LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2014) — University of Kentucky Police officers and other law enforcement officers from around Kentucky participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Kentucky Friday, June 6. The torch run, which raises funds for and of awareness of Special Olympics, began in Georgetown, followed by Frankfort and Lexington and ended in Richmond, where the Special Olympics Kentucky Summer Games were held over the weekend.
In the Lexington leg of the run, officers ran from UK's Main Building to the UK Wildcat Alumni Plaza on Avenue of Champions where UK President Eli Capilouto, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, UK Police Chief Joe Monroe, Lexington Public Safety Commissioner Clay Mason, Lexington Assistant Police Chief Mark Barnard and Scott Teal, special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, spoke to the runners.
"As law enforcement officials from across the Commonwealth, you protect and serve your communities every day – a debt for which countless people are deeply grateful," said Capilouto. "Just as you knit your communities together as public servants, so too does the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Representatives from Covington to Russellville, from Lexington to Louisville, and small towns in between come together to represent a single Commonwealth united for a single cause."
In addition to carrying the “Flame of Hope,” the LETR includes various fundraising activities year-round involving law enforcement officials around the state. Law Enforcement volunteers annually raise more than $160,000 to support Special Olympics programs
Chief Monroe said community service is important to the UK Police Department, and Special Olympics Kentucky has been a particularly important fundraising effort for UKPD.
"I really can't say enough about these young athletes," Monroe said. They are great kids and an inspiration to us all."
UK's participation in the torch run was coordinated by UK Police Lt. Robert Turner. Runners included Capt. Bill Webb, Ofc. Laura Andrews, Ofc. Mike Scott, Ofc. Zach Downing, Ofc. Jennifer Malgar, Ofc. David Duncan and Ofc. Vaun Brannock.
UK Police personnel have participated in several LETR events to support Special Olympics including most recently Tip-A-Cop, where law enforcement volunteers help serve in partner restaurants for additional "tips" that fund Special Olympic events. Also, UK Police will be involved in Cops on Doughnut Shops this later this week, an event where law enforcement volunteers take to the roofs of Krispy Kreme Doughnut shops to raise funds.
Special Olympics Kentucky is celebrating 44 years of changing lives. The program was founded in 1970 and has held statewide competitions since 1972. Throughout that time, Special Olympics Kentucky has been a leading advocate for people with intellectual disabilities in the state. The program currently serves more than 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities in Kentucky and offers year-round sports training and competition in 15 sports. Special Olympics Kentucky also offers health screening opportunities and leadership training programs for athletes and early childhood development programs.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2014) — Debra Moser, professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, has been awarded a prestigious Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Grant (PCORI) to advance her research in risk-reducing interventions for cardiovascular disease in Kentucky’s Appalachian region.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is authorized by Congress to conduct research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make more informed decisions. PCORI’s research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment and care options available, and the science that supports those options.
The $2.1 million grant will be distributed over the next three years.
Appalachian Kentucky is in the top 1 percent of the nation in cardiovascular disease (CVD) morbidity and mortality, placing it among the worst CVD health disparity areas in the U.S. Individuals in Appalachian Kentucky have extremely high risks of multiple CVD risk factors, amplified by the distressed environment. Moser's research will focus on interventions individualized to patients' specific needs and barriers to success.
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Ad for "It's a Grand Night for Singing!" 2014. A transcript of this video can be found here. Video courtesy of UK Opera Theatre.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2014) — Guaranteed to have you singing and dancing in your seats, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre presents the 22nd annual “It’s a Grand Night for Singing!” Executive Producer and Music Director Everett McCorvey brings together a company of more than 100 performers to present the best of Broadway, cinema and Billboard hits June 13-22, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.
The continued popularity of the annual musical revue is a bit surprising to McCorvey. "Wow, that's amazing to me. I pinch myself when I think about it. We started it 22 years ago as a way of giving our opera singers a broader perspective of the business," said McCorvey in an interview with WUKY's Josh James. The tenor and educator speaks from personal experience as he worked on Broadway, in the movies and at the Metropolitan Opera when starting out in New York City.
For 2014, stage director Peggy Stamps and choreographers Jeromy and Lyndy Franklin Smith, instructors at UK Department of Theatre, return to stage popular numbers with the 100+ cast of hits from “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Book of Mormon,” “The Fiddler on the Roof” and Disney’s “Frozen.”
Students from UK Opera Theatre will again join forces with members of the Lexington community to perform the annual town-and-gown revue. Audience favorites returning to the stage include UK alumnus Gregory Turay, Alicia Helm McCorvey, Ron Wilbur of “Sing-Off” acoUstiKats fame, Zack Morris and Gabrielle Barker from UK's production of “Les Misérables,” and Lexington actor Robert Parks Johnson.
