Campus News

'Adopt-a-Spot' to Keep Campus Clean

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 30, 2015) — A beautiful campus and a litter-free campus go hand-in-hand, and groups at the University of Kentucky will be able to care for their own piece of Wildcat country during the month of April. A new element of the Pick It Up campaign, the Adopt-a-Spot program encourages registered UK student organizations, UK offices and other groups to participate in weekly clean-ups to eliminate litter at UK.


During the month of April, groups that adopt a spot are responsible for making their defined zone litter-free once a week and documenting their efforts. A photo of the litter collected each week with the front page of that day's Kentucky Kernel newspaper must be sent to


Groups can sign up for Adopt-a-Spot by emailing by Wednesday, April 8.


Gloves, bags and up to 10 T-shirts, while supplies last, will be provided to each group, and two yard signs will be placed in each zone throughout the month recognizing the participating group.


Registered UK student organizations will also have the opportunity to earn up to $200. For each week that the student organization successfully completes Adopt a Spot tasks, they will earn $50. Funds will be available fall semester of 2015 and can be used to reimburse members for conference travel, or for organization events, recruitment efforts, or other relevant purchases (refreshments, printing costs, etc.).


Adopt a Spot is part of the Pick It Up campaign, developed by a group of campus partners and funded by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration. The campaign was launched in September and urges participation from the entire UK community to make a difference on campus by picking up litter, and recycling it when appropriate. 





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Time to BrAg About Ag at UK

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 30, 2015) — It’s time to BrAg about all things agriculture, food and environment. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is hosting BrAg Week March 30-April 3, a campus event designed to raise awareness and to promote agriculture and its career opportunities.


“Agriculture impacts so many areas of life from food consumption to clothing, health care, recreation, technology and family life,” said Jason Headrick, the college’s director of student relations. “We also want this week to serve as an avenue for students to talk about their major, their experiences and their personal ties to the ag industry.”


Daily events are planned throughout the week to highlight agriculture and the college, which is ranked as a top 10 agricultural research program. A schedule of events includes:


·         March 30, #BrAg Day: Use the hashtag #UKAgBrAgWeek and talk about agriculture and all the areas of life that the college reaches. Students are encouraged to discuss topics like the importance of the industry to everyday life, the relevance of their major, agricultural facts, personal agriculture experience and more. There will be retweets and likes all day.


·         March 31, Diversity in more than majors. Join us for Under the Rainbow, an open dialogue about being LGBTQ (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered/Questioning), moderated by Carol Taylor from UK’s Violence Prevention Center. The event begins at 6 p.m. at UK’s E.S. Good Barn and is open to any UK student, faculty or staff interested in networking with others or learning how to be an advocate. This meeting will allow open discussion and be a welcoming place for all.


·         April 1, Awareness Day. Join the college from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for #UKAgAwarenessDay in front of Erikson Hall and behind Memorial Hall. Come and learn how agriculture impacts food, clothes, Lexington, the nonprofit scene and many other parts of life. There will be free T-shirts, food, fun and Ale-8-One beverages sponsored by Ale-8-One. Also, the college’s Horticulture Club will have their spring plants available for purchase.


·         April 2, A Night with the Ag-ademy. The college’s ambassadors will sponsor a showing of the movie "Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch," followed by discussion about the use of plastic and how to lessen environmental footprints. Free cloth bags will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who attend. The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Ag Science Center’s Seay Auditorium.


·         April 3, Make It Personal!: Celebrate Agriculture in Your Own Way. This day encourages everyone to celebrate agriculture’s impact on their lives. Possible ways to celebrate include thanking a farmer, posting a vine or Instagram, buying local or carrying a cloth shopping bag. Students are encouraged to share their Ag celebrations with others.


Make sure to check out the college all week on the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Facebook page and with Instagram and Twitter at @UKAgriculture, @UKAgStudents.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jackie Clark,; 859-257-8774.



April 4 is UKAg 'Earth Day' at McConnell Springs

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2015) — In April, spring makes its presence known with morning birdsong and delicate blooms shyly peeking from autumn’s old leaves. It is the month folks celebrate Earth in all her glorious, yet fragile beauty. University of Kentucky students are marking the occasion on April 4 with Earth Day at McConnell Springs, a day filled with fun and educational activities for the whole family.


Each year, led by forest ecology professor Mary Arthur, the seniors in Natural Resources and Environmental Science, part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, turn their sights on an environmental or natural resource issue. This year, the 25 students have focused on McConnell Springs. The environmental education committee is working on ways to expand the vision of what the park can offer in the way of educational programming.


“We created our capstone project with a focus on connecting the surrounding Lexington community with this incredible natural urban gem,” said Mariah Lewis, one of the event’s organizers. “We hope that we can encourage and convince children, adolescents and college students that a connection with nature is essential for developing a healthy adult lifestyle. We also hope that this connection could one day help promote a more sustainable future.”


Earth Day at McConnell Springs, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT, not only focuses on nature, with guided hikes to discover the natural flora and fauna of the area and exhibits with birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians, but also on sustainability. Workshops conducted by local organizations will teach composting with and without worms, rain barrel construction and tree maintenance.


Off Old Frankfort Pike with its entrance tucked inside an industrial park, McConnell Springs is still a well-kept secret from many area residents. Lewis and her fellow committee members, Jeff Buckles, Jason Fibel, Becca Petry and Kaelin Salazar, hope to introduce more people to the hidden woodlands, home to the spring upon which Lexington was founded.


