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Center for Clinical and Translational Science Conference Examines Physical Inactivity as a Disease

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 16:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2015) — More than 700 researchers, students, policy makers and community members gathered March 27 for the 10th annual conference of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) to share research and enhance collaborations with special focus on physical activity across the lifespan and physical inactivity as a disease.

According to Dr. Philip Kern, director of the CCTS, physical inactivity is linked to poor health outcomes and disease throughout life.

"It's one thing to say to someone, 'get out there and exercise,' but then there's the question of how much, how often, and what intensity," he said. "And we need to know this, because not everyone can be a marathon runner. So how much activity and what intensity do we need to prevent disease?"

Charlote Petterson, Ph.D., professor and assosciate dean of research in the college of health sciences, chaired this year's conference. 

"The conference was designed to raise awareness of the science behind the benefits of exercise and the dangers of physical inactivity. I think everyone who attended, regardless of their background and research expertise, learned something that is relevant to their everyday lives," she said.

The keynote speaker, Dr. William Kraus, professor of medicine at Duke University, emphasized that physical inactivity is "definitely a disease, but a preventable one." He said that a "culture of convenience" and conditions of built environments, such as absence of sidewalks, deter people from physical activity. He pointed out that even pharmacies have drive-thru windows, which keep customers sitting in their cars instead of taking even a handful of steps (which can add up over the course of a day or lifetime) to walk into a store. A marathon runner, Kraus encouraged walking as a proven and simple activity that can improve health and actually extend life.

His comments had a strong effect on at least one conference participant, who told him that his talk changed her life.

"She said, I am no longer going sit at my desk all day.  I'm not going to work over hours.  I'm going to go home and I'm going to walk.  I don't care who gets mad about it, but that's what I'm gonna do.  I mean, that's the kind of attitude change you've got to have," Kraus said.

The annual conference, now in its 10th year, was held in conjunction with the research days of the colleges of dentistry, health sciences, engineering, and public health, as well as the 31st Annual Spring Neuroscience Research Day and the 34th Annual Symposium in Women's Health and Reproductive Science. In addition to students and faculty from across UK's campus, partners from the Appalachian Translational Research Network also participated.

Thirty-one oral presentations and 270 poster presentations were featured, addressing a vast array of topics including physical inactivity in children, physical inactivity in chronic disease and biomedical informatics.

The conference's multidisciplinary approach to research and collaboration offered the scope and expertise of a national research conference, with the unique convenience of being free and within walking distance of UK's campus.

"UK researchers travel the world giving insights on their scientific findings to their colleagues. This conference showcases our science locally, bringing together our very best researchers across multiple disciplines," said Dr. Jane Lowe, assistant provost of CCTS.

The conference creates a setting to mentor students and junior faculty, who receive coaching and feedback on their poster and podium presentations, guidance on best practices in research, and information about funding and collaboration opportunities.

The conference also provides a unique opportunity to recognize mentors across disciplines who have made a significant impact in the lives of the mentees who nominate them. Mentor awards were presented to Lorri Morford, Ph.d., College of Dentistry; Carie Oser,Ph.D., College of Arts and Science; Dr. Christian Lattermann, College of  Medicine; and Guoqiang Yu, Ph.D., College of Engineering.

Special recognition mentor awards were presented to Richard Kryscio, Ph.D., College of Public Health, and Thomas Kelly, Ph.D., College of Medicine, who also serves as the director of training, education, and mentoring at CCTS.

"The recognition was completely unexpected – and humbling, given the remarkable mentoring contributions of our colleagues at the University of Kentucky," said Kelly. "I can attest to the fact that the most important component to effective mentoring is having the opportunity to work with talented and engaged scholars, and we are extremely fortunate to have such a strong group of early career translational science scholars at the University."

The graduates of the inaugural class of the  Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK), a leadership development training program offered by the CCTS, the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, and the Kentucky Office of Rural Health, also received special recognition.

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UK Experts to Discuss Cancer Care on KET

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 15:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2015) – Next week, KET will feature three University of Kentucky experts discussing cancer care in a set of programs that will accompany the three-part documentary series Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies by Ken Burns.

The series, which will air March 30, 31 and April 1 at 9 p.m., is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

On Sunday, March 29, at 1 p.m. on KET, UK Markey Cancer Center Director Dr. Mark Evers, will appear on One to One with Bill Goodman, discussing the latest news in cancer care and research, and Markey's goals to conquer cancer in the Commonwealth. Evers' interview will air again on Monday, March 30, 12:30 a.m. on KET and Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 p.m. on KET2.

On Wednesday, April 1 at 8 p.m., two UK experts will join KET Health Three60 host Renee Shaw for a live call-in program called "Answers for Cancer." Dr. Tim Mullett, a UK HealthCare lung cancer specialist who is himself a cancer survivor, and Dr. Fran Feltner, director of the UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health, will be on the panel to take questions from viewers about cancer screening, treatment and recovery resources in Kentucky.

Other panelists include Donald Miller, director of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville, and Patrick Williams, medical director at Norton Cancer Institute in Louisville.

Viewers can submit questions to the original program via Twitter at @HealthKET, by email at, or by phone at 800-753-6237. A recording of the program will air on KETKY April 6 at 9 a.m., April 10 at 11 a.m., April 11 at 4 a.m. and April 13 at 2 a.m.

Six UK Art Students Awarded Scholarships

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2015) — The University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies awarded scholarships to six students in the Foundations Exhibition held earlier this month in the Barnhart Gallery of Reynolds Building Number 1. More than 70 art studio and art education majors exhibited in the sixth annual juried exhibition. The award ceremony was held March 11.

Foundations is the first-year program in art studio and art education. As a part of the experience, students participate in what for many is their first art show. 

Scholarships were awarded to students who are enrolled full time and are distributed in the beginning of the fall semester 2015.

Artist Ryan Mulligan served as the external juror who selected the award recipients. A student choice award was also presented based on student vote. Rae Goodwin, assistant professor and director of Foundations, explained the importance of the jury process for Foundations students:

“Having an external juror is a very important experience for students and faculty alike,” Goodwin said. “Often as professional artists our work is curated or juried by people with whom we have no connection or relationship. The work must speak for itself and the writing must supplement the work. Based on these norms in the field of art studio, we bring in someone each year to jury the show.”

Mulligan is the coordinator of the first-year program in fine arts at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. In his own art, Mulligan mines the best and worst memories of his life in drawings, paintings, sculpture and installation that resonate as private Jungle Gyms and inventory drawers. Mulligan’s illustrative drawing style, pastel palette and cartoon-like use of line, reduce the severity of his subjects, casting them in a playful, even apologetic light. It is as if in order for it to serve his life, Mulligan cannot take art too seriously. He draws while absorbing romantic comedies, cooking fajitas or playing on the ground with his toddler son. The studio becomes an extension of the home, a playground for a stimulus junkie. In his last three exhibitions the work is swerving into a lexicon of mid-century modernism and fragments of vintage Disney World.

Born and raised in rural Virginia, Mulligan graduated cum laude with a master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He currently is the coordinator of the Art Foundations Program, while maintaining a ceaselessly productive studio practice. He has exhibited at the Baltimore Contemporary Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, the University of Central Arkansas, Bradley University and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art.

The winners of the Foundations Exhibition Competition are as follows: 

· first place, a $2,000 scholarship, went to "untitled" by Ye Ma, of Hohhot, China;

· second place, a $1,500 scholarship, went to "uppfyllelse" by Nathan Arms, of Richmond, Kentucky;

· the Merit Award for Digital Art, Space and Time, a $500 scholarship, went to "Busy" by Sarah Detraz, of Lexington; 

· the Merit Award for Three-Dimensional Form, a $500 scholarship, went to "Leave As You Please" by Heather Adams, of Lexington;

· the Merit Award for Two-Dimensional Surface, a $500 scholarship, went to "Hair Talk" by Jourdan Rahschulte, of Hebron, Kentucky; and 

· the Merit Award for Drawing, a $500 scholarship, went to "radio" by Jacob Robertson, of Lexington.

There was a tie in the Student Choice Award category with Maya Ingerson and Hayla Raglan each receiving a $250 scholarship. Ingerson, of Lexington, was recognized for her work "Interpretation of a Box." Ragland, of LaGrange, Kentucky, was recognized for her "untitled" work.

This is one of the last exhibitions in Banhart Gallery at Reynolds Building Number 1. The school will move into the Bolivar Art Center, a newly renovated historic warehouse, in the summer of 2015. The building is a state-of-the-art research laboratory that will feature new media labs, a 3D fabrication lab, a photography suite and more.

The UK School of Art and Visual Studies at the UK College of Fine Arts is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies and art education.  

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;

Multicultural Health Careers Open House Set for April 25

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2015) - The 8th Annual Multicultural Health Careers Open House is 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 25. Pre-registeration is available until April 17.

Any high school, undergraduate, or graduate student is encouraged to attend if they are interested in pursuing a health-related program at UK. The annual event is sponsored by the University of Kentucky’s Health Colleges Student Diversity Services (HCSDS) in conjunction with UK’s six health colleges.

Students will have available:

·         A myriad of interest sessions designed to provide information about each of UK’s six Health Colleges

·         The opportunity to tour the main UK campus, which will start at 8 am

·         Participation in open and frank discussions with current professional students about their experience

·         Other interest sessions include:

o   learning more about financing a professional school education

o   successful interviewing strategies

o   resume strengths and other ways to be a competitive applicant

o   Several more!

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on the first floor of the Charles T. Wethington Building. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and sessions will end by 4 p.m.  Students are encouraged to bring two guests but limited to only two due to space capacity.

The Open House will give prospective students and their families the opportunity to meet and greet the deans and select staff and students from each of the University’s Health Professions Colleges. 

The Open House is free and lunch will be provided, but advanced registration is requested for ordering enough food, having necessary handout materials and session seating.  

Register here:  

Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or

UK Advisors Elected to NACADA Leadership

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2015) — Two University of Kentucky advisors have been elected to serve in leadership roles within the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), a volunteer organization that works to better the advising process for students. Suanne Early will serve as the Region 3 chair and Jason T. Mitchell will serve as the advising graduate and professional students chair.

"Suanne and Jason’s election into NACADA’s national leadership is a recognition of their own knowledge and skills. It reflects well on UK as an institution that we have people like Jason and Suanne who are dedicated to helping our students succeed. I look forward to seeing how their work with NACADA and help inform our current efforts to further strengthen advising on this campus," said Benjamin C. Withers, associate provost for undergraduate education.

Early and Mitchell will both serve two-year terms in their new roles.

Early first joined NACADA in 2001, and has served in both national and regional leadership positions within the organization. As Region 3 chair, Early will be responsible for representing and providing leadership to the membership within the geographic region, facilitating networking opportunities and member recruitment, identifying needed membership services for the region, establishing and maintaining a regional governing structure, and overseeing the annual regional conference, state workshops and other professional development opportunities for region members.

"You can't just take, you need to give back and this is the best way I know how to do so," said Early in her platform statement.

Early currently works in the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK, as a student affairs officer and academic advisor.

Mitchell's position as advising graduate and professional students chair is one of several commission chair positions within NACADA. In this role, Mitchell hopes to raise awareness within the association that will allow for greater inclusion of those who work with graduate and professional students. Mitchell is a six-year member of NACADA.

"I have been empowered to look at the relationship graduate and professional students forge with their advisors and how these relationships serve to create an experience that is meaningful to the student," said Mitchell in his position statement.

Mitchell currently serves as administrative director in the Office of Biomedical Education at UK College of Medicine.

Early and Mitchell will assume these leadership roles at the end of the NACADA Annual Conference being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in October, and serve in this position until October 2017.

NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising was chartered as a nonprofit organization in 1979 to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to ensure the educational development of students. Since that beginning, NACADA has grown to 11,000 members consisting of faculty members, professional advisors, administrators, counselors and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal and vocational needs of students. In addition, NACADA is the representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education. For more information, visit NACADA's website at   

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;

College of Health Sciences Inducts Glenda Mack into Hall of Fame

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2014) - The University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences recently welcomed a new inductee into its Alumni Hall of Fame. The latest inductee is Glenda D. Mack.

Mack, a 1997 alumna of the physical therapy program, is currently vice president of clinical operations for Kindred Healthcare/RehabCare. She has been with the company since 1997, when she began as a staff physical therapist with a long-term care facility. She also previously served as senior director of claims, audits and regulatory affairs for Kindred Healthcare/RehabCare.

In her role as a VP, Mack provides national leadership for the design and implementation of clinical programs across the many post-acute care sites managed by RehabCare, which is the division within Kindred Healthcare that provides rehabilitation services in more than 2,000 facilities in 47 states, making it one of the largest rehabilitation providers in the country.

One of her primary responsibilities is to ensure state and federal compliance for the rehabilitation operations of RehabCare. Due to frequent changes in Medicare regulations, this is a daunting task, but one Mack remains committed to because of her devotion to quality care for older adults. Because of her depth of understanding of the business and clinical aspects of providing rehabilitation for older adults, Mack also provides education to a variety of regulatory bodies at the national level. She recently provided testimony in Washington D.C. to the Senate Finance Committee, House Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means Committees to support payment policy reform for inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing therapy related issues. Mack also served as a content expert for the Center for Medicare Services post-acute care policy, and she was instrumental behind the scenes in helping craft language for some of the Medicare regulations regarding rehabilitation.

Additionally, Mack provides education regarding post-acute care rehabilitation and quality outcomes measurement for the American Healthcare Association and the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care. In the midst of providing leadership, advocacy, and formative education about policy on Capitol Hill, she has always maintained a strong passion as a clinician and as a teacher.

She is a certified wound care specialist and is also certified in lymphedema management. Kindred administration describes her as a clinical leader in the field, serving medically complex patients. Mack has used this foundation to develop a model for outpatient wound care in Kindred’s long-term care environments – a great contribution to facilitation of home-based care. She has coordinated the opening of six new clinics with this focus.

Mack also has a strong commitment to clinical education. She received the Preceptor of the Year Award in 2000 from the Kentucky Healthcare Association. One of her primary roles in her current position is coordinating clinical education programs both for staff therapists and for student therapists. She is an adjunct professor in the CHS Physical Therapy program and guest lectures in the long-term care component of its geriatrics curriculum.

“The students comment annually about the depth and breadth of her knowledge and the passion of her commitment,” said Tony English, program director, Division of Physical Therapy, and Anne Harrison, associate professor, Division of Physical Therapy, in nominating Mack.

“This is very important because many students going into medical professions feel they do not want to work with frail older people. Each year after her lecture, there are always students who indicate that their interest and focus in the aging population increased as a result of the knowledge gained on this topic in these lectures. Ms. Mack’s content expertise spans the breadth of clinical care for complex patients in long term care to explaining the history and current status of regulations that govern medical care for older people. She continues to grow in all of these areas, and we expect to see her continue as an outstanding leader, making ever increasing contributions to the health care of older adults.”

Mack received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville) in 1994. In 1997, she received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in health sciences in physical therapy from the UK College of Health Sciences. Mack went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from the University of Louisville in 2011.

Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or

Lexmark Wins UK's Inaugural Supply Chain Innovation Award

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2015) — The University of Kentucky's   Gatton College of Business and Economics will present the inaugural Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award to Lexmark International at the college’s 5th Annual Supply Chain Forum today, Friday, March 27, at The Grand Reserve in downtown Lexington. The award recognizes individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated operational excellence in supply chain management as evidenced in a recently completed supply chain improvement project.

Lexmark’s supply chain team, working with logistics partner Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world’s leading third-party logistics companies, completed an “error-proofing” project that impressed the judges with their innovative approach to improving their custom mixed-pallet creation and shipping processes. Results included improved order accuracy to best-in-class levels and a reduction in the number and cost of customer claims by over 70 percent. The project reduced labor costs and delivered a return on investment of 250 percent in the first year.

Marty Canning, Lexmark executive vice president and president of Imaging Solutions and Services, said “This project is a great example of how Lexmark works alongside our customers every day to provide them the unique set of solutions and services that make their businesses more efficient. This award and the results achieved represent a win for both of us.”

The Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award judging panel consists of practitioners, academics and consultants in the supply chain industry, appointed by the advisory board of the Gatton College Supply Chain Forum. The forum brings together approximately 200 corporate leaders, professors and students to share ideas about the latest supply chain issues. This year’s theme was "Digitization of Supply Chain."

“It’s an exciting time to be in the supply chain industry,” said David W. Blackwell, dean of the Gatton College. “It’s especially exciting this year to honor one of our local Lexington companies for their innovative work in the field. The supply chain work Lexmark International is doing will inform other companies about ways to enhance their own processes and not only improve their customer service, but their return on investment.”

As the Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award recipient, Lexmark qualifies for future supply chain improvement project support from graduate students enrolled in the Gatton College’s one-year accelerated MBA program.

For more information on the award or the Forum visit:, or contact: Lucy Tepper at or 859-257-8746.


MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200;; Ann Mary Quarandillo, 859-257-0750;

Parking Restrictions Placed on Streets Near Campus During UK Basketball Game Thursday

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2015) ― As the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team heads into the NCAA Sweet 16, the UK Police Department is making the campus community aware of parking restrictions placed by the Lexington Division of Police on streets near the UK campus for a time period before and after UK's game against West Virginia.

Lexington Division of Police will prohibit parking from 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, to 6 a.m. Friday, March 27, on the following streets:

  • Limestone – Avenue of Champions to Maxwell (Both Sides)
  • Pine Street – Upper to Limestone (Both Sides)
  • Jersey Street – Euclid to Maxwell
  • Maxwell – Upper to Limestone
  • Transcript Avenue (Both Sides)
  • Journal Avenue (Both Sides)
  • Conn Terrace (South Side of the Street)
  • State Street (South Side of the Street)
  • University Avenue (South Side of the Street)
  • Elizabeth Street (Both sides) – should already be marked but check
  • Crescent Avenue (West Side of the Street)
  • Westwood Drive
  • Scott Street (meters in front of Fire Department Station 6)

"No Parking" notices have been issued in these areas, and vehicles in violation will be towed at the owners' expense beginning 7 p.m. Thursday. 

Also, beginning 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, UK Police Department will be occupying Level H of the Good Samaritan parking garage and the top level of the Chandler Hospital parking garage (Parking Structure #8) to park their vehicles and stage other equipment. Other vehicles should be moved prior to that time.

Genetics Seminars Bring Distinguished Scientists to UK

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 17:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2015) — Throughout the next four weeks, experts in the fields of molecular and cellular genetics will visit the University of Kentucky each Monday to deliver lectures on exciting new research in the field.

As part of the course "Special Topics in Molecular and Cellular Genetics," offered by the UK College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Biology, the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and the UK Graduate School, the seminars will include informal discussions with UK graduate students, but are also open to the public.

The course has brought leading scientists to the UK campus to deliver lectures for more than 25 years.

All lectures will be begin at 4 p.m. Seminar speakers, topics and dates include:

Monday, March 30

Harry Klee - professor, Department of Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

  • Topic: Molecular, genetic and biochemical approaches to understanding and improving tomato flavor
  • Location: Cameron Williams Lecture Hall in the Plant Science Building
  • Host: Seth DeBolt, sdebo2@email.uky

More information about Klee:

Monday, April 6

Jeffrey Harper - professor and chair, Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Nevada, Reno. 

