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UK Pediatric Palliative Care Provider Chosen to Lead AAHPM Group

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 17:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015) — UK Health Care pediatrician Dr. Lindsay B. Ragsdale was recently elected as chair of the Pediatric Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine (AAHPM).

Ragsdale is the associate director of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), which serves families of seriously ill children at Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH). PACT focuses on improving quality of life, communicating health information to families and managing pain for patients in many sections of the hospital. In addition, Ragsdale serves as a pediatric hospitalist at KCH and assistant professor of pediatrics.

A member of the AAHPM for three years, Ragsdale assumes a leadership role in the national association as a relatively young practitioner. In this role, she hopes to facilitate the continued growth pediatric palliative care services within the medical profession.

"We are seeing a change of tide in leadership, and I feel very humbled," Ragsdale said.  "I hope our generation can help take on this task of making pediatric palliative care more available."

Ragsdale acquired her medical degree in 2006 at the University of Kentucky and afterward completed a pediatric residency at UK. She completed a fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia before returning to UK HealthCare in 2013. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and also board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

UK Hosts 100 International Fulbright Students For Global Health Seminar

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 14:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015)  The University of Kentucky International Center hosted 100 Fulbright students from 55 different countries for the 2015 Fulbright Global Health Innovations Seminar from February 25 to March 1.

As one of the Fulbright Program’s enrichment activities, the seminar supported the Fulbright Program’s overall mission – “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” said Lana Muck, deputy director of the U.S. Department of State.

Fulbright students, who study public health and related areas in the U.S., attended a variety of events during the seminar. Muck said this seminar helped Fulbright students get a better understanding of American culture.

“Through this enrichment seminar, Fulbright students developed a better understanding of contemporary U.S. life and culture, as well as policy formulation and important global public health issues,” Muck said.

Thomas Mohren, a student from the Netherlands, who is pursuing a Master of Science degree on insect flight at the University of Washington in Seattle, said the seminar was about networking and learning about different cultures.

“The most interesting thing for me was meeting with people from all over the world,” Mohren said. “Not just talking about global health related issues, but also how life is in other countries.”

Rama Dhenni, a student from Indonesia, who studies immunology at the University of Cincinnati, said participating in this seminar was a beneficial experience.

“I learned a lot about the problems of global health, and how we can be involved to solve those problems,” Dhenni said.

Muck said UK was selected among a wide range of colleges and universities across the nation. She said UK did a good job hosting the event.

“The Fulbright Program invited a diverse group of colleges and universities to submit proposals to host the Global Health Innovations seminar. In selecting our seminar host sites, we look for the most comprehensive and innovative proposals,” Muck said. “The University of Kentucky did a good job reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of global health and drawing on faculty and students across the university’s many colleges.”

The Seminar is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton and Blair Hoover; (859) 323-2395; 

UK Engineering Senior Helps Design a Future for Ugandan Students

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:49

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015) — "Despite how challenging of a major or career it is, it's worth it to me because I know it's going to make other people's lives better," said Jonathan Kellogg, a senior at the University of Kentucky.

The path he chose: civil engineering, which affects everyone, every day (think about the pavement you drive on, the water you drink, the air you breathe).  

It's true — civil engineers are responsible for shaping the society around them and have made modern lifestyles possible, and are still working to improve conditions for others around the world. Kellogg, not yet graduated, has already begun to channel his skills and education into advancing the lives of others. 

He journeyed to the Ugandan cities of Kampala and Jinja in the fall of 2014, where he spent the semester not only gaining hands-on experience as a soon-to-be engineer, but also devoting himself to a greater mission: laying the groundwork for the Amazima Academy, eventually educating hundreds of Ugandan students.

"To be able to work and knowing that all the hours I was spending in AutoCAD, our software for drafting the design work, knowing that those designs would one day be built and that eight to 900 children — who would not otherwise have had an education — would be able to have that. It's a tremendous privilege," Kellogg said.

A large-scale project ($6-$7 million), the Amazima Christian boarding school will provide education to secondary students, focused on problem solving, creative thinking and the entrepreneurial skills necessary for students to better themselves and their families after graduation. Still in its early stages of development, the organization has utilized volunteers from abroad to design plans for the campus.

Kellogg, who views civil engineering as a public service, completed his trip through Engineering Ministries International, a nonprofit Christian development organization comprising architects, engineers and design professionals who donate their skills to help children and families around the world. Still enrolled as a full-time student and earning credit for his work in Uganda, Kellogg also received scholarships from the UK College of Engineering that helped fund his trip.

Although it was an opportunity that no doubt offered unique professional experiences to Kellogg, he personally viewed it more as a mission trip, following in his grandparents footsteps who served as missionaries in Kenya. "My faith was the main motivator," he said.

But his education and experience also helped him succeed in a variety of tasks — some that may seem to have little impact in the U.S., but are significant improvements in the East African country. Kellogg drafted the site utility plan and electrical and plumbing plans, created a water distribution model, and designed the wastewater treatment system, among other responsibilities.

"The wastewater was a unique situation because there was no municipal city wastewater line to tap into. So all of that has to be treated on site and that was a big responsibility for me towards the end," Kellogg said. "It was probably the most intense part of the project…figuring out how to treat all of this wastewater for 800 students, plus however many faculty."

