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UK Students Receive Special Rate to Local EMERGE Conference

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 15:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2015) — The next generation of Kentucky leaders will share new ideas and strategies for the betterment of the Lexington community and region at the EMERGE Conference presented by Forcht Bank on Tuesday, April 14, at the Lexington Center.


This full-day event will bring together young professionals, entrepreneurs, emerging leaders, business professionals and community leaders from all walks of life. The conference will include four breakout sessions with topic tracks including community service and development, entrepreneurism, career advancement, leadership and turning your passion onto reality. The conference features keynote speaker Lauren Stiller Rikleen, president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership and author of “You Raised Us, Now Work With Us - Millennials in the Workplace.”  


UK students will receive a special $75 rate by sending an email to and identifying themselves as UK students. Regular registration for members of Commerce Lexington is $125 and $149 for non-members. For a complete schedule and list of breakout sessions, speaker bios and registration information, visit




MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Noble, 


UK College of Dentistry Student Receives National, Regional and Local Honors for Research

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2015) - University of Kentucky College of Dentistry student Lee Zamos received first place in the clinical science category at the 28th annual DENTSPLY/Caulk Student Research Group Award Competition for original research. Zamos also received first place honors for his work from dental fraternity Delta Sigma Delta, and at the UK College of Dentistry’s Research Day event.


Zamos, a fourth-year UKCD student, was honored with the DENTSPLY/Caulk Award at the American Association for Dental Research/Canadian Association for Dental Research Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Submissions were received from 115 students, 60 of which were in the clinical science category. The award is open to undergraduate dental students of good academic standing, without an advanced degree or doctorate in any field.


“The DENTSPLY/Caulk Award recognizes the critical nature of research in dental education and the importance of student participation in creating new knowledge in the field,” said Dr. Jeff Ebersole, director of the UK Center for Oral Health Research and associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies.


Zamos’ poster presentation, "Immediate Loading of Unsplinted Implant Retained Mandibular Overdenture: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Clinical Study," presents findings from research started in June 2013. The research focuses on improving the quality of life for individuals receiving dental implants to replace missing teeth. Zamos assisted with various aspects of the research, including surgeries, data collection, analysis, and writing the poster.


Mentored by Dr. Ahmad Kutkut, UKCD assistant professor of restorative dentistry, Zamos aided Kutkut and the following doctors in the research: M.A. Rezk, D. Dawson, R. Frazer and M. Al-Sabbagh.


“This project has provided an incredible opportunity for me to learn from some excellent clinician scientists about the world of clinical dental research,” said Zamos. “The opportunity to work side by side with Dr. Rezk and Dr. Kutkut has allowed me the opportunity to gain incredible knowledge and experience regarding implant treatment planning, surgery, and follow-up.”


“With the future of dentistry constantly changing, with the development of new technologies and techniques, I am incredibly humbled to be part of a research team that is contributing so profoundly to the dental community,” added Zamos. 


Zamos also received top honors at the Delta Sigma Delta Annual Regional Meeting, as well as in the DMD category at the UK College of Dentistry’s Research Day. Once a standalone event, UKCD Research Day is now held in conjunction with the Annual Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Spring Conference allowing UKCD students to learn about research taking place outside of UKCD, and share research with non-dental students.


“As always, our Research Day judges not only did a great job but commented on the quality of the science and the student research activities at UKCD," said Ebersole. "Clearly the quality of this science could not occur without the dedication of the cadre of mentors from the college that actively support and nurture these students.”   

For more information on the UK College of Dentistry’s Research Day, including the abstract for Zamos’ poster presentation, visit


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


UK Fraternity Hosts First USO Philanthropy Event

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 16:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) — The Zeta Rho Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity at the University of Kentucky is hosting its first "G.I. Theta Chi" philanthropy event benefiting the United Service Organization from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the former theological seminary lawn across South Limestone from the College of Law building on UK’s campus. 


G.I. Theta Chi is a day of philanthropy in which fraternities and sororities are partnered together to compete in a variety of events including a social media campaign, designing care packages, and a series of physical challenges including jousting, relay races and obstacle courses. All proceeds and gifts will be given to support the USO.


“Inspired by a national partnership of Theta Chi and the USO, we are eager to foster and build relationships with our local USO and make G.I. Theta Chi not only a great event for our fellow Greek chapters at UK, but to try and extend an assisting hand to the brave men and women that serve and protect our great nation,” Austin Gocke, Theta Chi’s philanthropy chair, said.


Theta Chi fraternity’s governing chapter passed a resolution in 2013 that made the USO a preferred philanthropy of Theta Chi on a national scale. Since then chapters across the country have begun hosting there own G.I. Theta Chi events as well as volunteering with USO centers locally. UK's event will be held on Theta Chi Fraternity Founder’s Day, celebrating its 159th anniversary Friday.


If there is inclement weather, there will be a contingency plan announced in order for the event to be held regardless of weather. Members from the university and Lexington community are encouraged to attend the event and support the participants.


For information on how to donate, please contact Austin Gocke, philanthropy chairman of Zeta Rho Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity. His information can be found on under the “Meet Our Officers” tab.


