Construction continues on CFAES’s new Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building in this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 19. The building, to be used for studies of bioenergy, bioproducts and more, is located on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain.)
Climate scientist Michael Mann, pictured, speaks on “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars,” based on his book of the same title, from 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State. The museum’s website says his talk “will give an insider’s account of climate science, media and politics.” Complete details here. Watch a Mother Jones interview with him here. (Photo: Department of Geosciences, Penn State.)
“Intro Environmental Science,” taught by Brian Lower of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, ranks fourth on the list of Ohio State’s top iTunes U courses in 2013, according to the university’s Office of Distance Education & eLearning. Read more about the list and the fast growth of iTunes U at Ohio State here. Lower is an assistant professor specializing in environmental microbiology.
The LEED green building program and a similar new program for sustainable landscapes, called SITES, are the focus of the next monthly breakfast program of the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN). Read the press release. Download the flier (pdf). Register here. The event takes place at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau Center, shown here, the first LEED-certified building at Ohio State. EPN is a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.
The Wilderness Center, a nonprofit nature center in Wilmot, Ohio, welcomes its new executive director, Jeff Corney, pictured, a master’s and Ph.D. graduate of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR). His wife, Sarah, is also a SENR alumnus. Read the press release. The Wilderness Center is located about 20 miles southeast of the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. (Photo from The Wilderness Center.)
Online registration is open for Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference, the 35th annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA). Many CFAES faculty have previously presented at this conference. The event has sold out in the past, so organizers suggest registering early.
OARDC, CFAES’s research arm, will hold a Greenhouse Management Workshop Jan. 16-17 in Wooster. The focus: How to boost the quality, profitability and sustainability of crops grown in greenhouses and high tunnels, especially by managing water better. Download the flier and registration form here (pdf). Save $25 if you register by Jan. 1. (Photo by Steven via Wikimedia Commons.)
The 14th annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit, which this year features a program track specifically for farmers, has been set for Feb. 5.
Here’s more on CFAES working with the Cleveland Browns and other partners to turn food waste from the Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium into renewable energy. (Photo by Erik Drost via Wikimedia Commons.)