October 17, 2017 Announcements


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    Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017





    Since 2007, the Office of Community Engagement at UofL has tracked 21,000 instances of student community engagement opportunities representing more than 250,000 hours of community service, and 200-plus community partner organizations working with UofL and west end residents.



    University of Louisville Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Dr. Gordon Tobin has been named the Ephraim McDowell Physician of the Year and will be recognized Oct. 21 at the annual Doctors’ Ball. Tobin came to UofL in 1978. 



    Faculty in the Kent School of Social Work and Theatre Arts Department are among those receiving grants last week, totaling more than $1.6 million. See the awards here.




    Open Enrollment is now through Friday, October 27

    Open Enrollment is your once-a-year opportunity to make changes to your benefit elections. Changes you make during Open Enrollment are effective January 1, 2018. Visit the Open Enrollment website for more information about your 2018 benefit options and to make your elections.  Benefits Open Enrollment ends Oct. 27 at 5 p.m.


    Open Enrollment Benefits Fair on HSC Campus Tuesday

    Come to the Clinical and Translational Research (CTR Building) on the HSC campus Tuesday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Benefits representatives and UofL’s benefits vendors will be on site to answer questions about our 2018 benefits.  Computers are available at the fair.  For additional Open Enrollment Benefits Fair dates, visit the website.



    Seasonal cool/heat changeover on Belknap underway

    On Belknap Campus, 43 buildings are heated and cooled from our central steam and chilled water plant. These buildings require a switchover when the seasons change due to the design of this system. For this switchover, some buildings require the cooling to be shut off and time for pipes to acclimate before the heating can be turned on. This process also conserves energy, saves money and allows Physical Plant workers to perform required inspections and maintenance. However, during this time, occasionally buildings can be adversely affected by a brief warm or cold spell. Our Physical Plant team began transitioning these Belknap buildings on Monday. If all goes as well, the process is expected to take about two weeks. 
    Additional Information: Physical Plant Work Control office, 852-6241


    Health Sciences Center Poverty Simulation

    October 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Room 101/102, Kosair Charities Clinical & Translational Research Building, HSC

    The simulation is an experiential tool used to educate health care professional about the day-to-day realities, struggles, and stresses faced by low-income populations. Participants will gain and increased awareness of the financial barriers to patient compliance in low income populations, and identify opportunities for increased connections and coordination with other community agencies to lessen obstacles for patients.

    Additional Information: Website


    Real ID update

    DHS granted Kentucky residents an extension to use their KY issued Driver’s Licenses through October 10. There is now a grace period through January 22, 2018. Concerned travelers should consider getting a passport if they don’t already have one.
    Additional Information: Website, Mary Alexander-Conte


    Registration opens for UofL’s new online Winter Session

    Current students may now register for UofL’s 3-week, 100-percent online Winter Session. New, transfer, and visiting students need to apply for admission. Employees and dependents may use tuition remission benefits for Winter Session classes, provided they have not reached their limit for the fall term. Classes take place December 13 through January 4. Check the Winter Session website for course listings and registration instructions.


    Online Info Session: Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Learning

    October 18, 12 p.m. and 6 p.m., online

    Join our online info session to discover how you can earn up to 48 credits tuition free by completing a Prior Learning Assessment and how an online degree can help you fit education in your busy schedule. Reserve your space today and share this event with your colleagues and friends. Register for the 12 p.m. session here; register for the 6 p.m. session here.

    Additional Information: Email



    Second Huntington’s Disease Patient Symposium

    November 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rudd Heart & Lung Center Conference Center, Jewish Hospital, 201 Abraham Flexner Way, 40202; Free, breakfast included  

    Huntington’s disease patients and their caregivers are invited to learn about the latest research on the disease, mood and memory issues, nutrition, advocacy and more. Peter Rosenberger of Standing with Hope, a longtime caregiver, motivational speaker and author, will speak on “Defending a Caregiver’s Heart.” The event is hosted by the UofL Physicians Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center. UofL is designated a Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center of Excellence. Free parking and on-site care for loved ones is available during the conference. Register by calling 502-582-7654 by Monday, Nov. 6


    Talk on free press in Turkey

    October 17, 11 a.m. to noon, Ekstrom Library, W203

    The UofL Political Science Department and McConnell Center are sponsoring a talk, “The Importance of a Free Press: The Story of a Journalist in Exile” with Abdulhamit Bilici, a Turkish newspaper executive in exile following recent political turmoil and government oppression of the media in Turkey.

    Additional Information: Charles Ziegler, 852-6831


    Undercover in North Korea

    October 18, 6:30-8 p.m., Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York Street

    The Center for Asian Democracy presents its 6th Annual Lecture in Asian Democracy, featuring Suki Kim, a journalist and author who went undercover in North Korea and wrote about life there. Free, but tickets required.

    Additional Information: Jason Abbott, 852-6831, Facebook


    Department of Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Series

    October 19, 12-1 p.m., Room 101, Clinical and Translational Research Building

    The Department of Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Series presents Dr. Richard Hardy, “Three’s Company: Alphavirus-arthropod interactions and the role of an endosymbiont”. Dr. Hardy is a Professor at Indiana University Bloomington.


    America: Land of Opportunity or Obstacles?

    October 18, 6 p.m., Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium

    The Malcolm X Debate Program and First Year Initiatives invite you to this Campus Cardinal Debate, a fun and fast-moving experience in critical political analysis and rhetorical response. The debate topic is inspired by “Hidden America,” and attendees can join in with one minute rebuttals following the position speeches by each debater.

