2014 Provost Outstanding Teaching Award Winners Honored Today

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 1, 2014) – Provost Christine Riordan will honor three tenured faculty members, two lecturers and six teaching assistants today at the 2014 University of Kentucky Provost's Outstanding Teaching Awards ceremony. The ceremony will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Lexmark Public Room.


The award recognizes faculty and graduate teaching assistants who demonstrate special dedication and outstanding performance in the classroom or laboratory. Recipients are selected via nomination and review by a selection committee based in the Provost's Office of Faculty Advancement.


Winners receive cash prizes of $5,000 for regular and special title series faculty, $3,000 for lecturer and clinical title series, and $1,000 for teaching assistants.


The Category One Faculty Award recognizes regular and special title series faculty for outstanding teaching performance. The 2014 winners are:

  • Philip R. Harling, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • Pearl James, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English
  • Leon Sachs, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Modern and Classical Languages


The Category Two Faculty Award recognizes lecturer and clinical title series faculty for outstanding performance in the classroom, laboratory or clinical settings. The 2014 winners are:

  • Brian W. Adkins, College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Andrea M. Friedrich, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
  • Tammy J. Stephenson, College of Agriculture, Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition


The Teaching Assistant Award recognizes teaching assistants for outstanding performance in the classroom or laboratory. The 2014 winners are:

  • Ashleigh M. Hardin, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English
  • Nathan A. Shank, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English
  • E. Ashley Sorrell, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History




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


May 1 Is Important Deadline for Admitted UK Freshmen

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April  30, 2014) — May 1 is an important date for incoming freshmen who have been admitted to the University of Kentucky for the Fall 2014 semester.


Thursday, May 1, is the deadline for incoming freshmen to confirm their summer advising conferences. During these conferences, which begin June 23, faculty and staff work with new students to help them register for classes and provide an introduction to campus life at UK.


The advising conference confirmation is also the official way students notify UK they will attend beginning in the fall.  Students must set up their Link Blue account and log into myUK to complete the confirmation process.  Instructions for this process can be found here.


Incoming freshmen are also strongly encouraged to apply for housing by May 1.  In order for incoming freshmen to be reasonably sure that housing will be available for them in the fall, it is important for them to apply before April 30. 


For more information on campus housing, call 859-257-1866, e-mail, or click here.


For more information on how to confirm your summer advising conference, call 859-257-3256, e-mail, or click here.


For a complete checklist of everything students should do after being accepted to attend UK, click here.


Watch the video below to discover what it's like to "see blue." as a UK student. 





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MEDIA CONTACT:  Amy Jones-Timoney, (859) 257-2940,

Major Tree Planting Initiative Underway at UK

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 22:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 30, 2014) ― Nearly 430 new trees are scheduled to be planted on the University of Kentucky campus over the next year -- about half of them will be planted in key areas around campus and the others will be planted near Alumni Drive as part of a federal flood management project. UK President Eli Capilouto and Vice President for Facilities Management Bob Wiseman announced the major tree planting initiative today near where a new grove of trees will be planted on the lawn in front of UK's Main Building, near South Limestone.


“The physical beauty of UK’s campus is one of the many attributes that makes us an attractive place to learn and work,” said President Eli Capilouto. “Inviting outdoor landscapes add a rich dynamic to a college campus – fostering collaboration among students, faculty and staff, and welcoming university visitors. This initiative will further enhance our green spaces amid Lexington’s urban environment.”


The project includes nearly 130 trees being planted this spring and another 80-100 this fall in 16 designated areas of enhancement throughout campus. In addition, a federal flood management project in the Alumni Drive area will include planting more than 200 trees on UK property on the south side of Alumni Drive from Nicholasville Road to the entrance to Greg Page Apartments.  These trees will be planted next spring and will afford stability along the detention areas as well as providing a park-like setting along this road.


As the university approaches its 150th anniversary year in 2015, this initiative, named "Planting for the Next 150 Years," is expected to make an impact well into the next century.


"New buildings are leading our campus transformation right now, but it's important to note that landscaping is also a large and important part of the overall plan," Wiseman said.  "With this unprecedented tree-planting effort, we are following our consultant's plans for a cohesive landscaping approach that functionally connects the campus while providing a visually pleasing outdoor environment."


The landscape design plan complements the UK Campus Master Plan, both developed by consultant Sasaki Associates.  The Landscape Design Guidelines recommend the university seek "a landscape of consistent order and unified design," guided by the following general principles:


  • Human connection
  • The experience of nature
  • Ecosystem benefits
  • Appropriateness
  • Aesthetic value
  • Use
  • Efficient management


The landscape design calls for 16 significant landscape enhancement areas on campus.  Among those receiving plantings in the spring and fall are:


  • A grove of nearly 20 trees on the north portion of the lawn in front of the Main Building
  • The walkway from Rose Street to the William T. Young Library (approx.12)
  • Walkway from Funkhouser Drive to Patterson Drive between McVey, Kastle, Pence, Grehan and Margaret I. King buildings (approx. 30)
  • Both sides of Avenue of Champions between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Rose Street ( between 15 and 25)
  • Rose Street between Rose Lane and Avenue of Champions (approx. 10)


A map of all the tree enhancement areas can be found at:  


Hannah Angel, a senior majoring in forestry and member of the UK Forestry Club, said she is gratified to see UK take a role in increasing the tree canopy throughout campus.


"During my four years at UK, I have learned that the services trees provide are irreplaceable ― especially in urban settings," Angel said. "Urban trees provide shade, mitigate storm water runoff, filter harmful pollutants from the air and water, and can increase energy savings. Trees are major capital assets, and through this tree planting campaign, the University of Kentucky is making a significant investment in the future of our campus ― not only for the purpose of campus beautification, but also for the health of the university community members who work and live here."


