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UTMC sponsors Walk to End Alzheimer’s Oct. 14 on Main Campus

The University of Toledo Medical Center is sponsoring the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday, Oct. 14, on Main Campus.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the ceremony and walk will begin at 10 a.m. on Centennial Mall.

Two teams will represent UT and UTMC: the Lab Rats, led by Dr. Isaac T. Schiefer, UT assistant professor of medicinal chemistry and associate director of the Shimadzu Laboratory for Pharmaceutical Research Excellence, and Senior Behavioral Health, led by Kim Kross, community education manager for Senior Behavioral Health at UT Medical Center.

Schiefer is the 2017 walk chairman. He is the recipient of the Alzheimer’s Association’s $100,000 New Investigator Research Grant to support his work to develop an Alzheimer’s drug.

“I am very grateful to be chair of this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” Schiefer said. “My research is focused on exploring ways to improve memory and maybe find a cure for this debilitating disease.”

Schiefer, a synthetic organic chemist, has developed a prototype molecule that improves memory in mice. He is studying the drug characteristics of the prototype molecule, which was designed to increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor, also known as BDNF. It is the first step toward a drug that could be given to Alzheimer’s patients.

To join one of the University’s teams, visit the Alzheimer Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Toledo region web page here.

Gender equality topic of Oct. 13 Law Review Symposium

The University of Toledo Law Review will present its annual symposium Friday, Oct. 13. The free, public event is titled “Gender Equality: Progress & Possibilities” and will begin at 8 a.m. in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

Discussions of gender in American society have been ongoing since the suffrage movement began in the 19th century and, today, “feminism” can be a controversial term.

The University of Toledo Law Review’s 2017 Symposium will explore the ways in which gender equality has been achieved or remains aspirational in nature. Four panels of experts will discuss gender as applied to various areas of life and law. Panels will discuss: sex inequality in the workplace; gender equality in education; gendered violence; and reimagining family law.

Lisa Pruitt, the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law at the University of California at Davis, will present the keynote address, “The Women Feminism Forgot: Rural and Working-Class White Women in the Age of Trump” at 11:30 a.m.

Panelists will publish a collection of essays in volume 49, issue 3, of The University of Toledo Law Review.

This symposium has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 5.5 total Continuing Legal Education hours instruction. The event is free and open to the public unless the attendee intends to seek Continuing Legal Education credit or would like a box lunch.

More information is available on the College of Law website at utoledo.edu/law/studentlife/lawreview.

UTPD recruiting candidates for officer, dispatcher positions

The University of Toledo Police Department is looking to add new law enforcement officers and a police dispatcher to its force.

“We are looking to hire individuals with strong character, judgment and commitment to safety to fill vacancies resulting from upcoming retirements,” UT Police Chief Jeff Newton said. “University policing is a dynamic career, and we’re looking forward to finding the right individuals for these opportunities.”

Officer candidates must be at least 21 years old with a valid driver’s license and pass physical fitness, psychological, drug and polygraph exams, as well as written and oral testing and a thorough background investigation to be considered for the position.

Applicants also need to have completed 96 quarter hours or 64 semester hours of college credits, or have at least two years of continuous active full-time law enforcement experience.

For many years, candidates for UT officer positions were required to already have an Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certificate. That is no longer a pre-hire requirement in an effort to open the door for those who have not yet begun a career as a police officer, Newton said. UT will sponsor the employee in completing the training to become a certified peace officer.

Interested candidates are asked to submit an electronic application by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16. A written police exam and physical fitness tests will be held Saturday, Nov. 4.

Candidates for the police dispatcher position must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. Additional requirements are four months of training or radio dispatcher experience in law enforcement, and 20 hours of training in the operations of communication equipment. Candidates also will be required to compete rigorous field training.

Interested candidates for the dispatcher position need to apply by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.

Applications are available at jobs.utoledo.edu.

UT to host annual women’s basketball fundraiser Oct. 19

Toledo will hold its sixth annual Cake, Rattle & Roll Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium. The musical squares fundraiser hosted by the Rocket women’s basketball team.

