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NIH Fellowship Allows College of Education Student to Pursue Her Passion to Help

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 15:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) — Growing up in Detroit, Joi-Sheree' Knighton saw first-hand the implications of drug use and the incidence of HIV infection in African-American men and women. Now, thanks to a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Knighton will continue to examine these issues and the state of health care among these populations.

 

"I have seen individuals struggle with substance use and eventually overcome this disease," said Knighton, a doctoral student in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology in the UK College of Education. "The dissolution of long-term marriages and families as a result of substance use is an all too familiar story. It is not uncommon to overhear stories of rampant frustration from the gross lack of services available to get substance use treatment or mental health care."

 

The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship provides Knighton three years of funding to support research that will focus on training in epidemiology of substance use, mental health and HIV as they relate to health disparities among African Americans. The NRSA award allows for a hands-on role in the primary data collection of her proposed National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) project examining substance use, mental health and HIV in African-American men involved in the criminal justice system.

 

Knighton says that without the mentorship of Danelle Stevens-Watkins, assistant professor in the department, she never would have had the confidence to conduct the research necessary to receive the fellowship. She credits Stevens-Watkins for taking the time to help her build her research skills while also realizing the importance of research in her academic pursuits.

 

And it's Knighton's life experience that greatly informs her actual research. Working at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Lexington, she is reminded on a daily basis how substance use affects lives. She says that she is given a visual image of the disproportionate rates of incarcerated African-American men for non-violent, drug-related crimes. But with all the negative, she also has seen how many have achieved sobriety and worked toward better mental health. Through her graduate research she has seen a prevalence of substance use and HIV infection among African-American men and women.

 

"Substance use has been identified as a predominant HIV risk factor, particularly among African-American men who engage in unprotected sexual contact with men and women," Knighton said. "To complicate things further, African Americans are significantly less likely to seek treatment or drop out of treatment prematurely due to perceived racism, lack of insurance and low income, along with a host of other related barriers. Thus, many will go undetected and fail to receive services that can improve prognosis. The harsh reality of these health disparities has inspired my research to date."

 

From her experiences in Detroit and from working in the prison system, Knighton sees how detrimental these issues can be. She's concerned not only how these individuals are perceived by others, but also how they perceive themselves. In addition, she remains committed to encouraging open discussion and reducing stigma surrounding health issues that plague African American communities.

 

Knighton's relationship with these communities has given her the insight and the desire to make a difference.

 

"Collectively, these experiences have all exposed me and left me feeling connected in one way or another to the deleterious effects associated with substance use and HIV risk behaviors. I have internalized a responsibility to continue to bring light to these issues. I remain driven by the opportunity to examine something that has implications for so many people."

A Masterful Concert Opens UK Chorale Season

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 15:42

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) — The 2014 University of Kentucky Chorale will make its fall debut at the Cathedral of Christ the King as part of the "Cathedral Concert Series." The chorale, under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, UK School of Music director of Choral Activities, will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

UK Chorale's concert program will feature a performance of Franz Schubert’s Mass in G. Additionally, the program will consist of "Ave verum corpus" by Wolfgang Mozart; "Jubilate Deo" by Benjamin Britten: "In paradisum" by Gregory Partain; and "Great God Almighty" arranged by Stacey V. Gibbs. The Chorale will be accompanied by Michael Rintamaa and assistant conducted by doctoral candidate, J.D. Frizzell.

 

The UK Chorale is the premier mixed choral ensemble at UK. It consists mostly of upperclassmen and graduate students. While the majority of singers are music majors, there are a number of other academic disciplines represented within the ensemble. The Chorale prides itself in performing a wide variety of choral literature from Renaissance to 21st Century.

 

The "Cathedral Concert Series" is presented by the Cathedral of Christ the King Music Ministry in cooperation with the UK School of Music. It is funded by the Cathedral of Christ the King endowment fund. Christ the King is located at 299 Colony Boulevard in Lexington.

 

For more information on this concert or the UK Chorale, contact Evan Pulliam,  

administrative assistant for UK Choirs, at evan.pulliam@uky.edu.

 

The UK School of Music at 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.

 

 

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

 

Big Blue Family VIDEO: Act of Giving Impacts Three Generations of Dawson Family

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:10

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) — There is a phone call Point of Care Ultrasound Director and Assistant Emergency Medicine Program Director Dr. Matthew Dawson will never forget. 

 

While he was a medical resident in Utah, his father Stewart Dawson, then the chaplain for the Lexington Fire Department, called to ask him about a bispectral index monitor – more commonly called a BIS monitor.    

 

His father had helped to organize Lexington’s “Race to Remember” as a tribute to those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks.  The money raised in the event would go to meet the needs of Kentucky Children's Hospital  (KCH), and that monitor was on their wish list. 

 

The firefighters ended up donating money to go toward the monitors, which help anesthetists and caregivers measure an indication of patients' consciousness while under anesthesia.  UKNow reported on the donations back in 2010.

 

Dr. Dawson hadn’t heard of the piece of equipment and says he really didn’t give the conversation any more thought. 

 

Fast forward a couple of years later, when Matthew Dawson, and his wife, Dr. Kristin Dawson, and their two children are living in Lexington.

 

When their daughter Avery was an infant, she suddenly became very ill and was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit at KCH. 

 

“She was ventilated for six days before we knew exactly what was wrong with her,” said Kristin Dawson, who most recently completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UK.  “It was an incredibly scary and difficult time for our family.”

 

As little Avery fought an eventual diagnosis of infant botulism, the staff at KCH utilized a piece of equipment that Matthew Dawson had never seen before.  But he immediately recalled hearing about it. 

 

“I remembered that conversation with my father, and I never thought I would hear about it again, until the day they brought it into Avery’s room,” Matthew Dawson said. 

 

The BIS monitor, that same piece of equipment his own father had been so interested in, was now being used to treat the Dawsons' daughter.

 

Watch the video above to discover how an act of philanthropy spearheaded by a grandfather would end up directly helping his own granddaughter at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. 

 

The Lexington Fire Department still holds the race each September in its efforts to give back to children being treated at KCH.

 

For more information on the race and its history of giving back, visit:

https://runsignup.com/Race/KY/Lexington/LexingtonFireDepartmentRuntoRemember 

 

For more information about giving to Kentucky Children’s Hospital, visit: http://www.givetokch.org/home/.

 

This video feature is a “Big Blue Family” follow up to a story UKNow first published in May about the Dawsons, who you may remember are a couple who met at the William T. Young Library and married while attending the UK College of Medicine.  

  

This story is part of a special new series (see video below) produced by UKNow focusing on families who help make up the University of Kentucky community. There are many couples, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters who serve at UK in various fields.   The idea is to show how UK is part of so many families’ lives and how so many families are focused on helping the university succeed each and everyday. 

 

 

Since the "Big Blue Family" series is a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If you know of a family who you think should be featured, please email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!

 

VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones,-Timoney, 859-257-1754  amy.jones2@uky.edu OR Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282, kody.kiser@uky.edu

UK Education Abroad to Hold Scholarship Workshop Today

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:58

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2014) — Today from 3 to 7 p.m., University of Kentucky Education Abroad (EA) will host its Scholarship Workshop in the Hub of William T. Young Library. Free pizza will be provided.

 

"Following the success of last week's Education Abroad Fair, we are excited to offer an informal workshop that focuses on funding opportunities available for education abroad," said Miko McFarland, assistant director of UK Education Abroad. "Students can drop by to get information about UK college and departmental, program-specific and external scholarships. EA staff will be available to review students' scholarship essays, provide guidance on applying for scholarships and share additional ideas for fundraising."

 

The UK Education Abroad scholarship application deadline for winter and spring programs is Oct. 1. 

 

"We encourage winter and spring education abroad students to attend, along with students who are thinking about a future education abroad program," said McFarland.

'Suda On Line' Database is Complete

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:47
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) — The first English translation of the entire Suda lexicon, a massive 10th century Byzantine encyclopedia, is complete after more than 16 years of collaborative, volunteer-driven work by a diverse group of scholars, including key contributors from the University of Kentucky. 

 

The translation, as well as the first continuous commentary on the Suda's contents in any language, is now searchable and browsable through the Suda On Line (SOL) database at http://www.stoa.org/sol. Conceived in 1998, the project grew to comprise more than 31,000 entries, through the contributions of more than 200 volunteers. 

 

The project was groundbreaking in more ways than one, providing a new model of open, participatory scholarship. The project organizers state:

 

"From the beginning, the idea of SOL was not just to translate the Suda but to develop and test a new paradigm of scholarly publication. The innovative features of this paradigm include not only the purpose-built computational infrastructure for compiling and working with the submitted material, but also some unorthodox editorial principles. The entire editing process was to be open, open-ended, and crowdsourced (though that term did not yet exist).

 

"Nearly anyone who possessed the ability to translate ancient Greek, regardless of formal credentials and specialization, was eligible to apply to the project and request the assignment of any entry. Submitted entries, even ones that were very rough and mistake-ridden, would be instantly accessible on the site (though marked clearly as ‘draft’ until vetted). Vetting and editing would be done not by clandestine referees but by scholars whose real names would be listed on every entry they worked on; and no entry, however well translated and annotated, would ever be considered off-limits for future improvement."
 

Two UK faculty members, Ross Scaife, professor in the Department of Classics, and Raphael Finkel, professor in the Department of Computer Science, were heavily involved in the project from the beginning. SOL was one of the first new projects that Scaife brought under the aegis of the Stoa Consortium (www.stoa.org). Design and programming of the SOL system commenced under the supervision of Scaife and Finkel, who also co-authored the database system used by the project.  

 

The project suffered a tremendous loss with Scaife's untimely death in 2008. His collaborators say the Suda On Line will be "a lasting monument to Ross's pioneering efforts" and note that his "legacy also lives on in a number of projects inspired and influenced by the SOL’s methods and principles." 

 

Project organizers say that their work is not finished, although all the entries are translated. One of the principles of SOL is that there will never be any limit to the improvement that the contents of the database can undergo. From here on, editors will be scrutinizing every entry for opportunities to introduce improvements to the translations, additions to the annotations, updates to the associated bibliography, and other enhancements.

 

A brief history of the project is available at http://www.stoa.org/sol/history.shtml. For further background, see Anne Mahoney's article in Digital Humanities Quarterly at http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/003/1/000025/000025.html.

 

The SOL has already proved to be a catalyst for new scholarship on the Suda, including the identification – as possible, probable, or certain – of many hundreds more of the Suda's quotations than previously recognized. A list of these identifications, with links to the Suda entries in question, can be found at http://www.stoa.org/sol/TLG.shtml.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Hautala, 859-533-2911; keith.hautala@uky.edu 

Think You Have Alzheimer's? UK Study Suggests You May Be Right

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) -- New research by scientists at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging suggests that people who notice their memory is slipping may be on to something.

 

The research, led by Richard Kryscio, Ph.D., chair of the Department of of Biostatistics and associate director of the Alzheimer's Disease Center at UK, appears to confirm that self-reported memory complaints are strong predictors of clinical memory impairment later in life.

 

Kryscio and his group asked 531 people with an average age of 73 and free of dementia if they had noticed any changes in their memory in the prior year. The participants were also given annual memory and thinking tests for an average of 10 years. After death, participants' brains were examined for evidence of Alzheimer's disease.

 

During the study, 56 percent of the participants reported changes in their memory, at an average age of 82. The study found that participants who reported changes in their memory were nearly three times more likely to develop memory and thinking problems. About one in six participants developed dementia during the study, and 80 percent of those first reported memory changes.

 

"What's notable about our study is the time it took for the transition from self-reported memory complaint to dementia or clinical impairment -- about 12 years for dementia and nine years for clinical impairment -- after the memory complaints began," Kryscio said. "That suggests that there may be a significant window of opportunity for intervention before a diagnosable problem shows up."

 

Kryscio points out that while these findings add to a growing body of evidence that self-reported memory complaints can be predictive of cognitive impairment later in life, there isn't cause for immediate alarm if you can't remember where you left your keys.

 

"Certainly, someone with memory issues should report it to their doctor so they can be followed. Unfortunately, however, we do not yet have preventative therapies for Alzheimer's disease or other illnesses that cause memory problems."

 

The research, which was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, was published in the Sept. 24, 2014, online issue of Neurology.

Children’s Advocate Shriver Visits Child Development Center of the Bluegrass

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) -- The Child Development Center of the Bluegrass at the University of Kentucky hosted “A Special Evening with Mark K. Shriver” on Tuesday, Sept. 23.  Shriver was keynote speaker at a dinner held at the Center.

 

Shriver is senior vice president for strategic initiatives at Save the Children, the leading independent organization creating lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Previously, Shriver served two four-year terms as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and was Maryland's first-ever chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families.

 

“High-quality early learning programs can set children on a path to success in life – and the more successful they are, the brighter the future for us all,” said Shriver who toured the Child Development Center for the Bluegrass earlier in the day.

 

Shriver, the son of the late Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, has had a longstanding commitment to children and their well-being. In 1988, Shriver founded the innovative Choice Program, a public/private partnership that serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling and job training services. Shriver has been widely published in the national media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and Newsweek, among others.

 

He served as chair of the National Commission on Children and Disasters and as a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Advisory Council. Shriver received his undergraduate degree from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993.

 

In August 2012, the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass, relocated to a new facility located on the campus of the University of Kentucky off Alumni Drive near The Arboretum. The Center has served more than 10,000 children in Fayette County and the surrounding area for more than 50 years. After its move to UK, the Center more than tripled the number of children able to be provided services including full-day childhood education for children ages six weeks to pre-kindergarten.

 

The Center has attained the highest levels of state and national accreditation levels with Kentucky STARS for KIDS NOW and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The facility includes 15 classrooms, three therapy gyms, three breakout rooms, a nursing room, a full kitchen and separate toddler and preschool playgrounds, as well as an observation room where parents can monitor their child's behavior from one of six computers.

 

For more information about the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass, visit www.cdcbg.org.

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College of Pharmacy to Host Drug Discovery Symposium

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:26
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy will host its fifth annual Symposium on Drug Discovery and Development on Thursday, Sept. 25.

 

This year’s symposium features recent advances in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease and substance abuse in which biologics have been employed as therapeutic agents.

 

"In addition to outstanding investigators from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and pharmaceutical industry, the program includes short talks by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice,” said Gregory Graf, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and this year's symposium chair. "We are particularly enthusiastic about advances in the treatment of cocaine overdose that will be highlighted during this year’s symposium, as this agent was developed at the University of Kentucky in the laboratory of Dr. Chang-Guo Zhan.” 

 

The 2014 Symposium invited speakers include:

  • Alan T. Remaley, senior investigator, Lipoprotein Metabolism Section, National Institutes of Health – “Recombinant LCAT in LCAT deficiency and Acute Coronary Syndromes”
  • Ronald B. DeMattos, research advisor, Discovery Neuroscience, Eli Lilly and Company – “Monoclonal Antibody Therapy in the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease”
  • Azmi Nasser, associate director of clinical pharmacy, PK/PD, global clinical development director, Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceutical, Inc. – “Recombinant Choline Esterases in the Treatment of Cocaine Overdose”

The symposium will also feature the college’s 2013 Publication of the Year, “Association Between Pseudoephedrine Sales and Reported Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory Seizures in Kentucky,” which was published in the Journal of American of the American Medical Association and has had a significant impact on discussions among pharmaceutical policy makers around the nation.  

 

New to this year’s symposium is the final round of the College’s Elevator Speech Competition in which graduate students must present their thesis project in fewer than three minutes.

 

The symposium showcases cutting-edge research to the local scientific community and encourages collaboration in basic and translational science as well as pharmacy practice and policy. By hosting renowned scientists working on distinct areas of diseases, but each employing biological agents in drug discovery and development, the college hopes the forum will bring together researchers at UK working to improve our understanding of, and advance the development of therapeutic approaches for, the unmet health care needs of the citizens of Kentucky and the nation.

 

Registration is open for the 2014 Symposium at the following website: http://www.ukalumni.net/s/1052/semi-blank-noimg.aspx?sid=1052&pgid=5756&gid=1&cid=10607&ecid=10607&post_id=0

UK Symphony Orchestra Opens 96th Concert Season

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 14:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2013) — The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (UKSO), under the direction of John Nardolillo, will open its 96th season this weekend with "Opening Night: Bohemian Celebration." The free public concert, featuring work by two celebrated Czech composers, begins 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

 

"Opening Night" will feature works by Antonin Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana. The performance of these Bohemian masterpieces will be conducted by UKSO music director John Nardolillo, as well as Jan Pellant, a conductor from Prague who is the UKSO's new assistant conductor.

 

Pellant will lead the orchestra in one of the most famous classical compositions of all time, the "Moldau" by Smetana, which describes the course of the Moldau River as it winds through the Czech countryside, and into the city of Prague. The orchestra will also be performing Smetana's "Polka" from "The Bartered Bride" and Antonin Dvorak's concert overture "Carnival" and Slavonic Dance No. 8, as well as his Symphony No. 8.

 

The UKSO season continues with the "All Hallows Eve Concert" 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Singletary Center. The free public concert will feature guest violinist and UK faculty member Daniel Mason. The concert program will include Johannes Brahms' Tragic Overture, Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto and Richard Strauss’ "Death and Transfiguration."

 

In November, UKSO will accompany the Moscow Ballet in three performances of the holiday classic "The Great Russian Nutcracker." Times, dates and locations of the orchestra's tour with Moscow Ballet are:

· 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at the Carson Center, in Paducah, Kentucky;

· 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Singletary Center, in Lexington; and

· 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

For this tour, Nardolillo will be joined by UKSO assistant conductor Lucía Marín to conduct.

 

Russian ballet music takes center stage in December. To celebrate Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s 175th birthday, UKSO will present music from his celebrated ballet scores "Swan Lake," "Sleeping Beauty" and "The Nutcracker" at "Ballet Music of Tchaikovsky," beginning 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Singletary Center. This concert is free and open to the public.

 

The UKSO Concerto Competition winners from the UK School of Music will be featured at UKSO's next event. The free public concert, which also includes György Ligeti’s "Atmospheres" and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the Singletary Center.

 

In April, UKSO will be joined by one of the most renowned violinists of his time, Joshua Bell. The orchestra and Bell will perform Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Camille Saint-Saens’ "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso." The concert will close with Igor Stravinsky’s iconic ballet score "Firebird." The event, part of the Singletary Center’s Signature Series, is 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3. Tickets range from $45 to $85 and are on sale now through the Singletary Center Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com or in person at the ticket office.  

 

The orchestra closes its season with Wolfgang Mozart’s "Requiem," 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Singletary Center. In addition to "Requiem," this concert will feature the overture to Mozart’s "Le nozze di Figaro" and Symphony No. 38 “Prague.”

 

Since Nardolillo took the conductor's podium of the UKSO, it has enjoyed great success accumulating recording credits and sharing the stage with such acclaimed international artists as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch, as well the Boston Pops. In addition to its own concerts, UKSO provides accompaniment for much of the UK Opera Theatre season. UK's orchestra is one of a very select group of university orchestras under contract with Naxos, the world's largest classical recording label. To see the UKSO season brochure, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/sites/default/files/14-15_UKSO_layout.pdf.

 

The UK School of Music at 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.

 

 

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

Scholars Speak on Chinese Capital in Africa, Female Heroin Dealers in Chinese Prisons

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2014) — Chinese involvement in Africa and female drug dealers in Chinese prisons are the topics of this fall’s Distinguished Scholar Series, sponsored by the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute (UKCI).

 

Ching Kwan Lee, a sociology professor at University of California, Los Angeles, launches the series with “The Specter of Global China: Contesting the Power and Peril of Chinese State Capital in Zambia,” which explores China’s role in copper and construction in Zambia.

 

Sheldon Zhang, a sociology professor at San Diego State University follows Lee with “Women in China’s Heroin Trade: A Niche Market Perspective,” which focuses on a three-year field study he conducted about women’s participation in the illicit enterprise of drug dealing in southeast China.

 

Lee will speak 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, on the 18th floor of Patterson Office Tower. Zhang will present at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Niles Gallery, located in the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. Both talks are free and open to the public. 

 

Before moving to California, Lee obtained her doctoral degree in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of Michigan.

 

Lee’s published works focus on labor, social activism, political sociology and development in China and the Global South. She’s currently working on two book manuscripts about state-society relations in China and about Chinese investment in Zambia.

 

During Zhang’s three-year field study, he surveyed 297 convicted female inmates and had in-depth interviews with more than a dozen active drug dealers in China to study how gender plays a role in the drug dealing business, which is dominated by men elsewhere in the world.

 

Zhang is a noted researcher in the field of criminology and Chinese organized crime and has published several scholarly articles related to these topics. He earned his doctoral degree at the University of Southern California.

 

The Distinguished Scholar series and other events by the UKCI help improve the knowledge of Chinese culture at the university.

 

The UKCI is a center for Chinese language, culture, art and business that serves as a gateway to China for the university and for the Commonwealth. It facilitates faculty and student China exchange programs across the campus, and provides leadership and support for Chinese language programs in Kentucky’s K-12 classrooms.

 

 

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

UK Libraries, Keeneland Unveil New Meeting Space

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2014) — Thanks to a partnership with the Keeneland Association, University of Kentucky campus organizations now have access to a new, state-of-the-art, collaborative meeting space in the William T. Young Library.

 

"The Keeneland Association Room at Young Library is a space for students and faculty to meet, converse, share and collaborate. It is a space to build community, and we are grateful for the opportunity to upgrade the room to better meet campus needs," said Stacey Greenwell, associate dean for academic affairs and research at UK Libraries.  

 

The Keeneland Association donated $50,000 to transform the Keeneland Association Room into a new active meeting space at UK. Along with freshening up the paint and carpet in the room, the new design incorporates modular furniture that groups can arrange in various configurations and a large flat-screen wall-mounted monitor with HDMI hookup for laptops on which users can project images.

 

“Keeneland and UK share a storied history of partnering on projects that help further the goals of the university and its student body,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “This room is all the more special because W.T. Young was a great friend to Keeneland as well as the UK community.”

 

Additionally, the renovation includes archival photos of Keeneland printed on metal plates, resulting in fade-resistant images mounted around the room. The images will give visitors a peek at the history of such an important Lexington landmark.

 

The Keeneland Association Room will be available for reservation by student organizations, as well as faculty and staff groups on campus.

 

The newly renovated space will be dedicated during a program in Young Library at 4 p.m. today (Tuesday), Sept. 23, in the Alumni Gallery. A tour of the room will follow the dedication.

 

 

 

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

Combined Grand Round for Kentucky Obstetricians and Dentists Addresses Prenatal Oral Health

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2014) — Good oral hygiene is especially important for pregnant women, who experience physiologic changes that can make teeth and gums more susceptible to disorders. An estimated 40 percent of pregnant women have a form of periodontal disease, and oral infections can put women at risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes.

 

Still, some obstetricians and dental care providers are often unclear about which practices and medications are safe for their prenatal patients.

 

"A lot of people think it's not safe to go to the dentist when you are pregnant, but in fact it's the opposite," Diana Frankenburger, childbirth education coordinator at UK HealthCare, said. "A lot of dentists are, frankly, nervous to provide some services to these patients."

 

On Sept. 23, a grand rounds session at the UK Chandler Hospital will join 150 oral health providers and obstetricians together for the first time to discuss best practices in prenatal oral health care. Dr. Julie McKee, the state dental director in the Kentucky Office of Health and Family Services, will present, "Oral Health Care: What's Appropriate and What Isn't During the Pre-Natal Period?" McKee will talk about safe oral treatment for prenatal patients with oral health disorders and the need to improve prenatal oral care in Kentucky. She will discuss guidelines provided by a consensus statement from the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.

 

Frankenburger said often dentists and obstetricians have differing opinions about which types of treatment are appropriate for prenatal patients. The purpose of the grand round is to clarify information and encourage members of professions to recognize the beneficial relationship between obstetricians and dentists. McKee will also emphasize the importance of educating prenatal patients about the connection between good oral hygiene and a healthy pregnancy.

 

Dr. Pamela Sparks, associate dean for academic affairs in the UK College of Dentistry and a member of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department board, said it's important for faculty within the college to stay current on the most relevant practices so they can not only practice those standards of care, but teach them to their students.  

 

“The best care occurs when all members of the health care team are communicating and on the same page about appropriate care for their patients,” Sparks said.

 

The joint grand round is funded by a grant awarded to Lexington-Fayette County Health Department from the March of Dimes. Lexington Fayette County Health Department collaborates with the UK College of Dentistry and Bluegrass HealthFirst  to provide dental services to women enrolled in the health department’s HANDS program, the Young Parents Program at the UK HealthCare Polk Dalton Clinic and the Centering Pregnancy and EMPOWR programs, which are both pregnancy assistance programs based at the UK HealthCare Polk Dalton Clinic. Pregnant women participating in these programs are provided with oral hygiene education and receive free oral care services.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

Schoenberg Named Associate Dean for Research at College of Public Health

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 09:52

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2014) —The University of Kentucky College of Public Health has named Nancy Schoenberg as associate dean for research.  In addition to her new role with the College of Public Health, Schoenberg is the Marion Pearsall Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science in the UK College of Medicine

 

A medical anthropologist and gerontologist, her research, service, and instruction focuses on addressing health inequities, specifically working on the prevention and management of chronic diseases including nutritional disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.  Throughout her work, Schoenberg has emphasized the cultural context of health decisions and community-based participatory approaches, which she has used to develop and implement numerous community-engaged interventions in rural Appalachia. 

 

In addition to her work at UK, Schoenberg has received continuous funding as a principal investigator on National Institutes for Health (NIH) grants for 15 years and served as associate editor of The Gerontologist for seven years. She currently serves as a standing NIH study section member and as co-director of the Community Engagement and Research Core of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science. She also consults on national and international projects addressing the cultural context of health.

 

In her new role as associate dean for research for the College of Public Health, Schoenberg will focus efforts on supporting junior and other faculty to develop and refine research grant applications and other scholarly products; promoting collaborations across campus and universities; and enhancing the culture of scholarship through a dynamic speaker series, a robust pilot grant program, and a rigorous grant review process.

 

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

 

 

BLOG: College of Nursing Dean on Tobacco Free Efforts

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:08

Following is a blog post from Janie Heath, dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, a national leader in nursing education, tobacco control and health care outreach.

 

Sept. 19, 2014

 

CVS Health Stopping Sales of Tobacco Products

 

Why would a company in the business of health choose to sell products that so clearly destroy it?

 

Good question, admitted corporate executives at CVS Health, the nation’s second largest pharmacy chain. In a bold and courageous move, CVS Health executives announced this past February they would no longer sell, promote or carry tobacco products of any kind in any of their 7,700 stores (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/03/business/cvs-stores-stop-selling-all-tobacco-products.html?_r=0).

 

I’m happy to say that day is almost here — and a full month earlier than expected (http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/09/03/345494727). I’d be even happier if their competitors were joining them in banning these products that are directly responsible for 450,000 senseless, preventable deaths every year. There’s no such luck at this point.

