Campus News

Commonwealth Stadium Green Lot for BCTC Only During Daytime Hours

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 18:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2016) – The Commonwealth Stadium Green Lot, located on the north side of Commonwealth Stadium between Bluegrass Community and Technical College and the stadium, is now designated for the exclusive use of BCTC during regular daytime control hours. 


E-BCTC and C-BCTC permits are only valid in the Green Lot, and may not be used in the stadium Blue or Red Lots.  The Green Lot was expanded and resurfaced over the summer, resulting in 100 additional parking spaces.  If the Green Lot reaches capacity, E-BCTC and C-BCTC permits may be used in the designated overflow parking area along Wildcat Court in the UK soccer/softball area, accessible via College Way.


UK Parking and Transportation Services is providing dedicated shuttle service from the overflow area to the Green Lot during the morning hours until mid-afternoon. This shuttle route will be incorporated into Green Route in the coming weeks.


After 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, those with any valid UK or BCTC parking permit – including K, Employee, Employee Periphery (EK), Commuter, Residential or Off-Peak permits – may park in the Green Lot.

New UK Trustees Sworn In

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 18:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2016) — The newest members of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees were sworn in during a ceremony on campus Aug. 20.


The three trustees appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin are:


·         Jennifer Yue Barber, a UK alumna and attorney with Frost Brown Todd in Louisville.  She replaces William Farish of Versailles.

·         Michael A. Christian, a UK alumnus and dentist from Ashland.  He replaces Terry Mobley of Lexington.

·         Kelly Knight Craft, a volunteer and civic leader from Lexington.  She replaces Keith Gannon of Mt. Sterling.


The terms of these new trustees will expire in 2022.


Other newly elected trustees who had been sworn in previously were also recognized at the ceremony.  They are:

·         Lee Blonder, faculty trustee and professor in the Department of Behavioral Science;

·         David Melanson, staff trustee and assistant director for external affairs and development in the Center for Applied Energy Research; and

·         Rowan Reid, student trustee and UK Student Government president from Louisville.



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Transit Options Help Students, Employees Travel to and Around Campus

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 15:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2016) — The campus and city bus systems are a quick, convenient way for members of the University of Kentucky community to navigate their way to, from and around campus. As fall semester begins later this week, UK Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is reminding students, faculty and staff of the variety of free transit options available to them.


As of July 1, the Blue and White Campus Shuttle routes (Lextran 14) now operate year-round. This popular bi-directional campus shuttle service, which began in fall 2015, is a simple and convenient way to traverse campus. During the fall and spring semesters, service hours have been extended and routes will run from 6:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Despite reduced population, expansion of this service during the summer and other breaks will allow consistency of service year-round. The Blue and White routes will run from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, during the summer and academic breaks.


Also beginning July 1, the Green Route (Lextran 26) switched to year-round service and provides a connection from the Greg Page and Shawneetown residential areas to the Blue and White Route bus stop at Commonwealth Stadium. The Green Route will also operate from 6:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters, and from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during summer and academic breaks.


Due to the extended hours of the Blue, White and Green Routes, the campus Yellow Night Route will now operate from 8 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday. The Night Route operates every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and every 30 minutes from 10 p.m. to midnight.


After the Night Route service concludes for the evening, the On-Demand Night Bus provides on-campus transportation. Riders may call (859) 221-RIDE (7433) to make a pick-up request between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7 p.m. to midnight on Sunday. Calls must be received at least 30 minutes prior to the end of service.


The Orange Route (formerly known as the Purple Route) and the Pink Route (Kentucky Clinic Shuttle) provide ride options for students and employees whose destinations are in the UK HealthCare sector of campus. The Orange Route operates from 5 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday, while the Pink Route provides weekday shuttles during the peak arrival and departure times of 6:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Campus buses can be tracked in real time using the TransLoc Rider app on iPhone and Android devices allowing for users to plan for delays caused by traffic, accidents or inclement weather. TransLoc is a GPS-based tracking system that tracks all campus buses as well as the Red Mile Route (Lextran 15) frequently used by the campus community. Users should be sure to select both Lextran and the University of Kentucky under Current Transit Systems in order to include the Blue, White and Green Routes and Route 15 data on the app.


The free mass transit options are not restricted to campus. Last spring, Parking and Transportation Services announced an extension of the BluPass partnership with Lextran, which allows students, faculty and staff to ride any Lextran route free of charge when showing their Wildcard ID. The popular program resulted in more than 650,000 trips during the first nine months of BluPass service. The BluPass agreement has been extended through June 2019.



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Info and Resources for Student Safety Now Available on myUK

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 14:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2016) — This past spring, UK officials made several recommendations that addressed student safety issues, which included making reporting information more accessible through UK’s website and other channels.


