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Could You Survive Daily All-nighters?

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 14:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2014) — Wake up! What if you never had to hear those two words again? A recent online article for Live Science contemplated what life might look like if there were a cure for sleep, and the possible sociological impacts that would follow.

Would you be more productive, healthier, or smarter? Mairead Eastin Moloney, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, warned against the idea that a world without sleep would be an improvement, and stressed the importance that sleep has in structuring people’s lives.

Read the full Live Science article here.

Moloney has done additional research tied to sleep — specifically, on the medicalization of sleeplessness, and focuses on the creation of medical problems from life issues, via the patient-physician interaction. The quantitative results of her study were published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Her current project explores the ways in which electronic medical records may impact patient-physician interaction, the construction and boundaries of physician knowledge, and the relationships between health care professionals within the hospital hierarchy.

Moloney received a doctorate in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009. She held postdoctoral fellowships in both research (2009-2011, Program on Integrative Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and teaching (2011-2013, Department of Sociology at North Carolina State University).

Moloney joined the UK Department of Sociology this fall, and she will also serve as faculty for the new major in health, society, and populations in the UK College of Arts and Sciences.

Find out more about Mairead Eastin Moloney in this podcast:

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302,

Business Model Canvas Workshop for Student Entrepreneurs Nov. 11

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 13:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2014) — Students will learn a valuable entrepreneurial tool called The Business Model Canvas from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the James. F. Hardymon Theater in the Davis Marksbury Building.

Nick Such, UK alumnus and director of Awesome Inc U, will lead The Business Model Canvas workshop, a method for creating a business model based on a customer value proposition.

“The Business Model Canvas is a powerful tool for understanding the key drivers of existing companies, as well as designing disruptive new business models to compete with them,” said Such.

UK Venture Challenge — scheduled for March 7, 2015 — allows students to show off their innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and gain real world experience by competing. Undergraduate and graduate teams develop their ideas into potential startup ventures, prepare a written proposal, and pitch their venture to judges from the local entrepreneurial community. The top winning teams — two undergraduate teams and two graduate teams — share $3,000 in scholarship prizes, and advance to the state competition, Idea State U.

The Venture Challenge competition and workshops are organized by iNET, the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking hosted by the College of Communication and Information; the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship and the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network , Gatton College of Business and Economics, and the student Entrepreneurship Club.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 

Dr. Barbara Phillips Named CHEST President-Elect

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 13:02
LEXINGTON, Ky.  (Nov. 10, 2014) -- The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) has announced that Dr. Barbara Phillips, professor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and medical director of the UK Good Samaritan Sleep Disorder Center, has been named president-elect effective Nov. 1, 2014.

Phillips is aboard-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and sleep medicine and is a former chair of the Sleep Institute and the National Sleep Foundation.  She has served on the Boards of the American Lung Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Phillips received a Sleep Academic Award from the National Institutes of Health and was presented with the College Medalist Award at CHEST 2013. 

Her research focuses on the effects of sleep apnea on performance and outcomes, genetic risk factors for sleep apnea, nonpharmacologic treatment of sleep apnea, and sleep in aging.

American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), publisher of the journal CHEST, is the global leader in advancing best patient outcomes through innovative chest medicine education, clinical research, and team-based care. 

Hazard Photo Album at UK Libraries Identified

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2014) — In June, the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center invited the public to help identify people and places in a photograph album featuring places in Hazard, Kentucky. Following the announcement of the project, the album was quickly identified as belonging to Daniel R. Landis, Ethel Chandler Landis and their son Dick.

Originally from Harrisonburg, Virginia, the couple lived in Hazard during the 1930s, with Daniel working as a truck driver for a bakery. In addition to the Hazard County Ice and Storage Co., several other places in the photograph album were identified, including the Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg, Wise Brothers Shirt Manufacturers in Baltimore, and the Newton Giant Incubators Corporation in Harrisonburg.

The collection has been renamed the Landis family photograph album and is now available on ExploreUK, the Special Collections Research Center’s digital library.

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections 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 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;

Palliative Care May Be the Answer for Patients Not Ready for Hospice

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 10:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2014) -- Quality of life. It is a term we often hear when someone has a life-threatening illness where treatment and therapies can prolong life but may not allow patients to live a fulfilling or necessarily comfortable life.

