November 2013 - President's Report (pdf)

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December 5, 2013 | Weekly Alumni News and Events from UofL |

From the desk of Dr. James Ramsey

In the past month, we’ve had an incredible run of important and uplifting news regarding research at the University of Louisville. We’ve received large grants and gifts to further our work in stem cells, spinal cord injuries and tobacco. It’s the kind of news the people of Kentucky want to hear from the university they mandated to become a premier, nationally recognized metropolitan research institution. Read more about all the great things happening at UofL in the November President’s Report.


James R. Ramsey
President, University of Louisville
Also, watch a video of our researchers in action at


Grawemeyer Awards Announced

Each year the University of Louisville awards five prizes in the fields of music, political science, psychology, education, and religion. The program was founded in 1984 by H. Charles Grawemeyer to recognize individuals who are working to make the world a better place. Each recipient receives a $100,000 prize from a special endowed fund. This is a prestigious program that has drawn nominations from around the world.

Djuro Zivkovic received the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his work “On the Guarding of the Heart.” Read more.
Jacques Hymans received the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, for his book that explains why nuclear weapons programs in many developing nations have been prone to inefficiency and failure. Read more.

Antonio Damasio received the Grawemeyer Award for Psychology for his work proposing that emotions play an integral role in human reasoning and decision-making. Read more.

Diane Ravitch received the Grawemeyer Award for Education for her book “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education.” Read more.

The Grawemeyer Award for Religion, jointly awarded by UofL and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will be announced Friday.

Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Donates $2 million

The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence is providing just over $2 million to Dr. Roberto Bolli’s groundbreaking research. Bolli is revolutionizing heart failure treatment by using patients' own stem cells to regrow healthy heart tissue. The university will be matching the donation with nearly $1 million from a previous gift from former UofL board chair, the late Owsley Frazier, 60L, 69L, 07GB, bringing the total support to $3 million. Read more.

UofL Ranks among best colleges for veterans

UofL ranked 35th on a U.S. News list of 234 veteran-friendly higher learning institutions released for the first time on Nov. 11. UofL offers a wide array of benefits for current and former members of the military, including scholarships and reduced tuition, career transition programs and dedicated student services. Read more.

Outstanding Nursing Alumni Nominations. In 2014, the School of Nursing will celebrate 40 years of commitment to excellence in nursing. In honor of this, nominations are being accepted for 40 outstanding alumni from the BSN, MSN, or PhD programs who have made significant contributions to their profession. Anyone can nominate an alumnus, including oneself. Categories include: Research and Scholarship, Clinical Practice and/or Education, Community Service and Engagement, and Leadership to the Profession. The submission deadline is December 16, 2013. View nomination form.

Thanks to all who attended the 36th Annual Day at the Races. View our photo album and e-mail any of your pictures to



Football: UofL @ Cincinnati
Dec. 5, 2013 7:30 p.m.
Cheer on the Cards as they take on the Cincinnati Bearcats for the Keg of Nails in the last regular season game. If you can’t make it to Cincinnati for the game, check out the nationwide game watch locations.

Sundy Best concert
Dec. 6, 2013 8 p.m.
The band Sundy Best will perform at the Red Barn this Friday. The concert, presented by UofL’s Student Activities Board, is free and open to the public and will feature the group’s blend of country, bluegrass, rock, soul, and rhythm and blues music stemming from their roots in Eastern Kentucky. Learn more.           

Blackjack & Basketball
January 12, 2014 at 12 p.m.
Sponsored by the Covington-Cincinnati/NKY Alumni Club
Gather with fellow alumni at Horseshoe Casino-Cincinnati from noon - 4 p.m. to learn the game tables and then watch the UofL vs. SMU game. Tickets include lunch buffet, non-alcoholic drinks and gaming lessons. Learn more.

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