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Russell Rice Collection on UK Sports Now Online on ExploreUK

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 17:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 2, 2015) — University of Kentucky sports enthusiasts and researchers alike can now find a wealth of archival materials online from the Russell Rice Collection at the UK Special Collections Research Center. The large collection of sports-related materials, which largely focus on UK basketball and football but also includes other campus sports, is available to the public through ExploreUK, a digital library. Rice, who died at 90 years old on May 29, was a former sports information director and assistant athletic director of UK Athletics.

The Russell Rice Collection is more than 10 cubic feet and includes 30 boxes of materials, including photographs, audiotapes, letters, speeches, newspaper clippings and video tapes. There is extensive coverage of UK Basketball Coach Adolph Rupp, specifically in the areas of correspondence and photographic materials, as well as correspondence related to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Rice was the sports information director for UK Athletics from 1968 to 1987 and later served as assistant athletic director from 1987 to 1989. He was media coordinator for several NCAA basketball regional tournaments and the 1985 NCAA Final Four in Lexington. In addition, Rice was a columnist and managing editor for the Cats' Pause (also on ExploreUK), a publication devoted to UK sports information, and the author of several books about UK sports since 1975 including "Wildcats: Kentucky Football" (1975); "Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron" (1994); and "The University of Kentucky Basketball Vault" (2008).

After graduating from UK in 1951, Rice began his career as a newspaper city editor for  The Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and the Hazard-Herald in Hazard, Kentucky. He became a reporter in 1953 and sports editor in 1962 for the Lexington Leader.

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

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

UK College of Education's Mark Selected as TEDMED Research Scholar

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 14:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 2, 2015) — Kristen Mark, University of Kentucky College of Education assistant professor of health promotion and director of the Sexual Health Promotion Lab, has been selected as a 2015 TEDMED Research Scholar.

Mark is one of 32 scholars selected from hundreds of applications based on her experience and expertise. TEDMED is the independently owned and operated health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference, convening and curating people and ideas from across the biomedical spectrum.

TEDMED Research Scholars assist TEDMED with reviewing and researching the deep science behind potential topics, themes and speakers.  

"It is an honor to be part of such a significant movement in the translation of science to large audiences," Mark said. "I have a very multidisciplinary background, so I particularly enjoyed reviewing scientists pursuing innovative lines of research in intersecting fields."

A behavioral health scientist with an academic background in psychology and public health, Mark's research interests include sexuality and romantic relationships. She has conducted studies on desire discrepancy, infidelity, predictors of sexual and relationship satisfaction, and women’s sexual health. Joining the UK faculty in 2012, she also teaches classes in sexuality education, foundations of health promotion, women’s health, sexual health promotion, research methods, and statistics.

Mark is a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the Canadian Sex Research Forum, the International Association for Relationships Research, and an elected member of the International Academy of Sex Research. She has published her research in several academic journals, such as the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Journal of Sex Research, and Archives of Sexual Behavior, and presented at more than 50 academic conferences.

Mark also regularly translates scientific findings from the sexual health world into digestible language for the public on websites such as Huffington Post, Psychology Today and Kinsey Confidential. She is also called upon to give her expert opinion about sexuality and relationships from mainstream media outlets like Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine and more.

"I use TED Talks in my undergraduate and graduate courses for educational purposes regularly, and I know what a reach they have in disseminating and translating scientific findings to the broader public," she said. "I am most looking forward to seeing the ideas I put forth in the review process come to life on the TEDMED stage."

To view the full list of TEDMED Research Scholars, visit www.tedmed.com/about-tedmed/about#tab-ourStageProgram#PartnerBlock

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

Six UK Students Named Fulbright Recipients

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 2, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced that six UK students have been selected as recipients of Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships. The UK recipients are among more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-2016 academic year through the prestigious program.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the U.S. also provide direct and indirect support.

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

The UK students awarded Fulbright grants for graduate study, research or teaching assistantships are:

Brittany Cook Barrineau, the daughter of Karen Cook, of Manassas, Virginia, and Glenn Cook, of Baltimore, Maryland, received her bachelor's degree from University of Mary Washington and a master's degree from University of South Carolina.

The UK geography doctoral student will use her Fulbright grant to study media and colloquial Arabic in Jordan, as well as begin her dissertation research on how small-scale olive producers engage in and respond to the global olive oil market.

"Specifically, I will focus on efforts in Jordan that have suggested using organic production, fair trade and even tourism to bring greater profits to farmers," Barrineau said.

Barrineau's interest in geography started during her undergraduate years. "I took a world regional geography class as an elective and fell in love with the way in which geography brings together so many different topics such as the environment, politics, culture and economics. Over the years, I've found geography to be an important way to examine the ways in which people, goods and ideas move across the world and affect each other."

Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Barrineau plans on applying for academic jobs.

"I enjoy teaching undergraduates because I think that work in geography helps students think differently and challenge assumptions about their place in and relationship to the world," the Fulbright recipient said.

Donavyn Coffey, the daughter of Allison and Troy Coffey, of Russell Springs, Kentucky, received her bachelor's degree in agricultural biotechnology from UK on May 9. While at UK, Coffey participated in undergraduate research with Bluegrass Advanced Materials and was a member of the Ag Biotech Club. She also participated in internships with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Alltech.

Coffey will use her Fulbright grant to do graduate study in molecular nutrition and food technology at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark, while also experiencing how another culture approaches food and health.

"I will get to be immersed in Danish culture and have the opportunity to better understand what sets their public health apart from that of the United States. It is sure to be a fantastic, two-fold approach to education," Coffey said.

The Fulbright Scholar's life experiences heavily influenced Coffey's areas of study. Growing up on a farm and seeing the hard work her parents put in led her to her degree in agricultural biotechnology. Coffey's own diagnosis of epilepsy helped influence her new studies. "The fact that I was able to manage my own epilepsy with dietary changes is definitely what convinced me of the power of nutrition and made me want to study molecular nutrition with my Fulbright."

Lexington's Christiana Holsapple earned her bachelor's degree in international studies from UK in 2012. Holsapple received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA), which will allow her to teach English in Moldova for one year.

"Growing up, I always dreamed of traveling the world and dedicating my career to having some sort of meaningful impact on an international level. I believe strongly in the importance of international education and its effectiveness in promoting open-mindedness and broadening world views, which led me to complete a BA (Bachelor of Arts) in international studies and pursue job opportunities in international education," Holsapple said.

While at UK, Holsapple participated in and contributed to a number of programs with international ties. She had an article on study/work abroad experiences published in International Educator; was an American delegate to the 2013 Preparing Global Leaders Institute in Struga, Macedonia; received a Holocaust Studies Research Grant that funded research and travel throughout Poland, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and France; presented research on refugee integration to Kentucky state legislators in the Capitol Undergraduate Research Showcase in Frankfort, Kentucky; and was a member and leader of Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society. In addition, Holsapple previously was awarded a Boren Scholarship for a year of study in Ukrainian and Russian languages in Kiev, Ukraine.

Upon completion of her Fulbright ETA, Holsapple plans to pursue a master's degree in Russian and Eurasian studies and continue work in international education.

Zachary Laux, the son of Becky and Charlie Laux, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, received his bachelor's degrees in mathematical economics and international studies in May. His Fulbright ETA will fund a year of teaching English in Malaysia.

A member of the Honors Program, Laux participated in undergraduate research at UK. He studied the economic, public health and environmental benefits of informal waste pickers (IWPs) in Kampala, Uganda, to attempt to attach a monetary value to the work that IWPs do day in and day out. "Through this research, I determined that cooperatives improve the income levels of IWPs through the transmission of collection techniques and selling recyclable materials in bulk."

Study abroad in Kampala piqued Laux's interest in development economics and international development. It was his trips to Atlanta, Nicaragua and Ghana with UK Alternative Service Breaks that solidified a passion for serving others. Laux hopes that passion for service and his quantitative abilities is what will make him a success in the international development field.

Upon completion of his Fulbright ETA, Laux plans to pursue a master's degree in international affairs or international economics.

Breauna Oldham, the daughter of Savella Hardin of Louisville, Kentucky, received her bachelor's degree in international studies and a certificate in global studies in May from UK. Her Fulbright ETA will fund a year of teaching English to elementary school students in South Korea.

"The Fulbright will afford me with the opportunity to increase my language ability, learn about the culture, learn how to teach English effectively, and become familiar with the education system in Korea," Oldham said.

Oldham already has some experience working with native speakers during an exchange program in South Korea. She worked in the English Lounge at Chung Ang University and would have conversations with native Korean students who wanted to practice speaking English with a native English speaker. "During my time working there, I realized how much students strived to learn English and how it could affect the school they go to, or job they get, after graduating college."

Interested in learning about other cultures since middle school, Oldham decided to study international studies at college. Though she has an interest in all countries, she specialized in Asia studies in her major and wrote her capstone paper on the Kwangju Uprising in Kwangju, South Korea, in 1980.

Upon completion of her Fulbright ETA, Oldham plans to pursue Korean studies at a graduate school in South Korea.

Callie Zaino, the daughter of Cynthia and Richard Zaino, of Lexington, earned her bachelor's degrees in communication sciences and disorders and Spanish, as well as a certificate in global studies from UK in May. Her Fulbright ETA will cover a year of teaching English in Spain.

Zaino's college studies were influenced by her own obstacles and opportunities as a child. A speech impediment's impact on the graduate would lead to her studies in communication sciences and disorders. On the other hand her Spanish degree would become a natural fit after participating in Fayette County Public School's Spanish Immersion Program at Maxwell Elementary School, Bryan Station Middle School and Bryan Station High School.

While at UK, an internship abroad advanced those passions. In the summer of 2014, Zaino participated in an internship at a Bilingual Educational and Learning Center in Lima, Peru, which provided her the opportunity to work with a Spanish speech-language pathologist. "The immersive setting allowed me to witness therapy sessions in Spanish for the first time. While abroad, I was able to observe and participate in therapy sessions. Exposure to communication disorders in Peru emphasized to me that there exists a need for speech therapy, across all cultures and languages," Zaino said.

Upon completion of her Fulbright ETA, Zaino plans to attend graduate school for communication sciences and disorders. She also will pursue further certification to receive a bilingual/multicultural certificate, which will provide her the education and experience needed to specialize in working with Spanish-speaking clients. "I desire to work as an elementary school speech-language pathologist, working with children with communication difficulties and performing therapy in both English and Spanish."

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education and athletics and won such prestigious honors as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Foundation Award and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education. For further information about the Fulbright Program, visit the website http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

UK students who are U.S. citizens can apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships through the university’s 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 Pat Whitlow at the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards well in advance of the scholarship deadline.

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

Study Shows Hazing Still a Concern in College Marching Bands

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 08:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 2, 2015) — A new national study by music educators at Oregon State University and University of Kentucky found nearly a third of college marching band members surveyed have observed hazing in their programs but few students reported the activities, often because of fears of retribution or loss of social standing.

Published recently in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the survey found public verbal humiliation and public degradation were the most common forms of hazing reported by band members. Jason Silveira, an assistant professor of music education in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University, served as lead author of the study, and Michael Hudson, assistant professor of instrumental music education at the UK School of Music, co-authored the research. 

The findings indicate there may still be confusion about what constitutes hazing and band members may need more education to understand what hazing is and why it shouldn’t be tolerated.

“Despite all of our efforts, the message about hazing is still not getting out there,” Silveira said. “Band participants might say it’s no big deal, it’s what we do. It may not be a big deal to that person, but to someone else it may be.”

Silveira and Hudson began investigating marching band hazing after several high-profile hazing incidents at colleges across the country, including the death of Robert Champion, a member of the Florida A&M University marching band who died during a hazing incident in 2011. Silveira and Hudson both completed graduate studies at another Florida institution around the time of Champion’s death.

Previously, little research has been done examining hazing in the performing arts, and what data did exist tended to be part of larger hazing studies involving athletics and/or Greek organizations. In response, Silveira and Hudson set out to learn more about students’ attitudes toward, understanding of, and exposure to hazing in their marching bands. 

“We wanted to pull back the veil of secrecy and see if there was anything we could do to help prevent hazing incidents in the future,” Silveira said.

With permission from band directors, the researchers queried more than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students who participate in NCAA Division I marching band programs in 30 states across the U.S. Student participation in the online survey was voluntary.

Overall, band members reported that they had never been forced to participate in most of the 18 types of hazing incidents listed in the survey. Only four types of hazing had been experienced by at least 10 percent of the respondents.

Nearly 20 percent of band members indicated they had been required to sing or chant by themselves or with selected others while in public and nearly 20 percent reported being yelled at, cursed at or sworn at. Nearly 15 percent of the band members reported being asked not to associate with specific people but not others. And nearly 12 percent of the students reported depriving themselves of sleep.