Today, people with cancer and other very serious diseases are living longer and survival times that once were measured in weeks are now measured in years. For this reason, palliative care is often the key for many in finding quality and comfort.

Psychologist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross began writing books in the 1960s and 70s on death and dying that have reshaped most of what we know about modern end-of-life care. And in the past decade, hospice care and palliative care services have been in increasing demand for the elderly, terminally or chronically ill.

Still, much about hospice care and palliative care is misunderstood.

What is the Difference in Hospice and Palliative Care?

Hospice care generally provides support and symptom management for patients whose life expectancy is thought to be six months or less. Palliative care is not about death and dying; it is about making the most of life, for however long it lasts and has no time restrictions. Palliative care can be received by patients at any stage of illness, whether it be terminal or not. 

However, hospice and palliative both focus on the word "care." You want the patient to be as comfortable as possible. You want them or their family to have as much control as possible and you want to be able to manage symptoms and pain so the individual and the family can focus on the time together, no matter if it is measured in weeks, months or years.

Who Could Be Helped from Palliative Care?

Some of the serious illnesses where patients may benefit from palliative care include cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer's, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis and others.

What are the Benefits of Palliative Care?

Regardless of the disease, its stage or prognosis, the focus for the patient is completely on quality of life. That includes pain management and the treatment of symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite and insomnia. But it also includes making sure the patient's emotional and spiritual needs are fulfilled. The goal of a patient receiving palliative care is to help them carry on with their daily live as much as possible.

Overall, palliative care should be thought of as a component of a comprehensive treatment plan available early on in a patient's disease. Goals of care and therapies are developed for each patient, which can then inform the discussions and decisions about their treatment. This empowers patients, because they are the ones deciding what they want to get out of their medical care and how that will impact their life.

Dr. Gerald Klim is director of the Adult Palliative Care and Hospice Program at UK HealthCare

This column appeared in the Nov. 9, 2014 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

'UK at the Half' Focuses on Smoke-Free Kentucky Efforts

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 22:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2014) — University of Kentucky's Ellen Hahn, director of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy, was featured during "UK at the Half" that aired during UK vs. University of Pikeville men's basketball game, broadcast on the radio Nov. 2.

Hahn discussed the progress Kentucky is making regarding smoke-free policies and awareness. Hahn's research at UK involves various tobacco-health related issues such as hazards of secondhand smoke.

"UK at the Half" airs during the halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.

To hear the "UK at the Half" interview click on the play button below. To view a transcript for the Nov. 2 "UK at the Half" interview, click here.

'UK at the Half' Explores Institutional Diversity With Judy 'J.J.' Jackson

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 22:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2014) — University of Kentucky's Vice President for Institutional Diversity   Judy "J.J." Jackson was featured during "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. University of Missouri football game, broadcast on the radio Nov. 1.

Jackson's current efforts focus on improving diversity in the STEM fields and increasing the number of bachelor's degrees earned by students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds in those fields. Jackson also works to provide assistance to students interested in pursuing graduate education as well as careers in research and teaching.

"UK at the Half" airs during the halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.

To hear the "UK at the Half" interview click on the play button below. To view a transcript for the Nov. 1 "UK at the Half" interview, click here.

Learn About the Women in Philanthropy Network on WUKY's 'UK Perspectives'

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 20:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 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.  On today's program, Godell talks to Paula Pope, director of special projects for UK Development, about the Women in Philanthropy Network at UK. The group has distributed nearly $1 million in grants to students and programs at the university. 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit   

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

Student Government Provides Internship Opportunities

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 20:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Student Government Association has announced spring semester internship opportunities reserved for UK students in the offices of Congressman Hal Rogers, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Mitch McConnell, and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

These internships give University of Kentucky students an opportunity to intern in Frankfort and Washington, D.C. All internships include a stipend to cover the cost of living for those students selected through an application and interview process.

The Washington, D.C. internships require students to submit the Wildcats in Washington application, the application for the congressional/senatorial office for which they are applying, and an updated resume. All required materials should be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, to the SGA office, 120 Student Center.

The Department of Agriculture internship requires students to complete the UK Student Government Application Sheet, a cover letter addressed to the selection committee, and an updated resume. All required materials for this internship should be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, to the SGA office, 120 Student Center.

