Faculty member Kerry Ard has devoted an extensive amount of research to environmental justice and inequality, the structural causes and ultimate consequences.
Read "Unequal Exposure and Access: The Crisis of Environmental Injustice," a story focused on Dr. Ard's area of research expertise compiled by the Sustainability Institute and shared at a recent Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Green Team event. Find out what environmental justice and environmental inequality are, how they differ, and what has changed since the first federal directive to address these issues.
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 Sullivanof the new study featured in Ohio State News. Sullivan is thedirector 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.
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.
Dr. Mazeika Sullivan, a faculty member in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University has recently been appointed to lead a new Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Task Force for the Society of Freshwater Science (SFS). This initiative aims to break down barriers for underrepresented groups through a set of intentional and clear actions such as establishing long-term relationships with minority-serving institutions; increasing authorship opportunities for underrepresented scientists; developing a Diversity Mentor program; instituting a JEDI training program for all SFS members; increasing the Society's international profile/membership; and reviewing business practices to increase support of minority-owned businesses. The JEDI Task Force will to work quickly to effect "rapid evolution" in SFS around JEDI issues. Dr. Sullivan was selected to lead this initiative because of his effective and long-term work in broadening participation in science.
Soil scientist Rattan Lal, one of The Ohio State University’s most decorated faculty researchers, will address the university’s summer graduates. Approximately 1,500 degrees will be awarded at the summer commencement ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4., at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
Congratulations to Dr. Suzanne Gray, who was elected to serve as President-Elect for the Ohio Chapter of the American Fisheries Society at this year’s Annual joint meeting of the Ohio Aquaculture Association and the Ohio Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, held on 26–27 January 2018 at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. The mission of the Ohio Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is "to promote conservation of fisheries and aquatic resources by providing information, professional services, and opportunities for aquatic stewardship to Ohio’s fisheries professionals, educators, students, and conservationists."
Professor Emeritus Joe Donnermeyer received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Division of Critical Criminology and Social Justice at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) in Philadelphia on November 16. The Division is the largest in ASC, with over 800 members. The award is presented to a member of the Division for “sustained and distinguished scholarship, teaching and service in the field of Critical Criminology.”
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.
An Ohio State University researcher is part of a new $750,000 project to determine whether conservation incentives provided by the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative(GLRI) are meeting one of their goals: to get more farmers to adopt measures that preserve water quality.
Robyn Wilson, associate professor of risk analysis and decision science in Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), will co-lead the project’s social component along with Stephen Gasteyer of Michigan State University.
The overall leader of the two-year project, called Researching Effectiveness of Agricultural Programs, or REAP, is the binational Great Lakes Commission (GLC) based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.