Campus News

Hazing Prevention Events Slated

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 18:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015) — The University of Kentucky’s recognition of National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) runs Monday, Sept. 21, through Friday, Sept. 25, with daily events, sponsored by several campus organizations, including the organizer of the activities, the UK Hazing Coalition.


The mission of the Hazing Coalition is to create and foster “a culture of care for all students,” according to Marie Hartke, prevention co-ordinator for the Dean of Students Office.


The week will focus on the various ways student organizations can engage new members in a way that is both positive and healthy.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in an anti-hazing social media campaign, new member education workshop and community service.


“Staff, faculty, and students at the University of Kentucky are dedicated to addressing the issue of hazing and creating a culture of respect on campus. While we recognize that there are issues with hazing on our campus, we are optimistic about the direction we are moving thanks to the positive efforts of many members of our campus community,” Hartke said.


The national week of observation and education is an opportunity for campuses, schools, communities, organizations and individuals to raise awareness about the problem of hazing, to education others about hazing, and to promote the prevention of hazing.


Activities for UK’s National Hazing Prevention Week:


Student Wellness Ambassadors Photo Project

Monday, Sept. 21

11 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m.

Location  TBD



Student Wellness Ambassadors Photo Project

Tuesday, Sept. 22

11 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m.

Location TBD



Organization Membership Education Institute

Tuesday, Sept. 22

6 p.m.

200 Funkhouser


Men’s Soccer Game vs. Eastern Illinois

Tuesday, Sept. 22

7 p.m.

@ Bell Soccer Complex

Free for students with student ID

See for more info


Student Wellness Ambassadors Photo Project

Wednesday, Sept. 23

11 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m.

Location ‒ TBD



SAB Pinterest Party

Wednesday, Sept. 23

6 p.m. ‒ 9 p.m.

The Hub, William T. Young Library

See or @uksab for more info


Student Wellness Ambassadors Photo Project

Thursday, Sept. 24

11 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m.

Location ‒ TBD



Student Involvement Fair

Thursday, Sept. 24

11 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m.

Whitehall Building Patio and Lawn

See or @ukgetinvolved for more info


CCO Service Opportunities

Friday, Sept. 25

2 p.m. ‒ 4 p.m.

Signups at

See or @ukcco for more info


Women’s Soccer Game vs. Missouri

Friday, Sept. 25

7:30 p.m.

Bell Soccer Complex




MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302,



CCTS Researcher Appointed Associate Editor of Stem Cell Text

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 17:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015) — A University of Kentucky doctoral student in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) served as a major contributor to a scientific reference book about emerging concepts in stem cell developmental biology, research, therapy, politics and ethics.


Dr. Krisha Vyas, a 2014 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, was appointed as associate editor of the three-volume "SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research, Second Edition." Vyas received his bachelor’s of science in biology from UK in 2009, then went on to receive a master’s of health science in molecular biology and immunology from Johns Hopkins University in 2010. After returning to UK for medical school, Vyas conducted research on adipose-derived stem cells in the UK Department of Surgery.


During his time at UK, Vyas has published over 80 manuscripts and book chapters and has presented his research at several national conferences. He currently serves as a reviewer and on the editorial board for several surgical journals and plans to pursue an academic career as a surgeon-scientist, with research interests in surgical oncology, stem cell biology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

North Campus Parking Impact Sept. 21-23; Career Center Lot Closed Sept. 23

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 15:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015)  The Career Center Lot, located off Linden Walk, will be unavailable to general parking from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in order to support the “see blue work.” series hosted by the University of Kentucky James W. Stuckert Career Center.


The lot has 39 spaces. Members of the University community with valid E permits who normally park their vehicles in this area may park in other E areas on campus and are encouraged to allow for additional commute time during this impact. Go to to view a campus parking map.


Additionally, although the majority of “see blue work.” series attendees will be using a remote park-and-ride lot, employees and students who park in the South Limestone Garage (PS #5) should expect a slight increase in visitors parking in the facility on Monday, Sept. 21 through Wednesday, Sept. 23, and plan accordingly by allowing extra time for their commute.


If the garage is full, employees with valid E permits may park in another E lot. Go to to view a campus parking map. Students with valid C5 or C7 permits may park in the Taylor-Dickey Lot or the Scott Street Lot (E/C7), the Reynolds Lot (E/C9), or the K areas at Commonwealth Stadium and ride the Blue and White Route buses to the campus core.

UK Faculty and Staff are Invited to the 2015 ACPA Presidential Symposium

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 15:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015)  The Student Affairs Staff Development team in partnership with the Office of Student Involvement invites University of Kentucky faculty and staff to the 2015 ACPA Presidential Symposium, "Fulfilling Our Promises to Students: Fostering and Demonstrating Student Success," from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. 


The 2015 Presidential Symposium is a live, virtual event that brings higher education thought leaders and professionals together, using online technology and local in-person discussion groups, to discuss the ways student affairs professionals foster student learning and success and how we can all do a better job demonstrating this impact.


This live-streamed event will be held on campus in the King Alumni House Ballroom and Lounge. Light Refreshments will be provided.  To RSVP, click here.