For more information and all application materials, please visit

Any questions regarding internship opportunities should be directed to Colby Hall at

Connect with SGA on Facebook at    and on Twitter @uksga.  

College of Public Health Offers New Undergraduate Courses

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 18:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2014) – The University of Kentucky College of Public Health continues to expand its undergraduate curriculum with new courses related to sexual health, deciphering diseases, public health in film, and food. Each course highlights key contemporary issues in the public health field.

The following new courses will be offered in Spring 2015 and Fall 2015:

"CPH 203: Sexual Health" focuses on the relationship between sexual behaviors and health and wellness. The course will be taught by Richard Crosby, PhD, a well-known author and researcher in the field of sexual health, specifically contraceptives and prevention of sexual diseases. The course covers an array of topics ranging from sexuality and gender roles to sexual anatomy in a "judgment-free zone." The class also focuses on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Crosby feels this course is very valuable for young adults. "Sexual ignorance is the enemy and once we can accept that and move on we will be able to prevent so much more," he said.

This course meets university requirements as part of the social science core.

"CPH 310: Disease Detectives: Epidemiology in the Act" is an in-depth study of disease patterns, causes and effects in a population. The course will begin with an overview of epidemiology before exploring how to study and measure disease, including topic-specific epidemiology in fields such as cancer and genetics. This course is taught by Jay Christian, PhD, who has also worked as a staff epidemiologist at the Markey Cancer Control Program. This class meets university requirements as part of the natural science core.

"CPH 202: Public Health Through Popular Film" provides students with an understanding of public health concepts as represented in popular cinema. It will be taught by Nancy Johnson, DrPH, MSPH, a certified industrial hygienist who has worked for the state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration programs. Public health events have been the focus of many film plots, and this course includes a combination of lectures, readings and film viewings that help students understand the relationship between environmental, biological and behavioral factors of disease.

Johnson believes this course is especially relevant to this generation. "A well-educated person who understands the science behind the event can look at something meant to entertain and influence and understand what is true and what is hyperbole," she said.

This course meets university requirements as part of the social science core.

"UKC 130: Food Fight" concentrates on a topic that most college students are interested in: food. This course explores issues of production, distribution and consumption of food, and how those factors affect the health of people. Specifically, the course revolves around the topic of overconsumption, one of society's many dietary issues. With two-thirds of American adults overweight or obese, this course aims to give students an understanding of the causes  of the problem and what they can do to address it. 

The class will be taught by Mark Swanson, PhD, a cultural anthropologist who specializes in the influence of social and physical environments on eating behaviors. Swanson has earned many National Institute of Health grants to study farm-to-school programs that encourage healthy eating habits of elementary school students. This course meets a university requirement as a social science core.

Any undergraduate student is encouraged to sign up for these courses in the upcoming registration period, opening Nov. 5.

UK’s Bachelor's of Public Health (BPH) program is designed to provide exposure to students in a number of important areas of public health, including disease control and prevention, environmental health, health behavior, health care management, global health, local health, aging and nutrition. It is a challenging area of study that allows students the opportunity to tackle complex health problems and work toward finding solutions that better the lives of individuals, families and entire communities.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mallory Powell,

Billings Discusses Hillbilly Stereotypes on BBC

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 16:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2014) — Dwight Billings, professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky, recently appeared as a guest on BBC World Service Radio to talk about hillbilly stereotypes. Billings says there has always been an interest in the American “other” – an interest that seems to have contrasting parts of fascination and fear.

He also went on to discuss how the stereotypes of people in Appalachia have led to making the area “a sacrifice zone” when it comes to progress in the region.

Listen to the broadcast at

In a career that has spanned over 40 years, Billings has written groundbreaking works on Appalachia, including the book "The Road to Poverty: the Making of Wealth and Hardship in Appalachia," for which he and co-author Kathleen M. Blee received the Weatherford Award in 2000. The book he co-edited with Katherine Ledford and Gurney Norman, "Back Talk from Appalachia: Confronting Stereotypes," has been a widely used resource in challenging stereotypes of Appalachians.

Billings was one of the founders of the UK Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies Program, working with colleagues to secure funding for these initiatives from the Rockefeller and Mellon Foundations and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has served terms as research director of the Appalachian Center and as director of Appalachian Studies in the course of his career at UK.

