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UT schedules events for Women’s History Month

The University of Toledo has several events planned in honor of Women’s History Month.

“This month’s carefully planned events are not only about recognizing strong women leaders, but celebrating the historical contributions of women in the greater society,” Dr. Shanda Gore, associate vice president of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, said. “It is critical that we continue to educate, empower and, through collaboration, engage our campus community in relevant, timely conversations that impact us all.”

“Women’s History Month celebrates the vital role that women have played in all aspects of our society,” said Danielle Stamper, interim program coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Success. “Recognizing the accomplishments of women from diverse backgrounds allows us to add strength and inspiration to our own lives and stories.”

Dr. Tonya M. Matthews, president and chief executive officer of the Michigan Science Center in Detroit, will give the UT Women’s History Month keynote lecture Tuesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium. She will discuss strong female leaders and their diverse management styles, especially women in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine.

A display marking the 40th anniversary of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women will be on exhibit on the first floor of Carlson Library. The display is presented by the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections.

Listed by date, additional events at the University include:

Thursday, March 1

• “Herstory” Month Kickoff, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge. Learn about women who made “herstory,” take a photo with a “shero,” and learn about events taking place during Women’s History Month.

Saturday, March 3

• Women of the World Symposium, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Start High School, 2020 Tremainsville Road, Toledo. This year’s theme is “Hear Our Women and Children Say ‘Me Too!’” Presentations and panel discussions will address child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, workplace sexual harassment, healing strategies, and action plans. For more information and to register for the free event, go to wowtoledo.org.

Tuesday, March 6

• Toledo Women in Leadership Symposium, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. “Women Blazing Trails” is the theme of this year’s event, which will feature area leaders, including Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, dean of the UT College of Graduate Studies. Topics to be covered include caring for your whole self and how to handle difficult conversations with confidence. Cost: $99. Register: wilsymposium.com/2018-symposiums/2018-toledo/#reg-cta.

Monday, March 12

• Women’s Leadership Development Workshop, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0180. This six-week program will continue on Mondays at the same time and place through April 16. Live 4 Change LLC will present this workshop designed for women who want to pursue leadership roles or refresh their leadership skills. Register for the free program by calling the Eberly Center at 419.530.8570.

Tuesday, March 13

• Film screening of “Afuera,” 5 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2582. This 2016 dramatic short follows a transgender woman who starts to work in the sex trade to survive and receives an ultimatum from her boyfriend.

Wednesday, March 14

• Lunch With a Purpose, 12:10 to 1 p.m., Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0180. Dr. Monita H. Mungo, UT assistant professor and adviser in the UT Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will give a talk titled “Good Grief! Using Service Learning to Explore the Concepts of Death and Dying.”

• Women in Business: From Concept to Culmination, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Scott Park Campus. The Minority Business Development Center and the Toledo Ohio Minority Business Assistance Center are sponsoring this program that will discuss how to start a business, including formation options, capital resources, networking, and marketing and promotion. Register for the free event: 419.530.3344.

Thursday, March 15

• Self-Defense for Women, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0180. Retired UT Police Officer Jill Goldberg will lead this Rape Aggression Defense System program that will teach hands-on tactics to use against an attacker. Participants will need to sign a waiver and should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Cost $25; free for UT students. Space is limited; register by calling the Eberly Center at 419.530.8570.

Friday, March 16

• Healing With the Powers of Crystals and Gemstones, 3 to 5 p.m., Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0180. Explore the healing power of gemstones by creating a bracelet. Space is limited at the free event; register by calling the Eberly Center at 419.530.8570.

Wednesday, March 21

• Latino/a/x Issues Conference, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Bowling Green State University. Artist and political activist Favianna Rodriguez will give the keynote address. A bus for UT students to see her address will leave campus at 10:45 a.m. Register: 419.530.2261.

• Women Making a Difference: A Panel on Inspired Leadership, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Carlson Library Room 1005. Carlson Library and Career Services will present an interactive discussion about women in leadership roles. Read about the panelists and more at libguides.utoledo.edu/utinspires.

Friday, March 23

• Women of Color Symposium, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., location to be announced. “Navigating a Primarily White Institution” will be the theme of the event, which will be presented by the UT Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Register: utoledo.edu/diversity/webforms/womenofcolor.html.

• Fifth Annual Women’s Gala, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. “The Skin I’m In” is the theme this year. Tickets — price to be announced — will be available at Ask Rocky.