The numbers were even lower when students were asked if they had participated in hazing others. About 3 percent of the survey respondents reported forcing others to participate in a drinking game, for example. Nearly 8 percent reported forcing others to sing or chant in public and 5 percent reported yelling, cursing or swearing at other members.

The vast majority of the students indicated they were aware of their university’s hazing policies and expressed negative views toward hazing activities.

“That’s a promising finding, that hazing is not being supported,” Silveira said.

However, nearly a third of the band members also reported observing some type of hazing, indicating a possible disconnect in band members’ understanding of what hazing is.

"It was interesting to see that band members confuse the acts of bullying and hazing, which are two separate issues. Bullying is of an exclusionary nature, while hazing is considered inclusionary." Hudson said.

Based on the survey findings, band directors or other band leaders may need to step up education and reporting efforts to root out hazing in their programs. That might include establishing a system for anonymous reporting of hazing; comprehensive reviews of hazing policies with members; or using role-playing to help members better understand hazing. "Giving students concrete examples that help delineate what hazing is might help,” Silveira said.

The research conducted by Silveira and Hudson is an important step in understanding the problem facing college bands and beginning to answer it. "It is our hope that studies like this one will help to continue dialogue on such an important topic as hazing within college organizations," Hudson said.

Silveira earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, and his doctoral degree in music education from Florida State University. Currently, he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in the Professional Music Teacher Education program, and also conducts the Wind Symphony at Oregon State. His research interests include music perception and cognition, psychology of music, teacher effectiveness, and teacher evaluation and preparation.

At UK, Hudson teaches secondary instrumental methods and conducting, as well as supervises student teachers. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he conducts the Lexington New Horizons Concert Band, is guest conductor of the UK Symphony Band, and is a frequent guest clinician around the United States.

Hudson's research interests include sociological topics in music education, band repertoire and programming trends, and perception of teacher effectiveness. Prior to joining the faculty at UK School of Music, he obtained is doctoral degree in music education from Florida State's College of Music.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, UK Public Relations, 859-257-8716 or whitney.hale@uky.edu; or Michelle Klampe, Oregon State University, 541-737-0784

Bowman's Den Officially Open to Serve UK Community

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 19:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 1, 2015) — Today the student-named facility, Bowman’s Den, opens its doors to the campus and Lexington community. As construction on the Student Center begins, Bowman’s Den will house many University of Kentucky dining and retail facilities for the duration of the Student Center construction: June 2015 through January 2018.

Located adjacent to the Singletary Center for the Arts, Bowman’s Den is close to north campus, central campus, the academic neighborhood, and the Greek Park. It is home to dining venues including Starbucks®, Chick-fil-A®, Panda Express®, Subway® and Greens to Go, as well as the UK Dining Office. 

Click here to see a list of summer hours of operation for Bowman’s Den and other campus dining locations.

Bowman’s Den will also house the UK Federal Credit Union, Wildcard ID Office, Ticketmaster®, Passport Office, Plus Account Office and the ATMs. 

Stay up-to-date on the progress of the Student Center by visiting the Student Center renovation website.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rebecca Stratton and Blair Hoover, 859-323-2395; rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, blair.hoover@uky.edu

School's Out, Summer Safety Is In

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 13:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 1, 2015) -- Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death among people ages 1-44 years. As with most U.S. hospitals, the University of Kentucky experiences the highest number of trauma related hospital visits between April and September.

Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries are devastating and the effects can be irreversible. Your brain is the “boss of your body" because our brain "tells" our body to do virtually everything. Unfortunately, once the brain is damaged, there is not much a physician can do to reverse it. The good news is that most injuries are easily preventable.  This is why we need to use our brain to protect our body and to think before we act.

As the school year ends and summer activities pick up, here are some helpful tips on how you and your family can stay safe during "trauma season."

Always wear a helmet and wear it properly. Whether it’s a casual family bike ride or cruising the back trails on an ATV, you should always wear a helmet. According to the ThinkFirst Foundation, helmets are up to 87 percent effective in reducing the risk for a brain injury.  If it has wheels but no roof, you need to wear a helmet.

Feet first! First time! Most diving accidents occur in lakes, rivers or other natural bodies of water.  If you are unsure of how deep the water is, enter the water feet first the first time to prevent potentially life-threatening brain or spinal cord injuries.

According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012 a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 7 minutes due to traffic accidents in the U.S. alone. Be a smart and predictable pedestrian. Walk only on sidewalks or paths. If there is no sidewalk, walk as far away from traffic as possible on the left side of the road.  Stay alert and don’t be distracted by electronic devices; make eye contact with drivers and be predictable by following the rules of the road.

More than 200,000 children visit emergency rooms each year due to playground injuries, and 79 percent of those injuries are due to falls from playground equipment.

Never leave your child unsupervised on a playground.  Make sure the equipment is sized properly for your child: equipment 4 feet tall or lower is appropriate for children up to age 5; equipment up to 8 feet tall is sized for children ages 5-12. Make sure there are guardrails on all elevated platforms and remove your child's drawstring hoodie or jacket before they play to prevent strangulation injuries.

The University of Kentucky Trauma Program and the National Injury Prevention Foundation offer education programs free of charge. If you would like more information or would like to schedule a program, visit us at: http://www.mc.uky.edu/traumaservices/ or The National Think First Foundation at: http://www.thinkfirst.org/

Have a safe and fun summer!

Amanda M. Rist, RN BSN, is Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator for the University of Kentucky Trauma Program

This column ran in the May 31, 2015 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader

Doug Boyd Receives Willis Award for Outstanding Faculty

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 12:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 1, 2015) — Doug A. Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center, is the recipient of the 2015 Paul A. Willis Award for Outstanding Faculty. The award, given by UK Libraries, honors the legacy of former director Paul A. Willis by recognizing one member of the libraries faculty each year. Boyd received the award at the UK Libraries Spring Gala earlier this month.

Since becoming the director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in 2008, Boyd has overseen the addition of more than 2,500 new oral history interviews to the Nunn Center’s collection. He led the team that developed OHMS (the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer), an innovative tool to enhance access to online oral history. Boyd created an oral history partnership with the bourbon industry in Kentucky, raising funds for the Kentucky Bourbon Tales oral history project, and produced the award-winning documentary “Quest for the Perfect Bourbon.”

Boyd launched SPOKEdb, the Nunn Center’s online catalog, which garners more than 10,000 page views per month. He works with WUKY public radio on the regular feature “ Saving Stories,” and wrote the book " Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community," published by University Press of Kentucky in 2009. He edited another book, "Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access, and Engagement," published by Macmillan in 2014. Boyd is also the author of numerous scholarly articles, and regularly presents on oral history topics at national and international conferences.

