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Sanders-Brown Researcher Tapped for Academic-Industry Collaborative Grant

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 09:30


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2015) -- Inflammation is on the research community's "Most Wanted" list as the possible culprit in many diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.


Scientists researching the causes for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other age-related dementias are equally curious about the role inflammation might play in disease onset, particularly since inflammation appears to play a role in accumulation of beta amyloid in the brain. Beta amyloid plaques in the brain are one of the hallmarks of AD, and presumably cause the damage that leads to memory loss and other deficits associated with AD.


A therapy called mE8c, currently in clinical trials, attaches to amyloid plaques and appears to help clear them from the brain, hypothetically an effective treatment for AD.  But Donna Wilcock at the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging shares the prevailing view in the science community that successful treatment for AD will most likely require a combination of drugs, each targeted at a specific part of the disease process.


She points to a second compound in clinical trials as a possible candidate for combination therapy. Called a BACE inhibitor, this compound blocks the production of new amyloid. Together, the two compounds might be more effective at slowing down or reversing AD than each one alone.


Eli Lilly and Company has awarded Wilcock a two-year, $198,000 grant to test her theory.


Wilcock pointed to this grant as an example of the importance of academic-industry collaborations.  The compounds Wilcock will be testing are in the development pipeline and therefore difficult to obtain. Alternately, it can be difficult for companies — even larger ones like Lilly — to develop and maintain a broad range of testing capabilities.


"Our lab has expertise in studying the inflammatory response of the brain, something Lilly is particularly interested in exploring further," Wilcock said.  "We have the experience and expertise necessary to implement a large scale study that will help them see whether a combination therapy approach modulates inflammation in a different way than either of the two drugs do on their own."


The potential impact of the work by Wilcock and her colleagues at Sanders-Brown is substantial, as there are currently more than five million Americans currently living with AD, and AD is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed. 


"The financial costs of caring for Alzheimer’s patients are estimated to be $180 billion per year in the United States alone, to say nothing of the emotional toll on patients and their families," said Wilcock.  "Any strides we can make -- even if only to delay disease onset by five years — will have considerable impact."





WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Chats With Women Writers Conference Poet

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 18:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 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 host is Julie Wrinn, director of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, which is housed at UK and will take place Sept. 10-13. Wrinn chats with poet Kathleen Driskell, author of a new book of poetry published by University Press of Kentucky and a presenter at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. 


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


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

UK Athletics Launches Student Rewards Program

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 16:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2015) — University of Kentucky students now have access to BBN Rewards, a program and app that will allow them to earn a variety of rewards for attending UK Athletics events. BBN Rewards is available for download on Apple and Android devices now.


“Students are the heartbeat of our crowd at all of our home events,” Associate Athletics Director for Marketing and Licensing Nathan Schwake said. “This program will allow us to recognize our most loyal students and create a fun way for them show their UK pride.”


Students will accumulate points by checking in when they arrive at UK Athletics events using the "Events" button on the app. As students accumulate points, awards will automatically unlock. The first award is entry in a drawing to win free textbooks for the spring semester. Awards will be made available in the coming days, of which include participation in halftime contests at select sports, Kentucky gear, and experience items. 


In order to redeem rewards, students must complete all fields on their profile using the app’s "Account" button. Students are also encouraged to enable notifications on the app to receive news about exclusive experiences, coupons and other important updates.


In addition to receiving rewards, students will be able to see how they stack up with their peers on the BBN Rewards leaderboard. The leaderboard will also be used in conjunction with men’s basketball student ticket lotteries.  While details are still being finalized, students within a certain ranking on the leaderboard will have priority access to purchase men’s basketball tickets. The app also features a fan cam feature, social media content, and information about UK teams.



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AACN Appoints UK Nursing Dean as Fellow of Executive Leadership Program

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 16:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2015)  – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has selected Janie Heath, dean of the UK College of Nursing and Warwick Professor of Nursing, as a fellow of the AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program. 


The program launched in 2012 as a collaboration with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is designed exclusively for top academic leaders in nursing. The program, which is supported in part by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans HealthCare, has graduated 87 nursing leaders across the nation.


“Nurses looking to having a meaningful impact on improving the nation’s health and health care must possess strong leadership, negotiation and strategic-thinking skills,” said Deborah Trautman, AACN’s chief executive officer. “I applaud the latest graduates of the AACN-Wharton program for their commitment to developing the expertise needed to amplify nursing’s voice in discussions shaping the future of nursing education and practice at the local, state, and national levels.”


