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College of Law Dean Brennen Named to Lawyers Of Color's Power List

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2015) — David A. Brennen, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Law, has been named to the Lawyers of Color's Fourth Annual Power List, a comprehensive catalog of the nation’s most influential minority attorneys and non-minority diversity advocates. Dean Brennen will be profiled in the Lawyers Of Color's Power Issue 2015 and honored at a reception March 18 in Washington, D.C.


"I am truly honored and humbled to be recognized by Lawyers of Color. Lawyers of Color is a young magazine that is doing admirable work in advancing equality," Brennen said. "There have been many in the legal profession who were true trailblazers in the struggle for racial, ethnic, gender and, most recently, sexual preference, equality. In many ways, these struggles continue today. My hope is that organizations such as Lawyers of Color continue to highlight this ongoing human saga, along with its many participants."


Brennen joined UK joined from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a professor since 2006, and from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), where he served a two-year term as deputy director.


Along with nearly 20 years of experience in the classroom, Brennen is regarded as an innovator in the field of nonprofit law. He is co-founder and co-editor of Nonprofit Law Prof Blog, founding editor of Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law Abstracts, co-founder of the AALS Section on Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law and a co-author of one of the first law school casebooks on taxation of nonprofit organizations. Brennen has also authored a number of scholarly articles in relation to diversity, minority status and race.


“Power List” honorees are chosen as a result of the Lawyers of Color editorial team reviewing nominations and researching the legal industry to compile the list. Lawyers of Color, initially founded as "On Being A Black Lawyer," provides news, resources and promotion to minority attorneys. The company has received recognition from the American Bar Association, Thomas Reuters and The National Black Law Student Association.  

Campus Invited to UK Provost Candidate Forums, Feb. 12 and 13

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 19:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2015) — The campus community will have two opportunities this week to engage with finalists for the provost position at the University of Kentucky.


President Eli Capilouto announced two finalists Monday, Feb. 9: Gatton College of Business and Economics Dean David Blackwell and College of Pharmacy Dean Tim Tracy.


Public forums with each candidate will take place Thursday and Friday, Feb. 12 and 13. These will be livestreamed on UKNow.


Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Great Hall (2nd floor) of the M.I. King Library:

  • Dean Blackwell from 3–4 p.m.
  • Dean Tracy from 4–5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 13, in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium:

  • Dean Tracy from 8–9 a.m.
  • Dean Blackwell from 9–10 a.m.

Nancy Cox, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and co-chair of the provost search committee, will moderate both forums.


Each candidate will provide opening remarks before taking written questions from audience members. In their opening comments, Blackwell and Tracy will be asked to address three general areas:

  1. How their backgrounds prepare them for this important position;
  2. How they believe, with their leadership, we can continue our momentum and make progress in the important areas of student success, graduate education and research; and
  3. Their thoughts on steps we can take together to create a more inclusive and equitable campus community and environment

Individuals watching the forums via livestream can submit questions to or via twitter to @UKYProvost.


Blackwell was named dean of the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics in the 2012 after his tenure as associate dean for graduate programs and Republic Bank/James W. Aston Professor of Finance at Texas A&M University's Mays Business School. Before joining Texas A&M, he served as director in KPMG's Forensic practice and as a director in PricewaterhouseCoopers' Financial Advisory Services practice. He has authored or coauthored publications in the areas of public finance, accounting and management of financial institutions, including one of the country's leading undergraduate textbooks on financial institutions and markets.


Tracy was named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2010. He began his academic career at West Virginia University where he served as a faculty member from 1992 to 2003. In 2003, he joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota as professor and was named department head in 2004. Tracy has garnered extramural funding through the National Institutes of Health and currently is the principal investigator on two NIH supported grants and co-investigator on a third project with total funding of more than $2.7 million. He is the author of numerous scientific publications, book chapters and two books. His area of research is drug metabolism and disposition.




MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365; 


Presentation U! Tutors Prepare High School Students for College Life

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 17:28

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2015) — Presentation U! is pleased to announce its partnership with Jessamine Career & Technology Center (JCTC) for the Spring 2015 semester. Nine undergraduate Presentation U! tutors will serve as post-secondary transition specialists (PSTS) for 17 JCTC students over the course of the semester. This relationship will provide JCTC students the opportunity to be introduced to life as an undergraduate student at the University of Kentucky in an intimate way, led by a current student. 


Tutors first met with their assigned small group of students Feb. 9 at the JCTC Kickoff event. This kick-off provided the opportunity for JCTC students and PSTS to begin discussions on tips for success in college, and plan how they want to accomplish tasks this semester.


The arrangement consists of specialists taking JCTC students to one class, participating in a campus tour, completing a service learning project together, engage in ongoing discussions about transitioning from high school to college, and completing a 10 minute presentation (specialists will lead and plan the presentation) highlighting their experiences over the course of the semester.


The guest speaker at the kick-off event was Chanson Davenport, former PSTS, who spoke passionately about how his opportunity to work with JCTC students impacted his graduate work. Davenport also provided insights on what students can expect from this program and what mentoring means to him.


Transitioning from high school to college is an incredibly challenging and intimidating transformation students must undergo. A partnership such as this one is designed to better prepare students for that transition and reduce their levels of uncertainty as they take on their new role as college students. Additionally, developing relationships with on-campus individuals prior to entering college increases the likelihood that high school students will become successful college students. It is the hope of JCTC and Presentation U! that this partnership will lead to greater post-secondary student success.


