Coffee Research Leads to Successful Partnership in Brazil

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2014) — Since its cultural debut in the fifteenth century, coffee has become one of the most heavily traded commodities in the world.


“Coffee is second only to oil in terms of value in globally traded commodities, followed in turn by natural gas and gold,” explained Michael Goodin, associate professor in the UK Department of Plant Pathology.


Nearly 35 percent of the world’s coffee is produced in Brazil alone. Today, however, coffee plants within Brazil have become infected by a virus, which has the potential to spread worldwide. The agronomic impact of this virus led Goodin to Brazil to study how this universal beverage and its production are being affected.


Two of Goodin’s students studying agricultural biotechnology accompanied him in Brazil for two months this past summer to study the prevalence of Coffee Ringspot Virus (CoRSV) on coffee plants in Brazil’s major production areas. Although the virus is not infectious in humans, the virus does affect the quality and production of coffee.


Goodin and his students visited farms around Brazil in order to collect infected coffee leaves to study the virus. The level of hospitality that they received throughout the country was exceptional.


“You don’t just visit [farms] – first there’s a tour of the farm, then they offer meals in their houses. Farmers are going out of their way for you. It’s like that everywhere in Brazil,” said Goodin. “Everyone was supportive for what we were doing.”


Drawing not only on the coffee resources within Brazil, Goodin and his students partnered with Antonia dos Reis Figueira and her student Thais Ramalho from Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA). The partnership between UFLA and UK was funded through two grants: one from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States and the other through CAPES, the Brazilian equivalent of the NSF.


Goodin and his students, along with Figueira and Ramalho, were successful in the discoveries they made about CoRSV. With the discovered information, they were able to teach Brazilian farmers so they could self-diagnose their farms. 


“We established the relationship between prevailing wind and sun exposure, which made it possible to identify potential virus ‘hot zones’ on farms. In addition, Brazil has been experiencing a drought similar to California, which is, in part, responsible for the spread of the disease, which was a surprise to everyone, including the farmers,” said Goodin.


Before Goodin and his students went to Brazil, Ramalho came to do a yearlong exchange at UK as a doctoral student through Brazil’s Scientific Mobility Program. 


“It was the first time I went abroad. I was very happy with the opportunity but a little afraid, because everything was new to me,” said Ramalho. “In the Plant Pathology Department, where I worked for a year, everyone had extreme patience and solidarity with me. In the Goodin laboratory I learned new techniques, which had never been carried out in Brazil, and I was able to apply and teach these techniques at my university, UFLA.” 


While working with Goodin at UK, Ramalho also had the chance to make friends and work with Olivia Jones and Layne Duff, the two undergraduate agricultural biotechnology major students who accompanied Goodin to Brazil.


Duff and Jones noted how the experience in Brazil contributed greatly to their growth.


“I learned so much more than just virology and the coffee industry,” said Duff. “I learned that this international language called ‘agriculture’ is one I’ve been speaking all my life. I found that despite the occasional language barrier, whenever we went to the farms to collect tissue, I had no trouble understanding the farmers’ concerns, victories, joys and hopes. This was because agriculture in and of itself surpasses boundaries and provides an immediate connection with everyone I was privileged to work with.”


Using samples collected in Brazil, the next step for the CoRSV research team is to study the genetic variation within hundreds of square miles of coffee production.


Goodin hopes to continue this productive partnership with UFLA.


“There are so many parallels between Brazil and the United States in terms of agricultural production. The departments in our College of Agriculture, Food & Environment are mirrored at UFLA,” said Goodin. “This presents seamless opportunities for student exchanges and research collaborations for faculty at both institutions.” 

UK PTS Reminds Motorists, Cyclists to Share the Road

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2014) -- With the start of the academic year and the resulting increase in the campus population, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is reminding motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists to use caution when interacting with each other, in order to safely share the road. As part of these efforts, PTS has developed safety tips for both drivers and cyclists alike.


PTS, in conjunction with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Fayette County Public Schools, UK and Lexington Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, wants to promote safety on our roads. Cyclists and motorists have the same rights, rules and responsibilities on most Kentucky roads. Below is a list of tips that will help keep the road a safe way to travel:



  • Be Alert: Check your mirrors. Watch for pedestrians and cyclists, yielding to them at crosswalks and intersections; pay special attention while driving on or around campus. Scan for cyclists before turning across a bike lane, driveway or onto another road.
  • Every Lane is a Bike Lane: Cyclists have a right to the road. Be alert and patient. Expect cyclists on the road at any time, especially on signed bike routes and on roads displaying the sharrow symbol on the roadway surface. Do not use a bike lane as a turn lane.
  • Pass with Care: Bicycles are considered vehicles and should be given the appropriate right of way. A minimum of three feet is recommended for passing cyclists. Stay behind cyclists when you are turning right. Don’t honk your horn when approaching cyclists; doing so could startle the cyclist and cause a crash.
  • Don’t Speed or Text: Follow posted speed limits and follow distracted driving laws; don’t text message while your vehicle is in motion.


  • Respect the Red: Bicycles are vehicles. Obey traffic rules for safety and to gain respect from motorists. Never ride against traffic; it is illegal and unsafe.
  • Be Safe, Be Seen: Use front and rear lights and wear bright or reflective clothing. Be predictable and make eye contact with motorists, and use hand signals to indicate your intentions.
  • Pass with Care: A minimum of three feet is recommended for passing vehicles.
  • Wear a Helmet: Helmet use dramatically reduces the risks of brain injury and death for cyclists involved in accidents.

Additionally, cyclists are reminded to engage in safe sidewalk riding behaviors. Some campus sidewalks have been designated as shared sidewalks and, under certain conditions, serve as important connections for cyclists. These shared sidewalks are wide, do not run parallel to vehicular traffic and connect important campus destinations. Even so, these walks were designed for pedestrian traffic and bicyclists should always yield.


If you choose to ride your bike on any campus sidewalk, please follow these basic rules:

  • Always Yield to Pedestrians. Give audible warning, or dismount to pass when sidewalks are crowded or narrow.
  • Go Slow. Sidewalks are not designed for speeds faster than a slow jog.
  • Check Every Cross Street and Driveway. Vehicles often pull across the sidewalk before entering traffic or turn into driveways without scanning very far down the street.
  • Only Cross the Street at Crosswalks. Darting into the street mid-block is very dangerous.

For more information about sharing the road, visit For a complete list of local bike ordinances, visit


MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrissie Balding Tune, 859-257-3512; Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200.  

New Opportunities Abound as Six UK Colleges Offer New Majors, Minors, Certificates and Graduate Programs

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 16:28



LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 12, 2014) – From the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) to the College of Public Health and from undergraduate students to graduate and professional students, the university has several new majors, minors and certificate options to consider for their studies.


CAFE has welcomed two new majors, technical systems management and modern agronomic crop production (agronomy). 


Technical systems management (TSM) will be housed in the UK Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. The major links agricultural, environmental, manufacturing, and machinery theory with industry practice, providing business and management skills from a hands-on, engineering point of view. TSM students will learn practical, theoretical and managerial skills, including how to prevent and solve problems, make decisions and manage teams. The undergraduate degree combines educational theory and workplace experience partly because of an awareness of the United States’ reported “skills gap” but also because, as a hands-on engineering department, its faculty expertise strongly lends itself to teaching these technical skills.


TSM students will complete six work-based learning courses (supervised internships) to gain practical, hands-on experience, and to make the critical link between theory and industry practice. As a TSM graduate, alumni will be prepared to enter the workforce in areas such as manufacturing, agriculture, environment and systems management. TSM is available now as an Individualized Program in Agriculture (IPA).


CAFE's second new major modern agronomic crop production integrates the scientific knowledge and practical management skills needed by agronomists involved in modern crop production. Requirements focus on the basic sciences/principles needed by the modern agronomist. These are refined into the soil and crop science courses underlying agronomic crop management. Additionally, courses in pests (weeds, insects, diseases) are required in support of the field agronomist.


As the student advances in the modern agronomic crop production curriculum, the advanced courses provide more detailed information (crop ecology, statistics) and situation analysis (field schools) for grain, oil seed fiber, bio-fuel or forage crop production. Production sustainability is emphasized. Many classes consist of both lecture and active learning (field, greenhouse or lab) portions. Each student is required to have an internship or an international study abroad experience and to selects a specialty support area that supports the student’s professional goals.


The College of Arts and Sciences has opportunities for both undergraduates and graduate students. The college has added a new health major and a Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing this fall.


Health, society and populations (HSP) recognizes that health isn’t a simple physical matter, that society and the environment also play a crucial role in our well-being. The major focuses on understanding health outcomes and their unequal distribution as a product of multiple interacting influences, including health care, behaviors, environmental conditions, genetic and biological factors and social and cultural characteristics of groups and individuals.


Effective this semester HSP students can obtain a stand-alone degree or pursue the area of study as a second major with any other department or discipline-specific bachelor’s degree. The HSP program will draw on the expertise of numerous faculty members within the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as coursework across a number of colleges at the university. It is a complement to current undergraduate health-related programs, providing students the opportunity to pursue their interests in health-related issues through the analytical lens of the social sciences. The program simultaneously fosters collaboration with other health-related disciplines on campus through shared coursework. For more about the new HSP program, listen to co-directors Erin Koch, professor of anthropology, and Carrie Oser, professor of sociology, discuss the new program.


With realistic aspirations to be among the nation’s best programs by 2020, the UK College of Arts and Sciences will offer its students a full-residency Master of Fine Arts in creative writing this fall. Modeled after some of the finest graduate-level creative writing programs in the nation, UK’s curriculum will feature a faculty of prominent award-winning authors, from Kentucky Poet Laureate and NAACP Image Award winner Frank X Walker to the young author Manuel Gonzales, who just received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award for his first book.


Designed to dovetail with the Department of English’s undergraduate program in creative writing, the UK experience will feature exposure to diverse genres of writing, the full range of career possibilities, a combination of artistic and literary study, and the ever-expanding paths to publication.


In the College of Fine Arts, two long-awaited programs of study on campus now are being offered as minors in the School of Art and Visual Studies. UK undergraduates can now officially minor in photography and digital media and design (graphic design).


With over a billion photographs being created every day, it has never been more important to understand how to make compelling images. The UK photography minor offers students an opportunity to study a wide range of techniques and approaches, ranging from historic 19th century processes to cutting-edge digital, Photoshop and lighting techniques. In addition to still photography, students can also choose from courses in video and web-based design. The photography minor complements course work from a wide variety of majors and will equip students with the skills they need to navigate and create in a world in which we increasingly use images to communicate.

Experts in digital media are in high demand in today’s creativity and technology driven workforce. With career opportunities in graphic design, web design, animation and more, the digital media and design minor gives students multimedia skills that complement any major, especially ones in the Colleges of Fine Arts, Design and Communication and Information.


College of Health Sciences (CHS) has several new opportunities this fall. The college is offering a new health advocacy minor and clinical healthcare management certificate as well as a new freshman track in clinical leadership and management.


With an increasingly complex and dynamic health care system and an aging population, qualified health advocates are in demand across the U.S. Health advocates, also referred to as patient navigators, guide patients and their families through the health care system. The minor in health advocacy lays the foundation for pursuing a career as a health advocate or furthering graduate educational opportunities.


Want to acquire the skills necessary for a management position in health care? You will benefit from the undergraduate certificate in clinical healthcare management. The certificate is a great option for currently enrolled UK students, as well as practicing health care professionals who want to enhance their management skills.


