Author and psychologist Stephen Hinshaw to present on new memoir

On Monday, March 26, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at Ohio University’s Porter Hall, room 104, Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, a professor of psychology at University of California Berkeley and psychiatry at University of California San Francisco, will discuss his newest book, Another Kind of Madness.

Hinshaw’s book, copies of which will be available at the event, chronicles his father’s recurring bouts of mental illness and the doctor-enforced silence surrounding it. Hinshaw emphasizes the crucial need to combat the stigma surrounding mental health.

The event, presented by OHIO’s psychology department and the Center for Intervention Research in Schools, is free and open to the public. Psychologists will receive Continuing Education Units for attending, with CEU’s pending for social workers and counselors. Parking is available below Baker Center on Oxbow Drive.


Consider getting involved in the Sustainability Alumni Network

Are you an OHIO alumni enthusiastic about creating more socially just, ecologically balanced, and prosperous communities? The Sustainability Alumni Network is the group for you!

The Sustainability Alumni Network aims to connect recent graduates with other alums to encourage sustainability across a diverse range of careers. The Alumni Network provides ongoing communications about events, outreach efforts, and other opportunities to stay connected with Ohio University graduates who want to incorporate sustainability into their lives after graduation.

The Alumni Network will also engage in impactful activities like educating alumni about sustainability efforts at OHIO, promoting ideas and information sharing within the network, offering tools and resources for creating sustainable solutions in communities, providing alumni with opportunities for personal and professional growth, and generating funds to develop sustainability projects.

The future goals of the Sustainability Alumni Network are to create opportunities for sharing ideas and advice, to develop a strong online presence, to establish a mentorship program, to encourage alumni donations to fund sustainability at OHIO, and to partner with organizations on campus and in the community to advance sustainability.

For more information and to join the Sustainability Alumni Network, complete the form at

Attend updated LEED certification training course

Interested in getting involved in the green building industry? Opportunities are plentiful in the field of sustainable design and LEED is at its forefront. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a green-rating point system. The more energy efficient and sustainable a building is, the more points it will earn.

Just as buildings can be LEED certified, people in the sustainable construction industry can become LEED professionals. The LEED Green Associate  credential is the only professional sustainability designation and demonstrates certified knowledge in the green building industry.

On March 26 from 6-10 p.m. a LEED training course will be held in Grover W111. The course is updated to align with the latest LEED rating system. This course meets the exam’s eligibility requirements, so the exam can be taken at any time once the course has been completed.

For more details on what the course offers and information about registration and costs, see

March 2 Lunch and Learn: Environmental Studies Student Panel

This Friday, join Environmental Studies students Dimas Aditya Philipanto, Taylor Burchett, and Taylor Snelick for a lunch and learn presentation from noon-1 p.m. at the Ridges, Bldg. 22, Room 221.

This student-led panel will offer an inside look at the MSES students’ current research and thesis projects.

Dimas Aditya Philipinanto will present his thesis work, “Comparing Efficiency of Electricity Generation from Anaerobic Digestion Using Different Methods for Biogas Storage.” Converting food waste from Ohio University and the surrounding region into energy is an effective method to recycle waste that also generates a renewable energy mix through the anaerobic digester process. Dimas will discuss how the high feedstock variation characteristic and the environmental conditions have an impact in determining biogas quality.

Taylor Burchett  will discuss her thesis project, “Green is Gold: Sustainability in Sports.” Since about 1994, the sports industry has become more aware of its environmental impact and has been working to lessen it on many levels. This talk will cover why the sports industry should be a champion for sustainability and what it is already doing to protect the environment.

Taylor Snelick will present her work, “Arthropod Abundance and Diversity in Miscanthus x giganteus, Panicum virgatum, and Other Land Covers in Southeastern Ohio.” Novel biofuel crops may contain relatively understudied arthropod groups whose life histories and impacts must be researched to proceed successfully in sustainable crop management. The research presented here examines the impact of four land cover types (miscanthus, switchgrass, abandoned agriculture, and woodland edge) on the diversity and abundance of arthropods including insect families and arachnid groups. 

Future installments in the lunch and learn presentation series will take place at The Ridges this spring, rotating between buildings 21 and 22 on the following Fridays from noon-1 p.m.

  • March 23, 30
  • April 6

Pizza will be provided, but participants should bring their own water bottles, as this is a zero waste event. For additional information about the series, contact Joe Wakeman, manager of enrollment and student success, at or 740.593.2133.Screen Shot 2018-02-27 at 3.34.12 PM.png

Sustain OHIO essay competition seeks innovative solutions to make Athens a greener city

Ohio University and the Graduate Student Senate will be hosting the second Sustain OHIO essay contest this March. The contest gives students the opportunity to share their innovative ideas about the action or practice they think could help make Athens a more sustainable city.

Participants should carefully read the case described below; they will have until the submission deadline, Friday March 23, to write an essay containing an innovative solution to the problem. The contest judges will include faculty, staff and alumni, and submissions will be evaluated on clarity, creativity, implementation potential, economic and environmental impact. The winner will receive a cash prize and have the opportunity to present to relevant stakeholders.

Rules of participation:

  • Must be currently enrolled at Ohio University as an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Essay must be 500 words; significantly over or under will not be evaluated
  • Entries should include name, year in school and major
  • Essays must be submitted to

The deadline to submit essays is Friday, March 24, 2017. Any questions regarding the competition can be directed to Shot 2018-02-27 at 3.26.34 PM.png

Mountain climber and advocate for women’s empowerment shares her story

Join Ohio University and the Women’s Center in welcoming Sara Safari, an author, speaker, mountain climber, college professor and advocate for women’s empowerment. She will be at Ohio University on March 1, as part of two different events.

