Monday, March 20, 2017  
Severe Weather Week time to prepare, plan | Lamb Peace Lecture to present 'regenerative economy'


Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week – March 19-25 – provides the opportunity for Ohioans to prepare their homes, schools and businesses for potential several weather. Bowling Green State University’s Emergency Management office recommends taking time now to review emergency plans, get reacquainted with weather warnings and watches and update safety kits and supplies.

Preparing for potential severe weather and the conditions associated with it, including lightning, flooding, flash flooding, tornadoes and extreme heat, helps to protect lives and reduce injuries and property damage.

“It is important that we stay vigilant, know what to do and how to stay safe during severe weather events such as tornadoes, floods, windstorms, thunderstorms, lightning, extreme cold and severe heat, to name a few,” said Matthew Keefe, BGSU emergency management coordinator. “The BGSU Department of Public Safety is taking severe weather preparedness to the next level by working on becoming a National Weather Service StormReady University, which will allow us to better prepare our students, faculty, staff and guests for the increasing vulnerabilities of extreme weather through planning, education, training and awareness.”


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Hunter Lovins
It often seems that environmentalism and capitalism are mutually exclusive, but is there a way the two can coexist and even promote common goals? Award-winning author Hunter Lovins says there is. She will present “Creating a ‘Regenerative Economy’ to Transform Global Finance into a Force for Good” as this year’s Lamb Peace Lecturer at the University.

Lovins will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 28 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater (Room 206). Her talk is free and open to the public.

Lovins is president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, a nonprofit formed in 2002 in Longmont, Colo. A renowned author and champion of sustainable development for over 35 years, she has consulted on sustainable agriculture, energy, water, security and climate policies for scores of governments, communities and companies worldwide.


David Kennedy (Left) and Rick Valicenti (Right)

The College of Arts and Sciences is hosting two lectures this month featuring alumni whose talks will address the theme of this year’s BGSU Common Read book, “A More Beautiful Question,” by Warren Berger.

BGSU alumni David Kennedy and Rick Valicenti are the invited speakers for the college’s Common Read lectures.

David Kennedy, who has had a distinguished career within the media industry, will present “The Technology Bridge Between Radio and Health Care: Questions and Innovations” at 2:30 p.m. on March 23 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater (Room 206). His talk will address how a simple question to extend radio listenership to mobile devices led to much more. The process resulted in an increased awareness that the same technology could be used to advance health care practices including new capabilities, greater precision and improved outcomes. A reception will follow the lecture in the lobby of the theater.

Kennedy is co-founder and managing director of Aspire Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests its Adaptive Artificial Intelligence platform technology and cash for impact investments that leverage the “Internet of Things.” During his career, he was CEO for Susquehanna Media Co., one of the major radio, cable and internet companies in the United States at the time. He earned a master's degree in radio-TV-film in 1976 and a Ph.D. in communication in 1981.

Valicenti, founder and design director of Thirst, a communication design practice in Chicago, will present “(maybe) This Time: Practice with the Intent to Get Things Right” at 4:30 p.m. March 27 in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. A reception will follow in the lobby of the Wolfe Center after the lecture.



A U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) distinguished lecturer will present “Those Rocks Are Alive!” as part of a public seminar this week on campus. Dr. Jason Sylvan, an assistant professor in the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University and a 2016-17 USSSP distinguished lecturer, will talk about the deep biosphere, a vast microbial biome deep below the seafloor at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday (March 22) in 112 Life Sciences Building.

The College of Business Administration and the Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership will honor Dr. Gene Poor, Hamilton Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship, for his five decades of teaching excellence with a reception on April 6.

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