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Public invited to skin cancer awareness event at UTMC

One in five Americans will be affected by skin cancer in their lifetime, and ultraviolent radiation from the sun is mainly to blame.

UV damage also can cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin.

In honor of May being Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, the
Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center at The University of Toledo is hosting a program on skin cancer awareness and treatment.

The free, public event will take place Thursday, May 25, at 6 p.m. at the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center on Health Science Campus.

Nina Rettig, a physician assistant with the UTMC Dermatology Department, will
discuss simple steps to prevent skin cancer, how to monitor changes in your skin that might lead to skin cancer, and treatment.

“The good news is that risk of developing skin cancer can be minimized,” Rettig said. “And with awareness and early detection, it can often be cured.”

To register, call 419.383.5243.

College of Business helps sponsor new WGTE show

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation is one of the major sponsors of “Business 360,” which will premiere Thursday, May 18, at 8:30 p.m. on WGTE.

This new 30-minute, magazine-style program will take a look at regional trends, technology and leadership in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Host Kristi Hoffman is an award-winning television host and producer, author, and CEO of Total Package Global, a professional and personal development corporation.

Dr. Gary Insch, dean of the UT College of Business and Innovation, is featured in the first segment of the debut. He discusses leadership.

An encore presentation of the premiere episode will air Sunday, June 4, at 11 a.m.

Future episodes will air the third Thursday of the month at 8:30 p.m. followed by the first Sunday at 11 a.m.

Kristi Hoffman, left, is the host of “Business 360.”

Pioneering surgeon to speak at College of Medicine commencement May 26

Internationally renowned minimally invasive surgeon Dr. Mehran Anvari will be the commencement speaker for the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences graduation ceremony Friday, May 26, at 2 p.m. at Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. in Toledo.

There are more than 200 candidates for degrees: 162 for doctor of medicine degrees; 10 for a doctor of philosophy degrees; 29 for master’s degrees; and four for graduate certificates.


Anvari, one of the first physicians in Canada to use robotics in surgery who also won a NASA award for his role in developing an automated robot used for detecting the early stages of breast cancer, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Anvari serve as the speaker for our upcoming commencement,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, senior vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “His impressive body of work, particularly in minimal access techniques, should serve as an example to our graduates that pushing boundaries and finding new and innovative methods to replace established practices can lead to better, more positive outcomes.”

A tenured professor and chair in minimally invasive surgery and surgical innovation at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Anvari is the founding director of the McMaster Institute for Surgical Invention, Innovation and Education; the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery; and the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation.

“It is an honor to be invited to speak at the commencement of The University of Toledo’s College of Medicine and Life Sciences,” Anvari said. “My talk will focus on how innovation is an essential ingredient for social and economic progress and can solve the problems facing our global community. It should be a goal for all students and drive our future academic and professional endeavors.”

Anvari is a pioneer in his field. He is the founding director of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery and scientific director and CEO of the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation, affiliated with McMaster University and St. Joseph Healthcare Hamilton.

In 2003, he established the world’s first telerobotic surgical service linking St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and a community hospital.

In addition, Anvari has authored more than 120 publications and has been an invited lecturer numerous times on the outcomes and evidence for the increasing use of laparoscopic esophagogastric and bowel surgery, as well as on the use of robotics in surgery.

Toledo to play at Michigan State in 2020

The University of Toledo football team will play at Michigan State in 2020, UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien announced yesterday.

The game will be played Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at Spartan Stadium.

The contest will mark just the second meeting between the two schools on the gridiron, and the first since 1925 when the two schools were known respectively as Toledo University and the Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science.

“We are very pleased and excited to add Michigan State to our 2020 football schedule,” O’Brien said. “The Spartans have a tradition of excellence, so it definitely will be another exciting matchup for our football team and our fans. It’s also a short drive from Toledo, so I’m sure Rocket Nation will be well-represented at Spartan Stadium.”

UT Head Football Coach Jason Candle added, “Our players are always excited to play against the best competition. Playing at Michigan State will be a great experience and another exciting challenge for our football program.”

Toledo was just in its ninth year of fielding a varsity football team when Coach James Dwyer’s Rockets lost to Michigan State by the score of 58-0 in 1925. The Rockets did not face another Big Ten opponent until 1978 when they lost at Minnesota. Toledo is 6-15 all-time vs. the Big Ten, but a respectable 6-10 since its first win at Purdue in 1992. 

Information on how Rocket fans can order tickets will be provided at a later date. Tickets orders will be prioritized based on Rocket Fund/athletic donation and season ticket history.

UT to host Women’s Basketball Coaches Association regional session

Toledo will host a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Coaches’ Classroom Saturday, May 20.

The whiteboard session will run from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Savage Arena.

There is no cost to attend for coaches who are a member of the WBCA, but the session is limited to the first 100 registrations.

