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Nomination Time for Ken Freedman Advisor Award

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 14:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Advising Network is now accepting nominations from undergraduate students for the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award. The award is designed to recognize outstanding service in the field of undergraduate academic advising for both faculty and professional advisors. Nominations are accepted online on the UK Advising Network website.

The recipients of the Ken Freedman Award will receive a $500 travel grant from the Division of Undergraduate Education and will be recognized at a luncheon Feb. 12, 2016. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in the nominating process. Nominees can also be selected from special programs outside of UK's colleges, such as CARES (Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services), the Honors Program or Education Abroad. Enter only one nominee for each category (faculty or professional advisor). You can view a list of past recipients on the Advising Network website.   

The nomination deadline is Friday, Dec. 11.

The advisor award is named for Ken Freedman, who served as a professional advisor at UK for 15 years prior to his death in 2001. Freedman was one of the founders of the UK Advising Network in 1986 and instrumental in advising leadership on campus in the 1990s.

Academic advising is integral to fulfilling the teaching and learning mission of higher education. Through academic advising, students learn to become members of their higher education community, to think critically about their roles and responsibilities as students, and to prepare to be educated citizens of a democratic society and a global community.

Recipients of the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award will be nominated by UK for the Region 3 Excellence in Advising Award and for the National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor Award. The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), founded in 1979, promotes the quality of academic advising in institutions of higher education. NACADA is dedicated to the support and professional growth of academic advisors, administrators and the advising profession. Through its publications and conferences, NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas regarding the role of advising in higher education.

The UK Advising Network is sponsored by the Division of Undergraduate Education. For more information, visit www.uky.edu/advising.

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

Lexington Venture Club Recognizes Entrepreneurs; Honors UK's Harvey

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 14:55

LEXINGTON, KY. (Nov 17, 2015) — Lexington’s fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week kicked off Monday, Nov. 16, evening with the Lexington Venture Club (LVC) announcing that the Central Kentucky entrepreneurial community created 280 new jobs and raised $50.6 million in capital funds in Fiscal Year 2015.

The companies, employing a total of 952 people, reported an average salary of $76,929 for full-time jobs. They represent industry sectors in biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, e-commerce, independent game development, IT and software development, energy technologies and business services — further demonstrating Lexington’s position as a leading location for high-growth, high-wage, technology-based jobs. 

“The funding and jobs numbers clearly demonstrate the continued growth of the Lexington region’s startup companies,” said Warren Nash, the director of the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, part of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship within the University of Kentucky's   Gatton College of Business and Economics. “These companies are in turn, creating high-paying, high-tech jobs and also producing revenue that is spurring additional economic growth for the region.”

The LVC also recognized recipients of the Lexington eAchievers Award for excellence in entrepreneurship. Twenty-two startup companies in the Bluegrass Region were honored with the eAchiever award for receiving at least $1 million dollars in funding and/or creating five new full-time jobs in fiscal year 2015. 

The companies that received the eAchiever award include: Care Team Solutions; CirrusMio; Coldstream Laboratories, Inc.; CrossCoat Medical; Gun.; Hera BioLabs; Intralink Spine; Invenio Therapeutics; MakeTime; MEP Equine Solutions; Mercury Data Systems, Inc.; MosquitoMate, Inc.; nfant; nGimat, LLC; OuiBox; PDx Biotech; Seikowave; Summit Biosciences Inc.; Transposagen; Twin Star TDS; VeBridge; and Vindico Nanobio Technology Inc.

Catalyzing on this opportunity to recognize innovation in our community, LVC also unveiled its new brand and direction, “SPARK.” Building on the LVC’s long-time role to help launch promising business ventures, SPARK’s mission is to provide a forum that fosters sharing between entrepreneurs, businesses, investors and professional services providers. SPARK will continue to have luncheons focused on the entrepreneurial community in addition to networking events, open coffees and business showcases.

In addition to the eAchiever awards, the BBDP gave the inaugural Harvey Award, which will be given annually to an individual or organization that has made a significant impact on the entrepreneurial community. The first recipient of this award, for which it is named, is Dean Harvey, who is the executive director of the UK Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship. Harvey has been a tireless supporter of UK’s commercialization efforts and the startup community.

Some highlights of Harvey’s tenure at UK include:

·         A co-founder of the Lexington Venture Club in 2002.

·         A co-founder of the Bluegrass Angels group established in 2004, which has now grown to a membership of close to 60 accredited investors.

·         Instrumental in the establishment of the Bluegrass Angel Venture Funds I and II.

·         One of the founding partners of the nationally recognized Bluegrass Business Development Partnership established in 2007.

·         Instrumental in the establishment and launch this past fall of the UK Venture Studio within the Gatton College of Business and Economics. 

The Lexington Venture Club, founded in 2002, connects great ideas, interested investors and business resources to promote a strong economy in Lexington. The group is managed by Commerce Lexington Inc., and the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, which is a part of University of Kentucky’s Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, within the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

The Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network conducts an annual survey of these early-stage companies.  The results are based upon self-reported data for July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. This year 133 companies responded to the survey, offering a 68 percent response rate from the more than 200 Bluegrass Business Development Partnership (BBDP) clients.

For information about the event and Lexington Venture Club, please visit www.lexingtonventureclub.com or www.facebook.com/lexingtonventureclub.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; Warren Nash, 859-257-6871; Hannah Huggins Crumrine, 859-226-1631.

VIDEO: Cardiovascular Research Is Personal for UK's Lisa Cassis

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 14:24

'"see discovery:" The People Behind Our Research' is produced by UKNow and REVEAL to highlight the stories of our researchers and what motivates them to ask the questions that lead to discovery. 

Video Produced by UK Public Relations & Marketing and UK Research Media (REVEAL).  To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.  If using a mobile device, click on the "thought bubble" in the same area.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2015) —  For University of Kentucky Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis the drive to conduct meaningful research is personal.

“You don’t go into it for the money, you go into it because you want to help people,” Cassis said.

The longtime UK professor chose to devote her career to cardiovascular research after watching her father battle heart disease for nearly 30 years. He suffered his first heart attack at age 51, went through three open heart surgeries, and was able to live until age 80 by managing his diet. However, Cassis says his lipid problems kept coming back no matter what he did.

“I wanted to know why we aren’t able to help someone like him,” she said.

Now, with more than 26 years at UK, Cassis has made many important discoveries in cardiovascular research, including a link between obesity and health problems like high blood pressure. By studying the renin angiotensin system, which helps control blood pressure and fluid in the body, Cassis and her team were able to determine how the overproduction of fat cells contribute to high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and heart failure.

More recently, Cassis has begun studying sex chromosomes and their contribution to the vascular disease of aneurysms.

“Females are less likely to get aneurysms than men, and I’m trying to figure out why that is,” she said. 

Her findings over the last year suggest that the introduction of male sex chromosomes in biological females could raise the risk of aneurysm. Cassis says this work may have a broader impact than she initially thought.

“We’ve become more aware in this country of gender and gender identity,” said Cassis. “From my perspective, as a cardiovascular researcher, the process of seeking one’s gender is taking certain types of sex hormones to promote the outcome that you would like for that gender. My concern is how that therapy will influence that person’s cardiovascular health.”

Cassis hopes her contribution will help provide knowledge to people as they seek their own gender identity, so that they may understand different types of approaches and clinical care they may need.

At the end of the day, Cassis just wants to improve lives by doing what she loves most.

“I love trying to come up with a question and design an approach to tackle the question,” she said.

About Lisa Cassis

Lisa Cassis earned a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from West Virginia University, followed by postdoctoral positions as an Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow in Pharmacology at Wurzburg, West Germany, and within the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Virginia. Cassis joined the faculty at UK in 1988, and is currently a faculty member within the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, the Graduate Center for Toxicology, the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center, and the College of Pharmacy.

Research within the Cassis laboratory has been continuously supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for more than 27 years, contributing to more than 130 scholarly publications. She has mentored many scientists, been the recipient of national and local research awards, and served for 10 years as program director of an NIH Training Grant in Nutritional Sciences. She currently serves as program director for an NIH grant that supports the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) focusing on obesity and cardiovascular diseases.

As vice president for research, Cassis reports directly to the president and administers UK’s nearly $285 million research enterprise that has an annual economic impact on the state of more than $500 million. Cassis oversees research proposal development, grants and contracts administration, federal relations, human subjects protection, 10 non-degree granting and multidisciplinary research centers, and an array of shared-use core facilities that serve UK researchers.

The University of Kentucky is one of only eight universities in the country with the full range of undergraduate, graduate, professional, and medical programs on one contiguous campus. That range of programs — world-class poets and writers working minutes away from nationally renowned researchers in cancer and energy — enlivens interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary initiatives in learning and discovery. UK is currently one of only 22 public institutions with a trifecta of federal designations of excellence — for aging, in cancer and in translational science.

This video feature is part of a new monthly series called, ‘“see discovery:” The People Behind Our Research.’  The videos, produced by UKNow and REVEAL, will highlight the important work being conducted at the University of Kentucky by telling the stories of our researchers.  The idea is to discover and share what motivates our faculty, staff and students to ask the questions that lead to discovery. 

Since this is a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If you know of a researcher who you think should be featured, please email us

MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343, jenny.wells@uky.edu

VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, amy.jones2@uky.edu

or Alicia Gregory, 859-257-2980, alicia@uky.edu

Glen Campbell's Physician, Dr. Ron Petersen, to Speak at Annual Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Symposium

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 14:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2015) — Many people think there's never been a darker time for Alzheimer's disease (AD).

There's no cure, they point out. The field is littered with treatment failures; the last time the FDA approved a drug to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease was 2003. 

Dr. Ronald Petersen is adamant that this is wrong-headed thinking. "We learn even in failure," he said, "and we know more than ever before about how and when the AD disease process begins."

Petersen is the director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, a population-based study of aging with a cohort of more than 2,800 men and women. The study generates a massive amount of data that might help tease out the causes, markers and subtle signs of AD.

Petersen is coming to UK as the keynote speaker for the community session of the fifth annual Sanders-Brown Center on Aging's Markesbery Symposium on Nov. 21 to reinforce the idea that there is hope.

He will bring with him a clip from the documentary " Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me." Petersen has helped care for the country music star since he was diagnosed with AD in 2011.

"Glen Campbell's situation is a terrific example of both how frustrating and confusing AD can be, but also how the support of family and others can make the best of a bad situation," said Petersen, who is professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. 

The title of Petersen's presentation for the Markesbery Symposium's community session is "How early can we diagnose Alzheimer's disease?" In addition to the Glen Campbell clip, he'll share the story of a 53-year old woman recently diagnosed with AD.

"We've made great strides in the last decade or so, and are now able to detect the disease earlier than we formerly could," said Petersen. "While we currently have very little in the form of drug therapies to treat AD once it's diagnosed, we still encourage an early diagnosis to allow for lifestyle modifications and planning for the future."

The research community is focused on biomarkers as a means to that end. Biomarkers are biological hallmarks of disease: the urine contains hints that a patient has diabetes, for example, or the blood can tell someone whether they perhaps have prostate cancer.

