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UK Remembers Impact Wendell Ford Made on University

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2015) — Former U.S. Senator Wendell H. Ford not only left an indelible mark on the Commonwealth, but on his university — the University of Kentucky.


For decades, he was intimately involved with the Martin School for Public Policy and Administration, and a public policy research center in UK Libraries bears his name.


UK Libraries also is home to his correspondence, papers and oral histories that document his long public service career as a legislator, lieutenant governor, governor and senator.


The following are quotes from prominent UK officials and faculty who knew and worked with Ford along with links to his career and involvement with UK:


“If history’s chroniclers hope to draw a character sketch of the archetypal Kentuckian, they need look no further than Wendell Hampton Ford. He worked in hallowed halls of power, but his voice was always that of the authentic Kentucky experience — the bone-tired tobacco farmer, the weary but resolute coal miner, the resilient factory worker in south Louisville. They trusted Wendell Ford because he was who they were — hard-working, honest, proud, resilient. A Kentuckian. Senator Ford’s love and pride extended to his university, the University of Kentucky. He worked with presidents from Otis Singletary to me, greatly assisting our rise and progress as a nationally prominent research institution and a leader in the development of public policy discussion and discourse. He was rightfully proud of The Martin School for Public Policy and Administration in which he was so involved for decades as well as the public policy center in UK Libraries that bears his name. UK is the proud home of his voluminous correspondence, papers, and oral histories documenting his life and career. That’s appropriate since Kentucky was always home to his heart. And we are immeasurably better as a state and people for this Kentuckian’s life.” — Eli Capilouto, president, University of Kentucky



“The opportunity to work with Senator Wendell Ford was an honor, a pleasure, and an education.  His ability to convey the value of public service was exceptional.”  -- Eugenia F. Toma, Wendell H. Ford Professor of Public Policy, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Kentucky



Ford’s relationship to the Martin School included many roles and responsibilities:

·         member of the Martin School Board of Visitors (the Martin School external advisory board);

·         first person to be inducted into the Kentucky Public Service Hall of Fame (which is hosted by the Martin School);

·         served as a Distinguished Fellow at the Martin School after he left the U.S. Senate

•              In that role, he met with students and held seminars about federal policy and his role in the Senate in formulating  policy and federal legislation

•              He also mentored students and assisted them in finding internships and assisted them in their career choices and job searches

•              Assisted the Martin School with student recruiting;

·         visited Kentucky college campuses meeting with students and encouraging them to pursue careers in public service, which he valued very much.

·         was involved in raising money for the Wendell Ford Professorship currently held by Eugenia Toma)


The Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center supports research and public and educational programming dealing with issues relating to public policy, politics, and Congress. The center provides University of Kentucky faculty, involved in teaching and research in these areas, the opportunity to work closely with the Ford Center on specific or general topics. Exhibits are made available on the UK campus as well as other institutions and agencies throughout Kentucky. In addition, the Ford Center works closely with the UK Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center to support digitizing primary source materials pertaining to public policy, politics, and Congress and placing them on the Web. The Ford Center is a member of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress. Co-directors of the center are Deirdre Scaggs, UK Libraries associate dean for special collections and Tracy Campbell, professor in the UK Department of History.


Among the UK Libraries online Explore UK archives are several speeches and photos of Ford.  Links are below.


Wendell H Ford Speeches (1971-75):


Audio interview with Wendell Ford as part of Community Colleges of Kentucky Oral History Project:


Photo of Ford at the dedication of UK Medical Center:


Governor Ford signing legislation in 1971:


Photo of Kentucky Governors, 1979:


President Singletary with Gov. Wendell Ford at the dedication of Jefferson Community College of Learning Resources Center, 1974:


Headshot of Ford, 1970:


Headshot of Ford, 1992:

Form Your Leadership Style With LeaderShape

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:49

LEXINGTON, Ky.  (Jan. 23, 2015)  The Leadership Exchange is bringing a new and exciting program to the University of Kentucky called LeaderShape. LeaderShape is a nationally recognized leadership development program that believes in the power of students to make a difference in their campuses and in their communities. Leadership Exchange is looking for students who are interested in participating in this limited-time opportunity to change the campus and community.


LeaderShape's Catalyst is a one-day program designed for anyone who is interested in starting something extraordinary. Participating in Catalyst is a first step in the life-long process of learning, exploration and action.


Students who want to make a difference on campus and in the community as well as students open to the exploration of authenticity, connection and commitment while increasing their capacity to lead are strongly urged to apply. Good academic, conduct and financial standing are also a requirement to attend LeaderShape.


LeaderShape will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Hillary J. Boone Center on the University of Kentucky’s campus. 


How to Apply:

  • Click here:
  • Login to OrgSync using your LinkBlue ID and password.
  • Complete your application online. You may save your application and return to it later, but all applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and all applicants will be notified by Monday, Feb. 16.


