The House Jacks in concert with a special appearance by Voices of Legend High School Choir.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) — Voices in Harmony, a two-day a cappella festival, will culminate with a public concert featuring some of the best a cappella acts in the nation including The House Jacks, Musae and University of Kentucky's own Acoustikats, national finalists on NBC's "The Sing Off" in 2013. The concert, presented by the UK Choirs in association with the A Cappella Educators Association, will begin 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
The fifth annual Voices in Harmony A Cappella Festival is making its UK debut after starting at Lexington Catholic High School. The festival has grown each year and has supported the formation and growth of dozens of a cappella groups across the region.
This year more 300 participants from more than 20 local and regional middle schools, high schools, universities and community choirs will experience thrilling performance, dynamic clinics and engaging educational workshops.
A high school group competition will be held as part of the festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Lexington Catholic High School, and will include performances by UK Acoustikats and Paws and Listen, UK's popular female a cappella group.
The House Jacks is known as “the original rock band without instruments” (San Francisco Chronicle) that creates powerful original music using only their five voices. The band’s vocal innovations laid the groundwork for the current a cappella renaissance, and their music can be heard in the movie “Pitch Perfect,” on the television show “The Sing Off” (U.S., China, Netherlands and France) and on radio stations around the world. The House Jacks continue to electrify audiences with their pioneering sound, powerful original songs, dynamic versions of popular songs and their incomparable “Human Jukebox,” a popular part of their act where they take requests from the audience.
Musae singing "Electric Lady" O.P.B. Janelle Monae at the Hong Kong A Cappella Dinner 2014.
Founded in 2011, Musae has gained acclaim performing at a cappella festivals across the nation. As a powerhouse all-female vocal band, Musae shares a fresh and fun sound while playing on their sense of femininity and womanhood. True to the original Latin, these “muses” seek not to just inspire but also breathe new life into the professional vocal scene in the U.S. and abroad. Most of their singers have been prominently featured in groups on NBC’s “The Sing Off.”
Founded in 1993, by Jefferson Johnson as a subsection of the UK Men’s Chorus, the acoUstiKats are the premier all-male a cappella ensemble in the state of Kentucky. Following their success on “The Sing-Off,” the Acoustikats decided to form a professional vocal band following in the footsteps of notable all-male groups like Straight No Chaser and they have performed in countless venues across the U.S. The professional group features current UK students and alumni from the ensemble.
Tickets for the Voices in Harmony concert featuring The House Jacks, Musae and the Acoustikats range from $15-25 with a discount for groups of 15 or more. To purchase tickets, contact the Singletary Center for the Arts box office online at www.scfaticket.com or call 859-257-4929.
UK Choirs are a part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The choral ensembles have garnered international attention with appearances at Carnegie Hall (New York City), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Mormon Tabernacle (Salt Lake City), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), St. Peter’s Basilica (Rome, Italy) and St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Vienna, Austria).
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) — The University of Kentucky and SOAR announced a three-year, more than $300,000 partnership Tuesday as part of UK's ongoing commitment to the health and economy of Eastern Kentucky.
SOAR — Shaping Our Appalachian Region — was established in 2013 by Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers and is designed to address the most significant challenges confronting Appalachian Kentucky in partnership with communities throughout the mountains.
"We are not simply the University of Kentucky. We are the University for Kentucky," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "But we have a particularly close relationship and responsibility with and for communities throughout the Appalachian region. Today's announcement is another tangible expression of our commitment to the region as well as our support of the leadership of Gov. Beshear and Congressman Rogers in this critical effort.
"Like these leaders, we are committed to do even more to help find community solutions to community challenges."
“Better education and better health are vital elements in helping transform the economy and outlook for Eastern Kentucky,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “The university will bring its expertise in both to SOAR. I congratulate UK for taking a leadership role in supporting SOAR and helping support the region’s future.”
“The Governor and I commend the University of Kentucky for partnering with SOAR as a financial supporter and health adviser,” Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen said. “Improving the state’s health is not a task that can be accomplished in months. But through partnerships with SOAR and the University of Kentucky, we now have the opportunity to truly change the future of Kentucky by cementing the health reforms created by the Governor in a way that has a lasting and stable impact.”
UK is the first university and first presenting sponsor for SOAR, said Jared Arnett, SOAR's executive director. The sponsorship will ensure the university's full involvement in Corporate Partner Strategic Meetings, exposure at board meetings, SOAR summits and other events that grow out of the organization's work.
“SOAR is designed to truly transform the future of Eastern Kentucky through hard work, dedication and innovation,” said Congressman Hal Rogers. “I applaud the University of Kentucky for sharing in SOAR's mission by committing funding and expertise that can put the rubber to the road as we develop plans for healthier communities and a more diverse economy."
"The University of Kentucky's Corporate Partnership comes at a pivotal time for Appalachian Kentucky," Arnett said. "As we transition from planning to action, their commitment to the region will provide necessary resources to support our success in creating a brighter economic future for the families across the SOAR region. We believe SOAR's work is critical for the future of the Appalachian Region, but also for the future of the entire Commonwealth."
Several members of UK's faculty and staff were involved in initial SOAR work groups that studied and produced reports around issues such as health and the economy of the region.
Currently, UK has some 125 individual research projects in Appalachia revolving around the five largest causes of preventable deaths: cancer, heart disease, pulmonary disease, stroke and unintentional deaths such as accidents and drugs.
Capilouto, citing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said there are hundreds of preventable deaths each year in Kentucky. And, in those most intractable of health challenges such as cancer and heart disease, the rate of incidence and death is well above state and national averages.
Capilouto and Arnett said the more formal partnership announced Friday also will ensure that UK works even more closely with SOAR on specific issues of importance to the region, particularly in health care.
Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for health affairs at UK, said UK HealthCare already has strong ties to hospitals and primary care centers throughout Eastern Kentucky. The SOAR partnership will help strengthen those ties and potentially create new avenues for partnership.
UK HealthCare helps strengthen local hospitals so that patients can receive care closer to home. Only patients with the most serious of illnesses are transferred to UK HealthCare and then returned as quickly as possible to home, Karpf said.
"This commitment and formal corporate partnership represents our belief in the future of Eastern Kentucky," Karpf said. "We believe involvement with SOAR is another important step in our efforts to help improve health outcomes, working closely with CDC and the communities of the SOAR area."
Joe Conkwright of WUKY was awarded Best Radio DJ, Kevin Holm-Hudson of the UK School of Music was awarded Best Keyboard and Miles Osland of the UK School of Music was awarded Best Brass/Winds and Best Jazz/World for his band DOJO (DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra).
The idea for the Lexington Music Awards came about from Lexington musician and music teacher, David McLean. McLean intended for the event to be a small gathering, but soon realized that there was much more interest in the event than he originally predicted.
In order to determine the winners of each category, McLean had the public make nominations online. He then narrowed down the votes to the top four candidates per category and then had individual nominees vote on each category to determine the winners.
Joe Conkwright of WUKY won Best Radio DJ. Conkwright has worked as a producer, host and announcer for WUKY since 1998. He currently produces a one-hour show called "Joe's Blues," which airs 8-9 p.m. Mondays and again from 11 p.m.-midnight Fridays. Conkwright can also be heard on 91.3 from noon to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday during "Rock & Roots."
Kevin Holm-Hudson of the UK School of Music was voted Best Keyboard. Holm-Hudson, an associate professor of music theory, has taught at UK since 2000. He holds a doctoral degree in composition (with an ethnomusicology emphasis) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the author of "Genesis and the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" (Ashgate, 2008) and the editor of "Progressive Rock Reconsidered" (Routledge, 2002).
Miles Osland of the UK School of Music was awarded Best Brass/Winds and Best Jazz/World for his band DOJO, created with former UK School of Music professor, Vince DiMartino. Osland has been teaching saxophone at UK since 1989 and currently serves as director of Jazz Studies. Osland holds a master's degree from Eastman School of Music. As a distinguished performing artist, Osland has recorded previously with Sea Breeze Jazz Records. The record company had even submitted some of Osland's pieces for Grammy nominations.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) — A special issue of Health Communication was recently published that not only featured five University of Kentucky authors but was also edited by Nancy Harrington, associate dean for research in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky. Health Communication, published by Taylor and Francis, is the premier health journal in the communication discipline.
The special issue of the magazine focused on the 2014 Kentucky Conference on Health Communication (KCHC), of which Harrington is the chair and program planner. KCHC is supported by a grant through the National Cancer Institute and Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. Four department of Communication faculty members were invited to be preconference speakers and summit manuscripts for rigorous peer review before being included in Health Communication. Harrington, being guest editor for the special issue, was also featured in the magazine with a brief introductory article.
The special issue, which has received national attention, including being listed in the Center for Disease Control's Health Communication Science Digest, focuses on message design. The discipline of communication investigates how people use messages to create understanding and meaning across various contexts, cultures, and channels. Message design considers how messages make an impact.
"We consider the content, format, and structural variations of messages and what impact these variations may have on message effects, such as attitude change of behavior change," said Harrington.
It isn't surprising that UK faculty members were able to play such a vital role in the publication, considering UK has one of the best health communication programs in the nation. The program is supported by nationally and internationally recognized faculty members who are participating in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research to tackle a multitude of health-related problems, such as cancer prevention, oral health promotion, end-of-life decision making, and reduction of hospital readmission rates. This program continues to successfully recruit top master's and doctoral students. In addition, the National Communication Association ranks the program sixth in the nation for applied communication.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) — With March 2015 being designated as Severe Storms Awareness Month, Kentucky Emergency Management has scheduled the 2015 Statewide Tornado Safety Drill for today, March 10, at approximately 10:07 a.m. EST. The University of Kentucky Police’s Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness will not utilize the campus’s emergency notification system, UK Alert, this year. We do however, want to encourage the campus community to take time today and locate the Storm Shelter nearest your location.
Additionally, please take a moment to review the tornado/severe weather procedures at: http://www.uky.edu/EM/tornado-severe-thunderstorm.html.
This also is an optimal time for you to add information to the UK Alert system in order to be adequately alerted in the case of class cancelation, severe weather, and crimes on campus requiring immediate action. UK Alert email messages are automatically sent to all personnel with a uky.edu email address, however you must add your phone number to the UK Alert database in order to receive calls or text messages. Your phone number will not be shared.
For more information, visit http://www.uky.edu/EM/UKAlert/ or go to your myUK portal and click on "UK Alert."
If you have any question or concerns regarding this drill, please contact the UK Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness at CMP@uky.edu.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) — As Kentucky farms move from tobacco and other traditional crops to growing grapes, the University of Kentucky is supporting this growing industry through grape and wine research and education. A half-hour documentary, "Thrive: The Kentucky Wine Tradition,” will air on KET in March and April.
The film follows UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Extension research in the field and in vineyards across the state. It features UK extension horticulture specialists Tom Cottrell and Patsy Wilson, horticulture research analyst Jeff Wheeler, research farm technician Sean Lynch and UK vineyard and sustainable agriculture field technician Kristi Durbin, as well as Kentucky vineyard owners and winemakers Cynthia Bohn, Cathy Edwards, Tom Beall, Kerry Jolliffe and Jim Wight.
