Columbus, OH Ohio Sea Grant and the Friends of Stone Laboratory (FOSL) will be hosting the 17th Annual Winter Program and Silent Auction from 7 to 9:30 p.m. February 5, 2015, at the Longaberger Alumni House (2200 Olentangy River Road) on The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus. Learn about recent successes and programs at Stone Lab, meet former students, and bid in the silent auction to support scholarships for future Stone Lab summer sessions! College students can also win a Stone Lab scholarship covering room and board for a one-week course.
This year’s featured guest is Jim McCormac, who recently authored the Ohio Lake Erie Birding Trail Guidebook, a collaboration between the ODNR Division of Wildlife and Ohio Sea Grant. McCormac will talk about the impacts of birding on Ohio’s North Coast and provide an overview of the more than 350 species of birds found in the Ohio counties bordering Lake Erie.
In addition, two students in Stone Lab’s 2014 Research Experience for Undergraduates Program will talk about their experience and present their research projects. Victoria Simons, Ohio State Class of 2015, worked on evaluating sampling methods for water quality analysis with Dr. Justin Chaffin, Stone Lab’s Research Coordinator. Blair Perry, Ohio State Class of 2016, compared growth rates of Lake Erie watersnakes on the different islands under the guidance of Dr. Kristin Stanford, Stone Lab’s Education & Outreach Coordinator.
Stone Lab staff, faculty members and former students will be available to answer questions from interested students, parents, and educators.
Items available in the Silent Auction include tickets to cultural activities and sporting events, books, meals at fine-dining establishments, items for the home and family, and much more. Credit cards will again be accepted this year, along with cash and checks, and all proceeds will benefit Stone Lab’s programs and scholarships.
The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested via stonelab.osu.edu/events/winter-program. A free parking pass can also be downloaded from the website.
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.
Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State’s Island Campus on Lake Erie and the research, education, and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. The Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 32 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For information on Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.