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Museum Explores Art From Horses to Tattoos

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 18, 2015) — The Art Museum at University of Kentucky is currently presenting four simultaneous exhibitions, offering a range of historical and contemporary works including photography, painting, sculpture and video. These free public exhibitions, on display through April 12, feature acclaimed artists known for their capacity to combine provocative ideas and exquisite craft.


'Same Difference'


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Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh and Russell Maltz are dedicated studio practitioners who each use strategies of theme and variation, often finalizing their works at the gallery or museum, where component parts are experimentally stacked, clustered and dispersed. Their installations in "Same Difference: Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh, Russell Maltz" highlight a commitment to process as well as product, and in this exhibition the artists take advantage of the Art Museum at UK’s own architecture, especially the wooden floors and soaring ceiling height.


Grabner’s abstract paintings are grounded in the real world, often taking their cues from handmade or store-bought blankets, tablecloths and quilts. Her recent paintings accumulate lines and shapes that are the result of pushing glossy enamel paint through crocheted baby blankets. Textured and illusionistic, these canvases have a homey elegance and complex spatial depth.


Leigh’s sculptural works are known for their intense physicality, and she is adept at forming and firing ceramics that range from the ornamental to the ominous. At UK, she creates a gravel garden with “cowrie shell” sculptures that feature stunningly glazed surfaces with jagged openings, and a video clip from the 1960s-1970s television show "Julia," featuring Diahann Carroll as a nurse. In combination, her installation offers a meditation on identity, labor and beauty.


Maltz uses a range of industrial materials as his palette, creating singular and multi-part works that alert audiences to the nature of creating — making choices about content, context, color, scale, density, gravity and sequence. His recent paintings feature plywood sections that are covered in Day-Glo paint and overlaid on top of each other, then suspended from steel posts on the wall; referencing Kazimir Malevich’s infamous 1915 "Black Square" and continuing the evolution of the monochrome into the 21st century. Maltz consistently examines states of entropy, assembly and permanence. "Same Difference" is meant to highlight the aspects of consistency and mutability that each artist is known for, as well as making connections between their distinct productions.



May Series Photographer's Work Examines Human Rights in Middle East



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Tanya Habjouqa’s photographs focus on gender, social, and human rights issues in the Middle East. She approaches her subjects with sensitivity and humor, striving to capture nuances rarely seen in press coverage. Her images invite the viewer to more deeply consider the humanist situations she documents, including women practicing yoga in a Biblical landscape, and young men somersaulting in the air outside of a refugee camp in Gaza.


In her series, "Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots," Habjouqa photographed women who live in exile in Jordan, struggling to feed their children while coping with loneliness and grief. In 2014, she won a World Press Award for her series "Occupied Pleasures," in which she pictures many of the ludicrous moments of everyday life that the 47-year occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem has created. Habjouqa is a founding member of Rawiya, a collective of female photographers from across the Middle East.


The photographer's exhibition at UK, "Tanya Habjouqa: Recent Photographs," is presented in conjunction with Habjouqa's lecture presented as part of the Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series. The May Lecture series explores photography's roots in the 19th century and its reinvention in the digital world. This 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.



Tattoo Who?


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Installed on a new “project wall” at the Art Museum at UK is a combination of photographs, wall graphics and video, documenting the collaborative projects by noted local artists Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde. Included are images from the "Lexington Tattoo Project" developed with Lexington poet and UK doctoral candidate Bianca Spriggs, whose poem "The ____of the Universe: A Love Story" inspired numerous residents to have their bodies tattooed with suggestive fragments of text, punctuation marks and small design elements.


Also on view, are elements from Gohde and Todorova's current tattoo-endeavor, "Love Letter to the World," a global celebration of pride and place, prompted by a poem by Kentucky poet Laureate and UK English Professor Frank X Walker. Their installation posits the museum as a gathering site for those interested in how flesh, love and ideas can come together in thoughtful inclusive ways.



Edward Troye on the Horse, Of Course



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The restrictions of an art form can sometimes provide the most interesting variations. "Edward Troye: Theme & Variation," a series of lithographs reproducing Edward Troye’s celebrated 19th-century paintings of famous American Thoroughbreds is a case in point. The pose of the horses — intended to showcase desirable traits — doesn’t waver, establishing a visual rhythm of the equine bodies in the middle of each composition.


Troye's works have been selected from the Art Museum at UK's permanent collection, and offer memorable equine portraits with distinctive profiles yet subtle differences in proportion, musculature, color and personality. Of course, the lithographs, already a step away from Troye’s paintings, are themselves multiple interpretations of distinct originals.


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. 



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"Made in Kentucky" Documentary Examines Kentucky's Energy Challenges, Solutions

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 16:07



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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 17, 2015) — "Why did the automotive industry come to Kentucky? Good question, and the answer starts with energy," says KET's Bill Goodman, narrator of a new full-length documentary released March 6, and produced by the University of Kentucky Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments (Vis Center) and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (Kentucky EEC).