At UKAg’s Horticulture Research farm on the corner of Man O’ War and Nicholasville Road in Lexington, the viticulture team grows different grape varieties to identify those particularly suited to Kentucky’s climate and studies growing methods and pest management.
Making the transition from more typical Kentucky crops, like tobacco, to grapes can be a hard one for farmers. Many farmers don’t have a background in working with perennial crops.
“We were really nervous about that,” said Edwards, owner of Harkness Edwards Vineyard.
“But we were farmers, so growing grapes is all about farming. We had the equipment, we had the land, we had the support from the University of Kentucky, which provided a lot of knowledge for beginning growers, and we found a lot of good networking out there. So we just got into it and learned by doing.”
“There’s a demand for local products, and what better product than wine?” Wheeler said. “Everything about wine is a culture very much tied to the place. So if you want a sense of Kentucky, hopefully we can make wines that represent what that is.”
The documentary was produced as a collaborative project between Reveal/UK Research Communications and the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments.
“This project was a unique opportunity to discover the history of winemaking in Kentucky,” said Alicia Gregory, producer and director for UK Research Communications. “Did you know that the very first commercial vineyard in the United States was in Jessamine County, Kentucky? This project allowed us to see, firsthand, how UK is partnering with farmers across the state to support a resurgence of Kentucky’s winemaking tradition.”
The documentary will air at the following times:
• KET: Sunday, March 29 at 3:30 p.m. EDT
• KET2: Monday, March 30 at 10:30 p.m. EDT
• KETKY: Tuesday, March 31 at 9:00 p.m. EDT
• KETKY: Wednesday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m. EDT
• KETKY: Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. EDT
• KETKY: Saturday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. EDT
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) -- Shriners from throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana joined local Shriners Hospital for Children – Lexington representatives, Shriners patients, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and officials from the University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare in a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the new $47 million Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center.
The new, state-of-the-art ambulatory facility will be constructed at the University of Kentucky campus across from the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Construction will take about 22 months with completion in 2017.
“This is truly a win-win opportunity for Shriners Hospitals for Children, UK HealthCare, and most importantly, the children we treat,” said Douglas E. Maxwell, chairman of the Board of Trustees for Shriners Hospitals for Children network. “I would like to commend this community for making this dream for Shriners Hospital a reality in Lexington, and let me be the first to say that I can’t wait to see how this project unfolds to benefit the children of Kentucky, southern Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and beyond.”
Shriners Hospital, based in Lexington since 1926 and at the current Richmond Road location since 1955, will own and operated the new ambulatory care center. Shriners will occupy 60,000 square feet of space on the bottom three floors for pediatric orthopaedic care. UK HealthCare will lease the top two floors for ophthalmology services
“Relocating to the UK HealthCare campus will bring together the pediatric orthopaedic expertise Shriners is known for with the top-rated specialty and subspecialty pediatric care at Kentucky Children’s Hospital – a benefit to children with complex conditions,” said Dale Stauss, Imperial Potentate of Shriners International, the fraternity that founded and governs Shriners Hospitals. “Close proximity to a first-rate medical center will also enhance the education and research aspects of our mission.”
Collaboration between Shriners and UK HealthCare is not new. Physician specialists in the fields of pediatric orthopaedics, anesthesia, and rehabilitation serve on the medical staff of both organizations.
“The University of Kentucky and the Lexington Shriners Hospital have long traditions of excellence and commitment when it comes to providing the best in specialty and subspecialty pediatric care,” said Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for health affairs at UK. “We welcome Shriners to the UK campus and look forward to furthering our partnership to enhance pediatric orthopaedic care in Kentucky and beyond.”
The new medical center will include a motion analysis laboratory (one of only three in the state), 20 patient exam rooms, two surgical suites, a rehabilitation gymnasium and therapy rooms, and interactive artwork. Energy efficiency was a priority in the design stage. The building will have geothermal heating and cooling, LED lighting and occupancy sensors, and automated equipment and controls.
An $8 million capital campaign kicked off in October has already raised over $6 million toward the project.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) — University of Kentucky electrical engineering and computer engineering senior Daniel Cambron, of Glasgow, Kentucky, has been awarded the 2015 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Scholarship.
The scholarship was established in 1939 as a memorial to Charles LeGeyt Fortescue in recognition of his valuable contributions to the field of electrical engineering. The annual scholarship carries a stipend of up to $24,000 and is awarded for one year of full-time graduate work in electrical engineering at an engineering school of recognized standing located in the U.S.
Cambron plans to begin graduate studies at UK in the fall of 2015 and complete his master’s degree in electrical engineering the following spring. Enrolled in the University Scholars Program, he is also a member of the Honors Program and a member of the UK Solar Car Team for the last four years. His research interests include electro-mechanics, embedded systems and controls.
"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that this scholarship provides, and to IEEE for their effort in supporting professional growth of electrical and computer engineers, both young and experienced," said Cambron. "This scholarship will enable me to completely finance my graduate education and achieve my goals. I look forward to a year of exciting and meaningful graduate study at the University of Kentucky!"
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 9, 2015) – Governor Steve Beshear, joined by legislative leaders, today signed legislation authorizing construction of a multidisciplinary research building at the University of Kentucky.
House Bill 298 provides for a state-of-the-art facility which will house world-class research across health disciplines. Research will focus on the many health challenges facing the Commonwealth, particularly those which contribute to preventable diseases and deaths.
“This project represents the potential to improve the lives of so many, both within Kentucky where our health outcomes are so poor, and beyond,” Gov. Beshear said. “I’m happy the General Assembly is supporting the university’s efforts to reduce Kentucky’s unacceptably high rates of preventable diseases and deaths. Our entrenched health problems won’t improve without major investment like this project, which will complement the lifesaving efforts at the Markey Cancer Center and its designation as a National Cancer Institute.”
