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Community-Engaged Research Symposium slated for April 17

The Office of the Provost invites all faculty, staff and students to attend the University’s premiere Community-Engaged Research Symposium Wednesday, April 17, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Nitschke Engineering Commercialization Complex.

This year’s theme, “Impacting Our Region Through Community-Engaged Research,” focuses on how UToledo faculty are collaborating with key community partners to impact the region and improve life for area residents.

More than 40 booth and poster presentations will be available for viewing between 3 and 5 p.m., representing research, scholarship and creative activities in many different fields across UToledo’s campuses.

“As a major public research university, this inaugural symposium is a fantastic way for faculty and staff to discover each other’s work across various disciplines,” said Dr. Amy Thompson, vice provost of faculty affairs and co-chair of the symposium.

“It’s also a great way for students to meet with leading faculty and learn how they can get involved in research and other endeavors as part of their academic pursuits,” she added. “They’re welcome to drop by the symposium at any time, depending on their schedule.”

Additionally, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Nitschke Auditorium, President Sharon L. Gaber will welcome participants to a panel discussion on the region’s opioid crisis response. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Panelists will include Dr. Cheryl McCullumsmith, UToledo professor and chair of psychiatry; Gary Johnson, Toledo City Council; Scott Sylak, Mental Health Recovery Services Board of Lucas County; and Drug Abuse Response Team representatives from the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office. Dr. Linda Lewandowski, dean of the College of Nursing and co-chair of the UToledo/Community Partners Opioid Task Force, will serve as moderator and welcome questions from the audience at the end of the session.

Regional partners, including community agencies and organizations that have collaborated with this year’s symposium presenters or that have been impacted by their work, as well as their guests, also are invited to attend any or all portions of the symposium.

Complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be available, and parking is conveniently located next to Nitschke for all participants.

For more details about the Community-Engaged Research Symposium, including a complete list of University presenters, visit the Research Symposium 2019 website.

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