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UofL College of Arts Sciences THE THINKER winter 2018 A S GROWS WEST W hat do a sieve shaker and an artist easel have in common They re both tools of discovery to be used by A S faculty and students in a soon to be renovated space in the historic Portland neighborhood The warehouse at 1606 Rowan Street which dates back to the 1880s will be the latest University of Louisville campus extension and home to the MFA in Studio Art Design and Archaeology programs Scheduled to open in Summer 2018 students and faculty will research and create in state of the art studios labs and classrooms Why Portland A S has long needed new space for its growing art and archaeology programs but being present in a traditionally underserved community is a concrete demonstration of UofL s commitment to the third pillar of its mission providing engaged service and outreach that improve the quality of life for local and global communities Not only will there be public exhibitions of artwork and artifacts the community will also get to see faculty and students actively engaged in research and creative activity Says Larry Stoess president of Portland Now The creativity that will happen in that space will give our children a real life example of what is possible and will help us guard their dreams and imaginations Both programs will also leave the confines of their labs and studios in order to engage meaningfully with nearby schools and community organizations In addition to the important work with the community Portland s geography just makes sense It s home to a number of art galleries and organizations including Louisville Visual Art the Tim Faulkner Gallery and 1619 Flux Art Activism It also has a rich archaeological history Says archaeologist and project champion Prof John Hale Portland was the site of one of eastern North America s most important archaeological discoveries In the 1830s Continued on pg 4

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Dean s message Dear Friends of Arts Sciences The theme for this edition of The Thinker is growth Despite certain recent financial and leadership uncertainties the College of Arts Sciences is not only healthy but growing in significant ways Our record of student success continues to climb This includes the academic achievement of incoming students student retention and graduation rates and postbaccalaureate awards During the past year we had six Fulbright winners one Truman Scholar and two Critical Language Scholars 84 of the 111 Fulbright winners since 2000 are from A S The Society of Physics Students was just named Outstanding Chapter for the 20th year in a row We also had great success with debate quiz bowl and our student theatre productions of both Baltimore and Ida B Wells won the competitive opportunity to perform at professional festivals Over 1 500 students earned degrees from us These included our first MFA in Studio Art Design and Master s in Sustainability cohorts In Fall 2017 we greeted 1 450 new first year students 52 of the largest UofL first year class ever for a total of 6 718 students in A S including 698 graduate students We are committed to continuing growth as this has been determined to be the best way to offset declines in state appropriations The University is now actively recruiting in Chicago Cincinnati Evansville and Nashville As of this past January the number of applicants to A S is up 45 from the same time last year Admissions counselors issue We are busy getting ready for the influx of more students We have a beautiful new academic building set to open up on the Belknap campus in August This 4 story 161 000 square foot building has 19 classrooms 14 labs and state of theart technology to facilitate active learning environments We also have new programs to offer In Fall 2017 we introduced a new bachelor s degree in Sustainability a minor in Film Studies Production an accelerated BS MS track in Criminal Justice and a master s in Digital Politics In Fall 2018 we will be launching a new bachelor s in Neuroscience Perhaps our most exciting growth news of all Arts Sciences is continuing to expand beyond the boundaries of the Belknap campus In Fall 2018 we are growing west of 9th Street to 1606 Rowan St in the historic Portland neighborhood This spacious building is currently under renovation in order to house the MFA in Studio Art Design and the Archaeology programs These programs have outgrown their Belknap facilities and are perfectly suited to the Portland location In addition to providing space for classes exhibitions studios and labs this campus extension will enable our students and faculty to meaningful engage with the community In conclusion I want to thank you for your support of A S through what have been some challenging times for the University Although we in A S have always taken great pains to be responsible stewards of your gifts I know some would like additional reassurance For that reason I have asked Keith Sherman Interim Executive Director UofL s Foundation Review Reform Results in this of the UofL Foundation to outline the substantive changes made to improve its transparency and oversight Because it is only with the help of donors small and large that A S will continue to grow and thrive With your support we can continue to provide excellent instruction to ours students and advance research that positively impacts our region To donate now visit uofl me as give Sincerely 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Dear UoL Supporters A S Grows West Dean s Message UofL Foundation Update Glowing and Growing Remembering Helen Lang Undergrad Goes Grad Research Team Curing Chemobrain How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog Meet the Professor Lunch and Lecture Kimberly Kempf Leonard Ph D Dean The University of Louisville Foundation whose work is exclusively for the charitable and educational purposes of the University has successfully navigated a challenging time In fact we are a different institution than just two years ago a positive development for an institution critical to UofL s future success Having operated in an audit environment for 884 days virtually every aspect of the Foundation has undergone review and scrutiny by the state auditor s office a forensic accounting firm and our