Now, UK students (and employees) may easily access this information via myUK, the online portal where students, faculty and staff manage all of their UK information.  On the main login page of myUK, students will have access to all of the information they need on how to report a safety concern (publicly or confidentially) as well as a link to a campus community page with more detailed information. 


"The University of Kentucky is committed to student success – in all its dynamics and definitions – which is why we’ve invested millions in technology and personnel over the last five years to improve campus safety,” UK President Eli Capilouto said. "It is also why we initiated the CATS Survey, one of the nation's most comprehensive examinations of campus safety. This announcement marks the next step in providing easier access to important reporting tools for the UK family."


The myUK portal may be accessed at or via the UK homepage.


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The primary information includes:


Reporting a Safety Concern (Public)

UK's Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity

UK Police


Reporting a Safety Concern (Confidential)

VIP Center

Counseling Center

University Health Services


In the spring 2015 semester, Capilouto and endowed faculty of the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women initiated the first of five Campus Attitudes Toward Safety (CATS) surveys. UK officials believe the university is among the first in the country to undertake mandatory, campuswide surveys regarding sexual assault and campus climate.


Data from this first survey showed more than 90 percent of UK students believe campus is safe and officials are responsive to safety concerns. However, many students reported not knowing what resources are available for reporting an instance of sexual assault or bullying. By displaying this information prominently on myUK, officials hope students will be more aware of how to report, as students are required to login to myUK frequently to update personal information, register for classes, manage financial information, etc.


The second CATS survey was administered this past spring and preliminary results will be available later this fall.



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Wednesday's Welcome Back Festival Hosted by Alumni, Career Center

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 10:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Alumni Association and the UK James W. Stuckert Career Center will host the Welcome Back Festival from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24.


The event will take place behind the King Alumni House and Stuckert Career Center, at the corner of Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. All students are invited and encouraged to enjoy free food from Raisin’ Cane’s, Crank & Boom ice cream and Insomnia Cookies. There will also be a live performance by Grayson Jenkins. STAT (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) members will receive a free Traditions T while supplies last.  


For questions about the event, contact Sara-Elizabeth Bush at or call 859-257-8700.


The UK Alumni Association is a membership supported organization committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association or to become a member, visit or call 1-800-269-2586.


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For an Experienced Research Participant, A Potentially Life-Saving Personal Discovery

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 11:22


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2016) — On the first of May, 2015, Angelique Bell waited in a hair salon, reading the weekend section of the newspaper. She noticed an ad for a health research study that needed participants who had risk factors for diabetes. Since she met the criteria and had some time to pass, she decided to call about the study right then, from the salon chair. It was her 45th birthday.


"I don't have diabetes, but I have a strong family history of diabetes and some of the risk factors, and I thought that the information from this study could be something that could benefit me in the future," said Bell.


She didn't expect, however, that her impromptu birthday decision to call about the study would potentially save her life.


As part of the screening for the study, Bell had to do bloodwork and an EKG — standard tests to get baseline health data. Her results, however, were anything but standard:  they showed extremely low levels of potassium and an arrhythmia in her heart that could be fatal if not treated.


"When she came in, she was having a lot premature ventricular contractions, which is potentially dangerous because your heart could suddenly go into ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation, which can kill you," said Dr. Philip A. Kern, director of the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science and principal investigator of the diabetes study in which Bell participated.


At the time Bell was taking two medications to help control her blood pressure. One medication was a diuretic, which, unknown to Bell, was causing her to lose too much potassium through her urine. The resulting potassium deficiency was causing the arrhythmia in her heart.


Kern and the research team sent Bell to the UK Gill Heart Institute for further evaluation and treatment. She was taken off the diuretic, had to wear a heart monitor for 48 hours, and received potassium supplements.


"I was 45 years old at the time and I had to wear this heart monitor. Three-fourths of my grandparents had heart attacks. My mother had congestive heart failure. So it was a scary," said Bell. "I was relieved to find out that the condition had not gotten to a point of causing damage. A really serious problem was averted."


Once the arrhythmia was resolved, Bell, undeterred by her own health scare, went back to Kern and participated in the diabetes-related study that she had originally phoned about.


The study was not Bell's first experience as a research participant, nor was it her last. She had previously participated in two asthma-related studies at other institutions, motivated by her own diagnosis as a child, and she subsequently volunteered again at UK as a healthy participant in a study examining how our bodies process fat intake. Through each experience she learned more about her own health.


"That is one of the good things about being in the study—a lot of times when people get in studies, they find out about other issues with their health. There's a pretty in-depth amount of testing done, and it could uncover something that wouldn't be found in a routine exam."


Bell was also familiar with health research through family members' experiences. Her father participated in a longitudinal study on gout, and her uncle was a researcher with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("he was very excited about science"). Exposure to both researcher and participant experiences has convinced Bell of the importance of empirical, evidence-based information, as well as the need for research participants.


