LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 3, 2014) -- Ann L. Coker, professor at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and College of Medicine, is the recipient of a Visionary Voice Award, a national award that recognizes the creativity and hard work of individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to end sexual violence. The award is sponsored by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
The award was presented to Coker by the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) at their Sexual Assault Awareness Month Awards Dinner on Feb. 26, 2014. The event followed a ceremony at the Kentucky State Capitol proclaiming March as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Coker says that she shares KASAP's vision that preventing sexual violence is possible and that public health approaches can play an important role.
"We are evaluating the first statewide, randomized intervention trial in 26 high schools across Kentucky," she said. "The intervention, Green Dot, is a bystander–based program to increase awareness of sexual violence and dating violence and empower high school students to safely and effectively intervene with their peers to change attitudes and behaviors and thereby reduce risk of violence. I am honored to have the opportunity to be a partner in this important research. Working on this project clarifies the importance of rigorous public health training and matched with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.”
KASAP Executive Director Eileen Recktenwald says that it’s becoming easier for people to talk about sexual violence, and that is making a difference. “It’s gotten a lot easier to talk about, because – from the White House down – we are seeing a straightforward response to the problem,” she said.
Coker joined UK in 2007, when she became the inaugural Verizon Wireless Endowed Chair in the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women. She is nationally recognized as an expert on the effects partner violence on women’s health. Coker has worked extensively in the field of women’s health, particularly in areas of intimate partner violence, interventions to reduce the risk of violence that impact both men and women’s health, women’s chronic diseases, and reproductive and sexual health. Among other projects, she is currently investigating whether violence against women results in disparities in cancer care for women.
The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs is the coalition of Kentucky’s 13 Regional Rape Crisis Centers. The representatives of each of the 13 Rape Crisis Centers make up KASAP’s board of directors. Since it was established in 1990, KASAP has served as a central point of contact on sexual violence issues in Kentucky. KASAP provides technical assistance to member programs and other professionals, advocates for improvements in public policy, fosters coalition building among members and those with common concerns, and promotes prevention and public awareness regarding sexual violence and related issues.
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LEXINGTON, Ky.(Feb. 28, 2014) — University of Kentucky officials are working to resolve a payroll issue this morning. UK Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday issued the following message to the campus community today.
Dear Colleagues and Students,
This morning, we received reports that payroll for employees who are paid bi-weekly was not being posted to accounts as scheduled.
We are working to fix this issue as quickly as possible.
This issue will be fixed. All employees will be paid. We will be back in touch with details as soon as possible.
Please know we have every available member of our finance and administration and technology teams working on this issue.
We apologize for any inconvenience in the meantime.
Eric N. Monday
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2014) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Today's program brings us the voices of two beloved UK faculty members from the past thanks to the oral history collection in the UK Libraries Special Collections. History Professor Thomas D. Clark and English Professor James Baker Hall were among inductees in the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame in January.
To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/two-more-uk-faculty-join-kentucky-writers-hall-fame.
"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 3, 2014) —Love, lust and murder are at the forefront of University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s spring production of “Don Giovanni.” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera, first performed in 1787, drives along like a Alfred Hitchcock film. In the first scene, we see a murder and then follow the opera as the characters discover several secret truths. UK Opera Theatre presents four performances of "Don Giovanni" March 6-9, at the historic Lexington Opera House.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles, “Don Giovanni” is based on the legends of the great seducer Don Juan and is the 10th most performed opera in the world.
The UK cast of “Don Giovanni” is filled with award-winning singers, including Whitney Myers and William Clay Thompson, winners of the 2013 Kentucky District Metropolitan Opera (MET) Auditions; Thomas Gunther, winner of the 2012 Kentucky District MET Auditions and 2012 first place winner of the Alltech Competition; and Shareese Arnold, third place winner of the 2013 Alltech Competition.
Thirty-eight members of the UK Symphony Orchestra bring Mozart’s opera to life, under the baton of Maestro John Nardolillo. Richard Kagey, artist-in-residence for UK Opera Theatre, directs and designs the production with Tanya Harper serving as lighting designer and Susan Dudley-Wigglesworth serving as costume designer.
"Don Giovanni" takes the stage 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 6-8, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9. Tickets for the production are available through the Lexington Center Box Office and can be purchased in person, by calling 859-233-3535 or visiting online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.ukoperatheatre.org or call 859-257-9331.
UK Opera Theatre is one of a select group of U.S. opera training programs recommended by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. The Tucker Foundation is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the careers of talented American opera singers by bringing opera into the community and heightening appreciation for opera by supporting music education enrichment programs.
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.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 3, 2014) — What is not taught in most college courses, but essential to advancing in the work world? Alumna Peggy Noe Stevens says soft skills are components of personal branding that lead to professional success. Stevens, author and founder of a global business to promote personal branding, will bring her strategies to the University of Kentucky with a "Professional Presence" workshop beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, March 7, at the Student Center, Room 230.
The workshop, hosted by the James W. Stuckert Career Center, is based on Stevens' book, "Professional Presence: A Four-Part Guide to Building Your Personal Brand.”
"Peggy Noe Stevens exudes the passion to help students and professionals declare that their professional presence will be the difference in their being the chosen candidate for a position or being promoted within an organization. Our students will have the opportunity to interact with a UK alum who has achieved her presence and is reaching back to help others," Stuckert Career Center Director Francene Gilmer said.
This workshop will focus on developing important softs skills during four individual sessions:
· "Professional Presence," 10-11 a.m.;
· "Architecture of Style," 11:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m.;
· "Presentation Skills" (by special invitation only to student organization leaders and graduate students), 11:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m.; and
· "Now, Go Get a Job," 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Students must register for sessions with Stevens in Wildcat CareerLink, the Stuckert Career Center’s online career management tool. Access the Wildcat CareerLink system at www.uky.edu/careercenter.
"I want to learn the confidence many experienced professionals have, to walk away with the skills that will truly lead to my success," said Heather Coley, a junior marketing major, regarding the relevance of this workshop to students.
Stevens' company, Peggy Noe Stevens & Associates, is based in Louisville, Ky., and specializes in professional brand assessment and strategy for people and places. She graduated from UK with a degree in interpersonal communications and public relations and has a work history in hospitality and marketing with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, as well as global travel and event planning with the Brown-Forman Corporation. Her book, "Professional Presence," was released in 2012.
According to Frank Patton, vice president at First Investors Corporation, there are several reasons students should attend these sessions. "First Investors is extremely excited to meet with students who want to excel in leadership and professionalism. Professionalism is an intangible thing. Many students do not possess professionalism naturally, but need to actively develop those skills through networking at events such as this. I strongly recommend that students attend these sessions by Peggy Noe Stevens to take advantage of a unique opportunity to learn about Professional Presence."
As part of the UK Division of Undergraduate Education, the James W. Stuckert Career Center strives to provide students with enriching and educational programs to enhance their working experience and employment opportunities. The Stuckert Career Center helps students explore their career options, engage in experiential learning and connect with employers for employment or graduate school admission.
For more information on the Stuckert Career Center and how the staff can provide assistance, visit www.uky.edu/careercenter or call 859-257-2746.
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2014) – On behalf of Governor Steve Beshear, Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson joined University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and University of Louisville President James Ramsey to announce $3.7 million in state funding and in-kind contributions to support a comprehensive federal initiative focused on enhancing advanced manufacturing nationwide and bringing more highly skilled jobs to the Commonwealth.
Earlier this week, President Barack Obama announced the grants in support of the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, a White House plan to help U.S. manufacturers employ leading-edge technology to become more competitive. The initiatives involve universities, private companies and governments throughout the country, including the Commonwealth and Kentucky’s two research universities.
“As a prominent partner in both of these initiatives, Kentucky will play a key role in developing and disseminating cutting-edge manufacturing technologies to the advanced manufacturing sector,” said Lt. Governor Abramson. “Private companies from around the country will work with UofL and UK on groundbreaking research. These grant awards are vital to the nation’s long-term economic success, and the Commonwealth is honored to be a part of these opportunities.”
To support these innovative research projects, the Cabinet for Economic Development and other state partners are investing a total of $3.7 million over the next several years.
Manufacturing remains a critical economic engine in the Commonwealth. Manufacturing is Kentucky’s third-largest employment sector – nearly one out of every eight non-agricultural jobs in Kentucky is in manufacturing.
In 2012 alone, 232 manufacturing facilities announced new locations or expansions in Kentucky.
In addition, Kentucky’s manufacturing employment has grown 9 percent since 2010, providing more than 228,000 jobs.
More than 4,100 manufacturing facilities now call Kentucky home, and they produce everything from automobiles and aerospace parts to food, beverage, and paper products – with a total output of nearly $30 billion.
“We have a keen interest in not only maintaining our manufacturing prowess in Kentucky, but also growing manufacturing through advanced technology applications,” said Gov. Beshear. “These grants and the work they will support at our two research institutions will give Kentuckians a huge head start on developing the techniques that will drive the future manufacturing sector.”
UK and UofL are both involved in the federal project, but will work with different groups of schools and manufacturers.
