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STONE LAB copyStone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie, holds its 2015 Spring Work Weekend April 17-19, and you’re invited. (Photo: Environmental Sciences Network.)

Charting his new course

Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab said “fare thee well” today to Director Jeff Reutter upon his retirement after 42 years of service. Lake Erie and the science that serves it couldn’t have asked for a better friend. See why in the video above.

Sneak peek: Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond talks about his book The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? in a 2013 appearance on The Colbert Report (video, 5:17). He presents a lecture based on the book this Thursday, April 2, at Ohio State.

‘Addressing issues of food security’: Loyola scientist to speak at Ohio State

Chris Peterson of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago presents “Addressing Issues of Food Security through Integration of Curricula, Outreach and Service” from 4-5 p.m., Thursday, April 2. Free. Part of the spring seminar series of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Details.

Goal: ‘To get people to care while there’s still time’

Joel Sartore Scarlet IbisesBig thanks to National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore for his talk last night at Ohio State and to CFAES’s David Hanselmann and his colleagues in the School of Environment and Natural Resources and Environmental Professionals Network for serving as hosts. Some 800 people packed the Ohio Union’s Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom. If your interests include wildlife of all kinds and sizes (from veiled chameleons to Francois langurs to Sumatran tigers), photography, and saving Earth’s sadly, ridiculously threatened biodiversity, check out Sartore’s stunning Photo Ark project. (Photo: Scarlet ibises, joelsartore.com.)

‘There’s a lot of influence coming from Ohio State’

“Students help Columbus rank in top 30 green power cities,” says the headline of a recent story by Nick Roll in Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern. Among those quoted are CFAES’s Neil Drobny and Greg Hitzhusen.

How to dive into water science

Discovery water 1Meera Nadathur, a student at Cincinnati’s Sycamore High School, wants to work in environmental sciences. She took a step toward that goal through Ohio 4-H, whose 200 projects stress hands-on learning. Nadathur, 15, did the Ways of Knowing Water project, a timely topic given last year’s crisis in Toledo. In all, Ohio 4-H has over 200,000 members statewide, ages 5-19. The program, run by OSU Extension, CFAES’s outreach arm, is celebrating Ohio 4-H Week this week. Read more …

Tackling hunger, growing more food in cities

There’s “increased recognition that a large percentage of urban residents in predominantly poor neighborhoods lack access to healthy food,” says the flier for today’s seminar by Christopher Peterson of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago. He’ll talk about that and more in “Addressing Issues of Food Security Through Integration of Curricula, Outreach and Service” at 4 p.m. Free. CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources and Agroecosystems Management Program are the event’s co-sponsors.

Some days are better than others

Events on the schedule“Some days it all adds up,” quoth a bard, who very well could have been singing about the at least 20 sustainability-related dates in CFAES’s latest calendar listings.

Farm to School good for both growers and eaters

Helping both students and farmersA proposal to increase funding for USDA’s Farm to School program, CFAES experts say, would benefit both students and farmers.