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Teen Volunteers Give Back and Learn About Health Care

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 15:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2016) – Some teens spend summer vacation doing advanced placement homework while others play video games or find summer jobs. Three students from Henry Clay High School are spending their summer volunteering with UK HealthCare through the Teen Volunteer Program.

 

Lauren Spivey, Emily Spivey and Reagan Smith each spend several hours a week giving back and providing support and smiles to those receiving treatment at Albert B. Chandler Hospital. This is the second year sisters Emily and Lauren Spivey will spend participating in the volunteer program. After their mother told them about the opportunity, they decided to participate because they enjoy helping people. Smith, also a second-year volunteer, decided to participate again for “the chance to give back while gaining medical experience.”

 

The Spivey sisters and Smith have a variety of responsibilities that rotate throughout their time of service. For example, after patients are out of surgery and in the recovery area, Lauren Spivey escorts their families to visit them from the waiting area. Although she enjoys the task, her favorite area  is the Pavilion A gift shop.

 

While Emily Spivey also enjoys working in the gift shop, her favorite task is delivering mail and flowers to patients throughout UK HealthCare. She prefers this task because she “likes seeing patients happy and enjoying visitors and the flowers make them smile.” Smith appreciates the variety in his responsibilities, delivering toys to the patients at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, providing direction to guests and assisting radiology and imaging. Emily Spivey and Smith envision working as health care providers in their future and consider volunteering an opportunity to learn about different specialties. Lauren would like to work in marketing; she likes learning how the hospital and health care providers engage with the community.

 

The Teen Volunteer Program has been part of UK HealthCare for more than 50 years and on average there are about 60 volunteers each summer. After applying and interviewing for the program, the selected teens attend an orientation to learn more about their volunteer roles, take a tour of the hospital and hear about a variety of health care career opportunities. After meeting all necessary requirements, volunteers receive a certificate of completion for their summer of service.

 

To learn more about volunteering with UK HealthCare click here.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Olivia McCoy, olivia.mccoy1@uky.edu, (859) 257-1076

 

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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Mullins and Gonsalves Discuss Oral Health on KET

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2016) – As part of KET's "Inside Oral Health Care" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Drs. Raynor Mullins, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry emeritus faculty, and Wanda Gonsalves, vice chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kentucky, were interviewed on KET’s “One to One with Bill Goodman” show.

 

Goodman spoke with Mullins and Gonsalves regarding coordinating oral health and primary medical behavioral health care. This coordination is important, as a person’s oral health is crucial to their overall wellness.

 

During the interview, Mullins shared, “It’s clear to me that oral health has many consequences that are not readily recognized by our public officials or in healthcare policy and finance.”

 

This lack of knowledge about oral health leads to significant hidden costs for Medicaid and Medicare as well as private insurance companies, according to Mullins.

 

If primary care providers, dentists and dental hygienists can begin to work together, Mullins and Gonsalves contend those costs can be reduced and oral health improved.

 

The segment is available and can be viewed online here. It will also air again on KET2 and KETKY on the following dates and times:

  • KET2: June 22, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. ET
  • KET2 June 22, 2016 at 7:29 p.m. ET
  • KET2: June 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. ET
  • KETKY: June 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. ET
  • KETKY: June 26, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. ET

DENTISTRY CONTACT: Ann Jarvis, ann.jarvis@uky.edu, (859) 323-6526

MEDIA CONTACT: Olivia McCoy, olivia.mccoy1@uky.edu, (859) 257-1076

 

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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

Valerie Perry Named Special Libraries Association Fellow

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 09:51

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2016) Valerie Perry, director of Branch Libraries and head of the Agricultural Information Center at University of Kentucky Libraries, has been named a Special Libraries Association (SLA) Fellow. The SLA Fellowship recognizes mid-career information professionals for their past, present and future service to the association and the profession. No more than five SLA members may be selected for the fellowship each year. 

 

SLA Fellows are called upon and expected to advise the association's board of directors and alert the membership to issues and trends warranting action. Individuals receiving the honor may use the title “Fellow of the Special Libraries Association.” Perry's SLA Fellowship was conferred last week during the 2016 SLA Annual Conference, held June 12-14, in Philadelphia.

 

Soon after joining SLA in 1998, Perry took on leadership roles in the Kentucky chapter, serving as secretary, archivist, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, and subsequently as president in 2012. She has been treasurer of the Science-Technology Division and business manager of Sci-Tech News and has also served in numerous leadership roles in the Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition Division, including chair for two consecutive terms (2009 and 2010) and conference program planning chair.

 

At the association level, Perry is currently a member of the SLA Nominating Committee. She has also served on the SLA Board of Directors as past division cabinet chair (2014) and on the Member Preferences Task Force, the Volunteer Experience Task Force, and the Online Content Advisory Council.

 

As much as her colleagues admire her extensive knowledge of agricultural and biological sciences, Perry is equally revered for her outgoing personality and eagerness to help and teach others. She has been honored several times for her many contributions to SLA and the information profession. The Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition Division gave her its Distinguished Member Award in 2007, and the Kentucky chapter of SLA honored her with the Kentucky Chapter Professional Award (2007) and the Larry Besant Professional Award (2014).

 

The SLA is a nonprofit international organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves information professionals in more than 60 countries and in a range of working environments, including business, academia and government agencies. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

PTS Powers Permit Holders with Free Jump-Start Service

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 14:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 21, 2016)  After a successful pilot year, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS)  is extending its trial of free jump-starts into an established service and integrating this into the motorist assistance program.

 

From July 15, 2015, to April 30, 2016, PTS received 141 motorist assistance calls — an average of 14 calls per month.

  

"The PTS team is committed to being accountable and innovative — consistently looking to discover ways to provide the best possible support services to the university and its students, faculty, staff, visitors, patients and fans," said Eric Monday, UK executive vice president for finance and administration.

 

If your car battery dies on campus and you need a jump-start, call 859-257-5757 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or call the university’s towing contractor, Bluegrass Towing, at 859-231-0197 after hours and throughout the weekend; these numbers are also listed on the back of each UK parking permit for easy reference.

 

PTS reserves the right to refuse free battery jump-start service due to excessive use of this service by a single permit holder or to visitors parked in violation. Requesting individuals are responsible for any advance service required due to vehicles being unable to start through typical jump-start procedures or situations where batteries fail to hold adequate charge.

 

PTS, in partnership with Bluegrass Towing, offers the following discounted motorist assistance services to all valid UK parking permit holders

  • Vehicle tow
  • Flat tire change (using owner supplied spare tire)
  • Off-campus battery jump-start
  • Vehicle lock
  • Out of fuel (standard rate + cost of fuel)

These services are offered 24 hours a day, anywhere within Fayette County. Cost for each of these services is $49 within New Circle Road and $49 + $3 per mile outside of New Circle Road unless otherwise noted below.

