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UK College of Education's Young Continues Serving on KASA Leadership Team

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2015) — Lu Young, a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership Studies is a 2015-2016 officer of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA). Officer selection took place during the group’s annual leadership institute in Louisville July 17.

Young, immediate past president of KASA, was the first chief academic officer of Fayette County Public Schools, serving from July 2013 to December 2014. Before coming to Fayette County, Young served nine years as superintendent of Jessamine County Schools, her home school district, where she began her career in education in 1983. During her tenure in Jessamine County, she was selected as the 2012 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year. 

Young was also appointed by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to serve on the state Gifted Advisory Council. Her other professional commitments include serving as one of Kentucky’s two Governing Board representatives for the American Association of School Administrators, and a member of the board of the Kentucky Council for Administrators of Special Education (KY CASE) and the Advisory Council for AdvancEd Kentucky.

At UK, Young is part of the Next Generation Leadership Academy and a member of the  UK College of Education Board of Advocates.

In addition to Young, the new KASA officers include President Barry Lee, director of special education services at Pulaski County Schools; President-Elect Jennifer Carroll, professional growth and evaluation system coordinator at the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative and Wolfe County Schools; and Vice President Casey Allen, superintendent of Ballard County Schools. For more information on each officer, visit

In the coming year, the officers will lead work in expanded support for principals; continue to develop KASA’s new superintendent training program as a model for the nation; and ensure the association meets the ever-changing needs of school leaders, upholds and strengthens the profession, and integrates resilient leadership into leadership development programs.

KASA is the largest school administrator group in Kentucky, representing more than 3,000 education leaders from across the Commonwealth. Formed in 1969, KASA connects education leaders to policymakers, legislators, and other interest groups, and provides numerous benefits and services to Kentucky’s school administrators.

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

Campus Population Swells as UK Move-In Continues This Week

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 17:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2015) — The University of Kentucky campus is buzzing as students are starting to return for the new academic year.  UK Move-In is an exciting time for the campus community and an important time to begin fostering student success — the university's top priority.

Move-In began Saturday, Aug. 15, when nearly 2,000 students — mainly sorority members, band members and students in the FastTrack program — moved into their residence halls.  Three remaining Move-In days will occur this week.

·         Wednesday, Aug. 19

·         Friday, Aug. 21

·         Saturday, Aug. 22

As students and their families come to campus, so do their vehicles.  UK employees should please consider increased traffic on campus when making morning and afternoon commutes.  Families making the trip to campus should also expect some traffic delays and are urged to use route materials sent to them and follow signs on campus for the color coded routes.  The UK Police Department will be assisting with traffic, including drivers and pedestrians who are new to campus. Everyone's patience is appreciated during this critical time when UK welcomes students back.

A unified effort of hundreds of people make a successful Move-In and a warm welcome possible. More volunteers are needed in this important effort.  UK faculty or staff members who are interested in being a part of this wonderful opportunity to make a great first impression for students and their families, can volunteer at

Move-In — combined with current construction occurring on campus — will impact parking and transportation routes throughout the campus at various times. Among the more than 6,600 students moving to campus housing, about 2,000 arrived Saturday; 1,300 are expected Wednesday, Aug. 19; 2,100 on Friday, Aug. 21; and 800 on Saturday, Aug. 22. 

Below is information regarding student move-in traffic flow and parking impacts this week, including important information about one-way streets, no parking areas, and high traffic locations.


Streets will begin one way at 8 a.m. each day with the exception of Saturday, Aug. 22, when fewer students are moving in.  Streets are expected to remain one way until 3-5 p.m. each day.  Weather could potentially delay the events.

One-way southbound:  MLK Boulevard between Good Samaritan parking lot and Avenue of Champions

One-way southbound:  Lexington Avenue between Maxwell Street and Avenue of Champions

NOTE:  Employee (E) lot entrance north of the Joe Craft Center CLOSED at Lexington Avenue; enter and exit only at Rose Street

One-way westbound:  Avenue of Champions between Rose Street and South Limestone (No Thru Traffic)

One-way westbound:  Huguelet Drive between University Drive and Rose Street

One-way northbound:  Rose Street between Huguelet Drive and Washington Avenue

One-way eastbound:  Hilltop Avenue between University Drive and Woodland Avenue

One-way northbound:  Woodland Avenue between Hilltop and Columbia Avenues

One-way southbound:  Sports Center Drive between Woodland Avenue and the Employee (E) lot north of the Nutter Football Training Facility.


Due to the need to quickly unload vehicles near residence halls, several areas of campus will be NO PARKING zones from 12:01 a.m. to 6 p.m. on each of the Move-In days. Additionally, several streets on and bordering campus will have closures or other changes to traffic flow to accommodate Move-In. Watch for NO PARKING signs and bagged meters in these areas.

Vehicles parked in the NO PARKING areas listed below will be TOWED.  Owners will be responsible for all tow-related charges.

Wednesday, Aug. 19; Friday, Aug. 21; Saturday, Aug. 22:

UNIVERSITY DRIVE (BOTH SIDES):  from Cooper Drive to Hilltop Avenue

SPORTS CENTER DRIVE: between Woodland Avenue and the Employee (E) lot north of the Nutter Football Training Facility


AVENUE OF CHAMPIONS: metered parking in front of Roselle Hall

MARTIN LUTHER KING BOULEVARD: between Maxwell Street and Avenue of Champions

LEXINGTON AVENUE: area between the Employee (E) lot entrance and Avenue of Champions

E LOT BETWEEN KELLEY BUILDING and MED CENTER ANNEX #5: the 5 spots in the lane just north of Medical Center Annex #5

WOODLAND AVENUE: between Hilltop Avenue and Sports Center Drive, no parking anytime


Students and parents participating in Move-In will be permitted to park in the following designated parking areas:

Rose Street Garage (PS #2): On Saturday Aug. 22 only

South Limestone Garage (PS #5): all move-in dates listed above; 3-hour maximum

Sports Center Garage (PS #7): all move-in dates listed above; 3-hour maximum

Orange lot at Commonwealth Stadium: all move-in dates listed above

A shuttle bus will transport families back from the Orange Lot and return them to their cars.    

Job Club Fall Schedule Announced

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 14:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Alumni Association, Fayette County Cooperative Extension Services and UK Human Resources Staff Career Development are pleased to announce Job Club’s schedule. The purpose of the Job Club is to provide a positive environment for motivated job seekers to meet, connect, share and learn.

Job Club is for you if you are currently out of work, underemployed or looking to make a career transition. In addition, recruiters and employers are always welcome and introduced to Job Club attendees. The free group is open to the public and meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, from 9–10:15 a.m. at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension office, 1140 Red Mile Place in Lexington. Convenient, free parking is available.

As a courtesy to speakers and other attendees, Job Club organizers ask that you arrive on time and encourage you to wear business attire.

