Wetlands expert to keynote Stone Lab program

Mažeika Sullivan, director of CFAES’s Wilma H. Shiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, will keynote this year’s Stone Lab Winter Program on Feb. 19 in Columbus. The program is an educational and fundraising event in support of Stone Lab, Ohio State’s Lake Erie island campus.

Six guest speakers, a silent auction (including an antique microscope and Ohio State football tickets), a cash bar, Stone Lab merchandise sales and more are on the program’s agenda. Admission is free and open to the public. Find details and a link to RSVP.

Sullivan and some of his students talk about the importance of wetlands, and of the park specifically, in the 2014 video above, which was shot in and near the park.

Sullivan, among his efforts, is trying to develop a new diagnostic tool for harmful algal blooms in rivers and streams.

Can breeding, biotech bring back the chestnut?

North America’s eastern forests used to have some 4 billion American chestnut trees: large, tall (up to 100 feet), fast-growing trees whose wood made excellent lumber for buildings; whose nuts fed billions of birds and mammals, including people (including Thoreau); whose tannins supplied America’s leather industry. Various sources have called it “the queen of the forest” and “the ideal tree.”

Then something happened.

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Rivers run through the next EPN program

The next Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast program features Hope Taft, former First Lady of Ohio, and Bob Gable, scenic rivers program manager for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), presenting “For Love of Rivers: Celebrating 50 Years of the Scenic Rivers Act” It’s from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 13 on Ohio State’s Columbus campus.

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How to get more local food in schools

CFAES’s OSU Extension outreach arm will serve as local host for the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference on April 25-27 in Cincinnati. The event is for teachers and administrators wanting to start or expand Farm to School programs, consumers interested in local food opportunities, and farmers wanting to sell their food to schools and other institutions. Read more.

Early bird discount registration runs through March 9.

Feb. 1 in Wooster: ‘The Science of Culture’

The next Wooster Science Café features CFAES’s Nathan Crook, pictured, assistant professor of English and agricultural communication at Ohio State ATI in Wooster.

Crook, whose publications include the book A Culinary History of the Great Black Swamp: Buckeye Candy, Bratwurst and Apple Butterwill present (“in plain English!” the event flyer says) “The Science of Culture: Understanding Who We Are, What We Do and Why We Do It” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at Spoon Market and Deli, 144 W. Liberty St., in Wooster. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Wooster Science Café series is being sponsored by CFAES and the College of Wooster. (Photo: Ohio State ATI.)