Heath has more than 38 years of acute and critical care nursing experience in various positions, from staff to administration to advanced practice and academia. She has been awarded more than $12 million for academic and/or research initiatives, generated more than 150 publications and abstracts, and served on numerous regional and national task forces for tobacco control and advanced practice nursing initiatives. She joined the UK College of Nursing as dean in 2014. 


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, 



Football Parking Impact on Friday at Gluck Lot and Orange Lot Expansion

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 16:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2015) — Permit-controlled recreational vehicle (RV) parking for UK Football is being accommodated this year in the new Orange Lot expansion and in the Gluck Equine Center Lot. However, the impact on employee parking is expected to be minimal. 


RV permit holders have been assigned specific spaces within these two lots and, based upon location, have been given specific “no earlier than” arrival times.  All RVs assigned to the Gluck Equine Center Lot and a portion of those assigned to the Orange Lot expansion are not authorized to arrive earlier than 8 p.m. on Fridays before home football games, meaning that there should be little to no impact on typical Friday parking.  The remaining RVs assigned to the Orange Lot expansion are authorized to arrive Friday morning and could reduce parking availability on the Fridays before game day by up to 356 spaces.  Given the reduced campus parking demand typically associated with Fridays, this reduction is also anticipated to have little or no impact on employee parking availability.


To facilitate the RV permit holders with early arrival times, the Orange Lot expansion will be closed to parking late on Thursday evening or early Friday morning.  Those employees who park in the Orange Lot will be asked to park in the original portion of the Orange Lot.  In the unlikely event that the original portion of the Orange Lot fills, employees will be authorized to park in the Orange Lot expansion area and will be directed to use the 158 spaces allocated to RVs with arrival times after 8 p.m. 


Employees who park in the Gluck Equine Center Lot and the Orange Lot expansion are required to move their vehicles before 8 p.m. on the Friday before a home football game.  Please note that RV accommodations for the Thursday football game on Oct. 15 will be different than for a typical Saturday game day.  No RVs will be authorized to arrive before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, prior to the Thursday football game.


Map of RV parking for UK football games is below or click here:

UK Behavioral Scientist Named to Prestigious NIH Grant Review Panel

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 15:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2015) — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review recently appointed University of Kentucky behavioral pharmacologist William W. Stoops, Ph.D., as a charter member of its new Interventions to Prevent and Treat Addictions study section.


Members selected for service on the committee demonstrate competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evident by the quality of their research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. In his appointed capacity, Stoops will review grant applications for scientific merit and survey the status of research in various fields of medical science related to addiction treatment. Stoops will maintain the appointment through 2019.


Stoops researches pharmacologic and behavioral therapies for drug abuse behaviors and currently serves as principal investigator for NIH-funded studies addressing cocaine use disorders. Stoops is an associate professor in the UK Departments of Behavioral Science, Psychology and Psychiatry, as well as a faculty member in the Center for Drug and Alcohol Research. He also directs the Regulatory Knowledge and Support Core for UK’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science. 


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

Specially Priced Student Tickets for Lady Antebellum's Wheels Up Tour 2015

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 13:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2015) — Student tickets are on sale now for the Lady Antebellum WHEELS UP 2015 TOUR with Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt at Rupp Arena on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.  Tickets are priced at $25 per student.


The seven-time Grammy award-winning country trio Lady Antebellum, triple-threat entertainer Hunter Hayes and the up-and-coming Sam Hunt will share the stage, creating a charged lineup for one exhilarating concert.


Lady Antebellum is an American country music group that formed in 2006 in Nashville.  Their hit singles "Downtown," "Compass" and "Bartender" are three of the group's hits that have reached the number one spot on country charts within the past two years. 


For this discounted price, students must present a valid student ID at the Rupp Arena box office when purchasing the ticket.  Tickets may only be purchased at the Rupp Arena ticket office. The offer is valid on select seat locations and only while supplies last — not applicable on prior sales.



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Wildcat Marching Band Going Retro With New Uniforms

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 11:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2015) — Same great big blue sound, all new (and old) style. When the University of Kentucky's Wildcat Marching Band takes the field at the UK football game this Saturday, Sept. 5, Big Blue Nation will see around 250 of the university's best musicians in new band uniforms.


With the interest surrounding UK's renovation of Commonwealth Stadium and the school's sesquicentennial celebration, Director of UK Athletics Bands Scott-Lee Atchison decided the 2015 season was an opportune time for a new look for Wildcat Marching Band.


"We thought it would be a good time to make the change. With all of the changes with UK Athletics and the new stadium, we thought it would be a good time to do a new uniform," Atchison said. "Also, being the 150th anniversary we thought it would be good to pay homage to our history in the design of the uniform."