(Sanders-Brown researchers have also been looking into biomarkers for AD. For the story click here)

Identifying AD's current biomarkers — amyloid and tau — require advanced imaging techniques or lumbar punctures for an accurate diagnosis.  The hope, says Petersen, is that a simpler test — blood or urine, perhaps — will be developed to reveal changes in the brain before irreversible cognitive decline has begun.

Also on Saturday, a research highlights session with moderator Fred Schmitt and researchers from Sanders-Brown: Erin Abner, Steve Scheff, Donna Wilcock, and Greg Jicha — will present the latest findings on research into age-related dementias and answer questions from the audience.

On Friday, Nov. 20 is the Markesbery Symposium's scientific session, with a poster presentation and a keynote address by Dr. Sam Gandy, Ph.D., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who will discuss new concepts in the development of therapeutics for AD.  Sanders-Brown researchers Steve Estus, Elizabeth Head, Mark Lovell, and Dick Kryscio will also discuss their research at the session. Petersen will be presenting as well. 

"We are fortunate to have accomplished scientists like Drs. Petersen and Gandy here to complement the work of our own researchers for this very important weekend," said Linda Van Eldik, Ph.D., director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. "The Markesbery Symposium has traditionally been a time when researchers convene to share their ideas about the diagnosis and treatment of age-related dementias like Alzheimer's disease, and from those conversations often come new collaborations and meaningful progress."

Both sessions are free and open to the public, however, registration is required.  For more information on registration call (859) 323-6040, email Paula.Thomason@uky.edu, or go to http://www.centeronaging.uky.edu

MARKESBERY SYMPOSIUM

Scientific session: Nov. 20, 2015

11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A auditorium

Community session: Nov. 21, 2015

8:30 a.m. - noon

Lexington Convention Center Bluegrass Ballroom

(Free breakfast provided)

The symposium is named in honor and memory of the late Dr. William R. Markesbery, founding director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UK. Dr. Markesbery’s legacy of groundbreaking research at the Center on Aging has formed the bedrock for the quest to understand and treat Alzheimer’s disease and to improve the quality of life of the elderly.

The Sanders‐Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) was established in 1979, and received funding as one of the original ten National Institutes of Health Alzheimer’s Disease Centers in 1985. Internationally acclaimed, the SBCoA is recognized for its contributions to the fight against brain diseases associated with aging.

Media Contact:  Laura Dawahare, Laura.Dawahare@uky.edu, (859) 257-5307

Media Arts and Studies Student Awarded $5,000 Education Abroad Diversity Scholarship

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 09:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Education Abroad (UK EA) Diversity Scholarship Committee awarded Elias Conwell its $5,000 Diversity Scholarship for the fall 2015 semester. UK EA and partner organization International Studies Abroad (ISA) collaborate to award this scholarship to UK students each semester.

“This scholarship reaches out to a population which is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad,” said Yiyi Tang, UK EA financial manager.

Conwell, a UK media arts and studies student, plans to study international management, business and economics in Spring 2016. His program will take place in Beppu, Japan, at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), where he will explore the business aspects of multimedia and production.

The Diversity Scholarship is awarded to students who identify themselves as diverse, and diversity can manifest itself in many different ways. “Diversity is about being yourself,” Conwell said. “Everyone has his or her own experiences, it’s not necessarily a race thing. Your experiences are what make you different.”

Students awarded the Diversity Scholarship have up to two calendar years to use the amount toward an ISA program. The deadlines are March 1 for the spring and October 1 for the fall.  To apply or learn more about this scholarship visit uky.edu/international/diversityscholarship.

Education Abroad at the University of Kentucky is a unit of the International Center. Its primary responsibility is to facilitate high quality, academically sound and experientially rich study abroad, research abroad and intern abroad programs for University of Kentucky students. More information about the International Center can be found at http://www.uky.edu/international/.

Connect with Education Abroad at http://uky.edu/international/educationabroad. Visit 315 Bradley Hall to talk with an Education Abroad Peer Ambassador, email educationabroad@uky.edu or call (859) 257-4067 for more information.

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

Racial Conflicts Discussed at UK

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 08:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2015) — Two films highlighting America’s racial conflicts will be shown on the University of Kentucky campus this week, with time scheduled for discussion afterward.

At 6 p.m. today, the documentary “Let the Fire Burn,” will be shown at the William T. Young Library Auditorium, followed by a panel discussion hosted by the UK Martin Luther King Center, and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the African American and Africana Studies Program. 

“Let the Fire Burn” recounts the 1985 tragedy when Philadelphia police, with authorization from the mayor, responded to a stand-off with a black liberation group the city was trying to evict from its communal house in West Philadelphia by dropping a firebomb on the roof, burning the house to the ground and killing 11 MOVE members, five of them children. In the process, they also burned down an entire block of the predominantly African-American neighborhood, leaving 61 houses destroyed and 250 people homeless.

In addition, a poster session analyzing the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement is slated concurrently in the adjacent Alumni Gallery. The poster presentations focus on recent killings of unarmed black people in the United States. The posters were researched and created by students enrolled in Melissa Stein’s class, "Crime & Punishment: Race & Ferguson in Historical Context."

Stein, an assistant professor in Gender and Women’s Studies, recently published her first book, “ Measuring Manhood: Race and the Science of Masculinity, 1830-1934” (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), a gendered analysis of scientific racism in 19th and early 20th century America including an examination of scientists’ attempts to offer medical solutions to the nation’s “race problems.”

Stein has begun work on a second book, tentatively titled “(Dis)Membering MOVE: Race, Memory, and the Meaning of Disaster,” an account of the Philadelphia tragedy. Though often called a “cult” by the media, the story of MOVE is not nearly as well known today as Ruby Ridge or Waco, and when it is recalled in the national media or consciousness at all, it is typically dis-remembered as a racial event--not unlike Hurricane Katrina more recently.

This erasure extends to the academia as well; while the 30th anniversary of the MOVE disaster is approaching, there has been surprisingly little scholarship about it, despite recent interest in race and the police state. Stein’s project, then, interrogates the dissonance between national and local memory of MOVE, the ways in which the story was covered then and now, and how media coverage and the incident’s imprint in the popular imaginary conform to and disrupt common racial — and gendered — tropes.

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, “Dear White People” is presented by the Late Night Film Series. The film is a satirical drama about four African-American students and their experience attending a predominately white Ivy League college. It will be shown at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

The Martin Luther King Center’s Soup & Substance: Real Talk, Real Issues, & Real People Series features a discussion of the film “Dear White People” at 5:30 p.m. in 208 White Hall Classroom Building. Guests for the dialogue will be Tina Bryant of the UK Counseling Center, Kenneth Tyler of UK Educational Psychology, Julie Naviaux of the UK Department of English and WRD, and Joe Ferrare of the UK Department of Sociology.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302, gail.hairston@uky.edu

UK in Contact With Students Studying in France

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 12:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2015) — University of Kentucky International Center Education Abroad officials have been in contact with all UK students studying in France, and all are safe and were not in the areas of the terrorist attacks in France yesterday.

Eight UK students have been studying in France, but not directly in Paris.  One of those students was visiting Paris yesterday, and another UK student studying in Germany had also visited Paris yesterday.  Both are safe and accounted for.

The students in other areas of France report that things are calm where they are, transportation is operating normally and they feel safe in their locations.  UK officials have advised all UK students currently in France to follow the directions of local authorities and stay in a safe place, and they have also advised students in that part of Europe to defer nonessential travel to Paris until the situation has returned to normal there.  Students have been reminded of UK emergency protocols and have been encouraged to contact Education Abroad staff with any concerns. UK officials have also been in contact with students' families.

la Madeleine Opens at The 90 With Country French Cuisine

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 16:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2015) — Today the University of Kentucky welcomes la Madeleine Country French Café to campus. The café is located at The 90, UK's new 82,000-square-foot student dining facility.

The decision to bring la Madeleine to UK came as part of a student dining survey, from which strong student interest resulted in support of bringing the country French bakery café to Lexington.

“We are honored to have been selected as a restaurant of choice by University of Kentucky students," said John Cahill, president of la Madeleine. “Our cafés offer a unique, welcoming atmosphere and we warmly invite all students, faculty and staff to make our café their own.”

Each la Madeleine café is built to provide a relaxing “home away from home” with a modern country French design. UK’s café reflects the classic la Madeleine atmosphere with wood floors, hearth fireplaces, rustic beams and unique dining rooms. The unmistakable la Madeleine motif creates an inviting atmosphere to enjoy a meal with friends, colleagues and family and to take a momentary break from the rush of the day.

Since late 2011, la Madeleine has been pursuing strategic growth opportunities to bring the la Madeleine experience to new markets. As part of this strategy, la Madeleine has partnered with UK Dining to open at the University of Kentucky.

The distinguished bakery café, will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will feature 76 made-from-scratch menu items using classic French techniques, including the brand’s signature Tomato Basil Soupe, Caesar Salade, Country French Breakfast, Croque Monsieur and Chicken la Madeleine.

la Madeleine at The 90 welcomes guests to experience delectable country French cuisine and its warm, inviting ambiance from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday. The restaurant will have the options for dining in and taking out. For more information, visit the UK Dining website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

Loria to Present Gender-Based Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research at 2015 APS Conference

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 14:54

LEXINGTON, Ky (Nov. 16, 2015) – Analia Loria, assistant professor of pharmacology and nutritional sciences at the University of Kentucky, will be a featured presenter at the First Physiology and Gender Conference organized by the American Physiological Society this week.

At the conference, Loria will be discussing her research on the susceptibility of rodents to develop cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome in adulthood after being exposed to high-stress situations early in life. Loria utilizes animal models to study the effects in the cardiovascular system to mimic children that have been exposed to psychosocial stresses such as abuse, neglect, parental loss and other traumas. The stress, in addition to challenging the animals with a high-fat diet, leads to the manifestation of obesity, diabetes and other components of metabolic syndrome.

Loria has found that as a result of the combination of emotional stress and unhealthy diet, female rodents show worse outcomes than male rodents.

This is important since studies in humans have shown that female subjects have a poorer response to stresses than male subjects, making them more susceptible to these health issues.

Loria’s research is funded through the National Institutes of Health. The American Physiological Society Symposia will meet Nov. 18-20 in Annapolis, Maryland. 

28th Annual Big Blue Crush All This Week: Nov. 16-20

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 14:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2015) — Get ready to bleed blue, Kentucky fans. The annual Big Blue Crush, the yearly blood battle between Kentucky Blood Center and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville, opens today and continues through Friday, Nov. 20.

This is the 28th edition of the friendly competition which pits fans of the Cats and the Tennessee Volunteers to see who can donate the most blood the week before Thanksgiving. The real winners, however, are the Kentucky and Tennessee patients who require blood transfusions every day.

“Kentuckians generously bleeding blue during Crush week will support Kentucky patients through the holidays,” said Martha Osborne, executive director of marketing and recruitment for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC).  “And, of course, we want to beat the Vols again this year.”

Kentucky leads the competition 14 to 12 with one tie and has won the competition the last five years.

Donors will receive a Big Blue Crush T-shirt and a chance to win tickets to the Kentucky-Louisville football game on Nov. 28. To help get the week started off strong, those who give Monday and Tuesday will also be eligible to win a $100 VISA gift card each day.

Blood donors must be 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip. The form can be obtained at www.kybloodcenter.org.