Anyone with questions can contact Leslie Pedigo at




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

Mini in Name but Mighty in Spirit (and Dollars!)

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:07


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2015) — When most people think about DanceBlue, the University of Kentucky's 24 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue KCH Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital, they think about college students coming together to support a cause. What many people do not think about, or even know about, are the countless hours of work put in by students too young to attend UK. High schools, middle schools and even elementary schools all across the state of Kentucky hold miniature dance marathons to benefit the organization, ranging from six to 10 hours.


These "mini marathons" are mini in name only; the passion that student participants demonstrate at their events is overwhelming and contagious.


The first DanceBlue mini marathon occurred at Lexington Catholic High School Nov. 14, 2009, raising $12,352 for DanceBlue. This marathon was the beginning of a partnership between students of all ages, unified for one cause.


The mini marathon program has grown immensely, and DanceBlue would not be able to achieve the success that is has without it. This year, more than 20 schools are hosting mini marathons to support DanceBlue.


In 2014, mini marathons counted for 9 percent of DanceBlue’s $1.4 million.


“The impact of cancer is something that even us as college students struggle to see, so to see high school, middle school and elementary students put forth so much effort towards the amazing kids at the clinic makes my job worth every second,” says Erica Shipley, DanceBlue’s Mini Marathons chair.


Schools from Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro, Ashland, Versailles and Mt. Vernon will all be contributing to the record high number of mini marathons for DanceBlue 2015.


“With over 20 schools holding various mini marathons in support of DanceBlue, the Commonwealth comes together to unite and fight the battle of cancer with the families of the DanceBlue KCH Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic,” Shipley said.


One of the unique qualities of DanceBlue compared to other collegiate dance marathons is that the funds raised directly benefit members of the Commonwealth. DanceBlue is proud to work with so many other Kentuckians to support those in need. Below is a complete list of 2015 DanceBlue mini marathons:


Henry Clay High School, November 21

Bryan Station High School, December 5

Woodford County High School, December 5

Ballard High School, April 17

Dunbar High School, April 11

EJ Hayes Middle School, February 6

Kentucky Country Day School, January 18

Russell High School, January 31

Rockcastle County High School, February 7

Oldham County High School, February 6

West Jessamine High School, February 7

Lafayette High School, January 10

Apollo High School (Owensboro, Ky.), January 31

Lexington Christian Academy, January 16-17

Tates Creek High School, January 24


DanceBlue is UK’s 24 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue KCH Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Now in its tenth year, DanceBlue has raised more than $6.5 million for pediatric cancer research and child life efforts. Give to DanceBlue here and connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at and on Twitter at


DanceBlue is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach (CCO). The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long community service. For more information about the CCO, visit Connect with the CCO on Facebook here and on Twitter at



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

DanceBlue Contact: Michael Danahy,


Nominations Being Accepted for Sarah Bennett Holmes Award

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2014) — Now is the time to submit a nomination for one of the University of Kentucky's most respected recognitions, the 2015 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award.


Created by the UK Women’s Forum, the Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards have been among the most esteemed recognitions bestowed at the University of Kentucky. The award recognizes two female UK employees, one faculty member and one staff member, for their contributions to issues that affect women at UK and across the Commonwealth. For more information, visit the UK Women's Forum website at


To make a nomination online, visit


Nomination forms will be accepted through Friday, Jan. 30.   Award winners will receive a prize of $1,000.


All nominees will be recognized during the annual Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Frank Harris Grand Ballroom of the Student Center.  Information about the luncheon will be available on the UK Women's Forum website in February.


Sarah Bennett Holmes was a distinguished former dean of women at the University of Kentucky who tirelessly championed the rights of women throughout her career. Widowed at a young age, Holmes raised four children while completing her own education. She then began a successful career at UK where she inspired young women to persevere in the face of hardship and pursue their career goals. Among her accomplishments, Holmes developed work programs for women during the depression.


If you have questions about the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award or the luncheon, contact Alison Begor at You can also follow Women's Forum on Facebook or on twitter @UKWomensForum for information about the award and luncheon. 

College of Public Health Hosts Workshops Guiding Graduate Research

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 16:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Public Health is offering a series of workshops throughout the 2015 spring semester to prepare graduate students to conduct health-related research. The college's Research 101 series provides students with expert instruction on getting started with health care research.


Courses will address topics including why health research is important, how to get started, how to acquire funding and the publishing process. The sessions will be presented by Margaret McGladrey, the assistant dean for research in the College of Public Health. The workshops are free and open to graduate students in any college within the university who have a research interest related to public health. Each workshop will take place from 11 a.m. to noon in Room 202 in the College of Public Health on the following dates:


·         Monday, Jan. 26: How to Get Started – an overview of why research is important and how to get involved in it.

·         Monday, Feb. 16: Mentoring and Publishing – a discussion of faculty mentorship in research, as well as the process for publication.