 

To be eligible for the UK discount, Bluegrass Towing will record your permit number prior to providing the service. For your convenience, tow truck drivers accept cash, check or credit card at the scene.

 

For more information about the PTS discounted motorist assistance program, visit www.uky.edu/pts/help-and-resources_motorist-assistance.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

Katie Terrell Named Winner of 2016 Paul Kevin Burberry Award

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 21, 2016)  University of Kentucky student Katie Terrell has been named the 2016 Paul Kevin Burberry Award winner by the UK Human Development Institute (HDI).

 

Terrell is an educational specialist student in the UK College of Education and a research assistant at HDI. She has completed the Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities and presented her research on mentoring partnerships for college students with disabilities at the 2015 American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities conference in Louisville, Kentucky. She is also the HDI trainee liaison to the Association of University Centers on Disabilities for 2015-2016.

 

The Burberry Award is named in memory of the Berea, Kentucky, native who pioneered a trail in the public school system as the first student with significant physical disabilities, due to cerebral palsy, to complete Berea Community High School. Kevin Burberry graduated with highest honors and went on to attend Berea College and UK, where he majored in philosophy. He was an exemplary student and self-advocate, and worked on an HDI project that created training modules in developmental disabilities for medical school students and other allied health student professionals that are still used today. Burberry’s life was cut short prior to his anticipated graduation, and he was awarded his UK degree posthumously, with highest honors, in May 2004.

 

The Burberry Award is HDI’s highest student honor and is given to a student involved with HDI who has exemplified in his or her life the leadership, advocacy and commitment to persons with disabilities and their families that Burberry demonstrated in his own life.

 

“Katie has always gone above and beyond … She has personally mentored no fewer than six students with developmental disabilities, facilitating their successful completion of postsecondary courses,” said co-nominator Barry Whaley. 

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

"see blue." #selfie: Julia Palomino

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:20

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 21, 2016)  Want to get to know the people behind some of the biggest student leadership positions on campus? We did, too! That's why we've introduced "see blue." #selfie  a series on UKNow that lets student leaders from across campus tell us a little bit more about themselves and their organizations. Up this week, a 2016 "see blue." U Orientation leader, Julia Palomino.

 

Palomino, an upcoming sophomore from Washington, is majoring in English and integrated strategic communication with a minor in Spanish. This summer, Palomino has been chosen to help introduce countless of future Wildcats, parents and guests to the University of Kentucky during "see blue." U Orientations! Get to know this UK-lovin' "see blue." U Orientation leader in her "see blue." #selfie!  

 

UKNow: What is your major and what year are you?

Julia Palomino: I just finished my freshman year, so I'll be a sophomore in the fall. I'm majoring in English and integrated strategic communication and I'm a Spanish minor. I always say I like to read, write and talk to people! I'm on the pre-law track, but I'm interested in public relations too.

 

UK: Where are you from?

JP: So, my dad is in the Air Force so I have lived a lot of places. I was born in Chicago; we lived in England; Oklahoma; two cities in Texas; Montgomery, Alabama; Nebraska; and most recently Tacoma, Washington. So, Washington is where I say I'm from. My family is actually moving to D.C. this summer. I've lived on the East coast, West coast and everything in between.

 

UK: What made you decide to come to UK?

JP: I was offered a scholarship, I'm on a Patterson Scholarship so that put UK on my radar! I wanted to live in a state I had never lived in before and I really wanted to pick a place to be mine since we had moved so many times growing up. My state and my school. I really like UK's campus. Our buildings are so historical but fresh! It’s a good feeling. Everyone is friendly and really genuine.

 

UK: How did you become a "see blue." U Orientation leader and how many leaders are there this summer?

JP: I'm actually a tour guide at the Visitor Center. I was a Wildcat Ambassador my first semester and tour guide my second. When my boss sent an e-mail for orientation leaders, I was deciding what to do for the summer. So, when I heard about the dates of orientation I thought it would be great! I heard from people at the Visitor Center how great the orientation job was! I love being a Visitor Center employee, so I applied, got an interview and got a job! There are 24 of us. 

 

UK: As a "see blue." U Orientation leader, what is the biggest take-away you want students to have?

JP: Even though UK is a big school, it quickly begins to feel small once you get here. I want them to not be afraid of what they are going to experience, and I want them to be excited! I want them to come back excited for those challenges and new things. They really should try new things, get involved and get out there. I want them to take-away the need to do that without being fearful!

 

UK: What are you most looking forward to during "see blue." U?

JP: I am really excited to lead UKonnect meetings. We also have an event in downtown Lexington which I'm excited to host! We take the parents and kids downtown and have a walking tour. I'm excited to show students around Lexington.

 

UK: What has been your best experience at UK thus far?

JP: Overall, I joined a Christian campus group called Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) and it's been great! Being an out-of-state student, it's important to have those one-on-one connections, friends you can trust. Those good experiences make UK even better!

 

UK: What's your favorite part about Lexington as a community?

JP: I love how everyone here loves UK! Like, LOVES UK! In other states there's a pro sports team, but downtown Lexington when there's basketball game … that's so exciting how many people come and support! I will never forget when we had Big Blue Madness. I was walking past all the tents and people were camping out! That gave me my first take on it. Basketball is really big here!

 

UK: What would be your dream job?

JP: Whatever I do, I've got to work with people … for people. I see myself most likely working in marketing, public relations, event planning, directing a visitor center, working as a recruiter, working in an admissions office or anything for a college. I want something more communications-based like speech writing or doing public relations for an individual.

 

UK: When you have 30 minutes of free time on campus, what do you do?

JP: I will probably go sit in the bowl behind the library or in front of White Hall. I love reading!

 

UK: What is your vision for "see blue." U going forward?

JP: I see it as a way to allow students to get a feel for campus and a place to get a lot of info about what to do in college, such as student leadership and studying abroad. It's all about preparation and being able to experience campus, getting personal experience from students and having reassurance of "I've been to UK's campus and I know what it's like."

 

UK: What part of being a "see blue." U Orientation leader do you find most enjoyable?

JP: Just working with people! I love answering students' questions! I love being able to reassure them and helping them feel comfortable … and parents too!

 

UK: What are you involved in other than Visitor Center?

JP: RUF, I'm really involved in that I'm on the ministry team as well. We focus on outreach to campus and Lexington and we do a lot of tabling on campus. We want an inviting atmosphere!

 

UK: How are your experiences with "see blue." U going to help you in the future?

JP: I think it will help me a couple different ways. It's really good networking and I get to work on my people skills too. Dealing with people in all kinds of situations, such as after a tiring day, will teach me strong customer service skills. I have already learned so much about UK, Lexington and campus, but learning more about my school will help me be more proud of it and build more passion!

