LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2015) — Nathan Moore, a University of Kentucky English senior from Louisville, Kentucky, has been selected to present the 21st annual Edward T. Breathitt Undergraduate Lectureship in the Humanities at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the UK Athletics Auditorium at William T. Young Library. Moore's free public lecture focuses on intersections of African American literature, history and cultural memory.
The Breathitt Lectureship was named for an outstanding UK alumnus who showed an exceptional interest in higher education and the humanities, Gov. Edward T. Breathitt. The lectureship is awarded to an undergraduate who has eloquently expressed the qualities of mind and spirit, including one or more of the basic concerns of the humanities: form, value and memory. Each year all undergraduate students are invited to apply for the lectureship.
Moore's lecture, "Subjugation and the Supernatural: The Ethnogothic in African American Letters," will explore slave narratives. Moore will discuss how former slaves used conventions of Gothic fiction to expose the brutality of their enslavement. Through discussions of genre, he will examine how this traumatic history is left silent in many contemporary discussions of race and class. A public reception will follow the talk.
The "Subjugation and the Supernatural" lecture and undergraduate research on the topic by Moore started as a class assignment at UK. "This lecture is actually part of ongoing research project I have been conducting work on since sophomore year. Originally, this work began as a midterm paper for a Major Black Writers course."
The Breathitt Lectureship is presented by the Gaines Center for the Humanities, part of part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the UK Division of Undergraduate Education. As part of the lectureship, a student is given the opportunity to write and deliver a humanities-oriented public lecture on the topic of their choosing. The student speaker is chosen through an application process that includes a lecture proposal submitted by the student to an independent committee of readers.
In recognition of his selection to deliver the Breathitt Lectureship, Moore also will receive a commemorative award and a $500 honorarium.
Moore is excited to share his work through the Breathitt Lectureship. "It sounded like an amazing opportunity to share my research interest with a larger group outside of the departments that I usually work with here at UK," Moore said. "It seemed beneficial to share my research and have a chance to get feedback in a semi-professional venue. I also feel really passionate about my project and thought it would be a nice way to leave the University of Kentucky by sharing my work with my peers in the larger campus community."
The son of Denise Moore, of Louisville, the Breathitt Lecturer is also pursuing a minor African American and Africana studies, as well as his major of English. In addition, Moore is finishing a certificate in creative writing. His excellence in the classroom previously garnered him one of only 10 fellowships to the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute, presented by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to encourage minority students and others with an interest in African-American, African and African diasporan studies to pursue graduate degrees in the humanities.
The world of literature is a passion for Moore. "As clichéd as this may sound, I chose to study English because I love to write and read. I chose to work with the Department of African American and Africana Studies because I read 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' by Zora Neale Hurston and it changed my life. I never knew I could study my own history as a Black person and I just felt I had to declare a minor."
To hear a podcast about Moore's experience as a Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute Fellow, visit www.as.uky.edu/podcasts/building-your-own-space-academia-nathan-moore.
Outside of the classroom, Moore has worked with UK Libraries as one of their first Diversity Scholar Interns and he has also done a few radio broadcasts with WUKY's "UK Perspectives" interview series. He also previously interned with the Limestone Journal.
Upon completion of his undergraduate degree this May, Moore plans to pursue graduate studies in African American literature and history, as well as creative writing. He plans to pursue a career as a professor and creative writer.
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UK, Fayette County Schools Negotiating to Locate STEAM Academy Adjacent to University's College of Education
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) – The University of Kentucky could soon be home to an innovative program for Fayette County Public Schools high school students on the UK campus near the College of Education.
Negotiations between UK and FCPS are under way to move the district’s fledgling STEAM Academy to UK. STEAM -- which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics -- is an innovative partnership between UK and Fayette County Public Schools. Students take high school classes, while potentially earning college credits in courses taught by UK faculty as well as undergraduate and graduate students.
“The STEAM Academy’s initial funding from Next Generation Learning Challenges was the only grant given to a school district partnering with a university. So, the eyes of the nation are on us as we show how a public school working with a university can rethink education,” said Mary John O’Hair, dean of the College of Education. “Locating the STEAM academy on the UK campus is ideal for both the university and FCPS. Our model uses an innovative personalized instruction approach that includes mastery learning, internships, and dual college credit opportunities. The end goal is that every student will graduate college and career ready, and with experience in college courses.”
In addition to having access to college-level courses and campus resources, the program is part of a national network working to transform education, including the Kentucky P20 Innovation Lab and National Center for Innovation in Education, both based at the College of Education. Additionally, College of Education students will be involved in STEAM classrooms early in their studies, helping the college establish a “blue ribbon model” for clinical-based teacher preparation programs.
“We are excited about the endless possibilities being on the UK campus will offer our students, families and staff,” said Tina Stevenson, who has directed the STEAM Academy since it opened in 2013. “Being on campus will solidify one of the pillars of STEAM, to ensure our students are college and career experienced before they graduate.”
UK Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric N. Monday indicated to Fayette County Schools in December that the university will provide a site location on campus. The school district will construct the academy. The most likely site for construction is behind the Taylor Education Building, where the College of Education is located.
The program, which has been open since fall 2013, is housed temporarily in the former Johnson Elementary School on East Sixth Street. The long-term goal, though, has been to have a facility close to, or on, the UK campus.
