UK's Green Dot Featured on Fusion Network

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 09:37


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2014) -- Earlier this fall, Alicia Menendez of Fusion, a news and pop culture TV and digital network, visited the University of Kentucky to explore  why the White House recently acknowledged UK’s Green Dot approach as an effective prevention to sexual assault.


Green Dot is unique because it attempts to prevent violence before it happens. It’s working to create a campus-wide culture that encourages intervention and relies on students to look out for one another,” said Menendez.


The anchor for “Alicia Menendez Tonight” interviewed President Eli Capilouto, Director of the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center Rhonda Henry and several students, including senior Allyson Lough.


“But just as much as I would intervene,” Lough said, “I’m trusting that my fellow student, my peer, someone in their 18 to 20s, someone who is also a University of Kentucky Wildcat, is willing to recognize that we are similar, and that we respect each other enough for them to step in for me.”


For the complete report, visit here.


UK HealthCare Implements Temporary Visitation Measures Due to Flu

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 19:49


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2014) – UK HealthCare has temporarily amended its inpatient hospital visitation policy to be proactive in helping protect the health and well-being of patients and health care workers during this flu season. Visitation restrictions are in effect as of 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22.


The measures include:


o     No visitors under the age of 12

o     No visitors with any symptoms of flu-like illness

o     Only two visitors will be permitted in a patient’s room at one time

o     Visitors may be issued masks or other protective clothing for use when visiting

o     Additional restrictions may be in place in special care units such as women's and children’s units, critical care and oncology units.

o     Compassionate visitation exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.


"Due to an increasing number of flu cases in Kentucky, UK HealthCare will be instituting these procedures designed to help protect patients, visitors and staff from exposure to the flu and are in effect at all UK HealthCare inpatient units including University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital and Eastern State Hospital," said Kim Blanton, enterprise director for infection prevention and control at UK HealthCare. 


Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the flu was widespread in 29 of the 54 states and territories that it tracks -- including Kentucky. This time last year, it was widespread in only four.


It is still recommended everyone six months of age and older who hasn't received a flu shot yet, receive one, Blanton said. "A flu vaccine is still the first and best way to prevent influenza," she said.


Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Flu antiviral drugs are available and work best for treatment when they are started within two days of getting sick. However, starting them later can still be helpful, especially if the sick person has a high risk health condition or is very sick from the flu.


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Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Wins First Prize at International Forest Fire Conference

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2014)Jeremiah Fugate, recent graduate of the mechanical engineering master's program at the University of Kentucky, won first prize in the research poster session at the 7th International Conference on Forest Fire Research in Coimbra, Portugal, held Nov. 17-21.


Fugate worked with his UK advisors Kozo Saito, director of the Institute of Research for Technology Development (IR4TD); Nelson Akafuah, assistant research professor of mechanical engineering; and Abbot Maginnis, academic program coordinator in the Lean Systems Program; alongside U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers Mark A. Finney and Jason Forthofer, to produce a paper for the international conference titled, "A Focused Analysis on Lean Fire Management Systems." The paper proposes the application of lean manufacturing techniques to fire services, particularly root cause analysis and systematic problem-solving to post-incident reflection meetings for facilitation of continuous improvement.


The conference takes place every four years and brings together scientists and practitioners from various parts of the world working on different aspects of forest fires, encourages the presentation and discussion of recent advances in scientific research and technical development, and includes presentations on new management methodologies, according to the conference website. Alongside Fugate’s poster, there were 50 other posters on display from researchers worldwide.


In addition to this achievement, Fugate, from Hazard, Kentucky, also graduated from the UK College of Engineering with a master's in mechanical engineering on Dec. 19. While pursuing his master’s degree at UK, he was the Lean Systems Fellow at IR4TD, and prior to that graduated with a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from UK.


He now hopes to work in the manufacturing setting using the knowledge he gained from working in the labs of the Lean Systems Program. The product of a 20-year long collaboration between Toyota and UK, the program utilizes and teaches Toyota's method to create an environment that supports and equips employees to perform continuous improvement.


“I am thankful for Dr. Kozo Saito and the Lean Systems Program for their support during the past two years," Fugat said. "Working with them has allowed me to bring lean manufacturing principles to a whole new audience and discuss it for people from around the world.


“I am nowhere near an expert in lean manufacturing, but I can see the usefulness of applying it on a day-to-day basis after the time I’ve spent here at UK. In addition to this, I see the end of my college education as the beginning of a lifelong learning process thanks to the excellent people at the IR4TD and the Lean Systems Program." 




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder,, 859-323-2396

Kentucky 4-H Agents Take on National Leadership Roles

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 20:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 23, 2014) — A trio of University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service agents recently earned top leadership positions within the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.


Lena Mallory, Susan Turner and Elijah Wilson are all Kentucky 4-H and youth development agents serving on the national association’s board of trustees. Mallory, of Marshall County, was named president-elect of the organization, and Turner, Monroe County, was named a junior director for the Southern Region. Cumberland County’s Elijah Wilson was appointed the chair of the Research and Evaluations Committee.


For Mallory, a Lexington native, 4-H runs in her family. She is a third generation 4-H’er and the daughter of a former 4-H agent. She began serving in a statewide 4-H leadership position when she served as state secretary while a 4-H’er. An agent for 15 years, Mallory has served young people in Graves and Marshall counties.


When she becomes president in 2015, Mallory plans to work toward increasing the involvement of international 4-H professionals, finding ways for the organization to work more efficiently and be more fiscally responsible while meeting the needs of the membership. She also wants to reignite mid-career agents’ passion for membership in the organization and continue to build relationships with National 4-H Council and 4-H National Headquarters. Her position is a 3-year appointment.


Mallory will represent the association and its nearly 3,800 members on the Joint Council of Extension Professionals, an organization that focuses on strengthening the efforts of member organizations and does what each cannot do alone.


A native of Monroe County, Turner has served as the county’s 4-H youth development agent for 16 years.


As a junior regional director, she will serve as liaison between the national association and the agent members in 17 southern states.


She and the other regional directors will be in charge of coordinating the council’s national conference during the next two years. She is also responsible for a quarterly regional newsletter that is sent out to members of the association.


“I firmly believe in the work that extension professionals do and how important it is for us to receive the support and guidance we need,” she said. “Our organization provides that support and guidance for us, and that’s something I wanted to be a part of.”


This is her first national appointment, but she has served Kentucky’s association as vice president and two terms as president.


Wilson, a Green County native, has served Cumberland County as the 4-H agent since 2006. Prior to that, the lifelong 4-H’er was a manager at Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp.


“I became an agent because I enjoy helping people help themselves,” he said. “I like being part of an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of lives of all Kentucky citizens.”


As chair of the Research and Evaluation Committee, Wilson oversees organizational research and The Journal of Youth Development, the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal.


This begins his second term serving as chair of this group and as a board of trustees member.

Semester Break Parking and Transit Changes

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 20:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2014) — During the break between the fall and spring semesters, demand for student parking is greatly reduced. As a result, Parking and Transportation Services does not control many of the student areas for permits during this period.


In general, all Residential (R) lots, with the exception of R6 (Seminary), R16, R17 and R18, and the C8 lot, are off control beginning Dec. 20. All employee lots will remain on control, including the joint use Employee/Commuter lots. Even though some lots are not controlled for permits, they are still monitored for other parking violations to include, but not limited to, parking in fire lanes, on yellow lines, and in disabled accessible parking.


The Kentucky Clinic Parking Garage (PS #3) and the UK HealthCare Parking Garage (PS # 8), will remain open at all times. No attendant will be on duty Thursday, Dec. 25 or Thursday, Jan. 1, at these two facilities.


The R4, R5, R11, R12 and R14 lots will resume normal parking control Monday, Jan. 5. The R3, R7, R8 and R10 lots will resume normal parking control on Saturday, Jan. 10. The C8 lot and evening and K areas will resume normal parking control Wednesday, Jan. 14.


Most regular CATS and Lextran campus bus service will not operate between semesters. For the 2014-15 semester break, PTS will operate one CATS bus on the Break Route. The route will run 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 22-24, Jan. 5-9, and Jan. 12–13. Please view the Break Route for pick-up times and locations. The UK HealthCare Route will not operate on Dec, 25 or Jan. 1. To support continual operations at the UK Chandler Hospital, the route will run 6 a.m. until midnight Dec. 24, 26, 29–31 and Jan. 2, but with only two buses on the route. The route will return to regular service on Jan. 5. The Kentucky Clinic Shuttle will not operate on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1; however, it will run a regular schedule Dec. 26, 29-31 and Jan. 2. On Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, the Kentucky Clinic Shuttle morning route will operate from 6:45 to 9 a.m. and the afternoon route will operate from 3 to 6 p.m. The route will resume regular service on Jan. 2.


The On-Demand Night bus will resume service Sunday, Jan. 11, operating from 7 p.m. to midnight with one bus to accommodate students returning to campus. The Yellow Night Route will resume Monday, Jan. 12. All other CATS routes and the Lextran Stadium Route will resume regular service Wednesday, Jan. 14.

UK Researchers Point to Impact of Combined Brain Injury and PTSD in War Veterans

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2014) — The U.S. Department of Defense identifies mild traumatic brain injury, or mTBI, as one of the signature injuries impacting veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. 


Often associated with the blast of an improvised explosive device (IED) in the field, an mTBI is commonly diagnosed in concurrence with posttraumatic stress disorder, a separate condition triggered by the traumatic event. A recent study suggests that 12 to 16 percent of all veterans involved in the Iraqi conflict have a history of mTBI and an estimated 13 to 17 percent of veterans return with a diagnosis of PTSD resulting from an injury. One-third of all veterans with a TBI also suffer from PTSD.


