Monday Memo November 11, 2019

Dean's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Although not all recent election results are yet final, the College of Arts & Sciences has much to celebrate. Let's congratulate our four alumni who were newly elected to office:

  • Jacqueline Coleman, Lieutenant Governor (if current results hold), Political Science MA 2008
  • Michael Adams, Secretary of State, Political Science BA 1998
  • Daniel Cameron, Attorney General, Political Science BS 2011
  • Dr. Treva Hodges, Mayor of Charlestown, Indiana, Humanities Ph.D. 2019

And, special thanks to Drs. Dewey Clayton and Ricky Jones who contributed insights and analyses of the election to several prominent media outlets. Thanks to many others who made accommodations last Tuesday to enable our students to vote. It was terrific to see a much-improved voter turnout, although hopefully even more Kentucky citizens will be eligible and cast votes at the next election.

Have a great week!


Kimberly Kempf-Leonard, Ph.D.


Prof. Westerfield's new book just released

Prof. Jennifer Westerfield's (History) first book, Egyptian Hieroglyphs in the Late Antique Imagination, was just released by the University of Pennsylvania Press. A book talk sponsored by the Medieval & Renaissance Workshop is scheduled for Monday, November 25, at 12 PM in Ekstrom W104.

Prof. Mervis publishes in Brain: A Journal of Neurology

Prof. Carolyn Mervis (Psychological & Brain Sciences) and team recently published an article on the use of neuroimaging to understand neurogenetic mechanisms in Williams Syndrome.

Prof. Salmon publishes new work on mindfulness

Prof. Paul Salmon (Psychological & Brain Sciences) has a forthcoming book, Mindful Movement in Psychotherapy, to be published by Guilford Press. Check out the pre-publication reviews.

Congrats to 11-1 and 11-8 Candy Kudos Winners

Jamie Beard Dean's Office
Melissa Benningfield Advising
Pamala Bryant Advising
Robin Carroll Dean's Office
LyShanna Cunningham Dean's Office
Judith Danovitch Psychological & Brain Sciences
Yolanda Demaree Dean's Office
Rea Diehlmann Physics
Sofia Draper Advising
Jessie Gibbs Fine Arts
Tricia Gray Political Science
Paul Griner English
Jackie Gutterman (2) Dean's Office
Kourtney Hall Advising
Brandon Harwood Commonwealth Center for Humanities & Society
Bruce Horner English
Paula Huffman Geography & Geosciences
David Imbroscio Political Science
Cynthia Jeffery Advising
Maggie Leahy Psychology
Kristi Maxwell English
Diane Penrod Dean's office
Lindsey Ronay Dean's Office
Susan Ryan English
Lisa Schonburg Comparative Humanities
Mary P. Sheridan English
Ian Stansel English
Sarah Strickley English
Sherri Wallace Political Science
CheRee Whitlow Dean's Office
Bronwyn Williams English

Great Place to Learn

Grad student Teodora Stoica wins APA dissertation research award
Teodora Stoica, one of the translational neuroscience PhD students supported by Psychological & Brain Sciences (with GTA funding and mentoring by Prof. Brandon Depue) has been awarded a 2019 American Psychological Association (APA) Dissertation Research Award.

Spring 2020 Calendar for First-Year Students

The First Year Experience Office is putting together a calendar of events to help welcome our new and returning students to campus in the Spring of 2020. They will do online marketing to new students, create an event guide in the UofL New Cards app, and promote at both online and in-person Orientation sessions.

  1. Events: Do you have any events you'd like us to promote during the Jan. 6 - 26 time frame? If so, please fill out the webform by 12/2 to be included in the Winter Welcome schedule.

  2. Student Success Resource Fair & Lunch: Their office will host a Resource Fair in the BAB lobby on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Last year, they had around 500 students participate. If your area is interested in tabling at the Resource Fair, please email by 12/2 to reserve your spot.

Great Place to Work

UofL teaching innovation recognition

November 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ekstrom Library, third floor, TILL - Join us as we celebrate teaching innovations across the university. Faculty will highlight their work in online, adaptive, active, and other pedagogical techniques during a walkthrough poster session. Grab a treat and learn about new ideas and strategies used online, in the TILL, in the BAB, and beyond.

Did you know about ERGs?????

UofL hosts a number of employee resource groups (ERGs) that support the vision to be a great place to work. ERGs promote a climate of inclusion and provide a place, where employees can come together to network, create a strong sense of community, and share their concerns with others.

Upcoming Training: Leading from our strengths

November 12, 9-11 a.m., Clinical and Translational Research Building, Room 101 - It makes sense that we are at our best when we spend our workday doing things that call upon our natural strengths. If it fills our bucket, we are going to feel more engaged and connected doing it, and our work is going to feel like an extension of our life rather than just a job. In this self-reflective workshop, you will take the StrengthsFinder self-assessment and learn how to maximize your strengths (and for supervisors, the strengths of your team) for a greater sense of fulfillment at work.

