Public invited to lunchtime sampling of research topics from professors


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville researchers will serve up a buffet of diverse subjects — urban conservation, handcrafted glass, tobacco-use perceptions and capital sentencing – through a luncheon lecture series this fall.

               The College of Arts and Sciences and the Liberal Studies Project offer the monthly Meet the Professor series to highlight the college’s research and cultural offerings.

                The Thursday luncheon talks begin at noon in the University Club. Reservations are required, with $15 payment in cash or check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or no later than the Monday before each event.

                Here are the fall 2016 semester talks:

    Sept. 1 – “Recognizing Quality and Value in Handmade Glass,” Che Rhodes, head of studio glass, fine arts. He will discuss the practical aspects of determining quality as well as the personal sensibilities that combine with quality to assign value to crafted glass artwork.

    Oct. 6 – “Can Species Conservation and Urban Development Co-exist?” Margaret Carreiro, biology professor. She will dispute the common misperception that true urban nature can only be sustained in parks and reserves and discuss how people in cities and suburbs can create species-friendly habitats where they live and work.

    Nov. 3 – “Smokin’ Hot Issues and Smoldering Concerns: Appalachian Youth and Tobacco,” Joy Hart and Kandi Walker, communication professors. They will discuss youth perceptions of tobacco use and products and will report on research from Appalachian regions of Kentucky, North Carolina and New York.

    Dec. 1 – “Capital Sentencing in Kentucky,” Gennaro Vito, criminal justice chair. He will talk about research into the state’s capital sentences from 1976 to 2010, how capital punishment operates and why influencing factors at the jury and prosecutorial levels have changed over time.



    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.