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Possession topic of Oct. 30 disability studies lecture

Dr. James L. Cherney will discuss “Ableism and the Possessed Body” Monday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

His free, public lecture is co-sponsored by the Disability Studies Program and the Department of Communication.

“Western culture has long had a strong ableist tradition of using physical disabilities to signify an inner evil or unseen malicious presence,” Cherney, assistant professor of communication at Wayne State University, said. “From Richard III to Captain Hook, characters have been given disabilities in order to reveal their cruelty.”

He will talk about the most explicit of these stories: narratives of possession.

“In these narratives of possession, disabled bodies, deviant behaviors and unconventional mentalities are read or viewed as evidence of the demonic possession itself,” Cherney said. “This coding of disability appears in Cotton Mather’s ‘Memorable Providences’ in 1689 and continues in contemporary stories like William Peter Blatty’s ‘The Exorcist’ in 1971.

“In exploring this theme, I hope to help us understand why ableism remains so powerful in our culture, and critiquing it becomes a way to challenge ableist thinking and bigotry.”

For more information on the lecture, contact the Disability Studies Program at 419.530.7244.

University Women’s Commission collecting winter outerwear

The University Women’s Commission is holding a women’s winter outerwear drive for coats, hats, boots and gloves that are in good condition.

“Our goal is to help UT women students in need as they brave the elements on their way to classes,” said Kelly Andrews, senior associate athletics director/senior woman administrator in Intercollegiate Athletics, who is chair of the commission. “We want to give them a warm start to winter.”

Donations will benefit Kate’s Closet at the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women.

Collection locations will be:

• The Center for Health and Successful Living in Health and Human Services Building Room 1100;

• The Eberly Center for Women in Tucker Hall Room 0168; and

• Human Resources and Talent Development, Academic Services Room 1000 on the Scott Park Campus.

Please make sure that your donations are clean and in good condition.

Donations that are clean and in good condition are being accepted through Monday, Nov. 20.

For more information, contact Marie Janes, senior lecturer in the School of Population Health and co-chair of programming for the University Women’s Commission, at marie.janes@utoledo.edu or 419.530.4523.

Information Technology joins global Wi-Fi network

UT faculty, staff and students can use their school authentication credentials for secure Internet access anywhere on campus and at most schools around the world.

That’s because the Information Technology Department is participating in the eduroam — educational roaming — wireless network access service.

This is a new wireless network that is available in academic areas, residences halls and administrative buildings.

“This service has two main components — a new wireless network at all of our locations, and reciprocal access to this wireless network wherever it is being offered around the world,” Michael J. Firsdon, manager of network operations, said.

Eduroam allows UT students, faculty and staff to securely access its wireless network off campus at thousands of participating locations across the globe.

In turn, guests at The University of Toledo from other participating institutions can securely connect to the eduroam wireless network here using their own credentials to access the Internet.

University of Toledo users can connect to the eduroam wireless network on campus and other eduroam locations using their UTAD username followed by @rockets.utoledo.edu (for example, jsmith@rockets.utoledo.edu) and their password.

“I was at the University of Minnesota recently and was able to connect to the Internet using my UT credentials,” Dominic D’Emilio, senior director of network services and technical support, said. “This is a great feature, and we’re excited to share the news with the campus community.”

Further instructions can be found here.

Wanted: Artists, vendors for UT Holiday Bazaar

The Professional Staff Council is accepting applications from craft fair vendors, direct sales merchants, Etsy-style boutiques and local artisans for The University of Toledo Holiday Bazaar.

The holiday sale will be held Friday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

The fee is $20 per eight-foot table for the one-day event. Proceeds from the vendor fees will benefit an endowed scholarship fund for the Professional Staff Association.

Friday, Nov. 3, is the deadline to submit applications. Check payments are due Friday, Nov. 10.

For more information and to submit a vendor application, go to utoledo.edu/org/psa/webforms/vendorapp.html.

Rockets pound Ball State, 58-17

Sophomore wide receiver Diontae Johnson scored three touchdowns and senior quarterback Logan Woodside threw for 267 yards and three scores as Toledo rolled to a 58-17 victory over Ball State in Muncie, Ind. Thursday.

It was the most points for the Rockets since a 63-20 victory over Eastern Michigan Oct. 17, 2015.

Toledo had a lot to celebrate as its high-scoring offense put on a show Thursday night.

Johnson caught TD passes of 88 and 67 yards, adding a score on an 87-yard punt return. He had a career-high 170 yards receiving on just four receptions.

Woodside also connected on a 35-yard TD pass to sophomore Desmond Phillips.

Senior Terry Swanson led the ground attack with 105 yards and one touchdown, while redshirt freshmen Shakif Seymour (69 yards and two scores) and Nevone McCrimmon (73 yards) carried the load in the second half.

For the game, Toledo piled up 602 yards of total offense in 52 plays, 267 in the air and 335 on the ground, for an average of 11.6 yards per play.

Toledo’s defense contained the Cardinals throughout most of the game, holding BSU to 309 total yards. Junior defensive end Olasunkanmi Adeniyi dominated the line, tying his career high with three tackles for loss.

