Ohio State Energy in the News

State, Canada release plan to cut toxic Lake Erie algae blooms by 40 percent

The Columbus Dispatch

November 19, 2017

In September, a team of nine prominent Lake Erie scientists submitted a white paper outlining the most up-to-date harmful algal bloom research in the hopes of informing state agencies as they pulled together their domestic plans.

“I believe in science-based decisions. I do think we’ve given them the necessary tools to make those decisions, said Jeff Reuter, a co-author and former director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab.

Featured experts: Jeff Reuter, a co-author and former director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab and Jay Martin, professor of food, agricultural and biological engineering

Three visions: Designers eye new future for Olentangy River corridor

Business First

November 19, 2017

Three teams or architectural firms worked with students from Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture to envision how to develop the Olentangy River corridor between the school and downtown, a charette they hope will guide the future development of an area which has 23,000 residents, 59,000 students and 83,000 employees along five square miles.

ALSO: Columbusunderground: Design Teams Present Grand Visions of a Transformed Olentangy River Corridor

100-year flood concerns keep disaster planners awake today

Business First

November 10, 2017

For more than 100 years, the Olentangy River has been a part of Ohio State University’s history.

The river has flowed past some memorable graduations, football games and research breakthroughs. It has seen tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff come and go and carried their songs and cheers along its path.

But what it hasn’t done in years is what scares the university.

CFAES increasing agriculture productivity in East Africa

Wooster Daily Record

November 7, 2017

In the fields of Tanzania and the classrooms and labs in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), faculty and graduate students from the college have worked with Tanzanians to help them increase their agricultural productivity and reduce food insecurity.

Ohio State investment pool surges past $5B with money from energy deal

Business First

November 3, 2017

Ohio State University's long-term investment pool surpassed $5 billion for the first time after the infusion of $819 million from privatizing campus energy assets.

The pool hit $5.15 billion as of Oct. 2, John Lane, vice president and chief investment officer, told trustees Thursday.

Ohio State Mansfield builds micro-farm

OSU professor envisions campus farm becoming a sustainable local food supply

Farm and Dairy

October 27, 2017

Ohio State University Associate Professor Kent “Kip” Curtis has a vision of turning a portion of the Mansfield campus into a sustainable urban farm and educational center.

On just one-third of an acre, Curtis, with the help of recent Ohio State Mansfield graduate, Tyler Arter, designed a functional micro-farm on an abandoned parking lot on campus.

CABLE is coming to San Francisco – and why that’s a must-read, must-know for the bioeconomy

Biofuels Digest

September 24, 2017

In today’s newsflow, NIFA unveiled $21M in grants to accelerate the bioeconomy, and in there was a $2.75M grant to jumpstart a 19-university consortium called CABLE, which you’re going to hear as much about as any other topic in the bioeconomy over the next 12 months. The grant is part of a three-year project to train the future workforce in the bioeconomy industry. CABLE will be led by Ohio State and includes many participating universities. Dennis Hall, director of Ohio State’s Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center, is the visionary behind the consortium.

Clean fuels group envisions more than 10,000 hydrogen fuel-cell cars in Columbus – if refueling stations get built

Business First

October 25, 2017

A single hydrogen fuel-cell bus and single recharging station at Ohio State University could be the seed for getting more than 10,000 privately owned emissions-free cars on Central Ohio's roads, according to a clean fuel collaborative.

Trump’s policies will harm coal-dependent communities instead of helping them

The Conversation

October 11, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is moving to repeal the Clean Power Plan as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to bring jobs and prosperity to communities that rely on the coal industry.

Our research focuses on determining which factors help create sustainable and prosperous regions, with a special focus on rural areas. In our view, Trump’s proposals will do little to help coal-dependent regions, and some will actually worsen their decline.

Featured experts: column authors Mark Partridge, professor of rural-urban policy and Michael Betz, professor of human development and family sciences

Two Ohio State scientists got early career awards; now they're trying to save the Earth: BTN LiveBIG

Big Ten Network

October 1, 2017

Two Ohio State University assistant professors and researchers were recently awarded 2017 Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Awards: Kelly Wrighton, for her work in microbiology, and Hannah Shafaat, for her research into biochemistry. Wrighton has been studying methane in soil while Shafaat is examining how CO and CO2 and be converted into fuel.

Could restoring swampland fix Lake Erie algae crisis?