"Made in Kentucky," a one hour documentary, discusses the issues Kentucky faces — growing concerns about climate change and the demand for coal replaced by the demand for natural gas — and explores some of the solutions that might lead to a stronger Kentucky economy while still protecting the environment.


A collaborative effort, the Kentucky EEC was actively involved in providing data for the visualizations and connected the Vis Center to individuals representing the different viewpoints presented in "Made in Kentucky." Among those interviewed are Bill Bissett of the Kentucky Coal Association, Tom FitzGerald of the Kentucky Resources Council, Justin Maxson of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, and others representing the various energy and manufacturing industries in the state.


The documentary proposes that a major factor in Kentucky's low energy rates has been its "historic abundance of cheap coal," but that demand for coal is falling and the future of those energy rates and Kentucky’s economy is uncertain.


Dave Adkisson, president and chief executive officer of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, suggests that Kentucky isn't alone and that new technologies have altered the energy landscape across the United States. As Rebecca Taylor, senior vice president of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, points out in the video, fracking is increasingly becoming the lower cost alternative to coal.


"The rise of fracking in the United States has really dramatically increased the availability of the pool of natural gas, which drives prices down," Taylor said.


The documentary also examines other factors in Kentucky's changing energy industry, and both sides of the coal and clean energy spectrum, advising viewers, "no matter how you interpret the history, the law and data, our energy future requires bold, yet common sense thinking to promote the prosperity and well-being of all Kentuckians."


"How do we grow new jobs and new economic opportunities, particularly in East Kentucky, but all over the state? And the reality is there's no one silver bullet…the answer is going to be much more about smart, silver BBs — a range of strategies that we have to invest in to build the sort of economy we want," said Maxson, executive director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation.


The range of strategies featured in the documentary includes reducing energy use with more efficient systems and diversifying Kentucky's energy portfolio with natural gas, renewables and nuclear power, without eliminating coal.


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UK Board of Trustees Approve Next Phase of Fit-Out in Patient Care Facility and Good Sam Emergency Department Renovation

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 14:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2015) -- The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees on Monday approved a plan for the next phase of the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital's Pavilion A that includes completion of another 64-bed patient floor and more operating rooms.


Upon completion of this phase, six of the eight clinical floors will be occupied and the tower will be 81 percent complete.


The plan for this phase calls for $75 million to be financed with agency funds to fit-out the 11th floor of the Pavilion A patient care facility. Additionally, radiology services will be relocated and expanded in Pavilion A, the hospital's blood bank will relocate, and six more operating rooms will be fit-out including an additional hybrid OR. In 2012, UK HealthCare opened one of the country's largest hybrid operating rooms and eight state-of-the-art operating rooms in Pavilion A.


Additionally, the Board approved for construction to begin as part of a plan to renovate and upgrade UK Good Samaritan's Emergency Department (ED). Approximately 12,090 square feet of the ED will be renovated in phases during the next two to three years. Improvements include space dedicated to patient care such as private patient rooms, expanded service capabilities and improved staff support space. The project also will expand the patient and family waiting area by approximately 1,250 square feet.


Since opening the first two patient care floors in Pavilion A in May 2011, UK HealthCare has experienced an increase in volume of patients that has placed substantial capacity constraints on hospital system operations, requiring the fit-out of Pavilion A to ensure availability of adequate facilities for patient care.


"Our rapid growth -- going from 25th to 75th percentile among academic medical centers -- has led to us playing 'catch up' for the past decade to meet current patient demands for our services that include care for the most critically ill patients who need complex and advanced subspecialty care," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "UK HealthCare is the only provider in the Commonwealth, and in this region, for some of these very high-level services and our ability to care for these patients is very important for the people we serve and their families."


The eighth floor of Pavilion A -- a state-of-the-art 64 bed cardiovascular patient unit -- opened in December 2014 and construction to fit-out the ninth and 10th floors of the patient care facility is underway. In addition to those two patient floors, the Board in June 2014 also approved replacement of the hospital kitchen and cafeteria, relocation of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Pavilion A and relocation of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).




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UK Staff Senate Holding Listening Sessions

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 09:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Staff Senate will hold listening sessions for UK staff Tuesday, March 17, and Friday, March 27. The purpose is to give UK employees an opportunity to talk about the staff’s role in shared governance and how the Staff Senate can better represent its constituents.


“We would like to hear the ideas our colleagues across campus have about how to move UK forward,” said Senate Chair Mike Adams. “Too, it is important that our staff understand that they have a voice and are represented in big decisions that affect all of us.”


Staff members are encouraged to drop in, even if only for a few minutes, share their ideas and discuss issues of importance to them and the university.


“Whether you have voted in Senate elections or not, we are the official representatives of UK staff, and we can do a much better job if our constituents let us know what is important to them,” Adams said. “Please stop by and visit with us. The more people we hear from, the more informed we will be as a representative body.”


