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UK Hosts Eminent Dutch Scientist at Regional Chronobiology Conference

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 12:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Department of Biology welcomed researchers from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as renowned Dutch scientist Serge Daan, as it hosted the 4th Biennial Conference of Rhythms in the Southeast Region (RISER) this past weekend.

 

At the UK/Lexmark Center for Innovation in Math and Science Education on Saturday, May 23, researchers presented their work in oral and poster presentations throughout the day. Daan, the Niko Tinbergen Distinguished Honorary Professor in Behavioural Biology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, delivered a keynote speech on the history of the chronobiology. 

 

Chronobiology is the study of biological rhythms as they relate to time. Daan was trained as a postdoctoral scholar by the two founders of modern chronobiology, Jürgen Aschoff and Colin Pittendrigh, and is today known for his significant contributions to the field.

 

Daan has discovered the basic properties of circadian rhythm and its role in behavior expression and physiological phenomena. He was also one of the first researchers to focus on the ecological significance of annual cycles and related circadian rhythms from the viewpoint of ecological energetics. The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, who awarded Daan the International Prize in 2006, credits him with laying the foundations of chronobiology.

 

His research has been reported in approximately 250 publications, which were together cited more than 9,000 times.

 

Additional presentation topics included sleep deprivation in aplysia; a noninvasive alternative to EEG/EMG measurements for finer discrimination of sleep in mice; using optogenetics to shift the circadian clock; and more.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Clay County Students Join UK Researchers to Study Weight, Circadian Rhythms in Children

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 14:45

 

 

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky . (May 26, 2015) — Sydney Sester, a fifth grade student at Manchester Elementary School in Clay County, Ky., didn't expect to be a scientific researcher at the age of 10. But she's one of more than 100 elementary students in the county who have been working with University of Kentucky researchers to answer questions about weight and body clocks, or circadian rhythms, in children.

 

"I'm just glad they picked us to do it, because I never thought I would do this. I'm glad I did, too," she said.

 

The project,  "Circadian Rhythm Parameters and Metabolic Syndrome Associated Factors in Young Children", also known as the Clay County Clock Study, is led by co-principle investigators Dr. Jody Clasey, associate professor of kinesiology and health promotion, and Dr. Karyn Esser, professor of physiology. The research team hopes to learn about the relationship between circadian rhythms, eating, and activity behaviors and the incidence of overweight and obesity in children.

 

Funded by a pilot grant from the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science, the project was designed as a community-engaged partnership from the beginning. It draws on the diverse expertise of UK researchers from public health, kinesiology, and physiology in close collaboration with the students and staff of Clay County public schools. Together, the UK and Clay County faculty and staff planned every detail of the project so that it would not only generate the necessary data but also supplement the curriculum of the students and not disrupt their school time. Two Clay County elementary schools, Manchester and Oneida, participated.

 

"UK didn’t go down to Clay County and do a study," said Clasey. "We met in the middle and we each have contributions that make the sum of our contributions worth more than independent efforts… It’s not only about promoting the science and discovery but establishing long-term relationships with the community."

 

She was particularly encouraged by the response of one student who was asked to share the study devices with a friend who wasn’t participating in the study.

 

"I was so pleased to hear that one of the children, when asked to give up part of the device by another child, said, 'I can’t. I am a university of Kentucky researcher,'" recalled Clasey.

 

Esser agrees that "the key to all of this was our community connection with Clay County Schools." In fact, the study would have been impossible without the fourth and fifth graders in Clay County, who gained first-hand experience in research and data collection. For one week, the students wore FitBits and a new, noninvasive skin temperature monitoring system, about the size of a watch battery, to gather physiological data. The students also recorded their sleep and eating activities each day. 

 

For Clay County administrators and teachers, the collaborative project was immediately appealing because it actively engaged students in applied sciences while promoting healthy behaviors. Deann Allen, the instructional supervisor, district assessment coordinator, and district health coordinator for Clay County public schools, saw the project as a unique opportunity for students gain hands-on experience conducting research.

 

"With the introduction of the next generation science standards, we're moving away from learning science in a book. But instead, we want kids to learn how to do science, be a part of science, and what better way than to be a researcher in your own science project," she said. "This is a chance for our students to interact with real researchers. And we want to make sure that every child, whether in the city limits or on the banks of the Kentucky River, has the same opportunities."

 

Sester, a Clay County fifth grader, says that in addition to learning more about science and helping others by contributing to research, participating in the study showed her the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and eating well.

 

"It made me want to be more responsible with food and be patient with what I eat and only eat when I'm hungry," she said.

 

Kentucky has elevated rates of childhood obesity and overweight, but the incidence is particularly high in rural Appalachian areas. Previous studies have demonstrated that circadian rhythm disruption is associated with increased risk for metabolic disease in adults, but similar research with children has been limited.

 

"What the circadian field has taught us is that there are associations between disruptions and circadian health and development of chronic disease, in particular metabolic disease and cardiovascular disease," said Esser, who brings more than decade of circadian rhythm expertise to the project. "And, in particular, Clay County and many of the counties in Appalachia have a much higher rate of these chronic diseases."

 

While we've known that light exposure affects the body clock, recent findings indicate that the time of physical activity and time of eating (even beyond what you eat) contribute to circadian health.  There is reason to believe that these lifestyle factors contribute to metabolic health in children, but very little is known is known to date.  The research team hopes that the study will lead to better understanding of how and when in incorporate meals and physical activity into children's -- and families' -- lives to prevent chronic disease.

