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University of Louisville receives $8.6 million from CDC for COVID-19 wastewater research project

The University of Louisville has received $8.6 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to back research that could help health departments use wastewater to monitor the rate of COVID-19 infection. UofL researchers already are testing wastewater to determine whether coronavirus infection exists in different neighborhoods around Jefferson County. This new work goes one step further,...

University of Louisville’s spirit squad brings home seventh consecutive cheer and dance national title

The University of Louisville spirit squads shone brightly at the 2021 NCA & NDA Collegiate Cheer & Dance National Championship in Daytona Beach, Florida, with the Cardinals taking home two national championships. Louisville’s All-Girl team took top honors with its seventh consecutive national title, holding off Oklahoma State and Iowa State for the crown. The All-Girl squad has now won...

Kosair Charities’ lifetime donations to University of Louisville children’s health programs top $50 million

A relationship begun nearly 40 years ago is still going strong. Since 1982, Kosair Charities has been a solidly dependable supporter of children’s health programs at the University of Louisville. This year, total donations have reached more than $50.4 million. Moving the total past the $50 million mark this year is over $1 million in funding from the charity – the largest in Kentuckiana – to...

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...

University of Louisville joins 100 other schools across U.S. for initiative to address climate change

The University of Louisville is joining more than 100 universities around the nation and the world to focus on the critical issue of climate change as part of Solve Climate By 2030, a global project organized by Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. The project will assess what can be done both in Kentucky and globally to help solve climate change while supporting struggling communities. UofL will...

Billy Reed: A tribute to Howard Schnellenberger, the very image of the stereotypical coach, and great man

If I were making a movie and needed somebody to play a stereotypical football coach, I wouldn’t have gone to Central Casting. I would have sought Howard Schnellenberger, he of the gravelly voice, bushy mustache, and constant pipe-smoking. That was the man I met in 1984 when Gov. John Y. Brown Jr., who had gone to school with him at the University of Kentucky in the 1950s, was recruiting him to be...

Malik Williams’ decision to stay turns one-year gameplan at University of Louisville into five years

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today This wasn’t what Malik Williams had in mind when he came storming out of Snider High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., as a supremely confident blue-chip recruit for then-coach Rick Pitino eager to get his University of Louisville career underway. His plan was to hang around for a while and then wave goodbye for greener pastures. “Coming in as a 5-star recruit that...

University of Louisville, Muhammed Ali International Airport partner for first-of-it’s-kind ‘innovation lab’

By Baylee Pulliam University of Louisville The University of Louisville and Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) will collaborate on research that will enhance travelers’ experience and airport operations through innovation. This is the first agreement of its kind for SDF, which will allow the airport campus – including all facilities, terminal and airfield – to serve as an innovation...

Women authors to share stories of struggle and hope during 15th annual Kentucky Women’s Book Festival

A thoughtful commentary on the segregation of swimming pools and stereotypes of African Americans and swimming is told through one young woman’s journey, from being told not to get into the pool to competing on Central High School’s swim team. This is the focus of one chapter in the Louisville Story Program’s The Fights We Fought Have Brought Us Here. The book is written by 10 young writers from...

UofL students aim to reduce health disparities, engage others through community project series

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville Amid the turmoil of 2020, Onu Udoh, a second-year student in the University of Louisville School of Medicine, decided it was time to take action to reduce the health disparities that plague underserved communities across Louisville. So he founded GROW502: A Health Disparities Series to highlight these disparities and begin to make changes. Two other medical...

Two representatives from University of Louisville named to Bingham Fellows Class of 2021

By Alicia Kelso University of Louisville The newest Bingham Fellows have been announced and include two representatives from the University of Louisville: Cherie Dawson-Edwards, associate dean, A&S Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and an associate professor for the Department of Criminal Justice, and Michael Wade Smith, UofL’s Chief of Staff and External Affairs. Cherie Dawson-Edwards The...

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...

Research shows living near trees, green vegetation may prevent vascular damage from air pollution

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville Researchers at the University of Louisville have shown that living near an abundance of green vegetation can offset the negative effects of air pollution on blood vessel health. The research, led by Aruni Bhatnagar, professor of medicine and director of the UofL Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, was published ahead of print in the American Journal of...

Three-time UofL alumna wins prestigious history award, inspires a new generation of Cardinals

By Natalie Uhl University of Louisville Jami McCoy Allen, a three-time University of Louisville alumna and history teacher at Eastern High School, was recently named the 2020 Kentucky History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The award, which aims to highlight the importance of a history education, is accompanied by Gilder Lehrman educational materials as well...

UofL researchers piloting process to make healthy sugar, 3-D printable materials from soy hulls

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville Researchers at the University of Louisville Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research and Department of Mechanical Engineering are working to transform soy hulls left over from soybean processing into valuable food and industrial products. The United Soybean Board has awarded $350,000 to UofL to further develop methods for using soy hulls in modified fiber...

University of Louisville Trager Institute provides free services for those caring for older loved ones

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville Residents of Kentucky counties surrounding Louisville who are caring for a loved one age 60 and older can receive free services to support them in their caregiving role. The Caregiver Program, coordinated by the University of Louisville Trager Institute, offers support and training through educational workshops, professionally facilitated support groups, individualized...

Louisville strengthens offensive line for 2021 with addition of Virginia Tech transfer Bryan Hudson

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville Bryan Hudson, a 2019 second team Freshman All-American, has joined the University of Louisville football team as a transfer from Virginia Tech, head coach Scott Satterfield announced on Wednesday. Hudson joins the Cardinals after playing in 19 games, including 12 starts during his two-year career with the Hokies. Bryan Hudson has transferred from Virginia...

UofL receives overall Zero Waste score of 58.2 percent in Post-Landfill Action Network assessment

By Jill Scoggins University of Louisville The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) has awarded the University of Louisville an overall Zero Waste score of 58.2 percent, resulting from 864.5 points out of a total possible 1600.5 points. This puts UofL’s score above other campuses PLAN works with, which average between 40 and 50 percent. The score comes from a November 2020 comprehensive Zero Waste...

Louisville holds off Kentucky for 62-59 win, sends Wildcats (1-6) to sixth consecutive defeat

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The struggles continued for Kentucky on Saturday. The Wildcats suffered their sixth consecutive setback with a 62-59 loss to rival Louisville in the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals ended a three-game losing streak to Kentucky and held off a late surge by the Wildcats, who edged the Cardinals a year ago in an overtime thriller at Rupp Arena. Kentucky (1-6) trailed 60-59...

Louisville looks to end rivalry skid against Kentucky, extend Wildcats’ early-season woes on Saturday

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today During his media teleconference Thursday morning, Kentucky head coach John Calipari told reporters that he had talked to Louisville coach Chris Mack and offered to postpone Saturday’s game instead of playing in a mostly empty KFC Yum! Center. 
The suspicion was that Calipari had his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, and further investigation revealed that was...