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Invitation to join the Peace Education Initiative and UT’s GSA for a Special Conversation

Invitation to join the Peace Education Initiative and UT’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) for a conversation with world renowned peace scholar and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Betty A. Reardon.

Why Study Peace @ UT?  The Imperative of Peace Studies in the University Curriculum
Special Conversations with Dr. Betty Reardon

 

» Online Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Peace Education. The Foundations of Peace Education program is designed for education professionals working in a variety of educational environments ranging from P-12 schools, community colleges, universities, and non-government organizations. The certificate provides students with the concepts, skills, and values to infuse peace education throughout the curriculum, thereby providing them with opportunities to be employed in a variety of educational settings. The program caters to an interdisciplinary and international audience.

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We extend a special invitation to you to join the Peace Education Initiative and UT’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) for a conversation with world renowned peace scholar and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Betty A. Reardon.

Dr. Reardon will be on campus for three days in April to engage community members in conversations about the need and possibilities of peace studies at The University of Toledo and beyond.  

The special evening event open to the public will be hosted by Interim Provost John Barrett. 

RSVPs requested for all events (to aid in food ordering)
 
Why Peace Studies?
Peace studies and peace education play an important role in the preparation of citizens for life outside the university. Such studies engender commitment among people to a vision of peace in which all members of the human race can exercise personal freedoms and be protected from violence, oppression, and indignity. There are many intellectual, psychological, social, and political benefits of an education informed by peace. The University is a bastion of knowledge and it is imperative that citizens passing through the institution consider and acquire the values, principles and practices essential to establishing peaceful and just relations amongst people, communities, cultures and nation states. Efforts are currently being pursued to integrate & mainstream peace studies across the UT campus; helping to orient the university curriculum toward the betterment of society and the human condition.

Dr. Betty A. Reardon
The founder of the Peace Education Center at Columbia University, Dr. Reardon has influenced thousands of teachers and students in the methods of and approaches to peace education. She has taught at universities around the world, and has broad experience both in formal school settings and in non-formal community-based education programs. During her long career, Dr. Reardon has advanced peace and global citizenship education through an integrated focus on human security, sustainable development, human rights, ecology and gender.

Her most significant professional achievement — establishing the International Institute on Peace Education (currently coordinated by the Peace Education Initiative at The University of Toledo) — received special honorary mention from the UNESCO Peace Education Prize. Dr. Reardon is the winner of the 2010 Sean McBride Peace Prized awarded by the International Peace Bureau in Geneva, among other accolades. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, Dr. Reardon is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in peace education theory and pedagogy.

For Additional Event Details
Peace Education Initiative: PeaceEducationInitiative@utoledo.edu; (419) 530-2552.
Graduate Student Association: Colins, (419) 360-6181; Zach, (330) 242-6006.
Our mailing address is:
Peace Education Initiative, The University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft Street Mail Stop 921
Toledo, OH  43606

Kevin Nash, a UT doctoral teaching assistant in pharmacology and experimental therapeutics received a $10,000 award from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education

DOCTORAL STUDENT RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD TO HELP WITH STROKE RESEARCH

Kevin Nash, a doctoral teaching assistant in The University of Toledo Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, has received a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Sciences Award for his research in rational drug design and chemical synthesis with a focus on neurology.

The American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education presents the award to students in a graduate doctoral program in either pharmaceutical science or clinical pharmaceutical science who have potential to contribute to the field and ultimately impact patient and public health.

Nash

Nash

Nash is among 38 students who received the nationally competitive award, which includes a $10,000 stipend that he will use toward purchasing supplies for his research.“My project is on stroke research; stroke is the fifth leading cause of death,” Nash said. “There’s really no treatment for stroke right now other than restoring blood flow, but cutting off blood flow to the brain for even a few minutes causes severe cell death, and there’s no treatment to stop that cell death and to protect the neurons from dying after the blood flow has been cut off.

“So I’m designing a drug that will hopefully be able to sense where that cell death is occurring and inhibit an enzyme that produces damaging molecules to protect neurons and other brain cells from damage.”

