National Public Health Experts Discuss Health Reform at 2014 Keeneland Conference

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 18:10


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2014) -- Research shows that improving the public’s health requires much more than simply expanding health insurance coverage and improving access to doctors and hospitals.  This is why leaders in public health research, policy, and practice from around the country will gather in Lexington this week to share their latest lessons learned at the 2014 Keeneland Conference in Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR), a premier national meeting focused on advancing the science of public health across the United States.


Hosted by the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research, the conference brings together researchers, practitioners and policymakers to share the latest research and insights regarding how to organize, finance, and deliver programs and policies that improve health status on a population-wide basis.


Keynote speakers scheduled for the conference being held through April 10, in Lexington, include Dr. Alonzo Plough, vice president and chief science officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Dr. David Ross, director of the Public Health Informatics Institute.


In addition to the two keynote speakers, this year’s Keeneland Conference will feature three interactive plenary sessions:


·       Innovations and Evidence Needs for Governmental Public Health Practice

·       Implementing Health Reform in Kentucky

·       Translating Research Findings for Policymakers


“Scientific advances are providing us with an expanding toolbox of strategies for preventing major health threats like obesity, tobacco exposure, infectious diseases, and environmental pathogens,” said Dr. Glen Mays, a professor of public health at UK and director of the coordinating center. “The annual Keeneland Conference lets us focus on the equally important science involved in putting these tools to work in real communities.”


The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research  is housed at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The center works to conducts and coordinates research and disseminates scientific evidence about how best to organize, finance, and deliver strategies that improve the public’s health, and supports the translation and application of research findings for policy and practice. The Center also works to engage public health practice settings directly in the production and application of evidence by developing and supporting practice-based research networks (PBRNs). 


For more information about the Keeneland Conference, visit


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Cultural Geographer Karl Raitz to Receive Award for Intellectual Achievement

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 17:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2014) — University of Kentucky Libraries will bestow two prestigious awards at its annual dinner this weekend. Noted cultural geographer and a former Provost's Distinguished Service Professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Geography Karl Raitz will receive the 2014 UK Libraries Award for Intellectual Achievement. UK Libraries will also recognize its Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award winner, Tari Keller. Both awards will be presented at the dinner scheduled for April 11, at Griffin Gate Marriott.


The UK Libraries Award for Intellectual Achievement recognizes high intellectual achievement while encouraging education and promoting creativity throughout the Commonwealth. Candidates must have been born in Kentucky or studied, worked or lived in Kentucky for at least three years and have demonstrated intellectual excellence in a scientific, artistic, literary, social or humanitarian venue or have produced some original work or contribution of lasting value. The recipient is determined by majority vote of the UK Libraries National Advisory Board. Past winners of the UK Libraries Award for Intellectual Achievement include Wendell Berry, James Still, Bobbie Ann Mason, William Markesbery, John Anthony, Adalin Wichman and John Egerton.


Raitz was nominated by Dean Mark Kornbluh, of the UK College of Arts and Sciences, who praised the geographer's valuable service to UK, Kentucky and the nation.


"To know Dr. Raitz's work intimately is to gain a rich appreciation of the American landscape," Kornbluh said. "His attention to detail is famous both among his peers and among the students who marvel at the depth of his knowledge."


As one of the country’s foremost cultural geographers, Raitz is internationally known for his scholarship on American roads and highways, and the American cultural landscape. A 1999 survey of cultural geographers in the U.S. named him one of the “top five most outstanding living practitioners of cultural geography.” Raitz earned this recognition for his groundbreaking research on 19th-century American roads and highways, which explored the connection of the roads to "Americans' ideas about the past and ideals for the future." 


Raitz arrived at UK in 1970 upon completion of his doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota. Over the years, his field-based research focused on blending rural and urban contexts, especially within America’s Middle West, Appalachia and South.  In addition to his work on American highways, he has also examined the relationships between European immigrants and occupational preadaptation, the social construction of sport and leisure places, and the creation of landscape symbol vocabularies. 


The geographer has co-written, edited or co-edited eight books, five additional monographs, and more than 75 refereed articles and book chapters. Raitz has also won numerous regional and national awards, in addition to many teaching awards from UK College of Arts and Sciences and the National Council for Geographic Education.


After 43 years of service to UK and his profession, Raitz retired in December 2013.


