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SCAPA Students Perform MLK Concert at UK Hospital Pavilion

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 16:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 15, 2016) — Students from the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA) will perform a free Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration concert in the Pavilion A Atrium of the UK Chandler Hospital on Friday, Jan. 15.

The celebration blends spiritual songs, such as "Oh Freedom," with Martin Luther King Jr. readings, choreographed movement and theatrical performance. This year marks the fifth year a group of SCAPA middle schoolers will perform a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial concert at the hospital atrium.

The SCAPA students have performed concerts with the Lexington Philharmonic and at Alltech's Annual Symposium. Coordinated by the UK Arts in HealthCare program, the celebration begins and 12 p.m. and is open to the public.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu  

Faculty Input Sought for Proposed Center for Equality and Social Justice

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 13:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 15, 2016) — A team of faculty from across campus have developed an initial proposal to create a University of Kentucky Center for Equality and Social Justice. 

Inspired and led by psychology Associate Professor Chrisitia Spears Brown with Robert E. Harding Jr. Professor of Law Melynda J. Price, the goal of the center is to create a space on campus to explore issues of equality and social justice from multiple perspectives, disciplines and research traditions. 

The genesis of the center comes at a time when institutions across the country are debating issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.

At UK, those conversations are taking place across the campus among faculty, students and staff, allowing for real opportunities for greater change. Brown, Price and other involved faculty believe the creation of such a center -- from colleges across the campus -- will further allow the university to harness the collective expertise of its faculty in driving positive changes for a more inclusive culture and society.

Late last semester, Brown and Price posed their idea to Mark Kornbluh, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who responded with enthusiastic support. Kornbluh presented the idea to Terry Allen, interim vice president for institutional diversity, who offered his endorsement for efforts to develop the Center for Equality and Social Justice that would involve members of the UK community, colleges and departments from across the campus.

UK faculty are now invited to review the collaborative efforts of Brown and Price at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the Alumni Gallery of William T. Young Library. ( http://uknow.uky.edu/content/center-equality-and-social-justice-proposal-0). This initial proposal is a starting point for further discussions and as part of a process to reach out to faculty, staff and, ultimately, students across the campus to be involved in the potential center.

The center’s premise is the “urgent need for high quality scholarship from a diverse set of disciplines and viewpoints addressing the causes, consequences and possible solutions to continued social inequality.

“That scholarship then needs to be translated for policymakers and legal experts, so that research can more effectively shape how social justice is enacted,” wrote Brown and Price in the recommendation for a center.

"A multidisciplinary approach to issues of social justice and equality involving faculty, staff and students from every corner of the campus speaks to who we are and what is distinctive about UK as a flagship, land-grant institution," said Tim Tracy, UK provost. "Only a community like UK can examine these issues in all their complexities and dimensions and bring people together in a way that both discusses and upholds our values."

The proposal recognizes the need for improved dialogue with the campus at large and the local and state community to better improve how scholarship is conducted with the goal of greater social justice for community members. 

It also recognizes that UK is uniquely positioned in the Commonwealth with existing strengths to study and offer solutions addressing inequality and promoting social justice on the basis of race/ethnicity, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, religion, and class.

Consequently, a primary goal of the center will be to facilitate connections and foster dialogue between individual scholars, programs, centers and departments already established at UK.

"The concept of establishing a University of Kentucky Center for Equality and Social Justice supports our institution’s values and strategic objective to enhance diversity and inclusivity, and to become an institution that is welcoming and mutually respects the contribution of every member of our community," said Allen. "Ultimately, the benefit has far reaching potential for everyone, particularly populations often marginalized."

The proposal endorses collaboration with the Martin Luther King Center, the Center for Research on Violence Against Women, the Office of Policy Studies on Violence Against Women, the Center for Poverty Research, and Quantitative Initiative of Policy and Social Research as well as other programs and departments focusing on inequality and social justice throughout the university.

"There are so many outstanding faculty and students at UK doing critical work in the pursuit of equity and social justice for everyone. This center will recognize, support and encourage that innovative work, and will foster connections between faculty, students and the community," Brown said. "As a society, equal rights for all is still a dream deferred, and we need the brightest and most thoughtful minds working together, each bringing their own voice and perspective, to achieve true social justice. The goal of the center will be to facilitate that pursuit."

"This type of center would put UK at the forefront of both interdisciplinary research in this area and socially engaged scholarship," Price said. "Dr. Christia Brown’s past research and current leadership on this project is the first signal of the good work to come. As a university, we train students for various professions, but also as importantly, we produce strong citizens. This center’s aim to merge the research and service goals of the university will only benefit students and the Commonwealth in the long run."

The proposal outlines the future potential for colloquia, a speaker series, a scholar-in-residence, graduate and undergraduate student fellowships, graduate and undergraduate courses, mini-grants, workshops, and community engagement. The Center for Equality and Social Justice would be housed in the College of Arts and Sciences with a multi-disciplinary, diverse advisory board of faculty, researchers and directors of related centers, programs and departments.

The board would also include graduate and undergraduate student representatives. Thirty faculty have already expressed interest in affiliating with the center, but hopes are to include as many as 20 more.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302, gail.hairston@uky.edu

Successful Indie Film Would Not Exist Without John Winn Miller

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 11:02

LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 15, 2015)  John Winn Miller, journalist-in-residence for the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information, appears in only one scene in the new indie film "Band of Robbers." However, Miller filled multiple roles behind-the-scenes that made him a valuable part of the film production.

Miller, a screenwriter and film enthusiast, wore many hats during the film's production. His title was executive producer, positioned just under producer John Will of Torn Sky Entertainment in the hierarchy. Often executive producers are must less involved than Miller was.

Not only did Miller fill the executive producer role, he was always present on set.  The production schedule had the cast and crew filming for six weeks, 12 hours a day, six days per week in September 2014. Miller never missed a moment.

