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UT physicists to model and analyze power output from the University’s solar panels during eclipse

Physicists at The University of Toledo plan to monitor the power output of its solar panels on Main Campus during the solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21.

The team plans to display the data in real time during UT Ritter Planetarium’s free, public viewing event from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on the campus lawn between Ritter and McMaster Hall.

Solar electricity produced by solar arrays on the Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation, shown here, and at the R-1 Building along Dorr Street will be monitored during the eclipse.

“It will be an unusual day for photovoltaic systems, and there is a lot of interest nationally in how the electrical grid responds to the change in solar electricity during the eclipse,” Dr. Randy Ellingson, UT professor of physics, said. “We are forecasting the solar electricity generated by UT’s solar array systems at the R-1 Building along Dorr Street, and also on the Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation. Accurately modeling and predicting solar electricity generation, which depends on weather conditions, will help power companies maintain grid reliability without major disturbance to electricity customers.”

Toledo is expecting a partial eclipse where the moon will block nearly the entire sun. According to Alex Mak, UT associate planetarium director, Toledoans should see an approximately 80 percent eclipse, weather permitting.

“As the moon moves into place, it will of course block sunlight that powers the solar panels,” Ellingson said. “In regions of the country with high penetration of solar photovoltaic arrays, grid operators will need to shift electricity locally and regionally to meet the temporary shortfall from solar arrays.”

According to the Energy Information Administration, no electricity reliability issues are expected in the United States.

During the eclipse viewing celebration, UT astronomers will have several safely filtered telescopes set up outside looking at the eclipse.

In the event of clouds, a web stream of the eclipse from other locations across the country will be playing in McMaster Hall Room 1005.

Dana Cancer Center displays art work depicting cancer journeys

The Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center is displaying art from the Lilly Oncology on Canvas exhibit that shares the artists’ cancer journeys.

“The exhibit is a wonderful display of pieces submitted by patients, family members and caregivers from all over the country,” said Jan Tipton, manager and clinical nurse specialist of the Infusion Center at the Dana Cancer Center. “Many of the items displayed are unique and have a description or story that is very moving.”

The free, public exhibit is on display through Friday, Aug. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center at UT Medical Center.

Lilly Oncology on Canvas is presented by Lilly Oncology, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and The University of Toledo Medical Center.

Contact Tipton at janelle.tipton@utoledo.edu or 419.383.5170 for more information.

“Part of the Picture,” a photo taken by someone diagnosed with cancer, is part of the Lilly Oncology on Canvas exhibition on display in the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center.

Rockets to host Victory Day Aug. 19 in Glass Bowl

The University of Toledo football program will host its fourth annual Victory Day for cognitively and physically impaired students from Toledo area schools Saturday, Aug. 19, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Glass Bowl.

Victory Day allows special needs students to have their moment in the sun on the football field. Each student will be partnered with a UT football player who will serve as his or her mentor for the day. Victory Day athletes will participate in a number of simulated game-day activities, assisted by Rocket football players. Participants will wear Rocket team jerseys.

A local youth and members of the UT football team had fun during Victory Day last year.

Toledo football players, cheerleaders, Rocky the Rocket and UT Marching Band members also will be on hand to show their support.

Victory Day was started in 2010 by Aaron Segedi, a teacher and football coach from Trenton, Mich., a cancer survivor whose life was saved thanks to a liver donation from his sister, Rhonda. Since then, the Victory Day program has been adopted by high schools and universities in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

To register your child, email Andrew Terwilliger at andrew.terwilliger@utoledo.edu or call 419.530.3612.

For more information about Victory Day, go to victorydayfootball.com.

Intersection near Main Campus to close Aug. 17 for sewer installation

The intersection of University Hills Boulevard and Bancroft Street will be closed later this week as installation of a new sewer line continues.

The city of Toledo plans to close the northbound lanes at the intersection near the University’s main north entrance Thursday, Aug. 17, and add the southbound lanes to that closure Friday, Aug. 18. If all goes as scheduled, the intersection is expected to reopen Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Main Campus will be accessible via North Towerview Boulevard and Bancroft Street. The Driscoll Alumni Center will be accessible via Douglas Road and University Hills Boulevard.

After this portion of the work is complete, lane restrictions will begin on Bancroft Street and continue to move westbound to Meadowwood Drive until the sewer line project is finished. Traffic will be maintained in both directions during this time, which is estimated to be about three weeks, weather permitting.

“We will keep the campus community informed as we receive updates from the city of Toledo on this project,” Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation, said.

To avoid congestion, students, employees and visitors to Main Campus are encouraged to use the west entrance off Secor Road or the south entrance off Dorr Street.

Volunteers invited to help keep Maumee Bay State Park beach barefoot friendly

To preserve the beauty, health and safety of a northwest Ohio shoreline frequently visited by families, The University of Toledo Lake Erie Center is inviting the public to help pick up litter on Maumee Bay State Park’s public beach Friday, Aug. 18, at 4 p.m. in Oregon.

The Lake Erie beach cleanup is in partnership with the Alliance for the Great Lakes, which holds Adopt-a-Beach events throughout the region each year sponsored by Barefoot Wine and Bubbly.

Last year, 15,181 Adopt-a-Beach volunteers removed 40,211 pounds of trash as part of 1,388 cleanups throughout the Great Lakes region, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin.

