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Louisville SBDC Honored as 2016 Sutton Landry State Star

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:25

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Oct. 7, 2016) — The Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) is pleased to announce the Louisville Small Business Development Center (Louisville SBDC) is the recipient of the 2016 Sutton Landry State Star for Kentucky. The Louisville staff was recognized at a private reception during the recent America’s SBDC Conference in Orlando, Florida.

 

America’s SBDC annually honors a state star. The award is presented to an individual or group who is considered an example of excellence, makes a significant contribution to their center’s program and exhibits dedication to assisting small businesses.

 

“We are truly honored to represent the University of Kentucky and our colleagues from the Kentucky Small Business Development Center network. To be recognized by our peers on a national level is a great honor; we are simply a reflection of the entrepreneurs we so proudly serve,” said Janet Flaugh, communications coordinator for the Louisville SBDC.

 

State director Becky Naugle said, “The Louisville SBDC staff are truly state stars. They work hard to serve businesses with innovative programs and high quality advice. KSBDC appreciates all they do and is proud to see them receive this honor.”

 

The Louisville team has established and maintained numerous relationships with resource partners and stakeholders throughout the nine counties they serve. Through their work, the team has connected clients with organizations such as county economic development organizations, local development districts, recreational and tourism organizations, financial institutions, legislators, as well as many industry experts and business organizations across the greater Louisville area.

 

“This is a tremendous honor for the Louisville SBDC,” said David Oetken, center director. “It’s really a testament to our expert staff, and the great entrepreneurs who are launching startups or scaling up their existing businesses in the Louisville region. We are proud to provide guidance and specialized counsel as small-business owners work to build and finance their dream ventures in fields ranging from restaurants to services to tech to manufacturing.”

 

This team’s dedication to client counseling, proposal preparation and superb business plan assistance has contributed to the many successes the Kentucky SBDC network has realized over the past three decades. Over the years, members of the Louisville office have been honored for extraordinary work, each receiving statewide recognition for performance and productivity.

 

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 15 offices located throughout the state that helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC services, visit their website, www.ksbdc.org/.

 

 

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:  Roberta Meisel, 859-257-0104

Celebrate UK Family Weekend Like a True Wildcat

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 09:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2016) — There are members of the Wildcat family all over the country and beyond, and this weekend many of them are coming to campus to celebrate Family Weekend, Oct. 7-9.

 

“The Family Weekend schedule allows us to highlight the best of campus and Lexington, and a beautiful fall weekend is the perfect time to visit. Some events are on campus and others take families out into the community. We hope families will pick and choose events based on their interests and needs. We’re confident everyone will find something that interests them,” said Nancy Stephens, associate director of New Student and Family Programs and coordinator of the Parent and Family Association.

 

The star of the weekend’s on-campus schedule is, of course, the UK vs. Vanderbilt University football game with kick-off at 4 p.m., Oct. 8, at Commonwealth Stadium. The biggest event of Family Weekend is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday when the thousands who have already purchased tickets can attend the sold-out Family Weekend Tent Party on Johnson Center Fields at the corner of Cooper Drive and University Drive.

 

“The Tent Party definitely has the biggest attendance of all our events, but other events have their own unique charms,” Stephens said.

 

From 5-7 p.m., Oct. 7, for example, families can stop at Family Weekend Check-in at William T. Young Library to take a family portrait in a photo booth and peruse the Campus Resource Fair. They’ll enjoy free food and entertainment as well. This event is co-hosted by the UK Alumni Association and is a joint celebration of Family Weekend as well as UK Homecoming.

 

If a family has traveled from out of state, they can begin exploring the city of Lexington on Saturday morning with Breakfast with the Works at Keeneland Race Course on Versailles Road near the airport. While world-famous thoroughbreds do their morning workouts, visitors can enjoy a 7 a.m. breakfast in the Equestrian Dining Room and meet other UK families from out of state.

 

“There is a lot of interest among out-of-state families in meeting other members of the Big Blue Nation who live beyond Kentucky. We want to help connect them with one another and showcase the beauty of Keeneland at the same time,” said Nicki Jenkins, assistant director of New Student and Family Programs.

 

On Sunday at 10 a.m., don’t forget DNT 101: A Taste of Kentucky Doughnut Trail, an event that seems to grow in popularity every year and is sold out again this year. It’s a taste testing of the best sugary goodness Lexington’s finest bakeries have to offer.

 

Last year, organizers were overwhelmed by the generosity of the Big Blue Family at one of the newer events, the Big Blue Pantry Food Drive. A relatively new initiative, the Big Blue Pantry serves UK students experiencing food insecurity by distributing non-perishable food items.

 

“For the last couple of years, we asked families to consider donating a single can of food or a small monetary donation. Instead of one can, people will bring in grocery bags full of food for the less fortunate of our community,” Stephens said. “That expression of concern is the best definition I can think of when someone asks me, ‘What is the Big Blue Family?’”

 

For a detailed description of all Family Weekend events and activities, visit www.uky.edu/familyweekend.  

 

 

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: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398, blair.hoover@uky.edu

Neurogastronomy Symposium Registration Now Open

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 09:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2016) — Register now for the second annual International Society of Neurogastronomy (ISN) Symposium which will explore the concept of brain and behavior in the context of food being held at the University of Kentucky on Dec. 10.