Presentation U!, part of UK’s Quality Enhancement Plan (a component of the requirements for SACS accreditation), is housed within Transformative Learning in the division of Undergraduate Education. Transformative Learning comprises Presentation U!, Academic Enhancement, and Social Enterprise & Innovation/Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) certificate program. The programs work together to enhance student success (retention and graduation).



MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343;

New Pharmacy Course Provides Opportunity for Alum and UK Undergraduates

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 17:25



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2015) -- University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy alumnus Doug Oyler knew he was interested in academic pharmacy. So when faculty members Jeff Cain and Peggy Piascik recruited him to serve as the College’s inaugural Teaching Fellow, he jumped at the chance.


Two problems persisted, however. The position called on Oyler to teach an online undergraduate course during Fall 2014. He had never taught undergraduates, nor had he ever taught an online course.


But if you know anything about Oyler, paving his own path has become a trademark.

A Louisville native, Oyler was the first in his family to pursue a career in health care. He had always enjoyed science – particularly chemistry – and entered UK for his undergraduate coursework. After two years as an undergraduate here at UK, he enrolled in the UK College of Pharmacy to pursue his doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, which he received in 2010.


After working in internal medicine at UK Good Samaritan Hospital for a few years, he knew he needed to pursue a residency to fulfill his ultimate goal of becoming an academic pharmacist.


“I knew wanted to pursue a faculty position,” said Oyler. “And I knew that I didn’t want to work for just a college of pharmacy – I wanted to work for a prestigious type of university that was known for its innovations in the classroom, practice settings and in research. To me, there was no better place to pursue that dream than by completing a UK HealthCare Pharmacy Residency.”


Oyler became R#407 in the UK HealthCare Pharmacy Residency program in 2012. He conducted a postgraduate year two residency in critical care in 2013.


During that time, he saw an interesting email from pharmacy faculty members Cain and Piascik. UK College of Pharmacy Dean Tim Tracy had recently challenged faculty with developing big ideas that would help re-think the manner in which colleges of pharmacy conducted their business. Cain and Piascik wanted to reach down into the UK curriculum and get undergraduate students more interested in a pharmacy career earlier in their academic careers.


And as Piascik says, their goal was three-fold.


“We wanted to make UK undergrads better health consumers,” says Piascik. “We sought to educate them about pharmacy and hope to interest them in a pharmacy career. And we wanted to stay connected to our pre-pharmacy students and retain them as they work through program pre-requisites.”


Thanks to some financial support from the College’s Transformative Grant program, the Academic Teaching Fellow was born, and Oyler was named the first fellow.


In fall 2014, Oyler taught the first semester of PPS 101, “Pills, Potions and Poisons.” The College chose to cap that online course at 30 students to allow Oyler time to figure out how best to teach this new course.


Oyler designed the course to be an informative and eye-opening introduction to field of pharmacy. Various guest speakers were featured throughout the semester, introducing the students to a wide-array of practicing professionals in various pharmacy fields. The course featured no recorded lectures. Students would read various pamphlets and journal pieces, watch videos and complete assignments each week.


“My goal was to create an environment that was fun, challenging and appealing,” Oyler said.

It appears he is on to something. When a larger, 50-seat class opened for spring 2015, the course filled immediately.


“The demand for the courses is higher than expected,” says Cain. “The roster fills immediately when registration opens.”


The plan is to grow the College’s undergraduate opportunities to a four-part series of courses – PPS 101, 102, 103 and 104.


“It is only the second semester of offering the first course, but so far, we are pleased,” Piascik said. “The first course is an overview of pharmacy and pharmacy-related topics. The second course will focus on dietary supplements and the third course will be about drugs of abuse. So far, the work, creativity and enthusiasm of our fellow and student teaching assistants has far exceeded my expectations.”


The future for Oyler also seems bright. His experience as a teaching fellow has broadened his knowledge of teaching and, perhaps, most important increased his passion for dispensing new knowledge.


“I am not sure higher education has done a great job of teaching people how to teach,” said Oyler. “This fellowship is doing that. Though I don’t know where my future will lead me, I know that this experience will bridge a gap in my training.”

UK Honors Students Connect With Faculty

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 16:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2015) — While enjoying hors d'oeuvres and homemade "mocktails" such as Perspicacious Punch and Nifty Nerds, University of Kentucky Honors Program students greeted and socialized with UK faculty members at the second annual Honors Faculty Dinner Jan. 29 at Central Hall II. This popular event marks the largest Honors event of the spring semester, giving students an outside-of-the-classroom opportunity to get to know UK faculty. 


“The hallmark of a superb Honors Program is a talented and engaged faculty, and the greatest success for Honors students lies in having a sustained professional relationship with this faculty," said Diane Snow, interim director of the Honors Program. "The annual dinner is just one of the ways the UK Honors Program supports this important relationship. It provides a relaxed environment for students and faculty to interact, learn about one another, and develop points of contact that underlie future communication and intellectual growth."


After a brief welcome from Snow, the students and faculty enjoyed dinner while their conversations continued. 


"I've had several classes where you barely know the professor, and they don't really know you, so you're just another face in the crowd," said Patrick Allen, a second-year junior double majoring in accounting and finance. "When I'm doing things like this, where I don't just see them in the classroom but at a dinner, I just feel a better connection with the program and my Honors faculty."