"Having people around who do research, you see how important it is for them to get people in their studies so they have enough evidence," she said.


She additionally emphasizes the importance of racial and gender diversity among research participants, in order to understand how health conditions and treatments affect people differently, but she simultaneously acknowledges the legacy of the infamous Tuskegee experiment conducted between 1932 and 1972. In the course of that study, hundreds of poor, African American men were knowingly left untreated for syphilis.


When the Tuskegee story was uncovered, it created an understandable distrust of health research, particularly among African Americans. At the same time, however, the story initiated a host of stringent federal regulations enacted to protect research participants. In 1974, Congress passed the National Research Act and created the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, which developed guidelines for human subject protection, including the landmark Belmont Report.


Health research involving people is now "very highly regulated, with multiple layers of protection," said Kern. Studies require a process of informed consent and communication of diagnosis, as well as reporting of the study results. Institutions like UK that conduct health research must have institutional review boards (which include community members) to review the plans for all studies. UK also has an Office of Research Integrity that can answer questions and support research participants.


"Because of Tuskegee I think a lot of African Americans are leery of participating in research studies," said Bell. "But if you don’t participate in the research then the data that relates to you is not there. Some things do have a genetic factor, and some things might affect people of African descent differently than people of European and Asian descent."


If there is residual distrust about health research, there is also a great deal altruism that motivates many people to participate. According to Roxane Poskin, participant recruitment manager at the UK CCTS, a large percentage of volunteers join studies as way to give back to society and contribute to discoveries that improve health for others and future generations. This is particularly true for healthy participants, who don't have a health condition they hope to address through a study but who are essential to research that broadens our understanding of what Kern calls "the basic mechanisms of disease and how the body works." While participants receive information about their health and sometimes receive compensation for participating, they don't always receive a direct health benefit for themselves.


"They want to be involved and help others even, if it doesn't help them directly," Poskin said.  "If we didn't have volunteers, we wouldn't be able to accomplish research studies. Even the smallest things have been researched, like thermometers and crutches."


Bell, who has spent her career in non-profits organizations (she currently works with Kentucky Refugee Ministries and ITNBluegrass), says she doesn't personally know many people who participate in studies, but that she would encourage anyone to participate, either for their own benefit or to advance medical knowledge that could help others.


"We have to have evidence-based research," she said. "And you get a lot more information about your health than you would in a normal physical."





Interested in learning more about participating in health research? Visit to find more information, view a list of current studies at UK, and connect with studies nationwide. You can also reach the UK CCTS Participant Recruitment office at or 859-257-7856.


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UK Equine Research Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 16:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2016)  The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation will induct three scientists into the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame Oct. 25 at the Hilary J. Boone Center on the UK campus.


Norm Ducharme, James Law Professor of Surgery and staff surgeon at Cornell University Hospital for Animals and Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists; Sue Dyson, head of Clinical Orthopedics in Animal Health Trust’s Centre for Equine Studies in the United Kingdom; and Susan Stover, professor of anatomy, physiology and cell biology at University of California, Davis, were selected for their contributions to equine science and research. Nominated by their peers and colleagues, Ducharme, Dyson and Stover were selected by past hall of fame inductees.


“I am very pleased to honor three outstanding members of the equine research community with their upcoming induction into the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame. I am particularly pleased how this year’s nominees’ research programs have focused on athletic performance. Each has made important contributions to equine health and well-being in this area. Their efforts have greatly contributed to our increased awareness and sensitivity to the health and safety needs of these athletes,” said David Horohov, chair of the Department of Veterinary Science, director of the Gluck Equine Research Center and Jes E. and Clementine M. Schlaikjer Endowed Chair.


Ducharme has focused much of his clinical and research effort on understanding the equine upper airway physiology during exercise. The focus of his studies has been on methods of identifying and quantifying dynamic upper airway obstructions, defining the anatomical structures and their function and developing surgical and other methods of treatment for upper airway diseases in the horse. He graduated from veterinary college at the University of Montreal in 1979 and completed his internship and residency at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. He received his master's degree from the University of Guelph and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1985. Ducharme served as president and chair of the board of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons from 2005-2007.


“I feel so honored by this nomination to the the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame. I consider this a team award. I have been so fortunate to have had great mentors to guide me, outstanding national and international colleagues to collaborate, support and challenge me, exceptional enthusiasm from technicians, graduate students and residents, who all have contributed good ideas toward improving diagnosis and treatment of the upper airway of horses,” Ducharme said. “I also was driven by the horses, which seemingly are always saying, ‘You got to do better! And, how hard can this really be?’ I have been fortunate to be able to listen to the many trainers and referring veterinarians' views on the problems. I am also very privileged for support from the many equine research foundations which have supported our investigations, namely the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the Southern California Equine Foundation and, for most of my career, the Harry M. Zweig Memorial Fund for Equine Research.”


