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FALL 2017

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UOFLMAGAZINE.COM 10 U nited States Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch spoke to more than 500 people during a public event at Comstock Hall, but it was the time he spent behind closed doors with the University of Louisville's McConnell Scholars that may have left the greatest impression. "He was down-to-earth and very humble" said Uof L freshman Emma Lawson. "He didn't treat us as being beneath him and he was wanting to know more about us." Lawson and other McConnell Schol- ars had a private question-and-answer session with Gorsuch following his presen- tation as part of the McConnell Center's Distinguished Speakers series. Much of the justice's public speech focused on the concept of originalism in interpreting the U.S. Constitution. He also voiced his ideas on impartiality of the courts during politically divided times. "I do not believe in red judges or blue judges. We wear black," he said. Still, Gorsuch's sense of humor was on display during his presentation. While praising the separation of powers between the branches of government, Gorsuch warned about giving the courts too much legislative power. "Wouldn't that be sort of like asking Lamar Jackson to do the Supreme Court Justice brings truth and humor to campus The Kent School of Social Work has a major role in a five-year, federally funded research grant to help strengthen the country's child welfare agency workforce — and ultimately improve the lives of the children it serves. The UofL portion is $2.1 million for the evalua- tion part of the grant, which is expected to total $15 million for the consortium of four universi- ties and three national child welfare consultants. The group launched the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development through the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration's Children's Bureau. Battling a turnover rate far higher than the national workforce average, child wel- fare agencies have difficulty retaining qualified employees in jobs that typically are high-stress, low-pay and complicated. Workers tasked with protecting children from neglect and abuse and with strengthening families that need aid con- tend with emotionally draining situations and tough conditions that can lead to burnout. Eight agencies chosen competitively across the nation as research sites represent a mix of urban and rural communities and a variety of organizations, including centralized state sys- tems, county-administered systems and a Native American tribe. "The center will work in partnership with the eight jurisdictions to execute rigorous evalu- ations on a variety of workforce interventions so that the field will have more evidence-based options for improving difficult workforce chal- lenges," said Anita Barbee, UofL distinguished university scholar in social work, who will be the project's lead evaluator. "The lessons we learn through this project will be applicable to our own state down the line." Other Kent School researchers working on the grant are faculty members Becky Antle and Martin Hall, research managers Katy Henry and Jenny Taylor and doctoral student Lisa Purdy. The other universities are University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Colorado- Denver and University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Averting welfare workforce burnout

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