The event was organized by Honors Program staff, as well as Honors peer mentors and resident advisors who are significantly involved in planning events and coordinating programs. Sarah Caton, a junior peer mentor double major in Spanish and Gender and Women's Studies, helped plan the dinner and bring in faculty. 


"This year we tried to invite more Honors faculty but also faculty outside the department that might be interested in eventually teaching an Honors course," Caton said. "Students have the opportunity to invite professors to attend, so they may nominate somone they've had in class, or anyone they think has been an outstanding Honors professor. This is a great way to make connections for letters of recommendation or any kind of professional relationship they want to build with faculty."


Allen said events like this are what attracted him to the Honors Program, and ultimately UK, because they create a smaller community within the larger university. 


"I'd probably not be at UK if it was not for the Honors Program," Allen said. "During my high school career I had so many opportunities, and that's what the Honors Program has also given me. I can walk through these doors and see these faculty members everyday, rather than just seeing them during office hours. They actually know me."

Freshmen, Seniors Asked to Evaluate Student Engagement

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 16:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2015) — Attention, all you freshmen and seniors who want to change the world … or at least the University of Kentucky … here’s your opportunity to provide meaningful feedback aimed at improving your university.


All UK freshmen and seniors received an emailed invitation yesterday from President Eli Capilouto to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The survey examines how UK freshmen and seniors:

·       interact with faculty outside of classes;

·       spend time discussing ideas versus memorizing facts; and

·       feel that UK provides a supportive environment to help them succeed.


“The University of Kentucky is deeply dedicated to student success. As an institution of higher learning, we are committed to self-evaluation and improvement with the continued goal to provide a college education that prepares graduates to lead lives of meaning and purpose,” said Capilouto. “The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) provides our faculty and staff with valuable information from our students, which can help us improve our curriculum, campus environment and the overall student experience.”


Students can complete the online survey in about 15 minutes. Those who complete the survey will have the opportunity to win one of 50 $50 gift cards to


This year’s NSSE survey marks the sixth time since 2001 that UK has participated in this important project. The nationwide survey is designed to obtain information “about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development,” according to the NSSE Web site.


NSSE developers say the results provide an estimate of how undergraduates at hundreds of colleges and universities spend their time and what they gain from attending college. Research projects have shown a link between student engagement and academic success, as measured by grades and retention.  College administrators can use the data to identify aspects of the undergraduate experience — both inside and outside the classroom — that can be improved through changes in policies and practices more consistent with good practices in undergraduate education.


According to the NSSE website, student engagement represents two critical features of collegiate quality. The first is the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educationally purposeful activities. The second is how the institution deploys its resources and organizes the curriculum and other learning opportunities to get students to participate in activities that decades of research studies show are linked to student learning.

Snap(Chat), Post, Share and Tweet With #DB15

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 15:24


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2014) — DanceBlue wants to connect with you on social media! DanceBlue’s 10th marathon will take place on Saturday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in Memorial Coliseum on UK’s campus. The marathon begins at 2 p.m. Saturday and concludes at 2 p.m. Sunday. There are many new ways to interact with DanceBlue through social media!


DanceBlue is excited to announce a partnership with SnapChat for this year’s marathon. On Saturday, Feb. 14, SnapChat will launch a geo-filter to honor DanceBlue. This geo-filter can be accessed from the SnapChat application for smart phones and is found by swiping through the filter function on a photo. The filter will be available throughout the entirety of the 24-hour marathon.


DanceBlue’s committee will be sharing fun, behind-the-scenes content via SnapChat as well. Follow the marathon’s SnapChat account, @UKDanceBlue.


In addition, DanceBlue will be active on Twitter, Instagram and other forms of social media throughout the marathon. By using the official hashtags, #DB15, #FTK and #DecadeofDancing, followers can connect with DanceBlue!


The “see blue.” Instagram account, @seeblue, will be taken over by a DanceBlue dancer and committee members. Follow #DBTakeover on Instagram for this unique perspective.


Silent auction items will be available for bidding on the DanceBlue Facebook page from 4 p.m. Saturday until 10:40 a.m. Sunday. Photos from throughout the marathon will also be uploaded to the Facebook page. Be sure to follow DanceBlue on Twitter at @UKDanceBlue and on Instagram at @UK_DanceBlue!


The marathon will also be live-streamed at


DanceBlue is UK’s 24 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue KCH Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Now in its tenth year, DanceBlue has raised more than $6.5 million for pediatric cancer research and child life efforts.


DanceBlue is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach (CCO). The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long community service. For more information about the CCO, visit Connect with the CCO on Facebook here and on Twitter at


To learn more about DanceBlue, visit or visit the marathon at Memorial Coliseum this weekend!




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


UK Libraries Workshops to Help Users Save Time, Be More Effective With Research

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2015) — From undergraduate students to graduate students and faculty members, everyone can use some time-saving strategies for library research. A series of workshops presented by University of Kentucky Libraries will help members of the campus community save time and be more effective in their research. The series targets a number of specific topics from basic research skills to scholarly communication issues.


