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Photographer/author to speak Feb. 28

rosamond8X14shellInternationally known photographer and author Rosamond Purcell will discuss her work and life Thursday, Feb. 28, at noon in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections in Carlson Library.

The Massachusetts-based “doyenne of decay” has written or illustrated 17 books, including two with Stephen J. Gould, an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and historian of science. She is known for her photographic documentation of natural history collections housed in such far-flung places as the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.

In addition, Purcell has had more than 50 solo exhibitions of her photography.

Last fall, artwork by her and Michael Witmore was featured in the exhibition titled “Very Like a Whale: Seeming is Believing in Shakespeare,” which was on display at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

“Purcell’s photographic works take us into the world of decay; they remark on the nature of transitional states of being. They are beautiful in the extreme,” said Barbara Miner, UT associate professor of art.

“She is able to magically capture the ephemeral aspects of preciousness, and we are left wanting to be explorers of the discarded and overlooked too. She bridges a scientist’s inquisitive, data-collecting mind with an artist’s sensibilities perfectly.”

Purcell’s free, public talk is sponsored by the UT Department of Art and the Friends of the Libraries.

To learn more about Purcell, visit rosamondpurcell.com.

For more information, contact Miner at barbara.miner@utoledo.edu or 419.530.8315, or David Remaklus at david.remaklus@utoledo.edu or 419.530.4030.

UT Federal Credit Union offers undergraduate scholarships for members

The University of Toledo Federal Credit Union is giving 2013 high school graduates or any current college student the opportunity to win $5,000 in college scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year.

creditunion_myUTTo qualify, applicants must be a member of the UT Federal Credit Union in good standing, be a current college student or a high school student expected to graduate in 2013, and plan to pursue an undergraduate education at least part time. Previous winners of scholarship funds from the credit union are not eligible.

The application can be printed from uoftfcu.com through the scholarship information link in the left menu.

Applicants must complete an essay of no more than 750 words to answer the question: “Personal financial education is important. How can The University of Toledo Federal Credit Union help you become financially stable?”

According to Kara Mominee, marketing manager for the UT Federal Credit Union, all essays will be judged by the board of directors on originality, attention to detail, and specific examples.

The application and essay should be sent to: Scholarship Selection Committee, UT Federal Credit Union, 5248 Hill Ave., Toledo, OH 43615.

The deadline to enter the contest is Friday, March 8; winners will be announced during the credit union’s annual meeting Friday, April 19.

Mominee said the number of scholarships granted within the $5,000 limit will depend on the number of students who apply.

The UT Federal Credit Union is located in Student Union Room 3019 on Main Campus and in Mulford Library Room 013E on Health Science Campus. The main office is at 5248 Hill Ave.

Students encouraged to apply for Phi Kappa Phi scholarships

PhiKappaPhi.jpg.728x520_q85The UT chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is accepting applications for its Awards of Excellence scholarships for students who will be returning to the University in fall 2013.

Three awards of $500 will be awarded.

To be eligible, students must have a GPA of 3.6 or higher or equivalent. Each applicant must submit a resumé, a 500-word essay and two letters of recommendation.

The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, March 18.

Applicants do not need to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to be eligible for the scholarship. Graduate students also are encouraged to apply.

The application form is available here or by contacting Barbara Floyd at 419.530.2170, Wade Lee at 419.530.4490, or Dr. Tom Barden at 419.530.5234.

Outstanding Teacher Award nominations due March 8

Take a few minutes and recognize that teacher, the one who inspired you, challenged you, encouraged you and motivated you to be your best.

Nominations are being accepted for the Outstanding Teacher Awards through Friday, March 8, at 5 p.m.

Students, alumni, faculty and staff are asked to nominate teachers who exemplify excellence.

Click here for the online nomination form.

Any full-time faculty member who has not received the Outstanding Teacher Award is eligible; a list of past winners is online with the nomination form.

The outstanding teachers are selected by a committee of UT faculty and a student representative who review nominations. The committee’s deliberations are confidential; no one outside the group knows the content of the nominations or the identity of the nominators.

The content of the supporting statement from the nominator weighs heavily in the evaluation of candidates. Nominators are asked to give specific examples that demonstrate the nominee’s ability as an outstanding teacher.

Awards will be presented at the UT Outstanding Awards Reception, which will take place Monday, April 22, at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Ingman Room.

For more information on nominations, contact Amanda Kessler of the UT Alumni Relations Office at 419.530.7859 or at amanda.schwartz@utoledo.edu.

Engineering chair recipient of distinguished fellowship



Election to the highest honor in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a clear recognition of the sustained, high-impact contributions made to The University of Toledo by Dr. Abdollah Afjeh.

Professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Afjeh was awarded the membership grade of Fellow by ASME for significant contributions in the field of fluid dynamics of mechanical systems.

His most notable contributions are in propulsion systems and turbo-machinery, where he has helped the advancement of high-speed rotating equipment by application of novel-bearing designs to reduce vibration, noise and weight of these systems. He is the founding director of the Small Turbine Engine Institute, which was established in 2005.

Due to the prominence of his research contributions to wind energy, Afjeh was invited to speak on advancing offshore freshwater wind energy development at the 2011 Humanoid, Nanotechnology, Information Technology, Communication and Control, Environment, and Management International Conference in Manila, Philippines.

Afjeh has authored or co-authored nearly 90 research papers, including one that was awarded the best paper of the year by ASME.

“We are truly fortunate to have Dr. Afjeh as a member of our college family,” said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, dean of the College of Engineering. “He works tirelessly each and every day and truly leads by example. He has served our Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department, our college and our university for nearly three decades in an outstanding manner as a teacher, researcher and administrator. This is a well-deserved honor.”

Afjeh was nominated for the honor by Dr. Ali Fatemi, professor of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering and director of the Fatigue and Fracture research Laboratory. Fatemi also is an ASME Fellow.

“[Dr. Afjeh’s] remarkable success in funded research has been a significant contributor to the Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department and College of Engineering-sponsored research funding,” Fatemi said. “He has had phenomenal success in securing research grants that has allowed him to establish computational and state-of-the-art experimental research facilities that provide significant capabilities for conducting leading-edge research at UT.”

During his tenure at UT, Afjeh has received more than $15 million from both government and industry to support his research. Sponsors of his work include NASA, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Army Research Office, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, Teledyne Technologies Inc., Lockheed Martin and Bell Helicopter.

Research is joint affair at musculoskeletal labs

Oh, your aching back? Your throbbing knee? You’re not suffering alone. Musculoskeletal disorders affect more than one in four Americans, with annual direct and indirect costs for bone and joint health totaling $849 billion; that’s 7.7 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product.

Dr. Brian Pietrosimone and doctoral students worked it for the camera, top row, from left, Michelle McLeod, Brittney Luc, Adam Lepley, Pietrosimone, Masafumi Terada and Amanda Murray, and bottom row, from left, Hayley Ericksen, Matthew Harkey and Megan Quinlevan.

Dr. Brian Pietrosimone and doctoral students worked it for the camera, top row, from left, Michelle McLeod, Brittney Luc, Adam Lepley, Pietrosimone, Masafumi Terada and Amanda Murray, and bottom row, from left, Hayley Ericksen, Matthew Harkey and Megan Quinlevan.

The statistics energize Dr. Brian G. Pietrosimone, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and 
director of the Joint Injury and Muscle 
Activation Laboratory.

Conditions that include osteoarthritis, muscle strains and lower back pain affect more people than do cancer, respiratory distress, cardiovascular disease or obesity, he said. “But that’s not well-publicized, maybe because everyone has aches and pains, and no one dies from them.”

Or do they? He noted, “Such disorders are often a gateway to these other conditions. If you have an injury to your knee or ankle, you don’t walk or move well. That can cause changes in your lifestyle and help create obesity, which can lead to cardiovascular or respiratory disease.”

Understanding the origins of musculoskeletal disorders has been a priority for Pietrosimone since he joined UT four years ago. Last year, he teamed with department colleagues Drs. Phillip Gribble, Abbey Thomas and Charles Armstrong to combine three longstanding research sites to create the Musculoskeletal Health and Movement Science Laboratory.

It’s a space for many and varied avenues of research with a common goal: to improve movement for people of all ages suffering from lower-extremity joint injuries.

Because two areas in the body — the brain and the spinal cord — generate movement, they are the focus of the cutting-edge research technology utilized in the labs. A study of the brain’s pathways following injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee, for instance, showed something surprising happening when the knee could no longer move correctly.

“Everyone expects the loss of muscle strength following an ACL injury,” Pietrosimone said. “In fact, the pathways that generate the messages from the brain and spinal cord are changed.

“Right now, the current paradigm for joint injury rehabilitation is that you strengthen the supporting muscles. But we need to back up our interventions and target them to the brain and spinal cord.”

As well, he added, UT researchers are finding that muscle weakness may originate in the brain for some patients, in the spinal cord for others: “It’s very preliminary, but we’re thinking this will develop into an individualized approach to health care.”

How a person moves is studied as well, thanks to technologies that can track and animate trajectories of movement as individuals walk, and how much force they put out with every step taken — force that the body normally distributes via the muscles. However, with many joint conditions, including osteoarthritis, energy is absorbed directly by structures of the joint, hastening its degeneration.