Speakers for the event include the following:

·      Deborah Garrett, vice chancellor for Student Services at Arkansas State University-Beebe and president for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education

·      Shaun Harper, associate professor in the Graduate School of Education, Gender Studies, and Africana Studies at Penn and Education Week’s 50 Most Influential Professors in the field of education

·      Jillian Kinzie, associate director for the Center of Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute at Indiana University Bloomington



For a detailed schedule of the event, Click Here.


For more information, contact Sarah Hermsmeier, program director for Civic Engagement in the Office of Student Involvement at or visit




MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, (859) 257-1909;; Rebecca Stratton, (859) 323-2395;

UK to Soon Offer an Online Academic Exploration Tool

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 15:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015)  Since 2012, the University of Kentucky Office of Enrollment Management has envisioned an innovative tool to streamline and centralize information about academic degree offerings.  This tool would improve and transform the way prospective and current students blueprint their academic experience.  This fall, this vision will become reality as the university will offer the new Academic Exploration Tool. 


"With the university’s breadth and depth of academic degree programs, we needed a robust Web tool to match the expansive academic opportunities available here at UK," said Tyler Gayheart, communications and technology director for Enrollment Management. "Our team conducted in-depth research and analysis across other benchmark institutions, prospective and current students, faculty and staff - ultimately uncovering how we can make a better user experience for someone exploring degree programs at UK." 


In an effort to create a better search and exploration process for prospective and current students, existing academic major sheet PDFs will be discontinued and transformed into an adaptive and responsive website.  This outdated website that hosts the major PDFs will be replaced by the university's very own Academic Exploration Tool (AET). 


Congested major PDFs, which are found at, will be revamped into a structured and user-friendly webpage that will be easily accessible. The website functionality will allow students to discover degree programs at a personal level.


"This will be a new way for prospective and current students to search, explore and find an academic degree program that best fits their interests, skills and academic and career goals," Gayheart said.


Enrollment Management has partnered with the myUK: GPS (Graduation Planning System) team to utilize a Web service to dynamically feed curriculum and course information into the Academic Exploration Tool. The myUK: GPS reshapes the student planning, advising and course registration experience, delivering real-time, critical information via self-service features to promote proactive planning for students.


The first phase of the Academic Exploration Tool project will capture all undergraduate degree programs with subsequent phases capturing graduate, Ph.D. and professional programs.


Web analytics, user feedback and a 3-year survey have influenced the redesign and approach for this new Web property. The tool will be in full use by Fall 2016.


Research shows that content regarding academic majors and minors is the most searched feature on the university's main website. However, there can be slight differences between information that lives on the colleges' websites versus the university's website. The AET will effectively create a uniform voice flowing from the information projected by individual colleges to the information housed on  This will cause less confusion when prospective and current students search for information about majors on different websites within the university. 


"Behind the scenes, we’re using some pretty cool technology," Gayheart said. "However, the best feature is the collaborative effort by all colleges and departments to make a better user experience when exploring academic degree programs at UK."


After the launch, plans include adding more features to the AET by incorporating information from Glassdoor and the U.S. Department of Labor.


The AET revamps the way students prepare for college classes and their futures, making the process more user friendly and allowing for more creativity when searching and considering forthcoming career possibilities.


"I’m incredibly proud of the cross-departmental collaboration on behalf of the colleges, departments, Mobile Portal Workflow and Enrollment Management," said Associate Provost for Enrollment Management Don Witt. "This will be an incredible tool for our prospective and current students when searching and exploring the academic degree program offerings at the University of Kentucky." 




MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton, (859) 323-2395;

Information Communication Technology Program Graduates First Student

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 15:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015) — The first of its kind at the University of Kentucky, the Information Communication Technology (ICT) program is part of the School of Information Science in the College of Communication and Information.


The ICT program encompasses emerging technologies — such as computer systems and network technologies, telecommunications technologies, and information systems technologies — and how these interplay with people, communities and society.


The ICT program made its debut at UK during the 2014 fall semester, graduating its first student, Dan Collins, in the summer of 2015. Collins knew from the beginning it would be a lot to take on as he would have to take 60 hours of coursework in just a few months to graduate within a year of beginning the program.


Collins began his undergraduate ICT classes last fall and completed several summer classes as well as an independent study.


"All of my professors were very knowledgeable in their own field," Collins said. "There is enough diversity within the program that you feel like you get a good grasp on all aspects, which gives you an idea of what you want to do."


After several months of coursework, Collins landed an internship at a local information technology professional service company, SDGBlue.


Deloris Foxworth — a lecturer in ICT — was Collins' advisor for his internship with SDGBlue.


"I believe Dan was a very determined student," said Foxworth. "He worked hard both inside and outside the classroom to graduate in a timely manner despite declaring the ICT major only last fall."


Collins has some advice for current and future ICT students, "Don't be lazy. Go get an internship. You will learn a lot in the classroom but you will learn even more on the job."


All of his hard work and eagerness to learn has since paid off. Collins is now a full-time employee at SDGBlue as an associate security consultant. He is part of a team that assesses infrastructure and works to pinpoint security weaknesses and flaws in information systems.


When asked what it means to the program to have Collins as its first graduate, ICT Assistant Professor Michail Tsikerdekis said, "It is exciting. It helps us be determined with our mission to make the best graduates we can to fill a market that is rapidly changing through technology."