“I hung around on the set whenever they were shooting and just did whatever I could to help,” Miller said. “And it was a magical experience.”

He helped with set maintenance, assisted actors, moved equipment to set and went above and beyond expectations to help ensure the film’s success.

“Whether that was doing a coffee run or driving actors around, he did it, and humbly,” director and lead actor Adam Nee said. “This is coming from a guy who put money in the movie! That's incredibly rare, and speaks volumes about his character and passion.”

Both Will and Nee responded similarly when asked about Miller’s contributions.  Simply put, the film would not exist without him.

“He volunteered help over and over and over, and even when we were on set, he was always the one doing the little things,” Nee said. “He was always the first to volunteer to help with absolutely any task.”

In addition to his position as executive producer, Miller and his wife invested financially when the film needed it most.

“He stepped up as a backer when we were at a crisis point of having a portion of the requisite budget but not enough to make the film,” Will said. “We were facing the grim prospect of pulling the plug on the project, and John came to the rescue allowing us to proceed."

Miller is devoted to this film because he loves it. "Band of Robbers" is the brainchild of his son-in-law Adam Nee and his brother Aaron Nee. Miller has witnessed its development first-hand since the initial idea was conceived 10 years ago.

“I read the script,” Miller said. “In fact, I watched him write it on vacation, and it was a brilliant script, just brilliant, so I said, ‘I want in.’ And I thought, ‘it will be one of the best things I’ve ever done.’”

Miller’s intuition about the script proved to be correct. "Band of Robbers" premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year.

“We went to the LA Film Festival — that’s where we premiered — and got rave reviews and had a second showing at a much bigger theater,” Miller said.

All audiences enjoyed the film, which is what encouraged the unexpected second showing.

“The thing that I loved most about our LA Film Fest screenings was discovering how broad the audience for this film is — there were teens, twenty-somethings and senior citizens all enjoying the film and raving about it,” Will said.

"Band of Robbers" is a modern adaptation of Mark Twain’s novels.

“The concept is that it’s a modern re-telling of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer as petty criminals looking for the big score, which is Murrel's treasure, the fabled treasure, that they’d always been searching for as kids,” Miller explained. “It’s a really sweet story, a friendship. Tom and Huck had been childhood friends who had been looking out after each other but they were always going out on these crazy adventures.”

Mark Twain enthusiasts and novices alike will enjoy this film.

“Anybody who likes Mark Twain or Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, you’ll watch the movie and you’ll see all these subtle references to it,” Miller said. “We got a lot of giggles from people who recognized it. But, everybody who’s seen it has really loved it.”

Miller is not new to the film industry.  He’s written several scripts and screenplays and has produced two other films, "Hitting the Cycle" and "Armed Response."  "Band of Robbers", however, is the first to go to theaters.

"Band of Robbers" will premier in select theaters across the country and be released on video on demand services today, Jan. 15. Shortly after its January premier, the film will be available for streaming on Netflix.

"Band of Robbers" will also be shown at 7:30 p.m. Wedensday, Feb. 3, at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington.  Adam Nee and Miller will host a question and answer session after the film’s showing at the Kentucky Theater.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit kybandofrobbers.com

The film's trailer can be found here.

To keep up with the film, visit bandofrobbers.com or check out the social media accounts listed below.

Facebook.com/bandofrobbersfilm

Instagram: @bandofrobbers

Twitter: @Band_of_Robbers

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

UK Bookstore Introduces Price Matching Program

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 15, 2015)  As the new semester begins, students are searching and comparing prices of textbooks at various retail locations. The UK Bookstore is now offering a price matching program. The UK Bookstore will price match the exact textbook, in the same edition and format, including all accompanying materials, like workbooks and CDs.

"The price match program is just the latest initiative in our efforts to ensure UK students have access to the most affordable course materials to ensure academic success. If you find a lower price on your textbook within seven days of your purchase from the UK Bookstore, we will refund you the difference," said UK Bookstore General Manager Dave Lang.

Price matching includes used, new and rental textbooks. The rental term periods must be the same. Digital books and special orders are not eligible for price matching.

Online retailers such as Amazon, Chegg and BN.com are eligible for price match. Online marketplaces, however, like "Other Sellers" on Amazon and BN.com Marketplace, as well as peer-to-peer pricing, are not eligible.

A textbook is only eligible for price match if it is in stock on a competitor's website
at the time of the price match request.

Additional membership discounts and offers cannot be applied to your refund.

Lang said, "We believe our price matching program is a great complement to our extensive textbook rental program which enables students to rent new, used or digital textbooks."

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

Faculty Input Sought for Proposed Center for Equality and Social Justice at UK

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 17:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 15, 2016) — A team of faculty from across campus have developed an initial proposal to create a University of Kentucky Center for Equality and Social Justice. 

Inspired and led by psychology Associate Professor Chrisitia Spears Brown with Robert E. Harding Jr. Professor of Law Melynda J. Price, the goal of the center is to create a space on campus to explore issues of equality and social justice from multiple perspectives, disciplines and research traditions. 

The genesis of the center comes at a time when institutions across the country are debating issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.

At UK, those conversations are taking place across the campus among faculty, students and staff, allowing for real opportunities for greater change. Brown, Price and other involved faculty believe the creation of such a center -- from colleges across the campus -- will further allow the university to harness the collective expertise of its faculty in driving positive changes for a more inclusive culture and society.

Late last semester, Brown and Price posed their idea to Mark Kornbluh, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who responded with enthusiastic support. Kornbluh presented the idea to Terry Allen, interim vice president for institutional diversity, who offered his endorsement for efforts to develop the Center for Equality and Social Justice that would involve members of the UK community, colleges and departments from across the campus.

