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Environmental Change Drove Diversity in Lake Malawi Cichlids

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 10:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2016) — Africa’s Lake Malawi is home to hundreds of species of cichlids, the freshwater fish whose broad array of colors make them popular denizens of household aquariums. A new study, led by a Brown University researcher and co-authored by Michael McGlue, Pioneer Professor of Stratigraphy in the University of Kentucky Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, shows how dramatic environmental changes during the lake’s history likely drove that dazzling evolutionary diversity.


The study found that for the last 800,000 years, phases of deep and clear water in Lake Malawi have alternated with phases of shallow and murky water. The timing of the longest-lasting deep phases coincides with explosions of cichlid diversity that have occurred throughout the lake’s history.


“The timing of persistent deep water phases is consistent with what evolutionary biologists have suggested as periods of rapid diversification in cichlid species,” said Sarah Ivory, a postdoctoral researcher at Brown University and the study’s lead author. “We think the deep phases created new shoreline habitats for fish to adapt into, as well as the right conditions for assortative mating, both of which could drive species diversity.”


The study was led by Ivory, and was co-authored by McGlue and researchers from the University of Arizona, the University of Rhode Island, and the BP Corporation. It was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Lake Malawi stretches for about 350 miles in a narrow basin bordering Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania in Eastern Africa. The diversity of the lake’s cichlids, like Darwin’s Galapagos finches, is a classic example of “adaptive radiation" — the rapid diversification of species as they adapt to environmental niches.


“Cichlids are a great model system for looking at this evolutionary process,” said Ivory, an environmental scientist in the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society. “There are around 800 species in the lake, so it’s a perfect laboratory for exploring how diversity develops.”


Evolutionary biologists have sequenced the genomes of several cichlid species. Using a “molecular clock” technique, biologists can shed light on when species diverged in time. That work has suggested that the Lake Malawi cichlids have diversified in fits and starts, with several distinct bursts of diversification beginning about 750,000 years ago.


This new research puts that evolutionary history in ecological context.


Using sediment cores harvested from the lake floor, Ivory and her colleagues assembled an environmental history of the lake spanning the past 1.2 million years. The sediment cores contain fossilized aquatic animals and pollen from plants, as well as important mineralogical information. Changes in the fossil assemblages and mineral indicators in the cores give clues about how environmental conditions — the lake’s water level, salinity and other attributes — change through time.


The research showed that between 1.2 million and 800,000 years ago, Lake Malawi was consistently shallow and marshy. But at around 800,000 years ago, things changed dramatically. The lake deepened to near its current 700-meter depth, and its waters became much more sensitive to large climate fluctuations. The researchers believe this shift was likely driven by a tectonic event that closed off the lake’s river outlet, allowing the basin to fill up.


Following that tectonic shift, the lake’s environment became much less stable. The study found that over the last 800,000 years, the lake has alternated between “blue phases” marked by deep, clear water and “green phases” marked by shallow, algae-filled water. The evidence suggests that there were extended blue phases — each lasting around 100,000 years — that occurred 800,000 and 400,000 years ago, along with one starting 70,000 years ago that persists today. Between those extended blue phases, the lake rapidly alternated between green and blue phases roughly every 20,000 years.


The timing of the extended blue phases lines up nicely with the molecular clock data, which suggests diversification events around 750,000; 400,000; and 70,000 years ago. Taken together, the results suggest that the blue phases created the right conditions for diversification.


Deepening water would have created new rocky shoreline habitats to which species may become adapted, Ivory says. The clear water also could have allowed fish to use visual cues when choosing a mate, which could drive the evolution of color patterns in cichlid species. During the green phases, in contrast, lakebed habitats would be flat and sandy, lacking rocky niche environments. The murky water would limit the use of visual cues in mating.


“The turbidity of the water and the lack of diverse environments during the green phases lends itself to hybridization rather than diversification,” Ivory said. “We would also expect extinction events during these periods.”


But that doesn’t mean the green phases are evolutionarily unimportant. The researchers suggest that interbreeding during green phases might have given rise to new hybrid traits, which were then subject to selection during the blue phases. In that way, the green phases would be “critical for ‘priming the pump’ of diversity,” the researchers say.


Ivory says that prior research had found a link between the most recent diversification event and the onset of the current blue phase about 70,000 years ago. But this is the first time researchers have shown that the pattern was repeated several times in the lake’s history.


“The repetition of this pattern was really interesting to see,” she said. “Linking the evolutionary processes to the environmental change through time is really important for understanding the diversity in cichlids that we see today.”


Ivory's co-authors on the paper were Margaret W. Blome (BP), John King (University of Rhode Island), Michael M. McGlue (University of Kentucky), Julie Cole and Andrew S. Cohen (University of Arizona). The research was funded by the National Science Foundation's Earth System History Program (EAR-0602350), the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program, the American Chemical Society (#54376-DNI8), and the Smithsonian Institution.



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Sanders-Brown Research Hints at Underlying Cause for Alzheimer's Drug Trial Failures

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 10:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2016) –  Because Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the leading cause of dementia, many people use the two terms interchangeably. But inadequate blood flow to the brain due to microinfarcts, mini-strokes, or strokes is a hallmark of a disease called Vascular Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (VCID). VCID is the second most common cause of dementia, and the two are not mutually exclusive – researchers estimate that 40-60% of Alzheimer’s disease patients also have VCID.


A paper recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience by Donna Wilcock, PhD, of the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, reports that a certain form of immunotherapy targeted to Alzheimer's patients may be ineffective when that patient also has VCID.


