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UK Trustees Discuss Focused Research Agenda to Address Kentucky’s Challenges

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 16:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2014) — The University of Kentucky is “uniquely positioned to help answer” the most fundamental challenges confronting the Commonwealth, UK President Eli Capilouto told trustees during a retreat Friday.

But maximizing UK’s potential to tackle Kentucky problems will require greater investment in people and facilities that bring together researchers across a range of disciplines.

That idea — a strategic approach across the campus to specifically tackling Kentucky’s problems — was a recurring theme for Trustees during the first day of a two-day strategic planning retreat.

“The problems are too great … but our potential to attack those problems is even greater,” Capilouto told Trustees. “But we must focus. We must establish priorities. We have an opportunity to build a model system of health that will take a number of micro interventions to produce a macro effect.”

“As a board, there is a strong consensus that we must marshal our resources and our people in a focused and strategic way to attack Kentucky’s most significant challenges,” said UK Trustee Chairman Keith Gannon. “That’s what Kentucky needs from us. And it’s our mission as Kentucky’s flagship, land-grant institution of higher learning."

UK is uniquely positioned, Capilouto said, because of a number of factors:

—An extension network and clinical programs that reach all of the state’s 120 counties

—170 clinical outreach practices

—17 colleges and professional schools supported by a campus-wide research library system

—The fact that UK is one of only eight universities in the country with the full range of health, professional and undergraduate programs on one contiguous campus

—UK is one of only 22 institutions in the country with a trifecta of federal designations of excellence in three key areas of health — cancer, aging and translational science, the idea that discoveries can be taken from the laboratory into communities where they have an impact.

The problems and the challenges — along with the opportunities — are significant, Capilouto said, and they require a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary response.

Citing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Capilouto said Kentucky is well above the national averages in the five leading preventable causes of death in the country — heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke and unintentional injuries. Kentucky also has high utilization rates for health care, which leads to higher costs for access to quality care. Many of these issues — high incidences of disease and access to affordable care — are particularly acute in Appalachia and the 5th Congressional District.

“I’ve been impressed by our commitment to this people-centered place,” Capilouto said, referring to the university and the Commonwealth. “We are a people centered place. It is what we do to, for and with each other. We are the university for Kentucky."

Capilouto and others said attacking Kentucky’s systemic challenges will require close collaboration among many academic and research disciplines. Many of the maladies that affect Kentucky communities are manifest in issues not directly tied to health – poverty, education, socio economic mobility – and the University’s breadth and depth of intellectual expertise can help address these challenges, holistically. To underscore that point, Capilouto cited work being done by a number of faculty in the arts, poetry, business, humanities, medicine, engineering, energy and other sciences.

Nancy Schoenberg, a behavioral scientist and professor in the College of Medicine who works in Eastern Kentucky alongside churches and faith communities on health interventions, said she came to UK “because of the promise of collaboration” and “to address particular Kentucky problems.”

“I would like lots more people … who do work similar to what I do."

In addition, Lisa Cassis, UK’s interim vice president for research, said one of UK’s critical needs is to create more space where professors and researchers can talk with — and work with — each other across disciplines. “What we vitally need is a way to bring us all together … in building a center,” Cassis said. “Everybody is in close proximity and there’s a healthy research environment.”

That research can be tied to creating a more coherent and efficient health-care system in the state, said Mike Karpf, executive vice president for health affairs at UK. “We are trying to create a system that rationalizes health care but does not ration health care. It will take cooperation between providers” along with analytic systems to understand data and refine and create best practices that improve care.

UK is trying to focus these efforts on Kentucky problems in an era in which federal funding — the most significant source of research funding — “is still not recovering,” said Rodney Andrews, director of the Center for Applied Energy Research. “The prospects for funding going into the future are flat. What we are doing is competing more aggressively for the same amount of money.”

Other state universities, he said, are making leaps even in this constrained funding environment, he said, citing universities such as the University of Florida, the University of Southern California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

North Carolina, for example, benefited by a more than $1 billion bond issue by the state of North Carolina several years ago that was targeted toward university buildings and infrastructure. At the same time, the state returned more money to the university that had previously been captured from research grants. That allowed UNC-Chapel Hill to invest hundreds of millions in faculty retention and recruitment packages while also investing at the same time in research facilities, Andrews said.

UK can make a similar leap by making smart, strategic decisions, Andrews said. The university, he said, must:

—Make strategic decisions and investments

—Focus specifically on Kentucky’s problems

—Invest in areas of strength that support the university’s mission

—Develop and enable multidisciplinary teams to tackle these issues

An important by-product of investment in research is its economic impact, said Eric N. Monday, UK’s executive vice president for finance and administration.

For example, according to a recent study of Fiscal Year 2013, the annual economic impact of UK’s sponsored research was:

—$581 million in annual direct and indirect economic impact

—8,114 jobs created and support

—$21.3 million generated annually in local and state taxes

“What could that number be,” Monday said. “What will it be as UK grows that research enterprise?”

“That’s not why we do what we do,” Capilouto told Trustees. “But it’s an incredible by-product."

