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Environmental science scholarship deadline Oct. 1

Since it began in 2000, the Ohio Environmental Science and Engineering Scholarship Program has provided more than $620,000 to 255 students statewide.

The Ohio Academy of Science, which administers the program, is once again offering scholarships to students with plans to work in environmental sciences or environmental engineering upon graduation.

To apply, students can fill out the application here and mail it before Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Along with their applications, students at four-year colleges are asked to write three essays describing their reasons for choosing a career in the environmental sciences, any unique contributions they bring to the field, and their extracurricular activities.

The program is funded by the Ohio Environmental Educational Fund of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Human trafficking conference to celebrate 10 years combating issue

A decade ago, the concept of human trafficking was virtually unknown to the American public. Thankfully, not anymore.

Dr. Celia Williamson, UT professor of social work, has advocated to bring light to the issue and influence changes to limit the modern day slavery that each year forces hundreds of thousands of women, boys and girls to sell their bodies.

trafficking logo“It’s vital that people know that sex trafficking isn’t something that only happens someplace else. It’s not just other countries or other communities. It’s here in Toledo and everywhere,” said Williamson, who also is the founder of Second Chance, a social service program located in Toledo that provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic sex trafficking and prostitution.

“We are not talking about people from other countries being smuggled into America, although that happens. There are at least 100,000 youth victims here in the United States ever year, compared to 17,500 victims from other countries brought here. It’s a real problem that needs to be addressed and that we are working to address.”

The efforts of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition and the annual International Human Trafficking, Prostitution and Sex Work Conference, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, have influenced reforms of Ohio laws and captured the attention of the FBI. Interactions at the conferences also have led to countless collaborations to raise awareness about the issue and assist victims.

The 2013 conference will take place Thursday and Friday, Sept. 26-27, in the Student Union on the UT Main Campus.

The event will feature a keynote addresses at 12:30 p.m. Thursday by survivors and activists Sarita Skagnes and Theresa Flores. Skagnes is the author of the book Just a Daughter that shares her story of being exchanged by her parents for a boy because they wanted a son and how she was left behind to work as a maid servant. Flores is the author of The Slave Across the Street about her experience as a sex trafficking victim when she was a teenager living in suburban Detroit.

The conference will feature more than 45 presenters who will share the latest in research, policy and programs to address the issue of human trafficking. There will be presentations about recruitment in jails, how hotels and motels facilitate trafficking, transgender youth in the sex trade and more. International components include examining trafficking concerns in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

High school students from the Toledo area also will attend for the first time this year with specific programs aimed at that population.

For registration details and more information on the conference, visit prostitutionconference.com.

Author/legal expert to discuss culture of bullying Sept. 26

Bazelon

Bazelon

Emily Bazelon, author, senior editor at Slate, and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School, will discuss the culture of bullying Thursday, Sept. 26, at noon in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

The free, public lecture titled “Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy” is part of the College of Law’s Cannon Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the President’s Lecture Series on Diversity.

Bazelon, a leading authority on the shifting landscape of bullying in the cyber age, will guide the audience on a journey through the social and legal ramifications to answer key questions: Which school programs work best to combat bullying? How effective are laws at protecting children from this trauma? What do recent high-profile cases of bullying tell us about how the issue has changed over the years? How are people using new technologies — mobile phones, social media, texting — to both spread and combat bullying?

Importantly, Bazelon also asks if bullying is happening to the degree that media reports suggest.

Her book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy, has won widespread acclaim since its release earlier this year and is a New York Times Bestseller.

Sticks and Stones book cover“As events of even the past few days have illustrated, bullying can have the most serious consequences. We are fortunate to have one of the nation’s most thoughtful students of bullying speaking to the law school, the University and the community about this vexing social and legal issue,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the College of Law.

Bazelon is a New York Times Magazine contributing writer. She has spoken to audiences from the Aspen Ideas Festival to the Texas Bar Association to TEDxWomen. She is a member of the Slate “Political Gabfest” and is a frequent guest on “The Colbert Report.”

She also has appeared on “Today,” “PBS Newshour,” “Morning Joe,” “Fresh Air” and “All Things Considered.” Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post and Mother Jones.

She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.

