Hundreds of students packed the University Hall lawn Sept. 12 for Campus Fest. Student organizations, colleges and departments set up tables to network with students, recruit new members and promote upcoming programs.
'Born to Run' author to visit BGSU
For centuries, the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's Copper Canyons have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner. Their story is at the heart of "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen," by Christopher McDougall. McDougall will visit BGSU October 1.
"Born to Run" was this year's Common Reading Experience. Since 2001, all new first-year students have been required to read a book in common during the summer prior to starting classes. This year, the Wood County District Public Library Community Reads group selected the same book for its fall reading.
McDougall's day will start at 8 a.m. October 1 with a fun run/walk from BGSU's Jerome Library to the Wood County District Public Library, and back to Jerome. Registration is required. Community Reads will hold a reception for the author at 5 p.m. at the Carter House, 307 N. Church St. Free tickets to the event are available at the district library's check-out desk. McDougall will wrap up his day with an author presentation and book signing at 7:30 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Ballroom.
McDougall's visit is just one of a number of events tied into this year's Common Reading Experience. BGSU has also partnered with "Eco" Erek Hansen, a local recycling advocate, on a shoe recycling project. The project will kick off October 1 and will run for the entire month. Shoes of any type, in singles or pairs, in any condition, will either be distributed to those in
need, or be used as raw material for sidewalks, running tracks and playground mulch. Visit the Common Reading events page for a list of drop off locations.
Bouzat, graduate students' Lake Erie studies reveal microbial diversity
Work by Dr. Juan L. Bouzat, biological sciences, and former graduate students Matt Hoostal and Torey Looft is contributing to the knowledge base about the ecosystem of Lake Erie.
Although some types of bacteria are harmful, helpful bacteria are crucial to the health and survival of the lake and its inhabitants. Threatening that health are organic pollutants and heavy metals such as cadmium, zinc, cobalt and copper.
Bouzat's team has looked at the distribution across the lake bottom of bacteria that play a role in transforming organic pollutants and heavy metals into nontoxic forms, and how these microbial communities have adapted over time to their environments.
The team has found that genes for heavy metal tolerance have been transferred across genomes of different bacterial species, likely favoring the adaptation of microbial communities to environmental contaminants.