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Markey Cancer Center Director is Guest on WUKY's 'UK Perspectives'

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 16:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 20, 2016) — 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, guest host WUKY News Director Alan Lytle talks with Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center, about his annual state of the cancer center address.

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/uk-perspectives-mark-evers-and-markey-cancer-center.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Appalachian Research Day Brings Findings Back to the Community

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 14:26

HAZARD, Ky. (May 20, 2016) — For many University of Kentucky researchers who study health in Appalachia, the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) is an indispensible partner in conducting community-based research. The Center, located in Hazard, Kentucky, connects researchers with the local community and provides necessary infrastructure, from conference rooms to a team of community health workers, called Kentucky Homeplace, who engage participants and gather data. 

 

This week, researchers shared the findings from these community-based studies at the second annual Appalachian Research Day.

 

“Today is an opportunity for people who do research with the Center to report back about their findings, and see what we can come up with together to better our lives here in Appalachia,” said Fran Feltner, director of the CERH.

 

Rural Appalachian communities in Eastern Kentucky experience some of the nation’s most concerning health disparities, including elevated rates of obesity, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, depression, and cancer incidence and death. Residents of Appalachia might also face challenges in accessing health care, such as distance from providers, lack of insurance, or socioeconomic barriers.

 

Community-based research is essential in addressing disproportionate rates of poor health by collaboratively identifying problems and developing shared solutions that are a good fit for communities. For this type of research to succeed, it must begin at the local level, built upon the foundation of relationships with individuals, neighborhoods and groups who have common questions and concerns. In Eastern Kentucky, the CERH has enabled community-based studies since 1990, when it was founded to improve health through education, service, and research.

 

In 2015, the CERH launched Appalachian Research Day as an opportunity to share and discuss research findings with the communities that were involved in the studies. Feltner describes the day as an invitation for everyone involved in community health research to “come sit on the porch” of the Center and talk about their work and ongoing needs. More than 100 researchers, coordinatators, community health workers, community advisory board members, students, and staff participated this year, with four podium presentations and 13 poster presentations.

 

“These research findings drive new and exciting health initiatives that are transforming lives across our rural Appalachian region,” Feltner said.  

 

The presen­tations focused on community research related to healthy lifestyles, depression, lung cancer screening, drug use and risk behaviors in Appalachia.

 

Mark Dignan, professor in the UK College of Medicine and director of the UK Prevention Research Center, discussed his work with faith-based communities to study energy balance, obesity and cancer in Appalachia.  According to the CDC, the national obesity rate in adults is about 29 percent, while in Appalachian states the rate is 31-35 percent. Dignan was particularly interested in how to help people re-engineer their lives to include more physical activity.

 

“When you do research in the community, hopefully you’ll make change that will be lasting,” he said.

 

Rates of depression are also higher in Appalachia than the rest of the country. For Appalachian women, the rate of depression is four times higher than the national rate. They are also less likely to receive adequate treatment, according to Claire Snell-Rood, PhD, who shared her research on adapting treatment options for rural settings where the traditional mental health system is both inappropriate and inadequate.

 

“This research focuses on how to adapt evidence-based programs to address not only limited treatment options in rural areas, but the substantial social and health challenges that impede Appalachian women from obtaining the care they need,” she said.

 

Snell-Rood worked with Kentucky Homeplace community health workers to conduct interviews with women, and she is currently adapting a collaborative, peer-based practice to support rural individuals in developing their own processes for wellbeing.

 

Roberto Cardarelli, DO, MPH, professor and chief of community medicine in the UK College of Medicine, also presented his research project, the Terminate Lung Cancer study, which aims to understand the knowledge and attitudes of lung cancer screening among high-risk rural populations. Kentucky’s lung cancer mortality rate dramatically exceeds the national lung cancer mortality rate, with 73.2 deaths per 100,000 in Kentucky versus 49.5 nationally. Cardarelli and his team conducted focus groups in order to develop an effective campaign to promote lung cancer screening in the region.

 

“We like to focus on research that’s important to communities, and we couldn’t find a more important topic than tobacco cessation and lung cancer screening,” he said.

 

The final presentation of the day addressed drug use and prescription opioid use in Eastern Kentucky. Michele Staton-Tindall, PhD, associate professor in the UK College of Social Work, conducted research in jails to learn about drug use and health-related risk behaviors among rural women in Appalachia. She said that rates of drug use are “alarmingly high” in this area of Appalachia, with many users injecting.

 

“Injection is the preferred route of administration, which is coupled with increased public health risks including HCV and HIV,” she said.

 

The event was supported in part by the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science, which aims to accelerate discoveries that improve human health, with particular focus on the Appalachian region.

 

For Feltner, a nurse who has worked in rural health for 35 years, Appalachian Research Day represents the best qualities of the place she calls home.

 

“What I love most about Appalachia is the fellowship we have together, as neighbors and friends, working together to solve problems.”

 

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

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Registration Open for Kentucky Military Family Camp

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 14:16

LEXINGTON, Ky., (May 20, 2016) — Military families with young children can enjoy an adventure at a Kentucky camp designed to strengthen family bonds in a fun-filled atmosphere.

 

The 2016 camp is June 10-12 at the University of Kentucky’s Robinson Forest. It is open to families with at least one child who is 6 years old and under. Families must have a member serving in any active duty military branch, Reserve or National Guard, or have a member who is a veteran or a Department of Defense civilian or contractor.

 

Scheduled activities, which include creek walks, fossil making and scavenger hunts, will help families connect with nature and promote kindergarten readiness.

 

Priority is given to families who haven’t attended a previous Kentucky Military Family Camp. Though the camps are in Kentucky, they are open to military families throughout the country.

 

The free camp is funded through a grant the UK Cooperative Extension Service received from Kentucky’s System to Enhance Early Development.

 

Spots are quickly filling. Interested families can access the Kentucky camp application online at http://fcs-hes.ca.uky.edu/content/military-family-programs.