 

"see blue." #selfies will appear every other Tuesday on UKNow. Know a student leader we should feature? Contact Rebecca Stratton at rebecca.stratton@uky.edu to nominate someone.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton, rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, 859-323-2395 

Office for Institutional Diversity Celebrates 45 Years of Supporting Underrepresented Students

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 21, 2016)  The University of Kentucky is made up of thousands of students, faculty and staff — different races, perspectives, religions, identities, genders and ethnicities. As Interim Vice President for Institutional Diversity Terry Allen stated in his recent blog, “our differences and our diversity are what collectively make us and our community stronger."

 

As outlined in the 2015-2020 strategic plan, the UK Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) exists to enhance the diversity and inclusivity of the university community through recruitment and retention of an increasingly diverse population of faculty, administrators, staff and students. While the office has had various names, staff members and leaders, its overall mission has never wavered.

 

In the early years of the university's history, African Americans were prohibited to enroll in classes at UK. However, in June of 1949, following a lawsuit by Lyman T. Johnson, UK President Herman L. Donovan announced that African-American students would be permitted to attend graduate classes on the Lexington campus of the state's flagship university.

 

Shortly after Donovan's announcement, approximately 30 black students enrolled in the summer 1949 graduate school program. Over the years, the number of African-American students enrolling in UK slowly increased. However, there was still much to be done.

 

For years, community members implored UK administrators to focus special attention on the problems African-American students experienced. In 1970, black faculty and staff — led by social work professors Evelyn Black and LeVerne McCummings — began to meet with UK President Otis Singletary to identify the need for an office of minority affairs.

 

The following year, requests were answered and the Office of Minority Affairs was established with a primary responsibility to provide social and cultural programming, along with academic success initiatives — a responsibility that the office still assumes today through its five units. Today, the units support all underrepresented students, not just the African-American student population.

 

 

Currently, the renamed office, the Office for Institutional Diversity houses five units — the Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES), the Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives (CGPDI), the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, the Martin Luther King Center and Student Support Services.

 

Each unit provides student support and hosts social and cultural events throughout the year, just as the Office of Minority Affairs was originally tasked to do. The MLK Center, for example, hosts a monthly event "Soup and Substance" that provides students the opportunity to discuss current topics relating to race, gender, class and a variety of identities.

 

The office has matured and progressed throughout the time of its existence but there is still work to do.

 

"There is great momentum at this time to accelerate movement in a positive direction," said Terry Allen, interim vice president for Institutional Diversity. "We thank the students for their role in helping us become better."

 

According to metrics set forth in the strategic plan, UK will increase the enrollment and graduation rates of underrepresented undergraduate students and graduate students as well as increase the population of underrepresented and female faculty and staff.

 

"Becoming a more diverse and inclusive institution is the responsibility of every member of the university community," Allen said. "We must sustain our effort for continuous improvement and periodically report progress for everyone to see."

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

Public Health Researchers Track Transformative Period of Kentucky Health Policy

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 21:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 20, 2016) — Health care insurance coverage remains a contested policy issue in Kentucky years after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

 

Since the federal legislation was signed into law in 2010, University of Kentucky College of Public Health researchers Julia Costich and Glen Mays have participated in a project that has tracked and analyzed the progress of state-enacted health care policies in 40 states, including Kentucky. Costich and Mays recently completed a report outlining the changes under discussion for health care reform policy in Kentucky. In the special report, which was published in partnership with the Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York (SUNY) and the Brookings Institution, the authors found that public policy decisions unfolding in Kentucky will have major economic and political implications for the state and could serve as harbingers of change in other states.

 

“Kentucky’s approaches for navigating the many uncertainties of health reform offer important lessons for the rest of the nation,” Mays, the Scutchfield Endowed Professor of Health Services and Systems Research, said. “Every state is learning by doing, so by comparing these experiences we can determine which solutions work best in which contexts.”

 

Mays, who also serves as the director of the Systems for Action Research Center housed at the College of Public Health, and Costich, a professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy, cited progress in Kentucky to reduce the number of individuals living without health care coverage. The state-based exchange program, branded kynect, has enrolled more than half a million Kentuckians.

 

“What’s happening in Kentucky will thus test the durability of the ACA and perhaps reveal new directions for its implementation,” the authors state in the report.

 

Richard Nathan, a senior fellow at the Rockefeller Institute and project co-director, applauded the Kentucky report, underscoring its significance in recording an unprecedented and transformative era of health care policy.

 

"Costich and Mays tell an important story about how Kentucky went about doing what's in the law and now how hard it is to un-do it,” Nathan said. “There's a lesson here worth close scrutiny."

 

To view the full report, click here

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu; Robert Bullock, robert.bullock@rockinst.suny.edu

"see blue." U Welcomes Incoming Wildcats

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 15:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 20, 2016)  As "see blue." U Orientation kicks off today, new Wildcats will explore the University of Kentucky campus as they meet other students, hear from campus offices and organizations, meet with advisors and register for Fall 2016 classes!

 

Twelve two-day "see blue." U Orientations this summer will welcome incoming freshmen; three will focus solely on transfer students; two will focus specifically on readmission students and two will focus on international incoming freshman and transfer students.

 

Representatives from a number of different on-campus organizations will be on-hand throughout orientation to promote their roles at the university and answer any questions incoming students may have.  A number of information sessions will also be held to answer questions on topics such as athletic tickets, education abroad, financial aid, parking and transportation and more.

 

Day one of "see blue." U Orientation will include BluePrint, Career Center and financial review presentations, followed by UKonnect meetings, foreign language exams, interest sessions and parent presentations; the day will end exploring the city of Lexington with a tour of downtown.

 

Day two of orientation will begin with academic advising. Students will be given specific room assignments of where to attend advising depending on which college houses the major they wish to study. At the conclusion of advising and registration, students will be directed to meet their parents/guests at the UK Bookstore on Lexington Avenue.  Each student will receive a Kentucky Class of 2020 T-shirt provided by the UK Bookstore.

 

Students, parents and guests have the opportunity to explore numerous residence halls on campus during the afternoon of day two. This includes an open house of Champions Court II and Roselle Hall as well as building tours.

 

"see blue." U Orientations require that each student sign up for their orientation online at http://myUK.uky.edu. Any student who does not arrive on their scheduled date will not have the opportunity to be rescheduled for a later date or can withdraw their admission to UK. If a student has not scheduled an orientation, he or she will not be able to attend on a walk-in basis the day of an orientation.

 

Students, parents and guests needing lodging during orientation dates have the option to stay overnight in Champions Court I in a two-bedroom suite for $35 a night per person. Learn more and book a room at sch.uky.edu.

 

Those attending "see blue." U conferences are encouraged to hashtag #UK2020 on social media platforms to share their "see blue." experience.  "see blule." U attendees are also highly encouraged to download the "see blue." U Orientation application on any iOS, Android or Web accessible device.

