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12 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Cap Off Great Year for UK Student Scholars

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 15:53


Video by Jenny Wells/UK Public Relations and Marketing. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 23, 2016) — More than 30 of the University of Kentucky's students and recent graduates had the world's most prestigious scholarship, fellowship and internship organizations take note this year, including what is believed to be a record-breaking group of 12 current and former UK students who were selected to receive National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships, which carry an award of more than $100,000 to use toward research-based master's or doctoral degrees.


Helping prepare these UK students and recent alumni to compete for and win such honors is the mission of the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. The office, under the direction of Pat Whitlow, is dedicated to identifying and working with young scholars on the application process for large scholastic prizes.


"It has been an exciting year," Whitlow said. "These are very, very competitive awards and students have worked very hard to be prepared to apply. Applicants have to do well in their academics. They have to show a strong record of involvement in extracurricular activities or research or public service. We've had a number of UK students interview for the Rhodes in recent years and we have a student on her Marshall Scholarship studying right now. So, I want UK students to know that they can be very competitive for these awards."


This year's UK students and alumni award winners are:


Astronaut Scholarship

· Corrine Elliott


David L. Boren Scholarship

· Shauna Rust

· Amaris Wade


Critical Language Scholarship

· Lee Clark

· Lauren Copeland

· Ruth Dike

· Faiyad Mannan

· Bridget Nicholas

· Katka Showers-Curtis


English-Speaking Union Scholarship

· Abby Schroering


Fulbright and Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

· Daniel Ball

· Emily Furnish

· Malinda Massey

· Gabriel Pike

· Katka Showers-Curtis

· Katelyn Wiard


Fulbright Summer Institute (United Kingdom)

· Abigail King


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

· Rebecca Blair

· Jarred Brewster

· Austin Eirk

· Tiffany Johnson


Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

· Corrine Elliott


National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

· Benjamin Riley


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

· Sarah Barney

· Robert Cass

· Michael Crocker

· Matthew Fahrbach

· Charles Fieseler

· Marc Higginson-Rollins

· Christopher Karounos

· Jessime Kirk

· Edward Limin Lo

· Andrew Arthur Nelson

· Cassandra Porter

· Danielle Schaper


Princeton in Asia Fellowship

· Calvin Hong

· Brittney Woodrum


One of the primary responsibilities of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards is to administer a campus nomination process for 13 major awards that require institutional endorsement. For these specific opportunities, which include such honors as the Truman and Rhodes Scholarships, students must apply first to a campus review committee. The university committee then selects the students who will represent UK. Nominees receive feedback on their application and are officially nominated by the institution. 


Recently, UK was selected for another of this type of program. This spring UK became a Churchill Foundation Scholarship Institution. The Churchill Foundation’s scholarship program offers students of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in engineering, mathematics or the sciences at Cambridge University


"This is just terrific. It is specifically for STEM students," Whitlow said. "We can nominate two students; the deadline is in the early fall. We will do a campus deadline, so we will actually have our students submit materials in September, and we will do interviews on campus to select our two nominees for that award. It will be a wonderful opportunity."


But the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards doesn't just work with those 13 awards alone, the primary goal of the office is to recruit and prepare UK students with strong academic and extracurricular records to help them be successful in pursuing any nationally or internationally competitive programs. The office shares its knowledge of the process helping UK students find scholarships, fellowships and even internships that match their particular area of study or research, which are funded by nonprofit groups, government agencies and companies.


Funding opportunities abound, ranging from the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields to the arts and humanities for many student scholars.


"You can come from any discipline. You can come at a variety of points in your academic career," Whitlow said. "I just get a sense of what their interests are and what it is they think they want to do. I am happy to walk them through things that I know about based on their interests."


The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards can help students determine if they are eligible for a particular award, assist them in crafting personal essays, offer opportunities to practice for an interview, and shepherd them through the application and/or nomination process. These efforts help the office reach its goal to increase the number of UK students and alumni who apply for, and receive, these national and international awards each year.


"I will help students with drafting essays for awards that permit that. We do a lot of practice interviews for students, because interviewing is a skill. We also talk to them about what makes a good recommender and how do you cultivate a contact for a recommendation," Whitlow said.


In addition to programs that work with the university, there are many scholarship opportunities that allow direct application. For those awards, the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards also is willing to provide advice and assistance to students preparing an application.


The process of applying for a nationally or internationally competitive scholarship is, in itself, a learning experience. It challenges the student to think through his or her career plans, to set ambitious long-term goals, and to imagine how they can use their talents to shape and change the world. In order to be a successful candidate for one of these highly competitive awards, the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards recommends students begin to consider opportunities as early as their freshman year, building extracurricular and leadership background, as well as participating in community and public service while maintaining a high grade point average.


"I encourage them to come in early. I encourage students to come see me or come to an info session. We hold an information session nearly every Wednesday evening during the fall term," Whitlow said.


But students need not wait until fall to get started — in fact, Whitlow encourages them to take advantage of the summer months in preparing to apply for these opportunities. Her office, located in 221 Funkhouser Building, is ready and waiting for students wanting to talk with her in person or by phone.


The UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards is part of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education



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Student Opportunity Grant Recipients Announced

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 15:30

LEXINGTON, Ky., (June 23, 2016)  The Food Connection at UK has announced the recipients of this year’s Student Opportunity Grants. Covering the gamut from the classroom to food-insecure areas in Lexington to Oaxaca, Mexico, eight projects received a total of $40,200.


The income of a $1 million Aramark endowment to promote student opportunities in food studies funds the grant program, which is in its second year. The endowment is a result of the agreement between the University of Kentucky and Aramark to run UK Dining.


The Food Connection gave priority to projects directly related to food or food systems that focused on experiential education, community engagement, undergraduate student research, activities linked to dissertation work, professional development and co-curricular activities.


“Through this endowment, UK Dining has created a wonderful opportunity for UK students to engage more deeply in food studies, expanding their horizons for a career or for public service,” said Scott Smith, The Food Connection faculty director.


The eight projects that received 2016 grant funds are:


Experiential Nutrition and Culinary Education: Connecting Intergenerational Audiences in Food Insecure Areas.

This project brings together community mentors and local youth within food-insecure areas for an experiential education program. The curriculum “Cook. Eat. Grow.” seeks to engage “junior sous chefs” in cooking and nutrition education. The program is a collaboration between the UK Department of Community and Leadership Development in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the community organizations FoodChain and GleanKY.


Coffee Rust Outbreak in Oaxaca, Mexico: Livelihood and Environmental Impacts.