external financial auditors I am pleased to report that our annual audit for the fiscal year ending June 30 2017 resulted in no material weaknesses In short our house is in order and there has never been a better time to invest in the Foundation The items identified by the state auditor and forensic firm have been addressed through institutional reforms related to governance and operational policies The Foundation s investments have been reviewed some changes have been made and we are enjoying strong returns from the financial markets We have undertaken purposeful reviews of our real estate holdings and are making changes to our portfolio to ensure our assets match the University s strategic needs balanced against our desire for strong financial returns We have reduced the Foundation s spending rate to ensure the endowment can continue to provide reliable and predictable support across campus While this has caused some spending adjustments at the University we are confident that restrained spending and a thoughtful investment strategy will grow our endowment This will lead to increased overall support including substantial scholarships and endowed faculty positions In addition our new compliance processes help ensure we honor every donor s intention Be assured that no longer is the Foundation funding non academic initiatives Donors have begun demonstrating a renewed confidence in the Foundation as evidenced by an uptick in financial support We are grateful for the continued support of so many in our community and look forward to a bright future where sound fiscal stewardship and community partnerships help solidify the University s standing as a nationally recognized institution of which we can all be proud From all of us at the UofL Foundation we wish you a happy healthy and prosperous 2018 Sincerely Keith M Sherman Interim Executive Director Chief Operating Officer UofL s Our Name Recruiting Is Our Game And We re Not Talking About Athletics This recruiting season the University went a bit further afield reaching out to prospective undergraduate students in Chicago Cincinnati Evansville and Nashville The preliminary results in A S look very promising up nearly 45 from the same time last year Applicants to A S 2 louisville edu artsandsciences Spring 2018 as of 1 29 18 Spring 2017 as of 1 30 17 Percent Change 4 968 3 823 44 8 the thinker 3

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Dean s message Dear Friends of Arts Sciences The theme for this edition of The Thinker is growth Despite certain recent financial and leadership uncertainties the College of Arts Sciences is not only healthy but growing in significant ways Our record of student success continues to climb This includes the academic achievement of incoming students student retention and graduation rates and postbaccalaureate awards During the past year we had six Fulbright winners one Truman Scholar and two Critical Language Scholars 84 of the 111 Fulbright winners since 2000 are from A S The Society of Physics Students was just named Outstanding Chapter for the 20th year in a row We also had great success with debate quiz bowl and our student theatre productions of both Baltimore and Ida B Wells won the competitive opportunity to perform at professional festivals Over 1 500 students earned degrees from us These included our first MFA in Studio Art Design and Master s in Sustainability cohorts In Fall 2017 we greeted 1 450 new first year students 52 of the largest UofL first year class ever for a total of 6 718 students in A S including 698 graduate students We are committed to continuing growth as this has been determined to be the best way to offset declines in state appropriations The University is now actively recruiting in Chicago Cincinnati Evansville and Nashville As of this past January the number of applicants to A S is up 45 from the same time last year Admissions counselors issue We are busy getting ready for the influx of more students We have a beautiful new academic building set to open up on the Belknap campus in August This 4 story 161 000 square foot building has 19 classrooms 14 labs and state of theart technology to facilitate active learning environments We also have new programs to offer In Fall 2017 we introduced a new bachelor s degree in Sustainability a minor in Film Studies Production an accelerated BS MS track in Criminal Justice and a master s in Digital Politics In Fall 2018 we will be launching a new bachelor s in Neuroscience Perhaps our most exciting growth news of all Arts Sciences is continuing to expand beyond the boundaries of the Belknap campus In Fall 2018 we are growing west of 9th Street to 1606 Rowan St in the historic Portland neighborhood This spacious building is currently under renovation in order to house the MFA in Studio Art Design and the Archaeology programs These programs have outgrown their Belknap facilities and are perfectly suited to the Portland location In addition to providing space for classes exhibitions studios and labs this campus extension will enable our students and faculty to meaningful engage with the community In conclusion I want to thank you for your support of A S through what have been some challenging times for the University Although we in A S have always taken great pains to be responsible stewards of your gifts I know some would like additional reassurance For that reason I have asked Keith Sherman Interim Executive Director UofL s Foundation Review Reform Results in this of the UofL Foundation to outline the substantive changes made to improve its transparency and oversight Because it is only with the help of donors small and large that A S will continue to grow and thrive With your support we can continue to provide excellent instruction to ours students and advance research that positively impacts our region To donate now visit uofl me as give Sincerely 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Dear UoL Supporters A S Grows West Dean s Message UofL Foundation Update Glowing and Growing Remembering Helen Lang Undergrad Goes Grad Research Team Curing Chemobrain How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog Meet the Professor Lunch and Lecture Kimberly Kempf Leonard Ph D Dean The University of Louisville Foundation whose work is exclusively for the charitable