'Generation Open' Focus of Open Access Week

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2014) — Free access to funded research has gradually surfaced to be the new standard in academia. In recognition of this change, University of Kentucky Libraries will host a panel discussion titled, "Generation Open: Researchers' Roles in the Age of Openness," as one of the events presented to celebrate Open Access Week 2014, Oct. 20-26. The panel discussion begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the  UK Athletics Auditorium in William T. Young Library.


Research funding agencies across the world have implemented policies that require grant recipients to ensure free online access to the results of their funded research. The U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a memorandum last year that required federal agencies with more than $100 million in research and development expenditures to develop strategies to enable public online access to the findings and underlying data of funded research. Students and scholars who plan to pursue their careers in academia today are "Generation Open".


The event will commence with the director of the Research Data Center at UK Libraries, Mary Molinaro. She will provide a description of the current research environment and expectations of researchers' roles today. Dr. Douglas Scutchfield, founding director of the College of Public Health and founding director of the Center for Health Services Research and Management, will be the first panelist. Scutchfield will discuss the benefits of open access from the researcher's perspective as well as his personal experience of taking the lead to support open access by creating a new open access journal, Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research.


The second panelist, Professor Matthew Zook, of the UK Department of Geography, will focus on the value of openly sharing research data, especially in terms of how it contributes to scholarship, innovation and the public good.


Immediately after the discussion panel, there will be a question and answer session followed by a reception. The event is free and open to the public.


Additional events for Open Access Week include the Kickoff Event Webcast from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Niles Gallery, at Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. The panel is moderated by early career researcher, Meredith Niles, of Harvard University. There will be a discussion about early career researchers and their institutions supporting and rewarding open access research.


"Your Publication, Your Choice: Choosing the Right Open Access Journal" will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Medical Center Library Computer Lab. UK Libraries is hosting this workshop to help researchers consider what open access journals to consider when getting their research published.


"Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Information Session" will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Alumni Gallery, Young Library. The information session will assist graduate students with the process of submitting a thesis or dissertation. Graduate School and UK Libraries representatives will be available to answer questions at this session.


Open Access Week is an annual global event that provides an opportunity for academic and research communities to gain greater knowledge about the benefits of open access. These communities share what they have learned with colleagues and aim to inspire more extensive participation to make open access a norm in scholarship and research.


All UK Open Access events are free and open to the public. For more information about Open Access Week events happening at UK visit For more information regarding open access, visit UK Libraries' website For more information about research available online via UKnowledge, visit this

UK Researcher Awarded $100K Grant To Study Protein Associated with Alzheimer’s

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 09:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2014)The Alzheimer’s Association has awarded a $100,000 New Investigator Research Grant to Jose Abisambra, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA), to study a brain protein that becomes abnormally modified in the course of developing Alzheimer's disease.


The New Investigator Research Grant program is part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s effort to increase the number of scientists conducting Alzheimer’s research by supporting early-career development that will lay the groundwork for future research grants. Only investigators with fewer than 10 years of research experience are eligible for these particular grants.


"This is a particularly great honor for Jose, since his lab is not yet two years old," said Linda Van Eldik, SBCoA director. "His work will most likely inform how we look at the disease process and find ways to prevent or cure Alzheimer's and other diseases of the aging brain."


“It is an honor to receive this recognition and support, which will propel our research. This is a very competitive award, and we are thrilled that the scientific community is as excited as we are to see the project through.” said Abisambra. “Support from Sanders-Brown has been instrumental in helping us develop our data, and the continued support by the Sanders-Brown team will be critical for our success."


Abisambra’s research focuses on tau, a brain protein that stabilizes microtubules, which, in turn, help maintain cell structure. Abnormal tau modification leads to the cell death that is prevalent in brains affected by Alzheimer’s, but the mechanisms that lead to tau abnormalities and the reasons why a change in tau’s structure becomes toxic are not known.


According to Abisambra, compelling evidence indicates that abnormal and toxic tau associates very strongly with ribosomes, which are the hub of new protein production.


“Our research will lead to a better understanding of the process by which tau mediates ribosomal damage and how this phenomenon impairs memory in Alzheimer’s disease," said Abisambra. "This understanding is an instrumental next step toward developing new therapeutic strategies, which are urgently needed."


Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death, and the most expensive disease, in the United States.  Alzheimer’s kills more Americans than diabetes, and more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.  More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, including more than 167,000 residents of Kentucky and Indiana.


The University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging was established in 1979 and is one of the original ten National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Alzheimer’s disease Research Centers. The SBCoA is internationally acclaimed for its progress in the fight against illnesses facing the aging population.



Tommy Jarrell's Sound Makes 'A Kindly Visitation' at UK

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 15:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2014) — As part of a residency with artist James Leva, the life of traditional folk musician Thomas Jefferson Jarrell will come to life in two performances from the play "A Kindly Visitation." Bluegrass audiences can take in the play 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. Later the same week, Leva and his fellow musicians from the play will present music from the work as part of the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series. The concert performance will be presented noon Friday, Oct. 17, in the Niles Gallery, located in the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. Both events are free and open to the public.


