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UK Theatre 'Lets the Sunshine In' at Guignol With 'Hair'

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 13:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance will end the season with a groovy revolution. The department will present the popular musical “Hair” April 16- April 26, in the Guignol Theatre.

“Hair,” written by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, originally premiered off Broadway in the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1967 and found its way to Broadway in April 1968. “Hair” is a musical that embodies the romanticized spirit of the hippie counter culture of the 1960s. Though the plot is rather loose, the musical tells the story of Claude and his struggle with conscription into the Vietnam War.

Under the direction of Russell Henderson, the department first produced “Hair” in October 1993. It ran with such overwhelming success that it included midnight showings and a rerun in the summer of 1994.

“Like Hamlet, it’s a play about a man who can’t make up his mind ultimately,” said Associate Professor of Theatre Russell Henderson, who will also direct the 2015 production. “But it’s really about the search for self and self identification and how you figure into a larger society.”

The cast consists of a “tribe” of 30 people. Students registered for the show like a class and have designated rehearsal times on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. During the rehearsal process the cast had to acquire a necessary understanding of the period both historically and culturally. The musical encompasses a lot of references that were contemporary in the 1960s and explores themes such as resistance to the Vietnam War, women’s liberation, the sexual revolution and the drug culture of the time. Henderson stressed in rehearsal that the actors should not be playing ‘hippies’ but rather people living during the period.

In the 1960s a group of like-minded, unrelated people who lived together for mutual gain was considered a tribe or a commune. These people would often live with each other, provide for each other and celebrated ideas such as freedom, happiness, peace, harmony and understanding. A tribe could also include people who would be a hippie for the weekend and return to their desk jobs on Monday.

“We are representing an era and a group of people that really believed in the power of love and believed in the power of togetherness – the whole cast had to find that together,” said theatre senior Rachel Snyder, of Dayton, Ohio, who is playing Shelia Franklin. “We had to become the tribe. And I think we have done that.”

“These people lived free without labels in a world that always wanted to confine something to a label, and this directly mirrors our society today,” said theatre junior DeAndreus Baines, of Memphis, Tennessee, who portrays Hud. “We spend more time now trying to give something a title instead of letting it be whatever it wants to be.”

While many of the references will be understood fully by those who grew up in the 1960s, the musical is still relevant to a 2015 audience. Many of the issues brought to light in the 1960s, such as the fight for equal human rights, are still prevalent in today’s culture.

“This is 2015, not 1948, but have we really progressed?” said Synder. “We are still fighting about discrimination, drug use, sexuality, human rights and freedom. Do we need to keep illuminating the issues, fighting for humanity, and sharing love? I think now is the time to ‘Let the Sunshine In.’”

Taking in the April 25 show will be several members of the family of "Hair" co-writer Gerome Ragni, including a relative who attends UK.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m., April 16-18 and 23-25. A 2 p.m. matinee performance will be presented April 26. Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for the general public.

The production contains mature content such as strong language and brief nudity.

The UK Department of Theatre and Dance at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from a renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life.

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

A&S Dean's List Recipients Praised

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2015) — On April 3, the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences recognized about 1,400 current students who earned a place on the Dean’s List for their academic achievements. The honor is reserved for the highest achieving students in the college who have obtained a 3.6 or higher grade point average the previous semester.

Many family and friends were on hand to celebrate the hard work of these exceptional students.

Mark Lawrence Kornbluh, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, spoke about the value of a liberal arts education, and was joined by Connor Appleman, a biology senior and A&S Ambassador co-coordinator. Appleman spoke about his experiences in the college and the wealth of knowledge it has provided as he prepares for graduation in May.

The college holds its Dean’s List celebration twice yearly.

“It is always a pleasure to commemorate the great achievements of our top students and to share the celebration with their families and friends who have a direct impact on their lives,” said Kornbluh. “Our Dean’s List students are committed, inquisitive and deeply driven, and continually succeed while balancing many responsibilities. It is important that we take time to recognize their achievement.”  

View a photo album of the event

Lifelong Health Begins Before Birth

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 09:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 14, 2015) -- We've long known that a pregnant mother's alcohol and tobacco use can harm a developing fetus, but we're now learning much more about how a baby's first nine months before birth can affect its health into adulthood.

The environment of the womb, which is determined by a mother's health, lifestyle and surroundings, can alter the development of a fetus with permanent and lifelong implications. This concept of "fetal programming" explains some of the developmental origins of health and disease, including a child's increased risk for obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease as an adult.

In addition to alcohol and tobacco cessation and eating a well-balanced diet high in fruits, vegetables and healthy sources of proteins, proper weight gain and exercise and good mental health during pregnancy are especially important for a baby's lifelong health. Pregnancy is a critical window, and even if you've never exercised, watched your weight, or actively tended to your mental health in the past, investing in yourself for the nine months of pregnancy could have implications for the next 100 years of your child's life.

Weight gain: Gaining too much or too little weight during pregnancy can negatively impact your child's future health and growth, affecting metabolism, energy, appetite control, and possibly increasing their risk for obesity.

How much weight you should gain during your pregnancy depends on your weight prior to pregnancy. A woman of normal weight should gain about 20-25 lbs.; overweight women should gain 15-20. For obese women, harm has not been shown if they don't gain any weight. Consult your doctor to determine what's right for you.

