Thursday, September 7, 2017  
Ludy studies chilies’ role in appetite | Forhan named to Board of Trustees
Mary-Jon Ludy

Feel the burn. No pain, no gain. These sayings are usually associated with strenuous exercise, but for Dr. Mary-Jon Ludy, they refer to the effects of hot chili peppers on appetite and energy expenditure.

Ludy, an associate professor of food and nutrition at Bowling Green State University, was quoted in a recent CNN story about foods that suppress appetite, including avocado, barley, spinach and soup. She has been studying chili peppers and other pungent spices since graduate school to determine whether they do indeed decrease appetite and also whether they increase the number of calories burned and the length of time between impulses to eat. She has published extensively on a variety of aspects of the topic.

In this time of rising obesity and worry about weight, people tend to look for anything that can help. Although there is no “super food” to make eaters magically lose pounds, there are some foods whose properties may have positive effects, Ludy said.

“It’s easier for people to think of adding things to their diet than of taking things away,” she said. “They’re much more receptive to foods that have benefits than to eliminating foods.”


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BGSU graduate student Preston Marshall Thompson (right) gives an up-close look at some crawly creatures to a small visitor to BGSU’s “Eight-legged Encounters,” part of the Toledo Zoo BUGfest Aug. 26.

BGSU faculty members Distinguished Research Professor Verner Bingman and Drs. Daniel Wiegmann and Shannon Pelini, along with their graduate students, joined Dr. Eileen Hebets from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and her graduate students to show and tell about spiders, whip spiders, scorpions and other peculiar arachnids while explaining their biological significance. The demonstration was made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


Drew Forhan
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has appointed Drew Forhan of Hudson, Ohio, to the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees. His nine-year term will run through 2026.

Forhan is the founder, president and CEO of ForTec Medical, Inc. Founded in 1988, ForTec Medical was created on the premise that hospitals, surgical centers, medical offices and patients would benefit from mobile access to technology and highly trained technicians on an as-needed basis. The ForTec Laser Rental Program provides medical lasers to hospitals, surgical centers and physicians delivering the latest in therapies and treatments.



Faculty, staff and students will gather for a picnic, games and Falcon spirit Friday (Sept. 8) on the University Hall lawn. The All-Campus Picnic will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

As a zero-waste event, all the food will be locally sourced in Ohio and all serving items will be compostable or recyclable, in keeping with the University’s goal of becoming a carbon-neutral institution. Cans and bottles will go into recycling bins and plates, leftover food and napkins into the compost containers placed in stations around the picnic area.

The weather for tomorrow is promising but the rain date, if needed, will be Sept. 15. And there’s still room for volunteers. Register online.