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Farmers' help sought in reducing algal blooms

Fremont News-Messenger

March 16, 2018

Researchers say that while agriculture is a primary source of phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie, they want to work with the farm industry, not against it, to prevent devastating harmful algal blooms.

“We know there’s a tremendous amount of jobs and revenue in this state because of agricultural production. This is the largest industry in our state,” Chris Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory, said at the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Agricultural Community Breakfast on Friday.

Featured expert: Chris Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory

OSU study: Canadian Rockies collect majority of continent’s accumulating snow

The Daily Reporter

March 16, 2018

On average, North American continental snowfall measures annually at approximately 1,200 cubic miles — the equivalent of 7.5 inches spread evenly throughout the continent from the southern frontier of Mexico to the Canadian Arctic. That’s a lot of snow and even more than previous estimates, Ohio State University researchers wrote in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Scientists now have revised the estimated snow volume for the entire continent in a typical year 50 percent higher than previously thought.

Featured experts: Melissa Wrzesien and Michael Durand, graduate student and professor of earth sciences

ALSO: HealthNewsDigest: How Much Snow Accumulates in North America Each Year? More Than Scientists Thought


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Nearly 1,500 cubic MILES of snow pile up across North America every year, new estimates reveal

Daily Mail

March 14, 2018

Featured experts: Melissa Wrzesien and Michael Durand, graduate student and professor of earth sciences

ALSO: Science Newsline: How Much Snow Accumulates in North America Each Year? More Than Scientists Thought

Ohio State University seeks more sustainable campus labs

Business First

March 12, 2018

Although it's always dressed in scarlet and gray, Ohio State University is looking to go green.

Working with students, Facilities Operations and Development and the College of Public Health, the school has relaunched a 2016 campaign called 22 x 22, which advocates making 22 campus laboratories “Green Buckeye Certified” by April 22.

According to Ohio State, the university is among the top 30 users of "green power" in higher education, as recognized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio’s natural-gas production rose in 2017, but ample supply meant low profits

The Columbus Dispatch

March 8, 2018

Natural-gas production from Ohio shale deposits rose 24 percent in 2017, while shale oil production fell 9 percent as energy companies focused most of their work in gas-rich parts of the state in response to low oil prices.

Featured expert: Ned Hill, professor of public affairs

Rethinking Smart City: Pause in 2017 helped Columbus shift focus to do the most good

Business First

March 9, 2018

Smart Columbus has spent one-fourth of what the half-billion-dollar transportation initiative had budgeted by the end of this quarter – largely because leaders tapped the brakes late last year to reroute federal grant dollars so that futuristic technologies could help chip away at historic inequities.

…“It has so much potential, the Smart Columbus grant,” said Patricia Gabbe, an Ohio State University researcher and Moms2B co-founder. “We hear firsthand what the barriers are for women living in poverty and then we can advocate for them.

State of Research Address highlights successes, aspirations at Ohio State

Moses speaks to research growth and path to improvement

Ohio State News

March 7, 2018

Research opportunity and success at The Ohio State University continues to grow and is on a path to take the university to a new level of national prominence.

That was the message at Ohio State’s annual State of Research Address Tuesday at the Ohio Union. Randy L. Moses, interim senior vice president for research, delivered the address.

Columbus seeks public comment as it readies climate change action plan

The Columbus Dispatch

March 8, 2018

An action plan to help Columbus cope with climate change is almost complete.

The Columbus Climate Change Action Plan will serve as a road map for city officials, nonprofit groups, businesses and residents as central Ohio begins to experience the effects, such as extreme heat waves, torrential rainfall, deteriorating air quality and flooding-related infrastructure damage.

The public has through Friday to review and comment on the report, which was prepared by a team of Ohio State researchers and other experts and officials over the past year and a half.

“We want to make sure everybody has a chance to weigh in, that there was no stone left unturned,” said Jason Cervenec, education and outreach director for Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.

ALSO: WSYX-TV: Climate change action plan underway for Columbus

How Ohio State is helping to make Columbus a 'Smart City': BTN LiveBIG

Big Ten Network

March 6, 2018

From New Brunswick to Lincoln, Minneapolis to Bloomington, there is no shortage of symbiosis between the universities of the Big Ten and the cities they call home. They shape each other, drive each other to new heights and provide one another with crucial resources.

Nowhere is that more evident than in Columbus, home to The Ohio State University. A city like no other, Columbus is a hub of culture and commerce that sets the stage for the ground-breaking work Buckeyes are doing in a number of fields.

Ohio State spinoff raises $1.7M, moves operations to Parker Hannifin Columbus plant for next generation of natural gas compressor

Business First

March 6, 2018

Simple-Fill Inc. has raised $1.7 million from Worthington Industries Inc. and other investors toward making its next generation of lower-cost natural gas compressors.

