UK's Healthcare Executive Leadership Program Expands

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2014)University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics and UK HealthCare are collaborating to offer the Executive Healthcare Leadership Program through the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center (EEC), beginning Dec. 3, and continuing through May 27, 2015.


The Healthcare Executive Leadership Program has been operating for five years and boasts more than 130 graduated participants. This year’s program is expanding to include not only UK HealthCare professionals but a wide range of other health care leaders representing additional organizations.


This certificate program offers health care executives a cutting-edge curriculum tailored to health care organizations while exposing attendees to a wide range of business and managerial skills to strengthen their work environment.


Director of the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center (EEC), Joe Labianca, believes the Healthcare Executive Leadership Program will benefit health care professionals for the future.


"As the U.S. health care system shifts from a fee-for-service model toward a more value-based model that emphasizes improving patient care quality while simultaneously more effectively controlling operating and capital costs, health care professionals will need to become more fluent in fundamental business practices in order to advance both their organizations and their careers," Labianca said. "This program is designed to help these professionals envision the change that will be necessary in their organizations and learn the basic tools to begin acting on that required change."


The Healthcare Executive Leadership Program offers a broad spectrum of topics that focus on specific business skills related to the health care environment including business finance, health care economics and strategic marketing. There are also multiple topics related to management including project management, supply chain management, strategic management, negotiation and conflict management, managing with emotional intelligence and managing value chains. Additional topics offered within the program to expand health care professionals' skill sets include decision making, ethics, customer service, team development, leadership models and communications.


"What makes the program unique is that it includes doctors, nurses, physician assistants and administrators in one program. The change to a value-based model needs to be driven by a greater interaction and silo-breaking across a wide variety of health care professionals," Labianca said. "Programs that are targeted only to one of these professional sets can't generate the momentum needed to radically alter the way that health care is being delivered as effectively as a program that brings these professionals together to tackle common problems as we do."


The outcome of this program, according to Labianca, is that graduates are sparked to initiate change that will have a meaningful impact on their organizations as well as colleagues' and patients' lives and well-being.


The Healthcare Executive Leadership Program includes 10 all-day Friday sessions taught in a highly engaging learning environment held at the Hilary J. Boone Center on UK's campus. In addition to the variety of topics to be covered, guest speakers will also make presentations during these sessions.


Faculty conducting the program's courses include Gatton College of Business and Economics and UK HealthCare instructors. For more information regarding the Healthcare Executive Leadership Program, contact Joe Labianca, director of the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center.




MEDIA CONTACTS: Parissa Zargar,, 859-257-8716; Carl Nathe,; 859-257-3200.




Parking Info for Big Blue Madness Ticket Distribution Campers

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) — As lines for Big Blue Madness ticket distribution begin later this week, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services reminds the community of the parking options available to Big Blue Madness ticket seekers.


Fans camping out for the Big Blue Madness ticket distribution may use the Wildcat Alumni Plaza area located directly across Avenue of Champions from Memorial Coliseum for a maximum of five minutes to drop off campers or unload their vehicles; campers may also pay to use the metered spaces directly north of the Joe Craft Center for short-term unloading needs. Campus safety officials request that campers not block bike lanes and/or sidewalks with their vehicles at any time. Vehicles left unattended or creating a traffic hazard will be cited and/or towed. After unloading, campers must relocate their vehicles to the Black Lot, located south of Alumni Drive across from Commonwealth Stadium, where free parking will be available from Wednesday, Sept. 17, through Saturday, Sept. 20.


Free bus service will be available to transport fans back to the Memorial Coliseum vicinity. Lextran buses serve the Commonwealth Stadium area from 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. From 6 p.m. to midnight, the CATS Yellow Night Route will be in service. From midnight to 5 a.m., the CATS Bus On-Demand Service may be utilized by calling 859-221-RIDE (7433). For more information on bus routes and service, please visit Riders can view real-time location of all CATS buses at or with the free Transloc app. Riders can view the actual location of Lextran buses with the MyStop Mobile iPhone app or at


Beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, the gates of the South Limestone Garage (PS #5, located next to Kennedy’s Wildcat Den) will be open and the structure will be available for free parking. The garage will remain open overnight; however, no camping or sleeping in vehicles is permitted. Cars must be removed by 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

Goal of Haven, Alcohol Edu is to Protect Students

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) — By now, all incoming freshmen and transfer students should have completed Haven Part 1, the University of Kentucky's newest web-based violence prevention and alcohol education program.


Part of the university’s core curriculum, Haven is an introduction (one credit hour) to understanding sexual assault and bystander intervention. The second part is about alcohol education. Haven and AlcoholEdu are only two of a variety of prevention initiatives UK offers its students. 


“At the University of Kentucky, we care about the well-being of all students. We know that they will face many opportunities and challenges as they settle into campus life," said Violence Intervention and Prevention Center Director Rhonda Henry. "To help with this transition, UK offers a variety of prevention initiatives, including Haven and AlcoholEdu. We believe these programs will both provide useful information to students and help us shape a safer campus community.” 


