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Author of psychiatric service dog book to hold free seminars at UT July 27, Aug. 10

Two trainings focusing on therapeutic aspects of the human-animal bond will bring Jane Miller, a clinical social worker and certified dog behavioral consultant, to The University of Toledo.

Jane Miller and her dogs

Jane Miller and her dogs

Miller, the author of Healing Companions, one of few books published on psychiatric service dogs in the country, will provide trainings Saturday, July 27, and Saturday, Aug. 10. Both events will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium on Main Campus.

The July 27 session is titled “Animal-Assisted Therapy in Social Work Practice: An Overview,” and the Aug. 10 session will be “Psychiatric Service Dogs and Emotional Support Pets in Social Work Practice.”

“There is an increasing demand for psychiatric service dogs,” said Dr. Janet Hoy, assistant professor in the UT Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work. “There are many more people requesting psychiatric service dogs than there are people knowledgeable to train them.”

Healing CompanionsThe trainings are open to all majors and backgrounds, and social workers can earn up to six continuing education credits toward the biennial 30-credit requirement for licensure renewal.

Miller’s book promotes awareness of health benefits in the human-animal bond, and how psychiatric service dogs have helped people with post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and mental illnesses that cause flashbacks.

“The dogs can be trained to recognize when a person is having a flashback,” Hoy said. “They can be trained to interrupt that process and help ground the person — bring him or her back to the present moment — by putting a paw on them or nuzzling against the person experiencing a flashback.”

Other examples of tasks psychiatric service dogs can be trained to do include but are not limited to doing an “all clear” check of an empty house; turning on lights in a dark home; bringing medications to a person; and providing a “buffer zone” while out in public for people who have a fear of being attacked from behind.

There is no cost to attend the seminars, which are being jointly sponsored by the UT Social Work Program and Student Social Work Organization.

Those interested in attending the trainings can register by sending an email to angela.campbell@utoledo.edu.

Undergraduate Admission staff, administration moving to Libbey Hall

Starting this August, prospective students and their families will be introduced to The University of Toledo in Libbey Hall, a historic building on UT’s Main Campus.

“We’re extremely excited to move to that part of campus,” said William Pierce, director of undergraduate admission. “I’m looking forward to being close to University Hall and Centennial Mall; that’s really the heart of campus.”

The move is expected to happen before Monday, July 29, so that the office is prepared to begin recruitment for the 2014-15 academic year beginning in August.

Since this April, contractors have been busy renovating Libbey Hall to maintain its charm while making it a modern and usable space for UT enrollment.

The second floor, which is used as a dining hall for banquets, will remain a gathering place for the UT community and offer upgrades to presentation technology. The third and fourth floors, which have been vacant, will become home to several new offices.

On the third floor, offices will house admission officers who help new students understand what UT is about and what options they have for education. On the fourth floor will be more enrollment specialists, including Pierce and Dr. Cam Cruickshank, vice president for enrollment management and online education.

An open house will be held once the move is complete; watch for the date to be announced.

Spend Sunday at Art on the Mall July 28

Art on the Mall PosterArt on the Mall, a tradition for more than 20 years at The University of Toledo, will return Sunday, July 28.

The free, public event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Centennial Mall on UT’s Main Campus, where more than 100 booths will feature unique works of acrylic, glass, jewelry, mixed media, oil, photography, pottery, textiles, basketry, watercolor, wood and more.

Throughout the day, guests can take in not only works of art but also music, live pottery demonstrations, children’s activities, food and new this year — a beer garden. Guests who are 21 and older with a valid ID can buy three types of beer from Great Lakes Brewing Co.

“We have some folks who have been with us for a long time, and we also have some new artists, which is great,” said Ansley Abrams-Frederick, director of alumni programming in the Office of Alumni Relations. “It’s exciting to see some work that you haven’t seen before.”

Artwork will be for sale at each booth; for customers who typically don’t carry cash, credit cards can be used at a payment booth set up inside the Student Union.

