March 29, 2018 Announcements


    Thursday, March 29, 2018



    The American Red Cross blood drive held on March 20 collected an HSC record 44 units of blood. The drive was sponsored by the HSC LGBT Office and hosted by the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute.




    Dr. James Beggan, professor in Sociology, was an invited commentator for a performance of “The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep,” by Diana Grisanti. The production, which is about sexual harassment, was performed by the Lilith Theatre Company at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts last week. Beggan is the co-editor if a new book called “Leadership and Sexuality” from Elgar press.




    UofL faculty and staff received four grants totaling nearly $500,000 last week.



    Staff Senate now accepting applications 

    105 Grawemeyer Hall 
    The Staff Senate is now accepting applications. This is a great way to stay informed and to serve the University and the staff. If you have been a UofL employee for at least 6 months, you are eligible to apply. The application is available online
    Additional Information: Email 

    Belknap Farmers Market spring market grand opening next week

    April 4-April 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Red Barn
    Vendors showcase products such as fresh produce, jellies, jams, bread, crafts, popcorn, stoneware, UofL products, cookies, honey and more. There will also be door prizes, educational information and more.
    Additional Information: Email


    Health Sciences Center Extramural Grant Reception

    April 5, 4:30-6 p.m., Abell Building, 2nd floor foyer
    All HSC faculty, research staff and students are invited to celebrate the extramural research grant award recipients from January 2017 – January 2018 from the Schools of Medicine, Public Health & Information Sciences, Dental and Nursing.
    Additional Information: Email, 852-2553


    Office of First Year Initiatives hosting social media content contest

    As the Office of First Year Initiatives transitions into the new Student Success Center, it is looking for UofL students (undergrads, grads, professional) to participate in its Social Media Content Contest called “Life Our Spirits.” Prizes will be available for those who create and submit content for the center’s new social media pages, starting this summer. More information about the contest rules is available online


    Learn about what kinds of classroom ‘technologies’ are available to you and your students

    April 2, 1-2 p.m.; April 12, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.; Teaching Innovation Learning Lab, Ekstrom Library, Room 302
    The Teaching Innovation Learning Lab is hosting a series of informal, interactive open houses to provide you with hands-on opportunities to explore many of the features of BACB’s active learning classrooms. Whether your technology of choice is a projector, white board, small group work, or collaborative software for screen sharing, you will leave with new ideas and inspiration. First 10 participants will receive a white board marker and eraser set. Register online.



    You’re invited to a seminar on ‘Teaching for New Faculty Lightning Talks’

    April 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Chao Auditorium (Ekstrom Library)
    Join us for the Seminar on Teaching for New Faculty Lightning Talks as participants share their reflections and questions about teaching and learning. Seminar participants are junior faculty who have been selected to participate in this yearlong competitive program, which is now in its third year.
    Additional Information: Website



    Physics colloquium Friday

    March 30, 3 p.m., Room 112, Natural Science Building
    Dr. Chandan Setty of the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will speak on, “What can impurities tell us about quantum matter?”
    Additional Information: Website


    KBRIN Bioinformatics Journal Club

    March 29, 12-1 p.m., Room 123, Clinical Translational Research Building
    Join us as Patrick Trainor, a doctoral student in bioinformatics at the University of Louisville, presents a seminar titled, “High Performance R: Parallel computing, seamless C++ integration, optimizing linear algebra routines, and deep learning in the R language.”
    Additional Information: Email


    Biology Department Seminar Series, Brown & Williamson presents Dr. Werner Geldenhuys, West Virginia University

    March 30, noon, Room 139, Shumaker Research Building
    Geldenhuys will speak on, “Targeting iron-sulfur proteins: the medicinal chemistry aspects of tailored drug design.” He holds appointments at the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, the Center for Basic and Translational Stroke Research, the WVU Chemistry Department, and the Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases. He has authored more than 100 publications and currently works on the role of iron-sulfur cluster proteins in neurodegeneration.
    Additional Information: Charice Johnson, 852-8263


    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: “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


    Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology Dissertation Defense presented by Blair Schneider

    March 30, 1-2 p.m., Room 101, Clinical and Translational research Building
    The Department of Microbiology and Immunology presents a Dissertation Defense by Blair Schneider, “Identification and Characterization of Type II Toxin/Anti-toxin Systems in
    Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans.” Schneider is a PhD Candidate in the lab of Drs. Donald Demuth and James Graham.