Safari will be part of a fundraiser raising money to help empower Nepali girls called “Workout Like You’re Training for Mt. Everest with Sara Safari and WellWorks.” The fundraiser costs $10 for students and $25 for non-students and will take place at 9 a.m. in Grover Center E194. Then, that evening, join her at Nelson Commons at 6:30 p.m. for a Women’s History Month Keynote along with a catered dinner. Contact the Women’s Center at or 740-593-9625 with questions or for more information about the event.

She was born in Iran and attended college at UCLA, graduating summa cum laude. While teaching, she met the founder of the Empower Nepali Girls foundation and became dedicated to the cause. While climbing Mount Everest to plant the foundation’s flag on the summit, a 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, devastating the country and causing dangerous avalanches and aftershocks. She returned to Base Camp after being rescued by a helicopter and immediately got involved with fundraising to rebuild houses and schools in Nepal.

Her 2016 book, “Follow My Footsteps” tells of her experiences in Nepal, climbing Mt. Everest and surviving the earthquake, and her search for social justice. Her current goal is to “raise one dollar per foot of elevation” that she climbs.

The events are offered by the Women’s Center and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is a co-sponsor of Safari’s visit.

Alumni Societies offer Saturday Symposium as a chance to work on personal and professional development

Participants in the upcoming annual Saturday Symposium on Personal and Professional Development, offered by the Voinovich Alumni Society, can gain or improve skills to help them navigate the professional world. The symposium, which is free of charge, takes place on Saturday, March 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Baker 240.

The symposium will kick off with an opportunity for participants to update their headshots with the help of a professional photographer, followed by a series of informational sessions and a lunch presentation.

Session topics include finding a job or internship and negotiating a salary. Three morning sessions and one afternoon session will be separated by a catered lunch and the keynote speech by Jennifer Simon.

Simon, executive director of Regional Innovation at Ohio University, previously served as director of the Innovation Center, the first university-based business incubator in Ohio and the 12th in the country.

A reception and networking opportunity in the 1804 Lounge will follow the afternoon session until 3 p.m.

Register here or send questions to

The Saturday Symposium is presented by the Voinovich Alumni Society and the African Studies Alumni and Friends Network, in partnership with the Voinovich Future Leaders, the African Student Union and the Global Leadership Center.

Voinovich School students to share strategies for tackling opioid epidemic at next Lunch and Learn

lunch and learn.PNGStudents on the Voinovich School’s Community Health, Prevention and Promotion Team will share strategies for tackling the opioid epidemic at the next installment in the School’s Lunch and Learn Series, taking place Friday, February 23 from 12 – 1 p.m. in room 105 at The Ridges, Building 21.

The CHPP Student Team will analyze the opioid epidemic through the lens of a 1970s article in the field of planning titled “Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning.” The article’s theme is that problems of public policy can be termed ‘wicked’ because, among other things, they are ill-defined, rely at least partly on political judgment for resolution and, in fact, are never really solved. The Student Team argues that the opioid epidemic is one such ‘wicked’ problem. They will share leadership strategies for solving such problems as well as how they have seen leaders they work with at the state and local levels embody those leadership practices.

The CHPP Student Team is comprised of one MPA graduate student, Bethany Blinsky, and four undergraduate Voinovich Research Scholars, Katie Hemp, Haley Kennedy, Noah Lorincz-Comi and Alex Wainwright.

Free pizza will be provided, but bring a water bottle, as this is a zero waste event.

Registration now open for 2018 Policy Case Competition

Undergraduate and graduate students from all over the U.S. are invited to research, design and present policy proposals on current issues at the 2018 Policy Case Competition, an annual, three round, team-based conference and competition hosted by the Politics Society at New York University. Finalist teams have the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of industry experts, and the winning team receives a $500 cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to propose their policy to real policy-makers.

Registration closes on Feb. 26th. Click here to register, and click here for more information.

Learn to create effective presentations and engaging posters for the Student Expo at upcoming Lunch and Learn

Get the inside track on creating effective posters and presentations for the Student Research and Creative Activity Expo at a Lunch and Learn on Friday, Feb. 16 from 12-1 p.m. in Room 105, Building 21 at the Ridges.

Both graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in presenting their original work at the Student Expo should attend this Lunch and Learn created specifically to share how to create an engaging poster, accompanied by a compelling presentation. All Voinovich School graduate and Undergraduate Research Scholars and students who participate and are judged in the Voinovich School categories in the Student Expo will have their posters funded by the School.

The Lunch and Learn will be presented by Dr. Sarah Davis, an associate professor in the Environmental Studies program, and Laura Alloway, director of Marketing and Communications. It is the first in a series of sessions to encourage participation in the Student Research and Creative Activity Expo on April 12. Future sessions will provide greater detail and individual/peer feedback on poster designs and presentation outlines.

Held at the Convocation Center, the Student Expo is a chance for students to present their original work from various disciplines to peers, faculty, staff and community members. The Expo showcases the many ways Ohio University students are engaged in research, scholarship and creative activity. Posters, exhibits, performances, film screenings and other presentation formats are welcome.

The Voinovich School will offer graduate and undergraduate awards in two categories: environment and public affairs. Awards will be given for the best presentations in each category: $150 (1st prize) and $75 (2nd prize).
The Student Expo is sponsored by the Office of the Research Division, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Office of the President and the University Libraries.

More information about the event and event registration is available at Registration closes Feb. 28 at midnight and will be capped at 850 presenters, so register soon!