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No Campus Bus Service on Memorial Day

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 15:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2016)  In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, Parking and Transportation Services will not operate bus service on Monday, May 30. This includes the Summer Route, the Purple Route (UK HealthCare Shuttle), the Pink Route (Kentucky Clinic Shuttle) and the MoveWell Shuttle. All bus service will return to normal operations on Tuesday, May 31.

 

Campus buses can be tracked in real time using the TransLoc Rider app on iPhone and Android devices or at http://uky.transloc.com, allowing for users to plan for delays caused by traffic, accidents or inclement weather.

Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Will Offer Workshops

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 15:02
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2016) – Representatives from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University will be on campus June 2 and 3 to host sessions for scientists, researchers, clinicians, professors, fellows, students and staff on effectively communicating about science to people outside of your field. Plenary sessions, which are free and open but require an RSVP, will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on both days in the Pavilion A Auditorium of UK Chandler Hospital.

 

UC San Diego workshop, Jan. 2015 from Alan Alda Center on Vimeo.

 

 

Established in 2009, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science works to enhance understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, public officials, the media, and others outside their own discipline. The mission of the Center stems from the belief that scientists have a responsibility to share the meaning and implications of their work, and that an engaged public encourages sound public decision-making. The ability to communicate directly and vividly can also enhance scientists’ career prospects, helping them secure funding, collaborate across disciplines, compete for positions, and serve as effective teachers.

 

The interactive plenary sessions will help professionals in the sciences learn to better distill their messages by speaking clearly and vividly about their work and why it matters in a way that non-scientists can understand, by finding common ground with an audience, speaking at diff­erent levels of complexity for different audiences, and answering questions about your scientific work.

 

“We all have our own jargon, whatever discipline we’re in,” said Victoria King, Ph.D., associate professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and career development director for the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science, one of the sponsors of the event. “And we all need to be able to communicate, beyond that jargon, with people outside our field — whether we are speaking with patients, media, policy makers, donors, students, or community members .”

 

Afternoon sessions, which are not open to the public, will be held for junior faculty, K awardees, T32 trainees, and students in the MD/PhD and Clinical and Translational Science Training and Education programs.

 

“Part of our mission is training, education and mentoring, and being able to talk about what you do is an integral skill,” said King.

 

The event is also sponsored by the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program and the MD/PhD program.

 

If you are interested in attending the plenary session on June 2 or June 3, reserve your place by emailing ccts@uky.edu and indicating which day you’d like to attend. The deadline to RSVP is Tuedsay, May 31, 2016. Light breakfast will be provided.

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Mallory Powell, mallory.powell@uky.edu

UK Accounting Students Gain Real-World Experience

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 14:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2016) This spring, University of Kentucky accounting students again partnered with Dean Dorton Allen Ford, one of the largest certified public accounting firms in the Southeast, to gain real-world internal audit experience by performing risk and control assessments for local businesses. The students consistently produce impactful and eye-opening results for their clients.

 

Urton Anderson, director of the UK Von Allmen School of Accountancy and Ernst Young Professor of Accountancy, places about 40 students into community audit projects each semester. The student teams have worked closely with Bill Kohm, audit director for Dean Dorton and a 1996 UK graduate, on audit projects focused on risk and control assessments for three local organizations that lacked an internal audit function. These included a nonprofit, a restaurant and a veterinary practice.

 

Students conducted their projects by spending time at the client site, conducting interviews and performing testing as necessary. Each team connected with Kohm throughout the duration of the semester through conference calls, emails and at least one meeting at Dean Dorton's Lexington location. The projects concluded with a formal report and presentation to management, which along with the documentation supporting their report served as 50 percent of each student's grade in Anderson's class.

 

The results of these projects provided surprising insights. Students working with the nonprofit organization generated such impressive results in their initial risk assessment that two additional audit projects were spurred. The veterinary practice's management was so impressed with the findings from their team's risk assessment that they invited a new group of students onsite to conduct a billing audit that went on to generate numerous improvement recommendations.

 

"It has been great to work with an actual business and an actual audit firm, and have some insight into the real world of internal audit," said UK student Peter Townsend.

 

"As a UK alum I appreciate the opportunity to pay it forward through these community internal audit projects," Kohm said. "The students have a very unique opportunity to practice the skills that Dr. Anderson teaches in class. The projects reflect Dean Dorton's commitment to give back to our community as well."

 

In addition to providing a résumé-building experience that correlated to an audit internship, students established relationships with local businesses and provided value-added services at no out-of-pocket cost. Anderson noted many students in the internal audit class told him that it is one of the richest educational experiences they have had to date.

 

Dean Dorton is a leading Kentucky-based regional accounting firm, providing audit, accounting, tax, health care consulting, and many other services to clients throughout the Southeast. For more information, click here.

 

The Douglas J. Von Allmen School of Accountancy in the Gatton College of Business and Economics exists to prepare accounting graduates for leadership roles in the profession by offering high-quality, fully accredited programs, conducting research that advances the body of accounting knowledge and has implications for accounting practice, and providing service to local and state institutions, the accounting profession and UK. For more information, click here.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit  uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS: Loretta Stafford, llst227@g.uky.edu, 270-619-9579; Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200, carl.nathe@uky.edu

 

MEDIA CONTACTS: Loretta Stafford, llst227@g.uky.edu, 270-619-9579; Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200, carl.nathe@uky.edu

 

A Day in the Life of a UK Student: May 26, 1912

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2016) In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 232nd diary entry from May 26, 1912, recalls a meeting of the YWCA and a poem emphasizing the importance of trying to find happiness.

 

May 26th. Y.W.C.A.

 

Inserted next to her May 26, 1912, diary entry, McClure included the poem “Look Pleasant Please!” by Walt Mason. It reads as follows:

 

“Look pleasant, please!” the photo expert told me,

For I had pulled a long and gloomy face;

And then I let a wide, glad smile enfold me,

And hold my features in its warm embrace.

“Look pleasant, please!” My friend we really ought to,

Cut out these words and out them in a frame;

Long, long we’d search to find a better motto

To guide and help us while we play the game.

Look pleasant, please, when you have met reverse,

When you beneath misfortune’s stroke are bent,

When all your hopes seen riding round in hearses —

A scowling won’t help you worth a cent.

