Posts Tagged ‘science’

Just announced: Call for HABRI pre-proposals

Ohio Sea Grant is requesting pre-proposals for one- to two-year research projects from Ohio colleges and universities as part of the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative.

Get on the boat; or, water great way to spend an evening

Stone Lab, Ohio State’s water science-focused campus at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie, has announced its 2017 summer guest lecture series. Admission is free and open to the public. But you’ll probably need to pay for a short but usually pleasant ride by ferry, water taxi or both to get there.

The series starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15, featuring Mark Noark and Brent Repenning of Kent, Ohio-based Davey Resource Group and a research brief by Audrey Sawyer of Ohio State’s School of Earth Sciences called “Hidden chemical exchange due to lake-groundwater interactions.”

See the series schedule. There’s also an option to watch online. (Photo: Stone Lab scene, Jill Bartolotta, via Flickr.)

‘It would be amazing to give people clean drinking water’

CFAES student Ashlee Balcerzak, who’s from Maumee near Toledo, was a pre-med major at first. Then she took a class at Ohio State’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie and everything changed.

“I got really interested in the actual overall water quality issues and the ecosystems,” she says, “so I ended up changing my major to environmental science.” Her specialty: water science.

Now, as an undergraduate researcher in the college, she’s studying the use of magnetic bacteria to remove algal bloom-causing phosphorus from waters such as Lake Erie. She’s even given a TEDx Toledo talk on it.

“I’m just so passionate about water science,” she says. “I want to help others.”

April 19: ‘Citizen Sense’ leader will speak

Jennifer Gabrys, reader in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, and principal investigator on the European Research Council’s “Citizen Sense” project, will present “Citizen Sense: Monitoring and Contesting Environments of Extraction” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 19 in Room 311 Denney Hall on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. She’ll also give a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon April 20 in the Research Commons classroom on campus. Details. Ohio State’s Environmental Humanities program is the sponsor.

Also on Tuesday evening: Stone Lab’s annual winter program and benefit auction

Image of Stone Lab classThe annual Winter Program and Silent Auction benefiting Ohio State’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie is tonight, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in Columbus. It’s a chance to learn more about the lab and Ohio Sea Grant; support scholarships for students to take classes at the lab; and hear speakers Bryan Mark, an Ohio State geography professor and Ohio’s state climatologist, and Caroline McElwain, a student in the lab’s 2016 Research Experience for Undergraduates program who studied how Lake Erie fish see underwater.

Admission is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested. Read more. (Photo: Aquatic ecosystems class by Lisa Rice, Ohio Sea Grant.)

‘An excellent location to do research’

Image of Stone Lab boatOhio State’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie is inviting college undergrads to apply for its 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarship Program.

Watch: ‘Experience you really can’t get in the classroom’

Ohio State’s Stone Lab on western Lake Erie, CFAES student Adam Cupito says in the video above, is a “great place to see evolution in action.” It holds college-credit summer courses in the biological and environmental sciences. All of them emphasize hands-on, feet-wet, in-depth study in the field — especially in the lake and on its islands. Check out the list of courses.

Past, future of historic Ohio State building on Lake Erie

Image of Cooke Castle 2The Toledo Blade’s Tom Henry gives an inside look at steeped-in-history Cooke Castle, shown here, which is at Ohio State’s steeped-in-science Stone Lab near Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. (Fun fact: In the early ’80s, I lived in the building during parts of two summers when the lab was still using it as a dorm.) (Photo by Analogue Kid licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.)

Read more on algal bloom conference

NewsHere’s our latest press release about the upcoming Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference. It’s Sept. 15 in Toledo.

Still time to get in on algal bloom conference; or, ‘THAT’S why you listen to scientists’

Organizers of the CFAES-co-hosted Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference have extended the registration deadline to Wednesday, Sept. 7. The event is Sept. 15 in Toledo. Later that day, the conference site, the Stranahan Theater and Great Hall, is coincidentally hosting a performance by comedian Lewis Black, who coincidentally talks about science and the environment in a 2012 video here.