The cost is $55 per person, $100 per couple and $10 per child age 12 and younger, with all proceeds going to the UT Women’s Basketball Program.

Attendees also can reserve an eight-person table for $500 or purchase the MVP package for $1,000, which includes a reserved table for eight and a signed Toledo basketball.

“This annual event is a fun fundraiser,” three-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year Tricia Cullop said. “It provides our fans the opportunity to interact with the players and coaches. This event also gives them a great chance to walk away with some pretty cool prizes.”

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., followed by a short program featuring Minnesota Lynx Head Coach Cheryl Reeve and three cake walks. Attendees will hear live music by area band Nine Lives and sample food donated by local restaurants while vying for numerous prizes.

Reeve is by percentage the winningest coach in WNBA history and has won the most postseason games of any coach in league history. She also was named the WNBA Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2016.

“We’re very honored to have Cheryl speak at this year’s event,” Cullop said. “She is one of the, if not the, top coach in our sport.”

For more information or to reserve a spot or table for the event, contact Lauren Flaum, director of women’s basketball operations, at 419.530.2363 or lauren.flaum2@utoledo.edu. RSVPs are requested by Friday, Oct. 13.

Cancer research topic of Oct. 12 lecture

“History of Cancer Research: Why Patients Are Still Dying for a Cure” will be discussed Thursday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. in Health Education Building Room 110 on UT’s Health Science Campus.

Dr. Azra Raza, Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Medicine and director of the Myelodysplastic Center at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, will deliver the ninth annual S. Amjad Hussain Lecture in the History of Medicine and Surgery.

Her research focuses on myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia. In 1984, she started a tissue repository that now contains 60,000 samples from thousands of patients.

“This repository has helped my colleagues and me define the molecular and genetic milestones that must be covered for pre-leukemia cells to cross over into leukemia cells,” Raza said during a 2016 TEDx talk in New York. “It will also help us define potential therapeutic targets that could be used to intercept the disease before it is too late. This work will likely apply to the evolution of other cancers as well.”

She was part of President Barack Obama’s the Cancer Moonshot Program.

“Cancer is slated to become the leading cause of death in the coming decade, with one in two men and one in three women suffering from the disease at some point in their lives,” she said during the Tedx talk. “Over the next 10 years, the number of new cancer cases in the United States will increase by 42 percent, and the number of cancer survivors will rise from 15.5 million to 20.3 million. During the same period, the number of oncologists will increase by only 28 percent.”

Raza’s research has appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Blood, Cancer, Leukemia, and Cancer Research.

In 2012, she was a Hope Funds for Cancer Research honoree. Two years later, Raza received the Distinguished Services in Field Research and Clinical Medicine Award from Dow Medical College.

This annual lecture was created in honor of Hussain, professor emeritus of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, and humanities, and columnist for The Blade. The free, public event is designed to highlight Hussain’s interest in many diverse fields, including the history of medicine.

Former acting U.S. solicitor general to speak at College of Law Oct. 11

Neal Katyal, former acting U.S. solicitor general and the lead attorney representing Hawaii in State of Hawaii, et al v. Trump, the travel ban case before the U.S. Supreme Court, will deliver the 17th Annual Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Memorial Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 1:30 p.m. in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

The free, public lecture titled “The President and the Courts in National Security Cases” is presented by the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Law, and the Law and Social Thought Program, with WGTE as a media sponsor.

State of Hawaii v. Trump is a challenge to President Trump’s March executive order banning travelers from six Muslim countries from entering the United States. The case has made national headlines since it was filed last spring. Katyal, who has argued 34 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, with 32 of them coming in the last eight years, will discuss the travel ban case and his experience as a leading advocate in the nation’s highest court. 

In the 2016-17 term alone, Katyal argued seven cases at the Supreme Court, more than any other advocate in the nation. At the age of 47, he has argued more Supreme Court cases in American history than any other minority attorney, with the exception of Thurgood Marshall, with whom Katyal is tied.

Katyal is the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law and director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Hogan Lovells.

