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Campus Recreation to Host Faculty, Staff Golf Scramble

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 09:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 26, 2016) — University of Kentucky Campus Recreation will host a faculty and staff golf scramble Thursday, May 26, at the University Club of Kentucky on the Wildcat Course. The scramble will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start.

 

Entries to participate in the scramble are due by 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in room 177 at the Johnson Center. The cost to participate is $200 per team ($50 per person). Entry fees include cart, green fees and range balls. Each participating team must have at least two UK faculty or staff members. A meal will be provided at the conclusion of the round.

 

Prizes will be awarded to a participant with the longest drive as well as closest shot to the pin. Winners will receive plaques with their team’s picture.

 

For more information, contact Ron Lee at 859-257-3928 or relee1@uky.edu.

 

 

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UK Secular Student Alliance to Hold Public Forum on Islam

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 09:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 26, 2016)  From 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Memorial Hall, the University of Kentucky Secular Student Alliance will be hosting a public forum on the topic of Islam.

 

A student panel consisting of Muslim and nonreligious students will discuss topics related to secular views on Islam, the place of Islam in the modern world, and the American Muslim experience. Among the topics of discussion will be: treatment of women in Islam, Jihad and martyrdom, and treatment of non-Muslims.

 

Featured speakers include Ryan Hidalgo, president of the Secular Student Alliance and 2015 international studies graduate; Tom Maigret, member of Secular Student Alliance and doctoral student in biology; and Hina Iqbal, member of the Muslim Student Association. A Q&A session will follow and the event is free and open to the public.

 

For more information, log on to http://ukyssa.com/conversation-about-islam/.

 

The Secular Student Alliance empowers secular students to proudly express their identity, build welcoming communities, promote secular values and set a course for lifelong activism.

The organization envisions a future in which secular students lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, thrive as valued members of society and provide visionary leadership committed to humanistic ideals and critical inquiry.

 

 

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Public Health Dean Delivers Keynote on New Era of Precision Medicine During CCTS Conference

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 16:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2016) — Donna Arnett, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, outlined implications for researchers as the nation’s health care system pivots toward precision medicine during the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) 11th annual conference on April 21, 2016.

 

Arnett, a genetic epidemiologist who joined the UK College of Public Health as dean in January 2016, discussed the task of bringing precision medicine to fruition in Kentucky’s populations during her keynote address, “Personalized Medicine and Population Health.” Arnett defined precision medicine as an individualized approach to disease treatment and prevention that attempts to “maximize effectiveness by accounting genetic makeup, lifestyle factors and environment.”

 

President Barack Obama’s Precision Health Initiative launched in 2015 with a mission to tailor health care to an individual’s distinctive genetic and personal characteristics. A related concept, personalized medicine — the theme of the CCTS conference — refers to examining the signs, symptoms, available evidence, and patient experience and preferences to guide medical decision-making.

 

In addition to explaining the origins and premise of the precision medicine movement, Arnett addressed the advantages and challenges associated with implementing precision medicine across populations, with a particular emphasis on what the new age of precision health means for Kentucky’s high-risk populations. Using the breakthrough testing for the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 breast cancer gene as an example, Arnett illustrated several barriers to expanding human genome studies to the general public. The magnitude of variation in the human genome makes mapping and translating genetic information a consuming task, and medical practitioners are expected to translate this information for clinical care.

 

In achieving the goals of precision medicine, Arnett implored health researchers and practitioners to integrate innovative resources, such as merging genome-sequencing tools with electronic health record systems. Showing the advantages of precision medicine from a public health standpoint, Arnett provided evidence that public health interventions informed by precision medicine could result in favorable changes in the distribution of disease within populations.

 

In Kentucky’s population, which experiences higher national averages for most major chronic illnesses, implementing precision medicine will involve number of considerations, including gaining public support, linking data within health care institutions, accuracy in producing data, methodological and ethical problems, assessment of the socioeconomic costs and benefits, and clear direction regarding the clinical utility of genomic information. Arnett suggested researchers can gain understanding of how to integrate all these factors in health-disparate regions of Kentucky.

 

“How do we move forward with precision medicine while we tackle health problems that already exist in Kentucky?” Arnett said. “We have terrible risk factors, we have huge health problems we need to address, and while I am thrilled about the science of precision medicine, we have to recognize the health issues that currently have a tremendous impact our state – and we have to continue our focus on traditional approaches to managing those risks.”

 

The CCTS conference drew a record number of nearly 1,000 researchers and students in the health sciences, with research represented from the College of Health Sciences, the College of Public Health, the College of Nursing, the College of Medicine, the College of Dentistry, the College of Pharmacy and the College of Engineering.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

 

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UK College of Education Teaches Young Students That College Can Be Fun

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 16:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2016) — It’s not in the least unusual to see large groups of young people walking across the University of Kentucky campus. What does make some in the campus community pause and give certain groups a second look — even a smile — is that some of those young people are far, far shorter and younger than the norm.

 

On a regular basis, especially during the warmer months of the academic year, scores of small and large groups of schoolchildren — obviously of elementary, middle or high school age — make extended visits to campus, escorted by their teachers and hosted by the UK College of Education. Although there’s always a small element of fun and excitement associated with a school outing to a “grown up” campus, most of the young Kentucky citizens leave with new knowledge, new experiences and new enlightenments.

 

“College just doesn’t intimidate me anymore,” said 16-year-old Desmond Bernard, a wide receiver for the Bryan Station High School football team who spends more than 20 hours each week in UK classrooms and labs, as an intern and part-time student. “The exposure and networking have changed my life. I’m already set up academically for college.”

