FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2006
Laboratory Students Offer Personal Accounts of Lake Erie
Courses Through Blogs
Students and educators interested in The Ohio State University’s Lake Erie campus at Stone Laboratory can now view
first-hand accounts of students’ experiences on line. Lauren Makeyenko
of the Center for Great Lakes Environmental Education is the first of many Stone
Lab students who has been busy blogging this past week.
“Everyone was able to participate in the water
sampling this morning. Techniques used were the Rosette Sampler (conductivity,
temperature, chlorophyll, and dissolved oxygen), Box Core Sampler, Ponar Grab,
and Plankton Net,” writes Lauren on the first day of her blog.
Shipboard and Shoreline Science on
Lake Erie is Lauren’s daily journal of
her experiences while taking the course Natural
Resources 611: Great Lakes Education Workshop.
Throughout her blog, Lauren quotes her classmates, uploads pictures of her activities,
and documents her experience aboard the U.S. EPA’s R/V Lake Guardian.
“Lauren Makeyenko did a great job of capturing not only what was
happening with the science but also with the environments we
encountered,” says Dr. Rosanne Fortner, director of COSEE Great Lakes. “The storms, the mayflies and the canoes
all contributed to that experiential aspect that is the most memorable way to
learn. I think you can see from the photos how involved and enthusiastic the
As part of a new Ohio Sea Grant Communications project, Lauren’s blog
is just one of many student blogs now available on the web. One student representing
each of the 30 science courses offered at Stone Laboratory has been selected to
write a detailed account of their experiences while at the Lab this summer. Courses
with blogs now include Sports Fishing, Geology, and Marine and Aquatic
These blogs will serve as a visual and written record of student
experiences to use in the following years for promotion. Future students will
be able to click and see what they would be doing in class from another
student’s perspective. From important items to bring to Lake
Erie, to how to catch bigger walleye, anyone can see that these
blogs are meant to prepare and intrigue future students.
To see Lauren’s blog about her experience with COSEE Great
Guardian course, visit www.coseegreatlakes.blogspot.com.
To read about other students’ adventures while at Stone Laboratory, visit
the Stone Lab Students blog at www.stonelaboratory.blogspot.com.
For more information about COSEE Great Lakes contact Dr. Rosanne
Fortner, at email@example.com.