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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Celebrates the Station's 75th Anniversary

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 09:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Filling in as host this week is WUKY News Director Alan Lytle. With WUKY celebrating its 75th anniversary, it's time for a special edition of "Saving Stories" with Doug Boyd, director of the Nunn Center for Oral History in UK Libraries.  He's discussing WBKY's (now known as WUKY) first broadcast in Beattyville, Kentucky, on Oct. 17, 1940, and two important people at UK who made it happen.


To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit


"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.

WUKY Marks 75th Anniversary With New Facilities, Celebration

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 16:22


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


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2015) — At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 1940, WBKY radio, owned by the University of Kentucky, hit the airwaves in Beattyville, Kentucky.  Fast forward exactly 75 years, and WUKY 91.3 FM (formerly WBKY) will celebrate its anniversary in style tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 17. The celebration will take place in WUKY's new facilities on Spurr Road in Lexington and will include a visit from NPR's Susan Stamberg as well as a recreation of the station's first broadcast.


After being housed on the third floor of McVey Hall on UK's campus in studios originally built in 1939, WUKY will more than double its square footage in the new facility, which had been a professional recording studio and living quarters. The property was acquired by Lexington businesswoman Ann Bakhaus, who in turn, with her son Michael Russell, made a gift of the building to UK for the benefit of WUKY and UK's Opera Theatre program in the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts.


Leaders from WUKY and UK Opera Theatre 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. 


"This is a beautiful facility," said Tom Godell, WUKY's general manager.  "It's a tremendous space that provides a full recording studio and room for the station to grow.  We've always been involved in the community, but having this new facility will enable us to bring more people to the radio station, and it allows us to have better access to Central Kentucky. Ann Bakhaus was able to see that this building would enable WUKY to have a much larger footprint in the community."


Although the 75th anniversary celebration will take place at the Spurr Road location, it will actually be at least six months before the staff can move in while renovations and technical work is done to accommodate the needs of a 21st century 100,000 watt radio station. 


In contrast, a small 100-watt transmitter powered WBKY's first broadcast, making the station the nation’s first university-owned non-commercial educational radio station. UK became the first university to obtain an educational radio license, and the plan was to build a network of stations in Eastern Kentucky focusing on the needs of individual counties in the area.  Beattyville was chosen as the location for the first station and it was staffed by one employee, Ruth Foxx, and several volunteers.


Godell, who has delved into the history of the radio station and read various communications between Fox and her supervisors, said Fox described the people of the Beattyville area as being "crazy for radio."  Ministers, law enforcement, musicians, educators and others wanted airtime.


The original plan of several radio stations in Eastern Kentucky was eventually altered, and the WBKY studios moved to UK's campus in Lexington around 1945 operating as a public radio station with information and music programming for the Lexington area.  In the early 1970s, a representative from WBKY and about 50 other public stations met in Washington, D.C. about more ways to collaborate nationally.  One of the outcomes of that meeting was NPR.


"We were there at the birth of National Public Radio," Godell said.  "The idea was to pool resources to not only provide local news to our listeners but also news from the U.S. and the world."


WBKY became WUKY in 1989 to better reflect its association with the university.  In 2007, the station became the first in Lexington to broadcast in HD – high definition digital radio. Today WUKY offers programming via HD, the website, and free iPhone and Android apps. The main broadcast channel, WUKY 91.3 FM (HD-1) provides an eclectic schedule of NPR and award-winning local news, Rock & Roots (bluegrass, blues and rock) music, humor, and more. HD-2 is a 24-hour NPR news and talk channel and on HD-3 is all jazz 24/7.


"It's an exciting time to be in radio because of all the changes and new ways to engage the audience," Godell said. "I am so proud of our station and our people.  I was when I came here in 2004 and now that we are entering our 75th year, I'm even more excited to be part of it."


He's also excited about the 75th anniversary celebration planned for Saturday, calling it a "fantastic party."  The open house gets underway 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. Everett McCorvey, director of UK Opera Theatre and Ben Chandler, director of the Kentucky Humanties Council will speak, and a meet and greet with NPR legend Susan Stamberg begins at 5 p.m.


"She is the godmother of public radio," Godell said.  "Susan Stamberg is the first woman to anchor a national newscast on any network in the United States and she's still an active reporter for NPR."


Tomorrow's celebration will culminate at 7:30 p.m. when WUKY personnel will re-enact, or as Godell terms it -- "reimagine" -- the original broadcast made exactly 75 years prior.

