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UKAg and Lloyd's of London Partnership Continues

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 14:35

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Nov. 20, 2015) — The well-established and successful partnership between Lloyd’s of London and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment continued when representatives from Lloyd’s recently presented a $50,000 check to UK.


“Next year, Lloyd’s will celebrate a quarter century of financial support for the University of Kentucky’s research dedicated to equine health,” said Julian Lloyd, chair of Lloyd’s Livestock Committee and bloodstock underwriter at the Amlin Syndicate. “The excitement of seeing the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years reminds us of the global appreciation of the Thoroughbred industry, and we are proud of our partnership’s dedication to equine health.”


The partnership supports Lloyd’s Equine Disease Quarterly, a research-based publication dedicated to equine health, produced by the UK Department of Veterinary Science.


“The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is grateful to Lloyd’s of London for this long-standing and unique support of the veterinary science department in general since 1985, and of the Equine Disease Quarterly since 1992,” said Nancy Cox, UKAg dean and director. “We appreciate Lloyd’s long-standing confidence in the impact of our Equine Disease Quarterly.”


The award-winning publication includes articles written by prominent researchers from around the world and provides timely and authoritative reports on some of the most important issues facing the equine industry. The Quarterly reaches more than 18,000 readers in 102 countries. Available in paper and online, its articles are regularly reprinted in numerous scientific and lay equine publications worldwide.


Lloyd’s Equine Disease Quarterly is available to subscribers at no charge. It is co-edited by Roberta Dwyer, Peter Timoney and Alan Loynachan from the Department of Veterinary Science.


The most recent Quarterly is online at For more information about the Department of Veterinary Science and the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center visit


Lloyd's of London is a 327-year-old insurance market whose members underwrite risk on a direct and reinsurance basis in more than 200 countries. As a global leader in specialty insurance, Lloyd's remains committed to supporting equine research and providing the insurance coverage essential to the well-being and prosperity of bloodstock interests worldwide.




MEDIA CONTACT:  Aimee Nielson, 859-257-7707.










Recycle Thanksgiving Cooking Oil Into Biofuel at the Gobble Grease Toss

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 14:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 20, 2015) — Fayette County residents who plan to fry a turkey this year for Thanksgiving can recycle used cooking oil in a safe, environmentally friendly manner at the Gobble Grease Toss, sponsored by the city of Lexington, Sayre School, the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) and Bluegrass Greensource.


The Gobble Grease Toss will be held Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sayre School, 194 N. Limestone in Lexington. CAER will work with Sayre Middle School students to convert the used cooking oil into biofuel.


"We are currently investigating the transformation of oils from biological sources to transportation fuels, like renewable diesel, with support from the National Science Foundation,” said Eduardo Santillan-Jimenez, a research scientist in CAER's Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis group. "Used cooking oil or ‘yellow grease’ is a very interesting starting material for the production of biofuels and thus, the Gobble Grease Toss provides a great opportunity for Sayre Middle School Green Team students to collect this material, share it with us and learn about the science behind biofuels as we convert their sample to fuel in our laboratory."


Because it can cause problems in the sanitary sewer, cooking oil and grease should never be poured down sink drains. It can solidify in pipes and clog sewer lines in your home or the city’s sewer lines. Clogs in the city’s sewer lines can lead to sanitary sewer overflows — the discharge of untreated sewage into streets, yards and creeks.


Though used cooking oil can be hardened in the refrigerator and disposed in your green trash cart, the Gobble Grease Toss is an opportunity to recycle your used cooking oil to keep it out of the landfill and the sanitary sewer system.


The Gobble Grease Toss is a free opportunity offered to Fayette County residents (no businesses, please). Citizens should bring the oil in a sealed container to help prevent spills.

For more information on the Gobble Grease Toss, call LexCall at 311 or 425-2255 or visit


The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy (CAER), one of UK's multidisciplinary research centers, investigates energy technologies to improve the environment. Researchers contribute to technically sound policies related to fossil and renewable energy. 



MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Myatt (LFUCG Division of Environmental Services), 859 425-2807; or Jenny Wells (UK Public Relations & Marketing), 859-257-5343;


UK to Send Students to Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 11:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 20, 2015) — The University of Kentucky is looking for students interested in participating in the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Meeting. This is the second year the university will participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University Network, a growing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor and provide seed funding to student leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.


"The Clinton Global Institute University Network is garnering increasing recognition worldwide for the ways that it is harnessing the energy of new ideas and ways of thinking, to solve challenging world problems. The chance to tackle these big issues, in ways that are linked to students’ intellectual and professional development, is irresistible," said UK Associate Provost for Internationalization and Dean of UK Graduate School Susan Carvalho.