While teaching at Georgetown, Katyal won Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in the Supreme Court, a case that challenged the policy of military trials at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba. The Supreme Court sided with him by a 5-3 vote, finding that President Bush’s tribunals violated the constitutional separation of powers, domestic military law and international law. As Walter Dellinger, former solicitor general and law professor at Duke University, put it, “Hamdan is simply the most important decision on presidential power and the rule of law ever. Ever.”

Katyal also served as Vice President Al Gore’s co-counsel in the Supreme Court election dispute of 2000, and represented the deans of most major private law schools in the landmark University of Michigan affirmative action case Grutter v. Bollinger (2003).

His accolades are many. He is the recipient of the Edmund Randolph Award, the highest honor the U.S. Justice Department can give to a civilian. This September Politico Magazine named Katyal to its annual “Politico 50” list of the key thinkers, doers and visionaries who are reshaping American politics and policy.

Katyal clerked for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer as well as Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals. He attended Dartmouth College and Yale Law School. His articles have appeared in virtually every major law review and newspaper in America.

The Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Memorial Lecture was established and named after the late Dr. Ramzy Mikhail and his wife, the late Maryse Mikhail. Since 2001, it has been held annually at The University of Toledo and focuses on topics dealing with Arab culture, literature, history, politics, economics or other aspects of life in the countries of the Middle East, including issues of peace and justice.

Participate in UT Day of Giving activities Oct. 12

Rockets around the world are coming together for The University of Toledo’s first Day of Giving, Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives, on Thursday, Oct. 12.

UT students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and volunteers can get involved by participating in a number of on-campus activities to celebrate UT’s history and support its future.

Activities kick off Wednesday, Oct. 11, with special group exercise classes at the Student Recreation Center. Popular local Beachbody instructors and master trainers Angie Green and Laurie Vass will lead classes at 4 and 5:30 p.m. for $5 donations to the Day of Giving fundraiser.

Donation tables also will be available starting at 3 p.m. at both the Rec Center and the Morse Fitness Center on Health Science Campus. All in-person donations will receive a donor recognition sign for a $1 gift, a blender bottle for $5 and a T-shirt for $10, while supplies last.

On Founder’s Day Oct. 12, Centennial Mall will host a number of activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate the day and raise awareness of the opportunity to give. There will be a dog-petting station and photo booth available for donations of $1, and blender bottles for donations of $5. Students also can participate in raffles for the chance to win a Rocket football jersey signed by Coach Jason Candle for a donation of $10, a view of campus from the rooftop of Parks Tower for a $25 gift, and a tour of the clock tower in University Hall for a donation of $50.

The on-campus giving stations will accept credit and debit cards, checks and Rocket dollars. Locations to accept in-person donations include, on Main Campus, Centennial Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thompson Student Union and Rocket Hall all day, and on Health Science Campus, in the Collier Building and Wolfe Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Four Seasons Bistro in UT Medical Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Orthopaedic Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Giving stations on Health Science Campus will accept debit and credit cards and checks.

Online donations are accepted at rocketforward.utoledo.edu. All Rockets also are asked to share their stories and encourage others to give on social media using #rocketforward.

Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives begins at midnight Thursday, Oct. 12, and continues through noon Friday, Oct. 13. The goal for this inaugural Day of Giving is to encourage as many people as possible to support the University.

Toledo-Akron game Oct. 21 to kick off at noon

Kickoff for Toledo’s home football game against Akron Saturday, Oct. 21, has been set for noon.

The Mid-American Conference matchup will be televised on the Raycom Sports Network.

Tickets for the Akron game are on sale now.

Tickets are available at the UT Ticket Office, by calling 419.530.GOLD or online at utrocketstix.com. Tickets are half off for UT faculty and staff, and free for UT students with IDs.

The Rockets (4-1, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) travel to Central Michigan (3-3, 1-1 MAC) Saturday, Oct. 14, for a 3:30 p.m. contest in Mount Pleasant.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 12 to celebrate library renovations

When the William S. Carlson Library opened at The University of Toledo more than four decades ago, it was a repository for more than one million volumes of printed reference materials with card catalogs to direct students to the resources they needed.

