January 4, 2018 Announcements


    Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018



    The Winter Student Show is taking place at the Hite Art Institute now through Jan. 13. The exhibition of student work highlights the depth of creative inquiry at UofL. The reception is Jan. 12, 6-8 p.m.




    UofL neurology professor Robert P. Friedland, MD, has joined Matthew R. Chapman, PhD, professor at the University of Michigan, to propose a new term to describe an interaction between gut microbiota and the brain in an article released in PLOS Pathogens. They propose the term “mapranosis” for the process by which amyloid proteins produced by microbes alter the structure of proteins and enhance inflammation in the nervous system, thereby initiating or augmenting brain disease.



    Blackboard will be offline January 5-7 for a scheduled upgrade

    In order to accommodate the university’s Winter Session, the Blackboard upgrade is moving. Blackboard upgrade will start on Friday, January 5 at 6 p.m. and run through Sunday, January 7 at 8 p.m. and will be unavailable during that time. Applications integrated with Blackboard will also be unavailable, such as Panopto and Collaborate.
    Additional Information: Website, 852-8833



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

    January 4, 12 p.m., HSC, CTRB 124
    Join us for a Seminar in the Environmental Health Science Series presented by Timothy O’Toole, PhD, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology. The title of his presentation is “Limiting oxidative stress mitigates the systemic effects of exposure to particulate matter air pollution and volatile organic compounds.”
    Additional Information: Aaron Howell, 852-5141


    Training and Workshops

    WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Workshop

    January 20, 10 a.m. to noon, Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium; UofL Employee and Student Rate: $12/scout and $3/adult (public rate is $15/scout/$5/adult)
    Brownies get a bird’s eye view of the special role water plays on our home planet, Earth and then tour the solar system to explore water (or the lack of) on other planets. Engaging demonstrations and hands-on activities inspire wonder and excitement about the vital role this precious natural resource has in making Earth the “Goldilocks Planet.”
    Additional Information: Websiteemail, 852-6665


    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


    Dance and relieve stress with HSC Salsa Fridays

    Every Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m., HSC Fitness Center, Chestnut Street Parking Garage, HSC;  Free for employees, spouses and QAs
    All levels are welcome and no partner required. Join us and enjoy learning together the basic moves and core concepts of Salsa Rueda with Cherie Lanier. Salsa Rueda is similar to American square dancing, but for salsa in a circle not a square. A caller will call out different simple dance patterns that we will learn in class. Join the School of Medicine, Get Healthy Now and Intramural Sports for this fun and contagious dance. Feel free to walk-in on Fridays or email Paula Kommor for calendar appointment reminders.


    First Friday Salsa at Five at GHN

    January 5, 5-6 p.m., Studio A, Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym, 601 Presidents Blvd., Belknap Campus; Free for employees, spouses and QAs
    Start 2018 off right with salsa. The benefits of dance include improved condition of your heart and lungs; increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness; increased aerobic fitness; improved muscle tone and strength; weight management; and stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis. Learn the basic moves of merengue and salsa with Cherie Lanier. No partner needed; all levels welcome. Walk-in or send an email for calendar appointment reminders.


    SRC memberships available

    $22 per month
    The Student Recreation Center includes 130 cardio pieces of equipment, two fully-equipped weight rooms, racquetball courts, indoor track, basketball courts, indoor golf simulator and 25 free group fitness classes a week. The SRC is a comprehensive fitness center. Payroll deduction is available. Stop by the Intramural Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. any weekday to sign up.
    Additional Information: John Smith, 852-6707


    New Year, healthy you at GHN

    The Get Healthy Now Wellness Center will offer over 50 weekly group fitness classes, free with membership, in the New Year. Members can also take advantage of our Open Gym times, the workout of the week, and personal training sessions with our certified, professional staff. Check out the January Group Fitness Schedule online.
    Additional Information: Email, 852-7755



    Green Tip: New Year’s resolution to eat less meat

    Did you know that in today’s industrial food system, a meat-centered diet requires 19 times as much land and 13 times as much water as a plant-based diet? Or that vegetarian men face only a 4-percent average risk of death from heart attack vs. 50-percent risk on meat-based diets? This year resolve to choose meatless options that are easier on you and the planet. Hearty, meatless meals can be requested from caterers or found daily at The Ville Grill & most campus dining venues – just ask.
    Additional Information: UofL Vegan & Vegetarian Dining Guide


    Grand Rounds

    Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds

    January 5, 6:45-7:45 a.m., Baxter I Research Building, lower level auditorium
    Join the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as we welcome Michael J. Voor, PhD, associate professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Voor will lecture on “Adjacent Level Biomechanics after Spine Fusion.”
    Additional Information: Monica Welsh, 852-6902


    Family and Geriatric Medicine Grand Rounds

    January 5, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Jewish Hospital Bottigheimer Auditorium
    Missy Potts, MD, associate program director, Vascular and Interventional Radiology, UofL, will present “Peripheral Vascular Disease: An update on current trends in diagnosis and management.” CME credit will be provided.
    Additional Information: Melissa Garrett, 852-5499



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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 Forbes.com, 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.