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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Forsyth full scholarships awarded to top
science students

Forsyth Awards
Charles Onasch (left) with the five Forsyth Medal recipients at the award ceremony in the McFall Center Gallery. They are (left to right) Hannah Duffy, Natalie Northrup, Sarah Scisson, Lydia Thiel and Macy Weatherhead.

It’s an extraordinary opportunity for extraordinary students, given in honor of an extraordinary faculty member. Five high school seniors were recently awarded the Forsyth Medal and, with it, full, four-year scholarships to major in one of the sciences at BGSU.

The program, which is in its first year, honors the accomplishments and memory of Dr. Jane Forsyth, a professor emerita of geology. Students were nominated by their high schools as being their top science student. A committee of BGSU science faculty selected the five recipients.  

Winning were: Hannah Duffy of Cleveland; Natalie Northrup of Oregon, Ohio; Sarah Scisson of Toledo; Lydia Thiel of Bucyrus, and Macy Weatherhead of Hicksville, Ohio.

“The program is part of a larger effort to increase the number of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors at BGSU,” said geologist Dr. Charles Onasch, director of the School of Earth, Environment and Society.

As a role model, students could ask for no better than Jane Forsyth. One of Ohio’s preeminent scientists and a pioneer in her field, she was recognized as a leading authority on the glacial geology of Ohio and co-authored the first glacial geologic map of the state.

She taught at BGSU for 27 years (1965-92), studying the interrelationships between geology, botany and ecology long before interdisciplinary research in the sciences was popular. She was best known as a dedicated teacher and mentor for many students, particularly women. It is in recognition of her many professional accomplishments as a woman scientist, her love and knowledge of the natural world, and her willingness to share it with others that BGSU awards the Forsyth Medal.

K-12 librarians and tech coordinators to be on campus

More than 50 K-12 school districts will be represented at the annual NWOET (Northwest Ohio Educational Technology) Information Media and Advisory Meeting March 10 in Olscamp Hall.

We welcome any BGSU department offering programs or services of interest to K-12 teachers to have a six-foot table exhibit. There is no cost, but advance registration is required by Feb. 15. Presenters for breakout sessions are also invited to submit proposals. Exhibit hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Call 2-7033 or email Roger Minier at for more information.

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February 11, 2010