Dyson is a world-renowned expert in equine orthopedics, with a particular interest in lameness and poor performance in sports horses. With a strong background as a rider, Dyson has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of performance problems in horses of all disciplines. Dyson has also made additional observations about how horses adapt their gaits in the face of lameness under a variety of circumstances and how the rider and tack can be influential. She has recognized the importance and limitations of diagnostic analgesia for localization of pain causing lameness. She has also validated the usefulness and limitations of ultrasonography, scintigraphy and MRI for routine diagnostic use. Dyson graduated from Cambridge University in 1980 with a bachelor of veterinary medicine degree in medicine and surgery and completed post graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. She returned to the United Kingdom in 1982 where she began working at Animal Health Trust.


“As a lameness clinician, I feel humbled and honoured to have been elected to join an elite band of scientists in the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame. I owe a huge debt of gratitude, not only to the friends and colleagues with whom I’ve had the privilege to work, but of course also to the horses, which provide endless challenges. I have been constantly inspired to try to improve the welfare of these fantastic athletes,” Dyson said.


Stover’s research focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of catastrophic musculoskeletal injury in performance horses. Her research contributions have had an international impact and have influenced decisions on approaches to training and rehabilitation, horseshoeing, track surface types and preparation, diagnostic approaches and fracture repair techniques for improving racetrack safety for horses and jockeys. Her research on comparative orthopedics covers many areas with a primary focus on bone development and remodeling, the response of bone tissue to exercise and the pathogenesis of fractures and ligament injury. Stover graduated from Washington State University in 1976 with a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine and completed an internship and residency in equine surgery at UC Davis. After working in private practice in Washington, she returned to UC Davis, where she provides equine lameness and surgical care. Stover obtained a doctoral degree in comparative pathology from UC Davis and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.


“I have been privileged to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams of talented students, residents and colleagues. Their passion to understand how the musculoskeletal system works has underpinned our 25-year journey to prevent orthopedic injuries and improve the welfare of racing and performance horses. Much remains to be done, and I am grateful to the mentors who encouraged me to push the envelope and to UC Davis, the California Horse Racing Board and the equine industry — veterinarians, owners, trainers and funding organizations like the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the Southern California Equine Foundation and others — who trusted us with resources to pursue our goals,” Stover said. “I am humbled to be recognized, and on behalf of the J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Lab team, I thank the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame for this honor.”


Equine Research Hall of Fame nominees can be living or deceased, active in or retired from the field of equine research. Established in 1990, the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame honors international scientific community members biennially who have made equine research a key part of their careers, recognizing their work, dedication and achievements in equine research.


Past inductees include: George P. Allen, W. R. Allen, Douglas F. Antczak, Ernie Bailey, John T. Bryans, William W. Dimock, Elvis R. Doll Jr., Harold Drudge, Phillip R. Edwards, Baltus J. Erasmus, Elwyn Firth, Harold E. Garner, Oliver J. Ginther, Harold Hintz, Sir Frederick Hobday, Leo B. Jeffcott, Michelle LeBlanc, Eugene T. Lyons, Robert M. Kenney, I.G. Joe Mayhew, Travis C. McGuire Jr., C. Wayne McIlwraith, Alan J. Nixon, Peter D. Rossdale, Edward L. Squires, Clyde Stormont, Sir Arnold Theiler, Peter J. Timoney and Stephanie J. Valberg.


The UK Gluck Equine Research Center, in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is home to the Equine Research Hall of Fame. For more information, visit



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Students Share Experiences Abroad on Snapchat

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2016) — Across the country, universities are leveraging Snapchat for recruitment purposes — showing prospective students what life is like through the eyes of a current undergraduate. University of Kentucky Education Abroad globalized the idea.


Each Tuesday during the summer term, a different UK student studying abroad participated in UK Education Abroad’s #TakeoverTuesday campaign. Students “took over” UK Education Abroad’s account and gave a glimpse of what their experience abroad was like to other students and UK Education Abroad’s Snapchat friends.


UK Education Abroad will extend its #TakeoverTuesday campaign into the current fall semester, giving more students a first-hand insight into what participating in an education abroad program is like.


“The goal of this initiative was to show that education abroad is accessible to all students,” said Austin Hughes, promotions and outreach coordinator for UK Education Abroad. “While a vast majority of students say they are interested in studying abroad during college, only about 15 percent of the class of 2015 did so at UK.”


UK senior Elliot Bray said that, as a marketing major, he believes Snapchat is one of the most efficient and effective ways of communicating.


“The ability to share my experiences in Singapore through Snapchat gave students in the U.S. an up-close and personal perspective as to how amazing Education Abroad really is,” Bray said.