 

Indeed, he is. Bernard already has several hours of college credit. He has learned to speak Chinese, and through his association with the UK Confucius Institute has visited China.

 

Bernard’s friend, Isaiah McCall, also 16 and also banking college credit, is an intern for the College of Education, earning experience in graphic design and statistics.

 

“I feel like I’m getting a head start on life. I’m focusing on career readiness, and I feel that with these opportunities I can hit the ground running. I’m learning habits of the mind, and it makes you grow up fast and responsibly.”    

 

Bernard and McCall were attending an introductory biodynamics lecture by Mike Pohl, assistant professor in the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, with 30 Lexington STEAM Academy freshmen. The visit was arranged by the College of Education in recognition of National Biomechanics Day earlier this month. The STEAM Academy group went on to visit interactive demonstrations of bioengineering in the College of Health Sciences Musculoskeletal Laboratory directed by Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences Tim Uhl and then on to a demonstrative lecture by Babak Bazrgari, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the biomechanics lab of the College of Engineering’s Center for Biomedical Engineering.

 

Later, enjoying lunch in The 90 with his classmates, John Deangelo said, “You cant do things like this on a normal field trip. This was really neat!”

 

Jenna Strange added, “I liked the running demonstration (in Pohl’s lab). It’s something I can relate to because I run myself, and we can all relate to it because science like this is something we all want to do in the future.”

 

“I liked it because it opened our eyes to the different stuff we can do within science. It’s not just one big category,” Walid Mbaya said.

 

Two students, Michael Pennington and Xavier Brown, said the experience made them want to pursue their academic careers here at UK.

 

“This trip made me want to become an athletic trainer and study here at UK,” Brown said.

 

 

See another recent field trip to campus last fall by Clay County students participating in a UK study. 

Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302, gail.hairston@uky.edu

 

 

 

UK Venture Studio Previews 2016 Bootcamp

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 15:58

LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 26, 2016) — University of Kentucky students, faculty, staff and community entrepreneurs are invited to mark your calendars and save the hour of 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, free for a special event. Due to the success of the first pilot program of the UK Venture Studio's Entrepreneurs Bootcamp last year, the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship is ramping up for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

 

Attendees at the free event will be able to get a first look at next year's Bootcamp Program, and also bring your ideas to share. In addition, successful bootcamp teams from the fall of 2015 will be showcased.

 

Those with ideas for fall 2016 projects are encouraged to attend and organizers also looking to recruit additional students and faculty into the program.

 

Pizza and drinks will be provided during the session. Interested individuals should click here to reserve spot. Seating in the Venture Studio, located in room 124 of the new Gatton College of Business and Economics building, is limited to 50 people.

 

For more information, please call 859-218-6557 or email mariamgorjian@uky.edu.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit  uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; carl.nathe@uky.edu.

UK Law's Connelly is 2016 Lyons Award Recipient

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 15:37

LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 25, 2016) — Allison Connelly, the James and Mary T. Lassiter Clinical Professor in the College of Law and founding director of the University of Kentucky College of Law Legal Clinic, is the 2016 recipient of the William E. Lyons Award, co-sponsored by the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and the Department of Political Science, part of the College of Arts and Sciences. The annual honor is given to one person in recognition of a long record of outstanding service to UK, the community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

The award is named for the late "Bill" Lyons, a professor of political science and public administration, who during his much-admired tenure at UK served as director of the Martin School and chaired the political science department.

 

Connelly is also the college's first assistant, associate and full clinical professor. Before joining the school's faculty on a full-time basis, Connelly served as an adjunct instructor and professor from 1986 through 1996.

 

Now in her 20th year as the founding director of the Kentucky Mock Trial Championship, Connelly also serves as the Law Trial Advocacy Board's faculty advisor and national team coach. UK's mock trial teams have been nationally ranked in 11 of the past 16 years.

 

In a letter to the committee nominating Connelly for the honor, Lisa Fenner wrote, "Allison embodies what this award is all about: career accomplishments, service to the university, the community and the state of Kentucky."

 

Fenner added, "Professor Connelly prides herself on having never charged one dime for her legal work. She represented indigent clients in criminal cases, and now oversees approximately 15 students per semester in their representation of low income individuals in civil cases."

 

Connelly earned her bachelor's degree in political science from UK in 1980 and her juris doctor from the UK College of Law in 1983.

 

Prior to joining the law school on a full-time basis in 1997, she spent 13 years as a state public defender providing direct representation, including death penalty representation, to needy individuals at all levels of the criminal justice system. She rose through the ranks to become the only woman ever named as Kentucky’s Public Advocate, the head of Kentucky's statewide public defender system. Professor Connelly has numerous published appellate decisions to her credit.


Connelly teaches litigation skills, criminal procedure, criminal trial process and legal writing, and is the director of the Kentucky Legal Education Opportunity (KLEO) Summer Institute. She has received numerous awards for teaching and public service including the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2015 Donated Legal Services Award, the 2011 Kentucky Bar Association’s Service to Young Lawyers Award, the 2011 NAACP Empowerment Award and the 2009 UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award.

 

Merl Hackbart, longtime UK professor and interim director of the Martin School said, "Allison is a sterling example of a lawyer/professor who loves the law, her students, the community and the university. She believes a well-prepared legal advocate can force the legal system to work for all people. Her impact on students goes far beyond the subject matter of the courses she teaches and the presentations she makes."

 

Connelly will receive her award during a ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, on the 18th floor of the Patterson Office Tower. A reception will follow. All are cordially invited to attend.