The look of the uniform is described as a "West Point" style, or the "cadet" uniform (i.e. West Point Cadets). UK's band wore something fairly similar around 1930. Since most college bands (including UK) have military roots, Atchison and the band chose to pay tribute to that in their design with the intent to create a timeless look while celebrating the university's 150th anniversary. The new uniforms were created by DeMoulin, which was given the direction to create a uniform in blue and white with black pants. Along with the military look, the UK Color Guard will perform for one of the games with special flags that have the sesquicentennial logo on them in recognition of the anniversary.


In addition, to the new uniforms there will be several other changes fans will notice during the 2015 football season.


"This year we have made a number of changes and enhancements to pregame. The pregame will start off with a 'Stadium Salute,' where we will play short snippets of our fight songs ('Kentucky, Fight!' and 'On, On, U of K') to each corner of the stadium," Atchison said.


The band will also incorporate a popular old song into pregame. "We will be ending pregame with a great arrangement that was recently written for us of Bill Monroe's 'Blue Moon of Kentucky.' 'Blue Moon' has been a request by a number of fans, and we are excited to be able to incorporate it into our pregame."


In addition, the band will do a traditional ending to halftime shows where members will build the UK Logo on the field and then march it off the field.


Beyond performing UK's beloved school songs, the Wildcat Marching Band will stage performances of several pop culture favorites, including music from the Foo Fighters and the Backstreet Boys, as well as music from movie classics like "Back to the Future," currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, and the James Bond films (the newest movie will release this November) in their "Throwback Thursday" program for the UK vs Auburn University game on Oct. 15. The band will take their James Bond tribute to the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, the following month.


The band will also stage an alumni band show and patriotic show for this season's High School Band Day.


Wildcat Marching Band is part of the UK Bands program at the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The school 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.



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

September is National Campus Fire Safety Month

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 21:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2015) — The University of Kentucky kicks off its annual fire safety campaign during the month of September.  Now in its 11th year, September is nationally recognized as National Campus Fire Safety Month for college campuses throughout the country.  Fifteen states have issued a proclamation in 2015 recognizing September as National Campus Fire Safety Month, including Kentucky Governor  Steve Beshear.  The Commonwealth is one of only a few states to have issued this proclamation every year since the project’s inception.


Tasked with the responsibility to maintain a fire safe campus at UK, the UK Fire Marshal’s Office actively engages in fire prevention and life safety throughout the year. 


“Higher education has lost 126 people in campus-related fires across the nation (Center for Campus Fire Safety) since January 2000,” said Jason Ellis, assistant fire marshal for the University of Kentucky.  “September National Campus Fire Safety is the springboard for which our office introduces new fire prevention training and fire safety programs throughout campus in an effort to prevent a fire incident from occurring.”


The UK Fire Marshal’s office conducts fire safety training, evacuation and fire drills, and offers free fire extinguisher training for all UK and community constituents.  They are also responsible for fire and life safety inspections for all UK facilities, code enforcement, and plan review for all constructions projects up to $1 million.


Throughout the month of September, the UK Fire Marshal’s Office will conduct several events on campus, including live fire demonstrations using the UK Mobile Burn Trailer, giving out free T-shirts, and providing free fire extinguisher training to all participants.


“We literally build a room to the same specifications of a typical resident hall found on our campus using the same building construction materials and furniture (donated by UK Housing).  We introduce a small flame to it and let students watch it develop until it is free burning,” Ellis said.  “It shows how quickly a dangerous situation can develop and stresses the importance of reacting immediately and evacuating a building if a smoke detector or fire alarm sounds.


“The room is completely involved in fire in about three minutes, but the smoke produced from the fire makes the room untenable in about one minute.  Even with two fire stations on either side of our campus and an average response time in 4-5 minutes, you are looking at a dangerous fire situation if you do not respond and evacuate the building.”


For more information about the UK Fire Marshal's Office schedule of events, upcoming fire drills and classes, and fire safety tips, visit, follow on twitter @ukfiremarshal, or contact Jason Ellis at and 859-257-6326.

Traditional Musician, Storyteller Robert Tincher Opens 'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Concert Series

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 15:45




Robert Tincher performs "The Lady of Carlisle." 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2015) — The "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series returns this fall with the musical stylings of traditional musician Robert Tincher. Tincher will kick off the season at noon Friday, Sept. 4, in the Niles Gallery of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, located at the University of Kentucky's Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. The Tincher concert and future series concerts are free and open to the public.


Robert Tincher is a native of Berea, Kentucky. A master singer, musician and storyteller specializing in traditional songs and ballads, he has been inspired by his Appalachian roots, field collecting experience and over 40 years of studying musical traditions in England, Scotland and Ireland. If you are a fan of traditional folk, old time or Celtic music, you will enjoy Tincher's performance.


