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UK Dining Adjusts Operating Hours During Spring Break

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:26


Spring Break has arrived! Although many students will be leaving Lexington for the week, some are sticking around campus. To accommodate students, faculty and staff who will be on campus throughout the week, UK Dining has adjusted hours of operation at all campus dining locations. For more information and to view the altered hours visit

UK Honors Outstanding Advisors With Freedman Award

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2015) — University of Kentucky's Denise Brazzell and Mike Farrell received the 20th annual Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Awards at a luncheon held March 13.


Ken Freedman, the award's namesake, was one of the founders of the UK Advising Network in 1986 and served as a professional advisor at UK until his death in 2001. Each year, the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award is presented by the UK Advising Network to one full-time professional advisor and one faculty advisor for outstanding service.


Brazzell was selected as the 2015 professional advisor winner and Farrell was selected as the faculty advisor winner from fields of 61 and 38 candidates, respectively. In addition to the award, each advisor is presented a $500 professional development voucher from the UK Division of Undergraduate Education to be used for attending a national or regional advising conference.


“We were so impressed with the number of nominations we received from all over campus. To read about the impact our advisors are having on the undergraduate experience at UK reaffirms that academic advising is integral to fulfilling the teaching and learning mission of higher education,” said Matthew Deffendall, chair of the Freedman Award selection committee and director of First Generation Initiatives.


Brazzell, director of student services at UK College of Engineering - Paducah Campus was described by one of her nominators as "the mother hen" of the campus who "knows her job, backwards and forwards," and by another as "going beyond the bounds of her job description."


Brazzell’s award was presented by David Silverstein, associate professor at UK College of Engineering.


“I am so humbled to be standing up here with such wonderful people,” said Brazzell. “I want to tell you first and foremost that I don’t do this by myself.” She credits her husband, son and family for helping her every step of the way.


Farrell is an assistant professor in UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications, and received his master's and doctoral degrees from that same program. Farrell was described by one nominator as "an incredible friend and advocate for students," and by another as "a holistic advisor [who] goes far beyond prospective advising, as he also mentors his students."


Farrell’s award was presented by Beth Barnes, director of UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications.


“I’m passionate about teaching,” said Farrell, “but most of all I’m passionate about my students. They are our future.”


Runners up for the professional award were Jennifer Ellis, Jason Horger and Amy Luchsinger. Runners up for the faculty award were Roberta Dwyer and Lorraine Garkovich.


As Freedman Award recipients, Brazzell and Farrell will be nominated by UK for the Region 3 Excellence in Advising Award and the National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advising Award.


The UK Advising Network is part of the Office of Student Success in the Division of Undergraduate Education. For more information, contact Susan Herrick, chair of the UK Advising Network, at



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Five Benefits of Consulting with a PA for Primary Care

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 16:49

This column first appeared in the March 15 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader. 


By Virginia Valentin and Hannah Anderson


LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2015) -- When finding a home base for health care, patients are no longer considering a single doctor in their community. In today's primary care setting, multiple professionals work together as a team. A diversity of professionals exist within the health care industry to accommodate the various needs of patients and ensure the health care process is fluid and functional.


An integral member of the modern health care team, physician assistants (PAs) are trained to work hands-on with patients, often serving as an extension of the primary care doctor by providing primary care services to patients. PAs are licensed medical professionals who can perform an array of services including clinical examinations, diagnostic services, test result interpretations, counseling on preventive care, advising a treatment plan and more. In a primary care setting, PAs often take on specific roles, including preventive medicine and acute crisis management.


The thought of consulting with someone besides a medical doctor causes trepidation for some traditional patients. Before insisting on an MD, consider these five benefits to seeing a PA as a primary care provider:


A PA's training mirrors that of the medical profession. Introduced as a career for medics returning from war in the 1960s, the PA profession was designed to complement the role of the physician. PA students receive nearly three years of medical training and complete more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations in areas including family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, pediatrics and more.


PAs always have the ear of the doctor. As the doctor's right-hand men and women, PAs are closely tied to the doctor in primary care. Doctors trust PAs to carry out procedures, consultations and examinations on their own, but are available to the PA when complex medical questions arise.


