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International scholar to discuss humanities, new book

Dr. Michael Bérubé, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature at Pennsylvania State University, will visit The University of Toledo this week for two events and to work with students.

On Thursday, Oct. 19, he will give a lecture titled “The Humanities and the Advancement of Knowledge” at 5:30 p.m. in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

Bérubé

Bérubé argues there is no widely accepted public rationale for new research in the humanities. He challenges the notion that this kind of research is finding a secure institutional home in North American academe, despite his own lifelong commitment to the defense of the humanities and the university institutions making such work possible — like the book, “The Humanities, Higher Education and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments,” co-written with Janet Ruth (2015). He discusses the role of humanities centers and institutes in fostering interdisciplinary humanities research.

His free, public talk will be followed by a reception in the Law Center Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Lounge.

On Friday, Oct. 20, Bérubé will lead a free, public brown-bag conversation about his book, “The Secret Life of Stories: From Don Quixote to Harry Potter, How Understanding Intellectual Disability Transforms the Way We Read” (2016). The event will start at noon in Carlson Library Room 1005.

Scholars are calling the book a radical and critical contribution to American studies, literary studies and disability studies.

Twenty-five copies of the book will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, thanks to the Disability Studies Program; the Department of English Language and Literature; the Department of Art; the School of Interdisciplinary Studies; and the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities in the College of Arts and Letters.

Since 2001, Bérubé has taught at Penn State, where he served as director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities from 2010 to 2017 and was president of the Modern Language Association from 2012 to 2013. Prior to that, he taught 12 years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He is the author of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning biography, memoir and philosophical inquiry into disability issues, “Life as We Know It: A Father, A Family and an Exceptional Child” (1998), which he followed up with “Life as Jamie Knows It: An Exceptional Child Grows Up” (2016), which are about his son who has Down syndrome. Other titles include “Rhetorical Occasions: Essays on Humans and the Humanities” (2006) and “What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and ‘Bias’ in Higher Education” (2006). He also has a blog at michaelberube.com.

During his two-day visit, Bérubé will tour UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus and view an exhibition titled “One Way or Another,” which features works by adults with special needs. He also will be a guest instructor for two classes, one for the Political Science and Public Administration Department, and one for the English Language and Literature Department. In addition, he will give an interview to writers for The Mill, a literary magazine edited by UT graduate students in English.

Bérubé was on campus in 2009 and delivered the Richard M. Summers Memorial Lecture.

Sponsors of Bérubé’s visit are the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities; the College of Arts and Letters; the School of Interdisciplinary Studies; the School of Visual and Performing Arts; the Department of English Language and Literature; the Disability Studies Program; and the Department of Art.  

UT scientist to discuss importance of rivers for Lake Erie fish Oct. 19

As concerns about algal blooms, fish deaths and invasive Asian carp spawning are under the microscope in Lake Erie tributaries, an aquatic ecologist at The University of Toledo is highlighting the value of healthy rivers for fish in the Great Lakes.

Dr. Christine Mayer, professor in the UT Department of Environmental Sciences, is specifically targeting the Maumee, Sandusky and Detroit rivers in her lecture titled “Swimming Upstream: The Importance of Western Lake Erie’s Rivers to Fish Populations.”

Mayer

The free, public event will take place Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at the UT Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Road in Oregon.

“The rivers and river mouths are a small area compared to the whole lake, but they hold some key habitats for fish, such as the type of environment required for reproduction,” Mayer said. “Some fish species, such as walleye, spawn both in the lake and in the rivers, but having river stocks helps increase the diversity of our ‘fish stock portfolio,’ just like your financial portfolio.”

While the river habitats are important to native fish, Mayer said there also is potential for newly invasive species, such as grass carp, to use rivers for spawning.

“Rivers are highly affected by human alteration of habitat and inputs from the land,” Mayer said. “It is important to try to envision what kinds of conservation or restoration are best suited for the three big rivers entering western Lake Erie to contribute the most benefit to Lake Erie fisheries. Each river has unique issues.”

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

Rockets run past Chippewas, 30-10

Senior running back Terry Swanson rushed for a season-high 145 yards and two touchdowns as Toledo dominated Central Michigan, 30-10, on a rainy afternoon in Mount Pleasant.

