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Seale Committed to Success of Gatton College, UK

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 15:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2014) — When the leadership of the University of Kentucky and its Gatton College of Business and Economics laid out a vision for expansion and enhancement of the college's facilities, to be financed totally through private philanthropy, UK alumnus William E. "Bill" Seale 'stepped up to the plate' in a big way, donating $5 million to the $65 million project. Recently, he pledged an additional $5 million to the Gatton United Campaign to bring his total commitment to $10 million.  

With this funding, the college plans to honor Seale's generosity by naming the new finance learning center in his honor. The state-of-the-art installation will be called the William E. Seale Finance Learning Center. The center will allow students, both undergraduate and graduate, to flourish in a technologically advanced classroom that simulates a real trading environment with digital displays feeding real-time financial and market information.

Brad Jordan, chair of Gatton’s Department of Finance and Quantitative Methods and the Richard W. and Janis H. Furst Endowed Chair in Finance, said, “Once this is built, it will be the best of its kind. It will contain exactly the same types of databases, the same types of terminals, the same types of access that a trader would have at a Wall Street firm. It’s also a classroom designed in a way that facilitates group work and interaction between faculty and students.“

Students will sit in small clusters throughout the room allowing for more collaboration and giving them an introduction to the environment and atmosphere many of them will be working in following graduation. The most prominent finance program at the center will be the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF).

“Groups of students will be managing more than $5 million of UK’s endowment, making all buy-and-sell decisions,” Jordan said. “Every major university in the country is developing this kind of program and UK will now be at the forefront. This will be one of the larger student managed investment funds in the nation, and our students will have the very best facilities.”

Seale graduated from UK with a degree in chemistry in 1963 and then worked in the College of Medicine for several years. While holding down that job, he also found time to study for a master's degree in agricultural economics, which he received from the university in 1969. Seale earned his Ph.D. in 1975.

Seale previously demonstrated his commitment to UK and its future students when his monetary gift established the D. Milton Shuffett Agricultural Economics Endowment Fund, in honor of a former, longtime College of Agriculture, Food and Environment faculty member who was a mentor to him.

"It's an undergraduate scholarship designed for Kentucky kids, and it's a need-based scholarship," said Seale.  

Another UK teacher who made a huge impact on Seale was the late William J. Stober, a faculty member in the Gatton College's Department of Economics.

"Professor Stober and Professor Shuffett both had an unbelievable ability to impart knowledge," said Seale.

Now retired, Seale has deep family ties to UK. His father, Frank Seale, earned three letters as a member of the Wildcat football team in the early 1930s. Bill's son, Jim, also is a UK graduate.

Seale has a long list of career achievements. To mention just a few:

·         Chief economist and principal at the $28 billion mutual fund investment firm ProFunds

·         Chair of the Finance Department and senior associate dean of the business school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

·         Former commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (an appointment by President Ronald Reagan)

These days, Seale spends most of his time in either Annapolis, Maryland or Key Largo, Florida.

The University of Kentucky will remain one of his major priorities going forward.

"It's a great institutution and is one of those things we have to continue to support," said Seale.  "I wouldn't be where I am without UK and that's why I give back."

To find out more about the Gatton United Campaign, visit http://gattonunited.com.

There you can find news stories, profiles of donors, sketches and videos of the new building, and a live webcam of the progress of building construction.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; Michelle Lowe, 859-257-1838.

Nursing Faculty Receives Grant to Promote Colorectal Screening in Rural Appalachia

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2013) – Jennifer Hatcher, associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, received a two-year $359,528 award from the National Cancer Institute for her project, “Promoting Colorectal Cancer Screening (CRC) in Rural Emergency Departments.” 

The project will be the first to address the disproportionate incidence and mortality from colorectal cancer in rural Appalachia utilizing the emergency department as an access point. Hatcher and her team will pilot test a culturally tailored intervention using brief motivational interviewing by lay health advisors to promote colorectal cancer screenings in an emergency department serving rural Appalachian Kentucky in order to evaluate the feasibility of the intervention in this rural Appalachian setting and assess the effects of the intervention on perceived barriers to CRC screening and future cancer screening.

“Residents of rural Appalachia have a higher incidence and mortality rate from colorectal cancer than residents of any other region of the country," Hatcher said. "In light of the fact that colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that can actually be prevented by screening, this grant presents a tremendous opportunity for us to address one of the key factors affecting this disparity for rural Appalachians -- limited access to the health care system."

An emergency department provides services to many rural residents who may not have a primary care provider.  "We believe that using an emergency department as an access point for this project will allow us to reach more individuals who are at risk for developing colorectal cancer, thereby reducing the disparate mortality rates that rural Appalachians suffer from this disease,” Hatcher added.

UK Student Participating in UN Climate Change Conference

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2014) — Caroline Engle, University of Kentucky junior majoring in both agricultural economics and natural resources and environmental science, is assembling with others in Lima, Peru, this week to represent the United States at the 20th annual Conference of the Parties (COP20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Joining government officials, UN representatives and civil society organizations from across the world, Engle traveled to the conference as part of the Sierra Student Coalition (SSC). SSC is the youth-led chapter of the Sierra Club, the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization.

Meetings from COP20, culminating Dec. 12, aim to provide a foundation for a global climate change agreement at COP21 in Paris next year, and Engle hopes for the same. She helped analyze the U.S. and China policy agreement, highlighting aspects that needed to be more ambitious "to truly address mitigation in a way that takes common but differentiated responsibility into account," Engle said.

"I think it's important for youth to be involved in this conversation because the policies and decisions that are created from COP20 and COP21 truly shape our future," she said.

Engle and her delegation joined with the China Youth Climate Action Network (CYCAN) to praise their countries for action already taken, and to encourage further climate action. Both SSC and CYCAN are calling for a 100 percent clean energy-powered world by 2030, according to a news release.  

A member of the Student Sustainability Council and recruitment chair for UK Greenthumb Environmental Club, Engle plans to bring her experiences at COP20 back to students at UK. With a sense of urgency, she says she will encourage more students to get involved in sustainability projects.

"As someone who is extremely interested and excited about international climate change policy, I felt like there needed to be someone to take the complicated alphabet soup the UNFCCC uses and explain it to youth in a way that is understandable to bring action," Engle said.

Engle would also like to see the Student Sustainability Council fund more renewable energy projects, "which have lasting impacts on the university." In November, the UK Sustainability Challenge Grant awards were announced, funding seven sustainability projects at UK with support from the Student Sustainability Council, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, whitney.harder@uky.edu, 859-323-2396

UK Junior to Study Abroad on Scholarship

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2014) — University of Kentucky materials engineering junior Zach Wildofsky, of Tremont City, Ohio, has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad, and he will study in Australia.

The Gilman Scholarship is a congressionally funded scholarship sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education.

The scholarship supports students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities.

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray the cost of tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

Wildofsky is excited about the opportunities made possible with his Gilman Scholarship. "It will help me pay for my semester abroad this spring in Sydney, Australia. I believe this study abroad program at the University of New South Wales will offer me specific and valuable skills that I can use towards my career that cannot be taught anywhere else."

The son of Jackie and Sam Wildofsky, of Springfield, Ohio, has always been interested in science.

"For as long as I can remember I have known what I wanted to do with my life. Science has always been a passion of mine, and the science involving sports in particular has interested me for some time. Dedicating my life to improving the lives of others through engineering better and safer sporting equipment is very appealing to me," Wildofsky said.

An Honors Program member, Wildofsky has been involved in undergraduate research during his time at UK and credits Matthew Beck, an assistant professor in materials engineering, as a mentor and role mode. The junior has participated in thermoelectrics research and gaining experience with XRD (x-ray diffraction), EDX (energy dispersive x-ray analysis), SEM (scanning electron microscopy), TEM (transmission electron microscopy) and ZEM (Seebeck coefficient/electrical resistance measuring system).

"In addition, I have researched electromechanical actuators and presented a final project to professional engineers," said Wildofsky, who interned two summers at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Wildofsky would like to be a materials engineer working in the sports industry with a company like Nike, Adidas or Wilson.

Students who are interested in this and other study abroad scholarship opportunities should contact Pat Whitlow, director of the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education. The office assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with Director Pat Whitlow well in advance of the scholarship deadline.

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

UK Board Accept Gifts Totaling Over $26 Million

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 18:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 10, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees accepted three major gifts to the university during its meeting Tuesday. One will help fund the renovation and expansion of the Gatton College of Business and Economics; another is being used for scholarships for first-generation students; and the third is a previously announced gift for the renovation and expansion of the Student Center.

The board officially accepted the $20 million pledge that C.M. "Bill" Gatton announced in September for the UK Student Center capital construction project. Gatton, a UK alumnus and trustee, is the single largest donor in the university's history.  His gifts exceed $45 million, with an impact of nearly $57 million because some of his gifts were matched by the state's "Bucks for Brains" program. UK's College of Business and Economics is named in his honor.

Financier and UK alumnus William E. Seale's pledge of $5 million was accepted, bringing his total gift to the Gatton College's renovation and expansion to $10 million.  With this funding the college will honor Seale with the William E. Seale Finance Learning Center -- a technologically advanced classroom that simulates a real trading environment with digital displays and real-time financial and stock market information.

Seale, who earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and master's and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics from UK, has more than 30 years of experience in the financial markets.  He was a commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a professor and chairman of the Finance Department at George Washington University; vice president for government relations of the Commodity Exchange; and member of the Board of Managers of the New York Cotton Exchange.  In 1997 he helped found the ProFunds Group mutual funds provider.