PAs are trained to consider the whole patient, utilizing the skills of individual members of a team. PAs can help advise patients about lifestyle decisions and preventive care.


PAs take time to communicate with the patient.  While every health care professional is pressed for time, the PA's schedule often allows for more time to ask questions and discuss health care matters.


Approval ratings are high for the PA profession. Studies show patient satisfaction increases when a PA is available within the practice setting.


If you are interested in locating a PA as a primary care provider in Kentucky, visit To learn more about the PA profession, visit the American Academy of Physician Assistants.


Virgina Valentin, MCMS, PA-C, is an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences and immediate past president of the Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants. Hannah Anderson is a PA student developing a website resource for patients seeking out PAs in their Kentucky communities.



Register for Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 16:33

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting registrations for the 2015 Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars. Students are encouraged to present, perform, or demonstrate their faculty-mentored scholarly work from across all disciplines.  


Students are also encouraged to nominate their faculty mentor for the Mentor Award.


Students may submit an abstract of their work and request a poster print at The deadline for submission is April 1. 


The Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars will take place 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 in the Ballrooms of the UK Student Center. The event is open to the UK community and public. 

Doctoral Candidate Wins Award for Paper on UK Prison Exchange Course

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 15:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2015) — Molly Malany Sayre, a doctoral candidate in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, has been awarded the 2015 Teaching Social Problems Paper Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP).


Sayre, of Cincinnati, Ohio, received the award for her paper focusing on an Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program course at UK, which comprises UK students, or "outside" students, and incarcerated individuals in the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington, or "inside" students.


Sayre was a teaching assistant for Professor Michelle Staton-Tindall's Fall 2014 class. Offered by the College of Social Work, the UK course examined the use and abuse of substances and their relationship to crime through the analysis of sociological and clinical social work theories.


In her paper, Sayre explores the implications of the Inside-Out course for outside students’ reification and recognition of people who are incarcerated, and by extension, members of groups that typically receive social work services.


The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program was developed in 1997 at Temple University and founded on the premise that incarcerated individuals and college students had a significant amount to learn from each other when studying together as peers in the same environment. The program is currently successfully operating in more than 300 prison institutions and college/university programs worldwide.


Sayre will receive a cash award of $100, a certificate of recognition, a one year membership to SSSP, and will present her paper at the 2015 SSSP Annual Meeting in August.  




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Portion of Woodland Avenue to Close March 13-22

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 23:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015) — Starting at 7 p.m. today, Friday, March 13, through the afternoon of Sunday, March 22, a portion of Woodland Avenue will be closed due to the installation of a sanitary sewer line for The 90, an 80,000-square-foot facility that will open in Fall 2015 and house new dining facilities as well as multiple student support and academic enhancement areas.


During this time, Woodland Avenue from Hilltop Avenue to Columbia Avenue will be closed. Signage will be in place clearly indicating the detours.


Hilltop Avenue from the W.T. Young Library Visitor Lot to the Rose Street Garage will remain open to local traffic only; both parking areas will remain accessible at all times.


The section of Woodland Avenue from Columbia Avenue to Euclid Avenue will remain open.


For more information on the project, visit  


The CATS Break Route, which is scheduled to run Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, will be impacted by the road closures. Parking and Transportation Services will announce details of the revised route on


Anyone who normally travels in the vicinity should allow extra travel time. Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to use caution as they navigate the area. Signage will indicate detours and sidewalk closures.


The project is expected to conclude by Sunday, March 22, but the work is weather-dependent and timetables are subject to change.

Descendent of UK Founder is Guest on WUKY's 'UK Perspectives'

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 18:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  On today's program Godell interviews a descendent of UK founder John Bryan Bowman -- his great, great, great, great granddaughter is a freshman at UK.


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


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

UK Pediatric Palliative Care Provider Chosen to Lead AAHPM Group

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 17:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015) — UK Health Care pediatrician Dr. Lindsay B. Ragsdale was recently elected as chair of the Pediatric Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine (AAHPM).


Ragsdale is the associate director of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), which serves families of seriously ill children at Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH). PACT focuses on improving quality of life, communicating health information to families and managing pain for patients in many sections of the hospital. In addition, Ragsdale serves as a pediatric hospitalist at KCH and assistant professor of pediatrics.