Most of the tree species are native to Kentucky.  The species being planted this spring are:  American elm, American linden, bur oak, Chinese elm, chinquapin oak, honey locust, magnolia, shingle oak, shumard oak, swamp white oak, and tulip tree.




MEDIA CONTACT:  Kathy Johnson,, 859-257-3155

UK Medical Students Observe Cuba's Socialized Health Care System

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 1, 2014) - The flight from Miami to Havana, Cuba, only lasted about 50 minutes - a short trip to a country that seemed so distant from America for a group of 16 first-year University of Kentucky College of Medicine students.


During a trip to learn about Cuba's socialized health care system, a group of UK students were surprised to find that Cubans knew much more about American culture than Americans knew about Cubans. The young Cubans they met could name American historical figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and popular television shows like How I Met Your Mother. They could also discuss U.S. policy issues, like the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare."


"Honestly, the only thing we know about Cuba is the missile crisis, the Bay of Pigs and Fidel Castro," said Angela Dao, a medical student from Elizabethtown, Ky.


The UK medical students returned from Cuba with an enhanced understanding of the country's history and culture, as well as an appreciation for many aspects of its government-run public health system. Along with the students, UK political science professor Peter Berres and UK College of Public Health professor Dr. Katherine Eddens traveled to Cuba in March through Witness for Peace, a nonprofit that awards U.S. citizens temporary people-to-people licenses to enter Cuba for educational purposes. Cuba, which has remained economically isolated from the United States since an embargo set in place in the 1960s, is characterized as a socialist country governed by the Communist Party. 


Cuba's universal health care system emphasizes prevention and education through community-based clinics and widespread public health education. Health care is a free service to everyone and doctors live and work in the neighborhoods where they practice. With more personalized medical care, the Cuban system engages multidisciplinary teams of providers and specialists. The government provides facilities for herbal and alternative medicine, which engage patients through art and music therapy.


Berres, who retired as assistant dean of the UK College of Health Sciences but continues to teach political sciences courses, coordinates trips to Cuba to provide students with a platform to evaluate the American medical system. Getting a close look at the accomplishments of the Cuban system, students are challenged to broaden their perspectives on global health care systems and reflect on their personal values in medicine. Many students commented that the experience will make them "better physicians" in the future.


"As a system that provides universal health care - for free - to every Cuban and for any and every possible medical condition or situation, the Cuban system stands in sharp contrast to the American medical system," Berres said. "It provides reference points for thinking critically about our own system - its functioning and values - and provides credible differences for evaluating our own health care."


UK medical student Nivi Umasankar, who is from India, said she enjoys learning about the pros and cons of health systems around the world. While she was impressed with how Cuba's socialized system ensured more personalized care, she noted that the pay rate for doctors is low and only one ambulance is assigned to each province. She hopes she can bring the Cuban's concept of personalized medicine to her own practice when she becomes a doctor. 


"They think universal health care is a right," Umasankar said of Cubans. "It doesn’t matter if you are affluent or you're poor there."


Fulfilling his father's long-time dream of visiting Cuba, medical student Andrew Brod participated in the trip to learn more about global health care. Brod, who is from Michigan, was especially fascinated with Cuba's biomedical research institute, which has developed vaccines and drugs targeting diabetes and lung disease - the most prevalent health problems in the country. Brod said the country's progressive vaccination program can be attributed as one reason Cuba has a low child mortality rate. Still, he said, limited external resources in Cuba hinder the development and availability of biomedical technologies that are widely available in America.


"They pick their pressing problems and send their resources there," Brod said of Cuba's biomedical research. 


During their visit, the students toured medical facilities representative of each of the three levels of Cuban medical care: primary, secondary and tertiary. In addition, the students visited organic farms, dance studios, research institutes and other government-run facilities. Dao, whose negative perception of senior living facilities was based on her experiences in the United States, was surprised to see the high quality of life seniors enjoyed through Cuba's elderly daycare programs.


"These old men and women were laughing, and they told us how excited they were that we came to Cuba," Dao said. "It was so nice to see how well cared for their elderly are."


Dao, who has worked as an HIV coordinator and researcher in South Africa and Senegal, said seeing what a small, isolated third-world country can accomplish in health care was inspiring to the entire group of medical students. She would like to adopt many of the approaches to medicine to improve health literacy and create a better physician-patient relationship in the United States.


"We were humbled coming to Cuba and seeing what could be done - seeing a small country able to accomplish so many things," Dao said.


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

UK College of Health Sciences Students to Present at National Meeting

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 30, 2014) −  Eight students in the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences' athletic training program and two students in the rehabilitation sciences doctoral program have been invited to present at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 65th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo, June 25-28, in Indianapolis.


“We are proud to see this stellar group of students, who are continuing the tradition of representing us on national stage,” said Tim Uhl, director of the musculoskeletal laboratory and an associate professor in the Division of Athletic Training. “It is a significant achievement, which demonstrates the high-caliber of students in our program.”