"We want to sort of bring you back, in a way, to the 1940s," Godell said. "We will have a news cast by News Director Alan Lytle of what was actually happening in Kentucky and the world in October 1940.  We will have an imagined conversation between Ruth Foxx and her boss at UK about some issues they were encountering.  We plan to recreate some of the musical performances that were broadcast 75 years ago -- there were a couple of light classical arias on that first broadcast and a lot of string band music.  It's going to be fun!"


For more information on the WUKY 75th anniversary celebration, visit the station's website at



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UK Takes National Spotlight as UK Football Hosts Thursday Night Game

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 15:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2015) — Tonight fans will flood the new Commonwealth Stadium to cheer on the Wildcats. UK football will host the Auburn University Tigers for the program's first home Thursday night football game since 1939.


The matchup provides an exclusive opportunity for the national spotlight to shine bright on the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the city of Lexington and the University of Kentucky.


“Hosting a Thursday night game provides a distinctive opportunity to showcase, in the national spotlight, our transforming campus, our deep connection with the city of Lexington, and our great university community,” said UK President Eli Capilouto.


Before cheering the Cats to victory, fans are invited to enjoy pregame events and activities.


A pregame concert featuring chart-topping country duo Montgomery Gentry will take place in the Glen Infiniti Green Lot at the new Commonwealth Stadium. The duo of Kentucky natives Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry will take the stage at 4 p.m.


Fans are then encouraged to greet the UK football players and coaches with a big blue welcome on the Cat Walk as they make their way into the stadium at approximately 4:45 p.m. The team will travel down Sports Center Drive, eventually entering the stadium at Gate 1.


Dee Jay Silver — a top-touring DJ, remixer and producer — will supply the music for the Cat Walk.


Inside the stadium, Marlana VanHoose will sing the national anthem prior to kickoff. VanHoose, a 19-year-old Kentucky native who suffers from cerebral palsy, has an incredible voice that has carried her to perform at the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby and the National Basketball Assocation Finals.


Tonight's game against the Auburn Tigers is sold out, marking the fourth sellout in five Wildcat home games in 2015.

The Wildcats are off to a 4-1 start this season. Auburn now stands in the way of the Cats’ second 5-1 start in as many seasons.


UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said, “With our team developing quickly and a beautiful new stadium, we can’t wait to show America what UK football is all about with this Thursday night game."


The game will be broadcast live on ESPN at 7 p.m.



MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (270) 566-3988;

Bottge and Colleagues Awarded $1.6 Million to Improve Math Assessment

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 14:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2015) — Brian Bottge, primary investigator (PI), along with co-PIs at the University of Kentucky (Xin Ma) and the University of Georgia (Allan Cohen, Laine Bradshaw and Hye-Jeong Choi), were recently awarded a four-year $1.6 million grant from the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) to develop more sophisticated measurement tools for assessing the conceptual understanding and procedural skills of students with disabilities in math. Bottge is the William T. Bryan Endowed Chair in Special Education and a professor in the UK Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling.


NCSER is one of four centers within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), which serves as the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education. According to IES, its mission is to provide scientific evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and to share this information in formats that are useful and accessible to educators, parents, policymakers, researchers, and the public.


Specific activities of the new research are 1) to refine problem-solving assessments in ways that more adequately tap the knowledge and performance of students with disabilities in math; 2) to design fractions computation measures so teachers of students with disability in math can more efficiently conduct their own error analysis; and 3) to develop more sophisticated statistical analysis methods to uncover subtle differences in student performance over the course of instruction.


According to Bottge, “Our plan is to build more useful and practical measurement systems that apply to both the input (i.e., test design) and the output (i.e., analysis) of assessment tools.”


Bottge identified the need for better measurement methods in his previous studies funded by IES Goal 2 (Development and Innovation) and Goal 3 (Efficacy and Replication).


“Standardized and criterion-referenced tests showed that our instructional interventions were successful in boosting the math performances of low-achieving adolescents,” Bottge stated. “But we also found that traditional assessment methods fell somewhat short of capturing what students had actually learned and did not provide teachers with important diagnostic information.”


These findings were based on careful analyses of posttest item-level errors, more than 600 classroom observations, and interviews with students and teachers.


Over the next several years, the researchers will conduct a series of quasi-experimental and experimental studies to determine how the new assessment methods compare to how math skills have typically been measured. Bottge hopes to create more productive links between assessment and instruction that will eventually lead to better learner outcomes for all students, especially for students with disabilities in math. 


For more information, visit




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HDI Tackling Appalachian Developmental Disabilities Problem With Distance-learning Scholarships

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 11:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2015) — According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, Kentucky counties in Appalachia have the highest concentration of people with disabilities in the state. Yet those same counties are experiencing a shortage of service providers, and many individuals with disabilities who live there are unable to access the care and resources they need.


To tackle the issue, the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) is bringing education to professionals in those communities with its online graduate certificate in developmental disabilities, and the opportunity to earn the certificate for free.


Thanks to a National Training Initiatives (NTI) grant from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), HDI will provide three professionals from the Eastern Kentucky Appalachian region with full scholarships to its online certificate in developmental disabilities. The scholarships will cover tuition, travel and books required for the program. Selected students will also serve on HDI’s Underserved Populations Engagement Committee.


"We’ve been looking for ways to engage both professionals and individuals from the Appalachian region of Kentucky, and this will be a great mechanism to begin building relationships and identifying needs," said Christina Espinosa, HDI distance learning coordinator. "The certificate brings a lifespan perspective through presentations by topical experts, self-advocates, and families, and we feel confident that professionals are better equipped in their interactions and service provision after having participated in the coursework."


The certificate in developmental disabilities prepares professionals from a variety of disciplines to play a leadership role in providing services and support for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Since its inception, nearly 200 students have earned the certificate, representing disciplines from law and social work to health promotion and rehabilitation sciences.


The Eastern Kentucky fellowships will utilize the certificate's distance learning track, or online delivery of the program, which requires no relocation for those students who reside and plan to remain in the region, eventually serving as early adopters of best practices and becoming advocates in their own communities.


For those interested in applying for a scholarship, please email Christina Espinosa at for application materials and instructions.




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

Students, Faculty and Staff Should Plan Ahead for Parking and Transportation Changes Thursday, Oct. 15

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 10:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2015) — Tomorrow night the UK football team will host the program's first Thursday night home football game since 1939.


As ESPN's spotlight event, this game will provide a unique opportunity to showcase not only the UK football program and new Commonwealth stadium, but also the campus and local community.


The university is anticipating some challenges with parking and transportation.


Regardless of whether or not your individual parking areas are directly impacted by game day parking restrictions, all UK students and employees should anticipate longer commute times on game day and plan accordingly.


Just like any other football game day, student and employee parking will be restricted in the following areas -- these lots will require credentialed game day permits for game day beginning at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15:


•              Commonwealth Stadium Red Lot

•              Commonwealth Stadium Blue Lot

•              Commonwealth Stadium Green Lot

•              Orange Lot (corner of University & Alumni)

•              Greg Page Overflow Lot

•              Soccer/Softball Complex Lots

•              University Drive Garage (PS #1)

•              Sports Center Garage (PS #7)

•              Sports Center Lots

•              University Drive

•              Ag North and Ag Greenhouse Area


All of this information, including information about free shuttles and remote parking lots, is available at the UK Thursday Night Game website.  Students and employees of campus, UK HealthCare, VA hospital, and BCTC should visit the website. This website will best explain where to park and how to prepare for the unique circumstances related to commuting and parking on Oct. 15.


Community members can also call the information line at 1-855-682-4115 for questions related to parking and transportation for the Thursday night game. The information line will go live at noon on Wednesday, October 14.


Click here to view an interactive parking map (click on the game day helmet).


Click here for information on game day traffic patterns.



MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (270) 566-3988;

Fukuda Receives Prestigious Awards Given to Outstanding Japanese Researchers

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 10:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2015) — Dr. Shinichi Fukuda, postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati at the University of Kentucky's Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has received two prestigious awards to advance his research of dry macular degeneration.


The "Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Abroad of Japan Society for the Promotion Science," presented by the Japan Society for the Promotion Science, is a two-year award given to foster highly capable researchers with wide international perspectives. It gives excellent young Japanese researchers an opportunity to carry out long-term research at an overseas university or research institution.


The "Medical Research Encouragement Prize of the Japan Medical Association," presented by the Japanese Association of Medical Sciences, is awarded every year to 15 biomedical researchers who have carried out medical research with promising future prospects in the fields of basic medicine, public health and clinical medicine. The prize is recommended by the chairpersons of committees of the Japanese Association of Medical Sciences, heads of medical research laboratories of graduate schools or the deans of the faculty of medicine of universities, the directors of university hospitals, the heads of other relevant institutions and the presidents of prefectural medical associations.


Team members in Ambati’s laboratory have made groundbreaking discoveries related to the understanding of the molecular basis of macular degeneration — a disorder that affects 150 million people worldwide — to hasten the eradication of blindness. Numerous studies on angiogenesis, innate immunity, noncoding RNAs and retrotransposoris have been published by them in highly prestigious scientific journals.


