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Sanders-Brown Researcher Co-authors Influential Paper

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:53

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

College of Law Names Ausness as Associate Dean for Faculty Research

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:52

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Construction to Impact Commonwealth Stadium Parking This Semester

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 17:26

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365; sarah.geegan@uky.edu

 

UK Computer Science Professor Leading Major Breakthrough in Reading Ancient Scrolls

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 12:32

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu  

UK Solar Car Team Wins National Fluke Corporation Contest

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 11:35

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

View the team's presentation and video outlining their work at: https://www.facebook.com/fluke.corporation/app_608345125854781.

 

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

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

UK Dance Minors Present 'Capture Momentum'

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 17:08

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

UK's 21st Breathitt Lecture Focuses on African American Story as Depicted in Literature

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 14:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2015) — Nathan Moore, a University of Kentucky English senior from Louisville, Kentucky, has been selected to present the 21st annual Edward T. Breathitt Undergraduate Lectureship in the Humanities at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the UK Athletics Auditorium at William T. Young Library. Moore's free public lecture focuses on intersections of African American literature, history and cultural memory.

 

The Breathitt Lectureship was named for an outstanding UK alumnus who showed an exceptional interest in higher education and the humanities, Gov. Edward T. Breathitt. The lectureship is awarded to an undergraduate who has eloquently expressed the qualities of mind and spirit, including one or more of the basic concerns of the humanities: form, value and memory. Each year all undergraduate students are invited to apply for the lectureship.

 

Moore's lecture, "Subjugation and the Supernatural: The Ethnogothic in African American Letters," will explore slave narratives. Moore will discuss how former slaves used conventions of Gothic fiction to expose the brutality of their enslavement. Through discussions of genre, he will examine how this traumatic history is left silent in many contemporary discussions of race and class. A public reception will follow the talk. 

 

The "Subjugation and the Supernatural" lecture and undergraduate research on the topic by Moore started as a class assignment at UK. "This lecture is actually part of ongoing research project I have been conducting work on since sophomore year. Originally, this work began as a midterm paper for a Major Black Writers course."

 

The Breathitt Lectureship is presented by the Gaines Center for the Humanities, part of part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the UK Division of Undergraduate Education. As part of the lectureship, a student is given the opportunity to write and deliver a humanities-oriented public lecture on the topic of their choosing. The student speaker is chosen through an application process that includes a lecture proposal submitted by the student to an independent committee of readers.
 
In recognition of his selection to deliver the Breathitt Lectureship, Moore also will receive a commemorative award and a $500 honorarium.

 

Moore is excited to share his work through the Breathitt Lectureship. "It sounded like an amazing opportunity to share my research interest with a larger group outside of the departments that I usually work with here at UK," Moore said. "It seemed beneficial to share my research and have a chance to get feedback in a semi-professional venue. I also feel really passionate about my project and thought it would be a nice way to leave the University of Kentucky by sharing my work with my peers in the larger campus community."

 

The son of Denise Moore, of Louisville, the Breathitt Lecturer is also pursuing a minor African American and Africana studies, as well as his major of English. In addition, Moore is finishing a certificate in creative writing. His excellence in the classroom previously garnered him one of only 10 fellowships to the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute, presented by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to encourage minority students and others with an interest in African-American, African and African diasporan studies to pursue graduate degrees in the humanities.  

 

The world of literature is a passion for Moore. "As clichéd as this may sound, I chose to study English because I love to write and read. I chose to work with the Department of African American and Africana Studies because I read 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' by Zora Neale Hurston and it changed my life. I never knew I could study my own history as a Black person and I just felt I had to declare a minor."

 

To hear a podcast about Moore's experience as a Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute Fellow, visit www.as.uky.edu/podcasts/building-your-own-space-academia-nathan-moore.

 

Outside of the classroom, Moore has worked with UK Libraries as one of their first Diversity Scholar Interns and he has also done a few radio broadcasts with WUKY's "UK Perspectives" interview series. He also previously interned with the Limestone Journal.