Speakers at UT’s Regional Whiteboard Series will include Michigan Head Coach Kim Barnes Arico (“High-Energy Drills”), Ashland Head Coach Robyn Fralick (“Building a Team”), Wright State Head Coach Katrina Merriweather (“Defensive Drills”), Ohio State Associate Head Coach Patrick Klein (“Dribble Drive”) and Toledo Head Coach Tricia Cullop (“Offensive Quick Hits”).

The association is putting on regional clinics called the WBCA Coaches’ Classroom at four locations in 2017. These half-day programs are open to coaches at every level of women’s and girls’ basketball.

The other three locations for the WBCA Coaches’ Classroom are North Andover, Mass. (May 24), San Francisco (Aug. 5) and Auburn, Ala. (rescheduled for August).

UT faculty, students to present diverse water quality research at Great Lakes conference in Detroit

An ongoing study on the height of the annual algal bloom in the water near the Toledo Water Intake in Lake Erie is one of 34 University of Toledo research projects being presented this week at the annual conference of the International Association of Great Lakes Research.

The study, which measures the algal bloom over 24 hours in rough and calm waters, is entering its second year. The goal is to make recommendations to water plant operators on the best time to pump water and reduce intake exposure to microcystin.

Last year, Ken Gibbons pulled up a water sample using a long, white tube that reaches the lake bottom. The water was emptied into the orange bucket held by Dr. Thomas Bridgeman, UT algae researcher and professor of ecology.

“This has the possibility to provide a practical way to protect the public drinking water,” Dr. Thomas Bridgeman, UT algae researcher and professor of ecology, said. “We want to develop a model that tells the water utilities where to expect the algae to be and when to pump more or less to avoid it.”

Graduate student researcher Eva Kramer will present the research, which is titled “Avoiding Harmful Algal Blooms at Toledo’s Drinking Water Intake by Observing Vertical Distribution and Migration,” during poster presentations Wednesday, May 17.

“It’s inspiring to be surrounded by hundreds of people working to understand, protect and restore the Great Lakes from a broad range of backgrounds,” said Kramer, who is pursuing a master’s degree in ecology. “I look forward to hearing their stories and learning from their successes and struggles.”

UT researchers take regular samples near the Toledo Water Intake in Lake Erie.

The annual conference of the International Association of Great Lakes Research is taking place from Monday, May 15, through Friday, May 19, at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

UT researchers will present from diverse areas of study, including economics; engineering; environmental sciences; chemistry and biochemistry; geography and planning; and medical microbiology and immunology.

A full list of the UT researchers and their projects can be found at utoledo.edu/nsm/lec/news/abstracts.html.

Dr. Carol Stepien, Distinguished University Professor of Ecology, and Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, professor and director of the UT Center for Geographic Information Sciences and Applied Geographics, organized a special session titled “Pathways for Invasions Into the Great Lakes: Detection, Monitoring and New Technology” that will run from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 17. Stepien and Czajkowski work with bait shops and fishermen for invasive species prevention.

PhD student researcher Alison Brandel, who works in the lab of Dr. Jason Huntley, associate professor of medical microbiology and immunology, will present a talk titled “Isolation and Characterization of Lake Erie Bacteria That Degrade the Microcystin Toxin MC-LR” Friday, May 19, at 10:40 a.m. during the session titled “Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiatives: Field to Faucet and Beyond.”

During that same session, Dr. Kevin Egan, associate professor of economics, will present “Benefit-Cost Analysis for Policy Options (e.g. Fertilizer Fee, Wetlands) to Reduce Nutrient Runoff” Friday, May 19, at 8 a.m.

Water quality is a major research focus at the University. With $12.5 million in active grants underway, UT is studying algal blooms, invasive species such as Asian carp, and pollutants, and looking for pathways to restore the greatest natural resource for future generations to ensure communities continue to have access to safe drinking water.

Researchers and students help to protect the public drinking water supply for the greater Toledo area throughout summer algal bloom season by conducting water sampling to alert water treatment plant operators of any toxins heading toward the water intake. UT’s 28-foot research vessel enables the University to partner with the city of Toledo and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to monitor the health of the lake and provide real-time data.

The UT Lake Erie Center is a research and educational facility focused on environmental conditions and aquatic resources in Maumee Bay and western Lake Erie as a model for the Great Lakes and aquatic ecosystems worldwide.

Latino Youth Summit set to excite, motivate students for college

More than 500 area students in grades six through 12 are expected to attend the 2017 Latino Youth Summit Tuesday and Wednesday, May 16 and 17, at The University of Toledo.

The program focuses on college preparation and planning, as well as career choices.

“The Latino Youth Summit encourages our young people to consider college and, more importantly, to picture themselves at The University of Toledo someday,” Dr. Michele Soliz, assistant vice president for student success and inclusion, said. “In its 15th year, this is the largest event for Latino youth in the state.”