UofL to Focus on Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation
UofL is one of the prime players in a consortium of Midwestern universities and companies selected to participate in the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute.
The DMDI Institute will be headquartered in Chicago with a network of manufacturing and research sites across the U.S. – including one at UofL. The institute’s goal will be to increase the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector of America’s economy by developing software, data management tools and innovative, networked production processes that reduce costs and improve efficiencies for both large companies and small to medium-sized manufacturers.
Funding for DMDI includes a $70 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. That grant will be leveraged by investments and support commitments of $250 million from industry, academia, government and community partners.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development will contribute more than $1.2 million to the project over the next five years that will be used to ensure that small to medium-sized Kentucky companies have an opportunity to apply these new technologies to their manufacturing processes and develop technologies specific to their needs.
The state has also already funded $12.4 million in infrastructure for a new research park behind the Speed School.
“The University of Louisville is focused on providing the skills and technology to boost economic opportunities for Kentuckians,” said Ramsey. “This federal award will help us build on our competitive advantage in manufacturing, provide more jobs for Kentuckians and establish UofL as a leader in advanced manufacturing, design and innovation.”
UK to Focus on Lightweight Materials Manufacturing
UK was selected to participate in the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), which will receive $70 million in Department of Defense funding, with $78 million in matching support from a public-private consortium.
ALMMII is charged with developing and deploying advanced lightweight materials manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training programs to prepare the workforce. The Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and the Cabinet for Economic Development will contribute a total of $2.5 million to support the Institute.
UK is one of nine universities that have joined with 34 private companies and 17 other organizations in the public-private consortium, which was initiated by the Ohio-based tech nonprofit group EWI along with the University of Michigan and The Ohio State University.
“UK’s partnership in this institute engages our human capital and intellectual curiosity in collaborative and creative scholarship,” Capilouto said. “Our role will support research and development in ways that are significant to education we provide, industries we support in our state and the economic competitiveness of our nation.”
For more on DMDI, visit www.manufacturing.gov/docs/DMDI_overview.pdf.
For more on ALMII, visit http://www.manufacturing.gov/docs/LM3I_overview.pdf.
Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com. Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Watch the Cabinet’s “This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2014) – Twenty three undergraduate and graduate students will compete in the 3rd annual UK Venture Challenge Saturday, March 1, at the James. F. Hardymon Theater in the Davis Marksbury Building on Rose Street. The students are competing for $3,000 in scholarship prizes and the opportunity to represent UK at the state competition in April.
The competition begins at 9 a.m. and the public is invited to attend. The awards ceremony is expected to begin at 1:05 p.m.
Venture Challenge provides students an opportunity to show off their innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and get real world experience as they develop their ideas into potential startup ventures, prepare a written proposal, and pitch their venture to judges from the local entrepreneurial community.
This year’s teams are as follows:
Dream Fit – Daniel White, mechanical engineering junior
Easy Conference – Richard Graff, computer science sophomore and Ethan Palmer, electrical engineering sophomore
Reinforcer – Bryan Wright, architecture junior
Shouter – Josiah Hanna, computer science senior; Charlie Effinger, computer science senior; Craig Schmidt, computer science senior
The Soccer Lifestyle – Chris Lee, marketing and management senior
Wasio VR – Charlie Miles, electrical engineering senior
Arymza Technologies – Satrio Husodo, molecular and cellular biochemistry Ph.D. candidate; Miguel Doughlin, MBA candidate; Erica Clark, MBA candidate
The Innovation Pharm – Huy Ngo, pharmaceutical sciences, CET, Ph.D. candidate; Rene Gonzalez, pharmaceutical sciences, CET, Ph.D. candidate; Matt McErlean, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery, Ph.D. candidate; Jarrod Williams, Pharmaceutical Sciences, CET, Ph.D. candidate.
MosquitoTech – Alex Blasingame, MBA candidate; Justin Johnson, MBA candidate; Rob Arnold, MBA candidate.
Vet Detective – Alexandra Hart, agricultural economics senior; Amber Mills, MBA candidate; Vladimir Goussev, MBA candidate; Stephen Stone, MBA candidate
The undergraduate team judging panel includes: Randall Stevens, founder and CEO of Punndit; Harvie Wilkinson MBA director, Gatton College of Business and Economics; and Matthew Wiley, founder and CEO of BLOC Marketing.
Judging the graduate teams are: Stephanie P. Herron, president and CEO, Markey Cancer Foundation; Alan Stein, founder, president and CEO, SteinGroup LLC; and Lee T. Todd Jr. president emeritus, University of Kentucky.