The bachelor’s degree in clinical leadership and management is ideal for students who plan to enter a health administration or health law program or who plan to assume policy/administration roles in the health care field.


Students interested in adding the health advocacy minor, clinical healthcare management certificate or the track in clinical leadership and management, should contact CHS Office of Student Affairs, room 111 Wethington Building.


For professional students, College of Law is offering a Juris Doctor and Master of Health Administration (JD/MHA) dual degree program with the College of Public Health. Through this program, the student earns both degrees in a total of four years, one year sooner than if each degree was completed individually. The JD/MHA dual degree is designed to prepare a lawyer to work in and through many areas of health care management, a large and growing industry. This is the fourth dual degree program offered through the College of Law.


This fall also marks the first time the College of Public Health will offer an undergraduate degree. The public health major, which is the first professional undergraduate public health program in the state of Kentucky, will offer students a new opportunity to contribute to work that seeks to remedy long-standing health disparities in the Commonwealth and beyond.


UK’s Bachelor's of Public Health (BPH) program is designed to provide exposure to students in a number of important areas of public health, including disease control and prevention, environmental health, health behavior, health care management, global health, local health, aging and nutrition. The program seeks to prepare graduates for work in public health that allows them to contribute to the improvement of quality of life for both individual citizens and the community as a whole. With the expansive introduction to the public health field that the BPH degree provides, students are prepared to either enter directly into population health service population in either community or public health or extend their education further into graduate study.


Public health is a growing field, with more than 250,000 public health workers needed by the year 2020.  It is a challenging area of study that allows students the opportunity to tackle complex health problems and work toward finding solutions that better the lives of individuals, families, and entire communities. Students who are interested in learning more about the BPH program are invited to attend an Open House noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in room 115 of the College of Public Health. 



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

Superfund Research Center Focus of 'UK at the Half'

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:38


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2014)Bernhard Hennig, the director of University of Kentucky's Superfund Research Center (SRC) and professor of nutrition and toxicology at the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and Lindell Ormsbee, director of the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute and associate director of the SRC, were the guests on the Sept. 6 broadcast of "UK at the Half," which aired during the UK vs. Ohio University football game that was broadcast on the radio.


Hennig and Ormsbee talked about a recent $12.2 million grant the center received from the National Insitutes of Health to continue its work to better understand and minimize negative health and environmental impacts from hazardous waste sites.


"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on radio and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.


To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click on the play button below. To view a transcript the "UK at the Half" interview, click here

'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Welcomes Lee 'Boy' Sexton, Red State Ramblers

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:50



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2014) – Locals and legends seem to be the theme of the next two performances in the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series. On Friday, Sept. 12, Letcher County native, Lee "Boy" Sexton, known for his legendary banjo music, and his son Johnny Sexton will perform. The next Friday, Sept. 19, an old time music group with University of Kentucky ties, The Red State Ramblers, will appear. Both free public concerts will take place at noon at the Niles Gallery, located in the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.


Master of the Banjo Back for More

Lee "Boy" Sexton performs "Whoa Mule." Video courtesy of Appalshop.


Lee "Boy" Sexton has played the banjo since he was eight-years-old and has been known for the sweet yet driving sound that comes from the banjo and fiddle ever since. Working in the mines on the weekend and playing music for the town was where he liked to spend most of his time.


Sexton worked on an LP of traditional material, "Whoa Mule," which was originally released in 1988, but later released in a CD version in 2004. He is one of the most respected and admired folk musicians in Eastern Kentucky. He even had a small role in the film "Coal Miner's Daughter," where he played the banjo at a square dance. In 1999, Sexton, was presented the Kentucky Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.


Joining Sexton in concert will be his son, Johnny Sexton, on guitar. Johnny is retired from the coal industry and is an Old Regular Baptist preacher.


To hear Sexton perform "Whoa Mule," visit   


Blue School Ties, Red State Sound


This old time string band came together through a shared love for folk music and the state of Kentucky at UK. The Red State Ramblers blend a sound of traditional old time music with a native feel.


The Red State Ramblers have performed all over the world, participating in tours in Kyrgyzstan and Ecuador. In 2008, the Red State Ramblers was a finalist in the string band competition at Clifftop Old Time String Band Festival.


The band, Will Bacon (banjo and kazoo), Kevin Kehrberg (bass, guitar),Jeff Keith (mandolin and guitar), Nikos Pappas (fiddle), and Ron Pen (fiddle and piano), released their second recording, “Commonwealth,” based on traditional music of Kentucky.


The Red State Ramblers is made up of alumni and a faculty member. Presently Keith and Kehrberg serve as faculty at Warren Wilson College and Pappas is a member of the faculty at University of Alabama. Bacon is the owner of the contracting firm, BaConstruction. Pen is director of the concert series host, the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music and professor of music at UK School of Music.


The “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series celebrates the old-time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 13 different artists, duos and groups from southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim. The concert series is generously presented by the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine Arts, UK School of Music and UK Libraries.


For more information on the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series or the concerts featuring Lee "Boy" and Johnny Sexton or The Red State Ramblers, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to or visit the website at




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

UK SOOP Presents Sneak Peek of 'Adventures of Alice in Opera Land'

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 17:07


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014)The Schmidt Opera Outreach Program (“SOOP”), a University of Kentucky Opera Theatre outreach program now in its 11th year of producing opera for school children across the Bluegrass, presents "The Adventures of Alice in Opera Land." The 35-minute opera uses some of the greatest opera hits to teach students about opera and opera characters. Local audiences can get a sneak peek of the opera 2 p.m., Sept. 13, at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium.


Alice will travel to elementary schools, public libraries and performing arts centers across the state of Kentucky to expose children to the art form of opera in an educational and light-hearted manner.


