December 12, 2016 Announcements



    Monday, Dec. 12, 2016





    More than 300 Cochran Elementary School students will be treated to a pancake breakfast, a visit from Santa and caroling as guests of the University Club staff Dec. 12 and 14. This is the 12th year University Club employees have sponsored the holiday breakfast gathering.



    Will Metcalf, senior director of research development and support for UofL in the Office of the EVP for Research and Innovation, was recently named director of Brandeis School of Law’s Entrepreneurship Clinic


    Research Bulletin

    Four UofL faculty received early presents with the awarding of four grants. See the grants, amounts, and who received them here.



    UofL Today with Mark Hebert

    WHAS-TV, Great Day Live

    Mondays at 9:30 a.m. WLKY-TV also runs the UofL stories on their Saturday morning newscasts. Segments can be found on YouTube
    Monday, Dec. 12: UofL researchers are helping students from Louisville area schools develop plans to battle the city’s heat island problem at their own schools.


    Radio Show

    Airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 6 p.m. on 93.9 FM TheVille; replayed on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Podcasts of all radio programs can be found on SoundCloud. This week’s schedule:
    Monday, Dec. 12: UofL faculty members Steve Gohmann and Judith Danovitch won Faculty Favorite awards after being nominated by their students. Student Ben Streepy joins Gohmann. Roland Valdes discusses personalized medicine.
    Tuesday, Dec. 13: Art History professor Ben Hufbauer talks about President Obama’s presidential library and the history of presidential libraries; Schnatter Center guest Ning Wang talks about China’s move toward economic and societal freedoms


    Metro TV and KET KY – The Kentucky Channel

    (Metro TV – Ch. 99 on UVerse, Ch. 25 on TWC): Monday and Tuesday nights at 7:30, Thursday 6:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 p.m. (KET KY – Ch. 192 on TWC, other channels): Thursdays at 5 p.m. Metro TV shows can be found on YouTube
    This week: Matt Ruther from UofL’s Kentucky State Data Center discusses Louisville’s projected population, economy and trends in 2040; Cheri Levinson and Leigh Brosof promote their research on eating disorders



    Grawemeyer Hall Holiday Open House

    December 16, 3-5 p.m., Grawemeyer Hall
    Dr. Neville Pinto invites you to attend a holiday open house in Grawemeyer Hall. The Cardinal Singers will perform. People can park behind the Speed School.
    Additional Information: 852-2151


    Study Break Lunch and Learn: Post-election grief and responses to societal stress

    December 13, 12-1 p.m., HSC School of Nursing, K-wing room 2003; Free
    Participants will learn the differentiation between grief and depression, their impacts, understanding how individuals are susceptible to depression, and key coping skills that can prevent depression. This lunch and learn is primarily for marginalized populations experiencing grief and stress. However, it is open to anyone who is experiencing these reactions. Free lunch provided for first 100 people to RSVP.
    Additional Information: RSVP online by noon Dec. 12


    Optimal Aging Conference proposal submission deadline is Friday

    December 16
    The deadline for presentation proposals for the 2017 Optimal Aging Conference is Dec. 16. Are you passionate about a topic relating to the aging population? The UofL Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging and the Kentucky Association for Gerontology are welcoming all who have interest in the field of aging to submit a presentation proposal for the 2017 Optimal Aging Conference.
    Additional Information: Submit proposal online


    Black Lives Matter Statement of Support

    December 16 deadline
    To recognize Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day, Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes and Cate Fosl, directors of social justice institutes at UofL, issued a call to action for UofL employees to sign: “We as members of the UofL community support the Black Lives Matter movement and principles, and we endorse the Kent School of Social Work’s powerful position statement about the role of educators.” The full statement is available online. Faculty and staff can sign onto the statement by sending full name (and title or position (optional) ) [for identification purposes only] via email. Deadline is December 16. The statement will be presented to President Pinto and released to the press.


    Faculty/Staff traveling abroad need employment verification letter

    If you currently hold H-1B or O-1 visa status and are traveling abroad over the winter break with the intent to apply for a visa stamp at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy, please contact University Counsel for an employment verification letter to present at your visa interview.
    Additional information: Carcyle Barrett, 852-6211


    Mark Your Calendar: Blackboard will be offline during scheduled upgrade and cloud migration

    Blackboard will be moving to the cloud in an effort to improve effectiveness and efficiency across the university. The move also promises to improve speed and response times while working within the Blackboard application. The upgrade will start on Friday, December 16 at 5 p.m. and run through Tuesday, December 20 at 8 p.m. and Blackboard will be unavailable during that time.
    Additional Information: Website, 852-8833



    Biochemistry seminar today

    December 12, noon, Homberger Library, HSC-A, Rm 614
    Steven P. Jones, PhD, Professor of Medicine, UofL, will present, “Unique Aspects of Metabolism in the Failing Heart.”
    Additional Information: Email 



    Green Tip: Santa will thank you for saving energy this holiday season

    When you leave for the holidays: turn thermostats down to 55, close windows tight, and unplug chargers, printers and non-essential equipment. Get in the habit by switching everything off on a powerstrip. Always shut off computers and lights when vacating a room. Make a New Year’s resolution to carpool, bus, or bike more and to trade that space heater for a sweater.
    Additional Information: Website



    Women and men 18 years and older diagnosed with a benign lung nodule needed for research study

    Hiram Rivas, MD, of the UofL Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonology and Nichola Garbett, PhD, of the UofL Department of Medicine, James Graham Brown Cancer Center are conducting a research study to see if a new technology can be used to accurately diagnose lung cancer and predict lung cancer recurrence from a blood sample. The study will compare blood samples from subjects with a benign lung nodule to those with lung cancer to find a marker in the blood that can reliably predict who does and who does not have lung cancer. Women and men 18 years or older who were previously diagnosed with a benign lung nodule may be eligible. Participants will be compensated in the amount of $50 for their time and/or inconvenience for providing a blood sample.
    Additional Information: Crissie DeSpirito, 852-0026


    Treated or untreated hypertension in children 6 to less than 18 years old

    IRB# 14.1112
    The Kosair Children’s Pediatric Clinical Research Unit (KCPCRU) is conducting a clinical trial looking at the safety and effectiveness of a potential new medicine to treat high blood pressure in children 6-<18 years of age.  Eligible participants may be currently treated or untreated for hypertension and will be closely followed by University of Louisville physicians throughout the study. Participants will be compensated for their time and travel.
    Additional Information: Jackie Perry, 502-629-5123


    Childhood obesity in children 10 to less than 14 years old

    IRB #13.0334
    The UofL Kosair Charities Pediatric Clinical Research Unit at Norton Children’s Hospital is conducting a research study to evaluate the effect of an investigational product on childhood obesity. White and African American male and female subjects 10 to less than 14 years old who are overweight, obese or normal weight may be eligible. If a child qualifies to participate, he or she will receive the product or placebo and study related care at no cost. Compensation will be provided for time/travel.
    Additional Information: Molly Harper, 629-4695 or 620-0000 (pager), email


    Health and Wellness

    Bring new healthy recipes to the holiday table

    This year make health a holiday tradition with these seven tips for getting and staying healthy during the holiday season. Many of the foods of the season are treats and sweets. Make room in the week to keep yourself healthy by picking nutritious, plant-based meals from our recipe archive of popular meatless dishes.
    Additional Information: Meatless Monday recipes, Get Healthy Now Facebook pageGet Healthy Now websiteemail, 852-7755



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