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UK Chief Information Security Officer Warns Against Tax Scam

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:59

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

3.    Hang up.

4.    Contact the IRS directly.

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

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




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

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 08:17

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


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


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


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

'UK at the Half' Reports on Community Engagement Classification

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 08:08

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


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


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


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


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

In Teens, Depression May Look Different

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 16:55

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

UK's CBER Serves Commonwealth, Nation in Varied Ways

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 15:50

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


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

·         Manpower, labor, and human resources

·         Tourism economics

·         Transportation economics

·         Health economics

·         Regulatory reform

·         Public finance

·         Technology use and adoption

·         Education policy

·         Economic growth and development


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:28




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


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


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


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


Free pizza and T-shirts will be available. 


Click here for more information. 




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


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

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 11:23

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

10th Annual CCTS Spring Conference Will Focus on Physical Activity

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 16:24


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


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


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


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


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


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



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Scholarship Enables Students to Preserve Jewish Heritage

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 15:38

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

·       Jewish diversity

·       Black Jewish identity

·       contemporary Yiddish language and culture

·       history of Jewish music

·       representations of Israel in Jewish and other graphic novels

·       minority relations in Modern Europe

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

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

·       Jewish presence in North Africa

·       Ladino and Sephardic Jewish history and culture




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Law Alumnus Launches New Firm, Featured in National Media

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 14:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) — James C. Woolery, alumnus of the UK College of Law, was recently featured in the New York Times, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and more after he announced with partner Douglas L. Braunstein the launch of a new investment management firm. In a February 2013 article, the Wall Street Journal described Woolery as “one of the biggest names in mergers and acquisitions." 


The firm, Hudson Executive Capital LP, was formed to identify opportunities where actionable strategic and corporate finance solutions can drive returns through constructive engagement with managements, boards and shareholders, according to a news release.


The firm's advisory board comprises 14 current and former CEOs, and its industry expertise includes financial services, health care, technology/media/telecommunication, consumer/retail and general industrials.


Woolery, former chairman-elect of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, received his juris doctor degree from the UK College of Law in 1994, where he was editor of the Kentucky Law Journal and a member of the Order of the Coif.


Following graduation, he became partner and chairman of strategy and business development at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP until 2010. From 2011-2013, Woolery was co-head of North American mergers and acquisitions at JPMorgan, leaving to join Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.


To read the articles featuring Woolery and Hudson Executive Capital, click the links below.


New York Times:


Wall Street Journal:




Bloomberg News:




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Kasman Piano Concert: A Family Affair

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 14:24


A clip of a piano recital featuring Yakov Kasman and his daughter, Aleksandra Kasman, in Orel, Russia. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) — It will be a family affair when the University of Kentucky School of Music presents a concert of not one, but two award-winning pianists, Yakov Kasman and Aleksandra Kasman. Yakov Kasman, a silver medalist in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and his student and daughter, 19-year-old Aleksandra “Sasha” Kasman, a national winner of the National Federation of Music Club’s Stillman-Kelley Award, will perform 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.


Yakov Kasman and Aleksandra Kasman will play a variety of compositions by Sergei Rachmaninov, with pieces such as Suite No. 1 (Fantaisie-Tableaux), Suite No. 2 and the Symphonic Dances, considered one of the most difficult and impressive pieces of music in the classical repertoire.


Yakov’s American debut in the Van Cliburn Competition was the culmination of several competition triumphs and tours in Europe and the Middle East, including prizes at the 1991 Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome, the 1991 London World Piano Competition, the 1992 Artur Rubinstein International Competition in Tel Aviv, and the 1995 International Prokofiev Competition at St. Petersburg.


Born in the city of Orel, near Moscow, Yakov began his piano studies at the age of 5. He graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and served on the faculty at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. He is now a professor of piano and artist-in-residence at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He is actively involved in local, state and national music teachers’ organizations as a guest artist, teacher and adjudicator. His students are winners of regional, national and international competitions.