The spread of coffee rust disease has created a crisis in many of the most important coffee farming regions of the developing world. Traveling to the farms around Oaxaca, Mexico, anthropology undergraduate student Natalie St. Clair will investigate the economic and environmental consequences of the epidemic on smallholder farmers this summer.


Food Pathways in Ancient and Modern Times: An Anthropology Course.

In this course students trace the food pathways of plants and animals from prehistoric into modern times. They employ ethnobotanical sources to track the uses of plants and animals among and between indigenous groups focusing mainly on those of the Eastern woodlands and Southeastern United States. The class also incorporates comparisons with historic period food pathways in Kentucky.


Experiential Learning and Presenting Undergraduate Research.

The Food Connection is continuing its partnership with and sponsorship of Campus Kitchens at UK and Sustainable Solutions to Overcome Poverty, also known as SSTOP Hunger. To date, Campus Kitchens has recovered more than 5,000 pounds of food, created more than 4,000 meals, and served about 300 clients per month. SSTOP Hunger’s student leadership has propelled UK into becoming a leader in the international organization Universities Fighting World Hunger. The Student Opportunity Grant will support student participation in and presentations at national meetings of these organizations.


Undergraduate Internship Opportunities with the Food Systems Innovation Center.

Student interns are immersed in research and development projects of the Food Systems Innovation Center, which assists small and medium food producers and entrepreneurs with food safety and processing technology and provides access to consultation and training to address the wider ranging challenges of bringing a food product to market. Areas of work emphasized this year include pre-and post-harvest safety methods in the field and educational strategies for value-added, Food and Drug Administration-regulated foods.


Growing Fresh Stop Markets through Neighborhood Leadership.

Fresh Stop Markets are a successful model for bringing fresh, local produce at affordable prices to low-income neighborhoods. UK students and staff will connect with North Lexington residents to increase local fresh food access for limited-resource residents. Working within the framework of Fresh Stop Markets in North Lexington, the team will offer expanded opportunities for leadership development.


Sustainable Production of Living Organic Container-Grown Kitchen Herbs.

This project’s goal is to develop an organic production system for market quality container-grown kitchen herbs. Two undergraduate students, under the direction of faculty and staff in the Department of Horticulture, will evaluate production methods including fertilization and seeding. The product will be test marketed at the UK Horticulture Club’s weekly campus market.


Food Systems, Food Justice and Race: Innovation in Instruction.

UK faculty and students in the departments of Community and Leadership Development, Geography, and African American and Africana Studies will join with community leaders and the Lexington Fresh Stop program to develop a multidisciplinary course, the goals of which include developing knowledgeable and engaged citizen-students and community leaders who are prepared to address issues related to food systems with a level of proficiency with regard to race.


The purpose of The Food Connection at UK, which is administered by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is to promote a healthy, sustainable food economy. It serves as a hub and information source on campus and as a sourcing tool to help UK Dining meet its contractual obligations to supply locally produced food.



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University Drive Garage Closure Set for June 25-26

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 11:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 23, 2016) — As part of the ongoing annual routine maintenance work on the University of Kentucky's parking structures, the University Drive Garage (PS #1) entry will be closed starting 5 p.m. Friday, June 24. All vehicles must be removed from the garage by 8 a.m. Saturday, June 25. The garage will remain closed until 11 p.m. Sunday, June 26. The project is weather-dependent and the dates are subject to change.


This closure is necessary to apply a protective coating to the facility. Parking and Transportation Services is undertaking this process to help extend the useful life of the facility. This work has been scheduled to take place on a weekend to minimize the impact to the university community.

Former Truck Driver Seeks to Improve Working Conditions, Safety for Women on the Road

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2016) — After 13 years working as a trauma, emergency room and flight nurse in Western Kentucky, Kim Bourne decided it was time to put rubber to the road — 18 gargantuan wheels of rubber to be exact.


Bourne, a doctoral student in the UK College of Nursing, broke away from her routine as a double-time nurse in 2008 to join her husband Ricky in the cab of a semi-truck. The transition to the truck driving profession also positioned Bourne as a gender minority in the workplace. Of the 3.5 million truck drivers in America, an estimated 200,000 are women.


“I got really burnt out of nursing and needed a break,” Bourne said. “I thought, ‘You know, I’ve always wanted to do this.’”


After Bourne earned her trucking license, which required hours on the road with a trainer and a series of tests to show her ability to maneuver a 53-foot trailer carrying as much as 80,000 pounds of freight, she and Ricky started accepting runs as a driving team. About a year after teaming up as drivers, the couple married on a Friday night in 2009 and hit the road first thing the following Saturday morning. They started running their favorite route transporting packaging material from Owensboro, through the heartland of America, and ending at their drop-off location in California. They returned to Kentucky every other weekend, in time for Bourne to work a couple nursing shifts at the hospital and spend a few hours with her children.


Life as a truck driver demanded long stretches of time at the wheel, strict delivery schedules and a constant alertness on the road, as the couple were always trying to anticipate dangerous conditions and erratic drivers. But the couple also romanticized the truck-driving profession. Working as a truck driving team allowed the newlyweds to exercise free-reign and explore America’s vast landscape together.


“When he and I went out on the road, it was a lot of fun,” Bourne said. “We have been all over the United States and Canada. We’d occasionally get to bobtail and go to dinner and the movies.”


Every workday took the couple to new locations with new challenges. They dug their semi-truck out of blizzards in Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming. They fell in love with the tiny border town of Laredo, Texas, where they made a ritual of dropping the trailer at the company yard and parking the bobtail at the mall to see a movie. Since their drop-off location was usually in the pristine city of San Diego, they bought season passes to Sea World where they boarded Bourne’s Pomeranian, the third passenger who was their faithful “truck dog.”


While Bourne enjoyed the traveling aspect of the truck driving profession, she also witnessed a darker side of her profession. She noticed the fellow women in the male-dominated profession were often victims of sexual harassment and assault. Truckers used CB radios to make harassing or threatening remarks to women drivers they encountered on the road. Truck stops were often unsafe places for female drivers, and many women suffered from sexual assault and oppression. Bourne remembers being solicited by a male truck driver who offered his wife for sexual services in exchange for money, essentially acting as her pimp in unmonitored environments. Bourne and Ricky deliberately avoided some truck stops in the West because of the known threat to women.


“I would get snide comments about a being a woman and going into a truck stop,” Bourne said. “It’s just a different mindset in trucking. Women are intruders in a male-dominated world, and a lot of the men don’t like it.”