Artists have the chance to win awards at the juried event. UT’s Best of Show is the highest honor and goes to the best artist with an affiliation to the University; current students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and parents are eligible.

Throughout the day, the UT Ceramics Program will have pottery demonstrations near its booth, where guests can watch the artists work and ask questions. There also will be stations for children to have their faces painted or create their own art and take it home.

Guests can listen to music throughout the day with performances from the Toledo School for the Arts and the Jazz Collective with Christy Lanning from 10 a.m. to noon, Afro-Caribbean Dance and Drum from noon to 2 p.m., and Glass City Steel from 2 to 5 p.m.

Food will be for sale all day; vendors will include previous years’ favorites: Karen Anne’s Kettle Corn, Opa! Gyros, Everhart SnoBiz, Maui Wowi, K & K Concessions and Let’s Go Nuts. Two new booths will join the event this year: Asia Fusion Elite and Jeanie’s Weenies.

Parking is free for guests in Lot 1 South, Lot 1 North and Lot 13, with free shuttles to and from Centennial Mall that also can help transport large purchases if needed.

This year’s presenting sponsor is The Blade; other sponsors include ProMedica, Buckeye CableSystem, Toledo 5 The CW, WGTE Public Media, Great Lakes Brewing Co., Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Clear Channel Communications, Mail It! and Homewood Press.

UTMC’s EduCare Center to celebrate 20 years of support for children

The University of Toledo Medical Center will celebrate the EduCare Center’s 20th anniversary Wednesday, July 24, at 9:30 a.m. at 1932 Birchwood Ave. in Toledo, marking two decades of support and care for both medically complex and healthy children as envisioned by Toledo pediatrician Dr. Libby Ruppert.

Dr. Libby Ruppert talked with Rod Standiford and his son, Michael, at the EduCare Center.

Dr. Libby Ruppert talked with Rod Standiford and his son, Michael, at the EduCare Center.

The celebration will include a recognition program, developmental screenings for infants and toddlers, children’s activities, an open house of the facility and more.

Twenty years ago, Ruppert, Toledo pediatrician and professor at the Medical College of Ohio, had a vision for a facility to support and care for medically complex children as well as healthy children. Ruppert conducted extensive research on the needs of children with disabilities, dedicating her professional career to the issue.

“What I was looking for is something that did not invade the home,” said Ruppert, UT professor emeritus and EduCare founder. “I wanted to create something that would allow families to access the level of care that their youngsters needed and provide opportunities for socialization, education and learning.“

Her vision for Toledo became reality in 1993 when an abandoned elementary school on Birchwood Avenue in a quiet south Toledo neighborhood reopened as the EduCare Center and reintroduced the building to children’s laughter.

“I think what makes the EduCare Center so unique is that it really is a collaboration of organizations,” said John Trunk, superintendent for the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “The founders, including Dr. Libby Ruppert, recognized early on that what organizations could do together far exceeded what any one organization could do individually.”

The EduCare Center provides education, child care and health care for children with and without special needs. The EduCare Center is a collaboration between the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Early Intervention Services, The University of Toledo Early Learning Center, the Prescribed Pediatric Center operated by Anne Grady Services, and special education classes of the Toledo Public Schools. Medical and nursing students from UT Medical Center assist with care at the center.

Ruppert worked with UT’s Lawrence J. Burns — who served as MCO’s vice president for institutional advancement at the time and today leads UT’s External Affairs Division — to secure grant funding for the new program. Initial major donors included the Hasbro Children’s Foundation, the Satellites of the Medical College of Ohio, the Kettering Fund, National City Bank, the Harris McIntosh family, General Mills Inc. and the Children’s Miracle Network.

‘The Relevant University’ to air July 23

Tune in to “The Relevant University” Tuesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. on AM 760 WJR.

white background with lines_FADEThis month, Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs, reports from the 2013 Marathon Classic, presented by Owens Corning and Owens-Illinois Inc. The LPGA tournament, founded in 1984, has become a signature event in the region and has raised more than $7.7 million for more than 100 local children’s charities.

