Q&A With Buck Goldstein, Next Speaker in "see tomorrow." Speaker Series

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2014) What does it mean for a university to be entrepreneurial?


That's the topic of the next "see tomorrow. The University of Kentucky Strategic Plan" speaker series this Thursday.


Buck Goldstein is the University Entrepreneur in Residence and a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC and an honors graduate of the UNC Law School. He will speak Thursday, May 8, at 9 a.m. in the Lexmark Public Room.


UKnow recently had the opportunity to speak with Goldstein about his upcoming talk and the importance of entrepreneurship in the context of public higher education.


What will you be speaking about at UK?


Great research universities like UK have the ability and the responsibility to attack big, complex problems. Entrepreneurship, which operates at the intersection of innovation and execution, can increase the impact of the research and teaching that goes on at places like UK.


In your recent book "Engines of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial University in the Twenty-First Century" you and Holden Thorp (provost at Washington University) discuss how a university becomes more entrepreneurial? What do you mean by that and why is the concept important?


We think the real opportunity is to develop a culture that embraces innovation and tolerates failure. We suggest a number of ways such a culture can be encouraged, and I plan to discuss them in my talk.

What are some of the barriers or challenges to that goal?

Every institution is different but great universities have traditions and processes that have endured for centuries. On the other hand universities are facing existential threats that cannot be ignored. The challenge is to thoughtfully understand how innovation can be encouraged within a framework that has stood the test of time. Of particular interest to me is online learning, and I plan to discuss the MOOC I taught with Holden this past spring to 39,000 students called What's Your Big Idea?




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Undergrads Present Sustainability Research at NSF Student Showcase

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2014) — Undergraduate students who participated in the National Science Foundation-funded Systems Thinking for Sustainability (NSF-STFS) course at the University of Kentucky will present their research findings in a showcase from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in the Lexmark Public Room in UK's Main Building. This project showcase, which is free and open to the public, will display the range of multivalent viewpoints, issues investigated, and potential solutions discovered over the course of the spring 2014 semester.


This is the third year of the curriculum development and the first year including a group of students from Texas A&M University, which were exposed to segments of the curriculum delivered by UK’s team and adapted by one of the UK team members.


The presentation agenda for the showcase is as follows:

· informal discussions with individual UK student teams, 10:30 to 11 a.m.;

· UK student team presentations, 11 a.m. to noon; and

· a question and response session, noon to 12:30 p.m.


This year’s NSF-STFS umbrella project titled "Campus Living" advances the research developed by the spring 2012 and spring 2013 STFS class. Using the last two years' projects as springboards for deeper and more thorough approaches, the students’ projects explore sustainable issues through the lens of systems thinking as a means of simultaneously seeing and assessing the issues from multiple vantage points.


The topics selected for this year’s projects are germane to ongoing campus planning initiatives and include topics like open space utilization, building the campus community, sustainable transportation, energy and water usage, campus amenities, and enhancing the student center experience.


To further substantiate how knowledge generated at UK can be translated to meet other outcomes, the faculty members have also been working with a number of universities both in the U.S. and abroad. The NSF-STFS team introduced a series of hybrid and blended learning modules this year that allowed the faculty to introduce the course at Texas A&M University's College of Architecture delivered by UK College of Design Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor of Architecture Gregory Luhan.


The Texas A&M students used the same course materials as UK but focused their umbrella project on rebuilding the community of West Liberty, Ky., that was destroyed by tornadoes in 2012. Their umbrella project is entitled “Moving West Liberty Forward. Together.” The set of a few developed modules have also been tested at the Bern University of Technology, located in Bern, Switzerland.


The faculty who collaboratively taught the NSF-STFS course at UK are Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering Fazleena Badurdeen; College of Design Associate Dean for Research Luhan; Associate Professor of Mathematics Education Margaret Mohr-Schroeder of the College of Education; Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dusan Sekulic; and Assistant Professor Leslie Vincent of Gatton College of Business and Economics.


NSF-STFS focused on the development of an innovative team-taught interdisciplinary course that will transform STEM education for undergraduates.  This course features the interactive teamwork of four UK colleges, Business and Economics, Design, Education, and Engineering, that uses a problem-based and project-based learning approach to address issues related to sustainability and living on the UK campus.


The hope and expectation of the three-year study is to enable students to engage in and learn from a systems thinking approach to solve problems in sustainability areas that will help students develop the perspectives and skills they need to work together in an increasingly cross-disciplinary world facing progressively more complex problems. The immediate benefit for many of the students, aside from working across disciplines through rigorous research-driven methods, is the synergistic link between the NSF-STFS course and their own discipline specific capstone projects and studio projects.


The NSF-STFS faculty continue to analyze the data developed in the class to frame research papers, presentations, and to inform workshops at national and international conferences using the showcase as a valuable vehicle to demonstrate “proof-of-concept” approaches that bridge between research, pedagogy and practice.



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UK Students Blast Onto Library Balcony for Study Break, Free Food

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2014) — Looking for a break during finals week or needing some fresh air during your long nights at the library? Balcony Blast is for you. University of Kentucky Libraries and Dean Terry Birdwhistell invite the student body to drop by William T. Young Library for free food, drinks and relaxation during finals week. Balcony Blast runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in room 3-34 and the adjacent balcony, located on the third floor south wing of Young Library.


