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Road Realignment to Impact UK Sports Center North Parking Lot

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 18:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2014) – The reconfiguration of the former Cooperstown Drive with Sports Center Drive is slated to begin Monday, Dec. 22. The construction of this bypass road connecting the area east of the new South Campus residence halls to Woodland Avenue is expected to result in the loss of approximately 127 of the 312 parking spaces in the Sports Center North Lot, adjacent to Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The need for the bypass road was established through the university’s master planning process. This project, which will upgrade and improve infrastructure in the South Campus area, is expected to last until mid-June 2015. Initially, 166 spaces will be blocked for construction, but 39 will be reclaimed at the conclusion of the project.

Employees with valid E permits who normally park in this lot may park in any E Lot. Options in the vicinity include the E spaces on University Drive and the Green Lot, adjacent to the Oswald Building. The Orange Lot, located at the corner of University and Alumni Drives, has park-and-ride service for UK HealthCare employees. Finally, employee (E) permits are now authorized to park in any K Lot, including the Red, and Blue Lots, as well as the Greg Page Overflow Lot and the Soccer/Softball Complex Lots, allowing employees more flexibility if their desired parking area is at capacity.  

International Student Council Creates Partnership With SGA

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 17:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2014) — University of Kentucky senior JoAna Jesus was recently selected to serve as the liaison between the International Student Council (ISC) and the Student Government Association (SGA) for the 2014-2015 academic year.

“Until this fall, my position didn’t exist as part of SGA or in ISC,” Jesus said.

With this partnership, Jesus will attend both weekly SGA and ISC meetings to foster and develop ideas in order to better serve international students.  

“We decided to create an additional liaison position within SGA in order to provide international students with a way to communicate their needs and concerns," Seth Greene, the SGA liaison director, said. "After meeting JoAna, I knew she was perfect for the position. As a senior political science major, she possessed the attributes needed to successfully represent and convey the needs of the international community. We are very excited about working closely with international students and representing them the best we can.”

The creation of the liaison position is only the first step that ISC has taken in order to become a prominent source of representation for the international student body on campus. The ISC has spoken with many parties on campus to discuss the need for coming together and finding solutions for various issues that international students face on campus.

“Current and ongoing conversations with any student or student group are beneficial for a better understanding of the issues each face. It is clear we have additional work to do to better understand and appreciate the challenges encountered by our international student population and create a strategy that better meets their needs,” said Victor Hazard, dean of students and associate vice president for student affairs, who has already held meetings with representatives from ISC to help develop ideas for resolving issues. 

With all of the work that ISC has done in their new role to promote its mission of being an umbrella organization that celebrates diversity and provides a forum for exchanging ideas and planning events, there is still much more work to be done.

“ISC has really made a lot of progress as far as becoming more systematic in our organization, but there’s still a lot more for ISC to do. I’m excited for the possibilities that this new collaboration with the SGA brings,” Jesus said.

Currently, Jesus is waiting to meet with senators in SGA to discuss plans for a workshop that will help international students new to UK easily adapt to life in Lexington.

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

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Talks Sustainability This Week

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2014) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  This week's guests are UK Sustainability Coordinator Shane Tedder and Suzette Walling of the Tracy Farmer Institute discussing sustainability at UK. The President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee recently awarded $100,000 to seven campus teams and Tedder and Walling discuss the projects and their impact on campus and the Lexington community.

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit

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

Mathematics Receives More than $550,000 to Support Inclusive, Diverse Graduate Program

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2014) – The first two years of doctoral study in science and technology fields are critical to student success — particularly for underrepresented populations.

Reflecting the University of Kentucky's growing leadership in ensuring more diversity in graduate studies, President Eli Capilouto Friday announced that the university's Department of Mathematics, within the College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a $559,626 National Science Foundation grant to fund the new Graduate Scholars in Mathematics program. The funding will be dispersed through July 2019.

The program will support incoming mathematics graduate students at UK, including first-generation and Appalachian students, for the critical first two years of doctoral study, with a goal of helping to build a more diverse community of mathematicians.  

Graduate Scholars in Mathematics (GSM), accepting applications until Jan. 15 and launching in fall of 2015, will provide rigorous pre-professional training in advanced mathematics, provide participants with an early introduction to research in mathematics and develop their academic leadership skills.

“Research and graduate education are fundamental parts of the University of Kentucky’s mission, and support from the National Science Foundation will help UK’s Department of Mathematics build critical capacity in its graduate program,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “The Graduate Scholars in Mathematics program will broaden access for underrepresented students interested in STEM fields – helping to build a diverse group of scholars at UK and preparing students for successful careers after graduation.”

“Student success is a high priority and the Graduate Scholars in Mathematics program will provide extra support during the critical first two years of graduate study," said Mark Lawrence Kornbluh, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. "Through the grant, students from Appalachia and other underrepresented populations will have access to professional development, close interaction with successful alumni, scholarship funding, and summer fellowship opportunities. These opportunities are key in fostering growth in more STEM-based careers,” Kornbluh said.