Snapchat is a growing image and multimedia-sharing platform with over 110 million daily, active users. The @ukyabroad Snapchat account was launched in September 2015 and has seen a two-fold increase to 520 followers since the #Takeover campaign launched.



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Treatments Available for Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 08:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2016) — One in 26 people will develop epilepsy – a chronic disease characterized by unpredictable seizures — in their lifetime.


A seizure is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain that can temporarily change how a person thinks or behaves. Seizures can be scary for both the patient and the people around them, since patients can lose awareness or even become unconscious, twitch or spasm, babble, have blurry or no vision, experience difficulty breathing, and/or a host of other symptoms.


Epilepsy has numerous physical and emotional costs. People with epilepsy have problems keeping up in school or at work, can be depressed and/or socially isolated, can suffer physical injury during a seizure, and can even die from a seizure. They may not be allowed to drive, play sports, or have other restrictions that affect their professional or personal lives. 


It's important to remember that not all seizures are epilepsy. A person is diagnosed with epilepsy if they have one or more seizures that were not caused by some known and reversible medical condition such as diabetes. People can develop seizures after a brain injury (like a car accident or getting hit in the head with a baseball), a stroke, or because of an infection or a brain tumor.  Sometimes there is a family history of seizures, but often the cause is unknown.


If you suspect you have had a seizure, you should see your family doctor or a neurologist for an evaluation. That is likely to include a detailed conversation about what happened during your seizure, medications you are taking, preexisting illnesses or injuries, family history and more. The doctor is also likely to order blood tests that might identify treatable medical disorders, an EEG, which measures brain waves and looks for abnormalities that point to epilepsy or other neurological disorders, and possibly also a CAT scan or MRI to look for abnormal areas of the brain.


There is no cure for epilepsy, but two-thirds of all people with epilepsy are able to control their seizures with medications. The remaining one-third have what's called "drug-resistant" or "refractory" epilepsy. In those cases, patients may be able to find relief through surgery or through devices that can help override the abnormal electrical impulses in the brain.


In the U.S., there are more than 100,000 patients who are candidates for epilepsy surgery, and only about 2,000 people have the surgery every year. Patients don't need to suffer from the physical and emotional effects of epilepsy for ten or twenty years.  If someone has uncontrolled epilepsy for more than a year, they should seek an opinion at an accredited epilepsy center.


Dr. Frank Gilliam is director of the Epilepsy Center at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute at the University of Kentucky. 


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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Features New UPK Director

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 21:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19,2016) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Scholarly book publisher University Press of Kentucky, which is housed at UK, has a new director — Leila Salisbury. In today's show, she talks to Godell about the role of university presses in today’s publishing environment and her plans for the future. 


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


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

UK Veterans Resource Center Celebrates New Location With Open House

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 14:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2016)  The University of Kentucky Veterans Resource Center will host an open house at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22,  at its new location in Erikson Hall. All members of the UK community are welcome to join in celebrating this new space and the support UK continues to provide to student veterans.


The event will feature special remarks from President Eli Capilouto in the new space, which is in the lower level of Erikson Hall. Admittance will be through the entrance behind the building.


The Veterans Resource Center, which opened at UK in the fall semester of 2009, supports student veterans, military students serving in the National Guard and Reserves and military dependents. The center has seen the number of students it supports steadily increase each year and now serves more than 800 military-connected students.


The center outgrew its space in Room 124 of Funkhouser, resulting in the new, larger space dedicated to the center in Erikson Hall.


The new center plans to open during the fall 2016 term.


"Our new center has been made possible through the efforts of our campus and community partnership," said Tony Dotson, director of the UK Veterans Resource Center. "We have received several generous donations as well as kind support from the university's leadership. It has truly been a team effort."



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Dubey Receives Macular Degeneration Scholar Award

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2016) – Sushil Kumar Dubey, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been selected for the 2016 Charles D. Kelman, MD Scholar Award from the International Retina Research Foundation (IRRF).


The Charles D. Kelman, MD Scholar Award is one of three IRRF awards that have been designated in honor of individuals who played a critical role in the development of the International Retinal Research Foundation and are meant to serve as a memorial to their efforts. The IRRF awards were established to provide salary and research support in the amount of $35,000 per year for a postdoctoral scholar nearing the end of his/her training. IRRF scholars are expected to have gained the expertise necessary to engage in productive eye research so that they will be self-sufficient and independent in their own laboratory.


“I am delighted that Sushil received this prestigious award to expand our investigations into the role of histone acetylation in age-related macular degeneration,” said Dr. Mark Kleinman, assistant professor of ophthalmology and pharmacology, who will serve as the primary mentor for the project.