Bourne also recognized domestic violence as a common, but unspoken, occurrence among truck driving teams who were also couples. A female colleague who finished orientation at the same time as Bourne reported to the truck terminal with signs of abuse from her partner. Bourne said when couples share tight living quarters, tension eventually mounts between them and confrontations can lead to abuse and violence. Women are often helpless in these situations, which is why reporting rates of abuse and violence in trucking are low. In addition, women have limited accessibility to support resources or health care services while on the road.


Yearning for more time with her children, Bourne retired her role as a truck driver to attend graduate school at Western Kentucky University in 2010. She aspired to teach nursing at the college level. Ricky continued truck driving for a local company, which allowed him to come home every evening. When she advanced to the doctoral program at UK College of Nursing in 2015, her encounters with gender inequality, assault and domestic violence on the road resurfaced in her mind. She knew her doctoral studies should concentrate on an issue for which she felt a personal connection and deep understanding, so she founded her scholarly work on the topic of health disparities among female truck drivers and domestic violence in the trucking industry.


“It had always bothered me, what had happened on the road,” Bourne said. “We saw the intimate partner violence within the trucks going on and heard sexual harassment over the CB radio — even now it irritates the fire out of me.”


Bourne plans to conduct research in this vulnerable population of America’s workforce with the ultimate goal of informing policies to protect women drivers and prevent domestic violence on the road. Bourne also wants to develop transitional programs and interventions to help women access health care services and domestic violence support while traveling from state to state. Insurance coverage discrepancies and inconsistency in health care policies have prevented women from receiving adequate care while on the job.


She also hopes to look at methods for preventing human trafficking, which has been facilitated by the truck driving industry. She thinks heightened awareness about these critical dangers and injustices will encourage trucking companies to reinforce safety policies and implement programs to make truck driving more conducive for women, like her, who are bold enough to get behind 18 wheels. 


“The research I’m doing is something I’m passionate about — nobody should have to work in those conditions,” Bourne said. “Nobody should have to do their job and know they are not safe.”


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,


Ad Astra Announces David Timoney Leads Client Advisory Board as President

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2016) — David Timoney, associate registrar for communications at the University of Kentucky, is serving as president of the Ad Astra Information Systems™ Client Advisory Board in 2016 and recently provided leadership at the annual board meeting in Kansas City in April. He has served on the board for the last two years, and supported the board as president-elect in 2015. Timoney has presented innovative scheduling insights at many of Ad Astra Users’ Conferences and will do so at the upcoming conference in October 2016. 


“Serving as president of Ad Astra’s Client Advisory Board has been an incredible honor, and it’s also been a privilege to share ideas and work with peers from across the country on various student success initiatives as it relates to the schedule of classes,” Timoney said.


The Client Advisory Board (CAB) represents the needs and concerns of Ad Astra’s clients, and plays a valuable role in defining Ad Astra’s strategic direction and solutions. The company’s teams work with CAB members to explore trends and opportunities in academic leadership, scheduling, resource allocation and event management.


Ad Astra Information Systems LLC, the industry leader in higher education software services, has partnered with more than 800 higher education institutions and systems worldwide. Based in Overland Park, Kansas, Ad Astra offers data-informed software solutions and professional services to enable campus leaders to effectively allocate space and faculty resources, forecast student demand for courses, and accelerate student program completions.


For the past four years, Timoney has served as the associate registrar for communications and publication at UK. In his current role, Timoney oversees the academic course and academic event scheduling process of all centrally-scheduled classrooms at the university.


In addition to overseeing the classroom scheduling process, Timoney also helps oversee the University Course Catalog and Bulletin. UK is currently on Astra version 7.5, and uses SAP as its student information system.


Timoney has worked at UK for the past three years. He received his bachelor's degree from UK and his MBA from Bellarmine University.



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UK Political Science Professor, Student Publish in Top Journal

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 15:57


LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2016) Recently, Comparative Political Studies (CPS), a highly recognized political science journal, published an article titled “Addressing the Gender Gap: The Effect of Compulsory Voting on Women's Electoral Engagement.”


The article was written by two University of Kentucky affiliates in the Department of Political Science of the College of Arts and Sciences, Assistant Professor Abby Córdova and co-author Gabriela Rangel, a UK fourth-year doctoral student and teaching assistant.



CPS is known for publishing the most up-to-date information on methodology, theory and research in comparative politics. The esteemed journal is a forum for students and scholars of comparative politics to exchange ideas. CPS-published articles usually discuss the innovative work being done on comparative methodology, theory and research from around the world.


In "Addressing the Gender Gap," the authors hypothesize that mandatory voting laws will help narrow the gender gap by creating opportunities and motivations for women to engage in the electoral process.


The authors use strong cross-national survey data to support their hypotheses. The research they have collected shows that countries with mandatory voting laws show a much smaller gender gap not only in voting but in other forms of electoral engagement, such as political party information.



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Teen Volunteers Give Back and Learn About Health Care

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 15:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2016) – Some teens spend summer vacation doing advanced placement homework while others play video games or find summer jobs. Three students from Henry Clay High School are spending their summer volunteering with UK HealthCare through the Teen Volunteer Program.


Lauren Spivey, Emily Spivey and Reagan Smith each spend several hours a week giving back and providing support and smiles to those receiving treatment at Albert B. Chandler Hospital. This is the second year sisters Emily and Lauren Spivey will spend participating in the volunteer program. After their mother told them about the opportunity, they decided to participate because they enjoy helping people. Smith, also a second-year volunteer, decided to participate again for “the chance to give back while gaining medical experience.”


The Spivey sisters and Smith have a variety of responsibilities that rotate throughout their time of service. For example, after patients are out of surgery and in the recovery area, Lauren Spivey escorts their families to visit them from the waiting area. Although she enjoys the task, her favorite area  is the Pavilion A gift shop.


While Emily Spivey also enjoys working in the gift shop, her favorite task is delivering mail and flowers to patients throughout UK HealthCare. She prefers this task because she “likes seeing patients happy and enjoying visitors and the flowers make them smile.” Smith appreciates the variety in his responsibilities, delivering toys to the patients at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, providing direction to guests and assisting radiology and imaging. Emily Spivey and Smith envision working as health care providers in their future and consider volunteering an opportunity to learn about different specialties. Lauren would like to work in marketing; she likes learning how the hospital and health care providers engage with the community.


The Teen Volunteer Program has been part of UK HealthCare for more than 50 years and on average there are about 60 volunteers each summer. After applying and interviewing for the program, the selected teens attend an orientation to learn more about their volunteer roles, take a tour of the hospital and hear about a variety of health care career opportunities. After meeting all necessary requirements, volunteers receive a certificate of completion for their summer of service.