 

Lyons, the award's namesake, died in 1994. He is credited with crafting the charter which created a merged government for Lexington and Fayette County in the early 1970s. The Lexington Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) is now well into its sixth decade of existence.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit  uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; carl.nathe@uky.edu.

UK Junior Corrine Elliott Named Goldwater Scholar

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced that junior Corrine Faye Elliott, of Lexington, has been awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Elliott is among 252 students nationwide awarded the Goldwater Scholarship this year. This year's Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,150 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

 

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by Congress to honor the former Arizona U.S. senator who served the nation for 30 years. The scholarship program was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Since its first award in 1989, the foundation has bestowed 7,680 scholarships worth approximately $48 million.

 

The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

 

The daughter of Kathleen Elliott and D. Stephen Voss, of Lexington, Elliott is currently majoring in mathematics and chemistry at UK.

 

"From a very young age, I was fascinated by the logic and beauty inherent to mathematics; I never questioned adopting it as my field of specialization. My studies in chemistry came as a bit more of a surprise, arising largely from enjoyment of the research in organic chemistry that I undertook in my junior year of high school and never abandoned," Elliott said.

 

Elliott's passion for chemistry and math has been encouraged by family and educators alike. "I grew up in a family headed by two teachers who created an educational environment at home — plus my older brother, Gareth Voss, was a motivated student — so I had a great head start for pursuing a life of the mind. Another big step was enrolling in a high school STEM magnet program at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, which allowed me to delve deeply into mathematics and encouraged me to begin conducting scientific research. The third major event is being accepted to work in Susan Odom's organic chemistry research laboratory at the University of Kentucky."

 

During her high school years, Elliott's research with the Odom Group focused on the synthesis and characterization of organic molecules for use as redox shuttles in lithium-ion batteries, and later on battery fabrication and analysis. And it was Odom who encouraged Elliott to pursue her more recent research that brings together her studies in her two majors in the field known as computational chemistry.

 

"Dr. Odom has invested a great deal of time and energy in supporting my research and my education more generally. She is a fantastic mentor, simultaneously guiding me and allowing me the freedom to conduct the research I care about, most notably by encouraging my initial forays into computational chemistry so that I could build a bridge between my internship and my scholarly interests."

 

Elliott also is grateful for the guidance and assistance of two other mentors at UK, her advisor Grzegorz Wasilkowski, professor of computer science, and Chad Risko, assistant professor of chemistry.

 

This summer, the Goldwater Scholar will pursue yet another research experience with funding from a fellowship from the Organic Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

 

In addition to finishing up her bachelor's degrees in chemistry and mathematics next May, Elliott is currently applying to the University Scholars Program at UK with the goal of attaining a five-year master's degree in statistics from the institution.

 

UK students interested in the Goldwater Scholarship may apply through the university’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. Part of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the office assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with Pat Whitlow at the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards well in advance of the scholarship deadline.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Researchers Awarded NSF Grant to Develop New Imaging and Data Collection Platform

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2016) — A new instrument to be developed by University of Kentucky researchers will overcome current limitations in fluorescence microscopy and could accelerate basic scientific discoveries. The multimodal and cost-effective imaging and data collection platform is being funded by a three-year, $589,250 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant from the Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) program.

 

Total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) have become essential tools to understand biochemical and cellular processes. But these tools are limited — they are often highly labor intensive and thus have been primarily restricted to single sample analysis followed by costly manual data processing. 

 

UK Department of Chemistry Assistant Professors Jason DeRouchey and Chris Richards, as well as UK Department of Computer Science Professor Ruigang Yang, will  develop high throughput versions of both techniques under a single platform, giving researchers the ability to simultaneously scan multiple samples. 

 

"Our instrument will be the first-of-its-kind; currently, there are no instruments capable of performing high throughput TIRF and only a few custom instruments capable of high throughput FCS," DeRouchey said.

 

DeRouchey noted the new instrument could also have direct applications in phenotypic screening and lead to entirely new methods for high throughput screening in vivo and in vitro

 

DeRouchey and Richards will use their expertise in single molecule spectroscopy to develop the hardware for the instrument while Yang will develop an open source data analysis platform, Open Fluorescence Spectroscopy (OpenFS), made freely available online. OpenFS will provide an alternative to costly and proprietary imaging software often tied to a particular device.

 

"Currently in single molecule fluorescence, one of the greatest barriers to more users applying these methods is not the instrumentation (many people have access to confocal microscopes), but rather understanding how to treat the data collected," DeRouchey said.

 

While some analysis packages are currently available, the UK team aims to be the first to create a modular, cost-free software package that can integrate both instrument control components and data analysis software. Working with the UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments, the team plans to host the software package in an interactive forum where users can pick and choose modules developed by the UK team for a range of applications, as well as upload their own modules to share with the community.

 

"Our hope is that OpenFS can therefore compete or replace the fragmented and often proprietary analysis software currently available," DeRouchey said.

 

Research enabled by this project will span the disciplines of chemistry, physics, molecular biology and engineering to answer fundamental questions in biology. The multidisciplinary nature of the project will also create unique training and educational opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral researchers at UK.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

UK Researchers One Step Closer to Understanding Regeneration in Mammals

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2016) — A long-standing question in biology is why humans have poor regenerative ability compared to other vertebrates? While tissue injury normally causes us to produce scar tissue, why can't we regenerate an entire digit or piece of skin? A group of University of Kentucky researchers is one step closer to answering these questions after studying a unique mammal, and its ears.

