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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Welcomes Family Studies Chair Ron Werner-Wilson

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 22:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 6, 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.  Today's guest is Ron Werner-Wilson, chair of the UK Department of Family Studies, who talks about an upcoming opportunity for couples to have a 'relationship checkup' — just in time for Valentine's Day. 


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.

Apply Now for UK Woman's Club Full-tuition Scholarship

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 15:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2015) —The University of Kentucky Woman's Club (UKWC) is currently accepting applications for its 2015-2016 full-tuition scholarship, awarded to full- or part-time nontraditional students. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is Friday, March 13, 2015.


UKWC awards scholarships covering tuition at the resident rate to deserving female UK students each year. Applicants must be at least 25 years old and have completed at least 12-credit hours with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average. These scholarships are designed for women students with outstanding academic records who have unmet financial needs.

Scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year can be found here.

Applications are due in the UK Office of Academic Scholarships in the Funkhouser Building before 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2015.  Applicants must also complete the 2015-2016 Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) by March 15.

Applicants will participate in an interview with the UKWC Scholarship Committee to be considered for a scholarship, must be enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester, and must be residents of Kentucky. Current members of the UKWC are ineligible.

Since its inception in 1973, the UKWC Aid Fund has provided 193 undergraduate scholarships totaling more than $355,000.


"In an era where the cost of higher education is at an all-time high, nontraditional students who might have families, are working second jobs, and have high financial aid need, the UKWC undergraduate scholarships often provide the lifeline needed for degree completion," said Lisa Collins, chair of the UKWC Scholarship and Fellowship Committee.

With a rich tradition of more than 100 years of service, the UKWC provides a welcoming and enriching environment for all women to be part of a group committed to supporting the campus and its students. UKWC scholarship and fellowship programs provide nearly $40,000 annually to nontraditional students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition, UKWC partners with other UK organizations and programs to provide needed services to the student body.

For more information about the UKWC scholarship, visit or contact the Office of Academic Scholarships at 859-257-4198.




MEDIA CONTACT: Clark Bellar,, 859-257-8716.




Off-campus Housing Fair Set Thursday

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 13:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2015) — Students who are — or soon will be — living off campus are invited to the third annual University of Kentucky Off-campus Housing Fair.


Nearly 20 different apartment communities and related businesses will be in one location, the Student Center Grand Ballroom, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12.


Representatives from Lexington's largest off-campus student housing communities will be in attendance, as well as representatives of the Off-campus Student Services (OCSS) Office to answer questions. There will be free food and gifts.


“This is our third year hosting an off-campus housing fair,” said Tony Blanton, OCSS director. “We’re planning on this year’s fair being our biggest yet.”



UK Awarded Freeman Foundation Grant for Study of Arts, Culture of Inner Mongolia

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2015) – The University of Kentucky's Office of China Initiatives and College of Fine Arts were recently awarded a Freeman Foundation grant, which will provide three faculty and 10 UK students with an opportunity to study the arts and culture of Inner Mongolia at Inner Mongolia University (IMU) during the fall semester of 2015. 


Dean Michael Tick at UK College of Fine Arts said he is excited to help offer this opportunity to UK students and faculty. "As our world’s cultures are brought together even faster and more forcefully, a global experience has proved an indispensable part of a student’s full college experience. This is the motivation behind our global learning partnership with Inner Mongolia University. We are thrilled to have the support of the Freeman Foundation for our visit to the campus of IMU this fall, where our students and faculty will work collaboratively on a number of projects with IMU’s renowned faculty and highly trained student body."


IMU is one of only three colleges that specialize in preserving the arts of minorities in China.


According to Huajing Maske, executive director of UK's Office of China Initiatives and director of the Confucius Institute, Inner Mongolia is one of the 56 minority groups in China, which is why it is so important to sustain Inner Mongolia’s artistic expression. 


Program directors will encourage students to gain appreciation and awareness of the ethnic group. Exact program dates have yet to be scheduled.


This program stems from the success of the “Living Landscapes” partnership among UK's Confucius Institute and College of Fine Arts and the Art College of IMU. The partnership began with a visit by a College of Fine Arts delegation to Inner Mongolia led by the Confucius Institute in 2012. "Living Landscapes" included 51 different fine art programs over a one week period in September 2013, which engaged thousands of participants from UK's campus and the community.


The Freeman Foundation helps make international connections in a world where China is playing an increasing economic and geopolitical role. 




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

Meet the Man Who Built 'House of Cards'

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 21:35

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2015) — The Student Activities Board's Pop Culture Committee announces that Beau Willimon, creator, writer and showrunner of the popular Netflix series "House of Cards," will be the star of the third annual "Behind the Lens" event at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.