The UK Board of Trustees also accepted a gift of $984,500 from Carl F. Pollard of Louisville, and a charitable grant of $200,000 from the C.F. Pollard Foundation to provide additional endowed funds for the Carl. F. Pollard Scholarship Fund.

Pollard, who earned a bachelor's degree in commerce from UK in 1960 and went on to excel in careers with  Humana and Columbia Healthcare Corporation, established the scholarship fund in 1994 to support first-generation college students with first preference given to children of full-time thoroughbred horse farm workers employed in Kentucky.  Pollard, a life-long horse racing enthusiast and horse farm owner, was chairman of Churchill Downs from 2001-2011.

Art Therapy Brings Fun, Stress Relief to Markey Patients and Families

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 16:10

Video by UK Public Relations.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 10, 2014) – With a table stacked full of pre-cut foam patterns, markers, stamps, and various creative accoutrement, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Art Therapist Fran Belvin is determined to bring a little holiday cheer to the patients and visitors coming through Markey's outpatient clinics.

As patients and visitors walk past her table, many stop to check it out, hesitant. Belvin and her student assistant, Kalin Wilson, welcome them with broad smiles and a simple question: "Would you like to decorate an ornament today?"

Those that say yes sit down and begin to work. Once their creative project is under way, many of the participants begin to tell Belvin about themselves: the treatment they or their loved ones are going through, their struggles, their backstories.

As Belvin notes, there's something about sitting down to work on a creative project that helps people open up and share their feelings. She sees similar reactions from the chemotherapy patients she works with on a daily basis.

"Art therapy is a way for patients to express themselves… a way to explore fears, hopes, and talk about their cancer journey," Belvin said. "Making art and talking about it feels a little less formal, less threatening than if a counselor were to sit down and say, 'Tell me how you're feeling today.'"

Belvin, who began working for Markey as an art therapist in June, spends most of her time visiting patients one-on-on in the chemotherapy suite – or "curtain-to-curtain," as she describes it.

"In addition to helping patients process the emotional effects of their illness, it's also a way to relax and reduce stress," Belvin said. "Chemotherapy can be uncomfortable, it can be boring, and it can be frightening – especially at first. Getting engaged in a creative activity is not only a fun distraction, it puts people in touch with their strengths and increases their positive feelings. In fact, research has shown that art making significantly reduces the stress hormones in the brain and elevates mood."

The ornament table is the second "art event" she's held at the cancer center. Earlier this year, she hosted a "Healing Symbol" table, where she invited participants to create their own personal symbol that represented healing.

Because art therapy is a new addition to the UK Markey Cancer Center's complementary therapy services, Belvin hopes her art events will help spread the word about the services she offers, not just to patients and visitors, but also to healthcare providers who may like to refer their patients to her. Research shows that "creative arts" therapies – including music, art, dance, drama, and writing – significantly reduces anxiety, depression, and pain and improved the quality of life in cancer patients.

Ultimately, Belvin's current ornament table is meant to bring a little levity and stress relief to those passing through the Markey Cancer Center's doors.

"I hope to offer a little bit of brightness while you're going to the doctor's office, where you're not expecting to have a fun, relaxing thing to do," Belvin said. "So I'm hoping this provides a way for people to kind of relax and have a little fun in the middle of their day."

Belvin is hosting two more art therapy ornament-making tables at Markey, both in the first floor lobby of the Whitney-Hendrickson Building. The table will be up again 1-2:30 p.m. today and next Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1-2:30 p.m. Patients, visitors and staff are all welcome to attend and participate.

MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry (859) 323-2399 or allison.perry@uky.edu

Undergraduate Opera Studio Brings Holiday Classic Back to UK

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 16:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 10, 2014) — For many years in the 1990s and early 2000s, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre presented the holiday classic “Amahl and the Night Visitors” each season. After a 13-year hiatus, UK Opera Theatre’s youngest voices perform the one-act opera for a new generation. The UK Opera Theatre Undergraduate Studio and the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras (CKYO) present three performances of this 45-minute opera, originally composed for NBC, Dec. 12 and 13, at the historic Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center.

"Amahl" is the story of a young, crippled boy and the miracle that cures him while the three kings are searching for the newborn king. As a result, Amahl wishes to take his crutch to the child as his gift. Gian Carlo Menotti’s inspiration for the piece was Hireonymus Bosch’s painting " The Adoration of the Magi." The opera premiered on NBC television on Christmas Eve 1951. For a full synopsis of the opera, visit UK Opera Theatre’s website.

Audiences attending "Amahl" this weekend will have an opportunity to bring a gift of their own to help those in need this holiday season. UK Opera Theatre is proud to partner with God’s Pantry Food Bank to help families in need in the Central Kentucky region. With a $6 (cash or check) donation, or 10 canned vegetables or soups (15oz. or more), donors will be entered to win two tickets to the June 2015 production of “It’s a Grand Night For Singing!”