Thanks to sponsors, UK Venture Challenge is able to provide $3,000 in scholarship prize money that will be shared by the winning students. The 1st place undergraduate team and 1st place graduate team each receives $1,000. The 2nd place undergraduate team and 2nd place graduate team each receives $500. And, the online top vote winner receives $50.
For the third straight year our lead sponsor is the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership, an economic development partnership that includes the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Commerce Lexington, and the University of Kentucky. New sponsors this year are the Gatton College of Business and Economics and the College of Communication and Information.
UK Venture Challenge is organized by iNET, the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking hosted by the College of Communication and Information, with the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship / Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, and the Big Blue Starters student entrepreneur organization.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2014) - On two heart-shaped pieces of paper, University of Kentucky junior Darisha Jenkins wrote down a list of things she loved about herself. At the top of that list: her body.
"I'm proud of my body," Jenkins said, standing in a circle of peers with the paper hearts taped to her sweatshirt and jeans. "It's not perfect, but it's my own."
Jenkins was part of a small group of students who reflected on the meaning of body image and engaged in self-appreciation exercises during the Body Is Not An Apology spoken-word workshop on Feb. 26. Held at the University of Kentucky's Violence Intervention and Prevention Center, the two-hour workshop based on the global movement focused on self-love and body empowerment was part of UK's Love Your Body Week, Feb. 24-28.
During the workshop, students and faculty members learned to identify and express those qualities that they appreciated about themselves in written and spoken form. Exercises included free-writing and an opportunity to perform spoken-word. Catherine Martin, the prevention education coordinator at the VIP Center, prompted students to practice daily rituals of self-love, including journaling about their dreams and achievements. Tori Amason, program director for leadership in the office of student involvement, led participants in watching and developing their own spoken-word pieces.
Student Colleen Morris plans to take the lessons she learned from the workshop back to her sorority sisters for extra encouragement during Fat Talk Free Week. She thinks many women in college struggle with body image issues.
Although Morris enjoys journaling, she was more interested in listening to the ideas of others than reciting her own spoken-word.
"I'm not a poetry person, but I think it's awesome," Morris said of the spoken-word exercise.
Love Your Body Week events continues through Feb. 28. Students are encouraged to use the hashtag #LoveYourBodyUK to share positive messages about their bodies on social media. For a full schedule of Love Your Body Week events, click here.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2014) — Keeping with UK tradition, an undergraduate student will be selected to speak at each of two undergraduate Commencement ceremonies, which will take place at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in Rupp Arena.
Students interested in speaking must submit their applications by 4 p.m. Friday, March 3.
A Commencement Speaker Selection Committee will determine which students will have the honor of addressing their fellow graduates. Applications are available online at www.uky.edu/Commencement/speakers.html.
To be considered, applicants must be receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky at the May 10 Commencement Ceremony. Additionally, the applicants must have contributed to UK through campus or community activities and through their fields of study. Applicants must also demonstrate strong public speaking skills.
Undergraduate students who wish to apply must submit a resume, information sheet and a copy of their proposed speech no longer than three typed, double-spaced pages. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the selection committee.
The committee may contact any applicant for a 15 minute interview and speech demonstration for the following week.
The 2013 December Commencement ceremony is available to watch on YouTube. The student address begins at 0:59:45.
May 2014 Commencement Ceremonies
All graduates should register for Commencement at www.uky.edu/Commencement.
Students are also encouraged to attend Grad Salute, which is taking place through Friday of this week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the King Alumni House.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2014) — Twenty-four undergraduate researchers from the University of Kentucky, along with more than 200 other student representatives from across the state, are taking over the state capitol in Frankfort today to showcase their research to the state legislature.
Posters-at-the-Capitol is a one-day annual event held to educate the Kentucky state legislators of the importance of undergraduate research and scholarly work. The governor, members of the General Assembly and representatives from students' hometowns are able to engage directly with the scholars on this day.
"The University of Kentucky is deeply committed to a culture of undergraduate research because of the profound impact it has on learning and the inherent value it brings to the Commonwealth of Kentucky," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "By engaging in innovative research activities and inspiring a generation of thinkers, pioneers and inventors, we position ourselves to address our state’s most intractable problems and create a better future for all Kentuckians."
The event is a collaborative program where students from each of Kentucky's eight public universities and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System present the results of research they have conducted as part of their college experience before the state legislature.
Many different undergraduate disciplinary areas are presented at the event, not only those within the sciences.
