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Math scholar to return to alma mater to give talks



Dr. Robert Ghrist is working to make the scientific and engineering communities more aware of the power of mathematics.

“I am evangelical in my belief that topology — the study of abstract spaces and their properties — is an ideal mathematical discipline for contemporary problems in science and engineering,” he said. “Topological results, being based not on precise distances or displacements but rather upon global features, tend to be very robust and insensitive to noise and various errors, a useful feature for real-world problems.”

Ghrist is the Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Mathematics and Electrical/Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the principal investigator on a four-year, $8 million study for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on sensors, topology and planning.

In 2004, the researcher received a National Science Foundation Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering. For his work on homological methods for sensor networks, Scientific American magazine named him to the “SciAm Top 50” for research innovation.

His love for mathematics began at UT.

“I was slowly drawn to mathematics for reasons primarily aesthetic,” Ghrist said. “Mathematics is beautiful in a way that is hard to grasp quickly, unlike music or painting, whose beauties are easily recognized.”

The 1991 UT College of Engineering valedictorian continued his studies at Cornell University, where he received a PhD in applied mathematics in 1995. He will return to Main Campus to give three talks about his work:

• “Calculi for Sensor Networks” Thursday, Sept. 2, at 3:30 p.m. in Nitschke Hall Room 1027. Ghrist will discuss a new mathematical calculus for sensor network data that could be used to collect information.

• “Donut Mugs and Glazed Coffee: Why Topology Counts” Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2100. Ghrist will cover the many uses for algebraic topology — from robotics to sensor networks. This event is sponsored by the Mathematics Department, Delta X Math Student Interest Organization and Pi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society, the Ohio Gamma Chapter.

• “Sheaves and Data” Friday, Sept. 3, at 3 p.m. in University Hall Room 4010. At the Department of Mathematics Colloquium, Ghrist will talk about sheaves, a sophisticated tool for solving mathematical jigsaw puzzles, and how they can be applied to problems in networks and data management.

For more information on these free, public events, contact Dr. Ivie Stein Jr., UT professor of mathematics, at ivie.stein@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2568 or 419.530.2232.

2010 Diamante Award Winners Announced for Sept. 10 Celebration at UT

webdiamante-awards-logo-for-vickiNorthwest Ohio’s Latino community will celebrate the 21st annual Diamante Awards Friday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. in the Toledo Hilton Ballroom on The University of Toledo’s Health Science Campus.

Those interested in attending and helping contribute to the program’s scholarship funds may purchase seats by Thursday, Sept. 2, by contacting the UT Office of Special Events at 419.530.2200 or specialevents@utoledo.edu.

Those purchasing seats in advance can buy them for $75 per person or $125 for two. Students with a valid ID can purchase seats for $25 in advance. At the door, seats will cost $85 per person or $150 for two. Student seats at the door will be $30 with a valid ID.

Honored with Diamante Awards this year will be:

Corporate/Community Agency – ProMedica Health System

From conducting health fairs in the migrant communities of Fremont, Fostoria, Risingsun and Bettsville, Ohio, to sponsoring the Cesar Chavez Awards, the Sofia Quintero Scholarship and the Diamante Awards and helping local Latino organizations throughout the region, ProMedica is a strong presence in the Latino community.

Friend of the Latino Community — State Sen. Teresa Fedor

A University of Toledo alumna, Fedor is serving her second term in the Ohio Senate representing the 11th Senate District. Fedor has been recognized for her work as a legislator by many organizations and most recently was named “Legislative Advocate” by the Ohio Commission of Hispanic/Latino Affairs for her commitment to Latino issues.

Latino/Latina Adult Leadership — Elaina Hernandez

Hernandez is a 24-year veteran of Mexican Folkloric Dance. She has studied under Carlos Vega of Mexico, Rene Cardoza of Chicago, Samuel Cortez of Chicago and Placido Lopez Guerrero of Mexico. Hernandez has been directing and choreographing for nearly 20 years; in 1996, she founded El Corazon de Mexico, The Heart of Mexico, which teaches the history and culture of Mexico through folkloric dance, promoting leadership skills, education and self-awareness to all members.

