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Researcher to discuss how a bacterium knows when to wake up

Dr. Susan Golden

How do cells tell time? Dr. Susan Golden, this year’s Jean Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lecturer, will share her research into cells’ timekeeping mechanisms. Her public talk on "How a Bacterium Knows When to Wake Up" will be held at 7 p.m. next Monday (April 21) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater.

She will also give a biology department seminar at 10 a.m. April 22 in 112 Life Sciences Building titled "A Bacterial Model for How Cells Tell Time."

Golden is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and a member of the Center for Research on Biological Clocks at Texas A&M University. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Mississippi University for Women in 1978 and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Missouri in 1983. As a National Institutes for Health postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Robert Haselkorn at the University of Chicago, she characterized S. elongatus photosynthesis genes.

In 1986, she joined the Department of Biology at Texas A&M, where her research on light-responsive photosynthesis gene expression led to the development of bioluminescence reporting in S. elongatus. In the early 1990s she began a collaborative project with C.H. Johnson of Vanderbilt University and colleagues at Nagoya University that demonstrated circadian rhythms of gene expression in the cyanobacterium S. elongatus; this organism has become the premier experimental model for a prokaryotic circadian clock. Her lab uses diverse approaches to understand the molecular basis of timekeeping in S. elongatus.

Golden was promoted to Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M in 2003. She was previously a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, an American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Research awardee and a recipient of Teacher/Scholar and Distinguished Achievement in Research awards at Texas A&M. She was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2000.

BGSU’s annual lecture series was created in 1998 through an endowment by Jean Pasakarnis-Buchanan, who graduated from the University in 1952 and went on to a 33-year career as a cytologist with Massachusetts General Hospital. She also taught cytology, which is the study of human cells, at Northeastern University. Buchanan received the Alumni Community Award from BGSU in 1972, and in 1987 set up a scholarship for biology or medical technology majors. Her lectureship endowment has allowed the University to bring some of the leading figures in biology and medicine to campus each year.

Authors who lived a college hoops dream to speak

Andrew Hemminger and Dave Bensch took a road trip before they graduated from college last year. But unlike most students who’ve hit the road for an adventure, they’ve written a book about it.

Over 421 days and more than 27,000 miles beginning in the summer of 2006, the friends from Oak Harbor set out to meet and interview the best college basketball coaches in the land. They’ll talk about their trek, which resulted in the book “Destination Basketball,” from 6-8 p.m. Thursday (April 17) in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Hemminger, a BGSU graduate, and Bensch hatched the idea in June 2006 and compiled a list of top coaches, past and present. Five days after the project’s conception, they found themselves interviewing Louisville’s Rick Pitino—the first of 29 coaches who discussed everything from coaching philosophies and recruiting to influences on their lives and what they enjoy doing outside coaching.

The list of coaches also includes legends John Wooden of UCLA and Dean Smith of North Carolina, along with such current notables as Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Ohio State’s Thad Matta, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun, Florida’s Billy Donovan, Maryland’s Gary Williams, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Minnesota’s Tubby Smith.

Best friends since grade school, Hemminger and Bensch grew up a mile apart and played basketball and baseball together for more than a decade before graduating from Oak Harbor High School in 2003. Hemminger went on to BGSU, where he graduated cum laude last August with a bachelor’s degree in education and a specialization in sport management. Bensch also graduated with honors last year, with a mathematics degree from Baldwin-Wallace College.

For more information about their book, visit

Sponsoring their talk is the Dean’s Student Advisory Council in the College of Education and Human Development.

April 14, 2008