Previous studies have shown that there is an accumulation of toxic Alu repetitive RNA molecules in the retina of patients with dry macular degeneration. While there exist treatment options for the wet form of macular degeneration, there is presently no treatment for the dry form. Fukuda's investigations surround the molecular dynamics of these Alu molecules in the retina with the hope of developing therapies in the future.


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




"see blue." Day at the Horse Races

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 15:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2015)  The University of Kentucky and Keeneland have teamed up to bring big blue fans the best way to enjoy a day at the track! Join UK students, faculty, staff, alumni and the rest of big blue nation for “see blue.” Day at Keeneland Friday, Oct. 16.


The fun begins with live racing starting at 1:05 p.m. Students, faculty, staff and alumni with campus identification cards or UK Alumni Association membership cards will be admitted free. General admission usually is $5. There will be appearances by the Wildcat, the UK cheerleaders and other special guests throughout the day.


Wear your UK blue and show your UK pride at “see blue.” Day at Keeneland!


Faculty and staff who are unable to attend “see blue.” Day at Keeneland because of work commitments will receive free admission Saturday, Oct. 17, with their valid ID card.


MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton, (859) 323-2395;

KCH Developing Program to Help Kentucky Pediatricians Handle Cases of Child Abuse

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 12:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2015) — Pediatricians routinely examine bangs, bruises and bone fractures — the standard acute injuries resulting from normal childhood activity.


But in rare cases, a pediatrician must also question whether a child’s injury was the consequence of an accident or a sign of physical abuse or maltreatment. When a caregiver’s explanation isn’t consistent with the medical evidence or a child informs a provider of mistreatment, the pediatrician grapples with either reporting their suspicion or remaining silent.


To help Kentucky pediatricians navigate these sensitive situations, Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) hired its first pediatric specialist in child abuse pediatrics, a subspecialty of pediatrics concerned with examining medical evidence to investigate instances of child abuse or maltreatment. Dr. Christina Howard brings an elevated level of expertise in forensic medicine to KCH after completing a fellowship program with Dr. Melissa Currie at the University of Louisville. Her arrival at KCH signifies the establishment of the first pediatric forensic medicine program to serve Central and Eastern Kentucky. In addition to Howard, Dr. Jacqueline Sugarman, also a board-certified child abuse pediatrician and who has done significant work with the Lexington Child Advocacy Center, and KCH pediatrician Dr. Jaime Pittenger, who has a special interest in child abuse pediatrics, will assist with the program.


Howard works across disciplines and departments at UK HealthCare to advise on cases where medical evidence suggests the possibility of physical or sexual abuse to a child. Acting as a neutral expert, she collects and delivers medical information to several entities involved in a child’s welfare, including representatives of the criminal justice system, law enforcement and child protective services when appropriate. In addition, she consults with pediatric providers across Central Kentucky to assist with the process of investigating and reporting cases of child abuse or neglect. 


“It’s hard for pediatricians because they have relationships with families,” Howard said. “It’s difficult to even consider abuse when you are close with a family; they are in a tough position.”


As part of her fellowship training, Howard completed a variety of multidisciplinary rotations both inside and outside the medical field. In addition to training with neurosurgeons and orthopedists, she spent time with members of the judicial system, including court advocates and state attorneys. In addition to working on specific cases, Howard holds a legislative role, pushing for policies designed to prevent and detect cases of child abuse. She advocates with Kosair Charities Face It Campaign to support legislation that will train teachers to identify signs of physical abuse in their students and know how to act to do if they have a concern of abuse.


Every year in the U.S., an estimated two million cases of child abuse are reported to child protective services. According to the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services Child Abuse and Neglect Annual Report of Child Fatalities and Near Fatalities for the 2015 fiscal year, 74 percent of children who died from abuse or neglect were under the age of 2. Howard and her colleagues are frequently involved in cases that deal with children under the age of 4 who are incapable of reporting how an injury occurred, as well as children up to 18 years of age. They are available to help when there are concerns in either physical abuse or sexual abuse.


Howard emphasized the purpose of forensic medicine is to protect children. She said medical evidence could also be useful for absolving a family member or caregiver of any wrongdoing. 


“Abuse is not something we want to miss, but it is also just as important not to call something abuse when it is not,” she said.


“We call it forensics because we look at the whole picture. We don’t just look at an ear bruise and say that’s diagnostic — we take everything into consideration.”


Howard can be reached at 859-218-6727 or


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New Education Abroad Program to Take the 'Bluegrass Down Under'

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 11:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2015) — The University of Kentucky's College of Arts and Sciences, College of Fine Arts and The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) have teamed up to create "Bluegrass Down Under," an innovative, 12-week education abroad experience in Sydney and Cairns, Australia, which will allow students to select courses that best fit their degree requirements.


