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'Picture a Litter-Free Campus' Photo Contest Offering Prizes to UK Community

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 16:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2015) — In efforts to promote the goal of eliminating litter on the University of Kentucky campus, a new contest is encouraging UK students, faculty and staff to not only " Pick It Up," but to picture it — picture a litter-free campus. The Picture a Litter-Free Campus Photo Contest is seeking creative, original images related to litter, a litter-free campus and the acts that lead to both. Winners of the contest, which runs until March 11, will receive iPad Minis.    

One student and one employee will be awarded "People's Choice" prizes based on the total likes and shares the photos receive on the UK Office of Sustainability's Facebook page. A third winner will be awarded "Best in Show," selected by a panel of judges. Participants must email photos to between Feb.1 and March 11.

The contest is part of the Pick It Up campaign, developed by a group of campus partners and funded by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration. The campaign was launched in September and urges participation from the entire UK community to make a difference on campus by picking up litter, and recycling it when appropriate.

UK faculty, staff and students also have the opportunity to participate in the Pick It Up campaign and win prizes by spotting Gnarly, the Pick It Up mascot, on campus. And if you catch a Wildcat "blue handed," or picking up litter, send in a photo or note with their name, time and location on campus to, and the individual will receive a "Get Gnarly" T-shirt. 

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

UK Chandler Hospital Hosts First National Wear Red Day Symposium

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 15:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2015) — Women spotted in red at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital on Feb. 6 aren't celebrating Valentine's Day early. Rather, they're signifying their support of heart health awareness as part of National Wear Red Day, celebrated on the first Friday of every February, and the inaugural National Wear Red Day Symposium.

Sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, the symposium brings together UK HealthCare experts from pharmacology and nutrition, cardiology, the Gill Heart Institute, and internal medicine to discuss the impact of heart disease on women. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease or stroke account for the deaths of one in three women every year. Fortunately, 80 percent of cardiac events can be avoided with health care education and lifestyle changes.

The National Wear Red Day Symposium, held from 10 a.m. to noon in MN 563 UK Chandler Hospital, will include presentations from the following UK HealthCare experts:

•      Dr. Susan Smyth, medical director, Gill Heart Institute

•      Dr. Lisa Cassis, interim vice president for research, University of Kentucky

•      Dr. Allison Bailey, director of ambulatory and preventive cardiology and associate             professor of medicine

•      Debra K. Moser, professor and Linda C. Gill Endowed Chair, College of Nursing

•      Dr. Florin Despa, associate professor, Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional        Sciences

The symposium is free and open to the public. Experts will highlight lifestyle changes to prevent cardiac events, which include checking cholesterol, increasing exercise and working with a doctor on a cardiac health plan. Participants are encouraged to wear red. Following the symposium, attendees can participate in an open round table session with lunch provided and a photo shoot.  

This event is celebrated in conjunction with Go Red for Women Day, which was initiated in 2003 as a campaign to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women. For more information about heart health for women, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, 

Finalists Announced for Prize for Women Playwrights

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 15:19
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2015) — Three playwrights have been named finalists for the 2015 Prize for Women Playwrights presented by the Kentucky Women Writers Conference (KWWC).  

Selected from a pool of more than 300 submissions, this year's finalists and their plays are: 

· "The Silent Woman," the strange, true tale of a painter who lived with an effigy of an ex-lover and coaxes his scullery maid to play along, by Lydia Blaisdell of Austin, Texas;

· "Sisters/Sistahz," the story of identical twin African-American "sisters/sistahz" who must come to terms with their starkly differing views on black womanhood in America, by Daysha Veronica Edewi of Los Angeles; and

· "The Art of Jack the Ripper," a dark raucous performance work exploring why violence against women persists in reality and as entertainment — especially sexual violence, Stephanie Ross of Los Angeles.

Lydia Blaisdell is a current fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at University of Texas at Austin. In April 2015, she will premiere "Apocalypse Radio," an immersive retro-future radio play in the Cohen New Works Festival. She is a member playwright of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theater in New York City and the Brooklyn-based writers’ collective, Krïstïanïa. "Sucking & Spitting," her riff on the Bacchae, was a semifinalist for the 2014 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. In March 2014, her one-act, "Old Broads," was performed at the Off Shoot in Austin. In July 2013, she received a Jerome Travel and Study grant to travel to Vienna and Berlin to research "The Silent Woman." Her short plays have been performed in New York City, Austin, Aspen, Lake George and Paris, France. She received her bachelor's degree in English literature from Columbia University in 2009.

Daysha Veronica Edewi is a writer/director who graduated cum laude from Scripps College with bachelor's degrees in media studies and psychology. She grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was heavily involved in theatre, dance and writing from a young age. Her first and only completed play, "Sisters/Sistahz," has been the recipient of the Dr. Floyd Gaffney National Award in Playwriting from the University of San Diego, and the Grand Prize Winner for Stage Plays in the New York Screenplay Contest. Most recently, Edewi has been the recipient of an Award of Merit in African American Films from the Best Shorts International Film Competition and The Indie Fest, Scripps College’s Payton Watkins ‘09 Media Studies Award, Claremont College’s Dr. Samella Lewis Artist Award, The Audience’s Choice Award at Wanawake Weusi’s Black Arts Festival, and The National Science Foundation/University of Southern California Graduate School’s Professionalization Award for Postdoctoral Preparation. She has been featured on BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Women's Wear Daily and

Stephanie Ross’ plays include "Medea Now!," "Life After Life & Crazy Quilt," "Coming of Age in Gomorrah," "Unveiling the Evolutionary Landscape," "Images of Supremacy" and others. Ross, who holds a bachelor's degree from California Institute of the Arts, was the recipient of a King County Arts Commission Written Works-in-Progress grant.