Since the time both conflicts began, medical researchers have studied the short- and long-term psychological and neuropsychological effects of PTSD and mild TBI as independent conditions. Recently, researchers at the University of Kentucky published findings from a collaborative, multi-site study considering the collective, as well as individual, effects of mTBI and PTSD on psychological and cognitive functioning.


The results, which are scheduled to appear in The Journal of Neurotrauma, suggest veterans suffering from both conditions have poorer cognitive and psychological outcomes than veterans diagnosed with only one of the conditions. The research also raises the possibility that mTBI results in persistent but mild cognitive challenges for some veterans.   


Dr. Walter High, an adjunct associate professor in the UK Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery and Psychology, and researchers at the University of Kentucky Department of Psychology, worked with veterans at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Hospital on the UK campus to conduct a series of neuropsychological tasks measuring their cognitive function. Participating veterans were classified as mTBi only, PTSD only, or both mTBI and PTSD. The tests evaluated cognitive processing speed, IQ, verbal memory, psychological distress and more. Participants were also grouped according to their similarities in IQ, age and other characteristics.


“Most previous studies have not adequately separated out the cognitive  effects due to mTBI from the cognitive effects due to PTSD,” High said. Our study is relatively unique because it includes a comparison group of veterans with PTSD only. This is extremely important because the effects of mTBI and PTSD can be very similar. The inclusion of a group of veterans with both mTBI and PTSD also allowed us to look at the interactive effects of these conditions."


While research has suggested that infrequent isolated concussions (mTBI) have minimal long-term effects, PTSD has been linked to long-term impairment of psychological functioning and memory loss. The set of data was distinctive from other research trials on long-term effects of mTBI in that the researchers were able to rule out confounding variables influencing cognitive processing. Through an analysis of the data, High and UK doctoral student Hannah Combs, who published the paper as her master's degree thesis, found small decrements in information processing efficiency, attention and memory that could be attributed to the mTBI. David Berry, Ph.D, professor in the Department of Psychology, was a key collaborator in the study helping to characterize the validity of veteran performances and chairing Combs' master’s committee.


"We feel we know this phenomenon, but this shows there is more to it than we originally expected," Combs said of the effects of mTBI. "If a veteran is complaining about these issues, there's a good chance they are  true."


High said the decrements attributable to mTBI are small  and not disabling. Veterans can overcome the mild cognitive impairment caused by mTBI with proper  education about mTBI and therapies. The study will help guide psychologists implement proper cognitive therapies for injured veterans suffering from these mild effects.


“The take-home message is that we need to validate to the veteran that the problems they are experiencing are real, but to reassure them that their cognitive abilities are within normal limits and they can still be successful,” High said. “There are strategies to rehabilitate and exercise their memory.”


Researchers at UK, the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Southern Arizona Department of Veteran Affairs collaborated on the study. One-third of the study’s participants represented patients at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Hospital. The study was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

New Human Performance Lab Enhances Research Infrastructure, Collaborations

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2014) — In 1987, the UK colleges of Education and Allied Health, now called Health Sciences, and the Center for Biomedical Engineering formed a collaborative Biodynamics Lab to study sports injuries and rehabilitation. Building upon this rich history of helping athletes prevent injury and increase performance, today the lab has a new location, extensive new equipment and capacities, and a new name: the Human Performance Lab.


The new Human Performance Lab provides a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility not only for assessment of form during movements such as running and throwing, but other kinds of functional assessments as well, including strength, endurance, gait and balance. These types of assessments are critical to better understand functional movement and conduct more sophisticated movement and exercise studies in fields beyond athletics and injury, such as healthy aging and neurological disorders.


Robert Shapiro, Ph.D., associate dean for research and innovation in the UK College of Education, has directed the lab since its inception. Charlotte Peterson, Ph.D., associate dean for research in the College of Health Sciences, serves as co-director.


"The new space and equipment of the lab lets us expand beyond the athletic population, to include, for example, Parkinson's patients, 'pre'-habilitation, and aging issues," said Peterson. "The sorts of research projects that we want to highlight are those related to some of Kentucky's biggest health challenges — obesity, diabetes, and functional status in the elderly. We're interested in new ways to help people improve quality of life and maintain functional independence."


The dedicated space for exercise studies, including separate exam rooms, is also a benefit to research participants.


"Exercise and physical activity studies don't always need participants to come to the hospital, and the lab creates a non-clinical environment that's a little more like going to the gym instead of going to the hospital," said Dr. Philip Kern, director of the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science.


The expanded capacity and resources of the lab not only support current research but also serve as a catalyst for new multidisciplinary collaborations and translational research. For example, the College of Health Sciences, the Department of Neurology in the College of Medicine, the Sanders Brown Center on Aging, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science jointly purchased a GAITRite, which analyzes how a person walks, for the Human Performance Lab and will be used for pre- and post-testing of Parkinson's patients following deep brain stimulation surgery.