 

For more information, visit www.uky.edu/seeblueU, email orientation@uky.edu, call (859) 257-3256 or follow @seeblueU on Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett or Rebecca Stratton, katy.bennett@uky.edu or rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, 859-257-1909/859-323-2395 

Groundwater-quality Sampling in the Berea Sandstone and Rogersville Oil and Gas Plays

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 13:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 20, 2016) — The prospect of increasing oil and gas exploration in Kentucky has caught public attention and generated many news stories in recent months. It has also prompted new research projects by the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) and its research partners. The most recent project, being conducted in collaboration with GSI Environmental Inc., of Austin, Texas, and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America program, is sampling 51 water wells in the Berea and Rogersville oil and gas plays in Eastern Kentucky to help gather baseline information on groundwater chemistry.

 

Environmental groups and some in the general public have expressed concern that the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques in the study area (Greenup, Carter, Boyd, Lawrence, Elliot, and Johnson Counties) could have an impact on groundwater supplies in the region, especially shallow aquifers used by some for household and agricultural use. Analyzing well-water samples for levels of major ions and cations, metals, and dissolved gases (including methane) will help characterize existing groundwater quality in the area and help state and federal water-resource managers identify and monitor potential changes in groundwater-quality conditions and address the public’s environmental concerns.

 

After first identifying and locating potential sampling sites in the study area using available water-well records stored in the Kentucky Groundwater Data Repository, KGS Water Resources staff began the task of contacting property owners for permission to access their wells, often with the help of the UK Agricultural Cooperative Extension Office. Then water samples were collected using scientific protocols being designed and tested nationally. Detailed information about water-well construction and site-specific conditions was also collected at the time of sampling, and collected samples were delivered to the KGS water lab and two contract analytical laboratories for analysis of organic and inorganic chemicals.

 

“The major objective of this project is to obtain a preliminary understanding of groundwater chemistry in the study region, as well as its spatial variability throughout the area,” according to the KGS principal investigator, Junfeng Zhu, of the Survey’s Water Resources Section. “The project also intends to use isotope data to help evaluate possible sources of methane detected in the groundwater. Results from this study can be used as a reference to infer potential impacts of future horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing on groundwater quality.”

 

All field sampling and laboratory analysis scheduled for the project have been completed, and interpretation of the groundwater chemistry data is presently underway. Preliminary results indicate that methane may be a fairly common constituent of groundwater in Eastern Kentucky: 41 of 51 sampled wells had detectable concentrations of methane, and 26 of the sampled wells had methane concentrations above 1 milligram per liter. Analysis of carbon and hydrogen isotopes associated with methane in the water samples indicates that in most of the sampled wells the gas is generated from microbial activity, suggesting a shallow origin of depth not directly associated with oil or gas extraction. A detailed evaluation and analysis of these data will continue until mid to late summer, and a report on the findings will be prepared and published later this year.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

 

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

6 UK Students Named Fulbright Recipients

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 11:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 20, 2016) University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced that six UK students and alumni have been selected as recipients of Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships. The UK recipients are among more than 1,800 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2016-17 academic year through the prestigious program.

 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad.

 

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

 

The UK students and alumni awarded Fulbright grants are:

 

Daniel Ball, the son of David Ball, of Stockton, California, and Margaret Ball, of Redstone, Colorado, holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Colorado State University and a master's degree in international health and development from Tulane University. The cultural anthropology doctoral student will use his Fulbright grant to carry out language training and dissertation research in eastern Sri Lanka toward his degree.

 

Previous time serving others and living abroad gave Ball a perspective on the importance of this research. "Given my experiences in Peace Corps and living and working in different cultural contexts (such as Ghana and Guyana), cultural anthropology theory and research provides a crucial, on-the-ground perspective of people’s histories and the social and cultural determinants of health and illness that are not often captured by statistics or similar methodologies in public health programming."

 

During his doctoral studies at UK, Ball has participated in Tamil language programs at South Asian Summer Language Institute at University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Madurai, India. Through a grant provided by UK’s anthropology department, Ball has done preliminary research in eastern Sri Lanka in the summer of 2013, where he established working relationships with local health care providers and interviewed residents and caregivers who agreed to help him with his dissertation project on mental health care decision-making.

 

Upon completion of his degree, Ball hopes to teach and/or research issues or problems relevant to medical anthropology, public health and the sociocultural determinants of health and illness.

 

Emily Furnish, the daughter of Anne Mary and Greg Furnish, of Louisville, Kentucky, is a 2011 graduate of duPont Manual High School. At UK, Furnish was a Chellgren Fellow, a Gaines Fellow and member of the Honors Program. Furnish was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to teach in South Korea.

 

A vocalist, Furnish has been active in the UK School of Music where she has performed with the UK Women's Choir and UK Chorale. Furnish also participated in undergraduate research. Previous research studied the laryngeal muscles, the specialized skeletal muscles used in voice production, under the direction of Maria Dietrich, in the College of Health Sciences. She also conducted research in the chemistry lab of Assistant Professor Chris Richards that is focused on projects related to biophysical chemistry, with research ranging from single molecule spectroscopy to the visualization of cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) channels in mouse neuroblastoma cell line (N2A) cells. Last summer, Furnish interned with Space Camp Turkey

 

Furnish has declined her Fulbright ETA to prepare to attend medical school this fall.

 

Malinda Massey, the daughter of Connie and Tony Massey of Columbia, Tennessee, is a 2012 graduate of Lee County High School and Western Hills High School. At UK, Massey was a Chellgren Fellow and member of the Honors Program, as well as vice president of the university chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. She was awarded a Fulbright ETA to teach English in Germany.

 

Massey is excited for this opportunity to impact others abroad. "I enjoy teaching and the impact of a teacher in high school can shape an entire student's future. Teachers are more than what they are assumed to be, and we recognize the power of their impact in the people we later become."

 

While at UK, Massey also earned a minor in vocal performance, sang in UK Women's Choir and served as the choir's president. She also pursued undergraduate research in literature under Cynthia Ruder, associate professor of Russian studies, and presented her work at Posters at the Capitol in "What Motifs and Style Components Shaped Mikhail Bulgakov's 'The Master and the Margarita'?" Off campus she taught upper elementary reading at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

 

After completing her Fulbright ETA, Massey plans to earn a master's degree in education and teach at the high school level. She hopes to later earn a graduate degree in educational leadership and eventually become a principal.

 

Gabriel Pike of Vienna, Virginia, is a 2010 graduate of Langley High School and 2015 anthropology graduate of UK. Most recently, Pike hiked a large section of the Appalachian Trail this spring. He will use his Fulbright ETA to teach English in Taiwan. 

 

Kathryn Showers-Curtis, the daughter of Kenneth E. Curtis and Denise M. Showers of Janesville, Wisconsin, earned her bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2012. She will use her Fulbright grant for study in the Slovak Republic

 

"My current research focuses on perceptual dialectology in Slovakia, though I also do a great deal with language and gender, language and discrimination, and social justice," said Showers-Curtis, whose interest in her studies was influenced by previous time in Slovakia and the observation of discrimination.

