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Campus water line repaired, water restored to buildings

Repairs have been made to the ruptured water line on Main Campus, and water service has been restored to the impacted buildings.

The repairs to the section of the water line on the east side of the West Parking Ramp were complete shortly after 8 p.m., and the city of Toledo restored service to the water line at 9:30 p.m.

Students in the impacted residence halls, which include Honors Academic Village, MacKinnon Hall, Scott Hall and Tucker Hall, are able to use the restroom facilities, however the drinking fountains remain closed as a safety precaution.

Water also was turned back on this evening to the additional buildings impacted, which include Wolfe Hall, Memorial Field House, Center for Performing Arts and the Law Center. Water service was restored to the Student Union, Bowman-Oddy Laboratories and Carlson Library earlier today. The library remains closed for the evening.

Normal operations are expected in all buildings tomorrow.

The UT facilities team appreciates your patience and understanding while repairs were completed.

Water restored to some campus buildings

Water service has been restored to the Student Union and several additional buildings following a water main break on The University of Toledo Main Campus.

In addition to the Union, water is back on in Carlson Library, Bowman-Oddy Laboratories and areas of the Memorial Field House. Restroom facilities can be used, however drinking fountains remain closed as a safety precaution. Food service in the Student Union is expected to reopen tomorrow.

A number of campus buildings remain without water as crews continue to address the ruptured water main that occurred late Tuesday on the east side of the West Parking Ramp. Those buildings, which will have water service restored after repairs are complete, include Wolfe Hall, Honors Academic Village, MacKinnon Hall, Scott Hall and Tucker Hall.

An additional water main issue on Secor Road also interrupted water service to the Center for Performing Arts and the Law Center. The College of Law canceled Wednesday evening classes, however all other classes are being held as scheduled.

Crews are working diligently to address the issue in an effort to make repairs yet today. Notifications to campus will continue as updated information becomes available.

Update on dining, bathroom facilities for on-campus students impacted by water main break

The University is working to provide students living on campus with options for dining and bathroom facilities as crews continue to work to repair the ruptured water line on the east side of the West Parking Ramp on The University of Toledo Main Campus.

Water service to several buildings has been shut off in order to repair the broken water line. Buildings affected are Wolfe Hall, Bowman-Oddy Laboratories, Memorial Field House, Honors Academic Village, MacKinnon Hall, Scott Hall and Tucker Hall. The Student Union and Carlson Library also are without water.

Bottled water has been delivered to the impacted residence halls. Students are being directed to University Hall for bathroom facilities, and the University is working to provide portable toilets near the buildings. The Student Recreation Center is available for students to use for showering and bathroom facilities and is open until midnight.

Additional UT police officers will be available throughout the evening to assist students in the northwest area of campus.

The dining facilities in the Student Union are closed; however, a dinner buffet will be offered until 8 p.m. in the South Dining Hall, and the Croutonz restaurant remains open also until 8 p.m. The Ottawa East Dining Hall is open until 8 p.m. to provide students dinner.

Repairs underway for ruptured water line outside West Parking Ramp

Crews are working to repair a ruptured water line on the east side of the West Parking Ramp on The University of Toledo Main Campus.

The leaking water line was discovered Tuesday evening, and attempts were made to repair the break without turning off the water; however, the decision was made early Wednesday afternoon to seek assistance from the city of Toledo to turn off the water to address the issue.

The buildings impacted include Wolfe Hall, Bowman-Oddy Laboratories, Memorial Field House, Honors Academic Village, MacKinnon Hall, Scott Hall and Tucker Hall.

Water service will remain shut down until repairs are completed. In the meantime, all faucets, toilets and drinking fountains in those buildings cannot be used.

Rockets’ school-record GPA wins MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Award

The University of Toledo has been named the recipient of the 2015-16 Mid-American Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award, the conference office announced today.

For the past academic year, UT’s 377 student-athletes posted a school-record grade point average of 3.235. It is the second year in a row and the fourth time in the last five years that the Rockets have won the award.

web institutional award“Establishing the record for highest grade point average in school history and earning the MAC Institutional Academic Award is a wonderful achievement by our student-athletes,” said UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “I’m especially proud of the tradition of academic excellence that we have established at The University of Toledo. Earning the MAC Institutional Academic Award for the fourth time in the last five years is an indication of the consistent effort and determination of our student-athletes to excel in the classroom. This honor is also shared by the coaches, classroom instructors and the Student Athletic Academic Services staff who all work so hard in mentoring and nurturing our student-athletes.”

The MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Award is presented annually to the conference school that achieves the highest overall college GPA for student-athletes competing in institutionally sponsored sports for the academic year.

UT also received the award in 2014-15, 2012-13 and 2011-12.

Last week, the Mid-American Conference recognized Toledo with the Faculty Athletics Representative Men’s Academic Achievement Award. These honors recognize the conference institution with the highest overall grade point average for both men’s and women’s student-athletes. It was the third time the UT men won the award and the first time since 2010-11.

Mid-American Conference honors UT men’s sports for highest GPA rank

UT male student-athletes have been named the recipients of the 2015-16 Mid-American Conference Faculty Athletics Representative Academic Achievement Award. 

The awards recognize the conference institution with the highest overall grade point average rank for both men’s and women’s student-athletes. This is the third time the UT men have won the award and the first time since 2010-11.

web mens athletic award imageThe MAC Institutional Achievement Award, which honors the school with the best overall GPA rank for all men’s and women’s sports, will be announced Aug. 30.

The conference faculty athletics representatives worked with the MAC athletic academic advisors to compute an award that best represents the academic achievement of student-athletes in a competitive setting. Using the same ranking method as the longtime Reese and Jacoby trophies (traditionally awarded to the best overall male and female athletic programs in the MAC), the Faculty Athletics Representative Academic Achievement Awards are given to those institutions’ male and female programs with the highest overall GPA rank points within the conference. Only MAC-sponsored sports are used.

Toledo had the highest GPA rank average as the Rocket men carried the highest league GPA in two MAC-sponsored sports — baseball and men’s basketball — while also posting the second-highest GPA in men’s golf and the third-best mark in men’s cross country and football during the 2015-16 academic season. 

“We want to extend our congratulations to all our men’s sports for earning the Faculty Athletics Representative Academic Achievement Award,” Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said. “We take great pride in the academic success of our student-athletes. An achievement like this is a testimony to their hard work and dedication, as well as the tremendous support of coaches, administrators and faculty.”

UT researcher receives grant to study male infertility

In approximately 40 percent of infertile couples, the male partner is either the sole cause or a contributing factor of infertility. Of these cases, only half can be attributed to an identifiable reason.

A University of Toledo biologist hopes to learn more about what causes infertility in men with support from a National Institutes of Health grant.



The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has awarded Dr. Tomer Avidor-Reiss, UT associate professor of biological sciences, a two-year $147,500 grant to support his research titled “A Genome-wide Drosophila RNAi Screen for Regulators of Centrosome Reduction.”

The study’s outcomes are expected to advance the understanding of how and why centrosomal proteins decrease during sperm formation. Those centrosomal proteins are specialized subunits within an animal cell that serve as the main microtubule organizing center and regulate the division and duplication of DNA.

“Infertility is a problem for one in eight couples. Often we see sperm cells that look normal, but when they fertilize the egg, there are abnormalities in the embryo,” Avidor-Reiss said. “This study has provided the first insight into a molecular mechanism that regulates centrosome reduction and the first direct evidence this process is essential for post-fertilization embryonic development.”

“Once again The University of Toledo is the recipient of research grants for breakthrough discoveries,” said Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. “This time it’s for the challenge of identifying contributing factors for male infertility, early stage miscarriages and developmental diseases, and, hopefully, finding new treatments.” 

Kaptur is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, which has oversight over the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Engineers awarded $175,000 grant to develop program for cybermanufacturing of micro-electro-mechanical systems

The National Science Foundation awarded a pair of engineering professors at The University of Toledo a $175,000 grant to design a program to manufacture micro-electro-mechanical systems on the Internet.

Micro-electro-mechanical systems, called MEMS, have tiny moving parts and are used in cell phones, vehicle airbags and other consumer electronic products. For example, these devices are what cause the screen on a tablet or smartphone to rotate automatically from portrait view to landscape.

College of Engineering LogoDr. Vijaya Kumar Devabhaktuni, professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Dr. Daniel Georgiev, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will lead the project titled “CloudMEMS: Cybermanufacturing of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems” to develop a web-based, low-cost program to design micro-electro-mechanical systems, which will allow entrepreneurs and researchers to more efficiently prototype their designs.

