November 15, 2017 Announcements



    Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017





    UofL has a new Social Change minor program in the Department of Criminal Justice. Social Change is a 19 credit hour minor that promotes student engagement in community action and social change processes by examining societal problems through a social responsibility lens. Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards is director of the program. 



    Dr. Craig McClain, professor of Medicine and Pharmacology & Toxicology, Associate VP for Translational Research and Associate VP for Health Affairs/Research, gave invited talks to the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) and American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD). At EASL in London, McClain gave the summation talk, “Novel Targets for Alcoholic Hepatitis.” At AASLD in Washington, DC, McClain gave the summation talk, “New Drugs in the Pipeline for Alcoholic Hepatitis.”




    Winter Dissertation Writing Mini-Retreat

    January 20, University Writing Center
    The University Writing Center and the Graduate Student Council announces its first Winter Dissertation Writing Mini-Retreat We encourage all writers currently working on their dissertations to apply. In past retreats, we have worked with writers representing a range of disciplines from Public Health to Engineering to Social Work to Humanities. The mini-retreat is scheduled for January 20 and 27.
    Additional Information: Website


    Radioactive Material Orders

    Thanksgiving Ordering Schedule: Last day to order Radioactive Isotopes will be Friday, November 17 for delivery on Monday, November 20. The University will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24. We will reopen on Monday, November 27 and will resume ordering.
    Additional Information:  Connie Gabbard, 852-5231


    Angel Tree Initiative underway

    Help bring joy to some child this Holiday Season by selecting an angel from the UofL Women’s Center Student Parent Association Angel Tree Initiative. Select a name between Nov. 20-Dec. 4. All unwrapped gifts are to be returned to the Women’s Center by 12 p.m. Dec. 4.
    Additional Information: Email, 852-8976


    Guidance on salary cap for DHHS & NIH sponsored programs

    The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration has developed guidance related to salary cap requirements for Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) sponsored programs. The guidance includes a worksheet to aid in the calculation of salary that can be charged directly to DHHS awards as well as salary “over the cap” that must be booked and tracked separately per Federal requirements. The salary cap requirement applies not only to NIH awards but also to CDC, HRSA and other DHHS awards.
    Additional Information: Website, 852-7308, email


    Online Info Session: Master’s in Higher Education Administration

    November 15, 6 p.m., online
    Finding your niche can help put your career as a higher education administrator on the right trajectory. Our online master’s program lets you choose among three concentrations in Administration, Teaching and Learning, or Policy and Equity to tailor your learning to your goals and interests. Join our info session to learn more about how this degree can help prepare you to thrive in the challenging world of 21st century higher ed.
    Additional Information: Register onlineEmail


    Blackboard will be offline Jan. 5-7 for 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


    Signature Partnership 10-Year Celebration Video

    2017 marks the university’s decade long collaboration with West Louisville known as the Signature Partnership Initiative. A ceremony was held earlier this fall to commemorate the occasion. Watch and share this video that highlights the work of the Signature Partnership over the last ten years. Check it out here


    PhysAssist Interview Day

    November 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Career Development Center- Houchens Building, LL03
    Looking for a part-time or full-time job in the medical field? PhysAssist will be holding on campus interviews Friday, November 17th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Career Development Center. Schedule your interview, dress business casually, and prepare to be a medical scribe! To sign up for an interview slot, email or call 502-852-6701.



    Biochemistry Seminar today

    November 15, noon, Homberger Library, HSC-A, Rm 614
    Justin Kos, BMG graduate student, presents: “The Role of Gsk3 in B Cell Metabolism.”
    Additional Information: Email


    Department of Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Series hosts Dr. Pawel Kalinski

    November 16, 12-1 p.m., Room 123, Clinical and Translational Research Building
    The Department of Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Series presents Dr. Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD, “Sensitizing Cold Tumors to Cancer Immunotherapy.” Kalinski is the vice chair for translational research and professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
    Additional Information: Lisa Hagan


    Bioengineering Dept. Seminar Series: Metabolic Regulation of Vascular Ion Channel Activity

