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International Joint Commission invites public to meeting at UT Lake Erie Center March 23

The International Joint Commission, an independent binational organization that prevents and resolves issues facing boundary waters between the U.S. and Canada, is holding a public meeting at The University of Toledo Lake Erie Center this week to gather input about progress to restore and protect the Great Lakes.

The free, public event will take place Thursday, March 23, at 6 p.m. at the UT Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Road in Oregon.

It is one of six public meetings being held in communities around the Great Lakes throughout March as the commission finalizes its assessment of progress made by the U.S. and Canada to reach goals of the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

Dr. Christine Mayer, UT professor and aquatic ecologist, serves as a member of the International Joint Commission Great Lakes Science Advisory Board, which studies Great Lakes issues and provides its findings to help the International Joint Commission make recommendations to the governments of the two countries.

“Residents of the Great Lakes region deserve clean water, healthy beaches and fish that are safe to eat,” Mayer said. “I encourage residents of northwest Ohio to attend the International Joint Commission meeting and provide their feedback on progress toward restoration of the Great Lakes. Now is a crucial time for the public to voice their support for sustained restoration of the Great Lakes.”

With more than $12.5 million of active grants underway to address water quality concerns, UT faculty and researchers are taking a multidisciplinary approach to protecting the nation’s Great Lakes from invasive species and providing clean drinking water for generations to come.

“I am delighted that the public meeting for the International Joint Commission will be held at The University of Toledo Lake Erie Center,” said Dr. Tim Fisher, geology professor, chair of the UT Department of Environmental Sciences and interim director of the Lake Erie Center. “The citizens of Oregon and Toledo will not have to travel far to learn about ongoing research on harmful algae blooms, restoration and protection plans for Lake Erie, and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. But most importantly, the public will have an opportunity to express their suggestions, views and concerns to this binational agency to influence future activity.”

According to the Ohio Environmental Council, Lake Erie supplies drinking water to roughly three million Ohioans, and visitors spend more than $10 billion a year in communities along Lake Erie for tourism, travel and fishing.

“This meeting in Toledo — and all six of the International Joint Commission’s public meetings — is integral to the the commission’s assessment process,” said Lana Pollack, chair of the U.S. section of the International Joint Commission. “We want to hear what people think about the government’s progress report and the International Joint Commission’s draft assessment of progress, and hear their views on how governments should address the Great Lakes water quality issues that residents care about the most.”

The International Joint Commission’s draft report, the Canadian and U.S. government report, as well as details on the upcoming public meetings around the Great Lakes, can be found at http://participateijc.org.

Event registration is online here and will be available at the door as well.

Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals to hold oral arguments at UT College of Law March 22

On Wednesday, March 22, UT law students and members of the public will get to experience a morning of appellate court arguments when the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals holds oral arguments in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

Oral arguments at the free, public session will begin at 9 a.m., and the final case will be argued starting at 10:15 a.m.

Presiding over oral arguments will be a panel of three judges from the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals: The Hon. Arlene Singer, a 1976, UT law alumna; Thomas J. Osowick, a 1981 UT law alumnus; and Christine E. Mayle. The judges will hear four cases:

• Romstadt v. Garcia, et al. is a personal injury lawsuit in which the plaintiff was injured when hit by a vehicle owned and insured by defendant-appellee but driven by her son. The issue on summary judgment was limited to the question of whether the son had his mother’s permission to drive the vehicle at the time of the accident. Plaintiff now argues that summary judgment was inappropriate because of material inconsistencies in the mother’s deposition testimony and because the question turned on the credibility of the mother’s testimony.

• In State of Ohio v. Whites Landing Fisheries Inc., the defendant-appellee was charged by the state under the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code with three counts of illegally harvesting yellow perch from a part of Lake Erie for which the annual quota was zero. The defendant-appellee alleged in its motion to dismiss that the definition of “Lake Erie yellow perch management units” in the code provision was unconstitutionally void for vagueness. The appeal is from a grant of a motion to dismiss based on the unconstitutionality of a penal provision.

