December 13, 2017 Announcements



    Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017



    UofL is one of 25 community organizations participating in Louisville’s Bold Moves Against Suicide program. The group is working toward the city’s collective interest in eliminating suicide by embracing the Zero Suicide framework. UofL’s participation is part of the Cards SPEAK program to participate with community partners on suicide prevention efforts.



    Faculty and staff notables

    UofL researchers in the School of Medicine, led by principal investigator Susan Harkema, associate director of UofL’s Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center and professor of neurosurgery, have received approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to begin enrolling participants in a feasibility study that will further explore the life-enhancing effects of epidural stimulation on people with spinal cord injury.




    New Service Catalog for Information Technology

    On Friday, December 15, during the PM window, Information Technology will implement a new service catalog to better connect with those looking for technology solutions. With the new service catalog, IT can do much more than track incidents. Look for a user-friendly service portal to better organize issues and requests for quicker accountable resolutions for customers. The catalog will also help provide information on tech services offered to the campus community.
    Additional Information: 852-7997, IT website, help desk

    OnBase offline this weekend

    Information Technology’s upgrade of the OnBase system is rescheduled for this weekend. Please note this maintenance is outside of our regular PM window and OnBase will be unavailable from Friday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. until Monday, Dec. 18 at 8 a.m. This upgrade will include all document management applications, workflows and scanning.
    Additional Information: 852-7997, website


    Warm up Louisville sock drive extended

    Through Dec. 19, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., West Information Center, Belknap Campus
    Donate a pair of new socks for local charities. Each donation will allow your name to be entered into a drawing for a parking space located at one of the Information Centers on Belknap campus for the duration of one month. *Winner must be a current permit holder.  Additionally, a drawing will be held for a pair of men’s basketball tickets. Open to Faculty, Staff and Students. Donations are welcome for adults and children. Drawing to be held Dec. 20 at noon. Donations go to the St. John Center for Homeless men and the Shelter for Women & Children.
    Additional Information: Tammy Lawson, 852-6573


    Funding Opportunity: UofL-NSF I-Corps Site

    January 17
    Do customers need your innovation? Let the UofL-NSF I-Corps Site program help with the discovery and commercialization of STEM innovations. Inventors and researchers partner with entrepreneurial mentors to develop a strategy to get innovative products to market. Awards are up to $2,500 per team. The program is open to all UofL faculty, staff, students and alumni. Applications are due by January 17, 2018.
    Additional Information: Website, application online, email


    Participate in KIPDA Community Needs Assessment conducted by UofL Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging

    Available now through February 1
    Older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities living in Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer or Trimble county are invited to participate in the 2018 KIPDA Community Needs Assessment. This research study allows your voice to be heard in planning future social services available from KIPDA in your community. Share your opinion by completing a Community Needs Survey online or calling 502-852-8953. Sponsored by the Kentucky Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living (KIPDA).

    Additional Information: Anna C. Faul, 852-1981, Joseph G. D’Ambrosio, 852-7811

    Join Darrell Griffith, GHN team and others at the wellness center holiday open house

    December 13, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center; Free, Open to all UofL Employees & GHN Wellness Center Members
    Bring your UofL memorabilia for a special autograph session with Darrell Griffith from noon to 1 p.m. Move through InCycle, Tai Chi, yoga, Barre Basics, Zumba, Salsa. Refuel with meatless options. Soothe your soul with chair massage. Learn more.


    Get Healthy Now to host book signing with Tom Owen and Sherri Pawson

    December 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center
    Just in time for the holidays, Tom Owen and Sherri Pawson, will release their book, “University of Louisville Belknap Campus: The Campus History Series.” A limited number of copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event – hosted at the GHN Wellness Center on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 14, 5-6:30 p.m. Credit (preferred), cash, or checks accepted by UofL Bookstore who will be on-site to support purchase process.
    Additional Information: Website, email, 852-7755



    First New Employee Orientation of 2018 is Wednesday, January 3

    For departments that have new employees starting right after winter break, please be aware that the first New Employee Orientation (NEO) of the year will be held Wednesday, January 3, 2018. To schedule a new hire for NEO, please work with your Employment Coordinator in Human Resources. 
    Additional Information: 852-6258