Under Boyd’s guidance, the Nunn Center expanded the project "From Combat to Kentucky" to include interviews from student veterans at Eastern Kentucky University, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and Northern Kentucky University, in addition to UK. The project inspired a play that ran off-Broadway as part of the NYC Fringe Festival in 2011, and completed a statewide tour to state universities in Kentucky. "From Combat to Kentucky" is now integrated into a veteran transition course that engages student veterans with archival materials, as well as interviewing each other about their powerful experiences serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their transitions back into civilian and student life.

"Dr. Boyd is recognized internationally as a scholar who excels at collecting, interpreting and publishing oral histories; he also has the digital expertise to make oral histories available to researchers in new ways. His work represents the future of oral history. Further his contribution to UK Libraries advances our mission to serve the UK community as well as scholars around the world,” said Terry Birdwhistell, dean of UK Libraries.

UK Libraries solicits candidates for the Willis Award each fall. Any member of the UK Libraries faculty and staff may submit a letter nominating a member of the faculty for this recognition. The award recipient is selected based on achievements in their primary assignment, as well as national leadership, scholarship, teaching, creativity, innovation, and service. The final determination of the award winner is made by the UK Libraries National Advisory Board.

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

Blue Angels Program Brings High-Risk Obstetric Care to Rural Kentucky

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 11:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 1, 2015) -- Two-week old Bransen Roberts sleeps peacefully despite the bustle of the Pediatric Clinic at UK Healthcare. When his mother Becky Triplett removes him from his car seat to be weighed and measured, he grimaces slightly and stuffs his fist into his mouth, annoyed at the interruption, but otherwise submits quietly to the gentle poking and prodding.

Bransen appears the picture of health, with 10 perfect fingers and toes that his parents, like so many parents before, counted when he was born.  But he's here today to be examined by Dr. Ali Ziada, a pediatric urologist, who will evaluate Bransen's condition and map out a treatment strategy. 

Before Bransen was born, he was diagnosed with hydronephrosis, a rare condition where urine backs up in the kidney as a result of an obstruction in the ureter or backward flow of urine from the bladder. The condition is potentially dangerous and can result in the loss of one or both kidneys without proper intervention.

"They way they described it to me was it was like a kink in a garden hose," Becky said.

Early diagnosis and intervention in most instances is key to assuring the best possible health outcome, and hydronephrosis is no different.  In Bransen's case, a new UK HealthCare program called The Blue Angels made this early intervention possible.

Becky and Bransen's father Jason are from Manchester, Kentucky.  Kentucky is well known for its poor marks on health measures like obesity, diabetes, smoking and heart disease, and Clay County is among the worst of its 120 counties.  The situation is further exacerbated by the lack of specialty health care nearby.

UK HealthCare saw an opportunity to fulfill its institutional mission to keep patients as close to home for their treatment as possible and worked with Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) to forge a partnership providing high-level specialty care to MMH patients in several areas, including cardiology, optometry, and obstetrics. In the latter case, UK HealthCare set up a twice-a-month clinic where highly trained obstetricians use special equipment to review fetal ultrasounds remotely, in real time, and talk with the patient simultaneously.

Dr. John O'Brien, director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at UK HealthCare, says the program fills a need in a meaningful, expedient and personal way. 

"Before Blue Angels, patients had two choices: they had to travel to Lexington for their high-risk consult, or a technician did the ultrasound in their hometown and it was shipped up to Lexington for us to assess," he said.

According to Dr. O'Brien, neither option was ideal, since it meant that either the patient wasn't with him while her ultrasound was evaluated, or she would have to travel -- sometimes a far distance -- for her ultrasound. Furthermore, explains O'Brien, if the patient's ultrasound didn’t answer all of his questions, it had to be repeated.

"It was a burden for the mother to travel, or it was expensive, or both," he said. "And the time spent traveling or waiting and wondering was stressful for the mother."

Now ultrasound techs travel to locations throughout Kentucky with a portable videoconference device, seeing patients whose hometown obstetricians have identified as high-risk based on their own ultrasound technology.

The briefcase-size video system, which includes a camera and microphone, connects to the ultrasound equipment in each location and allows O’Brien to see the ultrasound as it is being performed, guide the technician through difficult studies and communicate with the patient just as if they were in the same room.

"I can talk directly with the patient to explain right away what I see and what the next steps should be," O'Brien said.  "It provides a measure of comfort to the mother when we can tell her immediately what’s going on and if necessary we can intervene more quickly, which is always the best option for both mother and baby."

In Becky's case, the ultrasound scheduled as a routine part of her checkups with her obstetrician in Manchester revealed some troubling abnormalities in one of Bransen's kidneys.  She was immediately scheduled for a follow-up ultrasound with Dr. O'Brien via the Blue Angels.

“Based on my review of the ultrasound, I was concerned that Bransen's condition was worsening," he said.  "I felt it was imperative that we preserve Bransen's kidney function and the best way to do that would be follow up with a pediatric urologist.  So I reviewed the information with Bransen's parents and referred them to Dr. Ziada." 

"I really appreciated how much time they spent with us explaining the situation, the next steps, and the possible outcomes," Bransen's father Jason said.  

Bransen will continue to be followed by Dr. Ziada, who will schedule periodic tests to ensure that Bransen's condition isn't worsening.  Ultimately, should the "kink in the garden hose" not resolve on its own, Dr. Ziada might recommend surgery to correct it.

"No matter what," Dr. Ziada said, "Bransen is likely to come out of this a healthy boy."

Dr. O'Brien firmly believes that Blue Angels and programs like it increase access to the highest level of health care for the poor and the rural, both of which are numerous in this state, and therefore promote more equity in the health care system.  In particular, by improving access for high-risk pregnant women, the program helps build faith in the healthcare system and reinforce the connection between mothers and their physicians -- both of which serve to maintain good health long term.

"Obstetrics is the most cost-efficient way to invest healthcare dollars, since it helps prevent mortality and improves healthcare outcomes for decades," said Dr. O'Brien.  "And Blue Angels is a cost efficient way to bring the highest level of obstetric care to the patient, wherever she may live."