Exercise: For appropriate weight gain during pregnancy, exercise is fundamentally important.  Exercise also provides numerous benefits to the pregnant mom, and there is early evidence that maternal exercise may improve long-term health outcomes in the next generation.  

Moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes most days of the week is recommended for the majority of pregnant women without complications. Consider gardening, swimming and walking or other fun activities that will keep you off the couch. Strenuous exercise should be done in consultation with your physician.

Stress and anxiety: Research suggests that maternal stress--whether from normal life events, financial concerns, poverty, or abuse--is associated with pre-term birth and can affect the development of a baby's brain and immune system. Talk about your concerns and feelings with people you trust, do things that help you relax, and rely on your support network. If you think you might be experiencing depression, talk with your health care provider right away.

For more information on healthy pregnancy, visit

Kevin J. Pearson, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, and Dr. John M. O'Brien, is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the maternal fetal medicine and fellowship program at the University of Kentucky. Together, they study the effects of maternal health, especially exercise and diet, on fetal and childhood outcomes.

This column appeared in the April 12, 2015 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader

Added Sugar in Diets Has Created Public Health Crisis

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2015) -- Sugars tastes good and for a little while, it may make us feel better until the crash comes and we are left feeling tired and lifeless.  It is estimated that Americans consume 130 pounds of sugar per person a year which is about a third of a pound of sugar a day.

We consume it in all the obvious places like candy, cookies, pastries and ice cream but sugar, made of glucose and fructose, can sneak into our diets under the guise of foods we may not suspect, like crackers, processed foods, peanut butter, yogurt, sauces and bread, many of which use high fructose corn syrup, a man-made sweetener equally as toxic as sugar.

Recent medical research concludes consumption of added sugar in our diet has plunged America into a public health crisis. Sugar can be directly linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Children are becoming obese and diabetic and at an earlier age, and sugar along with high fructose corn syrup, more than any other substances are to blame.

Table sugar is composed of glucose and fructose. Glucose it is quickly absorbed from the walls of your small intestine, triggering your pancreas to secrete insulin, a hormone that delivers glucose from your blood stream to your cells to be used as energy or stored as glycogen or fat. Consistently high sugar loads can lead to insulin resistance leaving high blood glucose in circulation. The high glucose will attach to red blood cells, which is used to determine if you are diabetic or prediabetic

Fructose is also absorbed through your small intestine into the bloodstream, which delivers fructose straight to your liver. ​Unlike glucose the metabolism of fructose is not as well regulated and the liver is easily overwhelmed and over time, excess fructose can prompt globules of fat to grow throughout the liver, the precursor to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. ​It spurs the production of triglycerides, a type of fat that can migrate from the liver to the arteries, raising your risk for heart attack or stroke. Glucose and fructose can overwhelm your pancreas which can result in total-body inflammation that, in turn, puts you at even higher risk for obesity and diabetes.

While the facts are sobering, the good news is that the majority of these illnesses are preventable.

The first step is to become more mindful before we reach for the next soda, cookie or piece of cake. Paying attention to the sugar content on nutrition labels and making healthy choices for both adults and children are the first steps to better health.

Some common foods to avoid that have a high sugar content are: Regular sodas - 136 added sugar calories/12 fl oz; Juice cocktails such as Capri-Sun, Tropicana Orange Ade – 85 added sugar calories/8 fl oz; 100 percent Natural Wholegrain Cereal with raisins, lowfat – 81 added sugar calories/cup; Honey Mustard Salad Dressing – 25 added sugar calories/tablespoon, Heart Healthy 100 percent Whole Wheat Bread – 12 calories added sugar calories/slice; High Protein Bars – 34 calories added sugar/bar; Milk Chocolate Bars – 74 calories added sugar/bar; Yogurt, fruit and nuts, low fat – 89 calories added sugar /6 oz; and Ice cream, fat free, and chocolate – 83 calories added sugar/medium scoop.

Geza Bruckner is professor of Clinical Nutrition at the UK College of Health Sciences and the Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences 

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Gets Down to Earth With UK Sustainability Coordinator

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 23:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 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, UK sustainability coordinator Shane Tedder talks about Earth Days in the Bluegrass, a compilation of events during April celebrating sustainability and responsible global citizenship. 

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.

Students, Faculty, Professionals Receive Writing Awards

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2015) — University colleges typically only celebrate the writing of their students.

The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies (WRD), however, will present its Excellence in Writing Awards to UK undergraduates as well as faculty and community writers.

Two UK faculty members and two writers who are well known to Lexingtonians will be honored at noon Monday, April 13, in the Colombia Room of the Boone Center.   

Typically, faculty are honored only in their disciplines for achievements and contributions and not for their writing. WRD is proud to step out of that box to honor Shannon Bell, assistant professor of sociology, and Tyrone Borders, professor and chair of health management and policy.

Similarly, the college rarely recognizes local writers. However, this year's community recipients are Tom Eblen, columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, and Peter Brackney, author of “Lost Lexington.”