 

"It could not only influence an individual, but school start times, activity intervention, just so many different areas from personal practice or behavioral choices to public policy, all for the metabolic or physiological good of the individual or collective body," said Clasey.

 

Esser similarly sees the need to cultivate individual behaviors and understanding about how and why to keep our body clocks working for optimal health.

 

"We would have to be working with the parents and the families to limit late night eating, and [promote] getting out and getting sunlight and physical activity during the day," she said. "There are reasons for trying to get them to think about these things -- that if they're watching the moon rise or set or the sun rise or set, that that’s related in many ways to what’s going on in your body."

 

For Allen and the staff of Clay County schools, the research findings could also inform how children spend their time at school.

 

"We're hoping that this will give us information to better structure our school day so that it to matches students' circadian rhythms and they can get the most out of their educational experiences," said Allen.

 

The project builds upon a partnership that was originally initiated by Dr. Jill Day, a Clay County native turned UK faculty member, who partnered with the Clay County school system to study the relationships between physical activity, body composition, and academic achievement in rural children for her doctor of education (Ed.D) dissertation at UK. Clasey served as Day's dissertation advisor.

 

Allen describes Day as a local hero who is inspiring a generation in Clay County.

 

"She has a servant's heart and she wants to give back to her community, and what better way than to influence the next generation of scientist," Allen said of Day.

 

As a reward for participating in the research project, the Clay County students took a field trip to UK's campus in April, touring the campus, visiting science labs, eating in the dining hall, and even meeting UK President Eli Capilouto.  Day knows that for some of the students, the trip to UK was their first outside of Eastern Kentucky.

 

"For some of them, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they've never had -- to come here to UK and see that there's more than that what's in their hometown, and get them excited about science and research and their own health," she said.

 

The project has had a personal impact on members of the research team, too.

 

"I have to say this project has touched me in all kinds of ways. I love the science -- that is the kind of thing that has driven me my whole career -- but yes, having an impact on the kids at a time that can impact their health for the rest of their life was very humbling to me," said Esser.

 

 

In June we will continue with part two of this story, highlighting the educational impact of the project and the students' field trip to UK.

 

This story is part of a going series exploring how UK is working with communities in Appalachia. Read more at Rooted in Our Communities: The University of Kentucky

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Mallory Powell, mallory.powell@uky.edu

UK College of Law Launches New Website

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 14:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Law has launched a new website that improves access to important information for students, prospective students, alumni and others.

 

"We are excited about the launch of our new website and the role it plays in the College of Law producing the next great generation of leaders and legal practitioners," said David A. Brennen, dean of the UK College of Law. "The website highlights the many ways in which UK Law services the Commonwealth and the impact of the work of its faculty and graduates on society." 

 

Located at http://law.uky.edu/, the website displays the new feature, "UK Law by the Numbers," highlighting the college's successes. The UK College of Law was ranked the third Best Value Law School by National Jurist Magazine in 2014 and as high as 12th in the country in full-time, long-term, bar passage required JD non-school funded jobs for the class of 2014. It also achieved a 90.2 percent bar passage rate for Kentucky first-time bar examination test takers in 2013 and offers four dual degree programs. Another website section displays a faculty spotlight, which highlights a different law faculty member each time the website is viewed.

 

"It also aids in advancing the functional roles of attracting prospective students, engaging our alumni, and informing all about the accomplishments of our students, faculty and alumni," Brennen said.  The website includes college news and upcoming events, as well as information on admissions, diversity and inclusion and a career portal for current students, alumni, employers and prospective students.

 

"We hope that everyone finds the new website visually appealing and user-friendly," Brennen said. "As we continue to educate the public on the strength and value of the legal education we provide, the website is central to this mission."

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

UK Forestry Hosting International Conference in July

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 09:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2015) — The Council on Forest Engineering will be holding its 38th annual meeting in the Hilton Hotel Downtown in Lexington, July 19-22. It is the first time the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, has hosted the conference. The theme for the meeting is “Engineering Solutions for Nonindustrial Private Forest Operations.”

 

The council, an international organization of forest professionals seeks and promotes the best methods of forest operations and management through fostering forest engineering in industry, government and universities.

 

Marco Contreras, UK assistant professor of forest management, and Jeffrey Stringer, UK professor of hardwood silviculture and forest operations, are co-chairs of the event.

 

Registration will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. EDT July 19, with a welcome reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

 

Sessions will begin the next morning, following a continental breakfast from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Topics will include:

 

·         Productivity of logging operations

·         Regional logging industry assessments

·         Transition to mechanized operations in hardwood forests

·         Logging operations and site disturbances

·         Biomass processing and feedstock transportation

·         Economic analysis of timber valuation

·         Spatial analysis applications in forest operations

·         Small-scale operations and ergonomics

 

Organizers have also planned a one-day field tour to Eastern Kentucky. Tentatively, meeting attendees will visit a ground-based logging site on steep terrain and a surface mine reclamation site.

 

Meeting registration fees before June 1 are $200 for students and $350 for academics, industry and government agencies. After June 1, registration fees are $275 and $450 respectively. A block of rooms at the Hilton Hotel Downtown has been reserved for July 19-22 at $114 per night. The special room rate will be available until July 3 or until the entire block is sold, whichever comes first.

