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Thursday, November 17, 2011

BGSU welcomes future scientists at Kids'
Tech University

Kids in technology

Why are tomatoes red? What can fossils tell us about the past and future of our planet? Kids' Tech University at BGSU is designed to let kids explore scientific concepts through hands-on activities as they discover more about the world and nature.

A research program for children ages 9-12, Kids' Tech meets in January, February, March and April. Each day includes a morning interactive session with faculty followed by lunch and an afternoon of related learning activities. An online component continues students' engagement after the campus activities have been completed.

The semester kicks off with Dr. Reinhard Laubenbacher of Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech University, who originated the Kids’ Tech program. He will introduce patterns, from snowflakes to ocean waves.

Dr. Peter Lu, Ohio Eminent Scholar in biology, will discuss proteins and their functions in February. In April, Dr. Peg Yacobucci, geology, will teach about fossils.

Dr. David Francis, horticulture and crop sciences, Ohio State University, leads the March session, on DNA.

Kids' Tech is open to all children who live within an hour of BGSU. There is a $25 registration fee; scholarships are available.

Online enrollment begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at

Kids' Tech at BGSU is directed by Dr. Paul Morris, biological sciences, and is funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant, which calls for participating universities to help prepare the next generation of scientists. (Click here for more information) Additional support comes from 4H.

For more details, click here.

Array of news 'In Brief'

Read ‘In Brief” for lots of great news on the Forensics and Debate Team’s success, the upcoming Girl Power! conference and a second call for proposals for regional economic development projects. 


in the news

Goza on infant mortality rates
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

German-American humor reflected immigrant lives

Author Michelle Alexander at BGSU

BGSU names provost

Wallach comments on the 'Now" CD franchise
Los Angeles Times

Fontana discusses video game graphics
The Blade

Student honored with Good Samaritan Award

Remembering fallen BGSU alumni
The Blade

Grammy-winning jazz ensemble to perform at BGSU
The Blade

Rogers chosen as next provost


Remove the “interim” from his title: Dr. Rodney Rogers has been named Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, President Mary Ellen Mazey announced Nov. 15. He had served as interim provost since July 1 and was chosen for the permanent position following a national search.

Rogers joined BGSU as dean of the College of Business Administration in 2006.

The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost is the chief academic officer of the University and is responsible for leading the academic mission and administration of the institution.

Meet Marvel comics writer, alumnus Marc Sumerak

Step into the world of comic books and graphic novels when alumnus Marc Sumerak visits campus today (Nov. 17). Sumerak will speak at the Popular Culture Colloquium at 11 a.m. in 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

A well-regarded comic book writer who has worked at Marvel Comics on some of the most popular characters today, such as Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Panther, the Fantastic Four, and more, Sumerak will talk about making comic books and introduce his recently published graphic novel, All-Ghouls School.

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November 17, 2011