Students and instructors receiving recognition are:

·       Lizzy Southard, Kelly Feinberg Memorial Essay Contest winner with “Tell Me If This Makes Sense”

·       Beth Connors Manke for outstanding instructor

·       Allison Palumbo for the Pival Outstanding Writing Teaching Assistant

·       Nathan Allison, Robert E. Hemenway Writing Center Excellence in Consulting Award

·       Eleanor Feltner, Robert E. Hemenway Writing Center Excellence in Consulting Award

·       Margaret Frymire, Robert E. Hemenway Writing Center Excellence in Consulting Award

·       Kait Lee, Robert E. Hemenway Writing Center Excellence in Consulting Award

·       Victoria Sullivan, Robert E. Hemenway Writing Center Excellence in Consulting Award

·       Tracey Vail, Robert E. Hemenway Writing Center Excellence in Consulting Award

·       Zachary Smith, tied for first place, digital projects

·       Nitalia Harris, Mitchell Jaben, Anjana Mandal, Benjamin Wood, tied for first place, digital projects

·       Anna Woosley, tied for second place, digital projects

·       Elizabeth Dade, Emily Holland, Nathan Sheehan, John Tompkins, Andrew Wylie, tied for second place, digital projects

·       Madeline Hill, honorable mention, digital projects

·       Jillian Marks, honorable mention, digital projects

·       Kendra Sanders, honorable mention, digital projects

·       Melville Hall, first-place in essays

·       Natalie Watkins, second-place in essays

·       Megan Marcum, honorable mention in essays

·       Connor Robbs, honorable mention in essays

·       Darianne Young, honorable mention in essays

“By honoring student, faculty, and community writers alongside each other, we are celebrating the different ways that writing has impact,” said Jenny Rice, associate professor and director of composition, WRD.

“As one of the few such programs in the country specifically devoted solely to writing studies, the UK Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies would like to connect professional writing, academic writing, community writing, and personal writing both on campus and in the region,” she said.

Both faculty members have made outstanding contributions to their own disciplinary field through their published scholarship. They demonstrate the power of the written word, and they also model excellence in writing.

For years, Eblen’s work has covered the history of Lexington and the Bluegrass region. His work shows how history and local profiles can be shared widely in beautiful prose.

Brackney has long been engaged in local writing efforts through his popular blog, which explores local history throughout the region. Brackney is a lawyer by profession, but his writing explores the combination of history, place stories, and current life in the Bluegrass.

The WRD Excellence in Writing Award was established in 2014 as a way of honoring the writing that happens on campus and in our community. Writing majors learn to create work that has an impact in both professional and community settings. For that reason, we decided to award three categories of writers at the same time: (1) outstanding student writers, (2) faculty writers who have made a real impact in their fields through writing, and (3) writers in the Lexington community who have contributed significantly to public dialogues. 

Ambassador Speaks at A&S Alumni Speaker Series

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 16:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences hosts its annual Alumni Speaker Series to coincide with one of the speaker’s induction into the UK Alumni Association’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni, April 17.

The college’s honored guests will be the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in France from 1997-2001, Amy L. Bondurant, and her husband David E. Dunn, an international advisor to the sultan of Oman and a partner at Patton Boggs LLP since 1980.

Addressing a range of topics about their careers, Bondurant and Dunn will speak at 10 a.m. Friday, April 17, in the UK Athletics Association Auditorium in the William T. Young Library. A reception will follow in the gallery, next to the auditorium.

The UK Alumni Association will induct Bondurant as an honored university alumna later that evening.

Following a theme of international careers, Bondurant and Dunn will discuss such topics as:

·       The political climate in France post-Charlie Hebdo

·       The future of trade agreements

·       The current political climate in the Middle East

·       U.S. foreign policy with an eye toward the 2016 presidential election

·       The role of an ambassador

·       The value of internships and how to identify opportunities

·       Practical advice for those interested in an international career

Bondurant graduated from UK in 1973 with a bachelor's in telecommunications from the College of Communication and Information. Much of the current UK College of Communication and Information’s curriculum, including journalism and telecommunications, were taught within the College of Arts and Sciences at the time of her graduation. She served as the U.S. ambassador to the OECD following a professional career spanning more than 30 years in government and private legal practice. As an attorney, she has counseled a diverse clientele of multinational corporations and has been a frequent speaker and commentator.

Her tenure as the first female U.S. ambassador to the OECD spanned the Clinton and Bush administrations. She gained expertise in analyzing the sector-wide impact of governmental policy changes on specific sectors, such as e-commerce and biotechnology, and her diplomatic and policy skills enabled her to champion successfully the first set of international corporate governance principles adopted by the organization.

Bondurant also served for 12 years as senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and to its Consumer Subcommittee under Senators Wendell H. Ford (D-KY) and Al Gore (D-TN). She has written and spoken on topics such as the importance of governmental structures in developing economies and the impacts of globalization. Bondurant also serves on the Council of Foreign Relations and the Council of American Ambassadors.

Dunn has been a partner at Patton Boggs LLP since 1980. From 1980 to 1998, he advised the sultan of Oman on negotiation of military access agreements with the U.S. government and on border disputes and hydrocarbon rights with Saudi Arabia and Yemen.  He also advised Oman Oil Company on the reorganization, recapitalization and financing of the CPC pipeline project with Russia and Kazakhstan.  He advised the United Arab Emirates government on early structuring and tax planning for the Arab Monetary Fund and ADIA.  In Qatar, he advised the emir of Qatar, establishing U.S. access rights to the al Udaid Air Base. He has advised the Libya Transitional National Council and newly organized successor government in Libya on diplomatic recognition and unfreezing U.S. Treasury seizures.