Campus Store Discounts

Computer pre-orders accepted through Nov. 8 to ensure purchase availability for Nov. 15 sale.
Just in time for the holiday season, UofL's Campus Store will celebrate Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day Nov. 15. During the sale, faculty and staff can receive discounts on items that include new and clearance Apple computers. Additional details are available at the UofL Campus Store. Faculty and staff may also apply for Human Resources' interest-free computer purchase program.

Campus welcome to meet EVPRI candidates

Finalists for the executive vice president for Research and Innovation will meet with faculty, staff, and students during scheduled forums throughout November. Candidate forums will be held on the following dates:

  • Nov. 13, 10 a.m., Chao Auditorium
  • Nov. 18, 10 a.m., Chao Auditorium
  • Nov. 21, 10 a.m., Chao Auditorium

In order to maintain the confidentiality of the finalists and allow the UofL community to prepare for each visit, the name, CV, and letter of application of each individual will be posted online for your review 48 hours prior to their arrival on campus. In addition to their announcement, an electronic survey link will be provided for stakeholders to provide their thoughts and feedback on each of the finalists.

Holiday Bazaar

November 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Red Barn
Free admission, $7 for lunch
Our vendors will have many products for you to purchase for holiday gifts, such as homemade jams, pottery, candles, and fair trade jewelry. All vendors are from Louisville or the surrounding area, and your purchases go toward supporting the local economy. Vendors accept cash and/or credit. A $7 BBQ meal deal is available at the event.

Great Place to Invest

UofL, A&S, academia, and the arts community lose a great friend and inspiration in Mary Craik

"Mary Bernice Wilhite Craik, 95, of Louisville, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2019, at her home. She was born to her parents, Grace and Huse Wilhite in an apartment over a drug store at 20th and Market Streets in Louisville, KY. After a short first marriage, she married the love of her life James S. Craik, Jr. in 1945, leaving Louisville in 1947 on a grand adventure. They lived in 10 states and two foreign countries while pursuing careers and education. After retiring, Mary and Jim lived in New York City but chose to return to Louisville in 1990.

As a faculty member at St. Cloud [State University], Mary developed some of the first courses on women that were offered in any of the universities in that state. She created a Psychology of Women course, assisted other women professors in the development of a Women in History Course, and developed a Women's Studies Program.

In 1976, Mary was denied a Department Chair position and filed a class-action lawsuit for sexual discrimination against the University based on salary inequity, lack of promotions for women, lack of tenure for women, and lack of openings as chairs of various departments. She continued the lawsuit while teaching, sometimes being shunned by faculty members. After nine years, the court found that discriminatory practices were in place, and St. Cloud University was ordered to settle.

With the money Mary received from the settlement, she established the Mary Craik Scholarship for Women at the University of Louisville. To date, over 60 women have received this scholarship, enabling women to help other women through education. Recipients have gone on to become engineers, attorneys, medical doctors, nurses, social workers, and physical therapists."

Mary Craik's life and memory will be celebrated on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the Mayan Café at 813 East Market Street.

Items of Note

Would you like to advertise in The Louisville Cardinal?

The Dean's Office has purchased some advertising space in The Louisville Cardinal and a good bit of it is up for grabs. If you have a program, achievement, or event that you would like to promote via The Louisville Cardinal, now is your chance. If you are interested, please submit this brief form. Although there is no specific deadline for submission, preference will be given to those who submit their requests in a timely fashion.

Post your events in Do502

If you are not currently posting your public-facing events on to the Do502 event calendar, we encourage you to do so. Do502, Louisville Public Media's community event calendar, is one of the most viewed entertainment calendars in the city. Their weekly e-blasts go to 50,000 subscribers (although your event may not be chosen for that channel). Here are directions for how to load an event into the Do502 calendar. If you have trouble, contact Ashlee Clark Thompson, culture editor.

In the News

U of L professor analyzes governor's race and its impacts on 2020 (WDRB, 11/5/19) - quotes Prof. Dewey Clayton (Political Science)

Why Governors are the Only Candidates Voters Will Break Party Ranks to Support (, 11/6/19) - quotes Prof. Dewey Clayton (Political Science)

Down 5,000 Votes, Bevin Makes Vague Claims Of Voter Fraud (WFPL, 11/6/19) - quotes Prof. Dewey Clayton (Political Science)

Tight Kentucky gubernatorial race could be bellwether for Mitch McConnell (Fox News, 11/6/19) - quotes Prof. Dewey Clayton (Political Science)

Matt Bevin's down. Does that mean 'Moscow Mitch' is next? Probably not. - (Courier Journal, 11/6/19) - quotes Prof. Dewey Clayton (Political Science)

Beshear’s Real Effect On 2020 Elections? A Potentially Expanded Kentucky Electorate (WFPL, 11/7/19) - quotes Prof. Dewey Clayton (Political Science)

BWW Feature: MINE at Theatre 502 (Broadway World, 11.7/19) - mentions Prof. Janna Segal (Theatre Arts)

Light leaking from a distant galaxy hints at a cosmic makeover’s origins (Science News, 11/7/19) - mentions Joanna Bridge, post-doc researcher (Physics & Astronomy)

UofL play ‘Fires in the Mirror’ looks at Crown Heights Riots from black, Jewish viewpoints (The J, 11/7/19) - piece on current Theatre Arts production