BGSU part of new energy, environment alliance

BGSU is among 15 Ohio universities that signed a memorandum of understanding last week to create an alliance for clean energy research and development.

Ohio is thought to be among the first states—if not the first—to form such an alliance. The document, signers say, represents a collective message from the state’s major universities about the importance of secure, clean energy to both Ohio and the nation.

The signing ceremony took place in Columbus at the inaugural meeting of the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio. At the event, which had the theme “Ohio’s Future in Advanced Energy,” Gov. Ted Strickland spoke on the importance of research and development of clean energy alternatives to the state.

Dr. Cynthia Price, associate vice provost for research and director of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, took part in the ceremony. She said the alliance gives BGSU researchers an important opportunity “to make connections and share information—it’s a very good networking opportunity.”

Others attending from Bowling Green included Drs. Deanne Snavely, associate dean of the Graduate College; John Folkins, CEO of the University’s Research Institute; Robert Midden, chemistry; Zhaohui Xu, biological sciences; Peter Lu, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Photochemical Sciences, and Felix Castellano, chemistry.

Snavely, who is the chief BGSU contact for the alliance, said plans call for sharing knowledge and expertise related to clean energy, conservation and energy-related issues through conferences, collaborative projects, energy education programs, and serving as resources for industry and public offices. Another area of mutual interest is the commercialization of energy-related technology.

Among other institutions joining the alliance are Ohio University; the universities of Akron, Cincinnati, Toledo and Dayton; and Cleveland State, Miami, Ohio State, Wright State, Case Western Reserve, Central State, Kent State, Shawnee State and Youngstown State universities.

April 30, 2007