 

Several military youth and military family camps are offered throughout the United States. Individuals interested in the different options can visit the 4-H Military Partnerships website at http://4-hmilitarypartnerships.org/. For more information about the Kentucky camp or volunteer opportunities, contact Tyrone Atkinson, coordinator for UK’s Family and Consumer Sciences Extension military programs, at 859-218-1546 or tcatki2@uky.edu.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katie Pratt, 859-257-8774.

A Day in the Life of a UK Student: May 20-22, 1912

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 12:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 20, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 226th, 227th and 228th diary entries from May 20, 21 and 22, 1912, recall a meeting with a professor on job prospects, a visit with the university's president about the school's student government, and a relaxing day reading "The Harvester" by Gene Stratton-Porter.

 

May 20th. "The plans of mice and men" — meant to put in the morning sewing, but Prof. Noe called for Hattie, Jessie Mit and me, and over we went. As a direct result I get some recommends and apply for a job. Shall I spend the year with Phyllis.

May 21st. Have a big class meeting at which I preside and appoint a few committees. We decide to have chapel and Addie, Dosty, and I fly around, see Prof. White, and Prof. Melcher — finally decide to have it on Thursday. After chapel Judge Barker called Jessie Milton and me into his office, and all unknowingly I found out that the Student Government Committee had been at work.

May 22nd. Read "The Harvester"

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, graduated in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928 from UK. After receiving her AB, she taught for a year at Middlesboro, Kentucky, another year at Paducah, Kentucky, and seven years in Cynthiana, Kentucky. After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in the Fayette County schools. At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.

The first woman to receive a Ph.D. from UK, McClure said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite of those words, McClure received her doctoral degree in American history in 1934.

 

Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.” McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish. 

 

McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them. She then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.

 

The UK alumna and educator was very active in the community. McClure was a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album and other assorted photographs related to McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her UK classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots.

 

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Diary transcriptions completed by senior Taylor Adams, Special Collections Learning Lab intern and history major from Ashland, Kentucky.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

 

 

 

Researchers Present Cancer Studies at Markey Research Day

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 16:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2016) – The annual University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Research Day not only provides researchers with the opportunity to share their work, but to get feedback from colleagues. An estimated 400 people were in attendance at the event, with about 50 staff members tasked with judging posters.

 

While many posters are presented by seasoned researchers, high school, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students, as well as junior researchers and staff, also can submit work and request to have their poster presentation judged by faculty members.

 

For Kim Lakocy, a fourth year undergraduate nursing student, this year’s Markey Research Day was her introduction to cancer research. Working with Robin Vanderpool, associate professor and vice chair in the Department of Heath Behavior, Lakocy helped research the use of an application to meet a new American College of Surgeons’ requirement that 75 percent of patients have survivorship care plans. The team she worked with created an application to populate patient’s demographic information like name, age and cancer type into the necessary forms. This application is intended to save time and allow Markey to meet the requirement by 2018. This year, Lakocy learned about the interdisciplinary nature of research and plans to participate in research day in the future. 

 

A diverse array of specialties, from behavioral health to chemical engineering, were represented at the 2016 event with 107 posters on display. Oral presentations were made by one scientist; one senior research associate and two graduate students; and faculty oral presentations were made by Dr. Natasha Kyprianou, the James F. Hardymon Chair of Urology Research, and Dr. Robert DiPaola, the new dean of the College of Medicine. Dr. B. Mark Evers also presented the “State of the Cancer Center” address.

 

The event concluded with an award ceremony. Winners include:

 

Overall Winner

 

Stuart Jarrett, “AKAP12 is a UV-inducible scaffold which regulates nucleotide excision repair by promoting PKA-mediated ATR phosphorylation”

 

Basic Science – Graduate Student

 

1st place: Brittany Carpenter, “The integrin alpha6beta4 promotes pancreatic cancer invasion by altering DNA repair-mediated epigenetics”

2nd place: Maria Dixon, “AFP anti-sense transcripts in mouse liver and their potential role in gene regulation”

 

Basic Science – Postdocs

 

1st place: Lei Wang, “Autophagy deficiency stabilizes p62 and HIF-1α to promote stemness property in arsenic-induced transformed cells”

2nd place: Julia Schulz, “Dual PI3K/Akt Inhibition: A New Strategy to Improve Drug Delivery in Glioblastoma Therapy”

 

 

Clinical Science – Graduate Student

 

1st place: Nathan Pauly, “Smoking Cessation Quitline: A Return on Investment Analysis”

2nd place: Daniel Zetter, “Epithelial-Mesenchymal-Transition in Bladder Cancer Progression”

 

 

Clinical Science – Postdocs

 

1st place: Ramon Sun, “A liquid diet for mapping metabolic networks in PDX mice using stable-isotope resolved metabolomics”

2nd place: Anh-Thu Le, “Thromboelastography demonstrates perioperative hypercoagulability in hepato-pancreato-biliary patients and supports routine administration of preoperative and early postoperative venous thromboembolism chemoprophylaxis”

 

 

 

Markey Achievements Featured in Annual “State of the Cancer Center” Address at Markey Research Day

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 16:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2016) — Dr. Mark Evers, director of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, gave his annual "State of the Cancer Center" address Wednesday at Markey Research Day, highlighting the center's major accomplishments in patient care, recruitment, research and outreach from the past year.

 

"Markey is making great strides in both clinical care and research, and we plan to continue that trend moving forward," Evers said. "Kentucky is still home to the worst cancer rates in the country, and we will continue to expand our reach and provide acute-level cancer care for not just Kentuckians, but patients from neighboring states and even across the country who are seeking services only we can provide."

 

Patient Care at Markey

Patient growth continues to increase with more than 94,000 outpatient visits in the past year, a four percent increase over 2015 visits and a 42 percent increase since Evers’ arrival in 2009. In addition, the number of analytic cancer cases seen by Markey doctors has nearly doubled — 49 percent — since 2009.

