From Wah Wah to Wall, UPK Book Captures 'Wildcat Memories'

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 13:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Wildcats own arguably the greatest tradition in college basketball — the winningest program in NCAA Division I history, first in NCAA tournament wins, the leader in all-time winning percentage and the only school with five different coaches to win NCAA Championships. In addition, Kentucky’s eight national titles rank second only to University of California, Los Angeles.


In the Bluegrass State, however, UK basketball means more than just the statistics. Fans have always had a personal connection to their Wildcats, perhaps because, as All-SEC forward and expert analyst Mike Pratt of UK Sports Network said, “Kentucky is a small state. It doesn’t have a professional baseball team or a professional football team.” True blue fans can be found across the globe, selling out arenas and cheering their team wherever they play.


When journalist Doug Brunk had the opportunity to interview former Wildcats, he had one question in mind, “Who influenced you most while you were at Kentucky?” The answers he received became "Wildcat Memories: Inside Stories from Kentucky Basketball Greats," published by University Press of Kentucky (UPK). The respondants range from Basil Hayden, UK’s first All-American, to Washington Wizards' John Wall, the first Wildcat drafted number one overall by the NBA, including the beloved three-sport athlete Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones, who died this summer. Other recent Wildcats who contributed to the book include Patrick Patterson, who recently joined the Toronto Raptors, and Kentucky native Darius Miller, who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans.


In addition, interviews with former coaches Joe B. Hall and Orlando “Tubby” Smith, as well as former player and athletic director C.M. Newton, add a different perspective to that of the players. Their reminiscences provide a glimpse into the personal lives of some of the program’s most beloved figures.


Brunk has given former Wildcats a chance to put names to those who meant the most to them during their tenure at Kentucky. Many highlight the program’s behind-the-scenes figures, like assistant coaches Harry Lancaster, Dick Parsons and Herb Sendek. Others praise the support staff, including Mandy Polley (now Mandy Brajuha), UK’s former assistant media relations director; Helen King, the first permanent director of the alumni association who coordinated letter-writing campaigns to recruits; and Marta McMackin, administrative assistant to four consecutive head coaches. Perhaps no figure outside of the coaching staff is mentioned more often than “Mr. Wildcat” Bill Keightley, whether for opening up the gym for Kyle Macy when he wasn’t allowed to travel with the team or for providing a shoulder for Jack “Goose” Givens to cry on when he had a bad game.


Many mention their parents, their high school coaches and their teammates. Others recount less obvious figures who touched their lives at UK. Ed Beck recalls the kindness that Governor A.B. “Happy” Chandler showed him after his wife Billie died of cancer following the 1956–57 season. Charles “Cotton” Nash credits former Western Kentucky judge Ralph Smith for getting him started in the Standardbred business, and Jeff Shepherd calls Max Appel, former director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for Central Kentucky," always positive, always smiling, always uplifting.”


While memories of on-the-court heroics can be found in "Wildcat Memories," the book is about more than just basketball. As the program’s all-time leading scorer, Dan Issel, says, “It contains reflections on life lessons, character, working through adversity, thoughts about what makes Kentucky unique from a cultural standpoint, and memories about people who helped the former players and coaches interviewed for this book find their way in life.” As Wildcat fans camp out to get their treasured tickets to Big Blue Madness and Coach John Calipari’s team prepares to take to the court again this season, Brunk has produced the ideal collection for fans of a team that transcends its sport.


Kentucky readers can hear more about the UK basketball legends' thoughts chronicled in "Wildcat Memories" in several talks and book signings scheduled for author Doug Brunk, an award-winning journalist who has written hundreds of articles for trade and consumer publications. The times and locations for these events are:

· 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, in Lexington;

· 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Filson Historical Society, in Louisville, Kentucky;

· 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, in Crestview Hills, Kentucky; and

· 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Barnes and Noble, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

In addition, Brunk will be available to sign books at the Kentucky Book Fair beginning 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in Frankfort, Kentucky.


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.




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Have the Time of Your Life With SAB at 'Dirty Dancing' -- the Musical

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 13:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2014) — Students have the opportunity to experience art in motion on Sunday, Sept. 28, in Cincinnati, Ohio, at Proctor and Gamble Hall by going to see the musical "Dirty Dancing" with the Student Activities Board. The SAB Cultural Arts Committee is sponsoring the event for students to see the theatrical take on an iconic American film.


The event is $25 for students but includes lunch, transportation and their ticket. Transportation will leave Lexington at 11 a.m. and arrive in Cincinnati at 12:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Student Center Ticket Office until the day of the event.


"The 'Dirty Dancing' event is a very exciting way for students to get off campus for an afternoon and get to experience another city and what it has to offer," Melissa Simon, director of cultural arts, said. "This trip will allow students to experience the art form of broadway while enjoying the classic that is 'Dirty Dancing.'"


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.



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

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Crime Bulletin Issued for Strong-arm Robbery Attempt

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 13:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2014) — In the interest of safety, University of Kentucky Police Department has issued a Crime Bulletin for the UK community.