Sasha, a student of her father, is a sophomore at UAB and a University Honors Program student. Sasha is a silver medalist of the VII International Competition for Young Pianists presented in memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Kiev, Ukraine, and second place and Young Jury Award winner at the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition in Columbia, South Carolina. She made her European solo debut recital at Salle Cortot in Paris, France, in 2009. She has also given solo recitals in U.S., Ukraine, Russia and Japan. Her recent engagements include solo recitals in the United States and duo-piano performances with her father in Russia and South Korea. Recently she won the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist piano competition in state of Alabama and advanced to the Southern division in January 2015.


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



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Markey Hosting Free Patient Seminar on Clinical Trials

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 13:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) –  The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center is hosting a free patient education program on clinical trials at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the atrium of Markey's Combs Research Building.


In conjunction with World Cancer Day 2015 and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, UK HealthCare hematologist/oncologist Dr. Greg Monohan will present information about clinical trials. Attendees will learn why clinical trials are performed and how they work, how new treatments are developed and approved, the benefits and risks of participating in a research study, how to find local clinical trials and information about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


This event is free and open to the public, and it includes lunch and giveaways. For more information or to register for this event, please call Joan Scales at 859-323-1403. Free parking is available in the Markey Cancer Center lot, or visitors may park in any UK HealthCare Garage.


The Markey Cancer Center was founded in 1983 and is a dedicated matrix cancer center established as an integral part of the University of Kentucky and the UK HealthCare enterprise. In July 2013, Markey was designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to receive research funding and many other opportunities available only to the nation’s best cancer centers. Markey is the only NCI-designated center in Kentucky and one of only a handful in the country.


UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase Now Accepting Submissions

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Appalachian Center, Appalachian Studies and the Graduate Appalachian Research Community (GARC) are announcing a call for participation for the 2015 UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase. Invitations are extended to both undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines who are currently attending an accredited Kentucky university or college, and registration is free for both presenters and attendees.


The symposium is intended to foster a supportive community in which students from various fields can present their Appalachian-based research and creative work, learn from each other’s findings, and discuss research and potential points of collaboration. Students creating performance or visual artworks related to Appalachia are strongly encouraged to participate as well. The topic of the work must be original, related to Appalachia, and produced in the last three years. Information on the symposium is available on the Appalachian Center website at


This is the sixth year for the Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase, which will be held Saturday, March 7, at the William T. Young Library.


The deadline for submitting an abstract online is midnight, Feb. 15. Abstracts can be uploaded onto the Appalachian Center website at Presenters must also register for the conference at upon acceptance.


For those interested in attending the symposium but not presenting, registration is available online at The deadline for registration is midnight, Feb. 28, 2015.


This year's keynote speaker will be Lisa Conley, who recently completed her doctoral degree in sociology at the University of Kentucky. Her dissertation, "Talking Food: Motivations of Home Food Preservation Practitioners in Kentucky," was a qualitative urban-rural comparison of home gardeners and those who preserve foods at home through canning, drying, freezing, or other methods.


For more information about the 2015 UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase, contact Kathryn Engle, president of the Graduate Appalachian Research Community, at




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Students to Explore, Connect with 130+ Employers at Showcase

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) — University of Kentucky students will have the opportunity to meet with more than 130 employers at the Spring 2015 UK Employer Showcase, sponsored by the James W. Stuckert Career Center.


The showcase will bring employers in both technical and nontechnical professions to the Student Center Ballrooms from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 10-11. 


The first day of the event will showcase employers in technical career fields such as engineering, computer science, construction, information systems/technology and scientific research.


The second day will host employers in nontechnical career fields such as communications, accounting, banking, consulting, health care, government, management, human services, retail and sales, and other fields.