The legislation authorizes bonds to support the construction of a research building at the university. The building will be funded with $132.5 million in state bonds and $132.5 million in restricted funds provided by the university, which it has said will come through research contracts and private fundraising.
Gov. Beshear supported the legislation for the research facility, which is in keeping with the kyhealthnow initiative he launched last year to significantly reduce incidence and deaths from diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease and to improve the state’s collective health.
“As Kentucky’s flagship, land-grant university, we have a special mission and responsibility to serve this Commonwealth,” University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto said. “Because of the vision and commitment of Governor Beshear and the Kentucky General Assembly, UK will take another step forward in our mission to work in partnership with communities to heal and help in every corner of our state. World-renowned researchers will have facilities that match their intellect and passion. They will work collaboratively with clinicians and communities between and among disciplines to close the stubborn gaps caused by health disparities that for too long have plagued our state.”
“Many will recall that during the first week of this session, I called on our Legislature to open the budget and fund this critical endeavor, and I am encouraged that the House, Senate, and Governor Beshear were able to get this done,” said Senate President Robert Stivers. “The project will enable the best and the brightest to research the causes of many health issues that continue to burden Kentuckians at a higher rate than most in the U.S. The hope is that through the research of the center, Kentucky will achieve a healthier population and reduce these preventable diseases and conditions.”
“I’m glad we could approve this project now rather than having to wait another year,” said House Speaker Greg Stumbo, one of the bill’s sponsors. “It will raise the University of Kentucky’s already high profile in medical research, and, more importantly, it will help pave the way in finding those cures that will hopefully make such diseases as cancer and strokes a thing of the past.”
“This is an extremely important project, because it will play a frontline role in researching treatments for those diseases that affect Kentuckians at a much greater rate than citizens in most other states,” said Rep. Rick Rand, who chairs the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. “I was proud to be the lead sponsor on this bill and look forward to this facility’s construction and ultimate use.”
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) — Despite Kentucky’s extreme weather in the 2015 spring semester, students in a number of online courses continued learning.
In one University of Kentucky College of Education course, it was business as usual — with a pint-sized twist.
Justin Bathon’s wife had given birth to their fourth child, Lucy, the week prior. Bathon, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies, usually teaches the online course from his office in Dickey Hall, but logged in from home due to the foot of snow and record-low temperatures wreaking havoc on Lexington roads in March. Baby Lucy joined him.
Students in the course waved hello and were able to ask questions, like if she’s sleeping through the night (no, not yet).
All of the courses in the School Technology Leadership program (this particular one was EDL 665 – School Technology Leadership for Digital Citizenship) contain synchronous components (meaning students log in and “meet” at a specific time, rather than only completing online work independently). Students still get the traditional classroom experience, just in a digital format so they can participate from all over the world, Bathon said.
“We have very close relationships with our online students to the point that we usually even get to know elements of their personal lives and friendships remain between students and professors in digital spaces like twitter long after the classes are over. Because we are literally coming into their homes, we do get to see their kids and personal elements of their lives more often than if they came to a physical classroom at UK.”
Most of those enrolled in the School Technology Leadership Program are educators (school teachers and leaders, and some higher education and related fields). It is open to educators across the globe.
“In the class held during the snow storm, about 75 percent were in Kentucky, 20 percent were elsewhere in the US, and one student lives in Kuwait,” Bathon said.
Bathon, whose expertise is in education and law, helps students examine school and classroom leaders’ social, ethical and legal responsibility to students. The course he taught during the snow storm covers a wide range of issues from cell phone usage and searching in schools to student data privacy.
“Technology is changing schools more rapidly than the law or even social norms can adapt,” Bathon said. “Frequently educators are left in a difficult position of applying older policies to entirely unforeseen circumstances. This course tries to provide a foundation upon which to make those difficult choices.”
The program is part of the college’s Department of Educational Leadership Studies. It offers an online graduate certificate in School Technology Leadership and three different degree integration options for those courses.
The University of Kentucky is the institutional home of the University Council for Educational Advancement (UCEA) Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the only international center dedicated to the technology needs of school leaders. Because the core courses are tied to the International Society for Technology in Education's (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators (NETS-A), there is an internationally-recognized foundation for the programs.
For more information, go to http://leadership.uky.edu/programs-degrees/stl/. Or, check out the #UKSTL hashtag where the conversation around the program and related elements if always going on: https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=%23ukstl&src=typd.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) -- Scott M. Lephart, Ph.D., joined the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences as dean on March 1. He also serves as a professor and as Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Research.
Lephart formerly served as a distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition as well as the founding director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the principal and senior investigator leading the Department of Defense Human Performance Research initiative. His research interests include musculoskeletal sports and military injury prevention and performance optimization.
Q: You were at the University of Pittsburgh for 27 years. What was it about UK and the College of Health Sciences (CHS) that attracted you?
A: The combination of the University’s goals, as outlined in the recent strategic plan, to become a top 20 public research university, the new fiscal model, and most importantly the excellence of the faculty, staff, and students of the college presented an intriguing opportunity for the new dean. This was the first deanship I have applied for and the first position outside of Pitt that I have sought in my 27-year academic career.
Q: What impressed you most about UK and CHS?
A: I was impressed by the sense of pride in this institution – unlike any that I had experienced. I found the enthusiasm and pride for the Commonwealth’s flagship University to be palpable. During my first interview, I took a two-hour walk around campus to observe and interact with students, who I believe are the fabric of any university. Their pride and optimism confirmed my belief that this was an environment where I wanted to be, and where I could contribute to the momentum. During my interviews, I found a similar enthusiasm displayed by University leadership and the CHS faculty and staff.