Devabhaktuni and Georgiev will collaborate on this project with Norfolk State University and the University of Dayton researchers who have been awarded $100,000 and $225,000. Overall, the National Science Foundation invested a total of $500,000 in this collaborative project.

According to the award, “The CloudMEMS platform will be made accessible via the Internet to bridge the cyber and manufacturing domains, thereby promoting leadership in the U.S. in cyber-driven microsystems and manufacturing.”

This three-year grant is one of five UT research projects to recently receive federal funds from the National Science Foundation totaling $375,000 in the fields of cybersecurity, advanced materials manufacturing, smart grid technology and three-dimensional cell culture.

“These funds will allow the top researchers at The University of Toledo to focus on developing breakthrough discoveries that will likely spur private-sector economic growth from new products and services for the automotive and aerospace sectors, cybersecurity and agriculture,” Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur said. “There are exciting things happening at The University of Toledo.”

Professor’s anatomy series to be translated for international audience

A series of anatomy books written by Dr. Ben Pansky, professor emeritus in the Department of Surgery in the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences, will be published in multiple languages and distributed worldwide this year.

Lippincott’s Concise Illustrated Anatomy is a series of three volumes presenting human gross anatomy in full digital color and providing clinical considerations for each region of the body. Featured in the series are Back, Upper Limb and Lower Limb; Thorax, Abdomen and Pelvis; and Head and Neck.



The books contain numerous illustrations based on Pansky’s original drawings.

First published in English in 2013, the series is co-authored by Dr. Thomas R. Gest and will be translated to Spanish, Chinese, Turkish, Greek and Japanese starting this year.

“I was thrilled to hear the books would be used by students and physicians in other countries,” Pansky said. “I am pleased to know The University of Toledo will be recognized internationally through these books.”

Pansky also is the author of numerous books including Gross Anatomy, now in its sixth edition, Embryology and Neuroscience. His work has been widely adopted in medical schools in the United States and around the world and is considered authoritative texts in their respective fields of study. He said he is approached frequently by physicians who thank him for his work.

“They will stop me to say they have the books in their libraries and reference them often. It’s satisfying to know what started as a hobby has made a difference for these physicians,” Pansky said.

Pansky began his career as an associate professor at New York Medical College, where he taught and conducted research. He then continued as a professor of anatomy with the first class at the Medical College of Ohio in 1970. In the evenings, he would work on the books, writing and drawing the structures of the body in pen and ink in exacting detail. Those drawings would later serve as the illustrations for his books.

“Over time, color has been added to the drawings and, with today’s technology, my drawings have been converted to full-color digital renderings for this series,” he said.

His medical illustration talents also were an intriguing feature of his lectures.

“I would tell students to put down their pens and just listen and watch,” Pansky said. “Then I would take them on a tour of a part of the body by drawing it on the chalkboard in three dimensions with fluorescent chalk under UV lighting. We would discuss each structure as the image took shape and relate it to the clinical perspective. I think they learned better that way.”

In addition to his books and anatomy lectures, Pansky helped to organize the anatomy and nursing departmental courses and conducted research in diabetes and immunology. He was one of the first professors to receive the University’s Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence and has received 11 of them since that time.

Seven home soccer matches to be streamed live on ESPN3

Seven of the Toledo women’s soccer program’s nine home matches will be streamed live on ESPN3 in the 2016 campaign, the UT Athletic Department announced Monday.

Last year, The University of Toledo launched a production operation that provided significant exposure and learning opportunities for UT students.

thumb-rocket-color-logoThe Rockets’ home contests against Northern Kentucky (Sept. 2), Detroit (Sept. 4), Indiana State (Sept. 18), Ohio (Sept. 25), Northern Illinois (Oct. 20) and Western Michigan (Oct. 23) will be produced and streamed live by ESPN3 from Scott Park.

In addition, the Rockets’ home match against Central Michigan (Oct. 6) will be produced by BCSN and also streamed live on ESPN3. 

Last weekend, UT (1-1-0) opened its 2016 campaign by splitting a pair of road contests. The Rockets lost to Quinnipiac in their season opener, 2-1, before rebounding with a convincing triumph against Wagner, 5-1.

Toledo is back in action at Atlantic Coast Conference member Louisville Sunday, Aug. 28, at 3 p.m. at Ulmer Stadium.