and educational purposes of the University has successfully navigated a challenging time In fact we are a different institution than just two years ago a positive development for an institution critical to UofL s future success Having operated in an audit environment for 884 days virtually every aspect of the Foundation has undergone review and scrutiny by the state auditor s office a forensic accounting firm and our external financial auditors I am pleased to report that our annual audit for the fiscal year ending June 30 2017 resulted in no material weaknesses In short our house is in order and there has never been a better time to invest in the Foundation The items identified by the state auditor and forensic firm have been addressed through institutional reforms related to governance and operational policies The Foundation s investments have been reviewed some changes have been made and we are enjoying strong returns from the financial markets We have undertaken purposeful reviews of our real estate holdings and are making changes to our portfolio to ensure our assets match the University s strategic needs balanced against our desire for strong financial returns We have reduced the Foundation s spending rate to ensure the endowment can continue to provide reliable and predictable support across campus While this has caused some spending adjustments at the University we are confident that restrained spending and a thoughtful investment strategy will grow our endowment This will lead to increased overall support including substantial scholarships and endowed faculty positions In addition our new compliance processes help ensure we honor every donor s intention Be assured that no longer is the Foundation funding non academic initiatives Donors have begun demonstrating a renewed confidence in the Foundation as evidenced by an uptick in financial support We are grateful for the continued support of so many in our community and look forward to a bright future where sound fiscal stewardship and community partnerships help solidify the University s standing as a nationally recognized institution of which we can all be proud From all of us at the UofL Foundation we wish you a happy healthy and prosperous 2018 Sincerely Keith M Sherman Interim Executive Director Chief Operating Officer UofL s Our Name Recruiting Is Our Game And We re Not Talking About Athletics This recruiting season the University went a bit further afield reaching out to prospective undergraduate students in Chicago Cincinnati Evansville and Nashville The preliminary results in A S look very promising up nearly 45 from the same time last year Applicants to A S 2 louisville edu artsandsciences Spring 2018 as of 1 29 18 Spring 2017 as of 1 30 17 Percent Change 4 968 3 823 44 8 the thinker 3

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Continued from pg 1 A S GROWS WEST What s involved The ten year lease for the over 43 000 square foot building will cost 6 3 million plus costs for utilities maintenance and security Additionally both programs will need to purchase specialized equipment and plan to offer tuition support to their students The ultimate goal is to purchase the building It s an expensive initiative but so worth the investment says Kimberly KempfLeonard dean of A S and a project donor herself Making Portland the home of the University s new state of the art archaeology and fine arts facilities not only demonstrates how integral the fine arts are to the city s appeal but also heightens the awareness of Louisville s often overlooked archaeological past Bringing important educational and cultural programs west of 9th will significantly increase access to UofL for neighborhood residents and help enhance both the city s and UofL s ability to attract talented people with transformative ideas To find out more about the Portland building project see photos and renderings and donate visit uofl me as growwest Growing and GLOWing in Women s Gender Studies by Diane Pecknold Department Chair Ceaque verum est odi dolo voluptas autem eos dolo explacil modi officipsus From sin left to right Maya White and debitatus Mahogany Mayfield nos abor sam fugit dolo odis adi digeni lit et lignis ea consendusam volor doloriae autem ipsundant qui coribearum adults aut These perceptions contribute area to take part in the program whichtotaque from eeing mylaccum students insight soluptatem hit odit idelesto doluptius quam consequ ibusdae voluptia volorae offerscullabo activities like the Melanin Mixer passion and commitment is the puditame to anipsanihilia environment whereessunt black girls are nosam quideris sed mi disciplined sinvene ctatis dolorio vit magnistrum Itaturio ipsanturias sitofliqui natquid ut an opportunity where girls have to network most rewarding part myinctur job asut a eribus rather than mentored where eturepudis et sae labo Lenturemod mossitae quibus venia nonsedi re ius Dernatem ad ulparci dunt officiasimos with female leaders in the community andcon prem Women s Gender Studies professor But they are almost three times more likely than cum vendici pidesed sitatur dolorat estrum nullaboratem mo to estthe apit a field trip UofL campus where they eseque I don thit always getiurtoseque see their remarkableducit omnihil white girls to be referred to the juvenile atum etur come to fruition while they are still learn more about the college experience promise justiceero system and 20 more likelyendiones to be Event officipsam harupisque digenimus volupta sperit here That s why I am especially grateful for formally charged with a crime once referred The energy emanating from the girls weekly recuptia veres ent eumquo ipidem Bus estiorr ovidelles dolorum Lab ipitatem Ut aut earum aut exerror eribusae num alitat quis Maya and Mahogany meetings might evendis autthat as nobit poreptat moloribus autessitam que vitemquis dolore nim quo blaut fugia sinvella abgive id the impression Through their work in GLOW White and GLOW is just a fun place to be But White Every Monday a group African American ma verore mi quam volo of tem unt fugiametum quatis de et laccatur Mayfield are hoping to change that It s Ute essum untus facea excersperae nullandites ullest ide and eate Mayfield the program as much moreHarum middleanitatis schoolut girls gathersmaxim at the ipsaperero Louisville