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John Winn Miller Joins UK as First Journalist in Residence

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 16, 2015) — Experienced journalist John Winn Miller joins the University of Kentucky today as the first Journalist in Residence in the College of Communication and Information’s School of Journalism and Telecommunications.


The new Journalist in Residence program was created to give students and the professional community at UK more exposure to professionals in the journalism field.  Miller will work part-time at UK while continuing his work as a consultant, producer, screenwriter and entrepreneur.  This combination will allow him to bring insight from the professional world to students and faculty at UK.


“I view my job as being a bridge between the profession and academic communities,” Miller said.


As part of this pilot program, Miller will consult with academics and professionals, assist the journalism faculty, give guest lectures in classes and meet with students for guidance and mentoring.  He will also work with Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.  In addition to his work as a journalist, Miller has experience in editing, publishing, advertising, marketing, public relations, screenwriting, production and starting his own company.  He hopes students of all majors will come to him for advice because of his wide range in experiences.


“I will be available to discuss career paths, internships, the business of journalism, writing and reporting techniques, social media trends, web site design, management issues — basically anything any student needs to succeed,” Miller said.


Miller and his family have a long history at UK.  His grandfather Gerald Griffin was the editor for the Kernel and a journalism professor at UK in the 1920s and 30s.  Miller got his start at UK with the Kentucky Kernel, too.


“I've been extraordinarily lucky in my career, and a whole lot of my success was due to the people who mentored me, starting at the Kernel. So I’m most excited about my new job because I can return the favor to the students,” Miller said.


Miller has started many media organizations, and his experience in the field will be a great resource for the School of Journalism and Telecommunications.


“We are looking forward to being able to leverage his experience for our students and faculty,” Dean of the College of Communication and Information Dan O’Hair said.


As the founding Journalist in Residence, Miller will serve a critical role in furthering and developing the position for future professionals in the position.  He already has ideas about new courses and has one in the development stages.  He hopes to launch a residency-style course that allows students to gain real world experience and form connections with influential professionals in Lexington.


“In particular I want to help students prepare for, receive and succeed at internships, which are key to getting a job after graduation,” Miller said.


“Our new curriculum in journalism, which was implemented two years ago, now requires that all journalism majors complete an internship before graduation," said Beth Barnes, director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications. "The assistance Mr. Miller will provide in this area will be very helpful.  I know our students will benefit from Mr. Miller’s insights and experience and enjoy working with him as a mentor.” 


Miller holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree from UK.  After working for the Kernel during his time at UK, he worked for The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal in Rome, Italy.  Since then Miller has held various publishing and editing positions with the Lexington Herald-Leader, Centre Daily Times, Tallahassee Democrat, The Olympian and Concord Monitor.


Miller is married to Margo, UK graduate, artist and former professor of English at UK.  Their daughter, Allison, is an actress and can be seen on the television programs "Kings" and "Selfie," in the movie "17 Again" and in various other television shows and films.


In his free time, Miller helps run Friends2Follow, writes screenplays and produces indie movies.  At 62 years old, he holds a second-degree black belt in Shaolin style martial arts.


A selection committee of two faculty members and two professionals chose Miller for this position. 


Miller will be located in the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues in 122 Grehan Journalism Building and encourages students to stop by his office for a visit during his afternoon office hours.


To contact Miller, students can email him at, friend him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter (@jwinnmiller) or connect with him on LinkedIn.  To learn more about his career, visit and read about his Indie films on




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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Welcomes MLK Center Director Kahlil Baker

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 20:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 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.  WUKY reporter Chase Cavanaugh sits in for Godell today. His guest is Kahlil Baker, director of the UK Martin Luther King Center, who talks about the movie "Dear White People," a 2014 film that follows several African-American students and how they fit in at a mostly white university.  The King Center is hosting a screening of the film at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in UK's Memorial Hall, followed by a discussion with the movie's director, Justin Simien


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.

Livestream: UK Hosts Second Day of Public Forums With Provost Candidates

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 17:53





Watch the livestream of the provost candidate forums from 8-10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2015) — The campus community will have the opportunity to engage with finalists for the provost position at the University of Kentucky beginning at 8 a.m. today, Friday, Feb. 13, in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium.


President Eli Capilouto announced two finalists Monday, Feb. 9: Gatton College of Business and Economics Dean David Blackwell and College of Pharmacy Dean Tim Tracy.


Each candidate will provide opening remarks before taking written questions from audience members. In their opening comments, Blackwell and Tracy will be asked to address three general areas:

  1. How their backgrounds prepare them for this important position;
  2. How they believe, with their leadership, we can continue our momentum and make progress in the important areas of student success, graduate education and research; and
  3. Their thoughts on steps we can take together to create a more inclusive and equitable campus community and environment.

Individuals watching the forums via livestream can submit questions to or via twitter to @UKYProvost.


 All forums will be archived and available for review Friday afternoon.


After the forums are complete, community members can email any feedback to The search committee will continue to take this input until the close of business on Friday. Feedback from the community is important and will be utilized by President Capilouto in his deliberations regarding this important position over the next few days.


Blackwell was named dean of the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics in 2012 after his tenure as associate dean for graduate programs and Republic Bank/James W. Aston Professor of Finance at Texas A&M University's Mays Business School. Before joining Texas A&M, he served as director in KPMG's Forensic practice and as a director in PricewaterhouseCoopers' Financial Advisory Services practice. He has authored or coauthored publications in the areas of public finance, accounting and management of financial institutions, including one of the country's leading undergraduate textbooks on financial institutions and markets.


Tracy was named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2010. He began his academic career at West Virginia University where he served as a faculty member from 1992 to 2003. In 2003, he joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota as professor and was named department head in 2004. Tracy has been principal investigator on grants totaling more than $6 million in extramural funding and co-investigator on grants totaling more than $15 million in extramural funding. He is the author of numerous scientific publications, book chapters and two books. His area of research is drug metabolism and disposition.




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Today Show Viewers to See Double and "see blue." Thanks to UK Twins

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 16:52



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 16, 2015) — Viewers of NBC’s The Today Show could be seeing double and lots of University of Kentucky blue Tuesday morning!


A segment about the large number of twins on the University of Kentucky campus this year is tentatively scheduled to air on the national morning news show during the 8 o'clock hour on Tuesday, Feb. 17.


UKNow first shared a “Twinning” Big Blue Family video feature about 3 sets of UK twins who are stars on the basketball court, football field and in the classroom (Alex and Alexis Poythress, Zack and Daron Blaylock and Evelyn and Elizabeth Mechas).




In December, another video about quadruplets Sajidah, Dua'a & Nasreen Omran (their brother Jadallah plans to transfer to UK from Bluegrass Community and Technical College next year) and triplets Adam, Ben & Cameron Childress) was featured on UKNow.



All of these stories about multiples, including a Lexington-Herald Leader report highlighting the 113 sets of twins on UK’s campus, attracted the attention of producers at The Today Show.  A crew including NBC Today correspondent Kevin Tibbles traveled to the UK campus in early February.  The team spent the day interviewing various sets of multiples including Evelyn and Elizabeth Mechas as well as Andrew and Aaron Harrison. 


The day even included time with two sets of twins on the UK Dance team along with a large group shot of 56 UK twins/triplets/quads in the W.T. Young Library, where UK Statistics professor William Griffith got in on the action by explaining the academic side of this twin trend at the University of Kentucky. 


Tune in Tuesday, Feb. 17 to watch as the rest of the country discovers what it means to “see blue.” and see double at the University of Kentucky.


*This story airtime schedule is tentative and subject to change in the case of breaking news.  A link to the UK Twinning Today Show segment will be added to this UKNow story once it airs on NBC.


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UK College of Education Alum Cheri Issel Finds Love on Court and on Canvas

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 16:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2015) — University of Kentucky College of Education  alumna Cheri Issel is filled with adoration for her newfound career. She graduated from UK in 1970, yet it wasn’t until 2010 that fate led her to one of her most passion-filled ventures yet.


Her husband, Dan Issel’s, job had taken them to Bel Air, California, where she made a friend who happened to have some unused art supplies stored in her garage. On a whim, they took out the brushes and paints and began meeting weekly by her pool. A few years later, the friends ventured into an art gallery in Palm Desert, California.


“The owner asked to see some of my work and wanted to feature me as a guest artist in his gallery on El Paseo Drive,” Issel said. “He wanted colorful renditions of animal faces and that led me to the type of art I enjoy. It was a great experience; I sold a few paintings and got up the courage to continue down that path.”


Issel found herself making a new career out of what had started merely as time spent talking with a friend.


“We basically taught ourselves and enjoyed conversation and advice on beautiful sunny California days,” she said. “Never in a million years did I plan to do any more than that.”


Yet Issel knew from as far back as college that decisions made on a whim can have a lasting impact.


When the Lexington native graduated from Lafayette High School in 1966, the Beatles were topping the charts with "Day Tripper," UK basketball coach Adolph Rupp was prepping for his 36th Wildcat team, and Issel was busy completing her enrollment forms for the UK College of Education, where she would major in physical education with a minor in biological sciences.


It was an exciting time in her young life, punctuated by receiving news her tryout for the UK cheerleading squad had been successful. Cheri was a lifelong UK fan (she grew up attending games with her father) and her family’s ties to UK are part of its rich history — her mother sewed the body of the suit the very first Wildcat Mascot ever worn in 1968.


Also enrolling at UK in the fall of 1966 was a 6-foot-9 basketball player from Batavia, Illinois. On the court, Dan Issel was soon averaging 25.7 points per game and would be named an All-American for two of the three seasons he was eligible for the award. His career points total remains the highest among UK men's players.


Following a game in Georgia their sophomore year, Dan approached Cheri. He wanted to know if he could give her a ride home when they returned to Lexington.


“I think we were together most every day or night after that,” Cheri said. “We were engaged when we were juniors and married before our senior year. It was a fairy tale, a dream come true. My time at UK included probably some of the best years of our life. UK fans are some of the loudest and most supporting. I remember being in awe of the enthusiasm and response to our cheers and the players’ actions on and off the court. Athletics (and all that goes with it) became what I lived and breathed during those years. UK boosters and fans treated us like royalty, and we will never forget that! It was a very exciting experience and I was blessed to be in the heart of it all!”


The next chapter of the Issels' life took them to Louisville, where Dan signed to play in the American Basketball Association (ABA) with the Kentucky Colonels.


“What fun those five years were,” Cheri said. “We built our dream house and planned to live in it the rest of our lives. Our daughter, Sheridan, was born there and life was good.”


Dan was traded after winning the ABA championship. The family moved to Denver, Colorado, where Dan played in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets for 10 years. Their son Scott was born there.


During Dan’s 15-year professional playing career, Cheri balanced motherhood and was involved in many charities, served on many boards, and chaired many fundraising events. She also went back to school and took classes in interior design.


“We moved from house to house, and I loved to decorate them,” she said. “My sense for color, creativity, and design blossomed then. Later I believe that led to my success as an artist. I believe we have lived in 21 houses through all these years!”


Through it all, family remained deeply important. Although they owned a horse farm in Versailles for a few years, Dan and Cheri eventually moved back to Denver (where Dan had coached the Nuggets twice, following his playing career) to be closer to their adult children, who identify Denver as their home.