·         Monday, March 2: Preparing and Presenting Your Poster – tips for designing and presenting a research poster at a conference.

·         Monday, April 6: Crash Course on Grants – a discussion of the importance of grant funding and overview of student research funding opportunities.


For more information about the workshops, email Brandy Reeves, director of student affairs for the College of Public Health, at


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, 

Gatton College Announces Supply Chain Innovation Challenge

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 16:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2015) — The University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics is promoting a new initiative designed to capture the best and brightest ideas in supply chain. The inaugural Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award will recognize individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated operational excellence in supply chain management as evidenced in a recently completed supply chain improvement project.


Submissions are invited from both companies and individuals that are creating technologies and solutions, as well as those using technologies in innovative ways to solve significant strategic business problems. The deadline for entries is Feb. 15.


The Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award will be administered by the advisory board of the Gatton College’s Annual Supply Chain Forum. Nominations will be judged by a board-appointed committee consisting of practitioners, academics and consultants in the supply chain industry. The winner will be announced at the Fifth Annual Supply Chain Forum, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at The Grand Reserve in downtown Lexington.


Gatton’s Supply Chain Forum is a conference where approximately 200 corporate leaders, professors and students meet to share ideas about the latest supply chain issues. This year’s theme is "Digitization of Supply Chain."


“It’s an exciting time to be in the supply chain industry,” said David W. Blackwell, dean of the Gatton College. “Companies are working on amazing innovations like having drones make deliveries and predicting order locations to enable same-day delivery. This forum is the perfect place to elicit what’s going on right here in the Bluegrass and recognize it, as well as share with UK business students and sponsors all these innovative initiatives.”


The Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award recipient will receive a trophy and will qualify for future supply chain improvement project support from graduate students enrolled in the Gatton College’s one-year accelerated MBA program.


For more information on the award or the Forum visit: or contact: Lucy Tepper at or 859.257.8746.





MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200/; Ann Mary Quarandillo, 859-257-0750/

College of Dentistry Alum to Present Barr Lecture

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:44


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2015) – The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry will host the Vincent A. Barr Visiting Professorship Lecture and American Student Dental Association Day from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, at the UK Student Center Worsham Theatre.  Alumni, faculty, students, and friends and of the college are invited to attend.


Dr. William F. Wathen, a member of the UK College of Dentistry class of 1967, is this year's guest lecturer. The title of the lecture is "Psychosocial Aspects of Dentistry: Human behavior, interpersonal relationships, and guiding patients toward health."  The lecture will take place from 10 a.m. - noon, after the American Student Dental Association Presentation at 9 a.m. and remarks from Dean Sharon Turner at 9:30 a.m.


Wathen is currently a faculty member at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry where he has served as associate dean for continuing education and vice president for development and alumni. He is also the attending dentist for the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene. He has served at all levels of the American Dental Association (ADA), including editor of Quintessence International. In 2011, he received the UK College of Dentistry Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award.


The first Barr Lecture was held in 1997 and it was combined with ASDA Day. Dr. Betty Barr (UKCD ’74 and Pediatric Dentistry ’76) funds the lecture in memory of her father, Dr. Vincent Barr. Dr. Barr practiced dentistry in Frankfort for many years and was a significant force in the founding of the College of Dentistry at UK.  His commitment to his patients and profession inspired two of his three daughters to enter the practice of dentistry.


“The Barr family has been a huge force in the dental profession, not only in Kentucky, but across the country," Turner said."We are pleased that Dr. Betty Barr has chosen this formal annual recognition of her father which contributes to the continued professional development of our students, faculty and alumni.”


Two hours of continuing education will be offered at no charge to those who attend the Barr Lecture. The Vendor Fair will include 30 vendors set up in the large ballroom of the Student Center. Lunch will take place in the small ballroom. Parking is available in Parking Structure #5 on South Limestone next to Kennedy Bookstore.


For registration or for more information, please call Sue McConnell, director of Alumni Affairs, at 859-323-6676.


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

UK Community: Beware of Phishing Emails

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2015) — The University of Kentucky community is encouraged to beware of emails requesting your account or personal information, i.e. user ID, password, date of birth, or directing you to click on a link to provide this information. This email message could potentially look very official, simulating being sent from University of Kentucky’s Chief Information Officer, Vince Kellen.


UK Analytics and Technologies (UKAT) strongly recommends that account owners never provide this information or click on any links requesting this information.  Instead, follow these directions to report scam and move spam to the “junk” folder:


1.         Don't click on the link included in the email.

2.         Create 'New Email' and choose the 'Attach Item' function in Outlook.

3.         Select 'Outlook item'.

4.         Choose the folder where the email is located i.e. 'Inbox'.

5.         Select the email and click 'ok'.

6.         The phishing email should appear in your email.

7.         Send it to


By taking these steps, you will be forwarding the phishing email as an attachment to the UK computer security team and providing useful information that will be used to prevent similar criminal communications in the future.