"These findings are important in that they provide a possible explanation for why clinical trials of anti-Aβ immunotherapy for Alzheimer’s disease have been historically unsuccessful," Wilcock said.  "If up to 40 percent of people with Alzheimer's also have VCID, treatment candidates that target only the AD physiology won't be effective in those patients.  It's like treating only half the disease."


Most researchers agree that the formation of brain plaques containing amyloid β (Aβ) peptides is an initial step in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, which has led to a race to identify and test treatments that reduce the levels of these plaques. Anti-Aβ immunotherapy, which uses antibodies against A to clear it from the brain, has been a leading approach.


While these drugs showed promise in animal studies, clinical trials have failed to show similar benefits in human patients.


"There has been one failure after another in clinical trials, which has been really disheartening for the scientific community and for patients, Wilcock said. "My work might shed some early light on why they failed and eventually open the door for a combination treatment for VCID and AD."


Without a suitable animal model, testing this hypothesis would not have been possible. Fortunately, Wilcock and her research team had already developed an innovative model of combined AD and VCID. Using this mouse model, together with its parent model of AD without VCID, Wilcock evaluated the ability of an anti-Aβ antibody to enhance cognitive capabilities in both models. While Aβ levels were reduced in both groups, cognitive function was not improved in the groups with combined AD and VCID.


"The failure of anti-Aβ immunotherapy in the mixed AD-VCID model suggests that both disease processes have to be treated to have a successful outcome," Wilcock said. "The missing link has been that our animal models usually possess the hallmarks of only one disease, which has led to failure of successful translation to clinic."


By developing a model that more accurately reflects the brain changes we see in the human brain with dementia, we can better develop our treatment approaches and increase our chances of successful translation. Our next step is to add a treatment for VCID on top of the Aβ immunotherapy to try to overcome the inability to produce a meaningful improvement in learning and memory."


Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health under award numbers F31NS092202 and 1RO1NS079637.  This content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.


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UK Dentistry Celebrates National Dental Hygiene Month

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 08:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2016) – In celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month, UK Dentistry is reminding everyone that good oral health goes a long way in supporting overall wellbeing. To assist in ensuring people are using the best tools to achieve a healthy smile, on Tuesdays during the month of October, UK Dentistry will be offering free dental goodies, while supplies last. Additional details are available at


Surveys in the U.S. have revealed not all adults are brushing and flossing daily, and many are skipping regular visits to the dentist. Instead of brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, a survey by Delta Dental reported 23 percent of Americans went two or more days without brushing during a one-year period. Only four out of 10 reported flossing daily, as recommended, while 20 percent reported never flossing.


“Although awareness is growing, many people still don’t realize just how important their oral health is in relation to their overall health,” said Dr. Kenneth Nusbacher, director of UK Dentistry General Faculty Practice Clinic. “Daily good dental hygiene helps keep the bacteria, which is naturally present in the mouth, from reaching dangerous levels and potentially triggering heath concerns beyond the mouth. Good dental hygiene is not just about avoiding a cavity.”


UK Dentistry encourages the adoption of a healthy dental hygiene routine. Cleaning your teeth, gums, and tongue daily, paired with visiting a dental provider regularly, can greatly reduce your risk of issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.


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New Financial Aid Application Timeline Affects Thousands of Kentucky College Students

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 20:01

LEXINGTON, Ky.  (Sept. 30, 2016) — A significant change  has been made in the start date for students applying for need-based scholarships and grants made available by the Kentucky Lottery, affecting how tens of millions of dollars will be distributed. The new date is Oct. 1.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form that every Kentucky student must submit in order to be eligible for any need-based financial aid. This includes the need-based scholarship and grant programs administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and funded by Kentucky Lottery proceeds.


In the 2015-2016 school year, these need-based funds totaled $98,846,296 and were distributed to 49,579 students via grants and scholarships in Kentucky. When combined with the merit-based programs available, Kentucky Lottery proceeds in total provided $209,495,617 in scholarships and grants distributed to 95,600 students across the Commonwealth.


Several University of Kentucky students joined Kentucky Lottery and KHEAA officials at a news conference recently to remind students and parents of the date change.


This upcoming change only affects need-based grants and scholarships. For years, the FASFA could be submitted starting Jan. 1. However, a change at the federal level now has the application period beginning Oct. 1. While this isn’t the deadline to apply, it is the first date on which a student can submit an application. This is key, as the lottery money provided for these programs is made available on a first-come, first-served basis.


“The Oct. 1 date is beneficial for students and families in two ways. First, it coincides with the time of year when college applications are due,” said Carl Rollins, KHEAA’s executive director. “The new date also allows for better timing regarding the tax information you must provide. For the 2017-2018 school year, you will provide your 2015 tax information.” 



The two need-based programs affected are:

  • The College Access Program, or CAP. This program provides up to $1,900 annually for undergraduate students to attend eligible public and private colleges and universities, proprietary schools and technical colleges.
  • The Kentucky Tuition Grants Program, or KTG. These grants provide up to $3,000 annually for aid to help Kentucky residents attend in-state eligible private colleges.


The change will not affect the KEES scholarship program, as this initiative automatically allows dollars earned by students in high school based on their GPA and test scores to follow them to a Kentucky college.


Students and their parents are strongly encouraged to visit now to set up separate user names and passwords. This can be done prior to the Oct.1 date, and officials say completing this step before that date will make the application process go more smoothly.


Then, to submit the FASFA starting Oct. 1, parents and students can go to Students will need to provide (both for themselves and their parents) Social Security numbers, driver's licenses, federal tax returns, W-2 forms, and current bank and investment statements.