“I owned my own interior design company (with two dear friends) and dabbled in marketing, design, and travel,” Cheri said. “Our kids married and had kids of their own. Sheridan married Rick Whipple and we have two grandkids, Ben, 12, and Addy, 10. Scott married Kristen Ely, and we have two grandkids, Brody, 5, and Greyson, 3. They are expecting their third child in July. They are the love of our lives!”


Cheri’s sister, Vicki Sageser, and her husband, Gene, still live in Lexington. Vicki was also a Kentucky cheerleader and graduated from the UK College of Education. She currently is a part-time instructor in the college’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, where she teaches CPR and first-aid.


“Because of her involvement with UK, I have been able to keep in touch with past teachers there as well as administrators in the College of Education,” Cheri said. “She is a role model to me and a devoted Christian woman. My dad, Virgil Hughes, is there in Lexington as well, and he is 89. He is so proud of my art, and I love him dearly. My mom died at 67 years old of emphysema, but I know she is proud as well. They were wonderful parents and loved Dan as their own son.”


Today, Cheri is still learning and painting with other artists in Denver to improve her ability and style. She mainly enjoys watercolor on different types of papers but does some acrylics as well. She paints mostly from photos of things she captures and loves. Her only regret is that she didn’t start years earlier.


She has partnered with Your Frame of Mind Galleries in Lexington on the release of two UK-themed paintings thus far – "The Horse" and "Wildcat Glory."


“My idea of 'The Horse' came from our love of thoroughbreds and Dan's nickname (because of  his work ethic on the court). I wanted to incorporate the heart and spirit of a horse, my husband, and UK athletics,” she said.


Her latest release, "Wildcat Glory," a rendition of the Kentucky Wildcat, will be available on Valentine’s Day – Feb. 14, 2015. Cheri and Dan, along with the other two members of Kentucky’s 2,000 point club, Kenny "Sky" Walker and Jack "Goose" Givens, will be signing the painting at the Your Frame of Mind Galleries location in the Lexington Center shops at Rupp Arena.


More information is available at




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Fayette County Students Learn the Value of FAST

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:32
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2015) -- Last week, fourth and fifth grade students at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary (ACE) learned how to be FAST--  not at a track meet or on the basketball court, but in a medical emergency.


Because a quick response can mitigate the effects of a stroke, it's critical to know the warning signs and get help as soon as possible, says Lisa Bellamy, director of the Stroke Care Network under the UK HealthCare/Norton Healthcare umbrella. That's why the network created SCOPE --  Stroke Community Outreach Prevention and Education Program.


“We call stroke a brain attack," says Bellamy. "Even young children can recognize stroke symptoms, and we emphasize the importance of calling 9-1-1 if they think someone is having a stroke. We want them to have a sense of urgency because once the damage happens from a stroke, it’s irreversible.”


These young students caught on quickly, she said.


“Every second, brain cells die and if too many die, your body just can’t work,” said 10-year-old Jamison Gordon, explaining what happens when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. “A stroke can easily kill you if you don’t catch it in time.”


FAST stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time. For example, if a person’s face or smile is distorted because the muscles aren’t receiving signals from the brain, that’s a clear indication to call for help. Likewise, if the victim cannot raise one arm overhead or if their speech is garbled, it’s best to summon an ambulance. And the time factor is crucial: the sooner a stroke victim gets emergency care, the higher their chances of surviving a stroke with minimal deficits.


Stroke is the No. 1 cause of disability and the No. 5 cause of death in the United States. ACE P.E. teacher Kristi Landversicht booked SCOPE because she thought this age group could comprehend the basics. “The information is pretty easy to learn and good to know,” said Landversicht, who planned to quiz the students in their next class.  


While SCOPE's colorful PowerPoint and cartoon video clips presented details in child-friendly terms, they didn’t sugarcoat the seriousness of the topic. “You can literally save a life,” Crystal Vires-Smith, SCOPE clinical associate, told students gathered in the gym.


Vires-Smith and SCOPE co-chair Carrie Sawyers touched on how the brain is the control center for the body and noted how a clogged artery or burst vessel can cut off crucial blood flow. “Every second lost, there’s more damage to the brain,” Sawyers stressed. “It’s an emergency. It’s a 9-1-1 event if there ever was one,” Vires-Smith added. The youngsters also asked poignant questions such as “Are the results permanent?” “Can you have a stroke twice?” and “Can stroke be contagious?”


The good news is that stroke is mostly a lifestyle event – that is, lifestyle choices can make a difference in the risk factors – and 88 percent of strokes are preventable. That’s why half of SCOPE’s “Brain Protector” lesson emphasized how students can reduce their risk through healthy living such as avoiding cigarette smoke, exercising regularly outdoors, and eating nutritious foods. “If I start at a young age, I’m less likely to have a stroke,” said 10-year-old Cooper Handshoe. 


UK’s Bellamy agreed that establishing healthy habits in childhood is a great strategy. “The ideal scenario with stroke is you prevent it before it happens,” she said. “But there are risk factors you can’t do anything about like your family history, so we try to focus on the risk factors that can reduce the incidence of stroke.”  


The Stroke Community Outreach Prevention and Education Program (SCOPE) offers free “Brain Protector” sessions for elementary schools. To schedule, call clinical associate Crystal Vires-Smith at (859) 218-0954.


Article co-authored by Tammy L. Lane , FCPS


STEAM High School Students Gain Unique Experience Interning at UK

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:30



Video produced by STEAM students interning in the Hive. 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 the "thought bubble" icon in the same area.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2015) — In any given program and semester, college students are leaving the classroom, and often times campus, to get a glimpse of the professional world or their future career by interning. What isn't as common are high school students going to a college campus every day to get that same experience, but for STEAM students interning at the University of Kentucky, that's just what they did.