A member of the AAHPM for three years, Ragsdale assumes a leadership role in the national association as a relatively young practitioner. In this role, she hopes to facilitate the continued growth pediatric palliative care services within the medical profession.


"We are seeing a change of tide in leadership, and I feel very humbled," Ragsdale said.  "I hope our generation can help take on this task of making pediatric palliative care more available."


Ragsdale acquired her medical degree in 2006 at the University of Kentucky and afterward completed a pediatric residency at UK. She completed a fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia before returning to UK HealthCare in 2013. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and also board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


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UK Hosts 100 International Fulbright Students For Global Health Seminar

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 14:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015)  The University of Kentucky International Center hosted 100 Fulbright students from 55 different countries for the 2015 Fulbright Global Health Innovations Seminar from February 25 to March 1.


As one of the Fulbright Program’s enrichment activities, the seminar supported the Fulbright Program’s overall mission – “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” said Lana Muck, deputy director of the U.S. Department of State.


Fulbright students, who study public health and related areas in the U.S., attended a variety of events during the seminar. Muck said this seminar helped Fulbright students get a better understanding of American culture.


“Through this enrichment seminar, Fulbright students developed a better understanding of contemporary U.S. life and culture, as well as policy formulation and important global public health issues,” Muck said.


Thomas Mohren, a student from the Netherlands, who is pursuing a Master of Science degree on insect flight at the University of Washington in Seattle, said the seminar was about networking and learning about different cultures.


“The most interesting thing for me was meeting with people from all over the world,” Mohren said. “Not just talking about global health related issues, but also how life is in other countries.”


Rama Dhenni, a student from Indonesia, who studies immunology at the University of Cincinnati, said participating in this seminar was a beneficial experience.


“I learned a lot about the problems of global health, and how we can be involved to solve those problems,” Dhenni said.


Muck said UK was selected among a wide range of colleges and universities across the nation. She said UK did a good job hosting the event.


“The Fulbright Program invited a diverse group of colleges and universities to submit proposals to host the Global Health Innovations seminar. In selecting our seminar host sites, we look for the most comprehensive and innovative proposals,” Muck said. “The University of Kentucky did a good job reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of global health and drawing on faculty and students across the university’s many colleges.”


The Seminar is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.



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UK Engineering Senior Helps Design a Future for Ugandan Students

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:49

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015) — "Despite how challenging of a major or career it is, it's worth it to me because I know it's going to make other people's lives better," said Jonathan Kellogg, a senior at the University of Kentucky.


The path he chose: civil engineering, which affects everyone, every day (think about the pavement you drive on, the water you drink, the air you breathe).  


It's true — civil engineers are responsible for shaping the society around them and have made modern lifestyles possible, and are still working to improve conditions for others around the world. Kellogg, not yet graduated, has already begun to channel his skills and education into advancing the lives of others. 


He journeyed to the Ugandan cities of Kampala and Jinja in the fall of 2014, where he spent the semester not only gaining hands-on experience as a soon-to-be engineer, but also devoting himself to a greater mission: laying the groundwork for the Amazima Academy, eventually educating hundreds of Ugandan students.


"To be able to work and knowing that all the hours I was spending in AutoCAD, our software for drafting the design work, knowing that those designs would one day be built and that eight to 900 children — who would not otherwise have had an education — would be able to have that. It's a tremendous privilege," Kellogg said.


A large-scale project ($6-$7 million), the Amazima Christian boarding school will provide education to secondary students, focused on problem solving, creative thinking and the entrepreneurial skills necessary for students to better themselves and their families after graduation. Still in its early stages of development, the organization has utilized volunteers from abroad to design plans for the campus.


Kellogg, who views civil engineering as a public service, completed his trip through Engineering Ministries International, a nonprofit Christian development organization comprising architects, engineers and design professionals who donate their skills to help children and families around the world. Still enrolled as a full-time student and earning credit for his work in Uganda, Kellogg also received scholarships from the UK College of Engineering that helped fund his trip.


