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UToledo Professor Elected Fellow of Renowned Scientific Society

A professor at The University of Toledo has been awarded one of the highest honors a scientist can earn.

Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, professor of medicinal and biological chemistry, is among the 443 scientists elected in 2019 as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.


The lifetime appointment is an honor bestowed upon the society’s members by their peers and recognizes individuals for their efforts in advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

Bryant-Friedrich has created tools for the study of oxidative damage processes in DNA and RNA, contributing to the development of new, more effective ways to treat or prevent cancer, neurological disorders and age-related disorders.

Her research also includes biomarkers, photochemistry, mass spectrometry and ionizing radiation.

“I am thankful to be elected as a Fellow to the AAAS for the contributions I have made to the science that I love,” said Bryant-Friedrich, who also serves as dean of the College of Graduate Studies, vice provost for graduate affairs and director of the Shimadzu Laboratory for Pharmaceutical Research Excellence. “Scholarly recognition by one’s peers is the highest honor, and recognition for my work validates my efforts. I credit this honor to the wonderful like-minded, adventurous students and colleagues who have accompanied me along this journey.”

The AAAS includes more than 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serves 10 million individuals, and publishes the journal Science. It was founded in 1848 and its tradition of naming AAAS Fellows began in 1874.

“This prestigious national honor for Dr. Bryant-Friedrich brings great pride to our campus,” UToledo President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Recognition by AAAS is an external validation of our talented experts determined to advance science and improve our world.”

Bryant-Friedrich, who joined the University in 2007, will be honored in February at the organization’s annual meeting in Seattle.

She shares this honor with four UToledo colleagues who were previously elected to AAAS: Dr. Heidi Appel, dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College; Dr. Karen Bjorkman, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs; and Dr. Steven Federman, professor of astronomy, who were named Fellows in 2017; and Dr. Jack Schultz, who recently retired from his position as senior executive director of research development and has been an AAAS Fellow since 2011.

Last year, Bryant-Friedrich was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

She received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry at North Carolina Central University, a master’s degree in chemistry from Duke University, and a doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry from Ruprecht-Karls Universität in Germany. In addition, she conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Basel in Switzerland.

UToledo to Present ‘The Planets’ at Peristyle Dec. 6

The University of Toledo Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of its director, Dr. Matthew Forte, assistant professor of music, will perform Gustav Holst’s celebratory celestial work, “The Planets,” Friday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle.

The orchestra will be accompanied by the ethereal voices of the Rocket Choristers, under the direction of Dr. Brad Pierson, director of choral activities and assistant professor of music.

They will perform all seven movements — Mars, the Bringer of War; Venus, the Bringer of Peace; Mercury, the Winged Messenger; Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity; Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age; Uranus, the Magician; and Neptune, the Mystic.

Each movement of the work, written between 1914 and 1916, captures the unique essence and personality of each of the planets known to be in the solar system and visible from Earth in Holst’s time.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors 60 and older, and any students or children.

Tickets are available in advance from the Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 419.530.ARTS (2787) or online on the School of Visual and Performing Arts’ website. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Parking is free to museum members; otherwise, parking is $8. UToledo employees and students with University parking privileges can park free in the lot by the Center for the Visual Arts; just show your UToledo ID.

Time to Give Back During Holidays

Are you looking for a way to help others during the holidays? There are several options available for UToledo community members to support area families.

Stuff the Stocking is the Salvation Army’s new program that replaces the Adopt-A-Family Program. Those who would like to participate should:

• Pick up one or more stockings from the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership in Thompson Student Union Room 1532;

• Fill each stocking with unwrapped toys for one child; and

• Return the stocking(s) to the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership in Thompson Student Union Room 1532 before 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

Another way to help those in need is to participate in the Hope for the Holidays Toy Drive. 13abc, the Salvation Army and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves (Toys for Tots) are teaming up for another year of supporting families. To participate:

• Drop off new, unwrapped toys by Friday, Dec. 13, at any of the numerous locations, which can be found on the 13abc website.

• Stop by the annual Hope for the Holidays Drive-Thru Bash Friday, Dec. 6 at 13abc, 4247 Dorr St. The event will include Santa Claus, live entertainment, and dozens of special guests.

In addition, the Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of ways at the Toy Shop:

• Be a personal shopping attendant — 40 volunteer shoppers per hour are needed to take clients around to tables to select toys for their children;

• Restock books, scarves, stuffed animals, puzzles and toys at the tables; or

• Assist clients to their cars with their toys when they are finished shopping.

Volunteers can help for one hour, one morning/afternoon, or the entire day on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 18 and 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To volunteer for the Toy Shop, call Maj. Barbara Duperree at 419.241.1138.

