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Office of Research makes staffing changes, additions to provide more support for faculty

The UT Office of Research is striving to provide stronger support to faculty members in preparing and submitting grant proposals to external agencies.  

This is consistent with President Sharon L. Gaber’s goal to increase research funding at the University and to elevate UT’s stature as a national public research institution.

Toward this goal, Dr. Rick Francis has been working with UT Chief Information and Chief Technology Officer Bill McCreary and a task force to evaluate different options to support customer-friendly pre-award, post-award, Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and compliance system solutions. Given the high priority that the University is placing on this project, Francis has accepted the position of director of research advancement and information systems with a major responsibility to implement a new comprehensive electronic research administration system and web interfaces for researchers and other users. 

He also will work closely with faculty directly and through representatives on the University Research Council in management of UT’s Internal Grants Programs, externally sponsored limited submissions opportunities, research and compliance training, and implementation of the strategic plan for research. 

Francis reports directly to Dr. Frank Calzonetti, vice president of research, who said, “As we grow our research enterprise, Rick’s deep knowledge of research administration and University faculty scholarship needs is invaluable in development of new electronic and information systems to serve the faculty and University.”

Anne Izzi, a former licensing associate in the Office of Technology Transfer, has accepted the position of director of sponsored programs and will devote her attention to overseeing the grant submission and grant awarding process (including research contracts), and ensuring that UT is in compliance with federal research grant requirements. Izzi reports to Dr. Constance Schall, interim associate vice president for research.  

“Ms. Izzi’s legal background, and her experience in submitting winning grant proposals, provides UT with someone who will be responsive to the faculty and ensure that grant proposals, grant contracts and grant awards are processed expeditiously,” Schall said.

In addition, the office has hired Eva English as a grant writer. Armed with a master’s degree in English and previous experience as a grant writer at Defiance College, English has immersed herself in her new position at UT working on grant proposals for faculty.  

“Many UT faculty members have expressed to the Office of Research through its customer survey the importance of providing grant writing assistance,” Calzonetti said. “This position is directed to providing such support, particularly for faculty early in their academic careers.”

The Office of Research also has hired Dr. Kwaku Opoku as a new licensing associate in the Office of Technology Transfer. He holds a doctorate in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Washington and a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is working to market and license faculty inventions to industry.  

“Dr. Opoku’s strong background at a premier biomedical research university combined with his industry background at Medtronic Inc. is a perfect fit for UT as we aggressively market our technology to the commercial sector,” said Stephen Snider, associate vice president of technology transfer and associate general counsel.

Canaday Center’s spring lectures look at historic preservation, communities

How do efforts to preserve historic homes affect the communities where these homes are located?

Two upcoming lectures will attempt to answer this question from the perspective of someone who has worked for 45 years in the historic preservation field, and someone who has personally committed to preserving one historic home.

The lectures are part of the Canaday Center’s exhibit titled “House and Home: The Intersection of Domestic Architecture and Social History, 1870-1970,” which is on display through May 5.

The talks are being held in conjunction with the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections’ exhibit, “House and Home: The Intersection of Domestic Architecture and Social History, 1870-1970.”

Dr. Ted Ligibel, director of the Historic Preservation Program at Eastern Michigan University, will present a lecture titled “From Frontier to Mid-Century Modern: 45 Years of Historic Preservation in Northwest Ohio,” Wednesday, March 29, at 3:30 p.m. in the Canaday Center.

Ligibel’s career in historic preservation began in 1974 in Toledo as a grassroots preservationist. As an associate in UT’s Urban Affairs Center, he led students in efforts to inventory Toledo’s neighborhoods and prepare nominations for the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1991, Ligibel joined the EMU faculty, and he became director of its graduate Historic Preservation Program in 1999. He is the co-author of “Historic Preservation: An Introduction to its History, Principles, and Practice,” published in 2009, which has become the national best-selling textbook in the field.

Ligibel will discuss his long career in this field, and successful and unsuccessful efforts to save historic homes and communities in northwest Ohio.


Author Amy Haimerl will talk about her experience in preserving a home in Detroit that she chronicled in her book “Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Love, Life, and Home” (Running Press, 2016) Monday, April 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Canaday Center.

Haimerl purchased her home — a 1914 Georgian Revival located in what was once one of Detroit’s premier neighborhoods — for $35,000. The home had no plumbing, no heat and no electricity. She and her husband believed it could be renovated for less than $100,000. Years later, after overcoming many roadblocks and weathering Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy, the couple has invested more than $300,000 in saving their home.