 

Markey’s five-year survival rates for lung, brain, prostate, liver and ovarian cancers are higher than the national average. In particular, Markey’s liver cancer survival rates are outstanding, with a 27 percent five-year-survival rate versus the SEER national average of 16 percent.

 

Cancer Research

Cancer funding continues to increase, with Markey bringing in $43 million in funds from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and other peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed sources — a $5 million increase in research funding over the previous year.

 

Under a new partnership with the NCI-designated cancer center at The Ohio State University, Markey will be a phase I and II trial site for OSU’s NCI-sponsored UM1 grant, providing access to new clinical trials for Markey patients. The goal is to develop the most effective dose and schedules for further therapeutic investigation of new anticancer agents that will be tested in late-phase clinical trials by the National Clinical Trials Network

 

 

In early 2015, the cancer center launched the Markey Cancer Center Research Network (MCCRN), a new initiative conducting high priority cancer research through a network of collaborative centers with expertise in delivery of cancer care and conduct of research studies. Medical centers participating in the MCCRN will have the opportunity to either conduct clinical trials on-site or have a quick line of referral to Markey for trial participation.

 

Currently, the MCCRN has three sites on board, with several more to join over the next year:

·      King's Daughters Medical Center, Ashland

·      Hardin Memorial Health, Elizabethtown

·      St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead

·      St. Mary's Regional Cancer Center, Huntington, W.Va

 

Markey's Reach Across the State

Though based in Lexington, Markey also strives to provide access to top-notch cancer care across the state and beyond through the Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network (MCCAN). The MCCAN is a group of health care facilities that provide high-quality cancer services and programs in their communities with the support and guidance of the UK Markey Cancer Center, allowing patients to receive their care closer to home.

 

Currently, the MCCAN comprises 16 medical centers across the state of Kentucky:

·      Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester

·      Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Danville

·      Frankfort Regional Medical Center, Frankfort

·      Georgetown Community Hospital, Georgetown

·      Hardin Memorial Hospital, Elizabethtown

·      Harlan ARH Hospital, Harlan

·      Harrison Memorial Hospital, Cynthiana

·      Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center, Hazard

·      Methodist Hospital, Henderson

·      Norton Cancer Institute, Louisville

·      Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ashland

·      St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead

·      Rockcastle Regional Hospital, Mount Vernon

·      The Medical Center at Bowling Green

·      TJ Samson Community Hospital

·      Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center, South Williamson

 

Additionally, evaluations are under way for several other hospitals, further establishing Markey as the destination cancer center for the region. 

 

The Future of Cancer Care in Kentucky

The faculty and staff at Markey have a busy few years ahead of them, as the cancer center prepares to submit its application for an NCI designation as a comprehensive cancer center in 2017. Currently, 45 of the 69 total NCI-designated cancer centers in the country hold a comprehensive cancer center status.

 

To earn this top level of designation, cancer centers must show a depth and breadth of research in each of three major areas: laboratory, clinical, and population-based research, as well as substantial transdisciplinary research that bridges these scientific areas. Additionally, outreach is especially important, and comprehensive cancer centers must demonstrate professional and public education and outreach capabilities, including the dissemination of clinical and public health advances in the communities it serves.

 

"Earning a comprehensive cancer center designation from the NCI would be another giant leap forward for Markey," Evers said. “We’ve already established ourselves as the destination cancer center for the state, and moving forward, we will continue to push to become a leader in cancer clinical care and research across the country.”

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or allison.perry@uky.edu

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

A Day in the Life of a UK Student: May 19, 1912

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 13:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 225th diary entry from May 19, 1912, recalls the senior's Sunday plans.

 

May 19th. Go to church, and then to Elizabeth's for dinner.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, graduated in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928 from UK. After receiving her AB, she taught for a year at Middlesboro, Kentucky, another year at Paducah, Kentucky, and seven years in Cynthiana, Kentucky. After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in the Fayette County schools. At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.

 

The first woman to receive a Ph.D. from UK, McClure said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite of those words, McClure received her doctoral degree in American history in 1934.

 

Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.” McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish. 

 

McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them. She then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.

 

The UK alumna and educator was very active in the community. McClure was a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album and other assorted photographs related to McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her UK classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots.

 

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Diary transcriptions completed by senior Taylor Adams, Special Collections Learning Lab intern and history major from Ashland, Kentucky.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

 

UK Student Selected for Fulbright Summer Institute in England

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2016) The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced that history junior Abigail King, of Lexington, has been selected for a place at a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at England's Durham University in one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide. 

 

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission is the only bilateral, transatlantic scholarship program offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field, at any accredited United States or United Kingdom university. The commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer program participants are expected to be future leaders for tomorrow and support the "special relationship" between the U.S. and U.K.

 

As a participant, King has been selected from a strong applicant pool to experience the U.K. on a four-week summer program. The theme of the institute is "The Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages." Durham's Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) will guide students from the Roman Empire through Saxons, Vikings and the supreme kingdom of Northumbria and onto the medieval Northeast. The Summer Institute students will engage with a number of projects linked to the Binchester excavations which are exploring the Roman to medieval transformation of this frontier region.

 

"Upon learning I received the place I was in disbelief up until I called my parents, and then I was crying tears of joy. As a Fulbright summer program participant, I will gain experience in archaeology, learn more about medieval culture and current U.K. culture, and become an ambassador for my host university and the program," King said "I hope this work will enhance my teamwork and communication skills, my interest in archaeology, my knowledge on the Middle Ages, and I hope the program helps me grow as a leader."

 

Penny Egan, executive director of the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission said, "In the 70th year of the Special Relationship, we can celebrate American students seeking study abroad opportunities through our Summer Institute program. This is a unique opportunity to get a taste of British higher education while interacting with students from across the globe. As part of a diverse and high-achieving cohort, these students will gain immensely from the experience."

