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Growth of Craft Beer Linked to Record Number of States Harvesting Hops

Tasting terroir, or a sense of place, isn’t only reserved for wine lovers drinking a glass of burgundy or champagne from France.

It’s evident, too, in the U.S. craft beer boom and the growing preference for local hops.

Reid

Hops, a key ingredient in making beer, is a crop making a comeback on farms across the country thanks to the incredible rise of the craft brewing industry over the past decade.

Craft breweries and their customers’ thirst for new, locally grown flavors are playing a big role in fueling an unprecedented geographic expansion of hop production across the U.S., according to researchers at The University of Toledo and Penn State University.

Their findings, which were recently published in the Journal of Wine Economics, suggest that as more craft breweries emerge around the country, so may new opportunities for farmers.

“It is fantastic to see the re-emergence of hop production in states which, at one point, had abandoned the crop,” said Dr. Neil Reid, professor of geography and planning at The University of Toledo, who teaches a class titled The Geography of Beer and Brewing. “Hops provide aroma and bittering characteristics in beer. Looking to differentiate themselves from Molson Coors and Anheuser Busch, independent craft brewers demand locally grown hops, experiment with different varieties of hops, and use more hops in beer production compared to mass-produced beers.”

According to the Brewers Association, between 2007 and 2017, the number of breweries in the U.S. increased from 1,459 to 6,490.

The researchers found that the number of breweries in a state is associated with more hop farms and hop acres five years later. The number of hop farms grew from 68 to 817, and hop acreage expanded from 31,145 to 59,429 acres.

Before 2007, hop production in the country was limited to only three Pacific Northwest states—Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Hops are now produced in 29 states, according to the Hop Growers of America.

“Our study is the first to systematically show that the number of hop farms in a state is related to the number of craft breweries,” said Claudia Schmidt, assistant professor of agricultural economics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “It suggests that in areas where hop production is possible and not cost-prohibitive, breweries are expanding markets for farmers and providing an opportunity to diversify farm income.”

In fact, the growth positioned the U.S. as the largest producer of hops globally, both in terms of acreage and production.

Working with farm, brewery and climate data, the researchers developed a statistical model to determine whether new craft breweries in a state between 2007 and 2017 resulted in a larger number of hop producers and hop acres planted, by both new and existing growers in that state. They built a time lag into their model to identify the effect of new breweries over time. They also controlled for other variables that may influence farmers to start growing hops, such as average farm size, average net farm income and climate.

Their findings are correlational and do not point to a clear cause and effect. However, the time lag built into the model indicates that the growth in breweries preceded the growth in hop farms.

If more brewers are looking for hops grown nearby, then more farmers may be willing to try growing them, even if only on a small scale. For instance, in Pennsylvania, only 17 farms reported hop production in 2017, and their combined acreage is small — only 21 acres in all, according to the U.S. Census of Agriculture.

In contrast, in 2017, there were 100 acres of farmland devoted to hop production in Ohio. According to the Ohio Hop Growers Guild, there are more than 70 farms in Ohio that are growing hops.

While the growing of hops in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania is a relatively recent phenomenon, many Midwestern and Northeastern states have historical connections to the hop industry.

“In 1870, the three leading hop-producing states were New York, Wisconsin and Michigan,” Reid said. “A number of factors, including declining yields, disease outbreaks, high production and processing costs, and an inability to achieve economies of scale, contributed to the decline and disappearance of the hop industry in the Midwest and Northeast.”

Reid, who is affectionately known as “The Beer Professor,” is an expert on the craft brewing industry and its economic geography. His research is focused on the industry’s growth in the U.S. and its potential role in helping to revitalize neighborhood economies.

His previous research found that the craft brewery boom is good for home values. That study showed single-family homes in the city of Charlotte, N.C., saw their value increase by nearly 10% after a brewery opened within a half mile of the property, and center-city condos got a nearly 3% bump.

