December 8, 2016 Announcements



    Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016





    An organization working to help transitioning veterans and military spouses find jobs has announced it will hold office hours at UofL for our veteran students. Where Opportunity Knox, which hopes to connect 10,000 transitioning veterans and military spouses with employers in 26 Kentucky counties in the greater Louisville region by the end of 2017, will hold office hours on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Career Development Center, 2211 S. Brook St.



    How often are good public speaking skills confused with passion, leading to bad investment decisions? That’s the question a group of UofL College of Business researchers explored in a study published online in “IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.” Researchers were professors Jenna Haugen and Kristen Lucas; Sharon A. Kerrick, formerly of UofL and now interim business school dean at Bellarmine; and Cole J. Crider, PhD student.




    Faculty/Staff traveling abroad need employment verification letter

    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


    Mark Your Calendar: Blackboard will be offline during scheduled upgrade and cloud migration

    Blackboard will be moving to the cloud in an effort to improve effectiveness and efficiency across the university. The move also promises to improve speed and response times while working within the Blackboard application. The upgrade will start on Friday, December 16 at 5 p.m. and run through Tuesday, December 20 at 8 p.m. and Blackboard will be unavailable during that time.
    Additional Information: Website, 852-8833



    Call for pilot projects

    We are seeking pilot project pre-proposals for the NIH-funded Hepatobiology and Toxicology COBRE. Budget is $50,000/year for 2 years. Salary/fringe for faculty, Technical help and supplies. Need one-page NIH-style Specific Aims. Topic must relate to liver disease/liver metabolism. Must be junior faculty with no major independent NIH funding (RO1 type). Submit your specific aims page to Dr. Craig McClain by Dec. 23.
    Additional Information: Craig McClain, MD, Steve Mahanes, 852-1388


    Training and Workshops

    QPR: Question, Persuade, and Refer Training

    December 12, 2-3 p.m., SAC – W309K; Free
    Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year UofL Cardinals are saying “yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. Seating is limited, please RSVP.
    Additional Information: Tracie Meyer, 852-5787, website


    Research Grant Writing Workshop through the Delphi Center

    January 5, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., TILL Classroom, 3rd floor Ekstrom Library, Belknap Campus; University Employees: $197.50; Non-employees: $395
    Learn how to secure funding for your research. This interactive workshop is led by Becky Crump, GPC and Johna Rodgers, GPC, who have a combined total of 55 years of grant writing experience with institutions of higher education, non-profits, and government agencies. This workshop is for faculty and staff involved in the grant development process. You will walk away with a completed grant application, action steps for follow-up on unfunded grants, and one-hour consultation with facilitators. Register online.

    Additional Information: Alex Bryant, 852-4620


    Health and Wellness

    YMCA access for UofL employees over holiday break

    Dec. 21–Jan. 2, YMCAs of Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana; Free for 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


    Grand Rounds

    The 16th Annual Dr. Elliott Podoll Adolescent Medicine Lectureship

    December 9, 8-9 a.m., Norton Hospital 2nd Floor Auditorium
    Join us for a Pediatric Grand Rounds featuring Steven C. Matson, MD. Dr. Matson is Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Assoc. Prof. of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He will present, “Heroin, an Old Drug for a New Population: Treating Adolescents and Young Adults with Opioid Use Disorder.” Attendees will be able to identify treatment options and to list all medications used in treatment of the disorder.


    Medicine Grand Rounds: Melissa Updike and Timothy Napier

    December 8, 8 a.m., Ambulatory Care Building auditorium
    Medicine Grand Rounds features Melissa Updike, MJ, of Kentuckiana Medical Reciprocal Risk Retention Group, and Timothy Napier, JD, of Napier Gault Schupbach & Stevens. They will present “Avoiding and Surviving Medical Malpractice Claims” focusing on understanding the malpractice climate in Kentucky and insurance carrier responses, common reasons physicians get sued, best practices in avoiding litigation, and the steps in the litigation process.
    Additional Information: Jason Puckett, 852-1825

    Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds

    December 9, 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, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UofL. Dr. Malkani will lecture on “Complex Primary TKA”
    Additional Information: Monica Welsh, 852-6902, website



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