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UT faculty awarded $1.3 million in federal grants for medical research, education, technology

Faculty members at The University of Toledo were awarded $1.3 million in federal grants for projects related to opioid abuse, mental health, cancer and antimicrobial technology.

“The University of Toledo continues to advance its strong research base, this time in the two critical areas of innovative drug targets for cancer risk and also to public health and opioid crisis education,” said Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. “The University of Toledo’s leadership in pioneering treatments and therapies for everything from heart disease to detecting a substance-use relapse has earned it the attention of granting agencies. Securing competitive federal awards is no easy task. Congratulations to UT for identifying and competing in very competitive space.”

Dr. Cheryl McCullumsmith, professor and chair of the UT Department of Psychiatry, was awarded a three-year, $449,076 grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to expand education about opioid use disorder across all disciplines within UT’s College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

“The College of Medicine and Life Sciences will equip all medical students with the knowledge and the skills they need to appropriately manage opioid treatment and confidently identify opioid use disorders, regardless of their planned specialty. We are training a generation of family medicine doctors, surgeons and internists to actively prevent and treat opioid use disorders,” McCullumsmith said.

Dr. Linda Lewandowski, dean of the UT College of Nursing and co-chair of the UT Opioid Task Force, was awarded a three-year, $371,723 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for an interdisciplinary public health project that will provide evidenced-based mental health awareness training to UT students, faculty and staff, as well as the wider northwest Ohio community.

The training includes appropriate responses, materials on available community resources, and information about the unique mental health needs of active-duty military and veterans. The program is built with a specific emphasis on issues related to the opioid epidemic.

“With one in five Americans experiencing mental health problems in a given year, it is more likely that an individual will come across someone having an emotional or mental health crisis than someone having a heart attack. By providing ‘mental health first aid,’ we will empower our students, faculty and community to recognize mental health and substance abuse problems and respond appropriately. This type of training is especially important during this time of the pervasive opioid crisis affecting our state and the nation,” Lewandowski said.

Dr. Maria Diakonova, professor in the UT Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded a three-year, $449,667 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to focus on a protein called JAK2 as she works to identify new drug targets to reduce the risk of cancer.

“Our goal is to explain the JAK2-mediated intracellular pathways and have a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in cell proliferation, or cell division, which could provide insight into future therapeutic approaches to cancer,” Diakonova said.

Dr. Terry Bigioni, professor in the UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to research broad-spectrum antimicrobial coatings for garments and textiles. Antimicrobial treatments are already used in medicine as anti-infective treatments and in garments and textiles for odor control. This technology could bring odor control to a wider range of products and reduce the need to launder many garments, improving garment lifespan and reducing their environmental impacts.

“We think our antimicrobial technology could bring a lot of added value to the garment and medical industries and create new manufacturing jobs right here in northwestern Ohio,” Bigioni said.

Exercise your freedom to read at UT Banned Books Week

The University of Toledo will hold its 21st annual Banned Books Vigil to celebrate the right to read, think, speak and create freely without censorship.

The free, public event will take place Thursday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005. Programs will start every 30 minutes during the event that coincides with the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, Sept. 23-29.

“We emphasize taking a moment to think about how fortunate we are to live in a country where we can express our views and read the views of controversial people because, in a lot of places, freedom of expression is not a right,” said Dr. Paulette D. Kilmer, UT professor of communication and coordinator of the UT Banned Books Coalition.

Classic books such as “The Catcher in the Rye,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Color Purple” are a few of the novels that have been challenged or banned from libraries and classrooms. And every year, new books are added to the banned list.

Banned Books Week strives to celebrate and make these books easily available to students and bring together the entire reading community.

“It’s very important for us to remind students that they need to enjoy this freedom to read, create, think and speak,” said Arjun Sabharwal, UT associate professor of library administration and digital initiative librarian.

Banned books and door prizes will be given away throughout the day at the event. In addition, light snacks and refreshments will be served along with 20-minute presentations by guest speakers throughout the day.

“My expectation is that people enjoy themselves and just take a few minutes to think about our wonderful First Amendment and the right to think and read freely because the battle for the First Amendment is never over,” Kilmer added.

Topics and speakers for the event will be:

• 9 a.m. — “Welcome: Read on!” by Dr. David Tucker, UT professor and chair of communication, and Beau Case, dean of University Libraries.

• 9:30 a.m. — “Forty-One Years of Free Speech” by Tucker.

• 10 a.m. — “The 10 Biggest News Stories You’ve Never Heard of” by Lou Hebert, Toledo broadcaster and historian.