The United Service Organization is a nonprofit organization designed to lift spirits of America’s troops and their families in the U.S. or abroad through entertainment and innovative programming. For more information, visit


The Zeta Rho Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity arrived at the University of Kentucky in 2011 and comprises a diverse group of gentleman who embrace brotherhood, academics and living out values such as extending “an assisting hand” for all that need it. For more information, visit


THETA CHI CONTACT: Tristan Cook-Ziegler, 414-218-5040,

UK Nonprofit Program to Compete as Finalist in Higher Ed Challenge

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 16:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Social Enterprise and Innovation/Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) certificate program will represent UK as a finalist next Wednesday at the Service Year + Higher Education Challenge in Washington, D.C. The CNP is a co-curricular, professional certificate program that helps equip students with the professional skills, networking, and internship experiences necessary to enter into and succeed in the nonprofit sector.


There were more than 30 applicants to the challenge from across the country. The top three finalists in each category (public universities, private universities and community colleges) will pitch their service opportunity at the Aspen Institute for a chance to win up to $40,000.  As a campus organization committed to social innovation, this challenge was a great opportunity for CNP to meet the conference’s call for a year-long, credit bearing internship program, as well as fulfill the needs of local nonprofit organizations in Kentucky.


CNP’s submission proposes the creation of the Kentucky Scholar Intern (KSI) program. The KSI program would provide opportunities for exceptional undergraduate student leaders to work with nonprofits, as well as state and local agencies, in Kentucky’s most under-resourced communities.  This would provide a unique experiential learning opportunity for students, while augmenting the capacity of local agencies to make an impact in their communities.  


If awarded the grant, KSI interns will be juniors or seniors selected through a competitive application process. KSI interns will learn to see an idea through from conception to execution, will gain an understanding of the relationships between local government, nonprofits, and the communities in which they work, and will examine challenges facing local organizations to implement change.


CNP Director Todd Stoltzfus and CNP student Jacob Ewing will represent UK at the Service Year Challenge. The competition will be similar to reality TV’s "Shark Tank" with a panel of distinguished judges from higher education, national service programs, and foundations, for a chance to win a grant to provide initial seed funding for the program.


The Service Year + Higher Education Challenge is sponsored by The Franklin Project (Aspen Institute), the National Conference on Citizenship, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Lumina Foundation. The challenge was designed to encourage higher education institutions to create new and innovative year-long service opportunities, which students can complete for academic credit.


For students interested in the CNP program, applications to enroll for Fall 2015 are being accepted until April 30. Students can find more information about the program on the website:



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

KNI Repeats as Stroke Gold-Plus Honoree

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 16:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) - UK HealthCare's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) has received the "Get With The Guidelines -"Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award" by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for maintaining nationally recognized standards for the treatment of stroke patients.

KNI also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. Over twelve months, at least 75 percent of the hospital’s ischemic stroke patients have received tPA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as door-to-needle time). Stroke patients who receive tPA within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover more quickly and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

This year marks the fifth year that KNI has received Gold Plus designation. KNI has been named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll the past two years and meets the criteria for the 'elite' level that was introduced this year.


Kentucky patients aren't the only ones benefiting from this achievement.


"By participating in the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program, we are able to share our expertise with other member hospitals around the country, including access to the most up-to-date research, clinical tools and resources, and patient education resources," said Dr. Jessica Lee, director of UK HealthCare's Comprehensive Stroke Program.


"What this means for Kentuckians is that the best possible stroke care is available right here in Lexington."


According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. In Kentucky, cardiovascular disease (which includes stroke) is the leading cause of death.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.


Bardo Receives SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 14:41


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2015) ‒ University of Kentucky’s Michael Bardo, professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded a 2015 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Awards.


The winners were announced by the league office today. These annual awards honor one faculty member from each SEC university who has excelled in teaching, research and scholarship.


Each award winner will become his or her university’s nominee for the 2015 SEC Professor of the Year Award and will receive a $5,000 honorarium from the SEC. The SEC Professor of the Year, to be named later this month, receives an additional $15,000 honorarium and will be recognized at the SEC Awards Dinner in May and the SEC Symposium in September.


“The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards give us a unique opportunity to not only showcase the work of our outstanding faculty members, but to also support their future research and scholarship,” said Nicholas Zeppos, chancellor of Vanderbilt University and president of the Southeastern Conference. “These 14 men and women are some of the most accomplished and influential leaders in their disciplines, and I offer each of them my sincerest congratulations.”


To be eligible for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, a professor must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor at an SEC university; have a record of extraordinary teaching; and a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally.


SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, “This year’s SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipients are to be commended for their unwavering dedication to higher education. The SEC is pleased to recognize 14 individuals who have made such a positive impact on our students.”


The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards and the SEC Professor of the Year Award are both selected by SEC provosts, and the program is administered by SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference. SECU serves as the primary mechanism through which the collaborative academic endeavors and achievements of SEC students and faculty are promoted and advanced.


Below is a list of the other 2015 SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipients.

