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Dean named to lead College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Gary Pollack has been selected to lead The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Pollack will join the University with more than 30 years of experience in higher education, most recently at Washington State University, where he has served as dean of the College of Pharmacy since 2010. His appointment will be effective Aug. 15.

Pollack

“I am excited that Dr. Pollack will be joining us here at The University of Toledo. He is a respected scholar and successful leader who brings a notable breadth of experience that will benefit the college and the University as we continue to move forward,” said Dr. Karen Bjorkman, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

Prior to joining Washington State, where he also serves as a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and was the university’s vice provost for health sciences from 2011 to 2013, Pollack spent 26 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as UNC’s executive associate dean of the School of Pharmacy, chair and professor of the Division of Pharmaceutics, and chair and professor of the Division of Drug Delivery and Disposition (formerly Pharmaceutics).

“The UT College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is one of those rare pharmacy programs with a truly comprehensive mission: undergraduate, professional and graduate education, coupled with faculty-led research and patient care,” Pollack said. “Leading this vibrant community of educators, scholars and clinicians is an exciting prospect. I am very much looking forward to joining The University of Toledo and the broader Toledo community.”

His research is focused on how drugs and toxicants affect the central nervous system, making major contributions to the understanding of opioid tolerance. Pollack is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

Pollack serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Experimental Pharmacology, and from 2002 to 2006 was associate editor of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He also is a reviewer for numerous journals in his field, and is an ad hoc reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and the Health Effects Institute.

Pollack earned his doctorate in pharmaceutics from the State University of New York at Buffalo and bachelor’s degree in chemistry/psychology from Knox College.

Bjorkman also thanked Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, interim dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, for her leadership during the transition. She will return to her role as dean of the College of Graduate Studies and vice provost for graduate affairs Aug. 15.

Vote on Homecoming theme

Students, faculty and staff: You are invited to help select the 2019 University of Toledo Homecoming theme.

Vying for the honor are:

• Game on Rockets — lawn games and friendly competitions;

• Out of the World — space theme; and

• Rocky’s Haunted Homecoming — spooky fun.

Go to the University involvement network website to vote. Just sign in with your UTAD information and help shape this year’s festivities.

Tuesday, March 12, is the deadline to cast your ballot.

Launch into Law bridge to profession program prepares students for law school application process, experience

The University of Toledo College of Law piloted the Launch into Law bridge to the profession program this year to increase the number of historically underrepresented students enrolled in law school. The free, weeklong program took place last month.

Launch into Law prepared participants to be stronger law school applicants and law students. Participants were immersed in courses to prepare them for the Law School Application Test (LSAT) and to improve legal writing and study skills.

Additionally, the participants sat in on a first-year law school class, and attended sessions on success strategies, clinical education, the admissions process, and legal career opportunities.

Faculty members in the UT College of Law presented practice spotlights on business law, health law, criminal law, and intellectual property law. The program also included a field trip to observe proceedings at the Toledo Municipal Court.

The first cohort was composed of 11 undergraduate students and recent graduates of The University of Toledo, as well as institutions around the country: Ohio State University, Penn State University, Roosevelt University, Spring Arbor University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Xavier University. Participants ranged in age from 19 to 30.

Each participant was matched with a student mentor and a professional mentor based on the student’s background and expressed practice interest. Professional mentors included a common pleas court judge and prosecutor, as well as attorneys in small and large firms, legal aid/nonprofit agencies, and senior corporate counsel.

Jelani Jefferson Exum, professor of law and associate dean for diversity and inclusion, designed the Launch into Law program in collaboration with Amber Chuhy, assistant director of law admissions.

“Programs providing a pipeline to law school are vitally important, not only in providing individuals from a variety of backgrounds with access to a legal career, but also in enhancing the legal profession itself so that it better reflects the rich diversity of our society,” Exum said. “I was so pleased with the caliber of students that participated in our first program. They are bright, passionate, and all very interesting individuals whom I have no doubt will be excellent law students.”

The Launch into Law pilot was a success. Official LSAT practice tests were administered pre- and post-experience. Participant scores increased an average of 4.6 points with increases as high as 8 points. Three participants already have applied to the UT College of Law for fall 2019, with two more planning to apply in the future.