"It has always been the hope and goal of both UK and Fayette County Public Schools to locate the Academy in close proximity to the College of Education and its faculty," Monday wrote. "We believe that proximity will significantly enhance the partnership and collaboration between the STEAM faculty and staff and the UK faculty. We look forward to working together to make this project a reality."
There is not a specific timetable set for selecting site location or beginning construction, but officials from both partner agencies said they want to move as quickly as possible, given the benefits of a school on the UK campus.
“Just being near the campus will create a buzz,” said Margo Lawson, a freshman at the STEAM Academy. “Not only will teachers be able to partner with UK for materials and curriculum, but students will get the complete college experience with new technology, a new learning environment and some of the privileges being a college student affords.”
Justin Bathon, UK College of Education associate professor and director of innovative school models, will provide leadership to the STEAM Academy, along with Stevenson.
The STEAM Academy has an advisory council comprised of both UK and FCPS personnel, as well as community members and parents, including:
- John Price, Fayette County Board of Education Chairman
- Jack Hayes, Director of School Improvement and Innovation, FCPS
- Dr. Laurie Henry, interim chair of the UK College of Education Department of Curriculum & Instruction and associate dean of clinical preparation and partnerships
- Linda France, director of the UK College of Education P20 Next Generation Leadership Academy
- Justin Bathon, UK College of Education associate professor and director of innovative school models
- Tina Stevenson, STEAM Academy director
- Eric Ridd, STEAM Academy counselor
- Maria Shockey, STEAM Academy math teacher
- Eleanor Clifton, STEAM Academy sophomore
- Margo Lawson, STEAM Academy freshman
- Bill Quinn, STEAM Academy parent
- Dr. Mark Watson, STEAM Academy parent
The partnership is focused on creating a 21st-century school that is flexible and adaptable, technology rich, responsive to student and teacher needs, and recognizes and extends learning beyond the traditional school day and classroom.
STEAM Academy is also envisioned as a research and development lab for UK faculty to research and pilot new innovations that can be broadly shared and replicated. STEAM students have access to the UK campus, as well as UK faculty students and staff who are frequently at the Academy.
The Academy was the first public high school program in the nation to receive start-up funds from Next Generation Learning Challenges, which is supported by foundations including the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2015) —The University of Kentucky Alumni Association, Fayette County Cooperative Extension Services, and UK Human Resources Staff Career Development are pleased to announce Job Club’s winter/spring schedule. The purpose of the Central Kentucky Community Job Club is to provide a positive environment for motivated job seekers to meet, connect, share and learn.
The free group is open to the public and meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension office, 1140 Red Mile Place, Lexington, Kentucky. Business attire is encouraged. Convenient, free parking is available.
Job Club is for you if you are motivated and currently out of work, underemployed or looking to make a career transition. In addition, recruiters and employers are always welcome and introduced to Job Club attendees. For more information, call the UK Alumni Association at 859-257-8905, the Fayette Cooperative Extension office at 859-257-5582, or the UK Staff Career Development Office at 859-257-9416. Additional information including testimonials from former Job Club participants can be viewed at: www.ukalumni.net/jobclub.
Job Club Winter/Spring Meeting Schedule:
- Tuesday, Jan. 27: Using Networking to Find and Land a Hidden Job – Presented by Rick Johnson (9–10:15 a.m.)
- Tuesday, Feb. 10: Successful Telephone Interview/Screening Tips and How to Choose and Prep your Professional References – Presented by Elizabeth Walker and Chase Adams, UK STEPS (9–10:15 a.m.)
- Tuesday, Feb. 24: Interview Strategies from the Other Side of the Table – Presented by Frank Patton, First Investors (9–10:15 a.m.)
- Tuesday, March 10: Staying Positive During a Job Search – Presented by Ann M. Bassoni, UK Work + Life Connections (9–10:15 a.m.)
- Tuesday, March 24: A Snapshot of the Central Kentucky Labor Market – Presented by Billie Peavler, executive director, Business & Education Network, Commerce Lexington (9–10:15 a.m.)
- Tuesday, April 14: LinkedIn: Your Job Search Best Friend – Presented by Sally Foster and Amanda Schagane, Graham Office of Career Management (9–10:15 a.m.)
- Tuesday, April 28: How to Write the Perfect Resume and Cover Letter – Presented by Lisa James with Robert Half and Audrey Jones, recruiters with Office Team (9–10:15 a.m.)
- Tuesday, May 12: Panel of Successful Job Club Members **Resume Critiques to follow** (9–10:15 a.m.)
- Tuesday, May 26: There is an App for That…Integrating Technology into Your Personal Finances – Presented by Jennifer Hunter, Extension specialist for Family Financial Management (9–10:15 a.m.)
Attendance at all sessions is not required but is recommended.
*Snow Policy: If Fayette County Public Schools close or on a delay, Job Club will not meet.
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 www.ukalumni.net or call 1-800-269-2586.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Today Carl Nathe sits in for Godell and talks to George Brown, co-chair of the Martin Luther King Day Planning Committee. They discuss upcoming events in celebration of the King holiday.
To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/observing-martin-luther-king-jr-day.
"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 15, 2015) — The University of Kentucky is moving forward with a $30.65 million offer for Coldstream Laboratories Inc. (CLI) and its high-tech facility located at Coldstream Research Campus.
The decision was made Thursday during meetings of the UK Research Foundation and the executive committee of the university's Board of Trustees.
