December 6, 2017 Announcements



    Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017



    Cornell University psychologist Robert Sternberg has won the 2018 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology for his concept of “successful intelligence.” Sternberg, a professor of human development, was selected for his view that intelligence encompasses several components that help people succeed in different ways in their own environments.



    Faculty and staff notables

    Gaurang Vaidya, a second year cardiology fellow at UofL, has received the prestigious Postgraduate Award from the Alpha Omega Alpha Society for research on “Beta Blocker Use in LVADs is Associated with Lower proBNP and is not Associated with Heart Failure Hospitalizations or an Increase in Adverse Events.”




    SACS removes UofL probationary status

    The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has removed the University of Louisville’s probationary status, effective immediately. Read more online


    Warm up Louisville sock drive

    December 4-14, 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. Open to Faculty, Staff and Students. Donations are welcome for adults and children. Drawing to be on Friday, December 15 at noon. Donations go to the St. John Center for Homeless men and the Shelter for Women & Children.
    Additional Information: Tammy Lawson, 852-6573


    RBAA Red Barn 48th Birthday Party is Friday

    December 8, 5-8 p.m., Red Barn; Free admission
    Join your friends and family at the RBAA Red Barn 48th Birthday Party at the Red Barn. David Baugh will be recognized and honored as the 2017 recipient of the RBAA Mary Fay Rumford Unsung Hero Award as part of a brief program at 6 p.m. Enjoy a buffet by Aramark and be a part of the 48-year tradition that is the Red Barn. Voluntary donations are welcome all to benefit UofL students through the RBAA.
    Additional Information: George Howe, 852-7467, cell 502-552-9377


    Deadline extended for the 16th Annual Study Abroad Program in Panama

    The deadline for the 16th Annual Study Abroad Program in Panama, sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the Department of Communication has been extended until February 1, 2018, or until 20 participants have been accepted. May 2-3 (on campus) and May 7-26 (Panama). No payments until March. Panama Scholar Awards are given to all participants.
    Additional Information: Rhonda Buchanan, 852-2034


    Intergenerational and festive sock drive for cancer patients

    The Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging invite UofL faculty, staff, and students to join them in collaborating with the 2018 Leadership Louisville Ignite Class for their intergenerational and festive “Sock it to me” Challenge. Festive socks for infants to adults are being collected for Norton Healthcare’s cancer patients and other organizations in the Kentuckiana area. During this year’s Optimal Aging Month in September, the focus was to continue to find ways throughout the year to spread compassion across generations.  In this season of giving, for the challenge, festive socks withand without grips on the bottom are accepted. This challenge will also support additional organizations in the community as socks for hospital patients MUST have the grips on the bottom. Socks can be delivered to the Institute, 300 E. Market St., Suite 200, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or to have your department or group’s contributions picked-up, contact Lisa Baunach at 852-5159 or via email. All socks must be received by Monday, December 11 at 4:30 p.m.
    Additional Information: Website


    Seminars in Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology

    December 7, 4 p.m., Baxter 1 Auditorium, Health Sciences Center
    Dr. Brendan E. Depue, Assistant Professor and Endowed Chair of Behavioral Brain Imaging in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences will be presenting a seminar on “Neural Correlates Differentiating Fear and Anxiety and the Regulation of Negative Emotion.”
    Additional Information: Donna Bottorff, 852-7545

    Oral Biology 605

    December 8, 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dental School, Room 119
    “Fas pathway as a therapeutic target for the prevention and treatment of type 1 diabetes,” by Haval Shirwan, PhD, Dr. Michael and Joan Hamilton Endowed Chair in Autoimmune Disease, professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UofL.
    Additional Information: Email


    Biochemistry Seminar

    December 6, noon, Homberger Library, HSC-A, Rm 614
    Natalia Bilchuk, BMG Graduate Student, “Nature vs Nurture: An mTOR Story.”
    Additional Information: Email


    Health and Wellness

    Expanded health and wellness offering

    If you or a family member are living with COPD/Asthma, Diabetes, Hypertension, or Hyperlipidemia (and are on UofL’s medical plan), you are eligible to enroll in a program that offers many valuable benefits including a pharmacy incentive, a dedicated health care professional team, and easy access to wellness resources. Get Healthy Now is partnering with UofL Physicians Health Management team to offer this benefit.
    Additional Information: Website


    There’s still time to take your Get Healthy Now Health Assessment

    To enroll in Get Healthy Now and earn a $40 monthly premium incentive, you must complete a new Health Assessment by December 20, 2017. Visit the Health Assessment site.
    Additional Information: Email, 852-7755


    Get moving with Intro to Nia

    Tuesdays, 6:40-7:40 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; Free for members at the GHN Wellness Center
    Get moving with GHN’s Intro to Nia class to help you find health through movement. Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from disciplines of the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that corresponds with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and upper extremities.
    Additional information: Group fitness schedule, website, email, 852-7755


    Get into the spin of things with InCycle

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:20 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; Free for GHN Wellness Center members
    Let the upbeat music motivate you as you ride through a variety of speeds and resistance challenges. Burn those calories off with this time efficient ride to help you reach your wellness goals faster. Suitable for all fitness levels.
    Additional Information: Group fitness schedule, Facebook, website, email, 852-7755


    Only three 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


    Grand Rounds

    Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Sohail Ikram

    December 7, 8 a.m., Ambulatory Care Building
    Medicine Grand Rounds features Sohail Ikram, MD, FACC, professor of Medicine and Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program at UofL. Ikram will present “Please Don’t Break My Heart! Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy – Stress Cardiomyopathy: Apical Ballooning Syndrome” focusing on the epidemiology and incidence of stress cardiomyopathy, pathophysiology of stress cardiomyopathy and recognize its variants, and management and outcome of stress cardiomyopathy.
    Additional Information: Jason Puckett, 852-1825


    Cardiovascular Medicine Grand Rounds

    December 6, noon to 1 p.m., Jewish Rudd Heart & Lung Center, 16th Floor, Great Halls I & II
    Join us for a presentation by Jay Hoying, PhD, professor of Medicine, Department of Physiology; Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Therapeutics, Cardiovascular Innovation Institute – University of Louisville. Hoying will present “Microvascular Plasticity and Remodeling.”
    Additional Information: Monica Sivori, 852-1162, website



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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.