Tickets are free and are now available from the Singletary Center Ticket Office.


The campus community will hear from Willimon himself about his work and successes in the film industry and also have the opportunity to ask him questions. Willimon will also be giving attendees the inside scoop on what the upcoming season will hold.


“We are excited to announce that Beau Willimon, a talented creator and writer, will be our speaker for our 'Behind the Lens' event,” Brenton Smith, director of the Pop Culture Committee, said. “I believe he will provide great insight on his nontraditional, but highly popular Netflix series. We hope this will inspire the campus to pursue their dreams and never be afraid to think outside the box.”


House of Cards was the first streaming format show to be nominated for the Primetime Emmy Awards. The series serves as the perfect example of how the television industry has started to evolve from traditional broadcast to streaming formats.


"Behind the Lens" was created to bring actors, directors and writers to campus to discuss their experiences in the film and television industry. These experiences include how they got started, their creative processes and an idea of what goes on behind the lens.


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


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


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

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




UK College of Law to Host Regionals of National Trial Competition

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 16:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2015) — Law students from 13 different law schools and four states will make the trip to Lexington to compete for a chance to participate in the National Trial Competition, the most prestigious trial competition in the nation. The University of Kentucky College of Law will host the regional competition at the Fayette District and Circuit Courthouses Feb. 6-8.


The National Trial Competition, sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and Texas Young Lawyers Association, was created in 1975 as a way for students to strengthen their skills as well as interact with established members of the bench and bar. The program gives students a way to learn more about the nature of trial practice and increase their overall education in law.


The five round competition involves 26 teams of two to three students. Each trial will be judged and scored by a panel of at least three attorneys. The students are evaluated on their opening and closing arguments, as well as their direct and cross-examinations. The mock trials also include 180 volunteer witnesses with statements to learn, who then meet with their advocate beforehand.  In all, more than 150 lawyers and judges will score the students. 


“Students who know how to represent a real client with excellence, in a real trial setting, helps us fulfill our role as an outstanding law school that graduates practice ready lawyers," said Professor Allison Connelly, who has coached UK’s team for 18 years. "Our trial teams have achieved an incredible level of success, but the real success story is what these advocates do with their talent and skill when they graduate; they change lives, one case at a time.”   


The National Trial Competition hosts more than 150 law schools and 1,000 law students from 14 regions. Kentucky is part of the 11th region which includes, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas. Regional competitions are held to see which two teams from the nation's 26 regions will go on to compete for the national championship. Kentucky was second in the nation in 2009 and UK College of Law graduate Chris Schaefer was named the best advocate in the country. The National Trial Competition will be held in Houston, Texas, March 11-15, 2015.




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

'Picture a Litter-Free Campus' Photo Contest Offering Prizes to UK Community

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 16:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2015) — In efforts to promote the goal of eliminating litter on the University of Kentucky campus, a new contest is encouraging UK students, faculty and staff to not only "Pick It Up," but to picture it — picture a litter-free campus. The Picture a Litter-Free Campus Photo Contest is seeking creative, original images related to litter, a litter-free campus and the acts that lead to both. Winners of the contest, which runs until March 11, will receive iPad Minis.    


One student and one employee will be awarded "People's Choice" prizes based on the total likes and shares the photos receive on the UK Office of Sustainability's Facebook page. A third winner will be awarded "Best in Show," selected by a panel of judges. Participants must email photos to between Feb.1 and March 11.


The contest is part of the Pick It Up campaign, developed by a group of campus partners and funded by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration. The campaign was launched in September and urges participation from the entire UK community to make a difference on campus by picking up litter, and recycling it when appropriate.


UK faculty, staff and students also have the opportunity to participate in the Pick It Up campaign and win prizes by spotting Gnarly, the Pick It Up mascot, on campus. And if you catch a Wildcat "blue handed," or picking up litter, send in a photo or note with their name, time and location on campus to, and the individual will receive a "Get Gnarly" T-shirt. 





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

UK Chandler Hospital Hosts First National Wear Red Day Symposium

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 15:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2015) — Women spotted in red at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital on Feb. 6 aren't celebrating Valentine's Day early. Rather, they're signifying their support of heart health awareness as part of National Wear Red Day, celebrated on the first Friday of every February, and the inaugural National Wear Red Day Symposium.


Sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, the symposium brings together UK HealthCare experts from pharmacology and nutrition, cardiology, the Gill Heart Institute, and internal medicine to discuss the impact of heart disease on women. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease or stroke account for the deaths of one in three women every year. Fortunately, 80 percent of cardiac events can be avoided with health care education and lifestyle changes.