The lab also provides unique research opportunities for undergraduate students. There are currently around 1,000 undergradguate students majoring in exercise science at UK, all of whom will take a course that involves working in the lab.


Peterson hopes that in addition to expanding current research opportunities and involving students in research, the Human Performance Lab will prompt increased consideration of functional assessments across the spectrum of health research.


"Ideally, this facility and expertise will encourage researchers to think more about incorporating functional assessments and physical activity interventions into their research programs," she said.


To learn more about participating in research and to stay up-to-date about health research opportunities at UK, please visit www.ukclinicalresearch.comMEDIA CONTACT: Mallory Powell, 

VIDEO: UK Students Simultaneously Tackle Food Waste Problem and Help Lexington's Hungry

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:25



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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 24, 2014) — A new program on campus is fostering community outreach to those in need, educating students about hunger and nutrition and helping the university repurpose its food waste.


The new initiative is part of a nationwide program called the Campus Kitchen.  Like the recently opened Big Blue Pantry, it is an organization with aspirations to bring awareness to issues surrounding hunger, albeit in a different way. The focus of the kitchen is on helping people on and off campus in the greater Lexington community while also trying to keep food  from going to waste. 


During the past several weeks of the fall 2014 semester, more than 100 students have signed up to collect un-used food from UK Dining as well as produce from the UK College of Agriculture Food and Environment’s Horticulture Research Farm to cook meals.  They’ve delivered those meals to Lexington charities such as the Catholic Action Center, Salvation Army and Hope Center.   Students have even prepared meals for Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy students (on campus for tutoring through the Center for Community Outreach) to take home in hopes they will share with their siblings. 


UK sophomore Walter Brown, who is majoring in dietetics and human nutrition in the School of Human Environmental Sciences, serves as president of this student group.  He says being a part of this program is about much more than learning, cooking and giving back. 


Watch the video above to discover why Brown's background makes him so committed and how he hopes to change the perception of college students for the greater Lexington community. 



VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282,

Emeritus Gatton Professor Named Chair of Federal Bank

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2014)  University of Kentucky Professor Emeritus Donald J. Mullineaux recently was elected to serve as chair of the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. He succeeds Carl J. Wick as chair, for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2015.


Mullineaux, who retired earlier this year after 30 years on the faculty of UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics, was first elected to serve on the board as an independent director beginning in 2010, and was re-elected in 2012.


"I am honored that my colleagues on the board saw fit to select me for this important position," said Mullineaux. "This institution provides financial services to member institutions in support of housing and economic development in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee."


Mullineaux, a resident of Lexington, is Emeritus duPont Endowed Chair in Banking and Financial Services at the Gatton College. He received his doctorate in economics from Boston College and is a former senior vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Mullineaux has served as the curriculum director of the American Bankers Association's Stonier Graduate School of Banking since 2002 and is widely published in the academic and financial press. He served as chair of the FHLBank's Finance and Risk Management Committee prior to his election as chair of the board.


Over the course of his three decades at UK, Mullineaux received numerous awards and honors for his teaching and research. In addition, he is regularly sought out by members of the news media for his expertise on banking and finance issues.


"The FHLBank of Cincinnati is indeed fortunate to have a person of Don Mullineaux's knowledge and experience to serve as its chair of the board," said David W. Blackwell, dean of the Gatton College.


Andrew S. Howell, who earned a bachelor's degree in business adminstration from the Gatton College in 1983, is president and chief executive officer of the FHLBank of Cincinnati.



MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200;

Road Realignment to Impact UK Sports Center North Parking Lot

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 18:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2014) – The reconfiguration of the former Cooperstown Drive with Sports Center Drive is slated to begin Monday, Dec. 22. The construction of this bypass road connecting the area east of the new South Campus residence halls to Woodland Avenue is expected to result in the loss of approximately 127 of the 312 parking spaces in the Sports Center North Lot, adjacent to Cliff Hagan Stadium.


The need for the bypass road was established through the university’s master planning process. This project, which will upgrade and improve infrastructure in the South Campus area, is expected to last until mid-June 2015. Initially, 166 spaces will be blocked for construction, but 39 will be reclaimed at the conclusion of the project.


Employees with valid E permits who normally park in this lot may park in any E Lot. Options in the vicinity include the E spaces on University Drive and the Green Lot, adjacent to the Oswald Building. The Orange Lot, located at the corner of University and Alumni Drives, has park-and-ride service for UK HealthCare employees. Finally, employee (E) permits are now authorized to park in any K Lot, including the Red, and Blue Lots, as well as the Greg Page Overflow Lot and the Soccer/Softball Complex Lots, allowing employees more flexibility if their desired parking area is at capacity.  


International Student Council Creates Partnership With SGA

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 17:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2014) — University of Kentucky senior JoAna Jesus was recently selected to serve as the liaison between the International Student Council (ISC) and the Student Government Association (SGA) for the 2014-2015 academic year.


