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New venues, sustainability programs grow at Ohio State

Openings of a new AYCTE dining hall and six-station marketplace are among the recent highlights for OSU Dining.

Food Management

May 2, 2018

The past few years have been busy ones for OSU Dining Services, with the openings of a new two-floor 900-seat AYCTE dining hall, a new six-station marketplace location, a new coffee shop serving direct trade coffee and a new convenience store.

Update: Ohio State's Mirror Lake District almost complete

Business First

April 26, 2018

Only two more projects stand in the way of the completion of a years-long construction overhaul nestled at the center of Ohio State University's main campus.

The university first began exploring restoration of the iconic Mirror Lake in 2013. In the years following, it started renovating surrounding buildings to increase safety, sustainability and create a modern learning environment, all in line with the school's Framework 2.0 plan.

There's still time for us to save the Great Barrier Reef

Popular Science

April 19, 2018

...Part of the tension comes from the fact that corals do have an ability to adapt or evolve to their environment, but it’s not clear how far that ability will be able to stretch. “There is evidence that some coral are able to adapt very rapidly,” says Andrea Grottoli, a coral biologist at Ohio State University. “But it is not the norm.”

Featured Expert: Andréa Grottoli, professor of Earth sciences

Can Dirt Save the Earth?

Agriculture could pull carbon out of the air and into the soil — but it would mean a whole new way of thinking about how to tend the land.

The New York Times

April 18, 2018

Climate change often evokes images of smokestacks, and for good reason: The single largest source of carbon emissions related to human activity is heat and power generation, which accounts for about one-quarter of the carbon we put into the atmosphere. Often overlooked, though, is how we use land, which contributes almost as much.

Featured expert: Rattan Lal, professor of soil science

Geology: Are we willing to gamble on effects of high carbon dioxide levels?

The Columbus Dispatch

April 15, 2018

The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is one of the major controls on Earth’s surface temperature. That is as true today as it was in the past. A recent bit of research looked at that link during a crucial time in history, the Cretaceous Period, and did so by a fascinating method.

Featured Expert: Dale Gnidovec, curator of the Orton Geological Museum

Ohio State Professor Hopes to Expand a Food Sustainability System Throughout Mansfield


April 9, 2018

Ohio State University is piloting a project that could provide more food and jobs to the cities that need them.

Kip Curtis, an assistant professor at the Mansfield campus, helped build the first micro-farm there last year in a parking lot.

Micro-farm at Ohio State University-Mansfield could help feed residents

Mansfield News Journal

April 6, 2018

Tyler Arter is a local guy who now holds the first new job created by a promising food production experiment at the Ohio State University-Mansfield campus.

The extensive experiment is a micro-farm built last year in a campus parking lot. Arter, 23, manages 10 interns who care for and harvest a variety of vegetables produced there.

11,000 years ago, our ancestors survived abrupt climate change


March 27, 2018

"For our modern society, there are so many more people at risk and more vulnerabilities to consider: modern infrastructure and cities at risk of rising sea levels, agriculture unsuited for warmer seasons and more drought, moving disease vectors, lost biodiversity and ecosystem services, and so on," White wrote in an email. "It's good to hear stories of adaptation and resilience, and not just crisis and collapse. But we need to be cautious with either."

Featured expert: Sam White, professor of history

Kasich administration declares Lake Erie open waters as impaired

Toledo Blade

March 23, 2018

The Kasich administration — after years of resistance on behalf of agriculture — announced Thursday it will declare the open waters of western Lake Erie as impaired, marking a reversal on what has arguably been northwest Ohio’s most contentious water-policy issue.

The Ohio EPA said its decision came after consultation with experts from Ohio State University’s Sea Grant College Program, Bowling Green State University, the University of Toledo, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. EPA.

OSU students are redefining urban agriculture

A group of independent Mansfield campus students designed and constructed a microfarm

Morning Ag Clips

March 22, 2018

Tyler Arter pulled weeds as he talked about the project Kent “Kip” Curtis believes will expand well beyond the borders of the parking lot where it’s located on the Mansfield campus of The Ohio State University.

It is a microfarm, a concept brought to the regional campus by Curtis, an assistant professor of environmental history at Mansfield.

Ohio State coal tech captures CO2, but can it compete with renewables?

Energy News Network

March 22, 2018

A promising technology under development at The Ohio State University converts fossil fuels into electricity without emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. If the method makes it out of the lab and into the real world, it could represent a breakthrough for “clean coal.”

Featured expert: L.S. Fan, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering

Climate Change Will Not Make Us Nicer


March 19, 2018

In 1748, the French philosopher Montesquieu published The Spirit of the Laws, a survey of political systems that argued for the separation of powers and citizens’ rights to due process. ...In the book, after discussing taxes and before considering slavery, Montesquieu set out a theory that climate differences help to shape human societies. ...

More than two centuries after Montesquieu, the notion that climate molds character is getting some support from modern science. A report published in November in the journal Nature Human Behaviour claimed that ambient temperature (that is, the temperature of the surrounding environment) is a “crucial” factor associated with an individual’s personality.

Featured expert: Brad Bushman, communication

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

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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

More snow is covering North America than scientists previously realized, according to a new study.

Researchers from Ohio State University discovered that the amount of snow covering the continent is a whopping 50 percent above the amount scientists previously believed to be blanketing North America.

The researchers discovered that about 1,200 cubic miles of snow accumulate each year.

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

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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.

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