UK Selected To Host 2016 National Speech and Debate Tournament

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 17:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2015) The University of Kentucky has officially been selected to the host of the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament in March of 2016.


This national forensics tournament is one of the largest annual collegiate speech and debate competitions in the country, with more than 80 teams and 1,000 competitors usually taking part from across the nation. The event features competition in more than 20 different public speaking and debate categories from poetry interpretation to persuasive speaking and student congress.


UK Forensics placed 14th in the nation at last year’s tournament.


“This is an incredible opportunity for the university and our forensics team,” says Director of Forensics Timothy Bill. “We are incredibly excited and humbled to have the chance to host such a great tournament.”


Currently UK Forensics hosts the Bluegrass Invitational speech and debate tournament on campus in October. UK has also been selected to host the Kentucky Forensics Association state championship tournament in February. The team’s local Pi Kappa Delta affiliate, the Kentucky Nu chapter, was formed when the team began operation in August 2012.


The announcement of the 2016 national host site was made at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association in Chicago. To be selected to host the tournament, an institution must successfully bid against other schools to demonstrate why it is the most suitable host site for the tournament. Because of UK’s rich history of hosting large academic events such as the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and the high school Tournament of Champions, UK Forensics was able to persuade the Pi Kappa Delta national council that UK was up to the challenge.


This will be the first time Pi Kappa Delta has returned to the Province of the Southeast for a national tournament since 2008.


This year’s Pi Kappa Delta national tournament will be held at Ohio University in March. The team’s next invitational tournament will be the Gorlok Gala hosted by Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri.


UK Forensics is a student organization within the College of Communication and Information. The team competes in 12 different public speaking events and three forms of debate.


To find out more, please contact Director of Forensics Timothy Bill at




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'Dark End of the Street' Author to Speak at UK

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 15:44


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2015) — The historic rape of black women by white men helped launch the civil rights movement, according to a recent book by Danielle McGuire, associate professor at Wayne State University, titled “At the Dark End of the Street.” McGuire’s book declares that black women’s protests fueled civil rights campaigns throughout the South and cites the important role Rosa Parks played in these protests as an NAACP investigator.


McGuire will visit the University of Kentucky campus to discuss her book on Feb. 5. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Gallery of the William T. Young Library, followed immediately by the lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s UK Athletics Association Auditorium. The lecture is co-hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences departments of Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) and African American and Africana Studies (AAAS) and the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women (OPSVAW). The lecture is a celebration of GWS and AAAS becoming formal affiliates of the OPSVAW. Their unique, but often shared, missions have brought them together as affiliates, and inspired the lecture.


“I am so honored to have the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the African American and Africana Studies Program join the Department of Psychology and the Department of Political Science as affiliates to our program,” said Carol E. Jordan, executive director of the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women. “Our joint effort to bring Dr. McGuire to campus is a perfect exemplar of our intertwined missions and our interest in advancing substantive conversations in the area of racial and gendered violence.” 


“The partnership we have created with the OPSVAW is an excellent opportunity for our faculty and students to access additional resources and share expertise on issues related to gendered violence,” said Karen Tice, chair of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. “We are very excited to have this opportunity to bring Dr. McGuire to campus to talk about how sexualized racial violence played a major role in sparking civil rights activism.”


“Dr. McGuire’s work is well known among our faculty, and we are pleased to join our partners in welcoming her to campus,” said Melynda Price, director of the African American and Africana Studies Program.  “Her work toward continuing to explore all dimensions of the civil rights movement and those it impacted the most is a substantial contribution.” 


Danielle McGuire is an award-winning author and associate professor in the history department at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is the recipient of the 2011 Frederick Jackson Turner Award. Her dissertation on sexualized racial violence and the African-American freedom struggle received the 2008 Lerner Scott Prize for best dissertation in women’s history. Her essay “It Was Like We Were All Raped: Sexualized Violence, Community Mobilization and the African American Freedom Struggle,” published in the Journal of American History, won the A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize for best essay in southern women’s history and was reprinted in the Best Essays in American History 2006.


McGuire is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and has appeared on National Public Radio and BookTV (CSPAN). Her essays have appeared on the Huffington Post, and


McGuire's first authored book, “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance ‒ a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power,” was published by Knopf in 2010. Her second book project will investigate the ways in which ordinary people experienced the 1967 Detroit racial uprising. She will use the murder of three African-American men by police at the Algiers Motel and their subsequent trials as the main narrative thread to investigate larger themes central to the uprising, especially police brutality and racial discrimination in the urban North. In 2011, she also co-authored an edited book titled “Freedom Rights: New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement” with the University Press of Kentucky.