The Cannon Lecture Series was established in 1980 in memory of Toledo attorney Joseph A. Cannon through a gift from his family and friends. The lecture series is intended to provide an opportunity for the College of Law, the University and the greater Toledo community to host individuals of national prominence who, in discussing questions of law and society, will emphasize the humanistic dimension as well as the limitations of our legal system.

Education innovator inspires UT One World Schoolhouse

Salman Khan, a former hedge fund analyst who is revolutionizing education, has inspired a new initiative at The University of Toledo to enhance technological advancements in education.

Salman Khan delivered the first Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture to a capacity crowd in Doermann Theater last week.

Salman Khan delivered the first Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture to a capacity crowd in Doermann Theater last week.

Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to bring a top-tier education to anyone with an Internet connection. His educational videos and software are used by more than 8 million registered users in 200 countries and are part of some 20,000 classrooms.

“It’s beyond surreal on some level these simple ideas are able to empower all these people all over the planet to tap into their potential,” Khan said Tuesday during a lecture in Doermann Theater that kicked off the Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series.

He told the story behind the Khan Academy that really started with him working to help his cousin through a math concept. The long-distance tutoring lessons led to public videos on YouTube that people around the world began finding and using to learn the concepts as well. Eventually the videos caught the attention of Bill Gates and Google, which both provided grant money to fund the expansion of Khan Academy into the education technology tool that it is today.

Khan mentioned several times during his speech his support for teachers and the important work they do. He sees his technology as a way to support their efforts and free up more classroom time for innovative learning games and projects or to provide one-on-one mentorship to students.

His goal is to seize this “once-in-a-millennium opportunity” to remove education as a barrier between the haves and the have-nots. Education that used to be scarce and expensive, Khan said, should become “like drinking water and shelter — a fundamental human right.”

Inspired by Khan, UT announced in conjunction with his visit the creation of the UT One World Schoolhouse, inspired by Khan Academy and Khan’s book, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined. The schoolhouse will serve as a worldwide association of educators working to explore and test new educational paradigms, models and tools.

Through a triad of divisions, the UT One World Schoolhouse will deliver technological advancements in education, an educational lab, and a cohesive approach to international education.

“We believe, as Salman Khan does, that the ideal model of education, both today and in the future, is a balanced combination of personalized education that is facilitated and enhanced by technology and experiential learning that takes many forms, including advanced simulation and educational games,” said Dr. Scott Scarborough, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “Other forms of experiential learning include internships, co-ops, service learning, clinical rotations, field experiences, creative works, study abroad, international conversations and undergraduate research.

The divisions of the schoolhouse include:

• Educational Games and Simulation Division to develop advanced educational games for all levels of learning. This division will connect Main Campus simulation to the new advanced simulation center on Health Science Campus.

• Learning Innovation Laboratories that will be located in renovated space on the second floor of Carlson Library on UT’s Main Campus. This division will partner with numerous educational providers to test and demonstrate new technological and experiential models of education.

• International Connections through which UT global educational endeavors will be managed. This division will work to facilitate and expand international connections to give students of all backgrounds a global education.

“Our goal is to position The University of Toledo as the university of experiential learning. The use of the term, ‘One World Schoolhouse,’ signals our University’s intent to test and then apply Khan’s model of education where it applies best,” Scarborough said.

The initiative will be led by Bill McCreary, a former Owens-Illinois executive with years of high-level managerial and technical expertise.

The University now will enter the tactical phase for creation of the UT One World Schoolhouse, with the entity expected to be operational in fall 2014.

Satellites’ sale this week

PrintThe Satellites Auxiliary will hold a huge $6 sale Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 24 and 25, in the Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted; payroll deduction also will be available.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit nursing scholarship funds.

The Satellites Auxiliary is a 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 volunteer services.

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

President in annual address: Universities are key to preserving American dream

The American dream is in danger of disappearing and it is up to great 21st-century universities such as The University of Toledo to preserve it, UT President Lloyd Jacobs said during his seventh annual address to the community Sept. 19.

Jacobs

Jacobs

“Much of what constitutes the strength of our communities is comprised of, or connected to, the idea of the American dream and that dream is disappearing. That dream is weakening,” Jacobs told a crowd of more than 350 in the newly renovated Doermann Theater.

