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Glow run and walk at UTMC to support cancer research

Hundreds will light up the night at The University of Toledo Medical Center’s Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center Friday, Nov. 7, for Get it Glowing, a family-friendly event that benefits the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life of Greater Lucas County.

glow ringsThe evening event will include a 5K run and walk, with a one-mile walk for kids.

Participants are encouraged to dress in their best glow attire, including glow sticks and glowing T-shirts. Awards will be given for the “most outstanding glow” to the best-dressed male and female adult (18 and older), teenager (13 to 17) and child (12 and younger).

After the race, participants will be treated to a party with food, a DJ, raffles and prizes.

“This event is an opportunity to bring more awareness to all types of cancer, pay respects to those who have been overcome by the disease, and to support those still fighting,” Chris Kosinski, multispecialty clinic manager at the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center, said. “We as a team are in this together, and we will win with the help of everyone in the community.”

The event also will include a question-and-answer session with specialists from the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center: Dr. Samay Jain, urology; Dr. Jason Schroeder, neurosurgery; Dr. Krishna Reddy, radiation oncology; and Dr. James Willey, pulmonology.

Race day registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the walk for kids at 7:30 p.m. and the 5K run and walk at 8 p.m.

For more information about the race, contact Stacey McDevitt at staceystoneware@yahoo.com.

Research and development leader to address UT students

Dr. Jaume Pons, chief scientific officer and senior vice president of Rinat, a research and development division of Pfizer, will speak to students interested in a career in the bioscience industry.

Pons

Pons

The event, presented by the Graduate Student Association and the Department of Biological Sciences, will take place Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m. in Student Union Room 2582. All are welcome.

Rinat, located in San Francisco, is the biotechnology unit of Pfizer, which is one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

Pons is responsible for portfolio delivery from idea to clinical development. He also serves as chief technology officer, focusing on antibody technologies, and is a member of the Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development leadership team. Pons previously created and led Rinat’s protein engineering group and has invented several antibodies that are now in late-stage clinical development.

Under his leadership, Rinat continues to advance Pfizer’s growing capabilities in generating therapeutic antibodies.

Pons earned his PhD in molecular and cell biology at the Institute on Fundamental Biology in Barcelona, Spain, and his bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Autonoma University of Barcelona. He conducted his postdoctoral studies in antibody engineering at the University of California at Berkeley.

Students interested in meeting Pons in a smaller group session may contact Jeff Zahratka at Jeffrey.Zahratka@rockets.utoledo.edu. This is a first-come, first-served opportunity.

UT Health urologists educate community on prostate cancer screenings and treatment

Dr. Samay Jain, assistant professor and medical director of The University of Toledo Medical Center’s Urology Clinic, and Dr. Ajay Singla, professor and director of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at UTMC, presented on prostate cancer screenings and treatment options at several lectures this fall.

Jain

Jain

Tie One On at UT offered four lectures at the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center as part of its Prostate Cancer Awareness Lecture Series. Each lecture was followed by free screenings.

Jain discussed updates related to prostate cancer screening as well as future technology in the field during the first lecture Aug. 14.

The topic of the second lecture Sept. 18 was “Prostate Cancer Treatment: From Robotics to Radiation.” At this event, Jain discussed different treatment options for prostate cancer, including robotic surgery and Edge radiosurgery. UTMC is one of five medical centers in the world that have the Edge radiosurgery system, which is extremely precise and non-invasive.

Singla joined Jain Oct. 16 for the third lecture on how to manage the effects of prostate cancer treatment. For the last lecture in the series, Jain spoke about new treatment options for advanced, recurrent and metastatic prostate cancer.

In addition, Jain gave an informative lecture Sept. 7 at the Woodlands at Sunset House in Toledo. Jain dispelled the idea that incontinence is something people have to live with and provided treatment options.

For more information about UT Health, visit uthealth.utoledo.edu.

UT Sailing Club cruises to victory at Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta

The University of Toledo Sailing Club beat more than 50 other schools to take home the Paul Hoffman Perpetual Trophy at the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta in Larchmont, N.Y., earlier this month.

Members of the UT Sailing Club posed for a photo after winning the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta.

Members of the UT Sailing Club posed for a photo after winning the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta.

UT beat teams from the U.S. Naval Academy, Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Sailing the Express 37 Troubador, UT competed in five races, each about 1.2 miles long, placing first in three of them and second in the other two.