Look pleasant, please, when days are dark and dismal

And all the world seems in a hopeless fix;

The clouds won’t go because your grief’s abysmal

The sun won’t shine sooner for your kicks.

Look pleasant, please, when Grip-King of diseases, has filled your system with his microbes vile;

I know it’s hard but still, between your sneezes,

You may be able to produce a smile.

Look pleasant, please, whenever trouble galls you;

A gloomy face won’t cure a single pain.

Look pleasant, please, whatever ill befalls you,

For gnashing teeth is weary work, and vain.

Look pleasant, please, and thus inspire your brothers

To raise a smile and pass the same along;

Forget yourself and think awhile of others,

And do your stunt with gladsome whoop and song.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, graduated in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928 from UK. After receiving her AB, she taught for a year at Middlesboro, Kentucky, another year at Paducah, Kentucky, and seven years in Cynthiana, Kentucky. After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in the Fayette County schools. At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.

The first woman to receive a Ph.D. from UK, McClure said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite of those words, McClure received her doctoral degree in American history in 1934.

 

Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.” McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish. 

 

McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them. She then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.

 

The UK alumna and educator was very active in the community. McClure was a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album and other assorted photographs related to McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her UK classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots.

 

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections 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.

 

Diary transcriptions completed by senior Taylor Adams, Special Collections Learning Lab intern and history major from Ashland, Kentucky.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

 

 

 

The Medical Center at Bowling Green Joins Markey Affiliate Network

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:45

LEXINGTON, Ky.  (May 26, 2016) – The Medical Center at Bowling Green announced a new affiliation with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, the state's first and only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.

 

 

 

“The Medical Center is proud to become a member of the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network as we enhance the high-caliber cancer services and programs we provide to Southcentral Kentucky,” said Connie D. Smith, president and chief executive officer of Commonwealth Health Corporation and The Medical Center. “With the support and guidance of the UK Markey Cancer Center, The Medical Center will have access to the latest clinical trials for patients, educational opportunities for physicians and staff and additional outreach and education resources for the community.”

 

The UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network was created to provide high-quality cancer care closer to home for patients across the region, and to minimize the effects of cancer through prevention and education programs, exceptional clinical care, and access to research.

 

The Medical Center is the regional referral center for cancer care in Southcentral Kentucky with nearly 1,000 cancer cases diagnosed at the hospital annually. The Medical Center provides the area’s only radiation oncology program through the Cancer Treatment Center. In addition to radiation therapy, the oncology-related services provided by the hospital include diagnostic imaging, surgery, chemotherapy, psychosocial support, rehabilitation, nutrition, patient navigation, survivorship care planning, and palliative care. The Medical Center operates a second radiation oncology practice, Barren River Regional Cancer Center, in partnership with TJ Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow, Ky.

 

By becoming a UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network member, The Medical Center will now be able to offer patients access to additional specialty and subspecialty physicians and care, including clinical trials and advanced technology, while allowing them to stay in their region for most treatments.

 

“The affiliation with UK Markey Cancer Center will further elevate our cancer program and provide tremendous benefit for our cancer patients,” said Sarah C. Moore, executive vice president for Commonwealth Health Corporation. “As an accredited cancer program through the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, The Medical Center is dedicated to providing expert care for our cancer patients. Having access to clinical consultation services through the UK Markey Cancer Center ensures our patients receive the treatment services they need right here in Bowling Green, minimizing the inconvenience of travel.”

 

The UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network supports UK HealthCare's overall mission of ensuring no Kentuckian will have to leave the state to get access to top-of-the-line health care.

 

"UK HealthCare doesn't just serve Lexington and central Kentucky – our mission is to provide all Kentuckians with the best possible care right here in the state," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "The Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network allows us to collaborate with community hospitals to provide top-notch cancer care much closer to home -- saving both travel expenses and time for the patients, in addition to keeping them close to their personal support system."

 

The UK Markey Cancer Center is one of only 69 medical centers in the country to earn an NCI cancer center designation. Because of the designation, Markey patients have access to new drugs, treatment options and clinical trials offered only at NCI centers.

 

Moving forward, the UK Markey Cancer Center is working toward the next tier of designation – an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Currently, 45 of the 69 NCI-designated cancer centers in the country hold a comprehensive cancer center status. The UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network will play a large role in bringing that next level of cancer funding to Kentucky.

 

"Kentucky is home to some of the worst cancer rates in the country," said Dr. Tim Mullett, medical director of the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network. "Collaborating with our affiliate hospitals across the state will enable us to make a positive impact on the dire cancer rates here in the Commonwealth."

 

The UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network began in 2006 and comprises 16 hospitals across the state of Kentucky:

 

•           Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester (candidate member)

•           Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Danville

•           Frankfort Regional Medical Center

•           Georgetown Community Hospital

•           Hardin Memorial Hospital, Elizabethtown

•           Harlan ARH Hospital

•           Harrison Memorial Hospital, Cynthiana

•           Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center

•           Methodist Hospital, Henderson

•           Norton Cancer Institute, Louisville (Norton Healthcare-UK HealthCare partnership)

•           Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ashland

•           Rockcastle Regional Hospital, Mt. Vernon

•           St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead

•           The Medical Center at Bowling Green

•           TJ Samson Community Hospital, Glasgow (candidate member)

•           Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center, South Williamson

 

About The Medical Center

The Medical Center at Bowling Green is the flagship hospital for Med Center Health and Commonwealth Health Corporation (CHC).  Located in Bowling Green, Ky., The Medical Center is a 337-bed, full service, not-for-profit hospital specializing in heart care, cancer care, obstetrics and neonatology, neuroscience and orthopaedic services. With a mission to care for people and improve the quality of life in the communities it serves, CHC and its entities including The Medical Center at Bowling Green contributed $68.8 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2015. The Medical Center treats patients regardless of their ability to pay and annually provides millions in community benefit through charity care for the uninsured and shortfalls in governmental reimbursements (Medicare and Medicaid).  To learn more, visit www.TheMedicalCenter.org.