Not only was the scope of the project intense, but so too was the impact. Without the system, contaminated water and soil could cause illnesses ranging from viral gastroenteritis to cholera. According to World Health Organization data, 2 million annual deaths are attributable to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. As organizations around the world continue their efforts to reduce that number, the plans Kellogg worked on are especially important for the success of the school. 

"As a school and as a country, as they develop, there needs to be a change in the mindset of people…structures and roads need to support clean water and an effective wastewater system," Kellogg said.  

But Kellogg realizes the change has to be a realistic improvement for it to be lasting. Take, for example, his plans for pit latrines, instead of western plumbing systems.

"These children, you know, they don't grow up with toilets and luxuries of the Western world, so for them, actually, this is a huge step up. We have the capabilities, the funds, engineering expertise to create very Western accommodations for them, but that isn’t the mission of the school.

"They don't want to just take these kids from a third-world country and kind of box them into this very Western living style, then try to educate them and then reinstate them back into the community where they would feel almost alien to," he said.

Instead, the goal of the project is to come alongside the local community, joining them in the process of development. And that's just what Kellogg did, contributing more than just his engineering expertise.

He also personally served those in need around the community. On Saturdays, he ventured into neighborhoods where he and others would reach out to orphans — feeding them, teaching scripture and playing games with them. 

After returning to the U.S., Kellogg realized how beneficial it is to study engineering here, having more expertise to bring to the table when working in developing nations. Every country has a different climate, soil types and engineering problems, but that fundamental base of engineering education is essential, he said.

The civil engineering senior is also pursuing a master's in business administration at UK after he graduates, but his goal isn't necessarily to become a CEO or to revamp an entire third-world nation; he says it is to simply live his life "with excellence and to serve wherever I am, however I can."

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

UK College of Engineering Hosting Biomedical Research Day

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015) – Exhibiting the convergence of medicine, biology and engineering to deliver health care solutions, and as part of the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) 10th Annual Spring Conference, the UK College of Engineering will host its Biomedical Research Day Wednesday, March 25, at the Lexington Convention Center.

"Biomedical engineering is an important and growing research area for our college," said John Walz, dean of the College of Engineering. "Each of our departments has faculty working on biomedical-related problems, so it is also highly interdisciplinary."

"The CCTS Spring Conference offers a great opportunity to showcase the College of Engineering biomedical research activities," said David Puleo, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. "The college has a history of collaboration, dating back to the 1950s, in which engineering principles are directed at problems in human health. These activities ultimately led to establishment of the Center for Biomedical Engineering (the forerunner to the department) 30 years ago this summer. We appreciate this occasion for the student, postdoctoral, and faculty investigators from the college to present their ongoing research projects." 

The event will feature Peter Ma, the Richard H Kingery Endowed Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan, as the keynote speaker. Ma, a professor in the departments of biologic and materials sciences, biomedical engineering, and materials science and engineering, will deliver his lecture, "Engineering 3D Microenvironments for Regeneration,” at 1:30 p.m.

Ma is a worldwide expert in the design and testing of multiscaled biomimetic materials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. Named one of the Top 100 materials scientists in the world (2000-2010) by Thomson Reuters in 2011, Ma is an inventor of 28 U.S. patents and patent applications, has published more than 200 articles and has received numerous awards.

In his presentation, Ma will describe biomaterials engineering strategies for creating niches in which cells are directed to differentiate and generate functional tissues. 

Following Ma's lecture, three biomedical engineering experts from the UK College of Engineering will present their research from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Brad Berron, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, will present, “Selective Cellular Encapsulation for High Purity Cell Populations.” Berron will describe an entirely new approach to cellular sorting based on the selective deposition of a protective coating on a cell and the destruction of all unprotected cells.

Guoqiang Yu, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, will present, “Near-infrared Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy and Tomography of Deep Tissue

Hemodynamics and Metabolism.” Yu will review the development history of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), NIR diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS), and the combination of NIRS and DCS, and recent applications in animals and humans.

Todd Hastings, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will present, "An Optical Intraocular Pressure Monitoring System for Improved Glaucoma Management.” Elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) is a primary cause, risk factor and treated parameter for glaucoma. However, infrequent IOP measurements in an ophthalmologist’s office remain insufficient to fully manage the disease. Hastings will present an implantable optical IOP sensor that enables long-term monitoring while reducing size, complexity and risk compared to electronic sensors currently under development. 

A poster session, including the student poster competition, will follow the research presentations from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

For more information about the CCTS 10th Annual Spring Conference, visit

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

Upcoming Faculty Workshops for International Fulbright Program

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2015)  The University of Kentucky ranks highly for the number of faculty conducting groundbreaking work on the international stage through the Fulbright Program. In the past three years, more than 20 UK faculty members have been awarded Fulbright Scholar grants.

Gary Garrison, who operates Global Fellowship Advising and Resources, advised many of the successful Fulbright recipients. Garrison was employed for 33 years at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, administering Fulbright Scholar Programs for the Middle East/North Africa and South/Central Asia.  