Job Club Meeting Schedule:

  • Aug. 25: TED Talks for the Next Level in Your Job Search – Presented by Diane Kohler and Caroline Francis with UK
  • Sept. 8: Smart Search: Job Search Tips – Presented by Rick Johnson, Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation
  • Sept. 22: Job Search Tips from a Panel of HR Professionals and Recruiters
  • Oct. 13: Interpersonal Competence: Connecting with Others – Presented by Dick Brien of Dale Carnegie
  • Oct. 27: Psst… How to Get an Employer’s Attention and Land the Job You Want – Presented by Lisa James with Robert Half
  • Nov. 10: Job Search – Is There Anything to Laugh About? – Presented by Mike Nichols with Transylvania University
  • Nov. 24: Revisiting Resumes & Interviewing: What Matters the Most – Presented by Diane Kohler and Caroline Francis with UK
  • Dec. 8: LinkedIn: A Valuable Job Search and Career Management Tool – Presented by Caroline Francis with UK

* Snow Policy: If Fayette County Public Schools are closed or on a delay, Job Club will not meet.

*Attendance at all sessions is not required but is recommended.

For more information, call the UK Alumni Association at 859-257-8905, the Fayette Cooperative Extension office at 859-257-5582, or the UK Staff Career Development Office at 859-257-9416. Additional information, including testimonials from former Job Club participants, can be viewed at:

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

Public Health Researchers Named Guest Editors of American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 12:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2015) University of Kentucky College of Public Health researchers Rick Crosby, professor of health behavior, and Margaret McGladrey, assistant dean for research, recently served as guest editors for a new themed issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  The issue focuses on academic and community research partnerships and the importance of these collaborations to effectively disseminate and implement practice-based methods to prevent cervical cancer.

In the area of cancer prevention, researchers have found screening programs and vaccinations are effective means of prevention. Because intervention during the progression of the disease is possible, efforts to screen for and even protect against the disease through vaccinations have delivered positive population health results. McGladrey and Crosby suggest the success of cervical cancer intervention efforts should be used as a test for the way public health systems are able to respond to complex community health challenges posed by chronic “lifestyle” diseases.

Often, the academic settings in which evidence-based intervention practices are developed are disconnected from the public health settings where the practices are implemented. The current issue of the journal offers a practice-based perspective on methods by which academic and community partnerships are able to bridge that gap. The issue features successful partnerships among academicians, practitioners and community members in the specific context of research in rural Appalachia, where health disparities are some of the most acute in the country.

“Public health practitioners are the experts on what approaches, strategies and programs to improving population health are likely to be acceptable and effective in their communities,” McGladrey said. “This themed issue demonstrates the value of including community-based public health practitioners at the table throughout the entire research process, from conceptual development to implementation and evaluation.”

The themed issue includes articles written by several other University of Kentucky researchers. College of Public Health researchers Angela Carman and Anna Goodman Hoover contributed an article highlighting the importance of health department organizational readiness and resources to implement evidence-based practices.  The issue also highlights the statewide adaptation of the 1-2-3 Pap intervention video, which was supported by the UK College of Communication and Information Research Activity Award given to Elisia Cohen, a faculty member in the College of Communication and Information and the co-investigator with the Rural Cancer Prevention Center who directed the original intervention development.

Also in the issue, Robin Vanderpool of the College of Public Health collaborated with colleagues from the University of Iowa and the Lake Cumberland District (Kentucky) Health Department on an article examining the increased effectiveness of HPV vaccination programs in schools. College of Public Health researchers Tom Collins, Lindsay Stradtman and Vanderpool contributed an article written with representatives from the Kentucky River District Health Department to describe a community-academic partnership that is designed to increase Pap testing of medically underserved populations in rural Appalachia.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

SAB Welcomes Students Back with New K Week Event

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 11:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2015 —The Student Activities Board introduces a new event to K Week called Bowman's Bash. Bowman’s Bash will take place in the new dining facility, Bowman’s Den, and the Singletary Center Sunday, Aug. 23, from 9 p.m. to midnight. A variety of novelties will be offered like school spirit street signs and customized stuffed animals. Students can come together to enjoy free food, music, art, inflatables, movies, comedians and more.

Bowman’s Den is located near the statue of Bowman the Wildcat and is home to Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Subway, Greens to Go, Panda Express, the UK Dining Office, Plus Account Office, Wildcard ID Office, TicketMaster/Passport Office, ATMs and the UK Federal Credit Union.

“Since the closing of the Student Center, Bowman’s Den is going to be a food hub here on campus,” said Jill Mark, SAB director of campus life. “We really want to showcase the space and welcome new students to the campus.”

SAB brings more than 60 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff, and the greater Lexington community.

Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at, or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events email

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, (859) 257-1909,; Rebecca Stratton, (859) 323-2395;

UK Part of Consortium Awarded $6 Million NSF Grant for Brain Imaging

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 09:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2015) — The National Science Foundation has awarded $6 million to researchers in Kentucky, Oklahoma and Rhode Island to develop innovative and broadly accessible brain imaging technologies to provide insight into how the nervous system functions in health and disease.

The project is a collaborative effort between principal investigators at the University of Kentucky, University of Oklahoma, and the University of Rhode Island, which is leading the interdisciplinary consortium. The goal is to establish a powerful technology platform with innovative tools to image, sense, record, and affect real-time brain function and complex behavior.

Other institutions participating on specific projects within the consortium include Kentucky State University (KSU), University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital.

"The technology that is developed may be the engine for other health-related grants or diagnostic/therapeutic tools that are meant to improve quality of life for patients who endure brain-related ailments such as stroke, spinal cord injury, sleep disorders, or epilepsy," said Sridhar Sunderam, assistant professor in the UK Department of Biomedical Engineering and co-principal investigator of the project.

Specifically, the consortium will develop an integrated, noninvasive, portable, multimodal system with hardware and algorithms for brain imaging and stimulation that incorporate functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), Laplacian electroencephalography using tripolar concentric ring electrodes (tEEG), and transcranial focal electrical stimulation (TFS). These will be utilized in neuroscience research projects that cover both basic science and clinical applications.

The Rhode Island team will focus on hardware development while the Kentucky and Oklahoma teams develop algorithms and explore applications that could benefit from the integrated systems to be developed.

The team at UK, led by Sunderam, includes Abhijit Patwardhan, professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Biomedical Engineering; Guoqiang Yu, associate professor of biomedical engineering; and Bruce O'Hara, professor in the Department of Biology

Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are increasingly being used not only as assistive devices for individuals with motor impairment, but also to augment rehabilitative treatment and to interact with media such as video games. Sunderam will develop algorithms and test interactive protocols for modulating the sensorimotor rhythm of the brain using a BMI. He will also oversee the UK portion of the award.