For more information about the ICT program at UK, visit or email



MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398;

University of Iowa Injury Prevention Researcher to Discuss Rural Teen Driving

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 13:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015) — Motor vehicle crashes cause more teen deaths than any other illness or injury in the United States. While more teen driving incidents per mile occur on rural roads, most safety interventions focus on urban driving. 


During a University of Kentucky College of Public Health Distinguished Lecture Sept. 18, Corinne Peek-Asa, the associate dean for research at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, will present strategies for improving teen safety on rural roadways. The lecture, ““Teen Driving on Rural Roads: What We Can Learn From Surveillance, Technology, and Intervention” takes place at 11 a.m. in room 220 of the Multidisciplinary Science Building and is open to students, faculty and staff members. 


A professor of occupational and environmental health, Peek-Asa also serves as the director of an Injury Prevention Research Center funded by the Centers for Disease Control. She received her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research concentrates on implementing and evaluating programs and policies to prevent acute traumatic injuries and violence. She serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and is a member of the Driver Education Committee of the Transportation Research Board. 


The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center based at the University of Kentucky is sponsoring the lecture.


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

Soprano Cynthia Lawrence Performs for UNICEF Benefit in Rome

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 12:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015) — Cynthia Lawrence, a University of Kentucky endowed chair and professor of voice, was invited to perform this summer in Rome in aid of UNICEF in the "Caracalla for UNICEF" benefit held July 19 at the Terme di Caracalla of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.


The "Caracalla for UNICEF" was directed by David Giménez and featured special guest artists along with Lawrence, including guest of honor tenor José Carreras, soprano Carly Paoli, flutist Andrea Griminelli and tenor Alessandro Safina accompanied by Roma United Orchestra. The last-minute concert was made possible by YTL (Yeoh Tiong Lay Corporation) and its CEO, Malaysian philanthropist Francis Yeoh, who has an interest in opera stemming from his friendship with Luciano Pavarotti. In the past, Yeoh has raised funds for the United Kingdom, Asia and Rome.


The United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF, is a program headquartered in New York City that provides long-term humanitarian assistance to mothers and children in developing countries. Created by the United Nations General Assembly, UNICEF's mission is to focus on the most disadvantaged children and assist them through a life-cycle approach.


Lawrence, a celebrated opera vocalist, arrived at UK School of Music in 2009. She has performed on five continents and has been a regular guest for opera companies worldwide as well as the star of several productions in such roles as Roxanne in "Cyrano de Bergerac," Micaela in "Carmen" and Mimi in "La Boheme".


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;

Four UK Accounting Students Selected for Leadership Institute

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015) — The annual Kentucky Society of CPAs (KyCPA) College Leadership Institute took place recently at the KyCPA Gratzer Education Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Four students from the Von Allmen School of Accountancy in the Gatton College of Business and Economics represented the University of Kentucky at the program.


The UK students who attended the institute were:

•           finance and accounting junior Drew Brueggeman, of Fort Wright, Kentucky;

•           accounting and finance senior Katherine Dubin, of Harrogate, Tennessee;

•           finance and accounting senior Connor Gingrich, of Burke, Virginia; and

•           accounting senior Rosemary Osbourn, of Lexington.


Brueggeman was very thankful for the opportunity to attend. "I learned a lot of valuable lessons from different accounting professionals across the state of Kentucky. Many of their talks were not limited to accounting and hit home on important life lessons as well," he said. "Overall, it is a great program. I would recommend that every student who is interested in becoming a CPA apply for it."


Osbourn agreed the program was very beneficial. "Participating in the KyCPA Leadership Institute was a great experience and was extremely beneficial to my career goals as an accountant," she said. "We learned not only how to approach and interview, but also steps to take in order to maximize our networking opportunities and have our best foot forward for when recruiting season begins."


The KyCPA College Leadership Institute is a free, one-day event for college accounting majors that helps students develop professional skills and identifies future leaders in the CPA profession. Sessions were designed to provide tools needed to cultivate effective communication and networking skills, and help students perform well during job interviews. The program concluded with a "Meet the Firms" networking reception.


Twenty-one students from nine colleges and universities across the region completed the program this year. Each participant was nominated and recommended by an accounting educator.


The Douglas J. Von Allmen School of Accountancy, part of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at UK, helps prepare its graduates for leadership roles in the accounting profession by offering high quality, fully accredited academic programs.  The Von Allmen School of Accountancy emphasizes strong analytic and communication skills among its students and keeps the accounting curriculum current as the profession changes.


For more information about College Leadership Institute and other KyCPA student programs, visit




MEDIA CONTACT: Weston Loyd,, 859-257-8716.



Ride Any Lextran Bus for Free With BluPass

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 17:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015) — Did you know that you can travel all around Lexington for free with just your Wildcat ID card? A recent partnership allows University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff to ride all Lextran buses at no cost using BluPass.


With 21 Lextran bus routes that reach from Blue Grass Airport to the Hamburg Pavilion, anyone with a Wildcat ID card can travel anywhere in Lexington by simply showing their ID to the driver upon boarding.


Click here to view a map of Lextran routes.