MEDIA CONTACT:  Jay Blanton, 859-699-0041; jay.blanton@uky.edu 

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Highlights UK's New 'Pick It Up' Campaign

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 20:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2014) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Today's guests are UK recycling coordinator Mari Long and sustainability coordinator Shane Tedder talking about a new program at UK that rewards those who help keep campus free of litter. 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/keeping-campus-litter-free.

"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.

UK's Martin School Continues Tradition of Success

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2014) — While summer generally is a somewhat slower time on a college campus, including at the University of Kentucky, it does not mean that significant things are not happening. Take, for instance, UK's renowned Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, which received word on July 11 of this year that its master's degree program in public administration (MPA) had been reaccredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for another seven years.

The Martin School also completed its periodic external review. Members of the review team, comprised of representatives from nationally recognized peer schools, said in their report, "The Martin School is a local and national success story."

Indeed, the school's programs regularly show up prominently in various national rankings, such as Martin's public finance and budgeting program being ranked second in the country by U.S. News and World Report, 'America's Best Graduate Schools,' last year and its doctoral program being ranked fourth in the nation by the National Research Council.

In addition to the MPA, with both a traditional and an accelerated program, the Martin School offers a master's degree in public policy (MPP), a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, and several joint degree programs which combine the MPA with programs at the UK colleges of Pharmacy, Law and Engineering, as well as the University Scholars program.

"Our alumni lead government organizations large and small, " said Merl Hackbart, longtime faculty member and interim director of the Martin School. "They also manage nonprofits as well as leading business organizations. And our faculty are recognized nationally as foremost researchers dedicated to investigating and solving public policy issues and identifying new ways of enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of public and nonprofit organizations."

Judging by a recent sampling of alums, it is evident that the Martin School scores high on the satisfaction scale.

John Hicks is a 1984 MPA graduate of the school who is now in his 31st year of working in state government, 24 of those in the Commonwealth of Kentucky Budget Office. He currently serves as Deputy State Budget Director.

"The Martin School was the perfect academic preparation for my career in public sector budgeting and finance," Hicks said. "I quickly recognized that the higher-order thinking skills emphasized in the school were a precursor to dealing with the challenges of real-world problems."

Hicks happily adds that he met his wife, Susan Hultman Hicks, while they both were studying at the Martin School.

Associate Executive Director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence Brigitte Blom Ramsey earned her MPP degree from the Martin School in 2007. Her impressive career also includes service to United Way, Kentucky Youth Advocates, and six years on the Kentucky Board of Education, including being vice chair. 

"The faculty at the Martin School all have a wealth of experience as researchers and/or practitioners," Ramsey said. "This level of practical expertise not only serves students well, it also effectively provides them with career opportunity exposure, which is critical to successful placement upon graduation."

2014 Martin School MPP graduate Marina Byrd served as graduate fellow at the Council of State Governments, headquartered in Lexington. After her fellowship, she caught the attention of people in Washington, D.C. as she achieved Presidential Management Fellows finalist status. Byrd recently accepted a position as a legislative policy analyst at the Florida Legislature's Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.

"The faculty definitely are what I like best about the Martin School," Byrd said. "They all spend a lot of time outside of class helping students with questions and providing guidance with research. Thanks to putting in the hard work in my master's program, I am confident that the education I received has given me the tools necessary to take on the challenges that will come up in my career."

Jamie Giles is another May 2014 grad of the Martin School. Her capstone project paper has won two national awards and is a semifinalist for a third award. Giles is putting her MPA to good use as legislative aide to Harry Clarke, 10th District Council member of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG).

"The Martin School is extremely well respected in local and state government," Giles said. "Leaders know that students who come out of the school are extremely well versed in economics and legislative analysis."

Giles also has international experience, having earned a Fulbright English Teaching Fellowship to Thailand in 2011 after receiving her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Louisville.

Each of these Martin School alumni, together with hundreds of others spread out across the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world feel fortunate to have invested time and effort in this outstanding graduate program at the University of Kentucky.

"The Martin School and its graduates embody that sense of purpose to something larger than the sum of its parts," said Ramsey. "I'm proud to have the school as a foundation for my life's work and to be in the midst of so many Martin School graduates working in Kentucky."

MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; carl.nathe@uky.edu.

UK Men's Chorus Lends its 'Voices' to Concert Series

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:39

"Gaudete" performed by the University of Kentucky Men's Chorus. Video courtesy of ACDA.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2014) — The 2014-15 University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus will make their fall debut as part of the "Voices! Choral Concert Series" at First United Methodist Church this weekend. The concert featuring the chorus, under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities, and including a special performance by UK's male a cappella group, the acoUstiKats, will begin 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the church, located at 200 W. High St. in Lexington.   

The UK Men's Chorus concert will feature several world premieres and works commissioned exclusively for the chorus as they prepare for their trip to the 2015 American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) National Convention being held Feb. 25-28, in Salt Lake City.