As part of Balcony Blast, UK Libraries is opening room 3-34 and the south balcony for a reception and will provide small sub sandwiches from Firehouse Subs and soft drinks. There will be music and students can drop by to relax, take a break from their studies and enjoy the fresh air.


UK Libraries hosted a similar event last spring when it opened the balcony to the public and student body for the first time.


In the event of rain, Balcony Blast will be moved to room B108-C.


UK Libraries is constantly looking for ways to support the success of students by utilizing its resources and space. With a donation from Kentucky American Water, last spring Young Library staff upgraded the Kentucky American Water Room at the library with a design that incorporated tablet arm chairs ideal for students using laptops or other electronic devices, movable whiteboards, and a flat screen display that can be used to project the images from laptop screens.


In the fall of 2013, Young Library opened two repurposed spaces on the second floor: a new interactive reference area in the north wing and a collaborative learning center in the south wing.



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UK Alumnus, CTO of AngelList Here on May 14, 15

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2014) — In efforts to expand the discussion connecting startups and investors, crowdfunding and fundraising, University of Kentucky alumnus and founding chief technology officer of AngelList, Joshua Slayton, will return to Lexington to speak at the Lexington Venture Club meeting May 14 and at an "Open Coffee" event May 15.  AngelList is a San Francisco based startup that provides a platform that offers an online community and forum, as well as a platform where startups and investors can connect at


The Lexington Venture Club meeting featuring Slayton will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Hyatt Regency Lexington. The meeting is hosted by the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network and Commerce Lexington, Inc. The event is $35 for non-members and includes a luncheon. To register for the LVC meeting click here: LVC


Continuing discussions from the Venture Club meeting, "Open Coffee with Joshua Slayton" will be from 9-10 a.m. Thursday, May 15, in the Commerce Lexington conference room at 330 East Main Street. The conversation with Slayton is sponsored by the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship/Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center and the Kentucky Innovation Network, and Commerce Lexington, Inc. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Refreshments will be provided. To register for the Open Coffee click here.


Slayton, a Louisville native, graduated Summa Cum Laude from UK with degrees in mathematics and computer science. After graduating, he moved to San Francisco and three years later he joined AngelList's founding team as chief technology officer. In both events, Slayton will speak about connecting startups and investors, as well as crowdfunding and fundraising.


The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship/ Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation and Commercialization Center Network in the Gatton College of Business and Economics accelerates the Kentucky economy by commercializing UK research, facilitating university-industry collaborations, and assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses in creating jobs. The center works with faculty, clinicians, staff and student innovators to create start-ups and spinoff companies.


The Kentucky Innovation Network, managed in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, along with local partners, creates a network of business leaders and mentors that encourages relationships, grows companies new and existing, and creates jobs. The network comprises 13 offices located across Kentucky.




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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Focuses on Landscape Architecture

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 23:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 2, 2014) — 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 program offers an introduction to the world of the Department of  Landscape Architecture in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment with Professor Chris Sass of the department and his student Rachel Cunningham.


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


"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.

What's Next: Engineering Solutions to Society's Problems

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:12

Video by Vis Center media team.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 2, 2014) — Can engineering help people live better lives? Can it help to preserve our most deeply held values? University of Kentucky researcher Samson Cheung thinks so. He researches how technology can be used to help people in very realistic and immediate ways. 


An associate professor in the UK Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and faculty member of the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments (the Vis Center), the major theme of his research is in the area of using multimedia image processing and signal processing to help solve societal problems.


Cheung has two main areas of research. The first area of interest is in privacy concerns related to multimedia.


"We can use technology to, at the same time, provide the necessary security for the government or the military to do their jobs, while still protecting our civil liberties and our privacy, all the values that we cherish as a nation," Cheung says. 


He and his team are investigating a new computational framework for encrypted multimedia processing. The framework is being used in novel applications such as biometric matching, object detection, speech analysis and video surveillance.


His second area of interest has developed out of a personal interest in developing assistive technology for people with autism.


"That got started with my son, who was diagnosed as autistic," Cheung said. "I think engineering can be a big part of helping him. Kids nowadays really love all the technology, all the gadgets and all the toys, and that could be a very good way to help him and other people like him."


This project is an interdisciplinary, integrated research and education program to develop novel technologies in manipulating mirror images, aimed at studying and enabling behavioral modeling of children with an autism spectrum disorder. 

Cheung's work is featured in the above video, produced by the Vis Center as part of its "What's Next" series. It may also be viewed at "Reveal," the official website for UK Research Media, at




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Ricoh USA Awards $20,000 in Scholarships Through Video Contest

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 2, 2014) — Ricoh USA, the contracted print vendor for the University of Kentucky, hosted a video contest this semester offering current UK students a chance to win one of four $5,000 scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. Entrants were asked to create a short video on the theme “see blue. print green.”


The videos were judged by various staff members from Ricoh, UK Purchasing, UK Admissions and Registrar, UK Analytics and Technologies, and the UK Sustainability Office. Ricoh representatives said they appreciated the judges' taking time to view and rate each entry, and they were impressed by the number of students who created and submitted a video.


The winners and their videos are described below. The judges also selected two honorable mentions. The winning videos can be viewed at


Kendra Sanders, topical major, College of Arts & Sciences


Kendra Sanders' well-produced video highlights the amount of paper used in the U.S. annually. It mentions ways UK reduces waste and how the collaboration between UK and Ricoh assists these efforts. Judges said Sanders made excellent use of footage, the edits had great timing, and that her video excelled in all areas, exhibiting a professional touch.