• State of Ohio v. Brandeberry involves a guilty plea and sentencing order for a juvenile prosecuted as an adult for charges of arson and murder. On appeal, the defendant challenges the constitutionality of the mandatory transfer and sentencing provisions that resulted in defendant being prosecuted and sentenced as an adult. The constitutional challenges allege violations of due process and equal protection, as well as ineffective assistance of counsel.

• In State of Ohio v. Greely, the appeal is from a sentencing order after a guilty plea to charges of aggravated burglary and rape. For purposes of sentencing, the court treated the aggravated burglary and rape counts as dissimilar offenses and ordered separate and consecutive sentences. The defendant argues that the court erred in treating the offenses as dissimilar and imposing consecutive sentences.

Experiencing appellate arguments firsthand will be especially helpful for first year UT law students. As part of their Lawyering Skills II course, each law student must research and write an appellate brief and then present an oral argument on behalf of a fictional client.

“The opportunity for students to observe judges and lawyers in a real court session is a valuable learning experience in our oral advocacy curriculum,” said Terrell Allen, UT legal writing professor and director of the College of Law’s legal research, writing and appellate advocacy program. “We appreciate the court’s willingness to provide this useful experience and instruction for our students.”

Mock trial team brings regional trophy back to UT

The UT Mock Trial Team is continuing a tradition of excellence. Over the years, the team has earned national championship titles 10 times, and may be on its way to another.

“After their outstanding performance at the regional tournament, The University of Toledo’s Mock Trial Team has received a bid to represent our region at the Opening Round Championship,” said John Schlageter, coach of the team, program director and senior lecturer for the Paralegal Studies Program.

Members of the UT mock trial team posed for a photo after winning a bid to the Opening Round Championship Tournament at the Cleveland Regional Tournament. They are, from left, Joshua Yeager, Kyle Zapadka, Travis Peterson, Taylor Sanders, Colleen Anderson, Andrea Bonds, Elizabeth Layhew and Rachel Schneider.

UT went head to head with 16 other schools, including Case Western, Ohio State University, Cornell University, and Michigan State, at the competition Feb. 25 and 26 at the Cleveland Justice Center.

The team is preparing for its next competition, practicing case materials in the McQuade Courtroom in the Health and Human Services Building. Both the regional and championship tournaments consist of four rounds of competition, in which teams are required to perform twice as plaintiff and twice as defense.

The American Mock Trial Association hosts the competitions from February through April, alternating between a civil case and a criminal case each year. This year, teams are representing both sides of a civil case for wrongful termination. Each round must consist of three witnesses and three student attorneys, as well as one direct and one cross-examination.

Schlageter noted that participation on the team is open to and benefits all majors: “The mock trial experience is a value-creating activity open to all students regardless of major. Team members must demonstrate abilities to communicate meaningfully, persuasively and creatively to a jury. Communication students may learn how to speak effectively in public. Theatre students may learn how to perfect their craft playing the role of attorney or witness. Business students may learn how to give a persuasive presentation. Any student that desires to master the ability to communicate meaningfully, persuasively and creatively with different audiences through written, oral, numeric, graphic and visual modes would benefit greatly through mock trial.”

The Opening Round Championship will be held Friday through Sunday, March 24-26, in Hamilton, Ohio.

“I am very proud of the dedication and hard work exhibited by our team. Our team is committed to getting even better in preparation for the upcoming championship tournament,” Schlageter said. “These students bring back an understanding of the high regard our judicial system merits and the protection it affords all of our citizens.”

Partners Against Trafficking in Humans assists victims on path to recovery

A $75,000 grant from the Toledo Community Foundation made to The University of Toledo will support the work of the Partners Against Trafficking in Humans Project.

The project aims to help move victims of human trafficking to survivors and survivors to thrivers through a coordinated, transparent and data-driven response, and is coordinated and overseen by the UT Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute.

Fanell Williams, project coordinator of Partners Against Trafficking in Humans in the UT School of Justice, said the project is based on a modified replica of the Pathways Model, which addresses the issue of Ohio’s infant mortality rate and works to improve birth outcomes in low-income, high-risk African-American mothers. This is also the first project in the nation to implement the Pathways Model to study a local community’s response to human trafficking.