For more information on the lecture or the co-hosts, contact: Karen Tice, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies,; Melynda Price, African American and Africana Studies Program,; and Carol E. Jordan, Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women,




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UK Researchers Solve Metabolic Mystery Lending Insight Into Lafora Disease

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 15:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2015) — Scientists at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine have determined how an enzyme essential for energy metabolism functions, solving a mystery eluding molecular biologists for decades.


Matthew Gentry, Ph.D, and Craig Vander Kooi, Ph.D, associate professors of molecular and cellular biochemistry, and researcher Madushi Raththagala, Ph.D, recently discovered the role of the enzyme laforin in modifying human glycogen and thereby preventing neurodegeneration. Their work provides fundamental insights that link energy metabolism with the fatal, neurodegenerative form of epilepsy called Lafora disease. These findings were reported Jan. 22, 2015, in the journal, Molecular Cell.


Lafora disease was first described by Gonzalo Rodriquez-Lafora in 1911. In 1998, a team of scientists at University of Toronto identified the laforin gene as being mutated in Lafora disease patients. Mutations in the gene encoding the laforin protein result in the accumulation aberrant glycogen-like accumulations called Lafora bodies that resemble plant starch more than human glycogen.


Previous research showed Lafora bodies are the driving agents of Lafora disease. Lafora disease patients develop normally until their second decade of life when they experience an epileptic episode. These episodes increase in severity and number until the patient eventually dies from a massive seizure, status epilepticus or aspiration pneumonia.


Through their research, Raththagala, Vander Kooi, and Gentry determined the structural basis for the specific enzymatic function of laforin. This discovery allowed them to define how laforin modifies glycogen to inhibit Lafora body formation. Additionally, their work defines why specific patient mutations in laforin result in the disease, which opens pathways to understanding and treating the disease.


“A number of groups have tried to determine the structure of laforin over the last 17 years and no one had succeeded,” Gentry said.  “Dr. Raththagala worked tirelessly trying different strategies that we developed to achieve this goal. When we realized our success to get over the final hurdle, I had to sit down to fully comprehend our accomplishment. It is exciting to report this structure, but even more exciting to now consider potential therapeutic possibilities.”


To view the published article online, click here


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

Mathematics Names New Royster, Edwards Chairs

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Department of Mathematics, within the College of Arts and Sciences, is proud to announce the appointment of Benjamin Braun to the Wimberly and Betty Royster Research Professorship, and Uwe Nagel to the Ralph E. and Norma L. Edwards Research Professorship. 


The Royster and Edwards professorships serve to recognize the Department of Mathematics' most active researchers and to support their research. Both positions are three-year terms and include a stipend to support salary or research expenses.


Recommendations for the professorships are made by the mathematics faculty who are best able to judge the quality of research. Department of Mathematics Chair Russell Brown says that outstanding faculty tend to be outstanding in all areas, and the department's best researchers are often its best teachers, too.


"Ben is an award-winning classroom teacher and works hard to involve students at all levels in his research program," said Brown. "Uwe, in addition to his strong research record, is an outstanding classroom teacher and advisor to graduate students."


Braun, named the Royster chair, studies problems that involve counting finite collections of objects using techniques from geometry and algebra. He says that although mathematicians have studied problems of this type for hundreds of years, there remains many mysterious and difficult problems in the field. Braun has published 15 research papers on the subject, and has received competitive research awards from the National Science Foundation, National Security Agency and American Institute of Mathematics.


Internationally recognized for his work, Braun has been invited to conferences and workshops at Kyoto University (Japan), the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota, the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences at the University of Toronto (Canada), and the Casa Matemática Oaxaca at El Centro de las Artes (Mexico). He was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011-2012.


Braun graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and English from Truman State University in 2001, and earned his doctorate in mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. He joined UK faculty in the fall of 2007 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in July of this year.


During his time here, he has been active in supervising undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers, and published two papers on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Braun is also co-director of the Central Kentucky Mathematics Circles and editor-in-chief of the American Mathematical Society blog, "On Teaching and Learning Mathematics."


