September 26, 2017 Announcements



    Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017





    The University of Louisville College of Business and the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation partner each year to host “Thrivals,” part of IdeaFestival, which brings high school and college students together with professionals to explore innovation and cutting edge ideas. Thrivals is particularly focused on students who are the “future disruptors.”



    Two UofL professors will be on the front lines during this week’s IdeaFestival. Roman V. Yampolskiy, professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science, will present “Louisville … In a Driverless Future,” during the Flash Class presentations. Nat Irvin, II, Woodrow M. Strickler Executive in Residence and professor of Management Practice at the College of Business, will present during Thrivals, which he founded at IdeaFestival. IdeaFestival is Sept. 26-28 at The Kentucky Center



    University of Louisville faculty and staff received nearly $3 million in grants the past two weeks. A snapshot of the awards is listed here.




    Louisville Alumni/Cardinal Day of Service

    The UofL Alumni Association and UofL Office of Community Engagement are co-hosting the Louisville Alumni/Cardinal Day of Service on Oct. 6-7. Kick off Homecoming 2017 by joining with faculty, staff, as well as alumni councils and chapters across the nation in giving back to the community. Various service locations in Louisville are available to choose from and all participants will receive a special t-shirt at the volunteer site they choose. Deadline to register is Monday, October 2.
    Additional Information: Website 

    Comedian/Scientist Adam Ruben performing Friday

    Sept. 29, 8 p.m., Strickler Hall; Free
    Adam Ruben, author of “Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to go to Grad School,” will perform Friday as a guest of the Graduate Student Council and Student Activities Board. Ruben, a molecular biologist, is known for his ironic sense of humor. There will be a book signing after the show.
    Additional Information: Website

    Openings remain for the Active Learning Teaching and Technology Institute

    October 9-10, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Teaching Innovation Learning Lab, Ekstrom Library, Belknap Campus; Free

    Consider joining your colleagues during fall break for the Active Learning Teaching and Technology Institute to delve into active learning pedagogies, flipped classroom approaches and other instructional strategies that aim to create environments that enhance learning and assess learners’ progress. Attend one or both days to discover current practices and practical suggestions for implementing active learning strategies and leveraging instructional technology in a variety of disciplines.

    Additional Information: Deb Hatfield, 852-0412, website


    University tours at the Speed Art Museum

    Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 12-5 p.m., Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St.; free for UofL students and faculty

    The Speed Art Museum offers two types of tours for University groups. All groups are required to schedule in advance to ensure availability of dates and times.

    • Self-Guided Tours: Explore the collection on your own, leading students on a private tour that fits your course syllabus.
    • Docent Guided Tours: Choose from a highlights tour, a special exhibition tour, or make special requests – we’ll help to craft a tour that is interactive and engaging while also meeting the needs of your syllabus.

    Additional Information: Anna Alger, website 

    Art Library offers Student Research Award

    The Margaret Bridwell Art Library offers a $500 research exhibition award to a UofL student for research in the areas of art, design, or curatorial studies. The purpose of this award is to honor a student who has completed innovative research in a creative field. The winning student will be chosen to display their research materials and final project. Applications due Oct.14. Eligibility criteria and application information online

    Additional Information: Sarah Carter


    Cap and gown ordering for December 2017 Commencement Ceremony

    The ordering website is open for faculty and students to place an order for academic apparel for the December 2017 Commencement Ceremony. The deadline to order apparel is Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at midnight. Graduation participants should visit the commencement website for information on the ceremony and to place a cap and gown order.

    Additional Information: Email

    National Voter Registration Day today

    September 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Humanities Bldg. Quad
    The UofL Women’s Center and the AAUW at UofL is partnering with the Office of Civic Engagement, Leadership and Service on National Voter Registration Day. Stop by the Women’s Center table to pick up Voter Registration material including Women’s Right to Vote. 

    Additional Information: Website, email 


    SHPE conducts Natural Disaster Relief Outreach

    The UofL student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is collecting items for those who have been devastated by the recent natural disasters in Mexico and Puerto Rico.
    Accepting bottled water, baby wipes/formula, hand sanitizer, diapers, canned/dry foods, garbage bags, towels, canned milk, baby/adult pain relief medicine, stomach/diarrhea medicine, mosquito repellant, blankets, pillows, first-aid kits, laundry detergents, dish soap, and cots. Bring items to Duthie 106.
    Additional Information: Mary Andrade, 852-3196


    Training and Workshops

    Eating Awareness Training

    October 24, 5-7 p.m., SAC 309; $16 or free with study participation

    Learn to eat mindfully before the Holidays. EAT workshop will help you recognize hunger and fullness cues and be satisfied with smaller amounts of food. Recognize and change personal stress-eating patterns. Four sessions: October 24, 31, November 7, 14. 5-7 p.m.

    Additional Information: Email, website



    16th annual Latin American and Latino Studies Heritage Lecture, ‘Cuba: Today and Tomorrow’

    September 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Elaine Chao Auditorium of Ekstrom Library; Free

    Harvard Professor Jorge Dominguez will discuss issues concerning challenges Cuba faces today and the evolving relationship with the US and Latin American countries. He will also present an “Informal Conversation on Current Latin American Politics” at the Cultural Center at 11-11:50 a.m., on September 27.