 

About University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center

The Markey Cancer Center was founded in 1983 and is a dedicated matrix cancer center established as an integral part of the University of Kentucky and the UK HealthCare enterprise. UK Markey is an NCI-designated center, receiving research funding and many other opportunities available only to the nation’s best cancer centers, and the only NCI-designated center in Kentucky and one of 69 in the nation. The clinical programs and services of the Markey Cancer Center are integrated with the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Markey's cancer specialty teams work together with UK Chandler Hospital departments and divisions to provide primary patient care and support services as well as advanced specialty care with applicable clinical trials. All diagnostic services, clinical and pathology laboratories, operating rooms, emergent and intensive care, and radiation therapy services are also provided to cancer patients through UK Chandler Hospital.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or allison.perry@uky.edu

My Old Kentucky Homefront: UPK Book Explores State's Participation in World War II

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2016) In 1941, Kentucky was still in the grips of the Great Depression. Unemployment was high, and wages were hardly enough to support families, leaving many Kentuckians frustrated with the economic state of the Commonwealth. Kentucky had also fallen behind much of the nation in societal transitions, as women were still expected to be wives and mothers, while African Americans remained segregated. By the end of World War II, Kentucky had been transformed both economically and culturally, and those most affected were the citizens who remained on the homefront.


In "Committed to Victory: The Kentucky Home Front during World War II," published by University Press of Kentucky (UPK), historian and University of Kentucky alumnus Richard E. Holl details Kentucky’s fundamental economic, political and social changes from 1941 to 1945.

 

Kentuckians were initially reluctant to participate in the war, leery of getting entangled in another European conflict. The devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, however, motivated Kentuckians, like the rest of America, to contribute to the war effort. Kentuckians rushed to enlist, with more than 300,000 participating in the military by war’s end. Others flocked to cities such as Louisville, Paducah and Richmond for jobs at wartime production centers. This unprecedented boom brought economic prosperity to the state and also sowed the seeds of social change for both African Americans and women.


At the outbreak of the war, Kentucky was primarily a rural and agricultural state with almost no industrial activity. As America shifted to a war footing, the responsibility to provide the necessary wartime goods fell on the states, which gave Kentuckians a way to contribute to the war effort while also improving life on the homefront.

 

The Ford Motor Company plant in Louisville retooled to produce Jeeps, manufacturing more than 93,000 for the military by war’s end, and the city’s Rubbertown neighborhood exploded with activity, producing over a quarter of all synthetic rubber in the U.S. In Hazard and Harlan, coal production surged, and the American Rolling Mill Company in Ashland added a furnace to double its output of steel. Production at the TNT plant outside of Paducah expanded, and the Ken-Rad Company in Owensboro, which made vacuum tubes for radios, opened a branch factory in Bowling Green. As a result of Kentuckians’ efforts, the Bluegrass state was pulled from its persistent economic depression, virtually overnight.


Included with this newfound prosperity was massive wartime migration as people moved from rural Kentucky to urban areas to obtain work. Because of the war, Kentucky became more urban and industrial, shifting the state’s demographics. In addition, as men served overseas, women and African Americans filled many jobs that were not previously open to them. Having secured better jobs and experienced more freedom than they had previously known, both groups began to pursue social advancement after the war. Black servicemen also returned from the war ready to fight for their liberty at home. World War II recast Kentucky society, unleashing forces of change that would become more apparent in the ensuing decades, including the civil rights movement and the women’s liberation movement.


No five-year period since the Civil War in Kentucky’s history has seen more significant changes than the years of World War II, and while Kentuckians’ contributions to the war effort overseas have been relatively well-documented, the understanding of the war’s impact on life in Kentucky has not. Gathering information from sources such as personal interviews, local newspapers, archives and government records, Holl has filled a significant gap. “Committed to Victory” places readers alongside ordinary Kentuckians, allowing them to see the impact the war had not only on Kentucky, but on the lives of ordinary citizens of the Commonwealth.


Richard Holl is a professor of history at Hazard Community and Technical College and author of “From the Boardroom to the War Room: America’s Corporate Liberals and FDR’s Preparedness Program.” Holl received his bachelor's degree in economics and master's degree in history from the University of Maryland in 1983 and 1986; he received his doctoral degree in history from UK in 1996.

 

UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that includes all of the state universities, five private colleges, and two historical societies. The press’ editorial program focuses on the humanities and the 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 through the UK Libraries.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

Supermassive Black Holes in 'Red Geyser' Galaxies Cause Galactic Warming

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 16:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2016) — An international team of scientists, including the University of Kentucky's Renbin Yan, has uncovered a new class of galaxies, called "red geysers," with supermassive black hole winds so hot and energetic that stars can't form.   

 

Over the last few billion years, a mysterious kind of “galactic warming" has caused many galaxies to change from a lively place where new stars formed every now and then to a quiet place devoid of fresh young stars. But the mechanism that produces this dramatic transformation and keeps galaxies quiet has been one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in galaxy evolution.

 

"These galaxies have the necessary ingredients for forming new stars but they are not doing it — why?" said Yan, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at UK.

 

Researchers compare it to having deserts in densely clouded regions; rain and vegetation would be expected, not a barren landscape. Yan and astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) are solving the mystery in a study published yesterday in Nature, announcing the discovery of the red geysers.

 

Red geysers are old galaxies hosting low-energy supermassive black holes which drive intense interstellar winds. These winds suppress star formation by heating up the ambient gas found in galaxies and preventing it from cooling and condensing into stars.

 

Yan, also the survey scientist for the survey called "Mapping Nearby Galaxies at Apache Point Observatory (MaNGA)," was working with the international team, including lead author Edmond Cheung of the University of Tokyo, to study hundreds of galaxies when they caught a supermassive black hole blasting away at the cold gas in its host galaxy.

 

“With MaNGA’s technological upgrade to the Sloan Foundation Telescope, we can make detailed maps of galaxies ten to a hundred times faster than we could just ten years ago,” Yan said.

 

Yan and his team at MaNGA are mapping the details of 10,000 nearby galaxies — the largest survey yet of its kind — with the goal to understand the galaxies' life cycles. Unlike previous SDSS surveys, they are not only mapping the centers of galaxies where supermassive black holes live, but the outer edges of the galaxies as well, which allowed them to discover the red geyser galaxy.

 

The winds powered by these supermassive black holes could come and go quickly. It is difficult to catch the moment they show up. “Since MaNGA studies so many galaxies, our snapshots can reveal even the quickest changes to galaxies," Yan said. "And that’s how we found Akira.”