Sunday, March 25

• “Photograph 51,” 2:30 p.m., Toledo Repertoire Theater. A bus will leave UT at 2 p.m. to see this production about British scientist Rosalind Franklin, who played a pivotal role in the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure. Register: 419.530.2261.

Tuesday, March 27

• Intersectionality: How Comfortable Am I?, 6 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 1030. Participants will engage in an activity and then talk about how intersectionality impacts their lives.

Wednesday, March 28

• Women’s History Jeopardy, 6 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 1030. Learn about amazing women who have been left out of most textbooks. Prizes will be provided by the History Department, Office of Multicultural Student Success, and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Events are free unless otherwise noted. For a complete list, click here.

For more information, contact the Eberly Center for Women at 419.530.8570 or the Office of Multicultural Student Success at 419.530.2261.

Toledo Women in Leadership Symposium to be held March 6

“Women Blazing Trails” is the theme of this year’s Women in Leadership Symposium, which will be held Tuesday, March 6.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in The University of Toledo’s Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.

The focus of the event is to bring together successful women leaders who, through discussion, will educate, inspire and encourage other women to reflect on their own goals and status.

“Very often women do not take the time to reflect upon their achievements and the goals that they have set for themselves,” said Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, dean of the UT College of Graduate Studies. “Providing this opportunity to women in our area to interact with women who are invested in their success and helping them find their path is an important investment in our community.”

The symposium will allow attendees to network and will include several speakers who will touch on a variety of topics, including caring for your whole self and how to handle difficult conversations with confidence.

In addition to Bryant-Friedrich, speakers will include Amy Yustick, chief financial officer for Champion Laboratories; Kim Riley, president of Cleveland-Hylant; Linda Alvarado-Arce, executive director of the city of Toledo; and Tasha Hussain Black, vice president of marketing for The Andersons Inc.

“This will be a wonderful event to gain firsthand knowledge from women who are successful in their fields and to gain insight into what it takes to be successful,” Bryant-Friedrich said.

Cost to register is $99 with a $3 transaction fee.

To register for the event, visit wilsymposium.com/2018-symposiums/2018-toledo/#reg-cta.

Men win MAC West Division with 97-67 victory at Northern Illinois

Senior forward Tre’Shaun Fletcher registered the second triple-double in program history Tuesday evening, as Toledo cruised to a dominating 97-67 road triumph over Northern Illinois in DeKalb. The victory clinched an outright Mid-American Conference West Division title for the Rockets, who are now 21-9 overall and 13-4 in league play.

UT is locked in as the No. 2 seed in next week’s MAC Tournament and still has a chance to earn a share of the conference’s regular-season title with a victory over Eastern Michigan in Friday’s 6 p.m. regular-season finale in Savage Arena. Buffalo (22-8, 14-3 MAC) leads the Rockets by a game in the standings and will play at Bowling Green Friday at 6 p.m.

Senior Tre’Shaun Fletcher posted the second triple double in program history Feb. 27 as the Rockets beat Northern Illinois.

Fletcher finished last night’s contest with a game-high 20 points, 11 rebounds and a career-best 11 assists and committed just one turnover in 35 minutes. The Rockets’ only other triple-double was by Nathan Boothe, who tallied 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists vs. San Jose State in the 2015 Great Alaska Shootout.

Joining Fletcher in double figures were junior guard Jaelan Sanford and sophomore center Luke Knapke with 16 and 13 points, respectively.

Toledo was extremely efficient throughout the contest; the Rockets shot 57.6 percent from the field, tied its season high with 14 three-point field goals (in 29 attempts), and dished out a season-high 22 assists while committing just eight turnovers.

The Rockets’ defense was on top of their game as well, especially in the first half to help UT build a 48-27 halftime advantage. Toledo shut down the Huskies in the opening stanza, as NIU was 0 for 7 from three-point range and shot 33.3 percent overall.

“I’m extremely proud of our guys and how we played from start to finish to clinch the MAC West Division title,” Toledo Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk said. “We followed our game plan and didn’t let up at all. The way we shared and moved the ball really was fun to watch. It was also great to see Tre’Shaun [Fletcher] finish with a triple-double. It was well-deserved because he’s such an unselfish player and plays the game the right way.”

UT to host training for forecasting algal toxin increases

The University of Toledo is hosting a training workshop to teach water treatment plant operators, scientists and public health officials how to use software that forecasts increases in algal toxins during algal bloom season so that swimmers and boaters can be warned to avoid exposure and water treatment plants can take measures to appropriately treat the raw water.