 

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission selects participants through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Program and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.

 

Fulbright Summer Institutes cover all participant costs. In addition, Fulbright summer participants receive a distinctive support and cultural education program including visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in country, a re-entry session and opportunity to join the program's alumni networks.

 

King, the daughter of Dave and Deanna King of Lexington, is pursuing a degree in history and a minor in classics at UK. A member of the Honors Program, she recently completed an internship with the Special Collections Research Center Learning Lab, where she and her fellow interns processed the Frankel and Curtis Architectural Drawings Collection.

 

UK students interested in U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission may apply through the university’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. Part of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the office assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with Pat Whitlow at the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards well in advance of the scholarship deadline.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

 

VSA Program Enables Expressive Learning, Artful Healing for KCH Patients

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2016) — With their legs folded in the yoga stance called Lotus pose, sisters Anayia and Armani Happy sat knee-to-knee on Anayia’s hospital bed, tapping the silver cylinders on sets of Indonesian xylophones.

 

After a few initial strikes of their mallets, the Happy sisters were entranced with the mellow sound produced by a gentle tap on these foreign instruments. With no prior training or practice with the xylophones, the two girls played their instruments to create an extemporaneous musical arrangement. As soon as the budding percussionists established a consistent and confident rhythm, musician Gregory Acker joined the ensemble with a flute solo — kicking up the energy in the Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) room.

 

Acker then reached into a trunk full of abstract instruments and swapped out the sisters’ xylophones for a set of shakers and a West African hand drum. He then invited the sisters to use their instruments to perform and sing a familiar childhood song — the Alphabet Song —but with a West African twist. When the girls came to the letter ‘P’ in the song’s sequence of letters, they paused to shout a West African saying that translated to “let’s dance.”

 

Acker is a musical artist supported by a grant from the VSA Kentucky Arts in HealthCare program, which distributes funding for health care facilities to coordinate visits from creative and artistic professionals. These artists offer visual art, instrumental music, clowning, drama and other activities to assist with the healing process, interrupt the monotony of hospital care and empower patients to express themselves. In the past 15 years, KCH has received more than $25,000 from VSA award funding to bring artful healing to patients.

 

“It’s one of the nicest things I do in my artistic life,” Acker said of his visits to KCH. “You meet people in a really challenging place in their lives. Finding the beauty in life is super important at that point.”

 

Acker, a teaching artist who is part of the Sound Community in Louisville, Kentucky, enlivens patient rooms at Kentucky Children’s Hospital once a month by providing patients and families with the novel experience of playing musical instruments indigenous to West Africa and Indonesia. Pulling a trunk filled with cymbals, drums, shakers, xylophones and other musical instruments behind him, Acker stops in each pod of the hospital to invite children, families and sometimes hospital staff to try their hand at a few of his musical instruments. Acker, a former PeaceCorp volunteer who was based in two African countries and Indonesia, specializes in world music with study experience in India and Indonesia. With permission from the patients, he records a CD, which the families can take home to remember a positive moment during their hospital stay. 

 

In addition to Acker, KCH’s VSA grant supports visits from visual artist and muralist Christine Kuhn and Cambo the Clown, who entertains children and families with a combination of music, humor, and juggling and magic tricks.

 

“While our health care providers and Child Life team make every attempt to serve the needs and maintain the comfort of our patients and families, we realize that the hospitalization experience carries a tremendous burden, especially for a child who’d rather be playing,” Erin McAnallen, the VSA child life coordinator at KCH, said. “Getting artists here to engage with the children truly makes a difference. These artists turn a time in life that could be a lasting negative memory into something positive and enduring for the family.”

 

VSA Kentucky is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing inclusive arts and education programs for children, youth and adults with disabilities, in addition to professional development for artist and teachers in schools and communities statewide. For more information, click here.

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UK Crime Bulletin Issued in Theft of Motor Scooters

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 20:17

 LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2016) —  The University of Kentucky Police Department issued the following UK Crime Bulletin today concerning motor scooter thefts.

 

In the interest of safety, the University of Kentucky Police Department has issued the following Crime Bulletin for the University of Kentucky Campus.

 

The University of Kentucky Police Department received reports of stolen motor scooters on the following dates from the following locations:  

  • Two from outside of 447 Pennsylvania Court on Thursday, April 21, 2016.
  • Two from outside of 429 Columbia Ave. between Friday, April 22 and Sunday, April 24, 2016.
  • One outside of Champions Court II, 326 S. Martin Luther King Blvd. around 2:44 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
  • One outside of Memorial Coliseum around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
  • One outside of W.T. Young Library, 401 Hilltop Ave. around 1 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016 (recovered by UKPD).
  • One outside of Woodland Glen I, 720 Woodland Ave. at 6:33 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, 2016.
  • One in Parking Structure 8-UK Medical Center Parking Garage on Monday, May 16, 2016.  

 

Suspect descriptions have varied across the incidents.    

 

University of Kentucky Police Department has issued this Crime Bulletin for the UK community in compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998.

 

If anyone has any information regarding these incidents, please contact UK Police at 859-257-8573.

 

The University of Kentucky values a safe community for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors. In the interest of promoting a safe and secure campus environment, UK Police offer the following safety precautions:

 

  • If you see something, say something; report suspicious activity to UK Police immediately. For emergencies, call 911.
  • Whenever possible, avoid thefts of opportunity and secure property with locks. Opportunity theft is the direct result of property and valuables left unattended and unsecured, even for short periods of time, which provides a thief with the opportunity to steal your valuables.
  • Maintain a thorough record of your valuables, to include photographs, serial numbers, makes and models, etc.
  • Mopeds and scooters on campus are required to have a motor scooter/motorcycle permit. Permits may be obtained at http://www.uky.edu/pts/.

