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UToledo alumna to speak at United Nations on Earth Day

Markie Miller, who received a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from The University of Toledo in 2012, has been invited by the United Nations to speak before its General Assembly in New York City.

On Earth Day, Monday, April 22, Miller will be featured at the Ninth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony With Nature.


Miller and Crystal Jankowski of Toledoans for Safe Water will travel to the Big Apple for the event. Miller plans to talk about the rights of nature movement, which views nature as an entity that has legal rights.

The two women worked for the Lake Erie Charter Initiative passed by Toledo voters in February, recognizing a Lake Erie Bill of Rights. With it, Lake Erie’s right to thrive, exist and flourish is protected in contrast to its treatment as property to be debased for the financial gains of special interests, according to Miller.

Miller plans to talk about the rights of nature movement, which views nature as an entity that has legal rights.

“I am honored to represent my community and this initiative,” Miller said. “I’m passionate about community rights and rights of nature; to represent those movements on such an international platform is a humbling and rewarding occasion.

“I’ve found my place in the environmental movement and it’s exactly where I want to be.”

In an invitation, Maria Mercedes Sanchez, coordinator of the UN Harmony With Nature Program, wrote to Miller, “I take this opportunity to congratulate you for the key role you have played in the passing of legislation granting rights to Lake Erie.”

Lake Erie’s newfound legal status is part of the growing international rights of nature movement that has been adopted by various Indigenous groups, including the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin, the Ponca Nation in Oklahoma and, most recently, the White Earth Nation in Minnesota regarding protection of their wild rice fields.

However, the battle is not over as Lake Erie’s legal status will be challenged by the concentrated animal feeding operations in the Maumee River watershed, according to Miller.

“The life of the [Lake Erie Bill of Rights] is still uncertain, but one thing is for sure: We have made waves across the globe,” Miller said. “The story has received national and international attention — serving as a model for other communities looking to secure their rights and protect the very environments that sustain them.”

Miller, who received a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Idaho, is on the board of directors for the Ohio Community Rights Network and the National Community Rights Network.

When she graduated from UToledo in 2012, Miller was recognized as the Outstanding Anthropology Student, Outstanding Foreign Language Student (German), and Outstanding Graduate of the College of Arts and Letters.

UToledo research: When smartphones aren’t used socially, there’s a link to anxiety

If endlessly scrolling through the news on your smartphone has you feeling anxious, it might not just be distress about current events.

New research from The University of Toledo has found a link between what psychologists call intolerance of uncertainty and problematic smartphone usage — particularly when the use isn’t for social interaction with others.

A new study about problematic smartphone usage by Dr. Jon Elhai, professor of psychology, was published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.

“We know from the past that anxiety is related to problematic smartphone use. We wanted to extend this line of research by examining intolerance of uncertainty,” said Dr. Jon Elhai, professor of psychology, whose research focuses on how some can develop harmful relationships with their smartphones.

Elhai and his team, which included Dmitri Rozgonjuk, a doctoral student from Estonia who was hosted at UToledo as a Fulbright Scholar, compared scores indicating problematic smartphone usage and intolerance of uncertainty, a type of anxiety where an individual worries about the future and not being able to control things that are beyond his or her control.

They found a strong correlation between that anxiety and non-social smartphone usage, which includes things such as reading news, playing games, or sorting one’s calendar — anything that involves little to no interaction with others.

No link was found between intolerance of uncertainty and using one’s smartphone for social engagement such as texting or sharing links on social media, even if they spent a lot of time using their smartphone.

“A lot of people know when to put down their devices, and the way we define problematic, excessive use of smartphones is not just based on the frequency of use. If you’re using your phone socially a lot, that tends not to be associated with the excessive use,” Elhai said. “But if you’re using your phone in a way that it’s interfering with your social life or you’re avoiding people, that’s the problem.”

The study was published recently in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.

In a way, the findings suggest a feedback loop.

The more anxiety someone has, the more likely they are to dive into their smartphone looking to ease their uncertainty. That excessive use correlates with problematic non-social smartphone usage, which in turn feeds the intolerance of uncertainty.