She is currently a member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN International. Ross spent some 25 years working in late night television for "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Ross retired as producer in 2012 and returned to playwriting with "The Art of Jack the Ripper," a play she revised with the help of Lee Wochner’s Los Angeles-based playwriting workshop. The playwright has been married to Gregory Ross for almost 45 years and collaborated with him on almost all her plays, their one son as he enters his second act, and their four works-in-progress grandchildren.

Finalists for the 2015 Prize for Women Playwrights were selected blindly by a judging panel of theater professionals including Mylissa Crutcher, Tonda Fields, Kathryn Newquist and Eric Seale. To be eligible to compete, submissions had to be one-act or full-length scripts in English with a running time between 45 and 90 minutes, which have not been published or commercially produced by a woman playwright. The plays' casts are limited to six actors, and there are no limitations on subject matter. Eligible plays also had to have more than one character.

The winner of the competition will be chosen by award-winning playwright Carson Kreitzer by Feb. 20, and will receive a $500 cash prize and a full theatrical world premiere in Lexington produced and directed by Lexington theater artist Eric Seale.

Kreitzer is probably best known for "The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer," which won the Lois and Richard Rosenthal New Play Prize, the American Theatre Critics’ Steinberg Citation, the Barrie Stavis Award, and is published in Smith and Kraus’ “New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2004” and by Dramatic Publishing. Her previous work, "SELF DEFENSE or death of some salesmen" has been produced across the country, and is published by Playscripts and in Smith and Kraus’ “Women Playwrights: Best Plays of 2002.” Other work by Kreitzer includes "Behind the Eye," "1:23," "Flesh and the Desert" and "The Slow Drag" (New York and London).

Kreitzer is a New Dramatists alumna, an associated artist with Clubbed Thumb and New Georges, a member of The Workhaus Collective and the Dramatists Guild, and is a core member and current board member of The Playwrights’ Center. She and composer Matt Gould are currently under commission from Yale Rep and New Dramatists for their new musical "LEMPICKA." She is also writing a new play for the Guthrie Theatre, and will travel to Ireland in October as the current Dowling Annaghmakerrig Fellow. Kreitzer has enjoyed support from the Jerome and McKnight foundations, the NEA, and the Toulmin Foundation, and was the first Playwrights Of New York (PoNY) Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center.

Kreitzer's most recent play, "Lasso of Truth," explores the origins of Wonder Woman and is a National New Play Network rolling world premiere, with productions at Marin Theatre Company, Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta, and Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City.

Now in its 37th year, the Kentucky Women Writers Conference is an annual event known for bringing notable women writers to Lexington for readings, writing workshops and discussions. A program housed in the UK College of Arts and Sciences, the conference is made possible in part by continued community partnerships, including its primary venue, the Carnegie Center. For more information on the conference, visit online at

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

Spike in Research Efforts Places UK College of Nursing Among National Leaders

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2015) – When thinking about the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, do you think about it as one of the best nursing schools in the nation as ranked by U.S. News and World Report? Do you visualize classrooms of students preparing to go out into their communities to serve and meet the health care needs of their patients?

If so, you would be right on both counts. What may not be as commonly known about the UK College of Nursing, is the robust research program that contributes to the quality of the education that they provide their students, and on a more global level, to the field of nursing.

Nursing research provides the scientific basis for the practice of the profession. Federally sponsored research plays a critical role in the training of future generations of nurse scientists and practitioners. Research at the UK College of Nursing addresses universal health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, agricultural health, health disparities, maternal-child health, chronic pain, acute injuries and mental health issues.

"The UK College of Nursing is engaged in a robust portfolio of research addressing a number of the most pressing and present health problems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky," said Thomas Kelly, associate dean of research. "The research of our investigators is patient-centered — they work with and engage the citizens of the Commonwealth in tackling critical issues impacting health and disease." 

The UK College of Nursing was ranked No. 21 nationally for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in 2014 with a total of $1,946,095. The College of Nursing ranks No. 14 among public universities. Examples of current research at the UK College of Nursing include:

