Thursday, July 7, 2016  
Torelli shares citizen science innovation in Washington
Andrew Torelli displays BGSU's innovative water quality detecting device for smartphones during his briefing to members of Congress as part of the American Chemical Society Science and the Congress Project. Photo by the American Chemical Society.


BGSU chemist Dr. Andrew Torelli is part of an international effort to raise awareness of the importance of science to society and to engage the public and legislators with current issues. Torelli recently served on an invited panel of experts as part of an informational briefing for members of Congress, their representatives and the public in Washington, D.C.

The panel’s topic was “Citizen Science: Empowering a Robust National Effort.” Torelli shared the exciting example of the Smartphone InSpector, a device developed by an interdisciplinary team of BGSU faculty and students that equips a cell phone to identify and measure contaminants in water and upload the data to an online site. The system is being field tested by a number of area Rotary clubs to monitor regional water quality.

The June 7 briefing was part of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Science and the Congress Project and the Consortium for Science Policy Outcomes at Arizona State University.

“The purpose of these briefings is to provide members of the public and legislators on Capitol Hill with information on important topics in science that address national challenges,” Torelli said.


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The University community is invited to a reception July 11 for Dr. Sidney Childs, interim vice president for student affairs. His last day with BGSU will be July 15.

The reception will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Dimling Lounge on the third floor of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.


“Learning to Lead,” a free professional development series presented by Impact Solutions and offered by the Office of Human Resources, kicks off Monday (July 11) with “Dealing with Difficult People.”

The BGBookBag Professional Development Book Club continues this month with “Awaken the Giant Within,” by Anthony Robbins. Meetings are July 14 and July 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in 104 Huntington Building.

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