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UK Engineering Inducting Six New Members Into Hall of Distinction

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) — Recognizing alumni who have demonstrated distinguished professional accomplishments, outstanding character and commitment to community service, the University of Kentucky College of Engineering will induct six honorees into its Hall of Distinction Friday, April 24.


Initiated in 1992, the Hall of Distinction not only recognizes notable engineering alumni, but also serves to encourage exemplary achievements by current students and others.


The Class of 2015 includes:


Floyd E. Henson - Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, 1970


The son of an entrepreneurial father, Floyd Henson founded Veytec, Inc., as an internal start-up and has been the president and CEO since 1982. Veytec is a leading provider of networking security and storage solutions in the southeastern United States to businesses as well as state and local governments. It partners with top companies such as Cisco, Dell, Microsoft, IBM, HP and others to offer the most advanced products available coupled with superior customer service. Under Henson’s leadership, Veytec designed, built and deployed Unix servers and communications in over 3,500 truck stops and designed and implemented the communication network for more than 5,000 auto parts stores. Henson has won numerous awards, including the 1978 Intel Developer of the Year.


John W. Kyle - Bachelor of Science in computer science, 1991


A summer spent tinkering with a Texas Instruments computer (TI-99) coupled with a love for mathematics led John Kyle to major in computer science. After graduating, he embarked on a successful career that began with designing software for Ford Aerospace Corp., and applications for supercomputing industry leader Cray Research, which eventually propelled him into marketing, customer service and high-level leadership roles. In 2007, he won a Web Marketing Association award for his Web presence strategy. Kyle is currently president of Apesoft, Inc., and operates his own consulting firm, Kyle Venture Advisors. Passionate about leadership development, Kyle helps companies identify and mold leaders and launch internal start-up companies within the parent company.


J. Wayne Purdom - Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering, 1969


Wayne Purdom began his career in the refining industry at Humble Oil & Refining Company in 1969. Sixteen years later, he became operating services department manager for ExxonMobil Refining and Supply — Baton Rouge. He worked for ExxonMobil until his retirement in 2012. During Purdom’s 44-year career, he became a recognized leader in applied process safety management, improving business unit performance, personnel selection and development, litigation and emergency response. In the United States and abroad, Purdom consistently demonstrated leadership in normal and abnormal situations — in 1989, he coordinated the cleanup operation of the Exxon Valdez oil spill — as well as entrepreneurial instincts that increased business unit safety, efficiency and profitability. Upon retiring, Purdom founded Assessments, Consulting & Emergency Services, LLC.


G. Michael Ritchie - Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, 1972


Mike Ritchie is the former president and CEO of Photo Science (now Quantum Spatial), an aerial mapping company headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. Ritchie bought the company in 1990 and under his leadership, Photo Science became one of the largest geospatial solutions companies in the United States, increasing revenue from $1 million to $42 million annually. Photo Science’s operations expanded to 10 regional offices across the U.S. with a staff of more than 200 employees. During his time as president and CEO, Photo Science won numerous national awards for its work, including the American Council of Engineering Companies National Engineering Excellence Award in 2003 and 2011. In 2008, Ritchie was appointed by President George W. Bush to advise the federal government on how to implement geospatial technology.


Kenneth L. Seibert - Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, 1983


Ken Seibert is president of CMTA Consulting Engineers, the largest mechanical, electrical and plumbing consulting firm in Kentucky and a top 60 firm in North America. Under Seibert’s direction, CMTA has earned a national reputation for designing energy efficient buildings that leave a smaller carbon footprint on the environment. The firm has engineered 126 ENERGY STAR® buildings and 35 LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) projects, incorporating high performance design strategies into all of its building projects. CMTA is the national leader in Net Zero Energy buildings — structures able to generate needed energy through renewable systems on site — and has completed nine of them. Seibert was named the 2008 Planner of the Year by the Kentucky Chapter of the Council for Educational Facilities Planners International.


Michael L. Strain - Bachelor of Science in computer science, 1973


Mike Strain’s inspiration to pursue an education in computer science came from a three-year stint in the United States Army; the prevalence of computerized communications in the Army convinced him computers were going to be the future. Beginning in 1976, Strain spent seven and a half years at Texas Instruments (TI), an experience that led him to found Spectrum Digital, Inc., in 1986. Spectrum Digital generates development tools that allow engineers and programmers to develop with new technology. Over the last 29 years, it has gone from a three-person operation to a fully integrated company that sells products worldwide. The company targets high growth, large volume markets that require specialized technology and is the largest provider of development boards and emulators for TI microprocessors. 




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Eugenia Toma Wins 2015 Lyons Award

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) — University of Kentucky Professor Eugenia Toma is the 2015 recipient of the William E. Lyons Award for outstanding service to the University of Kentucky, the community, and the Commonwealth. She will accept the award at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Hilary J. Boone Center. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Each year, this award is presented to a UK professor who embodies the service oriented traits of former director of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, the late William "Bill" Lyons. In addition to the award, Toma will receive $500 and a plaque.


"I knew and admired Bill Lyons so this award is a great honor," Toma said.


Toma currently serves as Wendell H. Ford Professor of Public Policy and director of graduate studies, Master's of Public Policy (MPP) and accelerated Master's of Public Administration (MPA) programs within the Martin School.


"Professor Toma epitomizes the ethic of engagement and service that Bill Lyons brought to the university and the community while building an excellent record as a scholar," said Edward Jennings, chair of the committee that selected Toma for this award. In addition to Jennings the selection committee comprises a faculty member from the Department of Political Science, one from the Martin School and the previous year's award recipient.


The Lyons Award carries forward the "…heritage of commitment to the trifold mission of the university: community, research, and education," said Merl Hackbart, interim director of the Martin School. "In all three of these areas Toma has had an exceptional record and is deserving of this award." 


A graduate of UK and Kentucky native, Toma concentrates her work on education and public policy within Kentucky. Toma has received research funding for various projects, many of which pertain to the Appalachian region.


Toma has been a part of the Martin School for almost 30 years, serving as director from 1995-2004, as well as director of the Ph.D. program. In addition to her work in the Martin School she also served on many campus committees, most notably two provost search committees, one in 2002 and the recently concluded 2015 search.


Within the profession of public policy Toma has made numerous contributions, serving as president of the Southern Economic Association from 2002-2003 and as president of Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration from 2004-2005. She has also served on boards for organizations including the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management and the Association for Education Finance and Policy.


The James W. Martin School of Public Policy and Administration is an academic, research, and service unit of the University of Kentucky Graduate School. It was named in honor of Dr. James W. Martin, a scholar, public servant and teacher whose accomplishments have created a lasting legacy of scholarship and service.




