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UK Dentistry Looks to Shape Dental Solutions of the Future

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 10:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2016) – The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry (UKCD) has welcomed two new faculty members. Drs. Marcus Abboud and Richard Windhorn will focus on introducing enhancements in the area of digital dentistry within the College and UK dental clinics.


From Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine in New York, Abboud comes to UKCD to serve as associate dean for Digital Dentistry. While in his previous position, Abboud was the founding chair of the Department of Prosthodontics and Digital Technology and responsible for introducing, and growing, various computer assisted planning and treatment solutions taught to dental students and used in clinics.


Abboud has authored numerous publications and lectured extensively on CAD/CAM technology, digital dentistry, implantology, bone grafting, guided surgery and CBCT/CT diagnostic imaging. Additionally, he has given many training courses on new technologies for implant treatment and acted as a consultant for various manufacturers regarding new digital technologies and implantology. He holds multiple patents around the world which provide new solutions in dentistry.


“No sensible decision in dental education, or clinic care, can be made any longer without taking into account both the dental profession as it is today and also, very importantly, what the dental profession will be,” Abboud shared. “The future of dentistry is strongly geared towards a growing number of digital innovations. It is a privilege to be part of the UK team actively participating in shaping the digital future of dentistry.”


Windhorn completed his dental degree at UKCD and went on to become a board-certified prosthodontist and fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. He returns to UKCD to serve in the role of assistant dean for Digital Dentistry following a 30-year career in the United States Army. During his time in the Army, he served in many capacities around the world including as a general dentist, chief prosthodontist, director of the prosthodontic residency program, commander of the Army Dental Laboratory and commander of the Fort Richardson Dental Clinic.


While serving as commander of the Army Dental Laboratory, Windhorn introduced digital technology and improved workflow through the use of new scanners, mills and 3D printers. Case submission procedures were streamlined to improve turnaround times and return completed restorations to doctors in a more timely manner, helping to improve patient care.


“I am proud to have served our great nation for the last 30 years, but it is good to be back home in Kentucky," said Windhorn. "My wish is to be able to serve the College of Dentistry in the same fashion and incorporate new digital dental technology for our students, faculty, and staff to utilize. I look forward to making a difference, helping bring UKCD to the forefront of modern dentistry.” 


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Volunteers Needed for WUKY's Upcoming Fall Fund Drive

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 09:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2016) — The University of Kentucky's NPR Station, WUKY, will connect with listeners across Central Kentucky for its 2016 Fall Fund Drive, Thursday, Sept. 29–Friday, Oct. 7.  The radio station needs volunteers to assist during the on-air fundraiser.


WUKY Membership Manager Robert T. Hansel said the station depends on the generosity of its listeners and volunteers during fundraisers to make it all work.


"We need groups, organizations, and individuals who are willing to volunteer to help answer calls and take pledges from our listeners," Hansel said.  "If your organization/group is able to provide multiple volunteers for a day or multiple shifts, WUKY will designate those specific days/shifts to your group and announce on air that our phones are being answered by volunteers from that group. Plus, your organization will receive 10 free public service announcements."


WUKY is located on the third floor (which WUKY has dubbed the rock 'n' roll penthouse!) of McVey Hall in the heart of UK's campus. Computers are available for all volunteers to easily take pledges, entering them automatically, while making the transaction seamless and much more cost effective for the donor and station.     


The following shifts are available:


Thursday, Sept. 29              6:30am – 6:00pm

Friday, Sept. 30                    6:30am – 6:00pm

Saturday, Oct. 1                   8:00am – 12:00pm

Sunday, Oct. 2                     10:00am – 1:00pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Monday, Oct. 3                     6:30am – 9:00pm

Tuesday, Oct. 4                    6:30am – 6:00pm

Wednesday, Oct. 5             6:30am – 6:00pm

Thursday, Oct. 6                  6:30am – 9:00pm

Friday, Oct. 7                        6:30am – 6:00pm


For more information or to sign up to volunteer, call 257-3272 and ask for Robert Hansel, or send an email to with contact information.


"We are listener supported, with a loyal audience, but we need your help to collect their dollars and make it all work," Hansel said. "And thanks, from WUKY, where NPR Rocks @ 91.3!"



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From Ethiopia to Kentucky: College of Medicine Welcomes Getachew Hailu

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 08:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2016) — From the mountains and waterfalls of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, to the rolling hills and equine landscapes of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Getachew Hailu endured an exhausting 17-hour trip this summer to begin his sabbatical year at the University of Kentucky.


During this year, Hailu said he hopes to observe other doctors and learn more about cancer, his main field of interest, while working at UK’s College of Medicine.


“I was already considering a sabbatical, and in January of this year, (a representative from) the UK College of Medicine made a trip to Bahir Dar and eventually convinced me to come to Kentucky,” Hailu said.


Hailu is no stranger to Kentucky. He visited in 2014 and enjoyed a tour of UK’s campus. He said he was amazed by the “kindness and receptiveness” of the people. This time around, his trip is not for tourism, but to learn more about his field of pathology and observe the medical practices in the United States.


Hailu defines pathology as the “medical discipline focusing on diseases” with his personal focus being cancer diagnosis. His interest was sparked after seeing how so many women in his home country of Ethiopia were diagnosed with breast cancer at a stage too late due to inadequate technologies. Moved by the pain his community experienced, he has devoted a significant part of his career to breast cancer research and it is something he has managed to observe in great detail during his first months in Lexington.


Though he has loved his time in Kentucky so far, he said he misses his family back in Ethiopia and is hoping his wife and three children can visit soon. Aside from the southern hospitality, Hailu said he loves the food in the Bluegrass and his favorite dish is grilled chicken and French fries.


When asked how he found his passion in pathology and cancer research, Hailu said it was as simple as wanting to help his home country with a problem that was taking many lives – breast cancer. As an expert in his field, Hailu offered a piece of advice to students who are interested in scientific research, “Look around and find the problem. The problem is something experienced largely by your community. Base your research on the problem and find the solution to help and empower your community.”


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'UK at the Half' Features Head of Enrollment Management at UK

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 22:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2016) – Don Witt, associate provost for enrollment management at the University of Kentucky, was featured during "UK at the Half," which aired during the UK vs. New Mexico State University football game, broadcast on radio Sept. 17.


He discussed the record-setting academic quality and diversity of UK's freshman class this year, as well as one of the programs that helps attract top students to UK — the series of UK Preview Nights taking place around the state and region this fall.


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


To hear the Sept. 17 "UK at the Half," click on the play button below. To view a transcript of the show, click here.



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VIDEO: A Conversation With UK Professor and Author Hannah Pittard

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 16:21


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


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2016) — While the critics know Hannah Pittard as a talented author, students at the University of Kentucky know her as their teacher. 


Pittard, the author of three published novels and one forthcoming, “Atlanta, 1962” (2017), most recently attracted a substantial amount of media attention for "Listen to Me."  The UK College of Arts and Sciences assistant professor of English was mentioned in BuzzFeed,  The Washington Post and The New York Times for her latest thriller/mystery. 


How does Pittard stay humble even as her works draw more and more attention from critics across the country? Why does she choose to keep teaching? 


Watch the video above for the answers to those questions so that you can learn more about Hannah Pittard, the person. This video is part of our new monthly UKNow series, “5 Questions with …” The goal is to learn more about the people leading, teaching, healing, discovering and learning at the University of Kentucky.   


If you think of someone in our community who you would like to see featured, please email us. Who knows? We might just choose your suggestion for our next “5 Questions with …” conversation on UKNow!



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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Speaks at Gatton College Tonight

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 16:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2016)  In the first major lecture of the academic year, the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics welcomes 2016 Chellgren Lecturer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi to the college’s Kincaid Auditorium 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Sept. 22).


The theme of his speech is “The Role of Business in Bringing About Social Change.”  


The event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis at


Satyarthi was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize along with Malala Yousafzai “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” Following the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian activist Satyarthi has waged a peaceful struggle to stop children being exploited as labor instead of attending school. He has also contributed to the development of international conventions on the rights of children.


“Economic growth and human development need to go hand in hand,” Satyarthi said in his keynote address to the 2014 Jamnalal Bajaj Award ceremony in India. “Human values need to be advocated vigorously.”


Satyarthi was born in the Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh in India. After completing an electrical engineering degree, he worked as a teacher in the area. In 1980, he left teaching and founded the organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan, which has freed thousands of children from slave-like conditions. He has also been active in a wide range of other organizations working against child labor and for children's rights to education. 


David Blackwell, dean of the Gatton College, said, “We are fortunate to be able to bring this distinguished humanitarian to our campus. His message is sure to resonate with students, faculty, staff and members of the broader community.”


This event is a 2016 Chellgren Lecture and is co-sponsored by the Gatton College and UK’s College of Arts and Sciences. The Chellgren Lecture Series at the Gatton College was established in 2001 with an endowment gift from Paul W. Chellgren, former chairman and CEO of Ashland Inc. It brings to campus chief executive officers and other leaders to address issues confronting corporations and the business community.


Satyarthi will also give the keynote address at the 2016 Kalam Scholars Conference for Indian Business and Economic Research on Friday, Sept. 23. The A.P.J. Kalam India Studies Research Program, funded through the generous gift of Dr. M.S. Vijayaraghavan, supports research in the Gatton College and the University of Kentucky examining India’s role in international commerce. This conference features research presentations from both University of Kentucky and Indian scholars.



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Faculty and Staff Need to Follow NCAA Rules Regarding Student-Athletes

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 15:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2016)  As a member institution of the NCAA  (National Collegiate Athletic Association), the University of Kentucky is responsible for the actions of its faculty and staff, as well as boosters and fans, with regard to compliance with rules governing contact with prospective and current student-athletes.


In an effort to further educate UK faculty and staff, the UK Athletics Compliance Office has put together a concise guide titled, "The Role of Faculty and Staff in the Recruitment Process and Interactions with Prospective and Current Student-Athletes."


The entire document is available by accessing the image below (NOTE: this is contained in the second attachment).


“Compliance with NCAA rules is of the highest priority for our athletics program and institution,” said UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart. “Please contact the UK Compliance Office if you ever have any questions regarding what is permissible. Even the best-intentioned action on your part could be a violation of the rules. We want all of our faculty and staff to follow the mantra of 'Ask Before You Act.’”



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The Scroll From En-Gedi: A High-tech Recovery Mission

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 14:30

Video produced by Seth Parker.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2016) University of Kentucky Professor Brent Seales and his team have further unlocked writings in the ancient En-Gedi scroll — the first severely damaged, ink-based scroll to be unrolled and identified noninvasively. Through virtual unwrapping, they have revealed it to be the earliest copy of a Pentateuchal book — Leviticus — ever found in a Holy Ark.  


Seales and his team have discovered and restored text on five complete wraps of the animal skin scroll, an object that likely will never be physically opened for inspection. In a study published Sept. 21 in Science Advances, Seales and co-authors describe the process and present their findings, which include a master image of the virtually unrolled scroll containing 35 lines of text, of which 18 have been preserved and another 17 have been reconstructed.


"This work opens a new window through which we can look back through time by reading materials that were thought lost through damage and decay," said Seales, who is professor and chair of the UK Department of Computer Science. "There are so many other unique and exciting materials that may yet give up their secrets — we are only beginning to discover what they may hold.