“Until this fall, my position didn’t exist as part of SGA or in ISC,” Jesus said.


With this partnership, Jesus will attend both weekly SGA and ISC meetings to foster and develop ideas in order to better serve international students.  


“We decided to create an additional liaison position within SGA in order to provide international students with a way to communicate their needs and concerns," Seth Greene, the SGA liaison director, said. "After meeting JoAna, I knew she was perfect for the position. As a senior political science major, she possessed the attributes needed to successfully represent and convey the needs of the international community. We are very excited about working closely with international students and representing them the best we can.”


The creation of the liaison position is only the first step that ISC has taken in order to become a prominent source of representation for the international student body on campus. The ISC has spoken with many parties on campus to discuss the need for coming together and finding solutions for various issues that international students face on campus.


“Current and ongoing conversations with any student or student group are beneficial for a better understanding of the issues each face. It is clear we have additional work to do to better understand and appreciate the challenges encountered by our international student population and create a strategy that better meets their needs,” said Victor Hazard, dean of students and associate vice president for student affairs, who has already held meetings with representatives from ISC to help develop ideas for resolving issues. 


With all of the work that ISC has done in their new role to promote its mission of being an umbrella organization that celebrates diversity and provides a forum for exchanging ideas and planning events, there is still much more work to be done.


“ISC has really made a lot of progress as far as becoming more systematic in our organization, but there’s still a lot more for ISC to do. I’m excited for the possibilities that this new collaboration with the SGA brings,” Jesus said.


Currently, Jesus is waiting to meet with senators in SGA to discuss plans for a workshop that will help international students new to UK easily adapt to life in Lexington.




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


WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Talks Sustainability This Week

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2014) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  This week's guests are UK Sustainability Coordinator Shane Tedder and Suzette Walling of the Tracy Farmer Institute discussing sustainability at UK. The President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee recently awarded $100,000 to seven campus teams and Tedder and Walling discuss the projects and their impact on campus and the Lexington community.


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.

Mathematics Receives More than $550,000 to Support Inclusive, Diverse Graduate Program

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2014) – The first two years of doctoral study in science and technology fields are critical to student success — particularly for underrepresented populations.


Reflecting the University of Kentucky's growing leadership in ensuring more diversity in graduate studies, President Eli Capilouto Friday announced that the university's Department of Mathematics, within the College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a $559,626 National Science Foundation grant to fund the new Graduate Scholars in Mathematics program. The funding will be dispersed through July 2019.


The program will support incoming mathematics graduate students at UK, including first-generation and Appalachian students, for the critical first two years of doctoral study, with a goal of helping to build a more diverse community of mathematicians.  


Graduate Scholars in Mathematics (GSM), accepting applications until Jan. 15 and launching in fall of 2015, will provide rigorous pre-professional training in advanced mathematics, provide participants with an early introduction to research in mathematics and develop their academic leadership skills.


“Research and graduate education are fundamental parts of the University of Kentucky’s mission, and support from the National Science Foundation will help UK’s Department of Mathematics build critical capacity in its graduate program,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “The Graduate Scholars in Mathematics program will broaden access for underrepresented students interested in STEM fields – helping to build a diverse group of scholars at UK and preparing students for successful careers after graduation.”


“Student success is a high priority and the Graduate Scholars in Mathematics program will provide extra support during the critical first two years of graduate study," said Mark Lawrence Kornbluh, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. "Through the grant, students from Appalachia and other underrepresented populations will have access to professional development, close interaction with successful alumni, scholarship funding, and summer fellowship opportunities. These opportunities are key in fostering growth in more STEM-based careers,” Kornbluh said.


Each GSM fellow will receive:

  • A $5,000 scholarship and reduced teaching responsibilities in the spring term of the first year of residency;
  • Professional development modules on research tools, grant writing, communicating mathematics, and career options in the mathematical sciences;
  • An intensive learning seminar to prepare for preliminary examinations in June of the first year;
  • A $5,000 summer fellowship and REG (Research Experiences for Graduates) summer program after successful completion of the first year;
  • A $5,000 scholarship in the spring term of the second year of residency;
  • A $5,000 summer research fellowship and supervised research with a faculty member after successful completion of the second year of residency; and
  •  Close interaction with successful alumni in academe, industry, and government through teleconferencing and social media.


“All of the funds in this grant will go directly to help students — to support them through scholarships, travel funds, and mentoring activities,” said Peter Perry, principal investigator for the Graduate Scholars in Mathematics grant and director of graduate studies in the Department of Mathematics. "This kind of support is particularly important for first-generation college students and students from underrepresented groups.”


Graduate Scholars in Mathematics aims to include, but is not limited to, students of underrepresented races or ethnic origins, gender, religions, gender identities and disabilities. It also intends to support first-generation students, students from low-income families, students from rural Appalachian communities, and other students with a history of overcoming adversity.


Students from Appalachian counties in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are strongly encouraged to apply.