 

Upon completion of her Fulbright studies and her master's degree, Showers-Curtis plans to pursue a doctoral degree in linguistics or Slavic linguistics.

 

Katelyn Wiard, daughter of Phillip Wiard, Holly McCoy-Johnson, and Jerry Johnson of Frankfort, Kentucky, is a 2010 graduate of Western Hills High School and 2014 business administration graduate of UK. She will use her Fulbright grant to pursue public policy studies in Mexico in hopes of returning with knowledge that can help maintain and improve relations between the U.S. and its neighbor to the south.

 

"In Mexico, I plan to be involved in many groups to help deported children access their rights to education. I will spend a lot of my time researching this subject by volunteering and understanding the political processes that help will make the necessary changes. I hope to work toward and witness improvements that will benefit the lives of many affected by a process that desperately needs to be altered," Wiard said.

 

While doing her undergraduate studies At UK, Wiard was active in the university chapter of the sorority Chi Omega and interned with the Kentucky Democratic Party. Since earning her bachelor's degree she has been working as a North American language and cultural ambassador in Spain.

 

After completing her master's degree in Mexico, Wiard would like to return to pursue a doctoral degree in political science in the United States.

 

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 318,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education and athletics and won such prestigious honors as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Foundation Award and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education. For further information about the Fulbright Program, visit the website http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

 

UK students who are U.S. citizens can apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships through the university’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. Part of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the office 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 Pat Whitlow at the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards well in advance of the scholarship deadline.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

10 Things UK Students Love about Lexington

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 10:12

 

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10 Things UK Students Love about Lexington

 

1. Best of both worlds.

 

"I think Lexington's really neat because it is a big city, but it has a down-home, humble, southern vibe to it…everyone's really kind." - Danielle Brewer, Columbus, Ohio

 

"It definitely has the southern hospitality while also having a lot of things to do for a large urban center." - Trey Zimmerman, Lexington

 

2. Vibrant downtown.

 

"So it's big in its ideas but it's small and safe, what I mean by big in its ideas is there are tons of restaurants, they're opening up a 21C hotel, there's Thursday Night Live, which has food trucks and live music, and there's a farmer's market and everything just brings the community together." - Elizabeth Mechas, Lexington

 

"The Distillery District is a great place for people even under 21, and North Lime is great for breakfast but also a night market on the weekend." - Ross Boggess, Lexington

 

3. Opportunities abound.

 

"There's great opportunity no matter what you want to do, you know, job-wise, academically, service-wise; there's everything. I think what makes UK unique is that it is in Lexington, and it has all this opportunity of a big school. It has all this opportunity of the city, and the research, and the academics." - Emily Appel, Lebanon, Ohio

 

"You have so many more opportunities, not just in places to eat but places to internship at, research opportunities, the hospital's close by." - Elizabeth Mechas, Lexington

 

4. Close-knit community.

 

"You feel at home here, even though you're far from home. It's just become a great place to live." - Danielle Brewer, Columbus, Ohio

 

"Lexington is a small enough town to where it's comfortable and you know everybody and you'll see familiar faces, but it's big enough to where you're able to make a big scale difference, and you're able to always meet somebody new." - Ross Boggess, Lexington

 

5. Beautiful green spaces.

 

"There is the arboretum as well, which is this area of just rolling hills, green grass, beautiful flowers. It's a great place for running, for walks, no matter what you want to do." - Emily Appel, Lebanon, Ohio

 

"There's also the Henry Clay Estate that has beautiful gardens and really open green space." - Evelyne Mechas, Lexington

 

6. Location.

 

"You're right by Rupp Arena. You're right by Triangle Park. You're right by all of the downtown little shops and everything. That's what I really love about this city, too. But then you're also a 10-minute drive from the rolling hills and everything, by the horse farms and a 10-minute drive from Keeneland." - Morgan Seiver, St. Louis, Missouri 

 

7. Quirky culture.

 

"When I go to a restaurant here it has a lot of culture, it has a lot of history, and I really love that about Lexington." - Elaisy Gonzalez, Louisville, Kentucky

 

"Running downtown is awesome because there are beautiful murals…there's this beautiful Abraham Lincoln memorial mural." - Evelyne Mechas, Lexington

 

"There's always something going on in Lexington. There's always something related to the arts or creativity. There's always neat things to do." - Danielle Brewer, Columbus, Ohio

 

8. Love for local.

 

"I love just all the local things, especially all the local restaurants, the local stores. I think that's a big thing." - William Reedy, Corbin, Kentucky

 

"There's so many unique things to Lexington that have a local feel, and you really get to see the local character, and that's a great character to show. - Ross Boggess, Lexington

 

9. Alumni support.

 

"There are a lot of alumni of UK, and even people that didn't go to UK, that are always willing to help and are always looking to help UK students through experiences and internships." - Ross Boggess, Lexington

 

10. Exposure to new things.

 

"I've found little nooks and crannies within Lexington that I didn't know existed at first." - Sierra Hatfield, Harlan, Kentucky

 

"It's a little more diverse, which I like. I mean, it's definitely exposed me to new ideas, new kinds of people." - William Reedy, Corbin, Kentucky

 

 

"This is a super exciting time to be in Lexington. I've grown up here, and it is definitely on the uphill." - Ross Boggess

 

From horse racing to delicious eats to downtown festivals, there is so much to experience in this town. Share your favorite moments in Lexington by tagging #UKLovesLex on social media, and follow along with UK social media accounts as we share our own.

 

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UK Provost Talks Budget on WUKY's 'UK Perspectives'

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 16:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 17, 2016) WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Today, UK Provost Tim Tracy talks to Godell about UK's proposed budget for 2016-2017, which will be voted on in next week's UK Board of Trustees meeting. 

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/uk-perspectives-provost-tim-tracy-discusses-upcoming-budget#stream/0.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Kathy Johnson, 859-257-3155 or kathy.johnson@uky.edu

University of Kentucky Joins the TriNetX Network

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 16:18

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 17, 2016) — The University of Kentucky has signed a membership agreement to join the TriNetX network, a leader in international clinical research networks, in order to optimize clinical trial design and advance clinical research for UK programs.

 

Pharmaceutical researchers will gain access to UK's clinical data in real time through TriNetX's proprietary network of health care institutions representing more than 37 million patients in the US and Europe to support clinical study and protocol design, site selection, and patient recruitment across a range of therapeutic areas and development stages.

 

 

UK will leverage the TriNetX network to drive more industry-sponsored clinical trials into its organization, enable UK researchers to discover patients for investigator-initiated studies and collaborate with other provider research organizations.

 

Users of the TriNetX system can analyze patient populations with search criteria across multiple longitudinal data points, and TriNetX's advanced analytics modules provide intelligence on which criteria have the most impact as well as the rate at which new patients present.  Each data point in the TriNetX system can be traced to healthcare providers who have the ability to identify individual patients, allowing clinical researchers to develop virtual patient cohorts that can be recapitulated in real world clinical trial settings.  Data in the TriNetX system is fully de-identified to the user.

