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WINTER-SPRING 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 | 51 Donors, Ramsey help grant student request If you attended UofL in the 1980s, you probably remember the Ekstrom Library fourth f oor as being worn, uncomfortable and uninviting. That no longer is the case thanks to 2012–2013 SGA President Justin Brandt, President James Ramsey and a challenge gift from Ann Bowling, 52A. Last summer, crews installed new carpet, study carrels, furniture and elec- trical outlets, giving the space its f rst update since the library opened in 1981. Bowling joined Brandt, University Libraries Dean Robert Fox, President James Ramsey and others on Sept. 11 to dedicate the space as the Ann '52 and Jim '51 Bowling Quiet Study Area. She said it was important to her to directly help students and that an added bonus is the connection to former English professor William F. Ekstrom. "It gives me so much pleasure that it's in the Ekstrom Library," Bowling said. "I was fortunate to be a student here when Doc Ekstrom taught. We used to stand in line for hours and f ght to get into his classes." UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES Students break out dance moves to beat cancer Get your dancing shoes on and be ready to pull an all-nighter to f ght pediatric cancer. RaiseRED, formerly University of Louisville Dance Marathon, is holding its annual dance marathon Feb. 28 in the Student Activities Center Multipurpose Room and hopes to have 500 dancers raise more than $100,000. For the f rst time, proceeds will benef t UofL's pediatric oncology division. Students have collected money throughout the year for the marathon, pledging to keep their teams dancing from 6 p.m. Feb. 28 to noon March 1. Community members and alumni are invited to sit in throughout the night. "We're dancing for kids that may never be able to dance," said Executive Director Taylor Davis. "We're staying up all night because they may never have that experience." For more information or to donate, go to RaiseRed.org. Contributions are tax-deductible and will be part of the university's Charting Our Course campaign. STUDENT AFFAIRS A C R O S S C A M P U S Researcher discovers link between gum disease, arthritis School of Dentistry researcher and professor Jan Potempa and an international team of scientists have discovered that the bacterium responsible for periodontal disease also plays a role in worsening rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The scientists found that the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis produces pepti- dylarginine deiminanse, a unique enzyme that changes residues of certain proteins into citrulline, which the body recognizes as intruders, leading to an immune attack. For patients with arthritis, the result of this attack is earlier onset, faster progres- sion and greater severity of RA, including increased bone and cartilage destruction. Potempa's team published their fi ndings in an article in PLoS Pathogens. SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY U L _ 5 1 5 1 UL_51 51 1 / 2 4 / 1 4 9 : 5 7 A M 1/24/14 9:57 AM

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