Although it was an opportunity that no doubt offered unique professional experiences to Kellogg, he personally viewed it more as a mission trip, following in his grandparents footsteps who served as missionaries in Kenya. "My faith was the main motivator," he said.


But his education and experience also helped him succeed in a variety of tasks — some that may seem to have little impact in the U.S., but are significant improvements in the East African country. Kellogg drafted the site utility plan and electrical and plumbing plans, created a water distribution model, and designed the wastewater treatment system, among other responsibilities.


"The wastewater was a unique situation because there was no municipal city wastewater line to tap into. So all of that has to be treated on site and that was a big responsibility for me towards the end," Kellogg said. "It was probably the most intense part of the project…figuring out how to treat all of this wastewater for 800 students, plus however many faculty."


Not only was the scope of the project intense, but so too was the impact. Without the system, contaminated water and soil could cause illnesses ranging from viral gastroenteritis to cholera. According to World Health Organization data, 2 million annual deaths are attributable to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. As organizations around the world continue their efforts to reduce that number, the plans Kellogg worked on are especially important for the success of the school. 


"As a school and as a country, as they develop, there needs to be a change in the mindset of people…structures and roads need to support clean water and an effective wastewater system," Kellogg said.  


But Kellogg realizes the change has to be a realistic improvement for it to be lasting. Take, for example, his plans for pit latrines, instead of western plumbing systems.


"These children, you know, they don't grow up with toilets and luxuries of the Western world, so for them, actually, this is a huge step up. We have the capabilities, the funds, engineering expertise to create very Western accommodations for them, but that isn’t the mission of the school.


"They don't want to just take these kids from a third-world country and kind of box them into this very Western living style, then try to educate them and then reinstate them back into the community where they would feel almost alien to," he said.


Instead, the goal of the project is to come alongside the local community, joining them in the process of development. And that's just what Kellogg did, contributing more than just his engineering expertise.


He also personally served those in need around the community. On Saturdays, he ventured into neighborhoods where he and others would reach out to orphans — feeding them, teaching scripture and playing games with them. 


After returning to the U.S., Kellogg realized how beneficial it is to study engineering here, having more expertise to bring to the table when working in developing nations. Every country has a different climate, soil types and engineering problems, but that fundamental base of engineering education is essential, he said.


The civil engineering senior is also pursuing a master's in business administration at UK after he graduates, but his goal isn't necessarily to become a CEO or to revamp an entire third-world nation; he says it is to simply live his life "with excellence and to serve wherever I am, however I can."




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UK College of Engineering Hosting Biomedical Research Day

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015) – Exhibiting the convergence of medicine, biology and engineering to deliver health care solutions, and as part of the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) 10th Annual Spring Conference, the UK College of Engineering will host its Biomedical Research Day Wednesday, March 25, at the Lexington Convention Center.


"Biomedical engineering is an important and growing research area for our college," said John Walz, dean of the College of Engineering. "Each of our departments has faculty working on biomedical-related problems, so it is also highly interdisciplinary."


"The CCTS Spring Conference offers a great opportunity to showcase the College of Engineering biomedical research activities," said David Puleo, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. "The college has a history of collaboration, dating back to the 1950s, in which engineering principles are directed at problems in human health. These activities ultimately led to establishment of the Center for Biomedical Engineering (the forerunner to the department) 30 years ago this summer. We appreciate this occasion for the student, postdoctoral, and faculty investigators from the college to present their ongoing research projects." 


The event will feature Peter Ma, the Richard H Kingery Endowed Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan, as the keynote speaker. Ma, a professor in the departments of biologic and materials sciences, biomedical engineering, and materials science and engineering, will deliver his lecture, "Engineering 3D Microenvironments for Regeneration,” at 1:30 p.m.


Ma is a worldwide expert in the design and testing of multiscaled biomimetic materials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. Named one of the Top 100 materials scientists in the world (2000-2010) by Thomson Reuters in 2011, Ma is an inventor of 28 U.S. patents and patent applications, has published more than 200 articles and has received numerous awards.


In his presentation, Ma will describe biomaterials engineering strategies for creating niches in which cells are directed to differentiate and generate functional tissues. 


Following Ma's lecture, three biomedical engineering experts from the UK College of Engineering will present their research from 2:30-3:30 p.m.