One special treat audiences have come to love and will enjoy again this year is when Everett joins his wife, Alicia, for a performance. "We always have fun doing duets together. She is a fantastic performer and I love performing with her," said Everett in the WUKY interview.
Showtimes for the six performances of "Grand Night" are 7:30 p.m., June 13, 14, 20 and 21, and 2 p.m., June 15 and 22.
"Grand Night" tickets are $15-$45 plus applicable fees. Each performance will also have a limited number of select seats available to UK staff for only $25. The special staff price is presented in memory of Russ Williams, the university's first representative of the staff on UK's Board of Trustees who died in 2009. Tickets are available through the Singletary Center ticket office, by phone at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com or in person at the venue.
UK Opera Theatre is one of a select group of U.S. opera training programs recommended by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. The Tucker Foundation is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the careers of talented American opera singers by bringing opera into the community and heightening appreciation for opera by supporting music education enrichment programs.
The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2014) — Thirteen talented trumpet students from the University of Kentucky School of Music recently took the stage at the 39th annual Conference of the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) held in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Out of the 13 students, 12 performed as members of the UK Trumpet Ensemble and 10 performed as members of the UK Baroque (valveless) Trumpet Ensemble, both under the direction of Jason Dovel, assistant professor of trumpet in the UK School of Music.
The UK Trumpet Ensemble performed Dovel's arrangement of Giovanni Gabrieli's “Canzona Segunda,” as well as George Gershwin's “Summertime.” The baroque ensemble performed David Buhl's “Military Fanfare,” an anonymously composed "Sonata Tedesche da Tromba," and Cesare Bendeinelli's Sonata No. 336.
UK trumpet students who performed at the ITG conference included:
· Michael Cotten, a music education junior from Harrodsburg, Ky.;
· Robbie Elliot, a music education senior from Lexington;
· Phillip Chase Hawkins, a graduate student from Moore, S.C.;
· Caden Holmes, a music performance and music education sophomore from Hanson, Ky.;
· Conner Kinmon, a music education junior from Williamstown, Ky.;
· Rui Li, a doctoral candidate from Baotou City, Inner Mongolia, China;
· Matthew McMahon, an arts administration sophomore from Fairfax, Va.;
· Sabrina Musick, a music education junior from Shelbiana, Ky.;
· Katie Safa, a music education and Spanish senior from Zionsville, Ind.;
· Tyler Simms, a music education senior from Madisonville, Ky.;
· Steve Slabaugh, a doctoral candidate from Nappanee, Ind.;
· Jared Wallis, a music performance senior from Talala, Okla.; and
· Callista Whorf, an agricultural biotechnology and psychology senior from Crestwood, Ky.
In addition to their performances with both UK trumpet ensembles, students also performed in other groups and received accolades from ITG.
Hawkins, Elliot and Safa performed in the Festival of Trumpets Concert and Safa also participated in the premiere of Eric Ewazen's “Olcott Overture.” Throughout the week Li assisted with the presentation of Bill Pfund Trumpets and at the awards banquet, Holmes received the ITG Legacy Scholarship.
Dovel also had an active role in the conference. In addition to directing the two UK trumpet ensembles, he chaired the ITG Solo Competition, conducted four of his own pieces in the Festival of Trumpets Concert, and served as an official conference reporter for the event. Dovel also performed in the conference’s closing concert with world-renowned trumpeters including Friedemann Immer, Crispian Steele-Perkins and Gabriele Cassone.
UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has achieved awards and national and international recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as for music education, composition, theory and music history.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2014) — A local documentary telling the stories of eight UK HealthCare organ donation recipients who expressed their transplant journeys through art has earned honors from the television industry.
"Body Maps: Transplantation Inside and Out," presented by the Lexington Public Library and Kentucky Organ Donation Affliliates, was recently awarded a bronze Telly Award. Telly Awards honor the year's best films and video productions as well as outstanding local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs. The documentary also received a nomination for an Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award, which will be presented in August.
In February 2013, eight UK HealthCare organ donation recipients participated in a body mapping workshop at the Tuska Center for Contemporary Art in the UK Fine Arts Building. Body mapping is an art therapy exercise in which participants communicate their stories through pictures, words and symbols on a life-size canvass of their bodies. Belgium artist Xavier Verhoest, who developed the body mapping workshop for people with HIV/AIDS in South Africa, led the four-day UK workshop. The workshop was organized as a joint effort by UK Arts in HealthCare, UK College of Fine Arts, UK School of Art and Visual Studies, the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, the Ruth Hunt Wood Foundation and the Art2Be organization.
