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Kentucky to the World Presents UK Alumnus and Renowned Journalist Michael Wines

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 13:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct 20, 2015) —  Kentucky to the World, an organization that showcases the unique achievements of extraordinary men and women who claim strong Kentucky ties, will host University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information graduate, Louisville native and former New York Times Beijing Bureau Chief Michael Wines and award-winning New York Times journalist Sharon LaFraniere on Oct. 21.


Wines and LaFraniere, who met while working at The Louisville Times, will return to Louisville for the first time in 19 years to bring the public a glimpse into the fascinating world of their intersecting private and professional lives, which includes covering Russia’s invasion of Chechnya and the Iran Contra affair. The Oct. 21 program titled “Breaking World News from The Louisville Times to The New York Times” begins at 6:30 p.m. at The Henry Clay Building in Louisville with a reception at 5:30 p.m.


“While Sharon and Michael built their early careers in Louisville, they went on to cover some of the most important global events for the world’s top media outlets. Theirs is a story many don’t know locally and just what Kentucky to the World wants to reveal with its programs,” said Kentucky to the World founder Shelly Zegart.


Wines, who has covered national and international affairs for The New York Times since 1988, started his first newspaper at age 5 from his home in Shively. In 1980, he left Louisville for Washington D.C. where he first worked for the National Journal, then the Los Angeles Times. He is known for having broken a number of significant stories on espionage issues during the dying days of the Cold War. From 1998 to 2012, he lived in and reported from Moscow, Johannesburg, and ultimately Beijing, serving as The New York Times bureau chief in all three locations.


LaFraniere, now a national investigative reporter at The New York Times, has held a number of roles in journalism including a reporter and editor for The Washington Post for 20 years, where she covered territories such as the war zones in Chechnya and Afghanistan.  LaFraniere began writing for The New York Times in 2003, covering southern Africa and is now based in New York. LaFraniere is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gerald Loeb Award in 2013, the Michael Kelly Award in 2006 and the Overseas Press Club Award in 1999.


A limited number of tickets for the evening event are now on sale for $25 and will include appetizers from Wiltshire Pantry with a cash bar available. The reception will start at 5:30 p.m. and presentation at 6:30 p.m. Guests can purchase tickets for this exclusive event and learn more about the series at No tickets will be sold at the door.


Kentucky to the World, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that showcases the talent, ingenuity and excellence of the world’s prominent men and women who claim strong Kentucky ties, to promote Kentucky’s image and educate and inspire people of all ages.  Kentucky to the World is funded through the generosity of involved community members.  To learn more visit



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Smith Receives Racial Recognition Award

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 12:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2015) — Gerald Smith, University of Kentucky professor of history, the UK Martin Luther King Center scholar-in residence and the Theodore A. Hallam Professor (2015-2017) received the Campbellsville University Racial Reconciliation Award on Oct. 14.


The Campbellsville University Racial Reconciliation Award is given to those who have shown outstanding characteristics of servant leadership in bringing people together past racial matters and across lines of ethnicity, and who have been significant bridge builders for the community, according to John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president at Campbellsville University.


Smith, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lexington, was the kickoff speaker for the university’s Dialogue on Race, a special series of discussions about race through the months of October and November.


He is co-editor of the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia, released earlier this year. He is currently researching and writing a new general history of African Americans in Kentucky.

Student Government Association Announces Fall Forum

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 11:10


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2015)  The University of Kentucky Student Government Association welcomes all students to attend the 2015 Fall Forum from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in White Hall Classroom Building, Room 106.


The annual forum aims to create an insightful dialogue between UK students and the administration. President Eli Capilouto, Provost Tim Tracy and a representative from UK Student Affairs will be in attendance to answer questions.


Noel Ekman, chairman of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee for SGA, hopes students will seize the opportunity to communicate directly with administration.


“Our university is going through tremendous change currently, and there are a multitude of questions that students have for our leadership,” said Ekman. “This forum will provide the opportunity for healthy conversation, which can certainly lead to administrative action.”


The forum will be run in a Q&A format with a moderator.  Students are encouraged to submit their questions and ideas beforehand by Oct. 23 on the Google Form provided by UKSGA. The link can be found at here.


For any additional information or questions about the Fall Forum, please contact ASA Chair Noel Ekman via email at



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Experience the Magic Behind the Makeup With SAB

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 19:58


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2015) — Observe the creativity and design exhibited by more than 20 years of experience in specialty makeup and costumes with Univesity of Kentucky Student Activities Board’s Cultural Arts Committee at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Memorial Hall.


The evening will entail a lecturette by Emmy winner, Justin Raleigh, CEO and operator of Fractured FX studio. His most recent work can be seen on the fifth season of "American Horror Story: Hotel." Justin will speak on his experience in the makeup and specialty costume industry and upcoming projects. A demonstration will accompany the session and be performed on a University of Kentucy student.


"SAB Cultural Arts always strives to make fine art more relatable to students all across campus by hosting a few events that touch on themes in popular media,” said Taylor Hamilton, SAB director of Cultural Arts. “By hosting prosthetic designer Justin Raleigh and his co-workers from Fractured FX studios, we hope to give students a taste of the behind-the-scenes creative genius that goes into making their favorite characters come to life."


Students are encouraged to visit or @UKSAB on Twitter to be entered in a drawing to be the student volunteer.


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

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



SAB CONTACT: Jazmine Byrd, Email:, (859) 257-8868


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UK HealthCare Hosts Open House to Recruit New Team Members

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 17:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2015) — UK HealthCare will open its doors to prospective employees on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. on the ground floor of the Pavilion A Lobby of the UK Chandler Hospital.


With the slogan “Every Patient, Every Time,” UK HealthCare is searching for health professionals who are passionate about delivering high-quality patient care to fill a number of open positions.


Health professionals seeking employment can meet with managers and departmental leaders and learn about positions during the Recruitment Open House. All experience levels, including new graduates, can apply for positions in a number of professional disciplines, including nursing, radiology, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy and more. Positions are based at UK Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, and Eastern State Hospital. Nursing technicians and surgical technicians will also be recruited.


Candidates should bring copies of their curriculum vitae or resume to the open house. The event includes tours of the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion. Validated parking is available in the UK Chandler Hospital garage on Transcript Ave.


Registration is recommended at, but walk-ins are welcome.


For more information about nursing at UK HealthCare, visit, or for information about the event, email


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Four UK Faculty Inducted as American Academy of Nursing Fellows

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 16:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2015) — The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) has appointed four leaders from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and UK HealthCare as 2015 fellows. The honor recognizes outstanding accomplishments, interdisciplinary engagement and leadership to transform America’s health care system by AAN members.


Inductee Kristin Ashford, an associate professor and assistant dean of research in the UK College of Nursing, is involved with innovative work correlating smoking with preterm birth. She is an administrator for Kentucky Giving Infants and Families Tobacco-Free Starts (GIFTS) program. She has also partnered with Kentucky Department for Public Health and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to provide wellness services with the goal of putting an end to smoking in prenatal and postpartum women across the Appalachian region.


Joining Ashford, Patricia Burkhart, a professor and associate dean of undergraduate faculty affairs in the UK College of Nursing, has worked with children and their families to self-monitor asthma symptoms to improve their quality of life. She was able to test her research through an NIH-funded project, and the results were successful. Burkhart's studies have been published in multiple nursing and medical journals. She plans to keep promoting the wellbeing of children and developing the next generation of nurse leaders who will promote healthy communities and populations.


A professor in the College of Nursing and College of Public Health, new fellow Deborah Reed has worked within the hazardous agricultural industry and is recognized internationally for her work in occupation health research. She focuses on trauma reduction and safety within agricultural populations. Reed continues to fulfill her goal to improve the quality and care of people of all ages living in the agricultural communities.


Adjunct instructor and chief information officer for UK HealthCare, inductee Cecilia Page has helped nurses embrace advances of information technology in the health care system. She created an IT toolkit that helped the translation of patient care documentation to electronic health records.


The American Academy of Nursing's approximately 2,200 fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. They include association executives, university presidents, deans, political appointees, hospital executives and vice presidents for nursing, nurse consultants, researchers, and entrepreneurs. Academy fellows have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the academy, and to engage with other health leaders outside the Academy in transforming America's health system.


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UK Offers a Virtual Preview Night for Prospective Students

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 14:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2015)  "see blue." Preview Nights bring the University of Kentucky to 21 cities throughout the Bluegrass State and the country. During these evenings of recruitment, UK travels as far as Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland and other major cities spreading Wildcat pride. For those prospective students unable to attend one of these Preview Nights, UK offers a Virtual Preview Night from 4-8 p.mThursday, Oct. 22.   


Preview Nights are evenings where prospective students and their families have the opportunity to talk with faculty, staff and current students about academic programs, campus departments, residence halls, student life and involvement.


Since the university understands that attending one of these nights may not be realistic for all students, the UK Office of Undergraduate Admissions invites prospective students and their families to attend the "see blue." Virtual Preview Night.  The "see blue." Virtual Preview Night is a chance for students — no matter where they are located in the world — to get the answers they have to questions about UK.


"Like our 21 “see blue.” Preview Nights, our Virtual Preview Night brings together colleges and departments  from across campus to meet with students online from across the globe," Don Witt, associate provost for Enrollment Management said. "This platform provides excellent access and opportunities to student that might not be able to travel to campus or one of our events."


This online experience will allow future Wildcats and their families to learn more about admissions, financial aid, scholarships, involvement, housing and the wide array of majors and degree programs that UK offers. Plus, a special chat session allows live communication with UK representatives.


"The “see blue.” Virtual Preview Night is accessible from any device or computer," said Tyler Gayheart, communications and technology director for Enrollment Management. "Prospective students can access resources and chat with colleges and departments from anywhere in the world. This event has grown exponentially in the past three years due to the way students access and learn more about the university through digital mediums." 


To register for the UK Virtual Preview night, click here.




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JoAnn Sciarrino to Speak at Irwin Warren Lecture in Advertising and Digital Media

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 11:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2015) — A former executive vice president with BBDO North America will deliver the Fall 2015 Irwin Warren Lecture in Advertising and Digital Media. The Warren Lecture is a lecture series in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication (ISC) in the College of Communication and Information.


JoAnn Sciarrino is the Knight Chair in Digital Advertising and Marketing at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism.  Sciarrino’s lecture will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Room 204 of the White Hall Classroom Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.


Sciarrino will speak on the growing array of digital media applications in advertising and marketing. In her position at UNC, she works with the industry to test, deploy and refine digital advertising and marketing business models — and share results and ideas widely within the professional and academic communities. Alyssa Eckman, chair of the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication said Sciarrino’s Warren Lecture will provide valuable insights about where the industry is now and where it may be headed.


“In today’s digital environment the ISC industry is constantly undergoing change, and Joann has remained at the forefront,” Eckman said. “Our department is fortunate to be hosting a thought leader who analyzes these changes from multiple perspectives and continues to impact how ISC professionals communicate with consumers.”


While at BBDO, Sciarrino advised more than 30 global clients for more than a decade in insight generation based upon research, analytics and modeling, most notably AT&T, Starbucks, FedEx and Hyatt. She and her team also led innovation of analytical approaches within the agency, such as advertising claims substantiation, message mix modeling, social media brand attachment and corporate social consciousness measurement. Prior to joining BBDO, she was a practice leader at Burke Strategic Consulting Group.


In her capacity as Knight Chair at UNC, Sciarrino has continued her ties to BBDO and its clients to conduct deep research to help move the digital advertising industry forward. She also collaborates with UNC’s Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics to develop an entrepreneurial hub that drives innovation in the field.

Sciarrino earned a Master of Business Administration with a focus on marketing and decision science from Emory, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and statistics from Michigan State University.


The Irwin Warren Lecture in Advertising and Digital Media honors the memory of Warren who was the creator of some of the nation's most successful advertising campaigns. During an advertising career spanning more than 40 years, Warren worked at Doyle Dane Bernbach, BBDO and other leading agencies, before moving to McCann Erickson, the world's largest advertising agency, where he retired as senior creative director in 2006.


The lecture series was established by Patrick Mutchler, a graduate of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications, who worked with Warren while in marketing with Johnson & Johnson.



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Double Play: Gill Heart Institute Saves 27 Year-Old Identical Twins

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 10:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2015) — Jon Wes and Gardner Adams share a lot. Both have a profound love for baseball. Both are in phenomenal physical condition. And as identical twins, they share the same genetic profile.


The Adams twins, now 27, began playing baseball almost before they could read.  Both were offered scholarships to Asbury University. Gardner was drafted by the Braves. Their work ethic was a big factor in their success on the diamond, running 25-30 miles a week, regardless of weather, each pushing the other to achieve.


It was that closeness — and their shared genes — that ultimately saved both their lives.


In June 2014, as Jon Wes was running in the Lexington Arboretum, his heart suddenly stopped beating.  He collapsed near a concert, and audience members performed CPR for almost 20 minutes until emergency crews arrived to transport him to UK HealthCare. Doctors there told his frantic family that Jon Wes had about a 30 percent chance of survival.


But Jon Wes is a fighter. After several days in a medically induced coma, he began to wake up. Now the real work fell to Gill Heart Institute cardiologists Dr. Samy-Claude Elayi and Dr. Alison Bailey, who needed to figure out why a physically fit 26-year old would have sudden cardiac death. And after some sleuthing, they had their answer: Brugada Syndrome.


According to Elayi, Brugada is a fairly rare diagnosis, affecting only about one in 1,000 people, typically of Asian descent. It can cause dangerous arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rhythms, which in extreme cases can cause sudden cardiac death.


"Brugada Syndrome can sometimes be difficult to diagnose with ECG," said Elayi. "It took several tests, including genetic testing, to make the diagnosis."  An implantable defibrillator — a tiny version of the paddles that doctors use to shock people back to life in medical television dramas — monitors arrhythmias and delivers a shock to the heart whenever one occurs. Jon Wes was implanted with an ICD in late June and was cleared to resume exercising shortly afterward.


In the meantime, Drs. Elayi and Bailey took note that Jon Wes had a twin — an identical twin. Gardner was put through the same paces.  While the ECG was inconclusive for Brugada, the genetic tests indicated he had Brugada as well. 


"We were now in uncertain territory, since there was no established protocol for implanting an ICD in anticipation of a cardiac arrest in patients without obvious Brugada on ECG and no prior abnormal heart rhythm," said Elayi. 


And, Elayi explained further, ICDs aren't without risk. The longer a patient has an ICD, the greater their accumulated risk of infection, and Jon Wes is a young man. 


"In the end, we had to make an educated guess about what to do," Elayi said.  "We thought well, their genes are identical, so we ought to do it."


Gardner and his family agreed with the Gill team's recommendation, and on Aug. 29, 2014 — six days after his 26th birthday — Gardner was implanted with an ICD.  His first words out of surgery: "Look Mom, we're identical again."


Fourteen months after Jon Wes collapsed, and almost exactly a year after Gardner received his ICD, a short run revealed just how sound that decision was.


Gardner and his wife, Mary Ann, went to a local park in Anderson County, where they now live, to get some exercise and fresh air.  Elayi had warned the twins never to run alone, so the plan was for Gardner to run one direction around the circle while Mary Ann walked in the opposite direction. Just four minutes in, however, Gardner knew something was very wrong.


"I was dizzy and short of breath," Gardner said.  "The next thing I knew, I woke up face down on the pavement."


Within a minute Mary Ann appeared on the path and immediately drove him to UK Chandler Hospital.  There they learned the incredible news: during Gardner's run, his heart had stopped.  The ICD had shocked his heart back to life.


"I could be in the ground somewhere," Gardner said.  "I'm just very thankful for UK and for Dr. Elayi and Dr. Bailey, who spent a lot of time looking into the situation and made the call to give me an ICD."


In addition to helping one another, the twins are helping others.  Their father, also named Wes, has the identical gene profile, and their younger brother Dean has some of the same genes. The genetic information from all four men will go to a biobank at Stanford University that collects data about Brugada, helping scientists around the world increase knowledge about Brugada, its origins, and potential cures. Meanwhile, Elayi is working with basic scientists at UK to get a better understanding of the specifics of Brugada in this family.


"Their genetic data can be a significant contribution to the study of Brugada," said Elayi.


The twins aren't content with that alone.  Both have also become advocates for CPR, lobbying enthusiastically for the passage of a state law requiring CPR training as a mandatory requirement for high school graduation.


"If those people hadn't known CPR, I would almost certainly not be alive," said Jon Wes.  "This experience has really made me rethink my life priorities, and getting others to recognize the importance of learning CPR is now at the top of the list."


Media Contact: Laura Dawahare, UK Public Relations, (859) 257-5307

UK's 22nd Iron Pour Expands to Two Saturdays

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 22:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2015) — The heat will rise on campus again this month as the University of Kentucky School for Art and Visual Studies hosts its 22nd Iron Pour, however this time it will be doubly hot. In an effort to shorten wait time for members of the public who create scratch blocks to participate in the pour, the school will present two pours — a Community Iron Pour and a Halloween Iron Pour on Oct. 24 and 31 respectively.  


UK's eight-day celebration of the metal arts will begin with the Community Iron Pour, which will run from 1 p.m. to dark Saturday, Oct. 24. at the metal arts studio at Reynolds Building Number 2. Throughout the following week, several other festivities scheduled in conjunction with the iron pours will be presented, including mold-making workshops and a lecture by visiting artist Kurt Dyrhaug of Lamar University. The festivities will culminate with the Halloween Iron Pour for UK students, alumni and profesional artists 5 p.m. to dark Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Metal Arts Studio.


Visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the UK Art Museum sculpture garden and student sculptures throughout campus.


Workshops with the visiting artist will begin Wednesday, Oct. 28. Bonded sand and ceramic shell mold-making workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Oct. 28–30.


Throughout the week visiting artist Kurt Dyrhaug will not only present workshops, but also class talks, student work critiques and a free public lecture as part of his residency at UK.


Originally, from St. Paul, Minnesota, Kurt Dyrhaug is currently a professor of sculpture at Lamar University. A graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a bachelor's degree in printmaking and the University of Minnesota with a master's degree in sculpture,  he currently teaches courses in sculpture, 3D design and graphic design.


A sculptor and graphic designer, Dyrhaug's work has been exhibited nationally, including the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, the Galveston Art Center, the Art Museum of South Texas, the Dishman Art Museum, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Blue Star Contemporary Art Center. Recent awards include First Place Purchase Award in the 42nd and 46th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. Most recently, Dyrhaug's sculpture has been included in the permanent collections at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and Del Mar College in Corpus Christi.


Currently, Dyrhaug's sculpture employs agricultural and nautical imagery taken from his experiences living in Minnesota and Southeast Texas. His work recalls the mechanical forms and functions of elements from industry, but present iconic images with new associations and meanings. He believes that reconstructing these familiar forms holds the potential for creating a number of applications and interpretations with the relationship of materials and scale.


The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture with Dyrhaug will focus on his career. The free public lecture is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Metal Arts Building Research Room.


The iron pours will take center stage Oct. 24 and 31, in the open air metal arts studio located at Reynolds Building Number 2, also known as the Metal Arts Building on the UK campus. Individuals attending should enter these events from Scott Street.


Demonstrating the most dramatic part of the metal-casting process, historically UK's iron pours attract a national audience of artists, students and art enthusiasts alike, with past attendees coming from as far as New Mexico to take part in the event.


An iron pour is as exciting for for novices as it is professionals. At the Community Iron Pour on Oct. 24, art students from other disciplines and art enthusiasts from the community can purchase a scratch block and leave with their own pieces of art. The pour provides an opportunity for individuals to test their talents by etching an image in the resin tablets, having graphite applied and processed in the iron pour. Scratch blocks are $20 per 6”x6” block or $15 for students with a valid ID. Individuals planning to watch the Iron Pour should enter the site from Scott Street.


The following Saturday, many artists are expected to turn out for the Halloween Iron Pour on Oct. 31 to finish pieces of their work. It is $40 to produce a mold measuring up to 100 pounds in sand and 30 pounds in metal. Another $20 covers each additional 100 pounds of sand or 30 pounds of metal. Artists will begin their work at the pour at 10 a.m.


"We host this national caliber event to share the experience of an iron pour so audience members may take the practice and experience back and apply it for themselves in their schools or communities," said Garry Bibbs, associate professor of sculpture.


To find out more about any of the events presented in conjunction UK's 22nd Iron Pour, contact Garry Bibbs by phone at 859-257-3719 or e-mail to


The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, at the UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studioart history and visual studies and art education.



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Lexington Celebrates Life of Legendary Jockey Isaac Murphy

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 19:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2015) — University of Kentucky students and faculty are well represented during “Celebrating Isaac Murphy Week,” Oct. 19-24, a city-sponsored schedule of events honoring the legendary 19th century African-American jockey. Murphy’s career spanned from the mid-1870s through the mid-1890s; he rode in 11 Kentucky Derbies, winning three of them. By his account, he won 44 percent of his 1,412 races, a victory rate never equaled in 120 years.  


UK English and African American and Africana Studies professor and former Kentucky poet laureate, Frank X Walker’s poetry brought to life Murphy’s story in “I Dedicate This Ride.” Excerpts will be performed live onstage at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24, at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Center, 300 East Third Street. Both shows are pay-what-you-can admission. 


Rosie Moosnick and other students representing the UK LEXengaged Living Learning Program, will host Emory University Professor Pellom McDaniels III on campus Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 21. McDaniels will kickoff the week of celebration at 6 p.m. Tuesday by discussing his University Press of Kentucky-published biography of Murphy, "The Prince of Jockeys."


Born in Frankfort in 1861, Murphy and his mother moved to his grandfather's home in Lexington when his father died as a Union Army soldier during the Civil War. Growing up entranced by the heritage of Thoroughbred racing in the Bluegrass, Murphy raced for the first time when was only 14 years old. He is the only jockey to have won the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks, and the Clark Handicap in the same year (1884). In 1955, Murphy was the first jockey to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. He lived his entire adult life in Lexington, racing, training and breeding the Thoroughbreds he loved; he died of pneumonia in 1896.


The full schedule of Isaac Murphy Week events follows:


"The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Bums Murphy"
A public talk by Professor Pellom McDaniels III
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Lyric Theatre and Cultural Center


The Kentucky Horse Park unveils the new headstone of Isaac Burns Murphy with tributes to Murphy and Kentucky's other African American horsemen
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m.
Man o' War -Isaac Burns Murphy Memorial, Kentucky Horse Park


Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden
Interpretive panels unveiling

Thursday, Oct. 22, 3:30 p.m.
East Third Street at Midland Avenue, Lexington


“I Dedicate This Ride” by Frank X Walker
A reception, at 5:30 p.m., highlights the accomplishments of Frank X. Walker, Professor Pellom McDaniels Ill, the Black Turf Project, the Mustang Troops and the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden Advisory Board

Performance: 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 23, 

Lyric Theatre

Pay-what-you-can admission.


Murphy Family Memorial Dedication
Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.
African Cemetery No.2, Murphy's former gravesite


“I Dedicate This Ride”
Saturday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
Lyric Theatre


"Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Bums Murphy," an exhibition of photographs, illustrations and texts curated by McDaniels
Through Dec. 11
The Lyric Theatre Gallery


All events are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the University of Kentucky LEXengaged, the Lyric Theatre, Keeneland, the Kentucky Horse Park, the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden, the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice, Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, the Race for Education and the African Cemetery No. 2.

Counseling Center Earns Accreditation for Internship Program

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 17:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2015) — The doctoral psychology internship program of the University of Kentucky Counseling Center: Consultation and Psychological Services (UKCC) has received accreditation from the American Psychological Association. 


Diane Sobel, the Counseling Center’s assistant director and the director of its training programs “gets huge credit for moving our program application through the APA accreditation process, which is rigorous, said the center's director, Mary Bolin. "This accreditation puts us in the company of our best benchmarks and professional colleagues nationwide.” 


The APA accreditation is the culmination of the development of the program and self-study process that began with the planning and recruiting of the first internship class in spring 2012.  The center has graduated six interns in three classes, and the interns have gone on to post-doctoral fellowships or full-time positions in clinical settings and as members of faculty throughout the country. 


In addition to the four full-time doctoral interns, the center also houses a robust practicum program for UK graduate students (earlier in their training than interns) from the Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology programs. The UKCC has 12 trainees this year.


The internship includes a combination of experiential learning through provision of services as well as training through both seminars and supervision of clinical work. Interns provide the same psychological services as staff, including individual and group therapy, LD and AD/HD assessment, crisis intervention, workshops and outreach program, supervision of practicum students, and under supervision of the psychology staff serve as liaisons with departments on campus


Interns at the UKCC complete their final phase of professional training before receiving their doctorate, having gone through a competitive national matching system to determine their placement at UK.  While interns are providing supervised psychological services to UK students, they are receiving training and are developing in the following areas: individual therapy, crisis intervention, group therapy, consultation, providing clinical supervision, psychological assessment (primarily for ADHD and LD), program evaluation, outreach, multicultural competence and integrating research into practice. 


Having an internship at UK is positive for the institution and the Commonwealth in many ways.  It brings highly trained and diverse individuals from across the nation to UK and to the region.  It also keeps center staff current on best practices and innovation in training and service delivery, and it allows staff an opportunity to train the next generation of professional psychologists. 


“The Counseling Center staff are extremely excited that the internship program has received accreditation from the American Psychological Association. We love having the opportunity to provide a high quality training experience to interns in their last phase of training and to prepare the next generation of psychologists to provide high quality services to clients in need of their assistance,” Sobel said.





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Community Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 15:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2015) — The University of Kentucky and the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff are working together to share information about domestic violence.


In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the local sheriff’s office partnered with UK football Head Coach Mark Stoops to create an anti-violence video message.


In addition, the UK Violence Intervention and Prevention Center will distribute printed materials that include information about domestic violence as well as incident-reporting information.


For more information, contact the VIP Center at 859-257-3574.


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UK Hosts Grad and Professional School Showcase

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 15:05




Graduate and Professional School Showcase digital booklet. 



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2015) — The University of Kentucky will host the Graduate and Professional School Showcase from 1 to 4 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 19, in Memorial Coliseum. From medicine to agriculture, design to public policy, more than 80 programs from across the region will be in attendance. Whether exploring options as a freshman or preparing to apply as a senior, all students are encouraged to attend.


UK graduate programs will be represented as well as programs from other schools in Kentucky and out of state.


There is a wealth of areas of study that many are unaware of. Fields represented at the showcase include arts/design, agriculture, business, health/health care, law/public policy, education, communication/information, humanities, social sciences and STEM.


"This is an opportunity for various programs to promote their programs as well as recruit new students. Sometimes students simply are not aware of the many academic programs available to them on the graduate level," said Azetta Beatty, career advisor in the James W. Stuckert Career Center.


While students need not bring a resume to this showcase, they should be prepared to talk about their interests. "This is an educational showcase; therefore, the recruiters are eager to share info about their programs. Students should be prepared for a dialogue between them and the recruiter. Be prepared to share their major and career aspirations," Beatty said.


For more information on attending programs, and to see other upcoming events related to graduate school preparation, visit the digital booklet located here:


Faculty and staff are also encouraged to stop by the showcase and network with graduate school recruiters in our region. 


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



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UK College of Nursing Professor Honored for Contributions to Self-Care Research

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 14:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2015) — University of Kentucky College of Nursing professor Debra Moser was chosen as the recipient of the 2015 President’s Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR).


The prestigious honor recognizes a nurse researcher who epitomizes a commitment to scientific inquiry and whose long-standing contributions to the field serve to advance knowledge and understanding of human health and health care. The theme of the President’s Award varies from year to year, and this year’s theme was “Research on Chronic Disease Management and Impact of Nursing in Promoting Self-Care.”


With a background in critical care nursing, Moser’s primary research focuses on improving quality of life for patients who suffer from coronary artery disease. Moser, a professor and the Linda C. Gill Endowed Chair of Nursing, conducts research to improve the mental and emotional wellness of cardiac patients through self-care intervention techniques. Depression is especially prevalent in people diagnosed with cardiac disease, and self-care interventions are effective means of improving the quality of life for this population.


Moser directs the UK College of Nursing’s Center for Biobehavioral Research in Self-Management of Cardiopulmonary Disease. In 2014, she received a three-year, $2.1 million Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institutes (PCORI) grant for risk-reducing interventions for cardiovascular disease in Appalachia. She has published in multiple academic journals, including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Nursing Research, Social Science and Medicine, the American Heart Journal, the American Journal of Cardiology, and the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.


Moser accepted the award Oct. 14 during the FNINR NightinGala at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. The FNINR provides resources to support nursing research and advance the mission of the National Institute of Nursing Research.


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Major Donation to Benefit UK Opera Theatre, WUKY

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 14:03


Leaders from UK Opera Theatre and WUKY and donors Ann Bakhaus and Michael Russell speak about Bakhaus' donations to WUKY and UK Opera Theatre. Video by Jenny Wells/UK Public Relations and Marketing. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2015) — A recent gift to the University of Kentucky will make a state-of-the-art recording studio worthy of Grammy award-winning artists home to Lexington's NPR radio affiliate, WUKY, and the talented voices and musicians of UK School of Music.


Savvy Bluegrass businesswoman Ann Bakhaus, president of Kentucky Eagle Inc., saw opportunity when a neighboring property came up for sale.


After purchasing the vacant facility adjacent to Kentucky Eagle at 2640 Spurr Road, Bakhaus began to look at the building to see if it would fit her business ideas but was surprised to discover the structure's original purpose and condition. The facility was formerly a recording studio, Saint Claire Recording Company, built with the amenities and technology to not only record big name musical acts, but also provide housing during the process.


"It is such a state-of-the-art building that not a lot of people could use, I said how can I benefit, what is the benefit of this building," Bakhaus said.


While discussing the property with friends, one suggested she might consider donating it. After talking with her children about the idea, she had just the local arts group in mind — UK Opera Theatre.


"I was so amazed at the building, it's built like a fort. It's a heck of a place. They explained to me what the opera program could use, and I thought it's a win-win," Michael Russell, Bakhaus’ son, said.


Passionate about the university's opera program and helping it thrive, Bakhaus took her friend, Director of UK Opera Theatre Everett McCorvey, to the studio and surprised him with her idea for enhancing the program and the students' experience.


Seeing the tremendous value in the gift but realizing it would be impractical for UK students to travel to from campus for instruction on a daily basis, McCorvey sought advice from UK College of Fine Arts Dean Michael Tick, Vice President for Development Michael Richey and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday on how to best utilize the property.


"It was very exciting for us, because we knew there were other needs at the university. Eric Monday suggested the idea that WUKY was looking for a facility," McCorvey said.


WUKY has been housed on the third floor of McVey Hall on UK's campus in studios originally built in 1939. "While it's adequate for what we did maybe 10, 15 years ago, it’s not an appropriate space anymore. So we've been looking for a new home for WUKY for quite a while," said Tom Godell, general manager of WUKY.


The serendipitous idea just made sense. "It just seemed like a wonderful merger of two organizations on campus that may benefit from this gift from Ann Bakhaus," McCorvey said.


With the new space, WUKY will more than double its square footage. The facility will allow the station to not only record and broadcast their programming and news, but also house the entire staff and even give them room to grow.


"The vision is really where people like Ann Bakhaus come in, because she was able to see that this building would enable public radio and WUKY to have a much larger footprint in the community, to be more active, to do more things and bring more worth and more value both to UK and the community," Godell said.


But how could the gift fill Bakhaus' desire to help UK Opera Theatre? UK, the College of Fine Arts and WUKY came up with several ways.


The university had the building appraised to get the financial value of Bakhaus' gift to UK, which was $1.3 million. In return for the gift of property for WUKY, UK agreed to in turn provide UK Opera Theatre with a recurring annual budget for productions.


"It makes all the difference in the world. It changes the game for us here at UK Opera Theatre. It elevated us to a different level," McCorvey said of the programming budget, previously dependent on ticket sales alone.


In addition, WUKY will maintain the recording studio space and make it available to UK Opera Theatre students and other musicians from UK School of Music for recording concerts and other performances, as well as creating demos.


The idea was music to the donor's ears. "It can help with a passion of mine, our opera here in Lexington, and give them support and give them a nice facility for their students. And then (UK) came up with the idea of bringing public radio in to it too. Which I think is absolutely brilliant," Bakhaus said.


And WUKY sees even more opportunities for the partnership with UK Opera Theatre. They are looking at potentially broadcasting performances and even creating a classical HD – high definition digital radio station — that would feature from time to time UK School of Music talents to accompany their two other HD channels dedicated to 24 hour news coverage and jazz music.


Members of the public interested in seeing the future home of WUKY, can get a look at the new facility this weekend as the radio station celebrates its 75th anniversary. Festivities will begin at 3 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Live music will take place on the back porch of the building, and tours of the new facility will be offered from 3-5 p.m. A meet and greet with NPR legend Susan Stamberg begins at 5 p.m. The event will culminate at 7:30 p.m. when WUKY personnel will "re-enact" the station's original broadcast on Oct. 17, 1940. 


General Manager Tom Goddell talks about WUKY's 75th anniversary. Video by Jenny Wells/UK Public Relations and Marketing.



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Grammy Winner Larry Cordle to Perform at Niles Center for American Music

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 13:48


Larry Cordle performs "Mama, Don't Forget to Pray for Me" with Diamond Rio at the release party for his CD "All-Star Duets."


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2015) — Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Larry Cordle will perform a storyteller’s concert at University of Kentucky's John Jacob Niles Center for American Music 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. Cordle will perform songs from his full catalog of country hits and provide a backdrop of stories behind his music at this free public concert.


Cordle, who is known for penning country hits such as "Highway 40 Blues," "Lonesome Standard Time" and "Momma Don’t Forget to Pray for Me," is also well-respected in bluegrass music circles and was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame this year.


His most recent CD, titled "All-Star Duets," is a compilation of his biggest country hits, performed as bluegrass versions with the artists who made them famous. "Duets" includes performances with major country artists such as Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Travis Tritt, Kathy Mattea, Trisha Yearwood and Ricky Skaggs.


An Eastern Kentucky native, Cordle wants to be remembered as someone who brought happiness to people’s lives.


"Any person you see in life has a personal problem that you don’t know about. They have the weight of the world on them. I see this at shows, but for that moment while the music is going on, that’s off them," Cordle said.


Cordle's songs are influenced by his upbringing in the small community of Blaine, in Johnson County, Kentucky. Songs such as "Working End of a Hoe," "Hello My Name is Coal" and "The Fields of Home" reflect rural sensibilities that are a common thread in his work.


"It’s very important to know where you came from, and Appalachia has been with me all of my life," he said.


A group of local musicians has been assembled especially for the concert to perform with Cordle. Ron Pen, professor of musicology at UK School of Music and director of the Niles Center will play fiddle; Tanner Jones, a music graduate student at UK, will play banjo; and Stephanie Jeter, who is a multi-instrumentalist and faculty member of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University, will play bass.


Cordle, who has received multiple Grammy nominations, received the award in 2004 for his work on a tribute album titled "Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’: Songs of the Louvin Brothers." His song "Murder on Music Row" received the Country Music Association Award for Best Song in 2000. Cordle's songs have appeared on country albums that have sold more than 50 million copies.


The John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, located in the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center, is the collaborative effort of the UK  School of Music, UK Libraries and the UK College of Fine Arts. Named after Kentucky musician and composer John Jacob Niles, the center creates a combined focus on research and performance of American music that transcends the past into the present.


The Larry Cordle concert on UK’s campus is co-sponsored by the Robinson Scholars Program, the Niles Center for American Music and the Appalachian Center. For more information, contact Jeff Spradling at 859-257-5230 or



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Three Added to HES Hall of Fame

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 13:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2015) — Three women with long, distinguished careers in education are the newest members of the University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences Hall of Fame.


The school is part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and each year it honors those who have positively impacted their profession, communities and the school. The induction ceremony is at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at UK’s Hilary J. Boone Center.


Inductees Linda Medlen Heaton and Ruth Hatchett Duncan each had a career in education spanning more than 30 years. The third inductee Mary Bell Vaughan will be inducted posthumously and had an education career that spanned 45 years.


“We are pleased to honor three inductees this year who have each had a lifetime of achievements and contributions,” said Ann Vail, school director. “While each is different, all three have impacted the school and our profession in meaningful ways. We are grateful to each of them.”


Heaton’s career involved stints at several universities in a span of 36 years, including the University of Tennessee, Georgia Southern University, The Ohio State University and Missouri State University. However, her longest tenure was 24 years as a faculty member with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. During her career, Heaton authored or co-authored eight refereed articles, more than 80 extension publications and more than 30 abstracts and reports. Her research endeavors received more than $870,000 in grant funding.


Heaton was one of the founders of the Kentucky Master Volunteer in Clothing Construction Program that has grown to include more than 100 trained volunteers. Prior to her retirement from UK, she was named a UK Fellow and established the James N. and Linda M. Heaton Master Volunteer in Clothing Education Endowment. She is an active leader in the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, currently serving as the District 5 vice president.


A 1961 UK home economics graduate, Duncan spent the majority of her professional career teaching in Fayette County as a part-time instructor with then UK College of Human Environmental Sciences. She also taught sewing and tailoring with the Fayette County Schools’ Adult Education Program, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Senior Citizens Center, Piece Goods Fabric Shop and Sandy’s Sewing Center. Her teaching enabled several students to launch their own businesses, and she has personally used her talents to benefit many philanthropic endeavors.


Over the years, Duncan has served as president of the UK Woman’s Club and president of the UK College of Human Environmental Sciences Alumni Association. She has also served extension as a 4-H leader and as a member of the Fayette County Extension Council.


Her numerous awards include UK Fellow, Erikson Society member, HES centennial laureate and outstanding alumna with the Bluegrass Area Ag and HES Alumni Association.


The late Mary Bell Vaughan received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in home economics from the University of Kentucky in 1927 and 1936, respectively. She spent the first 11 years of her 45-year education career, teaching throughout Kentucky. In 1938, she was named the assistant director of home economics education for the Kentucky Department of Education. She was promoted to director in 1969 and served in that position for three years.


While at the department, she played an instrumental role in organizing 88 chapters across the state of the former Future Homemakers of America, which is now the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Through her leadership, Kentucky received the first state charter from national FCCLA. She helped establish an FCCLA scholarship program to support outstanding Kentucky students majoring in family and consumer sciences. The program still exists today, and the top scholarship awarded each year is named in her honor.




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HDI Releases 'Coping With Loss: Down Syndrome' on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 13:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute last week released “Coping with Loss: Down Syndrome” by Stephanie Hall Meredith and Nancy McCrea Iannone to offer support to families who have experienced a miscarriage or lost a baby or child with Down syndrome. The book was released on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, Oct. 15.


The book covers topics like coping with grief; dealing with comments and the practicalities of loss; helping siblings cope; and finding resources. This book also features the stories and photos of families who have experienced loss and who provide their personal insight.


The average life expectancy for people with Down syndrome is about 60, so the minority of families who lose their children with Down syndrome during pregnancy, infancy, or childhood often feel alone. These parents tend to describe their loss in terms of losing their child, their community, and their identity, and they often deal with insensitive comments about the Down syndrome diagnosis or health issues while coping with grief. The purpose of this book is to give them comfort in hearing the voices of other parents who have walked the path.


“Coping with Loss: Down Syndrome” is available for free digitally at, a program hosted as part of the Human Development Institute’s National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Resources.


Co-author Iannone said, “This book was created to help parents in their darkest hour. It won’t take away their pain or loss, but we hope it will give them some information that may be otherwise difficult to find. This book will also give voice to new guides — parents who have experienced the same searing pain, who have committed to and embraced the journey of parenting a child with Down syndrome only to be unwillingly placed on a different path. We hope their words will resonate with you. You are not alone. We are so very sorry for your loss. Even if your child is no longer with us, you will always be a part of the extended Down syndrome family. Your child was wanted, and loved, and welcomed, and your child will be missed. You will always be one of us, a parent of a child with Down syndrome.”


Therapist Trish McGarrigle shares, "This compassionately written book addresses the heartbreaking topic of fetal and infant loss with professionalism and sensitivity. If you have experienced a loss, you will find comfort and understanding in these pages. If you care about someone who has endured a loss, you will want to read it cover to cover."


According to Desiree Hokeness, a mom who experienced the loss of her son with Down syndrome, "This booklet provides an immense resource for families as they cope with the loss of their child.  I take great comfort in knowing that it will reduce stress for future grieving families by guiding them through this difficult experience."


You can help HDI continue offering these important resources for free digitally by making a tax-deductible contribution at




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Sociology Professor Youngest to Receive Senior Scholar Award

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 10:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2015) — At the American Sociological Association (ASA) 2015 annual meeting University of Kentucky sociology Associate Professor Carrie Oser received the Senior Scholar Award from the ASA's Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco section. This award is given annually to one scholar for their outstanding scientific contributions to the sociological examination of alcohol, drugs and/or tobacco. Oser, who is the youngest scholar to ever receive the award, was selected from an international field of scholars. 


"Dr. Oser exemplifies the scholar who undertakes research not to simply satisfy intellectual curiosity, but to have a significant practical impact on improving people's lives, especially the lives of socially and economically marginalized individuals," said Claire Renzetti, professor and chair of the UK Department of Sociology, and the university's Judi Conway Patton Endowed Chair for Studies of Violence Against Women. "The Sociology Department is proud of Dr. Oser's many accomplishments.  We congratulate her on this prestigious award, but we know that given her productivity, this is only one of many accolades she so richly deserves."


Oser has been a faculty member in the UK College of Arts and Sciences Department of Sociology since 2006. Her research interests include addiction health services, health disparities, HIV risk behaviors/interventions as well as drug use among rural, minority and criminal justice populations. She holds an appointment in UK's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research and the College of Medicine’s Department of Behavioral Science. She is the co-director of the Health, Society and Populations Program, a newly established major in the College of Arts and Sciences tailored to provide undergraduate students with a greater understanding of the social and structural determinants of health and illness.


As part of her commitment to innovation in education, she and a colleague, Michele Staton-Tindall in the College of Social Work, developed a partnership between UK and the Kentucky Department of Corrections. In a course titled "Drugs and Crime, an Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program Course," undergraduate students and inmates learn together in classes held at Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington.


In addition to her recognition from the ASA, Oser has received research awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse totaling over $4 million and has collaborated as a co-investigator on National Institutes of Health projects supported by more than $16 million in the past decade.




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