Each GSM fellow will receive:

  • A $5,000 scholarship and reduced teaching responsibilities in the spring term of the first year of residency;
  • Professional development modules on research tools, grant writing, communicating mathematics, and career options in the mathematical sciences;
  • An intensive learning seminar to prepare for preliminary examinations in June of the first year;
  • A $5,000 summer fellowship and REG (Research Experiences for Graduates) summer program after successful completion of the first year;
  • A $5,000 scholarship in the spring term of the second year of residency;
  • A $5,000 summer research fellowship and supervised research with a faculty member after successful completion of the second year of residency; and
  •  Close interaction with successful alumni in academe, industry, and government through teleconferencing and social media.

“All of the funds in this grant will go directly to help students — to support them through scholarships, travel funds, and mentoring activities,” said Peter Perry, principal investigator for the Graduate Scholars in Mathematics grant and director of graduate studies in the Department of Mathematics. "This kind of support is particularly important for first-generation college students and students from underrepresented groups.”

Graduate Scholars in Mathematics aims to include, but is not limited to, students of underrepresented races or ethnic origins, gender, religions, gender identities and disabilities. It also intends to support first-generation students, students from low-income families, students from rural Appalachian communities, and other students with a history of overcoming adversity.

Students from Appalachian counties in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are strongly encouraged to apply.

With the Department of Mathematics' history of successful alumni and nationally recognized faculty, GSM will prepare a new generation of academic leaders and role models for underrepresented groups. Alumni working in academia, business and government will mentor GSM students and provide close interaction through teleconferencing and social media.

“By awarding us this funding, the National Science Foundation has recognized both our past accomplishments and our future promise in training leaders in STEM education,” Perry said. “This grant is a high-leverage investment in the future of STEM education in our region. By training a new generation of STEM leaders that reflect our region’s diversity, we hope to connect many more students with rewarding careers in the mathematical sciences."

To find out more information about the Graduate Scholars in Mathematics program, please visit For more information about the application process, visit

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

University of Kentucky Professor Receives Prestigious 2014 IEEE-USA Award

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2014) — Sherali Zeadally, associate professor in Information and Communication Technology at the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information has been selected  for the 2014 IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award “for sustained, outstanding professional activities to promote education and research in the field of computer networking and information security” by IEEE-USA, The American Unit of the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.  

IEEE-USA was created in 1973 to support the career and public policy interests of IEEE's U.S. members.  IEEE-USA's mission is to recommend policies and implement programs specifically intended to serve and benefit the members, the profession, and the public in the United States in appropriate professional areas of economic, ethical, legislative, social and technology policy concern.

Zeadally will receive the national award at the IEEE-USA Awards Ceremony which will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in conjunction with the IEEE-USA Annual Meeting in May 2015.  

“I am honored to receive this prestigious award as one of my national accomplishments recognizing my contributions to research, teaching, and professional services in the areas of computer networking and information security over the last two decades both nationally and internationally,” Zeadally said, “and I am delighted to be recognized by IEEE for my work.”

Zeadally’s research activities span areas including computer networking (currently focusing on vehicular networking, energy-efficient networking, Internet of Things, etc.) and information security (in particular end-to-end security issues, cybersecurity, and privacy). To date, Zeadally has published more than 225 peer-reviewed technical publications including more than 117 peer-reviewed journal papers in prestigious engineering and computing international journals. Over the years, he has received several Outstanding Research Awards, Excellence in Teaching Awards, Distinguished Service Awards, and numerous prestigious national and international competitive fellowships. More information can be found on his web page at:

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UK Family Scientist Named Editor of Prestigious Journal

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2014) — In January, a University of Kentucky family scientist will begin his tenure as editor of one of the premier academic journals in the field.

UK Associate Professor Jason Hans was selected to be the next editor of Family Relations, a publication of the National Council on Family Relations. He was nominated by Marilyn Coleman, Curators’ Professor Emerita at the University of Missouri. A national committee of family scientists selected him, and the council’s board of directors confirmed his appointment.

“As the premier applied journal of family science, Family Relations plays a crucial role in bridging the research and practice branches of the discipline,” said Hans, a member of the UK Department of Family Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Hans has been a member of the UK department’s faculty since 2004. He has produced more than 50 scholarly publications in the research areas of reproduction, sexuality and divorce. In 2011, he became the department’s director of graduate studies.

Beginning in 2008, Hans served on the editorial board of Family Relations. He served in numerous leadership positions with the National Council on Family Relations including president of the Missouri Council on Family Relations, chair of the Directors of Graduate Study Focus Group, editor of the organization’s Academic Degree Program Guide, a member of the Future of Family Science Taskforce and several leadership roles within the council’s Advancing Family Science section.

“During my four-year term as editor, I will pursue opportunities to transition and position the journal in concert with emerging publishing and information consumption trends to maintain and expand the journal’s exposure and impact in the field amid a rapidly changing landscape,” he said.

UK Family Doctor Gives Back, Stays Grounded through Music

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2014) — On the morning of Dec. 16, Dr. Shannon Voogt warmed up her classically trained opera voice before coming to work at UK HealthCare.