UK Analytics and Technologies sends out an email notice when your account password is reaching the expiration point, but the email contains informational material only.  It provides instructions on where your password can be updated, but will never contain a link to click on or request a reply with your account information.


If you are in doubt about the validity of an email message, please complete the steps above or contact UKAT Customer Service (CSC) at 859-218-HELP (4357).  Also, visit the Analytics and Technologies website about phishing scam emails for more important information:




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

Tobacco Themed Scenario Selected for Global Health Case Competition

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 09:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2015) — Nine interdisciplinary student teams will develop strategies to address a critical global health challenge scenario during the Global Health Case Competition this Saturday, Jan. 24, in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.


For this year’s scenario, each student team will serve as an advisory committee to the minister of health in the state of Gujarat, India. Each team will propose a tobacco control strategy that will reduce the health and socio-economic burdens of tobacco use and identify the costs and tradeoffs involved.


According to Samuel Matheny, assistant provost for global health, this scenario was selected not only because of its relevance to Kentucky, but because tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and premature death worldwide.

The student teams will present their strategies to a panel of judges, each with 15 minutes to showcase a visual presentation, followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer portion with the judges.


One team will be chosen to advance to the 2015 International Emory Global Health Case Competition March 28 at Emory University. There they will face teams from 24 other universities, and the first-place team at the Emory competition will win $6,000.
This competition is hosted by the Global Health Initiative, which aims to advance research and educational programs for students to improve the health of people throughout the world.
To learn more about UK’s Global Health Case Competition, please visit


One of the Case Competition judges, Dr. C. William Keck, will also be giving a lecture about the success of Cuba’s health care system in spite of its economy. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “The Curious Case of Cuba,” and will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in the Chandler Hospital, Pavilion A. Auditorium.




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

Registration Underway for Spring 2015 UK Citizen Police Academy

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 19:49
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2015) — What is life like for police officers?  The University of Kentucky Police Department (UKPD) is offering an opportunity for citizens to gain insight into the daily functions and responsibilities of law enforcement personnel through its Citizen Police Academy (CPA), a series of seven classes covering several aspects of policing. The CPA is free. Registration is underway now for the spring 2015 academy and continues until the first day classes meet — Feb. 17.


UKPD's mission is to use this educational opportunity to foster a more cohesive relationship between law enforcement officers and the campus and Lexington communities. Graduates will be able to share knowledge in the community, thereby helping others become more familiar with police practices.


CPA classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday nights Feb. 17-April 7, allowing for one week off during UK's Spring Break.  Upon attendance at all seven courses, participants will take part in a formal graduation ceremony. Classes will be conducted in Room 249 of the Student Center.


The Citizen Police Academy is open to all UK faculty, staff, students, and members of the community who are18 years or older with no prior felony convictions. Prospective participants must complete a course application and submit to an electronic background check.


Topics presented during the Citizen Police Academy include:

•           University Policing Overview

•           Criminal Procedure

•           K-9 Operations

•           Firearms / Use of Force

•           DUI

•           Dignitary Protection Team

•           Crisis Management and Preparedness


Course material will be presented through lecture, audio-visual aids, and interactive scenarios.


To register, go to the UKPD Citizen Police Academy webpage ( and click the “Click here to sign up” link at the bottom of the page.


For more information about the UK Citizen Police Academy, contact Robert Pearl at or 859-323-7447.

UK Alumni Association 2015 Great Teacher Award Recipients Announced

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 16:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2015) — Six University of Kentucky educators were recently named recipients of the UK Alumni Association 2015 Great Teacher Award.


The recipients are:


Award recipients will be honored at the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Recognition Dinner Saturday, Feb. 21. They will also be recognized during the Auburn vs. Kentucky men’s basketball game that evening.


The Great Teacher Award, started in 1961, is the longest-running university award recognizing teaching. In order to receive the award, educators must first be nominated by a student. The UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Committee, in cooperation with the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa then makes the final selections. Recipients receive an engraved plaque and monetary reward.


For more information, please contact Sara-Elizabeth Bush at 859-257-8700. A more in-depth video feature is scheduled for Feb. 23 on UKNow.


The UK Alumni Association is a membership supported organization committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association or to become a member, visit or call 1-800-269-2586. 




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

UK to Present Live Orchestration of Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 14:55



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2015) — The Singletary Center for the Arts and the University of Kentucky School of Music will make history by being the first university to perform a live orchestration of Stanley Kubick's film, "2001: A Space Odyssey," featuring the UK Symphony Orchestra and the UK Chorale. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in the Singletary Center Concert Hall.


