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Michael McKay to give Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Dr. R. Michael McKay, the Ryan Professor of Biological Sciences, will deliver the year's first Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture at 4 p.m. today (Nov. 7) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater. His talk, "Bioengineering our Climate," explores the possibilities of large-scale manipulation of the environment in an effort to counteract the undesired consequences of human activity.

In particular, he will draw on the work of his own research team in examining the potential of using iron fertilization of the oceans to limit the climatic impact of increasing CO2 emissions.

McKay is an internationally known biologist whose research has focused on examining the effects of iron limitation on phytoplankton growth in the Pacific Ocean and the Great Lakes, exploring the mechanisms by which they respond to trace nutrient deficiency, and developing molecular probes to identify deficiencies. In addition to an extensive record of publications and continuous external funding for his research, McKay has been widely recognized by his professional peers. Most recently, he was awarded a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to pursue his research in Germany.

The lecture is open to the public. A reception in McKay's honor will follow.

Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, on Saturday

The India Students Association will hold its annual Diwali Mela at 6 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 12) in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

There will be performances of Indian dances, cultural displays and authentic Indian food.

Diwali is the Indian festival of lights. The word “diwali” comes from the Sanskrit word “deepavali,” meaning a row of light. The ballroom will be decorated with lights and lanterns shaped like the traditional diyas (earthen oil lamps), used to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

Diwali is considered the most important holiday in India and is comparable to Christmas. It is a time to buy new clothes and articles, clean house, get together with family and relatives, exchange gifts and enjoy fireworks and delicious meals.

Tickets for the BGSU celebration are $10. To order, call 2-9000.

For more information about the event and the holiday, visit .

Literary festival aimed at all writers

The “Winter Wheat: Mid-American Review Festival of Writing,” to be held Nov. 17-20, offers more than 40 writing workshops for aspiring writers of all abilities. The event includes panel discussions and readings by visiting writers and several BGSU faculty members.

The majority of the workshops will be held Nov. 19 between 8 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, with readings, dinner and concluding the day with an open mic session.

Steve Almond, fiction and nonfiction writer. will kick off the festival with a 7:30 p.m. reading on Nov. 17. Almond is the author of the acclaimed work of nonfiction, Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America, as well as other short-story collections, including The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Short Stories and My Life in Heavy Metal.

Other fiction writers reading at the festival will include Edith Pearlman and Pushcart Prize nominee Tom Noyes, author of Behold Faith. The event also will feature poets George Looney, Aimee Nezhukamatahil and Philip Memmer.

For registration and event information, contact Abigail Cloud at or visit .

November 7, 2005