Healthy trees, healthy campuses

The Buckeyes take care of their buckeyes, and also their maples and oaks.

The Arbor Day Foundation has given Tree Campus USA honors to both the Ohio State Columbus campus and CFAES Wooster campus. That means that both locations met core standards for keeping their trees healthy. Healthy trees in turn give benefits to people, air, and water.

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Find out about event cancellations

Many of CFAES’ upcoming events have been cancelled or postponed due to the global coronavirus outbreak. Among them are the Sustainable Landscaping Workshop on March 18, the CFAES Sesquicentennial Open House on March 21, the Ohio Compost Operator Education Course on March 25-26, and the Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop on March 28.

Find further details and updates on our event calendar, and if you’re not sure whether an event is still happening or not, be sure to contact the organizer ahead of time.

See the CFAES event calendar.

How to talk the environment with someone of either political stripe

By Alayna DeMartini, CFAES Advancement/Marketing and Communications

It seems intuitive: A social media post or an ad about an environmental issue written in a way that appeals to conservative values will likely persuade conservatives.

But more often than not, messages about environmental issues are framed to resonate primarily with liberal-leaning individuals, said Kristin Hurst, a postdoctoral research associate with CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources.

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March 17 EPN program to be held online

The March 17 breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network, “Exploring the Interactions between Water, Climate, and Communication,” has been changed from an in-person event to an online webinar in keeping with Ohio State’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Learn more, check out the great lineup of speakers, and register to participate here.

Registration for the webinar is free, but, alas, breakfast will be on you, at least metaphorically, hopefully.

Tonight: Hear from real-life ‘Dark Waters’ hero

The 2018 documentary The Devil We Know screens at 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, March 3, in Ohio State’s Environmental Film Series. The event’s website describes the film this way: “Lax oversight of industrial pollutants in West Virginia and corporate greed contributed to the death of cattle and cancer in people. A Cincinnati corporate attorney decided to help local residents.” That attorney, Rob Billott, will appear in person at the screening.

Billott’s memoir detailing the case, titled Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle against Du Pont, inspired the 2019 major motion picture Dark Waters, which starred Mark Ruffalo as Billott.

Admission to the screening is free and open to the public. Get details.

New Wayne County farm-to-school project

The Wooster Science Café series features “Bringing the Bounty of Wayne County to Our Schools” tonight, Tuesday, March 3, from 7–8 p.m., presented by Shoshanah Inwood of CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Attendees will learn about a new farm-to-school project in Wayne County—Wooster and surrounding communities—that’s connecting local farmers and local schools.

Children are welcome to attend, and there’s a special interactive program for them from 6:30–7 p.m.

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She works to help bumbles bee well

Doing good for bumble bees takes finding out what’s bad for them.

Sarah Scott, a CFAES entomology doctoral student, is studying how the fuzzy, buzzy, black-and-yellow pollinators get exposed to heavy metals in their environment—and what it can mean to their survival.

Scott, at CFAES’ Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, poses near hives housing bumble bees’ domesticated cousins. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

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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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‘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.)