  • The RICH Heart program:  Research and Interventions for Cardiopulmonary Health (RICH Heart) is directed by Misook Chung, associate professor; Terry Lennie professor; and Debra Moser, professor. These researchers, and their colleagues, Rebecca Dekker, assistant professor; Susan Frazier, associate professor; Gia Mudd-Martin, associate professor; and Martha Biddle, assistant professor, obtain grants, conduct research, and give presentations locally, nationally, and internationally.  Collectively, they have more than 300 publications in journals, more than 30 book chapters and three books published.
  • In 2013, Debra Moser became the first investigator in the state of Kentucky to receive a PCORI (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute) grant.
  • Ellen Hahn, professor and director of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy, and her colleagues Carol Riker, associate professor; Amanda Fallin, assistant professor; Audrey Darville, assistant professor; and Chizimuzo Okoli, assistant professor, focus on how to prevent and treat  tobacco dependence through research, policy development, and community engagement. The Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy is a high impact research dissemination center with over 80 organizational partners, providing policy and data support to make it possible for communities to go smoke-free. The percent of Kentucky’s population covered by comprehensive smoke-free workplace laws jumped from 0 percent in 2004 to 32 percent in 2014. When Lexington went smoke-free, indoor air quality improved, heart attacks and emergency room visits for asthma declined, and fewer people smoked.
  • In 2013, Ellen Hahn received one of the largest NIH grants ever received in the College of Nursing.
  • Debbie Reed, professor, was recently awarded a four-year R01 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, for her community-based, translational intervention effectiveness research study that will work with 450 adult and senior farmers and their family members and established farm community organizations in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi to develop and test a novel intervention, didactic readers theatre, to positively change farm work culture and safety behavior.
  • Jennifer Hatcher, associate professor, focuses on improving the health of vulnerable populations. Her research has improved the breast cancer screening rates of African American women in Lexington and surrounding areas using peer educators, increased cervical cancer screening rates for rural Appalachian women by working with faith based community organizations, and enhanced the cardiovascular health of African Americans via use of text messaging and social media.  Ongoing NIH-supported studies are focused on impacting the disproportionate incidence and mortality from colorectal cancer among citizens living in rural Appalachia.
  • Francis Hardin-Fanning, assistant professor, investigates ways to improve the nutrition of people in rural Appalachian counties with limited access to healthy foods. Her projects include rural satellite farmers’ markets that provide income opportunities and increase access to fresh produce, cooking classes based on low-cost healthy recipes of locally available foods, and grocery store events to promote purchases of healthy foods.  She is developing a gardening intervention to provide incarcerated juveniles with the opportunities to participate in local team efforts and to introduce them to future career choices. 
  • Kristin Ashford, associate professor, has helped identify reliable maternal biomarkers that identify risk for preterm birth and has clarified how prenatal smoking and secondhand smoke exposure impact a women's immune response and fetal health during pregnancy.  Using a CenteringPregnancy model, she is developing a holistic approach to preterm birth prevention that identifies at-risk women early in pregnancy and provides targeted interventions focusing on modifiable risk reduction.

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

Spring Break Ride Home Express Tickets Now Available

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2015) UK Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is now selling seats on the Ride Home Express Spring Break bus to the Chicago area. The route has a total of five stops along the way.

The PTS Ride Home Express, an express bus services traveling to hometowns and other destinations during the major academic breaks, is in its fifth year of operation this fall. The service provides an economical and efficient alternative as compared to other means of travel.

Round-trip fares for the PTS Ride Home Express range from $55-$155, with prices varying based on the final destination. One-way fares are also available, but must be purchased in the PTS office or by calling 859-257-5757.

Ride Home Express is open to both students and employees. UK students and employees are able to register and pay for their trip via the web by logging on to the Parking Account Manager with their Link Blue ID. BCTC students are also able to pay for trip registration online using their KCTCS login. Ride Home Express registration will be available as an option under the "Purchase Permits" section once logged in. Riders utilizing the online option must pay using credit or debit cards. All other riders must register and pay for their seats in person at the main PTS office, located in the Press Avenue Garage, at the corner of Press and Virginia Avenues. One-way fares may be purchased in person only. The office is open 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

PTS recommends registering for the trip as soon as possible. Space is limited, and seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on the Ride Home Express, including a list of fares and individual route maps, visit the Ride Home Express page or the Ride Home Express Frequently Asked Questions.

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

UK Chief Information Security Officer Warns Against Tax Scam

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2015) — In the midst of another tax scam via telephone, University of Kentucky Chief Information Security Officer Michael Carr is urging members of the UK community to take steps to protect themselves.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last week that complaints to the FTC about Internal Revenue Service (IRS) imposter scams have increased over the last year by almost 50,000 complaints.

According to the scam alert on the FTC website, scammers are contacting individuals pretending to be IRS officials collecting taxes, saying that if the taxes aren't paid now, individuals could face deportation, arrest or loss of driver's license.

FTC cautioned that the IRS will not contact taxpayers by phone or email, and will not require a specific type of payment, such as asking them to pay with a prepaid debit card or money transfer.

If you receive a suspicious call, follow these steps provided by the FTC:

1.    Do not give the caller your information, such as personal or financial information.

2.    Write down the phone number and name of the caller.

3.    Hang up.

4.    Contact the IRS directly.

5.    File a complaint with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the FTC.

6.    Finally, tell others to watch out for any scam phone calls.  

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

'UK at the Half' Reports on University's Dance Program

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 08:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2015) — Susie Thiel, director of the UK Dance Program at University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance, was featured during the "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. University of Missouri basketball game, broadcast on the radio Jan. 29.

With the growth of the dance minor, this summer the UK Department of Theatre changed its name to better reflect its student body to the UK Department of Theatre and Dance. There are currently 60 UK students minoring in dance and every year the numbers continue to rise. The Dance Program at UK offers classes in modern, musical theater, ballet, jazz, choreography and more. An introduction to dance course is also available under the UK Core curriculum. The program presented its fourth annual concert, "Capture Momentum," Jan. 30-Feb. 1, at Guignol Theatre.

