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WIN-SPR 2014

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W I N T E R / S P R I N G U O F L M A G A Z I N E | 4 9 Faculty Spotlight Tom Crawford, 58A, 61GA The right chemistry C h e m i s t r y p r o f e s s o r Chemistry professor T o m C r a w f o r d h a s f l l e d Tom Crawford has f lled v a r i o u s r o l e s a t U o f L f o r various roles at UofL for m o r e t h a n 5 0 y e a r s , f r o m more than 50 years, from t e a c h e r t o a c t i n g p r o v o s t teacher to acting provost a n d s e e m i n g l y e v e r y t h i n g and seemingly everything i n b e t w e e n . B u t i t ' s h i s in between. But it's his i m p a c t o u t s i d e t h e c l a s s r o o m impact outside the classroom t h a t r e c e n t l y e a r n e d h i m that recently earned him U o f L ' s f r s t L i f e t i m e UofL's f rst Lifetime A c h i e v e m e n t A w a r d f o r Achievement Award for C o m m u n i t y E n g a g e m e n t . Community Engagement. S i n c e 1 9 6 5 , C r a w f o r d h a s Since 1965, Crawford has p e r f o r m e d h i s " c h e m i s t r y performed his "chemistry s h o w " t o m o r e t h a n 5 0 , 0 0 0 show" to more than 50,000 s t u d e n t s , r a i s i n g a w a r e n e s s students, raising awareness o f t h e d a m a g e t h a t p o l l u t i o n , of the damage that pollution, g r e e n h o u s e g a s e s a n d o v e r - greenhouse gases and over- p o p u l a t i o n c a u s e . H i s m o s t population cause. His most r e c e n t e f f o r t g i v e s a t - r i s k recent effort gives at-risk c h i l d r e n i n J e f f e r s o n C o u n t y children in Jefferson County P u b l i c S c h o o l s t h e t o o l s t h e y Public Schools the tools they n e e d t o s u c c e e d t h r o u g h a need to succeed through a p r o g r a m u s i n g S t e v e n C o v e y ' s program using Steven Covey's " S e v e n H a b i t s o f H i g h l y "Seven Habits of Highly E f f e c t i v e P e o p l e . " Effective People." " W h e n I w a s a k i d , I w a s n ' t "When I was a kid, I wasn't t h a t s m a r t . I w a s l o o k e d d o w n that smart. I was looked down o n , " C r a w f o r d s a i d . " I t e l l on," Crawford said. "I tell t h e s e k i d s i f I c a n r i s e u p , t h e y these kids if I can rise up, they c a n t o o . T o k n o w I ' v e h e l p e d can too. To know I've helped c h a n g e a f e w p e o p l e ' s l i v e s change a few people's lives o v e r t h e y e a r s i s v e r y s p e c i a l . " over the years is very special." A C R O S S C A M P U S U L _ 4 9 4 9 UL_49 49 1 / 2 4 / 1 4 9 : 5 6 A M 1/24/14 9:56 AM

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