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UK Chorale, Lexington Singers to Perform 'Requiem' World Premiere

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 12:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Chorale will join forces with The Lexington Singers for the world premiere of local composer Gregory Partain’s masterpiece "Requiem." The ensembles will join their voices in song 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Singletary Center for the Arts.

Conducted by Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities and music director of The Lexington Singers, "'Requiem' and Other Sacred Works" will feature the combined voices of the two choral groups along with soloists and a professional orchestra.

Gregory Partain is professor of music at Transylvania University and has performed as piano recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber music collaborator throughout the United States, as well as in Germany, Poland, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Russia and Greece. "Requiem" was commissioned by the Kentucky Music Teachers Association in conjunction with the Music Teachers National Association. Originally, "Requiem" was an entirely a cappella piece, however, Partain’s newest incarnation is scored for chorus and orchestra with an additional movement for instruments alone.

"The work is by turns beautiful and dissonant, soothing and gut wrenching, powerful and intimate. It is an honor to premiere this finished masterwork and an exciting challenge to perform it," Johnson said.

The UK Chorale is the premier mixed choral ensemble at UK School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts. It consists mostly of upperclassmen and graduate students. While the majority of singers are music majors, there are a number of other academic disciplines represented within the ensemble. The 40-voice group prides itself in performing a wide variety of choral literature from Renaissance to 21st century. Most recently, the UK Chorale has performed Mozart’s "Requiem" with the UK Symphony Orchestra and the live score to Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film, "2001: A Space Odyssey." The UK Chorale was the first non-professional chorus in the world to perform the challenging Kubrick film score in its entirety.

The Lexington Singers add this premiere to their long tradition of debuting major works, including Rollo Dilworth’s "In the Spirit of Reconciliation," Rene Clausen’s "Celebration Canticles" and Joseph Baber’s "An American Requiem," among others.

"'Requiem' and Other Sacred Works" kicks off the 57th season for The Lexington Singers. This season, the singers are celebrating local talent. In addition to Partain’s "Requiem," the annual performance of George Frideric Handel’s "Messiah" will once again feature world-renowned local soloist and UK alumnus Gregory Turay. The spring will feature a performance of local composer Angela Rice’s oratorio, "Thy Will be Done."

Tickets for "'Requiem' and Other Sacred Works" range from $9 to $20 and can be purchased from the Singletary Center box office at 859-257-4929,, or in person at the box office.

For more information about this concert or The Lexington Singers, visit  

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

'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Series Closes With Dulcimer Artist Don Pedi

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:26

Don Pedi performing earlier this year in Townsend, Tennessee. 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2015) — The 2015 "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series will end this week with the sweet sounds of the dulcimer in a performance by celebrated musician Don Pedi. The free public concert will begin noon Friday Nov. 20, in the Niles Gallery of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, located in the University of Kentucky Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.

A talented dulcimer player, who grew up in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Don Pedi was born to a musical family. Pedi's grandfather played guitar, mandolin and banjo, his uncle sang and played music for a living, and his father was a talented singer. He eventually got involved with the folk music scene himself in the early 60s. It wasn't until 1964, however, when Pedi first laid eyes on a dulcimer at a live performance by Richard Farina. The sound of the dulcimer and a conversation with Farina is what sparked an interest and made him want to play the instrument himself.

Contemporary performers like Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Patrick Sky, Joan Baez and others are what attracted Pedi to the Newport Folk Festival. It was there where he was exposed to various traditional musicians like Frank Proffitt, Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, Almeda Riddle and others, who would become a major influence on his musical tastes.

By 1966 Pedi started traveling, he lived for various periods of time in different parts of the country. In 1973, while living in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, Pedi met Tad Wright and Keither Zimmerman, musicians from Asheville, North Carolina. After hearing Pedi play, they invited him to join them. He took them up on the offer and together they drove to North Carolina. After Pedi's arrival in Asheville he instantly fell in love with the place. Ever since then he has lived in and around the area.

Since settling in Western North Carolina, Pedi has been recognized as the man who could "really play" a dulcimer. His music has broken new ground and cleared a path for others. In Pedi's hands, the dulcimer has been accepted as an instrument well suited to playing traditional southern dance music. This was at a time when most old time musicians thought a dulcimer should be used for decoration.