The National Wear Red Day Symposium, held from 10 a.m. to noon in MN 563 UK Chandler Hospital, will include presentations from the following UK HealthCare experts:


•      Dr. Susan Smyth, medical director, Gill Heart Institute

•      Dr. Lisa Cassis, interim vice president for research, University of Kentucky

•      Dr. Allison Bailey, director of ambulatory and preventive cardiology and associate             professor of medicine

•      Debra K. Moser, professor and Linda C. Gill Endowed Chair, College of Nursing

•      Dr. Florin Despa, associate professor, Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional        Sciences


The symposium is free and open to the public. Experts will highlight lifestyle changes to prevent cardiac events, which include checking cholesterol, increasing exercise and working with a doctor on a cardiac health plan. Participants are encouraged to wear red. Following the symposium, attendees can participate in an open round table session with lunch provided and a photo shoot.  


This event is celebrated in conjunction with Go Red for Women Day, which was initiated in 2003 as a campaign to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women. For more information about heart health for women, visit


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, 

Finalists Announced for Prize for Women Playwrights

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 15:19
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2015) — Three playwrights have been named finalists for the 2015 Prize for Women Playwrights presented by the Kentucky Women Writers Conference (KWWC).  

Selected from a pool of more than 300 submissions, this year's finalists and their plays are: 

· "The Silent Woman," the strange, true tale of a painter who lived with an effigy of an ex-lover and coaxes his scullery maid to play along, by Lydia Blaisdell of Austin, Texas;

· "Sisters/Sistahz," the story of identical twin African-American "sisters/sistahz" who must come to terms with their starkly differing views on black womanhood in America, by Daysha Veronica Edewi of Los Angeles; and

· "The Art of Jack the Ripper," a dark raucous performance work exploring why violence against women persists in reality and as entertainment — especially sexual violence, Stephanie Ross of Los Angeles.


Lydia Blaisdell is a current fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at University of Texas at Austin. In April 2015, she will premiere "Apocalypse Radio," an immersive retro-future radio play in the Cohen New Works Festival. She is a member playwright of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theater in New York City and the Brooklyn-based writers’ collective, Krïstïanïa. "Sucking & Spitting," her riff on the Bacchae, was a semifinalist for the 2014 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. In March 2014, her one-act, "Old Broads," was performed at the Off Shoot in Austin. In July 2013, she received a Jerome Travel and Study grant to travel to Vienna and Berlin to research "The Silent Woman." Her short plays have been performed in New York City, Austin, Aspen, Lake George and Paris, France. She received her bachelor's degree in English literature from Columbia University in 2009.


Daysha Veronica Edewi is a writer/director who graduated cum laude from Scripps College with bachelor's degrees in media studies and psychology. She grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was heavily involved in theatre, dance and writing from a young age. Her first and only completed play, "Sisters/Sistahz," has been the recipient of the Dr. Floyd Gaffney National Award in Playwriting from the University of San Diego, and the Grand Prize Winner for Stage Plays in the New York Screenplay Contest. Most recently, Edewi has been the recipient of an Award of Merit in African American Films from the Best Shorts International Film Competition and The Indie Fest, Scripps College’s Payton Watkins ‘09 Media Studies Award, Claremont College’s Dr. Samella Lewis Artist Award, The Audience’s Choice Award at Wanawake Weusi’s Black Arts Festival, and The National Science Foundation/University of Southern California Graduate School’s Professionalization Award for Postdoctoral Preparation. She has been featured on BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Women's Wear Daily and


Stephanie Ross’ plays include "Medea Now!," "Life After Life & Crazy Quilt," "Coming of Age in Gomorrah," "Unveiling the Evolutionary Landscape," "Images of Supremacy" and others. Ross, who holds a bachelor's degree from California Institute of the Arts, was the recipient of a King County Arts Commission Written Works-in-Progress grant.


She is currently a member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN International. Ross spent some 25 years working in late night television for "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Ross retired as producer in 2012 and returned to playwriting with "The Art of Jack the Ripper," a play she revised with the help of Lee Wochner’s Los Angeles-based playwriting workshop. The playwright has been married to Gregory Ross for almost 45 years and collaborated with him on almost all her plays, their one son as he enters his second act, and their four works-in-progress grandchildren.


