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Linden Walk Lot Expansion Complete

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 16:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015) — The Linden Walk E Lot, located at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Linden Walk, has been expanded from 87 spaces to 124 spaces. This expansion was made possible by connecting a series of smaller parking lots in the area and reconfiguring the lot striping to be as efficient as possible.

Previously, the area consisted of the old Linden Walk Lot (61 spaces), the Euclid Avenue Lot (20 spaces), and the Music Theory House Lot (6 spaces). By joining these lots and redesigning the space layout, Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) was able to net an increase of 37 spaces, adding to the employee parking supply on North Campus.

The lot renovations have also included the addition of energy-efficient LED lighting. Since 2013, PTS has used LED fixtures in its facility updates whenever possible. Not only does this decision provide environmental benefits in terms of energy savings, switching to LED lights improves light efficiency and provides a cost savings to the university.

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

UK Career Center Hosts 'see blue work.' Series Showcasing Variety of Careers

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 15:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015) — As a part of its new "see blue work." series, the University of Kentucky James W. Stuckert Career Center will host various internship and career fairs across campus next week for students of all types of majors. All UK students and alumni are invited to participate and network with employers at these fairs running Sept. 21-24. The "see blue work." series takes the place of the previously offered Employer Showcase events offered in the fall and spring semesters.

Check out the digital catalog for the "see blue work." series above. 

"This is the university's largest consecutive series of career and internship fairs. From tech to nonprofit, pharmaceuticals to hospitality, there is a job or internship to be found by everyone," said Melanie Barber, employee relations director at the Stuckert Career Center.

Each of the “see blue work.” career and internship fairs are open to all students and alumni.

Employers at the first event, the Campus-Wide Internship and Career Fair, will be recruiting job seekers from any area of studies. It will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at Memorial Coliseum.

Students wanting to work in engineering or technical industries are encouraged to attend the Engineering and Computer Science Career Fair, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Memorial Coliseum. The fair is co-hosted by the Society of Women Engineers.

The third career fair will focus on various employment options in the world of business. The two-day Business Internship and Career Fair will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 23 and 24, at the Gatton College of Business and Economics. This fair will be hosted by the Graham Office of Career Management.

In preparation for the career fairs, the Stuckert Center suggests all individuals attending to do some preliminary research.

"The biggest mistake I see students make is when they approach employers and ask 'What does your company do?," Barber said. "Researching companies beforehand is imperative. Students and alumni should approach employers with purpose — learn about the company's mission and recent initiatives. Recruiters will remember those who have a strong base knowledge of their organization."

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;

UK Alumna Named Dean of University of Pikeville’s Elliott School of Nursing

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 14:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015) — The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) recently appointed UK College of Nursing alumna Mary Rado Simpson as the founding dean of the Elizabeth Akers Elliott School of Nursing.

Before rising to the role of dean, Simpson served as both division chair and interim dean of the school’s nursing programs. She directed the development of the UPIKE registered nurse (RN) to bachelor’s of nursing science (BSN) program in 2011 and its path to national accreditation. As dean, she will focus on the development of the new nursing programs in the expansion of health affairs. 

“When I think back to 1983 and the first nursing program at UPIKE, I am amazed at how far we have come and the potential of how far we can go,” Simpson said. “I will draw upon our strong relationships with nursing alumni, health care agencies and the good people of the community to move forward what is best for nursing in Pike County and beyond.”

Simpson earned both her doctoral degree in nursing and master’s of science in nursing from the UK College of Nursing. She received her BSN at Western Connecticut State University. She also holds National League for Nursing Certification as a nurse educator. Simpson’s research has focused on the role of faith and healing in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Simpson began her service in Kentucky as a staff registered nurse for Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) and at that time, was one of only two registered nurses in Pike County with a BSN degree. Simpson moved into nursing education at Southern West Virginia Community College while maintaining supervisory positions at ARH. She helped establish the Elizabeth Akers Elliott associate degree in nursing program at the then Pikeville College, and later taught in a nursing program at Lynchburg College in Virginia. She also served as a research associate at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing.

“This is a fine example of how our alumni are leading the way in health care and education across the nation,” Janie Heath, dean of UK’s College of Nursing and Warwick Professor of Nursing, said. “She has taken on a leading role in an area of Kentucky that needs her knowledge and experience, especially in a health care setting. I am proud to see alumni such as Simpson giving back to the Commonwealth.”

During her career, Simpson has participated in a faculty exchange program to South Korea, received research awards and chaired a national subcommittee to develop a certification exam for transcultural nursing. She has presented at national nursing conferences and is published in peer-reviewed nursing journals.

She served on the local advisory council for Tug Valley ARH in South Williamson, Kentucky, and is an appointed member to the board of directors of Pikeville Medical Center. In 2002, Simpson attended the Salzburg Seminar in Austria where she joined nursing professionals from around the world in workshops focusing on healthcare access. Most recently, Simpson completed a sabbatical leave at the University of Alaska-Anchorage (UAA) to learn about clinical simulation in nursing programs. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

UK College of Health Sciences: The Gateway to the Health Sciences

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 11:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015) — As the University of Kentucky’s celebration of its 150th anniversary winds down, the UK College of Health Sciences is ramping up for its 50th anniversary in 2016. With new leadership in place and strategic partnerships solidifying, the College of Health Sciences is poised to make the next 50 years even more impactful for the Commonwealth.