“The goal of Partners Against Trafficking in Humans is to become an evidence-based model that can be used nationally for providing the best care coordination to assist victims of human trafficking on their path to recovery and restoration,” Williams said. “Creating a system of services that has the potential to restore individuals to the level of mental, emotional and physical well-being and economic stability they would have reached had they not been trafficked is a huge part of the vision.”

The project focuses on five main objectives: train professionals to increase their ability to identify and engage with victims of human trafficking and trafficked clients; provide highly trained care coordinators to effectively assess and intervene; produce high-quality individualized service plans and services that address individual needs; determine barriers and strengths and service delivery using a data-driven process of evaluation and response; and identify the continuum of care of victims to survivors and survivors to thrivers through continued data analysis and feedback.

Partners Against Trafficking in Humans has worked with several Lucas County organizations, including the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio, the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition, as well as numerous social service agencies that provide support, social, legal and health-care services.

According to Williams, local agencies can become approved partners by receiving training on human trafficking and/or trauma-informed care, signing a memorandum of understanding, and by providing a point of contact that will join the coalition and guide care coordinators and clients through their system of services.

Over the span of nine months, 800 professionals from criminal justice, health care, mental health and substance abuse, and various social services, have been trained on human trafficking, trauma-informed care, and the Partners Against Trafficking in Humans Model. The project is based in Lucas County, but will be expanded to other counties and states in the following years, according to Williams.

Through Partners Against Trafficking in Humans, 10 services have been identified as extremely beneficial for victims of human trafficking: trafficking education; legal; basic needs; injury, impairment and supports; mental health; services for dependents of clients; substance abuse treatment; support systems and life skills; empowerment; and health care.

“Partners Against Trafficking in Humans, in just the name, lets us know this is not a one person or one organization effort. This coordinated and collaborative response to human trafficking puts a mandate on local organizations to partner together to move a victim to survivor to thriver on her or his individual path of healing and recovery,” Williams said. “We know the cliché, ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ It takes a community to work together in an organized manner to combat an issue while creating and sustaining positive change.”

Rockets fall to Creighton, 76-49, in first-round NCAA Tournament game

Sophomore guard Mikaela Boyd scored 11 points, but it wasn’t enough to counter the hot shooting of Toledo’s first-round opponents in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships. The Rockets fell to Creighton, 76-49, Friday at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore.

Toledo (25-9) trailed by 22 points at the half and could only get as close as 16 points in the third quarter. Creighton (23-7), regular-season Big East champions, had a hot-shooting night, making 47.3 percent of its shots from the field and 43.5 percent from three-point range. Toledo shot 32.3 percent from the floor and made just 2 of 10 shots from behind the arc. Sophomore center Kayla McIntyre and freshman guard Mariella Santucci each added 10 points to the UT cause.

Sophomore guard Mikaela Boyd scored 11 points for the Rockets.

Creighton came out on fire, with guard Marissa Janning scoring 15 of her game-high 19 points in the first six minutes of the contest. She hit her first three shots from behind the arc, her third triple at the 4:11 mark giving the Bluejays an 18-4 lead, and forcing Head Coach Tricia Cullop to call timeout. Creighton extended the lead to 27-12 on a mid-range jumper by Sydney Lamberty on the final shot of the first quarter.

Boyd tried to keep the Rockets close. Her jumper early in the second quarter cut the lead to 27-14, but Creighton was relentless. Kylie Brown scored on an inside basket, and Audrey Faber knocked down a jumper to up the margin to 31-14 with 7:47 left in the half. Moments later, Lamberty hit another jumper, making the score 35-18 and causing Cullop once again to stop the action with a timeout.

Freshman guard Mariella Santucci guarded a Creighton player.

Creighton went a 9-0 run late in the half to open up a 44-20 lead. Santucci’s layup with 28 seconds cut the Bluejay lead to 44-22 at the half.

Creighton shot a sizzling 15 of 29 from the field in the first half, including 7 of 14 from three-point range. Toledo hit just 11 of 34 (32.4 percent) in the opening half and did not hit a three-pointer in seven attempts.

Toledo came to life in the third quarter, scoring the first six points of the period, all by McIntyre, to cut the Creighton lead to 44-28 and forcing a Bluejay timeout. But Creighton countered with a 7-2 run, capped by a layup by Brianna Rollerson to make the score 53-32 going into the media timeout of the third quarter.