Her book is more than just a story of one couple’s effort to save a home. It is also a story of finding their place in a thriving community.

Haimerl is an adjunct professor of journalism at Michigan State University and a freelance journalist who writes on aspects of business and finance. Not only did she live through Detroit’s bankruptcy, but she helped to cover the story for Crain’s Detroit Business.

She will sign copies of her book at the lecture. Her talk is part of University Libraries’ celebration of National Library Week.

“House and Home: The Intersection of Domestic Architecture and Social History, 1870-1970,” is an exhibit on display in the Canaday Center through May 5.

For more information on the free, public exhibit or lectures, contact Barbara Floyd, director of the Canaday Center and interim director of University Libraries, at 419.530.2170.

Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice donates papers to UT

Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice and Toledo native Judith Ann Lanzinger recently donated her personal papers to the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections at The University of Toledo.

Lanzinger, who is the only person ever elected to all four levels of Ohio’s judiciary, retired from the state’s highest court in 2016.

Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice and UT law alumna Judith Ann Lanzinger, second from left, recently donated her personal papers to the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections. She posed for a photo with, from left, Lauren White, manuscripts librarian and lecturer; D. Benjamin Barros, dean of the College of Law; and Barbara Floyd, director of the Canaday Center and interim director of University Libraries, who propped up a 2007 portrait of justices from the Supreme Court of Ohio.

During her long career, she also served on the 6th District Court of Appeals, the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas and the Toledo Municipal Court.

The Canaday Center, the special collections department of the UT Libraries, has long collected manuscript materials related to the history of women in northwest Ohio. Noteworthy collections include the papers of educators, politicians and activists such as Linda Furney, Betty Mauk, Betty Morais, Mary Boyle Burns, Ella P. Stewart and Olive Colton. The center recently has begun collaborating with the College of Law to preserve the history of Toledo’s women lawyers and judges.

“We are delighted to help ensure this important history is accessible to future scholars and citizens,” said D. Benjamin Barros, dean of the College of Law.

As part of this collaboration with the College of Law, the center also recently acquired a collection of scrapbooks documenting the career of Geraldine Macelwane, the first woman elected judge of the Toledo Municipal Court (appointed in 1952) and the first woman judge of the Lucas County Common Pleas Court (appointed in 1956). She died in 1974.

“Justice Lanzinger is one of our most distinguished alumni, having notably served at all levels of the Ohio judiciary. We are honored that the University is able to house her papers, which we hope will encourage and inspire others to civic engagement,” Barros said.

The Lanzinger collection contains photographs, awards and research files documenting her judicial career. Of particular note are the former justice’s case notes that provide insight into her thoughts and opinions as they developed during trials.

“This collection will provide a rich source of information on many aspects of Justice Lanzinger’s career,” said Barbara Floyd, director of the Canaday Center and interim director of University Libraries. “We hope to continue to collect and preserve the papers of other women lawyers and judges from this area to add to these collections.”

Lanzinger said, “I am honored that the Ward M. Canaday Center has accepted these documents that represent my 31 years of service at all levels of Ohio’s judiciary. I hope they may be of help in future academic projects at The University of Toledo, my alma mater.”

For more information on the collection, contact Floyd at 419.530.2170.

Rockets to play Toledo Crash in wheelchair football game

The Toledo Rockets football team will play a wheelchair football game vs. the Toledo Crash in their annual matchup Sunday, March 26, at 1 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

Fans are invited to attend this free event.

Established in 2003 by the Ability Center of Greater Toledo, the Toledo Crash is an integrated wheelchair football team dedicated to increasing awareness and building community. The team accomplishes this by creating opportunities for sports enthusiasts with and without disabilities to come together around the sport of football.

The Rockets and the Toledo Crash have been playing an annual wheelchair football game every year since 2005.

Football coach signs contract extension through 2021

The University of Toledo and Head Football Coach Jason Candle have agreed to a contract extension through the 2021 season.

Candle led the Rockets to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in his first full season as Toledo’s head coach in 2016. He took over the head coaching position at the end of the 2015 regular season, leading UT to a 32-17 victory over No. 24 Temple in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. Before assuming the head coaching position, Candle had been an assistant at Toledo for seven years, the last four as the program’s offensive coordinator.


