November 2, 2017 Announcements



    Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017





    This year’s Day of Giving, held during Homecoming Week, raised a record $236,573 in gifts and commitments to impact hundreds of campus projects. A total of 1,081 people donated to the 24-hour call-to-action campaign, and more than 164 alumni and friends joined the effort as ambassadors.



    Erica Gray, co-op coordinator and adviser for the National Society of Black Engineers at the Speed School, received the Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award. Gray joined the Speed School in 2015 and balances her responsibilities as a staff member in the co-op office with her work with NSBE students. Gray is currently working toward a doctorate in Educational Leadership at Spalding University.




    Crocodoc to be discontinued

    Blackboard’s current service for the implementation of inline grading is through the Crocodoc. Box Inc. acquired Crocodoc and has decided to discontinue it. The end-of-life date for the Crocodoc is January 15, 2018. Due to this discontinuation the university’s inline grading tool will be transitioned to Box View during the Blackboard upgrade scheduled for January 5, 2018 – January 7, 2018.
    Additional Information: Website, Blackboard support, 852-8833, email


    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


    LALS co-sponsors the 6th annual South 4th Street Day of the Dead celebration

    November 3, 6-10 p.m., 550 South 4th St.; Free, open to the public
    LALS invites the UofL campus to the celebration of El Día de los Muertos, on First Friday Trolley HOP Night at the corner of 4th St. and Chestnut. UofL students will be volunteers for activities for children, such as face painting, sugar skull decorating, and much more. There will be music, Mexican and Flamenco dancers, Mexican food by Mi Cocina Restaurant, and a costume contest. SoFO Shops offer Day of the Dead themed merchandise. Free parking in 4th St. Live garage.
    Additional Information:  Dr. Rhonda Buchanan, 852-2034, website


    Save the Date: UofL Farmers’ Market Holiday Bazaar

    Nov. 30, 12-3 p.m., Red Barn
    Join the UofL Farmers’ Market vendors and Craft Vendors to purchase holiday gifts, such as jams, relish, cakes, soaps, crafts, stoneware, pottery, UofL clothes and accessories, Christmas decorations, pottery and more. Stop by, eat lunch and shop.
    Additional Information: Facebook

    Winter Seasonal Job Interviews

    November 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Career Development Center- Houchens Building, LL03
    The Career Development Center is hosting UPS, Marriott Downtown, and Towne Park on-campus to interview for seasonal job openings. To sign-up for an interview, go online.
    Additional Information: Ron Denney 


    After hours at the Speed

    November 17, 5-10 p.m., Speed Art Museum; Free to UofL students

    Evening hours are back at the Speed. On the Third Friday of every month, the Museum will be open until 10 p.m. Each After Hours event comes alive with an eclectic mix of music, performances, food and drinks by Wiltshire at the Speed, and of course art.

    Additional Information: Website


    BMES 5K Run/Walk on November 3

    November 3, 5-8 p.m., Lutz Hall
    Sign up to race in the second annual BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society) 5K Run/Walk on Friday November 3. Check in starts at 5 p.m. in Lutz Hall. The race starts at 5:30 followed by a reception at 6:45 p.m. with free food. Registration is free and can be done online on our website. T-shirts will be available for $10.
    Additional Information: Website



    Open Enrollment has ended

    Open Enrollment for 2018 benefits ended Friday, October 27. The changes that you made during Open Enrollment will be effective on January 1, 2018. Faculty and staff will receive a confirmation email of your selections to your university email address the week of November 13.



    Archaeologist Audrey Horning on ‘Ireland, the Atlantic, and Early Colonial America’

    November 2, 6 p.m., Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
    What can archaeology tell us about early British colonization in Ireland and North America? Archaeologist Audrey Horning (College of William & Mary and Queen’s University, Belfast), tackles this question in her talk, “Worlds in Motion: Ireland, the Atlantic, and Early Colonial America.” This talk is part of an ongoing series of Lectures in Archaeology presented by the University of Louisville Departments of History and Anthropology and the KY Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.
    Additional Information: Website 


    Department of Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Series, Dr. Richard Lloyd

    November 2, 12-1 p.m., Room 101, Clinical and Translational Research Building
    The Department of Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Series presents Dr. Richard Lloyd, “Crosstalk between RNA granules and antiviral innate immunity.” Dr. Lloyd is a Professor of Microbiology and Virology at Baylor College of Medicine.
    Additional Information: Lisa Hagan


    Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology – William J. Waddell Seminar Series

    November 2, noon, CTRB 124
    The next seminar in the Environmental Health Science Series will be presented by Gary W. Hoyle, PhD (Professor & Acting Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences), on”Pathophysiology and treatment of persistent chlorine-induced lung disease.”
    Additional Information: Aaron Howell, 852-5141


    Seminars in Anatomical Sciences & Neurobiology

    November 2, 4 p.m., Baxter I Auditorium
    The Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology presents Dr. Lisa Sandell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Biology and Infectious Diseases as today’s speaker for the Neurosciences Seminar Series. Her topic is “Mouse Rdh10 Mutation Reveals Role of Vitamin A Metabolism in Development of Secondary Palate and Salivary Glands.”



