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VIDEO: How UK Helped Prepare Chad Yelton for His Dream Job

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:28

 

Video Produced by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. If using a mobile device, click on the "thought bubble" in the same area. Special thanks to the Cincinnati Zoo for some of the video used in this production. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2016) — When you walk into the office of Chad Yelton, vice president of communications and marketing at the Cincinnati Zoo, you might just think you are back on the other side of the Ohio River in the Bluegrass State.

 

His University of Kentucky cups, signs and paperweights fill his office, which is tucked away from the crowds at the zoo. 

 

The UK alumnus, who is originally from the Northern Kentucky area, entered the professional workforce in 1997 at the Cincinnati Zoo and has worked his way up the ladder to his current role. 

 

We recently had a chat with Yelton about what his job is like and memories of his alma mater.

 

UK: What is the typical day like in your position?

 

Chad Yelton (CH): My favorite part about my job is there are no typical days. The Cincinnati Zoo is the number one year-round family attraction in the region. Over 1.6 million people visit the zoo each year. It's exciting for me that so many people travel from Lexington. Each year, we do media tours where we bring animals to Lexington TV and radio stations to promote the zoo.  

 

UK: How did you go from being a UK graduate to your current position?

 

CH: My courses in marketing, advertising and integrated strategic communication set a great foundation for my career. I also was fortunate to get an internship with Host Communications where I sold advertising, compiled stats and interviewed players for the basketball and football game day programs. After my internship, I returned home to Northern Kentucky and became the media specialist for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. After 19 years, I am now the vice president of marketing and communications at the zoo.

 

What is the best part of your job?

CH: I truly love my job. How many people can really say that? I have the privilege of working with some of the best and most passionate people. I'm around some of the rarest and endangered animals in the world. I've had the privilege of traveling to exotic places, meeting celebrities and athletes, and witnessing the births of so many animals just to name a few of my highlights.

 

UK: What is the most challenging aspect of your position?  

 

CH: Not having enough time to tell every story. 

 

UK: You sometimes have to deal with international media events as VP of marketing and communications. How do you draw up on your education experience during those times? 

 

CH: The University of Kentucky did a great job preparing me for life. I've certainly put my education experience to the test during my long career at the zoo. From the creative writing classes to communication courses to advertising projects, I'm living my college days on a daily basis.

 

UK: What is the most fulfilling part of your job?

 

CH: Making a difference at one of the oldest nonprofits in Cincinnati. I get to witness so much joy on the faces of the hundreds of thousands of children that visit the zoo every year. Last week, a hospice patient said her dying wish was getting to see some of the animals up close. We were able to bring her and a few of her friends to the zoo and give her a special experience.

 

UK: Do you have kids? If so, what do they think about their dad working at the zoo?

 

CH: Yes, I have three kids — Abby (15), Maggie (12) and Jack (10). They love it. I used to visit their elementary school for career day with a penguin and my kids were like rock stars. They also looked forward to the annual "take your child to work day." While their friends were spending the day in some boring office cubicle, my kids were feeding animals, riding the train, setting up for concerts and going to radio and TV studios.

 

UK: What zoo animal is most interesting to you and why?

 

CH: I would say giraffes. My office is approximately 100 feet from the Giraffe Ridge exhibit. I've also been fortunate to witness these amazing animals in Kenya and Tanzania. Recently, I have seen several births. In 2013, we won an American Marketing Association Marketer of the Year Award for live tweeting a giraffe birth.

 

UK: How did UK prepare you for your career?

 

CH: My entire UK experience prepared me for my career. I would do it all over in a second. I had great professors and great courses. 

 

UK: What is your favorite UK memory?

 

CH: Of course UK basketball is a big part of my memory. I was on campus when we won the 1996 National Championship. I was at the game in Indianapolis when we were runner-up in 1997. I also loved playing on the Club Volleyball team, my dorm at Holmes Hall, sledding on Nicholasville Road during a snowstorm, mud volleyball, Two Keys and Tolly Ho.

 

UK: What is the best piece of advice you would give to current UK students?

 

CH: In 2014, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The best piece of advice I was given before I went was "enjoy the journey, not just the top of the mountain." So, I will pass that advice on to current UK students. Enjoy the entire college experience. Don't just focus on graduation day and getting a job. Enjoy all the little moments like learning to live on your own, learning how to cook, pay bills, getting to class on time, etc. Enjoy everything that is UK. 

 

Watch the video above to discover how UK helped prepare him for what he calls “the best job in the world.” This video is part of a new bi-monthly UKNow series. We want to tell “see blue.” stories about our alumni to show how the University of Kentucky prepares students to succeed after graduation. 

 

If you know of any UK alumni who should be featured, please email us. We might choose your suggestion for our next “see blue.” alumni story on UKNow. 