“The University of Kentucky often ranks in the top 10 among research institutions for the number of faculty Fulbright recipients,” said Beth Barnes, interim assistant provost for internationalization. “Our hope is that these workshops will continue to build off of this great work and provide our faculty with more opportunities with the prestigious Fulbright Program.”

To help continue this success, Garrison will return in March to conduct workshops and to meet privately with interested applicants.  His workshops will take place on the following dates:

Monday, March 23, in the W. T. Young Library, Alumni Gallery

9:30-10:30 a.m., Workshop

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Individual consultations

1-2 p.m., Workshop

2-5 p.m., Individual consultations

Tuesday, March 24, in the Plant Sciences Building

10-11 a.m., Workshop (Cameron Williams Auditorium)

12:30-3 p.m., Individual consultations (Room 460)

Garrison will discuss the Core Fulbright Scholar program and the Fulbright Specialist Program.

The Core Fulbright Scholar program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The 2015-16 competition opened Feb. 1 and closes Aug. 1.

The Fulbright Specialist Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter grant lengths give Specialists greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional goals. There is a rolling deadline for these competitions.

Alan Fryar, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, was recently awarded a Fulbright for his research in Fez, Morocco.

“The Fulbright workshop I attended was really worthwhile,” said Fryar. “I gained insight into how the review panels work and personalized guidance about the organization and content of my application.”

To schedule an appointment, please contact:

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton and Blair Hoover; (859) 323-2395;

UK Dining Offers Faculty and Staff Appreciation Meal

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 09:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015) — University of Kentucky Dining is extending its gratitude toward the university's faculty and staff. In recognition for all that faculty and staff do throughout campus, UK Dining is offering a discounted meal at Blazer and Commons. Today, Friday, March 13, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy lunch for only $3 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in UK's all-you-can-eat restaurants.  

Blazer Café is located on north campus on South Martin Luther King Boulevard in Blazer Hall; Commons Market is located in the Kirwan/Blanding Complex on south campus. The all-you-can-eat restaurants feature numerous interactive and dynamic food stations that offer a variety of choices, such as omelets, grilled options, pizza, pasta, deli selections, desserts, a salad bar and more.  Each station has its own theme and offers a mix of traditional foods as well as leading-edge selections.

UK Dining offers faculty and staff the opportunity to save money through a variety of meal options and access to all of the restaurants and convenience stores on campus.

The three plans include:

·    The 20 Block Plan, which includes 20 all-you-care-to-eat meals at Blazer Café and Commons Market for $110, at approximately $5.50 per meal. Any extra meals roll over to the next semester and do not expire. This plan offers the most amount of food for the money.

·    The 10 Block Plan, which includes 10 all-you-care-to-eat meals at Blazer Café and Commons Market for $110 (approximately $6 per meal) and $50 flex. The meals and flex dollars for faculty/staff do not expire and will roll over.

·    The All Flex Dollars Plan, which includes $200 flex for $170. Flex can be used at all campus cafés, restaurants and convenience stores.

Meals on the 20- and 10- block plans may also be used for Wildcat Deals at select restaurants. At select restaurants, faculty and staff can also receive an additional $1 off food purchases of $5 or more with a faculty/staff ID (excludes combos, national brands and convenience stores).      

UK Dining is committed to providing the UK community a broad selection of great tasting, healthy food and beverages. Menus are created by experienced chefs who have a passion for food. Kentucky Proud products are also used throughout campus to provide wholesome, locally grown food.

Visit the UK Dining website to learn more about faculty and staff meal plans.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton and Blair Hoover, (859) 323-2395;

Report on Women's Economic Status Reveals Earnings Are Worse or Unchanged

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 17:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 12, 2015) — A report released today by the Institute for Women's Policy Research reveals that in nearly half of all U.S. states, women's economic status has either worsened or remained unchanged in the last decade. Kentucky ranks in the bottom third. 

If progress continues at the current rate, the average gap between U.S. women's and men's wages will not close until 2058 — but will take about 15 years longer in Kentucky.

"The Status of Women in the States: 2015 Employment and Earnings" used data from U.S. government and other sources to measure working women's economic status in each state, including the District of Columbia (which ranks as the best place for women's employment and earnings). TK Logan, professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Behavioral Science and the Center on Drug & Alcohol Research, serves on the national advisory committee of the project.

"The Institute for Women’s Policy Research is working on reports on the status of women in several areas including political participation, social and economic autonomy, health and well-being, work-family balance, and violence and safety," said Logan. "The Employment and Earnings report is the first in the data series to be released. States were ranked based on performance in four areas including median annual earning for women who work full time, gender earnings ratio for full-time workers, women’s labor force participation, and the percent of employed women who work in managerial or professional occupations."

The report also notes discrepancies among women of different ages, races/ethnicities, and educational levels. Women over 65 make just 72.5 cents for every dollar a man makes (compared with 78 cents overall for women) and Hispanic women's median annual income earnings are the lowest at $28,000 (compared to $38,000 for women overall). At all but one educational level, women earn the same or less than men who have lower educational attainment. For example, a woman with a bachelor's degree has the same annual earnings as a man with only an associate's degree. Women in southern states, including Kentucky, are worse off than women in other states. Six of the bottom 10 states for women's employment and earnings are in the south.

