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RGAN Building Soaking Up Sun's Power With New 30-kilowatt Array

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — On Monday, March 16, construction began on a new 30-kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) array at the Ralph G. Anderson Building on the University of Kentucky campus.

 

The installation is located on the southwest-facing roof of the building and is visible from the engineering courtyard, F. Paul Anderson Tower, Oliver H. Raymond Civil Engineering Building, and the Advanced Science & Technology Commercialization Center (ASTeCC). The $91,000 installation was jointly funded through a partnership between the UK Student Sustainability Council (SSC) and Campus Physical Plant Division (PPD).

 

The newly installed array also has the capability to expand into a 60-kW array by adding two additional 15-kW arrays to remaining space on the Anderson roof. Not only does the installation allow for cleaner, more renewable energy use, but it also provides a learning opportunity. An online solar production tracking system will be available to the public or for use in the classroom, such as courses in the College of Engineering Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK). PPD and the SSC are exploring a future partnership to fund this expansion.

 

"The College of Engineering is excited to be a part of this solar project," said John Walz, dean of the College of Engineering. "Not only will the facility help power one of our buildings, it will also be a great teaching tool for our students."

 

The new solar array is expected to produce 36,700 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy in its first year and has an expected payback of 23 years. The solar energy will be fed directly into Anderson Hall for consumption, and will produce 1.5 percent of the annual energy needs for the facility.

 

"A commonly used statistic in the solar industry is the cost per installed watt of a solar array, which came in at $2.77/watt installed for this project, well below the 2013 national average of $4.30/watt," said campus energy engineer Britney Thompson. "According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), an installation of this size just 10 years ago would have cost more than $8/watt installed."

 

While this installation will be the university’s largest and most visible to-date, two other solar PV installations are already generating power for the campus.

 

The Davis Marksbury Building is supported by a 26-kW solar PV array, made up of both fixed panels and two dual-axis solar tracker panels that follow the orientation of the sun. The S.KY BLUE Solar Decathlon House, designed and constructed by UK students, has a 13 kilowatt array made up of both fixed and single axis tracking panels. The solar house placed 9th in the 2009 Solar Decathlon and is currently located near Farm Road on south campus.

 

One student member of the 2009 Solar Decathlon team, Johnathan Stewart, is now employed at CMTA Consulting Engineers in Lexington, Kentucky, and was the designer for the current project on the RGAN Building. Third Sun Solar of Athens, Ohio was the installer.

 

"The Student Sustainability Council provided support for the RGAN project as a public demonstration of renewable energy at UK that will help educate students and visitors alike," said Tammy Clemons, director of development for the SSC and doctoral student in anthropology. "The SSC has provided funding for both large-scale campus projects like this as well as smaller student-led projects addressing a variety of sustainability issues. It's exciting to see this important project underway and to know that every student at UK helped make it possible through the Environmental Stewardship Fee."  

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

UK's Lollar Testifies Before Department of Defense Panel

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — University of Kentucky Assistant Professor of Law Cortney Lollar testified before the Department of Defense’s Judicial Proceedings Panel in Washington, D.C. on March 13. The Department of Defense established the Judicial Proceedings Panel to conduct an independent review and assessment of judicial proceedings conducted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice involving adult sexual assault and related offenses.

 

At the request of Congress, the hearing focused on compensation and restitution for sexual assault victims. Lollar spoke as part of a panel of legal scholars with expertise in restitution and sexual assault.

 

Professor Lollar's primary research interests involve the intersections among criminal procedure, criminal law, gender, sexuality and remedies.

 

Prior to joining the UK College of Law faculty, Lollar was a clinical faculty fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, where she taught the Criminal Justice Clinic and a seminar on sex crimes. She previously represented adult and juvenile defendants at the trial and appellate level at the Federal Defender Program in Atlanta, Georgia, and at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

 

Lollar has also served as a legal consultant in India for the Initiative for Medicines, Access, and Knowledge, and as a research assistant to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.

 

More information on the hearing is available at http://jpp.whs.mil/index.php/meetings/2014-06-11-20-28-9/2014-06-11-20-28-8/20150313

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Match Day Reveals Next Phase of Medical Journey for UK Students

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 16:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2015) — Before fourth-year University of Kentucky medical students Kenisha Webb and Tom Muse opened acceptance letters to their medical residency programs, they calculated their odds of landing at the same location. Their letters could show any of 92 possible combinations of medical institutions between the two future doctors who started dating during medical school.

 

Sharing a podium and stage inside the Keene Barn at Keeneland on March 20, the couple declared they were both destined for Texas A&M University, where Webb, a native of Pikeville, will train to specialize in anesthesiology and Muse, who is from Lexington, will train for a career in general surgery.

 

"We just want to go somewhere that challenges us to excel," Muse said. "We want to be great physicians and take care of patients."

 

During the annual Match Day ceremony, graduating medical students in the Class of 2015 continued the tradition of opening their match letters in front of their classmates, families, instructors and mentors. More than 100 students in the class matched with residency programs across the country, at institutions including Yale University, University of California-San Francisco, Case Western Medical Center and the University of Kentucky. About a third of students will remain at the University of Kentucky for residency training. Twenty-two different specialties were represented by the outgoing students, and 38 percent will pursue residency training in primary care, which is defined as internal medicine, pediatrics, combined internal medicine and pediatrics, and family medicine.

 

For graduating medical students across the country, the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) has standardized the residency selection process by establishing a uniform date of appointment to residency positions. The NRMP conducts its matches using a mathematical algorithm that pairs the rank ordered preferences of applicants and program directors to produce a “best fit” for filling available training positions.

 

Dr. Chipper Griffith, the senior associate dean for medical education in the College of Medicine who delivered the envelopes on Friday morning, considers the Match Day ceremony his second favorite day of the academic year. His favorite day is graduation in May, when the students officially receive the title of "doctor."

 

"What I really love about academic medicine is the rhythm of the school year," Griffith said. "I get to see these students in their first year go through their white coat ceremony, excited to become doctors, and then I get to see them a few years down the road when they are excited to go into their specialties, and it all culminates with Match Day."  

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

How to Orchestrate a War

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 16:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences 2014-2015 Distinguished Professor Lecture Series presentation is slated at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the William T. Young Library Auditorium.

 

This year’s distinguished professor, Professor Ana Rueda of Hispanic Studies, presents “Orchestrating War: Dissonances of Modernity in Burlesque Musical Pieces on the 1860 War of Africa.”

 

The Spanish-Moroccan War, known in Spain as the War of Africa, was a colonial military operation that resulted in the surrender of the city of Teto, the beginnings — and also the death throes — of Spanish colonialism on Moroccan territory in modern times. Spain’s military intervention in Morocco inspired an abundant literature whose aim was to glorify the war.

 

Rueda examines one-act plays on the topic of the War of Africa to reveal how war was staged and orchestrated politically through theatrical and musical performances. Burlesque musical representations of the War of Africa reinforce collective yet conflictive notions of national identity, still unresolved at the threshold of modernity, while exposing Spain’s impracticable political aspirations to regain its lost colonial power and the nation’s hesitancy to refashion itself as a modern nation.

 

In her 12 years at UK, Rueda has an exemplary service to the university and its students, as evidenced by the awarding of the 2012 UK Great Teacher Award and the 2013 Teacher Who Made a Difference recognition. In addition to her teaching, research and mentoring responsibilities, Rueda served as chair of the Hispanic Studies Department for nine years. During her tenure, she facilitated greater research and publication among faculty and graduate students alike and further consolidated the department's reputation as one of the best Hispanic Studies programs in the country.

 

In 2007 the Faculty Scholarly Activity Index ranked the department as the top program nationally in faculty productivity. In 2010, the National Research Council ranked the Department in the top 25 percent nationwide. Under her leadership, undergraduate instruction was revamped, and she secured funds to incorporate technology into undergraduate language courses. She also created an Honors Program in Hispanic studies and promoted quality teaching in both undergraduate and graduate offerings.

 

 

CNN's Jeffrey Toobin to Deliver Prichard Lecture at UK

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 15:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2015) — Author and journalist Jeffrey Toobin will deliver the 2015 Edward F. Prichard Lecture, sponsored by University of Kentucky Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Center. He will speak on “The Obama White House and the Supreme Court.”

 

The Prichard Lecture will take place 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the UK Athletics Auditorium of William T. Young Library. The presentation is free and open to the public.

 

The timely talk will offer the UK community valuable insight on the current climate of the court on major political issues. "With pending cases concerning health care, marriage, campaign finance, privacy and voting rights, the Supreme Court has the power to affect every American in profound ways, and few people are better situated to discuss these dynamics than Jeffrey Toobin," said Tracy Campbell, co-director of the Ford Center.

 

Toobin is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the senior legal analyst for CNN. Previously he worked for ABC News, where his work received an Emmy. He is the author of profiles of Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John G. Roberts, as well as articles on nearly every major legal controversy and trial of the past two decades.

 

Before joining The New Yorker, Toobin served as an assistant United States attorney in Brooklyn and an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh. His books include "Opening Arguments," "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court," "Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election" and "A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President." Toobin's most recent book is "The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court."

 

The Prichard Lecture is made possible, in part, by an endowment created by the family of Edward F. Prichard Jr.