UK Artist-in-Residence and alumna Gregory Turay directs a cast of familiar faces to UK Opera Theatre fans. Katherine Hay, last seen as Eponine in “Les Misérables,” plays Alice. Playing multiple characters are Wanessa Campelo, last seen as Zerlina in “Don Giovanni” and Fantine in “Les Misérables,” and Samuel Themer, last seen as Thernardier in “Les Misérables.” UK School of Music alumna and pianist Maris Deddens, who played keyboard for “Les Misérables” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” plays keyboard for the production.


Before SOOP travels this fall, local audiences are invited to take in an open dress rehearsal beginning 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium. The dress rehearsal is free and open to the public. The show is 35 minutes followed by a question-and-answer session with the cast. Free parking is available for the show in the hospital visitor garage on South Limestone and Transcript Avenue.


Schools or organizations interested in booking the show or wanting more information should contact Kathrin Thawley at 859-402-6946 or or visit and click “Opera Outreach.”


SOOP is the recipient of the 2012-2013 “Friend of Music Award” from the Kentucky Music Education Association. The award is the highest award for non-educator contribution to music education in the state of Kentucky.


To see video clips of previous SOOP performances, visit


UK Opera Theatre is part of the 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 theory and music history.

LIVE: Preliminary Results of Sexual Violence Prevention Study

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 17:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014) — Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear welcomes UK President Eli Capilouto and researchers from the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women to the Kentucky State Capitol, where they will announce preliminary results from a five-year study testing the "Green Dot" violence prevention program in Kentucky high schools.


Live streaming video of the announcement will be available starting at 2 p.m. on Mrs. Beshear's YouTube channel at:



'Green Dot' Effective at Reducing Sexual Violence

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 16:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's “Green Dot” violence-prevention program is effective in reducing sexual violence, according to preliminary findings from a five-year study evaluating the program in Kentucky high schools.


The study, led by Ann Coker at UK's Center for Research on Violence Against Women (CRVAW), found a greater than 50 percent reduction in the self-reported frequency of sexual violence perpetration by students at schools that received the Green Dot training, compared to a slight increase at schools that did not.


The study also found a 40 percent reduction in self-reported frequency of total violence perpetration — including sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking and dating violence — at the Green Dot schools, compared to a small reduction at the non-Green Dot schools.

Sexual violence continues to be a serious problem for Kentucky teens. One in seven high school students in Kentucky experience physical dating violence, and one in 11 have had unwanted sex because they were physically forced, or too intoxicated to give consent.


Coker announced the findings at a news conference Wednesday afternoon at the Kentucky State Capitol. Among those present were Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear, UK President Eli Capilouto, and Eileen Recktenwald, director of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP), which partnered with UK and CRVAW researchers to coordinate interventions into schools statewide.


In her remarks, Coker identified violence prevention as a public health priority.

“We know that violence significantly affects high school students’ lives by causing physical injuries, missed school days, and increased need to both medical and mental health services,” Coker said. “This is true for both young women and men. Finding strong evidence for this program’s ability to reduce violence is very important and could result in dramatic reductions in health care costs.”


Mrs. Beshear discussed violence against women as an issue of particular importance for Kentucky, and one to which she feels a strong personal commitment.


“Current rates of sexual violence among young Kentuckians are unacceptable,” she said. “Teenagers already face enough struggles without having to cope with trauma of physical abuse. The Green Dot study proves that sexual violence education is the key to successfully preventing abuse and plays an important role in reducing the state’s overall rates of violence. I commend UK, Dr. Coker and all of the researchers and participants in this study who are paving the way toward broad violence prevention in the Commonwealth.”


Capilouto praised the Green Dot program for being “ahead of the curve” in relation to a growing demand for sexual assault prevention programs on college campuses nationwide.


“As educators, we have an obligation to provide our students with a safe place to live and learn,” he said. “It should be obvious that sexual assaults on campus cannot be tolerated. Yet, as the problem persists across the country, administrators are being challenged by the simple question: ‘What are you doing to prevent it?’ At the University of Kentucky, we have an answer. The Green Dot program was ahead of the curve in providing a model for evidence-based, bystander-intervention training for violence prevention on campus.”


Recktenwald said the study marks a watershed moment in Kentucky's fight against sexual violence.


“In the 40 years since the anti-rape movement began in Kentucky, the rates of sexual violence have steadily risen; they have never reduced,” Recktenwald said. “The idea that, due to the effectiveness of Green Dot, we can change that, that there will be many fewer young people suffering the pain and devastation of sexual violence: This is priceless.” 


Green Dot, designed by former UK faculty member Dorothy Edwards, has been in use at the university since 2008. It teaches students how to identify situations that could lead to an act of violence (represented on incident maps by a red dot) and shows them how to intervene safely and effectively. A “green dot” represents “any behavior‚ choice‚ word‚ or attitude that promotes safety for all our citizens and communicates utter intolerance for violence.”


In 2009, rape crisis center staff and CRVAW researchers recruited 26 high schools across Kentucky to participate in a randomized statewide intervention trial, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Half of the schools were assigned to receive the Green Dot intervention, with the others serving as the study's control group. Green Dot interventions were conducted by trained rape crisis staff educators from KASAP-affiliated regional centers.  

The interventions were implemented in two phases. In Phase 1, rape crisis staff delivered Green Dot speeches to all students in the intervention schools. In Phase 2, completed in the spring of 2012, educators implemented intensive bystander training. This training was conducted in smaller groups, among students perceived as leaders (about 10-15 percent of the student body).


Each spring from 2010 to 2014, students at each school completed anonymous surveys to measure the frequency of violence they personally experienced, termed “victimization,” as well as the frequency of violence they personally inflicted, termed “perpetration.” All students, in both intervention and control schools, received hotline numbers and website information. Rape crisis staff were also available at each school to talk with any students who needed assistance.