 

 

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

 

 

VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, amy.jones2@uky.edu or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282, kody.kiser@uky.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK Career Center Aids Career Advancements of International Students

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2016)  Like any other University of Kentucky upperclassman, international students studying in the Big Blue Nation will soon begin making plans for either graduate school or employment. Awareness and information are the keys to successfully planning ahead at this crucial time.

 

Students considering work in their field of study after graduation should attend one of the workshops hosted by International Student and Scholar Services. These workshops will give international students all the information they need to know about the Optional Practical Training (OPT) application process, regulations and expectations.

 

Upcoming OPT Workshops are scheduled the following dates at Bradley Hall, room 207:

· 2:30 p.m., Oct. 4;

· 10 a.m., Oct. 28; 

· 1:30 p.m., Nov. 14; and 

· 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9.

 

Seats can be reserved by signing up through iCAT. Workshops can be found under the Session Sign-ups menu, and selecting the OPT Workshops.

 

For students who are not sure exactly what they want to do upon graduation, or even if they are sure and just need help updating a resume and/or getting ready for that big interview, the James W. Stuckert Career Center is an indispensable resource. Students can schedule an appointment with the Stuckert Career Center on its website or alternatively drop in for a 15-minute session 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

UK Ag Scientist Wagner Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:57

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 27, 2016) A life spent in discovery was recognized recently when the Tobacco Science Research Conference presented University of Kentucky Professor Emeritus George Wagner with its Lifetime Achievement Award at its 70th annual conference in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

 

From his laboratory in the Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center (KTRDC), Wagner has been a global leader in unlocking the mysteries of tobacco, making major contributions in the areas of cadmium accumulation, trichome gum studies and the discovery of anti-fungal peptides. The UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment professor has focused on many research topics that have commercial potential, pushing for his discoveries to be tested in field trials, so that others could profit from his work.

 

Wagner spent years studying the pesticidal properties of trichomes, small outgrowths on the surface of tobacco leaves. In the process, he and then doctoral student Ryan Shepherd discovered that sGSTs, or short glandular secreting trichomes, produce a protein that appears to protect the plant against major fungal diseases, such as blue mold and a number of major diseases of turfgrasses. Believing the growing organic sector and the turfgrass industry could benefit from his tobacco research, Wagner began PhylloTech, a company based in Kentucky and Wisconsin, to develop new, natural fungicides derived from that substance.

 

Retirement has not slowed Wagner. He continues his research in a post-retirement capacity. He has a keen desire to keep his scientific inquiries moving forward in a way that will positively impact the tobacco industry.

 

“George continues to have an impact on our tobacco research community through his extensive knowledge and his willingness to provide advice and to mentor other tobacco scientists, including me and the many students, post-docs and tobacco researchers he has worked with over the years,” said Orlando Chambers, KTRDC managing director. “We are extremely fortunate to have someone as uniquely qualified and experienced as George is to help steer our tobacco research programs.”

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Carol Lea Spence, 859-257-8324; cspence@uky.edu

UK's Gluck Center Develops Novel Test for Equine Arteritis Virus

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2016)   The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center has developed a novel test to determine the likelihood of a long-term equine arteritis virus (EAV) carrier state in stallions.

 

Gluck Center faculty members Professor Udeni Balasuriya, Professor Ernie Bailey and Peter Timoney, Frederick Van Lennep Chair in Equine Veterinary Science, within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, developed the test to determine the genetic basis of a specific haplotype, a group of genes inherited from one parent. Their work was funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture and Food Research Initiative grant.

 

Outbreaks of equine viral arteritis, which is caused by the virus, may result in significant economic losses to the equine industry due to pregnancy loss in mares, death in young foals and establishment of the carrier state in stallions. The virus is maintained in the equine population between breeding seasons by persisting in the carrier stallion.

 

“It is gratifying to see how Drs. Balasuriya and Bailey’s work has led not only to a better understanding of the nature of persistence of this important disease, but also to a test that can help identify those animals at risk for persistent infection,” said David Horohov, chair of the Department of Veterinary Science, director of the Gluck Equine Research Center and Jes E. and Clementine M. Schlaikjer Endowed Chair.

 

Stallions possessing the susceptible haplotype, consisting of four specific nucleotide changes in the CXCL16 gene, are more likely to remain long-term carriers of the virus in their reproductive tract than horses that possess the resistant haplotype. Stallions that are resistant initially shed the virus in their semen following infection but in most cases cleared the virus from the reproductive tract within months following infection. Stallions possessing even one copy of the susceptible haplotype are at greater risk for becoming long-term shedders of EAV.

 

“Since surgical castration can be resorted to in stallions that are confirmed carriers of EAV, this test can help identify those horses that may spontaneously clear themselves of the virus, thus avoiding the loss of a valuable breeding animal,” said Kathryn Graves, director of the Genetic Testing at Gluck Laboratory. 