The Ohio State University spinoff also has moved its operations to the Columbus plant of Parker Hannifin Corp. (NYSE:PH). The Cleveland-based manufacturer produces several components and has helped with engineering for the compressor, which uses liquid instead of thousands of spinning parts to compress the gas into usable vehicle fuel.

Trump might release more sewage. Warming could make it worse

E&E News

March 2, 2018

Five of Lake Erie's worst algal blooms have occurred since 2011. To compensate, regulators will have to clamp down on pollution — the next phosphorus limit will be less than 7,000 metric tons, said Jeff Reutter, former director of the Ohio Sea Grant program at Ohio State University.

Featured expert: Jeff Reutter, former director of the Ohio Sea Grant program

How to Get Better Laptop Battery Life

Simple tips can help your laptop go longer between charges. Plus, how to choose a battery-life champ

Consumer Reports

March 3, 2018

Today’s gobs of memory make it easy to have the likes of Firefox, Outlook, Spotify, and Photoshop open at the same time without making the laptop seem any slower, quietly doing a hit job on battery life. The fix? “Kill all of your programs,” says Vicky Doan-Nguyen, assistant professor of materials science engineering at Ohio State University.

Featured expert: Vicky Doan-Nguyen, professor of materials science engineering

Spring is starting early in Ohio, but don't celebrate yet


March 1, 2018

Spring is ahead of schedule this year in the Buckeye State, a pattern Ohioans are likely to see continue because of climate change. While an early end to the snow and cold sounds ideal, a premature spring season is not necessarily a good thing, according to Jeff Rogers, state climatologist emeritus at Ohio State University.

Featured expert: Jeff Rogers, state climatologist emeritus

Blockchain And Investor Money For Microgrids Could Give The Utility Death Spiral A Fresh Spin


March 1, 2018

Four years ago the electric utilities were roiled by predictions they would collapse before an onslaught of solar panels and windmills and batteries at homes and businesses that wouldn't need utilities anymore… there are signs afoot that microgrids are developing without those utility services, and investors seeking clean-energy opportunities may be pouring money into the new alternatives. The Ohio State University sold its campus microgrid last year to a utility for $1.165 billion.

OSU-ATI’s bioenergy-biowaste program first of its kind

Columbus Dispatch

February 24, 2018

After 30 years of working in wastewater management, Steve Carathers knows the importance of providing clean water to the community. He also knows that more people with his expertise are needed in the industry.

That’s what excites him about the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute’s new Associate of Applied Science program in bioenergy and biological waste management that prepares students for high-demand careers such as wastewater and drinking-water treatment plant operators.

OSU scientists collect ice core samples from around the world to combat climate change


February 21, 2018

You can think of Doctors Lonnie and Ellen Thompson as librarians of a sort. Instead of books, their library is filled with ice core samples from across the planet that tell the story of earth's climate history, "They're just a treasure trove of information. The cores give us a glimpse of the past. They tell us how the system works today and allows us to make projections for the future."

Ohio State Task Force Drafts Plan For Columbus To Fight Climate Change


February 19, 2018

Researchers from The Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center formed a task force to draft an action plan for Central Ohio’s handling of climate change.

The report, which is the result of a two-year collaboration effort with the City of Columbus, outlines necessary and aspirational steps for the city to tackle climate change.

Fluence, Battery Makers to Gain as Arizona Considers Storage Goal


February 9, 2018

Storage is becoming attractive to utilities because it has uses beyond integrating renewables, including helping power companies overcome voltage and power distribution challenges, Ramteen Sioshansi, an associate engineering professor at Ohio State University and associate fellow at the Center for Automotive Research, told Bloomberg Environment.

“A lot of the driver is not 100 percent having to do with renewables,” he said. “The big thing is a lot of people think that storage and renewables are two things that go hand in hand, but I think there are a lot more things you can do with storage than charging a battery with a wind turbine or a solar panel.”

Featured expert: Ramteen Sioshansi, professor of engineering

David B. Williams: Companies drawn to city’s talent, collaboration

The Columbus Dispatch – opinion by David B. Williams, executive dean of the professional colleges and dean of the College of Engineering

February 8, 2018

On any given day, a major company will consider our city — smart Columbus — as the location for a manufacturing plant, an R&D center, a logistics hub and, yes, its headquarters. It makes sense. Columbus is a thriving, multicultural city with infrastructure and geographic advantages that, more often than not, qualify for site-selector short lists.

Ohio State University joins new University Climate Change Coalition


February 6, 2018

The Ohio State University has joined the newly launched University Climate Change Coalition, an alliance of 13 leading research universities that will create a collaborative model to help local communities achieve climate goals.

The initial group of universities from the United States, Canada and Mexico has committed to mobilize resources and expertise to accelerate local and regional climate action in partnership with businesses, cities and states, Ohio State said in a news release.

ALSO: Politico: University presidents unveil global warming coalition


ALSO: Grist: 13 universities band together to fight climate change.