He is conducting his doctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Zahoor Shah, associate professor in the UT Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

“The people here are very collaborative and like to work with each other,” Nash said. “I’m actually working in Dr. Shah’s lab and in Dr. [Isaac] Schiefer’s lab since he has a background in synthesis. So where Dr. Shah isn’t necessarily as familiar with a concept, another professor is willing to step in and help.”

Schiefer is an assistant professor in the UT Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry.

The American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education is a national organization dedicated to advancing and supporting pharmaceutical sciences education in the United States.

For more information on the foundation, visit afpenet.org.


How I Stumbled All the Way from Postdoc to Dream Job: Careers Under the Microscope

An article out of the Boston Globe offered staggering numbers on the state of postdocs in Boston in 2014. 8,000 postdocs and fewer than 1,000 faculty positions.About five years ago, that was me. Wrapping up a productive postdoc with no idea as to what I should be doing or where I should be doing it. My lab at Harvard was dissolving due to our inability to renew funding. My husband had recently found a position in Boston after two years of living semi-cross country due to my coveted postdoc, so I couldn’t go back to the Midwest now! I applied for hundreds of positions—Medical Science Liason (MSL), medical writing, editorial jobs, clinical research—the list goes on. And on. I didn’t hear back from 80% of these jobs, so I could only assume my lack of experience outside of academia was my kryptonite.After a few months of searching, I started to focus on scientific publishing and found a position at a small local startup journal, JoVE. A small scientific publisher was seemingly a perfect fit. While my short time at JoVE whet my appetite for publishing, and in a grassroots manner, it was not a great fit for me. I explored other options on the side by freelance writing and editing for another publisher and other companies. It was sometimes very interesting work, but still wasn’t the right fit.

I continued my search, almost two years after my postdoc. I had the Cell Career Network, Nature Jobs, and Indeed.com all as favorites in my browser and my first stop, Every. Single. Morning.

When would I give up and realize I was one of the “lucky ones”? I’d completed a postdoc at a reputable institution with an advisor that I admired, a wonderful mentor who guided me and made sure I found a job before we dissolved our lab. But I’m me, and I couldn’t be happy until the fit was perfect. What I missed about the lab was my ability to mentor others, give guidance on their projects as the senior postdoc in the lab, and the everyday challenge of problem solving (except western blots—I really hated western blots). I realized I hadn’t been challenged in any of these positions since my postdoc. At all. And, in my three-month stint of medical writing, I really wasn’t using my scientific background either. So, I focused my search on positions that seemed challenging to me while also utilizing my training.

By networking, applying, and interviewing for a few positions at Cell Press, I finally found it.

My position here at Cell Press isn’t that of a typical scientific editor. I don’t run a journal or read your exciting, unpublished articles. I’m the only scientist in our business development department (not counting Emilie, our CEO). Not only do I run our scientific conferences, Cell Symposia, the Cell Press Webinar series, but I also get to consult on many projects that come out of Cell Press. It’s very exciting. Every day is a challenge, and it’s rarely ever the same from day to day. One day I’m consulting on which are the hottest papers to come out of Cell, the next I’m flying to Europe or Asia for a conference or meeting with my international colleagues. I also have the opportunity to work with my colleagues on our editorial team to plan Cell Symposia, do a bit of scientific writing and blogging, and consult on marketing, sales, and many other projects.

Photo Inset: Meet the Editors session at Cell Symposium: Hallmarks of Cancer in Beijing, China.
From left to right: Emilie Marcus, EIC of Cell and CEO of Cell Press, Debbie Sweet, EIC of Cell Stem Cell, Helena Yang, Deputy Editor of Cancer Cell, Jiaying Tan, Scientific Editor, Cell, and the author.

During my job search from postdoc until now, I stumbled quite a bit. Many days I felt hopeless. Yet, while these interim positions were not the right fit, I learned valuable lessons and skills that were necessary for my current position. It would have been impossible for me to land my current job without the experience that I gained from my previous positions.