    Training and Workshops

    Garden Commons Workshop: Composting

    March 30, 1-2 p.m., Garden Commons, Cultural Center, Belknap Campus
    Join us in UofL’s organic garden for a composting and vermiculture workshop with Dr. Brian Barnes, who directs UofL’s Community Composting Project (250 E. Bloom St.) with volunteer-power every Sunday noon to 2 p.m. He’ll share the basics of why, how and what to compost and we’ll create DIY composting bins that you can take home with you to get started. The Garden Commons is open to participation any time from staff, faculty, students and community members.

    Additional Information: WebsiteFacebook


    iClicker Training and Q&A – Save the Date

    May 1, 12-2 p.m., Ekstrom Library, Room 244, Delphi Lab, Belknap Campus
    Looking for new ways to engage your students with course content as well as with each other? iClicker is the nationally recognized leader and award winner in classroom response systems and offers several new innovative features to engage our students. There is a mobile option which allows students to use their phones, tablets, or laptops (iClicker Cloud) as well as a hardware option that requires a ‘remote’ (iclicker Classic). Lunch included – Registration information to come
    Additional Information: Linda Leake, 852-4332



    Sustainability Roundtable: Amanda Fuller, Urban Farming and Orchards on Vacant Lots

    March 30, 11 a.m. to noon, Room 123, Urban Studies (426 W. Bloom), Belknap campus
    UofL’s Sustainability Roundtable series continues its focus on urban agriculture and forestry this Friday with our featured speaker: Amanda Fuller, an urban farming pioneer and entrepreneur who was the first to request land from Louisville’s Land Bank Authority for agricultural purposes. In 2013, she was successful in purchasing five contiguous vacant lots in the Portland neighborhood to establish Lots of Food farm. She’ll share her story and discuss interdisciplinary research opportunities with us.
    Additional Information: WebsiteLots of Food websiteDaniel DeCaro


    Health and Wellness

    The Get Healthy Now Wellness Center closed for Easter holiday

    Sunday, April 1
    Normal hours of operation will resume Monday, April 2.
    Additional Information: WebsiteFacebookemail, 852-7755


    Sculpt your whole body at GHN Pilates class

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:10-1 p.m., Get Healthy Now; Free with membership, nonmembers: $5
    Pilates: A series of controlled, flowing movements designed to strengthen muscles surrounding the spine, improve endurance and flexibility, tone abdominal muscles and assist in maintaining the correct curvature of the spine.
    Additional Information: Websiteemail, 852-7755


    Grand Rounds

    Pediatric Grand Rounds

    March 30, 8 a.m., Norton Hospital 2nd Floor Auditorium
    Join us for a pediatric grand rounds featuring Navjyot K. Vidwan, MD, MPH, Drew Stahl, PharmD and Bethany Wattles, PharmD. They will present, “Not Fake News! Bad Bugs, No Drugs: Be an Antibiotic Guardian.”


    Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds

    March 30, 6:45-7:45 a.m., Baxter I Research Building, lower level auditorium
    Join the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as we welcome Jon Carlson, MD, assistant professor, University of Louisville, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Carlson will lecture on “Personal Finance for Residents.”
    Additional Information: Monica Welsh, 852-6902


    Family and Geriatric Medicine Grand Rounds

    March 30, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Jewish Hospital Bottigheimer Auditorium
    The Family Medicine Resident Hospital Service team will present 1-2 case(s) from the month. Learners will critically analyze diagnostic and treatment decisions, have clinical questions answered based on the available literature and current guidelines, and learn from their colleague’s experiences. 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, 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.