With the Department of Mathematics' history of successful alumni and nationally recognized faculty, GSM will prepare a new generation of academic leaders and role models for underrepresented groups. Alumni working in academia, business and government will mentor GSM students and provide close interaction through teleconferencing and social media.


“By awarding us this funding, the National Science Foundation has recognized both our past accomplishments and our future promise in training leaders in STEM education,” Perry said. “This grant is a high-leverage investment in the future of STEM education in our region. By training a new generation of STEM leaders that reflect our region’s diversity, we hope to connect many more students with rewarding careers in the mathematical sciences."


To find out more information about the Graduate Scholars in Mathematics program, please visit For more information about the application process, visit




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder,, 859-323-2396

University of Kentucky Professor Receives Prestigious 2014 IEEE-USA Award

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2014) — Sherali Zeadally, associate professor in Information and Communication Technology at the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information has been selected  for the 2014 IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award “for sustained, outstanding professional activities to promote education and research in the field of computer networking and information security” by IEEE-USA, The American Unit of the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.  


IEEE-USA was created in 1973 to support the career and public policy interests of IEEE's U.S. members.  IEEE-USA's mission is to recommend policies and implement programs specifically intended to serve and benefit the members, the profession, and the public in the United States in appropriate professional areas of economic, ethical, legislative, social and technology policy concern.


Zeadally will receive the national award at the IEEE-USA Awards Ceremony which will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in conjunction with the IEEE-USA Annual Meeting in May 2015.  


“I am honored to receive this prestigious award as one of my national accomplishments recognizing my contributions to research, teaching, and professional services in the areas of computer networking and information security over the last two decades both nationally and internationally,” Zeadally said, “and I am delighted to be recognized by IEEE for my work.”


Zeadally’s research activities span areas including computer networking (currently focusing on vehicular networking, energy-efficient networking, Internet of Things, etc.) and information security (in particular end-to-end security issues, cybersecurity, and privacy). To date, Zeadally has published more than 225 peer-reviewed technical publications including more than 117 peer-reviewed journal papers in prestigious engineering and computing international journals. Over the years, he has received several Outstanding Research Awards, Excellence in Teaching Awards, Distinguished Service Awards, and numerous prestigious national and international competitive fellowships. More information can be found on his web page at:




MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 859-312-3587 or 

UK Family Scientist Named Editor of Prestigious Journal

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2014) — In January, a University of Kentucky family scientist will begin his tenure as editor of one of the premier academic journals in the field.


UK Associate Professor Jason Hans was selected to be the next editor of Family Relations, a publication of the National Council on Family Relations. He was nominated by Marilyn Coleman, Curators’ Professor Emerita at the University of Missouri. A national committee of family scientists selected him, and the council’s board of directors confirmed his appointment.


“As the premier applied journal of family science, Family Relations plays a crucial role in bridging the research and practice branches of the discipline,” said Hans, a member of the UK Department of Family Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.


Hans has been a member of the UK department’s faculty since 2004. He has produced more than 50 scholarly publications in the research areas of reproduction, sexuality and divorce. In 2011, he became the department’s director of graduate studies.


Beginning in 2008, Hans served on the editorial board of Family Relations. He served in numerous leadership positions with the National Council on Family Relations including president of the Missouri Council on Family Relations, chair of the Directors of Graduate Study Focus Group, editor of the organization’s Academic Degree Program Guide, a member of the Future of Family Science Taskforce and several leadership roles within the council’s Advancing Family Science section.


“During my four-year term as editor, I will pursue opportunities to transition and position the journal in concert with emerging publishing and information consumption trends to maintain and expand the journal’s exposure and impact in the field amid a rapidly changing landscape,” he said.

UK Family Doctor Gives Back, Stays Grounded through Music

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:42



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2014) — On the morning of Dec. 16, Dr. Shannon Voogt warmed up her classically trained opera voice before coming to work at UK HealthCare.


At 11 a.m., she applied resin to the bow of her violin in the Pavilion A lobby of the UK Chandler Hospital. Moments later, an audience of patients, employees and hospital visitors circled around the atrium lobby as Voogt, a soprano, showed off her vocal range performing "O Holy Night."


A family physician in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine's Department of Family and Community Medicine, Voogt has dedicated more time in her busy schedule to pursuing — and sharing — her love of music. She started playing the violin at age 3 and taking voice lessons at age 13.


While earning her medical degree from Michigan State University, she studied opera with an instructor, singing every day and eventually recording a CD. While starting her own family and finishing her residency at UK, she struggled to find time to seriously pursue music. In the past year, and with opportunities to volunteer with the UK Arts in HealthCare program, Voogt has returned to opera and musical performance.


"Over the past year, I have started practicing again, and it's been so rewarding," Voogt said. "No matter how stressed out I am, singing opera completely focuses me — I have to think about the notes, my breath support, relaxing my body, the line, the words, the translation. It's very meditative."