On the table is an offer from Piramal Enterprises Limited, one of the 50 largest companies in India, with annual revenues exceeding $750 million and expertise in contract manufacturing of pharmaceuticals. The deal is expected to close in early 2015.
"This development is an exciting one for UK, Coldstream Research Campus and our community as we continue efforts to commercialize the technology and intellectual property developed by the university at the research park," said Lisa Cassis, UK's interim vice president for research.
Incorporated in 2007, CLI is a specialty pharmaceutical contract manufacturer with an emphasis on clinical trial to commercial scale sterile manufacturing of liquid and lyophilized parenterals and injectables.
UK's Research Foundation, as the largest shareholder in CLI, approved a $25 million offer from Piramal Enterprises Limited for the company's stock. The UK Board's Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the university's Board of Trustees, authorized moving forward with a $5.65 million offer for the CLI facility on the research park campus.
CLI has had considerable success in recent years including:
--A five-year National Cancer Institute contract in 2013,
--Successful completion of Food and Drug Administration pre-approval inspections in 2014 for the production of pharmaceuticals.
However, taking the next step in growing and commercializing its operations will require more capital infusion on a consistent basis going forward. As a result, university officials said, private ownership and investment offers the greatest potential for CLI's long-term future.
"UK realizes that while CLI has been increasingly successful in commercializing research and products developed at this facility, its long-term success will be bolstered by further investment, management and marketing expertise, and expanded product lines and capacity that can best be provided by a commercial owner," said Eric N. Monday, UK's executive vice president for finance and administration.
To that end, Piramal would locate its North American Pharma Solutions Formulations headquarters in Lexington at the Coldstream Research Campus while also exploring the potential for partnerships with the UK College of Pharmacy, which is currently fifth-ranked nationally.
CLI currently has 97 employees with an average annual salary of $58,000. Piramal has expressed an interest in negotiating with current management to continue operating the business and officials have stated that they hope to expand the employee base and presence on the Coldstream campus.
"That interest on the part of a major player in this industry speaks well of our stewardship of this company as well as the management and employees who have developed CLI to this point," Monday said. "The potential for this company -- and commercialized research created by the College of Pharmacy -- is tremendous."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) – The University of Kentucky College of Law is pleased to welcome to campus two new faculty practitioners for the spring 2015 semester. Faculty practitioners are experienced practitioners hired to teach on a full-time but temporary basis, and also are in residence at the College of Law to be engaged with students.
The College of Law's new faculty practitioners are Gayle W. Herndon and James G. Harralson. They join Marianna Jackson Clay, who has been a faculty practitioner in residence at the College of Law since the fall 2013 semester. Professors Herndon and Harralson also serve on the College of Law’s Visiting Committee, and all three faculty practitioners are graduates of the college.
Harralson is teaching corporation finance law. He recently retired from his position as associate general counsel for AT&T Mobility, and previously served as vice president and associate general counsel for BellSouth/AT&T, all over the past 13 years in Atlanta. Professor Harralson also worked for BellSouth affiliates in Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia, and at two law firms in Kentucky, bringing 35 years of corporate experience to the classroom. He is a 1979 graduate of the UK College of Law and a 1976 graduate of the UK College of Business with a degree in business and economics.
Herndon is teaching corporate tax. He recently retired as tax counsel for tax policy and planning at the General Electric Company in Fairfield, Connecticut, after 25 years of service. Previously, he served as a special assistant to the deputy chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service and as an attorney and accountant at various private firms. He has a combined 40 years of experience in a tax-related profession. Professor Herndon is a 1982 Order of the Coif graduate of the UK College of Law and a 1976 graduate of the UK College of Business with a degree in accounting.
Clay has served in various capacities in the Commonwealth before coming to the UK College of Law to teach. She was a staff attorney for the Kentucky Court of Appeals, an assistant United States attorney, a senior litigation counsel for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and as the assistant director for civil litigation instruction at the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina, a residential training facility for Department of Justice attorneys nationwide. Professor Clay is a 1978 UK College of Law valedictorian, the first woman to earn that honor at UK, and graduated Order of the Coif. She teaches civil pretrial practice, litigation skills and negotiations.
The University of Kentucky College of Law is pleased to have Professors Clay, Harralson and Herndon on the faculty roster for the spring 2015 semester.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) – University of Kentucky Robert G. Lawson Associate Professor of Law Scott R. Bauries was recently quoted in a Tuesday, Jan. 13, New York Times' article titled, "Washington Governor Seeks New Taxes as a Court Order Looms."
In the story, Kirk Johnson reports on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee proposing $1.4 million in new tax revenue, and the contempt order issued by the Washington Supreme Court. Johnson writes that the proposal of the new taxes would be the biggest increase in new tax dollars in the state's history, and most of the money would go towards education.
Johnson also writes that the new tax plan is driven by the Washington Supreme Court threatening sanctions and other measures after the Court found the state in contempt last fall for "failing to outline a schedule, in dates and dollar amounts, to fix years of underfunding of schools."
“I’m still left wondering what a court can do to sanction a coequal branch of government where the sin ultimately boils down to the failure to vote for positive social and economic policy that satisfies the court,” said Bauries, who teaches civil procedure, employment law, education law and state constitutional law at the UK College of Law.
