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Dig Into 'The Archive' of Louis Zoellar Bickett

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 16:08


Interview with artist Louis Zoellar Bickett by Creative Lexington.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2016) — Since 1972, artist Louis Zoellar Bickett has maintained a rigorous practice of collecting and cataloging items from his daily life to form a vast archive of found, gifted, purchased and made objects. As part of a citywide retrospective of the work of this celebrated Lexington-based artist, the University of Kentucky Art Museum is currently presenting the free public survey exhibition, "Louis Zoellar Bickett: Saving Myself," through Sunday, Nov. 27.


In "Saving Myself," the UK Art Museum brings together several specific projects that are part of what Bickett calls "The Archive," his vast and detailed accumulation of photographs, receipts, articles of clothing, books, toys, furniture and even bodily fluids. All have been preserved and placed throughout his home/studio.


The exhibition affords viewers a chance to examine some of the artist’s most consistent subjects — religion, sexuality, family, friendship and history — both personal and cultural. Soil collected from Civil War battlefields and notorious gravesites are sealed in glass jars. Portraits of the artist holding some of his favorite books or wearing his collection of hats show a hyper-aware performer channeling his inner Buster Keaton. Postcards obtained by Bickett at faraway locales are modified and mailed to himself at home, revealing his Dadaesque spirit. Annotated objects and haiku poems are seen throughout the galleries, attesting to his love of language and assessing the importance of experiences and objects. As the artist states, “Life is a meaningless series of events that lead to the grave. The charge of civilization is to live as if that was not true.”


UK Art Museum Director Stuart Horodner comments, "This is a thrilling moment in the history of visual art in the Commonwealth. Louis Bickett has been making rigorously conceptual and emotionally rich work in our midst for decades, and this is a unique opportunity for audiences to encounter the scope of his creative activities. I believe visitors to these exhibitions will come away understanding something profound about paying attention to one’s life with humor, generosity and grace.”


Next week, Horodner will present a Director Tour of "Saving Myself." As part of the tour, Horodner will discuss the exhibition and aspects of self-portraiture and archive strategies beginning 6:30 Friday, Sept. 16. The tour, like the exhibition, is free and open to the public. 


“Saving Myself” is part of a citywide focus on Bickett’s art taking place throughout the fall at several venues. The other free public Bickett exhibits and installations are as follows:  

· “What You Don’t Surrender the World Strips Away,” through April15, 2017, at 21c Museum Hotel;

· “Selections from the Art Collection,” Oct. 27-Nov. 26, at Institute 193;

· “All We Ever Wanted,” Oct. 28-Nov. 27, at Lexington Art League; and

· “The Kentucky Dirt Project: 120 Counties,” a permanent installation at the new Chandler Dining located in UK A.B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A.


Bickett has exhibited in galleries and museums, including Institute 193 and the Lexington Art League in Lexington; the Speed Art Museum, Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville, and Zephyr Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky; and Galerie Eugen Lendl in Graz, Austria.


The mission of the UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,800 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the UK Art Museum presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection.


The UK Art Museum, located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. For more information on membership, contact Lyndi VanDeursen at 859-257-8164 or



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UK Presents Bounty of Community Art Classes for Fall

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 15:43

Students talk about a few of the many classes offered through the UK Fine Arts Institute. Videos courtesy of UK School of Art and Visual Studies.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2016) Are you interested in further developing your artistic skills and exploring your creativity? University of Kentucky Fine Arts Institute is offering classes and workshops this fall through the School of Art and Visual Studies that may fit the bill. These noncredit community education courses offer a wide array of class options to suit your creative side. The courses are designed to fit into the working schedules of most adults with courses taking place during the evenings and on weekends.


Classes are offered three times a year at the institute and vary from the more tratiditional drawing and painting to metalworking and an introductory Photoshop class. The institute's programs range from beginner to advanced levels. This fall, the institute is offering 16 courses including: 13 classes and three workshops. Classes meet once or twice a week for typically eight-10 weeks, and workshops may meet from one to six times. Locations for the courses include the School of Art and Visual Studies Building, Dancin’ Dogs Designs Studio, Metal Arts Building and the Farmers Market Fifth Third Bank Pavilion on West Main Street


The institute's fall 2016 classes are:

  • “Beginning Ceramics” with Jill Coldiron, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 22-Nov. 17;
  • “Taking Ceramics to the Next Level” with Coldiron, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 20-Nov. 17;
  • “Explorations in Drawing” with Christine Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 12-Nov. 14;
  • “Figure Drawing for Advanced Students” with Thomas Baker, 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 12-Nov.14;
  • “Foundational Portrait Drawing” with Baker, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 14-Nov. 16;
  • “Jewelry-Making for Beginners" with Dwayne Cobb, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 13-Nov. 15;
  • “Metalworking” with Jeremy Colbert, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 15-Nov. 10;
  • “Learn to Paint. Yes, You Can!” with Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 13-Nov. 15;
  • “Layering It On: Mixed Media Painting Techniques” with Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 14-Nov. 16;
  • “A Fresh Approach to Improving Your Painting Skills” with Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 15-Nov. 17;
  • “Printmaking Using Contemporary Woodcut Practices” with Sarah Brown, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 27;
  • “Photoshop for Beginners” with Lennon Michalski, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 20-Nov. 17; and
  • Open Drawing Sessions with Anthony Roccanova and Brandon Smith, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays and/or 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays (throughout the fall session).

Due to its popularity, the “Woodworking” class led by Lynn Sweet is already full for the fall session. If you are interested in being put on a waiting list for this course, contact Jane Andrus at either or 859-257-8151.


Individuals looking for more abbreviated experiences like one- or two-day workshops have multiple options to select from as well. The institute’s workshops include:

  • “One Day Digital Photography Workshops for Beginners” with Michalski, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 10, Oct. 8 or Nov. 12;
  • “An Introduction to Architectural Photography and Walking Tour” with Rich Greissman, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, (rain date: Oct. 2); and 
  • “Felting on the FeltLOOM Felting Machine” with Laverne Zabielski, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 1, 15 and/or 22, and/or Nov. 5, 12 and/or 19.

For more information on any of the Fine Arts Institute courses or to read more about specific instructors, class costs and other details, visit the institute online at


The Fine Arts Institute is an outreach program at the UK School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts. It demonstrates all the resources and classrooms that the school has to offer through its noncredit art offerings. All courses and workshops are open to the public and are not restricted to students of the university.


Registration for UK Fine Arts Institute courses is available by visiting, by calling the institute at 859-257-8151, or by emailing Jane Andrus at



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Outstanding Staff Awards Ceremony Slated for October

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 13:55


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2016) — The sixth annual University of Kentucky Outstanding Staff Awards (OSA) ceremony will be held in October at the Woodford Reserve Club room in Commonwealth Stadium.


The Office of the President and the UK Staff Senate sponsor OSA to recognize the professional accomplishments of staff across the university and the work of their colleges and units. Individuals who have been designated as outstanding staff of the year in their respective areas will be honored by President Eli Capilouto, Staff Senate Chair Troy Martin and others. 


Registration is now open, and award sponsors may click here to register. The registration deadline is Sept. 23.  


Official invitations will be extended in the fall to honorees and other special guests. For questions regarding the OSA program, please contact Jon Gent, chair, at, 859-323-6540 or Brittany Begley, vice chair, at, 859-257-9242.



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Confucius Institute Asks Community to Explore 'China in My Lens'

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 10:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2016) The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute (UKCI) wants to get to know your China — the people, places and cultural aspects dear to you as part of it's 2016 "China in My Lens" photo contest. UK students and faculty as well as local high school students who have visited China are encouraged to enter.


Individuals are asked to submit original work taken in China by the participant. Each participant can submit two original photographs. Submissions should include a title and indicate where and when the photo was taken. Selected photos will be exhibited in the Headley-Whitney Museum from Nov.19 to Dec.18. To guarantee professional quality, all entries should ensure the photo pixel count is no lower than 300 dpi.


The contest will be divided into three groups: UK faculty, UK students and KY high school students. A review committee will select one first prize, two second prizes and three third prizes from each group. Individuals submitting designs to the Confucius Institute are authorizing UKCI and UK to make unlimited, unrestricted use of their design for promotional purposes. Awards will be announced and given in the first week of November. Prizes by division are as follows:


· Faculty Group - first prize: $800; second prize: $500; third prize: $300;

· UK Student Group - first prize: $500; second prize: $300; third prize: $150; and

· High School Student Group - first prize: $200; second prize: $100; third prize: $50.


Submit entries for "China in My Lens" to Zengxiang Yang at by the submission deadline of Oct.10. 


A gateway for Chinese language, culture and art to the people of Kentucky, UKCI provides leadership, support and coordination for Chinese language and programs in K-12 schools as well as on UK's campus; assists and facilitates establishing and maintaining faculty and student exchanges between UK colleges and Chinese universities; conducts Chinese language and cultural exchange; and promotes education about China on campus, across the Bluegrass region, and throughout the Commonwealth. To keep up with UK Confucius Institute and future events, join the institute's listerv and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (UKConfucius). 



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UK Employee, Cancer Survivor Faces Second Birthday as an Inpatient

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 20:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2016) – On his 45th birthday, University of Kentucky employee Jimmy Thomas got some dire news. After weeks of feeling under the weather, Thomas was diagnosed with leukemia on Sept. 8 of last year.


“The news from my doctor telling me that I had leukemia was shocking and devastating,” Thomas said. “As many times as I’ve visited friends and family in Markey, I never thought in a million years that I myself would be a patient there.”


Thomas underwent several rounds of chemotherapy at the UK Markey Cancer Center. As the months passed, the prognosis looked good: his cancer appeared to be in remission. After being off of work for 11 months, he was finally cleared to return to his job.


But on Aug. 12, a mere few weeks after returning to UK, his routine bloodwork and a bone marrow biopsy showed that leukemia had come back. Thomas was readmitted on Aug. 22. This time, he’ll need a bone marrow transplant to beat the cancer if he can get back in remission. As an African-American — a population that only makes up roughly 7 percent of the bone marrow registry – Thomas knows that finding a bone marrow match will be difficult for him.


For the second year in a row, Thomas will spend his birthday as an inpatient at Markey. But to make the day as special as possible, his family came up with a plan: since Thomas cannot leave the hospital, they’re bringing the party to him.


On Sept. 8 at 6 p.m., Thomas’s friends, family, UK coworkers and others will gather at the Markey courtyard to sing “Happy Birthday” to Thomas as he sits on the balcony of the inpatient floor. Attendees have been asked to wear orange, bring orange balloons or carry orange signs in honor of National Leukemia Awareness Month in September.


Immediately following the serenade, Thomas’s family, along with a representative from Be The Match, will be in the Combs Atrium with a supply of bone marrow registry kits from the Be the Match registry. Testing only requires a sample of cells, taken with cotton swab on the inside of the cheek. The kits will be mailed back to Be the Match and added to the registry.


Joining the registry is not a guarantee that you will be asked to donate – some people are never called; others may be called multiple times as a potential donor. Additionally, medical research shows that younger donors are best for patients and provide the greatest chance for transplant success. Because of this, doctors request donors in the 18 to 44 age group more than 95 percent of the time and the cost for this age group to sign up on the registry is free. Potential donors age 45 and older can participate but must enroll online and are required to make a $100 payment to cover the cost to join the registry. Potential donors over the age 44 are also able to join the registry through another donor site, DKMS, for a slightly lower fee of $60.


Though there’s no guarantee that any participants in their bone marrow registry drive will be a match for Thomas, he hopes the event will at least help raise awareness about bone marrow donation and the need for minority donors. While he says that dealing with the disease itself and side effects from chemotherapy are hard, knowing that he might face difficulty finding a bone marrow match is even harder.


“I guess the hardest part of it all is knowing that my best chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant and knowing that there’s such­­ a low percentage of finding a possible match because I’m African-American,” Thomas said. “I encourage, plead, and beg not only African-Americans, but everyone to sign up on the National Bone Marrow Donor registry. There still might not be a match out there for me after people sign up, but at least it will give someone else a better chance for a life-saving match.”