Youth Leadership — Lauryn Vargas

Vargas is a student at Bowling Green State University and is a cabinet member of the Latino Student Union (LSU) and helps plan many events. As an LSU member, Vargas has become part of the student recruitment committee to show Latino students around campus and encourage them to attend BGSU. She is also involved in off-campus activities, including attending meetings and conferences for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, shadowing Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez, attending the 2010 Hispanic Leadership Conference in Lorain, Ohio, and organizing students for the 2011 Cesar Chavez blood drive.

Latino Adult Professional — Dr. Ruben P. Viramontez Anguiano

Viramontez Anguiano is associate professor of human development, family studies and early childhood education in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, which is part of the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University. He is a certified family life educator and has served as an advocate for Latino families for 15 years. He serves on the Board of Directors of Adelante Inc., the Latino Resource Center in Toledo, and the Children’s Resource Center in Bowling Green. Viramontez Anguiano has worked for many years with the Perrysburg Heights Community Association and the Ohio Migrant Education Center.

In addition to the award winners, 2010 scholarship recipients have been named:

UT Diamante Image Latino Scholarship
• Jocelyn Cruz
• Ilario Estrada
• Cristina Cortez

BGSU Diamante Foundation Scholarship
• Michelle Bologna
• Joel Guzman
• Jadelynn Maldonado
• Cassandra Rodriguez
• Jessica Phelps
• Maria Santiago
• Joshua Velazquez

Lourdes General Diamante Scholarship
• Trina Craft
• Mallory Guerrero

Owens Community College Foundation Diamante Latino Scholarship
• Tabitha Mixon

PNC Bank Diamante Scholarship
• Elisea O’Donnell, Lourdes College
• Lindsey Farias, Owens Community College
• Maria Cristina Galindo, UT

Owens Corning Diamante Latino Scholarship
• Jennifer Pioch, Lourdes College
• Belinda King, Owens Community College
• Emanuel Marrero, UT

Spanish American Organization Scholarship
• Maite Barrios, Owens Community College
• Tabitha Mixon, Owens Community College

Since the program’s inception, more than 100 individuals and organizations have received Diamante scholarships and awards for their achievements and contributions. Winners are chosen based on recognition of exemplary leadership and achievements within the Latino community or community at large; demonstrated excellence in their fields; dedication and commitment in an ethical and inclusive fashion; and modeling qualities and behaviors of a mentor for youth and the community.

The annual Diamante Awards comprises BGSU, Lourdes College, Owens Community College and UT and was originally founded by the Northwest Ohio Latino advocacy organization IMAGE.

For more information, contact the UT Office of Special Events at 419.530.2200 or specialevents@utoledo.edu.

UT Board of Trustees rejects fact-finder’s report

A fact-finder’s report issued in regard to contract negotiations between The University of Toledo and one of its bargaining units, the American Federation of State, County and Federal Employees (AFSCME), has been rejected by the University’s Board of Trustees.

In a vote of 8-0, the board rejected the recommendations of the fact-finder.

“AFSCME members are valued and important colleagues who are essential to our mission of improving the human condition,” said UT President Lloyd Jacobs.

“We had great hopes that this process would bring us one step closer to bringing these lengthy negotiations to a close,” Jacobs said, following the board’s action. “Unfortunately, we are left with a report that lacks clarity and fails to provide a blueprint to reconcile our differences. We sincerely look forward to continuing the dialogue as we continue to bargain in good faith.

“It is a well-known fact that these are challenging times for hospitals and higher education,” Jacobs added. “Only by putting aside our differences and finding a mutually beneficial agreement can we hope to fulfill our mission of improving the human condition.