Below are the students invited to present, along with the titles of their accepted research presentations:

  • Julie P. Iannicelli, ATC (AT student), “Congenital Variation in the Distal Ulna and Subsequent Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Subluxation in a Female Tennis Athlete.”
  • Jennifer Werner, ATC (AT student), “First Rib Stress Fracture in High School Baseball Player: Case Report.”
  • Minda McCullough, ATC (AT student), “Risk Factors of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: A Meta-analysis.”
  • Emily Gravelin, ATC (AT student); “Case Report of a Traumatic Knee Injury in a Middle School Football Athlete”
  • Diamond O'Donovan, ATC (AT student), “Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome in a Division III Swimmer.”
  • Anna Porter, ATC (AT student), “Scapular Muscle Activities During Closed Chain Shoulder Exercises.”
  • Catherine Beckemeyer, ATC (AT student), “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II in a Collegiate Softball Athlete.”
  • Derek Rafeldt, ATC (AT student), “Identifying and Differentiating Ehrlichiosis From Post-Concussive Symptoms in a High School Football Athlete.”
  • Aaron Sciascia, MS, ATC, PES (RHB Doctoral student), “Establishing Pre-Season Self-Reported Functional Outcomes Scores for the Knee, Shoulder, and Elbow in Athletes.”
  • Jenny Toonstra, MA, ATC (RHB Doctoral student), “Factors that Influence Patient Expectations for Recovery Following Cartilage Repair of the Knee.”

Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or


UK Training Resource Center Provides Training to Foster and Adoption Families

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 30, 2014) − The University of Kentucky College of Social Work’s Training Resource Center (TRC) has held a longstanding partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Community Based Services. Through this collaboration, the TRC has administered foster and adoptive training and support programs throughout the Commonwealth for over a decade. These include Adoption Support for Kentucky, Medically Fragile Training, Resource Parent Mentor, Resource Parent Training and the Special Advocates for Education programs. To learn more about the services each of these offers, please visit

The Training Resource Center's partnership with the Department for Community Based Services expanded this year to include efforts to recognize those people who care for Kentucky’s most vulnerable and valuable possession — its' children. TRC team members have dedicated themselves to coordinating nine appreciation events — one in each of the Department’s Service Regions — aimed at highlighting the outstanding service resource families provide to families and children in need.


The TRC is involved each event aimed at honoring the work and commitment of Kentucky’s foster parents.


"We feel privileged to serve those who serve Kentucky's families and children in this way," said Jessica Fletcher, associate director for the TRC.  "From venue selection, to the design of the program booklet, and everything in between, our team strives to make sure the appreciation is in the details. Our goal is for those foster and adoptive families who attend to walk away knowing that both the Department for Community Based Services and the University of Kentucky appreciate what they do every day to provide safe, loving homes for children in need."


Future events are listed below:


Salt River Trail Region, May 6 at Paroquet Springs Conference Center, Shepherdsville, Ky.


Jefferson Region, May 22 at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus, Louisville, Ky.


Eastern Mountain Region, May 29 at Jenny Wiley State Park, Prestonsburg, Ky.


Northeastern Region, June 19 at Carter Caves State Park, Olive Hill, Ky.


The Lakes Region, June 26th at UK Research and Education Center, Princeton, Ky.




MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or


VIDEO: Creating a Home Away From Home at UK...Who Does That?

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:11


Video Produced by UK Public Relations & 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.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April. 30, 2014) — For many, living in a residence hall in college is the first time they’ve ever lived away from home. 


There has to be someone who will make sure all those students are safe, happy and successful while living on campus.  Watch the video above to discover “who does that” for the University of Kentucky. 


This video feature is part of a series produced by UKNow called "Who Does That?"  The idea is to show you the unique students, faculty and staff who make UK tick. 


We want to showcase how UK students, faculty and staff work each and every day to keep The Kentucky Promise alive and well. 


Since the "Who Does That?" series is a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If you've ever wondered, "Who does that?" about something at UK, please email us.  Who knows?  We might just use your question for our next feature!  


To apply for housing, visit:


For more information on Undergraduate Housing and Residence Life, visit:



VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, (859) 257-2940, OR Kody Kiser, (859) 257-5282,


UK Student Artists 'Transcribe the Landscape' in Work, Research

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 12:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 30, 2014) — A Lexington exhibition and symposium will highlight a unique collection of University of Kentucky students’ ideas, artwork and research papers examining landscape from many different and unexpected vantage points. "Transcribing the Landscape” will feature UK School of Art and Visual Studies students' work from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Lexington Art League, located at 209 Castlewood Drive.


An opening reception for the artists will begin at 5 p.m. followed by a symposium of their research papers that investigate landscape in visual studies at 5:30 p.m.


"Transcribing the Landscape" will feature a range of works covering mapping, social uses of land, visual interpretations, history, memory and urbanization. In doing so, the exhibition seeks to foster dialogue and discussion about land and the people who have, who occupy and who will occupy it in the future.


UK School of Art and Visual Studies students exhibiting work in the show and presenting research as part of the symposium are:

· Peggy Coots, art studio graduate student from Lexington;

· Trey Jolly, art studio graduate student from Hazard, Ky.;

· David Martin, art history graduate student from Hebron, Ky.;

· Mayuresh Moghe, art studio graduate student from Pune, India;

· Emily Shirley, art studio graduate student from Harrodsburg, Ky.;

· Taylor Sterry, art studio senior from Lexington; and

· Kiptoo Tarus, art studio graduate student from Nairobi, Kenya.


The exhibition of art work and symposium of research papers are culminating events of the interdisciplinary seminar "Landscape: History, Theory, Practice" taught by Anna Brzyski, associate professor of art history, and Joel Feldman, an adjunct professor of art studio.


The School of Art and Visual Studies at the UK College of Fine Arts aims to link the study of art and visual culture to the broad aims of the university’s undergraduate, liberal arts tradition by providing world-class instruction in the history, theory and practice of art.



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;

Carol Jordan Named to Lead Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 11:24


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences recently announced the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women.


