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SUM 2018

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16 UOFLMAGAZINE.COM H ere's a story you've heard before: Uof L scholars win big when it comes to prominent international scholarships. But it's a story that bears repeating because it showcases how the campus community works together to help students reach their highest potential. The university announced in spring 2018 that dozens of students and recent graduates earned prestigious scholarships including the Fulbright, Critical Language and Boren awards. The winners will travel to far-flung destinations such as Mozam- bique, Tanzania, Morocco, Laos and Romania to teach and conduct research. Alumna Karen Udoh, 18A, who was one of 10 Fulbright awardees, said Uof L's culture supports students who seek academia's top awards. "Uof L introduced me to research opportunities," said Udoh. "Being in the honors program, they let you know what opportunities you can pursue. They helped me believe in myself." Another Fulbright winner and alumna, Emma Jacobs, 18A, said her first meeting with Patricia Condon, who heads the national and international scholarship program, was when Jacobs was a sophomore. "Ever since then, she has given me straightforward and honest advice on how to improve my application. It is evident she cared for my and other stu- dents' dreams as she consistently organized and led workshops for Fulbright throughout the year," Jacobs said. Since 2003, there have been 120 Uof L Ful- bright scholars — more than all other Kentucky public institutions combined. The university set a record in 2016 with 15 scholars, besting the previous record of 14 scholars in 2010 and again in 2011. In addition to this year's 10 Fulbrights, Uof L scholars earned five Critical Language Scholarships, three Boren Scholarships, two Public Policy and International Affairs Program fellowships and one Rotary Global Grant Scholarship. Scholars attended a campus celebration in their honor. L-R: Lee Sims, Katie Maurer, James May, Devin Brown, Tasneem Karim, Kar- en Udoh and Praneeth Goli. Sims, Maurer and Udoh are Fulbrights. May is the 2017 James J. Mitchell Scholar. Brown and Karim are Critical Language Scholars and Goli was an honorable mention for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Prestigious scholar déjà vu ONLINE: To see profiles of the 2018 scholars, visit louisville.edu/scholars. UofL receives major grant to study microbiome It is well-established that the community of organisms inside our bodies perform vital roles in digestion, production of critical metabolites, controlling the immune system and even affect- ing the brain. To further understand these associations linking the microbiome — bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses and protozoans — with inflammation and disease, UofL received an $11.2 million federal grant over five years to establish an interdisci- plinary research program. The grant, awarded through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, estab- lishes a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) and pairs well-funded scientists with junior faculty in the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine and Engineering. This arrangement facilitates the career development of junior faculty, and aims to advance the study of the interface between microbiome, inflam- mation and disease development. The grant will support five junior faculty: • Juhi Bagaitkar will study how oxidants change neutrophil, or white blood cell, responses in the mouth. • Venkatakrishna Jala will investigate the beneficial effects of the microbial metabo- lite, uronlithin A and its structural analogue UAS03 in inflammatory bowel disorders. • Matthew Lawrenz will study the patho- genic mechanisms of pestis, a bacterium that causes bubonic plague. Humans can become sick after being bitten by a rodent flea. • Jill Steinbach-Rankins will investigate a new nanotherapeutic approach to treat bacterial vaginosis (BV), a dysbiotic condition where vaginal microbial communities are disrupted. • Jonathan Warawa will investigate Burk- holderia pseudomallei (Bp), the bacterium responsible for respiratory melioidosis, an inflammatory disease of the lungs that progresses into a fatal systemic disease involving major organs. • The COBRE also helps establish a func- tional microbiomics core research facility at UofL. The facility will provide germ-free ani- mal facilities, oxygen-free culture capability, microbiome sequencing and bioinformat- ics, assessment of inflammatory markers and pathology services.

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