“We wanted to help introduce students to the park, as well as provide opportunities for people to learn about a variety of sustainability initiatives that they can incorporate in their everyday lives,” Lewis said. “Also, this is an entirely outdoor event, so people can get away from our technology-driven world for an afternoon and intimately interact with nature.”


As of this date, local groups that will be participating in Earth Day at McConnell Springs are: UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and UK Cooperative Extension, UK Recycling, UK Office of Sustainability, UK Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, Big Blue Pantry, Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council, Floracliff Nature Sanctuary, Friends of McConnell Springs, Greenhouse 17, Greenthumb, Morris Bookshop, Transylvania University’s Office of Sustainability and Watershed Watch.


McConnell Springs is located at 416 Rebmann Lane, Lexington 40504. More information about the event can be found at




MEDIA CONTACT: Carol Lea Spence, 859-257-8324.

Superstar Violinist Joshua Bell Joins UK Orchestra in Concert

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:10



Joshua Bell plays "Summer" from Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons." 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 30, 2015) — Continuing a tradition of playing with the best of the best classical musicians, University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will take the Singletary Center for the Arts stage with superstar violinist Joshua Bell this weekend. The concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3.


The program for the Bell concert with UK Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro John Nardolillo, includes performances of Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No.1 in G Minor, Op. 26 and Camille Saint-Saëns' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28.


Often referred to as the "poet of the violin," Bell is one of the world's most famous violinists. He continues to enchant audiences with his breathtaking virtuosity, tone of sheer beauty, and charismatic stage presence. His restless curiosity, passion, universal appeal and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of "classical music superstar."


Recently named the music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bell is the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. Their first recording under his leadership of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Symphony No. 7 from Sony Classical debuted at number one on the Billboard Classical chart. Bell’s recording of the Bach violin concertos with the orchestra was released September 2014 and coincided with the airing of the HBO documentary "Joshua Bell: A YoungArts MasterClass." He has recorded more than 40 CDs, garnering Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards. Bell's previous release "Romance of the Violin" was named the 2004 Classical CD of the Year by Billboard and earned the musician Classical Artist of the Year honors.


Bell was recognized for his achievements by the New York Chapter, The Recording Academy in 2013 and by the National YoungArts Foundation in 2012. In 2011, he received the Paul Newman Award from Arts Horizons and the Huberman Award from Moment magazine. Bell was named Instrumentalist of the Year 2010 by Musical America and received the Humanitarian Award from Seton Hall University. In 2009, he was honored by Education Through Music and received the Academy of Achievement Award in 2008. In 2007, Bell was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize and recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005.


Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Bell received his first violin at age four. At age 12, he began studying with Josef Gingold at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he is now on faculty. Two years later, he came to national attention in his debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra and at 17 debuted at Carnegie Hall. His career has spanned over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor, and he is an outspoken advocate for classical music and keeping music education in schools. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius.


To hear Bell talk about the upcoming concert at UK, listen to his interview with WUKY at:


Founded in 1918, the UK Symphony Orchestra is regarded as one of the nation’s best college orchestras. The 100-member all-student orchestra, housed at UK School of Music, presents more than 50 concerts each year including classical, chamber and education concerts. The group is made up of undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States, Asia, South America and Europe. The orchestra regularly performs with world-renowned concert artists including Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Mark O’Connor, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch, Denyce Graves, Lang Lang, Ronan Tynan, Natasha Paremski and Arlo Guthrie. The orchestra performs in the concert hall at the Singletary Center for the Arts and on tour, including concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2007 and 2010, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2009.


Many of UK Symphony Orchestra's performances with major artists are the result of collaboration between Nardolillo and Michael Grice, director of the Singletary Center. More on that partnernship can be seen here:

Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing


The UK Symphony Orchestra also collaborates yearly with UK Opera Theatre and has recently presented "Porgy and Bess," "La Bohème," "Die Fledermaus," "Carmen," "La Traviata" and "Madama Butterfly," as well as Broadway favorites "Sweeney Todd," "Les Miserables" and "The Phantom of the Opera." They also have an active outreach program bringing classical music to all corners of the Commonwealth. In addition to live performances, UK's orchestra is one of the only collegiate orchestra programs to record for Naxos, the world’s largest classical music label.


Ticket prices range from $65-$85 for the public and are on sale now.  Tickets for UK students, faculty and staff are $45. Tickets to the concert can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at, or in person at the venue. Processing fees will be added to purchase upon transaction.


A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.



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

Interprofessional Panel Debates Childhood Vaccination Policies at W.T. Young Library

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:00

 LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 30, 2015) — The controversy surrounding mandated childhood vaccinations represents a tension between policies protecting populations from disease and those upholding the American liberties of families.


Currently, legislation in 48 states allows parents to file for an exemption from mandatory childhood vaccination requirements on the grounds of religion. But in December 2015, an outbreak of the measles, a disease once considered obsolete in the United States, raised widespread concern about the public health risks associated with exposing unvaccinated children to large populations.


On March 31, University of Kentucky experts representing public health, law, pediatrics and behavioral science will discuss the hot-button issue of childhood vaccinations. The panelist will comment on consequences of current policies in light of the recent measles outbreak originating in Disneyland and provide insight on the issue from their profession's perspective. Free and open to students, staff and faculty members across disciplines and colleges, the panel will take place at 12 p.m. in the Alumni Auditorium of the William T. Young Library on campus.