Students in grades six through eight will be on campus Tuesday. They will visit Ritter Planetarium and the colleges of Engineering; Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Nursing; and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

High school students will attend the summit Wednesday. They will learn about health careers at the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center on Health Science Campus, as well as stop by the Judith Herb College of Education and the colleges of Arts and Letters, and Business and Innovation on Main Campus.

Richard Santana is this year’s keynote speaker; he will address the students at 1 p.m. each day.

“My story is proof that through adversity, we can still achieve our dreams and go to college,” Santana said.

He will talk about his days as a gang member in California and how he turned his life around. The counselor and educator received a master’s degree from Harvard University and founded Homeboy Goes to Harvard Productions, which focuses on raising awareness about gangs, drug addiction and self-esteem.

In addition, the event will provide financial aid options for college, including a UT scholarship for attending the Latino Youth Summit.

The summit is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Division of Student Affairs.

For more information, call the Office of Multicultural Student Success at 419.530.2261.

Basketball coach to serve as panelist for Women in Leadership event May 18

Toledo Women’s Basketball Coach Tricia Cullop will serve as a panelist for a Women in Leadership event Thursday, May 18.

The event will take place from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 325 N. Michigan St.


The Women in Leadership event is sponsored by the Women’s Initiative of United Way, which networks and mobilizes women to be leaders, advocates and philanthropists on issues relating to women and children.

Sashem Brey, anchor at 13 ABC, will be the moderator.

Cullop will be joined on the panel by Jan Bertsch, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Owens-Illinois Inc.; Diana Patton, author, speaker and health coach; and Mo Sheahan, owner of Pure Barre Toledo and Pure Barre Perrysburg.

An affinity group of United Way since 2001, Women’s Initiative has inspired hundreds of women to attend leadership development events, contribute their time and talent to numerous volunteer opportunities, and invest more than $1.5 million toward programs that impact women and children.

In addition to providing personal and professional development opportunities for women, Women’s Initiative of United Way supports two children’s programs: WordShop and Imagination Library. In 2015, more than 600 children participated in their collaborative story-writing workshops and the group mailed 19,194 books to Toledo homes.

People can join Women’s Initiative by making a gift of $250 or more to the United Way. The gift will go to help those in need in the community, and the donor will gain special access to networking, development and volunteer opportunities.

The cost to attend the event is $10 for non-members, and free for members.

This past year, Cullop guided the Rockets to their eighth Mid-American Conference title in program history, as well as advancing to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2001. UT finished with a 25-9 overall ledger and a 12-6 mark in the league, equaling the fifth-most wins in single history.

The three-time MAC Coach of the Year is fourth in league history in overall winning percentage (202-96, .678) and seventh in conference (108-44, .711) winning percentage.

Glacity Theatre Collective to explore artificial intelligence

It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her.

The Glacity Theatre Collective will present “Marjorie Prime” Friday through Sunday, May 12-14, in the Center for Performing Arts Studio Theatre.

Mark Owen and Jennifer Nagy Lake rehearsed a scene from the Glacity Theatre Collective’s production of “Marjorie Prime” with Barbara Barkan in the background.

Curtain time is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Barbara Barkan will play Marjorie, and Tanner DuVall will be her friend in Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-nominated work that explores memory and identity, love and loss, and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.

Jennifer Nagy Lake, former UT theatre student, and Mark Owen also are in the cast.

Jeffrey J. Albright, former UT theatre student, is directing the production.

James S. Hill, UT professor emeritus of theatre, is the scene designer for the play. Holly Monsos, associate dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts in the College of Arts and Letters, professor of theatre, and executive director of the Glacity Theatre Collective, designed the costumes.

Tickets are $15 at the door or in advance online at glacity.tix.org. Student tickets are $10 with a valid ID and are available only at the door.

For more information, go to glacity.org.

UTPD officers to participate in active shooter training exercises on campus

The University of Toledo Police Department will conduct active shooter training exercises throughout the month of May that emphasize the role of the first officer to respond to an emergency situation.

The first exercise will take place Wednesday, May 10, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the former Main Campus Child Care Center near the south entrance of campus off Dorr Street and also in Parking Area 9.

Most of the training will be contained inside the building. However, officers will be practicing entry into the north side of the building.

The community may see police cruisers with emergency lights on as officers practice their approaches in the parking lot. Signs will be posted that say, “UT Police Training Event.”

Two more training exercises will be held at the same time and location Thursday, May 18, and Friday, May 26.

The training program called RAIDER, which stands for Rapid Deployment, Awareness, Intervention, Decisiveness, EMS and Recovery, provides the tactical skills necessary for the first officer responding to an active shooter situation to be able to intervene immediately in order to reduce the number of causalities.

The training provides officers with the mental and physical skills to draw the attention of the active shooter away from potential victims, confuse and frustrate the shooter, and successfully neutralize the situation.