In 2009, Dunn joined former NATO Commander Gen. Wesley Clark and Ying Wang to found Enverra Partners LLC, an investment banking, investment management, and strategic advisory firm that supports innovative business models in the advanced and sustainable energy, natural resource and infrastructure sectors. He has received numerous awards and honors for public service, teaching, and nonprofit leadership in the U.S., U.K. and Europe.

Employees Invited to Submit Healing Art for UK HealthCare Exhibits

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 16:00
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2015) — University of Kentucky employees who consider visual art a passion, hobby or vocation are encouraged to submit original works for one of two exhibits coordinated by the UK Arts in HealthCare program. During its third annual call for employee artwork, the UK Arts in HealthCare program will select employee submissions for inclusion in two exhibits titled "The Healing Presence of Art." Submissions should represent themes of healing and restoration and impart an understanding of how art enhances the health care environment. Pieces will be selected by an independent and external juror and exhibited in one of two employee galleries located in Pavilion H and the UK Good Samaritan Hospital.  Employees can submit up to three two-dimensional pieces of artwork in any medium. Pieces should be no larger than 20 by 30 inches and ready for framing upon submission. Selected pieces will become part of the UK Arts in HealthCare program's permanent collection and displayed at various locations throughout the medical campus with recognition of the artist. The call is open to UK employees and their immediate family members.  The deadline to submit artwork is April 30, and all artists will be notified of acceptance by May 15.  To access an application form, click here. For more information, contact Kelsey Lownds at  MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,  

Sanders-Brown Dinner to Feature Coach Matthew Mitchell

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 15:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April, 10, 2015) --  Peter Nelson, the R.C.Durr Endowed Professor in Alzheimer's disease, sits in his office and explains how the efforts of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation allowed him and his colleagues to identify and name a new age-related disease called PART.

"To make an Alzheimer's diagnosis you need to see two things together in a patient’s brain: amyloid plaques and structures called neurofibrillary tangles composed of a protein called tau, but autopsy studies on patients with dementia have demonstrated that some have tangles but no plaques," said Nelson who has both a medical degree and Ph.D.

"NIH (National Institutes of Health) funding is more competitive than ever, and it can be difficult to find funding for ideas like this one where the impact of the study is more opaque to the average citizen," Nelson said.  "Funding from the SBCoA Foundation is, if you will, the glue that brings the center together and provided us the opportunity to define and develop criteria for PART, which is the first step towards treatment, prevention, and/or cure."

The UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has been conducting research on Alzheimer’s disease (AD), stroke and other aging-related concerns for more than 30 years. Through a gift from the Eleanor and John Y. Brown Jr. Foundation and a matching grant from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging opened in 1979 and is one of 10 original National Institutes of Health-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers.

Today, the center is an internationally prestigious research institution, ranked  No. 1 in the world in recruiting AD clinical trial participants and top tier on multiple other benchmarks in AD research, conducting cutting edge clinical studies that test new therapeutic approaches, producing influential data that explores the mechanisms of aging-related diseases, and identifying new opportunities to slow the progress of disease or prevent it altogether. Collectively, this research represents approximately $7 million in grant funding annually.

But as grant funding for research has become less and less available, Nelson's work and that of others at SBCoA has become more reliant on the efforts of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation (COAF).

“The foundation board is focused on helping grow awareness and support of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and their mission," said Bennett Prichard, COAF board member.

To that end, each year COAF hosts a dinner featuring a guest speaker who is either an example of successful aging or who has a personal connection to Alzheimer’s and age-related diseases. Previous guest speakers have included such well-known figures as Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, Barbara Bush, Colin Powell, John Glenn, Bob Dole, Willard Scott, Lauren Bacall, Andy Rooney, Hugh Downs, Newt Gingrich, Ed McMahon, Dr. Pearse Lyons and James W. Host. This year, on Thursday, April 23, the Foundation will feature University of Kentucky women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell.

Coach, athlete and inspirational speaker, Coach Mitchell watched as his mentor, friend and legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summit was diagnosed with early onset dementia at the age of 59. To honor her, the Mitchell Family Foundation joined the fight against Alzheimer’s by donating $50,000 to Alzheimer charities in the last two years alone. This passion to make a difference is apparent in all areas of Coach Mitchell’s life.

“We are thrilled to have Coach Mitchell join us on this special night," says Prichard, who is also the dinner committee chair. "He and his wife have been so generous with their time and resources to help with this fight, which is emotionally and financially devastating for both patients and their families. Year after year, the dinner has proven to be a wonderful tool to help us achieve these goals, and it's an honor that the coach is willing to help us with that effort as our special guest and keynote speaker.”

The dinner begins at 6:30 pm with a cocktail reception in the Bluegrass Ballroom of the Lexington Center. Individual tickets to the dinner are $175 or $200 at the door, with proceeds benefiting SBCoA. Corporate and individual table sponsorships are available starting at $1,500. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to:, or contact the SBCoA Foundation at (859) 323-5374 or  

UK Professor Helps Develop Online Assessment for Stalking Victims

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 15:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2015) — TK Logan, professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Behavioral Science and the Center on Drug & Alcohol Research, and a team of researchers recently launched an online assessment for victims of stalking and harassment.

