Thursday, March 16, 2017  
I/O Psychology graduate program named one of nation’s best | Teaching and Learning Fair highlights
Lee Meserve delivers his “Last Lecture.”
At long last

After 44 years at BGSU, Dr. Lee Meserve, Distinguished Teaching Professor of biological sciences, has announced plans to retire in June. Meserve gave a “Last Lecture” March 13, sponsored by Mortarboard Senior Honor Society, recounting highlights of his teaching career, lessons he has passed on to students and lessons he has learned. An indefatigable champion of students and student-athletes, Meserve has advised countless students and prepared many to apply to medical school, and served as the faculty chair of the Family Campaign and as the longtime faculty athletic representative to the NCAA. He and his wife, Marge, have created scholarships and a professorship in biology. Diehard fans of BGSU gymnastics and women’s softball, they have supported student-athletes for many years; in 2013, the University named the Meserve Softball Field in their honor.

Lee Meserve – BG Independent News
Meyer on maintenance and operations – College Planning & Management
Zahler on college options – Sandusky Register
State of the Region Conference – La Prensa, Sentinel-Tribune
Garland on broadcast journalism trends – The Blade
Optimal Aging Institute – BG Independent News
Christopher Cock visit – Sentinel-Tribune, BG Independent News

Industrial and organizational psychology ranked No. 2 in nation

U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked BGSU’s industrial and organizational psychology program one of the best in the nation. The program is tied for No. 2 on the recently released list of 2018 Best Grad Schools Rankings.

“We are excited by BGSU’s No. 2 ranking,” said Dr. Michael Zickar, chair of the Department of Psychology. “Our program’s reputation is a function of our great faculty and the success that our alumni have had over the years.”

U.S. News & World report said about the ranking: “Industrial and organizational psychologists strive to make workplaces more efficient, pleasant and productive through research and application. These are the top psychology programs for industrial and organizational psychology.”

BGSU’s industrial and organizational psychology program regularly appears on this list, having placed No. 4 and No. 3 in previous rankings. Rankings are based on input from department chairs and senior faculty. BGSU shares this year’s honor with Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and University of South Florida.

Industrial and organizational psychology aims to prepare students for careers as active contributors to the psychology of work. Learning and developmental experiences are provided through coursework, research and applied projects.

Graduates of BGSU’s program can be found in a variety of professional settings, from academic to applied. Employers include Dow Chemical, IBM, Procter & Gamble and Wells Fargo.

“Industrial-organizational psychology has been labeled one of the fastest-growing occupations by Money Magazine and the Wall Street Journal,” Zickar said. “Our graduates help increase the productivity of organizations as well as improve the daily lives of individual employees.”

John Meier, 69, died March 2. The original CEO of Libbey Inc., he was a BGSU alumnus and taught in the University’s Executive MBA program from 2012-16.

Two-day Teaching and Learning Fair to examine ‘How Learning Works’

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“How Learning Works: Strategies for Success’ is the theme of the Teaching and Learning Fair March 22 and 23. The Center for Faculty Excellence hosts the annual event, an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn from one another and guest speakers about the latest in academic technology and pedagogy.

Delivering the keynote address will be Dr. Chad Hershock, director of faculty and graduate student programs at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation, and an educator in the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He will speak from noon-2 p.m. March 22.

Hershock will also host a breakout session from 2:30-4 p.m. March 22.

Concurrent, interactive sessions will be held in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union throughout the two-day event, including “How Learning Works: Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies” and “Engaging Students via Effectively Implementing Active Learning.”

The fair is also an opportunity to see the University’s new Collab Lab in the Jerome Library. The new innovation space will host an Academic Technology Playground from 3-5 p.m. March 23, where BGSU faculty can learn about technology available for classroom use. Representatives from academic technology companies will be on hand.


Find ‘Undiscovered Worlds’ at BGSU Planetarium

Join the search for stars around other planets at “Undiscovered Worlds,” the latest show at the BGSU Planetarium.

The presentation runs March 17-May 5. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays. A $1 donation is suggested. The planetarium is in the Physical Sciences Building.