The UK Men’s Chorus is a 90-voice ensemble of students who range from freshmen to graduate students. These young men represent a variety of musical backgrounds and academic disciplines. Begun in fall of 2002, UK Men's Chorus has grown in size and popularity each semester. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature that spans from Gregorian chants to music of the 21st century. Rehearsing only twice weekly, the UK Men’s Chorus maintains an active performing schedule throughout the state of Kentucky, touring each semester.

UK Men's Chorus is excited to be part of the "VOICES! Choral Concert Series" at First United Methodist Church, which is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year. The series is organized by UK doctoral candidate Brock Terry, who serves as director of music at the church. All concerts are open to the public and admission is free. Donations to the concert series are suggested.

For more information on the "VOICES" concert or the UK Men’s Chorus, contact Evan Pulliam, administrative assistant to UK Choirs, at evan.pulliam@uky.edu.

UK Men's Chorus is part of UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Chemists Tackle Battery Overcharge Problem

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2014) — Research from the University of Kentucky Department of Chemistry will help batteries resist overcharging, improving the safety of electronics from cell phones to airplanes.

The research, led by Susan Odom’s group, has focused on the design, synthesis, and testing of organic compounds that can be incorporated into the electrolytes of lithium-ion batteries to improve their safety profiles. Specifically, Odom’s team is studying compounds called redox shuttles.

Lithium-ion batteries are the energy storage technology of choice for portable consumer electronic devices such as laptops and cell phones. Over the past few years, these batteries have been incorporated on larger scales into electric vehicles and airplanes. Battery safety is of utmost importance to manufacturers and consumers, especially in applications where battery failure can result in the loss of lives.

Overcharge is a serious concern for batteries connected in series. It can lead to catastrophic failures in the form of fires and explosions. The redox shuttle compounds being studied at UK prevent overcharge by transporting electrons between battery electrodes when excessive current is applied to fully charged batteries.

Members of the Odom group, including undergraduate researcher Corrine “Nina” Elliott, designed a new phenothiazine derivative that protects batteries from overcharging for thousands of hours. The protection offered by this compound, 3,7-bis(trifluoromethyl)phenothiazine, lasted more than four times longer than the only commercial competitior. 

The Odom group plans to test the performance of this redox shuttle in larger batteries, similar to those that are being used in electric vehicles.

This work was published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A.

MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Hautala, 859-323-2396;keith.hautala@uky.edu 

Chemistry's John Anthony Named ACS Editor's Choice

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2014) — A paper by John Anthony, professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Chemistry and faculty member of the Center for Applied Energy Research, has been recognized as the American Chemical Society's Editors' Choice. 

Anthony's article, " Synthesis and Optical Properties of Dioxolane-Functionalized Hexacenes and Heptacenes," was recently published in the ACS publication, "Organic Letters," and was then selected to be featured in ACS Editors' Choice. The article was selected based on its importance and broad appeal across the field of chemistry. A rare honor, editors of all ACS journals are allowed to select less than 1 percent of accepted articles for this recognition.

Not only does ACS Editors' Choice recognize the most significant work in the field, but it opens the selected works and new discoveries to researchers across the world. According to the ACS website, ACS Editor's Choice "offers free public access to new research of importance to the global scientific community."

Significant work indeed, Anthony's article describes the design and preparation of a new material for bio-imaging. The new material both absorbs and emits light in the window of transparency in animal tissue, allowing researchers to visualize anything in the body that the material “sticks” to using harmless infra-red light. Anthony and his team are currently collaborating with researchers at other universities to use the material described in the article to detect tumors in live mice.

Anthony, Hubbard Professor of Chemistry, instructs a range of chemistry courses at UK and conducts his research at the CAER, one of UK's multidisciplinary research centers.

National Archives, UK Libraries Announce New Teachers' Award

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2014) — The National Archives and the University of Kentucky Libraries announced today the creation of the Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award for Civics and History Teachers (Clements Award). Created in partnership with the UK Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Clements Award recognizes promising and innovative Kentucky educators.

A panel of Kentucky educators will select three teachers annually for 10 years. Each teacher will receive $1,000 from the Foundation for the National Archives through the generosity of Clements’ daughter and foundation board member, Bess Clements Abell. Selection criteria include knowledge, enthusiasm, creativity, innovation and impact on student success.

National Archives educator Charles M. Flanagan will announce the award program at the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History’s annual meeting scheduled for Oct. 18, in Louisville, Kentucky.

"We are pleased to partner with the University of Kentucky Libraries to recognize Kentucky’s finest educators," said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero. "We are grateful to the Foundation for the National Archives and especially to longtime supporter Bess Clements Abell and her family for making these awards possible."

The Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award for Civics and History Teachers honors the life and career of Earle C. Clements and his lifelong commitment to education and public service. Clements’ political career included service as a county sheriff, clerk and judge; in the state senate and as governor; and in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, where he was a close colleague to Lyndon Baines Johnson. Bess Clements Abell, Clements’ daughter, is a board member of the Foundation for the National Archives, a member of UK Libraries National Advisory Board, and UK alumna.