• 10:30 a.m. — “Book Burning Videos: Indiana Jones, Eyewitnesses and Ray Bradbury.”

• 11 a.m. — “Pandora, Lilith and Eve: Three Superheroes” by Warren Woodberry, Toledo writer.

• 11:30 a.m. — “Writing From Prison, Challenging Mass Incarceration” by Dr. Renee Heberle, UT professor of political science and co-director of the Program in Law and Social Thought.

• Noon — Charlene Gilbert, dean of the UT College of Arts and Letters, will give the Dr. Linda Smith Lecture titled “Free Your Mind: 20 Books That Changed the World.”

• 1 p.m. — “Crippling the Banned Book and Taking Back Crazy” by Dr. Allyson Day, UT assistant professor of disability studies.

• 1:30 p.m. — “Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’: A Poem That Changed Poetry and Culture” by Dr. Glenn Sheldon, UT honors professor of humanities.

• 2 p.m. — Banned episode of “American Dad” titled “Don’t Look a Smith Horse in the Mouth.”

• 2:30 p.m. — “Editorials: Views, Not News” by Areeba Shah, editor of The Independent Collegian.

• 3 p.m. — “Jeopardy!” hosted by The Independent Collegian.

• 3:30 p.m. — “Controversy Over Transgender Content in George” by Dr. Sharon Barnes, UT associate professor and chair of women’s and gender studies.

• 4 p.m. — “In the Gutters of Palomar” by Dr. Matt Yockey, UT associate professor of theatre.

• 4:30 p.m. — “Breaking the Sound Barrier of Propriety” by Dr. Ed Lingan, professor and chair of theatre.

Kilmer said the UT Banned Books Week Vigil would not be possible without help from numerous generous sponsors on campus and in the community. She gave a special thanks to the Office of the President; the Office of the Provost; University Libraries; Jesup Scott Honors College; the UT School of Visual and Performing Arts; and the UT Communication Department.

For more information about the UT Banned Books Vigil, contact Kilmer at paulette.kilmer@utoledo.edu.

Satellites to hold $6 sale Sept. 26-28

The Satellites Auxiliary’s $6 sale will take place Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 26-28, in UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

“We’ll have items for women, men and children, with great deals on fashion and seasonal accessories, as well as jewelry, gadgets and more,” said Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites Auxiliary.

The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Cash, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit scholarships.

The Satellites Auxiliary is a volunteer group designed to promote education, research and service programs; provide support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conduct fundraising events; and provide services.

For more information on the sale, contact Brand at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

UT Engineering Fall Career Expo slated for Sept. 26 in Savage Arena

The University of Toledo Engineering Career Development Center will host the Fall 2018 Engineering Career Expo Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Savage Arena.

“This year marks a milestone for the center: celebrating 20 years of placing more than 20,000 engineering co-ops,” said Angie Gorny, interim director of the Engineering Career Development Center.

More than 190 companies from across the United States and 700 UT engineering students and alumni are expected at the event.

Companies scheduled to participate include Automatic Handling, BP, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Dana Inc., GEM Inc., Johnson & Johnson — DePuy Synthes, First Energy Corp., GE Appliances (a Haier Co.), Honda, Libbey Inc., Matrix, Marathon Petroleum Corp., Owens Corning, Owens-Illinois Inc., PCC Airfoils, SSOE Group, and the Lathrop Co.

Employers are seeking undergraduate students to participate in engineering co-op assignments, as well as their leadership development programs, along with seniors and graduates for full-time employment.

“This event is a dynamic networking and hiring experience for students to connect with companies seeking the talent they need for success,” Gorny said. “The expo is exclusive to UT College of Engineering students who are enrolled in the mandatory co-op program, as well as UT engineering alumni searching for full-time opportunities.”

Since the launch of the co-op program, the event has grown in size each year and this fall has been relocated to Savage Arena.

“The demand for our co-op students is evidenced by the increase in the number of companies participating this fall,” Gorny said.

The college hosts semiannual career expos to offer UT students the opportunity to network with potential employers. It allows employers to meet UT students to determine if they would be a good fit in their organizations.

“The current job outlook for engineering students in The University of Toledo Engineering College is certainly bright as indicated by the record number of students registered to attend the fall expo,” Gorny said. “This reflects very positively on the quality of The University of Toledo’s engineering program and our students. It also demonstrates our vital and mutually beneficial partnership we have with our industry participants.”

The UT undergraduate mandatory co-op program is one of only eight mandatory engineering co-op programs in the country.