 

For more information or to register for the event, visit the meeting website at https://cofe.ca.uky.edu/home.

 

 

 

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

  

 

VADs Prolong Life of Those with Heart Failure

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2015) -- Heart failure is a serious health problem in this country, affecting more than 5 million Americans. Many heart problems, including coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and valvular defects can ultimately lead to heart failure. 

 

A heart failure diagnosis usually means the heart's pumping power is weaker than normal. Patients with heart failure generally suffer from symptoms like fatigue, breathlessness, and swollen ankles, legs and/or abdomen.

 

If left untreated, heart function worsens. Fluid builds up in the body, filling the lungs and making it difficult to breathe. The kidneys can shut down and other organs may deteriorate.

 

Medicines can be an effective option for heart failure patients. But if the heart is very weak, a ventricular assist device (VAD) can be a lifesaver. A VAD is a mechanical device that helps a weakened heart pump blood throughout the body.

 

VADs have a mechanical pump that is surgically implanted into the heart and is connected to a control unit and battery pack outside of the body. They are different than artificial hearts, which are designed to run all cardiac function and often require the complete removal of the patient's heart. A VAD, as the name implies, assists the patient's own heart.

 

This technology is very new ­– the newest pumps were approved less than a decade ago. Because modern VADs have a continuous flow of blood, patients with VADs do not have a pulse – which surprisingly does not affect any major activities. Kidneys and liver often improve on VAD support, and fluid retention in the lungs and the rest of the body dramatically decreases.

 

These devices are usually installed on the left ventricle, which pumps blood to the entire body, whereas the right ventricle only pumps to the lungs.

 

VADs may be used for short-term or long-term use. Patients sometimes have a VAD temporarily until the heart can recover and pump enough blood on its own, but such cases are uncommon. For patients who need a heart transplant, a VAD may be used as a "bridge to transplant," supporting the cardiovascular system while they wait for a donor heart to become available. VADs also help these patients improve their overall health and strength before transplant, which increases the likelihood of a successful procedure.

 

However, not all patients with heart failure can be treated with a transplant. Donor hearts are rare. VADs, to the contrary, are readily available. For most patients a VAD is a good treatment option that can prolong life by years, improve its quality, and allow them to return to many of their daily activities.

 

My patients drive and repair cars, paint houses, fish and hunt, run businesses, play golf, and travel across the country and overseas. Most of them would not be alive today without VADs.

 

Dr. Maya Guglin is the medical director of the UK Mechanical Assisted Circulation Program. 

 

This column appeared in the May 24, 2015 edition of the Lexington Hera;d-Leader.

UK Athletics Tops 3.0 GPA for Sixth Straight Semester

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 22, 2015) — The goals of the 15 by 15 by 15 Plan might have already been met, but the Wildcats aren’t slowing down in the classroom.

 

For the sixth semester in a row and seventh time in eight semesters, University of Kentucky athletes have combined to achieve a 3.0 department-wide GPA.

 

Scholarship Wildcats had a cumulative GPA of 3.075 for the spring semester of 2015.

 

“Success in the classroom remains an important part of our mission to develop our students in all facets of life,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “I want to congratulate our students for their work in the classroom this semester and for the way they manage the demanding schedules that come with competing at the highest level of collegiate athletics.”

 

Fifteen of UK’s 20 teams reached the 3.0 threshold set as part of both the 15 by 15 by 15 Plan and the new 1-3-5 initiative unveiled at the CATSPY Awards in April. The women’s tennis team, which reached the NCAA Tournament this month, led all teams with a 3.591 GPA and was closely followed by volleyball (3.563), women’s swimming and diving (3.516), and women’s cross country (3.509). Men’s soccer led all men’s teams with a 3.371 GPA.

 

Of the 14 teams that completed the championship portions of their schedules during the spring semester, 11 posted GPAs of 3.0 or better. Additionally, 61 current and former Wildcats graduated as part of UK’s spring commencement.

 

“From coaches to our students to our staff, everyone has embraced our commitment to academics,” Barnhart said. “I also want to say a special thank you to our CATS (Center for Academic and Tutorial Services) counselors and tutors for the amazing work they do in giving our student-athletes the tools they need to succeed.”

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Guy Ramsey, guy.ramsey@uky.edu; 859-257-3838.  

 

 

 

 

Hildebrandt Named Division Chief of Markey Hematology

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 22, 2015) -- Dr. Gerhard Hildebrandt has been named the Division Chief of Hematology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.

 

Hildebrandt's clinical focus is cancers of the blood and lymph system. He sees patients before and after blood or marrow stem cell transplantation and treats patients suffering from acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease. He also serves as a professor of medicine in the UK College of Medicine.

 

Hildebrandt received his medical degree from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz Medical School, Germany, in 1997. Upon completing his doctoral research thesis, he was awarded the "doctor medicinae" with magna cum laude.

 

He then completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a Hematology and Oncology fellowship at the University of Regensburg, Germany and became Bone Marrow Transplant and Hematologic Malignancies Attending at the University of Regensburg. In 2009 he was awarded the "Habilitation," the highest academic qualification a scholar can achieve by own pursuit in Germany.

