LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 14, 2014) — University of Kentucky's Ryan Winstead, an English and gender and women's studies junior, has been awarded an English-Speaking Union (ESU) Scholarship presented by the English-Speaking Union Kentucky Branch. The scholarship will cover Winstead's expenses for summer study at the University of Oxford.
The Kentucky Branch of the English-Speaking Union awards a limited number of scholarships to qualified Kentucky college students for courses offered at institutions in the United Kingdom. Scholarship awards include tuition, lodging and two meals daily for three-week courses at the institutions chosen by the scholarship winners. Scholarships also include one week’s lodging in London and a cash allowance.
ESU scholarships are awarded for studies in English literature, history and social sciences at Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh University for the summer of 2014. Scholarship winners, selected through an essay and interview process for the program, are expected to become articulate lifelong ambassadors for British/American cultural exchanges.
Winstead looks forward to pursuing studies in English literature while at Oxford. "The ESU will grant me invaluable insight into English literature that will be essential in my career path, as well as allow me to travel abroad."
The son of Denise and Russel Winstead, of Madisonville, Ky., Winstead is a 2011 Madisonville North Hopkins High School graduate. Besides pursuing majors in English and gender and women's studies, Winstead has also taken on undergraduate research working with Michael Trask, associate professor of English, social theory, and gender and women's studies, rhetorically analyzing the young adult LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) literature genre.
Winstead was attracted to his area of studies in his pursuit of finding a way to lend his voice in the fight for LGBT rights. "My experience as an LGBT individual growing up in a small Western Kentucky home prompted me to use my opportunity in college to explore and fight for rights for social outsiders. I believe writing is an especially effective way to accomplish this."
Outside of the classroom, the Gaines Fellow and former Chellgren Fellow is a member of UK's Speech and Debate Team and Phi Beta Kappa. Winstead also finds time to volunteer coaching local chess clubs and previously interned with the Lexington publication Ace Weekly.
Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Winstead plans to pursue a doctoral degree in English.
The ESU of the United States is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, educational service organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community. Headquartered in New York City, the organization implements programs through a network of 78 branches throughout the United States. The Kentucky branch of the ESU was chartered in 1923 by local business and civic leaders. Since 1960, more than 450 Kentucky teachers and college students have been awarded scholarships by the Kentucky branch of the ESU.
Students interested in applying for the ESU Award should contact Pat Whitlow, director of the UK Office of External Scholarships (OES). Part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, OES assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with OES well in advance of the scholarship deadline.
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Both Slone and Schladt have first-hand experience with the organ donation process. They will answer questions about this and related topics beginning 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, via the university's official Twitter account, @universityofky.
Those interested in following the conversation or participating in the chat can follow the university's official account or use the hashtag #AskACat for questions and responses from the Twitter chat.
Individuals interested in asking questions about the topics of organ donation, Donate Life Month or other related topics should send their questions to twitter.com/universityofky through 3 p.m. April 15, or to the UK Facebook page prior to 2 p.m., April 15. Responses to questions will be shared with the university's Twitter followers and those following the hashtag #AskACat.
UK's transplant program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and is one of only two transplant programs in the state of Kentucky. Founded in 1987, KODA is dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. KODA was formed to establish a statewide educational and procurement network. For more information on the organization or to learn how to become an organ donor, visit www.kyorgandonor.org.
UK will present its next #AskACat Twitter chat June 17.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2014) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. On today's program, Jennifer Rice, director of composition for Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies, and her doctoral student Craig Crowder discuss UK’s Spring Writing Gallery, a showcase for the best nonfiction writing at the university.
To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/uks-spring-writing-gallery.
"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 11, 2014) – Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine has been named one of 14 recipients of the 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Awards. The annual awards recognize a faculty member from every SEC university who demonstrates outstanding records of teaching, research and scholarship.
To be eligible for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, a professor must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor at an SEC university; have a record of extraordinary teaching; and a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally.
Since Ambati's arrival at UK in 2001, he has made significant contributions to the University as a teacher, physician-scientist, and researcher. His published studies appear in top-tier journals such as, Cell, Nature, and the New England Journal of Medicine. On a national and international level, Ambati and his team are perhaps most noted for groundbreaking discoveries and contributions to the body of knowledge related to Age Related Macular Degeneration.
Ambati's research has led to numerous coveted physician-scientist awards such as the Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Translational Research Clinical Scientist Award, the Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging, the Prix Soubrane de la Recherehe en Ophthalmalogie in Paris, France, for his contributions to research in age-related macular degeneration, and the Mark Brothers Award from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Additionally, he was recently inducted as a member of Club Jules Gonin, which is regarded as the most exclusive society of retina physicians and surgeons in the world.
“The 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners are some of our nation’s most accomplished instructors, researchers and scholars,” said Dr. Jay Gogue, President of Auburn University and President of the Southeastern Conference. “It is my great pleasure to preside over an intercollegiate athletics conference that not only recognizes their work, but strives to support it as well.”
SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners receive a $5,000 honorarium from the Southeastern Conference and become his or her university’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award. The SEC Professor of the Year, to be named later this month, receives an additional $15,000 honorarium and will be recognized at the SEC Spring Meetings in May and the SEC Symposium in September.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, “These 14 professors positively represent the breadth and depth of education in the Southeastern Conference, and I want to congratulate each of them. The commitment to their students, universities and communities is truly commendable.”