 

The team's new findings come on the heels of UK Assistant Professor of Biology Ashley Seifert's landmark discovery in 2012 that two species of African spiny mice found in Kenya could regenerate damaged skin. The group built on this work to show that a third species of spiny mouse, Acomys cahirinus, could completely close four millimeter ear holes and regenerate the missing tissue. Their recent work examined repair of ear holes across a number of different mammals and revealed that regeneration appears to be a unique trait.

 

While three species of wild African spiny mice and New Zealand white rabbits were capable of regenerating ear tissue, outbred laboratory mice and inbred strains such as the MRL (Murphy Roths Large) healer mice failed to do so and instead healed the wounds by scarring.

 

"First we need to understand how mammalian regeneration works in a natural setting, then comes the potential to create therapeutic treatments for humans," said Thomas Gawriluk, postdoctoral scholar and co-lead author of the study.

 

This new study suggests that genetic factors underlie variation in regenerative ability. Unlike many previous assumptions that there is a magic bullet for regeneration, like the presence of a specific gene, the group’s comprehensive genetic analysis shows that it is a complex trait. Importantly, cellular and molecular analysis by Seifert’s group has now demonstrated that spiny mice regenerate ear tissue by forming a blastema. Methodical demonstration of a blastema was important to place spiny mice in the context of regeneration in other vertebrates.

 

"These findings show that tissue regeneration in African spiny mice is similar to that described for other vertebrate regenerators like salamanders and zebrafish, giving us a powerful framework to understand mammalian regeneration," Seifert said.

 

Rigorous examination of this mammalian model is the first stage in figuring out molecular mechanisms that govern regenerative processes, which could have a significant impact on regenerative medicine for humans. Many regeneration biologists believe that inducing a blastema in humans would be a major step towards stimulating tissue regeneration.

 

"The regenerative healing response of the spiny mouse is truly remarkable and Dr. Seifert’s new work provides clear evidence that regenerative capabilities have evolved among rodents," said Ken Muneoka, professor at Texas A&M University and a pioneer in the field of regeneration. "The spiny mouse represents one of only a handful of regeneration models in mammals that can be used to uncover basic strategies to enhance the regenerative capacity of humans."

 

Seifert, along with Gawriluk and postdoctoral scholar Jennifer Simkin; Assistant Professor of Statistics Katherine Thompson; Assistant Professor of Biology Jeremiah Smith; and doctoral student Shishir Biswas, are all co-authors on the study published in Nature Communications. Collaborators at the University of Nairobi in Kenya and University of Georgia are also co-authors on the current study.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Students Partner With Arboretum to Promote Arbor Day, Earth Day Creatively

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 22:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2016) — Students enrolled in "A-E 120: Pathways to Creativity," one of the University of Kentucky Core courses, are collaborating with The Arboretum for Earth Day and Arbor Day on their final project.

 

The UK students, from a myriad of campus majors outside the arts, broke into teams of five to work together to create banners 6 feet tall x 18 inches wide that visually communicate about the various areas of The Arboretum — the Children’s Garden, the Home Demonstration and Walk Across Kentucky.

 

The banners were installed April 20-21, just in time for the observance of Earth Day today. The pieces of art will remain up through National Arbor Day, April 29, and the following day's Arbor Day event at The Arboretum. This year marks the 25th celebration of Arbor Day at The Arboretum and the theme is  "Celebrating the Past, PLANting the Future." Festivities will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 30.

 

As a part of their intellectual inquiry through the Core curriculum, every UK student is required to complete coursework in the area of arts and creativity. “Creativity adds to the vitality and relevance of learning and will translate into graduates who are better prepared to face the challenges of a dynamic society.” (UK CORE Curriculum, 2010).

 

UK Core is the university's general education program, containing a set of requirements that must be completed by students of all majors in order to graduate. These requirements are focused on critical thinking, writing, reasoning, ethics and global understanding, which faculty of the university feel are essential for students to compete in the global marketplace.

 

The "Pathways to Creativity" course is focused on expanding student creativity and aims to prepare students for a range of disciplines. This semester's courses were led by UK School of Art and Visual Studies faculty members Beth Ettensohn and Marty Henton and art education graduate assistant Olivia Lussi.

 

The Arboretum was created in 1991 as a joint effort between UK and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. The mission of The Arboretum is to showcase Kentucky landscapes and serve as a resource center for environmental and horticultural education, research and conservation.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

Nearly 1,000 Attend UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science Conference

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 17:00

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2016) – The 11th Annual Spring Conference of the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) drew nearly 1,000 researchers, students, community members and institutional partners to the Lexington Convention Center on Thursday, April 21.

 

Personalized health was a focus of the multidisciplinary conference, which was held in conjunction with several college and center-specific programs including the College of Dentistry Research Day, College of Engineering Biomedical Research Day​, College of Health Sciences Research Day​, College of Nursing Scholarship Showcase, College of Public Health Research Day, 31st Annual BGSFN Spring Neuroscience Research Day, and the 34th Annual Symposium in Women’s Health and Reproductive Science.

 

The UK CCTS is federally funded by the National Institutes of Health to accelerate the translation of discoveries into tangible improvements in health, particularly in Kentucky and Appalachia. Through the support from a Clinical and Translational Science Award, the Center fosters innovative team science and community-engaged research across multiple campuses and states. 

 

The annual conference presents an opportunity for the UK community and institutional partners to share research, enhance collaborations, and mentor the upcoming generation of clinical and translational researchers. With the scope and expertise of a national research conference, the event offers the unique convenience of being free and within walking distance of UK's campus.