Commenting on another perplexing aspect, Bauries said that because the federal courts do not police disputes between branches of state government over the separation of powers, any challenge to the court’s action could be appealed to only the justices themselves, who would be asked to second-guess whether they had acted within constitutional bounds.
"This order is pretty strongly worded,” Bauries said.
To view the article, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/14/us/washington-governor-seeks-new-taxes-as-a-court-order-looms.html?_r=1.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) — The theme for Lexington’s 2015 celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day is MLK Today: The Courage to Change.
The day, Monday, Jan. 19, begins with the Freedom March lineup at 9 a.m. in the corridor outside Heritage Hall, downtown Lexington Center. Those participating in the Freedom March will depart Heritage Hall at 10 a.m., and return in time for the kickoff to the commemorative program at 11 a.m.
Lexington is always eager to learn who the MLK Day commemorative program’s keynote speaker will be. And the event planners rarely disappoint.
This year, Susan L. Taylor, the visionary leader and former chief editor of Essence magazine, will present the keynote address.
At Essence magazine, Taylor not only served as chief editor, but also authored the magazine’s most popular column, “In the Spirit,” the first mainstream American magazine to champion spiritual growth as a pathway to total well-being and a meaningful life. Under her guidance, the publication’s readership soared to eight million in the U.S., the Caribbean, Canada, the United Kingdom and English-speaking African nations.
After 27 years as the chief editor of Essence magazine and credited with building the brand, Taylor left publishing to build an organization devoted to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty among African Americans. Founded by Taylor in 2005 as Essence CARES, the National CARES Mentoring Movement is the fastest growing mentor-recruitment organization in the nation today.
Often described as a community transformation crusade, CARES is dedicated to “changing the predictable futures defined for our young who are struggling along the margins and living with the indignity of poverty,” Taylor explained.
Located in 58 U.S. cities, local CARES affiliates recruit, train and deploy caring adults to schools and a wide variety of youth-serving organizations that are desperate for Black volunteers to serve as mentors, tutors, reading buddies and role models. Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Boy Scouts and U.S. Dream Academy are among the hundreds of organizations that include CARES volunteer army of passionate leaders and mentors. To date, National CARES has recruited more than 130,000 mentors.
Taylor has edited eight books and is the author of four others, including “In The Spirit,” “Lessons in Living,” and “Confirmation: The Spiritual Wisdom That Has Shaped Our Lives,” which she co-authored with husband Khephra Burns, and her most recent book “All About Love.”
The attendees will also be enthralled by Zeb Harrison & The Sounds of Praise, a trombone “shout” band from Charlotte, North Carolina. While most popular attention to African American brass band music is lavished on New Orleans jazz, Zeb Harrison & The Sounds of Praise emerged from the shout band tradition of churches on the Eastern seaboard. The style is heard almost exclusively inside the worship houses of the United House of Prayer for All People, a religious movement founded in the 1920s under the leadership of Bishop C.M. “Daddy” Grace.
Organized by Zeb Harrison more than 25 years ago, The Sounds of Praise has served as the opening act for an array of renowned artists, including Pastor Shirley Caesar, the late Rev. James Cleveland, Pastor John P. Kee, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston, Angela Winbush, Bobby Brown, Anthony Hamilton and Walter Hawkins. They have performed in many venues throughout the country including the MLK Center in Atlanta, Georgia; the Smithsonian Institute and at the second inaugural concert for President Barack Obama.
After the Commemorative Program, Kentucky Theatre, at 214 E. Main St., will offer a free showing of the movie “Red Tails” at 2:30 p.m. Starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard, “Red Tails” is the story of the real-life adventures of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American combat unit to serve in World War II.
All events are free thanks to the sponsorship of the University of Kentucky, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and other donors.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) —The pitches are in, and the winner was picked for the UK 150 contest, the University of Kentucky’s largest online student pitch competition. Phillip Gordon was selected as the winner with his pitch on Nomad Jeans pickpocket-proof pants.
As the introductory event to create hype about the UK Venture Challenge, the UK 150 contest aimed to collect at least 150 pitches of 150 seconds or less from UK students who posted their ideas on YouTube. Overall, more than 200 pitches were entered into the competition thanks to iNET partner, Awesome Inc, who also chose the 18 finalists, including the winner, Phillip Gordon, who will receive $1,000 for his idea.
Gordon said he came up with the idea of Nomad Jeans when he was studying abroad in Seville, Spain and had friends who fell victim to pickpocketing. He wanted to come up with a solution to that problem and landed on the idea of combining his wallet with his pants pocket. Gordon recently got the first prototype of his jeans made and is currently working on a women’s style.
“It’s really important to be innovative and to solve your own problems,” said Gordon. “Little by little, you are making a better community for the whole world. I like knowing not only that entrepreneurship is an option in life instead of a corporate job, but that it’s also possible, because you aren’t usually told that.”
The two runners-up will receive prizes as well. Beau Davis, who pitched GamePhase, an online profile for high school athletes looking to get recruited for college, will receive two free months at Awesome Inc’s coworking space in downtown Lexington, as well as one hour of consulting and pitch coaching at the company. Third place winner, Michael Lewis pitched Finance U, which is a new way to raise money for college through online crowdfunding.
“Congratulations to all of the students who participated and submitted creative ideas,” said University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto. “Programs such as this and UK Venture Challenge provide students the opportunity to be innovative and entrepreneurial, which is an important part of their educational experience.”
So what’s next for UK’s student entrepreneurs? The UK Venture Challenge will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the William T. Young Library, UK Athletic Association Auditorium. Students develop their ideas into new ventures and present their business concepts to judges from the local entrepreneurial community. The three winning teams share $3,000 in scholarship prizes, and the top two advance to the state competition, Idea State U. Registration opens Jan. 20 for the 2015 UK Venture Challenge.
You can watch Phillip Gordon’s winning pitch here.
Both the UK 150 Pitch Contest and UK Venture Challenge are iNET programs. iNET, the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking, is hosted by the College of Communication and Information.
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Violinist Zvi Zeitlin and Nicholas Goluses perform Manuel de Falla's "Suite Populaire Espagnole: Asturiana."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) – Two distinguished guest artists will visit the University of Kentucky School of Music to ring in the new semester. Guitarist Nicholas Goluses and free improvisation artist Ken Vandermark will offer master classes and concerts in the coming week.
As instrument virtuoso Nicholas Goluses concludes his residency at UK School of Music, the guitarist will present a free public concert 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at Singletary Center for the Arts. The program will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Mauro Giuliani, Mikis Theodorakis and more.
Called “a true American master” by 20th Century Guitar magazine, Goluses is founder and director of the guitar programs at the Eastman School of Music, where he is the recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. Additionally, he has held the Andrés Segovia Faculty Chair at Manhattan School of Music, where he received his doctoral degree and was the recipient of the Pablo Casals Award and the Faculty Award of Distinguished Merit.
Touring as a soloist, with orchestra, and as a chamber musician has taken Goluses across North America, South America, Europe, Australia and the Far East. He has recorded extensively for NAXOS, Albany and BMG. Committed to performing new music for the guitar, Goluses has given world première performances of more than 100 works.
Ken Vandermark plays a solo baritone improvisation in celebration of Miles Davis.
Jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist Ken Vandermark will present both a master class and concert during his visit to UK. The artist will present a master class 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, in room 22 of the Fine Arts Building. Vandermark's concert will follow later that evening at 7:30 p.m., in the Niles Gallery, located in the Lucile C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. Both events are free and open to the public.
Vandermark began studying the tenor saxophone at the age of 16. Since graduating with a degree in film and communications from McGill University in 1986, his primary creative emphasis has been the exploration of contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. In 1989, he moved to Chicago from Boston, and has worked continuously from the early 1990s onward, both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe, recording in a large array of contexts, with many internationally renowned musicians, such as Fred Anderson, Ab Baars, Peter Brötzmann, Tim Daisy, Hamid Drake, Terrie Ex, Mats Gustafsson, Devin Hoff, Christof Kurzmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Paul Lytton, Andy Moor, Joe Morris and Nate Wooley.
Currently, Vandermark works with Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble, Side A, Lean Left, Fire Room, the DKV Trio and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy. More than half of each year is spent touring in Europe, North America and Japan, and Vandermark's concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. In addition to the tenor sax, he also plays the bass and Bb clarinet, and baritone saxophone.
In 1998, DownBeat Magazine named Vandermark one of the "25 For The Future." In 2004, he was named to the "Musicians Of The Year" by All About Jazz and chosen as one of Chicago's "40 Cultural Heroes" by Time Out in 2008.
The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2014) — A former dairy barn that survived a widespread fire in the 1950s has evolved into an importance space on the University of Kentucky's South Campus.
Students, faculty, staff and alumni from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment utilize the E.S. Good Barn year round. While some use the building’s meeting rooms to connect with each other and with extension agents and other officials from throughout the Commonwealth, others use the upstairs space for their landscape architecture studios.
This video feature is part of a special new series produced by UKNow focusing on locations across campus that are meaningful for UK students, administrators, faculty, staff and alumni. The idea is to show how the physical spaces on campus help foster discovery, community, research, knowledge and success for the UK family. As the university celebrates its 150th anniversary, we want to show readers what our campus is like today by showcasing locations that have stood for decades along with some of our newest spots.
Since the “Where I ‘see blue.’” video series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas. If there’s an obscure spot on campus you don’t think many people know about or an area that’s on everyone’s radar but you have a special connection to it, email us. Who knows? We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2015) -- Despite its name, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) isn’t actually a disease of the ovary.
PCOS got its name after researchers and clinicians in the 1930s associated abnormalities in ovarian function and appearance with endocrine abnormalities in women. Since then, we have realized that the ovarian dysfunction is a secondary issue that is caused by the underlying metabolic and endocrine changes seen with PCOS. Let’s explore some of the common questions about PCOS.
What are the common symptoms of PCOS?
Menstrual irregularities are the most common reasons that lead to women with PCOS seeking evaluation. Other common symptoms include excess hair growth on the face and body, acne, and obesity.
What other health issues does PCOS contribute to?
Patients with PCOS are more likely to have infertility, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mood disorders, and endometrial cancer.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
There isn’t one specific diagnostic test that is used to diagnose PCOS. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends the use of specific clinical and diagnostic criteria to make a diagnosis of PCOS. The NIH criteria include:
1. Abnormal menstruation/ovulation
2. Clinical and or biochemical evidence of increased androgen hormones (increased hair growth on the face and body, acne, balding)
3. Exclusion of other known diseases that could cause the excess androgen hormones
Using these criteria, it's estimated that roughly 10 percent of women in the US have PCOS.