“People who are having this anxiety can also find it spills over into social anxiety, and they may deal with that by avoiding people offline and online and instead use their phone for non-social purposes,” Elhai said. “The more you do that, the more you can excessively use your phone in ways that interfere with your social life offline.”

Elhai, who has co-authored more than a dozen papers looking at links to problematic smartphone usage including fear of missing out and anxiety and depression, said the findings are an important piece in understanding potential causes for problematic smartphone usage.

University Women’s Commission recognizes employees, awards scholarships to students

Six UToledo employees were honored for exceptional achievement and dedication to the campus community at the 33rd annual Outstanding Women’s Award ceremony.

More than 80 attended the University Women’s Commission program, which was held April 10 in the Savage Arena Joe Grogan Room.

Tricia Cullop, who just became the winningest coach in UToledo women’s basketball history with 241 victories, spoke at the luncheon.

Receiving the Dr. Alice H. Skeens Outstanding Woman Award were, from left, Angela Roach, Margaret “Peg” Traband, Linda Curtis, Dr. Amy Thompson, Dr. Julie Fischer-Kinney and Amanda Schwartz Clark.

The recipients of the Dr. Alice H. Skeens Outstanding Woman Award were:

Linda J. Curtis, secretary 2 in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Curtis joined the University as an office assistant at the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women in 2002. She received a bachelor of arts degree and a certificate of diversity management from the University.

“Ms. Curtis is a truly exceptional champion, manager, coordinator, mentor, and an all-around excellent human being,” one nominator wrote. “In her 17th year at the University, Ms. Curtis still approaches every day and every person with a warm, friendly grace that is contagious and a living example of the best of what we want the UToledo community to be. Because I have the good fortune of having an office next to hers, I get to see firsthand how she manages it all — the multiple demanding people, the seriously heavy workload, the sheer variety and volume of the demands of her job — with grace and good cheer. She never fails to make time to connect, support, help or offer a warm gesture. Ms. Curtis also has maintained a high level of institutional involvement. She organized a support group for women that she continued to facilitate in our department, after work hours, long after she left her position at the Eberly Center for Women.”

Dr. Julie Fischer-Kinney, assistant provost for student success and retention in the Office of the Provost. She has worked at the University for 20 years, starting as an academic program coordinator in the Chemical Engineering Department. Fischer-Kinney also has served as director of student services in the College of Nursing; director of New Student Orientation Programs; associate dean and interim dean of YouCollege; and director of success coaching. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration majoring in marketing, and master of education and doctoral degrees in higher education from the University.

“I became familiar with Julie during the various Toledo Academic Advising Association meetings and noticed her passion for the advancement of student services, professional staff, and the mission of The University of Toledo,” a nominator wrote. “I have watched Julie provide her staff with valuable training, team meetings, and time to connect. In order to save the institution funding, she wrote mini-grants to be able to afford National Academic Advising Association webinars and has invited advisors across campus from various colleges to participate in these webinars. I have watched as she is investing in those around her — not just her staff, but The University of Toledo community at large through the work she is doing. I am impressed by her dedication, active engagement and forward thinking.”

Angela Roach, senior associate director of financial aid in the Office of Financial Aid. The UToledo graduate began working at her alma mater in 2007.

“I have called her numerous times about a student in need of financial assistance. She goes above and beyond searching for scholarships to help that student continue his or her education here at the University. She is a positive influence in the support of women’s issues and an advocate for students; she truly loves what she does,” one nominator wrote. Another noted, “We routinely receive calls from students in need of assistance with not just tuition, but for car repairs and medical bills and a myriad of issues that may keep students from completing their education. Angie is always two steps ahead of us by researching, based on the students’ majors and profiles, what resources are on hand for students. Her response is always, ‘Please send them directly to me.’ I can honestly say that there has not been a time that Angie has not found a way to assist a student in some way. And she does it all with a positive attitude.”

Amanda Schwartz Clark, associate director of alumni engagement in the Office of Alumni Engagement. She has worked at the University since 2008.