 

This year's conference focused on personalized health, an emerging field that combines genetics, genomics, and biologic and lifestyle information to help predict risk for disease or how a patient will respond to treatments. In 2015, President Obama infused significant investment into personalized health research through the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI).

 

Dr. Philip A. Kern, director of the CCTS, says that the scientific and medical communities are making advances in prevention and treatments that are tailored to each individual’s body and situation.

 

“With the sequencing of the human genome and better understanding of epigenetic and other influences, there is now great recognition that many diseases are influenced by individual differences,” Kern said. “It’s easy to see on the horizon that medical care can be better tailored to each person.”

 

The conference featured an array of expert speakers, including three faculty members who have recently joined UK’s research and academic leadership and together bring a dynamic charge to the institution’s public and personalized health capabilities. Donna Arnett, Ph.D., who joined UK as the dean of the College of Public Health in January 2016, gave the keynote address, exploring the intersection of public health and personalized medicine.

 

She said that the development of personalized health technology is outpacing our clinical evidence base, and that rapidly expanding consumer and business aspects, including companies like 23andMe that provide genetic testing and analysis, will likely push the field faster than experts initially envisioned.

 

“I think where it has the most immediate potential is in undiagnosed diseases or diseases caused by serious mutations, like cystic fibrosis, but that’s going to affect a very small number of individuals,” she said. “I do think it will help us in identifying treatments for which there’s a high failure rate, like cancer treatments, and finding new pathways for both drug treatments and prevention.”

 

Arnett is particularly interested in how to integrate powerful capabilities of precision medicine and personalized health with the ongoing need for disease prevention at a population health level.

 

“We need to strike the right balance between how much we invest in these new technologies and how much we invest in addressing the scourge of diseases that are best prevented through lifestyle interventions,” she said.

 

The conference's morning plenary session featured Dr. Robert S. DiPoala, who joined UK as the dean of the College of Medicine in March 2016, and conference chair GQ Zhang, Ph.D., who joined UK in August 2015 as the inaugural director of the new Institute for Biomedical Informatics and co-director of the CCTS biomedical informatics core. Samden Lhatoo, MD, chair of neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, also gave a presentation about personalizing big data for brain research.

 

"The increasing pace of scientific discovery and new diagnostics is providing opportunities for clinical research to be more targeted and precise, with the potential to have greater impact for patients and our community,” DiPaola said.

 

Zhang noted the essential nature of biomedical informatics in the development and utilization of personalized approaches to health.

 

“The way to enable this approach is through personalized information, to know what is specific about each person – their medical history, behavior, environment, family genetics, all of which come into play. Collecting that information, making it available in the context of health care, and monitoring wellbeing is how we can make advances. Biomedical informatics is an indispensable part of it, and initiatives like the PMI put it into the national spotlight,” Zhang said.

 

The conference also featured sessions on patient empowerment, informatics tools for clinical research, and community health projects funded by the Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK). CLIK, jointly sponsored by the CCTS, the UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health, and the Kentucky Office of Rural Health, is an intensive leadership development program that enhances research and capacity-building competencies in community leaders.

 

More than 300 researchers and students also gave poster presentations and received feedback and mentoring from expert faculty.  The annual conference is a key opportunity for training and supporting the upcoming generation of clinical and translational scientists, which is a primary focus of the CCTS.

 

As part of that aim, the CCTS recognizes outstanding mentors at each annual conference.  2016 mentor award recipients included:

  • Ann Coker, Ph.D., MPH, professor in the UK College of Public Health Department of Epidemiology and Verizon Wireless Endowed Chair in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women
  • Robin Cooper, Ph.D., RN, associate professor in the UK College of Arts and Sciences department of biology
  • Mark Dignan, Ph.D., MPH, professor in the UK College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine
  • Dr. Philip A. Kern, professor of internal medicine, director of the CCTS, and associate provost for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Carl Leukefeld, DSW, professor in the UK College of Medicine Department of Behavioral Sciences
  • Joseph C. Stemple, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, FASHA-H, professor in the UK College of Health Sciences Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

“This is a critically important event to promote team and interdisciplinary sciences. We’re bringing together people from all of our health colleges to interact and facilitate team science across campus,” Kern said.

 

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A Day in the Life of a UK Student: April 22-24, 1912

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 14:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 204th, 205th and 206th diary entries from April 22-24, 1912, recall McClure having an eventful Arbor Day on campus, her Latin studies, and a decision on what she should do with her money during a shopping trip.

 

Arbor Day – April 22nd. A great day for us, truly. It seemed that the weather was made just especially for our benefit, for the rain of the night before stopped and left everything fresh and beautiful for us. The whole program was fine and well carried out. The Senior girls, “12”, were all dressed in white, and wore roses, (presented by Mr. Earle). Mr. Utley’s speech was splendid and delivered beautifully. Mr. Jetton, Junior orator, upheld the honors of the Juniors, and received the spade. I put in my spadeful of dirt with the spade upside down, but got plenty in, however. Addie’s prophecy was splendid, but she hit Annie Louise instead of me in my part. Nevertheless, I am now laying claim to a “tall military man.”

 

Included next to McClure's April 22, 1912, diary entries is a photograph of people lying in the grass with a child running around during the Arbor Day festivities, as well as some leaves that have been pressed in the book.

 

Apr. 22nd. Begin trimming for curtains. Lillian goes out to spend the night. More Latin.

 

Apr. 23rd. Easy, too. Go to the car with Lillian.