The victory moves to Toledo to 7-1 on the season, 4-0 in Mid-American Conference play. It also sets up a showdown with West Division rival Northern Illinois in the Glass Bowl next Thursday. Ball State falls to 2-6, 0-4 in league play.

Toledo opened the scoring on a 32-yard field goal by Jameson Vest, but the lead didn’t last long. Ball State took advantage of excellent field position following a Toledo punt, scoring on a 41-yard run by Malik Dunner to give the Cardinals a 7-3 lead with three minutes left in the first quarter.

Logan Woodside threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns in the big victory.

The Rockets struck back in the second period, however, scoring two touchdowns in a span of less than three minutes. Swanson zipped up the middle for a 71-yard touchdown run, and sophomore Desmond Phillips snagged a 35-yard Woodside pass to make the score 17-7 with 8:20 to play in the first half.

Two possessions later, Diontae Johnson came back on a Woodside pass, then cruised down the sidelines for a 67-yard score to give Toledo a 24-7 edge.

Ball State kicked a 43-yard field goal on the final play of the half to reduce the margin to 24-10 at the break.

Woodside came out firing in the second half, hitting Diontae Johnson for an 88-yard score on UT’s first play from scrimmage. Johnson tipped the ball away from the defender at midfield, pulled it in, then motored to the end zone to extend the lead to 30-10.

After a three-and-out by the Cardinals, Johnson struck again, returning a punt 87 yards for the score and piling up a comfortable 37-10 lead.

Moments later, redshirt freshman Shakif Seymour put the game away with touchdown runs of one and 63 yards to give the Rockets an insurmountable 51-10 margin with 3:55 left in the third quarter.

Ball State took advantage of a fumbled Rocket punt late in the third quarter to score its second touchdown of the game. The Cardinals recovered on the UT four-yard line, and cashed in a on a four-yard run on fourth down by quarterback Drew Plitt.

Redshirt freshman Nevone McCrimmon set up Toledo’s next touchdown on a 73-yard run to the Ball State two-yard line. Senior quarterback Michael Julian finished it off with a two-yard TD run, the first rushing touchdown of his career, to complete the scoring.

Interim dean of College of Business and Innovation named

Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, associate dean for graduate programs and research for the College of Business and Innovation, has been named interim dean of the college.

HassabElnaby will lead the College of Business and Innovation while a search is conducted for a permanent dean to replace Dr. Gary Insch, who resigned Oct. 26 after leading the college since July 2014. He will return to a full-time faculty appointment in the Department of Management.


“I appreciate Dr. Insch’s leadership for the College of Business and Innovation during the last three years,” said Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “The college has an important role in preparing the next generation of leaders for the global marketplace. We will continue our positive momentum as we move forward providing our students a high-quality education and engaging experiential learning opportunities.”

“I look forward to the opportunity to serve our students, faculty, alumni and business leaders in the community as interim dean of the College of Business and Innovation,” HassabElnaby, said.

HassabElnaby joined UT in 2003 as an assistant professor of accounting. HassabElnaby, whose research focuses on financial reporting and corporate governance, holds PhD, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in accounting from Cairo University.

Professor to lead nationwide discussion on book about history of people with disabilities

Dr. Kim E. Nielsen is gearing up to meet with 60 American Association of University Women book clubs across the country — in one night.

She will discuss “A Disability History of the United States” during an ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club webinar Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

“American Association of University Women leaders chose the book to include in their monthly book discussions to commemorate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and members have submitted questions ahead of time,” the UT professor of disability studies said. “I’m looking forward to a lively conversation.”

Published by Beacon Press in 2012, Nielsen’s book is the first to cover the entirety of American disability history, from pre-1492 to the present.

“I spent more than five years chronicling this history that spans 800 years. It begins prior to the European arrival and follows how history has changed over time,” she said.

In her book, Nielsen illustrates how concepts of disability have shaped the American experience in relation to immigration, establishing labor laws, and justifying slavery and gender discrimination. Her work includes powerful stories spanning narratives of women being involuntarily sterilized to accounts of returning veterans with disabilities securing civil rights.

The American Association of University Women created the ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club to spotlight important, interesting stories and strong writing by women from all backgrounds.

Sociology and Anthropology students and faculty conduct research, volunteer in Dominican Republic

This past summer, eight undergraduate students and one graduate student from the University journeyed to the Dominican Republic for a field school where they partnered with a social and education development nongovernmental organization called Project Esperanza.

The two-week program was part of a six-week course offered through the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and was co-taught by Dr. Karie Peralta and Dr. Shahna Arps. The program was designed to follow the steps a researcher would take to enter a community and begin work for the first time.

UT students Jacalyn DeSelms, left, and Perfenee Womack ran a camp activity with local children at the Project Esperanza’s school in the Dominican Republic.

During the first few days, students visited cultural museums and local monuments to become more familiar with the history and culture of the Dominican Republic. Students then began volunteering at Project Esperanza’s annual summer camp, which serves the children who attend the organization’s grassroots, bilingual Haitian Creole and Spanish school.