John Bishop, College of Law


John Bishop’s video features a UK student walking on campus as she describes how much paper is used and thrown away on university campuses and how UK and Ricoh are saving money by working together. She also provides a list of ways Big Blue Nation can help. Judges said the quality of Bishop's video was extremely professional, with graphics, sound and animation doing an excellent job of supporting the subject matter. Judges especially appreciated "the discipline in producing an uncut moving camera shot as well as the mastery of the material by the on-screen talent." 


Courtney Harris, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration


Courtney Harris' video uses animation to describe Ricoh’s services and how the services help UK lower costs and be more environmentally friendly. She illustrates the partnership between Ricoh and the university community in executing the goal to “see blue. print green.”  Harris' custom animation brought a unique style that set it apart.  Her efforts resulted in imagery tailored specifically for the message, which was concise and effective.


Clark Frye, accounting, Gatton College of Business and Economics


Clark Frye’s video exhibited campus landmarks and used a powerful narrative to describe world issues and transitions for improvement. Where "bold dreams go beyond seeing green" and "live life through verbs and not by actionless words." Frye's video distinguished itself with a captivating lyrical style that intensified the impact of the piece.


Judges’ Honorable Mention Awards


Tori Cincotta, media arts and studies, School of Journalism and Telecommunications


Tori Cincotta’s video was commended for its excellent cinematography and continuity. The flow between scenes feels natural, and judges especially appreciated the pace and quality of shots.


Mike Vance, pre-media arts and studies, School of Journalism and Telecommunications


Mike Vance’s video shows great use of animation, timing and sound effects. Attention to detail is a must when working in this format, and judges thought this video struck a wonderful balance while remaining energetic and relevant to the narrative.




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Health Sciences Student Merges Passion for Opera with Desire to Help Others

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 14:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 2, 2014) − Few would know the power of the human voice better than an opera singer. Chris Conley, a former professional opera singer, decided to return to school to combine his two passions:  his love for opera and his desire to help others with communication disorders.


Conley, a student in the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) graduate program, discovered his passion for singing as a child. He would sing hymns without hesitation during family gatherings, and eventually at events such as weddings and school performances.


"It was my defining trait since I was a kid," he said. "People always told me I'd go on and study music, so it was a natural thing for me to go into."


Conley’s love of singing and the spotlight led him to pursue a career in what he regarded as the highest level of singing – opera. He was inspired by opera’s rich mixture of storytelling and history, and he traveled around the U.S. for many years, singing in multiple distinguished Baroque chorales, such as the New Trinity Baroque group in Atlanta.


Conley's career vision shifted once he became a husband, and later, a father to two children. He worked in the banking industry for five and a half years, but he knew this wasn't his heart’s calling. Conley began exploring careers that would allow him to combine his passion for singing and for helping others. He found his calling in speech-language pathology. He hopes to bring his musical expertise to the field by becoming a singing-voice specialist.


Once at UK, Conley found two incredible mentors with a passion for helping others: Professor Joseph C. Stemple and Associate Professor Jody Deem.


Stemple is well-known for creating a set of exercises called "vocal function exercises" that transform how speech-language pathologists look at voice rehabilitation. He also was instrumental in the creation of the UK Voice and Swallow Clinic, the only dedicated voice clinic in the state.

"Coming to the University of Kentucky and studying under Dr. Stemple, who conceptualized these exercises, puts me in a great place professionally," Conley said. "I can’t say enough about what Dr. Stemple has done to transform what we do as voice professionals." 


He also speaks highly of his other mentor, Deem, who exudes professionalism, knowledge and great enthusiasm for speech-language pathology.


"Her enthusiasm made me excited to pursue this career. Dr. Deem was the first person I met at UK, and I have tremendous respect for her," Conley said.


Conley plans to merge his love of opera and speech-language pathology by pursuing a career as a singing-voice specialist. His experience as an opera singer will provide a distinct advantage as a singing-voice specialist, who helps amateur and professional singers manage their voices and address underlying voice-usage problems, in order to improve singing performance.


The Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program requires two years of academic coursework and clinical practice, and Conley is about to begin his second year, which consists of clinical rotations. As a father of two, Conley finds it challenging to balance the demands of graduate school, while working and maintaining his family life.


"It's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life," Conley said, "But the people in our program have been fantastic at letting me put family first."


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UK Design Recognizes Outstanding Alumni, Friends, Faculty

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 13:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Design recognized outstanding faculty, alumni and friends of the college at the first Celebrating Excellence Awards Dinner and Exhibition held April 10, at the Hilary J. Boone Center.


The Distinguished Alumni Award honorees included:


William Peace, BA, 1980, School of Interiors

Founder and principal of Peace Design, in Atlanta, Ga., and Missoula, Mont., William Peace is a design visionary and leading force in the interior design community. Peace is the recipient of numerous national and regional awards, including the National ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Project award for residential interiors, City of Atlanta Urban Renewal, and Southeastern Designer of the Year. He has served on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian-affiliated Museum of Design in Atlanta and as a legacy member of the Advisory Committee Board for the School of Interiors at UK.