Panelists include:


·         Dr. L. Curtis Cary, pediatrician and professor in the UK College of Medicine with a teaching emphasis on vaccines and HIV medicine doctor at the Bluegrass Care Clinic.


·         Nicole Huberfeld, Ph.D, the H. Wendell Cherry Professor of Law at the UK College of Law and a bioethics associate at the UK College of Medicine. 


·         Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, senior deputy commissioner and director of the Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning at the Kentucky Department for Public Health.


·         April Young, Ph.D, an assistant professor in the UK Department of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health.


After a moderated discussion, the floor will be open to questions from the audience. For more information, visit


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UK Art Education Professor Elected President of NAEA

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 30, 2014) — George Szekely, professor of art education at the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies, was recently appointed president of the National Art Education Association (NAEA). Szekely was elected president by members of the NAEA and will serve a total of six years on the board.


The NAEA is a professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. The organization is made up of educators at every level as well as researchers, teaching artists, administrators and more than 45,000 students. The organization represents members in all 50 states as well as most Canadian provinces and 25 foreign countries.


Founded in 1947, the NAEA's intention is to provide networking opportunities for members, to develop resources for art education and to aid in building a professional community for artists. The NAEA also offers several scholarships, grants and awards to its members.


This is not Szekely's first time being recognized by the NAEA. In the past, he has been elected as a Distinguished Fellow and named a National Treasure by the student chapters of NAEA. After having served as vice president of the NAEA, Szekely is looking forward to the challenge of presidency.


"I will serve a six-year term for the National Art Education Association and travel throughout the United States visiting classrooms and museums, universities and public schools," Szekely said. "The NAEA is located in Washington D.C., and I hope to visit members of Congress and the administration and be a spokesperson for art education in museums and schools. During my tenure I will also be leading several international delegations to our members all over the world."


Szekely is known for his expertise in the area of children's art. He was one of the first art educators to highlight the importance of children's play in art making and to support the study of children's home art. Szekely has also published more than 150 articles in major journals of education and has written 11 books. His 12th book, "Play and Creativity in Art Teaching," published by Routledge, comes out this month. Szekely believes art education in schools is a crucial part to the development of children's creativity.


"Art classes can make a major contribution to school and society by becoming every school's center for innovation," Szekely said. "Today's art classes can educate students to be participants and leaders in a visual world by participating in a comprehensive program of visual studies that takes place in every art room. I hope to move art education in the schools to be a class for creative thinkers and critical makers, innovative builders and designers."


The UK School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies, and art education.



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

UndrCvr Lex Invites Students, Grads to Tech Career Showcase

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 13:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 30, 2015) — University of Kentucky students and graduates are encouraged to attend Undrcvr Lex, an event designed to showcase the wide variety of jobs and careers within the technology and design sector available in Lexington. Undrcvr Lex will be hosted from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at two locations. One will be at Base 163 (163 E. Main St., third floor) and the other at Volar Video (350 W. Main St., third floor).


Undrcvr Lex provides students and graduates with an opportunity to learn more about part-time, full-time, co-op and internship positions available at a wide variety of technology, hardware, software and design companies in Lexington from the companies themselves.


More than a dozen companies will be present at the event, including:


·         ArchVision;

·         Awesome Inc.;

·         Bullhorn;

·         IF Technologies, Inc.;

·         KSTC;

·         Hippo Manager Software;

·         Medmovie;

·         WeStyle;

·         ShatterBox;

·         Hensley-Elam;

·         Prosper Media Group;

·         Integrity IT;

·         MEP Equine Solutions;

·         Able Engine;

·         Mesoloft;

·         SDGblue, LLC;

·         Xact Communcations;

·         eLinkDesign Intersect;

·         Creative; and

·         Serif Group.


In addition to information about job opportunities, these companies will also showcase their latest products and services.


Undrcvr Lex offered by IN2LEX, a group of entrepreneurs and professionals working in technological and creative sectors. Their mission is to provide information about the opportunities available to make Lexington a career destination for students interested in becoming a part of the technological and design community.


For more information about Undrcvr Lex or to RSVP, visit the IN2LEX events page on Facebook at





MEDIA CONTACT: Clark Bellar,, 859-257-8716



Protect Yourself and Your Family from Lead Poisoning

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 13:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 30, 2015) -- Humans discovered the usefulness of lead centuries ago. Abundantly available, easily molded and extremely resistant to corrosion, lead was considered ideal for many uses, including insecticides, paint pigment, soldering for canned foods, and pipes for plumbing.


Scientists were aware that acute lead toxicity caused by high levels of lead absorption could cause significant health problems and even death, but it was not until the 1970s that it became clear that chronic exposure to low levels of lead could also have significant long term health effects, particularly cognitive and behavioral impairment. Children are particularly vulnerable because of their developing nervous systems.


Aggressive steps were taken to reduce the amount of lead in the environment. Lead based paint was banned in 1978, lead pipes for plumbing have been restricted since 1988, and lead based gasoline was phased out and ultimately banned in 1995. Water supplies are subject to strict regulation and lead levels are monitored closely in schools and daycares. Occupational exposure is also closely monitored. These measures have been highly successful: mean blood lead levels have decreased almost 80 percent from 1976 to 1991.


Today, other than occupational exposure, the most common sources of lead are found in the paint and pipes of old buildings, and in glazed pottery, some makeup, and folk medicine, especially from other countries.


It is recommended that children be screened for lead by age 2, particularly if they live in a building that was built before 1978. This way, intervention can be taken before long term problems occur. Ask your doctor to screen your child for lead exposure.