At 11 a.m., she applied resin to the bow of her violin in the Pavilion A lobby of the UK Chandler Hospital. Moments later, an audience of patients, employees and hospital visitors circled around the atrium lobby as Voogt, a soprano, showed off her vocal range performing "O Holy Night."

A family physician in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine's Department of Family and Community Medicine, Voogt has dedicated more time in her busy schedule to pursuing — and sharing — her love of music. She started playing the violin at age 3 and taking voice lessons at age 13.

While earning her medical degree from Michigan State University, she studied opera with an instructor, singing every day and eventually recording a CD. While starting her own family and finishing her residency at UK, she struggled to find time to seriously pursue music. In the past year, and with opportunities to volunteer with the UK Arts in HealthCare program, Voogt has returned to opera and musical performance.

"Over the past year, I have started practicing again, and it's been so rewarding," Voogt said. "No matter how stressed out I am, singing opera completely focuses me — I have to think about the notes, my breath support, relaxing my body, the line, the words, the translation. It's very meditative."

As a volunteer with the UK Arts in HealthCare program, Voogt integrates her musical gifts with her profession. During two holiday performances on Dec. 11 and Dec. 16, Voogt performed several traditional Christmas songs with accompaniment from volunteer pianist Daniel Porter. Their selection of music included "The First Noel," "O Holy Night" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem."

"I started singing at UK because I thought it would be a nice way to give back — to give passers-by something nice to listen to and also sneak in some practice for my voice on busy days at work." 

Voogt will perform a free holiday opera concert at First Alliance Church at 2201 Old Higbee Mill Road at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

VIDEO: Memorial Coliseum Fosters Tradition and Community for UK

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum isn’t just home to a legendary basketball tradition.

Its halls are filled with the names of Kentuckians who died while fighting for our country.  Its floor is where UK students have done everything from celebrating Commencement to registering for classes to dancing for 24 hours straight as part of DanceBlue.

But for Grace Hahn, who is the student engagement program director for UK Student Involvement, it’s not just historic significance that makes Memorial Coliseum her favorite spot on campus.  Watch the “Where I ‘see blue.’” video above to discover why Hahn thinks it plays a major role in building community at UK. 

This video feature is part of a special new series produced by UKNow focusing on locations across campus that are meaningful for UK students, administrators, faculty, staff and alumni.  The idea is to show how the physical spaces on campus help foster discovery, community, research, knowledge and success for the UK family.  As the university celebrates its 150th anniversary, we want to show readers what our campus is like today by showcasing locations that have stood for decades along with some of our newest spots.  

Since the “Where I ‘see blue.’” video series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If there’s an obscure spot on campus you don’t think many people know about or an area that’s on everyone’s radar but you have a special connection to it, email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!

VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282,

UK Celebrates December Graduates

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2014) — Today, University of Kentucky students will become university alumni as they take part in the 2014 December Commencement Ceremonies. The Graduate and Professional Ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. while the Undergraduate Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held inside Memorial Coliseum. This will be the fifth December ceremony UK has held to honor students who earned their degrees in August or December.

Both ceremonies will be live streamed on UKNow.

Approximately 839 undergraduates and 125 graduate and professional students are expected to participate in today's ceremonies. A total of 1,357 undergraduate degrees, 536 graduate degrees and 22 professional degrees have been conferred for August and December 2014.

UK President Eli Capilouto will deliver remarks at both ceremonies, and a student will address the crowd at the undergraduate ceremony, per university tradition. Lauren Thompson, from Louisville, will serve as the 2014 December Commencement student speaker. The communication major has spent her time at UK participating in the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the National Association of Black Accountants, Ad Club, and serving as a UK 101 Peer Instructor. She was also selected for the German-American Fulbright Commission Summer Session last year, spending a month in Berlin.

"UK means everything to me; I have had so many opportunities presented to me that I would not have known if I went anywhere else," she said. "My experiences at UK have hands-down prepared me for the future. I feel that I'm leaving the school stronger, wiser, and better than I was when I came in." 

UK is also celebrating its graduates who have overcome many obstacles and trials in their past.

Non-traditional art studio senior Caitlin Sollee, a native of Berea, Kentucky, and resident of Lexington, has had several constraints on finishing her degree but has persevered after first starting at EKU in 2000, transferring to UofL and then coming to UK in 2008. Not only did the artist finish her studies while raising a child and working, she’s had to work around the performance schedule of her partner, the popular musician Ben Sollee, who tours nationwide. Sometimes Caitlin had to do school on a part-time basis because of her load, but she persisted and has done well, recently exhibiting at the UK School of Art and Visual Studies Senior BA Show “Les Femmes.” While Ben Sollee is known as a talented cellist and composer, Caitlin is a gifted photographer and fiber artist. During her time at UK, Caitlin has studied with prestigious photographer Guy Mendes and with noted printer Paul Holbrook, of UK's King Library Press.

