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Shop Local Kentucky to Launch T-Shirt to Benefit DanceBlue

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 16:02

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) — It is no surprise that University of Kentucky DanceBlue’s mission and personality is infectious. Shop Local Kentucky, a local T-shirt printing business geared towards Kentucky state apparel, certainly isn’t immune. The Lexington-based business will be launching a T-shirt that will benefit DanceBlue year-round on Friday, Sept. 23.

 

Rick Paynter, owner of Shop Local Kentucky, has been excited to work with the student run philanthropy since day one.

 

“Being a UK alum myself, I think that there’s probably not a more exciting initiative, both on campus and statewide going on [as DanceBlue],” Paynter said.

 

Shop Local Kentucky’s first T-shirt design when the business began was the “Keep the Grass Blue” shirt. Since growing, the local printing business retired the shirt and is now bringing it back "For The Kids."

 

“There’s nothing better than going back, reviving the 'Keep the Grass Blue' shirt … and donating 100 percent of the net proceeds to DanceBlue,” Paynter said.

 

The “Keep the Grass Blue” shirt will launch on Friday, Sept. 23, both online and in-store. Community members are encouraged to visit the store on Woodland Avenue to see the shirt, enjoy Mad Scoops “DanceBlue Cookie Monster” ice cream and learn more about DanceBlue.

 

Shop Local Kentucky will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Mad Scoops ice cream stand will be set up at the store from 12:30 to 3 p.m to take part in celebrating DanceBlue and Kentucky local business.

 

DanceBlue is the University of Kentucky's 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic through the Golden Matrix Fund. Now in its 12th year, DanceBlue has raised more than $9.8 million dollars for pediatric cancer research and child life efforts.

 

For more information about DanceBlue, registration information or to support its efforts, please visit http://danceblue.org. Connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at www.facebook.com/danceblue and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UKDanceBlue.

 

DanceBlue is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach (CCO). The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote lifelong community service. 

 

 

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

 

 

DANCEBLUE CONTACT: Kaylee Hobbs, UK DanceBlue public relations chair, PR@danceblue.org

 

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

Fitness is Important Part of Recovery in UK Adolescent Substance Abuse Program

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 15:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) – Julia Sparks was the first person in the University of Kentucky's Adolescent Health and Recovery Treatment and Training (AHARTT) clinic to complete one of her smart goals, graduating from high school. Not only has she accomplished that goal, she’s begun working toward accomplishing a new one, getting her degree in hospitality management from Sullivan University.

 

Goals are an important part of the treatment plan for adolescents in recovery at the UK Psychiatry Clinic for Adolescent Substance Abuse. Each week, patients set goals and when they accomplish them they are rewarded with gift cards. Peer support is another important tool used in the clinic. Peer support specialists, like Kelli Fullenlove, have lived experience that allows them to relate to young patients.

 

An activity that focuses on setting goals and celebrating when they’re accomplished is fitness. People set a goal of running a faster pace, lifting a certain amount of weight or riding their bike for a specific distance. It makes sense then, that fitness would be incorporated into the treatment plan for adolescents.

 

Planning for the Wellness Program within AHARTT began in the Fall 2015 and was incorporated in January 2016. The program includes a Fitbit, gym membership to the YMCA of Central Kentucky, body analysis and a workout buddy in the form of a peer support specialist.

 

Each Tuesday and Thursday, Sparks, Fullenlove and a group from the clinic go to the gym and spend time working out and talking. This setting, outside of the clinic, provides a more relaxed space for sharing, “You can be more open at the gym, there’s not a lot of people around” Sparks said. The gym also decreases the pressure adolescents can feel to talk during a meeting. Instead, between sets or runs on the treadmill they can stop and check in and have a more casual conversation.

 

Fullenlove shared how leading a healthy lifestyle helps in her recovery, “It changes the way you feel; you start to feel better about yourself.” That’s incredibly important because, according to Fullenlove, “when you’re in active addiction, you feel terrible about yourself.” Sparks and Fullenllove are already feeling the benefits of their new fitness routines.

 

When Sparks feels her time at the AHARTT clinic is done, she’ll always have the support of someone who has been where she’s been and can relate to issues she’s having related to her recovery. The Wellness Program in the clinic means she’ll also have a gym partner to keep helping her achieve her goals.  

 

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

 

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UK Orchestra Opens 2016-17 Season With Dvorak's Cello Concerto

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 14:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, one of the university’s most critically acclaimed musical ensembles, opens its 98th season with a concert featuring University of Kentucky Professor of Music and Lexington Philharmonic Principal Cellist Benjamin Karp. This concert evening of exciting collaborations, conducted by Maestro John Nardolillo, will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

The season's opening concert will feature Benjamin Karp being accompanied by the orchestra on Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. The orchestra will also perform Dvorak’s "Three Slavonic Dances" and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.

 

Interview with musicians and educators Benjamin Karp and his wife, Margie Karp, about their life and work. Video by Creative Lexington. 

 

Karp received his master's degree in music from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Yale University. He has performed concerti, chamber music and orchestral repertoire on four continents, and became a faculty member at the UK School of Music in 1991. Karp has joined the cello section of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for two international tours, five Carnegie Hall performances, 15 Telarc CD recordings and hundreds of performances in Cincinnati.

 

During the summer months Karp teaches, performs and serves as head of Strings at the Brevard Music Center in the mountains of North Carolina. For the academic years 2009-2011, he served as adjunct associate professor of cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. Karp was for five years principal cellist of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and is a widely known chamber musician, appearing at festivals throughout the United States. He has recorded for the Telarc, Gasparo, Arabesque, CRI and Centaur labels.

 

Founded in 1918 and made up of undergraduate and graduate musicians from across the United States, Asia, South America and Europe, the UK Symphony Orchestra has long served as one of the university’s most prominent musical ensembles. This year they continue that tradition with performances of some of the greatest works in the orchestral repertoire, alongside contemporary works which push the boundaries of orchestral music. Concerts will feature music by the likes of Ludwig van Beethoven, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and George Gershwin, and by modern composers John Adams and current UK student Logan Blackman. The orchestra will also continue its partnership with UK Opera Theatre, playing for productions of "Ragtime" and "The Barber of Seville." For a list of concerts in UK Symphony Orchestra's upcoming season, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/music/ensembles/uk-symphony-orchestra.

 

UK Symphony Orchestra Conductor John Nardolillo has appeared with more than 30 of the country’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the National Symphony and the principal orchestras of Seattle, San Francisco, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Milwaukee, Utah, Columbus, Indianapolis, Oregon, Fort Worth, Buffalo, Alabama, Louisville, Missouri, North Carolina, Toledo, Vermont, Omaha and Hawaii. He also recently conducted concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; and Carnegie Hall in New York. Nardolillo made his professional conducting debut in 1994 at the Sully Festival in France, and has since made conducting appearances in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and China. He has led major American orchestras in subscription series concerts, summer and pops concerts, education concerts and tours, and for television and radio broadcasts. In 2004, Nardolillo joined the UK faculty, where he is currently serving as the director of Orchestras.

