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Dr. Xinyue Ye

BGSU geographer maps path to success

BGSU geographer Dr. Xinyue Ye is recently home from receiving the Emerging Scholar Award from the Association of American Geographers at the group’s annual meeting. Not only did he return with the award, but with a prestigious appointment as well.

“At the same time, I was appointed to be one of the two U.S.-side book editors of A Comparative Geography of China and the U.S., to be published by Springer Press in 2013,” said Ye, a specialist in economic geography. “That book will be heavily promoted by the field, and will be influential given the increasing importance of the U.S.-China relationship.”

The Emerging Scholar Award is given annually to "early-to-mid career scholars who show potential for distinguished scholarship in development, planning and/or policy issues though applied or theoretical research in these areas, and/or impacted the field through mentorship/teaching.” It is presented by the association’s Regional Development Planning Specialty Group, which nominated and unanimously elected Ye for the award, according to Honors Committee Chair Vandana Wadhwa.

“What he has accomplished in his three years here at BGSU is truly remarkable,” said Dr. Charles Onasch, director of the School of Earth, Environment and Society. “Not only has his research program been exceptionally productive (e.g., 12 peer-reviewed journal articles, five book editorships, three book reviews, and PI or co-PI on five grants in this year alone!), but the recognitions arrive daily.

“He serves on several editorial boards and has been appointed as chief liaison to three U.S.-China geography initiatives. In this last area, our school is exploring undergraduate, graduate, and faculty exchanges with two Chinese universities that focus on geospatial science. We are very fortunate to have Xinyue.”

In addition to his position in the geography department, Ye is also a member of BGSU’s Center for Regional Development (CRD). He was a key player on an award-winning, CRD project to help businesses find and develop the workforces they need to succeed. The center designed and is building a searchable online database containing real-time information on what workers exist in specific locations and the skill sets they possess.

“This project will be very helpful to the economic development community,” said Dr. Michael Carroll, center director.

Ye created the spatial decision models for the “Comprehensive Space-Time Data Analysis Toolkit,” which was funded by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration. Along with CRD Assistant Director Will Burns, Ye presented the toolkit at the University Economic Development Association national competition, winning the 2011 Award of Excellence.

Genetics talk, discount Cirque tickets In Brief

Dr. Sherri Bale, co-founder, president and clinical director of GeneDx, will lead audiences on “The Long and Winding Road: A Career in Genetics” today as the 2012 McMaster Visiting Scientist. Looking ahead to June, discount tickets to Cirque de Soleil are available.

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‘BGSU Bulletin’ recaps week on campus

BGSU is a busy place, with many activities and events happening all across campus.  Now you can keep up with what’s going on with “BGSU Bulletin,” a new video series created by the Office of Marketing and Communications, WBGU-TV and BG24.

The latest edition of "BGSU Bulletin" will be available every Friday during the academic year. Do you have an event you would like covered?  Contact Jen Sobolewski at with the details.

New state crime lab coming to BGSU

As part of the latest Capital Appropriations Bill, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced his office will receive $11.9 million to build a state-of-the-art crime lab and investigations facility for the Bowling Green Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) at BGSU.

The new lab will expand the capabilities of the current BCI office, while allowing for a unique, first-of-its-kind partnership between the bureau and the University. The collaboration aims to advance the forensic sciences while preparing future scientists and investigators to leave college ready for employment in the public safety field.

"Locating the new BCI facility on the campus of Bowling Green State University is a win-win situation," said DeWine. "BCI will expand its space to better serve law enforcement in northwest Ohio while working hand in hand with the University to help prepare the next generation of forensic scientists and investigators."  

According to President Mary Ellen Mazey, the University is just beginning to explore ways it can collaborate with the new lab.

"The possibilities are endless," Mazey said. "The facility will help build upon our strengths in the sciences and criminal justice. We also look forward to research initiatives to develop new cutting-edge techniques."


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March 19, 2012