The office’s purpose is to shape the creation, implementation and evaluation of public policy as it relates to intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking. Specifically, the office will work to enhance direct services to victims, legal response and legislative reform related to violence against women through policy research and analysis, and empirically driven advocacy and practice.


“The Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women is a creative opportunity to weave together the interests of several departments in the College of Arts and Sciences with the policy expertise the office affords,” said Mark Lawrence Kornbluh, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “The office is aligned with the existing commitment the college has to advancing scholarship related to violence against women. This is an ideal way for the faculty and students of the college to reach beyond the confines of the campus and contribute to the needs of Kentucky families in crisis.”


Dean Kornbluh also announced that the college welcomes Carol Jordan to serve as the office’s director. Jordan served for 10 years as the founding director for UK’s Center for Research on Violence Against Women, and prior to that she served for eight years as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services. The Center for Research on Violence Against Women, now under the direction of Diane R. Follingstad, an endowed chair at the center and professor in the UK Department of Psychiatry, will continue to operate as a unit under the Office of the Vice President for Research at the university.


“We are delighted to have Carol Jordan in the College of Arts and Science to lead the office,” Kornbluh said. “Her national reputation as a policy and legislative reformer and the quality of her scholarship since coming to UK make her the ideal person.”


“I am honored to have been asked by Dean Kornbluh to assume this leadership role,” said Jordan, “and I look forward to innovative partnerships with faculty colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences. From the perspective of my own career, the office is an ideal return to the policy arena in which a great deal of my career has been invested.”


The office, to be housed under the Office of the Dean, will formally affiliate with departments, including the Department of Political Science and the Department of Psychology. In some of its first projects, the office will join the legislative internship program operated by the Department of Political Science; will work with the Department of Psychology on a mental health policy project related to battered women; and will provide graduate student support for both departments.


The office will also operate endowment programs previously created by Jordan, including the Women’s Empowerment Scholarship, an undergraduate scholarship program for abuse survivors; the Mary Byron Scholar Program, a graduate student stipend; and the Georgia Davis Powers Endowment.


The office’s mission is to shape the creation, implementation and evaluation of public policy to improve the lives of women harmed by violence and abuse. The office will strive to enhance direct services, legal response, and legislative reform related to violence against women through policy research and analysis, and empirically driven advocacy and practice. Specifically, goals will include:


·       The office will provide training and education on public policy; and legislative and legal reform for advocates, practitioners, and policy makers.


·       The office will serve in a senior consultant capacity to legislative reform efforts related to violence against women, including those prioritized by the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs.


·       The office will support research and scholarship, which directly informs the design of policy and the provision of services.


·       The office will provide graduate student support through fellowships, assistantships, and summer support programs, including the Mary Byron Scholars Program.


·       The office will operate a Women’s Empowerment Scholarship (WES) Program to provide abuse survivors with access to post-secondary education as a means to recover from victimization experiences. The office’s goal is to establish five undergraduate scholarships and presently offers one, the Verizon Wireless Women’s Empowerment Scholarship.




 MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302,

Wanted: Winning Women Writers

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 11:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 30, 2014) — The Kentucky Women Writers Conference (KWWC) will offer cash prizes and other benefits in writing contests and scholarships again this year, each with a postmark deadline of June 2. The deadline is one month earlier than prior years in order to allow winners more time to make appropriate travel plans. 


Now in its 36th year, the KWWC  is an annual event known for bringing notable women writers to Lexington for readings, writing workshops and discussions. A program housed in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, the conference is made possible in part by continued community partnerships, including its primary venue, the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. Online registration for the conference opens May 1, but is not a requirement for entering its contests.


The KWWC staff is accepting entries for their annual Betty Gabehart Prize, to be judged by its Board of Advisors. Three prizes will be awarded as part of the contest in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Individuals making submissions for these contests should include a $10 entry fee. Each winner will receive $200, free admission to a conference workshop, and the opportunity to read her winning manuscript at the conference on Friday or Saturday, Sept. 12-13.


To apply for the Gabehart Prize, complete the entry form online at or contact staff at to request an entry form. Manuscripts must also be postmarked by June 2. Winners will be notified and announced on the KWWC website by July 15, 2014.


Five merit scholarships will be offered to women in graduate school, any age, residing in any state, attending any school, in any degree program, though typically a Master of Fine Arts program. To apply, please submit a five-page writing sample postmarked by June 2, along with a cover letter that describes your interest in the conference and mentions the writing workshop in which you would like to enroll.


Applications for the merit scholarships will be reviewed by a committee of the director plus one advisor, and awards will be announced by July 15. Mail scholarship submissions to: Postgraduate Scholarships, Kentucky Women Writers Conference, 232 East Maxwell Street, Lexington, KY 40506-0344. 




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;

Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy Recognizes Policymakers and Advocates

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 09:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 1, 2014) – Elected officials and advocates from the Mayfield City Council were awarded the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy’s (KCSP) Smoke-free Indoor Air Endeavor Award at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing’s KCSP annual Spring Conference.  The event was held April 29 at the Doubletree Suites in Lexington.  


Members of the Mayfield City Council were recognized for their leadership in promoting the health of the citizens in their communities by enacting partial smoke-free ordinances.


In addition to recognizing these elected officials, the KCSP 2014 David B. Stevens M.D. Smoke-free Advocate of the Year Award was awarded to Roger Cline Sr., American Cancer Society volunteer and smoke-free Kentucky advocate. The other nominees for this prestigious advocacy award included: Cynthia Brown, Bullitt County Health Department, and Carol Douglas, Barren River District Health Department).  The advocate of the year is recognized for excellence in promoting secondhand smoke education and smoke-free policy.


Two new awards were presented this year. The 2014 Brian Early Mattone, Esq. Legal Counsel Smoke-free Support Award recipient is the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium. The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium is a legal network for tobacco control policy that assists community leaders and public health organizations. They are housed in the William Mitchell College of Law’s Public Health Law Center in St. Paul, Minn.


Also, the first Lee T. Todd Jr. Smoke-free Hero Award recipient is the Bullitt County Board of Health. The Bullitt County Board of Health passed a comprehensive smoke-free regulation in their community and are defending their right to protect the health of their citizens through legal avenues.


In addition, Dr. David Stephens, the family of the late Brian Early Mattone, and Lee T. Todd were provided namesake awards in honor of their respective awards.


Thirty-nine Kentucky communities have enacted smoke-free ordinances or Board of Health regulations as of April 1, 2014, with 23 of those being comprehensive ordinances meaning that they cover all workplaces including restaurants and bars. This translates to 34.2 percent of Kentuckians being protected by comprehensive smoke-free workplace laws. For more information about smoke-free ordinances and regulations in Kentucky, visit the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy at


Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or


'Crunkadelic Funk' Returns to Lexington Airwaves on WUKY

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 19:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2014) ― After a brief hiatus, DeBraun Thomas brings back the 'Funk' to Lexington -- this time on WUKY 91.3 FM, the University of Kentucky's NPR station. The "Crunkadelic Funk Show" hits the airwaves beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday, May 3 on WUKY.


Originally known as the "Insomniatic Funk" show, "Crunkadelic Funk Show" aired from 2009–2012 on WRFL, UK's student-operated radio station.  Hosted and produced by DeBraun Thomas, "Crunkadelic Funk" highlighted anything soulful and funky.  The show’s format consisted of occasionally themed shows, along with playing older and newer cuts of music.  Thomas interviewed many performers during the show’s run, including Jimi Hazel, Lucky Otis, Justin Wells and Rick James Jr.


Thomas has now joined WUKY and promises more funk and fun on the show’s new home each Saturday night at 10 p.m.


Thomas fell in love with radio at a young age, but only became interested in working in radio after learning funk legend Sly Stone got his start in radio.  A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Thomas moved to Lexington in 2009 to attend the University of Kentucky and pursue a career in radio.  He joined WRFL in 2009, and through the UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications, Thomas had two features air on WUKY as an undergraduate. 


He began interning at WUKY in October of 2012, and produced a "The Unghosting of Medgar Evers," a documentary about the slain civil rights leader based on the book by UK Associate Professor Frank X Walker.  In August 2013, Thomas joined WUKY as a producer and host.  Since joining WUKY, he has produced the "Local Music Monday" segments for the news department, as well as a documentary about the 50th anniversary of the civil rights March on Frankfort. 


In addition to working on radio projects, Thomas also explores his passion as a musician in Lexington.

Classical Piano Masterpieces Spring to Life at Boone Center

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 16:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2014) — The University of Kentucky community will have the opportunity to enjoy sounds of classical masterpieces during lunchtime at "Piano Spring," a set of two piano concerts presented by UK School of Music piano students from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 1, and Friday, May 2, at the Hilary J. Boone Center. Both concerts are free and open to UK students, faculty and staff, but reservations are required for dining or free concert seating.


"Piano Spring" will feature classical masterpieces performed by UK piano students Peter Bostrom, Robert Bosworth, Songhwa Chea, Chen Chen, Wei-Sian Chen, Maris Deddens, Eun Go, Yuri Kim, Fnu Kuriwa, Fernand Vago, Faith VanMeter, Wurile Wang, Hyejin Yeom and Zhui Zhang at the Boone Center, located at the corner of Rose Street and Columbia Avenue.


To make reservations to attend "Piano Spring," contact Sandra Burton at 859-257-1133 or


"Piano Spring" is a production of the Keyboards, Voice and Strings Division of the School of Music within the UK College of Fine Arts. The School of Music has achieved awards and national and international recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as for music education, composition, theory and music history.


Located in the heart of campus, the Boone Center is home to more than 20,000 square feet of the finest meeting and dining space in Lexington.




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale,

UK Team Earns Third Place in Alltech Competition

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 15:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2014) — A team of students from the University of Kentucky brought home third place honors at the second annual Alltech Innovation Competition held this past weekend at the Newtown Pike campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). The event drew business venture ideas from eight Kentucky universities.


UK's Arymza Technologies, presented by a team of three graduate students, uses enzymes that accelerate the processing of starch, reducing energy costs and the need for hazardous chemicals. Once broken down, the simple sugars from the starch can be used as a food ingredient or as feedstock for microbes in the production of bioethanol.


The UK team is made up of MBA candidates Miguel Doughlin and Erica Clark, along with Ph.D. candidate Satrio Husodo.


A team of four graduate students from the University of Louisville captured first place honors at the Alltech competition this year, while a team of four undergraduates from Morehead State University took second place.


A team of students from UK, including several MBA students from the Gatton College of Business and Economics, earned first place honors at the initial Alltech Innovation Competition in 2013.


“What if, as a society, we took seriously our obligation to help our young people become educated?” said Augusta Julian, president of BCTC, the host of the 2014 Alltech Innovation Competition.  “Partnership between business and education is exactly the effort we all need to be involved in.”


Initially conceived by Alltech founder and CEO Pearse Lyons as a means of inspiring students to innovation and entrepreneurship while contributing to solutions for the socioeconomic challenges in Eastern Kentucky, the Innovation Competition was announced at the 2012 Alltech Symposium.


“We look forward to seeing all of these ideas realized,” said Lyons. “Together, if we keep brilliant young minds like this in Kentucky, innovation will indeed race forward, making Kentucky an even better place to live, work, raise a family or build a business.”




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





"Big Blue Family" VIDEO: Feddock Brothers Share Desire for Discovery

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 13:57



LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2014) — Though Christopher and Jonathan Feddock practice in two completely different UK HealthCare areas, both physicians contribute to discovery everyday.   


Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine-Pediatrics and Internal Medicine Program Director Dr. Christopher Feddock also serves as assistant dean for curriculum at the UK College of Medicine, where he works to help young medical students discover how to become successful physicians.


His younger brother, Assistant Professor of Radiation Medicine Dr. Jonathan Feddock, is part of the breast and gynecologic cancer team at the Markey Cancer Center, where he is also actively involved in research.


Click on the video above to hear their “Big Blue Family” story and learn what it’s like for the brothers, both of which are UK College of Medicine alumni, to work on the same campus everyday. 


This video feature is part of a special new series produced by UKNow focusing on families who help make up the University of Kentucky community.  There are many couples, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters who serve at UK in various fields. The idea is to show how UK is part of so many families’ lives and how so many families are focused on helping the university succeed each and everyday. 


Since the "Big Blue Family" series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If you know of a family who you think should be featured, please email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!  


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



UK Engineering Honors Distinguished Alumni

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Engineering inducted six new members into its Hall of Distinction at a ceremony held Friday, April 25, in the Lexmark Room of the UK Main Building. 

President Capilouto was in attendance at the ceremony, which honors engineering alumni who have gone on to have distinguished careers. A total of 112 members have been inducted into the Hall of Distinction since its creation in 1993. 

This year's class of inductees were as follows: 


Michael W. Bowling, Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, 1990

While a student at UK, Bowling was a two-term president of UK’s Student Activities Board and president of Kappa Sigma fraternity. As a result, he received the honor of being named the Otis A. Singletary Outstanding Senior Male. After graduation, Bowling joined AT&T (then BellSouth) in 1990 and began a career that has spanned 13 positions within the company. He has led projects in several South American countries and spent three years as president of AT&T Mexico. Bowling’s achievements include adding over 1.6 million DSL subscribers and increasing revenue from $500 million to $1.2 billion between 2002-2006, and leading an organization of 4,000 people that accounted for approximately half of AT&T’s revenue. Bowling is currently senior vice president of corporate strategy and works alongside AT&T’s senior management and leadership.


Dr. F. Joseph Halcomb, Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, 1974


After graduation, Halcomb received his medical degree from UK in 1978 and studied biomedical engineering at MIT. In 1980, he set his sights on the orthopedic industry and began working at Zimmer, a Bristol-Myers company. In 1990, he was promoted to senior vice president of operations and later became president of Zimmer’s Hall Surgical Division, the world’s leading supplier of powered surgical instruments. In 1995, Halcomb joined Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, and helped launch three new products with breakaway potential, generating incremental revenue and expanding Amgen’s reach to millions of patients around the world. After 30 years in the medical device and biotechnology industries and additional experience as a private equity investor, Halcomb now leads Phoenix Initiãre, a private equity firm dedicated to helping business start-ups.


Rebecca B. Liebert, Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering, 1990


After earning her doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University in 1995, Liebert joined NOVA Chemicals, Inc. As NOVA’s global business development leader, Liebert produced annual sales revenue in excess of $25 million. Shortly after earning an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Liebert took responsibility for Alcoa’s $750 million food packaging business. In 2006, she joined Honeywell Electronic Materials to become vice president and general manager. In 2012, Liebert was made senior vice president and general manager of Honeywell’s gas processing and hydrogen division, UOP, LLC. In one year, Liebert grew the division’s revenues from less than $300 million per year to over $900 million. She was named Honeywell’s International 2012 Executive Grand Prize Winner for Leadership.


Edward T. Saad, Doctor of Philosophy in chemical engineering, 1977


After graduating from MIT with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering, Saad earned his doctorate at UK and began working at Ashland Oil Inc. He then spent six years as a technical advisor to the Minister of Oil and Mineral Reserves in Saudi Arabia. In 1990, Saad took over as president and CEO of Gulf Interstate Oil Company. Headquartered in Dubai, Gulf Interstate Oil provides commercial consultancy services on major oil and gas projects in the Middle East and generates approximately $400 million annually through crude oil, gas and refined products trading. In 2001, Saad entered the restaurant industry and launched the first Shakespeare & Co. restaurant. There are now 19 restaurants in the United Arab Emirates, plus two in the United States and franchises throughout the Middle East with annual revenues at an estimated $60 million.


Beth A. Weeks, Bachelor of Science in computer science, 1985


Beth Weeks’ career began at Alabama-based Intergraph as a customer engineer. Her contributions led to several promotions, culminating in a test manager position in 1996. Desiring a greater challenge, Weeks left Intergraph for Vignette Corporation — a start-up company in Austin, Texas. In two years, her team of quality assurance engineers grew from two to 100. She eventually became senior director of engineering, leading a team of 80 engineers and leveraging rapid development engineering processes to deliver Vignette applications. In 2004, Weeks took a position with Zilliant Corporation, where she is now senior vice president of engineering. In her current role, Weeks is responsible for developing innovative and scalable software products and oversees the delivery operations of the applications in data centers around the world.


