LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2014) – Photographer Nate Larson, known for his work matching GPS coordinates and photography to tweets, will present a free public lecture 4 p.m. today (Friday), Sept. 12, at Wallace N. Briggs Theatre, located in room 127 of the University of Kentucky Fine Arts Building.
A professor of photography at Maryland Institute College of Art, Larson is a contemporary artist working with photographic media, artist books and digital video. His projects have been widely shown across the U.S. and internationally, as well as featured in numerous publications and media outlets, including Wired Raw File, "The Picture Show from NPR," Hyperallergic, Gizmodo, Vice Magazine, the New York Times Lens Blog, Utne Reader, Hotshoe Magazine, Flavorwire, the BBC News "Viewfinder," Frieze Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, Marketplace Tech Report, The Washington Post and Art Papers. Larson's artwork is included in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago.
Larson's recent project "Geolocation" in collaboration with Marni Shindelman, tracks GPS coordinates associated with Twitter tweets and pairs the text with a photograph of the originating site to mark the virtual information in the real world. New site-specific work from the series was completed for Third Space Gallery in New Brunswick, the Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts in California, and the Format International Photography Festival in the United Kingdom. The pair were artists-in-residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in June 2013. "Geolocation" is featured in the “State of the Art” survey exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art this fall.
Larson's lecture is presented by the UK School of Art and Visual Studies at the UK College of Fine Arts. The school 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 studio, art history and visual studies, and art education.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2014) – University of Kentucky Libraries has partnered with the Kentucky Transportation Center (KTC) to make more than 1,400 research reports available on UKnowledge for free public access. The partnership aims to disseminate as widely as possible KTC’s research with the aid of UKnowledge’s search engine optimization capability.
After several months of processing, most of the KTC reports are now online at: http://uknowledge.uky.edu/ktc_researchreports. The reports have been accessed over 39,000 times by readers around the globe. The most popular report so far is titled "Innovative Rapid Construction/Reconstruction Methods" (http://uknowledge.uky.edu/ktc_researchreports/163/), which has seen more than 4,700 downloads since it was first posted online in mid-2013. Thanks to UKnowledge’s access tracking feature, authors of the reports are notified monthly of the download counts of their works.
Founded as the Kentucky Transportation Research Program in 1981, when the Kentucky Department of Highways transferred its Division of Research to UK's College of Engineering, KTC provides services to the transportation community through research, technology transfer and education.
As a steadfast steward of research and scholarship, UK Libraries is enthusiastic about playing a role in enhancing the online visibility and availability of academic studies undertaken by members of the UK community. With UKnowledge being built as the repository of UK’s intellectual capital, UK Libraries welcomes opportunities to collaborate with academic departments and research centers to archive, disseminate, and facilitate reuse of their scholarly outputs. If you would like to find out more about this service, contact Adrian Ho at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2014) - For the first time in Kentucky’s history, two nurse practitioners have been awarded the 2014 AANP (American Association of Nurse Practitioners) State Award for Excellence, and both are with the University of Kentucky/UK HealthCare. Audrey Darville, assistant professor with the College of Nursing, family nurse practitioner and certified tobacco treatment specialist, and Vicky Turner, codirector of the Center for Advanced Practice and acute care nurse practitioner with UK HealthCare Critical Care Cardiology, were both honored recently at the national AANP Annual Conference in Nashville.
The AANP Award for Excellence is given to a dedicated nurse practitioner who demonstrates excellence in their area of practice. With special permission from AANP two awards were presented this year.
Pictured left to right are: Kathy Wheeler, state representative to AANP, Turner, Darville and Kenneth Miller, AANP president.
The AANP (www.aanp.org) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. It represents the interests of the nation’s 189,000 nurse practitioners, including more than 50,000 members, providing a unified networking platform, and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy, promoting excellence in practice, education and research, and establishing standards that best serve nurse practitioner patients and other health care consumers.
Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2014) - Katherine Beyer, a third year law student at the University of Kentucky College of Law from Richmond, Virginia, won first place in the 2014 IDEA Student IP Writing Competition. Her article, “Hyper-Linking Content as Copyright Infringement: Not Worth All the Hype,” will be published in IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review this fall.
The U.S. Copyright Office recently solicited comments on the controversy of Internet users posting links to copyrighted materials without permission from the owners and thus being held liable for distributing. This right of “making available” content and infringing on the copyright owner’s distribution right was recently adopted by the European Union. Thorough research into international law gave Beyer information to contrast rights in the E.U. and the U.S., and she argues in her paper that she feels unlikely that U.S. courts would uphold a similar law due to current distribution rights.
After reviewing the papers from his Copyright class, Professor Brian Frye encouraged his students to submit them into writing competitions. Beyer says she searched extensively to determine where to send her article. She ultimately chose the University of New Hampshire’s IDEA IP Law Review.
“I thought my paper would promote the journal’s stated mission of ‘providing practical articles which address new, controversial, and potential developments in intellectual property and related fields.’” Out of 20 submissions reviewed, Beyer’s article was chosen for first place and will be the only one printed in the journal.
Beyer says winning this award means a lot to her as it is an impartial affirmation that she can use her legal research and writing skills “in a practical and useful manner.” Beyer is the managing editor of the Kentucky Law Journal and feels her experience with the journal helped her win this award. “It definitely has shown me that hard work and effort pay off in the end.”
Beyer also credits the encouragement and support she received from Professor Frye. “I certainly couldn’t have done it without him.”
