The World Around Us

Life In A Bubble: Say No To Bugs

Section: 1031-78030
Mondays, 3:30-4:20PM

Antibiotic resistance is taking infectious disease management back to pre-antibiotic era levels when bugs killed people because of the lack of treatment options. Now, bugs kill people because of the loss of efficacious treatment options. What can you and I do stop the ESKAPE of bugs from the grip of antibiotics? You will learn about human diseases, as well as antibiotic genesis, development, down-sides, and stewardship

As students in this class, you will evaluate the dynamics that exist between microorganisms (bacteria) and humans. You will see for yourselves how living in a bubble affects life. You will be introduced to a day in the life of those who track resistant bacteria in a hospital. You will figure out how you can contribute to preventing ESKAPE (Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species) and other pathogens.


Dr. Kamaldeen A. Muili

Position: Instructor - Department of Medical Laboratory Science

Address: 105 Health and Human Services Building

This course will be taught by Dr. Kamaldeen A. Muili, and a guest speaker Ms. Carolyn Williams. Dr. Muili is an Immunologist and a well published scientist. Dr. Muili has over 12 years teaching experience including undergraduate and graduate education in Nigeria, UK, and USA. At BGSU Dr. Muili teaches Clinical Bacteriology, Diagnostic Immunology, and Research Methods. Ms. Carolyn Williams is Dr. Muili’s student at BGSU, she is a leader and public speaker by nature. She is the president of Medical Laboratory Sciences students’ organization.

Futuristic Food? Sustainability And Security Of What We Eat

Section: 1019-73876
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00PM

It is increasingly more and more important that we, as consumers, know where our food is coming from.  Conventional methods are insufficient to satisfy our needs and often have disastrous consequences.  In this seminar, we will discuss strategies that can be employed to provide adequate, nutritious, and environmentally friendly food through methods such as aquaculture, aquaponics, permaculture, and other approaches.

Most of the learning will be hands-on demonstrations, either in the Greenhouse on campus where we have a functioning demonstration/research aquaponics facility; or through the help of the staff at Schooner Farms, in Weston, OH, which is a quick five minute drive from campus.  Don Schooner, the owner of the farm, is a pioneer in utilizing countless biodynamic techniques right here in Northwest Ohio.  Some class discussion and the occasional guest speaker will be utilized.


Dr. Kevin Neves

Position: Instructor - Department of Biological Sciences
Address: 217 Life Science Building

Kevin Neves' entire career has been devoted to aquaculture, the production of fish, typically for food purposes. His research expertise includes the effects of dissolved carbon dioxide on marine fish physiology, alternative feed formulation for aquaculture, fish nutrition, larval fish nutrition, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture systems, and development of novel species for aquaculture. Neves has worked with the physiological, developmental, and nutritional aspects of many fish species throughout the entirety of their life cycle from spawning, to larval rearing, to adult, and back to reproductively active brood stock. 

Dr. Neves earned his Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Maine in 2014 while working under Dr. Nick Brown at the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR). There, his research focused on the effects of elevated carbon dioxide on the production and eye health of juvenile Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). This research was the first to link the formation of cataracts in the eye of the fish with increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the water. He then went on to be the Operations Director for Acadia Harvest Incorporated, located at the CCAR overseeing the day to day activities of an integrated multi-trophic aquaculture system producing top quality California yellowtail (Seriola lalandi) for the sushi market, as well as marine polycheate sandworms (Nereis virens) for bait and oysters (Crassostrea virginica), in which the waste products of one species are utilized by another.  This is a novel, environmentally friendly way of increasing profitability and production of an aquaculture operations.  The goal is to incorporate these technologies into a freshwater system here in northwest Ohio utilizing fish such as yellow perch (Perca flavascens), freshwater shrimp (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) or crayfish, and vegetables.

The Reef Aquarium


Section: 1026-73883
Tuesdays, 2:30-3:20PM

This “hands-on” course offers a unique opportunity for students to study coral reef aquarium care and husbandry as well as coral propagation techniques and coral research. To build a coral reef in an aquarium, students need a solid understanding of reef biology and ecology as well as the physical and chemical parameters of reef aquarium water. Other topics of study will include filtration, lighting, aquascaping, feeding, and coral disease.