UK will provide $15,000 in funding to be divided among UK students who are selected to pursue their Commitments to Action at CGI U 2016 to be held April 1-3, at University of California, Berkeley. Commitments to Action, a unique feature of the CGI U model, are new, specific and measurable initiatives that address global challenges across CGI U’s five focus areas:

· education,

· environment and climate change,

· peace and human rights,

· poverty alleviation, and

· public health.


More information on applying for CGI U 2016 can be found at


"The 2015 CGI U conference instructed, informed and inspired me, not only for the direction of my health promotion program and research in the Philippines, but also for my future aspirations of a career in public health," said public health graduate student Daniel Barber, of Frankfort, Kentucky, who represented UK at the conference last year. "The conference sponsored a variety of skills/working sessions on a broad range of topics, allowing activists and leaders in many different fields to speak about their current projects and the struggles they had to overcome to reach their goals. I enjoyed hearing from these activists and global leaders not only for their ability to inspire, but for the opportunity to discern possible avenues for my future. Finally, it was amazing to be surrounded by so many aspiring activists, many of whom were younger than me, who were also attending this conference to become better versed in the issues currently facing humanity, and to create connections with individuals working on similar projects throughout the world." 


Students interested in pursuing a Commitment to Action should contact the campus liaison in the UK Academy for Undergraduate Excellence, Lisa Broome, at or 859-257-1537. UK undergraduates and graduate students in any discipline are eligible to apply. Students may apply individually or in small teams. UK will mentor student commitment-makers as they develop and implement their plans in the coming months.


"The CGI U conference is a great way to find funding for individual and group projects, as well as an opportunity to rejuvenate one’s spirit and hope for the future of our world," Barber said. "If you are interested in the issues that challenge the current status of our global community, and more importantly, are interested in becoming part of the solution — then the CGI U conference presents a perfect step toward an individual’s personal development and understanding of the issues, social connectivity, and monetary support." 


The deadline to apply for CGI U 2016 is Dec. 1, 2015, and students can apply online at /.


CGI U brings together college students to address global challenges with practical, innovative solutions. CGI U participants do more than discuss problems — they take concrete steps to solve them by creating action plans, building relationships, participating in hands-on workshops, and following up with CGI U as they complete their projects. To learn more, visit




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UK Office of Philanthropy Recognizes Outstanding Performance With Mobley Development Awards

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 11:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 20, 2015)  The University of Kentucky Office of Philanthropy has recognized a UK College of Law emeritus professor and three members of its staff for their demonstrated excellence in philanthropy at the 2015 Terry B. Mobley Development Awards, announced by D. Michael Richey, vice president for development and chief development officer. The ceremony was conducted Nov. 12 in the Helen G. King Alumni House.


Robert G. Lawson, emeritus professor in the UK College of Law, received the Development Service Award. Presented to a UK senior professional, administrator or faculty member who has demonstrated extraordinary support for the philanthropy effort at the university.


Lawson has been associated with the College of Law since 1966, with terms as dean (1971-73 and 1982-88). He received the UK Great Teacher Award in 1971 and 2001, and received the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education’s Outstanding Professor Award in 2001. In March, the Kentucky Senate honored Lawson with a resolution recognizing his retirement from the UK College of Law and his academic contributions. Lawson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Berea College and a law degree from UK.


Also recognized for their professional achievements were three members of the Office of Philanthropy staff: Jennifer Combs, administrative coordinator, Office of the Vice President for Philanthropy; Sarah Fitzgerald, associate director of annual giving; and Laura Sutton, major gifts officer, College of Arts and Sciences.


Combs received the Front Line Award. This honor is conferred upon a Philanthropy or other support staff member in recognition of outstanding performance in support of fundraising efforts at UK.


Fitzgerald was selected for the Rising Achievement Award. This recognition is presented to a professional staff member who has a UK Philanthropy tenure of less than five years, and who demonstrates excellent work performance, great success and potential of further outstanding achievement, and impact as a fundraiser.


Sutton received the Professional Achievement Award. This honor is given to a professional Philanthropy staff member with tenure of five or more years, who consistently demonstrates excellent work performance and has achieved great success and impact as a fundraiser.


“I am very proud of each person honored as they have faithfully given of themselves to the betterment of the University of Kentucky through the Office of Philanthropy,” Richey said. “These four individuals exemplify our mission to be donor centered and principle driven. Through their excellence, the University of Kentucky is quickly becoming a major voice of philanthropy across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”


Recipients of the Terry B. Mobley Development Awards are nominated by UK staff and faculty. Each award consists of an honorarium and an engraved julep cup. Recipients’ names will also be added to a recognition wall located in the lobby of the Sturgill Philanthropy Building on UK’s campus.


Mobley retired from UK in 2010 where he served 33 years as director of development and chief development officer, interim athletic director, vice president for development and vice president for institutional advancement. He is a member of the UK Board of Trustees.