In addition to representing UK staff, the senate performs a wide variety of service to the university, from administration of the CRISIS financial assistance program to service on university-wide committees that make decisions about benefits, administrative policy, and long range planning.


“The staff entrusts us to make informed decisions on their behalf,” Adams said. “And we will be much more effective in the decision making process with input from our colleagues.”


The two sessions will be from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, in Room 359 of the Student Center, and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 27, in Room 249 of the Student Center. Refreshments will be served.


For more information, contact Holly Clark, Staff Senate coordinator, at 257-9242 or




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Tuition Rate of Increase at Lowest in More Than Decade

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 08:26

LEXINGTON Ky. (March 16, 2015) — Emphasizing a commitment to affordable education, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Monday approved a tuition and mandatory fee proposal that would bring the four-year average rate of increase for resident students to its lowest levels in nearly a decade.


The increase for resident undergraduates in Fall 2015 will be 3 percent, or $158 per semester, bringing Kentucky first-year tuition to $10,780.


That tuition level will bring the average rate of increase for the last four years to 4.25 percent — well below the more than 10 percent rolling average annual increases of 2005 to 2008.


"We have made a strategic and thoughtful effort to slow the rate of increases in tuition for our students. At the same time, through efficiency and hard work, we've sought to more competitively pay our faculty and staff while also finding innovative paths and partnerships for rebuilding and transforming our campus," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "Our eyes have always been firmly fixed on the needs of our students and their families. We have increased each and every year by millions of dollars our commitment to financial aid that does not have to be repaid by students and their families.


Today, we are taking another step forward in our commitment to ensuring an incomparable educational experience in a community like no other — one of the country's thriving residential, public research campuses."


"At the University of Kentucky, we are committed to putting students first in everything that we do," said Keith Gannon, chair of the UK Board of Trustees. "That commitment is evidenced in the steps we have taken to invest more in student aid and to continue to lower the rate of increase for tuition, all while investing more in facilities and technology that support students and their learning needs."


UK is in the process of self-financing some $1.5 billion in construction across the campus, much of it through public-private partnerships designed to build high-quality facilities for students at the most affordable prices possible.


In the budget that will be proposed to the board in June, the institution will invest $101 million in university funded student financial aid — an increase of about $15 million, or 17 percent. If adopted, since 2008, UK will have more than doubled the budget for student financial aid including adding more than $25 million since 2014 alone.


With the increases in financial aid, in Fall 2014, 85 percent of full-time resident students received aid that did not have to be repaid. On average, these students had to pay $1,278 out-of-pocket for tuition in the Fall 2014 semester — an increase of a little more than $400 since 2010.


Moreover, 53 percent of the Fall 2007 cohort of entering students that graduated within six years had no student loans; 47 percent had debt. Of those graduates with debt, the average total amount of student loans was $26,976.


Even as institutional aid has risen and debt remained relatively constant, state appropriations as a percent of public funds for university operations have declined to 43 percent in 2015 from 63 percent in 2008.


In raw numbers, recurring state appropriations have been cut $55 million.


"We are extremely sensitive to the cost of education for our students and their families," Capilouto said. "Even as tuition has risen to ensure that we can pay for the education we provide, we have increased institutional aid and taken other measures to keep this high-quality education affordable to Kentuckians."


Other key components of the Board of Trustees action include:


  • Non-resident students will see tuition rates increase by 6 percent. Non-resident tuition rates are required by the state to be at least two times the resident tuition rates.
  • Resident and non-resident graduate students will receive 3 percent and 6 percent increases, respectively.
  • The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is expected to vote on UK’s proposal in April.


The board also reviewed housing and dining rates for 2015-2016:



  • Like tuition, most housing rates will increase by 3 percent.
  • Dining rates will increase by 3.5 percent for the minimum seven meals per week plan. The seven-day unlimited plan will increase by 2.4 percent and there will be no change in the rate for the 10 meals per week plan.
  • All other dining plans will increase 3.2 to 3.6 percent.
  • The housing and dining rates are per agreements with public-private partners, partnerships that Capilouto noted are helping ensure only modest increases while expanding offerings and service to students.


"These innovative public-private partnerships have enabled UK to move quickly to build technology rich living and learning spaces while also expanding the quality of the food service we provide to students," Capilouto said. "We could not have accelerated and expanded this level of service without these partnerships."


Almost 4,600 new high-tech beds in 10 residence halls and learning communities will have been built between fall 2013 and fall 2015.


UK had its largest first-year class in history in Fall 2014, with 5,185 students. Enrollment also exceeded 30,000 students for the first time. Subscription rates for new housing assignments were well over 100 percent.


Moreover, in 2014, UK inked a 15-year, nearly $250 million partnership with Aramark to create UK Dining. As a result of the partnership, prices for UK's six current student meal plans last year were significantly reduced, with the most expensive plan falling in price by 26 percent or about $740 per semester.