Highly regarded as the most groundbreaking sci-fi movie of all time, "2001" is a masterpiece achievement of artistic innovation in a cinema. The film is known for its astute integration of music in film and features a score like none other. The program has previously been presented by an exclusive selection of the world's greatest orchestras, but UK's Symphony Orchestra and Chorale have the prestigious honor of being the first university to perform this concert.


Ticket prices range from $40 to $30 for the general public, and $20 for UK students, faculty and staff (all tickets subject of box office fees). Tickets can be purchased at the Singletary Center Box Office, by phone at 859-257-4929, and online at


A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.




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

UK Venture Challenge Registration Opens for Student Entrepreneurs

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 14:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2015) Student teams can take their ideas to the next level and gain valuable entrepreneurial experience by competing in UK Venture Challenge. Registration is now open for the annual competition to be held Saturday, Feb. 28, at the UK Athletic Association Auditorium in the William T. Young Library.


For Venture Challenge, teams develop their ideas into new ventures, prepare marketing videos and written proposals, and present their business concepts to judges from the local entrepreneurial community. Venture Challenge is open to all UK students with innovation-based ideas for a startup company, an existing business or a nonprofit venture.


“Programs such UK Venture Challenge provide students the opportunity to be innovative and entrepreneurial, which is an important part of their educational experience,” said University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto.


The three winning teams share $3,000 in scholarship prizes, and the top two teams advance to the regional competition for Idea State U.


It is easy for student teams to participate in Venture Challenge.


1.    Register at and upload a 60 second marketing video.

2.    Write a 3-5 page proposal by Feb. 12.

3.    Make a presentation on Feb. 28.


A popular feature of Venture Challenge is online voting. The public is invited to vote for their favorite venture (one vote per voter a day!), and the winner receives $50. Last year’s online team winner received 6,325 votes!


For the fourth straight year, the lead sponsor of Venture Challenge is the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership, an economic development partnership that includes the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Commerce Lexington and the University of Kentucky. The Gatton College of Business and Economics and the College of Communication and Information are also sponsors.


UK Venture Challenge is organized by iNET, the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking, hosted by the College of Communication and Information, with the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship and the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network in the Gatton College of Business and Economics.




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

Markey Hosting Gala to Support Expressions of Courage Exhibit

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2015) – The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center will host a special gala on Saturday, Feb. 7, to support its second annual Expressions of Courage exhibit this summer.


Markey's Expressions of Courage exhibit is a yearly art showcase featuring original, artistic expressions connected in some way to an experience with a cancer diagnosis, or crafted by or in memory of a Markey patient whose battle has ended. The exhibit takes place in June, which is National Cancer Survivorship Month.


The Expressions of Courage Gala will help raise funds to support the exhibit, which allows patients and family members to showcase their original art, dance, poetry and music in a celebratory environment.


The Gala will take place at the DoubleTree Suites at Hilton Hotel at 2601 Richmond Road

in Lexington. The gala's events include:


6 p.m. Appetizers, cocktails, and a silent auction

6:30 p.m. Musical performances by Dr. Jay "Zwisch" Zwischenberger and Kayla Smith

7:30 p.m. Buffet dinner

8:45 p.m. Entertainment by the Donnie Brooks Band.


Tickets for the Gala are $50. To purchase tickets, visit or buy in person at the Markey Administrative Offices on the first floor of the Ben F. Roach Building at the Markey Cancer Center.


Sanders-Brown Researcher Co-authors Influential Paper

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2015) -- Donna Wilcock, Ph.D., of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky, has co-authored a paper that offers a roadmap for future research into the interaction between vascular disease and Alzheimer's.


The article in-press, which aims to encourage researchers to fill gaps in the current knowledge of how Alzheimer’s and vascular conditions progress together and influence each other, was published online by "Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association."


A growing body of research suggests that the most common cause of dementia in older people is a mix of vascular and Alzheimer’s-related brain abnormalities, and that approximately half of the people who die with Alzheimer’s also have evidence of strokes in their brains. Furthermore, when strokes and hallmark Alzheimer’s plaques and tangles are combined, it increases a person’s likelihood of experiencing dementia. Stroke, or as it is known more generally as cerebrovascular disease, occurs with aging and is made worse by conditions like smoking, hypertension or diabetes.


“Inadequate blood flow can damage and eventually kill cells anywhere in the body, and since the brain has one of the body's richest networks of blood vessels, it is especially vulnerable," Wilcock said.


"Considering this and demonstrated success in reducing risk for heart disease, stroke and other vascular-related diseases through healthy lifestyle modifications and use of medications, it only makes sense to increase our understanding of the role vascular factors play in Alzheimer’s and dementia.”


In December 2013, the Alzheimer’s Association, with scientific input from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), convened a group of scientific experts to discuss the scientific findings to date and gaps in research on vascular contributions in Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia. The newly published article summarizes the meeting and discussions, including an outline of next steps.