UK faculty are now invited to review the collaborative efforts of Brown and Price at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the Alumni Gallery of William T. Young Library. See full proposal at http://uknow.uky.edu/content/center-equality-and-social-justice-proposal-0. This initial proposal is a starting point for further discussions and as part of a process to reach out to faculty, staff and, ultimately, students across the campus to be involved in the potential center.

The center’s premise is the “urgent need for high quality scholarship from a diverse set of disciplines and viewpoints addressing the causes, consequences and possible solutions to continued social inequality.

“That scholarship then needs to be translated for policymakers and legal experts, so that research can more effectively shape how social justice is enacted,” wrote Brown and Price in the recommendation for a center.

"A multidisciplinary approach to issues of social justice and equality involving faculty, staff and students from every corner of the campus speaks to who we are and what is distinctive about UK as a flagship, land-grant institution," said Tim Tracy, UK provost. "Only a community like UK can examine these issues in all their complexities and dimensions and bring people together in a way that both discusses and upholds our values."

The proposal recognizes the need for improved dialogue with the campus at large and the local and state community to better improve how scholarship is conducted with the goal of greater social justice for community members. 

It also recognizes that UK is uniquely positioned in the Commonwealth with existing strengths to study and offer solutions addressing inequality and promoting social justice on the basis of race/ethnicity, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, religion, and class.

Consequently, a primary goal of the center will be to facilitate connections and foster dialogue between individual scholars, programs, centers and departments already established at UK.

"The concept of establishing a University of Kentucky Center for Equality and Social Justice supports our institution’s values and strategic objective to enhance diversity and inclusivity, and to become an institution that is welcoming and mutually respects the contribution of every member of our community," said Allen. "Ultimately, the benefit has far reaching potential for everyone, particularly populations often marginalized."

The proposal endorses collaboration with the Martin Luther King Center, the Center for Research on Violence Against Women, the Office of Policy Studies on Violence Against Women, the Center for Poverty Research, and Quantitative Initiative of Policy and Social Research as well as other programs and departments focusing on inequality and social justice throughout the university.

"There are so many outstanding faculty and students at UK doing critical work in the pursuit of equity and social justice for everyone. This center will recognize, support and encourage that innovative work, and will foster connections between faculty, students and the community," Brown said. "As a society, equal rights for all is still a dream deferred, and we need the brightest and most thoughtful minds working together, each bringing their own voice and perspective, to achieve true social justice. The goal of the center will be to facilitate that pursuit."

"This type of center would put UK at the forefront of both interdisciplinary research in this area and socially engaged scholarship," Price said. "Dr. Christia Brown’s past research and current leadership on this project is the first signal of the good work to come. As a university, we train students for various professions, but also as importantly, we produce strong citizens. This center’s aim to merge the research and service goals of the university will only benefit students and the Commonwealth in the long run."

The proposal outlines the future potential for colloquia, a speaker series, a scholar-in-residence, graduate and undergraduate student fellowships, graduate and undergraduate courses, mini-grants, workshops, and community engagement. The Center for Equality and Social Justice would be housed in the College of Arts and Sciences with a multi-disciplinary, diverse advisory board of faculty, researchers and directors of related centers, programs and departments.

The board would also include graduate and undergraduate student representatives. Thirty faculty have already expressed interest in affiliating with the center, but hopes are to include as many as 20 more.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302, gail.hairston@uky.edu

UK's Rachel Shane Named Editor-in-Chief of Arts Journal

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 16:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2016)Rachel Shane, director of the University of Kentucky's Arts Administration Program, has been named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society.

The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society is the authoritative resource for arts policymakers and analysts, sociologists, arts and cultural administrators, educators, trustees, artists, lawyers and citizens concerned with the performing, visual and media arts, as well as cultural affairs. Articles, commentaries and reviews of publications address marketing, intellectual property, arts policy, arts law, governance, and cultural production and dissemination from a variety of philosophical, disciplinary, and national and international perspectives.

In addition to serving as director of the UK Arts Administration Program, Shane teaches courses on marketing, financial management, fundraising, nonprofit management and legal issues in the arts in both the bachelor's and master's degree programs. Prior to joining UK College of Fine Arts, she served as department head and professor of arts administration at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she established the arts administration department and grew it to the fourth largest graduate program at the college. At SCAD, Shane led the design and creation of three degree programs and an undergraduate minor in arts and entertainment management.

Shane currently serves as a board member for the Association of Arts Administration Educators. In 2012, she served as the conference chair for the 37th annual international Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference. She is also the co-founder of MasterMinds Agency, a national consulting firm for nonprofit organizations.

As an arts administrator, Shane has also served in a variety of capacities in the field. She previously served as managing director of the Elm Shakespeare Company in New Haven, Connecticut; associate director of education at the Delaware Theatre Company; and as the theatre for young audiences tour director and theatre summer camp director for the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville, Florida.

Shane holds an associate's degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, a bachelor's degree in theatre from Northern Arizona University, a master' degree in arts administration from Drexel University, and doctoral degree in cultural policy and arts administration from Ohio State University

UK's Arts Administration Program, in the UK College of Fine Arts, is designed to prepare students for a future in the management of arts organizations. Students are provided with a strong liberal arts education, an understanding of the business world, and a comprehensive education in one of the four arts disciplines of art, music, dance and theatre.

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

AHEC Summer Camp Applications Open to High School Sophomore, Juniors Interested in Health Careers

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 16:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2016) The University of Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is now accepting applications for its 2016 Summer Health Career programs for high school-age students aspiring to enter the health profession. 

AHEC will host a four-week Summer Enrichment Program on the University of Kentucky campus from June 19 to July 15, 2016. Students accepted into the Summer Enrichment Program will observe and learn from UK faculty members, health professionals and health profession students. Students will attend classes in biology, chemistry and physics. The Summer Enrichment Program is open to current high school sophomores and is designed to provide students with insight into college life. 