For more information about nominations contact Deirdre Scaggs, associate dean of UK Special Collections Research Center, at 859-257-3653 or deirdre@uky.edu. Nominations for the Clements Awards should be sent to: University of Kentucky Libraries, Deirdre A. Scaggs, Associate Dean, Special Collections Research Center, Margaret I. King Library, Lexington, KY.

The National Archives is an independent federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our government, so people can discover, use and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at www.archives.gov.

The Foundation for the National Archives is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy. The foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs and educational initiatives, introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world.

UK Special Collections Research Center is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

University Leaders Receive Flu Shots from Student Pharmacists

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 17:55

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) — In what has become a University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy tradition, UK pharmacy students on Wednesday administered the flu vaccine to UK President Eli Capilouto, Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto, Dean Tim Tracy and Dr. Mike Karpf, UK’s executive vice president for health affairs.

Delivering the dose of seasonal disease prevention were third-year professional (Pharm.D.) students Brian Garcia, of Taylorsville; Katie Herren, of Lexington; Kylie Newman, of Park Hills; and Auburn Wigginton, of Campbellsville.  

“It is not really fall on campus until I receive my flu shot from one of the nation’s best pharmacy students,” Eli Capilouto said. “Not only is this a chance for our students to practice an important skill that is crucial to their health care careers, but it allows us to shine a spotlight on this important public health issue. For many Kentuckians, receiving a flu vaccine is of critical importance, and I hope citizens across the state consult with their local pharmacist to find out whether they should be immunized.”

Members of the UK Chapter of the American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists are taking every opportunity to educate the public about what a pharmacist can do for them. In recent years, pharmacists have become heavily involved with the immunization process, with most pharmacies now offering influenza vaccinations to the public. UK's third-year pharmacy students were recently trained in administering the vaccine. 

UK students and employees have several opportunities to get vaccinated on campus. The cost is $10 for regular students, or $20 for campus employees, with a campus ID. The vaccine is free for UK HealthCare workers or students with the AHP/United student insurance plan. Students and campus employees can get vaccinated without an appointment at any of the following walk-in clinics:
  • 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Alumni Gallery at William T. Young Library
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the University Health Service First Floor Lobby
  • 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Alumni Gallery at William T. Young Library

MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Hautala, 859-323-2396; keith.hautala@uky.edu 

'Bloody Breathitt' UPK's Most Decorated Book

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) — University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author T.R.C. Hutton has been named recipient of a 2014 Kentucky History Award given by the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) and the 2014 Appalachian Writers Association’s Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction for his book "Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South." These awards follow two other honors for "Bloody Breathitt" — winning the 2013 Weatherford Award for Nonfiction and being named a finalist for the Wiley-Silver Prize.

These accolades mark a milestone at the press. “The announcement of these two awards makes 'Bloody Breathitt' the press’ most decorated book in my tenure,” said Director Stephen M. Wrinn.

The Kentucky History Awards recognize outstanding achievements by historians, public history professionals, volunteers, business and civic leaders, communities, and historical organizations throughout the Commonwealth. The KHS encourages organizations, individuals and communities across the state to nominate deserving projects and individuals for their efforts to promote the preservation, awareness and appreciation of state and local history.

The Kentucky History Awards ceremony will be Friday, Nov. 7, at the Old State Capitol in downtown Frankfort, Kentucky. The ceremony is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by Friday, Oct. 31. For more information, visit www.history.ky.gov/historyawards.

The Appalachian Writers Association’s (AWA)  mission is to promote and recognize writing about the Appalachian region. The AWA aims to promote writers living in or having lived in the Appalachian region and those who have significant Appalachian connections through heritage or scholarship. Recognizing superior and significant writing, the award was presented earlier this month at a banquet held on Oct. 3.

In "Bloody Breathitt," T.R.C. Hutton casts a critical eye on Breathitt County, Kentucky, for the first time. From the Reconstruction period until the early 20th century, Breathitt’s 500 square miles of rugged upcountry land was known as “the darkest and bloodiest of all the dark and bloody feud counties.” Hutton carefully investigates instances of individual and mass violence in the county from the Civil War through the Progressive era, exploring links between specific incidents and broader national and regional events. This meticulously researched volume offers the first comprehensive narrative of the violence in this infamous Kentucky county, examining Breathitt’s brutal history and its significance to the state, the South, and the nation.

Hutton is the fourth UPK author in as many years to win a KHS award, joining the 2013 winner James C. Nicholson for "The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America’s Premier Sporting Event," 2012 winner William E. Ellis for "A History of Education in Kentucky," and 2011 winner Estill Curtis Pennington for "Lessons in Likeness: Portrait Painters in Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley, 1802-1920." The win also marks the second time a UPK title was named winner of the AWA award for nonfiction, joining 2013 winner Helen Matthews for "Helen Matthews Lewis: Living Social Justice in Appalachia."

Hutton is a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Tennessee.

UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that now includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. Led by Director Stephen Wrinn, its editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

Freshman Senate Elections End Today

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) — The polls are open for freshman senate elections! It is important for freshmen to use this opportunity to make your voice heard by electing four of your fellow classmates to the UK Student Government Senate. Voting ends at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 16.

