April 19, 2018 Announcements


    Thursday, April 19, 2018



    The Speed School’s River City Rocketry Team won this year’s Safety Award in the annual NASA Student Launch competition held earlier this month  in Huntsville, Alabama. That makes 11 competition awards since the team was founded in 2011, including winning the top prize of Vehicle Design Award in 2017.




    In time for Derby, the May issue of O Magazine features a story on School of Nursing faculty members Whitney Hall Nash and Sara Robertson and their work at the Kentucky Racing Health Services Center in providing high-quality care to backside racetrack workers. 



    New tool increases academic integrity for online exams

    Respondus Monitor is a companion application for LockDown Browser that uses webcam and video technology to prevent cheating during online exams. This tool allows students to take exams from any location by verifying their identity and exam environment using webcam recordings – making it perfect for monitoring online exams. Respondus Monitor is available immediately and free for UofL instructors.
    Additional Information: Websiteemail, 852-8833

    UL2FCTR starts Monday on HR/PeopleSoft Systems

    Beginning Monday, April 23, UofL is adding an extra security measure to safeguard personal information and university data. Two-factor authentication (UL2FCTR) requires the input of a second code before you can log-in to any university HR/PeopleSoft system. UL2FCTR prevents any non-authorized online access because it is independent from your UofL userID and password and requests a verification code provided to you on or by another device. You must sign-up for UL2FCTR (a Duo product) online.
    Additional Information: WebsiteIT website, 852-7997


    Transformation Tea RSVP by April 20

    April 26, 3-5 p.m., Belknap Campus, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
    Transformation Tea for Women of Color & Their Allies began in 1997. The Tea affords women of color an opportunity on an annual basis to empower one another by sharing concerns, problems and positive suggestions. We will have a panel discussion on “Faculty Women of Color in the Academy.” Guest speaker, Phyllis L. Clark, Med, founder of EMERGE Institute for Women. The topic is “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by April 20
    Additional Information: Website 


    Brown bag lunch: ‘Human Trafficking Essentials for Healthcare Providers’

    April 25, noon to 1 p.m., HSC, School of Nursing, Kwing, room 2003
    Human trafficking is a global scourge with a substantial prevalence in Kentuckiana. An overwhelming majority of clinicians lack confidence in their ability to identify a victim of human trafficking in clinical practice, while an overwhelming majority of victims report interacting with the healthcare system. Guest speakers Carrie Bohnert and Allyson Cox Taylor will cover the signs and symptoms of human trafficking in the healthcare environment and the work of the Attorney General’s Office. This is a brown bag lunch event. Please RSVP online by April 24 at noon


    Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences now offering Lasik opportunity for UofL community

    A new program geared toward UofL students, faculty and staff includes a free Lasik/PRK evaluation at the Kentucky Lions Eye Center. Pay half the average rate for Lasik/PRK by only being charged the facility laser fee. The typical surgeon’s fee is waived. Cases start at $675 per eye. The cases are staffed by Dr. Richard Eiferman, who has performed more than 2,000 refractive procedures, and use the latest technology in the industry – the Johnson & Johnson STAR SR IR Excimer Laser. Call Kim Klein at 502-588-0550 to schedule an appointment.


    RCR 101

    April 19, 3-4 p.m., Room 139, Shumaker Building, Belknap Campus
    The one hour session will introduce the topics of: Data Management, Peer Review, Authorship/Publication, Collaboration, Mentor/Mentee Relationships, Conflicts of Interest, Research Misconduct, and Fiscal and Social Responsibility in Research. Additionally, connections to Human Subjects, Animal Use and Biosafety will be discussed. Individuals needing certification for NSF, NIH or another funding agency are encouraged to attend.
    Additional Information: Carla Jones, 852-2454, website 


    Training and Workshops

    Green Tip: Hydroponics Workshop

    April 20, 1-2 p.m., Garden Commons, Cultural Center, Belknap Campus
    Our final spring Garden Commons workshop is on how to set-up a hydroponics system, with a hands-on demo in our own greenhouse. Ever wanted to know how to grow delicious, plump tomatoes in the middle of the winter? Hydroponics can allow for hyper-local produce in the off-season. We will be putting together a hydroponics system in the Garden Commons Greenhouse and discussing the advantages and disadvantages to hydroponic farming. Open to all – no experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided.
    Additional Information: WebsiteFacebook 


    CPR Training available

    May 1, 8 a.m. to noon, Paris Simulation Center, HSC Instructional Bldg., Room 307, 500 S. Preston, Louisville, 40202; $40
    Additional upcoming CPR class dates include: May 10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; May 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; June 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; June 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; June 25, 8 a.m. to noon; July 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; July 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Additional Information: Stuart Crawford, 852-2219, or Kevin Martin 852-3384



    Change in venue: Department of Sociology symposium: ‘The Science of School Security: Research on the Prevention and Response to School Violence and Shootings’

    April 19, 6 p.m., Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library (*this is a new location)
    This event features four national experts on school security, school violence and school shootings. The panelists will present the findings from their research on the effectiveness of specific school security measures and actions, including the presence and actions of school resource officers, the use of metal detectors, increased surveillance within schools, and the use of student searches. The panelists will also address the drawbacks of these school security measures, as well as the best actions that schools should take in reaction to active shooting incidents when school security measures fail. The panel includes: Thomas J. Mowen, PhD, Bowling Green State University; Benjamin W. Fisher, PhD, UofL; Cheryl Lero Jonson, PhD, Xavier University. Discussion facilitated by Ryan Schroeder, Chair of UofL’s Department of Sociology. Register online.


    Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology Seminar

    April 19, 12 p.m., CTR 124
    The Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology – William J. Waddell Seminar Series presents a PhD Defense titled, “The Effects of Polychlorinated Biphenyps Exposure on Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Role of Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor” by Hongxue Shi.
    Additional Information: Aaron Howell, 852-5141


    Physics colloquium Friday

    April 20, 2:30 p.m., Room 112 Natural Science
    Dr. Mahdi Hosseini of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University will present “Cavity Quantum Atom-Optics: from laser cooled atoms to active nano-photonics.” His talk will describe light-atom interactions in the weak and strong QED regime and show how such coherent interactions can be used to implement quantum storage, logic operations, and state engineering for optical information.
    Additional Information: Website 

    PhD Dissertation Defense – Jafar Ghithan

    April 23, 10 a.m., 139 Shumaker Building
    The Department of Physics and Astronomy is proud to present a dissertation defense by PhD candidate Jafar Ghithan: ” Photonic Tools for Advanced Sensing and Imaging at the Nanoscale.”
    Additional Information: Website 

    UPA Speaker Series: ‘On Louisville2018: a hymn of praise spiced with a few sour notes’

    April 20, noon, Urban and Public Affairs (426 W. Bloom St.), Room 123
    The Urban and Public Affairs Speaker Series welcomes former U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun. Barzun served as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom from August 2013 to January 2017. He served as National Finance Chair for former President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2011 and 2012. From August 2009 to May 2011, he served as U.S. ambassador to Sweden.
    Additional Information: Website 

    Biology Department Seminar Series, Brown & Williamson presents Guest Dr. Caroline Williams, University of California Berkeley

    April 20, noon, 139 Shumaker Research Building
    “Cold truths: Evolutionary impacts of seasonality,” will be presented by Dr. Williams, who studies the evolution of metabolic physiology in ectotherms, using insects as models. Her work was recently featured on the cover of Functional Ecology and she was presented with the George A. Bartholomew Award from the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology in 2018.

    Additional Information: Charice Johnson, 852-8263


    Latin American and Latino Studies Internship Research Forum

    April 23, 9-10 a.m., Stevenson Hall 307
    You are invited to a presentation by the Spring 2018 LALS Interns of their research projects for three local internship sites that serve the Hispanic/Latino community in Louisville: Adelante Hispanic Achievers, Doors to Hope, and Kentucky Refugee Ministries.
    Additional Information: Website


    Last chance to unlock a $5,000 match: Arbor Day to Earth Day Campaign for Student Sustainability Fund

    All friends of UofL are encouraged to give back by April 22 with gifts of any size to support the establishment of a new fund for hands-on education for 21st century social responsibility. Finance students will use to fund to learn about real-world socially responsible investing and Social Change students will use the proceeds to learn about philanthropy by supporting local sustainability projects on or off campus. If we raise $5,000, we unlock a match from Louisville-based Just Money Advisors. 

    Additional Information: Website 


    Health and Wellness

    Celebrate Get Healthy Now’s 5 year anniversary

    April 19, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Get Healthy Now
    Come join the festivities at the GHN Wellness Center as we celebrate 5 years serving the UofL community from the Humana Gym. Enjoy refreshments, games and a raffle to promote health and well being. 
    Additional information: Websiteemail, 852-7755

    GHN’s Members of the Month 2018

    In honor of global health month, GHN recognizes the 2018 members of the month thus far: January: Mark Curella. February: Errol Wint. March: Lana Greenstone. April: Laurie Pardieu. Additional information: Websiteemail, 852-7755

    Grand Rounds

    Neuroscience Grand Rounds

    April 19, 8-9 a.m., Baxter 1 Auditorium, HSC
    The Department of Neurological Surgery is excited to host this week’s Neuroscience Grand Rounds guest speaker, Dr. Ajmal Zemmar. Dr. Zemmar’s presentation is titled: “The Role of Nogo – A in Synaptic Plasticity & Motor (Reg) Learning.”

    Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds

    April 20, 6:45-7:45 a.m., Baxter I Research Center, lower level auditorium
    Please join the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as we welcome Scott Farner, MD, Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, Clinical Instructor, University of Louisville. Dr. Farner will lecture on “Distal Radius Fractures: Evidence Based Treatment?”
    Additional Information: Monica Welsh, 852-6902


    Pediatric Grand Rounds

    April 20, 8 a.m., Norton Hospital 2nd Floor Auditorium
    37th Annual Dr. Kareem B. Minhas Memorial Lectureship:
    “Pulmonary hypertension Across the Lifespan: Rules to Beautify, Bend, and Break” by Alexander R. Opotowsky, MD, MMSc.
    Additional Information: Brittney Lucket, 502-629-8828


    Family and Geriatric Medicine Grand Rounds

    April 20, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Jewish Hospital Bottigheimer Auditorium
    Arif Nazir, MD, CMO, Signature HealthCARE, president, SHC Medical Partners, will present, “Setting Sensible Models to Nudge Clinicians in Value-based Era; How Motivated are We?” Learners will be able to: 1. Describe evolution of healthcare from volume to value-based; 2. Define role of practitioners in assuring high-value care; 3. Review impact of intrinsic motivation in practitioner engagement; 4. Strategize to enhance practitioner engagement and quality. CME credit will be provided.
    Additional Information: Melissa Garrett, 852-5499



    Direct questions about UofL Today to Alicia Kelso, 852-2670, or the Office of Communication & Marketing, 852-6171. The deadline for including a submission in the next day’s UofL Today email is noon.

    + Submit an announcement

    Alicia Kelso
    Alicia Kelso is the director of social media and digital content. She joined UofL in 2015 as director of communications at the Brandeis School of Law. She also serves as a senior contributor at Forbes.com, writing about the restaurant industry, which she has covered since 2010. Her work has been featured in publications around the world, including NPR, Bloomberg, The Seattle Times, Good Morning America and Franchise Asia Magazine.