Media Contact:  Laura Dawahare, laura.dawahare@uky.edu

State-of-the-Art Feed Mill Dedicated at UK Farm

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 11:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 1, 2015) — In the early morning hours of May 26, 2013, a fire destroyed the feed mill at the University of Kentucky   College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s C. Oran Little Research Center in Woodford County. The college’s farms are home to thousands of animals including sheep, swine, poultry and cattle, and the fire threw a big hitch in the way the UKAg staff feed those animals. But the college chose to see the fire as an opportunity to create a state-of-the-art facility that would better serve the animals and propel research programs associated with animal feeding.

The new mill is designed to produce high-quality feed in a user-friendly environment. Feeding thousands of animals every day is a monumental task, and the mixing capacity of the new mill is poised to take on the task with expanded mixing capacity with four stainless steel mixers — a two-ton mixer, one-ton mixer, 1,000-pound mixer and a 500-pound mixer.

"This state-of-the-art feed center greatly enhances our feed mixing capabilities and will improve our nutritional research efforts through more precise blending of diets to targeted nutrient levels," said Richard Coffey, chair of the UK Department of Animal and Food Sciences. "Additionally, the computer-controlled automation and expanded ability to handle prepared diets in bulk makes this feed center much more user-friendly than our previous feed mills for those responsible for preparing diets."

The new mill has the same footprint as the old mill, but the storage silos were placed in a different location. The mill allows the staff to accurately mix simple and more complex diets and is automated in many ways, which is a very important feature for impactful research.

"Our research on nutritional management must be as accurate as it can be, because the information is used to recommend feeding systems for producers in Kentucky and beyond," said Nancy Cox, dean of the college and director of the Kentucky Experiment Station. "With this new feed mill, we are confident our recommendations can serve our industries as well as individual owners."

Anthony Pescatore, UKAg extension professor for poultry, said the fire allowed the research team to redefine the capacity needs of the farm and forced upgrades that will become essential to a top-notch research college. The stainless steel mixers help reduce cross-contamination between batches. It also furthers the college’s mission to be as sustainable as possible.

"Having milling capability allows us to produce our own feed and to use the grains and corn we produce on our farms," Pescatore said. "It also helps us keep our feed costs under control."

Precision is another important feature of the new mill. With different-sized mixers, users will be able to mix diets from 200 pounds all the way up to 2 tons with high accuracy. That’s important because all animals, even within species, don’t have the exact same nutrition requirements.

"We have been able to design a facility from the ground up that should serve our programs well into the future," said Robert Harmon, who was chair of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the time of the fire.

The new mill has dust-collection equipment and a vacuum system to aid in the cleaning process. A 1-ton hoist will lift ingredients into the mixers instead of workers having to carry them. The walkways and stairs are designed to prevent slips and falls, and it is temperature-controlled to make the facility more comfortable for workers. Another important feature of the new mill — the electrical system is explosion-proof.

"This is by far, a step up for our feed mill," Pescatore said. "A big focus of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences has always been animal nutrition, and we want to continue to build on our history of nutritional research. Precision nutrition is an important part of the future of animal agriculture. We’ll continue to focus on fine tuning the nutrient needs of animals and increase their efficient use of grains and feed."

MEDIA CONTACT: Aimee Nielson, 859-257-7707; aimee.nielson@uky.edu.

UK Law Students Save Taxpayers $95,000, Devote 2,732 Hours to Clients

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 1, 2015) — The American Bar Association calls on each lawyer to render at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services per year. In the 2014-2015 academic year, University of Kentucky College of Law students went well above and beyond that to serve Kentuckians.

Through the UK College of Law Legal Clinic and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, UK law students provided legal and tax preparation services for free, saving clients from hefty fines and finding solutions for difficult situations.

In the Legal Clinic, 29 third-year law students handled 92 cases for a total of 2,732 hours devoted to classroom and client casework, or approximately 94 hours of free legal aid provided by each student.

"For almost 20 years, the College of Law Legal Clinic has successfully met its educational goals of academic excellence through the development of practice skills and promotion of ethical values and responsibilities," said Professor Allison Connelly, who has directed the clinic since its founding in 1997. "The Clinic has firmly integrated itself into the community, established a sterling reputation of legal excellence and helped thousands of low income individuals."

"More importantly, by putting a human face on the legal problems and needs facing those without means, the clinic has promoted an understanding of the need for fairness and justice in our legal system, and has translated those needs into a valuable educational experience," she said.

In addition to working directly with clients and representing them in estates matters, divorces, housing, and tort and contract claims, UK Legal Clinic students also gained invaluable experience in mediation, interviewing, landlord-tenant laws, civil procedure, legal drafting, consumer protection law and more.

"Our clients have limited income and are often faced with situations in which they feel helpless because of their limited resources," said Marc Manley, who graduated from the UK College of Law in May but is still engaged in several Legal Clinic cases that will conclude over the summer. "Being able to close a difficult chapter in someone's life is indescribably more valuable than closing the chapter of a textbook."

Legal Clinic students also went beyond the classroom and courtroom and straight to the homes of their clients when they raised money and delivered Thanksgiving dinners to several clients and their families.

"The UK Legal Clinic is an important institution not only because it serves the less fortunate, but also because it provides meaningful assurance to the law student that their long hours in the library do in fact have the ability to make someone's life better," Manley said.

While the UK Legal Clinic provides an array of legal services to those in need, another UK College of Law clinic has been specializing for more than 20 years in one service: tax preparation, often a very complex and confusing process for taxpayers.  

For the 2015 tax return season, 19 law and 12 accounting students volunteered in the UK College of Law VITA program to assist 475 taxpayers complete their returns. Logging a total of more than 600 hours over the course of six and a half weeks, UK law students saved taxpayers about $95,000 in return preparation fees.

"This year was particularly challenging with the large number of unusual situations presented by taxpayer clients, as well as the rollout of the Affordable Care Act requirements," said Douglas Michael, UK College of Law associate dean of academic affairs and director of the VITA program. "These volunteers helped clients with complicated situations navigate many new and sometimes confusing rules. It is hard to imagine being a taxpayer in that situation without the help these student volunteers provide for free."

On behalf of those taxpayers, students prepared returns claiming total refunds of $536,844 for low-income taxpayers, as well as the large population of foreign students and scholars at UK.

To qualify as tax return preparers, students completed at least 15 classroom or online training hours and passed three IRS tests on tax law and procedure. But it is well worth the time and effort for students who are eager to use their legal skills to benefit community members.

"I like the idea of making taxes and tax preparation less stressful, and less expensive, for beleaguered taxpayers," said Cate Poole, who volunteered in the VITA program year after year until she graduated from the College of Law in 2011, and has returned as a site supervisor each year since 2013.