Freshmen may vote online at uksga.org or visit a campus polling location. The polling locations include the White Hall Classroom Building, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Student Center from noon until 4 p.m. 

Freshmen are urged to get out and vote today.

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, katy.bennett@uky.edu, 859-257-1909

SGA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, publicrelations@uksga.org

Butterfield to Receive Mentoring Excellence Award from Major National Society

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) – The University of Kentucky's Dr. Allan Butterfield will be receiving the Society of Free Radical Biology and Medicine’s (SFRBM) Mentoring Excellence Award at the society's national conference in Seattle, Nov. 19-23.

In his 39 years at UK, Butterfield has graduated more than 65 doctoral and master's degree students and approximately 150 undergraduates. He has also trained about 20 postdoctoral scholars.

In 2012, he was selected to be a fellow of SFRBM and earned their prestigious Discovery Award for his work in the field of redox research related to Alzheimer’s disease. In 1998, he earned a trip to the White House to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Bill Clinton.

“This Mentoring Excellence Award from SFRBM is highly meaningful to me because it validates my efforts of paying forward what was done for me when I was an undergraduate and graduate student – namely, providing a laboratory environment that is full of encouragement and support particularly for women, Appalachians, and persons of color, who are each underrepresented persons in the discipline of chemistry," Butterfield said. "In my opinion, students I have mentored feel validated in their pursuit of their dreams and, consequently, produce even more important research in our quest to understand and treat Alzheimer’s disease."

Butterfield is the Alumni Association Endowed Professor of Biological Chemistry at UK and serves as director for both UK's Center of Membrane Sciences and the UK Markey Cancer Center's Free Radical Biology in Cancer Shared Resource Facility. Additionally, he is a faculty associate for UK's Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center and is a faculty member of UK's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.

MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or allison.perry@uky.edu

UK Bands Welcome Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet to Campus

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:04

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet plays the Third Movement of Carl Nielsen's Quintet, Op. 43.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Bands will present the internationally renowned Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in concert this weekend. The program will include works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Paul Hindemith, Jaques Ibert, Darius Milhaud and Jean Francaix. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet has performed all over the globe and is, according to Manchester Evening News, “arguably the best ensemble of its kind in the world.” The quintet was founded in 1988, during the era of Herbert von Karajan, the first permanently established wind quintet in the famous orchestra's rich tradition of chamber music.

Members of the quintet are living musical witnesses to the hugely productive and influential musical partnerships of the Berlin Philharmonic not only with Karajan, but also with its two most recent musical directors: Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. Naturally, as members of the Berlin Philharmonic, they have also enjoyed important collaborations with every other major conductor of their times, whether Leonard Bernstein, Carlos Kleiber, Sir John Barbirolli, Günter Wand, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Pièrre Boulez, James Levine or Daniel Barenboim, to name a few.

Credited with changing the sound of the classic wind quintet, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet found themselves recording with Swedish company BIS Records in 1991. In most recent years, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet has been coaching youth in workshops in many different countries. They have a special commitment to the youth orchestra program of Venezuela.

Cody Birdwell, director of UK Bands, saw the quintet perform with the Berlin Philharmonic while attending a conducting workshop in France in 2012. Birdwell began correspondence and now is excited that UK Bands will host the quintet for their final performance on their current tour. The members of the quintet will also be working with UK students during a series of master classes Saturday, Oct. 18.

To learn more about Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, as well as see photos and video from performances, visit their website at www.windquintet.com.

Tickets for the Berlin Wind Quintet are $30 for general admission or $20 with a valid UK student ID. For more information regarding this concert, contact Cody Birdwell at cody.birdwell@uky.edu.

UK Bands is part of UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

Q&A: Infrastructure Expert to Speak to UK as Part of "see tomorrow" Series

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) — The "see tomorrow." Speaker Series will continue with Leonard Sandridge, former executive vice president and chief operating officer at the University of Virginia. Sandridge will address the UK community at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Lexmark Public Room.

Responsible for overseeing operations of all nonacademic support areas at the University of Virginia, Sandridge is an expert with regard to campus infrastructure. His areas of oversight at UVA included athletics, the architect for the university, student affairs, management and budget, information technology and communication, police, finance and compliance, as well as the financial and managerial oversight of the health system.

Sandridge sat down with UKNow to address a few important issues related to infrastructure in higher education. 

What do facilities say about a university’s priorities and strategic planning?

I believe people often make assumptions about the quality of an institution on the basis of how its facilities look and function.  If they are maintained well, kept clean and in good repair, they are more likely to believe that programs and activities conducted by the college or university are given the same attention and will be of equal quality.  We know that buildings and grounds are an important factor in the first impression students and parents form when they visit a campus.  Equally important, those who teach and do research are more effective if the facilities have modern amenities, are pleasant and are technologically current.  Those who are responsible for the operation of our plant will tell us that we save money when our buildings have good systems and are cared for properly – much like what we know to be true about a poorly maintained automobile.  When I consider these factors, it is easy for me to conclude that the condition of facilities is a strategic issue that must be addressed in our planning and priority setting process. 