Tincher has played music venues and festivals across Kentucky, and occasionally in the northeastern U.S. In recognition of his artistic excellence, Tincher was selected to participate in the state's Performing Arts Directory.


The "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series celebrates the old time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 12 different artists, duos and groups from southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim.


This year's other series artists and their performance dates are:

· Tall Dark and Handsome, an acoustic jazz-grass quartet, Sept. 11;  

· Rayna Gellert and the Brothers, featuring fiddle and guitar, Sept. 18;

· Cari and Mike Norris, known for their work playing ancient ballads, Sept. 25;  

· Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones, old time musicians and inspired tunesmiths, Oct. 2;

· Lee "Boy" Sexton, banjo master, and his son Johnny Sexton, Oct. 9;  

· The Local Honeys, old time string band, Oct. 16;

· Sheila Kay Adams, a seventh-generation ballad singer, storyteller and banjo player, Oct. 23; 

· Dan Dutton at Hallowe'en, acoustic, bluegrass and folk musician, Oct. 30;

· The Wells Family, a band with Eastern Kentucky music influences, Nov. 6;

· Rich Kirby and Nate Pohly, members of Rich and the Po' Folks whose musical influences hail from Eastern Kentucky and southwest Virginia, Nov. 13; and 

· Don Pedi, acclaimed dulcimer player, Nov. 20.

All Friday concerts begin at noon at the Niles Gallery.


The John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, host of the concert series, is a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine ArtsUK School of Music and UK Libraries.


For more information on the Robert Tincher concert or the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to or visit the website at




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

Vehicle Relocation Required on Home Football Game Days

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 13:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2015) — It is an exciting time on campus with new facilities opening that increase options for incredible learning and living spaces and dining options. One of the most exciting developments is the renovated Commonwealth Stadium that will have its debut tomorrow, Sept. 5, as the Wildcats kick off another football season.


With the kickoff of the home football season slated for tomorrow, Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) would like to remind the University of Kentucky community about parking policies on game days.


Students and employees who park at Commonwealth Stadium and in the Sports Center Drive Lots, including the Sports Center Garage, must move their vehicles before 7:00 a.m. on the days of home football games. R7 permit holders parked on Complex Drive do not need to move their vehicles.


In a change this year, vehicles parked in the Green Lot at Commonwealth Stadium, adjacent to the Oswald Building, must be removed before 10:00 p.m. on the night before home football games.


Additionally, parking is prohibited on University Drive at any time on game days. Failure to move any vehicle from the Stadium parking lots, the Sports Center Garage, the Sports Center Lots or University Drive may result in a citation or impoundment at the owner’s expense. This includes all of the Stadium lots (Red, Blue, Green, and Orange) as well as the Greg Page Overflow Lot and the Soccer/Softball Complex Lots. In addition to the E spaces on University Drive, anyone in motorcycle spaces or parked at meters must be moved.


Vehicles may be moved any time after 3:30 p.m. on Friday, and must be moved back by 5:00 a.m. Monday.


For more on PTS game day policies and parking options, including a map of vehicle relocation options and a schedule of home football games, visit

UK Bus Schedules to Change for Labor Day

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 13:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2015) — Due to the Labor Day holiday, University of Kentucky bus schedules will be altered. The Blue and White Routes (Lextran 14) and all regular campus area transit buses — including the Pink Route (Kentucky Clinic) and Purple Route (UK HealthCare) — will not operate on Monday, Sept. 7.


The On-Demand bus service will run from 7 p.m. until midnight on both Sunday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept. 7.


Visit for route and schedule information.


As a reminder, all campus routes — as well as the Red Mile (Lextran 15) service frequently used by the campus community — are viewable real-time on Transloc, UK’s GPS-based bus locating system. Transloc can be accessed at and via the free Transloc Rider Android and iPhone apps.


Under the BluPass program, UK students and employees with valid IDs can ride Lextran buses free of charge.

UK Officials Offer Campus Climate Consortium Opportunity for Kentucky Colleges and Universities

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2015) — Earlier this week, University of Kentucky officials unveiled preliminary data from the campus-wide Campus Attitudes Toward Safety (C.A.T.S.) student survey. Today, they have begun working with other colleges and universities in Kentucky and beyond to conduct similar surveys while instituting a statewide consortium on campus safety.


"This survey – among the first of its kind to be distributed to an entire campus’ population – is the next step for UK to develop a safer campus for our students," said President Eli Capilouto. "Thanks to the work of those who came before me, we’ve been leaders on this issue for 10 years. It is our hope that today’s conference will help us build partnerships with our sister institutions in Kentucky and the SEC to provide a safer college experience for all students."