"We are releasing all our data for the scroll from En-Gedi: the scans, our geometric analysis, the final texture. We think that the scholarly community will have interest in the data and the process as well as our results," he said.


The software pipeline, referred to as "virtual unwrapping," reveals text within damaged objects by using data from high resolution scanning, which represents the internal structure of the 3-D object, to digitally segment, texture and flatten the scroll.


Learn how virtual unwrapping works in the video above, also available at  


In 2015, Seales and his team revealed the first eight verses of the Book of Leviticus in the scroll, which is at least 1,500 years old and was badly burned at some point. Due to its charred condition, it was not possible to either preserve or decipher it. However, high resolution scanning and virtual unwrapping has allowed Seales to recover substantial ink-based text at such high quality that Hebrew University of Jerusalem scholars can now conduct critical textual analysis.


"With the aid of the amazing tomography technology we are now able to zero in on the early history of the biblical text, as the En-Gedi scroll has been dated to the first centuries of the common era," said Hebrew University's Emanuel Tov, co-author and leading scholar on textual criticism of Hebrew and Greek Bibles. Hebrew University's Michael Segal also worked with Tov on the textual criticism. 


The scroll was unearthed in 1970 in archaeological excavations in the synagogue at En Gedi in Israel, headed by Dan Barag and Ehud Netzer of the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew University, and Yosef Porath of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The Lunder Family Dead Sea Scrolls Conservation Center of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), which uses state-of-the-art and advanced technologies to preserve and document the Dead Sea scrolls, enabled the discovery of this important find.


“The discovery of text in the En-Gedi scroll absolutely astonished us; we were certain it was a shot in the dark, but the most advanced technologies have brought this cultural treasure back to life," said co-author Pnina Shor, curator and director of the Israel Antiquities Authority's Dead Sea Scrolls Project. "Now, in addition to preserving the Dead Sea Scrolls for future generations, we can bequeath part of the Bible from a Holy Ark of a 1,500-year-old synagogue!”


In addition to his co-authors, Seales credits his students, collaborators and supporters for making this work possible:


The National Science Foundation under awards IIS-0535003 and IIS-1422039

• James French, program director



• Steve Crossan, founder, Google Cultural Institute


University of Kentucky – Department of Computer Science, Center for Visualization, and College of Engineering

• Seth Parker, co-author and project manager

• Zack Anderson, undergraduate research assistant

• Jack Bandy, undergraduate research assistant

• Andy Conway, undergraduate research assistant

• Hannah Hatch, undergraduate research assistant

• Sean Karlage, research assistant

• Michael Royal, undergraduate research assistant

• Melissa Shankle, undergraduate research assistant

• Kendall Weihe, undergraduate research assistant



• Christy Chapman

• Chad Crouch, the Cre8tive Group

• Daniel Delattre, emeritus director of research, CNRS-IRHT - Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes

• Roger Macfarlane, Brigham Young University

• Dirk Obbink, Oxford University 



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UK Forest Health Center Shares in $3 Million Grant

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:56

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 22, 2016)  In the digital age, one of the problems is how to coordinate and access the vast quantity of data that researchers everywhere are generating. Large-scale genome science generates a massive amount of data in laboratories around the world. The scientific community and the public need a portal to access that information.


A $3 million National Science Foundation grant will go toward creating a cyberinfrastructure that will allow scientists and the public to input and access data concerning forest trees and fruit trees. The University of Kentucky is one of four universities, along with the U.S. Forest Service and Southern Research Station, to collaborate in the development of an integrated web-based information system.


“Having stand-alone databases that are community specific and don’t talk to each other so you can query information in other databases is a real problem in cyberinfrastructure,” said Albert Abbott, a scientist with the Forest Health Research and Education Center in the UK Department of Forestry, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “We want different research communities to easily be able to talk to each other, to easily move data back and forth between databases.”


Besides UK, this project includes researchers from Washington State University, University of Tennessee (UT) and University of Connecticut who have been working on developing databases for fruit trees and forest trees. Experts at Washington State, the project’s lead university, and UT have developed a web interface called Tripal that provides flexible access to database information. This enables scientists and the public to easily access information about trees, tree genetics, sequences of tree genomes and other information housed in specialized tree breeding and research community databases.


UK’s role will be to manage the outreach and education proponent of the project.


“We have this very, very solid outreach and extension component in the Department of Forestry,” Abbott said. “We have a real strength there that we can bring to the table, because the National Science Foundation has a mandate not only to fund the research side, but also the outreach and educational part — how the work will be utilized by the public and scientists both.”


To that end, the Forest Health Center will present workshops for woodland owners and people from private industry and state agencies. The idea is to integrate their observations on tree health and other attributes into the database through the use of mobile apps such as Tree Taggr.


“We’re a team, both the public and the researchers, and we can work together to promote the science that needs to be advanced to preserve and develop our tree resources,” Abbott said.


Building a better cyberinfrastructure allows the rapid transmission of important information about lethal diseases and insect pests of forest and fruit trees.


“One might envision that interconnected databases could have a role not just for scientists, but also for allowing landowners to access information about diseases that are attacking trees in their location and strategies that could be used to ameliorate problems,” he said.


Dana Nelson, co-director of the Forest Health Center, is with the U.S. Forest Service housed in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.


“The Forest Service is really interested in being involved in this work, both in terms of understanding and improving the health of forest trees and forests,” he said. “The Forest Health Center has a strong outreach and education component. I think that’s a key strength that we bring to this project overall.”



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Big Blue Madness Ticket Distribution to Impact North Campus Parking Sept. 27-30

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) — As ticket distribution for the 2016 Big Blue Madness event approaches, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) would like to advise the campus community of the parking impact to the Memorial Coliseum areas associated with the Madness campout. Ticket distribution will begin at 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, while the line will begin forming at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28.


From 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 through midnight Friday, Sept. 30, the following campus parking areas will be impacted by the campout and unavailable for parking:

  • The southeast portion of the Coliseum Lot, located behind the Joe Craft Center. Approximately 130 spaces will be blocked in this portion of the lot.
  • The College View Lot, adjacent to Wildcat Coal Lodge, which includes 46 spaces.

Additionally, employees who park in other north campus lots should anticipate possible increases in demand for parking in their preferred area, familiarize themselves with alternative parking options and plan their commute accordingly.


Employees with valid E permits who typically park in these areas have several alternative parking options. PTS recently expanded the High Street Lot located at the corner of High Street and South Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, which resulted in 75 additional employee spaces.  This lot is located a short walk from UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital and north campus. 


Additionally, the university will provide remote park-and-ride service for impacted employees from a portion of the Lexington Center High Street parking lot located off West Maxwell just south of Rupp Arena, as illustrated on the attached map.


PTS will operate two buses from this lot continuously from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily on Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Sept. 29, and continuously from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, with buses serving the lot approximately every 10 minutes. Campus bus stops will be provided at UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital on East Maxwell and between Blazer and Jewell Hall on Lexington Avenue, across from the Memorial Coliseum ticket office. These remote lot shuttles may be tracked in real-time on or through the TransLoc Rider bus tracking app. From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., shuttle service will be available on-demand. Employees requiring after-hours access may request a ride by calling 859-221-RIDE (7433).


Finally, impacted employees may opt to park in other E lots in the north campus area, which include the King Alumni Lot, the Linden Walk Lot, the Reynolds Lot (E/C7) or the Scott Street or Taylor-Dickey Lots (E/C7), or the South Limestone Garage. Please visit to view all campus parking options.


Individuals seeking information regarding Big Blue Madness ticket distribution and the associated campout may get details here.



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December Graduates: Apply to be Commencement Speaker

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 16:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 20, 2016) — Custom to the University of Kentucky, a student will be selected to speak at the undergraduate December 2016 Commencement ceremony, which will occur 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Rupp Arena.


Students interested in speaking must submit their application by Monday, Nov. 7.


The student designated to address their fellow graduates will be chosen by a Commencement Speaker Selection Committee. Applications are available online at


Students applying for the position must be receiving an undergraduate degree from UK at the December 2016 Commencement ceremony. Also, students must have contributed to the university through campus or community activities and within their field of study. Applicants must demonstrate strong public speaking skills.


Students who wish to apply must submit a résumé, information sheet and a copy of their intended speech no longer than three typed, double-spaced pages. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the committee.


Applicants may be contacted by the committee to conduct a 15-minute interview and speech demonstration.


All graduating students must register for Commencement at


For information regarding caps and gowns, parking and travel, college receptions or other questions, visit the Commencement website.



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Shop Local Kentucky to Launch T-Shirt to Benefit DanceBlue

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 16:02


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) — It is no surprise that University of Kentucky DanceBlue’s mission and personality is infectious. Shop Local Kentucky, a local T-shirt printing business geared towards Kentucky state apparel, certainly isn’t immune. The Lexington-based business will be launching a T-shirt that will benefit DanceBlue year-round on Friday, Sept. 23.


Rick Paynter, owner of Shop Local Kentucky, has been excited to work with the student run philanthropy since day one.


“Being a UK alum myself, I think that there’s probably not a more exciting initiative, both on campus and statewide going on [as DanceBlue],” Paynter said.


Shop Local Kentucky’s first T-shirt design when the business began was the “Keep the Grass Blue” shirt. Since growing, the local printing business retired the shirt and is now bringing it back "For The Kids."


“There’s nothing better than going back, reviving the 'Keep the Grass Blue' shirt … and donating 100 percent of the net proceeds to DanceBlue,” Paynter said.


The “Keep the Grass Blue” shirt will launch on Friday, Sept. 23, both online and in-store. Community members are encouraged to visit the store on Woodland Avenue to see the shirt, enjoy Mad Scoops “DanceBlue Cookie Monster” ice cream and learn more about DanceBlue.


Shop Local Kentucky will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Mad Scoops ice cream stand will be set up at the store from 12:30 to 3 p.m to take part in celebrating DanceBlue and Kentucky local business.


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


For more information about DanceBlue, registration information or to support its efforts, please visit Connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at and on Twitter at


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



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Fitness is Important Part of Recovery in UK Adolescent Substance Abuse Program

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 15:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) – Julia Sparks was the first person in the University of Kentucky's Adolescent Health and Recovery Treatment and Training (AHARTT) clinic to complete one of her smart goals, graduating from high school. Not only has she accomplished that goal, she’s begun working toward accomplishing a new one, getting her degree in hospitality management from Sullivan University.


Goals are an important part of the treatment plan for adolescents in recovery at the UK Psychiatry Clinic for Adolescent Substance Abuse. Each week, patients set goals and when they accomplish them they are rewarded with gift cards. Peer support is another important tool used in the clinic. Peer support specialists, like Kelli Fullenlove, have lived experience that allows them to relate to young patients.


An activity that focuses on setting goals and celebrating when they’re accomplished is fitness. People set a goal of running a faster pace, lifting a certain amount of weight or riding their bike for a specific distance. It makes sense then, that fitness would be incorporated into the treatment plan for adolescents.


Planning for the Wellness Program within AHARTT began in the Fall 2015 and was incorporated in January 2016. The program includes a Fitbit, gym membership to the YMCA of Central Kentucky, body analysis and a workout buddy in the form of a peer support specialist.


Each Tuesday and Thursday, Sparks, Fullenlove and a group from the clinic go to the gym and spend time working out and talking. This setting, outside of the clinic, provides a more relaxed space for sharing, “You can be more open at the gym, there’s not a lot of people around” Sparks said. The gym also decreases the pressure adolescents can feel to talk during a meeting. Instead, between sets or runs on the treadmill they can stop and check in and have a more casual conversation.


Fullenlove shared how leading a healthy lifestyle helps in her recovery, “It changes the way you feel; you start to feel better about yourself.” That’s incredibly important because, according to Fullenlove, “when you’re in active addiction, you feel terrible about yourself.” Sparks and Fullenllove are already feeling the benefits of their new fitness routines.


When Sparks feels her time at the AHARTT clinic is done, she’ll always have the support of someone who has been where she’s been and can relate to issues she’s having related to her recovery. The Wellness Program in the clinic means she’ll also have a gym partner to keep helping her achieve her goals.  


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UK Orchestra Opens 2016-17 Season With Dvorak's Cello Concerto

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 14:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, one of the university’s most critically acclaimed musical ensembles, opens its 98th season with a concert featuring University of Kentucky Professor of Music and Lexington Philharmonic Principal Cellist Benjamin Karp. This concert evening of exciting collaborations, conducted by Maestro John Nardolillo, will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Singletary Center for the Arts.


The season's opening concert will feature Benjamin Karp being accompanied by the orchestra on Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. The orchestra will also perform Dvorak’s "Three Slavonic Dances" and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.


Interview with musicians and educators Benjamin Karp and his wife, Margie Karp, about their life and work. Video by Creative Lexington. 


Karp received his master's degree in music from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Yale University. He has performed concerti, chamber music and orchestral repertoire on four continents, and became a faculty member at the UK School of Music in 1991. Karp has joined the cello section of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for two international tours, five Carnegie Hall performances, 15 Telarc CD recordings and hundreds of performances in Cincinnati.


During the summer months Karp teaches, performs and serves as head of Strings at the Brevard Music Center in the mountains of North Carolina. For the academic years 2009-2011, he served as adjunct associate professor of cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. Karp was for five years principal cellist of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and is a widely known chamber musician, appearing at festivals throughout the United States. He has recorded for the Telarc, Gasparo, Arabesque, CRI and Centaur labels.


Founded in 1918 and made up of undergraduate and graduate musicians from across the United States, Asia, South America and Europe, the UK Symphony Orchestra has long served as one of the university’s most prominent musical ensembles. This year they continue that tradition with performances of some of the greatest works in the orchestral repertoire, alongside contemporary works which push the boundaries of orchestral music. Concerts will feature music by the likes of Ludwig van Beethoven, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and George Gershwin, and by modern composers John Adams and current UK student Logan Blackman. The orchestra will also continue its partnership with UK Opera Theatre, playing for productions of "Ragtime" and "The Barber of Seville." For a list of concerts in UK Symphony Orchestra's upcoming season, visit


UK Symphony Orchestra Conductor John Nardolillo has appeared with more than 30 of the country’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the National Symphony and the principal orchestras of Seattle, San Francisco, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Milwaukee, Utah, Columbus, Indianapolis, Oregon, Fort Worth, Buffalo, Alabama, Louisville, Missouri, North Carolina, Toledo, Vermont, Omaha and Hawaii. He also recently conducted concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; and Carnegie Hall in New York. Nardolillo made his professional conducting debut in 1994 at the Sully Festival in France, and has since made conducting appearances in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and China. He has led major American orchestras in subscription series concerts, summer and pops concerts, education concerts and tours, and for television and radio broadcasts. In 2004, Nardolillo joined the UK faculty, where he is currently serving as the director of Orchestras.


Doors for the UK Symphony Orchestra concert open at 7 pm. with music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $10 for the general public, $5 for students, and free for UK students in advance. Tickets are available for purchase through the Singletary Center ticket office online at, by calling 859-257-4929, or in person at the venue. A ticket processing fee is included in the ticket price.


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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Cats Den Underground to Host 375th Comedy Caravan

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 14:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) — The Cats Den Underground and the University of Kentucky Student Center will be hosting the 375th Comedy Caravan beginning 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Cats Den Underground, located in the lower level of the newly named Blazer Dining (formerly Blazer Hall) on Martin Luther King Blvd.


“The 375th Comedy Caravan show is a truly remarkable milestone," said John Herbst, executive director of the Student Center. "These comedy shows have been planned and hosted by UK students for UK students, which makes this series very special. To sustain and continue exciting programs, such as Comedy Caravan, is amazing on any college or university campus.”


Kristin Key will be headlining the 375th show. Key broke onto the scene as a household name in season four of "Last Comic Standing" with performers such as Josh Blue, Ty Barnett and Gabriel Iglesias.


Key’s writing was regularly featured in Life & Style magazine’s "Style Slip-up" section. She continues to appear on television shows such as "Comics Unleashed" and multiple episodes of VH-1’s "100 Greatest Series." Key is a frequent guest on the nationally broadcast "Bob and Tom Show." Her own specials are often played on SiriusXM satellite radio.


To promote the milestone show, the Cats Den Underground will have live camels near Bowman’s Den from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.


“We have used the camel as the unofficial mascot for our weekly comedy series for a while now,” said Dustin Adams, assistant director of Activities and Marketing with the student center. “In the past we have brought them to campus during K Week, and this semester it made more sense to wait and have them coincide with the anniversary show.”


The Cats Den Underground, located in the lower level of Blazer Dining (formerly Blazer Hall) on Martin Luther King Blvd. offers student programming on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Comedy Caravan is every Wednesday at 8 p.m. during the semester.


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UK CAER's Growing Organic Materials Research Group Receives Funding

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 13:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) — Since the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research's (CAER) earliest of days, the center's investigators have focused on natural products. It is a new class of organic materials, however, that has resulted in a recent round of research funding that will accelerate the plastic electronics revolution.


CAER researchers John Anthony and Chad Risko, both faculty members in the UK College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Chemistry, have received four new federal grants totaling nearly $1.4 million to further their exploration of organic materials that show great promise for a wide array of commercial electronics applications.

  • Anthony and Risko received nearly $540,000 from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) program for a joint project titled "Organic Semiconductors by Computationally-Accelerated Refinement (OSCAR)." This collaborative project will accelerate the development of new electronic and energy materials by developing computational models to predict solid-state order for a widely studied class of high-performance semiconductors.
  • Risko received more than $200,000 from the NSF's Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation to support his project titled "Solution Processing of Organic Semiconductors: A Coupled Atomistic-Continuum Framework." This research will develop computational models that bridge molecular design and device processing to enable more efficient manufacturing.
  • Risko received a two-year, $220,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to fund a project titled "Directing the Thin-Film Morphologies of Organic Semiconductors by Design." This research will harness the power of modern theoretical materials chemistry to generate a first principles understanding of the impact of molecular and polymer chemical composition and architecture on the phase transformations that are critical to the formation of the hierarchal morphologies of organic semiconductors. 
  • Anthony received a $421,237 award from NSF's Division of Chemistry to support his project titled "Revisiting the Dehydroannulenes." The grant will support the synthesis of functionalized derivatives of a unique class of compounds to screen them for use in photovoltaic and electronic applications. The dehydroannulenes were first studied extensively in the 1970s, but they were never tested for use in real-world applications, and modern synthetic techniques that the Anthony Lab has developed will make the synthesis of useful versions of the materials much more straightforward.

Many of the world's current electronic devices utilize inorganic materials as the active materials in their design. However, these yield devices that are heavy, rigid and expensive to manufacture. Organic materials are being hailed as a promising alternative due to their inherent flexibility, potential for device construction using printing techniques, and their substantially decreased weight. From light-emitting materials for displays, semiconducting compounds for transistors, and light-absorbing materials for solar cells, these organic materials are believed to hold the key to new generation of solar panels, home electronics and health care devices.


These grants received by Anthony and Risko signify UK's commitment to remain at the leading edge of next generation materials research.


"Thanks to an outstanding partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences, UK CAER is increasing its capabilities in organic electronics," said Rodney Andrews, director of CAER. "Along with the Anthony Group's experimental strengths, the addition of Dr. Risko and his computational chemistry expertise is helping build a unique program in this key technical area. These organic materials hold great promise for reducing energy use and increasing efficiency of energy harvesting technologies. The work of Drs. Anthony and Risko place UK CAER, UK and the Commonwealth in an ideal position to be leaders in these emerging markets."



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Dr. Stephanos Kyrkanides Aims for Excellence Through Research

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 13:17




LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2016) Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Stephanos Kyrkanides began a project during his orthodontic residency studying asymmetries in children born with cleft lip and palate. It was this project that sparked the realization for him that research is crucial, that has been a driving force throughout his career.


“It was through the cleft lip/palate project, and others that I came to the realization that research is the main engine in producing new, original knowledge so we can advance our science, both in medicine and dentistry, in order to improve patient care,” Kyrkanides said.


Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, Kyrkanides is both a dentist and neuroscientist. He came to UK last year from Stony Brook University, one of the leading public research institutions in the country.


Kyrkanides has many accomplishments including inventing Natural Enamel, a new biomaterial for use in CAD/CAM dentistry. Also, in collaboration with Dr. Kerry O’Banion (University of Rochester) and Dr. Sabine M. Brouxhon (Principal Inventor) in the Department of  Surgery, UK College of Medicine, he helped develop a novel cancer drug while at the State University of New York that is licensed by COI Pharmaceuticals Inc., an  Avalon Ventures/GlaxoSmithKline consortium.


During his early training in orofacial pain and temporomandibular joint disorders, Kyrkanides was assigned to a project to understand how pathogenesis of internal derangements in the temporomandibular joint created pain. This project led Kyrkanides to devote his life mission to finding answers and improving the quality of life of the 90 percent of people, over age 65, who suffer with temporomandibular joint arthritis. 


Currently, Kyrkanides and his team are dedicated to researching regenerative dentistry and are working to prove that dental enamel and fillings can be made out of patients’ cells. This would eliminate having to use plastic, metal or glass for dental reconstruction.


“What I've come to realize, and what I try to teach to my own students, including student dentists, is the fact that dental school is a doctorate level program,” he said. That leads to what we call lifelong learning, so our dental graduates, for many, many years, are able to keep up with all the innovations and expansion in dentistry, for the benefit of their own patients.”


Kyrkanides has worked extensively researching pain, which led to his discovery that pain is more than just a symptom of disease but part of the disease itself in osteoarthritis. This research is the basis for what he calls central nervous system (CNS) two-way “cross-talk,” where pain is transmitted from the site to the spinal cord and brain, and then spread through the CNS from one joint to another spurring further pain and disease.


“The peak of my research career was in 2007, when our discovery of how the brain affects disease development in joints, including that of the temporomandibular joint, was picked up by popular media, in the United States and around the world,” he said. “And, we were in position to educate millions of people of a new way helping those in need, improve their quality of life, and find treatment.”


“Having joined UK from the east coast, I have realized that UK, as a campus, is the place to be as a researcher,” said Kyrkanides. He believes that UK provides a warm and encouraging environment when it comes to research.


“It offers many collaborative opportunities through its many centers, such as the Markey Cancer Center, an NCI designated center now going for Comprehensive,” he said, as well as “The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, the Center for Oral Health, and many others. There's probably no other place where all this activity happens on one campus.”


Kyrkanides has excelled during his career and continues to accomplish more goals at UK. He believes that he is in a great atmosphere for research and has big plans to further transform the school of dentistry.


“As dean of the College, I'm committed in leading UK Dentistry into its full potential,” he said. “What I realized from the beginning, is that we have a group of faculty, staff and students that are very talented, very motivated, and willing to work hard, to join me into making UK Dentistry the number one dental school in the country, maybe in the globe.”


This video feature is part of a monthly series called ‘“see discovery:” The People Behind Our Research.’ The videos, produced by UKNow and REVEAL, highlight the important work being conducted at the University of Kentucky by telling the stories of our researchers. The idea is to discover and share what motivates our faculty, staff and students to ask the questions that lead to discovery.


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Shared Hometown Helps Maysville Man Make Life-Saving Decision for Heart Procedure

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 09:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) —  Jim Lester encourages others to listen to his heart.


As you adjust the stethoscope's earpieces and lean in, you hear an electronic whirr and zing reminiscent of a video game. The sound that startles others, makes Lester laugh. Apparently this is not the first time he's unleashed this parlor trick.


Just two weeks prior, Lester was gravely ill, in end-stage heart failure, the result of a lifetime of repeated heart attacks (three), blood clots (four) and a stroke. His ejection fraction – a measure of the heart's ability to pump blood – was less than 20 percent.  A healthy person's EF sits in the 50 to 70 percent range.


Lester remembers the conversation with Alexis Shafii, his physician at the Gill Heart Institute.  "Dr. Shafii was straight to the point," Lester remembers.  "He said that I had to have an LVAD in order to survive."


A left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, is a mechanical device that helps a weakened heart pump blood. "An LVAD doesn't replace the heart," said Dr. Maya Guglin, medical director of Mechanical Circulatory Support at the University of Kentucky Gill Heart Institute. "It just helps it do its job." However, Guglin cautions, implanting an LVAD requires open heart surgery and a lifetime of maintenance, and is therefore not a good fit for every patient.


Lester was afraid of surgery.  He kept asking whether there were any pills that could help him instead of this strange-looking machine.


Then he met Sarah Branam, one of the three LVAD coordinators at the Gill.


"The team asked me to do some education with Jim, since he was very standoffish about the idea of having an LVAD," Branam said. "I started discussing with him what his fears were with the LVAD, I just wanted to help relieve his concerns. And I always say, 'Where are you from?' and when he said, 'Maysville, Kentucky,' I was like, 'Well, funny thing, so am I!'"


They bonded instantly. Lester knew Branam's "Papaw," Clarence Branam, and by association knew he could trust Sarah.  She understood his fear of the unknown, but could also share with Lester her experiences with many patients with LVADs.


"I got to see patients go from being in the ICU, and being as sick as they are, to seeing them with quality of life: the stamina, no oxygen tank, being able to walk farther, getting back to what they wanted to do, it was just amazing," Branam explained.


"I was awful scared, but after talking to Sarah, and finding out she comes from Maysville, why, everything leveled out," Lester said tearfully. "This little thing came in, and she would answer any questions I had, and took all my fears away."


Even better: Lester qualified for a clinical trial to implant a new version of an LVAD called HeartMate 3. 


According to Guglin, the HeartMate 3 is a quantum improvement from its predecessor, with a longer battery life, smaller profile and engineering that minimizes the potential for complications like blood clots and GI bleeds.


"That the Gill was included in this major clinical trial was a coup for us," Guglin said. "It's a signal that the cardiology world recognizes our expertise, our professionalism, and our teamwork."


And, Guglin adds, this also helps fulfill the heart institute's academic mission, since high-profile trials like that for the HeartMate 3[DLC1]  expose Gill trainees to the newest available technology – technology that could become standard treatment by the time they are in their own practice. 


On Aug. 8, Lester was implanted with the HeartMate 3. Everyone noticed immediately how improved he was.


"The biggest thing I saw about Jim before the surgery was how hard he was struggling to breathe. And the day after the breathing tube was pulled out, he did not need supplemental oxygen," Branam said.


"It felt like I was getting too much oxygen," Lester laughs.


After a couple of weeks of recovery and therapy, Lester was discharged. What will he do with this new lease on life?


"Well, I aim to go home, sit on my front porch, watch the traffic go up and down the street, and hug my wife," Lester said.


Lester was the Gill's first HeartMate 3 patient, but three others followed within 10 days. This phase of the trial is now closed, but the UK will be involved in the next phase, a “Continued Access Protocol” that permits all qualifying patients to receive the HeartMate 3 while FDA approval is pending.


Based on her initial involvement with the HeartMate 3 trial, Guglin has great hopes for the device.


"It's an amazing feeling when you come to see the patient next morning after the surgery and their skin color is different and there is life in them," she said.  "And when they are being discharged 10 days or two weeks later it's gratifying to see how much they improved on your watch because of the intervention you were able to offer."


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UK Federal Credit Union Named Official Credit Union of University of Kentucky

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 16:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union and JMI Sports announced today that UK Federal Credit Union will remain the official credit union of the University of Kentucky, continuing its nearly 80-year partnership with the University of Kentucky. Under the new 15-year agreement, the UK Federal Credit Union will provide students, faculty and staff with a wide range of financial products and services, as well as continuing financial education programs and outreach. JMI Sports is the campus marketing rights partner for the University of Kentucky.


Highlights of the agreement include:

· A continued on-campus presence in the new University of Kentucky Student Center (scheduled to open in January 2018) with a full service branch to offer complete banking and financial education services.

