Monday, February 2, 2015  
BGSU marks Black History Month | Protecting Sandusky's water supply


BGSU will celebrate Black History Month with arts, academic, and personal growth events that stretch across time and continents.

The 17th annual Africana Studies Student Research Conference, "Emerging Perspectives in Africana Studies," on Feb. 13 in 101 Olscamp Hall is an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to present original research in a professional setting. Morning and afternoon panel discussions will be punctuated by a noon luncheon with keynote presentation by Dele Jegede, a prominent Nigerian art historian, critic, curator and artist known for his political commentary. Jegede will speak on "Frictions and Fusions: Issues in 21st Century African Diaspora Studies." To make lunch reservations, call 419-372-7814 by Wednesday (Feb. 4). Admission to the conference and keynote address without lunch is free.

On Feb. 18, Wes Moore, author of "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates," BGSU's 2014-15 Common Read, will speak. Moore, a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow and business leader, wrote about his counterpart of the same name, from the same neighborhood and similar background, but who is serving a life sentence for felony murder. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 presentation in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Moore will sign books after the question-and-answer portion of the program. The event is sponsored by University Libraries and will be streamed live to BGSU Firelands' Cedar Point Center Auditorium.


BGSU biologists lead project to protect Sandusky city water supply

BGSU biologists will launch a study of harmful algal blooms in Sandusky Bay this spring as part of an overall $2 million Lake Erie water quality initiative by the Ohio Board of Regents.

The $250,000 project, "Harmful Algal Bloom Detection, Mapping and Warning Network: Sandusky Bay," is aimed at protecting the Sandusky city water supply. Partnering on the effort are Kent State University and The Ohio State University's Stone Lab. The endeavor has several goals, said leader Dr. George Bullerjahn, biological sciences.

The first is to provide early warning of toxic cyanobacteria outbreaks to area water plant managers so they can respond quickly and appropriately to the intensity and extent of the toxic bloom. Algae blooms in the bay are capable of being carried eastward along the shore of Lake Erie near the water intake.



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