December 12, 2017 Announcements



    Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017



    Four McConnell Scholars earned national moot court tournament bids, including Macey Mayes (’18), Robert Gassman (’18), Dasha Kolyaskina (’20) and Jasper Noble (’20). Thirty-eight teams competed in last week’s regional event in Michigan, with the top seven teams advancing to nationals in January in Dallas.



    Faculty and staff notables

    Last month, Professor Barbara Polivka, PhD, RN, FAAN, received the Ruth B. Freeman Award from the American Public Health Association’s Pubic Health Nursing Section. The award honors a person who has had a distinguished career in public health administration, education, policy, practice or research. Polivka, the Shirley B. Powers Endowed Chair in Nursing at UofL, has received more than $5 million in extramural research related to environmental health and health services from the National Institutes of Health.




    Physical Plant preparing for winter break

    The Department of Physical Plant is preparing for winter break, Dec. 23 through Jan. 2. In continuing our ongoing efforts to conserve energy, we will take measures to reduce the heat a few degrees in most academic buildings on all our campuses. We also encourage everyone to do your part by turning all lights off and making sure all electrical appliances such as coffee makers, small heaters, unused computers and power strips are unplugged prior to leaving for the break. We ask everyone to assist us by closing and locking all windows and outside doors prior to leaving for the break and during the break if you are back on campus. Although Physical Plant offices will be closed, emergency staff will either be available or on call if needed during the entire holiday period. Anyone requiring PPD assistance during this time should contact Public Safety at 852-6111. Physical Plant employees will conduct periodic checks of all buildings; the frequency will be determined by weather conditions.


    UofL Today holiday schedule

    The Thursday, Dec. 21 UofL Today email will be the last UofL Today email delivered before holiday break. Any campus announcements received after noon on Wednesday, Dec. 20, will not appear in UofL Today until Tuesday, Jan. 2.
    Additional Information: Alicia Kelso


    Last chance to register for online Winter Session classes

    The last day to register for Winter Session classes is Thursday, December 14. UofL’s Winter Session offers current, transfer, and visiting students the opportunity to enroll in 3-week, 100-percent online courses to plow their degrees forward, get ahead of waitlists, or retake courses.  Courses are still available from the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, School of Public Health and Kent School of Social Work. Check the Winter Session website for the latest updates, course listings, tuition and registration information. 


    Holiday Food Drive

    Through Dec. 20, Health Science Center Campus
    The Louisville Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, and UofL’s Science Policy and Outreach Group are sponsoring a food drive for Louisville’s Dare to Care Foodbank. Bring non-perishable food to the Medical & Dental Research Building (MDR room 111) or to the Clinical and Translational Research Building lobby. Monetary donations are also accepted (MDR room 533). If interested, label items with your name: each item or $1 donation is worth one entry to win a $20 Starbucks gift card.
    Additional Information: Casey Steadman 


    Kevin Miller’s retirement luncheon

    January 12, 12 p.m., Brown & Williamson Club, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
    Please join us to celebrate Kevin Miller’s 42 years of dedicated service to the University of Louisville. RSVP to Ronee Baxter by Friday, January 5, via email or 852-2015


    Radioactive material users holiday ordering schedule

    Holiday Ordering Schedule: Last day to order Radioactive Isotopes will be Monday, December 18 for delivery on Tuesday, December 19 or Wednesday, December 20. With the University holiday schedule, we do not want to have any radioactive material trying to be delivered during closed hours. We will resume ordering on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
    Additional Information: Connie Gabbard, 852-5231


    Training and Workshops

    Grant Writing Workshop through the Delphi Center

    January 11, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Room 136A, Founders Union Building, Shelby Campus; $215 for University employees; $430 for others
    Join UofL Professional Development and Instructor Rebecca Crump for a Grant Writing Fundamentals workshop that will help you develop the skills you need to create competitive grant applications, identify and build relationships with potential funders, and follow-through after your grant is funded.
    Additional Information: Alex Bryant, 852-4620; register online



    Department of Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Series hosts Katlin Stivers

    December 14, 12-1 p.m., Room 101, Clinical and Translational Research Building
    The Department of Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Series presents a Student Research Presentation by Katlin Stivers, “Redefining MDSCs: Adipose Resident Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells in Tissue Homeostasis.” Stivers is a PhD Candidate in the lab of Dr. Donald Demuth.
    Additional Information: Lisa Hagan, 852-6208



    Faculty: Registration for the 2018 Celebration of Teaching and Learning is Now Open