 

"The University of Kentucky is one of only 23 institutions in the nation with the 'trifecta' of a cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute, an Alzheimer's Disease Center funded by the National Institute on Aging, and a Clinical and Translational Science Award funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences," Dr. Philip A. Kern, director of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science, said.  "Our institution, which encompasses the full range of liberal arts, medical and professional programs, including a top-five College of Pharmacy, is committed to advancing health discoveries through innovative partnerships like our work with TriNetX."

 

"The University of Kentucky brings cutting-edge research and treatment options to a complex patient population in a state with some of the highest incidence rates of cancer, heart disease, and smoking," Gadi Lachman, CEO, TriNetX said.  "The University of Kentucky is poised to be a strategic research partner for leading pharmaceutical companies, contract research organization, and peer provider organizations who are collaborating through the TriNetX network to improve clinical research and patient care."

 

About TriNetX
TriNetX is a worldwide clinical data network of healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations used to enhance clinical trial design and accelerate patient recruitment.  TriNetX enables researchers to find the right patients at the right sites for clinical trials.  For more information, visit http://www.trinetx.com.

 

CONTACT: Mallory Powell, mallory.powell@uky.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Camp Raises Awareness for Next Generation of Natural Resources Leaders

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 16:11

JABEZ, Ky., (June 21, 2016)  Under blue skies and perfect early June weather conditions, 24 high school students gathered recently in Southern Kentucky to explore a future in natural resources — and in the process, had a little fun, got a little dirty and learned a lot.

 

The Kentucky Forest Leadership Program is a weeklong, overnight camp where University of Kentucky forestry, entomology and wildlife experts from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment join with foresters and biologists from the Kentucky Division of Forestry to expose high school students to career opportunities available in natural resources. Campers, 14 to 18 years old from 11 Kentucky counties, as well as Indiana, Wisconsin and Florida, chose one of the three areas of concentration, but by the end of the camp, they had a better understanding of all three subjects and their mutually beneficial relationships in the natural world.

 

In addition, the campers learned about many other environmental topics from UK and state specialists, such as water education and technology.

 

Elijah Schultz from Taylorsville, Kentucky, said bugs have fascinated him since he was little. He came to camp to find out if he wanted to pursue a career in studying or working with them. In the meantime, he was finding all kinds of interesting insects in the woods that weren’t in his backyard at home.

 

“I was able to see a lot in person here that I’ve only read about in books, which is really cool,” he said.

 

The camp’s location at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Education Center in Jabez, with its adjacent woodlands was ideal for the week’s activities. With meadows, woodlands, a still-water wetland and a tributary stream that is spring-fed and flows into Lake Cumberland, students could see different ecosystems within walking distance.

 

“It’s a way to show the very big differences between ecosystems that aren’t very far apart,” said Blake Newton, UK entomology extension specialist. “For example, even though both wetlands are freshwater, they have totally different kinds of creatures in them.”

 

Dragonflies, moths, beetles and even a winged queen ant went into the collections the campers took home with them. One of those collections went back to Wisconsin with Lucy Brown, who was enthusiastic about all she had found.

 

“I’ve found all sorts of things, especially beetles,” she said. “We don’t have as many of those up in Wisconsin. I caught a stag beetle last night and a bess beetle the night before. They’re really big.”

 

Down the road a bit, Levi Howell from Lexington and James Worthington from Louisville discussed their field data with Division of Forestry forester Steve Rogers. Both were carrying Biltmore sticks, which they used to measure tree diameter and height. In the first three days of camp, they had already learned a great deal.

 

“We learned how to identify trees and how to set (live release) traps, and what kinds of bugs are around here,” Howell said.

 

“And mushrooms,” Worthington added. “That was fun. I like fungi. It’s been fun meeting new people and learning a lot of new things.

 

A group of eight campers came out of the woods on the third day after an early morning exploratory hike and gathered on benches to start developing a management plan to encourage more pollinators in that particular woodland. To do that, they had to consider a variety of aspects: timber, plants, wildlife, insects and water.

 

“This program is a total integration of everything out here. Everything interacts in the forest. They’ll come away from camp understanding that a little more,” said Doug McLaren, camp director and retired UK extension forester.

 

Stacy White, agriculture and natural resources extension agent from Bell County, led the wildlife section in studying, as he put it, “all creatures small and great,” from pollinators to deer.

 

"The value to a program like this is we have a lot of students who have an interest in forests and wildlife; this is a good opportunity to see how deep their interest is and that they can actually get an education and build a career," he said.

 

Laurie Thomas, UK extension forester and program coordinator, said many of the campers indicated at the beginning that they wanted to learn if natural resources was a field they wanted to pursue for a career.

 

“It’s a great opportunity for them to see their possibilities and meet people who they can contact in the future if they’re really interested,” she said.

 

With that in mind, Wayne Centers and Geri Philpott from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, spoke to the campers about degree programs and scholarship opportunities. To cap off the experience, Bill Steele, director of the Kentucky Division of Forestry, arrived on the last day to hear the campers’ presentations and to present them with their certificates of completion.

 

The Kentucky Forest Leadership Program is open to high school students who have completed their freshman year. Next year's camp is scheduled for June 5-9. The program is limited to 25 campers and spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested individuals can contact Thomas at 859-257-2703 or laurie.thomas@uky.edu with any questions.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Carol Lea Spence, 859-257-8324, cspence@uky.edu

MEDIA CONTACT: Carol Lea Spence, 859-257-8324, cspence@uky.edu

62nd Annual Kentucky Youth Seminar at UK This Week

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 14:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 20, 2016) — Eighty young people from across the Commonwealth will be on the University of Kentucky campus this week for the 62nd annual Kentucky Youth Seminar (KYS). These high school students will spend three days and two nights learning more about the American economic system and global economy through individual and group study.

 

Benjamin Locke of Larue County participated in the program last year.

 

"The experience for me was epic," Locke said. "Not only did my knowledge in business expand with regard to corporations and cooperatives, but my underlying extrovert side came out. The importance of networking became ingrained in me to spread as far as I can manage. And with networking came strong friendships, which I am beyond grateful for."

 

The 2016 edition of KYS opens Wednesday, June 22, and concludes Friday, June 24. The program is a joint effort of the UK Cooperative Extension Service, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and other partners. The Kentucky Council of Cooperatives, composed of rural electric cooperatives, co-sponsors the event. Other major supporters include Farm Credit, Central Kentucky Ag Credit, and Kentucky Farm Bureau.

 

During the seminar, participants gain a better understanding of America's private enterprise system by solving problems as they take on the roles of officers and directors of corporations and cooperatives. Workshops help prepare these students both for college and for business with leadership training, communication training, interviewing skills, money management training, and more.

 

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment's Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity Quentin Tyler, serves as state coordinator of the American Private Enterprise System, which provides program support and case studies for the Kentucky Youth Seminar.

 

"I love having the students come from all over the state and experience being on the UK campus for the first time," Tyler said. "Seeing them work in teams and form relationships that will last a lifetime is just terrific. These youth have the best personalities and really are dedicated to learning about cooperatives and corporations."

 

Reagan Kidd of McCreary County heard about the youth seminar from her extension agent Greg Whitis and took part in 2015.

 

"I absolutely fell in love with the program," said Kidd. "It was by far the best few days of my summer."

 

Kidd, who like her fellow participants at the state conference, qualified to come to Lexington by sucessfully completing a local program, which tests students on topics such as how America is organized to do business, e-commerce, and the role of government in business. She excelled at state and was one of 20 Kentuckians to earn an all-expense paid trip to the week-long 2015 National Institute on Cooperative Education (NICE) conference held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

 

"I walked away from both the state and national events with nothing but big grins and happy memories," Kidd said. "And being on campus and getting a feel for Lexington persuaded me to make UK my home for the next four years."

 

In addition to the chance to go to the 2016 NICE conference to be held again at Virginia Tech from July 23-27, there is even more incentive for KYS participants to work hard this week.

 

"The students compete for cash prizes throughout the conference and also are awarded over $10,000 in scholarships based on their scores from individual and group exams over content," said Tyler. "These scholarships assist the students in attending college."

 

Among the special events on the schedule for the upcoming KYS is a tour of Marksbury Farm in Garrard County and a food demonstration at The 90. A variety of workshops are on the agenda, including keys to collegiate student success; meaningful volunteerism; the use of drones; and, entrepreneurship.

 

Locke, who also made it to nationals last year, is now pursuing a business degree with an emphasis on computer information systems at Campbellsville University. He reiterated just how much the knowledge and experience he gained through KYS and NICE continues to help him.

 

"To anyone in high school reading this, I encourage you to strive your hardest to get into this program," said Locke. "The rewards from this program are investments for your knowledge and life. The impacts are outstanding."

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; carl.nathe@uky.edu.

 

 

UPK Title Honored by Army Historical Foundation

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 13:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 17, 2016) The Army Historical Foundation recently recognized outstanding contributions to U.S. Army history that were published in 2015. Among those select works honored by the foundation was "Jacob L. Devers: A General's Life" by University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author James Scott Wheeler which won in the category of biography.

 

The Army Historical Foundation (AHF) is a member-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the American soldier. Established in 1983, the foundation funds projects such as educational programs, research, publication of relevant historical materials, and the acquisition and preservation of Army artifacts.

 

Gen. Jacob L. “Jake” Devers (1897–1979) was one of only two officers — the other was Omar C. Bradley — to command an army group during the decisive campaigns of 1944–45 that liberated Europe and ended the war with Nazi Germany. After the war, Devers led the Army Ground Forces in the United States and eventually retired in 1949 after 49 years of service. Despite incredible successes on the battlefield, Gen. George C. Marshall’s “dependable man” remains one of the most underrated and overlooked figures of his generation.

 

In this definitive biography, Wheeler delivers a groundbreaking reassessment of the American commander whose contributions to victory in Europe are topped only by those of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. Wheeler’s exhaustively researched chronicle of Devers’ life and career reveals a leader who demonstrated an extraordinary ability to cut through red tape and solve complex problems. Nevertheless, Eisenhower disliked Devers — a fact laid bare when he ordered Devers’ Sixth Army Group to halt at the Rhine. After the war, Eisenhower and Bradley’s accounts of the generals’ disagreements over strategy and tactics became received wisdom, to the detriment of Devers’ reputation.

 

This exceptional work of military history was recognized at an annual awards program on June 16, at the 19th Annual Members’ Meeting at the AUSA Building in Arlington, Virginia. The finalists were judged by a select awards committee of distinguished military historians and writers against a set of criteria, including significance to U.S. Army history, historical accuracy and quality of writing.

 

Wheeler's win marks the ninth time a UPK title has won an award from the AHF and fourth win in the biography category. UPK’s previous winners in the category are "Beetle: The Life of Walter Bedell Smith" by D.K.R. Crosswell, "Exposing the Third Reich: Colonel Truman Smith in Hitler’s Germany" by Henry G. Gole, and "Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne" by Douglas V. Mastriano.

 

Retired Army Lt. Col. James Scott Wheeler is a retired professor of history at the United States Military Academy. He is also the author of several books, including "The Big Red One: America’s Legendary 1st Infantry Division from World War I to Desert Storm" and "The Irish and British War, 1637–1654: Triumph, Tragedy, and Failure."

 

UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that includes all of the state universities, five private colleges, and two historical societies. The press’ 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 the University of Kentucky, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation through the UK Libraries.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

 

 

UK Welcomes Student Congress on Compromise to Campus

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 17, 2016) In the coming week, college seniors from across the nation will travel to the University of Kentucky to participate in a weeklong program hosted by UK's Martin School of Public Policy and Administration in conjunction with the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship (HCCS).

 

The HCCS works to impart the skills of public dialogue and leadership to bring about change in an increasingly polarizing environment. The HCCS Student Congress gathers exceptional college students from every region to engage in groups where next-generation leaders and public servants learn the seemingly lost arts of negotiation, goodwill and compromise.

 

The Clay Congress experience comes at a critical time, said Merl Hackbart, professor and interim director of the Martin School.

 

“As future leaders in their states and in the nation, the Clay Congress participants will gain valuable knowledge and experience in the art of public policy development,” he said. "Such experience will be valuable to them as citizens and active participants in the development of issue-resolving government policies which continually emerge in a democracy such as ours.”

 

President Eli Capilouto will welcome the 2016 Clay Center Student Congress to UK at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 20, at the new Gatton College of Business and Economics building. During the congress, students will focus on means of compromising on major national policy issues such as immigration, economic development, climate change and education. This project will be supplemented by events featuring important speakers discussing various topics associated with fostering ways to reach such compromises. These speakers include former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott and Robert Clay, owner of the renowned Three Chimneys Farm.

 

Throughout the week, events will take place on the UK campus, at the Council of State Governments offices in Lexington, and at the Old Statehouse in Frankfort. The program will conclude with an event hosted by the Martin School Friday (June 24) evening at Spindletop Hall.

 

The Martin School of Public Policy and Administration excels in research, education and service by applying intellectual resources to public policy and management issues. It accomplishes its purpose by engaging in cutting-edge, policy analytics research, providing an innovative environment reflective of strategic thinking, and providing service to the Commonwealth, national and international communities. The Martin School offers graduate degrees at both the master's and doctoral degree levels.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit  uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; or Loretta Stafford, llst227@g.uky.edu

From Surviving to Thriving and Beyond for Brandie Cobb

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 16:15

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 16, 2016) — Her childhood was at times ugly and terrifying. Her early adulthood often showed residual signs of the harm that abuse can do as her suffering continued and she failed classes at the local community college. Then one day, her journey took a different path, beginning with the supportive ears of advocates at her local rape crisis center.

