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H A P P E N I N G Fleur-de-Lis Award Greater Louisville Inc. presented the university, President James Ramsey and Tom Jurich, vice president for athletics, a prestigious Silver Fleur-de Lis Award for the school's acceptance into the ACC. UofL's athletic teams will begin competing in the new conference in 2014. According to GLI, UofL received the award because "the inclusion of UofL into the ACC is representative of both the university's proven athletic success as well as its exceptional positioning for continued success. The ACC has long been recognized as a vibrant conference that remains steadfast in its commitment to balancing academics and athletics." H E R E Fighting the flu Just the mention of H1N1 influenza can conjure up images of long lines of people waiting to be vaccinated, news reports of the severity of the pandemic and the number of people who perished from the 2009–2010 outbreak. However, some positives are coming forward. Recently published in PLOS ONE, an open-access peerreviewed scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science, UofL researchers detailed variations within H1N1 patients who were hospitalized and identified those that most impacted patients. "While all of the variants that we uncovered hijacked the body's usual system for fighting off foreign objects in the lungs, namely the white blood cells, their ability to fight appears to differ," said Colleen Jonsson, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology and the director of UofL's Center for Predictive Medicine. "We were able to take the strain variants from patients who were hospitalized during the pandemic, isolate those variants and determine how they functioned using a mouse model. Future studies will determine the impact of various treatment options. President James Ramsey and Vice President for Athletics Tom Jurich accept the Fleur-de-Lis Award on behalf of the university. New life for Humana Gym "These results are very limited and preliminary," Jonsson warned. "This year's influenza outbreak is an opportunity for us to verify much of what we originally learned and to extend our understanding of the mechanisms involved." UofL faculty and staff got their frst look at the new Get Healthy Now employee wellness center in April. The UofL Foundation and the UofL Athletic Association funded a $1.3 million facelift of the Humana Gym on Bradley Avenue. The facility, free to employees, boasts state-of-the-art workout equipment and an elevated indoor walking track. Seeing clearly Left to right: Vice President for Athletics Tom Jurich, Get Healthy Now Director Patricia Benson, UofL Foundation Chairman Burt Deutsch and Provost Shirley Willihnganz led a lap around the track. Senior nursing students offered vision screenings and provided sunglasses to children in Belize during a spring break International Service Learning Program trip. SUMMER UOFL MAGAZINE| 9

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