 

Akira, an example of a red geyser galaxy nicknamed by Cheung, has a companion galaxy that is called Tetsuo. Akira is pulling gas away from Tetsuo, which fuels Akira’s supermassive black hole. The winds driven by the black hole are the reason that Akira is currently a red geyser galaxy.

 

Kevin Bundy, MaNGA principal investigator, came up with the name “red geyser” because these wind outbursts reminded him of the sporadic eruptions of a geyser and because failure to form new stars left the galaxy with only red stars.

 

As with global warming on Earth, galactic warming has long-term consequences for red geyser galaxies — their gas can no longer form new stars. 

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

 

Feltner Receives 2016 Paul Mason Memorial Award

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 15:03

HAZARD, Ky. (May 25, 2016) — Fran Feltner, director of the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) in Hazard, has received the 2016 Paul Mason Memorial Award during the 68th Annual Conference of the Kentucky Public Health Association (KPHA) held in Owensboro on April 12-14.

 

Feltner, a native of Leslie County, has worked for more than 30 years in rural health care, from serving as a nurse in clinical and hospital settings to her current role.

 

The award is named for Paul Mason who served as a state representative for Kentucky’s 91st District for more than a decade and was a tireless advocate for the region, championing important legislation to address poor health and poverty. KPHA presents an award each year in his memory to honor a Kentuckian who has made a significant contribution to benefit our most vulnerable population – the indigent and uninsured.

 

One of Feltner’s most notable roles has been working with Kentucky Homeplace, a nationally recognized community health worker (CHW) program. The program began in the mid-1990s as a demonstration pilot to help rural Kentuckians most in need to access health, social and environmental services.  With avid support from leaders, including Mason, Kentucky Homeplace experienced tremendous success and began to serve more people. Under Feltner’s leadership, it continues to grow and evolve, becoming a unique program that today provides outreach to underserved residents in 27 rural Appalachian counties. CHWs at Kentucky Homeplace have assisted thousands of rural Kentuckians to gain access to eyeglasses, medication, hearing aids, prosthetic limbs, transportation to doctor appointments, special braces and numerous other services.

 

But according to Feltner, there is one service at the heart of the Kentucky Homeplace model that is greater than all the others and one she is most proud of — empowerment.

 

 

“Our CHWs have the training and skills to help clients in their community gain knowledge and confidence to take charge of their own health and wellbeing. This is and investment in humanity that is impossible to quantify,” said Feltner.  

 

In addition to Kentucky Homeplace, Feltner has made countless other contributions to positively impact the health of Kentuckians. Through her work at the UK CERH, she has also been integrally involved with educational efforts to provide training for medical residents, graduate students, and others. She has served as a principal investigator and co-investigator on numerous health disparities research studies in collaboration with bench scientists, social scientists and clinicians at UK. She has authored and co-authored articles about rural health for peer-reviewed journals. Feltner is a compelling spokesperson for the public health of vulnerable populations and has been called to testify in Washington D.C. before multiple congressional subcommittees in support of federal patient navigation bills.

 

Feltner and her programs have been recognized with a number of distinguished honors and awards including the Southern Health Association’s Charles G. Jordan Memorial Award in recognition of her contributions to public health, the 2015 Health Impact Award from Congressman Hal Rogers, a successful “Model in Innovations” by the Rural Assistance Center, the University of Kentucky’s A. Paul Nestor Creativity Award recognizing fiscally efficient management, Healthy People 2020 for Kentucky Homeplace’s Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates Through Tailored Community-Based Approach, and the 2008 Outstanding Rural Health Program Award from the National Rural Health Association.

 

“It is truly an honor to receive the Paul Mason Memorial Award and to be counted among those who continue his passion and vision for helping others. I also want to share this honor with my colleagues and team members and acknowledge their unwavering support and commitment to the same vision,” said Feltner.

 

A life-long resident of Appalachia Kentucky, Feltner currently lives in Hazard with her husband Adam. She is a member of Airport Gardens Church.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, playing piano and walking her dog.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:   Beth Bowling, beth.bowling@uky.edu, 606-439-3557

VIDEO: UK Professor Hopes Research Helps Autism Advocacy

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 14:59

 

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 25, 2016) — Lisa Ruble, a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Education's Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, has a palpable passion for what she studies: autism spectrum disorder (ASD).    

 

“For me, research has become advocacy,” Ruble said. “I am really interested in how we can improve services.” 

 

The former microbiologist admits she never even thought about becoming a professor, and definitely never dreamed that one day, her work would center on psychology. In fact she avoided any and all psychology classes during college.

 

“I thought psychology wasn’t really a science from research because of different theories regarding autism, and I had a personal connection with autism,” Ruble said.

 

Lisa has a younger sister with autism.  

 

“Back then the theory that was given as the cause of autism was due to the mother and the mother-child interaction, that the mother was rejecting the child and as a result the child withdrew within him or herself,” Ruble said. “So those were old behavioral theories but were still being espoused and I was really kind of taken aback and shocked.”

 

But once she was working as a microbiologist, curiosity drove her to actually sign up to take a psychology class on the side. 

 

“So that led me in the direction of reading more of the research in autism, taking information to the professor and then examining the other things going on in my own personal life with my sister, Leslie,” Ruble said.

 

That first class became the foundation for a new career.

 

“I went back and took a lot of classes in psychology one semester and I fell in love with it,” Ruble said. “Recognizing that we really didn’t have a lot of (autism) research, I went ahead and switched careers from microbiology into psychology of all things.”

 

She earned her master's degree in rehabilitative psychology. What she observed opened up her eyes. 

 

“You might have somebody with a disability but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have a handicap,” Ruble said. “They can have an impairment so they might have some kind of challenge but with the right resources in the environment they can overcome that and be as much of a participant as anybody else, so that pushed me into asking how we could enhance the environment and provide more support from the environment to help people.”

 

As she worked to form an autism treatment program at Vanderbilt University and an autism outpatient program at the University of Louisville, she saw firsthand the many obstacles for families navigating autism.

 

“By seeing the challenges that families face in trying to get services, the challenges that teachers have in providing the best quality educational program, the challenges that service providers have in meeting the unique needs of children and adults with autism and how parents have to negotiate all these different things really kept pushing me into the area of services research and implementation science research in autism,” Ruble said. 

