Tonight: What these bats are afraid of — and how it may affect crops

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CFAES’s Marne Titchenell talks about white-nose syndrome, a new disease that is spreading and killing bats in Ohio and North America, from 7-9 p.m. tonight, Oct. 24, at the First Amendment Public House, 150 W. Liberty St., in Wooster. It’s part of the Science Café series sponsored by the College of Wooster and CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. Free admission. Bats help control crop pests by eating them, which helps keep food production sustainable. (Photo by Nick Hristov via Wikimedia Commons.)

Thursday: How to clean up old, closed, contaminated Air Force sites

old airplaneHunter Anderson, research ecologist with the U.S. Air Force, presents “The Air Force Environmental Restoration Program: A Programmatic Overview and Presentation of the Technical Challenges to Achieving Site Closeout” from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday in 103 Kottman Hall on Ohio State’s Columbus campus and by video link to 123 Williams Hall on the Wooster campus of OARDC, CFAES’s research arm. Free. Part of the autumn seminar series of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. (Photo by Phillip Capper, Wellington, New Zealand, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Wednesday: Can we genetically engineer crop pests not to be crop pests?

Fred Gould, the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology at North Carolina State and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, asks “Can Genetic Pest Management Protect Crops, Human Health and Biodiversity?” at 3:30 p.m. today in 121 Fisher Auditorium on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, and by video link to 244 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Details: Watch a 2012 talk that Gould gave on the topic here (52:09).

Nov. 19: Ways to get started with renewable energy

solar panel installation for GBCFAES’s research arm, OARDC, will host Ohio State’s 2013 Renewable Energy Workshop on Nov. 19. Morning talks and afternoon tours will focus on wind, solar, biomass and biogas, and how you, your city, your college or your company can put them to good use. Download the brochure and registration form here (pdf).

Sunrise, Wooster, Ohio

OSU OARDC FABE constructionConstruction continues Oct. 17 on the new Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. The building will house a range of research related to sustainability, including on composting, biobased products and renewable bioenergy. The previous building was damaged beyond repair by the 2010 Wooster tornado. (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain.)

Today: Honey bee health and exposure to farm chemicals

bee on purple flower for GBVirginia Tech’s Troy Anderson, an expert on insect toxicology and pharmacology, speaks on “Pesticides and Pollinators: Linking Bee Colony Health to Agrochemical Exposures” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. today in Room 121, Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, with a video link to Room 244, Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Free and open to the public. Part of a seminar series sponsored by our Department of Entomology. Details:

Thursday: What an invasive, predatory, economically prized fish has meant to a lake and a people

darwin_04[1]The Precarity and Social Contract Working Group of Ohio State’s Humanities Institute presents a free screening of “Darwin’s Nightmare” from 5-8 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 3094, Smith Lab, on Ohio State’s main campus in Columbus. The Academy Award-nominated film documents the harmful effects of the introduced Nile perch on the people, social conditions and environment of Tanzania’s Lake Victoria. A roundtable discussion follows. Details: Link to the trailer here (1:45). (Photo: coop99.)