Thursday, July 23, 2015  
Evans lends expertise to issues on dams | Hess book looks at lessons of Vietnam
James Evans at the Ballville Dam in Fremont
Decision point
Evans advises on fate of aging dams

As America's aging dams come under scrutiny, Dr. James Evans, geology, finds himself increasingly called upon to lend his expertise to questions about their possible removal or rehabilitation.

Evans, a national authority in hydrology, engineering geology and geological hazards related to dams, has been much in the news recently related to the controversy surrounding the Ballville Dam on the Sandusky River in Fremont.

Although the dam has been found structurally unsafe and the Army Corps of Engineers, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the state's Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Division have all approved its removal, a surprising development occurred that put that action into question.

"For the first time in the history of the country, an environmental group has tried to stop the removal of a dam," Evans said.


Sex assault training session held at BGSU -The Blade, WTOL

Jackson on Gov. Kasich's presidential bid - WTOL

Stinson on the questions surrounding killing by UC police officer - Cincinnati Enquirer

Stinson comments on police shooting case - Charlotte Observer

Stinson on charges for officers who commit crimes - Chicago Tribune

Zombies invade Huron - Sandusky Register

Chancellor touts hike in higher education funding - Sentinel-Tribune

Hess book traces conflicting views, lasting impact of Vietnam war

July 28, 2015, marks 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson announced that he was committing the United States to an open-ended war to save South Vietnam from a communist takeover. Although it was made in a low-key manner during a routine, midday press conference, the portentousness of the announcement was not lost on anyone there, said Dr. Gary Hess, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of History. "Everybody understood that this was serious."

Hess has recently completed a second edition of his award-winning "Vietnam: Explaining America's Lost War," first published in 2008 by Wiley Blackwell as part of its "Contesting the Past" series. The revised and updated 2015 edition contains additional material in the chapters and an entirely new conclusion, designed to be more useful to readers than the original.


BGSU 'family' supports its own through Campus Campaign

There are many reasons to donate to the Campus "Family" Campaign, which supports scholarships and BGSU initiatives. Faculty, staff and retirees this year expressed their reasons through their generous contributions, raising over $950,000.

That amount surpassed last year's total by almost $200,000, said Jenny Wensink, director of annual giving, and brings the total amount raised since the Family Campaign's inception to more than $12 million.

"We are continually amazed by the support our faculty and staff show for our students," Wensink said. "Campus Campaign contributions are all used toward the fund of the donor's choice, and impact the lives of our students every day."



Faculty, staff and student campus parking permits can now be purchased online. Those who order before July 31 can have their permit mailed to their home. Permits purchased after July 31 will be available for pickup at the Parking Services office in College Park.

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