 

Doors for the UK Symphony Orchestra concert open at 7 pm. with music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $10 for the general public, $5 for students, and free for UK students in advance. Tickets are available for purchase through the Singletary Center ticket office online at www.scfatickets.com, by calling 859-257-4929, or in person at the venue. A ticket processing fee is included in the ticket price.

 

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

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

Cats Den Underground to Host 375th Comedy Caravan

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 14:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) — The Cats Den Underground and the University of Kentucky Student Center will be hosting the 375th Comedy Caravan beginning 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Cats Den Underground, located in the lower level of the newly named Blazer Dining (formerly Blazer Hall) on Martin Luther King Blvd.

 

“The 375th Comedy Caravan show is a truly remarkable milestone," said John Herbst, executive director of the Student Center. "These comedy shows have been planned and hosted by UK students for UK students, which makes this series very special. To sustain and continue exciting programs, such as Comedy Caravan, is amazing on any college or university campus.”

 

Kristin Key will be headlining the 375th show. Key broke onto the scene as a household name in season four of "Last Comic Standing" with performers such as Josh Blue, Ty Barnett and Gabriel Iglesias.

 

Key’s writing was regularly featured in Life & Style magazine’s "Style Slip-up" section. She continues to appear on television shows such as "Comics Unleashed" and multiple episodes of VH-1’s "100 Greatest Series." Key is a frequent guest on the nationally broadcast "Bob and Tom Show." Her own specials are often played on SiriusXM satellite radio.

 

To promote the milestone show, the Cats Den Underground will have live camels near Bowman’s Den from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

 

“We have used the camel as the unofficial mascot for our weekly comedy series for a while now,” said Dustin Adams, assistant director of Activities and Marketing with the student center. “In the past we have brought them to campus during K Week, and this semester it made more sense to wait and have them coincide with the anniversary show.”

 

The Cats Den Underground, located in the lower level of Blazer Dining (formerly Blazer Hall) on Martin Luther King Blvd. offers student programming on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Comedy Caravan is every Wednesday at 8 p.m. during the semester.

 

For more information regarding Comedy Caravan and other events in the Cats Den Underground, email dustin.adams@uky.edu.

 

 

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 

UK CAER's Growing Organic Materials Research Group Receives Funding

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 13:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) — Since the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research's (CAER) earliest of days, the center's investigators have focused on natural products. It is a new class of organic materials, however, that has resulted in a recent round of research funding that will accelerate the plastic electronics revolution.

 

CAER researchers John Anthony and Chad Risko, both faculty members in the UK College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Chemistry, have received four new federal grants totaling nearly $1.4 million to further their exploration of organic materials that show great promise for a wide array of commercial electronics applications.

  • Anthony and Risko received nearly $540,000 from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) program for a joint project titled "Organic Semiconductors by Computationally-Accelerated Refinement (OSCAR)." This collaborative project will accelerate the development of new electronic and energy materials by developing computational models to predict solid-state order for a widely studied class of high-performance semiconductors.
     
  • Risko received more than $200,000 from the NSF's Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation to support his project titled "Solution Processing of Organic Semiconductors: A Coupled Atomistic-Continuum Framework." This research will develop computational models that bridge molecular design and device processing to enable more efficient manufacturing.
     
  • Risko received a two-year, $220,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to fund a project titled "Directing the Thin-Film Morphologies of Organic Semiconductors by Design." This research will harness the power of modern theoretical materials chemistry to generate a first principles understanding of the impact of molecular and polymer chemical composition and architecture on the phase transformations that are critical to the formation of the hierarchal morphologies of organic semiconductors. 
     
  • Anthony received a $421,237 award from NSF's Division of Chemistry to support his project titled "Revisiting the Dehydroannulenes." The grant will support the synthesis of functionalized derivatives of a unique class of compounds to screen them for use in photovoltaic and electronic applications. The dehydroannulenes were first studied extensively in the 1970s, but they were never tested for use in real-world applications, and modern synthetic techniques that the Anthony Lab has developed will make the synthesis of useful versions of the materials much more straightforward.

Many of the world's current electronic devices utilize inorganic materials as the active materials in their design. However, these yield devices that are heavy, rigid and expensive to manufacture. Organic materials are being hailed as a promising alternative due to their inherent flexibility, potential for device construction using printing techniques, and their substantially decreased weight. From light-emitting materials for displays, semiconducting compounds for transistors, and light-absorbing materials for solar cells, these organic materials are believed to hold the key to new generation of solar panels, home electronics and health care devices.

 

These grants received by Anthony and Risko signify UK's commitment to remain at the leading edge of next generation materials research.

 

"Thanks to an outstanding partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences, UK CAER is increasing its capabilities in organic electronics," said Rodney Andrews, director of CAER. "Along with the Anthony Group's experimental strengths, the addition of Dr. Risko and his computational chemistry expertise is helping build a unique program in this key technical area. These organic materials hold great promise for reducing energy use and increasing efficiency of energy harvesting technologies. The work of Drs. Anthony and Risko place UK CAER, UK and the Commonwealth in an ideal position to be leaders in these emerging markets."

 

 

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: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; jenny.wells@uky.edu

Dr. Stephanos Kyrkanides Aims for Excellence Through Research

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 13:17

 

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2016) Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Stephanos Kyrkanides began a project during his orthodontic residency studying asymmetries in children born with cleft lip and palate. It was this project that sparked the realization for him that research is crucial, that has been a driving force throughout his career.

 

“It was through the cleft lip/palate project, and others that I came to the realization that research is the main engine in producing new, original knowledge so we can advance our science, both in medicine and dentistry, in order to improve patient care,” Kyrkanides said.

 

Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, Kyrkanides is both a dentist and neuroscientist. He came to UK last year from Stony Brook University, one of the leading public research institutions in the country.

 

Kyrkanides has many accomplishments including inventing Natural Enamel, a new biomaterial for use in CAD/CAM dentistry. Also, in collaboration with Dr. Kerry O’Banion (University of Rochester) and Dr. Sabine M. Brouxhon (Principal Inventor) in the Department of  Surgery, UK College of Medicine, he helped develop a novel cancer drug while at the State University of New York that is licensed by COI Pharmaceuticals Inc., an  Avalon Ventures/GlaxoSmithKline consortium.

 

During his early training in orofacial pain and temporomandibular joint disorders, Kyrkanides was assigned to a project to understand how pathogenesis of internal derangements in the temporomandibular joint created pain. This project led Kyrkanides to devote his life mission to finding answers and improving the quality of life of the 90 percent of people, over age 65, who suffer with temporomandibular joint arthritis. 

 

Currently, Kyrkanides and his team are dedicated to researching regenerative dentistry and are working to prove that dental enamel and fillings can be made out of patients’ cells. This would eliminate having to use plastic, metal or glass for dental reconstruction.

 

“What I've come to realize, and what I try to teach to my own students, including student dentists, is the fact that dental school is a doctorate level program,” he said. That leads to what we call lifelong learning, so our dental graduates, for many, many years, are able to keep up with all the innovations and expansion in dentistry, for the benefit of their own patients.”