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

To hear the "UK at the Half" interview click on the play button below. To view a transcript for the Jan. 29 "UK at the Half" interview, click here.

'UK at the Half' Reports on Community Engagement Classification

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 08:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2015) — Professor Katherine McCormick, of the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling in the College of Education, spoke about the recent engagement classification awarded to the University of Kentucky during the "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. University of Alabama basketball  game, broadcast on the radio Jan. 31.

UK has been selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive 2015 Community Engagement Classification. The award acknowledges UK's traditional values of reaching out to help those in our own community.    

McCormick has actively been involved in UK's effort to not only foster successful students, but successful citizens. She believes the learning process can be more meaningful if students can apply it to a community identified need. McCormick chaired a campus-wide committee in a yearlong effort to earn the classification, which is valid until 2025.

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

To hear the "UK at the Half" interview click on the play button below. To view a transcript of the Jan. 31 "UK at the Half" interview, click here

In Teens, Depression May Look Different

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 16:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2015) -- Adolescence is a time of transitions. Increasing independence, maturity, and hormonal changes may predispose teenagers to occasional mood and impulse fluctuations. However, some teenagers experience more than just normal mood changes and are clinically depressed. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, about 5 percent of children and adolescents may have depression at any given time.

Depression in both adolescents and adults can manifest with complaints of sadness and crying. In contrast to adults with depression, however, adolescents also can complain of being “bored” or not enjoying activities that they used to enjoy. They may begin to draw away from friends and family or isolate themselves increasingly in their room. Since teenagers with depression may not complain of being “sad,” sometimes their behavior is confusing to school, peers, and family.

Parents may notice irritability and anger. Some teens take long naps, others have trouble falling asleep.  Some lose their appetite while others eat excessively. Occasionally teens will have thoughts of death or make statements about killing themselves. Sometimes these thoughts and feelings become apparent through posts on social media. Depression is diagnosed when these difficulties begin to impair a teenager’s functioning, such as worsening performance in school, refusal to participate in activities, or more problems at home in addition to mood changes.

Scientists believe that depression is caused by both biological and environmental factors. Teenagers may have a higher risk of developing depression if a parent also has a mood disorder, like depression or bipolar disorder. At-risk adolescents may also develop depression after a stressful life event, such as neglect or abuse, medical concerns, death of a close relative, or after experiencing bullying, including cyber bullying.

Untreated depression can have a variety of consequences. Depressed teenagers are at higher risk for tobacco, alcohol or other illicit substance use and/or suicide. In fact, according to the CDC in 2010, suicide was the third leading cause of death among those aged 15-19. If a depressed adolescent talks of self-injury, death, or suicide, parents and caregivers should take those statements seriously and have the teen evaluated by a medical or mental health professional to come up with a safety plan.

Effective treatments are available for adolescent depression. After evaluation, recommended treatments can include individual therapy, family therapy, or antidepressant medication. Combined treatment (therapy and medication) is often the most effective. Lifestyle changes, such as prioritizing good nighttime sleep, moderate exercise, and seeking out positive social support, can also have a role in recovering from depression. Parents or teens can ask their physician about how to find a qualified mental health professional for further information on diagnosis and treatment.

By Dr. Amy Lynn Meadows, Director of Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Program at Kentucky Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

This column first appeared in the Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

UK's CBER Serves Commonwealth, Nation in Varied Ways

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 15:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2015) — Its name, the Center for Business and Economic Research, may not sound that exciting, yet this important unit of the University of Kentucky actually is involved in a number of fascinating projects at any given time.

Housed within UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics, CBER, as it is often referred to, studies a wide range of topics and issues. In recent months and years, the list of research projects carried out by the center includes:

·         Manpower, labor, and human resources

·         Tourism economics

·         Transportation economics

·         Health economics

·         Regulatory reform

·         Public finance

·         Technology use and adoption

·         Education policy

·         Economic growth and development

"Our purpose is to disseminate economic information and provide economic and policy analysis to assist decision makers in Kentucky's public and private sectors," said CBER Director and Gatton Endowed Professor of Economics Christopher Bollinger.

Just yesterday (Feb. 3), CBER released its comprehensive 2015 Kentucky Annual Economic Report, one of the ways the center fulfills its mission, as mandated by state law, to examine various aspects of the Kentucky economy.

In addition, CBER performs research projects on behalf of federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as for private-sector clients nationwide.

"The primary motivation behind the center's research agenda is the belief that systematic and scientific inquiries into economic phenomena yield very useful knowledge," said CBER research associate Michael T. Childress. "This knowledge is vital to the formulation of informed public policy."

While CBER's full-time staff numbers only six, with Bollinger, Childress, economic analyst Anna Stewart, and research assistants James M. Sharpe, Meredith Shores and Nickolas Moellman, the center regularly calls upon faculty members and graduate students in the Gatton College's Department of Economics, as well as faculty in departments and colleges across UK, to conduct research studies and report on their findings.

“In the last few years the center has studied issues such as the impact of a toll on the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River, and which goods are exported from Kentucky,” said Bollinger.  Recently added projects include evaluating Lexington’s Housing First program and the economic impact of the Keeneland fall meet.

