e-Portal Newsletter, Spring 2012

10th Annual Porfolio Day for Communication Art and Design Students -- and alumni

10th Annual Portfolio DayGraphic design students don’t have to wait for their job interviews to receive constructive feedback from people who are tops in their field.

The 10th Portfolio Day at spring semester’s end showcased work by 13 communication art and design students to more than 80 design professionals and served as a reunion for alumni now working in agencies, companies and nonprofit settings. As part of their graduation requirements, students displayed and discussed logos, ads, publications, beverage labels, posters, brand guideline standards, campaign materials, packaging and business cards – even cookies emblazoned with graphic design.

More than 70 percent of the program graduates work in the design profession, while others are pursuing graduate studies, according to Leslie Friesen, Power Creative designer in residence at UofL. Fifteen students are admitted each year and most participate in a co-op or part-time design-related job as they work toward their bachelor of fine arts degree through the Hite Art Institute.

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Three-student Math team wins 6th place in International problem-solving contest

SIAMSeventy-two hours of intense calculations on 20-plus computers and a lot of Mountain Dew-fueled mathematics prowess led a three-student UofL team to sixth place in its first try at problem-solving in an international contest.

Sophomore Suraj Kannan and graduating seniors Jimmy Jones and Joshua Mitchell, all members of UofL’s GEMS (Guaranteed Entrance to Medical School) program, decided to take a shot at the mathematical contest in modeling offered by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications.

More than 3,600 teams from 17 countries competed in the online problem-solving. The UofL team spent three days and nights coming up with the mathematical model, programming it, testing it and writing a paper about their solution. Their solution earned them a designation as “outstanding winner” plus the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics’ award for their paper.

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Sign Language Program graduates first 10

Sign Language GroupThe on-stage interpreters at UofL’s commencement ceremonies were not the only ones fluent in American Sign Language -- the university’s sign language program graduated its first 10 students also.

Members of the deaf community attended a special recognition ceremony for the students on May 11, the evening before Commencement.

The American Sign Language Interpreting Studies (ASLIS) program leading to a UofL bachelor’s degree was begun in 2010 to help provide access and equality for the deaf and hard of hearing. U.S. Department of Labor Statistics projected in 2007 that employment of interpreters would increase 24 percent during the next decade.

More than 50 students now major in ASLIC, part of the classical and modern languages department.

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English Professor Bronwyn Williams earns Research Fulbright

Bronwyn Williams

English professor Bronwyn Williams has been awarded a research Fulbright for Spring 2013 at the University of Sheffield in Britain.

Professor Williams will be working with the University of Sheffield's Centre for New Literacies on research in secondary schools in Sheffield that are in economically depressed areas. These schools have been identified as having students who are struggling with literacy skills. The research will focus on creating connections between students’ literacy practices outside of school, including digital media and popular culture, and their work in the classroom. In addition, Professor Williams will be guest lecturing in Literacy Education courses at the university.

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Physics Prof. P.J. Ouseph celebrates 50 years at UofL, establishes scholarship

P.J. OusephColleagues and former students gathered on April 13 to celebrate the legacy of Physics Professor PJ Ouseph, celebrating his more than 50 years at UofL.

Professor PJ Ouseph has served the Physics Department with great distinction for more than half a century in various capacities. He served as Chair of the Department from 1978-1984, has published more than 65 scientific articles, received the Oppenheimer Award – a prestigious national award from the American Association of Physics Teachers (1986), won the bi-annual apparatus competition from the American Association of Physics Teachers in 1990, and served as research mentor to more than 30 students.

The event marked the kick-off of fundraising efforts for the PJ Ouseph Scholarship for Freshmen in Physics. This scholarship will support incoming freshmen with a history of academic excellence and will be used to recruit high school students who demonstrate a potential in physics to attend UofL and major in physics.

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Dr. Pavel Zahorik of Heuser Hearing Inst. interviewed on National Hearing Month.

Dr. Pavel ZahorikWDRB-TV visited the Heuser Hearing Institute to interview Associate Research Director Dr. Pavel Zahorik, Associate Professor in our Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. May is National Hearing Month, and Dr. Zahorik discusses diagnosis and treatment of hearing problems and demonstrates the devices used for research.

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Theater Costume shop students design unusual Derby fashion accessories

Derby Fashion AccessoriesUniversity of Louisville students have taken their talents from the theater department’s costume shop to design attire for a different type of stage – the Kentucky Derby Museum using a cigar box and vintage hat.

“Each year we have a Project Runway design competition with the students,” said costume shop manager Melissa Shepherd. “This year, six students created an original hat and matching purse with a $40 budget limit to reflect the persona of their imaginary clients.”

The students have loaned their unusual creations to the Kentucky Derby Museum. They will be on display through July 30 at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

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Anthropology students win North American Award on Public Anthropology

Twelve students in Professor Jennie Burnet's Anthropology 201 course, "Introduction to Cultural Anthropology," have won a North American competition involving over 3,000 students from 23 schools. The Public Anthropology Award winners wrote op-eds on the topic of updated research regulations established by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Awards are chosen by The Center for a Public Anthropology, a not-for-profit organization that encourages scholars and their students to address public problems in public ways.

