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High school seniors explore pharmaceutical science careers at UT camp

The University of Toledo will host high school seniors interested in science careers at a new camp this month.

Students will explore current topics in science through hands-on lab exercises, faculty presentations and small group discussions during Shimadzu Pharmaceutical Sciences Summer Camp Monday and Tuesday, June 27 and 28, in the Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center on UT’s Health Science Campus.

UT College of Pharmacy logoThe two-day camp will provide a hands-on learning opportunity for students to explore several pharmaceutical fields, including pharmacology, toxicology and cosmetic science. Attendees will work side by side with current UT pharmacy students and professors in laboratories using the latest technologies to gain more information about science careers and the college experience as a whole.

“These students are our next generation of scientists,” said Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, UT associate professor of medicinal and biological chemistry, and director of the Shimadzu Laboratory for Pharmaceutical Research Excellence. “We are pleased to provide this unique opportunity to young people as they explore occupations available in the STEMM fields.”

During the past decade, the demand for highly skilled workers in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) fields has risen sharply, and the U.S. Department of Commerce projects an employment growth of 17 percent in STEMM occupations through 2018.

The camp is sponsored by a multi-year grant from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments and supported by Amway. A global leader in analytical technologies, Shimadzu’s mission is to contribute to society through science and technology. In January, UT dedicated the new laboratory made possible with a $250,000 donation from Shimadzu that features a mass spectrometer that is capable of analyzing samples with a high degree of accuracy and unmatched speed.

Rocket football three-game ‘mini-plan’ on sale

The University of Toledo three-game “mini-plans” for the 2016 football season are on sale now. Mini-plans start at $81 and include a sideline seat for three games.

mini plan webFor the mini-plan, Rocket fans may choose one premium home contest on the 2016 schedule and any two other games. Sideline A seats are $93, while sideline B seats are $81.

Limited quantities are available for each game, and seat location is based on availability.

Mini-plan ticket holders may choose one premium game — either Fresno State (Sept. 17) or Bowling Green (Oct. 15). They also may choose any two games from the following: Maine (Sept. 10), Central Michigan (Oct. 22), Ohio (Oct. 27) and Ball State (Nov. 16).

To order, stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office, located in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, go online at UTRockets.com, or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Glacity Theatre Collective to perform original musical at Toronto Fringe Festival

The Glacity Theatre Collective has been selected to perform at the Toronto Fringe Festival June 29-July 10 and will present its original musical, “House of Vinyl,” written and composed by company members Dr. Edmund B. Lingan, UT associate professor and chair of theatre and film, and Timothy Lake.

Originally developed and performed in Toledo one year ago, this tightly wound, bubble-wrapped, 55-minute psychedelic musical was developed as part of Glacity Theatre Collective’s Junkbox Theatre project. The idea is to take unfinished scripts, loosely connected scenes, current obsessions, scribbled notes and musical compositions with or without lyrics that company members have from previous inspirations and mash them together to see what sticks. The ultimate goal is a completely new story that any audience can appreciate.

Tori Zajac and Nolan Thomaswick rehearsed a scene from the Glacity Theatre Collective’s musical, “House of Vinyl.”

Tori Zajac and Nolan Thomaswick rehearsed a scene from the Glacity Theatre Collective’s musical, “House of Vinyl.”

The musical has been reworked slightly since its original production and now features a smaller cast playing multiple roles.

In the Toronto Fringe Festival format, companies have exactly 15 minutes to set up for each performance and another 15 to strike afterward, so the technical elements were streamlined to fit the festival parameters.

Directed by Lake and based on a story that Lingan has written and re-written as a play, novel and screenplay, “House of Vinyl” focuses on Horton Stephen Wilder, who has an intense fear of open spaces, or agoraphobia. When Horton is forced out of his apartment and into the street because of a gas leak, he embarks on a strange and hallucinogenic journey involving lawyer-knights, psychic stingrays, a diaper fetishist, and yards and yards of vinyl. Will he ever make it back to his apartment and safety? Or will he be trapped in the “House of Vinyl” forever?

Nolan Thomaswick is returning in the role of Horton. Other returning cast members are Jennifer Nagy-Lake, Tori Zajac, Lingan, and Holly Monsos, UT associate dean of the College of Communication and the Arts. New to the cast are Dr. Gary Insch, dean of the UT College of Business and Innovation, and Lynnette Bates and Noah York.