Nagel, named to the Edwards Research Professorship, conducts research focused in algebraic geometry and commutative algebra. The interplay between algebraic objects and their geometric properties is at the heart of his research. Nagel also helped develop the Liaison Theory, which addresses the question, "Do two geometric objects have similar properties if only their defining equations are known?" His results have been published in two monographs and 82 research papers. He is regularly invited to international conferences and mathematical research institutes, including research stays at research centers in Berkeley, Oberwolfach (Germany), Banff (Canada), Luminy (France), Paris (France), and Trento (Italy).


Nagel joined the UK faculty in 2002 and held the position of Royster Research Professor in 2007. Nagel served as a New Directions Visiting Professor at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) at the University of Minnesota from 2006 to 2007. He has enjoyed exploring problems with graduate students and collaborators. His doctoral students have gone on to careers in government, the private sector, and academic careers at research and teaching intensive institutions.


Before his time at UK, Nagel received his undergraduate degree in mathematics at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, a German university, in 1987. He earned his doctoral degree in 1990, and his habilitation degree, the highest German degree following a doctoral degree, in 1996 at the University of Paderborn in Germany. 




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

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Explores New Website of Appalachia Initiative

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Sitting in for Godell this week is WUKY News Director Alan Lytle.  His guest is Mallory Powell, communications director for the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science and curator for the new Rooted in Our Communities-UK In Appalachia website.


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 Students 'Explore Brass in Greece'

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 18:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2015) — Jason Dovel and 10 University of Kentucky students traveled to Greece over winter break to attend the Exploring Brass in Greece international musical festival. During the visit, the UK students performed in Thessaloniki and Leptokarya, Greece.


As part of the trip, which ran Jan. 2-10, UK students performed as the university's Brass Ensemble, and joined trumpet ensembles, horn choirs, low brass ensembles and large brass ensembles made up of participants from around the world.


Jason Dovel, assistant professor of trumpet in the UK School of Music, led a warm-up clinic, coached chamber ensembles and taught the seminar “Perspectives of Science in Modern Brass Pedagogy” while in Greece. Other educators on the trip included George Babarakos (artistic director), Vincent DiMartino (former UK and Centre College faculty member and international soloist), Jason Crafton (Virginia Tech), Mike Davison (University of Richmond), Alex Van Duuren (University of Tennessee), Rich Illman (Michigan State University), Gerassimos Ioannidis (Orpheon Conservatory of Athens), Judith Saxton (North Carolina School of the Arts) and Daniel Zehringer (Wright State University).


UK students stayed at the Poseidon Palace Hotel in Leptokarya but also visited Thessaloniki, Meteora, Dion, Vergina and other areas in northern Greece. The students in particular enjoyed their visit to Meteora, which is one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece.


UK students who participated in the festival included: trombone player and music education sophomore James Alford, of Lexington; trumpet player and music performance freshman Morgan Bay, of Butler, Kentucky; trombone player and music performance junior Denver Coprade Pascua, of Frankfort, Kentucky; trumpet player and music performance sophomore Caden Holmes, of Hanson, Kentucky; trumpet player and music performance freshman William Lovan, of Lexington; French horn player and music education senior John Andrew Osborne, of Georgetown, Kentucky; trumpet player and music education junior Zachary Robinson, of Lexington; trumpet player and Spanish and music education senior Kathryn Safa, of Zionsville, Indiana; French horn player and music freshman Mya Scheib, of Lexington; and French horn junior and music performance senior Emily Wilson, of Lexington.


This trip to Greece was organized as a study abroad experience through UK Education Abroad, with help from Education Abroad staff Ben Vockery and Tony Ogden.


UK Education Abroad is the university's comprehensive resource for study abroad, research abroad, intern abroad, and other educational experiences worldwide. The office's goal is to provide academically sound international experiences that promote intercultural competence, disciplinary scholarship and foreign language acquisition for all students. 


The UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.



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

Former UK Professor Appointed to NCAA Board of Directors

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2015) — George C. Wright, who began his career in higher education as a faculty member in the history department at the University of Kentucky, has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Board of Directors. Wright's term runs until the fall of 2019.


The Board of Directors oversees six NCAA committees that focus on essential topics including academic performance, infractions, and legislation. It consists of presidents, athletic directors, senior woman administrators, faculty representatives and student-athletes.


