Environmental Science Student Symposium is Wednesday

Nearly 1,000 students at The Ohio State University have prepared scientific posters about Earth’s biggest challenges for the university’s 2017 Environmental Science Student Symposium.

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Report: ‘Renewable power will dominate in the future’

A new United Nations-backed report, a UN press release says, “has revealed overwhelming consensus that renewable power will dominate in the future, with many experts saying that even large international corporations are increasingly choosing renewable energy products either from utilities or through direct investment in their own generating capacity.” Read the report here. Cleveland.com’s Kelly Reardon writes about it here.

Thursday’s ‘Time for Change’ events

On Thursday, as part of Ohio State’s Time for Change Week: The single-use plastic bottle exchange — trade 10 for a free reusable one — continues from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ohio Union. Turning Green co-founder and former candidate for Congress (at age 25) Erin Schrode speaks on the importance of civic activism from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wexner Center for the Arts. An environmental poetry session goes from 9 to 10 p.m. in the Kafe Kerouac coffeehouse and bar on North High Street adjacent to campus.

‘It’s an honor’: CFAES welcomes Cathann Kress

Ohio State welcomes Cathann Arceneaux Kress, currently vice president for extension and outreach and director of cooperative extension at Iowa State University, as its new vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES, effective May 1.

“It’s an honor to join the incredible community of faculty, staff and volunteers dedicated to all of CFAES’s missions in education, research, outreach and service,” she said in a press release. “I’m excited by the opportunities and multiple ways we can enhance the capacities and impacts of CFAES.”

Farm and Dairy, Ohio’s Country Journal, Ohio State’s student newspaper The Lantern and Des Moines, Iowa’s WHO-TV, among others, covered the announcement.

Today and tomorrow: Get off the (single-use) bottle

Today and tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Bring 10 single-use water bottles to Ohio State’s Ohio Union in Columbus and trade them for a free scarlet-and-gray Nalgene bottle that you can use over and over and over again. It’s part of Time for Change Week.

Today: Trade your plastic bags for a reusable one

Today (Wednesday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Bring five plastic bags with you to Ohio State’s Ohio Union in Columbus and trade them for a reusable bag. The bags collected will be recycled. It’s part of the university’s Time for Change Week.

Buckeye bird

Birders are reporting a loggerhead shrike, a predatory songbird considered endangered in Ohio, at CFAES’s Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus. Lab website here. Loggerhead lowdown here.

Intelligent transportation? See what’s ahead

Columbus’s technology-intense Smart Columbus project, which last year won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s national Smart City Challenge, is the focus of the next Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast Club program. It’s April 18 at Ohio State.

Bee there for April 4 panel discussion

CFAES bee researcher Reed Johnson, pictured, will join a panel discussion on pollinators — their value to people and ecosystems, how pesticides are affecting them, and more — from 7-9 p.m. April 4 in University Hall on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Free admission, and free food (Chipotle) while it lasts.

It’s one in a series of sustainability-related events planned for Ohio State’s Time for Change Week, April 3-9. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

Promising progress in algal bloom effort

Researchers involved in the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative, including CFAES’s Margaret Kalcic, continue to get results in their quest to reduce and prevent harmful algal blooms in Ohio.