The Lingan-Lake score is mostly guitar-driven and is played by Lingan and Insch, augmented with triggered samples. Andrés Medina is stage manager, costumes are designed by Bates, and lighting is designed by Cory Sprinkles.

To help offset the cost of housing a company of 11 for nearly two weeks in Toronto, the collective has started a Go Fund Me campaign. To learn more or to donate, go to https://www.gofundme.com/Glacity.

Before leaving for Toronto, “House of Vinyl” will play two performances Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, at 8 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

All tickets are $20 online or at the door and include a reception afterward. To purchase tickets in
advance, go to http://glacity.tix.org.

After the weekend shows in Toledo, the company will travel to Toronto for seven performances at the Robert Gill Theatre during the festival.

To learn more about the Toronto Fringe Festival, click here.

Go to http://glacity.org for more information about the collective or “House of Vinyl.”

UT alum to launch new book

University of Toledo alumna Jasmine Shea Townsend will launch her new book, The Adventures and Shenanigans of Bastien Falco, on Friday, June 24, at 2 p.m. in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library.

The free, public event will include readings of selections from the book by Townsend.

book launch with author photoDescribed by Townsend as a comedic fantasy novel, the book follows the adventure of Prince Bastien and his manservant, Sandy, as they seek revenge for the murder of the prince’s bride-to-be on their wedding day. In the process, the prince and Sandy are kidnapped by a mysterious woman and her gang of bandits.

Townsend received her bachelor of arts degree in creative writing from UT in 2013 and her master of arts degree in literature in 2015 also from the University.

Previous works by Townsend have received Mill Magazine’s spring 2014 fiction award and a second-place award for a short story in 2015 from the Toledo Writers’ Workshop.

Refreshments will be served. Copies of the book will be available at the event for $10.

For more information, contact the Canaday Center at 419.530.2170.

Sexual dysfunction may reveal underlying medical condition

Erectile dysfunction is a problem more common than men are willing to admit. Although it can be an uncomfortable topic, men shouldn’t shy away from discussing sexual health concerns with their physician.

Men’s health issues such as erectile dysfunction, low testosterone or incontinence are not only a quality of life concern, but also can be linked to potentially serious health risks, including heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.



June is Men’s Health Month, and UT Health physicians say it is an excellent time for men to take inventory of how they are feeling and to take action if they are experiencing sexual health symptoms. It is important for a man to schedule an appointment with a urologist if he experiences any the following:

• Erectile dysfunction with or without a decrease in sexual desire;

• Urinary incontinence or difficulty urinating;

• A lump or mass in the testicles;

• An elevated PSA level or abnormal prostate exam;

• Infertility;

• Andropause (male menopause); or

• Peyronie’s disease (penile curvature).

“Oftentimes we initially see a patient because he is having difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection,” said Dr. Ajay Singla, UT Health vice chair of urology and director of the UT Men’s Health Clinic. “We may then find the patient has an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, vascular disease or obesity causing his symptoms.”

The diagnosis and management of these conditions can be challenging and in some instances could require a more collaborative approach to treatment.

The UT Men’s Health Clinic opened in 2015 to provide the only comprehensive, multidisciplinary clinic of its kind in the region. Since that time, the clinic has grown from three specialists to a team of seven health-care providers in urology, cardiology, endocrinology, physical therapy, family medicine and nutrition.

“This collaboration allows us to treat the patient as a whole and address all of his health issues during one appointment,” Singla said. “We are finding our patients appreciate the convenience of seeing multiple specialists at one time and are pleased with the customized medical plans we provide.”

To better consolidate services, the UT Men’s Health Clinic is moving Tuesday, June 28, to the Regency Medical Campus located at 1000 Regency Court. The clinic sees patients on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The medical team’s emphasis is on common conditions affecting the urological, sexual and reproductive health of men. Services offered include surgical and non-surgical therapies for benign enlargement of the prostate, andropause, infertility, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, permanent sterilization, varicocele, sexual dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease and incontinence.

To make an appointment for the clinic, call 419.383.4360.

Rockets to Sign Autographs at ‘Books for Buddies’ at Franklin Park Mall June 18

University of Toledo football players will appear at Franklin Park Mall Saturday, June 18, as part of the “Books for Buddies” program.

The Rockets will sign autographs and meet fans at the mall from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will take place near the Macy’s entrance.

UT Football Coach Jason Candle, center, signed an autograph for a fan last month as senior offensive lineman Storm Norton, left, and junior quarterback Logan Woodside watched at the first event of the Rocket Summer Liftoff Series.