KBC’s five donor centers will be open special hours – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. – during Crush week. There will also be daily mobile blood drives throughout the region. Donor centers are listed below, and blood drive locations also can be found at www.kybloodcenter.org

Lexington - Beaumont Donor Center

3121 Beaumont Centre Circle

Lexington – Andover Donor Center

3130 Maple Leaf Drive

Louisville – Middletown Donor Center

12905 Shelbyville Road

Pikeville Donor Center

472 S. Mayo Drive

Somerset Donor Center

10 Stonegate Centre (Stoplight 16-A)

About Kentucky Blood Center

KBC, founded in 1968, is the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky hospitals.

Every two seconds someone needs blood. It could be a premature infant struggling for life, a firefighter suffering from burns, a neighbor undergoing chemotherapy treatment for leukemia, a truck driver injured in an auto accident or a young student with a congenital blood disorder. It’s for those patients and more that KBC exists.

All blood that is donated with KBC is returned to the Beaumont Donor Center where it is processed, prepared and stored for shipment to Kentucky hospitals.

Blood needs are ongoing. Red cells last only 42 days and must be continually replenished to adequately support Kentucky hospitals. Statistics show that one in seven hospital patients will require blood transfusions during their stay. However, only 37 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood and less than 10 percent does. All blood types are needed, and there is a particular need for type O negative blood since it is the “universal donor” and needed in emergencies when the patient’s blood type is unknown.

The blood already on the shelf is the blood used in an emergency. That’s why KBC is always encouraging people to donate blood.

MEDIA CONTACT: Denise Fields, 859-519-3721; 859-333-2022.

UK Public Health Researcher Partners with Small Business to Develop Analytical Software

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 14:44

LEXINGTON (Nov. 16, 2015) — A University of Kentucky epidemiologist who tracks the dissemination of disease within high-risk populations has received a grant to develop a technological tool to assist researchers with mapping social networks.

In a new entrepreneurial role, April Young, an assistant professor, is the first faculty member within the UK College of Public Health to receive a small business grant to pursue a project stemming from her research. She has partnered with a small business Charles River Analytics to receive a one-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to design a software program called Semi-automated Processing of Interconnected Dyads Using Entity Resolution (SPIDER). Delivering a function intended to simplify network monitoring for members of the research community, the program revolutionizes data collection and analysis through a standardized process of tracking and quantifying social behavior within a target population.

Young encountered methodological challenges in studying the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C in drug-using populations in Appalachia. She and Jennifer Havens, an infectious disease researcher in the UK College of Medicine and Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, were interested in knowing whether a person’s relationships and position in social networks put them at a higher risk of contracting HIV and Hepatitis C. The study required the researchers to map the social networks of drug users living in communities where risk behavior and/or disease were prevalent.

The massive set of data collected during Havens' NIH-funded Social Networks among Appalachian People study necessitated a uniform and reliable system for mapping social networks. Using distinctive algorithms in Microsoft Excel, Young built a software prototype to more efficiently determine how participants in the study were connected through their risk and social relationships. Many researchers struggle to organize large sets of data while avoiding data inconsistencies or duplication. The SPIDER program will facilitate the de-duplication and cleaning of network data through advanced entity resolution.

Young is co-leading the project with software developer Christopher Hopkins at Massachusetts-based Charles River Analytics to build the new program, which is expected to be ready for beta testing in 2016. She believes the software will expedite the research process, as well as set a methodological standard for mapping social networks in research scholarship. Researchers who utilize the program will be able to share the same methods for evaluating networks, which will improve their ability to collaborate and communicate about research findings. Most importantly, the program will strengthen the methodological rigor and comparability of network research studies and help researchers understand the contribution of network-level factors to health disparities.

Young received assistance from the UK Gatton College of Business Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship in pursuing funding for the project. Steve Borgatti, an Endowed Chair at the UK Gatton College of Business, Richard Crosby, a professor in the UK College of Public Health, and Havens are also collaborating on the development of the tool. The program leverages intellectual property of the University of Kentucky.

This research is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R43MH106361. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

UK College of Nursing, UK Office for Institutional Diversity Highlight Transgender Health Disparities

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 14:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2015) — Social stigmas, discrimination and infringement of civil rights have led to health care disparities impacting individuals who are transgender.

According to UK College of Nursing assistant research professor Amanda Fallin, members of this population have higher rates of smoking, higher rates of drug abuse and higher rates of HIV infection than the general population. In addition, a recent study indicated that 41 percent of transgender people have considered or attempted suicide. Sixty percent of the participants in this study reported a doctor or health care provider had refused to treat them.

Transgender Remembrance Day on Nov. 20 brings visibility to acts of violence and bigotry experienced by transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. The UK College of Nursing and the UK Office for Institutional Diversity’s Office of LGBTQ* Resources will spread awareness of the health disparities affecting members of the transgender community in the lead up to Transgender Remembrance Day Nov. 20. Representatives will distribute resources on promoting equality and inclusivity on UK’s campus and in health care settings from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the common area outside the UK College of Nursing.

Fallin said reducing transgender heath disparities begins with creating welcome, inclusive environments for individuals to seek out health care. The Health Professionals Advancing Equality (GLMA) maintains a list of LGBT-friendly and competent providers. However, there are only 18 Kentucky providers on the list. The UK College of Nursing will offer assistance helping providers join the registry throughout the day.

“The UK College of Nursing is committed to increasing diversity and inclusivity,” Fallin said. “We need to prepare our students to tailor their services to care for this population. We also want to encourage more Kentucky providers to promote their own LGBT-friendly and competent health services. We know many providers in Kentucky are currently providing excellent care to the LGBT population, and we want to help them advertise that service.”