The UK students who will participate in Posters-at-the-Capitol this year include:
- Anthony Carney: "Food Cost May Be An Incentive to Healthy Eating in Kentucky Counties." Mentors: Frances Hardin-Fanning and Yevgeniya Gokun
- Madeline Marie Doran: "Goal Comprehension Mediates the Relation Between ADHD and Social Functioning Deficits." Mentors: Richard Milich and Elizabeth Lorch
- Tyler J. Flynn: " Magnetic and Electrostatic Hybrid Microstructures for Microfluidic and Microrobotic Applications." Mentors: Christine Trinkle & L. S. Stephens
- Mary Allison Francis: "Impact of Prenatal Psychosocial Wellness on Risk for NICU Admission." Mentor: Kristen Ashford
- Melissa Homann: "Triggering Receptor Expressed by Myeloid Cells-2 (TREM2) spicing forms effects on function of gene and relationship with Alzheimer disease." Mentor: Steven Estus
- Corinna Hughes: "Exploring Racial Differences in Biomarkers, Stress and Anxiety Throughout Pregnancy." Mentors: Kristen Ashford, Andrea K McCubbin, Janine Barnett and Susan Westneat
- Summer Knox, Christopher Auvenshine, Stephanie Mays, British Thompson, Jacob Case, Tommy Mudd, and Jimmy Williams: "Exploring Racial Differences in Biomarkers, Stress and Anxiety Throughout Pregnancy." Mentors: Steven Arthur and Andrea Friedrich
- Karyn Loughrin: "Sustainable Land Use around Nyungwe National Forest Reserve." Mentor: Andrew Stainback
- Casey L. Magyarics: "Impact of Number and Type of Stalking Behavior on Perceptions in the Courtroom." Mentor: Jonathan Golding
- Holly Poore: "Emotional Understanding as a Mediator of ADHD and Negative Social Outcomes." Mentors: Richard Milich and Elizabeth Lorch
- Helen Sauer: "Overview of Community and Economic Development Programming in Southern Land-Grant Universities." Mentor: Alison Davis
- Rebecca Schwager: "Parasite Prevalence in Kentucky Elk as Determined Through Abomasal Parasites and Fecal Egg Counts." Mentor: John Cox
- Nazeer Shaikh:"In Vitro Starch Catabolism, a Novel, Environmentally Safe Means of Starch Processing." Mentor: Matthew Gentry
- Christina Thompson: "Examining the Impact of Anxiety and Prenatal BMI on Preterm Birth." Mentor: Kristin Ashford
- Heidi Vollrath: "The relationship between brain size and muscle mass among primates." Mentor: Magdalena Muchlinski
- Rebecca L. Wente: "Interactions Between Green Lacewings and Ladybeetles Their Potential for Biological Control of Aphids." Mentors: Katelyn A. Kowles, Jason M. Schmidt and James D. Harwood
- Danielle Wingerter and Jessica Gambrel: "Application of Phage Display Technology to Establish Binding Partners to the Autophagy Protein ATG8 from Evolutionarily Diverse Organisms." Mentors: Anthony Sinai, Luke Bradley and Animesh Dhara
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2014) − A patient's experience while in the hospital is often defined by the care they receive from nursing staff. A nurse may be the first and most frequent interaction a patient has with a clinical professional while hospitalized. The care a nurse provides can make a significant impact on how well and how quickly a patient is able to recover.
UK HealthCare nurses demonstrated outstanding patient care when they were recently ranked No. 1 out of 102 UHC (University Health Consortium) academic medical centers for the Nursing Care Aggregate HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) domain.
The HCAHPS survey is the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients' perspectives of hospital care.
UK Chandler Hospital demonstrated the greatest improvement in HCAHPS scores among the 41 academic medical centers that participated in the recent University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Patient Experience Improvement Collaborative.
The hospital achieved an aggregate increase of 19.08 percent for the project’s focus areas of nursing communications, staff responsiveness, cleanliness and quietness.
“Our strategic agenda of quality, safety and service is foundational,” said Colleen Swartz, chief nurse executive for UK HealthCare. “Our nursing vision of “every patient, every time” reinforces the behaviors we always expect our staff to demonstrate. Nursing practice at UK HealthCare is strong and present and our patients’ experience reflects that work.”
UK HealthCare presented a web conference in December to UHC colleagues as part of an educational UHC improvement collaborative about the successful application of the patient centered culture at UK. The online conference, "See Blue, Every Patient, Every Time," included approaches for successfully implementing best practices, enhancing the patient experience and improving HCAHPS scores.
“Health care is really about human relationships,” says Ann Smith, chief administrative officer for UK HealthCare. “The relationships that put the patient in the center make for the strongest experience. The relationships within the work group and care team are vitally important.