Students will work in the BGSU Marine Lab propagating coral to conduct an undergraduate research project. The class will also take a field trip to the Toledo Zoo for a behind the scenes view of the coral reef systems at the newly renovated aquarium. Guest speakers may include professional aquarists, coral scientists, and senior marine biology students.

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Matt Partin

Position: Instructor - Department of Biological Science

Address: 115A Life Science Building

Matt Partin has been a marine biology instructor/lecturer and the coordinator of the BGSU Marine Lab for the past 16 years. Before employment at BGSU, he spent many years as a professional aquarist. As an educator, he strives to become the best teacher possible and continues to make improvements to his lessons and teaching style based on evidence-based best practices.

Reptiles Are So Cool (They're Cold Blooded!)


Section: 1035-73891
Wednesdays, 2:30-3:20PM

This will be a hands-on, minds-on experience with reptiles (and amphibians).  Starting with a behind the scenes tour of the Reptile House at the Toledo Zoo, we will concentrate on the animals housed in the BGSU Herpetarium, learning the basics of their care and natural history.


After being given an overview of reptiles in general, each student will choose one of the species housed in the Herpetarium to learn more about.  They will perform a literature search, looking for research conducted on the species, information about its natural habitat, and interesting facts that make the species unique. This information will be shared with the class in oral presentations where the student has the animal in hand while they talk about it.  Animals in the Herpetarium will be photographed and the class will compile a children’s book using the information they have found, suitable for sharing with school groups who come to visit the Herpetarium, thus completing a service learning project.



Dr. Eileen Underwood

Position: Associate Professor - Department of Biological Sciences
Address: 111 Life Science Building

Dr. Underwood is a developmental geneticist by training, who teaches introductory biology (for both majors and non-majors), developmental biology, and amphibian and reptile husbandry, among other things.  She is the director of the BGSU Herpetarium.  While past research has involved Drosophila developmental genetics, current research focuses on best practices for students learning and best practices in reptile husbandry.

Dust In The Wind: A Stardust Journey


Section: 1020-73877
Tuesdays, 9:30-10:20AM

A long time ago, in a solar system far, far away events unfolded that caused the expulsion of material from stars into the interstellar medium, the region between stars in the galaxy. This stardust plays a primary role in the formation of new stars and solar systems as gas and dust coalesce, forming nebulae – the birthplace of new stars and planets.

Amazingly, some of the stardust that traveled the incredibly long journey to our region of space and was present during the formation of our Sun has survived to be discovered today in meteorites.  This course will explore the incredible life and times of stardust grains that traveled a distance of many light-years and were present during the formation of our Sun.  Students will take on the role of a problem-solver, investigating the discovery of stardust in meteorites from the viewpoint of an astrophysicist, a material scientist, and a philosopher.


Dr. Eric Mandell

Position: Instructor - Department Physics and Astronomy

Address: 104 Overman Hall

As an instructor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dr. Eric Mandell teaches many of the introductory physics courses including an inquiry course focused on assessing the physical reasonableness of the events depicted in fiction and film. His research focuses on electron-beam characterization techniques applied to a particular type of carbonaceous stardust in an effort to better understand its crystal structure. He is also active in researching the effectiveness of teaching methods and novel assignments in introductory physics.

Freshman Wilderness Experience

Section: 1074-73878
Thursdays, 5:00-5:50PM

Spend a week during the summer hiking the Appalachian Trail or canoeing in the wilderness, bonding with a small group of incoming students and a leadership team learning “Leave No Trace” principles and fundamentals of wilderness camping.  During the fall semester, learn and practice skills for successful transition to college, including critical thinking, leadership, stress and conflict management, and group development. Additional course fee applies.

The Freshman Winderness Experience is designed so that students are introduced to and acquire University learning outcomes associated with critical thinking, problem solving, written and oral communication, working with others, and leadership, along with enhancing the likelihood of a successful college experience.  This is accomplished through small group wilderness expeditions (backpacking on the Appalachian Trail; canoeing in MI) offered during the last week of July by the BGSU Outdoor Program using experiential learning pedagogies.  On campus during the fall semester, active learning pedagogies expand upon "Leave No Trace" principles, communication, conflict management, and critical thinking skills introduced during the wilderness experience.  Small group projects and team building exercises augment the other active learning in the classroom.