  • Topic: Coding and decoding calcium signals in plants
  • Location: Cameron Williams Lecture Hall in the Plant Science Building
  • Host: Seth DeBolt, sdebo2@email.uky

More information about Harper:

Monday, April 13

Barry Ganetzky - professor, Department of Genetics and Medical Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

More information about Ganetzky:

Monday, April 27

Nathaniel Heintz - investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute,
James and Marilyn Simons Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Rockefeller University

  • Topic: Molecular mechanisms that control development and dysfunction of the mammalian cerebellum
  • Location: Room 116 in the Thomas Hunt Morgan Biological Sciences Building
  • Host: Brian Rymond,

More information about Heintz:

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

UK Staff Senate Holding Listening Session Friday

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 16:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Staff Senate will hold a listening session for UK staff Friday, March 27. The purpose is to give UK employees an opportunity to talk about the staff’s role in shared governance and how the Staff Senate can better represent its constituents.

Friday’s listening session will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in Room 249 of the Student Center. Refreshments will be served.

“We would love to see a good turnout for this event,” said Jeff Spradling, co-chair of the Senate Elections Committee. “We very much appreciate the opportunity to represent UK’s staff, and talking to employees in person gives us an opportunity to learn how we are doing and what we can do better.”

Staff members are encouraged to drop in, even if only for a few minutes, share their ideas and discuss issues of importance to them and the university.

“We believe that talking with one another and sharing ideas is essential to continuous improvement,” Spradling said. “The more we can learn about the work and interests of other employees on campus, the better we are as a representative group. Please, take a few minutes out of your busy day to visit with us and share your ideas.”

For those who can’t attend but would like to offer comments or suggestions for the senate, respond to a brief survey at

For more information, contact Holly Clark, Staff Senate coordinator, at 257-9242 or  

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

UK's Gatton College Has Proud History

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 15:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2015) — As the University of Kentucky looks back over its 150-year history, it is hard to imagine that the Gatton College of Business and Economics once occupied only a single room in the old White Hall on the campus in Lexington. In fact, the thriving business school that today offers high-quality education to several thousand undergraduate, master's and doctoral students in a number of different disciplines did not even become a college until 1925.

The College of Commerce was created out of the Department of Economics in that year and soon earned full accreditation from AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). The college's first dean was Edward Wiest, a professor of economics.

In 1948, Professor Cecil C. Carpenter was named dean and enrollment in the college topped 1,000 students. Four years later, the MBA degree was offered as veterans of the Korean War and World War II returned to attend college on the GI bill.

In 1963-64, the college's new building was completed and was home to two academic departments: the Department of Economics and the Department of Business Administration. Professor Charles Haywood was named dean a year later and his 10 years in the post would be marked by tremendous growth. During Haywood's tenure as dean, the number of students graduating from the college doubled, the Department of Accountancy was created, the entire undergraduate curriculum was revised, and the college began offering a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree.  

In addition, the Bureau of Business Research, now the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), was reorganized and its scope was broadened. Several other programs providing technical and research assistance to businesses, state agencies and local governments were added. 

During a recent telephone interview, Haywood, who will celebrate his 88th birthday in a couple of weeks, said, "It was an exciting time to be dean. There was tremendous support from faculty, staff and the campus administration to enact beneficial change."

Looking at the present Gatton College, Haywood added, "It is gratifying to see how some of the seeds we planted back then are blossoming so fully today."

Dean Haywood was succeeded by William W. Ecton, who helped expand the college's international and continuing education programs while strengthening ties to the local and state business community. It was during this time that the Business Advisory Council was established.

In 1981, Richard W. Furst began what would be a 22-year run as the college's fifth dean. He created the UK Business Partnership Foundation, an affiliated corporation to assist the college in establishing endowed chairs and professorships, and to advise on the college's growth.

Other innovations led by Furst included an enlargement and modernization of the college's building, expansion of international programs, the development of new partnerships in Europe and Asia, and the creation of the Gatton College Alumni Hall of Fame. In 1992, Business Week named the college as one of the "best buys'' in business education in the U.S.

In 1995, the UK Board of Trustees renamed the college in honor of Mr. Carol Martin "Bill" Gatton, Class of 1954, in recognition of his $14 million pledge to the school. Furst also helped secure a $5 million gift to the School of Accountancy from alumnus Douglas J. Von Allmen and the school was renamed in his honor. Later, the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship was established.

Upon Furst's return to the faculty in 2003, D. Sudharshan was named dean of the Gatton College. During Sudharshan's eight-year tenure, the accelerated, one-year MBA program was developed and became a success.