 

Apr. 24th. Inspection day, in the afternoon. Phyllis and I come back early, and I meet Addie at Mitchell’s. Shall I get a pocket-book or a traveling bag?

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, graduated in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928 from UK. After receiving her AB, she taught for a year at Middlesboro, Kentucky, another year at Paducah, Kentucky, and seven years in Cynthiana, Kentucky. After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in the Fayette County schools. At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.

 

The first woman to receive a Ph.D. from UK, McClure said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite of those words, McClure received her doctoral degree in American history in 1934.

 

Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.” McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish. 

 

McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them. She then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.

 

The UK alumna and educator was very active in the community. McClure was a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album and other assorted photographs related to McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her UK classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots.

 

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Diary transcriptions completed by senior Taylor Adams, Special Collections Learning Lab intern and history major from Ashland, Kentucky.

 

 

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Disability Resource Center Honors Students, Employees With Scholarships and Awards

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 14:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Disability Resource Center (DRC) held its annual awards ceremony Friday, April 8, at The 90. Several students, as well as faculty and staff, were honored at the ceremony with scholarships and awards.

 

Kennedy L. Richardson, a junior communication sciences and disorder major from Louisville, Kentucky, received the Paul Meyer Award, an award intended for students with learning disabilities. Richardson is an active member in the Kappa Kappa Gamma leadership and mentoring program, UK’s Sign Language Club and the National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Richardson is working toward becoming a pediatric speech and language pathologist. Upon winning the award, Richardson received a $500 scholarship.

 

Lauren A. Otte, a pre-journalism freshman from Lexington was awarded the Brent Scholarship, a scholarship endowed in memory of Michael Brent, a former UK student who suffered a spinal cord injury and passed away at the age of 18. Otte is a survivor of a boat accident in which she was struck by another boat whose driver was under the influence of alcohol. The accident left her with significant injuries including the amputation of her leg below the knee. Otte currently works as a photojournalist for UK football, working for a local well-known sports columnist. She also talks to other young people with amputations and is a national representative for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Otte received a $500 scholarship.

 

Christopher Stewart, a third year law student from Owensboro, Kentucky, was awarded the Adelstein Award. The Adelstein Award is given to a UK student with a disability who has exhibited excellence in academic achievement, leadership, extracurricular activities, and social and personal qualities. The award was established by Michael Adelstein in honor of his wife, Carol Adelstein, an polio survivor who never allowed her disabilities to impair her ability to lead a successful life. Stewart was nominated by UK College of Law faculty, who lauded his outstanding academic achievement and natural curiosity regarding law that has led him to pursue his interests. Stewart has participated in the writing and editing process of the Kentucky Law Journal and has been an officer in the American Constitution Society. Stewart received a $1,000 award.

  

The DRC also presented “Breaking Barriers” certificates of recognition to faculty and staff whose efforts related to academic and physical access allowed students to fully participate in their classes and the UK community.

 

April Richardson Hatcher, a faculty member in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, who provided tactile and other non-visual methods to teach anatomy to a student with a visual impairment as a supplement to her classroom instruction. Hatcher noted this experience has helped her rethink how she approaches the teaching methodology of all of the students in her classes.

 

Peter Mirabito, a biology faculty member, also received a “Breaking Barriers” certificate. Mirabito has been an early adopter and constant advocate of the utilization of universal design principles in the development of online and in class courses activities. Mirabito was recognized for his proactive approach to accessibility and his tireless pursuit of providing an equal opportunity for all students, including students with various disabilities, to be successful in his courses.

 

Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) was also recognized for their partnership with the DRC regarding the development and implementation of a door-to-door service in which students with temporary and permanent mobility impairments were provided with scheduled transportation to their classes and other campus activities. As the campus continues to grow, students with mobility impairments face greater challenges traversing university grounds, especially during inclement weather. Through their efforts, PTS was able to assist more than 20 students by providing a dependable, safe and comfortable transportation option that allowed them to complete their coursework with minimal interruption. Esther Wilcox and Wayne Garner accepted the “Breaking Barriers” certificate on behalf of PTS.

 

For more information about the Disability Resource Center, visit their website.

 

 

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New UK Research on How Plants Defend Against Pathogens

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:19

LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 22, 2016) — Faced with a pathogen, important signaling chemicals within plant cells travel different routes to inform the plant to turn on its defense mechanisms, according to a recent University of Kentucky study.

 

Plant pathologists Aardra and Pradeep Kachroo study how plants fend off secondary infections, a defense mechanism known as systemic acquired resistance. In previous studies, the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment scientists identified several chemicals within plant cells that help trigger this resistance. Their most recent study, published in Cell Host and Microbe, looked at the paths three of those chemicals travel. Understanding these pathways and chemicals may shed light on new ways scientists can help plants fend off a wide range of pathogens.

 

“Animals have a circulatory system that makes it very easy for one part of the body to communicate with another,” Aardra Kachroo said. “This is not the case for plants, which makes communication more difficult between various parts. That’s why it’s important for scientists to understand how that happens.”

 

Their research found that two of the chemicals travel through the same opening between cells, called the plasmodesmata. They are helped through this “doorway” by proteins that also control the opening and closing of the “door.”

 

The third signaling chemical, salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin, travels a different route, going out of one cell into the plasma membrane and then into another cell.

 

“This is a similar route via which aspirin in taken up in the human body,” Pradeep Kachroo said.

 

In plants, after moving to the neighboring cell, salicylic acid can also shut the door in between the cells that the other two chemicals traveled through.

 

“This knowledge is very relevant to how we use chemicals for protecting our crops in the field,” Pradeep Kachroo said.