The UK College of Health Sciences, originally called the College of Allied Health Professions, was one of the first 13 colleges formed following the passage of The Allied Health Professions Personnel Training Act of 1966, with Joseph Hamburg serving as dean. The original schools, including those at The Ohio State University, the University of Florida and the University of Pennsylvania, paved the way for allied health professions in the U.S.

The legislation was passed in response to growing demand for high quality health care and brought recognition to the wide array of health care professions beyond medicine, dentistry and nursing.

The act reads in part: “There has been increasing awareness of the necessity to develop linkages among academic, training, and service institutions and the various related professional groups so that dynamic educational programs can be offered that will attract able students and prepare them for satisfying careers.”


That statement still rings true for the UK College of Health Sciences, as it continues to innovate in the key areas of education, research and service. The college was one of the first at UK to offer a complete distance learning degree program. It began educating physical therapy students at the Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard in 1992 and physician assistant students in Morehead in 1996. More recently, the Medical Laboratory Science Program was re-established to educate students at the Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard.

The college prides itself on offering students a robust educational experience, which includes interprofessional, innovative learning opportunities, as well as the chance to go beyond the classroom with hands-on patient care, research, service and study-abroad opportunities.

The College of Health Sciences offers innovative programs, such as Human Health Sciences, which serve as the gateway to the health sciences professions, including medicine and dentistry. Its aim is to prepare career-ready professionals to enter health care fields that are in high demand.

Today, the college has more than 1,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs in Athletic Training, Clinical Leadership and Management, Clinical Nutrition (in collaboration with the College of Medicine), Communication Sciences and Disorders, Human Health Sciences, Medical Laboratory Science, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies and the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program.


Researchers at the College of Health Sciences share a common vision – a dynamic, sustainable research enterprise that reaches into the community, improving the lives of Kentuckians and extending beyond its borders. Helping individuals attain the highest level of health possible is at the core of the college’s research. Areas of focus include the prevention of injury and disability due to exercise/sport participation, aging, chronic disease, or other adverse factors; rehabilitation after injury or illness; innovations in the treatment of voice, swallowing, and language disorders; and exercise; nutrition in the context of optimal health and performance enhancement; and military injury prevention and performance optimization.  

Research is also a fundamental part of the educational experience at the college, as students have the opportunity to be involved in our ongoing research projects. The college also maintains a thriving undergraduate research program, which fosters the curiosity of undergraduate students by offering opportunities across a variety of topics for mentored, self-directed work. Additionally, the college is the first on campus to offer an undergraduate certificate in research, which is open to all majors.  


The college has more than 7,500 alumni serving health care needs across the Commonwealth and beyond. In addition to the care its alumni provide, the College of Health Sciences provides expert clinical care in physical therapy and communication disorders.

The Division of Physical Therapy offers a clinic for runners and a student-managed physical therapy clinic. The Runners Clinic offers injury evaluation and treatment, as well as 3-D gait analysis to help prevent injury. Samaritan's Touch is managed by physical therapy students and faculty and provides services for uninsured or under-insured adults. The college also offers clinical speech-language pathology services through its Communication Disorders Academic Clinic, and the UK HealthCare Voice and Swallow Clinic and Speech-Language Pathology Clinic.


Moving forward, the college is working to develop a sustainable research enterprise, invest in strategic collaborations and support meaningful growth in its academic programs. The college is aligning its work with the trajectory of health care toward an emphasis on wellness and prevention.

“The common thread among our programs and our people is our mission,” Scott M. Lephart, dean of the College of Health Sciences, said. “We are driven by the desire to help people attain the highest level of health possible. Our work in education, research and service can be boiled down to one outcome: optimal health. The key is to help unlock the potential for optimal health in each individual we affect, indirectly or directly, through providing patient care, educating future health sciences professionals, and engaging in research aimed at the prevention of injury and disability.”

MEDIA CONTACT:  Kathy Johnson, 859-257-3155 or 

UK Alternative Service Breaks Now Accepting Faculty and Staff Site Advisor Applications

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 10:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015)  Faculty and staff are encouraged to serve as site advisors for the 2015-16 Alternative Service Breaks. Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25.

The University of Kentucky Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) strives to provide quality and fulfilling alternative breaks that mutually benefit community partners and student participants through the education of a social issue, service work requested by the host site and student facilitated reflection.

UK faculty and staff members play a critical role in this program!  Faculty and staff contribute by supporting student leaders who plan and lead the 11 service immersions and four weekend service trips annually as well as by providing student volunteers with quality experiences.

As much as UK faculty and staff members give to UK ASB, they also benefit from serving in the role of site advisor.  Personal learning and growth can occur for site advisors in the same way it does for student participants and leaders as an outcome of their participation in UK ASB.  Service immersions also offer a unique context within which faculty and staff interact with students, providing new opportunities for site advisors to develop new or enhance existing professional competencies that are broadly transferrable. 

The following are testimonies from 2014-15 UK site advisors:

·       “You are in for an adventure! You get to watch students grow into the best person they can be.”

·       “You will have so much fun, make great connections with students, and make a difference in in the community you serve. You will also learn so much by being vulnerable and authentic, and in turn experience more growth than you expect.”

·       “If you approach this opportunity with an open heart, comfortable shoes, willing hands, and listening ears…it will be a life-changing experience.”

To submit an application online, please visit:

Selections will be made based upon both applications and an interview process, and selected site advisors will be notified by Monday, Oct. 5.

