Can alum help Grand Lake St. Marys?

Ohio EPA is adding alum to Grand Lake St. Marys. Purpose: To try to reduce its phosphorus load. Is it helping? Grand Valley State University (Mich.) researcher Geraldine Nogaro speaks tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. as part of the Environmental Science Graduate Program’s spring seminar series. Free. 244 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Video link to 121 Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., OARDC, Wooster.

‘Happiness in Bhutan’ and beyond

Jeremy Brooks, a visiting assistant professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, presents “From Happiness in Bhutan to Consumption in the US: Examining Global and Local Approaches to Conservation” today at 3:30 p.m. Side note: Bhutan, which is known for its “gross national happiness” index, hosted a “high-level meeting on happiness” at the United Nations last Monday.

Organic chicken diets to go ‘naked’?

Can so-called “naked oats” make it cheaper to raise organic chicken? Scientists in our college have received a USDA grant to find out. The oats have a special protein and amino acid balance, will be grown as part of an organic rotation, and will be tested in the diets of pasture-raised organic broiler chickens. They could make up to 80 percent of the birds’ diets. Why are they called naked oats? Read more …

That’s the way the sustaina-ball bounces

In results announced this past Friday, the School of Environment and Natural Resources didn’t advance to the “Final 4” in the new March Madness tournament for environmental studies. But props to the schools that did — Purdue, Colby College, Colorado State, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. And props, too, to SENR for having made the tournament’s “Environmental 8.” This just in: Colby takes it.