The UK C.A.T.S. project directors are hosting a conference in Lexington today where they announced the Campus Climate Consortium opportunity to conference attendees who represent all eight of Kentucky’s public colleges and six private institutions. A representative from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is also in attendance. This consortium will offer these colleges and universities the opportunity to utilize UK's survey instrument, electronic survey platform, and data management and analysis systems. The goal is to build upon UK’s successful model by employing the same data-rich process to identify key strategies for improving campus safety at other universities while creating a statewide data collection. 


"By collaborating in this consortium, colleges and universities can take advantage of the research infrastructure developed at UK, identify strengths and areas of opportunity on their campuses, and utilize de-identified benchmark information based on the combined data from all consortium members," said Diane Follingstad, Women’s Circle Endowed Chair and Director of the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women. "Because of the methodology UK uses to administer our instrument, the reports for all participating institutions will yield consistent and comparable data that can be used for introducing policy changes, developing programming, and initiating culture change on campuses. This is an opportunity for colleges and universities in Kentucky to lead in improving safety on their campuses by utilizing our shared expertise."


Over the last year, the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women developed a research-based instrument to determine a baseline understanding of UK's campus climate. This five-year CATS survey initiative is a confidential tool that measures social and cultural environments at UK, consisting of several sections that ask questions about students' beliefs, opinions, and knowledge of campus safety, as well as assesses their adverse experiences over the past year.  More information about the first year's results is available at


"The national dialogue on sexual assault and personal violence on college campuses has grown over the last 16 months: media coverage; congressional hearings and potential legislation; a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault; the It's On Us" campaign; and various public, private, and higher education leaders have honed our national focus on this important issue," said Capilouto. "But these important campus issues cannot be addressed without a coordinated effort from departments, personnel, and partners who are guided by data-driven decision making."


This type of collaboration across colleges and universities in forming a consortium for assessing campus climate and violence has the potential to become a model for other associations of which universities are members.



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

UK, City Want Football Fans to be Aware of Changes for 2015

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2015) – With the beginning of football season only days away, the University of Kentucky together with the city of Lexington today announced  changes and issued several reminders concerning game day operations on Saturdays at The New Commonwealth Stadium this fall.


To help spread the word, UK Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday was joined by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and other city and university officials at a news conference detailing those changes, several of which are directly related to the stadium construction and renovation project.


"We want to thank our fans for their tremendous support of our football program," Monday said. "Our transformed stadium is an absolutely beautiful venue for UK football. With these exciting upgrades come changes to habits and routines, so we are asking for everyone's help and cooperation as we host the first game in the new stadium this Saturday evening."


The Kentucky Wildcats will play Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 5.


“Lexington’s pulse quickens when the students come back to campus and football season opens. We want fans from all over the state to fill up the new stadium and have a great time,” Mayor Gray said. “Our visitors should be aware there’s a lot of construction on campus and around town. Please celebrate safely and respect the neighborhoods that surround the stadium.”


Other speakers at the news conference included UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart, UK Student Government President Austin Mullen, and the respective police chiefs of the university and the city, Joe Monroe and Mark Barnard.


A few highlights as to what fans need to be aware of coming to the stadium complex:

  • Many season-ticket holders were reassigned to new parking lots this offseason. Specific directions for respective permits are included with season ticket books.
  • Fans are encouraged to display their parking permit when they leave their homes, enabling traffic personnel to efficiently sort and direct vehicles approaching the stadium complex.
  • New Permits in 2015 -- Silver, located off of Farm Road, accessible via University Drive; The Arboretum, located off of Alumni Drive, accessible via Tates Creek.
  • Non-permit parking is available on Cooper Drive on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at noon ET on Fridays.  Additional non-permit parking is available in Parking Structures #2, #3 and #6. 
  • Miller Transportation will operate campus and downtown shuttle routes independent of UK Athletics. More information is available at and Miller Transportation can be reached at 859-255-2707.
  • LexTran will not operate the UK Football Express Campus & Downtown shuttles for the 2015 season, but all regular LexTran routes will operate on game day. More information is available at
  • Tow-behind trailers may not park on paved surface lots within the Commonwealth Stadium complex, unless they too have a parking permit. Guests bringing a tow-behind trailer on game day, without a parking permit for the trailer, will be directed to the nearest available grass lot.


75th District State Representative Kelly Flood assisted in bringing the now-completed Alumni Drive project to fruition and added her congratulations to all who played a role in its completion.


“This greenway beautifies our city and the UK campus while creating greater safety for drivers, walkers, and cyclists," said Flood. "It also deepens the ties of goodwill between neighbors and across the city, the university and the state.”


