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Celebrate Jewish Heritage Month

As Jewish Heritage Month draws to a close, The University of Toledo Hillel hopes to educate the UT community with a few more events.

JHM Poster 2014“The purpose of this month is to let people know about Judaism, where we came from and what we do,” said Andrew Saltzstein, professional sales and marketing student and president of Hillel.

At noon on Wednesday, April 23, on Centennial Mall, Hillel is asking students to “Give Chickpeas a Chance.” There will be hummus and pita available, and people are invited to create their own hummus with supplies provided. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Student Union Trimble Lounge.

On Friday, April 25, Hillel will host a public Shabbat, or dinner, at 5:30 p.m. in the Flatlands. The dinner will be a celebration of the year, a sendoff for students who are graduating, and a welcome to new and returning members for the 2014-15 school year.

“We may be a Jewish organization, but we welcome all different types of people, cultures, religions and beliefs,” Saltzstein said.

Jewish Heritage Month events will come to a close with Yom Hashoah from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in the Driscoll Alumni Auditorium. Yom Hashoah, which means Holocaust remembrance, will feature a documentary with interviews of local Holocaust survivors.

The documentary will be followed by a panel of second- and third-generation survivors and a project based on the book titled I Never Saw Another Butterfly, which is a compilation of poems and pictures made by young children inside a concentration camp. Student organizations will make butterflies that will later be put together in a large display to remember victims of the Holocaust.

Saltzstein and Jessica Moses, incoming Hillel president, planned these events with help from Dan McGuire, assistant director of the Toledo Excel program.

‘The Relevant University’ to air April 22

Tune in to “The Relevant University” Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. on AM 760 WJR.

white background with lines_FADELanding jobs after college and using the web to network and showcase talents will be discussed by guests who will join Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs.

In this month’s episode:

• Moses Lee, CEO of Seelio, will talk about his web-based network that helps college students showcase their skills.

• University of Toledo alumna Keri Gallagher and soon-to-be graduate Courtney Ingersoll share how they landed their first jobs after college.

• Christina Allen of LinkedIn will discuss how the professional network helps college students with their job searches.

• And U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown provides information about his recent seventh annual Ohio College Presidents Conference.

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.

University Women’s Commission honors employees, presents scholarships to students

Two UT employees were recognized last week for their excellent service to the campus community at the 28th annual Outstanding Women’s Award ceremony.

Sandy Stewart, left, and Dr. Sharon Barnes received the 2014 Dr. Alice Skeens Outstanding Woman Award.

Sandy Stewart, left, and Dr. Sharon Barnes received the 2014 Dr. Alice Skeens Outstanding Woman Award.

About 55 people attended the University Women’s Commission program, which was held Wednesday in the Savage Arena Joe Grogan Room.

There were two recipients of the Dr. Alice Skeens Outstanding Woman Award: Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and Sandy Stewart, assistant resource manager in the College of Engineering.

Barnes received a doctoral degree from UT in 1998 and joined the faculty in 2001 as an assistant professor of interdisciplinary and special studies programs. She was promoted to associate professor in 2007, and joined the Women’s and Gender Studies Department in 2010. Barnes serves on Faculty Senate and with the UT chapter of the American Association of University Professors. In addition, she has been involved with the Take Back the Night event since 1994 and serves on the University LGBTQA Advisory Board. In 2010, she received the UT Outstanding Teacher Award.

“Her courses are among the handful on campus that bring women’s issues to the forefront, both in content history and literature, and in the process of research,” one nominator wrote. “She has published on a veritable who’s who of important feminist thinkers/activists in American history, including Angelina Grimké, Cherrie Moraga, Harriet Jacobs, Charlotte Grimké, Margaret Sanger and Mercedes Gilbert, as well as on topics, including women’s spirituality, pornography, privilege and censorship.”

Lauren Marshall, left, and Mollie Scholl were awarded University Women’s Commission scholarships.

Lauren Marshall, left, and Mollie Scholl were awarded University Women’s Commission scholarships.

Stewart joined the University staff in 2001. She is responsible for scheduling and coordinating the use of College of Engineering facilities for UT and community events, including commencement ceremonies, design expos and area high school graduations.

“This was the first year that I got to work with Sandy, and she helped me out tremendously,” one nominator wrote. “She never hesitated to answer my strange questions or to help with the logistics of the programs. We could not have done it without her skills and patience. Her dedication to all types of diversity shined through in each of these programs.” Another noted, “Even before I got to work with Sandy, I heard how wonderful she was from many engineering students. She is always supportive and helpful for students, and she is eager to help them succeed. Sandy is the type of person who lifts up everyone around here. She is a wonderful representative for the University.”