  • At approximately 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, an attempted strong-arm robbery was reported to have occurred in the northeast corner of the UK Student Center parking lot, near the UK Bookstore. (A strong-arm robbery is one without a weapon)  The female victim was getting into her vehicle when she was reportedly approached by three black females, one of which demanded she turn over her money.  The unidentified suspect then punched the victim, knocking her to the ground.  A second unidentified suspect then kicked the victim.  All three suspects fled the scene toward South Limestone Street without taking any of the victim’s belongings.  The first suspect is described as a heavy-set black female, dark complexion, facial piercing, and wearing animal print leggings.  The second suspect is described as a black female wearing a pink or peach-colored shirt.  The third suspect was described as a black female with no further description.  UK Police officers searched the area and were unable to locate the suspects. 


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


If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact UK Police at (859) 257-8573.

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

  • If you see something, say something. For emergencies, call 911.
  • Carry a cell phone to be able to call for help in emergencies.
  • Do not travel alone after dark; walk with a friend or with a group. 
  • Whenever possible, look out for your friends when you go out together; walk together and make sure that everyone gets home safely.
  • Request a FREE SAFECATS student safety escort or coordinate after-hours on-demand bus service during the fall and spring semesters by calling (859) 257-SAFE(7233).
  • Park in well-lit areas when possible.
  • Turn over any requested items (purse, wallet, etc).
  • Make statements with authority – “BACK-OFF! STOP! NO-WAY!” You deserve to be respected.

Feeling Crafty? Join SAB for a Pinterest Party!

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2014) — Pinterest Parties are based on the popular social media site that houses many DIY projects and crafting ideas. The first Pinterest Party of the semester is Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Rasdall Gallery, located at the end of Great Hall in the Student Center on UK's campus. The event is sponsored by the Student Activities Board's Campus Life Committee and students can follow or browse SAB’s Pinterest board at


The event series gives students a two-hour window to craft with friends and celebrate the theme of the party. Each Pinterest Party will have a different theme and the crafts will coordinate. The first theme is "Patriot Day and the University of Kentucky." Students will have the opportunity to make wreaths, key holders, mason jar soap dispensers and more.


“Now that school is in full swing it's time to create some apartment flare for your living space,” Abbey Tillman, director of campus life, said. “It is important to show your school pride and celebrate our awesome country, and you can do this at our first Pinterest Party using burlap, red, white and blue colors, UK stickers and Kentucky cut-outs to make your own crafts!”


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.


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

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

DanceBlue Wants to be Your Valentine's Date

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2014) – The date of the largest student-run philanthropy in the Southeastern Conference has officially been set! DanceBlue will be held from 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, until 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at Memorial Coliseum on UK's campus.


DanceBlue is a 24-hour no-sleeping, no-sitting dance marathon that benefits the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Fundraising for DanceBlue spans the entire year and ends with the marathon in early spring.


Jonathan York, DanceBlue’s Overall Chair, says that the organization is incredibly excited to finally announce the date.


“What better way to show the kids love than to have a Valentine’s Day marathon?” York said.


Team registration is open from now until Monday, Sept. 29. Groups from all over campus are encouraged to sign up and participate.


Since 2006, DanceBlue has raised nearly $6.2 million for pediatric cancer patients and research. This year’s marathon marks the 10-year anniversary of DanceBlue at the University of Kentucky.


Give to DanceBlue here and connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at and on Twitter at


DanceBlue is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach. The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long community service. For more information about the CCO, visit Connect with the CCO on Facebook here and on Twitter at




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


UK Research Hopes to Prevent Bird-Plane Collisions

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2014) — The type of grass planted at airports may be able to prevent bird-plane collisions in the air.


UK entomology graduate student Diana Miller is determining if a grass variety developed in New Zealand can deter white grubs, earthworms and caterpillars, and as a result, creatures like blackbirds and gulls that feed on them. She is also interested in learning if the grass can deter Canada geese, deer and other grass-feeding wildlife that can be airport hazards.


“In 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration reported 11,000 bird strikes in the United States,” said Miller, a student in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “In an average year, bird strikes cost the FAA $682 million in repairs and damages, and of course, there is the safety issue.”


Miller’s advisor, UK entomology Professor Dan Potter, heard about Avanex bird-deterrent grasses during a sabbatical to New Zealand. New Zealand scientists gave him seed to try in a greenhouse experiment. Results from the greenhouse study were promising. The grass Miller is evaluating — a tall fescue cultivar called Jackal — contains a novel endophyte, a type of fungus that produces chemicals that deter insects and other grass feeders. Her project at UK’s Spindletop Research Farm is the first time the grass has been field tested in North America.


Miller is testing Jackal’s ability to reduce insects and bird populations and comparing her findings to the more common KY 31 tall fescue. She is testing both endophyte- and endophyte-free varieties in each cultivar.


“Currently U.S. airports are using a mixture of grasses on their airstrips,” Potter said. “Some tall fescue is being used, but it may not have the endophyte in it.”


Miller uses wild game cameras placed along the plots to monitor the presence of birds and other small animals. In place of deer, she brought in goats to feed on the plots to determine their preference between endophytic and non-endophytic grasses. Miller monitors insects with pitfall traps in the ground and takes vacuum samples of the plots.


In addition to decreasing insect populations and flocks of insect-eating birds near runways, the bitter taste of the Avanex grass may also be undesirable to Canada geese, which feed on grasses.


