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Upcoming Alzheimer’s Association program to explain basics of disease, dementia

In the United States alone, more than 5 million individuals are living with Alzheimer’s disease and 16 million are serving as their unpaid caregivers. The disease is a global crisis that impacts numerous families right here in our community. However, no one has to face this disease alone or without information.

The Alzheimer’s Association, in collaboration with Healthy U, is offering an educational program covering the basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia. These presentations on The University of Toledo’s Main and Health Science campuses will provide a general overview for people who are facing a diagnosis, as well as those who wish to be informed.

The Main Campus program will be held Wednesday, March 27, in Carlson Library Room 1005 from noon to 1 p.m.

The Health Science Campus program will take place Thursday, March 28, in Collier Building Room 2409 from noon to 1 p.m.

The free one-hour “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia” program will:

• Explore the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia;

• Examine what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s;

• Detail the risk factors of the disease and its three general stages;

• Identify FDA-approved treatments available to treat some symptoms;

• Look ahead to what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research; and

• Offer helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources.

“This program is extremely vital to offer to the University community,” said Jocelyn Szymanski, wellness administrator. “We want to help educate, so that individuals can recognize signs and symptoms and know there is support out there for those diagnosed, as well as caregivers.”

The University of Toledo’s free employee assistance program, IMPACT Solutions, also provides various resources for caregivers such as caregiver support, adult care services, and grief and loss assistance. Visit the IMPACT Solutions website and use UT as the username; caregiver resources are under the relationships icon.

For more information, visit the Healthy U website.

Former NSF director, water quality expert to speak at University

A former director of the National Science Foundation who is known worldwide for her work in addressing water quality issues will visit The University of Toledo next week as part of the Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series.

Dr. Rita Colwell was the first scientist to discover cholera can enter a dormant state and lurk in water until conditions are again favorable for it to grow. Her finding opened the door to new research about the link between the natural environment, climate, and the spread of infectious diseases.


She is working with the British government on a project to track and better respond to likely cholera outbreaks.

“Dr. Colwell is one of the most influential and well-known life scientists in the world today,” said Dr. Heidi Appel, dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College. “She is a leader not only in her academic discipline, but in pulling people together from many academic disciplines to focus on water quality and interdisciplinary approaches to solve major societal challenges.”

Colwell is scheduled to present a pair of lectures at the University:

• A public presentation of how connections between climate and oceans affect human health on Monday, March 25, at 6 p.m. in Doermann Theatre on Main Campus.

• A technical talk about how next-generation DNA sequencing has revolutionized the study of the relationship between microbial communities and how that new knowledge can be used in diagnostics, drug development, public health and water safety Tuesday, March 26, at noon in Radisson Hotel Suite C on Health Science Campus.

Both lectures are open to the public, but reservations are requested to the technical talk luncheon; go to the Distinguished Lecture Series website.

Much of Colwell’s six decades of research has been dedicated to understanding and preventing cholera outbreaks. Among her many discoveries, she demonstrated how algal blooms, spurred by high nutrient loads and warming ocean waters, increases the population of cholera-carrying zooplankton.

Though Lake Erie’s algal blooms raise concerns of microcystin — not cholera — Colwell’s innovative research methods and multidisciplinary way of developing solutions could prove a helpful roadmap to addressing the problem in northwest Ohio.

“We believe the kinds of tools she’s developed and the way of thinking about interdisciplinary research-based problem solving will be of interest and value to the people in our region who are dedicated to protecting water quality,” Appel said.

Colwell was the first woman to lead the National Science Foundation, serving as director from 1998 to 2004. She was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2006 and the Stockholm Water Prize in 2010.

She has a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology, master’s degree in genetics and doctorate in oceanography. She holds distinguished professorships at both the University of Maryland at College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

‘The Royal Banquet’ theme of this year’s International Dinner March 23

The International Students Association will present the 43rd International Dinner Saturday, March 23, in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the event will begin at 7 p.m.

This year’s theme will be “The Royal Banquet,” with the colors red, purple and gold.

“International Dinner stands as one of the most prestigious international events on the University campus,” Taufik Mohammad, president of the International Students Association, said. “The dinner provides our students from around the world the opportunity to showcase their culture, traditions and sense of community.”

The International Dinner will feature dishes from seven restaurants.

“We have plantains, Vietnamese spring rolls, fattoush and fatayer for starters,” Mohammad said. “For main dishes, we have veg biryani, chicken curry (halal), naan bread, homestyle tofu, jerk chicken (halal), chicken tacos, and veg and chicken noodles.”

