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Registration Extended Through Aug. 29 for UK Entrepreneurs Bootcamp

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2016) – The opportunity to learn how to become an entrepreneur is available to everyone at the University of Kentucky.


If you have ever dreamed of creating a startup, or wanted to see if your idea could be the next big thing in technology, product design, or web-based services, then Bootcamp is for you. This program is free and is open to all faculty, students, staff, and community members.  


The Entrepreneurs Bootcamp Program is organized by the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, part of UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics. The program lasts for 14 weeks, beginning with the opening session at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Gatton College building and continuing each Thursday at that same time through Dec. 1. The program is divided into weekly sessions tailored to company creation. Bootcamp is designed for highly motivated individuals interested in becoming an entrepreneur, and is not offered for academic credit.  


For more information about Entrepreneurs Bootcamp, what it's all about, how to apply, and a complete schedule, go to


Registration will be limited to the first 80 applicants. Applications and new projects will be accepted through Aug. 29. All applicants and new project ideas will be screened for acceptance into the program.


If you are interested in joining a project team, you can review the complete list of Bootcamp Projects at


Please direct all inquires to Mariam Gorjian, at



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SEC University Libraries Commit to Enhanced Resource Sharing

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2016) To support scholarly research efforts within the Southeastern Conference (SEC), library deans from all SEC member universities, including the University of Kentucky, have committed to sharing in new ways their respective institutional collections with other conference schools, effective immediately.


“Individually, SEC university libraries have strong collections of national distinction with unique strengths and areas of emphasis,” said David Carlson, dean of University Libraries at Texas A&M University. “As strong as our individual libraries are, however, none of us are as strong as we are together. This SEC library sharing agreement allows the users of the SEC libraries — our faculty, staff and students — to find and use materials as if our libraries were a single, unified collection.”


During a recent meeting of SEC library deans at the SEC office in Birmingham, Alabama, the group discussed ways their universities could collaborate beyond existing practices, such as the Interlibrary Loan Code. As a result, this agreement gives individuals access to print and digital resources at other conference university libraries upon request, and at no charge. SEC requests will be given priority, and loan periods will match what the lending library allows for its local undergraduate students.


“The library sharing agreement will provide all SEC students and faculty with unprecedented access to the wealth of information available within our 14 research universities,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “It will serve as a bridge between each SEC campus in a unique way, and I commend the deans of our libraries for their commitment to SEC‐wide collaboration in this important area.”


While SEC university libraries collectively house nearly 60 million volumes, each university has one‐of‐a‐kind collections that will now be available to all SEC faculty, staff and students.


"UK Libraries is pleased to be collaborating with our SEC partners.  By working together, we can make all SEC research libraries better resources for our students, faculty and researchers," said Terry Birdwhistell, dean of UK Libraries and William T. Young Endowed Chair.


This most recent initiative is one of several collaborative efforts in the SEC. The SEC Faculty Travel Program supports faculty travel between SEC universities in the areas of research and the arts. Also, SEC students may access education abroad programs offered at any SEC university via a cooperative agreement. Each of these initiatives is administered by SECU, the academic initiative of the SEC.


As the premier research library in the Commonwealth, UK Libraries provides ever-expanding access to quality information resources, services and programs. UK Libraries locations include the William T. Young Library, the Agricultural Information Center, the Hunter M. Adams College of Design Library, the Education Library, the John A. Morris Library (Gluck Equine Research Center), the Kentucky Transportation Center Library, the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center, the Medical Center Library, the Science and Engineering Library and the Special Collections Research Center.



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High Street Lot Expansion Complete

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2016) — The High Street Lot expansion is now complete, resulting in a net increase of 77 parking spaces in the employee lot. The lot, located at the corner of East High Street and South Martin Luther King Boulevard, now has 158 spaces, compared to its previous capacity of 81 spaces.


However, South Martin Luther King Boulevard must be used to access and to exit the lot at this time; this condition is temporary while improvements in the shared use alley are completed.


The expansion of the High Street Lot will provide proximate parking for North Campus employees, including those who work at UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital and the Kentucky Utilities building.

UK Professor Joins Next 100 Coalition to Change the Future of National Park System

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:34


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2016) — All summer, Carolyn Finney has been flitting back and forth between Lexington and Washington, D.C., with a fiery hope to impact the future. The University of Kentucky assistant professor of geography and other concerned colleagues, all members of the Next 100 Coalition, met over and over again with members of President Obama’s administration to hammer out a plan to assure that all people — regardless of race, religion, gender identification or national origin — are welcome in America’s national parks and all public lands.