He is currently working on a book-length analysis of class and culture in the Appalachian region. His research and teaching interests include social inequality, Appalachian and regional studies, poverty, sociological theory, and the sociology of religion.

Raised in Beckley, W.Va., Billings earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from West Virginia University in Morgantown. He earned both his master's degree and doctorate in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302,

UK Big Blue Family VIDEO: Couple Balances Teaching, Healing & Parenting

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 14:08

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2014) — University of Kentucky College of Medicine assistant professors Dr. Angela Korrect Webb, and her husband, Dr. Jonathan Webb, have ties to the University of Kentucky that go back to when they first began dating during their college years.  

While attending Belmont University, Angela, a Nashville native, searched for the perfect shirt to give Jonathan for his birthday.  When his roommate let her into their dorm room to see what color was missing from Jonathan's closet, it quickly became clear to her what she should choose.

“It was just blue button up, blue button up, white button up, blue button up, so I thought, ‘I know what I’ll do, I’ll get him a red button-up,’” said Angela. 

Since Angela, then a sophomore and Jonathan, then a freshman, had just been dating a few months and since the UK Basketball season hadn’t yet started, she had no idea about the reason behind his preference for blue and white. 

“I’m a huge University of Kentucky fan,” said Jonathan, a Shelby county native.  “I’ve been that way all my life!”

“I had no clue until he opened it up and just said, ‘’Oh.’” Angela said. 

Despite the “mistake,” the two quickly became a couple and by Angela’s senior year, it was time to figure out where they would apply to medical school.  Both were set on attending UK not for the basketball, but for the training they hoped to receive as students in the College of Medicine.

Fast forward to 2014.  Not only did the couple train here, they’re now UK HealthCare clinicians and assistant professors within Internal Medicine.   Angela works in general internal medicine while Jonathan specializes in nephrology.  Watch this Big Blue family video feature to discover how the couple balances their roles at UK with being parents to three children under the age of 11. 

This video feature is part of a special new series produced by UKNow focusing on families who help make up the University of Kentucky community.  There are many couples, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters who serve at UK in various fields.   The idea is to show how UK is part of so many families’ lives and how so many families are focused on helping the university succeed each and everyday. 

Since the "Big Blue Family" series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If you know of a family who you think should be featured, please email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!

VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282,

UK’s First Global Health Case Competition Addresses Global Challenges

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:12
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Global Health Initiative is pleased to announce its first Global Health Case Competition.

This innovative student competition will rally graduate students from various UK colleges to form interdisciplinary teams that will develop strategies to address a critical global health challenge.

These strategies will be presented to a panel of judges Jan. 24, and the top team will be chosen to advance to the 2015 International Emory Global Health Case Competition (EGHCC) March 28 at Emory University. They will face teams from 24 other universities, and the first-place team at the Emory competition will win $6,000.

Each team will comprise six randomly grouped students that represent at least three different UK colleges. Residents, post-doctorates, and post-graduates are not eligible. Students who wish to participate may come from any UK college, but experience or interest in global health is crucial.

During the competition, each team will have 15 minutes to showcase a visual presentation, followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer portion with the judges.

Teams will be informed of the global health case the week of the case competition and will be provided a scheduled work day to collaborate with each other before the presentation day.

Although the case topic is different every year, the topic will be centered around a pressing global health issue. For example, the 2009 EGHCC case focused on Aamina, a one-year-old, malnourished Ethiopian girl. The teams were asked to act as consultants to a foundation that developed strategies to reduce the burden of malnutrition in that region of Ethiopia.

About a week prior to releasing the case topic, UK will host a Team Meet and Greet, where team members can officially meet and get to know each other, discuss strategies and participate in team-building activities. A team captain will be chosen among each group, and all team members will sign an honor code to ensure their full participation.

This competition is hosted by the Global Health Initiative, whose mission is to advance research and educational programs for students to improve the health of people throughout the world.

Students who wish to participate must register here by Dec. 1:

To learn more about UK’s Global Health Case Competition, please visit

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

Fight Homelessness – Get Involved in Wrap Up America

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 22:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2014) — Students across the University of Kentuckcy campus are involved in the Lexington community in many ways. One major way UK students help the Lexington community is through an organization called Wrap Up America.

Wrap Up America strives to raise awareness about poverty and donates tie fleece blankets to the homeless. The organization also seeks to gain connection within the community, integrating nonprofit organizations with the college to meet the needs of that organization and providing opportunities for UK students to directly impact the community.

