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Scientist going to D.C. to push for more research money

A research scientist at The University of Toledo is meeting with congressional leaders to advocate for an increase in biomedical research funding.

Dr. Sumit Bhattacharya, a postdoctoral fellow trainee, will be in Washington, D.C., Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 7-8, representing the state of Ohio in the NAEVR (National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research) Emerging Vision Scientists Program. He is one of 22 participants.



“A lot of biomedical researchers haven’t been able to do the kind of comprehensive research that is crucial for the advancement of science,” Bhattacharya said. “I plan to talk to Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown and State Representative Marcy Kaptur regarding the current crunch in research funding.”

His participation is crucial because Congress will be considering spending and authorizing bills that specifically address the issue of funding for early-stage investigators, according to Dr. David Giovannucci, UT professor of neurosciences and principal investigator overseeing Bhattacharya’s training.

“We are so proud that Sumit will be going to D.C. to speak on behalf of biomedical researchers,” Giovannucci said. “This is quite an honor as well as an opportunity to add his voice to a conversation that could help increase our case for more funding.”

The National Institutes of Health previously funded more than 30 percent of the grants applied for by junior faculty, but in recent years the number has decreased to only 10 percent due to reduction in federal funding.

Bhattacharya’s research in Giovannucci’s laboratory involves understanding the disease process and developing therapies to treat dry eye and dry mouth. A human drug trial to treat dry mouth already is planned.

“We are collaborating with physicians here at UT to conduct a human trial to reverse or prevent dry mouth. We want to test a compound that we have characterized,” he said.

Bhattacharya also is applying for federal funding for dry eye research. Dry eye commonly affects more than 10 million people resulting in billions of dollars for health-care costs each year. The majority of sufferers are women older than 40.

He was eligible to apply for the NAEVR Emerging Vision Scientists Program because he previously was funded for dry eye research through the Fight for Sight Foundation.

Alumni to be recognized at annual Homecoming Gala Oct. 9

Graduates from each of the University of Toledo’s degree-awarding colleges will be recognized Friday, Oct. 9, at The University of Toledo Alumni Association’s Homecoming Gala.

The event, which annually draws sellout crowds to the Student Union Auditorium, will begin at 6 p.m.

UTNews Oct. 5The program features the recipients of the Alumni Association’s highest honors: the Gold T, the Blue T and the Edward H. Schmidt Outstanding Young Alum.

Dr. Richard Paat of Perrysburg is the 2015 recipient of the Gold T, which is presented to a graduate in recognition of outstanding career accomplishment.

A 1986 graduate of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Paat is one of the world’s foremost medical missionaries. Since 1994, he has led 63 medical missions and disaster relief teams that have treated nearly 100,000 patients around the world. In May, he brought a medical team into Nepal to assist in earthquake relief efforts, treating 2,000 patients in one of the most devastated regions of the country. He has gone to Indonesia after a tsunami and Biloxi, Miss., following Hurricane Katrina. He annually brings five volunteer medical teams to the Philippines, Honduras, Guatemala, Tanzania and Haiti.

For more than a decade, Paat also has provided free medical care to the uninsured and homeless of the Toledo area, volunteering at a free inner-city medical clinic and running a mobile migrant worker clinic during the summer.

An internal medicine specialist, Paat was inducted into the International Medical Mission Hall of Fame in 2013. He’s been named Ohio Physician of the Year, has been a Jefferson Award for Public Service recipient, and has been named Catholic Physician of the Year in the United States. He also serves as faculty adviser to UT’s Students for Medical Missions organization.

Tom Guitteau of Toledo is the 2015 recipient of the Blue T, which is presented to an Alumni Association member who has made outstanding contributions to the progress and development of the association and the University. Guitteau, who served as president of the Alumni Association during the 1988-89 school year, has remained active with his alma mater since graduating from the Judith Herb College of Education with a bachelor’s degree in 1963 and a master’s degree in 1973.

Retired regional vice president of agencies for the Columbus Life Insurance Co., Guitteau served 19 years as the color commentator for UT football games on radio and television, broadcasting the team from which he earned a varsity letter as a lineman in 1962. A charter member of the President’s Club and the Heritage Society, he is a past president of the Varsity T Club and has provided financial support to a variety of campus projects, including the Koester Alumni Pavilion and the renovation of the Glass Bowl.

For the past five years, Guitteau has served as an academic mentor to UT student-athletes.