Reid will give the opening keynote address at the 2020 Beer Marketing and Tourism Conference Wednesday, Feb. 5, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

His new book titled “Agritourism, Wine Tourism, and Craft Beer Tourism: Local Responses to Peripherality Through Tourism Niches” will be published later this month. The book is co-edited with Maria Giulia Pezzi and Alessandra Faggian of the Gran Sasso Science Institute in L’Aquila, Italy.

Neurology Professor Receives New American Headache Society Award

Dr. Gretchen Tietjen, Distinguished University Professor of Neurology, is the first recipient of the American Headache Society’s Women’s Health Science Award, which recognizes a researcher whose body of work has made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of topics related to women’s health and headache medicine.

The award was presented in November at the American Headache Society 2019 Scottsdale Headache Symposium. Tietjen also presented a lecture, “Migraine, Stroke and Toxic Stress,” that provided an overview of her research.

Tietjen

Tietjen joined the then Medical College of Ohio in 1996 and in 1997 was named chief of neurology, which at the time was a part of the Department of Medicine. In 1999, neurology became a stand-alone department and Tietjen was appointed the inaugural chair, a position she held until July 2019.

The American Headache Society has honored Tietjen with other research awards, including the Seymour Solomon Lecture Award (2008), the Harold G. Wolff Lecture Award (2011) and the John R. Graham Lecture Award (2017).

She also received the 2009 Stroke Innovation Award from the American Heart Association journal Stroke, as well as the 2011 University of Toledo Outstanding Faculty Research Award.

Tietjen is retiring from The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences at the end of the year.

January Dining Hours on Main Campus

Dining Services has announced where employees and students can eat in January before the semester starts.

Open during the week from Thursday, Jan. 2, through Friday, Jan. 17, will be:

• Starbucks in the Thompson Student Union from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.;

• Subway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and

• Phoenicia Cuisine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Friday, Jan. 17, Ottawa East also will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18 and 19, Ottawa East will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Phoenicia Cuisine will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Sunday, Jan. 19, Ottawa East Provisions on Demand will be open from noon to midnight.

While the University will be closed for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, Jan. 20, several eateries will welcome customers:

• Ottawa East from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.;

• Ottawa East Provisions on Demand from noon to midnight;

• Subway from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

• Magic Wok from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

• Starbucks in the Thompson Student Union from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.;

• Chick-fil-A from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.;

• Skyrise Express from 8 to 10:30 a.m.; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and 8:30 to 10 p.m.; and

• Phoenicia Cuisine from noon to 8 p.m.

All Main Campus dining locations will resume normal hours when spring semester begins Tuesday, Jan. 21.

For more information, go to the UToledo Dining Services’ website or email mealplan@utoledo.edu.

Attending Propel Collegiate Leadership Summit 2019

Civic engagement involves working to make a difference in the civic life and improving the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political methods.

To me, civic engagement means volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to tutor students in inner-city schools, participating in community service opportunities with the Toledo women’s soccer team, encouraging family members and peers to vote in local elections, coaching soccer to my community’s youth, and staying active in the community by engaging with its leaders.

UToledo students who attended the Propel Collegiate Leadership Summit posed for a photo; they are, from left, John Young, Lexa Bauer, Rebecca Dangler, Liam Walsh, Myla Magalasi, Lexi Alvarado and Stephanie Smith.

When I was informed of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s annual Propel Collegiate Leadership Summit, I jumped at the opportunity to apply. I am so grateful to have been accepted and to have had the pleasure of attending the summit with 400 other civically engaged students from across Ohio.

The theme for this year’s summit was civic engagement, and it was incredible to meet and listen to other students’ experiences and opinions. It was eye-opening to realize the number of people who exemplify the definition of being civically engaged so well.

I was lucky enough to accompany six other UToledo students to the summit: Rebecca Dangler, Liam Walsh, John Young, Lexi Alvarado, Stephanie Smith and Myla Magalasi. It was humbling to be surrounded by so many awesome leaders, and I loved knowing that six others were from the same community as I am.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Connie Schultz and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown spoke last month at the Propel Collegiate Leadership Summit.