This month, there will be an ASB Info Session geared toward prospective site advisors to learn more about the program and the site advisor role. Those new to the program are strongly encouraged to attend the session from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in Room 101, Stuckert Career Center. To RSVP, Click Here.

Alternative Service Breaks are offering the following opportunities for UK students, faculty and staff to travel and volunteer during UK’s academic breaks:




Jinotega, Nicaragua

Global Youth Empowerment

January 2-9, 2016

Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador


January 2-10, 2016

David, Kentucky

Rural Youth Outreach

March 12-19, 2016

Atlanta, Georgia

Refugee Resettlement

March 12-19, 2016

Washington, D.C.

Hunger and Homelessness

March 12-19, 2016

New Orleans, Louisiana

Disaster Relief

March 12-20, 2016

Silver Springs, Florida

Animal Conservation

March 12-20, 2016

Monterey Co., California

Immigration and New Americans

March 12-20, 2016

Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

Global Youth Empowerment

March 12-19, 2016

Jinotega, Nicaragua

Global Youth Empowerment

March 12-19, 2016

Accra, Ghana

Global Youth Education

May 13-29, 2016

Scottsville, Kentucky

Center for Courageous Kids

Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015 (Spring Date TBD)

Appalachian Region of Kentucky

Global Youth Education

(Fall and Spring Dates TBD)

For questions, contact UK ASB advisor Sarah Hermsmeier at,  or UK ASB Student Director Cari Caudill at

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

UK Partners in Discussion on the African-American LGBTQ* Experience

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 10:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015) — In recent months, there has been much discussion of both the LGBTQ* and African-American experience in the nation. However, very little discussion to date looks at the experience of African-American members of the LGBTQ* community.

A new panel discussion, "WE ARE HERE!," hopes to bring that conversation to light in the Bluegrass from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Lexington Public Library's Farish Theater, located in downtown Lexington. The event is free and open to the public. 

"WE ARE HERE!" will explore the range of different life experiences and well-being, as well as the importance of keeping those memories alive and preserved. It will also look at the LGBTQ* space within the world of African-American studies. Panelists for this discussion are:

· Chamara Jewel Kwakye, assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies and the African American and Africana Studies Program at UK College of Arts and Sciences; 

· Keenen S. McMillin, a 2015 UK graduate and a co-founder and first president of the UK student organization Shades of Pride;

· Charles E. Crutcher, a nursing care technician with UK HealthCare and an initial member, organizer and active supporter of Bluegrass Black Pride;

· Carol A. Taylor-Shim, a social justice educator with the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center at UK and former social worker in child welfare for 20 years;

· Thomas Tolliver, a community advocate, Lexington East End activist, historian,  former journalist, and an initial member and organizer of Bluegrass Black Pride; and

· Stacie Williams, an archivist and learning lab manager at UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center, instructor in the UK School of Information Science and former journalist.

The panel discussion "WE ARE HERE!" is being presented by UK Special Collections Research Center, Bluegrass Black Pride, UK African American and Africana Studies Program and JustFundKY.

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

Horohov Named Chair of UK Veterinary Science, Director of Gluck Equine Research Center

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 23:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has named David Horohov chair of the Department of Veterinary Science and director of the Gluck Equine Research Center. His appointment will begin Sept. 23.

“We are extremely happy that David has joined the administrative team on a permanent basis. We are fortunate to have someone of his distinguished research reputation at the helm of this important department. Even more important, David’s dedication to supporting Kentucky’s signature industry promises a focus on relevant research with high impact,” said Nancy Cox, dean of the college.

Horohov has served as the interim chair of the Department of Veterinary Science and the interim director of the Gluck Equine Research Center since September 2014. A professor and Jes E. and Clementine M. Schlaikjer Endowed Chair, Horohov specializes in equine immunology research. He joined the Gluck Center in 2003. Previously, he was a professor of veterinary immunology within the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Horohov earned his bachelor’s degree in entomology from Penn State University, his master’s in insect pathology from Purdue University and his doctorate in immunology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He completed a post-doctorate in cytokine biology with the Food and Drug Administration.

“I am humbled and excited by this opportunity I have been given to be the chair of the Department of Veterinary Science and the director of the Gluck Equine Research Center. I truly believe that this program offers exceptional opportunities, and I hope to continue our successes and accomplishments during my tenure as chair. I greatly appreciate the support I have received from Dean Nancy Cox, the faculty and our stakeholders. I very much look forward to working with all of them, as we move this program forward,” Horohov said.

He will oversee the department’s three entities — the Animal Genetics Testing and Research Laboratory, the Gluck Equine Research Center and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

The mission of the Department of Veterinary Science is to assure the health and viability of animal agriculture through teaching, discovery, research and service.

The mission of the Gluck Center, a UK Ag Equine program in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is scientific discovery, education and dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of the health and well-being of horses. The Gluck Center faculty conducts equine research in six targeted areas: genetics and genomics, infectious diseases and immunology, musculoskeletal science, parasitology, pharmacology/toxicology and reproductive health.

For more information on the Department of Veterinary Science, visit

UK Professor Part of International Team to Describe New Fossil Human Species

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 17:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2015) — In the fall of 2013, a recreational caver in the Rising Star cave system near Johannesburg, South Africa, happened upon the nearly complete fossil remains of as many as 15 individuals representing a new fossil human species – Homo naledi.  This new species shares many features with early members of the genus Homo, the genus to which modern humans (Homo sapiens) also belong.