 

In addition, the test indicates which horses have the susceptible haplotype and therefore are at higher risk for becoming carriers if infected with EAV. In these cases, the risk of infection and becoming a carrier can be prevented through vaccination and implementation of appropriate management practices.

 

It is important to emphasize that despite the availability of this test, all colts and stallions negative for antibodies to EAV should be vaccinated against EAV in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, irrespective of their genetic makeup for the CXCL16 gene.

 

The new test is available at the Genetic Testing at Gluck Gluck’s genetic testing laboratory. The cost is $100, and the test can be done from a mane or tail sample. More information, including a submission form, is available at www2.ca.uky.edu/gluck/AGTRL.asp.

 

The mission of the Gluck Center, a UK Ag Equine program in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is scientific discovery, education and dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of the health and well-being of horses. The Gluck Center faculty conducts equine research in seven targeted areas: genetics and genomics, infectious diseases, immunology, musculoskeletal science, parasitology, pharmacology/toxicology and reproductive health.

 

For more information on the Gluck Center, visit www.ca.uky.edu/gluck.

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Evans, 859-218-1089

New Fair Housing Rule Cites UK Law Professor's Paper

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sep. 26, 2016) In a final rule formalizing new protections under the Fair Housing Act for sexual and other forms of harassment in housing, a paper by University of Kentucky College of Law Professor Robert Schwemm is cited by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

 

The rule is titled "Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Environment Harassment and Liability for Discriminatory Housing Practices under the Fair Housing Act." It specifies how HUD will evaluate claims of "hostile environment" and "quid pro quo" harassment in both private and publicly-assisted housing.

 

According to a HUD news release, the final rule includes: 

  • Formal uniform standards for evaluating claims of hostile environment and quid pro quo harassment in the housing context.
  • Clarification as to when housing providers and other covered entities or individuals may be held directly or vicariously liable under the Fair Housing Act for illegal harassment or other discriminatory housing practices.

 

Schwemm's paper, "Fair Housing Litigation After Inclusive Communities: What's New and What's Not," was published last year by the Columbia Law Review and analyzes the effect of the Supreme Court’s Inclusive Communities ruling — which upheld disparate-impact claims under the Fair Housing Act — on future housing discrimination cases.

 

The HUD rule cites Schwemm's paper for "explaining that many post-acquisition actions, such as evictions and harassment, may give rise to violations under sections 804(a) and 804(b) of the Act."

 

The new regulations appeared in the Federal Register on Sept. 14 and will become effective on Oct. 14.

 

Schwemm is known for his treatise "Housing Discrimination: Law and Litigation," which is considered the premier work in the field. His work prompted HUD in 2013 to adopt new regulations endorsing use of the “discriminatory effect” standard under the Fair Housing Act. Schwemm has represented plaintiffs in three housing discrimination cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and is often cited in fair housing litigation. He has taught at UK since 1975. 

 

 

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

 

 

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

Student Government Association Offers Childcare Grants

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Student Government Association (UKSGA) offers child care grants every semester to part-time and full-time UK students, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. To be eligible, a student must have a child enrolled in a day care or after school program that requires a weekly or monthly payment.

 

“We understand the importance of receiving an education, and we want to lessen the financial burden of caring for a child while being a college student,” said Nicole Mattingly, Academic and Student Affairs Committee chair.

 

If awarded, the grant will go to myUK through the student’s account. This is a one-time grant with applications available each semester.

 

To apply, visit here. The application deadline is noon Sunday, Oct. 23.

 

The mission of the UKSGA is to represent all undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled at the university. UKSGA exists to increase student influence over academic policy, provide necessary student services, protect and expand student substantive and procedural rights and to better represent the student body in relations with the faculty, administration, Board of Trustees and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

For more information regarding childcare grants, contact Nicole Mattingly at nnma224@uky.edu.

 

 

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

 

 

SGA CONTACT: Blair Johnson, SGA director of communications, uksgacommunications@gmail.com.  

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett or Rebecca Stratton, katy.bennett@uky.edu or rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, 859-257-1909/859-323-2395 

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Explores Three Minute Thesis Competition

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 17:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2016) WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Today's show is about an interesting project of the UK Graduate Student Congress — the Three Minute Thesis — a competition among students to condense their thesis into a three-minute presentation for a lay audience. Guests are Kaylynne Glover, a doctoral student in biology, and Sydney Crawley, an entomologist who won last year's Three Minute Thesis competition. 

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/competition-has-students-summarize-prize.

 

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

 

 

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

SGA Freshman Senate Applications Now Available

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 16:54

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Student Government Association (UKSGA) has released the application for Freshmen Senate. Those interested must turn in signatures of 2 percent of their class, which adds up to 1,200 freshmen, along with applications and a $30 deposit. Elections will be held Oct. 12 and 13, and the top four will be chosen to serve on the senate to represent their freshmen class.

 

“Freshmen Senate allows students to learn how to represent their fellow classmates in a meaningful way," said Rowan Reid, SGA president. "It’s a great opportunity for freshmen that want to devote their involvement to Student Government and change institutional policy for the better."

 

Students running for Freshmen Senate conduct campaigns individually. In the past, tickets were available but that is no longer an option. Candidates are allowed to create posters, handbills, banners and other campaign items as long as they fall within the rules included in the application.

 

Applications are due by 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in Blazer Dining room 349. For more information on rules and how to apply, visit www.uksga.org.

 

The mission of the UKSGA is to represent all undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled at the university. UKSGA exists to increase student influence over academic policy, provide necessary student services, protect and expand student substantive and procedural rights, and to better represent the student body in relations with the faculty, administration, Board of Trustees and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

 

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

 

 

SGA CONTACT: Blair Johnson, SGA director of communications, uksgacommunications@gmail.com.  

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett or Rebecca Stratton, katy.bennett@uky.edu or rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, 859-257-1909/859-323-2395 

New UPK Books are Perfect Reads for National Bourbon Heritage Month

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 16:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2016) The University Press of Kentucky (UPK) recently released two new bourbon books just in time for September — National Bourbon Heritage Month. “More Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails” contains 100 recipes for cocktails, bourbon drinks and meals that come from different bars located around Louisville. Also out now is the second edition of "Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide,” which offers information about traveling around and touring the state's bourbon trails, including 200 color, glossy photographs and a bourbon glossary. Both books make a great addition to your bourbon enthusiast's bookshelf.

 

From bourbon sauces for pork tenderloins and Kentucky bourbon apple pie to pink berry and bourbon truffle cocktails, “More Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails” is likely not to disappoint the bourbon connoisseur. The book, by Joy Perrine and Susan Reigler, contains many recipes for seasonal drinks, after-dinner bourbon cocktails and cocktails for that special Kentucky holiday known as the Derby. Classic drinks, such as the mint julep and pumpkin eggnog, are included in the recipes, as well as other special occasion drinks that are perfect for any at-home bartending. Also included in this book are appetizers to pair with drinks and a glossary of terms to make anybody an expert on Kentucky bourbon.

 

In Reigler's other book, the second edition of “Kentucky Bourbon Country,” the author provides insight and advice for visiting Kentucky’s Urban Bourbon Trails. These trails are located in beautiful, backwoods scenic places stretched all across cities in Kentucky, including Louisville, Lexington and Bardstown. The book gives a description and many pictures of these distilleries and attractions located near each one. There are also little known facts to intrigue readers, and details that will have anybody planning their next visit to the Bluegrass.

 

Joy Perrine and Susan Reigler are both Louisville residents and major bourbon enthusiasts. Perrine has been a bartender her whole life, and holds the title of bar manager emerita at Jack’s Lounge in Louisville. She is renowned for her bartending skills, and relies on many inspirational factors in her life in concocting drinks. Reigler attended Oxford University, and has published work in many different genres, including many bourbon guides, such as the first edition of “Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide” and “The Bourbon Tasting Notebook.”

 

UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that includes all of the state universities, five private colleges, and two historical societies. The press’ editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation through the UK Libraries.

 

 

Recipe from "More Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails" 

 

Pork Tenderloin in Spiced Apple Kentucky Bourbon Sauce

Makes six servings

 

3 pounds boned rolled pork loin

½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard

1 cup apple juice

¼ cup Kentucky bourbon

1¼ cups plus ½ cup chicken broth

½ cup half and half

5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

 

Rub the pork with the pepper and place in a medium roasting pan. Mix the mustard, apple juice and bourbon until smooth. Brush the pork with the mixture and let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature. While it rests, heat the oven to 425 degrees. Baste the pork with the bourbon mixture again, and place the pork in the oven for 45 minutes or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees.

 

To make the sauce:

Deglaze the roasting pan with the remaining bourbon mixture; then pour the deglazing mixture into a saucepan and boil for 2 minutes. Stir in the 1¼ cups chicken broth and the half and half. Mix the ½ cup broth with the flour and salt, add the flour mixture to the saucepan, and mix. Cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens.

 

Slice the pork and serve with mashed potatoes and the apple-bourbon sauce.

 

 

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

 

 

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

UK Celebrates Thomas Hunt Morgan's 150th Birthday With Month of Events

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 16:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2016) — Now through the month of October, the University of Kentucky Department of Biology is hosting "A Month of T.H. Morgan" to celebrate its most famous alumnus.

 

The monthlong series of events kicked off yesterday, Sept. 25 (the Nobel Prize winner’s 150th birthday), with a screening of "The Fly Room," a film based on Morgan’s research lab. Another screening will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Theater.

 

"'A Month of T.H. Morgan' is an event series this fall to spread the word about Thomas Hunt Morgan’s life and scientific legacy and to explore the current frontiers in genetics, evolutionary biology, regeneration and genomics," said Vincent Cassone, chair of UK Biology. "It is an exciting time to be a biologist. Our past is eminent, and our future is bright. We hope you all will join us; we’ll show you something very cool."