“Amahl” is directed by UK artist-in-residence Gregory Turay. Alumnus Daniel Chetel, of CKYO, serves as conductor and music director. Bob Pickering has designed a new set for the production, with costumes by Susan Dudley Wigglesworth.  

UK Opera Theatre and CKYO will present three performances of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec.13, at the Lyric Theatre. Tickets are $22.50 for general admission and $12.50 for students. To purchase tickets contact the Lyric Theatre box office at 859-280-2218 or visit online at http://lexingtonlyric.tix.com.

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

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

Help Yourself This Season by Helping Others

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec 11, 2014) -- Although there are a lot of things to enjoy about the holiday season -- spending time with friends and family, favorite foods and drinks, giving and receiving gifts -- it can also be a very stressful time of year. Additionally, the cold, dreary winter weather can contribute to feelings of stress or depression (known as seasonal affective disorder).

There are a few common ways to help combat these negative feelings. Eating well, exercising, and seeking medical attention if necessary are all ways you can maintain some calm during the hectic holiday season. But there's also another popular activity that may provide more benefits than you ever knew -- volunteering.

There are plenty of organizations that need extra hands this time of year, and devoting some of your time to help out can make a big difference in your own health. Volunteering not only makes other people feel good, but it is also good for you!

Recent studies have shown that there are numerous health benefits that are linked to the act of volunteering. For example:

·      Volunteering has been shown to moderate the loss of a sense of purpose among older adults who have undergone a major role change in life, like retiring from work or watching their children grow up and "leave the nest."

·      Volunteering has been shown to lead to lower rates of depression for people 65 and older.

·      Studies show that those who volunteer at an earlier age are less likely to suffer from ill heath later on in life.

·      In terms of seasonal affective disorder, fighting that depression can be aided by encouraging activity and socialization, and volunteering is a perfect way to incorporate both.

The benefits for your mental health can also been translated to your physical health -- in other words, having a healthy mind can lead to a healthy body. Volunteering has been proven to reduce stress, which is a common cause of chest pain, trouble sleeping and elevated blood pressure.

The positive health effects of volunteering seem to be more pronounced in individuals 65 and older than compared to younger generations, most likely due to the fact that younger individuals don't have as much spare time to go out and volunteer outside of working full-time and/ or taking care of children.

To really reap the benefits of volunteering, make sure you choose an organization that provides services you truly believe in and can support. You are much better off genuinely volunteering to help others out, rather than just seeking to make yourself feel better.

Additionally, know your limits. There is such a thing as too much volunteering. If you are giving too much of your time to others, the work can become more stressful than rewarding, which leads right back to health problems.

Dr. Teresa Gevedon is a psychiatrist at UK HealthCare.

This appeared in the Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader

Crunch Brunch Crunches Away the Stress of Finals Week

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 17:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2014) — The Student Activities Board Campus Life Committee gives students a way to de-stress during finals week by hosting Crunch Brunch from 9 p.m. until midnight on Monday, Dec. 15, in Memorial Coliseum.

Crunch Brunch is a traditional SAB event that provides a place for students to de-stress during finals week. At the event, students can receive long sleeve T-shirts, breakfast-type foods, and massages, as well as enjoy music and inflatables. New to the event, SAB will also provide a video gaming area, a yoga session and a Pinterest table.

“Crunch Brunch is the place that students, study partners and friends come to decrease their stress level during a crucial time of their academic careers,” Abbey Tillman, SAB director of campus life, said. “We strive to make finals week as enjoyable as possible for the campus community and hope to make this the biggest and best Crunch Brunch yet.”

Busses from campus to Memorial Coliseum will be available. All busses will drop students off at Wildcat Alumni Plaza, which is located on Avenue of Champions across from Memorial Coliseum. There are three pick up locations across campus:

  • Corner of Rose Street and Columbia Avenue
  • Corner of Rose Street and Huguelet Drive
  • The "90" - corner of Woodland and Hilltop Ave (near William T Young Library)

SAB brings more than 100 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 www.uksab.org, follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/UKSAB or Instagram at instagram.com/uksab or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UKSAB. For more information about SAB and events, email contact@uksab.org or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment, to 411-247.

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, katy.bennett@uky.edu, 859-257-1909

SAB CONTACT: Olivia Senter, publicrelations@uksab.org

New Observation Unit at UK HealthCare Provides Care for Patients Not Ready for Discharge

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2014) –  UK HealthCare will open its first Observation Unit this week at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Across the nation, observation units are increasingly being utilized to provide high quality, safe and efficient care to patients who come to the emergency department and are too sick to be discharged home and need additional evaluation.

In the 24-bed unit located adjacent to UK Chandler's emergency department, patients with symptoms such as chest pain, abdominal pain, dehydration or syncope (fainting or passing out) will be managed and cared for up to 24 hours until either discharged or admitted as an in-patient for more intensive care. The patient will remain as an outpatient while in the unit.