The National Park Service (NPS) — and the spectacular 84 million acres it protects — enters its second century today, hence the name Next 100 Coalition. Although many, including President Obama, have declared the National Park Service the best idea America ever had, many others say the national park system is flawed because a significant portion of Americans simply don’t feel welcome. Members of the Next 100 Coalition have made public their hopes for the future in their vision statement, Our Public Lands: An Inclusive Vision for the Next 100 Years. A petition regarding the issue has been created as well.


A 2008-09 survey by the University of Wyoming and NPS quantifies this feeling of unease among minorities. Non-Hispanic whites accounted for approximately 78 percent of the visitors to national parks; Hispanics, 9 percent; African Americans, 7 percent; Asian Americans, 3 percent; and Native Americans/Alaskans, 1 percent.


While whites were significantly over-represented by population in the survey, African Americans were just as significantly under-represented. African Americans say they don’t see themselves among park employees and guests. The same survey found that African Americans feel the parks were too expensive, too far from home, and too unfamiliar.


Finney, a self-declared lover of nature and frequent park visitor, took a very long, hard look at the nation’s parks in her first published book, “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors.” Taking it a step beyond specifically visiting national parks, Finney explores why it may seem that her fellow African Americans do not seem interested in nature, outdoor recreation and environmentalism.


Finney argues that the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the great outdoors and determined who should and can have access to natural spaces. During that era, she says, a common phrase was: “Too many trees; too much rope.”


“In the case of race and the environment, it’s not just who we imagine has something valuable to say,” she wrote. “These assumptions, beliefs, and perceptions can be found in the very foundation of our environmental thinking, how we define the ‘environment’ and how we think of ourselves in relationship with the environment. Who do we see, what do we see?"


She sometimes wonders if white Americans have ever seen a black person hiking or pitching a tent.


“I have always been astonished at how often white people are surprised by my presence in these spaces,” Finney said. “For the most part, people are not unkind. Still, it never ceases to leave me with a deep-seated feeling of discomfort, of being different, and feeling decidedly out of place in these outdoor settings.”


Finney herself is no stranger to old and new tales of African Americans who were first to explore the early American wilderness and opened the great outdoors to a nation. She wrote about several African-American “heroes of the great outdoors” in a recent article in Outside Magazine, “It Matters Who You See in Outdoor Media.”


There are individuals like NPS ranger Shelton Johnson, a man of African-American and Native American descent, who tirelessly seeks ways to encourage minorities to visit the national parks and who believes, “one of the great losses to African culture from slavery was the loss of kinship with the earth.” And then, there’s the Jones family of Florida: Israel Lafayette Jones bought three islands in Key Biscayne in the late 1800s and his son, Lancelot Jones, resisted real estate developers and gifted the islands to the NPS. MaVynee Betsch convinced the NPS to protect 8.2 acres of sand dunes on Amelia Island’s American Beach, land that her great grandfather purchased in the 1930s so that African Americans could visit the beach during Jim Crow segregation.


“The parks are about us,” said Finney, “And that ‘us’ has always been diverse, even if those in the positions to write the stories and make the policies have not.


“When I look at the majority of environmental and outdoor media these days, I don’t see me. More specifically, I don’t see a space for me. By seeing people who look different from us in these spaces — with their histories, memories and their possibilities — our story about the parks, and environment in general, can more fully embrace the complexity of the human experience,” she said.


She is making that difference a reality with the Next 100 Coalition, an ethnically and racially diverse group of civil rights, environmental justice, conservation and community activists. The group’s intention is to design the next 100 years of the Park Service to be highly reflective of the diverse population of the United States.


“We have asked President Obama to issue a Presidential Memorandum that addresses workforce diversity, landscape scale conservation, stakeholder engagement, historical and cultural preservation, and access to public lands,” she said. “We want today’s reality to reflect the populations that lived in our national parks before modern man and the diverse population of Americans who helped build the parks as they exist today.”


To view a petition regarding the movement, visit

For more information:



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DanceBlue Opens the Semester With DanceBlueU

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 11:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2016)  This year is DanceBlue’s biggest yet as it goes into its 12th year of supporting the kids! After a decade of rapid growth and hard work, there is no better way to kick off the semester than with DanceBlueU tomorrow from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Seaton Center gym.


DanceBlueU is a three-hour mini dance marathon for freshmen. It serves as a way for the new students to get the feel of the 24-hour dance marathon. During the three hours, freshmen will stand, get to know their morale group, meet DanceBlue committee members and learn the line dance.


DanceBlue is not just 24 hours; it is a culmination of 365 days of work. And as we get back to school, DanceBlue has planned some exciting events for the UK community, starting with DanceBlueU.


DanceBlue is the University of Kentucky’s 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Now in its 12th year, DanceBlue has raised more than $9.8 million dollars for pediatric cancer research and child life efforts.


