October 23, 2017 Announcements


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    Rain Dunaway, a second-year medical student at UofL, competed on Jeopardy! The episode aired October 9 and Dunaway came in second place



    Valerie Case, director of the UofL Women’s Center, recently won Kentucky One Health’s Excellence in Mental Health Award along with her husband, Dr. David Casey, chair of the University of Louisville Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. They were recognized specifically for their work on human trafficking.



    The University of Louisville received more than $5 million in grants last week. See which faculty got the awards as well as their projects 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.


    Two more Open Enrollment Benefits Fairs this week on Belknap Campus

    Open Enrollment Benefits Fairs will take place on the Belknap Campus (Get Healthy Now Wellness Center – 601 Presidents Blvd.) Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. HR benefits representatives and UofL’ s benefits vendors (Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, MetLife, Davis Vision, Discovery Benefits, Fidelity, TIAA and Get Healthy Now) will be on site to answer questions and help you navigate through the Open Enrollment process.

    Additional Information: Website


    UofL Today with Mark Hebert

    WHAS-TV, Great Day Live

    Mondays at 9:30 a.m. Segments can be found on YouTube. WHAS-TV and WLKY-TV also run the UofL stories in their Monday afternoon and Saturday morning newscasts, respectively
    Monday, October 23: UofL’s sustainability program has launched a recycling program aimed at separating out the beer cans, napkins, plates and other recyclables from UofL tailgate parties.


    Radio Show

    Airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 6 p.m. on 93.9 FM TheVille; replayed on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Podcasts can be found on SoundCloud. This week’s schedule:
    Monday, Oct. 23: UofL is hosting a forum on West Louisville economic development Nov. 2. Clest Lanier talks about it. Gale Rhodes from the Delphi Center discusses the new online winter session. Chris Johnson and J’aime Jennings discuss UofL joining a health care research consortium. 
    Tuesday, Oct. 24: Drs. Priya Chandon from UofL and Matt Holder from Lee Specialty Clinic discuss training students to handle special health care needs of disabled adults. Stacie Steinbock and Brian Buford talk about UofL’s program of training HSC students on special needs of LGBTQ patients.


    Metro TV and KET KY – The Kentucky Channel

    (Metro TV – Ch. 99 on UVerse, Ch. 25 on TWC): Monday and Tuesday nights at 7:30, Thursday 6:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 p.m. (KET KY – Ch. 192 on TWC, other channels): Thursdays at 5 p.m., Fridays at 8 a.m., Mondays at 6:30 a.m., Tuesdays at 2 p.m.  Metro TV shows on UofL’s YouTube channel.

    This week: Senior Erin Burke and Student Engagement director Pam Curtiss discuss Engage, Lead, Serve Board (ELSB) and student volunteerism. Major Aaron Graham from UL Police discusses safety initiatives. Christian Bush is a McConnell Scholar who’s been to China and Bulgaria.



    Information Security Office Cyber Security Awareness Month: Password Security Strategies

    Creating a strong password is an essential step to protecting yourself online. Using long and complex passwords is one of the easiest ways to defend yourself from cyber-crime. No one is immune to cyber risk, but there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of an incident. For tips on how to build complex passwords and  how to keep your passwords secure click here.
    Additional Information: Phishing news available online 


    Open Access Week discussion on both Belknap and HSC campuses

    October 24, 1:30-3 p.m., Room W104, Ekstrom Library, Belknap Campus; October 25, noon, Multipurpose Room, Baxter II Building, HSC

    Do you want to increase the readership and citations of your scholarly publications? Are you tired of having to pay for access to articles or giving your rights away to re-use your own content? Have questions about the agreements that you sign with publishers? As a part of the 10th International Open Access Week, the Libraries will be hosting a talk about strategies for open access publishing and how OA can increase the impact of your scholarship and give you more control over your content.

    Additional Information: Sarah Frankel, 852-8788, website


    Native American Student Organization Call Out

    Oct. 24, 4-6 p.m., Cultural Center
    Students, faculty, and staff interested in learning more about Native American culture are invited to attend the NASO call out. Officer elections will take place.
    Additional Information: Selene Phillips, 852-2976


    raiseRED Blood Drive

    October 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Red Barn

    Join Kentucky Blood Center for a blood drive to ensure a safe, adequate blood supply for patients throughout Kentucky. Mention “raiseRED” and KBC will make a $5 donation to raiseRED, which raises money for UofL’s pediatric clinic and oncology and hematology research.