“This program has enlightened me to the true practice of law and has given me a glimpse as to what I should expect as a future law student,” said Noelle DeRiso from Penn State University. “Hearing each of the member’s journeys has only strengthened my passion to one day work within the law.”

DeRiso added, “Launch into Law has only solidified my desire to attend The University of Toledo’s law school. With the array of opportunities offered through its legal clinics and extensive courses taught by such knowledgeable professors, I know I will receive an exceptional education that will prepare me for the real world.”

For more information about the program, contact Chuhy at amber.chuhy@utoledo.edu.

Launch into Law participants gathered with their professional mentors for a group photo last month.

Inspection, work set for parking garages during spring break

There will be intermittent closures of the east and west parking garages during spring break week, Monday through Friday, March 4-8.

“This will allow us to visually inspect and remove any loose concrete that might have cracked over this winter’s freeze and thaw cycle,” Doug Collins, director of grounds and off-site facilities, said.

“This also will give us an indication of what repairs we will conduct during the summer closure of the structures,” he added.

The east parking garage will be open for Toledo Rockets and high school basketball games that week.

Dress for success: Students invited to check out Professional Menswear and Kate’s closets

Career Services recently opened the Professional Menswear Closet. Now, in conjunction with Kate’s Closet, a service of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women since 2013, students have access to professional clothing — women’s and men’s styles — to prepare for interviews and internships, and to build their professional wardrobes at no cost to them.

“We are excited to offer the Professional Menswear Closet in addition to the Eberly Center’s Kate’s Closet. By increasing our services and making sure all students have a source for business wear, we are aligning The University of Toledo more closely with national best practices and providing a solution for job fairs, interviews and other opportunities that arise, sometimes catching students unprepared in the clothing department,” Shelly Drouillard, director of Career Services, said.

“Kate’s Closet was started as a way to give women on campus and in the community an affordable alternative to shopping for interview clothing, an expense that may be out of reach for many students, especially women,” Dr. Kim Nielsen, interim director of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, said. “With the help of our community advisory board, we have been able to offer current clothing and trained volunteers to help our students find the best fit and look at no cost to them.”

“The timing is perfect for our summer job and internship fair, Jobfest on March 19,” Drouillard said. “Students have time to make an appointment with the clothing closets to get their business casual look together. First impressions mean a lot; that means being ready with a resumé, which Career Services can help you review, and a polished, professional look.”

Both closets are welcoming, inclusive spaces and are LGBTQA+ friendly.

Students who need menswear should go to the Professional Men’s Closet website or call 419.530.4341 to request an appointment.

If women’s styles are what you need, call the Eberly Center at 419.530.8570 to set up an appointment.

After your wardrobe is set, plan to attend the Job Fair Prep & Networking Night Tuesday, March 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. Career Services and the UT Alumni Association will offer tips and facilitate networking.

Students who need assistance with their resumés or Jobfest strategies should go to Career Services, located in Thompson Student Union Room 1533. Undergraduate drop-in hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Career Services at 419.530.4341.

Rocket fans: Score a deal on tickets for basketball regular-season games

The Toledo men’s and women’s basketball programs will provide a ticket special to Rocket fans for three games over the course of the next two weeks.

With the regular season quickly coming to a close, fans can sit in the upper east or bleacher seats of Savage Arena for $7, which includes parking, for men’s contests vs. Western Michigan Tuesday, March 5, and Eastern Michigan Friday, March 8. Both games will start at 7 p.m.

For the women, general admission tickets are available for $7, which includes parking, for a game vs. Northern Illinois Saturday, March 2. Tipoff will be at 2 p.m.

Tickets will increase to full price on the day of the game.

To purchase tickets, stop by the Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena, go to the Toledo Rockets website, or call 419.530.GOLD (4653). University students are admitted free with ID.

South Dining Hall closed Feb. 26

Due to a water line break, the South Dining Hall in the Thompson Student Union will be closed Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Crews are working to identify and fix the issue.

Other food court eateries in the Thompson Student Union will be open.

Insects hijack reproductive genes of grape vines to create own living space on plant

A team of scientists at The University of Toledo uncovered new, galling details in the intimate relationship between insects and plants, opening the door to new possibilities in protecting the source of wine and raisins worldwide from a major agricultural pest.