In this month’s episode:

• News/Talk 760 WJR radio personality Paul W. Smith chats with Burns about The University of Toledo’s successes in recruiting students from Michigan and establishing the UT brand in the Motor City. Hear the interview here.

• Judd Silverman, president of the 2013 Marathon Classic, provides details of the golf tournament and how it has evolved over time.

• UT Women’s Golf Coach Nicole Hollingsworth and UT student-athlete Kate Hoops discuss Rocket golf and collegiate athletics.

• And Dan Smith, senior vice president for human resources and information technology for Owens Corning, shares why it’s important for the company to sponsor this community event.

The University and Detroit’s WJR Radio produce the monthly, hourlong program that explores the critical role higher education plays in our world.

Listen at utoledo.edu/therelevantuniversity.

Revised dates for Toledo Farmers’ Market at UT Medical Center

ToledoFarmersMarket-NoBkgdMore than 20 local vendors will bring fresh fruits and vegetables to the Toledo Farmers’ Market at UT Medical Center every other Wednesday next month.

The farmers’ market with homegrown produce will be outside Mulford Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The farmers’ market is sponsored by the UT Medical Center Office of Community Wellness, Medical Student Wellness Organization, UT HealthGrows and the Toledo Farmers’ Market Association.

The revised dates for the market will be Wednesday:

• Aug. 7;

• Aug. 21;

• Sept. 4;

• Sept. 18;

• Oct. 2, weather permitting; and

• Oct. 16, weather permitting.

Toledo Baseball Dugout Club to hold alumni golf outing Aug. 9

The Toledo Baseball Dugout Club will hold its annual alumni golf outing on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Bedford Hills Golf Club with a shotgun start beginning at 1 p.m.

thumb-rocket-color-logoThe entry fee for the outing is $100 per person (graduated prior to 2009) or $75 (graduated 2009-13) with all proceeds going to the Rocket Baseball Program. Individuals may form their own foursome or be placed in one.

The fee includes use of the driving range prior to the event, a participation gift, pre-golf lunch, golf and a post-golf dinner.

UT Head Baseball Coach Cory Mee also is offering opportunities for hole sponsorship for the outing for $100. A hole can be sponsored by anyone, including individuals, families, businesses and teams.

The Bedford Hills Golf Club is located at 6400 Jackman Road, Temperance, Mich.

For more information on the golf outing, call Mee at 419.530.6263. The 11th-year skipper is asking golfers to RSVP by Friday, Aug. 2.

UT to host Ohio Diversity Officers Collaboration conference July 26

The fifth annual Ohio Diversity Officers Collaboration Diversity Conference will be held Friday, July 26, in the Student Union.

web conference header copyThe theme of the conference is “Building Affinity Groups: How to Engage Students, Alumni and Employees in the Diversity Conversation.”

The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ingman Room, with lunch served in Student Union Room 2592 at noon.

There also will be a reception Thursday, July 25, at 6 p.m. at The Hotel at the UT Medical Center.

Dr. Scott Scarborough, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, will give opening remarks at 9 a.m.

Dr. Cynthia Jackson Hammond, president of Central State University, will speak before lunch, and Phillip Berry, the executive director of the Association of Diversity Councils, will speak in the afternoon.

Hammond is the former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Coppin State University in Baltimore and a tenured faculty member at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She began her career in higher education in 1987 as an instructor and coordinator of developmental reading at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Berry is the former vice president of Global Workplace Initiatives and corporate officer for Colgate Palmolive. He was responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating diversity and inclusion strategies at Colgate-Palmolive.

“Hosting the state diversity officers’ conference is a way to share best practices and highlight the great work that so many are doing at UT,” said Dr. Shanda Gore, associate vice president for equity, diversity and community engagement. “I am looking forward to hearing from fellow officers as well as what work diversity councils are doing around the nation.”