 

Among the speakers is nationally-renowned pastry chef Taria Camerino, featured on an episode of The Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern. Camerino is a gastoral synaesthete who literally "tastes the rainbow."  In fact, she experiences all five senses as taste. "It's like being a pianist with four hands," said UK neuropsychologist and ISN co-founder Dan Han.  

 

Also scheduled to speak are:

 

Rachel Laudan, PhD, author of Cuisine & Empire: "How has our understanding of taste evolved on the grand scale throughout human history?"

 

Dr. Gordon Shepherd, Yale University, the father of Neurogastronomy: "The evolution of the neural mechanisms relevant to neurogastronomy."

 

Julie Menella, PhD, Monell Chemical Senses Center: "The role of early experiences on food and flavor preferences and growth, and the effects of alcohol and tobacco on women’s health and infant development."

 

Gary Beauchamp, Monell Chemical Senses Center: "The development of human chemosensory perception and preference and adult human flavor perception."

 

Ivan De Araujo, Yale University: "Sugars and their ability to trigger reward circuitry in the brain."

 

Kelly Weber, University of Kentucky: "Food addiction, measurement and rates in current U.S. population."

 

Barry Green, Yale University: "Human taste, flavor, and chemesthesis and the relation of these sensitivities both to current theories of sensory mechanisms and to their roles in driving the consumption of foods."

 

The term "neurogastronomy" was coined by Dr. Gordon Shepherd, professor of neurobiology at Yale University — first in 2006 in an article in Nature and six years later in an eponymous book. While Dr. Shepherd has been interested in the concept from a research perspective, Han and a group of neuroscientists, chefs and food scientists are enthusiastic about making it a clinical translational science with applications in cancer, stroke and brain injury (which can destroy the sense of taste) and also apply the concept to battle diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

 

The day's format differs from the typical symposium, featuring brief presentations modeled after the popular TED talks and punctuated with breaks for tastings and a contest where the food from regional and national chefs will be judged by patients with taste impairments.

 

For more information about the symposium and how to register, click here.

 

Media Contact: Laura Dawahare, Laura.Dawahare@uky.edu, (859) 257-5307

 

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

Behind the Blue: UK's Top Student Recruiter Discusses Navigating a College Career

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 19:55

 

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky.  (Oct. 6, 2016) — This weekend, University of Kentucky alumni, students, and family members will gather on campus for UK’s celebration of Homecoming along with Family Weekend. Each year, the university celebrates those who have gone before, along with showcasing how current students are experiencing UK and the Lexington area.

 

If you were to be on campus this weekend, and asked pretty much anyone about Don Witt, you’ll likely get an answer of familiarity. Witt, the associate provost for enrollment management, is often the first point-of-contact for incoming students and their families. In addition to signing their letter of acceptance, Witt also serves as the director of undergraduate admission and as the university’s registrar, so he bookends that act with another signature — the one on their diploma upon graduation.

 

In this edition of Behind the Blue, Kody Kiser, Amy Jones-Timoney and Carl Nathe, all of UK Public Relations and Marketing, sat down with Witt for a brief conversation on making the connection with students, the challenges of navigating a college career, how students can best prepare for the college experience, and more. 

 

Behind the Blue explores the people and events that make UK the university for Kentucky. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of Behind the Blue each week.

 

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

 

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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: Kody Kiser, kody.kiser@uky.edu, 859-257-5282

'Ragtime' Still Relevant Today With Its Explorations of Violence, Race, Immigration

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 16:55

 

Promotional video for UK Opera Theatre's production of "Ragtime."

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2016) Though set in turn-of-the-20th-century New York, the Tony Award-winning musical "Ragtime" is still very relevant today as the presidential election and the Black Lives Matter movement have many discussing issues related to race, violence and immigration. Audiences can see and hear this work and reflect on such important issues in the Bluegrass this weekend as University of Kentucky Opera Theatre opens their 2016-17 season with the musical Oct. 6-9, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

 

Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and noted playwright, Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, "Ragtime," this popular musical was winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. Filled with pageantry, emotion and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other musical, the original production was called "a triumph for the stage," by Time magazine, and "the best musical in 20 years," by the International Herald Tribune.

 

Set in the volatile melting pot of New York in the early 1900s, "Ragtime" weaves together three distinctly American tales — that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician — united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair ... and what it means to live in America.

 

Reflecting on just how relevant this story is in today's society, directors/choreographers Lyndy Franklin Smith and Jeromy Smith started the rehearsal process by having each cast member tell his or her own story. The cast shared the origins of their families and how their ancestors made their way to America. And as the group reached a point in the musical's story where the storytelling becomes difficult and personal, members of the cast once again took time to share stories, often spontaneously, of personal experience — strife, fear, anger and hope. 

 

In addition, the cast and crew were also acutely aware of the stories being told daily in the media. Stories of 2016 that seemed hauntingly close to the stories of "Ragtime" — stories of violence and terrorism, racial injustice, immigration reform, bigotry and hatred. 

 

"One thing remains constant. This story touches lives and hearts in an incredibly deep and meaningful way," said Lyndy. "In this, we understand the importance of telling this story. As we progress as a nation and as a society, and history seemingly continues to repeat itself, we must first continue to look back, remember and respect our history, and learn from our mistakes. Secondly, we must hold on to hope and the promise of a brighter tomorrow, knowing that one person can make a difference but together, we are stronger. And finally, it is vitally important that we continue to pass on this story to our children and grandchildren." 

 

The musical's score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself, drawing upon many musical styles, from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems.

 

The directors have been moved by the growth they have seen from the cast as they perfected their performance and hope to touch audiences with this important, timeless story. "Sometimes it just takes a moment to listen to someone else’s story, to find a common ground, and sometimes a new perspective. As we have all grown as human beings, this performance has also grown," said Jeromy. "Our greatest hope is to inspire our audience. In these uncertain and divisive times, let us come together and share our stories, find a commonality and a community and move forward together."

 

The cast of UK Opera Theatre's production of "Ragtime" includes: Audrey Belle Adams as Mother, La'Shelle Allen as Sarah's Friend, Willnard Anderson as Booker T. Washington, Hayden Bright as Harry K. Thaw and Admiral Peary, Karl-Matthieu Campbell as Coalhouse Walker III, Clark Janell Davis as Sarah, Cooper Fitch as Harry Houdini, Peter Gibbons as Younger Brother, Cassady Gorrell as Kathleen, Wesley F. Hammond as Stanford White, Nate Krohmer as Little Boy, Roger Leasor as Grandfather, Curtis Lipsey as Matthew Henson, Elizabeth S. Mayhew as Evelyn Nesbit, Zackery Morris as Tateh, Michael Pandolfo as Henry Ford, Matthew Pearce as J.P. Morgan, Joshua Randal Price as Willie Conklin, Taylor Riordan as Little Girl, Greta Rosenstock as Emma Goldman, Casey Shuler as Brigit, Ron Wilbur as Coalhouse Walker Jr., and Joseph Wrightson as Father. Backing up the cast is an ensemble of vocalists and the UK Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor John Nardolillo. The crew helping the Smiths bring this show to the stage includes, Stage Managers Marc Schlackman, Gretchen Shoot and Jessica Bayne; Lighting Designer Tanya Harper; Sound Designer Richard Jones; Graphics Designer Tony Hardin; Costumers Ian Witten and Susan Wigglesworth; and Producer Everett McCorvey.  

 

The “Ragtime” curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 6-9, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Tickets range from $38-$45. Discounted tickets for UK students, faculty and staff are available exclusively through the Singletary Center ticket office. To purchase tickets, visit online at www.SCFATickets.com, call 859-257-4929, or in person at the venue

 

In addition, UK alumni may also get a $5 discount on tickets purchased during Homecoming week. To take advantage of this special offer, alumni should go to www.SCFATickets.com, pick the performance of "Ragtime" they plan to attend, and when choosing seats select the "Alumni Homecoming” price code from the dropdown menu. Push the “Add Tickets” button and enter password “HOMECOMING” to receive a $5 discount. This special ticket offer is also available in person at Singletary Center ticket office and by phone at 859-257-4929. The UK Alumni Homecoming ticket promotion only applies to full-price adult tickets and may not be combined with any other ticket discounts. Additional ticket processing fees apply at purchase.

 

The acclaimed UK Opera Theatre program is part of UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition and music theory.

 

 

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

Ensman Receives Heart of HERO Award

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 15:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2016) — The Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) recently named University of Kentucky Health and Wellness Manager Jody Ensman, as the recipient of the 2016 Heart of HERO Award.

 

The Heart of HERO Award was created to recognize individuals whose leadership inspires others to embrace change and take action, successfully facilitates ideas into actionable plans, actively participates in industry groups, and creates strategic programs and practices with measurable impact.

 

“This award recognizes an individual who impacts the health and well-being of their organization, and much more,” said Paul Terry, president and CEO of HERO. “You can see Jody’s leadership and passion for workplace health and well-being play out in UK’s successful wellness programs, in healthy competitions between universities, and in statewide collaborations. She inspires those around her to think outside the wellness box.”

 

Ensman has been the main driver behind UK’s employee wellness efforts for over 12 years, and has generously shared the program’s successes with others, including the University of Louisville (UofL). Her efforts helped launch the first Governor’s Get Healthy Kentucky Conference in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Wellness and Physical Activity in 2007. Ensman was also instrumental in launching the American Heart Association University Moving Challenge, a 10-week movement challenge between friendly Kentucky rivals UK and UofL.

 

She currently oversees the expansion and relocation of the UK employee fitness facility, is heavily involved with restructuring UK’s wellness program and leads the implementation of the university’s five-year strategic plan.

 

Ensman helped form and currently serves as co-chair of the University Wellness Alliance of Kentucky, a collaboration focused on best practices for employee wellness programs.

 

"What an honor it was to be nominated and a huge privilege to be awarded this award," Ensman said. "I am thankful for the opportunity to improve the health and well-being of the university community here 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: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398, blair.hoover@uky.edu

Energy Conservation Program Increases Energy Awareness

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 15:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2016)  In an effort to reduce energy consumption, the University of Kentucky implemented an energy conservation program on July 1, 2016. The program promotes energy conservation through optimization of electricity, cooling and heating systems. Optimization is achieved by adjusting heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems to match events and occupancy in campus facilities. Additionally, the program will increase energy awareness of the UK community through presentations, promotional materials and social media.

 

One of the keys to the success of the program is the campus energy specialists. The energy specialists will gather data and monitor energy consumption in facilities. They will determine occupancy pattern information in each facility and apply knowledge about the operation of HVAC systems to optimize the building environment in an effort to reduce energy costs. The energy specialists will also perform energy audits in buildings to find energy savings opportunities around the clock with an emphasis on those periods when the building is unoccupied. 

