Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory staff were recently honored for their work connecting Ohioans to Lake Erie science.
Several staff members received a total of eight creative work awards from the Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals at its 2023 Award Celebration in December.
Dr. Scott Hardy, Ohio Sea Grant extension educator, and Sarah Orlando, Clean Marinas program manager, won the first place award in the website category for the Clean Marina Stormwater Toolkit. The toolkit is an online resource that helps bridge the gap between marinas inquiring about green infrastructure and knowledge necessary to pursue installation.
Ohio Sea Grant received the first place award in the program/event press release category. Jill Bartolotta, Ohio Sea Grant extension educator, Jill Jentes Banicki, Ohio Sea Grant assistant director and communications coordinator, and Joan Wall, writer-editor, were honored for a press release about Lake Erie Awareness Day on South Bass Island.
Tory Gabriel, extension program leader for Ohio Sea Grant, and Angela Greene, Ohio Sea Grant education specialist, came in second place in the curriculum package category for EriePrOH, a voluntary certification course for fishing guides and crew members who work on Lake Erie.
In the exhibit/display category, staff came in first place for a producing a display about Ohio aquaculture highlighting yellow perch. Nicole Wright, aquaculture extension educator, as well as Gabriel, Banicki, Christina Dierkes, Brian Alford, and Tina Ullman were recognized. Staff also received an honorable mention for a display about plastic pollution in Lake County, attributed to Bartolotta, Beth Bollas, Susan Haboustak, Kristin Fink, and Natalie Gert-Young.
Sue Bixler, education and outreach specialist for Stone Laboratory, Bartolotta, and Robert Wofford received the second place award in the fact sheet category for “Reducing Restaurant Waste,” a guide discussing how restaurants can cut down on plastic waste.
In the bulletins and educational guides category, Gabriel received the third place award for “Ohio’s Lake Erie Charter Fishing Industry in 2020,” a report of surveying charter fishing captains about their businesses. Dr. Jeremy Bruskotter, Mahesha Kuluppuarachchi, Sayeed Mehmood, Eugene Braig, Banicki, and Dierkes were also credited.
“We’re extremely proud of our Ohio Sea Grant team,” Gabriel said. “Working with our Lake Erie communities and constituents is its own reward, but we’re thrilled to see that work recognized and celebrated by our peers. “
In addition, Bartolotta and Steve Brady, 4-H educator, received the Godwin Apaliyah Award for Inspired Community Engagement for their work with the GlobalOHIO Immersion Experience. The cultural immersion experience is a collaborative program with OSU Extension, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) leadership, CFAES International Extension Programs, and community cultural partners. Godwin Apaliyah, Alisha Barton, Lorissa Dunfee, Julie Fox, Solomon Garner, Michelle Gaston, Chris Igodan, Daniel Remley, Poppy Thornton, and Susan Zies were also credited.
Ohio Sea Grant is supported by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension, and NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 34 Sea Grant programs nation-wide dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. Stone Laboratory is Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie and is the research, education, and outreach facility of Ohio Sea Grant and part of CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources.