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Mayfield lecturer to discuss latest in remote sensing

“Volcano Hazards and Mineral Exploration from Space: The Latest and Greatest in Remote Sensing Data” will be the topic of Dr. Bernard E. Hubbard when he gives the 29th annual Mayfield Lecture this evening (April 9). The free talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in 123 Overman Hall.

Hubbard, who received his Ph.D. in geology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, is a research geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Va. His research interests include a variety of geologic applications of remote sensing and geographic information systems to natural resource exploration and natural hazards.

The Mayfield Lecture was established in 1978 to honor Dr. Samuel Mayfield, the first faculty member in the Department of Geology. Each year, an outstanding geoscientist has been invited to deliver the lecture.

How does spirituality impact families in transition?

Drs. Annette Mahoney and Kenneth Pargament, psychology, have been at the forefront of a resurgence in serious scientific study of spirituality and its impact on individuals and the social fabric.

Their current research—supported by a $1.2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation—examines the helpful and harmful ways that spirituality expresses itself among families in the midst of major life transitions.

Mahoney and Pargament will offer a look into perhaps the least understood but most uniquely human dimension of life at 4 p.m. Tuesday (April 10) in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Their College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture is titled “Sacred Matters: Exploring the Spiritual Dimensions of Marital and Family Ties.”

A reception will follow the free talk.

Program to explore impact of torture

“Denounce Torture" is the theme of a campus program devoted to exploring the impact of torture in the world.

Scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday (April 11) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater, the free event is being sponsored by the BGSU chapter of Amnesty International in partnership with the Muslim Student Association, the departments of political science and sociology, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The guest speaker is James Yee, former Muslim Army Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay and author of the book "For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire" (Public Affairs Books, 2005). He will discuss his experiences with Guantanamo detainees and his own false arrest and incarceration on espionage and treason charges in 2003.

The evening will begin with a performance of the short play "Psst … I Have Something to Tell You, Mi Amor," by Ana Castillo. The play is based on the experiences of Sister Dianna Ortiz, an American missionary who survived abduction and torture in Guatemala in the 1980s. The short documentary film "Outlawed: Rendition, Torture and the Disappearances in the 'War on Terror,'" will also be screened.

Get answers to FMS questions at two sessions

Now that the Financial Management Solutions system has gone live, the BG@100 project will hold two sessions to provide users an opportunity to gain a clearer understanding of the requisition process from start to finish and to help clarify any questions regarding FMS.

The sessions will begin with a lecture/demonstration that will address how requesters should use FMS. Topics to be covered include:
• Receiving—when to receive and how to receive
• Documents to be used—quick invoice vs. requisitions (low, CNF)
• What to do with work lists
• How to check the status of documents (requisitions, quick invoices, purchase orders, receivers, vouchers and payments)
• How to process NEC payments (Nonemployee requisitions)

The lecture/demonstration will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions of FMS functional leads and back-office personnel.

Sessions will be offered from 9:30-11 a.m. on Thursday (April 12) in 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union and on April 17 in 228 Union.

Attendees are not required to register; seating will allow for 100 participants per session. It is suggested that attendees bring a notebook and pen to take notes. A recap of the question-and-answer session, along with the PowerPoint presentation handout, will be available on the BG@100 Web site following the April 17 session.

Questions regarding these sessions may be sent to

Latino Issues Conference offers perspectives on immigration

Dr. Katia Paz Goldfarb of Montclair State University will give the keynote speech at the thirteenth annual Latino Issues Conference Thursday (April 12). The theme of the all-day conference in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union is “Transnational Survival in America: Perspectives on Latino Immigration.”

Goldfarb, an associate professor and chair of family and child studies in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State, is one of the first Latina chairpersons in the human development and families field in the United States. She is also the chair of the Ethnic Minorities section of the National Council on Family Relations. Her research and publications have addressed an array of topics with a focus on the relationships between Latino immigrant families, family dynamics, sustainability, family-school relationships, teacher education, and communities.

The conference, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will include presentations by guest speakers and BGSU graduate students, in sessions on such topics as Immigration, Latino Families, Schools and Communities, and Labor, Home and Educational Environments.

A Latino cuisine buffet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. is $8; reservations can be made by calling 2-2642. Sponsors are the Center for Multicultural and Academic Initiatives, the College of Education and Human Development, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the BGSU Human Relations Commission.

BGSU hosts restorative justice conference

Restorative justice programs are gaining popularity around the world. The focus of the programs is to repair the harm caused by criminal behavior to both the victims and the offenders in ways not traditionally found within the court system. Some programs and outcomes of restorative justice include victim-offender mediation, conferencing, victim assistance, restitution and community services.

BGSU will host a conference on “Restorative Justice: Theory, Policy and Practice” from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday (April 13) in 101 Olscamp Hall.

Guest speakers at the conference include:
• Gordon Bazemore, professor of criminology and criminal justice, and director of the Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University. Bazemore has written numerous books and articles on the topic of restorative justice and is currently conducting more research on juvenile court reform and restorative justice.
• Karin Ho, administrator of the Office of Victim Services in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. She oversees direct services to crime victims in Ohio and has provided technical assistance to numerous other state correctional agencies as they have implemented victim service programs.
• Barb Toews, a restorative justice practitioner and trainer, who works with incarcerated individuals in Pennsylvania. She is employed by the Pennsylvania Prison Society in Philadelphia as a program mentor.

For more information, contact Nicolas Maloberti at 2-2536 or

The conference is sponsored by the Social Philosophy and Policy Center, the Criminal Justice Program, the Department of Sociology and the College of Arts and Sciences.

April 9, 2007