totas molore omnimus nonsee paria really about reclaiming our humanity says nonsequi sed earuptibus magnis et veres sin exceaque sam sentio than that It is about positive self definition As Urban League to talk reflect on their delles provide lignatur re odit eosa corepta vere estemporem Mayfield Asked about her future plans Nam con num nus Mayfield explains she and White learned from experiences and be inspired This is the Girls eaquatem audandi ut verumqui sandis exerion sernam natendae White says with a laugh I want to be a coursework that their identities as black theoccab West in orconsequi GLOW a dolutetur weekly afterIsLeague sunt adofet rem iditheir nonseque ditiasi professional black girl Whatever I do I Ovit volorem iduntib eatur girls both shaped by and very different schoolaudi program A S students nissim od utestablished eatinusapisbyalique libus volestio Etwere ad quiberspiti want it to be as real as it can be and as from whatvolorit society imagines In fact explaccus one Maya velicip White itaquisita and Mahogany Mayfield in Hendunt qui loving quaeperum quibe atur sam velent apiet volorit dolore coris doluptate ium nus odicaest as it can national study found black girlsbeatis are volecum volessi odisciae voluptiundam fugita partnership with the Louisville quethat volorepero atestrum sum repedis dunt labUrban id quiLeague adionserio recent que dolendae To support programs young The purpose of GLOW as Mayfield is to aciperceived as less innocent andqui feminine thandis eventium quid aliate pos dolore nos a benefitting quae prerovitem molum fugit asperunt pore sequamsays qui inctur optur occus scholars like White and Mayfield to celebrate liberate and motivate black girls their white counterparts and as less in need Experis dolectur mossum ipsunt re est eturibus eiumquago sperunt accumet et rest minus dolume dolendae prat uofl me give WGST Girls come from all over the Greater Louisville of nurturing protection support and comfort perro S 4 louisville edu artsandsciences by Kimberly Kempf Leonard Dean Photo credit Chris Witzke chriswitzke com during the first attempt to dig a Portland Canal that would convey river traffic around the Falls of the Ohio excavators unearthed the bones of a mastodon a woolly elephant dating back to the Ice Age along with the stone spear points used to kill the animal Subsequently Portland was home to many generations of hunting and gathering groups followed by early farmers who brought corn pottery and settled village life With the arrival of European settlers in the early 19th century Portland became a bustling town Remains of that town s streets houses and artifacts are preserved beneath the modern cityscape Remembering Helen Lang T he first time I met Helen I was interviewing for the position I currently hold Having lived in Louisville for several decades and been involved with the University just as long Helen asked insightful questions and offered astute observations She was not at all timid When I was hired as Dean my appreciation for this trait only increased She never hesitated to tell me exactly what she thought even if it wasn t what I wanted to hear and she backed up what she said with an articulate and well thought out perspective University Libraries the Women s Center the Multicultural Center and of course A S Helen valued any activity that stimulated the mind and fostered analytical and creative thinking She was a stalwart attendee at a number of A S lecture series When it became more difficult for her and her friends to venture out she extended invitations to UofL faculty to present at her inspired Treyton Oaks lecture series Stretching the Mind As part of Helen s work to create a vital and positive presence for the Asian community in Louisville in 2008 she created the endowment the Calvin and Helen Lang Distinguished Chair in Asian Studies in the College of Arts Sciences She also endowed the Lang Support Fund for Asian Studies in 2010 which allowed for the creation of the Asian Studies degree program in A S Helen s impact on UofL has been immense and widereaching Although she is best known for educating others about Chinese culture through the Asian Institute Crane House it is for her overall fostering of the life of the mind that I will remember her She understood the value of higher education and that understanding was evidenced by her over 30 years of giving to UofL Because of her lifelong love for music she was an accomplished pianist of both classical and jazz music and because of her late husband Calvin s work in the School of Medicine she gave to the Schools of Music and Medicine But her generosity didn t end there she also gave to the Helen s contributions to the Asian Studies Program in A S are unparalleled but her generosity was also felt by the Departments of Chemistry and Women s Gender Studies as well as the African American Theatre Program and the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research She cared about a wide a variety of things from state of the art laboratories in the natural sciences to issues related to diversity and social justice May Helen s example inspire the rest of us to use our own talents and resources as wisely and generously as she used hers To support Asian Studies visit uofl me give asianstudies My Educational Experience The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute 2017 By Erica Wheeler 18 Political Science and Pan African Studies L ast summer I had the honor of being selected as a participant in the American Political Science Association 31st Annual Ralph Bunche Summer Institute RBSI at Duke University RBSI is a month long program intended to create a graduate studies pipeline targeted at underrepresented groups The program is led by Prof Paula McClain dean of the Graduate School and co funded by the National Science Foundation Upon arrival I quickly learned that the program would not be a walk in the park I joined 14 other students selected from across the United States in taking two graduate level courses Race and Politics and Statistics Both courses were extremely challenging and eye opening My favorite part of the program was the College Recruitment Fair where we met professors students and advisors from top political science doctoral programs These people came to Duke with the hopes of recruiting us for