Visitors are welcome to attend both Thomas’s birthday serenade in the Markey courtyard and the ensuing bone marrow registry drive at 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Public parking is available in the UK HealthCare garage on the corner of South Limestone and Transcript Avenue.


If you are interested in joining the Be the Match registry but are unable to attend the drive, visit Be the Match for information on requesting your own testing kit.   


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Graduate Students Prepare for the Three Minute Thesis

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 17:04


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2016)  The University of Kentucky Graduate School’s Graduate Student Congress is hosting a series of workshops to help students prepare for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.


The 3MT competition is a research communication competition that challenges students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are evaluated on three main criteria: comprehension, engagement and communication style.


Students must register for the September workshops before Friday, Sept. 9. It is not necessary for participating students to attend a workshop to compete, however it is recommended. The workshops are free to competitors.>


The workshops include:

“Getting to Your Point" - How to tell your story in three minutes or less

5-6:30 p.m., Sept. 15, White Hall Classroom Building, room 204


“Visually Representing Your Idea" - How to show your story in one slide

5-6:30 p.m., Sept. 21, White Hall Classroom Building, room 204 (tentative)


"How to Talk Good" - The Art of Delivery

5-6:30 p.m., Sept. 27, White Hall Classroom Building, room 204


Each year the doctoral first place winner is sent on an expenses-paid trip to the regional competition at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools annual meeting. UK is one of nine SEC schools that have a 3MT competition.



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



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UK Alums' Movie to Premiere at Kentucky Theatre

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 16:03


Trailer for the "Couch Survivor."


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2016) A movie featuring the talents of two University of Kentucky alumni, Alex Beh and Matt Perry, and a host of others from the Commonwealth will premiere at the Kentucky Theatre this week. “Couch Survivor," a comedy that follows the executive of a failing cable network and the contestants in his latest reality TV project, will be shown 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the historic theater located in downtown Lexington. A Q&A will follow the screening.


A tanking network, a clueless producer, seven unlucky contestants and a reality show to save them all is the background given for the new movie "Couch Survivor." A comedy, the film follows the executive of a failing C-level, cable network and the contestants of a reality show in which seven people compete to see who can stay on one couch the longest. 


Among the cast and crew bringing "Couch Survivor" to the big screen is UK alumni Alex Beh and Matt Perry. Beh is one of the stars of the movie and Perry lends his talents as a producer.


Beh, a 2005 graduate of UK College of Communication and Information from Winnetka, Illinois, is an actor, producer and director best known for his work in "Warren" (2014), "Coffees" (2012) and "Babe" (2010).


Perry, a 2000 UK graduate of the UK College of Fine Arts from Murray, Kentucky, is an actor, editor and producer best known for his work in "Zombie Planet" (2004), "Murderer" (2006) and "Zombie Planet 2: Adam's Revenge" (2005). He is also co-owner of Cineline Productions, which produced the film "Couch Survivor."


Four others with Central Kentucky ties have been in involved in "Couch Survivor," they are:

· producer and co-owner of Cineline Productions Aaron Champion, who was raised mainly in Kentucky and attended Asbury;

· producer Zac Heath, of Arkansas, who is an Asbury graduate;

· actor Jeremy Kozeluh, of Lexington, who also attended Asbury; and

· writer/director Jonny Walls of Wilmore, Kentucky, who also attended Asbury.


For ticket information for the "Couch Survivor" premiere at the Kentucky Theatre, visit For more information on the movie, visit the movie on Facebook at or online at



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UK, Atalo Holdings Partner for Hemp Research

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 15:59

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 7, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) and Atalo Holdings Inc., a hemp research, development and processing company based in Winchester, are partnering in research efforts to make the crop more commercially viable.


"The UK CAFE agreement with Atalo is a great example of a public university-private sector partnership in which both parties benefit,” said Rick Bennett, the college’s associate dean for research and director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station. “It will enhance the development of an emerging industrial hemp industry in Kentucky resulting in economic opportunities and new uses for a historical crop."


“The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has provided excellent leadership in the study of hemp as an addition to Kentucky’s agricultural output. Atalo Holdings has followed their lead at our Hemp Research Campus,” said William Hilliard, Atalo Holdings’ CEO. “We’ve been actively researching the characteristics of hemp seed varieties for planting, harvesting, processing and commercializing fiber and grain crops. We look forward to working with the university to benefit both Kentucky farmers and consumers.”


The partnership will begin with two research projects to improve hemp seed traits. Ling Yuan from UK will lead both projects. He is a professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and research director of the Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center. Tom Hutchens will be the point person at Atalo Holdings. Hutchens is the chief research officer at Atalo’s Hemp Research Campus.


Yuan and his team will try to improve the male-to-female plant ratio. Doing so could allow farmers to plant a hemp crop that produces all male plants or all female plants, depending upon their market. Male plants are better suited for fiber production, and female plants work better for seed and cannabidiol production. Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid used in food and dietary supplements marketed for consumer health and wellness benefits.


In a second study, Yuan’s team will look at potential ways to control shattering to keep seeds on the plants longer. Currently, seeds on a hemp plant will ripen at different times, and many seeds drop to the ground before farmers can harvest them. Finding a way to control shattering would increase producers’ yields and, in turn, their bottom line.


“We have initiated both research projects and are excited about the opportunity to work with Atalo,” Yuan said.



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GO BRO Project Designed to Interest More Male Students in Study Abroad

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 15:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2016)  University of Kentucky Education Abroad (UK EA) and International Studies Abroad (ISA) are launching the “GO Study aBROad,” or GO BRO, campaign this fall. The GO BRO campaign is a competition for UK fraternity chapters running now through Oct. 14.


The GO BRO campaign was developed to increase male enrollment, because this population is underrepresented in UK EA programs, consistent with national trends. Nationally, the EA ratio of female participants to male participants is 65 percent to 35 percent. This ratio has held steady for more than a decade. UK EA and ISA are working together to increase the percentage of men studying abroad.


“Traditionally, male students and male Greek students are two underrepresented student populations in education abroad,” said Miko McFarland, acting director of UK EA. “Our goal is to make sure our Greek students know they can pursue international academic opportunities and still be fully engaged in Greek life here at UK.”


Fraternity chapters will receive points based on participation in several UK EA events this fall. For example, if 10 people from a chapter attend the Education Abroad Fall Fair today, the chapter will receive 10 points. If the chapter completes a 30-minute presentation in their house or meeting place, the chapter will receive 25 points. Fraternity chapters may receive up to 200 points. The fraternity chapter in first place at the end of the competition may select one fraternity member to attend an ISA site visit to San José and Heredia, Costa Rica, and Santiago, Dominican Republic, or Lima and Cusco, Peru.


The ISA Kentucky Office, an embedded ISA office located in Bradley Hall, works to extend UK EA’s mission of providing academically sound international experiences to UK students. Since the opening of the ISA Kentucky Office, ISA has collaborated with UK EA on several strategic initiatives that promote education abroad to underrepresented populations on campus. The GO BRO campaign is one of those strategic initiatives.


An ISA site visit itinerary typically includes visits to two or more ISA program sites and consists of both academic and cultural activities. The fraternity member will engage with ISA’s host institutions, observe various classes, and meet with university personnel, including international office administrators and faculty when possible. The fraternity member will visit ISA offices at each site and will meet the ISA staff responsible for supporting students during their study abroad program. The fraternity member will also be able to spend time with ISA students currently abroad. This will help prepare and enable him for the opportunity to speak openly with his peers about their experience and assist in helping UK EA and ISA develop a course of action that will increase male student participation in education abroad.


It is the hope of UK EA and ISA that by visiting ISA program locations on an arranged site visit, the fraternity member’s knowledge of ISA programs, along with his confidence in the benefits of studying abroad, will substantially increase. After the arranged site visit, the fraternity member will present his experience to fraternity chapters across campus.


The fraternities in second and third place will receive a donation towards their national philanthropy and an ISA scholarship for a chapter member to use towards an ISA program.


To learn more about this campaign and how to participate, please visit or contact:


ISA Kentucky Office – 313 Bradley Hall

Patrick Barker – – 859-323-2180


UK EA Advisor

Susan Meredith – – 859-323-2143



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UK Grad Gets 'Flying Start' in International Thoroughbred Industry

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 15:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2016) Much like the team behind thoroughbreds that try to find the perfect balance of gallops, breezes and races needed in preparation for a chance at a Triple Crown race, University of Kentucky graduate Madison Scott has been preparing for her prestigious Godolphin Flying Start scholarship since she stepped on campus in 2012 by finding the right combination of studies in marketing and equine science and management as well as the needed horse industry internships to prove she could go the distance.


This summer Scott proved to have the right pedigree when she was selected as one of only 12 individuals from around the world for the two-year full-time thoroughbred industry international management and leadership training program, formerly known as Darley Flying Start.


What lies ahead for Scott is a once-in-a-lifetime work experience that will take her to the premier horse racing communities around the globe. Founded in 2003, Godolphin Flying Start is the brainchild of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum of Dubai. Each year a dozen candidates are selected to receive the scholarship, which includes course fees, accommodation, transport, health insurance and a monthly allowance. The program is accredited by the University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Business School as a graduate certificate in management (thoroughbred industry), as well as the University of Arizona Racing Officials Accreditation Program and the Kentucky Horseshoeing School.


For the next two years, Scott and her fellow trainees will start each morning around 6 a.m. working hands-on as part of the stud or stable staff on a Godolphin operation where they are based in County Kildare, Ireland; Newmarket, England; Lexington, Kentucky, United States; Hunter Valley, Australia; or Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Much of the work will be physical and will continue through inclement weather as horses have to be cared for every day. In the afternoons, Godolphin Flying Start trainees will attend lectures, management meetings, workshops, sales, race meets, as well as official visits to other equine operations.


The tremendous value of this business training is not lost on Scott. "The Godolphin Flying Start Scholarship offers unparalleled exposure in the international horse racing industry. Besides providing ample networking opportunities, Flying Start students are given management and leadership training to equip them with the skills to become leaders in the racing business," Scott said.


There are also a number of social events and race meetings to attend as part of the program, which leads to busy weekends and evenings for trainees, who will have the opportunity to network in a more relaxed setting.


"The benefits of the course are numerous, and include the opportunity to meet and learn from the top people in the business worldwide while receiving a top notch education," Scott added.

Growing up in Austin, Texas, Scott knew she was destined for a future in the horse racing industry at an early age. In 2004, she developed a fascination with champion race horse Smarty Jones that was so strong she began sending letters to Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky, where the horse pursued his stud career. Three Chimneys employees Ann Hayes and Jen Rotyz responded to her, recognizing Scott was not your ordinary fan. The correspondence would continue for years.


In 2009, Roytz invited Scott and her mother to come to the famed breeding farm to meet the horse in person. However, Scott didn't know until she arrived that she would have the honor of naming one of his colts. The name "Mad for Smarty" honored the colt's legendary bloodline as well as its most dedicated fan.


"Mad for Smarty was two years old at that point," Scott said. "He was already in training at the track, but I followed him closely through his racing career, which concluded in September of 2011."


After a two-year career, Mad for Smarty was retired from racing, and Three Chimneys Farm offered the horse to Scott. "He had just been taken off the track and was ready to start a new career, not racing," Scott said. "I definitely said yes, we wanted him!"


Ownership of Mad for Smarty fulfilled another dream after so many years of riding lessons and wanting a horse of her own. Scott still owns Mad for Smarty to this day.


When it was time to start looking at colleges, Scott knew exactly what field she wanted to pursue. She considered several institutions with strong equine programs, but knew when she arrived in Lexington, UK was where she belonged.


"For me, there is no other place in the country that can offer what Lexington and the University of Kentucky do," Scott said. "UK not only has the equine classes, which are wonderful — not many schools offer an equine program at all — but they’re offered in Lexington, the horse capital of the world." 


While at UK, Scott put in the hours of study and work to build a résumé worthy of one of the best starts in the equine management industry, a spot in the Godolphin Flying Start program.


"I met her (Madison) when she was a first-year student and she told me then that she wanted to apply for the Godolphin Flying Start and how competitive it was," said Pat Whitlow, director of the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. "And at that time I knew nothing about it, but I said 'well, we'll work on it, we'll work toward it and help you get prepared.' And she obviously worked very hard on it, so we are really very proud of that." 


Part of the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Student and Academic Life at UK, the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with Whitlow well in advance of the scholarship deadline.


A member of the Honors Program, a Chellgren Fellow and Singletary Scholar, Scott earned degrees in equine science and management as well as a business degree in marketing at UK in May of this year. In addition, she pursued undergraduate research in agricultural economics under the direction of Associate Professor Jill Stowe in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.


Scott also took advantage of study abroad opportunities offered through the university attending Maynooth University in County Kildare, Ireland, in the spring of 2015. "I chose to study abroad to deepen my understanding of the Irish racing and breeding industries and gain experience working internationally."


Outside of the classroom, Scott was a member of the UK Horse Racing Club all four years and served as president her senior year. She credits Professor Laurie Lawrence, club advisor, as the faculty member who influenced her most at UK. 


Madison Scott shares why she chose UK in her "see blue." story filmed her sophomore year. 

When she wasn't on campus, Scott worked for some of the most noted leaders in the equine industry. She first interned as a seasons assistant at Three Chimneys Farm, where she got her first experience working on the business side of the industry. In 2014, she worked as a sales prep intern at Shawhan Place Farm, where she got her first experience sales prepping horses and working sales. While studying abroad in 2015, Scott worked at Moyglare Stud where she got her first exposure to the racing industry internationally. That same year, she served as an intern at the Blood-Horse magazine, where she honed her writing skills. Scott's last internship was in sales at Fasig-Tipton, which offered her insight into how large scale sales organizations are run. 



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Education Abroad Presents Its Annual Fall Fair

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 14:44


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2016)  The University of Kentucky Education Abroad (EA) program holds its annual Fall Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Buell Armory.


From A to Z, the Education Abroad Fair showcases every international education opportunity available at UK. Students will find a range of global options, including study, intern, research, teach and service abroad programs. In addition, campus offices involved in the education abroad planning process, such as Financial Aid, the J. W. Stuckert Career Center and others, will be available to answer questions.


“Having any kind of experience abroad is so important given the global and multicultural world we live in,” said Andrea Gils, marketing and communications manager for the UK International Center. “While you’re abroad, you learn to develop tools and techniques that you can leverage when working in a project or meeting with a potential employer. It adds a depth of understanding to your field of study.”


The Education Abroad Fall Fair will provide students an opportunity to find a program that aligns with their academic interests and personal preferences. At the fair, students will be able to talk to UK EA’s partners and faculty who teach abroad, ask questions about scholarships and other resources, and get excited about what it is like to #seeblueabroad.


“UK has a diverse student body and we want to meet all of our students’ needs, which is why we have so many programs available to them,” Gils said. “But having many options can seem overwhelming so we want students to know we’re here for them, whether that is at the Fall Fair, at our Advising Center, or at any of our other events and workshops.”


Prior to attending the fair, education abroad adviser Niamh Minion said she recommends students to check their Major Advising Pages, which will allow them to understand how education abroad fits with their studies at UK. It will help them get started with planning their experience abroad.


“When coming to the fair it is important to have thought about some big questions about education abroad — for example — What type of experience do I want to have? Which credit do I want to earn abroad? When do I want to go? What is my price point?” Minion said. “If students think about these answers beforehand, they can really maximize their time at the fair by focusing on talking with key players there.”


In addition, UK students who are first-time passport-seekers will be able to sign up for the Education Abroad Passport Caravan. The Passport Caravan is an initiative launched by the Council on International Educational Exchange where a select group of universities, including UK, will provide students the opportunity to apply and obtain a passport on campus, free of charge.


During the fair, students are encouraged to visit the following sponsors:


Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI): Automatic $1,000 scholarship awarded to UK students on semester and academic year KEI programs.


International Studies Abroad (ISA): UK students of diverse backgrounds planning to participate in an ISA program may apply for the UK EA Diversity Scholarship. For more details, click here.


The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): UK EA and TEAN have partnered to design an innovative new program with the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Fine Arts: Bluegrass Down Under.


Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS): UK students can apply for two $750 scholarships awards for any KIIS winter programs.


SOL Education Abroad (SOL): SOL offers $250 awards for winter programs in Latin America.


Faculty and advisors are also encouraged to attend the Education Abroad Fair. For questions regarding the event please contact Andrea Gils, UK International Center’s marketing and communications manager, at


Considering the benefits of an education abroad program? Read the following articles.

"Want a Job? New Research Shows Studying Abroad May Get You Hired," Huffington Post

"Study Abroad Positively Impacts Personality, Study Says," Inside Higher Ed

"Research Shows College Grads Who Study with IES Abroad Get Jobs Sooner & with Higher Salaries," PR Web



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Behind the Blue: Using Food to Explore Culture, Build Bridges

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 08:07




LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2016)  Steven Alvarez is used to questions about language, words and meaning.


But he couldn’t have been prepared for the questions being posed for teaching one class last semester.


Provocatively titled, “Taco Literacy,” the class taught by Alvarez to undergraduates in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies (WRD) at the University of Kentucky used food to explore issues of Hispanic language and culture — a growing population in Lexington.


Some, however, criticized the class as an example of being frivolous. Soon, media in Lexington — and across the country — were approaching Alvarez to ask what he meant by “taco literacy.”


The class, while exploring some of the culinary smells and tastes of Hispanic and Latino food in Lexington, asked students to write often and deeply about culture and food’s role in it. Journals, blogs, websites and multimedia output were also aspects of the class as students developed their skills as writers and communicators.


In this edition of “Behind the Blue,” Alvarez, an assistant professor in the newly created WRD department, discusses the controversy, his teaching methods and his scholarly activities.


And he discusses what makes a great taco, too.


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Teach Teens That Driving is a Privilege, Not an Entitlement

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 20:48

This column originally appeared in the Sept. 4 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2016) — In the formative years of adolescence, teens test their limits and push their boundaries, often with the expectation of emancipation through a driver’s license.


Parents must provide a safe passage to adulthood while guarding teens against risky behaviors. But parents rarely pause to consider the risks associated with handing the car keys to an inexperienced adolescent driver.


Driving a car is the riskiest and deadliest adolescent activity. Every year, 5,000 youth die in motor vehicle crashes, which are the leading cause of death for this age group. Early drivers ages 16 to 19 are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash than drivers in the 20 to 24 age group. Every year, 450,000 teens are injured in a motor vehicle accident and 27,000 will require hospitalization.


Both parents and teens are responsible when an inexperienced youth gets behind the wheel. Earning a driver’s license is only a first step in becoming a safe and responsible driver. In addition to a lack of experience, youth drivers increase their risk of accidents by engaging in high-risk behaviors, such as driving on dangerous roads, traveling with too many passengers, texting or using a phone with driving, and driving while intoxicated. Teens who abstain from risky driving behaviors and understand the parameters surrounding their privilege to drive are more likely to avoid an accident.


Most teens consider driving an entitlement rather than a privilege, disregarding the fact that adolescent accidents are commonly linked to distractions, intoxication from drugs and alcohol, and inexperience or failure to follow traffic laws. Parents have the duty to reinforce driving as a privilege that carries tremendous responsibility. While parents can’t always control their child’s driving habits and decision-making, they can impart the importance of responsible driving to teens and set boundaries. There are two effective ways for parents to promote safe driving in teens.


1.    Model safe driving behaviors. Teenagers are highly impressionable, so parents must exemplify safe driving behaviors if they expect to see the same standards upheld by their children. Always put the phone away while driving and never text and drive. If you must communicate or it’s an emergency, pull off the road and put the car in park before picking up the phone. Respect the law and never drink any amount and drive. Avoid rushed or frantic driving, and never drive over the speed limit. Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination and observe traffic laws.


2.    Create a driving contract with your teen. For teens, the excitement of driving can overshadow important safety concerns, so put everything in writing with a driving contract or agreement. The contract should address some of the social pressures of driving teens may experience, such giving friends rides or using the car for speed. There should be a zero-tolerance policy for phone use, as well as drug or alcohol use in the contract. Parents can incentivize driving by requiring good standing in academics to maintain driving privileges. The contract should also outline the consequences of violating the contract as well as the legal repercussions of violating traffic laws or using substances while driving. If a teen does drink or use drugs, they should know their only safe option is calling a parent for a ride home.


The American Academy of Pediatrics developed a safe driving agreement covers many driving concerns for teens and sets rules for avoiding distractions, limiting passengers, obeying traffic laws, and driving drug- and alcohol-free. Visit or click here to access the template. 


Dianna Inman is a pediatric nurse practitioner, pediatric primary care mental health specialist and assistant professor in the UK College of Nursing. 

UK Clinical Nursing Specialists Elevate Patient Care and Assume Leadership Roles

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 15:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2016) — The clinical nurse specialist (CNS) track at the UK College of Nursing trains nursing professionals to act as experts, leaders and transformers of health systems in clinical care settings.


With advanced expertise in a specific field of health care, these advanced-practice nurses use evidence-based knowledge to refine health care delivery systems, improve the flow and efficiency of patient care, reduce costs and strive for better outcomes for their patients. A CNS certificate positions the nursing professional as an authoritative figure and patient asset on health care teams. CNSs can diagnose conditions, develop long-term treatment plans, and, in some states, prescribe medications. They serve as organizational leaders by translating and implementing evidence-based practices and models of care to clinical practice. In fact, several leaders at UK HealthCare and in the UK College of Nursing include CNS credentials behind their name.


For instance, Janie Heath, the Warwick Professor of Nursing and dean of the UK College of Nursing, is a clinical nursing specialist in acute care medical surgery. Colleen Schwartz, the chief nursing officer for UK HealthCare, received a CNS certificate in trauma and critical care. Deborah Moser, the Linda C. Gill Chair in Nursing and co-director of the RICH Heart Program, also obtained the specialty to provide advanced care for critical care patients. Jill Dobias has worked as an oncology nurse at UK HealthCare since 1983 and received her CNS in acute care adult gerontology from the UK College of Nursing in 2015. UK HealthCare employs 15 nurses with a CNS certificate, and the UK College of Nursing had awarded certificates to registered nurses since it offered the certificate seven years ago.


The UK College of Nursing and UK HealthCare will observe National Clinical Nurse Specialist Recognition Week, Sept. 1-7, to highlight the patient care and leadership contributions of CNS professionals. Across America, nearly 72,000 CNSs ensure high-quality, patient-centered care based on recent research evidence.


Health care professionals, students and faculty can meet with CNS specialists and learn more about the opportunities of this career path on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the Biomedical Biological Science Research Building (BBSRB) atrium from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. To learn more about the CNS track at UK, click here


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Parking and Transportation Services Continues Investments in Bicycle Infrastructure

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 13:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2016) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) demonstrated its continued commitment to investing in campus bicycle facilities this summer, with considerable improvements to both on-street and end-of-trip bicycle infrastructure.


The university worked with Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government in connecting two key segments of the existing campus and city bicycle road network. On Woodland Avenue, bike lanes were added from Rose Lane to Euclid Avenue. Rose Street between Rose Lane and Euclid Avenue is currently being widened to allow for bike lanes on both sides. This will provide a connection between the Euclid Avenue bike lanes and the Rose Street bike lanes. This project is currently in progress and expected to be completed in late September or early October.


Bicycle parking has been expanded or upgraded at multiple campus locations, including:

  • the new Academic Science Building
  • Jewell and Holmes Halls
  • F. Paul Anderson Tower
  • the Fine Arts Building
  • the Gillis Building
  • Woodland Glen I

In total, these improvements signify more than 700 new or upgraded bicycle parking spaces on campus, nearly half of which are covered.