 

CVS Health says the company expects to lose $2 billion a year in sales but said its decision was the right thing to do. As for the rest of the pharmacy chain store industry, they appear to remain curiously quiet, at least for now.

 

Here’s hoping the drumbeat that CVS Health started in the retail pharmacy industry continues to get louder and that influencers in government, business and the culture itself will beat that same drum in their own spheres of influence. How can they not? Tobacco use is the single biggest cause of preventable illness and death in the nation. And the state with the highest percentage of adult smokers is our own — Kentucky. 

 

In 2004, tobacco policy advocates at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing established The Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy and began their own drumbeat, starting on the UK campus. By 2009, a campus-wide smoke-free policy was in effect. Today, all but two state universities have a smoke-free policy.

 

And the beat goes on. Last week, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced that state-owned or leased buildings, vehicles and properties would be smoke-free starting in November. Currently, the ban only covers property controlled by the state’s executive branch of government.  Kentucky’s judicial and legislative branches have the decision-making authority to march to their own drummers. Let’s hope it’s the right one. 

 

Those of us who have devoted our professional careers to tobacco cessation research, intervention and public health policy are counting on companies like CVS Health and America’s public and private decision-makers, trendsetters and tastemakers to do the right thing. Tobacco companies are making a killing (literally) on a generation enslaved by a cruel addiction and they’re spending billions to come up with new products that may very well enslave the next.  E-cigarettes?  It’s “e-asy” to see how it could happen. 

 

Still, we have something the tobacco companies don’t. We have the facts. When the Surgeon General’s landmark report on smoking and health was released in 1965, 42 percent of American adults were smokers. Today that percentage has dropped to 18 percent. Better, yes, but that’s small comfort to the 16 million Americans suffering from a smoking-related disease right this minute or a nation paying close to $300 billion in smoking-related health care costs (http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/).

 

Still not hearing the drumbeat? Then hear this. An estimated 3,800 American children will try their first cigarette today. I, for one, am glad to know that soon they won’t be buying it (or having someone buy it for them) at CVS Health. How about you?

 

                                                          

 

"Where I 'see blue.'" VIDEO: New K-Lair Honors UK Tradition In Midst of Transformation

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:00

 

Video Produced by UK Public Relations & 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 on the "thought bubble" in the same area.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2014) — K-Lair is back, and it's quickly becoming many people's favorite place on campus.

 

As part of the construction of the new Haggin Hall, K-Lair closed its doors in May 2013 after 52 years at its previous location. This fall the campus favorite returned at nearly three times the size, with 6,000 square feet of dining space and 230 total seats.

 

The new facility offers a new level of variety and style, with bar height, booth and traditional soft and hard seats, along with a nine-TV media wall that can display nine different channels. The facility will also open up to a courtyard with exterior seating, to be completed later this month.

 

The new design of K-Lair reflects its long legacy and tradition on campus. Ties to the past include rustic reclaimed wood from a tobacco barn located in Winchester, Kentucky, pieces of the floor from Memorial Hall and the original K-Lair sign, which has been restored. It incorporates modern aspects as well, with sustainable materials, 14-foot ceilings and a more robust kitchen.

 

K-Lair's menu also features Kentucky Proud products, part of UK Dining's commitment to support local producers.

 

The new and improved K-Lair is part of a 15-year, nearly $250 million partnership between UK and Aramark that will result in nearly $70 million in new and renovated facilities for dining services. The partnership is an opportunity to improve service, provide healthier food at lower cost to students, invest millions in facilities and enhance the university's commitment to locally sourced food.

 

Watch the “Where I see blue” video above to discover why K Lair is Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday’s favorite spot on campus.

 

This video feature is part of a special new series produced by UKNow focusing on locations across campus that are meaningful for UK students, administrators, faculty, staff and alumni.   The idea is to show how the physical spaces on campus help foster discovery, community, research, knowledge and success for the UK family.   As the university celebrates its 150th anniversary, we want to show readers what our campus is like today by showcasing locations that have stood for decades along with some of our newest spots.  

  

Since the “Where I ‘see blue.’” video series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If there’s an obscure spot on campus you don’t think many people know about or an area that’s on everyone’s radar but you have a special connection to it, email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365; sarah.geegan@uky.edu

 

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

 

Mannino Named Fellow of the International Respiratory Society

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:55

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2014) — University of Kentucky College of Public Health professor Dr. David Mannino has been honored by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) as a Fellow of the ERS for his contributions to research, clinical leadership, and education in respiratory medicine.  Mannino was one of only 125 researchers and clinicians around the world chosen for inclusion in the inaugural class of Fellows.  His selection in the group was based on his previous record and sustained contribution to research in the respiratory field.