The Health Researchers Youth Academy is a two-week program also held on the University of Kentucky campus beginning July 5 and ending July 15.  The Health Researchers Youth Academy provides students an opportunity to learn about health care research and to understand some of the requirements for majors leading to a career in those fields. Students accepted into the program will attend classes in physiology, observe research model presentations by UK faculty, and complete a literature review leading to the development and production of a health research poster presentation to be displayed at the closing ceremony.  The Health Researchers Youth Academy is open to current high school juniors.

Both the Summer Enrichment Program and the Health Researchers Youth Academy are residential camps designed to increase the number of disadvantaged and under-represented students who pursue educational programs and careers in the health professions. There is no cost to students to enroll and attend the summer programs. Housing and meals are provided. For more information contact Michael Witt, UK health careers coordinator, at 859-323-1378 or Michael.Witt@uky.edu

To complete the online application, click here. To be considered, applicants must be a resident of Kentucky and all applicant material must be completed and submitted by March 25, 2016.  

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

Williams Named to Editorial Advisory Board of Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 14:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2016) – Dr. Mark V. Williams, professor and vice chair in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky, has been named to the advisory board of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. The Joint Commission Journal is a monthly peer-reviewed journal that provides both empirical studies and practical instructions on how to understand and implement interventions to improve patient safety and quality.

At UK, Williams also serves as chief transformation and learning officer for the UK HealthCare and director of the Center for Health Services Research.

Williams graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also completed a Faculty Development Fellowship in General Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the Woodruff Leadership Academy at Emory, the Program in Palliative Care Education and Practice at Harvard and the Advance Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement sponsored by Intermountain Healthcare's Institute for Health Care Delivery Research.

Williams established the first hospitalist program for a public hospital in 1998 at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and built two of the largest academic hospitalist programs in the U.S. at Emory (1998-2007) and Northwestern (2007-2013) Universities. As chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at UK HealthCare he has doubled the faculty of the unit since 2014 to 60 clinicians. A past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SMH) and the founding editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, he actively promotes the role of hospitalists as leaders in delivery of health care to hospitalized patients.

He has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Consumer Reports. Notably, he also serves as principal investigator for SHM’s Project BOOST (Better Outcomes by Optimizing Safe Transitions). Grant funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois and other foundations, supported dissemination of Project BOOST to nearly 200 hospitals across the U.S. In 2015, he became principal investigator on Project ACHIEVE (Achieving Patient-Centered Care and Optimized Health In Care Transitions by Evaluating the Value of Evidence), funded with a $15 million contract from PCORI.

With a history of more than $29 million in grants and contracts as principal or co-principal investigator and more than 130 peer-reviewed publications including in journals such as JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine and Annals of Internal Medicine, Williams’ research focuses on quality improvement, care transitions, teamwork and the role of health literacy in the delivery of health care.  

Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or ann.blackford@uky.edu

World-class Artwork to Grace New Gatton College Building

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 10:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2016) — Through a juried selection process led by the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics, in coordination with the UK College of Fine Arts, three major works of art by two faculty members and one graduate student in the School of Art and Visual Studies (SA/VS) have been selected to adorn the new Gatton College building on the west side of the UK campus.

Thanks to the Garry Knapp Endowment shared between the College of Fine Arts and the Gatton College of Business and Economics, a fund that is used primarily by Gatton College to make art purchases from SA/VS faculty and graduate students, the expansion of the Gatton College building provided an opportunity to commission three large works for the new atrium in the Gatton building. The requested artwork includes: a large mural-sized work, a suspended sculpture in the main atrium, and a design for a window arcade on the first floor of the atrium. 

A special jury was set up last spring to organize and jury a special competition for these commissions.  The jury consisted of Kenneth Troske, senior associate dean, Gatton College of Business and Economics; Stuart Horodner, director of the UK Art Museum; and Stephanie Harris, executive director of the Lexington Art League and instructor at UK Department of Theatre and Dance. They judged more than 30 project proposals by SA/VS faculty and graduate students for the three art works.

The winning window arcade design by graduate student Tianlan Deng was the first art to be selected. Tianlan, a student from Shanghai, drew on inspiration from his home country for his winning design, which will be featured in the building’s atrium on the first floor. "Since there is a global economic interrelation between China and the United States, I decided to approach my glass design on one type of Chinese accounting system." Tianlan’s art involves repeating the Chinese numbers one through five presented in a sequence used in the Qing dynasty for accounting. His design will be completely translucent at the top of the glass window, but will gradually become more opaque as it moves down the bottom of the glass. The pattern used on the window will also be used to create privacy screens for the offices.

The second artwork chosen was "Chromadynamics" by UK School of Art and Visual Studies lecturer in photography Robert Dickes. The mural will use 68,000 colored pencils pushed through black pegboard to create an array of colors that continually change as the viewer moves from one side of the piece to the other. "The pencil has been one of the most essential tools throughout the history of business," said Dickes. "It has been used in every form from accounting to the signing of contracts." It is Dickes’ hope that the large-scale work will captivate viewers by its peaceful tranquility of color and repetition. "As the viewer stands back to view the work at a distance they will see a color mosaic that appears to be a painting, similar to color field paintings of the 1940s and 50s."

The final artwork chosen for the new Gatton College building was the suspended sculpture to hang in the main atrium. Metal artist Garry Bibbs, associate professor of sculpture, was the winning applicant, with his piece "Humanity Roll – Left to Right." This dynamic sculpture, made of stainless steel and bronze plate, will present a strong conceptual reference in both meaning and scope. "I envisioned a sculptural composition that would capture the formal, environmental and spiritual essence of the Gatton College of Business and Economics building," said Bibbs. Made of three parts, the sculpture represents the travel of one’s life and the path through the world’s conflicting forces, such as technology, industry and societal disorder.