 

Born in Lexington in 1866, Morgan received his bachelor's degree (1886) and master's degree (1888) from the State College of Kentucky (now the University of Kentucky). He then received a doctoral degree in biology from the Johns Hopkins University. Originally interested in development, regeneration and embryology, Morgan is most famous for his discovery of sex-linked inheritance and the identity of the chromosome as the location for our genes. He and his students at Columbia University and then the California Institute of Technology went on to discover many details of inheritance, establishing the fruit fly as the premier model organism for the study of modern genetics. He received the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine for this line of research in 1933. 

 

Over the next four weeks, UK Biology will host many outreach events and activities, including BioBonanza, an all-ages open house, on Friday, Oct. 1 in the new Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building. A calendar listing of all the events is available at https://bio.as.uky.edu/month-th-morgan

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; jenny.wells@uky.edu

Transform Health Initiative Creates Clinical Settings Centered on Needs of LGBTQ Patients

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 16:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2016) — Concerns about privacy, safety, stigmatization and quality of care have deterred members of the LGBTQ community from accessing health care services and resources. Disengagement from the health care system has contributed to many health disparities affecting the LGBTQ population.

 

A new coalition at the University of Kentucky is working to increase LGBTQ health care engagement and provide safe clinical environments for LGBTQ individuals seeking treatment. Transform Health is an interprofessional health care home serving LGBTQ patients in the Lexington and UK community. The university-wide initiative comprises UK faculty members and health care providers, including doctors, nurses and counselors, as well community members. The initiative seeks to improve patient care, conduct evidence-based research, market and promote LGBTQ-specific health services, and educate health care providers about customizing care to the distinctive needs of these patients.

 

Transform health providers, who are located at multiple UK clinic locations, offer medical treatment and services for the specific medical and psychological needs of LGBTQ patients. These nurses, doctors, counselors, and educators foster inclusive environments while providing medical treatment and services such as preventive care, hormone therapy, counseling and tobacco cessation therapies.

 

“Our objective is to promote health services centered on the unique needs of LGBTQ patients,” said Dr. Keisa Fallin-Bennett, an associate professor of Family and Community Medicine and Transform task force member. “Creating inclusive health care settings is not just about providing services. We are building a movement through patient care, provider training and research that aims to improve the climate of health care for LGBTQ individuals in the local community. We want patients to be able to identify a safe and welcoming space for care and be a resource for students and providers."

 

Transform clinics are located the UK Family and Community Medicine clinic at Turfland. Appointments are available this fall. To make an appointment or refer a patient, call (859) 323-6371 and ask for a Transform clinic appointment. Students seeking a specific hormone therapy through a Transform provider at University Health Service should as for the specific need when making their appointment. To reach UHS, call (859) 323-2778. 

 

For more information, click here.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

UK Law Professor Publishes First New Health Care Law Casebook in a Generation

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 15:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sep. 26, 2016) Nicole Huberfeld, associate dean of Academic Affairs and Ashland-Spears Distinguished Research Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law, along with co-authors Kevin Outterson and Elizabeth Weeks, has published a new book, "The Law of American Health Care." The book’s focus is on the needs of students who want to practice health care law in a post-Affordable Care Act world, whether in law firms, government, in-house or making policy.

 

At its inception, health care law was primarily state-based common law, rooted in “law and medicine,” the original term for the field. "The Law of American Healthcare" is the first health care law casebook to consider federal law as the baseline, as opposed to state law or common law. The reading is not limited to case law — students learn from the full spectrum of the sources on which a health care lawyer relies: statutes, regulations, sub-regulatory authority, peer-reviewed health policy publications and important judicial decisions.

 

Both professors and students can benefit from the use of primary sources, which are the true focal point of the book. The book also modernizes the study of health care law by using text boxes with notes that highlight key lessons or that help to explain or enhance the material.

 

“This innovative approach is appreciated by the current generation of students who are steeped in interactive educational and social formats,” said Professor Huberfeld.

 

Professor Huberfeld and her co-authors have eliminated the notes after cases, knowing that many students do not read them, find them confusing, or both. Instead, they have included directed questions and hypothetical problems to immediately engage a primary source, as well as capstone problems at the end of each chapter.

 

In order to create a streamlined casebook, the authors chose topics selectively, drawing on guidance from American Health Lawyers Association curriculum recommendations, and engaged the selected topics in depth so students emerge with an understanding of the most important features of American health care law prepared to practice.