Selected by a committee of SEC Provosts, the SEC Faculty Achievement Awards and the SEC Professor of the Year Award are part of SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference, which sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its 14 member universities.
Below is a complete list of the 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipients.
- University of Alabama, Dr. George Rable, Charles Summersell Chair of Southern History
- University of Arkansas, Dr. Carol Reeves, Cecil and Gwendolyn Cupp Applied Professorship in Entrepreneurship
- Auburn University, Dr. Geoffrey Hill, Professor and Curator of Birds, Department of Biological Sciences
- University of Florida, Dr. Peter Hirschfeld, Professor of Physics
- University of Georgia, Dr. Gregory Robinson, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
- University of Kentucky, Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, Professor and Vice Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
- Louisiana State University, Dr. Mark Batzer, Dr. Mary Lou Applewhite Distinguished Professor
- University of Mississippi, Dr. John Hall, Arthur C. Guyton Professor and Chair of Physiology and Biophysics
- Mississippi State University, Dr. Hossein Toghiani, Thomas B. Nusz Endowed Professor of Chemical Engineering
- University of Missouri, Dr. Judy Wall, Curator’s Professor in Biochemistry
- University of South Carolina, Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider, University Professor of Mechanical Engineering
- University of Tennessee, Dr. Daniel Simberloff, Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2014) -- LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2014) -- Dr. Matthew Bush will tell you two things about himself--that he is Appalachian by birth and that he is fascinated with the anatomy and physiology of hearing. And his work clearly reflects both: As an otolaryngologist at the University of Kentucky, he focuses on rural health disparities of pediatric hearing loss, particularly in Appalachia.
Not only was Bush born in Appalachia (Charleston, WV), he also attended medical school in Appalachia at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. He completed his residency at UK in 2008, and following a research and clinical fellowship at The Ohio State University, returned to UK as a clinical faculty member in 2011.
In the course of his extensive training, Bush "fell in love" with hearing health care, ear surgery, and technologies like cochlear implants that offer revolutionary opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing to rejoin or enter the hearing world.
"The reward is in the treatment," he said. "We love to see lives improved."
It was during his fellowship at OSU that Bush began to develop research ideas related to disparities of hearing health care for rural populations. While he has a diverse research background, including bench research, interacting with patients influenced his research most profoundly.
"Really it was the clinic setting that informed and fueled my efforts and interests because the patients that we see have some tear-jerking stories," he said. "They didn't have access to services, or they were totally unaware that there were options to help their hearing impaired child. So they show up at the clinic very delayed, well past the optimal age for intervention, and the child has already lost a lot of language development potential. Seeing those kinds of heartbreaking situations touched me as a person, as a father, as a clinician, and as an Appalachian. "
Pediatric hearing loss is common, affecting about 1 in 1000 children. Bush says that the incidence is slightly higher in Kentucky, about 1.7 in 1000, although the elevated rate might be related to Kentucky's thorough and mature reporting system.
As Bush explains, hearing loss is really a public health problem with lifelong impacts for individuals, particularly children. Hearing is vitally important in speech, language, and cognitive development of children, and children with hearing loss are at risk for difficulty in socialization, lower self-esteem, and increased behavioral problems.
"It might not seem to be a life threatening problem, but it is very impacting when it comes to the quality of life," he said.
The good news is that hearing loss is most often treatable.
"Nearly all forms of hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids or cochlear implants," Bush said. "Almost every child can have an option for rehabilitation."
However, early diagnosis and intervention for pediatric hearing loss are critical. Current standards of care dictate that diagnosis should occur no later than three months of age, and treatment should be initiated no later than six months of age. Delayed care is associated with language, cognitive, educational, and social development deficits in children, and can affect potential job productivity, employability, and overall economic well-being into adulthood.
"If a child receives appropriate intervention in a timely manner, they can be very highly functioning and do the things that they want to do. They wont be limited by their condition," Bush said. "But timing is essential – the consequences of delaying care in the first few years of life are amplified dramatically. "
For rural residents, who constitute 20 percent of the national population and experience significant health disparities across the board, delays in pediatric hearing health care are unfortunately common. Children with hearing loss in rural areas are diagnosed later than children in urban areas and subsequently receive interventions like hearing aids and cochlear implants at a later age.
Bush finds this reality is concerning, unacceptable, and solvable. He is currently investigating causes and potential solutions for delayed hearing health care among rural residents. The reasons for delays, he says, are multifactorial but are most likely related to distance from health care facilities and lack of knowledge of pediatric hearing loss and the importance of timely care.
"There's a direct relationship between distance to a tertiary care center for treatment and the timing of accessing those resources," said Bush. "The patients who are farthest away tend to be the most delayed because there's a lack of services in those communities."
To reduce the impact of distance on timeliness of hearing health care, Bush is looking to telemedicine delivery of hearing diagnostic and therapeutic services. These services require the time of experienced clinicians using a “hands on” approach but can likely be delivered effectively and remotely with an appropriate telemedicine set-up.