The UK Libraries Workshops range from 30 minutes to 90 minutes each. Upcoming workshop offerings are:

· "Open Up Your Published Research: Introduction to Open Access," 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at William T. Young Library, Room 1-57;

· "What Your Students Think They Know about Research and How You Can Help," 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Young Library, Room 1-57;

· "Stoopid Google Tricks: How to get the most out of your Google searches," 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Young Library, Room 1-57;

· "Help! I Need Scholarly Sources!," 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Young Library, Room 1-57;

· "What Your Students Think They Know about Research and How You Can Help," 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Young Library, Room 1-57; and

· "Your Publication, Your Choice: Choosing the Right Open Access Journal," 11 a.m. Thursday, March 12,

Details on each workshop can be found by clicking on the class name at


To sign up for a UK Libraries workshop fill out the class registration form. Workshop applicants should receive a confirmation email with in two business days of registration. If registration is not confirmed by then, contact from your UK email address for assistance.


As the premier research library in the Commonwealth, UK Libraries provides ever-expanding access to quality information resources, services and programs. UK Libraries locations include the Young Library, the Agricultural Information Center, the Hunter M. Adams College of Design Library, the Education Library, the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center, the Medical Center Library, the Science Library, the Shaver Engineering Library and the Special Collections Research Center



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

Artist Finishes Work Dedicated to Basketball Hall of Famer Dan Issel at UK Art Museum

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:29
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2015) — March Madness is coming a few weeks early at the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky when acclaimed Atlanta-based artist Craig Drennen sets up a temporary studio in the museum’s permanent collection galleries from Feb. 11-14 in order to complete a painting dedicated to UK and professional basketball superstar and Hall of Famer Dan Issel. 

Issel played from 1966-1970 for UK’s legendary coach Adolph Rupp and went on to a standout career with the Kentucky Colonels in the American Basketball Association and the Denver Nuggets in the National Basketball Association.


Drennen will work on a canvas during museum hours (noon–5 p.m.), slowly rendering a realistic image of a floating basketball while a video of him spinning a ball on his finger plays on a nearby monitor. He will be located inside a taped-off area equal to the 3-second violation lane under the basket on an actual court.


For the past several years, Drennen has been making artworks that take their inspiration from "Timon of Athens," the single play by William Shakespeare never performed during the writer’s lifetime. Drennen has been working his way through the list of the play’s characters, making paintings dedicated to each.


"'Poet' actually has the first line in the play where he greets other characters, which is why the Poet pieces all have the word 'Hello' in them. I like the idea of collapsing the past into the present by treating an old play as newly relevant. That doesn’t seem strange at all to me, since the practice of painting itself always has one foot in the 15th century and one foot in the current moment. The basketball image in these works connects to the aesthetic of the trophy case, which is designed to preserve moments of great accomplishment much the way that museums are supposed to do," said the artist.


“(In the) Paint” is the first time that the artist makes his painterly process visible to the public, and the event has both professional and personal significance. Drennen lived in Lexington in 1991 just after receiving his master's degree from Ohio University. During that time, he taught at Transylvania University (where he also managed the Morlan Gallery), Eastern Kentucky University and UK. His fascination with basketball goes back to childhood when he was the starting forward and county tournament MVP for his 8th-grade team, the Glenville Panthers.


In addition to the viewing of his process, Drennen will also give a talk on his work. The artist will discuss his paintings and issues of skill acquisition, failure, abstraction and realism beginning noon Saturday, Feb. 14, at the museum.


Later this month, the completed painting will be auctioned off at the Art in Bloom GALA to benefit the Art Museum at UK the evening of Feb. 28. 


Based in Atlanta, Drennen's work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at Samson Projects (Boston, Massachusetts); Florida Mining (Jacksonville, Florida); Ellen de Bruijne Projects (Amsterdam, Netherlands); P.P.O.W. (New York, New York); Cottage Home (Los Angeles, California); and Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (Atlanta). His work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times and the Boston Globe. Drennen, who received his bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Glenville State College, currently teaches at Georgia State University.


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. 



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

We Want You to Join Us at DanceBlue!

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 11:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2014) – The 10th annual University of Kentucky DanceBlue dance marathon is right around the corner and nearly 1,000 participants will flood Memorial Coliseum for 24 hours on February 14 and 15 to fight pediatric cancer. The marathon begins at 2 p.m. Saturday and concludes 24 hours later. Guests are invited to visit anytime during the duration of the event to encourage students dancing in this year’s marathon.


Those who plan to attend DanceBlue 2015 should enter Memorial Coliseum through the Lexington Avenue entrance at the Joe Craft Center. After entering Memorial Coliseum, guests will be directed to the grandstand area where they can view the marathon. DanceBlue 2015 will consist of themed hours where dancers will participate in activities throughout the marathon. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, DanceBlue will host a Talent Show hour featuring patients from the clinic, a Celebration of Life Hour where we remember those who have been lost, and culminate with the fundraising total reveal at approximately 1:30 p.m.


In addition, a silent auction will occur in the concourse of Memorial Coliseum from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday and from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday. Potential bidders can also participate in the silent auction through the DanceBlue Facebook page from 4 p.m. Saturday to 10:40 a.m. Sunday.


The DanceBlue “Bluetique” will sell a wide assortment of DanceBlue merchandise from 3:30-8:50 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, and 8:30-11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15.


DanceBlue alumni are encouraged to attend during the marathon. Alumni should enter through the Lexington Avenue entrance and continue to the second level of Memorial Coliseum to the alumni viewing area.