 

"The Law of American Health Care" is available through Amazon at www.amazon.com/Law-American-Health-Care/dp/1454869038/ref=sr_1_1/156-2850062-7787803?ie=UTF8&qid=1473952155&sr=8-1&keywords=law+of+american+health+care

 

 

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

 

 

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

Kick Off the Race to DanceBlue with Blitz Week 2016

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 15:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2016) — The beginning of fall marks the beginning of the race to DanceBlue, one of the most participated in events on the University of Kentucky’s campus. To mark the closing of team and individual dancer registration, DanceBlue committee will be hosting a Blitz Week, Sept. 26-30, on campus with several exciting events throughout the week.

 

All Week: Gold Ribbon Ready

Like always, students should make sure they are Gold Ribbon Ready for this week! The national symbol for pediatric awareness is the gold ribbon. To show your support, pick up a gold ribbon at one of the DanceBlue tables set up outside of White Hall, the Mining Minerals Building and Bowman’s Den throughout the week. Then, show it off on social media with the hashtag #GoldRibbonReady!

 

Monday, Sept. 26: Why Do You DanceBlue?

Considering dancing at the marathon? Students can share how they live #ForTheKids on the DanceBlue chalkboard outside of White Hall Classroom Building, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Show support on social media using the hashtags #DB17, #FTK and #GoldRibbonReady and be sure to tag @UK_DanceBlue!

 

Tuesday, Sept. 27: Golden Balloon Day!

What better way to celebrate a new DanceBlue team than coming together for a fun photo op? Stop by outside of Bowman’s Den, White Hall Classroom Building and the Mining Minerals Building, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., to share in the excitement and talk fundraising ideas with DanceBlue committee members.  

 

Wednesday, Sept. 28: Shop at the “DanceBlue-tique!”

There is no better way to show support for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month than sporting some new DanceBlue gear! It is never too early to get a jumpstart on holiday shopping either! Visit the DanceBlue tent outside the Mining Minerals Building, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., to purchase a #FTKFriday outfit. Cash, check and credit card will be accepted.

 

Thursday, Sept. 29: #TBTDB Throwback to DanceBlue Thursday!

As the deadline to have the opportunity dance quickly approaches, Thursday is all about DanceBlue teams! Teams will have the opportunity to show the committee who makes up the team, the team's goals and excitement for DanceBlue 2017. Utilize the hashtag #TagYourTeam to do so. The time to get excited for the marathon is now!

 

Friday, Sept. 30: #FTKFriday

Friday is the final day to register to dance as a team or independent dancer. To celebrate, join the DanceBlue family by grabbing some tasty lemonade at Elena’s Lemonade Stand outside of White Hall. The fun doesn’t stop there though; students can bring their dancing shoes as the "DanceBlue 2016 Line Dance" will be playing. It’s about time there was a flash mob on campus!

 

DanceBlue has fostered a sense of community on UK’s campus and across the state of Kentucky. From supporting the families in the clinic to dancing, sweating and laughing together during the marathon; the bonds the organization creates are unbreakable. In order to be part of this, though, students have to sign up by Sept. 30. To be a part of this family visit, http://danceblue.org/students/get-involved/.

 

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

 

For more information about DanceBlue, registration information or to support its efforts, please visit http://danceblue.org. Connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at www.facebook.com/danceblue and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UKDanceBlue.

 

DanceBlue is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach. The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote lifelong community service. 

 

 

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

 

 

DANCEBLUE CONTACT: Kaylee Hobbs, UK DanceBlue public relations chair, PR@danceblue.org

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, 859-257-1909; katy.bennett@uky.edu; Rebecca Stratton, 859-323-2395; rebecca.stratton@uky.edu

UK Drawing Club Invites Public to 'Draw Till You Drop'

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 12:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2016) The University of Kentucky Drawing Club will host its first Draw Till You Drop Sept. 30. This all-day event intended to promote drawing as an artistic activity, as well as give the public a chance to express themselves and engage in the drawing process, will include artists drawing blocks and an auction of art celebrating the art form. The event is free and is open to the public.

 

Draw Till You Drop (DTYD) will start at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Art and Visual Studies Building room 225. From 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., artists will draw clothed and nude models in two- or three-hour blocks. Through DTYD the student organization wants to show people how passionate making art is and how galleries can be a palace of beautiful work. These factors are important to the artists themselves, and they hope this event will help convey that to the general public.

 

There will also be a silent auction at 8 p.m. to finish the festivities. The artists will have the option to auction their pieces from the day, with a reserve price if they would like. The artists and the Drawing Club will split the profits.

 

There are 25 available spaces to draw, a portion of those spaces will be reserved ahead of time, and any remaining spaces will be available to anyone drawing in a one- or more hours block. The public is also given the option to just attend the auction at 8 p.m.

 

To RSVP for a drawing space and for more information on DTYD, contact Brandon C. Smith, lecturer at UK School of Art and Visual Studies, at Brandon.Smithart@uky.edu.