“It takes a strong sense of team, supporting each other to focus on the care of patients, to provide a high-quality, high-‘touch’ experience,” she adds. “The UK HealthCare staff is proving how that sort of teamwork benefits those we serve.”
UK's Markey Cancer Center is but one example of how UK HealthCare nurses work together as a team with doctors and other providers to provide an environment of healing and outstanding medical care.
Sophia Wright Brown, the patient care manager of chemotherapy infusion at Markey Outpatient, said the integration of the patent experience into the delivery of care is important to the staff.
"The level of teamwork displayed is remarkable," Brown said. "The Office of Patient Experience observed in our area and noted the level of individual consideration given to the patients, and the excellent relationship the patients have with the staff. The chemotherapy staff form very special bonds with patients and their caregivers."
Brown adds that the chemotherapy staff feels extremely fortunate to serve a very unique and special patient population.
"Our oncology patients are particularly vulnerable when receiving treatment and their satisfaction is our focus," said Dr. Frederick Ueland, professor and director of Gynecologic Oncology at Markey Cancer Center and vice chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UK College of Medicine. "The survey results demonstrate that the Markey staff is truly exceptional at providing a supportive and personalized infusion experience."
Laura Marsh, a chemotherapy infusion nurse at UK, says that she wants to make a difference in someone’s life by providing compassionate care to patients and their families.
"As an oncology R.N., I am able to spend quality time with the patients, which in turn builds lasting relationships. I also am given the chance to interact with patients, medical staff, pharmacy, and physicians which allows me to add to my knowledge base. Oncology nursing provides me with constant excitement and challenges with the ever changing treatment options and our diverse patient population. Every day is new and different."
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LEXINGTON, Ky (Feb. 27, 2014) – Rachel Berling, Luke Hays and Nina Hobbs's artwork will be displayed in the Rasdall Gallery during a reception as part of the Young Artists Student Art Exhibit. The winners were awarded $750 after judges from the College of Fine Arts and a local art organization judged entries, which were accepted until Feb. 1.
The reception in the Rasdall Gallery to showcase the winning artists’ work will take place at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 27. The reception gives the UK student artists the opportunity to showcase their talent. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with Berling, Hays and Hobbs about their work and discuss the inspiration behind it. A WRFL DJ will be present and light food and refreshments will be served.
“I think the Young Artists Exhibit is a great way to display artists that are creating work at our own school,” stated Mel Simon, SAB director of cultural arts, “This is an opportunity to allow the students’ artwork to be showcased to other students.”
The artwork will be on display until March 7. The Rasdall Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. People who missed the gallery opening will have an opportunity to view the artwork during this time.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2014) — Kathi Kern will engage the UK community today at 3 p.m. in the William T. Young Library Auditorium, as the third speaker in the "see tomorrow." Speaker Series.
Kern serves as the director of the UK Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) and as an associate professor in the UK Department of History. She is an innovator in her own classrooms and brings energy and enthusiasm to her teaching.
Her presentation, titled "From the Ground Up: Faculty Innovation and the Future of Teaching and Learning at UK," will survey the national landscape of trends and challenges in teaching and learning in higher education, then highlight faculty innovations at UK.
"I will focus on changes in student experience and expectations; changes in learning environments and modalities; changes in technology that affect our teaching strategies; and faculty empowerment and development," Kern said.
Kern has won UK's Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching (1995), the Alumni Great Teacher Award (2003) and the College of Education's "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Award (2001, 2004). She has authored several successful grants funded through the Teaching American History Grant program of the U.S. Department of Education with awards totaling nearly $4 million. Kern also served as the Stanley Kelley Jr., Visiting Associate Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University, 2009-2010.
"President Capilouto and I strongly believe that "see tomorrow: The University of Kentucky Strategic Plan" cannot be a document that simply sits on a shelf. It must inform what we value as an institution, how we bring those values to life and how we fund those aspirations," UK Provost Christine Riordan said. "An ongoing speaker series provides an avenue to continually remind us all that the strategic plan is never complete. It is an ongoing process of continuous improvement and aspiring to do more on behalf of the Commonwealth we serve."
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The photographs were not just put up on the walls by happenstance. Someone had to figure out how the exhibit should be set up so that visitors have an “experience” they can’t find anywhere else.
Discover “Who Does That?” for the UK Art Museum by watching the video above.
This video feature is part of a series produced by UKNow called "Who Does That?" The idea is to show you the unique students, faculty and staff who make UK tick.