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President Notifies Campus of Tragic Incident

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto notified the campus community this morning of the death of a student.  Below is the message sent to students, faculty and staff of the university:


Campus Community,


I am deeply saddened to let you know that a member of our University of Kentucky family was tragically killed in a shooting incident early this morning.


Jonathan Krueger, a 22-year-old junior in the College of Communication and Information, was killed while walking home in the area of Maxwell Street and Transylvania Park.  Lexington Police are questioning one person of interest in relation to the incident, and the investigation is on-going.


We extend our deepest sympathies to Jonathan's family, friends, faculty members, and fellow students. We have reached out to his family to let them know that we are here to assist them in any way we can at this incomprehensible moment.


For those understandably shaken by this tragedy, do not try to bear the burden of grief alone. Reach out to your family and friends and members of our UK family for comfort and support. Do not hesitate to contact the University of Kentucky Counseling Center at 859-257-8701 and ask for the day-time on-call staff member.


Although this tragedy occurred off campus, it is a stark reminder that all members of our campus community should at all times be vigilant about their safety, and the safety of others. We are each other’s keeper.


It is also in a moment like this that we are reminded of how fragile and precious life is. Let us all keep Jonathan’s family, loved ones and friends in our thoughts and prayers.


Eli Capilouto


WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Chats With Excellence in Writing Award Winners

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 19:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today, Godell talks to Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen and Peter Brackney, author of “Lost Lexington,” — both are winners of Excellence in Writing awards from UK's Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies (WRD).  Jenny Rice, associate professor and director of composition, WRD, also joins the conversation.


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


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

WUKY’s 3rd Annual Vintage Vinyl: Bigger and Better

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 17:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015)WUKY, the University of Kentucky’s NPR station, is hosting its 3rd Annual Vintage Vinyl Sale and has added extra events to make the sale bigger, better and even more special this year.  The Vintage Vinyl Sale kicks off with a preview party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Southland Drive in Lexington. Tickets will be available at the door for $20, and $10 of that will act as a voucher for the purchase of items during the sale.  The regular portion of the sale is 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily April 23-25 at the ReStore. 


"The Vintage Vinyl Sale has become one of WUKY’s most anticipated events and takes its participants back in time where music was more than popping in some headphones and jamming to your favorite tunes," said Robert T. Hansel, membership manager for WUKY. "Music was an event where you gathered around the record player and experienced the raw talent of an artist."


Special events in connection with the WUKY Vintage Vinyl Sale: 

·         Thursday, April 23:  Everyone is invited and encouraged to come in costume from their favorite era.  Pictures will be taken and votes will be cast for the best costume.  WUKY will offer prizes! 

·         Friday, April 24:  Find the “Most Outrageous” Album Cover.  Treat this sale like a needle in a haystack.  Not only are there treasures available for your collection, but treasures that you may not even be looking for.  Prizes will be awarded to individuals who find the “most outrageous” album cover in the sale.    

·         Saturday, April 25:  Don’t just show up to find some of your favorite albums, but perform some of the hits of your favorite artists.  WUKY and the ReStore will host a karaoke contest from 4- 6 p.m. Saturday. The contest will offer the chance to showcase your talents in front of other music lovers.   More WUKY swag and prizes will be available.


"In recent years, vinyl has surged back into the mainstream with many current artists producing their latest projects on vinyl," Hansel said.  "There’s no argument that vinyl, with its grooves and pops and imperfections, sounds a lot different (some would say better) than the digitally sampled perfection of MP3s and CDs.  WUKY’s Vintage Vinyl sale is your opportunity to experience the magic of vinyl once again and build your own collection or maybe add to treasures you already have at prices that can’t be beat."   

KET Documentary Follows UK Doctor's Work Helping Kentucky Teens

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 17:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — Bullying, peer pressure, substance abuse and suicide — these are all serious issues voiced by teens in the opening segment of a Kentucky Educational Television (KET) special report on teen health. Dr. Hatim Omar, chief of the University of Kentucky Division of Adolescent Medicine, is one expert featured in the program who is committed to helping teens overcome these issues as they progress toward adulthood. 


KET Health's "What Does Every Teen Need?" explores the unique generational challenges confronting Kentucky's youth and offers insight into how parents can support teen health. During the documentary, Omar describes his comprehensive approach to teen health, which emphasizes prevention and the principles of Positive Youth Development. Omar claims three essential components are necessary to foster positive youth development: a caring adult, a safe place to connect with others and a meaningful activity.


The documentary also highlights partnerships forged by Omar between the UK Division of Adolescent Medicine and two rural Kentucky school systems. Through these partnerships, the UK Adolescent Medicine conducts health screenings to identify at-risk teens and provides in-school clinical hours at middle and high schools. The programs have helped improve accessibility to treatment for many teens in Harrison and Lincoln Counties.


"What Does Every Teen Need" was produced by Laura Krueger and premieres on Monday, April 20, at 9 p.m. on KET. To view a preview of the program, click here


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St. Claire Regional Medical Center Joins UK Markey Cancer Center Research Network

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 15:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2015) – The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center announced today that St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Ky., has joined the Markey Cancer Center Research Network, a newly launched initiative conducting high priority cancer research through a network of collaborative centers with expertise in the delivery of cancer care and conduct of research studies.


Thousands of patients across eastern Kentucky will have close-to-home access to innovative clinical research studies in the treatment and epidemiology of cancer as well as research studies in the prevention and early detection of cancer.


The team at St. Claire Regional Medical Center was invited to participate based on their previous experience in conducting oncology research. St. Claire has participated in research with Markey for more than 10 years, enrolling more than 120 patients from seven surrounding counties in nearly 20 different cancer clinical studies in that time. St. Claire’s clinical research studies included those initiated at UK in priority areas of lung cancer screening and early detection, smoking cessation, treatment therapies for lung cancer, and environmental risk factors for lung cancer.


St. Claire’s long-standing oncology research portfolio will expand as a result of joining the Markey Research Network. Clinical research studies currently open at St. Claire include a study to identify the best approaches to help cancer patients quit smoking which will help to improve their response to cancer treatments, with studies coming soon in lung cancer screening and survivorship. 


“St. Claire continually works to provide an advanced level of healthcare to the 160,000 plus people in our service area,” said Mark J. Neff, president/CEO of St. Claire Regional Medical Center.  The unfortunate truth is that Eastern Kentucky faces some of the highest rates of cancer incidence and mortality in the nation which is why St. Claire is so excited to join the Markey Cancer Center Research Network in the battle to reduce cancer deaths in our region by offering close-to-home access to some of the most advanced clinical cancer trial treatments available.”  