If you are interested in becoming involved with Wrap Up America at UK, attend the Wrap Up America general information meeting from 7:15 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Smart Classroom of the Student Center (located in the Center for Student Involvement).

The meeting will highlight previous Wrap Up America projects, plans for the future, and opportunities for students to become involved with the organization.

For more information visit  

UK to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Engineering Outreach Program For Girls

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 21:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2014) — The University of Kentucky will host the the 10th annual Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) event Saturday, Nov. 15.  Registration begins at 10 a.m. followed by the opening ceremony in the UK Student Center's Worsham Theater. Later sessions will take place in various buildings on campus.

Last year, nearly 300 Girl Scouts and Juliette Scouts from Kentucky and Ohio packed the Worsham Theater for the outreach event. 

“We want to encourage girls who are thinking about their career goals to consider the field of engineering,” said event coordinator Vicki Cooper. “GEMS introduces girls to several technology based career options.”

The keynote speakers will be Janet Lumpp, associate director of NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium and EPSCoR Programs and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UK, and Lesa Roe, deputy associate administrator at NASA. Roe will join the keynote via Skype and will answer the girls' questions about the space program.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit various workshops facilitated by UK engineering faculty, students and staff. Activities such as, “Cosmetic Chemistry,” “Roller Coaster Physics” and “Alice in Programming Land” will enable girls to interact with engineering and computer science concepts in new, fun ways.

UK College of Engineering Associate Dean for Administration and Academic Affairs and Gill Eminent Professor in Chemical Engineering Kimberly Ward Anderson anticipates another outstanding event.

“GEMS is a fantastic opportunity for girls at a young age to learn about opportunities in the science and engineering fields,” said Anderson. “It gives them an awesome hands-on experience with the hopes of motivating them at an early age to prepare for college careers in these areas. They not only experience science and engineering, but also get to interact with some of our outstanding UK women students who serve as excellent role models.”

In addition, three parent workshops have been added to the schedule. The presenters will be from the Kentucky Department of Education and the UK College of Engineering.

This year’s event will be sponsored by Time Warner Cable, Kentucky American Water, Toyota, and LG&E and KU.

To view the full schedule, or to find out more informaiton, go to or contact Vicki Cooper at or 859-257-8042.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396

Artwork of Psychiatric Patient Known as "Sybil" Exhibited at UK Chandler Hospital

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 14:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2014) — In 1973, the best-selling book "Sybil" detailed the psychiatric case of artist Shirley Mason, who was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder. The story told by writer Flora Schreiber was later made into a made-for-TV movie starring actress Sally Field.

According to the book, which was based on taped interviews of psychotherapy sessions with Dr. Cornelia Wilbur, Mason was possessed by 16 different personalities as a coping mechanism for traumatic experiences. Mason, who was identified as "Sybil," suffered horrible abuse from her mother as a child.

Until she died of cancer in 1998, Mason lived out a quiet life in a house on Henry Clay Boulevard in Lexington. When family members were clearing out the house to sell, they came across more than 100 pieces of original artwork that Mason had locked away in her basement closet.

A collection of 40 pieces of artwork recovered from Mason's basement will be on display in the West Gallery of the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital later this month. Some of these original pieces are referenced in the 1973 book and reflect a diversity of style, themes and moods indicative of Mason's revolving personalities. The exhibit titled "Shirley Ann Mason" is owned by art collector Jim Ballard and was coordinated by the UK Arts in HealthCare program.

Ballard, who owned a framing business in the Chevy Chase neighborhood before moving to Florida, purchased more than 70 pieces of Mason's artwork at auction and contributed his work to the hospital exhibit. His fascination with the mysterious artist prompted him to read the book about her life, which gave him some ideas about which of Mason's alternate selves were responsible for each piece of artwork. Ballard said that the medium of chalk and use of pastel colors were connected to a young, innocent personality Mason referred to as "Peggy."

Ballard said Mason only sold and signed art that she recognized as her own. Mason reported to her psychiatrist blacking out for periods of time and returning to consciousness not recognizing artwork on her easel as her own. While Ballard acknowledges he's not a psychiatrist, he believes his varied collection is evidence that Mason took on several personalities while creating art.