Gore is expected to present on UT’s “Building a Culture of Diversity” professional diversity certificate made available through the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement and the UT College of Business and Innovation’s Office of Quality and Continuous Learning.

Registration for the conference is $25 due by Tuesday, July 23. Register here.

UT Medical Center named Toledo’s best for third straight year

Pitt_12specFor the third straight year, U.S. News & World Report has recognized The University of Toledo Medical Center as one of the best hospitals in the region.

The magazine ranked UTMC as a high performer in six clinical specialties, as many as any institution in the area for 2013-14.

“U.S. News has recognized that The University of Toledo Medical Center offers patients superior care, a great experience and a higher degree of healing,” said Norma Tomlinson, UTMC executive director.

“Caring for patients is a team effort, and this is an accomplishment that the entire team should be proud of,” she said.

U.S. News listed UTMC as a high performer in:

• Geriatrics;

• Kidney disorders;

• Neurology and neurosurgery;

• Orthopedics;

• Pulmonology; and

• Urology.

“Hospitals across the nation look to America’s top tier academic health centers to set the standards for health care, and Toledo is no different. It is the blend of educational programs, innovative research and patient-centered clinical care that sets the stage for this recognition,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor, executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

“This is one more example of the incredible momentum that our UT team has created. I want to thank and congratulate everyone who works so hard to provide this quality of health care, one patient at a time.”

Pharmacologist receives $1.2 million grant to research rheumatoid arthritis

Dr. Salah-uddin Ahmed’s research on rheumatoid arthritis is being funded by a five-year $1.2 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Dr. Salah-uddin Ahmed’s research on rheumatoid arthritis is being funded by a five-year $1.2 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

A molecule found in green tea could hold the secret to helping those with rheumatoid arthritis, according to Dr. Salah-uddin Ahmed, an assistant professor of pharmacology at The University of Toledo.

Ahmed recently received a $1.2 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, to continue his work with the molecule epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). The grant will fund research on the molecule for five years.

EGCG, which is naturally found in green tea, is a molecule that inhibits inflammatory proteins produced in arthritic joints. Ahmed has been studying this phenomenon in different arthritic models in his lab for years. In early studies, animals with induced arthritis dsiplayed reduced symptoms when given EGCG treatment.

By isolating human synovial cells obtained from joint replacement surgeries and creating an environment similar to that in the joints of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, Ahmed discovered that EGCG is particularly effective against interleukin-6 (IL-6). The molecule IL-6 has been shown to play an important role in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis, and in high levels it also can affect vital organs like the heart and liver by causing systemic inflammation.

Using human cells and animal models of rheumatoid arthritis, Ahmed’s lab is trying to understand the underlying mechanism through which EGCG inhibits IL-6 mediated inflammation and joint destruction.

Assisting Dr. Salah-uddin Ahmed, right, with his research are students, from left, Maria Beamer, Shay Riegsecker, Wylie Wingerter, Karissa Cottier and Yeahwa Hong.

Assisting Dr. Salah-uddin Ahmed, right, with his research are students, from left, Maria Beamer, Shay Riegsecker, Wylie Wingerter, Karissa Cottier and Yeahwa Hong.

Ahmed hopes that the success from this study may lead to the development of treatment options that will one day replace existing expensive biological therapies for rheumatoid arthritis, which can cost patients thousands of dollars.

“What we are trying to test is if we can harness something that is natural, might have less-adverse effects, and be cost-effective, too,” Ahmed said, adding that he would like to continue his research into synthesizing and improving the ECGC molecule to make it more effective.

“One of the advantages I have at UT as a pharmacologist is the collaboration with the Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry,” Ahmed said. “We are able to start collaboration with medicinal chemists on campus to see if there are options to modify this molecule and make it work much better.”

Ahmed said he looks forward to engaging students in his research because one of the rewarding aspects of his job is being a mentor to graduate and undergraduate students. He enjoys watching them discover their potentials, learn to conduct biomedical research, and find their suitable career paths.