Student Stars

Metro-, suburban-area students achieve academic honors
        Ashland University: Monica Torda, of Oregon; Macy Campbell, of Genoa; Tyler Sievert, of Graytown.
        Baldwin Wallace University: Jacob Vickers.
        Capital University: Krista Taulker, of Genoa; Adrienne Alore, of Oregon; Allison Roach, of Northwood; Taylor Adams, of Woodville.
        University of Dayton: Jessica Eischen, of Toledo; Katelyn Wirkner, of Oak Harbor; Grant Hirzel, of Pemberville; Erin Delvecchio, of Walbridge.
        Iowa State University: Jolynn Nissen, of Luckey.
        Kent State University: Curtis Asman, of Toledo; Logan Chancey, Lillian Czop, Alexander Garcia, Ailene Joven, Mitchell Kubicki, Jared Miller, Kendall Wells, Mackenzie Wells, of Oregon; Jeffery Rittner, Kara Simon, of Northwood;
        Gabriella Ortiz, of Curtice; Elizabeth Koenig, Jessica Sotak, of Elmore; Sabrina Niedbalski, Nathan Reineck, of Genoa; Nina Mancha, of Gibsonburg; Karley Camp, of Graytown; Emily Winters, of Martin; Brent Bostater, Elyse Hablitzel, Tara Huffman, of Oak Harbor; Cheyenne Petipas, of Walbridge; Natalie Davis, of Woodville;
        Miami University: Morgan Rost, of Luckey; Carolyne Croy, of Oak Harbor.
        Ohio Christian University: Rachael Johnson, Seree Petersen, of Oak Harbor.
        Youngstown State University: Kiersten Perez, of Woodville.
        Baldwin Wallace University: Krista Jennings, of Luckey.
        Bluffton University: Kirk Kauder, of Curtice.
        University of Dayton: Jessica Eischen, of Toledo; Madison Niehaus, Oregon.
        Ithaca College: Jourdyn McQueary, of Oregon.
        Miami University: Morgan Gonzales, of Oregon; Andrew Abbey, of Millbury; Kari Kruse, of Woodville.
        Ohio Christian University: Rachael Johnson
Summer internship
        University of Findlay student Cole Gladieux, of Oregon, is completing an internship for summer 2019.  Gladieux, who is pursuing a degree in environmental safety and occupational health management, is an intern for Fircroft in Oregon.
Certificate completion
        Andy Caris, of Luckey, has completed the requirements for the General Business 30-Hour Certificate from Cloud County Community College (CCCC).
        CCCC is one of 26 public two-year community and technical colleges in Kansas and is coordinated by the Kansas Board of Regents. The college’s service area encompasses a 12-county area primarily in north central Kansas with its two physical campuses in Concordia and Junction City.
Ohio Sea Grant announces Knauss Fellowship Finalists
        Ohio Sea Grant has announced that four Ohio finalists have been selected as part of the 41st class of the prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, a year-long program that places highly qualified graduate students in host offices in the legislative and executive branches of U.S. government.
        “We are proud to send such an accomplished group of Ohio finalists into Placement Week for their Knauss Fellowships,” said Dr. Christopher Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory at The Ohio State University. “Each of them brings a unique combination of expertise and passion for policy work and science communication to the table, and we believe they will be outstanding assets to any federal offices they join.”
        Tiffany Atkinson recently received a Master’s degree from the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Her research project focuses on the impacts of diet and murky waters on African fish, including the impacts humans can have on an ecosystem.
        Geoffrey Dipre is a PhD candidate in earth sciences at The Ohio State University. His dissertation focuses on assessing climate change impacts in the Arctic, based on prehistoric sediment records. He also works as the education and outreach coordinator for Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (BPCRC), leading tours and running activities that focus on communicating both climate change science and international environmental laws surrounding that science in an accessible way.
        Josie Lindsey-Robbins is a Master’s student in biological sciences at Bowling Green State University, where her research focuses on phosphorus and nitrogen management in agricultural soil to prevent Lake Erie algal blooms. A study abroad trip to New Zealand and a Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Michigan opened her eyes to the need for accessible science for everyone, a goal she will continue to pursue as part of the Knauss Fellowship.
        Matthew Young is a Master’s student in environmental science at The Ohio State University, where he combines an environmental engineering background with courses and work experience in environmental law and policymaking. These experiences, and a course focused on combining science, engineering and public policy in particular, are what led him to want to pursue public policy work.
        The four finalists join a group of 72 graduate students recommended to the National Sea Grant office from 27 Sea Grant programs across the country. Finalists will meet in Washington, D.C. in late 2019 for placement interviews with potential host offices, which can include executive branch appointments in offices like NOAA, the Department of the Interior and the National Science Foundation, as well as legislative placements on Senate and House committees and in legislative offices. More information about the program is available at
        The Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 34 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources.
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