September 27, 2017 Announcements



    Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017





    The Office of Development has unveiled the new Development Office Connector Program, which provides faculty with direct access to a team of development professionals who will work with them to devise fundraising strategies for projects and programs that align with the priorities of the university.



    Dr. David Casey, chair of the University of Louisville Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Valerie Casey, director of the University of Louisville Women’s Center, won this year’s Excellence in Mental Health Award.




    Save the date: Benefits Open Enrollment begins October 16

    The annual benefits Open Enrollment begins Monday, October 16 at 8 a.m., and closes Friday, October 27 at 5 p.m. This is your once-a-year opportunity to make changes to your current benefits. More details will be released soon via UofL Today and a mailing sent to your home. Take a moment to check in Ulink that we have your most up-to-date mailing address.



    SHPE conducts Natural Disaster Relief Outreach

    Duthie Center, 106
    UofL student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers are 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


    Zumba with raiseRED

    September 29, 7-8:30 p.m., Student Recreation Center field; Free for students; $5 for faculty, staff, and public
    The entire UofL community is invited to join raiseRED for Zumba during Family Weekend. Participants will get to dance, enjoy food, and celebrate a surprise announcement. We’ll also dance alongside special guest Audrey Nethery. Money raised will support UofL’s pediatric oncology and hematology treatment and research.
    Additional Information: Website


    Biochemistry Research Conference

    September 27, noon, Homberger Library, HSC-A, 614
    Stephanie Metcalf, BMG Grad Student, will talk on, “PSAT1’s Role in Breast Cancer Progression: A Two Part Story.”
    Additional Information: Email


    Transitions Summit scheduled Oct. 25

    October 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Holiday Inn (Airport) 1717 Airport Exchange Blvd. Erlanger, KY 41018; $25 Self Advocates, Parents/Caregivers (lodging scholarships also available), $40 Students, $125

    CEHD’s Kentucky Autism Training Center has partnered with the Office of Autism, HDI at UK, and OVR to host the 2017 Autism Transitions Across the Lifespan Summit October 25-17. Sessions will be relevant to self advocates, family members, and professionals alike – CEUs available. Event includes two keynote speakers (Dr. Erik Carter and Julia Bascom), five breakout sessions (24 choices), lunch on Thursday and Friday and a lite dinner on Wednesday.

    Additional Information: Heidi Cooley-Cookwebsite


    ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ screening

    September 28, 6 p.m., Speed Cinema$9/$7 for UofL students and Speed Members

    Released after censorship restrictions were lifted by a more liberal Indian government, “Amar Akbar Anthony” tells the story of three brothers adopted separately and raised in different religions—Hindu, Muslim and Christian. Filled with coincidence, action sequences and glorious songs, the film shows a culture ready to embrace a more diverse future. Presented by Dr. Lisa Björkman, Assistant Professor, Urban and Public Affairs.
    Additional Information: Website, email


    Come tour duPont’s Dungeon of Doom Crimson Carn-Evil

    Oct. 7, 6:30-11:30 p.m., Manual High School, $15 per person
    There will also be a free scare free room for kids under 12. 
    Bring this coupon and admit: 2 people for $20 from 7-9 p.m., or five people for $50 from 9 p.m. until midnight. 

    Additional Information: Email



    Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology Seminar Series

    September 28, 4 p.m., Baxter I Auditorium
    Dr. Martha Bickford, professor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology at the University of Louisville, will be presenting a seminar titled, “Visual Signal Transfer in the Mouse Thalamus:  the Contribution of Extraretinal Circuits.”


    America: Land of Opportunity or Obstacles?

    October 18, 6-7:30 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: Christy Metzger


    Bioengineering Dept. Seminar Series: ‘Identification of therapeutic and diagnostic targets during progression of HPV-associated cancers’

    Sept. 28, noon to 1:30 p.m., The Vogt Building, Room 311
    Dr. Joongho Joh, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, will speak on his lab’s work on isolating the first mouse papillomavirus, MmuPV1, and establishing a laboratory mouse model for HPV-induced cancer development. By utilizing the model, we identified various cellular molecules as the therapeutic and diagnostic targets for human Papillomavirus-associated cancers.
    Additional Information: Website, Nancy Hansford


    Training and Workshops

    I Want to Be an Astronaut Workshop

    October 15, 2-4 p.m., Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium; Non-members $15; UofL $13; Members $10

    This hands-on workshop will spark the imagination of your 4-6 year old as they launch rockets, go on a space walk, take a virtual flight through our universe and learn why astronauts have to wear special suits and eat special food – they even get to sample astronaut ice cream.

    Additional Information: Website, email, 582-6665


    Get Moving Junior Girl Scout Workshop

    October 7, 10 a.m. to noon, Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium; $12/Scout and $3/Adult for UofL employees and students (normally $15/$5)

    Juniors take a virtual journey to learn about types of energy, the vital role the sun plays, global warming, light pollution and recycling. Scouts are energized to conserve resources as they experiment with solar energy and more effective ways of packaging goods. The workshop is topped off with a tour of the constellations and girls leave empowered with practical steps they can take toward energy conservation.

    Additional Information: Website, email, 852-6665


    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.


    Health and Wellness

    Stress less and sleep better with KORU Mindfulness

    Tuesdays, Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, noon to 1:15 p.m., K 2016, Nursing School, Health Sciences Center; Free for employees, spouses and QAs
    Would you like to sleep better and reduce your stress? Learn how to calm your mind and body with mindfulness and meditation in just 4 weeks. This evidence-based KORU workshop is for beginners and those already practicing. It is sponsored by School of Medicine Being Well program and Get Healthy Now. Watch this short video to learn how KORU works and how you can benefit.
    Additional Information: Register via email 


    Get your body in motion with Nia

    Tuesdays, 6:15-7 a.m. and 6:40-7:40 p.m.; Thursdays, 6:15-7 a.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


    New: ‘Gentle Yoga’ class at GHN

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 10-10:50 a.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; Free for GHN Wellness Center members

    Ease into a practice with this slow and steady mid-morning class which incorporates yoga props to support the body. Great for those who are new to yoga. Modifications for all fitness levels are provided.

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


    Mix Pilates and Yoga with PiYo

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


    Evening indoor cycling classes at GHN

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

    Join Get Healthy Now’s InCycle evening class and 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


    Grand Rounds

    Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Ryan Hurt

    September 28, 8 a.m., Ambulatory Care Building auditorium
    Medicine Grand Rounds features Ryan T. Hurt, MD, PhD, FACP, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director, Home Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science. Hurt will present Identifying “Nutritional Risk in Patients from the ICU to Home,” focusing on difficulties with defining malnutrition, the concept of nutritional risk in hospital/ambulatory patients, sarcopenia in obese/elderly populations, and treatment strategies for patients at high nutritional risk.
    Additional Information: Jason Puckett, 852-1825


    Cardiovascular Medicine Grand Rounds

    September 27, noon to 1 p.m., Jewish Rudd Heart & Lung Bldg. (CC)-16th Floor, Great Halls I & II

    Join the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine for speaker Amanda LeBlanc, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology, Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, University of Louisville. Dr. LeBlanc will present “A Small Vessel Approach to Treating Big Heart Disease.”

    Additional Information: Monica Sivori, 852-1162, website



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