CBER's work frequently has important public policy implications. For example, its analysis of Medicaid data on pharmaceutical prescriptions has informed policy makers about the heavy use of antipsychotics and ADHD medication by some children across the state; its analysis of Internet access across Kentucky has provided state policy makers with a way to focus development efforts on underserved areas; and, CBER personnel currently are working with public health experts in UK's College of Public Health to enhance the country's health security through the development and refinement of the National Health Security Preparedness Index.

Gatton College Dean David W. Blackwell said that having CBER as part of the college is a real plus.

"The research done by CBER not only is vital to the state and nation, it is of great benefit to our faculty and students in terms of community engagement," said Blackwell.

So, the next time you want to find out where the Kentucky economy has been, where it is now, and where it may headed, you may want to visit CBER's website at

MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200;

UK Education Abroad to Host Spring Fair Thursday, Feb. 5

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2015) — University of Kentuucky Education Abroad will host its Spring Fair from 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Hub of William T. Young Library.  

"Unlike our fall event, our Spring Fair has a more narrow focus," Seth Riker, education abroad promotion and outreach coordinator, said. "We primarily highlight summer faculty directed programs and intern, research and service abroad programs."  

During the Education Abroad Spring Fair, students can also learn about scholarships, chat with advisors, meet with Education Abroad partner organizations and more. 

"Leading up to my semester abroad, I attended an EA Spring Fair to learn more about the program I was applying for, to talk with advisors and to make sure I was on track with application deadlines," said Adam Hilton, finance major and education abroad peer ambassador.  "Now after returning, I am excited to share my experience and be a resource for other students."

Free pizza and T-shirts will be available. 

Click here for more information.

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

UPK Author Helps WWI’s Most Decorated Soldier Get Recognized Once More

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 11:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2015) — University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author Douglas V. Mastriano has been named the recipient of the 2015 William E. Colby Award for his book "Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne."

Named for the late ambassador and former CIA director William E. Colby, the Colby Award recognizes a first work of fiction or nonfiction that has made a significant contribution to the public’s understanding of intelligence operations, military history or international affairs. The award includes a $5,000 author honorarium provided through a grant from the Tawani Foundation.

Mastriano will be presented with the Colby Award at the William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium scheduled for April 9, at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.

Alvin C. York (1887–1964) is credited with the capture of 132 German soldiers Oct. 8, 1918, in the Meuse-Argonne region of France — a deed for which he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He is remembered by generations through Gary Cooper’s Academy Award-winning portrayal in the 1941 film "Sergeant York." Mastriano, however, sorts fact from myth in the first full-length biography of York in decades. He meticulously examines York’s youth in the hills of east Tennessee, his service in the Great War, and his return to a quiet civilian life dedicated to charity. By reviewing artifacts recovered from the battlefield using military terrain analysis, forensic study and research in both German and American archives, Mastriano reconstructs the events of Oct. 8 for the most detailed biography of York to date.

"I am humbled by the distinction of being the 2015 William E Colby Award recipient. The Colby Award represents the highest caliber of works published in the United States since 1999. It is a privilege to have my book recognized worthy of this honor," Mastriano said.

In addition to winning the Colby Award, "Alvin York" has also been named a finalist for the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Book Award in the category of biography. "Alvin York" is the second UPK title to win the Colby Award, joining "Kontum: The Battle of South Vietnam" by Thomas P. McKenna, which won in 2013.

Douglas V. Mastriano is a colonel in the U.S. Army.

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.

10th Annual CCTS Spring Conference Will Focus on Physical Activity

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 16:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb 3, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) will present their 10th Annual Spring Conference, themed "Physical Activity across the Lifespan," from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington. The conference will host six additional allied events:  the College of Dentistry Research Day, College of Engineering Biomedical Research Day, College of Health Sciences Research Day, College of Public Health Research Day, the 31st Annual BGSFN Spring Neuroscience Day and the 34th Annual Symposium in Reproductive Science and Women's Health.

The conference is free and open to interested faculty, research personnel, trainees/scholars and administrators, as well as those in government agencies, private foundations and community organizations. Registration is required by March 18.

Abstracts, due March 4, may be submitted for one of the many poster or oral presentation sessions. All topics are welcome.  Submissions from individuals participating in research career training programs (e.g., NIH training programs, including T32, K12, COBRE, Physical Scientist, and Clinical Research Scholar) are particularly encouraged.  Abstracts may describe work that has been or will be submitted at other meetings. There is no fee for submission.

Additionally, mentor award nominations are due Feb. 25. The Research Mentor Recognition Awards in Clinical and Translational Science honor UK faculty members who have committed their time and expertise to guide junior faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research lab staff, or others to advance in their fields towards independent research. Read more about the Research Mentor Recognition Awards here.

Dr. William E. Kraus, professor of medicine, biomedical engineering, and nursing at Duke University, will present the keynote address titled, “Physical Inactivity as a Disease and How Much Exercise is Needed to Prevent It.” Conference sessions will include Promoting Physical Activity and Understanding its Benefits, physical activity in children and physical activity in chronic disease. The conference will conclude with CCTS scholar presentations, followed by a poster session and afternoon tea.

For more information, including the full agenda, registration, abstract submissions, and mentor nominations, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Mallory Powell,

Scholarship Enables Students to Preserve Jewish Heritage

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 15:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) — University of Kentucky students have a rare opportunity now to get in on the ground floor of a historical and innovative three-year project to record and preserve Kentucky’s Jewish heritage and history for generations to come.