"Kentucky has the highest rate of stalking in the nation: one in four women in Kentucky will be stalked compared to one in six nationally,” Logan said. “To help address this issue, we have translated 20 years of research into a tool for use by a variety of audiences. We are proud that something like this came from research in Kentucky where we need to do something about the prevalent issue of stalking to protect victims, children, and communities."

The Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile (SHARP) is a confidential, 43-item assessment developed from research, clinical literature, stories from stalking victims, and case studies. According to the website, the goals of SHARP are to assess the "big picture" of a victim's stalking situation by examining conduct, concern for safety, unwantedness, and potential harms, and also educating victims about risks and offering safety suggestions.

"Sometimes it is hard for people to 'see' or recognize when they or someone they know are being stalked," said Logan. "SHARP not only helps a person with understanding the situation better but also helps to point out some red flags for when it might be more dangerous."

Based on a victim's responses to the questions, two individually-tailored narrative reports are generated that assess his or her stalking situation and offer safety suggestions.

"People often have a hard time understanding the seriousness of stalking because it happens one incident at a time," said Teri Faragher, executive director of the Domestic Violence Prevention Board. "The incidents, when viewed individually like snapshots, do not seem as serious as when they are viewed as a whole, like a film.  SHARP creates a dynamic narrative that helps victims, their friends and family and the criminal justice system connect the dots to understand the big picture. It also provides a foundation for action by identifying stalkers' patterns of behavior, potentials points of intervention, and avenues to enhance victims’  safety."

SHARP has been used all over the nation by victims, attorneys, victim advocates, and law enforcement. So far, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.  The research team hopes to receive funding to more systematically examine how this tool can be useful in safety planning with stalking victims.

"Victims of stalking fear physical and sexual assault and become exhausted from the ongoing harassment, threats, harassment of friends and family, and life sabotage,” said Logan. “What can someone do about that? This is the driving research question and SHARP is one tool along the way in that journey."

For more information about SHARP, visit

Women and Philanthropy Provides More Than $1 Million in Support of UK Community

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 15:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2015) — The Women and Philanthropy Network at UK, now in it's sixth year, has provided more than $1 million in grants for scholarships, fellowships, education abroad, special programs and research at the University of Kentucky.

The organization will honor its 2015 grant recipients this evening, Friday, April 10, at a reception at Maxwell Place. This year's contribution officially surpasses the $1 million mark, at $1,044,265.   

The University of Kentucky founded the Women and Philanthropy Network in September 2007, under the leadership of former President Lee T. Todd Jr. and former First Lady Patsy Todd. This effort recognizes the essential and continuing role of women in the life and progress of the university.

Women and Philanthropy brings together women of diverse talents and experiences who share the ambition of building a better UK and a better Kentucky. The same dedication, energy and faith that have led to their individual successes are summoned now to this common cause.

The 2015 grant recipients include:

  • Kara Cecil: College of Arts and Sciences — FOCUS: Fast –Track Orientation for College Undergraduate Success. Awarded $9,805.
  • Beth Barnes: College of Communication and Information — Travel Abroad Scholarships. Awarded $25,220.
  • Mary John O’Hair: College of Education — Providing Behavior Analysts to Work in High Needs Schools. Awarded $44,620.
  • Tony English: College of Health Sciences — Scholarships for Women of Minority Backgrounds to Facilitate Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Awarded $20,000.
  • Heather Carpenter: Honors Program — Undergraduate Research Grants. Awarded $25,000.
  • Jeff Spradling: Robinson Scholars Program — Robinson Excellence Scholars. Awarded $44,420.

Click here to learn more about Women and Philanthropy.

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

UK Students Receive Special Rate to Local EMERGE Conference

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 15:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2015) — The next generation of Kentucky leaders will share new ideas and strategies for the betterment of the Lexington community and region at the EMERGE Conference presented by Forcht Bank on Tuesday, April 14, at the Lexington Center.

This full-day event will bring together young professionals, entrepreneurs, emerging leaders, business professionals and community leaders from all walks of life. The conference will include four breakout sessions with topic tracks including community service and development, entrepreneurism, career advancement, leadership and turning your passion onto reality. The conference features keynote speaker Lauren Stiller Rikleen, president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership and author of “You Raised Us, Now Work With Us - Millennials in the Workplace.”  

UK students will receive a special $75 rate by sending an email to and identifying themselves as UK students. Regular registration for members of Commerce Lexington is $125 and $149 for non-members. For a complete schedule and list of breakout sessions, speaker bios and registration information, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Noble, 

UK College of Dentistry Student Receives National, Regional and Local Honors for Research

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2015) - University of Kentucky College of Dentistry student Lee Zamos received first place in the clinical science category at the 28th annual DENTSPLY/Caulk Student Research Group Award Competition for original research. Zamos also received first place honors for his work from dental fraternity Delta Sigma Delta, and at the UK College of Dentistry’s Research Day event.

Zamos, a fourth-year UKCD student, was honored with the DENTSPLY/Caulk Award at the American Association for Dental Research/Canadian Association for Dental Research Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Submissions were received from 115 students, 60 of which were in the clinical science category. The award is open to undergraduate dental students of good academic standing, without an advanced degree or doctorate in any field.