Logan pointed out that while women still make less than men, there have been some improvements, especially for women ages 16-35.

"Some states have begun to tackle this issue with passing statutes to address the gender wage gap," said Logan. "When women earn more, it is good for children, families, communities and businesses."

The Institute for Women's Policy Research has published reports on women's earning statuses since 1996 that have been used to highlight women's progress and the obstacles they continue to face. The reports aim to educate the public on such issues, and encourage policy and programmatic changes to improve opportunities for women. 

To view the full report, visit

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

Gaines Fellowship Awarded to 12 UK Scholars

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 16:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 12, 2015)   The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has chosen 12 outstanding undergraduates as new scholars for the university's Gaines Fellowship Program for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years. Gaines Fellowships are given in recognition of outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, an interest in public issues and a desire to enhance understanding of the human condition through the humanities.

Gaines Fellowships are awarded for the tenure of a student's junior and senior years, or for the last two years of a five-year program; students in all disciplines and with any intended profession are given equal consideration.

UK's 12 new Gaines Fellows are:

All Gaines Fellows are required to take a specially designed, four-credit hour per semester seminar in the humanities during both semesters of their junior year. In addition, each junior fellow must complete a jury project, planning and optionally carrying out an improvement for a local community. In the senior year, each fellow must complete a major independent study project of six to 15 credit hours. At the conclusion of this project, a thesis paper must be submitted and defended in front of a thesis committee of three university faculty members and the director of the Gaines Center.

In addition to the course requirements, Gaines Fellows enjoy a rich program of field trips, lectures, and other activities designed to widen and deepen their educational experience.

The students chosen as Gaines Fellows are excited for the incredible experience the fellowship will bring them. "To say that I am elated concerning my selection as a Gaines Fellow would be an understatement," Hannah Latta said. "I feel incredibly blessed to be given this opportunity to be immersed in the humanities and to connect to the Gaines Fellowship in the Humanities. I knew the program would allow me to realize this aspiration."

Founded in 1984 by a generous gift from John and Joan Gaines, the Gaines Center for the Humanities functions as a laboratory for imaginative and innovative education on UK's campus. Part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the center is devoted to cultivating an appreciation of the humanities in its students and faculty. The center embraces varied paths of knowledge and particularly strives to integrate creative work with traditional academic learning.

UK Analytics and Technologies Renews Contract With IT Research Firm

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 13:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 12, 2015) — University of Kentucky Analytics and Technologies (UKAT) has renewed the university's contract with Gartner, Inc., which provides technology research to help make informed decisions on key information technology (IT) initiatives.

In addition to research, Gartner's products and services include contract review, IT key metric data, and peer networking on topics such as change management, project management and security. 

UK students, faculty and staff can benefit from exploring the research information offered as UKAT system engineers Steve Stanley and John Walker recently completed a new interface to the Gartner website, which provides easy access using a link blue username and password. The website introduces best practice methods, cloud migrations and higher education perspectives on topics from eLearning to networking.

With 60,000 clients, Gartner, producing thousands of pages of research every year. The company employs over 900 expert analysts to provide information based on vendor briefings, consultants, as well as professional advice on how to make a company thrive in any industry. 

Slaymaker Translates Hideo's New Book on Words Without Borders

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 17:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) — Excerpts from Doug Slaymaker’s translation of Furukawa Hideo’s latest book “Horses, Horses, in the Innocence of Light” will be published on the online journal Words Without Borders today and Thursday.

The publication is in commemoration of the 3.11 earthquake/tsunami/meltdown disasters four years ago today. The book is the account of how one man, one nation endured an unbearable tragedy. Written in reverse chronology, it begins exactly one month after the magnitude 9 underwater earthquake spawned deadly tsunamis and a nuclear power plant meltdown. It is the distillation of a witness’s narrative of a disaster that killed nearly 16,000, moved the main island of Japan eight feet eastward, and shifted the Earth on its axis as much as 10 inches.

Words Without Borders’ introduction praises Slaymaker’s work: “The translation tries to preserve the herky-jerky, unprocessed feel, the overwhelmed and overwhelming emotional space created by the narrative. The excerpt preserves the convoluted flows of time, the intertwined story lines, the kinship with magical realism.” 

Slaymaker is a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences Japan Studies program.

Hideo wrote the screenplay for the documentary “True Songs” which will be shown with free admission at 7 p.m. today at the Kentucky Theatre on Main Street, downtown Lexington. The film is a record of song, oral narrative and spoken word performances staged in the years since the March 11, 2011, disaster. The film provides not only a documentary of the performance’s history, but a record of the performance itself and a record of life in post-3.11 Japan.

Slaymaker supplied the subtitles for the film and described it as “a compelling rendition of a powerful stage piece performed by some of contemporary Japan’s most important voices. It is also a remix of one of the most loved of Japanese tales, Miyazawa’s ‘Milky Way Railroad.’”

College of Public Health to Host Occupational Safety Meeting

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 16:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) — The Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center, housed at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, will host the fourth annual meeting of the Southeastern States Occupational Network (SouthON) on April 16-17 at the Hilton in downtown Lexington. 