“The competition was very challenging, but we had a lot of fun competing against the best schools in the country and winning,” said Drew Blackburn, a sophomore.

“One thing that worked to our advantage was the short chop we experienced while sailing,” said Colin Mackay, a sophomore. “We are used to sailing on Lake Erie and the chop we experienced during the competition was similar to that; most of the other schools are familiar with ocean chop, so it definitely helped us.”

The Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta is one of the largest collegiate sailing events held in the country and hosts an extensive lineup of university sailing programs.

Blackburn and Mackay have been sailing much of their lives, but a few team members had never competed in such an event.

“We had three team members that had never raced on a boat more than 15 feet long before, so we are very proud of the fact that we did so well and worked as a team,” Blackburn said.

As a result of winning the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, the team has been chosen to participate in the 47th EDHEC Sailing Cup in La Rochelle, France, in April.

The EDHEC Sailing Cup is the largest student offshore regatta in the world. Currently, the crew is trying to raise funds for the trip.

“We want to thank our families for helping us and especially the DelBello family, who housed us in New York during the competition,” Blackburn said.

For more information or to donate to the UT Sailing Club, email sailing@utoledo.edu.

Satellites holding book sale

Looking to curl up with a good book? Stop by the Satellites Auxiliary’s book fair Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31.

booksPrices are 30 percent to 70 percent off retail prices.

The sale will take place from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

Cash, check, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit scholarships.

The Satellites Auxiliary is a group designed to promote education, research and service programs; provide support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conduct fundraising events; and provide volunteer services.

For more information on the book sale, contact Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites, at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

Opportunity to pay tribute to military personnel

So many names on so many plaques — Veterans’ Plaza is an ever-present reminder of the courage and commitment made by servicemen and women.

Plaques in Veterans' Plaza recognize military men and women for their service and sacrifice for the United States.

Plaques in Veterans’ Plaza recognize military men and women for their service and sacrifice for the United States.

Located between University Hall and Memorial Field House, the plaza is an integral part of Main Campus. The U.S., Ohio and POW/MIA flags are displayed around the clock and lit up at night.

“Veterans’ Plaza is a place to pause and reflect on our freedoms,” Vern Snyder, vice president for institutional advancement, said. “It’s a respected site that speaks to the history of our great nation and the military personnel who sacrificed so much to keep our country strong.”

Those who wish to celebrate and remember a loved one can be part of the inspirational memorial.

An individual name can be included on a main plaque for $100, or a larger custom plaque can be purchased for $1,000. After the cost of the plaque, gifts are tax-deductible. For details, go to http://utole.do/veteransplaza.

“As we approach Veterans Day, it’s important that we remember those who have served our country,” Snyder said. “The UT Veterans’ Plaza is a constant reminder for our community and campus.”

National philanthropy expert to share road to success Nov. 5

Carol Goss is selling hope — for free.

Goss

Goss

Goss, an advanced leadership fellow at the Harvard University School of Business, will share a free, public talk — “No Longer Stuck in Place: Hope for the Future” — as the first speaker in the 2014-15 season of the Brothers on the Rise, Alpha Phi Boule and Association of Black Faculty and Staff Lecture Series.

Her presentation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ingman Room.

The subject of hope, particularly as it applies to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, is familiar territory for Goss, who retired last year after 15 years with Detroit’s Skillman Foundation, the last nine as president of that storied nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the future of Motor City children.

“I’ve mentored a lot of young people, given them a lot of advice on how to be successful, and I believe that older adults with experience should find ways to share,” said Goss, whose career in philanthropy also includes stints with the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich.

The success Goss will speak about can come from directions many young people haven’t even considered, she noted: “I hope that young people will think about other options like having your own business or pursuing careers in higher education. Opportunities for success are out there, and they represent achievable goals.”

Such goals don’t happen magically, she added. “Success requires a very intentional effort. But before that, young people need to have hope. They need to be able to see themselves as having a future and having a goal before they can work toward both. That sense of hope is what I plan to talk about.”

Goss, who grew up in Detroit as one of five children in the tight-knit Goings family, gave credit to her family and the surrounding community: “There was a shared commitment to protection and encouragement for children. The challenges that today’s young people still face were there, but the support we had was strong.

“Nowadays that protection and encouragement are sometimes lacking in families and in communities. Yet that doesn’t mean that young people today can’t be successful.”