Arin Gilliland, a kinesiology senior and arguably the greatest women’s soccer player in UK history, has had a storied career at UK, but not an easy one.  After taking the Kentucky Miss Soccer title as a player at West Jessamine High School, she chose to play college soccer at UK, where she suffered a major injury — a torn ACL — during an SEC tournament game her freshman year. The injury took away an opportunity to play for the United States in the Under-20 World Cup, the premier event in youth soccer. Later that academic year, Arin's mother Letita, who was diagnosed with colon cancer when Arin was in high school, died in April 2012.  After physical and emotional healing, Arin returned to the team for her sophomore year and continued her outstanding soccer play for three more years at UK. Earlier this year the Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented Arin with the 2014 Honda Inspiration Award, which is given to one female athlete a year who has overcome hardship and was able to return to play at the collegiate level.

Honorary Degrees

In addition to the students' degrees, the university will also award honorary doctorates to two individuals during the Undergraduate Ceremony at 6 p.m.

  • Brady Deaton, former chancellor of the University Missouri-Columbia and chair of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development. Deaton received a bachelor's degree from UK in agricultural economics in 1966 before going on to establish an accomplished career in both international education and agriculture. Read more about Deaton at
  • Don Jacobs, co-founder of the Don Jacobs Organization — one of Central Kentucky's largest family-owned car dealerships. Jacobs and his wife Cathy have served as leading donors for many university projects. The couple established the Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center at the new Pavilion A in the Albert B. Chandler Hospital and are major supporters of the Markey Cancer Center and the College of Medicine. The couple is also funding the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center as part of the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics capital campaign. Read more about Jacobs at


  • College of Design: Friday, Dec. 19, 3:30-5 p.m.: Pence Hall, Room 207
  • Graduate School: Friday, Dec. 19, 3-5 p.m.: Singletary Center Lobby
  • UK Alumni Association Open House: Friday, Dec. 19, noon-6 p.m.: King Alumni House

Watch the live stream

Friends and family of graduates who cannot make it to Lexington do not have to miss out on this special event. UK is utilizing social media and other technology to bring Commencement directly to one’s computer or mobile device.

Both Commencement Ceremonies will be live streamed here.

Followers of UK’s Twitter account ( can follow along with the Commencement activities via live tweets prior to and during the event. Social media users are also encouraged to use the hashtag #ukgrad to honor the graduates.

The ceremonies will be available to watch on the university’s YouTube channel within a few weeks following Commencement at

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; or Sarah Geegan, 859-257-5365;

UK Students Win Kentucky Academy of Science Research Competitions

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2014) — Thirteen University of Kentucky students took home top honors at the Kentucky Academy of Science 100th Annual Meeting in November, where hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students from Kentucky colleges and universities participated in research competitions.

Winners included graduate and undergraduates from the College of Agriculture, College of Arts and Sciences, Gatton College of Business and Economics, College of Health Sciences and College of Public Health.

Graduate oral presentations:

  • Congming Zou, a doctoral candidate in soil science from Chongqing, China, won first place in agricultural sciences;
  • William Witt, a graduate student in public health from Lexington, won first place in anthropology and sociology;
  • Xinyi Zhang, a doctoral candidate in chemistry from Beijing, China, won second place in cellular and molecular biology;
  • Zhaoshuai Wang, a doctoral candidate in chemistry from Tianjin, China, won third place in cellular and molecular biology;
  • Trenede M. Garrison, a doctoral candidate in geological sciences from Lexington, won second place in geology;
  • Qian Chai, a graduate student in chemistry from Lexington, won first place in physiology and biochemistry; and
  • Yuechen Zhu, doctoral candidate in biology from Suzhou, China, won third place in physiology and biochemistry.

Undergraduate oral presentations:

  • Heidi Vollrath, a Global Scholar and management senior from De Pere, Wisconsin, won first place in anthropology and sociology;
  • Kelly Snowden, a human health sciences junior from Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, won second place in anthropology and sociology;
  • Holden Hemingway, a biology sophomore with a minor in psychology from Tiffin, Ohio, won third place in anthropology and sociology;
  • Michael Bale, a chemistry and physics senior with a minor in mathematics from Dayton, Ohio, won second place in cellular and molecular biology; and
  • Jerrad Grider, a geological sciences senior from Jamestown, Kentucky, won second place in geology.

Undergraduate poster presentations:

More than 800 scientists and students attended the centennial meeting. In addition to student presentations, attendees also had the opportunity to hear from UK professors Jim Krupa, biology, and Jerzy W. Jaromczyk, computer science. Kristen McQuerry, project manager for the Applied Statistics Lab and student in the Department of Statistics doctoral program, Neil Moore, a bioinformatician in the Department of Computer Science, and former UK President Lee Todd Jr. also spoke at the event.

The Kentucky Academy of Science encourages scientific research, promotes the diffusion of scientific knowledge and unifies the scientific interests of the Commonwealth. Faculty, staff and students of the University of Kentucky may become members of the Kentucky Academy of Science at no cost, thanks to University of Kentucky’s Enhanced Affiliate membership, at

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder,, 859-257-2396

'A Celtic Christmas' Comes to the Bluegrass

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:19

A preview of Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas." A transcript of this video can be found here.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2014) — Experience the holidays in Ireland from the comfort of a chair at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts with " Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas." Featuring a program of folktales, music and dance, "A Celtic Christmas" will warm hearts beginning 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.