"Most high schools give you one perspective of how the real world is, but in an internship like this, you get to really experience it," said Gaby Carreno, a sophomore at the STEAM Academy who has been interning with the Hive, the UK College of Arts and Sciences' Creative and Technical Services. "I feel like if more high schools offered this, more people would be confident in what they choose later on in life."


Carreno has been coming to campus since Jan. 2 to learn video editing skills in the Hive, specifically animation within the Adobe Premiere software. She's only in her second year of high school, yet she finished her first internship last month with help from UK students and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences, and from her high school, the STEAM Academy.


STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The school opened in 2013, a collaboration between UK and Fayette County Public Schools coordinated through the College of Education, and offers high school students an innovative approach to education. The university and Fayette County Public Schools recently announced plans to move the school to campus.


"As part of an education at STEAM, students have the opportunity to earn a one-month internship each January with the expectation that each student will see how science, technology, engineering, the arts and math can be practically applied in the world in which we live. STEAM has partnered with multiple Lexington locations, including the University of Kentucky," said Geralyn Strange, director of community partnerships at STEAM.


Strange says the one-month internship period in January, called J-term, is meant to provide a meaningful real-world internship while mimicking a college schedule. 


At UK, Hive staff worked with six interns on how to use video and design software and equipment. The interns worked for the month of January to produce a promotional video about the STEAM internship experience as a whole, displayed above, as well as tangible products that will help promote events at STEAM, such as a poster design for an upcoming dance.


Shaan Azeem, art director at the Hive, and John Buckman, director of video production, introduced the Hive interns to the Adobe Creative Suite. After exploring the programs, the interns were assigned roles based on what kind of media each was interested in.


"The students did absolutely all of the writing, videography, editing and sound recording," Buckman said. "We trained them with the basics and guided them towards tutorials to continue learning."


"I've been working mainly with Adobe software," said Bailey Ogger, a STEAM sophomore. "When I came in, I didn't really know how to use any of it, but I've become very familiar with it, and not just that, but with communication skills and business etiquette. I've enjoyed it a lot."


Another Hive intern, Austin Stephens, said he has always wanted to learn how to use the Adobe Premiere software to edit video and audio, but usually you have to pay for it. With his internship at the Hive, Stephens said everyone has been a huge help in teaching him, plus he was able to use the software for free.


WRFL on campus also hosted interns, teaching five students the art of speaking articulately and communicating their thoughts clearly while on air. The interns learned to follow the regulations set forth by the FCC, how to catalog music and how to screen the many albums sent to the station each week. Strange says that in March, STEAM will be home to a local radio station, and they are anxious to have STEAM students not only apply what they learned in their internships, but also continue the learning process in the world of technology and radio communications. 


Additionally, UK Good Samaritan Hospital extended an invitation to one STEAM student with a passion for medicine to spend a month shadowing and volunteering with an endocrinologist. Shadowing both in the clinic and also in the operating room, she witnessed the many facets of surgery. Strange says that the internship offered a variety of new experiences to add to the intern's resume of past medical opportunities, and as the student approaches college in two years, "those experiences will enable her to better define and pursue a career in the medical field."


One STEAM student even interned in the main machine shop in the basement of the Chemistry-Physics Building. Working alongside staff to see the effects of combining science and engineering, she saw the practical side of the field. Not only did she learn how to use several pieces of equipment, but she also learned how they were used at UK, in the real world. "The hands-on experiences she has had this month are unmatched!" Strange said.


"All of the experiences allow these students to extend learning beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom. They are receiving real-world experiences that will enhance the learning back in the classroom. Without question, this month has been the highlight of many students’ high school careers thus far.


“We are excited to evaluate this process and plan internships for future school years.  Working with UK has motivated these students to work hard, study efficiently, and ask great questions about the future. We could not have asked for a better partner with those we have worked with at UK in the various campus areas," said Strange.  


Andrew Groves, a STEAM sophomore interning in the Hive, agrees. "This opportunity has been amazing. It's preparing us for our futures," said Groves about being on a college campus. "Getting to experience most things high school students don't is incredible."


STEAM students involved in internships at UK include:


·         Lauren Watson - UK Chemistry Lab

·         Gaby Carreno - A&S Hive

·         Eleanor Clifton - UK Hospital Surgical Rotation

·         Bailey Ogger - A&S Hive

·         Ethan DeRossett - A&S Hive

·         Austin Stephens - A&S Hive

·         Andrew Groves - A&S Hive

·         Harrison Neyland - A&S Hive

·         Wils Quinn - WRFL 

·         Trustun Ashburn - WRFL

·         Paul Timoshchuk - WRFL

·         Zachary Mink - WRFL

·         Shawn Reynolds - WRFL




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Wilson to Lead Interprofessional Global Health Competencies for 21st Century Health Professional Students Lecture

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2015)  Lynda Wilson will present the Interprofessional Global Health Competencies for 21st Century Health Professional Students lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in Room MN 563, in the UK Medical Center.  


“Dr. Wilson is a national leader in developing educational models for global health," Melody Ryan, the UK College of Pharmacy’s director of international professional student education said. "We look forward to hosting her and benefitting from her experience.”


Wilson is a professor, deputy director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center on International Nursing, and assistant dean for international affairs. She is fluent in Spanish and has led five study abroad courses in Guatemala. Her recent research has focused on health needs of Latino immigrant families, and the development, implementation and evaluation of the first HIV nurse practitioner program in Zambia.


This lecture is a part of the 2015 UK Global Health Lecture Series. To learn more about this event visit





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Campus Encouraged to Provide Feedback Through Transportation Master Plan Survey

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2015) The University of Kentucky has begun work on a Transportation Master Plan (TMP) aimed at improving access and mobility to, from and around campus for all members of the UK community.


As part of this planning process, input from the campus on the challenges facing the university in terms of transportation, parking and mobility is critical. UK community members are now able to provide that feedback via an online survey.


