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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Meel named distinguished teacher of mathematics


David Meel (left) receives the 2011 Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics from 2010 winner Dick Little of Baldwin-Wallace College.

Dr. David Meel's longtime commitment to helping students master and teach mathematics, along with his contributions to the profession, were recognized last month by the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The organization presented him the Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

Meel has been teaching math full time at BGSU since 1996 and has twice received the Kappa Mu Epsilon (mathematics honorary) Excellence in Teaching Mathematics Award at the University.

He is active in creating and employing teaching innovations such as interactive applets for linear algebra and calculus. He has used quilt pattern construction in teaching prospective teachers, as part of mathematics in art, and has published on the topic. He has also written on the use of story telling and writing in teaching math.

Meel is dedicated to preparing graduate students to teach math, and has developed and taught numerous courses, including online courses for in-service teachers.

When he heard of Meel's nomination for the award, a former student sent an unsolicited e-mail, writing, "He was an amazing professor. He helped me in more than just understanding the history of math, or how to approach teaching students. He also helped me to find my passion for teaching math. During his class I began to question my potential as a math teacher and if I would ever learn all that I needed to know. Dr. Meel sat me down in his office and helped to realize that I am not supposed to be perfect at everything as a new teacher; much like my students, I will learn too. BGSU is very lucky to have him as a part of the math and education program because he has impacted countless students' learning."

In today's In Brief

Bunnicula, star of a beloved series of children's books, comes to the BGSU stage, and the Speech and Hearing Clinic is offering free screenings and hearing aid cleanings. Read all about it in In Brief.

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NFL experts come to BGSU
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Inside The Oaks dining hall
- WUPW, Sentinel-Tribune, WTVG

Jackson comments
on possible
government shutdown

A show of creativity at
VCTO exhibit
- Sandusky Register

'Bunnicula the Musical' stalks university stage
- Sentinel-Tribune

BGSU alumna, author
visits campus
- Sentinel-Tribune

Tent city to raise homelessness awareness
- Sentinel-Tribune

ODK leadership honorary inducts new members

Presidential Candidates

The 2011 inductees of the BGSU Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa

The BGSU circle of Omicron Delta Kappa welcomed five faculty and staff members and 21 students into the organization at an induction ceremony April 1 in Prout Chapel.

One of the nation's oldest and most prestigious leadership honor societies, ODK was founded in 1914 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. It was the first college honor society to have a national scope and honor students for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities. Bowling Green's chapter, or circle, was created in 1949 and since then has initiated more than 1,700 students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Faculty and staff members inducted were:

  • Colleen Boff, first-year experience librarian in the University Libraries
  • Dr. Howard (Casey) Cromwell, psychology and director of the JP Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind and Behavior
  • Dr. Heath Diehl, General Studies Writing
  • Annette Badik, director of the Career Center
  • Dr. Jessica Turos, assistant director of the Career Center

Discussions, performances compose music conference

Music in all its aspects will be examined this weekend when the Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology holds its conference, hosted by the Department of Popular Culture. The conference begins at 12:45 Friday (April 8) in 315 Bowen-Thompson Student Union and continues through 1:30 p.m. Sunday (April 10). Scholars from BGSU and around the country will discuss music, its uses and influences, and give lectures, demonstrations and performances.

A special feature will be a performance and lecture by Dr. Matthew Donahue, a BGSU popular culture faculty member and award-winning artist, musician, filmmaker, writer and educator, at 1 p.m. Saturday (April 9) in 308 Union.

"From Where the Phoenix Rose" will highlight Donahue's creative work and the electric guitar and specifically the Electra guitar in popular culture, and include a brief performance of some of Donahue's instrumental songs.

Popular culture faculty member Dr. Jeremy Wallach is president of the Midwest Section of the society and chair of the popular culture division.

A community contra dance and fund-raiser for Habitat for Humanity will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the former church in the 100 block of East Court Street, with music by the Root Cellar String Band.


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April 07, 2011