George Metzger, BARCH, 1982, School of Architecture

George Metzger is the principal responsible for Adamson Associates’ West Coast Office in Los Angeles. He joined Adamson Associates Inc. in 2006 bringing a critically acclaimed design sensibility and a portfolio of high-profile projects across the world. His expertise encompasses all aspects of architectural practice — master planning, architectural design, interior design, technical issues, and project management. Metzger worked in close collaboration with the renowned architect Frank Gehry. His expertise with new and emerging technologies turned Gehry’s concepts and sketches into award-winning completed projects including the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain, and the Seattle Experience Museum. Many of these projects have set new standards in project delivery methods, 3D computing technology - BIM (building information modeling), architectural technology and contractor collaboration systems. 


Kenneth Greene, BARCH, 1981

After graduating from the architecture program at UK, Greene first joined Omni Architects, where he developed a substantial portfolio of health care design, which he would later use as a managing partner and senior medical planner at GBBN Architects’ Lexington office. Greene worked on a myriad of health care design projects across the Commonwealth, Ohio, West Virginia, as well as China, and served as the project manager for the UK Albert B. Chandler Patient Care Facility and Pavilion. After his sudden passing in May 2011, two days before the Chandler Pavilion’s dedication, his family established the Ken Greene Architecture Scholarship Foundation to endow a scholarship at the UK College of Design’s School of Architecture. This endowed scholarship benefits talented second-year-and-older students demonstrating financial need, just as Greene received as a student at UK. The Ken Greene Memorial Endowed Scholarship has funded two students to date and will be awarded again in May 2014. 


The college also honored individuals who have demonstrated in multiple ways over many years their dedication to the mission of the college and its programs. The Friends of the College Awards went to:


Edith Bingham

Edith S. “Edie” Bingham is a loyal and passionate supporter of the Department of Historic Preservation at the UK College of Design. A native of Washington, D.C., she has been a fixture in the preservation community and robust advocate for preservation in Kentucky for decades. Currently, Bingham serves on seven preservation boards, including the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and the UK Department of Historic Preservation advisory boards. She has served on nearly 25 community-based boards in years past, and was instrumental in establishing the Helen Abell and Clay Lancaster professorships at UK. Bingham is the past recipient of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Kentucky Citizens’ Laureate Award, as well as the prestigious Preservation Lifetime Award conferred by the National Trust. 


Janet Pike

As chief executive officer of AIA Kentucky, Pike has increased the organization’s membership and budget since her arrival in 1988. She is an advocate for architects and architecture. Pike has worked closely with the state and regional AIA boards and architects within the state to provide resources, support and assistance to the UK School of Architecture. The results of her labor include scholarship funding; securing AIA national endowments; guiding the establishment of the AIA Kentucky Endowed Professorship within the school; providing support for students after graduation; and working with faculty and staff to establish and maintain a collaborative relationship.


Faculty members Michael Jacobs, architecture instructor; Wallis Miller, the Charles Parker Graves Endowed Associate Professor in Architecture; and Rebekah Radtke, associate professor of interiors, were also honored, as was Director of Student Services Azhar Swanson.



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Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy Recognizes Policymakers and Advocates

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 2, 2014) – The Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy’s (KCSP) awarded the 2014 David B. Stevens, M.D., Smoke-free Advocate of the Year Award to Roger Cline Sr. from Olive Hill at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing’s KCSP annual Spring Conference.


The event was held on April 29 at the Doubletree Suites in Lexington during the conference luncheon. Cline, a volunteer with the American Cancer Society and Smoke-free Kentucky, has been successful at voluntary policy change at the local level (Carter County) and works tirelessly at both the city and state levels. The advocate of the year is recognized for excellence in promoting secondhand smoke education and smoke-free policy. Other nominees for this prestigious advocacy award included: Cynthia Brown (Bullitt County Health Department) and Carol Douglas (Barren River District Health Department). 


Two new awards were presented this year. The 2014 Brian Early Mattone, Esq. Legal Counsel Smoke-free Support Award was presented to the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium (TCLC), a legal network that assists community leaders and public health organizations on issues related to tobacco control policy. Housed in the William Mitchell College of Law’s Public Health Law Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, TCLC was recognized for outstanding smoke-free legal service and continuous contributions to smoke-free environments which give life back to communities in a way that honors the memory, gentle spirit, and unwavering work ethic shown by Mattone.


The Lee T. Todd Jr. Smoke-free Hero Award was presented to the Bullitt County Board of Health. The Bullitt County Board of Health adopted a comprehensive smoke-free regulation in March 2011 but it is delayed pending legal action. Bullitt County Board of Health was recognized for their courage, perseverence, and continuous commitment to and leadership for smoke-free environments in the face of adversity.


Elected officials and advocates from the Mayfield City Council were also awarded the Smoke-free Indoor Air Endeavor Award. Members of the Mayfield City Council were recognized for their leadership in promoting the health of the citizens in their communities by enacting a partial smoke-free ordinance in 2013.


As of April 1, 2014, 38 Kentucky communities had implemented smoke-free ordinances or Board of Health regulations, with 22 of those being comprehensive policies, meaning that they cover all workplaces including restaurants and bars. This translates to 34.2 percent of Kentuckians protected by comprehensive smoke-free workplace laws. For more information about smoke-free ordinances and regulations in Kentucky, visit the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy at


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Troske Receives 2014 Lyons Award for Service

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 09:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 2, 2014) — Kenneth R. Troske, the William B. Sturgill Professor of Economics and senior associate dean for administration, faculty and research in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, is the 2014 recipient of the William E. Lyons Award for Outstanding Service.


