Ohio State-Developed Crop Management System Improves Yields and Soil Quality for the West African Sahel

Michelle Brkljacic General

A group of farmers, researchers, students, extension specialists, and NGOs gathered on October 7th for the inaugural Field Day of the Optimized Shrub System (OSS), an innovative management system developed for rainfed crops in the West African Sahel. The OSS Field Day was held at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Agriculture in Thiès (ENSA), Senegal as part of the Ohio-State led, …

Engineers Without Borders Continues Partnership with Green Columbus

Michelle Brkljacic General

After unexpected COVID-19 guidelines in November 2020 threw a wrench in their plans, the Ohio State chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) was finally able to continue their tree nursery project in April 2021, partnering with Green Columbus. The two tree nurseries are in Linden and the Hilltop, and the goal of the project is to provide trees for the …

New partnership between Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and Global Water Institute to tackle climate and water justice

Michelle Brkljacic General

Two of Ohio State University’s most internationally recognized organizations, the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and Global Water Institute (GWI), are joining forces to tackle one of the most critical issues facing society today: climate and water justice. Coming on the heels of the Biden administration’s announcement of a new Office of Climate Change and Health Equity, this partnership …

Watershed Moments

Michelle Brkljacic General

Amina Allute from the village Mvae in rural Tanzania used to travel miles each day to fetch water with her children. It took hours. Today, she is excited that water is now located close by with a tap right near her home, allowing her to prepare food when it is needed and grow her own vegetable garden for extra income. …

Beyond the Glitz and Glamor Lies Artisanal Mining

Michelle Brkljacic General

Artisanal mining of resources such as gold and diamonds has historically attracted the world’s poorest populations, trapping them in a cycle of poverty. In addition, it has also had adverse effects on water and environmental quality. In an attempt to reduce artisanal mining’s negative impact on the environment and water quality, the Global Water Institute (GWI) at Ohio State began …

Schwartz Recipient of AGI’s “Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal”

Michelle Brkljacic General

Dr. Franklin W. Schwartz from School of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University has been named as the 2021 recipient of the AGI “Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal”. This award is given annually by the American Geosciences Institute in recognition of “consistent contributions of high-quality scientific achievements and service to the Earth Sciences having lasting historic value”. The award …

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Water is a Human Right, Right?

Michelle Brkljacic General

In recognition of World Water Day on March 22, the Global Water Institute is hosting a panel discussion and Q&A around this year’s World Water Day Theme: Valuing Water. Water is a Human Right, Right? Water Access Issues Facing First Nations and Low-Income Communities will explore how different communities value water, and issues around water access in those communities. Over the past …

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Global Water Institute leads effort to improve water and food security with the Navajo Nation

Michelle Brkljacic General

A new effort led by researchers at The Ohio State University will help the Navajo Nation mitigate the lack of water and food security at a time when the Navajo communities are facing new challenges due to COVID-19. The Global Water Institute (GWI) is partnering with the Navajo Nation and a consortium of partners including Assist International, Netafim, Suez WTS USA, Inc., WorldServe International and the Duke University …

GWI Student Advisory Board Completes a Successful First Semester

Michelle Brkljacic General

GWI has established a Student Advisory Board (SAB) to provide insight and advice on student issues, goals, and programming gaps related to water. This will help GWI better align its current programming with student needs and create new initiatives based on student input. In addition to GWI’s student assistants and capstone/study abroad sponsorships, the SAB provides another way for Ohio …

GWI Director to Lead Wilds Research Project

Michelle Brkljacic General

With the recent trend towards cleaner energy and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, there is work being done to determine the impacts of shale-gas production and limit its environmental impact. A highly interdisciplinary team has come together for a project to address these concerns, including GWI’s Executive Director Dr. Tom Darrah serving as PI. Other team members are post-doctoral researcher Dr. …