‘Achievement: Measuring Success’ is theme of BGSU Research Conference

Campus researchers will share their work with one another and the public at the fourth annual BGSU Research Conference Thursday and Friday (Nov. 3 and 4). Also during the conference, the winners of the 2005 Olscamp Research Award and the Outstanding Young Scholar Award will be announced.

“Achievement: Measuring Success” is the theme of this year’s event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Hosted by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research and supported by the Graduate College and the Provost’s Office, the conference will give a look at work by faculty and graduate students from all disciplines, including the sciences, humanities, art, performing arts, health and human services, technology, education and business.

More than 135 poster presentations will be ongoing in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom throughout the two-day event, with many of the researchers available to discuss their research.

In the conference’s opening session, from 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Union Theater, the deans will give their perspective on the scholarship of engagement and address engagement as it impacts the disciplines in their colleges. Aspects under discussion will include defining the scholarship of engagement in its many forms, establishing an effective culture and research infrastructure that promotes research and artistic endeavors while encouraging opportunities for engagement, and clarifying expectations for faculty related to engagement in an environment that also measures success in teaching, research and creative activities.

Faculty and administrators are encouraged to join in the discussion, which will be moderated by Dr. Heinz Bulmahn, dean of the Graduate College and vice provost for research.

A noon luncheon on Thursday will feature a special presentation by Dr. Ronald Shields, chair of the theatre and film department, on “The Cavalli Project: Artistic Collaboration and Scholarship across BGSU and Beyond,” which will include selections from the upcoming BGSU Opera Theater production of the Baroque opera “Gli Amori d’Apollo e di Dafne.”

The awards presentation will also be made at the luncheon. To make reservations, contact Kris Curlis at 2-6070 or

Afternoon sessions on Thursday will include “Federal Earmarking: Process and Success,” “Setting Research Priorities for New Faculty” and “Speed Research Networking.”

Friday’s sessions will include “What Are the Hot Topics in Research and Scholarship in the College of Education and Human Development?” “Technology Transfer at Bowling Green State University,” and a presentation by the Social Philosophy and Policy Center titled “The Book vs. the X-Box: Is Literature Dying?”

A closing reception for researchers and guests will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday in the ballroom. In “Five Minutes of Fame,” selected researchers will share their work with the audience.

For a complete schedule of events and participants, visit the SPAR Web site at

October 31, 2005