Noting that each taxpayer has a unique situation, Poole said, "I've seen a lot over the years … no, unfortunately I cannot verify your spouse's ID over FaceTime," she joked. "I love using that experience to help people."

The UK College of Law VITA program will open again to the community in February of 2016. For information about the program, visit www.law.uky.edu/tax. For more information about the UK College of Law Legal Clinic, call 859-257-4692. 

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

College of Public Health Research Center Team Receives Award for Tractor Safety Program

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 17:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 29, 2015) — A research team from the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention (SCAHIP), which is housed within the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, has been awarded top honors in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Evaluation Contest.

The Kentucky team was awarded the honor for its project, “The UK-CROPS Project – Cost-effective Roll-over Protective Structures,” and was recognized for this accomplishment at the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium on May 21 in Kingwood, West Virginia. The aim of the project is to implement a cost-effective solution for farmers in Appalachia who are using older model tractors that are not equipped with Rollover Protection Structures (ROPS).  Nationwide, tractor-related fatalities account for as much as one-third of agricultural-related deaths. 

The project team was led by Joan Mazur, Ph.D., of the UK College of Education and Stacy Vincent, Ph.D., of the College of Agriculture. Other team members include Susan Westneat of the College of Public Health, and graduate students Jennifer Watson (College of Education), Morgan Schafbuch (College of Agriculture), and Kyle S. Wood (College of Agriculture).  

While ROPSs have been required installations on tractors for 30 years, many farmers in the Appalachian region employ older machines, and the cost of retrofitting them with these safety devices is not feasible for the farmers. The UK-CROPS project carries out a goal of NIOSH to address the barrier cost can provide to retrofits by designing and testing cost-effective ROPS plans.  In so doing, it offers a intervention tool that could not only increase farm safety, but strengthen local communities.

“The UK-CROPS Project partnership with high school Ag Power Mechanics programs in Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina to install CROPS in their local communities is a powerful intervention to save lives and empower youth in rural communities,” Mazur said.

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

Summer Camps That Are Fun and Educational

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 16:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 1, 2015) — There is a surplus of summer camps available for local children, but the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences offers a summer day camp experience beyond the norm — camps focusing on linguistics, geography, creative writing and philosophy that not only keep kids occupied, but engaged, active and informed.

UK Department of Geography's summer MapCamp is a weeklong day camp for children in middle school that includes exercises in map making and outdoor geo-challenges. Attendees will participate in the ancient craft of cartography, build digital interactive maps to share with the world and conduct campus treasure hunts with GPS-enabled mobile devices.

MapCamp runs June 22−26 or July 6-10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in UK's state-of-the-art GIS and Cartography Lab (Room 313) in the White Hall Classroom building on the UK campus. Mornings in the lab will be dedicated to map making. After lunch, children will spend most of the afternoon putting maps in action outside of the lab. For example, on day 3, campers will create a digital map and learn how to find “treasures” by reading a GPS.

During all activities, children will be grouped into teams of four and directed by an adult team leader. While UK will provide a limited number of GPS devices, organizers encourage attendees to bring a mobile smart device to get the best experience. The cost is $200 per week; register at http://newmaps.uky.edu/sites/default/files/UKGeography_MapCamp_2015_Registration.pdf.

Camp LingoCats, sponsored by the UK linguistics program, is an exciting adventure into the study of language. Campers — rising 7th and 8th graders — will learn new alphabets, explore the history of old words, discuss the importance of language in our families and communities, perform experiments, play games, make T-shirts and go on scavenger hunts.

Linguists study language just as chemists study chemistry — through experimentation and the scientific method. Although they may not speak a language, linguists study many languages, applying  the knowledge of how languages work in general to any language data they find.

Camp LingoCats will run July 20-24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the UK campus. The camp is $75 per camper; registration for the sibling of a registered camper is $50. For more information or to register, email abbey.thomas@uky.edu or jennifer.cramer@uky.edu.

Philosophy can be transformative. At UK’s Philosophy Camp, slated 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13-17, campers will be introduced to some of the most influential ideas of western philosophy. But the camp goes far beyond what some old guys thought decades, even centuries, ago.

This camp is a young person’s chance to practice critical thinking and become more logical thinkers and speakers. It is the chance to ask the big questions that go unanswered, if not unasked. What are morals? Why do we have society? What is the meaning of life? Faculty and campers work together to think carefully about such important philosophical ideas, both throughout history and in our world today.

Space is limited to 25 students, and applications must be received by June 20. For more information or to obtain an application, email caroline.a.buchanan@uky.edu. Sponsored by the UK Department of Philosophy, UK’s Philosophy Camp is managed by philosophy graduate students who love philosophy and have a passion for sharing it with others.

The Kentucky Young Writers Summer Colony is an intensive weeklong program for incoming high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, and incoming college freshmen who would like to advance their writing skills.

Led by the distinguished faculty of the UK Creative Writing Program, the colony offers workshops in fiction, poetry and nonfiction. It emphasizes imaginative development and the creative process while providing positive feedback in a noncompetitive, constructive environment. Workshop leaders and special guests include published UK faculty, such as Frank X Walker, Julia Johnson, Michael Carter, Gurney Norman, Erik Reece, Hannah Pittard, Bobbie Ann Mason, Andrew Ewell, Jeff Clymer, and Manuel Gonzales.

Registration deadline for 2015 has passed, but don’t forget to register early next year.

UK Tomorrow Corps Subject of WUKY's 'UK Perspectives'

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 16:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 29, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today's guests are Ann Kingsolver, director of the UK Appalachian Center, and assistant director Shane Barton talking about UK Tomorrow Corps -- UK students going into Eastern Kentucky this summer to help improve children's math and lliteracy skills.

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/uk-tomorrow-corps.

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

Markey Researchers Present Latest Studies at Annual Research Day

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 15:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 29, 2015) – The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center held its sixth annual Markey Cancer Center Research Day, highlighting the work of UK students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty from the past year.

Research Day provides an opportunity for investigators to showcase their work and also view the work of their colleagues across the campus. Markey researchers are housed all across the University, spanning seven colleges and 26 departments.

“We’ve investigators interested in cancer research from all across the campus coming together to talk about their latest findings and sharing those findings,” said Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center. “We’re seeing new collaborations being formed through this day, and overall it’s just a wonderful event that brings researchers together.”

UK College of Pharmacy graduate student Sherif El-Refai, who presented a poster for the first time at Research Day this year, echoed Evers’ sentiment.

