Environmental Film Series starts Oct. 16 with ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

The 2017 Environmental Film Series, co-sponsored by CFAES’s Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) and Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment, kicks off at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, with a screening of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” a 10-years-later followup to Al Gore’s Academy Award-winning climate change documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” Admission is free and open to the public; free pizza and beverages at 6:45 p.m. Meet in Room 130 in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) Building on the university’s Columbus campus.

Heather Taylor-Miesle, executive director of the Ohio Environmental Council, and Peter Curtis, professor of ecology in Ohio State’s Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, will lead a discussion after the screening.

The series runs six consecutive Mondays through Nov. 20. Next is “The Messenger” (tagline: “Imagine a world without birdsong”) on Oct. 23.

Indigenous activist Winona LaDuke to speak at Ohio State

Winona LaDuke, co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Honor the Earth, presents “Indigenous Politics Today: A Discussion” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in Room 221 Sullivant Hall on Ohio State’s main campus in Columbus. Learn more.

LaDuke is a political activist, environmentalist and two-time Green Party vice-presidential nominee. Honor the Earth works to create awareness and support for indigenous environmental issues.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public. The sponsor is Ohio State’s Environmental Humanities program, a project of the university’s Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme.

Algal bloom conference is Thursday; public and media welcome

More than a dozen Ohio scientists studying harmful algal blooms — the pea-green, sometimes-toxic outbreaks plaguing Lake Erie and other waters — will discuss their latest findings at the second State of the Science: Understanding Algal Blooms Conference on Thursday in Toledo. (Photo: July 31, 2015, western Lake Erie algal bloom, NOAA.)

‘Power of Pollinators’ open house is Sept. 12

The Ecolab project on Ohio State’s Mansfield campus hosts its Power of Pollinators Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 1760 University Drive. Admission is free and includes snacks, plants and seed packets.

Populations of pollinators — bees, butterflies and others — have seen significant drops in recent years, and the event will look at ways to help them. Talks will cover “Native Bees in Your Backyard,” “Pollinators Need Woodlands, Too!” and “Native Plant ID and Seed Collection.”

Participants should meet at the Monarch Right-of-Way demonstration plots in front of Ovalwood Hall.

For details, call CFAES wildlife program specialist Marne Titchenell, one of the event’s speakers, at 614-292-0402.

Environmental leaders, here’s how to take your skills higher

Registration is open for CFAES’s 2017 Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute. The program, its website says, “provides environmental and natural resources professionals with the skills needed to better address the many complex environmental issues facing our state.” Get details (including speakers, topics and dates). Register by Sept. 22.

3 CFAES faculty receive USDA Borlaug Fellowships

Three CFAES faculty members, under the leadership of the college’s Office of International Programs in Agriculture, have been awarded international research fellowships through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. Continue reading

New grant: What makes algal blooms turn toxic?

Justin Chaffin, research scientist with Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program and Stone Lab, and partners in Ohio and Michigan have received a nearly $250,000 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant to study what causes Lake Erie algal blooms to turn toxic.

Chaffin holds a partial appointment with CFAES. He talks about another of his algal bloom studies, this one aided by a team of Lake Erie charter boat captains/citizen scientists, in the video above.

These skills will help you sample fish and also get a job doing it

Eugene Braig, aquatic ecosystems program director in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, talks about Stone Lab’s Sept. 23-24 workshop on fish sampling techniques in the video above.

Braig, one of the workshop’s instructors, says the training being offered has been “very deliberately developed to provide students with marketable skills.”

Stone Lab, located at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie and part of Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program, has provided similar professional training to 40,000 people in the past five years, all of it designed to help them get jobs, keep their jobs and advance their careers.

Learn more about the workshop and how to register.