Ohio’s Strange Fruit – Science Cafe Fall 2020

By Morgan Spehar The Pawpaw Festival may have been canceled this year due to the coronavirus, but Ohio University’s Science Cafe series continued on Sept. 16 with food scientist Rob Brannon, who gave a virtual presentation on one of the most unusual fruits in Ohio: the pawpaw. Nicknamed the Appalachian apple, the Hoosier banana or any one of dozens of other monikers, the American pawpaw … Continue reading Ohio’s Strange Fruit – Science Cafe Fall 2020

Constitution Day panel discusses institutional racism

By Jayne Yerrick For 7 minutes and 46 seconds, a police officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck. This short amount of time left an innocent man dead and sparked a national outcry for justice. George Floyd, like so many people of color before him, was killed while being arrested. His death is just one upsetting example of a much broader issue: institutional racism.  Due to … Continue reading Constitution Day panel discusses institutional racism

Society within Society

By Sianna Mills Throughout the ages, social media has not only taken up people’s time but has also formed into a variety of different societies in one. Society is described as a complex system with all parts working interdependently as well as working together while promoting stability at the same time. This is also how our social media platforms work. “Society [is a] continuous patterned … Continue reading Society within Society

Injustice and Hope: The East Cleveland Three

“One of the things about ordinary people is that they do lead extraordinary lives,” said Pierce Reed, policy coordinator of the Ohio Innocence Project.  Reed was specifically referencing the extraordinary lives of Eugene Johnson, Derrick Wheatt and Laurese Glover. These men, known as the East Cleveland Three, were wrongfully imprisoned in 1995 for two decades, only to be released in 2015. The three men recounted … Continue reading Injustice and Hope: The East Cleveland Three

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