The body maps of all eight patients were displayed at an exhibit in the UK Chandler Hospital in February 2013. After seeing the body maps at a Lexington Public Library exhibit the following April, film editor and director Thomas Southerland was inspired to create a documentary. He debuted the program in September 2013.
"It feels great — like the culmination of a lot of hard work," Southerland said of receiving national recognition for the documentary. "Most importantly, it's just shining a light on organ donation and the importance of it. If one person signs up for the organ registry because of this film, then I am happy."
To watch the documentary, check airing times on the channel 20 television schedule at www.lexpublib.org/cc20. KET will also air the program starting in August with specific times to be announced.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 6, 2014) — WUKY, the University of Kentucky's NPR station, will help usher in Best of Bluegrass, also commonly referred to as BOB, Monday, June 9 through Saturday, June 14. As a prelude to the Festival of the Bluegrass, BOB features several bluegrass music artists performing at various downtown Lexington venues as well as the Kentucky Horse Park. WUKY and other public broadcasters will broadcast and live-stream several of their performances.
Best of Bluegrass began last year as a way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Festival of the Bluegrass, the oldest bluegrass music festival in Kentucky, taking place at the Kentucky Horse Park June 12-15. Developed initially by the Lexington Area Music Alliance (LAMA), BOB will also bring numerous street performers during selected hours to the downtown area. LAMA and BOB committee member Tom Martin also lauded the on-going level of volunteer and city cooperation.
“This is a great example of how like-minded people, local businesses and the local government can work together to create something special,” Martin said.
The Best of Bluegrass line-up and the events featured on WUKY:
Monday, June 9
· Special Consensus on WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour
7 p.m., The Lyric Theater — ticketed: $10 admission, WoodSongs Partners admitted free
· Town Mountain & Lonesome River Band
8 p.m., Natasha’s — Free
WUKY live streams on www.wuky.org
Tuesday, June 10
7 p.m., Southland Jamboree, Southland Drive — Free
· The Roys
8 p.m., Willie’s Locally Known — Free
· Blind Corn Liquor Pickers & Blind Ricky
8 p.m., Al’s Bar — Free
Wednesday, June 11
· The Misty Mountain String Band
6 p.m., Red Barn Radio, ArtsPlace — Free
· Larry Cordle
8 p.m., Parlay Social — Free
WUKY live streams (if have wired broadband, not Wi-Fi) on www.wuky.org
· Local Honeys & Steep Canyon Rangers
9 p.m., Paulie’s Toasted Barrel — Free
Thursday, June 12
· Dale Ann Bradley
5:30, Thursday Night Live at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park— Free
· Stone Cold Grass
8 p.m., Parlay Social — Free
WUKY live streams (if have wired broadband, not Wi-Fi) on www.wuky.org
· The Bartley Brothers
8 p.m., Redmon’s — Free
For more information about BOB, visit www.bluegrasslex.com or www.wuky.org. For more information on the Festival of the Bluegrass at the Kentucky Horse Park, visit: http://festivalofthebluegrass.com/.
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To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/balancing-athletics-and-academics.
"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 6, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Fine Arts Institute returns again this summer to offer noncredit classes and workshops for adults in the community who wish to further their artistic talents. Designed to fit into most people's working schedules, these noncredit art courses are meant to explore different aspects of creativity and span many different disciplines.
Courses range from four to nine weeks and individual class sessions last around three hours per meeting. The Fine Arts Institute also offers a handful of one-day workshops throughout the summer for those who cannot fit a weekly course into their schedules.
The earliest courses begin the week of June 8, with other classes beginning and ending throughout the summer. The entire summer program will be completed Aug. 27.
The weekly classes being offered this summer include:
· "Beginning to Draw" with Christine Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Mondays, beginning June 9, $180;
· "Ceramics" with Jill Stofer, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning June 10, $250;
· "Beginning to Paint" with Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning June 10, $180;
· "Mold Making and Metal Casting" with Jeremy Colbert, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning July 8, $200;
· "Continuing to Paint" with Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning June 11, $180;
· "3-D Design and Digital Fabrication" with Derek Eggers, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning June 11, $360;
· "Beginning Photoshop" with Lennon Michalski, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting July 8, $140; and
· "Beginning Metal Working" with Colbert, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning June 12, $250
For those interested in a one-day workshop, the summer 2014 workshops are:
· "Digital Photography Composition and Creativity" with Michalski, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28; or Saturday, July 19; or Saturday, Aug. 2, $80;
· "Advanced Digital Photography and Studio Lighting" with Michalski and Shelly Petty, 3-8 p.m. Friday, June 27; or 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 26; or 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, $100; and
· "Advanced Digital Photography and Outdoor Portraits" with Michalski and Petty, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 27.