The workshop will take place Thursday, March 1, at the UT Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Road in Oregon.

For the last three years, researchers at The University of Toledo have been collecting environmental data in Lake Erie during algal bloom season to help the U.S. Geological Survey develop a model to estimate the probability of exceeding a threshold that indicates an increase in harmful algal bloom toxins, like microcystin, in Ohio waters.

Using the database of samples gathered at seven water treatment plant intakes and four recreational sites throughout the state, including the public beach at Maumee Bay State Park, the U.S. Geological Survey’s model can now be applied using the Virtual Beach Software developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The software is the same program UT uses to make daily E. coli bacteria forecasts for the public beach at Maumee Bay State Park during the summer. However, the new model for algal toxins also incorporates live data from the network of buoys in the western Lake Erie basin. The buoys are equipped with what is called the YSI EXO sonde, a black and blue instrument comprised of several probes to measure various water quality parameters, including how much blue-green algae is present, water temperature, clarity, oxygen levels, turbidity and pH.

“Instead of waiting for test results from water samples, we can make real-time predictions for increases in algal toxins using environmental factors such as turbidity, pH, phycocyanin, wind direction and rainfall,” Pam Struffolino, UT Lake Erie Center research operations manager, said. “The exposure probability model is ready to go once approved by the EPA, and we want to be sure the people we are training can add data, read results, and use the software to help their communities be safe.”

Trainers at the workshop are composed of representatives from UT, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Limnotech and NASA.

Struffolino said water treatment plants are expected to begin using the software once operators are trained. Leaders are evaluating how the results will be publicly posted similar to the E. coli testing and when that will begin.

“The model will improve every year as we go along because we will continue to add data,” Struffolino said.

Migration research reveals key to declines in rare songbirds

The annual long-distance migration of rare, tiny songbirds that reproduce in the Great Lakes region and Appalachian Mountains is no longer a mystery.

By tracking one of the smallest species ever monitored over thousands of miles using cutting-edge technology, a team of ornithologists led by scientists at The University of Toledo found that it is where golden-winged warblers spend the winter in the tropics that determines if a population is declining or stable, not factors associated with the breeding grounds thousands of miles north in the United States and Canada.

A golden-winged warbler carrying a geolocator in Minnesota.

Over the course of the five-year study, the scientists found that different populations of the birds, which are about the size of a ping-pong ball and weigh less than three pennies, do not mix between their separate northern nesting grounds occupied during the spring and summer and the tropical sites where they spend the winter.

Mapped using data from 76 light level geolocators recovered from the birds, each population shows strong migratory connectivity, or geographic segregation, that confirms that populations of the birds stay together in different locations for the seasons throughout the year. This strong link between breeding and non-breeding areas means that populations may be exposed to different threats and conditions during the winter.

According to the study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, golden-winged warblers from declining populations spend winters in northern South America. Stable populations of the species spend winters in Central America.

A team led by UT researchers tracked where golden-winged warblers traveled for the winter.

“They’re separate, and it’s remarkable,” said Gunnar Kramer, PhD student researcher in environmental sciences at UT. “Most species we track like this don’t show strong connections between breeding sites and wintering sites.”

“These golden-winged warblers that breed throughout the Great Lakes region and Appalachian Mountains are going to different areas in the winter,” said Dr. Henry Streby, assistant professor in the UT Department of Environmental Sciences. “That’s pivotal because those tropical areas experienced different rates of forest loss during the last 60 years. When we look at forest-loss rates, it correlates closely with golden-winged warbler population changes on breeding grounds thousands of miles away.”

When it comes to saving the species that is under consideration for federal Endangered Species protection, the researchers say conservationists should switch their focus away from places where their efforts cannot benefit the species and toward restoring habitat and preventing further deforestation in northern Venezuela, “which is, unfortunately, one of the most difficult places to do conservation work in the Americas,” Streby said.

Gunnar Kramer held a golden-winged warbler, which carried a geolocator. Researchers attached the tiny backpack to the bird in 2015 and recovered it in 2016. The data revealed the warbler’s migratory route and winter location.

“If the winter habitat keeps disappearing, the warblers that winter in northern South America won’t survive and come back to the Appalachian Mountains no matter how much breeding habitat is available to them,” Streby said.

Kramer and Streby tracked the birds using the geolocators attached to the birds with tiny backpacks around their legs. Figure-eight harnesses secured the geolocator backpacks, which contained a battery, a computer chip and a light sensor. The whole thing weighs less than half of a paper clip and does not inhibit flight or movement.