“I ultimately want to practice in the field of intellectual property, so this award also shows me that that is a real possibility, that my thoughts and ideas about the field are appreciated and respected,” says Beyer. “Overall, I am so honored and excited for this opportunity to see my name in print!”
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2014) – Are you interested in further developing your artistic skills and exploring your creativity? University of Kentucky Fine Arts Institute is offering classes and workshops this fall through the School of Visual Arts and Studies. These non-credit community education courses offer a wide array of class options to suit your creative side. These courses are designed to fit into the working schedules of most adults with courses taking place during the evenings and on weekends.
Courses are offered three times a year and vary from metal working to an intro to Photoshop class. The institute's programs range from beginner to advanced levels. This fall, the institute is offering 14 courses including: nine classes and five workshops. Classes meet once or twice a week for typically eight weeks, and workshops are a one-day event. Locations for the courses include the Fine Arts Building, Reynolds Building #1 and White Hall Classroom Building.
The institute's fall 2014 classes are:
· "Ceramics" with Jill Stofer, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 16;
· "Beginning to Draw" with Christine Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 16;
· "Beginning to Paint" with Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 17;
· "Continuing to Paint" with Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 18;
· "Living a Layered Life: Felting and Shibori Dyeing Class" with Laverne Zabielski, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 18;
· "Metal Working" with Jeremy Colbert, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 18;
· "CAD/CAM/CNC 3D Design and Optimization for Fabrication: An Introduction to Rhinoceros (Rhino3d) 3D Printing and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing)" with Derek Eggers, times and dates to be determined; and
· "Beginning Photoshop" with Lennon Michalski, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Nov. 11.
For those interested in a one-day or two-day course, the fall 2014 workshops are:
· "Digital Photography One-Day Workshops" with Michalski, presented Sept. 20 or Sept. 28 or Nov. 8 or Nov. 29 or Dec. 13;
· "Advanced Digital Photography and Studio Lighting Workshops" with Michalski, presented Nov. 2 or Nov. 16 or Dec. 14;
· "Advanced Digital Photography and Outdoor Portrait Workshops" with Michalski, presented Oct. 5 or Nov. 9;
· "One Day Natural Portrait Photography and Photoshop Editing Workshops" with Michalski and Shelly Petty of Rochambeau Photography, presented Sept. 21 or Nov. 15; and
· "Living a Layered Life" with Zabielski, presented Sept. 20 and 27.
In addition to the courses and workshops being offered this fall, an open drawing session will be available at 9 a.m. every Saturday. There is a $5 fee per session to participate.
For more information on any of the Fine Arts Institute courses or to read more about instructors, class costs and times, visit the institute online at http://finearts.uky.edu/art/FAI/.
The Fine Arts Institute is an outreach program at the UK School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts. It demonstrates all the resources and classrooms that the school has to offer through noncredit art classes. All courses and workshops are open to the public and are not restricted to students of the university.
Registration for UK Fine Arts Institute courses is available by visiting http://finearts.uky.edu/art/FAI/registration, by calling the institute at 859-257-8151, or by emailing Jane Andrus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2014) — Since its cultural debut in the fifteenth century, coffee has become one of the most heavily traded commodities in the world.
“Coffee is second only to oil in terms of value in globally traded commodities, followed in turn by natural gas and gold,” explained Michael Goodin, associate professor in the UK Department of Plant Pathology.
Nearly 35 percent of the world’s coffee is produced in Brazil alone. Today, however, coffee plants within Brazil have become infected by a virus, which has the potential to spread worldwide. The agronomic impact of this virus led Goodin to Brazil to study how this universal beverage and its production are being affected.
Two of Goodin’s students studying agricultural biotechnology accompanied him in Brazil for two months this past summer to study the prevalence of Coffee Ringspot Virus (CoRSV) on coffee plants in Brazil’s major production areas. Although the virus is not infectious in humans, the virus does affect the quality and production of coffee.
Goodin and his students visited farms around Brazil in order to collect infected coffee leaves to study the virus. The level of hospitality that they received throughout the country was exceptional.
“You don’t just visit [farms] – first there’s a tour of the farm, then they offer meals in their houses. Farmers are going out of their way for you. It’s like that everywhere in Brazil,” said Goodin. “Everyone was supportive for what we were doing.”
Drawing not only on the coffee resources within Brazil, Goodin and his students partnered with Antonia dos Reis Figueira and her student Thais Ramalho from Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA). The partnership between UFLA and UK was funded through two grants: one from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States and the other through CAPES, the Brazilian equivalent of the NSF.
Goodin and his students, along with Figueira and Ramalho, were successful in the discoveries they made about CoRSV. With the discovered information, they were able to teach Brazilian farmers so they could self-diagnose their farms.
“We established the relationship between prevailing wind and sun exposure, which made it possible to identify potential virus ‘hot zones’ on farms. In addition, Brazil has been experiencing a drought similar to California, which is, in part, responsible for the spread of the disease, which was a surprise to everyone, including the farmers,” said Goodin.
Before Goodin and his students went to Brazil, Ramalho came to do a yearlong exchange at UK as a doctoral student through Brazil’s Scientific Mobility Program.
“It was the first time I went abroad. I was very happy with the opportunity but a little afraid, because everything was new to me,” said Ramalho. “In the Plant Pathology Department, where I worked for a year, everyone had extreme patience and solidarity with me. In the Goodin laboratory I learned new techniques, which had never been carried out in Brazil, and I was able to apply and teach these techniques at my university, UFLA.”
While working with Goodin at UK, Ramalho also had the chance to make friends and work with Olivia Jones and Layne Duff, the two undergraduate agricultural biotechnology major students who accompanied Goodin to Brazil.
Duff and Jones noted how the experience in Brazil contributed greatly to their growth.
“I learned so much more than just virology and the coffee industry,” said Duff. “I learned that this international language called ‘agriculture’ is one I’ve been speaking all my life. I found that despite the occasional language barrier, whenever we went to the farms to collect tissue, I had no trouble understanding the farmers’ concerns, victories, joys and hopes. This was because agriculture in and of itself surpasses boundaries and provides an immediate connection with everyone I was privileged to work with.”
Using samples collected in Brazil, the next step for the CoRSV research team is to study the genetic variation within hundreds of square miles of coffee production.
Goodin hopes to continue this productive partnership with UFLA.
“There are so many parallels between Brazil and the United States in terms of agricultural production. The departments in our College of Agriculture, Food & Environment are mirrored at UFLA,” said Goodin. “This presents seamless opportunities for student exchanges and research collaborations for faculty at both institutions.”
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2014) -- With the start of the academic year and the resulting increase in the campus population, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is reminding motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists to use caution when interacting with each other, in order to safely share the road. As part of these efforts, PTS has developed safety tips for both drivers and cyclists alike.
PTS, in conjunction with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Fayette County Public Schools, UK and Lexington Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, wants to promote safety on our roads. Cyclists and motorists have the same rights, rules and responsibilities on most Kentucky roads. Below is a list of tips that will help keep the road a safe way to travel:
- Be Alert: Check your mirrors. Watch for pedestrians and cyclists, yielding to them at crosswalks and intersections; pay special attention while driving on or around campus. Scan for cyclists before turning across a bike lane, driveway or onto another road.
- Every Lane is a Bike Lane: Cyclists have a right to the road. Be alert and patient. Expect cyclists on the road at any time, especially on signed bike routes and on roads displaying the sharrow symbol on the roadway surface. Do not use a bike lane as a turn lane.
- Pass with Care: Bicycles are considered vehicles and should be given the appropriate right of way. A minimum of three feet is recommended for passing cyclists. Stay behind cyclists when you are turning right. Don’t honk your horn when approaching cyclists; doing so could startle the cyclist and cause a crash.
- Don’t Speed or Text: Follow posted speed limits and follow distracted driving laws; don’t text message while your vehicle is in motion.
- Respect the Red: Bicycles are vehicles. Obey traffic rules for safety and to gain respect from motorists. Never ride against traffic; it is illegal and unsafe.
- Be Safe, Be Seen: Use front and rear lights and wear bright or reflective clothing. Be predictable and make eye contact with motorists, and use hand signals to indicate your intentions.
- Pass with Care: A minimum of three feet is recommended for passing vehicles.
- Wear a Helmet: Helmet use dramatically reduces the risks of brain injury and death for cyclists involved in accidents.
Additionally, cyclists are reminded to engage in safe sidewalk riding behaviors. Some campus sidewalks have been designated as shared sidewalks and, under certain conditions, serve as important connections for cyclists. These shared sidewalks are wide, do not run parallel to vehicular traffic and connect important campus destinations. Even so, these walks were designed for pedestrian traffic and bicyclists should always yield.
If you choose to ride your bike on any campus sidewalk, please follow these basic rules:
- Always Yield to Pedestrians. Give audible warning, or dismount to pass when sidewalks are crowded or narrow.
- Go Slow. Sidewalks are not designed for speeds faster than a slow jog.
- Check Every Cross Street and Driveway. Vehicles often pull across the sidewalk before entering traffic or turn into driveways without scanning very far down the street.
- Only Cross the Street at Crosswalks. Darting into the street mid-block is very dangerous.
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New Opportunities Abound as Six UK Colleges Offer New Majors, Minors, Certificates and Graduate Programs
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 12, 2014) – From the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) to the College of Public Health and from undergraduate students to graduate and professional students, the university has several new majors, minors and certificate options to consider for their studies.
CAFE has welcomed two new majors, technical systems management and modern agronomic crop production (agronomy).
Technical systems management (TSM) will be housed in the UK Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. The major links agricultural, environmental, manufacturing, and machinery theory with industry practice, providing business and management skills from a hands-on, engineering point of view. TSM students will learn practical, theoretical and managerial skills, including how to prevent and solve problems, make decisions and manage teams. The undergraduate degree combines educational theory and workplace experience partly because of an awareness of the United States’ reported “skills gap” but also because, as a hands-on engineering department, its faculty expertise strongly lends itself to teaching these technical skills.
TSM students will complete six work-based learning courses (supervised internships) to gain practical, hands-on experience, and to make the critical link between theory and industry practice. As a TSM graduate, alumni will be prepared to enter the workforce in areas such as manufacturing, agriculture, environment and systems management. TSM is available now as an Individualized Program in Agriculture (IPA).
CAFE's second new major modern agronomic crop production integrates the scientific knowledge and practical management skills needed by agronomists involved in modern crop production. Requirements focus on the basic sciences/principles needed by the modern agronomist. These are refined into the soil and crop science courses underlying agronomic crop management. Additionally, courses in pests (weeds, insects, diseases) are required in support of the field agronomist.
As the student advances in the modern agronomic crop production curriculum, the advanced courses provide more detailed information (crop ecology, statistics) and situation analysis (field schools) for grain, oil seed fiber, bio-fuel or forage crop production. Production sustainability is emphasized. Many classes consist of both lecture and active learning (field, greenhouse or lab) portions. Each student is required to have an internship or an international study abroad experience and to selects a specialty support area that supports the student’s professional goals.
The College of Arts and Sciences has opportunities for both undergraduates and graduate students. The college has added a new health major and a Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing this fall.
Health, society and populations (HSP) recognizes that health isn’t a simple physical matter, that society and the environment also play a crucial role in our well-being. The major focuses on understanding health outcomes and their unequal distribution as a product of multiple interacting influences, including health care, behaviors, environmental conditions, genetic and biological factors and social and cultural characteristics of groups and individuals.
Effective this semester HSP students can obtain a stand-alone degree or pursue the area of study as a second major with any other department or discipline-specific bachelor’s degree. The HSP program will draw on the expertise of numerous faculty members within the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as coursework across a number of colleges at the university. It is a complement to current undergraduate health-related programs, providing students the opportunity to pursue their interests in health-related issues through the analytical lens of the social sciences. The program simultaneously fosters collaboration with other health-related disciplines on campus through shared coursework. For more about the new HSP program, listen to co-directors Erin Koch, professor of anthropology, and Carrie Oser, professor of sociology, discuss the new program.
With realistic aspirations to be among the nation’s best programs by 2020, the UK College of Arts and Sciences will offer its students a full-residency Master of Fine Arts in creative writing this fall. Modeled after some of the finest graduate-level creative writing programs in the nation, UK’s curriculum will feature a faculty of prominent award-winning authors, from Kentucky Poet Laureate and NAACP Image Award winner Frank X Walker to the young author Manuel Gonzales, who just received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award for his first book.
Designed to dovetail with the Department of English’s undergraduate program in creative writing, the UK experience will feature exposure to diverse genres of writing, the full range of career possibilities, a combination of artistic and literary study, and the ever-expanding paths to publication.
In the College of Fine Arts, two long-awaited programs of study on campus now are being offered as minors in the School of Art and Visual Studies. UK undergraduates can now officially minor in photography and digital media and design (graphic design).
With over a billion photographs being created every day, it has never been more important to understand how to make compelling images. The UK photography minor offers students an opportunity to study a wide range of techniques and approaches, ranging from historic 19th century processes to cutting-edge digital, Photoshop and lighting techniques. In addition to still photography, students can also choose from courses in video and web-based design. The photography minor complements course work from a wide variety of majors and will equip students with the skills they need to navigate and create in a world in which we increasingly use images to communicate.
Experts in digital media are in high demand in today’s creativity and technology driven workforce. With career opportunities in graphic design, web design, animation and more, the digital media and design minor gives students multimedia skills that complement any major, especially ones in the Colleges of Fine Arts, Design and Communication and Information.
College of Health Sciences (CHS) has several new opportunities this fall. The college is offering a new health advocacy minor and clinical healthcare management certificate as well as a new freshman track in clinical leadership and management.
With an increasingly complex and dynamic health care system and an aging population, qualified health advocates are in demand across the U.S. Health advocates, also referred to as patient navigators, guide patients and their families through the health care system. The minor in health advocacy lays the foundation for pursuing a career as a health advocate or furthering graduate educational opportunities.
Want to acquire the skills necessary for a management position in health care? You will benefit from the undergraduate certificate in clinical healthcare management. The certificate is a great option for currently enrolled UK students, as well as practicing health care professionals who want to enhance their management skills.
The bachelor’s degree in clinical leadership and management is ideal for students who plan to enter a health administration or health law program or who plan to assume policy/administration roles in the health care field.
Students interested in adding the health advocacy minor, clinical healthcare management certificate or the track in clinical leadership and management, should contact CHS Office of Student Affairs, room 111 Wethington Building.
For professional students, College of Law is offering a Juris Doctor and Master of Health Administration (JD/MHA) dual degree program with the College of Public Health. Through this program, the student earns both degrees in a total of four years, one year sooner than if each degree was completed individually. The JD/MHA dual degree is designed to prepare a lawyer to work in and through many areas of health care management, a large and growing industry. This is the fourth dual degree program offered through the College of Law.
This fall also marks the first time the College of Public Health will offer an undergraduate degree. The public health major, which is the first professional undergraduate public health program in the state of Kentucky, will offer students a new opportunity to contribute to work that seeks to remedy long-standing health disparities in the Commonwealth and beyond.
UK’s Bachelor's of Public Health (BPH) program is designed to provide exposure to students in a number of important areas of public health, including disease control and prevention, environmental health, health behavior, health care management, global health, local health, aging and nutrition. The program seeks to prepare graduates for work in public health that allows them to contribute to the improvement of quality of life for both individual citizens and the community as a whole. With the expansive introduction to the public health field that the BPH degree provides, students are prepared to either enter directly into population health service population in either community or public health or extend their education further into graduate study.
Public health is a growing field, with more than 250,000 public health workers needed by the year 2020. It is a challenging area of study that allows students the opportunity to tackle complex health problems and work toward finding solutions that better the lives of individuals, families, and entire communities. Students who are interested in learning more about the BPH program are invited to attend an Open House noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in room 115 of the College of Public Health.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2014) – Bernhard Hennig, the director of University of Kentucky's Superfund Research Center (SRC) and professor of nutrition and toxicology at the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and Lindell Ormsbee, director of the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute and associate director of the SRC, were the guests on the Sept. 6 broadcast of "UK at the Half," which aired during the UK vs. Ohio University football game that was broadcast on the radio.
Hennig and Ormsbee talked about a recent $12.2 million grant the center received from the National Insitutes of Health to continue its work to better understand and minimize negative health and environmental impacts from hazardous waste sites.
"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on radio and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.
To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click on the play button below. To view a transcript the "UK at the Half" interview, click here.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2014) – Locals and legends seem to be the theme of the next two performances in the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series. On Friday, Sept. 12, Letcher County native, Lee "Boy" Sexton, known for his legendary banjo music, and his son Johnny Sexton will perform. The next Friday, Sept. 19, an old time music group with University of Kentucky ties, The Red State Ramblers, will appear. Both free public concerts will take place at noon at the Niles Gallery, located in the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.
Master of the Banjo Back for More
Lee "Boy" Sexton performs "Whoa Mule." Video courtesy of Appalshop.
Lee "Boy" Sexton has played the banjo since he was eight-years-old and has been known for the sweet yet driving sound that comes from the banjo and fiddle ever since. Working in the mines on the weekend and playing music for the town was where he liked to spend most of his time.
Sexton worked on an LP of traditional material, "Whoa Mule," which was originally released in 1988, but later released in a CD version in 2004. He is one of the most respected and admired folk musicians in Eastern Kentucky. He even had a small role in the film "Coal Miner's Daughter," where he played the banjo at a square dance. In 1999, Sexton, was presented the Kentucky Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.
Joining Sexton in concert will be his son, Johnny Sexton, on guitar. Johnny is retired from the coal industry and is an Old Regular Baptist preacher.
To hear Sexton perform "Whoa Mule," visit http://youtu.be/pwJbfL7VTfY.
Blue School Ties, Red State Sound
This old time string band came together through a shared love for folk music and the state of Kentucky at UK. The Red State Ramblers blend a sound of traditional old time music with a native feel.
The Red State Ramblers have performed all over the world, participating in tours in Kyrgyzstan and Ecuador. In 2008, the Red State Ramblers was a finalist in the string band competition at Clifftop Old Time String Band Festival.
The band, Will Bacon (banjo and kazoo), Kevin Kehrberg (bass, guitar),Jeff Keith (mandolin and guitar), Nikos Pappas (fiddle), and Ron Pen (fiddle and piano), released their second recording, “Commonwealth,” based on traditional music of Kentucky.
The Red State Ramblers is made up of alumni and a faculty member. Presently Keith and Kehrberg serve as faculty at Warren Wilson College and Pappas is a member of the faculty at University of Alabama. Bacon is the owner of the contracting firm, BaConstruction. Pen is director of the concert series host, the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music and professor of music at UK School of Music.
The “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series celebrates the old-time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 13 different artists, duos and groups from southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim. The concert series is generously presented by the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine Arts, UK School of Music and UK Libraries.
For more information on the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series or the concerts featuring Lee "Boy" and Johnny Sexton or The Red State Ramblers, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to Ron.Pen@uky.edu or visit the website at http://finearts.uky.edu/music/niles.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014) – The Schmidt Opera Outreach Program (“SOOP”), a University of Kentucky Opera Theatre outreach program now in its 11th year of producing opera for school children across the Bluegrass, presents "The Adventures of Alice in Opera Land." The 35-minute opera uses some of the greatest opera hits to teach students about opera and opera characters. Local audiences can get a sneak peek of the opera 2 p.m., Sept. 13, at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium.
Alice will travel to elementary schools, public libraries and performing arts centers across the state of Kentucky to expose children to the art form of opera in an educational and light-hearted manner.
UK Artist-in-Residence and alumna Gregory Turay directs a cast of familiar faces to UK Opera Theatre fans. Katherine Hay, last seen as Eponine in “Les Misérables,” plays Alice. Playing multiple characters are Wanessa Campelo, last seen as Zerlina in “Don Giovanni” and Fantine in “Les Misérables,” and Samuel Themer, last seen as Thernardier in “Les Misérables.” UK School of Music alumna and pianist Maris Deddens, who played keyboard for “Les Misérables” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” plays keyboard for the production.
Before SOOP travels this fall, local audiences are invited to take in an open dress rehearsal beginning 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium. The dress rehearsal is free and open to the public. The show is 35 minutes followed by a question-and-answer session with the cast. Free parking is available for the show in the hospital visitor garage on South Limestone and Transcript Avenue.
Schools or organizations interested in booking the show or wanting more information should contact Kathrin Thawley at 859-402-6946 or email@example.com or visit www.ukoperatheatre.org and click “Opera Outreach.”
SOOP is the recipient of the 2012-2013 “Friend of Music Award” from the Kentucky Music Education Association. The award is the highest award for non-educator contribution to music education in the state of Kentucky.
To see video clips of previous SOOP performances, visit www.ukoperatheatre.org/pages/opera-outreach/soop.shtml.
UK Opera Theatre is part of the UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014) — Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear welcomes UK President Eli Capilouto and researchers from the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women to the Kentucky State Capitol, where they will announce preliminary results from a five-year study testing the "Green Dot" violence prevention program in Kentucky high schools.
Live streaming video of the announcement will be available starting at 2 p.m. on Mrs. Beshear's YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/kyfirstlady.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's “Green Dot” violence-prevention program is effective in reducing sexual violence, according to preliminary findings from a five-year study evaluating the program in Kentucky high schools.
The study, led by Ann Coker at UK's Center for Research on Violence Against Women (CRVAW), found a greater than 50 percent reduction in the self-reported frequency of sexual violence perpetration by students at schools that received the Green Dot training, compared to a slight increase at schools that did not.
The study also found a 40 percent reduction in self-reported frequency of total violence perpetration — including sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking and dating violence — at the Green Dot schools, compared to a small reduction at the non-Green Dot schools.
Sexual violence continues to be a serious problem for Kentucky teens. One in seven high school students in Kentucky experience physical dating violence, and one in 11 have had unwanted sex because they were physically forced, or too intoxicated to give consent.
Coker announced the findings at a news conference Wednesday afternoon at the Kentucky State Capitol. Among those present were Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear, UK President Eli Capilouto, and Eileen Recktenwald, director of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP), which partnered with UK and CRVAW researchers to coordinate interventions into schools statewide.
In her remarks, Coker identified violence prevention as a public health priority.
“We know that violence significantly affects high school students’ lives by causing physical injuries, missed school days, and increased need to both medical and mental health services,” Coker said. “This is true for both young women and men. Finding strong evidence for this program’s ability to reduce violence is very important and could result in dramatic reductions in health care costs.”
Mrs. Beshear discussed violence against women as an issue of particular importance for Kentucky, and one to which she feels a strong personal commitment.
“Current rates of sexual violence among young Kentuckians are unacceptable,” she said. “Teenagers already face enough struggles without having to cope with trauma of physical abuse. The Green Dot study proves that sexual violence education is the key to successfully preventing abuse and plays an important role in reducing the state’s overall rates of violence. I commend UK, Dr. Coker and all of the researchers and participants in this study who are paving the way toward broad violence prevention in the Commonwealth.”
Capilouto praised the Green Dot program for being “ahead of the curve” in relation to a growing demand for sexual assault prevention programs on college campuses nationwide.
“As educators, we have an obligation to provide our students with a safe place to live and learn,” he said. “It should be obvious that sexual assaults on campus cannot be tolerated. Yet, as the problem persists across the country, administrators are being challenged by the simple question: ‘What are you doing to prevent it?’ At the University of Kentucky, we have an answer. The Green Dot program was ahead of the curve in providing a model for evidence-based, bystander-intervention training for violence prevention on campus.”
Recktenwald said the study marks a watershed moment in Kentucky's fight against sexual violence.
“In the 40 years since the anti-rape movement began in Kentucky, the rates of sexual violence have steadily risen; they have never reduced,” Recktenwald said. “The idea that, due to the effectiveness of Green Dot, we can change that, that there will be many fewer young people suffering the pain and devastation of sexual violence: This is priceless.”
Green Dot, designed by former UK faculty member Dorothy Edwards, has been in use at the university since 2008. It teaches students how to identify situations that could lead to an act of violence (represented on incident maps by a red dot) and shows them how to intervene safely and effectively. A “green dot” represents “any behavior‚ choice‚ word‚ or attitude that promotes safety for all our citizens and communicates utter intolerance for violence.”
In 2009, rape crisis center staff and CRVAW researchers recruited 26 high schools across Kentucky to participate in a randomized statewide intervention trial, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Half of the schools were assigned to receive the Green Dot intervention, with the others serving as the study's control group. Green Dot interventions were conducted by trained rape crisis staff educators from KASAP-affiliated regional centers.
The interventions were implemented in two phases. In Phase 1, rape crisis staff delivered Green Dot speeches to all students in the intervention schools. In Phase 2, completed in the spring of 2012, educators implemented intensive bystander training. This training was conducted in smaller groups, among students perceived as leaders (about 10-15 percent of the student body).
Each spring from 2010 to 2014, students at each school completed anonymous surveys to measure the frequency of violence they personally experienced, termed “victimization,” as well as the frequency of violence they personally inflicted, termed “perpetration.” All students, in both intervention and control schools, received hotline numbers and website information. Rape crisis staff were also available at each school to talk with any students who needed assistance.
In total, more than 80,000 surveys were completed. Researchers compared survey-reported sexual violence rates before program implementation with rates from 2010-2014. Over time, the mean reported violence frequency increased slightly in the control schools, while it declined significantly in the intervention schools. These results provide strong evidence that the Green Dot program, as implemented by trained rape crisis staff, does reduce sexual violence, Coker said.
All high schools participating in the Green Dot randomized intervention trial will have the option to adopt or continue using the Green Dot program. KASAP will continue to provide the staff to implement this program in these schools. Funding to support this training will be provided by CDC Rape Prevention Education grants provided to the state of Kentucky.
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LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 10, 2014) – The University of Kentucky’s It’s Your Reality program can open students' eyes to their present and future financial responsibilities.
The event will be from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Sept. 10) in the UK Student Center Grand Ballroom. The UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Managing in Tough Times Initiative is sponsoring the event.
“The event is held during the fall because students can get into trouble really quick with credit card debt when school starts because they’re not thinking about the costs of everyday expenses,” said Jeanne Davis, co-director of the Managing in Tough Times Initiative. “The event can help them prepare for their current expenses as well as those they will incur as they enter the job market after graduation.”
During It’s Your Reality, students receive the current average starting monthly salary for their major. Students will then “spend” their monthly income by selecting the lifestyle items they hope to have after college. Experts will be available to assist in the decision-making process, addressing financial considerations that include student loans, credit card debt, groceries, entertainment, furniture, housing, health expenses and property taxes. In fall 2013, more than 970 UK students participated in the event and learned the financial realities of life after college.
Event organizers will award door prizes, and lunch for participants will be available in limited quantity.
More information about the event is available on UK’s MoneyWi$e website, http://www2.ca.uky.edu/moneywise/.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014) – Three University of Kentucky students took home top honors at "Design Emphasis" Student Furniture Design Competition, a prestigious annual furniture design competition that features furniture pieces designed and built by students from colleges and universities throughout the U.S., presented in conjunction with the International Woodworking Fair (IWF). The winners were among six UK College of Design finalists selected for the juried exhibition held the week of Aug. 18, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Architecture graduate student Mark Manczyk, of Taylor Mill, Kentucky, won first place in the "Design Emphasis" accent tables category. Sarah Mohr, a 2014 graduate with a master's degree in architecture from Smithton, Illinois, took first in seating. In addition to the two wins, Adam Eaton, a 2014 graduate with a master's degree in architecture from Bellbrook, Ohio, received honorable mention recognition at the show.
Furniture presented by UK students at "Design Emphasis" is on display for the community to see through Sept. 22, on the second floor of Pence Hall.
"Design Emphasis" brings students from design schools across the nation to exhibit their work at IWF for judging by a panel of professionals made up of furniture industry designers, manufacturing and retail executives, and members of the trade press who have design-oriented backgrounds. The competition recognizes and rewards designs in five categories: seating, case goods, commercial/office/hospitality furniture, accent furniture/accent tables, and design creativity.
Over $10,000 in prize money was awarded to the winners and presented in a ceremony following the judging of "Design Emphasis." As well as being involved in the competition, the students were also able to attend the trade show itself, allowing them to make valuable career contacts and share ideas with fellow design students from across the country.
Other UK students competing in "Design Emphasis" were:
· Nikki Challita, architecture graduate student from Bellbrook;
· Adam Logsdon, architecture graduate student from Louisville, Kentucky; and
· Don Shepperson, architecture senior from Lancaster, Kentucky.
All six students in the competition were in the spring 2014 furniture studio taught by Professor Leonard Wujcik.
IWF is a trade show known around the world for offering new and innovative products and solutions for furniture manufacturing, cabinetry, architectural woodworking, material processing and other related industries, as well as bringing industry professionals from around the globe together for great networking opportunities. At IWF, visitors can view the newest products and trends and learn from those who have already troubleshot the solutions.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014) — Visionaries in the health care industry will take stages on the East Coast and the West Coast during this week's TEDMED 2014 Conference, but University of Kentucky students and faculty can stay on campus for a front-row seat.
The University of Kentucky American Medical Association (AMA) student section recently received a grant from the AMA to stream sessions from the annual conference to an audience of health care students and faculty members representing many health care disciplines. The chapter will play recorded sessions in Pavilion H of the UK Chandler Hospital on Thursday and Friday evenings, and throughout the day on Saturday. After each 90-minute session, a panel of UK HealthCare experts will discuss the main messages of the talks and how those messages relate to their experiences at UK. The sessions are open to all health profession students, including students in the colleges of public health, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy, as well as any interested hospital faculty.
Dually hosted in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., the TEDMED 2014 conference comprises a series of short, provocative talks and performances from a variety of thought-leaders, activists, artists, authors, physicians, researchers and other stakeholders in the health care industry. Each talk or performance will range from 8 to 20 minutes. Presenters will discuss a variety of topics, including solutions for today's health care problems from other worlds, new bedside eye-tracking devices to diagnose brain injuries, the economics behind drug addiction and a photographer's use of humor as therapy during his wife's cancer treatment. The goal of the conference is to inspire thought, expand worldviews and challenge old ways of thinking in health care professionals. The conference runs from Sept. 10-12.
Brad St. Martin, a second-year medical student and vice president of the UK AMA student section, thinks it's important for students to step away from their day-to-day study routine and expose themselves to different views and innovations in the health care profession. He encourages students from all five UK health colleges to attend the sessions.
"I am just hoping this will act as a forum for people to increase awareness of the bigger picture and current changes in health and medicine outside of their own fields," St. Martin said. "It's a change from the ordinary to help expand upon our ideas and inspire action."
Sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday from 5 to 7:15 p.m. On Saturday, two sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided on Thursday and Friday and a light breakfast will be provided Saturday morning. All sessions will be held in HG611 in Pavilion H.
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These awards are made possible by generous donations from UK Woman’s Club members as well as support from the Research Challenge Trust Fund. Preference is given to female candidates age 30 or older who are underrepresented in their field of study. Selection is based on both academic achievement and financial need. Approximately four to five fellowships are awarded annually.
The fellowships are for currently enrolled, full-time or part-time Ph.D., Ed.D., D.M.A. or D.S. students (professional degree students are not eligible). Applicants must have successfully completed their qualifying exam by nomination deadline, must be Kentucky residents, and must have a graduate grade point average of 3.2 or above.
The nomination packet consists of the nomination form, two letters of recommendation, the student’s curriculum vitae and a two-page student statement, including information about area of concentration within field of study, obstacles overcome, aspirations, personal characteristics, and how the candidate might benefit from this fellowship. Nomination packet documents should be sent to email@example.com as attachments.
For additional information and the nomination form, visit www.research.uky.edu/gs/StudentFunding/fellowship_opportunities.html#womensclub. The application deadline is Oct. 17.
Since its founding in 1865, the University of Kentucky has been dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care as Kentucky's flagship institution and one of the nation's top land grant universities. Please join us in celebrating the university's 150 year storied history and help us build on that tradition of success as part of UK's sesquicentennial celebration through 2015. Visit uknow.uky.edu/sesquicentennial to access UK sesquicentennial news, in addition to archived news stories and announcements. Keep up with UK sesquicentennial activities on social media by looking for #UK150.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2014) —The University of Kentucky will celebrate its newest hot spot on campus this afternoon. Common Grounds, a branch of the largest locally owned coffee business in Lexington, will open its doors in Champions Court -- one of the five new residence halls the university opened this fall.
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Ben Withers, Common Grounds President Lori McCreary and UK Student Government President Jake Ingram will cut a ceremonial ribbon in celebration of the new facility at 1 p.m. today in Common Grounds, at the corner of Avenue of Champions and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
"Common Grounds is a well-known friend to UK students and its presence will create a warm and welcoming gathering spot," said Withers. "We're excited about what this partnership will add to The Study North and to all the Living Learning Programs in the Champions Court area."
The facility is part of a 15-year, nearly $250-million partnership between UK and Aramark. As part of the partnership, Aramark is funding nearly $70 million in new and renovated facilities for dining services across the UK campus.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014) -- UK Leadership Exchance is excited to announce the third annual student leadership conference, Lead UK. The conference is seeking presenters with a passion for helping students further their leadership skills to submit a proposal for a workshop session at the Lead UK conference.
This conference is focused on students who want to further their leadership skills and workshops are expected to enhance this mission. Some topic ideas are, but not limited to:
- When to lead and when to follow
- Building partnerships and collaboration
- Leadership styles
- Visioning and goal-setting
- Service learning, servant leadership and volunteerism
- Diversity and inclusion
Workshop proposals are available to students, faculty and staff. The conference will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Workshops can be presented in one of three different time slots: 11-11:50 a.m., 1-1:50 p.m. or 2-2:50 p.m. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Applicants will be notified by Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Those accepted to present will be granted free registration to the conference.
The workshop proposal form is online, and can be accessed by clicking here.
For more information, contact Leslie Pedigo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-257-3005.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2014) –The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky is showcasing three new exhibitions "Laurel Nakadate: Strangers and Relations," "TAKE MY WORD FOR IT" and "Kurt Vonnegut: Madmen and Moonbeams." The shows feature several art forms from one artist's photographs of "relatives" and "strangers" across the nation, to depictions of hand drawn or printed words, to comical and surreal silkscreens. These exhibitions, which are all free and open to the public, will be on display through Dec. 23.
It's Not All 'Relative'
"Laurel Nakadate: Strangers and Relations" is a collection of stark portraits that feature two distinct groups documented in similar ways.
The “strangers” are individuals the artist found through friends and by posting invitations on social media for people to be photographed under a night sky wearing their own clothing and bringing their choice of props. The resulting works are a unique combination of flash and long exposure that offer dramatic spot-lit figures that seem to have suddenly appeared in the landscape.
The “relatives” were identified when Nakadate took a DNA test in order to uncover data about her mother’s family history. She then did genealogical research and discovered connections to slaves, Mayflower pilgrims, the McCoy clan of the famous Hatfield/McCoy feud, and the early protestant feminist Anne Hutchinson.
As is often the case with her projects, Nakadate travelled extensively throughout the U.S., visiting 31 states to photograph distant cousins and their children, figures who reflect a range of racial, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Nakadate has participated in solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide, including the 10-year survey "Laurel Nakadate: Only the Lonely" at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) PS 1 in 2011. She received acclaim for two feature-length films, "Stay the Same Never Change" (2009), which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and "The Wolf Knife" (2010), which was nominated for Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards.
As the first speaker for the Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series, Nakadate will also visit campus to discuss her work with Museum Director Stuart Horodner 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Student Center Worsham Theater.
What's in a Word
"TAKE MY WORD FOR IT" brings together numerous text-based works, drawn primarily from the museum’s permanent collection, which examine ways that artists use language to directly engage the viewer.
Drawings, prints and books by Clifford Amyx, Luis Camnitzer, Van Deren Coke, Wendy Ewald, Hans Haacke, Jenny Holzer, Susan E. King, Barbara Kruger, Les Levine, Kay Rosen, Edward Ruscha, Tad Savinar, Pat Steir, Catherine Wagner, Kara Walker and others offer a range of words that are meant to be looked at as well as read. Hand drawn or printed, and combining various fonts and degrees of legibility, the artworks address a range of subjects and conditions, from poetics to politics.
"Kurt Vonnegut: Madmen and Moonbeams" is an exhibition of silkscreen prints of portraits by novelist Kurt Vonnegut that are both comical and surreal. He made drawings throughout his life and like writers and musicians, including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Norman Mailer and Joni Mitchell, found that visual art offered him another outlet for creativity.
The Art Museum at UK is located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. The hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Friday. In preparation for the fall exhibitions, the museum has redesigned its lobby and retail area. The public is invited to meet the new director, Stuart Horodner, at the opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11.
The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for the people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from their permanent collection.
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