Patwardhan will focus on cardiac entrainment by auditory stimuli. Studies show that rhythmic components in music affect cardiovascular and cerebrovascular regulation, yet the mechanisms remain poorly understood. Patwardhan's team will quantify in young adults the entrainment between rhythms in neural, cardiovascular and respiratory patterns as a response to music.

Yu and O'Hara will contribute their expertise in optical imaging and cognitive neuroscience respectively, to the above projects. The investigations will include a comparison of hardware developed by the Rhode Island team with off-the-shelf equipment for fNIRS and EEG imaging.

The UK team also plans to involve other personnel and several students at UK and KSU. From undergraduate students with an interest in neural engineering to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, others on campus will have the opportunity to participate in exciting projects related to brain imaging and function.

"An integral part of the plan is to perform educational activities across the spectrum that will spark an abiding interest in brain science in students of the Commonwealth and develop the skilled manpower and infrastructure needed to serve future industries and academic endeavors in this area," Sunderam said.

For more information, visit

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

Alumni Drive Corridor Reopening Sunday, Aug. 16

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 17:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2015) — On Sunday, August 16, the newly reconstructed and realigned portion of Alumni Drive between Tates Creek and Nicholasville Roads will reopen to vehicular traffic. The project, initiated by the Commonwealth and the University of Kentucky as part of an effort to improve the traffic flow and safety of this important transportation corridor, was approved during the 2014 legislative session and began in May. The reconstruction and realignment is expected to calm traffic and slow vehicular speeds on Alumni Drive, and new design features include enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

At the intersections of College Way and University Drive, roundabouts – also known as traffic circles – now replace former stop signs. Both are single-lane roundabouts. Drivers are advised to follow these tips when driving through the Alumni Drive roundabouts:

-       Decrease speed when approaching the roundabouts and look in each direction, paying particular attention to vehicles circling the roundabout to the driver’s left.

-       Do not enter a roundabout when an emergency vehicle is approaching in any direction.

-       If no vehicles are immediately approaching, it is legal to proceed into the roundabout without stopping and proceed through the roundabout following the roadway counterclockwise to the right of the center island.

-       Within a roundabout, do not stop for vehicles waiting to enter the roundabout. Those driving within a roundabout have right-of-way over vehicles readying to enter the roundabout.

-       Before exiting, use turn signals to indicate where you will exit the roundabout.

The reconfigured Alumni Drive corridor has new bicycle and pedestrian facilities; cyclists will be able to choose from multiple routes in navigating Alumni Drive between Nicholasville Road and Tates Creek Road. First, a shared use path will run the entire length of the corridor; this path will be located on the north side of the road from Tates Creek to University Drive and the south side from University Drive to Nicholasville Road. Additionally, this section of Alumni Drive will have a 5 foot bike lane in each direction. At the roundabouts, cyclists may choose to merge with traffic and travel through the roundabout as a vehicle or to exit the roadway and navigate the intersection on the pedestrian facilities that circle the roundabout.

Members of the campus community should allow extra time in traveling Alumni Drive during the coming weeks, keeping in mind that the campus population will be growing as students return and that an adjustment period to the Alumni Drive changes may be required for some roadway users.

For more information and a map of the project, view this PowerPoint presentation

NSF Awards $6 Million to UK and Three Partner Schools to Develop Weather Research Drones

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 10:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2015) — A $6 million National Science Foundation grant will allow researchers at the University of Kentucky, Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma, and University of Nebraska to develop unmanned aircraft systems, otherwise known as drone systems, to study atmospheric physics for improved precision agriculture and weather forecasting.

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are currently used in search and rescue, infrastructure inspection and in many other ways to gather information via cameras and specialty sensors. The four-university interdisciplinary team will develop small, affordable systems to measure wind, atmospheric chemistry, soil moisture, and thermodynamic parameters. Doing so will provide meteorologists with data needed to build better forecasting models.

The project, called CLOUD MAP for "Collaboration Leading Operational UAS Development for Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics," was awarded through the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and is being led by Oklahoma State University. CLOUD MAP will combine unique expertise from each university. At UK alone, researchers will contribute diverse expertise in engineering, precision agriculture and atmospheric chemistry to achieve the technical objectives of the multi-faceted program.

"This project will lead to important scientific discoveries for our environment, agriculture and meteorology, as well as to related future research and education opportunities for UK and the entire four-university science team," said Suzanne Smith, Donald and Gertrude Lester Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Smith is principal investigator of UK's efforts in the project as a result of her experience with UAS research and development since the early 1980s working in industry. She is also director of the NASA Kentucky Space Grant and EPSCoR Programs, which focus on NASA-aligned aerospace workforce development and research infrastructure development.  

Smith will focus on the team's organizational network – how it functions and how it evolves – particularly with respect to development of the 12 younger faculty involved and building their relationships for future multidisciplinary research. Her experience in systems engineering and from prior research in UAS technologies and dynamic system identification will contribute to planning and executing the annual collaborative flight test campaigns, as well as to deriving atmospheric physics models from flight test results.

Jesse Hoagg, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is focused on developing cooperative control methods for UAS formations. In other words, because the project will develop a fleet of unmanned aircraft instead of a single vehicle, Hoagg must get the vehicles to operate together with a high level of autonomy—to fly in formations, flock, and swarm; all without human operators.

"It's about picking the right UAS platforms, putting the right sensor packages on them, and developing the right control algorithms, so that groups of autonomous aircraft can work together to take atmospheric measurements at different locations in the sky," Hoagg said.

Sean Bailey, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is tasked with integrating spatially distributed data from moving sensor platforms. Essentially, Bailey wants to get data from the UAS which can be used by scientists that model atmospheric physics. Doing so will improve the ability to predict the behavior of atmospheric turbulence, a key factor in predicting the exchange of heat, momentum, water vapor, aerosols and other pollutants between the surface and the atmosphere. 

"Thus, it is a crucial component of many applications, such as meteorology, climatology, wind engineering and environmental science," Bailey said. "For example, for predicting the formation of dangerous weather; predicting structural loading; improving energy recovery in wind farms; or for predicting the trajectory of pollutants in the atmosphere."

With the project's potential to reveal pollution sources and monitor air quality, assistant professor of chemistry   Marcelo Guzman will use his expertise in atmospheric chemistry to develop airborne sampling systems. Guzman says chemical sensors capable of working under high relative humidity conditions will be implemented and allow them to detect low levels of contaminants in air.

The team also expects CLOUD MAP to significantly impact agriculture, an industry of special interest here in Kentucky. Michael Sama, assistant professor of biosystems and agricultural engineering, will concentrate on airborne soil hydrology, developing custom multispectral remote sensing instruments that observe moisture differences in crops and soils from a UAS platform. Studying the variability of moisture in the soil will allow Sama to determine how it influences crop development, and ultimately yield, within a field.

"It will also provide data for implementing variable-rate prescription irrigation systems that apply water only where it is needed, thus conserving a crucial natural resource." Sama said.