 

Upon completion of his undergraduate degree this May, Moore plans to pursue graduate studies in African American literature and history, as well as creative writing. He plans to pursue a career as a professor and creative writer.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu
 

UK, Fayette County Schools Negotiating to Locate STEAM Academy Adjacent to University's College of Education

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 13:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) – The University of Kentucky could soon be home to an innovative program for Fayette County Public Schools high school students on the UK campus near the College of Education.

 

Negotiations between UK and FCPS are under way to move the district’s fledgling STEAM Academy to UK. STEAM -- which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics -- is an innovative partnership between UK and Fayette County Public Schools. Students take high school classes, while potentially earning college credits in courses taught by UK faculty as well as undergraduate and graduate students.

 

“The STEAM Academy’s initial funding from Next Generation Learning Challenges was the only grant given to a school district partnering with a university. So, the eyes of the nation are on us as we show how a public school working with a university can rethink education,” said Mary John O’Hair, dean of the College of Education. “Locating the STEAM academy on the UK campus is ideal for both the university and FCPS. Our model uses an innovative personalized instruction approach that includes mastery learning, internships, and dual college credit opportunities. The end goal is that every student will graduate college and career ready, and with experience in college courses.” 
 

In addition to having access to college-level courses and campus resources, the program is part of a national network working to transform education, including the Kentucky P20 Innovation Lab and National Center for Innovation in Education, both based at the College of Education. Additionally, College of Education students will be involved in STEAM classrooms early in their studies, helping the college establish a “blue ribbon model” for clinical-based teacher preparation programs.

 

“We are excited about the endless possibilities being on the UK campus will offer our students, families and staff,” said Tina Stevenson, who has directed the STEAM Academy since it opened in 2013. “Being on campus will solidify one of the pillars of STEAM, to ensure our students are college and career experienced before they graduate.”

 

UK Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric N. Monday indicated to Fayette County Schools in December that the university will provide a site location on campus. The school district will construct the academy. The most likely site for construction is behind the Taylor Education Building, where the College of Education is located.

 

The program, which has been open since fall 2013, is housed temporarily in the former Johnson Elementary School on East Sixth Street. The long-term goal, though, has been to have a facility close to, or on, the UK campus.

 

"It has always been the hope and goal of both UK and Fayette County Public Schools to locate the Academy in close proximity to the College of Education and its faculty," Monday wrote. "We believe that proximity will significantly enhance the partnership and collaboration between the STEAM faculty and staff and the UK faculty. We look forward to working together to make this project a reality."

 

There is not a specific timetable set for selecting site location or beginning construction, but officials from both partner agencies said they want to move as quickly as possible, given the benefits of a school on the UK campus.

 

“Just being near the campus will create a buzz,” said Margo Lawson, a freshman at the STEAM Academy. “Not only will teachers be able to partner with UK for materials and curriculum, but students will get the complete college experience with new technology, a new learning environment and some of the privileges being a college student affords.”

 

Justin Bathon, UK College of Education associate professor and director of innovative school models, will provide leadership to the STEAM Academy, along with Stevenson.

 

The STEAM Academy has an advisory council comprised of both UK and FCPS personnel, as well as community members and parents, including:

  • John Price, Fayette County Board of Education Chairman
  • Jack Hayes, Director of School Improvement and Innovation, FCPS
  • Dr. Laurie Henry, interim chair of the UK College of Education Department of  Curriculum & Instruction and associate dean of clinical preparation and partnerships
  • Linda France, director of the UK College of Education P20 Next Generation Leadership Academy
  • Justin Bathon, UK College of Education associate professor and director of innovative school models
  • Tina Stevenson, STEAM Academy director
  • Eric Ridd, STEAM Academy counselor
  • Maria Shockey, STEAM Academy math teacher
  • Eleanor Clifton, STEAM Academy sophomore
  • Margo Lawson, STEAM Academy freshman
  • Bill Quinn, STEAM Academy parent
  • Dr. Mark Watson, STEAM Academy parent

The partnership is focused on creating a 21st-century school that is flexible and adaptable, technology rich, responsive to student and teacher needs, and recognizes and extends learning beyond the traditional school day and classroom.

 

STEAM Academy is also envisioned as a research and development lab for UK faculty to research and pilot new innovations that can be broadly shared and replicated. STEAM students have access to the UK campus, as well as UK faculty students and staff who are frequently at the Academy.