Watch out for lead in your home, particularly if your house is older. When old paint cracks and peels, it creates dangerous, almost invisible dust particles that you absorb just by breathing. Watch your children, especially babies (who like to put things in their mouths), who might try to eat paint chips. Home repairs like sanding or scraping paint can also create dangerous lead dust. You should not be in the house while someone is cleaning up after renovations, painting, or remodeling a room with lead paint.


Talk to your doctor about any medicines or vitamins you take. Some folk medicines and dietary supplements may have lead in them. Use caution when eating candies, spices, and other foods from foreign countries, especially if they appear to be noncommercial products.


Avoid using imported lead-glazed ceramic pottery produced in cottage industries, leaded crystal, and/or pewter or brass containers or utensils to cook, serve or store food. Do not use dishes that are chipped or cracked.


Overall, the rapid decrease of lead exposure in the environment in this country has been the remarkable result of a thorough public health campaign. Let’s continue to be diligent and ensure that everyone, especially children, is protected from the effects of lead toxicity.


Dr. Kimberly S. Jones is a neurologist at UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Neuroscience Institute


This column appeared in the March 29, 2015 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader


Healy Reappointed Academic Ombud

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 30, 2015) — Michael P. Healy, Wendell H. Ford Professor of Law, will continue his role of University of Kentucky academic ombud for 2015-2016.


The Office of Academic Ombud Services at the University of Kentucky, is responsible for assisting students and instructors in resolving academic related problems and conflicts. The office ensures that fair policies, processes and procedures are equitably implemented.


Healy's new term will begin July 1, 2015 and will continue through June 30, 2016.


Click here for the Office of Academic Ombud Services website.





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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Talks to Violinist Joshua Bell

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  On today's program, he talks with violin virtuoso Joshua Bell who performs with the UK Symphony Friday, April 3, at the Singletary Center for the Arts. 


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


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

First Lady Beshear, Attorney General Conway Announce Heroin Overdose Reversal Kits for UK HealthCare

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 21:23

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 27, 2015) – First Lady Jane Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway announced Thursday that heroin/opiate overdose reversal kits will be purchased and made available to people treated for overdoses at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital and the University of Kentucky’s Good Samaritan Hospital. The funding is provided through the Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee (SATAC). 


“This project will allow us to get this medicine into the hands and homes of the people who need it most – heroin users and their families,” Attorney General Conway said. “Heroin and opiate abuse is killing Kentuckians, and these kits will save lives and provide a second chance for people to seek treatment for their addictions. I appreciate the legislature doing the right thing and putting people over politics in the waning hours of the 2015 General Assembly to pass meaningful heroin legislation. The legislation includes all of the provisions that I outlined were important to law enforcement. It increases penalties for large-scale traffickers, expands treatment, provides for a Good Samaritan defense, and gets Naloxone kits into the hands of first responders and limits the civil liability of those responders. People who sell heroin should be in jail. People addicted to heroin should be in treatment. This legislation gives prosecutors, police and healthcare professionals the tools we need to help attack the resurgence of heroin.”


The hospitals in Kentucky with the highest rates of heroin overdose deaths are receiving funding for the kits. In 2013, UK HealthCare treated 223 people for heroin overdoses.  Overdose patients will receive a kit free of charge when they leave the hospital, so they or a loved one can prevent another overdose event and possibly save a life. The project is expected to up and running by Spring 2015.


“Unfortunately, we see the tragic circumstances and consequences of heroin and opiate abuse on an almost daily basis in our emergency departments,” said Dr. Roger Humphries, chair of Emergency Medicine at UK HealthCare.  “To give patients and family members the ability to rapidly administer a safe and potentially life-saving treatment will make a significant difference for some of our patients, and it will save lives.”


Gov. Steve Beshear created SATAC by executive order to oversee the KY Kids Recovery grant program and distribution of $32 million in settlement funds that Attorney General Conway secured from two pharmaceutical companies.  The judge required the settlement funds be used to expand treatment in Kentucky.  Attorney General Conway chairs the committee and First Lady Jane Beshear serves on the committee.


The committee is providing $105,000 to purchase approximately 2,000 Naloxone Rescue kits for the University of Louisville Hospital, the UK HealthCare hospitals in Lexington, and the St. Elizabeth Hospital system in Northern Kentucky. About 300 of those kits will be purchased for use at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. The kits will be provided free of charge to every treated and discharged overdose victim at the pilot project hospitals. 


Naloxone, which is also known as Narcan, has no potential for abuse and immediately reverses the effects of a heroin overdose by physiologically blocking the effects of opiates.  Right now, it is not covered by Medicaid or many private insurance companies, which means even if users receive a prescription they are unlikely to fill it because they cannot afford it.  Naloxone is available in injectable or nasal mist forms. The nasal mist form must still be approved by the FDA.  When approved, health experts believe most insurance companies and Medicaid will begin to cover the costs.


“Narcan kits are critical, lifesaving tools that can help put people on the road to recovery,” said Mrs. Beshear. “As Kentuckians expand access to mental health treatment, including addiction recovery, it’s more important than ever to have community access to tools like Narcan. Often, an overdose experience is what finally drives people suffering from addiction to seek help.”


In 2013, 230 Kentuckians died from heroin overdoses. Final numbers for heroin overdoses in 2014 are not yet available, but the Office of Drug Control Policy estimates heroin was involved in 30 percent of all drug overdose deaths.


