March 27, 2018 Announcements


    Tuesday, March 27, 2018



    During Sunday’s NCAA Tournament win against Oregon State, the UofL Women’s Basketball Team tied an NCAA Tournament record by committing just three turnovers. The Cards will play Mississippi State in the Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, March 30. 




    Dr. Vatsalya Vatsalya, from the UofL Department of Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, has authored a publication in the American Journal of Psychiatry with an impact factor of 14.16. The publication was highlighted at NIAAA council meeting in the fall. The manuscript was also selected for CME by the American Psychiatric Association until October 2019.



    Campus Store offers computer discounts for April 19 Campus Appreciation Day

    Computer pre-orders accepted April 2-11, Campus Appreciation Sale is April 19, UofL Campus Store, Student Activities Center
    The UofL Campus store will celebrate Campus Appreciation Day April 19. During the sale, faculty staff and students can receive discounts on new and clearance technology products including Mac, iPad, and Windows Computers, as well as sales on other bookstore items throughout the day. Pre-orders for computers will be accepted April 2-11 in order to ensure purchase availability for the April 19 sale. Visit store for details. Faculty and staff may also apply for Human Resource’s interest-free computer purchase program in advance of the sale.
    Additional information: Email


    Pegasus Pins are available at Commonwealth Credit Union

    Commonwealth Credit Union, 2126 S Floyd Street (near ULPD and University Parking offices)
    Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Pins are available for purchase now through Derby Week at Commonwealth Credit Union for $6. The pins allow wearers admission Kentucky Derby Festival Events, including Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront and Thunder Over Louisville, the nation’s largest annual fireworks show. Pegasus Pin purchasers are also eligible to win weekly prizes and the gold winner pin grand prize: a 2018 Honda CR-V.
    Additional Information: Tracy Coffey, 502-564-4775


    Important update on Flourish Behavioral Health Internship Program

    The UofL Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging no longer requires that MSSW students be enrolled in a specialization in order to apply for the Flourish Behavioral Health Internship Program. To apply, students just need to be in their final year of studies in the Kent School beginning fall 2018.  If you are interested in earning a $10,000 stipend while gaining professional skills that will transform your career we invite you to learn more about this new program.
    Additional Information: Emailwebsite


    Burrito proceeds to benefit Graduate Network in A&S

    March 28, 5-9 p.m., Chipotle, 1075 Bardstown Rd, Louisville
    Come eat at Chipotle this Wednesday anytime from 5-9 p.m. and mention “Graduate Network in Arts & Sciences” or “GNAS,” and a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to GNAS. Must order in-store (online orders do not count). GNAS is a graduate student group representing all A&S graduate students at UofL. We provide research funding to and host academic events for A&S graduate students.
    Additional Information: Website


    Graduate student ‘dance the night away’

    March 30, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Frazier History Museum, 829 W. Main St., Louisville; Free for graduate students and their guests
    Tired of sitting and studying? Get up and dance. Come to the 4th Floor Loft at the Frazier History Museum and learn international dancing during four 30-minute sessions led by instructors. Enjoy heavy appetizers and a cash bar during this casual attire event. Must be 21 years old or up and must have your UofL ID for entry. RSVP online.


    Retirement open house for Cathy Schaffer

    March 28, 2-4 p.m., HSC, Abell Administration Building, 2nd floor foyer (323 E. Chestnut St.)
    Come celebrate with Cathy Schaffer as she begins a new journey into retirement after 21 years of service at the University of Louisville.
    Additional Information: Phyllis Harris, 852-6266


    RCR 101 rescheduled

    May 24, 1-2 p.m., Room 123, Clinical & Translational Research Building, HSC
    *Due to the weather and the University closing, this event that was scheduled for March 21, been rescheduled – new date May 24. This session will provide an overview of the topics and concepts related to the Responsible Conduct of Research. The one-hour session will introduce the topics of: Data Management, Peer Review, Authorship/Publication, Collaboration, Mentor/Mentee Relationships, Conflicts of Interest, Research Misconduct, and Fiscal and Social Responsibility in Research.

    Additional Information: Carla Jones, 852-2454, website 


    Extended call for abstracts for the 6th Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Physiological Society

    April 7, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Room 218, Shelby Campus, Founders Union Building; $15 Faculty; $10 Students & Postdocs (exact cash or check accepted on-site registration)
    The day will include scientific sessions with presentations by trainees and speakers, career lectures. It will end with a judged poster session followed by an awards ceremony. Trainee Oral Presentations from one undergrad, one grad student and one postdoc fellow will be selected from abstracts submitted. To participate in the judged poster session, abstracts must be submitted by March 30. The poster session will be judged with awards being given for best undergrad, grad and postdoc presentations.