In total, more than 80,000 surveys were completed. Researchers compared survey-reported sexual violence rates before program implementation with rates from 2010-2014. Over time, the mean reported violence frequency increased slightly in the control schools, while it declined significantly in the intervention schools. These results provide strong evidence that the Green Dot program, as implemented by trained rape crisis staff, does reduce sexual violence, Coker said.


All high schools participating in the Green Dot randomized intervention trial will have the option to adopt or continue using the Green Dot program. KASAP will continue to provide the staff to implement this program in these schools. Funding to support this training will be provided by CDC Rape Prevention Education grants provided to the state of Kentucky.  


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

'It's Your Reality' Hits Home with Many Students

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:10

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 10, 2014) – The University of Kentucky’s It’s Your Reality program can open students' eyes to their present and future financial responsibilities.


The event will be from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Sept. 10) in the UK Student Center Grand Ballroom. The UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Managing in Tough Times Initiative is sponsoring the event.


“The event is held during the fall because students can get into trouble really quick with credit card debt when school starts because they’re not thinking about the costs of everyday expenses,” said Jeanne Davis, co-director of the Managing in Tough Times Initiative. “The event can help them prepare for their current expenses as well as those they will incur as they enter the job market after graduation.”


During It’s Your Reality, students receive the current average starting monthly salary for their major. Students will then “spend” their monthly income by selecting the lifestyle items they hope to have after college. Experts will be available to assist in the decision-making process, addressing financial considerations that include student loans, credit card debt, groceries, entertainment, furniture, housing, health expenses and property taxes. In fall 2013, more than 970 UK students participated in the event and learned the financial realities of life after college.


Event organizers will award door prizes, and lunch for participants will be available in limited quantity.


More information about the event is available on UK’s MoneyWi$e website,



MEDIA CONTACT:  Katie Pratt, 859-257-8774.

UK Students Take Top Honors at National Furniture Competition

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:56



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014) – Three University of Kentucky students took home top honors at "Design Emphasis" Student Furniture Design Competition, a prestigious annual furniture design competition that features furniture pieces designed and built by students from colleges and universities throughout the U.S., presented in conjunction with the International Woodworking Fair (IWF). The winners were among six UK College of Design finalists selected for the juried exhibition held the week of Aug. 18, in Atlanta, Georgia.


Architecture graduate student Mark Manczyk, of Taylor Mill, Kentucky, won first place in the "Design Emphasis" accent tables category. Sarah Mohr, a 2014 graduate with a master's degree in architecture from Smithton, Illinois, took first in seating. In addition to the two wins, Adam Eaton, a 2014 graduate with a master's degree in architecture from Bellbrook, Ohio, received honorable mention recognition at the show.


Furniture presented by UK students at "Design Emphasis" is on display for the community to see through Sept. 22, on the second floor of Pence Hall.


"Design Emphasis" brings students from design schools across the nation to exhibit their work at IWF for judging by a panel of professionals made up of furniture industry designers, manufacturing and retail executives, and members of the trade press who have design-oriented backgrounds. The competition recognizes and rewards designs in five categories: seating, case goods, commercial/office/hospitality furniture, accent furniture/accent tables, and design creativity.


Over $10,000 in prize money was awarded to the winners and presented in a ceremony following the judging of "Design Emphasis." As well as being involved in the competition, the students were also able to attend the trade show itself, allowing them to make valuable career contacts and share ideas with fellow design students from across the country.


Other UK students competing in "Design Emphasis" were:

· Nikki Challita, architecture graduate student from Bellbrook;

· Adam Logsdon, architecture graduate student from Louisville, Kentucky; and

· Don Shepperson, architecture senior from Lancaster, Kentucky.

All six students in the competition were in the spring 2014 furniture studio taught by Professor Leonard Wujcik.


IWF is a trade show known around the world for offering new and innovative products and solutions for furniture manufacturing, cabinetry, architectural woodworking, material processing and other related industries, as well as bringing industry professionals from around the globe together for great networking opportunities. At IWF, visitors can view the newest products and trends and learn from those who have already troubleshot the solutions. 



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

Viewing of Innovative TEDMED Conference Open to UK Students, Faculty

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014) — Visionaries in the health care industry will take stages on the East Coast and the West Coast during this week's TEDMED 2014 Conference, but University of Kentucky students and faculty can stay on campus for a front-row seat.


The University of Kentucky American Medical Association (AMA) student section recently received a grant from the AMA to stream sessions from the annual conference to an audience of health care students and faculty members representing many health care disciplines. The chapter will play recorded sessions in Pavilion H of the UK Chandler Hospital on Thursday and Friday evenings, and throughout the day on Saturday. After each 90-minute session, a panel of UK HealthCare experts will discuss the main messages of the talks and how those messages relate to their experiences at UK. The sessions are open to all health profession students, including students in the colleges of public health, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy, as well as any interested hospital faculty.


Dually hosted in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., the TEDMED 2014 conference comprises a series of short, provocative talks and performances from a variety of thought-leaders, activists, artists, authors, physicians, researchers and other stakeholders in the health care industry. Each talk or performance will range from 8 to 20 minutes. Presenters will discuss a variety of topics, including solutions for today's health care problems from other worlds, new bedside eye-tracking devices to diagnose brain injuries, the economics behind drug addiction and a photographer's use of humor as therapy during his wife's cancer treatment. The goal of the conference is to inspire thought, expand worldviews and challenge old ways of thinking in health care professionals. The conference runs from Sept. 10-12.


Brad St. Martin, a second-year medical student and vice president of the UK AMA student section, thinks it's important for students to step away from their day-to-day study routine and expose themselves to different views and innovations in the health care profession. He encourages students from all five UK health colleges to attend the sessions.