 

All of these clinical and personal experiences led her to collaborate with a former professor to land a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded project to study environment supports for autistic children inside schools. 

 

“So it was after that first (NIH) funding that really led me to think, ‘ok, maybe I am a researcher,’” Ruble said. 

 

Her work inside schools continues to center around the Collaborative Model for Promoting Competence and Success (COMPASS).

 

“My current research is focused on trying to really work with parents and teachers to develop meaningful goals for that student or that child with autism, develop intervention plans based on the goals, and then to support that teacher in the implementation of those plans before finally comparing the outcomes based on children who have COMPASS and those who do not.”

 

Watch the video above to understand what makes this type of research unique and why Ruble’s personal connection to autism continues to motivate her work. 

 

This video feature is part of monthly series called, "'see discovery': The People Behind Our Research." The videos, produced by UKNow and REVEAL, will highlight the important work being conducted at the University of Kentucky by telling the stories of our researchers. The idea is to discover and share what motivates our faculty, staff and students to ask the questions that lead to discovery. 

 

Since this is a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas. If you know of a researcher who you think should be featured, please email us

 

 

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VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, amy.jones2@uky.edu

or Alicia Gregory, 859-257-2980, alicia@uky.edu

 

 

 

Employee Parking Permit Renewal Now Open

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 14:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 25, 2016)  University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is now accepting employee parking permit renewal applications. UK employees are encouraged to renew their permits at www.uky.edu/pts. Employees may also apply for permit renewal via campus mail by using printable forms found at www.uky.edu/pts or in person at Parking and Transportation Services in the Press Avenue Garage (Parking Structure #6). Office hours for permit sales are 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

UK's 2016-2017 parking permits must be displayed no later than Friday, July 1. Employees are encouraged to renew their permits as early as possible, so as to ensure delivery by Thursday, June 30. While online application renewals will be available through Wednesday, July 6, the deadline to have online permit orders mailed is noon Thursday, June 23.

 

PTS is offering an express pick-up option for employees who order their permit online after noon Thursday, June 23. Employees who utilize this option should allow three business days for processing, and may pick up their permit at the PTS offices in the Press Avenue Garage (721 Press Ave.). Hours for permit pick-up will be 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Standard employee permits for the 2016-2017 permit year are $37 per month, or $444 per year. This represents a $3 per month increase in rates. However, PTS is also offering a no-cost increase option. Employees who choose to park only at the south campus periphery (Commonwealth Stadium Red, Blue or Orange Lots, or the Large Gluck Lot) may purchase an EK permit for $34 per month, or $408 per year. The south campus periphery is served by continual and convenient bus service. Those who choose to park here may also take advantage of the improved pedestrian connections planned for this summer.

 

A map of daytime parking for the 2016-2017 academic year can be found here.

 

Employees who choose to purchase a standard employee permit not only have the flexibility of parking in all other employee (E) lots, but may also park in the south campus periphery areas.

 

All outstanding parking citations must be paid before an application is accepted. Citations may be paid online at www.uky.edu/pts.

 

Eligible UK employees may payroll deduct permit fees on a pre-tax basis. Pre-tax authorization must be completed each year. Employees may simply select the pre-tax option during the online application process. If you have already registered for your employee permit but forgot to request a pre-tax deduction, you may complete and submit an authorization form available at www.uky.edu/pts/online-services_pretax-deduction-enrollment. UK retirees and employees paying through methods other than payroll deduction are not eligible for pre-tax enrollment.

 

To complete an online application, applicants should have on hand their link blue login and password, license plate number, home or work address and a credit card if not opting for payroll deduction. It is imperative to review your license plate information for accuracy. Permit holders may have more than one license plate number on their account.

 

For more information on permits, parking on campus or to receive forms, visit www.uky.edu/pts, call 859-257-5757 or visit Parking and Transportation Services in the Press Avenue Garage (PS #6). To stay up-to-date on campus parking and transit news, follow UK Parking on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UKParking, subscribe to the Parking e-News email newsletter at www.uky.edu/pts or tune to 1700 AM.

 

 

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

Magic in the Math Department

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 14:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 25, 2016) — In organizing its spring 2016 information meeting for majors, the University of Kentucky Department of Mathematics solicited faculty to give the closing address. Professor Richard Ehrenborg volunteered, but suggested a less traditional approach.

 

“I said I wasn’t going to give a talk,” he recalled. “I was going to do a show.”

 

Instead of giving a lecture on new developments in the field or solving complex equations on the chalkboard, Ehrenborg led volunteers and spectators through tricks involving playing cards and simple geometric shapes. In short order, he was able to predict a single card’s location in a shuffled deck and prove that 168 and 169 are actually equal to each other.

 

But these were no mere sleight of hand illusions — as Ehrenborg points out, these intriguingly simple tricks all demonstrate valuable mathematical principles. These efforts are also part of his larger goal to rebrand perceptions about math and address something he finds missing.

 

His philosophy is simple: math is fun.

 

“In English, they might study Shakespeare’s comedies because they’re more fun. In math, people have suffered through learning to add and multiply, to do their taxes, and if you’re an engineer you had to learn calculus. What’s missing is the fun part,” he said.

 

Ehrenborg’s research and scholarship focuses on the area of combinatorics, which deals with analyzing the properties of discrete structures. But he has also engaged in research projects and educational demonstrations on the mathematics of juggling — he is always looking for ways to bring math to the people.

 

“I like working with structures and counting things, but there is also a problem in sharing mathematics — people don’t have the ability to visualize it,” he explained. “People don’t remember formulas, they remember pictures. Math is not memorization.”

 

To combat this — or, as he puts it, to “do some good propaganda for mathematics” — Ehrenborg emphasizes shapes while in the classroom and continues building his repertoire of “magic” outside of it. He also partnered with the College of Arts and Sciences to record and share videos of his enthusiastic demonstrations.

 

This is all part of his ongoing effort to bring math to a wider audience.

 

“Math has to be visual, and I love the idea of show and tell. Even when I teach differential equations there are shapes. It’s important to do these visual things because that’s what people can really understand and get excited about.”

