Byrd Center News and Events

April, 2019


From art to zooplankton:
The effects of climate change are far-reaching

By Laura Arenschield

Climate change’s effects are already widespread, accelerating soil erosion, bleaching coral reefs and prompting intense weather, and some of those effects might not be reversible, experts say.

But at The Ohio State University’s first-ever climate change symposium on March 22, 2019, professors from around the university offered possible solutions to some of the problems caused by climate change—and talked about the methods they are using to study the many different ways global warming will change our world. Read the full story ►


Forests, Management, and the Atmosphere

Wednesday April 10, 2019, 3:45pm
The Byrd Center
177 Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road
Seminar by Dr. Brent Sohngen - Professor, Department of Agriculture, Environmental, and Developmental Economics

This presentation quantifies the role that forest management has played in sequestering carbon, showing that it is surprisingly large and important. This role for forests has important implications for managing atmospheric carbon in the future, through direct actions to sequester carbon, actions to use forests for energy, and other activities that influence surface reflectivity.

Submersibles and Telepresence: New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 11:00am - 12:00pm
MBI Auditorium | Jennings Hall 3rd Floor
1735 Neil Avenue
Join the Ohio State SACNAS Chapter and ODI on Thursday, April 11th as we host National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regional program manager, Catalina Martinez. Catalina will deliver a keynote lecture detailing her research at NOAA and scientific journey as a Latina in STEM at 11:00 am in the MBI Auditorium. Later, at 4:00 pm also in the MBI Auditorium, SACNAS is hosting a screening and discussion led by Catalina Martinez of the film "Can We Talk? Difficult Conversations with Underrepresented People of Color: Sense of Belonging and Obstacles to STEM Fields" by Dr. Kendall Moore.
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Natural Resources and GIS: Applications at the Local Level

Friday, April 12, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00pm
1010 Derby Hall, 154 N. Oval Mall
CURA Speaker Series presents: Josh Garver, Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District.

This presentation will provide an overview of how the water conservation district is using GIS to address these topics as well as an array of projects where GIS has been used to manage and analyze data related to our natural resources here in Franklin County.

West Campus Sustainability & Outreach Festival

Saturday, May 18, 10:00am - 2:00pm
West Campus Quad of The Ohio State University
1090 Carmack Road

Join us on the West Campus of The Ohio State University for a free public event showcasing sustainability and outreach at OSU and beyond! This event is open to people of all ages, from children to seniors.

Participating departments and organizations include: Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center, Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center, Center for Applied Plant Sciences, Center for Automotive Research, OBIC, Sea Grant/Stone Lab, Office of Energy and Environment, Orton Geological Museum, and more.

In addition to displays and hands-on activities highlighting research at Ohio State, there wil be tours of the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, Ohio Sea Grant, and the Center for Automotive Research (available on a first come, first serve basis).

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Women in Antarctica:
Celebrating 50 Years of Exploration

Thursday & Friday, October 17 - 18, 2019
The Byrd Center
Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road
Join us for a symposium that celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the first All-Woman Research Team in Antarctica. Led by Dr. Lois Jones, this team of four women from The Ohio State University made polar history when they went to Antarctica in 1969.

Speakers will include polar scientists, historians, explorers, and two members of the original team. The symposium will look at women’s past, present, and future in science, research, discovery, and leadership.

For more information, contact any organizing committee member: Laura KisselAnne GrunowMelisa DiazMichele CookJason Cervenec.
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