January 2021 Physio News

New Years Resolutions

The new year is upon us and many hope that 2021 will bring healing to all. The start of a new year is a time of making positive change, arriving at fresh decisions, and transforming old habits into great ones. This year, life looks different than it did last December. When the ball dropped at midnight this December 31, most of our celebrations were both quiet and low-key. A fresh focus for the upcoming year could be health, mental wellbeing, and connection. Here are a few resolutions that may inspire 2021 to be a great and healthy year for mind, body, and soul! Try something new: Out with the old, in with the new! It is easy to become comfortable with the familiar and stick to old routines, even if they do not really inspire us. Trying something new need not take one out of their comfort zone, it can be fun! Do one act of kindness each day: Acts of kindness, no matter how small, can have incredible benefits. Being kind actually makes people happier, decreases stress, and leads to an improved sense of wellbeing. Make a date with nature: Nature is uplifting and you need not go far to find it. You can sit in your backyard or on your balcony, or take a walk in a park. Try to go outside everyday, even if it means bundling up. Turn off your devices: With little entertainment being offered outside the house these days, people are very attached to their phones and laptops. Scouring the news, or doom scrolling, can actually lead to anxiety and negativity. In fact, a study confirms that it is better to focus on the good; having an optimistic mindset helps one cope better in times of difficulty. Meditate each day: Meditation can help you relax and build your resilience. It can be done anywhere, anytime, and requires nothing but your presence. Develop your creative side: Being creative is good for your brain and for your mood. A study shows that people who are involved in everyday creativity are happier. Everyone has a creative side, and it just takes a commitment to sit down and let the juices flow! Eat more plant-based foods: This resolution is beneficial to both your health and that of the environment. You don’t have to become a full vegetarian, but you can strengthen your flexitarian muscle. There are many fun ways to add vegetarian dishes to your diet. Reach out to an old friend: Now, more than ever, it is great to feel connected to others. Many people lose touch with friends they really liked because of a busy career, a growing family, or moving to a new city. Make a commitment in 2021 to reach out to a buddy you liked a long time ago.

Tentative Plans for the 9th Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Physiological Society
Again, Kentucky State University will sponsor a virtual meeting on Friday, March 19, 2020, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The day will still include scientific sessions with presentations by trainees and invited speakers, career development lectures and the annual business meeting. We will again have judging presentations of high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

A Message from the Chairman
Irving G. Joshua, Ph.D.

Shark Bait: A Motivational Story - A marine biologist put a shark into a big tank at the time of a research experiment. Followed by that, he released some tiny bait fish into it. As expected, the shark didn’t wait to attack those fish and ate them. Later, a clear Plexiglas piece was inserted into the tank, which partitioned the tank in two and the shark remained in one side. A similar set of bait fish was sent to the other side of the tank like before, and the shark attempted to attack those fish but failed by hitting the partition. The shark attempted for several days until it gave up. Later, the biologist removed the glass from the tank, but the shark didn’t try to attack the small fish. The shark continued to see a false barrier in the tank and stopped his attempts. Moral: It is quite common for many people to give up after many setbacks and failures. This story is an example to keep trying and to never give up, despite multiple failures.