The Fine Arts Institute is an outreach program at the UK School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts. It demonstrates all the resources and classrooms that the school has to offer through noncredit art classes. All courses and workshops are open to the public and not restricted to students of the university.
For more information, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/art/FAI.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Advising Network recently hosted its fifth annual Day of Service May 16th. Each year the network selects a local organization to give back to in the Lexington community.
This year, 48 members of the UK Advising Network volunteered to serve Bluegrass Greensource, a nonprofit organization that provides education and resources on how we affect our environment. Since 2001, the nonprofit has provided outreach to schools, community groups, businesses, local government and citizens throughout Central Kentucky.
UK Advising Network volunteers worked in several areas of environment conservancy.
The first two groups assigned to the Clays Mill neighborhood and Southland Park or the Meadows neighborhood and Castlewood Park distributed door hangers with information about the safe disposal of fat, oil and grease and also gave out FOG lids. These lids can be used to cover a can containing those products until it can cool and thicken where it can be thrown in the trash.
"This is much better for the environment than pouring it down a drain where it would clog city sewers," says Ryan Sallee, advisor for Undergraduate Studies. "Once all the door hangers and lids were distributed, the group picked up litter in their respective areas."
The third group went to the main office of Bluegrass Greensource and performed a number of tasks to assist with their educational outreach programming, which included cleaning and checking a variety of equipment used in programs aimed at teaching children to be friends of the environment.
After the community service was completed, the groups returned to campus and had lunch at E.S. Good Barn, where they listened to a presentation given by Brian Lee, from the Department of Landscape Architecture, on the UK Rain Garden, located behind the Gluck Equine Research Center. The garden is designed to manage rainwater runoff in an environmentally responsible manner, and was designed and constructed by UK faculty and students.
Members of the UK Advising Network generally cannot participate in the university's annual FUSION day of service due to advising responsibilities during K Week, so the network came up with the idea of doing their own service day following the end of every school year.
For more information about Bluegrass Greensource, visit www.bggreensource.org.
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This year's event marks the 4th annual triathlon, sponsored by Clark Forklifts. The event began at 6 a.m. Friday at Spindletop Hall, and athletes are swimming for 2.5 hours, biking for 12.5 hours and then running overnight for 12 hours, finishing at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Heron is the founder of the non-profit organization Tri 4 Freedom and a full time UK employee. Her triathlon is 27 hours long to honor the 27 million human beings that are enslaved today around the world.
A Fair Trade Festival is also part of this event for the fourth year in a row. This evening, 6 to 10 p.m., visitors are invited to shop and enjoy themselves while supporting their triathletes.
“We welcome supporters to come out to Spindletop to do some fair trade shopping, have a local West 6th craft beer, and cheer for the athletes," Heron said.
There will be food for sale, a cash bar and DJ Stizz mixing up the music. Vendors selling fair trade goods include Lucia’s World Friendly Boutique, Valley Park Crochet Kitchen and LexSews.
The 27-Hour Triathlon began in 2011 as a solo effort and has grown to more than 130 participants this year, including more than 30 UK employees. UK teams include physiology, CBlueTri and Smiley’s Garage.
Earlier this year, Tri 4 Freedom, in partnership with Lamar Advertising, designed a billboard to give victims of human trafficking a chance to reach assistance. The billboard is located on Paris Pike just south of the I-64 exit.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 6, 2014) - Charles Wright, postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has received The Loris and David Rich Postdoctoral Scholar Award from the International Retina Research Foundation (IRRF).
The Loris and David Rich Postdoctoral Scholar Award is one of three IRRF Scholar Awards that have been designated in honor of individuals who played a critical role in the development of the International Retinal Research Foundation and are meant to serve as a memorial to their efforts. Additionally, the awards were established to provide salary and research support in the amount of $35,000 per year for a postdoctoral scholar nearing the end of his/her training.
Wright studies age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the laboratories of Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati and Dr. Bradley Gelfand. Under the direction of both Ambati and Gelfand, Wright will study how aberrant blood vessels invade the eye during neovascular (or “wet”) AMD. It is not currently understood how the more common non-neovascular (or “dry”) AMD progresses to the more devastating neovascular AMD, but Wright hopes this award will help in the investigation of that process.
The mission of the Retina Research Foundation is to reduce retinal blindness worldwide by funding programs in research and education. As a public charity, RRF raises funds from the private sector and the investment of its endowment funds.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's "BBNunited" campaign not only garnered support from the state legislature for self-financing three facilities projects on campus, but has gained national recognition from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). "BBNunited" was awarded the Silver Award in the advocacy campaigns category of CASE's Circle of Excellence program.
"BBNunited" was launched as a campaign to gain support from the state legislature and the Big Blue Nation to self-finance renovation and expansion of the Gatton College of Business and Economics Building and Commonwealth Stadium and the E.J. Nutter Training Facility, and construction of a new academic science building.
The campaign involves a website dedicated to the initiative, www.BBNunited.com, which allows visitors to voice their support, stay informed, and learn facts from fiction, plans for the new facilities, and updates on those efforts. The campaign also utilizes social media outlets, www.facebook.com/BBNunited and @BBNunited on Twitter.
The campaign also recently won a public affairs award from the Bluegrass chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
In January of 2013, Gov. Steve Beshear and more than 30 legislators announced their support for UK’s self-financed projects and in February of the same year, legislation was filed to authorize UK to move forward with self-financing of $275 million in those three facilities.
Based on its success reaching and motivating the state legislature and other external constituencies, "BBNunited" won the Silver Award in the advocacy category of CASE's Circle of Excellence awards program. Advocacy campaigns were judged on:
· solid objectives and how they support the institution's mission;
· effective planning;
· need for the campaign/project;
· understanding of the target audiences(s);
· innovative and creative ideas;
· use of available resources; and
· results and impact of the project on the institution.
Circle of Excellence awards acknowledge superior accomplishments that have lasting impact, demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and deliver exceptional results, according to CASE's website.
CASE, an international membership association, advances and supports educational institutions by providing knowledge, standards, advocacy and training designed to strengthen the combined efforts of alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and allied professionals.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2014) — WUKY, 91.3 FM, was named one of Paste Magazine's top-10 public radio stations you wished were in your town. The online magazine describes the 10 stations as having "consistently great programming, great hosts, and even some local flavor."
Paste, which covers music, movies, TV, games, books, technology, and other pop-culture topics, offered a synopsis of what makes each of the top-10 stations unique. Paste wrote about WUKY, the University of Kentucky's NPR station:
"What makes it unique: The first university-owned radio station in the country, WUKY buzzed over the airwaves for the first time in 1940 from the University of Kentucky campus. Since then, the station has placed a heavy emphasis on local gatherings like the quint-annual Gallery Hop and the Bluegrass Mud Run. They also make sure grads of the University inherit their rich heritage, one example being DeBraun Thomas’ revival of the Crunkadelic Funk Show."
WUKY General Manager Tom Godell said he and his staff are thrilled by the endorsement. "This is really cool! I had no idea we were on their radar. This affirms what we are doing with our programming -- providing the best in music and information while promoting all the great things Lexington and Central Kentucky have to offer."
The only public radio station in Kentucky to make Paste's top-10 list, WUKY is listed among public stations in major markets such as Pittsburgh, Seattle, New York, Kansas City and Denver.
Since its inception in 2002, Paste has grown to more than 3 million unique monthly visitors, and its highly engaged audience (including 180,000+ Twitter followers) looks to PasteMagazine.com to discover the "Best of What’s Next" in music, film, books, games and television. The website and its former print companion (published 2002-2010) have won numerous awards, including three National Magazine Award nominations for general excellence, dozens of Plug, Folio and Gamma Awards.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2014) —When you ask UK alum and former astronaut Story Musgrave about being the only person to have traveled to space in five different shuttles, he hesitates.
"I never come for a triumph, I come for tomorrow," said the 80-year-old in a recent interview.
That attitude propelled Musgrave to a career that has led him to succeed in a wide range of fields – from serving in the Marines to scientific research to practicing medicine to teaching to space exploration, just to name a few.
"It’s about what you do next," Musgrave said. "You’re either a person who wants to keep developing, keep growing and looking for the next mountain to climb, or you let it go. I don’t know any other world."
In the mid 1960s, The University of Kentucky served as one of those mountains to climb when the Massachusetts native had just earned his doctorate in medicine from Columbia University.
"I fell in love with the Bluegrass as a teenager, so I said to myself, ‘next time in my professional career, if there’s a chance, I’m going to come back,’ and I did," Musgrave said.
He was part of the surgical internship program at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital when he spotted a flier about a new space scientist program at NASA.
"I read that and I said, ‘that’s me’," said Musgrave. "Everything I did in my life will fit in that job.
So he joined UK’s Department of Physiology as a fellow in preparation for the space program. Meanwhile, Musgrave used his spare time to hone his flying skills at Lexington’s Bluegrass Airport.
"That was when my flying career blossomed, and I got serious and became a professional," he said. "So thanks to the airport, along with what I did at the university, when it came time to go into space, I was ready. "
"We were the first class of that kind but we ended up functioning like anyone else," Musgrave said. "All the various missions I got, I wasn’t too much a scientist, I just got the job done."