Due to the scale and scope of the artwork that the college chose for this new and innovative space, fabrication and structural engineering experts have been assembled to oversee the installation of all three art projects. All three pieces of art, along with the rest of $65 million renovation of the Gatton College building, are scheduled to be completed in fall of 2016. 

MEDIA CONTACTS: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716 or whitney.hale@uky.edu; Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200 or carl.nathe@uky.edu

The Difference Maker

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 17:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2016) — Sen-Ching (Samson) Cheung is an associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Engineering’s   Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a faculty member within the UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments. Like most professors, he is deeply involved in engineering research. For most of his academic career, his research has been in the area of multimedia information analysis.

“I enjoy solving problems and developing new theories, working on new technology and future products,” Cheung explains. “But something like video surveillance does not impact me personally. At the end of the day, I can leave my research in the lab.”

The distance between professional research and personal impact was shortened a several years ago when Cheung and his wife began to detect developmental delays with their young son. They noticed he avoided social contact and wouldn’t look anyone in the face. Not even his parents. Eventually, they had him tested; the diagnosis: autism spectrum disorder.

“Though we were disappointed about the diagnosis, we began taking our son to different therapies and reading about effective ways to help children with autism,” Cheung recalls.

Not only did Cheung immerse himself in the latest autism therapies, he also began applying his engineering background to a field of research he had never anticipated engaging. Working with UK researchers in the colleges of Education, Arts and Sciences, and Medicine, Cheung applied for and received a multi-year $800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in 2012 to enhance the delivery of behavior therapy to individuals with autism and related disorders. In the three years since receiving the award, Cheung has not only developed therapy technologies for children, but also aids for the therapists and teachers who work with the children.

“Every autistic kid is different, which is why it is called autistic spectrum disorder,” Cheung says. “So I am trying to empower the parents and therapists by creating tools they can use and even customize for each child.”

The training mechanisms Cheung and his group have produced employ interactive gaming, wearable technology and even new approaches to surveillance. They also tap into well-known devices like Google Glass and Microsoft Kinect. Although each is in a different stage of development, Cheung says reception within the autism community has been positive.

“Whenever I go to an autism-related conference, I meet a lot of people and everyone has a story to tell. These are people who can really use some help. The recent diversification of my research has come from talking to people who say, ‘This is our problem; can you look at this and engineer something to help us?’ I get a lot of business cards and ideas from those kinds of conversations. Technology is playing a big part in autism therapy right now and it will play a bigger part in the future.”

Among his projects in the works, Cheung is excited about three that could make a substantial contribution to the crucial area of social skills training.

LittleHelper

As mentioned earlier, some individuals with autism possess behavior traits that make social communication difficult, such as lack of eye contact or inappropriate conversation volume. LittleHelper, which uses Google Glass, is designed to strengthen those social skills by giving immediate visual feedback in training sessions. Because wearing Google Glass is similar to wearing glasses, it has the advantage of being unobtrusive.

Using Google Glass’s camera and peripheral display, LittleHelper detects whether a user is looking at his or her conversation partner. If they are maintaining what is technically termed “eye gaze,” they will see a yellow happy face in the display. If they break eye gaze, feedback comes in the form of a frowning red face. Because many autistic children are visual learners, they are likely to turn back to their partner in order to once again see the happy face. A similar program offered by LittleHelper gives feedback of “SOFTER” or “LOUDER” on the display depending on the user’s speaking volume relative to the noise level in the room.

“That is why I call it ‘LittleHelper,’ clarifies Cheung. “It gives a little help in a few very important areas.”

MEBook

MEBook is part story book, part interactive game that helps autistic kids learn the social skills of saying ‘hi’ and ‘bye.’ While such responses come almost automatically from most children, Cheung says they do not come naturally from children with autism.

Using a “social narrative,” MEBook allows the child to be the main character in a story and his or her face appears on the screen via a Microsoft Kinect. In the story, the child meets his friends and teachers, saying, ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ to them. After finishing the story, the child is ready for the game component. On the screen, cartoon friends appear, each saying, ‘Hi (child's name) ’ to the child. The goal is for him or her to wave and return the greeting or farewell. Gesture and sound recognition determines if there has been a successful response. If so, the game says, ‘Great job!’ and confetti showers from the top of the screen. According to Cheung, developing habits is the key to MEBook’s success.

“We ran three children on the spectrum through a clinical study around MEBook," Cheung said. "We measured social interaction prior to playing the game, as well as after, and we brought them back to see if they remembered what to do without playing the game. The kids really began to learn the skills. A couple of them went from not paying attention to anyone in the room to, weeks later, remembering to say hi and bye to other kids and adults in the room without even playing the game.”

Privacy Bubble

With the Privacy Bubble, Cheung has applied his extensive research in surveillance to classroom interactions in a novel way.

“Video cameras can make for a great instruction tool,” Cheung says. “When my son comes home from school, I ask him how it went and what he learned; but he is not able to tell me much. When I ask his teachers they might send me a checklist about his behavior or a list of the work he did, but I can’t replicate any of it because I didn’t see it. If the classroom had a video camera, it would be possible for them to extract the important parts and share that video with me. Then I would know the new things they taught, and I could do the same things at home. That would be very valuable for me.”

Almost as soon as Cheung describes his vision for cameras in the classroom, he quickly concedes the number one objection to it: privacy. In a classroom with multiple children, it would be nearly impossible to keep other kids off-camera during video-recorded training times. Hence, the Privacy Bubble. Utilizing a Kinect, Cheung’s surveillance expertise has enabled him to black out everything on the screen with the exception of the teacher and student. This “bubble” protects the privacy of other students while giving parents a helpful tool for staying abreast of what is going on in the classroom.