PTS invests over $200,000 annually in campus bicycle infrastructure, education and encouragement projects, many of which are guided by the leadership of the Bicycle Advisory Committee. These efforts have been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists, in designating UK as a Silver level Bicycle Friendly University.



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More Parking and Transportation Options for 2016-2017 School Year

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 13:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2016) — Over the summer, UK Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) made improvements and investments in the mobility options available to the campus community, in preparation for the 2016-2017 academic year. The developments cover the broad range of ways that employees and students choose to travel to, from and around campus, including bicycling, mass transit and driving.




More than 700 bicycle parking spaces were added or upgraded during the summer months, with nearly half of those being covered. In addition, key on-road connections to the existing bicycle infrastructure were made or are in progress on Woodland Avenue and on Rose Street.




As of July 1, the campus Blue and White routes (Lextran 14) now operate year-round. During the fall and spring semesters, service hours have been extended and now run from 6:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Blue and White routes will run from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during the summer and academic breaks. This continues the transformation of the campus bus system begun in 2015.


Last spring, Parking and Transportation Services announced an extension of the BluPass partnership with Lextran, which allows students, faculty and staff to ride any Lextran route free of charge when showing their Wildcard ID. 


Parking and Transportation Services is now operating Kentucky Wildcab, the Student Government Association’s new free, late-night, on-demand ride option for students. The service operates 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday during fall and spring semesters. In its first weekend of service, Kentucky Wildcab provided 143 rides to a total of 369 passengers.




As the result of expanding the Blue and Green lots and of utilizing design efficiencies, 224 parking spaces were added in the Commonwealth Stadium area.


The High Street Lot expansion, completed in August, resulted in a net increase of 77 employee parking spaces, nearly doubling the previous capacity of the lot.


Another 45 spaces were added across campus through parking lot improvements and efficiencies, including in the South Limestone Garage, the Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center Lot, the Columbia Terrace Lot, the Columbia Avenue East Lot, the Columbia Avenue West Lot and the Woodland Avenue Lot. An additional 34 spaces have been approved and funded, but work has not yet been completed.



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UK Announces $10 Million Gift From The Don Jacobs Sr. Charitable Foundation

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 11:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2016) University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced today a $10 million gift from The Don Jacobs Sr. Charitable Foundation to further invest in undergraduate science education.


The majority of the gift — $8 million — will go toward the new academic science building that now takes the name Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building. Another $2 million will fund future academic and research investments yet to be determined.


The legacy of Lexington businessman and philanthropist Don Jacobs and his wife Cathy already lives on across the UK campus — from business education to health care. And now, that same legacy will impact thousands of UK students, who are projected to use the new science building annually.


Don and Cathy Jacobs have now donated funds in excess of $20 million to UK in areas ranging from science and health to the Gatton College of Business and Economics. The couple established the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center at the Gatton College of Business and Economics. The center serves as a university resource to expand executive education and leadership development in small businesses and nonprofit organizations. The Jacobs also established the Health Education Center at the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. The facility serves as a central resource to help patients, families and caregivers research their medical questions and provides other services and outreach.


In addition, the Jacobs have been major supporters of UK's Markey Cancer Center and the UK College of Medicine.


Don Jacobs' philanthropy, leadership and service was recognized by UK in 2014 as he was awarded an honorary doctor of humanities degree during Commencement ceremonies.


“This gift extends a legacy of philanthropy to the University of Kentucky. Collectively, Don and Cathy Jacobs have contributed their support in excess of $20 million to UK,” said President Eli Capilouto. “This announcement is not only about today. It’s not about bricks and mortar. It’s about the faculty, staff and students empowered by the gift we have been given by Don and Cathy Jacobs.”


The Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building will transform science education at UK, preparing the next generation of researchers, doctors, teachers and more with early experimentation and engaged learning, Capilouto said.


It is part of a more than $2.1 billion campus transformation initiated in the last five years and includes classrooms, research space, residence halls, dining and athletics facilities. More than 90 percent of that transformation is being financed with university resources or private giving.


"The breadth of this campus — from our business college to those in need in our hospital and now students, faculty and researchers in the heart of our campus — will reap the rewards of what Don and Cathy Jacobs have sown," said C.B. Akins Sr., vice chair of the UK Board of Trustees. "This facility is a testament to learning and research, and it also speaks to the power of partnership, with the gift we are recognizing today further leveraging the impact of the $65 million contribution (UK) Athletics is making toward this incredible educational facility."


The 240,000-square-foot building opened this fall on the corner of Rose Street and Huguelet Drive and is home to the largest active learning space on campus. But students are not only learning — they're experiencing science. State-of-the-art laboratories, advanced lecture halls, technology enabled active learning (TEAL) classrooms, outdoor teaching spaces and interior green space emphasize science you can see.


The Jacobs have long invested in students and patients at UK, and in a wide variety of organizations across Central Kentucky, including the Hope Center in Lexington, which serves the homeless, and Lexington’s Sayre School, where they established a financial literacy seminar series.


"Don and I always believed that to whom much is given, much is required," Cathy Jacobs said. "I am grateful that we have been blessed so that we can help others."


“In recent years, Don and Cathy Jacobs have made major gifts to Lexington nonprofit agencies to improve the lives of countless individuals in the Bluegrass,” said Mike Richey, UK vice president for philanthropy. “And through their extraordinary generosity to multiple areas of the University of Kentucky, they are making an impact on the Commonwealth. This most recent commitment from The Don Jacobs Sr. Charitable Foundation to the university is yet one more shining example of Don and Cathy Jacobs' philanthropic leadership and support of science education and research. Both undergird UK’s commitment to our students’ academic success and for that, we are deeply grateful.”


Growing up as the son of a general store owner in Bennettsville, South Carolina, Jacobs, who passed away April 15, 2015, would become a very successful automobile dealer and entrepreneur. He learned the importance of providing excellent customer service at an early age.