For paleontologists who study the morphological evidence of human evolution, this new discovery afforded the rare opportunity to study a nearly complete set of fossils belonging to a previously unknown human ancestor. With more than 1,500 fossils — the largest find of its kind on the African continent — the discovery of H. naledi provides valuable new insights into the origins of and variation within the genus Homo.

In an effort to describe the fossils and disseminate the new information associated with this discovery, Lee Berger, the lead researcher at the University of Witwatersrand who heads the Rising Star Expedition, organized a global team of more than 30 paleontology experts tasked with studying the fossilized remains. Andrew Deane, a University of Kentucky associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology, was recruited to help describe the extensive sample of fossils associated with the hand and foot. Deane’s research uses 2-D and 3-D morphometric analyses to replicate how these early humans might have used their hands and feet to navigate and interact with their environments.    

Deane was specifically interested in the length, shape and curvature of the finger and toes bones, and what their anatomy suggested about whether H. naledi climbed trees to find food and seek protection. His observations were part of the formal description of H. naledi, which identifies the species as morphologically similar to the earliest members of the genus Homo. The University of the Witwatersrand, the National Geographic Society and the South African National Research Foundation announced the new species in two papers published in the online journal eLife on Sept. 10.

“The sheer volume of material recovered from the Rising Star cave representing this new species is remarkable,” Deane said of the excavation. “This is the largest fossil find of this kind, and all parts of the skeleton are represented in some form or fashion.  Even famous fossils like Lucy, an early human ancestor in the Australopithecus group, are not nearly as complete and well represented as this species.” 

Deane traveled to Johannesburg in May 2014 after receiving an invitation to participate in the Rising Star Expedition. A team of more than 30 international experts waded through the sizeable fossil sample for eight weeks in a united effort to describe the species. Deane, who specializes in reconstructing the paleobiology of fossil apes and early humans, used 3-D laser scanning technology to catalogue and describe the hundreds of H. naledi hand and foot bones recovered from Rising Star cave. 

At odds with romanticized version of paleontology seen in movies, Deane completed most of his research at the University of Witwatersrand using a computer equipped with a 3-D laser scanner to generate 3-D models of the H. naledi hand and foot bones. Special 3-D editing software enabled Deane to conduct detailed morphometric analyses of the hand and foot morphology. Using his knowledge of the hand and foot anatomy of living apes and modern humans, Deane was able to make inferences about how H. naledi would have used its hands and feet, and, more specifically, if H. naledi spent appreciable amounts of time climbing trees.

Deane found that the finger and toe bones were elongated and curved, which is consistent with the interpretation that H. naledi could have regularly climbed trees. The wrist bones, thumb and the parts of the foot, aside from the toes, were distinctly modern and similar to modern humans. Deane describes the juxtaposition of the primitive finger and toe anatomy with the more modern wrist and foot anatomy as “mosaic.”

“Mosaic evolution in the hominin lineage is the rule and not the exception,” Deane said. “The transition from an ape-like to a modern human skeleton does not happen uniformly, and this new species is no exception.”

Other skeletal structures described for H. naledi, like the pelvis, cranium and upper limb, were also found to preserve a combination of primitive and modern traits, although Deane said a specific pattern of modern parts and primitive parts seem to differentiate H. naledi.

“This demonstrates that the fossil record of our genus is a lot more complex and diverse than we once thought it was and that our evolutionary backstory has more morphological plot-twists and turns” Deane said.

Deane said this discovery will have significant implications for how scientists interpret the more recent evolutionary past of the human species.

“No matter how we slice it, this find means there are more species and there is more morphological variability in the fossil record of the genus Homo," Deane said.  This means that just like other animals, our evolution was a lot more like a bush with lots of branches.  Some of these branches lead to other branches, but some of them are dead ends. Finds like this provide valuable new clues to help answer questions about why some of these branches were successful and some were not and which branches might have lead to the origins of our own species.”

To read the full journal article, click here

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

Engineering's Escobar Giving TEDx Talk on Sustainable Water Solutions

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 15:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2015) — Water scarcity affects every continent. Nearly 1 billion people in the developing world don't have access to it, according to The Water Project. How do we address this crisis? University of Kentucky chemical and materials engineering Professor Isabel Escobar thinks the solution lies in biologically inspired water treatments.

"This means trying to design artificial systems that have the same level of efficiency, and often elegance and simplicity, of biological systems," Escobar said.

Escobar will touch on the future of water treatment processes producing drinking water from lower quality sources, like seawater and wastewater, in her TEDx Toledo talk this Thursday, Sept. 17.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

Escobar was invited to TEDx Toledo following her many media appearances in 2014 speaking on the Lake Erie water crisis. Last August toxic algae blooms disrupted the water supply of 400,000 people in Toledo and southeastern Michigan.

Speaking to Toledo's "leading thinkers and doers," Escobar will pull from her research to address an increasingly significant issue. Following the event, her talk, "Sustainable Water Treatment for the World using Biomimetics," will be posted online at under "Media."

Escobar joined University of Kentucky faculty this semester after nearly 15 years in various roles at the University of Toledo.  

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

UPK Poet Jane Hicks Wins 2015 James Still Award

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 15:23
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2015) — Writer Jane Hicks has been named the recipient of the Appalachian Writers Association (AWA) 2015 James Still Award for Poetry for her book "Driving with the Dead: Poems," published by University Press of Kentucky (UPK).