LIVE: UK Announces $6 million grant to develop treatment for cocaine overdose

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 09:39


University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Professor Chang-Guo Zhan, teamed with fellow UK Professors Fang Zheng and Sharon Walsh, and Professor Mei-Chuan Ko from Wake Forest University, recently received $6 million in funding over five years to further develop a potential treatment for cocaine abuse. 


Tune in at 1 p.m. to watch this announcement live. 

UK Venture Studio Entrepreneurial Lunch With Marc Nager Nov. 20

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 17:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 19, 2015) — The UK Venture Studio, which is a part of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, will be hosting an entrepreneurial lunch tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 20) with Marc Nager, chief community officer of Techstars and CEO of StartupWeekend. Nager's visit is part of Lexington's celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). 


The event, which runs from noon to 1 p.m., is free and a pizza lunch will be served. The UK Venture Studio is located in Room 124 of the new Gatton College building.


Advance registration is required. To register, go to




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

Gensel Laboratory Awarded Grant to Study Spinal Cord Injury Repair

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 15:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2015) — The National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS) has awarded a five-year, $1.6 million grant to John C. Gensel, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC), to study the potential role of the immune system in repairing spinal cord injuries.


Spinal cord injuries can result in permanent paralysis. Macrophages, white blood cells involved in immune responses, migrate to wounded areas of the spinal cord following an injury, where they assume M1 (i.e. pro-inflammatory) or M2 (i.e. pro-tissue repair) functions. M2 macrophages have the potential to improve wound healing and subsequent recovery from spinal cord injury, whereas M1 macrophages are believed to contribute to progressive tissue loss that impairs functional recovery.


"We do not fully understand why macrophages sometimes promote pathology instead of promoting tissue repair following a spinal cord injury," Gensel said. "This grant will fund efforts to clarify how macrophages assume M2 functions so physicians and scientists can develop new drugs that promote spinal cord repair after an injury."


Gensel and his team will also examine how age and gender alter the macrophage response to spinal cord injury and affect the drugs that promote M2 macrophage production.  


Jim Geddes, Ph.D., SCoBIRC director, notes that Gensel's work is particularly important as there are so few treatments for SCI currently available. "This innovative research by Dr. Gensel will explore how to exploit our own body's repair mechanisms to enhance recovery following spinal cord injury," said Geddes.  "We're delighted that John's work has been appropriately acknowledged by the NINDS."


The Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center at the University of Kentucky was established in 1999 to promote both individual and collaborative studies on injuries to the spinal cord and brain that result in paralysis or other loss of neurologic function.


The National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health funds this research under the R01 award number NS091582.


Media contact:  Laura Dawahare, (859) 257-5307

UK Art Museum Exhibitions Highlight Sculpture, Works of Koestenbaum, Katchadourian

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 15:11



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Slideshow of selections from the current exhibitions at the UK Art Museum. 



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2015) — The world of sculpture and the work of Wayne Koestenbaum and Nina Katchadourian are currently sharing the spotlight at the University of Kentucky Art Museum. Less than a month remains to take in "Bottoms Up: A Sculpture Survey," "Wayne Koestenbaum: Unfamiliar Grammar, Paintings from 2010-2015," "Nina Katchadourian: Collection Interventions" and "Sculptors on Paper" on display at the museum through Dec. 18. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.


Sculpture Goes Bottoms Up

"Bottoms Up: A Sculpture Survey" is a wide-ranging exhibition of numerous forms that have been carved, cast or assembled. In varying scales and materials, they are situated on the museum's floor or on pedestals, hung on the wall, or suspended from the ceiling.


Installed in the main gallery of the UK Art Museum with its soaring ceiling height, this exhibition revels in the dialogue between specific sculptural objects: a Native American totem pole (1880-1910) is seen with Peter Forakis’ 1981 horizontal steel "Rainbow II"; Willie Cole’s "Shoonufu Female Figure" cast from high-heeled shoes and Tony Matelli’s insidious "Weed #294" offer representations of human and plant shapes; and a functioning race car made by Lexington artist Federico Pizzurro for his son Mike is seen alongside Joe Goode’s "Coke Bottles and Carton," both produced in the 1960s and celebrating aspects of American desire.


The exhibition also includes work by John Ahearn, El Anatsui, Harry Bertoia, Alexander Calder, Jean Baptiste Carpeaux, Mark Di Suvero, Sol LeWitt, Tony Matelli, Pablo Picasso, Peter Reginato, George Rickey, Lucas Samaras and Rachel Whiteread, who all have helped to clarify and complicate the ways that sculpture can give viewers a complex physical encounter. Their works utilize weight, mass, gravity, color, gesture, movement and sound.


Funding for "Bottoms Up" was provided by the Breeders’ Cup and the Albisetti Exhibition Fund.