“Many students indicate our co-op training is the reason they attend the College of Engineering at The University of Toledo,” Gorny said. “Our students have one full year of professional engineering experience before they graduate, and they feel confident seeking full-time employment upon graduation. Co-op businesses are able to work with these students and determine how the student fits within their organization. It’s a win-win situation for our students and the companies who hire them.”

More information can be found on the College of Engineering Career Development website or by contacting Gorny at angelagorny@utoledo.edu.

‘SculptureX 2018 — Social Practice: Igniting Change’ symposium Sept. 28-29

“SculptureX 2018 — Social Practice: Igniting Change” is a two-day symposium for artists, educators, students, arts administrators, collectors, patrons and arts enthusiasts. It will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29.

The symposium will be presented through the collaborative effort of The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Contemporary Art Toledo, Owens Community College and the Toledo Museum of Art.

SculptureX is an annual symposium convened by academic institutions in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and western New York. This year, the symposium will be held at the UT Center for the Visual Arts, the Toledo Museum of Art and Bowling Green State University’s School of Art.

Now entering its ninth year, SculptureX (sculpture exchange) is intended to encourage and foster the intellectual pursuit of compassionate thinking, while discovering new forms and definitions of visual communication and understanding.


This year’s symposium will explore social practice in art, a discipline that critically and explicitly challenges existing social norms and conditions. Social practice is frequently expressed through community engagement, performative installations, political encounters and environmental activities. SculptureX 2018 will investigate current manifestations of this important field.

The keynote address for the symposium will be delivered by Mel Chin, an internationally acclaimed artist known for his use of sculpture, video and land art, among other mediums, to spread political awareness and expose social injustice. Chin’s appearance in Toledo comes on the heels of a groundbreaking multi-site exhibition in New York titled “All Over the Place.” His sculpture, “Two Me,” is on display at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Monroe Street entrance.

A second keynote address will be delivered by Laurie Jo Reynolds, an award-winning artist, policy advocate, and researcher who has dedicated two decades of work to addressing the negative representations of people in prison.


The UT Department of Art is hosting an exhibition of the work of artist and symposium presenter Jova Lynne. She is displaying “Soft Thrones,” a portion of her larger body of work titled “Sites of Power,” in the UT Center for the Visual Arts through Saturday, Oct. 27. A reception with Lynne will take place in the Center for the Visual Arts Friday, Sept. 28, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Lynne will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in BGSU’s Wolfe Center Auditorium.

Shanna Merola, a visual artist, photojournalist and activist legal worker, will speak Saturday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. in BGSU’s Wolfe Center Auditorium. She also coordinates legal support for grassroots organizations through the Michigan Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Merola will speak about know-your-rights best practices during police encounters.

Additional programming for the two-day event includes six exhibitions, presentations by noted artists, evening networking events, and guided tours of the Toledo Museum of Art, UT Center for the Visual Arts, and Bowling Green State University’s Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery.

The cost of attending the event is $15 general admission and $10 for students. The fee covers admission to most symposium events, exhibits and receptions; however, there is a separate $10 admission to attend the SX Party Friday, Sept. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Secor Building, 425 Jefferson Ave. in Toledo.

For complete details and to register for SculptureX 2018 and/or the SX Party, visit catoledo.org/sculpturex.

Wanted: Proposals for Future of Higher Education Forums

Friday, Oct. 5, is the deadline to submit program proposals for Future of Higher Education Forums.

Coordinated by the Office of the Provost in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the University Teaching Center, these new forums seek participation and expertise from UT faculty members.

“We want to talk about a variety of topics — student success, time management, creating an inclusive classroom, crisis management, using technology and innnovation in higher education, tenure and promotion, and more,” said Dr. Amy Thompson, interim associate vice provost of faculty affairs and professor of public health.

“We want to hear from faculty members who are willing to share their knowledge and experience on diverse topics with campus community members.”

Program proposals should plan for one hour of lecture with up to one hour for brainstorming and conversation. The session should identify a clear target audience and method of instruction, providing two learning objectives.

“We encourage an activity to be part of the program,” Thompson added.

Applications will be reviewed by the Office of the Provost; faculty members selected to present a forum will receive a $250 stipend.

For an application and to read more about the Future of Higher Education Forums, go to utoledo.edu/offices/provost/future-of-higher-education-forum.

Staff Leadership Development forms due Oct. 1

Applications and nominations for the second cohort of UT’s Staff Leadership Development program are being accepted through Monday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m.

The one-year program is designed to develop emerging, high-potential leaders to help them grow in their existing positions and later assume expanded leadership roles at UT.

Click here for forms and additional details.

