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Five to Enter LouisvilleKY’s Athletics Hall of Fame

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Five outstanding individuals will be inducted into the University of Louisville Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 2, in the Brown & Williamson Club of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The impressive list consists of Keola Calderon, a member of the Cardinals’ initial softball class who was honored on the Conference USA All-Decade team; Sharon Bellamy Richardson, UofL’s ninth-leading career scorer who helped the Cardinals’ women’s basketball team reach three NCAA Tournament appearances; Adrian Cann, an All-America soccer defender who was twice named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year; Reece Gaines, an All-American men’s basketball player for the Cardinals who…


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Jay Whitacre awarded LouisvilleKY renewable energy prize

LOUISVILLE, Ky., /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — An international pioneer in sustainable energy technology who specializes in ultra-low-cost, water-based energy storage solutions has been awarded the 2017 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy from the University of Louisville. Jay Whitacre, PhD, director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, will give a public talk at UofL and receive the Conn Prize medal and $50,000 award in March. The biannual award recognizes outstanding renewable energy ideas and achievements that have had a proven global impact. Whitacre’s sodium-ion batteries, which use only water-based chemicals, are an economical way to incorporate renewable energy into the grid. Whitacre…


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Robert Sternberg wins LouisvilleKY Grawemeyer Award for Psychology

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — What makes us most likely to succeed? Cornell University psychologist Robert Sternberg has won the 2018 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology for his concept of “successful intelligence.” Sternberg, a professor of human development, was selected for the prize for his view that intelligence encompasses several components that help people succeed in different ways in their own environments. Those components include analytical-reasoning skills, creative-thinking skills, common-sense practical skills and wisdom-based and ethical skills. A command of all those skills helps people adapt to a fast-changing world, capitalize on their strengths and compensate for or correct their…


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James Cone wins LouisvilleKY’s 2018 Grawemeyer Award in Religion

Story and photo from uoflnews.com (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – Between 1880 and 1940, nearly 5,000 black men and women were lynched in the United States. In response, African American Christians turned to their religion and to the cross of Jesus as a symbol of suffering but also of profound hope. Despite these violent killings and the centrality of the cross in Christian communities, the lynching tree did not occupy any space in the American theological imagination. In The Cross and the Lynching Tree (Orbis Books, 2011), renowned theologian James H. Cone passionately conjoins the provocative images of the first-century cross and the twentieth-century lynching…


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Sara Goldrick-Rab wins LouisvilleKY’s Grawemeyer Award in Education

Story and photo from uoflnews.com   LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Temple University professor who conducted painstaking research into the modern struggle to pay for a college education in the United States has won the 2018 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education. Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor in Temple University’s College of Education, published her findings in her award-winning 2016 book, “Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid and the Betrayal of the American Dream.” In it, Goldrick-Rab finds that U.S. students have been left behind by soaring costs combined with a financial aid system that has not kept up with demand. The…


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Bent Sorensen wins LouisvillekY-based Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition

Story and photo from UofLnews.com LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Danish composer Bent Sorensen has won the 2018 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for a triple concerto. The piece, L’isola della Città (The Island in the City), is for violin, cello and piano soloists and is played continuously in five movements. Sorensen composed the work for the Danish ensemble Trio con Brio and The Danish National Symphony Orchestra. It premiered in Copenhagen in January, 2016. “In all five movements the ‘island’ (the trio) tries to escape the shadows of the orchestra. This is most evident in the last movement, in which the trio ever so…


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LouisvilleKY scores perfect 100 for third year on Human Rights Campaign scorecard

Louisville, KY., –  For the third year in a row, Louisville has earned a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign scorecard, which says the city remains a “beacon of hope” in terms of ensuring that all residents are treated equally regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) scorecard measures laws, services and leadership that promote the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Louisville is the only city in Kentucky to receive a perfect score. Lexington scored 96, Covington at 74, Morehead at 59 and Frankfort at 52. In a news release announcing…


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Jurich no longer employed, fired by UofL’s Board of Trustees Wednesday in LouisvilleKY

Story and photos from www.louisville.edu   LouisvilleKY., – The University of Louisville Board of Trustees voted 10-3 on Wednesday to terminate the contract of Vice-President for Athletics and Athletics Director Tom Jurich “with cause.” The board met in executive session for more than two hours before voting to fire the man who has led UofL Athletics since 1997. Interim President Dr. Greg Postel thanked Jurich for his service and told reporters the university will continue its strong commitment to student-athletes and the athletics program. Postel’s prepared statement to the media: Today the board of trustees voted to terminate, with cause,…


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LouisvilleKY’s Rick Pitino is off the UofL team, fired today by Board of Trustees

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley   Louisville, KY., – Multiple news sources are reporting that Rick Pitino has officially been fired from the University of Louisville Men’s Basketball program. Pitino had been on administrative leave since Sept. 27 when the FBI announced an investigation into fraud and corruption in college basketball.  The university’s board of trustees voted this afternoon to formally terminate the Hall of Fame coach’s contract. According to ESPN.com, Pitino’s attorney (Steve Pence) submitted an affidavit on his behalf at today’s meeting, stating the termination was unjust. “I do not dispute ULAA’s right to terminate my employment at its discretion,” Pitino’s…


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Johnson Joins cardinal Staff as LouisvilleKy’s Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trent Johnson, who has 36 years of coaching experience including 17 years as a head coach at four collegiate programs, has joined the University of Louisville men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach. “Coach Johnson is highly experienced,” said UofL Acting Head Coach David Padgett.  “I’ve personally known him for a long time.  He was the head coach at Nevada when his son and I played in high school together.  He is going to bring a wealth of knowledge to our program.  He’s someone that I will be able to lean on and our players will…