November 29, 2016 Announcements



    Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016





    UofL has signed an international letter of understanding with Wenzhou Medical University of Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China, to facilitate the exchange of faculty, students and information for education and research. The 2-year agreement reinforces an existing partnership between WMU and UofL’s Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology, signed in 2013.



    Theresa Hayden, criminal justice professor, and Jennifer Middleton, social work professor, will discuss trafficking issues for minors in Louisville at the Human Trafficking Conference: Local to Global, Dec. 6-7. The conference is organized through the Kentucky Division of the United Nations Association of the United States of America in conjunction with the UN Human Rights Day commemoration. 




    Give Some PEACC Donation Drive

    Nov. 28-Dec. 8

    The Bellamy, BCM, PEACC Center office (SAC W309H), The LGBT Center, The SRC, The Women’s Center, The School of Dentistry, The Olga S. Peers Student-Athlete Center and The Cultural Center are collecting items for local shelters. Diapers, gift cards, and hygiene items are among the most needed items. Please drop off items at the locations listed by Thursday, December 8th. Volunteers are invited to help us pack gift bags for delivery at the PEACC Center on December 9 from 12-2 p.m.

    Additional Information: Website, email, 852-2663


    3-D Printing Business Incubator venture day

    December 5, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Shumaker Research Building
    Students in UofL’s new 3-D Printing Business Incubator spent the fall semester designing, prototyping and coming up with business plans. Now, they need funding and a little guidance. The students, from the mechanical engineering department, formed 10 “startup” companies and worked together to design and prototype a new product using 3-D printing. Each team will present their products to investors at a demo day and startup pitch event.
    Additional Information: Baylee Pulliam, 852-8440


    Scholarships awarded for Composition Contest

    December 16
    The Book-in-Common Critical Thinking Composition Contest awards scholarship prizes for first-year and upperclass students’ written and digital compositions exploring who they think is one of America’s “hidden” populations. Please share this opportunity with your students. Submission deadline: Dec. 16 at 5 p.m.
    Additional Information: Website


    Holiday Bazaar planned at Red Barn

    Nov. 30, noon to 3 p.m., Red Barn
    UofL’s Farmers Market is hosting a Holiday Bazaar with holiday gifts and goodies, door prizes and lunch served by Mark’s Feed Store. Products available for sale include produce, jams, fudge, soaps, crafts, wreaths, paintings, tea, stoneware, jewelry, theme baskets, UofL clothes and more. Commonwealth Credit Union and Aramark are supporting this event.
    Additional Information: Email


    Holiday Cards Buy Local Shopping Tour

    Dec. 2, 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



    Lunch & lecture series, ‘Meet the Professor,’ covers capital sentencing in Kentucky

    Dec. 1, noon to 1 p.m., University Club, $15, $10/students, includes lunch
    The Liberal Studies Project presents monthly lunch & lecture series titled “Meet the Professor.” Professor Vito, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, will talk about capital sentencing in Kentucky. Specific attention will be given to how capital sentencing operates and the factors influencing this decision at both the prosecutorial and jury levels. He will also discuss how these factors have changed over time. Reservations required.
    Additional Information: Janna Tajibaeva, 852-2247


    CRAFT Seminar Series: ‘An Unexpected Life as Faculty at a Private University’

    November 29, 12-1 p.m., Rm 124, CTRB, HSC Campus
    IPIBS presents Dr. Amanda J. Krzysiak with The Chemistry Department at Bellarmine University and the current director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program.
    Additional Information: Katie Hasper


    Physiology Seminar

    November 29, 11:45 a.m., Baxter I Auditorium
    The Department of Physiology presents, “NINDS/NIH Research and Health Disparities Funding Opportunities,” by Roderick A. Corriveau, PhD, Program Director for NIH/NINDS.
    Additional Information: Email


    Chemical Engineering dissertation defense: Gabriel ‘Gabe’ Draper

    November 30, 2-3 p.m., Ernst 212
    PhD candidate Gabriel “Gabe” Draper will present “Conductive Inks and Films via Intense Pulsed Light.” The research investigated synthesis of Earth abundant copper and carbon based nanomaterials followed by large area solution deposition, and then Intense Pulsed Light Processing to create conductive films. These films could be applied in printed electronics and renewable energy technologies (such as solar cells), which would benefit from cost-effective, quick, and scalable production.
    Additional Information: Email


    Psychological and Brain Sciences Colloquium series

    Dec. 5, 12:30-2 p.m., Life Sciences 101

    Psychological and Brain Sciences Colloquium series presents, Suzanne Meeks, PhD, Chair of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UofL, on “Why I go to the Theatre: On the possible value of Arts Participation.” Dr. Meeks current research concerns behavioral interventions for depression in nursing homes. This work is embedded in a program of research that involves investigating: anxiety, sleep, medication prescribing, depression, and grief as they pertain to medically ill and cognitively impaired older adults.

    Additional Information: Brendan Depue, 852-6482


    Talk on ‘Ocean Acidification and Sea Urchins’

    December 2, noon to 1 p.m., Shumaker Research Building Room 139
    As a part of the fall seminar series, the Biology Department welcomes Dr. Roberta Challener of Bellarmine University to speak on the topic of “Ocean acidification and sea urchins.”