Individuals selected to be part of the program’s second cohort will be notified by Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Staff member continues to build trust with bowling event

The sixth annual Build-A-Trust Bowl-A-Thon will take place Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. at New Glass Bowl Lanes, 5133 Telegraph Road in Toledo.

The event is intended to bridge the gap between youths in the community and local men and women in uniform — police officers, firefighters and members of the military, according to George W. Hayes Jr., UT electrician and Toledo Bowling Senate junior coordinator.

“I believe this event is a great way to bring together kids and cops in a fun atmosphere to bridge that gap and build that level of trust,” Hayes said.

The cost to bowl three games is $5 per person, including shoes. Children ages 17 and younger bowl for free courtesy of JCILH Inc. of McDonald’s in Toledo.

Music and door prizes also will be featured at the event, which is expected to bring in about 200 people.

Hayes is looking for someone to roll the first ball, an honor that went to the Toledo mayor last year.

For the sixth straight year, members of the UT Police Department will hit the lanes, and Hayes encourages all police, firefighters and military personnel to attend the bowl-a-thon.

“We must have fun in life and try to help each other,” Hayes said, “because no one can do it all alone.”

For more information, contact Hayes at george.hayes@utoledo.edu.

Forum to provide crisis training on how to help students

“Are You Student Ready? Crisis Training to Assist Students” will be the topic of the Future of Higher Education Forum Friday, Sept. 28.

The program will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. in Health and Human Services Building Rooms 1711A and B.

“These Future of Higher Education Forums are designed to discuss diverse topics that will benefit everyone on campus by featuring the expertise of our faculty and staff,” said Dr. Amy Thompson, interim associate vice provost of faculty affairs and professor of public health. “We plan to hold forums once a month during the academic year.”

Topics and presenters at this month’s forum will be:

• “Counseling Center Resources” by Dr. Mychail Scheramic, director of the UT Counseling Center.

• “Role Plays on How to Help and Refer Students” by Dr. Jason C. Levine, associate professor of psychology and psychiatry, and director of the Psychology Clinic.

• “How to Assess At-Risk Students” by Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, associate professor of educational psychology and director of the Center for Education and Targeted Violence and Suicide.

• “Sexual Assault Resources and How to Report an Incident” by Donald Kamm, director of the Title IX and compliance.

The Future of Higher Education Forums are coordinated by the Office of the Provost in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the University Teaching Center.

Register for this month’s program and read more about the Future of Higher Education Forums, including how to submit proposals for upcoming events, at utoledo.edu/offices/provost/future-of-higher-education-forum.

Families sought for Toledo International Hospitality Program

Explore your world by becoming a friend of an international student.

The Toledo International Hospitality Program promotes friendship and cultural exchange between area residents and UT’s Center for International Studies and Programs to provide UT international students a positive, culturally rich experience outside the classroom, and to offer local citizens the opportunity and pleasure of building international friendships.

The Toledo International Hospitality Program’s Harvest Party is an annual favorite.

“Individuals and families from the community are matched with international students from all over the world and get together at least once a month to do fun things,” said Sara Clark, director of the Center for International Studies and Programs. “This program is an excellent opportunity to learn about different cultures and to help our international students better integrate into life in the U.S.”

She encouraged individuals and families who would like to have this unique experience to sign up by Sunday, Sept. 23. An online application can be found at utoledo.edu/cisp/international/IEP/GO_UT/Hospitality.

Students are matched based on common interests with a community resident for a period of one year. Toledo residents will meet monthly with their students, including them in activities they enjoy, such as sightseeing, sporting events, shopping, coffee and conversation, birthdays, home-cooked meals, and holiday celebrations. American friendship partners do not provide permanent housing or assume any financial responsibility for students.

An information/orientation session for people who sign up for the program will be held on campus Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. The location will be announced through email.

There are more than 1,700 international students at the University from more than 80 countries.

The Toledo International Hospitality Program is governed by Global Opportunities UT, a community-based group, and is affiliated with the Center for International Studies and Programs at the University. The Toledo International Hospitality Program provides orientation for American friendship families as well as cross-cultural programs and group events each semester.

Toledo International Hospitality Program applicants will participate in an orientation meeting where program details will be shared along with upcoming events. A key event involves the annual Harvest Party, where participants will have the chance to meet their student(s) for the first time in the context of traditional American fall activities. This year’s Harvest Party will take place Sunday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 pm in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

The Center for International Studies and Programs supports members of the UT community, domestic and international, in their pursuit of knowledge and cultural exchanges.

Follow the center on Facebook @utcisp for future event and program information.