 

And if you still aren’t convinced, maybe you should see for yourself…

 

You can watch videos of Ehrenborg’s “math magic” tricks here:

https://vimeo.com/162427159

https://vimeo.com/163002319

 

As well as video of Ehrenborg’s juggling lecture here:

www.ms.uky.edu/~jrge/Mathematics_of_Juggling_2009.html

 

 

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

Marshall County Gets UK Dental Clinic

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 14:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 25, 2016) –  The new University of Kentucky Dentistry West Regional Clinic was celebrated Friday, May 20 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new general dentistry clinic, located in the Marshall County Health Department in Benton, Kentucky, will open in early June.

 

"The opening of the UK Dentistry West Regional Clinic marks the culmination of a lot of people working toward achieving a common goal," said Laura Hawes-Hammons, director of the Marshall County Health Department. "The clinic is going to be so wonderful for this county and the people in the surrounding area.”

 

The Marshall County Health Department dedicated the wing of the dental clinic to former Marshall County Judge-Executive Mike Miller to honor his memory for his dedication to improving the oral health of Marshall County residents.

 

The West Regional Clinic will offer comprehensive general dentistry, including: 

•      Preventive services (cleanings, sealants, x-rays, and diagnostic exams);

•      Restorative services (fillings and crowns);

•      Endodontic treatment (root canals);

•      Prosthodontic services (dentures, partials, and bridges); and

•      Sedation for certain procedures.

 

“UK Dentistry is focused on improving the oral health of Kentuckians. We are really looking forward to our partnership with the Marshall County Health Department and working toward making Marshall County a cavity-free county,” said Dr. Ted Raybould, chief of the UK Dentistry Division of Adult, Pediatric and Public Health.

 

The clinic will begin seeing patients in June, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Medicaid and several other dental insurance plans will be accepted. More information is available online at ukdentistry.org/west.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Olivia McCoy, olivia.mccoy1@uky.edu, (859) 257-1076

 

UK Forensics Doubles Previous Best, Has First Competitor in Elimination Rounds at NFA Nationals

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 14:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 25, 2016)  The University of Kentucky Forensics team joined 85 other colleges and universities for the 2016 National Forensic Association (NFA) national tournament hosted by Ball State University.

 

UK placed 24th at the competition which is nearly double the team’s previous best performance of 42nd at the 2015 national tournament. Over 1,800 speeches and 100 debaters from across the nation took part in this five-day event. Each speech has to qualify to attend this tournament by placing in the final round at a regular season competition. This year, UK qualified 30 speeches which is another team best.

 

Senior Abel Rodriguez III advanced to the quarterfinal rounds in after dinner speaking and extemporaneous speaking. These two breaks to the elimination rounds at the National Forensic Association national tournament are the first since the team began competition in 2012.

 

“As one of the founding members of the team, Abel has been a part of UK Forensics from the very beginning,” said Director of Forensics Timothy Bill. “It is really fitting that he is also our first out-round participant at NFA. He has worked incredibly hard for this moment and has truly earned his place among the nation’s best.”

 

The University of Kentucky Forensic team also competed at the Interstate Oratorical Association national tournament held at University of Nebraska Omaha from April 28-29. Only two students are allowed to participate from each state and this is the first year that the University of Kentucky has ever qualified for this tournament.

 

Anyone with questions about the UK Forensics team are encouraged to contact Director of Forensics Timothy Bill at timothy.bill@uky.edu. UK Forensics is a student organization in the School of Information Science in the UK College of Communication and Information. The team regularly competes in 12 public speaking events and three forms of debate. To find out more, please visit www.ukforensics.com.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

JMLA Appoints UK School of Information Science Director to Senior Editors Team

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 13:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 25, 2016)  The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) has appointed Jeff Huber, director and professor of the University of Kentucky School of Information Science, to its senior editors team.

 

JMLA is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal authored by field professionals and published by the Medical Library Association (MLA) to advance the practice and research of health sciences librarianship and information specialists.

 

JMLA Editor-in-Chief Diane Cooper outlined the journal’s strategic goals for the 2016-2017 calendar year: 1) to strengthen editorial operations and organization, 2) to develop editorial content strategy, and 3) to update business and distribution models. The overarching goal, however, is much simpler to define — to produce a high quality research journal of even greater value to health sciences librarians.

 

"Jeff in his position will help with suggestions and advice to improve and strengthen JMLA’s evidence-based research structure and content through data sharing, more randomized library research studies, and encouraging multi-institute inter-library research,” Cooper said.

 

According to Cooper, the senior editors team is a recent addition to the JMLA editorial board that she finds will fulfill her initial goal, which is to establish a limited number of positions that call for experienced members who advise and spread awareness of the journal to readers and submitters. The JMLA editorial board team will also consist of JMLA features editors, assistant editors and JMLA reviewers.

 

“As the premiere venue for disseminating research findings related to health sciences librarianship, JMLA is uniquely positioned to advance evidence-based practice where health information professionals are concerned,” Huber said.

 

Huber has more than 24 years of health sciences communication and information experience in various positions from research information scientist to academia. He joined the UK School of Information Science in 2008 and by 2013, it held a "top 5" ranking in health librarianship according to U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, Huber has served on the JMLA editorial board for 15 years and was recently named the 2016 Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education recipient by MLA. All of which have prepared him to accept his new responsibilities as JMLA senior editor.  

 

Huber convened with colleagues of the new editorial board at the JMLA editorial board meeting on May 15 during the annual Medical Library Association meeting in Toronto.

 

About the UK School of Information Science

 

The School of Library and Information Science in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky became the School of Information Science on July 1, 2015. The name change follows the expansion of programs at the school (both at the graduate and undergraduate level) and the increasing diversity of professions in the information field. The Instructional Communication and Research program became a part of the school in 2013 and the Information Communication Technology program debuted in 2014. The school offers a M.S. in Library Science, School Media Certification, M.S. in Information Communication Technology, B.A./B.S. in Information Communication Technology and an undergraduate minor in information studies

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

A Day in the Life of a UK Student: May 25, 1912

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 25, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 231st entry from May 25, 1912, recalls the release of the yearbook, The Kentuckian, and an event held by the undergraduate women for the senior women.

