Recent Updates

  1. Eating Disorders Awareness: Eating Disorders Among Athletes

    Some athletes spend hours of intense training for their sport while practicing dangerous eating patterns in an attempt to lose weight. This practice often leads to eating disorders among athletes. This fact sheet will give signs and symptoms of eating disorders. Parents, coaches, and trainers need to recognize athletes with disordered eating patterns and refer them to appropriate resources.
  2. Enhancing the Adult Child/Parent Partnership

    Adult children, partnering with aging parents, provides an opportunity to work together to better understand and accept the changes that occur throughout the aging process. In today’s society much has changed yet much has stayed the same. Families are still the primary caretakers of their aging family members. According to Hugh Delehanty, co-author of Caring for Your Parents: The Complete AARP Guide, family members are responsible for 80 percent of the elder care being done in the United States.
  3. Choosing a Pest Management Company

    Pest Management Basics Proper pest identification is the most important aspect for proper control. Information about pests is available at the Ohio State University Extension website ( or at your local pest management company. A single insect or rodent does not necessarily need to be controlled. Some insects just wander into a structure and do not pose a significant problem.
  4. Nurturing in Stepfamilies

    Stepfamily life is so different from first marriage families because children are present from the very first moment adults marry and only one of these adults has known these children since birth. Stepparents who may know very little about parenting are expected to take on the responsibility of these children even though they may hardly know each other. And there are even some who expect instant love in these families.
  5. Algae for Biofuels

    Algae are simple, plant-like organisms but do not have roots, stems, and leaves. There are almost 300,000 alga species distributed throughout the world in seawater, freshwater, and wastewater. Algae are typically photosynthetic, namely fixing CO₂ in the presence of sunlight to manufacture their own food, but some are heterotrophic with no requirement of light, assimilating organic compounds such as glucose and acetic acid as carbon sources. Most of the current research and development efforts have focused on microalgae due to their high growth rate and oil content.
  6. Solid-State Anaerobic Digestion for Energy Production from Organic Waste

    Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a natural process in which organic materials are degraded by groups of microorganisms under oxygen-free conditions. This phenomenon is commonly observed at landfills where waste is buried under a thin layer of soil and greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide (CO₂) and methane (CH₄) are emitted. Methane is a global warming potential (GWP) gas that is estimated to be 20 times more effective in trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
  7. Photovoltaic Systems for Solar Electricity Production

    Photovoltaics (PV) is a solar power technology that uses solar cells to convert light from the sun directly into electricity. An individual PV cell is usually quite small, typically producing about 1 or 2 watts of power. To produce more power, cells can be interconnected and encapsulated to form PV modules, which is the product usually sold to the customer (Figure 1). The PV modules can in turn be combined and connected to form PV arrays of different sizes and power output.
  8. The Stepmother's Role in a Blended Family

    Stepfamilies today make up a large portion of our population. More people today live in stepfamilies than live in nuclear families. Fifteen percent of children (more than 10.6 million) lived in a stepfamily and about half of these children lived with at least one stepparent (Kreider & Fields). The stepmother role typically tends to be more difficult than the stepfather role mainly because of the contradictions in expectations for stepmothers.
  9. Your Old Barn: Hiring a Contractor

    When planning the rehabilitation of your old barn, one of the greatest concerns can be making sure that you have hired the right people to do the work. While choosing the right contractor may not be as simple as flipping through the Yellow Pages™, it need not be difficult.
  10. Your Old Barn: Reasons for Rehabilitation

    Farms are disappearing and being consolidated quicker than ever today. The reasons why are not difficult to understand. Between the low margin of profit that often accompanies farming small acreage and the rising price of agricultural land sold to urban developers, many small farms are being assimilated into larger farms or merely disappearing. According to the USDA Statistics Service (2009), from 1970 to 2007, Ohio lost over 36,000 farms and 3.3 million acres of farmland.