Thursday, September 26, 2013  
Organic Chemistry lab debuts/Join discussion of 'College (Unbound)'

Dr. Steven Chung (second from right) demonstrates a chemistry experiment with students in the newly renovated Organic Chemistry Laboratory.
New organic chemistry lab hosts open house

When students returned to campus this fall, they found a gleaming new organic chemistry lab awaiting them. The fresh new space, completely redone and renovated, provides a state-of-the-art learning and teaching environment that is also significantly more energy efficient than the former space.

The chemistry department invites the community to tour the new lab at an open house, from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 4, in 318 Physical Sciences Laboratory Building. Refreshments will be served.

Students in a number of majors and disciplines use the organic chemistry lab and will benefit from the enhanced facility. All chemistry majors, whether in organic, biochemistry or the new forensic chemistry specialization, as well as many other science majors, especially those in pre-professional programs, will have lab classes there.

The 12 new, clear glass lab hoods plus one ADA-compliant hood provide space for all 24 students in a class, allowing new experiments to be integrated into the curriculum.

With a teaching wall and computer projection at the front of the room and two flat-screen monitors on the rear walls, students can see clearly what the instructor is presenting.

"The computer and video display capabilities will allow faculty to demonstrate safety procedures and lab procedures and will greatly enhance their ability to include computer simulation and modeling in the curriculum," said Dr. John Cable, chair of the chemistry department.

"The lab was specifically designed to provide 'back bench' space for all students," he added. "Chemicals are manipulated in the hoods and then students can use a space directly behind the hood to write in their notebooks, make additional measurements, run computer simulations and more."


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Join discussion of 'College (Unbound)'

Dr. Rodney Rogers, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, invites the University community to take part in a Brown Bag Lunch Discussion regarding the book "College (Unbound): The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students."

According to the publisher, "The four-year college experience is as American as apple pie. So is the belief that education offers a ticket to a better life. But with student-loan debt surpassing the $1 trillion mark and unemployment on the rise, people are beginning to question that value. Is a college diploma still worth pursuing at any price? "In 'College (Un)bound,' Jeffrey J. Selingo, editor at large for The Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that America's higher education system is broken. . . . Selingo not only turns a critical eye to the current state of affairs in higher education, but he also predicts how technology will transform it for the better."

"We invite you to read the book and prepare to engage in a lively debate with your colleagues about the future of higher education," Rogers said. The brown bag lunch discussions will be held Oct. 16 and Nov. 7, both from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Pallister Conference Room in Jerome Library.

The book is available on Amazon, and on Kindle for $1.99. Learn more about "College (Unbound)."

Countdown to 'From the Top' at Kobacker

Music lovers have the opportunity to be part of the live public taping of "From the Top," the preeminent showcase for young musicians, Saturday (Sept. 28) in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. The popular National Public Radio program, hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley, kicks off the College of Musical Arts Festival Series and will feature the performances and personal stories of talented young classical musicians from across the country.

Today only (Sept. 26), from noon to 5 p.m., faculty and staff may purchase one ticket to "From the Top" and receive a second one free by visiting the box office in Kobacker Hall and presenting their BGSU ID.

For tickets and information, visit the Festival Series site. "From the Top" may be heard locally on WGTE 91.3 FM Sundays at noon. This BGSU episode will air on Nov. 4.


September 26, 2013