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4 0 | L O U I S V I L L E . E D U Nationally, many academic musical archives don't address popular genres like punk, hardcore, indie and rock. UofL's Louisville Underground Music Archive (LUMA) was established in 2013 to correct that imbalance and preserve recordings, photos, videos, 'zines, set lists, fan mail and other artifacts of the Louisville underground music scene from the late 1970s through the present. The archive was recently awarded an $1,800 grant by the Kentucky Oral History Commission, allowing LUMA to add oral histories — interviews with individuals from the era — to its collection. "LUMA is an effort to document an important part of Louisville's culture that might not be documented otherwise," said Heather Fox, co-director of UofL's Oral History Center and archivist for manuscript collections with Archives and Special Collections. Project funding will pay local journalist and former punk rocker Chip Nold to conduct interviews with musicians. Once complete, Fox will upload interviews to digital collections. The LUMA advisory board is comprised of local music luminaries such as Nathan Salsburg, musician and curator of the Alan Lomax Archive; musician and actor Will Oldham; Diane Pecknold, professor of popular culture and music writer; and John Timmons, owner of the famed, now closed record store ear X-tacy. Browse the LUMA collection at cdm/landingpage/collection/luma. Archivist Heather Fox with the LUMA Collection. ENGINEERING Speed School and NASA promote engineering with event at Central High School There's no telling how far an engineering degree could take you, but UofL's J.B. Speed School of Engineering and NASA want to make sure that local students know it could take you into space. UofL interim President Greg Postel, then interim Speed School Dean John Usher and UofL engineering students spoke to more than 350 middle and high school students at Central High School on March 22 at the event NASA: Engineering Beyond Earth to promote engineering education in underrepresented areas. Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, along with officials from JCPS and NASA Kentucky, also encouraged attendees to take courses in the STEM (science, technology, education and math) fields and to enter engineering as a career. Suzanne Smith, of NASA Kentucky, shared with the students how UofL alumni use their STEM education beyond Earth's atmosphere. "Let me tell you about the University of Louisville and what they do in partnership with NASA Kentucky and NASA," she said. "They have a student who led a team of researchers in astronomy who discovered a planet around another sun. They have current astronomers that are joining the new largest telescope and they're going to be making discoveries by searching the skies for years to come." Smith added that UofL alumni also are involved at NASA in posi- tions in medicine and bioengineer- ing, and some are engineers working on the International Space Station. After the program, students participated in hands-on activities, engaged in demonstrations and examined student-designed rockets from the UofL rocket team, River City Rocketry. To honor the event, Mayor Greg Fischer proclaimed the date to be Commitment to Engineering Education Day. Video from the event is available at LIBRARIES LUMA archive adding oral histories

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