“The light sensor records ambient light and stores it with a time stamp on the unit every couple minutes,” Kramer said. “We used differences in day length and changes in how fast dawn and dusk occur to predict daily locations of the birds throughout the year. Based on how long the day and night are and features of the transitions between day and night, you can tell with reasonable accuracy where you are on the planet.”

Unlike other heavier tracking devices, geolocators do not transmit data, so the researchers had to recapture every bird marked with a geolocator and remove the device to recover data.

“Comprehensive studies like this one show the importance of understanding the complex relationships migratory species have with different environments throughout the year and demonstrate that songbirds that spend the summer in our backyards may be experiencing challenging conditions elsewhere that are causing declines,” Kramer said. “These studies also provide information that can immediately be used to start improving conservation efforts, and that’s really exciting.”

The UT researchers collaborated with scientists from several universities and agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Tennessee and West Virginia University.

Funding was provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Science Foundation.

UT places third at its national sales competition

Western Michigan University won The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales’ third annual UT Invitational Sales Competition, which took place Feb. 23 and 24.

Asbury University, Wilmore, Ky., took second place, and UT placed third among the 34 schools from across the country that came to Toledo for the event.

The UT Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales team won the competition last year.

Individually, the winner of the Junior Division was Kaylee VanWinkle of Asbury University. The runner-up was Stacy Zoeller of Western Michigan University, and third place belonged to Haley Orr of UT.

In the Sophomore/Freshman Division, the champion was Ryan Demas from Western Michigan University; runner-up was Jackson Thomas of Asbury University; third place went to Samantha Lazuka of the University of Cincinnati; and fourth place was claimed by Hanna Capell of UT. Marissa Piemonte of James Madison University took fifth place, and sixth place belonged to Mason Cordes of UT.

“Formed in 2000 and endowed in 2002, UT’s Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales believes in developing the world’s future sales professionals one student at a time, and the UT Invitational Sales Competition is an ideal platform to accomplish just that,” said Deirdre Jones, director of the Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales. “We are proud to be the nation’s first and only national sales competition dedicated exclusively to the non-senior. We believe younger students are chomping at the bit to shine outside the shadow of a senior, and we are confident they have the talent and coachability to compete on a national stage.”

More than 100 sales leaders and recruiters who participate serve as buyers and judges for the role plays and also interact with the students during coaching and interviewing sessions and the career fair.

“The Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales is thrilled to bring tomorrow’s top talent to competition sponsors so they can find the sales talent they need for internships and regular placements first and feel more relaxed knowing they have time to ascertain mutual fit and complete the recruitment cycle. The UT Invitational Sales Competition also is indicative of the bench strength that exists at the nation’s top professional sales programs, as each of the 34 participating universities has committed to recruiting for the competition’s sophomore/freshman and junior divisions.”

Corporate sponsors of the event included 3M, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Mediasite, Intuit, Hilti, Crown, Procter & Gamble Co., Gartner, Owens-Corning, Quicken Loans, Schindler, Federated Insurance, Aflac and Actuant.

Jones added, “The best part of the UT Invitational Sales Competition for universities is just knowing how absolutely bright the future is for sales talent. It’s really rewarding to see the students perform well. I and my colleagues love what we do, we’re really passionate about it, knowing that we are impacting things now and decades from now, because these are the sales professionals of the future.”

Disability, race, food scarcity topic of lecture Feb. 28

The Disability Studies Program at The University of Toledo will present
“Beyond Comfort, Beyond the Familiar” Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

Washieka Torres, PhD student within the American Culture Studies Program at Bowling Green State University, will discuss the correlation of food ways, race and disability. Her presentation will involve how race and disability impacts food access and what can be done to solve the scarcity.

Torres

“As a community, we need to think more about the access to food,” said Dr. Kim Nielsen, UT professor of disability studies. “Many college students don’t have much access.”

Torres has her master’s degree in American Studies and graduated from Brooklyn College. She has served as vice chair for disability affairs for the New York University Student Senate and spoke frequently at events in Washington, D.C.

During her studies, Torres combined qualitative and quantitative research to retrieve her findings. She will discuss her research methods and present her findings using a documentary she created throughout her research.

“This topic [disability, race and food access] is something many individuals don’t think about,” said Kathryn Shelley, graduate assistant in the UT Disability Studies Program. “This talk is a great opportunity for students to gain awareness.”

For more information on the free, public lecture, contact the Disability Studies Program at 419.530.7244.