The UK Libraries Annual Dinner will also recognize Tari Keller, recipient of the Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award. Named in honor of Paul A. Willis, who served as director of UK Libraries for three decades, the award recognizes outstanding library service. Recipients are selected based on achievements in primary assignment, national leadership, scholarship, teaching, creativity, innovation or service. To be eligible, nominees must have two or more years of continuous service and be currently employed by UK Libraries.


Since 1977, Keller has diligently worked to ensure access of UK Libraries' resources to students, faculty, staff and the public at large. A cataloger and systems librarian, Keller transitioned the university's libraries from card catalogs to different versions of computerized catalogs and online searching.


In addition to implementing new technology for access, Keller is also credited with configuring tools to help UK Libraries acquire new books, journals and other information resources; tools to help UK Libraries describe and organize their acquisitions; tools to identify and circulate the materials; and tools to help patrons find what they need.


"She has been indispensable to the university and the Commonwealth of Kentucky as UK and other libraries transitioned from card catalogs to different versions of computerized catalogs and online searching," said Dean of UK Libraries Terry Birdwhistell.


Currently, Keller is investigating and consulting for the entire state of Kentucky a move to the "next generation ILS (integrated library system)." In addition to these recent consulting services, she has given more than 50 presentations on ILS options at state, regional, national and international meetings. She has also served for the past 14 years as the chair of the Council for Postsecondary Education Kentucky Virtual Library Voyager consortium, which provides oversight on the Voyager server to 19 Kentucky institutions.


Outside of Kentucky, Keller guided the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries in their migration to a shared ILS and she has presented a webinar on online public access catalogs (OPAC) for the Ex Libris Southwest Users' Group in California. She is also recognized as an expert in the running of Voyager OPAC and WebVoyage (InfoKat). She also assisted in the recent migration of Voyager service to Chicago.


As Kentucky’s premiere research library and one of the leading academic libraries in the United States, UK Libraries provides the foundation for student learning and faculty teaching and research. UK Libraries provides access to a wealth of information critical to academic success, including online books, journals, databases, unique collections and more. William T. Young Library has space for more than 4,000 patrons to study in quiet or participate in active group learning. The faculty and staff in Young Library and nine branch libraries are committed to meeting today’s information needs across the Commonwealth.  

Experts in Advanced Methodology Visit UK

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:25


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2014) — In an effort to train University of Kentucky graduate students and help researchers, the Quantitative Initiative for Policy and Social Research (QIPSR) is bringing four of the most sophisticated methodologists in America for a mini-conference April 10-11 and a workshop May 15-18 on structural equation models (SEM). This method goes far beyond the typical single equation explanation of social science voting, health, participation, protesting or learning. It encompasses the combination of up to hundreds of variables into a complex system of meaningful behavior.


Judea Pearl, the award-winning philosopher and computer expert, refers to it as a method of “pivotal importance” that can sometimes be “confusing, enigmatic and controversial” to use. This mini-conference and May workshop seek to present these methods so the UK social science community can use this powerful methodology for their own work.


UK Psychology Professor Michele Martel illustrated the method at the “prequel meeting” in March by presenting a study that assessed a novel way to empirically integrate mother, father and teacher ratings of children with ADHD symptoms to generate a reliable diagnosis. This method was then externally validated in relation to “gold standard” psychiatric and psychological expert evaluation and diagnosis.


As a result, SEM allows for the integration of mother, father and teacher ordinal ratings of the 18 symptoms of ADHD via the component factors of inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity in 700 children, while also accounting for the presence of siblings and other contextual factors. Using SEM allows researchers to integrate parent and teacher ratings to better diagnose psychological conditions and provide children the therapeutic intervention they need at a much earlier stage in their development.


The challenges of this complex method are immense, so QIPSR has invited two of the recognized world experts in this area, Professor Kenneth Bollen from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill sociology department and Professor Rick Hoyle from the Duke University psychology and neuroscience department, to explain the challenges and opportunities of this powerful method.


Bollen is a fellow in the American Statistical Association and a Immerwhar Distinguished Professor who has worked on comparative democracy and social psychological issues. He is known for his cutting edge innovations in structural equation modeling. Hoyle is the director of the Center for the Study of Adolescent Risk and Resilience (and former chair of the psychology department at UK). He is the editor of “Handbook of Structural Equation Modeling” (2012).


They will be joined by Sandra Marquatt-Pyatt of Michigan State University, who has taught SEM at the Interuniversity Consortium of Political and Social Research summer program, and Shawn Bauldry from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Marquatt-Pyatt will present a paper on SEM in environmental protection, and Bauldry will present on helping children at risk.




