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Learn how to teach fishing |Klarna honors commitment to Columbus retail market through partnership with Cbus retail| Aerial crop disease drone project receives Gates Foundation grant| Japan Prize goes to Ohio State soil scientist Rattan Lal

Learn how to teach fishing

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Any adult, group, or conservation club who has a sincere interest in taking kids fishing should consider becoming a certified Passport to Fishing instructor, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

A Passport certification course is being offered on Thursday, March 7, at the Wildlife District One office located at 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus. Passport to Fishing is a one-day instructor training program that qualifies individuals to become ODNR Division of Wildlife certified fishing instructors, like a hunter education instructor.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch and to dress for the weather, some of the clinic will take place outside. The workshop is a free, but pre- registration is required as seating is limited, and participants will also be required to take part in a background check. To register for the workshop, please e-mail Derek Klein at or call 614-644-3925.

Klarna honors commitment to Columbus retail market through partnership with Cbus retail

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From Klarna

Leading fashion forward global payments provider, Klarna, announced a collaboration and sponsorship with CBUS Retail, a non-profit association promoting Columbus as a retail capital. With its North America offices headquartered in Columbus, Klarna is continuing its dedication to the city’s retail growth by sponsoring CBUS Retail’s One Degree of Retail event on Jan. 31.

One Degree of Retail is a unique event that brings together Columbus’ community of leaders focused on making the city a global capital for retail talent, innovation, and collaboration. Klarna is doing their part to invest in the city of Columbus through this sponsorship as well as the support of the local economy, providing a progressive parental leave policy for employees, and the greater evolution of the FinTech industry. Klarna employs 100 in Columbus, providing a competitive parental leave policy and benefits.

“We are excited to welcome Klarna into the CBUS Retail family,” said CBUS Retail’s Founder, Steve Morris. “Helping drive innovation in retail is a core part of our mission. Their talent, innovative technology and unique position in the retail value chain make them a great fit with our partnership ecosystem. That’s why having an innovator like Klarna sponsor our next One Degree of Retail event was a perfect fit.”

Aerial crop disease drone project receives Gates Foundation grant

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From Ohio State University

Aerial drones will scout, track, and hopefully prevent crop diseases in a study conducted by The Ohio State University and supported by a $100,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The study will include a system of plant disease surveillance drones that will be developed to monitor rice blast and maize dwarf mosaic, two devastating diseases in many countries like Tanzania, plant pathologist and principal investigator Enrico Bonello said.

The drones will be mounted with spectral sensors capable of identifying plant pathogens from the air. It is hoped that the technology could allow crop managers to control the spread of disease even before plants show visual symptoms, said Bonello, professor of molecular and chemical ecology of trees in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Department of Plant Pathology.

“This is a very novel, out-of-the-box, high-risk, high-payoff approach to a very significant problem, in a globalized world in which plant diseases are constantly being moved around by human activity,” he said.

Japan Prize goes to Ohio State soil scientist Rattan Lal

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From Ohio State University

TOKYO—Rattan Lal, a soil scientist at The Ohio State University, has been awarded the 2019 Japan Prize, considered one of the most prestigious honors in science and technology.

Lal is the first Ohio State scientist and the first soil scientist to ever receive the prize. He is Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

The Japan Prize recognizes scientists and engineers from around the world for original and outstanding achievements that “not only contribute to the advancement of science and technology, but also promote peace and prosperity for all mankind,” the Japan Prize Foundation said in announcing the award.

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