Wright, who recently began his second decade as president of Prairie View A&M University in Texas, is a native of Lexington who earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in history at UK, before attaining his Ph.D. at Duke University. In 2004, Wright was awarded an honorary doctorate from UK.


Wright already serves on the NCAA Division I Presidential Advisory Group.


Over his long and distinguished career, he has directed the Afro-American studies program at Duke University, been the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Texas at Arlington, and authored three books including one which earned him the Governor’s Award by the Kentucky Historical Society.


Prairie View was the first state-supported college in Texas for African Americans.  Established in 1876 during the Reconstruction period after the Civil War, the university now boasts enrollment over 8,000 including more than 2,000 graduate students.




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

Fallin to Participate in National Nursing Faculty Policy Program

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2015) – Amanda Fallin, assistant research professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, has been selected as one of eight distinguished nurse educators to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Faculty Policy Intensive (FPI) program.


Now in its third year, FPI is a fully-funded, four-day immersion program designed for faculty at AACN member schools interested in elevating their role in shaping health policy as well as enhancing their existing knowledge of policy and advocacy.


The 2015 cohort was chosen from a highly competitive pool of more than 30 applicants throughout the country. Fallin will travel to Washington D.C. on March 23-26 to participate in the program.


"It is important for nurses to take an active role in shaping public policy. If policymakers considered the health implications of all policies, we could make great strides in improving the health of the community and in reducing health disparities," Fallin says.


Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or 

It's the Best Week of the Year!

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 14:41


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2014) — Today, DanceBlue kicks off the bi-annual Blitz Week; a fun-filled week of activities will happen on campus and in the Lexington community from Monday, Jan. 26, through Friday, Jan. 30. Blitz Week culminates with the fundraising deadline for students participating in DanceBlue 2015. DanceBlue is a 24-hour no-sleeping, no-sitting dance marathon that benefits the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic and the Markey Cancer Center.


Blitz Week begins on Monday, Jan. 26, with DanceBlue Spirit Day. Gold ribbons will be sold at the Student Center for $1 and students are encouraged to wear DanceBlue gear in celebration of the upcoming marathon.


On Tuesday, Elena’s Lemonade Stand will sell lemonade outside Starbucks at the Student Center as part of the fundraising effort. In addition, Mellow Mushroom will donate a portion of their sales from Tuesday night to DanceBlue.


Wednesday marks Social Media Day! Tweet, Facebook and Instagram why you love DanceBlue using #DB15 and #FTK. DanceBlue will be answering questions about the marathon on the University's Twitter account, @universityofky, from 11: 30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tweet questions about DanceBlue using the hashtag #AskACat or post your questions on the UK Facebook page.


Thursday, DanceBlue will host a Zumba class from 6-7 p.m. in the Student Center Small Ballroom and students who attend will receive spirit points. A restaurant night will be held that evening at City Barbeque, and alumni are encouraged to attend the Fayette County UK Alumni Club event at West Sixth Brewery. Both events will be raising funds for the cause.


Friday at 7 p.m. the University of Kentucky Gymnastics Team will host the University of Alabama at Memorial Coliseum for their meet supporting DanceBlue.


Friday, Jan. 30, marks the fundraising deadline for students participating in DanceBlue. The DanceBlue 2015 marathon will be from 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, until 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 15, at Memorial Coliseum on UK's campus. This year’s marathon marks the 10-year anniversary of DanceBlue at the University of Kentucky.


For more information about DanceBlue or to support its efforts, visit



DanceBlue Contact: Michael Danahy,

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

Students Invited to PRSSA Meeting

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 14:12


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2015) – The UK Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America serves to enhance its members’ knowledge of public relations and provide access to professional development opportunities. The organization is open to all students but is directly focused toward integrated strategic communication students as well as students within the College of Communication and Information.


PRSSA is kicking off the spring semester with their first meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the Student Services Center in the Grehan Building. This meeting is open to students, members and nonmembers. Anna Harris, ISC graduate and current assistant director of admissions for recruitment, will be speaking about how her background in integrated strategic communication has taken her to an unconventional field of work.


PRSSA is an excellent organization for students to discover more professions within their field of study, deepen their knowledge of public relations and seek internship opportunities. For questions, contact Rebecca Stratton at



MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

Spring Into Involvement!

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2015) — The Office of Student Involvement will be hosting an involvement fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the Student Center Grand Ballroom. This involvement fair will feature many of the university’s more than 550 student organizations. 