Clinical research studies are key to developing new methods to prevent, detect and treat cancer, and most treatments used today are the results of previous clinical studies.  These may include studies in which patients who need cancer treatment receive their therapy under the observation of specially trained cancer doctors and staff. Patients who volunteer for cancer treatment studies will either receive standard therapy or a new treatment that represents the researchers’ best new ideas for how to improve cancer care.


The portfolio of available clinical research studies for each Markey Research Network member will be targeted, focusing both on the areas with the highest burden of disease, and the types of cancers that most affect these overburdened regions. Appalachia has some of the highest rates of cancer incidence and mortality in the country, especially for lung, colorectal, and cervical cancers.


As a member of the Markey Research Network, the physicians at St. Claire Regional Medical Center will offer the opportunity to consider participation in clinical research studies to their patients, with the patients remaining under their direct care and closer to home during their treatment.


"Being able to offer not only our own trials on site, but also major NCI trials, is a huge benefit to the members of our Research Network," said Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center. "The patients who chose to enroll in one of these trials at St. Claire should be assured that they are receiving the latest, best treatment options for their disease, with the added benefit of staying much closer to their own support system at home."


By disseminating Markey's clinical research studies across the region, the collaborative Research Network will offer better, more progressive treatment options to patients without the burden of traveling away from home and their physicians. 


"Clinical research is the best way to advance cancer treatment protocols and move forward with the most effective new therapies," said Dr. Tim Mullett, medical director of the Markey Cancer Center Research Network. "As the only NCI-designated cancer center serving the Appalachian region of Kentucky, we have an obligation to address the most devastating cancers in this area by continually improving cancer prevention, detection, and treatments. The Markey Research Network will play a vital role in improving the grim cancer mortality rates in our region."


To be invited into the Markey Cancer Center Research Network, medical centers must demonstrate a capacity to deliver the highest caliber of clinical expertise and demonstrate quality work in clinical research and complying with federal regulations. Other medical centers are expected to join the Research Network in the coming months.





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UK Ethnomusicologist Donna Kwon Selected for ACLS Fellowship

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 13:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17 , 2015) — University of Kentucky Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology Donna Kwon has been selected as a recipient of a 2014-2015 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship. Kwon's research is titled "Stepping in the Madang: Embodying Space and Place in Korean Drumming and Dance."


"Stepping in the Madang" addresses the spatialization of culture in Korean drumming and dance, centering on the concept of the “madang,” a cultural space that was revived in opposition to the Western stage in South Korea. While the madang can best be visualized as a village courtyard, it can also refer temporally to an occasion in time or socially to a sense of embodied communal participation. The thesis of this research contends that the participatory way of being that is cultivated in the madang counteracts the fossilization of tradition by bringing folk practices more fully into the embodied present, even if in an idealized fashion.


Kwon earned bachelor's degrees in piano performance and women's studies from Oberlin College and Conservatory, a master's degree in music and ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University and a doctoral degree in musicology and ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has served as an elected member of the Society for Ethnomusicology Council and is president of the Association for Korean Music Research.


Before coming to UK School of Music in 2008, Kwon taught at Lawrence University and Grinnell College and served as the William Randolph Hearst Fellow at Rhodes College, offering courses on Asian music, global and American popular music, world music, Korean percussion and musical places, spaces and scenes. She is the recipient of a Fulbright IIE fellowship, two grants from the Korea Foundation, the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award, and the Marnie Dilling Prize. Kwon presents papers regularly at the Society for Ethnomusicology conference on her research interest which include Korean music, East Asian and Asian American popular and creative music, issues of music and embodiment, gender and the body, space and place, music scenes and the workings of cultural politics. She is also the author of the book "Music in Korea: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture" that was published as part of the Global Music Series of Oxford University Press (2011).


Kwon was happily surprised with the ACLS Fellowship. "My first reaction was just utter disbelief. In fact, I was so convinced that I would be passed over that I completely missed the 'congratulations' in the subject line when opening the initial email from the ACLS Director of Fellowship Programs, Dr. Matthew Goldfeder. I am beyond ecstatic to be a recipient of this support in order to bring this research to fruition and really bring the book project to life. Beyond this, it is incredibly gratifying to know that my research spoke to specialists and non-specialists enough to be selected from the pool of applicants this year. As one of the few ethnomusicologists in the state of Kentucky, it’s easy to feel isolated and lose a sense of connection and perspective from others in the field so this award means that much more to me."


The ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of 72 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. This year ACLS made a total of 70 awards to faculty of all ranks and independent scholars too support research in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences.


"Fellows were chosen for their potential to create new knowledge resulting from investigations and reflections on cultures, texts and artifacts from across the globe and human history," Goldfeder said. "ACLS programs employs a rigorous multi-stage peer review process to ensure that humanities scholars themselves select those few fellows who exemplify the very best in their fields. The 70 fellows this year represent more than 50 colleges and universities and an array of human disciplines, including linguistics, religious studies, architectural history and geography."


ACLS Fellowships allow the scholars to spend six to 12 months on full-time researching and writing. The program is funded by the ACLS endowment, which has received contributions from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment of Humanities, the council's college and university associates, past fellows and friends of ACLS.


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



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Children at Risk Research Presentations

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — The University of Kentucky’s fifth annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference for Research on Children at Risk is scheduled April 23-24. The popular event is free and open to the public.


The event keynote speaker is Gustavo Carlo, the Millsap Professor of Diversity in the University of Missouri Department of Human Development and Family Studies and director of its Center for Family Policy and Research. Funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, his research examines positive youth development and the role of culture in shaping positive adjustment in children and families. He will speak at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in 213 Kastle Hall on UK’s campus.


Carlo’s research and expertise is particularly fitting for this year’s graduate student research theme — risk and resilience during childhood and adolescence. Appealing to an audience of wide scientific interests, the conference is known for its broad scope, addressing a range of risk and protective factors that shape outcomes.


“Professor Carlo is an expert on prosocial development, particularly among Latino families,” said event organizer Richard Milich, UK professor of psychology and a Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor.


Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 24, in the ballroom of Alumni Hall, 400 Rose St., students will present their own research focused on children at risk. Graduate student research presentations are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. with awards and concluding remarks at 2 p.m.


The conference is sponsored by the UK Children at Risk Research Cluster, the UK College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology, the UK Center for Drug Abuse Research Translation, and the Mixon Fund. More information is available from Christia Brown, director of the Children at Risk Research Cluster, at or 859-257-6827.