Q: What are the main areas of opportunity at CHS?
A: The excellence I have observed in the CHS students, faculty, and staff is a solid foundation to build upon. The Board of Trustees and President Capilouto have stated goals for the university, and the college must make a concerted effort to contribute to the success of this strategic plan. While sustaining the current quality of programs offered by CHS, we must strive to expand our sponsored research portfolio in a meaningful, sustainable manner. As we move forward, our research focus will promote the growth of our graduate programs, a priority stated in UK’s new strategic plan. Our focus should always be one that seeks to achieve these goals in a diverse and inclusive environment, which ultimately commits us to the Kentucky Promise of making the Commonwealth a better place through our teaching, research and service mission.
Q: How do you view your role as dean?
A: As dean of CHS, my role is to advocate for our students, staff and faculty and to facilitate their success in meeting our mission. Leadership needs to be visionary and to position the College for future success. As such, I will work to expand opportunities for the College by bringing greater awareness to our current successes, and to broaden the breadth and scope of new opportunities by establishing meaningful, collaborative relationships across the UK and UK HealthCare community.
Q: What are the main advantages of being at a research-intensive university such as UK?
A: Research provides a vibrant intellectual environment that rewards curiosity, innovation and entrepreneurialism. Such environments stimulate students and faculty alike to think about the future and create solutions for our complex society. This is particularly true in the health sciences, and the University and UK HealthCare are taking a leadership role in promoting a healthier Commonwealth by disseminating new discoveries and therapeutic techniques at home and beyond our borders. Such a research environment also enables us to leverage our successes internationally and provides global outreach opportunities for our students and faculty.
Q: How do you envision collaborations between CHS, UK HealthCare and other colleges evolving and expanding?
A: The infrastructure of the health care colleges and UK HealthCare was an attractive aspect, when considering this career move. Solutions to our health care needs can best be achieved through interdisciplinary collaboration in support of our research, teaching and service mission. I hope to further establish these relationships with our colleagues in other colleges, both those in health care and beyond. I have already realized that the commitment of UK HealthCare is without question an asset for CHS.
Q: What do you want potential or current CHS students to know about the College?
A: CHS is an exciting environment for future health care professionals. In fact, we will be referring to many of our programs as the “Gateway to the Health Professions.” We will balance our mission of teaching, research and service to enable our students to optimize their experience by participating in all aspect of these educational endeavors. As our research enterprise expands, I foresee our students playing integral roles in the discovery and translation of new information to enhance the delivery of health care. I am particularly excited about our newly approved Undergraduate Research Certificate, which will be available starting early this summer. I hope our students take full advantage of working side-by-side with our world-class research faculty in innovative laboratories, centers and institutes with cutting-edge facilities.
Q: How would you summarize your work with the U.S. Department of Defense and the research you are bringing to the University?
A: Our injury-mitigation models for elite athletes have significant utility when applied to the elite tactical athlete, the Special Forces Operator. In early 2000, the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory was solicited by Naval Special Warfare (SEALs) to begin research, which would assist in describing preventable musculoskeletal injuries and would develop mission-specific protocols to mitigate such injuries and optimize the physical readiness of the Force. To date that work supports all branches of Special Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines) under the auspices of the U.S. Special Operations Command. The Warrior Human Performance research centers are located at seven military installations, with central operations located at the University of Pittsburgh in the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory and Center of Warrior Human Performance Research. As part of the transfer of my responsibilities, UK has committed to developing the new UK Sports Science Research Institute that, among many research foci, will have a core to support our ongoing work with Special Operation Forces.
Q: What are your major plans for advancing research at CHS and at UK?
A: Working very closely with the faculty and the associate dean for research, our goals will be to advance our research enterprise with sponsored program grants. It is virtually impossible for a research intensive institution striving for prominence to achieve such aspirations without a core of sponsored research initiatives. Funded research enables the growth of our doctoral programs and increases the likelihood of sustainable research agendas of our faculty. Such achievements are also important benchmarks for top research institutions and facilitate the delivery of health care by our clinicians. In my expanded role at the University, I will be establishing linkages for interdisciplinary discovery in the core areas associated with the UK Sports Science Research Institute.
Q: What are your interests outside of your career?
A: I am a sports enthusiast, both as a participant and fan. Until about 10 years ago, I was a competitive amateur golfer. I hope to return to that on some level once settled in Lexington – of course now on the senior circuit!
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) — Showcasing undergraduate research in the chemical sciences from across the Commonwealth and surrounding states, the University of Kentucky Department of Chemistry will hold its annual Regional Poster Competition Friday, April 17, in combination with its annual Lyle Dawson Lecture, and is accepting submissions for abstracts for the competition until April 10.
The competition, which does not require a registration fee, provides an opportunity for undergraduates to share their chemistry research, network with other undergraduate researchers in the region, and compete for monetary prizes.
First prize winners of the competition will be awarded $300, second prize winners will be awarded $200, and three students awarded honorable mentions will receive $100.
To submit an abstract, visit https://chem.as.uky.edu/rpc-abstract-submission. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by a member of the Department of Chemistry.
In addition to many UK undergraduates, students from across Kentucky and other states have presented at the competition and won top prizes. Recent winners of the competition include students from UK, Berea College, Centre College, Marshall University, Transylvania University, and Western Kentucky University.
This year, participants will also have the opportunity to attend the annual Lyle Dawson Lecture, featuring world-class chemical research and commemorating Lyle Ramsey Dawson, former Department of Chemistry professor and chair. Geoffrey Coates, chemist and Cornell University professor, will deliver the 2015 lecture, "New Polymers from Old Monomers: Advances Enabled through Catalyst Design and Discovery," at 4 p.m., April 17.