The Lyons Award is presented each year to an individual associated with UK who has contributed significantly to the university, the Lexington community, and/or the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The award is named in honor of the late Bill Lyons, longtime professor of political science and public administration at UK, a dedicated scholar, teacher, and public servant who made innumerable contributions in all areas of university life and extended his professional expertise to address problems affecting the local and state communities.


"Ken Troske is a most worthy recipient of the Lyons Award," said Merl Hackbart, professor and interim director of UK's Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, which bestows the award. "Since joining the UK faculty in 2005, he has immersed himself in serving not only his students and fellow faculty, but also Lexington, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and our nation."


Previously, Troske served as chair of the Department of Economics and as director of the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) in the Gatton College.


Troske is an expert in labor economics and is the author of many academic publications. He has served as a visiting scholar and research fellow at Australian National University, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Institute for the Study of Labor.


In addition to his academic work, Troske is very active in the community. He has  helped provide forecasts for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) Revenue Department, and has worked on other projects both for current Mayor Jim Gray and former Mayor Jim Newberry. Troske also has advised many groups including Commerce Lexington, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Effort, a cooperative partnership between Lexington and Louisville. He currently serves on the Lexington Business Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and as a member of the budget committee for Lafayette High School.


Troske was selected to serve as one of only five experts on the U.S. Congressional Oversight Panel which reviewed government efforts to help stabilize the nation's economic situation in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.


Originally from Seattle, Troske holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and graduated from the University of Chicago with a master's and Ph.D. in economics. He is married to another economist, Su Troske. They have two children and reside in Lexington.


"It is humbling to receive this honor," Troske said. "While I did not have the good fortune of knowing Bill Lyons personally, his record of service to UK, to Lexington, and to the state is legendary. To receive an award which carries his name is something I will always cherish."


During his career at UK, Lyons served as director of the Martin School, chair of the Department of Political Science, chair of the University Senate Council, executive director of the Merger Commission that established the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, member of the Urban County Council, and chair of various LFUCG government committees.


Hackbart added, "Through this award, the life and legacy of service exemplified by Bill Lyons continues to live."




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UK Community Asked to Wear UK Apparel Friday in Support of Higher Ed

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 09:35


LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 1, 2014) ― To demonstrate national support for higher education, first lady Michelle Obama is encouraging people across the country to wear their college apparel tomorrow, Friday, May 2.


Obama will speak at the Fourth Annual College Signing Day at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  In her keynote remarks, she will highlight the significance of pursuing and completing some form of higher education and the importance of students doing their part to answer the president’s ‘North Star’ Education Goal that by the year 2020, America once again has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.


College Signing Day is part of Destination College, a week of free events started during by San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to celebrate San Antonio as both a college town and a college-going town.  Residents there show their support by wearing their college apparel, and the first lady wants to extend that action nationwide in an effort to inspire youth all across the country to consider applying to college.


Obama encourages participants to share photos of themselves in college apparel on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, and across additional social media platforms using the hashtag #ReachHigher.

A 'Grand Night' for UK Staff

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 14:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 1, 2014) — University of Kentucky Opera Theatre will honor Russ Williams, the university's first representative of the staff on the Board of Trustees who died in 2009, by offering a special ticket price to UK staff for its popular musical revue, “It’s a Grand Night for Singing!” Each performance of “Grand Night” will have select seats available to UK staff for only $25, plus Singletary Center for the Arts processing fees. General admission tickets for "Grand Night" are $45.


Everett McCorvey, director of UK Opera Theatre, said of Williams, “Russ was a tireless advocate for the staff and the staff’s concerns on the UK Board of Trustees. Russ loved the university and all it had to offer to the community and to the Commonwealth. He suggested to me the idea of having staff prices for opera performances. I am happy to be able to offer the staff prices in honor of Russ. He was well loved by all on campus.”


Williams held the staff representative position to the UK Board of Trustees for four terms beginning in 1998 until his death in 2009.


“Grand Night” will have six performances at the Singletary Center for the Arts, on UK’s campus, beginning 7:30 p.m. June 13, 14, 20 and 21, and 2 p.m., June 15 and 22. Staff tickets are available through the Singletary Center ticket office with a valid UK staff ID.


UK Opera Theatre is one of a select group of U.S. opera training programs recommended by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. The Tucker Foundation is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the careers of talented American opera singers by bringing opera into the community and heightening appreciation for opera by supporting music education enrichment programs.


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



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Tenmast Software Honored as 2014 Innovative Workplace Award Recipient

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 1, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin) has announced Tenmast Software as the recipient of the third annual Dr. Lee T. Todd Jr. Bridging the Gap Between Workplace Research to Practice Award.


The award recognizes former UK President Lee T. Todd's vision in creating an institute committed to Kentucky's workforce challenges through engaging organizations in academic research, learning opportunities, and sharing best practices to implement in the 21st century workplace. As the award honoree, Tenmast will receive a complimentary one‐year partnership to iwin’s Innovative Employer Roundtable and participate in exclusive partner events. The award ceremony will take place May 14 during iwin’s Innovative Employer Roundtable Meeting.