If successful, the grass may have other applications beyond airstrips.


“It could be planted near ponds at parks and golf courses, where Canada geese are huge issues because of the messes they make,” Miller said. “The idea isn’t to harm the geese, just to make the grass distasteful enough that they’ll disperse and fly somewhere else, where their presence would not be a nuisance.”




MEDIA CONTACT:  Katie Pratt, 859-257-8774

Improving on Nature

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2014) — A researcher at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy is working to develop the first-ever FDA-approved treatments for cocaine overdose and cocaine addiction.


Chang-Guo Zhan, who heads the college’s Molecular Modeling and Biopharmaceutical Center, currently has two investigational drugs in Phase II clinical trials.


The first is a fast-acting drug to treat acute cocaine toxicity by neutralizing the drug in the bloodstream. The second is a potential longer-acting “vaccine,” which could help break the cycle of addiction by preventing users from experiencing any of the desired effects of taking cocaine.


“The idea in both cases is to break down the cocaine chemically, to make it inert,” Zhan said. “In an overdose, you want that to happen very quickly in order to save the patient’s life. In treating addiction, you need a longer-acting drug to prevent a relapse, so that the treatment is still working even when the patient’s better judgment is not.”


Despite a recent resurgence in heroin overdoses, cocaine overdose remains the country’s No. 1 cause of emergency room admissions due to illicit drug use, with physicians treating more than 500,000 cases each year in the United States. Unlike heroin overdose, there is currently no approved treatment for cocaine overdose, which kills an estimated 5,000 people annually nationwide.


The overdose treatment proposed by Zhan and his collaborators at Columbia University and University of Michigan is derived from a naturally occurring enzyme found in bacteria that flourish in soil where coca, the source of cocaine, is grown. The enzyme, bacterial cocaine esterase, hydrolyzes cocaine into less harmful end products. The proposed addiction treatment is based on a human enzyme involved in cocaine metabolism, called butyrylcholinesterase.


Enzymes, which are highly specialized proteins, are of particular interest to drug discovery researchers. Their role in nature is to act as biological catalysts, regulating virtually all complex biochemical reactions. They are crucial to cellular processes such as metabolism, enabling organisms to efficiently break down complex molecules into simpler parts.

But enzymes can also be fairly fragile compounds, and they tend to break down and become inactive when exposed to heat. For example, bacterial cocaine esterase has a half-life of about 12 minutes at body temperature. This makes it a poor candidate for therapeutic purposes, Zhan says.


“What we do is take an enzyme from nature and look for ways to modify its chemical structure so that it retains the properties we want, while changing the properties that make it unsuitable as a drug,” Zhan said. “By strategically introducing what we call ‘mutations’ in the chemical structure, we can change the way the enzyme works.”  


Zhan and his colleagues, along with collaborators at Columbia University and the University of Michigan, introduced two mutations to the bacterial cocaine esterase molecule to make it thermally stable for up to six hours. Likewise, Zhan’s team modified the human enzyme to improve its catalytic activity specifically against cocaine by 4,000 times. Both experimental treatments, developed with grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, are now in clinical trials to test their efficacy in humans.


Zhan’s research specialty is drug design and discovery through integrated computational-experimental studies. Using a powerful supercomputer, Zhan and his team are able to produce models of many thousands of different, novel analog compounds based on a common structure. They are then able to model all sorts of different interactions to predict how these molecules will behave in the body.

“The goal is to find a drug that will not only treat the disease, but more importantly not to harm the patient,” Zhan said. “It would be very expensive and impractical to synthesize and test thousands of novel compounds. But through computational modeling of a series of complex interactions, we are able to narrow the field from thousands of compounds down to just a few.”


Last spring, the college announced the creation of the Molecular Modeling and Biopharmaceutical Center, to leverage Zhan’s expertise in computational drug design and to partner with investigators engaged in drug design and discovery projects, throughout the college and across the university.


Working closely with the college’s Center for Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation, the new center will specialize in computational chemical biology, assisting investigators in creating models for promising novel drug targets. In addition, it will conduct biochemical validation of targets and models. Another area focus will be biologics as therapeutics. It will help researchers design protein drug candidates as well as model desired functionality and stability in potential therapeutics.


“The Molecular Modeling and Biopharmaceutical Center will add great value to the university’s research community,” said Dean Timothy S. Tracy. “Dr. Zhan and his laboratory have developed many tools, computational methods and proven best practices in drug design, and I am excited that this center will allow other researchers to tap into that expertise in a new and exciting manner.”



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Methodist Hospital in Henderson Joins UK Markey Affiliate Network

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 14:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2014) – Kentucky faces some of the highest rates of cancer incidence and mortality in the nation, but Methodist Hospital in Western Kentucky is stepping up the fight against cancer. The Methodist Hospital organization in Henderson, Ky., has announced a new affiliation with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, the state's first and only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.


Methodist Hospital CEO Bruce Begley said the announcement meant great things for their patients.


“The Methodist Hospital affiliation with the UK Markey Cancer Center brings to this region nationally ranked cancer treatment close to home," Begley said. "We believe this is a big step in the continuing battle against cancer, and I appreciate UK HealthCare's overall mission of extending high-quality cancer care to all Kentuckians.”