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Chemistry’s NMR Facilities dedicated to late Professor Arno Spatola

SpatolaFaculty, students and alumni gathered on April 13 for the dedication of the Chemistry department’s NMR facilities. The newly renovated and equipped laboratory facilities were dedicated in honor of Professor Arno Spatola, who taught Chemistry at UofL for 30 years before his untimely death in 2003.

Chemistry facilities have undergone extensive renovations and equipment upgrades thanks to a $2 million grant from the Department of Defense and Department of Energy.

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Chemistry Dept. earns NSF grant for Research Experience for Undergraduates REU program

NSFThe National Science Foundation recently awarded the Chemistry Department a grant of more than $300,000 to establish a REU site at the University of Louisville. The mission of the REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program at UofL is to "provide a rich chemistry and structural biology research experience to undergraduates, in order to seed the next generation of scientists in these fields."

The REU program in Chemistry and Structural Biology will provide a ten-week interdisciplinary research experience for 10 undergraduate students in cutting-edge areas in Chemistry (Chemical Catalysis/Chemical Synthesis) and Structural Biology (Chemistry of Life Processes/Chemical Measurement and Imaging).

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Department of Pan-African Studies will offer a PhD degree beginning in Fall 2012.

PAS logoDepartment Chair Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley discusses the importance of this new Doctoral Program in Pan-African Studies -- the only one in the state of Kentucky and in the South.

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Humanities PhD Program Thrives with Global Approach

When the College of Arts and Sciences established its Chinese Humanities Ph.D. in 2006, it represented the University of Louisville’s first partnership with a foreign university to create a program at the doctoral level.

Five and a half years and eleven Chinese doctoral degrees later, the success of the program is just one reason for the overall Humanities Ph.D. program’s growing national stature and prominence.

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Resilient Families Project helps children and parents at Wayside Christian Mission

A 27-week project designed by the University of Louisville to help some of city’s most vulnerable families improve their parenting skills concluded April 26 with a graduation ceremony at Wayside Christian Mission’s Hotel Louisville.

Psychology professors Barbara Burns and Lora Haynes created the Resilient Families Project for children and parents who live at Wayside Christian Mission’s Hotel Louisville and emergency homeless shelter. More than 120 Wayside residents participated. The classes, which began last October, emphasized resilience, compassion and improved communications and child management skills. The project is part of a larger initiative to help Wayside residents adopt critical thinking skills for making major life decisions.

Dr Lora Haynes and Nina Moseley of Wayside Christian Mission discuss the program in an interview on WHAS Great Day Live.

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Alumni give back to A&S and future students

A&S Alumni Doug and Stephanie Calhoun Establish Endowed Scholarship Fund

Two successful alumni who graduated with A&S degrees have made a generous gift to the college to “support the next generation of young professionals from Kentucky and express their deep commitment to education and supporting opportunities for students.”

Douglass and Stephanie Calhoun have established the Calhoun Family Endowed Scholarship Fund to provide support to a student “who has overcome adversity, has professional aspirations and a demonstrated commitment to the community.”

The scholarship is for Kentucky residents with a declared A&S major and can be used by the student for tuition, fees, and books.

Douglas Calhoun, II, graduated with a degree in biology and was a college athlete playing U of L Letter in Basketball, Football & track. Stephanie Calhoun completed a double major in Sociology and Psychology. They are the proud parents of Sydney and Shelby Calhoun.

Mr. & Mrs. Tim and Nancy Pifer

Tim and Nancy Pifer established a scholarship endowment in the History department. The scholarship is to support an undergraduate student from a rural community majoring in History. Tim grew up in West Virginia and Nancy in Ohio. The Pifers both had very successful military careers and are life-long learners. Tim returned to UofL after retirement and completed a masters degree in History. He was so impressed with the faculty and his fellow students, he wanted to provide an opportunity for many students to come to earn a history degree from UofL. The Pifers are leaving an estate gift to the department which will be the largest gift ever to the Department of History at the University of Louisville.

Mr. Walter K. Smith “The Old Guy on Campus”

Walter K. Smith attended UofL on a football scholarship and graduated with a degree in History from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1950. Following his college career he started Smith Glass Company, a family window and glass company. Walter is better known for being the forever learner. For more than 17 years Walter has taken advantage of UofL’s continuing education courses for senior citizens. Generations of A&S students have shared a classroom with the now 85 year old Mr. Smith. He is extremely proud of being, “the old guy on campus.” Walter has provided a scholarship endowment for students in the College of Arts & Sciences that will honor the memory of his wife Frances K. Smith.

Judge & Mrs. Dwayne and Joy Woodruff

A $100,000 gift from the Woodruffs established the Woodruff Academic Suite in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, where all student athletes have the opportunity to go for tutoring, access to computers, and academic support.

Dwayne was a football player, business school student, and Vice President of the Miller Hall residents council. A&S alumna Joy was President of the Threlkeld Hall residents council and pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha at UofL. The two met at a resident's council meeting and married their junior year of college. After graduation Dwayne was drafted to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and during the office season he attended Duquesne University School of Law earning his law degree. He is now the Pittsburgh Family Court Judge.

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