As has been the case during the last several years, backpacks and large bags are prohibited from entering Commonwealth Stadium. Fans will be permitted to bring in one small bag, no larger than 13.5 inches x 10 inches x 7 inches. The bag must fit within sizing bins at all entrance gates. UK officials are encouraging fans to arrive early and bring as few items as possible.


UK Athletics has created a game day central website for fans to get answers about all game day operations questions. Before stepping foot on campus for a football game this fall, fans are strongly encouraged to visit for all game day information needs.

On the site, fans can read all about the 2015 game day operation changes, including GuestAssist – customer service text-messaging system; Twitter; Directions & Pre/Postgame Traffic; Parking/Tailgating Policies; Downtown & Campus Shuttles; RV Information – permitted RVs, non-permitted RVs; Maps – showing permit parking, non-permit parking, pre/postgame traffic flow and stadium diagram; Commonwealth Stadium A-Z – stadium services, policies and procedures; About Lexington.


Should you have questions/concerns regarding your game day experience, please submit an email to the UK game day email account ( The UK Athletics event management staff will respond to your inquiries in a timely manner.  

For real-time updates regarding game day information, follow UK Athletics-Gameday on Twitter: @UKGamedayInfo.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, UK Public Relations, 859-257-3200,; Susan Straub, Mayor's Office, 859-258-3111,

October Thursday Night Football Game to Impact Transportation To and From Campus

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 11:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2015) — The University of Kentucky football team will host Auburn University on Oct. 15, at Commonwealth Stadium for a special Thursday night football game. As the ESPN spotlight event, the Thursday night football game provides a special opportunity for UK to showcase the football program and new stadium, as well as the campus and local community, to a national audience.


“Despite the tremendous opportunity for the university and community, this event will also bring significant logistical challenges, even beyond those experienced on a typical Saturday game day," said Eric Monday, UK vice president of finance and administration. "The university is asking everyone on campus — including students, faculty, staff and UK HealthCare employees — to work collaboratively in a spirit of unity as part of taking advantage of this incredible opportunity. We want to provide fans and visitors with an exciting game day experience and positive impression of the university.”


In October 2014, UK formed a broad-based working group, including representatives from across the university, to address opportunities and challenges associated with UK’s first Thursday night football game. As part of the planning process, UK has partnered with numerous community groups to provide alternative parking accommodations near campus on a day when the Commonwealth Stadium lots — as well as some adjacent lots — will be inaccessible. The university has also engaged the services of Go Ground, a national ground transportation management service company, which will coordinate a comprehensive transportation plan to transport members of the university community to and from remote parking lots.


All parking lots near Commonwealth Stadium and in some adjacent areas will close no later than 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.


Employees and students who typically park in those lots will have to “park and ride” from an alternate location that day. Shuttles will be provided, dropping off at locations across the health care and main campuses.


To maintain full service at UK hospitals and clinics, the university will prioritize the UK HealthCare patients by reserving the hospital garage for them. An extra security presence will be maintained in patient parking garages to ensure they remain available for the patients.


For UK students, faculty, staff and visitors, campus will operate business-as-usual on game day with the exception of parking. 


Classes will remain on a normal schedule.


Employees will report to work as scheduled for teaching, research, service, health care at UK hospitals and clinics, as well as all the support functions that make the university’s operations possible on a daily basis. However, employees should prepare for unusual travel conditions, which might mean parking at a different location for one day and allowing extra time to reach your destination.


More detailed parking and transportation plans, including maps and specific instructions, will be communicated broadly as it gets closer to game day. In the meantime, please mark your calendar for Oct. 15 to allow additional commuting time. Additional information will be available here.


Additional feedback and input can be sent to



MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398;

UK Oboist Invited to Perform at Moab Music Festival

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 08:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2015) — ToniMarie Marchioni, assistant professor of oboe at the University of Kentucky School of Music, has been invited to perform at the award-winning Moab Music Festival in Moab, Utah. Marchioni's concerts will run Sept. 3-6 during the festival's 12-day run.


Every September, the Moab Music Festival brings world-class musicians to Moab's red rock venues for a feast of chamber music, jazz and traditional music concerts. The festival describes the experience as "music in concert with the landscape," celebrating old and new chamber music, jazz with a Latin flavor, and traditional music from around the globe.


Marchioni's first performance will be as part of "Grotto Concert I" opening the festival at noon Thursday, Sept. 3. The Grotto concerts are the festival’s signature events. They celebrate music in concert with the landscape by combining the beauty of music with the area’s scenic wonders. A 45-minute jet boat ride down the Colorado River brings the audience to "nature’s concert hall," a pristine, acoustically perfect wilderness grotto carved from the surrounding red rock walls. As part of this concert, Marchioni will present a solo performance of Robert Schumann's "Romances" (Op. 94).