“Amanda engages with, supports and promotes UToledo alumni. Her efforts range widely from strategy, event planning, professional development and marketing to being the boots on the ground, strengthening University relations at alumni events around the United States,” a nominator wrote. “Besides her passion for UToledo and our alumni, Amanda is a leader and inspiration in the local running community. In 2014, she created and built an ambassador program for the Glass City Marathon. In this role, she cultivates and supports the local running community to participate in the Glass City Marathon whether as a runner, volunteer, sideline cheerleader, or a friend in the neighborhoods where the marathon course travels. As the program grew, so did her role. Now she volunteers at local races, manages the social media, works in targeted race promotions, and has a team of 19 ambassadors. Most importantly, she is a role model and an inspiration to other runners. She encourages and supports new runners, guiding them to opportunities and running classes that will help them to accomplish their own personal running goals.”

Dr. Amy Thompson, vice provost for faculty affairs, professor of public health, and co-director of the Center for Health and Successful Living. She joined the faculty in 2008 and has served as president of Faculty Senate. A University graduate, Thompson received a doctorate in health education and master of science and education degree in public health.

“Since joining the University, Dr. Thompson has made significant contributions in the areas of teaching, research, publications, university/college/department service and community engagement. Some of her achievements include being director of a top-ranked Public Health Doctoral Program; co-chairing the University Opioid Task Force, the University Sexual Assault Task Force and the Associate to Professor Program; and serving as a Mid-American Conference Leadership Fellow, Provost Fellow, and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Fellow,” one nominator wrote. “She also is to be commended for her exemplary work through the Center for Health and Successful Living with breast cancer survivors. She provided not only health screenings and the opportunity for advanced medical treatments, but the ability to interact and support — and receive support from — other survivors. Dr. Thompson became a mentor and friend to these women and assisted in making the University a guiding light for their recovery.”

Margaret F. “Peg” Traband, who retired as senior vice provost of academic affairs in 2018. She began her career at UToledo as an instructor in the Respiratory Care Program in 1975 at the former University Community and Technical College. The UToledo alumna served the Respiratory Care Program as director of clinical education and program director. She was promoted to professor in 1991. Traband also was an associate dean and interim dean of the College of Health Science and Human Service (now Health and Human Services) prior to joining the Office of the Provost in 2008.

“I first worked with Peg when she became the leader of the UT Learning Collaborative in 2008,” a nominator wrote. “Though this unit only lasted a few years, under her leadership, she helped to grow the study abroad program, with the eventual creation of the Center for International Studies and Programs. She also assisted in the creation of the Rathbun Cove for the Learning Collaborative. Through working with her in the Office of the Provost, I have learned a lot about higher education. She is willing to share her knowledge about state regulations and the ins and outs of curriculum and program development.”

The University Women’s Commission also presented $1,000 scholarships to four students. Receiving awards based on academic achievement, support of women’s and gender issues, and campus involvement were Diala Abou-Dahech, a senior majoring in recreational therapy; Laura Heckenmueller, a senior majoring in pharmaceutical sciences; Elizabeth Konopka, a senior majoring in history; and Rose Mansel-Pleydell, a senior majoring in art.

Four seniors received scholarships from the University Women’s Commission. They are, from left, Rose Mansel-Pleydell, Laura Heckenmueller, Elizabeth Konopka and Diala Abou-Dahech.

Symposium on Research in Psychiatry, Psychology and Behavioral Science this week

The 26th Annual Symposium on Research in Psychiatry, Psychology and Behavioral Science will be held Thursday, April 18, in the Mulford Library Café.

From 11 a.m. to noon, the poster session will take place. There are 37 posters this year with research topics ranging from cognitive factors that influence sexual behaviors and social factors that affect weight loss, to the impact of hearing aid use and object recognition in children.


Dr. Luke Hyde, associate professor of psychology at 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” at noon.

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.

For more information on the free event, contact Carol Brikmanis at carol.brikmanis@utoledo.edu.

Exhibit focuses on activism and history of protest

“PROTEST: Activism and Social Change, 1845-2015,” an exhibition, will open Thursday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library with a panel discussion on the effectiveness of activism in creating change.

