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BGSU alumna, president of new ‘Green Channel’ to speak at forum

Eileen O'Neill

Eileen O'Neill, president and general manager of the new Planet Green channel, will be the speaker at the next College of Arts & Sciences Forum, on March 19. O’Neill is a BGSU alumna who received a master’s degree in popular culture in 1990. Her career has reflected her commitment to creating and supporting “TV that matters,” designed to both educate and entertain and make an impact on viewers’ lives.

O'Neill oversees the strategic development of Planet Green, Discovery Communications’ global, cross-platform initiative that includes the first-ever, 24-hour television network dedicated solely to green-lifestyle programming. It offers information and resources related to sustainable development, conservation, organic lifestyles and healthy living.

She has been executive vice president and general manager of Discovery Health Channel and FitTV. She also was senior vice president and general manager for Discovery Health Channel, developing such top-rated shows as “Mystery Diagnosis,” “Jon & Kate Plus 8” and “Dr. G Medical Examiner.”

Her forum will be held from noon-1:15 p.m. in 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Those wishing to attend the free, 12:30 p.m. lecture only are welcome, including students, groups and classes.

Lunch will be served at noon and will include cream of broccoli soup, tossed salad, Italian pasta salad, fresh fruit bowl, dinner rolls, coffee or iced tea, and dessert. The cost is $7.50 (plus tax) and can be paid by cash, check (payable to BGSU) or BG1 card. RSVP for lunch by Monday, March 17, to Mary Hitt at 2-2340 or

Brain Awareness Day to focus on Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease as experienced by one afflicted and as seen by researchers investigating new treatments will be the focus of this year’s Brain Awareness Day Wednesday (March 12) on campus.

Hosted by the J.P. Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind and Behavior, the event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater (Room 206), followed at 6 p.m. with talks by guest presenters.

Riad Yammine of the Parkinson Foundation of Northwest Ohio will offer “Reflecting on 14 Years of Living Actively with Parkinson’s.”

“Emerging Therapeutic Options for Parkinson’s: A(nother) Revolution” will be the topic of Lawrence Elmer, M.D. and Ph.D., an associate professor of neurology at the University of Toledo and director of the Center for Neurological Disorders and the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program.

“Toward Reducing the Progression and Preventing the Disease: A Basic Scientist’s View” will be addressed by Dr. Michael Zigmond, a professor of neurology at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research.

Brain Awareness Day is sponsored by the J.P. Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind, and Behavior and Graduate Students for the Interdisciplinary Study of Neural and Cognitive Sciences.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Molly Henry, psychology, at 2-4404 or

Ogawa to discuss novel approach to ‘creating proteins from scratch’

Dr. Michael Ogawa
Dr. Michael Ogawa, chair of the chemistry department, will present “Creating Proteins from Scratch: An Inorganic Chemist’s Perspective” this Thursday (March 13) in his College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture from 4-5 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Chemists strive to create new molecules with new and potentially useful properties, but a major challenge is finding ways to rapidly prepare large-scale molecules that have complicated, yet predetermined, three-dimensional structures. Chemists may have a new route to creating the structures through the seemingly contradictory approach of using “inorganic” metal complexes to help assemble biological molecules. According to Ogawa, there are precedents in nature for these bio-inorganic hybrid materials, which hold the potential for applications in science and medicine.

Forum to examine opportunities presented by emerging global economies

A representative from the World Bank will be on campus Saturday (March 15) to discuss the international financial situation and opportunities presented by emerging economies. Dr. Kenneth Mwenda of Zambia, senior projects officer for private sector and finance in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region, will be the guest speaker at a forum organized by the Students Initiative for Global Competitiveness organization.

“Emerging Global Economies” will be held from 4-8 p.m. in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The event is free and open to the public.

A Rhodes Scholar and former visiting law professor in Europe and Africa, Mwenda holds a Ph.D. in law from the University of Warwick (UK). He also holds law degrees from Oxford University and the University of Zambia as well as an MBA from the University of Hull (UK).

He has written 17 books in the fields of international and comparative corporate law and financial services regulation, including international economic law and higher education pertaining to legal studies. His other scholarly publications appear in many leading academic journals worldwide.

“Dr. Mwenda can give us a very wide scope on what’s happening around the world and inform BGSU students about opportunities in emerging economies,” said Jake Gallardo, a senior from the Philippines majoring in international studies and an organizer of the forum. “The U.S. economy is struggling, but the situation is completely different in other countries. We want to encourage students to look beyond the United States. There are so many exciting opportunities in countries such as Brazil, India and China. Even in the Middle East, new universities are aggressively looking for students from other countries, especially the United States.”

The Students Initiative for Global Competitiveness is a BGSU organization that seeks to inspire a new generation of students who can compete and collaborate globally. The College of Arts & Sciences and its Board of Advocates are sponsoring the student-led forum.

For more information, email Gallardo at

March 10, 2008