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Spring is here: be prepared for tornadoes, severe weather

Last week, on March 26, the campus and Wood County held the annual test of tornado sirens. Since tornado season is approaching, this is a good time to be sure you are familiar with the location of your building’s tornado shelter.

Posters identifying severe weather shelters can be found next to exits and stairways in each building. When a siren sounds, go immediately to the designated area and remain there until the all-clear has sounded. Stay out of damaged buildings until authorities have determined it is safe to enter.

If you are outside when you hear a siren, get into a ditch or low area and cover your head and neck with your arms. Do not attempt to outrun a tornado in a vehicle.

The University police will send cell-phone text messages with severe weather alerts to all those who have signed up for the AlertBG system, located on MyBGSU at the top of the Welcome page.

Be sure to register to receive this valuable information.

If you have already enrolled in AlertBG but have changed your carrier, log back into your account and change your carrier information—even if you have kept the same phone number. This will enable the system to reach you in the event of an emergency.

Severe weather information will also be posted on the University home page and will be available at 419-37-ALERT and 419-372-SNOW.

Conference examines the complex web of worldwide food

The environmental, political, ethical and cultural implications of contemporary food production and distribution will be addressed at “Fast Food World: Food and Globalization in the 21st Century.”

Dr. Krishnendu Ray

The conference will be held April 11 in 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. All sessions are free and open to the public. No registration is required except for the luncheon preceding the first session.

The event begins at 1:30 p.m. with a general introduction to the topic by Dr. Kenneth Kiple, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of history and author of The Cambridge World History of Food

“Exotic Restaurants and Expatriate Home-Cooking: Indian Food in Manhattan” will be the topic of Dr. Krishnendu Ray, nutrition and food studies, New York University, and author of The Migrant’s Table. He will speak from 1:45-2:15 p.m.

Dr. Deborah Barndt, environmental studies, York University, and author of Tangled Routes: Women, Work, and Globalization on the Tomato Trail, will discuss “Seeds of Hope: Stories from the Tangled Routes of the NAFTA Tomato” from 2:30-3:15 p.m.

Dr. Howard Sacks

Sociologist Dr. Howard Sacks, director of the Rural Life Center at Kenyon College, will explore “Why Aren't There Any Turkeys at the Danville Turkey Festival?” from 3:30-4:15 p.m.

The final session of the conference, from 4:15-5:30 p.m., will feature a panel of representatives from local organizations who will discuss ways to get involved in issues of food and globalization in the community. Audience participation will be welcomed throughout.  

The noon lunch in 201 Union will feature local foods and a short talk on the cultural roots of local cuisine given by Christine Haar, coordinator of the Dietetics Internship Program at BGSU. The cost of the lunch is $12 for nonstudents and $10 for students, payable at the door.  Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Contact John Milliken at 2-2536 or to reserve a place at the lunch or for further details.   
The conference is presented with support from the Social Philosophy and Policy Center, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, BG Experience, and the departments of history and American culture studies, in cooperation with the International Studies Program. 

BGSU hosts Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Ohio’s top high school science whizzes will present the results of their original research during the 45th annual Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (Ohio JSHS) Wednesday-Friday (April 2-4) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The free, public event is patterned after research sessions at professional meetings, and both paper and poster sessions will take place. Dr. Emilio Duran, teaching and learning and director of the symposium, will give the opening remarks.

At stake is more than $20,000 in scholarship money and cash awards for the winners. In addition, the top five paper presenters will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the National JSHS to take place in Orlando, Florida, April 30-May 4. This year, the top poster presenter at the Ohio symposium also will attend the national event to present his or her results in a noncompetitive forum.

Approximately 75 high school students from all over the state will present research on topics from all areas of science. Northwest Ohio high school teachers and BGSU faculty members, undergraduates and graduate students will chair the sessions and serve as judges.

Campus sponsors of awards include COSMOS, the departments of physics and astronomy and chemistry, and the colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Development.

Several special events have been planned for visitors in connection with the symposium. Thursday evening, the keynote speaker at the banquet will be Dr. John Laird, physics and astronomy, who will present his research titled “The Fossil Record of the Milky Way."

March 31, 2008