“The DENTSPLY/Caulk Award recognizes the critical nature of research in dental education and the importance of student participation in creating new knowledge in the field,” said Dr. Jeff Ebersole, director of the UK Center for Oral Health Research and associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies.

Zamos’ poster presentation, "Immediate Loading of Unsplinted Implant Retained Mandibular Overdenture: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Clinical Study," presents findings from research started in June 2013. The research focuses on improving the quality of life for individuals receiving dental implants to replace missing teeth. Zamos assisted with various aspects of the research, including surgeries, data collection, analysis, and writing the poster.

Mentored by Dr. Ahmad Kutkut, UKCD assistant professor of restorative dentistry, Zamos aided Kutkut and the following doctors in the research: M.A. Rezk, D. Dawson, R. Frazer and M. Al-Sabbagh.

“This project has provided an incredible opportunity for me to learn from some excellent clinician scientists about the world of clinical dental research,” said Zamos. “The opportunity to work side by side with Dr. Rezk and Dr. Kutkut has allowed me the opportunity to gain incredible knowledge and experience regarding implant treatment planning, surgery, and follow-up.”

“With the future of dentistry constantly changing, with the development of new technologies and techniques, I am incredibly humbled to be part of a research team that is contributing so profoundly to the dental community,” added Zamos. 

Zamos also received top honors at the Delta Sigma Delta Annual Regional Meeting, as well as in the DMD category at the UK College of Dentistry’s Research Day. Once a standalone event, UKCD Research Day is now held in conjunction with the Annual Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Spring Conference allowing UKCD students to learn about research taking place outside of UKCD, and share research with non-dental students.

“As always, our Research Day judges not only did a great job but commented on the quality of the science and the student research activities at UKCD," said Ebersole. "Clearly the quality of this science could not occur without the dedication of the cadre of mentors from the college that actively support and nurture these students.”   

For more information on the UK College of Dentistry’s Research Day, including the abstract for Zamos’ poster presentation, visit

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

UK Fraternity Hosts First USO Philanthropy Event

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 16:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) — The Zeta Rho Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity at the University of Kentucky is hosting its first "G.I. Theta Chi" philanthropy event benefiting the United Service Organization from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the former theological seminary lawn across South Limestone from the College of Law building on UK’s campus. 

G.I. Theta Chi is a day of philanthropy in which fraternities and sororities are partnered together to compete in a variety of events including a social media campaign, designing care packages, and a series of physical challenges including jousting, relay races and obstacle courses. All proceeds and gifts will be given to support the USO.

“Inspired by a national partnership of Theta Chi and the USO, we are eager to foster and build relationships with our local USO and make G.I. Theta Chi not only a great event for our fellow Greek chapters at UK, but to try and extend an assisting hand to the brave men and women that serve and protect our great nation,” Austin Gocke, Theta Chi’s philanthropy chair, said.

Theta Chi fraternity’s governing chapter passed a resolution in 2013 that made the USO a preferred philanthropy of Theta Chi on a national scale. Since then chapters across the country have begun hosting there own G.I. Theta Chi events as well as volunteering with USO centers locally. UK's event will be held on Theta Chi Fraternity Founder’s Day, celebrating its 159th anniversary Friday.

If there is inclement weather, there will be a contingency plan announced in order for the event to be held regardless of weather. Members from the university and Lexington community are encouraged to attend the event and support the participants.

For information on how to donate, please contact Austin Gocke, philanthropy chairman of Zeta Rho Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity. His information can be found on under the “Meet Our Officers” tab.

The United Service Organization is a nonprofit organization designed to lift spirits of America’s troops and their families in the U.S. or abroad through entertainment and innovative programming. For more information, visit

The Zeta Rho Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity arrived at the University of Kentucky in 2011 and comprises a diverse group of gentleman who embrace brotherhood, academics and living out values such as extending “an assisting hand” for all that need it. For more information, visit

THETA CHI CONTACT: Tristan Cook-Ziegler, 414-218-5040,

UK Nonprofit Program to Compete as Finalist in Higher Ed Challenge

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 16:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Social Enterprise and Innovation/Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) certificate program will represent UK as a finalist next Wednesday at the Service Year + Higher Education Challenge in Washington, D.C. The CNP is a co-curricular, professional certificate program that helps equip students with the professional skills, networking, and internship experiences necessary to enter into and succeed in the nonprofit sector.

There were more than 30 applicants to the challenge from across the country. The top three finalists in each category (public universities, private universities and community colleges) will pitch their service opportunity at the Aspen Institute for a chance to win up to $40,000.  As a campus organization committed to social innovation, this challenge was a great opportunity for CNP to meet the conference’s call for a year-long, credit bearing internship program, as well as fulfill the needs of local nonprofit organizations in Kentucky.

CNP’s submission proposes the creation of the Kentucky Scholar Intern (KSI) program. The KSI program would provide opportunities for exceptional undergraduate student leaders to work with nonprofits, as well as state and local agencies, in Kentucky’s most under-resourced communities.  This would provide a unique experiential learning opportunity for students, while augmenting the capacity of local agencies to make an impact in their communities.  

If awarded the grant, KSI interns will be juniors or seniors selected through a competitive application process. KSI interns will learn to see an idea through from conception to execution, will gain an understanding of the relationships between local government, nonprofits, and the communities in which they work, and will examine challenges facing local organizations to implement change.