“When the General Assembly made the historic change of moving lottery proceeds into college scholarship and grant programs, they did so to keep our students right here at home to attend college, with the hope they’ll stay in Kentucky after graduation,” said the Kentucky Lottery’s Chief Operating Officer Marty Gibbs. “Our state’s Jeff Green Scholars – students with a 4.0 GPA and high college placement exam scores – are highly recruited by some of our nation’s best colleges and universities. Three out of four of them are now choosing to stay in the Commonwealth to attend college. That’s a win for all of us.”


Lottery proceeds in Kentucky provide 95 cents of every dollar of non-loan college student aid awarded by the Commonwealth, with more than $2.7 billion going to these programs from 1999 through 2015. 



MEDIA CONTACTS: Chip Polston, Jennifer Cunningham and Sara Westerman with the Kentucky Lottery, 502-560-1675



'UK at the Half' Features Martin School Director

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 19:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2016) – Ron Zimmer, director of the University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, was featured during "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. South Carolina University football game, broadcast on radio Sept. 24.


An alumnus of the nationally high-ranked program, Zimmer returned July 1 to lead the Martin School following faculty stints at Michigan State and Vanderbilt universities.


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


To hear the Sept. 24 "UK at the Half," click on the play button below. To download a transcript of the show, click here.


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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Previews Next Week's Bale Boone Symposium

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 18:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2016) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today's topic is paying attention -- something the UK Gaines Center for the Humanities’ annual Bale Boone Symposium will explore next week as it looks at multi-tasking and the impact of digital devices on our lives. Gaines Center Director Philip Harling and UK Art Museum Director Stuart Horodner join Godell for a preview. 


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.



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Network for Good Partners With UK to Unleash Wildcat Generosity

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 18:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2016)  The University of Kentucky Office of Philanthropy has announced a partnership with Network for Good, a nonprofit-owned B Corporation headquartered in Washington, D.C. that creates nonprofit fundraising solutions to power online giving for the university’s philanthropic efforts.


Working with the Office of Philanthropy, Network for Good will provide the cloud-based platform for UK’s project-based and peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, said Mike Richey, UK vice president for philanthropy.


The partnership will enable UK’s colleges, academic departments, UK HealthCare, UK Athletics and student organizations such as DanceBlue, in partnership with the Office of Philanthropy, to create individual fundraising campaigns. Campaigns can be customized for any project that advances the university’s mission of improving people’s lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service and health care. Having a centralized collection of campaigns will also allow the university to track results across campus and offer a consistent experience for fundraisers and donors.


“The University of Kentucky has a growing and exciting culture of support,” Richey said. “Thanks to our new partnership with Network for Good, we will soon interact more directly with UK’s alumni and friends, putting their most meaningful projects and programs in front by implementing easy and increasingly more popular means of digital fundraising like crowdfunding and online giving. Network for Good’s excellent reputation and proven record of success among leading U.S. universities and charities will further advance our fundraising efforts and initiatives.”


Bill Strathmann, Network for Good’s CEO, echoed Richey’s sentiment.


“We are thrilled to work with such a powerful school like the University of Kentucky,” Strathmann said. “We’ve seen firsthand the enormous impact this kind of fundraising can have on campuses. When you offer the right tools to groups of enthusiastic staff, students, alumni and donors, their passion turns into significant funds raised for a variety of deserving causes and projects.”


Network for Good’s UK platform launches today, Monday, Oct. 3; for further details contact Anne Lichtenberg, director of annual giving, by emailing


About Network for Good


Network for Good serves tens of thousands of charities across the United States with fundraising software and services, including donor management, donation pages and peer-to-peer fundraising tools. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the organization employs more than 72 people with additional locations in Baltimore, Chicago, Indianapolis and San Francisco.


In the last 15 years, Network for Good has helped more than 125,000 small nonprofits raise over $1 billion with its online giving training and tools. Network for Good makes high-impact fundraising accessible to every organization, regardless of budget. Visit



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UK Training Program Emphasizes the Health Provider’s Role in Containing Kentucky’s Opioid Crisis

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 16:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2016) — As prescribers, interventionists, emergency responders, and addiction specialists, health care providers are presumptive leaders in devising and implementing solutions to the opioid epidemic.


A continuing education event hosted at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium on Oct. 1 will address opioid-related challenges and responsibilities in medical practice and opportunities for providers to make progress toward systemic solutions.


“Tackling the Opioid Epidemic: Challenges, Resources, and Inspirations” presents a series of interactive discussions and lectures from researchers, clinicians, program coordinators, legal experts, and national authorities on heroin and opioid addiction.


During the program, health care professionals will receive an overview of heroin and opioid escalation in Kentucky and across the nation, examine the medical practitioner’s role in the crisis, and learn about evidence-based strategies to control and contain the epidemic. The training will introduce novel therapies for treating addiction, perinatal interventions for substance abuse, lessons in reducing stigma and tips to assure adherence with the law when prescribing opioids.


Keynote speaker Dr. Andrew Kolodny, the chief medical officer of the Phoenix House in Brooklyn, New York, will encourage health care providers to advocate for their patients and Kentucky communities oppressed by substance abuse. Kolodny serves as a senior scientist at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and the executive director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), an organization dedicated to reducing morbidity and mortality caused by overprescribing opioids. Other presenters from the University of Kentucky include Dr. Agatha Critchfield, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the UK College of Medicine and the director of the Perinatal Assistance and Treatment Home (PATHways) Program, and Dr. Michelle Lofwall, professor of psychiatry and addiction medicine specialists in the UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research.