"This group put together some very important recommendations for the future direction of research on vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia," said Linda Van Eldik, Ph.D., director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. "It is a reflection of Donna's capabilities that she was included in the panel, and an honor to have Sanders-Brown represented in the process."


The authors of the article recommend filling gaps in several key areas of research, including:

·      The relationship between diabetes and insulin resistance and risk of vascular disease, Alzheimer’s and related dementia.

·      Genetic factors that may influence vascular processes and other changes in the brain.

·      Impact of immune system response on blood flow in the brain in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

·      The role of fat breakdown in the brain in the removal of amyloid build-up that leads to the hallmark brain plaques in Alzheimer’s disease.

·      Controlling the impact of vascular risk factors on memory and thinking abilities.


“Future investment for these areas of scientific discovery will be essential to galvanize the scientific community and provide forums of communication between the dementia and vascular fields,” the authors state in the paper.



College of Law Names Ausness as Associate Dean for Faculty Research

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2015) – Richard Ausness, the Everett H. Metcalf, Jr. Professor of Law, was recently appointed and now serves as the inaugural associate dean for faculty research at the University of Kentucky College of Law.


“The College of Law places emphasis on faculty research and we are pleased Professor Richard Ausness accepted this associate dean position to provide faculty support in the area,” said David A. Brennen, UK College of Law dean. “I am certain that his many years of teaching and research experience will make him an outstanding asset to all of our faculty.”


Professor Ausness’ term as associate dean for faculty research, a newly approved position at the UK College of Law, began Jan. 1, 2015. In this position, Ausness will be responsible for, among other things, providing mentoring on faculty research, and exploring and communicating development opportunities for law faculty as scholars.


He will also assist Dean Brennen with securing external funding for research, manage a system of college-wide discussions of law faculty scholarly endeavors, facilitate interactions with other law schools regarding faculty research, work with efforts to promote faculty scholarship, assist the dean in developing and operating a robust internal faculty research grants program, and serve as point of contact related to faculty research.


“I am honored to be appointed as associate dean for faculty research,” Ausness said. “I believe that research is an important aspect of law school teaching, and I am proud to be a member of such a productive faculty.  As associate dean, I hope to contribute to the law school's research effort by doing my best to encourage, support and facilitate faculty scholarship at the University of Kentucky College of Law.”


Ausness received his juris doctor and Order of the Coif from the University of Florida College of Law in 1968 where he served as note editor of the University of Florida Law Review. He went on to receive his Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School in 1973 and joined the UK College of Law faculty roster that year.

Since 1970, Professor Ausness has published more than five dozen law review articles and book chapters, plus an additional two dozen other items including several monographs and book reviews. Specializing in property and tort law, Ausness has published 18 law review articles in such places as the Georgia Law Review, Arkansas Law Review, Tennessee Law Review and Indiana Law Review.  In 2011, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor cited Professor Ausness in her dissent in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, which dealt with the extent to which the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 could protect vaccine manufacturers from claims of design defect. 


In addition to his scholarly work, Ausness is a two-time recipient of the College of Law’s Duncan Teaching Award and students routinely praise his classroom instructional abilities. He is a member of the College of Law Admissions Committee and has chaired other faculty committees, including the currently active Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Teaching Workload.




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Construction to Impact Commonwealth Stadium Parking This Semester

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 17:26

LEXINGTON, Ky.  (Jan. 20, 2015)  In the coming months, several construction projects will impact parking in the areas around Commonwealth Stadium.


The planned football practice facility, which will be located adjacent to Commonwealth Stadium, will eliminate a total of 764 parking spaces in the Stadium East Blue Lot. However, the closures will be phased over a period of months. Beginning Sunday, Feb. 1, approximately 200 spaces will be blocked. On Sunday, March 1, an estimated 182 additional parking spaces will be closed. Finally, at the conclusion of spring semester, an additional 382 spaces will be eliminated, and the east section of the Blue Lot will be permanently closed.


At the beginning of each phase, parking attendants will be stationed daily in the impacted areas to make the transition as seamless as possible. UK Parking and Transportation Services has a number of parking alternatives available to students and employees to minimize the impact, as further outlined below.


Additionally, at the conclusion of spring semester, as a result of the Commonwealth Stadium expansion and renovation project, an estimated 249 spaces throughout the Stadium Red and Blue lots will be closed for installation of landscape islands. However, the stadium project is expected to be completed during summer 2015, and prior to the fall 2015 semester, approximately 658 spaces will be restored to the university’s parking inventory.


Students who currently park in the impacted areas may park in any other K Lots. Employees who utilize the impacted lots may also park in any other K Lot, as well as any designated E lot. E lots in the vicinity include the Orange Lot, at the corner of University and Alumni Drives, and the Green Lot, adjacent to the Oswald Building. Based on recent parking lot capacity counts, the above options are expected to adequately absorb parking demand.