Dessert will include mango and strawberry cake, as well as baklava, he added.

Food won’t be the only thing on the menu. There will be international performances from several organizations, including the Ethiopian Student Association, Filipino American Association, and the South American and Hispanic Student Association.

Formal attire is recommended for the event.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. A table of eight is $100. Go to the University Marketplace website to purchase tickets.

For more information on the event, contact the International Students Association at utoledoisa@gmail.com.

Lucas County poet laureate to give performance March 22

Race, disability and cultural identity will be in the spotlight for “Is Your Mama White? Excavating Hidden History” Friday, March 22.

Dr. Jim Ferris, UToledo professor and the Ability Center Endowed Chair in Disability Studies, will take the stage at 8 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

The Lucas County poet laureate’s solo performance focuses on family history and starts with his grandfather.

“My grandfather’s birth records list his race as black. In the 1910 census, he is listed as black,” Ferris said. “But on the 1917 draft records for World War I, his race is listed as Ethiopian. And sometime in the 1920s, as the resurgent Ku Klux Klan was nearing the zenith of its remarkable power in Indiana, sometime in his 30s, he became white.”

Decades later, Ferris was born on his grandfather’s birthday.

“I was listed as white, a status I didn’t think to question until long after grandpa had passed away,” he said. “In my 20s, I remember a whispered, half-heard story about grandpa’s first wife being black. But I also remember the suggestions that we were part Cherokee, though neither were things to speak of openly.

“There were other things best not spoken of too much, including that I was born crippled. Somewhere along the line, I became handicapped, disabled, a person with a disability,” Ferris said.

Then his younger brother was born with Down syndrome.

“Suddenly, two of the six kids in the family, a full third of those rambunctious Ferris boys, were disabled,” he said. “The presence of disability — particularly my brother’s — profoundly affected my family. Not surprisingly, disability profoundly affected my own evolving sense of identity as well. ”

Ferris will share this personal story and enlist audience members to help tell the tale.

“We will probe the crucial yet questionable role that narrative plays in the construction of identity and how story is essential to the person we know ourselves to be,” he said.

For more information about the free, public performance, go to the College of Arts and Letters’ website.

University to host panel on cybersecurity March 21

With the dawn of the digital age, cybersecurity has become ultra- important. Cases like Equifax and Target losing access to their customers’ private, personal data has business owners and IT managers scrambling to protect their companyʼs data.

The University of Toledo Launchpad Incubation program will host an event to tackle this topic Thursday, March 21, at 11:30 a.m. in Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex Room 2075.

A panel series lunch-and-learn-style event to discuss business cybersecurity best practices will feature three guests:

• David Cutri, executive director of internal audit and chief compliance officer for The University of Toledo, and vice president of the northwest Ohio chapter of ISACA (formerly known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association), a worldwide group of IT governance professionals;

• Dr. Jared Oluoch, assistant professor and program director of computer science and engineering technology in the University’s College of Engineering; and

• Brian Schrock, information security officer at First Federal Bank, will serve on
This program is part of Launchpad Incubationʼs Launch Hour series, a panel series where local experts share their business and specific experience to help business owners around the region. The panel will be moderated by Adam Salon, partner at JumpStart Inc.

The LaunchPad Incubation Program at The University of Toledo is northwest Ohio’s premier business startup and entrepreneurial assistance program for innovative and high-tech companies. Housed at a renowned public research university, LaunchPad Incubation is a pioneer for business development in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Register for the free event on the Launchpad Incubation website.

For more information, call the Launchpad Incubation program at 419.530.3520.

Deadline extended for abstracts for Symposium on Research in Psychiatry, Psychology and Behavioral Science

Friday, March 29, is the new deadline to submit abstracts to be considered for the 26th Annual Symposium on Research in Psychiatry, Psychology and Behavioral Science.

The event will take place Thursday, April 18, in the Mulford Library Café.

The poster session will be from 11 a.m. to noon, when Dr. Luke Hyde of the University of Michigan will present a keynote address titled “The Long Reach of Early Parenting: A Neurogenetics Approach to the Development of Antisocial Behavior.”

Along with The University of Toledo departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, the symposium is sponsored by the Bowling Green State University Department of Psychology and the University of Michigan- Dearborn Department of Behavioral Sciences.

The principal goal of the symposium is to showcase the basic and applied behavioral research being conducted by faculty members and students in the region, according to Dr. Michele Knox, professor of psychiatry at the University.

