Can we keep our trash out of the Great Lakes?

There’s a conference tomorrow in Cleveland on how to eliminate marine debris (plastic trash and more) in the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie. It’s closed to the public, but there’s a second, public event planned for early 2017 to talk about goals developed during the conference. Elizabeth Miller writing for the Great Lakes Today website of WBFO, Buffalo, New York, has the story.

The story quotes, among others, Jill Bartolotta of the Ohio State-based Ohio Sea Grant program.

Drugs in our water? And the loss of a scientist of ‘great warmth and integrity’

As the late, great Lou Reed so painfully put it, “There’s a bit of magic in everything, and then some loss to even things out.” Dan Herms of CFAES’s Department of Entomology shares the following about a coming event:

“The next Wooster Science Café at the First Amendment Public House (150 W. Liberty St., Wooster) will be Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. Kristina Schiavone from the College of Wooster will lead a discussion about personal pharmaceuticals in the environment. Kristina is a student who was advised by Dr. Melissa Schultz, who was scheduled to speak until she tragically passed away on Feb. 7. Kristina carries on the work of Dr. Schultz [2009 EarthSky interview with Schultz here].

“Science Cafés are grassroots events that have sprung up all over the world, bringing together scientists and nonscientists in casual settings for lively, engaging conversation on scientific topics of interest. A brief presentation will be followed by discussion. We hope to see you there.”

CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, is a co-sponsor of the series. It’s free. All are welcome. “Come out and support Kristina as she carries on Melissa’s work,” says a post on the Wooster Science Café Facebook page.