The Bluejays ended the quarter on another 8-3 run, giving them a 63-35 lead after three quarters of play.

The closest the Rockets would come in the fourth quarter was 24 points when junior guard Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott scored to cut the lead to 67-43 with 5:56 left.

While the Rockets’ season comes to an end, Creighton advances to face host Oregon State (30-4) Sunday. The No. 2 seed Beavers survived an early scare from No. 15 seed Long Beach State, knocking off the 49ers, 56-55, in the day’s first game at Gill Coliseum.

Match Day reveals sharp increase in medical students staying in Toledo for residency

Through waves of happy tears and cheers at Stranahan Theater’s Great Hall on Match Day, members of the next generation of doctors reached a thrilling milestone in their medical careers by ripping open envelopes that revealed not only where they will spend the next few years of their training, but also a growing commitment to the northwest Ohio region.

Fifteen percent of the 155 medical students graduating from The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences this year will stay in Toledo to continue their training at UT. That is more than double the number in 2016.

Amala Ambati, left, Megan Mooney and Eric Lindsley all matched at The University of Toledo. Ambati will study internal medicine, Mooney will focus on orthopaedics, and Lindsley will work in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Twenty-three fourth-year students matched here for their hospital residencies, compared to a total of nine last year and eight in 2015.

“We are very excited that many students are choosing to stay in Toledo to continue their training,” Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences and executive vice president for clinical affairs, said. “There are many contributing factors, and one is the Academic Affiliation with ProMedica. This is helping our region retain talent because approximately 70 percent of residents establish their practice in the community where they complete their terminal training.”

Jennifer Amsdell matched at UT for neurology.

Jennifer Amsdell matched at UT for neurology.

“The wait was nerve-wracking, but I am so happy I matched with my top choice,” Amsdell said. “I wanted to stay because of the faculty in neurology. I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with them in rotations and during research projects. They are amazing mentors and teachers.”

Ryan Johnston matched at UT for emergency medicine.

“My wife immediately started crying, and I couldn’t stop smiling because this was our No. 1 choice,” Johnston said. “We’re both from northwest Ohio and want to stay home. Plus, the Academic Affiliation with ProMedica benefits the specialty of emergency medicine because of high patient volumes, different acuities, and presentations of illnesses at Toledo Hospital. I think that is going to lead to extensive learning. I’m excited to see what the future holds for the Academic Affiliation.”

The students, who are graduating in May, matched in 21 specialties, with 50, or 32 percent, in primary care fields. The top specialties for this graduating class were internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine and anesthesiology.

Ohio was the most popular state with 65 students matching here, compared to 52 last year. The second most popular state was Michigan with 14, followed by Illinois with 12. Overall, students matched with programs in 30 states.

Winners announced for 2017 Shapiro Essay Revision Contest

On its 28th anniversary, the participants of the 2017 Shapiro Essay Revision Contest went head to head for one of the 15 cash prizes.

“Over the past 10 years, the participation in this contest has grown from 100 students to 200 participants with an increase in contestants every year,” said Dr. Deborah Coulter-Harris, senior lecturer in the UT Department of English Language and Literature, and director of the contest for the 10th year.

This year, the winners are:

• Celine Schreidah, sophomore biochemistry major, $500;

• Judy Daboul, senior biology major, $400;

• Isabel Abu-Absi, sophomore global studies major, $300;

• Dustin Johnson, senior chemical engineering major, $200;

• Colleen Anderson, junior paralegal studies major, $100;

• Logan Brooker, freshman pharmacy major, $75;

• Amy Beerbower, freshman nursing major, $75;

• Patrick Dillon, freshman finance major, $75;

• Allison Fair, sophomore adolescent young education major, $75;

• Matthew Goldman, junior film/video major, $75;

• Riley Goodell, freshman mechanical engineering major, $75;

• Jenna Lykins, senior bioengineering major, $75;

• David Morris, freshman exercise science major, $75;

• Jacob Watson, freshman civil engineering major, $75; and

• Philip Zaborowski, junior English major, $75.

Winners of the competition will be invited to attend the Shapiro Festival gala in April.