·       University of Alabama, Kimberly Bissell, professor of journalism

·       University of Arkansas, H. Alan Mantooth, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering

·       Auburn University, Bruce Tatarchuk, Gavin Endowed Professor of Chemical Engineering

·       University of Florida, Sidney Homan, professor of English

·       University of Georgia, Samantha Joye, Athletic Association Professor of Arts and Sciences

·       Louisiana State University, Suzanne Marchand, LSU Systems Boyd Professor of European Intellectual History

·       University of Mississippi, Charles Hussey, professor of chemistry

·       Mississippi State University, Mark Horstemeyer, William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering

·       University of Missouri, Michael Smith, professor of animal sciences

·       University of South Carolina, Marina Lomazov, Ira McKissick Koger Professor of Fine Arts

·       University of Tennessee, J. Wesley Hines, Postelle Professor of Nuclear Engineering

·       Texas A&M University, X. Ben Wu, Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence

·       Vanderbilt University, Isabel Gauthier, David K. Wilson Professor of Psychology


Using its SECU academic initiative, the Southeastern Conference sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its fourteen member universities. The goals of the SECU initiative include highlighting the endeavors and achievements of SEC faculty and universities; advancing the merit and reputation of SEC universities outside of the traditional SEC region; identifying and preparing future leaders for high-level service in academia; increasing the amount and type of education abroad opportunities available to SEC students; and providing opportunities for collaboration among SEC university personnel.








Julian Cox: Photography, Identity and Social Justice

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) — Julian Cox, founding curator of photography for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and chief curator of the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California, will give a lecture at 4 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Worsham Theater in the University of Kentucky Student Center as part of this year's Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series. This event, presented by the Art Museum at UK, is free and open to the public.


Cox's lecture will focus on the role of photography within the issues of identity and social justice, drawing from exhibitions he curated, like "Harry Callahan: Eleanor" and "Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer," and his book "Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968."


In addition to his work as a curator in San Francisco, Cox has held positions at the National Library of Wales and in the National Museum of Photography, Film, and Television in Bradford, England. He also has worked with the photograph collection at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, and led the photography program at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.


In these positions, Cox has organized photography exhibitions on topics ranging from the history of early photography in 19th century Europe to contemporary U.S. photography. He co-authored the acclaimed work "Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs" with Colin Ford.


The May Lecture Series explores photography's roots in the 19th century and its reinvention in the digital world. The lecture series is made possible through the Robert C. May Photography Endowment, a museum fund established in 1994 for the support of acquisitions and programs relating to photography.


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 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 its permanent collection.

UK Cardiologist Explores Link Between Coffee and Heart Health

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) - After a long night and not enough sleep, many people reach for their first cup of coffee as quickly as they reach for the snooze button. Not long after the first one is down, another is poured.


Love for coffee can be traced back as far as Kaldi the goat herder, who lived in Ethiopia in 800 A.D. According to legend, Kaldi noticed that his goats would become playful after eating the berries of a certain plant. Out of curiosity, he brought the plant to the abbot of the local monastery, who made it into a drink and suddenly was able to stay awake during evening prayers.


Coffee, without a doubt, has secured itself in the hearts of many. But is your heart loving it back?


Dr. Thomas Whayne Jr., a cardiologist at the University of Kentucky Gill Heart Institute, is passionate about both heart health and coffee. He set out to understand whether coffee was beneficial or harmful for his patients.


"I became interested in coffee's history and cardiovascular effects and several years ago wrote a brief review in Spanish in the Revista Costarricense de Cardiología," said Whayne.  "A year or so ago, I decided to write a much more extensive and up-to-date review in English and after submitting it, the editor invited me to expand the article even more and submit to Current Vascular Pharmacology, which specializes in more extensive reviews."


Whayne discovered that moderate consumers -- those who drink 3 to 5 cups a day --  are not harming their cardiovascular health. Drinking coffee does not increase risk of coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, hypertension or sudden cardiac arrest. Moderate coffee drinkers might also see benefits such as decreased onset of type 2 diabetes and decreased risk of stroke.


“The bottom line,” Whayne said, “is that, for the patient who loves coffee in moderation, there should be no restriction to moderate intake even in the severe heart-failure patient, and patients should be encouraged to continue enjoying their coffee."


Coffee drinkers can be assured that even if they are at high cardiovascular risk, they can continue to enjoy their cup of joe. However, it should be limited if a person experiences bothersome cardiovascular effects, such as arrhythmias, as a result of drinking it or if they have a specific high-risk genetic abnormality.


But don't rush to the local coffee shop yet. While there is some sort of connection between coffee and reduced health risks, there isn't evidence to suggest that coffee alone decreases the risks, so adding coffee to your diet doesn't necessarily bestow any health benefits.


"Cardiologists should not recommend drinking coffee," said Whayne. "However, they can reassure patients that there may be some benefit and, at worst, very little cardiovascular risk.”


People will receive the most benefit when they forgo cream and sugar.  Whayne’s research also identified differences in benefit between filtered and non-filtered coffees (such as boiled, French press, and espresso).  Filtration appears to offer some additional cardiovascular benefit by removing a possible factor in coffee that can cause a minimal increase in cholesterol.



UPK Author Receives Special Weatherford Award

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) — University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author Jim Wayne Miller (1936–1996) has been named the recipient of the 2014 Special Weatherford Award for his book "Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader," edited by his wife Mary Ellen Miller and alumnus and University of Kentucky Graduate School Assistant Dean Morris Allen Grubbs. The Weatherford Award is presented by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association annually to honor books in fiction, nonfiction and poetry that highlight different characteristics of Appalachian culture.


Established in 1970, the Weatherford Awards commemorate the lives of W.D. Weatherford Sr., a prominent Appalachian leader, and his son Willis D. Weatherford Jr., late president of Berea College. The award was presented March 27, at the 38th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference held at East Tennessee State University.Grubbs was there to accept the award.