UK Student's Composition Selected for Philharmonic Program

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 22:46

A performance of Connor Shafran's "The Game of the Century" based on the famous chess match between Donald Byrne and a 13-year-old Bobby Fischer in 1956.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2014) — A composition by University of Kentucky freshman and  UK Percussion Ensemble member Connor Shafran has been selected for the Lexington Philharmonic's "New Music Experiment." The program gives composers high school age and older the opportunity to work with members of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, LexPhil musicians and Maestro Scott Terrell in a workshop featuring the composers' own work on April 12. 


Shafran's work "Der Letzte Traum von Passchendaele," or "The Last Dream of Passchendaele," and other selected young composers' work will be played by the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra with LexPhil musicians serving as section leaders in the workshop under the direction of Terrell. The composers of the selected pieces will work one-on-one with the conductor.


The "New Music Experiment" is part of the Lexington Philharmonic's Composer-in-Residence Program which aims to bring composers and musicians at different levels together to bring new works of music to life.


"Der Letzte Traum von Passchendaele" is a four movement tone poem that interprets the story of a fictional soldier fighting in the World War I Battle of Passchendaele through the melodic sounds of a full orchestra.


To hear a soundbite of his winning work, visit


Shafran, a native of Richmond, Ky., is part of the Honors Program at UK and is majoring in music education, music performance and German. He previously served as the principal percussionist in the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra and took first place in the Winter Guard International's Independent World Percussion Championships with the indoor percussion group RHYTHM X.


During his senior year of high school, Shafran received the Emerson Scholarship for the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp and attended under the instruction of Keith Aleo and Jung-Ho Pak.


While at UK, Shafran has received commissions for compositions from several chamber groups and solo performers, and he is currently published through Tapspace. He has written nearly 20 original works, several of which will premiere at his composition recital scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday April 12, in UK's Niles Gallery, located in the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Lab. The recital is free and open to the public.


Other noted works by Shafran include "Aurelia," a piece for wind symphony that is scheduled to be recorded by the UK Symphony Band this spring, and "The Game of the Century," a duet for two percussionists at a chess board, setting the famous game played by 13-year old Bobby Fischer and chess master Donald Byrne to rhythm. "The Game of the Century" will be released this coming fall by Tapspace.


Shafran's small-ensemble pieces continue to be played by groups at UK this semester at various events.


Shafran is currently studying with Professor James Campbell, director of UK Percussion Studies, and graduate students Chris Butler, Fransisco Perez and Brandon Arvay. He is also presented on his experience of building melodic percussion instruments out of propane tanks at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research, hosted by UK April 3-5. The presentation included a history of the instrument and its family, and a playing demonstration with fellow UK percussionist Aaron Marsala. 


The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has achieved awards and national and international recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as for music education, composition, theory and music history.




Learning Lab Exhibit Showcases Interns' Work in UK Special Collections

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 22:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2014) — University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections will host a reception to open an exhibit highlighting four undergraduates' Learning Lab internship projects from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the Great Hall of the Margaret I. King Building. The free public exhibit, showcasing items from their processed collections, will feature presentations from the four Learning Lab interns, including commentary on their scholarly projects.


The Learning Lab internship, now in its second year, is an experiential learning program that introduces undergraduate students to archival processing and theory using rare and unique resources in UK's Special Collections Library. The program is designed to increase the accessibility of those resources and research output by mandating that all students complete a scholarly project during the internship.


Learning Lab intern Katie Elmore, a history and anthropology senior from Morning View, Ky., processed a medical history related collection. Elmore’s scholarly project on the Dr. Daniel Drake Carter papers is a digital humanities timeline using emerging technology that she will present at the College of Charleston's "Data Driven: Digital Humanities in the Library" conference in June 2014.


Interns Nicole Priest, a senior history major from Louisville, Ky., and Qaaim Stainback, a secondary social studies education senior from Louisville, have processed three separate collections covering Kentucky history, gender and women's studies, and mental health policy in the 20th century. Their scholarly project involved creating an information literacy-based curriculum that introduces students to primary source material and assessed learning outcomes and teaching methodology.


Intern Dominique Luster, a theatre senior with a focus on dramaturgy from Louisville, processed two theater collections, including one related to gender and women’s studies and another related to African-American history, as well as a timely hemp manufacturing collection, all of which had previously been unavailable to researchers. Luster’s scholarly project involved presenting a poster on the Ron Nickell Playbill Collection at Harvard University's National Collegiate Research Conference in January 2014.


UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center. The mission of Special Collections is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


The Special Collections' Learning Lab exhibit will be on display through June 1. For more information, contact Stacie Williams, Learning Lab manager, Special Collections, at 859- 257-8371 or email



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Earth Days in the Bluegrass 2014 Offers Service Opportunities

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 17:07
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2014) — The University of Kentucky this month is hosting the ninth annual Earth Days in the Bluegrass (EDBG), a month-long series of events promoting sustainability.  


The Office of Sustainability coordinates EDBG and partners with other campus and community organizations to provide a full calendar of workshops, presentations, films screenings and more. This year the schedule of events includes several unique sustainability-focused volunteer opportunities.


The Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment is hosting a rain garden “Planting Party” at 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the newly constructed rain garden on Farm Road. Volunteers will join event organizers and plant more than 300 plants that will improve water quality issues in that area of campus.


The city of Lexington is hosting Reforest the Bluegrass, where volunteers will be planting thousands of trees from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in Lexington’s Hisle Park. 


The UK Sustainability Council is partnering with the Downtown Lexington Corporation on the annual Downtown Trash Bash. The Student Sustainability Council will staff a table from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, on the corner of Limestone and Avenue of Champions and will coordinate volunteers who will be cleaning up litter along Limestone from campus to downtown. 


Finally, the UK Environmental Science Club is partnering with EDBG to host a river sweep Saturday, April 26, on the South Fork of the Licking River, near Cynthiana. Participants will canoe down the river to an illegal dump site and help clear hundreds of tires from the river side. Transportation from campus, canoe rental, and lunch will be provided.  Volunteers will leave campus at 8:30 a.m. and will return around  4 p.m. 


More information about these events, a full EDBG calendar can be found at, or contact Shane Tedder, UK sustainability coordinator, at 859-257-0014;



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What's Next: Making Technology More User-friendly

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 16:16


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2014) — When people think of psychologists, many envision a clinical setting, where the focus is on helping individuals with personal problems and relationships. But what about our problems and relationships with technology? For that, you need an engineering psychologist.


"That’s something that puzzles a lot of people: How do you put psychology together with engineering?" says Melody Carswell, a University of Kentucky professor of psychology and associate director of the UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments (Vis Center). "I think probably the most obvious way is to make sure that the technologies that they’re developing are user-centered or user-friendly. I’ll often test some of their prototypes and see how people respond to them and how they can be improved."


Like so many who grew up in the 1960s, Carswell was inspired by the space program. She began her research career in the field of aviation psychology. 


"When it became very clear I wasn’t going to be an astronaut, I decided maybe I could study astronauts," Carswell says.


Aviation psychology developed into a more general area called human factors, which deals with how humans interact with all kinds of complex systems. A theme of Carswell's work is understanding how people select which technology to use, including technologies such as the kinds of next-generation displays being developed by researchers at the Vis Center.


"People have all these different kinds of displays — 3D displays, 2D displays, cross sections, animation, all sorts of things — and they’re not really sure how to use them effectively, " Carswell said. "So, in many cases people just stick with what they’ve seen before and don’t even make use of the new things."


Carswell has worked with topics as varied as laparoscopic surgery, emergency responders and robot welding. The research Carswell is working on influences how engineers build the technology that we use in our every day life.


Her team is working with Ruigang Yang, an associate professor in the UK Department of Computer Science whose research is in 3D reconstruction, modeling and visualization, on how to best design workstations for people who have to "teach" robots to do welding.


"We’re actually displaying the image on a mock piece of metal, so people can pretend that they’re right there with the robot even when they’re remote," Carswell said. "It's moving from being a very hands-on kind of occupation, to one where you’re monitoring not just one, but maybe multiple robots and, in fact, you’re training them. This means that you have to pay a lot more attention to details, you have to visually process a lot more things."


Carswell's work is featured in the above video, produced by the Vis Center as part of its "What's Next" series. It may also be viewed at "Reveal," the official website for UK Research Media, at



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'Voices of Student Veterans' Returns Home for UK Performance

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 15:22


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2014) — As part of a tour traveling to colleges across the Commonwealth, "Voices of Student Veterans," a production chronicling the transitions of student veterans returning to the Commonwealth and the University of Kentucky, will be presented on campus at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Center Theater in the UK Student Center. The presentation is free and open to the public.