“We are very pleased to announce the extension of Jason Candle’s contract through the 2021 season,” Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said. “Jason has played a very important part of the success of our football program over the last eight years, first as an assistant coach and now as head coach. He is a tremendous leader and teacher of young men, and has a great desire to elevate our football program to even greater heights. We look forward to his leadership for many years to come.”  

“I’m very appreciative of the support and confidence that President Gaber and Mike O’Brien have in me and my staff,” Candle said. “Our program is built on a strong foundation of success, and we are focused on bringing a Mid-American Conference Championship to this great University.”

Candle, a native of Salem, Ohio, began his coaching career at his alma mater, Mount Union, in 2003. He was a part of four NCAA Division III national championships with the Purple Raiders, two as a player and two as an assistant coach.

He joined Toledo in 2009 as a receivers coach and moved into the offensive coordinator position in 2012. Under Candle’s guidance as offensive coordinator, the Rocket offense was prolific. In 2014, UT led the MAC in just about every major offensive category, including scoring (36.6), total offense (490.5) and rushing offense (256.4), en route to a 9-4 record and a victory over Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl. In 2015, the Rockets were 10-2 and ranked third in the MAC in scoring (35.0) and total offense (460.9).

Candle was named one of the top recruiters in the nation by Rivals in 2010. He was named the Mid-American Conference “Recruiter of the Year” by Scout.com in 2011 and 2012. In 2014, Candle was one of only two MAC assistant coaches to be named by Rivals as being among the top recruiters in the Group of Five football conferences.

Since taking over as head coach, Candle’s recruiting success has continued. Despite having just weeks to put together a staff at the conclusion of the 2015 season, Toledo’s 2016 class was ranked No. 2 in the MAC by ESPN. This past February, the 2017 Rocket recruiting class was rated No. 1 in the MAC by every major recruiting service.

UT, Owens Community College create Rocket Express Dual Admission Program

The presidents of The University of Toledo and Owens Community College signed a dual-admission partnership called Rocket Express March 16 in Libbey Hall on Main Campus.

Rocket Express is designed to provide a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree from UT starting at Owens Community College.

Owens Community College President Mike Bower and UT President Sharon L. Gaber posed for photos after signing a dual-admission partnership called Rocket Express last week in Libbey Hall. They were joined by Big E and Rocksy.

“The new Rocket Express Dual Admission Program is a wonderful opportunity for students to save time and money,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “We are proud to strengthen our relationship with Owens Community College to help students succeed and achieve the dream of earning a degree. This program will ensure a smooth, more efficient transition from Owens to UT and further contribute to helping the region.”

Students apply once for dual admission, work to complete their program of study at Owens, and then transition to UT with help along the way from both Owens and UT student and academic services.

New and continuing Owens students who meet qualifications can apply to take advantage of the program that guarantees admission to UT and charts a course to a four-year degree. With the help of a transfer specialist, this option allows students to save time by only taking classes that count toward their specific degree. 

“The seamless process of the Rocket Express program effectively removes any potential barriers that could hinder students from transferring from Owens to UT,” said Owens President Mike Bower. “The goal of both institutions is student success by offering programs that allow them to earn a degree and enter the workforce as smoothly as possible.”

Students can apply to enroll for the summer and fall semesters.

Currently, approximately 350 students a year transfer to UT after starting at Owens.

For more information, go to utoledo.edu/admission/rocket-express.

Diversity, cultural learning to be focus of annual international dinner

The International Students Association will hold its 41st annual international dinner this weekend.

The event will take place Saturday, March 25, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

This year’s theme is “The Oscars Edition,” and formal attire is recommended for the dress code.

Dr. Sammy Spann, UT assistant provost for international studies and programs, and adviser to the International Students Association, will give an introduction speech, followed by Dr. Willie McKether, UT vice president for diversity and inclusion, and a representative from the Welcome Toledo Lucas County Initiative.

The dinner will include 13 different types of cuisine, performances from students, and will end with a fashion show where students from 29 countries will represent their countries by walking with their flag.

There also will be an award presentation for the International Students Association’s 11 umbrella organizations.

“The dinner showcases and promotes the international culture at UT and for the past 40 years, the International Students Association has been conducting many cultural, educational and social programs and functions of interests to involve The University of Toledo and the community,” said Aanchal Senapati, treasurer of the International Students Association.