The biologists discovered grape phylloxera — the insect that nearly wiped out wine production at the end of the 19th century in France — hijacks a grape vine’s reproductive programs to create a leaf gall, which it uses as a pseudo apartment for the parasite to siphon off the plant’s nutrients. The research is published in the latest issue of Nature Scientific Reports.

The researchers studying how insects control grape vines are, from left, Dr. Melanie Body, postdoctoral associate in the Department of Environmental Sciences; Dr. Jack Schultz, senior executive director for research development; and Dr. Heidi Appel, dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College and professor of environmental sciences.

A gall is an organ a little smaller than a marble on a plant that can look like a wart, flower or fruit and provides insects with a protected place to feed and reproduce.

“When galls form on a leaf, the flower genes are on. They shouldn’t be activated, but the insect is manipulatively inserting its own signals into the pathway to get a flower-like result,” said Dr. Heidi Appel, dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College at The University of Toledo and professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences.

The insect lays an egg and starts the process to exploit the plant’s reproductive genetic machinery, directing the plant to create these structures.

Insects have set up house in phylloxera galls on this leaf. This cross-section of a gall taken with a stereosmicroscope shows an insect mom — the orange ball in the center — surrounded by eggs she laid — the yellow ovals.

Appel and Dr. Jack Schultz, senior executive director for research development at The University of Toledo, said Charles Darwin guessed at the idea in 1867 when he observed that the gall bears a certain degree of resemblance to the inside of a peach when cut open.

“We examined Darwin’s hypothesis and found the insect forces the plant to use the same genes to make a gall that the plant uses to make a flower or fruit,” Schultz said. “The plant produces the central part of a flower known as the carpel in a place the plant would never produce one on its own.”

“In each case as we genetically held up a mirror to see the differences in the plant at each stage of galling, an insect injected some kind of signal into the plant,” Appel said. “The signal took over the plant’s development and told the plant to make a gall on a leaf instead of normal plant tissue.”

Galls damage grape vines by draining resources and getting in the way of photosynthesis, resulting in lower yields.

By identifying the genes in grape vines that have to be activated for an insect to produce a gall, scientists can next find a way to block the insect from attacking the plant.

“While North American grape vines have developed the ability to resist phylloxera, one option is to crossbreed plants to be genetically resistant,” Schultz said. “Another option is to create a biologically based pesticide to spray on grape vines to manipulate the hormones in plants to be active at different times.”

University Women’s Commission accepting applications for scholarships

Wednesday, March 13, is the deadline for female undergraduates to submit applications for the University Women’s Commission Scholarship.

At least three $1,000 scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year will be awarded to female undergraduates who have earned 60 or more credit hours.

Scholarship recipients and the Alice H. Skeens Outstanding Woman Award winners will be recognized at a luncheon Wednesday, April 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Savage Arena Grogan Room.

Scholarship application and guidelines can be found on the University Women’s Commission website.

For more information, contact Kelly Andrews, senior associate athletics director/senior woman administrator in Intercollegiate Athletics, who is chair of the commission, at kelly.andrews@utoledo.edu.

Midwest Graduate Research Symposium free registration deadline March 10

The University of Toledo Graduate Student Association will host the 10th annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium Saturday, April 6, in the Memorial Field House and Thompson Student Union.

Students will represent a variety of disciplines and compete for awards and monetary prizes at the symposium.

“This event invites more than 90 universities across the Midwest and surrounding areas, offering an opportunity for all graduate students in the region to have their work presented as seminar or poster presentations,” said Alisa Nammavong, president of The University of Toledo Graduate Student Association.

The symposium is open to all majors and is great for networking opportunities, according to Nammavong.

“I hope that with the symposium, attendees learn something new,” Nammavong said. “It is my personal belief that as researchers, we must connect with the communities we are supporting and directly or indirectly engaging.”

Charlene Gilbert, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, and professor of film, will give the keynote address at the event.

Sunday, March 10, is the deadline to register for free; go to the Graduate Student Association website.

For more information, email graduatestudentassociation@gmail.com.