Dubey received his doctorate degree in biomedical science from Aravind Medical Research Foundation, India, and joined Kleinman’s Ocular Biology & Imaging Lab at UK in 2015. 


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Integrated Behavioral Health Conference Set for Aug. 26

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 10:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Social Work, in collaboration with the UK Department of Family and Community Medicine, is hosting a conference on Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) in primary care from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Fayette County Extension Office on Red Mile Place in Lexington. This is a continuation of the collaboration between the UK College of Social Work and UK Department of Family and Community Medicine that has resulted in two grants worth well over $2.4 million being awarded to the university.


The IBH Conference will incorporate training on Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), providing conference attendees with skills for substance abuse screening and for planning and implementing brief interventions. Participants will learn strategies for facilitating effective case management during the referral to treatment and post-discharge (follow-up) phases of care for individuals with substance abuse problems. The IBH Conference will include a panel of local substance abuse treatment agency representatives who will discuss approaches for supporting continuity of care for clients.


The registration fee of $99 includes breakfast and lunch. Participants of the day-long event will receive a certificate of completion for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment as well as six continuing education units. For more information or to register online, go to,



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New Book on Self-care for Social Workers Edited by UK College of Social Work Professor

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 10:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2016) — Social workers and others in the helping professions can be especially vulnerable to burn-out due to the heavy time and emotional demands, responsibilities and the uncertainties that come with helping other people. To meet these demands in a healthy way, self-care is essential.


Justin "Jay" Miller, assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, is one of three social work educators who co-edited a new book published in July by The New Social Worker Press, that uses an A-to-Z format to outline strategies to help the helping professional build a self-care plan with specific goals and ways to reach them realistically.


"Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals" provides, in a compact and structured format, an alphabetized array of strategies, resources, and pointers for engaging in self-care as a core part of ethical professional practice for social workers and other helping professionals. The tone of the book is intended as collegial conversation, while providing a substantive, pragmatic resource. The accessible format is meant for busy professionals who do not necessarily want an academic tome on burnout, but who recognize — experientially — the need to address these concerns.


“It’s amazing that this book started as a class project! With this work, we wanted to create a self-care work, not only for social workers, but for all helping professionals. Self-care is such an integral component of many professional disciplines and we hope that this book can serve as a resource for folks interested in engaging in self-care as a professional practice," Miller said.



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K Week: Kicking Off Your Kentucky Story

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 16:04


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2016)  Joining the college world can be an overwhelming rush of nerves, excitement or a combination of both for a recent high school graduate. During the first week of college, students begin meeting new people, finding their way around campus and learning the traditions and ways of being part of the University of Kentucky community. To ease this transition, 300 of UK's best student leaders, called K Crew leaders, are here to assist new Wildcats during one exciting week - K Week.


This year, K Week takes place from Aug. 19 through Aug. 27. Students will not only have the opportunity to participate in the 175+ events offered, but this week will be a time where students will learn just what it means to truly be a Wildcat. During K Week, the class of 2020 will receive the best pieces of advice for how to navigate through their time at the university.

From study tips to joining student organizations; from the best spots to eat on campus to learning to grow and better as a student – UK has the top 10 pieces of advice for the class of 2020.


"During K Week there are so many opportunities to learn about all of the different organizations on campus," said Madison Rose, recent graduate of UK.


There are more than 600 different and unique organizations on campus, offering countless chances for new students to find just where they feel at home and where each individual can branch out. Students will be surrounded with opportunity to get involved throughout K Week, especially during Campus Ruckus and the K Week Spectacular, which are two events geared specifically toward highlighting student organizations that live on campus.


"It is 100 percent okay to be yourself, whether that means you're a little weird, or a little lazy, or you really like your sleep or you need to have coffee alone, by yourself at Starbucks…I think it's 100 percent okay to be yourself," said Lauren Henrickson, recent graudate of UK. "I think incoming freshmen shouldn't hold back with who they are, and they should go for the opportunities that are available to them."


Some students, such as Chanel Friday, a recent UK graduate, didn't hold back her freshman year as she became involved right off the bat. Friday, being an out-of-state student, didn't know a single person when she arrived on campus. Her biggest advice is for incoming freshmen to jump at opportunity as soon as they get to UK.


"Definitely for the incoming freshmen I would encourage them to get involved right away," said Friday. "But beyond that, I would say take a hold of those K Week activities because you do get a group of other students who probably don't know anyone also, so you can meet up with one of them, and you never know, they might still be your friend by the end of your senior year. I am still best friends with one of the students that I met in my K Team that first week."


Building relationships – that is the purpose of K Week.


President Capilouto also offers wisdom when it comes to students building relationships and broadening surroundings at the university. At nights, he likes to walk the campus to see students out and about, joining in community with one another.