 

Kyrkanides has worked extensively researching pain, which led to his discovery that pain is more than just a symptom of disease but part of the disease itself in osteoarthritis. This research is the basis for what he calls central nervous system (CNS) two-way “cross-talk,” where pain is transmitted from the site to the spinal cord and brain, and then spread through the CNS from one joint to another spurring further pain and disease.

 

“The peak of my research career was in 2007, when our discovery of how the brain affects disease development in joints, including that of the temporomandibular joint, was picked up by popular media, in the United States and around the world,” he said. “And, we were in position to educate millions of people of a new way helping those in need, improve their quality of life, and find treatment.”

 

“Having joined UK from the east coast, I have realized that UK, as a campus, is the place to be as a researcher,” said Kyrkanides. He believes that UK provides a warm and encouraging environment when it comes to research.

 

“It offers many collaborative opportunities through its many centers, such as the Markey Cancer Center, an NCI designated center now going for Comprehensive,” he said, as well as “The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, the Center for Oral Health, and many others. There's probably no other place where all this activity happens on one campus.”

 

Kyrkanides has excelled during his career and continues to accomplish more goals at UK. He believes that he is in a great atmosphere for research and has big plans to further transform the school of dentistry.

 

“As dean of the College, I'm committed in leading UK Dentistry into its full potential,” he said. “What I realized from the beginning, is that we have a group of faculty, staff and students that are very talented, very motivated, and willing to work hard, to join me into making UK Dentistry the number one dental school in the country, maybe in the globe.”

 

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.

 

UKPR&M CONTACT: Kathryn Macon, kathryn.macon@uky.edu, 859-257-8716

                                      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, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

Shared Hometown Helps Maysville Man Make Life-Saving Decision for Heart Procedure

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 09:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) —  Jim Lester encourages others to listen to his heart.

 

As you adjust the stethoscope's earpieces and lean in, you hear an electronic whirr and zing reminiscent of a video game. The sound that startles others, makes Lester laugh. Apparently this is not the first time he's unleashed this parlor trick.

 

Just two weeks prior, Lester was gravely ill, in end-stage heart failure, the result of a lifetime of repeated heart attacks (three), blood clots (four) and a stroke. His ejection fraction – a measure of the heart's ability to pump blood – was less than 20 percent.  A healthy person's EF sits in the 50 to 70 percent range.

 

Lester remembers the conversation with Alexis Shafii, his physician at the Gill Heart Institute.  "Dr. Shafii was straight to the point," Lester remembers.  "He said that I had to have an LVAD in order to survive."

 

A left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, is a mechanical device that helps a weakened heart pump blood. "An LVAD doesn't replace the heart," said Dr. Maya Guglin, medical director of Mechanical Circulatory Support at the University of Kentucky Gill Heart Institute. "It just helps it do its job." However, Guglin cautions, implanting an LVAD requires open heart surgery and a lifetime of maintenance, and is therefore not a good fit for every patient.

 

Lester was afraid of surgery.  He kept asking whether there were any pills that could help him instead of this strange-looking machine.

 

Then he met Sarah Branam, one of the three LVAD coordinators at the Gill.

 

"The team asked me to do some education with Jim, since he was very standoffish about the idea of having an LVAD," Branam said. "I started discussing with him what his fears were with the LVAD, I just wanted to help relieve his concerns. And I always say, 'Where are you from?' and when he said, 'Maysville, Kentucky,' I was like, 'Well, funny thing, so am I!'"

 

They bonded instantly. Lester knew Branam's "Papaw," Clarence Branam, and by association knew he could trust Sarah.  She understood his fear of the unknown, but could also share with Lester her experiences with many patients with LVADs.

 

"I got to see patients go from being in the ICU, and being as sick as they are, to seeing them with quality of life: the stamina, no oxygen tank, being able to walk farther, getting back to what they wanted to do, it was just amazing," Branam explained.

 

"I was awful scared, but after talking to Sarah, and finding out she comes from Maysville, why, everything leveled out," Lester said tearfully. "This little thing came in, and she would answer any questions I had, and took all my fears away."

 

Even better: Lester qualified for a clinical trial to implant a new version of an LVAD called HeartMate 3. 

 

According to Guglin, the HeartMate 3 is a quantum improvement from its predecessor, with a longer battery life, smaller profile and engineering that minimizes the potential for complications like blood clots and GI bleeds.

 

"That the Gill was included in this major clinical trial was a coup for us," Guglin said. "It's a signal that the cardiology world recognizes our expertise, our professionalism, and our teamwork."

 

And, Guglin adds, this also helps fulfill the heart institute's academic mission, since high-profile trials like that for the HeartMate 3[DLC1]  expose Gill trainees to the newest available technology – technology that could become standard treatment by the time they are in their own practice. 

 

On Aug. 8, Lester was implanted with the HeartMate 3. Everyone noticed immediately how improved he was.

 

"The biggest thing I saw about Jim before the surgery was how hard he was struggling to breathe. And the day after the breathing tube was pulled out, he did not need supplemental oxygen," Branam said.

 

"It felt like I was getting too much oxygen," Lester laughs.

 

After a couple of weeks of recovery and therapy, Lester was discharged. What will he do with this new lease on life?

 

"Well, I aim to go home, sit on my front porch, watch the traffic go up and down the street, and hug my wife," Lester said.

 

Lester was the Gill's first HeartMate 3 patient, but three others followed within 10 days. This phase of the trial is now closed, but the UK will be involved in the next phase, a “Continued Access Protocol” that permits all qualifying patients to receive the HeartMate 3 while FDA approval is pending.

 

Based on her initial involvement with the HeartMate 3 trial, Guglin has great hopes for the device.

 

"It's an amazing feeling when you come to see the patient next morning after the surgery and their skin color is different and there is life in them," she said.  "And when they are being discharged 10 days or two weeks later it's gratifying to see how much they improved on your watch because of the intervention you were able to offer."

 

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. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

Media Contact:  Laura Dawahare, Laura.Dawahare@uky.edu, (859) 257-5307

 

UK Federal Credit Union Named Official Credit Union of University of Kentucky

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 16:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union and JMI Sports announced today that UK Federal Credit Union will remain the official credit union of the University of Kentucky, continuing its nearly 80-year partnership with the University of Kentucky. Under the new 15-year agreement, the UK Federal Credit Union will provide students, faculty and staff with a wide range of financial products and services, as well as continuing financial education programs and outreach. JMI Sports is the campus marketing rights partner for the University of Kentucky.

 

Highlights of the agreement include:

· A continued on-campus presence in the new University of Kentucky Student Center (scheduled to open in January 2018) with a full service branch to offer complete banking and financial education services.

· Two ATMs throughout the University of Kentucky’s main campus. 

· Access to all UKFCU deposit and loan products and services with complete online, mobile and ATM access to include mobile deposit, free bill pay and free checking.

· Complete online financial literacy and education tools where faculty, staff and students can learn more about personal financial management, budgeting, home ownership and investing.

· Scholarconnect, a continuing monthly scholarship program for university students. 

· Ongoing financial education seminars and programs on a wide variety of topics to prepare faculty, staff and students for life’s financial challenges. 