Coates is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, and has received awards from the American Chemical Society, National Science Foundation, MIT Technology Review Magazine, Research Corporation, and many other organizations. In 2011 he was identified by Thomson Reuters as one of the world’s top 100 chemists on the basis of the impact of his scientific research, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Coates also received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award and the DSM Performance Materials Award in 2012.
The Dawson Lecture is free and open to the public. The endowment of the lecture series is supported by Lyle Dawson’s daughter, Venita Dawson Curry.
For more information about the Department of Chemistry's Regional Poster Competition, visit https://chem.as.uky.edu/regional-poster-session. For more information about the Lyle Dawson Lecture, visit https://chem.as.uky.edu/lyle-dawson-lecture-series.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) — In the months between August and March, University of Kentucky alum Megan Powell has traveled to 20 different states to help bring National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) events to television viewers across the country.
From Alabama to California to New York, the Versailles native worked behind the scenes as an associate producer for ESPN. In this role, she helped cover Southeastern Conference (SEC) football and bowl games, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Men's basketball and SEC Women's basketball as well as the NCAA Women's Volleyball tournament. As March Madness begins, she'll bring the Women's NCAA and NIT tournament action to viewers and then move on to NCAA Softball and Baseball.
"In the middle of a broadcast, I am responsible for anything that a viewer would read on the screen," said Powell. "So any graphics that you see, we do a lot of research before we get here, we follow the stats in game and I have a group of people around me that support me to make the show look good or bad as it could be."
Her goal is to paint a picture of the action happening on the field or court for those who can't be there in person.
"Whatever sport it may be I am a part of a team to tell our viewers at home who can’t come to the game what is happening," said Powell. "Every day is different in my work but we are coming to a place where people are paying money for tickets; and we get to bring that atmosphere home to the viewers."
While this College of Communication and Information graduate loves sports, it's not all fun and games. There is a great deal of work that has to happen in the days leading up to just one game.
"We have to do a lot of statistical research, getting on conference calls with coaches, talking to our announcers, talking to the producer and director to see what direction we want it to take, what the storylines are for the games," said Powell.
That means being prepared for the unexpected.
"We have to be ready for almost anything could happen on the field, said Powell. "If you lose a starting quarterback, if you lose a starting running back, if you lose a starting defensive lineman, what’s your back up to that scenario? So we have to think about anything that could possibly happen on the field and be ready to react to that. Before the game is a lot of proactive work and then during game it's about reacting to what is happening on field."
And that means the pressure can build up during games, especially when it comes to SEC Network games.
"We are following the game, we’re following the story lines that happen in the game and of course there is pressure," said Powell. "There is pressure in any job but our viewers are very knowledge about the SEC, they're very knowledgeable about their teams and so we have to be even more knowledgeable than they are so that when they're watching a broadcast, we are teaching them about it and giving them the story."
The colleagues making up production teams each game help alleviate some of that pressure.
"That’s where the team scenario comes into play," said Powell. "You have a lot of people helping to make my job easier but also my job is only one part of what’s going on (during the game). We have a whole tape room that is handling replays and video packages and a producer and director are handling cameras and directing the talent of which way to go with following the story lines."
"Coming home to Kentucky is always a really exciting time," said Powell. "It’s always a joy to come back to my alma mater."
But once she clocks in for work, her connection to UK must take a backset to doing her job.
"At work I have to set those feeling aside and very much concentrate on the game and what the stories are," said Powell. "You know, everybody in this business, they all have an alma mater somewhere and when we walk into work, you no longer have that alma mater. You have to be very objective to the scenarios and then in the social scene, you can go back to being a fan."
So while she can't always wear her blue and white, Powell is extremely proud of the education UK provided her.
"My time at Kentucky was very valuable to me because I learned a lot about time management and organization," Powell said.
But it wasn't just lessons she learned in the classroom as an integrated strategic communications major that helps her today.
"Being involved in outside the classroom activities and doing internships that were available to me through the university were incredibly helpful to me," said Powell. "I was very prepared to walk into this field after college and I am incredibly thankful to my alma mater for that."
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) -- Kelly M. Smith, a faculty member in the College’s Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and associate dean of Academic and Student Affairs, has been named interim dean of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.
Smith takes over for former Dean Timothy S. Tracy, who was recently named provost at the University of Kentucky. She is the first woman to hold the top leadership position in the 145-year history of the UK College of Pharmacy.
“I am honored and humbled to serve in this capacity,” Smith said. “I have the utmost respect for this institution – from our students to my colleagues and, of course, our alumni. I look forward to working with each and every stakeholder to continue this college’s proud legacy of excellence in education, research and outreach.”
Smith currently serves on the board of directors for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). She is a Fellow of ASHP and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and is a past Academic Leadership Fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
She has been recognized for her excellence in the practice of pharmacy here in Kentucky as well. Smith was named Pharmacist of the Year by the Kentucky Pharmacists Association in 2008 and received the same honor from the Kentucky Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 2005.
The College of Pharmacy will soon launch a national search for a new dean. Smith has stated that she will not be a candidate for that position and will actively recruit the next dean for the UK College of Pharmacy.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) — Do you know an educator who deserves to be recognized for their impact? Have you been inspired and motivated to succeed by a teacher, professor, coach or principal? If so, you still have the opportunity to thank them with the University of Kentucky College of Education's Teachers Who Made a Difference program.
The program is accepting submissions until Monday, March 16.
The program does not select winners from a pool of nominees. Rather, the College of Education created the program to provide individuals a means to express thanks to educators who have impacted their lives. Honorees can be from anywhere and do not have to be affiliated with UK; however, the number of honorees to be recognized is limited. Organizers ask that each nominator limit recognitions to one educator per year.
