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October 1, 2007
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A LANDSAT Satellite image of Toledo and the Lake Erie inlet.

A LANDSAT Satellite image of Toledo and the Lake Erie inlet.

Trustees give green light to explore potential of water-testing patent

The University has taken the first step toward the licensing of intellectual property since the creation of the BGSU Research Institute last year.

On Sept. 28, the board of trustees approved the transfer of a patent from BGSU to the research institute for an algorithm that can be applied to images from the LANDSAT satellite to detect early outbreaks of harmful cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in lakes and reservoirs.

Dr. Robert Vincent, geology, created the algorithm and developed the method of detection. Vincent has received more than $1 million in research support from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and has many years’ experience in the application of remote sensing technology.

With the transfer, the institute can now license the patent to Blue Water Satellite, Inc., which was created to use the remote sensing method to monitor bodies of water for potentially toxic algae blooms. The company is headed by Vincent, who will be joined by four other employees with a background in sales.
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Meet the new, streamlined MyBGSU
Following fall break, on Oct. 8, the campus will see a significant improvement in the look and usability of the MyBGSU secure Web portal, Information Technology Services has announced.
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Banks to examine German higher-education transition through Fulbright
Michelle Banks, director of annual giving. will get a “true insider look at higher education in Germany” when she visits next month through the 2007 Fulbright Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education.
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Daylong symposium to examine 'Nuclear Asia'
One year after North Korea’s announcement of a successful nuclear weapon test, an international panel of experts will gather Oct. 12 at the University to discuss global implications of rising nuclear threats in Asia.
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Arts' economic impact on northwest Ohio to be announced
Results of a study of the economic impact of the arts and cultural organizations in this region will be announced by BGSU’s Center for Regional Development during a 6 p.m. event Tuesday (Oct. 2) at the Valentine Theatre in downtown Toledo.
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Falcons make it a happy Homecoming
The football Falcons improved to 3-1 on the season with a 41-21 Homecoming win over Western Kentucky Sept. 29.
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