"From talking to people and the doctors who study these things, I understand it's something that is put into a human being in the formative years," Ballard said of dissociative identity disorder. "A child confronts something so traumatic that they come up with a stronger or meaner self that can deal with it."

Wilbur, who helped Mason successfully integrate all her personalities during the 1950s, later joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Ed Maxwell, a psychiatrist and faculty member at UK, received his medical degree from UK and completed a psychiatric residency under Wilbur's supervision.

"Her style of relating to students and her teaching skills made a fairly significant number of medical students choose psychiatry as a profession," Maxwell said.

Maxwell said Wilbur's fascination with multiple personality disorder spread to other UK faculty members who conducted research on the condition. Wilbur encouraged her students and residents to undergo psychotherapy so they could better understand the perspective of their patients. Wilbur supported home visits to patients, especially in areas of rural Kentucky where psychiatric care wasn't available.

As a student of Wilbur's, Maxwell also learned how to diagnose and treat patients with dissociative identity disorder. Throughout his career, he has helped individuals manage multiple personalities and carry out functional lives. Maxwell said when "Sybil" was first published, Wilbur was hopeful the case would inform readers of the psychological effects caused by child abuse.

"It's one of these fascinating phenomena that piques people's interest," Maxwell said of Sybil's case. "Connie's mission was to emphasize the drastic consequences of child abuse, and also to show conditions like this are treatable." 

The exhibit will run through spring 2015 and is free and open to the public. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, 

Mary Sue Coleman to Address UK Community This Afternoon

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 14:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2014) — Mary Sue Coleman, former UK faculty member and former president of the University of Michigan will address the UK community at 4 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Lexmark Public Room of the Main Building, as the next speaker in the "see tomorrow." Speaker Series.

A livestream of her presentation will be available, starting at 4 p.m., at the following link:

Mary Sue Coleman led the University of Michigan as its 13th president from August 2002 until she retired in June 2014.

As president, she developed numerous large initiatives that impacted the community, the campus, and future generations of students. These initiatives included enhancing interdisciplinary richness of university, strengthening student residential life, bolstering the economic vitality of the state and nation, increasing the university's global engagement, and encouraging innovation and creativity.

TIME magazine has named Coleman one of the nation’s “10 best college presidents,” and the American Council on Education has honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

President Coleman is a recognized national leader in higher education; President Obama selected her as one of six university presidents to help launch the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership — a national effort bringing together the federal government, universities and industry.  And in 2010, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke named her co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

For 19 years she was a member of the biochemistry faculty at the University of Kentucky. Her work in the sciences led to administrative appointments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of New Mexico, where she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs.  From 1995-2002, Coleman was president of the University of Iowa.

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

Diego Garcia Brings Latin Flair to Bluegrass

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 14:35

Diego Garcia performs "You Were Never There." 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts will bring some Latin flair to the Bluegrass this month with the musical stylings of Diego Garcia. He will bring his distinctly Latin sound to the Singletary stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

Prior to Garcia's journey as a solo artist, he was the frontman for the popular New York indie rock act Elefant. His first single, "You Were Never There," features delicate Spanish guitars, lush string arrangements, and a distinctly Latin flavor drawn from his Argentine roots. With the release of his debut solo album, "Laura" in April of 2011, Garcia saw great success, having NPR name his debut, "one of the top 25 albums of the year." In October 2013, he released his newest album, " Paradise."  

Tickets for this event are $26 for general admission and $13 for students with a valid UK ID. Transaction fees will be added. The tickets can be purchased via phone at the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at, or in person at the ticket office.

A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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

UK Oral Historian Takes Part in StoryCorps Summit

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2014) — Doug Boyd, director of the University of Kentucky Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, recently participated in “Oral Histories Online: Ethics, Legality, and Opportunity” where a select group of national leaders in oral history discussed the future of the StoryCorps archive.

Boyd was among a group of outside experts that included Bertram Lyons, folklife specialist at the American Folklife Center and AVPreserve member, and John Neuenschwander, author of "A Guide to Oral History and the Law" on legal issues and oral history, at the day-long summit. The event covered a broad range of issues that are challenging to archives around the world and included the development of strategies to answer these issues.