For more information about DanceBlue, registration information or to support its efforts, please visit Connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at and on Twitter at


DanceBlue is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach. The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long community service. For more information about the CCO, visit



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Behind the Blue: What to Expect for New UK Students

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 16:50



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2016)  The 2016 fall semester has arrived at the University of Kentucky, and with it, the beginning steps for thousands of new students preparing to make their mark on the world. For these students, those beginning steps take them through K Week, the fall welcome week for all new undergraduates at the university. K Week is nine days of more than 200 programs and events designed to welcome students and kick off the fall semester, and with events like Big Blue U, Campus Ruckus, pancake meals and water balloon fights, many students remember K Week as one of their favorite times of their first year.


This is the second of a two-part series taking a look at the college transition for both students and families. Last week, Nancy Stephens, from UK’s New Student and Family Programs, discussed the college transition for families and parents. This week, it’s a look at “What to Expect as a New UK Student."


Trent Patrick, a K Week coordinator, and Loretta Stafford, a UK 101 peer instructor liaison, offer insight on everything from how to make the most of the K Week experience, to things to experience both on and off campus, to setting yourself up to succeed during your first year and beyond at UK.


Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of "Behind the Blue" each week. UK's latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.


For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email, or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.


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OLLI Marks 10 Years Engaging Lifelong Learners in Morehead

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 15:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2016) — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Kentucky will celebrate its 10th year providing educational opportunities in Morehead during a Fall Open House Thursday, Aug. 25. The Open House is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Morehead United Methodist Church Wesley Hall, 227 W. Main St. in Morehead. 


The Morehead Fall Open House is a chance for prospective students to review course offerings, meet with instructors, get plugged into interest groups and register for courses. To celebrate the 10th anniversary in Morehead, special guests Morehead Mayor Jim Tom Trent and Lisa Higgins-Hord, the UK assistant vice president in the UK Office of Community Engagement, will attend the Open House. Entertainment by Scott Miller and students of the Center for Traditional Music, refreshments, and door prizes will be provided. 


The fall semester Morehead course offerings include classes about traveling, flora and fauna, World War II, family history and nonfiction books. OLLI membership is $25 for the fall through summer. Registration for classes is an additional fee, and most classes are $20.


Registration for courses will open at Open House on Thursday, Aug. 25.  Online registration will open on Friday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m. Members in Morehead can also register for courses in Lexington. For more information, click here.


OLLI offers educational and enrichments courses, programs and events for lifelong learners ages 50 and older.  For more information, please contact the OLLI Office toll-free at 866-602-5862, or visit



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VIDEO: A Conversation With UK President Eli Capilouto

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 09:59


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2016) — It is obvious Eli Capilouto takes seriously his role as the leader of Kentucky’s flagship institution. 


As the University of Kentucky president begins his sixth academic year at the helm, he has a laser-like focus on the physical transformation of campus as well as putting the university’s Strategic Plan into action. 


But there is more to the Alabama native than what you see in speeches, openings and media interviews.  We sat down with Capilouto to have a conversation about everything from his favorite childhood teacher to what it was like growing up in the South during the civil rights movement.  We even talked about his favorite “cheat food” and what he’s listening to on his personal playlist. 


Watch the video above to learn more about Eli Capilouto, the person.  This is the first video in our new monthly UKNow series, “5 Questions with…”   The goal is to learn more about the people leading, teaching, healing, discovering and learning at the University of Kentucky.   


If you think of someone in our community who you would like to see featured, please email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion  for our next “5 Questions with…” conversation on UKNow!



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Commonwealth Stadium Green Lot for BCTC Only During Daytime Hours

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 18:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2016) – The Commonwealth Stadium Green Lot, located on the north side of Commonwealth Stadium between Bluegrass Community and Technical College and the stadium, is now designated for the exclusive use of BCTC during regular daytime control hours. 


E-BCTC and C-BCTC permits are only valid in the Green Lot, and may not be used in the stadium Blue or Red Lots.  The Green Lot was expanded and resurfaced over the summer, resulting in 100 additional parking spaces.  If the Green Lot reaches capacity, E-BCTC and C-BCTC permits may be used in the designated overflow parking area along Wildcat Court in the UK soccer/softball area, accessible via College Way.


UK Parking and Transportation Services is providing dedicated shuttle service from the overflow area to the Green Lot during the morning hours until mid-afternoon. This shuttle route will be incorporated into Green Route in the coming weeks.


After 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, those with any valid UK or BCTC parking permit – including K, Employee, Employee Periphery (EK), Commuter, Residential or Off-Peak permits – may park in the Green Lot.

New UK Trustees Sworn In

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 18:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2016) — The newest members of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees were sworn in during a ceremony on campus Aug. 20.