Dr. Alex Adams of Boise, Idaho, is the 2015 recipient of the Schmidt Award, which is presented to a graduate who is 35 years of age or younger in recognition of outstanding achievement in his or her field of endeavor.

Adams recently was named executive director of the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy, with responsibility for enforcing laws for 2,400 registered pharmacists in the state. Prior to that appointment, he served for nearly three years as the vice president of pharmacy programs and vice president of foundation research programs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores in Arlington, Va. In that role, he was responsible for the foundation’s $6 million evidence-based research portfolio, as well as serving as the primary staff liaison for public health officials around the country on behalf of a trade association that represents more than 40,000 traditional community pharmacies, supermarkets and mass merchants with pharmacies.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences in 2007 and a doctorate in pharmacy in 2009. Adams and his family have established a scholarship in the College of Pharmacy.

Additional seating has been added for the Homecoming Gala this year; however, a limited number of seats remain. Tickets are $30 per person.

Call the Office of Alumni Relations at 419.530.2585 (ALUM) for more information or to make reservations.

‘Rocket Road Trip’ to UT Homecoming

Get your motor running: “Rocket Road Trip — All Roads Lead Back to UT” is the theme of the University’s Homecoming.

Roll on down West Bancroft Street for fun and spirited celebration. Homecoming week activities planned for this year include:

homecoming 2015 posterTuesday, Oct. 6

• Casino Night, 7 to 10 p.m., Student Union Auditorium. Win big at this Las Vegas-style game night. Transportation will be available from 6:30 to 10:15 p.m. for students living in residence halls; stops will be made at the Transportation Center, Ottawa House, Horton International House and the Student Union. Students who bring a canned good will have a chance to win prizes; all donations will go to the UT Student Food Pantry.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

• Field Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall. Check out the free food and games.

• Homecoming Court Showcase, 7 p.m., Student Union Ingman Room. The top 10 king and queen candidates will walk the runway and show their Rocket pride. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Canned goods welcome for the UT Student Food Pantry.

Thursday, Oct. 8

• College of Business and Innovation Alumni Affiliate Dean’s Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Toledo Club Centennial Room, 235 14th St. Speakers will be UT President Sharon L. Gaber and Dr. Gary Insch, dean of the UT College of Business and Innovation. Register for the free program, which will start at 8 a.m., by contacting the Alumni Relations Office at 419.530.ALUM (2586) or shirley.grzecki@utoledo.edu.

SA 1825 Casino Night Poster 1b• National Pan Hellenic Council Talent Show, 7 p.m., Doermann Theater. Students will take the stage and perform in this competition. Canned goods welcome for the UT Student Food Pantry.

• Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Pancake Breakfast, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Horton International House.

Friday, Oct. 9

• Food Truck Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Centennial Mall. Stop by to see what these meals on wheels will serve up.

• Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. I-75 Homecoming Basketball Tournament, 6 to 10 p.m., Health Education Building. Cost: $30 per team. Admission to watch the action: $3 or a canned good. For more information, email ibrahimshafau@icloud.com.

• Homecoming Alumni Gala and Awards Ceremony, 6 p.m., Student Union Auditorium. The Alumni Association will present this year’s Gold T, Blue T and Edward H. Schmidt Young Alum Award, and college and affiliate award winners will be honored. Tickets are $30 per person, $10 for children. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the UT Alumni Office at 419.530.ALUM (2586) or shirley.grzecki@utoledo.edu.

Saturday, Oct. 10

• The Edward C. and Helen G. Schmakel Homecoming Parade, 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by Blue Key, the parade will begin at West Bancroft Street and go to Middlesex Drive to Hughes Drive to Cheltenham Road and back on West Bancroft Street. The grand marshal for this year’s parade will be UT President Gaber.

• Alumni Tailgate, noon, William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion. Stop by for free hot dogs, chips and pop; beer, wine, bloody marys and Rocket fuel (vodka mixed drink) will be available for purchase with proper ID. And Five O’Clock Rush will play live music.

• Toledo Rockets vs. Kent State Golden Flashes Homecoming Game, 3 p.m., Glass Bowl. Cheer on the Rockets and see the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen. Tickets range from $25 to $60; $15 and $12.50 for children 12 and younger; half off for UT faculty and staff; and free for UT students with IDs. For tickets, call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Sunday, Oct. 11

• The Golden Alumni Society Homecoming Luncheon, Inverness Club, 4601 Dorr St., Cost: $25. President Gaber will be the featured guest speaker. For more information, call the UT Alumni Office at 419.530.ALUM (2586).