 

The Academy was the first public high school program in the nation to receive start-up funds from Next Generation Learning Challenges, which is supported by foundations including the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu, Lisa Deffendall, 859-381-4101, lisa.deffendall@fayette.kyschools.us

Job Club Winter/Spring Schedule Announced

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2015) —The University of Kentucky Alumni Association, Fayette County Cooperative Extension Services, and UK Human Resources Staff Career Development are pleased to announce Job Club’s winter/spring schedule. The purpose of the Central Kentucky Community Job Club is to provide a positive environment for motivated job seekers to meet, connect, share and learn.

 

The free group is open to the public and meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension office, 1140 Red Mile Place, Lexington, Kentucky. Business attire is encouraged. Convenient, free parking is available.

 

Job Club is for you if you are motivated and currently out of work, underemployed or looking to make a career transition. In addition, recruiters and employers are always welcome and introduced to Job Club attendees. For more information, call the UK Alumni Association at 859-257-8905, the Fayette Cooperative Extension office at 859-257-5582, or the UK Staff Career Development Office at 859-257-9416. Additional information including testimonials from former Job Club participants can be viewed at: www.ukalumni.net/jobclub.  

 

Job Club Winter/Spring Meeting Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 27: Using Networking to Find and Land a Hidden Job – Presented by Rick Johnson (9–10:15 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 10: Successful Telephone Interview/Screening Tips and How to Choose and Prep your Professional References – Presented by Elizabeth Walker and Chase Adams, UK STEPS (9–10:15 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24: Interview Strategies from the Other Side of the Table Presented by Frank Patton, First Investors (9–10:15 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, March 10: Staying Positive During a Job Search – Presented by Ann M. Bassoni, UK Work + Life Connections (9–10:15 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, March 24: A Snapshot of the Central Kentucky Labor Market – Presented by Billie Peavler, executive director, Business & Education Network, Commerce Lexington (9–10:15 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, April 14: LinkedIn: Your Job Search Best Friend – Presented by Sally Foster and Amanda Schagane, Graham Office of Career Management (9–10:15 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, April 28: How to Write the Perfect Resume and Cover Letter – Presented by Lisa James with Robert Half and Audrey Jones, recruiters with Office Team (9–10:15 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, May 12: Panel of Successful Job Club Members **Resume Critiques to follow** (9–10:15 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, May 26: There is an App for That…Integrating Technology into Your Personal Finances – Presented by Jennifer Hunter, Extension specialist for Family Financial Management (9–10:15 a.m.)

 

Attendance at all sessions is not required but is recommended.

 

*Snow Policy: If Fayette County Public Schools close or on a delay, Job Club will not meet.

 

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

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Provides Update on MLK Day Events

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today Carl Nathe sits in for Godell and talks to George Brown, co-chair of the Martin Luther King Day Planning Committee.  They discuss upcoming events in celebration of the King holiday. 

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/observing-martin-luther-king-jr-day.

 

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

UK Selling Interest in Coldstream Laboratories to Major Pharmaceutical Company

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 15, 2015) — The University of Kentucky is moving forward with a $30.65 million offer for Coldstream Laboratories Inc. (CLI) and its high-tech facility located at Coldstream Research Campus.

 

The decision was made Thursday during meetings of the UK Research Foundation and the executive committee of the university's Board of Trustees.

 

On the table is an offer from Piramal Enterprises Limited, one of the 50 largest companies in India, with annual revenues exceeding $750 million and expertise in contract manufacturing of pharmaceuticals. The deal is expected to close in early 2015.

 

"This development is an exciting one for UK, Coldstream Research Campus and our community as we continue efforts to commercialize the technology and intellectual property developed by the university at the research park," said Lisa Cassis, UK's interim vice president for research.

           

Incorporated in 2007, CLI is a specialty pharmaceutical contract manufacturer with an emphasis on clinical trial to commercial scale sterile manufacturing of liquid and lyophilized parenterals and injectables.

 

UK's Research Foundation, as the largest shareholder in CLI, approved a $25 million offer from Piramal Enterprises Limited for the company's stock. The UK Board's Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the university's Board of Trustees, authorized moving forward with a $5.65 million offer for the CLI facility on the research park campus.

