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Research Conference is Thursday

The BGSU community is invited to attend the all-campus research conference this Thursday (Nov. 6), showcasing the excellence in scholarly and creative endeavors of its faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines and colleges. The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, primarily in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom with additional sessions in other rooms.

See poster presentations of current work, hear talks on wind power and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) research and education, and enjoy a reception and presentation of awards for the best student posters.

The noon luncheon (by reservation only) will include a talk by Lynn Whitney, art, on Toledo’s newest bridge. Also at the luncheon, the Olscamp Research and Outstanding Young Scholar awards will be presented.

A full schedule of events is posted at the research conference Web site: The conference is hosted by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research.

BG@100 forum to look at student component of CSS

The November BG@100 Open Forum, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 6) in 315 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, will feature the topic “Understanding Student Records, Financial Aid, and Student Financials.”

The presentation will examine these three areas from a Campus Solutions (CSS) perspective, including an introduction to how some processes may be completed, statistics, and examples of screen shots that will be available to users for viewing information.  

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. Project team members will also be available to answer questions regarding BG@100 and the Campus Solutions implementation.

Alumna to discuss new drug development, oncology therapy
The process of developing new drugs and the latest in oncology therapy will be Dr. Myra Patchen’s topics Thursday (Nov. 6) for a College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Alumna Lecture.

Patchen, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from BGSU in 1973 and 1975, respectively, will speak from 4-5 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. A reception will follow her talk, which is free and open to the public.

Now the president and chief executive officer of a private pharmaceutical consulting company, Patchen will discuss what the Food and Drug Administration generally requires before a drug can be tested in humans, as well as the mandated human-testing process before a drug can be considered for marketing approval by the FDA.

In addition to heading MLP Consulting Inc., Patchen is executive vice president of pharmaceutical development for Biothera Inc., a private biotechnology company. She will present the basic science and clinical research results of a product being developed by Biothera as an oncology therapy that directs the body’s immune system to attack cancer through a novel mechanism.

Patchen is also former CEO and board member of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Inc. Before entering the pharmaceutical industry, she did postdoctoral work under a National Science Foundation fellowship and managed basic laboratory science programs for the Department of Defense for more than 12 years. She has presented her scientific accomplishments at national and international conferences and published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals and books.

Patchen is a current member of the College of Arts & Sciences Advocates.

Array of new campus talent on display in ‘Five by Ives’

The Department of Theatre and Film will offer the campus and community their first look at up-and-coming talent in this year’s annual Newcomers Showcase, “Five by Ives.” Performances will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7 and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Joe E. Brown Theatre in University Hall.

The presentation of quirky, humorous one-act plays by award-winning playwright David Ives features a cast of exclusively first-year and transfer students from a variety of academic departments. The five comedies comprising “Five by Ives” were selected from the Ives collections “All in the Timing” and “Mere Mortals.”

Single tickets are $12 for students/adults, $6 for children under 12 and $5 for senior citizens (65 and over). Group rates are also available. To order tickets or for more information, contact the box office at 2-2719.

Mary Natvig to give master teacher lecture at national music meeting

Dr. Mary Natvig, musicology, has been chosen to present the master teacher lecture at the American Musicological Society and Society for Music Theory’s annual meeting, set for Nov. 6-9 in Nashville, Tenn.

The AMS’s Committee on Career Related Issues selected Natvig through a nomination process. Her lecture, titled “Active Learning in the Large Lecture Hall: Successes and Failures,” will be presented on Nov. 7.

Natvig earned her doctorate from the Eastman School of Music and has been teaching at BGSU since 1990. Author of Teaching Music History, her research interests include music and culture of the 15th century, music and liturgy in convents during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and women in music. She also directs the Early Music Ensemble at BGSU.

The American Musicological Society was founded in 1934 to advance research in the various fields of music as a branch of learning and scholarship. About 3,600 individuals and 1,200 institutional subscribers from more than 40 nations participate in the organization.

Bowling Green Opera Theater presents ‘Albert Herring’

The BGSU Opera Theater will present Benjamin Britten’s comic opera “Albert Herring” at 8 p.m. Friday (Nov. 7) and 3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 9) in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Britten, who is among the most prolific and well-known British composers of the mid-20th century, based his opera on the book Le Rosier de Madame Husson by Guy de Maupassant.

Emily Freeman Brown, director of orchestral activities at BGSU, serves as music director and will conduct the Bowling Green Philharmonia in the performance.

The stage and lighting design is by Keith Hofacker, technical director at the College of Musical Arts. Voice/opera coach Kevin Bylsma, music performance studies, provided the musical preparation.

Tickets are $9 for students and senior citizens and $12 for other adults in advance, and $12 and $15, respectively, on the day of the performance. Tickets are available at the Moore Center box office weekdays from noon to 6 p.m., or by calling 2-8171.

Conference to examine moral obligation

“Moral Obligation” will be the topic of next week’s conference hosted by the University’s Social Philosophy and Policy Center. Slated from Nov. 13-15, the event will be an examination of moral obligation—including what it is and how it is grounded. While the topic is fascinating in its own right and of fundamental importance to applied ethics, it is important to reflect upon underlying issues before entering into discussions of particular obligations, whether concerning future generations and the environment or the more mundane aspects of life, say the conference organizers.    

The keynote speaker will be Charles Larmore, a professor of philosophy and W. Duncan MacMillan Professor in the Humanities at Brown University. His lecture, entitled “Reflection and Morality,” will begin at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13. Larmore is the author of several important books, including The Morals of Modernity (Cambridge, 1996) and Patterns of Moral Complexity (Cambridge, 1987).  

Other prominent speakers include Stephen Darwall, John Dewey Collegiate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan; Paul Guyer, F.R.C. Murray Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania; Patricia Greenspan, a professor of philosophy at the University of Maryland, and Thomas Hurka, Jackman Distinguished Chair in Philosophical Studies at the University of Toronto and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

For more details on the conference, contact Program Manager John Milliken at 2-2536 or

November 3, 2008