Today the space looks much different thanks to a recently completed $6 million upgrade that features more open spaces, additional group study rooms and a new veterans lounge. The east wall also has been replaced with a curtain of windows to let in more sunlight.

Carlson Library’s new glass wall is a welcome addition that lets in natural light.

“Modern libraries are no longer just a vault of books and reference materials. They are environments where students want to come and are inspired to learn,” said Beau Case, dean of University Libraries. “Librarians continue to provide students with the resources they need to succeed, and we are excited to engage our students in discovery in our new facility.”

A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the renovation will take place Thursday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. on the library’s second floor with UT President Sharon L. Gaber, Student Government President Jimmy Russell, Case, and Jason Toth, associate vice president for facilities and construction.

The ceremony is part of the University’s celebration of Founder’s Day, which marks the 145th anniversary of when UT was established with Jesup W. Scott’s donation of 160 acres of land to found what was then the Toledo University of Arts and Trades.

UT is holding its first Day of Giving, Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives, on Oct. 12 to encourage alumni, students, faculty, staff, volunteers and members of the community who support the institution to follow in Scott’s footsteps and invest in the University’s future.

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours will be provided to see the library’s new features.

In addition to the new glass wall spanning the entire height of the building, the renovations include an expanded and landscaped concourse that greets guests when they enter the library and an added mezzanine area on the second floor.

The renovated library also features a variety of seating and study space options to accommodate all learners, collaborative workspaces, conference rooms, an endowed technology classroom, and 47 group study rooms and 16 active learning areas.

The new LTC Thomas J. Orlowski ’65 Veterans Lounge on the second floor named for the UT alumnus and Army veteran provides a space for military veterans and current service members to relax, study and enjoy the camaraderie they experienced while serving their country.

The multiyear library renovation project was funded by state capital dollars. A gift from the estate of Dorothy MacKenzie Price, a UT alumna and patron of many University programs, also supported the new state-of-the-art model classroom in the building.

Diversity expert talks with student-athletes

The University of Toledo’s student-athletes, coaches and Athletic Department staff members were treated to a presentation on diversity and inclusivity by motivational speaker and educator Dr. Derek Greenfield on Thursday evening.

The interactive discussion promoted diversity, cultural competence and inclusive excellence; it was part of the Mid-American Conference’s 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Program and sponsored by the Student-Athlete Academic Services Office.

Motivational educator Dr. Derek Greenfield talked about diversity Oct. 12 in Savage Arena.

More than 200 student-athletes filled the stands at Savage Arena as they engaged in interactive discussion on promoting diversity, cultural competence, and inclusive excellence.

During the program, the student-athletes broke up into small groups or talked as one large crowd, and by the end of the night a lot of laughs, tears and hugs were shared between all in attendance.

“I was blown away by Dr. Greenfield’s presentation and the powerful message,” said Jillian Lehman, coordinator for student-athlete development. “To see our student-athletes share so many emotions and come together to support one another was a very meaningful and uplifting experience. Hopefully, this togetherness can continue throughout the semester and year because if students are themselves, it will only make the Rocket family better, as Dr. Greenfield puts it.”

“The presentation was life-changing,” women’s basketball freshman Tatyana Davis said. “I was glad to experience this with all UT student-athletes and my teammates. We are planning to have more discussion as a team to continue to support each other.”

Senior football player Cody Thompson called the presentation “one of the most amazing experiences in my life.”

Greenfield said he hoped the group learned “the spirit of inclusive excellence” from his visit.

“That when people can be who they are, they’re better, and when they’re better, we’re better. That we know about each other and we can support each other. As a result, we can perform better on the court or in the classroom and in life,” he said. “This is an amazing family. Hopefully, by breaking down a few of those walls, they came closer together and realized how amazing we can be if we support each other with love.”

Greenfield’s powerful keynotes and workshops on issues such as diversity and inclusion, motivation, team building, student development and innovative pedagogy have been featured at a wide range of conferences, companies and colleges. Prior to his full-time speaking career, Greenfield spent more than 20 years as a college professor and administrator. He most recently served in the chief diversity officer role at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss.