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Ohio State University launches first satellite into space


May 20, 2018

The Ohio State University is going out of this world.

OSU launched its first satellite into space on Monday morning.

The Antares rocket launched the satellite and supplies at 4:44 a.m. from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The supply ship is headed to the International Space Station.

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Gut feeling: Is climate change altering our gut microbes?

We blame a lot on global warming — but science might not be ready to indict it for tummy troubles


May 17, 2018

...Bailey also pointed me to research by a team at Ohio State University, which found that climate change in the Arctic and just south — back around Nunatsiavut in Canada — may be increasing a plant chemical that thwarts leaf-eating moose from getting the energy they need. The team, however, is testing a hypothesis that something in the moose’s microbiome is allowing it to resist or degrade that chemical and thrive, despite the material change to their diet.

To my shock, these studies seemed relatively hopeful. Maybe if the moose’s four-part stomach could adapt, so could my relatively simple one.

Featured expert: story mentions study connecting climate change with moose microbiome

Biology: One hope for controlling ever-growing carbon dioxide levels: the humble leaf

The Columbus Dispatch

May 13, 2018

...Decomposing plant matter during the Northern Hemisphere’s fall and winter releases a pulse of carbon dioxide into the air. That peaks each April. As plants photosynthesize and grow during spring and summer, they convert that carbon dioxide into leaves and other plant parts. Annual low points in the carbon-dioxide cycle occur each October.

Featured expert: Steve Rissing, professor of Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology

Crews work below the Ohio State campus to repair aging utilities

Business First

May 8, 2018

Crews have been working beneath the Oval on the Ohio State University campus, updating 3,000 feet of utility lines that snake through a brick-and-mortar tunnel system built in the early 1900s.

Ohio State Energy Partners, ENGIE Services and Ohio State University are working on the project to support nearby building heating, hot water and repairing of the aging tunnels.

Ohio State’s Basement of Glaciers

Columbus Monthly

May, 2018 issue

The longest ice core ever extracted from a Himalayan glacier now resides in a freezer at OSU. Scientists hope to unlock its secrets before it’s too late.

To most people, they’re glaciers: majestic, impregnable walls of ice that tower above sea level. But to Ohio State University glaciologists Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson, they’re archives: perfectly preserved records documenting the planet’s history. For more than four decades, the husband-and-wife team has been hustling to extract those records and bring them home to Columbus for closer study.

Algal blooms harder to control because of climate change, other factors, data shows

Toledo Blade

May 2, 2018

As toxin-producing algal blooms similar to those that foul western Lake Erie each summer continue to rise exponentially throughout the world, a growing body of scientific data is emerging that shows they are getting harder to control because of climate change, invasive species, and global trade.

Featured expert: Jiyoung Lee, associate professor of environmental health sciences

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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