The Innovative Employer Roundtable Steering Committee selected Tenmast as the honoree after reviewing numerous applications from impressive Kentucky organizations and personally interviewing three finalists. The award, effective for one year beginning in May, will include attendance at the May and October Roundtable meetings. Subsequent awards will be offered each year in May and are open to applications from any Kentucky organization beginning in November 2014.


“I believe that Tenmast embodies the essence of the Todd Award through demonstration of innovative workplace practices," said Kim Doty of Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing, iwin Steering Committee member and interview panelist.  "I am pleased with their addition as a partner to our iwin Roundtable.”


Tenmast Software serves public housing authorities and private affordable housing management companies with software for tenant management, finance/accounting, maintenance, inspections, document management, HUD reporting, and executive decision making. The 30-year-old company headquartered in Lexington, currently has 65 employees and two locations.


“The employees at Tenmast Software are very excited to receive the Dr. Lee Todd Award," said Greg Hodge, director of Human Resources at Tenmast. "Tenmast Software is in the process of becoming a 100 percent employee owned company, and we see iwin as a critical piece to our strategic plan. We are focused on maximizing employee engagement and bringing innovative ideas and solutions to our daily work. iwin is a great partnership between business and education, transferring knowledge and practical solutions from research to local businesses. We hope to use what we learn at iwin to create a 21st century workplace that values our employees, develops their skills and provides long lasting returns for our shareholders and the local community.”


The mission of the Institute for Workplace Innovation is to develop and disseminate knowledge about the 21st century workplace to create work environments that boost the bottom line, employee health, and work-life fit. In addition to operating the Innovative Employer Roundtable, iwin also provides consulting in a variety of topics including Change Cycle, the multi-generational workforce and executive coaching; iwin also specializes in the development, implementation, and analysis of customized surveys and assessments.


Housed in the College of Social Work, iwin is affiliated with other colleges including the colleges of Public Health, Design, Education, Engineering, Communication and Information Studies, and Gatton College of Business and Economics.


For more information, please contact: Stephanie Shaw,



Study Led by UK Researcher Provides New Insight into Common Disease Affecting the Elderly

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 1, 2014) --  A genome-wide association study (GWAS) led by Dr. Peter Nelson of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky, and David Fardo of UK's Department of Biostatistics, has provided new insight into Hippocampal Sclerosis of Aging (HS-A), a common disease affecting the elderly.


Researchers from 16 different institutions compared 363 persons with autopsy-proven HS-A to a control group of 2,303 other individuals in an attempt to identify genetic predisposition to HS-Aging. 


Nelson and his team found that small changes in the ABCC9 gene -- also known as Sulfonylurea Receptor 2 -- strongly paralleled the incidence of HS-Aging.  Further statistical analysis demonstrated a link between the use of sulfonylurea, a medication commonly used to treat diabetes, and an increased risk for HS-A.


"This is the first genome-wide association study of its kind, and it has terrific statistical power," Nelson said. "While certainly there's a lot more work to be done to confirm the drug-disease interaction, this study nonetheless describes a novel dementia risk factor."


GWAS studies are a relatively new way to explore the linkage between any disease and the genetic factors that may contribute to them. Using the DNA of similar people with the target disease and without, millions of genetic variants are read and analyzed in an attempt to mark a region of the human genome that influences the risk of the target disease. In contrast to methods which specifically test one or a few genetic regions, the GWA studies investigate the entire genome.


"This work confirms that the problems that occur in the brains of the elderly are complicated -- but until we delve deeper into that complexity, we will be frustrated in our goal of finding new cures for these horrible diseases," Nelson said. "If further research confirms the genetic link we have identified in this study, it might inform new strategies to search for cures."


The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is a worldwide leader in research on HS-A, a condition that affects up to 15 percent of individuals over age 85.  Its symptoms are so similar to those of Alzheimer's disease that patients are often misdiagnosed with the latter.  Currently, the only way to confirm a diagnosis of HS-A is by autopsy.


The study, which was funded in large part by the National Institute of Aging/National Institutes of Health, was published this week in Acta Neuropathologica.



2014 Provost Outstanding Teaching Award Winners Honored Today

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 1, 2014) – Provost Christine Riordan will honor three tenured faculty members, two lecturers and six teaching assistants today at the 2014 University of Kentucky Provost's Outstanding Teaching Awards ceremony. The ceremony will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Lexmark Public Room.


The award recognizes faculty and graduate teaching assistants who demonstrate special dedication and outstanding performance in the classroom or laboratory. Recipients are selected via nomination and review by a selection committee based in the Provost's Office of Faculty Advancement.


Winners receive cash prizes of $5,000 for regular and special title series faculty, $3,000 for lecturer and clinical title series, and $1,000 for teaching assistants.


The Category One Faculty Award recognizes regular and special title series faculty for outstanding teaching performance. The 2014 winners are:

  • Philip R. Harling, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • Pearl James, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English
  • Leon Sachs, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Modern and Classical Languages


The Category Two Faculty Award recognizes lecturer and clinical title series faculty for outstanding performance in the classroom, laboratory or clinical settings. The 2014 winners are:

  • Brian W. Adkins, College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Andrea M. Friedrich, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
  • Tammy J. Stephenson, College of Agriculture, Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition


The Teaching Assistant Award recognizes teaching assistants for outstanding performance in the classroom or laboratory. The 2014 winners are:

  • Ashleigh M. Hardin, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English
  • Nathan A. Shank, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English
  • E. Ashley Sorrell, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History




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May 1 Is Important Deadline for Admitted UK Freshmen

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April  30, 2014) — May 1 is an important date for incoming freshmen who have been admitted to the University of Kentucky for the Fall 2014 semester.