The three trustees appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin are:


·         Jennifer Yue Barber, a UK alumna and attorney with Frost Brown Todd in Louisville.  She replaces William Farish of Versailles.

·         Michael A. Christian, a UK alumnus and dentist from Ashland.  He replaces Terry Mobley of Lexington.

·         Kelly Knight Craft, a volunteer and civic leader from Lexington.  She replaces Keith Gannon of Mt. Sterling.


The terms of these new trustees will expire in 2022.


Other newly elected trustees who had been sworn in previously were also recognized at the ceremony.  They are:

·         Lee Blonder, faculty trustee and professor in the Department of Behavioral Science;

·         David Melanson, staff trustee and assistant director for external affairs and development in the Center for Applied Energy Research; and

·         Rowan Reid, student trustee and UK Student Government president from Louisville.



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Talbott Todd Way Named in Honor of Former Cat, Current Supporter

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 17:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2016) — The alley between the University of Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium and Nutter Field House has been named Talbott Todd Way in honor of Talbott Todd, a Kentucky football letterman from 1963-65 and supporter of the program diagnosed with ALS last year. The announcement was made at a special unveiling Aug. 19 at the Woodford Reserve Club at Commonwealth Stadium.


“I am overwhelmed, humbled and extremely proud of this tremendous honor and very grateful to UK Athletics and to my special friends who made this possible,” Todd said. “At the same, I would like to dedicate this to all former, current and future football players that so proudly wore, wear and will wear the Blue and White.”


Talbott Todd Way will be the new site of UK’s pregame Cat Walk presented by Chevy, where fans cheer the Wildcats on their arrival to Commonwealth Stadium each game day. Players and coaches will proceed from outside Gate 1 down Talbott Todd Way to the new Kentucky Football Training Facility two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff.


“We are so pleased to honor one of Kentucky football’s best people with the naming of Talbott Todd Way,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “Talbott and his family have been incredible supporters of this program for so many years, exemplifying what it means to be a Wildcat.”


Todd – nicknamed the Richmond Rocket during his high-school days – came to UK from Richmond, Kentucky, as a highly sought-after quarterback/defensive back. He played both positions for Charlie Bradshaw, but spent most of his time in the secondary. He led the team in interceptions with four as a sophomore and memorably secured the game-clinching fumble recovery as UK ended top-ranked Ole Miss’s 22-game regular-season winning streak on the road in 1964.


After his playing career, Todd went on to an ongoing 49-year career with Northwestern Mutual and built a family with his wife of 51 years, Marilyn. The couple has two children, Jeff and Jim.


When he isn’t working or spending time with family, Todd is likely to be found cheering on or at least talking about UK sports, especially the football team. He has been steadfast in his support of the program, building relationships with countless coaches and players over the last five decades. In spite of being diagnosed with ALS, a debilitating neurodegenerative disease, Todd has remained a fixture at UK games and practices.



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Transit Options Help Students, Employees Travel to and Around Campus

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 15:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2016) — The campus and city bus systems are a quick, convenient way for members of the University of Kentucky community to navigate their way to, from and around campus. As fall semester begins later this week, UK Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is reminding students, faculty and staff of the variety of free transit options available to them.


As of July 1, the Blue and White Campus Shuttle routes (Lextran 14) now operate year-round. This popular bi-directional campus shuttle service, which began in fall 2015, is a simple and convenient way to traverse campus. During the fall and spring semesters, service hours have been extended and routes will run from 6:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Despite reduced population, expansion of this service during the summer and other breaks will allow consistency of service year-round. The Blue and White routes will run from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, during the summer and academic breaks.


Also beginning July 1, the Green Route (Lextran 26) switched to year-round service and provides a connection from the Greg Page and Shawneetown residential areas to the Blue and White Route bus stop at Commonwealth Stadium. The Green Route will also operate from 6:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters, and from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during summer and academic breaks.


Due to the extended hours of the Blue, White and Green Routes, the campus Yellow Night Route will now operate from 8 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday. The Night Route operates every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and every 30 minutes from 10 p.m. to midnight.


After the Night Route service concludes for the evening, the On-Demand Night Bus provides on-campus transportation. Riders may call (859) 221-RIDE (7433) to make a pick-up request between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7 p.m. to midnight on Sunday. Calls must be received at least 30 minutes prior to the end of service.


The Orange Route (formerly known as the Purple Route) and the Pink Route (Kentucky Clinic Shuttle) provide ride options for students and employees whose destinations are in the UK HealthCare sector of campus. The Orange Route operates from 5 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday, while the Pink Route provides weekday shuttles during the peak arrival and departure times of 6:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Campus buses can be tracked in real time using the TransLoc Rider app on iPhone and Android devices allowing for users to plan for delays caused by traffic, accidents or inclement weather. TransLoc is a GPS-based tracking system that tracks all campus buses as well as the Red Mile Route (Lextran 15) frequently used by the campus community. Users should be sure to select both Lextran and the University of Kentucky under Current Transit Systems in order to include the Blue, White and Green Routes and Route 15 data on the app.


