Monday Memo November 30, 2020


New A&S Internal Communications Archive

Looking for an email from the Dean's Office? Archived A&S internal communications are now housed online. The searchable archive, which contains emails dating back to August 2020, can be found here.


UofL Quiz Bowl team dominates tournament

UofL’s Quiz Bowl team won their division at the Fall Kentucky Quick Recall League tournament in October. UofL's two teams earned the top two spots in the Division I tournament, and individual players took 5 of the top 10 slots overall: Dylan Boone, 3rd; Grace Goff, 4th; Parker Bannister, 5th; Emily Beltchev, 7th; and Travis Liebert, 9th. Great work, team!

Biology researchers go zero gravity

A team of Biology undergraduate and graduate researchers, led by Prof. Michael Menze, returned safe and sound from a zero-gravity mission in Florida. This NASA-sponsored flight campaign explored the feasibility of rehydrating volumes of desiccated red blood cells (RBCs) approaching the standard volume for a transfusion unit. Rehydration procedures conducted during periods of reduced gravity on 3 parabolic flights resulted in early indications that large volumes of desiccated RBCs can be rehydrated in microgravity. The recorded fluid-dynamics will be used to optimize methods that will improve the yield and viability of a standard transfusion unit. Shelf-stable desiccated RBCs that can be rehydrated in microgravity will greatly simplify blood transfusions during long-duration space flights.

Philosophy and Theatre Arts to partner on Plato production

The Departments of Philosophy and Theatre Arts secured a $10,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to develop Love Among the Ruins - a student production of the last three speeches (Aristophanes, Socrates/Diotima, and Alcibiades) of Plato's Symposium. Read more here.

Anti-Racism Agenda

Systemic Racism in Louisville & How We Move Forward

Tuesday, December 01, 2020, 6 PM on Facebook Live 
How does systemic racism impact the lives of Black people and others in Louisville? This panel discussion will explore systemic racism in our criminal justice, health, and business sectors. Moderated by Michelle Tyrene Johnson (89.3 WFPL News Louisville), and featuring Prof. Cherie Dawson-Edwards (UofL Dept. of Criminal Justice, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), Prof. Steven Kniffley (Spalding University), and Cynthia Brown (Jewish Family and Career Services).

Click here to learn more about the panelists.