Lance Poston, director of the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, said this collaboration with the UK College of Nursing represents an effort to build bridges across campus to highlight the experiences of LGBTQ individuals.

“Some of the most important spaces to foster inclusivity and build cultural competencies to better support LGBTQ* Kentuckians is in our hospitals and clinics,” Poston said. “We hope that the information we provide at this event will continue an ongoing process of making the University of Kentucky an inclusive space for everyone to work, learn and receive world-class care.”

For more information on the GLMA registry, click here.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu; Gail Hairston, gghair2@uky.edu

UK's Shades of Blue Trumpet Ensemble Releases CD

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2015) — It's an exciting time for the University of Kentucky’s Shades of Blue Trumpet Ensemble as the group has just released its first compact disc, "Competition Pieces for Trumpet Ensemble." The CD’s concept was inspired by the group’s 2014 trip to the National Trumpet Competition, where they took second prize in a highly competitive field of ensembles from around the United States.

The UK music students were inspired to pursue this ambitious project of recording the most difficult competition music for the trumpet ensemble as a resource for future ensembles who are seeking appropriate reference recordings of challenging music.

Shades of Blue is made up of seven students at UK:

· music performance sophomore Morgan Bay, from Butler, Kentucky;

· accounting senior Aaron Brewer, who is minoring in music, from Madisonville, Kentucky;

· music education junior Drew Burke, from Pikeville, Kentucky;

· music performance junior Caden Holmes, from Madisonville;

· music education senior Conner Kinmon, from Williamstown, Kentucky;

· music education sophomore Zachary Robinson, from Lexington; and

· 2015 music performance graduate Jared Wallis, from Talala, Oklahoma.

"Competition Pieces for Trumpet Ensemble" includes six tracks. The first track on the disc is "Abstracts No. 2 for Seven Trumpets," written by Robert Russell and arranged by Wiff Rudd, professor of trumpet at Baylor University. This piece was the selection performed by the Baylor University Trumpet Ensemble, when they took first prize at the 2015 National Trumpet Competition.

The second track on the disc is "Centrifuge" by Jason Dovel, assistant professor of trumpet at UK School of Music. "Centrifuge" was the selection performed by Shades of Blue at the 2015 National Trumpet Competition, where they advanced to the semi-final round of competition.

The third track on the disc is John Adler’s   "Clockwork," which was performed by the Virginia Tech Trumpet Ensemble at the 2010 National Trumpet Competition.

The fourth track on the disc is Erik Morales’s   "Cyclone," which was the piece the UK Trumpet Ensemble took second prize with at the 2014 National Trumpet Competition.

The fifth track is Roland Barrett’s "Graffiti." Barrett is the Henry Zarrow Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma. This piece was written for the University of Oklahoma Trumpet Ensemble.

Last but not least, the final track is Danny Judd’s arrangement of Giacomo Puccini’s famous "Nessun Dorma," featuring Dovel as soloist.

The CD was recoded May 2015 in various locations around UK’s campus with the help of several people. Joel Crawford, a doctoral student in trumpet performance, served as the engineer for the project. Dovel served as the students’ advisor and project producer, with assistance and consulting from Bradley Kerns, assistant professor of trombone. All of the students contributed to the post-production process.

The recording project was supported by a grant from the UK Office of Undergraduate Research.

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

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

UK Highlights Globalization and Multiculturalism With International Education Week Events

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2015) — The University of Kentucky is celebrating the cultural diversity of campus — where more than 2,200 international students and scholars representing more than 120 countries study or teach — during International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 13-20.

“Given that international residents make up 20 percent of the Lexington population, it’s an excellent place for international celebrations and discussions regarding our multicultural heritage,” said Elizabeth Liebach, UK director of International Student and Scholar Services. “At the University of Kentucky, International Education Week is one of many ways we can join campuses and communities nationwide in celebration of international education.”

IEW is a joint initiative by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education, which began in 2000 and takes places in more than 100 countries worldwide. The celebration focuses on promoting programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The activities hosted during this week aim to facilitate cross-cultural understanding, integration and prepare U.S. citizens for the interconnected world of today.

“Going to college is all about having a new experience and UK is great about getting its students immersed in this experience,” said Tiffany Molina, a UK student from Honduras. “Attending events during this week is extremely important to get to know what the student body at UK is made up of and be able to not only have a great college experience, but get to know about the world around us. With a rapidly globalizing world, what better way to understand this globalization than attending fun events and meeting new people?”

The week's events include “Bridge the Gap,” a student panel discussion on international issues and student life; an Education Abroad open house; International Conversation and Cultural Coffee Hour; the Kentucky Council on Education Abroad Conference; and “The Vexillology Contest,” which is a study of flags contest sponsored by the UK Libraries.

A complete schedule of the IEW events can be found below.

MONDAY, NOV. 16

Bridge the Gap @ 2-3 p.m.

Fine Arts Library, Niles Gallery

Panel Discussion on International Student Life; Food & Drinks Served

Organized by ISC, Sponsored by UKIC

TUESDAY, NOV. 17

Education Abroad Open House @ 1-4 p.m.

Bradley Hall, Third Floor

Door Prizes, Refreshments & Snacks Served

Sponsored by UK Education Abroad

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18

International Conversation Hour @ 5:30-7 p.m.

W.T. Young Library, Room B108B

Sponsored by UKIC & UK Writing Center

FRIDAY, NOV. 20

KCEA Conference @ 8:30 a.m.-1:50 p.m.