Now in its 17th season, "A Celtic Christmas" recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland. The show remembers when neighboring families gathered around the fire to grace the wintry night with haunting melodies of traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of their music, to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances and to fill the night with the laughter of their stories.

Foley's "A Celtic Chirstmas" captures the holiday childhood experiences of the storyteller and director himself, who was born on a small farm in Teampall an Ghleanntáin. Today, he shares those memories with audiences across the U.S. from Thanksgiving to Christmas with his show. His other program, "Tomáseen Foley’s Irish Times," tours throughout the remainder of the year. Foley has released two CDs, "A Celtic Christmas: Parcel From America" and a live recording, "The Priest and the Acrobat."

"A Celtic Christmas" also features the talents of Grammy Award-winning guitarist and musical director William Coulter; vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and Irish dancer Marianne Knight; multi-instrumentalist Brian Bigley; Irish dancer Marcus Donnelly; and violinist Edwin Huizinga.

Ticket prices vary from $20 to $30 for "Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas." Tickets can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at, or in person at the venue. Processing fees will be added to purchase upon transaction.

A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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

Big Blue Family VIDEO: Lisa & Miles Osland Spark Creativity Together at UK

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 15:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2014) — It’s safe to say that after a couple of decades of marriage Miles Osland and his wife, Lisa can read each other’s minds. 

It’s a skill they say really comes in handy while playing music together.  The acclaimed saxophonists perform together throughout the Lexington community as members of the Dimartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra and the Osland Saxophone Quartet. 

But they also spend a great deal of time teaching future musicians in the University of Kentucky College of Fine ArtsMiles Osland serves as director of Jazz Studies while Lisa Osland is an adjunct saxophone professor within the UK School of Music

Watch the video above to discover why UK and Lexington are so special to them both personally and professionally. 

This video feature is part of a special new series produced by UKNow focusing on families who help make up the University of Kentucky community.  There are many couples, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters who serve at UK in various fields.   The idea is to show how UK is part of so many families’ lives and how so many families are focused on helping the university succeed each and everyday. 

Since the "Big Blue Family" series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If you know of a family who you think should be featured, please email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!

VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282,

UK Education Abroad Announces Winners of Spring 2015 Diversity Scholarship

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2014) — Two University of Kentucky students are the first to have been awarded the UK International Studies Abroad Diversity Scholarship for Spring 2015 to help each of them pursue their education abroad endeavors.

Johnson Lam, an accounting junior, and Isabella Sanchez, a pre-civil engineering junior, have each been awarded a $5,000 voucher to apply toward an ISA education abroad program within two years.

“I feel so grateful that I’ve been given this amazing opportunity,” Lam said. “Receiving this scholarship means that I can pursue my dreams of spending a semester in Spain.”

Lam, who is Asian American, has been studying the Spanish language since the sixth grade and hopes that spending a semester in Spain will help him become fluent in the language. He also hopes this opportunity will allow him to see other parts of Europe — something he’d only dreamt about before.

“This scholarship has opened up a lot of opportunities that I wouldn’t have considered possible before now,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez, who is Hispanic, said the field of civil engineering doesn’t allow her to explore her history minor as much as she would like, so she hopes to focus her education abroad experience on history courses and experiences.

“Education abroad experiences offer an invaluable understanding of how to respectfully interact with people from different backgrounds and of what it’s like to be in the other person’s position,” Sanchez said.

“Giving students the chance to study abroad is vital in creating a well-rounded and more ‘global’ student,” Lam said. “By creating a new generation of students who can view the world from a multicultural perspective, the world will become more interconnected.”

The ISA-UK Diversity Scholarship offers two award cycles and is not tied to a specific term. Students who contribute to the university’s growing interest in the educational benefits of a diverse student body will be considered for the award, which ranges between $2,500 and $5,000.

ISA is a UK partner affiliate that offers education abroad opportunities to UK undergraduates in different countries across the globe.

For more information about this scholarship, please click here:

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

UK Alum Among Ebola Fighters Named Time Magazine's Person of the Year

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2014) -- University of Kentucky graduate Mosoka Fallah is among the Ebola fighters in West Africa that has been named Time Magazine's Person of the Year. 

A native of Liberia, Fallah received his bachelor's degree in his home country and a master's degree from Kent State University in the United States. He studied at the University of Kentucky from 2005 to 2011, obtaining his doctorate in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics in 2011. He subsequently received a master's in public health from Harvard University.

"For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are Time's 2014 Person of the Year," the magazine said in a statement.

Members of the UK College of Medicine's Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics recall Fallah's enthusiasm for learning. Department Chair Beth Garvy, who served on Fallah's doctoral committee, said at the end of every year, Fallah asked members of the department for old textbooks to send home to Liberia.

Fallah, despite the known risk of exposure to the virus, is following a trail of Ebola, instructing neighborhood leaders to report cases of sick victims of the disease and urging cooperation with government officials. After receiving his education in the United States, Fallah returned to his home country to set up a health clinic for women and children. He has also worked on community-based initiatives to stop the spread of Ebola for the United Nations Development Program.