Tickets can be purchased at Ask Rocky for $15 or at the door for $20.

Proceeds from the dinner will go to the Welcome Toledo Lucas County Initiative. This organization works to create a vibrant and welcoming community that celebrates migration and immigrant heritage as well as supports and enhances social and economic opportunities for all.

The international dinner is the International Students Association’s biggest event and promotes diversity and cultural learning.

For more information, contact  utoledo@gmail.com.

Students to participate in day of service around Toledo March 25

More than 1,000 students along with faculty and staff from The University of Toledo will be giving back to the community by participating in the Big Event Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers will work around the University’s campus as well as at downtown sites, where they will pick up garbage, rake leaves, paint, and pull weeds.

The annual Big Event is the largest, one-day, student-run service project at the University when students come together to say “thank you” to the residents of Toledo, Bancroft Hills and Secor Gardens for their continual support throughout the years.

At last year’s event, more than 1,400 students provided approximately 6,300 hours of service to the community in just one day.

“For some of our community participants, the Big Event represents a chance to get work done that might be beyond the resident’s abilities,” said Dr. Page Armstrong, associate lecturer in the Jesup Scott Honors College and faculty adviser for the event. “It has become an annual part of their lives and they can count on UT students to be there once a year to help.

“The Big Event is a great way to let the Toledo community interact with our students and to see what a wonderful resource our students and UT are to the community.”

Participants will meet at the Student Recreation Center before going out into the community for their volunteer projects.

The Big Event is a national organization that was started at Texas A&M in 1982. The University of Toledo’s chapter is entirely student-run and funded by donations from the community.

To register, go to orgsync.com/104109/forms/242712.

Re-Energize at Earth Hour celebration March 25

As energy usage and climate change become more urgent and prevalent topics, conservationists are looking for ways to draw attention to these issues.

The Society of Environmental Advocates invites the UT community to its Earth Hour celebration, which is a global event where at least one hour is set aside to bring awareness to energy conservation.

The event will be held Saturday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at the Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Road, Oregon.

Speakers at the event will include Melissa Greene, director of the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission and sustainability coordinator for the Board of Lucas County Commissioners, and Michael Green, director of energy management for The University of Toledo.

After presentations by the guest speakers, attendees will tour the Lake Erie Center and, weather permitting, take a short nature walk.

Alex Lytten, president of the Society for Environmental Advocates, said that the event promotes the organization’s message of sustainability and conservation, and that membership is open to anyone who shares an interest in environmental science, geology, ecology and biomes.

To daily reduce your energy usage, Lytten recommends: “Turning down your thermostat, turn off unused lights and appliances, invest in energy-efficient lighting and appliances, and carpool whenever possible.”

For more information, contact ensc.society.ut@gmail.com.

Science museum president to discuss career, empowering roles for women

Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and chief executive officer of the Michigan Science Center in Detroit, will speak Monday, March 27, at 6 p.m. in Nitschke Hall Room 1027.

Matthews was selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the 100 most influential women in Michigan in 2016. Selections were determined by impact, diversity and proven leadership.


Since she was named president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center in 2013, Matthews has led an effort to take STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) programs into the community. The center also started offering adult programming and professional development for teachers; launched STEM Vision Awards to recognize students and adult leaders; and started the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress to spark STEMM spark interest among fourth- through eighth-grade girls.

“The talk will focus on Dr. Matthews’ experiences in the STEMM community as a woman and how she was able to incorporate her passion,” said Kelley Webb, a graduate assistant of the African American Initiatives in the Office of Multicultural Student Success. “Dr. Matthews is able to relate to many people on many levels. They will learn about grace and grit, how she got to where she is and why.”

According to the National Science Foundation, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important with benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. Students need to develop their capabilities in STEMM to higher levels than were needed in the past.

“Dr. Matthews is well-known in the STEMM community, and she is very down-to-earth,” Webb said. “I believe that she exhibits the qualities that many women, especially black women, desire to develop, and she is doing something positive in a growing field.”

Matthews received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical and electrical engineering from Duke University and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She was a biomedical engineer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and worked at museums in Maryland and Ohio.

The free talk is sponsored by We Are STEMM, the Office of Multicultural Student Success, African American Initiatives and NaturalHAIRitage.

Matthews’ visit is one of the University’s events scheduled for Women’s History Month.