 

While the energy conservation program is designed to save utility dollars, it will not do so at the risk of compromising the university's education and research mission. All students, faculty and staff are asked to do their part to help create a culture of conservation 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: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398, blair.hoover@uky.edu

UK Professors Create Non-invasive Sleep Research System for Mice

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 14:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2016) A company founded by two University of Kentucky professors, Signal Solutions LLC, has successfully created a complete system for collecting and analyzing sleep/wake data in laboratory rodents.

 

This innovative concept-to-reality product, called PiezoSleep Mouse Behavior Tracking System is an entirely non-invasive and technologically advanced means of studying sleep/wake states in mice. Developing a non-invasive method was the primary motivation for managing partner Kevin Donohue, who is a professor in the UK Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and co-founder and sleep scientist Bruce O’Hara, who is a professor in the UK Department of Biology.

 

"We set out to get past the bottle-neck of EEG recordings that have limited our ability to use powerful genomic approaches in the sleep field, and limited our ability to screen and develop new drugs that influence sleep and in turn many other disease processes," O'Hara said.

 

“When we began this project, we knew it would be a complex undertaking involving a great deal of innovation to develop a robust and reliable system," Donohue said. “We knew this could have a profound impact on the research community worldwide.”

 

The PiezoSleep Mouse Behavior Tracking System overcomes several obstacles traditionally present with invasive and costly electroencephalography (EEG) systems:

 

▪ Lowered barrier of entry: The PiezoSleep Mouse Behavior Tracking System costs less to buy and maintain than EEG-based systems.

▪ Automated scoring software allows non-technical and non-expert users to collect sleep/wake data in a laboratory setting.

▪ Scalability: Systems can be scaled to meet the needs of almost any project, without a linear rise in cost.

 

Signal Solutions LLC is a private technology company creating both software and hardware applications to perform various digital signal processing tasks. While originally focused on sleep/wake technology, Signal Solutions LLC is moving forward to develop digital signal processing solutions for a number of industries; including applications to other animals and general health monitoring systems. 

 

 

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. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

Moving Forward Together: Creating a Class on Race and Ethnicity as a Graduation Requirement

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 13:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2016) — As explained in a previous UKNow article, University of Kentucky administrators are working diligently to address five concerns students presented to them in a meeting last November. One of the five concerns the students expressed was that there is no graduation requirement for students to take a class on race and ethnicity.

 

"A class on race and ethnicity was strongly recommended by the African-American students that came forward to speak. Such a class would serve as a foundation to build learning opportunities that benefit every student on our campus. This recommendation is taken very seriously," said Terry Allen, interim vice president for Institutional Diversity.

 

To address this concern, a core group will examine in a scholarly way how to address the request for this course in light of the UK Core's original intents and the concern communicated by students and faculty.

 

This examination will require an exploration and determination of what strategies and core structures may better accomplish the creation of a community of inclusive excellence.

 

Additionally, a second diversity module in the UK 101/201 curriculum has been developed and is currently being offered this semester. The purpose of these initiatives is to provide the best educational experiences that will improve the campus climate for diversity.

 

"The University of Kentucky is committed to continuous improvement. It is clearly stated in our vision and strategic objectives. So many work really hard every day to make this happen," Allen said. "We must adhere to the needs of students, and demonstrate a willingness to embrace their feedback on ways to create a more culturally competent environment."

 

 

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. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398, blair.hoover@uky.edu

UK Nursing Hall of Famer, Air Force Colonel Speaks on Scientific Advancement during CON Lecture

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 17:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2016) — A leader in military and civilian nursing, Col. Marla De Jong will discuss the nursing profession’s ability to elevate scientific knowledge as the first speaker in the 2016-2017 University of Kentucky College of Nursing Leadership Lecture Series.

 

A 2005 graduate of the UK College of Nursing, De Jong will deliver “Advancing Nursing Science through Leadership and Knowledge” on Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A auditorium.

 

De Jong serves as interim associate dean for research and director of the Faye Glenn Abdellah Center for Military and Federal Health Research. In addition, she is a U.S. Air Force advisor to the dean of the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing. Prior to this, she served as dean of the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine.

 

De Jong began active duty in the U.S. Air Force in 1989 and received her master’s of nursing science at the University of Maryland and a doctorate from the University of Kentucky. In 2006, she deployed to Iraq as the program manager for a trauma center in Baghdad. Jong was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Nursing Hall of Fame in 2011 and became a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2012.

 

In addition to her military nursing service, De Jong has contributed to nursing research, publishing 40 journal articles, one book and nine book chapters. Her interests include hypothermia, buccal pulse oximetry, aeromedical evacuation, and the linkage between anxiety and outcomes for patients with heart failure.

 

The three-part Nursing Leadership Lecture Series was created as a forum for nurses and health professionals in the community to examine leadership practices in an evolving health care environment. Future speakers include Tonda Hughes, associate dean for global health at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, in April, and Kim Glassman, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer of New York University Langone Medical Center.

 

“Col. De Jong has shaped military and civilian clinical practice through her transformative research and scholarly achievements,” said Janie Heath, dean of the UK College of Nursing and Warwick professor. “We are honored to have someone of such high merit speak at this year’s Nursing Leadership Lecture Series.”

 

For more information about the CON Leadership Lecture Series, click here.  