their graduate programs It was a fantastic networking opportunity After the Fair we Bunchies were able to engage with previous Bunche Scholars who were at different stages of their careers at premiere institutions across the country They gave us honest advice regarding graduate school and academia It was knowledge that I didn t know I even needed until after I received it It was invaluable I m so thankful for my UofL political science professors Prof Sherri Wallace and Prof Dewey Clayton for encouraging me to apply to this program In addition to all that I learned I made wonderful new friendships I went to Duke nervous and uncertain and I left with confidence and valuable connections that will last a lifetime This experience changed my perspective on the discipline of political science Additionally I am now very excited about attending graduate school As a political scientist I look forward to opportunities to collaborate on projects with my fellow Bunche Scholars including Prof Wallace an 88 RBSI Scholar To support students like me visit uofl me give polisci the thinker 5

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Continued from pg 1 A S GROWS WEST What s involved The ten year lease for the over 43 000 square foot building will cost 6 3 million plus costs for utilities maintenance and security Additionally both programs will need to purchase specialized equipment and plan to offer tuition support to their students The ultimate goal is to purchase the building It s an expensive initiative but so worth the investment says Kimberly KempfLeonard dean of A S and a project donor herself Making Portland the home of the University s new state of the art archaeology and fine arts facilities not only demonstrates how integral the fine arts are to the city s appeal but also heightens the awareness of Louisville s often overlooked archaeological past Bringing important educational and cultural programs west of 9th will significantly increase access to UofL for neighborhood residents and help enhance both the city s and UofL s ability to attract talented people with transformative ideas To find out more about the Portland building project see photos and renderings and donate visit uofl me as growwest Growing and GLOWing in Women s Gender Studies by Diane Pecknold Department Chair Ceaque verum est odi dolo voluptas autem eos dolo explacil modi officipsus From sin left to right Maya White and debitatus Mahogany Mayfield nos abor sam fugit dolo odis adi digeni lit et lignis ea consendusam volor doloriae autem ipsundant qui coribearum adults aut These perceptions contribute area to take part in the program whichtotaque from eeing mylaccum students insight soluptatem hit odit idelesto doluptius quam consequ ibusdae voluptia volorae offerscullabo activities like the Melanin Mixer passion and commitment is the puditame to anipsanihilia environment whereessunt black girls are nosam quideris sed mi disciplined sinvene ctatis dolorio vit magnistrum Itaturio ipsanturias sitofliqui natquid ut an opportunity where girls have to network most rewarding part myinctur job asut a eribus rather than mentored where eturepudis et sae labo Lenturemod mossitae quibus venia nonsedi re ius Dernatem ad ulparci dunt officiasimos with female leaders in the community andcon prem Women s Gender Studies professor But they are almost three times more likely than cum vendici pidesed sitatur dolorat estrum nullaboratem mo to estthe apit a field trip UofL campus where they eseque I don thit always getiurtoseque see their remarkableducit omnihil white girls to be referred to the juvenile atum etur come to fruition while they are still learn more about the college experience promise justiceero system and 20 more likelyendiones to be Event officipsam harupisque digenimus volupta sperit here That s why I am especially grateful for formally charged with a crime once referred The energy emanating from the girls weekly recuptia veres ent eumquo ipidem Bus estiorr ovidelles dolorum Lab ipitatem Ut aut earum aut exerror eribusae num alitat quis Maya and Mahogany meetings might evendis autthat as nobit poreptat moloribus autessitam que vitemquis dolore nim quo blaut fugia sinvella abgive id the impression Through their work in GLOW White and GLOW is just a fun place to be But White Every Monday a group African American ma verore mi quam volo of tem unt fugiametum quatis de et laccatur Mayfield are hoping to change that It s Ute essum untus facea excersperae nullandites ullest ide and eate Mayfield the program as much moreHarum middleanitatis schoolut girls gathersmaxim at the ipsaperero Louisville totas molore omnimus nonsee paria really about reclaiming our humanity says nonsequi sed earuptibus magnis et veres sin exceaque sam sentio than that It is about positive self definition As Urban League to talk reflect on their delles provide lignatur re odit eosa corepta vere estemporem Mayfield Asked about her future plans Nam con num nus Mayfield explains she and White learned from experiences and be inspired This is the Girls eaquatem audandi ut verumqui sandis exerion sernam natendae White says with a laugh I want to be a coursework that their identities as black theoccab West in orconsequi GLOW a dolutetur weekly afterIsLeague sunt adofet rem iditheir nonseque ditiasi professional black girl Whatever I do I Ovit volorem iduntib eatur girls both shaped by and very different schoolaudi program A S students nissim od utestablished eatinusapisbyalique libus volestio Etwere ad quiberspiti want it to be as real as it can be and as from whatvolorit society imagines In fact explaccus one Maya velicip White itaquisita and Mahogany Mayfield in Hendunt qui loving quaeperum quibe atur sam velent apiet volorit dolore coris doluptate ium nus odicaest as it can national study found black girlsbeatis are volecum volessi odisciae voluptiundam fugita partnership with the Louisville quethat volorepero atestrum sum repedis dunt labUrban id quiLeague adionserio recent que dolendae To support programs young The purpose of GLOW as Mayfield is to aciperceived as less innocent andqui feminine thandis eventium quid aliate pos dolore nos a benefitting quae prerovitem molum fugit asperunt pore sequamsays qui inctur optur occus scholars like White and Mayfield to celebrate liberate and motivate black