The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Scholars program for undergraduates is made possible by a unique partnership between UK’s interdisciplinary program in Jewish Studies and the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence (JHFE).  The JHFE Scholars receive a multi-year scholarship to complete a minor in Jewish Studies at UK. They also have a unique opportunity for research with UK faculty. Of the five scholarships originally created, two scholarships are still available.

Deadline to submit an application is Feb. 16. To complete the online submission, visit

Meet UK’s first three JHFE scholars who began their awards this year, jhfe scholarship students.

The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence is a Louisville-based 501(c) 3 grant making organization with a mission to invest in the local health care market, foster innovative medical research and support the Louisville Jewish community.

Beginning in 2015, the JHFE Scholars will help to create the Jewish Kentucky Oral History Collection, in cooperation with the UK Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, UK Library and Information Sciences, digital humanities and oral histories. The project’s goal is to establish the largest collection of Kentucky Jewish oral histories in the state. Eventually, all the digital oral histories will be publicly accessible online.

“Over the course of three years, we plan to collect a minimum of 55 oral histories from across the Commonwealth," said Janice Fernheimer, director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Jewish Studies and associate professor of writing, rhetoric, and digital studies. "These narratives will highlight Kentucky’s historic and contemporary Jewish heritage. Although most people tend to associate Jewish American history and culture with urban locales on the East or West Coast, Kentucky’s Jewish history is just as important and interesting. The project will also allow UK to develop a new undergraduate course on Kentucky Jewish history and identity.”

According to project co-director Beth Goldstein, “JHFE scholars who work on the oral histories collection can gain extraordinary first-hand experience with community outreach, original research, and digital humanities technology.  Under faculty supervision, the students will help conduct, process, and prepare interviews for public access. They’ll also have the opportunity for summer employment on the project.”

The interdisciplinary faculty of Jewish Studies at UK came together from multiple colleges at UK ‒ Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts, Education, Medicine, Communication and Information Sciences, and Engineering. All are leaders in their respective fields of philosophy, history, rhetoric, computer science and musicology, and they work on a variety of cross-disciplinary projects as varied as, but not limited to the following:

·       Jewish diversity

·       Black Jewish identity

·       contemporary Yiddish language and culture

·       history of Jewish music

·       representations of Israel in Jewish and other graphic novels

·       minority relations in Modern Europe

·       Jewish-Christian relations in the 16th and 17th centuries, particularly through the experiences of judeoconversos, or converts from Judaism to Christianity and their descendants

·       comparative memory of trauma in the Haitian revolution and the Holocaust 

·       Jewish presence in North Africa

·       Ladino and Sephardic Jewish history and culture

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302,

Law Alumnus Launches New Firm, Featured in National Media

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 14:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) — James C. Woolery, alumnus of the UK College of Law, was recently featured in the New York Times, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and more after he announced with partner Douglas L. Braunstein the launch of a new investment management firm. In a February 2013 article, the Wall Street Journal described Woolery as “one of the biggest names in mergers and acquisitions." 

The firm, Hudson Executive Capital LP, was formed to identify opportunities where actionable strategic and corporate finance solutions can drive returns through constructive engagement with managements, boards and shareholders, according to a news release.

The firm's advisory board comprises 14 current and former CEOs, and its industry expertise includes financial services, health care, technology/media/telecommunication, consumer/retail and general industrials.

Woolery, former chairman-elect of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, received his juris doctor degree from the UK College of Law in 1994, where he was editor of the Kentucky Law Journal and a member of the Order of the Coif.

Following graduation, he became partner and chairman of strategy and business development at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP until 2010. From 2011-2013, Woolery was co-head of North American mergers and acquisitions at JPMorgan, leaving to join Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

To read the articles featuring Woolery and Hudson Executive Capital, click the links below.

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

Kasman Piano Concert: A Family Affair

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 14:24

A clip of a piano recital featuring Yakov Kasman and his daughter, Aleksandra Kasman, in Orel, Russia. 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) — It will be a family affair when the University of Kentucky School of Music presents a concert of not one, but two award-winning pianists, Yakov Kasman and Aleksandra Kasman. Yakov Kasman, a silver medalist in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and his student and daughter, 19-year-old Aleksandra “Sasha” Kasman, a national winner of the National Federation of Music Club’s Stillman-Kelley Award, will perform 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Yakov Kasman and Aleksandra Kasman will play a variety of compositions by Sergei Rachmaninov, with pieces such as Suite No. 1 (Fantaisie-Tableaux), Suite No. 2 and the Symphonic Dances, considered one of the most difficult and impressive pieces of music in the classical repertoire.

Yakov’s American debut in the Van Cliburn Competition was the culmination of several competition triumphs and tours in Europe and the Middle East, including prizes at the 1991 Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome, the 1991 London World Piano Competition, the 1992 Artur Rubinstein International Competition in Tel Aviv, and the 1995 International Prokofiev Competition at St. Petersburg.

Born in the city of Orel, near Moscow, Yakov began his piano studies at the age of 5. He graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and served on the faculty at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. He is now a professor of piano and artist-in-residence at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He is actively involved in local, state and national music teachers’ organizations as a guest artist, teacher and adjudicator. His students are winners of regional, national and international competitions.

