Monday, August 22, 2016  
Simic uses drone technology | Students to purchase textbooks online
Anita Simic gets instruction on flying a drone from Pete Orbovich (left), a representative of Caron-East Inc. Looking on are her students and (behind her, right) Dr. Robert Vincent, emeritus professor of geology.
BGSU’s first drone pilot

Dr. Anita Simic, a geology faculty member in the School of Earth, Environment, and Society, is a firm believer in engaging her students in scientific exploration. And for her there is no better way to demonstrate the power of science than to explore the concept of remote sensing using a drone.

Simic, who is ready to officially pilot an FAA-approved drone, said she is excited to connect the concept of using cutting-edge technology to advance science, specifically in remote sensing, her field of expertise.

Throughout the summer, she learned the regulations and the techniques to operate a drone for use in water and land monitoring using remote-sensing technologies.

The use of a drone for her research provides more accurate and consistent information because it operates on Global Positioning System coordinates. The drone also can reach areas that are not easily accessible by humans, which is proving especially helpful for the work she is doing in the Western Basin of Lake Erie, Simic said.


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The start of new academic year has also brought a new process for purchasing textbooks. Students now exclusively order textbooks online and then pick up their orders at the Student Package Center.

During the opening weeks of the fall semester, students will be able to pick up their orders in the Multipurpose Room of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union (Room 228). As of Sept. 15, the Student Package Center will be located within the new Falcon Outfitters store, formerly named the BGSU Bookstore.

Faculty and staff can direct students who have questions about the ordering process to the Falcon Outfitters site to find complete information.

The way faculty and academic departments submit book requests to BGSU Textbook Services and the contact information remains unchanged with the exception of the physical location, which is now off campus.


Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to President Mary Ellen Mazey’s 2016 State of the University address this Friday (Aug. 26) at 10:30 a.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at The Wolfe Center for the Arts. The Firelands community can gather to watch in 1011 Cedar Point Center.

The address will also be streamed live to all University desktops.


Get around campus faster with the BGSU Shuttle Service’s new Falcon Express route, which stops only at the most-used stops. The free shuttle is available to students, faculty and staff.

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