Georgetown College Student Looking Forward to Fresh Start Six Months after Transplant

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2014) – The notorious "Freshman 15" is usually little more than a nuisance for new college coeds across the country. But when Georgetown College freshman Lynsey Farrar gained 15 pounds in a single week, she knew something just wasn't right.


When the Sparta, Ky., native came home for a weekend visit in late February, Lynsey's mother Sherra said her daughter complained of feeling bloated and fatigued. Her condition worsened over the next few days as Lynsey developed other troubling symptoms, including nausea and nosebleeds. When her eyes turned yellow – initial stages of jaundice – Sherra knew right away that Lynsey's problem was serious.


"I thought, oh my God, it's her liver," Sherra said. "I panicked. I knew she was really sick."


Lynsey's local doctors ordered blood work, which confirmed Sherra's fears. The doctor then referred Lynsey to the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital Emergency Department, and she was admitted into the hospital on March 3 – roughly a week after her symptoms began. Lynsey's blood work showed that she had Wilson's disease, a genetic disorder that causes copper to build up in body tissue, particularly the brain and the liver.


Wilson's disease can generally be managed through medication, but Lynsey's condition didn't respond to treatments. On Thursday evening, March 6, the Farrars spoke to UK transplant surgeon Dr. Erin Maynard, who told the family that a liver transplant might be a possibility in the future – though based on her condition at the time, Lynsey wasn't yet sick enough to be placed on the transplant waiting list.


By Friday morning, all that had changed – the teen's condition worsened considerably overnight and her kidneys began shutting down. Maynard's team took action to stabilize her and listed Lynsey at a status 1A – meaning that literally, she had been placed at the top of the regional liver transplant list due to the severity of her condition.


"Words cannot describe how I felt – like the wind had been knocked out of me," Sherra said. "After they put her on the ventilator, I was thinking that I would be planning a funeral because I knew it could take time to find a matching donor."


But in just half a day, a liver match was found and surgery was underway early Saturday morning. UK performs roughly 40 liver transplants each year, according to Maynard, and it takes a team of experts from various specialties across UK HealthCare working together to provide all the necessary care pre-transplant through recovery. In Lynsey's case, the team included transplant hepatology, nephrology, anesthesia, pulmonary critical care, medical hospitalist, and pathology.


 “I always tell patients that it takes a village to get someone through transplant," Maynard said. "In Lynsey’s case, this was particularly true. It's not just one person that saved her, but truly a team effort.”


During the surgery, more than 50 friends and family members filled the waiting room at UK Chandler Hospital, anxious to receive any news on Lynsey's condition. Back home in northern Kentucky, the local DMV became overwhelmed the next Monday when dozens of people showed up to sign up for Donate Life's organ donor registry, inspired by Lynsey's case.


Lynsey, who remembers little of her days prior to transplant, took the new development in stride.


"I woke up after the surgery and said, 'Did I get a transplant?'" she said.


These days, Lynsey's good health is a far cry from that first week of March. Due to her youth, previously excellent health record, and personal determination, her recovery has been quick and relatively painless. She played golf less than two months post-surgery, and has spent much of her summer working at a local pharmacy and staying active through golf, jumping on her trampoline, and trying her hand at other new endeavors.


"She called and asked us if she could go zip lining," Maynard said. "We said yes! We don’t transplant you so you can never leave your house – we transplant you so you can go out and live your life."


"I feel normal," Lynsey said. "I get tired easily, but that's to be expected."


Lynsey, who hopes to pursue a career in pharmacy, just embarked on her second year at Georgetown College. She moved into her dorm over the weekend and heads back to classes for the first time today.


Though she had to take a leave of absence for the last few months of the spring semester, the future pharmacist kept up with much of her schoolwork, teaching herself English, chemistry, and statistics at home – and earning excellent grades in all three, including a 98 percent average in chemistry. 


Watching her oldest daughter venture back into the fold triggers mixed emotions for her mother, who is incredibly grateful to the donor who gave her daughter a second chance at a bright future.


"I'm really proud of her," Sherra said. "I'm nervous for her, but incredibly proud."




Currently, there are more than 120,000 men, women and children awaiting transplants in the U.S., including more than 16,000 patients who need a liver.


The best way to honor those who gave the ultimate gift of life and to celebrate the new life of transplant recipients is to register on the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. The registry is a safe and secure electronic database where a person’s wishes regarding donation will be carried out as requested.


To join the registry, visit or sign up when you renew your driver’s license.  The donor registry enables family members to know that you chose to save and enhance lives through donation. Kentucky’s “First Person Consent” laws mean that the wishes of an individual on the registry will be carried out as requested. 


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

Community Welcomes Wildcats to Campus with K Week

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:09




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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2014) – Lawns are mowed, professors are finalizing their plans for the year and residence halls are prepared for students to move in – the University of Kentucky campus is anticipating the start of a new semester.


For more than 5,000 students, Friday, Aug. 22, marks the beginning of their collegiate career at UK, either as an incoming freshman or as a transfer student. It also kicks off one of the most exciting times on campus – K Week.


K Week runs from Friday, Aug. 22, through Saturday, Aug. 30, and is a popular UK tradition – a week filled with more than 250 events and activities that help students get oriented with campus, get involved with student life and get connected to the city of Lexington. K Week is known as “the best way to get started at UK,” and is a great opportunity to make new friends, explore all the university has to offer and have some fun along the way.


K Week officially begins Friday evening with residence hall floor meetings at 6 p.m. followed by K Week Kick-off, where new students will meet their K Crew leaders and K Teams for the first time. K Teams are small groups of 10 – 15 students who are led by a veteran UK student, their K Crew leader. Meeting in these small groups quickly gives all students a chance to meet a few of their classmates and connects them to a returning student who can be a resource for them throughout the year.


Additionally, parents and families are welcomed to join faculty, staff and administrators on Friday evening for the Parents and Families Reception in the Grand Ballroom of the Student Center while new students attend student-only events.


Saturday is full of sessions to answer everything you wanted to know about college, but have never asked, from how to navigate campus to keeping your car out of impound. At 3:30 p.m., the university community officially welcomes our newest Wildcats at the New Student Induction Ceremony.


At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, student-only activities begin, and so does all the fun! Highlighting Saturday night is two of K Week’s most popular events, Big Blue U and Campus Ruckus. Big Blue U introduces new students to the Big Blue Nation. Students learn what it means to be a Wildcat by learning UK’s cheers and songs and hearing from UK coaches and student-athletes. Students are then led onto the field at Commonwealth Stadium for an official class photo.


Immediately following Big Blue U, the parking lot of Commonwealth Stadium is turned to a huge party known as Campus Ruckus.


K Week is full of fun that any Wildcat would not want to miss! Below is a list of key K Week events; for the full schedule visit Connect with K Week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use #KWeek14 to share your K Week experiences!


