September 7, 2017 Announcements




    Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017





    Sachin Handa, assistant professor in Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, has received the ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable Peter J. Dunn Award for Green Chemistry and Engineering Impact in the Pharmaceutical Industry. This award recognizes Handa’s innovative work in the development of newly engineered catalysts for sustainable surfactant chemistry in water. Handa will receive a plaque commemorating the award and give an invited lecture at the Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in June in Portland, Oregon.



    The School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies welcomed its first cohort of Presidential Scholars this semester. The Presidential Diversity Scholar program was created to increase the number of diverse graduate students into UofL’s graduate programs. The first five students are researching everything from immunotherapy and cancer to the recruitment and retention of women of color in athletic administration.




    UofL officials, SGA, H/LFSA release statements on DACA

    UofL President Greg Postel and Provost Dale Billingsley released a statement Wednesday in response to the Trump administration’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Read the statement here. The Student Government Association and the Hispanic/Latin@ Faculty and Staff Association also released statements. The SGA statement is available here. The H/LFSA statement is available here.


    Grand opening celebration of SAC Marketplace

    Sept. 14, 10 a.m.
    University Dining Services invites the university community to a grand opening celebration for the SAC Marketplace on September 14 at 10 a.m. in the Marketplace. This unique venue brings six new brands to campus including Olilo, Southern Traditions, Prime Grill, Aqua Sushi by Drake’s and the Exchange increasing dining choices to more than 20 locations. Also new to the SAC this year are expansions of both Wendy’s and Chick-fil-A, as well as an all-new Starbucks by the Campus Store.
    Additional Information: Website


    Information session: What is DACA? 

    September 7, 12-2 p.m., Cultural Center’s MPR
    This information session about DACA. We feel that it is important for ELSB, LAHSO, the Cultural Center as organizations to provide education opportunities for all students, especially relevant topics that affect our student body first hand. We hope to educate students and are also showing our support as organizations to our undocumented student population at UofL.
    Additional Information: Email


    GRE test information workshop available

    September 20, 4-8 p.m., Shumaker, Room 139; Free
    The School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and REACH are hosting a GRE test information workshop. UofL alumni and staff, post-baccalaureate students, current graduate and undergraduate students and community members are invited to attend. Please register, as space is limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
    Additional Information: Register online


    Active Learning Teaching and Technology Institute

    October 9 and 10, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Teaching Innovation Learning Lab (TILL), Ekstrom Library, Belknap Campus; Free
    Join 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

    Save the Date: Business Services/ULPD Cookout is Oct. 4

    Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., outside between ULPD, Commonwealth Credit Union and the parking garage
    A cookout will be held Oct. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to welcome back students. Staff and faculty are also welcome. It will include free food (hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, chips, cookies and drinks), as well as music, games and door prizes. The event is sponsored by the UofL Police Department, Business Services, Aramark Dining and Commonwealth Credit Union.


    Announcing Cycle 17 of the KLCRP

    Grants will be awarded for $75,000 per year (inclusive of 10 percent indirect costs), for two years ($150,000 maximum request). Please note: only UofL investigators who have not received a KLCRP grant, or were last funded prior to Feb. 1, 2015 (Cycle 14) are eligible to apply. Priority funding areas for Cycle 17: immuno-oncology in lung cancer research, and junior faculty who have not held an ‘R01’ grant in this area. Send a Letter of Intent if you wish to apply by Sept. 29. Applications due Nov. 3.
    Additional Information: Email


    This week at the Gray Street Farmers Market

    September 7, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., HSC, 400 Block of E. Gray Street, in front of the School of Public Health & Information Sciences
    The Gray Street Farmers Market is open every Thursday through Oct. 26, rain or shine. Some items available today include: apples, blackberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, bell peppers, corn, squash, zucchini, honey, granola, eggs, baked and canned items, and kettle corn. Lunch provided by 502Cafe and Red Top Gourmet Dogs. Special guests: Family Health Centers, Cooperative Extension Services and PureKarma Soaps.
    Additional Information: Website, Facebook, Twitter