 

The Kachroos' results suggest that although current strategies of using chemicals that activate the salicylic acid pathway maybe an effective short-term strategy to manage specific diseases, it could potentially have long-term negative repercussions on the plant’s inherent ability to induce broad-spectrum systemic immunity.

 

Kachroo lab members who contributed to this work include Gah-hyun Lim, M.B. Shine and Keshun Yu. The Kachroos’ research was funded by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Integrative Organismal Systems.

 

 

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Kathi Kern Added to OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program Roster

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2016) — University of Kentucky Associate Professor of History Kathi Kern has been appointed one of the 78 new speakers to the Organization of American Historians’ prestigious Distinguished Lectureship Program for 2016-17.

 

These scholars, who are affiliated with some of the nation’s top universities, join more than 400 other OAH Distinguished Lecturers who speak to audiences across the country each year and are widely sought for appearances at museums, libraries, universities, community centers, churches and synagogues, and other venues. OAH Distinguished Lecturers strive to promote understanding and appreciation of all facets of U.S. history from the 1600s through the present, which is an essential component of the organization’s mission.

 

Kern also directs UK’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) and holds an endowed professorship at the Chellgren Center in the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence. She is the author of many articles and book chapters as well as “Mrs. Stanton's Bible” (2001), selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book. Kern has won the Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award, the UK Alumni Association’s Great Teacher Award, and the UK College of Education's Teachers Who Made a Difference Award.

 

To hear a UK at the Half radio interview with Kathi Kern, visit http://uknow.uky.edu/sites/default/files/ukath-2015-16-13_mixdown_0.mp3

 

Kern’s research focuses on the women's rights movement in 19th century America, particularly on the ways religion, gender and politics have mixed to create new ideological positions and social change. She has been actively engaged in research, authoring successful grants funded through the U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grant program with awards totaling nearly $4 million. Much of her time is spent in outreach to public school teachers, teaching summer institutes in the Mississippi Delta, in Alaska and at the Smithsonian Institution.

 

In her role as director of CELT, Kern has worked extensively in international faculty development, training university faculty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and China. In 2009-2010, Kern was the Stanley Kelley Jr. Visiting Associate Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the religion department and the program in women and gender at Princeton University.

 

Katherine M. Finley, the OAH's executive director, said, “We thank these historians for their service to the organization and for helping advance our mission. And we congratulate them on achieving this high honor.”

 

Founded in 1907, the Organization of American Historians (OAH) is the world's largest professional association dedicated to American history scholarship. With more than 7,800 members from the U.S. and abroad, OAH promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching and presentation of American history, encouraging wide discussion of historical questions and equitable treatment of history practitioners. It publishes the quarterly Journal of American History, the leading scholarly publication and journal of record in the field of American history for more than nine decades. It also publishes The American Historian magazine. Formerly known as the Mississippi Valley Historical Association (MVHA), the association became the OAH in 1965 to reflect a broader scope focusing on national studies of American history. The OAH national headquarters are located in the historic Raintree House on Indiana University's Bloomington campus. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

 

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UK MANRRS Chapter Again Wins National Honors

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:07

LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 22, 2016) — For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Kentucky MANRRS chapter was named National Chapter of the Year at the recent 31st annual conference for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS). The chapter, housed in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, also brought home honors for students and 4-H agents.

 

Quentin Tyler, assistant dean and director of the college’s Office of Diversity, heaped praise on the students and advisers of the chapter. Tyler is completing his term as national MANRRS professional president May 1 and will move into the role of immediate past president, a three-year term.

 

“I am very proud of the strength, courage and vision of this year’s group. From the beginning of the year, they had a collective goal of winning the National Chapter of the Year for the fourth consecutive time,” he said. “Not only did they perform well in the classroom, they also excelled in the areas of community and campus involvement, leadership and buying into what MANRRS represents.”

 

Tyler said businesses, government organizations and other colleges and universities took notice of the exceptional students that make up the UK MANRRS chapter.

 

“Despite our membership consisting of more than 40 percent freshmen, it is evident that we as a college have a strong foundation and support from our leadership that turns the dreams of our students into reality,” Tyler said. “I have been fortunate to not only serve as president of an amazing organization but to see the growth of the UK MANRRS chapter. Four years of being recognized as the best chapter of 75 across 38 states is an amazing accomplishment.”

 

Tyler and co-advisers Antomia Farrell and Natasha Saunders took more than 70 delegates to Jacksonville, Florida, for the conference. The students’ written report and oral presentation to the national gathering described the chapter’s membership, leadership development, community service and activities, and contained ideas for promoting the national society.

 

In addition to the overall chapter recognition, UK MANRRS brought home a number of individual honors. ReDell Atkinson, a senior merchandising, apparel and textile design major, placed first in the Impromptu Public Speaking Contest. Brittany Love, a junior majoring in kinesiology, placed second in the Written Essay Contest. UK MANRRS was runner up in the National MANRRS Quiz Bowl. Seven of the 20 Farm Credit MANRRS VIP Scholars were UK students: Xavia Gantz, Tiffany Harper, Fabian Leon, Carley Fort, Destiny Butler, Brian Bryson and Gloria Maldonado.

 

Other honors included:

Ashley Shanee, Jefferson County extension 4-H agent and graduate student, is now serving as the National MANRRS graduate student president.

 

Marcus Tyler, a sophomore majoring in agricultural economics, was elected to serve as the national MANRRS undergraduate president.