Thursday, May 1, is the deadline for incoming freshmen to confirm their summer advising conferences. During these conferences, which begin June 23, faculty and staff work with new students to help them register for classes and provide an introduction to campus life at UK.


The advising conference confirmation is also the official way students notify UK they will attend beginning in the fall.  Students must set up their Link Blue account and log into myUK to complete the confirmation process.  Instructions for this process can be found here.


Incoming freshmen are also strongly encouraged to apply for housing by May 1.  In order for incoming freshmen to be reasonably sure that housing will be available for them in the fall, it is important for them to apply before April 30. 


For more information on campus housing, call 859-257-1866, e-mail, or click here.


For more information on how to confirm your summer advising conference, call 859-257-3256, e-mail, or click here.


For a complete checklist of everything students should do after being accepted to attend UK, click here.


Watch the video below to discover what it's like to "see blue." as a UK student. 





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.  If using a mobile device, click the "thought bubble" icon in the same area.



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Major Tree Planting Initiative Underway at UK

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 22:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 30, 2014) ― Nearly 430 new trees are scheduled to be planted on the University of Kentucky campus over the next year -- about half of them will be planted in key areas around campus and the others will be planted near Alumni Drive as part of a federal flood management project. UK President Eli Capilouto and Vice President for Facilities Management Bob Wiseman announced the major tree planting initiative today near where a new grove of trees will be planted on the lawn in front of UK's Main Building, near South Limestone.


“The physical beauty of UK’s campus is one of the many attributes that makes us an attractive place to learn and work,” said President Eli Capilouto. “Inviting outdoor landscapes add a rich dynamic to a college campus – fostering collaboration among students, faculty and staff, and welcoming university visitors. This initiative will further enhance our green spaces amid Lexington’s urban environment.”


The project includes nearly 130 trees being planted this spring and another 80-100 this fall in 16 designated areas of enhancement throughout campus. In addition, a federal flood management project in the Alumni Drive area will include planting more than 200 trees on UK property on the south side of Alumni Drive from Nicholasville Road to the entrance to Greg Page Apartments.  These trees will be planted next spring and will afford stability along the detention areas as well as providing a park-like setting along this road.


As the university approaches its 150th anniversary year in 2015, this initiative, named "Planting for the Next 150 Years," is expected to make an impact well into the next century.


"New buildings are leading our campus transformation right now, but it's important to note that landscaping is also a large and important part of the overall plan," Wiseman said.  "With this unprecedented tree-planting effort, we are following our consultant's plans for a cohesive landscaping approach that functionally connects the campus while providing a visually pleasing outdoor environment."


The landscape design plan complements the UK Campus Master Plan, both developed by consultant Sasaki Associates.  The Landscape Design Guidelines recommend the university seek "a landscape of consistent order and unified design," guided by the following general principles:


  • Human connection
  • The experience of nature
  • Ecosystem benefits
  • Appropriateness
  • Aesthetic value
  • Use
  • Efficient management


The landscape design calls for 16 significant landscape enhancement areas on campus.  Among those receiving plantings in the spring and fall are:


  • A grove of nearly 20 trees on the north portion of the lawn in front of the Main Building
  • The walkway from Rose Street to the William T. Young Library (approx.12)
  • Walkway from Funkhouser Drive to Patterson Drive between McVey, Kastle, Pence, Grehan and Margaret I. King buildings (approx. 30)
  • Both sides of Avenue of Champions between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Rose Street ( between 15 and 25)
  • Rose Street between Rose Lane and Avenue of Champions (approx. 10)


A map of all the tree enhancement areas can be found at:  


Hannah Angel, a senior majoring in forestry and member of the UK Forestry Club, said she is gratified to see UK take a role in increasing the tree canopy throughout campus.


"During my four years at UK, I have learned that the services trees provide are irreplaceable ― especially in urban settings," Angel said. "Urban trees provide shade, mitigate storm water runoff, filter harmful pollutants from the air and water, and can increase energy savings. Trees are major capital assets, and through this tree planting campaign, the University of Kentucky is making a significant investment in the future of our campus ― not only for the purpose of campus beautification, but also for the health of the university community members who work and live here."


Most of the tree species are native to Kentucky.  The species being planted this spring are:  American elm, American linden, bur oak, Chinese elm, chinquapin oak, honey locust, magnolia, shingle oak, shumard oak, swamp white oak, and tulip tree.




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UK Medical Students Observe Cuba's Socialized Health Care System

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 1, 2014) - The flight from Miami to Havana, Cuba, only lasted about 50 minutes - a short trip to a country that seemed so distant from America for a group of 16 first-year University of Kentucky College of Medicine students.


During a trip to learn about Cuba's socialized health care system, a group of UK students were surprised to find that Cubans knew much more about American culture than Americans knew about Cubans. The young Cubans they met could name American historical figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and popular television shows like How I Met Your Mother. They could also discuss U.S. policy issues, like the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare."


"Honestly, the only thing we know about Cuba is the missile crisis, the Bay of Pigs and Fidel Castro," said Angela Dao, a medical student from Elizabethtown, Ky.


