Still time to get tickets for Cardinal Turkson’s talk on Monday

Cardinal Peter TurksonA reminder to get tickets while you still can for this Monday’s talk at Ohio State by Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana. The title of his presentation is “How Are We to Live in Our Common Home? Reflections on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Ecology.” He’s shown holding a copy of the document, whose title means “Praise be to you.” Learn more here. Get tickets here. Read Laudato Si’ here. (Photo: Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.)

Chancellor John Carey, CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron, others to speak on Ohio’s water quality efforts Friday

Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey, CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron, and colleagues from the University of Toledo and Central State University will hold a public meeting tomorrow to talk about progress in and plans for improving Ohio’s water quality. Continue reading

Biofuel sources hit the road. Then what happens?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACFAES scientist Ajay Shah answered the question, “What is the additional cost of road maintenance due to cellulosic feedstock delivery to a biorefinery?” recently in Ohio’s Country Journal. Biorefineries produce biofuels from cellulosic feedstocks like corn stover, shown here. (Photo by Wally Wilhelm, USDA-ARS).

3:30 talk today: What’s going on in the beekeeping world?

Kim Flottum 2Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture magazine, published by Medina’s A.I. Root Co., speaks today at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. He’ll talk on “What’s Going on in the Beekeeping World” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 121 Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. There’s also a video link to 244 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus. Free. Everyone’s welcome. Read a Mother Earth News interview with him here. (Photo: Bee Culture.)

‘Dry Season’ tonight in Environmental Film Series

YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLYOhio State’s Environmental Film Series continues tonight with “Dry Season” from the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously.” Among the episode’s onscreen correspondents are actors Don Cheadle and Harrison Ford. In person, Greg Hitzhusen of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources and Bryan Mark of Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center will lead the discussion afterward. (A previous post listed them wrongly as last week’s facilitators.) Free admission. Everyone’s welcome. Details here and here. (Photo: Showtime.)

Get tickets now, or at least soon, for February evening with M. Sanjayan

M Sanjayan and Earth A New WildThe Environmental Professionals Network, a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, is presenting a special evening with M. Sanjayan, host of the PBS series “Earth: A New Wild,” on Feb. 11 in Columbus. That’s about four months away still. But tickets are going fast. Continue reading

Ohio State Soil Judging Team going to nationals

Soil judging team 2The Ohio State Soil Judging Team is heading to the National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest next April that will be hosted by Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

This past Friday, Oct. 16, the Soil Judging Team took home third-place school honors with a strong showing in the Northeast Regional Soil Competition hosted by Brian Slater and Ohio State at Louis Bromfield’s Malabar Farm in Lucas, Ohio. Continue reading

Just watch where you put your hands

Does whatever a spider canColumbus’s “Main Street bridge is crawling with spiders” — especially, it seems, its handrails. And in terms of the growing health of a restored section of the Scioto River, that’s good. CFAES’s Dave Shetlar is quoted. Mark Somerson of the Columbus Dispatch has the story. (Photo: Nathan Lovegrove, iStock.)