A driving rain limited the passing games for both teams, forcing the Rockets and the Chippewas to lean on the running game. Toledo was able to sustain a consistent attack on the ground despite missing three starters on the offensive line, while the Rocket defense bottled up the CMU runners and forced Chippewa quarterback Shane Morris into a sub-par performance. Central was held to 244 yards of total offense, including just 49 yards and two first downs in the first half. Morris was 17 of 37 for 182 yards and two interceptions. CMU gained just 62 yards in 21 attempts on the ground, an average of 2.9 yards per carry.

Senior running back Terry Swanson led the offensive attack with 145 yards and two touchdowns.

Toledo (5-1, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) gained 399 yards of total offense. Senior quarterback Logan Woodside managed the game well, completing 10 of 18 passes for 89 yards, as UT leaned on the running game more than at any time this season. Redshirt freshman Shakif Seymour added a career-best 119 rushing yards, all in the fourth quarter.

The game started with a light rain, but by the middle of the first quarter, the conditions worsened, with a hard rain and gusty winds making it challenging for the offenses.

Toledo got on the board first on a 48-yard touchdown run by Swanson on a fourth-and-one call midway through the first quarter. The teams then exchanged empty possessions until Jameson Vest connected on a 41-yard field goal to give Toledo a 10-0 lead with 8:49 to play in the half.

Swanson came through again on fourth down late in the first half, scoring from 22 yards out on fourth-and-two to make it 17-0 with 1:19 left before intermission.

Central Michigan (3-4, 1-2 MAC) got on the board with a 23-yard field goal by Michael Armstrong with 27 seconds left in the third quarter. But the Rockets put the game safely in the win column by responding with an eight-play, 87-yard drive that was finished off by a five-yard run by Woodside. The extra-point attempt hit the upright, making the score 23-3. Seymour had a 39-yard run in the drive.

Moments later, redshirt freshman Justin Clark picked off a pass, setting up an eight-yard TD run by Seymour. CMU scored on a 26-yard pass from Morris to Shane Conklin with a minute to play to close out the scoring.

The Rockets return to Toledo next Saturday to host Akron in a noon kickoff in the Glass Bowl.

Main north entrance to University Hall to close

Due to ongoing restoration work on the bell tower, the main doors to the third floor of University Hall facing Bancroft Street will be closed starting Monday, Oct. 16.

“We are taking advantage of the fall break on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 16 and 17, to minimize the impact to students, faculty, staff and visitors,” Jason Toth, associate vice president for facilities and construction, said. 

The east and west entries facing Bancroft, as well as all other doors, will remain open. 

“We expect the doors to be reopened by Monday, Oct. 30,” Toth said.

Toledo to battle Central Michigan in key MAC West matchup

Toledo will travel to Mount Pleasant to face Central Michigan for another critical Mid-American Conference West Division matchup Saturday, Oct. 14, at 3:30 p.m.

The Rockets (4-1, 1-0 MAC) out-battled West division foe Eastern Michigan, 20-15, at the Glass Bowl Oct. 7, but also suffered a big loss in the process. The outcome was not decided until sophomore safety Kahlil Robinson picked off his second pass of the game with less than a minute to play.

Sophomore Art Thompkins led Toledo’s rushing attack with 94 yards on 15 carries as the Rockets beat the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 20-15, to make it a happy Homecoming.

Senior quarterback Logan Woodside completed 23 of 34 passes for 289 yards to lead the Rockets over the Eagles. However, Woodside’s favorite target, senior wide receiver Cody Thompson, was injured early in the game and never returned. It was later confirmed that Thompson suffered a broken leg and will be out for the season.

Woodside ranks first in the MAC in passing yards (327.0) and passing efficiency (163.4).

With Thompson out, his top targets are sophomore Diontae Johnson (28 receptions, 16.4 yards per catch, five TDs) and junior Jon’Vea Johnson (16 receptions, 14.2 yards per catch).

Senior Terry Swanson (355 yards) and sophomore Art Thompkins (337 yards) lead the Toledo rushing attack.

Central Michigan (3-3, 1-1 MAC) is coming off a big win at Ohio. The Chippewas forced four turnovers on their way to defeating the defending MAC East champs, 26-23. Senior quarterback Shane Morris completed 25 of 35 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Morris, a transfer from Michigan, ranks second in the MAC behind Woodside with 264.2 yards passing per game.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gender equality topic of Oct. 13 Law Review Symposium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UTPD recruiting candidates for officer, dispatcher positions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications are available at jobs.utoledo.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cancer research topic of Oct. 12 lecture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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