairs as a whole. See the agenda.

Why take Stone Lab classes? ‘Everyone was excited about what we were doing’

Enroll at Stone Lab8Enrollment is still open for summer science courses at Stone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie. Get out of the classroom and earn credits toward your major or minor with Stone Lab’s hands-on, one- and five-week courses.

“For me a big part of it was spending five weeks with people who had similar interests both in my research and in my class,” said Blair Perry, a senior zoology major who took Field Zoology last summer. “It made it more fun because everyone there was excited about what we were doing.”

Find out more and apply. (Photo: Introduction to Aquatic Ecology by Halle Miller from Stone Lab’s Flickr page.)

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.)