Are there particular trends you see in terms of funding for infrastructure or planning?

The same trends that I see for higher education as a whole apply to our infrastructure and the planning we must do.   We are not going to be able to rely on public funds to support our activities as we once did.  We will have to rely more on philanthropic support and new revenue streams.  We will need to look at tactics that not only make our infrastructure more effective but also save operating money.  Clearly there is a huge move toward making our facilities, operations and other infrastructure elements more environmentally friendly and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.  Those who pay the bills (states, students, donors, patients, research sponsors) increasingly will require that we demonstrate that we are using infrastructure efficiently.  I think we can sum it up by saying we will be accountable for how we spend money on infrastructure, how completely we make use of infrastructure and the outcomes we realize for the investment that we make.

You spent your career leading units that support the academic mission. Are there particular ways you think those areas under finance and administration have evolved or changed? 

Your question actually identifies one important part of the answer – our finance and administrative activities have evolved in significant ways as higher education and our environment has changed.  The support operations have become or are becoming more open to doing things differently when an advantage can be demonstrated.  I also think we have become more customer oriented – we understand the faculty to be our customers, students are our customers and, the public, donors and alumni are our customers.  Although some members of the academy do not like to be called customers, I have found it helps those of us in support roles when we are striving to provide high quality, timely, efficient and accurate services to those we serve. Increasingly, our internal operations expect to be compared to their private sector peers. We have become bolder in our investment strategies; we have adopted current business strategies for procurement, human resources management and debt financing – indeed, in many ways we are functioning like well-run businesses.   Those staffing finance and administrative units today are focused on innovation and accountability in ways that are extremely good for our institutions.  They work hard and our colleges and universities are the better for it.  

There’s a lot of concern in higher education right now about its future, given financial pressures and others. How do you feel about the future of public higher education in this country?

There are a lot of pressures on higher education today, especially the public institutions.  Our constituents expect us to keep tuition down, provide access for more students, prepare students to be successful in the job market and graduate school, discover cures to disease and ensure the patients in our hospitals are returned to their homes to enjoy a quality life and do all of this at an affordable cost.  It is a tall order by any measure.  Increasingly, colleges and universities are being asked to address issues that one might say are societal problems as well as higher education problems.  We will have to continue to focus on safety of students, holding down costs, retaining world-class scholars and giving the world’s best health care at costs the nation can afford, just to cite examples.  We will continue to be in the spotlight.  We will make mistakes and we will have to adjust to a world where higher education delivery systems are changing.   There will be some institutions that don’t make it in the form we know them today.  However, I am one who believes the U.S. higher education system will not only survive but continue to be seen as the best in the world.   

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365; sarah.geegan@uky.edu 

"see tomorrow" Speaker Series Continues With Expert in Infrastructure

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 09:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2014) Leonard Sandridge, former executive vice president and chief operating officer at the University of Virginia, will address the UK community at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Lexmark Public Room as the next speaker in the "see tomorrow." Speaker Series.

Responsible for overseeing operations of all nonacademic support areas at the University, Sandridge is an expert with regard to campus infrastructure. His areas of oversight at UVA included athletics, the architect for the university, student affairs, management and budget, information technology and communication, police, finance and compliance, as well as the financial and managerial oversight of the health system.

Sandridge has long been active in community affairs, serving on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, the UVa Foundation, the Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development, the Charlottesville-Albemarle County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the University of Virginia Investment Management Company. At present, he serves on the boards of the University of Richmond, the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and the Charlottesville Free Clinic. 

Virginia’s Governor McAuliffe recently appointed Sandridge to the Virginia Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments and to senior advisor to the UVa Board of Visitors.

Sandridge won the 1987 Ern Award for service to the Student Council and in 1993 was presented the Thomas Jefferson Award, the University of Virginia's highest honor for a faculty member, given to recognize one who exemplifies Jefferson's principles and ideals in character, work, and influence. In 2003, he received the Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award, presented by the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce to recognize outstanding citizen contributions.

The "see tomorrow." Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the UK University Senate and the Office of the Provost.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365; sarah.geegan@uky.edu

UK Students Study Political Reporting From Seasoned Journalists

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 09:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) — University of Kentucky journalism students interested in political writing and reporting have the unique opportunity this semester to learn and gain hands-on experience covering perhaps one of the most noted and heated senatorial races in Kentucky's history.

Students enrolled in  'Advanced Writing and Reporting: Covering the U.S. Senate Race' are focusing on the Senate race between long-time Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, arguably one of the most powerful and influential politicians in Kentucky and in the nation, and Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic challenger and Kentucky secretary of state.

Cheyenne Miller, a journalism and political science major from London, Ky., said he expected the course to be challenging and it has been, but he feels fortunate to be part of it.

"I want to be more educated about politics because I potentially want to become a political reporter," he said.

Megan Ingros, a journalism and business management major from Fairfax, Virginia., is taking the class as a means to decide if she wants to go into political reporting.