· Access to UKFCU’s CreditSMART loan to help establish the credit needed for a smart financial future. 

 

“We are excited about this partnership with the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union,” said Eric N. Monday, UK’s executive vice president for finance and administration. “We have confidence that this expanded relationship — coordinated through our multi-media partner JMI Sports — will provide our students and the campus community with enhanced financial services and educational support.” 

 

“We are excited to remain as the Official Credit Union of the University of Kentucky,” said David Kennedy, University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union’s president and CEO. “Since our founding by UK employees in 1937, we have continuously partnered with the university to provide the faculty, staff, students and alumni, with the financial tools and education to last throughout their lifetimes. As a not-for-profit cooperative, owned by our members, we are very proud of the value we deliver. We don’t pay returns to stockholders. Instead, those returns are given back to our members in the form of deposit rates that are regularly two to three times higher than most banks, as well as ultra-competitive consumer and commercial loan rates. It really is banking … only better!”

 

The University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in Kentucky with over $670 million in assets and over 65,000 members. With a focus on financial education and exceptional financial value, UK Federal Credit Union offers a wide range of consumer and commercial products and services to serve their member’s needs. With six branch locations as well as online and mobile banking, the UK Federal Credit Union offers convenient ways to service all your financial needs. For more information about the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union, visit www.ukfcu.org.

 

 

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:  Greg Baker, 859-264-4213, gbaker@ukfcu.org

A&S Honors Its Alumni and Former Faculty

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 15:51

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences will hold its Hall of Fame Ceremony Oct. 7 to induct four new members — Karl “Kip” Cornett, a 1977 alumnus and founder of Cornett; Sally Mason, a 1972 alumna and current president of the University of Iowa; Robert Ireland, an emeriti faculty of history; and Judith Lesnaw, an emeriti faculty of biology.

 

The college’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony and reception will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the UK Academic Science Building, located at 680 Rose St.

 

Cornett was born in Hazard, Kentucky, and graduated from UK in 1977. Seven years later, he founded Cornett, an advertising firm that has become one of the leading agencies in the region.

 

During his years at the university, Cornett was president of Theta Chi Fraternity, vice president of the Student Center Board, vice president of the Concert Committee and was highly involved in numerous other campus activities. He was a student of some of Kentucky’s greatest modern writers, such as Gurney Norman and James Baker Hall.

 

He founded Cornett in the fall of 1984; the company now employs over 60 people and works closely with such brands as Valvoline, Keeneland, Tempur+Sealy, Buffalo Trace Distillery as well as the University of Kentucky, UK Athletics and UK HealthCare.

 

Cornett and his wife are Patterson Fellows and have contributed extensively to the Department of English. He is currently serving as an instructor this fall semester at UK. 

 

He is married to UK alumna Ellen Sanger Cornett (’77) and has two children, Charlotte and Davis, along with two step-children Ben Kessinger and Christy Hiler.

 

Mason became the 20th president of the University of Iowa in 2007. Trained as a cell and developmental biologist, she has held tenured faculty positions in biology at the University of Kansas, Purdue University and the University of Iowa.

 

The daughter of an immigrant father and the first child in her family to attend college, Mason received a bachelor’s degree from UK in zoology in 1977, a doctorate in cellular, molecular and developmental biology from the University of Arizona, and an honorary doctorate from UK in 2012. She joined the molecular biosciences faculty at the University of Kansas in 1981 and won appointment as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1995.

 

A strong advocate of undergraduate education, she received awards for outstanding undergraduate advising and teaching, and was awarded a prestigious Kemper Teaching Fellowship. Mason served as provost of Purdue University from 2001–2007.

 

Mason is the author of many scientific papers and has obtained a number of research grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), among others. She has held leadership positions in numerous organizations, including the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences and the National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources, among others.

 

A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, and a UK emeritus faculty, Ireland received a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska and a juris doctorate from Stanford University. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in history at the University of Nebraska and joined the UK faculty in 1967.

 

At UK, Ireland taught classes at all levels and served several terms as the history department's director of undergraduate studies and director of undergraduate advising. During his 41 years as UK faculty, Ireland was the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including a three-year term as the Distinguished Teacher of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching (Tenured Faculty), the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award, several Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Awards, and a Top Ten Teacher selection by graduating classes every year the awards were granted.

 

Ireland has written three books on the history of 19th century Kentucky and a book on the history of the Kentucky constitutions. Ireland received the Thomas D. Clark Award of Excellence in Kentucky History and several Richard H. Collins Awards for scholarly achievement from the Kentucky Historical Society.

 

A Chicago native, Lesnaw completed a bachelor's degree in microbiology, a doctoral degree in biology (virology), and postdoctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1974, she joined the faculty of the School of Biological Sciences at UK, the beginning of a 36-year career of research, teaching and academic service. 

 

Lesnaw’s research program combined genetic, biochemical and recombinant DNA technologies toward an understanding of the way in which a group of viruses that includes rabies and Ebola replicates. She was awarded more than $2 million in grants from the NIH and the Department of Defense. The information that emerged from her research contributed to our understanding of complex viral proteins and to the future design of new therapeutic agents.

 

Lesnaw established graduate and undergraduate courses in molecular virology for which students dubbed her “Virus Master,” an honorary title that she holds to this day. Committed to the responsibilities of academic service, Lesnaw was a member of the NIH Medical Biochemistry Study Section, and reviewed for virology and biochemistry journals.

 

 

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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Gastric Reflux is Common but May Indicate a More Serious Health Issue

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 13:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2016) — GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is an extremely common problem seen by both primary care providers and specialists in gastroenterology. It is estimated that 10 to 20 percent of adults in the western world are suffering from this ailment at any given time. 

 

Multiple studies have documented a direct connection between increasing body mass index and worsening symptoms of acid reflux.  With the current obesity epidemic in our country, which has taken a particularly heavy toll on the population of Kentucky, GERD is sure to effect a growing number of people in our community in the near future.  

 

Classic symptoms of GERD include a burning feeling in one’s chest, the sensation of food in the back of the throat, sour/acidic taste in the mouth, cough, hoarseness or even outright regurgitation of food. These symptoms are often triggered by eating or laying down, and more particularly, poor eating habits or ingestion of foods known to trigger reflux. These easily avoidable eating habits include binge eating or ingestion of a few large meals throughout the day and eating within three hours of bedtime. 

 

Foods which are known to be associated with reflux include citrus, tomatoes, garlic, onions, mint/peppermint, chocolate and greasy/fatty/spicy foods.  Ingestion of alcohol, caffeine and smoking (even second hand) are also particularly problematic.   

 

Many patients may self- medicate with OTC treatments such as calcium carbonate, ranitidine, omeprazole or even esomeprazole. As a general rule, it is not advisable to continue daily or long term reflux treatments without advice from a medical professional. The reasoning behind this recommendation is twofold. Persistent reflux may indicate a more serious medical issue and chronic usage of antacids can effect absorption of important vitamins and minerals in your GI tract increasing risk for problems such as osteoporosis, vitamin deficiencies and electrolyte abnormalities. 