“Dr. Sara Lundquist, Dr. Anthony Edgington, and I are so heartened and pleased that so many students who entered the contest represented a great variety of academic disciplines and departments across campus,” Coulter-Harris said. “Accurate, strong, creative and analytic writing is at the forefront of all academic research and expression.”

Lundquist is associate professor and chair of English, and Edgington is associate professor of English and director of the Composition Program.

Named after Dr. Edward Shapiro, professor emeritus of economics, the Shapiro Essay Revision contest seeks to recognize students for the craft of good writing. Prize money from the contest helps to defer the cost of tuition, fees and books for UT students.

Toledo ready to battle Bluejays in NCAA Tournament First-Round contest

Much has been said about the fact that The University of Toledo women’s basketball team is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 16 years. Head Coach Tricia Cullop pointed out that there is another streak the Rockets would like to break.

“It’s been 16 years since we made the NCAA Tournament,” said Cullop at yesterday’s pre-practice news conference, “but it’s been even longer (21 years) since we advanced to the second round.”

After meeting with the press, Cullop and the Rockets got their first look at Gill Coliseum, holding a 90-minute practice Thursday afternoon at Oregon State’s home arena in Corvallis in anticipation of its first-round NCAA Tournament game vs. Creighton on Friday.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 in the Toledo and Omaha markets (ESPN3 elsewhere) and will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Oregon State-Long Beach State game. The OSU-LBSU contest is set for 2 p.m. Pacific Time (5 p.m. Eastern Time), giving the Toledo-Creighton game an approximate tip time of 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (7:30 Eastern Time).

The No. 10 seed Rockets (25-8) earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament by defeating Northern Illinois, 82-71, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Saturday, and winning their first MAC Championship Tournament title since 2001. No. 7 seed Creighton (23-7) was the regular-season Big East champion, but was knocked out of the conference tournament with a loss to Marquette in the semifinals.

The Rockets are basking in the glow of their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2001, but clearly they are not satisfied to simply make the tournament. They are looking to advance to the second round of the tournament, something they have done three times before, but not since 1996 when they defeated Ole Miss in Norfolk, Va.

“After we won the (MAC) tournament, we enjoyed the fact that we finally won after so many years,” said Cullop, who herself is making her first NCAA appearance in 17 years as a head coach. “After we watched the NCAA selection show, I wanted our players to soak that in because that’s a special moment that we’ll never forget. But at our last practice before we came out here (on Wednesday), I had our players look up at all the banners in Savage Arena. The one thing I wanted them to take special note of, yes, it’s been 16 years since we made the NCAA Tournament, but it’s been even longer since we advanced to the second round. I don’t want them to just be satisfied to be here. I want them to be hungry to give it their best shot.”

Toledo’s players are ready for the challenge.

“Everyone is excited for this opportunity,” said senior forward Janice Monakana. “We are appreciative to be here, and we plan to show our appreciation by playing hard. Our goal right now is to move into the second round and see what happens from there.”

Added sophomore guard Mikaela Boyd, “We’re watching a lot of film (of Creighton), trying to learn as much as we can. We’ve worked hard for this all season, and we don’t want to stop now. We want to take this as far as we can go.”

Cullop and Creighton Head Coach Jim Flanery are friends, dating back to the days when Cullop was the head coach at Evansville from 2000 to 2008. Evansville and Creighton were both members of the Missouri Valley Conference at the time. Creighton has since moved the Big East, and Cullop took over at Toledo in the 2008-09 season.

“I have the ultimate respect for Jim,” Cullop said. “He’s a class act and has built a great program at Creighton. He’s a coaching peer I have a lot of admiration for. It’s a little bittersweet. Had we not been paired against each other, we’d be cheering for each other.”

Toledo and Creighton had only one common opponent this season, Dayton, which is also an NCAA Tournament team. The Bluejays defeated the Flyers on a neutral floor, 56-53, while the Rockets won at Dayton, 76-72. Toledo’s other games against NCAA tourney teams were losses to UCLA, 75-73, and Notre Dame, 85-68. Toledo went 12-6 in MAC play, with all six losses coming to teams seeded ahead of them in the conference tournament. The Rockets ended their season on a high note, winning 11 of their 12 games, including four MAC tourney games.

