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Precision medicine expert to speak at UT May 12

A precision medicine expert working to bring whole genome sequencing into a clinical setting will speak at The University of Toledo Thursday, May 12, at 2 p.m. in Collier Building Room 1000A on Health Science Campus.

Dr. Howard Jacob, president of Envision Genomics and executive vice president for genomic medicine at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Alabama, will be at UT as part of a distinguished lecture series.



“Dr. Jacob is an international authority in the area of genomic medicine. He has had pioneering success in the application of whole genome sequencing technology to diagnose rare diseases,” said Dr. Bina Joe, professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. “Jacob’s team is known worldwide as the first to identify a genetic mutation responsible for an undiagnosed illness in a child. That identification led to successful treatment.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, precision medicine — also known as personalized medicine — is an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment and lifestyle of each person.

President Barack Obama is an advocate for the movement to use genetics, genomics and data to provide individualized health care, instead of generalized trial results or guidelines for the average patient. In 2015, the White House launched the Precision Medicine Initiative, a new research effort to help change the future of medicine to bring closer cures for cancer and diabetes.

“Dr. Jacob is expected to educate and invigorate our campus community regarding the progress and prospects of whole genome sequencing as applicable to each individual in our community, as well as on the much broader mission of UTMC to provide the best health care to our communities,” Joe said. “I hope we will have a better perspective on the benefits, risks and challenges of bringing genomic medicine to the people of northwest Ohio.”

Satellites to hold spring book fair this week

Stop by the Satellites Auxiliary’s Spring Book Fair, which will take place Wednesday through Friday, May 4-6, in UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

The sale will be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

sale flyer“There will be more than 400 books of all kinds — children’s, how to, cooking, popular reading, meditational, history,” said Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites Auxiliary.

And the sale also will include tablets, Bluetooth devices, portable speakers, earbuds and more.

Profits will benefit campus scholarships, according to Brand.

The Satellites Auxiliary promotes education, research and service programs; provides support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conducts fundraising events; and offers volunteer services.

For more information on the sale, contact Brand at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

Mentoring program to celebrate inaugural year

An event to celebrate the first year of the Lead Mentoring Program that matches elementary students with college student mentors will be held Wednesday, May 4,from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in The University of Toledo’s Health Education Building on Health Science Campus.

In its inaugural year, the program run by the University Church at Reynolds Elementary School has matched more than 40 children with adult mentors, most of whom are medical students at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Additional mentors include undergraduate students from UT and Lourdes University.

The celebration will honor the work and commitment of the mentees, mentors and community partners who have helped to make Lead Mentoring a success. The program is funded with a grant through the Ohio Department of Education’s Community Connectors and supported by a partnership with Ohio’s Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program Healthcare Access Initiative at UT.

Throughout the program, students have met with their mentors for at least one hour per week to work on setting goals, instilling a sense of resilience, and promoting belief in a positive future.

During the past six months, nearly 700 hours of one-on-one mentoring have been logged with a strong focus on high school, college and career exploration.

In total, the fifth through eighth grade students in the program have participated in more than 2,500 hours of after-school programming.

Smithsonian museum director and physicist to address UT graduates May 7

Leaders with a passion for diversity and science who have uplifted Americans through the arts, public service and higher education will address graduates at The University of Toledo’s spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 7, in Savage Arena.

During the 9:30 a.m. ceremony, former U.S. Congressman and physicist Dr. Rush D. Holt, who leads the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific and engineering society, will speak to graduates from the colleges of Adult and Lifelong Learning, Health Sciences, Social Justice and Human Service, and the Judith Herb College of Education.

Dr. Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and the first African-American female president of Spelman College, will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony for the colleges of Business and Innovation, Communication and the Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Languages, Literature and Social Sciences.

There are 2,843 candidates for degrees: 234 doctoral candidates, 727 master’s, education specialist and graduate certificate candidates, and 1,882 bachelor’s and associate’s candidates.

The ceremony will be streamed live on video.utoledo.edu.



Holt, who will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree during the morning ceremony, is the chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and executive publisher of the Science family of journals.

He served eight terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District. During his time on Capitol Hill from 1999 to 2015, Holt advocated for increased federal research funding, science education and innovation. Holt made national headlines in 2011 when he defeated IBM’s supercomputer Watson in a non-televised round of “Jeopardy!”

Holt previously served as assistant director of Princeton University’s Plasma Physics Laboratory, one of the largest alternative energy research facilities in the country.



Cole, who will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during the afternoon ceremony, made history nearly 30 years ago as the first African-American female president of Spelman College in Atlanta. She later served as president of Bennett College for Women, making Cole the only person who has been president of both historically black colleges for women in the United States.

She also was the first woman elected to the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises. She was the first African American to serve as chair of the board of the United Way of America.

Other commencement ceremonies taking place are:

• College of Engineering — graduate commencement Thursday, May 5, at 5 p.m., and undergraduate commencement Saturday, May 7, at 3 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in Nitschke Hall Auditorium.

• College of Nursing — Friday, May 6, at 1 p.m. in Savage Arena.

• College of Law — Sunday, May 8, at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.

• College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences — Sunday, May 8, at 10 a.m. in Savage Arena.

• College of Medicine and Life Sciences — Friday, May 27, at 2 p.m. in the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo.

For more information, visit utoledo.edu/commencement.

UT Health nurses to participate in active shooter training simulation May 4

In an emergency situation, nurses not only have to think about their own safety, but also the well-being of the patients in their care.

To be better prepared to survive a violent encounter, UT Health nurse leaders will participate in a simulation of an active shooter in a hospital setting Wednesday, May 4, at 2 p.m. in the University’s Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center.

Business Hlogo 1c BlackThe University of Toledo Police Department will lead the exercise for the 25 members of the nursing leadership team at UT Medical Center who will participate in the realistic scenario involving UTPD officers and patients in need of assistance. The nurses previously have received ALICE training, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate, from the police department.

“You really don’t know how you will act in a violent encounter until you are in that situation or you’ve had this type of training. We want our nurses to be able to respond, not only for their own personal safety, but also for the health safety of their patients,” said UT Health Chief Nursing Officer Monecca Smith, who will be among the participants in the drill.

A UTPD officer will simulate an active shooter entering the building and moving into patient areas, which for this drill will be the second floor advanced clinical simulation center. The nursing staff will be caring for patients with varying levels of medical issues, such as a baby with a high fever and a middle-aged man in cardiac arrest, and will need to make split-second judgments on whether to hide, flee or fight back.

The drill will take about 30 minutes with a debrief session afterward in the simulation center’s theater on the first floor to discuss how the nurses responded.

Since 2011, The University of Toledo Police Department has been providing ALICE training to the UT campus and the northwest Ohio community. This is the first active shooter exercise held for a clinical environment.

Open forums scheduled for Honors College dean candidates

Three finalists for the position of dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College will hold open forums in early May to engage with The University of Toledo community.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to get to know the candidates at three open forums. Each will take place from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.:

• Monday, May 2, Student Union Room 3018 — Dr. Kirstin Bartels, director of the Honors Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois.

• Wednesday, May 4, Student Union Room 2582 — Dr. Heidi Appel, senior associate director of the Honors College at the University of Missouri.

• Thursday, May 5, Student Union Room 2582 — Dr. Seth Oppenheimer, director of undergraduate research in the Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University.

Reporting to the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, the dean serves as chief academic and administrative officer of the Jesup Scott Honors College and is responsible for the administration of academic programs; student success; strategic and fiscal planning; evaluation of faculty and staff; promoting diversity awareness; and planning and advancing new academic initiatives, community services and campus facilities.

The dean will interact with other administrators to promote the needs of the college on campus and in the surrounding community, including pursuing external funding, and with the Honors Council, containing representatives from each academic college, to coordinate honors programming.

For more information about the dean search and to see the candidates’ curriculum vitaes, visit utoledo.edu/offices/provost/search-dean-honors.

UTMC honors longtime volunteer, thanks others who help

The University of Toledo Medical Center celebrated its volunteers with a luncheon recently at the Radisson Hotel on Health Science Campus during National Volunteer Week.

Patty MacAllister, support services coordinator, center left, presented the first Frances Clinton Service Award to Clinton’s sisters, Paulette Smietana, left, and Mary Ann Nappens, and niece Paige.

Patty MacAllister, support services coordinator, center left, presented the first Frances Clinton Service Award to Clinton’s sisters, Paulette Smietana, left, and Mary Ann Nappens, and niece Paige.

UTMC has about 200 volunteers, who average 3,000 hours of combined service each month and assist 116 departments.

To honor longtime volunteer Frances Clinton, who passed away this year, UTMC established the Frances Clinton Service Award. Clinton’s family received the first Frances Clinton Service Award at the luncheon.

Going forward, the award will be presented to the UTMC volunteer with the most service hours — more than 500 — for the year. Clinton started volunteering at UTMC in 1993 and logged a total of 18,000 service hours.

Patty MacAllister, support services coordinator, left, handed out certificates to, from left, Dr. Don Godfrey, UT professor emeritus of neurology, Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites Auxiliary, and Don Lemle, who were recognized at the UTMC Volunteer Luncheon for completing more than 500 service hours in 2015.

Patty MacAllister, support services coordinator, left, handed out certificates to, from left, Dr. Don Godfrey, UT professor emeritus of neurology, Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites Auxiliary, and Don Lemle, who were recognized at the UTMC Volunteer Luncheon for completing more than 500 service hours in 2015.

“Frances volunteered in several different departments over the years and was known for her beautiful smile that could light up a room,” said Patty MacAllister, support services coordinator in the Service Excellence Department. “She was greatly appreciated and greatly missed by all who knew her.”

Volunteers who completed more than 500 service hours in 2015 also were recognized at the event: Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites Auxiliary; Dr. Don Godfrey, UT professor emeritus of neurology; Yonggil Jang; Vinay Kotturi; Don Lemle; Tawik Obri; Amanjyot Sidhu; and Gheith Yousif.

Matt Schroeder, chief of staff to UT President Sharon L. Gaber, spoke at the event and expressed his gratitude toward UTMC’s volunteers for their contributions to the hospital.

For more information about UTMC Volunteer Services, contact MacAllister at patricia.mac2@utoledo.edu or 419.383.6336.

Celebration sendoff for golfer May 1 at Gradkowski’s

A celebration will be held Sunday, May 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Gradkowski’s to send off UT senior Sathika Ruenreong who will compete in the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Regional Thursday through Saturday, May 5-7, in Shoal Creek, Ala.

All fans of the UT women’s golf program are invited to attend the free celebration.

“Earning a spot in the NCAA Regionals is a huge accomplishment for Sathika, and I want everyone to come out and wish her well,” Head Coach Nicole Hollingsworth said. “There is no better way to celebrate the best golfer in school history then spending a little bit of time with Sathika to show her your support. I hope to see hundreds of people at Gradkowski’s wearing their Midnight Blue and Gold on Sunday!”



Ruenreong is the first Rocket to compete in an NCAA event in the program’s 21-year history. A four-time first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection, Ruenreong will enter the regional after setting school records for stroke average in a season (73.5) and career (74.9), as well as most career individual titles (4).

She also helped the Rockets set a school record for most tournament victories (5) and finish second at the Mid-American Conference Championships for the third time in the last four years. Ruenreong finished third or better in six of 11 tournaments this season, including two first-, two second- and two third-place showings.

The top six teams and top three individuals not on an advancing team will move on to the NCAA Championships, which will be held at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., Friday through Wednesday, May 20-25.

If you have questions about the event, contact Hollingsworth at 419.530.7761 or nicole.hollingsworth@utoledo.edu.

Choral concert slated for April 30

UT’s Concert Chorale, University Chorus and Community Chorus will perform together Saturday, April 30, for Gioachino Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” in Doermann Theater at 7 p.m.

Accompanying these three groups will be a variety of soloists.

choir image for eventTickets are $8-$4 and are available through the UT Center for Performing Arts Box Office online at utoledo.tix.com or by calling 419.530.ARTS (2787).

The concert will be directed by Dr. Brad Pierson, UT director of choral activities.

Finalists named for UT CFO position

Four finalists for the position of executive vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer will hold open forums in May to engage with The University of Toledo community.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to get to know the candidates at four open forums. Each will take place in Student Union Room 2582:

• Monday, May 2, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. — John Beaghan, vice president for finance and administration and treasurer to the Board of Trustees at Oakland University, Rochester, Mich.

• Monday, May 9, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. — Dr. Gregg Lassen, vice president for business affairs at the University of New Orleans.

• Tuesday, May 10, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. — Dr. David Ellis, associate vice president for budgeting and analysis at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

• Friday, May 13, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. — Dr. Cornelius Wooten, vice president for administration and finance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The executive vice president of finance and administration and CFO is responsible for the University’s overall financial leadership, strategic financial planning, and financial management. The role also oversees UT’s facilities and police and safety operations, the divisions of human resources and information technology, and other business services.

For more information about the CFO search and to see the candidates’ curriculum vitaes, visit utoledo.edu/depts/hr/cfo-search.