A campus parking map can be found at Students and employees are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the map and available alternative lots. Members of the university community who normally park in these areas are encouraged to allow extra time for their commute. 


Updated and additional information will be communicated as the dates of the respective construction impacts approach.




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UK Computer Science Professor Leading Major Breakthrough in Reading Ancient Scrolls

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 12:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2015) – After working for more than 10 years on unlocking an ancient piece of history, what lies inside damaged Herculaneum scrolls, University of Kentucky Department of Computer Science Chair and Professor Brent Seales will accomplish the next step in allowing the world to read the scrolls, which cannot be physically opened. A major development in the venture, Seales is building software that will visualize the scrolls' writings as they would be if unrolled.


A breakthrough not only in digital imaging techniques, the first-of-its-kind software could also have profound impacts on history and literature. Seales says that each scroll may well be the only remaining copy as of yet unknown literature from the Classical era. Each scroll is 20 to 30 feet long, and Seales estimates each to contain at least 3,000 words.


"The sheer volume of words available for discovery is probably larger than the entire works of Shakespeare," said Seales.


The scrolls aren't your typical 2,000-year old papyri manuscripts; they were carbonized in the Mount Vesuvius volcanic eruption of A.D. 79, and later discovered as charred clumps in the Villa of the Papyri in the ancient Italian city of Herculaneum beginning in 1752. When attempting to open, the artifacts would often shatter beyond repair.


To reveal the works inside the remaining intact scrolls, Seales and his research collaborator from the Institut de France, Daniel Delattre, knew that "virtual unrolling" was the only way.


After successfully creating 2-D images of two Herculaneum scrolls in 2009 but not being able to detect the ink in them, Seales' colleagues believe they have recently identified ink in the scrolls after applying an x-ray method often used in the medical and archeology communities.


The method, called "propagation-based phase contrast imaging," was recently featured in a Nature Communications article, "Revealing letters in rolled Herculaneum papyri by X-ray phase-contrast imaging," by authors Vito Mocella, Claudio Ferrero, Emmanuel Brun and Delattre, citing Seales' work on the scrolls. Seales says the researchers claim to "see letters and, in a few instances, whole words."


Now that he and his team can see the writings, the next step in unveiling the writings to the world is to organize them. Without unrolling the scrolls, Seales' software will run extremely high-resolution images from the tangled surfaces, making sense of the jumbled letters into words, and words into passages.


"The software will combine novel methods for finding the scroll surfaces together with a user-guided interface for correcting mistakes and improving the automatic first-guess," he said.


In other words, it will pull out a page that displays writing from the data they currently have, and then identify where that page is inside the scrolls that now resemble charcoal. Because of this, Seales, his team, partners and physicists will be able to optimize the scanning process on site, allowing them to see an entire page "unwrapped" without ever leaving the facility. Eventually, the outcome will be as complete of a manuscript as possible of the remaining Herculaneum scrolls.


"We have a ton of data from all of our preliminary work, and from the 2009-2010 work. We're using that data to build software so that we can pull out large sections and flatten them," said Seales. "To date, no tool exists that can accomplish that. The software we're building will be the first to visualize data in that way, and it's crucial to uncovering the works inside the Herculaneum scrolls."


Supported by a three-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation grant and by Google, where Seales spent his sabbatical in 2012-2013, the computer science professor has begun working to develop the software. Seales' sabbatical at Google was crucial to the new imaging method, and he credits Google as the "impetus for being unstuck" in the project.


UK students are also driving the progress. The computer science professor is working on the software with a team of UK undergraduate and graduate students including:


  • Melissa Shankle, a pre-computer science sophomore and member of the Honors Program from Mayfield, Kentucky;
  • David Pennington, a computer science senior from Union, Kentucky;
  • Michael Roup, a computer science and mathematics senior from Crestwood, Kentucky;
  • Nickolas Graczyk, a computer science senior with a minor in mathematics from Lexington;
  • Anastasia Kazadi, a computer science senior from Lexington;
  • Abigail Coleman, a computer science graduate student from Princeton, Kentucky;
  • Sean Karlage, a computer science and computer engineering graduate student from Edgewood, Kentucky; and
  • Chao Du, a computer science graduate student from Beijing, China.


In addition to UK students, Seales is working with Seth Parker, video editor at the UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments, and collaborating with Delattre in France, as well as Roger Macfarlane, a researcher at Brigham Young University. They hope to travel back to Grenoble, France, in the spring to conduct major scans on the two scrolls scanned in 2009. The scans will utilize Seales' software, as well as the new x-ray technique.


Seales said the project plan is to release working software and datasets as soon as possible for scholars to examine.


"By project's end, the team hopes to have created a software tool and a set of scans of scrolls that together will transform the hopelessly damaged Herculaneum collection into new literary discoveries," he said.