The event features presentations from occupational injury and illness experts from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in addition to other worker groups and organizations within the southeast region.

Discussions during the meeting will address topics such as worker safety interventions, occupational fatality surveillance, Ebola and emergency responder health monitoring, heat-related illnesses and more. There is no registration fee for the two-day meeting. Excursions are also planned before and after the event for those who wish to participate at their own cost.

For more information and online registration, visit SouthON 2015 Registration. Please call (859) 323-6836 with any questions.


CNP Answers Employers' Call for Academic and Practical Experiences

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 16:54
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) — Undergraduate student preparedness has long been a topic of concern among higher education institutions and remains at the forefront of University of Kentucky’s agenda. UK strives to graduate students with the skills needed to successfully enter their field of work. and efforts are continually made to improve levels of preparedness.

Two recent studies by the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU) found disconnects between what employers want and the skills recent graduates can provide. For example, the CLA found that 40 percent of graduating seniors lacked key critical thinking and analytical skills — skills highly valued by potential employers. The AACU found 91 percent of employers believe that for career success, a student’s ability to think critically, to communicate clearly, and to solve complex problems were more important than his or her major. 

Research and conversations such as this drove the University of Kentucky to develop the Social Enterprise & Innovation/Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Certificate Program, a non-academic professional certificate that complements all UK majors and minors, providing students with a curriculum designed to better meet these gaps employers and educators have identified. With a balance between academic experience and practical experience, the CNP program directly supports employers’ call for students who work hard on their major, engage in outside-of-the-classroom activities including multiple internships, and take on leadership roles as the best prepared individuals.

CNP is a three-semester program (open to second semester freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) that includes course work (UK 300: Foundations of Social Enterprise & Innovation), participation in a series of workshops led by academics and community leaders, attendance at the Alliance Management Institute national conference, a capstone project, and 300 internship hours with a nonprofit organization.

In just its first semester, CNP has offered the first cohort a wealth of experiences. In preparation for interviewing with local nonprofits in order to begin their 300 internship hours, students participated in a Professional Development/Interviewing Workshop Jan. 25. This workshop welcomed a large number of nonprofit community leaders representing organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Red Cross, 4Kids, Jubilee Jobs, Dress for Success, kNowMore Nonprofits, Kentucky Refugee Ministry, and many others. From this workshop, many CNP students have now accepted internship positions within these organizations.

Today, CNP students will attend the Starting a Nonprofit workshop featuring guest speaker Barb Ellerbrook (from the nonprofit SCORE), along with representatives from Refuge for Women, Community Inspired Solutions, Parent and Family Learning Center, and Youth Golfers Outreach Program as panel participants.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 in room B-24 of the William T. Young Library, CNP will invite the campus community to attend "Barred for Life: A Conversation on Mass Incarceration," featuring speakers from Mission Behind Bars & Beyond, a former prison inmate, and a UK faculty member.

Visit for complete details on all CNP events. 

Beyond the leadership and professional experiences, students who complete the program earn professional credentials through certificate-granting national organization Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. With its combination of classroom work, workshops, and substantial internship experiences, CNP has joined the efforts to create better prepared students and engage in the conversation about what it takes to achieve student success.

For further details about CNP and to apply for the Fall 2015 semester, visit

UK HealthCare to Hold Nurse Recruitment Open House

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 15:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) – Providing exceptional care to patients and families is one of the things the nurses at UK HealthCare do best. To ensure the tradition of excellence, UK HealthCare will hold a nurse recruitment open house for experienced nurses, advanced practice nurses, and recent and upcoming nursing graduates.

Respiratory Therapy and Rehab Services will also be on hand to recruit interested respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistant and occupational therapist assistant candidates. The open house will take place from 5 - 9 p.m. March 12 at UK Chandler Hospital on the ground floor of Pavilion A.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with patient care managers and service directors, physicians and staff nurses at UK HealthCare, including UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital, Eastern State Hospital and UK affiliates from Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center. Nurse Recruiters will be available to answer questions about employment opportunities.

"UK HealthCare is excited to host this upcoming event as we showcase all the great opportunities that await the ideal candidate; along with displaying on-going excellence in evidence-based practice by nurses throughout the enterprise," said Shayne Stratton, UK HealthCare manager, nurse recruitment. "Nurses at UK HealthCare continue to provide excellence ‘to every patient, every time’."

Refreshments will be provided as well as tours of UK's patient care facility and a key opportunity to hear from UK HealthCare Chief Nurse Executive Colleen Swartz. Parking will be available in the hospital parking garage located at 110 Transcript Ave. Parking tickets will be validated at registration.

To RSVP for nursing, visit or for more information, go to

To RSVP for RT and Rehab, visit

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

Voices in Harmony Brings to UK Three of Nation's Best A Capella Groups

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 14:51
The House Jacks in concert with a special appearance by Voices of Legend High School Choir. 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) — Voices in Harmony, a two-day a cappella festival, will culminate with a public concert featuring some of the best a cappella acts in the nation including The House Jacks, Musae and University of Kentucky's own Acoustikats, national finalists on NBC's " The Sing Off" in 2013. The concert, presented by the UK Choirs in association with the A Cappella Educators Association, will begin 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.  