Finalists for the 2015 Prize for Women Playwrights were selected blindly by a judging panel of theater professionals including Mylissa Crutcher, Tonda Fields, Kathryn Newquist and Eric Seale. To be eligible to compete, submissions had to be one-act or full-length scripts in English with a running time between 45 and 90 minutes, which have not been published or commercially produced by a woman playwright. The plays' casts are limited to six actors, and there are no limitations on subject matter. Eligible plays also had to have more than one character.


The winner of the competition will be chosen by award-winning playwright Carson Kreitzer by Feb. 20, and will receive a $500 cash prize and a full theatrical world premiere in Lexington produced and directed by Lexington theater artist Eric Seale.


Kreitzer is probably best known for "The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer," which won the Lois and Richard Rosenthal New Play Prize, the American Theatre Critics’ Steinberg Citation, the Barrie Stavis Award, and is published in Smith and Kraus’ “New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2004” and by Dramatic Publishing. Her previous work, "SELF DEFENSE or death of some salesmen" has been produced across the country, and is published by Playscripts and in Smith and Kraus’ “Women Playwrights: Best Plays of 2002.” Other work by Kreitzer includes "Behind the Eye," "1:23," "Flesh and the Desert" and "The Slow Drag" (New York and London).


Kreitzer is a New Dramatists alumna, an associated artist with Clubbed Thumb and New Georges, a member of The Workhaus Collective and the Dramatists Guild, and is a core member and current board member of The Playwrights’ Center. She and composer Matt Gould are currently under commission from Yale Rep and New Dramatists for their new musical "LEMPICKA." She is also writing a new play for the Guthrie Theatre, and will travel to Ireland in October as the current Dowling Annaghmakerrig Fellow. Kreitzer has enjoyed support from the Jerome and McKnight foundations, the NEA, and the Toulmin Foundation, and was the first Playwrights Of New York (PoNY) Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center.


Kreitzer's most recent play, "Lasso of Truth," explores the origins of Wonder Woman and is a National New Play Network rolling world premiere, with productions at Marin Theatre Company, Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta, and Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City.


Now in its 37th year, the Kentucky Women Writers Conference is an annual event known for bringing notable women writers to Lexington for readings, writing workshops and discussions. A program housed in the UK College of Arts and Sciences, the conference is made possible in part by continued community partnerships, including its primary venue, the Carnegie Center. For more information on the conference, visit online at



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


Spike in Research Efforts Places UK College of Nursing Among National Leaders

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2015) – When thinking about the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, do you think about it as one of the best nursing schools in the nation as ranked by U.S. News and World Report? Do you visualize classrooms of students preparing to go out into their communities to serve and meet the health care needs of their patients?


If so, you would be right on both counts. What may not be as commonly known about the UK College of Nursing, is the robust research program that contributes to the quality of the education that they provide their students, and on a more global level, to the field of nursing.


Nursing research provides the scientific basis for the practice of the profession. Federally sponsored research plays a critical role in the training of future generations of nurse scientists and practitioners. Research at the UK College of Nursing addresses universal health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, agricultural health, health disparities, maternal-child health, chronic pain, acute injuries and mental health issues.


"The UK College of Nursing is engaged in a robust portfolio of research addressing a number of the most pressing and present health problems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky," said Thomas Kelly, associate dean of research. "The research of our investigators is patient-centered — they work with and engage the citizens of the Commonwealth in tackling critical issues impacting health and disease." 


The UK College of Nursing was ranked No. 21 nationally for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in 2014 with a total of $1,946,095. The College of Nursing ranks No. 14 among public universities. Examples of current research at the UK College of Nursing include:


  • The RICH Heart program:  Research and Interventions for Cardiopulmonary Health (RICH Heart) is directed by Misook Chung, associate professor; Terry Lennie professor; and Debra Moser, professor. These researchers, and their colleagues, Rebecca Dekker, assistant professor; Susan Frazier, associate professor; Gia Mudd-Martin, associate professor; and Martha Biddle, assistant professor, obtain grants, conduct research, and give presentations locally, nationally, and internationally.  Collectively, they have more than 300 publications in journals, more than 30 book chapters and three books published.
  • In 2013, Debra Moser became the first investigator in the state of Kentucky to receive a PCORI (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute) grant.
  • Ellen Hahn, professor and director of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy, and her colleagues Carol Riker, associate professor; Amanda Fallin, assistant professor; Audrey Darville, assistant professor; and Chizimuzo Okoli, assistant professor, focus on how to prevent and treat  tobacco dependence through research, policy development, and community engagement. The Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy is a high impact research dissemination center with over 80 organizational partners, providing policy and data support to make it possible for communities to go smoke-free. The percent of Kentucky’s population covered by comprehensive smoke-free workplace laws jumped from 0 percent in 2004 to 32 percent in 2014. When Lexington went smoke-free, indoor air quality improved, heart attacks and emergency room visits for asthma declined, and fewer people smoked.
  • In 2013, Ellen Hahn received one of the largest NIH grants ever received in the College of Nursing.
  • Debbie Reed, professor, was recently awarded a four-year R01 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, for her community-based, translational intervention effectiveness research study that will work with 450 adult and senior farmers and their family members and established farm community organizations in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi to develop and test a novel intervention, didactic readers theatre, to positively change farm work culture and safety behavior.
  • Jennifer Hatcher, associate professor, focuses on improving the health of vulnerable populations. Her research has improved the breast cancer screening rates of African American women in Lexington and surrounding areas using peer educators, increased cervical cancer screening rates for rural Appalachian women by working with faith based community organizations, and enhanced the cardiovascular health of African Americans via use of text messaging and social media.  Ongoing NIH-supported studies are focused on impacting the disproportionate incidence and mortality from colorectal cancer among citizens living in rural Appalachia.
  • Francis Hardin-Fanning, assistant professor, investigates ways to improve the nutrition of people in rural Appalachian counties with limited access to healthy foods. Her projects include rural satellite farmers’ markets that provide income opportunities and increase access to fresh produce, cooking classes based on low-cost healthy recipes of locally available foods, and grocery store events to promote purchases of healthy foods.  She is developing a gardening intervention to provide incarcerated juveniles with the opportunities to participate in local team efforts and to introduce them to future career choices. 
  • Kristin Ashford, associate professor, has helped identify reliable maternal biomarkers that identify risk for preterm birth and has clarified how prenatal smoking and secondhand smoke exposure impact a women's immune response and fetal health during pregnancy.  Using a CenteringPregnancy model, she is developing a holistic approach to preterm birth prevention that identifies at-risk women early in pregnancy and provides targeted interventions focusing on modifiable risk reduction.


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

Spring Break Ride Home Express Tickets Now Available

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2015) UK Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is now selling seats on the Ride Home Express Spring Break bus to the Chicago area. The route has a total of five stops along the way.


The PTS Ride Home Express, an express bus services traveling to hometowns and other destinations during the major academic breaks, is in its fifth year of operation this fall. The service provides an economical and efficient alternative as compared to other means of travel.


Round-trip fares for the PTS Ride Home Express range from $55-$155, with prices varying based on the final destination. One-way fares are also available, but must be purchased in the PTS office or by calling 859-257-5757.


Ride Home Express is open to both students and employees. UK students and employees are able to register and pay for their trip via the web by logging on to the Parking Account Manager with their Link Blue ID. BCTC students are also able to pay for trip registration online using their KCTCS login. Ride Home Express registration will be available as an option under the "Purchase Permits" section once logged in. Riders utilizing the online option must pay using credit or debit cards. All other riders must register and pay for their seats in person at the main PTS office, located in the Press Avenue Garage, at the corner of Press and Virginia Avenues. One-way fares may be purchased in person only. The office is open 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


PTS recommends registering for the trip as soon as possible. Space is limited, and seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.


For more information on the Ride Home Express, including a list of fares and individual route maps, visit the Ride Home Express page or the Ride Home Express Frequently Asked Questions.




MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365;


UK Chief Information Security Officer Warns Against Tax Scam

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2015) — In the midst of another tax scam via telephone, University of Kentucky Chief Information Security Officer Michael Carr is urging members of the UK community to take steps to protect themselves.


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last week that complaints to the FTC about Internal Revenue Service (IRS) imposter scams have increased over the last year by almost 50,000 complaints.


According to the scam alert on the FTC website, scammers are contacting individuals pretending to be IRS officials collecting taxes, saying that if the taxes aren't paid now, individuals could face deportation, arrest or loss of driver's license.


FTC cautioned that the IRS will not contact taxpayers by phone or email, and will not require a specific type of payment, such as asking them to pay with a prepaid debit card or money transfer.


If you receive a suspicious call, follow these steps provided by the FTC:


1.    Do not give the caller your information, such as personal or financial information.

2.    Write down the phone number and name of the caller.

3.    Hang up.

4.    Contact the IRS directly.

5.    File a complaint with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the FTC.

6.    Finally, tell others to watch out for any scam phone calls.  




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

'UK at the Half' Reports on University's Dance Program

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 08:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2015) — Susie Thiel, director of the UK Dance Program at University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance, was featured during the "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. University of Missouri basketball game, broadcast on the radio Jan. 29.