The University Women’s Commission also presented $1,000 scholarships to two students. Receiving awards based on academic achievement, support of women’s and gender issues, and campus and community involvement were Lauren Marshall, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, and Mollie Scholl, a sophomore with a double major in business marketing and management.

Toledo Region launches next phase of branding initiative

Toledo Region, the organization leading the brand and image campaign for northwest Ohio, recently unveiled a new brand identity, symbolized by the introduction of a new logo and campaign slogan that celebrates both the cultural and economic assets of the region.

Toledo Region logo“It Matters Where You Make It” captures the Toledo Region’s rich manufacturing history and a dynamic culture that has spawned a can-do attitude. The campaign is built upon the premise that making something means something again, and Toledo is a place where companies and individuals can come and “make it.”

The double meaning is intentional. You can physically make or assemble something in the Toledo Region because of the abundant economic assets, and you can make a life or accomplish goals here because of the inviting culture and lifestyle.

The new logo is a simple type-treatment built around the word, “Toledo” with a small arrow signifying progress. The green is energetic, fresh and youthful. The black is simple, powerful and strong. The identity is bold, efficient and unadorned, lending itself well to co-branding opportunities and community partnerships.

The new look and feel is the culmination of a six-month strategic process that will strengthen Toledo Region’s value proposition and drive growth for the brand.

“We originally did not want the initiative to have a slogan or tagline, but we’ve realized that we need something more than a name and logo for people to associate with and adopt,” said Jeff Schaaf, brand manager. “The new slogan, ‘It Matters Where You Make It,’ allows people, businesses and organizations to customize the brand to fit their needs. When you make a personal connection with the brand, it feels more authentic and shows the true Toledo brand.”

The University of Toledo has been active in the rebranding of the region as a hub for the new manufacturing economy with efforts focused on encouraging businesses to locate, stay or expand here, as well as attracting talented faculty and students to area colleges and universities and encouraging tourism.

“It is important to have a consistent, positive message about Toledo,” said Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs. “The brand of the city is an integral part of The University of Toledo’s brand, and this re-launched initiative will help us promote UT and our collaborations with great institutions throughout the region.”

Toledo Region encourages businesses, citizens and organizations to adopt the new slogan and logo in their marketing and communication pieces. A new hashtag, #ItMattersWhereYouMakeIt, has been developed for immediate social media use and will be collectively curated on the region’s website.

The launch of the updated logo and new brand identity was developed in collaboration with North Design, a local brand design firm best known for its work in helping cities and regions brand themselves for events such as Olympic games and sporting events. 

Annual Awards Ceremony slated for April 21

Several faculty and staff members will be honored Monday, April 21, at the UT Annual Awards Ceremony.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ingman Room.

Awards for outstanding advising, research and scholarship, and teaching will be presented, and the recipients of the Edith Rathbun Outreach and Engagement Excellence Award and the Diane Hymore Exemplar of Excellence Award will be recognized.

In addition, the Outstanding Staff Awards will be presented. Four employees will be honored.

UT to open nation’s most advanced health-care training facility

On Tuesday, April 22 at 11 a.m., The University of Toledo will cut the ribbon on its three-story, 65,000-square-foot Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center on UT’s Health Science Campus.

An open house for the UT community will be held Monday, April 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In this center, health-care professionals will learn to care for patients by practicing skills and procedures using simulation, as well as learn to work as teams in a virtual hospital equipped with human patient simulators. In addition, the center includes the introduction of 3D and Virtual Immersive Environments to medical education.

The Advanced Clinical Simulation Center on the second floor of the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center will include simulated hospital rooms, an intensive care unit, trauma suite, operating room, and labor and delivery room.

The Advanced Clinical Simulation Center on the second floor of the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center will include simulated hospital rooms, an intensive care unit, trauma suite, operating room, and labor and delivery room.

“These resources will be available to all colleges on the UT campus, offering transformative opportunities for students in other disciplines — spanning the arts, humanities, natural sciences and engineering,” said Dr. Pamela Boyers, executive director of the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center. “All of this amazing technology is not limited to studying medicine; modeling and simulation are used extensively in other industries such as oil and gas, manufacturing and aviation.”

“Academic medical centers are expected to be on the leading edge when it comes to integrating technology into curriculum,” UT President Lloyd Jacobs said. “Graduates in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, therapy and the other health professions will be far ahead of their peers as they start to treat patients. The result will be fewer medical errors and better patient outcomes.”

While individual technological components of the UT facility may exist at other simulation centers, UT is among the first to bring together this range of simulation technologies in what Boyers calls the “tri-center concept.”