 

In 2013, Cobb’s advocate at Sanctuary in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, told her about a special scholarship for abuse survivors that had been created by the University of Kentucky Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women (OPSVAW) in the College of Arts and Sciences.  The suggestion that Cobb apply for the Verizon Wireless Women’s Empowerment Scholarship seemed unlikely at the time, but within hours Cobb had completed and submitted the application.

 

Cobb’s journey became a whirlwind with the news that she had been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Verizon Wireless Women’s Empowerment Scholarship.

 

As her academic life progressed, Cobb collected one honor after another. She was named a member of the National Honor Society with a 3.5 GPA and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for her “commitment to the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.”

 

With her head high, shoulders back, eyes bright with justifiable self-pride, Cobb stepped on the University of Kentucky Commencement stage last month to accept the diploma in health science clinical leadership and management she earned. The inaugural Verizon Wireless Women’s Empowerment Scholarship recipient held a diploma in her hand.

 

That’s far from the end of the Brandie Cobb story, however.

 

Her days in the collegiate classroom are not over. Graduate school is firmly dead center on Cobb’s horizon, a destination she never imagined for herself, but one that many of her friends imagined for her.

 

“The Verizon Wireless Women’s Empowerment Scholarship changed my life, and now I want to show other women what they are capable of accomplishing,” said Cobb, a Muhlenberg County native. "I’ve been given the opportunity to start a whole new life for myself. I want to do whatever I can to bring awareness to the issue of abuse.”

 

The UK Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women (OPSVAW) in the UK College of Arts and Sciences created the Verizon Wireless Women’s Empowerment Scholarship in 2013 to give women access to education as a means of escaping violence and abuse or diminishing the effects of child or adulthood victimization. A second scholarship winner currently sits in the wings, impatiently waiting for her first day in a college classroom this coming fall.

 

Verizon Wireless was the first to generously support the scholarship program with a $100,000 donation from its HopeLine phone-recycling program, but the ultimate goal, said OPSVAW Executive Director Carol E. Jordan, is find sponsors to fund a total of five Women’s Empowerment Scholarships.

 

“Watching Brandie use the Verizon Wireless Women’s Empowerment Scholarship to launch a new life will be a great motivation for all survivors who follow her in holding the scholarship,” Jordan said. “It has been a profound inspiration for those of us who have stood with Brandie to cheer her on.”

 

 

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Dean Donna Arnett Stresses Role of Research to Eliminate Health Disparities

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 15:57

 

Video produced by Alicia Gregory of REVEAL Research Media. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 16, 2016) — In her former career as a nurse, Donna Arnett found herself engaging in the natural process of scientific inquiry: asking an unanswered question about a problem observed in health care, then devising a plausible solution.   

While working adjacent to a dialysis clinic at a Veteran’s Affairs hospital, Arnett noticed more African-American men were sent to the clinic than men of other racial categories. Arnett, who came to the University of Kentucky earlier this year as the dean of the College of Public Health, wanted to understand why this group of veterans was more susceptible to kidney disease. Even before a research proposal was in writing, she formed an informal hypothesis that some innate characteristic hidden in the genetic code of African-American men put them at a heightened risk of kidney failure — and she was right.  

 

“I’ll never forget, in my hallway in this VA hospital, every day men would be coming down the hallway, and they’re almost all African American,” Arnett said. “I said, ‘You know, there has to be something about being African American and having kidney failure.’”

 

While her original hypothesis evolved through time, the marrow of her original idea was validated after numerous studies. A genetic mutation was attributable to a higher risk of kidney failure in this population. Since that turning point toward research, Arnett has continued to delve deeper into knowing how genetic variation and environmental factors predict health outcomes in certain groups and populations.

 

“I think I’ve been asking questions my whole life, and I just discovered epidemiology later in my nursing career,” Arnett said. “And it just really excited me about the potential to answer really important questions.”

 

Arnett’s inquisitive nature propelled her into a career in public health, which culminated her earning a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Arnett was eager to conduct research on human genetics, and launched her research career with a study examining why some people with hypertension develop enlarged hearts. She measured the variability of blood pressure in 12 men over 12 hours with the same condition and presented her findings at a scientific conference, which was a definitive and confirmatory moment in her research career.

 

“I wrote my first abstract and presented it at a national meeting, and it was just life-changing,” Arnett said.

 

Arnett joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1994 where she expanded her research portfolio of National Institutes of Health-funded research projects. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for more than 20 years, bringing three active NIH projects to UK. In addition, Arnett assumed leadership roles at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and on the national stage as the president of the American Heart Association (AHA). Serving as AHA president showed Arnett that solving the most urgent health problems in the nation requires the collaboration among different professionals and organizations devoted to health and uniting the research efforts and knowledge of diverse investigators.

 

Even before President Barack Obama launched the Precision Medicine Initiative, which seeks to maximize the effectiveness of medical treatment by factoring genetics, environment and lifestyle choices into an individual’s care, Arnett was investigating these three predictive factors of health. Her expertise as a genetic epidemiologist placed her at the forefront of the Precision Medicine movement in America.

 

While she is enthusiastic about Precision Medicine, she understands the importance of research to reduce the existing health disparities in Kentucky. A native of London, Kentucky, Arnett has witnessed the devastating impact of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, as well as unintentional injuries and deaths caused by opioid abuse.

 

“Public health is at the heart of answering the challenges of those critical diseases in Kentucky,” Arnett said. “We in public health are really at the forefront of first detecting these epidemics, and then finding strategies and interventions to help eliminate those disparities.”

 

While Arnett has contributed to the expansion of knowledge in the field of genetic epidemiology, she has also mentored and primed young researchers for successful careers in the study of how diseases impact populations. She believes watching students develop as scientists and coordinating teams of multidisciplinary health professionals are some of the most rewarding aspects of her job in research.

 

Today Arnett is adamant about educating the public and university community about the role of public health in society. Her second goal as dean involves establishing partnerships with clinical faculty outside the College of Public Health and at the state and community level to enhance Kentucky’s health care infrastructure. She also wants to build on the momentum of the productive research she inherited as dean, with ambitions to elevate the UK College of Public Health’s status on the national scale. None of these efforts will overshadow the mission of developing the next generation of researchers and public heath professionals in Kentucky — the students who come through the college.

 

This video feature is part of a monthly series called ‘“see discovery:” The People Behind Our Research.’  The videos, produced by UKNow and REVEAL, highlight the important work being conducted at the University of Kentucky by telling the stories of our researchers. The idea is to discover and share what motivates our faculty, staff and students to ask the questions that lead to discovery. 

 

Since this is a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas. If you know of a researcher who you think should be featured, please email us

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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