The free mass transit options are not restricted to campus. Last spring, Parking and Transportation Services announced an extension of the BluPass partnership with Lextran, which allows students, faculty and staff to ride any Lextran route free of charge when showing their Wildcard ID. The popular program resulted in more than 650,000 trips during the first nine months of BluPass service. The BluPass agreement has been extended through June 2019.



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Info and Resources for Student Safety Now Available on myUK

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 14:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2016) — This past spring, UK officials made several recommendations that addressed student safety issues, which included making reporting information more accessible through UK’s website and other channels.


Now, UK students (and employees) may easily access this information via myUK, the online portal where students, faculty and staff manage all of their UK information.  On the main login page of myUK, students will have access to all of the information they need on how to report a safety concern (publicly or confidentially) as well as a link to a campus community page with more detailed information. 


"The University of Kentucky is committed to student success – in all its dynamics and definitions – which is why we’ve invested millions in technology and personnel over the last five years to improve campus safety,” UK President Eli Capilouto said. "It is also why we initiated the CATS Survey, one of the nation's most comprehensive examinations of campus safety. This announcement marks the next step in providing easier access to important reporting tools for the UK family."


The myUK portal may be accessed at or via the UK homepage.


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The primary information includes:


Reporting a Safety Concern (Public)

UK's Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity

UK Police


Reporting a Safety Concern (Confidential)

VIP Center

Counseling Center

University Health Services


In the spring 2015 semester, Capilouto and endowed faculty of the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women initiated the first of five Campus Attitudes Toward Safety (CATS) surveys. UK officials believe the university is among the first in the country to undertake mandatory, campuswide surveys regarding sexual assault and campus climate.


Data from this first survey showed more than 90 percent of UK students believe campus is safe and officials are responsive to safety concerns. However, many students reported not knowing what resources are available for reporting an instance of sexual assault or bullying. By displaying this information prominently on myUK, officials hope students will be more aware of how to report, as students are required to login to myUK frequently to update personal information, register for classes, manage financial information, etc.


The second CATS survey was administered this past spring and preliminary results will be available later this fall.



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Make a Poster Like the Pros

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 13:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2016)  Learn how to make concert posters, T-shirts and business cards tomorrow, Aug. 25, at the Holmes Hall Creative Art Studio with Student Activities Board! SAB will have Hound Dog Press teach students everything they need to know about printmaking. SAB encourages students to get in touch with their artistic selves and peers while learning a new way to get creative. Two sessions are being offered, with the first being at 2 p.m. and a second at 4 p.m. Limited seats are available in each.


Students can learn the skills of printmaking from the pros and get creative as they add their style to their creations. This will be a great way for students to start the semester and meet new people.


“By bringing a nontraditional art form to campus, SAB is hoping to both educate and foster interest in the arts and design within the students of UK, while providing the students a relaxing, creative way to connect with their peers,” said Julia Nickle, SAB director of cultural arts.


SAB brings more than 60 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff, and the greater Lexington community.

Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at, or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email



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SAB CONTACT: Kaelin Massey,, 859-257-8868


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Wednesday's Welcome Back Festival Hosted by Alumni, Career Center

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 10:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Alumni Association and the UK James W. Stuckert Career Center will host the Welcome Back Festival from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24.


The event will take place behind the King Alumni House and Stuckert Career Center, at the corner of Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. All students are invited and encouraged to enjoy free food from Raisin’ Cane’s, Crank & Boom ice cream and Insomnia Cookies. There will also be a live performance by Grayson Jenkins. STAT (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) members will receive a free Traditions T while supplies last.  


For questions about the event, contact Sara-Elizabeth Bush at or call 859-257-8700.


The UK Alumni Association is a membership supported organization committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association or to become a member, visit or call 1-800-269-2586.


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For an Experienced Research Participant, A Potentially Life-Saving Personal Discovery

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 11:22


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2016) — On the first of May, 2015, Angelique Bell waited in a hair salon, reading the weekend section of the newspaper. She noticed an ad for a health research study that needed participants who had risk factors for diabetes. Since she met the criteria and had some time to pass, she decided to call about the study right then, from the salon chair. It was her 45th birthday.


"I don't have diabetes, but I have a strong family history of diabetes and some of the risk factors, and I thought that the information from this study could be something that could benefit me in the future," said Bell.


She didn't expect, however, that her impromptu birthday decision to call about the study would potentially save her life.