In 1991, Pedi and his wife Jean moved to a little farm in the mountains of Madison County, North Carolina, an area rich in traditional music and customs. Pedi is still performing and making music there, his most recent recording is "Stranger on a Mule" with acclaimed fiddler Bruce Greene.

The Appalachia in the Bluegrass concert series celebrates the old time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series showcases 12 different artists, duos and groups from Southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim.

The John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, host of the concert series, is a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine ArtsUK School of Music and UK Libraries.

For more information on the Appalachia in the Bluegrass concert series or the concert featuring Don Pedi, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to or visit the website

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

Call for Enrichment Proposals to be Funded by the Donovan Memorial Endowment

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 18:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2015) — Faculty, staff and students at the University of Kentucky are invited to submit proposals for the 2015-2016 academic year for projects to be funded by the Herman Lee and Nell Stuart Donovan Memorial Endowment.  Qualifying projects should provide for the creation of an atmosphere of culture and enrich educational opportunities by developing an appreciation of culture and beauty in the environment in which students live and study.

The endowment was created by a permanent trust in 1963 by former UK president Herman Lee Donovan and calls for "no part of this endowment ever be spent for ordinary recurring expenses of operation or maintenance, but that it be spent for what are so frequently thought of as the luxuries of an institution, such as beautiful books, for the promotion of musical programs, for acquiring beautiful pictures, for the production of flowers and shrubs, or for any investment that will promote an appreciation of the lovely and beautiful in the environment in which students live and study.”

Awards may range from $1,000 to $15,000.  Anyone interested can download a copy of the application from the Office of the Treasurer website at  or call Mary Fister-Tucker, chair of the Advisory Committee for the Donovan Trust, at 257-2956.

Applications must be submitted by Dec. 21, 2015.  The Advisory Committee for The Donovan Trust will consider all eligible proposals. In some cases the Advisory Committee may request a more detailed proposal or request the applicant to make a presentation on the project. Applicants will be contacted if additional information or a presentation is necessary

Submit Abstract for NCUR 2016 by Dec. 2

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 17:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2015) — University of Kentucky undergraduates participating in research projects are encouraged to submit an abstract for the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) — the annual student conference dedicated to undergraduate research in all fields of study. The call for abstracts will remain open through Dec. 2.

Students involved in research or creative activities on campus are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts of their work for this highly valuable opportunity. Information about how to apply can be found at

"NCUR is the premier venue for undergraduates to present their research and creative activity, and to network with other students across the nation and beyond,” said Diane Snow, director of UK’s Office of Undergraduate Research. “UK, a former two-time host of NCUR, is an enthusiastic supporter of this high impact experience for our students, and strongly encourages all interested students to submit applications.”

The 2016 NCUR will be held at the University of North Carolina-Asheville April 7-9, 2016.  

For more information, call the UK Office of Undergraduate Research

The UK Office of Undergraduate Research is part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.

UK HealthCare Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 17:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2015) – UK HealthCare has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in seven categories by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

UK HealthCare — which includes the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital and Kentucky Children's Hospital — was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for:

  • Heart Attacks
  • Heart Failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Surgical Care
  • Children's Asthma
  • Stroke
  • Perinatal Care

UK HealthCare is one of only 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions. The performance measures included in the recognition program including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, immunization, tobacco treatment and substance use.

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of UK HealthCare for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Dr. Mark R. Chassin, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

“Quality and safety is vital to our success at UK HealthCare in providing the best care for patients across the Commonwealth and beyond," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "This recognition is an acknowledgement of the commitment and dedication of our staff working hard day in and day out."

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit

MEDIA CONTACT:  Kristi Lopez, (859) 323-6363,

Organ Donors Honored in Annual UK HealthCare/KODA Gift of Life Celebration

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 16:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2015) – At age 16, Greenville, Ky. native Emily Austin Rhoads went to get her driver's license, just like any other teenager. When asked about signing up for the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry, she agreed to join without a second thought.

"At the DMV, they asked if she wanted to become an organ donor, and she said, 'Why wouldn't we do that?'" her mother, Martha, recalls. It was typical of Emily's selfless nature.

"She was beautiful inside and out," Martha said.

Last year, a car accident tragically cut short Emily's life at age 27. Honoring her wishes, Emily's heart, liver, and kidney were donated to patients in need of a transplant.

Meanwhile, Tennessee native Becky Hayes suffered from an inherited liver cancer, causing her to spend 15-20 hours a day in bed. She worried she wouldn't live long enough to spend time with her youngest grandchildren.

