E-Portal Newsletter - January 2009

January 15, 2009 Edition

The e-Portal
is one of the ways that A&S is participating in UofL's "green initiative." The monthly e-Portal replaces the "paper version" of The Portal newsletter, previously published twice a year by the college. In addition to being more environmentally friendly, The e-Portal provides more frequent opportunities to share news of the college.

In this issue of the e-Portal:


Dr. Dewey Clayton earns Eleanor Young Love Award For Outstanding Service


Political science professor Dewey Clayton has been named as the 2009 recipient of The Eleanor Young Love Award For Outstanding Service in Promoting Positive Human Relations within the Louisville Metro Area. Dr. Clayton will receive this distinguished award at the Louisville/Jefferson Country Metro Human Rights Commission's Annual Race and Relations Conference.

The Eleanor Young Love Award is given annually to an individual who exemplifies the mission of The Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Human Relations Commission.  The mission includes promoting unity, understanding, and equal opportunity among all people of Metro Louisville, and to eliminate all forms of bigotry, bias, and hatred.

According to Dr. Clayton's nominator, "his dedication and service to improving human relations is evident not only through his teaching, but also in his writing and his dedication and service to the community.  The inspiration he provides to his students instills an awareness of diversity and unity that will follow them for a lifetime.  Dr. Clayton models the mission and goals of the Human Relations Commission through his actions, words and deeds.  As educators, Dr. Clayton and Dr. Love used the classroom as a vehicle for teaching change and tolerance.  He uses media, books and technology to present ideas to his students and to challenge their thinking... Dr. Dewey Clayton is a quiet warrior who inspires and embodies the mission of the Human Relations Commission through teaching, advocacy and a passion for helping others."


Visiting professor shares views on sustainable architecture

Architecture can affect how you eat, work and socialize as well as how energy is used or lost. A visiting professor teaching sustainable architecture will give two free public lectures drawing on her expertise this spring at the University of Louisville.

Jamie Horwitz, associate professor of architecture at Iowa State University, will spend the semester as the Frederic Lindley Morgan visiting professor of architectural design in UofL's fine arts department. She has been a consultant to several museums and has been a design analyst for many types of public and private buildings and gathering spots.

Horwitz has been at Iowa State since 1986, except for stints as visiting professor or design critic at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California-Berkeley. She has a doctorate in environmental psychology from City University of New York, a master's degree in environmental studies from Harvard University and bachelor of arts in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute.

Horwitz's talks will be:

  • Jan. 29 (Contact Speed Art Museum to confirm)- "Eating Architecture and Eating Local on College Campuses." She is expected to talk about the changing nature of on-campus eating areas over time and ways schools combine the roles of food and architecture to define a campus commons area. Examples will include redesigning space with the delivery and preparation of local, fresh foods in mind.
  • April 9 - "Animating the Interior: Episodes from the Corridor for Green Builders." She will talk about how corridors have come to fit the style in which people dwell and work but not any particular architectural style. Horwitz will discuss ways to enliven interior spaces and the increasingly sustainable styles of living and working within such places.

The free, public talks will begin at 6 p.m. in Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St., next to UofL's Belknap Campus. UofL's fine arts department sponsors the Frederic Lindley Morgan architectural history lectures, named for the late Louisville building designer.

For more information, contact Benjamin Hufbauer at 502-852-0442 or hufbauer@louisville.edu or see http://art.louisville.edu/morganlecture/.


UofL NETWORK luncheon talks examine diversity

Diversity's impact in local schools, the Girl Scouts organization and post-election America will all get a closer look in a luncheon dialogue seriesat the University of Louisville's University Club. UofL's College of Arts and Sciences sponsors the UofL NETWORK luncheon series. NETWORK is an acronym for New Energy to Work Out Racial Kinks.

Here's the remaining spring schedule and times for the public UofL NETWORK luncheons:

  • Feb. 26, noon - "After the Election." Panelists will be UofL professors Clarence Talley, sociology, and David Owen, philosophy.
  • March 26, noon - "More Than Girl Scout Cookies: Voices of Today's Girls." Terry Blackwell, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Inc. chief executive officer, will talk about diversity's role in her organization's 96-year history and mission to instill qualities of character, courage and confidence in girls.

Each meal is $10; reservations are required by the Monday prior to each event. To reserve a spot, contact Linda L. Wilson at 502-852-0274 or llwils01@louisville.edu or Marian Vasser at 502-852-2252 or mrvass01@louisville.edu


Spring 2009 Meet the Professor series topics include art, bioterrorism, and ethics

The College of Arts and Sciences' Meet the Professors series highlights the college's research and cultural offerings during the first Thursdays of most months. The 2009 luncheon talks begin at noon in the University Club. Reservations are required, with $14 payment in cash or check.

These are the remaining spring semester talks:

  • Feb. 5 - "Face Transplantation: A New Frontier in Surgical Ethics," Osborne Wiggins, philosophy professor. He will discuss surgical and ethical questions surrounding the operations and show how surgical innovations require interdisciplinary approaches involving ethicists and social scientists.
  • March 5 - "Confessions of an Unapologetic Formalist," James Grubola, fine arts professor and department chair. The artist, best known for his silverpoint drawings, will talk about what influences his work and how his ideas have evolved in exploring composition, line, mark and edge.
  • April 2 - "From Emerging Infectious Diseases to Bioterrorism," Ron Atlas, biology and public health professor and Center for Health Hazards Preparedness co-director. A former American Society for Microbiology president, Atlas will discuss public health protection, challenges of conducting biodefense research within national and global security and the One Health initiative to boost cooperation among physicians, veterinarians and other scientific health researchers.

To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu no later than the Monday before each event.


Alumni Association offers Personal Development Series

These days, many of us would like a little expert help with making the right decisions when it comes to financial planning, career paths, education and health. The Alumni Association is offering free workshops and has recruited UofL professors, alumni and other experts to lead four-week sessions starting in January.

Participants of the UofL Personal Development Series may choose from four tracks: financial planning, career development, continuing education or health. Each class meets once a month for four months.