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.
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.
Dr. Mažeika 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.
Faculty member Nicole Sintov’s research published in Nature Energy is featured in the Ohio State News release,“Heat or eat? How one energy conservation strategy may hurt vulnerable populations.” Lee White, a former postdoctoral researcher at Ohio State, who is now with Australian National University is the lead author on the published research. According to the published article, the study examined 7,487 households taking part in a randomized control time-of-use pilot in the southwestern United States and found two vulnerable populations, people with disabilities who may be using life-saving equipment and elderly people more sensitive to temperature changes, saw the largest increases in their bills on the time-of-use rates. Read more about the study, the findings and implications for the adoption of time-of-use electricity rates on a large-scale.
Steve Lyon, an associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University was recently interviewed by Fondriest for the Environmental Monitor on his research which seeks to better predict river flows and combines classic monitoring data with new technologies to develop and improve hydraulic modeling for estimating river flows, especially during uncertain and extreme weather events. The research has implications for water professionals charged with managing our water resources.
School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty member Mažeika Sullivan was recently interviewed by National Geographic on the impacts of the Amazon fires on wildlife. It’s likely they’re taking a “massive toll on wildlife in the short term,” says Mazeika Sullivan, associate professor at Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, who has done fieldwork in the Colombian Amazon.
School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty member Jeremy Bruskotter is quoted in a recent Time magazine article that discusses rollbacks to the Endangered Species Act and conservation scientists concerns about the impacts on and future of at-risk species.
Disease-causing air pollution remains high in pockets of America – particularly those where many low-income and African-American people live, a disparity highlighted in research presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in New York. The nation’s air on the whole has become cleaner in the past 70 years, but those benefits are seen primarily in whiter, higher-income areas, said Kerry Ard, an associate professor of environmental sociology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. Read the full Ohio State News release by Misti Crane featuring Ard's research that examined air pollution and the demographics of the people who lived in 1-kilometer-square areas throughout a six-state region from 1995 through 1998.