 

The Fellowship is an elite group of respiratory professionals around the globe who are making profound contributions in their field.  The Fellows act as an advisory body for the ERS, which is the leading professional organization in its field in Europe, with more than 10,000 members in over 100 countries. Mannino was announced as a member of the Fellowship at the Society’s International Congress in Munich, Germany, Sept. 6.

 

At UK, Mannino is chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health in the College of Public Health and a professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.  Additionally, he is the director of the UK Pulmonary Epidemiology Research Laboratory and the director of the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention. Mannino was formerly the chief science officer of the Centers for Disease Control’s Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch.  In December 2013, Expertscape News rated Dr. Mannino as the nation’s top expert on COPD, for exhibiting the greatest knowledge and expertise in the U.S. in the area of COPD treatment and research.

 

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

UK Enrollment Records Focus of 'UK at the Half'

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:02

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2014) – University of Kentucky's Don Witt, associate provost for enrollment and management, was the guest on "UK at the Half" Sept. 13 that aired during the UK vs. University of Florida football game, broadcasted on the radio.

 

Witt discussed UK reaching a record high of total enrollment at 30,000 for the first time ever. Witt also discussed the academic achievment of this year's freshman class, the largest in university history.

 

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

 

To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click on the play button below. To view a transcript for the Sept. 13 "UK at the Half" interview, click here

Get Excited for One of the Best Week's of the Year!

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 22:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2014) – Get excited! It is DanceBlue's bi-annual Blitz Week now until Friday, Sept. 26. During Blitz Week, University of Kentucky students will be encouraged to register for DanceBlue 2015.

 

DanceBlue is a 24-hour no-sleeping, no-sitting dance marathon that benefits the Kentucky Children’s Hospital DanceBlue Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic and the Markey Cancer Center.

 

Blitz Week begins today with DanceBlue committee members giving gold ribbons to University of Kentucky students and faculty members at White Hall Classroom Building in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

 

On Tuesday, Elena’s Lemonade Stand will serve lemonade outside the Classroom Building.

 

McAllister’s Deli will be providing sweet tea on Wednesday as students write “Why I DanceBlue” on a giant ribbon outside of the Student Center.

 

Thursday night, Mellow Mushroom will host a fundraising night for DanceBlue, with part of the dining proceeds benefitting the organization.

 

Blitz Week culminates on Friday with a social media scavenger hunt for teams that have registered for DanceBlue.

 

Registration for individuals and teams participating in DanceBlue is due Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. The 2015 DanceBlue dance marathon will be Feb. 14 and 15. This year’s marathon marks the 10-year anniversary of DanceBlue at the University of Kentucky.

 

For more information about DanceBlue, registration information or to support its efforts, please visit www.danceblue.org.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, katy.bennett@uky.edu, 859-257-1909

DanceBlue CONTACT: Michael Danahy, pr@danceblue.org

Plan for Construction Delays to Campus Bus Service

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2014) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services is aware of delays impacting campus bus service over the past few weeks, and is working with university and Lextran officials to mitigate these delays. These delays are primarily caused by two recent construction projects, both of which are significantly impacting the Lextran Stadium-Greg Page Route (also known as Route 14).

 

The first involves work being done by Columbia Gas in the Shawneetown Apartment area that has closed University Court until Wednesday, Oct. 1. The second involves utility work on South Limestone in front of the Kentucky Clinic scheduled for completion Friday, Oct. 10. No acceptable alternate route exists, so UK and Lextran have collaborated on the following measures to lessen delays as much as possible:

 

  • Lane closures on South Limestone, when necessary, will occur only between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Lextran has assigned a field supervisor to monitor the situation and adapt as necessary.
  • The number of buses on Route 14 has been increased from six to seven. Additional buses can be added if needed due to demand.
  • During the construction, Lextran will discontinue the practice of sending all buses to Greg Page. To improve efficiency of service to the campus core, Lextran will dedicate two buses to shuttle students between Greg Page and Commonwealth Stadium, reserving other buses for the stadium to central campus section of the route.
  • The Shawneetown bus stop will be out of service until Wednesday, Oct. 1, as a result of the gas line work. Shawneetown residents are advised to use the Greg Page bus stop in the interim.

 

Even with these measures, travel times are expected to be longer than normal. Therefore, you should plan on allowing extra time to reach your destination until the construction period has passed. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time of campus growth, and hope to return Lextran bus service to normal levels in early October.

 

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Explores a Student's Interesting Summer Research

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 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 features UK senior Nathan Moore who spent the past summer in New York as a fellow for the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute. He discusses his experience there and his research into slave narratives and their coded references.

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/meet-nathan-moore-schomburg-mellon-fellow.

 

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

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