Donations can be made online or at the marathon until Sunday, Feb. 15.


DanceBlue is UK’s 24 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue KCH Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Now in its tenth year, DanceBlue has raised more than $6.5 million for pediatric cancer research and child life efforts. Give to DanceBlue here and connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at and on Twitter at


DanceBlue is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach (CCO). The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long community service. For more information about the CCO, visit Connect with the CCO on Facebook here and on Twitter at



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

Clinical Neuroscience Winter Expo Set for March 6-7

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 10:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2015) -- The University of Kentucky's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, Office of Clinical Simulation, and the UK HealthCare/Norton Healthcare Stroke Care Network have joined forces to offer a new kind of symposium for neuroscience and stroke care.


The Clinical Neuroscience Winter Expo, set for March 6 and 7, will be an informative, interactive event exploring the latest advancements in the neurosciences and stroke care.


"We wanted this to be very different from traditional symposia, so the Expo was designed to be highly interactive," said Dr. Michael Dobbs, director of UK HealthCare's Stroke Network. "Through the use of interactive learning methods and patient simulation equipment, our goal is to help attendees learn by doing and translate this new-found experience to current treatment practices."


Three different tracks are available to attendees:  medical, interventional and research tracks are staggered throughout the day so that attendees are able to follow a single track or choose from each track according to their interests.


The keynote speaker will be Dr. Avindra Nath, clinical director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the director of the Translational Neuroscience Center and chief of the Section of Infections of the Nervous System at the National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C., who will present, "Cracking the Code of Neuroinflammatory Disorders."


Pointing to the fact that the human and economic impact of neurological disorders is exacerbated by a prevailing shortage of neuroscience specialists and the burgeoning aging population, Dr. Dobbs emphasized that augmenting multi-specialty provider groups’ neuroscience awareness and knowledge base is key to improving equitable access and patient outcomes.


"Our goal with the Winter Expo is to provide that guidance in a new and interesting way, to the ultimate benefit of patients."


For more information about the Expo or to register, go to


Phi Kappa Phi Offers Fellowships, Scholarships

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 10:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2015) — The University of Kentucky chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will celebrate its sixth birthday in April. Since receiving its official charter, the chapter has seen eight individuals from UK earn scholarship and fellowship awards from the national office, which each year distributes more than $500,000 to outstanding students, Phi Kappa Phi members and chapters.


"The UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) is pleased to again announce a series of grants available through the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society," said Kenneth Roberts, Slone Professor of Community Pharmacy Leadership and dean emeritus of the UK College of Pharmacy, who is president of the UK chapter.


The following opportunities are available for students and faculty at UK who are active members of Phi Kappa Phi. Interested individuals should visit the PKP website at and click on Grants & Awards.


Fellowship Program

Each year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards 51 fellowships of $5,000 each and three at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the society-wide awards. Applications are due no later than April 1, 2015 to the UK Chapter, 224 Funkhouser Bldg. Each chapter may send only one nominee forward.


Literacy Grant

This program was initiated to mobilize members and resources of Phi Kappa Phi and the higher education community to champion literacy initiatives. Grants of up to $2,500 are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members to fund ongoing literacy projects or to create new initiatives. The society's commitment to the cause of literacy grows out of and is consistent with its mission, which was expanded to include "…and to engage the community of scholars in service to others." Deadline to apply is April 1, 2015.


Love of Learning Award

These awards help fund post-baccalaureate studies and career development opportunities including graduate and professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, and travel related to teaching or studies. Students may apply directly to Phi Kappa Phi for these awards. Each year, 140 awards of $500 each are awarded. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2015.


Applicants for the Fellowship ProgramLiteracy Grant, and Love of Learning Award must be active Phi Kappa Phi members (with dues paid) or those who have accepted membership by June 30, 2015.


For additional information, please contact:

C. Lynn Hiler, Program Coordinator

Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence

224 Funkhouser Building

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY 40506-0054



Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated.


Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than 1 million members into its ranks; all of these members have received emblems and certificates of membership. However, Phi Kappa Phi is much more than an emblem and a line on a résumé. It is a global network comprising the best and brightest from all academic disciplines — a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations.


The UK Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is supported by the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.




MEDIA CONTACT: Mariah Rhodes, 859-257-8716; Carl Nathe, (859) 257-3200.



Help Your Artistic Talent Spring Forth With UK Fine Arts Institute Offerings

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 19:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2015) — The University of Kentucky's Fine Arts Institute returns with a variety of classes this spring that explore different aspects of art and creativity. The classes are all offered as noncredit art courses and are perfect for adults with busy work schedules. Courses range anywhere from metalworking to digital photography and are offered from the beginners' level to the more advanced.


Three times a year, UK Fine Arts Institute offers weekly classes as well as some weekend workshop options to suit various types of schedules. The classes meet once a week during the evening. This spring there are a total of eight courses being offered, five weekly classes and three one-time workshops as well as open drawing sessions every Saturday.


The spring classes and workshops will be held in the Fine Arts Building, the Reynolds Building and the Metal Arts Building. This will likely be the last session of Fine Arts Institute classes and workshops to be held in Reynolds Building No. 1, as the UK School of Art and Visual Studies is scheduled to move into the Bolivar Arts Center later this year.


Most of the weekly classes start this week and run through April with no classes during UK's Spring Break, the week of March 15.


