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Kanawha Project on climate change literacy seeks 15 faculty participants

Article from Ohio University College of Arts & Sciences Forum Oct 20, 2014

The Raccoon Creek Partnership receives KEEN Effect Grant

Summer Watershed Camp hosts nearly 40 area youth

Taylor K. Smith Oct 1, 2014

Ohio University hosts Sustainability Summit

Article originally published in Ohio University Compass

 Sep 29, 2014

Where in the World is OU? GIS Open House - In celebration of International GIS Day & Global Entrepreneurship Week 

Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center, Baker University Center Room 366, OU Athens Campus 
Wed, Nov 19 12:00 PM


CE3 Events

Where in the World is OU? GIS Open House - In celebration of International GIS Day & Global Entrepreneurship Week

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 PM to Nov 19, 2014 4:00 PM
Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center, Baker University Center Room 366, OU Athens Campus

Mark Your Calendars!

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On Wednesday, November 19th, OU will be celebrating International GIS Day & Global Entrepreneurship Week with its first “Where in the World is OU? GIS Open House!”

Stay as long as you can, 4 minutes or 4 hours!

Stop by the GIS Open House between 12:00-4:00 PM to hear from statewide experts about the many ways that Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping can make your research project or business venture more engaging and visually interesting, no matter what the topic! (Click HERE to view the Save the Date in pdf.)

What is GIS, you ask? ESRI says:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software is designed to capture, manage, analyze, and display all forms of geographically referenced information.
  • GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize our world in ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.
  • GIS software helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared—on a map!


Come for the speakers! Stay for the networking, the demos, and refreshments!

Agenda (as of October 21, 2014)


12:00 PM – Session 1 – Government
Welcome by Michael Finney, Associate Director of Operations, Ohio University Voinovich School
Speakers include:

Networking, Refreshments & Demos


1:00 PM – Session 2 – Energy & Environment
Welcome by Scott Miller, Director, CE3, Ohio University Voinovich School
Speakers include:

Networking, Refreshments & Demos


2:00 PM – Session 3 – Health & Health Analytics
Welcome by Dr. Holly Raffle, Assistant Professor, Ohio University Voinovich School
Speakers include:

  • Keynote: Dr. Rick Massatti, Health Services Policy Specialist, Office of Quality, Planning & Research, Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
  • Lightening Round: TBA

Networking, Refreshments & Demos


3:00 PM – Session 4 –Entrepreneurship
Welcome by Dr. Luke Pittaway, Director, Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship
Speakers include:

Networking, Refreshments & Demos

4:00 PM – Closing Remarks

Questions? Contact Elissa Welch at welche@ohio.edu or 740-537-0112.

The GIS Open House is hosted by the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs’ Consortium for Energy, Economics & the Environment (CE3) & the Center for Entrepreneurship in partnership with TechGROWTH Ohio





Jason Trembly to discuss hydraulic fracturing at Oct. 22 Science Café discussion

Oct 22, 2014 5:00 PM to Oct 22, 2014 6:30 PM
Baker Center Front Room


As the number of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," operations continues to grow in the United States, so does concern for the amount of water used in the mining process and the need for cleaning the wastewater byproduct.

Ohio University Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Jason Trembly will discuss the topic during the next Science Café discussion, "What the Frac!" at 5 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 22 at the Baker Center Front Room.

Trembly will talk about his research, which is focused on how to clean the wastewater on site and address natural gas emissions.

"The largest effort is to develop a cost-competitive shale wastewater management technology that allows the wastewater to be reused, thus reducing hydraulic fracturing water intensity," Trembly said.

Science Cafés are a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty, staff and the community in a friendly setting. Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions will win a free T-shirt.

The program is supported by the Ohio University Office the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity and Sigma Xi.

For a link to the live stream of the event and a full schedule of 2014-15 speakers, visit http://www.ohio.edu/sigmaxi/sciencecafe/.


Article originally appeared here.


