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UA students win LaunchTown competition

Mariam Crow left, and Kathleen Stitzlein, graduate students in biomedical engineering, accept the LaunchTown Entrepreneurship top prize of $10,000 Thursday for the continued development of Cannibuster, a marijuana detection sensor that allows law enforcement to check levels of THC  — a chemical found in marijuana — using a quick, accurate roadside device which delivers test results in minutes instead of weeks. The LaunchTown prize will allow the team to create partnerships with law enforcement departments in states where marijuana has been legalized to discern final device requirements from the end user’s perspective. Learn more.

'Open carry' walk planned for Saturday

A group promoting gun rights will conduct an "open carry" walk on UA main campus at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

The group plans to walk with holstered guns across campus. Similar events have been held on other university campuses in Ohio without incident.

The University of Akron is a public institution and its land and open spaces are public property. As such, access to those grounds is permissible when an activity is conducted within legal requirements and university rules.

In this case, the law permits these types of so-called “open carry” activities, provided that the organizing group and its participants comply with the law.

The group has discussed the event with University police. UAPD will be on site to ensure that the laws are followed.

School of Law honored for helping small business

The School of Law’s Clinic for Small Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) has been named the 2015 Legal Services Champion by the Cleveland District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). As part of National Small Business Week, SBA recognizes small businesses and others organizations that create jobs, lift local economies, and give back charitably to the communities where they live and work.

Gary SpringThis is the first time that the Cleveland office is presenting this award. The ceremony is set for Thursday, May 7, at 3 p.m. in School of Law - Atrium, during National Small Business Week, May 4-8.

“We are very pleased to receive this prestigious award,” says Professor Gary Spring, at right, director of the SEED Clinic. “It is a reflection of the SEED Clinic’s and Akron Law’s significant outreach to our community. We could not have received this recognition without the collaboration of many partners and the hard work of our students.”

The Akron Law SEED Clinic provides economic development assistance to the community. The clinic met with 154 clients during 2013-14 and informally counseled many more. Many of these clients have received start-up funding. Additionally, the volunteer work done by UA law students at the clinic is often described as “the best thing they have done in law school.”

Polymer engineering hosting special seminar

The Department of Polymer Engineering is hosting a special seminar titled “A New Paradigm for the Molecular Basis of Rubber Elasticity” on Monday, May 4, at 9:30 a.m. in the Polymer Engineering Academic Center, Aggarwal Lecture Hall 130.

The seminar will be given by David Hanson, who recently retired from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Theoretical Division in the Molecular Physics and Theoretical Chemistry Group. In addition to the theory of rubber elasticity, Hanson has contributed to a number of projects, including molecular dynamics simulations of reactive ion/surface interactions, inertial confinement fusion and the development of micromechanical models for filled polymers. Read the abstract.

Refreshments will be provided after the seminar. For further information, contact seminar host, Dr. Hendrik Heinz, at

Memory researcher to speak May 18

Elizabeth Loftus, a psychologist and the Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, and a professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, will discuss her renowned research on the fallibility of memory during a lecture titled “Life in Memory” at the Quaker Square Grand Ballroom on Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m.

Elizabeth Loftus, University of California, IrvineThe lecture is the third installment in the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology’s Ludy T. Benjamin Lecture. Established in 2013, the lecture is held each May to honor Benjamin’s contributions to the field of psychology and its history.

Loftus, an internationally recognized leader in the field of memory research, has collected and examined hundreds of cases of “false memories” and has also examined how memories are formed and retrieved in the laboratory. Her innovative research has shown that memories are not simply retrieved from the brain like a stored photograph; instead, they are constructed and reconstructed out of the bits and pieces of our experience.

The event, which is open to the public, will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and Loftus’s talk at 7 p.m. The cost is $50 for the general public and $25 for students. The registration deadline is May 11. More information and secure registration is available online at the Center for the History of Psychology, or by contacting Dorothy Gruich at ext. 7285 or

Statistics colloquium set April 30

The Department of Statistics announces a colloquium by Michael Wransky, a mathematics graduate student, on Thursday, April 30, from 1 to 2 p.m. in College of Arts & Sciences Building 124. The talk is titled “Empirical Bayesian Algorithm for Color Constancy.”