"We are extremely excited and proud for our cancer care program to become an affiliate of the Markey Cancer Center," said Dr. Arshad Husain, medical director of hematology and oncology at Methodist Hospital. "This alliance means great things for our patients. It will enable us to offer access to the latest practices in diagnosis and treatment of cancers and blood disorders, including clinical trials – thus providing a higher level of cancer care in our neighborhood."


The UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network was created to provide high-quality cancer care closer to home for patients across the region, and to minimize the effects of cancer through prevention and education programs, exceptional clinical care, and access to research.


Methodist Hospital in Henderson is a 192-bed acute care facility and is just one facet of the Methodist Hospital Healthcare system. Other facilities serving the area include

Methodist Hospital Union County, a critical access hospital in nearby Morganfield, Ky., and 19 outpatient physician offices with 47 providers over a four-county service area.


By becoming a UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate, Methodist Hospital is in keeping with the organization’s mission to provide safe, compassionate, high quality, and cost-effective services to the communities served. The Methodist Hospital Healthcare system will now be able to offer their patients access to additional specialty and subspecialty physicians and care, including clinical trials and advanced technology, while allowing them to stay in western Kentucky for most treatments.





The Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network supports UK HealthCare's overall mission of ensuring no Kentuckian will have to leave the state to get access to top-of-the-line health care.


"UK HealthCare doesn't just serve Lexington and central Kentucky – our mission is to provide all Kentuckians with the best possible care right here in the state," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "The Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network allows us to collaborate with community hospitals to provide top-notch cancer care much closer to home -- saving both travel expenses and time for the patients, in addition to keeping them close to their personal support system."


Markey is one of only 68 medical centers in the country to earn an NCI cancer center designation. Because of the designation, Markey patients have access to new drugs, treatment options and clinical trials offered only at NCI centers.


Moving forward, the Markey Cancer Center is working toward the next tier of designation – an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Currently, 41 of the 68 NCI-designated cancer centers in the country hold a comprehensive cancer center status. The Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network will play a large role in bringing that next level of cancer funding to Kentucky.


"The burden of cancer in Kentucky is huge, and unfortunately we have some of the worst cancer rates in the country," said Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center. "By collaborating with our affiliate hospitals across the state, we have the potential to make a serious impact on cancer care here in the Commonwealth."


The UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network began in 2006 and comprises 12 hospitals across the state of Kentucky:


  • Frankfort Regional Medical Center
  • Georgetown Community Hospital
  • Hardin Memorial Hospital, Elizabethtown
  • Harlan ARH Hospital
  • Harrison Memorial Hospital, Cynthiana
  • Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center
  • Methodist Hospital, Henderson
  • Norton Cancer Institute, Louisville (Norton Healthcare-UK HealthCare partnership)
  • Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ashland
  • Rockcastle Regional Hospital, Mt. Vernon
  • St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead
  • Williamson ARH Hospital


Evaluations are under way for several other hospitals, including two more outside the state of Kentucky, extending Markey's reach and establishing it as the destination cancer center for the region. 

College of Public Health Inducts Two into Hall of Fame

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 14:42


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2014) —The University of Kentucky College of Public Health will induct two new members into its Hall of Fame during the 11th Annual Hall of Fame celebration 11:30 a.m., Oct. 10, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington.


The Hall of Fame was established in 2004 as a means of formally recognizing individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the health and welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth, the nation, or the world. The 2014 inductees into the Hall of Fame are Dr. Samuel Matheny and Dr. Carolyn Williams, who have both demonstrated such achievement and commitment. 


Samuel C. Matheny, MD, MPH, has roots in Lincoln County, Ky., where four generations of his family lived on a farm.  He received a bachelor's degree at Emory University; a medical degree from the University of Kentucky; and master's of public health at UCLA. He received postgraduate training at the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Southern California Medical Center.  He is Board Certified in general preventive medicine and family medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine.  He is currently the assistant provost for global health initiatives at UK and heads the University’s Global Health Advisory Committee.


Dr. Matheny has served as chair of the Division of Family Medicine at the University of South Carolina, as well as holding faculty appointments at UCLA and Loma Linda University.  Further, he served as chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UK from 1998 to 2010, during which time the Department developed one of the earliest rural training track residencies.  He was also responsible for initiating the global health track for the College of Medicine.


He is a past president of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM) and the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP).  His academic interests have been in medical student and graduate education, particularly in rural areas, as well as HIV and global health.


Carolyn A Williams, RN, PhD, FAAN, grew up in Louisville. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing at Texas Woman’s University, and an master's of science in public health nursing and a PhD in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Beginning her career as a public health nurse in Texas, Williams returned to Kentucky in 1984 to accept the appointment of dean of the UK College of Nursing.  She served in that role for 22 years before returning to the role of professor, were she remains today.


Williams led the faculty at the UK College of Nursing in developing the PhD in nursing program, which was initiated in 1986, and led the development and opening of the first doctor of nursing practice program in the United States in 2000-2001.  She is a former president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the American Academy of Nursing.  Additionally, she has held appointments on federal research study sections and on national policy-making groups, including an appointment by President Carter to the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine, Biomedical and Behavioral Research.