We want to showcase how UK students, faculty and staff work each and every day to keep The Kentucky Promise alive and well.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2014) – Illustrious graduates of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment were inducted Feb. 21 into the 2014 class of the college’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
Of the 13 honorees, this year’s living inductees are James Mahan, Herbert Ockerman and Glenn Stith. These honorees have had outstanding careers and continue to serve as important members of their fields and their communities.
This award is the highest honor the college bestows. The college’s Ag & HES Alumni Association spearheaded the formation of this award. The college’s Office for Advancement along with the alumni association administers the program.
“As an alumni association, we are pleased to support the college’s highest honor, reserved for an elite group whose professional careers and service have distinguished them,” said alumni association president Diana Doggett. “Our distinguished alumni represent some of the most innovative, visionary and influential graduates in the world. We are confident that their impact will be felt for decades and even centuries to come. We are honored to count them among our own.”
James “Jim” Mahan, of Lexington, has been an active and important part of Kentucky agriculture since his youth. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1967, Mahan devoted his life to his farm, family, youth and agriculture. From opening his farm and sharing it for many years with the local 4-H sheep club, to providing leadership for the development of Locust Trace AgriScience Farm and school, he is an advocate for youth leadership. He also provided leadership and financial support for the construction of the Ag Pavilion at Masterson Station Park.
Herbert Ockerman was born in Chaplin in 1932 and came to UK to play football under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant in 1950, but an injury changed those plans. Ockerman has had a distinguished career in animal sciences at The Ohio State University, where he continues to teach. Through his philanthropic endeavor, he collects and distributes books to libraries throughout the world. To date, he has donated more than $850 million in books to 350-plus global destinations. Ockerman lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Glenn Stith, a native of Meade County, graduated from UK in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. Immediately following graduation, he joined Monsanto and has held a variety of positions in the company. At his retirement in 2010, he was vice president of commercial operations, North America and Latin America North, for Monsanto’s crop protection division. Stith also lends his time and talents to the country’s youth, especially through FFA, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and the UK Ag & HES Lincoln Trail Scholarship endowment. Stith lives in Ankeny, Iowa.
“These alumni are outstanding leaders in their professions and in society, and it is our honor to acknowledge their contributions,” said Nancy Cox, dean of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “We are proud of the many distinguished alumni we have in this college. They serve as models to our students of the many diverse opportunities a degree from this college can offer.”
This year’s posthumous award recipients are Charles D. Bennett, Rose Mary Brooks, Jim Corbin, H. David Hilliard, George M. Kurtz, Ira E. Massie, William A. Seay, Barbara Ellis Taylor, Henry D. White, and Patch G. Woolfolk. Find more information about these honorees at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/alumni.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2014) — A scientific collaboration between the University of Kentucky's Institute of Research for Technology Development (IR4TD) and two Lexington high school students showed real results, when both students were awarded prizes at the Kentucky American Water Science Fair Feb. 8.
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School students Kendall Kruszewski and Madison Donoho conducted research projects with IR4TD, guided by a mentor. Competing among nearly 700 students, Kruszewski won the Lexmark Engineering Award, and Donoho took second place for her project in the engineering category.
“This hands-on experience has allowed me to expand my knowledge within multiple fields and has instilled in me a desire to gain knowledge and insights that can contribute to society,” Kruszewski said.
IR4TD is a unique engineering research center dedicated to research, education, outreach and service at UK. The institute is the product of a long collaboration between Toyota and the university that has extended for more than 20 years. IR4TD offers two programs to assist many types of organizations: Research and Development, designed to offer new ideas and solutions, and Lean Systems, designed to offer training and coaching.
IR4TD provided a mentor for the high school students over the course of January to December 2013 to work on research projects that fulfilled a requirement of the Math, Science and Technology Center, a rigorous gifted and talented program at Dunbar that both Kruszewski and Donoho are members of.
Kruszewski and her mentor, postdoctoral scholar Ahmad Salaimeh, chose their project based on the career fields that interested Kruszewski: medicine, engineering and computer science. The pair also looked into society’s needs and determined that methods of medical diagnosis needed an upgrade. Their idea: infrared thermography as a potential method for medical diagnosis. So, they conducted a test matrix of 135 experiments to distinguish between multiple biological systems by using transient temperatures of the hand monitored by infrared thermography.
"They are very enthusiastic and they follow up with questions, start discussions, challenge and change experiments, and research on their own," said Salaimeh about IR4TD high school students having ownership of their projects.
Salaimeh directed Kruszewski toward literature relating to the project, educated her on MATLAB (a program for numerical computation, visualization, and programming), and is currently a co-author to Kruszewski’s paper on the project. Salaimeh was not only Kruszewski’s mentor, but test subject as well, fully engaging himself in the project and Kruszewski’s learning.