 

The Ford Public Policy Research Center supports research and public and educational programming dealing with issues relating to public policy, politics and Congress. The center provides UK faculty, involved in teaching and research in these areas, the opportunity to work closely with the Ford Center on specific or general topics. Exhibits are made available on the UK campus as well as other institutions and agencies throughout Kentucky. In addition, the Ford Center works closely with the UK Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center to support digitizing primary source materials pertaining to public policy, politics and Congress and placing them on the Web. The center also supports interns in processing related collections.

 

The Ford Center is a member of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress. Co-directors of the center are Deirdre Scaggs, UK Libraries associate dean for special collections and Tracy Campbell, professor in the UK Department of History.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

SGA Offers Child Care Grants

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 14:49

LEXINGTON, Ky.  (March 24, 2015) — Each semester University of Kentucky Student Government offers child care grants to students who need financial assistance for day care service for their children. These grants were created to help students with children further their education with less financial stress. Child care grants are available for part-time and full-time students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

 

To be eligible, a student must be enrolled at the University of Kentucky in the semester they apply for the grant and their children must be enrolled in a daycare or after school program that requires a weekly or monthly payment.

 

This is a one-time grant with applications available each semester. The grant will be credited through myUK to a student's account. If both parents are UK students, it should be noted on the application, but it is not necessary for both parents to apply.

 

The selection committee reviews numerous applications and asks applicants to be as detailed in their responses as possible. Once the online application process is begun the application must be completed in its entirety. It cannot be saved.

 

The deadline to apply for a child care grant is noon Wednesday, April 1. No late applications will be accepted.

 

You can find the application online at uksga.org/applications/childcare-grants.

Williams Named UK HealthCare Chief Transformation and Learning Officer

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 14:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 23, 2015) -- Dr. Mark V. Williams has been named chief transformation and learning officer (CTLO) for UK HealthCare as well as co-director of the newly created Office for Value and Innovation in Healthcare Delivery (OVIHD). He will co-direct OVIHD with Dr. Bernie Boulanger, chief medical officer, and foster innovative approaches to increasing the value of patient-centered care delivery.

 

By leveraging UK HealthCare’s growing information technology expertise and performance improvement efforts, Williams intends to collaborate with staff and leaders throughout UK HealthCare to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of care delivery through standardization across the health system. His office will also work to optimize care coordination, fostering a population health strategy to deliver the most effective patient-centered care in the most appropriate setting.
 
“The Office for Value & Innovation in Healthcare Delivery represents a superb platform to transform and improve the quality of care for our patients and the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Williams said. “I eagerly look forward to collaborating with the wonderfully talented members of the UK HealthCare team. It’s a new era in health care, and we must rapidly change to provide a patient-centered approach that efficiently provides the highest value care in the optimal setting.”
 
Working closely with co-director Boulanger, Williams will coordinate OVIHD efforts  that use analytics to both evaluate implementation of evidence-based practices and foster applied health services research at UK HealthCare. The intent is to become a learning health system.   
“We are fortunate to have Dr. Mark Williams at UK HealthCare,” Boulanger said. “Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help transform our care delivery system for the benefit of our patients.  I look forward to working with him as we co-lead the new Office for Value and Innovation in Healthcare Delivery.” 
 
Williams is a nationally recognized leader in quality and patient safety with 25 years of experience leading clinical enterprises ranging from a medical emergency clinic with 65,000-visits-per-year to hospital medicine programs with 100-plus staff members. He has conducted seminal research in the fields of care transitions, hospital medicine, care delivery and health literacy.
 
“As chief transformation & learning officer, Williams will play a key role in navigating our transformation into a value-driven and efficient provider of high-quality care,” said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. “This position is key to our ability to continue to deliver the most effective patient-centered care we can offer.”

Silent Auction to Benefit UK's Clinic in Ecuador

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2015) – The International Federation of Medical Students Association will host a silent art auction Friday, March 27, in the atrium of the University of Kentucky's Biomedical Biological Science Research Building from noon to 5 p.m. Profits from the auction will support UK's Shoulder to Shoulder Clinic in Ecuador.

 

Shoulder to Shoulder is an organization created by UK to help serve underprivileged communities around the world. The university currently supports a year-round health clinic is Ecuador where locals can receive care free of cost. Funds raised through the auction will keep the clinic open to the public by providing a way for them to cover medical supplies, upkeep of the facility and other essential expenses.

 

The auction will feature original works of art, with many of the pieces donated by local Kentucky artists.

 

For more information on the auction, contact Shu Kwun Lui at luishukwun@uky.edu.

 

UK Vocalist Reginald Smith Jr. Winner at Metropolitan Opera Auditions

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:51

 

 

 

 

 

"A Woman is a Sometime Thing" performed by Reginald Smith Jr. in UK Opera Theatre's production of "Porgy and Bess." Video courtesy of Smith. A transcript for this video can be found here.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 23, 2015) – University of Kentucky alumnus Reginald Smith Jr. has taken one of the five winning spots in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions after competing against eight other vocalists in the grand finals concert March 22 at the Metropolitan Opera. Smith is the second UK vocalist to win the prestigious opera competition.