 

CLI has had considerable success in recent years including:

 

--A five-year National Cancer Institute contract in 2013,

--Successful completion of Food and Drug Administration pre-approval inspections in 2014 for the production of pharmaceuticals.

 

However, taking the next step in growing and commercializing its operations will require more capital infusion on a consistent basis going forward. As a result, university officials said, private ownership and investment offers the greatest potential for CLI's long-term future.

 

"UK realizes that while CLI has been increasingly successful in commercializing research and products developed at this facility, its long-term success will be bolstered by further investment, management and marketing expertise, and expanded product lines and capacity that can best be provided by a commercial owner," said Eric N. Monday, UK's executive vice president for finance and administration.

 

To that end, Piramal would locate its North American Pharma Solutions Formulations headquarters in Lexington at the Coldstream Research Campus while also exploring the potential for partnerships with the UK College of Pharmacy, which is currently fifth-ranked nationally.

 

CLI currently has 97 employees with an average annual salary of $58,000. Piramal has expressed an interest in negotiating with current management to continue operating the business and officials have stated that they hope to expand the employee base and presence on the Coldstream campus.

 

"That interest on the part of a major player in this industry speaks well of our stewardship of this company as well as the management and employees who have developed CLI to this point," Monday said. "The potential for this company -- and commercialized research created by the College of Pharmacy -- is tremendous."

 

College of Law Welcomes New Faculty Practitioners

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 18:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) – The University of Kentucky College of Law is pleased to welcome to campus two new faculty practitioners for the spring 2015 semester. Faculty practitioners are experienced practitioners hired to teach on a full-time but temporary basis, and also are in residence at the College of Law to be engaged with students.

 

The College of Law's new faculty practitioners are Gayle W. Herndon and James G. Harralson. They join Marianna Jackson Clay, who has been a faculty practitioner in residence at the College of Law since the fall 2013 semester. Professors Herndon and Harralson also serve on the College of Law’s Visiting Committee, and all three faculty practitioners are graduates of the college.

 

Harralson is teaching corporation finance law. He recently retired from his position as associate general counsel for AT&T Mobility, and previously served as vice president and associate general counsel for BellSouth/AT&T, all over the past 13 years in Atlanta. Professor Harralson also worked for BellSouth affiliates in Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia, and at two law firms in Kentucky, bringing 35 years of corporate experience to the classroom. He is a 1979 graduate of the UK College of Law and a 1976 graduate of the UK College of Business with a degree in business and economics.

 

Herndon is teaching corporate tax. He recently retired as tax counsel for tax policy and planning at the General Electric Company in Fairfield, Connecticut, after 25 years of service. Previously, he served as a special assistant to the deputy chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service and as an attorney and accountant at various private firms. He has a combined 40 years of experience in a tax-related profession. Professor Herndon is a 1982 Order of the Coif graduate of the UK College of Law and a 1976 graduate of the UK College of Business with a degree in accounting.

 

Clay has served in various capacities in the Commonwealth before coming to the UK College of Law to teach. She was a staff attorney for the Kentucky Court of Appeals, an assistant United States attorney, a senior litigation counsel for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and as the assistant director for civil litigation instruction at the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina, a residential training facility for Department of Justice attorneys nationwide. Professor Clay is a 1978 UK College of Law valedictorian, the first woman to earn that honor at UK, and graduated Order of the Coif. She teaches civil pretrial practice, litigation skills and negotiations.

 

The University of Kentucky College of Law is pleased to have Professors Clay, Harralson and Herndon on the faculty roster for the spring 2015 semester.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

UK's Bauries Quoted in New York Times

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 18:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) – University of Kentucky Robert G. Lawson Associate Professor of Law Scott R. Bauries was recently quoted in a Tuesday, Jan. 13, New York Times' article titled, "Washington Governor Seeks New Taxes as a Court Order Looms."

 

In the story, Kirk Johnson reports on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee proposing $1.4 million in new tax revenue, and the contempt order issued by the Washington Supreme Court. Johnson writes that the proposal of the new taxes would be the biggest increase in new tax dollars in the state's history, and most of the money would go towards education.