As part of the screening for the study, Bell had to do bloodwork and an EKG — standard tests to get baseline health data. Her results, however, were anything but standard:  they showed extremely low levels of potassium and an arrhythmia in her heart that could be fatal if not treated.


"When she came in, she was having a lot premature ventricular contractions, which is potentially dangerous because your heart could suddenly go into ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation, which can kill you," said Dr. Philip A. Kern, director of the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science and principal investigator of the diabetes study in which Bell participated.


At the time Bell was taking two medications to help control her blood pressure. One medication was a diuretic, which, unknown to Bell, was causing her to lose too much potassium through her urine. The resulting potassium deficiency was causing the arrhythmia in her heart.


Kern and the research team sent Bell to the UK Gill Heart Institute for further evaluation and treatment. She was taken off the diuretic, had to wear a heart monitor for 48 hours, and received potassium supplements.


"I was 45 years old at the time and I had to wear this heart monitor. Three-fourths of my grandparents had heart attacks. My mother had congestive heart failure. So it was a scary," said Bell. "I was relieved to find out that the condition had not gotten to a point of causing damage. A really serious problem was averted."


Once the arrhythmia was resolved, Bell, undeterred by her own health scare, went back to Kern and participated in the diabetes-related study that she had originally phoned about.


The study was not Bell's first experience as a research participant, nor was it her last. She had previously participated in two asthma-related studies at other institutions, motivated by her own diagnosis as a child, and she subsequently volunteered again at UK as a healthy participant in a study examining how our bodies process fat intake. Through each experience she learned more about her own health.


"That is one of the good things about being in the study—a lot of times when people get in studies, they find out about other issues with their health. There's a pretty in-depth amount of testing done, and it could uncover something that wouldn't be found in a routine exam."


Bell was also familiar with health research through family members' experiences. Her father participated in a longitudinal study on gout, and her uncle was a researcher with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("he was very excited about science"). Exposure to both researcher and participant experiences has convinced Bell of the importance of empirical, evidence-based information, as well as the need for research participants.


"Having people around who do research, you see how important it is for them to get people in their studies so they have enough evidence," she said.


She additionally emphasizes the importance of racial and gender diversity among research participants, in order to understand how health conditions and treatments affect people differently, but she simultaneously acknowledges the legacy of the infamous Tuskegee experiment conducted between 1932 and 1972. In the course of that study, hundreds of poor, African American men were knowingly left untreated for syphilis.


When the Tuskegee story was uncovered, it created an understandable distrust of health research, particularly among African Americans. At the same time, however, the story initiated a host of stringent federal regulations enacted to protect research participants. In 1974, Congress passed the National Research Act and created the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, which developed guidelines for human subject protection, including the landmark Belmont Report.


Health research involving people is now "very highly regulated, with multiple layers of protection," said Kern. Studies require a process of informed consent and communication of diagnosis, as well as reporting of the study results. Institutions like UK that conduct health research must have institutional review boards (which include community members) to review the plans for all studies. UK also has an Office of Research Integrity that can answer questions and support research participants.


"Because of Tuskegee I think a lot of African Americans are leery of participating in research studies," said Bell. "But if you don’t participate in the research then the data that relates to you is not there. Some things do have a genetic factor, and some things might affect people of African descent differently than people of European and Asian descent."


If there is residual distrust about health research, there is also a great deal altruism that motivates many people to participate. According to Roxane Poskin, participant recruitment manager at the UK CCTS, a large percentage of volunteers join studies as way to give back to society and contribute to discoveries that improve health for others and future generations. This is particularly true for healthy participants, who don't have a health condition they hope to address through a study but who are essential to research that broadens our understanding of what Kern calls "the basic mechanisms of disease and how the body works." While participants receive information about their health and sometimes receive compensation for participating, they don't always receive a direct health benefit for themselves.


"They want to be involved and help others even, if it doesn't help them directly," Poskin said.  "If we didn't have volunteers, we wouldn't be able to accomplish research studies. Even the smallest things have been researched, like thermometers and crutches."


Bell, who has spent her career in non-profits organizations (she currently works with Kentucky Refugee Ministries and ITNBluegrass), says she doesn't personally know many people who participate in studies, but that she would encourage anyone to participate, either for their own benefit or to advance medical knowledge that could help others.


"We have to have evidence-based research," she said. "And you get a lot more information about your health than you would in a normal physical."





Interested in learning more about participating in health research? Visit to find more information, view a list of current studies at UK, and connect with studies nationwide. You can also reach the UK CCTS Participant Recruitment office at or 859-257-7856.


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UK Equine Research Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 16:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2016)  The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation will induct three scientists into the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame Oct. 25 at the Hilary J. Boone Center on the UK campus.