 

"I am so proud of Reggie. It couldn't have happened to a kinder person," said Everett McCorvey, director of UK Opera Theatre and the Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera Studies. "Reggie has worked hard his entire young career. He was an incredible citizen in our program when he matriculated at the University of Kentucky and it's wonderful to see all of that hard work paying off. This is a great day for the University of Kentucky, the College of Fine Arts and for the UK Opera Program. It also speaks to the quality of the comprehensive training that the students are receiving in the UK School of Music. I couldn't be prouder of all of our students and faculty."

 

As part of the finals, Smith, a baritone, performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, conducted by Fabio Luisi. He advanced to the semifinals and finals at the Met out of the Southeastern Region held in Atlanta, Georgia. Among Smith's competitors in the semifinals was bass and UK student Matthew Turner, who took first place at the regional in Lexington and also studies with McCorvey, as well as Dennis Bender, associate professor of voice.

 

A 2013 choral music education and vocal performance graduate of UK, Smith came to UK Opera Theatre as an Alltech Vocal Scholar where he studied under McCorvey. Currently, Smith is in the young artist program at Houston Grand Opera.

 

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions program provides a venue for young opera singers from all over the U.S. to be heard by a representative of the Met. Applicants prepare a minimum of five operatic arias in their original language; selections must demonstrate contrasting style as well as languages. Upon completing the audition, candidates are given the opportunity to meet with the judges personally to discuss matters of evaluation and advice.

 

The Met holds the auditions to discover new talent and to search for possible participants in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. The Lindemann program, designed to nurture the most talented young artists through training and performance opportunities, provides financial aid together with supervised artistic direction to the young artists.

 

Tenor and UK Artist-in-Residence Gregory Turay was the first UK vocalist to be named a winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1995.

 

The highly acclaimed UK Opera Theatre program is part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. For more information on the program, visit online at http://finearts.uky.edu/music/ukot.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

Campus Encouraged to Provide Feedback in Second Round of Transportation Master Plan Forums

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2015) — Sasaki and Associates, the consulting firm developing the Transportation Master Plan, will return to the University of Kentucky campus for the second round of public forums this Thursday, March 26.

 

Two forums will take place at the following times and locations:

  • 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Pavilion A Auditorium in the Chandler Hospital 
  • 1-2:30 p.m. in the Student Center Room 230

The forums will also be live-streamed on UKNow.

 

The UK Transportation Master Plan (TMP) aims to improve access and mobility to, from, and around campus for all members of the UK community.

 

Sasaki will present preliminary transportation solutions for the campus community to consider. These concepts are highly informed by feedback the university received from the first round of public forums, which took place in January, as well as through the "send us your feedback" feature on the EVPFA website, and from the TMP online survey which yielded nearly 4,800 responses. 

 

"The feedback that we receive at these March forums will continue to shape the recommendations that ultimately result in the Transportation Master Plan," Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday said.  

 

Videos of the January forums as well as Monday's responses to recurring questions from audience members are available here.

 

The TMP aligns with the UK Campus Master Plan — the blueprint for UK's campus transformation that‘s allowing it to become a national model for a thriving, public residential research campus. 

 

"It is also a time when campus engagement is crucial," Monday said. "We want to receive your input and feedback on the challenges facing the university in terms of transportation, parking and mobility."

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, 859-257-5365; sarah.geegan@uky.edu

Fellowship Awards Presented by Association of Emeriti Faculty

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2015) — University of Kentucky Association of Emeriti Faculty (UKAEF) presented fellowship awards to three UK graduate students at a ceremony Feb. 10. Each award includes a stipend of $2,500.

 

Since 1996, 59 fellowships have been awarded totaling $84,500. Three or four fellowships are presented annually to full-time graduate students. These awards are made possible through donations from UKAEF members as well as from the Commonwealth of Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund.

 

This year's UKAEF Fellowship awards are named in honor of Jean Pival, 25-year faculty member in the Department of English and active member of UKAEF since 1987.

 

"Jean was a key figure in beginning the organization and encouraging its success for the first 20 years," said Mary Witt, professor emeritus in the Department of Horticulture. Witt served as UKAEF president from 2008-2009 and currently serves as executive secretary.

 

Winners for the 2014-15 school year are Jonathan Chilcote, Barry Kidder and Wen Wen.

 

Chilcote, a doctoral candidate in the Department of History, wrote his dissertation on the international history of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic combining elements of diplomatic, medical, political and social history. He feels study of the past can teach valuable lessons applicable to today's situation with Ebola. Chilcote hopes to teach on a wide variety of subjects at a small college or university.