Sasha, a student of her father, is a sophomore at UAB and a University Honors Program student. Sasha is a silver medalist of the VII International Competition for Young Pianists presented in memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Kiev, Ukraine, and second place and Young Jury Award winner at the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition in Columbia, South Carolina. She made her European solo debut recital at Salle Cortot in Paris, France, in 2009. She has also given solo recitals in U.S., Ukraine, Russia and Japan. Her recent engagements include solo recitals in the United States and duo-piano performances with her father in Russia and South Korea. Recently she won the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist piano competition in state of Alabama and advanced to the Southern division in January 2015.

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

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

Markey Hosting Free Patient Seminar on Clinical Trials

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 13:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) –  The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center is hosting a free patient education program on clinical trials at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the atrium of Markey's Combs Research Building.

In conjunction with World Cancer Day 2015 and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, UK HealthCare hematologist/oncologist Dr. Greg Monohan will present information about clinical trials. Attendees will learn why clinical trials are performed and how they work, how new treatments are developed and approved, the benefits and risks of participating in a research study, how to find local clinical trials and information about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

This event is free and open to the public, and it includes lunch and giveaways. For more information or to register for this event, please call Joan Scales at 859-323-1403. Free parking is available in the Markey Cancer Center lot, or visitors may park in any UK HealthCare Garage.

The Markey Cancer Center was founded in 1983 and is a dedicated matrix cancer center established as an integral part of the University of Kentucky and the UK HealthCare enterprise. In July 2013, Markey was designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to receive research funding and many other opportunities available only to the nation’s best cancer centers. Markey is the only NCI-designated center in Kentucky and one of only a handful in the country.

UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase Now Accepting Submissions

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Appalachian Center, Appalachian Studies and the Graduate Appalachian Research Community (GARC) are announcing a call for participation for the 2015 UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase. Invitations are extended to both undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines who are currently attending an accredited Kentucky university or college, and registration is free for both presenters and attendees.

The symposium is intended to foster a supportive community in which students from various fields can present their Appalachian-based research and creative work, learn from each other’s findings, and discuss research and potential points of collaboration. Students creating performance or visual artworks related to Appalachia are strongly encouraged to participate as well. The topic of the work must be original, related to Appalachia, and produced in the last three years. Information on the symposium is available on the Appalachian Center website at

This is the sixth year for the Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase, which will be held Saturday, March 7, at the William T. Young Library.

The deadline for submitting an abstract online is midnight, Feb. 15. Abstracts can be uploaded onto the Appalachian Center website at Presenters must also register for the conference at upon acceptance.

For those interested in attending the symposium but not presenting, registration is available online at The deadline for registration is midnight, Feb. 28, 2015.

This year's keynote speaker will be Lisa Conley, who recently completed her doctoral degree in sociology at the University of Kentucky. Her dissertation, "Talking Food: Motivations of Home Food Preservation Practitioners in Kentucky," was a qualitative urban-rural comparison of home gardeners and those who preserve foods at home through canning, drying, freezing, or other methods.

For more information about the 2015 UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase, contact Kathryn Engle, president of the Graduate Appalachian Research Community, at

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

Students to Explore, Connect with 130+ Employers at Showcase

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) — University of Kentucky students will have the opportunity to meet with more than 130 employers at the Spring 2015 UK Employer Showcase, sponsored by the James W. Stuckert Career Center.

The showcase will bring employers in both technical and nontechnical professions to the Student Center Ballrooms from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 10-11. 

The first day of the event will showcase employers in technical career fields such as engineering, computer science, construction, information systems/technology and scientific research.

The second day will host employers in nontechnical career fields such as communications, accounting, banking, consulting, health care, government, management, human services, retail and sales, and other fields.

More than 130 employers will participate over this two-day event, including private companies, government agencies and nonprofit groups. Among the registered employers are Enterprise Inc., Belcan, Deloitte, Lexmark, Central Bank, Hewlett Packard, Johnson Controls Interiors, and Auto Owners Insurance.

The Stuckert Career Center also hosts the UK Employer Showcase VIP Program, an interactive program designed to develop career-ready students at UK and offer exclusive exposure to employers. VIP program participants attend a preparation workshop that helps maximize their showcase experience. VIP Program participants can enter the Employer Showcase 30 minutes early to begin connecting with employers.

Students can prepare for the showcase by researching companies of interest by registering through Wildcat CareerLink. This online career management tool allows students to secure company information and sign up for campus interviews. Students should check out the company website, view their job listings and know basic information about what the company does. By having completed their research, students should know exactly what questions to ask of employers while still showing that they are familiar with the company. 

The center suggests students prepare a two to three-minute introduction that states their name, graduation date and major; and career interests. Students shouldn't be afraid to mention honors or special achievements received, such as a high GPA or campus leadership positions.

Students should print résumés on high-quality white or ivory paper. Résumés should include an objective, work or volunteer experience, internships, any relevant upper level courses and special honors. No cover letters are required at a career fair.

Participants in the showcase should carry about 20-30 résumés in a nice portfolio with a nice pen and a pad of paper to take notes. Business attire is appropriate. Students should dress professionally in dark colors such as black, charcoal gray or navy blue. Women can wear either a skirt or pant suit with a solid color conservative shirt, closed toe shoes, hose, and minimal jewelry. No extreme heels, short skirts, low necklines or patterned hosiery. Unnecessary purses, bags or backpacks can be checked in at the coat check.

