A good place to study in summer

Ohio State students can apply now for scholarship support to attend classes at Stone Laboratory, Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie. Read more on Ohio Sea Grant’s website.

Stone Lab and Ohio Sea Grant are part of CFAES. (Photo: A student studies at Stone Lab on Gibraltar Island, with Put-in-Bay harbor in the background; Ohio Sea Grant.)

Out in the darkness the whip-poor-wills cry

Using GPS tags attached to the birds, associate professor Chris Tonra and graduate student Aaron Skinner, both of CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources, helped discover some surprising facts about the long migrations that eastern whip-poor-wills make from their Midwestern (including Ohio) breeding grounds.

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(Photo: Eastern whip-poor-will, Getty Images.)

‘Innovation is key to addressing the climate crisis’

Conservation measures and climate-smart agriculture got a boost last week with the announcement of a $1.2 million investment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund a robotic irrigation system at CFAES.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack made the announcement during a Dec. 10 visit to the CFAES Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus. Pictured at a town hall meeting during the visit are, from left to right, CFAES Dean Cathann A. Kress; Terry Crosby, chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service; Vilsack; and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

A next step in efforts to battle harmful algal blooms

Scientists from eight Ohio universities—including from Ohio State and specifically from CFAES—will lead the latest round of research supported by the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative.

Read the story. (Photo: Lake Erie, Getty Images.)

‘Sound science-based advice’

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.

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Answering reporters’ coronavirus questions

CFAES’ Linda Saif, an international expert on coronaviruses and Distinguished University Professor, has been rightly extremely busy lately answering reporters’ questions, including “Can pigs catch COVID-19?” “Can pets get coronavirus from humans?” and “Can veterinarians prevent the next pandemic?”

You can learn more about Saif’s and her colleagues’ expertise on coronaviruses here, and if you’re a journalist and want to ask them questions, their contact information is there, too.

Saif gave a good backgrounder on coronavirus biology, genetics, and related matters in a recent webinar, which you can watch in the video above.