The Columbus Dispatch

October 1, 2017

The neon cyanobacteria swirling across Lake Erie for the past three months or so signals to scientists and farmers alike: The annual plague of toxic algae is far from cured. …

Bill Mitsch, a world-renowned wetlands expert and Ohio State environmental-science professor emeritus, believes he has a remedy.

In a scientific paper published recently, Mitsch proposed restoring 10 percent of the swamps that once coated northwestern Ohio before pioneers drained the land for agriculture.

Featured expert: Bill Mitsch, environmental-science professor emeritus

OSU-Mansfield earns STARS rating for sustainable achievements

Richland Source

September 29, 2017

The Ohio State University at Mansfield has earned a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

2017 harmful algal bloom blossoms across Lake Erie, as Toledo mayor wants water designated 'impaired'


September 27, 2017

The harmful algal bloom has blossomed across Lake Erie, covering almost the entire western basin of the lake, with shoots as far east Lorain County.

Featured expert: Chris Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant

ALSO: Detroit News: Spread of Lake Erie algae raises alarm across region

Iceberg Four Times the Size of Manhattan Just Broke From an Antarctic Glacier, Fueling Concerns of Runaway Ice Retreat

The Weather Channel

September 26, 2017

A massive chunk of ice has broken off from a key Antarctic glacier, creating an iceberg four and a half times the size of Manhattan.

The iceberg that broke from the Pine Island Glacier in western Antarctica on Saturday measures some 100 square miles. It is the second time in two years the glacier has lost such a large piece and scientists are concerned that the latest break signifies a considerable change in the behavior of the glacier.

Featured expert: Ian Howat, professor of earth sciences

ALSO: CBS: Iceberg that broke off Antarctica was 4 times the size of Manhattan

Key Antarctic glacier just lost a piece of ice four times the size of Manhattan

Chicago Tribune

September 25, 2017

An enormous Antarctic glacier has given up an iceberg over 100 square miles in size, the second time in two years it has lost such a large piece in a process that has scientists wondering if its behavior is changing for the worse. The Pine Island Glacier is one of the largest in West Antarctica, a region that is currently Antarctica's biggest ice loser.

Featured experts: Ian Howatt, professor of earth sciences and Seongsu Jeong, postdoctoral researcher

Native grasses look promising on strip-mine land

The Columbus Dispatch

September 23, 2017

The state, with help from The Wilds and Ohio State University soil microbiologists, is now testing the theory on six experimental acres at three former coal strip-mining sites: Rose Valley in Belmont County, Joyce Hill in Tuscarawas County and Middleton Run, the site in Jackson County.

The group planted native seeds in 2014 and 2015 and has been surveying them annually each August.

The goal is to inspire new industry standards for abandoned mine reclamation throughout Ohio.

Featured experts: Richard Dick and Nicola Lorenz, soil microbiologists

Restoration of historic Great Black Swamp could help save Lake Erie

The Blade

September 22, 2017

The best hope for saving Lake Erie may lie in a serious commitment to restoring 10 percent of the historic Great Black Swamp, according to a scientific paper published this month by one of the world’s top wetlands experts. That’s 100,000 acres of the former Great Black Swamp’s 1 million acres.

The paper asserts that taking that much strategically located farmland out of production at a time would itself bring a 40 percent reduction in Ohio’s phosphorus releases, the same percentage state and federal officials have challenged Ohio to achieve by 2025.

Ohio State Ag Dean Cathann Kress eyes ‘grand challenges’

Farm and Dairy

September 20, 2017

Cathann Kress hit the ground running. She started as vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University May 1, and now, four months later, has a list of ‘grand challenges’ she’s ready to tackle.

Kress outlined those challenges during the Celebration of Ohio Agriculture Sept. 19 at the Farm Science Review.

New grant can help predict toxicity of Lake Erie's algal blooms

Sandusky Register

September 20, 2017

A new federal government grant is aimed at overcoming the next challenge: figuring out how toxic the blooms will be.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a $749,500 grant Tuesday to determine how to best forecast the toxicity of Lake Erie's annual late summer harmful algal blooms. The first payment will be $248,400 for the first year and expected to receive the balance in the following two years.

Among the grant recipients: Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island, near Put-in-Bay.

Justin Chaffin, research scientist for Stone Lab, is leading the study.

More fuel cell buses coming to SARTA, fuel cell electric cars on the horizon


September 19, 2017

The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority is adding two more buses to its 11-bus fleet of electric buses powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

…The transit authority has been working with the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research and a private, California clean transportation company to solve this chicken-and-egg issue.