Following the interim leadership of longtime UK faculty member and former state budget director Merl Hackbart, David W. Blackwell was recruited from his post as associate dean of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and became dean of the Gatton College on March 1, 2012.

Blackwell has helped spearhead the development and implementation of several new executive education offerings, most notably the new joint Executive MBA program between UK and the University of Louisville. In addition, Blackwell is directing the college through a major expansion and complete renovation of the Gatton College building, scheduled for completion in 2016. Thanks to the efforts of Blackwell and the college’s and university's fundraising team, the school is now at more than 80 percent of its goal of $65 million to pay for the new facility, which is being entirely financed through private philanthropy.

“Gatton College alumni, faculty and students are impacting the Commonwealth and the world every day, as business creators, leaders and philanthropists, as well as through influential research that supports economic growth and sound business decision-making,” says Blackwell. “I’m proud to be building on the firm foundation that is the legacy of our former deans and college leadership, and look forward to our new facilities allowing us to educate more strong and principled business leaders for the Bluegrass and beyond.”

UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics is an important player in the history of the university and a vital part of its present and future.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200/; Ann Mary Quarandillo, 859-257-0750/

Noehren and BioMotion Lab Featured in Runner’s World

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 14:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2015) - Brian Noehren, assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences Division of Physical Therapy, and his work with the BioMotion Lab are featured in the March issue of the magazine, Runner’s World. The writer, Cindy Kuzma, visited the lab in October and spent the day seeing all that goes on in a research laboratory. The subsequent feature piece in Runners World features the research of Noehren and the BioMotion throughout.

The article, “Hip Check," focuses on the hips as a commonly overlooked culprit in running injuries. Many runners mistakenly blame their running shoes for their pain and injuries.  

Kuzma writes: “Injured runners frequently come to see physical therapist Brian Noehren with their shoes and orthotics in tow, regaling him with tales of how they’ve cycled through different brands and models of shoes in an attempt to treat themselves.”

However, research shows that weaknesses and imbalances in the hips are more often to blame for running injuries than inferior footwear.

Kuzma writes: “In a 2013 study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, [Noehren’s] team assessed about 400 healthy women. Fifteen went on to develop runner’s knee, and when the researchers looked back, they found those who ended up with the injury ran with greater hip adduction, meaning their hips turned toward the center of their bodies with every stride. If your pelvis drops, your femur will collapse inward, which puts added pressure on your knee, which will eventually create pain.”

To read the full article, please pick up the March 2015 issue of Runner’s World.

Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or 

Medical Journal Names UK Physician as Author of One of Most Important Articles Ever in Anesthesiology

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2015) – Dr. John H. Eichhorn, professor of Anesthesiology and Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, authored a paper earlier in his career titled, "Standards for Patient Monitoring During Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School," which is named in the current issue of the prestigious journal, Anesthesia and Analgesia, as one of the top 20 most important articles in anesthesiology ever written.

The Anesthesia and Analgesia review of the most important articles cites papers dating back to 1846 when the use of ether was first demonstrated (No. 1 on the list).  Eichhorn's report of the work of a committee he chaired starting in the mid 1980s at Harvard was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  It describes the development and implementation of practice standards and protocols that ultimately changed clinical behavior of an entire profession, and virtually eliminated intraoperative anesthesia catastrophes caused by human error. 

The landmark paper was ranked No. 10 on the review list, and, as that article indicates, it was a real "game changer," the impact of which persists today around the world.  As a result of career-long efforts to improve patient safety and quality of care in anesthesia, in 2011 Eichhorn received the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Individual Achievement from the National Quality Forum (NQF) and the Joint Commission, the highest recognition there is in healthcare safety and quality.

“It was an exciting time back then,” said Eichhorn. “Some serious lapses in anesthesia care had led to severe patient injuries, and my group was directed to find a remedy. The solution required changing behaviors while also greatly improving on human senses in the OR by using what were then brand-new sensitive electronic technologies to monitor patients under anesthesia."

"It was the first example of creating published standards of practice specifically intended to change clinical behavior, Eichhorn added. "Fortunately, it worked, and since then to now, those practices are totally routine everywhere, every day.  I speak also for my colleagues in stating we are very honored by this recognition.”

Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or 

UK Students Invited to Employer Mixer

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2015) — To give University of Kentucky students a leg up in the job search arena UK Leadership Exchange and the James W. Stuckert Career Center will host an informal student and employer mixer from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. today (Thursday, March 26), in Room 230 of the Student Center.

In this "no pressure" event environment, UK students may have their resume reviewed, bring questions to an employer panel, network with employers and more. Food will be provided.

"Unlike other career-related events, there’s no pressure at this mixer," said Seth Riker, marketing assistant director for Stuckert Career Center. "It’s an easy way for students to get job hunting tips from local professionals and learn more about various industries."

The mixer is a casual event, and students are welcome to come as they are. Students may RSVP through OrgSync.