Live Stream

Brown Bag Lunch: How I Spent My Summer with student speakers

Oct 10, 2014 12:00 PM to Oct 10, 2014 1:30 PM
The Ridges | Bldg. 22, Room 221


The Brownbag lunch series will kick off on October 10th, 2014. The first lunch will feature three student speakers sharing their summer experience abroad.

Nora Sullivan will be talking about the OU 2014 trip to the Balkans where she studied the region’s flower taxonomy.

Augusto Pinto will be sharing some of his findings from Timor-Leste where he observed the way in which local communities use their traditional knowledge and skills to adapt to Climate Change. 

Annalisa Weber spent her summer in southwest Uganda living on the outskirts of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. She conducted research on the mountain gorilla tourism industry and collected data on disregard of park rules and regulations.

Climate Conversation hosted by Rural Action featuring Dr. Geoff Dabelko

Sep 25, 2014 6:30 PM to Sep 25, 2014 8:30 PM
Kiser's in Eclipse Company Town, The Plains

Rural Action is hosting a learning conversation with Dr. Geoff Dabelko, head of Ohio University's Environmental Studies Program at the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs. Geoff will review the latest in climate change information with a focus on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC report of Working Group II. This most recent spring 2014 report is about the Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability of climate change and can be found here

Also joining Geoff will be Joe Brehm, Rural Action's Director of Environmental Education, to share his review of The Nature Conservancy's study of the Appalachian Mountains and their potential to serve as a biological refuge in the midst of climate change. The Huffington Post's summary of this study can be found here.


This informal gathering is designed to foster discussion among Rural Action members and participants seeking to learn more about this topic and explore local and regional strategies for lowering carbon emissions.

The event takes place at Kiser's in Eclipse Company Town located in The Plains, OH from 6:30 - 8:30 on September 25. Rural Action members are free and non-members can pay $5 at the door or $20 to join Rural Action. Participants will have a cash bar provided by Eclipse and light snacks provided by Rural Action. 

Rural Action Events

36th Annual 2014 NAAMLP Conference: Call for Paper & Presentation

Sep 21, 2014 8:00 AM to Sep 24, 2014 5:00 PM
Sheraton Hotel at Capitol Square 75 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio

The National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs (NAAMLP) is a non-profit organization whose members include 31 States and Tribes conducting abandoned mine reclamation programs under the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. NAAMLP is issuing this First Call for Papers/Presentations to be presented at the 2014 NAAMLP Annual Conference. The NAAMLP looks forward to an informative and memorable conference.

Suggested Abandoned Mine Land topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Reclamation / Project Implementaiton
  • Technolgy
  • Acid Mine Drainage
  • Cultural / Historical
  • Economics / Policy
  • Environmental
  • Remining / AML Enhancement


Abstract proposals should be submitted in PDF format on or before June 1, 2014. Abstracts should be 300 words or less, Times New Ro-man 12 font, and should include the presentation title, along with the presenters name, title, organization or company, business address, phone number and email address. Abstracts should be emailed to: Benny.Mccament@dnr.state.oh.us.

Selected presenters will be notified by July 1, 2014, and final presentation material will be due on or before August 31, 2014. Details per-taining to the final presentation format, speaker guidelines and other presentation information will be provided to authors and/or presenters at the time of abstract acceptance.

*Although not required, to facilitate scheduling we ask that you make notification by April 1 with your anticipated topic if you intend to present. If you are with a State or Tribe and intend to present please indicate if you are applying for an OSM award or participating in the NAAMLP business meeting on the third day of the conference. Presentations are anticipated to be 25 minutes.