Panelists will be Dr. Kim Nielsen, professor of disability studies, history, and women’s and gender studies; Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor and interim chair of women’s and gender studies; and Andrew Krantz, medical eligibility specialist for the Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services. Dr. Ally Day, assistant professor of disability studies, will be the moderator.

“Social media has made us more aware of activism than ever before. #BlackLivesMatter, #WomensMarch, #MarchForOurLives, and many other hash tags have emerged as powerful tools for gaining support for a cause, but Americans have a long history of joining together to advocate for civil rights,” Sara Mouch, archivist in the Canaday Center and associate lecturer, said. “Demonstrations, sit-ins, boycotts, art, writing, service, scholarship and education have been — and continue to be — effective methods to demand social and political change.”

“PROTEST” illustrates those demands for change through the historical materials of local and national activist organizations, student groups, and individual artists and advocates.

The exhibit explores the theme of protest by focusing on six movements: women’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, labor rights, student protest, and LGBTQ rights.

A free exhibition catalog providing a general overview of each movement will be available to guests.

The free, public exhibition will be on display Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 16.

The collections represented in the exhibit are available for review by interested researchers. For more information on the exhibit or to view related collections, contact the Canaday Center at 419.530.4480.

Students compete for chance to travel to NYC for Biodesign Challenge

On Wednesday, April 17, four groups of University of Toledo students will vie for the chance to compete at the International Biodesign Challenge in June in New York City.

Each group will go head to head at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, where they will present their projects focusing on biotechnology and biomaterials that address complex global challenges.

The event will start at 6 p.m. with a preview of the students’ work, followed by group presentations at 7 p.m. A reception will start at 8 p.m., and the winner will be announced at 8:30 p.m.

The first group consists of art students Colin Chalmers and McKenzie Dunwald; bioengineering student Michael Socha; and environmental science student Ysabelle Yrad. Together, with assistance from Tamara Phares, instructional laboratory coordinator in the Bioengineering Department, they created an innovative solution to the problem of microplastics in the environment, working on a genetically modified plant that allows for an increased production of specific proteins.

Group two — art students Tyler Dominguez and Andrea Price; environmental science student Anna Pauken; and bioengineering student David Swain — are collaborating with Dr. John Gray, professor of biological sciences, to design a genetically modified plant with enhanced carbon sequestration, while improving soil quality and rainwater infiltration.

The third group is composed of art student Valerie White; bioengineering students Adam Kemp and Anthony Shaffer; and environmental science student Michala Burke. The four are creating a biological solution to indoor air quality issues utilizing emerging knowledge about the microbiome — micro-organisms in a particular environment.

Group four — bioengineering students Sherin Aburidi and Timothy Wolf; environmental science students Courtney Kinzel and Sarah Mattei; and art student Tyler Saner — is working with Dr. Von Sigler, professor of environmental sciences, to create a non-antibacterial resistant treatment for MRSA and other superbugs.

“The UToledo Biodesign Challenge Course offers students firsthand experience in interdisciplinary research and innovative prototype solutions to real-world issues,” said Brian Carpenter, assistant professor of art.

The class is offered to students majoring in art and design; bioengineering; and environmental science. It is taught by Carpenter and Eric Zeigler, assistant professor of art.

“By crossing philosophy, science, technology, art and design, students explore real-world problems and imagine alternative presentations of space, place, body and environment through interdisciplinary research,” Zeigler said.

Carpenter added, “We really want students to be inspired. We want students to think creatively about the solutions that are required to solve the pressing issues of our time.”

Imam Khattab Lecture on Islamic Thought to focus on progressive Muslim world

The word “caliphate” often conjures images of Islamic extremism, but a growing population of young and globally engaged Muslims are reclaiming the term.

In the face of active crises involving Muslims, such as the recent mosque attack in New Zealand, a free, public lecture titled “Who Wants a Caliphate?” will shed light on diametrically opposed Western and Islamic perspectives and offer a vision for a path forward.

The Imam Khattab Lecture on Islamic Thought will take place Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Law Center McQuade Auditorium.