 

Kelly Moore, a senior majoring in community and leadership development, will be the new national MANRRS undergraduate past president. She is the 2015-2016 national MANRRS undergraduate president and earned the Eunice Foster Award, a distinguished award for her hard work and dedication to the national MANRRS organization.

 

Marcus Bernard, a doctoral student in community and leadership development, is now serving as national MANRRS graduate parliamentarian.

 

Tiffany Harper, a graduate student in community and leadership development, is now serving as national MANRRS region I and V graduate vice president.

 

Xavia Gantz, a graduate student in hospitality and tourism management, is now serving as national MANRRS region III graduate vice president.

 

Carley Fort, a freshman majoring in community and leadership development, won the Bayer Elevator Speech Contest and earned a summer internship with Bayer Crop Science.

 

And, at the annual awards ceremony for the UK MANNRS chapter held on April 20, junior J.D. Harmon, a member of the Wildcat football team, was named as the new MANNRS member of the year for 2015-16.

 

For more information about UK MANRRS and the UK CAFE Office of Diversity, visit http://diversity.ca.uky.edu/.

 

 

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Fulbright U.S. Student Program Officer to Speak on Opportunities

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards will welcome Lora Seery, senior program officer for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, to campus this week to speak about the highly competitive application process for the prestigious program. Seery will speak to interested applicants from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in room 101 of the James W. Stuckert Career Center.

 

Space is limited for the session with Seery, so free registration will be required for this event. Those interested in attending should email Jennifer Stevens at jennifer.stevens@uky.edu, to reserve a seat.

 

Open to students in all majors, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provides grants for one academic year for individually designed research projects, graduate study or English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs. During the grants, Fulbrighters work, live with and learn from the people of the host country. The Fulbright award pays for the cost of travel to and from the host country, as well as providing a stipend to cover housing, meals and other living expenses.

 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program accepts applications from current undergraduates, graduate students and alumni. Students must be a U.S. citizen on track to complete a bachelor’s degree before the start of the Fulbright year (fall 2017) and may not have earned a doctoral degree. A specific grade-point average is not required, but candidates must show evidence of leadership and public service, a desire to serve as an "unofficial" ambassador for the U.S. and the skills to complete the proposed research or study. Applicants who apply for an English Teaching Assistant award generally do not need teaching experience, but related experience like tutoring can be helpful.

 

Part of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with Pat Whitlow at the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards well in advance of the scholarship deadline.

 

 

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UK Symphony Orchestra Concert Preview on WUKY's 'UK Perspectives'

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2016) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Today's program previews tonight's concert by the UK Symphony Orchestra and UK Choirs featuring Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Godell's guests are orchestra conductor John Nardolillo, baritone soloist André Campelo, violinist Lucy Becker and bassist Mary Combs.

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/uk-symphony-orchestra-takes-stravinsky-beethoven.

 

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

 

 

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Power Outage in Barker and Frazee Halls

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2016) — University of Kentucky Physical Plant Division is working to restore power to a small portion of campus after an outage this morning. Power has been interrupted in Barker and Frazee Halls.  A temporary outage also affected a portion of the William T. Young Library this morning, but power has been restored there.

 

According to initial reports, the power outage is connected to construction work on the new Student Center.

 

UK Pharmacy Students Bring Operation Heart to Central and Eastern Kentucky

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:50

Lexington, Ky. (April 22, 2016)  Most people think of a pharmacist as someone who counts pills or measures out medicine — more of a behind-the-scenes provider than someone on the front lines of patient care. In reality, a pharmacist can be a patient's first line of defense against health problems such as heart disease.

 

When a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that patients had more success regulating their hypertension when their pharmacist was involved in their care, the American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (AphA- ASP) founded Operation Heart so that pharmacy students could facilitate healthy lifestyle behaviors, provide simple health screenings, and educate the public about heart medications.

 

Within a year of the national program's founding, the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP) started their first Operation Heart committee. Since then, UK pharmacy students — under the supervision of pharmacists — have held several free local events to screen patients for some of the warning signs of heart disease: high blood pressure, high blood glucose, and/or high cholesterol.

 

“The profession of pharmacy is very progressive in finding new ways for positive interaction with patients. Pharmacists can provide immunizations, medication therapy management, medication counseling, disease management counseling and more,” said Natalie Rosario, co-chair of this year’s Operation Heart Committee.

 

Each year they are encouraged to "dream big" in order to expand the program outside of Lexington, where they reached approximately 726 participants in the first few years. 

In 2012-2013, the group expanded the screenings to the Hazard community in Eastern Kentucky. There, they were able to screen and educate 350 individuals about the health risk of heart disease and the benefits of living a health modified lifestyle.

 

Over the span of six years, they have been able to screen approximately 1,800 individuals all over Kentucky, targeting high-risk people who are more prone to heart disease.

 

“Each co-chair has different ideas for goals, but this allows room for growth and development within the committee each year. Having a variety of goals is what has made Operation Heart have such high impact over the last six years,” Rosario said.

 

This year's committee realized how important it is for mothers of small children to follow through with heart health screenings, but knew that it is impossible for some due to lack of childcare. After teaming up with Chrysalis House, they hosted a family day where the mothers received patient-centered care while program staff entertained their children with activities such as corn hole and coloring.

 

“Sometimes it is more than a blood pressure reading,” Rosario said. “It's about listening to patient concerns and addressing them with guided help.”

 

As the years come and go, the committee makeup varies as members graduate and new members join, events grow, and more people are reached, but in the end the University College of Pharmacy has an individual's best interest at heart.

 

“It is so refreshing to know you have made an impact on someone’s life,” Rosario said.

 

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