    Master of Public Health (MPH) prospective student information sessions scheduled

    October 3, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room 103, SPHIS, HSC
    The School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) will host information sessions to allow undergraduate, graduate, professional, and medical students to learn what the MPH has to offer in Biostatistics, Health Promotion & Behavior, Epidemiology, Health Policy, Population Health Management, and Global Public Health/emphasis on Maternal and Child Health. Also, October 7, noon to 1 p.m., Belknap/Ekstrom rm W210; 1 p.m., Belknap/Ekstrom rm W210. RSVP via email
    Additional Information: Website


    Training and Workshops

    Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

    October 9-10, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Student Activities Center (SAC), East Classrooms SAC – E102 2100 S. Floyd St.; Free
    ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Participants must attend both days. Eight seats are left. This training is a $400 value but is being provided free by funds from Kentucky Initiative for Zero Suicides. CE approval for MFT, SW, LPC and KPA. Must RSVP to Tracie Meyer by Sept. 8.
    Additional Information: Tracie Meyer, 852-5787, website


    Virtual iClicker Classic Demo

    September 8, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; online using Collaborate
    Join Glen Garrett from iClicker tomorrow in this virtual session if you want to learn more about iClickers. Participate in the conversation from your desk during this informative session. Garrett will provide answers to any questions you may have for using the clickers in your class. Register online.

    Additional Information: Linda Leake, 852-4332


    PLAN hosts session for international graduate students about U.S. graduate education

    September 12, 2-4 p.m., Room 105, Houchens Building, Belknap Campus
    This academic orientation is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the academic culture here in the U.S., including classroom practices, research, technology, teaching, and the support systems at UofL. A panel of international and domestic graduate students will share their experiences transitioning to graduate studies in the U.S. university system. Graduate students interestedin attending can register and find more information on the PLAN website.
    Additional Information: PLAN website, calendar listingMichelle Rodems, 852-3110


    Research!Louisville’s 22nd Annual Celebration of Research starts next week

    September 12-15, Kosair Charities Clinical and Translational Research Building and others
    Research!Louisville will feature several forums, including three nursing symposiums, three days of poster competitions, lectures on diversity in science, women innovators session hosted by UofL’s Translational Research Training Program, health equity lecture/luncheon, Beer with a lot ofScientists at Against the Grain, a translational research and clinical trials forum, and keynote address and awards ceremony. Check website for details.

    Additional Information: Bonnie Dean, 502-550-3928



    Biology Department Seminar Series presents Dr. Steve Yanoviak

    September 15, noon, 139 Shumaker Research Building; Free
    “Hot and Flashy – Abiotic extremes and their biotic consequences in the rainforest canopy” will be presented by Dr. Steve Yanoviak, a tropical biologist who studies the behavior and ecology of insects and other arthropods inhabiting the rainforest canopy. His current major research projects include studies of the effects of extremely high temperatures on tropical ants, and the role of lightning as an agent of tropical tree mortality. Yanoviak is an associate professor in the Biology Department.
    Additional Information: Charice Johnson, 852-8263


    Brown & Williamson Fall Seminar Series

    September 8, 4 p.m., Room LL-16, Chemistry Building, Belknap Campus

    Peng Tao, PhD, SMU, will present, “Using computer simulation to explore protein dynamics: Developing systematic perturbation methods and machine learning models.”