For more information, go to utoledo.edu/homecoming/events.html or call the UT Alumni Office at 419.530.ALUM (2586) or the UT Office of Student Involvement at 419.530.4944.

Annual Catholic lecture to focus on pope’s views on international issues

The leader of the Catholic Church has made waves in his first two and half years in the papal office, tackling a number of hot-button issues. Arguably the biggest: climate change.

Dr. Peter Feldmeier, the UT Thomas and Margaret Murray and James J. Bacik Catholic Studies Professor, will present, “The Pope Goes Green: Francis and Climate Change,” at the annual Murray Bacik Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Libbey Hall Dining Room. A reception will follow the free, public event.

pope poster“Francis addresses a number of what he sees as interrelated issues, including pollution, the degradation of the planet, the culture of consumerism, poverty, marginalization of those most vulnerable to climate change, and climate change itself,” Feldmeier said. “He sees them all as a piece. He also sees far too little action, even as these issues, particularly climate change, demand immediate attention.

“The damage that climate change will bring in this and the next century is already decisive, but he believes that the human race can still come together to limit that future damage. Francis also believes that the created world and the sentient beings in it exist on their own right and not merely as objects of human utility. His vision is an inclusive one where love of God, love of neighbor, and love of the created world all mutually implicate each other.”

Pope Francis believes this is the most imperative moral concern of the day, which is why Feldmeier feels it’s an important topic to discuss.

Yet many people frown upon the pope speaking out about such issues, including Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, who recently boycotted the pope’s address in Congress because of his views on climate change.

Feldmeier response to the critics: “Some leaders, particularly Republican leaders, who resist either accepting climate change or show no interest in addressing it have criticized Francis for venturing into realms he has no right to proclaim expertise. But I think this is a false move. Climate change has been known for decades and has international consensus among scientists. One cannot legitimately reject it.”

He likened it to a cancer patient who has 99 doctors telling him he has the disease and one doctor who said he doesn’t.

“That person is going to not only concede the cancer diagnosis, but also recognize that it is imperative to respond to it vigorously. In the same way, when the scientific community declares with massive consensus that climate change is a fact, the non-scientific community has an intellectual and moral duty to accept this.

“And given that climate change demands an aggressive response, it is morally necessary to do so. Human lives are at stake, the lives of thousands of species who will become extinct because of human-created climate change, and the future of our civilization and planet is at stake. If the pope is a moral leader, what greater moral imperative is there?”

For more information on the lecture, contact the Center for Religious Understanding at 419.530.6187 or visit utoledo.edu/llss/philosophy/cfru/events.html.

Rockets’ defense overwhelms Ball State, 24-10

Another dominating performance by Toledo’s defense helped the Rockets defeat Ball State, 24-10, on a cold and blustery afternoon in Muncie, Ind., Saturday.

With the victory, the Rockets move to 4-0 on the season, 1-0 in Mid-American Conference play.

Sophomore Terry Swanson rushed for 139 yards vs. Ball State.

Sophomore Terry Swanson rushed for 139 yards vs. Ball State.

Toledo, which entered the game just one spot out of the AP Top 25 poll, could crack into the list in next week’s poll for the first time since 2012.

One week after stifling Arkansas State 37-7, Toledo held the Cardinals to just 262 yards of total offense and one touchdown on a long pass play, its first TD allowed from scrimmage since the fourth quarter of the Iowa State game. The Rockets led 24-3 at halftime and held Ball State to just 26 yards rushing on 30 carries. Rocket opponents have rushed for 12 yards on 54 attempts in the last two games.

Junior linebacker Jaylen Coleman led Toledo in tackles with eight, his fourth consecutive game tallying a team-high mark in stops. Senior defensive end Trent Voss added seven tackles and three tackles for loss, while senior cornerback Cheatham Norrils had six stops and two pass breakups.

The offense, missing injured star running back Kareem Hunt (hamstring) for the second straight game, was powered by a three-headed rushing attack of sophomore Terry Swanson (139 yards) and juniors Damion Jones-Moore (85 yards, 1 TD) and Marc Remy (56 yards). Senior quarterback Phillip Ely shook off two first-quarter interceptions to complete 16 of 22 passes for 164 yards and two scores.

Toledo’s offense got off to a rocky start, with Ely throwing interceptions on his first two attempts, one each on UT’s first two possessions. However, Toledo was not harmed by the miscues as the Rocket defense stopped the Cardinals after both turnovers.

