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Since 1929, the College of Arts and Sciences at BGSU has offered innovative and engaging academic programs to the students at Bowling Green State University, educating young leaders through a rich liberal arts curriculum and offering areas of study in the sciences that take you from the depths of the Great Lakes to the farthest corners of the universe.  All of our programs feature advanced equipment for research and learning.

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A BGSU photochemical sciences research team has shown that a new and unusual reaction path in chemistry occurs not only in the gas phase, but also in solution. According to Dr. Alexander N. Tarnovsky, the finding, which is important to atmospheric photochemistry, also establishes the direct link between chemical reactivity in the gas phase and in solution.
Tarnovsky and doctoral graduate assistants Andrey Mereschenko, Evgeniia V. Butaeva, Veniamin Borin and Anna Eyzips are the listed authors of a Nature Chemistry journal article about the finding.

“Dissociation, the process of breaking a chemical bond, lies at the heart of chemistry,” Tarnovsky said. Dissociation of molecular bromine is one of the key steps in ozone depletion chemistry, so establishing the connection between bromoform and bromine is important in atmospheric photochemistry, he explained. Read More

Torelli Gives Washington briefing on BGSU Project

Torelli Gives Washington briefing on BGSU Project

BGSU chemist Dr. Andrew Torelli is part of an international effort to raise awareness of the importance of science to society and to engage the public and legislators with current issues. Torelli recently served on an invited panel of experts as part of an informational briefing for members of Congress, their representatives and the public in Washington, D.C.

The panel’s topic was “Citizen Science: Empowering a Robust National Effort.” Torelli shared the exciting example of the Smartphone InSpector, a device developed by an interdisciplinary team of BGSU faculty and students that equips a cell phone to identify and measure contaminants in water and upload the data to an online site. The system is being field tested by a number of area Rotary clubs to monitor regional water quality. Read More



A special initiative currently underway in the Ohio Attorney General’s office to analyze thousands of previously untested sexual assault kits (SAKs) has helped make the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) a leader in processing SAKs for DNA evidence. BCI has made great progress in testing these kits as quickly and efficiently as possible, and now, a nearly $440,000 grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to Bowling Green State University and the BCI will help identify ways to streamline the analytical process even more, BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine have announced.

Leading the joint project, titled “Use of Statistical Modeling to Optimize Sexual Assault Kit Analysis,” is Dr. Jon Sprague, director of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Science at BGSU. The center is a joint endeavor between the University and the BCI facility located on its campus, and promotes collaboration between the two. Read More