“Here in Kentucky, we are at the epicenter of an overdose crisis that puts a tremendous burden on society at large,” said Terry Bunn, associate professor of preventive medicine in the UK College of Public Health and director of the Kentucky Injury and Prevention Research Center (KIPRC). “We believe health care providers have the ability to reverse the negative trend of heroin and opioid overdoses in Kentucky. We must educate the professionals who are on the front lines of the epidemic because they are truly the difference-makers in the lives of patients and communities suffering from the scourge of opioid abuse.”


The conference is supported by a federal grant awarded to KIPRC and jointly sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. The event was coordinated through UK HealthCare CE Central. Physicians are eligible for as many as 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 continuing education credits.  Conference and registration information is available at


Media availability will be coordinated by request through Elizabeth Adams at This event is not open to the public.


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Multidisciplinary Value Program Boosts Team Science to Address Kentucky Health Challenges

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 15:39


Video produced by UK Public Relations and Marketing. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2016) — Six teams of researchers and physician scientists have become the inaugural recipients of pilot funding from the new Multidisciplinary Value Program (MVP), which aims to boost team science that will impact University of Kentucky patients and wellbeing in the Commonwealth. Each MVP team will launch a new clinical trial that brings cutting-edge science to patients and communities.


Kentucky has many of the worst health outcomes in the nation, and addressing the multidimensional underpinnings of these disparities requires a range of expertise that bridges research, patient care, education, and community engagement. The MVP provides a new opportunity and up to $100,000 in pilot funding to support innovative, multidisciplinary research teams that will develop investigator-initiated clinical studies at UK. It is the institution's first research funding program that requires an inclusion of clinical trials. 


Led by Dr. Robert DiPaola, dean of the UK College of Medicine, the MVP is also supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Lisa Cassis, PhD, and the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). The program builds upon the existing translational research capacity of the institution by bridging areas of strength across disciplines and clinical specialties.


"We launched this pilot award funding in collaboration with the vice president for research and the CCTS pilot funding infrastructure with the plan that researchers, combined with physician investigators or health care workers, could form a clinical trial that brought their science to the clinic," DiPaola said.


He explains that the program conceptualizes "value" as benefit to the patients and communities served by UK.


"This is an effort to bring together multiple disciplines—especially research and strong areas of science — with clinical areas, in the form of clinical trials so that patients actually have access to the science and discoveries that are happening," DiPaola said.


The MVP award process is facilitated by the pilot funding infrastructure of CCTS, which seeks to accelerate the pace of discoveries for human health and focuses specifically on the health challenges of Kentucky and Appalachia.


"There are many health challenges that dominate the landscape of Kentucky, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and substance abuse," said Dr. Philip A. Kern, director of the CCTS. "The best efforts to address these pressing problems will not come from the lone researcher in his lab, but from a collaborative team where each member builds on each other’s special expertise. The MVP program accomplishes this by building teams that include physicians, basic scientists, and other health professionals with a goal of exploring new ideas, soundly rooted in science, that have a high likelihood of becoming the therapies of the future."


The collaborative nature of the leadership and faculty, combined with the strength of clinical care and research (including a "trifecta" of federally-funded centers on aging, cancer, and translational science), make UK an ideal environment for such initiatives, according DiPaola, who joined the UK College of Medicine in March 2016.


Priority for MVP pilot funding is given to teams that include at least one member with strongly funded research, a physician investigator, relevance to the health challenges and disparities faced by Kentucky, and a clear plan toward future federal funding grant submissions. The hope is that research conducted with MVP pilot funding will be leveraged to garner additional external funding.


"This program is a novel model that can not only do great things for UK research, but also save lives, and allow our citizens to participate in research that will improve their lives," Cassis said. "I am especially excited about the potential for these initial teams, supported through this mechanism, to develop into broader groups of interdisciplinary teams that are competitive for large grant mechanisms. These large applications give us the best chance of having the most significant impact on these health disparities that our citizens experience."


The initial call for applications received 31 letters of intent, which DiPaola sees as evidence of UK's strong research enterprise and the readiness of its clinical care teams to advance discovery and impact patient care.


Due to the success of the first round of applications, the MVP issued a second request for applications in August 2016. Applications are currently under review and funding decisions will be announced in January 2017.  


2016 MVP pilot funding awardees include the following projects and teams:


Improving addiction treatment for hospitalized opioid dependent patients with infective endocarditis

Principle Investigators:  Dr. Laura Fanucchi and Sharon Walsh

Team Members:  Dr. Michelle Lofwall, Jason Joy, Terri Powell, Diana Norkus, Paul Nuzzo, Kristina Tucker, Dan Cleland and Barbara Davis


Early intra-articular anti-inflammatory treatment after ACL injury and reconstruction: a randomized clinical trial

Principal Investigators:  Dr. Christian Lattermann and John Abt

Team Members: Peter Hardy, Cale Jacobs and Heather Bush


The INFUSE trial - Intervening with Platelet Transfusions in Septic Patients

Principal Investigators:  Dr. Susan Smyth and Dr. Zhenyu Li

Team Members:  Sidney Whiteheart, Peter Morris, Xiang-An LI, Hiroshi Saito, Richard Charnigo, Binggang Xiang and Travis Sexton


Treatment of FUS-related ALS with Betamethasone

Principal Investigators: Dr. Edward Kasarskis and Daret St. Clair

Team Members:  Luksana Chaiswing, Haining Zhu, Robert (Tony) English, Melody Ryan, Markos Leggas, Meghann Bruno and Meha Joshi 


Altered Lipid Metabolism as a Novel Target for Colon Cancer Treatment

Principal Investigators:  Dr. Mark Evers and Tianyan Gao

Team Members:  Dr. Gaurav Goel, Dr. Ching-Wei Tzeng, Dr. Peter Hosein, Dr. Sean Dineen, Dr. Phillip Desimone, Dr. Sandra Beck, Dr. John Hourigan, Yekaterina Zaytseva, Dr. Eun Lee, Sivkumaran Theru Arumugam and Heidi L. Weiss


Assessing effects of electronic cigarettes on airway resistance in asthma

Principal Investigators:  Dr. Mehdi Khosravi and Lu Yuan Lee

Team Members:  Paul Bryan Collins, Richard Kryscio, Thomas Kelly and Kristin Ashford


These teams will be featured on an upcoming MVP website, which will also include updates on the progress of their research.