The Virtual Immersive Reality Center features the first five-sided, seamless, LED iSpace in the world, as well as a large, curved interactive and 3D wall and two smaller 3D walls — all offering virtual immersive experiences and an unlimited range of images. For example, in these virtual immersive environments, health-care students and other users will be able to “fly through” HD images of the human body from cells to organs, work on an oil rig, or design a new kind of automobile.

The Advanced Clinical Simulation Center on the second floor includes simulated hospital rooms, an intensive care unit, trauma suite, operating room, and a labor and delivery room, as well as pediatric and ambulatory rooms. Debriefing rooms are a feature of this simulation to encourage team problem solving and discussions to improve patient care.

The third floor’s Progressive Anatomy and Surgical Skills Center will feature several surgical skills suites with numerous stations and advanced procedural skills training labs.

In addition to supporting faculty and students at the University, the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center also works closely with several global industry collaborators, the U.S. military and other health-care organizations.

“Working collaboratively with experts in fields other than health care helps us broaden our knowledge and skills as we expand our capabilities. Our goal is to provide the best possible education and training so that patients are the beneficiaries of the safest, highest quality and cost-effective care,” Boyers said.

Professor transforming orthopedic implants, celebrating 20 years of NSF funding

As baby boomers age and the general population gets more active, the need for orthopedic reconstructive implants is growing.



This increase in need as well as an industry-wide switch from metallic to polymeric implants is encouraging engineering experts like Dr. Sarit Bhaduri to look into new technologies with funding from the National Science Foundation. Bhaduri’s current project focuses on taking fundamental surface engineering technology and transforming it for use in polymer implants.

A professor in The University of Toledo’s Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department with joint appointment in dentistry, Bhaduri is working with the Michigan company Orchid Bio-Coat to innovate these technologies. The project titled “A Microwave Assisted Biomimetic Coating Technology for Polymer Implants” is funded by Bhaduri’s 11th NSF grant totaling $150,000 with an additional supplement of $15,000 to engage and train undergraduate students.

This project will continue research funded by two previous NSF grants, in which Bhaduri found a way to produce a coating similar in composition to bone mineral. The production processes for the new coating also take place in less than an hour, a relatively short time frame compared to conventional methods, making it ideal for large-scale industrial production.

“Dr. Bhaduri’s efforts contribute to all facets of our mission in the areas of teaching, research and technology transfer,” said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, dean of the College of Engineering. “His research is a huge asset to our institution and our students, who have the opportunity to work alongside him in many of his endeavors.”

When Bhaduri secured the current grant from the NSF, it marked 20 years as the principal investigator of projects funded by the government agency. The co-principal investigator in the present grant is Dr. Vijay Goel, Distinguished University Professor and McMaster-Gardner Endowed Chair in Orthopedic Bioengineering.

Bhaduri’s first NSF grant as the principal investigator was awarded in 1993, when he was an assistant professor of metallurgical engineering at the University of Idaho. Since then, he has secured eight NSF grants as the principal investigator and three as a co-principal investigator.

“The money is helpful, but it also brings a certain amount of prestige,” Bhaduri said. “Only the really high-quality proposals are funded.”

Bhaduri is also regularly invited by NSF and other agencies to review grant proposals. He enjoys doing this because he gets to meet colleagues in his field from the United States and Canada.

“These grants allow me to explore various innovative ideas,” Bhaduri said. “They also are a validation that my ideas are worth pursuing.”

Bhaduri’s partnership with other researchers, including Goel and Dr. Anand Agarwal, UT research professor of bioengineering and director of product development and Bio-Skills Laboratories, also has contributed to other technology transfer and commercialization initiatives on campus.

Meet the Accountants event to offer networking opportunities

The Accounting Department of the UT College of Business and Innovation will present a Meet the Accountants event Friday, April 25, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Savage & Associates Business Complex Room 1200.

Students will have the opportunity to network with prominent professionals in the Toledo area from Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Health Care REIT, Plante Moran, Libbey and Weber O’Brien Ltd.

There also will be a panel presentation, pizza and dessert, and attendees will have the chance to win an iPad or a set of Becker Flash Cards.

And the first 50 students attending will have their choice of a free T-shirt or Starbucks gift card.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for UT accounting majors to meet with established professionals from several of the most recognized accounting firms, both nationally and from our region,” said Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, associate professor and chair of the UT Accounting Department. “The fact that so many well-known firms are excited about coming to our college for this event further demonstrates that the College of Business and Innovation produces bright, energetic and well-qualified undergraduates and graduates who routinely excel in their internships and, ultimately, in their careers.”

Students interested in attending should RSVP to canderson@hcreit.com.