"There has been little research about telemedicine to change long-term hearing outcomes in children and access to hearing health care," he said. "We'd like to investigate the role of telemedicine in rural regions of Kentucky to do diagnostic testing, patient counseling, and hearing loss rehabilitation with hearing aids and implants. These are services that have not been offered before in Appalachia."
Lack of parental knowledge about hearing loss and treatments and limited experience of rural health care providers in addressing pediatric hearing loss also contribute to the delayed hearing health care for rural children. According to Bush's recent research, about 14 percent of rural parents left the birthing hospital without knowing the result of the state-mandated hearing screening.
"There's an underlying issue of health literacy and knowledge of your child's condition, the importance of seeking treatment, and what the options are," said Bush. "A child may look completely normal and may be born to parents with no family history of hearing loss, yet may be profoundly hearing impaired."
He is currently working on a grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health to pilot a patient navigator program to assist parents in understanding the results of their child's hearing test results and the importance of early diagnostic testing and intervention. Patient navigator models have been successful in improving treatment and outcomes for other conditions, but haven't been employed and studied systematically with congenital hearing loss. The current patient navigator is a parent of cochlear implant recipient, so she has lived through the process and is dedicated to helping others access the care her daughter received.
"We hypothesize it will be cost effective and sustainable because it will involve a lay person with personal knowledge about hearing loss in children, and a passion to provide psychosocial and education support to other parents of hearing impaired children," he said.
Another barrier to hearing health care for rural patients is that primary care practices in rural settings might not have experience in navigating the diagnostic and treatment processes for pediatric hearing loss.
"This is not something that they're seeing on a daily basis, so provider knowledge about next steps and resources is limited," Bush said. "But this is something that can be improved."
To that end, Bush is working to develop solutions that reduce delays of rural children accessing the hearing health care they need. He and his colleagues have assessed primary care provider practices in rural communities and have developed online educational modules with follow-up community accountability that will be circulated to providers. Hopefully, targeted education to rural health care providers will increase their knowledge of the condition and the medical community accountability support will impact their long-term practice.
Much of Bush's current research is facilitated by the KL2 Scholars Program of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). The program provides multidisciplinary research mentorship, protected research time, and funding to support junior investigators in obtaining independent research awards. Like many physician-scientist-educators, Bush--who is also enrolled in the CCTS PhD program in clinical and translational science--understands the difficulty of managing competing demands.
"The KL2 program is a total game changer," he said. "It's very difficult in this day and age for clinicians to do research - to be able to balance productivity in the clinic and in the research realm while also being an educator."
The program is just one component of what Bush appreciates about working as clinician-researcher at UK.
"I just have to pinch myself to tell myself that I'm not dreaming," he said. "I'm so thankful to be here -- to have the opportunity to be where I love and do the work I love. My job is to help alleviate fears, provide knowledge, and use our expertise to provide the best care as timely as possible. It's a privilege and an honor to work in this field."
Even he will admit that there's much work left to be done to ensure timely access to hearing health care for all children, but he's hopeful about UK's capacity to affect change.
"The challenge of health care disparities is something that UK is poised to address as a national leader, with some brilliant researchers who are well-funded and very experienced in trying to address these problems," he said. "You have to start small and delineate and define what the problem is before you can determine the best fix."
Bush, who says that the first doctor he remembers seeing as a child was an ear, nose, and throat doctor, nevertheless has a clear vision for what he and his colleagues can accomplish.
"In an ideal world," he said, "we wouldn’t have socioeconomic, educational, or geographic barriers that would prevent a child from getting the hearing healthcare that they need. There would be a seamless transition from the birthing hospital to resources for hearing testing and treatment, whether face-to-face or via telemedicine. We'd like the quality of care and access to care to be the same for all children. That's really what our passion is."
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2014) − Sarah Martin, has been awarded the prestigious Mary McMillan Scholarship from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Martin, who is from Lexington, is a student in the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
“I'm thankful to the APTA for the Mary McMillan Scholarship,” Martin said. “I am so appreciative of the UK Physical Therapy program for nominating me for the award. It is an excellent program, and I’m excited to be able to represent the University as a student member of the APTA and as an award recipient.”
The Mary McMillan Scholarship Award recognizes students who exhibit superior scholastic ability and potential for future professional contribution. Awards are made on a competitive basis. Recipients are selected on the basis of the following criteria: superior scholastic performance, past productivity, evidence of potential contribution to physical therapy, and service to the APTA.
Martin received her doctorate degree in anatomy and neurobiology from UK in 2008 and entered the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in August 2011. She is expected to graduate with her DPT degree in August 2014 with honors. She received the UK College of Health Sciences Academic Excellence Scholarship this year, and she was selected for the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association All-Academic Team this year as well. She currently maintains a 3.9 GPA in her major.
“Sarah’s competence has been demonstrated consistently and with high quality in her lab practical examinations and in her clinical rotations,” said Anne L. Harrison, director of professional studies for the Division of Physical Therapy. “She excels in her understanding of the didactic material, as well as in being able to translate head to hands in the psychomotor domain.”
Martin is one of only five students nationally to receive this $5,000 scholarship. She will be recognized during the APTA’s NEXT Conference and Exposition, June 11 through 14 in Charlotte, N.C.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2014) — Hundreds of events around the nation in the coming days and weeks will mark the 27th annual National Student-Athlete Day, including activities sponsored by the University of Kentucky. Since the anniversary of the actual day fell on a Sunday (April 6) this year, UK will launch a series of events starting Monday, April 14 to mark the occasion.