Mack Maynard, an advisor in UK Education Abroad, said, "'Bluegrass Down Under' is an innovative program in design and scope. It allows UK students to complete a full semester of coursework across a range of disciplines during an abbreviated program. Embedded in the program are multiple choices for academic courses, as well as opportunities for internships or independent research, all with credit provided by UK. It is a very good example of UK leading the design of a program operated by an external organization, which both UK students and non-UK students can take advantage of."


In this education abroad experience at University of New South Wales, students will have access to courses in Australian film, literature, geography, music and photography, in addition to research or internship placements. Students will complete a total of four three-week modules, earning 13 academic credit hours.


This program is open to all undergraduate students of any class standing and discipline. UK faculty and local Australian faculty will be teaching in the program, which runs from Dec. 27, 2015, to March 23, 2016. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.


For more information or to apply for "Bluegrass Down Under," visit



MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398;

Former BB&T CEO Addresses Gatton College Community

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 11:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2015) — The University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics recently welcomed Chairman of the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives John Allison. More than 200 students attended his talk, titled "The Philosophic Fight for the Future of America," in the college’s brand new Kincaid Auditorium.


“I always enjoy the opportunity to talk to bright young people who will be future leaders in our society,” said Allison. “I believe this information is very important to the quality of their lives and their children’s lives.”


Currently serving as chairman of the Executive Advisory Council of the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Allison is also a member of the Cato Institute’s Board of Directors. Before serving as president and CEO of the Cato Institute from 2012 to 2015, Allison was the chairman and CEO of BB&T Corporation. The BB&T Program for the Study of Capitalism hosted the event.  


“A main goal of the Program for the Study of Capitalism is to gain deep, accurate, and objective understandings of capitalism or private enterprise vis-à-vis other systems of organizing the economy and society,” said John Garen, economics professor and director of the BB&T program at the University of Kentucky.


Among his many accomplishments, John Allison has received the Corning Award for Distinguished Leadership, and has been inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame. He has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Banker, and was recently recognized by the Harvard Business Review as one of the top 100 most successful CEOs in the world.




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

UPK Author Julian Pleasants Wins North Carolina Book Award

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 10:47
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2015)University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author Julian M. Pleasants has been named the recipient of the 2015 Ragan Old North State Award Cup for nonfiction given by the North Carolina Literacy and Historical Association (NCLHA), for his book, "The Political Career of W. Kerr Scott: The Squire from Haw River."


The NCLHA was established in 1900, is among the oldest organizations of its kind in the nation. Its mission is to foster the interest of North Carolinians in the state’s literature and history, to encourage productive literary activity within the state, to assist in bringing to public attention meritorious works by North Carolina writers, to promote broad and varied activity in the field of state and local history, to serve as a medium for the constructive exchange of ideas among persons concerned for the permanent well-being of North Carolina, and to cooperate so far as may be practicable with other organizations in North Carolina whose purposes are similar to the purposes of the association.


"The Political Career of W. Kerr Scott" traces Scott’s productive and controversial political career, from his years as North Carolina commissioner of agriculture, through his governorship (1949–1953), to his brief tenure as a U.S. senator (1954–1958). Scott was elected at a time when Southern liberals were on the rise in post–World War II America. McCarthyism and civil rights agitation soon overwhelmed progressivism, but the trend lasted long enough for the straight-talking “Squire from Haw River” to enact major reforms and establish a reputation as one of the more interesting and influential southern politicians of the 20th century.


Julian M. Pleasants, professor emeritus of history at the University of Florida, is the author of numerous books, including "Buncombe Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Rice Reynolds."


UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that now includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. The editorial program of the press focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.



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

College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to Host Intercultural Awareness Day

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 10:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Office of Diversity is hosting an Intercultural Awareness Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT Oct. 14 at E. S. Good Barn on the campus’s Farm Road. The public is invited to join in the activities that will include a panel discussion, research showcase, poster presentations, a food fair and art and essay award presentations.


“Our mission is to highlight and promote leading examples of diversity and inclusion as examples to all,” said Quentin Tyler, CAFE assistant dean for diversity. “Through Intercultural Awareness Day 2015, the college will highlight the many examples of diverse people doing diverse work in our college. This is a day to celebrate and embrace the diversity of our faculty, staff and students and show the wonderful things we are doing as a college.”