At the end of January, UK hosted two public forums to receive feedback from the university community. A representative from Sasaki and Associates presented a timeline for the plan, answered questions from the audience and noted the feedback that audience members provided. Videos of those two forums are can be accessed by clicking the links below.


Wednesday, January 28th, in the Center Theater at the Student Center

Thursday, January 29th, in the Pavilion A Auditorium at Chandler Hospital


Eric Monday stated at the forum that the university will continue to foster an open dialogue with the campus community throughout this process.


"As part of that, we want to reach as many people as possible who are affected by campus transportation," Monday said.  "And we want to understand what is valuable to you as a member of the campus community, both generally regarding planning principles and specific to issues you may experience. We also understand that not everyone was able to attend the January forums. With that in mind, we have created a survey as an additional means to receive your pivotal feedback."


Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey. If you have any questions, contact




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UK Animal and Food Scientist Receives Prestigious Award

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 19:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2015) — Referred to by Swedish scientists as the “Nobel Prize of Agriculture,” the Bertebos Prize is a pretty big deal. This year’s co-recipients are Youling Xiong, an animal and food sciences professor for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and Jan Delcour, professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium.


Xiong recently returned from Sweden, where he accepted the prestigious award from the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. The academy’s award, given every two years, recognizes renowned scientists worldwide who have made remarkable contributions and achievements in food sciences.


With its support of science and practical experience and in the interest of society, the goal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry is to promote agriculture and forestry and associated activities. This year they invited nomination of candidates leading prominent research on food additives – both technological and health and nutritional benefits. Candidates must have conducted outstanding research in food science and technology, toxicology or medicine. Swedish scientist Kerstin Lundström nominated Xiong for the honor.


The academy stated that Xiong’s award was based on “his productive research in the past 30 years on the physical and biochemical mechanisms that regulate how proteins and peptides work in food.”


Xiong has been a UK faculty member since 1990 and has led an internationally renowned research and teaching program on food protein chemistry, functionality and applications, with an emphasis on muscle foods. His pioneering research on bioactive peptides and muscle protein oxidation has broad commercial impacts and applications. An author of more than 250 research publications, Xiong is also a scientific editor for the Journal of Food Science, the associate editor of Food Bioscience and an expert reviewer of more than 30 scientific journals and many grant programs.


The Bertebos Prize is just the latest in Xiong’s long list of achievements. He is also a past recipient of the Distinguished Research Award and the Achievement Award of the American Meat Science Association, an elected fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists and the American Chemical Society’s Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division. He’s also won the UK Thomas Poe Cooper Award and the UK University Research Professor Award.


Xiong’s prize included 150,000 Swedish krona (about $18,000), travel expenses to Sweden, and he will be a featured speaker at the 2016 Bertebos Conference in Falkenberg, Sweden.

UK Theatre Presents 'The 39 Steps'

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 19:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance will present the energetic comedy, "The 39 Steps," based on the work of celebrated director Alfred Hitchcock. The show runs from Feb. 19-March 1 at the Guignol Theatre, located at the UK Fine Arts Building.


This comical mystery is an adaptation by Patrick Barlow of Hitchcock's movie "The 39 Steps," adapted from the novel by John Buchan. The story follows Richard Hannay as he makes his way through Scotland to discover what The 39 Steps, a secret organization, is hiding. The story includes references to some of Hitchcock's most popular works, which include "Psycho," "The Birds" and "North by Northwest."


"The 39 Steps" will be presented 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19-21 and 26-29, and 2 p.m., Feb. 22 and March 1, at the Guignol Theatre. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased by calling 859-257-4929, by visiting or in person at the ticket office.


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.



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Interdisciplinary Study of Behavioral Problems in Children with Hearing Loss Gains CCTS Funding

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 16:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2015) — A pilot project examining behavioral problems in children with hearing loss was recently awarded funding from the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS).


The project, "Assessing and Addressing Behavioral Problems in Children with Hearing Loss," is led by Christina Studts, Ph.D, assistant professor in the UK Department of Behavioral Health in the College of Public Health, in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Bush, assistant professor in the UK College of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.   


The interdisciplinary project seeks to maximize the combined expertise of Studts, a clinical social worker and public health researcher whose research targets early childhood behavior issues, and Bush, a cochlear implant surgeon and expert in pediatric hearing loss. They are joined on the project by Philip Westgate, assistant professor of biostatistics in the College of Public Health, and study coordinator Robin Thompson.


Studies suggest that children with hearing loss are at an increased risk for behavior problems.  However, exploration into the behavioral outcomes of these children has suffered from a number of limitations, including small sample sizes, contradictory findings and a lack of clinically validated measures for behavioral problems.  Additionally, although behavioral parent training interventions have proven highly effective in families of children without hearing loss, no intervention trials for families with hearing impaired children have been reported.


This pilot study is designed to be the first step in a process to improve the methodology used to evaluate disparities in disruptive behavior problems in children with hearing loss, as well as assess the feasibility and effectiveness of behavioral parenting training interventions in this population.


“This project is really exciting not only because of its focus on a group that has been understudied with regard to behavioral problems, but also because of the new interdisciplinary collaboration we have established between public health and otolaryngology,” Studts said. "Dr. Bush and I met as KL2 scholars supported by the CCTS, and we’re both grateful and honored by this opportunity to pool our expertise and resources to tackle this issue.”


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UK Fellowship Program Accredited by the American Board of Addiction Medicine

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 15:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2015) — The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), located in Bethesda, Maryland, recently accredited the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry's Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program.


There are only 27 such ABAM-accredited programs in the U.S.


“We are delighted to be recognized for our excellent work in addiction medicine, which emphasizes screening, intervention, and treatment, and makes treatment more readily available to those who need it,” said Dr. Lon Hays, chair of the Department of Psychiatry in the UK College of Medicine.