Even as prices were being reduced, significant investments and upgrades to dining facilities were being made by Aramark as part of its partnership agreement.

Nearly $70 million in facilities investments, including $40 million in new facilities have been -- or are being -- made.


Already constructed are the new K-Lair at Haggin Hall, Einstein Bagels at Chemistry Physics, Rising Roll at Ralph G. Anderson Hall, and Common Grounds at Champions Court I as well as upgrades to the Student Center Food Court.  A newly constructed facility — The 90 — will be ready for Fall 2015 and will feature Kentucky Proud products and sustainable design elements.


"We aren't building for ourselves. We are building for our future. And that future is our students — the young men and women of this Commonwealth who are being educated at the University of Kentucky," Capilouto said. "Everything we do is designed to put their success first. What we build, how we finance it, and the efforts we take to make that outstanding educational experience affordable — all of it is designed with our students in mind."

Spring Break Parking and Transit Changes

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 22:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2015) — During Spring Break, demand for student parking and transportation is greatly reduced. As a result, Parking and Transportation Services does not control many of the student areas for permits during this period and reduces campus bus service.


In general, all residential lots — with the exception of R17 (Wildcat Coal Lodge) — are not controlled for permits beginning Saturday, March 14. All employee lots will remain on control, including the joint use Employee/Commuter lots. The lots not controlled for permits will still be monitored for other parking violations to include, but not limited to, parking in fire lanes, on yellow lines, and for unauthorized parking in disabled accessible areas. All lots will resume normal control Monday, March 23.


The UK HealthCare Route and the Kentucky Clinic Route will continue to run their normal bus schedule. One CATS bus will operate on a modified version of the Break Route from 7 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The route will be modified due to the scheduled Woodland Avenue closure. All other CATS and Lextran campus bus service will cease during Spring Break.


The On-Demand Night Service will run Sunday, March 22, with service beginning at 7 p.m. All other campus bus service will return to normal operations on Monday, March 23.

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UK to Host Kentucky Ad Astra Summit

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 22:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2015) — The University of Kentucky has been selected as the host of the 2015 Kentucky Ad Astra Summit sponsored by Ad Astra Information Systems. This event will be held in the Hilary J. Boone Center April 21 and 22, 2015. 


Ad Astra Information Systems is a software company that specializes in scheduling for higher education institutions. The goal of Ad Astra is to provide universities and colleges with a higher quality of scheduling strategies that better fit the needs of students. Over 800 campuses rely on their partnerships with Ad Astra to aid with scheduling, event management, academic resource allocation and more.


The University of Kentucky Registrar's Office uses Ad Astra's scheduling software to schedule all academic related events in all of the centrally located classrooms on campus. While creating the class schedule for a semester, this program is also used to assign classrooms to class sections. On average, the Registrar's Office uses Ad Astra to assign between 6,000 to 6,500 class-room assignments for the fall and spring semesters.


This year’s summit will be the fifth Kentucky Ad Astra Summit, and the first time that it’s been hosted by  the University of Kentucky. The summit will consist of 13 informational sessions that cover a variety of topics catered to beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The summit will also leave time for participants to network and learn from each other.


"We're excited because we've already received a variety of different topics to be discussed and presented at the summit, and we've also planned for roundtable discussions that will cover different Ad Astra topics" said David Timoney, associate registrar for communications. "In addition, we're going to have some open lab time for attendees to bring their laptops and work on issues with other attendees and Ad Astra representatives.”


The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about Ad Astra Information Systems and how it is used. In addition to UK staff, representatives from several institutions in Kentucky and surrounding states are expected to  take part. Ad Astra representatives will also be present to help answer any questions and help with presenting particular sessions.


"In my opinion, the 2015 Kentucky Ad Astra Summit will show that UK is a leader in innovation and efficiency when it comes to classroom scheduling," Timoney said.


Registration is open through April 8 and is $35 per person. For more information on how to register as well as session content and hotel accommodations, visit

UK HealthCare Establishes Office for Value and Innovation Healthcare Delivery

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 18:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015) -- UK HealthCare has established the Office for Value and Innovation in Healthcare Delivery (OVIHD), aiming to provide value-based care across our health system. By re-engineering care delivery using expertise from industry, UK HealthCare will undergo a transformation of its delivery system to optimize care coordination for patients.
“As the health care delivery system continues to evolve, we must be ready to respond to market needs, without losing focus on patient safety and care across the health care continuum,” said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. “The Office for Value and Innovation in Healthcare Delivery will include process improvement, patient safety, infection prevention and control. It is vital to our health care delivery now and in the future.”
OVIHD will provide the expertise to standardize delivery of evidence-based best practices. It will access the deep and broad resources of the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, Nursing, Health Sciences, Dentistry, Business, Engineering and Communication and Information in collaboration with the Center for Health Services Research to build a learning health system and train health care professionals, analysts and leaders of the future.
Dr. Mark V. Williams, chief transformation &and learning officer (CTLO), for UK HealthCare and director of UK’s Center for Health Services Research; and Dr. Bernie Boulanger, chief medical officer for UK HealthCare, will be co-directors of the OVIHD. 