History of SATAC

Gov. Steve Beshear created SATAC to administer $32 million in settlement funds that Attorney General Conway secured from two pharmaceutical companies. 


The committee created KY Kids Recovery grants to help expand adolescent treatment in Kentucky.  The 19 programs it is funding are located in every region of the state.  The program encompass all aspects of evidence-based, substance abuse services for adolescents, including prevention, outpatient counseling, intensive outpatient and residential services. 


For a complete list of the 19 grant recipients, visit


In addition to the $19 million in KY Kids Recovery grants, the settlement is providing $500,000 to complete construction of a Recovery Kentucky center in Carter County, $2.5 million for almost 900 scholarships to Recovery Kentucky centers, and $560,000 to create 14 drug-free homes for people completing and transitioning out of residential substance abuse treatment programs.


The following entities are also receiving funds from the settlement:


·         $6 million to administer and upgrade KASPER, Kentucky’s electronic prescription drug monitoring program.

·         $1 million to support substance abuse treatment for pregnant women by Chrysalis House in Lexington and Independence House in Corbin. 

·         $1.5 million to the University of Kentucky to develop best practices for adolescent substance abuse treatment providers.

·         $1 million to develop a school-based substance abuse screening tool with the Kentucky Department of Education to intervene with at-risk children before they enter judicial or social services systems.

·         $250,000 to create a database to evaluate outcomes of adolescent treatment.


For more information about Attorney General Conway’s efforts to fight substance abuse, visit

Center for Clinical and Translational Science Conference Examines Physical Inactivity as a Disease

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 16:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2015) — More than 700 researchers, students, policy makers and community members gathered March 27 for the 10th annual conference of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) to share research and enhance collaborations with special focus on physical activity across the lifespan and physical inactivity as a disease.


According to Dr. Philip Kern, director of the CCTS, physical inactivity is linked to poor health outcomes and disease throughout life.


"It's one thing to say to someone, 'get out there and exercise,' but then there's the question of how much, how often, and what intensity," he said. "And we need to know this, because not everyone can be a marathon runner. So how much activity and what intensity do we need to prevent disease?"


Charlote Petterson, Ph.D., professor and assosciate dean of research in the college of health sciences, chaired this year's conference. 


"The conference was designed to raise awareness of the science behind the benefits of exercise and the dangers of physical inactivity. I think everyone who attended, regardless of their background and research expertise, learned something that is relevant to their everyday lives," she said.


The keynote speaker, Dr. William Kraus, professor of medicine at Duke University, emphasized that physical inactivity is "definitely a disease, but a preventable one." He said that a "culture of convenience" and conditions of built environments, such as absence of sidewalks, deter people from physical activity. He pointed out that even pharmacies have drive-thru windows, which keep customers sitting in their cars instead of taking even a handful of steps (which can add up over the course of a day or lifetime) to walk into a store. A marathon runner, Kraus encouraged walking as a proven and simple activity that can improve health and actually extend life.


His comments had a strong effect on at least one conference participant, who told him that his talk changed her life.


"She said, I am no longer going sit at my desk all day.  I'm not going to work over hours.  I'm going to go home and I'm going to walk.  I don't care who gets mad about it, but that's what I'm gonna do.  I mean, that's the kind of attitude change you've got to have," Kraus said.


The annual conference, now in its 10th year, was held in conjunction with the research days of the colleges of dentistry, health sciences, engineering, and public health, as well as the 31st Annual Spring Neuroscience Research Day and the 34th Annual Symposium in Women's Health and Reproductive Science. In addition to students and faculty from across UK's campus, partners from the Appalachian Translational Research Network also participated.


Thirty-one oral presentations and 270 poster presentations were featured, addressing a vast array of topics including physical inactivity in children, physical inactivity in chronic disease and biomedical informatics.


The conference's multidisciplinary approach to research and collaboration offered the scope and expertise of a national research conference, with the unique convenience of being free and within walking distance of UK's campus.


"UK researchers travel the world giving insights on their scientific findings to their colleagues. This conference showcases our science locally, bringing together our very best researchers across multiple disciplines," said Dr. Jane Lowe, assistant provost of CCTS.


The conference creates a setting to mentor students and junior faculty, who receive coaching and feedback on their poster and podium presentations, guidance on best practices in research, and information about funding and collaboration opportunities.


The conference also provides a unique opportunity to recognize mentors across disciplines who have made a significant impact in the lives of the mentees who nominate them. Mentor awards were presented to Lorri Morford, Ph.d., College of Dentistry; Carie Oser,Ph.D., College of Arts and Science; Dr. Christian Lattermann, College of  Medicine; and Guoqiang Yu, Ph.D., College of Engineering.


Special recognition mentor awards were presented to Richard Kryscio, Ph.D., College of Public Health, and Thomas Kelly, Ph.D., College of Medicine, who also serves as the director of training, education, and mentoring at CCTS.


"The recognition was completely unexpected – and humbling, given the remarkable mentoring contributions of our colleagues at the University of Kentucky," said Kelly. "I can attest to the fact that the most important component to effective mentoring is having the opportunity to work with talented and engaged scholars, and we are extremely fortunate to have such a strong group of early career translational science scholars at the University."


The graduates of the inaugural class of the  Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK), a leadership development training program offered by the CCTS, the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, and the Kentucky Office of Rural Health, also received special recognition.