 

A doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology, Kidder has spent three summers in Yucatan, Mexico, conducting archeological research on the interaction between Maya elites and non-elites 2,000 years ago. Dedicated to teaching pedagogy, Kidder is enrolled in UK's Preparing Future Faculty program. Additionally, he taught for five years in a Texas high school and has taught at the college level.

 

Wen Wen is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biology who focused her dissertation on ocular morphogenesis during eye development. Her students describe her as "caring, conscientious and fair in her teaching and mentoring of students." Wen has a research publication under review and revision for Developmental Biology.

 

For more information on UKAEF or to apply for a fellowship award, visit www.uky.edu/UKAEF/.

 

 

Kentucky REC Launches New Round of Support for Providers Seeking to Transform Patient Care

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2015) – The Kentucky Regional Extension Center(REC) hosted its second Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Kick-Off Meeting on March 13 for a group of pioneer health care provider organizations in Kentucky.

 

Participants included UK HealthCare, Baptist Health Medical Group, Murray-Calloway County Physicians, Matthew 25 AIDS Clinic, Bluegrass Clinic, Bluegrass.org, Kentucky River Community Care, Harrison Memorial Hospital Physicians, and Dr.  AC Wright.

 

The Kentucky REC will assist these practices in achieving recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a PCMH. Becoming a PCMH practice involves using an innovative improvement framework for healthcare organizations to enhance quality and value for patients. With its focus on quality improvement, care coordination, preventative services, and chronic disease management, the PCMH framework helps practices deliver better care, better outcomes and lower costs.

 

“We are delighted to offer support to practices as they prepare for the many changes ahead in healthcare,” said Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, Kentucky REC Director and UK HealthCare Chief Medical Information Officer. “We are excited to offer these services and to support innovative care models, such as PCMH, that are proven to help practices deliver coordinated, cost-effective care for their patients.”

 

Kentucky REC has helped health care providers across the state implement electronic health records and qualify for federal incentive funds. But, electronic health records are just a start for practices on the road to more patient-centered care. Now, the Kentucky REC is focused on helping practices prepare for the next wave of innovation by using technology together with changes in practice culture and workflow to radically improve patients’ experience of care and the effectiveness of the healthcare system overall.

 

Practices participate in group learning sessions for 18 months and work together with specially-trained REC staff to make changes that benefit patients. At the end of the 18 months, successful practices will apply for special recognition from NCQA.

 

Kentucky Regional Extension Center is a trusted advisor and strategic partner for health care providers in their efforts to improve care and patient outcomes, reduce healthcare costs and improve the overall health and well-being of the Commonwealth and beyond.

 

The Kentucky REC offers a comprehensive set of transformation services include: Meaningful Use Assistance, EHR Implementation & Optimization, HIPAA Privacy & Security Risk Analysis, Patient-Centered Medical Home Consulting, ICD-10 Training, and Quality Improvement Support.

 

For more information about the Kentucky REC, visit www.kentuckyrec.com. Follow @KentuckyREC on Twitter and connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EHRResource.

Interning for a Sustainable Future: Applications Available

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Office of Sustainability has partnered with the Student Sustainability Council and the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment (TFISE) to launch a rejuvenated student sustainability internship program. The partnership is offering six paid internships for undergraduate students in any degree program for the 2015-2016 academic year.

 

Applications are due by April 24.

 

Three internships will be mentored by the Office of Sustainability and three will be mentored by working groups of the TFISE. All interns will be expected to work up to 10 hours per week and will be paid $10 per hour.

 

Approximately half of the hours will be spent supporting the work of an existing and related campus initiative, and the remaining time will be focused on developing an independent, student-led project with the help of the university faculty and staff leading the unit or working group that is mentoring the intern.

 

The three internship programs mentored by the Office of Sustainability are:

·         Energy - Efficiency and Conservation: Intern will assist the university energy engineer with the implementation of energy efficiency and conservation projects and will have the opportunity to assist with data collection and analysis.

·         Waste Reduction - Recycling and Reuse: Intern will assist the university recycling coordinator with a wide variety of waste reduction initiatives including recycling, reuse and composting.

·         Transportation - Buses, Bikes and Boots: Intern will assist Parking and Transportation Services' associate director for transportation and the UK Bicycle Advisory Committee with a wide variety of bicycle related projects, including outreach efforts and infrastructure development.

 

The TFISE will mentor the following internships through their faculty working groups:

·         Food - KY Food Summit: Intern will work with the Food Systems Initiative faculty and gain experience coordinating academic events, recruitment and advertising, and be encouraged to create an independent research project to help advance the mission of the group.

·         Urban Forest Initiative: Intern will work in partnership with Urban Forest Initiative leaders and other working group members within the Lexington community and will develop an independent project aimed at elevating the visibility and quality of the urban forest in our community.