Chris Green, director of Berea College’s Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, credits Miller for continuing “to help us see how words are a living, transformative force between people — in our homes, libraries, schools, publishing houses, universities and hearts — throughout and beyond the mountains.” 


Jim Wayne Miller was a prolific writer, a revered teacher and scholar, and a pioneer in the field of Appalachian studies. He helped build programs in the discipline in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio, and worked tirelessly to promote regional voices by presenting the work of others as often as he did his own. Miller was one of the founding fathers and animating spirits of the Appalachian renaissance.


In "Every Leaf a Mirror," Grubbs and Mary Ellen Miller gathered essential selections from the beloved author’s oeuvre. Highlights from the volume include touchstone poems; seminal articles; a rare autobiographical essay; a commencement address; and an excerpt from the previously unpublished short story “Truth and Fiction.” Revealing the scope and significance of Miller’s contributions as an artist and cultural scholar, this reader captures the excitement that surrounded the birth of modern Appalachian literature.


Recent UPK authors who have received the Weatherford Award include Ronald D Eller in 2008 for "Uneven Ground: Appalachia since 1945," Emily Satterwhite in 2011 for "Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1978" and T.R.C. Hutton in 2014 for "Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South."


This is the first Special Weatherford presented since 1999. UPK authors such as Jesse Stuart (1975), James Still (1977) and Harriette Simpson Arnow (1978) have also received the Special Weatherford Award for their remarkable contributions to Appalachian culture.


Jim Wayne Miller was a professor at Western Kentucky University and the author of numerous poems, essays and short stories.


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. Led by Director Stephen Wrinn, its editorial program 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;


Secor Named First Sheikh Islamic Studies Professor

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:08


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2015)Anna Secor, professor of geography, social theory, and gender and women’s studies at the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the university’s first Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Islamic Studies Professor.


The endowed professorship was created by Dr. Hamid Hussain Sheikh Sr. (a Lexington obstetrics and gynecology specialist) and his wife Amy Lee Sheikh, in memory of his mother Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh. A native of Lahore, Pakistan, Hajja Sheikh was active in her community and a leader in her faith. Although she did not receive a formal education, she held a strong belief in education and encouraged all eight of her children to pursue a college education.


“One of my main goals is to counter anti-Islam sentiments through educational means by Muslims and non-Muslim university scholars,” said Sheikh. “Against the prevalent concept of the world, honoring all women, especially one’s mother, is a key principle of Islam. I am thankful to UK, (College of Arts and Sciences) Dean Kornbluh, Laura Sutton (of the college’s development office) and all involved in honoring my mother, bestowing her with the title of professorship.


“My late mother was a kind, pious, generous, education-loving lady,” said Sheikh. “And I know she would be greatly pleased that the University of Kentucky chose to give her the rare honor of a professorship named after her, and she would be just as pleased that another woman, Dr. Anna Secor, is the inaugural professor.” 


The new professorship will be devoted to the enhancement of Islamic studies education through the examination of existing research coupled with the generation of new ideas, concepts and research findings in the areas of Islamic culture, history or civilization.


“I am honored to be named the first Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Islamic Studies Professor,” said Secor. “This position provides a wonderful opportunity for me to deepen a research agenda that reflects my commitment to enhancing understanding of the Muslim world.  


“Turkey is such an interesting place for Islamic Studies because it is a secular, democratic state with a majority Muslim population. I am especially interested in how Islamic values and lifestyles are actively transforming ideas about secularism, politics, economics, and daily life in Turkey.”


Secor’s background and research interests complement perfectly the goals of the Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh professorship. She earned her undergraduate degree at Oberlin College and her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Colorado. Today, her research interests are political geography, gender, social theory and the Middle East. Her research centers on a political-geographic question: How do spatial processes – such as those that demarcate territories and bodies, inclusions and exclusions – produce political subjects?


Recently, Secor was awarded a $191,000 National Science Foundation grant for her research proposal titled “The Role of Religion in Public Life in Turkey.” She will collaborate with Pervin Gokariksel of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to examine how religion interacts with the secular and political world. Specifically, they will conduct an empirical investigation of the varying practices and attitudes concerning the public role of Islam in Turkish society, with added focus on the devout Sunni Muslims. 


Secor has published other research based on her ongoing fieldwork in Turkey. For example, in a recent National Science Foundation research project “The Veil, the Gaze and Ethics” Secor and Banu Gökariksel of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill analyzed Turkey’s successful veiling-fashion industry, which in recent years has melded fashion trends with Muslim mores, and how it reflects and impacts changing social, religious and political conditions of the region.


In her online biography, Secor explains, “The strands of my work – on the state, on the veil, on Islam, on the psyche – are the fields of my own struggle to understand how interiorities and exteriorities of various kinds (territorial, corporeal, psychic) are made and unmade, their very distinction nothing more than an effect of the impossibility of ever fixing the boundary between them.”


Thanks to the Sheikh family, now Secor has more latitude to further explore the intriguing juxtapositions of society and individuals.


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

UKAT Announces Office 365 Updated Features for UK Community

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 09:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) — Today, technology allows people to access information wherever, whenever. As part of its commitment to the University of Kentucky community, University of Kentucky Analytics and Technologies (UKAT) is excited to make that access even easier with Office 365 in Education. 


Microsoft will host calendars and documents, storage and other productivity tools for educational institutions through Microsoft Office 365, an integrated communication and collaboration solution. This product enables UK to provide students and employees with UK-branded, advertising-free access to a variety of popular cloud-based tools at a low cost to the university.