She is the recipient of many awards, from the Young Practitioner Award from the Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association in 1973, to an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service in 2011, awarded by the University of Portland.


For more information about the 2014 College of Public Health Hall of Fame Inductees and the Hall of Fame Luncheon, please go here.



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UK Staff, Cancer Survivors "Tealgate" to Raise Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 14:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2014) - To celebrate Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, cancer survivors and UK faculty and staff participated in a special tailgating event called "tealgating" eariler this month.


The event further helped create awareness about the UK Ovarian Screening Program, an ongoing study that uses transvaginal ultrasound to detect ovarian cancers. Women over age 50 and women over age 25 who have a family history of ovarian cancer are eligible for the free program.  


More than 43,000 women have participated in the UK Ovarian Screening Program and more than 256,000 free ultrasound screens have been done through the program. Women from every county in Kentucky have participated in the program ane more than 85 malignancies have been detected.


For more information on the program or to schedule an appointment, visit 

Groups That Volunteer for WUKY Fund Drive Get Free On-air Promotion

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2014) — University of Kentucky NPR station, WUKY 91.3 FM, connects with listeners across Central Kentucky during its annual Fall Fund Drive, Thursday, Sept. 25 - Friday, Oct. 3.  The public radio station is seeking volunteers to assist during the on-air fundraiser.


"We are listener supported, with a loyal audience, and we depend on their generosity and the generosity of volunteers during our fundraisers to make it all work," said WUKY Membership Manager Robert T. Hansel. "We need groups, organizations, and individuals who are willing to volunteer to help answer calls and take pledges from our listeners. Feel free to contact your friends and have them join you during this worthwhile event.  Experience the excitement and energy of public radio that rocks!"


Hansel said this is also a good opportunity for companies or organizations to provide a group of volunteers for a day or multiple shifts.  WUKY will designate that specific day or shift to the group, and on-air announcements will be made during that time recognizing the company or organization for providing volunteers.  Ten free public service announcements will also be provided.


WUKY is located on the third floor (which WUKY has dubbed the rock 'n' roll penthouse!) of McVey Hall in the heart of UK's campus. Computers are available for all volunteers to easily take pledges, entering them automatically, while making the transaction seamless and much more cost effective for the donor and station.     


Shifts available include: 


Thursday, Sept. 25              6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., 8-9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept, 27               8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 28                 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29                 8-9 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept.30                 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., 8-9 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 1              6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., 8-9 p.m.

Thursday, Oct.                      6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., 8-9 p.m.


For more information or to register, call Robert Hansel at 257-3272 or send an email to with your contact information.


Not only can listeners support WUKY during its Fall Fund Drive, but also year-round with the Kroger Community Rewards program for charitable contributions. Register for the program through Kroger and specify WUKY as your chosen charity.  When using your Kroger Plus Card, a portion of your purchase will be donated to WUKY.  

UPK Biography Subject Wins Medal of Honor

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2014) – Almost 150 years after his death in the Battle of Gettysburg, Alonzo Cushing, first lieutenant of Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery, has received the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. On Monday, President Barack Obama officially bestowed the honor on Cushing along with Command Sergeant Major Adkins and Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat, who both served and distinguished themselves during the Vietnam War.


According to a statement released by the White House, "Army First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing distinguished himself during combat operations against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863.” In "Cushing of Gettysburg: The Story of a Union Artillery Commander," published by University Press of Kentucky (UPK), author Kent Masterson Brown offers an expansive view of the life and career of Lt. Cushing. Brown incorporates vivid descriptions of the fury of battle and the exhaustion of forced battles to honor the historic contributions of Cushing.


Cushing courageously led the Union troops to break Pickett’s Charge in the battle, even placing his thumb over the vent of a Confederate gun and having it burned to the bone. Shortly after this incident he was killed instantly by a gunshot to his face. His first sergeant, who survived the battle, was awarded the Medal of Honor. To read more about Cushing's last moments in battle, visit UPK's blog at


In an NPR interview, Brown revealed that the Army War Decorations Board contacted him as part of their verification process while vetting Cushing’s story. The board drew on Brown’s extensive knowledge of Cushing and the body of information that he had cultivated while writing "Cushing of Gettysburg."


For many, though, Cushing’s award is long overdue. Residents in Cushing’s hometown of Delafield, Wisconsin; the former governor of Wisconsin, Jim Doyle; and many Facebook fans pushed for the recognition. Former U.S. Senator Russell D. Feingold endorsed Cushing’s nomination in 2003, and in March of 2010, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh confirmed that the Army supported Cushing’s nomination, ending years of lobbying by descendants and admirers.


In Brown’s interview he closed saying, “I wonder whether Cushing may be the last Civil War soldier to receive it. And if he is, I'd like to think that it's being given to him but on behalf of all those others who are going to go unnamed — that they will all share in Cushing's award of the Medal of Honor because we'll never be able to right all those, ‘wrongs,’ of all those other soldiers who were equally valorous.”


Brown is the creator or The Civil War magazine. He is author or editor of several books, including, "Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics, and the Pennsylvania Campaign," "One of Morgan’s Men: Memoirs of Lieutenant John M. Porter of the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry" and "The Civil War in Kentucky: Battle for the Bluegrass State."