How would my doctor evaluate me for PCOS?
A doctor would discuss your menstrual pattern and history, perform a physical exam, and order lab tests. If the evaluation fits the NIH criteria, then you will be diagnosed with PCOS.
What causes PCOS?
The ovaries are not the primary cause of PCOS. Therefore, removing the ovaries will not cure this problem. We don’t fully understand all the factors involved in PCOS. We do know that it is caused by the interplay of many complex genetic factors among genes that control energy metabolism as well as hormone synthesis and secretion.
Can PCOS be treated?
PCOS cannot be cured, but the disease can be managed. Lifestyle changes and behavior modification can have the most impact on the clinical symptoms of PCOS. Exercise, healthy eating, weight control, and some medications can counteract some of the metabolic changes, thus decreasing the clinical characteristics of PCOS. It is just as important to monitor and treat the other health issues associated with PCOS, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Does PCOS affect the ability to become pregnant?
Yes, it can. The menstrual irregularities seen in PCOS are due to abnormal ovulatory function. When ovulation does not occur, an egg is not released, thus decreasing the chance of pregnancy. Treating PCOS as described previously can decrease the risk of infertility. Ovulation induction medications can also be used to help improve ovulatory function.
Dr. Bryan Rone is an OB/GYN specialist at UK HealthCare.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) – University of Kentucky alumnus Earl F. Martin, a graduate of the College of Communication and Information and College of Law, has been selected as Drake University's 13th president. Martin will begin his term as president on July 1, 2015.
Currently serving as the executive vice president of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., Martin graduated from UK with a bachelor's in communication in 1984.
“We are very pleased that Marty Martin has been named the next president of Drake University. We wish him and Laura the best as they start a new journey in Des Moines," said College of Communication Dean Dan O'Hair.
"The Department of Communication extends its best wishes to Earl and expects that his training in communication will allow him to act as a leader who fosters shared understanding and mutual respect among faculty, students and staff," said Elisia Cohen, chair of the Department of Communication.
Martin later went on to receive his juris doctor degree from the College of Law in 1987.
“The University of Kentucky College of Law is pleased that 1987 alumnus, Earl F. Martin, has been named the President of Drake University. We believe his leadership position at Gonzaga and faculty role at Texas Wesleyan Law School have prepared him well for this new appointment and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors," said College of Law Dean David Brennen.
An experienced leader and educator, the alumnus first began his career as an active-duty U.S. Air Force staff judge advocate officer, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2007 after dedicating 12 more years to the Air Force Reserves.
Martin began his career in academics at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law as a professor and associate dean for academic affairs. The alumnus then spent five years dean of Gonzaga's School of Law, and has served as Gonzaga’s executive vice president since 2010.
“I am honored and humbled to be joining the Drake community at such an important and exciting time for the University,” said Martin in a Drake University press release. “Drake is an exceptionally welcoming institution committed to its mission of preparing students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to ensure that Drake is positioned to thrive in the 21st century, a time that will continue to be marked by great change and innovation.”
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) —Daytime CATS buses and the Lextran Commonwealth Stadium Route will not operate on Monday, Jan. 19, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Additionally, the Kentucky Clinic Shuttle and the UK HealthCare Route will not run on Monday, Jan. 19.
Parking and Transportation Services will be offering the CATS On-Demand bus service Monday beginning at 7:00 p.m. and continuing until midnight. The On-Demand bus will operate on its regular schedule on Sunday, Jan. 18. All bus routes will resume regular service hours on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
More information about all the bus routes, including maps and schedules, can be found at www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_campus-shuttles.
For the most up-to-date information, riders can view the actual location of all CATS buses on all routes by using Cat Tracker, a real-time GPS-based bus locating system at http://uky.transloc.com. Riders may also track the buses via the free TransLoc iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps, by using their smartphone to scan the QR codes found on each bus stop sign or by using the SMS codes found at each bus stop.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 15, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Police Department has joined 25 other law enforcement agencies in Central Kentucky in an inter-jurisdictional agreement that allows these agencies to cross jurisdictional boundaries in the course of criminal investigations. The Bluegrass and Central Kentucky Unified Police Protection System, or BACKUPPS, was announced in a news conference in Frankfort Wednesday, Jan. 14.
BACKUPPS includes police departments and sheriff's offices in 15 counties. The agreement took nearly five months to establish and includes standard operating procedures allowing all agencies' officers and detectives to work together on criminal investigations without jurisdictional restrictions.
State law allows these agreements, and while a few law enforcement agencies have entered into inter-jurisdictional agreements, BACKUPPS is by far the largest initiative of its kind in Kentucky.
UK Police Chief Joe Monroe says it reflects the collaborative nature of law enforcement today. "Never before have this many law enforcement agencies been able to come together for the common goal of protecting our community; this is definitely a historic initiative."
Monroe says the agreement with the other agencies will allow for a more efficient process.
"With the University of Kentucky Police Department being a part of the Bluegrass Area Central Kentucky Unified Police System, it will permit us to have additional resources should an event occur that would exceed the capacity of our police department and the surrounding jurisdiction," Monroe said. "This will also benefit UKPD in responding to assist our law enforcement partners in the event of a disaster or a large scale incident as well as in investigating criminals who flee our normal jurisdiction."