In addition to developing new UAS to improve weather forecasting and crop irrigation, the team's goal is to develop further UAS-themed research capabilities and outreach activities. The group at UK will develop related outreach programs, building on their experience from the Wing Design Competition, which has provided hands-on engineering experience to hundreds of high school students across Kentucky.

Track the future progress of CLOUD MAP at

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

Sisters, Songs, Service and Smiles - It's Sorority Recruitment Week at the University of Kentucky

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 22:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2015) — For more than 100 years, women at the University of Kentucky have enjoyed the bonds of sisterhood as members of sororities and UK's Panhellenic Council. Over the next several days, the 14 chapters of the National Panhellenic Conference — including newest chapter Alpha Chi Omega — will open their front doors to approximately 1,500 potential new members as part of the annual fall formal recruitment.

Women were first admitted to UK in 1880 and soon there after, social and service organizations formed. In the early 1900s, local sororities, including Black Cat and Psi, formed on campus. In 1907, Alpha Xi Delta became the first national sorority at UK; Alpha Gamma Delta followed in 1908 and remains on campus today.

Fourteen members of the National Panhellenic Conference call UK home — Alpha Chi Omega (colonizing fall 2015), Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Mu and Pi Beta Phi. These chapters will participate in formal fall recruitment beginning Sunday, Aug. 16, and concluding with Bid Day Friday, Aug. 21.

The 1917 Kentuckian, UK's yearbook, first mentions sorority rush. From then until 1960, women dressed in their finest dresses and coats and met informally with chapter members, sitting and chatting while drinking Coca-Cola. Chapters would offer bids at the end of the rush period and then a presentation of the pledges would be held for campus to meet each chapter's new members.

In 1960, the Panhellenic Council tested a pre-preference rush system complete with rush counselors. In 1961, the formal rush model was launched at UK. Over the years, chapters have performed songs and skits and talked with potential new members as part of formal recruitment. In 2003, sorority rush was changed to formal sorority recruitment and the term "rushee" for a potential new member was dropped.

Today, the Panhellenic Council prepares for recruitment by working all summer to ensure that chapter members, Gamma Chis — active chapter members who leave their chapters for the week to serve as guides to women going through recruitment — and potential new members have the best experience possible during Spirit and Recruitment Week. Several guest speakers, countless trainings, activities and open conversations between chapters foster a sense of community throughout the Panhellenic Association at UK.

"We work throughout the summer but preparation really begins in April," Sarah Macke, UK Panhellenic president, said. "It takes about four months to prepare for this week in the fall each year."

Potential new members will move into their residence halls Saturday, Aug. 15, a week after active members have returned to campus to prepare for recruitment during Spirit Week.

On Sunday, Aug. 16, the nearly 1,500 women going through recruitment will begin visiting chapter houses during Open House. The potential new members are divided into 104 smaller Gamma Chi groups who they will travel from house to house with during open house. An active sorority woman guides these groups. Open House continues Monday, Aug. 17.

"Alpha Chi Omega is colonizing this August and we are so very excited to welcome them to our community here at the University of Kentucky," Macke said. "After participating in the first two days of open house, they will be having their own formal recruitment process that follows the Colonization Procedures of the National Panhellenic Conference."

Each day of recruitment allows potential new members to spend more time getting to know the different chapters and their members. UK utilizes a mutual selection process to match women with chapters. Each day also focuses on a different aspect of sorority life. Tuesday of Recruitment Week focuses on philanthropy, with chapters highlighting the service component of their organizations. Wednesday centers on sisterhood, with chapters sharing what is special about their chapter through a video and testimonials. Thursday is preference day, the last day of membership recruitment functions. Preference presentations will reflect the values and ideals held in esteem by a sorority's members.

Friday is Bid Day, the day when women receive their invitations, or bids, to join a sorority. New members of UK sororities traditionally wear white dresses on Bid Day. Bid Day also signifies the beginning of pledgeship — the time between joining a sorority and being initiated. The new member period can last as few as four weeks or up to a whole semester depending on the chapter. New member meetings are typically held one night a week. During this time new members learn about the history of their chapter, therir national organization and other fraternities and sororities at UK. Many scholarship, philanthropy and social activities are planned to help new members get to know their sisters and other members of the new member class.

"Recruitment is a very exciting time of the year," Macke said. "We anticipate the arrival of potential new members each fall because we cannot wait to welcome more women into our community. Deciding to join the Greek community has been the best decision in my life so far! I would not trade my sisters or this community for anything. I am so very blessed to have such wonderful women and a very close community in my life!"

UK's Panhellenic Council is the largest registered student organization at the University of Kentucky with more than 5,000 women active in the 14 chapters that make up the council.

Women may also join a sorority through the continuous open bidding process. Continuous open bidding (COB) begins after the conclusion of Sorority Membership Recruitment Week and continues throughout the academic year. COB is recommended for anyone who chooses not to participate in Membership Recruitment Week or did not receive a bid during the week. COB offers women the opportunity to participate in sorority life and join a sorority through an informal process

Phi Sigma Rho, national engineering sorority, is an associate member of UK's Panhellenic Council and Ceres Agricultural Sorority and Delta Phi Mu Latina Sorority are members of the United Greek Coalition; these organizations do not participate in fall formal recruitment. The four sororities that make up UK's National Pan-Hellenic Council, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Zeta Phi Beta, also do not participate in formal recruitment. Information about joining these organizations is available on the Greek Affairs website.

A Sneak Peek of Gatton Building on WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Today

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 21:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 14, 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.  On today's program, join Godell and Gatton College of Business and Economics Dean David Blackwell for a tour of the newly renovated and still expanding Gatton building.

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

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

Governor Signs Pediatric Cancer Tax Check-Off Bill at UK

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 20:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2015) – Governor Steve Beshear held a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 82 on Thursday at the University of Kentucky.

The measure aims to increase research dollars designated for the study and treatment of pediatric cancer by creating a “check-the-box” option for an individual’s tax refund to be diverted to a newly created Pediatric Cancer Research Trust Fund.

The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, of Campbellsville, whose young son is a pediatric cancer survivor. Senate Bill 82 became law June 24.

“Every child deserves to live a healthy, active life, but many children in this state - and all across the country - are battling cancer,” said Gov. Beshear. “In fact, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children. This law will help us raise more funding for research for pediatric cancer in the hope that one day we can celebrate finding a cure.”

The Pediatric Cancer Research Trust Fund will be administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. A board will be established to provide additional oversight and guidance.

“As the first pediatric cancer bill to be signed into law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, this bill is dedicated to the families who have been affected or are dealing with pediatric cancer,” said Sen. Wise. “SB82 is a testament to our republican & democrat legislators working together to do what is right for Kentucky families.”

From 2008-2012, Kentucky had approximately 200 cases each year of cancer among children up to the age of 19, according to the National Cancer Institute. The American Cancer Society, meanwhile, reports that about 10,380 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2015.

“This legislation will fuel innovative pediatric cancer research being done here at the University of Kentucky and will directly benefit some of the sickest children in the Commonwealth,” said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. “Thanks to this bill, now all Kentuckians will have the opportunity to advance pediatric cancer research.”

The bill also allows individuals to designate a portion of their tax refund to a new trust fund to support rape crisis centers throughout Kentucky.

“I was proud to include this provision in the law, because these centers play such a critical role in giving rape victims the care and support they need,” said Rep. Chris Harris, of Forest Hills.  “This additional revenue will provide better financial stability and enable the centers to do even more to help.”

Gov. Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to look for the check-off option when filing their taxes next year so they can donate a portion or all of their refund to the Pediatric Cancer Trust Fund, or the Rape Crisis Center Trust Fund.

“I hope all Kentuckians will take advantage of these new check-off options and join us in the fight to end childhood cancer and support for victims of assault,” said Gov. Beshear. 

UK Research on Industrial Hemp Continues to Progress

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 17:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2015) — Industrial hemp research at the University of Kentucky is moving along in its second year. Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment hosted a field day Aug. 13 to showcase their current hemp projects, conducted under the guidance of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

While the first year’s pilot project was limited to varieties used for fiber production, this year’s research trials, led by UKAg agronomists David Williams and Rich Mundell, include hemp varieties used for the production of fiber, grains and cannabinoids. Cannabinoids, such as hemp-based cannabidiol, may be used in food and dietary supplements for consumer health and wellness benefits.

“Our work has expanded greatly this year to include all three harvestable components of hemp,” Williams said. “We are hoping to optimize grower profitability through these small plot studies.”

Research projects include comparing the fiber quality of three varieties of hemp. The varieties will be compared to each other as well as flax and kenaf, other fiber plants. The project will look at two harvest methods and three harvest timings when the plants are at different maturities.

Other research includes two separate hemp variety trials for fiber and grain production, herbicide tolerance trial for hemp used for grain production and a row spacing trial geared toward fiber production. Specific projects are conducted in conjunction with researchers at Murray State University, Western Kentucky University and Eastern Kentucky University.

Earlier this year, UK researchers faced some initial planting delays due to acquiring seed from international sources and wet weather throughout much of the spring and summer. These delays will not affect harvest, but will likely have researchers harvesting smaller plants.

Leah Black is the university’s first graduate student concentrated solely on hemp research in the modern era. Her research projects focus on cannabinoid production. In addition to being used in food and dietary supplements, the pharmaceutical industry is researching cannabinoids for a variety of therapeutic purposes. Right now, all of the cannabinoids found in health and nutrition products come from outside the U.S.

Black is specifically investigating whether unfertilized populations of female hemp plants produce more cannabinoids. She will also conduct a yield test based on direct seeding and various seed densities using a tobacco setter.

“It’s a very familiar process for our Kentucky tobacco farmers, which is who we are trying to center the experimental design on,” she said. “We still have a lot to learn, especially when it comes to harvest, but it’s definitely a point of interest for us to try to preserve the equipment that our farmers are used to.”

While UK research is still in its beginnings, UK agronomists hope this year provides the first of what will eventually become publishable research data. All agronomy research must be conducted for at least two years.

MEDIA CONTACT: Katie Pratt, 859-257-8774.

Learning Lab at UK Special Collections Looking for Interns

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 12:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2014) — University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) has announced the upcoming projects for this year’s Learning Lab internship. The SCRC Learning Lab is a center of primary research, experiential learning, and training targeted to UK undergraduates in various disciplines who want to enhance their studies through training in archival methods and theory. Applications for fall and spring internships are due Friday, Sept. 4.

Interns with the SCRC Learning Lab will be taught to arrange and describe rare or unique collections in their area of research interest, and enhance access to those collections through the broader academic community through creating guides, exhibits or transcriptions. Interns will also produce a final scholarly project, such as a poster, presentation or exhibit, reflecting on the impact the internship had on their research.

Interns will be expected to work five to 10 hours a week and will receive $8.80 per hour.

This year's interns will make accessible a collection that highlights Lexington’s architectural history by processing the Frankel and Curtis blueprints and papers. Multiple students will work together on a multi-format project after the collection is processed that will layer GIS technology, city government data, and archival photos using digital humanities tools. This project will also include analysis of a National Register of Historic Places application.

This is an ideal project for students of various backgrounds, including computer science, architecture, engineering, historic preservation, geography, sociology, anthropology, fine arts or history. For more details, visit the UK Libraries website at:

Interested applicants in the SCRC internship are encouraged to submit a completed application form, found on the lab’s website at, with cover letter, resume/CV, and one faculty reference by Friday, Sept. 4, to: Deirdre Scaggs, Associate Dean of Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries, Margaret I. King Building, Lexington, KY, 40506-0039. To email an internship packet, send materials to

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

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

Send #AskACat Twitter Chat All Your Burning Move-In, K Week Questions

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 17:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2015) — Next Monday, the University of Kentucky will host an #AskACat Twitter chat for new and returning students moving back to campus that week. UK experts will be available to answer questions on K Week, parking and commuting alternatives, and residence halls. This back-to-school #AskACat Twitter chat will begin 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, on UK's official Twitter account.

This chat is especially timely as UK welcomes back to campus Living Learning Program residents Aug. 19 and general residents at the larger move-in (#BigBlueMove) Aug. 21-22. K Week, the university's official welcome week, begins after move-in and will run from Aug. 21-29.

Taking questions in this #AskACat Twitter chat will be Michael Danahy, communications coordinator of UK Housing; Joshua Jennings, graduate assistant in the UK Office of New Student and Family Programs, and Chrissie Balding Tune, senior marketing/promotions specialist of UK Parking and Transportation Services.

The back-to-school #AskACat Twitter chat will take place from 1-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, via the university's Twitter account, @universityofky. Those interested in following and or participating in the chat can follow the university's account or #AskACat for questions posed and responses from our crew of experts.

While this #AskACat Twitter chat is geared toward new and transfer students, it is open to all students, parents, faculty and staff. Individuals interested in asking questions should send their questions to through 2 p.m. on Aug. 17 or on the UK Facebook page prior to 1 p.m., Aug. 17. Responses to questions will be shared with the university's followers and those following the hashtag #AskACat. 

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

Impact of Move-In on Campus

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 16:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2015) — Safety is always a priority at the University of Kentucky. Especially now, when thousands of new students are transitioning to campus at a time when vehicle and pedestrian traffic are heavy and streets are re-routed. UK Police will be out in full force to assist with Move-In, and everyone is urged to be patient and travel safely.

Move-In is an exciting time for our campus community and an important time to begin fostering student success — our top priority at all levels in everything that we do.