    Additional information: Sherry Nalley, 852-6798


    Diversity Dialogue: From Pre-School to the Penitentiary

    September 18, 12-1:30 p.m., Cultural Center, Multipurpose Room, Belknap Campus
    An in-depth conversation about a vicious cycle as described by author Duane Campbell. A decimating cycle that tests the fragile balances of power and privilege, leaving an entire culture in search of an “American Dream” draped in misconception. Join this dialogue as facilitator Duane Campbell helps attendees examine the many conditions that perpetuate this dilemma, from the educational system, criminal justice/injustice, community, family structure and history, and “The American Dream.”
    Additional Information: Dom McShan, 852-0228, Facebook 


    Health and Wellness

    Expanded health and wellness offering available

    If you or a family member are living with COPD/Asthma, Diabetes, Hypertension, or Hyperlipidemia (and are on UofL’s medical plan), you are eligible to enroll in a program that offers many valuable benefits including a pharmacy incentive, a dedicated health care professional team, and easy access to wellness resources. Get Healthy Now is partnering with UofL Physicians Health Management team to offer this benefit.
    Additional Information: Website 


    Start your mornings with Tai Chi class

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 7-8 a.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; Free for GHN members
    Discover the benefits of this ancient form of martial arts, which will improve balance, agility, strength and coordination. Suitable for all fitness levels.
    Additional Information: Group Fitness schedule, website, email, 852-7755


    New Weigh to Wellness: Lunch & Learn Classes

    September 11 through November 8, 12-12:45 p.m., Mondays (Belknap) Shumaker Research Building Room 228; Wednesdays (HSC) School of Nursing/K-Wing Room 2017; Free for UofL Employees, Retirees and their Spouse/QA
    Register for Get Healthy Now’s Weigh to Wellness classes. Weigh to Wellness is a 9-week program that promotes healthy lifestyle changes through physical activity and improved nutrition. The class is designed to give you an accurate understanding of ways to integrate optimal health behaviors into your everyday life. Bring your lunch with you.

    Additional Info: Register, email, 852-7755


    New: Level up with Cardio+

    Friday, 5:30-6:20 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; Free for GHN Wellness Center members
    Combining cardio (cycle and running) with intermittent resistance training is exactly the kind of workout that will have your body second-guessing and ready to reach a whole new level of training.
    Additional Information: Group Fitness schedule, website, email, 852-7755


    Arts and Entertainment

    Documentary screening: ‘Nerve’

    September 7, 6:30-9 p.m., SAC W303A
    Join the Engage Lead Serve Board for the screening of “Nerve,” an environmental documentary highlighting “how a small Kentucky town led the fight to safely dismantle the world’s chemical weapons.” Snacks beginning at 6:30, movie at 7, Q&A from 8:30-9.
    Additional Information: Email 


    Green Tip: Charge up with the power of the sun

    There’s a new way to charge up your mobile device at Ekstrom Library: the PowerSol solar umbrella at a table outside the Ekstrom Starbucks. The station’s 8 solar panels generate 54 watts of electricity and can charge three devices at once via USB ports. It uses a lithium ion battery to store power throughout the day (needing 5.5 hours of sun to fully charge) and can charge your device even after dark. Brought to you by the UofL Sustainability Council. 
    Additional Information: Website 


    Grand Rounds

    Neuroscience Grand Rounds

    September 7, 8-9 a.m., Baxter 1 Auditorium HSC; Free
    The Department of Neurological Surgery is excited to announce one of our own faculty as this week’s Neuroscience Grand Rounds Speaker, Dr. Robert James. James will present “Continuous low-dose Intravenous Heparin infusion for preventing delayed secondary insults after cerebral injury.”


    Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds

    September 8, 6:45-7:45 a.m., Baxter I Research Building, lower level auditorium
    Join the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as we welcome George E. Quill, Jr., MD, Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, Assistant Clinical Professor Emeritus, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Louisville. Dr. Quill will lecture on “Tarsal Coalition.”
    Additional Information: Monica Welsh, 852-6902


    Family and Geriatric Medicine Grand Rounds

    September 8, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Jewish Hospital Bottigheimer Auditorium
    Gheens Lecturer Nancy Tomes, PhD, Distinguished Professor of History, Stony Brook University, will present, “Advertising Prescription Drugs to Patients: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” CME credit will be offered.
    Additional Information: Melissa Garrett, 852-5499



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