Peace, stability start in the soil

Republished from the Winter 2019–20 issue of CFAES’ Continuum magazine. Read the issue.

Even in the presence of royalty, the conversation was down to earth. And that was totally appropriate.

In a formal ceremony in April 2019 in Tokyo, CFAES soil scientist Rattan Lal received a 2019 Japan Prize, one of the most prestigious global awards in science and technology.

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Coyotes looking at you (oh-oh, oh-oh)

Is city life changing coyotes? In a new study underway in Cleveland, Chicago, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Stan Gehrt, CFAES’ renowned urban coyote expert, is hoping to find out. He says whether you’re a rabbit, a rat, or typical city dweller or suburbanite, “coyotes spend a lot of time watching us.” Read the story.

‘Extraordinary service to sustainable agriculture’

At its annual conference this past weekend, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) honored CFAES’ Alan Sundermeier, pictured, with its 2020 Service Award, recognizing his “extraordinary service in support of sustainable agriculture.” Sundermeier is director and agriculture and natural resources educator in the Wood County office of CFAES’ OSU Extension outreach arm. Read the OEFFA press release.

‘We’re talking about transformational change’

“When it comes to adapting to the effects of climate change, scientists and policymakers are thinking too small.” So begins a Feb. 10 Ohio State News story about a research review by CFAES’ Robyn Wilson and colleagues. Read the story here.

Wilson, pictured, is a professor of risk analysis and decision science in CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources. (Photo: SENR.)

An evening supporting our Lake Erie programs

You’re invited to spend An Evening with Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, partner Ohio State programs dedicated to studying, teaching about, and improving Lake Erie and water quality, from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus.

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Jason Ward, host of ‘Birds of North America,’ will speak twice at Ohio State on Feb. 18

Jason Ward (pictured, left)—Bronx-born birder and host of the Birds of North America web series—will speak twice at the Ohio State Columbus campus on Tuesday, Feb. 18: first, from 7:15–9:30 a.m. as featured speaker at the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) monthly breakfast program.; then, from 7–8:50 p.m. at a screening of episodes of Birds of North America as part of Ohio State’s Environmental Film Series.

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Earth Day: Planting ‘the seeds of a revolution’

Ohio State’s fifth Environmental Film Series continues on Tuesday, Feb. 11, with a look back 50 years ago at the first Earth Day, and a look ahead at the planet’s future—what Earth Day 50 years hence may hold. “Earthrise and Earth Days,” set for 7–8:50 p.m. on the Ohio State Columbus campus, features a screening of the 2010 American Experience documentary Earth Days: The Seeds of a Revolution, brief recollections by two people who helped plan Ohio State’s first Earth Day activities in 1970, details on the university’s Earth Day activities this year, and a Q&A and discussion.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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