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

Author Christina Kline Delivers CRE Author Lecture Monday

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 16:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2016) All the other books incoming freshmen have been asked to read in the eight years of the University of Kentucky Common Reading Experience (CRE) program have been award-winning nonfiction on true events — Hurricane Katrina, war in Afghanistan and Sierra Leone, the rape conviction of an innocent man — recounted by those who experienced them. For the first time, incoming UK freshmen read a fictional novel for CRE, the international bestseller “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline.

 

“Orphan Train” is also the first CRE book to be set in an historical era that is relatively unknown.

 

The book is only fictional in the sense that the events took place decades ago, before the author was born, in a pre-Civil War, pre-Depression America — an era of 75 years when 250,000 orphaned, abandoned and homeless children were put on trains and shipped to Midwestern farmlands. Some were lucky to be taken in by kind families; others were not. Thus, began foster care in America.

 

“Orphan Train” was selected by the CRE Selection Committee because they strongly believe it will enable academic discussion between students and faculty on issues of diversity and inclusion. Focusing on the foster care system and adoption, the book develops themes of immigration, resiliency, friendships and overcoming personal challenges. 

 

To hear UK President Eli Capilouto’s impressions of “Orphan Train,” visit https://youtu.be/uy7SMn11uR8

 

For freshmen, who have explored various aspects of “Orphan Train” through the summer and into the fall semester, the traditional CRE Author’s Lecture marks a turning point in the program. Kline will visit UK to discuss the book at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in Memorial Coliseum. The entire UK and Lexington community is invited to attend the free event. Parking is available in nearby Parking Structure #5.

 

“We are thrilled to welcome Christina Baker Kline to campus to continue the discussion on themes and issues presented in 'Orphan Train,'” said Kasey Borchardt, assistant director in New Student and Family Programs and coordinator of the Common Reading Experience. “The book discusses a time in American history that often goes undiscussed, and the resiliency seen in both characters is powerful and humbling."

 

“UK has an incredible opportunity with this book to engage students, faculty and staff in a campuswide discussion on the topics of immigration, racial profiling and the modern-day foster care system with our yearlong programming efforts,” she added

 

Remaining CRE activities include:

 

· “The Brains Behind the Orphan Trains” with Assistant Professor Melissa Stein (UK Department of Gender and Women's Studies) at 4 p.m., Oct. 20, in the Alumni Gallery, William T. Young Library. 

 

· “Personal and Professional Connections to 'Orphan Train,'” a panel discussion with faculty on foster care and adoption with Assistant Professor Justin "Jay" Miller (College of Social Work), Assistant Professor Rachel Farr (Department of Psychology), Senior Lecturer Holly Hapke (Gatton College of Business and Economics), Assistant Professor Melissa Stein (Department of Gender and Women's Studies) at 3:30 p.m., Nov. 17, UK Athletics Auditorium, Young Library.

 

UK’s Common Reading Experience is designed to introduce new students to the academic life of the university. The goal is two-fold: first, to bring new students together for a common reading experience that introduces them to academic discourse prior to the start of classes, and second, to engage the UK community in a common intellectual experience through yearlong programming that encourages deeper thinking and discussion to further unite the campus community.

 

 

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

 

PTS Offers Alternative Way Home With Thanksgiving Ride Home Express

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 15:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2016) Starting at noon today, UK Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) will begin selling tickets for the Thanksgiving editions of its Ride Home Express bus service. Established in 2010, the Ride Home Express offers an alternative way for students to travel to their hometowns and other destinations during the major academic breaks.

 

For the 2016-17 edition of the Ride Home Express, PTS will operate three routes, with a total of 15 stops. The final destinations include the metropolitan areas of Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; and Cleveland, Ohio. Fares for the PTS Ride Home Express range from $55-$155 for round-trip rates; one-way fares begin at $30.

 

In a change from previous years, PTS will offer two departure dates for the Ride Home Express. Riders on the Chicago route will be able to choose from buses departing on Tuesday, Nov. 22, or Wednesday, Nov. 23. The Atlanta and Chicago routes will depart campus on Tuesday, Nov. 22. All buses will return to campus on Sunday, Nov. 27.

 

Ride Home Express will run Nov. 24 and Nov. 29 for Thanksgiving break. Ride Home Express is open to both students and employees. UK students and employees are able to register and pay for their trip via the web by logging on to the Parking Account Manager with their Link Blue ID. Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) students are also able to pay for trip registration online using their Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) login. Ride Home Express registration will be available as an option under the "Purchase Permits" section once logged in. All other riders must register and pay for their seats in person at the main PTS office, located in the Press Avenue Garage, at the corner of Press and Virginia Avenues. One-way fares may be purchased in person only. The office is open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

PTS recommends registering for the trip as soon as possible. Space is limited, and seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

PTS can provide transportation for Ride Home Express riders to and from Commonwealth Stadium. Riders interested in this option simply need to submit the Ride Home Express Shuttle to Commonwealth Stadium request form at least two business days in advance of the shuttle’s departure.

 

For more information on the Ride Home Express, including a list of fares and route maps, visit the Ride Home Express page or the Ride Home Express Frequently Asked Questions.

 

 

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: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398, blair.hoover@uky.edu

UK Dentistry Alumni Celebrate First African-American Graduate and Faculty Member

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 14:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2016) Alumni from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry will use this weekend's homecoming as a chance to connect with Drs. Benjamin Nero and Robert Biggerstaff and raise funds for the Drs. Nero and Biggerstaff Diversity Scholarship Endowment at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.