The following day, Marchioni will perform in the "From Words to Music" concert 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. This concert explores the written word as a wellspring for great music. While some pieces evoke emotion or mood, transforming the written word into sound, others highlight storytelling, combining music with the spoken word. Composer-in-Residence Harold Meltzer's new work "Kreisleriana" aims to turn history on its ear by referring to the great violinist Fritz Kreisler, not the Robert Schumann masterpiece.


On Saturday, Marchioni will play for the first of two hike-related concerts presented as part of the Moab Music Festival. "Music Hike I" begins 9 a.m. Sept. 5. At this concert, hikers come together to travel to a wilderness location ideal for acoustic music.


Marchioni's last performance will be as part of "What the Heck is that? (Cruel and Unusual Instruments)," a concert that explores forgotten stepchildren of the family of musical instruments. The theremin, the continuum, the hurdy-gurdy, the waterphone, the phono-fiddle, and the nose flute make appearances as the artists shine a light on the strange beauty, and odd careers of these little known instruments. This concert begins 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6.


With performances praised as "excellent" and "elegantly rendered" by the New York Times, oboist Marchioni has performed in Europe, South America, Asia and throughout the United States. She is member of the IRIS Orchestra (Memphis, Tennessee) and Decoda (New York, New York) as well as a recent alumna of The Academy/Ensemble ACJW, a groundbreaking new initiative combining chamber music performance, arts advocacy, leadership and teaching artistry. 


Marchioni has appeared with the National Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Georgia Woodwind Quintet, New Juilliard Ensemble, AXIOM and the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble Continuum. In 2010, she performed the Bohuslav Martinů Oboe Concerto with the Orquesta Philarmónica del Ecuador, marking the Ecuadorian premiere of the work, and only the second time it had been played in South America. In 2008, she gave the United States premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s concerto "Sprechgesang for Oboe and English Horn" with the New Juilliard Ensemble.


In chamber music, Marchioni has collaborated with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York Philharmonic and Paris Conservatoire. She participated in the Aspen and Castleton festivals, among others, and has worked with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Christoph Eschenbach, Lorin Maazel, David Robertson, James DePreist and Michael Tilson Thomas. As an advocate of contemporary music, she works directly with composers whenever possible, including Samuel Adler, Virko Baley, Anthony Cheung, Carson Cooman, Ryan Gallagher, Jeremy Gill, Huang Ruo and Derrick Wang.


Marchioni is also a dedicated teacher and advocate for arts education, joining the UK School of Music faculty in 2013. She has previously taught with Sinfonia Por La Vida (Ecuador), an organization dedicated to social inclusion through music, and has held faculty positions at the University of Georgia, Las Vegas Music Festival, and the American Festival for the Arts (Houston, Texas). As a fellow in The Academy, she participated in a two-year teaching residency with the New York Department of Education, working closely with middle school band students at MS 158 in Bayside, Queens.


Marchioni’s performances and interviews have been broadcast nationally: as a chamber musician on KUHF’s "The Front Row," as a featured soloist on the NPR/PRI radio program "From the Top," as an orchestral musician on NPR’s "Performance Today" and PBS’s "Live from Lincoln Center" and as a "castaway" on WITF’s regional program "Desert Island Discs." In 2013, she presented a lecture at the International Double Reed Society conference on Ryan Gallagher's monumental new oboe quartet, commissioned for and championed by Ensemble ACJW. Also an avid writer, she is a frequent contributor to the Juilliard Journal and has been published in Carnegie Hall’s Playbill as a featured writer and program note annotator. 


A native of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Marchioni holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and master's and doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Elaine Douvas, Eugene Izotov, Pedro Diaz and Mark McEwen.


The UK School of Music at the 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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Abstracts for 2016 Posters-at-the-Capitol Being Accepted Through Oct. 14

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 08:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research invites students from all disciplines to submit research proposals for the 2016 Posters-at-the-Capitol event Feb. 25, 2016, in Frankfort, Kentucky. Abstracts are being accepted now through Oct. 14.


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Posters-at-the-Capitol is a collaborative program where undergraduates from each of Kentucky's eight public universities and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System present the results of research they have conducted as part of their college experience before the state legislature in Frankfort. The competitive program gives students not only the opportunity and experience to showcase their work, but to also inform policymakers about important issues that affect Kentucky. It also shows legislators the value of undergraduate research.


To submit an abstract, and view guidelines for submission, visit For more information about how to get involved in undergraduate research at UK, visit


The UK Office of Undergraduate Research is part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.