To learn more about volunteering with UK HealthCare click here.


MEDIA CONTACT: Olivia McCoy,, (859) 257-1076



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Mullins and Gonsalves Discuss Oral Health on KET

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2016) – As part of KET's "Inside Oral Health Care" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Drs. Raynor Mullins, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry emeritus faculty, and Wanda Gonsalves, vice chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kentucky, were interviewed on KET’s “One to One with Bill Goodman” show.


Goodman spoke with Mullins and Gonsalves regarding coordinating oral health and primary medical behavioral health care. This coordination is important, as a person’s oral health is crucial to their overall wellness.


During the interview, Mullins shared, “It’s clear to me that oral health has many consequences that are not readily recognized by our public officials or in healthcare policy and finance.”


This lack of knowledge about oral health leads to significant hidden costs for Medicaid and Medicare as well as private insurance companies, according to Mullins.


If primary care providers, dentists and dental hygienists can begin to work together, Mullins and Gonsalves contend those costs can be reduced and oral health improved.


The segment is available and can be viewed online here. It will also air again on KET2 and KETKY on the following dates and times:

  • KET2: June 22, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. ET
  • KET2 June 22, 2016 at 7:29 p.m. ET
  • KET2: June 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. ET
  • KETKY: June 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. ET
  • KETKY: June 26, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. ET

DENTISTRY CONTACT: Ann Jarvis,, (859) 323-6526

MEDIA CONTACT: Olivia McCoy,, (859) 257-1076



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Valerie Perry Named Special Libraries Association Fellow

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 09:51


LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2016) Valerie Perry, director of Branch Libraries and head of the Agricultural Information Center at University of Kentucky Libraries, has been named a Special Libraries Association (SLA) Fellow. The SLA Fellowship recognizes mid-career information professionals for their past, present and future service to the association and the profession. No more than five SLA members may be selected for the fellowship each year. 


SLA Fellows are called upon and expected to advise the association's board of directors and alert the membership to issues and trends warranting action. Individuals receiving the honor may use the title “Fellow of the Special Libraries Association.” Perry's SLA Fellowship was conferred last week during the 2016 SLA Annual Conference, held June 12-14, in Philadelphia.


Soon after joining SLA in 1998, Perry took on leadership roles in the Kentucky chapter, serving as secretary, archivist, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, and subsequently as president in 2012. She has been treasurer of the Science-Technology Division and business manager of Sci-Tech News and has also served in numerous leadership roles in the Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition Division, including chair for two consecutive terms (2009 and 2010) and conference program planning chair.


At the association level, Perry is currently a member of the SLA Nominating Committee. She has also served on the SLA Board of Directors as past division cabinet chair (2014) and on the Member Preferences Task Force, the Volunteer Experience Task Force, and the Online Content Advisory Council.


As much as her colleagues admire her extensive knowledge of agricultural and biological sciences, Perry is equally revered for her outgoing personality and eagerness to help and teach others. She has been honored several times for her many contributions to SLA and the information profession. The Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition Division gave her its Distinguished Member Award in 2007, and the Kentucky chapter of SLA honored her with the Kentucky Chapter Professional Award (2007) and the Larry Besant Professional Award (2014).


The SLA is a nonprofit international organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves information professionals in more than 60 countries and in a range of working environments, including business, academia and government agencies. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives.



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PTS Powers Permit Holders with Free Jump-Start Service

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 14:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 21, 2016)  After a successful pilot year, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS)  is extending its trial of free jump-starts into an established service and integrating this into the motorist assistance program.


From July 15, 2015, to April 30, 2016, PTS received 141 motorist assistance calls — an average of 14 calls per month.


"The PTS team is committed to being accountable and innovative — consistently looking to discover ways to provide the best possible support services to the university and its students, faculty, staff, visitors, patients and fans," said Eric Monday, UK executive vice president for finance and administration.


If your car battery dies on campus and you need a jump-start, call 859-257-5757 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or call the university’s towing contractor, Bluegrass Towing, at 859-231-0197 after hours and throughout the weekend; these numbers are also listed on the back of each UK parking permit for easy reference.


PTS reserves the right to refuse free battery jump-start service due to excessive use of this service by a single permit holder or to visitors parked in violation. Requesting individuals are responsible for any advance service required due to vehicles being unable to start through typical jump-start procedures or situations where batteries fail to hold adequate charge.


PTS, in partnership with Bluegrass Towing, offers the following discounted motorist assistance services to all valid UK parking permit holders

  • Vehicle tow
  • Flat tire change (using owner supplied spare tire)
  • Off-campus battery jump-start
  • Vehicle lock
  • Out of fuel (standard rate + cost of fuel)

These services are offered 24 hours a day, anywhere within Fayette County. Cost for each of these services is $49 within New Circle Road and $49 + $3 per mile outside of New Circle Road unless otherwise noted below.


To be eligible for the UK discount, Bluegrass Towing will record your permit number prior to providing the service. For your convenience, tow truck drivers accept cash, check or credit card at the scene.


For more information about the PTS discounted motorist assistance program, visit



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Katie Terrell Named Winner of 2016 Paul Kevin Burberry Award

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 21, 2016)  University of Kentucky student Katie Terrell has been named the 2016 Paul Kevin Burberry Award winner by the UK Human Development Institute (HDI).


Terrell is an educational specialist student in the UK College of Education and a research assistant at HDI. She has completed the Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities and presented her research on mentoring partnerships for college students with disabilities at the 2015 American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities conference in Louisville, Kentucky. She is also the HDI trainee liaison to the Association of University Centers on Disabilities for 2015-2016.


The Burberry Award is named in memory of the Berea, Kentucky, native who pioneered a trail in the public school system as the first student with significant physical disabilities, due to cerebral palsy, to complete Berea Community High School. Kevin Burberry graduated with highest honors and went on to attend Berea College and UK, where he majored in philosophy. He was an exemplary student and self-advocate, and worked on an HDI project that created training modules in developmental disabilities for medical school students and other allied health student professionals that are still used today. Burberry’s life was cut short prior to his anticipated graduation, and he was awarded his UK degree posthumously, with highest honors, in May 2004.


The Burberry Award is HDI’s highest student honor and is given to a student involved with HDI who has exemplified in his or her life the leadership, advocacy and commitment to persons with disabilities and their families that Burberry demonstrated in his own life.