UK Dining Adjusts Operating Hours During Spring Break

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:26


Spring Break has arrived! Although many students will be leaving Lexington for the week, some are sticking around campus. To accommodate students, faculty and staff who will be on campus throughout the week, UK Dining has adjusted hours of operation at all campus dining locations. For more information and to view the altered hours visit

UK Honors Outstanding Advisors With Freedman Award

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2015) — University of Kentucky's Denise Brazzell and Mike Farrell received the 20th annual Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Awards at a luncheon held March 13.


Ken Freedman, the award's namesake, was one of the founders of the UK Advising Network in 1986 and served as a professional advisor at UK until his death in 2001. Each year, the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award is presented by the UK Advising Network to one full-time professional advisor and one faculty advisor for outstanding service.


Brazzell was selected as the 2015 professional advisor winner and Farrell was selected as the faculty advisor winner from fields of 61 and 38 candidates, respectively. In addition to the award, each advisor is presented a $500 professional development voucher from the UK Division of Undergraduate Education to be used for attending a national or regional advising conference.


“We were so impressed with the number of nominations we received from all over campus. To read about the impact our advisors are having on the undergraduate experience at UK reaffirms that academic advising is integral to fulfilling the teaching and learning mission of higher education,” said Matthew Deffendall, chair of the Freedman Award selection committee and director of First Generation Initiatives.


Brazzell, director of student services at UK College of Engineering - Paducah Campus was described by one of her nominators as "the mother hen" of the campus who "knows her job, backwards and forwards," and by another as "going beyond the bounds of her job description."


Brazzell’s award was presented by David Silverstein, associate professor at UK College of Engineering.


“I am so humbled to be standing up here with such wonderful people,” said Brazzell. “I want to tell you first and foremost that I don’t do this by myself.” She credits her husband, son and family for helping her every step of the way.


Farrell is an assistant professor in UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications, and received his master's and doctoral degrees from that same program. Farrell was described by one nominator as "an incredible friend and advocate for students," and by another as "a holistic advisor [who] goes far beyond prospective advising, as he also mentors his students."


Farrell’s award was presented by Beth Barnes, director of UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications.


“I’m passionate about teaching,” said Farrell, “but most of all I’m passionate about my students. They are our future.”


Runners up for the professional award were Jennifer Ellis, Jason Horger and Amy Luchsinger. Runners up for the faculty award were Roberta Dwyer and Lorraine Garkovich.


As Freedman Award recipients, Brazzell and Farrell will be nominated by UK for the Region 3 Excellence in Advising Award and the National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advising Award.


The UK Advising Network is part of the Office of Student Success in the Division of Undergraduate Education. For more information, contact Susan Herrick, chair of the UK Advising Network, at



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Five Benefits of Consulting with a PA for Primary Care

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 16:49

This column first appeared in the March 15 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader. 


By Virginia Valentin and Hannah Anderson


LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2015) -- When finding a home base for health care, patients are no longer considering a single doctor in their community. In today's primary care setting, multiple professionals work together as a team. A diversity of professionals exist within the health care industry to accommodate the various needs of patients and ensure the health care process is fluid and functional.


An integral member of the modern health care team, physician assistants (PAs) are trained to work hands-on with patients, often serving as an extension of the primary care doctor by providing primary care services to patients. PAs are licensed medical professionals who can perform an array of services including clinical examinations, diagnostic services, test result interpretations, counseling on preventive care, advising a treatment plan and more. In a primary care setting, PAs often take on specific roles, including preventive medicine and acute crisis management.


The thought of consulting with someone besides a medical doctor causes trepidation for some traditional patients. Before insisting on an MD, consider these five benefits to seeing a PA as a primary care provider:


A PA's training mirrors that of the medical profession. Introduced as a career for medics returning from war in the 1960s, the PA profession was designed to complement the role of the physician. PA students receive nearly three years of medical training and complete more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations in areas including family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, pediatrics and more.


PAs always have the ear of the doctor. As the doctor's right-hand men and women, PAs are closely tied to the doctor in primary care. Doctors trust PAs to carry out procedures, consultations and examinations on their own, but are available to the PA when complex medical questions arise.


PAs are trained to consider the whole patient, utilizing the skills of individual members of a team. PAs can help advise patients about lifestyle decisions and preventive care.


PAs take time to communicate with the patient.  While every health care professional is pressed for time, the PA's schedule often allows for more time to ask questions and discuss health care matters.


Approval ratings are high for the PA profession. Studies show patient satisfaction increases when a PA is available within the practice setting.


If you are interested in locating a PA as a primary care provider in Kentucky, visit To learn more about the PA profession, visit the American Academy of Physician Assistants.