UK is Site for 'Climb to Remember' on Sept. 12

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 20:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2015) — While the Kirwan-Blanding Towers no longer serve as residence halls to house University of Kentucky students, they will be a very busy place on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 12.


The Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters (FOF) is sponsoring their annual Firefighter Memorial Challenge, in honor of the 343 members of the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) who lost their lives while coming to the aid of those in need during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.


The 2015 memorial stair climb will challenge particpants to climb the 22 stories of the towers five times, for a total of 110 stories. Contestants will climb the stairs going up and are permitted to ride the elevators going back down each time.


This event, which begins at 9 a.m., is open to all, ages 14 and up. Pre-registration is $25, with on-site registration on the morning of Sept. 12 set at $30. Registration and additional information can be found at All proceeds benefit the Lexington Firefighter Monument located at Phoenix Park in downtown Lexington.


Lexington firefighter John Barnott expressed appreciation to the university on behalf of the FOF.


"We want to thank the UK adminstration, the UK Police Department and the UK Fire Marshal's Office for all of their cooperation and support," said Barnott. "We encourage UK students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community to get involved with the Firefighter Memorial Challenge, either by participating in the climb or helping us as a volunteer."


Anyone interested in volunteering at the event should visit the website or call 859-519-7337.



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UK: New Technology Speeds Animal Disease Diagnosis

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 17:23


Video by Jeff Franklin, UK Ag Communications


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2015) — Time can make all the difference in animal disease diagnosis. Early diagnosis can protect herd health, give veterinarians more choices and save lives.


For many diseases, it’s a waiting game to pinpoint the exact bacteria causing the problem. Traditional means of diagnosis heavily rely on culturing bacteria in old-school petri dishes. That’s still a tried-and-true method, but now scientists at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab are hailing a new technology as a game changer for Kentucky animal health.


MALDI-TOF, formally Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-Time of Flight, has been used in human medicine for many years. Now, veterinary labs across the country are using the technology to aid in bacteria identification.


“Let’s say a dog is sick; it’s having respiratory distress,” said Erdal Erol, UK VDL microbiologist. “The veterinarian wants to know how to treat the animal, so he or she sends us a sample. We grow the bacteria for 24 to 48 hours. Then we place the bacteria on a target, use the MALDI-TOF machine and we can give them an almost immediate answer.”


One metal-plate target can hold as many as 48 isolated bacteria. The scientist places the target at a slight angle at the bottom of the machine. The machine creates a vacuum and fires a laser at each sample to ionize the bacteria. Then it’s a race up the machine’s tube to determine the time of flight to the top. Obviously heavier, bigger ions travel slower and smaller ions travel faster. The machine measures highly abundant proteins, present in all microorganisms, and compares the results with the samples in the database to identify the bacteria.


“In about 25 minutes we can get an answer that can take several days with traditional biochemical processes,” said Erica Phillips, UK VDL research analyst. “Traditionally you grow the bacteria, wait 24 to 48 hours to look at your plates and see some bacteria growth. Then we’d begin other tests that can take up to 48 hours more. Some samples have to have even more testing.”


But in many cases, the sick animal does not receive treatment until the lab identifies the bacteria. The longer the animal has to wait, the more it suffers and the chance of the disease spreading grows.

“This technology is so much better for the practitioner,” Phillips said. “They can go ahead and find out what we think is significant and begin treatment; several days can make a big difference.”


Occasionally, the MALDI-TOF machine returns no reliable results because it can’t find the bacteria in the database. At this point, Phillips can fall back on traditional methods. Although it’s more work, Phillips sees it as an important part of the future of MALDI-TOF identification capabilities.


“We may see many things here in Kentucky that they don’t see other places around the country,” she said. “We are the horse capital of the world after all. But that’s an opportunity also, because we save many samples that the machine doesn’t identify and we will be able to add to the database at some point, so that particular bacteria or strain can be available to other scientists across the United States.”


Erol explained that right now the technology is only used to identify bacteria, but has the potential to help scientists find ways to diagnose other animal pathogens in the future.




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Markey Hosts Second Annual "Tealgate" for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 16:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2015) – This Saturday, the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center is hosting its second annual "Tealgate" event before the UK vs. University of Louisiana at Lafayette football game.


The event was created to raise awareness for the UK Ovarian Cancer Screening Program, a free program that offers screenings to Kentucky women over the age of 50 and women over the age of 25 who have had a family history of ovarian cancer.


The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to wear teal, the color that represents ovarian cancer. Parking is free beginning at 5 p.m., but participants must request a parking pass in advance by contacting 


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