·         Water Systems - Stormwater Data Management: This internship will support the working group in developing a data management system for long-term monitoring and research projects associated with existing and future campus outdoor laboratories.

 

For more information on each of these positions and to apply visit http://www.sustainability.uky.edu/internships

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

UK Experience Sparks Chemistry Alumna's Research on Traumatic Brain Injuries

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 23, 2015) — Concussions and brain injury have become topics of social concern in response to controversies involving sports — namely the National Football League. But Tanea Reed, who earned her doctorate from the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky, has been researching therapeutic interventions in traumatic brain injury since long before concussions became matters of public concern.

 

While Reed’s research predates popular interest in issues related to traumatic brain injury, she says her interest in this field is a direct result of her time spent working on her doctorate at UK — specifically her time in Patrick Sullivan’s laboratory at the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center.

 

“I had no interest before working at UK. This all sparked after I started on the project at UK and saw the impact this could have. That’s my research focus now — looking at therapeutic strategies for helping individuals after they’ve had an injury,” Reed explained.

 

Reed earned her bachelor’s at Virginia Tech, where she engaged in research on biomedical breakthroughs. She then came to UK to pursue her doctorate, and during her time at UK she also worked in a laboratory with Allan Butterfield researching protein profiles as indicators for the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

“Allan Butterfield was a great mentor. He encouraged me to apply for an international award for research, and I won it and got to present my work in Italy. I would have never done that on my own,” she said.

 

For Reed, the impact of her time at UK has as much to do with the cooperative atmosphere of the department as it does with exposure to new research fields. “One of the most important things was just the community aspect of working in a research lab where you’re in the same environment with like-minded individuals who have the same goals you do,” she said. “There is a built-in community of support.”

 

In the fall of 2014, Reed helped form the Chemistry Alumni Board, a group aiming to help alumni stay connected with the UK chemistry department and promote the work done by department graduates. “So many different alumni are all over the world doing chemistry and science, and nobody knows about it. One of the reasons for the network is to keep chemistry alumni involved with what’s going on in the department,” Reed explained.

 

“When you’re in graduate school you’re in close proximity and you make really good friendships and relationships. But when you graduate that sadly ends. Fixing that is really the focus of the alumni board,” she continued.

 

Reed is currently an associate professor at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), where she specializes in proteomics (the study of the structures and functions of proteins), Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury. She says she was planning on working as a research scientist before her experiences as a tutor near the end of her studies at UK.

 

“I was working with students and really started enjoying it, to see that light bulb moment where they really start to understand what something means and how ideas connect. After that I thought I wanted to go into teaching,” she explained. After leaving UK, Reed taught at Berea College before moving on to EKU — coincidentally filling a position previously held by a co-researcher from Allan Butterfield’s lab at UK.

 

She finds her work at EKU particularly rewarding because smaller classes help her connect with students and because she has the chance to expand the institution’s culture of research. The research side of Reed’s work allows her to expose students to intellectual and professional opportunities they hadn’t considered before.

 

“When you give them opportunities to do a project with you — that really unlocks a passion in research for different students. Then they apply to graduate school, they work as a research scientist — it really is a benefit to them,” she said.

 

And for students interested in graduate research, Reed would encourage them to follow in her footsteps at UK’s Department of Chemistry.

 

“UK is a great place to go to graduate school for the community aspect and the fact that they really want you to succeed — they want you to be the best you can be,” Reed said. 

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Classical Superstar Joshua Bell to Perform With UK Orchestra

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:00

 

Joshua Bell performs "The Four Seasons" Summer III. Presto by Antonio Vivaldi.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 23, 2015) — Classical aficionados will not want to miss celebrated violinist Joshua Bell as he joins Maestro John Nardolillo and the acclaimed University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in concert at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Bell will take the stage 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3.

 

Often referred to as the "poet of the violin," Bell is one of the world's most famous violinists. He continues to enchant audiences with his breathtaking virtuosity, tone of sheer beauty, and charismatic stage presence. His restless curiosity, passion, universal appeal and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of "classical music superstar."

 

Ticket prices range from $65-$85 for the public and are on sale now.  Tickets for UK students, faculty and staff are $45. Tickets to the concert can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the venue. Processing fees will be added to purchase upon transaction.

 

A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

National Archives, UK Libraries Taking Applicants for Civics/History Teachers' Award

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 23, 2015) — The National Archives and the University of Kentucky Wendell  H. Ford Public Policy Research Center are currently taking applications for the Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award for Civics and History Teachers (Clements Award). The deadline for submission for the Clements Award, recognizing promising and innovative Kentucky educators, is Friday, April 10.