Friday, Aug. 22


Residence Hall Floor Meeting

6 – 7 p.m.

Designated locations

If you live in a University residence hall, please join your Resident Advisor (RA) for you first official floor meeting at 6 p.m. There you’ll get to know your neighbors and start the school year off right. See your RA for additional information.


Parent and Families Reception

6 – 8 p.m.

Grand Ballroom, Student Center

While students participate in the K Week Kick-off, the first social activity of K Week, parents and families are invited to meet and mingle with UK administrators, faculty and fellow UK parents. There will be activities for younger siblings and family members.


K Team Meeting: K Week Kick-off

7 p.m.

Johnson Center Fields

Students, this is your first don’t-miss event! Tonight you will meet your K Team and K Crew leader. You’ll be spending a lot of time with them during K Week. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone. When you arrive at Johnson Center Fields just look for a sign with your K Team number (indicated on the nametag you received in your K Week packet at check-in). Your K Crew leader will be there waiting to meet you!


Midnight Dodgeball


Johnson Center


Saturday, Aug. 23


Academic and Information Sessions

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Student Center and other designated campus locations


New Student Induction Ceremony

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Memorial Coliseum

Students, family members and guests are invited to join President Eli Capilouto and other members of the University community to commemorate the start of a new school year. All new students are expected to attend this annual University celebration where they will be officially inducted into the UK family. Parents, families and guests are encouraged to attend.


K Team Meeting: K Week Overview

6:30 p.m.

Johnson Center Fields

All new students will attend a meeting to learn more about the fun activities planned during K Week. This is also a great opportunity to ask questions of returning students who are eager to show you the best way to get started at UK! After your meeting, your K Team will march to Commonwealth Stadium for Big Blue U.


Big Blue U

Following K Team Meetings

Commonwealth Stadium

Join the Big Blue Nation with a march into Commonwealth Stadium. You’ll learn UK cheers and songs, hear from UK coaches, and get your class photo taken on the football filed! Be sure to wear UK blue to show your Wildcat pride. Go Cats!


Campus Ruckus

Following Big Blue U

Blue Lot at Commonwealth Stadium

Campus Ruckus is the perfect event to kick off the school year! Come join us after Big Blue U for great activities, inflatables, music and a huge firework show to end the night. Student organizations will have games and fun information to let you know what all UK has to offer. There will be free food, drinks and tons of free T-shirts too! This event is a UK and Student Activities Board tradition. We hope to see you there!


Sunday, Aug. 24


K Team Meeting: Lunch and Campus Tour

1 – 3 p.m.

Designated locations

All new students will meet with their K Teams for lunch and a campus tour to help them find their classes. Check with your K Crew leader to find out where to meet. Plus, at the conclusion of your tour you will receive a free K Week t-shirt (while supplies last).


Academic and Information Sessions

3 - 6 p.m.

Student Center


UK Lex-Mart

3 – 5 p.m.

Botanical Gardens, walkway between Student Center and Patterson Office Tower

New to town? Don’t know where to shop? Or just want free stuff? Stop by UK Lex-Mart, our community business fair! Local stores, restaurants, and other businesses will be on hand to welcome you to Lexington. Come check out what services they have to offer, enjoy tasty treats, and stock up on coupons and giveaways.


Student Center Spectacular

8 p.m. – midnight

Student Center

A tradition to rival all others, Student Center Spectacular is the perfect way to spend your evening exploring one of the most interactive buildings on campus! This event is packed full of activities and fun from Comedy Caravan in the Cats Den, interactive art in the Rasdall Gallery, and an explosion of action down in the Center for Student Involvement. We showcase the best and brightest by providing the opportunity to learn about the great student organizations that are housed within the Student Center. To end the night, the Student Activities Board will feature an artist of magic and illusion at 11 p.m., and Late Night Film Series will be showing their first movie of the school year at midnight! Don’t miss out! Sponsored


Monday, Aug. 25



9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Johnson Center Fields

Be a part of one of the largest community service events in the state! Members of the University community will work in small groups to complete service projects in Fayette County. UK FUSION is a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends, make a difference in the community and reaffirm UK’s commitment to service. Registration materials are available at


Online registration is highly encouraged as those who are registered before the event will have first choice in selecting a community service project. Please check out the website for more information. Students must arrive by 9:30 a.m. Students who have not pre-registered will have an opportunity to do so at this time but are not guaranteed their project of choice. A sack lunch will be provided. All participants must utilize bus transportation for projects taking place off campus. Buses will not return until early afternoon.


Academic and Information Sessions

3 p.m.

Student Center


K Team Meeting: Dinner with your K Team

5 – 7 p.m.

Designated locations

All new students will meet with their K Teams for dinner.


Meijer Mania

9 p.m. – midnight

Buses will run continuously during the event and will pick up and drop off students at Wildcat Alumni plaza on Euclid Ave. across from Memorial Coliseum AND at the corner of University Drive and Huguelet Drive

Don’t miss this fun opportunity to catch a bus with other UK students and enjoy a late-night shopping excursion to the Meijer store at Hamburg Pavilion. Stock up on laundry detergent, items for your residence hall room, soft drinks, snacks, and anything else you might need to be at home on campus. You’ll be able to buy all this and more while enjoying discounted shopping, free food, cool activities and prizes!


Tuesday, Aug. 26


Academic and Information Sessions

9 a.m.

Student Center and various locations across campus


College Meetings

Various times

Designated locations

Times vary for each college. Meetings are approximately 2 hours. All new students are expected to attend.


K Team Meeting: Common Reading Experience Discussion

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Designated locations

All freshmen are expected to meet with their K Team for a small-group discussion session and to turn in their QLC assignment. These sessions will not only allow new students to participate in the campuswide Common Reading Experience but will also allow them to get last-minute questions answered by their K Crew leader. Participants will receive a free T-shirt from their K Crew leader at We Are UK for having their QLC assignment (while supplies last). Come even if you haven’t read the book. You can still talk and share your perspectives.


We Are UK

5 – 8 p.m.

Memorial Hall Amphitheater

We Are UK is an exciting event that celebrates the uniqueness of the UK community. This festival includes a variety of free food from Kentucky and from around the world. You’ll also see live performances ranging from hip-hop to country, poetry to debate, and other random talents from UK students, faculty, and staff.


Wednesday, Aug. 27


First day of classes!


Welcome Back Festival

5 p.m.

King Alumni House and Stuckert Career Center


Thursday, Aug. 28


Student Involvement Fair

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Outside White Hall Classroom Building

Want to get the most out of your college experience? Then get started by attending the Student Involvement Fair. This event will introduce you to many of UK’s student organizations and help you get connected with fellow Wildcats. Getting involved is the best way to meet people, enhance your skills for the future, and take full advantage of the opportunities in student life. This event will also have free ice cream and cold drinks!