“We encourage submission of proposals from persons at all area institutions of higher learning and mental health service facilities on any topic related to psychiatry, psychology and the behavioral sciences,” Knox said.

Abstracts should include title; names and institutional affiliations of the authors; description of methods, results, and discussion of major findings. Submissions of posters that have been presented recently or are planned for presentation at a regional or national meeting are acceptable.

There are three $150 prizes for the Best Student Submission. Graduate students, undergraduate students, medical students and medical residents of any specialty will be eligible for this award, as long as they are the primary author of the poster. The posters will be rated by a committee composed of one member from each institution, on the basis of the quality of research.

Submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to Carol Brikmanis at carol.brikmanis@utoledo.edu by Friday, March 29. Students wishing to be considered for one of the three $150 prizes should send a summary of their research of no more than 1,000 words in addition to the abstract. Submissions will be acknowledged upon receipt.

Campus to participate in statewide tornado drill March 20

The University of Toledo will join communities across Ohio practicing their preparation for severe weather during an annual statewide tornado drill Wednesday, March 20.

Tornado sirens on campus and across Lucas County will sound at 9:50 a.m. for the full three-minute alert that would be used for a real tornado emergency.

The campus public address system will share this message: “Attention: Tornado warning for Lucas County. Take shelter immediately in a tornado safe waiting area.” The UToledo Police Department also will issue a UT Alert text message and email notification.

“Tornado safety is something we have to take seriously in our region,” UToledo Police Chief Jeff Newton said. “Planning ahead and practicing how we let campus know about severe weather and what everyone should do in that situation is important so we can keep everyone safe.”

The statewide tornado drill is part of Ohio Severe Weather Awareness Week, which runs March 17-23 in advance of Ohio’s peak tornado season, generally April through July. During the week, individuals are encouraged to plan ahead for what they would do in the event of a tornado.

At UToledo, all classes and operations are immediately suspended when there is a tornado warning. Warnings are issued when a tornado or funnel cloud has been sighted or it is indicated on weather radar. The sirens will sound and all faculty, staff and students are to go to the closest tornado safe waiting area in their buildings. Ground or basement level interior hallways with no windows also are acceptable safe waiting areas. Operations will not resume until the warning has expired.

During the drill on Wednesday, however, no action is necessary, and campus operations will continue as normal.

For more information about the University’s tornado response procedure and for a list of all tornado safe waiting areas, visit the Emergency Preparedness website.

Nominations for Diane Hymore Award sought

Human Resources requests all faculty and staff members who would like to nominate a University of Toledo employee for the 2019 Diane Hymore Exemplar of Excellence Award to complete the nomination form by 5 p.m. Monday, March 25.


The form is available on the Diane Hymore Exemplar of Excellence Award page.

Hymore was director of senior administration operations and a longtime executive secretary to the University’s president. She was honored in 2013 as the first recipient of the award, and passed away in 2015.

Established in 2013, the annual award supports UToledo’s ongoing commitment to workforce recognition and is presented to current employees who perform exceptional work, yet may be unheralded because they often serve customers behind the scenes.

The esteemed award honors individuals whose work defines the core values of the University in Hymore’s spirit of support, encouragement and service. Nominees should consistently demonstrate exceptional service to students, co-workers or other key customers.

The award will be presented at the University’s Outstanding Staff Recognition ceremony Monday, May 6, at noon at the Thomas and Elizabeth Brady Engineering Innovation Center.

Questions about the Diane Hymore Exemplar of Excellence Award or nomination process should be sent to michelle.peterson@utoledo.edu.

Ready to roll: Electric scooters, bikes return to campus

Bikes and electric Lime scooters have returned to campus in anticipation of warmer weather.

Lime scooters were launched on campus in fall 2018. The program was so successful that the number of electric scooters was doubled, to 250, within two months of the startup.

Tia Harris, a freshman majoring in forensic psychology, rode a Lime scooter last week on Centennial Mall.

With this successful rollout, Parking and Transportation Services will expand the fleet to the Health Science Campus in March.

“These are great transportation options that enable all members of campus to travel from one corner of the University to another,” said Bonnie Murphy, associate vice president for auxiliary services. “In addition to shuttle services provided by TARTA, we’re proud to offer options that are green and support an exceptional student experience.”

Users can locate scooters in real time, and unlock and lock them by downloading the free Lime app to their mobile devices. The cost is one dollar to unlock a scooter, plus 15 cents per minute of use.