 

The Clements Award honors the life and career of the late Earle C. Clements and his lifelong commitment to education and public service. Clements’ political career included service as a county sheriff, clerk and judge; in the state senate and as governor; and in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, where he was a close colleague to future President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

 

Three high school history and/or civics (social studies) teachers throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky will be selected by an independent review panel for the Clements Award and will receive $1,000 each. The award criteria include the following: 

  • teacher’s knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the subject and commitment to increasing student awareness of the importance of public service; 
  • demonstrates expertise in civics and history content and the ability to share it with students;
  • impact on student success; and
  • evidence of creativity and innovation.

 

Interested applicants must submit the following by email or postmarked mail by April 10, 2015:

  • completed application;
  • letter from applicant addressing criteria; 
  • letter of support from principal; 
  • sample assignment; and
  • other supporting materials, including student letters of support.

 

Application packets may be completed electronically at https://uky.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3z1WMOjIX1ZusL3 or sent via mail to: Clements Award, Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, Margaret I. King Library, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0039.

 

Winners of the Clements Award will be notified May 4 and will be recognized at an award ceremony to be held in June in Lexington.

 

For more information on the Clements Awards or to send questions, email Deirdre Scaggs, associate dean of UK Special Collections Research Center, at deirdre@uky.edu (put Clements Award in the subject line).

 

The National Archives is an independent federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our government, so people can discover, use and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at www.archives.gov.

 

UK Special Collections Research Center is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Alum Takes Easter Oratorio on the Road

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 00:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 23, 2015) — When University of Kentucky alumnus Lorne Dechtenberg wrote his Easter oratorio, "King of Glory," in 2014, he hoped those who experienced the work in Lexington would enjoy it. As it turned out, not only did they enjoy it, but so did residents of other communities who began requesting performances as well. As a result, Dechtenberg and the Bluegrass Opera will present six performances of the work this Easter season in five different Kentucky towns.

 

The work tells the story of the crucifixion and resurrection through a musical journey that is designed to reach audiences on a visceral level, enabling them to experience the text in a new and vivid way. "It's like Handel's "Messiah" only it's meant for today's listeners instead of 18th-century ears," said Dechtenberg, who has been receiving praise for the work since its premiere last April.

 

The work features professional singers, auditioned from across a 200-mile swath of Kentucky (from Hodgenville to Hazard), with tight, colorful harmonies and warm, rich melodies that they hope will stay with listeners long after the performance ends.

 

Dechtenberg, who holds degrees from UK School of Music in composition and conducting, co-founded the Bluegrass Opera in 2008. In 2010, he and his "Honeymoon Symphony" were chronicled in the KET documentary "Composer at Work," an effort that brought together members of the Lexington Philharmonic, UK Symphony Orchestra, and the Lexington Community Orchestra for a premiere at UK's Singletary Center for the Arts

 

In addition to Dechtenberg, "King of Glory" will feature several performers with ties to UK, including alumni Gordon Earl Thomas, Kaymon Murrah and Dena Sullivan Smith, as well as staff member Mike Bratcher, of UK HealthCare Information Technology.

 

"King of Glory" will be presented:

· 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Actors’ Playhouse of Georgetown;

· 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Immanuel Baptist Church, in Lexington; 

· 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Union Church, in Berea; 

· 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, at First Christian Church, in Frankfort;

· 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at First Baptist Church, in Richmond; and 

· 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, at Lexington Seventh Day Adventist Church.

 

Tickets for "King of Glory" are $20 for adults, $10 for students with a valid ID, and kids 12 and under get in free. Tickets can be ordered online at www.bluegrassopera.org or by phone at 859-940-9379.

 

The Bluegrass Opera is a nonprofit performing arts company that specializes in the performance of new and underperformed musical works for the stage – operas, musicals, and everything in between. 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Previews Arboretum's Party for the Planet

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 22:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 20, 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 he talks to Molly Davis, director of The Arboretum, about the upcoming 2015 Party for the Planet.  The complete schedule of Party for the Planet events is available at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/arboretum/calendar_events.php.

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/party-planet.

 

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

Bluegrass Earth, Initiated by WUKY GM, Invites Citizens to Celebrate Earth Day

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 21:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 20, 2015) — As the 45th anniversary of Earth Day approaches, the newly formed Bluegrass Earth coalition is inviting the public to celebrate sustainability in Lexington throughout March and April.

 

Bluegrass Earth was initiated by WUKY’s General Manager Tom Godell to bring together environmental groups in Central Kentucky. WUKY is the University of Kentucky's NPR station.

 

“Having long been a strong advocate of sustainability issues, I saw a need for environmental groups to come together under one umbrella so that they could share resources and have a greater impact with their outreach, education and events,” Godell said.

