August 30, 2017 Announcements






    Wednesday, Aug. 30 2017





    A Louisville startup being launched by two UofL entrepreneurial MBA grads – Nick McRae and Maxwell Kommor – has won a prestigious Vogt Award. Meta Construction Technologies LLC, which has created a mobile app for the asphalt trucking industry, was one of six local startups that won the awards last week. Each company receives $25,000 and a package of services and mentoring for early-stage entrepreneurs.



    William Guido, chair of the anatomical studies and neurobiology department, Bart Borghis, assistant professor who runs a research lab dedicated to studying the retina, and Andrea Smith-Gray, director of the vision rehabilitation department at the Kentucky Lions Eye Center at UofL, recently appeared on WFPL to discuss, “From Cornea to Cortex, the Science of How We See Art.” 




    Get Healthy Now Wellness Center closed for Labor Day holiday

    Sept. 4, Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym

    The Get Healthy Now Wellness Center will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. Normal hours of operation will resume Tuesday, September 5, (6 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

    Additional Information: 852-7755, website, email


    Research!Louisville 2017: Final Call for Abstracts

    September 11-15 Kosair Charities Clinical and Translational Research Building, Health Sciences Center
    Faculty, post-docs, research associates, residents, clinical fellows, research staff, PharmDs, graduate and professional students are invited to submit an abstract on their life science research for a poster presentation at Research!Louisville. Abstract submissions are open August 1-31st. Submit an abstract online.

    Additional Information: Email, 852-7794


    Research!Louisville 2017: Final Call for Judges

    September 11-15 Kosair Charities Clinical & Translational Research Building, Health Sciences Center
    Faculty and post-docs are needed to judge posters at Research!Louisville. Sign up for judging online.
    Additional Information: Email, 852-7794


    Call for Gender Equity/Professional Development Award Nominations, applications

    Nominations and applications for The Mary K. Tachau Gender Equity Award and the M. Celeste Nichols Professional Development Award are being accepted through Oct. 6. The Equity Award goes to a member of the UofL community whose work has directly furthered women’s equality and gender equity. The Nichols Award goes to a UofL graduate or professional school student to support academic and professional enrichment beyond normal program expenses.
    Additional information: Nominations and applications available online; nominations for the Tachau Gender Equity Award to Valerie Casey; submit applications for the Nichols Award to Phyllis M. Webb, or drop off applications to the Women’s Center



    Biology Department Seminar Series Presents Speaker: Dr. Sarah Emery, UofL

    September 8, noon, Chao Auditorium
    “Ecological consequences of symbiotic fungal associations with dominant plants” will be presented by Dr. Emery, associate professor in the Biology Deptartment at UofL. She is a plant ecologist with broad interests in biodiversity, plant-soil interactions, and climate change. Her current work focuses on plant-fungus interactions in Great Lakes sand dunes and agronomic perennial biofuel systems.
    Additional Information: Charice Johnson, 852-8263


    Department of Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Series

    August 31, 12-1 p.m., Room 101, Clinical and Translational Research Building
    The Department of Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Series presents Dr. Viveka Vadyvaloo, “Uncharacterized Yersinia pestis genes that are highly induced during flea infection have elusive roles in osmotic stress.” Dr. Vadyvaloo is an Associate Professor at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
    Additional Information: Lisa Hagan, 852-6208


    Bioengineering Dept. Seminar Series presents ‘Plant lectins as multifaceted drugs: The case of Griffithsin’

    Aug. 31, noon to 1:30 p.m., The Vogt Building, Room 311

    Lectins (carbohydrate binding agents) are proteins with multiple bioactivities, thanks to their ability to specifically bind sugar molecules (and sometimes with high avidity) which are ubiquitously found in living organisms, especially on the cell surface. In our laboratory, we assess CBAs for the treatment of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, as well as for their antitumor activities. Dr. J. Calvin Kouokam, professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, will present. 

    Additional Information: Website, Nancy Hansford



    Retirement investment representatives on campus

    Check in to see if your retirement investments are on track. One-on-one consultations with retirement investment representatives from TIAA & Fidelity are available on Belknap and Health Sciences Campuses each month and are free to employees and retirees. Reps will be at UofL from TIAA on Sept 7, 12, 19, 21, 26 and 27 and from Fidelity Sept 7, 14, 18, 20, 26 and 28. These are by appointment only, for information on how to register visit the HR website
    Additional Information: Website


    Training and Workshops

    Eating Awareness training scheduled

    September 20, 5-7 p.m., SAC W303A; $16 (or free with study participation)
    Learn how to eat mindfully, healthy, and with pleasure. Build a new healthy relationship with food. The four-week mindful eating workshop is open to students and university employees. Dates: September 20, 27, October 4, 11.
    Additional Information: Register online, or email Irina


    GRE test information workshop available

    September 20, 4-8 p.m., Shumaker, Room 139; Free
    The School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and REACH are hosting a GRE test information workshop. UofL alumni and staff, post-baccalaureate students, current graduate and undergraduate students and community members are invited to attend. Please register, as space is limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
    Additional Information: Register online


    Webinar on RPPR policy and processes

    August 30, 2-3:30 p.m., Room 2035, K-Wing Bldg., HSC; Free
    Did you know there are three types of Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) associated with a NIH grant award? If you said “Annual, Interim, & Final RPPRs,” way to go. What does each one mean as an NIH grantee? What changes have been made in 2017 and what are still to come? The answers and more regarding the latest RPPR policy and process updates will be discussed.
    Additional Information: Carla Jones, 852-2454, website


    Health and Wellness

    Join Get Healthy Now for Lunchtime Yoga or Barre Basics

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:10-1 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center; Free for GHN Wellness Center members
    Use your lunch break to relax and de-stress from the hustle and bustle of work with Lunchtime Yoga or Barre Basics. Modifications for all fitness levels are provided.

    Additional Information: Group Fitness schedule, website, email, 852-7755



    All are welcome on the UofL Sustainability Council

    August 30, 10 -11:30 a.m., Room 228, Shumaker Research Building
    UofL’s Sustainability Council welcomes participation from all staff, faculty, and students who want to help advance social, economic and environmental initiatives on campus. We gather year-round on the last Wednesday of every month from 10-11:30 a.m. in SRB228 to discuss progress and new ideas in sustainability. Drop-ins and new standing members from all campuses, units, disciplines, and departments are invited to the table. 
    Additional Information: Website, Dave Simpson, 852-8019


    Grand Rounds

    Neuroscience Grand Rounds

    August 31, 8-9 a.m., Baxter 1 Auditorium, HSC
    The Department of Neurological Surgery’s speaker this week is Dr. Shiao Woo from Radiation Oncology. Woo will present “Primary CNS Lymphoma.”
    Additional Information: 502-540-1430



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