 

Alarm symptoms that should trigger a visit to your local health care provider include difficult or painful swallowing, vomiting, unintentional weight loss, anemia, visible bleeding or black stools.  In most cases, primary care providers can adequately and effectively treat mild to moderate acid reflux without the need for referral to a specialty provider. Non-medicinal interventions such as weight loss, dietary changes and even raising the head of your bed at night can be extremely effective in preventing or minimizing recurrent episodes of reflux.  Endoscopy is generally not recommended unless reflux is resistant to treatment or alarm symptoms are present.

 

GERD is an extremely common phenomenon that is bound to become even more prevalent with the worsening obesity epidemic in the United States.  While over the counter treatments for acid reflux abound, persistent or alarm symptoms should always prompt consultation with a health care professional.  

 

Primary care/family medicine professionals represent the front line for treatment of reflux and the gateway for referral to gastroenterology for refractory or alarm symptoms.  They are also an excellent resource for behavioral/dietary management of chronic or intermittent reflux.

 

Lucas J. Kennedy, PA-C MSPAS, is a Physician Assistant in the Division of Digestive Diseases at UK Health Care  

 

Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or ann.blackford@uky.edu

UK Ag Agents Encourage Safety When Extracting Stuck Equipment

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:26

 

Video on how to properly (and improperly) tow stuck farm equipment. Courtesy of UK Ag Communications. 

 

RUMSEY, Ky., (Sept. 19, 2016)  Getting a combine stuck in a ditch during harvest is the last thing a producer needs. Professionals with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service are encouraging producers to prepare for this occurrence and to use the proper techniques and equipment to safely remove stuck farm equipment if they find themselves in that situation.

 

“With the wet season we’ve had, we expect farmers to encounter these situations by surprise,” said Curtis Dame, Hopkins County extension agent for agriculture and natural resources education. “A prime example is a situation we had this year where a washout developed over the growing season after we had a summer with more than 20 inches of rain.”

 

Due to their concern for farmers’ safety, Dame and Darrell Simpson, Muhlenberg County extension agent for agriculture and natural resources education, worked with a local towing company and UK Agricultural Communications Services to produce an educational video about the correct and incorrect ways to dislodge stuck equipment.

 

Improper extraction techniques could cause a tremendous amount of costly damage to an already expensive piece of equipment and could cost someone their life.

 

“It doesn’t matter the type of equipment, if it’s stuck, there’s always a danger there,” Dame said. “We want to provide producers and commercial applicators with the knowledge to make informed decisions and to have the right equipment on hand so they keep themselves and their employees safe.”

 

Topics discussed in the video include developing plans for potential extraction situations, proper hooking techniques, extraction equipment condition and cost, things to look for when purchasing extraction equipment, safe zones and factors that could influence how a farmer dislodges a piece of stuck equipment.

 

The video is available on the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/PsRxfSRUlEk.

 

 

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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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Guests Talk About Constitution Day

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 19:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 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.  Filling in for Godell today is WUKY News Director Alan Lytle. He talks to Gammon Fain, director of government relations for the UK Student Government Association, Macario Butler, member of Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences, and Assistant Provost Randolph Hollingsworth about Constitution Day and the many events planned at UK Monday, Sept. 19, to celebrate the U.S. Constitution. 

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/uk-perspectives-constitution-day-2016.

 

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

Sprang Receives $2 million Grant to Expand Services at UK Center on Trauma and Children

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 16:58

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2016) – Dr. Ginny Sprang, professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry and executive director of UK’s Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC), has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

 

When Sprang began her research she focused on the field of traumatic stress, investigating event-specific factors that influenced how trauma manifested in people of all ages. Her experience as a psychotherapist working with violence exposed children began to shape the trauma research she conducted. For 21 years, Sprang has conducted child trauma research at UK and served as a local and national leader in the field.

 

In 1999, the seeds for the eventual Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC) were planted and in 2007, the center was officially established at UK. In 2013, the center became part of the UK College of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. The center currently conducts research and has two clinical laboratories, one that focuses on assessment technologies and another that is an evidence-based trauma treatment center.

 

The treatment lab at CTAC will benefit from the $2 million award and focuses on a few goals. First, they aim to reduce disparities in access to mental and physical care experienced by traumatized children and families in the state. Next, they want to enhance and expand service delivery to traumatized children across the state, focusing on military families housed at or near Fort Knox and Fort Campbell. They will also work to build community capacity of professionals to address the needs of children and families suffering from traumatic stress through training and workforce development initiatives. Finally, the funding will help the center research the effectiveness of interventions currently being used in a variety of clinical settings.

 

This award also helps the center maintain its standing in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). The mission of the NCTSN is to raise the standard of care for traumatized children, families and communities throughout the U.S. In order to be a member of this competitive network, a center must receive and maintain funding, which Sprang has helped to make possible, originally in 2009 and again in 2011, 2012 and now through 2021. “For UK to have a center in this prestigious network, puts us on the map as a center of excellence for assessing and treating child traumatic stress,” Sprang said.

 

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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Registration Open for Women's Forum Conference -- 'She is Every Woman'

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 16:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Women's Forum announces its 2016 annual conference "She is Every Woman," featuring. Kathi Kern, associate professor in the Department of History and director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT). This year's conference will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Hilary J. Boone Center beginning with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and ending with giveaways and door prizes by 3 p.m.

 

The Women's Forum Annual Conference is free and open to all UK faculty and staff, and is a terrific opportunity for women to build their professional and personal skill sets, as well as better inform the UK community about the Women's Forum mission, goals, and general membership.

 

"The conference is geared toward learning from successful UK women and to explore all of the facets of our professional and personal lives while celebrating our own successes within the university," said Alison Begor, chair of the event. "The conference will feature sessions including professional development, personal safety, generational differences, navigating social media, renewing your career passion, and floral design."

 

The Women's Forum Annual Conference is a valuable professional opportunity that is free and informative while celebrating UK women's achievements. This conference not only allows for individuals to network but to learn, listen, and grow in their professional roles at the university.

 

Individuals may register for the conference by completing the registration form at  http://bit.ly/WomensForumConference. Registration will be limited to the first 150 registrants.

 

The UK Women's Forum was created in 1991 and is an organization for all faculty and staff members of the university. Its mission is to exert a leadership role in empowering, validating, informing, including and celebrating all women employed through the University of Kentucky by addressing the challenges, communicating issues and recognizing successes within the context of the workplace.  2016 celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Forum.

 

For additional information about the Women's Forum or the conference, visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UKWomensForum or website http://www.uky.edu/womensforum. If you have any questions, contact Alison Begor, 2016 Women’s Forum Conference Chair at alison.begor@uky.edu or 859-257-8317.  

 

 

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Social Work Student Creates Community Dinners From Vision of Unity and a Garden

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 15:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2016) — Food not only nourishes the body, it can nourish the soul, especially when shared in the company of other people. As Sidney Peard, a senior in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky, tended the garden she and her neighbor started this summer with a couple of heirloom tomatoes, a vision of unifying people in her community through food took root and began to grow.