MEDIA CONTACT: Mallory Powell,

UK Experts to Discuss Cancer Care on KET

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 15:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2015) – Next week, KET will feature three University of Kentucky experts discussing cancer care in a set of programs that will accompany the three-part documentary series Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies by Ken Burns.


The series, which will air March 30, 31 and April 1 at 9 p.m., is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee.


On Sunday, March 29, at 1 p.m. on KET, UK Markey Cancer Center Director Dr. Mark Evers, will appear on One to One with Bill Goodman, discussing the latest news in cancer care and research, and Markey's goals to conquer cancer in the Commonwealth. Evers' interview will air again on Monday, March 30, 12:30 a.m. on KET and Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 p.m. on KET2.


On Wednesday, April 1 at 8 p.m., two UK experts will join KET Health Three60 host Renee Shaw for a live call-in program called "Answers for Cancer." Dr. Tim Mullett, a UK HealthCare lung cancer specialist who is himself a cancer survivor, and Dr. Fran Feltner, director of the UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health, will be on the panel to take questions from viewers about cancer screening, treatment and recovery resources in Kentucky.


Other panelists include Donald Miller, director of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville, and Patrick Williams, medical director at Norton Cancer Institute in Louisville.


Viewers can submit questions to the original program via Twitter at @HealthKET, by email at, or by phone at 800-753-6237. A recording of the program will air on KETKY April 6 at 9 a.m., April 10 at 11 a.m., April 11 at 4 a.m. and April 13 at 2 a.m.


Six UK Art Students Awarded Scholarships

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2015) — The University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies awarded scholarships to six students in the Foundations Exhibition held earlier this month in the Barnhart Gallery of Reynolds Building Number 1. More than 70 art studio and art education majors exhibited in the sixth annual juried exhibition. The award ceremony was held March 11.


Foundations is the first-year program in art studio and art education. As a part of the experience, students participate in what for many is their first art show. 


Scholarships were awarded to students who are enrolled full time and are distributed in the beginning of the fall semester 2015.


Artist Ryan Mulligan served as the external juror who selected the award recipients. A student choice award was also presented based on student vote. Rae Goodwin, assistant professor and director of Foundations, explained the importance of the jury process for Foundations students:


“Having an external juror is a very important experience for students and faculty alike,” Goodwin said. “Often as professional artists our work is curated or juried by people with whom we have no connection or relationship. The work must speak for itself and the writing must supplement the work. Based on these norms in the field of art studio, we bring in someone each year to jury the show.”


Mulligan is the coordinator of the first-year program in fine arts at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. In his own art, Mulligan mines the best and worst memories of his life in drawings, paintings, sculpture and installation that resonate as private Jungle Gyms and inventory drawers. Mulligan’s illustrative drawing style, pastel palette and cartoon-like use of line, reduce the severity of his subjects, casting them in a playful, even apologetic light. It is as if in order for it to serve his life, Mulligan cannot take art too seriously. He draws while absorbing romantic comedies, cooking fajitas or playing on the ground with his toddler son. The studio becomes an extension of the home, a playground for a stimulus junkie. In his last three exhibitions the work is swerving into a lexicon of mid-century modernism and fragments of vintage Disney World.


Born and raised in rural Virginia, Mulligan graduated cum laude with a master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He currently is the coordinator of the Art Foundations Program, while maintaining a ceaselessly productive studio practice. He has exhibited at the Baltimore Contemporary Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, the University of Central Arkansas, Bradley University and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art.


The winners of the Foundations Exhibition Competition are as follows: 

· first place, a $2,000 scholarship, went to "untitled" by Ye Ma, of Hohhot, China;

· second place, a $1,500 scholarship, went to "uppfyllelse" by Nathan Arms, of Richmond, Kentucky;

· the Merit Award for Digital Art, Space and Time, a $500 scholarship, went to "Busy" by Sarah Detraz, of Lexington; 

· the Merit Award for Three-Dimensional Form, a $500 scholarship, went to "Leave As You Please" by Heather Adams, of Lexington;

· the Merit Award for Two-Dimensional Surface, a $500 scholarship, went to "Hair Talk" by Jourdan Rahschulte, of Hebron, Kentucky; and 

· the Merit Award for Drawing, a $500 scholarship, went to "radio" by Jacob Robertson, of Lexington.


There was a tie in the Student Choice Award category with Maya Ingerson and Hayla Raglan each receiving a $250 scholarship. Ingerson, of Lexington, was recognized for her work "Interpretation of a Box." Ragland, of LaGrange, Kentucky, was recognized for her "untitled" work.


This is one of the last exhibitions in Banhart Gallery at Reynolds Building Number 1. The school will move into the Bolivar Art Center, a newly renovated historic warehouse, in the summer of 2015. The building is a state-of-the-art research laboratory that will feature new media labs, a 3D fabrication lab, a photography suite and more.


The UK School of Art and Visual Studies at the UK College of Fine Arts is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies and art education.  



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Multicultural Health Careers Open House Set for April 25

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2015) - The 8th Annual Multicultural Health Careers Open House is 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 25. Pre-registeration is available until April 17.


Any high school, undergraduate, or graduate student is encouraged to attend if they are interested in pursuing a health-related program at UK. The annual event is sponsored by the University of Kentucky’s Health Colleges Student Diversity Services (HCSDS) in conjunction with UK’s six health colleges.


Students will have available:


·         A myriad of interest sessions designed to provide information about each of UK’s six Health Colleges

·         The opportunity to tour the main UK campus, which will start at 8 am

·         Participation in open and frank discussions with current professional students about their experience

·         Other interest sessions include:

o   learning more about financing a professional school education

o   successful interviewing strategies

o   resume strengths and other ways to be a competitive applicant

o   Several more!


Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on the first floor of the Charles T. Wethington Building. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and sessions will end by 4 p.m.  Students are encouraged to bring two guests but limited to only two due to space capacity.


The Open House will give prospective students and their families the opportunity to meet and greet the deans and select staff and students from each of the University’s Health Professions Colleges. 


The Open House is free and lunch will be provided, but advanced registration is requested for ordering enough food, having necessary handout materials and session seating.  

Register here:  


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UK Advisors Elected to NACADA Leadership

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2015) — Two University of Kentucky advisors have been elected to serve in leadership roles within the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), a volunteer organization that works to better the advising process for students. Suanne Early will serve as the Region 3 chair and Jason T. Mitchell will serve as the advising graduate and professional students chair.


"Suanne and Jason’s election into NACADA’s national leadership is a recognition of their own knowledge and skills. It reflects well on UK as an institution that we have people like Jason and Suanne who are dedicated to helping our students succeed. I look forward to seeing how their work with NACADA and help inform our current efforts to further strengthen advising on this campus," said Benjamin C. Withers, associate provost for undergraduate education.


Early and Mitchell will both serve two-year terms in their new roles.


Early first joined NACADA in 2001, and has served in both national and regional leadership positions within the organization. As Region 3 chair, Early will be responsible for representing and providing leadership to the membership within the geographic region, facilitating networking opportunities and member recruitment, identifying needed membership services for the region, establishing and maintaining a regional governing structure, and overseeing the annual regional conference, state workshops and other professional development opportunities for region members.


"You can't just take, you need to give back and this is the best way I know how to do so," said Early in her platform statement.


Early currently works in the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK, as a student affairs officer and academic advisor.


Mitchell's position as advising graduate and professional students chair is one of several commission chair positions within NACADA. In this role, Mitchell hopes to raise awareness within the association that will allow for greater inclusion of those who work with graduate and professional students. Mitchell is a six-year member of NACADA.


"I have been empowered to look at the relationship graduate and professional students forge with their advisors and how these relationships serve to create an experience that is meaningful to the student," said Mitchell in his position statement.


Mitchell currently serves as administrative director in the Office of Biomedical Education at UK College of Medicine.


Early and Mitchell will assume these leadership roles at the end of the NACADA Annual Conference being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in October, and serve in this position until October 2017.


NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising was chartered as a nonprofit organization in 1979 to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to ensure the educational development of students. Since that beginning, NACADA has grown to 11,000 members consisting of faculty members, professional advisors, administrators, counselors and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal and vocational needs of students. In addition, NACADA is the representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education. For more information, visit NACADA's website at   



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College of Health Sciences Inducts Glenda Mack into Hall of Fame

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2014) - The University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences recently welcomed a new inductee into its Alumni Hall of Fame. The latest inductee is Glenda D. Mack.


Mack, a 1997 alumna of the physical therapy program, is currently vice president of clinical operations for Kindred Healthcare/RehabCare. She has been with the company since 1997, when she began as a staff physical therapist with a long-term care facility. She also previously served as senior director of claims, audits and regulatory affairs for Kindred Healthcare/RehabCare.


In her role as a VP, Mack provides national leadership for the design and implementation of clinical programs across the many post-acute care sites managed by RehabCare, which is the division within Kindred Healthcare that provides rehabilitation services in more than 2,000 facilities in 47 states, making it one of the largest rehabilitation providers in the country.


One of her primary responsibilities is to ensure state and federal compliance for the rehabilitation operations of RehabCare. Due to frequent changes in Medicare regulations, this is a daunting task, but one Mack remains committed to because of her devotion to quality care for older adults. Because of her depth of understanding of the business and clinical aspects of providing rehabilitation for older adults, Mack also provides education to a variety of regulatory bodies at the national level. She recently provided testimony in Washington D.C. to the Senate Finance Committee, House Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means Committees to support payment policy reform for inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing therapy related issues. Mack also served as a content expert for the Center for Medicare Services post-acute care policy, and she was instrumental behind the scenes in helping craft language for some of the Medicare regulations regarding rehabilitation.


Additionally, Mack provides education regarding post-acute care rehabilitation and quality outcomes measurement for the American Healthcare Association and the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care. In the midst of providing leadership, advocacy, and formative education about policy on Capitol Hill, she has always maintained a strong passion as a clinician and as a teacher.


She is a certified wound care specialist and is also certified in lymphedema management. Kindred administration describes her as a clinical leader in the field, serving medically complex patients. Mack has used this foundation to develop a model for outpatient wound care in Kindred’s long-term care environments – a great contribution to facilitation of home-based care. She has coordinated the opening of six new clinics with this focus.


Mack also has a strong commitment to clinical education. She received the Preceptor of the Year Award in 2000 from the Kentucky Healthcare Association. One of her primary roles in her current position is coordinating clinical education programs both for staff therapists and for student therapists. She is an adjunct professor in the CHS Physical Therapy program and guest lectures in the long-term care component of its geriatrics curriculum.


“The students comment annually about the depth and breadth of her knowledge and the passion of her commitment,” said Tony English, program director, Division of Physical Therapy, and Anne Harrison, associate professor, Division of Physical Therapy, in nominating Mack.