To see the Time article, go to

Media Contact:  Elizabeth Adams,

Kentucky Native, UK Alum Deaton to Receive Honorary Degree

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2014) — Seventy-two years after he was born in Laurel County, Brady Deaton will receive the greatest honor the University of Kentucky can bestow, its honorary degree, at UK's December Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony this Friday, Dec. 19. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum on the UK campus.

Deaton grew up on his family's farm in the Appalachian Mountains, living in homes that had neither plumbing nor electricity and studying at a two-room schoolhouse. 4-H, part of the University of Kentucky's   Cooperative Extension Service within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, played an important role in Deaton's early life and development. He joined 4-H when he was 10, and the program taught him a lot about service to his community and established what was to become a lifelong interest in the economics of agriculture. That interest grew into a passion at UK where he earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural economics.

Deaton's curiosity ranged well beyond Kentucky and the United States. Service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand for two years ignited a desire to learn more about international affairs. He went on to attain a master's degree from UK's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. This ever-broadening perspective and open-minded outlook would continue to serve Deaton well as he pursued a career in teaching, research, and academic leadership.

Deaton received a Master of Science and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin before accepting a faculty appointment at the University of Tennessee. During this time, he was appointed as staff director of the Special Task Force on Food for Peace for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.  Deaton next accepted a professorship at Virginia Tech in the Department of Agricultural Economics, where he also served as coordinator of the Rural Development Research and Extension Program, and later as associate director of the Office for International Development. 

After 11 years at Virginia Tech, Deaton joined the University of Missouri faculty as professor and chair of the Agricultural Economics Department and head of the Social Science Unit in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. His qualities as a leader caught the notice of others on the campus in Columbia, and he was appointed chief of staff in the Chancellor's Office, then deputy chancellor, and eventually provost, the chief academic officer at Mizzou. Over time, Deaton's responsibilities were expanded to incorporate Student Affairs and Business Services and his title was elevated to executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Three-and-a-half years later, in the fall of 2004, Brady Deaton was selected as chancellor of the University of Missouri-Columbia, with 'chancellor' being equivalent to president at most other major universities.  He distinguished himself in that role for more than nine years until his retirement in November 2013.

"As a native Kentuckian and alumnus of the University of Kentucky, Brady’s stellar career and great accomplishments bring high honor and deep pride to this university and the Commonwealth," said C. Oran Little, dean emeritus of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. "A distinguished student, a challenging teacher, an innovative researcher and a strong leader in increasingly responsible administrative positions truly reflect the tremendous work and dedicated commitment of an exemplary individual."

Deaton served as chair of the Academic Affairs Council of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and is a recipient of the Malone Award from the

APLU for furthering international education in public higher education.  He also served a two-year term as chair of the Missouri Council on Public Higher Education and chaired the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors. 

In 2011, international affairs and agricultural economics merged harmoniously when President Barack Obama appointed Deaton as chair of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, a vital advisory council to the United States Agency for International Development.  He was reappointed in 2012 for a four-year term in the post.

In 2013, in honor of Deaton and his wife, Anne, the University of Missouri Board of Curators unanimously approved the establishment of the Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development. The institute is housed on the Mizzou campus in Columbia.

From modest beginnings in 1942, all the way to an honorary Doctor of Science degree from his alma mater in 2014, Brady Deaton's story certainly is an inspiring one.

Also receiving an honorary degree during the undergraduate ceremony on Friday is Lexington businessman and philanthropist Don Jacobs.   

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

Dec. 19 Commencement to Impact North Campus Parking

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 18:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2014) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services reminds the campus community that Friday, Dec. 19, the annual December Commencement will bring an influx of visitors to North Campus, which will result in an impact to parking patterns on that sector of campus.

Starting the evening of Thursday, Dec. 18, and continuing through Friday, Dec. 19, the Coliseum E Lot will be unavailable for general parking. Vehicles already in the lot do not need to relocate; however, no additional vehicles will be permitted to enter.

Additionally, beginning at noon Friday, Dec. 19, all gate arms at the South Limestone Garage (PS #5) will be raised for free parking for event attendees.

Members of the University community who normally park in these areas are encouraged to allow extra time for their commute. Go to to view a campus parking map. 

Thompson Selected as December 2014 Commencement Speaker

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2014) — University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information senior Lauren Thompson will graduate this Friday while also taking part in a UK Commencement tradition: serving as student speaker.

Thompson, a communication major from Louisville, was selected among several candidates by UK President Eli Capilouto to represent her class at the December 2014 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony.

"Being selected as the Commencement speaker is honestly a dream come true," said Thompson. "As a freshman, I decided I wanted to speak at my college graduation, and now I am!"

During her time at UK, Thompson participated in the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the National Association of Black Accountants, Ad Club, and served as a UK 101 Peer Instructor. She was also selected for the German-American Fulbright Commission Summer Session last year, spending a month in Berlin.

"UK means everything to me; I have had so many opportunities presented to me that I would not have known if I went anywhere else," she said. "My experiences at UK have hands-down prepared me for the future. I feel that I'm leaving the school stronger, wiser, and better than I was when I came in."

After graduation, Thompson will move to Atlanta where she has been offered a job with Aramark.