Brad Berron, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, will present, “Selective Cellular Encapsulation for High Purity Cell Populations.” Berron will describe an entirely new approach to cellular sorting based on the selective deposition of a protective coating on a cell and the destruction of all unprotected cells.


Guoqiang Yu, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, will present, “Near-infrared Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy and Tomography of Deep Tissue

Hemodynamics and Metabolism.” Yu will review the development history of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), NIR diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS), and the combination of NIRS and DCS, and recent applications in animals and humans.


Todd Hastings, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will present, "An Optical Intraocular Pressure Monitoring System for Improved Glaucoma Management.” Elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) is a primary cause, risk factor and treated parameter for glaucoma. However, infrequent IOP measurements in an ophthalmologist’s office remain insufficient to fully manage the disease. Hastings will present an implantable optical IOP sensor that enables long-term monitoring while reducing size, complexity and risk compared to electronic sensors currently under development. 


A poster session, including the student poster competition, will follow the research presentations from 3:30-5:30 p.m.


For more information about the CCTS 10th Annual Spring Conference, visit




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Upcoming Faculty Workshops for International Fulbright Program

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2015)  The University of Kentucky ranks highly for the number of faculty conducting groundbreaking work on the international stage through the Fulbright Program. In the past three years, more than 20 UK faculty members have been awarded Fulbright Scholar grants.


Gary Garrison, who operates Global Fellowship Advising and Resources, advised many of the successful Fulbright recipients. Garrison was employed for 33 years at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, administering Fulbright Scholar Programs for the Middle East/North Africa and South/Central Asia.  


“The University of Kentucky often ranks in the top 10 among research institutions for the number of faculty Fulbright recipients,” said Beth Barnes, interim assistant provost for internationalization. “Our hope is that these workshops will continue to build off of this great work and provide our faculty with more opportunities with the prestigious Fulbright Program.”


To help continue this success, Garrison will return in March to conduct workshops and to meet privately with interested applicants.  His workshops will take place on the following dates:


Monday, March 23, in the W. T. Young Library, Alumni Gallery

9:30-10:30 a.m., Workshop

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Individual consultations

1-2 p.m., Workshop

2-5 p.m., Individual consultations


Tuesday, March 24, in the Plant Sciences Building

10-11 a.m., Workshop (Cameron Williams Auditorium)

12:30-3 p.m., Individual consultations (Room 460)


Garrison will discuss the Core Fulbright Scholar program and the Fulbright Specialist Program.


The Core Fulbright Scholar program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The 2015-16 competition opened Feb. 1 and closes Aug. 1.


The Fulbright Specialist Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter grant lengths give Specialists greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional goals. There is a rolling deadline for these competitions.


Alan Fryar, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, was recently awarded a Fulbright for his research in Fez, Morocco.


“The Fulbright workshop I attended was really worthwhile,” said Fryar. “I gained insight into how the review panels work and personalized guidance about the organization and content of my application.”


To schedule an appointment, please contact:




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UK Dining Offers Faculty and Staff Appreciation Meal

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 09:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015) — University of Kentucky Dining is extending its gratitude toward the university's faculty and staff. In recognition for all that faculty and staff do throughout campus, UK Dining is offering a discounted meal at Blazer and Commons. Today, Friday, March 13, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy lunch for only $3 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in UK's all-you-can-eat restaurants.  


Blazer Café is located on north campus on South Martin Luther King Boulevard in Blazer Hall; Commons Market is located in the Kirwan/Blanding Complex on south campus. The all-you-can-eat restaurants feature numerous interactive and dynamic food stations that offer a variety of choices, such as omelets, grilled options, pizza, pasta, deli selections, desserts, a salad bar and more.  Each station has its own theme and offers a mix of traditional foods as well as leading-edge selections.


UK Dining offers faculty and staff the opportunity to save money through a variety of meal options and access to all of the restaurants and convenience stores on campus.


The three plans include:


·    The 20 Block Plan, which includes 20 all-you-care-to-eat meals at Blazer Café and Commons Market for $110, at approximately $5.50 per meal. Any extra meals roll over to the next semester and do not expire. This plan offers the most amount of food for the money.