With the growth of the dance minor, this summer the UK Department of Theatre changed its name to better reflect its student body to the UK Department of Theatre and Dance. There are currently 60 UK students minoring in dance and every year the numbers continue to rise. The Dance Program at UK offers classes in modern, musical theater, ballet, jazz, choreography and more. An introduction to dance course is also available under the UK Core curriculum. The program presented its fourth annual concert, "Capture Momentum," Jan. 30-Feb. 1, at Guignol Theatre.


"UK at the Half" airs during the halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.


To hear the "UK at the Half" interview click on the play button below. To view a transcript for the Jan. 29 "UK at the Half" interview, click here. 

'UK at the Half' Reports on Community Engagement Classification

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 08:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2015) — Professor Katherine McCormick, of the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling in the College of Education, spoke about the recent engagement classification awarded to the University of Kentucky during the "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. University of Alabama basketball  game, broadcast on the radio Jan. 31.


UK has been selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive 2015 Community Engagement Classification. The award acknowledges UK's traditional values of reaching out to help those in our own community.    


McCormick has actively been involved in UK's effort to not only foster successful students, but successful citizens. She believes the learning process can be more meaningful if students can apply it to a community identified need. McCormick chaired a campus-wide committee in a yearlong effort to earn the classification, which is valid until 2025.


"UK at the Half" airs during the halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.


To hear the "UK at the Half" interview click on the play button below. To view a transcript of the Jan. 31 "UK at the Half" interview, click here

In Teens, Depression May Look Different

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 16:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2015) -- Adolescence is a time of transitions. Increasing independence, maturity, and hormonal changes may predispose teenagers to occasional mood and impulse fluctuations. However, some teenagers experience more than just normal mood changes and are clinically depressed. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, about 5 percent of children and adolescents may have depression at any given time.


Depression in both adolescents and adults can manifest with complaints of sadness and crying. In contrast to adults with depression, however, adolescents also can complain of being “bored” or not enjoying activities that they used to enjoy. They may begin to draw away from friends and family or isolate themselves increasingly in their room. Since teenagers with depression may not complain of being “sad,” sometimes their behavior is confusing to school, peers, and family.


Parents may notice irritability and anger. Some teens take long naps, others have trouble falling asleep.  Some lose their appetite while others eat excessively. Occasionally teens will have thoughts of death or make statements about killing themselves. Sometimes these thoughts and feelings become apparent through posts on social media. Depression is diagnosed when these difficulties begin to impair a teenager’s functioning, such as worsening performance in school, refusal to participate in activities, or more problems at home in addition to mood changes.


Scientists believe that depression is caused by both biological and environmental factors. Teenagers may have a higher risk of developing depression if a parent also has a mood disorder, like depression or bipolar disorder. At-risk adolescents may also develop depression after a stressful life event, such as neglect or abuse, medical concerns, death of a close relative, or after experiencing bullying, including cyber bullying.


Untreated depression can have a variety of consequences. Depressed teenagers are at higher risk for tobacco, alcohol or other illicit substance use and/or suicide. In fact, according to the CDC in 2010, suicide was the third leading cause of death among those aged 15-19. If a depressed adolescent talks of self-injury, death, or suicide, parents and caregivers should take those statements seriously and have the teen evaluated by a medical or mental health professional to come up with a safety plan.


Effective treatments are available for adolescent depression. After evaluation, recommended treatments can include individual therapy, family therapy, or antidepressant medication. Combined treatment (therapy and medication) is often the most effective. Lifestyle changes, such as prioritizing good nighttime sleep, moderate exercise, and seeking out positive social support, can also have a role in recovering from depression. Parents or teens can ask their physician about how to find a qualified mental health professional for further information on diagnosis and treatment.


By Dr. Amy Lynn Meadows, Director of Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Program at Kentucky Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.


This column first appeared in the Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

UK's CBER Serves Commonwealth, Nation in Varied Ways

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 15:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2015) — Its name, the Center for Business and Economic Research, may not sound that exciting, yet this important unit of the University of Kentucky actually is involved in a number of fascinating projects at any given time.


Housed within UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics, CBER, as it is often referred to, studies a wide range of topics and issues. In recent months and years, the list of research projects carried out by the center includes:

·         Manpower, labor, and human resources

·         Tourism economics

·         Transportation economics

·         Health economics

·         Regulatory reform

·         Public finance

·         Technology use and adoption

·         Education policy

·         Economic growth and development


"Our purpose is to disseminate economic information and provide economic and policy analysis to assist decision makers in Kentucky's public and private sectors," said CBER Director and Gatton Endowed Professor of Economics Christopher Bollinger.


