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Groundbreaking Russian environmental scientist returns to BGSU

It’s been nearly 28 years since Russian environmental scientist Dr. Vladislav Alexeyev first visited the United States, co-hosted by BGSU. That groundbreaking visit, which was widely covered by the media, led to a series of collaborations with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and American biologists. Together, they have addressed the effects of air pollution on forest ecosystems and, in a study of global climate change, how forests help ameliorate the negative effects of pollution on the environment.

Alexeyev will discuss the results of his ongoing scientific cooperation with the United States when he returns to BGSU for a 3:30 p.m. seminar today (April 10) in 334 Life Sciences Building.

The original visit by Alexeyev and three other scientists was the result of a 1972 agreement between the U.S. and the Soviet Union—the first of its kind between two major nations—that called for joint research development, mutual cooperation and exchange in 11 areas of environmental protection.

His host at that time, Dr. Reginald Noble, now a professor emeritus of biological sciences and director of the Schedel Arboretum in Elmore, will once again host his longtime collaborator. Other U.S. colleagues will also be on hand, including representatives from the Forest Service Laboratory in Delaware—with whom Alexeyev is writing a book—and its laboratory in Pennsylvania, as well as the watershed chief from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Corvallis, Ore.

In addition to his appointment as principal investigator at the St. Petersburg Federal Forestry Research Institute, Alexeyev is director of biological sciences and a professor of ecology at the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and director of the St. Petersburg Forest Ecological Center, a nonprofit organization he founded.

BGSU holds 20th annual health fair

The theme of this year’s health fair is “Be a ‘S.T.A.R.’ 2006: Start Thinking About Reducing … Risks to Health!” The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday (April 12) in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The health fair will include more than 50 health exhibitors and offer free screenings for depression, alcohol, eating disorders, blood pressure, body fat ratios and (for a $5 fee) cholesterol. Free food and raffle prizes will be available.

The event is sponsored by the Student Health Service and the Wellness Connection.
April 10, 2006