“Now more than ever, our patients are seeking the highest quality health care and safety standards,” Jacobs said. “We must arrive at an agreement that enables us to continue forward with our mission of improving the human condition without sacrificing the promise that only university-quality care can deliver.”

The administration and the bargaining unit, which represents approximately 1,800 workers on the University’s Health Science Campus, have been operating without a contract since Sept. 30, 2009.

University Libraries hosting seminars to help faculty better use library resources

The University of Toledo’s librarians want faculty to feel comfortable using the campus libraries.

To help, University Libraries is hosting “Connection Sessions” this fall. These 30-minute seminars will teach how library resources and services can support the work of faculty members.

“We want to empower faculty to use the library more for their research and teaching,” said Jodi Jameson, an instructor and nursing librarian on Health Science Campus. “As librarians, we do in-class instruction and see assignments that sometimes don’t make the best use of library resources. We want faculty to design assignments that take full advantage of library resources while meeting their class objectives.”

The sessions, which will run from September through December, will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. at both Carlson Library on Main Campus and Mulford Library on Health Science Campus.

Sessions will be held monthly on the first Wednesday for Main Campus and the first Thursday for Health Science Campus. Dates and topics will be:

• Sept. 1 (Carlson) and Sept. 2 (Mulford) — Designing Effective Library Assignments: Tips to Create Library Assignments That Utilize the Libraries’ Many Resources.

• Oct. 6 (Carlson) and Oct. 7 (Mulford) — Accessing Full-Text Articles: Training on How to Access Articles From Library Research Databases and Online Journal Collections.

• Nov. 3 (Carlson) and Nov. 4 (Mulford) — Using OhioLINK and Interlibrary Loan: Instruction on Requesting Books and Articles From Other Libraries Across the State or Around the World.

• Dec. 1 (Carlson) and Dec. 2 (Mulford) — Using EndNote: Training on the Use of the Free Download That Assists in Formatting Manuscripts and Citations.

These sessions will benefit any faculty member or health-care staff member who wants to make the most of their library experiences, Jameson said.

“There’s a lot of information out there and it can be intimidating if you don’t use the library every week,” she added. “These sessions will show how the library can save you time and frustration when it comes to doing research.”

This is the first year the library is offering these sessions for faculty. If successful, more sessions could be offered next year.

For more information, visit www.utoledo.edu/library/info/news.html or call Carlson Library at 419.530.2324 or Mulford Library at 419.383.4218.

Business students host website, open store to save classmates money

Marvin, left, and Theisen

Marvin, left, and Theisen

While some students purchase their textbooks from the University Bookstore, view apartments through Craigslist, and buy their furniture off e-Bay, Dane Theisen and Josh Marvin, UT seniors majoring in international business and marketing, are providing another option.

After noticing the struggle students went through to sell back their books, Theisen and Marvin created and launched MyCollegeStuff.net to offer another outlet for those selling and buying various goods.

While gaining sponsorship through Campus Village Communities, College Ruled, Olde Towne Campus Square and Taylor Kia, the pair has been able to offer students the opportunity to buy and sell textbooks, furniture, cars and electronics, as well as trade information about area apartments and jobs.

“We created MyCollegeStuff.net to revolutionize the way college students save money in all aspects of their college career. We provide them with a way to connect with their peers,” Marvin said.

According to the website, MyCollegeStuff.net is “more than just a place to sell your stuff”; it is also a marketing space for student organizations and campus events.

Theisen credits his mother for sparking his interest in business.

“As a kid, I always wanted to own a business or to become a CEO of a large corporation. When I was 13, my mom passed away but my ambition and determination did not die. I just wanted to do something good with my life to make her proud,” Theisen said.

Last week they launched a new hub, For Students By Students, located at the old Campus Village clubhouse, 1500 College Drive in Toledo.

“The MyCollegeStuff hub will provide a controlled environment where students can exchange their goods with other students,” Thiesen said. “Stuff also can be left at our location, and we will try to sell it for you.”