A panel will discuss the importance of intercultural awareness at a land-grant institution. The panel includes Tyler; Janet Mullins, UK extension professor; Roger Cleveland, associate professor, Eastern Kentucky University; Paul Vincelli, UK extension plant pathologist; Keiko Tanaka, UK associate professor of sociology; and Abagail Martin, agricultural economics junior. Michael Reed, director of the college’s Office of International Programs for Agriculture, will moderate.


Madison Tackett, a junior animal science major, will read her winning student essay on We are CAFE: How I Contribute to the Compelling Interest of Diversity in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Displays will include the top 12 How You Contribute to Diversity art tiles produced by students, faculty and staff during the UK Ag Roundup. These tiles will become part of a public mural to be placed on the CAFE campus. Winning research posters will be on display as well. An international food fair featuring European, Mediterranean, African, Latin American, North American, Asian, and Indian cuisine will also be part of the day’s activities.


“A commitment to diversity is essential to enhance the quality of decision-making, problem-solving and innovation,” said Nancy Cox, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

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UKAT Increases Security for Printing to UK Printers From Off Campus

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 10:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2015) — Security of personnel, facilities, and data is important at the University of Kentucky. As part of an ongoing effort to protect campus resources from unauthorized access, University of Kentucky Analytics and Technologies (UKAT) will begin blocking anonymous off-campus access to campus printers effective Thursday, Oct. 15.


UK employees and students who need to print to university printers from off campus can continue to do so using a VPN connection. Instructions for use of VPN software and setup information are posted at Free Cisco VPN software is available on for those without built-in support. Once connected to the VPN, users will be able to print normally from off-campus locations.


A virtual private network (VPN) uses advanced encryption and tunneling to create a private connection to the UK Network from any other point on the internet. This enables users to transmit data between remote computers and UK systems securely. Using it helps protect sensitive personal information, such as email, credit card numbers, passwords and instant messages from interception during transmission.


Anyone with an active link blue user ID and password can connect to the VPN. Windows, Linux and Macintosh OS X 10.4 and 10.5 users can download the Cisco VPN software from the UK download server. Macintosh OS X 10.6 and above and iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod) users can configure VPN connections directly on their devices.


Setup instructions:

•           Windows Vista/7/8:

•           Mac OS X 10.6 and above:

•           Mac OS X 10.4/10.5:

•           Apple iOS Devices:


Contact your department/college technology contact or UKAT Service Desk at 859-218-HELP (4357) for questions concerning off campus printing.




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

Health Care Providers Play a Key Role in Preventing Intimate Partner Violence

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 16:03


This column by DeShana Collett and Tamara Bennett, Assistant Professors in the Division of Physician Assistant Studies in the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, appeared in the Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2015) — Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a preventable health problem affecting more than 1 million people in the United States each year. Those affected can be of any sex, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, education level or sexual orientation.


Intimate partner violence, also known as domestic violence, is the physical, sexual, or psychological harm — including stalking — by a current or former partner or spouse. It is considered an epidemic in the U.S.


An estimated 31 percent of women and 26 percent of men have experienced IPV in their lifetimes. Despite its prevalence, it is one of the most underreported crimes in the U.S.  Every minute, 20 people will become victims of physical violence by a partner. In 2010, according to the FBI, 37.5 percent of murdered women were killed by an intimate partner. Pregnant women and those who were recently pregnant are more likely to be victims of a homicide than to die from any other cause, making IPV the leading cause of maternal mortality and adverse health outcomes.


Women 16 to 24 years of age are most at risk for abuse. Young victims of physical dating violence often engage in dangerous and unhealthy lifestyles.  They are more likely than their non-abused peers to smoke, use illicit drugs, engage in risky sexual behaviors and attempt or consider suicide.


One of the keys to preventing and decreasing the prevalence of IPV is through education and medical screenings done by health care providers. Health care professionals can educate and help victims understand that they are not alone; offering support and resources that can help change the cycle of violence.


Since 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has designated screening for intimate partner violence for all women of childbearing age (14 to 46 years old) as an important prevention tool. However, women in this age group are not the only vulnerable population affected by intimate partner violence; screenings are also encouraged for older adults and men - both in same sex and heterosexual relationships.


Screenings should occur in a safe environment.  It is important for clinicians to ask non-judgmental questions, document the conversations and physical examination findings as well as assess the patient's safety. Finally, it is vital that the health care provider review the patient's options with them and provide referrals and resources.


Health care providers must seek to empower victims to understand the destructive nature of an abusive relationship and its negative effect on their health.  As we work towards ending the cycle of abuse, we as a society must hold the abuser accountable for their actions and behaviors.