    November staff updates

    During the month of November UofL had 13 promotions and 1 transfer.: Jonathan Israel, previously Associate Director Alumni Relations in VPUA – Development, promoted to Director of Development, VPUA – Development. Marina Crosswhite, previously Clinical Research Coordinator in Pathology, promoted to Unit Business Manager, Medicine- Cardiology, Diabetes & Obesity Center.  Jeffrey Wardrip, previously Patrol Officer II in Police/Public Safety, promoted to Sergeant, Police/Public Safety. Glenn Minor, previously Patrol Officer II in Police/Public Safety, promoted to Sergeant, Police/Public Safety. Meagan Greenwell was promoted to the KY Spinal Cord Injury Research Center as Research Coordinator and was previously Research Technologist II at the KY Spinal Cord Injury Research Center. Nicole Stepp was promoted to the KY Spinal Cord Injury Research Center as Research Coordinator and was previously Research Technologist II at the KY Spinal Cord Injury Research Center.  Nathan Amesbury, previously Veterinary Assist, Research Resources Center was promoted to Veterinary Associate, Research Resources Center. Carol Kloenne, previously Program Coordinator Sr in Campus Health Services, promoted to Coordinator Risk Management, Business Services-Risk Management.  Shunying Jin was promoted to the KY Spinal Cord Injury Research Center as Research Associate Sr and was previously Lab Research Technician II at the KY Spinal Cord Injury Research Center.   Benjamin Herning, previously Plant Operator Assistant in Facilities-Physical Plant Operations, promoted to Plant Operator, Facilities-Physical Plant Operations.  Bethany Long was promoted to the Medicine -Cardiology as Research Technologist Sr and was previously Research Technologist II at Medicine –Cardiology.  Caryl Conklin was promoted to the Institute for Cellular Therapeutics as Research Coordinator and was previously Research Technologist II at Medicine -Renal.  Alison Goldsmith was promoted to the Cancer Center as Clinical Trials Coordinator and was previously Lab Research Technologist III at the KY Spinal Cord Injury Research Center.   Angela Bryant was transferred to the Clinical Trials Unit as Program Coordinator Sr and was previously Research Manager at the KY Spinal Cord Injury Research Center.



    Biochemistry Seminar today

    Dec. 13, noon, Homberger Library, HSC-A, Rm 614
    Abbey Bell, BMG graduate student, will speak on “Alterations in the 3′ UTR of the Hungingtin mRNA as a Molecular Basis for Huntington’s Disease.”
    Additional Information: Email


    The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology William J. Waddell Seminar Series

    December 13, 1 p.m., HSC, CTR 123
    Adrienne Bushau-Sprinkle will present her MS Defense/PhD Proposal Defense titled, “Loss of the Na+ H- Exchange Regulatory Factor 1 Results in Increased Susceptibility to Cisplatin-induced Acute Kidney Injury.”
    Additional Information: Aaron Howell, 852-5141


    Health and Wellness

    Act now to earn $480 in support of your good health in 2018

    Get Healthy Now has extended the enrollment opportunity until Dec. 20, 2017. This extension allows employees additional time to complete a biometric screening (optional) and take the on-line health assessment required for participation in the employee wellness program, and to earn the $40 monthly premium.
    Additional Information: Email, 852-7755


    Only two weeks left to transition your GHN Membership

    $15 per month; with the option of automatic payroll deduction; free onsite parking
    Join Get Healthy Now Wellness Center and you could win an Apple Series 3 Watch or a Trek bike. Join now to be entered into weekly and grand prize drawings. This offer expires Dec 31, 2017.
    Additional Information: Group fitness schedule, website, email, 852-7755


    The Get Healthy Now Wellness Center closed for Christmas and New Year’s Holiday

    The GHN Wellness Center will be closed on December 21 and 22 for deep cleaning, and December 23 – 25 for the holiday observance. We will be open on December 26–30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The GHN Wellness Center will be closed on Friday December 31 – January 1 for the holiday observance. Normal hours of operation will resume Tuesday, January 2, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Additional information: GHN holiday schedule, Facebook, website, email, 852-7755


    Grand Rounds

    Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Craig McClain

    December 14, 8 a.m., Ambulatory Care Building auditorium
    Medicine Grand Rounds features Craig J. McClain, MD, Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Chief of Research Affairs, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and Associate Vice President for Health Affairs/Research/Translational Research at UofL. Dr. McClain will present “NAFLD: An Expanding Problem” focusing on identifying the different stages of NAFLD, the differential diagnosis and evaluation of NAFLD, and mechanisms, complications and therapies for NAFLD.
    Additional Information: Jason Puckett, 852-1825

    Cardiovascular Medicine Grand Rounds

    December 13, noon to 1 p.m., Rudd Heart & Lung, Top Floor, Great Halls I & II
    Join us for guest speaker Kory Lavine, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Internal Medicine, Development Biology and Immunology/Pathology Center for Cardiovascular Research at Washington University – St. Louis. Lavine will present “Immune Cell Diversity in Heart Failure & Cardiac Repair.”

    Additional Information: Monica Sivori, 852-1162, website




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