“We use computers to show people in real-time what their bodies look like in motion and we can teach them how to move correctly via making real-time adjustments,” Pietrosimone explained. “They’re essentially training the cortical pathways connecting their brain and muscles.”

A collaboration with Dr. Michael Tevald in the college’s Physical Therapy Program uses transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation to improve the function of thigh muscles — the heavy lifters — in arthritis patients. The tingling electrical stimulus reactivates the neural messages in muscles weakened by the disease, Pietrosimone said, “and gives [patients] more bang for the buck in rehab.”

Future plans include an increased presence in UT’s orthopedics program, the creation of larger patient databases to better predict outcomes, and further work with arthritis biomarkers to improve understanding of the disease that’s the end stage of any physical injury.

Crediting fellow faculty for the surge in research, he also singles out students, including eight doctoral students he rates as the best in the entire country. Some 20 master’s candidates work on thesis projects, an integral part of the department’s research, and undergraduate students play research roles as well.

“I tell them all that their work is part of a research push that we hope changes clinical practice someday,” he said.

“We try here to be very problem-oriented. We have a lot of what you might call neat technological toys here, but we’re not testing just to test things. We want to improve life for actual people. To do that, we’ve often had to develop new skills, or collaborate with others who have those skills, evolving as we learn. Three years ago I would never have predicted I’d be involved in biomarkers.”

Unconsciously invoking metaphors of motion, he added, “You chase the problem and see where it takes you. Research is not linear; it has to react and pivot easily.”

Pharmacy students plan Script Your Future events

Patient non-adherence leads to poor health outcomes, more medical procedures, and increases in hospital visits that cost Americans $290 billion per year.

Pharmacy students at The University of Toledo will take part in Script Your Future, a national campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of patience adherence.

“We are trying to raise awareness about the importance of keeping the lines of communication open between patients and their health-care providers,” said Michelle Carey, UT pharmacy student and chair of the University’s Script Your Future initiative.

Medication adherence is defined as a patient taking his medications exactly as directed by his physician, pharmacist, nurse or health-care provider. It is estimated that three out of four patients do not take their prescriptions as directed in the United States.

Nearly half of Americans suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hypertension that require long-term prescriptions.

During February, pharmacy students have planned several events to improve patient adherence.

Students will provide medication adherence counseling, blood pressure screenings and blood glucose testing at area Kroger stores. They will be at the stores at 5109 Glendale Ave. in Toledo and at the 26530 Dixie Highway in Perrysburg Thursdays, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28, from 12:30 to 5 p.m.; at the 7545 Sylvania Ave. store in Sylvania Saturday, Feb. 23, from 12:30 to 5 p.m.; and at the 4925 Jackman Road store Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Other events, listed by date, are:

• Friday, Feb. 22 — students will be at the Walgreens at 1330 N. Reynolds Road from 3 to 7 p.m. to accept expired or no longer needed medications for proper disposal.

• Wednesday, Feb. 27 — students will hand out wallet-sized personal medication lists starting at 6 p.m. before the UT men’s basketball game in Savage Arena.

In addition, pharmacy students will discuss medication adherence and field questions Thursday, Feb. 21, from 7 to 8 p.m. at West Park Place, 3501 Executive Parkway in Toledo; Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Sylvania Senior Center, 7140 Sylvania Ave. in Sylvania; from noon to 1 p.m. at the Margaret Hunt Senior Center, 2121 Garden Lake Place in Toledo; and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lutheran Homes Society at Wolf Creek, 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Road in Holland.

For more information on UT’s Script Your Future events, contact Carey at michelle.carey@rockets.utoledo.edu.

UT president to discuss higher education on ‘Deadline Now’ Feb. 22

University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs will join the host of “Deadline Now” Jack Lessenberry for a discussion about the future of higher education Friday, Feb. 22, at 8:30 p.m. on WGTE.

Jacobs will talk about the connection between higher education and an individual’s long-term prosperity, as well as the increasing importance of graduate education.

Lessenberry and Jacobs also will discuss the direction UT is taking as it works to position itself in a rapidly changing higher education environment.

A journalism faculty member at Wayne State University, Lessenberry also serves as a columnist and ombudsman for The Blade.

Geriatric Medicine Symposium slated for March 1

“Health, Wellness and Aging With Disabilities or Chronic Illness” will be the topic of UT’s 17th annual Geriatric Medicine Symposium, which will take place Friday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio.

web 2013 Geriatric PostcardWith advances in medical care, technology and rehabilitation, people with disabilities or chronic illness are living longer. Research has shown, however, that the changes and problems associated with aging often occur 10 to 20 years earlier in their lives than in the lives of those without disabilities or chronic disease.

