Monday Memo August 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about university-wide COVID-19 protocols and operations? There are over 50 different frequently asked questions and answers we’ve gathered for your convenience.


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Great Place to Learn

13 A&S Graduates named Business First 40 under 40

Thirteen lucky A&S graduates were selected out of more than 500 nominations to join the Louisville Business Forty Under 40 list. This annual program honors the region’s exceptional up-and-coming young leaders under the age of 40 for their career achievements and community accomplishments.

Philosophy student opening career paths for black students

Sophomore Ethan Volk (double major in Philosophy and Economics) co-founded the Eckford Virtual Mentorship Program to connect black students to competitive jobs and internships through mentoring. Prof. Stuart Esrock (Communication) penned a profile of Volk for the University Career Center. 

Backpacks with a bonus: Students launch healthy school-year start

Sophomore Biology major andMission CuraKid founder Karthik Kalvakuri organized a team of volunteers to assemble 150 backpacks with snacks, hygiene items, and school supplies for local children. 

Great Place to Work

Four A&S Professors win Presidential 2020 Distinguished Faculty Awards

Please reach out and congratulate our very deserving winners of this year's University-wide Distinguished Faculty Awards. 

Karen Christopher (Sociology)
Distinguished Teaching Award (Full-Time)

Angela Orend (Sociology)
Distinguished Teaching Award (Part-Time)

Muriel Maurer (Chemistry)
Outstanding Scholarship, Research. and Creative Activity

Ranen Omer-Sherman (Comparative Humanities)
Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

Cardinal Anti-Racism Agenda

The University of Louisville prides itself on celebrating diversity and fostering equity in order to achieve inclusion. We follow the Cardinal Principles, which promote our commitment to each other and to our community.

But we need to do more. At this important moment in our nation’s history, we pledge to take a stand against the systemic racism that continues to impact all of us, particularly our Black students, faculty and staff, and other stakeholders of color and from historically marginalized groups. We will take concrete action to lead to much-needed change on campus and in our community.

We will become the nation’s premier anti-racist metropolitan research university.

Read the message from President Bendapudi here.
Read the message from A&S Interim Dean Owen here.


Garden Commons Workdays

Thursdays, 12:00 PM
The Sustainability Council has relaunched weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons in its new location at the southwest corner of Strickler Hall, east of the Speed Art Museum Parking Garage, and across the walkway from the Biology Department's Korfhage Native Plant Garden!

Join us to learn (by doing) how to grow hyper-local, super-delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruits!

In the News

Louisville’s Two-Decade Fight For Civilian Oversight Of Police (KyCIR, 7/2/20) Prof. and Dept. Chair Ricky Jones (Pan African Studies) quoted.

Why Black Women Like Breonna Taylor Still Need ‘Say Her Name’ Movement (WFPL, 7/6/20) Prof. and Dept. Chair Cherie Dawson-Edwards (Criminal Justice) weighs in. 

Self-Storage Unit: Women’s Work in the Age of the Pandemic (Savannah Morning News, 7/8/20) Article by Prof. Sarah Strickley (English). 

How organic organization has defined Louisville's racial justice movement (Courier-Journal, 7/9/20) Prof. Cynthia Ganote (Sociology) quoted. 

A Fiendish Fly (Colonial Williamsburg, 7/10/20) Authored by Prof. Lee Dugatkin (Biology)

Study of Tropical Forest Insects Leads to Discovery of Killer Lightning (Weather Channel, 7/15/20) Video focuses on research of Prof. Steve Yanoviak (Biology)

Coronavirus: Conspiracy Theories (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, 7/19/20) The research of Prof. Adam Enders (Political Science) referenced.

'The fog has been lifted': How a historic month of protests changed Louisville (Courier-Journal, 7/27/20) Profs. Tracy K'Meyer (History) and Dewey Clayton (Political Science) quoted.

How Solitude Can Help You Regulate Your Mood (NPR, 7/27/20) Profs. Paul Salmon (Psychology) and Susan Matarese (Political Science) weigh in. 

Louisville Protests: More Strategic, Focused on Action (Spectrum News 1, 7/29/20) Prof. Dewey Clayton (Political Science) and alum Talesha Wilson (Pan African Studies) quoted.

Food additive enables fast synthesis in water (Chemical and Engineering News, 8/5/20) Prof. Sachin Handa's (Chemistry) research mentioned.

Breonna Taylor's name is a national rallying cry. Will it be enough to charge the police? (Courier-Journal, 8/7/20) Profs. Laura Moyer and Dewey Clayton (Political Science) quoted