"We applaud the university’s efforts to help improve traffic around campus," Mayor Jim Gray said. "Like the university, our city is growing, and responsible growth is good. It also means we will have some growing pains, like increased traffic congestion. We’re working on answers through mass transit, encouraging ride sharing, adding bike lanes, continuing to improve traffic signal timing and making our city, especially the urban core, more walkable."


As the City of Lexington works to improve traffic and transportation, the University of Kentucky also wants to ensure that students are able to travel safely. BluPass ensures that students have an affordable, safe way to commute around Lexington.


"The BluPass program, in partnership with Lextran, will provide safe, affordable and sustainable transportation options, while strengthening UK’s important relationship with the city," said Dr. Eli Capilouto, President of the University of Kentucky.


In addition to the immediate personal savings associated with reduced vehicle operating and parking costs, participation in the BluPass program also contributes to reduced road congestion and environmental impact. All buses are 100 percent wheelchair accessible, and are equipped with a bike rack. UK Parking and Transportation Services funds the BluPass program as a proactive effort to decrease single occupancy vehicle use and ultimately reduce campus-parking demand.


If you have already purchased a Lextran 2015-2016 Class Pass, you can receive a full refund at If you would like to use BluPass for your commute and cancel your parking permit for a prorated cost you will need to return the permit either in person or by mail to Parking and Transportation Services in the Press Avenue Garage (721 Press Avenue). If you choose to return your permit in person, the office is open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Click here for frequently asked questions about BluPass.


The BluPass program is just one part of the Transportation Master Plan (TMP), which aims to improve access and mobility to, from, and around campus for all members of the UK community.


The TMP will align with our Campus Master Plan — the blueprint for a campus transformation that‘s allowing UK to become a national model for a thriving, public residential research campus. And, it is also a time when campus engagement is crucial. Community members are encouraged to provide input and feedback on the challenges facing the university in terms of transportation, parking, and mobility, by visiting the TMP website.




MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398;; or  Sarah Geegan, 859-257-5365;

Linden Walk Lot Expansion Complete

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 16:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015) — The Linden Walk E Lot, located at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Linden Walk, has been expanded from 87 spaces to 124 spaces. This expansion was made possible by connecting a series of smaller parking lots in the area and reconfiguring the lot striping to be as efficient as possible.


Previously, the area consisted of the old Linden Walk Lot (61 spaces), the Euclid Avenue Lot (20 spaces), and the Music Theory House Lot (6 spaces). By joining these lots and redesigning the space layout, Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) was able to net an increase of 37 spaces, adding to the employee parking supply on North Campus.


The lot renovations have also included the addition of energy-efficient LED lighting. Since 2013, PTS has used LED fixtures in its facility updates whenever possible. Not only does this decision provide environmental benefits in terms of energy savings, switching to LED lights improves light efficiency and provides a cost savings to the university.



MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398;

UK Career Center Hosts 'see blue work.' Series Showcasing Variety of Careers

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 15:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015) — As a part of its new "see blue work." series, the University of Kentucky James W. Stuckert Career Center will host various internship and career fairs across campus next week for students of all types of majors. All UK students and alumni are invited to participate and network with employers at these fairs running Sept. 21-24. The "see blue work." series takes the place of the previously offered Employer Showcase events offered in the fall and spring semesters.



Check out the digital catalog for the "see blue work." series above. 


"This is the university's largest consecutive series of career and internship fairs. From tech to nonprofit, pharmaceuticals to hospitality, there is a job or internship to be found by everyone," said Melanie Barber, employee relations director at the Stuckert Career Center.


Each of the “see blue work.” career and internship fairs are open to all students and alumni.


Employers at the first event, the Campus-Wide Internship and Career Fair, will be recruiting job seekers from any area of studies. It will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at Memorial Coliseum.


Students wanting to work in engineering or technical industries are encouraged to attend the Engineering and Computer Science Career Fair, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Memorial Coliseum. The fair is co-hosted by the Society of Women Engineers.


The third career fair will focus on various employment options in the world of business. The two-day Business Internship and Career Fair will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 23 and 24, at the Gatton College of Business and  Economics. This fair will be hosted by the Graham Office of Career Management.


In preparation for the career fairs, the Stuckert Center suggests all individuals attending to do some preliminary research.


"The biggest mistake I see students make is when they approach employers and ask 'What does your company do?," Barber said. "Researching companies beforehand is imperative. Students and alumni should approach employers with purpose — learn about the company's mission and recent initiatives. Recruiters will remember those who have a strong base knowledge of their organization."


As part of the UK Division of Undergraduate Education, the James W. Stuckert Career Center mission is to prepare students to successfully connect with employers and post graduate educational opportunities. The Stuckert Career Center is here to help students explore their college major options and career goals, engage in the process of expanding their knowledge and experience of the work place, and to connect with those who can help students on their career path. For more information on the Stuckert Career Center and how the staff can provide assistance, visit



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;

UK Alumna Named Dean of University of Pikeville’s Elliott School of Nursing

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 14:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015) — The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) recently appointed UK College of Nursing alumna Mary Rado Simpson as the founding dean of the Elizabeth Akers Elliott School of Nursing.