Garey L. White, Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, 1951


In 1961, White founded White & Congleton, which would become the largest non-residential construction employer in central Kentucky. The firm billed $950,000 in projects its first year and grew to increase this by an average of $1 million per year. White & Congleton would build Murray State University’s football stadium, the Pattie A. Clay Hospital, H.K. Porter manufacturing plant, UK Chandler Hospital power plant, 10 major bank buildings and several other projects at UK and Eastern Kentucky University. He also joined the college’s faculty as a full-time associate professor and formed UK’s Construction Engineering and Project Management program, which continues to be a vital part of the Department of Civil Engineering. Among his many honors, White is a recipient of the Association of General Contractors of Kentucky Lifetime of Excellence Award.




MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Hautala, 859-323-2396;

61 Wildcats Earn Winter Sports SEC Academic Honors

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2014) — A total of 61 University of Kentucky Wildcats earned a place on the 2013-14 Sports Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll announced by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.


UK’s 61 honorees was the fourth most among the 14 league teams. UK has five representatives from the men’s basketball team, six from women’s basketball, 12 from gymnastics, six from rifle, 16 from men’s swimming and diving and 16 from women’s swimming and diving.  This marks another strong showing for UK’s student-athletes, who had the second-most qualifiers on the SEC Fall Sports Honor Roll released earlier this year.


The 2013-14 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on the grades from the 2013 Spring, Summer and Fall terms. Among other qualifications, a student-athlete must have a grade-point average of 3.00 or above for the preceding academic year or have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above in order to make the honor roll.


Here is a list of Kentucky’s honorees, along with each student-athlete’s sport and major:


Kentucky – Sport – Major

Tod Lanter – M Basketball – Marketing

Brian Long – M Basketball – Communication

Sam Malone – M Basketball – Marketing

Jarrod Polson – M Basketball – Finance/Marketing

Alex Poythress – M Basketball – Accounting

Azia Bishop – W Basketball – Social Work

Samantha Drake – W Basketball – Family Sciences

Kastine Evans – W Basketball – Business Management

Jelleah Sidney – W Basketball – Social Work

DeNesha Stallworth – W Basketball – Family Sciences

Janee Thompson – W Basketball – Journalism

Marissa Beucler – Gymnastics – Psychology

Holly Cunningham – Gymnastics – Communication

Alexis Gross – Gymnastics – Business Management

Audrey Harrison – Gymnastics – Business Management

Kayla Hartley – Gymnastics – Hospitality Management & Tourism

Shelby Hilton – Gymnastics – Communication

Shannon Mitchell – Gymnastics – Hospitality Management & Tourism

Tiara Phipps – Gymnastics – Psychology

Amy Roemmele – Gymnastics – Exercise Science

Sara Shipley – Gymnastics – Communication

Kayla Sienkowski – Gymnastics – MAT

Montana Whittle – Gymnastics – Exercise Science

Elijah Ellis – Rifle – Business Management/Marketing

Aaron Holsopple – Rifle – Business Management/Marketing

Emily Holsopple – Rifle – Biology

Cody Manning – Rifle – Agricultural Biotechnology

Luke South – Rifle – Mechanical Engineering

John Sutton – Rifle – Agricultural Biotechnology

Ross Bundschuh – M Swim & Dive – Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

Colby Coleman – M Swim & Dive – Undergraduate Studies

Greg Ferrucci – M Swim & Dive – Exercise Science

John Fox – M Swim & Dive – Political Science

Blake Freeman – M Swim & Dive – Biology

Lucas Gerotto – M Swim & Dive – Biology

Will Heidler – M Swim & Dive – Biology

Luke Iannuzzi – M Swim & Dive – Biology

Kyle Lang – M Swim & Dive – Human Nutrition

Zack Peterson – M Swim & Dive – Exercise Science

Robert Resch – M Swim & Dive – Biology

Matthew Roman – M Swim & Dive – Biology

Maclin Simpson – M Swim & Dive – Business Management/Marketing

Jake Thomas – M Swim & Dive – Exercise Science

Neal Widdowson – M Swim & Dive – Community and Leadership Development

Zachary Zandona – M Swim & Dive – Chemical Engineering

Christina Bechtel – W Swim & Dive – Integrated Strategic Communication

Cassie Brueckbauer – W Swim & Dive – Marketing

Christa Cabot – W Swim & Dive – Psychology

Rebecca Hamperian – W Swim & Dive – Psychology

Lindsay Hill – W Swim & Dive – International Studies

Frida Jakobsson – W Swim & Dive – Communication

Kaitlin Jones – W Swim & Dive – Biology

Lindsey Keahey – W Swim & Dive – Mathematics

Katrina Keirns – W Swim & Dive – Integrated Strategic Communication

Blair Kuethe – W Swim & Dive – Business Management/Marketing

Taylor Melton – W Swim & Dive – Hospitality, Management & Tourism

Abby Myers – W Swim & Dive – Exercise Science

Carmen Pleasants – W Swim & Dive – Community Leadership & Development

Samantha Shaheen – W Swim & Dive – Elementary Education

Kristen Wilson – W Swim & Dive – Finance/Marketing

Samantha Wright – W Swim & Dive – Psychology



MEDIA CONTACT:  Tony Neely, 859-257-3838;



1956 Time Capsule Found, Re-buried With 2014 Items

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 17:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2014) — In late September 2013, an observant member of the construction team demolishing the Cooperstown residence halls spotted something unusual in a scoop of broken brick and splintered wood. He hopped off the excavator to investigate what his machine had unearthed. It was an old, rusted metal box wrapped in an equally old, cracked green oilcloth. Asked later, the workman could not say exactly where the box had been buried, although he thought it came from under the foundation or hidden within the walls of one of the Cooperstown buildings.


The mysterious box turned out to be a time capsule that had been protecting a tiny slice of University of Kentucky history for 57 years. Based on the two yellow newspapers found in the time capsule, it was buried on or about Sept. 22, 1956, by parties unknown. No record of the 1956 time capsule or who buried it, can be found in the university’s histories.