"I am just hoping this will act as a forum for people to increase awareness of the bigger picture and current changes in health and medicine outside of their own fields," St. Martin said. "It's a change from the ordinary to help expand upon our ideas and inspire action."


Sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday from 5 to 7:15 p.m.  On Saturday, two sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided on Thursday and Friday and a light breakfast will be provided Saturday morning. All sessions will be held in HG611 in Pavilion H.


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UK Woman's Club Offering Graduate Fellowships

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2014) – University of Kentucky students are invited to apply for graduate fellowships offered by the UK Woman’s Club, in conjunction with the Graduate School


These awards are made possible by generous donations from UK Woman’s Club members as well as support from the Research Challenge Trust Fund. Preference is given to female candidates age 30 or older who are underrepresented in their field of study. Selection is based on both academic achievement and financial need. Approximately four to five fellowships are awarded annually.


The fellowships are for currently enrolled, full-time or part-time Ph.D., Ed.D., D.M.A. or D.S. students (professional degree students are not eligible). Applicants must have successfully completed their qualifying exam by nomination deadline, must be Kentucky residents, and must have a graduate grade point average of 3.2 or above. 


The nomination packet consists of the nomination form, two letters of recommendation, the student’s curriculum vitae and a two-page student statement, including information about area of concentration within field of study, obstacles overcome, aspirations, personal characteristics, and how the candidate might benefit from this fellowship. Nomination packet documents should be sent to as attachments.


For additional information and the nomination form, visit The application deadline is Oct. 17.    


Since its founding in 1865, the University of Kentucky has been dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care as Kentucky's flagship institution and one of the nation's top land grant universities. Please join us in celebrating the university's 150 year storied history and help us build on that tradition of success as part of UK's sesquicentennial celebration through 2015. Visit to access UK sesquicentennial news, in addition to archived news stories and announcements. Keep up with UK sesquicentennial activities on social media by looking for #UK150.


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Common Grounds Comes to UK

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2014) The University of Kentucky will celebrate its newest hot spot on campus this afternoon. Common Grounds, a branch of the largest locally owned coffee business in Lexington, will open its doors in Champions Court -- one of the five new residence halls the university opened this fall.


Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Ben Withers, Common Grounds President Lori McCreary and UK Student Government President Jake Ingram will cut a ceremonial ribbon in celebration of the new facility at 1 p.m. today in Common Grounds, at the corner of Avenue of Champions and Martin Luther King Boulevard.


"Common Grounds is a well-known friend to UK students and its presence will create a warm and welcoming gathering spot," said Withers. "We're excited about what this partnership will add to The Study North and to all the Living Learning Programs in the Champions Court area."


The facility is part of a 15-year, nearly $250-million partnership between UK and Aramark. As part of the partnership, Aramark is funding nearly $70 million in new and renovated facilities for dining services across the UK campus.




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Proposals Wanted for Third Annual Lead UK Conference

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014) -- UK Leadership Exchance is excited to announce the third annual student leadership conference, Lead UK. The conference is seeking presenters with a passion for helping students further their leadership skills to submit a proposal for a workshop session at the Lead UK conference. 


This conference is focused on students who want to further their leadership skills and workshops are expected to enhance this mission. Some topic ideas are, but not limited to:

  • When to lead and when to follow
  • Building partnerships and collaboration
  • Leadership styles
  • Visioning and goal-setting
  • Service learning, servant leadership and volunteerism
  • Diversity and inclusion

Workshop proposals are available to students, faculty and staff. The conference will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Workshops can be presented in one of three different time slots: 11-11:50 a.m., 1-1:50 p.m. or 2-2:50 p.m. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Applicants will be notified by Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Those accepted to present will be granted free registration to the conference.


The workshop proposal form is online, and can be accessed by clicking here.


For more information, contact Leslie Pedigo at or 859-257-3005.



MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

UK Art Museum's Three New Shows Focus on Portraits, Words

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:36


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2014)The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky is showcasing three new exhibitions "Laurel Nakadate: Strangers and Relations," "TAKE MY WORD FOR IT" and "Kurt Vonnegut: Madmen and Moonbeams." The shows feature several art forms from one artist's photographs of "relatives" and "strangers" across the nation, to depictions of hand drawn or printed words, to comical and surreal silkscreens. These exhibitions, which are all free and open to the public, will be on display through Dec. 23.


It's Not All 'Relative'

"Laurel Nakadate: Strangers and Relations" is a collection of stark portraits that feature two distinct groups documented in similar ways.


The “strangers” are individuals the artist found through friends and by posting invitations on social media for people to be photographed under a night sky wearing their own clothing and bringing their choice of props. The resulting works are a unique combination of flash and long exposure that offer dramatic spot-lit figures that seem to have suddenly appeared in the landscape.


The “relatives” were identified when Nakadate took a DNA test in order to uncover data about her mother’s family history. She then did genealogical research and discovered connections to slaves, Mayflower pilgrims, the McCoy clan of the famous Hatfield/McCoy feud, and the early protestant feminist Anne Hutchinson.


As is often the case with her projects, Nakadate travelled extensively throughout the U.S., visiting 31 states to photograph distant cousins and their children, figures who reflect a range of racial, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.


Nakadate has participated in solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide, including the 10-year survey "Laurel Nakadate: Only the Lonely" at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) PS 1 in 2011. She received acclaim for two feature-length films, "Stay the Same Never Change" (2009), which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and "The Wolf Knife" (2010), which was nominated for Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards.


As the first speaker for the Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series, Nakadate will also visit campus to discuss her work with Museum Director Stuart Horodner 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Student Center Worsham Theater.


What's in a Word

"TAKE MY WORD FOR IT" brings together numerous text-based works, drawn primarily from the museum’s permanent collection, which examine ways that artists use language to directly engage the viewer.