 

May 25th. Annuals out! Go over to Main Building and bring back two. Annie Louise and I go to the Hop (after I come out of my retreat.) We stay awhile, drink some delicious punch, then go to town where we have a “banana sandwich.” Later we return to the Hop. It was lovely of the girls to give it to the Seniors.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, graduated in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928 from UK. After receiving her AB, she taught for a year at Middlesboro, Kentucky, another year at Paducah, Kentucky, and seven years in Cynthiana, Kentucky. After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in the Fayette County schools. At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.

 

The first woman to receive a Ph.D. from UK, McClure said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite of those words, McClure received her doctoral degree in American history in 1934.

 

Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.” McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish. 

 

McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them. She then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.

 

The UK alumna and educator was very active in the community. McClure was a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album and other assorted photographs related to McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her UK classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots.

 

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections 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.

 

Diary transcriptions completed by senior Taylor Adams, Special Collections Learning Lab intern and history major from Ashland, Kentucky.

 

 

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

Maxwell Place's White Oaks are Special in Many Ways

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 17:47

LEXINGTON, Ky., (May 25, 2016) — More than a mere spike of wood prodding the sky, a tree is a protector, a nurturer, a collector and a keeper of tales. Two white oaks in the yard at Maxwell Place on the University of Kentucky campus, trees that probably have witnessed much of UK’s history, embody all of that. And now they’ve been adopted, so others will know their story.

 

Rachel Landham, a graduate student in the Department of Forestry, and Anna Conrad, a postdoctoral scholar in Forest Health Research and Education Center, both in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, have spent time studying the oaks’ genetics — getting to know them, you might say — and decided it might be nice to adopt them through the Adopt-A-Tree program, part of the Urban Forest Initiative.

 

It is not unusual for people to form a personal connection with trees. "There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf," Albert Schweitzer said. Henry David Thoreau wrote, “I frequently tramped eight or 10 miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.”

 

Mary Arthur, UK forestry professor and co-leader of the initiative with Lynne Rieske-Kinney, UK forest entomology professor, said the idea behind the Adopt-a-Tree program was to promote the concept of noticing specific trees and thinking about what makes them special.

 

“We’re not the first people to ever adopt trees, but we wanted it to be about the relationship that people have with trees,” Arthur said. “When you ask people to think about trees, what you discover is people have these kinds of amazing personal stories and relationships with trees in general or a specific tree.”

 

Arthur said the idea was to link these personal connections to an understanding of all the ways trees give back, ways like sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, absorbing storm water runoff and providing protection from wind and heat.

 

Landham and Conrad are both interested in the genetic variability of white oaks. Landham’s research for her master’s degree focuses on white oak genetics and testing the DNA extraction protocol on white oak in the region — specifically in eight research plots near McKee, Kentucky, in the Daniel Boone National Forest and also on campus where possible.

 

“I remembered from my sophomore year when I took dendrology, which is learning how to identify trees, I learned specifically how to identify white oak from the two white oaks in the president’s yard,” Landham said.

 

She suggested to her advisers in the Forest Health Research and Education Center that she could take samples from the two iconic trees, thinking they could test the DNA extraction protocol, sequence the DNA and learn more about their ecological importance.

 

White oak is one of the dominant oaks found in Appalachia and throughout Kentucky. It provides a host of ecological services, including food for wildlife and habitat for birds and bats. On a human scale, they are an important component of the whiskey barrel industry.

 

“White oak is also commonly under the influence of forest management practices,” Landham said. “It’s been shown that forest thinnings increase the growth rate of these trees. My research is specifically looking at the impacts forest thinning has on genetic variability of that species within and among populations.”

 

Conrad said the Forest Health Research and Education Center recognizes the importance of white oak, both ecologically and economically. She is taking some of the DNA information Landham gathered from the Maxwell Place oaks to use in her study of white oak genetics.

 

“Ultimately, we hope that information obtained from these oaks can be used to support other efforts we have focused on white oak genetic improvement, so white oak will continue to be an important component of Kentucky forests,” Conrad said. “Our research could potentially help reforestation efforts and also assist in the wood-based products industry in the state.”

 

That is the big picture, but don’t discount the importance of the two oaks at Maxwell Place. To adopt the trees, the women submitted the measurement of their diameters at breast height or DBH. In the case of one tree, the DBH was 79.5 centimeters or 31.3 inches. The other was 96 centimeters or 37.8 inches. Once they had those measurements, they used the National Tree Benefits Calculator, a tool provided on the Adopt-a-Tree website, to calculate what the trees give back. In the case of the smaller tree, Conrad determined that the tree intercepts more than 9,000 gallons of storm water runoff each year, conserves 173 kilowatt hours annually and reduces atmospheric carbon by about 1,500 pounds, all of which results in a value of $135 annually.

 

The Adopt-A-Tree program is administered by Nic Williamson. For more information about adopting a tree, visit the Urban Forest Initiative website, http://UKnTrees.ca.uky.edu/adopt-a-tree. More information about the Forest Health Research and Education Center can be found at www.foresthealthcenter.org.

 

 

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UK's Adedeji Selected as a Fellow of Carnegie African Diaspora Program

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 17:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 25, 2016) — A University of Kentucky faculty member will be one of 59 African-born scholars based in the United States and Canada who will travel to Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda to conduct academic projects at 41 host universities through the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. The fellows will work on a range of projects across disciplines, from agroforestry to e-learning modules for nursing, and from ethnomusicology to military mental health.

 

Akinbode Adedeji, an assistant professor in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is currently visiting his alma mater, the Department of Food Technology at University of Ibadan in Nigeria, until June 2. He is working in three core areas of the fellowship: research collaboration, graduate mentoring and curriculum co-development.

 

Adedeji earned a bachelor’s degree in food engineering from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Ogbomoso, Nigeria, and a master’s degree in food technology from the University of Ibadan. In 2010, Adedeji earned a doctorate in food process engineering from the Bioresource Engineering Department at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Following his graduation, he worked as a faculty lecturer and post-doctoral fellow in four different countries — Nigeria, France, Canada and the United States, teaching and conducting research. He came to UK in 2014.

 

Leading research efforts in value-added agricultural products in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Adedeji’s research focuses on applying engineering principles to develop processes and systems that will add value to agricultural products and ensure their safety. His specific interests include value addition to underutilized grains, specifically millet, through extrusion processing, which is the biochemical conversion of food processing waste into valuable products and heat and mass transfer applications such as frying, drying and freezing. He’s also interested in the application of non-thermal techniques in ensuring safety and quality of foods and using non-destructive methods to determine the safety and quality of food materials by gathering information from the entire electromagnetic spectrum, rather than just the limited visible spectrum.

 

Other research Adedeji is actively pursuing includes bioactive compounds and efficient oil extraction and developing appropriate technologies for curbing post-harvest losses in developing countries.

 

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, now in its third year, is designed to avert Africa’s brain drain, build capacity at the host institutions, and develop long-term, mutually beneficial collaborations between universities in Africa, the United States and Canada. It is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education in collaboration with U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, which houses the advisory council.

 

This new round of fellowships will support several projects that involve more than one host institution to encourage cooperation among African universities. Several program alumni will also receive support to enable them to build on previous successful collaborations to advance the projects and deepen the ties among the faculty members and their home and host institutions.

 

Fellowships match host universities with African-born scholars and cover the expenses for the visiting scholars including transportation, a daily stipend and the cost of obtaining visas and health insurance. A total of 169 fellows have been selected since the program’s inception in 2013.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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UK Announces Camps for Military Teens

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 17:04

LEXINGTON, Ky., (May 24, 2016)  The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will host five camps for teens from military families during 2016 and 2017.

 

A new offering in 2016 is the Teens of Fallen Warriors Resiliency Excursion. This camp is for teenagers between 14 and 18 years old who have lost a service member parent. During the camp, teen participants will work on the healing process and form relationships with peers who share similar experiences. In addition, they will learn about teamwork and leadership skills as they go on several outdoor adventures that include canoeing, horseback riding and ropes challenges. The camp is scheduled for June 24-29, at the Life Adventure Center in Versailles, Kentucky.

 

The four military adventure camps immerse teens and a parent in nature in a way that is challenging, fun and strengthens bonds between families. These camps are open to teens between 14 and 18 who have a parent or a guardian who is active duty, Reserve, National Guard or is a veteran or Department of Defense civilian or contractor.

 

Offerings this year include:

· Whitewater Rafting and Outdoor Quest, July 8-13, in Oakhill, West Virginia;

· Red River Gorge Rock Climbing, Rappelling and Canopy Excursion, July 22-25, in Campton, Kentucky;

· Extreme Wilderness Survival Outdoor Expedition, Oct. 21-23, at Land Between the Lakes in Golden Pond, Kentucky; and

· Mammoth Cave Ultimate Adventure, March 3-6 in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky.

      

While the camps’ locations are mostly in Kentucky, families from any state are welcome to attend.

 

Spaces are filling quickly on and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at www.lifeadventurecenter.org/military.html. For more information on the Kentucky camps or about volunteer opportunities, contact Tyrone Atkinson, coordinator for UK Family and Consumer Sciences Extension military programs, at 859-218-1546 or tcatki2@uky.edu or Kelly Ulm with the Life Adventure Center at 859-873-3271 or kelly@lifeadventurecenter.org.

 

 

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A Day in the Life of a UK Student: May 24, 1912

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 16:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 24, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 230th diary entry from May 24, 1912, recalls a meeting regarding a lead on employment.

 

May 24th. See Prof. Gillis who puts me on a new trail.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, graduated in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928 from UK. After receiving her AB, she taught for a year at Middlesboro, Kentucky, another year at Paducah, Kentucky, and seven years in Cynthiana, Kentucky. After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in the Fayette County schools. At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.

The first woman to receive a Ph.D. from UK, McClure said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite of those words, McClure received her doctoral degree in American history in 1934.

 

Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.” McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish. 

 

McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them. She then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.

 

The UK alumna and educator was very active in the community. McClure was a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album and other assorted photographs related to McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her UK classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots.

 

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections 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.

 

Diary transcriptions completed by senior Taylor Adams, Special Collections Learning Lab intern and history major from Ashland, Kentucky.

 

 

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Ridolfo Wins Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 15:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 25, 2016) — Jim Ridolfo of the University of Kentucky and co-editor William Hart-Davidson of Michigan State University (MSU) were recently awarded the Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award for their book “Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities.”

 

The distinguished book award is given once a year at the Computers and Writing Conference by the Conference on College Composition and Communication for book-length works that contribute in substantial and innovative ways to the field of computers and composition.

 

Ridolfo is an associate professor and director of composition at the UK College of Arts and Sciences Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies. His second book, "Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities," was published by University of Chicago Press in January 2015.

 

Hart-Davidson is associate dean of graduate studies in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State and senior researcher at Matrix, a digital humanities and social sciences research center at MSU. Ridolfo is an associate researcher at Matrix.

 

Computers and Composition is an international journal devoted to exploring the use of computers in writing classes, writing programs and writing research. It provides a forum for discussing issues connected with writing and computer use. It also offers information about integrating computers into writing programs on the basis of sound theoretical and pedagogical decisions and empirical evidence.

 

The digital humanities is a rapidly growing field that is transforming humanities research through digital tools and resources. Researchers, for example, can now quickly trace every one of Issac Newton’s annotations, use social media to engage academic and public audiences in the interpretation of cultural texts, and visualize travel via ox cart in third-century Rome or camel caravan in ancient Egypt. Rhetorical scholars are leading the revolution by fully utilizing the digital toolbox, finding themselves at the nexus of digital innovation.

 

“Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities” is a timely, multidisciplinary collection bridging scholarship in rhetorical studies and the digital humanities. It offers guidance on how the theories and methodologies of rhetorical studies can enhance all work in digital humanities, and vice versa. Ridolfo and Hart-Davidson assembled a broad group of more than 30 accomplished scholars representing the cutting edge of research, offering guidance that will energize and inspire future collaborations.

 

Ridolfo is a recipient of the 2012 Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Fulbright for the West Bank and Israel and the 2014 Richard Ohmann Award for Outstanding Article, which recognizes excellent scholarship in the field of rhetoric, published by the professional journal College English. His work has also appeared in the journals JAC; Enculturation; Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy; Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition and Culture; and Rhetoric Review. For more information about Ridolfo, visit https://pa.as.uky.edu/fruitful-divergence-jim-ridolfo. His full curricula vitae is available at http://rid.olfo.org/doc/ridolfocv.pdf.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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