The classes being offered include:

  • "Ceramics" with Jill Stofer from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays;
  • "Beginning to Paint" with Christine Kuhn from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays;
  • "Continuing to Paint" with Kuhn from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays;
  • "Living a Layered Life: Felting on the FeltLOOM" with Laverne Zabielski from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays; and
  • "Metal Working" with Jeremy Colbert from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays.

This semester's one-day workshops are:

  • "Digital Photography One-Day Workshops" presented by Lennon Michalski on March 7, March 28 or April 4;
  • "Advanced Digital Photography and Studio Portrait Lighting Workshops" presented by Michalski and Shelly Petty of Rochambeau Photography on Feb. 22, March 8, March 29 or April 12; and
  • "Advanced Digital Photography and Outdoor Portrait Workshop" presented by Michalski and Petty on March 28.

For more information on any of these classes or workshops or their instructors, including cost and specific class times, visit the institute online at


The Fine Arts Institute, an outreach program at the School of Art and Visual Studies at the UK College of Fine Arts, offers all the resources and classrooms that the department has to offer through these noncredit art classes. All courses and workshops are open to the public.


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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UK's Yeager Part of Team That Finds Missing Deepwater Horizon Oil

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 18:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2015) — Since the Deepwater Horizon disaster, also referred to as the BP oil spill, occurred in 2010, scientists have been searching for millions of gallons of unaccounted oil — 11 to 30 percent of the oil estimated to have been spilled — in the Gulf of Mexico. Kevin Yeager, University of Kentucky professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, began his search that same year. After two major oceanographic cruises, and years of data collection and collaboration, Yeager and his research colleagues may have solved the mystery.


In a peer-reviewed manuscript co-authored by Yeager and others from the University of South Florida, Florida State University, University of Georgia and University of Southern Mississippi, led by oceanographer Jeffrey Chanton, the team estimates that 3 to 5 percent of the 4.1 to 4.6 million barrels of oil spilled sank to the seafloor. Their findings have been featured in national media such as CBS, NBC, Salon, USA Today, Washington Post and Time Magazine, and abroad in the Daily Mail and United Press International.


Using what is described as the “inverse” isotopic approach, the team was able to identify the presence of oil based on the absence of radiocarbon (14C).


Radiocarbon (14C) is constantly delivered to the Earth’s surface by the interaction of cosmic rays and atmospheric nitrogen. This form of carbon is then incorporated into living plants and animals. Once these plants or animals die, exchange with Earth’s atmosphere ends, and radiocarbon will decay with a half-life of 5,730 years, making it useful to date organic materials up to 50,000 years of age.


Since the Deepwater Horizon oil contains fossil carbon, millions of years old, it contains no radiocarbon. Yeager says that natural abundance radiocarbon measurements of surface sediment organic matter from the seafloor surrounding the oil spill site allowed them to identify how much carbon was derived from Deepwater Horizon oil settling to the seafloor, as opposed to carbon arriving there due to modern processes.   


Serving as the chief scientist of two major oceanographic cruises in 2010 and 2011, Yeager began to sample the seafloor for evidence of the arrival and impact of Deepwater Horizon oil in the Gulf of Mexico. After these cruises, Yeager and his team shared samples and data with Chanton and his research group.


Following data collection, they began to collaborate on the paper published in the January edition of Environmental Science & Technology, "Using Natural Abundance Radiocarbon To Trace the Flux of Petrocarbon to the Seafloor Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill."


Yeager says understanding how much of the Deepwater Horizon oil ended up on the seafloor, and where, is critically important for a number of reasons.


"Since this was not the first, and will not be the last, major oil spill in the world’s oceans, we need to understand how the oil behaves, and where it goes once it is introduced in large quantities to the marine environment" Yeager said.


Once the oil arrives at the seafloor, the rate at which it can be naturally broken-down is slowed significantly, and in some cases, halted nearly entirely.


"This oil can continue to impact biota living on the seafloor (as well as creatures living in the water column that feed on biota living on the seafloor) for a very long time," said Yeager. "We understand very little about how this works, or for how long we can expect it to be a problem.'"


Relatively oil-rich sediments can be buried given enough time. However, this buried oil can be excavated and re-introduced to the water column (the area from the surface of water to the seafloor), or to surface sediments on the seafloor by a variety of processes, such as biological or physical mixing, the action of bottom currents, and the movement of sediment down slopes.


"As such, this oil can have long, and perhaps intermittent impacts on the environment," said Yeager.


Yeager, a sedimentary geologist and environmental radiochemist, directs the Sedimentary, Environmental and Radiochemical Research Laboratory (SER2L) at UK, which maintains state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation and comprehensive environmental field sampling equipment. SER2L graduate students joined Yeager on his second research cruise, and the lab has been involved with processing samples and producing data for the Deepwater Horizon work.




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Early Childhood Lab Opens in New Location With Renewed Promise, Expanded Reach

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 17:00

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2015) — From the basement of Erikson Hall to a 10,000 square foot, newly renovated facility, the University of Kentucky College of Education's Early Childhood Lab (ECL) has "come full circle," as ECL Staff Director Charlotte Manno says. The ECL moved into its new home, located on the former Lexington Theological Seminary campus, in January, and the relocation has afforded more than just a building upgrade.