 

 

 

William Clark Named Director of Research Information Services

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 19:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2016) —The University of Kentucky Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) has announced that William “Billy” Clark has been appointed director of Research Information Services. 

 

As director, Clark manages the computing infrastructure for research administration, research support units and the centers and institutes that report to the VPR, and he oversees a staff of nine programmers, database administrators, server administrators and tech support personnel.

 

Research Information Services developed and oversees the sponsored projects administration database and is completing development of an electronic Internal Review Board system. These projects are integral to the grants administration and research integrity operations of the university, Clark said.

 

“I am honored to be appointed the Research Information Services director. Continuing to expand and strengthen our research IT infrastructure is instrumental in promoting research at the University of Kentucky,” Clark said. “Our accomplished staff are excited to provide innovative solutions to improve the strong foundation for research support.”

 

Clark has worked in Research Information Services since 2012 and has served as interim director since February 2015.

 

“We look forward to continuing to work with Billy and his team and thank him for taking on this important responsibility on behalf of UK researchers,” said Lisa Cassis, vice president for research.

 

 

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A Day in the Life of a UK Student: May 18, 1912

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 14:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 224th diary entry from May 18, 1912, recalls the senior getting an invitation to a Jackson Purchase Club event for a night of socializing and dancing.

 

May 18th. Go to the Library for Addie, but fail to meet her. See Winona on the street and loaf with her until her train comes.


Inserted next to the May 18, 1912, diary entry McClure included an invitation that reads, "You are invited to Patterson Hall next Saturday evening at eight; The Jackson Purchase Club entertains. Please come and don't be late."


In the evening we all go to the Reception and Dance. Lots of people here. "yes, that's true. That's just right. Exactly right!" I did finally, for once, shake one man to whom I did not want to talk. Jessie Mit and I escorted Mr. Sweetland to the gate.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, graduated in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928 from UK. After receiving her AB, she taught for a year at Middlesboro, Kentucky, another year at Paducah, Kentucky, and seven years in Cynthiana, Kentucky. After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in the Fayette County schools. At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.

 

The first woman to receive a Ph.D. from UK, McClure said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite of those words, McClure received her doctoral degree in American history in 1934.

 

Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.” McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish. 

 

McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them. She then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.

 

The UK alumna and educator was very active in the community. McClure was a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album and other assorted photographs related to McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her UK classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots.

 

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Diary transcriptions completed by senior Taylor Adams, Special Collections Learning Lab intern and history major from Ashland, Kentucky.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

 

VIDEO: Why UK Professor Says the 2016 Presidential Election Is 'Unlike Any Other'

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 14:20

 

Video produced by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2015) — People across the United States, regardless of political affiliation, seem to echo the same observation about the 2016 presidential election. 

 

They’ve never seen anything like it.

 

From a political science perspective is that really true and how does this year’s race for the White House actually compare to other election years in United States history?

 

In the video above, Stephen Voss, associate professor of political science at the University of Kentucky describes the 2016 Election in a nutshell.  

 

To listen to the full “Behind the Blue” podcast with Voss, click on the link below.

 

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

UK Design Welcomes New School of Architecture Director

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 13:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2016) The University of Kentucky College of Design has announced the appointment of Jeffrey Johnson as the new director of the School of Architecture. Johnson joins the faculty from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University where he was the founding director of the Asia Megacities Lab.

 

"I am thrilled to be joining the amazing team at the UK College of Design and look forward to working directly with the students and faculty of the School of Architecture at such an exciting time,” Johnson said. “We have a great opportunity to build on the school’s esteemed reputation as we continue its course as a leader in architectural education."

 

Johnson, a registered architect and a member of the AIA (American Institute of Architects), was chosen from nearly 50 highly accomplished international candidates for the position. “What impressed our committee is that he’s successfully oscillated between academia and professional practice throughout his career,” said Anne Filson, chairman of the search committee. “That combined with his record of intellectual leadership made him an exceptional candidate within a very competitive field.”

 

Most recently, Johnson has been critically examining the historically unprecedented "museumification" of China during the current museum building boom. He has lectured extensively and has taken part in numerous international events, symposia, forums and workshops on the topic of architecture, cities and urbanization. In addition to teaching at Columbia University, he has also taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology and at Tongji University in Shanghai.

 

“In addition to his balance of practice and academia, Professor Johnson is a promising leader in the school and college because of his experimentation at a range of scales from interiors to urban design,” Dean Mitzi Vernon said. “We are excited to have his voice at the table as we grow the College of Design.”

 

Johnson, who received his master's degree in architecture in 1992 and his bachelor's degree in architecture in 1990 from Ball State University, begins as director of the UK School of Architecture on July 1.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Wilson, 859-257-5367, julie.wilson@uky.edu; or Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716, whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

 

UK College of Fine Arts Dean to Lead Arts College at Syracuse University

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 13:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2016) — After six years as dean of the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts, Michael Tick will step down to assume the position of dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. He begins at Syracuse July 1.

 

Syracuse University is a private, coeducational, urban institution located in the heart of Central New York. As dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Tick will lead more than 300 full-time and part-time faculty and nearly 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students in six schools and departments.

 

“I’m very appreciative of Michael’s leadership for the College of Fine Arts for the last six years. During his tenure, the college has made significant advancement through new facilities and programs, while maintaining a commitment to the highest standards of artistic expression, which have been recognized literally around the globe,” said Tim Tracy, UK provost. “We wish Michael and his family only the best as they pursue this newest chapter in their lives at Syracuse."

 

Under Tick’s leadership, the School of Art and Visual Studies moved into a new state-of-the-art facility through a nearly $24 million university investment in a renovated historic building. The building includes specialized areas such as digital media labs, a multipurpose 3D fabrication lab, student studios, and gallery space. In fall 2016, the college will launch the Creative Arts Living Learning Program in a new 1,100-bed residential hall with multidisciplinary spaces for visual, performing, and literary arts. The facility, a partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences, will dramatically enhance student opportunities for creative discovery and innovation on UK’s campus. Because of Tick’s advocacy and commitment to facility improvements, the initial scope and architectural program are in place for a new School of Music Instruction building, which will support rehearsal space for the Wildcat Marching Band.