Today, university officials will bury a new time capsule, one that contains all of the 1956 items plus 2014 mementos. The burial site, not far from where the 1956 items were found, will be between Woodland Glen I and Woodland Glen II. Inscriptions on a plaque will instruct the UK Class of 2064 to open and enjoy their Wildcat roots. The community is invited to view the time capsule items onsite, before the burial ceremony at 10:30 a.m. In case of rain, items can be found in the William T. Young Library.


“In 2064,” said UK President Eli Capilouto, “the campus will be dramatically transformed by those whose foresight and fortitude envisioned a robust, residential research university for Kentucky and those we touch and teach across the world. In profound ways, we will remain the Commonwealth’s indispensable institution for the next 50 years and beyond.”


The 1956 time capsule included:

·       Lexington phonebook

·       Course catalogue

·       UK phonebook

·       An admissions piece, serving a purpose similar to today’s Viewbook

·       Campus map

·       UK Bulletin

·       Class schedule

·       Student housing guide

·       The Louisville Courier-Journal, dated Sept. 22, 1956

·       The Lexington Herald, also dated Sept. 22, 1956


“Time capsules provide future generations a glimpse into an earlier time and place. For the time capsule makers of 1956 we are that generation. For the generation 50 years from now, our time capsule will allow them to hold a piece of 2014, to reflect upon the past, and perhaps most importantly, to see that the changes happening today were being made for them,” said Deirdre Scaggs, associate dean of UK Libraries’ Special Collections.


1956 was a year that Korean War veterans moved into the new Cooperstown residence halls, when female students wore calf-length “poodle” skirts with white bobby socks and saddle oxfords, when male students attended class wearing suits with broad lapels and skinny ties, when both UK basketball and UK football were played on Euclid Avenue and there was no Avenue of Champions. In 1956, the UK Medical Center, Commonwealth Stadium, Rupp Arena, Patterson Office Tower, Classroom Building, most of today's residence halls, and many other familiar campus buildings did not exist — even as blueprints.


Computers were the size of a large room, weighed tons and used vacuum tubes. Restricted to desks, walls and tabletops, telephones were large and bulky, with rotary dials; cellular service technology did not yet exist. Televisions were housed in heavy floor-standing consoles with relatively small screens; most home models were black and white as the first color broadcast took place only two years earlier, the 1954 Tournament of Roses Parade. It would be another 10 years before the first all-color television viewing season was launched, only three years before man landed on the moon for the first time.


“While our society and our university has changed many times since 1956, we have cherished a sense of transformation and momentum for the Commonwealth to fulfill the promises of our ancestors to this state and the students who attend our university,” said Penny Cox, director of Housing Project Implementation and New Strategies. 


Cox was instrumental in securing the integrity of the 57-year-old items and procuring 2014 items for the larger time capsule to be buried beneath the walkway separating Woodland Glen I and II. Instructions will be left on a ground-level plaque to open the new time capsule in 2064.


The 2014 time capsule will contain:

·       All items found in the 1956 time capsule

·       April 28, 2014, copy of the Lexington Herald Leader

·       April 28, 2014, copy of the Kentucky Kernel

·       April 28, 2014, copy of the Courier Journal

·       Letter from SGA President Roshan Palli

·       Letter from President Eli Capilouto

·       K Book

·       Campus map

·       Viewbook

·       Current budget/financial statements

·       2014 Final Four T-shirt

·       Current Master Plan

·       Banners photo

·       DanceBlue item

·       Student Center 75th Anniversary item




MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302,

E-invitations Available for 2014 May Commencement Ceremonies

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 15:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2014) — Students and faculty who are participating in the University of Kentucky May 2014 Commencement Ceremonies Saturday, May 10 are welcome to download and share free e-invitations with their families and friends. 


The Graduate and Professional Commencement Ceremony will take place at 9 a.m., followed by the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The 1 p.m. ceremony will feature the College of Agriculture, Food & Environment; the Gatton College of Business & Economics, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, and the College of Nursing. The 6 p.m. ceremony will feature the colleges of Arts & Sciences; Communication & Information; Design; Fine Arts; Health Sciences; and Social Work. 


All three ceremonies will be live streamed on UKNow.


E-invitation for Faculty


E-invitations for the 9 a.m. Graduate and Professional Ceremony

E-invitations for the 1 p.m. Undergraduate Ceremony

E-invites for the 6 p.m. Undergraduate Ceremony


For more information about the May 2014 Commencement Ceremonies, visit

Bailey Named Director of Ambulatory and Preventive Cardiology

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 13:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Apr. 25, 2014) Dr Alison Bailey has been named the director of Ambulatory and Preventive Cardiology for UK HealthCare.


In this role, Bailey will oversee the Gill Heart Institute's outpatient practices in Lexington and continue to provide oversight of the cardiac rehabilitation program.


“Unfortunately, the patients we see have more complex health issues than ever before,” said Dr. Susan Smyth, director of the Gill Heart Institute. “With the shift to outpatient care, a coordinated effort is needed to meet the longitudinal needs of our patients across the full-care continuum.”


“Alison’s ability to collaborate with faculty and staff is demonstrated, and her leadership will ensure that the care we provide is patient- and family-focused with a deep commitment to clinical excellence.”


Dr. Bailey completed her medical degree and postgraduate training at the University of Kentucky. She has participated in several leadership roles at UK HealthCare, including the founding director of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program, medical director of the Multi-Specialty Medical Clinic at Maxwell Street, and the associate director of the Cardiology Fellowship Program.