 

After moving to the United States in 2009, Hildebrandt was a faculty member at Louisiana State University in Shreveport and served as director of their bone marrow transplant program. He later moved to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City to become director of the Utah Blood and Marrow Transplant program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

 

Hildebrandt is a member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and the American Association for Cancer Research. He has authored more than 40 articles, books and book chapters, and is strongly involved in clinical trials.

 

 

UKnowledge Research Downloads Pass 2 Million Mark

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2015) — Research items available from UKnowledge have been downloaded more than 2 million times around the world. Since its establishment in late 2010 as University of Kentucky’s institutional repository, UKnowledge has enabled timely discovery of and unfettered access to a variety of scholarly contents generated at or sponsored by UK.  

 

As a reflection of the excellence in graduate research at UK, theses and dissertations have commanded the major portion of the 2 million-plus downloads. Meanwhile, open access journals housed in UKnowledge have also drawn much attention and their articles have been accessed numerous times. To see an up-to-date list of the 10 most downloaded items, visit this page

 

The featured collections page now offers a window into some of the remarkable collections on UKnowledge. Currently highlighted there are three singular publications and an image gallery:

Holding more than 11,300 items, UKnowledge aims to share UK community’s research and scholarship with learners and researchers everywhere.

 

UK faculty and students interested in using the resources and services made available by UKnowledge may contact Adrian Ho, director of Digital Scholarship at UK Libraries, at adrian.ho@uky.edu for information and assistance.  

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

WUKY Survey Underway

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 22, 2015)WUKY, the University of Kentucky's NPR station, is seeking information from radio listeners and the general public. You are invited to participate in an online survey explaining how you use radio, along with social media, smartphones, tablets, streaming and the Web to stay connected to news, entertainment and updates from WUKY and other sources.

 

Responses will be confidential, no personal information will be shared with other organizations. Information will only be used to enhance WUKY's service to its listeners and the community.

 

The survey may take as long as 15-20 minutes to complete, but participants can stop, save their work and resume at any time. The survey can be accessed here: http://surveys.nuvoodoo.com/prts7/station/wuky/.   

 

The survey closes May 28.

UPK Biography of Alvin York Wins Third Award

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:38

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 22, 2015) — University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author Douglas V. Mastriano has been named the recipient of the 2014 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award for Biography for his book "Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne." The foundation recognizes six books and three articles in various categories each year as outstanding achievements in writing on U.S. Army history.

 

Mastriano's award was presented by retired Army General William Hartzog at the Army Historical Foundation’s 18th Annual Members’ Meeting held May 18, at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. As a book award winner, Mastriano received a plaque and a $1,000 cash award.

 

The Army Historical Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the American soldier. Its goal is to promote greater public appreciation for the contributions that America’s Army — active, reserve and National Guard — has made to the nation in 238 years of service. The foundation is the principal fundraiser to build the National Museum of the United States Army, which will be located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

 

In "Alvin York," Mastriano sorts fact from myth in the first full-length biography of York in decades. He meticulously examines York’s youth in the hills of east Tennessee, his service in the Great War, and his return to a quiet civilian life dedicated to charity. As a devout Christian, conscientious objector and reluctant hero of World War I, Alvin York is known as one of America’s most famous and celebrated soldiers.

 

York’s capture of 132 German soldiers earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor, and continues to spark controversy among historians who think York has received more recognition than he deserves. By reviewing artifacts recovered from the battlefield using military terrain analysis, forensic study, and research in both German and American archives, Mastriano reconstructs the events of Oct. 8, 1918, and corroborates the recorded accounts.

 

"Alvin York" was also awarded the 2015 William E. Colby Award and the 2015 Crader Family Book Prize in American Values. The Colby Award honors a first work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a significant contribution to the public’s understanding of intelligence operations, military history or international affairs. The Crader Family Book Prize recognizes a first book that best exemplifies the values of the Crader Family Endowment for American Values: individual liberty, constitutional principles and civic virtue.

 

Mastriano is a colonel in the U.S. Army.

 

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; whitney.hale@uky.edu

From Ancient Scrolls to Microsoft, UK Grad Finds Success

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2015) — In July, Nick Graczyk will head off to Redmond, Washington, the “Bicycle Capital of the Northwest,” and also home to Microsoft, where he will claim the title of software engineer. Graczyk’s most recent titles include “ancient scroll software extraordinaire” and University of Kentucky graduate.

 

Walking across the stage at Rupp Arena as recently as May 9, Graczyk earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science. Two days later, he flew to Paris, France, with the UK College of Engineering team he has been working with all semester.

 

Led by Brent Seales, professor and chair of the College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science, the team, including several other students, is working to digitally unroll ancient scrolls using CT scans and a first-of-its-kind software tool built by the team. Currently, they are focused on a Herculaneum scroll, carbonized by the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy.

 

During his time working on the ancient scrolls project, Graczyk, of Lexington, has focused on the software pipeline.

 

Because the data the team receives from scans are only image files, they must complete multiple computations on those files to get the information needed to create particle simulations. The team then uses those simulations to segment different layers of the scroll.

 

“It’s a very complex process so if we don’t take good notes and we aren’t keeping track of what we’re doing along each step of the way, it can become very difficult to reproduce our results,” Graczyk said.

 

For Gracyzk, who has worked on the ancient scroll project since August 2014, the project has not only honed his computer science skills, but has also given him insight into a forgotten world.