“The immediate popularity of Lime scooters among both students and staff demonstrated strong support of alternative transportation modes, which is fantastic,” said Sherri Kaspar, director for parking and transportation services. “With even more bikes and scooters on campus this spring, though, we need to remind everyone to practice safety guidelines at all times.”

Users are encouraged to wear helmets and should avoid leaving scooters and bikes near doorways, which prevents accessibility. Bikes and scooters should be left in an upright position and in a manner that would not cause trips and falls, or impede foot traffic.

Parking and Transportation Services also is excited to unveil the updated Rocket Wheels fleet. The program is currently made up of 40 regular bikes and will expand to approximately 60 bikes before the end of the year.

Thanks to a partnership with Walmart, Rocket Wheels will keep rolling — and add specialty bicycles to its fleet. Celebrating the partnership were, from, left, Sherri Kaspar, director of parking and transportation services; Dexter Emch, operations administrator with Parking Services; Jeffrey Gerber, assistant store manager at Walmart; Mike Crawford, bike assembler at Walmart; Brandilynn Harvey, store manager at Walmar; and Joshua Galati, assistant store manager at Walmart.

“To keep our bike fleet in top condition and continue to build on the program each year, we began looking for a sponsor for Rocket Wheels,” Kaspar said. “Through a generous sponsorship by Walmart, we are able to bring a new life to the program and better serve our UToledo community.”

In addition to 10 regular bikes being added to the fleet this spring, Parking and Transportation Services plans to expand the fleet to include additional regular, tricycle, tandem and hand-pedal bikes this year. The expansion of specialty bikes will accommodate persons with disabilities.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to partner with our Toledo community,” said Jeffrey Gerber, Walmart assistant store manager. “Once we learned of the University’s goal to not only add new bikes, but also to introduce bikes that will accommodate persons with disabilities, we knew we wanted to help.”

Bikes may be checked out with a Rocket card, and should be returned to corrals located outside the west parking ramp, by Rocket Hall near the horse sculptures, next to Ritter Planetarium, and by the North Engineering Building and Palmer Hall.

For more information about Rocket Wheels, review safety guidelines and register for the program, visit the Rocket Wheels website.

A complete list of safety rules and regulations for scooters may be viewed at the electric scooter website, where the free Lime app and much more information is available.

All UToledo transportation information, including TARTA bus service schedules, is available on the Parking and Transportation Services’ website, and related questions may be sent to parking@utoledo.edu.

Fly fisherman hooked on conservation to speak at Lake Erie Center March 21

The community is invited to a free, public talk on fishing, conservation and healthy habitat at The University of Toledo Lake Erie Center.

Brad White, president of the Fallen Timbers chapter of Trout Unlimited and an avid fly fisherman, will speak Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at the Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Road in Oregon.

Brad White, president of the Fallen Timbers chapter of Trout Unlimited, shown here with a rainbow trout, will speak at the Lake Erie Center Thursday, March 21.

Trout Unlimited, which has about 300,000 members nationwide, is a nonprofit organization that works to conserve, protect and restore North America’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds. The local chapter has 300 members.

“I want to introduce people to Trout Unlimited and talk about the varied activities and programs we get involved in, such as our Trout in the Classroom program,” said White, a retired software entrepreneur in Perrysburg. “We also host events for veterans, stream cleanups and more. Our efforts in the Great Lakes region continue to expand.”

White also serves as vice president of the Merickel-Farley Trout Club and is a member of the Anglers of the Au Sable, Fly Fishers International and the North Branch Boys.

The local chapter of Trout Unlimited meets monthly in Maumee and takes trips to locations where trout and salmon can be found.

“Even though the western basin of Lake Erie is not a hot spot for cold-water fish, Trout Unlimited is interested in local problems on the lake,” Dr. Christine Mayer, professor in the UToledo Department of Environmental Sciences and Lake Erie Center, said. “Most members are avid anglers who also care deeply about conservation.”

White’s talk is part of the Lake Erie Center’s Public Lecture Series.

A shuttle will be available to transport visitors from UToledo’s Main Campus to the Lake Erie Center and back. The shuttle will depart at 6:15 p.m. from the south side of Bowman-Oddy Laboratories. Passengers must reserve a spot. Email lakeeriecenter@utoledo.edu or call 419.530.8360 to make a reservation for the shuttle.

The Lake Erie Center is UToledo’s freshwater research and science education campus focused on finding solutions to water quality issues that face the Great Lakes, including harmful algal blooms, invasive species and pollutants.