Equipment inventories due May 29

The annual Equipment Inventory Report was sent to departments this week. The report is sorted by building and room number. The University only verifies equipment with a purchased value more than $5,000. These inventories are required to continue to receive federal grant funding, and are an important part of UA's annual financial report audit.

Please follow these guidelines:

Verify all items listed on your report are assets that belong to your department. If an item does not belong to your department, make a note next to the item explaining that it is not in your possession and has never been assigned to your department.

  • If an item has been moved, please indicate the new building and room number.

  • If you have items that are tagged, but do not appear on the printout and should be included (value of $5,000 or more), please list them with the University tag number, name, serial number, room number and any other pertinent information.
  • Review the "Description" of each item listed. If there is a more specific way to describe the piece of equipment, please do so. For example, a description of a camera on your annual inventory report reads only "item #45899." Please write "camera" next to the description on the annual inventory.
  • If an item has been deleted, please check the "Deleted" box, add the date sent to surplus property, and attach a copy of the surplus property form when returning report. Please note: fully depreciated items will remain on your inventory report until moved to surplus. All items MUST remain on the inventory regardless of current value. Only when it is physically removed to surplus can it be removed from the department's inventory.

Please write your changes legibly. If you have any questions, or require some assistance, please call Mark Brunty at ext. 7202.

Please return Annual Equipment Inventory forms to Property Accounting, Administrative Services Building, Zip 6205 no later than Friday, May 29. The printout should be signed and dated by your department head.  

Recent positions posted on Career Link

Students looking for the perfect opportunity (co-op/internship/full-time) should visit “Career Link,” the Career Center’s online job board where 93 NEW positions were posted last week, including:

  • The Albert M. Higley Co. – manager of marketing/digital assets
  • Defense Finance and Accounting Service – accountant
  • U.S. Department of Commerce| US Export Assistance Center – Department of Commerce intern - fall 2015

Students and alumni can create an account and view all opportunities on Career Link. Or visit the Career Center in Student Union 211. Call ext. 7747. Follow us on Twitter @CareerCenter_UA.

Tennis player earns sportsmanship award, All-MAC honors

President Scarborough with Olga

Senior women's tennis player Olga Shkundina, of Ufa, Russia, was named the 2015 recipient of the Leann Grimes Davidge Sportsmanship Award, the Mid-American Conference announced April 23.

Additionally, Shkundina was named to the All-MAC second team. (She is pictured above with President Scott Scarborough.)

The Zips' lone senior, Shkundina played the season at No. 2 and No. 3 singles with a 5-2 Conference record and 12-5 mark overall. Shkundina also played No. 2 and No. 3 doubles with a 2-2 MAC mark and 5-4 record overall. The sportsmanship award is presented to the student-athlete who has displayed outstanding sportsmanship in MAC competition.

"I am extremely pleased to see that Olga was honored by the Mid-American Conference and its coaches today; she deserves it," Zips head coach Brandon Padgett said. "Olga played this season with an enormous amount of pain, both in her foot and her shoulder, and she was still able to perform at a high level, which is a credit to not only her talent, but also her heart.” Story continues online.

Jazz Combos to perform

The School of Music will present the Jazz Combos in concert under the direction of Rock Wehrman, Mark Gonder, Tim Powell and Dean Newton on Tuesday, April 28, at 8 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 8301 or e-mail

Chamber Ensemble at Thomas Hall May 5

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble will be presented by Tuesday Musical on Tuesday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields was formed in 1959 by a group of 11 enthusiastic musicians with the aim of performing in public without a conductor. The group’s first three recordings led to a succession of long-term contracts, and it quickly took its place among the most recorded ensembles in history.

The Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform the larger chamber works — from quintets to octets with players who customarily work together. Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra, the Chamber Ensemble tours as a string octet, string sextet and in other configurations.

The program will include works by Brahms, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn. Tickets are $45-$25.


Senior Week debuts April 25

This article originally appeared on 4-21-2015

‘Fine Folk’ opens Friday

This article originally appeared on 4-21-2015

Students exhibit artwork at Hower House

This article originally appeared on 4-22-2015

Yoga Inversion Workshop is April 27

This article originally appeared on 4-22-2015

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