Media Contact:  Ann Blackford,


Kentucky Colleges Meet to Discuss Campus Sexual Assaults

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 16:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2015) — Ten Kentucky colleges and universities, including the University of Kentucky, and the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center (BRCC) have partnered to address sexual assault on college campuses through a statewide conference, called Impact 10, to be held Nov. 5-6 at Georgetown College.


The event will bring together students and administrators, giving them access to experts in Title IX, Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act. During the two-day conference, attendees will have the opportunity to hear how sexual assault is addressed at other institutions and to share their own stories.


Conference topics include:

  • Legal Responsibilities of Administrators v. Legal Rights of Students
  • Who’s Missing? Recognizing the Impact of Intersectionality on Survivors of Interpersonal Violence
  • On and Off Campus Housing Rights of Survivors
  • Reporting and Confidentiality
  • Victim-informed Grievance Procedures
  • Can Judicial Boards Be Both Fair and Compassionate?
  • Student Activism
  • The Trauma-informed College Administrator
  • Dissecting Campus Climate Surveys
  • Prevention Models Across College Campuses
  • The Critical Role of Public Safety and Campus Police

To view the schedule of events, visit Conference Outline.


The conference “is designed to maximize dialog between college administrators and students. The goal is to create a more transparent and open campus culture, one that does not tolerate sexual violence,” said Heather Darby, development and communications coordinator with the BRCC. 


In addition to UK, planners represented Midway College, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Asbury University, Georgetown College, Eastern Kentucky University, Berea College, Kentucky State University, Centre College and Transylvania University.


Special keynote speakers include Zoe Ridolfi-Starr, deputy director of “Know Your IX;” and Marta Miranda, CEO for the Center for Women and Families in Louisville and former chair of the Women and Gender Studies Department at Eastern Kentucky University.


For registration information, visit



BLOG: Bring Awareness to Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 15:53

The following is a blog post by Mark Leach, bioethics specialist for the UK Human Development Institute's National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources. 


Oct. 13, 2015


October is the national awareness month for Down syndrome and spina bifida. On Oct. 3, Down Syndrome of Louisville held its annual awareness walk and the Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky (SBAK) held walks in Louisville, Lexington, and Paducah on Oct. 10. These organizations have joined in an effort to raise awareness for new and expectant parents.


At the end of August, the nearly 400 practicing obstetricians in Kentucky were sent a package of information that Kentucky law instructs should be provided to parents receiving a pre- or postnatal test result for Down syndrome or spina bifida. The law, KRS 211.192, was passed in 2013 requiring all health care practitioners to provide information about Down syndrome identified by the Cabinet for Health & Family Services. In 2015, it was amended to similarly require that information about spina bifida be provided.


The Cabinet has a website that identifies the information to be provided. However, given budgetary constraints, no public money was allocated for ensuring patients would receive this information that Kentucky law requires they receive.


Through a grant from the WHAS Crusade for Children, along with funding from the Human Development Institute (HDI) at University of Kentucky, SBAK, and the Down syndrome support organizations in Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro, and Paducah, hard copies of the recommended information were mailed to every practicing OB in Kentucky.


The law requires that the information provided be:

"Up-to-date, evidence-based, written information about Down syndrome or spina bifida that has been reviewed by medical experts and Down syndrome or spina bifida organizations and includes information on physical, developmental, educational, and psychosocial outcomes, life expectancy, clinical course, intellectual and functional development, and treatment options."


Health care providers are also required to provide the contact information for Down syndrome and spina bifida support organizations when delivering a test result.

The law is based on federal legislation that recognized that too often parents are not given accurate information and referral to support organizations, even though professional medical guidelines have recommended this for years. Further, studies of parents and medical professionals found that instead the opposite happened with too great of frequency: health care providers gave no written information or, worse, inaccurate and outdated information about what living a life with Down syndrome or spina bifida can be like.


The materials for Down syndrome are based at the HDI's National Center for Prenatal & Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources. The materials were developed with input from the leading professional medical organizations as well as Down syndrome organizations. Mothers who have received the Center's materials have described them as a "lifeline" giving them a vision of what their and their child's life can be like.


All of the National Center materials are available for free on-line with the ones identified by the Cabinet also available in Spanish translation. Hard copies also can be ordered. The National Center is supporting similar efforts in implementing laws like Kentucky's that have been passed in Massachusetts, Maryland, and nine other states.


It is the hope that through this mailing, Kentucky obstetricians and their staff will be aware that these resources are required and available for them and their patients. By receiving this information, and then delivering it to their first patient that receives a test result for Down syndrome or spina bifida, it is further hoped that this becomes the standard of care across Kentucky, with physicians ordering replacement copies to ensure they have the required information for their patients.