The Rockets finally broke through after their defense forced a turnover of their own. Junior linebacker DeJuan Rogers knocked the ball loose from BSU quarterback Riley Neal that was recovered by Keenan Gibbs. Ely then marched UT 69 yards in 12 plays, finishing off the drive with a two-yard TD pass to junior tight end Michael Roberts.

UT advanced the lead to 14-0 on their next drive, sticking mostly with the ground game. Swanson had back-to-back runs of 16 yards, and Jones-Moore finished it off with an 11-yard score.

Toledo’s next score was a 31-yard field goal by Jameson Vest that was set up by a 41-yard run by Remy, making the score 17-0 with 3:15 left in the half.

Following another Ball State punt, Ely hit senior wide receiver Alonzo Russell for a 38-yard scoring strike to make the score 24-0.

The Cardinals finally got on the scoreboard on a 29-yard field goal by Morgan Hagee as time expired to end the first half. It was the first points allowed by Toledo’s defense since overtime of the Iowa State game Sept. 19.

Following a scoreless third quarter, Ball State shook off its offensive doldrums with a 51-yard touchdown reception by Jordan Williams from Riley Neal, cutting the lead to 24-10 with 11:12 left in the contest. The Cardinals had a chance to cut the lead further, but Hagge’s 36-yard field attempt with 5:34 missed badly to the right.

Toledo then gained 57 yards and four first downs to run out the clock to clinch the win.

The Rockets return home next week, hosting Kent State for Homecoming.

Ottawa River Photography Contest winners announced

Three UT students won gift cards for their eye-catching shots they entered in the 2015 Ottawa River Photography Contest.

Sarah Dooley won first place with her photo titled “The Descent to Fall.”

Madisyn Watkins came in second with her shot, “Through the Trees.”

And Ajay Lingireddy took third place with his photo titled “Fall.”

The event was part of the Celebrate Our River Week and was sponsored by the President’s Commission on the River.

“The Descent to Fall” by Sarah Dooley

“The Descent to Fall” by Sarah Dooley

“Through the Trees” by Madisyn Watkins

“Through the Trees” by Madisyn Watkins

“Fall” by Ajay Lingireddy

“Fall” by Ajay Lingireddy

Help give small businesses a chance at fundraising event

On Thursday, Oct. 8, join The University of Toledo Minority Business Development Center for “An Evening of Chance.”

The fundraiser, to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Parkway Plaza in Maumee, will benefit the UT Minority Business Development Center. The center houses more than 10 different businesses owned and operated by minorities and helps provide training, mentoring, office space and strategic development.

evening of chance 2015“This event allows us to support our businesses and students, but it’s also an opportunity for the community to learn about how we play a part in the greater economic development of the region,” said Dr. Shanda Gore, UT chief diversity officer and associate vice president for equity, diversity and community engagement. “We’re not just supporting small, minority-owned businesses, we are causing a larger ripple effect that impacts generations.”

The evening will feature a photobooth and games like roulette, blackjack and Texas Hold ’em. Between games, guests can bid on items in the silent auction and eat and drink from several food stations and a cash bar.

The event will conclude with an award ceremony for local minority business owners.

The UT Minority Business Development Center is an integral component of the UT Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement. Located on the Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation, its mission is to foster an environment that supports early-stage minority-owned businesses via services such as office space, training, mentoring, and professional network of advisers.

“Our students also benefit from the center because they receive a great hands-on experience that helps prepare them for the real world,” Gore said. “We have 100 percent placement of all students who have interned or had assistantships with us and our businesses.”

To purchase tickets, which are $50, visit utoledo.edu/incubator/mbdc. Sponsors also may register through this website.

Ticket sales end Wednesday, Oct. 7. Each ticket will provide some gaming money, and additional purchases will be available.

For more information, call 419.530.3170, email mbdc@utoledo.edu, follow on Twitter at twitter.com/UTMBDC or like the center on Facebook at facebook.com/UTMBDC.

120 companies to recruit UT business students at fall job fair

About 400 University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation students will participate in the college’s annual autumn job fair Friday, Oct. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Student Union.

A total of 120 companies — including Medical Mutual of Ohio, the Cleveland Indians, Quicken Loans, Owens-Corning, Owens-Illinois, Dana Corp., ProMedica and 3M — will participate.

