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Vaccinations available to prevent spread of influenza

The UT community has an opportunity to combat cold and flu season by getting an influenza vaccine this fall.

The 2017-18 quadrivalent vaccine contains weakened influenza virus from four strains: A/Michigan, A/Hong Kong (H3N2), B/Brisbane (Victoria lineage) and B/Phuket (B/Yamagata lineage). Flublok trivalent vaccine for those with egg allergy does not include the B/Phuket strain, according to Dr. Susan Batten, UT associate professor of nursing.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone older than 6 months of age be vaccinated this year,” Batten said. “The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is urging all health-care providers to obtain vaccine in order to reduce influenza-related illness and absenteeism, as well as to reduce risk for high-risk patients who trust us for their care.”

Walk-in clinics will be held on Health Science and Main campuses in October and November. Students in the Master of Science in Clinical Nursing Leader Program and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program will administer the vaccines.

The influenza vaccine is free and available to all UT employees and students with valid IDs.

UTMC faculty, staff, students and volunteers are required to receive the influenza vaccination. Employees have three options for fulfilling this requirement:

• Complete the online consent form and receive the vaccination on campus by Friday, Dec. 1.

• Upload documentation to prove the vaccination was received at their doctor’s office or other clinic.

• Request and receive approval for an exemption. Exemption requests are available online and must be submitted for review no later than Wednesday, Nov. 15. Individuals who are not approved for an exemption or those who do not meet the deadline will be required to receive the vaccination.

To upload documentation or access the consent form or exemption request, visit influenza.utoledo.edu. A link to this site also is available under the UT Community tab on the myUT portal. Additional questions related to the influenza vaccination requirement should be addressed to the appropriate UTMC department supervisor.

Clinics will take place:

• Wednesday, Oct. 18 — UT Medical Center gift shop area from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 19 — UTMC gift shop from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Tuesday, Oct. 24 — Health Education Building Lobby from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Pinnacle Lounge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Wednesday, Oct. 25 — Collier Building Lobby from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 26 — Stranahan Hall Lobby from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Tuesday, Oct. 31 — Savage Arena Sullivan Athletic Complex Lobby from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Wednesday, Nov. 1 — Health and Human Services Building Lobby from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 2 — Thompson Student Union Lobby from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 6 — Pinnacle Lounge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Wednesday, Nov. 8 — Pinnacle Lounge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Friday, Nov. 10 — Pinnacle Lounge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 21 — Pinnacle Lounge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 23 — Pinnacle Lounge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 27 — Pinnacle Lounge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Wednesday, Nov. 29 — Pinnacle Lounge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 30 — Pinnacle Lounge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

UT to host updated Safe Place training for LGBTQ

To make the campus climate more inclusive for LGBTQ faculty, staff and students, the Office of Multicultural Student Success will hold several Safe Place trainings.

At the newly redeveloped session, attendees will be introduced to LGBTQ-related terminology, learn about common issues and challenges faced by LGBTQ individuals, what it means to be an ally, and what resources are available.

“A Safe Place is a confidential place free from homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and heterosexism where people who identify in the LGBTQ community can feel welcome, safe and included,” said Danielle Stamper, interim program coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Success.

Safe Places on campus can be identified by the Safe Place sticker for faculty and staff and buttons for students. These markers indicate that the individual or office has signed the Safe Place pledge and are an ally to the LGBTQ community.

“Safe Places are important because they allow LGBTQ individuals to be their complete self without the fear of being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression,” Stamper said.

Faculty and staff who go through the updated Safe Place Training curriculum also will have the option to be listed as a Safe Place on the Office of Multicultural Student Success website.

For a list of current Safe Places on campus, visit utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/omss.

To register for one of the Safe Place trainings, click here.

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.

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.

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.

Former acting U.S. solicitor general to speak at College of Law Oct. 11

Neal Katyal, former acting U.S. solicitor general and the lead attorney representing Hawaii in State of Hawaii, et al v. Trump, the travel ban case before the U.S. Supreme Court, will deliver the 17th Annual Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Memorial Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 1:30 p.m. in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

The free, public lecture titled “The President and the Courts in National Security Cases” is presented by the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Law, and the Law and Social Thought Program, with WGTE as a media sponsor.

State of Hawaii v. Trump is a challenge to President Trump’s March executive order banning travelers from six Muslim countries from entering the United States. The case has made national headlines since it was filed last spring. Katyal, who has argued 34 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, with 32 of them coming in the last eight years, will discuss the travel ban case and his experience as a leading advocate in the nation’s highest court. 

In the 2016-17 term alone, Katyal argued seven cases at the Supreme Court, more than any other advocate in the nation. At the age of 47, he has argued more Supreme Court cases in American history than any other minority attorney, with the exception of Thurgood Marshall, with whom Katyal is tied.

Katyal is the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law and director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Hogan Lovells.

While teaching at Georgetown, Katyal won Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in the Supreme Court, a case that challenged the policy of military trials at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba. The Supreme Court sided with him by a 5-3 vote, finding that President Bush’s tribunals violated the constitutional separation of powers, domestic military law and international law. As Walter Dellinger, former solicitor general and law professor at Duke University, put it, “Hamdan is simply the most important decision on presidential power and the rule of law ever. Ever.”

Katyal also served as Vice President Al Gore’s co-counsel in the Supreme Court election dispute of 2000, and represented the deans of most major private law schools in the landmark University of Michigan affirmative action case Grutter v. Bollinger (2003).

His accolades are many. He is the recipient of the Edmund Randolph Award, the highest honor the U.S. Justice Department can give to a civilian. This September Politico Magazine named Katyal to its annual “Politico 50” list of the key thinkers, doers and visionaries who are reshaping American politics and policy.

Katyal clerked for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer as well as Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals. He attended Dartmouth College and Yale Law School. His articles have appeared in virtually every major law review and newspaper in America.

The Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Memorial Lecture was established and named after the late Dr. Ramzy Mikhail and his wife, the late Maryse Mikhail. Since 2001, it has been held annually at The University of Toledo and focuses on topics dealing with Arab culture, literature, history, politics, economics or other aspects of life in the countries of the Middle East, including issues of peace and justice.