    Additional Information: Email, website 


    The Un-Natural World: The Race to Remake Civilization

    September 26, 5:30-7 p.m., University Club; Public $20, Students $10 (*scholarships available), WAC Members Free
    We now live in a world in which every year is the hottest year on record, in which ocean levels are rising, species are dying, and pollution is growing. It’s easy to despair about the impact of human progress, but imagine tree-counting drones, stoves fueled by animal waste, extinct animals resurrected and carbon-absorbing rocks. The World Affairs Council presents David Biello, the Science Curator for TED, on the more hopeful side of environmental change.
    Additional Information: Registration; website


    Sixth Annual Pediatric Behavioral and Mental Health Symposium: Opportunities and Challenges in Adolescence

    September 29, 7:30 4:15 p.m., Home of the Innocents, 1100 E. Market St., Louisville; $60 for physicians and other health care providers, $15 for residents, fellows and students
    Keynote presentation is on Transformative Parenting of Adolescents by Dr. Mary Cook, University of Colorado. Other topics include Adolescent Addiction, Adolescent Depression, High Conflict Families, and Impact of Exposure to Violence. Lunch and breakfast provided.
    Additional Information: Email, 502-629-8574


    11th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture featuring Rhonda Y. Williams

    November 8, 5:30 p.m., duPont Manual High School Auditorium, 120 W. Lee St.
    We are delighted to announce Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams as the 11th Annual Anne Braden Memorial lecturer. Williams will deliver the performance-lecture “The Evidence of Things Done: Learning Lessons of Struggle in the 21st Century.” She is the author of Concrete Demands: The Search for Black Power in the 20th Century and The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women’s Struggles Against Urban Inequality. Contact the Anne Braden Institute to reserve seats for your class.

    Additional Information: Website 

    Biology Department Seminar Series presents Dr. Ann Rypstra, Miami

    September 29, noon, 139, Shumaker Research Building
    “Fear, Confusion and Sex: a spider’s life in an agroecosystem,” by
    Dr. Ann Rypstra, a Professor of Zoology and the Director of Ecology Research Center at Miami University, Ohio. She is an evolutionary ecologist interested in predator-prey interactions and how these interactions might influence the evolution of spacing patterns, species interactions, and social behavior. Most of her research focuses on the spiders and predatory beetles that inhabit agricultural fields of southwest
    Additional Information: Charice Johnson, 852-8263


    Health and Wellness

    Strengthen your core with Pilates

    Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:10-1 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; Free
    A strong core can improve fitness performance, posture, and reduce back pain. This class will help strengthen your core, sculpt your body and burn calories by using weights, balls, bands, gliding discs and even your own bodyweight as resistance. Modifications for all fitness levels are provided.
    Additional Information: Group Fitness schedule, website, email, 852-7755


    Make a splash with Get Healthy Now’s Water Fitness

    Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 7, 12-12:45 p.m., Natatorium, Belknap Campus; Free for UofL Employees, Retirees and Spouse/QA
    Are you looking for a form of exercise that is easy on the joints and big on fun? Join Get Healthy Now’s Water Fitness class for the 2017 Fall semester. The benefits of this class include increased energy, better sleep, joint pain relief and much more. Suitable for all fitness levels and no swimming skills needed (hair can stay dry or not). 
    Additional Information: Registration, email, 852-7755


    Relax and take a moment of mindfulness

    Tuesdays, 5:30-5:55 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; 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. Come and “drop in” for a free evening session. No preregistration required.

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


    Go with the flow with Power Vinyasa

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center; Free for GHN members
    Power Vinyasa is a powerful, energetic form of yoga designed to stretch and strengthen your entire body through flowing sequences while connecting your breathing with your movements. It incorporates strength, flexibility, balance, and cardio to build your physical and mental stamina. Modifications provided for all fitness levels.
    Additional Information: Group Fitness schedule, website, email, 852-7755


    New Weight Watchers session starting soon 

    September 26, Dept. of Surgery,Ambulatory Care Building, 2nd Floor, HSC
    There will be a new Weight Watchers session beginning on the Health Sciences Campus on Monday, October 4. If you are interested in joining, please contact us for more information.
    Additional Information: Larsandra Linton, 852-6768, or Sharlene Dillander, 852-6880


    Stepping out strong for bone health

    September 29, 9-10:30 a.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center; Studio B
    Stepping Out Strong is the largest community-organized awareness campaign to support the National Council on Aging’s Fall
    Prevention Week. Join Get Healthy Now as we host this national event that brings a presentation on exercise and tips for fall prevention along with several exercises focused on strength and
    Additional Information: Website, email, 852-7755


    PGC Energy Tip 4: Know the amount of energy equipment uses

    The wattage of light bulbs is known because it is on the packaging. Much of the equipment we use has “standby” mode that uses energy, even when the equipment appears to be off. Computers and monitors use about 200 watts per hour when on and 26 watts per hour in standby mode. That standby power is enough to power 48 CFL bulbs for 24 hours. Knowledge is power and you have the power to make a difference. The Partnership for a Green City can provide you with additional information or wattage.
    Additional Information: Brent Fryrear, 852-8854


    Green Tip: Make plans for UofL Sustainability Week Oct. 23-29

    Sustainability Week is the perfect opportunity to get engaged in social and planetary justice. Any related events (lectures, films, tours, service projects, etc.) can be added to the calendar and all are welcome to host a booth at Campus Sustainability Day on the Quad Oct. 25. Faculty are encouraged to integrate themes of environmental, social and economic stewardship into courses, service learning and research. Send students to sustainability events, or use our discussion guides and online resources. To get on the calendar or reserve a Campus Sustainability Day fair booth, contact Justin Mog.
    Additional Information: EventsDiscussion Guides, Learning Resources


    Grand Rounds

    Endocrinology Grand Rounds

    September 27, 4 p.m., Baxter II Research Building, Lower Level, Room 038

    Join us as Betty C. Villafuerte, MD, UofL Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, presents, “Familial Hypercholesterolemia.”

    Additional Information: Kelly Galiette, 852-5237



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