“Once again we are excited and happy for our students that so many well-known companies are coming to the UT College of Business and Innovation to find the talent they need,” said Dr. Terribeth Gordon-Moore, the college’s senior associate dean. “This reflects very positively on the quality of both our programs and our students. It also demonstrates the extremely dynamic and mutually beneficial relationship enjoyed by college and recruiters for major national companies such as Marathon, Goodyear, Enterprise, Coca-Cola, and Ernst & Young.”

Employers are looking for undergraduate students to participate in business internships and their leadership development programs, as well as for seniors and graduates seeking full-time employment, Gordon-Moore said, adding that freshman students also are encouraged to attend the job fair to engage these company representatives and begin a relationship with these employers.

“This semiannual job fair is part of what we do to prepare our students for their futures,” Gordon-Moore said, adding that the college’s Business Career Programs office works year-round to assist students in acquiring internships and jobs upon graduation. “We strive to provide the necessary resources so our students can conduct their own tailored job searches.”

More than 85 percent of UT College of Business and Innovation students participated in internships, and the job placement rate for spring 2015 graduates was a record 88 percent.

Rockets to open up quest for MAC title at Ball State Oct. 3

With a perfect 3-0 record in non-conference play behind them, the Toledo Rockets now can focus their attention on their No. 1 goal — a Mid-American Conference Championship.

The first step in that process will begin Saturday, Oct. 3, when Toledo travels to Ball State. The 3 p.m. contest will be carried by American Sports Network and ESPN3.

Senior safety Rolan Milligan returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in Toledo's win over Arkansas State Sept. 26.

Senior safety Rolan Milligan returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in Toledo’s win over Arkansas State Sept. 26.

The Rockets (3-0, 0-0 MAC) are coming off a convincing 37-7 victory over Arkansas State Sept. 26. Toledo’s defense dominated the action, not allowing an offensive touchdown and holding the Red Wolves to minus-14 yards rushing on 24 attempts.

Senior safety Rolan Milligan returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown, and Orion Jones added three sacks. Arkansas State, whose only score came on a 92-yard kickoff return, failed to score on two trips to the red zone.

Toledo opponents are 3 of 11 inside the red zone, with only one touchdown. That ranks No. 2 in the nation behind Appalachian State (no scores in five chances).

The Rockets also have not allowed a sack this season, one of only two teams in the country that can make that claim. The other is Air Force.

Ball State (2-2, 1-0 MAC) is coming off a 24-19 loss at No. 17 Northwestern last week. BSU led at halftime, 10-7, before the Wildcats rallied. The Cardinals’ other loss was to then-No. 16 Texas A&M, 53-26, Sept. 12.

BSU opened the season with a win over VMI and also knocked off MAC foe Eastern Michigan, 28-17. The Cardinals lead the MAC in rushing yards (232.0 per game) and are paced by the trio of sophomore running back Darian Green (402 yards, four TDs), freshman quarterback Riley Neal (217 yards, one TD) and freshman running back James Gilbert (212 yards, five TDs).

The Rockets won in Toledo last year, 34-23, and lead the series, 20-19-1. Toledo’s last win in Muncie was in 2011. The Rockets are 8-12 all-time in games played in Muncie.

Toledo has 68 points in the latest AP poll and 15 points in the USA Today coaches poll. The Rockets rank an unofficial 26th in the AP poll and 37th in the coaches poll.

Running back Kareem Hunt (hamstring) is questionable for the BSU game.

Muslim Student Association’s Eid dinner to be held Oct. 3

The Muslim Student Association will host its second annual Eid Dinner Saturday, Oct. 3.

The celebration will be held in the Student Union Auditorium at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Eid Dinner web“Last year I couldn’t go home to celebrate Eid, which is basically just a day of celebration, and I wanted something fun to do on campus,” said Fatma Ismail, president of the Muslim Student Association. “I know a lot of other international students who couldn’t go home either, and we decided to create this dinner and entertainment festival so we could celebrate on campus.”

The festival will feature halal cultural food, live skits, fashion show, clothing vendors, Muslim rapper Nasheed, henna and more.

“The world is very big, and not being able to experience different languages and cultures can be really limiting,” Ismail said. “It’s good to experience other cultures because you really can learn a lot from other people, and it’s good to branch out and see what other people and countries have to offer.”

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Ask Rocky’s in the Student Union for $10 or at the door for $15. Table reservations for groups of eight can be reserved and purchased for $70 at Ask Rocky’s or by emailing utoledomsa@gmail.com.

“If you hear anyone say ‘Eid Mubarak’ on campus, just know it’s a greeting similar to Merry Christmas and means ‘Happy Eid,’” Ismail said.