Norm Ducharme, James Law Professor of Surgery and staff surgeon at Cornell University Hospital for Animals and Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists; Sue Dyson, head of Clinical Orthopedics in Animal Health Trust’s Centre for Equine Studies in the United Kingdom; and Susan Stover, professor of anatomy, physiology and cell biology at University of California, Davis, were selected for their contributions to equine science and research. Nominated by their peers and colleagues, Ducharme, Dyson and Stover were selected by past hall of fame inductees.


“I am very pleased to honor three outstanding members of the equine research community with their upcoming induction into the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame. I am particularly pleased how this year’s nominees’ research programs have focused on athletic performance. Each has made important contributions to equine health and well-being in this area. Their efforts have greatly contributed to our increased awareness and sensitivity to the health and safety needs of these athletes,” said David Horohov, chair of the Department of Veterinary Science, director of the Gluck Equine Research Center and Jes E. and Clementine M. Schlaikjer Endowed Chair.


Ducharme has focused much of his clinical and research effort on understanding the equine upper airway physiology during exercise. The focus of his studies has been on methods of identifying and quantifying dynamic upper airway obstructions, defining the anatomical structures and their function and developing surgical and other methods of treatment for upper airway diseases in the horse. He graduated from veterinary college at the University of Montreal in 1979 and completed his internship and residency at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. He received his master's degree from the University of Guelph and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1985. Ducharme served as president and chair of the board of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons from 2005-2007.


“I feel so honored by this nomination to the the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame. I consider this a team award. I have been so fortunate to have had great mentors to guide me, outstanding national and international colleagues to collaborate, support and challenge me, exceptional enthusiasm from technicians, graduate students and residents, who all have contributed good ideas toward improving diagnosis and treatment of the upper airway of horses,” Ducharme said. “I also was driven by the horses, which seemingly are always saying, ‘You got to do better! And, how hard can this really be?’ I have been fortunate to be able to listen to the many trainers and referring veterinarians' views on the problems. I am also very privileged for support from the many equine research foundations which have supported our investigations, namely the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the Southern California Equine Foundation and, for most of my career, the Harry M. Zweig Memorial Fund for Equine Research.”


Dyson is a world-renowned expert in equine orthopedics, with a particular interest in lameness and poor performance in sports horses. With a strong background as a rider, Dyson has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of performance problems in horses of all disciplines. Dyson has also made additional observations about how horses adapt their gaits in the face of lameness under a variety of circumstances and how the rider and tack can be influential. She has recognized the importance and limitations of diagnostic analgesia for localization of pain causing lameness. She has also validated the usefulness and limitations of ultrasonography, scintigraphy and MRI for routine diagnostic use. Dyson graduated from Cambridge University in 1980 with a bachelor of veterinary medicine degree in medicine and surgery and completed post graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. She returned to the United Kingdom in 1982 where she began working at Animal Health Trust.


“As a lameness clinician, I feel humbled and honoured to have been elected to join an elite band of scientists in the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame. I owe a huge debt of gratitude, not only to the friends and colleagues with whom I’ve had the privilege to work, but of course also to the horses, which provide endless challenges. I have been constantly inspired to try to improve the welfare of these fantastic athletes,” Dyson said.


Stover’s research focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of catastrophic musculoskeletal injury in performance horses. Her research contributions have had an international impact and have influenced decisions on approaches to training and rehabilitation, horseshoeing, track surface types and preparation, diagnostic approaches and fracture repair techniques for improving racetrack safety for horses and jockeys. Her research on comparative orthopedics covers many areas with a primary focus on bone development and remodeling, the response of bone tissue to exercise and the pathogenesis of fractures and ligament injury. Stover graduated from Washington State University in 1976 with a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine and completed an internship and residency in equine surgery at UC Davis. After working in private practice in Washington, she returned to UC Davis, where she provides equine lameness and surgical care. Stover obtained a doctoral degree in comparative pathology from UC Davis and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.


“I have been privileged to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams of talented students, residents and colleagues. Their passion to understand how the musculoskeletal system works has underpinned our 25-year journey to prevent orthopedic injuries and improve the welfare of racing and performance horses. Much remains to be done, and I am grateful to the mentors who encouraged me to push the envelope and to UC Davis, the California Horse Racing Board and the equine industry — veterinarians, owners, trainers and funding organizations like the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the Southern California Equine Foundation and others — who trusted us with resources to pursue our goals,” Stover said. “I am humbled to be recognized, and on behalf of the J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Lab team, I thank the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame for this honor.”


Equine Research Hall of Fame nominees can be living or deceased, active in or retired from the field of equine research. Established in 1990, the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame honors international scientific community members biennially who have made equine research a key part of their careers, recognizing their work, dedication and achievements in equine research.