 

Nero ('67) was the first African-American student at the UK College of Dentistry. He grew up on a farm in Greenwood, Miss., that his grandfather bought after being freed from slavery. Nero went on to have a successful career and practice dentistry for over 40 years.

 

He is a graduate of Kentucky State University where he received his undergraduate degree in biology with minors in chemistry and English. He went on to attend UK for dental school followed by a three-year residency in orthodontics at Albert Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia. Nero also took over the orthodontic practice of the first African-American orthodontist, Knowlton Atterbeary, in Philadelphia in 1970.

 

Nero is committed to furthering diversity in dentistry and is troubled by the declining number of African-Americans pursuing a career in the field. He is now semi-retired and honored that UK has a scholarship honoring his and Dr. Biggerstaff's legacy.

 

“I’m overwhelmingly grateful to the university for this honor. It came as a true surprise to me and I’m sure that the funds raised will be a true blessing to the students selected as recipients over the years," he said. "I plan to continue to work and support this scholarship.”

 

Biggerstaff was the first African-American faculty member at the UK College of Dentistry. He is a native of Richmond, Ky., and a graduate of Howard University where he received his bachelor's degree and dental degree. He also received a master's degree and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Biggerstaff, the son of a dentist, has done notable work that has led to grants and recognition for the college. His accomplishments resulted in him being appointed to chair of the Division of Orthodontics. He continues to be devoted to diversity in dental education and his commitment is reflected in the number of students from underrepresented groups who represent the UK College of Dentistry in Kentucky and beyond.

 

Established in 2010 by a group of UK Dentistry alumni, the scholarship is open to all qualified College of Dentistry students and awarded in accordance with UK's interest in diversity. Consideration is given, but not limited, to dental students who contribute to educational diversity. Students must be enrolled full-time, must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale or ranked in the top one-half of the class, demonstrated leadership potential and demonstrated involvement in the community.

 

For more information about the Drs. Nero and Biggerstaff Scholarship, contact Dr. Carol Bolden at drcarolbolden1961@gmail.com. Questions concerning UKCD Development can be directed to Linda Epling at 859-323-6918. Students interested in the scholarship can learn more here.

 

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. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

UKPR&M CONTACT: Olivia McCoy, olivia.mccoy1@uky.edu, 859-257-1076

Kathryn Macon, kathryn.macon@uky.edu, 859-257-8716

 

 

 

Third-Year UK Medical Student Wins Big at 2016 Academic Convocation and Awards Day

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 12:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2016) – Third-year medical student Perry Hooper won big at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s annual Academic Convocation and Awards Day held recently. Hooper won four awards, the most of any student, including the Cobern E. Ott Award and Anatomy Student Mentor Program Award.

 

Hooper earned two degrees during his time as an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky, a Bachelor of Science in Spanish and Biology. When the time came to decide where to continue his medical education, UK was high on Hooper’s list. “I knew immediately after my interview here that this where I wanted to be. The medical students and staff I encountered during my interview encompassed everything I wanted in a medical school.”

 

Originally from Paducah, Ky., Hooper knew he wanted to become a doctor. “I believe being a physician is one of the most fulfilling professions one could choose. At its most basic core, your life’s work is helping others in their time of need," he said. "Doctors have the incredible opportunity every single day to change patient’s lives for the better.” This mindset helps Hooper when classes get difficult or stressful, he said. “I always try to keep this in mind whenever medical school gets stressful.”

 

Established in 1964, awards day highlights the previous year’s academic accomplishments and was extended in 1994 to include the Academic Convocation to provide a venue for a series of lectures that address current topics in medical education. The Munich Memorial Lectureship was established by the family of Mr. Edwin Munich, a vital force for progress in the community. This year’s Munich Memorial Lecture was presented by Dr. Robert S. DiPaola, dean of the UK College of Medicine. Dean DiPaola delivered a lecture titled, “State of the College of Medicine: Direction for the Future.”

 

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: Olivia McCoy, olivia.mccoy1@uky.edu, (859) 257-1076

 

New Gatton Building Grand Opening Set for Oct. 7

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 10:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2016)  This Friday (Oct. 7), alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics will gather to celebrate the official grand opening of the new facility. The celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Gatton’s Kincaid Auditorium.

 

The new Gatton College building is already transforming business education at UK, preparing the next generation of business leaders with advanced technology and engaged learning. The $65 million project is the first academic building on UK’s campus to be funded entirely through philanthropy. Thanks to the generosity of alumni and donors, the college has reached 97 percent of the fundraising goal for the building.

 

The 210,000-square-foot building fully opened this fall at the “front door” of UK’s campus on South Limestone and Administration Drive. By incorporating and remodeling both the 1963 original Gatton building and its 1992 addition, the college was able to wisely utilize resources and save money while still increasing learning spaces by more than 40 percent over the old Gatton building. But students are not only learning — they're experiencing business in real time in the facility. State-of-the-art, technology enabled classrooms, advanced lecture space, a dedicated real-time finance learning facility and collaborative study spaces throughout the building emphasize the way business is conducted in the 21st century.

 

The Gatton College has seen enrollment increase by 24 percent since construction began. In fall 2016, the college’s enrollment exceeded 3,500 students for the first time.