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VIDEO: Twenty-three to be Inducted Into UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:53


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — What makes a university thrive as a community and a center for knowledge? At the University of Kentucky, it's the people, and not only the outstanding faculty, staff and students, but the alumni who create and continue a legacy of excellence. This year, the UK Alumni Association is recognizing 23 former UK students — leaders who have impacted the Commonwealth, the nation and the world through their work — with induction into the 2015 Hall of Distinguished Alumni.


This year’s class will be honored tonight, Friday, April 17, at the Hilton Lexington Downtown Hotel, 369 West Vine Street, Lexington. The reception starts at 6 p.m., and dinner will be at 7 p.m.


The 2015 Hall of Distinguished Alumni honorees include:



Joyce Hamilton Berry

Joyce Hamilton Berry is a prominent clinical psychologist with her own practice in the Washington, District of Columbia, area. The first female African American to earn a Ph.D. from UK in 1970, she is a regular contributor to magazines such as Ebony, Essence and Cover Girl and has appeared on television to give advice and counsel. She was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality and the Urban League and has a history of speaking out against discrimination. Berry earned her master's in special education from the UK College of Education in 1967 and her doctoral degree in guidance and counseling in 1970.


Amy L. Bondurant

Amy L. Bondurant served as the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in France from 1997-2001, following a professional career spanning more than 20 years in government and private legal practice. She is the managing director of Bozman Partners, with offices in Washington, District of Columbia, and Paris, France, and also served on the boards of Rolls-Royce PLC and the American Hospital of Paris. Bondurant earned her bachelor's in telecommunications from the UK College of Communication and Information in 1973.


Stephen B. Bright

Stephen B. Bright is president and senior counsel at the Southern Center for Human Rights, a public interest law program that focuses on human rights for those who are facing the death penalty, class action law suits and unconstitutional practices in the criminal justice system. He has been a fellow or visiting lecturer in law at Yale Law School since 1993. Bright has received numerous honors, including the American Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Award in 1998. Bright earned his bachelor's in political science from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1971 and his juris doctorate degree from the UK College of Law in 1974.


Timothy A. Byers

Timothy A. Byers, (retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen.) was the civil engineer at U.S. Air Force headquarters, Washington, District of Columbia. He was responsible for installation support functions at 166 Air Force bases worldwide with an annual budget of more than $12 billion. He received the Army Corps of Engineers Bronze deFleury Medal for demonstrating a high degree of professional competence, standards of integrity and moral character, with devotion to duty and country. Byers earned his bachelor's in civil engineering from the UK College of Engineering in 1981.


Jennifer Burcham Coffman

Jennifer Burcham Coffman is a retired U.S. District Judge, serving joint appointments to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, on which she served as the chief judge starting in 2007, and for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. She ran a private practice in Lexington from 1977 to 1993 and was an adjunct instructor at the UK College of Law from 1979 to 1981. Coffman also served on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Coffman earned her bachelor's in English from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1969, her master's in library science from the UK College of Communication and Information in 1971, and her juris doctorate degree from the UK College of Law in 1978.


L. Berkley Davis Jr.

L. Berkley Davis is known internationally for innovations leading to the development and worldwide implementation of low-nitrous-oxide-emission gas turbines for electric-power generation. For more than four decades, his contributions to combustion evolution have made their mark at General Electric and in the power industry. He holds more than 20 patents related to gas combustion, and in 2006 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Davis earned his bachelor's in mechanical engineering in 1966, his master's in mechanical engineering in 1970, and his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering in 1972, all from the UK College of Engineering.


Brady J. Deaton

Brady J. Deaton is chancellor emeritus at the University of Missouri, where he was chancellor from 2004-2013 and held numerous other positions, such as provost, chief of staff and chairman of the Agricultural Economics Department. He has also participated in a number of advisory roles with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Deaton previously held faculty positions at the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. Deaton earned his bachelor's in agricultural economics from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 1966, and his master's in diplomacy and international commerce from the UK Graduate School in 1968.


Thomas B. Deen

Thomas B. Deen was the executive director of the Transportation Research Board, the national transportation research organization and a division within the nonprofit National Research Council of the National Academies of Science and Engineering. He was also a partner at Alan M. Voorhees and Associates, a worldwide leader in urban transportation. Deen pioneered the development and application of methods analyzing urban transportation problems and designing urban transit systems. Deen earned his bachelor's in civil engineering from the UK College of Engineering in 1951.


Holloway Fields Jr.*

The late Holloway Fields Jr. was the first African American to receive a bachelor’s degree at UK, graduating from the College of Engineering. He became a test program engineer at General Electric Co. and held positions of increasing technical and managerial responsibility. This work resulted in more than a dozen successfully deployed system types for more than 500 systems at installations for field sites. Fields was inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Distinction in 1998. Fields earned his bachelor's in electrical engineering from the UK College of Engineering in 1951.


Ernest Lee Fletcher

Former Kentucky Gov. Ernest L. Fletcher has been an Air Force fighter pilot, engineer, family doctor, lay minister, state legislator, and U.S. Congressman. His legislative career began in 1995 as a state representative for Kentucky’s 78th District. Fletcher also served his community as a family practice physician in Lexington for 12 years, including two years as CEO of the Saint Joseph Medical Foundation. He is currently involved in business development and health care consulting. Fletcher earned his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the UK College of Engineering in 1974 and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the UK College of Medicine in 1984.


John R. Guthrie

John “Jack” R. Guthrie is the former chairman and founder of Guthrie Mayes Public Relations, a large firm that has served national and international corporations including Philip Morris, Toyota Motor Manufacturing and United Parcel Service, among many others. He also was one of the founding partners of Worldcom Public Relations Group, the largest network of independent public relations firms in the world. He served on the UK Board of Trustees from 1996-2002. Guthrie earned his bachelor's in journalism from the UK College of Communication and Information in 1963.


Ardis D. Hoven

Dr. Ardis D. Hoven, an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist, was president of the American Medical Association (June 2013 to June 2014). She was a member of its board of trustees since 2005, its secretary for 2008–2009, chairwoman for 2010–2011, and immediate past chairwoman from 2011 to 2012. Hoven is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America, and was named in Modern Healthcare Magazine’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare. Hoven earned her bachelor's in microbiology from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1966 and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the UK College of Medicine in 1970.


Robert Milton Huffaker

Robert Milton Huffaker is a scientist who has worked with NASA on the Apollo space program. His lunar physics included the creation and direction of laser Doppler systems, significantly impacting the aerospace industry and its understanding of turbulence and wind patterns. Huffaker founded Coherent Technologies Inc. (acquired by Lockheed Martin), a company focused on using laser radar systems for military/homeland defense and meteorological applications. Huffaker earned his bachelor's in physics from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1957.