From Paper to Form

Jim Dine fell in love with a collection of Greek and Roman sculpture he visited in 1987. The antique figures come to life in the etchings they inspired. Robert Rauschenberg found a stuffed angora goat in a second-hand store, famously put a tire around its middle, and stood it on a painting. "Monogram," as he called it, became his first “combine.” It revolutionized the art world in 1959, but not before he worked out the composition in a series of sketches over several years. Claes Oldenburg found his muse in Mickey Mouse, creating huge sculptures and installations based on America’s favorite rodent.


The work of these and other artists celebrated for their three-dimensional work are featured in "Sculptors on Paper," which illuminates the ways that drawings and prints serve as preliminary or parallel means for sculptural inquiry. Ranging from a watercolor attributed to Auguste Rodin to works by Lee Bontecou, Mark di Suvero, Alberto Giacometti, Richard Hunt, Seymour Lipto, and Richard Serra, this exhibition serves as a two-dimensional companion to "Bottoms Up: A Sculpture Survey."


Koestenbaum Goes Solo

Acclaimed essayist, poet, cultural critic and artist Wayne Koestenbaum has examined subjects including Andy Warhol, Jackie Onassis, Harpo Marx, opera, fashion, desire and humiliation. In 2010, he took up the paintbrush, and, since then, has produced hundreds of canvases of male portraits and nudes, landscapes and dense abstractions rife with meandering lines, riotous colors and suggestive iconography. One work features a male head looking straight at the viewer with the phrase “I pose problems” written above. This may be true of Koestenbaum’s creative output in art and literature, but it must also be said that he offers outrageously complex and candid revelations about the self and society.


Without any formal training but spurred by his numerous friendships with visual artists and years as a contributing critic to many magazines, Koestenbaum’s painting investigations continue those of modernist forebears like André Derain, Henri Matisse and Alice Neel.


"Wayne Koestenbaum: Unfamiliar Grammar, Paintings from 2010-2015" is Koestenbaum’s first solo museum exhibition.


Intervening Artistic Expression

Nina Katchadourian pays attention to what most of us miss, improvising with materials she finds close at hand to generate numerous representational acts. When held captive on a long flight, she ducks into the lavatory with her iPhone, fashions a headdress out of a toilet seat cover or paper towels and creates a self-portrait in the Flemish style. Have you ever thought a wooly caterpillar resembles a moustache? Katchadourian does, and adds a black beret to become a classic Parisian artiste in "Natural Crossdressing."


In 2015, Katchadourian has shown video work at the Venice Biennale; installed houses for imaginary birds in the middle of "Manhattan for Drifting in Daylight: Art in Central Park"; discussed the 15th-century painter Hans Memling for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online series "The Artist Project"; and created an audio tour inspired by a pile of dust as part of the Museum of Modern Art’s "Artists Experiment" series.


Katchadourian’s photographs appear within UK Art Museum's permanent collection reinstallation for fall 2015.


In addition to the seeing the new exhibitions, visitors are now taking advantage of new museum hours. The facility is now open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


The mission of the UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,800 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection. 


The UK Art Museum is located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. For more information on membership, contact Lyndi VanDeursen at 859-257-8164 or



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

UK College of Education’s Diane Johnson Receives Kentucky Science Teachers Association Award

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 13:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Education’s Diane Johnson received the Sherry Fox Distinguished Service Award in the field of science education at the Kentucky Science Teachers Association’s annual conference in Lexington Nov. 5-7.


Johnson is the assistant director of Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER), where she works with a range of partners, including K-12 teachers and administrators from across the state, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Council on Postsecondary Education, and higher education professors.


The Sherry Fox Distinguished Service Award is designed to recognize exemplary science leaders across the state of Kentucky who make significant contributions to science education.


Johnson has spent 35 years as an educator, with most of those years in Lewis County, where she taught science subjects ranging from chemistry to astronomy at Lewis County High School. She was also an instructional supervisor for Lewis County from 2003-2010.


“One accomplishment that makes me glow is having at least one student in every graduating class I taught for a 15-plus year span go into scientific research,” Johnson said. “This has been a source of pride, because the odds of this happening in a poor, rural county are close to zero. Yet, I am grateful that I could play a small part in sparking an interest, making a dream attainable, and cracking the door open for a student to pursue a passion to know, to find, to figure out. “


Over the years, Johnson has demonstrated her commitment to K-12 science education through a variety of leadership roles on both a state and national level.


Johnson is a past president of the Kentucky Science Teachers Association, chaired the regional National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Conference twice, and served as an author and reviewer for The Science Teacher, a national journal for science educators. She was a part of a Kentucky team that authored three chapters in "Active Chemistry."




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

100 Days Until DanceBlue: A Time to Celebrate

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 12:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2015)  Today marks 100 days until the 2016 DanceBlue Dance Marathon!


The first marathon took place in February 2006 with around 30 student organizations and 180 dancers. The marathon raised $123,323.16, and with that, began creating a culture of support for pediatric cancer patients and their families. It became the most successful student-run philanthropy event in University of Kentucky history in 2006, and has flourished in the decade since.