Questions about the MVP program can be directed to Elodie Elayi, research development director of the CCTS, at or 859-323-7939.


If you are interested in sponsoring an MVP team, please contact Elodie Elayi at the information above. 


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Families Remember Babies through Arboretum Walk, Tree Planting

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 15:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2016) — In the past year, more than 100 families mourned a loss from miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death at the UK HealthCare Labor and Delivery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Health care providers in the NICU and Labor Delivery gather annually for a time of remembrance to ensure those children are never forgotten.


Members of the units will host the annual Walk to Remember on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. in The Arboretum at 500 Alumni Drive. Now in its 20th year, the event reunites families with health care providers and staff members who provided compassionate care for their child. Held the first weekend of October, the event occurs during National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.


Families are invited to walk through the Arboretum. The NICU and Labor and Delivery staff will plant a tree in memory of all the babies who died in the past year. Families can write a message to their baby to be planted with the tree. Each tree is marked with a bronze plaque that honors the memory of the children.


The event also includes a poetry reading, an opportunity for family members to share memories, a balloon release, refreshments and crafts for children. Members of the public may respectfully attend in support of families.


For more information, contact Kentucky Children’s Hospital Chaplain Rev. Christine Ross at (859) 323-4132. Media should notify UK Public Relations of intentions to attend the event in advance.


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Test of UK Alert System Scheduled for Today is Canceled

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 08:56
The TEST of the UK Alert system planned for noon today, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, has been canceled.  It will be rescheduled for a future date and campus will be notified at that time. 

UK Alert is an emergency notification system designed for use only when an incident disrupts normal campus operations or threatens the immediate health and safety of the campus community. Alerts are issued when a serious crime or other incident (gas leak, tornado warning, etc.) occurs on campus posing a threat that requires immediate action.


All UK students, staff and faculty are registered in UK Alert with their official university email address. The university encourages all UK community members to provide at least one other form of notification, i.e., a cell phone number to receive voice calls and/or text messages.


Information can be updated via the myUK portal. Students can log into myUK and choose the "Student Services" tab where you will find the UKAlert link. Employees should log into myUK, choose the "Employee Self-Service" tab followed by the "UK Accounts & Services" link where you will find the UKAlert link under "UK Services." 

UK Will Implement New TRIP Travel Documentation Solution

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 08:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) — The University of Kentucky announces the implementation of TRIP Travel Document Solution.


TRIP is an online software program designed to streamline the creation, submission, approval and payment of travel requests and travel expense reports in SAP. TRIP will be available to UK employees on Monday, Oct. 10.


TRIP is accessible through the Employee Self Service portal (ESS) on myUK.


Travel documents can be created by the traveler or by a proxy. Supporting documentation will be attached to the trip and available for review throughout the approval process. All documents will route to traveler if created by proxy; to supervisor; and to budget officer(s) as listed in approver table. The Office of the Treasurer is the final approver.


A key benefit of the new TRIP online program is that travel reimbursements will be made through direct deposit using the main bank stored in the traveler’s payroll record.


Current paper documents will continue to be accepted until Dec. 31, 2016, to allow sufficient time for migration to the online TRIP solution. Payment through direct deposit is for online travel reimbursements and not those prepared using the current paper process.


Five town hall sessions have been scheduled to demonstrate the system and to explain training resources. Administrative personnel currently involved in travel voucher preparation or approval are encouraged to attend.  


The town hall dates, times and locations are as follows:


Date                                       Time                                       Location

Monday, 10/10/16                  2:30-3:45                                383 Gatton Classroom

Tuesday, 10/11/16                 10:30-11:45                             College of Nursing, Room 115

Thursday, 10/13/16                9:30-10:45                              Plant Sciences Building, Cameron                                                                                               Williams Auditorium

Monday, 10/17/16                  9:30-10:45                              383 Gatton Classroom

Monday, 10/17/16                  1:30-2:45                                College of Nursing, Room 115


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Trip Quick Reference Cards are located on the Accounts Payable website at


Several university offices have participated in the TRIP pilot program.


"The Office of Philanthropy is grateful for the opportunity to participate in the TRIP pilot program. We have witnessed first-hand the multiple benefits of this new electronic travel document process," said Maria Lykins, administrative staff officer in the Office of Philanthropy. "Our travel proxies, supervisors and approvers are impressed with the ease of processing. Our fundraising professionals are ecstatic about the efficient direct deposit of travel reimbursements."



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Million Women Mentors–Kentucky Unveiled in Frankfort Wednesday

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 22:51

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) — Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto, Professor Czarena Crofcheck and student Kate Collins, all of the University of Kentucky, participated in yesterday's launch of the Million Women Mentors initiative in Kentucky (MWM-KY).  The event, hosted by Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton and the Kentucky Commission on Women, took place  in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building.


Hampton serves as the honorary chair for MWM-KY, which was created to support girls and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by providing one million STEM mentors. Crofcheck, professor in UK's Department of Biosystmes and Agricultural Engineering, and Kathy Plomin, with the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative, serve as co-chairs of MWM-KY.