Information Regarding 2020 W-2s
Each year, employees receive a Form W-2 that provides details of the prior year's earnings, taxes withheld and other taxable data. For 2021 (tax year 2020), the University of Louisville will print hard copies of these forms and mail to each employee. 2020 W-2s will be mailed via the United States Postal Service prior to the January 31, 2020 deadline.
If you do not receive your W-2 in USPS mail by February 5, 2020, please email (https://louisville.edu/cgi-bin/uofl.mail?name=payroll&subject=W-2%20Question) the Payroll Office. A duplicate, printed copy of your W-2 can be made available to active employees after February 10, 2020. These must be picked up in-person with a valid university ID at the Payroll Office. Please contact Payroll Services at (502) 852-2978 to request this service. For any other W-2 information, such as prior tax years, please email the Payroll Office.
Electronic Access for 2020 W-2s : Electronic copies (in addition to the printed version) are available through ULink for all active employees. In order to access this data through employee self-service, you must register for UofL's two-factor authentication system (a Duo product). Begin by signing into ULink. Under Faculty and Staff > choose Wage and Tax Information Regarding 2020 W-2s Each year, employees receive a Form W-2 that provides details of the prior year's earnings, taxes withheld and other taxable data. For 2021 (tax year 2020), the University of Louisville will print hard copies of these forms and mail to each employee. 2020 W-2s will be mailed via the United States Postal Service prior to the January 31, 2020 deadline. If you do not receive your W-2 in USPS mail by February 5, 2020, please email (https://louisville.edu/cgi-bin/uofl.mail?name=payroll&subject=W-2%20Question) the Payroll Office. A duplicate, printed copy of your W-2 can be made available to active employees after February 10, 2020. These must be picked up in-person with a valid university ID at the Payroll Office. Please contact Payroll Services at (502) 852-2978 to request this service. For any other W-2 information, such as prior tax years, please email the Payroll Office. Electronic Access for 2020 W-2s : Electronic copies (in addition to the printed version) are available through ULink for all active employees. In order to access this data through employee self-service, you must register for UofL's two-factor authentication system (a Duo product). Begin by signing into ULink. Under Faculty and Staff > choose Wage and Tax Statement (W2). This will take you to the UL2FCTR Portal where, if you are already registered, you will see a Duo Login or Prompt Screen. Once you've completed the UL2FCTR secure entry, you'll have access to the PeopleSoft system where you can view and print your W-2 forms.

School Of Medicine Basic Grant
(Next Submission Date: April 1, 2021) -The purpose of the School of Medicine Basic Grant Program is to provide initial support to junior faculty to establish a research program or to established faculty who would like to pursue new areas of investigation. Funds are limited and priority will be given to junior faculty. Eligibility: Any full-time faculty member of the School of Medicine is eligible to apply. Amount and period of support: The maximum award is $25,000 and the period of support is one year. Applications (either original or resubmission) are accepted four times per year, and only one application per cycle per applicant may be submitted. The review process and decision on funding will be completed within two months of receipt of the application. Application information can be found on the SOM website:
https://louisville.edu/medicine/research/funding-opportunities/grants/som/basic

 

Visiting Scholar Completes Research Project
Visiting international scholar, Dr. Dragana Stanisic, has successfully completed her assigned research project in Dr. Suresh Tyagi’s lab and returned home. Pictured from left to right in the top row: Drs. Utpal Sen, Mahavir Singh, Suresh Tyagi, Suravi Majumder, and Neetu Tyagi. Bottom row: Drs. Rubens Petit Homme and Subir Kumar.

 

Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Richard Stremel
Departmental Thanks:
Dr. Richard Stremel, the Department’s longest serving faculty member, will be retiring at the end of February 2021. After almost 44 years of service, Dr. Stremel will be retiring to Emeritus status. Dr. Stremel joined the Department in 1977, as an assistant professor and became a full professor in 1998. He has had a successful career as a basic science researcher involved in research related to cardio-respiratory control, with numerous publications and extramural grant support from the National Institute of Health and the American Heart Association. In addition to his research contributions, Dr. Stremel has taught numerous subjects in the medical and dental schools and in our graduate program. In addition, he has played a major role in the administration of the Department of Physiology and the University. In our Department he served as Associate Chair of Department Educational Programs, the Director of Graduate Admissions and the Chair of the Department Teaching Committee. At the university level, Dr. Stremel served for 10 years as the Associate Dean of the Graduate School. Some of his other numerous University-wide service duties include serving as the Chair of the University Faculty Senate and as a member of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. Clearly, Dr. Stremel has been a major asset to our Department and to the University of Louisville, and he will be greatly missed. As Department chair, I would like to say thank you Dr. Stremel for all of the contributions he has made that have helped to develop and maintain the outstanding reputation of our Department, both within the University of Louisville and nationally.