Employers attending this event include:

· Lexmark, an international provider of printing and imaging products, software, solutions and services; 

· Big Ass Solutions, an innovative, local industrial business focused on bringing comfort and energy savings to large industrial buildings;

· Brooksource Technical Youth Recruiters, a company partner for hiring, recruiting and staffing information technology needs; 

· Bluegrass Greensource, a nonprofit organization that provides environmental education, resources and outreach to Central Kentucky communities; and 

· Northwestern Mutual, a financial services mutual organization that provides various types of insurance, annuities, mutual funds and employee benefit services.

UK Leadership Exchange works to help students develop and refine their leadership abilities through various programs such as, trainings, retreats, conferences, academic credit and more. For more information, visit

As part of the UK Division of Undergraduate Education, the James W. Stuckert Career Center mission is to prepare students to successfully connect with employers and post graduate educational opportunities. The Stuckert Career Center is here to help students explore their college major options and career goals, engage in the process of expanding their knowledge and experience of the work place, and to connect with those who can help students on their career path. For more information on the Stuckert Career Center and how the staff can provide assistance, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;

UK iCAT System Provides Convenience for International Students, Staff and Scholars

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2015) — International students and scholars at the University of Kentucky will soon be able to submit requests and access various services by submitting e-forms online through the UK International Center’s new iCAT system.

International students and scholars can access iCAT from their myUK account information page or from the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Web page. International students and scholars can use their myUK credentials to log in to the iCAT system.

According to Elizabeth Leibach, director of International Student and Scholar Services, students and scholars never had access to e-forms before iCAT. “In the past students and scholars were required to enter information through a fillable form which they printed from the International Center’s website and hand delivered in person or by attaching to an email,” Leibach said.

With iCAT, students and scholars can type their information directly into the system. ISSS staff then review it and either accept or request additional information.

“This new system will simplify the process of requesting services and maintaining immigration status for our students and scholars,” said Leibach.

International students and scholars will interface with the iCAT system for a variety of services including the ability to:

  • Enter, view and update information submitted to International Student and Scholar Services
  • Submit electronic form requests for program extensions, travel signatures, driver’s license requests, reduced course load authorization, H-1B employee requests, J-1 exchange scholar requests, etc.
  • Complete the new student check-in process online
  • Register for programs, events, or workshops offered by UKIC
  • Receive alerts and emails on file that require action
  • Access tax preparation software without the use of an access code

The iCAT system can help incoming international students with the pre-arrival process. It provides a checklist of steps to complete prior to their departure. The system also supports the hiring process for UK international faculty and staff members.

“International faculty and staff members who are hired by UK require assistance with obtaining work authorization so they can be employed by UK,” Leibach said. “iCAT will help to streamline the international hiring process of UK’s campus.”

Access iCAT here

MEDIA CONTACT:  Blair Hoover,

Applications Available for Kentucky Military Family Camps

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 19:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — This summer, military families can have a great bonding experience at one of three Kentucky camps aimed at strengthening family ties in a fun-filled atmosphere.

The camps are part of two grants that the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service received from the U.S. Department of Defense and Kentucky’s System to Enhance Early Development. This year’s camp offerings are:

·         The “MAMMOTH” Military Family Adventure- June 12-14; Mammoth Cave Hotel in Mammoth Cave

·         Robinson Forest Military Family Early Childhood Adventure- June 26-28; UK’s Robinson Forest in Jackson

·         Live Your Adventure Military Family Camp- July 10-12; Life Adventure Center in Versailles

The camps are open to families with a member serving in any branch of active duty, Reserve or National Guard, as well as contractors and civilians from the Department of Defense who are in any phase of the deployment cycle. Priority is given to families who have experienced at least one deployment and haven’t attended a previous Kentucky Military Family Camp. While the camps are in Kentucky, they are open to military families from across the country. The camps are particularly well suited to families who were recently reunited following a deployment.

Children must be between 5 and 18 to attend the Mammoth Cave and the Life Adventure Center camps. The Robinson Forest camp is open to families with children age 6 and under.

Available spots are expected to quickly fill. Interested families can access the Kentucky camp application online at The same application is used for each Kentucky camp.

Several military youth and military family camps are offered throughout the United States.  Individuals interested in the different options can visit the 4-H Military Partnerships Web page at

For more information about any of the Kentucky camps or about volunteer opportunities, contact Tyrone Atkinson, coordinator for UK’s Family and Consumer Sciences Extension military programs, at 859-218-1546 or

'I Am Who I Am' Diversity Convention Slated

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 17:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — “It’s time to explore. It’s time to witness. It’s time to celebrate. There is beauty in being different. There is beauty in being you.”

These few words can be found on flyers promoting Thursday’s "I Am Who I Am" Diversity Convention, and they could not be more appropriate.

Though updated with a new name and a new format, the second annual diversity convention is slated 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Small Ballroom of the University of Kentucky Student Center.

Hosted by UK's "I Am" Diversity Movement, the convention will be a time for celebrating and exploring the many dimensions of diversity, as well as learning all about the "I Am" Diversity Movement.