“Katie has always gone above and beyond … She has personally mentored no fewer than six students with developmental disabilities, facilitating their successful completion of postsecondary courses,” said co-nominator Barry Whaley. 



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"see blue." #selfie: Julia Palomino

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:20


LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 21, 2016)  Want to get to know the people behind some of the biggest student leadership positions on campus? We did, too! That's why we've introduced "see blue." #selfie  a series on UKNow that lets student leaders from across campus tell us a little bit more about themselves and their organizations. Up this week, a 2016 "see blue." U Orientation leader, Julia Palomino.


Palomino, an upcoming sophomore from Washington, is majoring in English and integrated strategic communication with a minor in Spanish. This summer, Palomino has been chosen to help introduce countless of future Wildcats, parents and guests to the University of Kentucky during "see blue." U Orientations! Get to know this UK-lovin' "see blue." U Orientation leader in her "see blue." #selfie!  


UKNow: What is your major and what year are you?

Julia Palomino: I just finished my freshman year, so I'll be a sophomore in the fall. I'm majoring in English and integrated strategic communication and I'm a Spanish minor. I always say I like to read, write and talk to people! I'm on the pre-law track, but I'm interested in public relations too.


UK: Where are you from?

JP: So, my dad is in the Air Force so I have lived a lot of places. I was born in Chicago; we lived in England; Oklahoma; two cities in Texas; Montgomery, Alabama; Nebraska; and most recently Tacoma, Washington. So, Washington is where I say I'm from. My family is actually moving to D.C. this summer. I've lived on the East coast, West coast and everything in between.


UK: What made you decide to come to UK?

JP: I was offered a scholarship, I'm on a Patterson Scholarship so that put UK on my radar! I wanted to live in a state I had never lived in before and I really wanted to pick a place to be mine since we had moved so many times growing up. My state and my school. I really like UK's campus. Our buildings are so historical but fresh! It’s a good feeling. Everyone is friendly and really genuine.


UK: How did you become a "see blue." U Orientation leader and how many leaders are there this summer?

JP: I'm actually a tour guide at the Visitor Center. I was a Wildcat Ambassador my first semester and tour guide my second. When my boss sent an e-mail for orientation leaders, I was deciding what to do for the summer. So, when I heard about the dates of orientation I thought it would be great! I heard from people at the Visitor Center how great the orientation job was! I love being a Visitor Center employee, so I applied, got an interview and got a job! There are 24 of us. 


UK: As a "see blue." U Orientation leader, what is the biggest take-away you want students to have?

JP: Even though UK is a big school, it quickly begins to feel small once you get here. I want them to not be afraid of what they are going to experience, and I want them to be excited! I want them to come back excited for those challenges and new things. They really should try new things, get involved and get out there. I want them to take-away the need to do that without being fearful!


UK: What are you most looking forward to during "see blue." U?

JP: I am really excited to lead UKonnect meetings. We also have an event in downtown Lexington which I'm excited to host! We take the parents and kids downtown and have a walking tour. I'm excited to show students around Lexington.


UK: What has been your best experience at UK thus far?

JP: Overall, I joined a Christian campus group called Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) and it's been great! Being an out-of-state student, it's important to have those one-on-one connections, friends you can trust. Those good experiences make UK even better!


UK: What's your favorite part about Lexington as a community?

JP: I love how everyone here loves UK! Like, LOVES UK! In other states there's a pro sports team, but downtown Lexington when there's basketball game … that's so exciting how many people come and support! I will never forget when we had Big Blue Madness. I was walking past all the tents and people were camping out! That gave me my first take on it. Basketball is really big here!


UK: What would be your dream job?

JP: Whatever I do, I've got to work with people … for people. I see myself most likely working in marketing, public relations, event planning, directing a visitor center, working as a recruiter, working in an admissions office or anything for a college. I want something more communications-based like speech writing or doing public relations for an individual.


UK: When you have 30 minutes of free time on campus, what do you do?

JP: I will probably go sit in the bowl behind the library or in front of White Hall. I love reading!


UK: What is your vision for "see blue." U going forward?

JP: I see it as a way to allow students to get a feel for campus and a place to get a lot of info about what to do in college, such as student leadership and studying abroad. It's all about preparation and being able to experience campus, getting personal experience from students and having reassurance of "I've been to UK's campus and I know what it's like."


UK: What part of being a "see blue." U Orientation leader do you find most enjoyable?

JP: Just working with people! I love answering students' questions! I love being able to reassure them and helping them feel comfortable … and parents too!


UK: What are you involved in other than Visitor Center?

JP: RUF, I'm really involved in that I'm on the ministry team as well. We focus on outreach to campus and Lexington and we do a lot of tabling on campus. We want an inviting atmosphere!


UK: How are your experiences with "see blue." U going to help you in the future?

JP: I think it will help me a couple different ways. It's really good networking and I get to work on my people skills too. Dealing with people in all kinds of situations, such as after a tiring day, will teach me strong customer service skills. I have already learned so much about UK, Lexington and campus, but learning more about my school will help me be more proud of it and build more passion!


"see blue." #selfies will appear every other Tuesday on UKNow. Know a student leader we should feature? Contact Rebecca Stratton at to nominate someone.



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Office for Institutional Diversity Celebrates 45 Years of Supporting Underrepresented Students

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 21, 2016)  The University of Kentucky is made up of thousands of students, faculty and staff — different races, perspectives, religions, identities, genders and ethnicities. As Interim Vice President for Institutional Diversity Terry Allen stated in his recent blog, “our differences and our diversity are what collectively make us and our community stronger."


As outlined in the 2015-2020 strategic plan, the UK Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) exists to enhance the diversity and inclusivity of the university community through recruitment and retention of an increasingly diverse population of faculty, administrators, staff and students. While the office has had various names, staff members and leaders, its overall mission has never wavered.


In the early years of the university's history, African Americans were prohibited to enroll in classes at UK. However, in June of 1949, following a lawsuit by Lyman T. Johnson, UK President Herman L. Donovan announced that African-American students would be permitted to attend graduate classes on the Lexington campus of the state's flagship university.


Shortly after Donovan's announcement, approximately 30 black students enrolled in the summer 1949 graduate school program. Over the years, the number of African-American students enrolling in UK slowly increased. However, there was still much to be done.


For years, community members implored UK administrators to focus special attention on the problems African-American students experienced. In 1970, black faculty and staff — led by social work professors Evelyn Black and LeVerne McCummings — began to meet with UK President Otis Singletary to identify the need for an office of minority affairs.