“We’ve been tested a lot this season, and we’ve risen to the occasion every time,” Cullop said. “I don’t expect anything different tomorrow. I’m not going to guarantee that we’re going to win, but I guarantee we’re going to play hard and give it our best shot.”

UT College of Law jumps 12 spots in U.S. News graduate school rankings

The University of Toledo College of Law improved its national ranking by 12 spots in one year.

U.S. News & World Report ranked UT’s law school No. 132 out of 196 schools as part of its 2018 Best Graduate Schools edition. That is up from No. 144 last year.

Indicators that helped this increase include higher selectivity of incoming students, higher employment rate at graduation, and higher employment rate 10 months after graduation.

“I am glad to see that the rankings reflect some of the fundamental improvements that we have made in the past year,” said D. Benjamin Barros, dean of the College of Law. “We significantly increased the entering credentials of our first-year class, and our job placement numbers also moved up. We will continue to work on improving our fundamentals, especially in areas of crucial student outcomes like job placement.”

The UT Judith Herb College of Education also ranked No. 172 out of 256. That is up 18 spots compared to last year’s ranking of No. 190. Contributing factors are higher research expenditure and higher selectivity.

“The Judith Herb College of Education continues to strive to improve the quality of all of our programs,” said Dr. Virginia Keil, interim dean of the college. “This recognition validates the quality of our faculty and the excellence of our students. Our increase in rank mirrors our upturn in graduate-level enrollment, both of which reflects the college’s rising reputation.”

The rankings are based on fall 2016 data.

Since her arrival in July 2015, UT President Sharon L. Gaber has made boosting the University’s national reputation one of her main goals.

“I am proud that the U.S. News rankings reflect the progress being made in the colleges of Law and Education,” Gaber said. “These are important measures that contribute to student success, and a double-digit climb in one year is a significant accomplishment.”

Doctoral student receives award from Gerontological Society of America

Jennifer Perion, a doctoral student in the Health Education Program in the School of Population Health, received a student award from the Gerontological Society of America at its Annual Scientific Meeting for her thesis topic on “The Effect of Friendship on Malignant Social Psychology in Persons With Dementia.”

Perion chose her topic after observing dementia firsthand as her grandmother passed away from it and her mother-in-law lives with the condition.

Jennifer Perion, a doctoral student in the Health Education Program, received one of five poster awards presented to Gerontological Society of America student members. She presented her research on “The Effect of Friendship on Malignant Social Psychology in Persons With Dementia” at the society’s annual scientific meeting.

“I have observed social behaviors directed toward my mother-in-law that place her at a disadvantage and diminish her abilities,” Perion said. “I decided to research these negative behaviors and attempt to understand ways to overcome them. Friendship, which is voluntary in nature, offers opportunities for reciprocal exchanges that might help individuals feel more positive in their social interactions.”

For her research, Perion worked with the local Alzheimer’s Association, where she conducted face-to-face interviews with 10 individuals with dementia.

“I asked them about changes in their social relationships after memory loss. I then asked them about their friends and opportunities for reciprocal exchanges among their friendships,” Perion, a part-time instructor in the School of Population Health, said.

These interviews revealed five themes related to dementia and friendship, Perion said: recognizing the importance of longevity in friendship; helping one another is a normal part of friendship; feeling “alive” through the give and take in friendship; knowing somebody is there for them; and seeking security through friendship.

“A lot of focus is put on the medical and financial aspects of dementia care, but it is equally important to consider the quality of life experienced by these individuals,” Perion said. “These themes suggest that there are opportunities to improve the lives of persons with dementia by encouraging the continuation of existing friendships and providing fulfilling social experiences.”

Only five poster awards were given out by the Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization to Gerontological Society of America student members who had an abstract accepted for presentation at the conference. 

“Receiving an award from an organization that is the driving force behind advancing innovation in aging — both domestically and internationally — is a great honor,” said Dr. Victoria Steiner, associate professor in the School of Population Health and assistant director of the Center for Successful Aging. “Jennifer’s research provides insight into ways to improve the well-being of the growing number of individuals with dementia in our country. It makes me proud as a faculty member to see one of my students excel in an area that she is passionate about.”

The Gerontological Society of America is the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging.