Thursday, April 9, 2015  
Global workshop on toxic algae slated | Not in Our Town documentary to premiere
Waves of toxic algae wash ashore on Lake Erie in August 2014.
Public forum Tuesday
BGSU to host global workshop investigating toxic algal blooms

In August 2014, the city of Toledo issued a “do not drink” advisory on its water supply that directly affected over 500,000 people throughout northwest Ohio. A toxic algal bloom had polluted the water near the city’s intake in Lake Erie.

This problem is not unique to Lake Erie, but is in fact a global phenomenon that affects millions of people across the world.

BGSU is helping to tackle this problem head on. University algae researchers will host a workshop featuring the top experts from around the world discussing how to deal with the growth of harmful algal blooms. “Global Solutions to Regional Problems” will be held April 13 and 14 on campus.

Organized by BGSU biology faculty and algal bloom researchers Drs. George Bullerjahn and Mike McKay along with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) scientist and collaborator Tim Davis and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the goal of the workshop is to discuss the current science on bloom formers, along with identifying knowledge gaps regarding bloom prevention and remediation.

Additionally, discussion of case studies on current and prior remediation programs will help guide the development of a workshop paper that presents potential future strategies for bloom prevention, mitigation and long-term research goals.

While participation in the workshop itself is by invitation only, a NOAA-sponsored open forum will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 14 in 101 Olscamp Hall. Future research priorities and current best practices will be presented. Registration is recommended.


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Documentary examines decision to join Not in Our Town movement

After racially charged actions shook the community of Bowling Green, BGSU and the city joined to affirm their commitment to social justice, equity and inclusion by joining the “Not in Our Town” (NIOT) movement. NIOT is a national grassroots effort that has inspired hundreds of communities to take action against hate.

On April 14, a documentary examining the decision to join the NIOT movement will premiere. “Not in Our Town: A Bowling Green Legacy” follows the actions of students working with administrators, law enforcement and community members to forge new bonds.

The premiere will take place at the Clazel Theatre, 127 N. Main St. in Bowling Green. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film will start at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. A panel discussion and open forum will follow to discuss building upon NIOT Bowling Green’s efforts to bring the community and campus together for diversity and inclusion.

The premiere is sponsored by BGSU, the city of Bowling Green and NIOT Bowling Green.


Get free vocal health screenings and information about vocal health while enjoying musical entertainment by students from the College of Musical Arts at the April 13 World Voice Day Celebration in the Union.

The first of the annual Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis Exhibitions opens tomorrow (April 10) in Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries in the Fine Arts Center. The School of Art is also hosting an April 15 ARTalk with Canadian glass artist Laura Donefer.