The AWA's mission is to promote and recognize writing about the Appalachian region. The association works to celebrate writers who are living or have lived in the Appalachian region and those who have significant Appalachian connections through heritage or scholarship. The AWA currently gives out five awards each year: the Harriette Arnow Award for Short Story, the Wilma Dykeman Award for Essay, the James Still Award for Poetry, the Josefina Niggli Award for Playwriting and the Tom Jackson Award for Young Writers.

Set in Appalachia, the poems in "Driving with the Dead" explore both personal and cultural history, while speaking out against the forces that threaten both. Invoking personal memories, Hicks explores how the loss of physical landscape has also devastated the region's psychological landscape. Personal loss is evidenced in "Black Mountain Breakdown" and "A Poet's Work," both dedicated to three-year-old Jeremy Davidson, who was killed when a boulder from an illegal strip mine plunged more than 600 feet from the top of Black Mountain and crashed through the side of his family's home in Inman, Virginia

Hicks also celebrates the same personal and cultural history she sees under threat. "The Ryman Auditorium, 1965" describes the poet's reluctant conversion after being taken to a show of "droning banjos, chirpy mandolins, crying fiddles" when she would have preferred The Beatles. Throughout the collection, she offers readers poignant mediations on grief and death while also illustrating the beauty, grace and resilience of the Appalachian people.

Jane Hicks has previously won the AWA Award for Poetry in 2006 for her first collection, "Blood and Bone Remember: Poems from Appalachia."

"Driving with the Dead" is the seventh UPK book to win an AWA award, joining "From the Mountain, From the Valley: New and Collected Poems" by James Still, a winner of the poetry award. In addition, "Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers" by Joyce Dyer, "Songs of Life and Grace: A Memoir" by Linda Scott DeRosier, "My Appalachia : A Memoir" by Sidney Saylor Farr, "Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South" by T.R.C. Hutton and "Helen Matthews Lewis: Living Social Justice in Appalachia" by Helen Lewis all won the AWA's Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction.

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

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

UK Forestry Students, Extension Play Big Role in 2015 KY Wood Expo

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 11:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2015) — The Kentucky Wood Expo returns to Masterson Station Park in Lexington Sept. 18-19, and University of Kentucky   Cooperative Extension will have a big hand in two days of educational and fun activities for the entire family.

The biennial event, sponsored by the Kentucky Forest Industries Association, offers classes, competitions and more than 100 exhibits and demonstrations for everyone, from the forest professional to simple lovers of wood and wildlife. Sawmill, pallet, logging, secondary and wood processing machinery will be on display along with a wide range of support services. Logger education classes will be offered, as well as educational opportunities for woodland owners.

Got Woodlands? One Acre at a Time, a woodland owner seminar offered by UK Forestry Extension in conjunction with the Kentucky Division of Forestry, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and Kentucky Association of Consulting Foresters, will address woodland health issues, timber sales and working with wildlife biologists and foresters. The seminar will run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 19 and is a great opportunity to make important connections with experts who can help with woodland management.

Jeff Stringer, UK Forestry extension professor for hardwood silviculture and forest operations, will also offer a demonstration on small-scale logging using all-terrain vehicles and tractors. The session will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19. To register for either One Acre at a Time or the small-scale logging session, call the UK Department of Forestry, 859-257-7597. Expo admission is required.

It’s not necessary to be a woodland owner or industry professional to enjoy this year’s expo. Other activities will include chainsaw carving demonstrations, open lumberjack competitions, knuckleboom and skidder contests, log guess, craft displays and a silent auction to benefit the Log a Load for Kids and the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. On both days, woodworking classes taught by UK Forestry’s Bobby Ammerman will offer a chance for attendees to make their own free cutting board or birdhouse. A Critter Tent hosted by Steven Price, assistant professor of wildlife ecology in the UK Department of Forestry, and Blake Newton, extension specialist in the UK Department of Entomology, will have displays of Kentucky reptiles, amphibians, insects and spiders, plus a few insects from other parts of the world, such as tarantulas and giant roaches. Visitors can learn about the critters’ ecology and management as well as about invasive insect species, such as the emerald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid, which threaten Kentucky's trees.

UK Forestry associate extension professor Terry Conners will work his “wood magic” on both days of the expo. Demonstrating the importance of wood in everyday life, Conners will share information about wood properties, musical instruments, forest fires and more in a fun, interactive presentation. Everyone will leave with a wooden bubble blower. He and UK Forestry’s Billy Thomas will also hold a Saturday session on wood and tree identification.

College students from UK, University of Tennessee, West Virginia University and others will be competing in the 2015 Kentucky Wood Expo Conclave Sept. 19. Comprised of 12 events, the conclave has both men’s and women’s competitions for the underhand chop, stock chainsaw, axe-throwing and manual sawing, both single and pairs.

For a full schedule of events Kentucky Forest Industries Association’s website,

MEDIA CONTACT: Carol Lea Spence, 859-257-8324.

Impact Leadership Series Begins Sept. 30 With Info Session

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 10:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2015)  The Impact Leadership Series is right around the corner! This series will take place on Wednesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Oct. 7 through Nov. 18, in White Hall Classroom Building Room 204.

The Impact Leadership Series is a seven-week series where students discover their own leadership style, learn the "5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership" and learn how to apply that knowledge to make an impact on the University of Kentucky and greater community.

An Impact Info Session will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in White Hall Classroom Building Room 204 for students to find out more information about the series and hear from previous participants about their experiences in the program. Free dinner will be provided at the info session!

