December 20, 2017 Announcements




    Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017



    The Rauch Planetarium’s new, permanent William G. Russell Meteor Collection Exhibit features 90 meteorites among 132 specimens, including a fragment of a meteor that hit Louisville in 1977 and caused damage. The exhibition allows a rarity in space specimen collections: several of the meteorites can be touched



    Faculty and staff notables

    Dr. Tom Clark, from the School of Dentistry, is featured in the Louisville Zoo’s latest issue of Trunkline Magazine for his work as a consulting dentist. He started helping out at the zoo in 1978 and his contributions gradually increased. Clark now works with “almost anything with teeth,” from ferrets to lions and hippos. For 10 years until 2009, Clark spearheaded a partnership between the zoo and UofL’s School of Dentistry by offering an exotic animal dentistry elective to senior dental students. 




    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


    Call for abstracts for graduate student research conference

    Graduate students are invited to present their research at the Graduate Student Regional Research Conference at the University of Louisville happening March 2-3, 2018. Abstract submissions are now open for students who wish to present an oral talk or poster presentation. The abstract deadline is January 19, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
    Additional Information: Kelsey Kaht, website

    K-PIRC 2017 Professional Development Series ‘Writing Winning Grant Proposals’

    January 30, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Cardiovascular Innovation Institute (CII), HSC; Free registration required
    This seminar comprehensively addresses both conceptual and practical aspects that are associated with the proposal-writing process. Rather than offer what is typically presented (little more than how to fill out forms and conform to instructions) this proposal-writing seminar emphasizes idea development, how to write for reviewers and tips and strategies: Grantsmanship. Registration required and will close Friday, January 26, 2018.
    Additional Information: Jackie Perry, website


    Health and Wellness

    YMCA access for UofL employees over holiday break

    Dec. 21–Jan. 2, YMCAs of Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana; Free, faculty and staff
    How do you plan to stay healthy and happy over the holidays? The YMCAs of Greater Louisville including branches in Southern Indiana invite all UofL employees to work out for free during the winter break. To take advantage of this opportunity, all you need is a current UofL employee I.D. Should your spouse, immediate family member or out-of-town guest join you, there will be a $5 per-person per-day fee with picture I.D.
    Additional Information: Website


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

    The GHN Wellness Center will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 21 and Friday, Dec. 22 for Deep Cleaning, and Dec. 23–25 for the holiday observance. Please refer to the GHN Holiday Schedule for modified holiday hours of operation. The GHN Wellness Center will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

    Additional Information: GHN holiday schedule, Facebook, website, email, 852-7755


    Make a Splash with Get Healthy Now water fitness

    Spring session: Jan. 9 – May 17, Tuesday/Thursday, noon, Natatorium; Free, UofL employees, retirees and their spouse/QA
    Are you looking for a form of exercise that is easy on the joints and big on fun? Join Get Healthy Now’s Water Fitness class during this Spring semester. The benefits of this class include increased energy, better sleep, relief from joint pain and more. Suitable for all fitness levels and no swimming skills needed (hair can stay dry or not). Enroll today.

    Additional Information: Website, email, 852-7755


    Be your best self: Take advantage of the opportunity to partner with a wellness coach intern

    Time and place that works for you; Free for employees, spouses and QAs

    Take advantage of the chance to partner with a Get Healthy Now wellness coach intern, who will help you work towards any health behavior change. You will meet with the coach 1 hour a week for 8 weeks. Our interns have successfully completed a semester of intensive coach training and are closely supervised by a certified coach. Start by emailing your name, email address, phone number and campus location.

    Additional Information: Website


    Grand Rounds

    Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Michael Brier

    December 21, 8 a.m., Ambulatory Care Building auditorium
    Medicine Grand Rounds features Michael E. Brier, professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology and DOM Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs at UofL. Dr. Brier will present “Drug Dosing in Renal Failure” focusing on how decreased renal function affects the pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics of drugs, using measured serum creatinine/estimated glomerular filtration rate to judge renal function, and determining if a dose or dosing interval adjustment is necessary.
    Additional Information: Jason Puckett, 852-1825



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    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.