"I'm super excited to be moving and a little nervous. However, I have been told that Atlanta has a great UK Alumni group, so I will be sure to join as soon as I get settled in."

The December 2014 Commencement Ceremonies will be held Friday, Dec. 19, in Memorial Coliseum. The Graduate and Professional Commencement Ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m.  The ceremonies will also be live streamed on UKNow.

For more information about the December 2014 Commencement Ceremonies, visit

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

Gerald Smith Named Newest Anderson Laureate

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2014) — At Kentucky’s recent 28th Annual Equal Employment Opportunity Conference, the Commonwealth’s Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer and Arthur Lucas, executive director of the state Office of Diversity and Equality, presented the annual Charles W. Anderson Laureate Award to Gerald L. Smith, associate professor of history in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences.

Anderson Laureates, the highest honor bestowed by the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, are given to individuals recognized for significant contributions to equal opportunity in their communities.

Smith received his doctorate in history at UK in 1988 and has been a faculty member at UK since 1993. As director of the interdisciplinary African American Studies and Research Program at UK for eight years, he sought to expand its presence through public programs as well as course offerings in the UK curriculum. Reorganized as a minor in the College of Arts and Sciences now, the African American and Africana Studies Program offers a cultural, historical and literary base that seeks to promote the interest and knowledge of the African diaspora experience through quality, multidisciplinary teaching and research.

“Dr. Smith works tirelessly to protect, promote, document and celebrate the history of African Americans in Kentucky,” said Lucas. “He has been an advocate at many levels ‒ as a scholar, educator, author, pastor and historian ‒ and his work exemplifies the theme of this year’s EEO Conference ‒ Leading the Way.”

Smith is the current scholar-in-residence to the university’s Martin Luther King Center, as well as author, editor and co-editor of three books. He co-edited “Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Volume Six: Advocate of the Social Gospel.” The author of more than 30 book reviews, essays, articles and book chapters for historical journals and reference books, Smith is currently researching and writing a general history of the African-American experience in Kentucky.

“Gerald Smith’s research illuminates the African-American experience in Kentucky and frames this experience within the broader currents and trends of Kentucky history, Southern history and African-American history,” said Karen Petrone, chair of the UK Department of History. “As an outstanding public historian and award-winning teacher, he brings this history to a wide audience. He stands out among the faculty of the University of Kentucky for his leadership in the Commonwealth and his extraordinary service to the community.”

Smith has consulted on various historical projects, lectured on college campuses around the state, and conducted workshops for primary and secondary school teachers. He has also appeared in historical documentaries that have aired on CBS, NBC, KET and TruTV.

He has served on a number of different boards and committees, including the University of Kentucky Athletic Board, and now serves as chair of the Kentucky African-American Heritage Commission.

The pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lexington, Smith continues to work to preserve the history of Lexington through his book “Lexington Kentucky (KY): (Black America),” which accounts Lexington’s African-American community and how they survived and flourished despite obstacles that may have proven insurmountable to some. He is also the general co-editor of the Kentucky African-American Encyclopedia. Scheduled for publication in 2015, the volume is the first of its kind in the nation.

The Charles W. Anderson Laureate Award honors the first African-American legislator in Kentucky, indeed the entire South, post Reconstruction era. Anderson (1907-1960) began his political career as a young man of 28, representing Louisville, and eventually served five consecutive terms in the Kentucky General Assembly.

His legislative legacy included legislation requiring Kentucky’s governor to finance African-American graduate students’ out-of-state tuition since no in-state school would allow their enrollment; requiring rural high schools to enroll African-American children in all 120 counties; and prohibiting racial discrimination in hiring public building projects and later in the private business sector. He sponsored legislation prohibiting a requirement that all female teachers resign when they married. The state’s “hanging law” was repealed thanks to his efforts.   

Anderson resigned his seat in the House in 1946 to become the first African-American attorney in the entire South to become an assistant state attorney. Shortly before his death in 1960, he was named an alternate United States representative to the United Nations General Assembly.

Besides a connection to Kentucky, a nominee's contribution must benefit individuals in at least one of the following protected classes: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or veteran status. Nominations are judged based on their achievements over an extended period of time.

Past recipients of the Anderson Laureate Award include Kentucky Governors Edward T. Breathitt, Wallace Wilkinson, Martha Layne Collins, Brereton Jones and Paul Patton; Senator Georgia Powers, Lyman T. Johnson, Whitney M. Young Jr. and Sanford T. Roach, to name a few. For a complete list, visit here.

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

93 Year-Old Lexington Woman Gives Back as Research Volunteer

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2014) -- On Dec. 2, a very special group of people gathered to celebrate a very special gift.

"Participation in clinical trials is a truly noble act, and we consider the people who volunteer for research part of our family," says Dr. Gregory Jicha, an associate professor at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.  "So it's natural that we would gather at the holidays to share a little joy and thanksgiving."

Every year, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has a party for patients who have volunteered to participate in research at the center. It's an annual highlight for patients and staff alike, who often form special bonds over the course of several years.

Geneva Pope is one example.

This 93 year old, "and 3 months," she chimes in, began participating in clinical trials at Sanders-Brown 14 years ago. "God wants me to help people, and this is one way I can," she explains.