Universities that became an active, permeating presence in their communities and migrate toward the “cloud university” model represent our best hope for securing the values of the American dream, Jacobs said.

“I do believe that a great university like this University has a role in the preservation of the American dream,” he said. “To elevate what it is to be a human being, to improve the human condition, requires some irreducible level of prosperity and health, both strongly influenced by the 21st-century university.”

The American dream is dependent upon mobility, he said, with opportunities that allow those who work hard to achieve a more comfortable present and stronger future. But a confluence of factors negatively impact that dream, including the “hollowing out of the middle class” and possible characteristics of the millennial generation such as the need for near-instant gratification when perseverance and tolerance for delayed gratification are essential in the pursuit of the American dream.

Education continues to be the single most important means for attainment of the dream, Jacobs said.

“So, in a real way, universities not only enable individual students to value and realize the dream, but strengthen the fabric of our society in a way that facilitates the preservation of the dream,” he said. “The influences of a university upon a society should include emphasis on prosperity and distributive justice for all, good health and longevity for every segment of society.”

UT is doing its part with a number of relationships with local, regional and global impacts.

The University’s Confucius Institute and its relationship with the Hanban, a Chinese public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education, shares culture and language and strengthens connections between the United States and China. Similarly, UT has entered a collaborative agreement with the PSG Institute of Management and PSG Institute of Advanced Studies in India that will contribute to our culture of diversity and broaden our understanding of global culture, the president said.

The University also is making strides on student retention with a specific collaborative effort called “Brothers on the Rise” to positively impact retention and self-efficacy of black male students.

An existing relationship with the Discovery Channel for access to a 4.3-meter telescope near Flagstaff, Ariz., and a new partnership with the Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Science at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil are expanding our cosmological exploration.

Locally, UT remains committed to economic development through Rocket Ventures and UT Innovation Enterprises working with local and regional organizations. And opening in spring 2014, the Simulation Center on Health Science Campus is forming partnerships across education, research and clinical care that will continue to bring distinction to the University.

UT continues to work closely with community college partners and the Toledo Museum of Art, as well as businesses that include Chrysler, where the University helped organize a consortium to train workers in the fundamentals of world-class manufacturing.

Jacobs thanked faculty throughout his address, attributing the success of the institution to their great work.

“I know full well that these are stressful times. It is, however, your work and your commitment that have brought us thus far and your work and commitment that will allow us to thrive in the difficult days ahead,” he said.

“I urge you to think of your beloved University as a cloud — infiltrating, strengthening and inspiring all who are near. I am deeply grateful to you and honored to be joined with you in pursuit of the American dream.”

Open Nursing Forum offered Oct. 1 at BGSU Firelands

The University of Toledo College of Nursing, in cooperation with Bowling Green State University Firelands College, will host an Open Nursing Forum Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 5 to7 p.m. in Cedar Point Center Conference Room 2002 at BGSU Firelands in Huron.

NursingProspective students are welcome to stop by to meet with nursing representatives from the UT College of Nursing and BGSU Firelands.

The open forum is for registered nurses interested in pursuing the RN to bachelor of science in nursing degree and RNs with bachelor’s degrees interested in achieving master of science in nursing degrees with majors in advanced practice, education or clinical nurse leader. UT also offers a new post-baccalaureate to doctor of nursing practice program with majors in family nurse practitioner and pediatric nurse practitioner.

Graduate certificates are offered for RNs with master of science in nursing degrees. A person with a bachelor’s degree who is not a nurse and wants to become an RN is invited to explore the master of science in nursing graduate entry clinical nurse leader program. A post-master’s to doctor of nursing practice program also is offered jointly with Wright State University.

Courses in the RN/bachelor of science in nursing major are offered online with a variety of learning experiences. Nursing advisers are available at the UT Health Science Campus in Toledo and BGSU Firelands in Huron.

The baccalaureate program is offered as a consortium with UT and BGSU. All of the master of science in nursing courses are offered at the UT Health Science Campus, with an online option for some core courses. The bachelor of science in nursing to doctor of nursing practice program is offered as a combination of classroom and web-assisted/online courses. The master of science in nursing to doctor of nursing practice program utilizes distance-learning technology.