 

Johnson also writes that the new tax plan is driven by the Washington Supreme Court threatening sanctions and other measures after the Court found the state in contempt last fall for "failing to outline a schedule, in dates and dollar amounts, to fix years of underfunding of schools."

 

“I’m still left wondering what a court can do to sanction a coequal branch of government where the sin ultimately boils down to the failure to vote for positive social and economic policy that satisfies the court,” said Bauries, who teaches civil procedure, employment law, education law and state constitutional law at the UK College of Law.

 

Commenting on another perplexing aspect, Bauries said that because the federal courts do not police disputes between branches of state government over the separation of powers, any challenge to the court’s action could be appealed to only the justices themselves, who would be asked to second-guess whether they had acted within constitutional bounds.

 

"This order is pretty strongly worded,” Bauries said.

 

 To view the article, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/14/us/washington-governor-seeks-new-taxes-as-a-court-order-looms.html?_r=1

A Special MLK Day is Planned for Lexington

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 18:02

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) — The theme for Lexington’s 2015 celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day is MLK Today: The Courage to Change.

 

The day, Monday, Jan. 19, begins with the Freedom March lineup at 9 a.m. in the corridor outside Heritage Hall, downtown Lexington Center. Those participating in the Freedom March will depart Heritage Hall at 10 a.m., and return in time for the kickoff to the commemorative program at 11 a.m.

 

Lexington is always eager to learn who the MLK Day commemorative program’s keynote speaker will be. And the event planners rarely disappoint.

 

This year, Susan L. Taylor, the visionary leader and former chief editor of Essence magazine, will present the keynote address.

 

At Essence magazine, Taylor not only served as chief editor, but also authored the magazine’s most popular column, “In the Spirit,” the first mainstream American magazine to champion spiritual growth as a pathway to total well-being and a meaningful life. Under her guidance, the publication’s readership soared to eight million in the U.S., the Caribbean, Canada, the United Kingdom and English-speaking African nations.

 

After 27 years as the chief editor of Essence magazine and credited with building the brand, Taylor left publishing to build an organization devoted to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty among African Americans. Founded by Taylor in 2005 as Essence CARES, the National CARES Mentoring Movement is the fastest growing mentor-recruitment organization in the nation today. 

 

Often described as a community transformation crusade, CARES is dedicated to “changing the predictable futures defined for our young who are struggling along the margins and living with the indignity of poverty,” Taylor explained.

 

Located in 58 U.S. cities, local CARES affiliates recruit, train and deploy caring adults to schools and a wide variety of youth-serving organizations that are desperate for Black volunteers to serve as mentors, tutors, reading buddies and role models. Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Boy Scouts and U.S. Dream Academy are among the hundreds of organizations that include CARES volunteer army of passionate leaders and mentors. To date, National CARES has recruited more than 130,000 mentors.

 

Taylor has edited eight books and is the author of four others, including “In The Spirit,” “Lessons in Living,” and “Confirmation: The Spiritual Wisdom That Has Shaped Our Lives,” which she co-authored with husband Khephra Burns, and her most recent book “All About Love.” 

 

The attendees will also be enthralled by Zeb Harrison & The Sounds of Praise, a trombone “shout” band from Charlotte, North Carolina. While most popular attention to African American brass band music is lavished on New Orleans jazz, Zeb Harrison & The Sounds of Praise emerged from the shout band tradition of churches on the Eastern seaboard. The style is heard almost exclusively inside the worship houses of the United House of Prayer for All People, a religious movement founded in the 1920s under the leadership of Bishop C.M. “Daddy” Grace. 

 

Organized by Zeb Harrison more than 25 years ago, The Sounds of Praise has served as the opening act for an array of renowned artists, including Pastor Shirley Caesar, the late Rev. James Cleveland, Pastor John P. Kee, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston, Angela Winbush, Bobby Brown, Anthony Hamilton and Walter Hawkins. They have performed in many venues throughout the country including the MLK Center in Atlanta, Georgia; the Smithsonian Institute and at the second inaugural concert for President Barack Obama.