Virgina Valentin, MCMS, PA-C, is an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences and immediate past president of the Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants. Hannah Anderson is a PA student developing a website resource for patients seeking out PAs in their Kentucky communities.



Register for Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 16:33

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting registrations for the 2015 Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars. Students are encouraged to present, perform, or demonstrate their faculty-mentored scholarly work from across all disciplines.  


Students are also encouraged to nominate their faculty mentor for the Mentor Award.


Students may submit an abstract of their work and request a poster print at The deadline for submission is April 1. 


The Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars will take place 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 in the Ballrooms of the UK Student Center. The event is open to the UK community and public. 

Doctoral Candidate Wins Award for Paper on UK Prison Exchange Course

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 15:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2015) — Molly Malany Sayre, a doctoral candidate in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, has been awarded the 2015 Teaching Social Problems Paper Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP).


Sayre, of Cincinnati, Ohio, received the award for her paper focusing on an Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program course at UK, which comprises UK students, or "outside" students, and incarcerated individuals in the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington, or "inside" students.


Sayre was a teaching assistant for Professor Michelle Staton-Tindall's Fall 2014 class. Offered by the College of Social Work, the UK course examined the use and abuse of substances and their relationship to crime through the analysis of sociological and clinical social work theories.


In her paper, Sayre explores the implications of the Inside-Out course for outside students’ reification and recognition of people who are incarcerated, and by extension, members of groups that typically receive social work services.


The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program was developed in 1997 at Temple University and founded on the premise that incarcerated individuals and college students had a significant amount to learn from each other when studying together as peers in the same environment. The program is currently successfully operating in more than 300 prison institutions and college/university programs worldwide.


Sayre will receive a cash award of $100, a certificate of recognition, a one year membership to SSSP, and will present her paper at the 2015 SSSP Annual Meeting in August.  




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Portion of Woodland Avenue to Close March 13-22

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 23:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015) — Starting at 7 p.m. today, Friday, March 13, through the afternoon of Sunday, March 22, a portion of Woodland Avenue will be closed due to the installation of a sanitary sewer line for The 90, an 80,000-square-foot facility that will open in Fall 2015 and house new dining facilities as well as multiple student support and academic enhancement areas.


During this time, Woodland Avenue from Hilltop Avenue to Columbia Avenue will be closed. Signage will be in place clearly indicating the detours.


Hilltop Avenue from the W.T. Young Library Visitor Lot to the Rose Street Garage will remain open to local traffic only; both parking areas will remain accessible at all times.


The section of Woodland Avenue from Columbia Avenue to Euclid Avenue will remain open.


For more information on the project, visit  


The CATS Break Route, which is scheduled to run Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, will be impacted by the road closures. Parking and Transportation Services will announce details of the revised route on


Anyone who normally travels in the vicinity should allow extra travel time. Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to use caution as they navigate the area. Signage will indicate detours and sidewalk closures.


The project is expected to conclude by Sunday, March 22, but the work is weather-dependent and timetables are subject to change.

Descendent of UK Founder is Guest on WUKY's 'UK Perspectives'

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 18:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 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 program Godell interviews a descendent of UK founder John Bryan Bowman -- his great, great, great, great granddaughter is a freshman at UK.


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


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

UK Pediatric Palliative Care Provider Chosen to Lead AAHPM Group

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 17:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015) — UK Health Care pediatrician Dr. Lindsay B. Ragsdale was recently elected as chair of the Pediatric Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine (AAHPM).


Ragsdale is the associate director of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), which serves families of seriously ill children at Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH). PACT focuses on improving quality of life, communicating health information to families and managing pain for patients in many sections of the hospital. In addition, Ragsdale serves as a pediatric hospitalist at KCH and assistant professor of pediatrics.


A member of the AAHPM for three years, Ragsdale assumes a leadership role in the national association as a relatively young practitioner. In this role, she hopes to facilitate the continued growth pediatric palliative care services within the medical profession.


"We are seeing a change of tide in leadership, and I feel very humbled," Ragsdale said.  "I hope our generation can help take on this task of making pediatric palliative care more available."


Ragsdale acquired her medical degree in 2006 at the University of Kentucky and afterward completed a pediatric residency at UK. She completed a fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia before returning to UK HealthCare in 2013. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and also board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


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UK Hosts 100 International Fulbright Students For Global Health Seminar

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 14:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015)  The University of Kentucky International Center hosted 100 Fulbright students from 55 different countries for the 2015 Fulbright Global Health Innovations Seminar from February 25 to March 1.


As one of the Fulbright Program’s enrichment activities, the seminar supported the Fulbright Program’s overall mission – “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” said Lana Muck, deputy director of the U.S. Department of State.


Fulbright students, who study public health and related areas in the U.S., attended a variety of events during the seminar. Muck said this seminar helped Fulbright students get a better understanding of American culture.


“Through this enrichment seminar, Fulbright students developed a better understanding of contemporary U.S. life and culture, as well as policy formulation and important global public health issues,” Muck said.


