November 16, 2017 Announcements



    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017





    All third-year students in the UofL School of Medicine complete a four-week clinical rotation in family medicine in rural or urban underserved communities across Kentucky through the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). Administered by UofL since its inception in 1985, AHEC is a statewide program dedicated to improving Kentuckians’ access to health care by helping to educate health-care providers in all disciplines. Kentucky AHEC has been awarded $4.12 million in continued funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue its mission through 2022.



    Brandeis School of Law professor Shelley Santry has been named Member of the Year by the Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County. She will be honored Thursday night at the association’s annual meeting. Santry has directed the Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic since 2009. In 2017, Santry established a mediation clinic for the law school. 



    University of Louisville faculty received nearly $2.2 million in grants in the past couple of weeks. Check out their awards here




    Registration open for Holiday Cards Buy Local Shopping Tour

    Dec. 1, 8 a.m. start, meet at University Club; $40
    UofL and the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will take shoppers on a whirlwind tour of local shops and restaurants on the sixth annual Holiday Cards Buy Local Shopping Tour. Registration fee includes opening and closing receptions, door prizes and transportation to more than a dozen shops on East Market Street (NULU), Fourth Street, Frankfort Avenue and Butchertown. Register online.
    Additional Information: Brandy Warren, 852-8025


    Safety improvements planned for campus

    Already acknowledged as one of the safest college campuses in the U.S., the University of Louisville is investing more than $800,000 in safety improvements over the next year. Improving lighting along UofL’s viaducts and L Trail and customizing curb ramps to improve accessibility are among the new enhancements. The UofL Police Department will be increasing their coverage with new security cameras, and we are exploring improvements to the ULPD campus escort program. Additionally, in partnership with the Student Government Association, we are removing “blue light” emergency poles due to outdated functionality and will reinvest their $70,000 annual cost into the above safety improvements. ULPD continues to encourage the use of the CardSafe Rave Guardian application for personal safety.


    GEN 204 registration is now open

    The Career Development Center is helping teach GEN 204: Leadership and Strategic Career Development this coming semester.  Maximize your leadership and intern experiences, while covering topics such as StrengthsQuest, employer panel, leadership skills, resumes and interviews.
    Additional Information: 852-5197, email


    Grawemeyer chili fest

    November 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Grawemeyer Hall, Ground Floor, Belknap Campus
    Chili fest to benefit UofL Cares. Chili, soups, grilled cheese, soft drinks and desserts will be available for purchase.
    Additional Information: Leslie Parker, 852-6166


    Red Cross Blood Drive and Gift of Life Challenge

    November 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Red Barn
    There are two ways that you can help save a life today. You can donate blood at our blood drive and you can register to be an organ donor when you pass away. Register online or stop by our table. More information is available on the Trew Foundation website or the Kentucky Organ Donor website. Stop by the Red Barn for giveaways and treats for blood donors and organ donor registrants.
    Additional Information: Tonia D. Thomaswebsite


    Angel Tree for Homeless Animals

    Through December 18, Belknap: Houchens LL Lobby; HSC: School of Public Health & Info Sciences
    Every year thousands of animals die in shelters. You can help just by making a small donation. We will be accepting items now through December 18t Contact us for a list of needed items. The HSC location has a call box out front for access or you can arrange for drop offs with the HSC contact person.
    Additional Information: Julie Oechsli, 852-1489, Darla Samuelsen, 852-2797


    Dr. George Pantalos scheduled to be on ‘Science Friday’ with Ira Flatow

    Nov. 17, 3:30-4:40 p.m. segment, WFPL, 89.3 FM

    Pantalos, a professor of surgery and bioengineering at the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, will discuss his work in astrosurgery research. He is leading research with colleagues at Carnegie Mellon in the development of a device that will make it possible to perform surgery in the zero-gravity conditions of space. This is important for future long-duration space flights – such as those to Mars – because if an astronaut gets injured or otherwise needs surgery, it would be impossible to return to Earth in a timely manner to perform it. The device is a pressurized dome that is sealed to the surgical site and allows for the site to be irrigated. It has portholes for the surgeon to insert instruments and perform the necessary procedure. Pantalos and his colleagues have tested it on several zero-G flights at NASA in Houston thus far, and he is scheduled to test it further on a suborbital flight with Virgin Galactic in the next six months.



    Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicolgy William J. Waddell Seminar Series

    November 16, noon, CTR 124
    Jamie Young is presenting her MSDefense/PhD Proposal Defense titled, “Developing a Model to Study Early Life Exposures to Toxicants and its Influence on Diet-Induced Metabolic Syndrome.”
    Additional Information:  Aaron Howell,, 852-5141


    Department of Biology Seminar Series Presents Dr. Deborah Yoder-Himes, UofL

    November 17, 139 Shumaker Research Building
    Dr. Yoder-Himes will present “Understanding bacterial interactions in polymicrobial biofilms.” Biofilms are mats of connected communities of microbes that play important roles in agriculture, human /plant health and disease, and industry. Previous research has mostly focused on understanding pure-culture biofilms.  We have been studying multispecies biofilms and found that environment, community composition, and genotype all play a role in the structure of mature biofilms.  How do these factors affect antibiotic resistance and can we harness this information to create new therapies for pathogens?
    Additional Information: Charice Johnson, 852-8263


    Training and Workshops

    iRIS Workshop on Friday: ADF, IRB, eProposal

    November 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Room 3, Miller Information Technology Center, Belknap Campus
    iRIS Specialists will be available for assistance with eProposals, Institutional Review Board forms, and Attestation and Disclosure Forms in the iRIS system. Faculty and staff seeking assistance in iRIS are encouraged to drop in anytime during this time period for one-on-one instruction. A workshop on HSC is scheduled for Nov. 29 from 2-4 p.m. in School of Nursing K-Wing Instructional Computer Lab 4007.
    Additional Information: Adrienne Dumke, 852-4715


    EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Tackling Food Waste & Greening Condos, Townhomes & Home Owner Associations

    November 17, noon to 1 p.m., Room W210, Ekstrom Library, Belknap Campus
    Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability. Our last fall Lunch & Learn features two speakers from Bellarmine: Food Recovery Network and Condo and Home Owner Association Study Project. The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty and staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL. We provide training, resources, service and leadership for peer-to-peer sustainability advocates.
    Additional Information: Website


    Health and Wellness

    Get Healthy Now Wellness Center closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

    The GHN Wellness Center will close early on Wednesday, November 22 at 2 p.m., and will be closed on Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24, in observance of Thanksgiving. Normal hours of operation will resume Saturday, November 25 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
    Additional Information: Website, email, 852-7755


    Free Faculty/Staff Day at the SRC

    December 1, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Student Recreation Center
    The Intramural Sports Department will be hosting a free faculty and staff day, at the Student Recreation Center. Faculty and staff may use the center at no cost during the day and try out the 14,000 square feet of weight and fitness equipment, six basketball courts, racquetball and squash courts, the indoor golf simulator with 85 courses, group fitness classes, an indoor track or play some soccer on the MAC court. Lockers and towels provided.
    Additional Information: John Smith, 852-6707


    Get Healthy Now’s Cardio Kick & Sculpt

    Fridays 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; Free for GHN Wellness Center members
    Join GHN for an action packed happy hour to start off your weekend. An interval training class that incorporates of cardio, kickboxing, and sculpting moves using weights that improves strength, muscle tone and endurance. Suitable for all fitness levels.
    Additional Information: Group Fitness schedule, website, email, 852-7755


    Burn calories with Get Healthy Now’s Boot Camp

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:20 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; Free for GHN Wellness Center members
    Boot Camp is a fun and high-intensity interval training workout that incorporates strength, cardio and sport movements. This class is designed for maximum calorie burn and to challenge your mind and body. Suitable for all fitness levels.
    Additional Information: Group Fitness schedule, website, email, 852-7755


    Weekend group fitness classes available

    Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; Free for GHN Wellness Center members
    Your workout routine shouldn’t end on the weekends. Get Healthy Now offers free group fitness classes on Saturdays Join us for Functional Fitness and Incycle Express classes.
    Additional Information: Group Fitness schedule, website, email, 852-7755


    Grand Rounds

    Pediatric Grand Rounds

    November 17, 8 a.m., Norton Hospital, 2nd Floor Auditorium
    Join us for a pediatric grand rounds featuring Keith Cross, MD, MSc and Laura Voegele, MD. Cross is associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Louisville and associate medical director for clinical analytics at Norton Children’s Hospital Emergency Department and Voegele is an assistant professor and pediatric hospitalist at the University of Louisville. They will be present “Mass (Pediatric) Casualty Incidents and the Children’s Hospital.”
    Additional Information: Brittney Luckett, 502-629-8828


    Neuroscience Grand Rounds

    November 16, 8-9 a.m., Baxter Building Auditorium (Lower Level)
    As a part of Neuroscience Grand Rounds, the Dept. of Neurology is pleased to announce that Martin Brown, MD will present “Acute Flaccid Paralysis” on Thursday in the Baxter Building Auditorium (Lower Level). More information, including how to watch live on the web and receive CME credit, is available online.

    Family and Geriatric Medicine Grand Rounds

    November 17, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Jewish Hospital Bottigheimer Auditorium
    Steve Wrightson, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, will present “Oral Health Integration in the Medical Home.” CME credit will be provided.
    Additional Information: Melissa Garrett, 852-5499


    Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds

    November 17, 6:45-7:45 a.m., Baxter I Research Building, lower level auditorium
    Join us in welcoming Thomas Schlierf, MD, PGY-4 Orthopaedic Surgery resident. Schlierf will lecture on “Hip Fractures.”
    Additional Information: Monica Welsh, 852-6902



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