Studies show benefits of patients cared for in observation units include better clinical outcomes, greater patient satisfaction, less diagnostic uncertainty, and improvements in the use of hospital resources and staff.

"There are times when a patient doesn't meet criteria set by Medicaid or Medicare to be admitted to the hospital but as a physician you just don't feel that they are well enough to be sent home," said Dr. Romil Chadha, medical director of the Chandler Observation Unit. "This unit allows us to monitor them for an extended amount of time and ensure they get the care they need."

The new unit which will open with 12 beds will eventually expand to 24 beds and provide patient care with close collaboration among Hospital Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Cardiology to provide prompt, high quality and efficient observation care.

Along with providing care for patients, observation units can take stress off of the emergency department, generate inpatient hospital capacity, and reduce unnecessary admissions and readmissions, said Dr. Mark V. Williams, director of UK's Center for Health Services Research (CHSR).

“UK HealthCare has built a superb space for an Observation Unit and is using a state-of-the-art continuous process improvement approach developed by Toyota," Williams said. "With help from the True Lean Systems Program at UK’s College of Engineering, the team of care providers — nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others — will be continuously improving how the unit functions. I expect this will become a national showcase of how patient-centered observation care should be delivered.”

Media Contact:  Kristi Lopez, kristi.lopez@uky.edu

Singletary to Bring 'A Celtic Christmas' to the Bluegrass

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:06

A preview of Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas." A transcript of this video can be found here.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2014) — Kentucky families looking for a different way to celebrate the holidays can take in " Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas" as part of the 2014-2015 Signature Series at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. "A Celtic Christmas" will warm hearts beginning 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.

Now in its 17th season, "A Celtic Christmas" recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland. The show remembers when neighboring families gathered around the fire to grace the wintry night with haunting melodies of traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of their music, to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances and to fill the night with the laughter of their stories.

Ticket prices vary from $20 to $30 for "Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas." Tickets can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the venue. Processing fees will be added to purchase upon transaction.

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

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

UK Institute Recognized for Second Time as Confucius Institute of the Year

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute (UKCI) has received one of five 2014 Confucius Institute of the Year Awards at the ninth Confucius Institute Conference held Dec. 7, in Xiamen, China. This is UK's second award for the institute and the third competitive award from the Office of Chinese Language Council International (colloquially known as the Hanban) in three years.

Awarded by the Hanban, the honor distinguishes the UKCI among the more than 400 Confucius Institutes worldwide; there are more than 90 Confucius Institutes in the U.S. UKCI Director Huajing Maske was on hand to accept the award at the conference. UK previously won this honor in 2012.

In addition to recognition for the institute itself, last year Maske won the other competitive award presented by the Hanban. She was one of only 15 leaders to receive a 2013 Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award worldwide.

The honors continue to bring valuable new opportunities to the UK community.

"We are so proud that the UK Confucius Institute and our director, Dr. Huajing Maske, have been recognized again for their exemplary work as a Confucius Institute of the Year," said Susan Carvalho, associate provost for internationalization. "This may well be an unprecedented string of laurels. It is impressive indeed, to have UK on that very visible stage for the third year in a row, and this is a direct result of Huajing’s creativity and initiative, in the many innovative linkages she has devised between Kentucky and China that benefit our faculty, staff, students and community."

The mission of the UK Confucius Institute is to serve as Kentucky’s gateway to China in the areas of education, arts, culture and business. Maske and her staff have been largely successful in fulfilling this mission at UK, local Kentucky schools and in the community at large.

Since its inauguration in 2010, the institute has positioned itself as a conduit of UK’s China initiatives, and created many successful partnerships between colleges at UK and Chinese universities. UK Confucius Institute has also played a valuable role in K-12 Chinese language and cultural education.

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

UK CI/SLIS Alumna Jessica Holmes Wins “I Love My Librarian” Award

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) — Jessica Elaine Holmes, a 2006 alumna of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information’s School of Library & Information Science (UK SLIS), has been announced as one of the 2014 “I Love My Librarian” award winners. She is one of 10 librarians nationwide to receive this year’s award, which recognizes librarians for outstanding service.

Holmes, who currently works at Westridge Elementary School Library Media Center in Frankfort, is a graduate of UK SLIS’ Library and Information Science (LIS) master’s program where she studied school librarianship and completed her certification. This year’s “I Love My Librarian” Awards were presented by the American Library Association (ALA), the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the New York Times.  Library patrons across the country submitted nominations with stories of how their local librarians have inspired them and made an impact in their communities.

Holmes’ nomination (PDF available here) demonstrates the positive changes she has brought about in her school and its media center. Assistant Superintendent Charley Preston said, "Ms. Holmes inherited a dismal library at Westridge that was only minimally used by students and staff. In less than one year, she transformed the library into a warm and inviting place for all.”

A few years prior, Holmes was chosen by colleagues as the recipient of Westridge Elementary School’s “Teacher of the Year” award, an honor not regularly bestowed upon school librarians according to Westridge social studies teacher Joe Lovell, who submitted her nomination for the “I Love My Librarian” award.

