Columbus, OH Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant and the Friends of Stone Laboratory (FOSL) will be hosting the 14th Annual Winter Program and Silent Auction from 7 to 9 p.m. January 24, 2012, at the Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Road on Ohio State University’s main campus. Visitors can learn about the science behind Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms, bid in the silent auction, and college students can win a Stone Laboratory scholarship.
Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory Director Dr. Jeff Reutter will speak about "Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie: Causes, Solutions, and Predictions for 2012 and Beyond." The author of more than 150 technical reports and journal articles, Dr. Reutter received his bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees from Ohio State in fisheries management and environmental biology. He was the U.S. Chair of the Lake Erie Millennium Network, a collaboration dealing with Lake Erie issues, since 1998 and the co-leader of the Lake Erie Millennium Network Synthesis Team, which produced a report explaining the research results of 15 scientists studying the causes and effects of the algal blooms.
Stone Laboratory Manager Matt Thomas will give "An Update on Laboratory Improvements Completed in 2011 and Planned for 2012." The Ohio Legislature gave $750,000 for the renovation of the first floors in both the Stone Laboratory classroom and Peach Point Research buildings and new floating docks. Supplemental donations led to the completion of several other improvements on both Gibraltar and South Bass islands.
People can also learn more about what Stone Laboratory has to offer in terms of hands-on science classes. Stone Laboratory faculty members will be available to answer any questions from students and parents.
FOSL will award door prizes, including a scholarship to cover room and meals for one week at Stone Laboratory, a $395 value. These prizes are open only to registered college students in any college or university, but students must be present to win.
Items available in the Silent Auction include a KindleTM Touch e-reader, tickets to cultural activities and sports events, books/literature, meals at fine-dining establishments, items for the home and family, and much more. Only cash and checks can be accepted and all proceeds will benefit Stone Lab’s programs and scholarships.
The event is free and open to the public, but individuals should RSVP at stonelab.osu.edu/events/winter-program .
The Winter Program is sponsored by FOSL and supported in part by the John H. Dunlap, Jr. Fund for Education, Outreach, and Development at Stone Laboratory. FOSL is a non-profit support group that donates time and money to assist with the planning and funding of the Laboratory. Since its creation in 1981, FOSL has raised more than $1 million in endowments; bought equipment like microscopes, computers, row boats, and sampling equipment to update the lab; supported scholarships for over 500 students; and funded research assistants and visiting professors.
Ohio Sea Grant Columbus Office, 614.292.8949, email@example.com .