Now a few months removed from its 10-year anniversary, DanceBlue is still thankful for the time spent dancing.


This year, a record 114 teams have registered for the 2016 marathon in an amazing response to September’s Blitz Week. Throughout the years, these teams have helped build a community that has successfully raised more than $8.2 million for the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic.


But at its center, three words embody the feelings and emotions surrounding the DanceBlue family: For The Kids. The joy we all witness on a child’s face during the holidays is the same joy DanceBluers experience every day from the patients the organization supports at the clinic: the kids. By being For them, DanceBlue aims to celebrate them.


For the next 100 days, DanceBlue will not only celebrate past and present milestones (such as — first, naming, and now redesigning the clinic), but also, the families the organization cares about. That is what FTK means.


To that end, DanceBlue will be outside of White Hall Classroom Building today (with a lot of balloons) and very active on social media for the 100 Days Celebration. Here’s what is planned for you during this exciting time:

·       On Twitter: Two “scavenger hunts” will be occurring each day, and you can win exclusive DanceBlue merchandise.

·       On Facebook: Replace your banner to show that you support the kids.

·       On Instagram: Post pictures from the White Hall table, and DanceBlue will feature them! Plus, participants can win more merchandise.

·       Share your stories on the DanceBlue Blog.


DanceBlue is a yearlong student-run fundraising effort culminating in a 24-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon. The efforts behind this marathon benefit the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic.


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 life-long community service.




MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett or Rebecca Stratton, or, (859) 257-1909/(859) 323-2395 

UKSGA’s All-student Survey Now Live

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 11:25


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Student Government Association (UKSGA) has released its annual all-student survey to the student body.


SGA Deputy Chief of Staff Rowan Reid, who oversaw the survey’s completion, said, “The all-student survey allows us to understand what’s important to every student on campus, not just those who contact us regularly.  The survey’s results provide SGA with data to ensure student voices are not overlooked when important decisions are being made at the university level.”


The all-student survey addresses a wide variety of topics, including the new alcohol policy, parking, dining, diversity and inclusion, mental health and wellness, housing, quality of classes, quality of advising, tuition, student debt and SGA’s services.


 “The information we receive from the all-student survey will allow us to plan for future goals based on what is most important to the student body,” Austin Mullen, student body president, explained. “It guides us in the right direction when discussing which initiatives to take on next.”


Students are encouraged to complete the survey by Friday, Dec. 18.  Those who complete the survey will also become eligible to win an Apple TV, Overboard 360 or tickets to a Kentucky basketball game.


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 questions or concerns regarding the all-student survey, contact Rowan Reid at




MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett or Rebecca Stratton, or, (859) 257-1909/(859) 323-2395 

Kentucky Blood Donors Lead Going into Day 3

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 08:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18. 2015) — More than 550 Kentucky fans generously donated blood Tuesday during the 28th annual Big Blue Crush and stretched Kentucky’s lead over Tennessee, 1,060 to 753.


“Kentucky fans have a long tradition of saving the lives of Kentucky patients, and we appreciate that they are stepping up again this year,” said Martha Osborne, executive director of marketing and recruitment for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “We have three days left in this blood battle, and we know anything can still happen. We hope to see another 1,500 Kentuckians in the next three days in order to meet the holiday season needs of Kentucky hospitals.”


Big Blue Crush continues through Friday.


This yearly competition between Kentucky Blood Center and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville pits fans of the Cats and the Tennessee Volunteers to see who can donate the most blood the week before Thanksgiving. Kentucky leads the competition 14 to 12 with one tie and has won the competition the last five years.


Donors will receive a Big Blue Crush T-shirt and a chance to win tickets to the Kentucky-Louisville football game on Nov. 28.


Blood donors must be 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at


KBC’s five donor centers will be open special hours – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. – during Crush week. There will also be daily mobile blood drives throughout the region. Donor centers are listed below, and blood drive locations can be found at



Lexington - Beaumont Donor Center

3121 Beaumont Centre Circle


Lexington – Andover Donor Center

3130 Maple Leaf Drive


Louisville – Middletown Donor Center

12905 Shelbyville Road


Pikeville Donor Center

472 S. Mayo Drive


Somerset Donor Center

10 Stonegate Centre (Stoplight 16-A)


About Kentucky Blood Center

KBC, founded in 1968, is the largest independent, full-service, non-profit blood center in Kentucky. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky hospitals.


Every two seconds someone needs blood. It could be a premature infant struggling for life, a firefighter suffering from burns, a neighbor undergoing chemotherapy treatment for leukemia, a truck driver injured in an auto accident or a young student with a congenital blood disorder. It’s for those patients and more that KBC exists.


All blood that is donated with KBC is returned to the Beaumont Donor Center where it is processed, prepared and stored for shipment to Kentucky hospitals.