·    The 10 Block Plan, which includes 10 all-you-care-to-eat meals at Blazer Café and Commons Market for $110 (approximately $6 per meal) and $50 flex. The meals and flex dollars for faculty/staff do not expire and will roll over.


·    The All Flex Dollars Plan, which includes $200 flex for $170. Flex can be used at all campus cafés, restaurants and convenience stores.


Meals on the 20- and 10- block plans may also be used for Wildcat Deals at select restaurants. At select restaurants, faculty and staff can also receive an additional $1 off food purchases of $5 or more with a faculty/staff ID (excludes combos, national brands and convenience stores).      


UK Dining is committed to providing the UK community a broad selection of great tasting, healthy food and beverages. Menus are created by experienced chefs who have a passion for food. Kentucky Proud products are also used throughout campus to provide wholesome, locally grown food.


Visit the UK Dining website to learn more about faculty and staff meal plans.




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Report on Women's Economic Status Reveals Earnings Are Worse or Unchanged

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 17:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 12, 2015) — A report released today by the Institute for Women's Policy Research reveals that in nearly half of all U.S. states, women's economic status has either worsened or remained unchanged in the last decade. Kentucky ranks in the bottom third. 


If progress continues at the current rate, the average gap between U.S. women's and men's wages will not close until 2058 — but will take about 15 years longer in Kentucky.


"The Status of Women in the States: 2015 Employment and Earnings" used data from U.S. government and other sources to measure working women's economic status in each state, including the District of Columbia (which ranks as the best place for women's employment and earnings). TK Logan, professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Behavioral Science and the Center on Drug & Alcohol Research, serves on the national advisory committee of the project.


"The Institute for Women’s Policy Research is working on reports on the status of women in several areas including political participation, social and economic autonomy, health and well-being, work-family balance, and violence and safety," said Logan. "The Employment and Earnings report is the first in the data series to be released. States were ranked based on performance in four areas including median annual earning for women who work full time, gender earnings ratio for full-time workers, women’s labor force participation, and the percent of employed women who work in managerial or professional occupations."


The report also notes discrepancies among women of different ages, races/ethnicities, and educational levels. Women over 65 make just 72.5 cents for every dollar a man makes (compared with 78 cents overall for women) and Hispanic women's median annual income earnings are the lowest at $28,000 (compared to $38,000 for women overall). At all but one educational level, women earn the same or less than men who have lower educational attainment. For example, a woman with a bachelor's degree has the same annual earnings as a man with only an associate's degree. Women in southern states, including Kentucky, are worse off than women in other states. Six of the bottom 10 states for women's employment and earnings are in the south.


Logan pointed out that while women still make less than men, there have been some improvements, especially for women ages 16-35.


"Some states have begun to tackle this issue with passing statutes to address the gender wage gap," said Logan. "When women earn more, it is good for children, families, communities and businesses."


The Institute for Women's Policy Research has published reports on women's earning statuses since 1996 that have been used to highlight women's progress and the obstacles they continue to face. The reports aim to educate the public on such issues, and encourage policy and programmatic changes to improve opportunities for women. 


To view the full report, visit




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Gaines Fellowship Awarded to 12 UK Scholars

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 16:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 12, 2015)   The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has chosen 12 outstanding undergraduates as new scholars for the university's Gaines Fellowship Program for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years. Gaines Fellowships are given in recognition of outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, an interest in public issues and a desire to enhance understanding of the human condition through the humanities.


Gaines Fellowships are awarded for the tenure of a student's junior and senior years, or for the last two years of a five-year program; students in all disciplines and with any intended profession are given equal consideration.


UK's 12 new Gaines Fellows are:

All Gaines Fellows are required to take a specially designed, four-credit hour per semester seminar in the humanities during both semesters of their junior year. In addition, each junior fellow must complete a jury project, planning and optionally carrying out an improvement for a local community. In the senior year, each fellow must complete a major independent study project of six to 15 credit hours. At the conclusion of this project, a thesis paper must be submitted and defended in front of a thesis committee of three university faculty members and the director of the Gaines Center.


In addition to the course requirements, Gaines Fellows enjoy a rich program of field trips, lectures, and other activities designed to widen and deepen their educational experience.


