Dec. 5 event: ‘Acting on shared interests’

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided,” wrote J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Next week, the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) will explore a similar theme. With food. Discussion. But probably no flaming stemware.

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Zoo crew at new center’s do; you too?

An African black-footed penguin, two-toed sloth, miniature horses and several companion dogs, to name-drop a few, have RSVPed to attend the Dec. 7 kickoff event for Ohio State’s new Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education. Get details and a link so you can RSVP too (by Dec. 4).

The carp at the door

“Asian carp remain an important threat to Great Lakes fisheries, especially Lake Erie,” says the lede of a Nov. 6 story by the Sandusky Register’s Tom Jackson. The story, covering a recent report by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, looked at the possible negative impacts, should the carp invade, on the lakes, their fish and their fishing. Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program is a member of the network. The program’s Chris Winslow, Tory Gabriel and Jeff Reutter were among the coauthors of the report. Gabriel and Winslow have partial appointments with CFAES.

How honey bees get through winter; or, why don’t bees’ knees freeze?

With cold weather here, WOSU Public Media’s Phil Deoliveira looked at how Ohio beekeepers and their charges get through winter. CFAES entomologist Reed Johnson was one of the experts quoted, speaking on the importance of bees storing enough honey to eat to last through winter. “It’s not freezing to death that kills bees,” he said. “It’s running out of food and then freezing to death that kills them.” (Photo: Johnson in warmer times by Ken Chamberlain, CFAES Marketing and Communications.)

‘I believe in science-based decisions’

Jeff Reutter, special advisor to Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program, and Jay Martin, a CFAES ecological engineer, commented on Ohio’s recently released Domestic Action Plan 1.0 in a Nov. 19 Columbus Dispatch story. The new plan is part of a bi-national effort to fight Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms.