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Celebrate Diversity at Second Annual OUTspoken Event

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:10

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 3, 2015) — The second annual OUTspoken event will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Memorial Hall on UK's campus and will consist of two parts. The event is an equal collaboration between OUTsource: the LGBTQ* Resource Center, Shades of Pride, Gay-Straight Alliance, the VIP Center and the Student Activities Board.


J Mase III, a black transgender poet from New York City, was invited and is attending the event as the keynote speaker and performing artist. He is the creator of the national performance event, "Cupid Ain’t @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Poetry Movement." More information about him can be found at


From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., there will be a writing workshop led by J Mase III. Beginning at 7:45 p.m., the second portion of the event will begin as the UK LGBTQ+Ally family will have the opportunity to share their own stories as survivors of interpersonal violence. They will discuss personal experiences and how they were able to demonstrate resiliency and strength. J Mase III will present his spoken word poetry between survivors’ stories.


The event is open to the entire campus community and free food will be provided.


“SAB is excited to be working with OUTsource and several other campus partners to bring OUTspoken to campus for a second year,"  Brenton Smith, director of Pop Culture Committee, said. “This event will be a place for safe expression and will feature the wonderful spoken word of J Mase III."


OUTsource exists to provide an affirming, safe and celebrating space for LGBTQQIPA+Ally family to learn more about gender identity, human sexuality and related issues by providing access to academic, cultural, campus and interpersonal resources; and to change the campus climate and culture to become more inclusive of LGBTQQIPA+Ally family by embracing, fostering and enabling diversity.


Shades of Pride exists to promote for retention, success and advocacy for students, staff and faculty at UK who identify as a person of color and part of the LGBTQ* community, as well as allies and supporters by providing a safe space and programing.


The purpose of UK Gay-Straight Alliance is to provide students at UK the opportunity for mutual support and discussion of issues relating to sexuality and gender identity, emphasizing respect and reasonable discretion. UK GSA will provide a safe social atmosphere and external outreach that fosters understanding and cooperation. Additionally, UK GSA will seek opportunities for community service and non-partisan activism related to fairness issues.


SAB brings more than 100 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community.


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UK's Ziliak Testifies Before Congress on Poverty, Nutrition

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 3, 2015) University of Kentucky Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics James Ziliak, who also is director of UK's Center for Poverty Research, testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Nutrition in Washington, D.C. last week. The subcommittee falls under the jurisdiction of the Agriculture Committee. 


The purpose of the hearing was to discuss changes in recent years in who receives food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and why. 


Professor Ziliak, a widely quoted national expert on poverty issues, is co-editor of a forthcoming book to be published by the Stanford University Press titled "SNAP Matters: How Food Stamps Affect Health and Well Being."


More information on the hearing and Ziliak's testimony is available at this link:


Here is a link (in two parts) to video of the hearing: and




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UK Commercialization Workshop Opens March 4

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 3, 2015) — University of Kentucky faculty, clinicians, postdocs and graduate students who are interested in commercialization and entrepreneurship can gain immeasurably from a three-part workshop opening tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4.


The UK Commercialization Series, with Part Two scheduled for April 2 and Part Three on April 21, will address vitally important topics including intellectual property, pathways to commercialization, and funding opportunities. Each of the three sessions will run 90 minutes in length, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on the three dates mentioned above.


These workshops are sponsored by the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship in UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.  Guest speakers include UK faculty members who have been successful in starting up companies, legal experts, entrepreneurship professionals and investors.


Registration should be done online:




MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe,, 859-257-3200.



Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to Air on WUKY

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 21:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2015) — Today, Monday, March 2, WUKY will broadcast a recording of the induction ceremony of the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame and comments by renowned writer Wendell Berry, the first living writer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.  On January 28, Berry was honored as well as gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005), University of Kentucky Professor Guy Davenport (1927-2005), Affrilachian poet Effie Waller Smith (1879-1960), New York Review of Books co-founder Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-2007) and Western Kentucky University Professor Jim Wayne Miller (1936 -1996).


The recording of the event will air at 7 p.m. today on WUKY 91.3, the University of Kentucky's NPR station.


When asked about the award, Berry said he felt a strong sense of kinship with his fellow inductees. “I know a number of the ones, the absent ones that have been honored, and there were a number of people present tonight who meant a lot to me, so I was surrounded by friends of the past and the present."


In his speech, Berry praised Kentucky for its literary tradition, and stressed the need for capable authors to keep it alive. Berry went on to stress that "writers now, as never before, must keep aware that literacy is their trade, until now a trade of supreme importance. Much that we now  have that is of greatest value has come to us from books. The survival of literacy in an age of illiteracy may require us to remember how physical, how much of the senses, the life of literacy is."


The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame was created by the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning to recognize Kentucky writers whose work reflects the character and culture of the Commonwealth, and to educate Kentuckians about the state's rich literary heritage.


WUKY has provided a podcast of the induction ceremony and Berry’s comments at


The WUKY news story of the event is here:

Williamson Wins 2015 Sue Feamster Trailblazer Award

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 21:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2015) — T. Lynn Williamson, longtime University of Kentucky cheerleading advisor and current deputy general counsel for the UK Office of Legal Counsel, was announced the winner of the 2015 Sue Feamster Trailblazer Award Friday, Feb. 27.


Williamson has served in various capacities in his 40 years at the university, including helping guide the nationally renowned UK cheerleading squad to 27 national championships. Williamson has also served as hearing officer for various university appeals processes, chair of the Personnel Council, chair of the Wage and Salary Committee, chair of the Health Insurance Committee, member of the Executive Committee as well as treasurer and president of the Boone Center on UK's campus.


"T. Lynn is especially deserving of this award," Feamster said. "He initiated and is a founding board member of the American Cheerleaders Association and Advisors. He has been a leading advocate of safety and the education of liability and risk management for cheerleading. His long term commitment, over 38 years, to the development of cheerleading activity has been remarkable. He has set the standard for excellence and safety as evidenced by UK's 28 national championships and has earned the respect of his peers, nationwide."


Professionally, Williamson is a member of the American Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association and Fayette County Bar Association. He holds Bachelor of Arts (English, 1968) and Juris Doctor (Law, 1974) degrees from the University of Kentucky.


Williamson has been with the University of Kentucky since 1973, having served in various positions in Student Affairs, Human Resources, University Relations and Office of Legal Counsel.


In a volunteer capacity, Williamson has served as advisor to the university's cheerleading program since the 1977-78 season. Under Williamson's leadership, the Kentucky Cheerleading program has placed in the top 10 in Universal Cheerleaders Association's National College Cheerleading Championships for 31 consecutive years, having won UCA's National Championship 20 times.


In the 1980s, he was one of the first leaders of a college cheer program to recognize and promote the athleticism in cheerleading. Williamson served as a founding board member of the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors (AACCA) and continues to serve on the board today. He serves on AACCA's National Consortium on Safety. Numerous articles on cheerleading by Williamson have been published in sports and cheerleading publications. He has made presentations on cheerleading topics at conferences, camps, and state and national meetings. As an attorney, he often speaks on risk management and the liability aspects of cheerleading.


Past winners of the Sue FeamsterTrailblazer Award include Gloria Singletary, Majorie Ann Porter, Ceal Barry, Valerie Still and Pat Dawson. Sue Feamster became UK’s first head women’s basketball coach of the modern era when the program regained its varsity status in 1974.

#seesafety: CATS Survey Needs Every Student's Voice

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 16:53

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2015) — The University of Kentucky is one of the safest college campuses in the nation — and aims to keep it that way. That's why, starting today, all students are being asked to give feedback to help the university assess the safety climate of campus.


"Campus safety is our top priority at UK," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "But safety means many things. In addition to lights, security cameras, safety officers and technology, we need students, faculty and staff who place safety and inclusion first. All of these things speak to the kind of environment we all want as part of the UK community."


One of the ways UK is seeking to sustain and strengthen a safe environment is through the Campus Attitudes Toward Safety (CATS) Survey.  CATS will be available to students online through their myUK portal from March 2 through the end of priority registration April 21.  As part of the class registration process, all students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) will take the confidential survey that will measure the social and cultural environments at UK. The survey consists of several sections that ask questions about students' beliefs, opinions, and knowledge of various topics. The development of these sections occurred through partnerships with the President's Office, UK Police, University Health Services (UHS), Student Affairs, Legal counsel, and the office of Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP).


"A safe, welcoming and inclusive campus must be everyone's priority," said Capilouto. "CATS, in an important sense, is part of our students' investment in creating that campus."


To encourage early completion of CATS before priority registration begins, the university will offer students chances to win prizes such as UK Dining meal cards, cash and even UK parking permits if they complete it before their priority registration window opens. Students should follow UK on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to learn more about these prizes.


Although there will be incentives for completion of the survey, the greatest reward is that the results will inform students, faculty and other stakeholders on issues of campus safety. The hope is that each student will take the time to complete CATS truthfully, so the results can be used to improve campus safety as well as the overall campus experience for all students.


For questions about CATS, email



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UK Army ROTC Inducts Three Community Leaders Into Wall of Fame

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 16:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2015) — Three University of Kentucky Army ROTC alumni and community leaders were honored last week with induction into the UK Army ROTC Wall of Fame. Inductees included  Lt. Col. (retired) Keith Jackson, Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services chief; attorney Pierce Hamblin; and Maj. (retired) Marty Pinkston.  


At the UK Army ROTC annual Mentorship Breakfast Thursday, Feb. 26, cadets, UK Army ROTC leadership and guests gathered to praise the men for their contributions in the United States Army and to the UK community. Inductees also shared their experiences as soldiers and UK Army ROTC cadets, and offered words of wisdom to current cadets.  


"They served during their military career with confidence, commitment and character, leaving lasting legacies and positive impacts on those they led. And they continue to do so by leading in our communities, supporting soldiers and veterans, and mentoring our cadets," said Lt. Col. and Professor of Military Science Shawn Umbrell. "They have given and continued to give in ways that honor our profession and create a better environment for those around them. So we honor them this morning by inducting them into our Wall of Fame."


Jackson, the first African American to serve as fire chief in Lexington, graduated from UK with a bachelor's degree in communications in 1987. A cadet in Army ROTC at UK, he also commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After serving 27 years in the reserves and a 12-month deployment in Iraq, Jackson joined the Lexington Division of Fire in 1991, working his way up from paramedic, captain, and major to interim chief. In 2012, he was named permanent chief.


Jackson credited the U.S. Army and UK Army ROTC with helping him find direction during his sophomore year of college.


"I chose to become a member of the United States Army and it actually helped save me, saved my life as far as a direction…it gave me my mantra. My mantra has always been 'opportunity is the great equalizer,' and that means that given the opportunity to do good things, you can do good things," Jackson said at the ceremony.


Pinkston, former deputy commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA), graduated from UK in 1979 with a degree in history and commissioned as a second lieutenant. After four years of active duty in Texas, Pinkston returned to the Bluegrass to serve more than 20 years in the Kentucky Army National Guard. After a post in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and several in KDVA, eventuallybeing appointed deputy commissioner, Pinkston retired in 2008.  


Sharing a story about one of his mentors, Pinkston advised UK Army ROTC cadets, saying, "If that mentor doesn't walk up and grab you by the stacking swivel and say, 'I'm your mentor,' go find one."


Hamblin, a litigator at Landrom and Shouse and adjunct professor at the UK College of Law, received his degree in business administration from UK and commissioned as a second lieutenant through UK Army ROTC in 1973. In 1977, he received his juris doctor from the UK College of Law, and in 1986 graduated from the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School (JAG School) at the University of Virginia. A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer Course for 1977-1978, Hamblin ended his service as JAG Officer for an Army Training Brigade.


"How do you learn leadership? How do you learn to care for others and let them know it? How do you go through life without letting your actions be influenced by your fears?" Hamblin asked cadets. "You do exactly what you're doing. You take your military training, your military profession, and that teaches you all three things." 




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UK Transplant Patient, Navigator to Advocate for Kidney Awareness on Capitol Hill

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 16:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2015) – University of Kentucky Transplant Center Patient Navigator Elaine Milem, also a transplant patient at UK, has been selected by the American Kidney Fund (AKF) to participate in the organization’s sixth annual advocacy day on Capitol Hill on March 4, 2015. Milem and 11 other patient-advocates from across the nation will raise awareness of kidney disease on Capitol Hill and participate in a variety of events in Washington.


AKF is the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization serving people with kidney disease and is a leader in driving advocacy for kidney patients across the country. Milem is a member of the AKF Advocacy Network, which includes more than 4,500 kidney patients and caregivers nationwide. This annual Capitol Hill event provides patient-advocates the opportunity to meet with lawmakers on issues of importance to the 31 million Americans that are living with kidney disease and also raise awareness for the one in three Americans at risk of the disease. 


During meetings with Congressional offices, Milem and other patient-advocates will focus on the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act, legislation that would improve care for individuals with chronic kidney disease by addressing gaps in research; improve beneficiary access to treatment; and create economic stability for providers caring for individuals with chronic kidney disease.


Milem will meet with the offices of Senators McConnell (R-KY) and Paul (R-KY), Representatives Guthrie (R-KY) and Barr (R-KY), and will also participate in Kidney Action Day on the Hill. Hosted by AKF, this awareness-raising event is open to the public and features free kidney health screenings, fitness activities and educational materials about kidney disease.


“There is a glaring lack of education about kidney disease in the general population and among the patients themselves. I became an advocate to help raise awareness for kidney disease and its effect on patient lives,” Milem said. “It’s important for me to not only raise awareness in my local community, but to speak with my members of Congress about important kidney related issues. I hope my visit to Capitol Hill will help my members of Congress be better informed when making decisions on important pieces of legislation to the kidney community.”


Milem is a two-time kidney transplant patient and currently works with dialysis patients as a transplant navigator and advocate with the UK Transplant Center. Milem received her first kidney transplant in 2007 but it was unsuccessful due to a rare infection caused by the BK virus. She was on dialysis treatments for three years, until she received her second transplant in 2012. Because of her struggles with kidney disease, she previously lost both her home and job. She understands the financial difficulties that patients in the kidney community face, and hopes to help others from becoming desperate and discouraged while dealing with kidney disease.


“The American Kidney Fund is proud to bring dedicated members from our Advocacy Network to Washington to raise awareness of kidney disease with Congressional leaders,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “Our patient-advocates represent the 31 million Americans living with kidney disease and the challenges they bravely face each day. By sharing their stories, they play a crucial role in the fight against kidney disease by providing Congress a glimpse into the lives of those who are directly impacted by health policy decisions made in Washington.”


For more information about the American Kidney Fund, visit


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Learn 'How Chinese Things Became Oriental'

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2015) — On March 3, the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky and the Department of English will host a talk by Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins, titled "How Chinese Things Became Oriental." The presentation will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, in the Niles Gallery of the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.


Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A session as well as refreshments.


Jenkins is an associate professor of English and cultural studies at McMaster University in Ontario and editor of the journal Eighteenth-Century Fiction. Her talk will focus on the relationship between England and China in the 17th and 18th centuries, specifically pertaining to how modern English identity evolved by identifying with, rather than against, China.


By examining England's interest in Chinese objects, Jenkins argues that 17th and 18th century art and literature imitating Chinese styles played a significant role in shaping modern English taste and style.  


The presentation will combine elements from Jenkins' book, "A Taste for China: English Subjectivity and the Prehistory of Orientalism" as well as from her latest project pertaining to funniness, humiliation and the uncanny within 18th century English literature.


Jenkins graduated from Columbia University in 1998, and received her master's and doctoral degrees from Brown University in 2000 and 2005, respectively. 




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Middle East Drum Specialist Joins UK Percussion Group

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:23


Duo 77 for two frame drums performered by Yousif Sheronick and guest artist Shane Shanahan. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2015) — Yousif Sheronick, a popular global percussionist, will serve as guest artist with the UK Percussion Group (UKPG) in a concert of Middle East music. This concert, which is free and open to the public, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Singletary Center For the Arts Recital Hall. 


Sheronick's concert will feature the artist with members of UKPG. These musicians are drawn from the UK Percussion Ensemble, internationally recognized for its excellence and innovative programming. UKPG, a smaller chamber group, performs demanding percussion literature written for economic forces.


Sheronick is a specialist on the frame drum, a drum that has a drumhead width greater than its depth. Frame drums are often constructed with a round, wooden frame. Metal rings or jingles may also be attached to the frame. The frame drum is one of the most ancient musical instruments; it is reputed to be the first drum to be invented and examples are found in cultures throughout the world.


Critics say Sheronick “is capable of creating hypnotic atmospheres” where he “transported the listener to another dimension.” Of Lebanese decent, he was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His first exposure to Arabic music came from his mother singing over the drone of the vacuum cleaner. As with many first generation Americans there was a separation between the house (Arabic) and the outside (American) world.


Sheronick has performed around the globe to critical acclaim, genre hopping with leading artists in the classical, world, jazz and rock music arenas. The New York Times hails him for his “dazzling improvisations” and his “wizardry on a range of humble frame drums.”


Influences on Sheronick's music are far reaching as he grew up playing a rock and roll drum set, studied classical percussion earning a master's degree at Yale University and went on to study music from Brazil, India, Africa and the Middle East. These combined influences propelled him into performances with Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Lark Quartet, Ethos Percussion Group, Branford Marsalis, Sonny Fortune, Cindy Blackman Santana, Glen Velez and Paul Winter.


The Yousif Sheronick concert is sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, the School of Music, the UK Percussion Studies Program, and the College of Arts and Sciences and their Passport to the World Series: Year of the Middle East.


For more information on the UK Percussion Group concert, contact James Campbell, director of Percussion Studies at UK School of Music, at (859) 257-8187.



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


UKnowledge Visualizes Global Reach of UK Research

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2015) — Since the University of Kentucky Libraries launched UKnowledge as UK's institutional repository in late 2010, UKnowledge has collaborated with various campus partners to collect, organize and provide free worldwide access to the research and scholarship created by UK faculty and students. Nearly 11,000 items, including books, journal articles, research reports, videos, images, theses and dissertations, have been deposited in UKnowledge. They are accessed every day and the aggregated download count is climbing steadily to the 2 million mark. 


A world map is now available on the UKnowledge homepage to visualize in real time the downloads of the contents. When an item is accessed, a pin drops to the map to indicate where it is downloaded. The item’s title and the download location are displayed on the panel above the map. Clicking the item’s title will open up the record of the item, which provides bibliographic information such as the author(s), abstract, publication date, and source of publication. To view the download history, you can click the back arrow on the panel or bring up an enlarged map and click the pins there. This feature of UKnowledge presents a clear picture of the global reach, readership and potential impact of UK-based research and scholarship.   


If an item in UKnowledge has a digital object identifier, a colored ring in the record of the item will reveal how much buzz the item has generated online. Fed with the data gathered by the article-level metrics company Altmetric, the ring uses colors to represent distinct online information sources that have mentioned the item. Red indicates how much the article was reported on by news outlets. Other colors demonstrate interest in the research on articles Tweeter, Facebook and Reddit. Clicking the See more details link will bring up a categorized account of the online mentions of the article. Additionally, there is information about the score in the ring, which is “one measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that an article has received.”


Just like the world map, this new feature of UKnowledge offers a vivid visualization of the worldwide interest in the research and scholarship based at UK. Meanwhile, UKnowledge tracks the download rates of the available items and sends authors a monthly download report by email to inform them of the readership and potential impact of the items. It helps UK researchers gain a comprehensive view of how their works are received in academia and beyond. 


UKnowledge is a strategic initiative managed by UK Libraries to enable unbridled global access to the unique research and scholarship contributed by members of the UK community. If you would like to make scholarly content available in UKnowledge or learn about services pertinent to academic publishing, visit this guide or contact Adrian Ho, director of Digital Scholarship at UK Libraries. For information about article-level metrics, see this page of the research impact metrics guide


Renovated Mathskeller Open House Rescheduled for This Wednesday

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2015) — Many agree that an environment can shape the learner, and in a field like mathematics, an environment that fosters active learning and engaged teaching with no appointment necessary may be the key to success for some students. That environment has been on the University of Kentucky campus in some capacity for many years, but was recently upgraded for present-day students in math courses; encouraging them to take a seat, or move around with mobile workspaces; raise their hand for a tutor, or work on their own; open their laptops, or write on one of many chalkboards.


With new renovations completed over the winter break, the UK Mathskeller is ready to unveil those and other features at an open house from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, (rescheduled from Feb. 18) hosted by the Department of Mathematics and College of Arts and Sciences. The UK community is invited to visit the Mathskeller, Room 63 in the basement of the White Hall Classroom Building, to celebrate the facility's enhancements, learn about its services and enjoy refreshments.


Opened in 2001 with 20 computers and a large printing budget, the Mathskeller, a computing and mathematics learning center managed by the Department of Mathematics and the Mathematical Sciences Computing Facility, was established to implement a technology-assisted instructional model. Fourteen years later, the center is home to only four computers, printers aren't used nearly as much, and the facility looks nothing like a basement classroom.


Instead, the center resembles a modern, collective learning space. And while there may be fewer wires and less printing, technology still has a leading role at the center.


"In the past there was a substantial printing budget so that students could print out their assignments, work on them away from the computers, and then use their access to the computer to enter their answers," said Paul Eakin, professor of mathematics and Mathskeller director. "Today’s students use their laptops, tablets and phones to access their assignments and interact with the math homework systems."


Today's students, at least UK students utilizing the revitalized Mathskeller, are also taking advantage of the multiple mobile workspaces, bright LED-lit atmosphere, comfortable seating, tutors and chalkboard-lined walls. The renovated Mathskeller still features a kitchenette and group study or meeting room, and has added more storage, new carpet, additional study tables by removing a closet, and even a new computerized sign-in method.


"It's a more welcoming environment. There's a lot of resources, like chalkboard space, and it's more open…easier to walk around and help," said Lucas Shelton, a senior chemical engineering student and undergraduate assistant at the Mathskeller for four years.


More than 6,000 students utilized the Mathskeller in the fall 2014 semester, and nearly 3,000 tutoring hours were provided by either graduate teaching assistants or undergraduate assistants. Shelton said he has already seen an increase in students using the center since its remodel and expects to see more as the semester progresses. Over the course of 20 week days, from Jan. 23-Feb. 25, the Mathskeller recorded 1,496 visits to the center.


Originally funded by the National Science Foundation, UK Office of the Vice President for Information Systems (now the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Planning, Analytics and Technologies) and external grants, the notion of the Mathskeller grew out of work done by the UK mathematics department in the 1980s and 1990s to understand the proper place for computer technology in teaching mathematics.


Now that web homework programs such as and WeBWorK have been established as essential tools for learning mathematics, the center has become a common space for students to work together, ask for help when they stumble upon a difficult problem and meet with faculty, teaching assistants and undergraduate assistants.


Some instructors actually schedule the majority of their office hours in the Mathskeller because "their own students are more likely to take advantage of these and when they don’t, the time is productively spent assisting other students and supporting the Mathskeller student assistants," Eakin said.


The Mathskeller is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday with no appointment necessary. To view more photos of the new Mathskeller and its construction, visit the College of Arts and Sciences' photo album at 




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Campus Debate Features SGA President, Vice President Candidates

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2015) — Student Government (SGA) elections are later this week but students will have an opportunity to hear from the candidates today. University of Kentucky SGA, in partnership with WRFL-FM and the Kentucky Kernel, are hosting an SGA President and Vice President Candidates Debate at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, at Memorial Hall on UK's campus. The debate will be moderated by Bill Swinford, political science professor and Office of the President chief of staff.


Two tickets have formed for SGA elections and both the president and vice president candidates from each will be participating in the debate. Dwight Haggard is running for president; his vice presidential candidate is Taylor Dale Clark. Austin Mullen is running for president; his vice presidential candidate is Jenna Hollinden. Students are encouraged to learn more about the candidates for president, vice president and senator positions; platform statements are available on the SGA website.


All questions asked to the candidates will come from students. Students may submit questions prior to the debate to Morgan Eads, editor of the Kentucky Kernel, at Questions will also be taken from the audience at the debate.


The debate is free and open to the public.


SGA elections will be held Wednesday, March 4, and Thursday, March 5. For more information about the elections, visit


For more information about the debate contact SGA advisor David Wright at



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

Lyons Award Nominations Sought

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2015) — Every year, the William E. Lyons Award Committee presents the William E. Lyons Award for Outstanding Service to the University of Kentucky, the community, and the Commonwealth. The committee is now requesting nominations for this year's recipient. Submissions will be taken through March 20, 2015.


The award is named in honor of William E. Lyons, who served as a professor of political science and public administration, director of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, chair of the Department of Political Science, chair of the Lexington-Fayette County Merger Commission, a member of the Urban County Council, and a member or chair of other university and government committees.


Recipients receive an honorarium of $500 and a plaque.


Those wishing to nominate an individual for this award should submit a letter of nomination with information about the nominee's accomplishments, especially their contributions to UK, the surrounding community, and the Commonwealth as a whole.


Nominations must include the name, address, telephone number, and email address of the nominator. Additionally, it is suggested that nominators include a vita or resume for their selected nominee.


Nominations may be submitted via email to or mailed to:


William E. Lyons Award Committee

423 Patterson Office Tower

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY 40506-00027


Though Extreme Cold May Be Over, Frostbite Can Still Be an Issue

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2015) -- After this record-setting stretch of extreme cold weather, most of us are ready for those warmer temperatures.


Compared to what we've dealt with recently, 28 degrees may seem balmy. But as long as the temperature is at or below 32 degrees, frostbite-- or its milder form, "frostnip" -- can still be an issue if proper precautions aren't taken.


What is frostbite?

When the temperature outside is at or below freezing (or when the wind is especially strong at a cooler temperature), the blood vessels in your skin constrict to preserve your core body temperature. Your extremities -- especially fingers and toes -- will feel the brunt of this, as well as your nose, ears, cheeks and chin. If you stay out in freezing temperatures for a long time, this reduced blood flow may become dangerously low.


Senior citizens and children are at the most risk for frostbite. Many seniors have certain medical conditions that compromise good blood flow, such as diabetes or atherosclerosis. Children naturally lose heat from their skin more quickly than adults, and usually spend more time outside playing, walking, or waiting for the bus.


If your clothes become wet while you're outside in cooler temperatures, get inside and change into dry clothes as soon as possible. Wet clothes draw heat away from the body quickly.


What are the symptoms of frostbite?

If you have been outside in colder temperatures and begin to notice these symptoms, it's time to head indoors to warm up:

·      Skin color changes -- skin may turn red, white, or even a grayish color

·      Affected skin feels prickly or numb

·      A feeling of extreme cold or burning


How can I treat frostbite?

Call your doctor right away if you experience the above symptoms to a severe degree. There are four stages of frostbite, and the later stages require immediate medical intervention to prevent further damage.


If you notice any of the above symptoms, get into a warm room as soon as possible. Though it's tempting to immerse the affected areas in hot water or apply a lot of heat, this can actually burn numb, frostbitten skin because of the lack of sensation. Instead, use warm water, or cover the frostbitten area with warm blankets.


If sensation does not return with gentle rewarming, it's definitely time to seek medical attention.


It is very important that once you rewarm the affected area, keep it warm and do not re-expose the skin to cold temperatures again until seen by a doctor.  “Re-freezing” of the skin leads to severe damage.


In short -- though we hope the worst of the cold weather is over, keep bundling up until winter is officially gone!


Dr. Seth Stearley is the Medical Director for the Emergency Department at UK HealthCare


This column appeared in the March 1, 2015 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.


WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Features New UK Provost Tim Tracy

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 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.  WUKY News Director Alan Lytle sits in for Godell today, and his guest is UK's new provost, Tim Tracy. 


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.

UK Sophomore Recognized in Regional Woodwind Competition

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 17:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2015) — Sophomore bassoon major Jonathan Barrett was recognized at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Performance Competition held in January at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. Barrett, who represented Kentucky in the competition, performed three pieces, including Alexander Tansman's Sonatine for bassoon and piano. His performance earned him an honorable mention honors.


“I've been playing bassoon for 8 years now and have been studying with Professor Peter Simpson for the last three,” Barrett said. “I want to thank all of my teachers over the years, my parents, friends and family, and especially Peter for helping me prepare for this competition, and my trusty accompanist, Tedrin Lindsay.”


Barrett has studied other instruments including clarinet, flute, bassoon, guitar and saxophone. He says that guitar was his first instrument but he has been playing the saxophone for nine years.


“Music is a life style,” Barrett said. “Growing up with discipline, passion, hard work and the joy of music has no doubt made me the person I am today”.


The MTNA's mission is to “support the careers and professionalism of teachers of music” for students like Jonathan Barrett. Each year, nine surrounding states send the winners from their own competition to the Southern Division Competition for an opportunity to be sent to nationals. Winners from the regional competitions go onto nationals, which is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The MTNA recognizes six Young Artist award winners in composition, brass, piano, string, voice and woodwind.  


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




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UK Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Three With Leadership Awards

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 17:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2015) — Three members of the University of Kentucky community, a student, alumna and faculty member, received awards from the University of Kentucky's Nu Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa at its 2nd Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony Monday evening.


Founded Dec. 3, 1914, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes achievement in:

·         scholarship;

·         athletics;

·         campus or community service, social and religious activities, and campus government;

·         journalism, speech and the mass media; and

·         creative and performing arts.


Nominees, guests, members of the Nu Circle and President Eli Capilouto, who is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, attended the ceremony to honor the impact and leadership of several UK students, faculty and alumni. In addition to Capilouto speaking about his own experience in becoming a leader, UK Veterans Resource Center Coordinator and retired Lt. Col. Anthony G. Dotson spoke on the qualities of leadership at the ceremony.


Winners of the awards, presented by Capilouto, Nu Circle President Christina Walker and Vice President James Robertson, included Tristan Moorman, Buck Ryan and Natalee Feese.  


Tristan Moorman, awarded the Omicron Delta Kappa Impact Award, earned his bachelor's degree in human nutrition in 2012, master’s degree in business administration in 2013, and is currently pursuing a degree in pharmacy and a master’s degree in public administration. Moorman, president of the UK College of Pharmacy Class of 2017, is an active volunteer for Operation Diabetes, member of the Operation Heart Committee, and counselor of the Georgetown health fair. He has completed service projects in impoverished areas of Birmingham, Alabama, and Toronto, Canada. Moorman is also the vice president of the UK Pre-pharmacy Club and member of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association.


Buck Ryan, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications and UK Honors Program, was awarded the Omicron Delta Kappa Outstanding Leadership & Student Enhancement Award. He is also the director of the Citizen Kentucky Project at the UK Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, and is the former director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications. Ryan developed the Maestro Writing Concept, which has been nationally recognized and sited on Wikipedia, and was recognized for mentoring his students and hosting award-winning instructors as guest speakers in his classes.


Natalee Feese, a mathematics K-12 learning/innovation specialist at Fayette County Public Schools and co-president of the UK Alumni Band, was awarded the Omicron Delta Kappa Excellence Award. Feese graduated from UK with a bachelor's degree in education in 1989 and a master's degree in education in 1991. She continues her involvement at the university by organizing UK Alumni Band reunions, Homecoming weekend events and events at the UK Boone Center.


Other finalists for the leadership awards included:

·         Rachel Allgeier

·         James Collard

·         Ebony-Nicole A. Davis

·         Rebecca Freeman

·         Jon Lannertone

·         Dia Smith

·         Matthew Whisman


The Nu Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa was founded at UK in 1925. It was the 14th circle to be established in the nation. Previous inductees have included Kentucky governors, UK presidents, William T. Young, Ambassadors Thomas Niles and Cary Cavanaugh, and Kentucky coaches Adolph Rupp, Orlando "Tubby" Smith and Bear Bryant, among other notable leaders.

Blog: Kentucky Needs Smoke-free Act

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 17:10


The following is a Blog by Janie Heath, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing


The science is clear. Tobacco smoke is deadly -- to smokers and to all of us who share the air.  The truth is that, as a result, too many Kentuckians are working in unhealthy environments.



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2015) -- The economics are clear as well. In Kentucky alone, second-hand smoke kills nearly 1,000 citizens a year and costs us almost $130 million a year in health care expenses.  


The facts of health, science and economics make it clear that it’s time to say yes to the Kentucky Smoke-free Act.


Kentucky, after all, leads the nation in tobacco-related death and disease. We can do better than that. Other states, including those with tobacco traditions as deeply ingrained as ours, have already enacted statewide smoke-free public policy to improve the health of their citizens.


Prohibiting smoking in public buildings and workplaces isn’t about taking away business rights. It’s about restoring a very important one—the right to breathe healthy air at work and in shared public places. And that’s not just me speaking as a nurse practitioner whose research focus is on tobacco-free health. This is you speaking.  A recent public poll shows a full 66% of adults in Kentucky support a statewide smoke-free law.


The bipartisan support for the Kentucky Smoke-free Act is both heartening and hopeful. It reminds me of a story I heard when I first came to UK as the College’s new nursing dean. How, a little more than 50 years ago, a group of brave and forward-thinking Kentucky legislators from both sides of the aisle decided to put aside their differences and link arms to meet a critical health care need for their constituents.


Together, they found the will and the funds to establish a medical school and nursing program that would produce more quality health care professionals for Kentucky as well as path-breaking research into the challenges that confront our state.  


Today, UK is home to nationally recognized academic programs that are preparing the next generation of leaders for our state in medicine, nursing and health services.


As in the past, the decisions we make today will resonate for generations. The decisions we make today, in fact, can save lives tomorrow. Put public health first and say yes to the Kentucky Smoke-free Act.





Janie Heath, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN, Warwick Professor and Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing in Lexington, Kentucky, is a national leader in nursing education, advanced practice and health care outreach research.


E-Day: Engineering Discovery, Exploration and Fun for All Ages

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 17:02


Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2015) — The field of engineering can be demanding – constant problem-solving, experimenting and delivering tomorrow’s innovations – but it can also be fun, especially on days when Newton’s Third Law of Motion can be tested through a balloon race, laser beams are shot through Jell-O, and 10-year-olds learn the basics of construction blasting with a dynamite demonstration.


At the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, that kind of day takes place once a year to celebrate everything engineering has to offer, and to expose students from elementary to high school to the vast opportunities in the field. After all, how often does a 14-year-old get to explore a fully functional solar car built by college students?


Approximately 150 contests, demonstrations and exhibits will engage and entertain, and teach a lesson or two in science, technology, engineering and math, at this year’s E-Day, or Engineers Day, Saturday, Feb. 28, at the end of National Engineers Week.


"E-Day at UK is easily the best celebration of the joy of engineering that I have ever seen," said John Walz, dean of the College of Engineering. "This will be my third time attending and I still haven’t made it to all of the different exhibits and activities. It is fun, educational, and offers something for everyone."


On the UK campus, E-Day will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at various engineering facilities. E-Day will also be celebrated at the college’s Paducah Campus at West Kentucky Community and Technical College from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


UK students and departments, government organizations and industry groups host the activities, including several new events this year. Attendees will still have the chance to show off their skills in traditional favorites like the LEGO bridge, volcano, egg-drop and edible car contests, but will also get creative in the chocolate composite, candy crane, Coach Cal’s mansion makeover and haul truck racing contests.


Longtime E-Day attendee and current UK computer science sophomore Zack Anderson described his experience at E-Day throughout the years as seeing things he's never seen before. "I mean some of these projects are extraordinary," he said.


Entertaining and engaging, the contests and activities are also learning experiences.

For example, young builders participating in Coach Cal's mansion makeover contest, sponsored by the Department of Civil Engineering's construction engineering class, will be tasked with creating their own version of UK men's basketball coach John Calipari's house.


Supplied with a budget and certain resources priced for the occasion - Popsicle sticks, skewers, toothpicks, glue and tape - participants will work to build a structure that withstands a load and fits within certain dimensions. Just as construction project planners often face unexpected situations, participants my experience "bad weather" (rain causes delays so they are required to pause a minute before continuing construction) or other circumstances.


Another project, "egg drop crash survivability," otherwise known as the egg drop, sponsored by the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at UK, has drawn crowds of curious students and parents for years.


"It's not a task that requires advanced computations, but it is something that gets students thinking about subjects like physics, by encouraging them to think about the forces on the egg," said Katherine Gerwig, vice president of the chapter. "It's always fascinating to see the many different ways the students approach the same problem each year; even after years of the competition, students still manage to come up with unique improvements to their designs."


For Anderson, the egg drop is a must-see event. "If there's one thing that I remember out of everything, it was always the egg drop, every single year. You couldn't miss the egg drop…you had to go to the egg drop," he said.


Anderson began attending E-Day when he was six years old and made a tradition of it, attending until he was 13. With both parents being chemical engineers, and his mother Kim Anderson the associate dean for administration and academic affairs at the College of Engineering, E-Day was more than a day full of exciting activities. It became Anderson's opportunity to figure out if he should follow in his parents' footsteps of chemical engineering, or go a different route.


He conducted his first electrical engineering experiment at E-Day with a battery and a few wires. But what caught his eye and has stuck with him since is computer science.


"I remember there being a computer science booth set up to where they had their supercomputer…I mean I knew what a computer was, but I didn't know what a supercomputer was.


"And I remember we actually, I believe, sat there for three hours because I just had so many questions. I discovered that computer science was my thing, what I wanted to do in life, because of Engineering Day, and I wouldn't have gotten that experience anywhere else," said Anderson.


With many demonstrations and contests for younger students, E-Day is also perfect for the high school student that may be interested in engineering, but isn't quite sure what kind or what to do with an engineering degree.


"It really is a game-changer as far as trying to figure out, 'okay well, is this really the field that I want to go into?'" he said.  


In addition to sparking Anderson's curiosity in computer science, E-Day also ignited his interest in attending UK. He was impressed that UK students were not only interested in their own projects, but were able to share what they were doing with so many others, and noticed how much UK faculty members appreciated their students.  


After years of participating in E-Day and two years as a computer science student at UK, Anderson is now involved in a project working to display vital signs in real-time on Google Glass for doctors conducting surgery. He is also working with a local optometrist to take photos of the eye with Google Glass, instantly transmitting any growths or disorders to patients' medical records, rather than spending 30 minutes setting up a large machine.


In the near future, it may be Anderson and his Google Glass projects captivating the minds of young students at E-Day, following suit of those who inspired him.


"I wanted to learn how to make stuff, and not only did I want to learn how to make stuff, but I wanted to learn how to make it better, and I learned that through E-Day," Anderson said.


For more information about E-Day, visit or contact Chelsea Hansing at 859-257-5823 or




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