The students chosen as Gaines Fellows are excited for the incredible experience the fellowship will bring them. "To say that I am elated concerning my selection as a Gaines Fellow would be an understatement," Hannah Latta said. "I feel incredibly blessed to be given this opportunity to be immersed in the humanities and to connect to the Gaines Fellowship in the Humanities. I knew the program would allow me to realize this aspiration."


Founded in 1984 by a generous gift from John and Joan Gaines, the Gaines Center for the Humanities functions as a laboratory for imaginative and innovative education on UK's campus. Part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the center is devoted to cultivating an appreciation of the humanities in its students and faculty. The center embraces varied paths of knowledge and particularly strives to integrate creative work with traditional academic learning.



UK Analytics and Technologies Renews Contract With IT Research Firm

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 13:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 12, 2015) — University of Kentucky Analytics and Technologies (UKAT) has renewed the university's contract with Gartner, Inc., which provides technology research to help make informed decisions on key information technology (IT) initiatives.


In addition to research, Gartner's products and services include contract review, IT key metric data, and peer networking on topics such as change management, project management and security. 


UK students, faculty and staff can benefit from exploring the research information offered as UKAT system engineers Steve Stanley and John Walker recently completed a new interface to the Gartner website, which provides easy access using a link blue username and password. The website introduces best practice methods, cloud migrations and higher education perspectives on topics from eLearning to networking.


With 60,000 clients, Gartner, producing thousands of pages of research every year. The company employs over 900 expert analysts to provide information based on vendor briefings, consultants, as well as professional advice on how to make a company thrive in any industry. 

Slaymaker Translates Hideo's New Book on Words Without Borders

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 17:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) — Excerpts from Doug Slaymaker’s translation of Furukawa Hideo’s latest book “Horses, Horses, in the Innocence of Light” will be published on the online journal Words Without Borders today and Thursday.


The publication is in commemoration of the 3.11 earthquake/tsunami/meltdown disasters four years ago today. The book is the account of how one man, one nation endured an unbearable tragedy. Written in reverse chronology, it begins exactly one month after the magnitude 9 underwater earthquake spawned deadly tsunamis and a nuclear power plant meltdown. It is the distillation of a witness’s narrative of a disaster that killed nearly 16,000, moved the main island of Japan eight feet eastward, and shifted the Earth on its axis as much as 10 inches.


Words Without Borders’ introduction praises Slaymaker’s work: “The translation tries to preserve the herky-jerky, unprocessed feel, the overwhelmed and overwhelming emotional space created by the narrative. The excerpt preserves the convoluted flows of time, the intertwined story lines, the kinship with magical realism.” 


Slaymaker is a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences Japan Studies program.

Hideo wrote the screenplay for the documentary “True Songs” which will be shown with free admission at 7 p.m. today at the Kentucky Theatre on Main Street, downtown Lexington. The film is a record of song, oral narrative and spoken word performances staged in the years since the March 11, 2011, disaster. The film provides not only a documentary of the performance’s history, but a record of the performance itself and a record of life in post-3.11 Japan.


Slaymaker supplied the subtitles for the film and described it as “a compelling rendition of a powerful stage piece performed by some of contemporary Japan’s most important voices. It is also a remix of one of the most loved of Japanese tales, Miyazawa’s ‘Milky Way Railroad.’”

College of Public Health to Host Occupational Safety Meeting

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 16:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) — The Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center, housed at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, will host the fourth annual meeting of the Southeastern States Occupational Network (SouthON) on April 16-17 at the Hilton in downtown Lexington. 


The event features presentations from occupational injury and illness experts from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in addition to other worker groups and organizations within the southeast region.


Discussions during the meeting will address topics such as worker safety interventions, occupational fatality surveillance, Ebola and emergency responder health monitoring, heat-related illnesses and more. There is no registration fee for the two-day meeting. Excursions are also planned before and after the event for those who wish to participate at their own cost.


For more information and online registration, visit SouthON 2015 Registration. Please call (859) 323-6836 with any questions.



