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  1. SENR News Highlights for late January 2021

    SENR News Highlights

    Jan 28, 2021

    Late January News Highlights for the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Find out what's new in the school, recent publications, recognitions and programs offered and much more!

  2. New Digital Internship Gallery is available.

    Learning through Experience

    Dec 7, 2020

    A new Digital Internship Gallery is available featuring School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) students, who have recently engaged in an internship experience. The gallery is a good resource for those interested in knowing what it is like to work in the field of environment and natural resources. 

  3. Soil Health Nexus blog features Ohio State research.

    How the agricultural community perceives and assesses soil health

    Dec 3, 2020

    Soil Health Nexus, a university-led team dedicated to increasing access to research-based soil health knowledge, extension and resources has published a blog post on a study conducted to better understand how the agricultural community perceives and assesses soil health.  The blog post “How do we collectively conceptualize “soil health” and how do we use that to guide meaningful research and extension?” was written by Jordon Wade, Margaret Beetstra, and Steve Culman. Read about their findings and takeaways from their study here.

  4. A tree swallow perches atop a constructed nest box at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park in central Ohio. Photos by Joseph Corra

    Study finds health trade-offs for wildlife as urbanization expands

    Nov 18, 2020

    City living appears to improve reproductive success for migratory tree swallows compared to breeding in more environmentally protected areas, a new five-year study suggests. But urban life comes with a big trade-off – health hazards linked to poorer water quality.  “With urbanization expanding worldwide, we are transforming the landscape. And this isn’t going away,” said lead author Mažeika Sullivan of the new study featured in Ohio State News Sullivan is the director of the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at Ohio State. “My lab is looking at how urbanization affects multiple responses of ecosystems – what those changes are and quantifying them, but also seeing what this tells us about how we can manage and conserve ecosystems and wildlife in this context.

  5. Photo by Ken Chamberlain, CFAES, 2014.

    Suzanne Gray's School of Fish

    Nov 12, 2020

    “Initially, I wasn’t sure how much I liked teaching,” CFAES faculty member Suzanne Gray said in a 2018 interview, just after receiving a prestigous teaching award. “I think it’s something I grew into as I saw how I could help provide students with experiences they might never have had.” Gray did that interview after receiving the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from The Ohio State University, Ohio State’s highest recognition for teaching excellence. Now, two years later, the quality of her teaching has been honored again. On Nov. 4, Gray, who is an associate professor of aquatic physiological biology in the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), was named a winner of the Early Career Teacher Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The national award goes to new teachers in higher education—ones with no more than seven consecutive years of experience—who demonstrate “a commitment to a career in teaching” and who exhibit “meritorious teaching.”

  6. Solar Array

    Developing the Next Generation of Sustainable Energy Leaders

    Nov 4, 2020

    Graduate students in a boot camp for a new Ohio State sustainable energy program faced a timely challenge: How has the pandemic changed energy production and consumption, and how can we make use of or leverage those changes for driving future energy use?  Jaden Tatum in agricultural engineering and Brian Capobianco in environment and natural resources worked together on one of the bootcamp teams in the new interdisciplinary graduate traineeship program, “Convergent Graduate Training and EmPOWERment for a Sustainable Energy Future.” They examined the energy and environmental benefits of remote work or a hybrid work model and how to convince or incentivize corporate decision-makers to allow work-from-home flexibility moving forward.

  7. SENR Extension Directory cover

    Introducing a NEW resource for Ohioans

    Nov 2, 2020

    A new resource directory is now available and features School of Environment and Natural Resources’ Extension and Outreach faculty, professionals, and signature programs!

  8. Ohio State students’ sustainability behavior and knowledge continues to grow, according to an annual survey

    Ohio State students’ sustainability behavior and knowledge continues to grow, according to an annual survey

    Oct 27, 2020

    The survey of undergraduates shows researchers and university sustainability leaders how students’ sustainability knowledge, attitudes and actions change over time. The findings inform sustainability curriculum, marketing and research and how the university is progressing in some of its sustainability goals.  The 2020 survey will be sent via random email to 20,500 students starting this week. Students completing the survey are entered in a raffle to win $50 Target gift cards.  The survey is led by Ohio State’s Environmental and Social Sustainability Lab in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Sustainability Institute, the Office of Student Life, and Facilities Operations and Development.  Read more here.

  9. (Photo: Getty Images)

    Farming and parenting—a tough juggling act

    Oct 27, 2020

    Raising children on a farm might sound idyllic, but in a national study, most farmers with children under 18 said childcare was a challenge.  Over two-thirds of first-generation farmers, people who had not grown up on farms, reported struggles with childcare, from finding affordable options nearby to finding providers whose childrearing philosophy matched theirs. Even multigenerational farmers, many who live near relatives, said childcare’s affordability, availability, or quality was a problem. Just over half of those farmers reported some type of childcare challenge.  “This is going to come as a surprise to a lot of people who don’t think childcare is an issue for farmers,” said Shoshanah Inwood, an assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and the lead researcher of the study.

  10. ENRAS autumn 2020 newsletter

    (NEW!) Alumni Connection Available

    Oct 13, 2020

    The autumn 2020 edition of Alumni Connection, your newsletter brought to you by the Environment and Natural Resources Alumni Society (ENRAS) is newly published and ready for your reading pleasure.

    Inside you will learn more about ENRAS, meet Kristina M. Johnson, our 16th president of The Ohio State University and read an interview with new president and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association.  Find out how the School of Environment and Natural Resources made a difference in 2019, and learn about two of our outreach programs - the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program and the Environmental Professionals Network.