 

Peard lives near UK’s campus and the heart of downtown Lexington. Residents of the community represent an eclectic mix of people from multiple generations and all walks of life. The centralized location also makes it a natural passageway for a segment of Lexington’s homeless population.

 

“I really feel the Lord laid it on my heart that day in the garden to prepare a meal to bring people together from different populations and share a meal in community – the young, the older, the homeless,” Peard said.

 

The idea of a vegetable garden developed from Peard’s friendship with her neighbor, Nick Stump, a 67-year-old widower, UK graduate, Vietnam War veteran, and local musician. The two often meet on the front porch of the duplex they share.

 

“I listen to the amazing stories of his life. We have met each other's friends. He feels like family.”

 

When Stump mentioned that he could no longer raise his heirloom tomatoes because of bad knees, Peard offered to do it for him. Since the first tomato plant, the neighbors have added peppers, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, cucumbers and squash.

 

Peard said she didn’t set her expectations too high for the first community dinner and her only advertisement at the time was word-of-mouth. She bought plates and utensils, and borrowed tables from UK’s Christian Student Fellowship where she works.

 

“I thought if no one comes and it’s just Nick and myself, then we’ll share dinner in the back yard.”

 

The first community meal was in early July, a small gathering of Peard’s and Stump’s friends who shared a meal of pasta salad and conversation. The meals, always held on Tuesdays, became known as “To Gather Tuesdays” and now has a Facebook page. Stump fully supports Peard’s community endeavor with his attendance, his gardening expertise, and occasionally he will help cook.

 

As news of Peard’s community dinners spread, the number of guests began to increase.

 

“One evening as I was putting out food, a homeless man slowly walked by my yard and asked if this is where meals are served,” Peard said. “He attended regularly after that and some of his friends have since joined him."

 

Peard has poured her heart into bringing her community together over the course of the summer through her community meals. People who might not otherwise share a meal together, seem more like friends. She developed a special bond with one guest in particular; a neighbor she met because the woman often cuts through the vegetable garden on her way home.  Peard says that she is always walking, usually carrying grocery bags, and usually physically affected by alcohol. Their friendship has developed over many a Tuesday evening meal, and outside the community dinner as Peard often walks her or gives her a ride home.

  

“I found out she had a birthday coming up, and I told her that I was going to bake her a birthday cake. At first she resisted the idea but finally gave in,” Peard said. “She told me she hadn’t had a birthday cake in years. We all celebrated after dinner.”

 

Peard’s compassion for others was instilled in her as a young child growing up in Chicago, Illinois, and she remembers going with her parents to inner city Chicago to hand out sandwiches to the homeless.

 

“I consistently heard "I love you” from my parents and received a sense of belonging from them by those words being a constant. They taught me the importance of being that love for other people."

 

Social work seems a natural fit for Peard, who says her love for others and fire for justice and service are what motivate her. Ultimately, Peard credits her faith and beliefs as the guiding force in her life.

 

“To Gather Tuesdays” has taken on a life of its own over the summer and Peard couldn’t be more pleased when she looks around the cloth covered table filled with food and smiling faces. Conversation abounds between the homed and the homeless, the younger generation with the older.

 

“The meals are served family style,” Peard said. “The layout forces people to interact with each other.”

 

No one at the table is related by blood, but these people who were once strangers have become a family of sorts.

 

The sole source of funding for the dinners comes directly from Peard with a little help from the vegetable garden. While she would welcome help from local businesses, they can’t donate because she is not a 501c tax deductible charity. She recently set up a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising enough funds to continue the community dinners.  

 

“I see a lot of growth in this and I have a lot of dreams for it. I love the idea of a community together at this corner spot to share a meal and spend time together. However, growth means more plates at the table and less money for Sidney. I sometimes wonder what I’m going to eat on Thursday!”

 

This past Tuesday, 30 homeless were guests at Peard’s table.

 

“I will continue the meals while the weather is still warm, and if the Lord provides a way after that, I’ll continue,” she said.

 

 

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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Using Sports to Empower and Connect People

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 13:30

 

Photos of the UK Global Center for Sport Diplomacy's visit to Tanzania and emerging disability sports leaders' visit to the University of Kentucky. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sep. 19, 2016) Sports are an intrinsic part of the American life — bringing folks together on the field, in the backyard and around the TV. But sports are also bringing people together in an even bigger way — people from different continents, cultures and walks of life — thanks to a concept called sports diplomacy.

 

"Sport is a powerful vehicle," said Carol Mushett, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Education and director of the UK Global Center for Sport Diplomacy. "It transcends languages and cultural differences and can teach many valuable lessons."

 

The Global Center for Sport Diplomacy, a new initiative led by Mushett and Ben Johnson, who is professor and chair of the UK College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, is focused on using sports to connect people and empower them with confidence, health and wellness, and visibility. 

 

"For women and girls in particular, sport can build confidence, and for those with disabilities it can do that and more," Mushett said.

 

Mushett and Johnson have led sport programs in many countries across the world for marginalized communities and sport and education leaders. They follow a similar model each time, but adjust it according to a country's culture. This summer, the pair, along with two College of Education students and Assistant Professor Mindy Ickes, traveled to Tanzania, an East African country, to promote human rights and positive social change through sports for people with disabilities. The program was funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ SportsUnited division.

 

"In Africa, less than one percent receive any rehabilitation," Mushett said. "Sport can't be a substitute for that, but it can produce many of the same outcomes."

 

The U.N. estimates approximately 80 million people are living with disabilities in Africa, and many have been fighting for rights, services and dignity for decades.

 

"We know that when it comes to human rights, invisibility is at the core of an absence of those rights," Mushett said. "Sports create visibility."

 

While they were in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the UK College of Education team led more than 130 participants — mostly emerging disability sports leaders from Tanzania and Kenya — in workshops and lectures. The team also helped build the country's Paralympic committee and finished the trip with a sports festival where 600 people attended, Mushett said.

 

Eleven of those East African leaders traveled to UK the following month to gain advanced training and learn more about using sports to rehabilitate disabilities and promote tolerance. The group attended the Shriners No Limits Sports Clinic and toured the facilities of Central Kentucky Riding for Hope.

 

"They started thinking, 'How can we adapt what they do with horses to zebras?'" Mushett said, referring to the therapeutic activities Riding for Hope offers for people with disabilities.

 

The visitors also took note of adapted activities and equipment used at Shriners Sports Clinic.

 

"After gaining some specialized training from a U.S. university, they go back and have some power in that area," Mushett said.

 

Although fairly new to UK — having joined faculty a year ago — Mushett and Johnson are veterans in the sports diplomacy field.

 

In fact, Johnson said, someone they trained in 2002 became a minister of sport 11 years later.

 

From leading a sports program for women in the Middle East to organizing a soccer program in Colombia combating gang participation — the pair has long used sports as a commonality between countries and different types of people.

 

Mushett has served on the International Paralympic Committee; the Board of Trustees of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; and the International Olympic Committee Commission on Cultural and Olympic Education. She also oversaw the organization of global sport operations for four International Paralympic Games and 13 Paralympic World Championships. And she is a recipient of the Paralympic Order, the highest tribute awarded within the Paralympic Movement.