Hampton delivered the keynote address, speaking on her own experience as a woman in STEM. The program also featured leaders from manufacturing, education, and industry speaking on the importance of mentoring girls and young women in STEM. Capilouto joined the launch event to emphasize the importance of STEM education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Other speakers included Sandra McCain, director of technology development at Lexmark International; Danette Wilder, president and CEO of SealingLife Technology; and Kate Collins, a senior physics major at UK and student ambassador for the #IAmAWomanInSTEM inititative.


To learn more on how you can participate in Kentucky or other state efforts with Million Women Mentors, please register at the website


About Million Women Mentors: Launched Jan. 8, 2014, MWM is the collective action of more than 65 national partners and 60 corporate sponsors (as of September 2016) designed to increase the number of girls and women within the high school to work age continuum that persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. To date, MWM has more than 750,000 men and women serving as STEM mentors, coaches, role models, partners and sponsors. For more information on MWM, please visit


About STEMconnector®: STEMconnector® is a consortium of over 110 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce and jobs, with a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Its work spans the entire pipeline (kindergarten to jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers. For more information, visit



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VIP Center to Host Gathering 'We Belong UK: Recognizing Racial Trauma'

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 15:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016)  Today at noon in the private dining room at The 90, the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP Center) will host a gathering, "We Belong UK: Recognizing Racial Trauma." 


This gathering will be a time for the campus community to come together in solidarity with those impacted by racial trauma.


“Repeated exposure to race-based trauma takes a toll on us — individually and as a community," said VIP Center Director Rhonda Henry. "This will be an opportunity to connect as a community, learn how racial trauma is showing up on our campus and how we can support one another.”


If you are unable to attend, you may livestream the event at here. Livestreaming will begin at 12:15 p.m.



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New Lecture Series Brings Inspirational Women in Law to UK

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 14:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016)  The University of Kentucky College of Law Women’s Law Caucus (WLC) hosted Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine (UK Law ’94) last Tuesday as the first speaker of a new lecture series titled, "Inspirational Women in the Law.”


The idea for the lecture series is credited to Allie Vaughan Miller, a third-year law student and WLC education chair. Through the series, WLC hopes to provide students with access to prominent women attorneys and judges who can serve as an inspiration to both young women and men entering the legal profession.


The first lecture did not disappoint. Goodwine shared with UK Law students her incredible life story and experience on the bench. Those in attendance quickly learned that her path to success was not an easy one. After the passing of the two most important people in her life, her parents, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Her life-threatening health issues eventually led to a procedure to remove her colon. When Goodwine left the hospital, the likelihood of ever working again was slim to none.


But, against all odds, Goodwine recovered, and in 1991 she received her undergraduate degree in management from UK. She went on to receive her juris doctor from UK Law in 1994, and following graduation, joined the firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs in Lexington. Many questioned her decision to join a firm with no African-American attorneys. Goodwine responded, “Maybe I will open the door for others, not only for women but for minorities.”


Everyone believed the Youngstown, Ohio, native would one day lose sight of her vision to wear a black robe. But in 1999, she became the first African-American female judge in Fayette County through an appointment, then subsequent election, as a district judge. In 2003, she was elected a circuit judge in Fayette County, a role she has held for 14 years.


“I love my job and I love the impact I have on the circuit court bench,” Goodwine said.


After sharing her story, she answered questions from students and encouraged the next generation of lawyers to be prompt, be professional and be prepared — three qualities she says are on the decline.


“If you remember the three P’s and the Optimist Creed, you’ll all have very promising careers,” said Judge Goodwine as she ended the lecture.


“Judge Goodwine was a perfect fit for our very first speaker in the WLC ‘Inspirational Women in the Law’ Lecture Series,” said Brittany Crouch, third-year law student and president of WLC. “It was great for both our students and members to hear a local judge and UK Law graduate candidly discuss the personal hurdles she encountered on the way to achieving her lifelong dream of becoming a judge. I think her discussion today proved to be a very real and vivid reminder that you can accomplish so much if you believe in yourself and work hard for your goals.”


The Women's Law Caucus is a student organization at UK Law devoted to celebrating and fostering the contributions of women in the legal field. They lead a mentorship program with area attorneys, bring awareness to domestic and sexual violence, provide opportunities for personal and professional development, and host social and networking events in Lexington.



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Musicology Lecture Series Includes Exploration of Melody, Memory and Modulatio

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 13:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) The University of Kentucky Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology has announced its lectures and colloquiums for the fall semester. The events will bring several scholars in the fields to the UK School of Music for multiple free presentations that are open to the public.


Five lectures are being presented this fall by the division. Next up is the Rey M. Longyear Lecture titled “Melody, Memory, and Modulatio — the Genesis of Notker’s 'Liber ymnorum.'” The talk will be presented by Calvin Bower, professor emeritus of musicology at University of Notre Dame, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in the Niles Gallery of the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.


This fall's other scholars, topics and scheduled lecture dates are as follows:

· Guest Lecture - “Dispersed Harmonies: Sacred Harp's Racial Geographies and Folklore Genealogies” presented by Jesse Karlsberg, Post-doctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities Publishing at Emory University Center for Digital Scholarship, 3:30 Friday, Oct. 14;

· Year of South Asia Guest Speaker - Anna Morcom, professor of music at University of London and author of "Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance: Culture of Exclusion," 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7; and

· Rey M. Longyear Lecture - "Beauty and the Barber: Pauline Viardot, Performance, Transformation,” presented by Hilary Poriss, associate professor of music history at Northeastern University, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

All of the lectures will be presented in the Niles Gallery, located in the Little Fine Arts Library. The series began with the FOCUS Guest Lecture with Michael Yonchak, an assistant professor of music at Otterbein University. Yonchak presented his lecture "We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat: Landing Zappa's 'Yellow Shark'" on Sept. 23.