Holmes, who was honored at an awards ceremony for the recipients held Dec. 3 in New York City, said, “It was an unforgettable trip and I am truly honored to have been selected.  It was inspirational to hear the backgrounds of the other winners and to learn about the contributions those librarians are making in their libraries and communities.”

“It is such a rewarding profession,” Holmes said about her career in librarianship. “I treasure each and every day with my students.“

Just as Westridge Elementary has shown their love for their librarian, Holmes notes how her school is a shining example as well. “I am fortunate to work at a school where my creativity is supported by the administration and where my teachers are flexible and willing to try new things,” she said. “I do not know if I would have been as successful at any other school.  My Westridge family has helped me to be the best librarian I can be.”

The ALA issued a news release announcing Holmes' honor.

“We’re very proud of Ms. Holmes for her well-earned recognition and the outstanding work she continues to do at Westridge Elementary, for Kentucky librarians and educators, and for her excellent representation of LIS professionals at the national level,” says SLIS director Jeff Huber.

More information on the 2014 I Love My Librarian Award recipients may be found at http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian/2014/14winners.

Lane Reduction on Hilltop Avenue Could Affect Traffic

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2014) — Due to weather delays, construction related to installation of storm water lines for the new dining facility, The 90, will result in a lane reduction on a brief portion of Hilltop Avenue near Woodland Avenue Monday, Dec. 8, through Friday, Dec. 12.  Traffic will be reduced to one lane in that area. Please see map for specific location.

Work is being done over the weekend and will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in an effort to avoid major morning and afternoon drive-times.  Brief traffic stops can be expected in the area.  Traffic controls will be in place at the corner of Hilltop Avenue and University Drive and at the corner of Woodland Avenue and Hilltop Avenue.

The trenched area will be covered with metal plates allowing for a return to two-lane traffic each day after 4 p.m.

Traffic delays will be possible in this area, and motorists are asked to take that into consideration for their daily commute.

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Honors Health Professor

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) — Graham Rowles, Ph.D, professor and chair of the Department of Gerontology in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, has received the 2015 Distinguished Faculty honor from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). 

The Distinguished Faculty honor recognizes individuals who exhibit exemplary, innovative or impactful teaching in the area of gerontology, the study of aging through the lifespan. Rowles will be presented with this honor at the AGHE Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference held in February.  In addition to receiving the award, Rowles will deliver a lecture at the annual meeting.

Rowles is professor in the Graduate Center for Gerontology and holds joint appointments in a number of departments across campus, including nursing, behavioral science, geography and health behavior.  He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of American and AGHE and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Gerontology and the Journal of Housing for the Elderly. Additionally, he is the president-elect of the AGHE.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Noble, sarah.noble@uky.edu  

UK Libraries' 'Circ2Go' Returns for Faculty, Staff Convenience

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 14:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) — The end of the semester, filled with work, projects and busy schedules, can be a hectic time for not only University of Kentucky students but faculty and staff as well. It's also a time for many to renew and return library books. To make this process more convenient for UK faculty, staff and graduate students during this busy time, UK Libraries will offer "Circ2Go," a mobile circulation service set up in Patterson Office Tower from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9-11.

In the past, faculty, staff and graduate students could only bring materials to a UK Libraries location to renew or return after their electronic renewals had been exhausted, a difficult requirement for some.

The pop-up circulation station in Patterson Office Tower, where many faculty offices are housed, will allow faculty and staff, including graduate students, to extend their borrowing period, with the exception of outstanding holds or recalls, and return UK Libraries' materials.

UK Libraries staff may also be able to resolve some fines at "Circ2Go."

As the premier research library in the Commonwealth, UK Libraries provides ever-expanding access to quality information resources, services and programs. UK Libraries locations include the William T. Young Library, the Agricultural Information Center, the Hunter M. Adams College of Design Library, the Education Library, the John A. Morris Library (Gluck Equine Research Center), the Kentucky Transportation Center Library, the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center, the Medical Center Library, the Science Library, the Shaver Engineering Library and the Special Collections Research Center.

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

Media Depot Offers Solutions to Faculty, Students

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 09:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2014) — When Ann Christianson wanted to teach her students about using iMovie in her A-E 120 classes, "Pathways to Creativity through the Visual Arts," a UK Core and art education course, they hit a bit of a snag – no Mac labs were available to use during the scheduled class period.

The Media Depot @ the Hub came to the rescue as manager Kirk Laird and staff member Isaac Davidson quickly arrived at a workable solution – tablets. The Media Depot’s iPads were purchased with the iMovie app already installed, so Christianson was able to check out the iPads and use them in a normal classroom setting to provide her students with the iMovie instruction.