The jobs piled up during his time there. According to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Musgrave spent a total of 1,281 hours 59 minutes, 22 seconds in space on board the Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, Endeavor and Columbia. The view from above never lost its luster.
"Most of the time you don’t need to know where you are," said Musgrave. "It’s not part of the mission to know where you are because you’re not tied to the earth, but you get to the window and you say ‘where am I?’ and that’s nice because this geography is very beautiful. "
It is a picture in his mind that few others have.
"You start with a geography book in your head, but then you replace it with a real picture," Musgrave said. "Before you go into space you imagine Earth in your memory as a geography book, but then the real thing replaces the geography book."
He worked a great deal back on Earth, too, designing and developing the extravehicular activity for the space shuttles including the spacesuits he and his colleagues would wear in 1993 when they made critical repairs to the Hubble Telescope.
"You don’t have the same body in zero gravity, so I knew how to make working in a bulky suit easier," Musgrave said. "You just had to pay attention to the details. How do you change out memory chips looking like this? How do you change out motherboards? You just keep working out details."
Musgrave and his colleagues completed space walks in the suits to successfully bring Hubble back to its full capabilities on that mission. It is just one of many feats he accomplished during his storied career at NASA.
Despite only spending a relatively short time at UK as an intern, fellow and teaching for several years, he makes it clear his time in Lexington and the people he encountered greatly impacted his life.
"They helped me get in my surgical training, my education in space flight physiology, flying out at Bluegrass Field; so when space came along, I had it all!"
But perhaps what made the largest impact on Musgrave is the people he formed relationships with while he was at UK. He tells the story of having to break the news to his mentor, Dr. Ben Eiseman, that he would be leaving the program at the end of the year.
"I said, ‘I’m going to space sir,’ and do you know what he said?"" He said, ‘how can I help?’ in a flash without even thinking. That is kind of the encouragement, that is the kind of help you need," Musgrave said
Today, Musgrave shares his own encouragement with children of all ages. His advice boils down to this: "It’s one step at a time". "You keep building skill sets and asking yourself ‘what’s the next mountain to climb?’"
Watch the video above to see actual NASA footage of Musgrave in space during his several missions.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2014) -- Dr. Darren L. Johnson, professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and chair of Sports Medicine at the University of Kentucky, was named one of the top 28 sports knee surgeons in North America by Orthopedics This Week, the most widely read publication in the orthopedics industry.
The list was compiled from the recommendations of thought leaders in the field of sports medicine. Johnson is considered a physician who follows his patients closely, is very scientific, and is extremely honest about his research results.
Johnson earned his medical degree at UCLA and began his UK career in 1993. He currently serves as director of sports medicine and head orthopedic surgeon for the Kentucky Wildcats. He has been awarded several honors during his career, including 2012 SEC Physician of the Year, being selected for Castle Connelly America's Top Doctors List annually from 2002 to 2012, and being selected for the 2013 Orthopedics This Week list of top sports medicine specialists.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 6, 2014) — Tonight will be a big evening for two longtime members of the University of Kentucky Athletics Training staff and a University Health Service physician who regularly works with the UK Athletics program.
Keith Webster will be inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Trainers Society (KATS) Hall of Fame. Jim Madaleno will be honored as this year's KATS Kentucky Collegiate Athletic Trainer of the Year. And, Dr. Scott Black will receive recognition from KATS as the Sports Medicine Person of the Year.
The awards will be presented as part of the 2014 KATS Annual Members Meeting and Symposium being held in Lexington today and tomorrow.
Webster, head athletic trainer for administration and an adjunct faculty member in the College of Health Sciences, has been at UK since 1997. He is responsible for coordinating resources from UK HealthCare for Wildcat student-athletes and supervises one full-time and six licensed graduate assistant athletic trainers as they provide daily coverage for 10 sports. Webster has received a number of awards on the national, regional and state levels. He served as a chief athletic trainer at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga.
"It is a true honor to be inducted into the KATS Hall of Fame," Webster said. "Being recognized by the many friends and colleagues I've met in the 29 years practicing in the state is a real highlight of my career."
Madaleno, director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer for football, also has been at UK since 1997. A part of the staff for seven bowl teams during his time with the Wildcats, Madaleno was elected as president of the Southeastern Conference Sports Medicine Committee last year.
"I am very humbled by this award," Madaleno said. "To be honored by your peers means so much. The athletic training profession is a rewarding one, knowing that we have an impact on a young person's life. What an awesome responsibility."
Black, who is medical director of employee health at UK, also serves as a team physician for UK Athletics. A native of Barbourville, he earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from UK.
