When a mosquito can’t go, it’s a problem. But only for the mosquito

You may someday hear less of that buzzing sound. A team led by scientists from CFAES and Vanderbilt University has taken the next step toward developing an improved, sustainable mosquito insecticide — one that won’t cause the biting, sometimes-disease-carrying pests to become resistant to it. Read the story. (Photo: Aedes aegypti by James Gathany, CDC.)

Zika spread? Probably not here. But Ohio’s mosquitoes carry other diseases, too

Image of Peter Piermarini 3Could mosquitoes spread Zika in Ohio? “The chances are very low,” says Peter Piermarini, an insect scientist with CFAES, who’s shown here with a cageful of some of his subjects. But take steps if you travel, he says. And guard against the mosquito-borne diseases that are already here in the state. Read more. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

Sept. 28: Brundtland to speak on global sustainability

brundtland_gro-feature.bebb54ccOn Monday, Sept. 28, the Discovery Themes Provost’s Lecturer Program at Ohio State will present Gro Harlem Brundtland, an internationally known thought leader and advocate for human rights and a leading voice on climate change, sustainable development and global health issues. She will deliver “Our Common Future: Global Sustainability in the 21st Century” at 3:30 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St. in Columbus. The lecture is open to the public. Continue reading

Martin to lead Field to Faucet, has ‘ability to bring people together’

Teaming up for water qualityCFAES’s Jay Martin, an ecological engineer, has been picked to lead Ohio State’s new Field to Faucet water quality program. A response to last summer’s Toledo water crisis and ongoing algal bloom problems in Lake Erie and other lakes, the $1 million program aims to ensure safe drinking water while maintaining productive, profitable farming. “Solving the water quality problem in Ohio will take many minds,” said CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron. “Jay has the ability to bring people together.” Read the story …

‘I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life’

medium_Seger.Krystal_OSU.jpgKrystal Seger, pictured, serves as a health volunteer in Uganda. A CFAES graduate, she’s one of 64 Ohio State alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps. Read more about her work and about Ohio State’s top 5 ranking as a producer of Peace Corps volunteers here. (Photo: Office of International Programs, CFAES.)

‘Indispensable opportunity’ to make a difference

Kennedy_greeting_Peace_Corps_volunteers,_1961Ohio State ranks fourth on the Peace Corps’ latest list of the top volunteer-producing large universities. In all, 64 current Peace Corps volunteers are Buckeye alumni. Read more, including about CFAES alumna Krystal Seger’s work in Uganda, here. Ohio State’s Peace Corps office is housed within CFAES. The photo, from the U.S. National Archives, shows President John F. Kennedy greeting Peace Corps volunteers in 1961, the year he established the agency. Since then, 1,735 Ohio State graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers.