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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

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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.  

UK Libraries to Digitize Appalachian Records of Public Health, Housing, Community Development

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 13:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2014) — The Council on Library and Information Resources has announced the recipients of the 2014 Cataloging Hidden Collections Grants. A project from University of Kentucky Libraries was one out of 19 that were selected from a pool of 92 proposals submitted for grants. Award recipients will create web-accessible records according to standards that will enable the federation of their local cataloging entries into larger groups of related records, enabling the broadest possible exposure to the scholarly community.

The UK Libraries grant project, "Action in Appalachia: Revealing Public Health, Housing, and Community Development Records in the UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center," was awarded a $156,439 grant. Led by principal investigators Deirdre Scaggs, associate dean of Special Collections, and Ruth Bryan, UK archivist, this two-year project will result in 645 cubic feet of fully processed Appalachian records comprising seven hidden collections of War on Poverty-era, social justice organizational records.

These community-driven groups worked to improve public health, housing, education and economic development from the 1960s to the present by taking action in Appalachia. The collections that will be made available as a result of this grant include: 

· Eastern Kentucky Health Services Inc. (EKHS);

· Eastern Kentucky Housing Development Corporation (EKHDC);

· Appalachian Leadership and Community Outreach Inc. (ALCOR);

· Commission on Religion in Appalachia (CORA);

· Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises Inc. (FAHE);

· Marketing Appalachia's Traditional Community Handcrafts (MATCH); and

· Human/Economic Appalachian Development Corporation (HEAD). 

Accessibility to these collections will contribute to new scholarship and public understanding about the social and economic development of Appalachia.

Records featured in "Action in Appalachia" are a part of the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection, which is housed at UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center. It comprises more than 3,000 linear feet of primary source material relating to the history, culture and development of Eastern Kentucky and the Central Appalachian region. It is one of the premiere collecting areas in the center and is among the highest in demand for researchers across the United States and beyond.

UK Special Collections Research Center is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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

Scientific Glassblower Provides Unique Service to UK

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2014) — When University of Kentucky faculty need a piece of specialty glasswork designed, like laboratory instruments, they rely on the only scientific glassblower on campus. Jeff Babbitt has been running the Department of Chemistry's   Glass Shop for almost 25 years now, providing unique skills and quick service to the UK community.

Babbitt does a variety of things — from simple repairs to the construction of complicated vacuum line systems. His job is a highly specialized one and as Babbitt himself says, "A lot of people don't know about it."

Drawing on his experiences working in his dad's Ann Arbor glass shop, Babbitt has been learning the trade since adolescence.  He says he has always been interested in it.

"You know, your job should be something that you enjoy doing when you go in," said Babbitt in a recent video produced by the Hive in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Babbitt designs and creates glassware based on what the user needs it to do. He estimates about 100 different varieties of glass exist. As many of the varieties have the same appearance, it is essential to know the applications of each type, or to know a scientific glassblower like Babbitt.

"They've all got different formulas; they all heat differently, expand differently," Babbitt said in the video.

To learn more and to view a glimpse into the life of the UK scientific glassblower, visit  

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

Faculty, Staff Discounts on 2015 Football Season Tickets

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2014) — The fall of 2015 promises to be an exciting time for UK Athletics and particularly for the Wildcat football program, as the New Commonwealth Stadium (The New CWS) opens after a $120-million reinvention.

As of today, season ticket sales for the 2015 season are available to one and all, and  full-time faculty and staff have a chance to purchase tickets at a discounted rate. Regular full-time faculty and staff can receive a 20 percent discount on the cost of tickets (up to two seats), including a 50 percent discount on the K Fund donation (up to two seats), if selecting seats at the $525 donation level or below.

The 50 percent K Fund discount does not apply to premium seating areas, including suites, loge and club seating.

With UK playing an additional eighth home game in 2015, all season tickets are regularly priced at $320 each, in addition to the annual K Fund donation. To provide a variety of affordable ticket options, approximately 25,000 seats will be priced at the current $100 K Fund donation level or lower, plus ticket cost.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to visit and use the virtual venue to view available seats, but should call the UK Athletics Ticket Office at 800-928-2287 to receive the discounted price on tickets, rather than buying the tickets online.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; Taylor Stapleton, 859-257-1818.

Money Management Matters Site to Aid Students, Topic: Financial Management

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 14:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2014) — What might your degree be worth?

The University of Kentucky Graduate School is prepared to aid students in developing the personal financial knowledge to answer this question and others related to financial literacy.

The UK Graduate School has created a personal financial education webpage titled "Money Management Matters," built upon six salient personal financial topics that pertain directly to students and graduates:

1.         Student loans

2.         Employment

3.         Health care

4.         Credit

5.         Saving and investing

6.         Money management

This week, UKNow will highlight the final topic: money management.

Successful management of one’s personal financial situation begins with the development of a comprehensive personal budget. 

"A solid understanding of what exactly you spend your money on can put you on the path to making sure that each one of your hard earned dollars is spent efficiently,” said Chris Riley, project manager of the Enhancing Student Financial Education Grant and graduate student at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration.

The UK Graduate School is one of 15 universities, in partnership with the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and the investment firm TIAA-CREF, introducing a personal financial literacy initiative aimed at educating students and graduates.

Last fall the 15 university partners distributed surveys to their graduate student populations concerning a variety of personal financial questions, to understand their “baseline” of personal financial knowledge. Using this information, the CGS developed as a personal financial education platform designed to help students and graduates enhance their personal financial knowledge.

The UK Graduate School has created the "Money Management Matters" website to strengthen this initiative at UK. 

“We hope the information provided within and MMM will aid students and graduates in establishing a strong foundation of personal financial knowledge that they can build upon in order to make sound decisions across all stages of their personal financial life cycle,” Riley said.

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

IHP Offers Opportunity for Community to Engage With International Students

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2014) — The University of Kentucky International Hospitality Program (IHP) is seeking "host families" for the spring semester.

Approximately 200 new international students will enroll during the spring semester at the University of Kentucky. Of these, many will join IHP in hopes of being "matched" with a family or single person.

IHP "host families" participate in sponsored events that help integrate international students into the UK community. Families do not provide housing for international students. Students cover their own basic expenses of housing, food and insurance. 

Though the host commitment lasts one year, lifelong bonds are often formed.

According to an annual survey by the Institute of International Education, during the fall 2013 semester a total of 2,225 international students enrolled at UK, representing 116 countries.  These students represent various levels and 27 fields of study.

If you are interested in joining this program, contact Mary Lynne Vickers, Host Development chair at 859-361-9603, email: or Judy Wiglesworth Phillips, Public Relations chair at 859-277-2224.

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

UK Ag Grad Brings Eclectic Style Home to Main Street

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:12

JACKSON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2014) — When Kelsey Sebastian headed off to college, she wanted to eventually come back to live and work in her Eastern Kentucky home. She’s been able to do just that with the help of a comprehensive education and family support. Kelsey’s on Main opened earlier this year in downtown Jackson.

Throughout her years in the University of Kentucky   College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Sebastian was immersed in the hospitality industry. Her hospitality, management and tourism major in the UKAg School of Human Environmental Sciences requires students to have 400 hours working in the field before they begin an internship. To top it all off, Sebastian had to take a capstone class where the students learn to operate a real restaurant on campus called The Lemon Tree.

“I worked at Ramsey’s while I was in college and did an internship with Bayou Bluegrass Catering at Red Mile,” Sebastian said. “The Lemon Tree class really tied it all together, and we learned every aspect of running a restaurant. I worked with people from many different backgrounds and majors, just like it is in real life.”

UKAg chef-in-residence, Bob Perry heads up the Lemon Tree class with Sandra Bastin, chair of the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition.

“The students in the Lemon Tree class experience every facet of a restaurant business from menu planning, nutrition, cooking the food, serving, being the manager, the marketer,” Perry said. “They really learn how to operate a restaurant in a very compact way.”

After she graduated in 2011, Sebastian went back to work as a manager at Ramsey’s but she still dreamt of going back to Breathitt County.

“Our small downtown had minimal places to go out and eat,” she said. “People were always asking me when I was going to come home and open something up there. About that time my Aunt Laura (Thomas) bought a building downtown, so it all just sort of fell together at the right time.”

You can watch a video about Kelsey's on Main, produced by Jeff Franklin of UK Ag Communications Services, by clicking here.

It has taken two years and every family member pitching in to get the 100-year-old historic piece of downtown up and running. She said Thomas is still working on renovating the upstairs; it will eventually be apartments.

Kelsey’s on Main serves up many family recipes — some so secret that Kelsey won’t let anyone else in the room when she’s making them — and its motto is “Life is short, eat dessert first.” Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, Kelsey’s also offers a Sunday, after-church buffet and rents out one side of the restaurant for meetings, receptions and parties.

“It makes me feel really good, really satisfied,” she said. “My family is glad I’m here; they come in and eat every night. It’s nice that people coming in here know us … you can hug them when they come through the door and they’ll say, ‘Oh I remember when you were just this tall and now you’re doing this.’ It’s a good feeling.”

Jessica Ritchie, Breathitt County 4-H youth development agent, is also a Jackson native. She and Sebastian knew each other before either was in their current position. Ritchie was even Sebastian’s 4-H camp counselor at one time. Ritchie said she often uses Sebastian as an example to her older 4-H’ers.

“I’m proud of her as a friend and a community leader,” Ritchie said. “Sometimes it’s hard to come back to your hometown. There might not be many jobs or opportunities, but she’s made a way to do it and is a great example to our 4-H’ers that they can come back and make a difference. You want vibrancy downtown in your community. She saw a need in our community, and she’s brought that life to Main Street down here.”

Sebastian said she wants other young people to realize that they can make a place for themselves in their hometown.

“Just pick something that makes you happy and helps other people,” she said.

Perry said it’s nice to see former students doing well.

“It makes us really proud,” he said. “We keep up with a lot of students, and it’s fun to watch them mature and go through their career.” 

MEDIA CONTACT: Aimee Nielson, 859-257-7707.

Brighten the Holidays With the Gift of a Good Book

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2014) — University Press of Kentucky (UPK) makes gift giving a pleasure this holiday season with a wide variety of books.  The topics explore such interests from cookbooks and historical memoirs to publications on Appalachian culture and Kentucky basketball.

For those who love to cook, UPK has two great options focusing on Kentucky ingredients. "Kentucky's Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine", by John van Willigen, discovers some of the state's finest traditions through the history of its ever-changing food culture. Van Willigen, a professor emeritus of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, also shares the story of the original Aunt Jemima — the advertising persona of Nancy Green, born in Montgomery County, Kentucky.  

Another publication for those who enjoy baking is "Bourbon Desserts" by Lynn Marie Hulsman. "Bourbon Desserts" features more than 75 decadent desserts with Kentucky's favorite spirit. The delectable recipes include Bourbon Crème Brulee, Watermelon Julep Pops, Drunken Hot Fudge Pudding Cake, Derby Morning Maple- Bourbon Hotcake Syrup and Grandma Rose's Big Race Pie.

Those who are more interested in historical figures of Kentucky would enjoy Maryjean Wall's publication, "Madam Belle: Sex, Money and Influence in a Southern Brothel." This book explores the true story of Belle Brezing, of Lexington. She is the woman who inspired the character of Belle Watling from Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind." An alumna of UK, Wall served 35 years as the turf writer for the Lexington Herald Leader before pursuing her doctorate at UK. She currently is a part-time instructor in the Department of History.

Another less controversial historical figure, Thomas Merton, a poet, social justice advocate and theologian, is explored in "The Letters of Thomas Merton and Victor and Carolyn Hammer," edited by F. Douglas Scutchfield, the Peter P. Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research and Policy at UK College of Public Health, and Paul Evans Holbrook Jr., director of the King Library Press. Merton is known as one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century. He resided at the Abbey of Gethsemani, a monastery near Bardstown, Kentucky. He wrote more than 70 books, however the public was not aware of the large number of letters that were exchanged between the Trappist monk and Lexington printers Victor and Carolyn Hammer. The collaborations between Merton and the Hammers reveal their shared interest in the convergence of art, literature and spirituality.

Another topic of interest, Appalachian culture, is explored in "Talking Appalachian" by Amy D. Clark and Nancy M. Hayward. The book explores the history and culture of Appalachian language. "Talking Appalachian" examines distinctive speech varieties and emphasizes their role in expressing the history and a shared identity of Appalachia. There are excerpts from essays, poetry, short fiction and novels to illustrate the unique Appalachian dialect.

The Appalachian renaissance is explored in "Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader." This publication focuses on Jim Wayne Miller, the innovative poet, essayist and short story writer of Appalachian literature. Miller served 33 years at Western Kentucky University and assisted in developing programs in Appalachian studies.  "Every Leaf a Mirror" collects essential selections from the beloved author’s writing and is an intimate look at Miller's contributions as an artist and cultural scholar edited by Morris Allen Grubbs, assistant dean in the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky and Mary Ellen Miller, the widow of Jim Wayne Miller and professor of English at Western Kentucky University.

The Kentucky basketball fan will enjoy "Wildcat Memories", a book that illuminates the intimate connection between the UK basketball program and the Commonwealth.

Author Doug Brunk reflects on the program's greatest coaches, players and personalities and their stories about individuals who provided inspiration, guidance and moral support. The individuals who have coached, played for and inspired the Kentucky Wildcats are important figures in Kentucky history and motivate future athletes and passionate fans for the years to come.

"Voice of the Wildcats: Claude Sullivan and the Rise of Modern Sportscasting" explores one of the first voices of the UK men's basketball and football programs. This book offers a heartfelt reflection of the sportscaster's life and broadcasting career covering Kentucky sports, as well as Cincinnati Reds Baseball, from the late 1940s through his death in 1967. Alan Sullivan, Claude Sullivan's son, teamed up with Joe Cox to create this publication.

UPK is currently offering more than 1,300 titles discounted up to 80 percent. There is no better time to share these publications full of history and the culture of the Commonwealth. The holiday sale will continue through Feb. 1, 2015. To order any of the titles mentioned above or to see the entire selection of publications, visit online at

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

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

KET to Air Documentary on Nunn Center's 'Kentucky Bourbon Tales'

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 11:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2014) — Bourbon is booming in Kentucky and around the world. In the last two years alone, the number of distilleries has tripled, and the number of people employed in the industry has nearly doubled. Currently, there are more barrels of bourbon aging in Kentucky than there are citizens in the Commonwealth.

A new documentary, "Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business," drawn from oral history interviews conducted by the University of Kentucky Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, introduces viewers to the colorful characters who craft Kentucky’s signature spirit.

The program, which also explains the science and art behind the bourbon-making process and details how the beverage became a global phenomenon, will first air 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, on KET, and again 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, on KET2. The program will air several more times this month, to see a list of those times visit KET online here.

In partnership with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA), "Kentucky Bourbon Tales" is part of a multi-year effort by the Nunn Center in the UK Libraries to document the history of bourbon in the state, and features the stories of the master distillers and bourbon barons from iconic distilleries that participate in the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour, including Wild Turkey, Heaven Hill, Brown-Forman, Woodford Reserve, Bulleit, Maker's Mark, Four Roses and Jim Beam, as well as the new Michter's Distillery and Independent Stave Cooperage.  

"The bourbon industry plays a major role in Kentucky's social, cultural and commercial history, especially from the global perspective. This documentary captures the essence of Kentucky bourbon's recent history and renaissance, and promises to both educate and entertain," said Nunn Center Director Doug Boyd.

"Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business" was directed by Joanna Hay and produced by the Nunn Center. The archived oral history interviews can be accessed in their entirety via the Nunn Center's online catalog, and the project’s website,, features more than 175 video excerpts from the oral history project.

“Kentucky Bourbon Tales” is made possible through the support of the KDA and its member distilleries. The nonprofit organization, which traces its roots back to 1880, is a

leading international voice on bourbon and distilled spirits issues.

In 1999, the KDA created the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® experience, which has quickly

become one of the state’s most famous and fastest-growing tourism attractions. More

than 2.5 million people — from all 50 states and more than 50 countries — have visited

the state's legendary distilleries in the last five years alone.

KET is Kentucky’s largest classroom, serving more than one million people each week via television, online and mobile. Learn more about Kentucky’s preeminent public media organization at

Part of the UK Special Collections Research Center at UK Libraries, the Nunn Center has collected more than 9,000 oral history interviews documenting various aspects of history including Appalachia, public policy, civil rights, agriculture, African American history, women, religion, the arts, education, culture, the history of UK, sports, health care and veterans, as well as industries such as coal, equine and Kentucky's bourbon industry.

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

Ellington, Gabbard Win Supervisor of the Year Award

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2014) — Each year, the University of Kentucky Office of Work-Life recognizes supervisors who have been nominated by their direct reports and colleagues for the Supervisor of the Year award. This award is in place to formally recognize supervisors who are highly regarded by their employees for creating a work environment that enables their teams' success and encourages work-life effectiveness.

This year, the honor was awarded to Michelle Ellington, geographic information systems (GIS) coordinator in Facilities Information Services, and Crystal Gabbard, assistant employment manager in UK Human Resources.

Ellington has worked at UK since 2006. She has served in multiple roles since then and is best known as a technical evangelist for the development and adoption of innovative geospatial products that support the UK community. As a dedicated mapping professional, Ellington served two terms as president of the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP), and is currently a team lead for the Esri Facilities Steering Committee and event coordinator for the Campus Facilities Technologies Association (CFTA). Ellington is a frequent guest speaker for multiple university courses and local and international conferences. This past year she gave a TEDx Talk called “Mapping the New Normal,” along with being an invited plenary speaker for the 2014 Esri International Education Conference.

Ellington and her team are responsible for creating and supporting the university’s Enterprise Geospatial Systems, which are the heart of the university’s campus maps and the advanced mapping analysis used throughout the UK community. They have received numerous awards for their work including an international Esri Vision Award and an international Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award. 

Her team’s nomination included their appreciation for “inspiring us to greatness” and the “established trust” built within an atmosphere that promotes “continuous collaboration and a balance of focus and fun, and of work and personal life.” They also appreciate the way she “makes time on a weekly basis to nurture her team and to encourage healthy actions yet still meet her project goals,” and the way she encourages the team to “strive for excellence in all areas by implementing lean process and efficiencies to achieve more across the board.”

Crystal Gabbard has a Bachelor of Science in health services management with a minor in business from the university. She joined the Human Resources Employment team as an employment consultant in 2008 and was then promoted to assistant employment manager in 2012. She has been a strong contributor to UK Human Resource’s Hiring Enhancement Program and now leads the development of new resources to this program. Gabbard is a certified Targeted Selection Administrator, which is a type of behavior-based interviewing, and holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. 

The Career Employment division of HR Employment is responsible for posting and processing all regular full-time positions. The team also assists hiring officials with faculty positions and direct user positions. This team handles a high volume of work to ensure appropriate steps are taken when hiring new employees, and provides hiring and selection guidance to hiring officials across the university. 

Her team’s nomination noted Gabbard's “dedication to her employees; her fun and friendly demeanor; and her passion for our work.” They appreciated her “belief in transparent and open communication that makes them feel important and allows them to see how their roles positively impact the university,” as well as the fact that “work-life balance is not just a philosophy to Crystal. She makes every effort to support her employees in areas of life that are just as, if not more important to them than work.”

They also mentioned that they have “the utmost respect for her” and submitted the nomination because “she constantly recognizes our hard work and this nomination is a way for us to recognize her outstanding leadership.”

The Office of Work-Life appreciates each person who nominated their supervisor or a peer for this year’s award. Nominations for the 2015 award will open in early September.  


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