On Aug. 18, 2014, Becky got word that a matching liver was on its way. After a successful surgery at the University of Kentucky Transplant Center, she recovered well and says her health has dramatically improved.

"It's made my entire life better," Becky said. "I feel like the most blessed woman in the world."

This past Saturday, Nov. 14, Becky got the opportunity to thank her donor family in person. She and Martha – along with several of their family members – attended the fourth annual Gift of Life Celebration together. Hosted by UK HealthCare and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA), the event celebrates organ donors with a special ceremony and the unveiling of their names on the Gift of Life Memorial Wall, located prominently inside UK Chandler Hospital's Pavilion A.

Every year, the wall is updated to honor both new donors and those who have donated in years past. This year, 41 names were added to the wall. To date, more than 360 donors have been honored on the memorial wall.

“Creating a lasting tribute to those who have given hope and new life through donation has been a dream of UK and KODA for many years,” said Donna Slone, client services coordinator for UK HealthCare and KODA. “There have been nearly 1,000 donors at UK since transplantation began here in 1964. Some have chosen to remain anonymous, but we hope other families of UK donors that we have not reached will see the Gift of Life wall and allow us to add those names in the future.”

In addition to the official recognition of donors, the ceremony also featured a vocal performance by KODA Client Services Coordinator Diana Thacker as well as remarks from liver recipient Amelia Brown Wilson, UK HealthCare's Chief Administrative Officer Ann Smith, and Dr. Andrew Bernard, UK's director of trauma and acute care surgery. Bernard, also the chair of the Donation and Transplantation Action Council, emphasized the importance of organ donation in Kentucky and beyond.

“UK HealthCare is both a major trauma center and a transplant center, so we see each day how donation and transplantation touch the lives of fellow Kentuckians in very remarkable ways,” Bernard said. “Each donor family’s generosity and their loved one’s gifts are represented in the more than 28,000 lives saved each year in the United States through transplantation.”

Every year, an estimated 6,000 people die while waiting for an organ transplant. More than 122,000 Americans are currently waiting for donated organs, including more than 1,000 people in Kentucky. Their names are on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list. The level of necessity, blood type, and size are among several criteria that determine who can receive a donated organ. One individual donor can provide organs and tissue for nearly 50 people in need.

Though honoring Emily's legacy is emotionally tough, Martha says that looking for the good that has come from Emily's donations helps the family heal.

"We prefer to remember Emily's life, not her death," she said. "You look for the positive things that you can find. We're happy that other people have been able to benefit from this."

Becky says that the gift she received has given her a second chance at life – she and her husband had planned to go to Paris for an anniversary trip that was cancelled when she became ill. Next year, they have plans to finally take that trip, an opportunity that seemed unthinkable five years ago. Attending the ceremony with Martha gave her a chance to show her profound thanks.

"She saved my life, and I'm so beholden to [Emily and the Rhoads family]," Becky said. "I wanted to honor her – she gave me the gift of life, and how can you thank anyone for that?"


Although hospitals are obligated by law to identify potential donors and allow the organ donor procurement program to inform families of their right to donate, anyone can sign up to become an organ donor by joining the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. The registry is a safe and secure electronic database where a person’s wishes regarding donation will be carried out as requested.

To join the registry, visit or sign up when you renew your driver’s license.  The donor registry enables family members to know that you chose to save and enhance lives through donation. Kentucky’s “First Person Consent” laws mean that the wishes of an individual on the registry will be carried out as requested. 

If your loved one was an organ donor at UK Chandler Hospital and you would like to have him or her honored on the Gift of Life wall in the future, contact the KODA office at UK HealthCare at (859) 323-7343.

MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or

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

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

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 or

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,

VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940,

or Alicia Gregory, 859-257-2980,

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, or go to


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,, (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

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

Connect with Education Abroad at Visit 315 Bradley Hall to talk with an Education Abroad Peer Ambassador, email or call (859) 257-4067 for more information.

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398;

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,

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;

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

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

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,

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,; Gail Hairston,

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;

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.


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


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

Bradley Hall, Third Floor

Door Prizes, Refreshments & Snacks Served

Sponsored by UK Education Abroad


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

W.T. Young Library, Room B108B

Sponsored by UKIC & UK Writing Center


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


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;


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