 

During his tenure, Tick built a centralized administrative support infrastructure for the College of Fine Arts with new positions for communications, recruiting, development, and information technology. The college hired its first chief financial officer and developed an integrated business unit in anticipation of the university’s new budget model. This centralized infrastructure provides strong fiscal oversight of program expenditures as well as a unified identity for student success and patron and donor engagement.

 

One of the College of Fine Arts' many international successes under Tick’s leadership was a successful partnership with the Art College of Inner Mongolia University. In collaboration with the UK Confucius Institute, both colleges agreed to several terms including exchanges of students for study and research; exchanges of faculty members for research, lectures, and discussions; exchanges of academic materials and academic publications; and joint research activities. Delegates from Inner Mongolia came to UK’s campus in 2013 for a week of collaborative concerts, master classes, lectures, and exhibitions. Thirty-five faculty, staff, and students from UK traveled to Inner Mongolia in 2015 to do the same. At present there are nearly 20 students from Inner Mongolia completing their degree programs on UK’s campus through 2+2 and 3+1 programs. Discussions are underway for a similar program in Malaysia.

 

In the last six years, the College of Fine Arts has seen the addition of the University of Kentucky Art Museum as an auxiliary unit, Lexington’s only accredited art museum. The Department of Art was renamed the School of Art and Visual Studies and expanded its offerings with major growth in UK Core classes reaching thousands of students in other colleges. The Department of Theatre was renamed the Department of Theatre and Dance to reflect the growing popularity of dance within the department; at its inception the dance minor had six students and, in less than three years, enrollment grew to more than 50 students. The School of Music expanded its partnership with UK HealthCare through a graduate program in music therapy. The Arts Administration program launched an online master's in arts administration, the first of its kind at a public university. Most recently, University Senate voted to move the Arts Administration program to its own freestanding unit as a department, recognizing the growth in undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, Tick realized his vision to build strategic partnerships across campus through initiatives with the College of Communication and Information, the College of Arts and Sciences, UK HealthCare, the College of Design, and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, among others.

 

In 2015, Tick was elected for a three-year term to the Board of Directors of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans. Through his leadership in this and other professional organizations, Tick has brought the College of Fine Arts international recognition for its contributions to creative research and has affirmed the vital contributions of the arts to the health of UK’s campus.

 

Prior to joining UK in 2010, Tick spent 11 years as the chair of the Department of Theatre at Louisiana State University (LSU) and producing artistic director of Swine Palace, the department’s Equity theatre company. Before joining LSU in 1999, Tick served on the planning committee that established in 1985 the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA), a regional secondary arts school affiliated with the Virginia Stage Company, the Virginia Opera, the Virginia Symphony, and the Virginia Ballet Theatre. As founding chair of the GSA Department of Theatre, Tick served on the faculty of Old Dominion University. He has also served the faculties of the University of Rhode Island, Northwestern University, Rend Lake College (Illinois), Harvard University (in association with the University of Rhode Island), the University of the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas), and Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit  uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jay Blanton, 859-257-6605

New Podcast ‘Behind the Blue’ Explores UK Stories That Impact the University, State, World

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 22:23

 

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2016) — Some stories require a little more — a little more discussion, more context, more depth and breadth.

 

That’s the idea behind “Behind the Blue” — a new weekly podcast created by UK Public Relations and Marketing. It is designed to explore — through probing, in-depth interviews — the stories that make UK the university for Kentucky and that have impact across the institution, the Commonwealth and, in some cases, the world.

 

The first podcast, appropriately enough, focuses on election-year politics and the presidential election. To provide insight and context on an extraordinary and historic election, UK political science professor and elections expert Stephen Voss discusses at length the forces shaping this year’s presidential race, his insights on both the Democratic and Republican parties, and an individual candidate or two, who may be making headlines.

 

Voss is quoted extensively in state and national publications for his views on politics. He is seen as a dispassionate and in-depth observer of the political scene, attributes on full display in this first episode of “Behind the Blue.”

 

Stay tuned for new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.

 

There will be more information in coming weeks about where you can find and subscribe to this podcast that focuses exclusively on the stories that make the University of Kentucky such a special community.

 

The first episode can be heard by clicking the play button above; it can be streamed from YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWUmNAgkacs&feature=youtu.be; and it will be available via iTunes later in the week.

 

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

UK Well Represented at NAFSA: Association of International Educators’ National Conference

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 17:11

 

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2016) — The University of Kentucky will be well represented by current and future leaders as well as expert presenters at the national conference of NAFSA (Association of International Educators), ’“Building Capacity for Global Learning,” May 29-June 3 in Denver, Colorado.

 

UK’s contingent will join others in welcoming plenary speakers of note: David Brooks, op-ed columnist for The New York Times and a frequent analyst for PBS, NPR and NBC’s “Meet the Press"; Bryan Stevenson, visionary legal scholar, advocate and champion for social justice who founded and directs the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization committed to fair and just treatment for all people in the U.S. legal system; Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, journalist, author and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; and Kailash Satyarthi, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 in recognition of his ongoing efforts to eliminate child labor and for the right of all children to an education.

 

UK presenters include Ellie Holliday, Summer Eglinski, Thomas Teague, Michael Hagel, Bessie Guerrant and Seth Riker, who also serves the NAFSA regional team as the communications coordinator.