“For many of our students, this was their first time gaining experience working with children, particularly in an educational setting, and several of them recognized that they were good at it,” Peralta, assistant professor of sociology, said. “This involvement was important for our students because it facilitated connections with and deeper understandings of the children whose parents were participants in our household survey.”

Students spent eight mornings running the camp and seven afternoons conducting surveys to gather data on the social demographics and living conditions of families with children who attend Project Esperanza’s school. They collaborated with interpreters and local community guides in the data collection phase, which enhanced students’ cross-cultural research skills. Under the guidance of Peralta and Arps, they also worked on data coding and data entry.

Dr. Shahna Arps, standing left, and Meg Perry started a craft activity with camp participants in the Dominican Republic. UT students Madeline Bengela, seated left, and Melissa Tehan also were on hand to help.

“From a faculty perspective, it was fascinating to observe our students gain confidence in their survey administration, note-taking, observation, and data entry skills,” Peralta said. 

“Our students were eager to learn, adaptable and open-minded,” Arps, lecturer in sociology, added.

In total, the students ended with 92 surveys. The data collected will help inform Project Esperanza’s programming efforts.  

Students also were given the opportunity to attend a talk by a local teacher on Haitian-Dominican relations and Vodou, a creolized religion; a presentation on natural medicine and herbal remedies made from common plants; and a discussion on sustainable tourism.

They also learned about the historical and present challenges of coffee growing, and they planted coffee seeds, made bug traps, and brewed coffee.

“The field school in the Dominican Republic was an outstanding opportunity and experience, and I feel extremely fortunate to have been a part of it,” said Meg Perry, a fourth-year anthropology student. “Working with a developing, materialistically impoverished population has added to my worldview and has made me a more empathetic and humble person.” 

Students who went on the trip presented a panel session titled “Reflections on Field School Research in the Dominican Republic” Oct. 20 at the 16th annual Ohio Latin Americanist Conference at Ohio State University.  

Department of Mathematics and Statistics celebrating 100 years

In celebration of 100 years dedicated to education and research at UT, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics will host several events, starting with a Matheatre double feature Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Lois and Norman Nitschke Auditorium.

The first feature, “Curie Me Away,” a musical about the science, life and legacy of Madame Marie Curie, the first scientist to win two Nobel prizes, will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The second feature “Calculus: The Musical,” a comic review of the concepts and history of calculus, will start at 8:30 p.m.

There also will be an intermission sponsored by the UT Department of Women’s and Gender Studies on women in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Admission is free and is open to all, but registration is required. Go to math.utoledo.edu.

The department also will host a centennial celebration dinner for those affiliated with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics Thursday, Nov. 2. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate our rich history, to thank those involved with the department today, and to embrace a myriad of wonderful possibilities for our future,” said Dr. Donald White, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. “The scheduled events also include a strong element of connecting with the rest of the University community.”

In addition, on Friday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m., the UT Department of Theatre and Film will present the play, “Arcadia,” which has mathematically oriented elements. There will be a discussion regarding mathematics and the production after the performance.

“Mathematics and statistics are foundational to understanding so much of what we do and who we are,” White said. “Mathematical models that describe the universe and our role in it, along with statistical methods that enable us to properly study phenomena in science and social science, are vital to our effective functioning in the universe and to our responsibly handling each other and our planet.

“In addition to the importance of the fields, we celebrate because it gives us a chance to join together and relish the past, enjoy the present, and embrace a great future.”

For more information or to register for the matheatre event, visit math.utoledo.edu.

UT team receives entrepreneurial award

A group from UT recently was awarded the Spirit of I-Corps award for exceptional overall performance in the Bay Area National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Program.

The team — made up of Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, UT professor of geography and planning; Kimberly Panozzo, UT graduate student; and businessman Navin Singhania — participated in the seven-week curriculum to promote entrepreneurship and see how their innovation can have a commercial impact.

Kimberly Panozzo, Navin Singhania, center, and Dr. Kevin Czajkowski posed for a photo in front of the Domaine Chandon Winery in Napa Valley, where the UT team interviewed grape growers about using tile drains.

Their research focused on agricultural drainage tiles that are used to remove excess water from fields and help make the soil more fertile. Farmers have expressed how hard it is to find old underground tiles to repair or to add on to.

The UT team, called Drain Tile Mapper, developed a technique to detect underground drainage tiles using remote sensing.

“When we started the program, we thought that there may be interest in knowing where tiles were,” Czajkowski said. “We found out that there is a real need for mapping them.”

Drain Tile Mapper received a $50,000 grant to conduct customer discovery and attend the national program.

“Receiving the award was really quite a surprise. We felt like we were just barely keeping up with the teams,” Czajkowski said.

Panozzo and Czajkowski traveled to New York, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and throughout Ohio to interview potential customers about tile drains. Each week, Panozzo prepared a web presentation based on what they learned from the interviews.

The group is discussing whether to form a company based on their experience with I-Corps and the research they did with drainage tiles.