Thomas Mohren, a student from the Netherlands, who is pursuing a Master of Science degree on insect flight at the University of Washington in Seattle, said the seminar was about networking and learning about different cultures.


“The most interesting thing for me was meeting with people from all over the world,” Mohren said. “Not just talking about global health related issues, but also how life is in other countries.”


Rama Dhenni, a student from Indonesia, who studies immunology at the University of Cincinnati, said participating in this seminar was a beneficial experience.


“I learned a lot about the problems of global health, and how we can be involved to solve those problems,” Dhenni said.


Muck said UK was selected among a wide range of colleges and universities across the nation. She said UK did a good job hosting the event.


“The Fulbright Program invited a diverse group of colleges and universities to submit proposals to host the Global Health Innovations seminar. In selecting our seminar host sites, we look for the most comprehensive and innovative proposals,” Muck said. “The University of Kentucky did a good job reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of global health and drawing on faculty and students across the university’s many colleges.”


The Seminar is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.



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UK Engineering Senior Helps Design a Future for Ugandan Students

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:49

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015) — "Despite how challenging of a major or career it is, it's worth it to me because I know it's going to make other people's lives better," said Jonathan Kellogg, a senior at the University of Kentucky.


The path he chose: civil engineering, which affects everyone, every day (think about the pavement you drive on, the water you drink, the air you breathe).  


It's true — civil engineers are responsible for shaping the society around them and have made modern lifestyles possible, and are still working to improve conditions for others around the world. Kellogg, not yet graduated, has already begun to channel his skills and education into advancing the lives of others. 


He journeyed to the Ugandan cities of Kampala and Jinja in the fall of 2014, where he spent the semester not only gaining hands-on experience as a soon-to-be engineer, but also devoting himself to a greater mission: laying the groundwork for the Amazima Academy, eventually educating hundreds of Ugandan students.


"To be able to work and knowing that all the hours I was spending in AutoCAD, our software for drafting the design work, knowing that those designs would one day be built and that eight to 900 children — who would not otherwise have had an education — would be able to have that. It's a tremendous privilege," Kellogg said.


A large-scale project ($6-$7 million), the Amazima Christian boarding school will provide education to secondary students, focused on problem solving, creative thinking and the entrepreneurial skills necessary for students to better themselves and their families after graduation. Still in its early stages of development, the organization has utilized volunteers from abroad to design plans for the campus.


Kellogg, who views civil engineering as a public service, completed his trip through Engineering Ministries International, a nonprofit Christian development organization comprising architects, engineers and design professionals who donate their skills to help children and families around the world. Still enrolled as a full-time student and earning credit for his work in Uganda, Kellogg also received scholarships from the UK College of Engineering that helped fund his trip.


Although it was an opportunity that no doubt offered unique professional experiences to Kellogg, he personally viewed it more as a mission trip, following in his grandparents footsteps who served as missionaries in Kenya. "My faith was the main motivator," he said.


But his education and experience also helped him succeed in a variety of tasks — some that may seem to have little impact in the U.S., but are significant improvements in the East African country. Kellogg drafted the site utility plan and electrical and plumbing plans, created a water distribution model, and designed the wastewater treatment system, among other responsibilities.


"The wastewater was a unique situation because there was no municipal city wastewater line to tap into. So all of that has to be treated on site and that was a big responsibility for me towards the end," Kellogg said. "It was probably the most intense part of the project…figuring out how to treat all of this wastewater for 800 students, plus however many faculty."


Not only was the scope of the project intense, but so too was the impact. Without the system, contaminated water and soil could cause illnesses ranging from viral gastroenteritis to cholera. According to World Health Organization data, 2 million annual deaths are attributable to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. As organizations around the world continue their efforts to reduce that number, the plans Kellogg worked on are especially important for the success of the school. 


"As a school and as a country, as they develop, there needs to be a change in the mindset of people…structures and roads need to support clean water and an effective wastewater system," Kellogg said.  


But Kellogg realizes the change has to be a realistic improvement for it to be lasting. Take, for example, his plans for pit latrines, instead of western plumbing systems.


"These children, you know, they don't grow up with toilets and luxuries of the Western world, so for them, actually, this is a huge step up. We have the capabilities, the funds, engineering expertise to create very Western accommodations for them, but that isn’t the mission of the school.


"They don't want to just take these kids from a third-world country and kind of box them into this very Western living style, then try to educate them and then reinstate them back into the community where they would feel almost alien to," he said.


Instead, the goal of the project is to come alongside the local community, joining them in the process of development. And that's just what Kellogg did, contributing more than just his engineering expertise.


He also personally served those in need around the community. On Saturdays, he ventured into neighborhoods where he and others would reach out to orphans — feeding them, teaching scripture and playing games with them. 


After returning to the U.S., Kellogg realized how beneficial it is to study engineering here, having more expertise to bring to the table when working in developing nations. Every country has a different climate, soil types and engineering problems, but that fundamental base of engineering education is essential, he said.