This year, we will welcome students and their families during four major Move-In days over the next week:

·      Saturday, Aug. 15

·      Wednesday, Aug. 19

·      Friday, Aug. 21

·      Saturday, Aug. 22

Move-In — combined with current construction occurring on campus — will impact parking and transportation routes throughout the campus at various times. Among the more than 6,600 students moving to campus housing, about 1,800 students are expected to arrive on Saturday, Aug. 15; 1,400 are expected on Wednesday, Aug. 19; 2,100 on Friday, Aug. 21; and 800 on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Below is information regarding student move-in traffic flow and parking impacts over the next week, including important information about one-way streets, no parking areas, and high traffic locations during all four days.

ONE-WAY STREETS: ( see map)

One-way southbound:  MLK Blvd. between Good Samaritan parking lot and Avenue of Champions

One-way southbound:  Lexington Ave. between Maxwell St. and Avenue of Champions

NOTE:  Employee (E) lot entrance north of the Joe Craft Center CLOSED at Lexington Avenue; enter and exit only at Rose Street

One-way westbound:  Avenue of Champions between Rose St. and Limestone (No Thru Traffic)

One-way westbound:  Huguelet Dr. between University Dr. and Rose St.

One-way northbound:  Rose Street between Huguelet Drive and Washington Ave.

One-way eastbound:  Hilltop Ave. between University Dr. and Woodland Ave.

One-way northbound:  Woodland Ave. between Hilltop Ave. and Columbia Ave.

One-way southbound:  Sports Center Drive between Woodland Ave. and the Employee (E) lot north of the Nutter Football Training Facility.

Streets will begin one way around 8:30 a.m. each day.  They are expected to remain one way until 3-5 p.m. each day with the exception of Saturday, Aug. 22, when fewer students are moving in.


Due to the need to quickly unload vehicles near residence halls, several areas of campus will be NO PARKING zones from 12:01 a.m. to 6 p.m. on each of the Move-In days. Additionally, several streets on and bordering campus will have closures or other changes to traffic flow to accommodate Move-In. Watch for NO PARKING signs and bagged meters in these areas.

Vehicles parked in the NO PARKING areas listed below will be TOWED.  Owners will be responsible for all tow-related charges.

Saturday, Aug. 15; Wednesday, Aug. 19; Friday, Aug. 21; Saturday, Aug. 22:

UNIVERSITY DRIVE (BOTH SIDES):  from Cooper Drive to Hilltop Avenue

SPORTS CENTER DRIVE: between Woodland Ave. and the Employee (E) lot north of the Nutter Football Training Facility

AVENUE OF CHAMPIONS: metered parking in front of Roselle Hall

MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD.: between Maxwell Street and Avenue of Champions

LEXINGTON AVE.: area between the Employee (E) lot entrance and Avenue of Champions

E LOT BETWEEN KELLEY BUILDING and MED CENTER ANNEX #5: the 5 spots in the lane just north of Medical Center Annex #5

WOODLAND AVE.: between Hilltop Ave. and Sports Center Dr., no parking anytime


Students and parents participating in Move-In will be permitted to park in the following designated parking areas:

Rose Street Garage (PS #2): On Saturday 8/15 & Saturday 8/22 only

South Limestone Garage (PS #5): all 4 move-in dates listed above; 3-hour maximum

Sports Center Garage (PS #7): all 4 move-in dates listed above; 3-hour maximum

Orange lot at Commonwealth Stadium: all 4 move-in dates listed above   

Woodland Avenue Work Slated for August 13-14, 17-18

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 16:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2015) — In the coming week, roadwork will impact portions of Woodland Avenue. However, through traffic will be maintained at all times, and flagmen will assist with directing traffic during the impact.

The project will include milling, paving, and striping Woodland Avenue from Rose Lane to The 90 and from The 90 to University Drive on Thursday, Aug. 13 and Friday, Aug. 14. Speed tables will be installed Monday, Aug. 17 and Tuesday, Aug. 18. Speed tables are midblock traffic-calming devices used to reduce traffic speed, in this case associated with the mid-block pedestrian crossing from the Woodland Glen residence halls to the W.T. Young Library pedestrian walks.

Anyone who normally travels in the vicinity should allow extra travel time.

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

Chrissie Tune, (859) 257-3512;

UK Oral Health Offers Patient Help Rebuilding

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 14:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2015) — As a final step before leaving the United States to serve abroad, U.S. Army Logistical Chief Warrant Officer Four Josie Evans went for a routine medical exam at her base in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Expecting to be found medically fit for deployment, instead Evans was given much different news.

“They first thought it was a cyst,” said Evans. “After going to a doctor in Elizabethtown to have it cleaned out, a biopsy came back that it was odontogenic myxoma.”

Odontogenic myxoma is a rare abnormal growth in tissue, in many cases, seen in the lower jaw area. Young adults are more commonly diagnosed with odontogenic myxoma, although cases have been identified in patients ranging from ages 10 to 50 years old. While painless and benign, it is often referred to as “locally malignant.” If left untreated it grows aggressively, and is invasive and destructive.

“After seeing how extensive the problem was, and what all it entailed, Dr. Larry Cunningham at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry was the only surgeon my doctor in Elizabethtown would recommend.”

At the suggestion of her local doctor, Evans made the trip to UK to undergo an extensive surgery performed by Cunningham of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department and Dr. Daniel Stewart of the Plastic Surgery Division. Her first surgery, which lasted over 14 hours, involved the resection, or removal, of her entire lower jaw and the reconstruction of the area.

“I lost from the left side of my chin all the way down the right side completely. All my chin, my lower teeth, there was nothing. My left fibula bone was used to rebuild my face.”

After Dr. Cunningham and his team removed the tumor and rebuilt the area, Evans began her road to recovery. The tumor had been very invasive. With the amount of facial reconstruction preformed, Evans remained in the hospital for some time following the operation. Due to swelling, she relied on a breathing tube for one month and a feeding tube for two months during recovery.

When recalling the support of her family, local church, Army organization, and health care team, Evans says, “God put the right people in my life. I had to learn to do everything all over again. I had to learn how to speak with the breathing tube. I refused to leave the hospital in a wheelchair. Before I left, I learned to use a walker. I had to learn how to walk without the one bone in my leg. I didn’t eat solid food for months after the feeding tube was removed. It was all very difficult.”

Following the initial surgery, Evans visited Drs. Cunningham and Stewart regularly for check-ups to review progress. Several additional surgeries were needed in order to care for issues involving infection. Engineered bone was added to address damage caused by infection to the fibula bone used during the reconstruction process.

“After the final surgery to treat infection, my lips and face were swollen again. They were two times their normal size. It was another hard process to go through,” says Evans. “The swelling went down really fast. I’m at the point now where I can get dental implants.”

“The staff at UK, the doctors, everybody was just awesome. I couldn’t have asked for a better team. It’s been a long road, a hard transition. When people see me, unless I tell them my story, they don’t know. That’s how great a job Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Stewart did on the resection and the reconstruction work.”