In 2016, the majority of trash picked up by Adopt-a-Beach volunteers (87 percent) was plastic.

For additional information, contact the UT Lake Erie Center at 419.530.8360.

Closure extended for section of Bancroft Street through Aug. 12

The city of Toledo announced Bancroft Street between University Hills Boulevard/North Towerview Boulevard and North Westwood Avenue will remain closed through Saturday, Aug. 12.

Workers ruptured a waterline Wednesday morning and were repairing it throughout the day.

Crews will resume installing the sewer line Thursday, Aug. 10.

The intersection of University Hills Boulevard/North Towerview Boulevard and Bancroft Street will remain open during this time.

After this portion of the work is complete, lane restrictions will begin on Bancroft Street and continue to move westbound to Meadowwood Drive until the sewer line project is finished. Traffic will be maintained in both directions while the work is completed, which is estimated to be about 30 days, weather permitting.

To avoid congestion on Bancroft Street during peak times, visitors to Main Campus are encouraged to use the west entrance off Secor Road or the south entrance off Dorr Street.

Men’s basketball team set to leave for Italy

Toledo will return to Europe for the first time in four years with a trip to Italy from Wednesday, Aug. 9, to Saturday, Aug. 19.

The Rockets, who traveled to Greece in 2013, will play two games against Serbian club team, KK Kolubara, in Rome Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11-12, one contest vs. a Spanish European Basketball Academy club in Montecatini Monday, Aug. 14, and a final matchup vs. an Italian All-Star squad at the United States Army Base in Vicenza Wednesday, Aug. 16.

“From a basketball standpoint, this is a tremendous benefit for us this year because we have a lot of young guys who haven’t played together,” Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk said. “Our entire team is becoming familiar with our offensive and defensive schemes, which will be a huge benefit when our official practices begin in the fall. It’s also going to be a great bonding experience, which I think will help our team chemistry to grow for the upcoming season.”

Another benefit of the trip to Italy will be the opportunity to view different cultures and see a different part of the world.

“We are going to visit a lot of historical sites and learn about various Italian cultures and traditions,” Kowalczyk said. “This will be very similar to our trip to Greece in that our players will receive memories of a lifetime as well as a different outlook of the world.”

During their time in Italy, the Rockets will venture to historic sites and visit some amazing places such as the Colosseum, the Ancient Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica, Florence, Venice, the Dolomite Mountains and more.

Kowalczyk added the trip is being paid for with donations from the annual Rocket Roundball Social.

“We would like to thank the numerous people who have made our Rocket Roundball event extremely successful,” Kowalczyk said. “Our program wouldn’t be able to have this unique opportunity without their support.”

For updates throughout the trip, check back with UTRockets.com and follow @ToledoMBB on Twitter.

Kick-off party for Back-to-School Drive to be held Aug. 10

The University of Toledo Judith Herb College of Education Alumni Affiliate is hosting its annual drive for new shoes, socks and underwear for students in Toledo Public Schools.

Alumni also will be collecting belts this year based on feedback from school administrators.

The kick-off party is Thursday, Aug. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Social Gastropub in the Gateway Plaza on the corner of Dorr Street and Secor Road.

Donations will be collected during the event, and participants can sample free appetizers.

“We talk with school principals every year to see what students need,” said Mike Bader, president of the Judith Herb College of Education Alumni Affiliate. “As part of our mission to give back to our community, we are hoping to fill the great need for shoes, socks, underwear and belts.”

Gym shoes and dress shoes are needed for students in grades K-8 in youth and small adult sizes. The shoe sizes needed most are children’s sizes 1 to 6 or toddler sizes 10 to 13.

Underwear donations are needed for younger students.

Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Driscoll Alumni Center Room 2014 on Main Campus before Thursday, Sept. 14.

For more information, visit toledoalumni.org or call 419.530.2586.

‘Moana’ chosen for movie night in Glass Bowl Aug. 18

The University of Toledo will host a free movie night for the community in the Glass Bowl Friday, Aug. 18. Determined by an online fan vote, the movie will be “Moana.”

The movie will begin at 8 p.m. with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. for the opportunity to meet members of the football and volleyball teams.

Throughout the evening, fans of all ages can participate in various activities, including color stations, inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses, corn hole and more.

Attendees may bring their own food and drink into the stadium. The concession stands also will be open.

For more information about movie night at the Glass Bowl, call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Portion of Bancroft Street scheduled to close Aug. 8-10

A section of Bancroft Street is slated to close early next week so crews can install a new sewer line.

The city of Toledo plans to close Bancroft Street between University Hills Boulevard/North Towerview Boulevard and North Westwood Avenue from Tuesday, Aug. 8, through Thursday, Aug. 10.

A detour via Secor Road to Dorr Street to Parkside Boulevard will be established in both directions.

The intersection of University Hills Boulevard/North Towerview Boulevard and Bancroft Street will remain open during those three days.

After this portion of the work is complete, lane restrictions will begin on Bancroft Street and continue to move westbound to Meadowwood Drive until the sewer line project is finished. Traffic will be maintained in both directions during this time, which is estimated to be about 30 days, weather permitting.

“We will keep the campus community informed as we receive updates from the city of Toledo on this project,” Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation, said.

To avoid congestion on Bancroft Street during peak times, visitors to Main Campus are encouraged to use the west entrance off Secor Road or the south entrance off Dorr Street.