The new ECL is more than double the size of the former location, and was enhanced with a $2.5 million renovation to create a high-quality early education environment, including new walls, workstations, classrooms, kitchenettes and bright furnishings. The new facility and location also offer more convenience and accessibility, including an elevator — an important feature for a program serving children with disabilities — and a playground directly next to the building.


"We've been trying for 15 years to make this happen, and it really is a dream come true for us to be in such a nice facility," said Jennifer Grisham-Brown, professor in the College of Education and faculty director at the ECL. "And I'm very appreciative to UK superiors and central administration, the Board of Trustees, our college dean…for their support in all of this."


Established in 1928 and operated by the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling in the College of Education, the ECL has a three-part mission. It provides high-quality early care and education to the Lexington community and UK faculty and staff; serves as a training site for pre-service teachers, and others who work with young children; and is used as a research site for child development and early childhood education.


“For decades, UK has provided care for Central Kentucky children at its Early Childhood Lab,” said Mary John O’Hair, dean of the UK College of Education. “The lab has the highest quality ratings of any early care and education program in Kentucky and the nation. UK College of Education faculty, staff and students are delighted to have a new and innovative space for the children we serve that will match the quality of this vital program.”


The ECL is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and maintains a 4 STARS rating through the state of Kentucky. The curriculum framework co-created by and used at the ECL meets the needs of diverse groups of children by collecting developmental assessment information on each child, creating group and individual goals based on assessment information, and designing, implementing, and evaluating group and individual activities and interventions.


In fact, with the relocation and expanded space, the ECL will be delivering high-quality instruction to more children than ever before. The ECL is now licensed for 104 children, compared to 54 previously, which will also allow twice as many UK students to train and observe in the new ECL.


Approximately 1,100 students train or observe at the lab each semester. Many of those are students in the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Program or Special Education Program, who are required to complete a thesis for their master's degree and frequently conduct their research at the ECL.


"It really mirrors the mission of the university. It's a teaching facility first and foremost, and so we allow for students all across campus in many disciplines to come here and observe," said Grisham-Brown.


Rachel Schilling, for example, is earning her master's degree in interdisciplinary early childhood education and has worked in the ECL for three years. She is researching the use of video modeling to teach social skills to preschool children. Specifically, Schilling is studying the effects of using video clips to increase a child's social interactions with peers, including conversation and play skills.


"It's a great opportunity to come to the lab and apply the practices and apply the teaching strategies…and see it all play out in real-life situations," Schilling said.


Grisham-Brown agreed, saying that UK students "get to see an example of the highest quality early care and education program that you can see in the state of Kentucky."


In addition to expanding in size, enrollment and student staffing, the ECL is also extending its services through a partnership with Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS), a nonprofit agency that offers educational and therapeutic services to visually impaired children. VIPS will be housed in the new building, allowing the agency to continue conducting its home visiting program in Lexington, but also to serve ECL children with visual impairments, and vice versa as the ECL will keep enrollment slots open for VIPS each year.


While the College of Education is currently developing an educator preparation program in visual impairments, Grisham-Brown expects ECL's partnership with VIPS to be especially valuable in training UK students who will someday work with children in home-based settings or with visual impairments.


With the new ECL and all it has to offer, UK's commitment to Kentucky's youngest citizens, as Grisham-Brown stated, continues growing stronger and reaching further.


To find out more information about the Early Childhood Lab, call 859-257-7732. Beginning in March, tours of the new facility will be scheduled by appointment. 




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May 2015 Graduates Invited to Grad Salute

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Alumni Association invites all UK May 2015 graduates to take part in Grad Salute, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily March 3-6, at the King Alumni House on the corner of Rose Street and Euclid Avenue.


Grad Salute is the perfect opportunity for graduates to finalize all their Commencement needs in one stop. Representatives will be on hand to assist students in making final graduation selections. During Grad Salute, graduates will be able to:


  • Purchase an official custom cap, gown and tassel;
  • Verify there are no stops or holds on graduation records;
  • Obtain career information and employment resources;
  • Register to participate in the Commencement ceremony;
  • Order an official University of Kentucky class ring;
  • Purchase a University of Kentucky diploma frame;
  • Order official personalized graduation announcements;
  • Support a Big Blue tradition with a gift to the University of Kentucky;
  • Be part of a new UK tradition and order a Wildcat Alumni Plaza paver; and
  • Become a member of the UK Alumni Association at a special rate of $25 per year for new grads. Three lucky members who select the three-year pre-paid membership option will be eligible to win a $100 Visa gift card!


For more information about Grad Salute, visit or contact Emory Jones at or 859-257-3569.


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




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UK Family Center Offers Free 'Relationship Checkups'

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2015) — Visiting a doctor regularly is regarded as a necessity for keeping the body healthy, just like routine maintenance performed on a car is vital for its continued functionality and reliability. However, one of the most important aspects of many individuals' lives is often overlooked — relationships.


In conjunction with Valentine's Day from Feb. 9-17 (excluding Feb.15), the University of Kentucky Family Center is offering free 'Relationship Checkups' to the Lexington community. These checkups are available for married couples, couples who are dating, engaged and/or living together, as well as gay and lesbian couples.


A Relationship Checkup can be scheduled by calling the UK Family Center at 859-257-7755 or by visiting the website at The Family Center is located on the second floor of Scovell Hall on UK's campus.