New Editorial Appointment for Dr. Amanda LeBlanc
Effective on January 1st of this year, Dr. LeBlanc has been appointed as an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology under the new Editor in Chief, Dr. Merry Lindsey, from the University of Nebraska Medical Center

 

Returning To Campus For 2021 Spring Semester
Students, Staff and Faculty prior to arriving or returning to campus this spring, you are advised to do the following to maximize our campus community’s safety from the coronavirus:
1. If you’ve been out of state during the holidays, please quarantine for 10 days at home. This includes refraining from non-essential trips to local businesses and restaurants and non-essential group gatherings and events. In addition to quarantine, please be sure to stay six feet from others outside your household and always wear a mask in public spaces, both indoors and outdoors.
2. Get a flu shot. If you did not get a flu shot in the fall or winter, schedule an appointment with Campus Health Services to get one. All students are required to get a flu shot. If you received a flu shot with an off-campus provider, if you will not be coming to campus at all, or if you are seeking an exemption, complete a waiver form.
3. Review the university’s health and safety protocols. Important details about UofL’s response to the pandemic are organized on this website: https://louisville.edu/coronavirus. Be sure to read the health and safety protocols, mask requirement, FAQs and campus procedures.
Experimental Biology 2021
The Experimental Biology 2021 abstract deadline is Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at 11:59 pm PST. Each abstract submission carries a $75 nonrefundable processing fee. Experimental Biology 2021 will use a virtual format and will occur April 27-30, 2021. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, EB has been forced to cancel the in-person meeting that was scheduled to be in Indianapolis, IN. However, EB will offer the conference in a virtual format, which means that members and colleagues will have many new and exciting opportunities for scientific discovery without travel. The new virtual meeting will bring you the latest research in anatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology, investigative pathology, pharmacology and physiology through an environment that fosters interaction amongst global attendees.

 

Interim Policy for Employee Travel to Countries with Active Covid-19 Outbreaks
The University of Louisville recognizes that its employees may possess valuable expertise that is needed to assist with the resolution of this crisis; however, international travel on behalf of UofL is restricted to essential travel only. No employee shall travel on university business outside the US without submitting an appeal approved by the appropriate Dean, or Vice Provost, or Vice President and Provost, as outlined in the existing travel warning policy at http://louisville.edu/studyabroad/policies/travel-warning-policy . Thus, all UofL sanctioned travel and UofL promoted study abroad programs (e.g. faculty led trips, ISLP) in countries outside the US with active COVID-19 outbreaks are suspended. Personal international travel is discouraged. Employees who nevertheless elect to engage in personal international travel must report personal travel and will not be permitted to return to campus until they receive approval from Campus Health Services and their supervisor. Staff must use accrued vacation or sick leave, personal leave, or leave without pay and faculty must use personal leave without pay during the quarantine period unless the supervisor/department chair or dean has approved telework at the time of the initial vacation/personal travel request.
Dr. Jeff Falcone Inducted into White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame
Each year, Dr. Falcone takes 50-80 dental students to experience the Louisville favorite, White Castle, as a closing aspect of his gastrointestinal lecture series. This year, he will be inducted into the White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame with only 9 other inductees. Con-gratulations, Dr. Falcone! Hopefully the award will come with a complimentary Crave Case of burgers!


Undergraduate Summer Program in Cardiovascular Research for Those from Under-Represented or Under-Served Populations
The Department will again sponsor an NIH support summer undergraduate research program in the Spring of 2021. The primary objective of this program is to expose undergraduate students from under-represented and under-served populations to cardio-vascular research at the University of Louisville. The program is supported by a NIH Short-Term Training Grant from the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute. Students are recruited from Kentucky universities and colleges as well as others attending schools outside of Kentucky. At least eight summer research fellowships will be awarded each year. The research experience is for 10 weeks during the Summer. Stipends (financial assistance for living expenses) are approximately $4,000. Student projects are designed to give the student an in-depth, hands-on exposure to biomedical re-search. Applications can be obtained from the Department Website. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2021. ** Department Faculty and Associate Faculty interested in providing a summer training experience for one these students please contact: Dr. Joshua at igjosh01@louisville.edu.


SIMPLE FORMULA FOR LIVING
Live beneath your means.
Return everything you borrow.
Stop blaming other people.
Admit it when you make a mistake.
Do something nice and try not to get caught.
Listen more; Talk less.
Take a 30-minute walk every day.
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
Be on time.
Don't make excuses.
Be kind to unkind people.
Let someone cut ahead of you in line.
Take time to be alone.
Cultivate good manners.
Be humble.
Realize and accept that life is not fair.
Know when to keep your mouth shut.
Learn from your past.
Plan for the future.
Live in the present