 

After the Commemorative Program, Kentucky Theatre, at 214 E. Main St., will offer a free showing of the movie “Red Tails” at 2:30 p.m. Starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard, “Red Tails” is the story of the real-life adventures of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American combat unit to serve in World War II.  

 

All events are free thanks to the sponsorship of the University of Kentucky, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and other donors.

 

UK 150 Pitch Contest $1,000 Winner Announced by Awesome Inc and iNET

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 17:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) The pitches are in, and the winner was picked for the UK 150 contest, the University of Kentucky’s largest online student pitch competition. Phillip Gordon was selected as the winner with his pitch on Nomad Jeans pickpocket-proof pants.

 

As the introductory event to create hype about the UK Venture Challenge, the UK 150 contest aimed to collect at least 150 pitches of 150 seconds or less from UK students who posted their ideas on YouTube.  Overall, more than 200 pitches were entered into the competition thanks to iNET partner, Awesome Inc, who also chose the 18 finalists, including the winner, Phillip Gordon, who will receive $1,000 for his idea.

 

Gordon said he came up with the idea of Nomad Jeans when he was studying abroad in Seville, Spain and had friends who fell victim to pickpocketing.  He wanted to come up with a solution to that problem and landed on the idea of combining his wallet with his pants pocket.  Gordon recently got the first prototype of his jeans made and is currently working on a women’s style.

 

“It’s really important to be innovative and to solve your own problems,” said Gordon.  “Little by little, you are making a better community for the whole world.  I like knowing not only that entrepreneurship is an option in life instead of a corporate job, but that it’s also possible, because you aren’t usually told that.”

 

The two runners-up will receive prizes as well. Beau Davis, who pitched GamePhase, an online profile for high school athletes looking to get recruited for college, will receive two free months at Awesome Inc’s coworking space in downtown Lexington, as well as one hour of consulting and pitch coaching at the company. Third place winner, Michael Lewis pitched Finance U, which is a new way to raise money for college through online crowdfunding.

 

“Congratulations to all of the students who participated and submitted creative ideas,” said University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto. “Programs such as this and UK Venture Challenge provide students the opportunity to be innovative and entrepreneurial, which is an important part of their educational experience.”

 

So what’s next for UK’s student entrepreneurs?  The UK Venture Challenge will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the William T. Young Library, UK Athletic Association Auditorium. Students develop their ideas into new ventures and present their business concepts to judges from the local entrepreneurial community. The three winning teams share $3,000 in scholarship prizes, and the top two advance to the state competition, Idea State U. Registration opens Jan. 20 for the 2015 UK Venture Challenge.

 

You can watch Phillip Gordon’s winning pitch here.

 

Both the UK 150 Pitch Contest and UK Venture Challenge are iNET programs. iNET, the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking, is hosted by the College of Communication and Information.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365; sarah.geegan@uky.edu

UK School of Music Welcomes Nicholas Goluses, Ken Vandermark

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 15:18

 

 

Violinist Zvi Zeitlin and Nicholas Goluses perform Manuel de Falla's "Suite Populaire Espagnole: Asturiana."

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) – Two distinguished guest artists will visit the University of Kentucky School of Music to ring in the new semester. Guitarist Nicholas Goluses and free improvisation artist Ken Vandermark will offer master classes and concerts in the coming week.

 

As instrument virtuoso Nicholas Goluses concludes his residency at UK School of Music, the guitarist will present a free public concert 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at Singletary Center for the Arts. The program will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Mauro Giuliani, Mikis Theodorakis and more.

 

Called “a true American master” by 20th Century Guitar magazine, Goluses is founder and director of the guitar programs at the Eastman School of Music, where he is the recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. Additionally, he has held the Andrés Segovia Faculty Chair at Manhattan School of Music, where he received his doctoral degree and was the recipient of the Pablo Casals Award and the Faculty Award of Distinguished Merit.

 

Touring as a soloist, with orchestra, and as a chamber musician has taken Goluses across North America, South America, Europe, Australia and the Far East. He has recorded extensively for NAXOS, Albany and BMG. Committed to performing new music for the guitar, Goluses has given world première performances of more than 100 works.

 

 

Ken Vandermark plays a solo baritone improvisation in celebration of Miles Davis. 