The UK medical students returned from Cuba with an enhanced understanding of the country's history and culture, as well as an appreciation for many aspects of its government-run public health system. Along with the students, UK political science professor Peter Berres and UK College of Public Health professor Dr. Katherine Eddens traveled to Cuba in March through Witness for Peace, a nonprofit that awards U.S. citizens temporary people-to-people licenses to enter Cuba for educational purposes. Cuba, which has remained economically isolated from the United States since an embargo set in place in the 1960s, is characterized as a socialist country governed by the Communist Party. 


Cuba's universal health care system emphasizes prevention and education through community-based clinics and widespread public health education. Health care is a free service to everyone and doctors live and work in the neighborhoods where they practice. With more personalized medical care, the Cuban system engages multidisciplinary teams of providers and specialists. The government provides facilities for herbal and alternative medicine, which engage patients through art and music therapy.


Berres, who retired as assistant dean of the UK College of Health Sciences but continues to teach political sciences courses, coordinates trips to Cuba to provide students with a platform to evaluate the American medical system. Getting a close look at the accomplishments of the Cuban system, students are challenged to broaden their perspectives on global health care systems and reflect on their personal values in medicine. Many students commented that the experience will make them "better physicians" in the future.


"As a system that provides universal health care - for free - to every Cuban and for any and every possible medical condition or situation, the Cuban system stands in sharp contrast to the American medical system," Berres said. "It provides reference points for thinking critically about our own system - its functioning and values - and provides credible differences for evaluating our own health care."


UK medical student Nivi Umasankar, who is from India, said she enjoys learning about the pros and cons of health systems around the world. While she was impressed with how Cuba's socialized system ensured more personalized care, she noted that the pay rate for doctors is low and only one ambulance is assigned to each province. She hopes she can bring the Cuban's concept of personalized medicine to her own practice when she becomes a doctor. 


"They think universal health care is a right," Umasankar said of Cubans. "It doesn’t matter if you are affluent or you're poor there."


Fulfilling his father's long-time dream of visiting Cuba, medical student Andrew Brod participated in the trip to learn more about global health care. Brod, who is from Michigan, was especially fascinated with Cuba's biomedical research institute, which has developed vaccines and drugs targeting diabetes and lung disease - the most prevalent health problems in the country. Brod said the country's progressive vaccination program can be attributed as one reason Cuba has a low child mortality rate. Still, he said, limited external resources in Cuba hinder the development and availability of biomedical technologies that are widely available in America.


"They pick their pressing problems and send their resources there," Brod said of Cuba's biomedical research. 


During their visit, the students toured medical facilities representative of each of the three levels of Cuban medical care: primary, secondary and tertiary. In addition, the students visited organic farms, dance studios, research institutes and other government-run facilities. Dao, whose negative perception of senior living facilities was based on her experiences in the United States, was surprised to see the high quality of life seniors enjoyed through Cuba's elderly daycare programs.


"These old men and women were laughing, and they told us how excited they were that we came to Cuba," Dao said. "It was so nice to see how well cared for their elderly are."


Dao, who has worked as an HIV coordinator and researcher in South Africa and Senegal, said seeing what a small, isolated third-world country can accomplish in health care was inspiring to the entire group of medical students. She would like to adopt many of the approaches to medicine to improve health literacy and create a better physician-patient relationship in the United States.


"We were humbled coming to Cuba and seeing what could be done - seeing a small country able to accomplish so many things," Dao said.


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UK College of Health Sciences Students to Present at National Meeting

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 30, 2014) −  Eight students in the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences' athletic training program and two students in the rehabilitation sciences doctoral program have been invited to present at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 65th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo, June 25-28, in Indianapolis.


“We are proud to see this stellar group of students, who are continuing the tradition of representing us on national stage,” said Tim Uhl, director of the musculoskeletal laboratory and an associate professor in the Division of Athletic Training. “It is a significant achievement, which demonstrates the high-caliber of students in our program.”


Below are the students invited to present, along with the titles of their accepted research presentations:

  • Julie P. Iannicelli, ATC (AT student), “Congenital Variation in the Distal Ulna and Subsequent Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Subluxation in a Female Tennis Athlete.”
  • Jennifer Werner, ATC (AT student), “First Rib Stress Fracture in High School Baseball Player: Case Report.”
  • Minda McCullough, ATC (AT student), “Risk Factors of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: A Meta-analysis.”
  • Emily Gravelin, ATC (AT student); “Case Report of a Traumatic Knee Injury in a Middle School Football Athlete”
  • Diamond O'Donovan, ATC (AT student), “Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome in a Division III Swimmer.”
  • Anna Porter, ATC (AT student), “Scapular Muscle Activities During Closed Chain Shoulder Exercises.”
  • Catherine Beckemeyer, ATC (AT student), “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II in a Collegiate Softball Athlete.”
  • Derek Rafeldt, ATC (AT student), “Identifying and Differentiating Ehrlichiosis From Post-Concussive Symptoms in a High School Football Athlete.”
  • Aaron Sciascia, MS, ATC, PES (RHB Doctoral student), “Establishing Pre-Season Self-Reported Functional Outcomes Scores for the Knee, Shoulder, and Elbow in Athletes.”
  • Jenny Toonstra, MA, ATC (RHB Doctoral student), “Factors that Influence Patient Expectations for Recovery Following Cartilage Repair of the Knee.”

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