The summit began with a tremendous discussion between Sen. Brown and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Connie Schultz. They discussed their backgrounds, opinions and gave advice on how to move forward. When the floor opened for questions, there were a number of thought-provoking, intellectual and fascinating questions asked by the students, including one asked by Dangler. Schultz and Sen. Brown had very good answers to the questions and did a great job engaging everyone and meeting us at our level.

Following their discussion, there was a panel of influential leaders from northwest Ohio that included Katy Crosby, chief of staff for the city of Toledo; Richie Webber, founder of a nonprofit for recovering addicts; and Ruth Chang, founder of Midstory, a nonprofit created to share the historic and social history of northwest Ohio through different multimedia mediums. Their panel was equally as groundbreaking and set a great tone for the remainder of the summit.

The keynote speaker for the summit, Monica Ramirez, spoke of her work with the migrant farming communities in Fremont and across the country. She told her story with a passion and articulateness that drew the audience in and truly left an impression. After the keynote presentation, Diana Patton took the stage to prompt discussion amongst the audience about what each of our individual stories looks like and what that means to us. She challenged us all to look within ourselves to find a passion, a gift, and a way to use them to change the world.

Patton’s talk was a great segue into the breakout sessions that followed. Each session had a different focus. The first that I attended focused on how to advance your career and professionalism. The second, called the Engagement Fair, gave everyone an opportunity to meet and reach out to organizations and professionals that promote civic engagement. The third and final session focused on how to tell your story and how to make it mean something to others.

The speakers in each session conducted themselves with such a high level of professionalism without presenting their lives as untouchable. It was so inspirational to be able to engage with these amazing leaders. I learned a great deal about myself, my career, and how to make this world a better place.

It was an honor to have been selected to attend this summit with so many other outstanding leaders and students. I appreciate all of the speakers’ willingness to dedicate their day to helping students like us succeed. They are true examples of what it looks like to be civically engaged.

My life, career aspirations and worldview were so positively affected by this experience, and I hope that many others feel the same. I also hope that future University of Toledo students go and continue to make differences in our communities.

Bauer is a pre-law sophomore majoring in political science in the College of Arts and Letters, and also a member of the soccer team.

UToledo Outpatient Pharmacies Holiday Hours

The holidays are almost here, and the UToledo Outpatient Pharmacies will be open for business over the winter break to assist patients with prescriptions.

Locations are:

• The Main Campus Pharmacy, 1735 West Rocket Drive in the University Health Center;

• Health Science Campus Outpatient Pharmacy, 3000 Arlington Ave. in the Medical Pavilion;

• UT Access Pharmacy, 3333 Glendale Ave. in the Comprehensive Care Center.

Normal business hours will resume Thursday, Jan. 2, for Main Campus and Health Science Campus outpatient pharmacies. UT Access will expand hours from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 2.

“We are here for our patients, faculty, staff and students during the holidays,” Dr. Valerie Householder, manager of the UToledo Main Campus Pharmacy, said.

For more information, visit the Outpatient Pharmacies’ website.

Trustees Receive Strategic Plan Update, Approve Construction Projects

The University of Toledo Board of Trustees received an update on the University’s strategic plan and the Academic Affiliation with ProMedica at its last meeting of the calendar year Dec. 16.

The progress report on the strategic plan highlighted achievements in student success, including improving the six-year graduation rate to 51.2% and exceeding the goal set out in the plan three years ahead of schedule. The first- to second-year retention rate has increased for seven consecutive years, and UToledo enrolled its highest academically prepared freshman class this fall. Student-athletes also earned a record GPA of 3.277 for the 2018-19 academic year and received the Mid-American Conference Academic Achievement Award.

Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Karen Bjorkman also reported on new mentoring programs as part of recent growth in professional development opportunities for faculty and staff; completion of 25% of projects outlined in the multiple-campus master plan; and the 20 academic programs nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Read the strategic plan report card.