CNP Answers Employers' Call for Academic and Practical Experiences

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 16:54
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) — Undergraduate student preparedness has long been a topic of concern among higher education institutions and remains at the forefront of University of Kentucky’s agenda. UK strives to graduate students with the skills needed to successfully enter their field of work. and efforts are continually made to improve levels of preparedness.


Two recent studies by the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU) found disconnects between what employers want and the skills recent graduates can provide. For example, the CLA found that 40 percent of graduating seniors lacked key critical thinking and analytical skills — skills highly valued by potential employers. The AACU found 91 percent of employers believe that for career success, a student’s ability to think critically, to communicate clearly, and to solve complex problems were more important than his or her major. 


Research and conversations such as this drove the University of Kentucky to develop the Social Enterprise & Innovation/Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Certificate Program, a non-academic professional certificate that complements all UK majors and minors, providing students with a curriculum designed to better meet these gaps employers and educators have identified. With a balance between academic experience and practical experience, the CNP program directly supports employers’ call for students who work hard on their major, engage in outside-of-the-classroom activities including multiple internships, and take on leadership roles as the best prepared individuals.


CNP is a three-semester program (open to second semester freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) that includes course work (UK 300: Foundations of Social Enterprise & Innovation), participation in a series of workshops led by academics and community leaders, attendance at the Alliance Management Institute national conference, a capstone project, and 300 internship hours with a nonprofit organization.


In just its first semester, CNP has offered the first cohort a wealth of experiences. In preparation for interviewing with local nonprofits in order to begin their 300 internship hours, students participated in a Professional Development/Interviewing Workshop Jan. 25. This workshop welcomed a large number of nonprofit community leaders representing organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Red Cross, 4Kids, Jubilee Jobs, Dress for Success, kNowMore Nonprofits, Kentucky Refugee Ministry, and many others. From this workshop, many CNP students have now accepted internship positions within these organizations.


Today, CNP students will attend the Starting a Nonprofit workshop featuring guest speaker Barb Ellerbrook (from the nonprofit SCORE), along with representatives from Refuge for Women, Community Inspired Solutions, Parent and Family Learning Center, and Youth Golfers Outreach Program as panel participants.


At 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 in room B-24 of the William T. Young Library, CNP will invite the campus community to attend "Barred for Life: A Conversation on Mass Incarceration," featuring speakers from Mission Behind Bars & Beyond, a former prison inmate, and a UK faculty member.


Visit for complete details on all CNP events. 


Beyond the leadership and professional experiences, students who complete the program earn professional credentials through certificate-granting national organization Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. With its combination of classroom work, workshops, and substantial internship experiences, CNP has joined the efforts to create better prepared students and engage in the conversation about what it takes to achieve student success.


For further details about CNP and to apply for the Fall 2015 semester, visit

UK HealthCare to Hold Nurse Recruitment Open House

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 15:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) – Providing exceptional care to patients and families is one of the things the nurses at UK HealthCare do best. To ensure the tradition of excellence, UK HealthCare will hold a nurse recruitment open house for experienced nurses, advanced practice nurses, and recent and upcoming nursing graduates.


Respiratory Therapy and Rehab Services will also be on hand to recruit interested respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistant and occupational therapist assistant candidates. The open house will take place from 5 - 9 p.m. March 12 at UK Chandler Hospital on the ground floor of Pavilion A.


Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with patient care managers and service directors, physicians and staff nurses at UK HealthCare, including UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital, Eastern State Hospital and UK affiliates from Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center. Nurse Recruiters will be available to answer questions about employment opportunities.


"UK HealthCare is excited to host this upcoming event as we showcase all the great opportunities that await the ideal candidate; along with displaying on-going excellence in evidence-based practice by nurses throughout the enterprise," said Shayne Stratton, UK HealthCare manager, nurse recruitment. "Nurses at UK HealthCare continue to provide excellence ‘to every patient, every time’."


Refreshments will be provided as well as tours of UK's patient care facility and a key opportunity to hear from UK HealthCare Chief Nurse Executive Colleen Swartz. Parking will be available in the hospital parking garage located at 110 Transcript Ave. Parking tickets will be validated at registration.


To RSVP for nursing, visit or for more information, go to


To RSVP for RT and Rehab, visit


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