The Relationship Checkups "seek to strengthen the relationship by finding out what you are doing right and helping the couple become even stronger by building on that," said UK Family Center Director Tracey Werner-Wilson. "They also help to get a conversation started about areas that may not be as satisfying in the relationship." 


"Just like everyone needs a six-month checkup at the dentist to help keep their teeth healthy, so, too, everyone in a romantic relationship benefits from a relationship checkup," said Werner-Wilson.


Appointments generally last one hour. Couples fill out a questionnaire, which is reviewed by an intern therapist. The answers, in conjunction with conversation with the couple, allow the intern to coach the couple on what they are doing well and help them figure out areas of disagreement.


It's not just couples who are struggling in their relationships who can attend. The UK Family Center suggests everyone in a relationship take advantage of these services.


Intern therapists are master's students, working to become licensed marriage and family therapists through UK's fully accredited Couple and Family Therapy program. Within 16 months, these interns must log 500 hours in client sessions. Interns are supervised and instructed three to four hours a week by a licensed marriage and family therapist.


To meet this demand for clients, the Family Center offers low-cost services to UK, Lexington, and surrounding communities. Utilizing a sliding scale fee, the Family Center works with clients to make therapy affordable for those who need it.


"Not only does it help our students attain the practice hours they need, but we see it as the service arm of UK's mission statement. We are helping all Kentuckians create a better life for themselves. We are improving the lives of Kentuckians, which creates an attractive place for people to live," Werner-Wilson said.


The UK Family Center first opened its doors in 1988, serving families, couples, and individuals alike. Common needs addressed by the Family Center include stress, relationship issues, parent-child conflict, behavioral issues in children, anxiety, and depression. Additionally, play therapy is offered to families with young children.


The focus of family science is to help understand and improve the lives of individuals, working with the roles that family and interpersonal relationships perform in shaping one's experiences.


"We believe lasting change happens within relationships. As humans, we do not live in a vacuum. We are constantly in a relationship with someone, not always a romantic relationship," Werner-Wilson said. Sometimes these relationships try to sabotage us when we try to change. If we include those relationships within the therapy sessions, they can become a support for change instead of fighting against change." 


This Valentine's Day, couples can do more than buy flowers and candy for their sweetheart — they can check up on their relationship and make it last for many Valentine's Days to come.




MEDIA CONTACT: Clark Bellar,; 859-257-8716.



Career Center Lot Closed to General Parking on Feb. 10

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 10:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2015) The Career Center Lot, located off Linden Walk, will be unavailable to general parking from 7 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 10, due to the Employer Showcase event being held in the Student Center. The lot has 39 spaces. Members of the university community with valid E permits who normally park their vehicles in this area may park in other E areas on campus and are encouraged to allow for additional commute time during this impact. Go to to view a campus parking map.


Additionally, although the majority of Employer Showcase attendees will use a remote park-and-ride lot, employees and students who park in the South Limestone Garage (PS #5) should expect a slight increase in visitors parking in the facility Tuesday, Feb. 10 and Wednesday, Feb. 11, and plan accordingly by allowing extra time for their commute. If the garage is full, employees with valid E permits may park in another E lot. Go to to view a campus parking map. Students with valid C5 or C7 permits may park in the Taylor-Dickey Lot or the Scott Street Lot (E/C7), or park in the K areas at Commonwealth Stadium and ride the Lextran Stadium-Greg Page Route.





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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Welcomes Family Studies Chair Ron Werner-Wilson

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 22:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 6, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today's guest is Ron Werner-Wilson, chair of the UK Department of Family Studies, who talks about an upcoming opportunity for couples to have a 'relationship checkup' — just in time for Valentine's Day. 


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.

Apply Now for UK Woman's Club Full-tuition Scholarship

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 15:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2015) —The University of Kentucky Woman's Club (UKWC) is currently accepting applications for its 2015-2016 full-tuition scholarship, awarded to full- or part-time nontraditional students. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is Friday, March 13, 2015.


UKWC awards scholarships covering tuition at the resident rate to deserving female UK students each year. Applicants must be at least 25 years old and have completed at least 12-credit hours with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average. These scholarships are designed for women students with outstanding academic records who have unmet financial needs.

Scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year can be found here.

Applications are due in the UK Office of Academic Scholarships in the Funkhouser Building before 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2015.  Applicants must also complete the 2015-2016 Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) by March 15.

Applicants will participate in an interview with the UKWC Scholarship Committee to be considered for a scholarship, must be enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester, and must be residents of Kentucky. Current members of the UKWC are ineligible.

Since its inception in 1973, the UKWC Aid Fund has provided 193 undergraduate scholarships totaling more than $355,000.


"In an era where the cost of higher education is at an all-time high, nontraditional students who might have families, are working second jobs, and have high financial aid need, the UKWC undergraduate scholarships often provide the lifeline needed for degree completion," said Lisa Collins, chair of the UKWC Scholarship and Fellowship Committee.

With a rich tradition of more than 100 years of service, the UKWC provides a welcoming and enriching environment for all women to be part of a group committed to supporting the campus and its students. UKWC scholarship and fellowship programs provide nearly $40,000 annually to nontraditional students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition, UKWC partners with other UK organizations and programs to provide needed services to the student body.

For more information about the UKWC scholarship, visit or contact the Office of Academic Scholarships at 859-257-4198.




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