The civil engineering senior is also pursuing a master's in business administration at UK after he graduates, but his goal isn't necessarily to become a CEO or to revamp an entire third-world nation; he says it is to simply live his life "with excellence and to serve wherever I am, however I can."




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UK College of Engineering Hosting Biomedical Research Day

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015) – Exhibiting the convergence of medicine, biology and engineering to deliver health care solutions, and as part of the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) 10th Annual Spring Conference, the UK College of Engineering will host its Biomedical Research Day Wednesday, March 25, at the Lexington Convention Center.


"Biomedical engineering is an important and growing research area for our college," said John Walz, dean of the College of Engineering. "Each of our departments has faculty working on biomedical-related problems, so it is also highly interdisciplinary."


"The CCTS Spring Conference offers a great opportunity to showcase the College of Engineering biomedical research activities," said David Puleo, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. "The college has a history of collaboration, dating back to the 1950s, in which engineering principles are directed at problems in human health. These activities ultimately led to establishment of the Center for Biomedical Engineering (the forerunner to the department) 30 years ago this summer. We appreciate this occasion for the student, postdoctoral, and faculty investigators from the college to present their ongoing research projects." 


The event will feature Peter Ma, the Richard H Kingery Endowed Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan, as the keynote speaker. Ma, a professor in the departments of biologic and materials sciences, biomedical engineering, and materials science and engineering, will deliver his lecture, "Engineering 3D Microenvironments for Regeneration,” at 1:30 p.m.


Ma is a worldwide expert in the design and testing of multiscaled biomimetic materials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. Named one of the Top 100 materials scientists in the world (2000-2010) by Thomson Reuters in 2011, Ma is an inventor of 28 U.S. patents and patent applications, has published more than 200 articles and has received numerous awards.


In his presentation, Ma will describe biomaterials engineering strategies for creating niches in which cells are directed to differentiate and generate functional tissues. 


Following Ma's lecture, three biomedical engineering experts from the UK College of Engineering will present their research from 2:30-3:30 p.m.


Brad Berron, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, will present, “Selective Cellular Encapsulation for High Purity Cell Populations.” Berron will describe an entirely new approach to cellular sorting based on the selective deposition of a protective coating on a cell and the destruction of all unprotected cells.


Guoqiang Yu, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, will present, “Near-infrared Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy and Tomography of Deep Tissue

Hemodynamics and Metabolism.” Yu will review the development history of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), NIR diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS), and the combination of NIRS and DCS, and recent applications in animals and humans.


Todd Hastings, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will present, "An Optical Intraocular Pressure Monitoring System for Improved Glaucoma Management.” Elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) is a primary cause, risk factor and treated parameter for glaucoma. However, infrequent IOP measurements in an ophthalmologist’s office remain insufficient to fully manage the disease. Hastings will present an implantable optical IOP sensor that enables long-term monitoring while reducing size, complexity and risk compared to electronic sensors currently under development. 


A poster session, including the student poster competition, will follow the research presentations from 3:30-5:30 p.m.


For more information about the CCTS 10th Annual Spring Conference, visit




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Upcoming Faculty Workshops for International Fulbright Program

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2015)  The University of Kentucky ranks highly for the number of faculty conducting groundbreaking work on the international stage through the Fulbright Program. In the past three years, more than 20 UK faculty members have been awarded Fulbright Scholar grants.


Gary Garrison, who operates Global Fellowship Advising and Resources, advised many of the successful Fulbright recipients. Garrison was employed for 33 years at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, administering Fulbright Scholar Programs for the Middle East/North Africa and South/Central Asia.  


“The University of Kentucky often ranks in the top 10 among research institutions for the number of faculty Fulbright recipients,” said Beth Barnes, interim assistant provost for internationalization. “Our hope is that these workshops will continue to build off of this great work and provide our faculty with more opportunities with the prestigious Fulbright Program.”


To help continue this success, Garrison will return in March to conduct workshops and to meet privately with interested applicants.  His workshops will take place on the following dates:


Monday, March 23, in the W. T. Young Library, Alumni Gallery

9:30-10:30 a.m., Workshop

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Individual consultations

1-2 p.m., Workshop

2-5 p.m., Individual consultations


Tuesday, March 24, in the Plant Sciences Building

10-11 a.m., Workshop (Cameron Williams Auditorium)

12:30-3 p.m., Individual consultations (Room 460)


Garrison will discuss the Core Fulbright Scholar program and the Fulbright Specialist Program.


The Core Fulbright Scholar program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The 2015-16 competition opened Feb. 1 and closes Aug. 1.


The Fulbright Specialist Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter grant lengths give Specialists greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional goals. There is a rolling deadline for these competitions.


Alan Fryar, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, was recently awarded a Fulbright for his research in Fez, Morocco.


“The Fulbright workshop I attended was really worthwhile,” said Fryar. “I gained insight into how the review panels work and personalized guidance about the organization and content of my application.”


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