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March 26, 2007
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School of Earth, Environment and Society

Dr. Charles Onasch (center foreground) is the director of the newly formed School of Earth, Environment and Society. The school’s departmental chairs are (from left) Dr. Arthur Samel, geography, and Dr. Sheila Roberts, geology, along with Dr. Philip Terrie, interim director of the Center for Environmental Programs.

Three academic programs form new BGSU school

A history of informal collaboration and common interests has led to a formal reorganization for three academic programs at the University.

The BGSU Board of Trustees on Friday approved the reconfiguration of the geology and geography departments and the Center for Environmental Programs into the new School of Earth, Environment and Society, effective July 1.

“This new school will facilitate interdisciplinary teaching and research while, at the same time, maintaining the identity of the three units within the school,” according to its director, Dr. Charles Onasch, geology.

Onasch said faculty in the participating programs started talking two years ago about how their shared interests in research and teaching might benefit from a more formal structure.

There was considerable common interest in geospatial science and technology—which he defined as being “used for the acquisition, management, visualization and analysis of features or phenomena that occur on the Earth”—and in the interactions between the Earth, the environment and humans.
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