Terence Hunt

Terence Hunt is a retired deputy bureau chief for the Associated Press (AP) in Washington, District of Columbia. He covered the White House for 25 years, from Ronald Reagan’s presidency through George W. Bush’s administration, reporting from about 90 countries and every state in the United States. Hunt won the Merriman Smith Award for presidential reporting under deadline pressure. While at UK, he served as executive editor of the Kentucky Kernel. Hunt earned his bachelor's in journalism from the UK College of Communication and Information in 1967.


Howard L. Lewis

Howard L. Lewis is chairman, CEO and founder of Family Heritage Life Insurance Company of America, beginning his career with Central Trust Co., Picker International Corp., Progressive Insurance Co. and Capital American Life Insurance Co. He gives support to groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Wigs for Kids. Lewis has also been a cabinet member for Harvest for Hunger, which feeds Cleveland’s homeless. Lewis earned his bachelor's in business administration from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics in 1970.


Thomas W. Lewis

Thomas W. Lewis created a successful home building business, T. W. Lewis & Co. (later sold to David Weekley Homes) in Phoenix, Arizona. He and his business have been recognized with multiple national industry awards, including being recognized as the first inductee into the National Housing Quality Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2006 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Professional Builder Magazine and the National Housing Quality Award Committee. Lewis earned his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the UK College of Engineering in 1971.


James W. May Jr.

Dr. James W. May Jr. is internationally known for his groundbreaking work in reconstructive surgery and has served as president of the most prestigious associations of reconstructive surgeons in the world. May is professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for 32 years, and is chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, a post he has held since 1982. He holds two patents related to vascular issues. May earned his bachelor's in chemistry from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1965.


W. Rodney McMullen

W. Rodney McMullen is CEO and board chairman of the Kroger Co., having started in 1978 as a part-time stock clerk. He held increasingly responsible positions, including financial analyst; chief financial officer; executive vice president of strategy, planning and finance; and president and COO. McMullen has been on the board of directors of Cincinnati Financial Corp., dunnhumby Ltd., dunnhumbyUSA and Xavier University Board of Trustees. McMullen earned his bachelor's in accounting in 1981 and his master's in accounting in 1982, both from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics.


Jeffrey P. Okeson

Dr. Jeffrey P. Okeson is a full professor in the UK College of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Science, where he is also chairman, as well as program director for the college’s postgraduate Orofacial Pain program. Okeson is an accomplished teacher, clinical investigator, mentor and clinician who has published more than 220 peer reviewed articles and edited two textbooks on tempromandibular disorders and orofacial pain, now translated into 11 languages. Okeson earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the UK College of Dentistry in 1972.


Beverly Moore Eaves Perdue

Former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Eaves Perdue, whose term of office was from 2008-2012, was the first woman to lead that state. She also served as the 32nd lieutenant governor, was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives and served five terms in the North Carolina Senate. Currently, she is founder and chairwoman of the Digital Learning Institute, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corp. of New York. Perdue earned her bachelor's in history from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1969.


Peter Perlman

During nearly 50 years practicing law, Peter Perlman has won more than 50 multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. He is recognized worldwide as a specialist in product-liability and crash-worthiness litigation. Perlman was president of the Litigation Counsel of America, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Civil Justice Foundation and the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Perlman earned his bachelor's in philosophy from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1959 and his juris doctorate degree from the UK College of Law in 1962.


Theodore Strickland

Former Ohio Gov. Theodore “Ted” Strickland was in office from 2007-2011, previously serving in the U.S. House of Representatives (1993–1995, 1997–2007). He has also been employed as a minister, a psychologist and a college professor. Strickland was the director of the Methodist Children’s Home in Versailles. He also worked as an assistant professor of psychology at Shawnee State University and a consulting psychologist at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. Strickland earned his master's in guidance and counseling from the UK College of Education in 1966 and his doctoral degree in educational and counseling psychology from the college in 1980.


Richard E. Whitt*

Richard E. Whitt received the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage in the Louisville Courier-Journal of the 1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. He won the 1984 John Hancock Award and was a finalist for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for a series on coal mine safety in Kentucky. Whitt was also a 1988 Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series on public service and received the 1988 Southern Journalism Award from the Institute for Southern Studies for a series on vote fraud in Kentucky. Whitt earned his bachelor's in journalism from the UK College of Communication and Information in 1970.


The first official recognition ceremony for the members of the UK Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni took place in 1965, making 2015 a special year as it marks the 50th anniversary of the hall's formal celebration. However, some individuals were selected as early as 1963, publicly announced in 1964, but only officially recognized in the first ceremony of 1965. With the 2015 honorees, the total number of alumni honored to date is 306 from more than 220,000 UK graduates. To find out more information on previous inductees, visit


In addition to the induction ceremony Friday evening, inductees were welcomed back to the UK campus by President Eli Capilouto with a breakfast this morning with the selection committee and representatives from each college at the King Alumni House.


Several inductees will also be on campus throughout the weekend and will address students and faculty in their respective colleges:


Agriculture, Food and Environment:

  • Brady Deaton will participate in a college-wide seminar for all students, faculty and staff at noon Friday, April 17, in the Cameron Williams Lecture Hall in the Plant Sciences Building.
  • Deaton will stop by Founder’s Day at Alpha Gamma Rho at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, April 18, located at 419 Huguelet Drive.

Contact: Marci Hicks, or 257-7200.


Arts and Sciences:

  • Ambassador Amy Bondurant, along with international attorney David Dunn, will speak from 10-11 a.m.  Friday, April 17, in the UK Athletics Auditorium at the William T. Young Library. Their presentation is titled “An International Careers Q & A with Former Ambassador Amy Bondurant and International Attorney David Dunn” and is part of the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Speaker Series.
  • Dr. James W. May Jr. will speak at 10 a.m. Friday, April 17, in the Chemistry-Physics Building. His conversation topics will include: Dr. May’s path to becoming a surgeon, the value of a science degree, how to get into medical school, and a career in medicine at a major research institution.

Contact: Laura Sutton, or 257-3551


Gatton College of Business and Economics:

  • Rodney McMullen will speak to a small group of Gatton College students.
  • Howard Lewis will present to a finance class at 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, in Memorial Hall.
  • Both will attend a luncheon in downtown Lexington with a group of Gatton undergraduate and graduate students.

Contact: Randy Pratt, or 257-9825.


College of Communication and Information:

  • College inductees Jennifer Burcham Coffman, John “Jack” R. Guthrie, and Terence Hunt will tour the Champions Court I Residence Hall and will speak to students in the College of Communication and Information Living Learning Program.

Contact: Townsend Miller, or 218-3915.