“This is very important because many students going into medical professions feel they do not want to work with frail older people. Each year after her lecture, there are always students who indicate that their interest and focus in the aging population increased as a result of the knowledge gained on this topic in these lectures. Ms. Mack’s content expertise spans the breadth of clinical care for complex patients in long term care to explaining the history and current status of regulations that govern medical care for older people. She continues to grow in all of these areas, and we expect to see her continue as an outstanding leader, making ever increasing contributions to the health care of older adults.”


Mack received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville) in 1994. In 1997, she received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in health sciences in physical therapy from the UK College of Health Sciences. Mack went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from the University of Louisville in 2011.


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Lexmark Wins UK's Inaugural Supply Chain Innovation Award

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2015) — The University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics will present the inaugural Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award to Lexmark International at the college’s 5th Annual Supply Chain Forum today, Friday, March 27, at The Grand Reserve in downtown Lexington. The award recognizes individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated operational excellence in supply chain management as evidenced in a recently completed supply chain improvement project.


Lexmark’s supply chain team, working with logistics partner Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world’s leading third-party logistics companies, completed an “error-proofing” project that impressed the judges with their innovative approach to improving their custom mixed-pallet creation and shipping processes. Results included improved order accuracy to best-in-class levels and a reduction in the number and cost of customer claims by over 70 percent. The project reduced labor costs and delivered a return on investment of 250 percent in the first year.


Marty Canning, Lexmark executive vice president and president of Imaging Solutions and Services, said “This project is a great example of how Lexmark works alongside our customers every day to provide them the unique set of solutions and services that make their businesses more efficient. This award and the results achieved represent a win for both of us.”


The Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award judging panel consists of practitioners, academics and consultants in the supply chain industry, appointed by the advisory board of the Gatton College Supply Chain Forum. The forum brings together approximately 200 corporate leaders, professors and students to share ideas about the latest supply chain issues. This year’s theme was "Digitization of Supply Chain."


“It’s an exciting time to be in the supply chain industry,” said David W. Blackwell, dean of the Gatton College. “It’s especially exciting this year to honor one of our local Lexington companies for their innovative work in the field. The supply chain work Lexmark International is doing will inform other companies about ways to enhance their own processes and not only improve their customer service, but their return on investment.”


As the Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award recipient, Lexmark qualifies for future supply chain improvement project support from graduate students enrolled in the Gatton College’s one-year accelerated MBA program.


For more information on the award or the Forum visit:, or contact: Lucy Tepper at or 859-257-8746.




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Parking Restrictions Placed on Streets Near Campus During UK Basketball Game Thursday

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2015) ― As the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team heads into the NCAA Sweet 16, the UK Police Department is making the campus community aware of parking restrictions placed by the Lexington Division of Police on streets near the UK campus for a time period before and after UK's game against West Virginia.


Lexington Division of Police will prohibit parking from 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, to 6 a.m. Friday, March 27, on the following streets:

  • Limestone – Avenue of Champions to Maxwell (Both Sides)
  • Pine Street – Upper to Limestone (Both Sides)
  • Jersey Street – Euclid to Maxwell
  • Maxwell – Upper to Limestone
  • Transcript Avenue (Both Sides)
  • Journal Avenue (Both Sides)
  • Conn Terrace (South Side of the Street)
  • State Street (South Side of the Street)
  • University Avenue (South Side of the Street)
  • Elizabeth Street (Both sides) – should already be marked but check
  • Crescent Avenue (West Side of the Street)
  • Westwood Drive
  • Scott Street (meters in front of Fire Department Station 6)


"No Parking" notices have been issued in these areas, and vehicles in violation will be towed at the owners' expense beginning 7 p.m. Thursday. 


Also, beginning 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, UK Police Department will be occupying Level H of the Good Samaritan parking garage and the top level of the Chandler Hospital parking garage (Parking Structure #8) to park their vehicles and stage other equipment. Other vehicles should be moved prior to that time.

Genetics Seminars Bring Distinguished Scientists to UK

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 17:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2015) — Throughout the next four weeks, experts in the fields of molecular and cellular genetics will visit the University of Kentucky each Monday to deliver lectures on exciting new research in the field.


As part of the course "Special Topics in Molecular and Cellular Genetics," offered by the UK College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Biology, the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and the UK Graduate School, the seminars will include informal discussions with UK graduate students, but are also open to the public.


The course has brought leading scientists to the UK campus to deliver lectures for more than 25 years.


All lectures will be begin at 4 p.m. Seminar speakers, topics and dates include:


Monday, March 30


Harry Klee - professor, Department of Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

  • Topic: Molecular, genetic and biochemical approaches to understanding and improving tomato flavor
  • Location: Cameron Williams Lecture Hall in the Plant Science Building
  • Host: Seth DeBolt, sdebo2@email.uky


More information about Klee:


Monday, April 6


Jeffrey Harper - professor and chair, Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Nevada, Reno. 

  • Topic: Coding and decoding calcium signals in plants
  • Location: Cameron Williams Lecture Hall in the Plant Science Building
  • Host: Seth DeBolt, sdebo2@email.uky


More information about Harper:


Monday, April 13


Barry Ganetzky - professor, Department of Genetics and Medical Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison


More information about Ganetzky:



Monday, April 27


Nathaniel Heintz - investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute,
James and Marilyn Simons Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Rockefeller University

  • Topic: Molecular mechanisms that control development and dysfunction of the mammalian cerebellum
  • Location: Room 116 in the Thomas Hunt Morgan Biological Sciences Building
  • Host: Brian Rymond,


More information about Heintz:




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