“Without my mentor, the idea of such a project would have not been developed. He taught me multiple subjects,” Kruszewski said. “Without learning these subjects from him and having him there to help, I wouldn’t have the knowledge necessary for this project.”
After presenting at the science fair and winning the Lexmark Engineering Award, Kruszewski and Salaimeh are now focused on publishing a paper on the subject and preparing for the Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair on March 1 at UK.
Both Kruszewski and Donoho will advance to the regional science fair taking place at UK’s Student Center.
UK's IR4TD continues to practice collaboration and outreach with the mentorship of six high school students this year, up from four students last year. Salaimeh said the program is becoming competitive because of word-of-mouth from previous students. IR4TD Director Kozo Saito says the partnership benefits the institute as well.
"This broader mission of education inspires all our institute members including graduate students, faculty, and staff to participate in the high school student mentoring program,” he said. “Interestingly, we probably have learned more from them than we have taught them —a very rewarding feeling, a confirmation of the value of our service principles that keeps us going.”
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2014) — Designing energy efficient buildings that are both functional and attractive raises a question: How do people adjust to a building that is adapting to them?
Melody Carswell, an expert in engineering psychology and associate professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Psychology, investigated with her students how occupants, including themselves, were responding to the new, adaptable Davis Marksbury research building on the UK campus.
Carswell's work is featured in the above video, produced by UK's Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments (the Vis Center) as part of its "What's Next" series. It may also be viewed at "Reveal," the official website for UK Research Media, at http://reveal.uky.edu.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2014) — Mandy Jones, clinical assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, has received a highly-competitive UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) pilot award to analyze and transform the culture of medical error disclosure in health systems utilizing interprofessional teams.
The project is entitled “Transforming the culture of medical error disclosure in Kentucky through interprofessional education,” and it seeks to improve a long-standing medical error disclosure problem at health systems around the nation.
Jones will lead an interprofessional team of educators and researchers representing law, medicine, nursing and pharmacy in order to provide medical error disclosure training for healthcare providers and to study the impact of team-based disclosure on transparency and provider willingness to disclose.
“I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to generate information that may inform the development of evidence-based strategies for improving transparency of disclosure and provider willingness to disclose,” Jones said. “Given the increasing emphasis on team-based care and interprofessional education in health professions curricula, our research represents a first step in characterizing the impact of interprofessional teams on disclosure conversations. I am also honored to be working with such an impressive team of educators and researchers, without whom this project would not be possible.”
Major national agencies, such as the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission, and the Institute of Medicine expect the reporting and disclosing of medical errors to provide information that can lead to improved healthcare quality and safety; however, little guidance is provided by these agencies in terms of how to effectively disclose an error or which model of disclosure is best.
Relational outcomes of disclosure research demonstrate that while clinicians desire transparency, these attitudes are often not translated into practice; when disclosures do occur, they typically fall short of patient or family expectations. There are numerous barriers that impact transparency and provider willingness to disclose, including lack of disclosure training, unclear guidelines when encountering an error, communication inexperience and fear of litigation, to name a few.
Despite these barriers, research indicates that ineffective communication between providers and patients is the single most significant factor in explaining why patients litigate. Given that team-based healthcare delivery improves patient outcomes and is an expectation in current healthcare delivery models, our study will determine if team-based disclosure results in more complete, transparent disclosures and more effectively enables clinicians to overcome barriers affecting their willingness to disclose.
“We have a tradition of pioneering advances in pharmacy and patient care here at the UK College of Pharmacy,” said Dean Timothy S. Tracy. “This CCTS project is a natural extension of that proud history. I applaud Dr. Jones for reaching out across campus and around the nation and building a dynamic team to help us change a healthcare issue that is in dire need of changing. The end result of this project will be better patient care, which is something pharmacists in every setting understand – as that is something our profession strives for every day.”
The training will take place over 18 months. The CCTS grant funding totaled $25,000.
Fellow collaborators on the project include Margaret Pisacano, director of risk management, UK HealthCare; Paula Holbrook, associate director of risk management, UK HealthCare; Darlene Welsh, UK College of Nursing; Dr. Christopher Doty, UK College of Medicine; Dr. Curtis Cary, UK College of Medicine; Andrea Pfeifle, director, UK Center of Interprofessional Healthcare Education, Research, and Practice; Craig Martin, UK College of Pharmacy; Joseph Fink, UK College of Pharmacy; Dr. Lee Wilbur, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Medicine; and Dr. Douglas Carr, Indiana University, School of Medicine.