The Addiction Medicine Fellowship program at UK will help physicians understand the biopsychosocial framework for individuals with addiction, and/or substance abuse-related health conditions.


 “Fellowship programs like UK's will also help ensure that trained physicians are able to prevent, recognize and treat addiction and address common medical or psychiatric conditions related to the use of addictive substances,” said Hays.  


The Addiction Medicine Fellowship at UK builds on a long history of addiction research and treatment. The fellowship program provides one year subspecialty training, which is offered to physicians already trained in primary care specialties (internal medicine, family medicine pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology) and other specialties.



UK Football's Northington Featured in TV Documentary

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 14:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2015) — Nate Northington, who became the first African-American football player in the SEC as a Kentucky Wildcat in 1967, will be featured in a one-hour documentary set to air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, Feb. 16, on CBS Sports Network. The documentary – “Forward Progress: The Integration of SEC Football” – explores Northington’s arrival at UK and its impact at both the SEC and national level.


“Nate Northington and his teammates Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg represent an important chapter in the history of Kentucky football,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “We are proud of the courage and perseverance it took to break the color barrier in the SEC and thankful Nate’s story will be told through this documentary.”


Northington and Page arrived at UK in 1966 after an effort to integrate the SEC that began with Kentucky Gov. Edward T. Breathitt, while Hackett and Hogg came a year later. The documentary examines this effort and the relationship between close friends Northington and Page, whose dreams to integrate the SEC together were cut short by Page’s tragic passing.


The documentary features an in-depth interview with Northington, as well as conversations with his African-American teammates Hackett and Hogg, former Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall, and NBA Hall of Famer Wes Unseld.


To view a clip of the documentary, visit the CBS Sports website:


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Kentucky Ranks Second on SEC Academic Honor Roll

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 14:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2015) — Sixty-three University of Kentucky Wildcats earned a place on the 2014 Fall Sports Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll announced by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. 

UK's total of 63 honorees was the second-most among the 14 league teams. UK has 24 representatives from the football team, 14 from men's soccer, 15 from women's soccer and 10 from volleyball. 

The 2014 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on the grades from the 2014 Spring, Summer and Fall terms. Among other qualifications, a student-athlete must have a grade-point average of 3.00 or above for the preceding academic year or have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above in order to make the honor roll. 

Here is a list of Kentucky's honorees, along with each student-athlete's sport and major:

Kentucky – Sport – Major

Steven Borden – Football – Integrated Strategic Communication

Tyler Brause – Football – Exercise Science

Mike Douglas – Football – Family Sciences

Tre Dunn – Football – Communication

Bud Dupree – Football – Community and Leadership Development

Landon Foster – Football – Finance/Marketing/Accounting

Max Godby – Football – Sport Leadership

John Gruenschlaeger – Football – Accounting

Jojo Kemp – Football – Undergraduate Studies

Austin MacGinnis – Football – Finance

Kelly Mason – Football – Finance/Marketing

Zach Myers – Football – Communication

Reese Phillips – Football – Communication

Maxwell Smith – Football – Integrated Strategic Communication

Za’Darius Smith – Football – Community and Leadership Development

Max Strong – Football – Business Management/Finance

Jordan Swindle – Football – Exercise Science/Biology

Fred Tiller – Football – Community and Leadership Development

Ryan Timmons – Football – Undergraduate Studies

Jon Toth – Football – Mechanical Engineering

D.J. Warren – Football – Community and Leadership Development

Zach West – Football – Political Science

Zane Williams – Football – Exercise Science

Jeff Witthuhn – Football – Exercise Science

Alex Bumpus – M Soccer – Pre-Nursing

Ryan Creel – M Soccer – Business Management

Dimitri DeChurch-Silva – M Soccer – Journalism

Stuart Ford – M Soccer – Community and Leadership Development

Kaelon Fox – M Soccer – Business Management

Callum Irving – M Soccer – History

Justin Laird – M Soccer – Marketing

Sam Miller – M Soccer – Human Nutrition

Jason Pitts – M Soccer – Economics

Matthew Quick – M Soccer – Marketing

Charlie Reymann – M Soccer – Finance

Paul Sime – M Soccer – Political Science

Kristoffer Tollefsen – M Soccer – Business Management

Jordan Wilson – M Soccer – Finance

Emma Brown – W Soccer – Integrated Strategic Communication

Alex Carter – W Soccer – Human Nutrition

Laura Connor – W Soccer – Exercise Science

Jackie Dallaire – W Soccer – Social Work

Danielle Fitzgerald – W Soccer – Exercise Science

Arin Gilliland – W Soccer – Exercise Science

Allie Gorgol – W Soccer – Exercise Science

Olivia Jester – W Soccer – Communication

Cara Ledman – W Soccer – English Education

Maddie Lockridge – W Soccer – Communication

Kaitlin Miller – W Soccer – Exercise Science

Stuart Pope – W Soccer – Biology

Courtney Raetzman – W Soccer – Communication

Cailey Warfel – W Soccer – Communication Sciences and Disorders

Chloe Watson – W Soccer – Architecture

Sharay Barnes – Volleyball – Family Sciences

Morgan Bergren – Volleyball – Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Emily Franklin – Volleyball – Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Alyssa Gergins – Volleyball – Elementary Education

Jackie Napper – Volleyball – Marketing/Integrated Strategic Communication

Lauren O’Conner – Volleyball – Marketing

Sara Schwarzwalder – Volleyball – Elementary Education/Integrated Strategic Communication

Anni Thomasson – Volleyball – Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Kayla Tronick – Volleyball – Family Sciences

Kelsey Wolf – Volleyball – Business Management/Marketing



From Patient To Dancer

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 13:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2015) — Most students preparing to participate in the 10th anniversary of DanceBlue are anticipating a need for caffeine, learning lots of new dance moves and happily celebrating a year-long fundraising effort to fight pediatric cancer. But for Nicole Upchurch, a freshman psychology major, DanceBlue 2015 will represent so much more.


