CALS Sustainability Lecture Series

CALS Sustainability Lecture Series

In 2016, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences began a lecture series focused on sustainability topics with a presentation by Elena Irwin, Ohio State University. CALS faculty, staff and students are welcome to participate in the lectures.

Past Speakers

Myriad picture  David Myrold, Department of Crop and Soil Science, Oregon State University

"Microbial Communities and N Cycling in Diverse Soils" — slide show (PDF)

April 14 | 1:10 p.m. | 1204 Kildee Hall

The Sustainability Task Force is co-sponsoring Myrold's presentation of the 2017 William H. Pierre Memorial Lecture with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. It will explore recent insights in soil nitrogen cycling.

Myrold teaches courses on soil microbiology, principles of stable isotopes and soil microbial ecology. He is a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America; and was the joint recipient of the Soil Science Research Award in 2007.

Deb Arcoleo  Deborah Arcoleo, Hershey Co.

"The Changing Consumer and the Transparency Imperative" — slide show (PDF)

March 30

Deborah Arcoleo is director of Product Transparency for the Hershey Co. She is responsible for leading the company's cross-functional efforts to meet consumers' and other audiences' demands for product information. Consumers increasingly want to know what is in their food and how it is made — ingredients, allergens, nutrition, sustainable sourcing practices, etc. Arcoleo and her team enable the company's work to provide transparent, accurate and timely information in audience-relevant language. She has helped lead Hershey's work to bring shoppers comprehensive product information through QR codes on its packaging through Smart Label™.

Formerly, she ran Hershey's Innovation Center of Excellence and has held innovation positions with Campbell Soup Co., Johnson & Johnson Consumer Group of Companies and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. She also founded and ran an organization effectiveness and change management consulting firm and worked in management consulting.

Arcoleo earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Indiana University and a master's degree in organization design and effectiveness from Fielding Graduate University.

Greg Miller photo  Greg Miller, National Dairy Council

"Dairy in Sustainable Food Systems" — watch the lecture

March 1, 2017

Greg Miller joined the National Dairy Council in 1992 and serves as its chief science officer, executive vice president of Research, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs for Dairy Management Inc. and Global Dairy sector lead for Nutritional Security for Global Dairy Platform.

He has presented more than 150 invited lectures at national and international meetings and has published more than 180 research papers, reviews, articles and abstracts; has co-edited three books on diet, nutrition and toxicology and contributed chapters to nine books; and is co-author of the Handbook of Dairy Foods and Nutrition, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions.

Miller graduated in 1978 from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in nutrition; in 1982 earned a master's degree in nutrition (toxicology) from Pennsylvania State University; and in 1986 received a doctorate in nutrition (toxicology) from Penn State. He serves as an adjunct associate professor in the department of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois.

Paustian picture  Keith Paustian, Colorado State University

"Climate-Smart Soils: Bringing Pie in the Sky Down to Earth" — watch the lecture

Oct. 10, 2016

Co-sponsored by the CALS Sustainability Task Force and the John Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture

While the concept of soil carbon sequestration for climate change mitigation has been discussed and researched for nearly 30 years, there remain widely varying claims about how much sequestration can be achieved and how it should be done. In his presentation, Paustian discussed the technical, socioeconomic and policy barriers that need to be overcome to achieve significant soil carbon sequestration rates and suggest ways that research can help lower these barriers and provide a greater role for agriculture in mitigating climate change.

Paustian is a professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and senior research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. A major focus of his work involves modeling, field measurement and development of assessment tools for soil carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions from soils. He has published more than 240 journal articles and book chapters.

Irwin picture  Elena Irwin, Ohio State University

"Sustainability Science and Land-Grant Universities in the 21st Century" watch the lecture

April 4, 2016

The National Academy of Sciences defines sustainability science as a vibrant area of research that integrates natural and social sciences, engineering, medicine and public health to address the problems of human impacts and dependence on planetary systems. The emphasis is on coupling biophysical and social sciences to generate new scientific knowledge and apply it to developing practical solutions that achieve a more sustainable society.

In her presentation, Irwin explored key concepts of sustainability science and their usefulness as a platform for interdisciplinary research and education with examples from Ohio State University’s recent progress in these areas.

Irwin is faculty director of the Sustainable and Resilient Economy program at Ohio State University and a professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses and is a faculty leader of the Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability major at Ohio State.