Students will have the chance to meet members of current student organizations, connect with other students interested in becoming involved on campus and enjoy free food, hot chocolate and giveaways.


Students are urged to explore OrgSync, a website dedicated to connecting students with organizations on campus, at before the fair to learn more about the multitude of organizations available on campus.


Any questions can be directed to Assistant Director for Student Organizations Shauna Prentice at



MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

Become a Better Leader

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2015)  The Leadership Exchange in the Office of Student Involvement is excited to announce two workshop series for the spring 2015 semester: Explore Workshops and the Impact Leadership Series.


Explore Workshops are interactive workshops that consist of leadership topics focused on personal development and life skills. Free dinner will be served at each workshop, and they will occur every other Tuesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in 206 Student Center. Students who attend four out of seven workshops will be entered to win one of two $50 Plus Account prizes, as well as receive an exclusive Leadership Exchange padfolio!


Click here for more information and to register for the Explore workshops! For questions, please contact Leslie Pedigo at


Topics for the Spring 2015 semester include:

·         Jan. 27: Getting Involved: The How and the Why — Presented by the Leadership Exchange Ambassadors

·         Feb. 10: Building Interpersonal Relationships — Guest Speaker: Shauna Prentice, Office of Student Involvement

·         Feb. 24: Money Management — Guest Speaker: Carol Carr, University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union

·         March 10: Time Management — Presented by Leadership Exchange Ambassadors

·         March 24: Proper Interview Etiquette — Guest Speaker from Stuckert Career Center

·         April 7: Stress Management — Presented by Leadership Exchange Ambassadors

·         April 21: Public Speaking 101 — Guest Speaker: Jillian Pyatte, Center for Community Outreach


The Impact Leadership Series is a seven-week series where students will discover their own leadership style, learn the "Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership" and learn how to apply that knowledge to make an impact on the UK and greater community. Students will receive exclusive access to the Leadership Practices Inventory and workbook, as well as a certificate of completion at the end of the seven weeks. Impact meetings will be held every Wednesday at 5 p.m. from Jan. 28 through March 11. There are only 25 spots available for the Impact Leadership Series, so sign up today!


The first meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28. will be an information session for students to learn more about the Impact Leadership Series without committing to the full seven weeks. Free food will be provided. The session will be held in 206 Student Center. For questions, please contact Leslie Pedigo at


MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

UK Remembers Impact Wendell Ford Made on University

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2015) — Former U.S. Senator Wendell H. Ford not only left an indelible mark on the Commonwealth, but on his university — the University of Kentucky.


For decades, he was intimately involved with the Martin School for Public Policy and Administration, and a public policy research center in UK Libraries bears his name.


UK Libraries also is home to his correspondence, papers and oral histories that document his long public service career as a legislator, lieutenant governor, governor and senator.


The following are quotes from prominent UK officials and faculty who knew and worked with Ford along with links to his career and involvement with UK:


“If history’s chroniclers hope to draw a character sketch of the archetypal Kentuckian, they need look no further than Wendell Hampton Ford. He worked in hallowed halls of power, but his voice was always that of the authentic Kentucky experience — the bone-tired tobacco farmer, the weary but resolute coal miner, the resilient factory worker in south Louisville. They trusted Wendell Ford because he was who they were — hard-working, honest, proud, resilient. A Kentuckian. Senator Ford’s love and pride extended to his university, the University of Kentucky. He worked with presidents from Otis Singletary to me, greatly assisting our rise and progress as a nationally prominent research institution and a leader in the development of public policy discussion and discourse. He was rightfully proud of The Martin School for Public Policy and Administration in which he was so involved for decades as well as the public policy center in UK Libraries that bears his name. UK is the proud home of his voluminous correspondence, papers, and oral histories documenting his life and career. That’s appropriate since Kentucky was always home to his heart. And we are immeasurably better as a state and people for this Kentuckian’s life.” — Eli Capilouto, president, University of Kentucky



“The opportunity to work with Senator Wendell Ford was an honor, a pleasure, and an education.  His ability to convey the value of public service was exceptional.”  -- Eugenia F. Toma, Wendell H. Ford Professor of Public Policy, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Kentucky



Ford’s relationship to the Martin School included many roles and responsibilities:

·         member of the Martin School Board of Visitors (the Martin School external advisory board);

·         first person to be inducted into the Kentucky Public Service Hall of Fame (which is hosted by the Martin School);

·         served as a Distinguished Fellow at the Martin School after he left the U.S. Senate

•              In that role, he met with students and held seminars about federal policy and his role in the Senate in formulating  policy and federal legislation

•              He also mentored students and assisted them in finding internships and assisted them in their career choices and job searches

•              Assisted the Martin School with student recruiting;

·         visited Kentucky college campuses meeting with students and encouraging them to pursue careers in public service, which he valued very much.