    Additional Information: Website


    LALS presents a lecture on Louisville’s Sister City, La Plata, Argentina

    October 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Ekstrom Library Room 104

    Celeste Dalfovo, from the Universidad Nacional de la Plata, will present “A panoramic view of Louisville’s Sister City – La Plata, Argentina,” which includes an overview of the cultural, educational, and scientific achievements of La Plata and exchanges between Louisville and La Plata.

    Additional Information: Rhonda Buchanan, 852-2034, website


    Biology Dept. Seminar Series, Brown & Williamson Presents Guest Speaker Dr. Adam Boyko, Cornell University

    October 20, noon, 139 Shumaker Research Building
    “Canine genomics: Deciphering the past, present, and future of dogs” by Adam Boyko, an assistant professor in Biomedical Sciences at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. His research focuses on genomic investigation of dogs as a model of genetic disease and evolutionary genetics. One aspect of this work is understanding the evolution and genetics of village dogs, the semi-feral pariah dogs found in much of the world today.
    Additional Information: Charice Johnson, 852-8263


    Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences 2017-18 Colloquium Talks scheduled 

    Mondays, 12:30-2 p.m., various locations 

    The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences’ Colloquium Talk Series kicks off Nov. 13, with Dr. Paul Rosen in LF 101. The talks continue: 

    • Dec. 4, Dr. Sandra Sephton, LF 101
    • Feb. 12, Dr. Stephen O’Connor, SRB 139
    • March 5, Dr. Stephen Tucker, SRB 139
    • April 9, Dr. Joseph Neimat, SRB 139
    • April 30, Dr. Gregory Smith, SRB 138

    Training and Workshops

    Discourse and Semiotics Workshop

    Friday, October 20, 2-3:30 p.m., Stevenson Hall, Room 409
    In this workshop Sabrina D’Souza under the supervision of Dr. Kondaurova from the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences would present her master thesis work-in-progress on methodology of analyzing linguistic characteristics of infant-directed speech in mothers who are native American English and Spanish speakers.


    iRIS grant submission training offered by Office of Research Integrity

    October 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hank and Donna Wagner Conference Room, Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, HSC
    “An Introduction to Grant Submissions in iRIS” aims to provide an understanding of getting into the iRIS system and navigating through the eProposal form and Sponsor Packets. The target audience is staff and faculty who plan to seek funding through any granting agency. Training for units as a group is also available, on request.
    Additional Information: Aiyana Lyninger



    Infant Scientists Wanted

    HSPPO#: 053.06; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Davidson 314
    The UofL Infant Cognition Lab (Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences) is conducting several studies on infant face perception. Infants who are between 3 and 8 months old with normal vision and hearing are invited to participate. Participation involves one brief visit to campus. Infants will receive a UofL t-shirt or bib for participating.
    Additional Information: Kate Dixon, 852-6852, email, website; online sign-up



    Last Chance to Register – Faculty: Explore five collaborative activities to foster student engagement

    October 23, 4-5:30 p.m., Teaching Innovation Learning Lab Classroom (Ekstrom Library #302)
    Join presenters Jen Anderson and Rishtya Kakar to explore the many ways you can integrate active learning approaches into your teaching during this 90-minute, hands-on workshop. How can students collaborate to enhance their own learning? Discover why students learn best by teaching other students. By the end of this session, faculty will learn five techniques to increase engagement in their classes.
    Additional Information: Register online


    Faculty: Explore Active Learning Assessment

    October 30, 4-5:30 p.m., Teaching Innovation Learning Lab Classroom (Ekstrom Library #302)
    Building from 2016 Celebration keynote speaker Tom Angelo’s work on the importance of assessment, this session will discuss the importance of regular formative assessment in guiding best teaching practices. Join presenters Jen Anderson and Denise Cumberland and explore quick and practical assessment techniques to use in the classroom today. 

    Additional Information: Register online 

    Health and Wellness

    Take a moment of mindfulness at Get Healthy Now

    Tuesdays, 5:30-5:55 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center; Free for UofL employees, Retirees, Spouse/QA

    Participate in Get Healthy Now’s mindfulness offerings with Dr. Paul Salmon, associate professor in psychological and brain sciences. Experience the many health-enhancing benefits of reflection, stillness and being fully present. No preregistration required.

    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; Free for GHN 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


    Get moving with Nia

    Tuesdays, 6:40-7:40 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center; Free for GHN members

    Get moving with GHN’s Nia class to help you find health through movement. Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from disciplines of the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that corresponds with the main areas of the body: the base, the core, and upper extremities.

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


    Grand Rounds

    Neuroscience Grand Rounds

    October 19, 8-9 a.m., Baxter 1 Auditorium HSC

    The Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center is excited to announce this week’s Neuroscience Grand Rounds speaker, Dr. Theodoor Haag. Haag will present “Targeting integrin signaling to promote neurogenesis and neuroprotection after stroke.”


    Endocrinology Grand Rounds

    October 18, 4 p.m., Baxter II Research Building, Lower Level, Room 038

    Join us as Stanley S. Levinson, Ph.D., DABCC, Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Medicine-Endocrinology, Consultant Laboratory Medicine VAMC, presents, “Combined Hyperlipidemia, Metabolic Syndrome and apo B, Cholesterol, non HDLC Measurement.”

    Additional Information: Kelly Galiette, 852-5237



    Partnership for a Green City Energy Tip – Health Effects of power generation

    One of the most misunderstood issues with electricity production is the health effects of burning fossil fuels. Air pollution from coal-fired power plants affects lungs and hearts of people who have constant exposure to power plant emissions. Nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxides can increase wheezing and coughing in those with asthma, airway inflammation, and can also increase susceptibility to viral and bacterial infections. You have the power to make a difference by conserving energy.
    Additional Information: Website



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