Stone Lab offering solar tech curriculum

Hey, educators: Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory at Lake Erie is offering a free STEM-related curriculum on solar technology. The program teaches about how solar energy works, its uses and benefits, and ties into the lab’s own solar installation on Gibraltar Island, some of which is shown here.

You can find out more about the curriculum, which is suited to students from elementary age to adult, in the latest on our CFAES Stories website. (Photo: Ohio Sea Grant via Flickr.)

Lal to speak at Borlaug Dialogue

Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources, will speak on a panel titled “Facing the Greatest Challenge of Our Time: Agriculture’s Role in Impacting Climate Change” at the World Food Prize’s 2019 Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium.

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Watch: For the health of the water

The Big Ten Network’s “Live B1G” series recently featured Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie. The lab—located on Gibraltar Island, which you can see in the bay from the Put-in-Bay docks or as you enter the bay by boat—conducts research on water quality and teaches students about the lake, its water, and the creatures that rely on it, people included. You can watch the video above.

Growing ‘a sense of belonging’

Eighteen central Ohio veterans spent summer farming at CFAES’ Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus. As participants in a pilot project called the Veteran Farming Program—organized by the Central Ohio VA Healthcare System and CFAES’ OSU Extension outreach arm—the veterans gained practice in farming and gardening while benefiting from the activities’ therapeutic aspects. They graduated from the program earlier this month.

“I used to farm when I was younger,” said Vietnam veteran Bob Udeck, 74. “It feels really good to get your hands dirty again—planting something, nurturing it, and watching it produce.”

Read the full story on our CFAES Stories site. (Photo: Mike Hogan, OSU Extension.)

Temple Grandin to speak in central Ohio

Temple Grandin, world-renowned expert on both animal science and autism, speaks as part of the “Animals in Our Lives” program, a fundraising event for CFAES’ Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education (or CHAIRE), on Sept. 30 in Dublin, Ohio.

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