Jacobs pursued an opportunity to sell cars at a Ford dealership in Nashville, Tennessee. He eventually became the No. 1 retail salesperson of automobiles in the entire U.S. for two years running. He followed that by becoming sales manager at a Chevrolet dealership in Nashville, where he developed an employee training manual which stressed quality, integrity and dependability in business dealings.


Jacobs then applied to General Motors to acquire his own dealership, and was offered an Oldsmobile franchise in Lexington.


From opening at its original location on High Street in downtown Lexington in 1970, Don Jacobs Oldsmobile expanded to a 19-acre site at Nicholasville and New Circle

Roads in 1974. Through the years, Jacobs added Honda, Volkswagen and BMW to his lineup of new car offerings, while simultaneously opening dealerships in other markets in Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida. 


And he did not stop at selling and servicing cars. Jacobs co-founded Dealers' Financial Services and later established the Military Installment Loan and Education System program to assist military personnel with their automobile financing needs.


Cathy Jacobs is also an accomplished entrepreneur, having founded and operated a successful advertising agency for many years. After its sale, she and her husband focused attention on their community-minded philanthropy. 


The  Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building, a $112 million total project, opened in August for the fall semester.



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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Features Author Crystal Wilkinson

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 18:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2016) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Sitting in for Godell today is Julie Wren, director of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, which takes place Sept. 16-17 in Lexington.  Wren interviews author Crystal Wilkinson, who talks about her new book "The Birds of Opulence" and the workshop she will lead at the Women Writers Conference. 


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.



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UK Law Professor Gives Inside Look at True Crimes Behind American Ballads

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 16:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2016) Richard H. Underwood, the William L. Matthews Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law, has published a new book, "CrimeSong: True Crime Stories From Southern Murder Ballads." The 328-page book plunges readers into the riveting true crimes behind 24 southern murder ballads.


"CrimeSong" brings to life a series of stories filled with jump-off-the-page real and memorable characters, shadowy history, courtroom dramas, murders, mayhem and music. Professor Underwood presents his case studies, documented through contemporary news accounts and court records, which show universal themes of love, betrayal, jealousy and madness through true-life tales that are both terrifying and familiar.


“I am excited about the book,” Professor Underwood said. “It is different. It’s not a law book, strictly speaking, but there is a lot of evidence and trial law in it. It is about murder ballads, but from a lawyer’s perspective!”


Professor Underwood began teaching at the University of Kentucky in 1980. He has taught a variety of courses, including Evidence, Scientific and Forensic Evidence, Litigation Skills (Trial Advocacy), Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Insurance Law, Remedies, Law and Medicine, Bioethics, and Professional Responsibility (Legal Ethics). He is the co-author of several books on evidence, trial technique and legal ethics, and he has published numerous articles on the law, legal history, perjury, famous trials and true crime.


The idea for "CrimeSong" came from an article Professor Underwood wrote years ago with research help from Carol Paris, a former UK law librarian. He dedicates this book to her.


“I had written some of the material for 'CrimeSong' in article form before, and the research was in one of my many stacks on the floor of my office — and at home. I felt like it was finally time to turn the stacks into books,” he said.


What’s next? Professor Underwood currently has two additional books in the production process — one about lawyers and criminal trials in the Gilded Age in New York City, the other about an old murder in Connecticut. He is in the middle of finishing a fourth book, about perjury, that he has been working on for years.


"CrimeSong: True Crime Stories From Southern Murder Ballads" is available for purchase through Shadelandhouse Modern Press LLC at



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UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Receives Record Number of Grant Awards

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 15:46

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 2, 2016) — Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) brought in a record amount of grant awards from outside sources during the past fiscal year.


Grant awards totaled more than $39.2 million in fiscal year 2016, which was from July 1, 2015 to June 30. It is the most the college has ever received and is an increase of nearly $3 million from fiscal year 2015. It continues the steady increase in external grant awards for the college’s researchers in the past several years. The award total includes grants that received first-time funding as well as those being funded for subsequent years.


“Our college continues to build on our tradition of providing a balance of basic and applied research to address challenges facing the region and state,” said Rick Bennett, the college’s associate dean for research and director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station. “We maintain a statewide presence in agricultural, food and environmental research, which are key components of Kentucky’s economic future.”


Awards included such diverse projects as a Centers of Disease Control and Prevention grant that seeks to help lower obesity rates in counties with a high number of obese adults and a grant from DuPont that explores how to increase poultry’s digestion of amino acids, which could reduce their environmental footprint.


An award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service funds the Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center, which was established in 2015. Housed in the college’s School of Human Environmental Sciences, the center is led by Ann Vail, director of the school and the project’s lead researcher, and Joann Lianekhammy, center director. Its mission is to improve coordination between nutrition assistance programs, which will in turn increase program participation and reduce childhood food insecurity in persistently poor communities. The center has awarded $1.3 million in grants to 17 organizations in 12 states. Currently, members of those organizations are conducting research on barriers that prevent children from accessing nutritious food and participating in nutrition assistance programs. They are also developing partnerships with others in their communities to help them successfully implement their projects.


In another study, UK virologist Udeni Balasuriya is leading a team of Gluck Equine Research Center scientists to find a way to stop the spread of equine arteritis virus, which causes high rates of abortion in mares, death of young foals and stallions to become carriers. Before they received the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant, researchers already had found a subpopulation of white blood cells that makes some horses more susceptible to becoming carriers. They also have shown that genetics play a role in whether horses have this susceptibility.


A team of researchers led by Jan Smalle, associate professor in the UK Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, found nanoparticles can easily extract flavonoids from plants. Flavonoids are plant-made chemicals that have many potential human health benefits. Until the Smalle lab finding, scientists had no easy way to extract them from plants. Smalle and his team are now using their USDA NIFA grant to study how nanoparticles travel through the plant and whether this extraction process works on many different crops.


“We’re proud of our landmark achievements in research this past year. We look forward to our continued trajectory of securing external grants needed to conduct research, which will expand our fundamental and applied knowledge impacting the lives of Kentuckians in all parts of the state,” Bennett said. “Our outstanding research conducted by CAFE researchers with delivery through the Cooperative Extension Service, is a vital component of our state’s economy.”



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