The Media Depot also provides tours of their facilities and resources for classes. Anna Stone, a writing, rhetoric and digital studies teaching assistant, has incorporated a documentary or podcast as a final project for her WRD 110 course (as do several other WRD 110 course sections). She scheduled a class tour with the Media Depot’s technician Kevin Reifert, who demonstrated Adobe Premiere Pro to the students before they were paired up to practice on their own.

The students created fun 30-second videos and became visibly more relaxed about their final course project. Many of the students had never made a video before, so the project was intimidating. However, at the end of their Media Depot visit they were smiling and telling Stone, “I think I can do this!”

The following week, Stone’s students returned to the Media Depot and received additional assistance from the Media Depot technicians. Before leaving, the students were asked for feedback regarding the services they received. One student responded that he found the staff helpful stating, “Yes, because I wouldn’t know how to get started on my own!” Another student agreed, “If you don’t know what’s going on, you can ask one of the technicians and they’re always so nice and helpful.”

The Media Depot is a student digital media space located in the Hub at William T. Young Library, which provides access to recording equipment and space, editing stations with specialized multimedia software, and technical support for students’ development of their academic media projects.

As final project deadlines draw near, the Media Depot is available to assist students with documentary, podcast and other media projects. Information about scheduling recording rooms and the software available is available at http://www.uky.edu/ukit/mediadepot.   

Faculty can also find specialized media help in the Faculty Media Depot, which recently opened on the ground floor in the Science Library, located on the south side of the Margaret I. King Library

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

IR4TD Director Wins International Combustion Award

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 09:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) – University of Kentucky Director of the Institute of Research for Technology Development (IR4TD) Kozo Saito was awarded the International Prize of CSJ (Combustion Society of Japan) last week in Japan.

The International Prize of CSJ is given to a famous combustion scientist living outside of Japan who has contributed greatly to the CSJ and Japanese combustion community, according to Osamu Fujita, vice president of the Combustion Society of Japan, in a letter to Saito.

Among other distinguished combustion researchers from Australia, Korea and the U.S., Saito is the fourth recipient of the International Prize of CSJ. He was honored for impacting the combustion community across the world, and especially for his contribution to the Japanese community.

"You accepted a number of Japanese combustion researchers to your lab, and many of them are now important leaders of (the) Japanese combustion community," said Fujita writing to Saito.

"I feel I am truly honored to receive this award not only based on my technical contribution, but also recognizing my basic philosophy to serve as an ambassador to make a bridge between American and Japanese combustion scientists and engineers," said Saito.

Saito credits Leona Ezaki, a Nobel Prize winning physicist at IBM who later became president of Tsukuba University in Japan, and Fujio Cho, Toyota Motor Corporation’s former president and current honorary chairman of the board, for inspiring his role as an ambassador between the U.S. and Japan.

A message broadcast by Ezaki in New Jersey around 1982 encouraged what Saito would later do at UK, "Every Japanese businessman who lives in America carries two important roles: represent your company and play the role of a Japanese ambassador who can help promote cultural exchange and mutual understanding."

Cho asked him to do the same when Cho decided to fund the Toyota-UK Lean Systems Program in 1994. Since then, IR4TD has hosted more than 30 Japanese visiting and postdoctoral scholars, and 22 doctorate and 30 master's students from 10 different countries have completed degrees in combustion, thermal-fluid sciences, and lean systems studies, according to Saito.

About half of them have returned to their home countries to become a faculty member in their countries’ top research universities, and some of them hold administrative positions there, such as center director and assistant dean.

"This is what we call in Japan, 'Hitozukuri,' which means to educate people to become individuals who can make the world a better place through their learned expertise. This Hitozukuri concept also matches our IR4TD’s educational principles," Saito said.

His award is not only a testament to his work in the field, but to the success of IR4TD and its students.

"This award recognizes unique contributions made by every former student, and postdoctoral and visiting scholars who helped to build UK’s unique IR4TD research program," said Saito.  

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu 

Kentucky Ag Economy Remains Strong, but Concerns Are for 2015

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:13

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2014) -- Though the forecast for 2014 crop receipts is down 2 percent, a 15 percent increase in beef, poultry, dairy and hog prices is expected to boost 2014 Kentucky agricultural cash receipts to $6 billion, up slightly from $5.7 billion in 2013. The outlook for 2015, however, is expected to drop back to the $5.7 billion range.

Overall, Kentucky is faring better than much of the rest of the nation when it comes to its farm economy. While U.S. farm cash receipts are expected to fall by 1 percent this year, University of Kentucky agricultural economist Will Snell predicts Kentucky’s receipts will increase by about 5 percent.

“These higher receipts, coupled with the last year of tobacco buyout payments and a relatively large percentage of the 2013 corn crop being sold this year, will enable Kentucky net cash income to remain relatively strong in 2014,” Snell said. “Our biggest concern is what is looming in 2015 when buyout payments have ended and a much lower priced grain crop is marketed.”