 

Johnson also has vast experience in the sports diplomacy world. He is the co-founder of the African Academy of Disability Sport and founder of the International Academy for Disability Rights. He was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Commission and coordinated the IOC’s Sport Science Research Projects during the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Summer Games. Johnson also works with athletes of all ages and abilities in improving their sport performance and minimizing chances for injury.

 

As the two continue to establish the UK Global Center for Sport Diplomacy, they look forward to conducting more research on the effects of sports, strengthening partnerships with domestic and foreign partners and engaging the Lexington community. 

 

"If we can train one person and that one person impacts another … and if we can give our students these experiences … we can make a significant difference," Johnson said. 

 

 

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

Police Chief Dispels Rumors Following Attempted Sexual Assault Off Campus

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 12:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2016) — In an effort to dispel rumors, University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe sent an email to UK students, faculty and staff members today providing accurate information surrounding a recent report of an attempted sexual assaut in Lexington.  

 

False information has been circulated around campus, mostly via social media.  The incident in question did not occur on campus, and UK residence halls have not been locked down.

 

Below is the message from Chief Monroe:

 

In response to misinformation being circulated among University of Kentucky students, parents and employees about a recent attempted sexual assault in Lexington, I want to provide accurate information to our UK family.  Safety is of the utmost importance to UK Police and the entire university, and we would not sacrifice that. 

 

No incidents related to the recent report from Lexington police about possible sexual assaults has occurred on UK's campus.  All incidents were off campus.  UK Police are assisting Lexington Police in their investigation. The university is also looking at additional measures to enhance security on the edges of campus.

 

The question often arises as to the criteria for issuing UK Alerts. Alerts are issued when a serious crime or other incident (gas leak, tornado warning, etc.) occurs on campus posing a threat that requires immediate action. No alert was issued for the Aug. 26 attempted sexual assault that was reported at Arlington and Grosvenor Avenues because it did not occur on campus and UK Police did not have knowledge of it until Aug. 29, days after it occurred, so there was no immediate threat.

 

UK Police provide 24 hour patrols of campus, but we also urge students to be vigilant in their own safety no matter where they are.  We recommend use of the LiveSafe App to report tips or to enhance safety at night on or off campus areas with virtual escorts.  Our Safe Line, 859-257-SAFE (7233) can also connect you to other services, include the ROTC SafeCats program providing safety escorts on campus, and Parking and Transportation Services' on demand bus service for late hours. Student Government and PTS also provide WildCab transportation off campus.

 

The University of Kentucky values a safe community for all students, staff, faculty and visitors. In the interest of promoting a safe and secure campus environment, UK Police offer these safety precautions as well:

 

•           If you see something, say something. For emergencies, call 911.

•           Carry a cell phone to be able to call for help in emergencies.

•           Do not travel alone after dark; walk with a friend or with a group.

•           Whenever possible, look out for your friends when you go out together; walk together and make sure that everyone gets home safely.

•           Park in well-lit areas when possible.

•           Turn over any requested items (purse, wallet, etc.).

•           Make statements with authority – “BACK-OFF! STOP! NO-WAY!” You deserve to be respected.

·       Download and use the UK LiveSafe App on the App Store or Google Play: http://bit.ly/UK-LiveSafeApp

 

 

Joe Monroe

University of Kentucky Chief of Police

Moving Forward Together: Empowering the Office for Institutional Diversity

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 09:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2016) — As explained in last week's UKNow article, University of Kentucky administrators are working diligently to address five concerns students presented to them in a meeting last November. The second concern the students expressed was that the Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) is not effectively structured or empowered.

 

“This student concern is critical to achieving the university’s diversity and inclusion strategic initiatives. We must develop a better understanding of the current status of our efforts in order to assess continuous improvement, and act on what we learn. Yet, it is imperative to take action now, rather than delay," said Terry Allen, interim vice president for institutional diversity.

 

Addressing this concern, an assessment of the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Diversity central unit is under review. Specific needs and recommendations are being examined to identify responsibilities and develop an organizational chart that supports an increase in professional staffing. Additionally, an examination of diversity and inclusion institutional structures nationwide is being conducted.

 

OID houses five units: Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services, Student Support Services, Martin Luther King Center, Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives and the Office for LGBTQ* Resources. Funds have been allocated to strengthen resources within each unit. Vacant positions have been filled, new positions created and facilities are being enhanced.

 

Based on a new diversity policy by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), UK will develop a new diversity plan. UK is awaiting approval of the policy from the CPE including a framework for institutional diversity plan development.

 

UK has also increased its diversity programming budget by $10,000 annually to be administered by the Diversity Organizations Council.  The 2016-2017 fiscal year budget will retain this increased budget amount. UK will continue to review student diversity programming and develop plans for collaborative universitywide diversity programming initiatives.

 

In January 2016, UK President Eli Capilouto formed a Memorial Hall mural committee and charged the group with recommending a plan of action for the atrium in Memorial Hall. The committee was asked to determine specifically how to best give context to the mural. The committee worked through the spring semester and the summer to develop recommendations which can be found here.

 

Researchers from across the campus community are proposing a University of Kentucky Center for Equality and Social Justice that is structured around three facets:

1.    Research

2.    Policy studies and law

3.    Community engagement and advocacy

 

The center would help scholars and students draw connections between these facets with aims of better understanding social inequality through scholarship and collaboration, shaping policies and practices to reduce existing inequality and empowering scholars, students and the community to advocate for social justice.

 

The UK Violence Intervention and Prevention Center recently expanded the scope of their services to provide support and advocacy to students, faculty and staff who experience violence or threatening or harassing behavior based on an aspect of their identity or perceived identity.

 

The Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) offers the following:

·      Support at the time of crisis

·      Resources to support physical, emotional and academic well-being

·      Information on reporting options

·      Assistance navigating campus and community reporting systems and resources

 

For more information about BIRT, visit the VIP Center's website. To file an official report, submit this form.

 

“Sustaining an environment of diversity and inclusion is the responsibility of every member of the university community," Allen said. "The ongoing work of organizational units such as the VIP Center in Student and Academic Life, and the Center for Equality and Social Justice in the College of Arts and Sciences, is a prime example of how Institutional Diversity must collaborate to become better, to instill a sense of belonging for everyone."

 

 

 

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

UK Environmental Health Students Join State, County Officials in Response to Arsenic Contamination

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 15:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2016) — Responding to an environmental health emergency requires public health workers to enter the field, work alongside community members, and educate residents about risk-reduction measures.

 

And, as a group of UK College of Public Health students learned on Sept. 7, sometimes fieldwork involves unusual tasks, such as asking a complete stranger for toenail clippings.

 

Armed with baby wipes and sterile toenail clippers, seven UK College of Public Health students went door to door interviewing and taking biological samples from Long Lane residents in Mount Sterling, Kentucky. They joined an emergency response team from the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Montgomery County Health Department after dangerous levels of arsenic were detected in the soil of the residential community. The interviews and samples were collected for an assessment of arsenic exposure levels and other health risk factors that public health officials must monitor in response to the residential contamination.