All current employees and students will be able to access their UK Microsoft Office 365 account beginning Saturday, April 11, with their link blue username followed by ( and password. (The system will be off-line for current users of Microsoft O365 email the evening of Friday, April 10, during the update.)


At this time, the agreement between the university and Microsoft provides access to the core services: Calendar, People, Newsfeed, OneDrive, Sites, Projects, Tasks, Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online and OneNote Online. Users can also download Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Lync), OneNote and OneDrive applications onto five separate personal devices. Please note, faculty and staff Office 365 installations onto university computers should be coordinated with their department or college’s IT support team. 


In addition, OneDrive offers 1 terabyte of cloud storage and allows users to share and edit documents, schedules and notes making group and team projects easier and more effective. OneDrive syncs to all related devices automatically, so files and documents are readily available anytime, anywhere.


OneNote users can type, write or audio record notes and use folders and binders for organizing. While these features are also available to the UK community for personal use, it is highly encouraged not to store documents online with confidential or personal information such as account numbers or social security numbers.


UKAT will demonstrate Microsoft Office 365 features Tuesday, April 14, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. during its annual Tech Tips Live student event at the Hub in William T. Young Library. Additional technology services will be featured at the event and pizza and prizes will be given to students.


On Wednesday, April 15, a Microsoft representative will be available to discuss how best to use Microsoft Office 365 for teaching, project work and other needs. Students, faculty and staff can stop by Presentation U in Champions Court between 2-5 p.m. to speak with the representative.


For more information, students can review additional Office 365 information at and faculty and staff can review information at


Office 365 is a hosted solution, and support documentation is available at Microsoft Support. However, UKAT Service Desk can answer general questions if not found on the Microsoft site at or 859-218-HELP.  


Not familiar with Office 365? Take a look at this  video production from the Media Depot:







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

Imagine If We Sat at a Global Dinner Table

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 17:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2015) — Claudia Roden is said to have revolutionized Western attitudes about Middle Eastern and North African cuisines with "A Book of Middle Eastern Food," published in 1968. Since then, she has written many more internationally acclaimed books on Middle Eastern cooking and the stories behind the global dishes.


Roden will speak at the University of Kentucky at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the William T. Young Library auditorium as part of the College of Arts and Sciences' Passport to the World: "Year of the Middle East" series. The series presents a multicultural perspective of the region, focusing on interconnections and celebrating diversity and cultural complexity.


"She is one of the foremost experts on Middle Eastern and Jewish cuisine," said Janice Fernheimer, co-chair of Year of the Middle East, who secured Roden's visit to UK. "Given that the Middle East is often depicted in the news as a place of violence, we wanted to emphasize some of the things that brought these diverse peoples together," she said.


Roden's talk, "Gelfite Fish and Couscous," will highlight the development of Jewish cuisines as well as the stories behind them, drawing from her "Book of Jewish Food." Roden encourages students to come with questions as well.


"For me, the fact that a university is interested in food is something to be really excited about," said Roden. "The interest people have in food is a stimulus for me to go on with the research," she said.


Roden was born in 1936 in Cairo, Egypt, and raised in a Sephardic Jewish household. The opening of the Suez Canal in the late 19th Century meant that Jews from the Ottoman Empire and North Africa flocked to Egypt for business opportunities. Despite the many contrasting cultures present during her upbringing, Roden said she had an "extremely happy childhood."


"We shared a rich culture within the Arab world that included food, hospitality as a way of life, [and] a type of humor," said Roden. In "The Book of Jewish Food," Roden chronicles her childhood with memories of family and friends working in the kitchen, creating food and sharing stories. "Harmony and respect reigned between the communities and we had many close relations with Muslims," she said.  


At the age of 15, Roden left Cairo to complete her formal education in France. In 1954, she moved to London where her parents joined her in 1956 following the Suez Crisis, which forced Jews to leave Egypt.


"For years we were inundated by waves of refugees passing through London. Everyone was exchanging recipes with a kind of passionate desperation," said Roden. With no cookbooks in Egypt, recipes were passed down orally. She began writing down these recipes, as well as the stories that came with them. "I realized then that a dish was not a dish, that it could be full of emotional baggage, that it was about roots and identity," she said.


"Even though they didn't use books, the tradition was so strong that the dishes were the same," said Roden, who often found that people from across Egypt utilized the same recipes despite having never written them down.


It was from these experiences that Roden became inspired to write "A Book of Middle Eastern Food," the first of her many works that not only highlight recipes, but the stories and people behind them.


"There is so much to read into food — it's like archeology. You can find so much," said Roden, who is still traveling around the world in search of new recipes and stories.


Roden currently lives in London, where she is co-chair with Paul Levy of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. In addition to her writing, she has also been a cooking show presenter on the BBC.


The 2014-15 Year of the Middle East series integrates art, history, literature, religion, political analysis, architecture, geography, the social and environmental sciences, and other disciplines to enable students, alumni, and the Commonwealth to gain a better understanding of the Middle East as well as its connections to and differences from the U.S.


For more information about the event, contact Krista Greathouse at




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

The Beat Goes On: UK Percussion Students, Alums Join Forces for 30-year Concert

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 16:29
 LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of James Campbell, will join forces with a generation of its distinguished alumni to present a performance of John Luther Adams’ outdoor masterpiece “Inuksuit” for 9 to 99 percussionists at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12. 

