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 DENTISTRY Oral health fair reaches adults with diabetes Dental and nursing school faculty and students provided free oral exams, blood pressure screenings, diabetes risk assessments and oral health education for residents of Bullitt, Henry and Shelby counties to educate people at risk for diabetes or those who have been diagnosed with the disease. UofL partnered with the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) Diabetes Coalition, which seeks to reduce diabetesrelated inequalities in older adults, minorities and low-income residents. Diabetes can increase the progression of gum disease, and gum disease can affect glucose control in people with diabetes. In 2011, UofL and KIPDA received a fve-year grant to help reduce the prevalence of the disease within the three Kentucky counties. STUDENT AFFAIRS UofL's success with student engagement goes global Employees and students from the College Student Personnel and Higher Education programs at the College of Education and Human Development traveled to Trinidad and Tobago over spring break through the International Service Learning Program. While there, they worked with the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine and the University of Trinidad and Tobago to host the third annual Symposium on Student Engagement in Higher Education. UofL students led discussions on engaging students, improving student organizations and advising student leaders. Professor Michael Cuyjet took the group to volunteer at a recycling center and talk with area students about the importance of recycling. Tom Jackson, vice president of student affairs, was the faculty scholar on the trip, which came about after education leaders from Trinidad and Tobago reached out to UofL after seeing a presentation on its student engagement initiatives at international student affairs conferences. The trip ft within ISLP's goal of expanding to the Caribbean and its focus on student engagement, Jackson said. It also gave graduate students experience they can take to their future work in higher education. Universities seek staff with valuable international experience. "It gives them a distinct advantage," Jackson said. "It really separates our graduate students from the rest." 48|LOUISVILLE.EDU SCHOOL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY AND GRADUATE STUDIES New discoveries garner award James Loomis, a spring 2013 mechanical engineering doctoral graduate and recipient of SIGS' Guy Stevenson Award, broke new ground while at UofL. In basic terms, he added single atomic layers of graphite (called graphene) to rubber and created composite materials that can change dimensions in response to light. In more scientifc terms, he developed a new type of nanocomposite — one that researchers previously did not know was possible, wrote mentor Balaji Panchapakesan in a letter nominating Loomis for the award. Future applications for the material could exist in such areas as robotics or biomedicine, said Loomis, who documented his work in 15 published papers. "His work has clearly opened a new feld of research," Panchapakesan wrote. SIGS gives the Guy Stevenson Award to a doctoral degree recipient who excels in scholarship, leadership and other areas within his or her discipline.

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