 

The Drawing Club is a student organization within the UK School of Art and Visual Studies (SAVS) at the UK College of Fine Arts and anyone is welcome to join. SAVS is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studioart history and visual studies and art education

 

 

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

 

 

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

Brian Nichols Named UK Chief Information Officer

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 09:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2016) — An administrator with nearly 20 years of information technology (IT) experience and leadership in higher education has been selected as the University of Kentucky’s new chief information officer (CIO).

 

Brian T. Nichols assumed the CIO position at UK on Sept. 6. He comes to the university from Louisiana State University (LSU), where he was associate vice president for administration and information technology and CIO.

 

Nichols has held a variety of IT and leadership positions at LSU since 1998 and led a department with a $60 million budget and oversight over enterprise-wide information technology at Louisiana’s flagship, public research campus.

 

“Brian brings a broad and deep set of experiences in information technology and higher education to UK,” said Eric N. Monday, the university’s executive vice president for finance and administration. “We have made significant and important investments in recent years in technologies and analytical tools that will help foster student success. Brian will add to that capacity a deep commitment to customer service, strategic planning, and the efficient delivery of services in what is a dramatically changing and growing field.”

 

Specifically, Monday cited Nichols’ experience in guiding LSU’s information technology strategic plan and his leadership role in improving the university’s cybersecurity and infrastructure.

 

During the tenure of Nichols at LSU, email and IT services migrated to the cloud computer and the institution’s network infrastructure was modernized to expand and improve wireless network capacity and connectivity.

 

In addition, new learning management systems and a Faculty Technology Center was expanded to support students and faculty.

 

“I am delighted and honored to be joining the University of Kentucky.  This is an extraordinary opportunity to join one of the premier research institutions in the world — the University for Kentucky,” Nichols said. “In an increasingly interconnected world, IT organizations must focus on collaboration, customer service, innovation, and providing the efficient delivery of services to faculty, staff and students. I look forward to working in collaboration with campus colleagues to explore new opportunities to embrace, enhance and advance information technology at the university.”

 

Nichols has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a master’s degree in information systems management from LSU. He is certified in risk management and security management and is a member of a number of higher education administration and information technology leadership organizations.

 

A search committee, composed of faculty and staff, recommended Nichols after a national search. Nichols replaces Vince Kellen, who left UK in May, to assume a similar position at the University of California, San Diego.

 

 

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

 

 

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

UK Pediatrics Chief Receives Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass Legacy of Love Award

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 16:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2016) — The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass (RMHC) recently honored Dr. Carmel Wallace, chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, with the 2016 Elizabeth Carey Nahra Legacy of Love Award.

 

The award recognizes an organization or individual whose exceptional contributions or projects have enabled the Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass to assist families of children hospitalized at Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH). Wallace founded the Helping Hands Fund, which supplements family donations to cover the charity’s operational costs through scholarships. The fund contributes $20,000 annually to the RMHC.

 

“Many of our KCH families reside in Eastern Kentucky and travel long distances to receive the best care possible for their child,” Wallace said. “The Ronald McDonald House Charities have provided support so parents can stay close to their children and have a place to lay their head at night. Covering the operational cost to stay at RMHC was an opportunity for us to make life a bit easier for these families.” 

 

A native of Eastern Kentucky, Wallace has worked to ensure Eastern Kentucky families receive access to advanced pediatric care available at KCH. Through Wallace’s leadership, KCH has extended its presence in Eastern Kentucky by providing specialists and clinical services in rural communities.

 

Wallace accepted the award during the charity’s annual McDazzle Gala on Sept. 10. Recipients of the award are selected by the family of Elizabeth Carey Nahra, an advocate and former director of the Ronald McDonald House who passed away in 2015. Past recipients include KCH, Children’s Charity Fund of the Bluegrass and KCH neonatologist Dr. Nirmala Desai.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

UK Law Grad Wins Intellectual Property Writing Competition

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 16:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2016) University of Kentucky College of Law 2016 graduate Benjamin Tuttle has been selected as the first place winner of the 2016 Georgia State University Intellectual Property (IP) Writing Competition, which he entered during his third-year of law school. 

 

The competition asks law students to submit papers that address legal issues and challenges in the IP field. Entries are judged on originality of thought, contributions to the law and practice, completeness of scholarly research, and the style and content of the work.

 

“I was pleasantly surprised by the response to the paper and it is a tremendous honor to receive the first place award,” Tuttle said.

 

Last fall, Tuttle met with Franklin L. Runge, faculty services librarian, to plan the writing process for his independent study. Runge encouraged Tuttle to set a personal goal of getting the final paper published. Later, he discussed the subject of his paper with Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law, who gave him a flyer showcasing the writing competition.

 

“With their support and encouragement I achieved that goal and decided to take a chance and enter the competition,” Tuttle said.

 

In his paper “The Failure to Preserve CRISPR-Cas9's Patentability post 'Myriad and Alice,'” Tuttle reports on the patent eligibility of the recently discovered CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology.