More than 130 employers will participate over this two-day event, including private companies, government agencies and nonprofit groups. Among the registered employers are Enterprise Inc., Belcan, Deloitte, Lexmark, Central Bank, Hewlett Packard, Johnson Controls Interiors, and Auto Owners Insurance.


The Stuckert Career Center also hosts the UK Employer Showcase VIP Program, an interactive program designed to develop career-ready students at UK and offer exclusive exposure to employers. VIP program participants attend a preparation workshop that helps maximize their showcase experience. VIP Program participants can enter the Employer Showcase 30 minutes early to begin connecting with employers.


Students can prepare for the showcase by researching companies of interest by registering through Wildcat CareerLink. This online career management tool allows students to secure company information and sign up for campus interviews. Students should check out the company website, view their job listings and know basic information about what the company does. By having completed their research, students should know exactly what questions to ask of employers while still showing that they are familiar with the company. 


The center suggests students prepare a two to three-minute introduction that states their name, graduation date and major; and career interests. Students shouldn't be afraid to mention honors or special achievements received, such as a high GPA or campus leadership positions.


Students should print résumés on high-quality white or ivory paper. Résumés should include an objective, work or volunteer experience, internships, any relevant upper level courses and special honors. No cover letters are required at a career fair.


Participants in the showcase should carry about 20-30 résumés in a nice portfolio with a nice pen and a pad of paper to take notes. Business attire is appropriate. Students should dress professionally in dark colors such as black, charcoal gray or navy blue. Women can wear either a skirt or pant suit with a solid color conservative shirt, closed toe shoes, hose, and minimal jewelry. No extreme heels, short skirts, low necklines or patterned hosiery. Unnecessary purses, bags or backpacks can be checked in at the coat check.


For men, a suit, a button-down white shirt, tie, sports jacket, slacks, and shined shoes will make the best impression. Do not carry backpacks with you while meeting with employers. Backpacks can be checked in at the coat check.


For more information on the Spring 2015 UK Employer Showcase and the other career-building services offered by the Stuckert Career Center, students can stop by or visit the center's webpage at


As part of the UK Division of Undergraduate Education, the James W. Stuckert Career Center mission is to prepare students to successfully connect with employers and post graduate educational opportunities. The Stuckert Career Center is here to help students explore their college major options and career goals, engage in the process of expanding their knowledge and experience of the work place, and to connect with those who can help students on their career path. For more information on the Stuckert Career Center and how the staff can provide assistance, visit



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These Twins Weren't Identical (But Only for Eight Weeks)

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 09:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) -- Jon Wes and Gardner Adams are 26-year old identical twins in every way. It's nearly impossible to tell them apart. Though a few people claim Jon Wes smiles more than Gardner, their mannerisms and speech are identical.


Widely proclaimed as "basically good kids," Jon Wes and Gardner didn't play many of the usual identical twin tricks on people, though they admit to switching team jerseys once or twice. Gardner says they've been pretty much attached at the hip since birth.  "We both share a love of God and baseball," he says.


But for eight weeks, they weren't identical.


An accomplished shortstop and pitcher, Jon played for Asbury College and now coaches there. Gardner, who also played baseball for Asbury, was drafted by the Atlanta Braves.  In top physical condition, both are avid runners, clocking 15-20 miles a week.


So it was a shock when one day last summer, Jon Wes drove to the Lexington Arboretum for his 8-mile run --  but left in an ambulance.


That evening, he began his usual route. But for the first time ever, he turned left instead of right -- a decision that saved his life.


Six miles into his route, Jon collapsed. His heart had stopped beating -- known as "sudden cardiac arrest." Because he had turned left that day, he collapsed in the middle of a concert. Some medical professionals in attendance began performing "Bystander CPR" to keep Jon alive. 


"Jon was very lucky to collapse where he did," says Dr. Alison Bailey, director of Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation at the Gill Heart Institute and the cardiologist who cared for Jon during his stay at UK HealthCare. "'Bystander CPR' kept him alive until emergency medical personnel arrived. It's unlikely he would be with us now without it."


An out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival double or triple if a bystander is trained in CPR. Unlike traditional CPR, which uses both chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing, Bystander CPR uses only chest compressions to keep blood circulating until emergency crews arrive. "By simplifying the process, it’s easier for people to remember and perform so that they will be less intimidated if they find themselves in an emergency situation," Dr. Bailey explains. "Research has shown that rhythmic chest compressions to the beat of the Bee Gee's tune 'Stayin' Alive' Hands-Only CPR demo video can deliver enough oxygen to keep the brain alive during the time the heart is not functioning."


According to the latest research, even school children can achieve acceptable levels of CPR skills proficiency in 30 minutes or less.


"In fact, many states now require high school students to learn Hands-Only CPR in order to graduate," says Bailey.  "Kentucky's legislature is re-considering the bill this spring, and we're hopeful that it will pass this time."


Meanwhile, Jon's family was becoming concerned that Jon hadn't returned home from his run.  Gardner met his parents at the Arboretum to look for Jon. Gardner said that at first he wasn't too concerned, since Jon sometimes hung out on a bench after his run, reading the Bible or people watching.


"We split up to search for him, and I was about a half a mile down the path when my phone rang," Gardner said.  "When my dad told me what had happened, the run back to the car was the fastest half mile I've ever done."


By the time his family arrived at UK Chandler Hospital, Jon was on a ventilator.  To protect Jon's brain from damage caused by a lack of oxygen during his cardiac arrest, Dr. Bailey used a procedure called therapeutic hypothermia, during which Jon was put into a medically induced coma and his body temperature was cooled temporarily. Jon awoke a few days later and has had a complete recovery. 


Tests would later confirm that Jon had Brugada Syndrome, a rare genetic disease that can cause ventricular fibrillation (a lethal arrhythmia) of the heart. Sudden cardiac arrest in Brugada Syndrome patients is relatively rare, but the risk is increased if a family member has had an abnormal rhythm. 


A team from the Gill Heart Institute implanted a device in Jon's chest that detects abnormal heart rhythms and will attempt to "shock" the heart back to a steady, normal heartbeat if this happens again.  It's a miniature version of the paddles doctors use to bring patients back to life in television dramas.  Jon will live with this internal cardiac defibrillator for the rest of his life, returning for battery changes and regular follow-up tests. 


By then, Dr. Bailey knew that Jon had a twin -- an identical twin.  She put Gardner through the same series of tests.  He had Brugada Syndrome as well.


Eight weeks after Jon Wes had surgery, Gardner went through the same procedure to implant an ICD.


His first words out of surgery: "Hey mom -- we're identical again."


"God answered a prayer that awful day in June," said Jon.  He's learned to appreciate every day instead of worrying about whether he was where he wanted to be or where he "should" be. And both he and Gardner have become advocates for Bystander CPR.  "Bystander CPR is what kept me alive, and in a way it saved Gardner's life as well," says Jon. 

Badger Awarded Highest Honor From Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 16:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2015) — Karen Badger, University of Kentucky assistant provost and associate dean in undergraduate education and associate professor in the College of Social Work, was recently honored for her service to the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and those impacted by burn injuries at the Phoenix World Burn Congress in Anaheim, California. Badger was awarded the Alan and Delwyn Breslau Award, the highest distinction the Phoenix Society can bestow.


In a letter to Badger, Phoenix Society President Patrick C. Horan said Badger was selected for her "enthusiastic and visionary service to the Phoenix Society and the burn community."


"Your work has helped thousands of burn survivors and the people who love them to begin to live again," wrote Horan. "Your dedication to the work of the Phoenix Society — from being an integral part of the Phoenix SOAR program as it relates to the fire service, to your efforts evaluating the efficiency of the Phoenix Society programs, and the unique perspective you bring as a researcher, mental health provider, and administrator — is appreciated and admired by the entire organization."


The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors offers peer support, education and advocacy to anyone affected by a burn injury, including burn survivors, their loved ones, firefighters, and medical teams across the country. In 2013, the society reached 48,000 people with their efforts.


Badger's work with the society includes collaborating with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Charitable Foundation and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to adapt the Phoenix SOAR® peer support program to better meet the needs of the fire service. She has also developed and led sessions at the Phoenix World Burn Congress and helped expand Phoenix World Burn Congress offerings for the fire service and their families, according to the Phoenix Burn Support Magazine.


After The Station nightclub fire in 2003, Badger worked with the Phoenix Society to construct and carry out a needs assessment. She has also evaluated programs such as Phoenix SOAR, Journey Back and UBelong, and has partnered with the society to present initiatives at national conferences and other forums. Badger has been a frequent contributor to Burn Support News (now Phoenix Burn Support Magazine), and has served as a member of the Aftercare Reintegration Committee, a joint effort of the American Burn Association (ABA) and the Phoenix Society.


"I am both honored and humbled to have received the Breslau Award from the Phoenix Society," Badger said.


"The award is meaningful to me for several reasons. It is given by the Phoenix Society, the principal nonprofit national organization established to address the needs of the burn community, for which I have deep respect and have had the privilege to work with for many years. The award honors its founders, Alan and Delwyn Breslau, who, following his own burn injury in 1963, recognized the need for and had the vision of such an organization, which was established in 1977.


"The award also emphasizes a 'collaborative spirit' and, although it is given to one individual, this focus recognizes that progress and accomplishments rarely come about because of the action of one person, but because of the work of many.  In accepting the award, I recognized I was sharing it with all of those dedicated people involved in all facets of the burn community that I have had the privilege to work with over the years," Badger said.    


At UK, Badger has served as the director of undergraduate studies in the College of Social Work, and has taught undergraduate and graduate social work courses in areas of ethics, civic engagement, practice, and administration and supervision. Her research at the university centers around undergraduate education and evaluation, as well as her current research efforts examining the psychosocial adjustment of burn survivors.


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Registration Now Available for UK Barnstable Brown Obesity & Diabetes Research Day set for May 20

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 14:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2015) -- Registration is now available for the fifth annual Barnstable Brown Obesity & Diabetes Research Day set for May 20, 2015, at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A.


The event is sponsored by the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center, Center of Research in Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease and the Nutrition and Oxidative Stress Training.


Researchers from the University of Kentucky and other regional institutes will share their current findings and ongoing research about the alarming rise in obesity and diabetes rates. Presenters will also discuss prevention and treatment of these epidemic-level diseases.


The program features presentations by nationally prominent physician-scientists, as well as regional researchers chosen from abstract submissions. This year's invited speakers include: Dr. Sudha Biddinger from Boston Children’s Hospital; Dr. Steven E. Kahn from University of Washington, Seattle; and Dr. Elif Oral from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Plenary sessions I and II will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; a poster session will be from 1 to 3 p.m.; and the Plenary Session III will be from 3 to 5 p.m. with all events in Pavilion A.  Additionally, an Awards Reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hilary J. Boone Center.


The abstract submission deadline is April 17 and the event registration deadline is April 25.  Registration and more information is available at


The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Research Center is a nationally and internationally recognized Center of Excellence in diabetes and obesity research. The center unites clinical care, research, education and advocacy to provide a comprehensive program to improve the lives of people living with diabetes.


 Currently, the Center has $24 million per year in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other funding agencies, including the Barnstable-Brown family. Research at the Barnstable Brown Center focuses on prevention and treatment of the disease and targets the various complications of diabetes. 




UK Center Releases Report on Kentucky's Economy

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 11:10

LEXINGTON, KY (Feb. 3, 2015) — Delivering its most optimistic forecast for Kentucky’s economy in recent memory, the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) — the applied economic research branch of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky — released its 43rd Kentucky Annual Economic Report today.


The report covers a variety of issues ranging from an economic forecast for Kentucky in 2015 to a comprehensive presentation of agricultural, community, economic, economic security, education, energy, environment, health, infrastructure, innovation, population, and public finance factors affecting Kentucky’s future economic prosperity. As a result, Gatton Endowed Professor of Economics and CBER Director Christopher Bollinger says, “The annual report will appeal to a broad spectrum of individuals — from business leaders to concerned citizens.”


Bollinger is the author of the report’s 2015 Kentucky economic forecast, and he is “generally upbeat” about the state’s economic prospects this year due to several economic trends moving in a positive direction.


“The state lost 169,000 jobs from the peak of the last economic expansion in December 2007 to the darkest days of February 2010 when job losses finally bottomed out,” said Bollinger. “Kentucky’s unemployment rate was 10 percent or higher from April 2009 to December 2010 — a 21-month period,” he notes. Since then employment levels have improved and in December 2014 Kentucky’s unemployment rate was estimated to be 5.7 percent. Bollinger anticipates it will more or less hold steady and is forecasting an unemployment rate for Kentucky in 2015 below 6 percent.


In addition to the economic forecast, there are more than 100 trends, forces and factors affecting Kentucky’s economy presented in the report. This includes, but is not limited to, data and information about Kentucky’s educational progress relative to the U.S. and neighboring states, health disparities across Kentucky, how the income distribution has changed over the last three decades in Kentucky compared to the U.S., the level of entrepreneurial activity in Kentucky compared to other states, and detailed information about factors affecting state taxes and revenue — which affects, of course, the provision of public services from health care to public safety to education.


The breadth of the annual report reflects the diversity of the collaborators who worked with CBER to produce it — including the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking or iNET, which is organized and staffed by the College of Communication and Information, and the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, which is part of the Gatton College of Business and Economics.


“The annual economic report contains a vast amount of information about the state’s economy that can be used by business leaders, policymakers and citizens to become better informed on economic issues,” said Gatton College Dean David Blackwell.


According to CBER Director Bollinger, “We have produced an annual report that paints a diverse and complicated picture of our state’s economy, its communities, and its citizens. Despite the constant change confronting us, there are timeless and enduring lessons. Pursuing educational excellence as well as economic innovation—since ideas, innovation, and intellectual capital form the foundation of the knowledge economy—is essential for Kentucky to improve its per capita income and achieve broad prosperity.”


The report is one of the many ways CBER fulfills its mandated mission as specified in the Kentucky Revised Statutes to examine various aspects of the Kentucky economy. CBER performs research projects for federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as for private-sector and nonprofit clients nationwide. 


Digital copies of the Center for Business and Economic Research 2015 Annual Economic Report can be obtained at the CBER Web site at or by calling 859-257-2912 or sending email to




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UK and UofL Teaming up to Save Money on Contracts

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 17:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2015) — The University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky are partnering to purchase scientific supplies—a move that will save thousands of dollars per year on items such as gloves, pipette tips, centrifuges and upright freezers.


The two research universities combined the volume of their laboratory supplies to negotiate a higher-value contract with VWR International, LLC, a global laboratory supply and distribution company. The contract became effective Jan. 1.


“This UK/UofL cooperation will bring huge savings to both of our schools each year on general everyday scientific supplies, consumables, equipment and furniture,” said Bill Harris, UK’s chief procurement officer.


Although UK and UofL negotiated separate contracts for their specific needs, the purchasing divisions from the two institutions worked together to establish an umbrella agreement with the vendor for additional discounts and enhanced services.  In addition, Kentucky’s other public colleges and universities can utilize the agreement to save on their scientific supplies.


“UofL and UK are pleased that we came up with this collaborative strategy to help not only our students, faculty and staff but potentially, our peers at other Kentucky institutions,” said David Martin, UofL’s director of Contract Administration and Procurement Services.


The contracts are for an initial 5-year term with the opportunity for extensions up to 10 years.


"VWR is honored to have been chosen as the primary laboratory supply distributor for the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky," said Cassey Cloninger, South Central U.S. Sales Director for VWR. "Due to the partnership of these two institutions, the research communities at both universities will benefit tremendously from this value added agreement." 




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UK Home to Many 2015 Inductees of Kentucky Writer's Hall of Fame

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2015) — Last week, the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in downtown Lexington held the third annual induction of the Kentucky Writer’s Hall of Fame. The writers recognized in this class include alumni and two former faculty members of the University of Kentucky, as well as the subject of a recent book by University Press of Kentucky.


Created in 2013, the Kentucky Writer's Hall of Fame recognizes Kentucky writers whose work reflects the character and culture of our Commonwealth, and educates Kentuckians about the state’s rich literary heritage.


This year’s inductees have been described as "eloquent, inspirational and sometimes downright outrageous" by the Hall of Fame founder and Carnegie Center Executive Director Neil Chethik. The writers honored are: UK alumnus and former faculty member Wendell Berry, UK alumna Elizabeth Hardwick, Effie Waller Smith, Jim Wayne Miller, former UK faculty member Guy Davenport and Hunter S. Thompson.


The University Press of Kentucky (UPK) recently published a posthumous collection of the work of new inductee Jim Wayne Miller. "Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader," edited by alumnus and UK Graduate School Assistant Dean Morris Allen Grubbs and Mary Ellen Miller, gathers essential selections from the beloved author’s oeuvre. Highlights from the volume include touchstone poems and stories; seminal articles; a rare autobiographical essay; a commencement address; and an excerpt from the previously unpublished short story “Truth and Fiction.”


Both of the "Every Leaf a Mirror" editors attended the ceremony, which included a short reading by Mary Ellen Miller, Jim Wayne’s widow. "I don’t believe I’ve ever been asked to accept an award on behalf of Jim before. I’m honored that the first one is the best one."


UPK has also worked with poet and former UK creative writing professor Wendell Berry, the first living writer to be inducted. Berry has published one book with UPK based on his UK College of Arts and Sciences Blazer Lecture on the same topic, "Harlan Hubbard: Life and Work"; written many forwards and chapters for books; and served on the advisory board for the publisher's Culture of the Land series. He is also one of four of this year’s inductees who is featured in "Home and Beyond: An Anthology of Kentucky Short Stories," also edited by Grubbs. In addition to Berry’s “That Distant Land” (1986), the collection includes Elizabeth Hardwick’s “Evenings at Home” (1948), Jim Wayne Miller’s “The Taste of lronwater” (1969) and Guy Davenport’s “Belinda’s World Tour” (1993).


Davenport, author, poet, painter and critic, retired in 1990 as a UK Distinguished Alumni Professor of English. The same year he joined UK's faculty, 1963, he published a book on Harvard University’s natural philosopher Louis Agassiz, followed by several volumes of poetry, translations of works from classical Greek authors and essays on modernist poets. In 1974, Scribner’s published his first collection of short stories titled “Tatlin!” A second collection of short stories, “DaVinci’s Bicycle,” was published in 1979. “Eclogues” appeared in 1981 as well as a collection of 40 essays, “Geography of the Imagination.” Davenport was an award recipient of the O. Henry Award for short stories, the 1981 Morton Douwen Zabel award for fiction from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, translation awards from PEN and the Academy of American Poets, and the Leviton-Blumenthal Prize for poetry.


Elizabeth Hardwick earned her bachelor's degree from UK in 1938 and a master's degree the following year. The novelist, short story writer and critic founded The New York Review of Books with her husband, poet Robert Lowell. Her novels include "The Ghostly Lover" (1945), "The Simple Truth" (1955) and "Sleepless Nights." She also published four books of criticism and a collection of her short stories was published in "The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick" in 2010.


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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