College of Education:

  • Joyce Hamilton Berry will be on hand for a question and answer session with faculty and students in the College of Education from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Friday, April 17, in Dickey Hall, Room 109.

Contact: Jeff Francisco, or 257-2479.


College of Engineering:

  • Timothy A. Byers, Maj. Gen. (USAF, Ret.), will meet with College of Engineering students from 1:30–2 p.m. Following the meeting with students, Byers will meet with Department of Civil Engineering faculty from 2-2:30 p.m. Both events will be held in Room 161 A of the Oliver H. Raymond Engineering Building.
  • Timothy A Byers, Maj. Gen (USAF, Ret) and Thomas B. Deen will meet with Lt. Col. John Ard, ROTC Commander, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • L. Berkley Davis Jr. will discuss projects with mechanical engineering students in rooms 202-203 of the Anderson Building from 10-10:50 a.m. Friday, April 17. Afterwards, he will meet with Tau Beta Pi from 11:00-11:45 a.m. in Room 387 of the Ralph G. Anderson Building.
  • Audrey White, daughter of inductee Holloway Fields Jr. (deceased), will tour the College of Engineering from 10 a.m.-noon Friday, April 17, starting in Ralph G. Anderson Building Room 351. College of Engineering staff member William R. Henderson will show White a photo of her late father that has been placed in the college, commemorating his achievement as the first African American to earn a degree from UK.  

Contact: Robyn Morefield, or 257-1687.


The UK Alumni Association is a membership supported organization committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association or to become a member, visit or call 1-800-269-2586.




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

Faculty and Teaching Assistants Honored With UK Provost's Outstanding Teaching Awards

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:29

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015)  Provost Tim Tracy honored seven faculty members and three teaching assistants with Provost's Outstanding Teaching Awards at the 2015 UK Faculty Awards Ceremony.  The ceremony took place Wednesday, April 15, in the Lexmark Public Room in the Main Building.


This annual award recognizes faculty and graduate teaching assistants who demonstrate special dedication and outstanding performance in the classroom or laboratory.  Recipients were selected via nomination and reviewed by a selection committee based in the Provost's Office of Faculty Advancement.


Winners received cash prizes of $5,000 for regular and special title series faculty and $1,000 for teaching assistants.


The Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award recognized regular and special title series faculty for outstanding teaching performance. The 2015 winners are:

  • Matthew J. Beck, College of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Daniel S. Morey, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • Mark A. Williams, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Department of Horticulture
  • Heather A. Campbell-Speltz, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Hispanic Studies
  • Holly S. Divine, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
  • Debby L. Keen, College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science
  • Sarah E. Kercsmar, College of College of Communication and Information, Department of Library and Information Science


The UK Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award recognized teaching assistants for exceptional performance in the classroom or laboratory. The 2015 winners are:

  • David M. Brown, College of Education, Department of Educational Policy Studies
  • Amanda R. Ellis, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Statistics
  • Jerrod M. Penn, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Department of Agricultural Economics


MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton and Blair Hoover, 859-323-2395;,






Sayonara, CSI!

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Office of Student Involvement is inviting all students to say, "Sayonara, CSI!," from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Center for Student Involvement to celebrate the closing of the Student Center.


As the Student Center is closing soon for renovations, the Center for Student Involvement will be packing up and moving to Blazer.


The event will have food, music by WRFL, a photo booth and giveaways and promotional items to lucky recipients. The CSI will be closed after this event, so please feel free to stop by and celebrate this space one last time!



OSI CONTACT: Shauna Prentice,, 859-218-1771

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

Carlson Honored for Teaching, Research and Service

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — Charles R. Carlson, professor of psychology in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the 2015-16 Distinguished Professor in Arts and Sciences.  The recognition honors Carlson’s distinction as a scholar, as a teacher and mentor, and by his service to the university and the profession.


Much of Carlson’s research focuses on helping people better manage and control their responses to physical — especially orofacial — and psychological pain. He has published more than 115 papers in this area, including examinations of diaphragmatic breathing strategies. He also developed a virtual reality paradigm that mimics high-risk situations for young women (e.g., sexual assault) and used it to study techniques for helping women cope with painful situations.


He has also proved the worth of virtual reality procedures in understanding how self-regulation training can prevent motion sickness and has examined the efficacy of such training in moderating responses to painful stimuli in women who have experienced sexual trauma.  He is presently developing a mobile app to teach diaphragmatic breathing skill without the use of a professional therapist. 


Since 2008, Carlson has been the Robert H. and Anna B. Culton Professor of Psychology in conjunction with UK's Center for Research on Violence Against Women. In 2007, the Kentucky Psychological Association named him the Psychologist of the Year.


Carlson’s accomplishments in teaching and mentoring are as noteworthy as his research. His signature contribution to classroom teaching is a 216-person introductory course in developmental psychology that always receives top ratings from students. Due to the very large demand for introductory courses in developmental psychology, Carlson developed an online version of his course which now enrolls 500-600 students during the academic year. 


Carlson also receives top student evaluations in all his courses. In addition, he is an outstanding mentor of doctoral students. All 20 of Carlson’s doctoral students have gone on to excellent professional positions.  For over two decades Carlson has also provided clinical supervision to graduate students, interns, and residents at UK’s Orofacial Pain Center. Over the past five years, he has developed an internship program for students in clinical psychology, which will be evaluated for possible accreditation by the American Psychological Association.


Carlson is also an accomplished provider of service.  He was chair of his department from 2004-10, has been director of research and behavioral medicine in the Orofacial Pain Center for many years, and has a joint appointment in the UK College of Dentistry.  He has served on the search committees for a UK provost and deans of two other colleges. 


He is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, was on the Executive Council of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain from 2010-2013, has served on multiple major committees of the same academy, and is a consultant to the National Naval Medical Center.  He has practiced as a clinical psychologist since 1984.


Colson and other recipients of UK College of Arts and Sciences awards will be honored at a ceremony and reception at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the auditorium in the William T. Young Library.

Saddle Up for the 2nd Annual Cowboy Up for a Cure Rodeo

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015)  The University of Kentucky Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, FarmHouse Fraternity and UK Club Rodeo Team host the Cowboy Up for a Cure Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena.  Cowboy Up for a Cure Rodeo is sponsored by UK Student Government Association, UK College of Agriculture and many others.


The Cowboy Up for a Cure Rodeo will offer live rodeo entertainment, featuring tie down roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, team roping, bull riding and a greased pig competition.  Kids will also be able to join in on the fun by participating in a boot race.


Cowboy up for a Cure, Inc. is a local nonprofit organization that provides funding to benefit children with various forms of pediatric cancer.  The organization works closely with the UK Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic to ensure enrichment of the lives of children battling cancer at the time of diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond.


Gates will open at 6 p.m. and a variety of attractions and vendors will be stationed within the arena providing activities for all ages.  This event is open to the public and all proceeds will benefit Cowboy up for a Cure, Inc.


Tickets will be available at the ticket booth for $15 or can be purchased prior to the event at the Cowboy Up for a Cure Rodeo website.  For more information visit the Cowboy Up for a Cure Rodeo Facebook page.



MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton and Blair Hoover, (859) 323-2395;  

Ben Sollee, WUKY & Bluegrass Earth Celebrate Earth Day

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 19:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2015) — Cellist and singer-songwriter Ben Sollee returns to Lexington for a special Earth Day concert at the Kentucky Theater at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. Sollee’s appearance is a Bluegrass Earth signature event and proceeds benefit University of Kentucky public radio station WUKY — Where NPR Rocks at 91.3FM. Tickets are $19 each and can be purchased online at or at the door.


Since NPR's "Morning Edition" declared him to be one of the "Top Ten Unknown Artists of the Year" in 2007, Sollee has issued six full-length recordings and two EPs. His 2010 album, "Dear Companion," debuted at No. 6 in the nation. Sollee’s musical career quickly expanded into film and TV. Shows like ABC’s "Parenthood" and HBO’s "Weeds" have featured Sollee's songs.


The artist has also has written music for ballet, most recently performing with the North Carolina Dance Theater in the world premiere of "Dangerous Liaisons." The New York Times lauded Sollee’s recent Lincoln Center appearance, citing his “…meticulous, fluent arrangements (that) continually morphed from one thing to another. Appalachian mountain music gave way to the blues, and one song was appended with a fragment from a Bach cello suite, beautifully played.”


Sollee’s music celebrates the beauty of his home state of Kentucky while calling attention to the controversial practice of mountaintop removal coal mining and its impact on the people and heritage of central Appalachia. His collaborative album "Dear Companion" brought together fellow Kentucky artist Daniel Martin Moore with producer Jim James of My Morning Jacket to shed light on the issue. Meanwhile, Sollee practices what he preaches, often touring by bicycle with his faithful cello, Kay, in tow. Since 2009 he’s logged more than 4,000 miles on his bicycle.


He has been invited to perform and speak on sustainability at a number of festivals including South by Southwest Music (2011) and TEDx San Diego (2012). In teaming up with international organizations such as Patagonia Clothing and Oxfam America, Sollee has come to be known as a thoughtful activist who mobilizes his audiences to take environmental actions through the power of live music. He continues touring and recently returned from his first solo tour of Europe, which took him to three countries for 11 shows in two weeks. His April 22 appearance in Lexington celebrates the 45th anniversary of Earth Day.


Bluegrass Earth was initiated by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell to bring together environmental groups in Central Kentucky. “Having long been a strong advocate of sustainability issues, I saw a need for environmental groups to come together under one umbrella so that they could share resources and have a greater impact with their outreach, education and events,” Godell said.


Bluegrass Earth partners are dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and responsibility in Lexington and surrounding counties. The coalition’s mission is to improve the economic vitality and quality of life in Central Kentucky by uniting individuals and organizations dedicated to environmental sustainability.


To learn more about Bluegrass Earth, events and volunteer opportunities, please visit or follow them on  You can also keep track of Bluegrass Earth on social media through the hashtag “BGEarth2015.” 

VIDEO: Blazer Cafe Offers UK Sophomore More Than Just Food

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:03


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2015) — In the shadows of brand new residence halls on the University of Kentucky's north campus is a dining facility that has become a tradition for students. 


But students’ affection for Blazer Café isn’t just about the food.  For example, Tristan Koerner, a sophomore from Louisville, Kentucky, says he eats at Blazer just about every day of the week.


Watch the “Where I ‘see blue.’” video feature above to discover how the community he formed at Blazer helped him make a successful transition to college life. 


The "Where I 'see blue." video feature is part of a special series produced by UKNow focusing on locations across campus that are meaningful for UK students, administrators, faculty, staff and alumni.  


The idea is to show how the physical spaces on campus help foster discovery, community, research, knowledge and success for the UK family.  As the university celebrates its 150th anniversary, we want to show readers what our campus is like today by showcasing locations that have stood for decades along with some of our newest spots.  


Since the “Where I ‘see blue.’” video series is a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If there’s an obscure spot on campus you don’t think many people know about or an area that’s on everyone’s radar but you have a special connection to it, email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!


For more information on all UK Dining options, visit:


Click on the playlist below to watch other “Where I ‘see blue.” Videos:



VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282,

David J. Bettez Wins Marine Corps Award for Recent Book

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2015) — University Press of Kentucky author and former director of University of Kentucky Office of International Affairs David J. Bettez has been named the recipient of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Colonel Joseph Alexander Award for best biography for his book "Kentucky Marine: Major General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMC."


The Marine Corps Heritage Awards are presented by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation annually to both marines and civilians in recognition of the outstanding work that these men and women have accomplished, which aids in the expansion and preservation of Marine Corps history.


The Colonel Joseph Alexander Award was established to commemorate the life of Col. Joseph H. Alexander, a combat veteran, prominent military historian and notable author of numerous books. It is awarded to those who have written a renowned biographical or autobiographical piece of literature on the life of a Marine. Each winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and a medallion along with a dedicatory, engraved brick that will be placed in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park that is adjacent to the National Museum of the Marine Corps.


Bettez will be presented with the award April 25, at the Heritage Foundation’s annual award ceremony, which will be held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia.


In "Kentucky Marine," Bettez uncovers the forgotten story of this influential soldier of the sea. During Feland’s tenure as an officer, the Marine Corps expanded exponentially in power and prestige. Not only did his command in Nicaragua set the stage for similar 21st-century operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but Feland was one of the first instructors in the USMC’s Advanced Base Force, which served as the forerunner of the amphibious assault force mission the Marines adopted in World War II. Drawing from personal letters, contemporary news articles, official communications and confidential correspondence, this long-overdue biography fills a significant gap in 20th-century American military history.


University Press of Kentucky is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that now includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. Led by Director Stephen Wrinn, its editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;

Love/Hate Relationship With Gypsies and Gypsy Music Focus of Longyear Lecture

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2015) — The University of Kentucky School of Music will present a colloquium talk and workshop on Gypsy music by Carol Silverman as part of the Rey M. Longyear Colloquium Lecture Series. The talk is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Niles Gallery located in the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. Silverman will also hold a Balkan singing workshop the following afternoon at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Niles Gallery.


