BGSU Research Conference looks at expansion

The BGSU Research Conference marks its fifth anniversary this week with a slightly different format from past conferences, the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPAR) has announced.

The annual event, which showcases the scholarly and creative endeavors of University faculty and graduate students from all BGSU colleges and disciplines, will be held Thursday and Friday (Nov. 2 and 3) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

“Expanding the Research Environment” is the theme that will be explored through sessions with BGSU faculty and administrators and guest speakers. A change this year is that the second day will be devoted to a luncheon and sessions for new faculty.

Highlighting the conference will be the 11:45 a.m. luncheon on Thursday in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom, featuring a performance and presentation by Distinguished Artist/Research Professors Drs. Marilyn Shrude and John Sampen, musical arts, at 12:45 p.m.

Also at the luncheon, the winners of the 2006 Olscamp Research and Young Scholar awards will be announced at 12:30 p.m.

The conference will begin with a welcome and social gathering at 9:30 a.m. Thursday outside the Union Theater, followed by “Reaching the Next Level of Excellence” in the theater. During the 10 a.m. program, University deans will discuss expectations for faculty in the areas of research, engagement and entrepreneurship.

Attendees at the first afternoon session, at 1:45 p.m. in 201 Union, will hear a discussion among representatives of area economic development organizations and agencies, along with BGSU Firelands Dean James Smith, vice president for economic development and regional growth, and Frank Calzonetti, vice provost for research and economic development at the University of Toledo. They will address how northwest Ohio universities are approaching the state’s focus on economic development, and strategies for connecting with industry.

At the second session, at 3:30 p.m. in 201 Union, Keith Morrison of Van Scoyoc and Associates will speak on the federal research funding environment and obtaining federal earmarks.

At Friday’s sessions for new faculty, a “how-to” session on grant writing and collaboration will begin at 10 a.m. in 201 Union, followed by lunch at 11:45 a.m. in 202B Union, where a panel of newer faculty will talk about their first funding attempts. The final event of the day, a question-and-answer session with SPAR staff, will be held from 1:45-3:30 p.m., also in 202B Union.

October 30, 2006