Friday, Aug. 29


Sea of Blue

All Day

Show everyone what kind of Wildcat you really are! Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear UK blue to show our Wildcat pride! “GO CATS!”


Residence Hall Floor Meetings

8 – 9 p.m.

Your residence hall

If you live in a University residence hall, please join your Resident Advisor (RA) for an official floor meeting at 8 p.m. Get to know your neighbors and start the school year off right. See your RA for additional information.


One Last Beach Blast: Resident Student Association Block Party

9 – 11:45 p.m.

South Campus Courtyard between the towers

Wondering what fun things await you at college? Now that you survived the first week of classes, it’s time to take a break and make some new friends on the block! Grab your neighbors and check out free food and great music at the South Campus Courtyard!


Saturday, Aug. 30


The Tailgate "Kick-off"

9:30 a.m.

Johnson Center Fields

There is no better way to kick off the football season than with a tailgate with all of your new friends! You don’t want to miss the chance to grab free food, tons of UK gear, play a game of corn hole and hear live music from a local Lexington band.  It’s the perfect way to start your game day. 


UK vs. UT-Martin


Commonwealth Stadium

Power Restored to Buildings at UK After Two-hour Outage

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2014) — Power has been restored to most of the buildings on the UK campus that lost power around 5:30 p.m. today.  Most of the buildings and traffic lights lost power on the main University of Kentucky campus during a severe thunderstorm. UK and Kentucky Utilities crews began working immediately to restore service. All residential power except University Trails Apartments has been restored. Power has been restored to traffic lights.  More information as it becomes available.

WUKY's Phoenix Fridays Concert Aug. 22 Features Ben Sollee

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2014) ― WUKY's Phoenix Fridays concert in Lexington's Phoenix Park tomorrow night  features Ben Sollee, Coralee and the Townies, and Josh Nolan.


The free concert series presented by WUKY, the University of Kentucky's NPR station, presents its third event of the summer Friday, Aug. 22, in downtown Lexington.


The concert, which begins at 5 p.m. in Phoenix Park, will open with Coralee and the Townies, and Josh Nolan, followed by headliner Ben Sollee. 


Sollee, who was raised in Lexington, is a cellist and singer-songwriter.  His music mixes folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B elements. To learn more about all three acts and sample their music, visit the WUKY website.


Local food trucks will be onsite at Phoenix Park, located at the corner of Main Street and South Limestone in downtown Lexington.


Produced by the Downtown Lexington Corporation, WUKY's Phoenix Fridays series has brought local and up-and-coming musical acts to the stage each fourth Friday this summer.  The final act is:


5-9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26

Opening act — The Northside Sheiks; Jarekus Singleton

Headliner — Jukebox the Ghost


Band details, interviews and videos can be accessed on the WUKY website


For more information contact WUKY’s Mike Graves at




MEDIA CONTACT:  Kathy Johnson,; 859-257-3155

Big Blue Family VIDEO: Sisters Collaborate to Welcome Wildcats to UK Family

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:45


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2014) — As students move onto the University of Kentucky campus, K Week is supposed to help students feel like they are part of a family from the very beginning.


This year, two sisters, Alysha and Katherine Poe, are both part of the Super Crew.  In this role, the Boone County natives lead and support members of the K Crew, who work directly with freshmen during K Week.   


Watch the “Big Blue Family” video above to discover why the Poe sisters are so committed to making sure new students feel like they are part of the Wildcat family.   


For more information about K Week 2014, visit:


This video feature is part of a special new series produced by UKNow focusing on families who help make up the University of Kentucky community.  There are many couples, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters who serve at UK in various fields.   The idea is to show how UK is part of so many families’ lives and how so many families are focused on helping the university succeed each and every day. 


Since the "Big Blue Family" series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If you know of a family who you think should be featured, please email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!  Click on the playlist below to watch other Big Blue Family videos.




VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282,

UK Forensics Receives National Grant From Pi Kappa Delta

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Forensics team, a public speaking and debate student organization housed within the UK College of Communication and Information, has been awarded a nationally competitive grant from the forensics honorary Pi Kappa Delta. The grant project will fund the development of instructional materials that will become part of a national resource database for new coaches and teams. Over the next few weeks, members of the UK Forensics team will be hard at work recording videos of sample speeches that illustrate successful techniques and strategies for several public speaking events.


The UK Forensics Team regularly competes against teams all across the nation in 12 public speaking events and three forms of debate. Team members come from a variety of  majors on campus inclouding communication, engineering, political science, media arts and studies, and English.


“We’re incredibly appreciative of this opportunity from Pi Kappa Delta” says Director Timothy Bill. “This grant not only allows us to showcase our students’ hard work over the past couple of years, but it also allows us to contribute to a resource that will help other new teams get started for years to come.” The finished materials including the sample videos will be posted to the Pi Kappa Delta website ( later this year. For more information about this grant or the forensics team generally, please contact Timothy Bill at




MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or 


Regeneration Bonus: Randal Voss

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 17:51

Video by UK Research Media 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2014) — University of Kentucky biologist Randal Voss is sequencing the genome of salamanders. Though we share many of the same genes, the salamander genome is massive compared to our own, about 10 times as large.


Voss's research focuses on axolotls, salamanders with amazing regenerative ability.

“It’s hard to find a body part they can’t regenerate: the limbs, the tail, the spinal cord, the eye, and in some species, the lens, half of their brain has been shown to regenerate," Voss said. "I’m very fortunate to have a colleague in the department, Jeramiah Smith, who’s an expert at the ability to put small pieces of DNA together to kind of recreate the puzzle, which is the genome. We have funding from the National Institute of Health and the Department of Defense to sequence the axolotl genome and provide this blueprint for the first time."


With a partner at the University of Dayton, Voss is looking at the loss of regenerative ability in the eye as a salamander ages.


“Early on in life, axolotls can regenerate their lens. But at some point in time, around 28 days after they hatch, that plasticity goes away and they can’t regenerate the lens," Voss said. "So, I’ve been working with that group trying to identify the genes that might explain that.”

Voss is also starting a new collaboration with an orthopedic surgeon at UK to study knee joint regeneration.

“Over the course of say 10 to 15 days, the salamander will successfully regenerate a complete joint. That blows the orthopedic surgeon’s mind because that would be the Holy Grail in their field to understand how to orchestrate joint regeneration in a human.”

Learn more about UK's "regeneration cluster" at

UK Family Sciences Student Garners National Awards

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2014) — A University of Kentucky graduate student recently received two prestigious awards from the National Council on Family Relations, a professional association focused on family research, policy and practice.


Laura Frey, a doctoral candidate in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, received the Student Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award.