The summit was one of several events presented in October during National Archives Month by the Recording and Archive department at StoryCorps. The StoryCorps’ archive comprises one of the first and largest born-digital oral history collections. It incorporates more than 55,000 interviews, recorded in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Boyd is a national leader regarding oral history, archives and digital technologies. He heads up the team that created and operates Oral History in the Digital Age, a website that connects researchers to the latest information on digital technologies pertaining to all phases of the oral history process. He also led the research team that envisioned, designed and implemented the open source OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) system. The OHMS tool connects a user from a search term in a transcript or an index to the corresponding moment in the online audio or video.

Before taking the director position at Nunn Center at UK Libraries, Boyd administered digital programs for the University of Alabama Libraries, served as the director of the Kentucky Oral History Commission, and prior to that worked as the senior archivist for the oral history collection at the Kentucky Historical Society.   

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

UK Forensics Has Strong Start to Fall Semester

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 09:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2014) — The University of Kentucky forensics team has had a strong start to the 2014 fall semester. After attending the first three tournaments of the year, the team has already won nearly 20 individual and team awards and has earned four qualifications to the National Forensics Association national tournament in April of 2015.

Director of Forensics Timothy Bill explains “Every year the team is getting better and performing at a higher level. This year is no different. We’ve already surpassed where we were at this time last season.”

In September, the team started its season on a high note with Western Kentucky University’s Fall Fiesta swing tournament. This year, 14 schools from as far away as Minnesota and North Carolina met in Bowling Green for this event. The Fall Fiesta tournament frequently features some of the toughest competition in the nation. The majority of teams present are ranked in the top 15 teams nationally and many of the students in final rounds will also be in the elimination rounds at nationals later in the year. In spite of this tough competition, a member of UK Forensics broke through for the first time in the team’s history at this event. Junior Abel Rodriguez placed third in impromptu speaking and was awarded third place speaker in parliamentary debate.

Over the second weekend of October, UK Forensics hosted its second annual collegiate speech and debate tournament which offers competition in 13 different public speaking events and three forms of debate. Teams from 10 states representing 20 different universities and colleges attended this year’s event.

With more than 260 entries in 17 different speaking and debate categories, the tournament has continued to grow and mature as an intercollegiate event. In addition to the honor of hosting 20 other colleges and universities on the UK campus, UK Forensics was also featured on the Oct. 11 edition of "UK at the Half," a radio segment that airs during the halftimes of home football and basketball games. The segment was broadcast over the entire state of Kentucky via the UK Sports Network and nationally via SiriusXM radio.

While the returning members of the UK Forensics team were assisting in hosting the tournament, the four new novice competitors had their first experience with a collegiate

competition. Kaylon Kennedy placed fifth in program oral interpretation and Léna Touchard was awarded top novice recognitions in persuasive speaking.

Most recently, UK Forensics traveled to Marshall University Oct. 25 and 26 to compete in the annual Chief Justice Invitational Tournament. This event frequently hosts some of the best teams in the nation and this year was no different. Western Kentucky University, Eastern Michigan University, George Mason University, and Ball State University, all top 10 teams at nationals, participated in this year’s tournament in addition to 18 other squads from across the region.

In this fierce environment, UK achieved a strong fifth place finish in combined team sweepstakes. The following individual achievements propelled UK to this team award:

Improvisational Duo

Kaylon Kennedy and Megan Wagner – Second Place, Top Novices

Abel Rodriguez III and Dianté Elcock – Fifth Place

Novice Impromptu Speaking

Megan Wagner – Third Place

Rachel Brase – Fourth Place

Persuasive Speaking

Léna Touchard – Top Novice

Poetry Interpretation

Abel Rodriguez III – Sixth Place

Program Oral Interpretation

Kaylon Kennedy – Fifth Place, Top Novice

Dianté Elcock – Sixth Place

Public Debate

Abel Rodriguez III – Tournament Champion

Logan Hurley – Semifinalist

Abel Rodriguez III – First Place Speaker (tie)

Logan Hurley – First Place Speaker (tie)

UK Forensics is a student organization within the College of Communication and Information. The team’s next tournament will be the Tennessee Porch Swing Tournament hosted by Belmont University and Carson-Newman University in Nashville, Tennessee, Nov. 14-16. To find out more about these results or the team generally, please contact Director of Forensics Timothy Bill at

To listen to the UK at the Half interview with Timothy Bill, click on the arrow below. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 


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