Utility work to cause lane restrictions on westbound Bancroft Street

Drivers traveling west on Bancroft Street near Main Campus will see intermittent lane closures starting Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Utility work will necessitate lane restrictions on Bancroft between University Hills Boulevard and Campus Road.

While lane closures will occur, two-way traffic will be maintained.

The utility work is scheduled to be complete in two weeks, according to the Toledo Division of Transportation.

Editor to discuss book on African-American history in Toledo

Dr. Rubin Patterson will return this week to campus and a city he called home for more than two decades.

“I really enjoyed my time at The University of Toledo,” said Patterson, professor and chair of sociology and criminology at Howard University. “I learned a lot about the city.”

Patterson

So when a colleague he met while at UT contacted him about a book project focusing on the black experience in the Glass City, he was all in.

“Black Toledo: A Documentary History of the African-American Experience in Toledo, Ohio” was published by Brill in November as a hardcover and will be published as a paperback by Haymarket Books in December.

Editors Patterson and Dr. Abdul Alkalimat, professor emeritus of African-American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pored over documents to chronicle more than 200 years of African-American struggles for a better life in Toledo. With newspaper articles, academic papers, census data and popular writings about Toledo, the two pieced together the story of African-American organizations, institutions, events and individuals confronting oppression and other challenges.

Patterson will talk about “Black Toledo” Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. in Law Center Room 1002. The free, public event is hosted by the Africana Studies Program and the College of Arts and Letters in honor of Black History Month.

“We are very happy to welcome back Rubin to talk about this landmark book,” Angela M. Siner, director of anthropology and the UT Africana Studies Program, said.

The 317-page book is divided into four sections: the origin of the black community, 1787 to 1900; the formation of community life, 1900 to 1950; community development and struggle, 1950 to 2000; and survival during deindustrialization, 2000 to 2016.

“Abdul led a team that originally worked on the project for a few years, then it laid dormant for a time, then I worked on it off and on a few years,” Patterson said. “After moving to Washington, D.C., in 2014 and looking back on my Toledo experience and taking stock, I realized that I wanted to leave something concrete that could continue doing for years to come what I had done the previous two decades, namely, to educate UT students and the Toledo public.

“With that mindset, I took charge of the project and brought it to a soft landing with the publication. We now leave this book as part of the UT Africana Studies legacy and contribution to Toledo and to scholarship,” Patterson said. “The years-long effort has resulted in the type of book that my wife and I wished we would have had access to when we first moved to Toledo in 1992. We would have better understood the city and its black community from the beginning.”

From the Underground Railroad to Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth speaking in Toledo in 1864, neighborhood segregation to fighting the Ku Klux Klan, the musical genius of natives Art Tatum and Jon Hendricks to the Hines Farm Blues Club, Black Panthers patrolling Dorr Street and the proliferation of African-American businesses, to memorable moments of boxer Wilbert “Skeeter” McClure who won a gold medal in the Olympics in Rome and legendary UT quarterback Chuck Ealey who led the Rockets to a 35-0 record from 1969 to 1971, “Black Toledo” has it all.

“Readers will obviously come away with a better understanding of the black experience in Toledo, but black Toledoans will have a better appreciation for the rich legacy that they have inherited and of which they are a part,” Patterson said.

Alkalimat also played a historic role: He was the first director of the Africana Studies Program at the University in 1996. He was a faculty member at UT from 1995 to 2007. Patterson, who worked with student leaders in the early 1990s to convince UT administrators to create Africana Studies, then served as director of the program from 2007 to 2014.

“It was an honor and a privilege to serve as director of the UT Africana Studies Program, and it delights my heart to know that I have contributed to a book that memorializes Toledo’s black experience for all to better appreciate,” Patterson said.

UT to consolidate test centers

The University of Toledo is consolidating its testing centers to focus only on the academic testing services used by faculty and students.

The testing center on Scott Park Campus, which serves community partners such as police and fire departments to administer written recruitment tests, will close by June 30.

The Main Campus Test Center, which serves UT students and faculty, remains open in Memorial Field House.

The Scott Park Testing Center last year administered about 4,500 tests, including professional licensure, certifications, skills assessment and local students taking online classes at other institutions. The University is working with its community partners to connect them with other locations that offer those testing services in northwest Ohio.

While some testing available at Scott Park will move to Main Campus, the focus of the University’s test center will continue to be collaborations with UT faculty, Student Disability Services, Office of New Student Orientation, Online Education, Toledo Early College High School and others to provide placement and makeup testing for UT students.