For information or questions contact:
Ben McCament
Phone: 740-592-3748 Fax: 740-593-7086 Benny.Mccament@dnr.state.oh.us


Manufacturing in Appalachia: Opportunities Abound

May 20, 2014 8:00 AM to May 20, 2014 3:00 PM
Ohio University - Athens, Ohio

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State of the Region Conference -- 3rd Annual Appalachia Ohio

Oil and Gas Service Contracts and Negotiations

Apr 17, 2014 8:30 AM to Apr 17, 2014 5:30 PM
Gervasi Vineyard and Conference Center

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The UCEAO Shale Institute is a series of one-day courses to be taught at regional venues on various aspects of shale/oil and gas development. The Institute was developed under the auspices of the UCEAO Shale Energy Initiatives Working Group and courses will be taught by faculty from UCEAO member colleges and universities, as well as other experts in the subject matter. The objective of the Institute is to provide access to topic-specific knowledge in the area of shale/oil and gas development to professionals at companies with investments in Ohio.  The Institute will offer a relevant, data-based perspective on the complex issues facing professionals in all areas of this important economic sector.


Scheduled Courses
Oil and Gas Service Contracts and Negotiations – Andrew R. Thomas

*Thursday, April 17, 2014  |  Gervasi Vineyard & Conference Center, 1700 55th Street NE, Canton, Ohio

*A combination of logistical challenges and illness resulted in the need to reschedule the first seminar in the Ohio Shale Institute series.  Instead of this Thursday, the class -- Oil and Gas Service Contracts and Negotiations -- will be held on Thursday, April 17.


8:30 am – 9:00 am       Registration & Breakfast
9:00 am – 4:30 pm       Program
•  Role of service industry in the oil and gas business.
•  Nature of contracting in the oil and gas business.
•  Common Service Contracts
•  Special Problems in Service Contracting
•  Role of Insurance in Oil and Gas Contracts
•  Subcontractors and Suppliers’ Workshop
•  Negotiations of Service Contracts

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Reception & Networking

For more informationclick here.


UCEAO Shale Initiative

From Silent Spring To Silent Night: A Tale Of Toads And Men

Mar 24, 2014 7:00 PM to 
Memorial Auditorium, Ohio University

Tyrone Hayes, Frontiers in Science, atrazine, public health, environmental health, frog, amphibian

Tyrone B. Hayes, a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, will be speaking at the Memorial Auditorium at Ohio University on March 24, 2014. Tyrone is an advocate for critical review and regulation of pesticides and other chemicals that may cause adverse health effects. He has presented hundreds of papers, talks and seminars on the role of environmental chemical contaminants found within amphibian ecosystems and in the health consequences that emerge in minority and low income populations.


For more information contact: moody@ohio.edu


Ohio Clean Energy Challenge 2014

Jan 29, 2014 8:00 AM to Jan 29, 2014 5:00 PM
The Student Center at Cleveland State University


The 2014 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge is being postponed until February 27-28. More information will be distributed in the coming weeks. We sincerely regret any inconvenience and look forward to a successful competition next month. 

We have been informed that due to health and safety concerns related to predicted extremely cold temperatures on Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29, there is a high probability that the Cleveland State University campus will be closed.

NorTech and UCEAO share the same safety concerns for the participants and attendees of the 2014 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge. Recognizing that weather conditions may change in the interim, we nevertheless believed that it was prudent to make a decision regarding the event by close of business today. 

Thank you for your continued support of this important event.


The Ohio Clean Energy Challenge brings together some of Ohio’s best and brightest college students to compete for $10,000 to support their clean energy business.

Presented by the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio (UCEAO) and NorTech, the 2014 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge is a clean energy student business plan competition designed to provide student entrepreneurs with the opportunity to showcase their energy technology and business plans; receive university and industry support and feedback; gain exposure within the venture capital and funding community; and compete for cash prizes to support their technology and business plan.

On *(Jan. 29), the 10 semi-finalist student teams will present live business pitches to a panel of judges comprised of clean energy entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. The winner of the Ohio Competition will receive the $10,000 state prize and go on to compete for the $100,000 grand prize at the Midwest regional competition on April 3, 2014, in Chicago, Ill., and a place in the national competition in Washington, D.C.

For more information and to register, visit: http://uceao.com/challenge/.

*Date to be changed due to severe weather