Planetizen, Dec. 8; cites research by Wuyang Hu, CFAES Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
Elena Irwin, pictured, CFAES Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics and faculty director of Ohio State’s Sustainability Institute, has been named one of the 47 members of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board.
Wired, May 25; featuring Daniela Miteva, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
Farm and Dairy, May 24; featuring Joe Boggs, OSU Extension
Associated Press and Holland (Michigan) Sentinel, May 15; featuring Jeremy Bruskotter, School of Environment and Natural Resources
Great Lakes Echo, April 13; featuring Mazeika Sullivan, School of Environment and Natural Resources
USDA and CFAES researchers have developed an “intelligent” pesticide sprayer that reduces the spray that misses its target by 30% to 90%. “That’s significant,” said CFAES’ Melanie Ivey, a member of the research team. Read the story.
The honors keep growing for Rattan Lal. The CFAES Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science—recipient of the Japan Prize last year and the World Agriculture Prize and the Glinka World Soil Prize in 2018—was today awarded the World Food Prize.
The award, its website says, recognizes “the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.”
Gebisa Ejeta, chair of the award’s selection committee and a 2009 recipient of the award, said, “The impact of (Lal’s) research and advocacy on sustainability of agriculture and the environment cannot be overstressed.”
Due to the coronavirus shutdown, Ohio State’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day has been switched to a webinar. It’s from 4–5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15.
Registration is free and open to everyone. Find details and a link to register.
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.)
Ohio State’s fifth Environmental Film Series continues on Tuesday, Feb. 11, with a look back 50 years ago at the first Earth Day, and a look ahead at the planet’s future—what Earth Day 50 years hence may hold. “Earthrise and Earth Days,” set for 7–8:50 p.m. on the Ohio State Columbus campus, features a screening of the 2010 American Experience documentary Earth Days: The Seeds of a Revolution, brief recollections by two people who helped plan Ohio State’s first Earth Day activities in 1970, details on the university’s Earth Day activities this year, and a Q&A and discussion.
Admission is free and open to the public.
More to come …