The Impact Leadership Series has been a major success in previous years.  Participants spoke volumes about last year's series.  The following provides some feedback offered by last year's participants:

·       "The series was great! It really helped me learn about myself. I honestly feel that I can help others better.”

·       "My behavior, my demeanor and my attitude will reflect what I’ve learned here in any given situation.”

·       “My biggest takeaway is the characteristics that are essential to being a good leader. The series sharpened my leadership skills.”

The Impact Leadership Series will include the following:

·       Exclusive access to the Leadership Practices Inventory - an online assessment to determine your best leadership practice

•           A Student Leadership Challenge workbook that will be used throughout the series

•           A certificate of completion at the end of the seven weeks

•           Free dinner during the first informational session 

This program is free and there are only 25 spots availableSign up today through OrgSync by using your LinkBlue log in.

For questions, please contact Leslie Pedigo at

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

TEDxUKY Seeking Speakers From University, Community

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 10:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2015)  TEDxUKY is now seeking applications for those interested in speaking at its conference Oct. 28. 

“We're thrilled to have TEDxUKY back for a second year and hope to build on all of the progress made in 2014," said Nick Aerni, the executive director for the conference. "We believe not only that TEDxUKY can provide a powerful experience to Lexington, but that the Lexington and University of Kentucky community can leave its mark on the titan of idea sharing that TED has become."

Anyone who has an idea worth sharing is encouraged to apply to speak at the conference. Once the deadline to apply has passed, the TEDxUKY Executive Team will field the responses and invite the top 15 applicants to audition in person.  From that pool of applicants, six to eight speakers will be selected to give their talk at the conference.

TEDxUKY will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Marksbury Building on UK’s campus.  The conference is open to students and members of the Lexington community.  Tickets will be available in the coming weeks.

Follow TEDxUKY on Twitter or like its Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the latest TEDxUKY news.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading.  What started as a conference in California 26 years ago has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.  TEDx, similarly, is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. 

The deadline to apply to be a speaker at TEDxUKY is Monday, Sept. 21.  To apply, click here.

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

Muscular Dystrophy Association Funds ALS Research at UK

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 17:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2015) — The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) awarded Haining Zhu, a professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, a three-year, $300,000 grant to study the underlying mechanisms of ALS.

In an effort to accelerate treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases, the MDA distributed $10 million in grants this summer to scientists conducting significant research on muscular dystrophy, ALS and other muscle-debilitating diseases. Zhu’s research seeks to understand the mutations of the Fused in Sarcoma (FUS) gene, which is a known cause of ALS. He was one of 36 international researchers — and the only researcher in Kentucky — selected for MDA funding.

Zhu and his laboratory team will use MDA funding to build upon recent findings in the study of FUS protein modification and dysfunction occurring in ALS patients. At the cellular level, aberrant modifications of the FUS protein result in toxicity and neuronal death, which ultimately leads to ALS. Zhu and his collaborator Dr. Jianhang Jia, who is also a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, and other colleagues are testing whether inhibiting the modification will reverse the effect by reducing toxicity and preventing neuronal death.

Zhu graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China. He received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2000 and joined the University of Kentucky in 2002.

“We are grateful that MDA is willing to support this research in the early stages of development,” Zhu said. “This grant will enable us to build upon these initial findings to better understand the disease and to develop future therapies.”

MDA is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of people with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, ALS and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. The MDA has contributed to 30 clinical trials in the past year alone for novel drugs and other therapies aimed at treating a broad spectrum of neuromuscular diseases.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

Eat Well, Live Well Event Will Showcase Campus Health and Wellness Services

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 14:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2015) — As a part of University Health Service's (UHS) Wellness Week, University of Kentucky Dining along with UHS will host an event — Eat Well, Live Well — to showcase UK's campus health and wellness and sustainability services and offerings.

Eat Well, Live Well will be staged on the Rose Street walkway outside of the Mining and Minerals Building from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16.                   

UK students and employees who attend the event will receive an event passport that acts as an entry to a drawing at the end of the event. During the event, participants are encouraged to visit each sponsored table and receive a stamp from each campus partner.

Participants who receive a stamp on their passport from each campus partner will be entered into a drawing for $50 in Flex.

This event will include campus partners from UK Dining, Johnson Center Recreation, Student Dietetic & Nutrition Association (SDNA), UK Health and Wellness, Work Life, UHS and the Kinesiology and Health Promotion Club (KHP Club).

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

Video Shows Future of New $175 Million UK Student Center

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 13:43

LEXINGTON, Ky.  (Sept. 15, 2015) — The University of Kentucky has released a video depicting the future of the UK Student Center.

The UK Student Center is a $175 million, 360,000-square-foot building designed to be the heart of the university community. With a dedicated student organization space, Visitor Center, Martin Luther King Center, Blue Box Theater, Senate chambers, a social staircase, residential and retail dining, outdoor social spaces, a 650-seat Cinema, two large multi-use ballrooms, and a fitness complex, the UK Student Center will serve as the ‘living room’ of campus.

“We are committed to creating a Student Center that does just that: provides a community-gathering venue that serves as a welcoming respite for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors,” said Eric Monday, executive vice president of finance and administration.

The video displays all these services in graphic design animation.

Dedicated Student Org Space.  Students said they want more space for their student organization offices — spaces like the Center for Community Outreach, the Student Activities Board and Student Government. The new Student Center will provide a dedicated area for these offices, with more space than the previous facility. 