These changes pose significant challenges for health-care professionals and will be addressed at the symposium.

Topics to be covered will include aging after a spinal cord injury; promoting neuroplasticity through occupation while aging after a brain injury; treating an aged patient with mental illness; aging with chronic illness; intellectual and other developmental disabilities; the role of exercise in health aging with diabetes; and getting older with HIV.

Speakers will include Dr. Alina Rais of the UT Department of Geriatric Psychiatry, and Lynne Chapman of UT Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Also scheduled to give presentations are Rick Black of HCR ManorCare in Toledo, Dr. Robert Brandt Jr. of Wright State Physicians Family Practice, Dr. Thomas Gross of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Toledo Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Dr. Gregory Neumunaitis of the MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and Dr. Carl Tyler of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

The symposium will be presented by The University of Toledo’s Center for Successful Aging, the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and the Center for Continuing Medical Education, as well as the Ohio Geriatric Medicine Society.

Fees are $60 for UT faculty and staff, $60 for Ohio Geriatric Society members, $25 for UT students and residents, and $80 for other geriatric health-care professionals.

Early registrations are requested; go to cme.utoledo.edu. If space is available, registrations will be taken at the event.

Boogie-woogie pianist to play scholarship concert

Bob Seeley exudes enthusiasm talking about music. It’s as much fun listening to his stories as it is hearing the boogie-woogie pianist bounding up and down the keyboard.



He was recalling growing up in Detroit, where he’d ride his bike three miles to the former Club Alamo and Baker’s Keyboard Lounge to learn from the best.

“At the Alamo, I’d sit there in the dining room and listen to Art Tatum play the piano,” Seeley said. “Art would not allow any service by the waitresses or any talking. He was actually giving a concert, and he wanted everything quiet.

“If people were talking at the table and not listening, he’d play his music very, very slow and lean over toward them; when they’d feel the pressure and other people would look and they’d stop, then he’d take off again.”

Seeley had the finest seat in the club — on the legendary pianist’s right side.

“I could reach over and touch him, that’s how close I was. I was just watching him play,” he said. “He was an absolute piano genius.”

Music fans can hear more stories about the Toledo legend when Seeley performs at the Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

It’ll be a treat when Seeley sits down on the piano bench.

Musicians Bob Baldori and Bob Seeley, at piano, are profiled in the documentary “Boogie Stomp!” The film was featured at the Carmel Art and Film Festival last year.

Musicians Bob Baldori and Bob Seeley, at piano, are profiled in the documentary “Boogie Stomp!” The film was featured at the Carmel Art and Film Festival last year.

“I’m going to play stuff by Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammonds and Pete Johnson, the top-notch boogie-woogie piano players. I’m probably the last man standing who not only plays boogie-woogie but who saw those three perform,” the 84-year-old said during a call from his winter home in Bradenton, Fla.

“I’m also going to play some stride piano, get in some blues, some gospel.”

Thanks to some sibling rivalry, Seeley started taking piano lessons at age 13: “My older brother started to sound pretty good, so I wanted to play,” he said.

Two years later, he discovered that energetic, upbeat sound.

“Boogie-woogie is blues-based and it was very exciting. I call it happy blues. It was very rhythmic; it was solo. The left hand did all the rhythm,” Seeley said. “The feeling of the stuff grabbed me. I was very hot to play that.”

He still loves to hit the keys — and stoke the fire.

“I call [boogie-woogie] America’s forgotten music because you don’t hear it anymore,” Seeley said.

He and pianist Bob Baldori are profiled in the 2012 documentary “Boogie Stomp!”

“We sent it to the Clint Eastwood Carmel Film Festival; they get 2,000 submissions and they pick up 20, and we were one of the 20,” Seeley said. “We didn’t get to meet Clint; he was down in LA making a movie.”

But over the years, Seeley has met many celebrities, thanks to his 32-year gig as the pianist at the former Charley’s Crab restaurant just outside of the Motor City.

international boogie explosion“I met Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson. I got three kisses out of Pamela Anderson one night, that was pretty cool,” he said. “It was a good musical career. I’m still doing it.”

Last year, he and pianist Lluis Coloma released the disc, International Boogie Woogie Explosion.

Tickets to see Seeley are $15 for the public and $5 for students, seniors and UT faculty and staff, and will be available at the door the night of the performance.

The concert is a benefit for the Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship Fund, which assists musically gifted African-American undergraduate music majors, preferably jazz pianists. The scholarship was established in 1994 and endowed in 2002 by several donors, including the Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Society.