A student-athlete appreciation table will be set up at the Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (CATS) on Monday, April 14. UK student-athletes will also be involved with several community service events at local schools during the month of April. A public service announcement featuring UK women’s basketball student-athlete Kastine Evans will air on WKYT during the entire month of April. And, UK student-athletes will be hosting a field day event for elementary school children who participate in Evans’ “Shooting at Success” after-school program sponsored by Lexington Urban Impact. The event will take place from 3:45–6: 30 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Joe Craft Center and will feature arts and crafts, game stations and athletic instruction in sports such as basketball and soccer.
National Student-Athlete Day honors student-athletes and the network of parents, coaches, teachers and school systems that make it possible for young people to strike a balance between academic and athletic achievement and who use sport as a vehicle for positive social change. The day, established by the National Consortium for Academics & Sports, is co-sponsored by the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations and Northeastern University's Center for Sport in Society.
President Obama has saluted those involved in National Student-Athlete Day activities. In an open letter acknowledging the day, he wrote, "A healthy balance between sports and academics is essential to ensuring that our students are prepared for the challenges of the future."
Bob Bradley, associate athletics director for student services at UK, said, "This is a wonderful and important tradition. It gives us a chance to show our appreciation and celebrate our student-athletes who work hard academically, athletically, and personally."
Bradley added, "It also gives us the opportunity to thank all of the people involved that make it possible for these students to balance academic and athletic pursuits, while also growing as contributors to their community and the larger society."
Governor Steve Beshear previously issued a proclamation recognizing National Student-Athlete Day in the state of Kentucky.
More information about National Student-Athlete Day is available at http://ncasports.org/programs/national-student-athlete-day/.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 14, 2014) − Dr. Thomas Young, a University of Kentucky College of Medicine professor of pediatrics, had dreams from a young age of emulating Albert Schweitzer, an early 1900s medical missionary.
Thanks to a group comprised of UK employees and students and Lexington-area medical professionals, Young is closer to those dreams, while making life better for kids with disabilities in India.
In 2002, Young started Shoulder to Shoulder Global (STSG), which sent UK faculty and students to a clinic in Ecuador. Now, the organization is expanding its reach into Mayasandra, a rural Indian village.
Young and UK pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Mike Anstead were instrumental in establishing a Mayasandra clinic that is dedicated to kids with disabilities. The clinic, which the STSG group hopes to travel to annually after its first exploratory trip there in 2009, is staffed year-round, even when the Lexington professionals aren’t there.
Thirteen medical professionals and students traveled to Mayasandra during spring break as part of a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating Indian children with special healthcare needs. Physical therapists, special educators, a speech and language therapist and pediatric residents were all involved this year.
A “local champion” is necessary for these types of projects, Young said, and the STSG group found that person in Dr. M.N. Subramanya, a retired surgeon originally from Mayasandra, whose son-in-law, Dr. Harohalli Shashidhar, used to be a UK physician. Among help from Young, Anstead, Subramanya and Shashidhar, along with other STSG donations, the Mayasandra clinic was able to establish itself and purchase a van used to provide transportation to the clinic for children from 16 surrounding villages.
Although kids with disabilities were not the Mayasandra project’s original focus, Young realized during the 2009 exploratory trip, where his group saw 500 children, that the village had unfulfilled needs.
“After we saw all those kids, we all noticed the same thing,” Young said. “We saw all these kids with disabilities getting no service. I didn’t envision all this when I first started. You learn and make mistakes, and try to get better next time.”
Now, a multidisciplinary approach is being taken into Mayasandra. The Lexington community can pull from a variety of professions, and bring those talents to the village.
That approach, which allows physical therapists to work with special educators or speech therapists with medical school students in unprecedented ways, allows for an educational component for students, too.
“You’re never going to be operating on an island,” said UK medical student Justin Penticuff, who traveled to Mayasandra this year. “You’re always going to need to work with the whole team.”
Working with an entire interdisciplinary team is one part of the equation; getting real-world experience in an environment very different from what they’re used to is something else students can take away from the STSG program in India.
“We have to be able to come up with ideas for people who don’t have access to specialty things,” said Erin Sieberkrob, a UK physical therapy student on the trip. “It’s our job as healthcare providers to accommodate them and give them ideas of what they can do. That’s something important we learned just being in India.”
The program still has room to grow. Those involved want to build a new clinic in Mayasandra, which would require about $75,000. They want to hire a certified teacher at the clinic year-round. And building vocational programs at the clinic to help teach kids necessary skills is also a dream of STSG’s.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2014) — University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author Timothy K. Nenninger has been awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service from the United States Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. The award given to the editor of the UPK book “The Way of Duty, Honor, Country: The Memoir of Charles Pelot Summerall" was presented April 5, at The Society for Military History’s annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo.
The Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service was established Nov. 26, 1954, and is the second highest career award that is presented by the Department of Defense to a civilian employee. It is awarded to employees for exceptional devotion to duty and for contributions to the operation of the department. The award recognizes Nenninger’s contributions at the National Archives over three decades in assisting numerous government and academic historians in researching and writing military history that influenced and guided the professional education and decision making of Department of Defense civilian and military leaders at all levels.
“The Way of Duty, Honor, Country" chronicles the life and service of Charles Pelot Summerall. After graduating from West Point in 1892, Summerall launched a distinguished military career, fighting Filipino insurgents in 1899 and Boxers in China in 1900. His remarkable service included brigade, division and corps commands in World War I; duty as chief of staff of the U.S. Army from 1926 to 1930; and presidency of The Citadel for 20 years, where he was instrumental in establishing the school’s national reputation.
Summerall left behind a detailed manuscript of his life which Nenninger edited and annotated, adding comprehensively researched footnotes and creating an accessible biography that provides a valuable resource for anyone interested in the life of a celebrated soldier who witnessed profound technological, military and social advances.
Nenninger is chief of the Textual Records reference staff at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. His previous works include “The Leavenworth Schools and the Old Army: Education, Professionalism, and the Officer Corps of the US Army, 1881–1918” and “Soldiers and Civilians: The US Army and the American People.”
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. Led by Director Stephen Wrinn, its editorial program 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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MANRRS stands for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.
The UK chapter was named National Chapter of the Year at the Birmingham, Ala. event for the second consecutive year. This is the first time a school has received back-to-back chapter of the year recognitions. This recognition is based on a written report and an oral presentation focusing on membership, leadership development, promotion of the national society, community service, and activities and events conducted. The UK chapter also won the Region 3 Chapter of the Year for the third consecutive year.
“We received this honor over 75 chapters in 38 states,” said Quentin Tyler, UK assistant dean and director of the college’s Office of Diversity. “This award is a direct reflection of the commitment to the development of our students in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the total support provided by our administration, faculty and staff, 4-H agents, and groups such as the Ag and HES Alumni Association and Farm Credit Mid-America. Moving forward, students are aware that they can attend our college and receive the support they need to reach their goals and dreams.”
In addition to the Chapter of the Year recognitions, Tyler was elected as the National MANRRS president-elect, a three-year term beginning in May.
Tyler said, of the 57 UKAg representatives attending the national conference, 36 were college students and 14 were Jr. MANRRS students. The rest included the academic coordinator in Agricultural Economics, the director of program and staff development for the college, one representative from the Department of Forestry, and four Cooperative Extension agents.
Other honors include:
• Marcus Tyler Jr. -- Jr. MANRRS National John Deere Scholarship recipient; MANRRS Undergraduate Essay 2nd Place
• Stephanie Cabrea -- Jefferson County 4-H Jr. MANRRS, third place public speaking. Her 4-H agents are Chanda Hall and Ashley Holt.
• Anna Stacia Haley -- Christian County 4H Jr. MANRRS, first place impromptu speaking and first place public speaking. Her 4-H agent is Antomia Farrell.
• Susanna Croney -- Christian County 4-H Jr. MANRRS, second place public speaking. Farrell is her 4-H agent as well.
• Spencer Tribble – agricultural economics graduate student, one of three students in the country awarded a John Deere MANRRS Internship.
Several students were nominated and elected to the following national officer positions for 2014-2015:
• Tribble -- Graduate Region 5 vice president
• Kelly Moore -- Undergraduate Region 2 vice president, Community and Leadership Development junior.
• Jessi Ghezi -- Graduate Region 6 vice president, doctoral candidate in Plant and Soil Sciences.
• Marquel Lett -- Undergraduate president, Environmental Sciences junior
Video by UK REVEAL Research Media. LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2014) — Last week, the University of Kentucky hosted the largest-ever National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), an event that brings students and their mentors from across the country to present their research and creative endeavors. This was the largest NCUR in the conference's 28-year history. The event featured poster, oral and performing arts presentations in a variety of topics, from film studies and music, to biology and engineering. The conference not only allowed students to present their work, but to develop their communication and presentation skills while meeting other like-minded students. A career gallery, graduate and professional school fair, art gallery, open houses, plenary speakers, concerts and excursions were also provided for the students.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2014) — UK’s top undergraduate and graduate student entrepreneurs will compete for a share of $100,000 against 25 teams from across the state at Idea State U, April 11-12 at the Lexington Convention Center.
“The Idea State U business plan competition demonstrates the tremendous amount of entrepreneurial talent we have all across Kentucky,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “Many of the innovation-based student ventures will go on to form real companies that contribute real jobs to help our economy grow.” The Cabinet for Economic Development sponsors Idea State U to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship on the college level.
Students from eight Kentucky public universities, the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, and the University of Pikeville will deliver elevator pitches and make formal presentations to a panel of judges who will also provide valuable feedback and advice.
The following teams who were recent winners at the UK Venture Challenge student entrepreneur competition will represent UK at Idea State U.
Shouter – computer science seniors Josiah Hanna, Charlie Effinger and Craig Schmidt. Undergraduate business plan for a mobile application connecting users to the people and events around them while maintaining user privacy and security.
Reinforcer – Bryan Wright, architecture junior.
Undergraduate business concept to increase a home’s tolerance to withstand potentially damaging winds using an affordable internal structural system design.
MosquitoTech – MBA candidates Alex Blasingame, Justin Johnson and Rob Arnold.
Graduate business plan for an environmentally responsible product to control and eliminate the Asian tiger mosquito using UK researcher and medical and veterinary entomology Professor Stephen Dobson’s patented technology.
Arymza Technologies – Satrio Husodo, molecular and cellular biochemistry Ph.D. candidate; and MBA candidates Erica Clark and Miguel Doughlin.
Graduate business concept targets the $15 billion starch market using new enzyme technology developed by UK molecular and cellular biochemistry researchers Matthew Gentry and Craig Vander Kooi that makes it easier to process starch.
Twenty-three UK undergraduate and graduate students participated in the third annual UK Venture Challenge Saturday March 1. The winners shared $3,000 in scholarship prizes from sponsors including the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership, comprised of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Commerce Lexington, and UK; the Gatton College of Business and Economics; and the College of Communication and Information.
UK Venture Challenge is organized by iNET, the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking hosted by the College of Communication and Information, with the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship / Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, and the Big Blue Starters student entrepreneur organization.
For a schedule of events and additional information, visit www.IdeaStateU.com.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2014) -- Krishna Vyas has been named associate editor of The SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research, Second Edition, a 3-volume reference of emerging concepts in stem cell developmental biology, research, and therapy, and ethics.
Authored by international experts and scholars, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research, Second Edition references emerging concepts in stem cell developmental biology, research, and therapy, in addition to the ethics, religion, politics and challenges of the field. The reference series is scheduled to be published in print and electronic editions in 2015.
A fourth year medical student at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Vyas of Forest Hills, Ky., earned a master's degree from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2010 and a bachelor's degree in biology, summa cum laude, from the University of Kentucky in 2009.
"Krishna has a bright future ahead of him, and this appointment is a reflection of that," said Dr. Peter Sawaya, UK professor of medicine and a passionate advocate for student research.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2014) -- A multidisciplinary group of scientists from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky have identified an interesting connection between the health of the brain tissue that supports cognitive functioning and the presence of dementia in adults with Down syndrome.
Published in the Neurobiology of Aging, the study, which focused on detecting changes in the white matter connections of the brain, offers tantalizing potential for the identification of biomarkers connected to the development of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.
"We used magnetic resonance imaging to compare the health of the brain’s white matter and how strongly it connects different parts of the brain," explains Elizabeth Head, the study's senior author. "The results indicate a compelling progression of deterioration in the integrity of white matter in the brains of our study participants commensurate with their cognitive health."
Research team member David Powell compared the brain scans of three groups of volunteers: persons with Down syndrome but no dementia, persons with Down syndrome and dementia, and a healthy control group.
Using MRI technologies, brain scans of subjects with Down syndrome showed some compromise in the tissues of brain's frontal lobe compared to those from the control group. When people with Down syndrome and dementia were compared to people with Down syndrome without dementia, those same white matter connections were even less healthy.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the study was the correlation between the cognitive abilities of participants with Down Syndrome and the integrity of their white matter– those who had higher motor skill coordination and better learning and memory ability had healthier frontal white matter connections.
Persons with Down syndrome are at an extremely high risk for developing Alzheimer's disease after the age of 40. The team hopes their work might eventually lead to the identification of biomarkers for the development of Alzheimer's disease in people with Down syndrome and, potentially, extend that to the general population as well.
Head cautions that these results are to some extent exploratory due to the small cohort of 30 participants. But, she says, "If we are able to identify people who, based on biomarkers, have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, we might be able to intervene at an earlier point to retard the progression of the disease."
The Neurobiology of Aging is a peer-reviewed journal with a primary emphasis on mechanisms of nervous system changes with age or diseases associated with age.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2014) — In a world premiere of "Musica Casera," University of Kentucky Assistant Professor of Guitar Dieter Hennings will join the critically acclaimed UK Percussion Ensemble, directed by James Campbell, to perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
"Musica Casera," from composer Baljinder Sekhon, highlights the similarities between guitar and percussion.
Hennings, known for his recent engagements that include concerts with pop singer Natalie Merchant and baroque violinist Monica Huggett, will explore the timbral boundaries of guitar through the use of harmonics, bowed percussion, pitch bending, natural resonance, percussive striking and fast strumming passages in his performance.
The concert also features new work from student composer Connor Shafran, a music education, music performance and German freshman from Richmond, Ky. "This is Nimitta," inspired by the “hypnagogic state," explores the experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep. Shafran's new work will feature a new instrument he designed, the Zungefon. His research into the design for this new percussion instrument landed him an invitation to present his work at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), hosted by UK earlier this month.
UK music performance senior Kelsey Moorhouse from Buford, Ga., will be the featured soloist on Askell Masson’s "Konzertstück," a concerto for a snare drum and percussion ensemble. This work features an interaction between a stabbing rhythmic motive (which spans over various meters changes) and an immutable musical tone row.
The Kentucky premiere of Alejandro Vinao’s "Water," for five percussionists and piano, will also be featured in the program. Vinao’s music is known for its complex rhythmic groove and bouncing octatonic melodies. This marks one of the first public performances of "Water" in its entirety.