 

“Gatton College alumni, faculty and students are impacting the Commonwealth and the world every day as business creators, leaders and philanthropists, as well as through influential research that supports economic growth and sound business decision-making,” said David Blackwell, dean of the Gatton College. “I’m proud to be building on the firm foundation that is the legacy of our former deans and college leadership, and look forward to our new facilities allowing us to educate more strong and principled business leaders for the Bluegrass and beyond.”

 

The Gatton building is part of a more than $2.1 billion campus transformation initiated in the last five years that includes classrooms, research space, residence halls, dining and athletics facilities. More than 90 percent of that transformation is being financed with university resources or private giving.

 

Among the highlights of the Gatton facility:

· The 40 percent expansion of the college’s footprint to 210,000 square feet.

· A new main entrance from the interior of the university campus, with the John H. Schnatter Atrium that serves as the "living room" for the college.

· The 500-seat Kincaid Auditorium designed for special events and large lectures. It has already hosted Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, among others.

· A new Behavioral Research Lab.

· The new Seale Finance Learning Center which includes an advanced classroom with a simulated trading environment featuring digital displays feeding real-time financial and market information.

· Twenty new classrooms, including 10 45-seat classrooms; six 85-seat classrooms; three 70-seat classrooms; and one 65-seat classroom.

· More than 40 collaborative study or breakout rooms.

· An outdoor garden plaza which serves as a gathering place for students, faculty and staff to socialize and network on nice weather days.

· Woodward Hall, a special event space with audio-visual components to accommodate dinners and lectures.

· UK Venture Studio, providing a real-world, startup company experience for UK students across campus.

 

For more information, visit http://gatton.uky.edu/grandopening

 

 

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 CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200/carl.nathe@uky.edu; Ann Mary Quarandillo, 859-257-0750/annmary.q@uky.edu

UK Promotes National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 16:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2016) It’s time for an information security check-up. Get all the #CyberAware details in October and become more alert to the steps you can take to ensure your own cyber security. Individuals and organizations around the world are joining forces in October for National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). The 13th annual NCSAM encourages everyone to be safer, more secure and better able to protect their personal information. The University of Kentucky is one of over 775 NCSAM Champions who will promote cyber security throughout the month.

 

This year is also the sixth anniversary of "STOP. THINK. CONNECT.," the global online safety awareness and education campaign. "STOP. THINK. CONNECT." developed a “Lock Down Your Login” campaign earlier this year after President Barack Obama issued the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) to encourage Americans to endorse multiple factors of authentication when logging in to online accounts. The "Lock Down Your Login" campaign promotes strong authentication and secure login tools for using the internet with greater peace of mind.

 

A recent Raytheon survey of adults 18-26 showed that young people are paying more attention to their role in cyber security, and 92 percent of U.S. respondents agree that we all share the responsibility to keep the internet safe and secure.

 

It’s easy to get involved and support NCSAM. All month long, you can follow the NCSAM conversation on social media using the hashtag #CyberAware and tagging your own posts with the hashtag as well. University of Kentucky Analytics and Technology (UKAT) will post information and tips throughout the month on their website www.uky.edu/ukat, Facebook page and Twitter account. UK students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share the information with others and also participate in weekly twitter chats each Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT hosted by @STOPTHINKCONNECT.  

 

 

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

The Reids, Reunited as Wildcats

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 15:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2016)  The University of Kentucky is much more than a university. It is more than the great state it is located in or the number of national championships it has claimed. It is steadfast, dependable and a constant builder of the minds and lives that come to learn from it. Simply, the University of Kentucky is home — it is family.

 

Student Body President Rowan Reid has a unique perspective of what being a part of this family really means. Coming to UK, she loved the diversity of the students campus has to offer. In her position, she serves a university she loves while learning how to lead and represent her peers. She wants to represent the students from all over the state and nation as they are, where they are, and allow this family to grow and flourish in their lives as it has in hers.

 

Her other role on campus? Being a big sister to sophomore, Halle Reid, and freshman, Nathaniel Reid. Everything she has known growing up has now joined her new world. She is able to watch her two families become one.

 

Nathaniel has jumped right into his new life here, getting involved with intramurals and Greek life as he settles into college. He majors in mechanical engineering.

 

“I love meeting all new people here,” Nathaniel said. “These people from across the U.S. want to come here and be a part of the Wildcat life — they want to be UK Wildcats! It’s pretty cool!”

 

Halle is in her first year of UK’s nursing program. She is a member of Chi Omega Sorority and currently plays on two intramural teams, while also coaching the intramural team on which Nathaniel plays.

 

“It’s awesome how we’re all here — back together again,” Nathaniel said.

 

It is exciting to see each of these siblings, with very different interests, majors and paths ahead each find another home here at UK. This university is an amazing place to not only be yourself, but be better together. The Reid siblings have exemplified that in an inspiring way.

 

Rowan enjoys sharing this experience with her siblings just as much as her parents love watching them grow together.

 

“I think our parents really like the fact that we’re all together and can all support each other if anything is going on,” Rowan said. “And they can find us all in one place.”

 

The student experience is not defined by who makes up the student body, but how each student makes it their own. Through different colleges, organizations and experiences, UK is a place where students find their individual niche and walk away knowing they are a part of something much bigger than themselves. This experience is not about “me,” it is about empowering “we.” That is when family truly does grow.

 

This home is not something that stays in Lexington, but follows students forever more because the Wildcat family is not one that fades. Rowan, Halle and Nathaniel have each found their niche, but more than that, they have expanded their family. They will always have each other, and now, they will always have the University of Kentucky.  