The Student Award is given for overall excellence as an emerging scholar who exhibits high potential for future scholarly contributions. She is the first UK student to receive this award — the highest given to a graduate student in family sciences.


Frey of Griffin, Indiana, is working with Jason Hans, an associate professor in the UK Department of Family Sciences in the School of Human Environmental Sciences and the council’s 2002 Student Award winner.


She received the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award for a paper that explores how family members’ reactions to disclosure of suicidal thoughts or attempts affect an individual’s mental health going forward. This award is given to a graduate student who is conducting unique family research that is likely to make a meaningful contribution to the field.


“To date, family research on suicide has primarily focused on surviving family members' experiences of bereavement and stigma following suicide, so Laura's research emphasis represents an important shift toward a systemic and proactive perspective on the role family members can play in suicide prevention and intervention,” Hans said.


“Family and relational issues have an important impact on the development and treatment of suicidal behavior within the individual, and the individual action of suicide can profoundly impact surviving family members and the family system,” Frey said.


Her winning paper is one of three studies that comprise her doctoral dissertation.


Frey will receive her awards during the council’s annual conference, Nov. 19-22 in Baltimore.




MEDIA CONTACT: Katie Pratt, 859-257-8774.

Conference Offers Support to Grandparents Who Parent

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2014) — The numbers are increasing. According to U.S. Census figures, from 2000 to 2010 the number of Kentucky children living with someone other than their parents increased by more than 200 percent in some counties. That shift in parenting responsibilities can often bring its own set of challenges, and those who find themselves caring for grandchildren or nephews or nieces can sometimes find themselves at a loss for support.


In Madison County, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will host the 2014 Grandparents as Parents Conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the extension office, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond. Participants will find answers to questions, learn about the resources available to them and meet with other people in the same situation.


“What I hear from family resource centers is this is such an epidemic, and people really need to know what resources are out there for them,” said Pam Francis, Madison County Extension parenting educator. “This is to let people know we’re here, so if they need help or resources, they’ll know who to call.”


According to Francis, grandparents often find themselves in difficult positions when they take on the responsibility of raising their grandchildren.


“Their age, their incomes, their health; it’s very demanding, so I know they need support and encouragement, because they’ve really taken on a tough thing,” she said. “One of the problems is many children have emotional problems due to a parent’s death or military service, abuse and neglect, or alcohol or drug abuse in the family.”


Guest speakers at the conference will include Papaw Max and Lexi, who will speak on their relationship from perspective of both the grandparent and grandchild.


“We saw them at the Lexington conference, and they were so personable. He’s a grandfather who took in his granddaughter. She has a beautiful story of how her grandfather rescued her,” Francis said. “We’re looking forward to hearing from them.”


Donna Bentley will discuss preparing for the future in crisis situations with Life in a Box, a program she has developed with the National Guard for military families. Judy Keith, who addressed the issue of grieving at last year’s conference, will return this year to discuss bullying and attention deficithyperactivity disorder, ADHD — issues that many grandparents have to deal with.


Conference registration is free and ends Aug. 27. Registration before the event is encouraged; only participants who have preregistered will be served a free lunch and be eligible for door prizes. Call 859-623-4072 to register.




MEDIA CONTACT: Carol Lea Spence, 859-257-8324.

More Students, Traffic Arriving on Campus This Week

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2014) — As Move-In 2014 continues at the University of Kentucky, a campus-wide email was sent Tuesday, Aug. 18, as a reminder that students continue to move to campus over the next few days.  Below is the email sent to the campus community:


University of Kentucky Move-In is an exciting time for our campus community and an important time to begin fostering student success -- our top priority at all levels in everything that we do.


This year, are welcoming students and their families during four major Move-In days over the next week:

·         Saturday, August 16

·         Wednesday, August 20

·         Friday, August 22

·         Saturday, August 23


Move-In — combined with current construction occurring on campus — will impact parking, transit, and transportation routes throughout the campus at various times. Among the more than 6,000 students moving to campus housing, about 1,100 students moved in Saturday, August 16; 1,700 are expected Wednesday, August 20; around 2,200 will move in Friday, August 22; and another 1,100 are expected Saturday, August 23.


Safety is always a priority at UK and especially now when thousands of new students are transitioning to campus at a time when vehicle and pedestrian traffic are heavy and streets are re-routed. UK Police will be out in full force to assist with Move-In, and everyone is urged to be patient and travel safely.


We thank you in advance for your patience and help during this process. Below is information regarding student move-in traffic flow and parking and bus schedule impacts this week, including important information about one-way streets, no parking areas, alternate bus routes and high traffic locations.


ONE-WAY STREETS:  (see map)


One-way southbound:  MLK Blvd. between Good Samaritan parking lot and Avenue of Champions

One-way southbound:  Lexington Ave. between Maxwell St. and Avenue of Champions

One-way westbound:  Avenue of Champions between Rose Street and S. Limestone

One-way westbound:  Huguelet Dr. between University Dr. and Rose St.

One-way northbound:  Rose Street between Huguelet Drive and Washington Ave.

One-way eastbound:  Hilltop Ave. between University Dr. and Woodland Ave.

One-way northbound:  Woodland Ave. between Hilltop Ave. and Columbia Ave.


NOTE: regarding access to the Rose Street Garage (PS#2) and Craft Center Lot


UK employees who usually access the Rose Street Garage from Woodland Avenue and Hilltop Avenue, which will both be one-way, will be able to access the Rose Street Garage (PS#2) from University Drive, but not from Woodland.  They will exit the garage onto Woodland, not University Drive.

Also, entrance and exit to the Craft Center Lot is only available via Rose Street; vehicles may not access the lot from Lexington Avenue.

Employees are advised to incorporate possible delays into their drive times.




Due to the need to quickly unload vehicles near residence halls, several areas of campus will be NO PARKING zones from 12:01 a.m. to 6 p.m. on each of the Move-In days. Additionally, several streets on and bordering campus will have closures or other changes to traffic flow to accommodate Move-In. Watch for NO PARKING signs and bagged meters in these areas.

Vehicles parked in the NO PARKING areas listed below will be TOWED.  Owners will be responsible for all tow-related charges.


Wednesday, August 20:


UNIVERSITY DRIVE (BOTH SIDES):  from Cooper Drive to Hilltop Avenue

SPORTS CENTER DRIVE:  the 21 Hall Director spaces behind Ingels Hall

AVENUE OF CHAMPIONS:  Metered parking in front of Roselle Hall

MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD.:  between Maxwell Street and Avenue of Champions

LEXINGTON AVE.:  Area between the E lot entrance and Avenue of Champions

E LOT BETWEEN KELLEY BUILDING and MED CENTER ANNEX #5:  the 5 spots in the lane just north of Medical Center Annex #5


Friday, August 22:


COMPLEX DRIVE (BOTH SIDES):  between University Drive and Sports Center Drive

UNIVERSITY DRIVE (BOTH SIDES):  from Cooper Drive to Hilltop Avenue

SPORTS CENTER DRIVE:  the 21 Hall Director spaces behind Ingels Hall

AVENUE OF CHAMPIONS:  Metered parking in front of Roselle Hall

MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD.:  between Maxwell Street and Avenue of Champions

LEXINGTON AVE.:  Area between the E lot entrance and Avenue of Champions

E LOT BETWEEN KELLEY BUILDING and MED CENTER ANNEX #5:  the 5 spots in the lane just north of Medical Center Annex #5


Saturday, August 23:


UNIVERSITY DRIVE (BOTH SIDES):  from Cooper Drive to Hilltop Avenue

SPORTS CENTER DRIVE:  the 21 Hall Director spaces behind Ingels Hall

AVENUE OF CHAMPIONS:  Metered parking in front of Roselle Hall

MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD.:  between Maxwell Street and Avenue of Champions

LEXINGTON AVE.:  Area between the E lot entrance and Avenue of Champions

E LOT BETWEEN KELLEY BUILDING and MED CENTER ANNEX #5:  the 5 spots in the lane just north of Medical Center Annex #5




Students and parents participating in UK Move-In will be permitted to park in the following designated parking areas:

Rose Street Garage (PS #2):  Saturday 8/23

South Limestone Garage (PS #5):  all 4 move-in dates listed above; 3-hour maximum

Sports Center Garage (PS #7):  all 4 move-in dates listed above; 3-hour maximum

R3 lot on Sports Center Drive, near Cooper Drive:  all 4 move-in dates listed above

K lots at Commonwealth Stadium:  all 4 move-in dates listed above   


As a result of the road closures, the CATS Summer/Break Route will run a modified route on Wednesday, August 20 and Friday, August 22. On those days, the bus will operate the route normally used by the campus Lextran Stadium-Greg Page Route throughout the academic year.

College of Medicine Students Go West for Clinical Rotations Through New Initiative

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2014) — When University of Kentucky medical student Callie Dowdy tells fellow students she delivered four babies in one month during her obstetrics rotation in Western Kentucky, she emphasizes that fact that she was a primary care provider.


She didn’t stand in the back or the room or watch over the shoulder — she was the first person to hold the babies. While Dowdy acknowledges that the UK Chandler Hospital is an incredible setting for a medical education, she encountered more opportunities work with patients in a smaller medical environment in Murray, Kentucky.


Dowdy was one of two inaugural students to complete rotations through the Western Kentucky Initiative (WKI), a program that places third-year students at medical practices and hospitals in Murray/Paducah, Bowling Green and Owensboro. Students complete five rotations required in their third-year curriculum during a 20-week period based in one or more of these communities. Like the students who participate in the College of Medicine Rural Physician Leadership Program in Morehead, these students receive more hands-on opportunities to practice real-life medicine and one-on-one mentorship from practicing doctors.


Students who are from Western Kentucky or who received their undergraduate education in the area are encouraged to consider participating in the WKI.


Dowdy, who grew up in Murray, decided to go back home to complete four of the five required rotations included in the program. She completed her psychiatric rotation in Paducah. The daughter of a surgeon, Dowdy already knew many of the doctors who served as her faculty preceptors. She said these doctors, who aren't grouped with fellows, residents and students, were natural teachers to a classroom of one. She enjoyed the experience so much that she has made special arrangements to complete three of her fourth-year elective rotations in Murray.


"I have never seen the passion for teaching like I saw in Murray," Dowdy said. "I believe wholeheartedly the best decision I have made in my academic career was doing the WKI program."


This year, seven students have committed to participate in the WKI. Dr. James Norton, associate dean for educational engagement, said the ratio of health care providers to patients in Western Kentucky lags behind the national average. The College of Medicine continues to build medical practices in Eastern Kentucky by exposing future doctors to health disparities through the Rural Physician Leadership Program, but the WKI turns attention to the need for doctors in Western Kentucky.


"If you look at health statistics, you will find there are communities and counties that have the same challenges that we have in Eastern Kentucky," Norton said. "There are too many patients, and not enough doctors."


Norton hopes the program will spark an interest in students who will consider returning to Western Kentucky to practice. The WKI works with Area Rural Health Education Centers to place students with community preceptor doctors. Students who are from the area will receive first priority in the program, although Norton would like to see the program grow every year. About 25 students expressed an interest in participating during a meeting on Aug. 15 and would represent the third class entering the program in 2015. 


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Smoke-Free Campaign Strategies Used to Promote Physical Activity, Combat Obesity

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:12


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2014) — In a state with high rates of tobacco use and obesity — and associated health problems — University of Kentucky researcher Melinda Ickes is exploring whether similar models of promoting community readiness to adopt health policies might be effective in addressing both risk factors.


Ickes' current project aims to create political and societal support for physical activity policies by building upon the best practices of a successful, evidence-based policy development approach that advanced smoke-free policies in Kentucky.


Specifically, Ickes and her team will test the feasibility of a community readiness assessment for promoting evidence-based physical activity polices in two rural Kentucky communities, Jackson and Perry counties. The project, supported by a pilot grant from the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), will focus on policies related to the built environment (such as sidewalks), overall community design, and shared use of schools (after school hours) to increase access to safe space for physical activity.


An assistant professor in the UK College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, Ickes points to influence of the built environment on health and health behavior.


"Building active living environments so that physical activity is the easy choice will have significant and lasting impact on preventing obesity and reducing cardiovascular disease," says Ickes.


While the success of the smoke-free campaigns in changing social norms and influencing policy interventions is clear, little is known about how to create similarly impactful social movements for physical activity policy. According to Ickes, community readiness assessment is integral in influencing social movements and in tailoring the most appropriate policy development strategies for a given community.


"There's really been increased momentum for physical activity policy, but there's a missing piece in many communities - to assess community readiness to adopt physical activity policies."


The readiness assessment will include two components. First, a pre-survey will determine the evidence-based physical activity policies that a community is most ready to work on.  Second, Ickes and her team will determine a community’s stage of readiness said policies. They will then work with community partners to adapt stage-based strategies aimed to translate and disseminate knowledge, build community capacity, and build local demand for physical activity policies.  This process is translated from an evidence-based, stage-specific, tailored policy development intervention developed to promote smoke-free policy.


"Although this pilot project will not constitute the time needed to implement the intervention itself, there is a dire need to understand which stage-based strategies are appropriate for future physical activity policy work, particularly in rural areas," says Ickes.


While Ickes has always been committed to promoting positive, healthy behavior, she originally envisioned working one-on-one with individuals to increase physical activity and combat obesity. Working with her mentor, Ellen Hahn, director of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy, invigorated Ickes to work for policy changes that can have tremendous population-level impact in communities with serious health challenges.


"I really hadn't been exposed to policy work before coming to UK, and it's contagious to see someone so passionate about what they do," she says. "The possibly of changing an entire community really inspires me. Now I love teaching my students about the impact health that policy can have."


Support from the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) has also been integral to Ickes' project. She says that as a junior faculty member, there's a learning curve to operating grants and conducting community-engaged research, and the step-by -step support from CCTS has been wonderful.


"It's more than the monetary support, but support throughout the entire process," she says. "In the intake meeting, the CCTS leadership said 'We're here to support you with whatever you need-- IRB, marketing, fliers.' I was blown away. I don’t think that's something you get everywhere."


She is also collaborating with the Center for Excellence in Rural Health to identify community advocates to participate in the readiness assessments.


"If you were doing this on your own it would take years to meet people and make connections," she notes.


Data from this pilot project will be used to support further grant applications to develop and disseminate a best practice framework for promoting physical activity policy to reduce obesity and promote cardiovascular health at population level.The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute expressed interest in adapting the intervention to prevent obesity, and Ickes and Hahn plan to resubmit an R01 application using the preliminary data collected from this project.


"Without knowing how best to create political and societal support for physical activity policy, little progress will be made in advancing long-lasting, life-saving environmental changes to promote safe, accessible opportunities for physical activity, and rural communities will continue to suffer disproportionately from obesity and cardiovascular disease," says Ickes. 



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Equine Research Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2014) – The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation will induct three scientists into the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame Oct. 9 at the UK Hilary J. Boone Center.


Michelle LeBlanc, a posthumous inductee formerly of Rood and Riddle Equine Institute, Ernie Bailey, professor at the UK Gluck Equine Research Center, and Elwyn Firth, a professor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, were selected for their contributions to equine science and research. Nominated by their peers and colleagues, LeBlanc, Bailey and Firth were selected by past Hall of Fame inductees.


“On behalf of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation board, I would like to congratulate this year’s inductees,” said Case Clay, chairman of the foundation’s board of directors. “The inductees were selected from a strong group of nominees who have dedicated their lives to equine research. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of Drs.LeBlanc, Bailey and Firth at the induction ceremony.”


LeBlanc’s career extended over 35 years and included teaching, administration and mentoring. She was a theriogenologist, reproductive specialist, with interests in mare infertility, embryo transfer, placental infections in mares and acupuncture in infertile mares. LeBlanc was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Equine VeterinaryAssociation in 2011 and was named 2000 Theriogenologist of the Year by the American College of Theriogenologists. She died in April 2013 after a battle with ovarian cancer.


According to the nomination letter from Wayne McIlwraith, university distinguished professor at Colorado State University, and Ed Squires, professor at the UKGluck Equine Research Center, LeBlanc “led research in the development of innovative equipment and the development of novel research and treatment techniques in mares and foals. Her contributions as a teacher, administrator and mentor defied quantification. Her passion for the horse and for equine research up to her untimely passing makes her a very worthy recipient.”


Bailey joined the Department of Veterinary Science at UK in 1979 and established a research program for horse genetics. Beginning in the 1990s, Bailey, with his students and colleagues, conducted gene-mapping research and provided leadership for the international horse genome project. This work led to sequencing of the horse genome at the National Human Genome Research Institute in 2006. The tools resulting from these initiatives empowered all areas of equine research. With his students and co-workers, Bailey used molecular genetic tools to uncover mutations responsible for coat color patterns, developmental defects, cytogenetic abnormalities and genes influencing viral susceptibility in horses.


“I have had the pleasure of working with wonderful colleagues at a time when genetics technologies have just exploded. It is gratifying that colleagues and peers nominated and elected me to the Equine Research Hall of Fame,” Bailey said. “I am especially pleased with the recognition accorded the field of genetics. During the last 20 years our research field consisted of about 150 scientists and students, worldwide, who shared time, knowledge and resources to create gene maps and other genomic tools for the horse. These new tools are empowering veterinarians and breeders to solve problems that plagued horses and horse owners for centuries. It’s been a pleasure to work with these amazing scientists; the accomplishments actually belong to this extended community.”


Bailey was nominated by James MacLeod, professor at the UK Gluck Equine Research Center.


"Over the past 35 years, Dr. Bailey’s direct research contributions, combined with his vision, cultivation, facilitation and leadership of the international community of scientists working on horse genetics and genomics, has had a profound impact on equine science. Just as our understanding of the human genome is changing all aspects of human health, equine genomics is proving to be transformative for equine biomedical disciplines," MacLeod said.

Firth has worked in North America, The Netherlands and New Zealand in university research, teaching and surgical referral clinics. He classified bone infection in foals and studied other bone and joint diseases of the young horse. This led to the quantification of bone, joint and tendon changes in young foals exposed to exercise or confinement early in life, and in 2-year-olds trained for racing. A later multi-national collaborative study showed that appropriate early exercise in pastured foals was not harmful and had positive effects on tissues, on adult musculoskeletal health and on the welfare of the horse.


“To have been selected for induction into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame is a great honor. Receiving this prestigious award is a source of great pleasure to me, and I feel very proud to have been so recognized. It is full circle in some ways, since when I first left New Zealand it was to Lexington that I traveled, and I have been back many times since. It will be very nice to return,” Firth said.


Firth’s nomination letter by McIlwraith and I.G. Joe Mayhew, professor at Massey University, commended him for his 35 years of contributions to research in equine musculoskeletal disease: “Dr. Firth has made outstanding contributions to research in equine musculoskeletal disease and comparative knowledge emanating from that.”


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


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


The Gluck Equine Research Center is home to the Equine Research Hall of Fame. For more information, visit

UK Fire Marshal's Office Honored by Peers

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2014) — As the University of Kentucky embarked on a major housing revitalization three years ago, the UK Office of the Fire Marshal quickly saw the value of using decommissioned residence halls that had not yet been torn down for firefighter training and campus fire prevention education.  And now the office has been honored for its innovative program.


The UK Office of the Fire Marshal received the 2014 Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association’s (CSHEMA) Perks for Peers Award for the development and implementation of the Fire Safety Community Initiative.  This award promotes interest in and encourages development of innovative programs that improve fire and life safety awareness at colleges and universities. UK was chosen out of more than 160 entries.


The Fire Safety Community Initiative is one of many programs developed and implemented by the UK Fire Marshal to promote fire and life safety and educate the Lexington and campus communities. It provides an exceptional opportunity for local and state emergency responders to train for fire emergencies in a true life situation by using UK's decommissioned buildings to practice real life fire and rescue scenarios.


Typically, fire fighters and emergency responders train using field practice in a controlled setting (such as a classroom tabletop exercise or a designated training structure) for real fire situation.  UK's campus renovation efforts have allowed a unique opportunity for fire fighters to practice true life scenarios using real response, equipment, and an actual building slated for demolition.


“Our decommissioned buildings are used by Lexington fire fighters to conduct real time firefighting operations in actual building settings instead of a control room,” said UK Assistant Fire Marshal Jason Ellis, who accepted the award at recent CSHEMA conference.  “There is no substitute for conducting training using real buildings to directly combat the general unknown situations that a fire fighter will encounter in a real situation.  The University of Kentucky, continuing a long-standing tradition of quality higher education, has had the ability to provide a working classroom for firefighters to directly combat issues that typically arise in a fire situation.” 


Decommissioned buildings are slated for demolition to make room for the new residence halls, classroom buildings, and other facilities.  Once these buildings are decommissioned, some literally become a living lab and classroom in which fire fighters and first responders will train for different incidents, such as search and rescue, fire fighter rescue and survival, pre-planning, and multiple firefighting scenarios and techniques.


“Our office is always concerned with the safety of our stakeholders, which include students, staff, and faculty as well as our neighbors,” Ellis said.  “Fire fighters are and will always be students of their profession.  UK’s commitment to education for all students, including our nontraditional students — emergency responders — is an investment in the safety of our campus.”


CSHEMA supports and educates campus-based environmental, health and safety (EHS) professionals to empower and to improve the EHS profession in campus environments. Originally founded in 1954 as the Campus Safety Association, CSHEMA has a long history of service to the college, university, and research communities.

Markey Researchers Develop Web-Based App to Predict Glioma Mutations

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2014) – A new web-based program developed by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers will provide a simple, free way for healthcare providers to determine which brain tumor cases require testing for a genetic mutation.


Gliomas – a type of tumor that begins in the brain or spine – are the most common and deadly form of brain cancer in adults, making up about 80 percent of malignant brain cancer cases. In some of these cases, patients have a mutation in a specific gene, known as an IDH1 mutation – and patients who have this tend to survive years longer than those who do not carry the mutation.


The program, developed by UK researchers Li Chen, Eric Durbin, and Craig Horbinski, uses a statistical model to accurately predict the likelihood that a patient carries the IDH1 mutation and requires screening. Healthcare providers need only answer four questions in the application.


Gliomas are often tested for IDH1 mutation following surgery to remove the tumor, but undergoing this type of testing often requires stringent insurance pre-approvals due to rising healthcare costs, Horbinski says.


"Currently, there are no universally accepted guidelines for when gliomas should be tested for this mutation," Horbinski said. "Obtaining insurance pre-approval for additional molecular testing is becoming more commonplace, and this program will assist healthcare providers with an evidence-based rationale for when IDH1 screening is necessary."


Additionally, Horbinski notes that the program will help conserve research dollars by helping brain cancer researchers narrow down which specific older gliomas in tumor banks – previously removed in a time before IDH1 testing was routine – should be tested as data for research projects.


Horbinski's research on the program was published in the May issue of Neuro-Oncology. The work was funded through a grant from the National Cancer Institute, the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Training Program in Translational Clinical Oncology, and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Physician Scientist Program.


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UK #AskACat Twitter Chat Answers Move-In, K Week Questions

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 16:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2014) — Tuesday's #AskACat Twitter chat will answer questions of University of Kentucky students planning to move to campus this weekend. UK experts will answers questions on dining, K Week, parking and residence halls. K Week 2014 begins after move-in and will run from Aug. 22-30. This back-to-school #AskACat Twitter chat will begin 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, on UK's official Twitter account.


Taking questions in this month's #AskACat Twitter chat will be Charity N. Bradley, marketing manager of UK Dining; K Week Super Crew leader Jessica Kadle, a communication sciences and disorders major; Tony Ralph, director of Residence Life; and Chrissie Balding Tune, marketing/promotions specialist for UK Parking and Transportation Services.


The back-to-school #AskACat Twitter chat will take place from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, via the university's Twitter account, @universityofky. Those interested in following and or participating in the chat can follow the university's account or #AskACat for questions posed and responses from our crew of experts.


While this #AskACat Twitter chat is geared toward new students, it is open to all students, parents, faculty and staff. Individuals interested in asking questions should send their questions to through 3 p.m. Aug. 19, or on the UK Facebook page prior to 2 p.m. Aug. 19. Responses to questions will be shared with the university's followers and those following the hashtag #AskACat.

UK will present its next #AskACat Twitter chat on Sept. 16.



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

Griffith Elected to National Medical Honor Society Board of Directors

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 16:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2014) -- Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, has elected Dr. Charles “Chipper” H. Griffith III, senior associate dean for medical education at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, as a councilor director on the Society's board. Griffith's three-year term begins at the AOA board of directors meeting in Portland, Maine, on Oct. 3.


Alpha Omega Alpha is a professional medical organization that recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine. Alpha Omega Alpha is to medicine what Phi Beta Kappa is to letters and the humanities and Sigma Xi is to science.


Griffith earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University and completed his residencyin internal medicine/pediatrics at UK HealthCare.  He also earned a Master of Science degree in Public Health from UK.  Prior to his current role, Griffith has served as associate dean for student affairs at the UK College of Medicine. He is an educational scholar of national repute having published multiple articles and received numerous awards for his teaching including the AOA/AAMC Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award in 2004, the most highly regarded medical school teaching award in the country.


In 2006, the Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine (CDIM), a national organization that promotes excellence in education of medical students in internal medicine, honored Griffith by renaming their educational research award "the Charles H. Griffith Educational Research Award." He also was profiled in “Leadership Careers in Medical Education,” the American College of Physician’s Teaching Medicine six-book series published in 2010.

Play Helps Families and Caregivers See Both Sides of Alzheimer's Disease

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2014) -- Last Saturday, one family struggled to accept that their father had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. 


This family is luckier than others, however.  They are the fictional characters in "Forget Me Not," a play written by Garrett Davis to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease and provide comfort and support for caregivers, particularly in underserved communities where health disparities exist. 


University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) brought the play to a full house at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington on Aug. 16.


We saw the play at a conference in San Diego, and we were immediately drawn to it as a resource for community outreach," said Dr. Gregory Jicha, an associate professor at Sanders-Brown.


"The play is not only an entertaining way to make more people aware of the disease, but also educates people about the need to take action -- and one way to do that is to participate in research."



Davis wrote the play as a tribute to his grandmother, who died of Alzheimer's disease when he was in college, and to all the family members who cared for her.


"She had Alzheimer's, and it was terrible watching her fade away.  When we see our loved ones at their worst, we tend to push ourselves into seclusion, out of fear or worry or both, at exactly the time when we should quit hiding and actively seek help."


"I wrote this play so that caregivers might recognize themselves in the characters onstage, and perhaps get ahead of the curve and develop a support network not just for their loved one, but also for themselves."


Alzheimer's disease is incurable and irreversible,  It is the most common cause of dementia in older adults, and more than 500.000 Americans die from AD each year.  African Americans are usually diagnosed with the disease at a later stage, limiting the effectiveness of early intervention. Blacks are about two times more likely and Hispanics are about one and a half times more likely than their white counterparts to have Alzheimer's and other dementia. Of the estimated 5.4 million people living with the disease, two-thirds are women.


Davis describes "Forget Me Not" as one leg of a three-legged stool. "There are three plays in the trilogy," he explains.  "'Forget Me Not' is intended to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease. 'Mama's Girls' is part two -- its focus is on caregiving for someone with Alzheimer's. And the third play -- 'A Woman's Gotta Do' -- addresses finances, which is an important but overlooked part of the disease."


Davis felt particularly compelled to bring his message to the African American community, whose culture embraces the concept that caring for a sick loved one is a personal -- rather than a shared -- responsibility.


"We need to understand that we can care for Grandma without losing our own identity or neglecting our own families," Davis says.


Jicha stayed after the play for a Q&A session with attendees. There, he stressed repeatedly the need for participation in medical research, particularly among African Americans. 


"At Sanders-Brown alone there are many, many studies exploring treatments that may prevent disease, cure disease, or at a minimum slow down its progress," Jicha says.  "But without volunteers -- both with the disease and without -- we can't get enough data to determine whether these treatments really work." 


"If people recognize these issues and how close we are to making tremendous strides in curing Alzheimer's, they should join the fight and make a difference."



Nominations Open for James Madison Award

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2014) — Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are two of the linchpins of American democracy. The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications at the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Infomration annually recognizes a Kentuckian who has made an outstanding contribution to the First Amendment.


The James Madison Award, created in 2006, honors the nation’s fourth president, whose extraordinary efforts led to the ratification of the Bill of Rights. The center at the University of Kentucky is seeking nominations for its 2014 award.


The nomination deadline is Sept. 15. The winner will be honored at the annual First Amendment Celebration on Oct. 8. 


Nominees must have significant ties to Kentucky, and their efforts must have resulted in the preservation or expansion of freedom of the press and/or freedom of speech. The award recognizes a long-term commitment to these ideals.


The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center encourages recognition of those outside the journalism profession for their contributions to protect or expand First Amendment freedoms.  Nominees may include, for example, educators, lawyers, judges, scholars, librarians, students or ordinary citizens.


The Madison Award will recognize those who have labored or taken a stand in one or more of these areas: open government and open records; robust debate in the marketplace of ideas; promotion of the watchdog role of the press; defense against government or private censorship. 


The nominator must submit a letter identifying the nominee, listing the nominee’s address, phone number and position, and explaining why the nominee would be a worthy recipient.  The letter should detail the specific efforts taken on behalf of First Amendment rights and should discuss obstacles and difficulties as well as the impact of the nominee’s efforts.  The nominator may include up to three letters of support as well as other materials such as published or broadcast information.


Entries will be reviewed by a committee that will include previous winners and the director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center.  The committee will have the option of not selecting a recipient if it does not believe any candidate is deserving.


Past winners were Judith Clabes, founder of UK’s First Amendment Center and a strong supporter of a free press as a newspaper editor and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation; Jon Fleischaker, the Commonwealth’s foremost media law attorney; veteran Courier-Journal reporter Tom Loftus, who has used public records extensively to expose government corruption; David Hawpe, retired Courier-Journal reporter and editor who fought relentlessly to open records and meetings; John Nelson, managing editor of The Advocate-Messenger in Danville and executive editor of Advocate Communications Inc., who was recognized for, among other activities, organizing a statewide open records audit; veteran newsman Al Smith, whose KET public affairs program, “Comment on Kentucky,” informed the state’s citizens on government issues affecting them; retired media law attorney Kim Greene, who fought many fights for open government for media clients she represented. 


 The 2013 winner was Jennifer P. Brown, opinions editor of The Kentucky New Era, a tireless advocate for open government who has fostered a culture of watchdog journalism at the New Era.


Nominations should be sent to Mike Farrell, Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, School of Journalism and Telecommunications, 220 Grehan Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0042, or emailed to


For more information, contact Mike Farrell, director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at (859) 257-4848, or




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Parking Lot, Shuttle Changes Set for Aug. 18

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 18:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 15, 2014) — Over the next week, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) will be changing the designations of several parking areas to best meet the needs of campus. These changes were previously announced, but as the implementation dates approach, PTS is issuing this reminder as well as clarifying the implementation dates.


Starting Monday, Aug. 18, the following changes will occur.


The Sports Center Garage (PS #7) and the large Sports Center Drive lot will change permit designations. The Sports Center Garage will continue to accommodate hourly pay visitor parking, but will otherwise transition to residential (R7) parking. The Sports Center Drive lot adjacent to Cliff Hagan Stadium will change from residential (R3) parking to employee (E) parking.


The parking lot immediately adjacent to the Oswald Building – the Green Lot – will transition from a commuter (C6) parking lot to a mixed-use employee (E) and commuter (C6) parking lot. The lot will no longer have separately designated E spots as it has in the past. The metered spaces will remain in the lot.


The new Orange Lot, located at the corner of University and Alumni Drives, will open and be available for employee (E) and commuter (C2) parking starting Monday, Aug. 18. The Orange Lot, adjacent to the E.S. Good Barn will have 1,238 spaces and will accommodate park-and-ride service for UK HealthCare and VA employees.


The UK HealthCare Shuttle will now stop in the Orange Lot, rather than the E-Blue Lot. PTS plans to operate the same number of shuttles, despite the shorter shuttle route; this is expected to increase the frequency of the existing shuttle service while reducing wait times and the length of time employees spend riding the shuttle. Both UK HealthCare and the VA Hospital will continue to operate independent shuttle services to their various facilities, but will now do so from the same parking area.


The E-Red employee parking lot located on the corner of Cooper and University Drives will transition to a K designated parking area. To improve traffic flow and access between the Green and Red Lots, a connector road has been added between the two lots. VA employees previously restricted to the E-Red Lot will be moved to the new Orange Lot.


Employee (E) permits are now authorized to park in any K Lot, including the Red, Blue, and Black Lots, as well as the Greg Page Overflow Lot and the Soccer/Softball Complex Lots, allowing employees more flexibility if their desired parking area is at capacity. This change became effective July 1, 2014.


Finally, with the return of the first group of students for the academic year, valid C6, R3, R4, R7, R10 and R14 permits will be required to park in designated lots.

Visit to view the campus parking map.