For more information, contact Theisen or Marvin at 517.920.1009 and 419.944.4160, respectively, or visit their blog at www.mycollegestuffnet.blogspot.com.

College of Nursing programs receive approval by Ohio Board of Nursing

The University of Toledo’s College of Nursing is on a roll.

The Ohio Board of Nursing issued full approval recently for three of the college’s programs — an honor one year after the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) reviewed the college and assessed it as outstanding. CCNE is the national accrediting body for baccalaureate and higher-degree nursing education programs.

The most recent distinction means that the college’s Clinical Nurse Leader Master of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the UT/Bowling Green State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing Consortium programs are in full compliance with the requirements specified in Chapter 4723-5 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

During such visits, the Ohio Board of Nursing site visit evaluation team interviews students enrolled in the respective programs and faculty and college administrators to assure the programs are in compliance with the rules, policies and expectations set forth in the Ohio Administrative Code.

The team members review the pre-survey site nursing report, resources in the site visit resource room, and other college records in order to provide a summary report for the Ohio Board of Nursing.

“I am so proud of the leading work that we are doing in the College of Nursing,” said Dr. Timothy Gaspar, dean of the college. “Our professional peers as well as the accrediting and approval agencies recognize the wonderful contributions we are making to nursing and health care.”

He expressed gratitude for the college faculty and students who worked with the evaluation team from the Ohio Board of Nursing, and credited the reorganization of the college as “another bold step by faculty to position us for the ever-changing future of our discipline of nursing and in health-care delivery.”

The college’s next initial accreditation site visit by CCNE will take place in April for the UT/Wright State University Doctor of Nursing Practice Consortium Program.

Emergency phones, Night Watch added to Health Science Campus

The University of Toledo has extended some of its safety and security services to Health Science Campus.

This is one of seven new emergency phones installed on Health Science Campus.

This is one of seven new emergency phones installed on Health Science Campus.

A total of seven Code Blue emergency phones were installed on the campus this summer in high-traffic areas, including near the entrance to UT Medical Center and outside the Health Education Building. When activated, the phones provide an almost instantaneous link to the police communication center, where the dispatcher immediately knows the caller’s location.

“The Health Science Campus did have some emergency call boxes, but we thought that the locations were not in the most accessible places and they could use an upgrade to the University standards,” UT Police Chief Jeff Newton said.

The phones can be used for non-emergencies, too, such as to request an escort, report a suspicious person or circumstance, obtain access to a building or room, or ask for motorist assistance.

The University also is extending its Night Watch escort service to Health Science Campus.

Previously, a security officer would provide an escort when requested, but the wait could be long if the officer was busy with another duty, Newton said.

Night Watch offers two-person teams of escorts equipped with two-way radios to keep in contact with a police dispatcher as they accompany a person to any parking lot or campus building.

The escort service operates from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To request a Night Watch escort, call 419.530.3024 and a team will be sent to your location.

In the beginning, Night Watch will remain based on Main Campus and will travel to Health Science Campus when there are requests. That could change depending on where the greatest numbers of calls are, said UT Police Capt. Julie Rightnowar. Most Night Watch customers are students at the library who need a ride back to their residence halls.

The addition of both the emergency phones and escort service to Health Science Campus are a result of UT Police working with student groups and listening to their requests.

Pharmacy faculty member honored for saving life



Dr. Martin Ohlinger, UT assistant professor of pharmacy, has been recognized as a hero.

Jerry Wiesenhahn, pharmacist and Ohio State Board of Pharmacy member, honored Ohlinger with that distinction for saving his life at a conference two years ago. He recently presented Ohlinger with a Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) Certificate of Heroism and a decorative pin displaying the word “hero” at a special event at the Capital Club in Columbus.

Ohlinger described this award as different from any other honor he has received because it is “very personal and very meaningful.” He also considers a card from Wiesenhahn just as valuable.