Carol Silverman is a professor of cultural anthropology and folklore at the University of Oregon. As part of the Longyear Lecture, she will present her research in a talk titled “Global Gypsy: Balkan Romani Music, Appropriation and Representation.”


In the last 20 years, the popularity of Balkan "Gypsy" music has exploded, becoming a staple at world music festivals and dance clubs in the United States and Western Europe. At the same time, thousands of Balkan Roma have emigrated westward due to deteriorating living conditions. Entrenched stereotypes of thievery have arisen amidst deportations and harassment. In this heightened atmosphere of xenophobia, Roma, as Europe’s largest minority and its quintessential “other,” face the paradox that they are revered for their music yet reviled as people. 


Balkan Gypsy music is simultaneously a commodity, a trope of multiculturalism, and a potent in-group symbol in cosmopolitan contexts. Focusing on clubs and festivals, this ethnographic presentation investigates the ramifications of the current scene for Romani performers and non-Romani musicians, producers, audiences and marketers.


Silverman has done research with Roma for over 25 years in Balkans, Western Europe and the U.S. Her work explores the intersection of politics, music, human rights, gender and state policy with a focus on issues of representation. A professional performer and teacher of Balkan music, she also works with the Voice of Roma


In addition to scores of articles in scholarly journals and edited volumes, Silverman published "Romani Routes: Cultural Politics and Balkan Music in Diaspora" (Oxford University Press, 2012), which won the Merriam Book Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology. She is also the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships including the John Simon Guggenheim and the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships.


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



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;

UK Pediatrician, Child Safety Advocate Named 2015 Public Health Hero

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2015)Kentucky Children's Hospital pediatrician and child safety researcher Dr. Susan Pollack was recently honored as one of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s 2015 Public Health Heroes. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents.


Pollack has advocated for injury prevention and safety measures for children of all ages. Her areas of expertise include safe sleeping areas for infants, car seat safety, drowning and fire prevention, teen driving, and head protection for bicyclists, skateboarders and ATV riders.


She frequently assists with the Child Care Health Consultant Program, which promotes healthy child development in safe environments. Pollack is the coordinator of the Pediatric and Adolescent Injury Prevention Program at the Kentucky Injury and Prevention Research Center, and an assistant professor in the UK Department of Pediatrics and the UK Department of Preventive Medicine. She serves on the Child Fatality Review committee in Fayette County and on the state level through the Department for Public Health.


Pollack considers her advocacy of revisions to booster seat laws in Kentucky and work to improve child care programs among her most important contributions to child safety. She thanked the many collaborators in Fayette County and at the Kentucky Department for Public Health who joined her efforts to make environments safer for teens and children.


"It's an incredible honor," Pollack said of the award. "I'm really proud of how much working together has made things possible, even when resources were scarce. We couldn't have done it without each other."


Pollack was selected for the honor with Marian Guinn, the CEO of God's Pantry Food Bank. The two women were recognized during an April 13 meeting of the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health.


Past winners of the award include the Rev. Willis Polk and baby Health Service (2014); Anita Courtney and Teens Against Tobacco Use (2013); Vickie Blevins and Jay McChord (2013); Jill Chenault-Wilson and Dr. Malkanthie McCormick (2011); Dr. Jay Perman (2010); the Lexington Lions Club (2009); Dr. David Stevens and the late Dr. Doane Fischer (2008); Dr. Ellen Hahn, Mary Alice Pratt and Therese Moseley (2007); Dr. Andrew Moore and Rosa Martin (2006); Jan Brucato and Dragana Zaimovic (2005); and Dr. John Michael Moore, Ellen Parks and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (2004). 


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,


Sturgill Award, Kirwan Prize Given to Outstanding Faculty

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2015) — Recognizing their outstanding contributions to teaching and scholarship at the University of Kentucky, two UK faculty members were honored with the William B. Sturgill Award and Albert D. and Elizabeth H. Kirwan Memorial Prize yesterday, Wednesday, April 15, at the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony in the Lexmark Room of the Main Building.


Thomas R. Zentall, professor of psychology in the UK College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded the 2015 William B. Sturgill Award, given each year to a graduate faculty member who has provided outstanding contributions to graduate education at UK.


Gang Cao, professor of physics in the UK College of Arts and Sciences, received the 2015 Albert D. and Elizabeth H. Kirwan Memorial Prize, given each year to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding contributions to original research or scholarship.



Thomas R. Zentall


In his 39 years at UK, Zentall has served as both acting chair and director of graduate studies in the Department of Psychology, and member of the University Senate as well as the Graduate Council, among other positions. Zentall has mentored more than 25 master's and doctoral students and currently leads a team of five graduate students in his research lab, the Comparative Cognition Laboratory.


Active in conferences relevant to the domain of comparative cognition, Zentall and his students have had a large presence in the field for many years.


Through his activity in research and conferences, and the collaborations and connections that have formed as a result, Zentall has influenced not only his own graduate students at UK, but others throughout the field.


The Sturgill Award is named in honor of William B. Sturgill, who contributed to higher education in Kentucky through his gifts and service.


Sturgill, who died in 2014, was born in Lackey, Kentucky, and graduated from UK in 1946. He was involved in a variety of businesses, including executive and owner of several coal operations, East Kentucky Investment Company, Fourth Street and Gentry Tobacco Warehouses, and the Hartland Development Project. Sturgill served as both secretary of energy and secretary of agriculture under Gov. John Y. Brown Jr.  He served 18 years on UK's Board of Trustees, including serving as chair for 10 years. The Sturgill Development Building is named in his honor.


Gang Cao


Gang Cao joined UK faculty in 2002 and is currently the Jack and Linda Gill Eminent Professor and director of the Center for Advanced Materials, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and transformative research program to investigate novel electronic materials.


Cao is a 2009-2010 University Research Professor and Fellow of the American Physical Society. His research interests include the discovery and study of novel electronic materials; single-crystal synthesis; physics of complex oxides and chalcogenides; and high-field, low-temperature, and high-pressure material properties.


The Kirwan Memorial Prize recognizes its namesakes' collaborative research efforts, as well as Albert Kirwan's endeavors at creating an environment at UK that promoted high quality research and scholarship.


Head football coach from 1938 to 1944 and later dean of men, "Ab" Kirwan was a distinguished faculty member and scholar in the field of southern history, dean of the Graduate School, and served as UK president from 1968 to 1970.


Elizabeth Kirwan was awarded the Sullivan Medallion in 1973 for her service to UK and the Lexington community. Her service included executive roles in more than 10 organizations, including president of the UK Woman’s Club and chairwoman of Lexington Parks and Recreation Board.




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,