The Ohio State University at Lima


Ohio State Lima, Lima City Schools and City of Lima work together to bring Fowler Science Series to town

November 8, 2018

Students from the Lima City Schools visited Ohio State Lima Nov. 13, 2018, to continue their experience with Stardust 2018: The William Fowler Science Series. They visited a variety of labs including biology and earth sciences. They also spent some time with the art department.

Zakee Sabree

As part of the science series, Zakee Sabree, assistant professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology, spoke to the students. The focus of fourth annual series is the symbiotic relationships present in our gardens. Dr. Sabree’s talk will look at “Modeling Host-Microbial Symbioses…for cheap!”

Whether free-living in extremely diverse communities in the ocean or residing solitarily in highly specialized tissues of a host organism, microbes exert an immense impact on the way nutrients are acquired, sequestered, recycled and distributed in natural systems. Dr. Sabree and his Ohio State research group study the functional and trophic relationships that forge intimate host-microbe interactions and shape bacterial communities, and the evolutionary outcomes of these symbioses. Insects, specifically cockroaches and termites, are the focus of Dr. Sabree’s research because they are ubiquitous, participate significantly in biomass turnover and maintain, often simultaneously, various types of symbioses with microbes.

Prior to his visit to campus, Dr. Sabree connected digitally with the students to discuss career paths to the sciences and related fields. The students also hope to probe into microbiology as it relates to disease.

Stardust in the schools

Students have been working with various elements related to the relationships in the garden throughout their fall term. Topics relating to ecology, biology, botany, art and sustainability have been incorporated into their curriculums. Much of the activity has been built around the green architecture project the schools have undertaken that will result in gardens at the South Science and Technology Magnet School. Students are designing raised garden beds that will both properly bolster good plant growth and have an artistic flare. Later in the school year, students will work with a local artist to make mosaics. The mosaics will depict a plant cycle with a focus on recycling and being good to the earth.

More about Stardust: The William Fowler Science Series

Lima is the hometown of one of the world’s most famous astrophysicists. William A. Fowler won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983 for his efforts to show how all the natural elements in the Periodic Table are forged under extreme conditions across the course of a star’s lifetime.

Stardust: The William Fowler Science Series honors Fowler’s achievements and is a collaboration between the City of Lima, the Lima City Schools and The Ohio State University at Lima. The focus of the fourth annual series is the symbiotic relationships present in our gardens. Previous topics include astrophysics, cancer research and animation.

“It is a wonderful fact that Dr. Fowler grew up in Lima, was educated in the Lima City Schools and at the Ohio State University,” said Lima Mayor David Berger. ”And working together — Ohio State, the Lima City Schools and the city — we have decided to showcase that fact in order to emphasize the incredible, literally mind-blowing, opportunities created by education.”

Fowler grew up in Lima and attended Horace Mann Grade School and Lima Central High School. He went on to graduate from The Ohio State University before moving to the California Institute of Technology to continue his groundbreaking work in the new field of astrophysics. His theory of the formation of the chemical elements in the universe forms the basis of our knowledge in this field, according to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the original announcement of Fowler’s Nobel Prize.


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