For more information about the open forum or nursing programs, contact the UT College of Nursing at 419.383.5810 or admitnurse@utoledo.edu, or the BGSU Firelands nursing office at 800.322.4787 or 419.433.5560, ext. 20668.

Additional information is available at utoledo.edu/nursing and firelands.bgsu.edu.

Engineering Career Expo slated for Sept. 25

The University of Toledo Engineering Career Development Center will host its Fall 2013 Engineering Career Expo Wednesday, Sept. 25.

There are more than 100 companies registered to attend the event with additional companies expected to register. The expo will be an opportunity for students to meet with employers for networking and future employment.

“Many companies from across the United States participate in this event,” said Dr. Vickie Kuntz, director of the Engineering Career Development Center. “Some big name participants include Chrysler, Cooper Tire, DTE Energy, First Energy, General Mills, Honda of America, J.M. Smuckers, Johnson & Johnson, Kiewit, Marathon, NASA and Whirlpool.”

More than 600 engineering students have attended past career expos, according to Kuntz. She said she expects between 600 and 700 students and alumni to participate at this year’s fall event as well.

Only UT College of Engineering students, grads and alumni are eligible to attend.

“The expo is only open to University of Toledo students who are in the College of Engineering. However, UT engineering graduates who have been in the work force for a few years and are interested in exploring other positions are also welcome,” Kuntz said.

The UT Engineering Fall 2013 Career Expo will be held on the first floor of Nitschke Hall and North Engineering from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Students do not need to register prior to the event; there will be a student check-in area starting at 12:15 p.m.

Office of Inclusion addresses allegations of harassment to ensure safe learning environment

The University of Toledo takes all allegations of harassment seriously and investigates all complaints, whether formal or informal, to ensure a safe and secure learning environment.

The UT Office of Inclusion receives and fully investigates any complaint and takes the appropriate actions.

“This institution takes harassment of any type very seriously and has no tolerance for it,” said Kevin West, the University’s inclusion officer who leads the investigations. “UT recently had an incident where a sizable portion of the UT community received an email alleging harassment that ultimately turned out to be inaccurate and unfounded.”

The incident is an opportunity to inform the campus community about UT’s harassment policy and the process for reporting harassment of any kind, West said.

The University inclusion officer serves as the Title IX coordinator for UT charged with institutional monitoring, education and investigating of sex discrimination, harassment and sexual violence. The single most important responsibility of the University inclusion officer is the protection against sexual harassment or assault. Notification of any type of allegations of this nature, including but not limited to physical harassment or quid pro quo harassment, are taken seriously and investigated.

Following a formal or informal complaint, a member of the office meets with the person who filed the complaint to initiate an investigation. Any additional witnesses then are interviewed as necessary. Confidentiality is a priority for the office and it will be given the utmost respect, West said.

Unfortunately, there are on occasion individuals who knowingly report false allegations and false information to the office, West said, adding that it is against UT policy 3364-50-01(D)(3) to do so. The University may impose sanctions on those who knowingly file a false report or knowingly offer false information in regard to such a claim.

“The University of Toledo believes in providing a safe and secure learning environment,” West said. “The policies and processes followed by the Office of Inclusion help to ensure that the learning experience of all students, faculty and staff are of the highest quality.”

If any student, staff or faculty member feels that they have experienced or have been subjected to any form or harassment or other prohibited activity, contact the Office of Inclusion at 419.530.2508.

‘The Relevant University’ to air Sept. 24

Tune in to “The Relevant University” Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. on AM 760 WJR.

white background with lines_FADEThis month, Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs, explores the complex health-care industry to discover the latest trends in medical education and policy.

In this episode:

• Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, UT chancellor and executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, talks about the school’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

• Dr. Sean Kesterson, associate dean of clinical education and hospital relations for the Central Michigan University College of Medicine, provides information on the start of the new college.

• Dr. Carol Aschenbrener, chief medical education officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, discusses the future of medical education.

• And Robin Erb, medical writer for the Detroit Free Press, explains what the launch of the Affordable Care Act Oct. 1 means for you.

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.