Under the direction of James Campbell, the UK Percussion Ensemble has won the prestigious Percussive Arts Society Collegiate Percussion Ensemble Contest four times. The ensemble has performed at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, the Bands of America Percussion Ensemble Festival, and alongside international guest artists such as Robin Engelman, Glenn Kotche, Steve Houghton, John Bergamo, Michael Burritt, Bob Becker, William Cahn, Michael Spiro, Chalo Eduardo, Ney Rosauro, Liam Teague, Dick Schory, Anders Åstrand, Richie Garcia, Dave Samuels, Danny Gottlieb, Glenn Velez, Emil Richards, Joe Porcaro, Jerry Steinholtz, David Johnson, Rich Holly, Dean Gronemeier, Fred Sanford, Thomas Burritt, John Parks, J.B. Smith, N. Scott Robinson, Andy Harnsberger, and many others.
For more information on the UK Percussion Ensemble concert, contact James Campbell, director of percussion studies at UK School of Music, at 859-257-8187.
The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has achieved awards and national and international recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as for music education, composition, theory and music history.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2014) — On Thursday, March 27, the Louisville Education and Employment Partnership (LEEP), a nationally recognized high school dropout prevention program, held the 26th Annual Business Breakfast to celebrate 26 years of helping students overcome obstacles to graduate from high school. At the breakfast, business and community partners were recognized for their efforts in helping students graduate and prepare for college. Emmett "Buzz" Burnam with UK's Office of Admission was recognized as the 2014 Community Partner for his outstanding professionalism in recruiting students to the University of Kentucky.
“Mr. Buzz serves as a resource and contact for LEEP college and career planners as they plan their annual visits to campus for the “Come See Blue for Yourself” program. He is an advocate for students coming through the LEEP program and makes extra effort to connect those high school students with UK mentors and students,” said Anna Hays Taul, University of Kentucky Assistant Director of Admissions for Jefferson County.
LEEP is a collaborative effort among the Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville Metro Government, Metro United Way, and KentuckianaWorks. Often the students involved face more challenges than their peers. The program provides support through career planning and mentoring. Its mission is to raise retention rates and ease the transition from high school to their next career move whether it be post-secondary education, the military or the workforce.
"Each fall, our career planners look forward to an invitation from Buzz to bring interested seniors to the University of Kentucky for the Come See Blue Preview Day," said Linda Witt, director of LEEP. "Prior to their arrival, Buzz contacts former LEEP students at the university to create a welcoming atmosphere. After the campus visit, he stays in contact with career planners along with reaching out directly to the students. The LEEP program is proud to have Buzz as a partner in helping students achieve their goals and become successful.”
Burnam has a long history with the university of Kentucky. He was one of the first African-American football players at UK during his undergraduate years and went on to earn a master's degree from UK in educational psychology and counseling. He has been involved in recruiting efforts since he was named director of the Opportunity Program in 1978. Burnam is well known in Lexington and in the Louisville area for his years of recruiting work and commitment to students.
"After the breakfast, he was the most popular man in the room — hugging and greeting all of the counselors and friends he has in Louisville," Taul said. "Not only was it outstanding recognition for the University of Kentucky at a premier education event in Louisville, it was wonderful to see Mr. Buzz’s great work recognized. The designation of ‘Community Partner Award Winner’ could not be more fitting."
Burnam’s efforts can be seen across campus and the state. He has had a tremendous impact on the quality and diversity of students at UK. Those who work with him attest to his commitment to students and passion for UK, but Burnam credits many others in the success of recruitment efforts.
“This award represents a recognition of the commitment that the University of Kentucky has for the recruitment, retention, and graduation of diversity students at UK. The Community Partner Award demonstrates the priority and sincere desire that President Capilouto, Don Witt, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, and our dynamic staff of undergraduate recruiters places on introducing diversity students in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to the vast array of educational, scholarship, summer and education abroad, retention and on-campus programs that are available to them at the University of Kentucky,” Burnam said.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2014) — Seventy-five years ago a group of 12 students presented the very first modern dance recital in the original Guignol Theatre at the University of Kentucky. Since then, countless students have benefitted from the program, now known as UK Dance Ensemble.
Dance Ensemble students have choreographed their own dances and made their own costumes since 1939. They come from multiple colleges within the university, majors and levels of skill. Today, the students audition, practice and present their hard work in semiannual concerts that pack the auditorium. It all began with the gumption of a vivacious curly-haired blonde woman named Mary King Montgomery Kouns — the dance group's originator and first director.
Kouns enrolled at UK to study music. She was involved in a variety of campus activities, entered and won multiple beauty pageants and spent the summers of her undergraduate years working for Lexington’s Parks and Recreation Department. She was also president of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, in 1933. Kouns taught various classes throughout her graduate and undergraduate years under the Department of Physical Education including tap, tumbling and archery.
While she was working on her thesis, Kouns spent the summers of 1936 and 1937 in New York City studying under Hanya Holm, a major pioneer of American modern dance. Kouns came back to Lexington inspired. She completed her graduate work in 1938 and founded the UK Women’s Athletics Association Modern Dance Group that same year. The group hosted their first concert on May 11, 1939.
Kouns met her soon-to-be husband in June of 1939. Charlie Kouns was a dental student at UK but soon after they were married in 1940, he was called into service for WWII. The couple traveled together throughout the war. In 1945 they returned to Lexington and Kouns resumed her role as director of WAA Modern Dance Group.