The fifth annual Voices in Harmony A Cappella Festival is making its UK debut after starting at Lexington Catholic High School. The festival has grown each year and has supported the formation and growth of dozens of a cappella groups across the region.

This year more 300 participants from more than 20 local and regional middle schools, high schools, universities and community choirs will experience thrilling performance, dynamic clinics and engaging educational workshops.

A high school group competition will be held as part of the festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Lexington Catholic High School, and will include performances by UK Acoustikats and Paws and Listen, UK's popular female a cappella group.  

The House Jacks is known as “the original rock band without instruments” (San Francisco Chronicle) that creates powerful original music using only their five voices. The band’s vocal innovations laid the groundwork for the current a cappella renaissance, and their music can be heard in the movie “ Pitch Perfect,” on the television show “The Sing Off” (U.S., China, Netherlands and France) and on radio stations around the world. The House Jacks continue to electrify audiences with their pioneering sound, powerful original songs, dynamic versions of popular songs and their incomparable “Human Jukebox,” a popular part of their act where they take requests from the audience. 

Musae singing "Electric Lady" O.P.B. Janelle Monae at the Hong Kong A Cappella Dinner 2014.

Founded in 2011, Musae has gained acclaim performing at a cappella festivals across the nation. As a powerhouse all-female vocal band, Musae shares a fresh and fun sound while playing on their sense of femininity and womanhood. True to the original Latin, these “muses” seek not to just inspire but also breathe new life into the professional vocal scene in the U.S. and abroad. Most of their singers have been prominently featured in groups on NBC’s “The Sing Off.”

Founded in 1993, by Jefferson Johnson as a subsection of the UK Men’s Chorus, the acoUstiKats are the premier all-male a cappella ensemble in the state of Kentucky. Following their success on “The Sing-Off,” the Acoustikats decided to form a professional vocal band following in the footsteps of notable all-male groups like Straight No Chaser and they have performed in countless venues across the U.S. The professional group features current UK students and alumni from the ensemble.

Tickets for the Voices in Harmony concert featuring The House Jacks, Musae and the Acoustikats range from $15-25 with a discount for groups of 15 or more. To purchase tickets, contact the Singletary Center for the Arts box office online at or call 859-257-4929. 

UK Choirs are a part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The choral ensembles have garnered international attention with appearances at Carnegie Hall (New York City), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Mormon Tabernacle (Salt Lake City), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), St. Peter’s Basilica (Rome, Italy) and St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Vienna, Austria). 

For more information on the Voice in Harmony festivities, contact Adam Beeken, at, or visit online at

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

UK, SOAR Advancing Eastern Kentucky Health, Economy

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) — The University of Kentucky and SOAR announced a three-year, more than $300,000 partnership Tuesday as part of UK's ongoing commitment to the health and economy of Eastern Kentucky.

SOAR — Shaping Our Appalachian Region — was established in 2013 by Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers and is designed to address the most significant challenges confronting Appalachian Kentucky in partnership with communities throughout the mountains.

"We are not simply the University of Kentucky. We are the University for Kentucky," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "But we have a particularly close relationship and responsibility with and for communities throughout the Appalachian region. Today's announcement is another tangible expression of our commitment to the region as well as our support of the leadership of Gov. Beshear and Congressman Rogers in this critical effort.

"Like these leaders, we are committed to do even more to help find community solutions to community challenges."

“Better education and better health are vital elements in helping transform the economy and outlook for Eastern Kentucky,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “The university will bring its expertise in both to SOAR. I congratulate UK for taking a leadership role in supporting SOAR and helping support the region’s future.”

“The Governor and I commend the University of Kentucky for partnering with SOAR as a financial supporter and health adviser,” Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen said. “Improving the state’s health is not a task that can be accomplished in months. But through partnerships with SOAR and the University of Kentucky, we now have the opportunity to truly change the future of Kentucky by cementing the health reforms created by the Governor in a way that has a lasting and stable impact.”

UK is the first university and first presenting sponsor for SOAR, said Jared Arnett, SOAR's executive director. The sponsorship will ensure the university's full involvement in Corporate Partner Strategic Meetings, exposure at board meetings, SOAR summits and other events that grow out of the organization's work.

“SOAR is designed to truly transform the future of Eastern Kentucky through hard work, dedication and innovation,” said Congressman Hal Rogers. “I applaud the University of Kentucky for sharing in SOAR's mission by committing funding and expertise that can put the rubber to the road as we develop plans for healthier communities and a more diverse economy."

"The University of Kentucky's Corporate Partnership comes at a pivotal time for Appalachian Kentucky," Arnett said. "As we transition from planning to action, their commitment to the region will provide necessary resources to support our success in creating a brighter economic future for the families across the SOAR region.  We believe SOAR's work is critical for the future of the Appalachian Region, but also for the future of the entire Commonwealth."

Several members of UK's faculty and staff were involved in initial SOAR work groups that studied and produced reports around issues such as health and the economy of the region.

Currently, UK has some 125 individual research projects in Appalachia revolving around the five largest causes of preventable deaths: cancer, heart disease, pulmonary disease, stroke and unintentional deaths such as accidents and drugs.