Just yesterday (Feb. 3), CBER released its comprehensive 2015 Kentucky Annual Economic Report, one of the ways the center fulfills its mission, as mandated by state law, to examine various aspects of the Kentucky economy.


In addition, CBER performs research projects on behalf of federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as for private-sector clients nationwide.


"The primary motivation behind the center's research agenda is the belief that systematic and scientific inquiries into economic phenomena yield very useful knowledge," said CBER research associate Michael T. Childress. "This knowledge is vital to the formulation of informed public policy."


While CBER's full-time staff numbers only six, with Bollinger, Childress, economic analyst Anna Stewart, and research assistants James M. Sharpe, Meredith Shores and Nickolas Moellman, the center regularly calls upon faculty members and graduate students in the Gatton College's Department of Economics, as well as faculty in departments and colleges across UK, to conduct research studies and report on their findings.


“In the last few years the center has studied issues such as the impact of a toll on the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River, and which goods are exported from Kentucky,” said Bollinger.  Recently added projects include evaluating Lexington’s Housing First program and the economic impact of the Keeneland fall meet.


CBER's work frequently has important public policy implications. For example, its analysis of Medicaid data on pharmaceutical prescriptions has informed policy makers about the heavy use of antipsychotics and ADHD medication by some children across the state; its analysis of Internet access across Kentucky has provided state policy makers with a way to focus development efforts on underserved areas; and, CBER personnel currently are working with public health experts in UK's College of Public Health to enhance the country's health security through the development and refinement of the National Health Security Preparedness Index.


Gatton College Dean David W. Blackwell said that having CBER as part of the college is a real plus.


"The research done by CBER not only is vital to the state and nation, it is of great benefit to our faculty and students in terms of community engagement," said Blackwell.


So, the next time you want to find out where the Kentucky economy has been, where it is now, and where it may headed, you may want to visit CBER's website at




MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200;



UK Education Abroad to Host Spring Fair Thursday, Feb. 5

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:28




LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2015) — University of Kentuucky Education Abroad will host its Spring Fair from 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Hub of William T. Young Library.  


"Unlike our fall event, our Spring Fair has a more narrow focus," Seth Riker, education abroad promotion and outreach coordinator, said. "We primarily highlight summer faculty directed programs and intern, research and service abroad programs."  


During the Education Abroad Spring Fair, students can also learn about scholarships, chat with advisors, meet with Education Abroad partner organizations and more. 


"Leading up to my semester abroad, I attended an EA Spring Fair to learn more about the program I was applying for, to talk with advisors and to make sure I was on track with application deadlines," said Adam Hilton, finance major and education abroad peer ambassador.  "Now after returning, I am excited to share my experience and be a resource for other students."


Free pizza and T-shirts will be available. 


Click here for more information. 




MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365;


UPK Author Helps WWI’s Most Decorated Soldier Get Recognized Once More

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 11:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2015) — University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author Douglas V. Mastriano has been named the recipient of the 2015 William E. Colby Award for his book "Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne."


Named for the late ambassador and former CIA director William E. Colby, the Colby Award recognizes a first work of fiction or nonfiction that has made a significant contribution to the public’s understanding of intelligence operations, military history or international affairs. The award includes a $5,000 author honorarium provided through a grant from the Tawani Foundation.


Mastriano will be presented with the Colby Award at the William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium scheduled for April 9, at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.


Alvin C. York (1887–1964) is credited with the capture of 132 German soldiers Oct. 8, 1918, in the Meuse-Argonne region of France — a deed for which he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He is remembered by generations through Gary Cooper’s Academy Award-winning portrayal in the 1941 film "Sergeant York." Mastriano, however, sorts fact from myth in the first full-length biography of York in decades. He meticulously examines York’s youth in the hills of east Tennessee, his service in the Great War, and his return to a quiet civilian life dedicated to charity. By reviewing artifacts recovered from the battlefield using military terrain analysis, forensic study and research in both German and American archives, Mastriano reconstructs the events of Oct. 8 for the most detailed biography of York to date.


"I am humbled by the distinction of being the 2015 William E Colby Award recipient. The Colby Award represents the highest caliber of works published in the United States since 1999. It is a privilege to have my book recognized worthy of this honor," Mastriano said.


In addition to winning the Colby Award, "Alvin York" has also been named a finalist for the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Book Award in the category of biography. "Alvin York" is the second UPK title to win the Colby Award, joining "Kontum: The Battle of South Vietnam" by Thomas P. McKenna, which won in 2013.