Blood needs are ongoing. Red cells last only 42 days and must be continually replenished to adequately support Kentucky hospitals. Statistics show that one in seven hospital patients will require blood transfusions during their stay. However, only 37 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood and less than 10 percent does. All blood types are needed, and there is a particular need for type O negative blood since it is the “universal donor” and needed in emergencies when the patient’s blood type is unknown.


The blood already on the shelf is the blood used in an emergency. That’s why KBC is always encouraging people to donate blood.



MEDIA CONTACT: Denise Fields, 859-519-3721; 859-333-2022.

Make a Child’s Holiday Memorable by Participating in UK HealthCare’s Circle of Love

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 15:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2015) — UK HealthCare faculty and staff members will brighten the holidays for children across Central Kentucky by shopping for gifts to go under the Christmas tree this season.


The 2015 Circle of Love gift drive, coordinated by the UK HealthCare Volunteer Services Office, kicks off today with volunteers handing out wish lists for 800 Kentucky children whose families need help during the holiday season. Individual UK HealthCare employees and their families or departments can sponsor a child’s wish list, or multiple wish lists. Wish lists can be picked up at the following locations and times from Nov. 18 to 20, Nov. 23 to 24 and Nov. 30 to Dec. 4:


·      Pavilion H near the gift shop: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

·      Kentucky Clinic near the Wildcat café (third floor): 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

·      Good Samaritan Hospital cafeteria: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Gifts must be wrapped and returned with wish list cards on Dec. 7 or Dec. 8. If your wish list was picked-up at the UK Chandler Hospital or Kentucky Clinic, please drop off at the Chandler Hospital North Lobby from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. If your wish list was picked-up at Good Samaritan, please drop-off at the Good Samaritan Administrations Office from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Donors should not include personal notes, photos or any identification with their gifts. Those employees who work off-site or work evening shifts can request a wish list by contacting Volunteer Services at (859) 323-6023.


“Through the generosity and kindness of our employees, we’re able to make the holidays a bit merrier for families who would otherwise be struggling to put gifts under the tree,” Katie Tibbitts, manager of UK HealthCare Volunteer Services said. “We encourage everyone to get into the spirit of giving to make the drive a success again this year.”


On Dec. 11, Santa will help UK HealthCare volunteers load gifts into yellow school buses and vans bound for households needing help in nine Kentucky counties.


Individual gift donations are also accepted. For more information, contact


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,






Campus Community Rallies for the Sixth Anniversary of the Tobacco-free Policy

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 15:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2015) — University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff members will cheer for clear air as the campus celebrates the sixth year of the tobacco-free policy on Nov. 19.


The UK Tobacco-free Task Force, the Tobacco-free Take Action! Ambassador Program, University Health Service, the UK College of Pharmacy, the Student Health Advisory Council and UK Dining will host the annual Tobacco-free Tailgate: The Great American Smokeout celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Mining and Minerals Research Building on Rose Street. The tailgate includes giveaways, games, music and opportunities to learn about UK’s tobacco-free policy, as well as resources to quit or help someone quit using tobacco. The event is open to any member of the UK community.


UK cheerleaders will bring pep to the tailgate from noon to 1 p.m. The first 100 students to stop by the tailgate will receive a free t-shirt and UK Dining will provide free hot chocolate, s’mores and chili.


In the interest of promoting a healthy place to live, work, and learn for UK students, employees, patients and visitors, UK adopted the tobacco-free policy in 2009. The use of all tobacco products is prohibited on any property that is owned, operated or occupied by UK within Fayette County, which includes buildings, parking structures and lots, sidewalks, streets, and inside vehicles. Tobacco products are defined as all forms of tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah, smokeless tobacco and electronic smoking devices. Everyone on campus — employees, students, patients, visitors, and vendors —are asked to respect others and adhere to the policy. Those who violate the policy could face corrective action.


This year, the UK Tobacco-free Task Force is recruiting campus-wide volunteers to serve as tobacco-free ambassadors. Tobacco-free Take Action! (TFTA!) is dedicated to helping make campus a healthy place to live, work and learn by promoting compliance with UK's tobacco-free policy. Our first group of volunteers has been identified and training is in process. Anyone interested can sign-up for spring semester. The 30-minute online training required for the program provides information on the policy, addresses how to approach violators of the tobacco-free policy, and how to report violations. To sign up for the volunteer program, go to:


UK continues to offer many options to help employees, students and sponsored dependents quit using tobacco. For more information on quitting, go to


Show your support for the tobacco-free campus on social media this week by using the hashtags #seeclear #seeblue.


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

Sustainability Forum is Dec. 1; Abstracts Due This Friday

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 14:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2015) — The 5th Annual Sustainability Forum, sponsored by the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment and the UK Appalachian Center, will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Hilary J. Boone Center.