"I am very appreciative of this award," Black said. "I have a great deal of respect for athletic trainers. They are the front-line, first responders for sports medicine and rarely get the credit they deserve. To be chosen for this honor means a great deal to me."
KATS President Rob Ullery had words of praise for the honorees.
"Both of the athletic trainers being honored are pillars in the profession," said Ullery. "Keith and Jim are well respected not only locally, but nationally as well. I cannot think of two more deserving individuals than Keith and Jim. Dr. Black has contributed greatly to our legislative efforts in Frankfort and works tirelessly on behalf of student-athletes at UK and across the state.
"Kentucky should be proud to call all three of these individuals our own."
Other highlights of this year's KATS conference include UK HealthCare Sports Medicine's Dr. Darren Johnson moderating a session of clinical case presentations, and National Athletic Trainers Association President Jim Thornton will deliver the keynote address.
Continuing education units will be available.
More information is available at the KATS website www.kyats.com.
MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; Allison Perry, 859-323-2399.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2014) — One of University of Kentucky’s very own returns to the Carnegie Hall stage less than six months since his last performance at the prestigious music venue. Jefferson Johnson, artistic director of The Lexington Singers and choral activities director at UK School of Music, will make his debut in The Distinguished Concerts International New York series conducting The Lexington Singers beginning 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.
Johnson is no newcomer to Carnegie Hall as he conducted the National Festival Chorus in a concert this past February. Active on UK’s campus, he is a professor in the UK College of Fine Arts teaching advanced choral methods and literature and choral conducting. In addition, he directs the graduate program in choral music at UK School of Music and conducts UK Chorale and UK Men’s Chorus. He is also the founder and director of the popular university male a cappella group, the acoUstiKats.
Outside of UK, Johnson is an adjudicator and guest conductor for many high school and collegiate choirs throughout the country conducting honor choruses in 30 states. He has appeared as a featured clinician at American Choral Directors Association and MENC (National Association for Music Education) conventions across America. His debut at Carnegie Hall was in 1999 conducting The Lexington Singers in a performance of Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem.”
Under Johnson’s direction, The Lexington Singers will join forces with singers from Florida, New York and Vancouver in an innovative work called “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” that blends the classical mass with bluegrass music. Special guests, Dailey and Vincent, who are hailed as “the rock stars of bluegrass” by CMT.com, will also accompany the choral ensemble on stage. The group has won seven International Bluegrass Music Awards, including Entertainers of the Year, and has worked with such legends as Ricky Skaggs and Doyle Lawson.
The Lexington Singers first formed in 1959 when choral experienced men and women decided Lexington needed a community chorus. Phyllis Jenness of UK Music Department was the founding director, followed by James Ross Beane. The Lexington Singers first took the stage at Carnegie Hall in January 1967 under Jenness. Then returned in March 1999 led by Johnson.
Tickets for the concert featuring The Lexington Singers and Dailey and Vincent conducted by Johnson, range from $20-$100 based on seating, and can be purchased online through carnegiehall.org or by phone at 212-247-7800.
MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; email@example.com
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2014) — Beginning this fall, students enrolled in the University of Kentucky’s equine science and management undergraduate degree program will have the ability to better customize their college experience to match their interests and career aspirations.
Since its launch in 2007 and official implementation in 2009, the four-year, science-based degree program’s curriculum has featured two main tracks for students — science and management. Under the new curriculum structure, which was approved by the university in May, students will be able to choose among four emphasis areas to better tailor their education to their interests and career goals. Those emphasis areas are equine science, business, community leadership and development, and forages/pasture management.
According to Bob Coleman, director of undergraduate studies in equine science and management, the change has been two years in the making.
“As we hit the five-year mark of the program, we re-examined the curriculum to see if it was best meeting our students’ needs,” he said. “Are they on track? Are we preparing them for life after college?”
The result was a shift in how students could map out their courses during their undergraduate years.
“Students are now able to design a curriculum that best fits their interests and will enhance their prospects within the horse industry’s diverse career opportunities,” Coleman said. “They will get to align their passions and interests with their education, which we expect will ultimately enhance their skill set and knowledge base.”
Incoming freshmen and transfer students will automatically follow the new plan this fall. Current students will be given the option to switch to the new curriculum or stay on their current path after they weigh the benefits and their options.
The update results in students taking one less biology course, and choosing emphasis courses instead of completing 21 credit hours from a set list. They can also select multiple emphasis areas to highlight, which may be important to them as they pursue careers after graduation. To obtain recognition for completing an emphasis area, students must take nine credit hours in that area, in addition to 12 additional credits from other emphasis areas.
“There are a lot of details in any curriculum, but the essential element, to me, is its location at a state land-grant university in the Horse Capital of the World,” said Nancy Cox, dean of UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “Our industry partners have embraced this program and have contributed invaluably to our students’ real-world education.”