UT Football Coach Jason Candle, center, signed an autograph for a fan last month as senior offensive lineman Storm Norton, left, and junior quarterback Logan Woodside watched at the first event of the Rocket Summer Liftoff Series.

Rocky the Rocket and Rocksy also will make an appearance.

In addition, fans may pick up free posters, schedule cards and ticket information at the event.

This is the second event in the Rocket Summer Liftoff Series. 

Other events will include:

• Thursday, July 21 — Girls Night Out: Football 101 with Jason and Nicole Candle from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Glass Bowl.

• Friday, Aug. 19 — Movie Night and Autographs with the Rockets in the Glass Bowl; time to be announced.

UT staff, students to participate in annual dragon boat races

Are you looking for a family friendly activity to do this weekend? Check out the 15th annual Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival hosted by Partners in Education Saturday, June 18, at International Park on the Maumee River.

The event will take place from 9:45 a.m. until 4 p.m.

dragon boat summer festival copy“The festival stresses the importance of summer learning for our nation’s youth in helping close the achievement gap and support healthy development in communities all across the country,” said Xinren Yu, international program coordinator for the Confucius Institute.

The festivities will include live entertainment, traditional Chinese performances, hands-on learning activities and dragon boat races.

UT’s Center for International Studies and Programs and the Confucius Institute are sponsoring two of the competing dragon boats: one for students and one for staff.

Competitors will take part in three races. The course begins in front of the restaurants at the Docks and will finish at International Park. Winners of the races will receive trophies.

To learn more about the festival, visit toledodragonboat.org.

Celebrate 10-year anniversary of UT-MCO merger June 16

The University of Toledo will mark the 10-year anniversary of the merger of UT and the Medical University of Ohio with a celebration Thursday, June 16.

The event will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Health Education Building Room 100 on Health Science Campus and will recognize the July 1, 2006, date when the two institutions became one and the decade since that has increased interprofessional education and research opportunities for UT students and faculty.

merger bandwUT President Sharon L. Gaber and Dr. Christopher Cooper, executive vice president of clinical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, will speak at the celebration. Chuck Lehnert, UT vice president of corporate relations, will serve as the emcee for the event that also will feature a video of UT and elected leaders reflecting on the merger.

The Medical College of Ohio was established in 1964 as the 100th medical school in the United States and welcomed its first class of students in 1969. The college grew to include schools of medicine, nursing, allied health, and a graduate school of biomedical sciences, and in 2005 became the Medical University of Ohio to reflect that.

One year later, the college merged with UT, which has served the Toledo community since it was established in 1872. UT has been a member of the state university system since 1967.

Separate for 40 years yet less than 4 miles apart, UT and MUO have accomplished great things during the past decade as a merged institution that is one of just 27 universities in the nation with its comprehensive breadth of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

Minor construction set for UT’s Health Science Campus

As summer break progresses, so will the construction at The University of Toledo. Throughout the month of June, there will be two construction projects going on at UT’s Health Science Campus: lot re-pavement and the removal of Conference Drive.

Health Science Campus Grounds will repave Lot 42 and a portion of 42A, across from the Medical Pavilion and Dowling Hall, as well as remove Conference Drive, across from the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center, in order to add more green space.

UT Health logoThe lot re-pavement will take place Friday and Saturday, June 17-18 and June 24-25. Lot 42 will close at 6 p.m. that Friday and will re-open at 6 a.m. the following Monday. No work will be done during the week in order to accommodate the parking needs of patients and visitors.

During the construction, drivers are encouraged to use Lots 40 and 41, located north of UT Medical Center and Mulford Library.
If the weather is not permitting, the lot re-pavement will take place the following weekends.

The Conference Drive removal project will not interrupt traffic flow or deliveries to the Dana Cancer Center Dock or Radisson Hotel, according to Steve Wise, manager of Health Science Campus grounds and motor vehicle operations. This project will take place periodically over a five-day period this month.

Satellites to hold summer sale this week

Designer-inspired sunglasses and lawn games are expected to be hot items at the Satellites Auxiliary’s summer fundraising sale, which will take place Tuesday through Thursday, June 14-16, in UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

The event will be held Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Replica-Sunglasses1Looking for something for Father’s Day? There’ll be toolboxes and batter-powered motorcycles and other toys. “One of my favorite quotes: ‘The difference between the man and the boy is the price of his toys,’” Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites Auxiliary said.

“We’ll have something for everyone — summer dresses, rocking horses, pet beds. Stop by and see for yourself,” she added.

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.