As a volunteer with the UK Arts in HealthCare program, Voogt integrates her musical gifts with her profession. During two holiday performances on Dec. 11 and Dec. 16, Voogt performed several traditional Christmas songs with accompaniment from volunteer pianist Daniel Porter. Their selection of music included "The First Noel," "O Holy Night" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem."


"I started singing at UK because I thought it would be a nice way to give back — to give passers-by something nice to listen to and also sneak in some practice for my voice on busy days at work." 


Voogt will perform a free holiday opera concert at First Alliance Church at 2201 Old Higbee Mill Road at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20.


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VIDEO: Memorial Coliseum Fosters Tradition and Community for UK

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:25




LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum isn’t just home to a legendary basketball tradition.


Its halls are filled with the names of Kentuckians who died while fighting for our country.  Its floor is where UK students have done everything from celebrating Commencement to registering for classes to dancing for 24 hours straight as part of DanceBlue.


But for Grace Hahn, who is the student engagement program director for UK Student Involvement, it’s not just historic significance that makes Memorial Coliseum her favorite spot on campus.  Watch the “Where I ‘see blue.’” video above to discover why Hahn thinks it plays a major role in building community at UK. 


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


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


VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282,

UK Celebrates December Graduates

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2014) — Today, University of Kentucky students will become university alumni as they take part in the 2014 December Commencement Ceremonies. The Graduate and Professional Ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. while the Undergraduate Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held inside Memorial Coliseum. This will be the fifth December ceremony UK has held to honor students who earned their degrees in August or December.


Both ceremonies will be live streamed on UKNow.


Approximately 839 undergraduates and 125 graduate and professional students are expected to participate in today's ceremonies. A total of 1,357 undergraduate degrees, 536 graduate degrees and 22 professional degrees have been conferred for August and December 2014.


UK President Eli Capilouto will deliver remarks at both ceremonies, and a student will address the crowd at the undergraduate ceremony, per university tradition. Lauren Thompson, from Louisville, will serve as the 2014 December Commencement student speaker. The communication major has spent her time at UK participating in the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the National Association of Black Accountants, Ad Club, and serving as a UK 101 Peer Instructor. She was also selected for the German-American Fulbright Commission Summer Session last year, spending a month in Berlin.


"UK means everything to me; I have had so many opportunities presented to me that I would not have known if I went anywhere else," she said. "My experiences at UK have hands-down prepared me for the future. I feel that I'm leaving the school stronger, wiser, and better than I was when I came in." 


UK is also celebrating its graduates who have overcome many obstacles and trials in their past.


Non-traditional art studio senior Caitlin Sollee, a native of Berea, Kentucky, and resident of Lexington, has had several constraints on finishing her degree but has persevered after first starting at EKU in 2000, transferring to UofL and then coming to UK in 2008. Not only did the artist finish her studies while raising a child and working, she’s had to work around the performance schedule of her partner, the popular musician Ben Sollee, who tours nationwide. Sometimes Caitlin had to do school on a part-time basis because of her load, but she persisted and has done well, recently exhibiting at the UK School of Art and Visual Studies Senior BA Show “Les Femmes.” While Ben Sollee is known as a talented cellist and composer, Caitlin is a gifted photographer and fiber artist. During her time at UK, Caitlin has studied with prestigious photographer Guy Mendes and with noted printer Paul Holbrook, of UK's King Library Press.


Arin Gilliland, a kinesiology senior and arguably the greatest women’s soccer player in UK history, has had a storied career at UK, but not an easy one.  After taking the Kentucky Miss Soccer title as a player at West Jessamine High School, she chose to play college soccer at UK, where she suffered a major injury — a torn ACL — during an SEC tournament game her freshman year. The injury took away an opportunity to play for the United States in the Under-20 World Cup, the premier event in youth soccer. Later that academic year, Arin's mother Letita, who was diagnosed with colon cancer when Arin was in high school, died in April 2012.  After physical and emotional healing, Arin returned to the team for her sophomore year and continued her outstanding soccer play for three more years at UK. Earlier this year the Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented Arin with the 2014 Honda Inspiration Award, which is given to one female athlete a year who has overcome hardship and was able to return to play at the collegiate level.

Honorary Degrees

In addition to the students' degrees, the university will also award honorary doctorates to two individuals during the Undergraduate Ceremony at 6 p.m.

  • Brady Deaton, former chancellor of the University Missouri-Columbia and chair of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development. Deaton received a bachelor's degree from UK in agricultural economics in 1966 before going on to establish an accomplished career in both international education and agriculture. Read more about Deaton at
  • Don Jacobs, co-founder of the Don Jacobs Organization — one of Central Kentucky's largest family-owned car dealerships. Jacobs and his wife Cathy have served as leading donors for many university projects. The couple established the Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center at the new Pavilion A in the Albert B. Chandler Hospital and are major supporters of the Markey Cancer Center and the College of Medicine. The couple is also funding the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center as part of the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics capital campaign. Read more about Jacobs at


  • College of Design: Friday, Dec. 19, 3:30-5 p.m.: Pence Hall, Room 207
  • Graduate School: Friday, Dec. 19, 3-5 p.m.: Singletary Center Lobby
  • UK Alumni Association Open House: Friday, Dec. 19, noon-6 p.m.: King Alumni House

Watch the live stream

Friends and family of graduates who cannot make it to Lexington do not have to miss out on this special event. UK is utilizing social media and other technology to bring Commencement directly to one’s computer or mobile device.