The forum will showcase interdisciplinary research in environmental and sustainability science and policy. UK faculty, staff and students conducting research in the areas of environmental science, public and environmental health, economic and social policy, political ecology, and manufacturing and materials science are encouraged to participate in the poster presentation.


Abstracts are due by Friday, Nov. 20. To submit an abstract, complete the form at


The poster presentation is limited to the first 32 abstract submissions. Awards for best posters will be presented to the top graduate and undergraduate student posters.


The Sustainability Forum will also highlight results of the 2014 Sustainability Challenge Grant program, which funded seven sustainability projects across campus and in Lexington. Winners of this year's grants, totaling $200,000 in funding, will be announced during an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.   




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

UK College of Law, A&S Team Up To Offer 6-Year BA + JD Program

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 12:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2015) — A new collaboration between the University of Kentucky College of Law and College of Arts and Sciences will allow students seeking a law degree to save time and money by graduating in six years instead of seven.


The UK BLUE (Bachelor-to-Law Undergraduate Education) program is open to incoming freshmen who know early on they plan to pursue a law degree. The program reduces total tuition costs by one year and exposes students to the practice and study of law early on in their undergraduate career.


"For highly motivated, exceptional students, this is a targeted pathway to help them reach their career goals," said Sarah Ballard, an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.


Participating students will complete their undergraduate coursework in three years and begin law school curriculum, pending admission to the UK College of Law, in the fourth year. Students will still receive their bachelor's degree in May of year four. Following two additional years of law courses, they will receive their juris doctor degree in May of year six.


"Over the course of their initial three years, students will also be offered enrichment activities in the College of Law that acquaint them with the legal, clinical, community service, and career opportunities that a law degree makes possible," Ballard said.


A number of graduates with degrees in English, history and political science matriculate to the UK College of Law. In the fall of 2015, approximately 40 students from these majors enrolled at UK College of Law. For this reason, the BLUE program will initially offer admitted students the opportunity to major in one of those three areas of study.


A minimum ACT score of 29 or SAT score of 1290 (critical reading and mathematics scores only) and a minimum high school unweighted GPA of 3.5 is necessary to be considered.


The application deadline for fall 2016 is Dec. 1.


“The BLUE program was designed with students in mind," said David A. Brennen, dean of the UK College of Law. "The program allows students to save money in a time when education costs continue to rise. Finishing the undergraduate degree and J.D. degree in less time means less tuition being paid by students, while concurrently allowing them to get out into the workforce a year earlier. This program, coupled with UK Law’s ranking as the No. 4 Best Value Law School in the country, makes UK Law a great choice in legal education.”


For more information, visit




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

UK Chorale, Lexington Singers to Perform 'Requiem' World Premiere

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 12:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Chorale will join forces with The Lexington Singers for the world premiere of local composer Gregory Partain’s masterpiece "Requiem." The ensembles will join their voices in song 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Singletary Center for the Arts.


Conducted by Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities and music director of The Lexington Singers, "'Requiem' and Other Sacred Works" will feature the combined voices of the two choral groups along with soloists and a professional orchestra.


Gregory Partain is professor of music at Transylvania University and has performed as piano recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber music collaborator throughout the United States, as well as in Germany, Poland, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Russia and Greece. "Requiem" was commissioned by the Kentucky Music Teachers Association in conjunction with the Music Teachers National Association. Originally, "Requiem" was an entirely a cappella piece, however, Partain’s newest incarnation is scored for chorus and orchestra with an additional movement for instruments alone.


"The work is by turns beautiful and dissonant, soothing and gut wrenching, powerful and intimate. It is an honor to premiere this finished masterwork and an exciting challenge to perform it," Johnson said.


The UK Chorale is the premier mixed choral ensemble at UK School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts. It consists mostly of upperclassmen and graduate students. While the majority of singers are music majors, there are a number of other academic disciplines represented within the ensemble. The 40-voice group prides itself in performing a wide variety of choral literature from Renaissance to 21st century. Most recently, the UK Chorale has performed Mozart’s "Requiem" with the UK Symphony Orchestra and the live score to Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film, "2001: A Space Odyssey." The UK Chorale was the first non-professional chorus in the world to perform the challenging Kubrick film score in its entirety.


The Lexington Singers add this premiere to their long tradition of debuting major works, including Rollo Dilworth’s "In the Spirit of Reconciliation," Rene Clausen’s "Celebration Canticles" and Joseph Baber’s "An American Requiem," among others.


"'Requiem' and Other Sacred Works" kicks off the 57th season for The Lexington Singers. This season, the singers are celebrating local talent. In addition to Partain’s "Requiem," the annual performance of George Frideric Handel’s "Messiah" will once again feature world-renowned local soloist and UK alumnus Gregory Turay. The spring will feature a performance of local composer Angela Rice’s oratorio, "Thy Will be Done."