Dr. Ovamir Anjum, UToledo Imam Khattab Endowed Chair of Islamic Studies, will explore how the connotation of “caliphate” is evolving to represent a more progressive Muslim world.

“I hope attendees of the lecture will take away new ways to think about the past and the future of Islam-West relations, and, in general, how to think about the rising global struggle between nativism and globalism,” Anjum said.

The annual Imam Khattab Lecture on Islamic Thought encourages dialogue about the Muslim experience through both historical and contemporary contexts. The event is part of the Center for Religious Understanding’s lecture series and expands on the center’s mission to promote a deeper understanding of religion on campus and throughout greater Toledo.

RSVPs are appreciated: Go to the College of Arts and Letters’ website.

Detroit theater company to present ‘Lysistrata’ April 12

The Black and Brown Theater of Detroit will give a staged reading of “Lysistrata” with a discussion with the audience after the show Friday, April 12, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Savage Arena Joe Grogan Room.

The free, public event is sponsored by the Program in Law and Social Thought; the School for Interdisciplinary Studies; the Inside-Prison Exchange Program; the Jesup Scott College of Honors; the Office for Multicultural Student Success; and the Department of Political Science.

Dr. Renee Heberle, professor of political science and co-director of the Program in Law and Social Thought, hopes students, faculty and staff will join in this opportunity to engage with performers who are re-creating the classics of Western theater in the voices of people of color.

“The work done by the Black and Brown Theater bring contemporary questions about social justice to the interpretation of these works,” Heberle said. “Ideas we rarely thought of as relevant to understanding and learning from the classics of Western drama are brought to the surface.”

Black and Brown Theatre’s Classics in Color Series takes well-known stories and incorporates a cast composed entirely of people of color. The series aims to enable people of color and students of color to see themselves in the classic narratives that they were exposed to in the classroom setting. The casting of these shows encourages theater directors to rethink how they cast plays.

“When you see Black and Brown present ‘Frankenstein’ or Black and Brown present ‘Scarlet Letter,’ you know it is something different, it’s something great,” said Jonathan Curry, actor and Black and Brown Theatre board member. “When we see people of color play kings and queens on stage, our communities can see themselves as such and people outside of our communities can see us in a new light.

Black and Brown Theatre of Detroit

“Classics in Color has been a way for actors like myself to access new worlds and different variations on the English language, which creates empathy and understanding for us as actors and for the audience as well.”

“The performance of ‘Lysistrata,’ a classic Greek comedy about war and sex, is entirely relevant to the contemporary moment in which we are living,” Heberle said. “The staged reading and talk-back will give us the time and space to reflect on what exactly it means to have a voice in our noisy political environment and what it might take to really be heard on issues of social justice that impact the public good.”

“Classics in Color is important because it creates access into the theatrical canon, a place that rarely sees people of color as significant figures in classical stories,” said Amber Nicole Price, actress, director and Black and Brown Theatre board member. “It expands representation from beyond the conversations of the present, and allows space for diversity in our history.”

Following the reading, audience members will be able to share their reactions to the text and the ways in which they can connect the story.

“Sometimes with classics plays, students and community members can both ask the question, ‘Why does this matter to me?’” said Emilio Rodriguez, Black and Brown Theatre artistic director. “But when they see the story told by people who look like them, they are able to hear it in new ways, which foster discussions and reflections that would have otherwise been dormant.”

For more information on the staged presentation, contact Heberle at renee.heberle@utoledo.edu. For more information on the Black and Brown Theatre, visit the company’s website.

Department of World Languages and Cultures Celebration Week

Movies, tea, pancakes, calligraphy, international dancing, karaoke and more is planned for the Department of World Languages and Cultures Celebration Week.

Make plans to learn more about the department and meet the faculty and staff.

Listed by date, events will include:

Monday and Wednesday, April 8 and 10Open Class Day. Sit in on a variety of classes:

— Elementary Japanese I, 10 a.m., Memorial Field House Room 2300;

— Elementary Japanese II, 10 a.m., Memorial Field House Room 2440;

— Intermediate Japanese, 11:10 a.m., Memorial Field House Room 2820;

— German Conversation and Composition I, 9:35 a.m., Memorial Field House Room 2250;

— Culture and Commerce in the Arab World at 11:10 a.m. in Memorial Field House Room 1260;

— Spanish Conversation and Composition 1 at 11:10 a.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2640;

— French and Francophone Culture, 12:55 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 2200;

— Japanese Conversation and Composition II at 2:30 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2240;

— Business Japanese, 2:30 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 2260; and

— Intermediate German II, 2:30 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 2230.

Tuesday, April 9Tea Time, 3 to 4 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 2420. Stop by to have tea and sweets with faculty in the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

Arabic Calligraphy Workshop, 5 to 6 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 2420.

World Languages and Cultures Movie Night, 7 p.m. Several foreign language films will be screened; all will have English subtitles. Popcorn and soft drinks will be available in Memorial Field House Room 2440. Movies will be:

— “Caramel,” Arabic, Memorial Field House Room 2050;

— “The Tale of Zatoichi,” Japanese, Memorial Field House room 2260;

— “The Intouchables,” French, Memorial Field House Room 2860;

— “Ixcanul,” Spanish, Memorial Field House Room 2440;

— “Goodbye Lenin,” German, Memorial Field House Room 2250; and

— “Big Fish and Begonia,” Chinese, Memorial Field House Room 2300.

Wednesday, April 10Pancake Breakfast, 9 to 11 a.m., Memorial Field House Room 2420. Meet the faculty of the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

World Languages and Your Career Reception, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 2420. Learn about language study in the age of globalization, improved career prospects, and study abroad and internship possibilities. Pizza will be served at 12:30 p.m.

Game Night, 5 to 7 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 2420.

Thursday, April 11Taste of the Middle East Luncheon, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 2420.

International Karaoke and Dancing Night, 5 to 7 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 2420. Stop by to hear music from all language programs and learn dances from other countries.

For more information on these free events, contact the Department of World Languages and Cultures at 419.530.5190.

Students to recreate first moon landing with drones and robots on 50th anniversary

As the country prepares to celebrate that one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind taken 50 years ago, The University of Toledo is on a mission to enlist local middle and high school students in a competition to recreate the historic lunar landing using robots and drones.

The winning team receives a trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

“The Apollo 11 moon landing serves as a shining example of scientific ingenuity and human curiosity,” Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, professor of geography and planning, said. “This event will give students a taste of the excitement the world had for the lunar landing in 1969.”

UToledo and Monroe County Community College have teamed up to serve as one of more than a dozen hubs across the U.S. in the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge. Each hub sends a winning team to Houston.

The competition, which is free and open to students in fifth through 12th grades, takes place Saturday, July 20, at Monroe Community College. However, the registration deadline is Monday, April 15. Register online at the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline website.

Teams of five students need to be affiliated with an organization such as a school, library, museum, after-school program or club.

The teams build a replica of the lunar module and program a Lego robot to act as a rover; use a remote-controlled drone to land the module on a map of the moon’s surface as close to where Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed; maneuver the rover across the map of the lunar surface, completing various missions to score points; plant a flag; and safely return the lunar module to where it started using a drone.

A limited number of kits are available at UToledo for teams to use for free. Contact janet.struble2@utoledo.edu or call 419.530.4120 if you are interested in participating.

“The students have to hit the target and program the robot to go around obstacles,” Chris Black, UToledo doctoral student in the Spatially Integrated Social Science Program, said. “They’ll have a commander and pilot, just like a lunar mission. We want them to feel the spirit of achievement and exploration exemplified by those who contributed to the successful landing of the Apollo 11 spacecraft on the moon 50 years ago.”

After registering, adult mentors are encouraged to attend a training at Monroe County Community College from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, and Wednesday, April 17.

As director of what is known as the SATELLITES (Students And Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret the Earth from Space) program, Czajkowski has been giving K-12 opportunities to develop and present hands-on research projects to build knowledge using the resources of NASA and education partners across the country.

“The 50th anniversary of the moon landing presents a unique opportunity to have a blast,” Czajkowski said.