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AU Environmental Lecture Series to Focus on Ohio’s Sandhill Cranes

The fourth and final event in the 2016-2017 Ashland University Environmental Lecture Series, with a theme of “In Our Own Backyard, Year 2,” will be a presentation by Dr. Laura Kearns, wildlife biologist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Olentangy Research Station in Delaware, Ohio.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Dwight Schar College of Education. Kearns will speak on “Sandhill Cranes of the Black Fork and Beyond: Recent Research Findings.”

AU Environmental Lecture Series to Focus on Ohio’s Sandhill Cranes

AU Environmental Lecture Series to Feature Natural Resources Specialist

The third event in the 2016-2017 Ashland University Environmental Lecture Series, with a theme of “In Our Own Backyard, Year 2,” will be a presentation by David Apsley, natural resources specialist with the Ohio State University Extension in Jackson, Ohio.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Dwight Schar College of Education. Apsley will speak on “Ohio's Eastern Hemlock Forests and the Threat of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.”

AU Environmental Lecture Series to Feature Natural Resources Specialist

Study Conducted at AU Warns of Lead and Other Toxic Metals: Cookware Made with Scrap Metal Contaminates Food

Study Conducted at AU Warns of Lead and Other Toxic Metals

Aluminum cookware made from scrap metal in countries around the world poses a serious and previously unrecognized health risk to millions of people according to a new study. The highest levels were found in cookware from Vietnam including one pot that released 2,800 times more lead than California’s Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) of 0.5 micrograms per day.

Researchers at Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International tested 42 samples of aluminum cookware made in 10 developing countries and more than one-third pose a lead exposure hazard. The cookware also released significant levels of aluminum, arsenic and cadmium.

Ashland University Receives $650,000 National Science Foundation Grant for Scholarships

Ashland University Receives $650,000 National Science Foundation Grant for Scholarships

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Ashland University a $650,000 grant as part of a five-year STEM scholarship program that will provide scholarships and academic support for academically talented science students with financial need.

The NSF grant, titled “Science Scholars Program: Opening the Science Career Pipeline Through Enhanced Engagement and Support,” begins Jan. 15 and runs through Dec. 31, 2021, and provides funds to create a “Science Scholars Program” allowing students pursing undergraduate degrees in a natural science discipline to receive scholarship and academic support designed to engage, retain and graduate these academically talented students.

Ashland University’s Environmental Lecture Series to Feature Award-Winning Author and Photographer

Ashland University’s Environmental Lecture Series to Feature Award-Winning Author and Photographer

The second event in the 2016-2017 Ashland University Environmental Lecture Series, with a theme of “In Our Own Backyard, Year 2,” will be a presentation by Dr. David FitzSimmons, award-winning author and photographer.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Dwight Schar College of Education. FitzSimmons will share his experiences of studying, photographing and writing about vernal pools in a presentation titled “If You Build It, They Will Come: Vernal Pools, Fauna, and a Whole Lot of Fun!”

Ashland University Environmental Lecture Series to Focus on “In Our Backyard” Theme

Ashland University Environmental Lecture Series to Focus on “In Our Backyard” Theme

Ashland University’s 25th annual Environmental Lecture Series features the theme of “In Our Backyard, Year 2” and will kick off Thursday, Oct. 27, with a presentation by Dr. Lisa Rainsong, professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Dr. Rainsong will speak on the topic, "Crickets and Katydids: Research by Ear," at the 7:30 p.m. event in Ronk Lecture Hall of the Schar College of Education. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

AU Environmental Studies Center to Host Final ‘Naturalist on Duty’ Program

AU Environmental Studies Center to Host Final ‘Naturalist on Duty’ Program

Ashland University’s Environmental Studies Center located at the AU Black Fork Wetlands, 2628 Ashland Road, will host its final Saturday “Naturalist on Duty” event this fall on Oct. 8.

The event, which will be held between 12 noon and 3 p.m., is free and open to the public and will feature a program led by AU Professor Merrill Tawse and supported by community volunteers.

Ashland University Environmental Studies Center to Extend ‘Naturalist on Duty’ Series

Ashland University Environmental Studies Center to Extend ‘Naturalist on Duty’ Series

Ashland University’s Environmental Studies Center located at the AU Black Fork Wetlands, 2628 Ashland Road, will extend its Saturday “Naturalist on Duty” series to include two more events this year – one on Sept. 10 and one on Oct. 8.

The new events, which will be held between 12 noon and 3 p.m. on those Saturdays, are free and open to the public and will feature programs led by AU Professor Merrill Tawse and supported by community volunteers.

AU Environmental Studies Center Hosts ‘Naturalist on Duty’ Program

AU Environmental Studies Center to Host ‘Naturalist on Duty’ Program

Ashland University’s Environmental Studies Center located at the AU Black Fork Wetlands, 2628 Ashland Road, will host the fourth in a series of “Naturalist on Duty” programs on Saturday, Aug. 13. The event, which will be held between 12 noon and 3 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The informal, come-when-you-can programs provide an opportunity for those of all ages to learn about “Seasonality and Change in Wetland Habitats.” Those under 16 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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