"Part of UK’s mission is to serve as a resource for community providers. Working as a multidisciplinary team, UK HealthCare providers are able to offer the support patients need in such complex cases, and assist community physicians in helping their patients reach a favorable outcome. Opportunities to make such a positive impact and take care of patients like Josey makes my work very fulfilling,” says Cunningham.

Just several months after the last surgery, Evans was able to return to teaching aerobics, running five miles or more every other day and go back to active status in the armed forces, where she has served for nearly 20 years.

“When you think you are in a bad place, you can look to your left and your right. There are people in worse conditions than I was in, so I thank God things are as good as they are for me. I just believe that God orchestrated it so I was put in the right place, at the right time, to get the right care. The University of Kentucky was the right care for me. I was absolutely blessed with the doctors I had. Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Stewart have blessed hands. They will always be a part of my life. They changed my life…I’m very grateful.”

“I met a lady at church that has been going through a similar process for about four or five years now. She had surgery somewhere else and things didn’t go well. When she saw me, and she learned my story, she asked for my doctors’ names. She’s now coming to UK after seeing me and hearing what great care I was given.”  

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

A First of its Kind: Kentucky African American Encyclopedia Celebrates State’s History

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 13:45
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Images from The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia, edited by Gerald L. Smith, Karen Cotton McDaniel and John A. Hardin. Published by University Press of Kentucky.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2015) — From the earliest moments of Kentucky’s recorded history, the lives of African-Americans have been intricately woven into the fabric of the state.

The slave and bodyguard of pioneer Nathaniel Hart, often referred to as Captain Jack Hart, first entered what would become the Bluegrass State in 1774. Little is known of the life of one the first African-Americans to explore Kentucky’s frontier, though he was present the following year at the signing of the Sycamore Shoals Treaty in Tennessee, which resulted in the purchase of "Kaintucke" from the Cherokees. The sparse records that do exist indicate that Jack Hart played a central role in Daniel Boone’s early exploration of the state during the mid-1770s serving as the pioneer’s "pilot," or guide.

However, black settlers like Jack Hart did not migrate to Kentucky by choice — they came as slaves with no rights and no promises of a bright future. Yet even against this backdrop, many Kentuckians of African descent overcame the circumstances of the era, as well as the difficulties to come, to make their impact felt in Kentucky and beyond.

"Sometimes the truth is painful, but it must be told," said Gerald L. Smith, the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar in Residence and Theodore A. Hallam Professor at the University of Kentucky Department of History.  

Now, a first-of-its-kind reference, The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia, a foundational guide to the black experience in the Commonwealth has been assembled to do just that. The book, published by University Press of Kentucky (UPK), was compiled by three editors: Gerald L. Smith; Karen Cotton McDaniel; and John A. Hardin. Capturing the earliest frontier years to the present, the encyclopedia chronicles the individuals, events, places, organizations, movements and institutions that have shaped the state’s history.

Researching Kentucky's own African-American history was an obvious progression for Smith, who chose his university studies in urban and African-American history based on a passion and interest in learning more about his own community's role in the state.

"Growing up in this community, I was very interested in the African-American experience because I found very little about blacks in Kentucky or blacks in Lexington." Smith said.

That passion and his studies in the field would place him on a trajectory that would make him leader of The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia project, which began at UK in 2008. "Kentucky got hold of me and I just looked at all the work that needed to be done and the possibilities looking at the Kentucky African-American experience."

Across the remarkable accounts painstakingly detailed by the editors and a team of more than 150 contributing authors, what is perhaps most impressive, is the breadth and scope of the history that is revealed. As the more than one thousand entries make clear, Kentucky African-Americans have played pivotal roles in every facet of our state’s community as athletes, builders, coal miners, doctors, entrepreneurs, educators, lawyers, nurses, organizers, religious leaders and more.

Among the individuals included in The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia are those whose impacts have been felt both at home in Kentucky and across the nation, from Mae Street Kidd, an outspoken civil rights advocate and champion of the poor who was first elected to Kentucky’s House of Representatives in 1968, to Willa Brown Chappell, the first African-American female to receive a pilot’s license in the United States. Also counted are those not born in Kentucky but whose imprint on the state has been undeniable, from Virginia’s Thomas Fountain Blue, a pioneer librarian in Louisville who was the first African-American to head a department in a free public library, to South Carolina poet and former UK professor Nikky Finney, whose work has not only won a National Book Award but who has also been instrumental in the founding of the Affrilachian poetry community.

While the most obvious goal of the encyclopedia is to highlight the presence, effects, and importance of African-Americans across Kentucky and throughout the state’s history, there is also another objective: to highlight African-American agency. In this way, The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia and its contributors shed light on what African-Americans did for themselves in their respective worlds. It reaches outside and beyond the traditional narrative of Kentucky’s past to capture hidden and forgotten stories which deserve their place in Kentucky and American history.

Even still, this encyclopedia makes clear that the rich history of African-Americans, like so much of the black experience, remains to be told. As more of these stories are readily available in the Commonwealth, perhaps this work will inspire those in other states to do the same.

The new release, winner of the 2015 Thomas D. Clark Medallion Book, will be celebrated at a panel discussion presented by the Filson Historical Society and the Muhammad Ali Center. Larry Muhammad, a playwright and former Courier-Journal reporter, will lead the discussion with the encyclopedia's three editors. The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia event will begin 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Ali Center. This event is free and open to the public but reservations are requested, due to limited seating. For more information or to RSVP, call the Filson Historical Society at 502-635-5083.

Gerald L. Smith, an alumnus of UK as well as a professor of history there, is the author of "A Black Educator in the Segregated South: Kentucky's Rufus B. Atwood and Lexington, Kentucky" and coeditor of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Advocate of the Social Gospel, September 1948–1963, Volume VI. He has appeared in historical documentaries which have aired on CBS, NBC, KET, the CBS Sports Network and TruTV. Smith pastors the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lexington. In 2014, the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Personnel Cabinet presented him with the annual Charles W. Anderson Laureate Award, its highest award given to individuals recognized for significant contributions to equal opportunity in their communities.

To see Gerald L. Smith talk about his work on The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia, watch the video playlist above. Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing.

Karen Cotton McDaniel, professor emeritus at Kentucky State University (KSU), was a tenured full professor and director of libraries at KSU. She has also served as a law librarian at the Kentucky Department for Public Advocacy, as well as an archivist at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. She has more than 20 publications on black Kentuckians, including chapters in books such as "Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times," articles in journals and encyclopedic essays. McDaniel has also taught at Eastern Kentucky University and Berea College. She is a charter member and an officer of the African American Genealogical Group of Kentucky and has served on the Kentucky Historical Society Executive Committee Board.

