Monday, February 10, 2014  
Darwin under debate | Students compete in services marketing

Bouzat on Darwin's 'One Long Argument'
Students, faculty engage in interdisciplinary debate

Juan Bouzat (left) with (left to right) Blake Sweeney, a graduate student in biology; Hannah Scheppler, an undergraduate honors student; Michael Bradie, professor emeritus of philosophy, and Dallas Amico, a graduate student in philosophy.
Feb. 12 is the birthday of two figures of great historical importance: Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. While Lincoln's birthday is now observed with that of George Washington on Presidents' Day, Darwin Day is celebrated by scientists and evolutionists around the world to honor the creator of a biological theory of evolution and the contributions of science to our understanding of the natural world.

At BGSU, Darwin is of particular interest to Dr. Juan L. Bouzat, biological sciences, and students from two cross-disciplinary graduate seminars he co-taught with Dr. Michael Bradie, a professor emeritus of philosophy known for his work in the philosophy of biology. From the classes' discussions of the theories of Darwin and his contemporary Alfred Russel Wallace, Bouzat developed a paper in which he reviews Darwin's own perspective on what he described as "one long argument" on the origin of species.

Bouzat's article, "Darwin's Diagram of Divergence of Taxa as a Causal Model for the Origin of Species," just published in the March edition of The Quarterly Review of Biology, posits a way of understanding Darwin's theory that differs from the traditional view.

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BGSU hosts national services-marketing competition

It's all about the customer.

For any business, customer satisfaction is at the top of the list, which makes services marketing vital to the United States economy. Services make up a majority of American jobs and the largest percentage of the country's gross domestic product.

However, only six universities in the country have an institute or center devoted to services marketing. One of those is Bowling Green State University, which is also the only Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-accredited school in the country with an undergraduate program focused on services marketing and selling.

That's why BGSU has invited top services-marketing students and businesses from around the country for the first collegiate National Services Marketing Competition Thursday-Saturday (Feb. 13-15).

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Rescheduled forum to be held today

The Opportunity Assessment open forum on the Educational Platform has been rescheduled for 3:30 p.m. today (Feb. 10) in 316 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The session will also be available by live video stream on the Web.

To learn more, visit the Opportunity Assessment website.


Holland to speak on community engagement

The University community will have a further opportunity to hear from service-learning expert Dr. Barbara Holland this week in addition to her 11:15 a.m. keynote address at Friday's Teaching and Learning Fair.

She will discuss "The Strategic Importance of Community Engagement to the Future of Higher Education" from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday (Feb. 13) in 202B Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Her presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

To attend the talk, RSVP to Paul Valdez, community engagement coordinator, at paulv@bgsu.edu or 419-372-9104.

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  • Special guest Jeremy Denk, one of the rising stars of piano, will be on campus this week for the annual David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition and to perform in the Festival Series Saturday (Feb. 15). Get all the details In Brief.