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment faculty Snell, Kenny Burdine, Todd Davis and Tim Woods, all from the Department of Agricultural Economics, Jeff Stringer, from the Department of Forestry, and Kentucky Farm Business Management Program coordinator Jerry Pierce shared their agricultural economic outlook for 2015 and an overview of 2014 during the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation conference Dec. 4 in Louisville.

“Despite a lot of concern over current and projected crop prices, we partially attribute Kentucky’s agricultural economy being better than that of the U.S. to the diversity of agriculture we have in our state,” Snell said. “In the midst of a current depressed grain economy, compare Kentucky’s gross or net farm income to that of a grain state, like Illinois. They are really nervous looking into 2015.”

That is because significantly lower anticipated grain prices, coupled with modest changes in land rents, will challenge grain profitability in 2015.

“We are seeing lower prices because stocks of wheat, corn, soybeans and cotton are increasing both domestically and globally,” Davis said. “We’re likely to see less corn planted in the U.S. in 2015 due to farmers shifting to more profitable crops.”

Kentucky is more livestock dependent than the country as a whole. Throughout 2014, tight supplies, strong fed cattle prices and decreasing corn prices resulted in unprecedented feeder cattle price levels.

“Short supplies and decreased grain prices should support feeder cattle markets in 2015,” Burdine said. “I expect a record calf market in the spring of 2015 and likely the second highest fall market on record, second only to 2014.”

Hog prices, while showing extreme variability, were up more than 15 percent in 2014. These increased prices and lower feed costs resulted in higher profitability. This will possibly lead to 2 to 4 percent more pork on the market in 2015, which may push prices down by 10 to 15 percent for the year. On the plus side, lower prices will help U.S. pork compete in world markets, which could add about 4 percent to export levels.

Poultry continues to be the top agricultural enterprise in the state. In 2014 broiler production continued its upward trend, with production increasing by 3 percent over 2013. Declining feed costs will enhance profits in 2015, which will lead to a 2 to 4 percent increase in production. The increased production will drive prices down slightly, but the lower prices will keep the U.S. competitive in global markets.

The tobacco situation changed this year, driven by increasing world production, lower burley demand and a mixed quality crop. Snell expects 2014 U.S. burley production will be greater than anticipated use, which would lead to more critical grading and prices retreating from their high of $2.06 per pound in 2013.

“Excess world burley supplies and slumping demand will likely induce tobacco companies to reduce contract volumes in the U.S. in 2015,” Snell said. “Coupled with labor and infrastructure challenges, acres will likely fall, with the value of Kentucky tobacco production likely retreating below $400 million next year.”

The equine market continues to show recovery from the three-year lows of 2009 to 2011. Burdine said major sales in 2014 are comparable to a year ago, both in terms of value and numbers sold. He predicts that strength in major markets will likely continue to support sales and stud fees in 2015, while softer commodity prices will reduce the pressure to convert hay ground to row crops, which caused a decrease in supply over the past few years.

Direct markets and programs such Kentucky Proud, Farm-to-School, Restaurant Rewards and Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program continue to drive demand and growth for produce in Kentucky. More than 50 percent of produce is sold through direct markets, while auction markets result in 10 to 15 percent of sales.

The forestry sector saw a 5 percent increase from 2013, with an estimated direct economic impact of $8.3 billion. Employment in the industry is up 2 percent over last year. All forestry sectors increased; pulp and paper producers and converters saw the biggest gains.

“Prices for all timber commodities were stable or increased in 2014. Prices for sawlogs for lumber production, our most important timber commodity, increased 24 percent on average for all species and grades. These prices are expected to continue into 2015, resulting in good opportunities for growers, loggers and processors,” Stringer said.

The export value of Kentucky’s wood products is estimated to reach more than $273 million in 2014, an increase of more than 30 percent from 2013.

Preliminary study results were released that indicated the economic importance of the entire agricultural cluster, which includes production, agricultural inputs and food processing, was $43 billion, using data from 2012, the most recent available. The final report will be made available before the end of the year.

A copy of the outlook publication including information on individual farm sectors can be found at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/cmspubsclass/files/Outlook2015.pdf

'UK at the Half' Reports on $7 Million Grant to Fight Lung Cancer

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014)University of Kentucky College of Medicine faculty member in behavioral science and Director of the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative   Dr. Jamie Studts was featured during the "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. Providence College basketball game, broadcast on the radio Nov. 30.

The Kentucky LEADS Collaborative received a three-year, $7 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's Bridging Cancer Care Initiative. Kentucky has more cases of lung cancer than any other state and its lung cancer mortality rate is 50 percent higher than the national average. The collaborative includes the UK Markey Cancer Center, The University of Louisville's James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the Lung Cancer Alliance. The grant funds a three-phase project supporting an increase in primary care provider information, a lung cancer survivorship care initiative and new opportunities in lung cancer screening.

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

To hear the "UK at the Half" interview click on the play button below. To view a transcript for the Nov. 30 "UK at the Half" interview, click here

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