girls their white counterparts and as less in need Experis dolectur mossum ipsunt re est eturibus eiumquago sperunt accumet et rest minus dolume dolendae prat uofl me give WGST Girls come from all over the Greater Louisville of nurturing protection support and comfort perro S 4 louisville edu artsandsciences by Kimberly Kempf Leonard Dean Photo credit Chris Witzke chriswitzke com during the first attempt to dig a Portland Canal that would convey river traffic around the Falls of the Ohio excavators unearthed the bones of a mastodon a woolly elephant dating back to the Ice Age along with the stone spear points used to kill the animal Subsequently Portland was home to many generations of hunting and gathering groups followed by early farmers who brought corn pottery and settled village life With the arrival of European settlers in the early 19th century Portland became a bustling town Remains of that town s streets houses and artifacts are preserved beneath the modern cityscape Remembering Helen Lang T he first time I met Helen I was interviewing for the position I currently hold Having lived in Louisville for several decades and been involved with the University just as long Helen asked insightful questions and offered astute observations She was not at all timid When I was hired as Dean my appreciation for this trait only increased She never hesitated to tell me exactly what she thought even if it wasn t what I wanted to hear and she backed up what she said with an articulate and well thought out perspective University Libraries the Women s Center the Multicultural Center and of course A S Helen valued any activity that stimulated the mind and fostered analytical and creative thinking She was a stalwart attendee at a number of A S lecture series When it became more difficult for her and her friends to venture out she extended invitations to UofL faculty to present at her inspired Treyton Oaks lecture series Stretching the Mind As part of Helen s work to create a vital and positive presence for the Asian community in Louisville in 2008 she created the endowment the Calvin and Helen Lang Distinguished Chair in Asian Studies in the College of Arts Sciences She also endowed the Lang Support Fund for Asian Studies in 2010 which allowed for the creation of the Asian Studies degree program in A S Helen s impact on UofL has been immense and widereaching Although she is best known for educating others about Chinese culture through the Asian Institute Crane House it is for her overall fostering of the life of the mind that I will remember her She understood the value of higher education and that understanding was evidenced by her over 30 years of giving to UofL Because of her lifelong love for music she was an accomplished pianist of both classical and jazz music and because of her late husband Calvin s work in the School of Medicine she gave to the Schools of Music and Medicine But her generosity didn t end there she also gave to the Helen s contributions to the Asian Studies Program in A S are unparalleled but her generosity was also felt by the Departments of Chemistry and Women s Gender Studies as well as the African American Theatre Program and the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research She cared about a wide a variety of things from state of the art laboratories in the natural sciences to issues related to diversity and social justice May Helen s example inspire the rest of us to use our own talents and resources as wisely and generously as she used hers To support Asian Studies visit uofl me give asianstudies My Educational Experience The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute 2017 By Erica Wheeler 18 Political Science and Pan African Studies L ast summer I had the honor of being selected as a participant in the American Political Science Association 31st Annual Ralph Bunche Summer Institute RBSI at Duke University RBSI is a month long program intended to create a graduate studies pipeline targeted at underrepresented groups The program is led by Prof Paula McClain dean of the Graduate School and co funded by the National Science Foundation Upon arrival I quickly learned that the program would not be a walk in the park I joined 14 other students selected from across the United States in taking two graduate level courses Race and Politics and Statistics Both courses were extremely challenging and eye opening My favorite part of the program was the College Recruitment Fair where we met professors students and advisors from top political science doctoral programs These people came to Duke with the hopes of recruiting us for their graduate programs It was a fantastic networking opportunity After the Fair we Bunchies were able to engage with previous Bunche Scholars who were at different stages of their careers at premiere institutions across the country They gave us honest advice regarding graduate school and academia It was knowledge that I didn t know I even needed until after I received it It was invaluable I m so thankful for my UofL political science professors Prof Sherri Wallace and Prof Dewey Clayton for encouraging me to apply to this program In addition to all that I learned I made wonderful new friendships I went to Duke nervous and uncertain and I left with confidence and valuable connections that will last a lifetime This experience changed my perspective on the discipline of political science Additionally I am now very excited about attending graduate school As a political scientist I look forward to opportunities to collaborate on projects with my fellow Bunche Scholars including Prof Wallace an 88 RBSI Scholar To support students like me visit uofl me give polisci the thinker 5