"A Kindly Visitation," a play by Leva, is based on the stories and music of the legendary North Carolina musician Thomas Jefferson Jarrell (1901-1985). Two narrators, both musicians, recall their own youthful visits with Tommy Jarrell in the 1970s and early 80s. Two other musician/actors use simple props (a fedora, a pair of glasses, for example) to enact flashbacks of Jarrell's stories.


Jarrell learned most of his music before recordings and radio became available. He was of that last generation of musicians who learned from other musicians. Every tune or song he played had a story to go with it, usually including the musicians from whom he’d heard the piece.


The actors recall this cast of characters whose lives reach back into the early 19th century and the frontier culture in early 20th century Appalachia. The play features flashbacks of Jarrell’s telling of these tales and playing the tunes with which they are forever linked for the narrators, who are representative of the large number of visitors who were welcomed into the musician’s home. The music and storytelling is enhanced by over 100 photographs which are projected on a screen behind the four actor/musicians. The play also features several dance numbers.


"A Kindly Visitation" is performed by Leva, Riley Baugus, Danny Knicely and Ira Bernstein. Leva, a native of Rockbridge County, Virginia, is a fiddler, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who began playing traditional Appalachian music as a teen. His visits to, and friendships with such great traditional musicians as Jarrell and Doug Wallin, informed his music with a great appreciation and respect for the deep roots of the music and culture of the mountains.


Leva has used this foundation to explore the Celtic and African roots of the music in projects with Irish guitarist John Doyle and Mande musicians such as Cheick Hamala Diabate and Bassekou Kouyate. He has also experimented with the role traditionally based music can play in contemporary music with bands such as The Free Will Savages, The Renegades, Plank Road, The Hellbenders and his current band, Purgatory Mountain. His CDs with Carol Elizabeth Jones, as Jones & Leva on the Rounder label, consisted of all original material and the recordings won wide praise and rave reviews. 


As a musician, Leva has performed at most of the major festivals in North America and Europe, including Telluride, Merlefest, RockyGrass, Strawberry, Wheatlands, Grey Fox, Tonder, Nyon and many others. More recently he has performed at Aulnay All Blues, outside of Paris, and in Tunisia and Morocco on a tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Leva has a doctoral degree in French literature from the University of Virginia and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Paris after receiving his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University.


Riley Baugus, who was born and raised near Winston-Salem, North Carolina, started playing banjo at the age of 10. He was inspired by the traditional Appalachian music that he heard in his family’s community in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina and on the records played and cherished by his family. He also learned as a young man from such greats as Jarrell, Dix Freeman and Robert Sykes. Baugus has played with numerous old time string bands, including The Red Hots and the Old Hollow Stringband, and currently plays with Dirk Powell, Old Buck and with Ira Bernstein.


Baugus built the banjos that appear in the Academy Award-winning film "Cold Mountain," and his singing features on the soundtrack. He has toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and more recently, in Australia. Baugus can also be heard on the Grammy Award-winning recording by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Raising Sand,” and the Willie Nelson release called, “Country Music.”


Danny Knicely comes from a musical family steeped in a mountain music tradition for generations. He first learned music from his grandfather, A.O. Knicely, who has been playing dances and social events in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia since the 1930s. Knicely has used his roots in old time and bluegrass to explore various types of music in the U.S. and from around the world. He has shared his music and collaborated with musicians in nearly a dozen countries spanning four continents, including U.S. State Department tours in Tunisia and Morocco.


As a multi-instrumentalist, Knicely has won many awards for his mandolin, guitar, fiddle and flatfooting expertise, including first place in the mandolin contest at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival.


Born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, Ira Bernstein began dancing traditional Appalachian clogging and flatfooting and playing the fiddle as a college student in 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where there was a vibrant old time music and dance community. Bernstein's education in these old time traditions was at weekly community-style square dances and numerous weekend and holiday social gatherings that were centered on the music and dance. His earliest group experiences were as a member of the Mill Creek Cloggers, and the Marlboro Morris and Sword team. He later went on to perform with the highly influential, professional companies the Fiddle Puppets, and the American Tap Dance Orchestra.


Bernstein was also the lead soloist in "Rhythms of the Celts," which ran for six weeks at the prestigious Waterfront Theatre in Belfast, Ireland, as well as a guest soloist with Rhythm in Shoes and the Vanaver Caravan. He has performed in concerts and at festivals all across the U.S. and Canada, as well as in 16 other countries around Europe and Asia. Bernstein has shared the stage with many of the world's greatest tap and step dancers, including Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Honi Coles, Jimmy Slyde and Chuck Green, and has appeared numerous times on television and in theatrical productions. He was also one of the artistic creators and featured soloists in "Mountain Legacy," and is the director of the Ten Toe Percussion Ensemble. Bernstein has repeatedly won first place in the Mount Airy Fiddler's Convention old time flatfooting competition. He lives in Asheville, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.


Leva's residence is presented as part of the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series. The series celebrates the old time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 13 different artists, duos and groups from southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim. The concert series is generously presented by the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine Arts, UK School of Music and UK Libraries.