Before rising to the role of dean, Simpson served as both division chair and interim dean of the school’s nursing programs. She directed the development of the UPIKE registered nurse (RN) to bachelor’s of nursing science (BSN) program in 2011 and its path to national accreditation. As dean, she will focus on the development of the new nursing programs in the expansion of health affairs. 


“When I think back to 1983 and the first nursing program at UPIKE, I am amazed at how far we have come and the potential of how far we can go,” Simpson said. “I will draw upon our strong relationships with nursing alumni, health care agencies and the good people of the community to move forward what is best for nursing in Pike County and beyond.”


Simpson earned both her doctoral degree in nursing and master’s of science in nursing from the UK College of Nursing. She received her BSN at Western Connecticut State University. She also holds National League for Nursing Certification as a nurse educator. Simpson’s research has focused on the role of faith and healing in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.


Simpson began her service in Kentucky as a staff registered nurse for Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) and at that time, was one of only two registered nurses in Pike County with a BSN degree. Simpson moved into nursing education at Southern West Virginia Community College while maintaining supervisory positions at ARH. She helped establish the Elizabeth Akers Elliott associate degree in nursing program at the then Pikeville College, and later taught in a nursing program at Lynchburg College in Virginia. She also served as a research associate at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing.


“This is a fine example of how our alumni are leading the way in health care and education across the nation,” Janie Heath, dean of UK’s College of Nursing and Warwick Professor of Nursing, said. “She has taken on a leading role in an area of Kentucky that needs her knowledge and experience, especially in a health care setting. I am proud to see alumni such as Simpson giving back to the Commonwealth.”


During her career, Simpson has participated in a faculty exchange program to South Korea, received research awards and chaired a national subcommittee to develop a certification exam for transcultural nursing. She has presented at national nursing conferences and is published in peer-reviewed nursing journals.


She served on the local advisory council for Tug Valley ARH in South Williamson, Kentucky, and is an appointed member to the board of directors of Pikeville Medical Center. In 2002, Simpson attended the Salzburg Seminar in Austria where she joined nursing professionals from around the world in workshops focusing on healthcare access. Most recently, Simpson completed a sabbatical leave at the University of Alaska-Anchorage (UAA) to learn about clinical simulation in nursing programs. 


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

UK College of Health Sciences: The Gateway to the Health Sciences

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 11:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015) — As the University of Kentucky’s celebration of its 150th anniversary winds down, the UK College of Health Sciences is ramping up for its 50th anniversary in 2016. With new leadership in place and strategic partnerships solidifying, the College of Health Sciences is poised to make the next 50 years even more impactful for the Commonwealth.


The UK College of Health Sciences, originally called the College of Allied Health Professions, was one of the first 13 colleges formed following the passage of The Allied Health Professions Personnel Training Act of 1966, with Joseph Hamburg serving as dean. The original schools, including those at The Ohio State University, the University of Florida and the University of Pennsylvania, paved the way for allied health professions in the U.S.


The legislation was passed in response to growing demand for high quality health care and brought recognition to the wide array of health care professions beyond medicine, dentistry and nursing.


The act reads in part: “There has been increasing awareness of the necessity to develop linkages among academic, training, and service institutions and the various related professional groups so that dynamic educational programs can be offered that will attract able students and prepare them for satisfying careers.”




That statement still rings true for the UK College of Health Sciences, as it continues to innovate in the key areas of education, research and service. The college was one of the first at UK to offer a complete distance learning degree program. It began educating physical therapy students at the Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard in 1992 and physician assistant students in Morehead in 1996. More recently, the Medical Laboratory Science Program was re-established to educate students at the Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard.


The college prides itself on offering students a robust educational experience, which includes interprofessional, innovative learning opportunities, as well as the chance to go beyond the classroom with hands-on patient care, research, service and study-abroad opportunities.


The College of Health Sciences offers innovative programs, such as Human Health Sciences, which serve as the gateway to the health sciences professions, including medicine and dentistry. Its aim is to prepare career-ready professionals to enter health care fields that are in high demand.


Today, the college has more than 1,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs in Athletic Training, Clinical Leadership and Management, Clinical Nutrition (in collaboration with the College of Medicine), Communication Sciences and Disorders, Human Health Sciences, Medical Laboratory Science, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies and the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program.




Researchers at the College of Health Sciences share a common vision – a dynamic, sustainable research enterprise that reaches into the community, improving the lives of Kentuckians and extending beyond its borders. Helping individuals attain the highest level of health possible is at the core of the college’s research. Areas of focus include the prevention of injury and disability due to exercise/sport participation, aging, chronic disease, or other adverse factors; rehabilitation after injury or illness; innovations in the treatment of voice, swallowing, and language disorders; and exercise; nutrition in the context of optimal health and performance enhancement; and military injury prevention and performance optimization.  

Research is also a fundamental part of the educational experience at the college, as students have the opportunity to be involved in our ongoing research projects. The college also maintains a thriving undergraduate research program, which fosters the curiosity of undergraduate students by offering opportunities across a variety of topics for mentored, self-directed work. Additionally, the college is the first on campus to offer an undergraduate certificate in research, which is open to all majors.  




The college has more than 7,500 alumni serving health care needs across the Commonwealth and beyond. In addition to the care its alumni provide, the College of Health Sciences provides expert clinical care in physical therapy and communication disorders.