CNP Director Todd Stoltzfus and CNP student Jacob Ewing will represent UK at the Service Year Challenge. The competition will be similar to reality TV’s "Shark Tank" with a panel of distinguished judges from higher education, national service programs, and foundations, for a chance to win a grant to provide initial seed funding for the program.

The Service Year + Higher Education Challenge is sponsored by The Franklin Project (Aspen Institute), the National Conference on Citizenship, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Lumina Foundation. The challenge was designed to encourage higher education institutions to create new and innovative year-long service opportunities, which students can complete for academic credit.

For students interested in the CNP program, applications to enroll for Fall 2015 are being accepted until April 30. Students can find more information about the program on the website:

MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343;

KNI Repeats as Stroke Gold-Plus Honoree

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 16:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) - UK HealthCare's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) has received the "Get With The Guidelines -"Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award" by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for maintaining nationally recognized standards for the treatment of stroke patients.

KNI also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. Over twelve months, at least 75 percent of the hospital’s ischemic stroke patients have received tPA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as door-to-needle time). Stroke patients who receive tPA within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover more quickly and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

This year marks the fifth year that KNI has received Gold Plus designation. KNI has been named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll the past two years and meets the criteria for the 'elite' level that was introduced this year.

Kentucky patients aren't the only ones benefiting from this achievement.

"By participating in the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program, we are able to share our expertise with other member hospitals around the country, including access to the most up-to-date research, clinical tools and resources, and patient education resources," said Dr. Jessica Lee, director of UK HealthCare's Comprehensive Stroke Program.

"What this means for Kentuckians is that the best possible stroke care is available right here in Lexington."

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. In Kentucky, cardiovascular disease (which includes stroke) is the leading cause of death.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Bardo Receives SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 14:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2015) ‒ University of Kentucky’s Michael Bardo, professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded a 2015 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Awards.

The winners were announced by the league office today. These annual awards honor one faculty member from each SEC university who has excelled in teaching, research and scholarship.

Each award winner will become his or her university’s nominee for the 2015 SEC Professor of the Year Award and will receive a $5,000 honorarium from the SEC. The SEC Professor of the Year, to be named later this month, receives an additional $15,000 honorarium and will be recognized at the SEC Awards Dinner in May and the SEC Symposium in September.

“The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards give us a unique opportunity to not only showcase the work of our outstanding faculty members, but to also support their future research and scholarship,” said Nicholas Zeppos, chancellor of Vanderbilt University and president of the Southeastern Conference. “These 14 men and women are some of the most accomplished and influential leaders in their disciplines, and I offer each of them my sincerest congratulations.”

To be eligible for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, a professor must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor at an SEC university; have a record of extraordinary teaching; and a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, “This year’s SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipients are to be commended for their unwavering dedication to higher education. The SEC is pleased to recognize 14 individuals who have made such a positive impact on our students.”

The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards and the SEC Professor of the Year Award are both selected by SEC provosts, and the program is administered by SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference. SECU serves as the primary mechanism through which the collaborative academic endeavors and achievements of SEC students and faculty are promoted and advanced.

Below is a list of the other 2015 SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipients.

·       University of Alabama, Kimberly Bissell, professor of journalism

·       University of Arkansas, H. Alan Mantooth, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering

·       Auburn University, Bruce Tatarchuk, Gavin Endowed Professor of Chemical Engineering

·       University of Florida, Sidney Homan, professor of English

·       University of Georgia, Samantha Joye, Athletic Association Professor of Arts and Sciences

·       Louisiana State University, Suzanne Marchand, LSU Systems Boyd Professor of European Intellectual History

·       University of Mississippi, Charles Hussey, professor of chemistry

·       Mississippi State University, Mark Horstemeyer, William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering

·       University of Missouri, Michael Smith, professor of animal sciences

·       University of South Carolina, Marina Lomazov, Ira McKissick Koger Professor of Fine Arts

·       University of Tennessee, J. Wesley Hines, Postelle Professor of Nuclear Engineering

·       Texas A&M University, X. Ben Wu, Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence

·       Vanderbilt University, Isabel Gauthier, David K. Wilson Professor of Psychology

Using its SECU academic initiative, the Southeastern Conference sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its fourteen member universities. The goals of the SECU initiative include highlighting the endeavors and achievements of SEC faculty and universities; advancing the merit and reputation of SEC universities outside of the traditional SEC region; identifying and preparing future leaders for high-level service in academia; increasing the amount and type of education abroad opportunities available to SEC students; and providing opportunities for collaboration among SEC university personnel.







Julian Cox: Photography, Identity and Social Justice

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) — Julian Cox, founding curator of photography for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and chief curator of the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California, will give a lecture at 4 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Worsham Theater in the University of Kentucky Student Center as part of this year's Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series. This event, presented by the Art Museum at UK, is free and open to the public.

Cox's lecture will focus on the role of photography within the issues of identity and social justice, drawing from exhibitions he curated, like " Harry Callahan: Eleanor" and " Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer," and his book " Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968."

In addition to his work as a curator in San Francisco, Cox has held positions at the National Library of Wales and in the National Museum of Photography, Film, and Television in Bradford, England. He also has worked with the photograph collection at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, and led the photography program at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.

In these positions, Cox has organized photography exhibitions on topics ranging from the history of early photography in 19th century Europe to contemporary U.S. photography. He co-authored the acclaimed work " Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs" with Colin Ford.

