Dr. Christopher Mruk, professor of teaching excellence, at BGSU Firelands, has a new book and blog.  ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌
Thursday, February 28, 2019  
Mruk publishes book, blog | Collect/Project to perform
Christopher Mruk
Mruk reaches new audiences with psychology blog, book

Dr. Christopher Mruk, professor of teaching excellence at Bowling Green State University and faculty member at BGSU Firelands College, is well-known in academic circles for his scholarship in the areas of positive psychology, humanistic psychology and authentic self-esteem. Now Mruk has branched out into new formats to share the concepts he has researched and written about over his career with general audiences as well as practitioners.

In addition to a new book published by Oxford University Press, he has been invited by Psychology Today to write a monthly blog on authentic self-esteem and its relationship to well-being. In his posts, he translates his decades of research into understandable terms, addressing such topics as the difference between authentic self-esteem and just feeling good about oneself, identifying the sources of authentic self-esteem in everyday life, and how self-esteem works in relationships. Later posts will explain the role authentic self-esteem plays in fostering well-being and how to increase it.

Mruk said he is enjoying the refreshing challenge of writing the blog posts, which are much shorter and condense ideas into simpler terms.

“I like being able to apply my scholarly work to everyday life,” he said. “The writing is more exciting while being useful. The posts do include some references to academic works but there’s less attention to presenting the research the ideas are founded on and more attention on conveying them to a lay audience in clear, concise ways.”


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Collect/Project to perform at BGSU March 4

Innovative quartet Collect/Project will perform a concert of new music at 8 p.m. March 4 in Bryan Recital Hall at Bowling Green State University’s Moore Musical Arts Center. The event is part of the Music at the Forefront concert series sponsored by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at BGSU and is free and open to the public.

The ensemble will perform works by Christopher Biggs, Lisa Coons, Matthias Leboucher, Neo Hülcker, and Christopher Trapani.

As a transatlantic ensemble based in sister cities Chicago and Hamburg, Germany, Collect/Project specializes in experimental music and performance, with an interest in unorthodox and deeply collaborative experiences grounded not only in classical and contemporary performance techniques, but also steeped in popular and folkloric traditions. Described by composer and new music pioneer George Lewis as “intrepid virtuosi refashioning musical experimentation,” Collect/Project seeks to deploy the creativity of the performer beyond what might be considered normal boundaries.


Marvin Lee Kumler, 80, professor emeritus of psychology, died Feb. 18 in California. He taught at BGSU from 1968-98.

Panksepp Lecture in Neuroscience
Navigating in urban corridors is topic of guest speaker

Dr. Douglas Nitz will visit Bowling Green State University March 6 as this year’s J.P. Scott Center Panksepp Lecturer in Neuroscience. His talk, "City Streets and the Brain’s GPS: How Neurons Capture Features of Path Networks during Navigation of Urban Corridors," will examine how knowledge of pathways and their interconnections influences navigation and how information of this type is encoded and integrated within a complex network of brain regions spanning the hippocampus and cortex.

His lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater (Room 206).

Nitz earned his doctorate in neuroscience from UCLA in 1995, then took a research associate position at the University of Arizona. Later he worked with BGSU's Dr. Verner Bingman, Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology, on a short stint recording hippocampal neurons in homing pigeons. Today, Nitz is a professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California-San Diego.

Guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if they need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at access@bgsu.edu or 419-372-8495 in advance.