What I’ve learned in these last few years is to embrace all of your professional experiences, even if they’re not the position that you really want in the long run. Chances are those skills will translate to that perfect position. Take stock in what it is that you really want. Do not get discouraged if you do not get your dream job at first. Remember what your that you’re probably luckier than you assume.


Doctoral Student Receives National Award To Help With Stroke Research

Kevin Nash, a doctoral teaching assistant in The University of Toledo Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, has received a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Sciences Award for his research in rational drug design and chemical synthesis with a focus on neurology.

The American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education presents the award to students in a graduate doctoral program in either pharmaceutical science or clinical pharmaceutical science who have potential to contribute to the field and ultimately impact patient and public health.

Nash

Nash

Nash is among 38 students who received the nationally competitive award, which includes a $10,000 stipend that he will use toward purchasing supplies for his research.

“My project is on stroke research; stroke is the fifth leading cause of death,” Nash said. “There’s really no treatment for stroke right now other than restoring blood flow, but cutting off blood flow to the brain for even a few minutes causes severe cell death, and there’s no treatment to stop that cell death and to protect the neurons from dying after the blood flow has been cut off.

“So I’m designing a drug that will hopefully be able to sense where that cell death is occurring and inhibit an enzyme that produces damaging molecules to protect neurons and other brain cells from damage.”

He is conducting his doctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Zahoor Shah, associate professor in the UT Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

“The people here are very collaborative and like to work with each other,” Nash said. “I’m actually working in Dr. Shah’s lab and in Dr. [Isaac] Schiefer’s lab since he has a background in synthesis. So where Dr. Shah isn’t necessarily as familiar with a concept, another professor is willing to step in and help.”

Schiefer is an assistant professor in the UT Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry.

The American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education is a national organization dedicated to advancing and supporting pharmaceutical sciences education in the United States.

For more information on the foundation, visit afpenet.org.


Lunch with the Presidents

Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey held up a Toledo jersey before she served lunch to UT President Sharon L. Gaber and UT Student Government President Cody Spoon, left, and UT Graduate Student Association President Eric Prichard. Watch a video about the friendly wager over the rivalry game.

Gaber and Mazey

 


Graduate Certificate for Teaming in Early Childhood

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Graduate Student Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards Available

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Ohio Third Frontier Internship Information Session

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International Ranking With Greater Research Emphasis Rates UT Well Among Ohio Universities

An international ranking for institutions of higher education that emphasizes research and a school’s dissemination of knowledge placed The University of Toledo in good standing among its Ohio peers and provides a benchmark against which UT can judge future improvements.

This is the first time the University has submitted data to the Times Higher Education World University rankings, which listed UT in the range between 501 and 600 of all institutions of higher education worldwide.

rankings webThe Times Higher Education rankings provide a greater balance between undergraduate education and graduate education and research than rankings such as those in U.S. News and World Report that are heavily weighted toward undergraduate studies, said Dr. Ying Liu, UT director of institutional research.

“While no rankings method is perfect, all can be useful as long as you have a clear sense of what is being measured,” Liu said. “The Times Higher Education rankings provide a clearer measure of UT as a national research university and all that designation implies.”

Given the international nature of this evaluation of universities, institutions with greater levels of global diversity at the student and employee levels were rated higher. Universities whose faculty co-authored research papers with at least one researcher from another country also benefited.

“One of my primary goals is to elevate this University’s national and international standing,” said UT President Sharon L. Gaber. “And a big part of that is knowing where we stand today.

“These rankings show we are positioned fairly well among Ohio public universities. Our work in the years ahead will be to move that forward on a national level,” Gaber said.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings:

• 90 — Ohio State University – Main Campus
• 301-350 — University of Cincinnati – Main Campus
• 501-600 — The University of Toledo
• 501-600 — Kent State University at Kent
• 601-800 — Ohio University – Main Campus
• 601-800 — Miami University – Oxford


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