The equine science option will provide students with a strong background in basic sciences, preparing them for graduate school or careers that include laboratory research assistants, breeding technicians, pharmaceutical sales representatives or technical representatives for the feed industry.
The business option will help students learn skills related to marketing, operations and management of equine businesses, preparing them for careers as farm managers, as well as business managers for equine enterprises, breed associations and sales associates. This area also introduces them to the diversity of the equine industry through courses in equine law, sales, careers, event planning, marketing and human resources.
Community leadership and development is an area for students who are interested in leadership roles in business, breed associations or nonprofit equine organizations and Cooperative Extension. Courses in this emphasis area will enhance their communication skills and bolster their awareness about community dynamics, leadership development and agriculture communication.
Finally, in the forages/pasture management option, students will obtain knowledge in agronomic practices. This area will prepare students for careers related to general horse farm management or graduate school. These students will take courses in soil composition and fertility, forages, weed identification and control and pest management.
“The equine industry is more than just working on a breeding or training farm. Thus, we have designed a curriculum that will allow students to be employed in many of the diverse areas of the horse industry,” said Ed Squires, executive director of the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation, past UK Ag Equine Programs director and former chair of the equine curriculum committee, which was instrumental in navigating the approval process for the new curriculum. “We have added numerous new equine courses that broaden students’ experiences. This new curriculum is sure to attract students that have a broad interest in the horse industry.”
UK currently has 265 students enrolled in this undergraduate degree program, and expects the number of new students this fall to be in line with previous years, meaning there could be upward of 350 students in the program after the fall semester’s numbers are tabulated. Currently, approximately 65 percent of the program’s students come from outside Kentucky. Almost 80 percent of the students are women. The program has had 121 graduates since 2009.
MEDIA CONTACT: Holly Wiemers, 859-257-2226.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2014) — In 2013, the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare, Inc. forged an innovative, collaborative partnership that provided a pharmacy scholar with a unique glimpse into the future of health care through the creation of the UK College of Pharmacy/Kindred Healthcare Executive Pharmacy Fellowship.
The fellowship allows the fellow the opportunity to engage two world-class health care organizations in an executive training program at Kindred Healthcare focused on transitional care delivery methods, practice, and research.
UK and Kindred have extended their partnership and added two fellow positions to the program.
“As Kindred Healthcare continues to execute on its Continue the Care Strategy, the evaluation and implementation of medication-use initiatives across our post-acute care continuum are becoming increasingly important,” said James Poullard, divisional vice president of pharmacy services for Kindred Healthcare. “The early success of the program demonstrated that developing future pharmacy leaders in the area of post-acute transitional care pharmacy practice is essential to evolving pharmacy’s academic agenda around post-acute care and is also critical to overcoming medication use challenges in the post acute care continuum.”
“The College is proud to continue its partnership with Kindred Healthcare,” said Timothy S. Tracy, dean of the UK College of Pharmacy. “The fact that this unique partnership is already expanding in its second year is a clear indication that such industry-university collaborations are promising for the future of higher education and health care. We are thrilled to work alongside Kindred on this project.”
Transitional care focuses on interdisciplinary care delivery to medically-complex patients as they transition between different care settings. The fellow will interact with the full spectrum of Kindred’s business, including meetings, conferences, development seminars, and participation in policy and procedure development. Specific goals for the program are centered on developing skills in executive management, leadership, transitional care pharmacy practice, networking and applied research.
This year’s fellows are Tyler Stewart, a graduate of the UK College of Pharmacy, and Margaret Sidebottom, a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.
While primarily based in Kindred’s support center in Louisville, the fellows will work closely with the College of Pharmacy’s Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (IPOP) on applied research projects focused on transitional care outcomes. IPOP activities include design and implementation of applied research projects, preparation of manuscripts, research reports, research presentations, and analysis of outcome data.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2014) -- The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center will host Expressions of Courage, a creative exhibit to honor those who have been affected by cancer on Friday, June 6.
Featuring the creative work of more than 30 participants, this inaugural event will take place in the atrium of Markey's Combs Research Building from 1 to 5 p.m. Cancer Center Director Dr. Mark Evers will give opening remarks and lead attendees in a moment of silence to begin the afternoon.
Exhibits include visual art, poetry readings, dance exhibitions, and vocal and instrumental performances by patients, survivors, and friends and family. Everyone Is encouraged to attend, enjoy the artwork and performances, and show their support. Light refreshments will be served.
Expressions of Courage was made possible by gifts from the Markey Cancer Foundation and Biological Systems Consulting, Inc.
MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or firstname.lastname@example.org