To further raise awareness about these conditions, simply attending community walks happening statewide in October is an easy first step. In doing so, not only will the attendee see families and their loved ones with Down syndrome and spina bifida, but they will also support the mission of these organizations that work yearround to improve the lives of their members.


Each of these measures — the law, the mailing of materials, and supporting Down syndrome and spina bifida awareness walks — helps parents learning that their child has one of these conditions. It provides parents an accurate picture of what their lives can be like and lets them know of the many good organizations and services that will be there to help them and their child.


This piece originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier-Journal.


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

Apply to be the 2015 December Commencement Speaker

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 15:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2015) — Each December, an undergraduate student is selected to speak at the University of Kentucky Commencement Ceremony which will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Rupp Arena. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.


To be considered, applicants must be receiving an undergraduate degree from UK at the Dec. 18 ceremony. Additionally, the applicants must have contributed to UK through campus or community activities and through their fields of study. Applicants must also demonstrate strong public speaking skills.


Undergraduate students who wish to apply must submit a resume, information sheet and a copy of their proposed speech no longer than three typed, double-spaced pages. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the selection committee. The committee may contact any applicant for a 15 minute interview and speech demonstration.


Students interested in speaking at the December Commencement Ceremony must submit their applications by 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.  Applications are available online at


All December graduates should register for Commencement at


For information regarding caps and gownsparking and travel,  college receptions or other questions, visit the Commencement website. Regalia will be available for purchase at the University of Kentucky Book Store.


For questions regarding Commencement, visit the Commencement FAQs page.

Registration for December 2015 Commencement Now Open

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 15:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2015) — Registration for the December 2015 Commencement Ceremonies is now open to all students graduating this December. Commencement will be held Friday, Dec. 18 at Rupp Arena.  This is the first time December Commencment will be held in Rupp Arena, and the start times are changing as well. The Graduate and Professional Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m., with the Undergraduate Ceremony taking place at 3 p.m.


Graduates are strongly encouraged to register at by 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7. Graduates who register after this deadline will not be guaranteed that their names will appear on the screen during the ceremonies.


Keeping with UK tradition, a student speaker will be selected for the 3 p.m. undergraduate ceremony. December graduates interested in being the student speaker can get more information and apply online at The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 30.


Information regarding caps and gownsparking and travel and college receptions is also available on the Commencement website.


For questions regarding Commencement, visit the Commencement FAQs page.



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

Only Four More Performances Remain of 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 14:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance will present four more performances of the witty comedy of errors, the Oscar Wilde classic “The Importance of Being Earnest” Oct. 15-18, in the Guignol Theatre.


“Earnest” is considered by many to be Wilde’s masterpiece. The farcical comedy, which premiered in 1895, comments on the hypocrisy of Victorian society, the conflicting values of morality and sincerity. Who is Ernest? Is he the disreputable (and fabricated) brother of the honorable Jack Worthing? Is he the pseudonym of Algernon Moncrieff, Jack’s best friend and avid supporter of the so-called “Bunburyists”? Their fiancées would like to know. "Earnest" invites audiences on a jaunt into a world of illusion, deception and Victorian societal decorum.


The play is a favorite among directors, actors and theatregoers. "It’s one of the greatest comedies of the English language and it’s been pure joy to live with Wilde’s words and genius for the rehearsal period," said co-director Christina Ritter. "We have an exceptional cast, including a number of seniors who were passionate about doing this play their last year here, and everyone has brought wonderful energy and dedication to the production."


UK Theatre's production of "Earnest" is directed by Christine Ritter, lecturer, and Russell Henderson, associate professor of theatre, acting and voice. The cast includes:

· Curtis Lipsey, a theatre and secondary social studies education junior from Louisville, Kentucky, as Jack;

· Peter LaPrade, a theatre senior from Marietta, Georgia, as Algernon;

· Cassady Gorrell, a theatre junior from Lexington, as Gwendolyn;

· Alexis Slocum, a theatre senior from Fort Knox, Kentucky, as Cecily; and

· Jessica Agro, a theatre and arts administration junior from Bowling Green, Kentucky, as Lady Bracknell.


The play will be presented in the Guignol Theatre’s on stage seating.


"We’re excited to be presenting the play in a small, intimate thrust setting to really bring the audience close to the gorgeous costumes, elegant set, and delightfully eccentric plot of Wilde’s play," Ritter said.


The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 15 - 17. A 2 p.m. matinee performance will be presented Oct. 18. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for the general public. To purchase tickets, contact the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visit online at, or visit the ticket office in person.


The UK Department of Theatre and Dance at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from a renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life.