“Plus,” Cheung adds, “if I could see the teachers having trouble getting my son to do certain things, I would know if something we tried at home would be worth sharing with them.”

Cheung had the opportunity to demonstrate LittleHelper and MEBook at the International Meeting of Autism Research in Salt Lake City last May — a conference that features the world’s top researchers in the field of autism and showcases new technology aimed at improving autism spectrum disorder therapies. Cheung says the enthusiastic reception for both programs encourage him to stay the course.

“Academics are like kids in the sense that we really like to share things we think are cool," he says. "And when people share your joy in an area so personally important to you, it makes all the difference.”

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

Deadline Approaching for Online W-2 Sign Up

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 15:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2016) — University of Kentucky employees have the option of accessing their W-2 statements online. UK's 'Safe, Swift, Sustainable' W-2 program allows currently employed faculty, staff and students to receive their W-2 forms through the 'Employee Self Service' portion of password protected myUK. The deadline to sign up for online W-2 statements is Saturday, Jan. 16.

Employees who enroll in the Safe, Swift, Sustainable W-2 program give the university consent to only provide their W-2s online. Enrolled employees will no longer receive a paper W-2 in the mail but will be able to view and print their W-2 at an earlier date. The enrollment period is now through Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. Employees who consented last year to receive their 2014 W-2 online will continue to receive their future W-2s online.

The benefits of this online W-2 statements program are:

•  Earlier access to your W-2 statement than the traditional mail process;

•  Email notification when online W-2 statement is available;

•  Eliminate the possibility of your W-2 statement being delayed or lost in the mail;

•  Access to your W-2 statement at any time;

•  Ability to print W-2 at your convenience;

•  Contribute to UK’s sustainability initiative; and

•  Once enrolled future W-2s will remain online for multiple years.

"Safe, swift and sustainable really are key aspects of this program," said Ronda Beck, UK controller. "Electronic versions of W-2 statements are expected to be available for viewing as early as Jan. 19, 2016, whereas extra time is needed for printing and mailing paper versions, which are required to be mailed no later than Feb. 1, 2016. Also, employees have the added security of knowing their salary and social security number aren't on paper in the mail system."

The program fits well into UK's overall sustainability efforts by reducing the use of paper, and promoting cost savings. Beck estimates UK will see approximately $20,000 in annual savings in paper and postage costs.

For instructions on how to enroll in the Safe, Swift, Sustainable W-2 program, visit http://www.uky.edu/hr/hr-home/myuk-online-guide/myuk-ess-guide/w-2-choosing-online-delivery-option-irs-disclosure.

Employees who do not want to enroll in the program do not have to take any action. They will have a paper W-2 form printed and mailed by the University of Kentucky no later than Jan. 31, 2016, to the employee’s permanent address on file in the SAP HR/Payroll system. Employees who have separated employment from the University of Kentucky will have a W-2 paper form printed and mailed.  

Click here to view a video tutorial of the sign up process.

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

From Morehead to Murray on Display at UK

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 15:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2016) — Two artists with ties to Kentucky universities Morehead State and Murray State open free public exhibitions at the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies this week. "Online Caribbean Stud," by Christopher Field of Morehead State University, examines lost visual media, while "Haul Away Home," by Murray State University alumna Maggie Sasso, explores the loss of a neighbor. An opening reception will be held for both shows from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Bolivar Gallery, in the UK Art and Visual Studies Building.

Christopher Field's "Online Caribbean Stud" explores different kinds of forgotten or discarded (but commonly experienced) visual media forms. Scrolling digital and LED signage has become an omnipresent part of our roadways, particularly in commercial strips that pervade the ring roads of small town USA to the point it is likely most drivers tune it out of their visual perception. The autostereogram has a history as a mall-stand artwork, rather than a fine art form. Most anyone with an email account has received spam in one form or another. The works take content from these sources and repurpose it. Removed from their original contexts and translated into different media forms, the content takes on new meaning.

"As a collection of work, I hope what becomes evident is the shared qualities of these phenomena — text and imagery at the edges of our media culture, experienced in unexpected ways. We search for things — for concepts, for keywords, for answers —and the images we encounter become part of our screen memories," Field said. "This process of identification allows more specific study of both the intended and unexpected emotional response to the media that we encounter daily — on the web page, on the road, on the screen, flickering in the darkened rooms of our consciousness." 

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Field uses a wide array of media and artistic approaches. He is particularly interested in how complex ideas can be expressed through visual and immersive media, and the way that media affects people’s emotions and perceptions. His work often involves the installation of interactive video, sound and web-based technologies in physical space. Field received a master's degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a bachelor's degree in media technology and art from Denison University. He is an assistant professor of art and design at Morehead State University.

Through fabricated archives, Maggie Sasso tells personal narratives that function as allegories. She contextualizes objects through documented performance, which serves to collapse the space between prop, artifact and artwork. Her most recent body of work, "Haul Away Home," immortalizes the poetic suicide of a charismatic neighbor whose grease-stained coverall’s serve as an unsettling memento mori at the center of the installation. 

Sasso has created numerous conceptual bodies of work that reflect her formal craft education. She received her master's degree from University of Wisconsin - Madison and her bachelor's degree from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, where she was born and raised. Sasso is the recipient of a 2015 Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Individual Emerging Artists. A former visiting artist and teacher at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, she currently teaches at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Collaboratively, Sasso has worked on projects like the grant-funded Mobile Museum of Material Culture, which was featured in the documentary "Blink Again," a permanent installation for the Madison Children’s Museum, and at collaborative events such as the Emma International Collaboration and the Hawaii Artist Collaboration.