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


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

10th Annual CCTS Spring Conference Will Focus on Physical Activity

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 16:24


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb 3, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) will present their 10th Annual Spring Conference, themed "Physical Activity across the Lifespan," from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington. The conference will host six additional allied events:  the College of Dentistry Research Day, College of Engineering Biomedical Research Day, College of Health Sciences Research Day, College of Public Health Research Day, the 31st Annual BGSFN Spring Neuroscience Day and the 34th Annual Symposium in Reproductive Science and Women's Health.


The conference is free and open to interested faculty, research personnel, trainees/scholars and administrators, as well as those in government agencies, private foundations and community organizations. Registration is required by March 18.


Abstracts, due March 4, may be submitted for one of the many poster or oral presentation sessions. All topics are welcome.  Submissions from individuals participating in research career training programs (e.g., NIH training programs, including T32, K12, COBRE, Physical Scientist, and Clinical Research Scholar) are particularly encouraged.  Abstracts may describe work that has been or will be submitted at other meetings. There is no fee for submission.


Additionally, mentor award nominations are due Feb. 25. The Research Mentor Recognition Awards in Clinical and Translational Science honor UK faculty members who have committed their time and expertise to guide junior faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research lab staff, or others to advance in their fields towards independent research. Read more about the Research Mentor Recognition Awards here.


Dr. William E. Kraus, professor of medicine, biomedical engineering, and nursing at Duke University, will present the keynote address titled, “Physical Inactivity as a Disease and How Much Exercise is Needed to Prevent It.” Conference sessions will include Promoting Physical Activity and Understanding its Benefits, physical activity in children and physical activity in chronic disease. The conference will conclude with CCTS scholar presentations, followed by a poster session and afternoon tea.


For more information, including the full agenda, registration, abstract submissions, and mentor nominations, visit



MEDIA CONTACT: Mallory Powell,



Scholarship Enables Students to Preserve Jewish Heritage

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 15:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) — University of Kentucky students have a rare opportunity now to get in on the ground floor of a historical and innovative three-year project to record and preserve Kentucky’s Jewish heritage and history for generations to come.


The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Scholars program for undergraduates is made possible by a unique partnership between UK’s interdisciplinary program in Jewish Studies and the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence (JHFE).  The JHFE Scholars receive a multi-year scholarship to complete a minor in Jewish Studies at UK. They also have a unique opportunity for research with UK faculty. Of the five scholarships originally created, two scholarships are still available.


Deadline to submit an application is Feb. 16. To complete the online submission, visit


Meet UK’s first three JHFE scholars who began their awards this year, jhfe scholarship students.


The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence is a Louisville-based 501(c) 3 grant making organization with a mission to invest in the local health care market, foster innovative medical research and support the Louisville Jewish community.


Beginning in 2015, the JHFE Scholars will help to create the Jewish Kentucky Oral History Collection, in cooperation with the UK Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, UK Library and Information Sciences, digital humanities and oral histories. The project’s goal is to establish the largest collection of Kentucky Jewish oral histories in the state. Eventually, all the digital oral histories will be publicly accessible online.


“Over the course of three years, we plan to collect a minimum of 55 oral histories from across the Commonwealth," said Janice Fernheimer, director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Jewish Studies and associate professor of writing, rhetoric, and digital studies. "These narratives will highlight Kentucky’s historic and contemporary Jewish heritage. Although most people tend to associate Jewish American history and culture with urban locales on the East or West Coast, Kentucky’s Jewish history is just as important and interesting. The project will also allow UK to develop a new undergraduate course on Kentucky Jewish history and identity.”


According to project co-director Beth Goldstein, “JHFE scholars who work on the oral histories collection can gain extraordinary first-hand experience with community outreach, original research, and digital humanities technology.  Under faculty supervision, the students will help conduct, process, and prepare interviews for public access. They’ll also have the opportunity for summer employment on the project.”


The interdisciplinary faculty of Jewish Studies at UK came together from multiple colleges at UK ‒ Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts, Education, Medicine, Communication and Information Sciences, and Engineering. All are leaders in their respective fields of philosophy, history, rhetoric, computer science and musicology, and they work on a variety of cross-disciplinary projects as varied as, but not limited to the following:

·       Jewish diversity

·       Black Jewish identity

·       contemporary Yiddish language and culture

·       history of Jewish music

·       representations of Israel in Jewish and other graphic novels

·       minority relations in Modern Europe

·       Jewish-Christian relations in the 16th and 17th centuries, particularly through the experiences of judeoconversos, or converts from Judaism to Christianity and their descendants

·       comparative memory of trauma in the Haitian revolution and the Holocaust 

·       Jewish presence in North Africa

·       Ladino and Sephardic Jewish history and culture




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