    February 9,  a.m. – 4:30 p.m., ShelbyHurst Campus, Founders Union Building, 450 N. Whittington Pkwy., 40222
    Join us as we come together as a community of educators to celebrate the “superpower” of teaching. Dr. Dee Fink, founder of the Instructional Development Program at the University of Oklahoma, will be the keynote speaker. Through constructive dialogue with colleagues, engagement with presenters, and networking opportunities, explore research-based guidelines and related examples of instructional strategies to improve teaching, assessment and student learning. Register online


    Faculty: Apply now – 2018 Faculty Learning Community: Active Learning in Large Classrooms

    Teaching Innovation Learning Lab (Esktrom #302)

    Join facilitators Linda Fuselier and Angela Storey as they examine the unique teaching experience of large lecture courses across disciplines, with an emphasis on sharing experiences, practices, and challenges in a supportive environment. The FLC welcomes those experienced in large lecture teaching as well as those new to this scale of teaching. Register online


    Faculty: Sign Up to Teach in the Teaching Innovation Learning Lab (TILL) Classroom This Spring Semester

    Teaching Innovation Learning Lab (Ekstrom #302)
    The TILL classroom is a learning and research space designed to provide UofL faculty members and students with unique opportunities to explore active learning pedagogies, rich technology resources, and flexible furniture arrangements. The TILL classroom’s moveable tables, white boards, and multiple monitors allow instructors and students to seamlessly move between lecture, discussion and collaboration. Sign-up online.



    Green Tip: Share your research with an interdisciplinary audience at the Sustainability Roundtable

    UofL’s Sustainability Council invites faculty, staff and students to share their research (at any stage) into environmental, social and economic justice at the Sustainability Roundtable. We bring researchers from all disciplines together around interdisciplinary topics with potential for collaboration through joint grant proposals and investigations. Spring Roundtables will convene every other Friday, Jan. 19 through April 13 at 11 a.m. in Urban Studies 123.
    Additional Information: WebsiteDaniel DeCaro, 852-2927


    Partnership for a Green City Energy Tip 15 – Heating and Energy Efficiency in Winter

    Heating and cooling work and school buildings can be expensive, but indoor temperatures must be comfortable so people can concentrate on work or teaching and students can concentrate on learning. Thermostat settings of 68 degrees for heating and 78 degrees for cooling are recommended and people should dress appropriately, keeping a sweater, sweatshirt or hoodie available to wear if needed to warm up. For every -1 degree change on the thermostat, you can save 514 kWh each year.
    Additional Information: Website


    Health and Wellness

    Get Healthy Now offers mindfulness programs

    Drop in 4:30-5 p.m. (every Tuesday); MBSR (dates vary, see website), Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; Free for GHN Wellness Center members
    Join us with Get Healthy Now’s mindfulness offerings with Dr. Paul Salmon of UofL’s Clinical Psychology, who has extensive experience in mindfulness-related practice, teaching, and research. Experience the many health-enhancing benefits of reflection, stillness and being fully present.
    Additional Information: Website, email


    Get Fit with GHN’s R.I.P.P.E.D.

    Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; Free for GHN Wellness Center members
    This class is specifically designed to make you work hard and get you heated — in a good way. This high intensity class uses a combination of free weights, body weight and resistance training exercises that will make you sweat. Suitable for all fitness levels.
    Additional Information: Facebook, website, email, 852-7755


    Yoga, PiYo, Pilates and more

    See Group Fitness Schedule, Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; Free for GHN members
    Try our energetic, strength-based and stress relieving classes like Lunchtime Yoga, Power Vinyasa, PiYo, Pilates, Tai Chi and Barre Basics. These GHN offerings will focus on moves to increase both strength and flexibility. All classes are available to all fitness levels.
    Additional Information: Group Fitness Schedule, website, email, 852-7755



    Louisville Healthy Heart Study

    Andrew DeFilippis, MD, of Cardiovascular Medicine, is conducting
    a research study to evaluate the effect of environmental
    exposures on cardiovascular disease risk. Participation requires
    two 60-minute visits to complete a questionnaire, have an EKG,
    and give blood and urine samples. Subjects receive a $50 gift
    card for each visit. To participate you must be over 18 years old,
    non-pregnant, and reside in or near Jefferson County, KY. We
    currently need e-cigarette smokers. IRB# 09.0174.

    Additional Information: Jessica Nystoriak, 852-4236

    Grand Rounds

    Endocrinology Grand Rounds

    December 13, 4 p.m., Baxter II Research Building, Lower Level, Room 038
    Join us as Matthew D. Ringel, MD, Ralph W. Kurtz Professor of Medicine, Director, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, Co-Director, Thyroid Cancer Unit, Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center, presents, “Advanced Thyroid Cancer: New Treatments & Challenges.”
    Additional Information: Kelly Galiette, 852-5237



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