· Two ATMs throughout the University of Kentucky’s main campus. 

· Access to all UKFCU deposit and loan products and services with complete online, mobile and ATM access to include mobile deposit, free bill pay and free checking.

· Complete online financial literacy and education tools where faculty, staff and students can learn more about personal financial management, budgeting, home ownership and investing.

· Scholarconnect, a continuing monthly scholarship program for university students. 

· Ongoing financial education seminars and programs on a wide variety of topics to prepare faculty, staff and students for life’s financial challenges. 

· Access to UKFCU’s CreditSMART loan to help establish the credit needed for a smart financial future. 


“We are excited about this partnership with the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union,” said Eric N. Monday, UK’s executive vice president for finance and administration. “We have confidence that this expanded relationship — coordinated through our multi-media partner JMI Sports — will provide our students and the campus community with enhanced financial services and educational support.” 


“We are excited to remain as the Official Credit Union of the University of Kentucky,” said David Kennedy, University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union’s president and CEO. “Since our founding by UK employees in 1937, we have continuously partnered with the university to provide the faculty, staff, students and alumni, with the financial tools and education to last throughout their lifetimes. As a not-for-profit cooperative, owned by our members, we are very proud of the value we deliver. We don’t pay returns to stockholders. Instead, those returns are given back to our members in the form of deposit rates that are regularly two to three times higher than most banks, as well as ultra-competitive consumer and commercial loan rates. It really is banking … only better!”


The University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in Kentucky with over $670 million in assets and over 65,000 members. With a focus on financial education and exceptional financial value, UK Federal Credit Union offers a wide range of consumer and commercial products and services to serve their member’s needs. With six branch locations as well as online and mobile banking, the UK Federal Credit Union offers convenient ways to service all your financial needs. For more information about the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union, visit



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A&S Honors Its Alumni and Former Faculty

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 15:51


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences will hold its Hall of Fame Ceremony Oct. 7 to induct four new members — Karl “Kip” Cornett, a 1977 alumnus and founder of Cornett; Sally Mason, a 1972 alumna and current president of the University of Iowa; Robert Ireland, an emeriti faculty of history; and Judith Lesnaw, an emeriti faculty of biology.


The college’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony and reception will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the UK Academic Science Building, located at 680 Rose St.


Cornett was born in Hazard, Kentucky, and graduated from UK in 1977. Seven years later, he founded Cornett, an advertising firm that has become one of the leading agencies in the region.


During his years at the university, Cornett was president of Theta Chi Fraternity, vice president of the Student Center Board, vice president of the Concert Committee and was highly involved in numerous other campus activities. He was a student of some of Kentucky’s greatest modern writers, such as Gurney Norman and James Baker Hall.


He founded Cornett in the fall of 1984; the company now employs over 60 people and works closely with such brands as Valvoline, Keeneland, Tempur+Sealy, Buffalo Trace Distillery as well as the University of Kentucky, UK Athletics and UK HealthCare.


Cornett and his wife are Patterson Fellows and have contributed extensively to the Department of English. He is currently serving as an instructor this fall semester at UK. 


He is married to UK alumna Ellen Sanger Cornett (’77) and has two children, Charlotte and Davis, along with two step-children Ben Kessinger and Christy Hiler.


Mason became the 20th president of the University of Iowa in 2007. Trained as a cell and developmental biologist, she has held tenured faculty positions in biology at the University of Kansas, Purdue University and the University of Iowa.


The daughter of an immigrant father and the first child in her family to attend college, Mason received a bachelor’s degree from UK in zoology in 1977, a doctorate in cellular, molecular and developmental biology from the University of Arizona, and an honorary doctorate from UK in 2012. She joined the molecular biosciences faculty at the University of Kansas in 1981 and won appointment as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1995.


A strong advocate of undergraduate education, she received awards for outstanding undergraduate advising and teaching, and was awarded a prestigious Kemper Teaching Fellowship. Mason served as provost of Purdue University from 2001–2007.


Mason is the author of many scientific papers and has obtained a number of research grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), among others. She has held leadership positions in numerous organizations, including the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences and the National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources, among others.


A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, and a UK emeritus faculty, Ireland received a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska and a juris doctorate from Stanford University. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in history at the University of Nebraska and joined the UK faculty in 1967.


At UK, Ireland taught classes at all levels and served several terms as the history department's director of undergraduate studies and director of undergraduate advising. During his 41 years as UK faculty, Ireland was the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including a three-year term as the Distinguished Teacher of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching (Tenured Faculty), the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award, several Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Awards, and a Top Ten Teacher selection by graduating classes every year the awards were granted.


Ireland has written three books on the history of 19th century Kentucky and a book on the history of the Kentucky constitutions. Ireland received the Thomas D. Clark Award of Excellence in Kentucky History and several Richard H. Collins Awards for scholarly achievement from the Kentucky Historical Society.


A Chicago native, Lesnaw completed a bachelor's degree in microbiology, a doctoral degree in biology (virology), and postdoctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1974, she joined the faculty of the School of Biological Sciences at UK, the beginning of a 36-year career of research, teaching and academic service. 


Lesnaw’s research program combined genetic, biochemical and recombinant DNA technologies toward an understanding of the way in which a group of viruses that includes rabies and Ebola replicates. She was awarded more than $2 million in grants from the NIH and the Department of Defense. The information that emerged from her research contributed to our understanding of complex viral proteins and to the future design of new therapeutic agents.


Lesnaw established graduate and undergraduate courses in molecular virology for which students dubbed her “Virus Master,” an honorary title that she holds to this day. Committed to the responsibilities of academic service, Lesnaw was a member of the NIH Medical Biochemistry Study Section, and reviewed for virology and biochemistry journals.



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