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 15, 2015) — A piece of art by Ebony G. Patterson, an associate professor in painting at the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies, was named to "David Ebony's Top 10 Most Memorable Artworks of 2014." The managing editor of Art in America praised Patterson's "…wata marassa-beyond the bladez," currently on display as part of "Prospect.3" in New Orleans.
In the article, Ebony called Patterson "one of the bright new stars showcased in 'Prospect.3.'" The composition selected by Ebony is a mixed media work combining painting and assemblage. The piece is part of a series of works that explores ideas around visibility/invisibility, beauty, violence and access.
"Prospect" New Orleans was conceived in the tradition of the great international exhibitions to showcase new artistic practices from around the world and contribute to the cultural economy of New Orleans. The idea to mount a large-scale international art biennial came to Dan Cameron during his first post-Katrina visit to New Orleans. With the potential opportunities, Cameron decided it was the ideal place and time to launch such a venture, and in 2007, with seed money from philanthropist Toby Devan Lewis, Prospect New Orleans came to fruition.
Prior to being selected for "P.3" last fall, Patterson has been included in notable group exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum, Bass Museum, National Gallery of Jamaica and Studio Museum in Harlem. Her show credits include "Gold" (Miami , Florida); The "Jamaica Biennial" ; "Aruba Biennial"; "Caribbean Crossroads" (New York, Florida); "Black Gossamer," at Glass Curtain Gallery, at Columbia College (Chicago); "...until you see them," at Monique Meloche Gallery; and her first national museum show "dy/nas/ty," at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in spring 2014. Patterson will participate in several select shows at notable venues in 2015, including exhibitions at John Michael Kholer Art Center (Sheboygan, Wisconsin), Havana Biennale (Cuba), Seattle Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Center (New Orleans).
Outside of the gallery, Patterson's work has also been published in numerous publications such as The New York Times, Frieze Magazine, Huffington Post, Art Nexus, Art Papers and the International Review of African-American Art.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Patterson earned her bachelor's degree in painting at the Edna Manley College for Visual and Performing Arts and a master's degree in printmaking and drawing from the Sam Fox College of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2013, she was named to Huffington Post's "Top 30 Black Artists Under 40." That same year, Patterson was the first visual artist to be awarded the Rex Nettleford Fellowship in Cultural Studies, which is presented to a Caribbean resident under the age of 35 who has shown excellence in that field. In 2014, Patterson was awarded the the Aaron Matalon Award for the best submission in the 2014 Jamaica Biennal.
Patterson has been teaching painting and mixed media at UK since 2007. To see more of Patterson’s artwork, or to learn more about her, visit her website at ebonygpatterson.com.
The UK School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies, and art education.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) hosted an Energy Fair on campus last month for 271 fourth and fifth graders from Russell Cave, Yates and Cassidy Elementary Schools in Lexington. The fair provided the students with opportunities to meet scientists, learn about different forms of energy, participate in hands-on experiments, and even tour UK's campus.
In addition to CAER, represenatives from the UK Chapter of the Society of Mining Engineers, Fayette County Public Schools Energy and Sustainability, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Kentucky Geological Survey, and Bluegrass Energy provided interactive stations for the students.
"The Energy Fair trip was a tremendous success," said Josh Radner, a science teacher at Yates Elementary. "Our students were thrilled to meet UK students and researchers who are using the energy science we study in the classroom to address 21st century problems. The event and our subsequent campus tour made a huge impression on our students, many of whom had never visited a college or university campus before."
Pratham Desai, a fourth grader at Cassidy who attended the fair, peddled a bicycle to activate lightbulbs, which he described as his favorite part. Desai is a member of the Science Club at Cassidy, where researchers from CAER have been visiting once a week to teach the students about solar panels, electricity, biofuels, motors, and electromagnets.
"They teach us about different things, like how to save energy and how electricity is generated," Desai said. "Today's fair taught me that energy can do a lot of work for you, without you having to do it."
Collin Harrison, a fourth grader at Russell Cave, said the fair helped him better understand what he has already been learning in school.
"We're looking at different kinds of energy and how carbon dioxide and different types of energy work, and what you can do with it," said Harrison. "In school we're actually making inventions that use energy. This fair gave me a lot of ideas for things I can do."
Harrison's favorite part of the day was watching UK chemistry professor John Selegue perform chemical experiments with balloons.
"He had a stick with fire on the top, and there was a balloon that he filled with different chemicals. So when he put the fire in the balloon, there were different reactions."
"I can easily imagine that this will be remembered by one or more of our students as the moment when they realized that they wanted to grow up to be a scientist," said Radner.
The fair also gave UK students an opportunity to work with the elementary students. Brett Criswell, an assistant professor in STEM Education in the UK College of Education, had all 24 students from his Elementary Science Methods course participate in the fair.
"This is part of our efforts to increase our students' exposure to informal science learning while also supporting STEM outreach work that is occruing across the university and Lexington community," Criswell said.
Christine Stenzel, a senior elementary education major, is one of the students who helped at the fair.