 

“We’ve learned a lot about ancient history and Herculaneum scrolls, which was definitely something I didn’t really know much of anything about,” he said.

 

On his trip to Paris, where the Herculaneum scrolls are housed, Graczyk and his team members presented this semester’s work at Google, which is supporting the team's project. As they each explained what they worked on throughout the past few months in their own “Google Tech Talk,” Graczyk says he realized how great of an honor it was.

 

“Clearly, Google could fund thousands of research projects, but ... they chose to sponsor this one," Graczyk said.  

 

Don’t let his humble demeanor fool you though; Graczyk is already quite accustomed to working in the big leagues of software engineering.

 

At Intel, he worked with the Apple Enabling team on a number of tasks. At Hewlett-Packard, Graczyk interned as a core developer, working on HP Exstream. And in between those positions, he led a lab section of CS 221, the computer science course at UK for non-majors.

 

Even with his commitment to internships and positions in the Department of Computer Science, Graczyk became involved in the UK chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology, and Alpha Phi Omega, a national service organization.

 

Graczyk’s interest in the computer science field has also played out in regional, national and international competitions during his time at UK. He was named a semifinalist at PennApps Winter 2015 (a college hackathon), achieved the status of top 10 percent worldwide in the IEEE Xtreme Coding Competition, and received first place in the IEEE Region 3 Technical Paper Competition.

 

“I’ve done a lot of interesting things and projects while I’ve been here at UK,” he said. “And I think it’s definitely prepared me for a big company, software engineering job.”

 

With millions of people relying on Microsoft software every day, Graczyk says that he is most excited about getting to work on more projects that have a massive reach.

 

 “Plus, I’m looking forward to seeing other UK grads join me at Microsoft someday,” he said. 

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Meal Plans Provide Quality, Affordable Options for UK Faculty and Staff

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2015) — UK Dining offers faculty and staff the opportunity to save money through a variety of meal options and access to all of the restaurants, coffee shops, and convenience stores on the main campus as well as Kentucky Clinic Starbucks on the medical campus.

 

The three plans available to faculty & staff are:

•  The 20 Block Plan, which includes 20 all-you-care-to-eat meals at Blazer Café and Commons Market* or Wildcat Deals** at participating restaurants for $110, at approximately $5.50 per meal. Any extra meals roll over to the next semester and do not expire. This plan offers the most amount of food for the money.

•  The 10 Block Plan, which includes 10 all-you-care-to-eat meals at Blazer Café and Commons Market* or Wildcat Deals** at participating restaurants for $110 (approximately $6 per meal) and $50 flex. The meals and flex dollars for faculty/staff do not expire and will roll over.

•  The All Flex Dollars Plan, which includes $200 flex for $170. Flex can be used at all main campus cafés, restaurants and convenience stores as well as Kentucky Clinic Starbucks on the medical campus.

 

This summer, “meals” on the 20- and 10- block plans may be used for all-you-care-to-eat meals at Commons Market (open with varied schedule beginning June 5th for summer camps), for a Wildcat Deal at K-Lair or Intermezzo,  or after June 1st for a lunch Wildcat Deal at Greens to Go and a dinner Wildcat Deal at Chick-fil-A or Subway. This fall the main location to use meals will be The Fresh Food Company at The 90, which replaces Commons Market as the all-you-care-to-eat restaurant on south campus. Faculty and staff meals may be used to treat a guest. Flex dollars on the meal plans may be used at all dining locations on the main campus as well as Kentucky Clinic Starbucks on the medical campus. Find more information about open locations here.

 

As an added bonus, faculty and staff may receive a $1 off food purchases of $5 or more with a faculty/staff ID at Intermezzo or Apothecary Café (excludes combos, national brands and convenience stores). 

 

UK Dining is committed to providing the UK community a broad selection of food to meet all tastes and preferences. Menus are created by experienced chefs who have a passion for food. Kentucky Proud products are also used throughout campus to provide wholesome, locally grown food.

 

Visit the UK Dining website to learn more about faculty and staff meal plans.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover and Rebecca Stratton; (859) 323-2395; blair.hoover@uky.edu, rebecca.stratton@uky.edu

BB&T Funds Education, Research Program at Gatton College

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:22

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (May 21, 2015) — BB&T has provided $2.5 million in support for the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, establishing the new BB&T Program for the Study of Capitalism, and funding a significant study area in the new, state-of-the-art Gatton College building scheduled to open in fall 2016.

 

Completing their gift this week, Heath W. Campbell, president of BB&T’s Kentucky region, presented the final payment to David W. Blackwell, dean of the Gatton College, at BB&T’s Lexington advisory board meeting.

 

The BB&T Program for the Study of Capitalism will provide financial support for research, education and outreach programs to engage both the academic community and the public in a sustained examination of capitalism from economic, historical, legal, and social perspectives. In addition to creating the BB&T Professorship for the Study of Capitalism, the program will support faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate coursework, enable the university to bring in relevant speakers, offer an academic conference and public forums, and provide research funding.