The following year, requests were answered and the Office of Minority Affairs was established with a primary responsibility to provide social and cultural programming, along with academic success initiatives — a responsibility that the office still assumes today through its five units. Today, the units support all underrepresented students, not just the African-American student population.



Currently, the renamed office, the Office for Institutional Diversity houses five units — the Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES), the Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives (CGPDI), the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, the Martin Luther King Center and Student Support Services.


Each unit provides student support and hosts social and cultural events throughout the year, just as the Office of Minority Affairs was originally tasked to do. The MLK Center, for example, hosts a monthly event "Soup and Substance" that provides students the opportunity to discuss current topics relating to race, gender, class and a variety of identities.


The office has matured and progressed throughout the time of its existence but there is still work to do.


"There is great momentum at this time to accelerate movement in a positive direction," said Terry Allen, interim vice president for Institutional Diversity. "We thank the students for their role in helping us become better."


According to metrics set forth in the strategic plan, UK will increase the enrollment and graduation rates of underrepresented undergraduate students and graduate students as well as increase the population of underrepresented and female faculty and staff.


"Becoming a more diverse and inclusive institution is the responsibility of every member of the university community," Allen said. "We must sustain our effort for continuous improvement and periodically report progress for everyone to see."



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Public Health Researchers Track Transformative Period of Kentucky Health Policy

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 21:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 20, 2016) — Health care insurance coverage remains a contested policy issue in Kentucky years after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Since the federal legislation was signed into law in 2010, University of Kentucky College of Public Health researchers Julia Costich and Glen Mays have participated in a project that has tracked and analyzed the progress of state-enacted health care policies in 40 states, including Kentucky. Costich and Mays recently completed a report outlining the changes under discussion for health care reform policy in Kentucky. In the special report, which was published in partnership with the Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York (SUNY) and the Brookings Institution, the authors found that public policy decisions unfolding in Kentucky will have major economic and political implications for the state and could serve as harbingers of change in other states.


“Kentucky’s approaches for navigating the many uncertainties of health reform offer important lessons for the rest of the nation,” Mays, the Scutchfield Endowed Professor of Health Services and Systems Research, said. “Every state is learning by doing, so by comparing these experiences we can determine which solutions work best in which contexts.”


Mays, who also serves as the director of the Systems for Action Research Center housed at the College of Public Health, and Costich, a professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy, cited progress in Kentucky to reduce the number of individuals living without health care coverage. The state-based exchange program, branded kynect, has enrolled more than half a million Kentuckians.


“What’s happening in Kentucky will thus test the durability of the ACA and perhaps reveal new directions for its implementation,” the authors state in the report.


Richard Nathan, a senior fellow at the Rockefeller Institute and project co-director, applauded the Kentucky report, underscoring its significance in recording an unprecedented and transformative era of health care policy.


"Costich and Mays tell an important story about how Kentucky went about doing what's in the law and now how hard it is to un-do it,” Nathan said. “There's a lesson here worth close scrutiny."


To view the full report, click here


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"see blue." U Welcomes Incoming Wildcats

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 15:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 20, 2016)  As "see blue." U Orientation kicks off today, new Wildcats will explore the University of Kentucky campus as they meet other students, hear from campus offices and organizations, meet with advisors and register for Fall 2016 classes!


Twelve two-day "see blue." U Orientations this summer will welcome incoming freshmen; three will focus solely on transfer students; two will focus specifically on readmission students and two will focus on international incoming freshman and transfer students.


Representatives from a number of different on-campus organizations will be on-hand throughout orientation to promote their roles at the university and answer any questions incoming students may have.  A number of information sessions will also be held to answer questions on topics such as athletic tickets, education abroad, financial aid, parking and transportation and more.


Day one of "see blue." U Orientation will include BluePrint, Career Center and financial review presentations, followed by UKonnect meetings, foreign language exams, interest sessions and parent presentations; the day will end exploring the city of Lexington with a tour of downtown.


Day two of orientation will begin with academic advising. Students will be given specific room assignments of where to attend advising depending on which college houses the major they wish to study. At the conclusion of advising and registration, students will be directed to meet their parents/guests at the UK Bookstore on Lexington Avenue.  Each student will receive a Kentucky Class of 2020 T-shirt provided by the UK Bookstore.


Students, parents and guests have the opportunity to explore numerous residence halls on campus during the afternoon of day two. This includes an open house of Champions Court II and Roselle Hall as well as building tours.


"see blue." U Orientations require that each student sign up for their orientation online at Any student who does not arrive on their scheduled date will not have the opportunity to be rescheduled for a later date or can withdraw their admission to UK. If a student has not scheduled an orientation, he or she will not be able to attend on a walk-in basis the day of an orientation.


Students, parents and guests needing lodging during orientation dates have the option to stay overnight in Champions Court I in a two-bedroom suite for $35 a night per person. Learn more and book a room at


Those attending "see blue." U conferences are encouraged to hashtag #UK2020 on social media platforms to share their "see blue." experience.  "see blule." U attendees are also highly encouraged to download the "see blue." U Orientation application on any iOS, Android or Web accessible device.


For more information, visit, email, call (859) 257-3256 or follow @seeblueU on Twitter and Instagram.



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Groundwater-quality Sampling in the Berea Sandstone and Rogersville Oil and Gas Plays

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 13:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 20, 2016) — The prospect of increasing oil and gas exploration in Kentucky has caught public attention and generated many news stories in recent months. It has also prompted new research projects by the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) and its research partners. The most recent project, being conducted in collaboration with GSI Environmental Inc., of Austin, Texas, and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America program, is sampling 51 water wells in the Berea and Rogersville oil and gas plays in Eastern Kentucky to help gather baseline information on groundwater chemistry.


Environmental groups and some in the general public have expressed concern that the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques in the study area (Greenup, Carter, Boyd, Lawrence, Elliot, and Johnson Counties) could have an impact on groundwater supplies in the region, especially shallow aquifers used by some for household and agricultural use. Analyzing well-water samples for levels of major ions and cations, metals, and dissolved gases (including methane) will help characterize existing groundwater quality in the area and help state and federal water-resource managers identify and monitor potential changes in groundwater-quality conditions and address the public’s environmental concerns.


After first identifying and locating potential sampling sites in the study area using available water-well records stored in the Kentucky Groundwater Data Repository, KGS Water Resources staff began the task of contacting property owners for permission to access their wells, often with the help of the UK Agricultural Cooperative Extension Office. Then water samples were collected using scientific protocols being designed and tested nationally. Detailed information about water-well construction and site-specific conditions was also collected at the time of sampling, and collected samples were delivered to the KGS water lab and two contract analytical laboratories for analysis of organic and inorganic chemicals.