“This is the best way to get a feel for the research being done all across campus, and to find collaborators interested in the same subjects that you are,” El-Refai said, noting that he’d already met several professors and statisticians to collaborate with in the future.

This year’s event featured 122 posters; oral presentations from a current medical student, two graduate students, and one postdoctoral fellow; and faculty oral presentations from Ellen Hahn, the Marcia A. Dake Endowed Professor in the UK College of Nursing, and Dr. John D’Orazio, Drury Pediatric Research Endowed Chair in the UK Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Edward Romond, breast oncologist at Markey, was honored for his years of breakthrough research and stellar patient care with a lifetime achievement award from the Markey Cancer Foundation. 

Additionally, Evers presented his annual State of the Cancer Center Address, highlighting major accomplishments from Markey over the past year. Evers’ annual address is a highlight for many attendees.

“I really appreciate the opportunity to hear Dr. Evers talk about the Cancer Center – especially everything we’ve done well over the past year, and also what we need to do in the future,” said Jamie Studts, associate professor of behavioral science at the University of Kentucky and director of the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative.

To finish the afternoon’s presentations, Kentucky native Phil Sharp, Nobel Laureate and Institute Professor for the Koch Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, gave the Susan B. Lester Memorial Lecture.

The event concluded with an award ceremony. Awards were presented in two different categories - basic science and clinical/translational science - for both graduate and postdoctoral fellows. An Overall Winner was honored, as well as a Researcher's Choice Award, based on a popular vote by people who attended Research Day.

The winners are:

Basic Sciences - Graduate

FIRST: Lin Ao

SECOND: Payton Stevens

Basic Sciences - Postdoc

FIRST: Yekaterina Zaytseva

SECOND: Jie Chan

Clinical and Translational Sciences - Graduate

FIRST: Meghana Kudrimoti

SECOND: Kristine Song

Clinical and Translational Sciences - Postdoc

FIRST: Rachel Stewart

SECOND: Swati Yalamanchi

Researcher's Choice Award

Fengmei Pi

Overall Winner 

Stuart Jarrett

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

UK Artist Ebony Patterson's Work Featured in Havana Biennial

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 29, 2015) — Artwork by Ebony G. Patterson, an associate professor of painting at the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies, is featured in the 12th Havana Biennial "Between the Idea and the Experience." Patterson is one of approximately 200 artists from 44 countries selected to display their artwork in the series of exhibits running through June 22, in Havana, Cuba.

The 12th Havana Biennial, which opened May 22, involves architecture, design, the communicational phenomena, science and the forms in which the habitat is constructed. The projects being carried out in Havana must bear an effect upon its inhabitants, either through the latter’s participation in their concept and achievement or through the presentation of the works as a live social laboratory.

The event explores the intersections between different art expressions such as dance, theater, music, the cinema and literature, considering the semantic wealth that hybridization contributes to what we understand as visuality. The basic idea is to grant these crossings a leading role instead of being mere backdrops.

Work featured in the 12th Havana Biennial is on display throughout the city in squares, parks and urban spaces, as well as galleries and museums. Patterson's work is on exhibit at the Navy building on the Avenida del Puerto, the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center and Trillo Park.

In addition to showing in Cuba, Patterson's art is the subject of a solo exhibition closing May 30 at the LUX Art Institute in Encinitas, California, and two group shows: "Black Portraiture[s] II: Imaging the Black Body and Restaging Histories," organized by New York University, running through May 31, in the Villa La Pietra, outside Florence, Italy; and "Disguise: Masks & Global African Art," running June 18-Sept. 7, at the Seattle Art Museum. 

Prior to being selected for the 2015 Havana Biennial, Patterson has been included in notable group exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Tacoma Contemporary, Kingston's Mutual Gallery, and France's Centre International d' Art Contemporian. Her show credits include "Prospect.3" (New Orleans), curated by Franklin Sirmans; "Young Talent V" (Washington D.C.); The "Jamaica Biennial"; "Ghetto Biennale 2009" (Haiti); "Black Gossamer" at Glass Curtain Gallery, at Columbia College Chicago; and the solo show "dy/nas/ty" at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park, Kansas).

Patterson's work has also been featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times, Frieze Magazine, Huffington Post, Art Nexus, Art Papers and the International Review of African-American Art. 

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Patterson earned her bachelor's degree in painting at the Edna Manley College for Visual and Performing Arts and a master's degree in printmaking and drawing from the Sam Fox College of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. She has been teaching painting and mixed media at UK since 2007.

The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, at the UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studioart history and visual studies, and art education.

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

UK Advisors Win National Honors

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 29, 2015) — Two University of Kentucky advisors have been named recipients of awards from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), a volunteer organization that works to better the advising process for students. Alumnus Mike Farrell, associate professor in UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications, has been awarded the Outstanding Advising Award - Faculty Academic Advising. Denise Brazzell, director of student services at UK College of Engineering - Paducah Campus, has been awarded a Certificate of Merit of the Outstanding Advising Award - Primary Advising Role.

NACADA's Outstanding Advising Awards annually recognize individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students or outstanding academic advising administration. The awards are presented in three categories, Academic Advising Administrator, Academic Advising-Primary Role and   

Faculty Academic Advising. All recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony held during the organization's annual conference scheduled for Oct. 4-7, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As a winner of the Outstanding Advising Award - Faculty Academic Advising, Farrell will receive a complimentary basic registration for this year's conference, a plaque and one-year membership in NACADA. Brazzell will receive a certificate for her honor.

Farrell and Brazzell are no stranger to honors in advising. The pair won UK's 20th annual Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Awards this March, which made them nominees for regional awards, as well as the NACADA awards. The Freedman Awards are named for one of the founders of the UK Advising Network who served as a professional advisor at UK until his death in 2001.

NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising was chartered as a nonprofit organization in 1979 to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to ensure the educational development of students. Since that beginning, NACADA has grown to 11,000 members consisting of faculty members, professional advisors, administrators, counselors and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal and vocational needs of students. In addition, NACADA is the representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education. For more information, visit NACADA's website at www.nacada.ksu.edu.  

The UK Advising Network is part of the Office of Student Success in the Division of Undergraduate Education

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

Section of Patterson Drive to Close Temporarily

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 08:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 28, 2015) — Starting Monday, June 1, portions of the one-way section of Patterson Drive will be temporarily closed to through traffic. This closure is to facilitate electric and communication ductbank work associated with the Student Center renovation project. The work is expected to be completed by Friday, July 17.