Designed as a concert with an open footprint, “Inuksuit” will feature 75 percussionists and take place on and around Stoll Field, the Student Center and the Singletary Center. The special event celebrates the 30-year anniversary of the award-winning UK Percussion Ensemble, who recently won the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) International Percussion Ensemble Competition for a record fifth time. If inclement weather arises, the concert will be moved inside the Singletary Center.


Andrew Bliss, UK alumnus and professor of percussion at the University of Tennessee, will serve as the concert’s artistic director. Bliss was involved in both the world and U.S. premieres of “Inuksuit” in Banff, Alberta, and Greenville, South Carolina.



Two pre-concert events will also mark this special reunion concert. Bliss and noted Wilco drummer, Glenn Kotche, will give a pre-concert talk in the Singletary Center President’s Room at 2 p.m.


Hear what percussionist Kothce had to say about returning to campus during his last visit to UK.


In addition, the UK Wildcat Marching Band Alumni Drumline will perform on Stoll Field in a pre-concert exhibition at 2 p.m. The talk, exhibition and concert performance are free and open to the public.


Noted music critic Alex Ross called “Inuksuit” “one of the most rapturous experiences of [his] listening life.” Composer John Luther Adams has been called "one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century" (The New Yorker). His life and work are deeply rooted in the natural world, and he is known "for melding the physical and musical worlds into a unique artistic vision that transcends stylistic boundaries." In 2014, Adams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his recent orchestral work, “Become Ocean.”


Under the direction of Campbell, the UK Percussion Ensemble has won the prestigious PAS Collegiate Percussion Ensemble Contest five times. They have also performed at several PAS International Conventions, the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, The Bands of America Percussion Ensemble Festival, and alongside international guest artists such as Robin Engelman, Steve Houghton, John Bergamo, Michael Burritt, Bob Becker, William Cahn, Michael Spiro, Chalo Eduardo, Ney Rosauro, Liam Teague, Dick Schory, Anders Åstrand, Richie Garcia, Dave Samuels, Danny Gottlieb, Glenn Velez, Emil Richards, Joe Porcaro, Jerry Steinholtz, David Johnson, Rich Holly, Dean Gronemeier, Fred Sanford, Thomas Burritt, John Parks, J.B. Smith, N. Scott Robinson, Andy Harnsberger and many others.


The UK Percussion Ensemble is part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered national recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, theory and music history.



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

UK, Gatton Students in Major Entrepreneurial Competitions

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 14:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2015) — Students from the University of Kentucky’s MBA and undergraduate programs will be competing in several major intercollegiate entrepreneurial and business plan competitions over the next few weeks.


·         A team of Gatton College MBA students is traveling to the University of South Carolina for the 2015 SEC MBA Case Competition taking place April 9-11.


·         Another team of Gatton MBA students is competing in the third annual Alltech Innovation Competition April 11 at the Newtown Campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College.


·         Four graduate and undergraduate student teams will represent UK in the statewide Idea State U Competition April 25 at the Lexington Center.


·         A UK MBA team has been invited to compete in the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition May 8-9 at the University of Texas in Austin. This premier worldwide competition is often referred to as the Super Bowl of Investment Competitions.


About the Student Teams

UK’s “SEC Team” — James Davey, Jordan McMurtrey, Luke Williams and Lauren Scanlon — will compete against teams from each of the 14 Southeastern Conference universities. Each team will analyze information about a current, real-world problem facing a company and present their strategy for addressing it before a panel of judges. This year’s case will tackle a strategic sustainability issue facing a global mining company.


The “Red Natural” team of four MBA students — Joanna Foresman, Andrew Wachs, Jeremy Madigan, and Qianwen Zhao — developed a business plan for a natural source of red food dye based on research by Seth DeBolt in UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. This team recently competed in the Georgia Bowl business plan competition hosted by Georgia Tech and was recognized for having the best long-term business potential. “Red Natural” will be competing in the Alltech, Idea State U, and Global Venture Labs competitions.


The “AIRboost” team of three MBA students — William Walker, Kyle Hogue, and Bryan O’Neill — developed a business plan for a mining safety product based on research by Andrzej Wala and Todor Petrov in UK’s College of Engineering. This team recently competed in the Cardinal Challenge business plan competition and placed second in the fast-pitch competition. “AIRboost” will be competing in the statewide Idea State U competition.


UK College of Design graduate student Mark Manzcyk has developed a business model for “re.3” which will produce sustainable consumer accessories, like sunglasses, with an end of use program, which offers customers incentives to recycle old products. “re.3” won UK’s internal student Venture Challenge competition and will be competing at Idea State U.


The “FinanceU” team of two Gatton undergraduate students — Michael Lewis and T.J. Barnett — created an innovative, community-based platform that empowers students to build their own scholarship through crowdfunding. This team recently placed third in both the UK Venture Challenge and the statewide regional competitions. “FinanceU” will be competing at Idea State U.


About the Gatton Programs

The Gatton College of Business and Economics provides academic and experiential learning opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students interested in entrepreneurship. Three of the teams participated in a new MBA elective focused on technology commercialization where student teams developed business plans based on UK intellectual property or business concepts from program sponsors.


“We are really looking forward to the SEC competition and feel like our students are ready for the challenge,” said Harvie Wilkinson, director of Gatton's MBA Programs.