Past inductees include: George P. Allen, W. R. Allen, Douglas F. Antczak, Ernie Bailey, John T. Bryans, William W. Dimock, Elvis R. Doll Jr., Harold Drudge, Phillip R. Edwards, Baltus J. Erasmus, Elwyn Firth, Harold E. Garner, Oliver J. Ginther, Harold Hintz, Sir Frederick Hobday, Leo B. Jeffcott, Michelle LeBlanc, Eugene T. Lyons, Robert M. Kenney, I.G. Joe Mayhew, Travis C. McGuire Jr., C. Wayne McIlwraith, Alan J. Nixon, Peter D. Rossdale, Edward L. Squires, Clyde Stormont, Sir Arnold Theiler, Peter J. Timoney and Stephanie J. Valberg.


The UK Gluck Equine Research Center, in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is home to the Equine Research Hall of Fame. For more information, visit



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Students Share Experiences Abroad on Snapchat

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2016) — Across the country, universities are leveraging Snapchat for recruitment purposes — showing prospective students what life is like through the eyes of a current undergraduate. University of Kentucky Education Abroad globalized the idea.


Each Tuesday during the summer term, a different UK student studying abroad participated in UK Education Abroad’s #TakeoverTuesday campaign. Students “took over” UK Education Abroad’s account and gave a glimpse of what their experience abroad was like to other students and UK Education Abroad’s Snapchat friends.


UK Education Abroad will extend its #TakeoverTuesday campaign into the current fall semester, giving more students a first-hand insight into what participating in an education abroad program is like.


“The goal of this initiative was to show that education abroad is accessible to all students,” said Austin Hughes, promotions and outreach coordinator for UK Education Abroad. “While a vast majority of students say they are interested in studying abroad during college, only about 15 percent of the class of 2015 did so at UK.”


UK senior Elliot Bray said that, as a marketing major, he believes Snapchat is one of the most efficient and effective ways of communicating.


“The ability to share my experiences in Singapore through Snapchat gave students in the U.S. an up-close and personal perspective as to how amazing Education Abroad really is,” Bray said.


Snapchat is a growing image and multimedia-sharing platform with over 110 million daily, active users. The @ukyabroad Snapchat account was launched in September 2015 and has seen a two-fold increase to 520 followers since the #Takeover campaign launched.



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Treatments Available for Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 08:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2016) — One in 26 people will develop epilepsy – a chronic disease characterized by unpredictable seizures — in their lifetime.


A seizure is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain that can temporarily change how a person thinks or behaves. Seizures can be scary for both the patient and the people around them, since patients can lose awareness or even become unconscious, twitch or spasm, babble, have blurry or no vision, experience difficulty breathing, and/or a host of other symptoms.


Epilepsy has numerous physical and emotional costs. People with epilepsy have problems keeping up in school or at work, can be depressed and/or socially isolated, can suffer physical injury during a seizure, and can even die from a seizure. They may not be allowed to drive, play sports, or have other restrictions that affect their professional or personal lives. 


It's important to remember that not all seizures are epilepsy. A person is diagnosed with epilepsy if they have one or more seizures that were not caused by some known and reversible medical condition such as diabetes. People can develop seizures after a brain injury (like a car accident or getting hit in the head with a baseball), a stroke, or because of an infection or a brain tumor.  Sometimes there is a family history of seizures, but often the cause is unknown.


If you suspect you have had a seizure, you should see your family doctor or a neurologist for an evaluation. That is likely to include a detailed conversation about what happened during your seizure, medications you are taking, preexisting illnesses or injuries, family history and more. The doctor is also likely to order blood tests that might identify treatable medical disorders, an EEG, which measures brain waves and looks for abnormalities that point to epilepsy or other neurological disorders, and possibly also a CAT scan or MRI to look for abnormal areas of the brain.


There is no cure for epilepsy, but two-thirds of all people with epilepsy are able to control their seizures with medications. The remaining one-third have what's called "drug-resistant" or "refractory" epilepsy. In those cases, patients may be able to find relief through surgery or through devices that can help override the abnormal electrical impulses in the brain.


In the U.S., there are more than 100,000 patients who are candidates for epilepsy surgery, and only about 2,000 people have the surgery every year. Patients don't need to suffer from the physical and emotional effects of epilepsy for ten or twenty years.  If someone has uncontrolled epilepsy for more than a year, they should seek an opinion at an accredited epilepsy center.


Dr. Frank Gilliam is director of the Epilepsy Center at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute at the University of Kentucky. 


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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Features New UPK Director

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 21:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19,2016) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Scholarly book publisher University Press of Kentucky, which is housed at UK, has a new director — Leila Salisbury. In today's show, she talks to Godell about the role of university presses in today’s publishing environment and her plans for the future. 


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.