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



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

$100,000 Available for Sustainability Projects

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:49
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2014) — A new program at the University of Kentucky will provide up to $100,000 in internal funding for sustainability projects on campus. 


The UK Sustainability Challenge Grant Program, announced by the President’s Sustainability Committee, is designed to engage multidisciplinary teams from the university community in the creation and implementation of ideas that will simultaneously advance economic vitality, ecological integrity and social equity, now and into the future.  


All members of the university community are encouraged to develop project ideas. Project teams must be led by a faculty or staff member whose home unit/department agrees to manage the dispersal of funds. Student involvement is strongly encouraged. Teams must include representatives from at least two distinct organizational units. 


A total of $100,000 is available and the awards for individual projects will range from $5,000 to $25,000. The selection committee intends to fund six to eight projects altogether. Funds will be awarded based on a rubric that prioritizes transformational potential, creativity, student engagement, use of campus as a living laboratory, and the potential for institutionalization.


In general, proposals should directly address one or more of the following categories:


  • Operations: Using the principles of sustainability to improve material, physical, or infrastructural elements at the University of Kentucky.
  • Engagement: Fostering a campus culture of sustainability.
  • Research: Designing projects to discover results with the potential to catalyze operational, academic, or cultural change at the University of Kentucky and beyond.
  • Academic: Improving the university’s capacity for integrating sustainability with the educational experiences of students, curricular and co-curricular.

Funds will be available starting January 2015, and the project duration will be 12 months from the time of the award. 

Funding is provided by the Student Sustainability Council, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and the Office of the Vice President for Research. The program is a joint effort of the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, UK Office of Sustainability and the President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee.


Complete information, including applications and instructions, are available online at

The deadline for submitting is 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 15. Announcement of awards will be Nov. 17. For additional information, please contact Shane Tedder (, 859-257-0014) or Suzette Walling (, 859-257-8987).


Red River Gorge: Site of Living Archaeology Weekend

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:30


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2014) – Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed September as Kentucky Archaeology Month to commemorate the contributions made through the professional practice of archaeology toward the public’s understanding of – and appreciation for – the Commonwealth’s rich cultural heritage.


The designation also recognizes the success of Living Archaeology Weekend (LAW), Kentucky’s oldest and largest public archaeology event, which has taken place since 1989 in Red River Gorge. The 26th annual free event will be Sept. 19-20 at Gladie Visitor Center.


During Living Archaeology Weekend, hundreds of preregistered school students will take part in demonstrations Friday, Sept. 19, including how to tan animal hides, weave baskets, make pottery, mill corn, throw spears with an atlatl, and flint knap (make spears and weapon points). The public is invited to attend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. Admission is free.


The governor's proclamation credits the Kentucky Office of State Archaeology (OSA), located within the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology, and the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office for maintaining an extensive and growing database of thousands of archaeological sites across the state, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places or designated National Historic Landmarks. 


“This remarkable archaeological record documents more than 12,000 years of Kentucky’s past, from Native American hunter-gatherers and farmers, to colonial European farmers and African slaves, to their more recent descendants who farmed, mined and ran industries and businesses,” the proclamation reads.


“Our understanding of Kentucky’s indigenous history is still incomplete, many myths about it persist, and professional archaeologists working with the public are continuing to provide new insights into our collective past and greatly expand our knowledge about the cultural traditions of our ancestors,” Beshear said.


According to George Crothers, director of UK's William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology and the OSA, the proclamation affirms both the abundant quantity of archaeological resources and the important research these have yielded and have yet to yield about Kentuckians’ collective past.


“The prehistory and early history of Kentucky and the archaeological research that is conducted in the Commonwealth are on par with what others are doing around the world,” he said. “The declaration of Kentucky Archaeology Month significantly recognizes this work, and we hope its observance will encourage greater public awareness of the need to preserve these sites so that this tangible evidence of our ancestors can be studied and preserved for future generations.”


For a calendar of Archaeology Month events, visit The designation of Kentucky Archaeology Month is a precursor to International Archaeology Day, which will be observed Saturday, Oct. 18.



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

LexPhil Guest Artist Inon Barnatan Performs Free Interactive Recital at UK Chandler Hospital

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2014) — Praised as a poet of the keyboard, Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan will perform an interactive recital this weekend as part of the Sayklay Garbulinska Performer-in-Residence Series presented by the University of Kentucky Arts in HealthCare program.


The internationally celebrated musician was recently appointed as the New York Philharmonic's first Artist in Association, a position that spotlights an emerging artist with special appearances throughout several consecutive seasons.


UK performing arts students, musical students from local schools and the general public are invited to attend a free recital located in Pavilion A of the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital at 2 p.m. on Sept. 21. Barnatan will accept questions from the audience on stage and meet with young musicians during a reception following the recital. 


