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  1. (Photo, right: McConnell, left, and Wentling with the MORPC award).

    Students Honored for Campus, Community Sustainability Efforts

    Nov 20, 2017

    Student sustainability leaders at Ohio State have been honored for their success by a group of local and regional governments and organizations. The Student Sustainability Council on Tuesday received the Green Collaborative Achievement Award, which recognizes a group of entities or individuals who have shown effectiveness in producing environmental accomplishments through a collaborative effort, from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). Michelle Wentling and Marie McConnell, Sustainability Council president and vice president, respectively, accepted the award. It was presented primarily for this spring's Time for Change Week, a series of student-organized events to raise awareness and activism about energy, environment and sustainability issues.

  2. The first course in the online Environmental Science series, Earth's Environment: Soil, Water, and Air introduces students to environmental science, environmental literacy and the scientific process.

    Enhancing Access to Environmental Science

    Nov 20, 2017

    Students anywhere anytime with access to the Internet can enroll in a series of free online Introduction to Environmental Science courses at The Ohio State University.  Three new Ohio State Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are now available for anyone with an interest in learning more about the earth’s environment and sustainability. The three courses are part of the Introduction to Environmental Science series offered by Canvas.  A team led by Brian Lower, associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), serve as instructors of the open online courses. SENR is in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

  3. On November 8 over 70 internship posters were on display in the Agricultural Administration Auditorium on the campus of The Ohio State University.

    Internships Focus of Recent Forum

    Nov 13, 2017

    Over 70 internship posters were on display in the Agricultural Administration Auditorium on the campus of The Ohio State University. Students representing every major in the School of Environment and Natural Resources prepared a poster for the 3rd annual Internship Forum.

  4. Ohio’s Bats Do Scary-Good Work, Face a Real Horror Story

    Nov 8, 2017

    This Halloween, give a thought to Ohio’s bats, which are facing something truly scary.

    A deadly disease called white nose syndrome has killed millions of North American bats, which normally serve as voracious eaters of farm, garden and human pests. It usually hits when the bats are hibernating in caves and mines for the winter.

    Ohio’s first finding of the disease was in 2011, in hibernating bats in an abandoned mine in southern Ohio’s Lawrence County. Experts now consider the disease present in all 88 of the state’s counties.

  5. Dr. Shoshanah Inwood is part of a multi-state team selected to receive funding through the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development's “Impacts of Successful Extension and Outreach Programs” awards program.

    Faculty Member Part of Multi-State Team Awarded Funding

    Oct 30, 2017

    Shoshanah Inwood, assistant professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is part of a multi-state team selected to receive funding through the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development's “Impacts of Successful Extension and Outreach Programs” awards program. The project, “Developing a Coordinated Community Risk Management Approach to Heath and Health Insurance among Farm Enterprises” will help enable farm individuals and partnerships to take the lead in focusing on farming viability through a coordinated community risk management approach to health and health insurance for the farming enterprise.  Virginia Brown (PI), University of Maryland Extension and Maria Pippidis (Co-PI), University of Delaware Cooperative Extension are collaborators on the project. Read the full story on funded projects here.

  6. New EPN Director Announced

    Oct 27, 2017

    The School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) is pleased to announce Joe Campbell will serve as director of the Environmental Professionals Network. In its sixth year, the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) is a vibrant community of over 1,800 professionals and students engaged in the field of environment and natural resources. 

  7. Harmful Algal Blooms Impact on Recreational Walleye Fishery Grant Awarded

    Oct 23, 2017

    Suzanne Gray, assistant professor of aquatic physiological ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is one of seven recipients of research funding through the 2018-2020 Ohio Sea Grant research grants program.  Dr. Gray and her lab will study and assess the impacts of harmful algal blooms on the recreational walleye fishery in Lake Erie. Read the full story on funded projects here.

  8. The annual conference of the Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative is Nov. 8 at Ohio State. It’s for city officials and others who work to manage conflicts with wildlife, like this white-tailed deer. (Photo: iStock.)

    From Deer to Bats to Cats, Conference to Focus on Managing Wildlife Conflicts

    Oct 23, 2017

    What’s a city to do about deer? Bats? Loose-running cats?  Experts will discuss answers at the Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative’s annual conference, set for Nov. 8 on The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus.  The event, geared toward city officials, community leaders and others who manage conflicts between people and wildlife, will have nine sessions on topics including the status of white-tailed deer in Ohio, keeping bats healthy and out of belfries, or at least people’s homes, and the sometimes-heated issue of feral and free-ranging cats.

  9. Donnermeyer is keynote speaker at the First International Rural Crime Conference in Africa

    Donnermeyer is keynote speaker at the First International Rural Crime Conference in Africa

    Oct 23, 2017

    The first International Rural Crime Conference in Africa was held at the Royal Elephant Hotel in Centurion, South Africa, a suburb of Pretoria, on September 27. International speakers included Joseph F. Donnermeyer, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University, who presented a global view of farm victimization and its economic, psychological, social and community-level impacts, emphasizing that in the US alone, the value of stolen farm property exceeds $1 billion annually. Dr.

  10. Magnetic bacteria are the focus of a study funded by a $330,000 NSF grant being done by CFAES professors Brian and Steven Lower and Ohio State physics professor Ratnasingham Sooryakumar. (Photo: Flickr)

    Studying Bacteria that Follow the Earth’s Magnetic Field

    Oct 9, 2017

    Magnets in bacteria?  Brian Lower stumps a lot of people when he first mentions magnetic bacteria. So he’ll take out a pen and draw them. Or he might show a video of them moving about a screen, appearing as ants. When a magnet is placed nearby, they immediately align close to the magnet, like soldiers milling about then suddenly called into a lineup.  As intriguing as they may be to watch, magnetic bacteria also have potential for practical use to send cancer-fighting drugs to a particular part of the human body and to store a signficiant amount of data on a small chip.

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