Both "Online Caribbean Stud" and "Haul Away Home" run through Feb. 21, at Bolivar Gallery. In addition to exhibiting at UK, both Field and Sasso will deliver lectures on their work at the UK School of Art and Visual Studies. Sasso's talk will begin noon Thursday, Jan. 14. Field will present his lecture noon Thursday, Jan. 21. Both lectures at Bolivar are free and open to the public.

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

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

Big Blue Family VIDEO: 'Tumbling Brothers' Share Passion for Cheering on the CATS

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 15:11

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2016) — As they tumble down the length of the Rupp Arena court or the end zone of Commonwealth Stadium, UK cheerleaders John and Josh Marsh garner their fair share of attention.

If you are a UK Basketball or Football fan, you’ve surely seen them defy gravity as they tumble in tandem.  But there’s a special reason why they are so in sync with each other.  They are actually brothers who spent much of their childhood outside of Atlanta training at their mother’s gym.

“Our mom is our biggest critic, but she’s also our biggest supporter,” said younger brother Joshua Marsh, a sophomore animal sciences major.  “She was the one that was in the gym making sure we were doing all the exercise we needed to be doing — whether it was cheerleading or any sport.”

That hard work paid off when older brother John Marsh landed a spot on the UK squad. 

“Coming to UK was a dream of mine because UK Cheerleading is so huge in the cheer world” said John Marsh, a senior agricultural economics major.  “Since 1985 we’ve won 20 championships, so this was a no-brainer if you got the chance. I’m just glad I got the chance.”

A few years later, Josh decided to follow in this older brother’s footsteps.

“He showed me the ropes, and he showed me the things I needed to do so I can be at the top tier,” Josh said.  “We always like to challenge each other and that’s awesome.  Both of us being here has been a blessing and our parents love it. "

The Marsh brothers’ parents are not their only fans.  UK cheerleading Head Coach Jomo Thompson appreciates the spirit and dedication they bring to practice day in and day out. 

“Having John and Josh Marsh on the team is wonderful,” Thompson said.  “They are both so talented it is almost unfair. What makes it even more special is the work ethic and leadership they both exhibit.”

The Marsh brothers will be front and center this weekend as the squad tries to earn its 21st national championship at the Universal Cheer Association/Universal Dance Association (UCA/UDA) College Championships at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. 

As the team prepares for competition, Thompson relies on John’s senior leadership. 

“John has had a great effect on team chemistry this year, and for that I am grateful,” Thompson said. 

UKNow caught up with John and Josh Marsh during a recent practice as they fine-tuned the routine their team will perform this weekend in competition.  Watch the video above to discover how important this year’s competition is to both brothers as well as how they figure out what kinds of tumbling to attempt during games to wow the Big Blue Nation. 

This video feature is part of a special 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 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, amy.jones2@uky.edu or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282, kody.kiser@uky.edu

Marin Appointed to Board of Directors at Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 14:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2016) — Carlos Marin, assistant dean for community and cultural engagement at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.  The 15-member Board’s role is to uphold the Foundation’s mission of addressing the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians and provide financial and programmatic oversight.

At UK Marin is also program director for the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) which includes three primary programs; Health Careers Pipeline, Community Faculty and Student Services. 

The Foundation is a credible source of health policy information and analysis and makes grants, invests in pilot projects, does research and polling and informs policy discussions. The Foundation is committed to improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities and promoting health equity. 

Gatton Welcomes MBA Prospects to Open House Jan. 19

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 13:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2016) — The University of Kentucky's   Gatton College of Business and Economics is now sporting updated classrooms, the sparkling Kincaid Auditorium, and several other features in its new building, with more to follow soon with its ultimate completion over the next several months.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Gatton MBA programs will hold the 2016 Winter MBA Open House event, 'Blue Means Business,' from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Boone Center on the UK campus, where students can explore their options. You will be able to interact and network with current MBA students, alumni, instructors and other important constituents affiliated with the MBA program.

Just as exciting is the vitality of the Gatton College's program offerings, including its One Year Accelerated MBA and Professional Evening MBA. The ever-evolving, always-improving MBA programs are designed to equip future leaders with expanded business knowledge, leadership skills and personal development. All programs and majors are welcome to attend.

Harvie Wilkinson, director of the Gatton MBA programs, said, "If you want to make yourself more marketable in today's competitive job market, or if you want to expand your skill set so that you can be successful in your career, then acquiring an MBA may be an attractive option for you."

If you are interested in attending the MBA Open House event, please register in advance at www.gatton.uky.edu/MBA-RSVP. You are welcome to bring guests with you.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200/ carl.nathe@uky.edu; Chris Carney, 859-257-7645/christopher.carney@uky.edu.

Media Arts and Studies Professor Serves as Judge for Prestigious AAAS Fellowship Program

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2016) — Zixue Tai, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information, recently served as a judge in reviewing credentials and candidacies among science reporters in China for the 2016 EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters Program.

The fellowship program is administered by EurekAlert!, a science-news service affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and aims to support early-career science reporters from emerging economies by providing them with opportunities to cover the latest research and network with peers from around the world at AAAS annual meetings.

AAAS, which was founded in 1848 and includes 254 affiliated societies and academies of science, is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of of the journal Science.

In regard to the significance of science journalism in China, Tai said, “Science reporting has been playing an increasingly prominent role in the lives of ordinary Chinese citizens. As standards of life continuously improve, people are developing intense interest in a variety of issues that are intimately related to their everyday life, such as food safety, environment, medicine, and high-tech.”

Tai has been sitting on the jury of judges for the EurekAlert! fellowship program since 2007.

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

College of Education's 'Teachers Who Made a Difference' Program Now Accepting Submissions

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2016) — In its 18th year, the University of Kentucky College of Education's   Teachers Who Made a Difference program is now accepting submissions for the 2016 program.

UK women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell is once again teaming up with the college to offer this program that gives people an opportunity to thank a teacher, principal, professor, coach or other educator who has inspired and motivated them to succeed.

