University of Louisville Magazine

SUMMER 2013

The University of Louisville Alumni Magazine: for alumni, faculty, staff, students and anyone that is a UofL Cardinal fan.

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Highlights SCHOOL OF NURSING Nursing students need more home health hazard education Home may seem safe, but being there can often pose serious health risks and the next generation of nurses wants to be prepared. A recent survey conducted at the School of Nursing indicates that students feel they need more education and training about the health risks posed by home environmental hazards. "Lack of environmental health training can result in faulty calculations about Students check out clues in a puzzling campus scavenger hunt tapping their math, science and engineering expertise during a social activity for the National Science Foundation–funded PRIMES program. health risks in the home," said Barbara Polivka, Shirley B. Powers endowed chair and professor, who helped conduct the survey. "When health care providers are uninformed, they simply have to fll in the knowledge gaps with their own experiences, and this can result in either under– or overestimating actual risks." Home health hazards can include exposure to asbestos; lead; radon; rodents; mold; tobacco smoke; clutter; unclean drinking water; extreme heat or cold; poor construction or ventilation; chemicals in cleaning products, medicine and pest or weed control products; indoor dust, pollen and dander; and leaks or fre from heating units or air conditioners. Polivka and her team recommend simulation training to help teach students about home health risks. 44|LOUISVILLE.EDU COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Cross-college project PRIMES students for success A National Science Foundation–funded program aims to ensure scientifcally inclined students feel supported and primed for success. PRIMES (Partnership for Retention Improvement in Math, Engineering and Science) is designed to keep students in those felds by offering work as undergraduate teaching assistants in introductory courses as well as community-building activities. Students enjoyed a puzzle contest-scavenger hunt last fall, plus a "Nerds Under the Stars" spring evening celebration with music, games, food and planetarium shows. The fve-year, $2 million grant for the College of Arts and Sciences, J.B. Speed School of Engineering and College of Education and Human Development is led by professors Christine Rich, Gerold Willing, Jafar Hadizadeh and Thomas Tretter. Latin American and Latino Studies graduates first majors Rosslyn Steinmetz, Leah Dahline and Kelsey Stanley The first Latin American and Latino Studies majors, who graduated in May, included the College of Arts and Sciences top undergraduate honor winner. Rosslyn Steinmetz, Kelsey Stanley and Leah Dahline majored in Spanish and LALS, building on a program that previously offered an LALS minor and graduate certificate, all under the direction of professor Rhonda Buchanan. Steinmetz, also a political science major, earned the college's Woodcock Medal. A Brown Fellow and University Honors Scholar, she studied as a World Scholar in Argentina and taught photography to rural Panamanian children through UofL's Impacto Project. The Louisville native also worked with the student-led human rights group STAND and the 2010 Action Summit for community engagement.

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