Drawings, prints and books by Clifford Amyx, Luis Camnitzer, Van Deren Coke, Wendy Ewald, Hans Haacke, Jenny Holzer, Susan E. King, Barbara Kruger, Les Levine, Kay Rosen, Edward Ruscha, Tad Savinar, Pat Steir, Catherine WagnerKara Walker and others offer a range of words that are meant to be looked at as well as read. Hand drawn or printed, and combining various fonts and degrees of legibility, the artworks address a range of subjects and conditions, from poetics to politics.


Screened In

"Kurt Vonnegut: Madmen and Moonbeams" is an exhibition of silkscreen prints of portraits by novelist Kurt Vonnegut that are both comical and surreal. He made drawings throughout his life and like writers and musicians, including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Norman Mailer and Joni Mitchell, found that visual art offered him another outlet for creativity.


"Madmen and Moonbeams" was curated by art history graduate student Courtney Anich, of Pataskala, Ohio. The works were printed here in Lexington by Joe Petro III.


The Art Museum at UK is located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. The hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Friday. In preparation for the fall exhibitions, the museum has redesigned its lobby and retail area. The public is invited to meet the new director, Stuart Horodner, at the opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11.


The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for the people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from their permanent collection.




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

“Safety Cents” Video Helps Business Owners Invest in Safety, Lower Costs

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:23





LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2014) – Every business owner is concerned about employees being injured on the job. Not only can injury keep valuable workers off the job, but the direct and indirect costs resulting from employee injury can be catastrophically expensive for a business.


This is especially true for small businesses, which make up 98 percent of all private-sector business in the U.S. A new video from The Kentucky Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (KY FACE) Program, part of the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) at the UK College of Public Health, aims to educate business owners on how investing in safety can protect workers and save money.


A resource for business owners looking to lower their workers' compensation premiums, "Safety Cents: Hidden Profits? Dollars Down the Drain?" presents the most efficient method of doing so: investing in a workplace safety program to prevent injuries from happening in the first place.


According to the "Safety Cents" video, Kentucky's occupational injury, illness and fatality rate is higher than the national rate, a disparity resulting from the high number of high-risk jobs in the state (such as transportation, mining, manufacturing, construction and agriculture) combined with a lack of adequate safety programs and initiatives at the employer level. This combination means more injuries, and higher costs for employers. In 2010 alone, workers’ compensation costs to employers in the U.S. was $71.3 billion.


“It is crucial that employers understand the nature of calculating a workers’ compensation premium, and how they can take proactive steps in reducing those premiums,” says Mark Chandler, project manager of the Kentucky Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center. “Our Safety Cents video has the intention of doing just that — providing employers with the necessary knowledge of how they can lower their workers’ comp premiums.”


With information on the cost of launching a safety management program versus not utilizing one, "Safety Cents" also offers tips and resources on how to implement a safety program and lower businesses' costs. The video notes that, in addition to cost savings, investing in safety creates other benefits for employers including improved turnover rates, increased return on investment, more positive work environments, and saving time for both employees and employers.


Chandler points to several resources for starting a worker safety program. Employers can request free online work safety training for employees by contacting OSHA’s department of education and training.  Additionally, employers can consult with their insurance carrier for options for affordable (or even sometimes free) safety training systems. Another option is to hire a consultant who can meet with you and tailor a worker safety training program for your company.  Many books are available as well, such as “Chomp Comp: Taking a Bite out of your Workers’ Comp!” which provides information for how to lower workers’ compensation premiums through worker safety programs.


“Making safety a first priority by investing in safety programs can have a considerable return on investment,” says Chandler. “The investment almost always pay off for employers looking to reduce their workers’ comp premiums, and it is definitely something that every new business owner should consider.”



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See tomorrow: The University of Kentucky Strategic Plan Speaker Series

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2014) — A panel of experts with broad ranging views on politics and economics in Kentucky leads a panel discussion today as part of the University of Kentucky Strategic Plan’s "see tomorrow Speaker Series.”

The speaker forum on state legislative issues and their impact on the University of Kentucky takes place today from 9:30-10:30 a.m in the Athletics Association Auditorium of the William T. Young Library on the UK campus. UK each year receives about $280 million in state appropriations for its work in education, research, service and health care. Like most public institutions across the country, in the wake of the 2008 recession, UK has sustained several years of budget cuts at the state level. Since 2008, UK’s state appropriations have been reduced on a recurring basis by $55 million.

The expert speaker panel to discuss current prospects and the future of UK-state relations includes:
  • Stephen Byars, assistant vice president for government relations at the University of Kentucky, Byars directs all of UK’s government relations efforts at the local state levels. He has held similar positions with ALLTELL and Columbia Gas.
  • Merl Hackbart is interim director of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor of Finance and Public Administration. Among many leadership positions at UK and in state government, Hackbart has served twice as Budget Director for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of Kentucky. 
  • William Hoyt, chair, Department of Economics and Gatton Endowed Professor of Economics, specializes in public economics and microeconomics theory. He has been widely published and funded for his work in public tax policy.
  • Stephen Voss, associate professor of political science, An expert on voting behavior, political methodology and racial/ethnic politics, Voss is routinely quoted in newspapers and on television for his perspectives on state and national elections.

The speaker series started last year as a way to engage the campus community in a dialogue about the importance of various issues surrounding the Strategic Plan. Past speakers have included John Thelin, a UK educational policy studies professor; David Attis, a practice manager with the Education Advisory Board; Kathi Kern, director of the UK Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching; Robert Mock, UK’s vice president for Student Affairs; and Lisa Higgins Hord, UK’s assistant vice president for community engagement.