 

In addition to the expert presenters, UK’s NAFSA leaders include Region VI’s chair-elect, Frances Henkel, a student advisor with the UK International Center. She will coordinate the session proposals for the Region VI conference in the fall and learn about the best practices and innovative ideas happening all over the region. Henkel will chair the regional conference next year in Louisville. John Honeycutt of the UK International Center will also attend. He serves on the NAFSA Regulatory Ombud Subcommittee as the region VI regulatory ombud for student issues. Honeycutt’s committee liaises with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) service centers and provides vital regulatory updates to NAFSA members. At the national conference he will focus on federal policies affecting international education. Jason Hope, international risk analyst for the UK International Center, is Kentucky state representative to NAFSA, and Seth Riker is the communications coordinator for Region VI.

 

“The field of international education is full of smart, supportive and passionate professionals who navigate complicated regulations and sometimes incredibly complex student issues,” Henkel said. “Both our regional conferences and participation in the annual conference have helped me to grow and learn from amazing colleagues over the years and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the region in this way.”

 

NAFSA plays a vital role in keeping professionals well versed in the increasingly complex world of global education. It represents four key professional practice areas: comprehensive internationalization, education abroad, international education enrollment and international student and scholar services, as well as cross-cutting competencies, which describe the shared skills and knowledge needed across all international education domains: advocacy, intercultural communication, community communication and leadership.

 

The NAFSA International Education Professional Competencies™ is the most comprehensive listing of the necessary competencies for success in the field of international education. Created by a group of NAFSA member leaders and reviewed by numerous international education experts, the NAFSA International Education Professional Competencies forms the basic building blocks of the international education profession. This inventory is intended to define the professional knowledge, skills and abilities expected of international education professionals working in the United States, regardless of their area of specialization or role within the field. From advisor to manager to policy maker, the International Education Professional Competencies offer everyone working in international education a direction for professional success.

 

Presenters representing UK for the upcoming national NAFSA conference include:

 

Ellie Holliday

Assistant director of International School Partnerships and coordinator of International Student and Scholar Mobility for the UK College of Education, Holliday earned her master's degree in diplomacy and international commerce from the UK Patterson School and worked with the UK Education Abroad office for two years co-coordinating its Peer Ambassador Program.

 

Presentation: "Beyond Orientation: Supporting International Students and Scholars by Strengthening Partnerships."

Holliday will focus on what happens after the variety of orientation and support services many colleges have in place for new international students. She will discuss gaps in support experienced by students and scholars and will provide ideas for closing those gaps through forging strong, collaborative relationships. She hopes her listeners can identify areas where international students and scholars experience a gap in support and develop ideas for closing this gap, can think strategically about how to use existing resources to better serve this unique community and explore how to develop stronger partnerships utilizing various resources.

 

Summer Eglinski

Director of Gatton Global Initiatives in the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics, Eglinski previously worked as an academic advisor for business and as an education abroad advisor at both UK and Kennesaw State University. She received her master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Kansas in 2009.

 

Session: Eglinski, Holliday, UK Gatton College Academic Adviser Thomas Teague and Leigh Poole, director of the International Center at Winthrop University in South Carolina, will chair a session discussing how to extend support of international students and scholars beyond the orientation period through strategic campus partnerships.

 

Eglinski is also a co-presenter at a poster presentation titled “Enhancing Learning Before, During, and After Education Abroad: Education Abroad and Academic Advisors as Orientation Facilitators.” Eglinski and Teague will co-present a poster “Beyond the Orientation: Student Learning via Advising Before, During and After Education Abroad.”

 

Michael Hagel

 

Data management specialist at UK International Center/International Student and Scholar Services, Hagel manages UK’s student and scholar tracking tool and the OPT student list.

 

Presentation: "Cloud Computing for the International Student and Scholar Services Office."

 

Bessie M. Guerrant

Associate director of Undergraduate Research, Guerrant is a former Kentucky Distinguished Educator and has extensive experience in public school education reform and improvement initiatives. She has developed and managed several university programs targeting both high school and undergraduate students in research. She has served on many boards and committees, including the executive board of the Council on Undergraduate Research in Washington, D.C., and the board of directors of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. She has served as a proposal reader for the National Science Foundation, NASA and the U.S. Department of Education..

 

Presentation: "Undergraduate Research Abroad: Creating Global Opportunities."

Guerrant will examine the links between undergraduate research and studying abroad and how research abroad differs from regular study abroad programming. She hopes her listeners develop an understanding of why setting up an undergraduate research abroad program is valuable for their top students and their institution; develop knowledge on how to finance an undergraduate research abroad program; and develop an understanding of the outcomes and deliverables of undergraduate research abroad.

 

Seth Riker

Marketing and communications manager for the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and  communications coordinator for NAFSA Region VI, Riker recieved NAFSA's inaugural Rising Star Young Leader Award in 2015 for his exceptional work to promote international education through several new and creative strategies, his contributions to Region VI, and his work as UK's first Education Abroad promotion and outreach coordinator.

 

Presentations: "Breaking into Education Abroad" and "Creating Videos on a Budget for an International Office."

 

"NAFSA has been a great outlet for networking and development,” Riker said. “I've made connections across the country with international educators in all areas of academia. In a time when campus internationalization is the expectation, not a luxury, my NAFSA network has been critical for benchmarking and idea sharing. If UK is to become an internationally recognized institution, fostering the next generation of global leaders, we all have a role to play."

 

“I participate in most NAFSA national, regional and state conferences,” said Holliday, “because they help me stay up-to-date with changes and updates in the fields of international student and scholar services and education abroad, both of which I work with in my position as assistant director of International School Partnerships in the College of Education. I also enjoy being able to network and meet with colleagues in the field.”

 

Eglinski says her participation in NAFSA is like involvement with any professional organization. “Being involved with NAFSA allows me to check the pulse of the field, in this case international education as it pertains to higher education. It allows professionals to share best practices, information and research in a collegial setting."