“The major objective of this project is to obtain a preliminary understanding of groundwater chemistry in the study region, as well as its spatial variability throughout the area,” according to the KGS principal investigator, Junfeng Zhu, of the Survey’s Water Resources Section. “The project also intends to use isotope data to help evaluate possible sources of methane detected in the groundwater. Results from this study can be used as a reference to infer potential impacts of future horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing on groundwater quality.”


All field sampling and laboratory analysis scheduled for the project have been completed, and interpretation of the groundwater chemistry data is presently underway. Preliminary results indicate that methane may be a fairly common constituent of groundwater in Eastern Kentucky: 41 of 51 sampled wells had detectable concentrations of methane, and 26 of the sampled wells had methane concentrations above 1 milligram per liter. Analysis of carbon and hydrogen isotopes associated with methane in the water samples indicates that in most of the sampled wells the gas is generated from microbial activity, suggesting a shallow origin of depth not directly associated with oil or gas extraction. A detailed evaluation and analysis of these data will continue until mid to late summer, and a report on the findings will be prepared and published later this year.



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6 UK Students Named Fulbright Recipients

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 11:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 20, 2016) University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced that six UK students and alumni have been selected as recipients of Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships. The UK recipients are among more than 1,800 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2016-17 academic year through the prestigious program.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad.


Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.


The UK students and alumni awarded Fulbright grants are:


Daniel Ball, the son of David Ball, of Stockton, California, and Margaret Ball, of Redstone, Colorado, holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Colorado State University and a master's degree in international health and development from Tulane University. The cultural anthropology doctoral student will use his Fulbright grant to carry out language training and dissertation research in eastern Sri Lanka toward his degree.


Previous time serving others and living abroad gave Ball a perspective on the importance of this research. "Given my experiences in Peace Corps and living and working in different cultural contexts (such as Ghana and Guyana), cultural anthropology theory and research provides a crucial, on-the-ground perspective of people’s histories and the social and cultural determinants of health and illness that are not often captured by statistics or similar methodologies in public health programming."


During his doctoral studies at UK, Ball has participated in Tamil language programs at South Asian Summer Language Institute at University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Madurai, India. Through a grant provided by UK’s anthropology department, Ball has done preliminary research in eastern Sri Lanka in the summer of 2013, where he established working relationships with local health care providers and interviewed residents and caregivers who agreed to help him with his dissertation project on mental health care decision-making.


Upon completion of his degree, Ball hopes to teach and/or research issues or problems relevant to medical anthropology, public health and the sociocultural determinants of health and illness.


Emily Furnish, the daughter of Anne Mary and Greg Furnish, of Louisville, Kentucky, is a 2011 graduate of duPont Manual High School. At UK, Furnish was a Chellgren Fellow, a Gaines Fellow and member of the Honors Program. Furnish was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to teach in South Korea.


A vocalist, Furnish has been active in the UK School of Music where she has performed with the UK Women's Choir and UK Chorale. Furnish also participated in undergraduate research. Previous research studied the laryngeal muscles, the specialized skeletal muscles used in voice production, under the direction of Maria Dietrich, in the College of Health Sciences. She also conducted research in the chemistry lab of Assistant Professor Chris Richards that is focused on projects related to biophysical chemistry, with research ranging from single molecule spectroscopy to the visualization of cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) channels in mouse neuroblastoma cell line (N2A) cells. Last summer, Furnish interned with Space Camp Turkey


Furnish has declined her Fulbright ETA to prepare to attend medical school this fall.


Malinda Massey, the daughter of Connie and Tony Massey of Columbia, Tennessee, is a 2012 graduate of Lee County High School and Western Hills High School. At UK, Massey was a Chellgren Fellow and member of the Honors Program, as well as vice president of the university chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. She was awarded a Fulbright ETA to teach English in Germany.


Massey is excited for this opportunity to impact others abroad. "I enjoy teaching and the impact of a teacher in high school can shape an entire student's future. Teachers are more than what they are assumed to be, and we recognize the power of their impact in the people we later become."


While at UK, Massey also earned a minor in vocal performance, sang in UK Women's Choir and served as the choir's president. She also pursued undergraduate research in literature under Cynthia Ruder, associate professor of Russian studies, and presented her work at Posters at the Capitol in "What Motifs and Style Components Shaped Mikhail Bulgakov's 'The Master and the Margarita'?" Off campus she taught upper elementary reading at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.


After completing her Fulbright ETA, Massey plans to earn a master's degree in education and teach at the high school level. She hopes to later earn a graduate degree in educational leadership and eventually become a principal.


Gabriel Pike of Vienna, Virginia, is a 2010 graduate of Langley High School and 2015 anthropology graduate of UK. Most recently, Pike hiked a large section of the Appalachian Trail this spring. He will use his Fulbright ETA to teach English in Taiwan. 


Kathryn Showers-Curtis, the daughter of Kenneth E. Curtis and Denise M. Showers of Janesville, Wisconsin, earned her bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2012. She will use her Fulbright grant for study in the Slovak Republic


"My current research focuses on perceptual dialectology in Slovakia, though I also do a great deal with language and gender, language and discrimination, and social justice," said Showers-Curtis, whose interest in her studies was influenced by previous time in Slovakia and the observation of discrimination.


Upon completion of her Fulbright studies and her master's degree, Showers-Curtis plans to pursue a doctoral degree in linguistics or Slavic linguistics.


Katelyn Wiard, daughter of Phillip Wiard, Holly McCoy-Johnson, and Jerry Johnson of Frankfort, Kentucky, is a 2010 graduate of Western Hills High School and 2014 business administration graduate of UK. She will use her Fulbright grant to pursue public policy studies in Mexico in hopes of returning with knowledge that can help maintain and improve relations between the U.S. and its neighbor to the south.


"In Mexico, I plan to be involved in many groups to help deported children access their rights to education. I will spend a lot of my time researching this subject by volunteering and understanding the political processes that help will make the necessary changes. I hope to work toward and witness improvements that will benefit the lives of many affected by a process that desperately needs to be altered," Wiard said.


While doing her undergraduate studies At UK, Wiard was active in the university chapter of the sorority Chi Omega and interned with the Kentucky Democratic Party. Since earning her bachelor's degree she has been working as a North American language and cultural ambassador in Spain.


After completing her master's degree in Mexico, Wiard would like to return to pursue a doctoral degree in political science in the United States.


Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 318,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education and athletics and won such prestigious honors as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Foundation Award and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education. For further information about the Fulbright Program, visit the website


UK students who are U.S. citizens can apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships through the university’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. Part of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the office assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with Pat Whitlow at the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards well in advance of the scholarship deadline.



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10 Things UK Students Love about Lexington

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 10:12


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10 Things UK Students Love about Lexington


1. Best of both worlds.


"I think Lexington's really neat because it is a big city, but it has a down-home, humble, southern vibe to it…everyone's really kind." - Danielle Brewer, Columbus, Ohio


"It definitely has the southern hospitality while also having a lot of things to do for a large urban center." - Trey Zimmerman, Lexington


2. Vibrant downtown.


"So it's big in its ideas but it's small and safe, what I mean by big in its ideas is there are tons of restaurants, they're opening up a 21C hotel, there's Thursday Night Live, which has food trucks and live music, and there's a farmer's market and everything just brings the community together." - Elizabeth Mechas, Lexington


"The Distillery District is a great place for people even under 21, and North Lime is great for breakfast but also a night market on the weekend." - Ross Boggess, Lexington


3. Opportunities abound.


"There's great opportunity no matter what you want to do, you know, job-wise, academically, service-wise; there's everything. I think what makes UK unique is that it is in Lexington, and it has all this opportunity of a big school. It has all this opportunity of the city, and the research, and the academics." - Emily Appel, Lebanon, Ohio


"You have so many more opportunities, not just in places to eat but places to internship at, research opportunities, the hospital's close by." - Elizabeth Mechas, Lexington


4. Close-knit community.


"You feel at home here, even though you're far from home. It's just become a great place to live." - Danielle Brewer, Columbus, Ohio


"Lexington is a small enough town to where it's comfortable and you know everybody and you'll see familiar faces, but it's big enough to where you're able to make a big scale difference, and you're able to always meet somebody new." - Ross Boggess, Lexington


5. Beautiful green spaces.


"There is the arboretum as well, which is this area of just rolling hills, green grass, beautiful flowers. It's a great place for running, for walks, no matter what you want to do." - Emily Appel, Lebanon, Ohio


"There's also the Henry Clay Estate that has beautiful gardens and really open green space." - Evelyne Mechas, Lexington


6. Location.


"You're right by Rupp Arena. You're right by Triangle Park. You're right by all of the downtown little shops and everything. That's what I really love about this city, too. But then you're also a 10-minute drive from the rolling hills and everything, by the horse farms and a 10-minute drive from Keeneland." - Morgan Seiver, St. Louis, Missouri 


7. Quirky culture.


"When I go to a restaurant here it has a lot of culture, it has a lot of history, and I really love that about Lexington." - Elaisy Gonzalez, Louisville, Kentucky


"Running downtown is awesome because there are beautiful murals…there's this beautiful Abraham Lincoln memorial mural." - Evelyne Mechas, Lexington


"There's always something going on in Lexington. There's always something related to the arts or creativity. There's always neat things to do." - Danielle Brewer, Columbus, Ohio


8. Love for local.


"I love just all the local things, especially all the local restaurants, the local stores. I think that's a big thing." - William Reedy, Corbin, Kentucky


"There's so many unique things to Lexington that have a local feel, and you really get to see the local character, and that's a great character to show. - Ross Boggess, Lexington


9. Alumni support.


"There are a lot of alumni of UK, and even people that didn't go to UK, that are always willing to help and are always looking to help UK students through experiences and internships." - Ross Boggess, Lexington


10. Exposure to new things.


"I've found little nooks and crannies within Lexington that I didn't know existed at first." - Sierra Hatfield, Harlan, Kentucky


"It's a little more diverse, which I like. I mean, it's definitely exposed me to new ideas, new kinds of people." - William Reedy, Corbin, Kentucky



"This is a super exciting time to be in Lexington. I've grown up here, and it is definitely on the uphill." - Ross Boggess


From horse racing to delicious eats to downtown festivals, there is so much to experience in this town. Share your favorite moments in Lexington by tagging #UKLovesLex on social media, and follow along with UK social media accounts as we share our own.


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UK Provost Talks Budget on WUKY's 'UK Perspectives'

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 16:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 17, 2016) WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Today, UK Provost Tim Tracy talks to Godell about UK's proposed budget for 2016-2017, which will be voted on in next week's UK Board of Trustees meeting. 


To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit


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



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University of Kentucky Joins the TriNetX Network

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 16:18


LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 17, 2016) — The University of Kentucky has signed a membership agreement to join the TriNetX network, a leader in international clinical research networks, in order to optimize clinical trial design and advance clinical research for UK programs.


Pharmaceutical researchers will gain access to UK's clinical data in real time through TriNetX's proprietary network of health care institutions representing more than 37 million patients in the US and Europe to support clinical study and protocol design, site selection, and patient recruitment across a range of therapeutic areas and development stages.



UK will leverage the TriNetX network to drive more industry-sponsored clinical trials into its organization, enable UK researchers to discover patients for investigator-initiated studies and collaborate with other provider research organizations.


Users of the TriNetX system can analyze patient populations with search criteria across multiple longitudinal data points, and TriNetX's advanced analytics modules provide intelligence on which criteria have the most impact as well as the rate at which new patients present.  Each data point in the TriNetX system can be traced to healthcare providers who have the ability to identify individual patients, allowing clinical researchers to develop virtual patient cohorts that can be recapitulated in real world clinical trial settings.  Data in the TriNetX system is fully de-identified to the user.


"The University of Kentucky is one of only 23 institutions in the nation with the 'trifecta' of a cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute, an Alzheimer's Disease Center funded by the National Institute on Aging, and a Clinical and Translational Science Award funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences," Dr. Philip A. Kern, director of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science, said.  "Our institution, which encompasses the full range of liberal arts, medical and professional programs, including a top-five College of Pharmacy, is committed to advancing health discoveries through innovative partnerships like our work with TriNetX."


"The University of Kentucky brings cutting-edge research and treatment options to a complex patient population in a state with some of the highest incidence rates of cancer, heart disease, and smoking," Gadi Lachman, CEO, TriNetX said.  "The University of Kentucky is poised to be a strategic research partner for leading pharmaceutical companies, contract research organization, and peer provider organizations who are collaborating through the TriNetX network to improve clinical research and patient care."


About TriNetX
TriNetX is a worldwide clinical data network of healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations used to enhance clinical trial design and accelerate patient recruitment.  TriNetX enables researchers to find the right patients at the right sites for clinical trials.  For more information, visit


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