Monthly Memo May 5, 2020



Now is the time to come together as a community of care, the first of our Cardinal Principles. May 5 is #GivingTuesdayNow, a day of global philanthropy.

With your help and the help of our supporters, our efforts will ripple out in ways that are transformative and lasting. Join us on #GivingTuesdayNow by supporting these important initiatives:

  • The COVID-19 Testing & Research Fund
  • Speed School AMIST Lab COVID-19 Projects
  • UofL Health Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Student Emergency Fund
  • Staff Help Assistance Relief Effort (SHARE) Fund

Visit to learn more and make a gift.

Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation Celebration

On May 9 at 10 AM, the University of Louisville will launch a special website,, to celebrate the accomplishments of our spring semester graduates. The site will feature well wishes from campus, local and state leaders, the UofL community, alumni, and others. Several graduates will be profiled and there will be a few surprises and interactive features on the site. You are encouraged to participate by recognizing our students’ accomplishments on social media using the hashtag #UofLGrads2020 on your posts. Let the Class of 2020 know how proud you are by using this hashtag to share your words of support and advice, photos, and personal stories. Graduates will use this hashtag and tag UofL to share how they’re celebrating and to share photos, videos, and personal reflections on their time at UofL. The Department of Criminal Justice held its virtual graduation honors ceremony on April 21, which you can watch here

Great Place to Learn

Criminal Justice student orgs win two awards

Congratulations to Lambda Alpha Epsilon & Alpha Phi Sigma on winning two awards from the Office of Student Involvement for the 2019 J.A.M. — Justice and Music event. In collaboration with Prof. Cherie Dawson-Edwards's (Criminal Justice) Social & Restorative Justice class, LAE and APS won the Social Justice & Inclusion Outstanding Group award and the Outstanding Academic Program of the Year award.

Women's Rights Activism digital exhibit

Although the Department of History's commemoration of the anniversary of Women's Suffrage had to be canceled, the students in Prof. Katherine Massoth's (History) women's history course created a digital exhibit on women's rights activism in Louisville.

Comm student interns with UofL Division of Infectious Diseases

When graduating senior Trevor Bosley (Communication) accepted an internship with the UofL Division of Infectious Disease, he couldn't have imagined how the nature of his work would change. The position became increasingly high profile as the COVID-19 crisis escalated. Bosley’s work assignment shifted to the office’s COVID-19 Coordinating Center, doing branding for the virus response team and working to inform the public, creating infographics and editing a video series. Watch the video here.

APA 7th Edition Resources

The University Writing Center has created several new resources for writing and teaching with the updated APA 7th edition citation style. The new videos and handouts cover the following topics: major changes from 6th to 7th edition, introduction to APA citation, in-text citation, references, formatting, and teaching citation effectively. To access these resources, visit our YouTube channel and our website’s resources for students page.

Appel accepted into research program in Berlin

Rachel Appel (Ph.D. student, Psychological and Brain Sciences) was accepted into the prestigious summer research program on Adaptive Rationality at the Max Plank Institute for Human Development in Berlin. She will be working to develop theory and computational cognitive models of the trade-offs decision-makers make between important values (e.g., freedom, economy, safety) when deciding which presidential candidates to elect.

Scholarship Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

The UofL Women's Center has scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students for the 2020 fall semester: Dr. Ann T. Allen Endowed Scholarship and Women's Club of the University of Louisville Scholarships. Dr. Ann T. Allen is a retired professor of History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UofL and the scholarship is for a single student parent in the College of Arts & Sciences. Founded in 1929, the Women’s Club of the University of Louisville is a social organization whose mission is to provide tuition assistance to deserving students and sponsor monthly activities that engage, enlighten, and educate its members. Download the criteria and application or email for more details.

Great Place to Work

Share your mask selfie with #CardsCovered

The Department of Communication invites you to participate in #CardsCovered, a campaign to increase mask-wearing and raise money for UofL students. The steps are simple:⁣

  1. Put on your mask⁣
  2. Take a selfie⁣
  3. Post to social media and tag @uoflcomm and #CardsCovered
  4. Challenge others to participate⁣
  5. Donate to students at⁣

Prof. Joe Turner in conversation with Tony Moore

This past October, Prof. Joe Turner (English) joined Marvel Comics illustrator and co-creator of The Walking Dead (and Hite Art alum) Tony Moore in conversation at The Kentucky Center. You can now stream their conversation here

Diversity & Inclusion

Working in Uncertain Times: Ethical and Professional Considerations of Kentucky Interpreters During COVID-19 and Beyond Series

These workshops are intended for signed language interpreters actively working and licensed in the state of Kentucky. Presented by Marva Johnson and Jessica Minges Participants of this workshop series will work collaboratively to examine and discuss the current status of interpreting in the state of Kentucky during the COVID-19 outbreak through the lens of ethical considerations, professional practices, and implications of power and privilege. Participants will actively engage with their peers through small and large group discussions to consider various perspectives and notions of these lenses through the use of three essential questions per session. Facilitators will utilize input from participants and discussion to organically develop essential questions that participants wish to explore in subsequent sessions of the series. Thursday, 5/14, 7-9 PM RSVP by 5/12/20 Thursday, 5/21, 7-9 PM RSVP by 5/19/20


Sustainability Now on Forward Radio

Listen to Justin Mog and Shane Tedder (University of Kentucky Sustainability Coordinator) explore sustainability’s role in our “new normal”; and how we can use this opportunity to respond and adapt not only to the pandemic, but to climate change, economic disparity, access to healthcare, and other challenges

In the News

As covid-19 hits, coal companies aim to cut the tax they pay to support black lung miners (Washington Post, 4/8/20) Quotes Prof. Dewey Clayton (Political Science)

Counting on you: 2020 Census effort has UofL connections (UofL News, 4/14/20) Discusses Kentucky State Data Center and Prof. Matthew Ruther (Urban and Public Affairs) and Researcher Tom Sawyer

UofL History professor tapped to teach at Army War College (UofL News, 4/17/20) Features Prof. Daniel Krebs (History)

Ultrasound-assisted molecule delivery looks to preserve blood for years (Science Daily, 4/20/20) Highlights work of Prof. Michael Menze and Ph.D. student Brett Janis (Biology) on using ultrasound to aid dried blood process

Doctors discuss how to stay mentally, spiritually healthy during pandemic (WAVE3, 4/22/20) Quotes Prof. Cheri Levinson (Psychological and Brain Sciences)

Louisville Visual Artist Megan Bickel Works With Synthetic Materials, Confused Identities (WFPL, 4/23/20) Feature on Hite Art student Megan Bickel

University of Louisville Arts & Sciences on GDL! (WHAS11, 4/27/20) Interview with Prof. Wendy Carson Yoder (Classical and Modern Languages) and her students. 

UofL researchers developing robot to clean, disinfect areas where risk of coronavirus exposure exists (Lane Report, 4/28/20) Mentions Profs. David Schultz and Mark Running (Biology)

UofL Portfolio Day showcases seniors (WHAS11, 5/1/20) Interview with Prof. Leslie Friesen and Hite Art students

Spring 2020 BFA Thesis Exhibition (LEO Weekly, 5/1/20) Features Hite Art Institute students.

Opinion: Why we can't let our guard down in fight against the coronavirus (Courier-Journal, 5/1/20) Op-ed by Profs. Paul and Sarah Ewald (Biology)