 

Bluegrass Earth is promoting multiple events to celebrate environmental sustainability around Earth Day, which is April 22. The first event is the launch of a free environmental movie series that runs between March 25 and May 8. The first film, "The City Dark," a documentary about light pollution, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the Central Library’s Farish Theater. A discussion about the film will follow. 

 

WUKY will host a performance by Kentucky-born cellist and composer Ben Sollee. He plays the cello in a unique way and his music ranges from folk to R&B. The concert is April 22 at the Kentucky Theatre. Tickets are available on WUKY’s website at wuky.org.

 

Dozens of other Earth Day related events can be found on the Bluegrass Earth website at www.bluegrassearth.org.

 

In addition to WUKY, Bluegrass Earth partners are:

 

  • AARP Kentucky
  • Bluegrass Greensource
  • Bluegrass Tomorrow
  • Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council
  • Central Kentucky Audubon Society
  • Downtown Lexington Corporation
  • Fayette County Public Schools
  • Flora Cliff
  • Good Foods Coop
  • Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
  • John Muir Kentucky
  • Kentucky Community and Technical College System
  • Lexington Farmers Market
  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
  • Lexington Habitat for Humanity
  • Lexington Public Library
  • Kentucky Environmental Foundation
  • Kentucky State Government
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences program, UK College of Agriculture Food & Environment
  • Safety City
  • Seedleaf
  • Transylvania University
  • UK-LFUCG Arboretum
  • UK Office of Sustainability
  • USPS Lexington
  • Venerable Trees

 

Bluegrass Earth partners are dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and responsibility in Lexington and surrounding counties. The coalition’s mission is to improve the economic vitality and quality of life in Central Kentucky by uniting individuals and organizations dedicated to environmental sustainability.

 

To learn more about Bluegrass Earth, events and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.bluegrassearth.org or follow them on facebook.com/bluegrassearth. You can also keep track of Bluegrass Earth on social media through the hashtag “BGEarth2015.”

 

 

 

 

NIH-Funded Research Tackles Behavioral Disorders in Children, Delivers Training to Appalachia

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 17:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 23, 2015) — Children exhibiting disruptive behaviors are at a greater risk for antisocial behaviors, such as substance abuse and criminal activity, later in life. With the support of a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), University of Kentucky College of Public Health researcher Tina Studts, Ph.D, is partnering with health departments in rural Appalachia to increase parent’s accessibility to programs to prevent behavioral disorders in children.

 

Studts, an assistant professor in the UK Department of Health Behavior, was recently awarded a three-year, $450,000 grant from NIMH to improve the delivery of behavioral parent training programs (BPT) in underserved communities. Studts is working with local health departments in the Cumberland Valley district, UK’s Center of Excellence in Rural Health and Kentucky Homeplace to disseminate the training to families.

 

BPT programs are effective in preventing negative outcomes and public health consequences stemming from disruptive childhood behaviors. In Appalachian communities, limited access to BPT programs and a lack of engagement from parents in utilizing these program pose significant challenges to implementing evidence-based interventions. Mental health professional shortages exist in nearly 70 percent of Appalachian communities, where poverty rates are high and health disparities are significant. 

 

“The need is great in many Appalachian communities for improved delivery of parenting interventions," Studts said."Parents in the Appalachian region frequently cite stigma as one of the barriers they navigate in seeking specialized care for their children suffering from mental health issues. Other cultural consideration can also come into play as well, including strong self-reliance and a preference for local providers. These can present major challenges to the delivery of BPT programs by mental health professionals in settings such as clinics.”

 

Studts, who is completing her final year as a KL2 scholar with the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), initiated her research in BPT programs through a CCTS community-engaged pilot grant, “Preventing Conduct Disorder: Valuing Parent and Provider Perspectives in Appalachia.”  Aims of the pilot study were to establish a Community Advisory Board (CAB) in Perry County focused on early childhood mental health, and to assess parent and provider preferences regarding modality, location and interventionist of BPT in rural Appalachian communities. Guided by the board, Studts found parents preferred brief interventions delivered by local health workers, and that child service providers recognized the needs but lacked resources and staff to provide preventive BPT services in the community. 

 

Studts' newly funded project will adapt the delivery method of a BPT program, the Family Check-Up, to be administered to families by community health workers instead of mental health professionals. The Family Check-Up is a brief preventative intervention designed to help parents address young children’s challenging behaviors before they become more serious.

 

In collaboration with the Center of Excellence in Rural Health and the Perry County Early Childhood CAB, Studts and her team will adapt and pilot-test the training and intervention protocols of the Family Check-Up, assessing the feasibility, acceptability and costs of service delivery by existing community health workers in four under-resourced Appalachian counties. This study will provide the data and infrastructure needed for a future large-scale implementation trial of the Family Check-Up in underserved communities.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Noble, sarah.noble@uky.edu

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