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Written by DAVID DUPONT, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 24 February 2014 10:27
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Ceramic ring produced by Greg Pugh using 3D printer developed at BGSU. (Photo provided)
HURON - Bowling Green State University is ready to cash in on a technological breakthrough developed in its School of Art.
Meeting Friday at the Firelands campus, the Board of Trustees gave the president's office the authority to commercialize two patents related to a 3D printer developed by John Balistreri who teaches ceramics at BGSU.
The printer has been in the works since 2009. Its initial uses were to create ceramic pieces, especially intricate abstract constructions by Greg Pugh, then a student who has been hired to work on the project. But Balistreri already saw far wider possible applications for the printer.
Balistreri has been on research leave in Omaha and has continued to work on the printer there. In fall he told the Sentinel-Tribune he was working with researchers at the University of Nebraska to replacement bone.
Using ash from cow bones, hydroxy apitite, the researchers will construct a material to replace thin bone structures such as those in the skull and face. Researchers envision a material that will take the place of bone and allow new bone to grow into the replacement.
That's just one of many uses Balistreri envisions.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 10:41
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Kroger talks up green efforts PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 24 February 2014 10:24
Officials from the Kroger Co. were the featured speakers for a crowded room at the monthly Ag Breakfast Forum held Thursday at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation.
A standing room only group heard how the company continues in a variety of ways to achieve good stewardship of resources and limiting waste.
Mike Thiel, food safety manager, The Kroger Co., spoke on the sustainability strategy for one of the nation's largest grocery chains at the monthly Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum. He was accompanied by Marne Fuller, retail operations, The Kroger Co.. She focuses on overall management of waste removal.
Thiel is also president of the Ohio Association for Food Protection and a member of both the Ohio and National Environmental Health Associations.
Thiel explained there is a large emphasis on food safety, including a new program called "Fast Alerts" which tells the staff automatically when temperatures in storage cases fall outside of the acceptable range. The electronic equipment records temperatures of the storage units, minimizing the paper trails previously required to track temperatures.
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County's voting machines holding up PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 24 February 2014 10:27
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File photo. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Wood County's touchscreen voting machines are aging but still in good shape for now, and they're tested before each election.
With Ohio's secretary of state calling for an influx of technology or fewer regulations on what machines can be used, the 618 touchscreen machines here are not experiencing significant problems, said Terry Burton, director of the Wood County Board of Elections.
"We send a little higher percentage now for repair than we did five years ago, but we have not noticed a dramatic uptick" in technical problems, Burton said.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted last week said the federal government should pay for upgraded machines or ease restrictions on what states can allow counties to use.
Ohio spent $115 million for touchscreen and ballot-scanning devices from 2005 to 2006, and Husted urged federal officials not to wait until a problem arises to fund such advances again.
But for now, Burton says Wood County's machines are in good enough working order.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 10:51
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2..4..6..8.. BG cheerleaders are headed to state PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:32
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Alyssa Karaffa (right) working with cheerleaders. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Give me an S! Give me a T!
Now an A-T-E!
What does it spell? State!
The Bowling Green High School cheerleaders are headed to state competition next week, a rarity in the school's history, according to head coach Alyssa Karaffa.
"This is a huge thing for our school and our community," said Karaffa, who's been the coach for two years and is also a fourth-grade teacher at Conneaut Elementary.
BGHS will compete on March 2 at the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators event at St. John Arena on the Ohio State University campus. The regional competition was held Feb. 2 in the Anthony Wayne School District.
The 22 girls on the squad, which includes freshmen through seniors, will perform a two-minute and 30-second routine with cheers, dance, tumbling and stunting. The latter is a little unusual, as this is one of the few areas in Ohio that allows stunting, said Karaffa, who is a former instructor at Pure Energy Athletics, a competitive cheer and hip hop gym in Bowling Green.
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:43
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