Title IX Office Promoting ‘Cup of Prevention’

Students gearing up for finals week and sipping on their hot beverages from Starbucks and Java City will be encouraged to learn more about sexual misconduct prevention education resources from the Title IX Office. UToledo continues to promote and encourage a commitment to a safe campus community.

“Cup of Prevention” is an awareness campaign presented by the Title IX Office to promote resources available to faculty, staff and students should they or someone they know be impacted by sexual misconduct. By taking a photo of the snap code thru the Snapchat app, the person is guided to resources available to assist them.

“It is the continued goal of the Title IX Office to raise awareness of resources available to the UToledo community about what options are available. We also want to encourage healthy conversations about consent and create an environment comfortable for reporting,” Vicky Kulicke, director of Title IX and compliance, said.

“This powerful awareness campaign has been at UToledo for four years and demonstrates a wonderful partnership with areas outside of the Title IX Office that can help support education and awareness surrounding having a safe campus community,” she added.

“Cup of Prevention” is part of an overall awareness campaign to target faculty, staff and students to continue educating the community on what is available to them. This campaign is in addition to banners, posters, lawn signs, TV screens, tabling and brochures found around campus.

The University’s Title IX Office ensures compliance with federal law and works to raise awareness of sexual misconduct prevention. The Title IX Office responds to and may investigate reports of sexual misconduct, implements interim measures when necessary, and works to remedy the effects of sexual misconduct.

For more information about the Title IX Office and the sexual misconduct education program, call 419.530.4191, stop by the office in Snyder Memorial Building Room 1120, or visit the Title IX Office website.

World Languages and Cultures to Present Yoga With Puppies

Need a break from the end-of-the-semester rush? The Department of World Languages and Cultures is presenting Yoga with Puppies this week.

Bring your own mat for an easy yoga flow session with Lola, the department’s resident emotional support dog.

Lola, the emotional support dog of the Department of World Languages and Cultures

There are two sessions: Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 3 p.m. Both events will take place in Memorial Field House Room 2420.

“We’re offering this destress event for students — and employees — that want to rest, relax, and get a mental health break before finals start,” said Charlene Gary, secretary in the World Languages and Cultures Department.

Students can drop in anytime during the sessions, and bring their own blanket or comfortable item if they wish to meditate.

“We’ll have an easy flow yoga class for anyone that wants to participate, no experience or flexibility necessary,” Gary said. “Or if students want to drop in during class to sit and meditate or to visit with Lola, that also will be available to them.”

She added, “In order for students to get the most out of our destress event, we just ask that anyone participating maintain a calm and quiet demeanor throughout the event.”

For more information on the free sessions, contact Gary at charlene.gary@utoledo.edu.

Parking Reminders for Rocket Women’s Basketball Education Day Dec. 3

The University of Toledo will host its annual Rocket Women’s Basketball Education Day Tuesday, Dec. 3, in conjunction with its non-conference matchup against Belmont at 11 a.m. in Savage Arena.

To help ensure a successful experience for everyone, please note the following parking lot closures:

• Vehicles will not be admitted into lot 20 (west of Nitschke Technology Commerce Complex) beginning Monday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m.

• Vehicles will not be admitted into lots 3 (north of Savage Arena), 4 (east of Fetterman Training Center), 5 (west of Savage Arena) and 6 (north of Health Education Center) beginning Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 a.m.

When arriving for classes or work on Main Campus Tuesday, Dec. 3:

• Be sure to arrive early to allow extra time to park.

• Consider using the Blue and Gold Bus Routes on Education Day. TARTA’s schedules for these routes are available on the Parking and Transportation Services’ website or on the Passio GO app.

To help with locating parking on Main Campus, a map is available on the Parking and Transportation Services’ website.

To assist you in finding additional approved parking, know your permit type. To view your permit, go to the Parking Portal.

Save at Rocket Wireless During Cyber Week

Rocket Wireless is offering their best deals of the season: Shop before it’s too late. Offers are valid online and in store from Monday, Dec. 2, through Friday, Dec. 6.
Cyber week deals include:

• $40 off all equipment, waived processing fee ($15 value) with purchase of a new line. Use promo code: SNOWFLAKE.

• $40 off all equipment with eligible upgrade. Use promo code: HOLLYJOLLY

• Enter to win $80 account credit (current customers only); read about the cyber deal.

Customers may claim their $40 off equipment deal on the Rocket Wireless website.

Are you a new customer? Email rocketwireless@utoledo.edu or visit the storefront in Thompson Student Union Room 1560 to sign up and take advantage of the cyber week deal; make sure to include the promo code.

To explore all plans, visit the Rocket Wireless website.

Princeton Review Names UToledo College of Law in Top 10 List of Best Law Schools for Women

The University of Toledo College of Law is one of the best law schools in the country for women in a prestigious ranking that focuses on student experience and success.