"I saw so many things I cannot wait to apply to my classroom one day," Stenzel said. "There were many instances when a student experienced a 'light bulb' moment in their mind - when a concept actually clicked with them. These moments are so special to me because I was able to really witness learning in so many of these students and see how much they enjoyed it."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 15, 2015) — Historian Thomas D. Clark often claimed that Lexington long entertained an “infatuation” with Belle Brezing. In truth, there is little known about this alluring and notorious brothel keeper. Secrecy was a moral code in her sequestered world of prostitution, even though the trade operated openly in the Lexington neighborhood surrounding what is now Eastern Street in downtown’s east end. Today, that sense of allure continues to draw people into her fold just as it did over a century ago.
In University Press of Kentucky's "Madame Belle: Sex, Money, and Influence in a Southern Brothel," former Lexington Herald-Leader turf writer, University of Kentucky alumnus and part-time instructor in the UK Department of History Maryjean Wall, sheds new light on the tantalizing true story of vice and power in the Gilded Age South as told through the life and times of the notorious Miss Belle. After years on the streets and in an upscale bordello run out of a former residence of Mary Todd Lincoln, Belle Brezing borrowed enough money to set up her own brothel. She leveraged that first house and her early connections with wealthy patrons to purchase the more suitably ostentatious 59 Megowan Street. Here, on any twilit evening in Lexington, it was common to see fashionable international travelers, horsemen, and civic leaders entering the elegant house.
The well-heeled nature of Brezing's establishment allowed it to become a social hangout for the men who controlled the economy, politics and horse industries of Kentucky. Her vaunted secrecy and discretion with such powerful figures often paid dividends, most notably when she was quietly pardoned by Kentucky Governor Luke Blackburn for keeping a “bawdy house.”
By the end of the early 1900s, Lexington hardly resembled its former self. For Brezing the end was near as progressive movements sought to eliminate “all un-Godly activities,” including gambling, alcohol and prostitution. Many of her competitors never believed anti-prostitution efforts would gain enough support to make a difference. Brezing, however, could see the writing on the wall and closed the doors on her operation for good in 1917.
From the time Brezing closed her business until her death in 1940, the once-enterprising madam lived out her retirement as a recluse in her crumbling, ivy-covered mansion. Upon her passing, though, evidence of Brezing’s notoriety was made clear when the Lexington Herald’s entire run of 19,000 newspaper copies containing its remembrance of Brezing sold out by 10 a.m. that Tuesday morning. News of her death also reached national levels with an obituary in Time magazine. Her renown was further secured for future generations when she was widely credited as Margaret Mitchell’s inspiration for Madam Belle Watling in ”Gone With the Wind."
Wall’s account of Belle Brezing is more than a simple biography. It presents a case study in how concepts of morality — and the city of Lexington — have changed over time as well as a glimpse into the life of a remarkable woman whose shrewd sense of business allowed her to infiltrate the highest circles of power.
To this day, Brezing's notoriety lives on in the Bluegrass. "This is not a case of Lexington finally recognizing Belle. She has always been recognized as one of this community’s memorable characters," Wall said. "People who recalled her in life continued to mention her after her death, recognizing her for the legendary character she was. Through subsequent decades, venues in this community have hosted a variety of events ranging from a Standardbred race named for Belle to a Belle Brezing bed race run for charity on downtown streets."
Maryjean Wall served as the turf writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader for 35 years. Wall, who earned her doctorate at UK, is also the author of "How Kentucky Became Southern: A Tale of Outlaws, Horse Thieves, Gamblers, and Breeders." Wall researched many materials related to Belle Brezing housed in the UK Special Collections Research Center.
UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that now includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. Led by Director Stephen Wrinn, its editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 15, 2015) — In the 21st Century, all students increasingly need to possess a working knowledge of business concepts in order to be successful and grow their careers.
This summer, nonbusiness students will have the opportunity to participate in a noncredit Business Fundamentals Certificate Program through the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center, part of the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics. The course of instruction will introduce business fundamentals and principles that will be helpful to students and better prepare them for their future careers. The program will be held May 11-29, 2015.
For more detailed information and to register, visit the Executive Education Center website: http://gatton.uky.edu/eec/Content.asp?PageName=EECBF
This three-week program covers a range of topics including macroeconomics, micro-economics, strategy, marketing, accounting and finance, operations and supply chain management, and organizational behavior and human resources management. The program is presented as a small group experience and is taught by 12 expert professors. While this certificate is noncredit and cannot be applied to a degree program, it does serve to introduce business concepts to students outside of the normal business school curriculum and is a strong resume-enhancer for the job market.
The Business Fundamentals Certificate Program will cover different material each week:
· Week One focuses on macroeconomics and strategy
· Week Two focuses on marketing, financial accounting, managerial accounting, risk management and control, and personal investment management
· Week Three focuses on operations management, supply chain management, organizational behavior and human resources management
The program closes with a certificate ceremony to be held at 5 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015.
"We believe that a lot of students who are not typically exposed to business through their normal course of study will find this program gives them the tools they need to be more confident and articulate when seeking a job and will give them a jump start towards success after graduating," said Joe Labianca, director of the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center. "We're providing the most important aspects of these increasingly popular 'summer business bootcamp' programs at a fraction of the cost, taught by our expert faculty, and delivered right here on campus."
The fee for the Business Fundamentals Certificate Program will be discounted if students register for the program by March 1, 2015. The program at the discounted fee will be $1,800. After the March 1 deadline, the price will increase to $2,000.
For additional information about the program, you also can call 800-284-6407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2015) — As we start a new year and a new semester at the University of Kentucky, President Eli Capilouto has a special message for students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.