February 7, 2018 Announcements


    Wednesday, February 7, 2018



    Undergraduate student Brianna Mills (Physics & Astronomy) was one of five winners of the Chambliss Student Poster award at the 2018 American Astronomical Society meeting. There were more than 100 undergraduate entrants in the competition. Mills is the first from UofL to win the Chambliss.




    A line of mice created by Zhenmin Lei, vice chair of research and professor of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health, was used in experiments that led to the discovery of a possible therapeutic approach to regenerating blood cell production after radiation injury caused by common cancer therapies or accidental exposure. The findings were published on Jan. 8 in Nature Medicine.




    Six UofL faculty have received more than $600,000 in grants in the past week.



    Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to speak at UofL

    U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer will visit the University of Louisville Feb. 12 to take part in the McConnell Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Senator Schumer (D-NY) will follow up his speech at the free, public event by taking questions from the audience. Schumer’s speech will be 9 a.m. in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. is expected to introduce Senator Schumer. Those wishing to attend must request individual tickets online from the McConnell Center. Tickets are required and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.


    Gender in the Workplace – Employment Opportunity or Obstacle?

    February 21, 6:30 p.m., Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
    The Malcolm X Debate program & First Year Initiatives collaborate using topics crafted from the university’s Book-in-Common, Hidden America.The debate revolves around a question that frames the issue, or clash, invoked by some segment of the BinC. Speeches on each side of the issue — pro and con — are presented by two undergraduate students, followed by “rebuttals” from the audience.
    Additional Information: Website


    Online Info Session: Master of Engineering in Engineering Management

    February 19, 12 p.m., Online
    Join faculty and staff to learn how our online Master of Engineering in Engineering Management degree can accelerate your engineering career. We look forward to talking to you and answering questions you might have about program, how to succeed as an online student, or about online learning in general.
    Additional Information: Register onlineemail



    Seminars in Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology

    February 8, 4 p.m., Baxter 1 Auditorium
    Jennifer Rios-Pilier of Dr. Robin Krimm’s Lab in the Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology will present a seminar titled “Modulation of taste function by BDNF-TrkB Signaling.”
    Additional Information: Donna Bottorff, 852-7545, Berlinda Manley, 852-5165


    Training and Workshops

    ADF, IRB and eProposal open workshop

    February 9, 12-2 p.m., Room 3, Miller Information Technology Center, Belknap Campus
    iRIS Specialists are available for assistance with eProposals, Institutional Review Board forms, and Attestation and Disclosure Forms in the iRIS system. Individuals seeking assistance in iRIS are encouraged to stop by anytime during this time period for one-on-one instruction. Additional workshops on HSC and Belknap are posted online. If interested,  RVSP online. Drop ins welcome without RSVP.
    Additional Information: Adrienne Dumke, 852-4715


    Discourse and Semiotics Workshop: Mark Sulzer, ‘Introducing Critical Comparative Content Analysis: A Method for Looking Across Texts and Audiences’

    February 16, 12:30-2 p.m., Room 417, Stevenson Hall; Free
    How are social constructs textually represented differently to different audiences? This (discussion-based) presentation will offer a rationale for why this question is important, introduce some possible methods for addressing it, and offer detailed examples from various projects involving young adult literature, specifically critical comparative content analyses (CCCA) of “youth adaptions.” The presentation is meant to give all participants space to engage in dialogue and try out CCCA methods.

    Additional Information: Jenny Snyder or emailwebsite


    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


    February is Bring a Buddy Month at Get Healthy Now

    February, Get Healthy Now
    Show your buddy some love by bringing them along for your workout or favorite group fitness class, and they’ll receive a complimentary one-week pass to GHN.
    Additional information: Websitegroup fitness scheduleemail, 852-7755


    Time change for Beginner Yoga and Power Vinyasa at Get Healthy Now

    Thursdays: Beginner Yoga 5-5:30 p.m., Power Vinyasa 5:30-6:30 p.m., Get Healthy Now; Free with membership, public: $5
    Try Beginner Yoga, perfect for yoga newbies who may be unsure if this practice is for them.Bring an open mind and be prepared to enjoy an energizing and refreshing yoga experience. Or try Power Vinyasa, a powerful, energetic class designed to stretch and strengthen your entire body through flowing
    sequences. Or take both classes for 90 minutes of yoga bliss. 
    Additional information: Group fitness scheduleemail, 852-7755



    Faculty: Last chance to register for the 2018 Celebration of Teaching and Learning

    February 9, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., ShelbyHurst Campus, Founders Union Building, 450 N. Whittington Pkwy., 40222
    Join us as we come together as a community of educators to celebrate the “superpower” of teaching. Dr. Dee Fink, founder of the Instructional Development Program at the University of Oklahoma, will be the keynote speaker. Through constructive dialogue with colleagues, engagement with presenters, and networking opportunities, explore research-based guidelines and related examples of instructional strategies to improve teaching, assessment and student learning.
    Additional Information: Register online



    Partnership for a Green City Energy Tip 20 – Computers and Energy

    After HVAC and lighting, computers and monitors have the highest energy consumption in school or office environments. First, do not use screensavers, they make the computer work constantly to scroll something on the monitor. Instead, set computers to go into “sleep” mode when not in active use. Energy Star reports a possible savings of $6.38 per computer/per year placed in sleep mode (or $6,380 for every 1,000 computers). If UofL has 15,000 computers, that is $96,000 a year, so let them sleep.
    Additional Information: Website


    Grand Rounds

    Neuroscience Grand Rounds

    February 8, 8-9 a.m., Baxter 1 Auditorium
    Jan Schwab, MD, PhD, Professor and William E. Hunt, MD & Charlotte M. Curtis Chair in Neuroscience at the Ohio State University, will present “Spinal Cord Injury-Induced Immune Deficiency Syndrome- Clinical Relevance and Experimental Evidence” at this Thursday’s Neuroscience Grand Rounds.
    Additional Information: Emily Rollins, 502-588-4959


    Cardiovascular Medicine Grand Rounds

    February 7, noon to 1 p.m., Jewish Rudd Heart & Lung Center, 16th Floor, CC, Great Halls I & II
    Join us for guest speaker, Rajakrishnan Vijayakrishnan, MD, Associate Professor – Division of Cardiovascular -University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Vijayakrishnan will present “Graft Dysfunction: Rejection in Heart Transplant.” Note: Please check email or website for weather related updates.
    Additional Information: Monica Sivori, 852-1162, website



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