"I think it's gratifying when people are just getting to know each other and meeting those that are different than themselves," President Capilouto said. "I always try to tell people to find somebody different than you: grew up in a different place, different culture, color, language – sit down and have a conversation."


K Week is ardently planned each and every year. It takes input from numerous students, faculty and staff to create this unforgettable week. The 2016 K Week coordinators, Trent Patrick and Pete Comparoni, worked the past year planning this upcoming nine-day extravaganza for the class of 2020. For these two young men, K Week holds a special place in their hearts, and they want each incoming freshman to share in their passion for UK.


"I had toured UK maybe once, and so K Week — as a new, incoming student — that was everything," said Patrick. "If it weren't for K Week, I wouldn't know where I would be."


Both coordinators were so positively impacted by their K Week experiences, they got involved the following year as K Crew leaders, Super Crew leaders and they now oversee the entire entity.


"I would say one vision I have for K Week 2016 would be to leave new students and the K Crew with a lasting experience," Comparoni said. "We want to make sure that each student has a valuable experience."


For the class on 2020, K Week is more than just a week filled with free food, T-shirts and activities. K Week allows new Wildcats to branch out, build new friendships and broaden their surroundings while taking in all the University of Kentucky has to offer. K Week kicks off each and every student's Kentucky story.


For more information about K Week and to access a schedule of events, visit For events directed toward diversity and inclusion, visit


Students can hear more advice from President Capilouto, Randall Cobb, current students and recent UK graduates about kicking off their Kentucky stories by visiting here or by watching the YouTube video above.



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Start the Year Off in a Spectacular Kind of Way!

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 12:18


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2016)  Start the school year off right at Student Activities Board and K Week’s Spectacular event. Swing by Memorial Hall lawn from 8 to 11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, to enjoy free food, music and tons of other giveaways. Join the biggest party on campus!  


The Spectacular will be full of cool events like a photo booth and personalized sign and koozies station. This event is coordinated with the creative ideas from multiple organizations on campus, including the Student Center, Cat’s Den, Late Night Film Series, the MLK Center, WRFL, and the New Student and Family Programs. Students can learn more about these organizations and what they have to offer at Spectacular.  

"I am so excited for Spectacular," said Miranda Scott, director of Campus Life. "This is such a fun and relaxed event that is perfect for new students. It's great to come, grab some free shirts and prizes, and hangout with some new friends!"


SAB brings more than 60 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff, and the greater Lexington community.

Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at, or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email


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Wildcat Tractor Team Places High at International Competition

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 10:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2016) — Once again, students from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment put together a successful team that built one of the top entries at the recent American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition.


This year, the team’s offering placed third overall. Success is nothing new to the team with three first-place finishes in the past five years. In 2013, the team placed second.


“The Wildcat Pulling Team is always successful in many ways,” said Michael Sama, team advisor and assistant professor for the college’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. “The key to that success is the students who are willing to sacrifice quite a bit of time and put forth their best efforts.”


The average team member spends a few hundred hours during the school year fundraising, designing the tractor and writing the report.


“Most of our students work during the summer, but they come in during evenings and weekends to finish what they've worked toward all year,” Sama said. “The students don't get college credit for being involved. It's a completely voluntary commitment that allows a diverse group of students to participate at whatever level they are comfortable."


ASABE states that the International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition is unique among student engineering design contests, in that it provides a realistic 360-degree workplace experience. Student teams are given a 31-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine and a set of Titan tires. The team then determines the design of their tractor. A panel of industry experts judges each design for innovation, manufacturability, serviceability, maneuverability, safety, sound level and ergonomics.


Teams also submit a written design report in advance of the competition. They must sell their design in a formal presentation to industry experts playing the role of a corporate management team. Finally, the teams put machines to the test in a performance demonstration comprising three tractor pulls.


Through involvement in the competition, students gain practical experience in the design of drivetrain systems, tractor performance, manufacturing processes, analysis of tractive forces, weight transfer and strength of materials. In addition, they also develop skills in communication, leadership, teamwork, fundraising, testing and development.


The 2016 team placed first in the tractor pull category, second in durability and third in maneuverability, for an overall third place finish. The overall winning team was the University of Nebraska, which just happened to have two former Wildcat Pulling Team members Joe Luck and John Evans as advisors.


Team members were: Shawn O’Neal (captain), Brent Howard, Lee Frazier, Chris Good, Matthew Wagner and Garrett Daniels. Advisors were: Tim Smith, Michael Sama, Sue Nokes and Aaron Turner.


The team relies heavily on sponsors to provide supplies and fuel. Altec Industries Inc. supplied the laser-cut steel, Qualex Manufacturing provided metal forming assistance and the Kentucky Corn Growers Association provided funding and also sponsored all of the fuel at the competition. Funding was also provided by the UK College of Engineering, and the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering provided shop space and much support to get the tractor built and transported. Team members spent many fall Saturdays parking cars for football games to raise funds for team expenses.