The convention begins with a student fair at 6-6:30 p.m. to demonstrate the many UK organizations and programs that support diversity and inclusion. The program begins at 6:30 p.m., showcasing two of the movement's initiatives: “dialogue” through a community-led panel discussion on race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, culture and current events, and “self expression” through performances of different stories presented throughout the discussion. 

“We encourage those interested in attending to bring whatever questions they have that apply to those topics, to share their stories and insight on any of those topics, and to have an open mind to learn,” said Tonais Bayless, one of the event’s organizers. A native of Louisville, Bayless is a senior majoring in dietetics with a minor in theatre. She is also president of the “I AM…” Diversity Ambassadors.

"Not too many people understand diversity because they are quick to put it in a box, just like we are quick to put people in a box, not even realizing it,” said Bayless. “And then we wonder why people different from us get upset or hurt.

“It is not a good feeling when your passions, your thoughts, your life stories are shot down in front of you and you're left all alone picking up the pieces. I know the feeling because I have experienced it constantly throughout my life even with my family. That moment creates anger, tears, arguments, and fights because this cycle is embedded in our culture, and this cycle leaves us with no hope.

“But when my best friend encouraged me to join this movement in 2013, I saw how "I Am" Diversity Movement strives to plant hope within people again -- not the hope that people will stop neglecting others, because I don't believe you can change people.

“But I believe there is the hope of changing the way you see yourself. This hope to embrace yourself entirely, flaws and all, is a hope to carry within yourself, supporting you against those who try to put you in a box.

“This movement has two initiatives, dialogue and self-expression. Together, they helped me to see that yes, I am a proud, black woman; I am a young, single mother; I am a creative soul; I am strong-minded and stubborn and sensitive; I am Tonais Bayless and nobody else, and I am free to be me. And that gives me hope, strength and power. "

Student Entries Being Sought for Traditions T Contest

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 16:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — Submissions are being sought for the annual University of Kentucky Traditions T design contest.

The Traditions T, sponsored by the UK Alumni Association, is a means to unite the UK student body in celebrating what it means to be a Wildcat.

Artwork is student-designed, and the UK student body will vote to determine the winning design. The winning student will receive a $500 cash prize along with five shirts to give to friends or family.

To submit a design, visit The deadline to submit is Friday, April 3.

For more information, contact Emory Jones at

The UK Alumni Association is a membership supported organization committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association or to become a member, visit or call 1-800-269-2586.

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

Apply to be May Undergraduate Commencement Speaker by Friday

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 16:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — Keeping with UK tradition, an undergraduate student will be selected to speak at each of two undergraduate Commencement ceremonies, which will take place at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in Rupp Arena.

Students interested in speaking must submit their applications by 4 p.m. Friday, March 27.

A Commencement Speaker Selection Committee will determine which students will have the honor of addressing their fellow graduates. Applications are available online at

To be considered, applicants must be receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky at the May 9 Commencement Ceremony. Additionally, the applicants must have contributed to UK through campus or community activities and through their fields of study. Applicants must also demonstrate strong public speaking skills.

Undergraduate students who wish to apply must submit a resume, information sheet and a copy of their proposed speech no longer than three typed, double-spaced pages. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the selection committee.

The committee may contact any applicant for a 15 minute interview and speech demonstration for the following week.

All graduates should register for Commencement at

For information regarding caps and gownsparking and travel,  college receptions or other questions, visit the Commencement website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343;

Livestream: Transportation Master Plan Forums

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 16:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2015) — Sasaki and Associates, the consulting firm developing the Transportation Master Plan, will return to the University of Kentucky campus today for the second round of public forums.

The UK campus is encouraged to provide feedback and ask questions about this important initiative.

Two forums will take place at the following times and locations:

  • 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Pavilion A Auditorium in the Chandler Hospital 
  • 1-2:30 p.m. in the Student Center Room 230

Both forums will also be livestreamed on UKNow.

The UK Transportation Master Plan (TMP) aims to improve access and mobility to, from, and around campus for all members of the UK community.

Sasaki will present preliminary transportation solutions for the campus community to consider. These concepts are highly informed by feedback the university received from the first round of public forums, which took place in January, as well as through the "send us your feedback" feature on the EVPFA website, and from the TMP online survey which yielded nearly 4,800 responses. 

"The feedback that we receive at these March forums will continue to shape the recommendations that ultimately result in the Transportation Master Plan," Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday said.  

Videos of the January forums as well as Monday's responses to recurring questions from audience members are available here.

The TMP aligns with the UK Campus Master Plan — the blueprint for UK's campus transformation that‘s allowing it to become a national model for a thriving, public residential research campus. 

"It is also a time when campus engagement is crucial," Monday said. "We want to receive your input and feedback on the challenges facing the university in terms of transportation, parking and mobility."

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, 859-257-5365;


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