 

Jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist Ken Vandermark will present both a master class and concert during his visit to UK. The artist will present a master class 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, in room 22 of the Fine Arts Building. Vandermark's concert will follow later that evening at 7:30 p.m., in the Niles Gallery, located in the Lucile C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

 

Vandermark began studying the tenor saxophone at the age of 16. Since graduating with a degree in film and communications from McGill University in 1986, his primary creative emphasis has been the exploration of contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. In 1989, he moved to Chicago from Boston, and has worked continuously from the early 1990s onward, both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe, recording in a large array of contexts, with many internationally renowned musicians, such as Fred Anderson, Ab Baars, Peter Brötzmann, Tim Daisy, Hamid Drake, Terrie Ex, Mats Gustafsson, Devin Hoff, Christof Kurzmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Paul Lytton, Andy Moor, Joe Morris and Nate Wooley.

 

Currently, Vandermark works with Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble, Side A, Lean Left, Fire Room, the DKV Trio and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy. More than half of each year is spent touring in Europe, North America and Japan, and Vandermark's concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. In addition to the tenor sax, he also plays the bass and Bb clarinet, and baritone saxophone.

 

In 1998, DownBeat Magazine named Vandermark one of the "25 For The Future." In 2004, he was named to the "Musicians Of The Year" by All About Jazz and chosen as one of Chicago's "40 Cultural Heroes" by Time Out in 2008.

 

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

VIDEO: E.S. Good Barn Connects UK Campus With the Commonwealth

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 15:11

 

 

Video Produced by UK Public Relations & 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.  Photos courtesy of UK Special Collections and UK Agricultural Communications Services. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2014) — A former dairy barn that survived a widespread fire in the 1950s has evolved into an importance space on the University of Kentucky's South Campus. 

 

Students, faculty, staff and alumni from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment utilize the E.S. Good Barn year round.  While some use the building’s meeting rooms to connect with each other and with extension agents and other officials from throughout the Commonwealth, others use the upstairs space for their landscape architecture studios. 

 

Watch the “Where I ‘see blue.’” video above to discover why Department of Agricultural Economics Chair Leigh Maynard thinks this former barn is so important to the university and Kentucky as a whole.

 

This video feature is part of a special new series produced by UKNow focusing on locations across campus that are meaningful for UK students, administrators, faculty, staff and alumni.   The idea is to show how the physical spaces on campus help foster discovery, community, research, knowledge and success for the UK family.   As the university celebrates its 150th anniversary, we want to show readers what our campus is like today by showcasing locations that have stood for decades along with some of our newest spots.  

  

Since the “Where I ‘see blue.’” video series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If there’s an obscure spot on campus you don’t think many people know about or an area that’s on everyone’s radar but you have a special connection to it, email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!

  

 

 

VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, amy.jones2@uky.edu or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282, kody.kiser@uky.edu

 

PCOS Affects One in 10 Women, May Be Linked to Other Serious Diseases

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 13:44

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2015) -- Despite its name, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) isn’t actually a disease of the ovary. 

 

PCOS got its name after researchers and clinicians in the 1930s associated abnormalities in ovarian function and appearance with endocrine abnormalities in women. Since then, we have realized that the ovarian dysfunction is a secondary issue that is caused by the underlying metabolic and endocrine changes seen with PCOS.  Let’s explore some of the common questions about PCOS.

 

What are the common symptoms of PCOS?

Menstrual irregularities are the most common reasons that lead to women with PCOS seeking evaluation. Other common symptoms include excess hair growth on the face and body, acne, and obesity.

 

What other health issues does PCOS contribute to?

Patients with PCOS are more likely to have infertility, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mood disorders, and endometrial cancer. 

 

How is PCOS diagnosed?

There isn’t one specific diagnostic test that is used to diagnose PCOS. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends the use of specific clinical and diagnostic criteria to make a diagnosis of PCOS. The NIH criteria include:

 

1.     Abnormal menstruation/ovulation

2.     Clinical and or biochemical evidence of increased androgen hormones (increased hair growth on the face and body, acne, balding)

3.     Exclusion of other known diseases that could cause the excess androgen hormones

 

Using these criteria, it's estimated that roughly 10 percent of women in the US have PCOS.