Unmasking the Herculaneum writings is only the beginning. Seales hopes the work to uncover and decipher these ancient scrolls will propel other efforts forward, leading to an even greater impact on our understanding of classical history and literature, and revolutionary digital imaging.


"I dream of seeing renewed excavation at the Villa of the Papyri. Many believe that a treasure trove of undiscovered scrolls are waiting there to be unearthed. If more are found, these methods could be used to read them," said Seales.




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UK Solar Car Team Wins National Fluke Corporation Contest

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 11:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Solar Car Team, a student-led organization within the College of Engineering, has been announced the winner of the Fluke Connect Student Contest, which tested the skills, innovation and business application of student teams across the nation.


The UK Solar Car Team designed a project that conducted live testing of performance parameters on the UK Solar Car using Fluke Connect, Fluke Corporation's wireless test tools that connect to smartphones. Their objective was to increase the efficiency of the UK Solar Car by at least 10 percent, while saving time by quickly finding and minimizing inefficient components.


According to a Fluke Corporation news release, they saw a 16 percent decrease in idle energy consumption and 5.5 percent increase in dynamic energy efficiency. 


"Winning the Fluke Connect contest has been a tremendous opportunity for the team," said Daniel Cambron, team manager of the UK Solar Car Team. "When we heard about the Fluke Connect contest, we were very excited to be able to publicly showcase our engineering talent and use state-of-the-art tools."


"The University of Kentucky Solar Car Team strives to use the latest technology on their solar powered vehicle. The team was able to use the new wireless meters to monitor critical values, collect and send data to smart phones, as well as use a thermal imaging camera to diagnose and troubleshoot electrical issues," said Matthew Morgan, manager of external education programs at West Kentucky Community and Technical College and an advisor to the Solar Car Team.


Morgan's son, Joshua, is the electrical team leader, and Morgan remotely mentored the team with the electrical aspects.


Members of the UK Solar Car Team involved in the contest include:

·      Daniel Cambron, an electrical engineering and computer engineering senior, member of the Honors Program and University Scholar, from Glasgow, Kentucky;

·      Joshua Morgan, an electrical engineering and computer engineering senior and member of the Honors Program, from Benton, Kentucky;  

·      John Broadbent, an electrical engineering and computer engineering senior, from West Paducah, Kentucky;

·      Daniel Zach Reeder, a mechanical engineering junior, from Flemingsburg, Kentucky; and

·      Chris Heintz, a mechanical engineering senior and member of the Honors Program, from Chesterland, Ohio.


The team members, as well as advisor Morgan, will receive a paid trip to Fluke headquarters in north Seattle in March to spend a day meeting with Fluke executive and engineering leadership, tour Fluke engineering and manufacturing, and see the Boeing manufacturing facility and Future of Flight Aviation Center, according the news release.


The team will also receive $1,000 worth of Fluke tools, and the Fluke Connect tools used in the contest submission, worth approximately $2,500.


"The UK Solar Car Team was able to demonstrate innovation, creativity, and put together a professional presentation resulting in winning the contest. We are excited about getting to go to Seattle to tour the Fluke Corporation headquarters," said Morgan. "The team is thankful to receive the Fluke tools that will be used on both the current and future generations of the University of Kentucky solar vehicles, and I am proud of the team for their hard work.“


Cambron is also optimistic of the impact the Fluke contest win will have on his own team.


"Moving forward, the team is excited about the opportunity to visit the Fluke headquarters in March, and will be using the spring semester to gear up for the annual Formula Sun Grand Prix race in July. We have high hopes that the improvements made during the Fluke contest will translate into a strong showing at the race," Cambron said.


View the team's presentation and video outlining their work at:


The UK Solar Car Team is one of the largest student engineering organizations on campus. The team works during the school year to construct solar vehicles, and visit schools and events across the Commonwealth to inform and spread the awareness of efficient alternative energies. The team also participates in national competitions which include the Formula Sun Grand Prix, hosted by the American Solar Challenge. For more information about the UK Solar Car Team, visit




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UK Dance Minors Present 'Capture Momentum'

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 17:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2015) — The University of Kentucky's Department of Theatre and Dance will begin the semester with its fourth annual dance concert, "Capture Momentum." The program will begin Jan. 30 and run through Feb. 1, at the Guignol Theatre.


"Capture Momentum" features works created by guest choreographers Derrick Evans, Theresa Bautista, Stephanie Harris and Susie Thiel, the director of the UK Dance Program. The guest choreographers relied on their past experiences to create performances that showcase a multitude of themes about self-expression. UK dance minors will perform a variety of numbers including several group performances as well as a duet created by Thiel and two dance minor students.


“Capture Momentum” will be presented 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Jan. 31, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1. Admission for "Capture Momentum" is $10 for students and $15 for the general public. Tickets are available through the Singletary Center ticket office and can be purchased online at or by phone at 859-257-4929.


The UK Department of Theatre and Dance at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from a renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life.



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