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H A P P E N I N G H E R E S U M M E R 2 0 1 7 U o f L M A G A Z I N E | 2 3 University of Louisville athletes moved from the field and court to theater stage on April 17 for the fourth annual Louies, an awards ceremony held at the Louisville Palace that celebrates the accomplishments of all the UofL athletes. One of the highest honors of the evening, the Louisville First Award, was presented to baseball player and John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year, Brendan McKay. This award is given to an athlete who exemplifies the meaning of the athletic department's culture, "humble and hungry," and sets the standard of 'Louisville First' by also excel- ling in the classroom and in the community. McKay also was named UofL Sophomore of the Year. The award for the Adidas High Perfor- mance Female Athlete of the Year, based solely on athletic performance and achieve- ment went to NCAA champion and ACC swimmer of the year, Mallory Comerford. Comerford also received an award for the Best Championship Performance. "First of all I want to say thank you to Mr. Jurich," said Comerford while accepting the award. "We have the greatest athletic department in the country and it's so amazing that I am a part of it." The Adidas High Performance Male Athlete of the Year award went to Heisman winner Lamar Jackson. Jackson also re- ceived Play of the Year for his iconic "Lamar Leap," the move that scored a touchdown for UofL during a game against Syracuse. "I want to thank Mr. Tom Jurich just for having me here," said Jackson. "I'm very grateful, I'm humble. I want to congratulate all the award recipients here tonight. Go Cards." UofL's student athletes value team leadership and service. The Inspiration Award went to cross country's Rachel Pease who helped a collapsed opponent complete the final stretch of the ACC Cross Country Championship. Louisville Cardinals student-athletes arriving on the red carpet prior to the 2017 Louies. NEWS & IMPACT Fourth annual Louies celebrate athletes' accomplishments The state attorney general's office enlisted Bradley Campbell, assistant professor of criminal justice, to lead research into a backlog of untested rape exam kits statewide in an effort to improve handling of such cases. Attorney General Andy Beshear, in announcing the Kentucky SAFE (sexual assault forensic exam) Kit Backlog Research Project, said it would examine the outcomes of kit testing, identify data-driven and victim-centered responses to sexual assaults and help provide justice to victims. "I am excited about the opportunity to work with the Commonwealth to study this under-researched area," said Campbell, who worked on a similar, city-level project in Houston, Texas. Campbell will collect data in cases associated with the untested kits; examine tested cases; evaluate pre-arrest decisions, training efforts and the impact of legislation; and give evidence-based policy recommendations. The yearlong project is funded at nearly $50,000. More than 3,000 unsubmitted kits have been turned over for processing by state police. LEFT TO RIGHT: John Moberly, criminal investi- gations commissioner; Gretchen Hunt, victims advocacy executive director; Kentucky Attor- ney General Andy Beshear; Bradley Campbell, UofL criminal justice assistant professor; and David Lapsey, UofL criminal justice graduate student; during Beshear's announcement of the Kentucky SAFE Kit Backlog Research Project. NEWS & IMPACT AG TURNS TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE FOR HELP ON RAPE-KIT BACKLOG

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