UK women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell is once again teaming up with the College of Education to offer this program, which has honored educators for 17 years.
“Teaching is my job, teaching is my passion. And it is something that I love and hope to do the rest of my life,” said Mitchell, the 2015 Teachers Who Made a Difference spokesperson. “It is a tremendous thing to be a teacher.”
Teachers Who Made a Difference
University of Kentucky
College of Education
133 Dickey Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-0017
More than 1,800 teachers have been honored since the program’s inception. The Teachers Who Made a Difference program includes a special recognition event and reception attended by both the teachers and their nominators. This year's event will be held Saturday, April 18, at the UK Student Center's Great Hall.
Nominees who are able to attend will enjoy a light continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and honored thereafter around 10 a.m. Those who cannot attend will receive their award by mail.
For more information, visit http://education.uky.edu/TWMAD or contact the UK College of Education Office of Advancement by phone at 859- 257-4014.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) -- Xiang-An Li, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky Saha Cardiovascular Research Center and Department of Pediatrics, has been awarded a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study synthetic HDL (sHDL) as a potential therapy for sepsis.
Sepsis -- also called septicemia -- is a life-threatening condition caused by an overwhelming immune response to infection. Immune chemicals released by the body into the bloodstream to fight the infection trigger widespread inflammation that can damage multiple organ systems. In the worst cases, blood pressure drops, the heart weakens and the patient spirals toward septic shock and death.
Sepsis is a major health issue, claiming more than 215,000 lives annually in the United States alone. Anyone can develop sepsis, but it's most common and most dangerous in older adults or those with weakened immune systems. Early treatment of sepsis, usually with antibiotics and large amounts of intravenous fluids, improves chances for survival.
In previous research Li, a pioneer in studying the role of HDL and its receptor SR-BI in sepsis, demonstrated that mice deficient in HDL were highly susceptible to sepsis. In a cooperative study with Dr. Theodore Standiford, chief of the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine of the University of Michigan, Li's lab found that HDL levels decrease by 40-70 percent in septic patients, and are associated with a poor prognosis.
Alan Daugherty, Ph.D., director of the UK Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, emphasizes the importance of Li's findings. "These studies suggest that low HDL is a risk factor for sepsis," he said. “HDL is a protective factor in cardiovascular disease and raising circulating HDL levels may provide multiple protections against sepsis.”
More than 100 clinical trials targeting inflammatory or coagulation pathways in sepsis have failed. "These failures teach us that sepsis is a complex disease and more innovative approaches targeting multiple factors are required," Li said. “HDL (high density lipoprotein) is likely a great candidate to achieve this goal."
Li will partner with Anna Schwendeman, Ph.D., an expert in synthetic HDL from the University of Michigan, to promote HDL functions by the use of synthetic HDL as a therapy for sepsis.
"The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality lists sepsis as the most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals, costing more than $20 billion in 2011," said Li. “We hope that this preclinical study will provide a body of data in support of a synthetic HDL-based therapeutic approach for treatment of sepsis and position it for rapid clinical translation.”
Dr. Xiang-An Li laboratory web page: http://cvrc.med.uky.edu/users/xli2
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 9, 2015) — Safety is the highest priority on our campus. The University of Kentucky is a safe campus but is always exploring new ways to keep the campus community safe. Spearheaded by UK Student Government Association, in partnership with UK Police, a new tool is now available to put safety in the palm of your hand.
The university is launching LiveSafe — a revolutionary smartphone app that will notify UK Police of your exact location within seconds of activating an emergency alert.
As part of their platform statement, SGA President Jake Ingram and Vice President Mariel Jackson promised a commitment to working with UKPD and the UK administration to ensure a safe environment for students, faculty and staff both on campus and in the surrounding community.
"Our administration and UK Police are working hard to create an incredibly safe environment on our campus and the investments that have been made are helping ensure that," Jake Ingram, SGA president, said. "But last year, the number one concern I heard from students was off-campus safety. The 'blue light phones' help students feel safe on campus, but LiveSafe puts the power of a blue light tower right in their pockets. Arming students with LiveSafe on their smartphones will help everyone take responsibility for their own personal safety and the safety of the entire community."
"The UK Police Department is pleased to partner with Student Government on the LiveSafe app, which we believe will provide another layer of protection for our UK family," said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe. "The app gives users greater access to police when they need it for their immediate personal safety or if they want to anonymously report suspicious activity they might observe in the community. Our police personnel have worked with Student Government and the LiveSafe company to provide an easy-to-use app that incorporates a variety of elements to promote safety for our students, faculty and staff."
“UK’s top priority is the safety and security of our university family – their success in myriad research pursuits, academic programs and professional interests is contingent on a safe and supportive environment,” UK President Eli Capilouto said. “The new LiveSafe app – a creative solution reached with the leadership of our students in partnership with our campus police – is another component of our multi-faceted approach to safety. It builds on the millions UK has invested in technology and infrastructure on campus by extending our reach to the members of the UK family who live, work and socialize beyond the borders of the main campus.”
The mobile app company is based in Virginia and was co-founded by Virginia Tech shooting survivor Kristina Anderson. Though primarily focusing on higher education, the mobile app partners with high schools, sports arenas and military.
LiveSafe makes it easy for people to share information about potential crimes and unsafe situations with campus police using their smartphone. Through their devices, users will be able to report GPS-tagged information with added pictures, video and audio clips.
Phone calls and written reports will still be accepted and acted upon by UK Police; however, LiveSafe users can report tips in new ways and with more accurate location information.
LiveSafe allows law enforcement to push information out to its users, serving as a supplement to the UK Alert system. UK Alert will continue to expedite messages to the campus community via email, SMS messages and social media.