With three daughters, Goss is especially tuned in to the challenges facing young African-American women trying to escape poverty. She cited a study by the National Women’s Law Center showing a startling lack of progress.

“We don’t hear about the abysmal high school graduation rates and college matriculation rates for these girls, or how many of them as adults are still relegated to low-wage jobs. We have to do something about this.”

A call to action will be central to her speech. “My message is a message of hope,” she said. “If the students who listen will work hard, if they’ll display grit and determination, if they really see themselves in the future and work toward that goal, they don’t have to be fated to a life of poverty.

“Success is tangible, and it can be achieved.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Black Student Union, Latino Student Union and the Association for the Advancement of African American Women.

President’s Lecture Series on Diversity seeks to fund events

Established in 2008, the President’s Lecture Series on Diversity aims to fund and promote diversity-related events for The University of Toledo community.

The lecture series is responsible for promoting awareness of diversity issues through public activities and events open to UT and the surrounding communities.

“One of our goals is to make the University climate more aware and welcoming to diversity,” Dr. Isabel Escobar, professor of chemical and environmental engineering, and associate dean of research development and outreach in the College of Engineering, said. “We want to improve and further the already diverse climate here at UT.”

The President’s Lecture Series on Diversity has sponsored and funded a number of events at UT in the past; these include “Walking in Women’s Land: Indigenous Women’s Rights in Chiapas, Mexico,” a lecture by Rosalind Santiz-Diaz in March; the Women of the World Symposium in 2013; the UT Indian Students Cultural Organization’s Diwali Festival of Lights in 2013; a religious luncheon and panel discussion in 2012; and “Ebony Embers — Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” in 2010.

Most recently, the President’s Lecture Series on Diversity has helped fund the Muslim Student Association Cultural Celebration Dinner.

“We want to help put together, fund and promote diversity events on campus,” Escobar said. “We provide funding for excellent ideas related to diversity, and we would like to see more requests because we are eager to make them happen.”

For more information and funding application forms, click here or contact Escobar at isabel.escobar@utoledo.edu.

Crystal Bowersox to perform at The University of Toledo Nov. 4

Crystal Bowersox will perform for students at The University of Toledo Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater on Main Campus.

Bowersox

Bowersox

Her appearance is part of the Jesup Scott Honors College’s Conversations in Real Time speaker series.

The singer-songwriter from Elliston, Ohio, has come a long way in just a few years. Bowersox competed in the ninth season of the Fox television show “American Idol,” finishing second in the race and launching her career as a performer.

After finishing “Idol,” Bowersox signed a record deal with 19 Entertainment/Jive Records and released her first studio album, Farmer’s Daughter, in 2010. After RCA Music Group disbanded Jive Records, Bowersox signed a deal with Shanachie Records, which released her second disc, All That for This, in 2013.

The musician expanded her talents to include acting in 2011 when she guest starred on the ABC drama “Body of Proof.” She is set to play Patsy Cline in the Broadway production “Always, Patsy Cline” later this year.

Investment expert to present free economic outlook program Nov. 4

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation and Fifth Third Bank will present a free economic outlook program Tuesday, Nov. 4, featuring nationally recognized investment expert Jeff Korzenik.

Korzenik

Korzenik

The free, public program will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Balch-Clapp Auditorium (Room 1019).

Korzenik, a 28-year investment industry veteran who is a frequent guest on CNBC and Bloomberg television, is the chief investment strategist for Fifth Third Bank.

During the presentation, Korzenik will discuss the latest market trends, opportunities and strategies for the economy, and how both businesses and investors can benefit.

“The UT College of Business and Innovation is pleased to partner with Fifth Third Bank in presenting this unique learning opportunity to the campus and business communities,” said Dr. Gary Insch, dean of the UT College of Business and Innovation. “Mr. Korzenik’s expertise is regularly sought out by major business media such as The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek and Barron’s, and we are fortunate to have him come to our campus to share his unique insights.”

Korzenik’s articles on economics and public policy have been published in Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe and other major periodicals.

In addition to regular speaking appearances at conferences and public events, Jeff was invited to testify on Capitol Hill as an expert witness on the use of commodity indexes by pensions and other institutional investors.

Korzenik earned both a bachelor of arts degree in economics and a certificate of proficiency in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University. A passionate supporter of cultural organizations, he serves as a trustee of the Goodman Theatre, a member of the President’s Leadership Council of the Field Museum, and as an overseer of the Peabody Essex Museum.