The May Lecture Series explores photography's roots in the 19th century and its reinvention in the digital world. The lecture series is made possible through the Robert C. May Photography Endowment, a museum fund established in 1994 for the support of acquisitions and programs relating to photography.

The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection.

UK Cardiologist Explores Link Between Coffee and Heart Health

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) - After a long night and not enough sleep, many people reach for their first cup of coffee as quickly as they reach for the snooze button. Not long after the first one is down, another is poured.

Love for coffee can be traced back as far as Kaldi the goat herder, who lived in Ethiopia in 800 A.D. According to legend, Kaldi noticed that his goats would become playful after eating the berries of a certain plant. Out of curiosity, he brought the plant to the abbot of the local monastery, who made it into a drink and suddenly was able to stay awake during evening prayers.

Coffee, without a doubt, has secured itself in the hearts of many. But is your heart loving it back?

Dr. Thomas Whayne Jr., a cardiologist at the University of Kentucky Gill Heart Institute, is passionate about both heart health and coffee. He set out to understand whether coffee was beneficial or harmful for his patients.

"I became interested in coffee's history and cardiovascular effects and several years ago wrote a brief review in Spanish in the Revista Costarricense de Cardiología," said Whayne.  "A year or so ago, I decided to write a much more extensive and up-to-date review in English and after submitting it, the editor invited me to expand the article even more and submit to Current Vascular Pharmacology, which specializes in more extensive reviews."

Whayne discovered that moderate consumers -- those who drink 3 to 5 cups a day --  are not harming their cardiovascular health. Drinking coffee does not increase risk of coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, hypertension or sudden cardiac arrest. Moderate coffee drinkers might also see benefits such as decreased onset of type 2 diabetes and decreased risk of stroke.

“The bottom line,” Whayne said, “is that, for the patient who loves coffee in moderation, there should be no restriction to moderate intake even in the severe heart-failure patient, and patients should be encouraged to continue enjoying their coffee."

Coffee drinkers can be assured that even if they are at high cardiovascular risk, they can continue to enjoy their cup of joe. However, it should be limited if a person experiences bothersome cardiovascular effects, such as arrhythmias, as a result of drinking it or if they have a specific high-risk genetic abnormality.

But don't rush to the local coffee shop yet. While there is some sort of connection between coffee and reduced health risks, there isn't evidence to suggest that coffee alone decreases the risks, so adding coffee to your diet doesn't necessarily bestow any health benefits.

"Cardiologists should not recommend drinking coffee," said Whayne. "However, they can reassure patients that there may be some benefit and, at worst, very little cardiovascular risk.”

People will receive the most benefit when they forgo cream and sugar.  Whayne’s research also identified differences in benefit between filtered and non-filtered coffees (such as boiled, French press, and espresso).  Filtration appears to offer some additional cardiovascular benefit by removing a possible factor in coffee that can cause a minimal increase in cholesterol.

UPK Author Receives Special Weatherford Award

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) — University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author Jim Wayne Miller (1936–1996) has been named the recipient of the 2014 Special Weatherford Award for his book "Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader," edited by his wife Mary Ellen Miller and alumnus and University of Kentucky Graduate School Assistant Dean Morris Allen Grubbs. The Weatherford Award is presented by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association annually to honor books in fiction, nonfiction and poetry that highlight different characteristics of Appalachian culture.

Established in 1970, the Weatherford Awards commemorate the lives of W.D. Weatherford Sr., a prominent Appalachian leader, and his son Willis D. Weatherford Jr., late president of Berea College. The award was presented March 27, at the 38th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference held at East Tennessee State University.Grubbs was there to accept the award.

Chris Green, director of Berea College’s Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, credits Miller for continuing “to help us see how words are a living, transformative force between people — in our homes, libraries, schools, publishing houses, universities and hearts — throughout and beyond the mountains.” 

Jim Wayne Miller was a prolific writer, a revered teacher and scholar, and a pioneer in the field of Appalachian studies. He helped build programs in the discipline in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio, and worked tirelessly to promote regional voices by presenting the work of others as often as he did his own. Miller was one of the founding fathers and animating spirits of the Appalachian renaissance.

In "Every Leaf a Mirror," Grubbs and Mary Ellen Miller gathered essential selections from the beloved author’s oeuvre. Highlights from the volume include touchstone poems; seminal articles; a rare autobiographical essay; a commencement address; and an excerpt from the previously unpublished short story “Truth and Fiction.” Revealing the scope and significance of Miller’s contributions as an artist and cultural scholar, this reader captures the excitement that surrounded the birth of modern Appalachian literature.

Recent UPK authors who have received the Weatherford Award include Ronald D Eller in 2008 for "Uneven Ground: Appalachia since 1945," Emily Satterwhite in 2011 for "Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1978" and T.R.C. Hutton in 2014 for "Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South."

This is the first Special Weatherford presented since 1999. UPK authors such as Jesse Stuart (1975), James Still (1977) and Harriette Simpson Arnow (1978) have also received the Special Weatherford Award for their remarkable contributions to Appalachian culture.

Jim Wayne Miller was a professor at Western Kentucky University and the author of numerous poems, essays and short stories.

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. Led by Director Stephen Wrinn, its editorial program 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;


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