LiveSafe empowers both citizens and law enforcement to make their community safer. Through LiveSafe, law enforcement can better identify and assess threats, prevent crimes and save lives, thus enhancing overall safety.
As part of the campus launch, SGA hosted a contest for student organization and residence halls to download the app. Winners were Kappa Alpha Theta (Greek-letter organization), Wildcat Service Dogs (student organization) and Woodland Glen II (residence hall). Student organization winners received a $1,000 grant and the residence hall winner receives a pizza party.
UK LiveSafe is available as a free download from iTunes or Google Play for iPhone and Android devices. The UK LiveSafe mobile app can be downloaded to smartphones in just three easy steps.
1. Open Google Play or the Apple App Store on your phone. Search for "LiveSafe" and download the option with the blue shield.
2. Tap "Sign up." Fill in your profile information and create a password.
3. The University of Kentucky may pop-up if you are close to campus. If so, tap "Yes." Otherwise tap "Change" to select your school.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Human Resources Student Employment Office is publicly recognizing outstanding contributions and achievements of UK student employees through its Eighth Annual Employee of the Year Contest. University employers are asked to nominate undergraduate student employees who have demonstrated exemplary commitment and initiative in his or her work.
The UK Human Resources Student Employee of the Year Program will select 10 finalists to compete in the contest. Each finalist and his or her nominating supervisor will be recognized at an awards ceremony April 16.
Nomination forms for the 2014-2015 UK HR Student Employee of the Year can be found at the following link: http://www.uky.edu/hr-apps/forms/student-employee-year-nomination-form. All employers are encouraged to nominate an outstanding student worker by Friday, March 20.
Students must meet the following criteria in order to be nominated:
1. Students must currently be work-study or hourly student employees at UK.
2. Students must have completed or expect to complete at least six months of part-time or 3 months of full-time employment on or before April, 2014.
3. Students may not be employees of the UK HR Student Employment Office.
4. Students must be in a UK undergraduate degree program and enrolled in at least a half-time credit load for both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 9, 2015) — The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky is hosting "Looking for Light: Chemistry, Art, Story, and Song," the third annual event of the Math, Arts, and Sciences Coalition (M.A.S.C.). This free public event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the museum in the Singletary Center for the Arts, with a reception to follow.
The event explores the idea of interconnectedness between the arts and sciences and features a collaborative mixed media performance by vocalist and UK doctoral student Shareese Arnold, Lexington-based artist Marjorie Guyon, and Susan Odom, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at UK.
Odom will elaborate on her innovative research on energy collection and storage, and how light interacts with matter to create what we perceive as different colors. She will also explain some of the science that unifies art and music. Guyon and Arnold will work together to combine visual images and operatic arias to create a palpable landscape space with emotional resonance.
Arnold is currently in her second year of doctoral work at UK Opera Theatre on full scholarship. She performed the title singing roles of Suor Angelica in "Madama Butterfly," Donna Anna in "Don Giovanni," Bess in "Porgy and Bess" and The Sorceress in "Dido and Aeneas."
Guyon has exhibited throughout the United States, with works displayed in public and private collections including International Paper, FedEx, Brown Foreman, Pfizer, Morris Museum of Art, UK HealthCare and The Keeneland Foundation. Her background in poetry and her experience in art-making has merged into what she calls "the Bigger Room," an idea of "place-making with a benevolent goal."
Odom's work at UK Department of Chemistry focuses on utilizing synthetic organic chemistry to create materials for energy collection and storage. This research involves the synthesis of organic compounds for incorporation in electrochemical energy storage systems, either as additives for life extension and improved safety or as the energy storage materials themselves. Applications of this research include lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and redox flow batteries for storage of solar and wind power.
The mission of the Art Museum at UK, 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 4,500 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 9, 2015) — Making sense of economic data, decision making and risk management are just a few of the areas which will be explored in depth during the upcoming,10-week Innovative Leadership program being offered through the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics.
The Innovative Leadership series opens Thursday, March 19 and is one of the Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) offerings that Gatton provides through its Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center (EEC). The CBA is specifically designed for individuals with limited business backgrounds who want to expand their knowledge and enhance their skill set in order to meet the challenges of today's business world.
Distinguished faculty and guest speakers from the Gatton College lead the program in a lively instructional environment which is complemented by opportunities for hands-on experience. Each three-hour class, Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. through May 21, focuses on a different vital topic.
The Boone Center, located in the heart of the UK campus in Lexington, provides an engaging venue for the Innovative Leadership series. Lighted, free parking is provided on site for program registrants. The cost is $1,020 per person for the program, with groups of three or more people from an organization eligible for a special discounted rate.
The fee also will be discounted for UK faculty, staff, and students. Interested UK personnel must contact the EEC to receive a special promo code for the UK discount before registering online.
Fees include instruction, all materials, and refreshments at each session, in addition to parking. Individuals who attend all of the sessions will earn 27.5 course hours of continuing education credit and a certificate of completion.
"The Innovative Leadership certificate program is open to all interested persons who want to energize their careers and broaden their horizons," said Joe Labianca, Gatton Endowed Chair in Management and director of the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center and the Executive MBA Program.
Topics in this series and the schedule are as follows:
· Making Sense of Economic Data…March 19
· Power, Conflict and Negotiation in Organizations…March 26
· Emotion & Emotional Intelligence…April 2
· Decision Making…April 9
· Risk Management & Organizational Control…April 16
· Integrated Marketing Communications…April 23
· The Service Focused Business…April 30
· Personal Selling…May 7
· The Strategic Role of Human Resources Management…May 14
· Entrepreneurship & Writing a Business Plan…May 21
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