 

Gatton Professor of Economics John Garen will serve as the program’s director, and as the first BB&T Professor. His research focuses on the economics of incentive systems, economic organization, the role of government in the economy, and labor and human resource economics. His work has been published in many of the foremost academic journals, and he has produced numerous reports, manuscripts, and presentations to the public on the importance of economics to good public policy. Garen received his Ph.D. in economics from Ohio State University in 1982, served as chair of the UK Department of Economics from 2005-09, and during 2004-05 he was co-director of the Gatton College’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

 

“We are honored to partner with the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics, and we believe BB&T’s strong presence and identity will have an immediate and lasting impact on both the university and the broader community,” Campbell said. “We are confident that our commitment to providing needed resources for this new facility will help students in their future endeavors and contribute to tomorrow’s business leaders for the region and across Kentucky.”

 

"We are grateful to partner with a successful, community-oriented company like BB&T to expand our capacity to prepare even more principled business leaders for the Commonwealth and beyond, who are ready to contribute immediately to their companies, and to compete in a changing world market," said Blackwell. “This support of our new building, combined with the new BB&T Program for the Study of Capitalism, will also allow us to produce influential research and support economic growth that has a direct, tangible influence on the lives of Kentucky citizens and people around the world.”

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS: Ann Mary Quarandillo, 859-257-0750/annmary.q@uky.edu;

Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200/carl.nathe@uky.edu.

 

'Healthiest Weekend in Lexington' to Benefit Markey Cancer Center

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2015) - Through his Ironcology fundraising organization, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center oncologist and local triathlete Dr. Jonathan Feddock is partnering with the Markey Cancer Foundation to host "The Healthiest Weekend in Lexington," a two-day event June 12-13 that will focus on community engagement, cancer awareness, and promoting a healthy lifestyle while raising funds for cancer care at Markey.

 

The weekend includes the first-ever “Survive the Night Triathlon,” an overnight team relay that covers 140.7 combined miles of swimming, biking and running. The triathlon begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 12 at Spindletop Hall, 3414 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, Ky. Registration for the triathlon is $350 for individuals or $425 for a team of up to 10 athletes, and participants must register by June 1.

 

On Saturday, June 13, the event continues at 9 a.m. with the Something for Every Body Exercise Event and Expo, also at Spindletop Hall. Numerous local fitness centers have volunteered their time and expertise to create a choose-your-own-exercise format, where attendees can participate in a variety of small group fitness classes throughout the morning including yoga, TRX, Silver Sneakers, water aerobics, boxing, barre, body rolling and more.

 

Each fitness class will be available for a $5 donation. Participants will need to register at the event to reserve a spot for their preferred classes and times.

 

During the exercise event, local businesses will be on hand with information highlighting a healthy lifestyle for the prevention and treatment of cancer. The expo is free and open to the public.

 

Feddock, a seasoned triathlete who regularly competes in Iron Man competitions, began using his talents as an athlete to raise money for patient care at Markey last year. He raced in four long-distance events in 2014, using crowdfunding to raise more than $142,000 for Markey.

 

"After seeing the success I had raising money racing in triathlons, a lot of people expressed an interest in helping raise money for Markey in a similar way," Feddock said. "So I created the Healthiest Weekend in Lexington fundraiser with the idea that there would be something for everyone, whether you are a seasoned athlete or brand-new to fitness."

 

The Healthiest Weekend in Lexington is sponsored by UK HealthCare, Audi of Lexington, Big Ass Fans, Clark Material Handling Company and West Sixth Brewing. Fitness services will be provided by CycleYou, Fit4Mom Lexington, Legacy All Sports, LiveWell Training Club, Proof Fitness, PureBarre, Source on High, SweatLex and the YMCA of Lexington.

 

ABOUT MARKEY CANCER FOUNDATION

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation’s mission is to reduce cancer mortality in Kentucky and beyond by supporting innovative cancer research and treatments, education and community engagement, state-of-the-art facilities, and compassionate patient care at the UK Markey Cancer Center.

 

ABOUT IRONCOLOGY

Ironcology is an exercise-based fundraising effort started by UK Markey Cancer Center radiation oncologist Dr. Jonathan Feddock in 2014. Feddock, a long-distance triathlete, originally set out to raise $200,000 through crowdfunding pledges for his efforts in the 2014 Ironman Louisville to put a downpayment on a new, state-of-the-art radiation implant suite at the Markey Cancer Center. With that goal now attained, Feddock is expanding Ironcology to the masses to engage others to participate in pledge-based competition and events to raise money on behalf of the UK Markey Cancer Foundation. 

 

 

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

BLOG: Remembering Paul Bummer

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:33

The following is a blog from University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Interim Dean Kelly Smith

 

May 21, 2015

 

Paul Bummer, a beloved University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy faculty member for the past 25 years, passed away May 15 at the age of 59. Dr. Bummer is lovingly remembered by his parents, Philip and Georgette Bummer, his sister, Phyllis Atkinson, his niece and nephew, Adrienne Lipka and Douglas Lipka, and many other relatives, friends, professional colleagues, students, past and present, from the UK College of Pharmacy.

 

Dr. Bummer was the type of educator that we all admired. No matter how complex the lesson, he was able to deliver it in a compelling and thoughtful manner. His best attribute, however, was that he was a great listener. And when he spoke, we all listened. Above all else, he was the dearest of friends to so many. He will be sorely missed.

 

He was widely-recognized by students and colleagues alike as the consummate educator and mentor. In fact, he was named the top professor by the College’s first-year professional class – the Class of 2018 – this spring. In late April, one of our second-year PharmD students recognized Dr. Bummer with UK’s “Teacher Who Made a Difference” award.

