Cool place to work, 4 jobs open

Stone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie, has four research aide jobs open. Two will help the lab’s research coordinator, including by collecting water samples by boat, helping run experiments and reporting data. One will run the Aquatic Visitors Center. One will work as a general research assistant, including on efforts to conserve the Lake Erie water snake.

Visit the lab’s website.

Thursday in Wooster: Alpacas and the Quechua of Peru

Peru is a fair haul from northeast Ohio. CFAES’s Shauna Brummet (pictured) will take you there — by camelid — at the next Wooster Science Café.

Brummet, director of CFAES’s BioHio Research Park by day, an alpaca breeder after hours, will present “A Peruvian Adventure: Alpacas and Their Quechua Shepherds” at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 7, in Spoon Market and Deli, 144 W. Liberty St. in downtown Wooster. Admission is free and open to the public.

The ongoing Wooster Science Café series, aimed at spurring discussion and insight on science topics, is being sponsored by the College of Wooster and CFAES.

Now hear this: ‘Sonic Sea’ on ocean noise is tonight in Environmental Film Series

Today, there’s more than just the sound of waves and whales in the ocean. There’s tremendous underwater noise from shipping, oil and gas exploration, and naval sonar training, and it’s causing stress, deafness and even death in marine animals, especially whales and dolphins, which have sensitive hearing.

The next screening in Ohio State’s 2017 Environmental Film Series, “Sonic Sea,” looks at that problem and at cooperative efforts — involving scientists, industry, the navies of nations and others — to solve it. It shows at 7 p.m. tonight — Monday, Nov. 13 — in Room 130 in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) Building on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Admission is free and open to the public; free pizza and beverages at 6:45 p.m.

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Watch: Bats’ big benefits to people, especially to farming

In the 2011 video above, CFAES’s Marne Titchenell talks about bats, the spreading white nose syndrome disease that was and is killing them, and why losing our bats would be a bad thing indeed. (Hint: They gobble tons of farm pests.) She was quoted on the topic in an Oct. 30 CFAES press release and will speak on the topic during the Nov. 8 annual conference of the Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative at Ohio State.

‘Penguins are my passion’: Environmental Film Series continues Nov. 6

“The Penguin Counters,” which follows an expert team documenting Antarctic penguin populations, gets a free public screening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, as part of Ohio State’s ongoing 2017 Environmental Film Series.

“Penguins are my passion,” Ron Naveen, leader of the team, says in the film’s trailer. “Penguins are indicators of ocean health, and they’re ultimately going to be the sentinels of change.”

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Stream fish sampler; or, a shocking display

Cool demo Wednesday afternoon in Farm Science Review’s Gwynne Conservation Area: electrofishing, a nonlethal way to sample fish populations, by three helpfully informative Ohio Division of Wildlife fisheries biologists.

Rock bass, longear sunfish, smallmouth bass, bluntnose minnows and two darter species, among others, were shocked with a DC current, briefly stunned, netted and then safely released in the Gwynne’s stretch of Deer Creek. The darters indicated good water quality and habitat.

Farm Science Review continues through 4 p.m. today.