John A. Hardin, professor of history at Western Kentucky University (WKU), has served as assistant to the provost for diversity enhancement in the WKU Office of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and as assistant dean of the Potter College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. In addition, he has taught at Eastern Washington University, Kentucky State University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Spokane Community College, UK and University of Louisville. Hardin is the author of two books, "Fifty Years of Segregation: Black Higher Education in Kentucky 1904–1954" and "Onward and Upward: A Centennial History of Kentucky State University 1886–1986"; the coeditor of "Community Memories: A Glimpse of African Americans in Frankfort, Kentucky"; and the author of several journal articles.

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

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

UK Researcher Awarded Grant to Study Link Between Obesity and Cancer

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 13:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2015) – The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently awarded a $750,000 grant to University of Kentucky researcher Fredrick Onono to study the potential link between obesity and breast cancer.

Obese women are four times more likely to develop treatment-resistant breast cancer, but the exact mechanism for this observation is still largely a mystery. The link between high-fat diets and cancer development provides a clue that fats themselves may somehow be responsible for causing cells to malfunction.

Onono, who recently became an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, will work with fellow UK researchers Andrew Morris, Ashwini Anand Professor of Cardiology; Dr. Susan Smyth, Jeff Gill Professor of Cardiology; Kathleen O’Connor, professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry; and Andrew Lane, professor of toxicology and cancer biology.  

This research is made possible by an award from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award number 1K01CA197073-01 and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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

UK HealthCare Exploring Ways Big Data Analytics Can Improve Patient Care

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 15:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 12, 2015)  You finish some online window-shopping for a new pair of Nikes and move on to check your Facebook feed.  Something to the right of the feed catches your eye:  it's that same pair of Nikes you haven't yet bought, with a link to a website that has it in your size.

Big Brother?  No, Big Data.

In The Digital Doctor, big data's daunting definition is:  "High volume, high velocity and/or high variety information assets that require new forms of processing to enable enhanced decision making, insight discovery, and process optimization."

But Joe Labianca describes big data in simpler terms.

"Our use of computers, smartphones and other devices generates massive amounts of data, much of which can be used to customize your shopping experience and make life easier," he said.  "For example, with Google, perhaps the world's leading corporate user of big data analytics, users can download their smartphone app that tells you how long it will take you to get home (taking traffic into account) and whether the books you ordered from Amazon have arrived on your doorstep."

According to Labianca, Gatton Chair in Management at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, companies around the world are rushing to adopt big data analytics as a means to streamline product delivery, improve the shopping experience and boost sales. And that, in turn, is catching the eye of the health care industry, where the health records of a single patient can easily top thousands of pages and a larger health system, processes about 10 million computerized transactions a day — twice the number of transactions that takes place every day on the NASDAQ.

Dr. Mark Williams, interim chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine and director of the Center for Health Services Research, is one member of the team committed to explore how UK HealthCare can use big data analytics to make the patient experience better.

"Health care is a contradictory enterprise, generating terabytes of data in the course of a month but still requiring a high level of human touch," Williams said. "The challenge for us is to find ways to use that data to help patients get better faster while maximizing efficiency and lowering costs — all without compromising the human element of the patient experience."

A visit to one of UK Chandler Hospital's Intensive Care Units (ICU) illustrates Williams' assertion. A single patient can be connected to as many as 12 machines monitoring blood pressure, IV drips, dialysis, ventilators and so forth.  The nurse assigned to that patient must watch each and every one of those monitors for signs of trouble and coordinate care with each element in mind. Though technology has made health care better, it has also fostered new challenges for the people who are responsible for delivering it.

The greater UK health care enterprise already has big data analytics available. Jeff Talbert, professor in the UK College of Pharmacy, runs the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science Enterprise Data Trust, a repository of health care data from a number of sources, including links to the state's Medicaid program, the Kentucky Cancer Registry and health data from the insurance industry.  He sees data as a strategic asset with enormous opportunity to inform policy and change the way patients are treated, and points to patient research participation as a prime example.

"We can cull through the data to find patients who have a certain disease and might be eligible for a clinical trial, which can increase research participation and collect feedback about new treatments on a faster timetable," said Talbert.

But there are large pieces of it scattered around campus, and none of it thus far directly addresses the enabling technology for big data and patient experience. To tackle that, UK has recently brought acclaimed computer scientist and informatician GQ Zhang to campus to lead the newly formed Institute of Biomedical Informatics. Zhang is charged with integrating and leveraging large data systems across the academic and medical enterprises to improve patient care, research and education, creating what is increasingly known as a "Learning Health System."

"Many people refer to volume, velocity and variety when discussing big data, but I like to add two extra 'Vs' — vision and value," said Zhang.  "If someone doesn't have the big idea that will help leverage the data in the right way to answer a relevant question or provide a new way to solve a problem, the untapped potential of big data will not be realized."

As an example, Zhang tells the story of a program developed by the mayor of the city of Boston to improve the driving experience in an unusual way:  by fixing potholes.

Bostonians can download a free app to their smartphones and let the app run in the background while driving through town. The jolt of a pothole is sensed by the phone, which then transmits georeference data to the city's databases, requiring no active input from the driver. As increasing numbers of drivers bump through the same pothole, the accuracy of the pothole's location increases significantly and road crews are dispatched to the area to repair the pothole with pinpoint precision.  Saves time, saves money and makes countless drivers happy. 

The same principle can be applied to critical care, said Zhang. Currently, nurses collect basic data about an ICU patient from the monitors at periodic intervals and enter it into the patient's chart.   

"A trend can be more important than an absolute value and this sporadic recording of data may not be responsive enough in spotting subtle trends that predict whether that patient is in need of immediate attention," said Zhang. "If that equipment recorded data second-to-second, we could potentially develop a real-time index or score for each patient in the ICU that would allow us to monitor subtle changes in vitals that are predictive of real trouble and respond accordingly."

Furthermore, says Zhang, because this data would be stored cumulatively, researchers may use the data to develop analytics that look at outcome trends for large populations of patients and provide new ways to improve patient care. Like the Boston pothole app, data gathered over time in a larger setting can help provide important information useful to improve real-life experience.

Dr. Peter Morris, chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine at UK HealthCare, embraces Zhang's ideas, saying big data capture and analysis is crucial to process improvement in ICU management. Morris and Philip Eaton, DNP, director of Nursing -Medicine Service Line, will apply Zhang's techniques in the ICUs to simultaneously improve health outcomes while lowering the costs of expensive ICU care.

"If we can use data to, say, predict how flu season will spread and peak in Kentucky, we can anticipate the ICU resource allocation needs — for both staff and equipment — and have all the necessary personnel and equipment on standby and ready to deploy as needed," said Morris. "The same is true for day-to-day operations: we have learned patients admitted to the Medical ICU from outside hospitals peak between 2 p.m. and midnight, so we have adjusted staff levels to meet that demand."

Morris ticks off other opportunities: GPS locators on gurneys, for example, might help track wait times for imaging and other testing.  "We need to look at ourselves every minute of every day to get patient care optimal and cost-efficient," he said. "Big data analytics will help us get the right care to people at the right time."

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