News briefs – Oct. 26


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AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION TO FUND $6.49 MILLION IN PROJECTS – The American Lung Association’s Research Awards Nationwide 2015-2016 report highlights the novel and innovative research projects supported by the organization with the goal of discovering effective prevention and treatment strategies as well as cures for lung diseases like asthma, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and more.

Through its Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) and Awards and Grants Program, the American Lung Association funds high quality research and will be funding more than $6.49 million in 2015-2016. The Program supports laboratory and patient-centered research and is an essential cornerstone of the Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

“Lung conditions are often preventable or manageable. State of the art research is needed to ensure that we consider all factors in the care of our communities,” said Dr. Sumita Khatri, a member of the American Lung Association National Board of Directors and the American Lung Association of the Midland States Charter Board of Directors.

“Therefore, the ALA makes research a priority and is extremely proud to fund meaningful, novel, and relevant scientific research to help individuals with lung diseases like asthma, lung cancer, and COPD and their families” said Dr. Khatri, the Co-Director of the Asthma Center at Cleveland Clinic

REPORT: FINDLAY HELPFUL TO ECONOMY – The University of Findlay generates $196.2 million for Ohio’s economy, and $154.1 million for Hancock County’s, proving that its influence reaches far beyond academics. Those figures and more are included in recently commissioned economic impact reports.

The reports are based on UF’s 2014 financial statements, which reflect expenses such as staff payroll, capital improvements and inventory purchases. Student, employee and visitor spending also factored into the formula that was used to arrive at these numbers.

Completed in May by Michael C. Carroll, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University’s economics professor and director of its Center for Regional Development, the state report shows that UF:

* Generated $196.2 million annually for Ohio’s economy

* Actively created nearly 1,829 jobs in the state

* Generated $7.3 million in state and local taxes annually

* Spent about $139.1 million annually on capital improvements, operations and employees

* Spent $28.2 million in indirect spending, which includes purchases such as labor and raw materials from local suppliers

* Enabled $49.2 million in students spending statewide

* Enabled $7.8 million in spending from visitors, which supports 88 jobs, mostly in Hancock County

FINDLAY TO HOST IMAM SPEAKER – Imam Talal Eid, Th.D., director of religious affairs for the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, will be speaking about the state of the Islamic faith at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 in The University of Findlay’s Ritz Auditorium in Old Main. The event, which is part of the University’s 2015 Religious Studies Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

The purpose of the lecture series is to provide an enhanced learning environment for exploring critical issues relevant to religious studies. Imam Eid, and three others who are scheduled to present at later dates in November, will address topics such as how their religion influences personal identity and vocation, how their religious traditions intersect with American culture, and the types of discrimination and prejudices that those of their particular faith experience.

Imam Eid is a well-known Muslim scholar, theologian, activist and lecturer on Islam and Muslims, and on Christian, Jewish and Muslim relations in North America and around the globe. He has over 40 years of experience as an Imam and marital and family therapist. He is a consultant, specialist and expert on Islamic law as it pertains to family issues ranging from spousal abuse to child custody. He is also an expert on interfaith dialogue; and issues related to Islamic pastoral care and counseling, and international religious freedom. In 2007 Imam Eid was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a commissioner at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and served a second term under President Barack Obama. His tenure involved diplomatic mission trips, at the request of the State Department, to countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Switzerland and South Korea.Imam Talal Eid, Th.D., director of religious affairs for the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, will be speaking about the state of the Islamic faith at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 in The University of Findlay’s Ritz Auditorium in Old Main. The event, which is part of the University’s 2015 Religious Studies Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

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