·         was involved in raising money for the Wendell Ford Professorship currently held by Eugenia Toma)


The Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center supports research and public and educational programming dealing with issues relating to public policy, politics, and Congress. The center provides University of Kentucky faculty, involved in teaching and research in these areas, the opportunity to work closely with the Ford Center on specific or general topics. Exhibits are made available on the UK campus as well as other institutions and agencies throughout Kentucky. In addition, the Ford Center works closely with the UK Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center to support digitizing primary source materials pertaining to public policy, politics, and Congress and placing them on the Web. The Ford Center is a member of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress. Co-directors of the center are Deirdre Scaggs, UK Libraries associate dean for special collections and Tracy Campbell, professor in the UK Department of History.


Among the UK Libraries online Explore UK archives are several speeches and photos of Ford.  Links are below.


Wendell H Ford Speeches (1971-75):


Audio interview with Wendell Ford as part of Community Colleges of Kentucky Oral History Project:


Photo of Ford at the dedication of UK Medical Center:


Governor Ford signing legislation in 1971:


Photo of Kentucky Governors, 1979:


President Singletary with Gov. Wendell Ford at the dedication of Jefferson Community College of Learning Resources Center, 1974:


Headshot of Ford, 1970:


Headshot of Ford, 1992:

Form Your Leadership Style With LeaderShape

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:49

LEXINGTON, Ky.  (Jan. 23, 2015)  The Leadership Exchange is bringing a new and exciting program to the University of Kentucky called LeaderShape. LeaderShape is a nationally recognized leadership development program that believes in the power of students to make a difference in their campuses and in their communities. Leadership Exchange is looking for students who are interested in participating in this limited-time opportunity to change the campus and community.


LeaderShape's Catalyst is a one-day program designed for anyone who is interested in starting something extraordinary. Participating in Catalyst is a first step in the life-long process of learning, exploration and action.


Students who want to make a difference on campus and in the community as well as students open to the exploration of authenticity, connection and commitment while increasing their capacity to lead are strongly urged to apply. Good academic, conduct and financial standing are also a requirement to attend LeaderShape.


LeaderShape will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Hillary J. Boone Center on the University of Kentucky’s campus. 


How to Apply:

  • Click here:
  • Login to OrgSync using your LinkBlue ID and password.
  • Complete your application online. You may save your application and return to it later, but all applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and all applicants will be notified by Monday, Feb. 16.


Anyone with questions can contact Leslie Pedigo at




MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

Mini in Name but Mighty in Spirit (and Dollars!)

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:07


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2015) — When most people think about DanceBlue, the University of Kentucky's 24 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue KCH Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital, they think about college students coming together to support a cause. What many people do not think about, or even know about, are the countless hours of work put in by students too young to attend UK. High schools, middle schools and even elementary schools all across the state of Kentucky hold miniature dance marathons to benefit the organization, ranging from six to 10 hours.


These "mini marathons" are mini in name only; the passion that student participants demonstrate at their events is overwhelming and contagious.


The first DanceBlue mini marathon occurred at Lexington Catholic High School Nov. 14, 2009, raising $12,352 for DanceBlue. This marathon was the beginning of a partnership between students of all ages, unified for one cause.


The mini marathon program has grown immensely, and DanceBlue would not be able to achieve the success that is has without it. This year, more than 20 schools are hosting mini marathons to support DanceBlue.


In 2014, mini marathons counted for 9 percent of DanceBlue’s $1.4 million.


“The impact of cancer is something that even us as college students struggle to see, so to see high school, middle school and elementary students put forth so much effort towards the amazing kids at the clinic makes my job worth every second,” says Erica Shipley, DanceBlue’s Mini Marathons chair.


Schools from Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro, Ashland, Versailles and Mt. Vernon will all be contributing to the record high number of mini marathons for DanceBlue 2015.


“With over 20 schools holding various mini marathons in support of DanceBlue, the Commonwealth comes together to unite and fight the battle of cancer with the families of the DanceBlue KCH Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic,” Shipley said.


One of the unique qualities of DanceBlue compared to other collegiate dance marathons is that the funds raised directly benefit members of the Commonwealth. DanceBlue is proud to work with so many other Kentuckians to support those in need. Below is a complete list of 2015 DanceBlue mini marathons:


Henry Clay High School, November 21

Bryan Station High School, December 5

Woodford County High School, December 5

Ballard High School, April 17

Dunbar High School, April 11

EJ Hayes Middle School, February 6

Kentucky Country Day School, January 18

Russell High School, January 31

Rockcastle County High School, February 7

Oldham County High School, February 6

West Jessamine High School, February 7

Lafayette High School, January 10

Apollo High School (Owensboro, Ky.), January 31

Lexington Christian Academy, January 16-17

Tates Creek High School, January 24


DanceBlue is UK’s 24 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue KCH Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Now in its tenth year, DanceBlue has raised more than $6.5 million for pediatric cancer research and child life efforts. Give to DanceBlue here and connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at and on Twitter at


DanceBlue 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 life-long community service. For more information about the CCO, visit Connect with the CCO on Facebook here and on Twitter at



MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

DanceBlue Contact: Michael Danahy,


Nominations Being Accepted for Sarah Bennett Holmes Award

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2014) — Now is the time to submit a nomination for one of the University of Kentucky's most respected recognitions, the 2015 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award.


Created by the UK Women’s Forum, the Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards have been among the most esteemed recognitions bestowed at the University of Kentucky. The award recognizes two female UK employees, one faculty member and one staff member, for their contributions to issues that affect women at UK and across the Commonwealth. For more information, visit the UK Women's Forum website at


To make a nomination online, visit


Nomination forms will be accepted through Friday, Jan. 30.   Award winners will receive a prize of $1,000.


All nominees will be recognized during the annual Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Frank Harris Grand Ballroom of the Student Center.  Information about the luncheon will be available on the UK Women's Forum website in February.


Sarah Bennett Holmes was a distinguished former dean of women at the University of Kentucky who tirelessly championed the rights of women throughout her career. Widowed at a young age, Holmes raised four children while completing her own education. She then began a successful career at UK where she inspired young women to persevere in the face of hardship and pursue their career goals. Among her accomplishments, Holmes developed work programs for women during the depression.


If you have questions about the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award or the luncheon, contact Alison Begor at You can also follow Women's Forum on Facebook or on twitter @UKWomensForum for information about the award and luncheon. 

College of Public Health Hosts Workshops Guiding Graduate Research

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 16:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Public Health is offering a series of workshops throughout the 2015 spring semester to prepare graduate students to conduct health-related research. The college's Research 101 series provides students with expert instruction on getting started with health care research.


Courses will address topics including why health research is important, how to get started, how to acquire funding and the publishing process. The sessions will be presented by Margaret McGladrey, the assistant dean for research in the College of Public Health. The workshops are free and open to graduate students in any college within the university who have a research interest related to public health. Each workshop will take place from 11 a.m. to noon in Room 202 in the College of Public Health on the following dates:


·         Monday, Jan. 26: How to Get Started – an overview of why research is important and how to get involved in it.

·         Monday, Feb. 16: Mentoring and Publishing – a discussion of faculty mentorship in research, as well as the process for publication.

·         Monday, March 2: Preparing and Presenting Your Poster – tips for designing and presenting a research poster at a conference.

·         Monday, April 6: Crash Course on Grants – a discussion of the importance of grant funding and overview of student research funding opportunities.


For more information about the workshops, email Brandy Reeves, director of student affairs for the College of Public Health, at


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, 

Gatton College Announces Supply Chain Innovation Challenge

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 16:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2015) — The University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics is promoting a new initiative designed to capture the best and brightest ideas in supply chain. The inaugural Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award will recognize individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated operational excellence in supply chain management as evidenced in a recently completed supply chain improvement project.


Submissions are invited from both companies and individuals that are creating technologies and solutions, as well as those using technologies in innovative ways to solve significant strategic business problems. The deadline for entries is Feb. 15.


The Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award will be administered by the advisory board of the Gatton College’s Annual Supply Chain Forum. Nominations will be judged by a board-appointed committee consisting of practitioners, academics and consultants in the supply chain industry. The winner will be announced at the Fifth Annual Supply Chain Forum, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at The Grand Reserve in downtown Lexington.


Gatton’s Supply Chain Forum is a conference where approximately 200 corporate leaders, professors and students meet to share ideas about the latest supply chain issues. This year’s theme is "Digitization of Supply Chain."


“It’s an exciting time to be in the supply chain industry,” said David W. Blackwell, dean of the Gatton College. “Companies are working on amazing innovations like having drones make deliveries and predicting order locations to enable same-day delivery. This forum is the perfect place to elicit what’s going on right here in the Bluegrass and recognize it, as well as share with UK business students and sponsors all these innovative initiatives.”


The Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award recipient will receive a trophy and will qualify for future supply chain improvement project support from graduate students enrolled in the Gatton College’s one-year accelerated MBA program.


For more information on the award or the Forum visit: or contact: Lucy Tepper at or 859.257.8746.





MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200/; Ann Mary Quarandillo, 859-257-0750/

College of Dentistry Alum to Present Barr Lecture

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:44


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2015) – The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry will host the Vincent A. Barr Visiting Professorship Lecture and American Student Dental Association Day from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, at the UK Student Center Worsham Theatre.  Alumni, faculty, students, and friends and of the college are invited to attend.


Dr. William F. Wathen, a member of the UK College of Dentistry class of 1967, is this year's guest lecturer. The title of the lecture is "Psychosocial Aspects of Dentistry: Human behavior, interpersonal relationships, and guiding patients toward health."  The lecture will take place from 10 a.m. - noon, after the American Student Dental Association Presentation at 9 a.m. and remarks from Dean Sharon Turner at 9:30 a.m.


Wathen is currently a faculty member at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry where he has served as associate dean for continuing education and vice president for development and alumni. He is also the attending dentist for the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene. He has served at all levels of the American Dental Association (ADA), including editor of Quintessence International. In 2011, he received the UK College of Dentistry Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award.


The first Barr Lecture was held in 1997 and it was combined with ASDA Day. Dr. Betty Barr (UKCD ’74 and Pediatric Dentistry ’76) funds the lecture in memory of her father, Dr. Vincent Barr. Dr. Barr practiced dentistry in Frankfort for many years and was a significant force in the founding of the College of Dentistry at UK.  His commitment to his patients and profession inspired two of his three daughters to enter the practice of dentistry.


“The Barr family has been a huge force in the dental profession, not only in Kentucky, but across the country," Turner said."We are pleased that Dr. Betty Barr has chosen this formal annual recognition of her father which contributes to the continued professional development of our students, faculty and alumni.”


Two hours of continuing education will be offered at no charge to those who attend the Barr Lecture. The Vendor Fair will include 30 vendors set up in the large ballroom of the Student Center. Lunch will take place in the small ballroom. Parking is available in Parking Structure #5 on South Limestone next to Kennedy Bookstore.


For registration or for more information, please call Sue McConnell, director of Alumni Affairs, at 859-323-6676.


Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or 

UK Community: Beware of Phishing Emails

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2015) — The University of Kentucky community is encouraged to beware of emails requesting your account or personal information, i.e. user ID, password, date of birth, or directing you to click on a link to provide this information. This email message could potentially look very official, simulating being sent from University of Kentucky’s Chief Information Officer, Vince Kellen.


UK Analytics and Technologies (UKAT) strongly recommends that account owners never provide this information or click on any links requesting this information.  Instead, follow these directions to report scam and move spam to the “junk” folder:


1.         Don't click on the link included in the email.

2.         Create 'New Email' and choose the 'Attach Item' function in Outlook.

3.         Select 'Outlook item'.

4.         Choose the folder where the email is located i.e. 'Inbox'.

5.         Select the email and click 'ok'.

6.         The phishing email should appear in your email.

7.         Send it to


By taking these steps, you will be forwarding the phishing email as an attachment to the UK computer security team and providing useful information that will be used to prevent similar criminal communications in the future.


UK Analytics and Technologies sends out an email notice when your account password is reaching the expiration point, but the email contains informational material only.  It provides instructions on where your password can be updated, but will never contain a link to click on or request a reply with your account information.


If you are in doubt about the validity of an email message, please complete the steps above or contact UKAT Customer Service (CSC) at 859-218-HELP (4357).  Also, visit the Analytics and Technologies website about phishing scam emails for more important information:




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