    Green Tip: Do you know how to recycle organics?

    You know how to recycle…but much of our waste is organic matter like food, yard waste, paper and cardboard. Do you know how to “recycle” organics? When landfilled, organics turn into methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) & we lose a valuable resource (organic fertilizer). The solution is composting. Compost your pumpkins today at the Red Barn and all organics any day at the Garden Commons. We also need volunteers at UofL’s Community Composting Project every Sunday 12-2 p.m.
    Additional Information: Pumpkin Smash, Garden Commons, UofL Composting; Brian Barnes, 502-338-1338


    Training and Workshops

    Lab Safety and Hazardous Waste Training/Radiation Training

    November 9, 9-11:45 a.m., W104, Ekstrom Library, Belknap Campus
    New lab employees who work with chemicals should attend this training. Recurrent training is required every three years and may be completed online. Individuals who work with or around radioactive materials should attend the Radiation Safety Orientation session, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Bring lab top computer. Attendees can pre-register online.
    Additional Information: Rachel Cary, 852-3558


    Kornhauser Library EndNote Training

    November 8, 10-11:30 a.m., Kornhauser Library, Room 301, History Room, Health Sciences Campus; Free to UofL community
    EndNote is a citation management software that makes it easier to format and organize bibliographies. RSVP for this training with John Chenault via email or 852-3901.
    Additional Information: Website


    Arts and Entertainment

    Reel Latin American Film Festival Showings

    November 2, 7 p.m., Floyd Theater; Free and open to the public
    The Empty Classroom (El aula vacía, 2015) by multiple directors from various Latin American countries will be shown at 7 pm in the Floyd Theater. This anthology explores the high school dropout crisis in Latin America by delving into the underlying reasons, from poverty to societal traditions. Operacion E (Operación E) by Miguel Courtois (Paternina, Colombia, France, Spain, 2012) will be shown at 5 p.m. in the Floyd Theater. It explores a globally reported political crisis in depth.
    Additional Information: Website


    Health and Wellness

    First Friday Salsa @ FIVE

    Nov. 3, 5-6 p.m., Studio A, Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym, 601 Presidents Blvd., Belknap Campus; Free for employees, spouses, QAs

    Laugh, dance, and de-stress with our First Friday Salsa at GHN. Enjoy learning the basic moves of merengue and bachata with Cherie Lanier. All levels are welcome and no partner needed. Walk-in or email Paula Kommor for calendar appointment reminders.


    Dance and relieve stress with Salsa Fridays

    Every Friday; 12:30 to 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. In November, enjoy learning the basic moves of Cha Cha with Cherie Lanier. Join the School of Medicine, Get Healthy Now and Intramural Sports for this fun dance. Feel free to walk-in on Fridays or email Paula Kommor for calendar appointment reminders.


    Congrats to Get Healthy Now’s Member of the Month

    Congratulations to Laura Westberg for being Get Healthy Now’s Member of the Month for November. This month’s theme is Healthy Eating. Keep reading to learn more about how Laura practices healthy eating to keep her motivated while pursuing her health journey. Laura’s story is online.


    Get into the spin of things with InCycle

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:20 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; Free for GHN Wellness Center members

    Let the upbeat music motivate you as you ride through a variety of speeds and resistance challenges. Burn those calories off with this time efficient ride to help you reach your wellness goals faster. Suitable for all fitness levels.

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


    Group fitness classes at Get Healthy Now

    See Group Fitness Schedule, Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; Free for GHN members

    Get Healthy Now has a new and improved Group Fitness schedule for this semester. Specialty classes no longer have a fee; all group fitness classes are free. Check out our new schedule and join the fitness fun.

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


    Grand Rounds

    Pediatric Grand Rounds

    November 3, 8 a.m., Norton Hospital, 2nd Floor Auditorium

    Join us for the 42nd Annual Dr. John I. Perlstein Memorial Lectureship featuring B. Keith English, MD. English is professor and chair in the department of pediatrics and human development at Michigan State University in East Lansing and Grand Rapids, Michigan. He will be presenting “Is Precision Pediatrics Really Possible?”

    Additional Information: Brittney Luckett, 502-629-8828


    Family and Geriatric Medicine Grand Rounds

    November 3, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Jewish Hospital Bottigheimer Auditorium

    Eli Pendleton, MD, UofL DFGM Associate Program Director, will present, “Mindfulness in Medicine.” Learners will be introduced to concepts of mindfulness in the context of practicing medicine and physician self-care; become aware of the evidence behind mindfulness in relation to chronic disease, stress management, and provider burnout; understand various methods of fostering mindfulness in yourself and others; gain resources to build their own mindfulness practice. CME credit will be provided.

    Additional Information: Melissa Garrett, 852-5499


    Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds

    November 3, 6:45-7:45 a.m., Baxter I Research Building, lower level auditorium

    Please join the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as we welcome Jiyao Zou, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Louisville. Dr. Zou will lecture on “Soft Tissue Handling in Orthopaedic Trauma.”

    Additional Information: Monica Welsh, 852-6902, website



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