    Additional Information: Facebook


    Winter Coat and Blanket Drive

    Red Barn
    To benefit the community around the UofL Belknap campus. Drop off new and gently used coats and blankets at the Red Barn until December 1.
    Additional Information: Jeff O’Neil, 502-356-4754


    Travel update for Kentucky residents

    The Department of Homeland Security has issued another extension for Kentucky residents. The Kentucky Driver’s License will now be valid for travel through October 10, 2018.
    Additional Information: Mary Alexander-Conte, website



    Thomas R. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor LuMing Mao presents, ‘Useful Uselessness: Engaging the Rhetorics of the Other Artfully’

    October24, 4 p.m., Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library; Free

    LuMing Mao, the 2017 Thomas R. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor, will deliver a public lecture on “Useful Uselessness: Engaging the Rhetorics of the Other Artfully.” LuMing Mao is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Miami University of Ohio. His books include “Reading Chinese Fortune Cookie: The Making of Chinese American Rhetoric,” “Comparative Rhetoric: Traversing Rhetorical Times, Places, and Spaces,” and “Doing Asian American Rhetoric.”

    Additional Information: Email 


    Biochemical Seminar today

    October 23, noon, Homberger Library, HSC-A, Rm 614
    Irfan Lodhi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology, School of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, presents, “Regulation of Brown Fat-Mediated Thermogenesis.”
    Additional Information: Email


    Register today for the Consortium’s inaugural Social Justice Research Symposium

    Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Multiple Locations (See Program)
    Please join us for the Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research Symposium titled “(Re) Imagining Social Justice.” The day’s events will include morning professional development panels with our community partners, a plenary lunch with guest Dr. Rhonda Williams, who is the founder of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University, afternoon sessions on Belknap campus, and a closing reception. Register online provided by Monday, October 30.
    Additional Information: Email 



    Green Tip: UofL Sustainability Week kicks off with Mindful, Meatless Monday

    Sustainability Week is here. Today we highlight the links between sustainability and mindfulness practices with Vegetarian Cooking Demos and Mindful Snacking from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on the Quad. Tuesday features a Local Food Showcase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Ville Grill. On Wednesday, make plans to stop by the 10th annual Campus Sustainability Day fair on the Quad 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your bike for a tune-up and your stuff for shredding, recycling and donating.
    Additional Information: Full schedule online


    Training and Workshops

    Information Security Office Email Security Training Session

    October 26, 3-4 p.m., Kornhauser Library Auditorium; Free

    Have you been a victim of the recent ransomware or email phishing attacks? Are you a new employee or are you just in need of an email security refresher? If you have questions about email security then this training is for you. Lisa Cooper will present topics including recent email viruses, email encryption, VPN utilization, passwords, Wi-Fi and cell phone security. You will also learn how to spot bogus email messages. In addition we will provide you with helpful tips for managing your inbox.

    Additional Information: Register via email


    Lab Safety and Hazardous Waste Training/Radiation Training

    October 25, 9-11:45 a.m., 2034, K-wing (Nursing School), HSC

    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


    Poetry Sessions: Erasure with Dr. Kristi Maxwell

    October 26, 6 p.m., KMAC, 715 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202; Free
    Join UofL English Professor Kristi Maxwell for an introduction to Erasure poetry and write a few poems of your own. This workshop is in conjuction w/KMAC’s “Victory Over the Sun” exhibit. We’ll look at some examples of poetic erasures and produce some of our own. Please bring a copy or two of a source text with which you want to play.

    Additional Information: Email 


    Health and Wellness

    Sign up for membership at Get Healthy Now Wellness Center and earn chance to win prizes

    $15 per month; with the option of automatic payroll deduction; Free onsite parking
    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. Join the Get Healthy Now Wellness Center and you could win a pedometer, a heart rate monitor, workout shoes, a massage, a t-shirt, an Apple watch or a bike. These are just a few of the sponsored items that any employee may win on a weekly basis. This offer expires Dec 31, 2017.

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


    Make Meatless Monday a family affair

    Getting your family to join in for Meatless Monday is wonderful, but sometimes kids aren’t eager to experiment with new foods. When kids pitch in making meals, they’re proud of their accomplishment and excited to eat the food they’ve helped make. Cooking together provides time for discussing the impact that food choices have on our bodies and the environment. The more educated kids are about food the more open they’ll be to healthy, sustainable food choices.
    Additional Information: Meatless Monday recipes, Get Healthy Now Facebook, website, email, 852-7755


    Barre Basics offered by Get Healthy Now

    Monday/Wednesday, 12:10-1 p.m.,Get Healthy Now Wellness Center; Free for GHN members

    Barre Basics uses a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like Yoga and Pilates. You will focus on isometric strength training combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Suitable for all fitness levels.

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


    Get into the spin of things with evening 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


    Mix Pilates and yoga with PiYo

    Mondays/Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; Free for GHN members
    PiYo combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga. If you’re looking for a workout without jumping or high impact cardio to help lose weight, find out what the Piyo craze is all about.

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



    Research funding opportunity

    Pilot project grants from The Center for Restorative Medicine are available for seeding of novel research to facilitate additional funding, foster new collaborative partnerships and/or support junior faculty. We anticipate funding three pilot projects of $50,000. Faculty leadership will review for consistency with the mission of the Center for Restorative Medicine and advisory board will review proposals for innovation and scientific merit. Applications are due November 1, 2017. For application instructions follow this link



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