Capilouto, citing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said there are hundreds of preventable deaths each year in Kentucky. And, in those most intractable of health challenges such as cancer and heart disease, the rate of incidence and death is well above state and national averages.

Capilouto and Arnett said the more formal partnership announced Friday also will ensure that UK works even more closely with SOAR on specific issues of importance to the region, particularly in health care.

Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for health affairs at UK, said UK HealthCare already has strong ties to hospitals and primary care centers throughout Eastern Kentucky. The SOAR partnership will help strengthen those ties and potentially create new avenues for partnership.

UK HealthCare helps strengthen local hospitals so that patients can receive care closer to home. Only patients with the most serious of illnesses are transferred to UK HealthCare and then returned as quickly as possible to home, Karpf said.

"This commitment and formal corporate partnership represents our belief in the future of Eastern Kentucky," Karpf said. "We believe involvement with SOAR is another important step in our efforts to help improve health outcomes, working closely with CDC and the communities of the SOAR area." 

UK Musicians, WUKY DJ Recognized at Lexington Music Awards

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) – Two University of Kentucky faculty musicians and a WUKY DJ took home honors at the first Lexington Music Awards, held Feb. 22, at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington.

Joe Conkwright of WUKY was awarded Best Radio DJ, Kevin Holm-Hudson of the UK School of Music was awarded Best Keyboard and Miles Osland of the UK School of Music was awarded Best Brass/Winds and Best Jazz/World for his band DOJO (DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra).

The idea for the Lexington Music Awards came about from Lexington musician and music teacher, David McLean. McLean intended for the event to be a small gathering, but soon realized that there was much more interest in the event than he originally predicted.

In order to determine the winners of each category, McLean had the public make nominations online. He then narrowed down the votes to the top four candidates per category and then had individual nominees vote on each category to determine the winners.

Joe Conkwright of WUKY won Best Radio DJ. Conkwright has worked as a producer, host and announcer for WUKY since 1998. He currently produces a one-hour show called "Joe's Blues," which airs 8-9 p.m. Mondays and again from 11 p.m.-midnight Fridays. Conkwright can also be heard on 91.3 from noon to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday during "Rock & Roots."

Kevin Holm-Hudson of the UK School of Music was voted Best Keyboard. Holm-Hudson, an associate professor of music theory, has taught at UK since 2000. He holds a doctoral degree in composition (with an ethnomusicology emphasis) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the author of "Genesis and the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" (Ashgate, 2008) and the editor of "Progressive Rock Reconsidered" (Routledge, 2002).

Miles Osland of the UK School of Music was awarded Best Brass/Winds and Best Jazz/World for his band DOJO, created with former UK School of Music professor, Vince DiMartino. Osland has been teaching saxophone at UK since 1989 and currently serves as director of Jazz Studies. Osland holds a master's degree from Eastman School of Music. As a distinguished performing artist, Osland has recorded previously with Sea Breeze Jazz Records. The record company had even submitted some of Osland's pieces for Grammy nominations. 

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

Harrington Edits Nationally Recognized Health Communication Issue

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015)  A special issue of Health Communication was recently published that not only featured five University of Kentucky authors but was also edited by Nancy Harrington, associate dean for research in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky. Health Communication, published by Taylor and Francis, is the premier health journal in the communication discipline.

The special issue of the magazine focused on the 2014 Kentucky Conference on Health Communication (KCHC), of which Harrington is the chair and program planner.  KCHC is supported by a grant through the National Cancer Institute and Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. Four department of Communication faculty members were invited to be preconference speakers and summit manuscripts for rigorous peer review before being included in Health Communication. Harrington, being guest editor for the special issue, was also featured in the magazine with a brief introductory article.

The special issue, which has received national attention, including being listed in the Center for Disease Control's Health Communication Science Digest, focuses on message design. The discipline of communication investigates how people use messages to create understanding and meaning across various contexts, cultures, and channels. Message design considers how messages make an impact.

"We consider the content, format, and structural variations of messages and what impact these variations may have on message effects, such as attitude change of behavior change," said Harrington.

It isn't surprising that UK faculty members were able to play such a vital role in the publication, considering UK has one of the best health communication programs in the nation. The program is supported by nationally and internationally recognized faculty members who are participating in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research to tackle a multitude of health-related problems, such as cancer prevention, oral health promotion, end-of-life decision making, and reduction of hospital readmission rates. This program continues to successfully recruit top master's and doctoral students. In addition, the National Communication Association ranks the program sixth in the nation for applied communication. 

Severe Storms Awareness Month

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) — With March 2015 being designated as Severe Storms Awareness Month, Kentucky  Emergency Management has scheduled the 2015 Statewide Tornado Safety Drill for today, March 10, at approximately 10:07 a.m. EST. The University of Kentucky Police’s Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness will not utilize the campus’s emergency notification system, UK Alert, this year. We do however, want to encourage the campus community to take time today and locate the Storm Shelter nearest your location.

Additionally, please take a moment to review the tornado/severe weather procedures at:  

This also is an optimal time for you to add information to the UK Alert system in order to be adequately alerted in the case of class cancelation, severe weather, and crimes on campus requiring immediate action.  UK Alert email messages are automatically sent to all personnel with a email address, however you must add your phone number to the UK Alert database in order to receive calls or text messages. Your phone number will not be shared.