Updating trustees on the Academic Affiliation with ProMedica, Dr. Christopher Cooper, executive vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, shared progress that has been made in growing the clinical training opportunities for students and recruiting and retaining talent in Toledo.

Since the Affiliation Agreement went into effect in 2015, the number of hospital beds where students gain clinical experience has nearly tripled, and the size of the faculty has more than doubled. Several residency programs have grown in size, and new training programs have been added in endocrinology, rheumatology, hematology-oncology and patient safety.

More College of Medicine graduates are staying in Toledo for their residencies with 33% more students matching with UToledo over last year. And nearly half of the 2019 graduating residents and fellows who went into practice stayed in Ohio — 32% in Lucas County and 13% in other areas of the state.

In other business, trustees approved funding to support two campus construction projects — a joint Public Safety Center with the Ohio Department of Public Safety and Ohio State Highway Patrol and renovating Driscoll Center to be the new location for Toledo Early College High School.

The new joint Public Safety Center at the corner of Dorr Street and Secor Road is expected to be complete in December 2020. UToledo will contribute $1.2 million in state capital dollars and $2.55 million of local funds previously budgeted for the project. State partners will contribute $2.75 million to the state-of-the-art facility that will accommodate about 100 employees with better officer-wellness features, more comfortable meeting space for those in need of police services, and improved processing, management and storage of evidence.

UToledo will fund $1.75 million toward the renovations of Driscoll Center that will be jointly funded by Toledo Public Schools, which is contributing another $1.75 million to the project. UToledo and the school district are finalizing a long-term lease for the high school to relocate from Scott Park Campus to Main Campus to provide students more options to experience the college atmosphere. Toledo Early College High School plans to be in the new location for the 2020-21 academic year.

Trustees also approved the Com-Doc campus-wide print management program and Republic Services as the new supplier of solid waste services for campus.

In addition, tuition rates were approved for high school students who take UToledo courses through the College Credit Plus Program. Courses delivered on campus and online will be $145 per credit hour; those delivered off campus by University faculty will be $80 per credit hour; and courses that are taught by faculty-credentialed high school teachers off campus will be $41.64 per credit hour.

Basketball Tickets Available for $8 as Part of Winter Spectacular

The Toledo men’s and women’s basketball programs are providing a holiday special to Rocket fans for six different games over the next five weeks with their annual Winter Spectacular.

With UToledo students home for winter break, fans can sit in the bleacher seats for just $8 (includes parking) for men’s games vs. Wright State Saturday, Dec. 21; Western Michigan Saturday, Jan. 11; and Central Michigan Tuesday, Jan. 14.

For women’s games, general admission tickets are available for just $8 (includes parking) for contests vs. Canisius Sunday, Dec. 29; Buffalo Wednesday, Jan. 8; and Akron Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Tickets are based on availability; prices will increase to $9 on the day of each game.

To purchase tickets for the Winter Spectacular, stop by the Rocket Athletic Ticket Office in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, go to the UToledo Ticket Central website, or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Engineering Students Create Device to Help Actor With Muscular Dystrophy

A professional Chicago actor’s ability to bring characters to life on stage is stronger thanks to a team of engineering students at The University of Toledo.

As their senior design project, the engineering team of Cassandra Brown, Brandon Payeff, Adam Pusateri and Nicholas Wryst created a way for Joel Rodriguez, who has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, to more expressively conduct his arms by leveraging the full set of physical motion he possesses.

Joel Rodriguez performed on stage earlier this year at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago during a performance of “All Quiet on the Western Front.” A team of UToledo engineering students designed a way for the actor, who has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, to be more expressive on stage.

“Our medical device was designed for the stage, but also to make Joel’s everyday life a lot easier when it comes to assisting his arm movement,” said Payeff, who is graduating this month with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and starting a full-time job at Marathon Petroleum Corp. in Findlay, Ohio. “It’s low-key, not bulky or distracting.”