To learn more about the UK strategic plan and its development, go to:


Explore Leadership Workshops Help Students Grow as Leaders

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2014) - Leadership Exchange in the Office of Student Involvement is offering their Explore Leadership workshop series for students. These workships are designed to help students become better leaders on campus and in the community.


These interactive workshops will consist of leadership topics focused on personal development and individual leadership training. Dinner will be served at each workshop. Workshops will occur every other Tuesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and are held in the Center for Student Involvement, 106 Student Center.


Students who attend four out of seven workshops will be entered to win one of two $50 prizes as well as receive an exclusive Leadership Exchange padfolio.


To register for the Explore workshops, visit


Topics for the Fall 2014 semester include:

  • September 2: Communication in Leadership
    • Guest Speaker: Shauna Prentice, Student Organizations & Involvement
  • September 16: Setting Attainable Goals
    • Presented by Leadership Exchange Ambassadors
  • September 30: Stress Management
    • Guest Speaker: Marie Hartke, Substance Education & Responsibility
  • October 14: Mission & Vision Driven Leadership
    • Presented by Leadership Exchange Ambassadors
  • October 28: Money Management
    • Guest Speaker: UKFCU
  • November 11: Finding Your Personal Motivation
    • Presented by Leadership Exchange Ambassadors
  • December 2: Understanding Diversity & Inclusion 
    • Presented by CATalyst, Student Peer Educator


MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

Campus Safety Awareness Month Kickoff Set for Sept. 11

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 12:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2014) — Recognizing September as a trifecta of preparedness, National Preparedness Month, Campus Fire Safety Month and Campus Safety Awareness Month, University of Kentucky Police Department’s Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness will host an event along with other university departments to engage students, staff and faculty on various issues related to overall safety and awareness, disaster preparedness, and crime prevention. 


The UK Campus Safety Awareness Month Kickoff will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Student Center Addition Patio.   During the event, participants will have the opportunity to interact with the following UK departments as they offer promotional giveaways, live demonstrations and provide resources to the campus community:


·         UK Police, Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness

·         UK Police, S.T.A.R.R. Women’s Self Defense Program

·         UK Police, Community Affairs Division

·         UK Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center

·         UK Fire Marshal

·         UK Department of Environmental Management

·         UK Department of Occupational Health and Safety

·         UK College of Public Health’s Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center


The 2014 Kickoff will showcase a fire extinguisher simulator; display items to include in a personal preparedness kit for your home, office or vehicle; demonstrate tactics from the Women’s Self Defense Program and opportunities to register for UK Alert.


UK Alert is one of the most important safety tools available to the entire campus community.  UK Alert is an emergency notification system designed for use only when an incident threatens the immediate health and safety of the campus community, such as the need to seek shelter or when there is a significant disruption to campus operations. All UK students, staff and faculty are registered in UK Alert via their official university e-mail address, a total of 58,007 users.  Of those registered, 55 percent have provided additional contact information, such as personal email addresses and mobile numbers in order to receive voice calls and/or text messages, to their accounts.  UK students, staff and faculty may access and update their UK Alert account via the myUK portal.  Parents, media, visitors, and other interested parties may register for UK Alert on a voluntary self-subscription basis by clicking the UK Alert registration and log in page.


The UK Campus Safety Awareness Month Kickoff will emphasize a variety of UK programs to encourage students, faculty and staff to stay more informed, aware and safe while on campus.

September is National Campus Fire Safety Month

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 19:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2014) — As safety is a priority for the University of Kentucky, its annual fire safety campaign is underway during the month of September, recognized on campuses around the country as National Campus Fire Safety Month -- now in its 10th year. 


UK's Fire Marshal's Office has already been in full swing conducting educational safety events on campus, with more scheduled.  From 10 a.m.–2 p.m.  Wednesday, Sept. 10, the Fire Marshal's Office will  have a fire demonstration using the UK Mobile Burn Trailer, give out free T-shirts, and conduct fire extinguisher training on the front lawn of the Main Building.  The Lexington Fire department will also be there. The actual burn demonstration is scheduled for 11:50 a.m. and offers a dramatic visual experience.


“We will set up a replica of a typical residence hall on campus using the same building construction and furniture (donated by UK Housing), and we introduce a small flame to it — letting it continue until it is free burning,” said UK Assistant Fire Marshal Jason Ellis. “The room is completely involved in fire in about three minutes, but the smoke produced form the fire makes the room untenable in about one minute. 


Ellis said the demonstration shows how quickly a dangerous situation can develop and stresses the importance of immediately responding to a fire alarm by evacuating the building. "Even with two fire stations on either side of our campus and an average response time  of four-five minutes, you are looking at a dangerous fire situation and a potential fatal situation if you do not respond and evacuate the building.”


The UK Fire Marshal’s Office  conducted a similar demonstration at Kirwan/Blanding complex  Sept. 3, using the mobile burn trailer. 


Tasked with the responsibility to maintain a fire safe campus at UK, the Fire Marshal’s Office actively pursues fire prevention and safety throughout the year.  The UK Fire Marshal’s office conducts fire safety training, evacuation and fire drills, and offers free fire extinguisher training for all UK and community constituents. 


“We have lost 166 people in college-related fires across the nation since January 2000,” Ellis said.  “September's National Campus Fire Safety Month is the springboard for our office to introduce new fire prevention training and fire safety programs throughout campus in an effort to prevent a fire incident from occurring.”


Twenty-four states have issued a proclamation in 2014 recognizing September as National Campus Fire Safety Month, including Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.  The Commonwealth is one of only a few states to have issued this proclamation every year since the project’s inception.


The UK Fire Marshal's Office is also responsible for fire and life safety inspections for all UK facilities, code enforcement, and plan review for all construction projects up to $1 million.  For more information about the office and its events, visit their website at  For the latest news, like them on Facebook and follow on twitter @ukfiremarshal.  For more information, contact Jason Ellis at and at 257-6326.