The tractor will be on display at the Kentucky State Fair in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s exhibit in the West Wing.




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UK Ag Economics Students Bring Home The Gold

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 16:40

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Aug. 17, 2016) —For the first time since 1997, the University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics’ Academic Bowl team brought home the national championship.


The double elimination tournament was held at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s annual meeting in Boston from July 31-Aug. 2 and featured 34 teams from 18 universities. The members of this year’s championship team are Erica Rogers, Daniella Straathof and April Winebarger. Will Fox, Megan Harper and Rachel Hart comprised the other team from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.


The team’s undefeated first-place achievement follows last year’s runner-up performance at the event and several years of constant improvement under the guidance of agricultural economics professor Wuyang Hu and coach Jerrod Penn, a doctoral student.


The teams started practicing at the beginning of fall semester 2015 and met at least once a week throughout the year. Over the summer, because team members were separated by internships and summer jobs, they met online to continue their practices.


“This team has the passion, and their perseverance carried them through,” Hu said. “They’re tough, and they have a good team spirit.”


Though the team has always done well during competitions, finishing in first place this year meant something special to Rogers.


“To me, the most gratifying thing was to see all the hard work we put in the past few months paying off, especially because April and Daniella have graduated. They’ve been working on this for several years, so for me it was special to be part of this for them and help get them that win that they’ve been trying to get for so long,” said Rogers, who is a junior from Murray with a major in agricultural economics and a minor in plant and soil sciences.


Straathof and Winebarger both graduated in May with bachelor of science degrees in agricultural economics. Competition rules allowed them to compete.


Academic bowl competitions carry many benefits besides the opportunity to take home a trophy. Students integrate material across the curricula, develop a nationwide professional peer network and experience professional conferences where they are often encouraged to enter graduate programs.


Leigh Maynard, chair of the UK Department of Agricultural Economics, said he is proud of the students performing so well at the highest level.


“It requires long hours of training over multiple years, teamwork and trust and mental toughness under pressure. We are also proud to see the results of years of coaching effort and high expectations. Jerrod is (UK) Ag Econ’s version of Martha Karolyi — rigorous and supportive,” he said, referring to the famously tough coach of the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team.


“Jerrod is a fantastic coach for us, and we definitely could not have done this without him; he really deserves a lot of the credit for this,” Rogers said. “He made sure we stayed motivated, and he expected big things from us; I think of him as a mentor after this whole process. He has a lot of passion for what he does.”


Penn and Hu have spearheaded the ag economics teams since 2011.


“I am most impressed in the way they played, truly exceeding my expectations of how much they knew and how much they trusted and relied on each other in each match,” Penn said. “I am happy for Erica, the eager and worthy new recruit, and for Daniella and April, the two already-graduated seniors, I am pleased they can end their UK careers on top. I am thankful to them all for enduring the many hours of practice — they worked for and earned the championship — and for sharing the memory with me as a coach and friend.”



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Behind the Blue: What to Expect for New UK Families

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 16:27



LEXINGTON, Ky., (Aug. 17, 2016) — For many families, the transition of a child from high school to college brings with it an array of excitement, nervousness and emotion that they’ve seldom had to experience up to that point.

This is the first of a two-part series on "Behind the Blue" that will take a look at the college transition for both students and families. In this podcast, Nancy Stephens, from UK's New Student and Family Programs, discusses academic success, personal growth, and an abundance of tissues as families see their children step into a whole new world.

Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.

If you have questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email us at, or Tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

Click here for "Behind the Blue" on iTunes.


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#ServeTheLex During FUSION 2016

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 15:37


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2016) — For Unity and Service In Our Neighborhoods (FUSION), the University of Kentucky's annual largest day of community service, will begin 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23!


Over 1,000 students will be involved this year at Kentucky's largest single day of service. On Aug. 23, students will have the opportunity to serve the Lexington community for three hours, connect with peers, and learn about other community service opportunities both on campus and in the surrounding community. Volunteer work includes serving meals to the hungry, organizing donations at a local shelter, beautifying community gardens and many others.


"FUSION has given me a chance to spend several hours serving my community, learn about dozens of nonprofit agencies in Lexington and become a leader on campus," said FUSION Director Shannon O'Hara. "FUSION is my favorite event during K Week because I love seeing incoming students making connections with their new peers while doing amazing things for our community!"


The day will begin at 9:45 a.m. with an opening ceremony where students will have the honor to hear from several guest speakers, including President Eli Capilouto. Free lunch, T-shirts and snow cones will be provided to all participants. Students, faculty and staff may sign up at and register to volunteer at one of 62 different locations in Lexington.


FUSION is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach (CCO). The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote lifelong community service. For more information about the CCO, visit



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