Born in 1979 in Tel Aviv, Barnatan's parents recognized his gift of perfect pitch at the age of 3. He has studied with piano maestri Victor Derevianko and at the London Royal Academy of Music under Maria Curcio and Christopher Elton. Since relocating to the United States in 2006, Barnatan has performed with the nation's most prestigious ensembles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Dallas, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Philadelphia and San Francisco. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, among other famous venues. A highly sought chamber musician and soloist, he has appeared as a soloist with symphony orchestras in Jerusalem, Shanghai, London, Amsterdam, Germany, South Africa and Canada.


Barnatan is the Opening Night Guest Artist for the Lexington Philharmonic, which will present "Bolero and Barnatan" at the Singletary Center for the Arts on Sept. 20 to open the season titled "Pure Emotion." Barnatan joins LexPhil for Tchaikovsky’s iconic Piano Concerto No. 1. Gershwin’s Cuban Overture will complete the evening with Cuban rhythms, followed by French composer Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso and Bolero. Tickets range from $25 to $75, and are $11 for students, and can be purchased at or by calling (859) 233-4226.


To attend the free recital on Sept. 21, please RSVP to or (859) 323-9896.  


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

UK's Healthcare Executive Leadership Program Expands

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2014)University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics and UK HealthCare are collaborating to offer the Executive Healthcare Leadership Program through the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center (EEC), beginning Dec. 3, and continuing through May 27, 2015.


The Healthcare Executive Leadership Program has been operating for five years and boasts more than 130 graduated participants. This year’s program is expanding to include not only UK HealthCare professionals but a wide range of other health care leaders representing additional organizations.


This certificate program offers health care executives a cutting-edge curriculum tailored to health care organizations while exposing attendees to a wide range of business and managerial skills to strengthen their work environment.


Director of the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center (EEC), Joe Labianca, believes the Healthcare Executive Leadership Program will benefit health care professionals for the future.


"As the U.S. health care system shifts from a fee-for-service model toward a more value-based model that emphasizes improving patient care quality while simultaneously more effectively controlling operating and capital costs, health care professionals will need to become more fluent in fundamental business practices in order to advance both their organizations and their careers," Labianca said. "This program is designed to help these professionals envision the change that will be necessary in their organizations and learn the basic tools to begin acting on that required change."


The Healthcare Executive Leadership Program offers a broad spectrum of topics that focus on specific business skills related to the health care environment including business finance, health care economics and strategic marketing. There are also multiple topics related to management including project management, supply chain management, strategic management, negotiation and conflict management, managing with emotional intelligence and managing value chains. Additional topics offered within the program to expand health care professionals' skill sets include decision making, ethics, customer service, team development, leadership models and communications.


"What makes the program unique is that it includes doctors, nurses, physician assistants and administrators in one program. The change to a value-based model needs to be driven by a greater interaction and silo-breaking across a wide variety of health care professionals," Labianca said. "Programs that are targeted only to one of these professional sets can't generate the momentum needed to radically alter the way that health care is being delivered as effectively as a program that brings these professionals together to tackle common problems as we do."


The outcome of this program, according to Labianca, is that graduates are sparked to initiate change that will have a meaningful impact on their organizations as well as colleagues' and patients' lives and well-being.


The Healthcare Executive Leadership Program includes 10 all-day Friday sessions taught in a highly engaging learning environment held at the Hilary J. Boone Center on UK's campus. In addition to the variety of topics to be covered, guest speakers will also make presentations during these sessions.


Faculty conducting the program's courses include Gatton College of Business and Economics and UK HealthCare instructors. For more information regarding the Healthcare Executive Leadership Program, contact Joe Labianca, director of the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center.




MEDIA CONTACTS: Parissa Zargar,, 859-257-8716; Carl Nathe,; 859-257-3200.




Parking Info for Big Blue Madness Ticket Distribution Campers

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) — As lines for Big Blue Madness ticket distribution begin later this week, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services reminds the community of the parking options available to Big Blue Madness ticket seekers.


Fans camping out for the Big Blue Madness ticket distribution may use the Wildcat Alumni Plaza area located directly across Avenue of Champions from Memorial Coliseum for a maximum of five minutes to drop off campers or unload their vehicles; campers may also pay to use the metered spaces directly north of the Joe Craft Center for short-term unloading needs. Campus safety officials request that campers not block bike lanes and/or sidewalks with their vehicles at any time. Vehicles left unattended or creating a traffic hazard will be cited and/or towed. After unloading, campers must relocate their vehicles to the Black Lot, located south of Alumni Drive across from Commonwealth Stadium, where free parking will be available from Wednesday, Sept. 17, through Saturday, Sept. 20.


Free bus service will be available to transport fans back to the Memorial Coliseum vicinity. Lextran buses serve the Commonwealth Stadium area from 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. From 6 p.m. to midnight, the CATS Yellow Night Route will be in service. From midnight to 5 a.m., the CATS Bus On-Demand Service may be utilized by calling 859-221-RIDE (7433). For more information on bus routes and service, please visit Riders can view real-time location of all CATS buses at or with the free Transloc app. Riders can view the actual location of Lextran buses with the MyStop Mobile iPhone app or at


Beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, the gates of the South Limestone Garage (PS #5, located next to Kennedy’s Wildcat Den) will be open and the structure will be available for free parking. The garage will remain open overnight; however, no camping or sleeping in vehicles is permitted. Cars must be removed by 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

Goal of Haven, Alcohol Edu is to Protect Students

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) — By now, all incoming freshmen and transfer students should have completed Haven Part 1, the University of Kentucky's newest web-based violence prevention and alcohol education program.


