April 4, 2018 Announcements


    Wednesday, April 4, 2018



    Neeli Bendapudi, PhD, has been selected as the next president of the University of Louisville. She has served as the provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas since May 2016, and was previously the Henry D. Price Dean of the School of Business at Kansas. She is expected to begin her role at UofL on May 15.




    Virginia Hosono, director of Study Abroad and International Travel, Kimber Guinn, study abroad advisor, and Dom McShan, program director of the Cultural Center, are participating this weekend in the Diversity Abroad Innovation Competition. They will present “Retention and Leadership through Diversity Innovation.” The competition, sponsored by CAPA, brings together professionals and students with “creative programs that advance diversity and inclusive excellence in global education.” 



    Meet UofL’s new president

    Wednesday, April 4; 10 a.m., SAC Multipurpose Room, Belknap Campus; 1 p.m., CTR Building Lobby, HSC Campus
    Meet the 18th president of the University of Louisville, Dr. Neeli Bendapudi. Bendapudi was approved by the Board of Trustees at a special meeting April 3. She is expected to start at UofL May 15.


    Applications due April 16 for Commission on the Status of Women

    The Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) is soliciting nominations of both staff and faculty for appointment consideration to the commission. Visit the COSW website for detailed information about the organization and the nomination process. To self-nominate, go online. To nominate someone else, please send the name and contact information to Dr. Zhihui Sun via email by Wednesday, April 11.


    Explore work-life balance, negotiation skills and more at the inaugural Women’s Network Roundtable

    April 19, 4-6 p.m. free, Clinical Translational Research (CTR) building, Health Sciences Campus 

    The UofL Women’s Network is hosting its first Women’s Network Roundtable, consisting of small group discussions led by subject matter experts including: Nursing School Dean Marcia Hern; Edna Ross, psychological and brain sciences; and Ann Herd and Kerry Charron, educational leadership and organizational development. Discussion topics include intersectionality, mentoring and personal branding. People of all gender identities are welcome to attend this free event; advance reservations are required.

    Additional Information: Email, 852-8976


    UofL AFSP Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

    April 8, 2:30 p.m., registration opens; 4 p.m., walk begins; Humanities Quad, Belknap campus; Free
    Let us be the ones to change the conversation around mental health. Join us Sunday, April 8 for the UofL AFSP Campus Walk. Walk-in registration, food, fun, community and hope activities between 2:30-3:45 p.m. Walk begins at 4 p.m. Friday at noon is the last day to register online. Individuals and teams are encouraged to compete in contests. The winning team will lead the walk. Walkers registered before noon on Friday will be eligible for prize drawings.
    Additional Information: Tracie Meyerregister online


    Research!Louisville 2018

    Research!Louisville (R!L) 2018 will be held October 9-12.  R!L is an annual symposium of health-related research at the Louisville Medical Center. Scientific poster competitions, lectures, workshops and an awards ceremony and keynote address will be scheduled.  Stay tuned for more details. 
    Additional Information: Bonnie Dean, 502-550-3928 or 502-852-2647, website 

    Download the Blackboard Instructor App today

    With Blackboard Instructor, you can quickly preview course content and assignments, send course announcements, and create discussion board threads – all from your phone. Available today in the iOS, Android, and Windows app stores.
    Additional Information: Website


    Israeli Apartheid Week events

    April 4, 6:30-8 p.m., Room 121, Duthie Center, Belknap Campus; April 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Room 117 Duthie Center, Belknap Campus
    Join us for Day 2 of Israeli Apartheid Week where we’ll be hosting the film “Budrus” which discusses the nonviolent resistance Palestinians demonstrate for freedom from occupation. On April 6, the final day of the week, the film, “Occupation of the American Mind,” narrated by Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, will be shown. Discussion to follow. Refreshments will be served at both events.
    Additional Information: Email


    Honors Student Council’s Carnville

    April 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., SAC Courtyard
    An opportunity to relax before the dread of finals week sets in, Honors Student Council’s 2018 CarniVILLE will host a variety of carnival games and foods for students to enjoy. Admission will be free, and attendees will have a chance at all the cotton candy their hearts desire. Carniville will be happening right outside the Red Barn, where the annual Book and Media Sale will be selling books, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, and board games, with all proceeds going to Americana Community Center.
    Additional Information: Bayne LutzFacebook


    Nomination for Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging just two weeks away

    April 15
    Do you know someone 85 years or older who is an outstanding example of what it means to age well? Nominate them by April 15 for the Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging, an award given by the UofL Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging. This award recognizes adults of 85 years or older and who are outstanding models of optimal aging in the following four categories: physical, social, spiritual and creative. Nominations are due April 15 and can be made online.



    Psychological and Brain Sciences Colloquium: ‘What brain surgery tells us about how we move and how we think’

    April 9, 12:30-2 p.m., 139 Shumaker Building, Belknap Campus
    Dr. Joseph Neimat, Chair of UofL Neurosurgery, will describe the surgical treatment of movement disorders by deep brain stimulation and explain how these diseases and the therapies used to treat them alter subtle elements of cognition.
    Additional Information: Dr. Hindy, 852-6197



    April 5, 12-1 p.m., Room 103, School of Public Health and Information Sciences
    Emily McGrath, MBA, will present: “It Takes a Village: Addressing Food Insecurity with Communities, Physicians and Partnerships.” Humana has a bold goal – to improve the health of the communities we serve 20% by 2020. Through our efforts to address food insecurity, we are partnering with communities and physicians in new and innovative ways. The talk will focus on how we are addressing food insecurity and building a body of research to support food as a covered benefit.
    Additional Information: Robin Newlon, 852-3003


    Brown & Williamson Spring Seminar Series

    April 6, 12:30 p.m., Room LL-16, Chemistry Building, Belknap Campus
    Jianhan Chen, PhD, UMass Amherst, will present, “Multi-Scale Simulation of the Orderly Chaos of Proteins.”
    Additional Information: Sherry Nalley, 852-6798


    Biochemistry Defense

    April 4, noon, Homberger Library, HSC-A, 614
    Catherine Cobb, BMG PhD Candidate, presenting “Functional and Structural Impact of the Loss of the Leucine-Rich Repeat Protein LRIT1 in the Mouse Retina.”
    Additional Information: Email


    Neural Circuits for Vision in Action

    April 5, 4 p.m., Baxter I Auditorium
    ASNB presents Dr. Cris Niell, PhD, Associate Professor, Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon.
    Additional Information: Berlinda Manley, 852-5165, Donna Bottorff, 852-7545


    Training and Workshops

    Search Committee Training now available

    A new online Search Committee Training is now available for chairs and members of search committees. While this is not mandatory, this online training can be a useful recruiting tool for people who use search committees for faculty or staff searches. The training covers the basics of committee selection, interview questions and highlights unconscious bias. To access this training, go online.
    Additional Information: Website


    Eating Awareness Training

    April 26, May 3, 10 and 17, HB208, Instructional Building; $20 or free with study participation
    Learn how to eat mindfully, healthy, and with pleasure. In this four-session workshop, we will address emotional and stress-eating, how to recognize hunger and fullness cues, and help you develop healthy relationship with food. Give up diets to learn intuitive eating. Open to staff and students.
    Additional Information: Emailwebsite


    CPR Training

    April 11, noon to 4 p.m., HSC Instructional Bldg., Room 307; $40
    American Heart Association CPR Training. Additional classes on the following dates: Upcoming CPR Classes: May 1, 8 a.m. to noon; 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


    Arts and Entertainment

    Jazz-4-Sight: A concert to support the Jazz and Ophthalmology Departments at UofL

    April 7, 6 p.m. gala, University Club; 8 p.m., concert, Comstock Hall; $50 concert; $140 Dinner, concert, and silent auction
    Jazz-4-Sight is a fundraising concert to support the Departments of Jazz and Ophthalmology at UofL. Ophthalmology proceeds will fund research on the treatment of retinoblastoma, the leading cause of eye cancer in children. The event begins with a gala, and the concert features Doc Severinsen, American jazz trumpeter who led the band for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for 25 years.
    Additional Information: Website


    Health and Wellness

    Expanded health and wellness offering

    If you or a family member are living with COPD/Asthma, Diabetes, Hypertension, or Hyperlipidemia (and are on UofL’s medical plan) you are eligible to enroll in a program that offers many valuable benefits including a pharmacy incentive, a dedicated health care professional team, and easy access to wellness resources. Get Healthy Now is partnering with UofL Physicians Health Management team to offer this wonderful benefit.
    Additional Information: Website


    Laugh, dance and relieve stress with Salsa Fridays

    12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Every Friday,  HSC Fitness Center, Chestnut Street Parking Garage, Health Science Center; Free for employees, spouses and QAs
    All levels are welcome and no partner required. Join us and enjoy learning together the basic moves and core concepts of Salsa Rueda with Cherie Lanier. Salsa Rueda is similar to American square dancing, but for salsa in a circle not a square. A caller will call out different simple dance patterns that we will learn in class. Join the School of Medicine, Get Healthy Now and Intramural Sports for this fun opportunity. Feel free to walk-in on Fridays or email for calendar appointment reminders.


    First Friday Salsa Rueda at Five at GHN

    April 6, 5-6 p.m., Studio A, Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym, 601 Presidents Blvd., Belknap Campus
    Start your April off right with our First Friday at FIVE Salsa Rueda at GHN. Enjoy learning the basic moves of salsa rueda with Cherie Lanier. All levels are welcome and no partner needed. We now have a UofL Latin Dancers Group on Facebook. On this private group page, we are posting videos of the basic moves from each class and upcoming Latin dancing opportunities in the community. Walk-in or send an email for a calendar appointment reminder.



    Research study recruiting women who have used combined hormonal contraceptives for a month

    Suite 316, Davidson Hall, Belknap Campus
    Involves: a 2-hour visit to the lab and 30 minutes of home procedures. Eligibility: women currently using a combined hormonal contraceptive for a month or more Ineligibility: diagnosed with a psychological disorder, history of psychological or psychiatric treatment, pregnant or breastfeeding in the last three months, had a serious car accident, had a loved one in a serious car accident. PI: Dr. Tamara Newton. Compensation: $25 gift card or 2.5 research credits. IRB:17.1108
    Additional Information: Email, 852-2665


    Grand Rounds

    Neuroscience Grand Rounds

    April 5, 8-9 a.m., Baxter 1 Auditorium, HSC
    The Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center is proud to host this week’s Neuroscience Grand Rounds guest speaker, Dr. Lamya Shihabuddin; Neuroscience Research Therapeutic Area, Cluster Head, CNS Genetic Diseases, Sabifu R&D. Dr. Shihabuddin will present “Developing AAV Gene Therapy for  Neurological diseases.”


    Grand Rounds: ‘The Melancholy of Abraham Lincoln’

    April 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ambulatory Care Building Auditorium
    David Casey, MD, Professor and Chair,University of Louisville Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will present “The Melancholy of Abraham Lincoln.”

    Additional Information: Christy Castle-Greenwell 



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