 

“It can be very easy to feel alone when you work with unique populations,” Eglinski said. “Involvement with NAFSA cracks the barriers of isolation, opens up resources and introduces you to ways of thinking that are new. Because I also work with exchange programs within the College of Business, NAFSA national conferences provide me with the valuable opportunity to also meet with my international partners in a central location. Of the eight exchange programs the Gatton College supports, six of our partners will be attending the NAFSA conference in Denver. This allows me to meet with representatives from our partner schools, discuss issues, learn about their programs in greater depth, and share information about UK and Gatton conveniently, easily and efficiently.”

 

With more than 10,000 members, NAFSA is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education. For more information about the organization, visit www.nafsa.org/. To learn more about its advocacy efforts on behalf of international education, visit www.ConnectingOurWorld.org and @ConnectOurWorld on Twitter.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302, gail.hairston@uky.edu

 

 

 

STUDY: Regular Exercise at Any Age Could Keep the Mind Young

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 14:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2016) — Recent research suggests that exercise might provide some measure of protection from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias.

 

A group of researchers led by Nathan Johnson, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, was able to demonstrate a positive correlation between fitness and blood flow to areas of the brain where the hallmark tangles and plaques of AD pathology are usually first detected.

Thirty men and women ages 59-69 were put through treadmill fitness assessments and ultrasounds of the heart. Then they received brain scans to look for blood flow to certain areas of the brain.

 

“We set out to characterize the relationship between heart function, fitness, and cerebral blood flow, which no other study had explored to date,” Johnson said.  “In other words, if you’re in good physical shape, does that improve blood flow to critical areas of the brain? And does that improved blood flow provide some form of protection from dementia?”

 

The results showed blood flow to critical areas of the brain – and so the supply of oxygen and vital nutrients – was higher in those who were more physically fit.

 

In layman’s terms, this study demonstrates that regular exercise at any age could keep the mind young, said Johnson.

 

“Can we prove irrefutably that increased fitness will prevent Alzheimer’s disease?  Not at this point,” Johnson said.  “But this is an important first step towards demonstrating that being physically active improves blood flow to the brain and confers some protection from dementia, and conversely that people who live sedentary lifestyles, especially those who are genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s, might be more susceptible.”

 

Since people who exercise frequently often have reduced arterial stiffness, Johnson and his group postulate that regular physical activity – regardless of age – maintains the integrity of the “pipes” that carry blood to the brain.

 

“In the mid-late 20th century, much of the research into dementias like Alzheimer’s focused on vascular contributions to disease, but the discovery of amyloid plaques and tangles took prevailing research in a different direction” Johnson said.  “Research like this heralds a return to the exploration of the ways the vascular system contributes to the disease process.”

 

Johnson’s research, which was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health CTSA (UL1TR000117) and the University of Kentucky's Clinical Services Core, was published in the current issue of NeuroImage.

 

Media Contact: Laura Dawahare, laura.dawahare@uky.edu

A Day in the Life of a UK Student: May 17, 1912

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 13:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 223rd diary entry from May 17, 1912, recalls the senior rising before the sun, breezing through her logic exam and an afternoon of recreation.

 

May 17th. Get up at four o'clock again. Logic was easy. In the afternoon visit the swimming pool, then come home and play my first game of tennis; play all afternoon, so am awfully stiff.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, graduated in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928 from UK. After receiving her AB, she taught for a year at Middlesboro, Kentucky, another year at Paducah, Kentucky, and seven years in Cynthiana, Kentucky. After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in the Fayette County schools. At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.

 

The first woman to receive a Ph.D. from UK, McClure said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite of those words, McClure received her doctoral degree in American history in 1934.

 

Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.” McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish. 

 

McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them. She then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.

 

The UK alumna and educator was very active in the community. McClure was a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album and other assorted photographs related to McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her UK classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots.

 

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Diary transcriptions completed by senior Taylor Adams, Special Collections Learning Lab intern and history major from Ashland, Kentucky.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

 

 

Longtime UK Professor, Administrator Susan Carvalho Joins University of Alabama

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 11:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 16, 2016) – Longtime University of Kentucky scholar and academic administrator Susan Carvalho is assuming the position of dean of the Graduate School and associate provost at the University of Alabama.

 

Carvalho begins in Alabama on July 1.

 

“For more than 25 years, Susan Carvalho has embodied excellence in teaching and scholarship, as well as a number of pivotal leadership roles at the University of Kentucky," UK Provost Tim Tracy said. "As a faculty member, as a college administrator, and for the last six years as a member of the provost’s leadership team and, most recently, as a dean, Susan has always taken on roles with enthusiasm, focus and intellect. In particular, she has been one of the primary drivers behind our increasingly successful efforts to internationalize our campus — an initiative that has made us a more diverse, inclusive and vibrant community.

 

“I have every confidence that she will continue her outstanding career at our sister institution, the University of Alabama. We wish her only the best as she takes this next step in her professional career."

 

Carvalho currently serves as associate provost for internationalization and interim associate provost and dean of The Graduate School.

 

She has an extensive administrative background, having previously served as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, convener of the General Education Reform Steering Committee, interim chair of the Departments of Hispanic Studies and  Political Science, chair of the Domestic Partner Benefits Committee, and she also held a concurrent appointment for six years as director of the Spanish School at Middlebury College in Vermont.

 

Carvalho currently holds the rank of full professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies. An internationally visible scholar of Hispanic cultural studies, she has published one monograph and one edited volume, along with numerous scholarly articles and book reviews, and has delivered more than 40 invited lectures and conference presentations. 

 

She has brought over $3 million in international grants and projects to UK, both to internationalize the UK campus and to advise on higher education in developing countries.

 

“UK has been a wonderful place to work and live for the past 26 years. The transformations the campus has seen have been incredible, and I have always found role models among the faculty, staff, and administration,” Carvalho said. “I look forward to watching UK’s continued advancement from afar, and with wonderful memories of the students and teams with whom I’ve had the privilege to work.”

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jay Blanton, jay.blanton@uky.edu; 859-257-6605

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