December 14, 2017 Announcements



    Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017



    In 2007, the University of Louisville Student Care Team (SCT) was established to provide a regular opportunity for communication between university partners, identifying the resources and support for UofL students who are in need of care, or who are experiencing distress. The 10-year anniversary of the SCT marks a continued collaborative effort at the University of Louisville to support student success. 



    Faculty and staff notables

    Dr. Mary Brydon-Miller, Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development, was the keynote speaker for the Foreign Language Teacher Education Innovation and Development conference that was held at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China. Her keynote address focused on Educational Action Research for Continuous Improvement and Transformative Practice providing an introduction to international contexts of this collaborative approach to classroom research.




    UofL faculty received more than $300,000 in grants last week. See a summary of the awards here.




    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


    Using the Flexible Spending Account Grace Period in 2018

    Don’t forget that if you had a flexible spending account (FSA) in 2017, you still have until March 15, 2018 to spend the money with the university’s grace period. The 2017 accounts will still be handled by Chard-Snyder through the end of the grace period. The new vendor, Discovery Benefits, will then manage 2018 FSA accounts. For a detailed explanation and helpful flowchart to know what account to use, go online
    Additional Information: Website

    Angel Tree for Animals

    December 19, 2:30 p.m., Houchens LL Lobby; HSC: Public Health & Info Science
    Just a reminder- this is the last shopping weekend to pick up your gift to help homeless animals. Get the list and donate. Cash and gift cards accepted.
    Additional Information: Julie Oechsli, 852-1489 or Darla Samuelsen, 852-2797

    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


    Notice for H-1B and O-1 Visa Holders

    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


    Dine at the U Club

    December 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., University Club; $7.95 – $13.95
    UofL Faculty and Staff are invited to dine at the University Club the entire month of December. Celebrate the holidays with your staff. The $10 Tuesdays and Thursdays suit any budget. While you’re here, pick up a gift certificate for that hard to shop for person on your list. 

    Additional Information: Linda Johnson, 852-6996, website

    Health and Wellness

    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: Email, 852-7755, website



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

    December 14, noon, CTR 124
    Keneth Palmer, PhD, will present a Research Seminar titled, “The PREVENT HIV Microbicide program.”
    Additional Information: Aaron Howell, 852-5141



    Pilot study for dissertation project

    Adults aged 50 years and older are invited to participate in a brief pilot study. The study should take approximately 5 minutes. Participants will be asked two read two short stories and answer a small number of questions following each story. Follow this link to participate. IRB: 17.1151.
    Additional Information: Allison J. Midden via email, or Benjamin T. Mast, 852-3542


    Grand Rounds

    Neuroscience Grand Rounds

    December 14, 8 -9 a.m., Baxter I Auditorium (Lower level)
    Scott Whittemore, PhD, Professor and Vice Chairman for Research, Department of Neurological Surgery, Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, Henry D. and Marianna Garretson Endowed Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research Scientific Director, Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center will present “The gut microbiome, clock function, and SCI.”


    Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds

    December 15, 6:45-7:45 a.m., Baxter I Research Building, lower level auditorium
    Join the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as we welcome Arthur L. Malkani, MD, Clinical Professor and Program Director of the Adult Reconstruction Fellowship, University of Louisville. Malkani will lecture on “Difficult Primary Total Hip.”
    Additional Information: Monica Welsh, 852-6902


    Pediatric Grand Rounds

    December 15, 8 a.m., Norton Hospital Auditorium
    Join us for a pediatric grand rounds featuring George C. Rodgers, Jr., MD, PhD. Rodgers is professor of pediatrics and pharmacology & toxicology as well as the Humana Chair of international pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He will present “Medical Marijuana.”
    Additional Information: Brittney Luckett, 502-629-8828



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    Alicia Kelso
    Alicia Kelso is the director of social media and digital content. She joined UofL in 2015 as director of communications at the Brandeis School of Law. She also serves as a senior contributor at, writing about the restaurant industry, which she has covered since 2010. Her work has been featured in publications around the world, including NPR, Bloomberg, The Seattle Times, Good Morning America and Franchise Asia Magazine.