"The class is so drastically different from my other journalism classes," Ingros said. It's much more interactive, and I've learned more about actual skills required in the journalism field than other classes. I've gained a lot of experience and met people I wouldn't ordinarily meet.”

The curriculum includes familiarizing students with the key issues and how to approach politicians in the interviewing process. The class is led by co-instructors Al Cross and Bill Goodman. Cross was chief political writer at The Courier-Journal and is director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications in the College of Communication and Information. Goodman is the host and managing editor of the KET (Kentucky Educational Television) award-winning shows "Kentucky Tonight," "Education Matters," and "One to One with Bill Goodman." Both Cross and Goodman are in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, housed at UK.

“One objective of this course is to provide coverage of the race for Kentucky newspapers that don’t have access to news services, or to bolster coverage in papers that do,” Cross said. “We will be doing stories about issues, the debate, other events and how voters see the race.”

The latter topic is the subject of the semester’s first two published stories, based on interviews with voters in the latest Bluegrass Poll who agreed to follow-up interviews. The poll is sponsored by The Courier-Journal, the Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville’s WHAS-TV and Lexington’s WKYT-TV.  To view student stories, go to: http://kysenate.blogspot.com/2014/09/both-candidates-have-shortcomings-with.html

and an audio podcast: http://kysenate.blogspot.com/2014/09/voters-dont-like-mcconnell-but-havent.html   

The stories are also available as posts on the class blog, http://kysenate.blogspot.com.

Ben Tompkins, a journalism senior from Louisville, said there is a lot of decoding required when looking for the real meaning in what politicians say. "The class is engaging and I like reporting in real time on things that have a direct impact on our lives." 

MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or ann.blackford@uky.edu 

Students Invited to Share Ideas Over Lunch at 'Monday on Mondays'

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 09:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) Students are invited to come have lunch with Eric Monday, executive vice president for finance and administration, in his next "Monday on Mondays" noon-1 p.m. Oct. 20, from at K-Lair.

"Monday on Mondays" are opportunities for students to have lunch and engage with Eric Monday. Key priorities that fall under the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration's include UK's campus transformation, UK's housing partnership, UK's dining partnership and the UK Student Center renovation.

"Students are at the center of everything we do here at the University of Kentucky," Monday said. "We want to continuously engage with them to understand their perspectives, hear their ideas, and know the issues they find most important. These monthly lunches with students provide me opportunity to do just that."

All students are invited and should meet at the reserved tables in K-Lair at noon the day of the event.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365; sarah.geegan@uky.edu

UK Football Awarded Thursday Night Home Game in 2015; Working Group Formed to Prepare

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 18:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014) — The announcement Tuesday that the University of Kentucky Wildcats will host a Thursday night SEC football game next year offers the opportunity to place UK in a national spotlight.

UK will play Auburn at the newly renovated Commonwealth Stadium the evening of Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Next season will be the first played after the completion of a $120 million renovation of Commonwealth, meaning an ESPN audience will be exposed to the dramatic transformation of the longtime home of the Wildcats as well as UK’s budding football program under head coach Mark Stoops.

But along with the opportunities come challenges associated with the game — from the logistics of parking to working with Keeneland, area hotels and other venues on maximizing exposure for Lexington and convenience for both fans and visitors. Against that backdrop, UK Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric N. Monday and Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart Tuesday announced the formation of a broad-based working group to address opportunities and issues associated with UK’s first Thursday night game at Commonwealth Stadium next October.

“This is a tremendous honor and opportunity for Lexington and the University of Kentucky,” Monday said. “But while maximizing the opportunities associated with the game, we also want to ensure that the event goes as smoothly as possible for everyone — both on our campus and in the community.”

“We can’t wait to showcase UK for the nation,” Barnhart said of the game next year. “Thanks to President Capilouto's leadership, we've initiated an unprecedented campus transformation, which as positioned us for success. And Thanks to Mark, his staff and our student-athletes, our program is making incredible strides. This game presents the opportunity for us to take another step forward. We are excited to partner as a campus and community to make sure we spotlight Kentucky football, our university and Central Kentucky in the best way possible.”

“This is an important chance for us to show work we have been doing and the progress we are making as a football program and as a university to the nation,” Stoops said. “I want to thank Eric, Mitch and everyone who will be involved in preparing to make our Thursday night game as much of a success as I know it will be.”

The working group, which will begin meeting this week and continue on a regular basis over the next year, includes representatives from UK’s finance and administration areas, university relations, athletics, police and emergency management, among others. The group will address issues ranging from parking logistics and security.

A website — http://www.uky.edu/evpfa/thursdaynightgame — has been created. There, interested fans and others will, over time, be able to easily access information about the game, logistics and event opportunities.

“This game is a tremendous opportunity for UK. It’s a tremendous opportunity for our community and region,” Monday said. “But that means starting work now to make sure we think of and address the natural questions and challenges that will arise, while also making sure we take full advantage of a national spotlight.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365; sarah.geegan@uky.edu

The Perfect Mixer: Drinking and Responsibility With Mike Green

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014) — Theta Chi Fraternity and Delta Zeta are proud to present Mike Green for a talk on responsible, safe drinking at 6 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Worsham Theatre on UK's campus.