The Division of Physical Therapy offers a clinic for runners and a student-managed physical therapy clinic. The Runners Clinic offers injury evaluation and treatment, as well as 3-D gait analysis to help prevent injury. Samaritan's Touch is managed by physical therapy students and faculty and provides services for uninsured or under-insured adults. The college also offers clinical speech-language pathology services through its Communication Disorders Academic Clinic, and the UK HealthCare Voice and Swallow Clinic and Speech-Language Pathology Clinic.




Moving forward, the college is working to develop a sustainable research enterprise, invest in strategic collaborations and support meaningful growth in its academic programs. The college is aligning its work with the trajectory of health care toward an emphasis on wellness and prevention.


“The common thread among our programs and our people is our mission,” Scott M. Lephart, dean of the College of Health Sciences, said. “We are driven by the desire to help people attain the highest level of health possible. Our work in education, research and service can be boiled down to one outcome: optimal health. The key is to help unlock the potential for optimal health in each individual we affect, indirectly or directly, through providing patient care, educating future health sciences professionals, and engaging in research aimed at the prevention of injury and disability.”


MEDIA CONTACT:  Kathy Johnson, 859-257-3155 or 


UK Alternative Service Breaks Now Accepting Faculty and Staff Site Advisor Applications

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 10:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015)  Faculty and staff are encouraged to serve as site advisors for the 2015-16 Alternative Service Breaks. Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25.


The University of Kentucky Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) strives to provide quality and fulfilling alternative breaks that mutually benefit community partners and student participants through the education of a social issue, service work requested by the host site and student facilitated reflection.


UK faculty and staff members play a critical role in this program!  Faculty and staff contribute by supporting student leaders who plan and lead the 11 service immersions and four weekend service trips annually as well as by providing student volunteers with quality experiences.


As much as UK faculty and staff members give to UK ASB, they also benefit from serving in the role of site advisor.  Personal learning and growth can occur for site advisors in the same way it does for student participants and leaders as an outcome of their participation in UK ASB.  Service immersions also offer a unique context within which faculty and staff interact with students, providing new opportunities for site advisors to develop new or enhance existing professional competencies that are broadly transferrable. 


The following are testimonies from 2014-15 UK site advisors:

·       “You are in for an adventure! You get to watch students grow into the best person they can be.”


·       “You will have so much fun, make great connections with students, and make a difference in in the community you serve. You will also learn so much by being vulnerable and authentic, and in turn experience more growth than you expect.”


·       “If you approach this opportunity with an open heart, comfortable shoes, willing hands, and listening ears…it will be a life-changing experience.”


To submit an application online, please visit:


Selections will be made based upon both applications and an interview process, and selected site advisors will be notified by Monday, Oct. 5.


This month, there will be an ASB Info Session geared toward prospective site advisors to learn more about the program and the site advisor role. Those new to the program are strongly encouraged to attend the session from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in Room 101, Stuckert Career Center. To RSVP, Click Here.


Alternative Service Breaks are offering the following opportunities for UK students, faculty and staff to travel and volunteer during UK’s academic breaks:




Jinotega, Nicaragua

Global Youth Empowerment

January 2-9, 2016

Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador


January 2-10, 2016

David, Kentucky

Rural Youth Outreach

March 12-19, 2016

Atlanta, Georgia

Refugee Resettlement

March 12-19, 2016

Washington, D.C.

Hunger and Homelessness

March 12-19, 2016

New Orleans, Louisiana

Disaster Relief

March 12-20, 2016

Silver Springs, Florida

Animal Conservation

March 12-20, 2016

Monterey Co., California

Immigration and New Americans

March 12-20, 2016

Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

Global Youth Empowerment

March 12-19, 2016

Jinotega, Nicaragua

Global Youth Empowerment

March 12-19, 2016

Accra, Ghana

Global Youth Education

May 13-29, 2016

Scottsville, Kentucky

Center for Courageous Kids

Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015 (Spring Date TBD)

Appalachian Region of Kentucky

Global Youth Education

(Fall and Spring Dates TBD)


For questions, contact UK ASB advisor Sarah Hermsmeier at,  or UK ASB Student Director Cari Caudill at



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UK Partners in Discussion on the African-American LGBTQ* Experience

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 10:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015) — In recent months, there has been much discussion of both the LGBTQ* and African-American experience in the nation. However, very little discussion to date looks at the experience of African-American members of the LGBTQ* community.


A new panel discussion, "WE ARE HERE!," hopes to bring that conversation to light in the Bluegrass from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Lexington Public Library's Farish Theater, located in downtown Lexington. The event is free and open to the public. 


"WE ARE HERE!" will explore the range of different life experiences and well-being, as well as the importance of keeping those memories alive and preserved. It will also look at the LGBTQ* space within the world of African-American studies. Panelists for this discussion are:

· Chamara Jewel Kwakye, assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies and the African American and Africana Studies Program at UK College of Arts and Sciences; 

· Keenen S. McMillin, a 2015 UK graduate and a co-founder and first president of the UK student organization Shades of Pride;

· Charles E. Crutcher, a nursing care technician with UK HealthCare and an initial member, organizer and active supporter of Bluegrass Black Pride;

· Carol A. Taylor-Shim, a social justice educator with the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center at UK and former social worker in child welfare for 20 years;

· Thomas Tolliver, a community advocate, Lexington East End activist, historian,  former journalist, and an initial member and organizer of Bluegrass Black Pride; and

· Stacie Williams, an archivist and learning lab manager at UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center, instructor in the UK School of Information Science and former journalist.