A native of Somerset, Kentucky, Upchurch attended Southwestern High School where she played soccer. She played center midfielder and spent hours practicing and training with hopes to play in college. But when swelling in her finger and weariness began to inhibit her ability to play soccer, Upchurch felt that something was not right.


Doctors told Upchurch that she had giant cell tumor of bone and underwent surgery to put in artificial bones in her finger. She was told that she could not play soccer until her hand healed.


After months of resting, Upchurch was cleared to play again. She returned for a few practices, but shortly her tumor returned as well. Her doctors decided that she needed more help and her journey at Kentucky Children’s Hospital began.


When Upchurch arrived in Lexington, the news wasn't good. After several scans, doctors revealed that she had 17 tumors in her lungs and would also have to have her finger removed.


That news did not stop her.


“I’m ready,” she told the doctors. “Whether it ends good or bad, I don't have a choice.”


The physicians caring for Upchurch took their job very seriously, and they continued to encourage her along the way.


“Having doctors like that during the whole process made me feel so much more comfortable and so confident.”


Despite the excellent care of her doctors, Upchurch ended up losing her finger. Following a biopsy of her tumors, she also suffered from a collapsed lung. Because of various treatments to her lung, Upchurch spent over a month in the DanceBlue KCH Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Despite the constant hours in the hospital, Upchurch still managed to have fun.


“People always say to me, ‘Oh I’m so sorry you had to spend all that time in the hospital,’" Upchurch said. "I felt like I was at summer camp!”


Upchurch felt that the doctors and nurses of the clinic were not only dedicated to their occupations, but also to ensuring that every patient was as comfortable as possible. The clinic staff became her family.


“You can just tell that everyone there loves their job.”


Although Upchurch was able to play a few more games her senior year soccer season, life outside of the hospital was somewhat complicated. Friends and family had trouble relating to what Upchurch was going through. Although they consoled her, it was her fellow patients who brought her the most comfort. They related to each other and became an extended support system.


“He really helped me and motivated me to get through this,” Upchurch said of one particular patient. “Seeing someone like him smile makes me happy.”


Upchurch felt that the kids in the clinic taught her a lot about life. She learned about herself, and she changed as a person.


“Even though they go through all this, they just stay happy," Upchurch said. "I think being told you have something like cancer — from that moment on you are changed. You’re going to look at the world like everything is a blessing. You realize the important things and the unimportant things in life.”


Upchurch was able to share this insight at DanceBlue 2014. During Memorial Hour, she spoke in front of thousands of people about her time in the clinic and what DanceBlue meant to her.


In fact, while on stage Upchurch announced that she was going to attend the University of Kentucky for college. The crowd erupted in applause.


“DanceBlue honestly changed my life," she said. "I don’t talk in front of people ever, but I had never been more confident or comfortable in my entire life. I wanted to do it.”


For Upchurch, DanceBlue didn’t just provide relief and services. It filled a void.


“I’d been really trying to hold on to soccer, like I wanted to go play soccer somewhere. I was clearly not at the best of my ability. I was nowhere close to where I would’ve been. I actually made my final decision that I was going to go to UK when I was at DanceBlue.”


This year, Upchurch will be participating as a dancer in her first marathon. She has high hopes and is incredibly excited to give back to the organization that gave her so much. Tumor-free since May, she is ready to join the more than 800 University of Kentucky students dancing for a cure.


DanceBlue is UK’s 24 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue KCH Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Now in its tenth year, DanceBlue has raised more than $6.5 million for pediatric cancer research and child life efforts. Give to DanceBlue here and connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at and on Twitter at


DanceBlue is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach (CCO). The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long community service. For more information about the CCO, visit Connect with the CCO on Facebook here and on Twitter at




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Chemistry Graduate Student Honored by American Chemical Society

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb.12, 2015) — Faculty members in the University of Kentucky Department of Chemistry characterize Alexis Eugene as an outstanding student, critical thinker and driven researcher. Her accomplishments were recently recognized at the national level as she received the Graduate Student Award from the Environmental Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS).


This prestigious award is given to students with strong research productivity, and Eugene’s record – which includes co-authorship on a letter in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and an article in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions – is indicative of her hard work, as well as the groundbreaking research taking place at UK. Marcelo Guzman, professor of chemistry, who serves as Eugene’s advisor and nominated her for the ACS Award, noted that she was very deserving of the award, “Alexis is eager to learn and try new techniques until they work [and provide] meaningful results. She takes the initiative for learning what needs to be done.”


After earning her bachelor’s from Bellarmine University, Eugene chose to pursue her doctoral degree at UK because it would offer her the best research experience. Originally interested in pursuing organic chemistry, after touring Guzman’s lab, she was exposed to a new awareness of environmental work.


“Normally when you think of environmental-based science you think of people out in the field conducting studies, analyzing the environment itself,” Eugene explained. “Here we do laboratory experiments aimed at elucidating what is actually happening in the environment.”


Broadly speaking, her work in Guzman’s lab involves modeling the kinds of reactions that can happen in the atmosphere in an attempt to uncover the mechanisms behind those reactions and the products they create. Eugene’s own research project deals with the role pyruvic acid plays in the formation of aerosols in the atmosphere. Aerosols play an important role in atmospheric chemistry: not only can the composition of aerosols affect the “lifetime” of clouds in the atmosphere, but aerosol is believed to have a cooling effect on the atmosphere because of its ability to absorb and scatter radiation.


Eugene points out that our understanding of aerosols seems less than complete. Since models for the organic composition of aerosols do not match the compositions measured in the field, her goal is to find an explanation for how that organic aerosol is developed in the atmosphere.