The project will occur in phases, beginning on the west side of Patterson Drive. Signage will be in place to indicate road closures. Sidewalks will remain open throughout the project, and the White Hall Classroom Building loading dock will remain accessible at all times. 

UK College of Medicine Celebrates Class of 2015 with Commencement and Senior Awards Lunch

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 16:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 28, 2015) – The University of Kentucky College of Medicine Class of 2015 assumed the title of “doctor” during the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16. The graduating class consisted of 113 students who will pursue 22 different specialties in Kentucky and throughout the United States.

Prior to the commencement ceremony, students and faculty received awards at the College of Medicine Senior Awards Lunch. View the complete list of awards presented at the Awards Lunch and Graduation here or view photos from the events here.  

UK Softball's Joiner Honored with Senior CLASS Award

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 16:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 29, 2015) — University of Kentucky senior catcher Griffin Joiner has been named a 2015 Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-American — one of five players nationally to claim such honors — it was announced Wednesday. 

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Joiner, a captain for the Wildcats this year, was selected as one of 30 players to the initial list in March before being honored as a top-10 finalist in early April. The native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, has proved her worth to the program and community. One of just two seniors on the team this season, Joiner embraced a leadership role on the squad and was without question the backbone of the squad.

Joiner has been active in the Lexington community since arriving on campus, recording countless community service hours. Most recently, Griffin helped mentor students at Dixie Elementary School, spending time during the fall semester reading and helping students with work. The last two years, she has spent several hours before UK football games walking around tailgates collecting money for the United Way and helped organize teammates to help as well. She regularly volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House on campus, rings the bell for Salvation Army and has been active in UK Athletics Backpack Program, which supplies food for children from less fortunate homes during the weekends. Each of the last two holiday seasons, Griffin has helped collect blankets for the UK Children's Hospital and delivered them. Other community service projects include helping at Miracle League, packing meals at Southland Christian Church for "Hope for Haiti" service project and volunteering at Big Blue U, introducing incoming freshmen to campus life at UK.

Joiner is an amazing student-athlete and recently graduated with honors from UK. A three-year member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, Joiner has been on the Athletics Director's Dean List multiple years and can be seen leading study sessions during long road trips with the entire team. Last season, Joiner was a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree and is a two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Athlete. Her strong leadership academically helped Kentucky have a 3.56 GPA as a team last spring, which was the best mark in the SEC and second-best nationally among BCS schools.

A member of the school's Frank. G. Ham Society of Character, which honors Wildcats who have shown an extraordinary commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, career preparation and serving as a role model, Joiner was voted captain of the team each of the last two seasons. Joiner has been described by her coaches as the perfect teammate and can always be seen going the extra mile. Born and raised in Kentucky, Joiner takes a lot of pride in wearing Kentucky across her chest.

Joiner, who has started every game of her collegiate career, including 245 games at catcher, ranks top 10 all-time in several single-season records at UK, including batting average, doubles, walks, home runs, slugging percentage, putouts and fielding percentage. Her name is also inked all over UK's single-season records list. Joiner ended her career with a .303 batting average with 42 doubles, two triples, 35 homers and 143 RBI. This season, Joiner hit .299 with nine doubles, one triple and 11 home runs and 43 RBI. Last season, Joiner was named national player of the week, becoming only the fourth player in school history to claim a national player of the week honor. She has earned several postseason honors and is only the third player in school history with five or more All-SEC honors. Joiner was named SEC All-Freshman in 2012, Second-Team All-SEC and All-SEC Defensive Team in 2013 and All-SEC Defensive Team in 2014 and 2015. Joiner is the only catcher in SEC history to earn three-straight All-SEC Defensive Team honors.

During UK’s 4-0 victory over in-state rival Louisville on April 1, Joiner was selected in the fourth round and 19th overall in the 2015 National Pro Fastpitch College Draft by the Akron Racers. Joiner is the third Wildcat player to ever be selected in the NPF Draft, joining All-American and current assistant coach Molly Johnson-Belcher, who was selected second overall in the 2010 draft, and All-Southeastern Conference performer Megan Yocke, who went ninth overall in 2011. Joiner will join UK’s all-time home run leader Brittany Cervantes as the only two former Wildcats currently in the league. Cervantes plays for the Chicago Bandits.

2015 Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-Americans:

Lacey Waldrop, Florida State (overall winner)

Griffin Joiner, Kentucky

Shelby Pendley, Oklahoma

Kaitlyn Richardson, Minnesota

Kaitlyn Thumann, Baylor       

MEDIA CONTACT: Evan Crane; wesley.crane@uky.edu; 859-257-3838.

UK Excels in NCAA 'APR' Report

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 15:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 28, 2015) — The NCAA released its Academic Progress Rate report Wednesday, showing that all 22 of the University of Kentucky sports teams surpassed the NCAA cut score. Eighteen of the 22 squads exceeded the national average for public universities in their sports and 19 of the 22 Wildcat teams improved or maintained their scores from a year ago.

The men’s golf and women’s cross country teams led the way with perfect 1,000 scores, followed by women’s indoor track and field, women’s outdoor track and field, volleyball, men’s basketball, and men’s tennis with scores of 995.

The marks are a four-year composite, covering the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, that measures academic eligibility and retention of scholarship student-athletes. The NCAA cut score for each sport is 930.

The 18 Wildcat teams that exceeded the national average among public universities in their sports included the seven teams listed above, along with women's golf (992), women's tennis (992), rifle (990), men's cross country (990), women's basketball (987), women's soccer (986), softball (985), baseball (983), men's outdoor track (978), men's indoor track (973) and men's soccer (967).

Another highlight of the report was that 14 UK teams notched perfect 1,000 scores for the 2013-14 school year: men’s basketball, women’s cross country, men’s golf, rifle, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis, volleyball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s golf, softball, men’s outdoor track and field, women’s indoor track and field, and women’s outdoor track and field.

Last week, a school-record-tying three UK teams received public recognition for their APR being in the top 10 percent of their sport -- men's golf, women's cross country and men's basketball.

“Combined with strong GPAs and the amount of students graduating each year, our APR scores demonstrate that academics are an essential part of our mission,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “From coaches to staff to the students themselves, I am proud of the way we have embraced that as a department and that our scores continue to improve and exceed national averages.”

With each team exceeding the NCAA cut score, no Wildcat squads are subject to penalties, such as scholarship reductions or postseason restrictions. None of UK’s 22 teams have incurred a penalty during the 11-year history of the APR.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tony Neely tneely@uky.edu; 859-257-

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