“Our biggest hurdle was communication,” Pusateri said. “Since Joel is in Chicago, we learned about his abilities and troubleshot our prototype through Skype and FaceTime. We shipped him our device to test it.”

UToledo engineering students, from left, Cassandra Brown, Brandon Payeff, Adam Pusateri and Nicholas Wryst worked on the device to help actor Joel Rodriguez.

Muscular dystrophy is a genetic disease that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass over time.

“Joel has no shoulder strength, so we came up with something designed to fit on his existing wheelchair that improves his range of motion,” said Wryst, who is graduating this month with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and starting his career at Cook Medical in Bloomington, Ind.

“You rest your elbow and forearm on the device, and then can swivel it left and right, extend it to reach for something, and bring it back.”

It would cost about $65 to duplicate the device. The main mechanism consists of four parts created with a 3D printer and a layer of thermoplastic to give grip and protection from the bolts. It’s mounted to a slider track, using two pulleys to support the bungee cables.

“Products like this are what allow people with disabilities to continue to lead independent lives,” Rodriguez said. “As someone who is involved in the performing arts and acting, being able to send not only your energy vocally but physically to the back of the house is important. And because I have limited range of mobility, a product like this ideally will help me be able to bring that expressiveness to the characters that I get to portray on stage.”

Dr. Matt Foss, assistant professor in the UToledo Department of Theatre and Film, connected the students with Rodriguez, who performed in Foss’ adaptation of “All Quiet on the Western Front” in Chicago.

“They worked with Joel in an ethical and empathetic manner with incredible results,” Foss said. “It truly speaks to the commitment to innovation that UToledo has in all areas — the arts and the sciences.”

The engineering team is presenting the prototype at the Kennedy Center American College Theater festival in January.

“There’s still more to be done to improve our device,” said Brown, who graduates this month and will start a full-time job at GE Appliances in Louisville, Ky. “It’s designed to replace an existing arm rest on a wheelchair. Mounting is something we’re still working on. Next semester, another group of engineering students will take over the project.”

Notification of Alcohol and Other Drug Report, Resources Sent

Internal Audit and Compliance recently notified all students, faculty and staff that UToledo’s report of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Prevention Program is posted online for review.

“To help provide a safe academic and work environment, we want to make sure everyone has information readily accessible about the detrimental health effects of drugs and alcohol,” said Elliott Nickeson, Clery Act compliance officer.

The ATOD report also contains UToledo’s standards of conduct, possible legal sanctions for alcohol and drug use, and a list of on-campus and community resources available for individuals who may need assistance with drug or alcohol addiction.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 requires institutions of higher education to review their ATOD programs and policies every two years and send notification to their constituents annually.

“We’ve decided to send notification each semester to ensure all members of our campus community — including any new students and employees — receive this information on a timely basis,” Nickeson said. “In addition to being compliant, we especially want to remind everyone to make healthy choices.

“Several recent, highly publicized occurrences across the country in which college students have been seriously injured or have died as the result of alcohol or drug misuse provide more than enough evidence that this information is crucial to safeguarding yourself, your roommates or co-workers,” he added. “I encourage everyone to take a moment to review the report. It literally could save someone’s life.”

View the full report.

For more information about the report or to receive it in another format, contact elliott.nickeson@utoledo.edu.

Holiday Dining Hours on Main Campus Announced

Employees and students on Main Campus will be able to fuel up after fall semester. UToledo Dining Services has announced its holiday hours.

Open Monday through Friday, Dec. 16 to 22, will be:

• Starbucks in the Thompson Student Union from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.;

• Magic Wok from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and

• Phoenicia Cuisine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Open Monday, Dec. 23, will be:

• Starbucks in the Thompson Student Union from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and

• Phoenicia Cuisine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Following winter break, hours and locations will adjust slightly. For reference, a complete list of winter break hours for on-campus dining venues is available on the UToledo Dining Services’ website.

All Main Campus dining locations will resume normal hours when spring semester begins Tuesday, Jan. 21.

For more information, email mealplan@utoledo.edu.