CFAES prof wins APLU teaching award

Brian Lower award 2Congratulations to CFAES’s Brian Lower, School of Environment and Natural Resources, on winning the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ 2016 Excellence in College and University Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences. Among other things, he teaches the school’s popular Introduction to Environmental Science course, chairs the annual Environmental Science Student Symposium and helped his students create the new Environmental ScienceBites e-book. Pictured from left are Ohio State Provost Bruce McPheron, CFAES Associate Dean Linda Martin, Lower, and APLU’s Susan Sumner and Ian Maw. Read more.

Past, future of historic Ohio State building on Lake Erie

Image of Cooke Castle 2The Toledo Blade’s Tom Henry gives an inside look at steeped-in-history Cooke Castle, shown here, which is at Ohio State’s steeped-in-science Stone Lab near Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. (Fun fact: In the early ’80s, I lived in the building during parts of two summers when the lab was still using it as a dorm.) (Photo by Analogue Kid licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.)

A bright, shiny honor for CFAES iTunes U course

Shiny appleApple has named Introduction to Environmental Science, an iTunes U course developed by Brian Lower and Kylienne Clark in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, one of its best of 2015. iTunes U offers free noncredit courses from several thousand places of learning, including Ohio State.

Environmental Science Student Symposium is Tuesday

ES3 logo_0The 2015 Environmental Science Student Symposium, featuring about 700 student science posters about Earth’s biggest challenges, is tomorrow at Ohio State. All the students are in ENR 2100, an introductory environmental science course in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Read more here. Get the full list of student presenters, topics and session times here.

Ohio State students launch ‘Environmental ScienceBites’ iBook

Environmental Science Bites 3A new free iBook written by students in an introductory environmental science course at Ohio State describes some of Earth’s biggest challenges and how people are using cutting-edge science and engineering for sustainable solutions. Called Environmental ScienceBites, the 184-page e-book for Apple devices was written by undergraduate students in Introduction to Environmental Science, which is offered by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. A version of the book is also available for Android devices. Read the whole story …

Why take Stone Lab classes? ‘Everyone was excited about what we were doing’

Enroll at Stone Lab8Enrollment is still open for summer science courses at Stone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie. Get out of the classroom and earn credits toward your major or minor with Stone Lab’s hands-on, one- and five-week courses.

“For me a big part of it was spending five weeks with people who had similar interests both in my research and in my class,” said Blair Perry, a senior zoology major who took Field Zoology last summer. “It made it more fun because everyone there was excited about what we were doing.”

Find out more and apply. (Photo: Introduction to Aquatic Ecology by Halle Miller from Stone Lab’s Flickr page.)