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How one University of Louisville employee’s battle against COVID-19 inspired a community

By Talia Horn University of Louisville In early summer of 2020, Demetrius Booker was a healthy, young father and a graphic designer with the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville. He was following all the precautions to protect himself from COVID-19. But by the end of summer, Booker would be fighting for his life – a fight that he would ultimately win. After developing...

Engineering team from University of Louisville to compete in international solar decathlon in Dubai

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville Faculty members and students from the University of Louisville’s Speed School of Engineering and Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research will compete as part of a team in the Second Solar Decathlon Middle East in Dubai in October. The team also includes members from the American University of Sharjah, Higher Colleges of Technology and American University...

UofL hires tech founder, double-alumnus Charasika to guide research-backed innovations to market

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville The University of Louisville has hired alumnus, football star and seasoned tech founder Tendai Charasika to help guide innovations developed at UofL to market. In January, Charasika started his term as an entrepreneur in residence, or EIR, through the UofL Office of Research and Innovation. In this role, he will work with inventors and the Commercialization...

UofL researchers test virtual COVID-19 care tool for veterans; automated texts reassure patients

By Baylee Pulliam University of Louisville Researchers at the University of Louisville are working with the Department of Veterans Affairs on a tool that texts COVID-19 information and advice straight to veterans’ phones. In a new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, UofL’s Jason Saleem and doctoral student Jacob Read found the tool, called Annie, gave...

University of Louisville researchers developing method to convert carbon dioxide to usable products

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville Scientists at the University of Louisville have received new support for developing a method to sustainably sequester and convert carbon dioxide to valuable products. The three-year project on catalysts for CO2 is funded by the Catalysis Program of the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation. Carbon dioxide is the most significant greenhouse gas...

University of Louisville online masters program puts Navy petty officer on new career path in IT field

By Janet Cappiello University of Louisville In 2012, Pennsylvania resident Carolyn McCormick decided her career in television was not right for her. Eager for a change and short on funds, she decided to join the United States Navy and use the education benefits to earn a graduate degree in the field of information technology. This spring, after five years of taking classes while being an active duty...

Kosair surgeons save boy’s life with help
of 3-D heart model created by UofL engineers

Special to KyForward   Roland Lian Cung Bawi was diagnosed with four congenital heart defects at a routine ultrasound during his mother’s pregnancy. While each defect is repairable in itself, it is unusual to have all four together – something that created a challenge for the medical team at Kosair Children’s Hospital.   Surgeons used a 3-D heart model to help save the life of Roland...