Visitor Center. A beautiful new Visitor Center will be located off of the skywalk leading from Parking Structure #5, allowing prospective students and families to enter this area immediately when they arrive on our campus. The plan is that prospective students will look around as they enter the building and say “wow…this is where I need to be.”

Martin Luther King Center. The Martin Luther King Center will be located at the heart of the building. It will house cultural heritage information, program and educational support functions, as well as social and cultural development areas.

Blue Box Theater. A 250 variable seat “Blue Box Theater” will be equipped with state of the art technology, making it flexible for all kinds of performances from recitals, to concerts, to experimental theater and performance art, to dinner theaters.  It will be a remarkable and innovative space.

Senate Chambers. An 80+ seat, high-tech senate chamber, equipped with video technology, roll-call voting and individual microphones will create an ideal space for Student Government functions and University Senate meetings, among other events.

Social Staircase. Located in the center of the building and inspired by the limestone creek and riverbeds, a huge social staircase will serve as an ideal space to see and be seen in the Student Center. This staircase will allow students to socialize, relax and converse in this area. The contours will resemble the bed of a “river of knowledge” flowing through the building.

Residential and Retail Dining. The residential dining area will accommodate more than 600 people, and will provide a large fresh food area. Retail dining options like Subway, Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, Greens to Go, Starbucks and other favorites will also be included.

Outdoor Social Spaces.  On all sides of the new and reimagined Student Center there will be outdoor social spaces for dining, informal programs, and socializing.  The outdoor spaces will interact seamlessly with space inside the Student Center in a very transparent way, so the outside becomes an active part of the Student Center.

Fitness Complex. Alumni Gym will be completely rebuilt inside the historic walls of the facility.  It will house cardio equipment, group fitness rooms, free weights, and other state-of-the-art fitness equipment.  Staff will be available to assist with health, wellness and exercise program planning and execution.

Carol Martin "Bill" Gatton, UK benefactor and Board of Trustees member, donated $20 million to the student center project in 2014, the single largest gift in UK’s history.

“I am a son of Kentucky, and I believe deeply in higher education,” Gatton said. “I believe deeply in what this university — the University of Kentucky — means to my native state. By investing in the students at the University of Kentucky, I am investing in Kentucky's future."

Planning and construction of the new UK Student Center began in summer 2014, and is expected to be completed by January 2018. Today, the final phase of demolition to the 1963 addition begins; however, the university is committed to preserving historic parts of the original student center, such as the entrance to Alumni Gym (as seen in the video), and honoring past student leaders on campus through artwork within the facility.

"This is a truly exciting time for UK students, and the entire University of Kentucky community,” said John Herbst, executive director of the Student Center.  “This major transformation of the UK Student Center will enhance the quality of student life in ways never before imagined.  The facility will set a new standard in building a university-centered learning environment and sense of UK pride in community building. It will become the legacy of current students for future generations of Wildcats decades into the future.  We hope you enjoy this video glimpse into the future!"

Currently, the UK Student Center services have been relocated to other areas on campus, such as dining and student services in Bowman’s Den, the temporary Bookstore on Lexington Avenue behind the Joe Craft Center and student center offices in Blazer Hall. Click here for a full list of relocated services.

For updates on the Student Center renovation, visit

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

Call for Proposals! Lead UK Conference is Looking for Workshop Proposals

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 12:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2015) — The fourth annual student leadership conference called Lead UK, presented by the Leadership Exchange in the University of Kentucky Office of Student Involvement, needs volunteers to lead worshops and present topic proposals. Any student, faculty or staff member who has a passion for helping students further their leadership skills is urged to take this opportunity to submit a proposal for a workshop session at the Lead UK Conference. 

This conference is focused on students who want to further their leadership skills, and workshops are expected to enhance this mission.  Some topic ideas are, but not limited to:

·      Building partnerships/collaboration

·      Leadership styles

·      Visioning and goal-setting

·      Diversity and inclusion

·      Organizational leadership (i.e. leading teams, managing a budget, event-planning, running effective meetings, etc.)

Workshop opportunities are available to students, faculty and staff. The conference will be held Saturday, Oct. 24. Workshops can be presented in one of two different time slots of either 11 a.m. to noon or 1 to 2 p.m. Applications are due Sept. 25. Applicants will be notified by Oct. 2 if their proposal is accepted. This conference is free for all students, faculty, and staff.

The workshop proposal form is online and can be accessed by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Pedigo at or 859-257-3005.

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

UK Students Among First Recipients of SEC Dr Pepper Education Abroad Awards

Sun, 09/13/2015 - 23:10

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Sept. 14, 2015) — Twenty-eight students representing each Southeastern Conference university will study abroad during the 2015-16 academic year, the result of a contribution to the league by Dr Pepper. The longtime SEC corporate sponsor allocated $100,000 to the conference to provide study abroad opportunities for high achieving SEC students with demonstrated financial need who represent nontraditional study abroad participants.

Two students from each university are recipients. From the University of Kentucky, Adam Creamer, an environmental science major, will travel to Costa Rica, and Rockia Harris, a gender and women's studies major, will travel to South Africa.

“We are enthused to expand upon the SEC’s commitment to education by giving deserving students a chance to study abroad through the SECU academic initiative,” Jaxie Alt, senior vice president of marketing for Dr Pepper said when the program was established. “Dr Pepper has continued to fund one-of-a-kind dreams since 2008 through our tuition giveaway program, and now we are able to support the great work the SEC is doing.”