The panel discussion "WE ARE HERE!" is being presented by UK Special Collections Research Center, Bluegrass Black Pride, UK African American and Africana Studies Program and JustFundKY.



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Horohov Named Chair of UK Veterinary Science, Director of Gluck Equine Research Center

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 23:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has named David Horohov chair of the Department of Veterinary Science and director of the Gluck Equine Research Center. His appointment will begin Sept. 23.


“We are extremely happy that David has joined the administrative team on a permanent basis. We are fortunate to have someone of his distinguished research reputation at the helm of this important department. Even more important, David’s dedication to supporting Kentucky’s signature industry promises a focus on relevant research with high impact,” said Nancy Cox, dean of the college.


Horohov has served as the interim chair of the Department of Veterinary Science and the interim director of the Gluck Equine Research Center since September 2014. A professor and Jes E. and Clementine M. Schlaikjer Endowed Chair, Horohov specializes in equine immunology research. He joined the Gluck Center in 2003. Previously, he was a professor of veterinary immunology within the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.


Horohov earned his bachelor’s degree in entomology from Penn State University, his master’s in insect pathology from Purdue University and his doctorate in immunology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He completed a post-doctorate in cytokine biology with the Food and Drug Administration.


“I am humbled and excited by this opportunity I have been given to be the chair of the Department of Veterinary Science and the director of the Gluck Equine Research Center. I truly believe that this program offers exceptional opportunities, and I hope to continue our successes and accomplishments during my tenure as chair. I greatly appreciate the support I have received from Dean Nancy Cox, the faculty and our stakeholders. I very much look forward to working with all of them, as we move this program forward,” Horohov said.


He will oversee the department’s three entities — the Animal Genetics Testing and Research Laboratory, the Gluck Equine Research Center and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.


The mission of the Department of Veterinary Science is to assure the health and viability of animal agriculture through teaching, discovery, research and service.


The mission of the Gluck Center, a UK Ag Equine program in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is scientific discovery, education and dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of the health and well-being of horses. The Gluck Center faculty conducts equine research in six targeted areas: genetics and genomics, infectious diseases and immunology, musculoskeletal science, parasitology, pharmacology/toxicology and reproductive health.


For more information on the Department of Veterinary Science, visit

UK Professor Part of International Team to Describe New Fossil Human Species

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 17:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2015) — In the fall of 2013, a recreational caver in the Rising Star cave system near Johannesburg, South Africa, happened upon the nearly complete fossil remains of as many as 15 individuals representing a new fossil human species – Homo naledi.  This new species shares many features with early members of the genus Homo, the genus to which modern humans (Homo sapiens) also belong.


For paleontologists who study the morphological evidence of human evolution, this new discovery afforded the rare opportunity to study a nearly complete set of fossils belonging to a previously unknown human ancestor. With more than 1,500 fossils — the largest find of its kind on the African continent — the discovery of H. naledi provides valuable new insights into the origins of and variation within the genus Homo.


In an effort to describe the fossils and disseminate the new information associated with this discovery, Lee Berger, the lead researcher at the University of Witwatersrand who heads the Rising Star Expedition, organized a global team of more than 30 paleontology experts tasked with studying the fossilized remains. Andrew Deane, a University of Kentucky associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology, was recruited to help describe the extensive sample of fossils associated with the hand and foot. Deane’s research uses 2-D and 3-D morphometric analyses to replicate how these early humans might have used their hands and feet to navigate and interact with their environments.    


Deane was specifically interested in the length, shape and curvature of the finger and toes bones, and what their anatomy suggested about whether H. naledi climbed trees to find food and seek protection. His observations were part of the formal description of H. naledi, which identifies the species as morphologically similar to the earliest members of the genus Homo. The University of the Witwatersrand, the National Geographic Society and the South African National Research Foundation announced the new species in two papers published in the online journal eLife on Sept. 10.


“The sheer volume of material recovered from the Rising Star cave representing this new species is remarkable,” Deane said of the excavation. “This is the largest fossil find of this kind, and all parts of the skeleton are represented in some form or fashion.  Even famous fossils like Lucy, an early human ancestor in the Australopithecus group, are not nearly as complete and well represented as this species.” 


Deane traveled to Johannesburg in May 2014 after receiving an invitation to participate in the Rising Star Expedition. A team of more than 30 international experts waded through the sizeable fossil sample for eight weeks in a united effort to describe the species. Deane, who specializes in reconstructing the paleobiology of fossil apes and early humans, used 3-D laser scanning technology to catalogue and describe the hundreds of H. naledi hand and foot bones recovered from Rising Star cave. 