Tickets for "'Requiem' and Other Sacred Works" range from $9 to $20 and can be purchased from the Singletary Center box office at 859-257-4929,, or in person at the box office.


For more information about this concert or The Lexington Singers, visit  



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

'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Series Closes With Dulcimer Artist Don Pedi

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:26


Don Pedi performing earlier this year in Townsend, Tennessee. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2015) — The 2015 "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series will end this week with the sweet sounds of the dulcimer in a performance by celebrated musician Don Pedi. The free public concert will begin noon Friday Nov. 20, in the Niles Gallery of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, located in the University of Kentucky Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.


A talented dulcimer player, who grew up in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Don Pedi was born to a musical family. Pedi's grandfather played guitar, mandolin and banjo, his uncle sang and played music for a living, and his father was a talented singer. He eventually got involved with the folk music scene himself in the early 60s. It wasn't until 1964, however, when Pedi first laid eyes on a dulcimer at a live performance by Richard Farina. The sound of the dulcimer and a conversation with Farina is what sparked an interest and made him want to play the instrument himself.


Contemporary performers like Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Patrick Sky, Joan Baez and others are what attracted Pedi to the Newport Folk Festival. It was there where he was exposed to various traditional musicians like Frank Proffitt, Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, Almeda Riddle and others, who would become a major influence on his musical tastes.


By 1966 Pedi started traveling, he lived for various periods of time in different parts of the country. In 1973, while living in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, Pedi met Tad Wright and Keither Zimmerman, musicians from Asheville, North Carolina. After hearing Pedi play, they invited him to join them. He took them up on the offer and together they drove to North Carolina. After Pedi's arrival in Asheville he instantly fell in love with the place. Ever since then he has lived in and around the area.


Since settling in Western North Carolina, Pedi has been recognized as the man who could "really play" a dulcimer. His music has broken new ground and cleared a path for others. In Pedi's hands, the dulcimer has been accepted as an instrument well suited to playing traditional southern dance music. This was at a time when most old time musicians thought a dulcimer should be used for decoration.


In 1991, Pedi and his wife Jean moved to a little farm in the mountains of Madison County, North Carolina, an area rich in traditional music and customs. Pedi is still performing and making music there, his most recent recording is "Stranger on a Mule" with acclaimed fiddler Bruce Greene.


The Appalachia in the Bluegrass concert series celebrates the old time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series showcases 12 different artists, duos and groups from Southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim.


The John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, host of the concert series, is a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine ArtsUK School of Music and UK Libraries.


For more information on the Appalachia in the Bluegrass concert series or the concert featuring Don Pedi, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to or visit the website



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


Call for Enrichment Proposals to be Funded by the Donovan Memorial Endowment

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 18:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2015) — Faculty, staff and students at the University of Kentucky are invited to submit proposals for the 2015-2016 academic year for projects to be funded by the Herman Lee and Nell Stuart Donovan Memorial Endowment.  Qualifying projects should provide for the creation of an atmosphere of culture and enrich educational opportunities by developing an appreciation of culture and beauty in the environment in which students live and study.


The endowment was created by a permanent trust in 1963 by former UK president Herman Lee Donovan and calls for "no part of this endowment ever be spent for ordinary recurring expenses of operation or maintenance, but that it be spent for what are so frequently thought of as the luxuries of an institution, such as beautiful books, for the promotion of musical programs, for acquiring beautiful pictures, for the production of flowers and shrubs, or for any investment that will promote an appreciation of the lovely and beautiful in the environment in which students live and study.”


Awards may range from $1,000 to $15,000.  Anyone interested can download a copy of the application from the Office of the Treasurer website at  or call Mary Fister-Tucker, chair of the Advisory Committee for the Donovan Trust, at 257-2956.


Applications must be submitted by Dec. 21, 2015.  The Advisory Committee for The Donovan Trust will consider all eligible proposals. In some cases the Advisory Committee may request a more detailed proposal or request the applicant to make a presentation on the project. Applicants will be contacted if additional information or a presentation is necessary

Submit Abstract for NCUR 2016 by Dec. 2

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 17:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2015) — University of Kentucky undergraduates participating in research projects are encouraged to submit an abstract for the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) — the annual student conference dedicated to undergraduate research in all fields of study. The call for abstracts will remain open through Dec. 2.


Students involved in research or creative activities on campus are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts of their work for this highly valuable opportunity. Information about how to apply can be found at


"NCUR is the premier venue for undergraduates to present their research and creative activity, and to network with other students across the nation and beyond,” said Diane Snow, director of UK’s Office of Undergraduate Research. “UK, a former two-time host of NCUR, is an enthusiastic supporter of this high impact experience for our students, and strongly encourages all interested students to submit applications.”


The 2016 NCUR will be held at the University of North Carolina-Asheville April 7-9, 2016.  


For more information, call the UK Office of Undergraduate Research


The UK Office of Undergraduate Research is part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.