“We are very proud of these students,” said Dean Harvey, executive director of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship within the Gatton College. “They have taken their business ideas beyond the classroom and are gaining invaluable experience in these competitions.”


Advisors to the UK students include Wilkinson; Gordon Holbein, Gatton senior lecturer; Harvey; Mariam Gorjian, commercialization specialist, in the Von Allmen Center; Deb Weis, director of the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking (iNET) in the College of Communication and Information; and, Warren Nash of the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, also part of the Gatton College.




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


Science Fair Showcases Kentucky's Brightest Students

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 13:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2015) — The 13th annual Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair (CKRSEF) was held in the University of Kentucky Student Center Feb. 28, 2015. The fair featured work from students in the fourth grade through high school who came from 40 different counties in central and eastern Kentucky.


Since its start, the CKRSEF has grown to five times the number of participants and has become the largest science outreach program on campus. Some participants advance to national competitions including the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Students awarded with first or second place at ISEF also receive the honor of having an asteroid or minor planet named after them. Five past CKRSEF participants have been awarded this honor. One middle school participant chosen as a national semifinalist even had the opportunity to compete in Washington, D.C. and meet President Obama.


The CKRSEF prides itself on being a selective student science fair.


"In the CKRSEF, one will find hypothesis-based research investigations and engineering projects characterized by creative design and invention," said Edward DeMoll, director of CKRSEF and member of the UK Outreach Center for Health and Science Opportunities. "The volcanos, Mentos fountains and pet's favorite food studies have been left behind."


Many CKRSEF participants move on to attend some of the most respected colleges in the nation. UK takes the opportunity of hosting this fair to recruit some of the best students in the state. Over the past five years, one in four high school students who participated in the CKRSEF chose to attend UK to complete their undergraduate education.


CKRSEF participants are judged by UK faculty, post doctorates and advanced graduate students. Over the years, 125 faculty and staff in 40 different departments or colleges have been involved in CKRSEF. Many UK faculty and staff also mentor participants with their research projects. In addition, a number of students participating are children of UK faculty and staff members.


The CKRSEF helps fulfil the university's mission of spreading knowledge and science competence within the state. It also provides a great opportunity for the state to show off the excellence of Kentucky students.


Planning for next year's CKRSEF has already begun and the fair is always in need of judges. Any faculty, post doctorates or graduate students in any scientific discipline interested can email Edward DeMoll at

Tie Dye Goin' Up ... On a Tuesday

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:49

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) — Join the Student Activities Board's Campus Life Committee for the second annual Tie Dye Tuesday event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, at the Student Center Patio. The campus community is invited to create their very own tie dye T-shirts.


The event allows the campus community to share a fun experience with their friends and peers before summer break as the end of the semester is quickly approaching. They will be able to create something that can be worn during summer break and are able to make it their own by selecting different colors and patterns.


“Tie Dye Tuesday makes for a fun event that allows everyone from the campus community to interact with others while creating their own T-shirt,” Abbey Tillman, SAB director of Campus Life, said. “Participants can enjoy the warm weather with their friends and anticipate the arrival of summer.”


Materials, such as white T-shirts of all sizes, several different colors of dye and rubber bands, will be provided at the event at no cost to participants. Participants can also bring their own items to tie dye.


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


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



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

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



Build Your Interest for Architecture at fab-Ÿri-cŸate

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:20

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Student Activities Board’s Cultural Arts Committee is proud to present the fab-Ÿric-Ÿate exhibit and reception. The reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in the Rasdall Gallery, and the exhibit will stay open from April 11 through April 28 in the Rasdall Gallery and Grand Hall of the UK Student Center.


The fab-Ÿric-Ÿate exhibit will showcase installations from the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Midwest Conference. The event will be an exposition of contemporary design education through the collaboration of architects from several midwestern colleges and universities. It will provide an introduction to the creative, interesting world of fabrication as it applies to architecture.


“SAB Cultural Arts is grateful for the opportunity to work in a collaborative role with UK AIAS to host an exhibit in conjunction with the conference,” Taylor Hamilton, SAB director of Cultural Arts, said. “These pieces will demonstrate the innovative design techniques that the conference aims to reintroduce to students from all disciplines.”


Selected pieces will be chosen to remain on display in the Rasdall Gallery until April 28.


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


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



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

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



UK MANRRS Three-peats With National Honors

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 09:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8 2015) — The University of Kentucky MANRRS chapter has pulled off a three-peat as National Chapter of the Year at the recent 30th annual conference for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. The chapter, housed in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, also brought home honors for students and Kentucky 4-H agents.


Last year was the first time in their history that the chapter received back-to-back recognitions as National Chapter of the Year. This year’s honor added icing to the cake, said Quentin Tyler, UKAg assistant dean and director of the college’s Office of Diversity. The chapter also won the Region III Chapter of the Year for the fifth straight year.


“This shows the continuity we have in place and the strong foundation we have to support our students,” Tyler said. “The conference theme was 'Branching Out and Excelling to Greater Heights.' Our students represent that theme well. They are prepared, they’re motivated, and they have the family structure here in the college to succeed.”


Tyler and co-adviser Natasha Saunders took 27 students to Houston, Texas, for the conference. The students’ written report and oral presentation to the national gathering described the chapter’s membership, leadership development, community service and activities, and contained ideas for promoting the national society. They were among 75 chapters from 38 states who competed for the title.