“The atmospheric effects of aerosols are really uncertain – there are large error bars for the cooling effect on the environment,” Eugene explained. She believes those errors will be much smaller once her research can show how pyruvic acid and other molecules contribute to the formation of aerosol.


Guzman describes Eugene’s research as innovative. “It addresses new problems in atmospheric chemistry. Her work covers a broad spectrum of environmental conditions with global implications to air quality and climate.”

UK Woman's Club Sponsors Education Abroad Scholarship

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:47

Lexington, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2015) —The UK Woman’s Club (UKWC) collaborated with University of Kentucky Education Abroad to create an education abroad scholarship for full-time undergraduate and graduate students at UK.


Students must be Kentucky residents with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and demonstrate financial need in order to qualify for the scholarship. Preference is given to nontraditional or underrepresented minority students.


“Finding money for academic study abroad is for many students problematic, and all too frequently for nontraditional students or underrepresented minorities, it is especially so," Diana Rast, the president-elect of UKWC, said. "UKWC hopes that this year the scholarships will go at least part-way toward solving this problem for some.”


UKWC will work with Education Abroad at UK to form a committee that will select the awardees. A grand total of $2,500 in awards will be made for summer 2015 and fall 2015. The maximum summer award per student is $500, and the maximum fall award per student is $1,000.


“The committee will be looking at merit and need as well as that 'spark' that distinguishes the able and motivated student," Rast said.


Additionally, the UKWC encourages the students to keep a journal of their experience to share with UKWC members upon their return from education abroad. Students’ experiences will be shared in the UKWC newsletter.


Since 1909, the UKWC has provided a welcoming and enriching environment for all women to be part of a group committed to supporting the UK campus and students. Beginning in 1973, UKWC awarded undergraduate tuition scholarships and graduate fellowships to UK women classified as nontraditional students. 


The money for the undergraduate scholarships is raised through UKWC philanthropy, by means of craft sales, bake sales, plant and yard sales and a holiday appeal among other events. Over the years, UKWC has provided over half a million dollars in aid to UK students.


UK Education Abroad is a unit of the International Center with the primary responsibility to facilitate high-quality, academically-sound and experientially rich study abroad, research abroad, intern abroad, teach abroad and service abroad programs for UK students. Education Abroad at UK also oversees international student exchange programming with our partner universities around the world. 


For more information, contact Diana Rast via email at The deadline to apply for this scholarship for both summer 2015 and fall 2015 is March 1.




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The Food Connection at UK Invites Proposals for Student Opportunity Grants

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:35

Lexington, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2015) — The UK Food Connection has issued a call for proposals for student opportunity grants related to the study of food and food systems.


The UK Food Connection, a partnership between the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Aramark which serves to promote a healthy, sustainable food economy, was established in 2014. The organization received a $1 million endowment through a contract dedicated to enhancing undergraduate and graduate student opportunities.  

The deadline for proposals is Monday, Feb. 23.


Priority will be given to advancement of experiential education, community engagement, and undergraduate student research, activities linked to dissertation work by graduate students, professional development, co-curricular activities, and related initiatives.  Projects related to development of formal curricula or traditional courses may be considered but will have lower priority. 


Proposals must include a University of Kentucky faculty or professional staff member as project leader or co-leader. Projects may be student-initiated or led, so long as a faculty or staff co-leader is identified. Students may be named and listed as co-leaders or participants; however proposals will be accepted if the specific student participants have yet to be identified.


Community engagement will be a positive factor in proposal evaluation. Participation of, or collaboration with UK Dining is not required but will be a positive factor in proposal evaluation.


The program is open to all majors and programs at the University of Kentucky, but the supported activity must be directly related to food or food systems.  For example, projects in nutrition, food technology, food economies, food and culture, or food production will all be considered.  Multi-disciplinary projects are encouraged as are projects from the arts, humanities and social sciences that address food systems in creative ways.


Click here for more information regarding the program, eligibility, funding considerations and application instructions.


Submit proposals to




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UK Research Building Clears First Legislative Hurdle

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 19:46

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2015) — The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Tuesday strongly endorsed legislation that would provide funding for a multi-disciplinary research building on the University of Kentucky campus targeted at the Commonwealth’s most pressing challenges.


“Our goal is to make death a beggar in Kentucky,” said UK President Eli Capilouto, who testified before the committee Tuesday morning.


The legislation now goes to the full House for consideration.


Specifically, the state would fund $132.5 million of the projected $265 million research building. UK would fund the other half. The building, which would be located on South Limestone next to the bio-pharmacy building, would put together researchers across disciplines, working in teams, to address some of the state’s most intractable issues, including the hundreds of deaths that occur in Kentucky each year due to cancer, heart and pulmonary disease, stroke and other preventable deaths.


Kentucky is above the national average in incidence rates for those deaths, and the rates are particularly acute in Eastern Kentucky. Capilouto and UK Interim Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis told lawmakers that UK has some 330 individual research projects — totaling some $350 million — currently investigating those challenges and others. 


"The research we are conducting directly addresses many of the most compelling problems facing Kentucky," Cassis said.  "This facility will enable us to expand that work by recruiting and retaining the faculty who are on the cutting edge of discovery and research."


Moreover, the economic impact of research is significant as well, Capilouto said, pointing to a recent UK study that concluded that the annual direct and indirect economic impact of UK’s sponsored research across the campus was $581 million in fiscal year 2013, with more than 8,000 jobs created and $21.3 million generated annually in local and state taxes.


A link to the presentation by Capilouto and Cassis can be viewed here:


"I think there are two things we can improve in Kentucky, that is education and the health of our population,” said Rick Rand, chair of the committee, "and I believe this (building) does both.”

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