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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

BGSU participates in northwest Ohio
STEM conference

They are crucial fields of study, necessary for the future of Ohio's students and the region's economic success. On Thursday (May 13), a panel of experts will discuss the importance of STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and take viewer questions during a special broadcast airing on both WBGU-PBS and WGTE-PBS.

"STEM Education: Critical Partnerships for the 21st Century" will air from 8-9 p.m. and can also be watched online. Dr. Pat Pauken, School of Leadership and Policy Studies, will host.

Participants include John Stanford, the executive assistant for education to Governor Strickland; Paul Worstell, president of Pro-Tec Coating, Inc.; Steve Weathers, president and CEO of Regional Growth Partnership; Carol Campbell, executive vice president at First Solar, Inc.; Dr. Charlene Czerniak, a nationally known science education researcher and professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Toledo, and Putnam County Educational Service Center Superintendent Jan Osborn, a prominent leader in K-12 education throughout the state.

They will discuss what needs to be done to ensure that STEM education is strong and effective in northwest Ohio and how it is tied to the region's business growth, quality of life and future economic success. Coordinators say it's about preparing students to meet the need for a high tech, high skill work force.

The panel discussion will be followed by a webinar hosted in the WGTE studio from
9-10 p.m. It will be viewable only over the Web at

The broadcast and webinar are made possible through the support and assistance of BGSU, the University of Toledo, the Putnam County Educational Service Center, the Ohio STEM Learning Network and the National
Governors Association.

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Library dean candidate to visit
this week

The campus is invited to an open forum with library dean candidate Kay Flowers at 3 p.m. Thursday (May 13) in 315 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Flowers, university librarian and dean at Idaho State University, was originally scheduled to hold a forum on May 3 but had to cancel because of a death in her family. Her campus visit has been rescheduled for Thursday
and Friday.

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May 11, 2010