Student Feedback: "My BGSU 1910 course was a follow up to the Freshman Wilderness Experience that is put on every summer by the Outdoor Program. I enjoy seeing all of the participants that I went on the trip with during class and getting to catch up before and after class. I also like the material that my professor covers because it has some practical application, given that we are talking about Health and Wellness."


Thad Long

Position: Associate Director, Rec Wellness
Address: 110B Student Recreation Center

Thad Long has 30 years of work experience in the field of recreation, and has worked with Outdoor Program professionals for the past seven years.  Thad has previously taught Freshman Wilderness Experience and undergrad/grad courses at BGSU in sport administration and leadership, while also presenting on student development topics at multiple conferences.  Trained student leaders from the Outdoor Program are joined by BGSU faculty on each 7-student expedition.

Drugs Are Not A Victimless Crime: A Drug Deal Gone Bad 


Section: 1036-77748
Tuesdays, 1:00-2:15PM

A bloody body is found in a house.  The victim is a young male who is laying on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head.   A handgun is found near the body and other evidence is in plain sight.  Investigators from the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) have been called to the scene.  Unlike CSI on TV, different investigators and forensic scientists work together to solve the crime.   In this course, you will go to the scene to assist in collecting evidence and then follow the chain-of-custody as the evidence is processed through the different laboratories at BCI.

This crime scene will be used to demonstrate the essential elements of crime scene investigation, including: securing the scene; observation and documentation demonstrations/exercises; as well as hands-on collection of evidentiary items. The scene shall be staged in such a way as to incorporate items of physical evidence suitable for subsequent examination in each of the crime laboratory's analytical disciplines to be addressed individually throughout the remainder of the course. Students who complete this course will be able to: 1) Differentiate between the different areas of forensic science; 2) Develop an appreciation for the scientific methods utilized in crime scene investigation, trace evidence, firearms, latent prints, forensic chemistry, and forensic biology.

Student Feedback: "My 1910 class was drug deal gone bad and the first class consisted of us going to a fake crime scene in a house that was set up on campus and it was a cool experience to work with detectives and to be walked through what somebody does at a crime scene and get the hand-on experience."  


Dr. Travis Worst

Position: Instructor - Department of Chemistry
Address: 138B Overman Hall

Dr. Travis J. Worst is an Instructor of Forensic Science at Bowling Green State University.  Prior to joining BGSU, Dr. Worst was a Forensic Scientist for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).  He worked in the Serology/DNA section and Drug Identification section for over 10 years.  Dr. Worst also spent two and a half years at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) working in the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit and the Chemical and Biological Sciences Unit. His research interests include studying the receptor binding and behavioral effects of “designer drugs”, namely synthetic cannabinoids (Spice) and synthetic cathinones (bath salts).

Projects for the Common Good


Section: 1007-73751
Mondays, 10:30-11:20AM

If you are or want to be creative, are passionate about nature, or are born to help others, this BGSU 1910 section is meant for you! You will learn about creativity through design that can support the public good. And, as a point of view, there is no better way to seek creativity than being amongst nature. The class content is focused on two interrelated modules: creativity and nature as its source. More specifically, the second module is focused on active involvement in nature through gardening.

This is a service-learning course using both designed-based and community-based learning activities. The course is partnered with the Common Good organization based in BG. Our main contact person in the organization is the Executive Director, Megan Sutherland. Students enrolled in this class will apply creativity hands-on, through gardening and making furniture objects that will support “the common good.” As a way to boost creativity, students will explore the outdoors; they will work in nature as a new place to let their mind wonder. The natural location for their exploration will be BG’s two giving gardens that are run by the Common Good. Students will work closely with the community group, helping, and designing-building furniture objects needed for their gardens.