 

Two weeks ago, a manager from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) measured high levels of arsenic, a poisonous metal, in a sample taken from Long Lane. Public records showed that the residential area, classified by the DEP as a Superfund section, was the site of a wood treatment plant until the early 1990s. The wood was treated with arsenic for commercial use. Local officials believe the former owner of the plant destroyed the facility and burned the supplies, contaminating the soil with high amounts of arsenic. The property was divided and sold as residential space in the 1990s, and many of the families residing on Long Lane have lived in the community for years, unaware of the presence of arsenic in the soil. Arsenic is a toxic metal associated with respiratory disease and cancers. 

 

“Residents are very concerned about their health,” Jan Chamness, director of the Montgomery County Health Department, said. “They are wondering if it’s going to be safe to continue living here.”

 

The Kentucky Department for Public Health developed a questionnaire to collect demographic, behavioral, lifestyle and health history information from each resident through oral interviews. Students were paired with a state or county health department official to assist with conducting interviews and collecting samples. Residents were asked to provide a sample of toenail clippings to be tested for arsenic exposure.

 

Wayne Sanderson, a professor of epidemiology, preventive medicine and environmental health and the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/Centers for Disease Control-funded Education and Research Center (ERC) at the UK College of Public Health, supported the students’ work, coordinated students’ participation in the emergency response in collaboration with local and state agencies. Jason Unrine in the UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment will lead the analysis of the nail samples.

 

Unrine, Sanderson and students from both colleges will then assist with coding, analysis, and the drafting and editing of the final report. They will report the results of the analysis and tests to state officials, who will determine the appropriate response. While the students acquired hands-on experience on the frontlines of an emergency response, they also provided expertise, knowledge and resources to help an underserved community.

 

“I think it’s important for both our state and our university community to know we are people of service, and service is an important component of our training ground,” Sanderson said. “This is clearly an important responsibility that falls to the state and county agencies, but it’s an opportunity for our students to learn and participate, and help and contribute.”

 

For many of the students, the project was their first experience working in the field during a real environmental health emergency response. Maria D. Politis, a second-year doctoral student, said participating in fieldwork allowed her to understand the impact of the arsenic contamination on families and individuals living in the community. Residents reported regular contact with the contaminated soil through gardening, yard maintenance or playing with children. Many residents expressed concern for the children in the community.

 

“You really don’t know until you come out,” Politis said. “You’re seeing where they live and what they are going through. They do care about this issue, and they are also worried about their children.”

 

Student April Ballard said she was encouraged to see public health workers actively engaged in communities exposed to a health threat. Fieldwork was one of the aspects of environmental health that interested her in the public health profession. She said making people aware of the risk can help them monitor their health in the future.

 

“If anything, it’s just building awareness,” Ballard, a master’s of public health student, said. “Public health always goes back to awareness and education.”

 

Long Lane residents will receive the results of their tests, feedback and long-term support from the state and county health departments.

 

 

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: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

For 50th Year, UK to Offer Income Tax Seminars Across Kentucky

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 14:19

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 15, 2016) — This year marks the 50th anniversary of the University of Kentucky Income Tax Seminar Program, a highly successful outreach series that presents updates on both federal and state tax preparation for tax professionals, enrolled agents, certified public accountants, certified financial planners and attorneys. From Oct. 27 through Jan. 5, the program will host seminars around Kentucky that are designed for professional tax preparers with at least one year of tax preparation experience.

 

The UK Department of Agricultural Economics in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the UK Cooperative Extension Service, in cooperation with the IRS and the Kentucky Department of Revenue, will offer 15 sessions of the two-day seminar. The program covers individual and small business issues, including the latest changes to tax laws such as federal updates on new tax legislation, agricultural issues, rulings and cases, IRS issues and retirement. It also includes two hours of ethics content.

 

Seminars are led by Bill Klump and Willa Woolfolk or new instructors James Blandford and Bill Eversole.

 

Klump is a certified public accountant and president of Klump and Blandford PSC, a certified public accounting firm located in Louisville. He has been an instructor for the Income Tax Seminar Program since 1997.

 

Woolfolk worked for the IRS for 37 years. She has extensive knowledge of business and trade practices and was responsible for writing sections of classroom training for the IRS.

 

Blandford is a certified public accountant who is a shareholder and vice president of Klump and Blandford PSC. He is also a managing member of Blandford Wealth Management LLC, a registered investment adviser. His focus is providing tax, accounting, consulting and financial planning services to individuals and small businesses.

 

Eversole is the managing member of Summit Strategic Advisors LLC, a strategic tax planning and family office consulting firm. He has more than 18 years of consulting and public accounting experience, specializing in providing comprehensive, proactive advisory services to individuals, multi-generational families, family offices and foundations.

 

Seminar registrants will receive the 2016 National Income Tax Workbook, available only to sponsors of tax schools and to registered participants. Seminar participants will also receive the U.S. Master Tax Guide and a Kentucky Department of Revenue update.

 

Registration is now open for the two-day program. All seminars begin at 8 a.m. both days and conclude at 5:30 p.m. Seminars will be offered in:

· Bowling Green: Nov. 17-18, Holiday Inn University Plaza, 1021 Wilkinson Trace

· Burlington: Nov. 29-30, Boone County Cooperative Extension Enrichment Center, 1955 Burlington Pike

· Burlington: Jan. 4-5, Boone County Cooperative Extension Enrichment Center, 1955 Burlington Pike

· Elizabethtown: Nov. 30-Dec.1, Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau, 1030 N. Mulberry St.

· Grayson: Nov. 21-22, Kentucky Christian University, 100 Academic Parkway

· Hopkinsville: Oct. 27-28, Christian County Cooperative Extension office, 2850 Pembroke Rd.

· Prestonsburg: Nov. 9-10, Jenny Wiley State Park Conference Center, 75 Theatre Court

· Lexington-North: Nov. 14-15, Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa, 1800 Newtown Pike

· Lexington-Downtown: Dec. 5-6, Lexington Center, 430 W. Vine St.

· Louisville-East: Nov. 9-10, University of Louisville/Shelby Campus, 9001 Shelbyville Rd.

· Louisville-Airport: Dec. 6-7, Hilton Garden Inn, 2735 Crittenden Dr.

· Maysville: Nov. 2-3, Mason County Cooperative Extension Office, 800 U.S. Route 68

· Owensboro: Nov. 13-14, Owensboro Convention Center, 502 W. Second St.

· Paducah: Dec. 6-7, Julian Carroll Convention Center, 415 Park Ave.

· Somerset: Dec. 13-14, The Center for Rural Development, 2292 U.S.27 #300

 

The Kentucky State Board of Accountancy, Kentucky Department of Insurance and National Association of State Boards of Accountancy have approved the seminar for 17 hours continuing education units. The course is also approved by the IRS for 16 hours of continuing education credit (including ethics) for enrolled agents, and for 16 CE hours by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. Attorneys may apply directly to the Kentucky Bar Association for CLE credit.

 

The early registration fee of $325 must be received two weeks prior to the chosen seminar date. Registration within two weeks of the seminar date is $365. For a registration form or more information, go to www.uky.edu/uktax/.

 

 

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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