Both Commencement Ceremonies will be live streamed here.


Followers of UK’s Twitter account ( can follow along with the Commencement activities via live tweets prior to and during the event. Social media users are also encouraged to use the hashtag #ukgrad to honor the graduates.


The ceremonies will be available to watch on the university’s YouTube channel within a few weeks following Commencement at



MEDIA CONTACTS: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; or Sarah Geegan, 859-257-5365;

UK Students Win Kentucky Academy of Science Research Competitions

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2014) — Thirteen University of Kentucky students took home top honors at the Kentucky Academy of Science 100th Annual Meeting in November, where hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students from Kentucky colleges and universities participated in research competitions.


Winners included graduate and undergraduates from the College of Agriculture, College of Arts and Sciences, Gatton College of Business and Economics, College of Health Sciences and College of Public Health.


Graduate oral presentations:

  • Congming Zou, a doctoral candidate in soil science from Chongqing, China, won first place in agricultural sciences;
  • William Witt, a graduate student in public health from Lexington, won first place in anthropology and sociology;
  • Xinyi Zhang, a doctoral candidate in chemistry from Beijing, China, won second place in cellular and molecular biology;
  • Zhaoshuai Wang, a doctoral candidate in chemistry from Tianjin, China, won third place in cellular and molecular biology;
  • Trenede M. Garrison, a doctoral candidate in geological sciences from Lexington, won second place in geology;
  • Qian Chai, a graduate student in chemistry from Lexington, won first place in physiology and biochemistry; and
  • Yuechen Zhu, doctoral candidate in biology from Suzhou, China, won third place in physiology and biochemistry.


Undergraduate oral presentations:

  • Heidi Vollrath, a Global Scholar and management senior from De Pere, Wisconsin, won first place in anthropology and sociology;
  • Kelly Snowden, a human health sciences junior from Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, won second place in anthropology and sociology;
  • Holden Hemingway, a biology sophomore with a minor in psychology from Tiffin, Ohio, won third place in anthropology and sociology;
  • Michael Bale, a chemistry and physics senior with a minor in mathematics from Dayton, Ohio, won second place in cellular and molecular biology; and
  • Jerrad Grider, a geological sciences senior from Jamestown, Kentucky, won second place in geology.


Undergraduate poster presentations:


More than 800 scientists and students attended the centennial meeting. In addition to student presentations, attendees also had the opportunity to hear from UK professors Jim Krupa, biology, and Jerzy W. Jaromczyk, computer science. Kristen McQuerry, project manager for the Applied Statistics Lab and student in the Department of Statistics doctoral program, Neil Moore, a bioinformatician in the Department of Computer Science, and former UK President Lee Todd Jr. also spoke at the event.


The Kentucky Academy of Science encourages scientific research, promotes the diffusion of scientific knowledge and unifies the scientific interests of the Commonwealth. Faculty, staff and students of the University of Kentucky may become members of the Kentucky Academy of Science at no cost, thanks to University of Kentucky’s Enhanced Affiliate membership, at




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder,, 859-257-2396

'A Celtic Christmas' Comes to the Bluegrass

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:19



A preview of Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas." A transcript of this video can be found here.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2014) — Experience the holidays in Ireland from the comfort of a chair at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts with "Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas." Featuring a program of folktales, music and dance, "A Celtic Christmas" will warm hearts beginning 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.


Now in its 17th season, "A Celtic Christmas" recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland. The show remembers when neighboring families gathered around the fire to grace the wintry night with haunting melodies of traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of their music, to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances and to fill the night with the laughter of their stories.


Foley's "A Celtic Chirstmas" captures the holiday childhood experiences of the storyteller and director himself, who was born on a small farm in Teampall an Ghleanntáin. Today, he shares those memories with audiences across the U.S. from Thanksgiving to Christmas with his show. His other program, "Tomáseen Foley’s Irish Times," tours throughout the remainder of the year. Foley has released two CDs, "A Celtic Christmas: Parcel From America" and a live recording, "The Priest and the Acrobat."


"A Celtic Christmas" also features the talents of Grammy Award-winning guitarist and musical director William Coulter; vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and Irish dancer Marianne Knight; multi-instrumentalist Brian Bigley; Irish dancer Marcus Donnelly; and violinist Edwin Huizinga.


Ticket prices vary from $20 to $30 for "Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas." Tickets 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;