Spotlight on OU Genomics Lab

In a science lab in Porter Hall at Ohio University, generations of lab equipment capable of sequencing billions of nucleotides of DNA is overlooked by scientific posters reminding researchers and lab technicians to “wipe up your whoopsie” and “protect your peppers.” The walls also hold “Gene expression” and “Bioinformatics” signs in multicolored bubble letters. This is the OU Genomics Facility.  Dr. Bill Broach, director of … Continue reading Spotlight on OU Genomics Lab

Visiting Reporter Discusses the Current State of Environmental Journalism

by Jack Knudson As a part of the Challenging Dialogues Lecture Series, Lisa Friedman, a climate reporter for the New York Times, recently spoke at Ohio University about the current state of environmental journalism.  As concerns grow over climate change over time, there comes a shift in how it is covered in the media. Environmental journalism has come a long way, from the musings of … Continue reading Visiting Reporter Discusses the Current State of Environmental Journalism

Rock Bottom at the Top of Everest

by Katelyn Rousch At a recent event hosted by the Kennedy Lecture Series, National Geographic explorer and photographer Cory Richards opened up with Athens campus about his experiences, not just in his line of work, but with human struggles including anxiety, depression, and alcoholism. During his presentation, Richards described the trip to Everest where he decided to start opening up about the things he was … Continue reading Rock Bottom at the Top of Everest

Athens City commits to fighting climate change

by Emily Crebs Athens City Council has announced, not only its belief in climate change but a promise to make the climate a priority in its agenda.  Athens City Council passed a Climate Emergency Resolution on Feb. 3, which is worded as a call to action for the city to mobilize and take steps to locally reduce its impact on the environment.  Chris Fahl, an … Continue reading Athens City commits to fighting climate change

Ecolunch: Undergrad research on flies

by Jayne Yerrick One of the most hated bugs is flies. They can be irritating pests that never seem to go away, however, flies offer more to the world than just an annoying buzz. Flies present both advantages and disadvantages to the environment. Three OU undergrads explored the behavior of flies and their impact on the environment at the Ecolunch seminar. Each Wednesday, professors and … Continue reading Ecolunch: Undergrad research on flies

BDSM: IRL

by Jayne Yerrick Handcuffs, rope, blindfolds and whips. All of these are essential instructional tools for Nathan Hammerle.  Hammerle, an OU senior studying to be a history teacher, is a member of Power/Gamma, an organization whose mission is to educate people on health and lifestyle issues, including, but not limited to, sexual health, alcohol use, tobacco use and nutrition. One of Hammerle’s main roles in … Continue reading BDSM: IRL

Grey-Green Alliance to bring resources for older adults facing the impacts of climate change

by Anna Birk Climate change continues to overshadow society, prompting many to make lifestyle changes. Many, however, have not considered that it is often more difficult for older adults to make lifestyle changes. Older adults may have networking issues and a lack of mobility, making it harder to be prepared for extreme weather events.  Melissa Damico, a second-year environmental studies major at Ohio University, chose … Continue reading Grey-Green Alliance to bring resources for older adults facing the impacts of climate change

Village Bakery: A small village making a worldwide impact

by Anna Birk In 2002, Christine Hughes and Bob O’Neil opened Village Bakery, a place for residents and Ohio University students to thrive. Today, it has flourished into an eco-friendly community that provides locally sourced food and naturally powered energy.  Hughes came to Athens in 1995 with a friend who, at the time, was attending film school at OU. Through her waitressing job at Casa … Continue reading Village Bakery: A small village making a worldwide impact

Virtual Solutions for Real World Problems

By Morgan Spehar Imagine standing on a boat, the waves moving you back and forth and up and down with just enough force that it is almost impossible to concentrate on anything but the movement. In people with Mal de Debarquement Syndrome, or MdDS, this sensation can last for months or years at a time on dry land, and the longer the sensation persists, the … Continue reading Virtual Solutions for Real World Problems

Professor Speaks on the Plight of Lizards at Science Cafe

By Morgan Spehar Don Miles described standing in front of the coffee-drinking crowd at Front Room as, “a little like being a Costco salesperson,” because of the tiny microphone hooked around his ear that allowed him to speak up over the sounds of beans being ground and drinks being poured. But he wasn’t there to talk about the $1.50 hotdog. Miles, a biology professor at … Continue reading Professor Speaks on the Plight of Lizards at Science Cafe