In addition to the overall chapter recognition, UK MANRRS brought home a number of individual honors. They include:


Kierra Crawford, a junior dietetics major, took second place in the National MANRRS Public Speaking Contest.


Alexandria Burns, a junior merchandising, apparel and textiles major, took third place in the National MANRRS Written Essay Contest.


Tyler assumed the office of National MANRRS president.


Kelly Moore, a senior majoring in community and leadership development, was elected National MANRRS undergraduate student president.


Marcus Bernard, who is working on his doctorate in rural sociology, was named National MANRRS parliamentarian.


Ashley Holt, a doctoral student in education leadership and a 4-H youth development agent in Jefferson County, was elected to the office of Region III graduate vice president.


Marcus Tyler Jr., a freshman in agricultural economics, was elected Region III undergraduate vice president.


Antomia Farrell, 4-H youth development agent from Christian County, acted as the National Jr. MANRRS co-chair, organizing the Jr. MANRRS portion of the conference. Jr. MANRRS is a pre-collegiate outreach program geared toward promoting future career pathways and educational opportunities in the MANRRS fields of study.


Whitney McKoy, 4-H youth development agent in Franklin County received the National Jr. MANRRS Special Recognition Award for her years of service and leadership.


Jr. MANRRS students Fabian Leon, Montreale Jones and Diana Croney also came home with honors. Leon, from Woodford County, was awarded the only national John Deere Scholarship for a high school student. Jones and Croney, both from Christian County, took second place and third place respectively in the public speaking contest.


“These honors directly reflect the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s commitment to our students,” Tyler said. “Our administration, faculty, staff, 4-H agents and groups such as the UKAg and HES Alumni Association and Farm Credit Mid-America are vital in helping our students attain their goals.”


For more information about UK MANRRS and the UKAg Office of Diversity, visit




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

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Staff Senate Election

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 17:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2015) — Self-nominations for the University of Kentucky Staff Senate are now being accepted through Friday, April 24. Staff senators are elected by their UK peers and serve 3-year terms. 


Service on the Staff Senate is an excellent opportunity for UK’s employees to become involved in shared governance and contribute to the greater university good, according to Elections Committee Co-Chair Jeff Spradling.


“I joined Staff Senate because I wanted to give some of my time to the community that has been so good to me,” Spradling said. “We have a very dedicated group of senators who are passionate about serving our co-workers and creating a positive and productive work environment, and we are always looking for new people to get involved.”


To run for an elected senate office, the employee must be .75 full time equivalent or more and receive supervisor approval to participate. Typically, senators commit about 3-4 hours a month to senate meetings and events. Service time to the senate is officially sanctioned for those who are elected.


Staff senators are involved in a wide variety of activities on campus, from serving on decision-making committees to planning and facilitating special events, such as the annual UK Appreciation Day and the Outstanding Staff Awards recognition ceremony.


“There are many opportunities in the Senate for individuals to develop their leadership skills, learn about the university on a larger scale, and contribute to a positive work environment. I especially encourage early and mid-career professionals at the university to get involved in this rewarding endeavor,” Spradling said.


Guidelines to run for senate, as well as the self-nomination form, are available at the following link:


For more information, contact Senate Office Coordinator Holly Clark at 859-257-9240 or

Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center Exposes Surprising Facts about Distracted Driving

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 17:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2015) — By now, most Americans are aware of the dangers associated with driving while using a cell phone. But injury prevention experts at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) based at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, in partnership with the National Safety Council (NSC), are calling attention to a few surprising facts about distracted driving to encourage safe practices at the wheel. 


Cell phone distractions lead to fatalities in Kentucky. According to the Kentucky State Police, in 2013 there were 955 collisions on Kentucky roads in which cell phone use was listed as a contributing factor. Six of these 955 collisions involved a fatality.  These numbers represent only the cases where the officer had clear evidence of cell phone involvement.


Hands-free devices are unsafe too. The NSC reports an estimated one in four crashes involve cell phone distraction, hand-held and hands-free. Unlike talking and chewing gum, driving and talking on a cell phone are both thinking tasks, and the brain must focus first on one task, then the other.  While it appears that a person is doing both tasks at once, the reality is that attention is shifting back and forth, and it only takes a brief shift to cause a roadway disaster.  


While driving, talking to someone on a cell phone is different than talking to a passenger in the car. Another adult in the car, or "backseat driver," is more likely to also be watching the road and will help alert drivers to road conditions or oncoming traffic problems.  Driving while talking on a cell phone, on the other hand, places the driver, and others, at unnecessary risk.


Text messaging by voice dictation is a considerable hazard for drivers. New studies show that using voice to text is actually more distracting than typing a text by hand. 


Car crashes are the number one cause of workplace deaths. Companies have paid millions for cell-phone related crashes. When surveying companies of all sizes who issued total bans on cell phone use, the NSC discovered only 1 percent of employers saw a productivity decrease. 


“We urge Kentuckians to learn as much as possible and to teach others about distracted driving with cell phones," Terry Bunn, Ph.D, director of KIPRC, said. "As part of the National Safety Council's Distracted Driving Awareness Month throughout April, we are providing free learning materials, video links and explanations to educate drivers on this important issue.” 


To access a fact sheet about distracted driving from KIPRC, click here. Make an informed decision to keep the roadways safe by driving cell free, and take the pledge to do so at .


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,