Sara Khorshidifard

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Environmental Design
Address: Room 112 Park Avenue

Assistant professor of architecture at the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design, Sara is also an affiliate faculty at the American Culture Studies (ACS) program. Her experience ranges from teaching architecture, to public interest design, to integrated project delivery, to historic preservation and urban restoration. Diverse experience and multidisciplinary knowledge have instilled in Sara the worth of integrative, knowledge-based practices that are informed by relevant theories and user-inclusive processes.
She is a proponent of the Public Interest Design movement and socially-inclusive architecture, and, in both teaching and design, she pursues the integrity and assimilation of theory and design. Her current research focus is on ways of creating resilient cities driven by place-making and enhancing community’s connections to places. This includes projects that help build and revitalize urban communities, particularly, through inclusive processes that help nurture people’s relationship to their environments. Sara seeks projects with local impacts and greater capacities for community engagement. Her research involves exploring a wider range of urban contexts, from already thriving and resilient, to failing, dwindling, paradoxical, congested or forgotten.

At the time that she was a student at UW Milwaukee’s doctoral program (2007-2014), she worked and held a senior project manager position at the university’s Community Design Solutions outreach center. For two years at the center, Sara led student teams in architectural projects that provided under-resourced Wisconsin communities with pro-bono conceptual design and planning services. As part of her job, she organized and facilitated public workshops that engaged communities in such design and planning processes. One of her projects, the Wausau North East Riverfront Master Plan, received news recognition and was published in the World Landscape Architecture magazine.

Where the Whild Things Aren't...and What you can do about it   

Section: 1017-77707
Fridays, 8:30-9:20AM

“We can have wilderness without freedom; we can have wilderness without human life at all, but we cannot have freedom without wilderness…” – Edward Abbey
“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the Earth are never alone or weary of life.” – Rachel Carson
“Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.” – Michel de Montaigne
“… and nothing seems worth doing but the laying out of gardens.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This seminar invites anyone with a passion for flora and fauna and an interest in community engagement to learn more about resources for supporting ecosystem restoration initiatives on campus and beyond.

In this course we will read excerpts from foundational and contemporary works of environmental literature, as well as examine rhetorical features commonly employed in conservation and restoration arguments. Additionally, our classroom will host several guest speakers representing efforts to protect, restore, and expand diverse natural ecosystems in northwest Ohio. We will hear from advocates for and read challenges to the native plant movement, survey several citizen⎻science initiatives supporting conservation efforts, and examine studies pointing to the measureable health benefits of having regular access to natural spaces. We will make at least one site visit to a local native habitat restoration area in the city of Bowling Green, and we will learn about existing restoration spaces on BGSU’s campus. The culminating project of the term invites students to use the knowledge we have gained to identify opportunities for increasing the amount of sustainable, ecologically productive green space on BGSU’s campus or within the Bowling Green community and to collaborate on an action plan (to take the form of a brief white paper, brochure, or multi⎻media PSA) that students can use in the future to support implementation of their proposed projects beyond the duration of the course.


Chad Van Buskirk

Position: Instructor - University Writing Program
Address: 215 East Hall

Chad Van Buskirk has been an Instructor in the University Writing Program at BGSU since 2012. He holds graduate degrees in English and in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). For more than ten years, he has taught courses in first⎻year writing and English as a Second Language to undergraduates. He has also taught graduate⎻level courses in academic writing to students for whom English is not a first language. His research interests include strategies for supporting reflective practice in student writers and Writing about Writing (WAW) pedagogies in first⎻year writing classrooms. He has recently begun research into the conversations surrounding conservation landscaping. When he is not reading or grading, Chad can usually be found working in his garden or strolling through one of BG’s many parks with his basset hound. 


Sherri Werdebaugh

Position: Lecturer - University Writing Program
Address: 342 East Hall

Sherri Werdebaugh has instructed University Writing and other courses at BGSU since 1997. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and Scientific and Technical Communication. Most recently, in her University Writing courses, she has had her students research and write about the health benefits of the Japanese practice of shinrin⎻yoku, commonly referred to as ‘forest bathing.’ When she is not working, Sherri is often found outside, camera in-hand, interacting with and documenting the various forms of flora and fauna she encounters, with particular interest shown in insects and arachnids (she firmly believes that spiders are our friends). Moss, fungi, and lichens endlessly fascinate her, and she also maintains planted terrariums, where she houses a variety of backyard bugs such as millipedes, pillbugs, and snails. Should you happen to take a walk through the Wintergarden/St. John’s Nature Preserve here in Bowling Green, you can see some of her photographs on display throughout the park.