The Princeton Review, which again selected the UToledo College of Law in its list of the top 167 law schools in the country titled “Best Law Schools 2020,” ranked the UToledo College of Law No. 5 on the national list of the top 10 law schools with the “Greatest Resources for Women.”

In addition, the Princeton Review once again named UToledo College of Law No. 1 in Ohio and Michigan for most accessible professors; UToledo tied for No. 1 in Indiana for faculty accessibility.

“What makes the UToledo College of Law special is that faculty members are deeply involved in their students learning and professional development from day one,” said Geoffrey Rapp, associate dean for academic affairs and Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law and Values. “Our faculty get to know our students – where they are from, where they want to be, and what kind of law they aspire to practice. This puts them in a position to provide support to help students reach their goals.”

The Princeton Review identified which law schools offer the greatest resources for women based on the percentage of the student body who identify as women, as well as on student answers to a survey question on whether all students are afforded equal treatment by students and faculty regardless of their gender.

The college scored 97 in the “Professors Accessible” category, which is based on how students rate the accessibility of law school faculty. The ratings are scored on a scale of 60 to 99.

“Every aspect of the school strikes the perfect balance between professionalism and personal attention,” said a surveyed student. Students also spoke overwhelmingly of the school’s obvious care and concern for their future, and the faculty’s “willingness to sit and chat with students about class at any time, while connecting what we learn to real-life use.”

“We recommend The University of Toledo College of Law and every one of the 167 law schools we selected for our 2020 list as an excellent choice for a student aspiring to earn a J.D.,” said Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of the Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review’s 80-question student survey asked law school students about their schools’ academics, student body and campus life. It also included questions for the respondents about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys for this edition were conducted during the 2018-19, 2017-18 and 2016-17 academic years.

The company also selected schools based on an analysis of institutional data collected from surveys of law school administrators during the 2018-19 academic year. The institutional survey, which numbered more than 200 questions, covered topics from academic offerings and admission requirements to data about currently enrolled students as well as graduates’ employment.

“What makes our ‘Best Law Schools’ designations unique is that we also take into account the opinions of students attending the schools about their campus and classroom experiences,” Franek said. “For our 2020 list, we surveyed a total of 19,000 students at the 167 schools.”

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. Every year, the company helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in-person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House.

Ritter Planetarium Showing Holiday Programs on Full Dome for Kids

The University of Toledo Ritter Planetarium is showing “The Alien Who Stole Christmas” and “Santa’s Secret Star” in full dome for children throughout the holiday season.

“The Alien Who Stole Christmas” is featured at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays through Dec. 20.

“Santa’s Secret Star” is featured at 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Dec. 21.

“These are amusing, entertaining and educational programs for children and Santa fans of all ages,” Alex Mak, associate director of UToledo Ritter Planetarium, said.

“Santa’s Secret Star” is a story about Santa and Rudolph learning how to find their way back to the North Pole using constellations. After Santa finishes his Christmas deliveries, he and his reindeer become lost. Without a compass, he and Rudolph turn to the constellations for help, and the stars lead them to the North Star, which guides them home.

“The Alien Who Stole Christmas” tells the story of Santa meeting Mr. Freep, an alien from another world. Together, they head off on a cosmic adventure taking them to the farthest regions of the solar system and try to make it back in time for Santa to deliver toys to the children of Earth.

Admission to the programs is $7 for adults and $5 for children, senior citizens and UToledo community members. All children younger than 4 are free. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the show.

Rocket Wireless Reinstates AT&T, Lowers Rates for Select Plans, Revamps Product Line

In efforts to continually improve services, Rocket Wireless has launched new cellular plans and reinstated AT&T as one of the carriers available.

To explore the new offers, visit the Rocket Wireless website.

Highlighted changes include:

• AT&T and Verizon’s 3GB data-share plans are now double the data for the same cost;

• Sprint and AT&T now have MiFi plans with true unlimited data;

• All three carriers now support Apple and Samsung smart watches; and

• The Verizon Unlimited Everything plan has had a price decrease.

“In addition to great plans, Rocket Wireless has competitive deals on new equipment, too,” said Joy Seifert, director of business services. “Currently, the iPhone 8 64GB is $39.99, while the new iPhone 11 64GB is only $289.99, when signing a new contract with Rocket Wireless.”

The holidays are coming soon: Watch for email alerts and get ready to take advantage of great deals and limited-time offers available to customers this season, Seifert added.

Rocket Wireless is proud to provide cellular voice and data services exclusively to students, faculty, staff, affiliates and alumni. Email rocketwireless@utoledo.edu to learn more or sign up to take advantage of competitive pricing, short contracts, and exclusive plans and services through Verizon, Sprint and AT&T carriers.