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  1. 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.

  2. Renowned soil scientist Rattan Lal is one of Ohio State's most decorated teachers and researchers. (Photo by Jo McCulty, Ohio State Communications)

    Lal to speak at Borlaug Dialogue, receive World Food Prize, and be honored by Ohio State

    Oct 12, 2020

    Rattan Lal, one of the most decorated professors to teach and conduct research at The Ohio State University, will receive the 2020 World Food Prize on Thursday, Oct. 15, during the virtual Borlaug Dialouge streaming from Des Moines, Iowa. That same day, he will also be honored by Ohio State in a virtual ceremony to honor his legacy.

  3. (Photo: Getty Images)

    Go Outdoors, but watch for ticks

    Oct 12, 2020

    With the great outdoors being a popular destination during the pandemic, it’s important to watch out for another potential threat you might not easily see: ticks. 
    Be on the lookout for them through late fall. The warmest months are the most common times these tiny, blood-sucking bugs pass on diseases.  “I always tell people the outdoors is healthy for you. You need to be outdoors,” said Risa Pesapane, an assistant professor with the colleges of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University. 

  4. With funding from the BETHA grant competition a team of scientists will evaluate perceptions and use of technological solutions for mitigating arctic wildfire risk. 

    Faculty awarded BETHA funding

    Oct 12, 2020

    With funding from the Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) grant competition a team of scientists, including School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty Matt Davies and Matt Hamilton will evaluate perceptions and use of technological solutions for mitigating arctic wildfire risk. 

  5. Faculty receive NSF funding to understand how local communities address the threats associated with wildfire.

    How communities work across boundaries to address wildfire

    Oct 6, 2020

    To understand how local communities address the threats associated with wildfire, faculty in the School of Environment and Natural Resources will evaluate how wildfire planning processes shape social interaction and the implementation of risk management measures thanks to new funding from the National Science Foundation.

  6. Ohio State Insights interview "Mega-fires: Managing the complexities of climate change and many stakeholders" with faculty member Matt Hamilton

    Faculty member interviewed on complexities of managing fire

    Sep 30, 2020

    School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty member Matt Hamilton was interviewed for Ohio State Insights on his research focusing on wildfires and land management — specifically, how people make decisions and what factors are important.

    Read the full interview (a 5-minute read) and learn about some of the broader societal and ecological systems issues playing out in the more than 90 fires raging in the West and what they may mean for the future.

  7. SENR releases latest impact statements - learn how we made a difference!

    School releases latest impact statements

    Sep 10, 2020

    The School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) is pleased to release our most recent impact statements. The eight featured statements represent the leadership of our faculty and staff and the successful outcomes of our students and impact of our teaching, research and outreach in 2019.

  8. Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) Webinar

    What to watch: Learn about an App to Report Invasive Species

    Aug 27, 2020

    The Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) App can be used to report and track invasive species. Join OSU Extension specialists in forestry, horticulture, wildlife, and aquatic ecology as they share how to use the app to report invasive species in a new webinar “Great Lakes Early Detection Network: Helping Land Managers Track Invasive Species.”

  9. Scientific Posters

    New textbook available on scientific posters

    Aug 19, 2020

    Ella Weaver, instructional aide in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) published her first textbook - an open-source textbook titled “Scientific Posters, A Learners Guide”.  The textbook is free to anyone.  Weaver published the book with co-authors Kylienne Shaul and Brian Lower.  The textbook will be used in SENR’s Introduction to Environmental Science course (ENR2100).  

  10. This vernal pool in Ohio is an example of a non-floodplain wetland that is not protected under the new federal rule. These waterbodies are interconnected in many ways with stream and river networks. Photo courtesy of Mažeika Sullivan

    A watershed moment for U.S. water quality

    Aug 17, 2020

    A new federal rule that determines how the Clean Water Act is implemented leaves millions of miles of streams and acres of wetlands unprotected based on selective interpretation of case law and a distortion of scientific evidence, researchers say in a new article in ScienceMažeika Sullivan, director of the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at The Ohio State University is the lead author on the article.  Read more about the new rule and what it means for now-unprotected waters in the Ohio State News release by Emily Caldwell.