Part of the university’s core curriculum, Haven is an introduction (one credit hour) to understanding sexual assault and bystander intervention. The second part is about alcohol education. Haven and AlcoholEdu are only two of a variety of prevention initiatives UK offers its students. 


“At the University of Kentucky, we care about the well-being of all students. We know that they will face many opportunities and challenges as they settle into campus life," said Violence Intervention and Prevention Center Director Rhonda Henry. "To help with this transition, UK offers a variety of prevention initiatives, including Haven and AlcoholEdu. We believe these programs will both provide useful information to students and help us shape a safer campus community.” 


The VIP Center is responsible for Haven, while AlcoholEdu is administered by the Office of Substance Education and Responsibility. It is a confidential, online substance education course using science-based research to educate students about alcohol and its effects. Whether the student drinks or not, the course will help them make informed decisions about alcohol and better deal with drinking behavior that may occur around them. AlcoholEdu is used by more than 500 college and university campuses nationwide.


On or shortly after Sept. 24, students will receive an email asking them to take 15 minutes to complete Part 2, AlcoholEdu. It must be completed by Oct. 20 or there could be serious consequences to a student’s academic career — a hold could be placed on a student’s registration next term. Students must complete and submit both Parts 1 and 2. The rationale for using these holds is compliance for data collection. The programs and holds have been approved by the provost, vice president for Student Affairs and in partnership with the registrar.


Haven is a compliance-based online prevention platform for sexual assault designed to help institutions address the growing state and federal mandates for sexual violence prevention programming. The platform relies on proven prevention theories and educational strategies to help students better understand the issue of sexual assault on campus.


Haven meets the federal mandate for sexual assault education as outlined by the Department of Education and also meets the requirements of a new bill introduced in 2013, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act). Haven supports Title IX compliance by providing a vehicle to make polices and procedures available to all students, thus ensuring that the institution's policies and procedures are well publicized. Haven also ensures that adequate measures are in place to create a non-hostile environment and allows, from a data perspective, the institution to demonstrate exactly how they are reaching students.


The interactive exercises are designed to motivate behavior change by modeling positive behaviors, providing a “toolkit” of strategies, and building student self-efficacy. Real-life scenarios allow students to practice new skills, see results, receive feedback, and even make mistakes in a safe environment. It also addresses the topic of healthy relationships in-depth, first by asking students to identify what relationship characteristics are important to them, and then helping students to identify unhealthy behaviors using a diverse set of scenarios.


To take the courses, students will need a computer with Internet access and audio capabilities. Students without access to a computer can use any available computer with Internet access, such as those in campus libraries. On-campus computer labs are also available to students.


Both courses may include surveys to help personalize a student’s experience and measure their attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are confidential; UK will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see any individual student's answers.


Students with an academic hold, questions about the program or problems accessing the course, may contact the or call 859-257-2884.



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

Break Out Your Dancing Shoes - DanceBlue Registration is Now Open

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) – Individual and team registration is now open for the 2015 DanceBlue dance marathon and closes Monday, Sept. 29. DanceBlue is a 24-hour no-sleeping, no-sitting dance marathon that benefits the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Fundraising for DanceBlue spans the entire year and ends with the marathon in early spring.


An information session for anyone interested in learning more about how to participate in this year’s marathon will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Worsham Theater in the Student Center. Members of the DanceBlue Leadership Team will be on hand to answer any questions.


Since 2006, DanceBlue has raised nearly $6.2 million for pediatric cancer patients and research. This year’s marathon marks the 10-year anniversary of DanceBlue at the University of Kentucky.


For more information about DanceBlue or to support its efforts, visit



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


Celebrate Kentucky Week With Lexington Street Art

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) — Students can celebrate the Lexington community and the local art scene during Kentucky Week by attending the PRHBTN exhibit and reception tonight at 7 p.m. in the Rasdall Gallery. The event is sponsored by the Student Activities Board Cultural Arts Committee and showcases the beauty and culture within Lexington street art.


PRHBTN is an artistic group that focuses on art, music and murals. One of their most famous works includes the “Lincoln” mural created by muralist Eduardo Kobra located on the back wall of the Kentucky Theater, which is visible from Vine Street. They also have street art murals on West Sixth Brewing, Old Tarr Distillery and the Thrift Store of the Lexington Rescue Mission.


The exhibit is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from now until Sept. 26. The Rasdall Gallery is located in the Student Center, just past the staircase in the Grand Hall.


"This event will include work from multiple different artists that are working under PRHBTN and a live WRFL DJ," Melissa Simon, SAB director of cultural arts, said. “Students should come to the PRHBTN exhibition because it is a way to experience the liveliness of the Lexington street art scene directly on campus.”


Kentucky Week is a short series of events created to celebrate several aspects of Kentucky. Arts, agriculture, artisanship, athletics and music from the state are exhibited for those who call the Commonwealth home, either permanently or temporarily. This week seeks to delve beneath the traditional representations of the state to reveal the rich culture tucked away in both hills and cities across the Bluegrass.


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.


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

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