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

One-day Conference on Education Abroad

Cultural Coffee Hour @ 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Frazee Hall, Room 201

Sponsored by UKIC, UK Counseling Center & VIP Center

ALL WEEK

The Vexillology (Study of Flags) Contest

W.T. Young Library Auditorium

Contest Nov. 16-20; Winner Announced Nov. 24

Sponsored by UK Libraries

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Welcomes Poet and Painter Wayne Koestenbaum

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 20:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today's program features New York poet, essayist and painter Wayne Koestenbaum and UK Art Museum Director Stuart Horodner.  Koestenbaum's art is on display at UK Art Museum through Dec. 18, and he will read his poetry at a fundraising event Saturday at the Peoples Bank on South Broadway.  Koestenbaum and Horodner will speak tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the White Hall Classroom building on UK's campus.

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

'Peoples Portal' Pop-up Supports Preservation of Peoples Bank

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 16:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Art Museum will present the pop-up exhibition "Peoples Portal" Nov. 14-15, at the popular Peoples Bank structure on 343 South Broadway, in support of the preservation and move of the building.

Curated by Stuart Horodner, director of the UK Art Museum, "Peoples Portal" features emerging and established artists from Lexington, Atlanta, Chicago and London, including several current UK talents, including Brian Frye, assistant professor of law; Rae Goodwin, director of Studio Foundations at UK School of Art and Visual Studies; Mike McKay, assistant professor of architecture; Ebony G. Patterson, associate professor of painting; and Alan Rideout, preparator at UK Art Museum.

Installed in the Peoples Bank, "Peoples Portal" was conceived by Horodner as a way of drawing attention to the history of the structure and the recent effort to relocate it. Other non-UK artists featured in the exhibition are Louis Zoellar Bickett, Matt Bryans, Katrina Dixon, Sandra Erbacher, Georgia Henkel, Scott Ingram, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Didier Morelli, Robert Morgan, Kristina Rideout and Aaron Skolnick.

The two-day event was developed in partnership with Lucy Jones, organizer of the Facebook campaign People for the Peoples; Laurel Catto, board chair of the Warwick Foundation; and Langley Properties Company, owner of the building who is donating it to the Warwick Foundation.

The free public pop-up exhibition will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. Several events are scheduled in conjunction with the show, including:

· dining available from Commonwealth Canteen food truck, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14;

·a reading by Wayne Koestenbaum, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14; and

· a closing reception, 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15.

The closing reception will include food by local "MasterChef" contestant, culinary evangelist and UK alumnus Dan Wu; drinks by Wine + Market; music by LeeRoy; and a reading by poet Frank X Walker, professor of English at UK. The reception is $30 per person with limited availability. To purchase tickets, visit www.warwickfoundation.org/peoplesportal/. Ticket sales will benefit People for the Peoples and UK Art Museum.

"When I walked through the space a few months ago, I was struck by the state of glorious decay and formal elegance — the blue glazed brick on the outside and angular concrete ceiling inside, the rooms with peeling paint, and sunlight streaming through the windows. It seemed like a perfect readymade gallery for works that engage issues of architecture, history, time, accumulation, and transformation," Horodner said. "And the idea of a bank — where transactions happen, and emotional and financial resources are protected — quickly brought artists to mind. They were thrilled with the opportunity. I’m so excited to see great art, performances and readings in there."

Asked about the Peoples Bank, Lucy Jones added, "The building is not only one of the finest remaining examples of Googie commercial architecture in Kentucky, it is one of the finest examples in the nation. As a community, we are responsible for the architectural stewardship of our city. We are incredibly fortunate that this building has endured the changing trends of the last 50 years and still retains the defining characteristics that architect Charles Bayless envisioned. It is a time capsule which evokes the optimism of the late 1950s and early 1960s. To lose it would have been to lose a piece of our past."

When asked about the future of the building, Laurel Catto said, "A grassroots coalition fueled by social media — @People for the Peoples (P4P) — united the community in a race against the clock to save the building from imminent demolition. Since May, P4P has raised $250,000 to relocate the building to government land directly across from Rupp Arena. The Warwick Foundation will transform the Peoples Bank into the Peoples Portal, a public commons that engages Lexington in the global compassionate city movement and promotes respect, understanding and inclusion. We will transform the Peoples Bank and the Peoples Portal will transform us."

For more information on the "Peoples Portal" pop-up exhibition of the UK Art Museum, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/art-museum or contact Stuart Horodner at stuart.horodner@uky.edu or 859-257-1152.

The UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, promotes the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. 

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

Smith Receives Education Award to Develop Simulation Program for Neurology Residents

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 15:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2015) —The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) has named Dr. Jonathan H. Smith of the University of Kentucky a recipient of its Faculty Innovation in Education award to support the development of innovative education projects that provide effective residency and fellowship training, as well as lifelong learning for practicing psychiatrists and neurologists.

Every year up to two neurologists are selected for this prestigious award. The two-year award provides a maximum of $100,000.  Smith's project will explore the use of unannounced simulated patients to evaluate neurology residents' communication and interpersonal skills.

Dr. Larry Goldstein, chair of the UK Department of Neurology, said Smith's work reflects the department’s long-term emphasis in providing the best possible experience for trainees. “Jonathan is an excellent teacher with a creative approach to neurology resident education, and this award is a well-deserved acknowledgment of that," said Goldstein.

Smith is currently an assistant professor in Neurology and the program director of adult neurology residency at UK. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester with a B.S. in biochemistry and a minor in clinical psychology. He received his M.D. from the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  He completed his neurology residency and headache fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, where he also served as chief resident.

Some of Smith's previous awards include the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) Annual Meeting Resident Scholarship Award in 2011 and the Chief Resident Award at the Mayo Clinic Department of Neurology in June 2012, and the Excellence in Teaching in the Department of Neurology award at UK in June 2015.