 

How would my doctor evaluate me for PCOS?

A doctor would discuss your menstrual pattern and history, perform a physical exam, and order lab tests.  If the evaluation fits the NIH criteria, then you will be diagnosed with PCOS.

 

What causes PCOS?

The ovaries are not the primary cause of PCOS.  Therefore, removing the ovaries will not cure this problem.  We don’t fully understand all the factors involved in PCOS.  We do know that it is caused by the interplay of many complex genetic factors among genes that control energy metabolism as well as hormone synthesis and secretion.

 

Can PCOS be treated?

PCOS cannot be cured, but the disease can be managed.  Lifestyle changes and behavior modification can have the most impact on the clinical symptoms of PCOS.  Exercise, healthy eating, weight control, and some medications can counteract some of the metabolic changes, thus decreasing the clinical characteristics of PCOS.  It is just as important to monitor and treat the other health issues associated with PCOS, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

 

Does PCOS affect the ability to become pregnant?

Yes, it can. The menstrual irregularities seen in PCOS are due to abnormal ovulatory function.  When ovulation does not occur, an egg is not released, thus decreasing the chance of pregnancy. Treating PCOS as described previously can decrease the risk of infertility.  Ovulation induction medications can also be used to help improve ovulatory function.

 

Dr. Bryan Rone is an OB/GYN specialist at UK HealthCare.

 

UK Alum Named Next Drake University President

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 12:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) – University of Kentucky alumnus Earl F. Martin, a graduate of the College of Communication and Information and College of Law, has been selected as Drake University's 13th president. Martin will begin his term as president on July 1, 2015.

 

Currently serving as the executive vice president of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., Martin graduated from UK with a bachelor's in communication in 1984.

 

“We are very pleased that Marty Martin has been named the next president of Drake University. We wish him and Laura the best as they start a new journey in Des Moines," said College of Communication Dean Dan O'Hair.

 

"The Department of Communication extends its best wishes to Earl and expects that his training in communication will allow him to act as a leader who fosters shared understanding and mutual respect among faculty, students and staff," said Elisia Cohen, chair of the Department of Communication.

 

Martin later went on to receive his juris doctor degree from the College of Law in 1987.  

 

“The University of Kentucky College of Law is pleased that 1987 alumnus, Earl F. Martin, has been named the President of Drake University. We believe his leadership position at Gonzaga and faculty role at Texas Wesleyan Law School have prepared him well for this new appointment and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors," said College of Law Dean David Brennen.

 

An experienced leader and educator, the alumnus first began his career as an active-duty U.S. Air Force staff judge advocate officer, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2007 after dedicating 12 more years to the Air Force Reserves.

 

Martin began his career in academics at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law as a professor and associate dean for academic affairs. The alumnus then spent five years dean of Gonzaga's School of Law, and has served as Gonzaga’s executive vice president since 2010.

 

“I am honored and humbled to be joining the Drake community at such an important and exciting time for the University,” said Martin in a Drake University press release. “Drake is an exceptionally welcoming institution committed to its mission of preparing students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to ensure that Drake is positioned to thrive in the 21st century, a time that will continue to be marked by great change and innovation.”

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Martin Luther King Day Bus Schedule Changes

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) Daytime CATS buses and the Lextran Commonwealth Stadium Route will not operate on Monday, Jan. 19, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Additionally, the Kentucky Clinic Shuttle and the UK HealthCare Route will not run on Monday, Jan. 19.

 

Parking and Transportation Services will be offering the CATS On-Demand bus service Monday beginning at 7:00 p.m. and continuing until midnight. The On-Demand bus will operate on its regular schedule on Sunday, Jan. 18. All bus routes will resume regular service hours on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

 

More information about all the bus routes, including maps and schedules, can be found at www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_campus-shuttles.

 

For the most up-to-date information, riders can view the actual location of all CATS buses on all routes by using Cat Tracker, a real-time GPS-based bus locating system at http://uky.transloc.com. Riders may also track the buses via the free TransLoc iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps, by using their smartphone to scan the QR codes found on each bus stop sign or by using the SMS codes found at each bus stop.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan; (859) 257-5365; sarah.geegan@uky.edu

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