The program grew under Kouns' direction until she moved to New Mexico with her husband and young daughter in 1950. WAA Modern Dance Group later became a dance fraternity known as Tau Sigma of Orchesis until the 1970s when faculty changed the group name to Dance Ensemble.
Mary King Kouns Montgomery’s daughter returned to UK in the 1990s to find the program her mother started still very active on campus. She established the Mary King Montgomery Kouns Choreography Award, which is awarded to a talented student choreographer each semester and the MKMK Founder’s Award, which is awarded to a student at the spring concert who has provided exceptional service to Dance Ensemble.
Since its origin, Dance Ensemble has launched the careers of many dancers and has even inspired some to open their own dance studios. It has brought students together and enriched campus life. Mary King Montgomery Kouns’ legacy and love for dance lives on through the University of Kentucky Dance Ensemble.
Dance Ensemble celebrates its 75th year at the upcoming spring concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 for students or $15 for the public and can be purchased in person at the SCFA Ticket Office located in the main lobby of the Singletary Center or online by visiting http://finearts.uky.edu/singletary-center. For additional information about UKDE or to donate please contact Rayma Beal, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2014) — University of Kentucky graduate researcher Sarah Martin received the honor of being one of only 20 students from across the country — and the only one from Kentucky — selected to attend the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's Hill Day 2014 in Washington D.C.
ASBMB's Hill Day is an annual event that provides an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs from across the nation to come to the nation's capitol to meet with members of Congress and advocate on behalf of the biomedical research enterprise.
Students are selected for Hill Day through a process based on their application and interest in research. This event encourages young researchers to become involved in science advocacy and continue to promote the importance of research in the future — the invited students are selected based on their passion for communicating about their own research science, their previous experience interacting with elected officials and policy advocates, and a demonstrated interest in working towards an improved funding climate for scientists.
Martin's research focuses on understanding why some prostate cancer patients become resistant to chemotherapy and how it may be possible to target that resistance with new treatments.
During Hill Day, she met with Kentucky officials, including Rep. Andy Barr and the offices of Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul. She also met with political officials from around the country, including those of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Al Franken, Sen. Roy Blunt, and Sen. Jerry Moran, as well as the representatives from offices of Rep. Kevin Yoger, Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver, and Rep. Lacy Clay.
Martin, who attended UK for both her undergraduate and master’s degrees, credits the University for her success at the event and the many opportunities she’s received to conduct and advocate her research. She is looking to complete her doctorate in biochemistry in May 2015 and hopes to receive a Science Policy Fellowship in Washington D.C. following graduation.
"ASBMB’s Hill Day was a wonderful experience, and I’m now trying to identify ways I can advocate for science in the future," Martin said. "I hope to make an impact by speaking out, writing letters and emails to my congressional representatives, and working within our own state to ensure that UK receives the essential funding we require to continue to make important strides forward in our research and to take full advantage of every NIH and NSF dollar we receive."
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Design's Department of Historic Preservation is now offering graduate certificates. Students have a choice of four areas of concentration: preservation and design; preservation and economic development; preservation and planning; and rural preservation. The graduate certificates require completion of 12 credit hours.
The historic preservation graduate certificates can be earned concurrently with a master's degree in another field. The additional certification in a focused field of study can give architecture and interiors graduates an advantage in the competitive job market, as well as those studying history, anthropology, engineering, archeology and landscape architecture.
"Knowledge of the values and legal framework that drives preservation decisions is useful to numerous professions in today's world," said Allison Carll-White, chair of the Department of Historic Preservation. "Students will be exposed to preservation principles, tools and techniques that will allow them to apply their base knowledge within a historic context."
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2014) − Chlodys Johnstone, a University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies student, has been invited to present at the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) 2014 Forum.
Johnstone, UKPAS Class of 2014, will present at the forum, which will be held in Boston in late May. She is one of only a handful of physician assistant students across the nation whose academic projects were selected for presentation. Her work titled, "Provider Plan of Care Practices for the Obese Patient in the Primary Care Setting,” was selected for poster presentation at this year’s national AAPA forum, which is held annually and is considered one of two seminal conferences for the physician assistant profession.
"I am excited not only to have the opportunity to present my research, but also to have the experience of going to the national AAPA conference," Johnstone said.
Kevin M. Schuer, who is an assistant professor for UK’s PA program, has been Johnstone’s faculty advisor on the project. Schuer said he has been impressed with her since her arrival as a new PA student in 2011.
“Chlodys has been a very high achieving student since day one," Schuer said. "Her work ethic, dedication and commitment to excellence on a daily basis are inspiring to both her peers, as well as to our faculty. We are very proud of her accomplishments and are equally thrilled that Chlodys is being recognized nationally for her work. She is a wonderful ambassador of our program and profession.”
Johnstone’s work analyzed primary care clinician’s plan of care and documentation of weight loss interventions for obese patients. Her examination reviewed whether or not providers who see obese patients utilize validated and evidence-based weight management interventions developed by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Her study findings will help primary care providers understand what is currently being done to help patients manage weight loss, as well as identify areas of provider plan of care improvement.
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