Each SEC university identified two students to participate in a faculty-led program occurring during either the summer, fall or spring terms. Funds will also be provided to selected students for the 2016-17 academic year.

“Increasing the amount and type of education abroad opportunities available to SEC students has been an SECU goal for more than a decade,” said Torie Johnson, executive director of the SECU Academic Initiative. “It’s exciting to know that thanks to Dr Pepper’s generosity, more SEC students than ever will have a life-changing experience in another part of the world.”

SECU was established in 2005 as the SEC Academic Consortium, and one of its original focal points was education abroad. In response, the consortium secured an Institute for Study Abroad Foundation grant to provide scholarships for SEC students to study at Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland. In addition, by utilizing a cooperative agreement, students from SEC universities now have access to programs offered at other SEC universities. Finally, the SEC also has a partnership with the Politecnico di Torino which gives SEC engineering students the opportunity to study in Torino, Italy, each spring.

Below is the list of SEC students, their universities, majors and destinations abroad.

Student                                                            Major                                       Destination

Brittany Groves, University of Alabama              History                               Germany

Joshua Harvey, University of Alabama               Interdisciplinary Studies    Semester at Sea  

Britney Washington, University of Arkansas       Chemical Engineering       Belize

Tevin Whitney, University of Arkansas                Social Work                      France

Isabella Premont, Auburn University                    Engineering                       China

James Sims, Auburn University                           Psychology                       Spain

Pearl Hanna, University of Florida                       Interior Design                   Czech Republic

Claudia Lievano, University of Florida                 Telecommunication           India

Aaron Kask, University of Georgia                       International Affairs          Germany

Attiyya Skeete, University of Georgia                   Biology                             Japan

Adam Creamer, University of Kentucky               Environmental Science   Costa Rica

Rockia Harris, University of Kentucky                  Gender & Women’s Studies  South Africa

Jaude’ Petrie, Louisiana State University             Biological Sciences          France

Nelson Williams, Louisiana State University         Classical Civilizations       Netherlands

Kenedi Hobson, University of Mississippi             Communication DisordersTanzania

Austin Powell, University of Mississippi                 Public Policy & Leadership Spain

Brandon Baxter, Mississippi State University        Chemical Engineering     Germany

Karissa Logan, Mississippi State University          Human Sciences             Italy

Stevie Winingear, University of Missouri               Anthropology                   Greece

Kenny Yang, University of Missouri                       Elementary Education    India

Sidney Cutter, University of South Carolina          International Studies        South Korea

Harrison Howell, University of South Carolina      Computer Science          Japan

William Burks, University of Tennessee                Biological Sciences         Spain

Nichole Stevens, University of Tennessee            Communication               England

Mitchell Parma, Texas A&M University                  Biomedical Sciences     Costa Rica

Kayla Villarreal, Texas A&M University                  Visualization                   Italy

Jason Miller, Vanderbilt University                         Biomedical Engineering  Australia

Hannah Stack, Vanderbilt University                      Latin American Studies  Chile  

Tech Entrepreneur, Owner of Sacramento Kings Speaks at Gatton This Morning

Sun, 09/13/2015 - 22:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2015)Vivek Ranadivé, founder of Teknekron Software Systems and TIBCO Software Inc. and owner of the Sacramento Kings NBA team, will speak at the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics at 10 a.m. today, Monday Sept. 14, in the Kincaid Auditorium in the Gatton Building.

The campus community is invited to attend.

Ranadivé will speak on "Emerging Technologies that will define the Future of Business."  His data system was deployed as the first platform for Wall Street trading technology, and his software powers most trading floors today.  TIBCO has expanded that work to  other industries including retail clients, governments, financial institutions, tech companies, and major sports teams.

Education Abroad Opportunities To Be Showcased at Annual Fall Fair

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 15:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2015) — University of Kentucky Education Abroad (UK EA) is hosting the annual Fall Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Buell Armory on UK's campus. This event is open to all students, faculty and staff who are interested in learning more about education abroad at UK.

The annual Fall Fair is the first and biggest event of the year for UK EA. This kick-off event provides students an opportunity to explore the international academic programs offered by UK EA and partner providers.

This year the fair will highlight education abroad programs within each college so students can easily access program options relevant to their academic interests. The colleges will feature each department’s major advising pages (MAPs) so that students can discuss their education abroad goals with a representative from their college. New education abroad programs available specifically to UK students, such as Blue Grass Down Under and First Year Seminar in London, will also be introduced at the fair.

“For some students, our Fall Fair is the first exposure they have to Education Abroad,” said Austin Hughes, UK EA promotion and outreach coordinator. “Our goal is to make international education less daunting.”

Other campus resources such as the Office of Student Financial Aid, Wildcat Passport Services and National Student Exchange will be available to share their services and answer student’s questions. In addition to these informational resources, fun awaits! Students will be able to enjoy candy, popcorn, receive free T-shirts and take part in a UK EA photo booth.

Education Abroad at the University of Kentucky is a unit of the International Center. Its primary responsibility is to facilitate high quality, academically sound and experientially rich study abroad, research abroad and intern abroad programs for University of Kentucky students. More information about the International Center can be found at

Connect with Education Abroad at Visit 315 Bradley Hall to talk with an Education Abroad Peer Ambassador, email or call (859) 257-4067 for more information.

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


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