 

Tuttle believes this topic is relevant because the technology is projected to generate billions of dollars in revenue and revolutionize the field of genetic engineering and medicine. There is currently a highly publicized patent dispute over CRISPR-Cas9 technology between two leading research institutions at University of California, Berkeley, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. However, recent developments in the law of intellectual property and patentability may threaten the patent eligibility of products-of-nature technologies like CRISPR-Cas9.  

 

Tuttle will travel to Atlanta in October to present his paper at the 2016 Corporate Intellectual Property Institute, a two-day networking event for in-house IP professionals to discuss industry trends and IP issues. His article will be printed in the September issue of the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society.

 

While Tuttle remains interested in IP, he has chosen to pursue a career in medical malpractice litigation, where he will continue to use his science background. He recently joined the firm of Moore & Moore PLLC, where he clerked for the last year, and looks forward to working on a variety of issues. 

 

 

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

 

 

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

Career Fairs to Impact North Campus Parking Sept. 27-29

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 14:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2016)  Several events connecting students with prospective employers will impact parking availability on north campus, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 27, and continuing through Thursday, Sept. 29. University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) would like to advise the campus community of the parking impacts, and to suggest alternative parking options.

 

The top floor of the South Limestone Garage (PS #5) will be unavailable to general parking until noon Tuesday, Sept. 27, and until 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. The South Limestone Garage includes a mixture of employee (E), commuter (C5) and visitor parking.

 

The Career Center Lot, located off Linden Walk, will also be unavailable on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Sept. 29. This includes 39 E spaces in the lot, but excludes the motor scooter/motorcycle parking area.

 

Impacted employees may opt to park in other E lots in the north campus area, which include the King Alumni Lot, the Linden Walk Lot, the High Street Lot, the Reynolds Lot (E/C7) or the Scott Street or Taylor-Dickey Lots (E/C7). Please visit www.uky.edu/pts/parking-info_parking-maps to view all campus parking options.

 

Additionally, employees who park in other north campus lots should anticipate possible increases in demand for parking in their preferred area (including the impact of Big Blue Madness ticket distribution) and familiarize themselves with alternative parking options and plan their commute accordingly.

 

In the event that the South Limestone Garage is at capacity on Tuesday or Wednesday, C5 permit holders may park in the C7 areas, which include the Reynolds Lot, Scott Street Lot and Taylor-Dickey Lot, or in the K areas at Commonwealth Stadium.

 

 

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

Yes, It's Finally Time for Thursday Television

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 11:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2016) — The time for Student Activities Board's (SAB) Thursday Television is finally upon us. Join SAB and the University of Kentucky's Resident Student Association (RSA) at Woodland Glen III tonight at 7:30 p.m., as they set up for the season premieres of "Grey's Anatomy," "How to Get Away with Murder" and the kick off of a new show, "Notorious." Students can enjoy snacks and amazing prizes.

 

Many students have grown to love the thrilling selection of Thursday shows on ABC. Tonight they can enjoy the company of old friends and possibly make new ones while bonding over everyone’s favorite shows. There will be trivia questions for cool prizes.

 

“This is a new event that I am so excited about,” said Miranda Scott, director of Student Life. “I’m a huge fan of keeping up with TV shows and two of my favorites are premiering on one night! I’m also excited to watch the premiere of the new legal drama, 'Notorious!'”

 

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

Connect with SAB at www.uksab.org, follow them on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UKSAB, or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UKSAB/. For more information about SAB and events, email publicrelations@uksab.org.

 

 

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

 

 

SAB CONTACT: Kaelin Massey, publicrelations@uksab.org, 859-257-8868

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett or Rebecca Stratton, katy.bennett@uky.edu or rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, 859-257-1909/859-323-2395

Students: Connect With Potential Employers at Career Fairs

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 10:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2016) — As part of the University of Kentucky's "Hire Blue" week of career-related events, College of Engineering Career Development and the Society of Women Engineers will host the Fall 2016 Engineering and Computer Science Career Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The fair will run from noon to 4 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum

 

Students and alumni from all majors will be able to talk to about 115 employers about full-time, co-op or internship opportunities. 

 

A career fair is a great chance to meet prospective employers, start networking with companies and their representatives, learn about industries and career paths, and even sign up for interviews. More than 30 companies will interview students and alumni on campus in the days following the fair.  

 

The "Hire Blue" events will continue on Sept. 28 with the Business Internship and Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

 

"Increasingly, companies are looking to connect and network with freshmen and sophomores, not only upper division students or graduating seniors," said UK Director of Engineering Career Development and International Programs Ilka Balk.

 

About 85 percent of all UK engineering students gain experience before graduation, often as early as sophomore year, Balk said. Job seekers can research employers attending both fairs at https://uky-csm.symplicity.com/events/fb8bb92dbad76484bf282a99f833203a/employers, or by downloading the UK Career Fair Plus app on Google Play Store and App Store. 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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