    Dept. of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology doctoral dissertation defense

    Nov. 30, 3 p.m., Lions Eye building, Basement Conference Room

    Jennifer Noel will present her Doctoral Dissertation Defense: “Transient Receptor Potential Cation Channel, subfamilies V, member 1 (TRPV1) and M, Member 1 (TRMP1) Contribute to Neural Signaling in Mouse Retina.”
    Additional Information: Shelley Ahlers, 852-5165


    Talk: Trends in additive manufacturing

    November 29, 5:30-8 p.m., UL AMCC, 1940 Arthur Street
    Talk on the top 10 emerging trends in additive metals manufacturing and how those trends impact the industrial sector. Refreshments will be served. This is a joint program through the Institute for Product Realization at the University of Louisville and the Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky.

    Additional Information: Baylee Pulliam, 852-8440


    Training and Workshops

    LGBT Health Certificate Series: Nursing Patient Simulation

    November 30, 4-5 p.m., HK 2034; Free

    Attend the last LGBT Health Certificate Series session of the Fall Semester with this interactive Nursing Patient Simulation session. In this session participants will practice taking a social history with LGBT community members in a nursing-specific role play scenario. Participants will build their skills and knowledge of best practices to interact effectively and comfortably with the LGBTQ patient base.

    Additional Information: Chaz Briscoe, 852-2109, website



    Last chance to register to learn how to make classroom more welcoming to LGBTQ students

    December 2, 12-1 p.m. (lunch available starting at 11:30 a.m.),
    Teaching Innovation Learning Lab Classroom (Ekstrom Library #302)

    In a changing world where what it means to be LGBTQ is shifting, how do we make sure our classrooms are still welcoming and inclusive? In this session, we will discuss what LGBTQ students are looking for as signs of safety and some easy-to-implement changes that will maximize their experience in your course.
    Additional Information: Website 


    Arts and Entertainment

    ‘Rubbertown’ documentary film screening

    December 2, 12-2 p.m., Room 123, Urban Studies Institute (426 W. Bloom), Belknap Campus
    UofL Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication, Remington Smith, MFA, directed this new documentary feature about the struggle for environmental justice in western Louisville, which features research by UofL Urban & Public Affairs professor, Dr. John Gilderbloom. In the film we meet Louisville resident Monika Burkhead as she struggles to move her entire house to another county to escape the hazards of living near chemical manufacturing plants, a coal burning power plant and a toxic landfill site.
    Additional Information: Trailerwebsite



    Green Tip: Join UofL CarShare by Dec. 31 for just $1 and Rideshare with Cardinal Directions

    Need a car for professional or personal trips? UofL CarShare has a fleet of fuel-efficient vehicles available at both HSC and Belknap. Join now for only $1 and drive for just $5/hour until Dec. 31. Rates include gas, insurance and maintenance. Open to any licensed driver over 18. You can also find/offer rides with UofL’s new rideshare network, Cardinal Directions.
    Additional Information: UofL CarShare, Cardinal Directions, UofL Transportation Alternatives


    Roundtable: The myth of ‘environmental sustainability’ and reality of campus as a living lab for sustainability

    December 2, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Room 133, Life Sciences Building, Belknap Campus
    Researchers from all disciplines are encouraged to join us for the next Sustainability Roundtable, a 30-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute open discussion about interdisciplinary collaboration. On Friday, we’ll hear from Dr. Justin Mog, Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives. We are currently accepting proposals for next semester’s speakers.
    Additional Information: Daniel DeCaro, website


    Saving Trees with ‘The Lorax’

    December 1, 6:30 p.m., Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium
    Students & Faculty, Free

    ELSB Green Initiatives will host a screening of “The Lorax” (2012), followed by a Q&A panel discussion and refreshments. We will have a panel of UofL faculty & staff to discuss the possibility of capitalization on air and other human rights, such as water. Would our capitalist society remove our rights in order to profit? Could air be next? 


    Health and Wellness

    Take a Moment with MBSR at Get Healthy Now

    January 2017 Session, Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; $80 for UL affiliates, $100 for non UL affiliates

    Participate in Get Healthy Now’s mindfulness offerings in collaboration with Dr. Paul Salmon, associate professor in psychological and brain sciences. Experience the many health-enhancing benefits of reflection, stillness and being fully present. Register today for the January 2017 session for $80 for UofL affiliates and $100 for non UofL affiliates.
    Additional Information: Website, email, 852-7755


    Get Healthy Now Mind Your Health Seminar

    Shelby Campus: Monday, December 12, Burhan’s Hall Rm 158, noon to 12:30 p.m.; HSC: Thursday, December 15, School of Dentistry Rm DK119, noon to 12:30 p.m.

    Join Get Healthy Now’s Mind your health seminar to discover ways to manage stress. During this seminar, we’ll explore how to identify stress-related symptoms; how to categorize your stressors and when to take action or use coping skills; quick relaxation techniques.

    Additional Information: 852-7755, or register via email


    Grand Rounds

    Endocrinology Grand Rounds

    November 30, 4 p.m., Baxter II Research Building, lower level, Room 038
    Join us as Zhenmin Lei, MD, PhD, Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology, University of Louisville, presents, “Genetic Factors and Functional Associations of PCOS.”
    Additional Information: Kelly Galiette, 852-5237


    Neuroscience Grand Rounds

    December 1, 8-9 a.m., HSC campus, Baxter Building auditorium
    Michael Sweeney, MD, will present “Neuromyelitis Optica: Diagnosis and Treatment” on December 1. More information, including how to watch live on the web and receive CME credit, is available online.



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