    Additional Information: Websiteemail



    Tomorrow: Crime and justice in Louisville: A panel discussion

    March 28, 4:30 p.m., PNC Horn Auditorium, College of Business, Belknap
    The third in a series on criminal justice reform, this program will focus on local crime issues. The panelists – community activist Christopher 2X, UofL criminal justice professor Deborah Keeling, and public policy researcher Josh Crawford – will discuss violent crime in our city and how to combat the problem, including what has worked in other cities. This event is presented by the John H Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise in the College of Business.
    Additional Information: Websiteemail


    Criminal Justice in the Trump Era lecture

    March 29, 4 p.m., Room 75, Brandeis School of Law, Belknap Campus; Free and open to the public
    Lectures in Social Change: Social Change in the Trump Era (SCHG 399-01) presents the final in a series of three lectures for Spring 2018. Dr. George Richards, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, will deliver “Criminal Justice in the Trump Era,” which is free and open to the public.
    Additional Information: Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwardswebsite


    PAS Spring Authors Series #2

    March 28, 12-1 p.m., Cultural Center Multipurpose Room
    Dr. W. Carson Byrd of the Pan-African Studies Department will present on his new book “Poison In The Ivy,” about race and inequality at elite U.S. college campuses.
    Additional Information: Pan-African Studies Department, 852-5985


    Charles Senessie, MD, PhD, founder and president, Afro-European Medical and Research Network

    March 29, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Room 103, School of Public Health & Information Sciences, Health Sciences Campus
    Presentation titled, “Bridging the gaps in low and middle income countries – concept of AEMRN mobile clinics to complement efforts of Universal Health Coverage in ensuring no one is left behind.”
    Additional Information: Dr. Muriel Harris, 852-4061


    Bioengineering Dept. Seminar Series focuses on group classification based on high-dimensional data 

    March 28, noon to 1:30 p.m., Shumaker Building, Room 139

    Dr. Shesh Rai, Wendell Chery Endowed Chair in Clinical Trial Research, professor of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, and the director of the Biostatistics Shared Facility at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, will summarize a commonly used method, I-RELIEF, for group classification and a proposed new method. The new method is based of efficient data reduction and modeling of high-dimensional data. The performance of the method is demonstrated through its application using cancer and control DSC signatures. Our method provides superior classification performance compared with the I-RELIEF method.

    Additional Information: Nancy Hansford


    Arts and Entertainment

    Jazz-4-Sight: A concert to support the Jazz and Ophthalmology Departments at UofL

    April 7, 6 p.m. gala, University Club; 8 p.m., concert gala, University Club; concert, Comstock Hall; $50; Dinner, concert, and silent auction: $140
    Jazz-4-Sight is a fundraising concert to support the Departments of Jazz and Ophthalmology at UofL. Ophthalmology proceeds will fund research on the treatment of retinoblastoma, the leading cause of eye cancer in children. The event begins with a gala and the concert features Doc Severinsen, American jazz trumpeter who led the band for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for 25 years.

    Additional Information: Website 


    Black Diamond Choir Hosts 49th Annual Spring Concert

    April 7,  6:30 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m., SK101, Strickler Hall, Belknap Campus; Free, public
    Organized in 1969, the Black Diamond Choir has been singing and sharing the “Good News” across the nation and internationally. Join BDC for an evening of gospel praise featuring guest clinician and national recording artist Dexter Walker. Under the direction of Grammy-nominated Jason Clayborn.
    Additional Information: Dominique McShan, 852-0228, Facebook


    Health and Wellness

    Discover your potential with free fitness assessment at Get Healthy Now

    Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,Sunday, 12-5 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center; Free for employees
    GHN offers Fitness Assessment to determine base-line fitness level, testing aerobic capacity, flexibility and total body strength. Based on results, improve your physical well-being through personal training and group fitness classes.

    Additional Information: 852-7755, email 



    Green Tip: ‘Recycle’ your organics to win Black Gold in RecycleMania 2018

    With UofL ranking 21st in RecycleMania, you clearly know recycling, but much of our waste is organics such as food, yard waste and paper towels/tissues/napkins/plates. Do you know how to “recycle” these organics? When landfilled, organics turn into climate-changing methane and potential fertilizer is lost. The solution is composting. Organics are collected for composting in UofL dining, dorms, gardens and at our volunteer-powered Community Composting Project every Sunday 12-2 p.m. (and take home some black gold). 

    Additional Information: Garden CommonsBrian Barnes, 502-338-1338


    Partnership for a Green City Energy Tip 27: It’s spring, stay green

    Compact refrigerators are designed to use space efficiently, but are not as efficient using energy according to Consumer Reports. In their latest testing, most mini fridges use as much energy, if not more, than a full-sized refrigerator/freezer. Most compact fridges cost $80 to $100 a year to operate while many of the energy efficient home refrigerator/freezers cost between $47 and $54 a month in energy costs. Share a mini fridge with a “work neighbor” or see if you can share a full size unit.



    Asthma in older adults research study

    If you have asthma and are at least 60 years old you may qualify for this longitudinal study that will examine the environmental and personal factors in asthma control. Participants must be not a current smoker or have other lung diseases. Participants will be compensated. This study is being conducted by Dr. Barbara Polivka. IRB# 13.0419
    Additional Information: 852-4254, emailwebsite


    Grand Rounds

    Endocrinology Grand Rounds

    March 28, 4 p.m., Baxter II Research Building, Lower Level, Room 038
    Join us in welcoming Haval Shirwan, PhD, UofL professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Dr. Michael and Joan Hamilton Endowed Chair in Autoimmune Disease, Institute for Cellular Therapeutics, as he presents, “Targeted Immunomodulation for the Prevention and Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes.”
    Additional Information: Kelly Galiette, 852-5237



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