    Nov. 16, noon to 1:30 p.m., Shumaker Building, Room 139
    This talk, presented by UofL’s Dr. Matthew Nystoriak, will focus on the use of patch clamp electrophysiology, myography, and advanced cellular imaging to evaluate ion channel function in the vasculature to improve understanding of how ion channel proteins are functionally regulated by metabolic signals in an effort to reveal novel targets for treatment of cardiovascular disease associated with aberrant regulation of vascular tone. 
    Additional Information: Nancy Hansford


    Training and Workshops

    Learn more from Panopto (Webinars Basics and Advanced)

    Second and fourth Wednesday, 11 a.m. to noon; online
    Webinars are available twice a month (2nd and 4th Wednesday). The Basic Training Webinar is designed for new users and beginners who would like to learn how to use the Panopto software. The Advanced Webinar covers a specific topic and is designed for users with an understanding of Panopto’s basic functionality and use. If you have general questions about anything Panopto, don’t forget our weekly office hours every Friday at noon Eastern.
    Additional Information: Website


    Women’s Self-Defense

    November 29, 5-8 p.m., Student Activities Center, room #W309K; Free
    There is still space available for the R.A.D. self-defense program designed and created specifically for women. The program consists of easy to learn, effectively proven physical defense techniques, taught by certified instructors, during the hands-on nine (9) hour program. Classes are open to faculty, staff and students. The class will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 29, and then for three consecutive Wednesdays, with each session lasting three hours.
    Additional Information: Sergeant Oscar Chavez, 852-8284


    Health and Wellness

    Final GHN Historical Walking Tour with Tom Owen

    November 15, 12-12:50 p.m.; Free
    The last Get Healthy Now Historical Walking Tour for 2017 is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, 12-12:50 p.m. Those interested in participating just need to meet up at the Ekstrom Library Porch (interior of campus side, across from Humanities Building). The tour will be led by Dr. Tom Owen, veteran walking tour raconteur and local historian, who has been an archivist at UofL’s Archives and Special Collections for 42 years.
    Additional Information: Get Healthy Now website, email, 852-7755


    Your best self starts here

    601 Presidents Blvd.; $15 per month; with the option of automatic payroll deduction; Free onsite parking
    We’re not just a gym. At the Get Healthy Now Wellness Center you’ll receive comprehensive and holistic well-being support―health and wellness classes, wellness and financial coaching, motivational programs and integrated clinical care―while enjoying working out in our state-of-the art facility with our certified fitness staff. Choose from a wide variety of fitness options: cardio/resistance equipment, indoor cycle studio, indoor walking track, and over 40 group fitness classes.

    Additional Information: Group Fitness schedule, website, email, 852-7755


    Arts and Entertainment

    A Jazzy Christmas

    December 4, 7:30 p.m.,  Derby Dinner Playhouse, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN 47129; $40
    “A Jazzy Christmas” will feature a big band of UofL Jazz faculty & students directed by Prof. Jerry Tolson, the UofL Trombone Ensemble, faculty vocalists Chad Sloan, Emily Albrink Katz, & Katherine Donner as well as local jazz vocalist Karan Chavis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 5:45 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds goes to the UofL School of Music Scholarship Fund. For reservations and ticket information, contact the Derby Dinner Playhouse Box Office, 812-288-8281.
    Additional Information: Email



    Green Tip: It’s America Recycles Day

    November 15
    Today is America Recycles Day – your opportunity to take the pledge and encourage your students and colleagues to recycle all they can, which is just about everything at UofL. All UofL recycling bins accept any type of paper, plastics, metals, glass and cardboard. Don’t worry about how clean/empty it is, just make sure it’s going in the right bin. Special collections are available for recycling less common items such as batteries, chemicals, electronics, lighting, organics, and even reusable items.
    Additional Information: UofL Recycling websiteAmerica Recycles Day, Pledge


    Grand Rounds

    Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Lina Mackelaite

    November 16, 8 a.m., Ambulatory Care Building auditorium
    Medicine Grand Rounds features Lina Mackelaite, MD, assistant professor of medicine and Medical Director, Kidney and Kidney-Pancreas Transplantation in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at UofL. Mackelaite will present “Kidney Transplantation: How Are We Doing in Louisville?” focusing on an overview of the transplant program in Louisville, reviewing strategies to transplant more patients with End Stage Kidney Disease, and increasing graft survival after transplantation.
    Additional Information: Jason Puckett, 852-1825



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