“Teaching is my job, teaching is my passion. And it is something that I love and hope to do the rest of my life,” said Mitchell, the 2016 Teachers Who Made a Difference spokesperson. “It is a tremendous thing to be a teacher.”

The program does not select winners from a pool of nominees. Rather, the College of Education created the program to provide individuals a means to express thanks to educators who have impacted their lives. Honorees can be from anywhere and do not have to be affiliated with UK; however, the number of honorees to be recognized is limited. Organizers ask that each nominator limit recognitions to one educator per year.

To honor an educator, complete the online form at https://www.coe.uky.edu/twmad/ or download the printable form to mail in. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2016.

Nearly 2,000 teachers have been honored since the program’s inception. The Teachers Who Made a Difference program includes a special recognition event and reception attended by both the teachers and their nominators.

This year's event will be held Saturday, April 30, at the E.S. Good Barn, located on University Drive. Nominees that are able to attend will enjoy a light continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and honored thereafter around 10 a.m. Those who cannot attend will receive their award by mail.

For more information, visit http://education.uky.edu/TWMAD or contact the UK College of Education Office of Advancement by phone at 859- 257-4014. 

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

PTS Assists Motorists With Expanded Services

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2016) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) has expanded discounted motorist assistance services that are offered to UK parking permit holders during the 2015-2016 permit year to include free on-campus battery jump-start service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

This service is also offered at no fee to on-campus patients and visitors parking in University visitor parking facilities.

If your car battery dies on campus and you need a jump-start, call 859-257-5757 Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., or call the university’s towing contractor, Bluegrass Towing, at 859-231-0197 after hours and throughout the weekend; these numbers are also listed on the back of each UK parking permit for easy reference.

PTS reserves the right to refuse free battery jump-start service due to excessive use of this service by a single permit holder or to visitors parked in violation. Requesting individuals are responsible for any advance service required due to vehicles being unable to start through typical jump-start procedures or situations where batteries fail to hold adequate charge.

PTS, in partnership with Bluegrass Towing, offers the following discounted motorist assistance services to all valid UK parking permit holders.

  • Vehicle tow
  • Flat tire change (using owner supplied spare tire)
  • Off-campus battery jump-start
  • Vehicle lock
  • Out of fuel (standard rate + cost of fuel)

These services are offered 24 hours a day, anywhere within Fayette County.  Cost for each of these services is $49 within New Circle Road and $49 + $3/mile outside of New Circle Road unless otherwise noted below.

To be eligible for the UK discount, Bluegrass Towing will record your permit number prior to providing the service. For your convenience, tow truck drivers accept cash, check or credit card at the scene.

For more information about the PTS discounted motorist assistance program, visit http://www.uky.edu/pts/help-and-resources_motorist-assistance.

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

UK Earns a STARS Silver Rating for Leadership in Sustainability

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2016) — The University of Kentucky has earned a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability efforts from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, measures sustainability performance within academics, engagement, operations, and planning and administration. Rating more than 700 institutions on six continents, STARS is the world's most widely recognized standard for higher education sustainability.

"Earning a silver rating from STARS is very exciting for our campus, and the full report, available online, is a comprehensive resource for anyone interested in learning more about our efforts," said UK Sustainability Coordinator Shane Tedder.

In the fall of 2012, and in the midst of an unprecedented campus transformation, sustainability was adopted as one of the seven core principles in the Campus Master Plan. This has underpinned the university’s efforts to carry out its multi-faceted mission of education, research, service, and health care in an environmentally responsible and energy-conscious manner.

UK received innovation credits for the Sustainability Challenge Grant Program and the Food Connection. Innovation credits are reserved for new, extraordinary, unique, ground-breaking, or uncommon outcomes, policies, and practices that greatly exceed the highest criterion of an existing STARS credit or are not covered by an existing STARS credit.

Using the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system, silver level certification has been targeted for almost all new capital construction projects. When the projects currently under construction are complete, UK will have 24 buildings — a total of more than 3 million gross square feet — certified by the USGBC, representing more than 15 percent of total building space.

Important steps have also been taken to enhance UK's greenspaces and urban forests. The university recently adopted Campus Landscape Guidelines that include requirements and guidance to prioritize ecology and environmental stewardship and enhance sense of place. The Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment has also formed a diverse working group focused on urban forests. And for the past four years, UK has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation recognizing the care and growth of campus trees.

Sustainability continues to guide advances in transportation options at UK. In the summer of 2015, a new partnership with LexTran was launched to allow all UK students, faculty and staff to ride any bus route free of charge. And more than 900 new or upgraded bicycle parking spaces were installed.

Through degree programs and a multitude of courses, including Sustainable Agriculture (SAG), Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES), and Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ENS), students learn about the pillars of sustainability and its impact in today's world.

UK's STARS Silver Rating will stay in effect for three years. For more information about UK's sustainability efforts, visit http://www.sustainability.uky.edu/

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

Martin Luther King Day Campus Bus Schedule Changes

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 09:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2016) — Due to the Martin Luther King Day holiday, the Blue and White Routes (Lextran 14) and all regular campus area transit buses — including the Pink Route (Kentucky Clinic) and Purple Route (UK HealthCare) — will not operate on Monday, Jan. 18.

Parking and Transportation Services will be offering the on-demand bus service Monday beginning at 7 p.m. and continuing until midnight. The on-demand bus will operate on its regular schedule Sunday, Jan. 17. All bus routes will resume regular service hours on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Visit www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_campus-shuttles for route and schedule information.

As a reminder, all campus routes — as well as the Red Mile (Lextran 15) service frequently used by the campus community — are viewable real-time on Transloc, UK’s GPS-based bus locating system. Transloc can be accessed at uky.transloc.com and via the free Transloc Rider Android and iPhone apps.

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