The VIP Center is responsible for Haven, while AlcoholEdu is administered by the Office of Substance Education and Responsibility. It is a confidential, online substance education course using science-based research to educate students about alcohol and its effects. Whether the student drinks or not, the course will help them make informed decisions about alcohol and better deal with drinking behavior that may occur around them. AlcoholEdu is used by more than 500 college and university campuses nationwide.


On or shortly after Sept. 24, students will receive an email asking them to take 15 minutes to complete Part 2, AlcoholEdu. It must be completed by Oct. 20 or there could be serious consequences to a student’s academic career — a hold could be placed on a student’s registration next term. Students must complete and submit both Parts 1 and 2. The rationale for using these holds is compliance for data collection. The programs and holds have been approved by the provost, vice president for Student Affairs and in partnership with the registrar.


Haven is a compliance-based online prevention platform for sexual assault designed to help institutions address the growing state and federal mandates for sexual violence prevention programming. The platform relies on proven prevention theories and educational strategies to help students better understand the issue of sexual assault on campus.


Haven meets the federal mandate for sexual assault education as outlined by the Department of Education and also meets the requirements of a new bill introduced in 2013, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act). Haven supports Title IX compliance by providing a vehicle to make polices and procedures available to all students, thus ensuring that the institution's policies and procedures are well publicized. Haven also ensures that adequate measures are in place to create a non-hostile environment and allows, from a data perspective, the institution to demonstrate exactly how they are reaching students.


The interactive exercises are designed to motivate behavior change by modeling positive behaviors, providing a “toolkit” of strategies, and building student self-efficacy. Real-life scenarios allow students to practice new skills, see results, receive feedback, and even make mistakes in a safe environment. It also addresses the topic of healthy relationships in-depth, first by asking students to identify what relationship characteristics are important to them, and then helping students to identify unhealthy behaviors using a diverse set of scenarios.


To take the courses, students will need a computer with Internet access and audio capabilities. Students without access to a computer can use any available computer with Internet access, such as those in campus libraries. On-campus computer labs are also available to students.


Both courses may include surveys to help personalize a student’s experience and measure their attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are confidential; UK will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see any individual student's answers.


Students with an academic hold, questions about the program or problems accessing the course, may contact the or call 859-257-2884.



MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston,, 859-257-3302

Break Out Your Dancing Shoes - DanceBlue Registration is Now Open

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) – Individual and team registration is now open for the 2015 DanceBlue dance marathon and closes Monday, Sept. 29. DanceBlue is a 24-hour no-sleeping, no-sitting dance marathon that benefits the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Fundraising for DanceBlue spans the entire year and ends with the marathon in early spring.


An information session for anyone interested in learning more about how to participate in this year’s marathon will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Worsham Theater in the Student Center. Members of the DanceBlue Leadership Team will be on hand to answer any questions.


Since 2006, DanceBlue has raised nearly $6.2 million for pediatric cancer patients and research. 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



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


Celebrate Kentucky Week With Lexington Street Art

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) — Students can celebrate the Lexington community and the local art scene during Kentucky Week by attending the PRHBTN exhibit and reception tonight at 7 p.m. in the Rasdall Gallery. The event is sponsored by the Student Activities Board Cultural Arts Committee and showcases the beauty and culture within Lexington street art.


PRHBTN is an artistic group that focuses on art, music and murals. One of their most famous works includes the “Lincoln” mural created by muralist Eduardo Kobra located on the back wall of the Kentucky Theater, which is visible from Vine Street. They also have street art murals on West Sixth Brewing, Old Tarr Distillery and the Thrift Store of the Lexington Rescue Mission.


The exhibit is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from now until Sept. 26. The Rasdall Gallery is located in the Student Center, just past the staircase in the Grand Hall.


"This event will include work from multiple different artists that are working under PRHBTN and a live WRFL DJ," Melissa Simon, SAB director of cultural arts, said. “Students should come to the PRHBTN exhibition because it is a way to experience the liveliness of the Lexington street art scene directly on campus.”


Kentucky Week is a short series of events created to celebrate several aspects of Kentucky. Arts, agriculture, artisanship, athletics and music from the state are exhibited for those who call the Commonwealth home, either permanently or temporarily. This week seeks to delve beneath the traditional representations of the state to reveal the rich culture tucked away in both hills and cities across the Bluegrass.


SAB brings more than 100 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community.


Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at or Instagram at or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment, to 411-247.


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

SAB CONTACT: Olivia Senter,, 859-257-8868

Houndmouth Wraps Up Kentucky Week at the Historic Kentucky Theater

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) — The rising, Kentucky-native band Houndmouth is set to rock the Kentucky Theater, one of Lexington’s most historic venues, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, hosted by Student Activities Board’s concert committee. Special guest Andrea Davidson will also be in attendance with the band. Students who enjoy the Lumineers, Alabama Shakes or The Head and the Heart should take advantage of this event. Houndmouth has worked with each of these bands in the past and has had some significant success in the last couple of years.


Tickets are available to students with a valid UK ID for $5 and to the general public for $15. Student tickets can be purchased in the Student Involvement Ticket Center, 253 Student Center. General public tickets can be purchased at the Student Involvement Ticket Center and at  


Buses from campus to the Kentucky Theater will be available to students from 6:30 p.m. until midnight. Campus stops include Complex Drive/Johnson Center Front Entrance, in front of William T. Young Library and Avenue of Champions bus stop by Alumni Gym.


"Hailing from the Louisville area, Houndmouth is one example of the prolific talent that currently makes up the Kentucky music scene,” Jordan Keeton, SAB director of concerts, said. “In the recent past, the band has gained a lot of notoriety and played at some massive venues, including Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver. At this current trajectory, it's only a matter of time before the band is a household name, and this show represents a cool opportunity to see a band climbing the ladder of stardom."


Houndmouth is the last event of Kentucky Week, a short series of events created to celebrate several aspects of Kentucky. Arts, agriculture, artisanship, athletics and music from the state are exhibited for those who call the Commonwealth home, either permanently or temporarily. This week seeks to delve beneath the traditional representations of the state to reveal the rich culture tucked away in both hills and cities across the Bluegrass.


SAB brings more than 100 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community.


Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at or Instagram at or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment, to 411-247.



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

SAB CONTACT: Olivia Senter,, 859-257-8868

UK Community Invited to Celebrate Einstein Bros. Opening

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 14:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) — Enjoying tasty fresh food while hanging out with friends or preparing for class is easier for University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff now that Einstein Bros. Bagels is open in the Chemistry-Physics Building.


A grand opening celebration for the new facility will be held from 1 -1:30 p.m. today, Sept. 16. The entire UK community is invited to attend and enjoy sampling, prizes and chances to win free bagels, bagel sandwiches and beverages.


"We are always doing research to understand students’ needs and preferences and are excited Einstein Bros. is open on campus to serve the campus community,” said Sam Zamrik, resident district manager of UK Dining. “The new facility is a great addition to the university’s dining program and provides a variety of meal options for students, faculty, and staff.”


Einstein Bros. Bagels offers a great-tasting selection of its world famous freshly baked bagels, signature sandwiches, bagel-thin sandwiches, lighter options, tempting sweets and artisan roasted coffees.


The restaurant is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 am. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Flex Dollars, Plus Account, cash, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. 


Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. is a leading company in the quick-casual restaurant industry that operates and licenses locations primarily under the Einstein Bros. and Noah's New York Bagels brands and primarily franchises locations under the Manhattan Bagel brand. The company's retail system consists of approximately 700 restaurants in 39 states and the District of Columbia. It also operates a dough production facility. The company's stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol BAGL. Visit for additional information.




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

Big Blue Commonwealth Features Panel of Kentucky Sports Reporters

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 14:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) — Who loves talking about University of Kentucky Athletics? UK students do and this is why the Student Activities Board Pop Culture Committee is sponsoring Big Blue Commonwealth, an event that showcases the impact athletics has on Kentucky culture for natives and those who are new to the Commonwealth.


The event features a panel of well-known Kentucky sports journalists that will discuss the large-scale implications athletics has on those living in Kentucky at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Memorial Hall. Tentatively, the panel will consist of Matt Jones, founder of Kentucky Sports Radio blog; Dave Baker, sports anchor, reporter and account manager for WKYT-TV;  and John Clay, Herald-Leader sports columnist.


Big Blue Commonwealth is a part of Kentucky Week, a short series of events created to celebrate several aspects of Kentucky. Arts, agriculture, artisanship, athletics and music from the state are exhibited for those who call the Commonwealth home, either permanently or temporarily. This week seeks to delve beneath the traditional representations of the state to reveal the rich culture tucked away in both hills and cities across the Bluegrass.


“This is going to be a great event because we are examining UK Athletics, something that a lot of people are passionate about, beyond just the normal conversational pieces,” Brenton Smith, SAB director of pop culture, said. “We are going to really look at the deeper impact that athletics has on the cultural structure of the Commonwealth. This event is going to be a lot of fun, and we have a lot of great sports media figures to talk about the ins and outs of athletics in the Bluegrass.”


SAB brings more than 100 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community.


Connect with SAB at, follow on Twitter at and Instagram at or like on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment, to 411-247.


UK Grad Tracking Ebola in Liberian Slums Featured in The New York Times

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) — Tracking the spread of the deadly Ebola virus from person to person in Liberia's crowded capital Monrovia has proved a difficult task for emergency officials who are working to contain the disease.


But despite the known risk of exposure to the virus, University of Kentucky graduate Mosoka Fallah is following a trail of Ebola, instructing neighborhood leaders to report cases of sick victims of the disease and urging cooperation with government officials. Fallah's work in slum communities to help manage the Ebola virus were described in a New York Times article published Sept. 13.


Since March 2014, government officials in West Africa have confronted the largest outbreak of Ebola, a rare and deadly virus that was discovered in the 1970s in the Republic of Congo. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the disease has caused more than 3,700 deaths in West Africa up to Aug. 31, 2014. No cases have been confirmed in the United States. 


A native of Liberia, Fallah received his bachelor's degree in his home country and a master's degree from Kent State University in the United States. He studied at the University of Kentucky from 2005 to 2011, obtaining his doctorate in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics in 2011. He subsequently received a master's in public health from Harvard University.


Members of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics recall Fallah's enthusiasm for learning. Department Chair Beth Garvy, who served on Fallah's doctoral committee, said at the end of every year, Fallah asked members of the department for old textbooks to send home to Liberia.


"He read voraciously," Garvy said. "He was known to stand in lines in the grocery store at check-out reading scientific papers."


While at UK, Fallah expressed a desire to eventually return to his home country, which has been plagued by violence and civil war for the past two decades. He keeps in touch with members of the department, including colleague of five years Subbarao Bondada, a professor in the department. Bondada exchanges emails with Fallah, who often sends updates about a health clinic he operates for women and children in Liberia. Fallah sent money earned through his fellowship at UK to Liberia in order to build up the clinic. Bondada said Fallah has also provided updates about the Ebola situation in Liberia. Bondada said, with his passion for seeing peace and stability in Liberia, Fallah was the ideal representative to communicate important messages about the virus outbreak to communities. 


"The local people trust him and he's acted as an intermediary," Bondada said. "When the local people didn't listen to the government, he was able to help them understand and implement specific plans to inform and control the disease." 



MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

Wolin Joins Markey Team, Expands Program for Neuroendocrine Cancers

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) – Dr. Edward M. Wolin, a nationally known expert in treating neuroendocrine and carcinoid tumors, has joined the team at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.


Neuroendocrine tumors develop from endocrine cells found in the digestive tract, lungs, pancreas, and  other sites.  These rare cancers present unique diagnostic challenges. They tend to be slow-growing, and usually have metastatic disease at the time of diagnosis.    


At Markey, Wolin will serve as the director of the Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumor Program. In addition to working with Markey's team of surgical and radiation oncologists, pathologists, and diagnostic radiologists, Wolin will collaborate on patient care with UK Chief of Medical Oncology Dr. Lowell Anthony. Anthony came to UK in 2011 and helped build up Markey's Neuroendocrine Clinic, the region's first multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to endocrine and neuroendocrine tumors.


Wolin brings a robust research program to Markey, including multiple clinical trials. His research efforts focus on finding treatments which are more effective and less toxic, including pasireotide, lanreotide, everolimus, other m-tor inhibitors, targeted radiation including peptide receptor radiotherapy with Lu-177, anti-angiogenic drugs, novel targeted biologic anti-cancer treatments, and targeted treatment of liver metastases. Wolin's research is also directed at development of new imaging and diagnostic procedures for carcinoid/neuroendocrine tumors.


"Dr. Wolin is renowned for his skill in treating these complex forms of cancer, and we are thrilled to bring his expertise to our patients here in Kentucky," said Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center. "Through his clinical trials, many patients will be able to receive extremely specialized care that they couldn't get anywhere else in the country."


Wolin earned his medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine. He performed his internship, residency and a medical oncology fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center followed by a clinical fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to coming to Markey, he served as co-director of the Cedars-Sinai Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumor Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.


Wolin sees patients in the Multidisciplinary Clinic on the first floor of the UK Markey Cancer Center's Whitney-Hendrickson building. To make an appointment, call 859-257-4488 or toll free 866-340-4488.



MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or

UK Professors Present Music Ed Research in Brazil

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) – This past July, members of the music education faculty represented the University of Kentucky School of Music at the 31st International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The biennial conference serves as an opportunity for researchers and practitioners from across the world to meet and contribute their findings and experiences to the field of music education.


More than 1,000 attendees at ISME represented countries and universities from six continents around the world. In addition to the numerous spoken papers, symposia, workshops and research poster sessions, conference attendees had the opportunity to experience a variety of culturally diverse musical performances. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) founded ISME in 1953 to foster and support music education across the globe and in all communities and for all individuals and groups.


Professors Cecilia Wang and David Sogin, coordinator of the UK Music Education Division, presented research titled "Preservice Teachers’ Observation of General Music Teaching in a Different Cultural Setting." The purpose of this research is to examine the effect of instruction about teacher effectiveness on the evaluation of a general music lesson from a different culture and to examine whether generalist teachers are able to discern good music teaching techniques in a different cultural context.


Participants for Wang and Sogin's study were asked to view a 10-minute video of an excerpt from a general-music lesson in a country from the East and to complete two rating forms. The experimental group was given instruction to identify factors of teacher effectiveness by the course instructor prior to viewing the stimulus tape whereas the control group did not receive such instruction. The video stimulus was extracted from one of several original 40-minute lessons that the authors have analyzed in detail. The video was considered a typical lesson demonstrating listening activities related to a piece of western instrumental music in a dance form. Participants were asked to “ignore” the language from the video but observe both teacher and student behaviors and interactions.


The quantitative data from both forms as well as the comments by participants Win Wang and Sogin's study provide the data for analysis. The results were presented by comparing the ratings of the experimental group to those of the control group. Discussion largely focused on the assessment of teacher effectiveness by these students, the effect of instruction of identifying teaching techniques, lesson objectives, teacher and student behaviors, learning climate, and cultural factors to be considered. Strategies to improve teacher training in general music for the generalists and cultural diversity were also presented.


Michael Hudson, assistant professor of music education, and doctoral candidate John Egger, of Ridgeland, Mississippi, presented the findings of their study titled "Musical and Social Influences on Participation in an LGBA International Community Ensemble." Members of LGBA (Lesbian and Gay Band Association) sponsored community concert bands from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Ireland responded to a survey constructed specifically for this study.


Results of Hudson and Egger's research indicated that performance opportunity (31 percent) was the most important factor in a musician's decision to join an LGBA community ensemble followed by musical excellence (23 percent), a sense of community (20 percent), promotion of a gay organization (14 percent), and socialization (10 percent).  When asked to choose what was most important when deciding to participate in an LGBA ensemble, participants indicated that both social and musical reasons were factors in their decision to participate (47 percent) followed by strictly musical reasons (42 percent), strictly social reasons (6 percent), and neither (1 percent). Participants could also list their own personal reasons (4 percent) as to what was most important in their decision to participate. Other reasons included LGBT advocacy, making a political statement, and creating a safe and supportive environment for the members of the LGBTQ community


Former UK School of Music graduate D. Greg Springer, who is now a faculty member and director of music education at Boise State University, presented an exploratory study of listeners’ affective responses to music using linguistic inquiry. Psychologists and other researchers have measured listeners’ affective responses to music using various static and continuous methods, but few have measured affective responses as manifested in linguistic patterns.


The purpose of Springer's exploratory study was to analyze listeners’ affective responses to music based on the linguistic content of their free-response writings. Participants listened to four excerpts of solo piano music and wrote free responses describing the music. Responses were analyzed using "Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count" software to investigate the following dimensions: word count; general affect words; positive emotion words; and negative emotion words. For each linguistic dimension, significant differences were observed among the four excerpts.


Results of Springer's research suggest that, although listeners’ use of general affect words was influenced by tempo, their use of positive emotion words and negative emotion words was affected by specific excerpt, rather than tempo. This finding suggests that listeners’ written responses are influenced by other perceptual variables. Implications and suggestions for further research were discussed.


The UK School of Music at the 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;

Common Grounds Opens New Location on UK Campus

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 08:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) — UK Dining is proud to announce the grand opening of locally owned Common Grounds on the University of Kentucky campus on Monday, Sept.15,.  The new coffee shop is located on the ground floor of Champion’s Court residence hall on the corner of Avenue of Champions and Lexington Avenue. 


Common Grounds is locally owned by the McCreary family. Started in 1992 as a local coffee shop, it grew into the largest locally owned coffee business in Lexington. Besides their five stores, Common Ground's has a warehouse facility where coffee is roasted fresh every week by Master Roaster AJ.  In addition, the warehouse is where the majority of the food products are made in the company's commercial kitchen and where other local Kentucky coffee shop owners come to purchase coffee shop products like DaVinci® syrups, Ghiradelli® chocolate, and, of course, freshly roasted coffee.


Complete with a dine-in area, the new location boasts expansive space for students to study and relax. In addition to serving freshly roasted specialty coffees, pastries and fruit smoothies, the new location will serve a lunch menu with a large variety of sandwiches, wraps, paninis and salads.  


At the ribbon cutting celebration held Tuesday, Sept. 9, Common Grounds’ President Lori McCreary spoke to the new partnership saying, "we appreciate the support of UK and appreciate the opportunity to bring our unique style to campus."


Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  The new location will also host a weekly open mic night just like the East High location has for over a decade.




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

UK Police Offers Community Emergency Response Team Training

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 17:10


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept 15, 2014) –  The University of Kentucky Police Department is offering a new and exciting opportunity for UK faculty and staff this fall.  Recognizing that managing events following a serious emergency on campus can quickly overwhelm the resources of first responders, UK Police Department’s Division of Crisis Management & Preparedness will host the first Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) training for faculty and staff.  Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 28, training will be held for four weeks in the Student Center, each Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and ending with a mock disaster exercise on Tuesday, Nov. 18. 


The primary purpose of UK C-CERT is to apply established CERT curriculum, adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to our university environment.  Every campus is a virtual “city within a city”, with many of the same challenges to public health and safety faced by any other community, but also some unique risks and vulnerabilities.  UK has a large, diverse and multicultural population of faculty, staff and students on campus in offices, residence halls, classrooms and patient areas.  The complexity of the University’s critical infrastructure and the tens of thousands of visitors for special events and conferences underscores the need to educate employees about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our campus and its vital resources. 


UK C-CERT members will receive hands-on training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety and suppression, light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, team organization, disaster psychology and terrorism.  Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, C-CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.


UK Police Chief Joe Monroe encourages faculty and staff to become part of UK'ss investment in emergency preparedness and disaster resiliency. 


“Utilizing the skills and knowledge of campus volunteers will not only tremendously enhance the safety and security of our entire campus community, but support an environment of teamwork and an attitude toward readiness,” Monroe said.  “I challenge you to discover new perspectives on your limitations and capabilities for providing assistance to those around you.”


Registration is open Sept. 15–Oct. 15.  Class size is limited and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.  The training is free and open to regular, full-time UK faculty and staff.  To register, please click here.


Prospective participants will be expected to obtain approval from their supervisor and submit to an electronic background check.  Refresher trainings on a variety of topics will be planned each year for UK C-CERT members along with opportunities to utilize these skills in responding to campus events or emergencies.


To find out more, visit UKPD’s C-CERT website, UKPD Facebook page, or contact Laurel Wood by calling 257-6655 or by e-mail at



MEDIA CONTACT: Laurel Wood, 859-257-6655;

UK's Ziliak Co-authors Report on Children's Food Insecurity

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 16:57


Washington, D.C. (Sept. 15, 2014) - Despite an increase in federal food-assistance programs, food insecurity continues to plague millions of U.S. children. Providing better access to these programs may be a solution, according to a new report released by the Future of Children, a joint project by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and the Brookings Institution. 


The authors – James P. Ziliak, Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics in the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics and director of the Center for Poverty Research, and Craig Gundersen of the University of Illinois – explain that while programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have proven successful in terms of reducing food insecurity, applying for and receiving SNAP benefits may be difficult for parents, especially those who are working or those with disabilities. Likewise, school feeding programs are sometimes incomplete, exposing children to a host of health and cognitive issues.


"Policy makers should examine improving access to the program along with determining whether food-assistance programs' benefit levels are adequate," the authors write. "Both would likely reduce U.S. food insecurity and its corresponding health issues."


“Improving the food security of America’s children today will lead to better health and academic outcomes, and ultimately greater economic security for their families and the nation,” Ziliak said.


In the new policy report, "Childhood Food Insecurity in the U.S.: Trends, Causes and Policy Options," the authors highlight new research and outline potential policies to address this crippling social issue. Their specific policy suggestions follow.


· Take-up rates and program access to programs like SNAP and school meal programs must be improved.

· Policy makers should examine whether food-assistance programs are adequate, especially with regard to SNAP.  For example:


o   The SNAP benefit is currently fixed across the lower 48 states and DC.  However, there are substantial differences in cost-of-living across states and benefits may need to reflect these differences.


o   Families are expected to contribute one third of their net income to food. This is based on a poverty line that was established in the 1960s. Today, families spend closer to one seventh of their budget on food. This may be worth revisiting.

o   Research shows that take-up rates fall quickly as the potential benefit declines. Therefore, even though a family may be eligible for assistance, the benefits aren't enough to make it worthwhile to apply. Raising the minimum benefit – currently $16 – could address this problem.


· Because a mother's mental and physical health can affect her children's food security, access to mental health services should be improved. There should also be a focus on how to better coordinate provision of programs like SNAP and WIC in conjunction with mental and physical health counseling.

The authors note several areas where further research is needed. These include food security among children with disabilities and overlooked groups (such as the homeless), and how parental education levels play a role in terms of food security. Additionally, linking administrative and survey data may help with evaluation, as well as using qualitative research data to better understand financial decision-making within the household. They also cite a need for surveys that follow families and their food security status over time to understand better the long-term consequences of food insecurity on family well being.


To request a copy of the report, contact B. Rose Huber at 609-258-0157 or


Future of Children thanks University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research for financial support through funding by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (contact number AG-3198-B-10-0028/AG-3198_K-0057).


The Future of Children journal promotes effective policies and programs for children by providing timely, objective information based on the best available research. Their Research Report series complements the journal by focusing in depth on a contemporary issue of children's wellbeing, presenting the latest research and explaining its implications for policy in a succinct and accessible format.




MEDIA CONTACT: B. Rose Huber, 609-258-0157/office; 609-619-7097/cell. UK CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200.

UK Study Identifies Molecule That Induces Cancer-killing Protein

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) – A new study by University of Kentucky researchers has identified a novel molecule named Arylquin 1 as a potent inducer of Par-4 secretion from normal cells. Par-4 is a protein that acts as a tumor suppressor, killing cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed.


Normal cells secrete small amounts of Par-4 on their own, but this amount is not enough to kill cancer cells. Notably, if Par-4 secretion is suppressed, this leads to tumor growth.


Published in "Nature Chemical Biology," the UK study utilized lab cultures and animal models to show that low levels of Arylquin 1 induced Par-4 secretion without causing harm to the producer cells.


Additionally, researchers found that Par-4 is bound to a protein called vimentin, which contributes to tumor metastasis. Arylquin 1 binds to vimentin, displacing the Par-4 for secretion -- which means it may also be useful for inhibitiing the spread of cancer.


These findings have strong implications for the development of future cancer treatments, as researchers are now focusing on developing Arylquin 1 into a drug to inhibit both primary and metastatic tumors.


"We found that Par-4 is inactivated by pro-metastasis proteins such as vimentin," said Vivek Rangnekar, UK professor and Alfred Cohen Chair in Oncology Research in the Department of Radiation Medicine. "This implies that by using small molecule drugs that target metastasis proteins, we may be able to both inhibit the spread of cancer while also releasing the tumor suppressor -- Par-4 -- to then induce the death of the cancerous cells."


Rangnekar, who also serves as associate director for the UK Markey Cancer Center, initially discovered the Par-4 gene in 1994. Working closely with UK medicinal chemist David Watt and a multidisciplinary team across the UK campus, their labs are developing secretagogues that can cause elevated secretion of Par-4 for the inhibition of primary and metastatic tumors.


This study was funded by grants from the National Cancer Institute, the National Center for Research Resources, and the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science.


MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or

Twitter Chat Offers Insight on Participating in Health Research

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 14:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) -- Did you know that you can help others by participating in research? Health-focused research affects every aspect of our lives, from the medications we take to the health of our environment. Researchers are working hard to identify new treatments and strategies to improve the health of our communities, but research needs healthy volunteers and volunteers with medical conditions in order to succeed. Participating in research is a safe, easy way for you to give back to your community and give hope for the future while learning more about your own health.


Find out how you can participate in research during the University of Kentucky's next #AskACat Twitter chat, beginning 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at @universityofky. UK researchers will answer general questions about participating in research. They will also answer questions about ResearchMatch, a registry that pairs volunteers with researchers looking for participants, and UK's new Research Registry and Specimen Bank, or the "biobank."  


UK patients are being invited to help researchers by allowing leftover blood and tissue from their normal medical procedures to put into the biobank. For example, when a patient undergoes a blood draw or tissue biopsy, the blood or tissue that isn’t used for testing is normally thrown away. In the new biobank project, however, patients will be given a consent form to allow any “leftover” blood or tissue from their regular medical procedures to be stored in the biobank for research purposes. No additional procedures will be performed or extra blood or tissues collected whatsoever. Participation is voluntary, and to protect patient privacy, all identifying information (such as name, address and social security numbers) will be removed from the samples and corresponding medical records.


Four UK experts will respond to questions during the chat: 

· Belinda Smith, education specialist at the Office of Research Integrity;

· Ada Sue Selwitz, director of the Office of Research Integrity;

· Dr. Susanne Arnold, associate professor in medical oncology and radiation medicine and associate director for clinical translation at the Markey Cancer Center; and

· Dr. Phil Kern, director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center.


Join the conversation or follow the chat at the university's official account @universityofky, or use the hashtag #AskACat for questions and responses from the Twitter chat.


Individuals interested in asking questions about participation in health care research, ResearchMatch, or the biobank can send their questions to through 3 p.m. Sept. 16, or to the UK Facebook page prior to 2 p.m., Sept. 16.  Responses to questions will be shared with the university's Twitter followers and those following the hashtag #AskACat.


UK will present its next #AskACat Twitter chat Oct. 21.



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale or Elizabeth Adams, 859-257-1754

Statement from University on Inadvertent UK Alert Message

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2014) — Today the University of Kentucky conducted an exercise to test the capabilities of different emergency response partners on campus. These exercises are an important part of keeping the university community safe by allowing the response plans to different incidents to be evaluated and to identify areas for improvement. This allows us to be able to not only test the personnel response and physical security components, but also the emergency notification communication. 


In the event of a real emergency, there are prescript messages in the emergency notification system to save valuable time in alerting the campus community. Today, that message was sent out inadvertently before being edited to identify that the incident today was only an exercise and not a real emergency. A corrected notification was immediately sent out to clarify that the incident was only an exercise.


We apologize for any concern or confusion caused by the message. 



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

Students to Explore, Connect with 130+ Employers at Showcase

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 09:55



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) – University of Kentucky students will have the opportunity to meet with more than 130 employers at the Fall 2014 UK Employer Showcase, sponsored by the UK James W. Stuckert Career Center.


The showcase will bring employers in both technical and non-technical professions to the Student Center Ballrooms from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, and Wednesday, Sept. 24. 


“I felt the showcase was an amazing success. Immediately I received multiple interviews," said chemical engineering major Josh Ayers.


The first day of the event will showcase employers in technical career fields such as engineering, computer science, construction, information systems/technology and scientific research.


The second day will host employers in non-technical career fields such as communications, accounting, banking, consulting, health care, government, management, human services, retail and sales and other fields.


More than 130 employers will participate over this two-day event, including private companies, government agencies and nonprofit groups. Among the registered employers are Enterprise Inc., Belcan, Amazon, Lexmark, AK Steel, Big Ass Fans, Johnson & Johnson and Auto Owners Insurance.


The College of Engineering’s Career Development Office and Gatton College of Business and Economics' Graham Office of Career Management also offers the UK Employer Showcase VIP Program, an interactive program designed to develop career-ready students at UK and offer exclusive exposure to employers. VIP program participants attend a preparation workshop that helps maximize their showcase experience. VIP Program participants can enter the Employer Showcase 30 minutes early to begin connecting with employers.


Students can prepare for the showcase by researching companies of interest by registering through Wildcat CareerLink. This online career management tool allows students to secure company information and sign up for campus interviews. Students should check out the company's website, view their job listings and know basic information about what the company does. By having completed their research, students should know exactly what questions to ask of employers while still showing that they are familiar with the company. 


The center suggests students prepare a two to three-minute introduction that states their name, graduation date and major; and career interests. Students shouldn't be afraid to mention honors or special achievements received, such as a high GPA or campus leadership positions.


Students should print résumés on high-quality white or ivory paper. Résumés should include an objective, work or volunteer experience, internships, any relevant upper level courses and special honors.


Participants in the showcase should carry about 20-30 resumés in a nice portfolio with a nice pen and a pad of paper to take notes. Business attire is appropriate. Students should dress professionally in dark colors such as black, charcoal gray or navy blue. Women can wear either a skirt or pant suit with a solid color conservative shirt, closed toe shoes and minimal jewelry. No extreme heels, short skirts or low necklines. For men, a suit, a button-down white shirt, tie, sports jacket, slacks and shined shoes will make the best impression.


For more information on the Fall 2014 UK Employer Showcase and the other career-building services offered by the Stuckert Career Center, students can stop by or visit the center's webpage at


As part of the UK Division of Undergraduate Education, the James W. Stuckert Career Center mission is to prepare students to successfully connect with employers and post graduate educational opportunities. The Stuckert Career Center is here to help students explore their college major options and career goals, engage in the process of expanding their knowledge and experience of the work place, and to connect with those who can help students on their career path. For more information on the Stuckert Career Center and how the staff can provide assistance, visit




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

Record-breaking International Student Enrollment Enriches UK

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 08:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) — A record number of international undergraduate students from 107 different countries are enriching UK's campus with diversity, culture and innovation.


Currently, 807 international undergraduate students are on campus, which is a record-breaking 32 percent increase over last year.  In 2007 there were only 185 international undergraduate students on UK's campus, which means enrollment has grown 336 percent since then.


It takes strategy and talent to make the University of Kentucky an attractive option for international students, according to Susan Carvalho, UK's associate provost for internationalization.


"Our international enrollment manager Audra Cryder has become a national leader in terms of recruitment strategy, focusing on areas where there are many potential applicants, but at the same time keeping an eye on true global diversity for our campus," said Carvalho. "She has artfully re-designed our marketing materials, and works tirelessly at home and abroad to provide that personal touch that matters so much to faraway applicants and their families.”


UK's Enrollment Management team is also responsible for this success.


"They have been willing to move mountains to create international-friendly processes throughout the application cycle," said Carvalho. "We share information constantly, we have aligned our marketing approaches, and in general it's a shining example of how partnership works better than silos."


Cryder celebrates her International Student Ambassadors for promoting UK throughout the world.


"They played a pivotal role by reaching out to applicants and admitted students, and by helping them prepare for their time at UK," said Cryder.


"As international student ambassadors, we are proud that we can give back to UK's international community," said Bill Aboagye, the lead International Student Ambassador, who is from Ghana. "We couldn’t be happier that our collaborative efforts have made such a huge impact."


By hosting web conferences, managing social media, responding to hundreds of international applicants inquiries and sending information about UK to high schools around the world, the International Student Ambassadors have come together to promote the university.


"Our one goal was to significantly increase the international population here at UK – and we have succeeded!" said Aboagye.


"There is no question that we have profoundly changed the nature of our undergraduate experience, by making the campus a global crossroads in the heart of Kentucky," said Carvalho. "Faculty have been welcoming and eager to support the varying needs of international students. Residence Life and UK Dining have also opened their doors to the world and classrooms are enriched by the global dialogues and friendships that are built there."



MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; 

‘Pick It Up’ for a Cleaner, Greener, More Beautiful UK

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:45

Video produced by Hive, College of Arts & Sciences Creative and Technical Services


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) — The University of Kentucky is launching the “Pick it Up” campaign this week, urging participation from the entire UK community to help make our campus litter-free. The program was developed by a group of campus partners and is funded by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration.


"The University of Kentucky has one of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the nation," said Eric N. Monday, executive vice president for Finance and Administration. "We hope that Pick it Up will not only help us to preserve the natural beauty of our campus, but also encourage everyone to take a personal role in eliminating litter."


The premise of the campaign, outlined in the video above, is simple enough: If you see litter on campus, pick it up. No matter who you are, you can help make a difference. Most litter is recyclable and should be deposited into one of the new single-stream recycling containers distributed across campus.


UK community members who are caught "blue-handed," committing an act of campus beautification, will be eligible for special prizes, such as T-shirts or gift cards. Organizers say it is a fun way to promote awareness of the campaign and encourage participation. If you catch someone Picking It Up, and selfies are welcome, you are encouraged to report them by emailing


Also starting this week, members of the campus community are urged to keep their eyes open for a very special visitor.


“He’s a much older guy, with a long, white beard,” said UK Recycling Coordinator Mari Long. “If you see him, he’s typically wearing UK blue. Oh, and he’s about a foot tall.”

His name is Gnarly the Gnome, and he is the official mascot of the Pick It Up campaign. (If you watch closely enough, you might be able spot him a few times in the video above.) If you see Gnarly on campus, that means Gnarly can see you too. And if Gnarly spots you picking up litter in his vicinity, cool prizes are headed your way.


“Gnarly’s a pretty cool dude,” said UK Sustainability Coordinator Shane Tedder. “But if there’s one thing he can’t abide, it’s a trashy campus. I hope everybody will help make him feel welcome here by picking up litter, not just when Gnarly is around, but wherever they see it on campus.”


Campus community members are encouraged to help promote the campaign by using the #PickItUpUK hashtag in social media. Gnome sightings may be reported with the tag #GetGnarlyUK.


For more information about the Pick it Up campaign, visit the website at


MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Hautala, 859-323-2396;