For men, a suit, a button-down white shirt, tie, sports jacket, slacks, and shined shoes will make the best impression. Do not carry backpacks with you while meeting with employers. Backpacks can be checked in at the coat check.

For more information on the Spring 2015 UK Employer Showcase and the other career-building services offered by the Stuckert Career Center, students can stop by or visit the center's webpage at

As part of the UK Division of Undergraduate Education, the James W. Stuckert Career Center mission is to prepare students to successfully connect with employers and post graduate educational opportunities. The Stuckert Career Center is here to help students explore their college major options and career goals, engage in the process of expanding their knowledge and experience of the work place, and to connect with those who can help students on their career path. For more information on the Stuckert Career Center and how the staff can provide assistance, visit

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

These Twins Weren't Identical (But Only for Eight Weeks)

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 09:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) -- Jon Wes and Gardner Adams are 26-year old identical twins in every way. It's nearly impossible to tell them apart. Though a few people claim Jon Wes smiles more than Gardner, their mannerisms and speech are identical.

Widely proclaimed as "basically good kids," Jon Wes and Gardner didn't play many of the usual identical twin tricks on people, though they admit to switching team jerseys once or twice. Gardner says they've been pretty much attached at the hip since birth.  "We both share a love of God and baseball," he says.

But for eight weeks, they weren't identical.

An accomplished shortstop and pitcher, Jon played for Asbury College and now coaches there. Gardner, who also played baseball for Asbury, was drafted by the Atlanta Braves.  In top physical condition, both are avid runners, clocking 15-20 miles a week.

So it was a shock when one day last summer, Jon Wes drove to the Lexington Arboretum for his 8-mile run --  but left in an ambulance.

That evening, he began his usual route. But for the first time ever, he turned left instead of right -- a decision that saved his life.

Six miles into his route, Jon collapsed. His heart had stopped beating -- known as "sudden cardiac arrest." Because he had turned left that day, he collapsed in the middle of a concert. Some medical professionals in attendance began performing "Bystander CPR" to keep Jon alive. 

"Jon was very lucky to collapse where he did," says Dr. Alison Bailey, director of Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation at the Gill Heart Institute and the cardiologist who cared for Jon during his stay at UK HealthCare. "'Bystander CPR' kept him alive until emergency medical personnel arrived. It's unlikely he would be with us now without it."

An out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival double or triple if a bystander is trained in CPR. Unlike traditional CPR, which uses both chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing, Bystander CPR uses only chest compressions to keep blood circulating until emergency crews arrive. "By simplifying the process, it’s easier for people to remember and perform so that they will be less intimidated if they find themselves in an emergency situation," Dr. Bailey explains. "Research has shown that rhythmic chest compressions to the beat of the Bee Gee's tune 'Stayin' Alive' Hands-Only CPR demo video can deliver enough oxygen to keep the brain alive during the time the heart is not functioning."

According to the latest research, even school children can achieve acceptable levels of CPR skills proficiency in 30 minutes or less.

"In fact, many states now require high school students to learn Hands-Only CPR in order to graduate," says Bailey.  "Kentucky's legislature is re-considering the bill this spring, and we're hopeful that it will pass this time."

Meanwhile, Jon's family was becoming concerned that Jon hadn't returned home from his run.  Gardner met his parents at the Arboretum to look for Jon. Gardner said that at first he wasn't too concerned, since Jon sometimes hung out on a bench after his run, reading the Bible or people watching.

"We split up to search for him, and I was about a half a mile down the path when my phone rang," Gardner said.  "When my dad told me what had happened, the run back to the car was the fastest half mile I've ever done."

By the time his family arrived at UK Chandler Hospital, Jon was on a ventilator.  To protect Jon's brain from damage caused by a lack of oxygen during his cardiac arrest, Dr. Bailey used a procedure called therapeutic hypothermia, during which Jon was put into a medically induced coma and his body temperature was cooled temporarily. Jon awoke a few days later and has had a complete recovery. 

Tests would later confirm that Jon had Brugada Syndrome, a rare genetic disease that can cause ventricular fibrillation (a lethal arrhythmia) of the heart. Sudden cardiac arrest in Brugada Syndrome patients is relatively rare, but the risk is increased if a family member has had an abnormal rhythm. 

A team from the Gill Heart Institute implanted a device in Jon's chest that detects abnormal heart rhythms and will attempt to "shock" the heart back to a steady, normal heartbeat if this happens again.  It's a miniature version of the paddles doctors use to bring patients back to life in television dramas.  Jon will live with this internal cardiac defibrillator for the rest of his life, returning for battery changes and regular follow-up tests. 

By then, Dr. Bailey knew that Jon had a twin -- an identical twin.  She put Gardner through the same series of tests.  He had Brugada Syndrome as well.

Eight weeks after Jon Wes had surgery, Gardner went through the same procedure to implant an ICD.

His first words out of surgery: "Hey mom -- we're identical again."

"God answered a prayer that awful day in June," said Jon.  He's learned to appreciate every day instead of worrying about whether he was where he wanted to be or where he "should" be. And both he and Gardner have become advocates for Bystander CPR.  "Bystander CPR is what kept me alive, and in a way it saved Gardner's life as well," says Jon. 


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