Learn more about the Reid family’s experience in the video below.  

Video produced by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. If using a mobile device, click on the "thought bubble" in the same area.

 

 

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UK Grad Student Hermelindo Ruiz Releases New CD 'Vital'

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 14:38

 

Hermelindo Ruiz talks about his book and previous CD on Juan F. Acosta's music, as well as shares music from the CD.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2016) University of Kentucky graduate student, classical guitarist and composer Hermelindo Ruiz has been hard at work for the last year and a half putting together his latest project "Vital," a CD of music he's composed throughout his life.

 

"The idea with this CD was to do a compilation of the pieces that I think would resonate with a wider audience. Each piece has its own story and inspiration," Ruiz said. "My goal was to make an album that could appeal both to the people who listen just for merely enjoyment, with very melodic and accessible pieces that I wrote when I was 16 and 17 years old, to more serious and even abstract pieces aimed for more deep listeners."

 

Born in the heart of the mountains of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, Ruiz started playing the guitar at the age of eight and hasn't stopped since. He claims his sole purpose for playing throughout his entire life was because he "could not find anything else that gave him more drive and motivation." He moved to the United States in 2010.

 

Ruiz has been described by the National Foundation of Popular Culture as a "refined composer, creative guitarist and an individual of great virtues." His concert performances have taken him to many stages around the world including Carnegie Hall in New York and the Áurreo Herrero Festival in Spain, among others. He was the recipient of the Andrés Segovia-José Miguel Ruiz Morales Prize in 2011 and the Orden Ángel Mislán in 2009 for his first CD, "Juan F. Acosta: Danzas Puertorriqueñas." To date, Ruiz's musical compositions have been performed in France, Slovenia, Italy, Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Zimbabwe, Thailand, China and Russia.

 

Currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the UK School of Music, Ruiz holds a master's degree and an artist diploma from Yale University and a bachelor's degree from the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico. Ruiz is a member of the UK Guitar Studio directed by Dieter Hennings, assistant professor of guitar.

 

"Hermelindo Ruiz is the ideal doctoral student. A passionate scholar and composer with an international career well under way. His commitment to his craft continues to take him to concert stages across the world, meanwhile maintaining a rigorous recording schedule. Mr. Ruiz is not only an international ambassador for his beloved Puerto Rico, but for the UK College of Fine Arts, as well," said his mentor, Hennings.

 

For more information on Ruiz and his music projects or to buy his new CD, visit his website.

 

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

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 Welcomes Brown Fellows from UofL, Centre

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 13:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2016) Several University of Kentucky leaders met recently with incoming freshmen of the University of Louisville and Centre College, all part of the Brown Fellows Program of the James Graham Brown Foundation.

 

The James Graham Brown Foundation established the Brown Fellows Program in 2009 to provide an enhanced academic experience for students who demonstrate intellectual, creative and leadership skills. Each year, the program provides a total of 10 “full-ride plus” scholarships to entering freshmen at both Centre College and the University of Louisville. In addition to full scholarship support, the students benefit from a range of enrichment opportunities to support their goals including leadership and service training, international travel, funding for individual enrichment activities anywhere in the world, and dedicated faculty mentoring.

 

The goal of the program is to help the students become outstanding ambassadors for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and to make an impact globally and in their communities.

 

After a welcome from Brian Jackson, interim dean of the UK Graduate School, and an introduction by UK Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday, the UofL and Centre students heard from UK Associate Dean of the Special Collections Research Center Deirdre Scaggs, UK College of Medicine Dean Dr. Robert DiPaola, and Lisa Cassis, UK Vice President for Research, in addition to several UK professors and administrators who led breakout sessions.

 

Part of the Brown Fellows programming includes the “Kentucky Connection,” a series of eight events over four years that take the fellows to all of the major geographic regions of Kentucky, exposing them to various aspects of Kentucky culture and emphasizing an interdisciplinary picture of the Commonwealth, and allowing them to engage with people across the state as they plot their own academic, professional and personal trajectories.

 

 

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 Professor Serves as Central American Visiting Scholar at Harvard University

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 12:34

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2016) — Abby Córdova, an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Political Science, is spending the fall semester as a Central America Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. Each year the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) selects 10-12 distinguished academics and professionals to spend one or two semesters at Harvard working on their own research and writing projects.

 

Córdova is focusing her research on “Living in a Hotspot: How Gang Activity in Central American Neighborhoods Impacts Political Participation.”

 

“This research project explores the pathways through which gang activity in Central American neighborhoods is affecting the consolidation of democracy in the region,” Cordova said. “I find gang activity is resulting in unequal political participation, excluding from the democratic process historically disadvantaged populations, particularly the poor."

 

“I am very fortunate to be part of DRCLAS and the Harvard community,” she added. “In the past few weeks, I have met prominent scholars and world leaders. These experiences are informing my research and teaching. I look forward to sharing the knowledge I accumulate at Harvard with my students at UK.”

 

The DRCLAS program creates a community of scholars with diverse perspectives on Latin America and offers a unique environment for the scholars to learn from and interact with each other. According to Harvard, this year’s competition was among the most competitive ever, with just over 10 percent of the candidates offered a fellowship.

 

During her time in Cambridge, Córdova will be holding public talks at Harvard University and will participate in a discussion group on Latin American politics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

 

 

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

 

 

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