The University of Louisville Alumni Magazine: for alumni, faculty, staff, students and anyone that is a UofL Cardinal fan.
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News & Impact Rebuilding lives Forty UofL and Western Kentucky University students traded in their swimsuits for hard hats this spring break. Instead of hitting the beach, the group joined forces to rehab houses in New Orleans through the National Relief Network. UofL receives millions in federal funding for cancer research A group of faculty in the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the UofL Center for Regulatory Environmental Analytical Metabolomics received $10.5 million in federal funding for cancer metabolism research this fscal year, including a $6.78 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. The six grants, four from the National Institutes of Health and two from the National Science Foundation, support UofL's efforts to explore the fundamental aspects of cellular metabolism that are altered in different diseases, particularly cancer, and to translate this new information into clinical practice. This requires further development both of technology and the complex informatics for unifying different kinds of data for metabolite identifcation and pathway reconstruction. The multidisciplinary team comprises expertise in several complementary areas. This level of funding recognizes the value of the university's approach to understanding disease processes, and its belief that such knowledge should translate into improved diagnostics and treatment options. Urban League Award The university and former Arts and Sciences Dean J. Blaine Hudson both received awards from the Louisville Urban League for their efforts to "champion diversity and inclusion." The Arthur M. Walters Champion of Diversity Award is named for the former executive director of the Louisville Urban League who was "a bridge builder and promoter of equal opportunity," according to Urban League CEO Benjamin Richmond. The Urban League honored UofL A sense of home: The Rustin Community Seventeen students have spent the last year making a new home. The Rustin Community, a campus living community developed by Housing and Residence Life and the LGBT Center, was created specifcally for students interested in social justice and LGBT issues. The community is named for Bayard Rustin, an adviser to Martin Luther King, Jr., and a gay man whose contributions to the civil rights move12|LOUISVILLE.EDU ment often were overlooked. In the community's frst year, students met with Rustin's surviving partner, Walter Naegle, to learn about their community's namesake and undertook service projects. Besides learning about social justice, activism and service, they also took the idea of community to heart, creating a positive and welcoming home for each other, said LGBT Center Director Brian Buford. "They created a sense of family," he said. Bani Hines-Hudson, wife of the late former A&S Dean Blaine Hudson, accepts an award honoring her late husband from Louisville Urban League President Ben Richmond and UofL Pan African Studies Chair Theresa A. Rajack-Talley. because of its commitment to an urban mission, "especially under Dr. Ramsey and his team," through programs like the partnership with Simmons College, Cardinal Covenant, Porter Scholars and Signature Partnership. Hudson was honored posthumously for his lifetime commitment to education and diversity.