 

Dr. Bummer first came to UK in 1990 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Utah’s Center for Controlled Chemical Delivery.  He established himself as one of the nation’s most respected educators and researchers and ascended through the faculty ranks to become an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

 

His research efforts centered on colloid systems, interfacial phenomena, and their application to drug delivery. His work focused on the application of lipid excipients and surfactants as means of enhancing the delivery of poorly-soluble drugs (most notably anti-cancer agents) by both the oral and parenteral routes. His publications included studies on drug solubilization and mass transport in lipid assembly systems, and biophysical properties of pulmonary surfactant. He was a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences (AAPS) Lipid-Based Drug Delivery Focus Group Steering Committee, and served as a field editor for the journal Pharmaceutical Research. His passion for teaching and inspiring others was evident in the graduate degree program, as he chaired the dissertation work of 8 PhD and MS students and mentored 8 post-doctoral scholars, and at one point served as Director of Graduate Studies.

 

Dr. Bummer served the College and University communities in a variety of capacities over the years. His classroom work earned him distinction from students and colleagues. He was a four-time recipient of the College’s Blouin Award for Excellence in Education and a recipient of the William T. Miles Award for community service.

 

In addition to his faculty awards from the College, Dr. Bummer was recognized by peers with the AAPS Young Investigator Award and the Commonwealth of Kentucky Science and Engineering Award.

 

One of his many hobbies was woodworking.  He spent many hours in his workshop creating gifts and furniture for friends and relatives. Ever the teacher and creator, and because of his love for working with wood, he developed a strong commitment to Habitat for Humanity.

 

He participated in the Lexington Habitat/Catholic Build projects for approximately 20 years.  As a natural teacher with a strong but understanding voice, he transferred his professional skill of teaching to the building projects.  He spent many hours instructing volunteers from age 16 to 82 on the art of home building.

 

A memorial service honoring Dr. Bummer’s life and legacy will be held in the atrium at the UK College of Pharmacy on Thursday, May 21. The memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. and a reception with family and colleagues will take place immediately following the service. A funeral will be held in Pittsburgh, Penn., on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at St. Alexis Church, 10090 Old Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 10590.  Reception to follow at Vincentian Villa.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Lexington Habitat for Humanity at http://lexhabitat.org/ways-to-give/ or to the American Cancer Society at https://donate.cancer.org/index.

 

Annual Routine Maintenance Work Begins on University Parking Structures

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:03
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2015) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services announced that summer maintenance projects began this week in the University Drive Garage and the Rose Street Garage.

 

Annual maintenance on the University of Kentucky campus parking structures began Tuesday.  Approximately 30 spaces are scheduled to be blocked in the University Drive Garage (PS #1) as part of the annual routine preventive maintenance.

 

The summer maintenance work in campus parking structures will require blocking of a varying number of parking spaces throughout the duration of the project. Throughout the summer, the maintenance will take place during evenings and weekends whenever possible, so as to minimize the impact on parking spaces.

 

As part of the annual routine maintenance work on the university's parking structures, most of the Rose Street Garage (PS #2) will be closed beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 22. Only the first level will remain available for parking. The upper levels will re-open no later than 6 a.m. Monday, May 25.

 

This closure is necessary to facilitate the application of a protective coating to the floors of levels two and three. While the recoating process will limit parking in most of the garage over the weekend, Parking and Transportation Services is undertaking this process to help extend the lifespan of the facility. Furthermore, this work has been scheduled to take place on a weekend to minimize the impact to the university community.

 

Vehicles parked in the garage after 4:30 p.m. Friday will be allowed to exit the garage; however, all vehicles are asked to be removed by 5 p.m. if possible.

 

For more information regarding summer parking and closures, visit the UK Parking and Transportation Services website.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton and Blair Hoover, (859) 323-2395; rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, blair.hoover@uky.edu

School-Record Three Teams Win Academic Progress Rate Honors

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 13:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2015) — The University of Kentucky has a school-record three teams — women’s cross country, men’s golf and men’s basketball — that have received awards for their Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

 

The Wildcat squads received the honor for placing in the top 10 percent of Division I schools in their respective sports. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success by the progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR scores are a four-year composite, covering the 2010-11 through 2013-14 school years, that measure eligibility, retention and graduation.

 

Having three teams earn the APR top-10 award ties the school record set a year ago. It’s also the first time that a UK squad has won in four consecutive years, as this marks four in a row for men’s golf. Women’s cross country has won two years in a row. Men’s basketball earned the honor for the second time, also in 2009.

 

"I’m proud to have three teams win top-10 awards again this year," said Mitch Barnhart, UK director of athletics.  “Obviously, the teams have done their job in the classroom and I recognize Coach (John) Calipari, Coach (Edrick) Floréal and Coach (Brian) Craig for their success in managing their programs.”

 

The Wildcat coaches were excited to hear the news about their teams’ achievements.

 

“Our athletes continue to prioritize academic success, and this award highlights that,” Floréal said.  “Our CATS (Center for Academic and Tutorial Services) academic counselors, Passion Richardson and Mike Pirrman, have played a key role not just supporting and guiding our athletes, but preparing them for the NCAA model of going pro in something other than sports.”