In addition to lectures, the UK Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology is presenting two colloquiums. "Colloquium: Introduction to IRB" will be presented by Belinda Smith, research education specialist with the UK Office of Research Integrity, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the Niles Gallery of the Little Fine Arts Library. A previous colloquium on pedagogy with Erin Bliss, world music lecturer at UK, was held earlier this month.


The UK Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology's guest lecture series is made possible by endowments established by former UK Professor of Musicology Rey M. Longyear and his wife Katie, and by UK Emeritus Professor of Physics Keith MacAdam.


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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UK Dining Experiences Significant Growth in Purchases From Kentucky Businesses, Locally Sourced Food

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 13:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) — The University of Kentucky will be changing definitions in 2016-2017 for what items are included in measuring progress in purchases from local food sources and Kentucky food businesses and processors.


UK created the definitions for local and Kentucky food and business purchases when partnering with Aramark in 2014. Those definitions were based on how the university defined those categories when it operated its own dining operation. The intent of the university was to create a fair benchmark for measuring local and state food purchases over time.


Reflecting recommendations from The Food Connection to improve the methodology and transparency for examining and measuring local purchases, UK Dining will not include Coke, Pepsi and ice in its calculations for the 2016-2017 year.


The Food Connection was created in 2014 with a $5 million investment from UK dining partner, Aramark, to deeply examine and make recommendations for improving the local and state food economies.


In 2015, The Food Connection published a report that detailed a new methodology to help better examine supply chains and understand purchasing impacts on local farms and Kentucky food businesses and processors.


Already, in 2015-2016 growth in local purchases out-stripped those for Coke, Pepsi and ice, a reflection of a growing commitment to local and Kentucky food and farm economies. Local purchases — excluding Coke, Pepsi and ice — increased by more than 27 percent in 2015-2016.


Specifically, local purchases excluding Coke, Pepsi and ice represented 11.6 percent of total food and beverage purchases in 2014-2015. That number rose significantly to 15.3 percent in 2015-2016. Success stories include local or regional companies such as Boone Creek Creamery, of Lexington, and Boone Butcher, of Bardstown. UK hopes to continue to add partnerships like these.


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“We believe that taking those products out of our assessment of local food purchasing impact and performance will give us a clearer and stronger sense of the impact on the local and state food economies,” said Nancy Cox, dean of the UK College of Agriculture Food and Environment (CAFE). CAFE oversees the work of The Food Connection. “Everyone — and all of our partners — want the same thing: a vibrant dining service for our campus community and one that strongly supports the development of a robust food and agribusiness economy."


"But no matter the measurement, we are making progress toward that end. With new definitions — and a continued commitment — that progress will be even more clearly defined," Cox said. 


Local purchases overall also represent a larger share of total UK dining purchases — 27.7 percent of total purchases in 2015-2016, compared to 22.2 percent in 2014-2015.


The largest areas of growth were seen in Kentucky food businesses (defined as businesses with majority Kentucky ownership), including those with a majority Kentucky farm source impact (defined as products containing at least 50 percent Kentucky farm sourced ingredients).


Including products such as Coke, Pepsi and ice — which are packaged or produced locally — total local sourcing increased 20 percent from 2014-2015 to 2015-2016, according to the analysis conducted by The Food Connection.


The Food Connection report and data breaking down UK dining purchases can be found here.


Over the next several weeks, specific language will be incorporated into the dining contract between UK and Aramark that takes Kentucky-based distributors without Kentucky farm impact — businesses such as Coke, Pepsi and ice — out of what will be counted in the measurement of local and Kentucky food business purchases.


That redefining of locally sourced food for the contract is the result of continued work by UK’s Food Connection to better define and measure the university’s dining purchases and their impact on the state and local food economies.


The Food Connection’s assessment — as well as the contract between UK and Aramark — examines Kentucky Proud as well as local food and beverage purchases. Kentucky Proud is a state defined branding program operated by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Local expenditures in the current contract are defined as any product sourced from Fayette and the six adjoining Kentucky counties.


“We continue to be gratified by the power of partnership and the commitment everyone has to local food purchasing that serves our campus community as well as our local and state economies,” said Eric N. Monday, the university’s executive vice president for finance and administration. “Because of Aramark’s investment in UK, and its commitment to Kentucky, we are understanding more deeply food supply chains and how we can continue to grow our purchases in ways that directly and positively impact local farms and food businesses.”



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Book Chronicling Kentucky's World War I History Wins Clark Medallion

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 13:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) "Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front," by historian and former University of Kentucky administrator David J. Bettez, was named this year's Thomas D. Clark Medallion recipient at a ceremony held Sept. 23, at UK's Maxwell Place. The book is considered the first comprehensive analysis of the impact of the Great War on Bluegrass society, politics, economy and culture, contextualizing the state’s involvement within the national experience.


The Thomas D. Clark Medallion is presented by the Thomas D. Clark Foundation, which was established in 1994 in honor of Thomas D. Clark, Kentucky’s historian laureate and founder of the University Press of Kentucky (UPK). Since 2012, the foundation has chosen one book each year that highlights Kentucky history and culture to be honored with a Clark Medallion. Previous medallion recipients are "Kentucky Government, Politics and Public Policy," "The Hills Remember: The Complete Short Stories of James Still," "Violence Against Women in Kentucky: A History of U.S. and State Legislative Reform" and The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia.


Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. Since that day in April 1917, many books have been written detailing the war and exploring its effects on the world and nation at large, but no comprehensive history of the war’s effects on Kentucky existed.


At the outbreak of the war, most citizens had relatively little government interaction in their daily lives. In addition, Kentuckians’ unique way of identifying by county did little to promote unity. However, unlike the Civil War, which pitted brother against brother, Kentuckians of all ages, races, both sexes, and every political, economic and social status were expected to “do their part.” The Kentucky that emerged from the war was markedly different than the state that entered it.


"Kentucky and the Great War," published by UPK, focuses mainly on the domestic aspects of Kentucky’s contribution. Bettez gathered information for the book from sources all over the state, including numerous local newspapers along with surviving county-specific histories of the war compiled at the time under the direction of state war historian Fred Caldwell.


Bettez begins by outlining Kentuckians’ responses to the outbreak of war in 1914 and the decision to enter the war in 1917, and continues with chapters on army installations in the state, the impact of the war on women and African Americans, the role of religious groups and institutions of higher education on the home front, and the impact of the war of the state’s economy.


Rather than focus on the contributions that Kentuckians made oversees, Bettez discusses the impact of the war more locally. As a state dominated by mining and agriculture, Kentucky saw a boom in both industries, which set the stage for continued growth through the 1920s. The state’s large agrarian population also made it easier for government programs such as the Food and Fuel Administration to permeate even the most remote parts of Kentucky, reaching both white and African-American rural farmers. With a large number of men overseas, women were also able to take a more prominent role statewide, and chapters of the Women’s Committee of the Council of National Defense, under the direction of Sallie Bruce of Louisville, organized and led community garden efforts throughout the state to provide food for the nation.


Bettez, though focused on the home front, does not leave out the important contributions of Kentuckians who served “over there.” With one of the lowest draft-dodging rates in the nation, Kentuckians showed that while they were a divided state, they were more than willing to unite in order to defend the nation. Over 100,000 Kentucky men served, including several key leaders in the overseas war effort, such as Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Hugh Scott of Danville and Gen. Logan Feland of Hopkinsville, who led the Marine Corp efforts at the Battle of Belleau Wood. In addition, two Kentuckians, Willy Sandlin and Samuel Woodfill, received the Medal of Honor for their actions overseas.


David J. Bettez, former director of the UK Office of International Affairs (now the UK International Center), is also the author of "Kentucky Marine: Major General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMC," which won the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Colonel Joseph Alexander Award for Biography. Also published by UPK, "Kentucky Marine" was recently release in paperback.


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



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Behind the Blue: Conversation With UK President Eli Capilouto

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:56



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) On July 1, 2011, Eli Capilouto left his position as the provost of the University of Alabama-Birmingham to become the 12th president of the University of Kentucky. Over the past five years, UK has undergone significant physical transformation of its academic, research, residential, health care and community spaces. Through partnership, increased philanthropy, and effective financial management, UK is self-financing the vast majority of its more than $1.9 billion infrastructure development.


Among the construction initiated or authorized in that time are 14 new residence halls, several dining facilities, renovation and expansion of the Gatton College of Business and Economics, the new Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building, revitalization of Commonwealth Stadium, renovation and expansion of the Student Center, continued work to A.B. Chandler Hospita and more.


But, perhaps bigger than that, Capilouto is attempting to oversee a transformation of the college experience for UK students by investing in student financial aid, an Honors College, increased student resources in counseling and academic advising, and the strengthening of an academic community in areas of inclusivity and diversity.


President Capilouto is this week's guest on "Behind the Blue" where he talks to Kody Kiser, Amy Jones-Timoney and Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing about his time here at the university, how the lessons learned in his life have shaped his approach to the job of president, what’s on his music playlist, and much more.


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Retired Professor's Easter Island Novel Reflects 10 Years of Research

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:32


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016)  Former University of Kentucky Hispanic studies professor Edward Stanton’s newest young adult novel, “Wide as the Wind,” will be released Saturday. A book launch with the author is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Morris Book Shop, in Lexington.


A stirring book of adventure and a prophetic tale for our times, “Wide as the Wind” tells of Polynesian passages across the Pacific Ocean in canoes with no metal parts or instruments, journeys that the National Geographic has called the greatest feat in human prehistory, as bold as modern space voyages.


Based on Stanton’s 10 years of research and his travel to Easter Island, the novel is the first to deal with the stunning, tragic history of Easter Island.


“Wide as the Wind” is quest fiction to enthrall readers young and old. When Vaitéa is ravaged by war, hunger and destruction, it falls upon Miru, the 15-year-old son of a tribal warrior, to sail to a distant island to find the seeds and shoots of trees that could reforest his homeland. If he decides to undertake the voyage, he must leave behind Kenetéa, a young woman from an enemy tribe with whom he has fallen deeply in love. And if Miru and his crew survive the storms, sharks and marauding ships that await them on a journey over uncharted ocean, an even greater mission would lie ahead. They must show their people that devotion to the earth and sea can be as strong as war and hatred.


“Wide as the Wind” is based on Stanton’s years of travel and research on Easter Island, whose name he has changed in his novel in order to extend its vision to all of Polynesia.


Stanton is the author of 11 books, some of which have been translated and published in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. “Road of Stars to Santiago,” the story of his 500-mile walk on the ancient pilgrimage route to Compostela, was called one of the two best books on the subject by The New York Times. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer James Michener said, “Edward Stanton recounts his adventures with stylish conviction.”



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