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Alumni College 2016 will be held on the second floor of Baker University Center May 19-20.

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Alumni College courses to cover health, culture


Alumni returning to campus for lectures from current faculty is a long-standing OHIO Alumni Association tradition. Back again for the third year in tandem with On The Green Weekend, Alumni College 2016 will feature issues of health in Appalachia, new scientific research discoveries and reflections on art, history and culture in the U.S. and at Ohio University.

These free courses will be offered on Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20 on the second floor of Baker University Center, and are open to the public.

Thursday, May 19

9 a.m.

  1. Bill Kimok | A Brief Look at Women's History at Ohio University, 1869-1970s
  2. Kamile Geist | The Music Therapy Profession

10:30 a.m.

  1. Frank Schwartz | Development of Novel, Small Molecule Inhibitors of Inflammation
  2. Sara Hartman | University-Community Partnerships: Facilitating An Engaged Research Agenda
  3. Michele Morrone | Ailing in Place: Environmental and Public Health in Appalachia

2 p.m.

  1. Jorma and Vanessa Kaukonen | Jorma's Embryonic Journey

3:30 p.m.

  1. Frank Schwartz | Use of Artificial Intelligence to Manage Type 1 Diabetes
  2. Noah Rosenblatt | Vaylenx: An Innovative Solution to Vector Control
  3. Sara Hartman | University-Community Partnerships: Facilitating An Engaged Research Agenda

Friday, May 20

9 a.m.

  1. Bill Kimok | A Brief Look at Women's History at Ohio University, 1869-1970s
  2. Noah Rosenblatt | Vaylenx: An Innovative Solution to Vector Control
  3. Chester Pach | The 1980s: The Age of Reagan and Madonna

10:30 a.m.

  1. Gary Coombs | Applying Design Thinking
  2. TJ Cyders | Impacts of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing on the Future of Manufacturing
  3. Chester Pach | The 1980s: The Age of Reagan and Madonna

2 p.m.

  1. Gary Coombs | Applying Design Thinking
  2. Stan Alost | No One Wants to See That: Images That Disturb
  3. Michele Morrone | Ailing in Place: Environmental and Public Health in Appalachia

3:30 p.m.

  1. Kamile Geist | The Music Therapy Profession
  2. Stan Alost | No One Wants to See That: Images That Disturb
  3. TJ Cyders | Impacts of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing on the Future of Manufacturing

Each session will be one and a half hours long, with a one-hour presentation, 15-minute Q&A period, and 15-minute restroom/relocation break. The course schedule is subject to change. Visit ohio.edu/alumni/onthegreen for updates.

Renowned professor to discuss Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine advancements
By Kaitlyn Pacheco

During this year’s On The Green Weekend, head back to the classroom for two informative Alumni College courses taught by renowned clinician, researcher and professor, Frank Schwartz.

Schwartz, professor of specialty medicine, is credited with advancing the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s work in diabetes research. Through his work, he’s helped to establish the college as one of the leading academic institutions and medical clinics for research and treatment of diabetes in Ohio and the nation.

Schwartz’s presentation, titled Use of Artificial Intelligence to Manage Type 1 Diabetes, will discuss the use of case-based reasoning software to manage patients with diabetes as well as a new class of compounds he developed along with other Ohio University professionals.

The case-based reasoning software, which was created in collaboration with Cindy Marling and Razvon Benuescu, is used to overcome the data-overload from insulin pumps and glucose sensors currently used to manage diabetes. Their system allows for the analysis of six weeks worth of data, can determine multiple problems in glucose excursion and their probable causes and offer solutions to the physician. A venture capital firm from Silicon Valley is currently trying to license the software from the developers for commercial development.

Schwartz will also discuss a new class of compounds he developed in collaboration with Kelly McCall, Doug Goetz and Steven Bergemeier. The compounds block unique inflammatory pathways involved in obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease, and the team is in the process of licensing the compounds for veterinary and human clinical use.

“Alumni will get to see how collaborative, multidisciplinary research being conducted on OHIO’s campus is resulting in commercial products for the greater good,” Schwartz said.

Alumni College courses will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20 in Baker University Center. 

To view an updated schedule of events and register for On the Green Weekend, visit https://www.ohio.edu/alumni/onthegreen/