 

"This is a nice honor that is a direct reflection on our CATS center and our team's academic advisor, Amy Craiglow, along with the quality of the men we have in our program,” Craig said. “I do not know of a better academic support program than CATS, or a better academic advisor/mentor than Amy Craiglow.  They are just outstanding and tremendous assets for our team's student-athletes. Our guys also made a 3.3 GPA this spring semester, and we are very proud of their work in the classroom."

 

"I'm proud of what has happened on the court with the Final Fours, national championship and league titles, but I'm just as proud of the commitment our young people make to academics,” Calipari said. “To be honored in this way says a lot about their character and their drive to be lifetime learners. Congrats to Mike Stone and our academic support staff. They're the best in the business."

 

The APR scores of these teams, along with the scores of every Division I team in all sports, will be released by the NCAA later in May.  Teams are subject to penalties if the APR target score is not achieved.

 

Wednesday's news is a continuation of the academic accomplishments of UK student-athletes. In October, it was announced that UK has broken or tied the NCAA Graduation Success Rate every year since the NCAA began measuring that statistic in 2005. UK athletes have posted an overall grade-point average over 3.0 in each of the last six semesters. On May 9, 62 student-athletes participated in graduation ceremonies, giving UK Athletics a total of 93 graduates for the 2014-15 school year.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Tony Neely, tneely@uky.edu; 859-257-3838.

 

 

 

Employee Parking Permit Renewal Now Open

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2015)  University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is now accepting employee parking permit renewal applications. UK employees are encouraged to renew their permits at www.uky.edu/pts. Employees may also apply for permit renewal via campus mail by using printable forms found at www.uky.edu/pts or in person at Parking and Transportation Services in the Press Avenue Garage (Parking Structure #6). Office hours for permit sales are 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

2015-2016 parking permits must be displayed no later than July 1. Employees are encouraged to renew their permits as early as possible, so as to ensure delivery by June 30. Online application renewals will be available through July 7.

 

New this year, PTS is offering express pick-up for employees who order their permit online after noon Monday, June 22. Employees who order their permits during this time period will only be able to utilize express pick-up and should plan accordingly. They should allow three business days for processing, and may pick up their permit at the PTS offices in the Press Avenue Garage (721 Press Avenue). Hours for permit pick-up will be 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Standard employee permits for the 2015-2016 permit year are $34 per month, or $408 a year. This represents a $1 per month increase in rates. 

 

Employee reserved permit renewal will begin on June 1. Reserved permit holders will receive more information closer to the start date.

 

All outstanding parking citations must be paid before an application is accepted. Citations may be paid online at www.uky.edu/pts.

 

Eligible UK employees may payroll deduct permit fees on a pre-tax basis. Pre-tax authorization must be completed each year. Employees may simply select the pretax option during the online application process or complete and submit an authorization form available at www.uky.edu/pts/online-services_pretax-deduction-enrollment. UK retirees and employees paying through methods other than payroll deduction are not eligible for pre-tax enrollment.

 

To complete an online application, applicants should have on hand their link blue login and password, correct home or work address and a credit card if not opting for payroll deduction.

 

For more information on permits, parking on campus or to receive forms, visit www.uky.edu/pts, call 859-257-5757 or visit Parking and Transportation Services in the Press Avenue Garage (PS #6). To stay up-to-date on campus parking and transit news, follow UK Parking on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UKParking, subscribe to the Parking e-News email newsletter at www.uky.edu/pts or tune into 1700 AM.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton and Blair Hoover, (859) 323-2395; rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, blair.hoover@uky.edu

VIDEO: UK's Center for Clinical & Translational Science Helps Researchers "see discovery."

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:38

 

Video Produced by UK Public Relations & Marketing. To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.  If using a mobile device, click on the "thought bubble" in the same area.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2015) —The task of turning research discoveries from the lab into tangible clinical treatments and applications would be a much more arduous task if not for a special resource on the University of Kentucky campus. 

 

The UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), established in 2006, works with faculty and staff across campus to translate discoveries in basic science to improvements in public health.

 

Guoqiang Yu, a biomedical engineering associate professor, has been working with the CCTS on research that originated in the Biomedical Optics Lab.  He focuses on developing and testing non-invasive methods for measuring changes in tissue by using light. 

 

Watch the “Where I ‘see blue.’” video above to understand why the CCTS is so valuable to Yu as he works to translate his research into something that could ultimately help patients.

 

This video feature is part of a special series produced by UKNow focusing on locations across campus that are meaningful for UK students, administrators, faculty, staff and alumni.   The idea is to show how the physical spaces on campus help foster discovery, community, research, knowledge and success for the UK family.   As the university celebrates its 150th anniversary, we want to show readers what our campus is like today by showcasing locations that have stood for decades along with some of our newest spots.  Click on the playlist below to watch other videos in the series. 

 

 

 

  Since the “Where I ‘see blue.’” video series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If there’s an obscure spot on campus you don’t think many people know about or an area that’s on everyone’s radar but you have a special connection to it, email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!

  

VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, amy.jones2@uky.edu or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282, kody.kiser@uky.edu

 

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' on UK Orchestra Members Performing in Prague

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 17:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 22, 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.  On today's show, UK Symphony Orchestra conductor John Nardolillo talks about the role orchestra members will play in the performance of Mozart’s "Don Giovanni" this summer in the theater where the work was given its world premiere in Prague over 200 years ago. 

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/taking-don-giovanni-back-prague.

 

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

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