At odds with romanticized version of paleontology seen in movies, Deane completed most of his research at the University of Witwatersrand using a computer equipped with a 3-D laser scanner to generate 3-D models of the H. naledi hand and foot bones. Special 3-D editing software enabled Deane to conduct detailed morphometric analyses of the hand and foot morphology. Using his knowledge of the hand and foot anatomy of living apes and modern humans, Deane was able to make inferences about how H. naledi would have used its hands and feet, and, more specifically, if H. naledi spent appreciable amounts of time climbing trees.

Deane found that the finger and toe bones were elongated and curved, which is consistent with the interpretation that H. naledi could have regularly climbed trees. The wrist bones, thumb and the parts of the foot, aside from the toes, were distinctly modern and similar to modern humans. Deane describes the juxtaposition of the primitive finger and toe anatomy with the more modern wrist and foot anatomy as “mosaic.”


“Mosaic evolution in the hominin lineage is the rule and not the exception,” Deane said. “The transition from an ape-like to a modern human skeleton does not happen uniformly, and this new species is no exception.”


Other skeletal structures described for H. naledi, like the pelvis, cranium and upper limb, were also found to preserve a combination of primitive and modern traits, although Deane said a specific pattern of modern parts and primitive parts seem to differentiate H. naledi.


“This demonstrates that the fossil record of our genus is a lot more complex and diverse than we once thought it was and that our evolutionary backstory has more morphological plot-twists and turns” Deane said.


Deane said this discovery will have significant implications for how scientists interpret the more recent evolutionary past of the human species.


“No matter how we slice it, this find means there are more species and there is more morphological variability in the fossil record of the genus Homo," Deane said.  This means that just like other animals, our evolution was a lot more like a bush with lots of branches.  Some of these branches lead to other branches, but some of them are dead ends. Finds like this provide valuable new clues to help answer questions about why some of these branches were successful and some were not and which branches might have lead to the origins of our own species.”


To read the full journal article, click here


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Engineering's Escobar Giving TEDx Talk on Sustainable Water Solutions

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 15:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2015) — Water scarcity affects every continent. Nearly 1 billion people in the developing world don't have access to it, according to The Water Project. How do we address this crisis? University of Kentucky chemical and materials engineering Professor Isabel Escobar thinks the solution lies in biologically inspired water treatments.


"This means trying to design artificial systems that have the same level of efficiency, and often elegance and simplicity, of biological systems," Escobar said.


Escobar will touch on the future of water treatment processes producing drinking water from lower quality sources, like seawater and wastewater, in her TEDx Toledo talk this Thursday, Sept. 17.


TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.


Escobar was invited to TEDx Toledo following her many media appearances in 2014 speaking on the Lake Erie water crisis. Last August toxic algae blooms disrupted the water supply of 400,000 people in Toledo and southeastern Michigan.


Speaking to Toledo's "leading thinkers and doers," Escobar will pull from her research to address an increasingly significant issue. Following the event, her talk, "Sustainable Water Treatment for the World using Biomimetics," will be posted online at under "Media."


Escobar joined University of Kentucky faculty this semester after nearly 15 years in various roles at the University of Toledo.  




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UPK Poet Jane Hicks Wins 2015 James Still Award

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 15:23
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2015) — Writer Jane Hicks has been named the recipient of the Appalachian Writers Association (AWA) 2015 James Still Award for Poetry for her book "Driving with the Dead: Poems," published by University Press of Kentucky (UPK).


The AWA's mission is to promote and recognize writing about the Appalachian region. The association works to celebrate writers who are living or have lived in the Appalachian region and those who have significant Appalachian connections through heritage or scholarship. The AWA currently gives out five awards each year: the Harriette Arnow Award for Short Story, the Wilma Dykeman Award for Essay, the James Still Award for Poetry, the Josefina Niggli Award for Playwriting and the Tom Jackson Award for Young Writers.


Set in Appalachia, the poems in "Driving with the Dead" explore both personal and cultural history, while speaking out against the forces that threaten both. Invoking personal memories, Hicks explores how the loss of physical landscape has also devastated the region's psychological landscape. Personal loss is evidenced in "Black Mountain Breakdown" and "A Poet's Work," both dedicated to three-year-old Jeremy Davidson, who was killed when a boulder from an illegal strip mine plunged more than 600 feet from the top of Black Mountain and crashed through the side of his family's home in Inman, Virginia


Hicks also celebrates the same personal and cultural history she sees under threat. "The Ryman Auditorium, 1965" describes the poet's reluctant conversion after being taken to a show of "droning banjos, chirpy mandolins, crying fiddles" when she would have preferred The Beatles. Throughout the collection, she offers readers poignant mediations on grief and death while also illustrating the beauty, grace and resilience of the Appalachian people.


Jane Hicks has previously won the AWA Award for Poetry in 2006 for her first collection, "Blood and Bone Remember: Poems from Appalachia."


"Driving with the Dead" is the seventh UPK book to win an AWA award, joining "From the Mountain, From the Valley: New and Collected Poems" by James Still, a winner of the poetry award. In addition, "Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers" by Joyce Dyer, "Songs of Life and Grace: A Memoir" by Linda Scott DeRosier, "My Appalachia : A Memoir" by Sidney Saylor Farr, "Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South" by T.R.C. Hutton and "Helen Matthews Lewis: Living Social Justice in Appalachia" by Helen Lewis all won the AWA's Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction.


UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that now includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. The editorial program of the press focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.



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