The ABPN’s main mission is to develop and provide valid and reliable procedures for certification and maintenance of certification in psychiatry and neurology. They have been a non-profit since 1934 and are one of 24 boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

Media contact:  Laura Dawahare, Laura.Dawahare@uky.edu, (859) 257-5307

Annual 'Walk to Remember' Honors Memory of Tiniest Patients

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 13:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2015) -- Last year at UK HealthCare, about 140 families experienced the loss of an infant from stillbirth, miscarriage or neonatal death. To honor and acknowledge the lives of the infants and the loss experienced by their families, UK's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Labor and Delivery unit hold an annual event to remember these loved ones.

UK HealthCare's annual Walk to Remember is held the first Sunday in October each year at The Arboretum at UK and is an event that has been occurring now for more than 20 years. 

"This service provides a way for families to honor and remember their child that they have lost," said Michelle Steele, chair of the NICU/Labor and Delivery Bereavement Committee. "We walk to previously planted trees that were planted in honor and memory of the babies that had died during previous years. At the end of the walk, our grieving families help plant a new tree for that year in memory of their loved one."

In addition, families can write a message to their baby and plant it with the tree that includes an inscription and bronze plaque provided by UK HealthCare administration that reads, "In memory of your baby's life, gone but still cherished. Your baby will always be remembered." 

For UK HealthCare Palliative Care and Oncology Chaplain Diana Hultgren the Arboretum at UK is a very symbolic setting for the event. "It not only provides a beautiful, family-friendly setting, but a living framework for reflecting on and experiencing the cycles of life," She said. "In many cultures, trees are symbols of life and renewal, the span of generations and hope for the future and by blessing and dedicating these trees, we share in one another’s sadness and joy, knowing we are not alone and do not remember alone."

Families take pictures by the trees year after year, and it is amazing to watch the trees grow, Hultgren added. "Through these gestures and rituals of healing, we strengthen the bonds between us, draw our UK community closer together and let our love and remembrance take form in new ways to bless family and stranger alike."

Steele, a NICU nurse who has been a member of the committee for 16 years, said the event is a time of healing not only for the families but also the nursing staff. "We feel that it’s a way to give back to the families and help provide closure," she said. "We want them to know that we share in their loss by providing a service where they can remember and honor their beloved child."

Sandy Mojesky, divisional charge nurse in Labor and Delivery, is also a longtime committee member and says providing a memorial and remembrance for these babies and their families has been her calling since she first became a labor and delivery nurse 27 years ago.

"The ceremony means so much to the families and I find especially it is important for the families who have experienced a miscarriage or early loss because it gives them an opportunity to memorialize their baby that they may not otherwise have had."

Barbara Phillips Elected President of the American College of Chest Physicians

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2015) — Dr. Barbara Phillips, professor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky, was elected the 78th president of The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) effective Nov. 1, 2015.  

Phillips previously served as president-elect in 2014. In 1982, she became an active member of CHEST, and in 1983 advanced to Fellow. She served as editor of CHEST SEEK Sleep Medicine, working on the second, third and fourth editions. Phillips also served as Regent-at-Large for the American College of Chest Physicians for eight years.  

Phillips is also involved with numerous other outside organizations. She has been chair of the National Sleep Foundation and has also served on several boards including the American Lung Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. She was awarded with the Sleep Academic Award from the National Institutes of Health. In 2013, she was presented with the College Medalist Award at CHEST.  

"The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) has been an important part of my life for most of my professional career." Phillips said."As incoming president of CHEST, I am excited about this opportunity to work with the next generation of clinician educations and leaders."

UK Observes World Diabetes Day Saturday, Nov. 14

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 07:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2015) — Advocates for diabetes care and prevention in Kentucky and around the world will recognize World Diabetes Day (WDD) this Saturday, Nov. 14.  World Diabetes Day is sponsored annually by the International Diabetes Federation, the World Health Organization and Kentucky diabetes advocates to draw attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world.

WDD is part of Diabetes Awareness Month in the United States, a time designated to renew efforts to combat the diabetes epidemic. World Diabetes Day is formally recognized in state law in Kentucky, the only state to have done so.

The University of Kentucky is participating in this recognition by lighting many of its buildings blue on Saturday. Since 2007 more than 1,000 sights and buildings in 84 countries have been bathed in blue lights as part of the World Diabetes Day Blue Monument Challenge.  The celebration has included the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, the United Nations Building, Rome’s Coliseum, the London Eye, Brandenburg Gate and the Egyptian Pyramids and hundreds more locations around the world.

UK buildings displaying blue lights include Memorial Hall, Taylor Education Building, Gatton Business and Economics Building, and these residence halls: Lyman T. Johnson, Central II, Haggin and Woodland Glen I.

Other confirmed sites going blue in Kentucky this year are the Louisville Water Company’s headquarters building, the Knott County Judicial Center, Hazard City Hall, Hindman City Hall, the Perry County Hall of Justice and the Carl D. Perkins statue in Hindman.  For a complete guide on participating in World Diabetes Day and the Blue Monument Challenge go to www.idf.org/wdd-index.

An estimated one in 10 adult Kentuckians (390,000) are diagnosed with diabetes and another 138,000 may have undiagnosed diabetes.  Another 289,000 people are diagnosed with prediabetes, putting them at a very high risk for developing diabetes.  More than 3,000 Kentucky children are estimated to have diabetes.

In 2011 Kentucky became the first state to mandate a statewide, comprehensive Diabetes Action Plan and the first state to license diabetes educators.  Since then, 18 other states have passed similar legislation modeled on the Kentucky law.

Kentucky ranks 14th in the nation for the incidence in diabetes, an improvement on previous rankings.  Kentucky has dropped to 8th for the incidence of pre-diabetes.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Doug Alexander, 859-221-1032

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