Three School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty have been recognized for their teaching excellence in higher education. Nicholas Basta, David Hix, and Roger Williams received the 2018 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Educator Award at the 2018 NACTA annual meeting in Ames, IA in June. NACTA is professional society that focuses promoting, recognizing and rewarding excellence in teaching agriculture and related areas at the post-secondary level in North America.
How certain natural microbes can help crops grow better and faster. How to make contaminated soils, sometimes present in cities, healthy for urban farming. How a new perennial grain could have double uses, as food for people and forage for livestock, and also double benefits, helping soil and water. Those will be some of the topics when experts from The Ohio State University join the speaker lineup at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 39th annual conference, Feb. 15-17 at the Dayton Convention Center. Called Ohio’s largest conference on sustainable food and farming, the event offers nearly 80 hour-and-a-half workshops on organic farming and related topics, including 10 with speakers from Ohio State. One track of workshops is especially for beginning farmers.
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.
Assistant Professor of Aquatic Physiological Ecology Suzanne Gray will discuss on March 8 her Water Across the World project, where she works with students in rural Uganda and those in rural Ohio to connect them on issues of water quality in their respective communities. She'll be sharing project at a forum that highlights the work of Ohio State faculty who have had significant experience working in Africa.
Kerry Ard, assistant professor of environmental and natural resource sociology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University and Associate Professor Kishi Animashaun Ducre at Syracuse University are the new book review editors for the scientific journal Society & Natural Resources (SNR). SNR is the official monthly journal of the International Association of Society and Natural Resources (IASNR). SNR publishes both solicited and unsolicited book reviews and review essays. Visit the journal's website to learn more about submission guidelines for book reviews.
A Times Higher Education article features new School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) faculty member, Nicole Sintov. The article highlights the complexity early and mid-career scientists may face conducting interdisciplinary research and recently published in the journal, Energy Policy.
Douglas Jackson-Smith, faculty member in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, participated in a Forum of Scientific Society Leaders held at the National Academies of Sciences in Washington DC on December 7, 2016. The meeting was designed to gather leaders of a wide range of scientific societies to respond to a recently released Study on Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects. Jackson-Smith is a Professor of Water Security and joined OSU in August 2016 as part of the InFACT Discovery Theme hiring initiative. He is incoming president of the Rural Sociological Society and represented the RSS at the forum.
Jeremy Bruskotter, associate professor in The Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources is one of seven scientific experts featured in a new film that raises concerns about removing federal endangered species protections for Yellowstone’s iconic Grizzly Bears. The scientists describe the current threats facing Greater Yellowstone grizzly bears, make recommendations on recovery efforts and describe public support for these efforts.