For more information, visit or go to your myUK portal and click on "UK Alert."

If you have any question or concerns regarding this drill, please contact the UK Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness at

KET to Air Documentary About UKAg Grape and Wine Research

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 23:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) — As Kentucky farms move from tobacco and other traditional crops to growing grapes, the University of Kentucky is supporting this growing industry through grape and wine research and education. A half-hour documentary, "Thrive: The Kentucky Wine Tradition,” will air on KET in March and April.

The film follows UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Extension research in the field and in vineyards across the state. It features UK extension horticulture specialists Tom Cottrell and Patsy Wilson, horticulture research analyst Jeff Wheeler, research farm technician Sean Lynch and UK vineyard and sustainable agriculture field technician Kristi Durbin, as well as Kentucky vineyard owners and winemakers Cynthia Bohn, Cathy Edwards, Tom Beall, Kerry Jolliffe and Jim Wight.

At UKAg’s Horticulture Research farm on the corner of Man O’ War and Nicholasville Road in Lexington, the viticulture team grows different grape varieties to identify those particularly suited to Kentucky’s climate and studies growing methods and pest management.

Making the transition from more typical Kentucky crops, like tobacco, to grapes can be a hard one for farmers. Many farmers don’t have a background in working with perennial crops.

“We were really nervous about that,” said Edwards, owner of Harkness Edwards Vineyard.

“But we were farmers, so growing grapes is all about farming. We had the equipment, we had the land, we had the support from the University of Kentucky, which provided a lot of knowledge for beginning growers, and we found a lot of good networking out there. So we just got into it and learned by doing.”

“There’s a demand for local products, and what better product than wine?” Wheeler said.  “Everything about wine is a culture very much tied to the place. So if you want a sense of Kentucky, hopefully we can make wines that represent what that is.”

The documentary was produced as a collaborative project between Reveal/UK Research Communications and the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments.

“This project was a unique opportunity to discover the history of winemaking in Kentucky,” said Alicia Gregory, producer and director for UK Research Communications. “Did you know that the very first commercial vineyard in the United States was in Jessamine County, Kentucky? This project allowed us to see, firsthand, how UK is partnering with farmers across the state to support a resurgence of Kentucky’s winemaking tradition.”

The documentary will air at the following times:

•   KET: Sunday, March 29 at 3:30 p.m. EDT

•   KET2: Monday, March 30 at 10:30 p.m. EDT

•   KETKY: Tuesday, March 31 at 9:00 p.m. EDT

•   KETKY: Wednesday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m. EDT

•   KETKY: Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. EDT

•   KETKY: Saturday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. EDT

Shriners, Patients Break Ground for New Medical Center Located at University of Kentucky

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 20:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) -- Shriners from throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana joined local Shriners Hospital for Children – Lexington representatives, Shriners patients, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and officials from the University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare in a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the new $47 million Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center.

The new, state-of-the-art ambulatory facility will be constructed at the University of Kentucky campus across from the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children’s Hospital.  Construction will take about 22 months with completion in 2017.

“This is truly a win-win opportunity for Shriners Hospitals for Children, UK HealthCare, and most importantly, the children we treat,” said Douglas E. Maxwell, chairman of the Board of Trustees for Shriners Hospitals for Children network. “I would like to commend this community for making this dream for Shriners Hospital a reality in Lexington, and let me be the first to say that I can’t wait to see how this project unfolds to benefit the children of Kentucky, southern Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and beyond.”

Shriners Hospital, based in Lexington since 1926 and at the current Richmond Road location since 1955, will own and operated the new ambulatory care center. Shriners will occupy 60,000 square feet of space on the bottom three floors for pediatric orthopaedic care. UK HealthCare will lease the top two floors for ophthalmology services

“Relocating to the UK HealthCare campus will bring together the pediatric orthopaedic expertise Shriners is known for with the top-rated specialty and subspecialty pediatric care at Kentucky Children’s Hospital – a benefit to children with complex conditions,” said Dale Stauss, Imperial Potentate of Shriners International, the fraternity that founded and governs Shriners Hospitals. “Close proximity to a first-rate medical center will also enhance the education and research aspects of our mission.” 

Collaboration between Shriners and UK HealthCare is not new. Physician specialists in the fields of pediatric orthopaedics, anesthesia, and rehabilitation serve on the medical staff of both organizations.

“The University of Kentucky and the Lexington Shriners Hospital have long traditions of excellence and commitment when it comes to providing the best in specialty and subspecialty pediatric care,” said Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for health affairs at UK. “We welcome Shriners to the UK campus and look forward to furthering our partnership to enhance pediatric orthopaedic care in Kentucky and beyond.”

The new medical center will include a motion analysis laboratory (one of only three in the state), 20 patient exam rooms, two surgical suites, a rehabilitation gymnasium and therapy rooms, and interactive artwork. Energy efficiency was a priority in the design stage. The building will have geothermal heating and cooling, LED lighting and occupancy sensors, and automated equipment and controls.

An $8 million capital campaign kicked off in October has already raised over $6 million toward the project. 


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