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chemobrain I magine meeting a new colleague at an office gathering and then bumping into her a week later and not remembering her name We ve all had this type of frustrating and embarrassing memory loss but among cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy this type of lapse is much more frequent than in the general population Prof Nicholas Hindy Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Brain Sciences is the lead researcher of an interdisciplinary team hoping to identify the neural mechanisms of cancer treatmentrelated memory impairment often referred to as chemobrain By combining cognitive science behavioral paradigms with brain imaging and biobehavioral measures the aim is to provide a basis for developing and testing targeted interventions to ameliorate the treatment related memory impairment experienced by millions of cancer patients and survivors Having arrived at UofL in August 2017 fresh off a Visiting Scholar position at Yale and before that a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Princeton Hindy hit the ground running The inspiration for his current research came from the experiences of his research and life partner Harriet Eldredge Hindy M D Assistant Professor in UofL s Department of Radiation Oncology Eldredge Hindy noticed that many of her chemotherapy patients at the Brown Cancer Center suffered memory loss Hindy felt his field of cognitive neuroscience had the potential to uncover why 6 louisville edu artsandsciences Although Hindy is already making waves as a scholar he insists that the professorstudent relationship is at the core of his academic ambition His interest in neuroscience was first piqued as an undergrad when a professor used a Samurai sword as a pointing device to explain how constellations of neural connections produce all of our thoughts and sensations This classroom experience led to Hindy acquiring an undergraduate research assistantship with the professor and the rest as they say is history previous academic experiences have all been at Ivy League universities Princeton Cornell UPenn Yale I wasn t sure what to expect from students at UofL But I have been amazed by all of the excellent undergraduate and graduate students I ve found that most students at UofL seem to be more intrinsically interested in learning about cognitive neuroscience and thinking beyond the classroom as opposed to simply satisfying the requirements of a major Hindy strives to keep his teaching practices fresh already participating in a Delphi Center Seminar on Teaching for New Faculty His enthusiasm is contagious said Suzanne Meeks chair of Psychological Brain Sciences We re very fortunate to have Prof Hindy in our department she said He has an infectious enthusiasm for his work is a gifted and creative scientist and has an unusually clear understanding of the importance of teaching as a core function of faculty I get excited every time I talk to him about his research I know our students will too Hindy tries to convey similar enthusiasm in the classroom and relishes his interactions with UofL students in particular Interacting with students has always been what keeps me excited about science Because my And students will have the opportunity to catch some of that excitement with Prof Hindy and other faculty including Professors Brendan Depue and Paul DeMarco very soon The new bachelor s in Neuroscience degree program launches in Fall 2018 To support psychological and brain sciences visit uofl me give to psych HOW TO TAME A FOX AND BUILD A DOG Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump Started Evolution F or the last six decades a dedicated team of researchers in Siberia has been domesticating silver foxes to replay the evolution of the dog in real time Together with the lead scientist Lyudmila Trut UofL biologist and historian of science Prof Lee Dugatkin tells the inside story of science politics adventure and love Hidden in the midst of the often brutal 35 winters of Siberia began a remarkable collaboration between an older freethinking scientific genius named Dmitri Belyaev and a trusting but gutsy young woman named Lyudmila Trut Together these two risked their careers and to an extent their lives to make scientific history Science aside though How To Tame A Fox also tells a magical tale of how some hardscrabble but openhearted humans and the wild animals they tamed forged a bond so deep that both seemed to forget the species divide between them The New York Times Book Review calls How to Tame a Fox and Build a Photo credit Aaron Dugatkin Psychological Brain Sciences rising star Hindy leads research team to cure Dog Sparkling A story that is part science part Russian fairy tale and part spy thriller It may serve particularly now as a parable of the lessons that can emerge from unfettered science if we have the courage to let it unfold For the full book review visit nyti ms 2pNTPUd Congratulations to Prof Lee Dugatkin How To Tame a Fox is the winner of the 2018 Prize for Excellence in the Young Adult category Sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS and Subaru the Prize for Excellence celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults How to Tame a Fox was in the running with books authored by the likes of Neil deGrasse Tyson Despite the stiff competition the awards project director stated The book was the unanimous choice of our judges I don t think this has ever happened before But adults don t be dissuaded How to Tame a Fox is a wonderful read for all ages The silver fox domestication study is arguably one of the most important experiments that s ever been conducted in biology From the start of our book project Lyudmila and I sought to bring the readers along to make them feel as if they were there watching the whole thing unfold and we worked tirelessly to that end The two visits I made to Novosibirsk to work on this book and to spend time with Lyudmila the whole fox research team and of course the amazing domesticated foxes themselves will stay with me forever Prof Lee Dugatkin Rave Reviews for Petrosino s Witch Wife The accolades keep coming for Witch Wife the latest collection of poetry from Prof Kiki Petrosino English New York Times Book Review columnist David Orr listed Witch Wife among The Best Poetry of 2017 Says Orr Petrosino is a canny wide ranging and formally nimble writer with a magician s command of atmosphere Full review at nyti ms 2pj93lN Purchase a copy for yourself through local independent publisher Sarabande Books www sarabandebooks org the thinker 7