University to host Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon

The University of Toledo will host the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon Sunday, April 27, on Main Campus.

glasscitymarathonThousands participate in a variety of events, including a marathon, half marathon, five-person marathon relay, a 5K and kid’s marathon. All of the events except the kid’s marathon start on UT’s Main Campus and finish on the field of the Glass Bowl. The kid’s marathon will be held on the track outside Savage Arena.

Organized by the Toledo Roadrunners Club, the annual event is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. More than 7,000 participants are expected to run in the race.

“The marathon is a great community event,” said Andrea Masters, assistant director and healthy living coordinator in Rocket Wellness. “We have people coming from all over the country to run this marathon, which makes the race a great opportunity for us to show the beauty of the campus.”

As a result of the marathon, certain parking lots and roads will be closed on and around Main Campus.

Lot 10 will be closed beginning Friday, April 25, at 9 p.m. through Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m. Any cars that are remaining in the lot Saturday, April 26, at 6 a.m. will be towed.

Other parking lot closures will begin at 6 a.m. Sunday, April 27, and stay closed until 1 p.m. No traffic will be allowed on or near Stadium Drive, and Lot 4 on Douglas Road will be closed.

The north entrance off Bancroft Street will only be open to the parking lots 1S, 1N and East Ramp; no through traffic will be allowed.

East Rocket Drive from Douglas Road and South Towerview Boulevard will be closed. Traffic will be allowed into exterior Lots 28 and 25.

West Towerview Boulevard and West Rocket Drive will only allow traffic into Lot 12 or other exterior lots.

People can register for the run at the Health and Fitness Expo Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Savage Arena.

For more information or to register online, visit glasscitymarathon.org.

UT to host national stuttering workshop

People who stutter represent 1 percent of the population. It may seem like a small number, but it is comparable to the number of individuals who have autism and greater than the number of individuals with hearing disorders.

Stuttering Clinics logoThe Northwest Ohio Stuttering Clinics at The University of Toledo are hosting the FRIENDS Workshop, a conference for children who stutter, their parents and clinicians.

The one-day workshop will take place Saturday, April 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in UT’s Health and Human Services Building and is sponsored by FRIENDS: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter and the Stuttering Foundation.

FRIENDS is a national, nonprofit organization created to provide support and education for children and teenagers who stutter, their families and the professionals who work with them.

“There are a few local families who have been very active with FRIENDS over the past few years, and they wanted to bring this workshop to Ohio,” said Dr. Rodney Gabel, UT associate professor and director of the Northwest Ohio Stuttering Clinics. “When they presented the idea to me, I was all for it.”



The workshop is designed to educate attendees about stuttering while introducing them to people with similar struggles. Children who stutter will learn about ways to increase their confidence in communicating. Parents will learn ways to best support their child, while sharing experiences and concerns with other parents of children who stutter. Speech-language pathologists and students will be given more information about stuttering, current treatments, and the support available to people who stutter.

“We are looking to expand past our usual summer intensives and take on a year-round endeavor. The FRIENDS workshop is a great start to achieving that goal,” Gabel said.

Facilitators and presenters will include Gabel; Dr. Derek Daniels, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders at Wayne State University; Dr. Scott Palasik, assistant professor of speech-language pathology and audiology at the University of Akron; and Lee Caggiano, co-founder and director of FRIENDS and a board recognized specialist in fluency disorders.

The Northwest Ohio Stuttering Clinics offer a broad range of therapy and assessment opportunities to individuals of all ages. It is the only clinic in northwest Ohio designed to treat individuals who stutter. Other services include traditional weekly therapy, telepractice therapy offered via teleconferencing to individuals outside of the local area, and short-term intensive programs.

Two summer intensive clinics also are offered: the Intensive Stuttering Clinic for Children and their Families from June 23 to 27, and the Intensive Stuttering Clinic for Adolescents and Adults from July 7 to 18.

“There aren’t a lot of folks who are comfortable working with people who stutter,” Gabel said. “We wanted to develop a clinical program with summer intensives that is unlike anything in the Midwest. There is nothing else in the Toledo area, or northwest Ohio, that is similar. We are really the only game in town.”

To register for the workshop, contact FRIENDS at friends@friendswhostutter.org or 866.866.8335. For more information, visit friendswhostutter.org.

For more information about the Northwest Ohio Stuttering Clinics, to register for therapy or to participate in the summer intensive clinics, contact Gabel at rodney.gabel@utoledo.edu.

More on the Northwest Ohio Stuttering Clinics can be found at http://utole.do/stutteringclinics. Follow the clinic on twitter @NWOSC or on Facebook.