“It’s the first time I ever received something in the mail that started, ‘Thank you for saving my life’ and he meant it literally,” he said.

It was at the Ohio Pharmacists Association’s annual licensure ceremony Sept. 10, 2008, when Wiesenhahn lost consciousness and collapsed.

Ohlinger, along with another pharmacist and a nearby nurse, immediately took action. After checking his vitals, they realized Wiesenhahn had gone into cardiac arrest.

Initially, Wiesenhahn was breathing and had a pulse, but that soon stopped. And with no automated external defibrillator (AED) present, Ohlinger had to administer CPR to keep Wiesenhahn alive.

“I was lucky enough that the EMS arrived within six minutes to apply the AED that delivered the crucial shock that brought me out of arrest,” Wiesenhahn said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that if not for the quick response by my team of lifesavers, I’d be a goner.”

According to SCAA, 90 percent of people who go into cardiac arrest die, resulting in nearly 300,000 deaths every year.

Wiesenhahn recently donated an AED to the Ohio Pharmacists Association to keep in its Upper Arlington office and use at events throughout the state.

Ohlinger is celebrating his 10-year anniversary at the University.

Ohlinger received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of William and Mary and his pharmacy bachelor’s degree and doctorate from the Medical College of Virginia. He has been a pharmacist for nearly 20 years and, along with his teaching responsibilities at UT, he works with the surgical critical care service at UT Medical Center.

He is a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Toledo Area Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Convocation with concert, barbecue to welcome incoming freshmen

The University of Toledo will welcome new students to campus with a hip-hop show as part of the New Student Convocation.

Chiddy Bang

Chiddy Bang

The annual ceremony, scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, in Savage Arena, will be followed by an after-party with an outdoor barbecue and concert.

UT and student leaders, as well as distinguished faculty members and the Rockets’ football and basketball coaches, will address new students at the convocation. The ceremony serves as an induction to the University.

“The purpose of convocation is to welcome new students to the University and get them started off on their academic journey, as well as to indoctrinate them in campus culture,” said Whitney Walker, assistant director in the Office of New Student Orientation Programs.

Directly following the ceremony, the barbecue and concert featuring hip-hop group Chiddy Bang will be held. This group, chosen by UT Student Government and Campus Activities and Programming, is based out of Philadelphia and will stop in Toledo as part of its Swelly Life Tour.

Chiddy Bang, which puts rap to an electronic beat, recently had their single, “Opposite of Adults,” in the UK’s Billboard top 20 songs. The group will release its debut album with Virgin Records Aug. 24.

“There are 30 to 40 programs like this one geared for new students the first few weeks of school,” said Jessica Merritt, program manager for the Office of Student Involvement.

Other events include a Club UT dance party, a student activities fair to get new students acquainted with the different campus organizations, the President’s backyard barbecue, Tug O’ War hosted by Greek Life, and a fall festival that will showcase several up-and-coming bands. Click here to read more about these events and others.

“We want new students to get involved socially and academically in a positive way,” Merritt said.

For more information, visit www.utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/osi.

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

thumb-rocket-color-logoThe University of Toledo men have been named the winners of the 2009-10 Mid-American Conference Faculty Athletics Representative Academic Achievement Awards, which recognize the conference institution with the overall highest grade point average rank by gender.

The conference faculty athletics representatives worked with the athletic academic advisers 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 an institution’s male and female programs with the highest overall GPA rank points within the conference. Only MAC-sponsored sports are used.

Using this formula, Toledo had the highest GPA rank average in 2009-10 with 8.41667 points. The actual combined GPA for UT’s male student-athletes was 2.90. The highest team GPA of any men’s team at UT was 3.426 by the men’s tennis team.

“We want to extend our congratulations to all our men’s sports for this outstanding academic achievement,” said UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “The Faculty Athletics Representative Academic Achievement Award is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, as well as the coaches, administrators and faculty who support them.”