This is not a “don’t drink” talk, rather an engaging, interactive talk on how to be safe and responsible when consuming alcohol. The event is free and open to the general public.

Mike Green is the president and founder of Collegiate Consultants, a group focused on raising drug and alcohol awareness on college campuses. Over the past 18 years, Green has spoken to more than 2,000 campuses nationwide. He serves as a consultant to the student affairs and athletic departments of numerous universities, including Florida State, Penn State and Princeton University. He produced alcohol and drug programs for the medical societies of New Jersey and Virginia and for professional sports teams including the Philadelphia Flyers.

Winchell’s restaurant, Cornett IMS, Central Bank, the University of Kentucky’s Community of Concern and the Student Wellness Ambassadors are also partners for the event.

This event is part of Theta Chi’s Sacred Purpose Movement. Sacred Purpose launched this past January and is an idea focusing on Theta Chi’s motto of “an assisting hand.” Sacred Purpose was founded as a result of an alcohol related death at a Theta Chi chapter in California and is looking to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol, drug and mental health issues among college students.

College can be a very stressful time for young people and Theta Chi is starting this movement to let college students know that they are not alone.

From the Sacred Purpose website: Inspired by our most deeply cherished fraternal value—the assisting hand—the mission of Sacred Purpose is simple: to inspire a better brotherhood and deeper level of mutual caring for one another. In doing so, the Sacred Purpose movement will do more than assist and protect members; Sacred Purpose will help every member live his very best life.

More information can be found at http://www.mikegreeny.com and https://www.facebook.com/events/299182116944362/?ref=br_tf

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, katy.bennett@uky.edu, 859-257-1909

UK THETA CHI CONTACT: Clayton Abernathy, Vice President of Health and Safety for Theta Chi, Abernathy.clayton@gmail.com

Lexington's Nate Morris Named One of Fortune's '40 Under 40'

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014)  Fortune Magazine announced in its current issue that Nate Morris of Lexington has been named as a member of the sixth annual '40 Under 40' list.

Morris is a Kentucky native and co-founder and CEO of Rubicon Global, North America’s leading provider of sustainable waste and recycling solutions.

Founded in Kentucky, Rubicon Global provides waste and recycling services that deliver sustainable solutions and cost reduction to a variety of industries, including several Fortune 500 companies. The company uses Big Data analytics to solve the global issue of waste. The company uses proprietary software to empower small business owners to grow their businesses through a strategic sourcing platform.

Morris is also the founder and chairman of Lexington-based Morris Industries, a privately held industrial group focused on long-term holdings.

“I am incredibly grateful and humbled to be named a member of Fortune Magazine’s '40 Under 40,’” Morris said. “To be recognized alongside some of the nation’s most influential leaders in business is truly a tremendous honor.”

“I’m so proud of Nate’s achievements and pleased to have invested in his company,” said Bill Gatton, Kentucky entrepreneur and namesake of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. Gatton is an investor in Rubicon Global and a mentor to Morris. “Rubicon Global is a game changer. Both the company and Nate have very bright futures.”

Morris serves on the Executive Committee of the Dean’s Advisory Council at UK's Gatton College and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization Bluegrass Chapter. In 2007, he was named 'Outstanding Young Kentuckian' by the Kentucky Junior Chamber of Commerce and honored as one of the 2013 Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (US Jaycees).

See the full 2014 ranked list here: http://bit.ly/1E5uDrR

MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; carl.nathe@uky.edu

What's Next: The Congnition of Construction

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014) — Gabriel Dadi, assistant professor of civil engineering in the University of Kentucky College of Engineering and faculty member of the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments (the Vis Center), studies the cognitive aspects of constuction workers and how they interpret information from different sources.  

"You've got a ton of different technologies out there that help plan and manage work, whether it be GPS technology, ground-penetrating radar, LiDAR (a remote-sensing technology using lasers), flash LiDAR, laser scanning, all these great 3-D imaging tools," Dadi said. "But ultimately, those technologies tend to stop at the trailer. They don't make it out in to the field itself."

The problem, Dadi says, is one of data fusion. Although construction managers have the ability to gather extraordinary amounts of data from all these sources, they lack ways to analyze and use it. The challenge is to find a way to synthesize this data and present it in a way that is useful to managers and work crews. 

One way to do that is by rethinking the design of traditional construction blueprints. 

"Typically those are drawn to represent the design from a legal and contractual standpoint," Dadi said. "They're not necessarily conducive to understanding how this work needs to be executed by the end user. By rethinking how we design these blueprints from more of an instructional design perspective, we can give the end user the information that's needed to effectively execute their task."

Dadi's work is featured in the above video, produced by the Vis Center as part of its "What's Next" series. It may also be viewed at "Reveal," the official website for UK Research Media, at http://reveal.uky.edu.

MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Hautala, 859-323-2396; keith.hautala@uky.edu  

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