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chemobrain I magine meeting a new colleague at an office gathering and then bumping into her a week later and not remembering her name We ve all had this type of frustrating and embarrassing memory loss but among cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy this type of lapse is much more frequent than in the general population Prof Nicholas Hindy Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Brain Sciences is the lead researcher of an interdisciplinary team hoping to identify the neural mechanisms of cancer treatmentrelated memory impairment often referred to as chemobrain By combining cognitive science behavioral paradigms with brain imaging and biobehavioral measures the aim is to provide a basis for developing and testing targeted interventions to ameliorate the treatment related memory impairment experienced by millions of cancer patients and survivors Having arrived at UofL in August 2017 fresh off a Visiting Scholar position at Yale and before that a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Princeton Hindy hit the ground running The inspiration for his current research came from the experiences of his research and life partner Harriet Eldredge Hindy M D Assistant Professor in UofL s Department of Radiation Oncology Eldredge Hindy noticed that many of her chemotherapy patients at the Brown Cancer Center suffered memory loss Hindy felt his field of cognitive neuroscience had the potential to uncover why 6 louisville edu artsandsciences Although Hindy is already making waves as a scholar he insists that the professorstudent relationship is at the core of his academic ambition His interest in neuroscience was first piqued as an undergrad when a professor used a Samurai sword as a pointing device to explain how constellations of neural connections produce all of our thoughts and sensations This classroom experience led to Hindy acquiring an undergraduate research assistantship with the professor and the rest as they say is history previous academic experiences have all been at Ivy League universities Princeton Cornell UPenn Yale I wasn t sure what to expect from students at UofL But I have been amazed by all of the excellent undergraduate and graduate students I ve found that most students at UofL seem to be more intrinsically interested in learning about cognitive neuroscience and thinking beyond the classroom as opposed to simply satisfying the requirements of a major Hindy strives to keep his teaching practices fresh already participating in a Delphi Center Seminar on Teaching for New Faculty His enthusiasm is contagious said Suzanne Meeks chair of Psychological Brain Sciences We re very fortunate to have Prof Hindy in our department she said He has an infectious enthusiasm for his work is a gifted and creative scientist and has an unusually clear understanding of the importance of teaching as a core function of faculty I get excited every time I talk to him about his research I know our students will too Hindy tries to convey similar enthusiasm in the classroom and relishes his interactions with UofL students in particular Interacting with students has always been what keeps me excited about science Because my And students will have the opportunity to catch some of that excitement with Prof Hindy and other faculty including Professors Brendan Depue and Paul DeMarco very soon The new bachelor s in Neuroscience degree program launches in Fall 2018 To support psychological and brain sciences visit uofl me give to psych HOW TO TAME A FOX AND BUILD A DOG Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump Started Evolution F or the last six decades a dedicated team of researchers in Siberia has been domesticating silver foxes to replay the evolution of the dog in real time Together with the lead scientist Lyudmila Trut UofL biologist and historian of science Prof Lee Dugatkin tells the inside story of science politics adventure and love Hidden in the midst of the often brutal 35 winters of Siberia began a remarkable collaboration between an older freethinking scientific genius named Dmitri Belyaev and a trusting but gutsy young woman named Lyudmila Trut Together these two risked their careers and to an extent their lives to make scientific history Science aside though How To Tame A Fox also tells a magical tale of how some hardscrabble but openhearted humans and the wild animals they tamed forged a bond so deep that both seemed to forget the species divide between them The New York Times Book Review calls How to Tame a Fox and Build a Photo credit Aaron Dugatkin Psychological Brain Sciences rising star Hindy leads research team to cure Dog Sparkling A story that is part science part Russian fairy tale and part spy thriller It may serve particularly now as a parable of the lessons that can emerge from unfettered science if we have the courage to let it unfold For the full book review visit nyti ms 2pNTPUd Congratulations to Prof Lee Dugatkin How To Tame a Fox is the winner of the 2018 Prize for Excellence in the Young Adult category Sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS and Subaru the Prize for Excellence celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults How to Tame a Fox was in the running with books authored by the likes of Neil deGrasse Tyson Despite the stiff competition the awards project director stated The book was the unanimous choice of our judges I don t think this has ever happened before But adults don t be dissuaded How to Tame a Fox is a wonderful read for all ages The silver fox domestication study is arguably one of the most important experiments that s ever been conducted in biology From the start of our book project Lyudmila and I sought to bring the readers along to make them feel as if they were there watching the whole thing unfold and we worked tirelessly to that end The two visits I made to Novosibirsk to work on this book and to spend time with Lyudmila the whole fox research team and of course the amazing domesticated foxes themselves will stay with me forever Prof Lee Dugatkin Rave Reviews for Petrosino s Witch Wife The accolades keep coming for Witch Wife the latest collection of poetry from Prof Kiki Petrosino English New York Times Book Review columnist David Orr listed Witch Wife among The Best Poetry of 2017 Says Orr Petrosino is a canny wide ranging and formally nimble writer with a magician s command of atmosphere Full review at nyti ms 2pj93lN Purchase a copy for yourself through local independent publisher Sarabande Books www sarabandebooks org the thinker 7

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