The entire Sanders-Brown staff adores this self-proclaimed "busy person."  She makes them bourbon balls -- she's already made 300 this year -- and has "family" photos taken with Dr. Jicha.  She has convinced several of her friends to participate as well.

"Geneva has the smallest family -- and the largest family -- of anyone I know," Jicha says. "While she has no immediate relatives, she is cherished by literally dozens of extended family and godchildren -- us included."

"We look forward each year to seeing her hat," Jicha says, referring to Geneva's collection of more than 100 hats.

According to Jicha, participation in research is vital to the advancement of medicine, and without volunteers -- both healthy and sick -- we would not have many of the treatments we routinely use today, including acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain management and vaccines for polio and other diseases.

Geneva's affection for the "loving people" at Sanders-Brown was cemented at the beginning of her stint as a research volunteer.  On Dr. Jicha's visit to Geneva's home, he discovered that the elevator to her third floor apartment was out of service.  Geneva, who has difficulty walking, was housebound.

"It bothered me that Geneva didn't have access to heath care if she needed it," Jicha remembers.  So he made a phone call to her landlord.  The elevator was fixed that afternoon.

"We (at Sanders-Brown) are here to help people," Jicha says.  "While that usually doesn't involve getting a patient's elevator repaired, how could we not help someone like Geneva who is doing so much for others without asking for acknowledgement or reward?"

In Dr. Jicha's experience, people who volunteer for medical research are motivated for a number of reasons. Healthy volunteers usually know someone who's ill and want to help them, while sick volunteers say they are doing it for their kids and for others who might contract the disease. 

"Either way," says Dr. Jicha, "these volunteers feel a sense of empowerment -- that they are contributing to the fight.  Many of these volunteers report a sense of loss once the trial is over."

Clinical research is under way in many places at the University of Kentucky, including Sanders-Brown. 

To learn more about participating in research, please visit You can see examples of the research currently happening at UK, and you can also enroll in ResearchMatch. ResearchMatch is an easy-to-use, secure, volunteer research participant registry that brings together willing volunteers who are trying to find research studies, and researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies. Joining is free and takes just a few minutes.

Registering for ResearchMatch does not require you to participate. Instead, you simply register and wait to be contacted about studies that might interest you. If you are contacted about participation in a study, researchers will fully explain to you what the study is about and what your participation will require. At that time you can decide if you want to participate. If you have questions about research participation, please contact Roxane Poskin at 859-257-7856 or

Research positively impacts the lives of millions of people every day, but research needs volunteers to keep it moving forward. Volunteering to participate in research can make a big difference in obtaining outcomes that may lead to future medications, treatments and healthier lives for everyone.

Patient Portals Enhance Patient-Provider Communication

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2014) -- Patient portals are health care-related online applications that allow patients to interact and communicate with their health care providers. Much like electronic health records, they are taking medicine into the next era of patient-provider communication.

Portals allow patients to access their medical information, see results of medical tests, and ask for a renewal of a prescription. Some portals also offer features as the ability to request, cancel or reschedule appointments.

For patients, having an email address is usually the only requirement for accessing a portal and typically, since they are internet-based, patients can access information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Some portal applications are integrated into the existing website of a health care provider while others are modules added onto an existing electronic medical record (EMR) system. Either way, the goal is for patients to interact with their medical information and health care providers via the Internet in a secure fashion.

Patient portals benefit both patients and health care providers by increasing efficiency and productivity.

Although patient portals may vary some among health care providers, features currently available from most medical provider's portal -- or likely available in the future -- include:

  • Ability to securely view and print portions of your medical record, including recent doctor visits, hospital discharge instructions and summaries.
  • Your list of medications and immunization records.
  • Access to most lab results and radiology reports

Other features may include:

  • Requesting prescription refills
  • Scheduling non-urgent appointments
  • Checking your benefits and coverage
  • Updating your contact information
  • Making payments
  • Downloading or completing intake forms

Patient portals can help you be more actively involved in your own health care. Additionally, if you are a parent or caregiver for another family member, you may be able to access your family members’ health information helping you take care of them more easily.

To get access to a Patient Portal and to find out what options are available for you, ask your health care providers if they offer a patient portal.  They can then provide you with instructions for setting it up.

Generally, there are only a few steps involved in setting up your account such as creating a secure password. This is to make sure only you have access to your health information. 

Always remember that your health information is private, secure and protected and that all patient portals have privacy and security safeguards in place to protect your health information.

To make sure that your private health information is safe from unauthorized access, patient portals are hosted on a secure connection and accessed via an encrypted, password-protected logon. However, always remember to protect your username and password from others and make sure to only log on to the patient portal from a personal or secure computer.

Overall, the patient portal is a convenient and secure health-management tool you can use anywhere you have access to the Internet that benefits patients by supporting care between visits, and, most importantly, improving patient outcomes.

This column originally appeared in the Sunday, Dec. 14 edition of The Herald-Leader.

Dr. Carol Steltenkamp is UK HealthCare's Chief Medical Information Officer and executive director of the Kentucky Regional Extension Center.  


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