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




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


UK to Host Graduate and Professional School Showcase Oct. 22

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2014) — The University of Kentucky will host the Graduate and Professional School Showcase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Student Center Grand Ballroom.


Undergraduates interested in learning more about graduate and professional schools are encouraged to attend. UK graduate programs will be represented, as will programs from other schools both in Kentucky and out of state. Information about graduate placement exams and preparation courses will also be available.


Free long sleeve T-shirts will be distributed to the first 200 students to attend, and door prizes, including three ipads will be given away throughout the afternoon. Students who attend will also have the chance to win a discounted or free exam prep course.


The event is presented by the UK Alumni Association, the Graduate School, the James W. Stuckert Career Center, the Office for Institutional Diversity, First Generation Initiatives, AMSTEMM Program, and UK Athletics.


For more information, contact the UK Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES) at 859-323-6347.


View the list of participating programs at the Stuckert Career Center's website at  




MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or 


College of Dentistry's Annual Fundraiser to Restore Smiles of Abuse Victims Set for Oct. 18

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 13:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2014) − Smiling is one of life's simplest pleasures and has been scientifically linked with many health benefits, such as, lower blood pressure, a boost in the immune system, and an increase in happiness and self-confidence. However, victims of abuse are often robbed of this powerful human gesture which can potentially negatively impact every area of their lives.


Members of the American Association of Women Dentists at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry are preparing to host their largest fundraiser of the year which will fund their commitment of restoring lost smiles to victims of domestic violence.


'Strut Your Smile' will be held from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the UK Student Center Ballroom. The master of ceremonies will be Miss Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter, who will also be performing at the event. The fun begins with a brunch followed by a fashion show and silent auction.


The fundraiser was founded eight years ago by Dr. Erin Langfels to raise funds for victims of domestic violence so that they would be able to receive dental care for no cost to them at the UK College of Dentistry.


“I am extremely proud of our students for not only raising a significant amount of money to help victims of domestic violence, but also for helping to shine a bright light on a very ugly problem," said Dr. Sharon Turner, dean of the College of Dentistry. "The more awareness we can raise about domestic violence, the more impact we can have in helping its victims and preventing countless unnecessary injuries and deaths.”


Whitney Deitz, president of the AAWD said that treating a patient from Greenhouse 17, a local domestic violence shelter, is one of the best experiences of her dental school career.


"It is an amazing privilege to be part of an organization of women helping women and an even more personally rewarding privilege to be the student dentist who gets to give a fellow woman back her smile after years in a domestic abuse situation," Deitz said. "It's moments like this and opportunities like these that remind me why I have chosen dentistry."


"I think we all want to make a difference in our corner of the world," Deitz said. "Every woman deserves a smile that inspires self-confidence; we want to help give that to other women."


All proceeds from the event go directly to Greenhouse 17, formerly named the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Center, where the money is earmarked for individuals and families entering the center to be able to receive much needed dental care due to oral trauma and neglect. Since its inception eight years ago, the event has raised over $80,000 which has gone to pay for much needed extractions, tooth replacement and even cancer treatment for some victims.


"The fundraiser is a fun way to bring the community together and raise awareness and money to help make a difference in people's lives," said Darlene Thomas, executive director of Greenhouse 17.  "Over the years, this program has helped many, many survivors by bringing back smiles and providing the confidence to explore new opportunities in their lives."


The full brunch buffet will be served by UK Catering Service during the silent auction.  Auction items include autographed photography from the Bengals, sporting event tickets, customized jewelry, and over 100 gift baskets.


Eleven local stores will participate in the fashion show which include the latest looks from Bella Rose, The Loft, Ruby Ribbon, lululemon, White House Black Market, Lexington Angler, Lily Pulitzer, Gap, Francesca's Collections, Calypso, and Alumni Hall. All the models in the fashion show will be styled by Cha Cha's.  Additionally, there are many door prizes available, and each guest will receive a bag full of coupons and samples at the fashion show portion of the event.


A domestic abuse survivor who received dental care made possible through funds raised by past events will speak. The guest speaker has lobbied on the state and national level for legislation supporting lives harmed by domestic violence.


"Strut Your Smile provides a unique opportunity to help women in the Lexington community," said Brooke Faulkner, president-elect of the AAWD for 2015-2016. "It brings a sense of joy seeing the impact this charity has on the lives of these amazing women and how in many cases it helps them begin a new chapter in their lives."


Tickets for the event are $20 in advance and may be purchased at the Medical Center Library during the lunch hour Monday - Friday. Tickets are $25 at the door the day of the event. Student tickets are $10 for all students who present a current UK Wildcat ID Card or any other current student ID at the door. T-shirts are available for $12.


Parking is available in the E lot directly across the street next to Memorial Coliseum. The Parking Structure on Limestone beside Kennedy Book Store will be reserved for this event from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at no cost. Take the elevator to the third level and the ped-way across to the Student Center. Please remove all vehicles before 3:30 p.m., as the gates will lock at this time.


Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or