Performed most recently at the 15th New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) in 2011, "Voices of Student Veterans" was developed in 2010 as part of an interdisciplinary arts and creativity project at UK between the university's Department of Theatre, Veterans Resource Center and Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. The tour of this production and scholarships for the student actors are being made possible with funding from UK Women and Philanthropy.

"Voices of Student Veterans" aims to directly engage its audience in a collection of personal life stories of student veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Inspired by the oral history project "From Combat to Kentucky,"  launched by Doug Boyd, director of the Nunn Center for Oral History; veteran and doctoral student Tyler Gayheart; and Tony Dotson, director of the Veterans Resource Center, "Voices of Student Veterans" came to life with help from UK's Department of Theatre.


Herman Farrell, associate professor of playwriting, and students in his "Staging History" Department of Theatre course, devised the verbatim theatre piece drawn from the oral history transcripts.


In addition to the production, the play will be followed with a question and answer session with Dotson, Boyd, Farrell and mental health professionals and representatives at UK in order to foster a conversation about replicating this unique oral history and theater project on campuses across Kentucky and perhaps, the United States.


The "Voices of Student Veterans" tour travels to six of Kentucky's public universities April 4-21.



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Public Health Research Center Names 2014 Brown Scholars

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 14:07



LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2014)-- The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) and Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) has announced the three recipients of the Dr. E. Richard “Rick” Brown Keeneland Conference Scholarships.


The scholarships were established to recognize the many lasting contributions of Dr. Brown, distinguished leader, scholar and teacher in public health and the founding director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. A true public health visionary, Brown touched the lives of tens of thousands of Americans with his unique blend of warmth, intelligence, tenacity and belief that public health data and information could be a powerful force for good. He passed away on April 20, 2012.


The annual scholarships that bear his name are awarded to doctoral students or postdoctoral scholars in a discipline relevant to PHSSR and who are from historically underrepresented research communities. The scholarships support the recipients, who are interested in learning more about and engaging in PHSSR, to fully participate as junior investigators in the Keeneland Conference, a premier national PHSSR conference held April 7-10 in Lexington, Ky. PHSSR examines questions that relate to the financing, organization and delivery of public health services and how those factors translate to population health. 


The recipients of the 2014 Brown Scholarships are:


  • J’Aime Jennings: Jennings is working toward a doctorate in health services administration with a focus on strategic management at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is also working with her professors to establish a Public Health Practice-Based Research Network site in Alabama.
  • Dr. Fabienne Ouapou-Lena: Ouapou-Lena is working toward a doctorate in public health with a focus on leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and also serves as a program reviewer with the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Christian L. Williams: Williams is working toward a doctorate in public health with a focus on community and behavioral health at East Tennessee State University and also serves as the academic health department coordinator for the Sullivan County Regional Health Department in Blountville, Tenn.


The goal of the National Coordinating Center is to grow the field of PHSSR and PBRNs by coordinating current investments, supporting real-world applications, and strengthening the capacity of researchers and practitioners. The Center also works to determine the future direction of the field’s research initiatives; translate that research into practice; increase the visibility of the work; and attract other funders to the field.


For more information about the Keeneland Conference and the Brown Scholarships, visit or contact Kara Richardson at 



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Men’s Basketball Season Celebration Set for Tuesday at Rupp Arena

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2014) ― The University of Kentucky men's basketball team will have a public celebration of the 2013-14 season Tuesday at Rupp Arena, immediately following the Wildcats' return from Texas.  The team is expected to land in Lexington around 2 p.m. tomorrow.


Details of the event include:


  • Tickets are free and will be distributed Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m. EDT at the Rupp Arena ticket office.
  • Fans wishing to acquire tickets may begin lining up at the Rupp ticket office immediately following the game. Security will be on-site to provide directions / assistance as fans arrive.
  • There is a limit of four tickets per person.
  • Persons must be at least age 14 to pick up tickets.
  • All tickets are reserved seats, no general admission.
  • Tickets are available only at the Rupp Arena ticket office and CANNOT be ordered online or over the telephone.
  • UK students with ID may request tickets in a special student section while supplies last. Students can receive one ticket in these special sections when their student ID is presented at the windows.
  • Children under the age of 2 do not need a ticket if the child sits on the lap of a parent.
  • Paid parking will be available in all lots of Rupp Arena at the usual rate of $15 per car.
  • Doors to Rupp Arena will open to the public at 1:30 p.m.
  • The team plane is expected to land at the Lexington airport at approximately 2 p.m.  The team will board a bus and travel to Rupp Arena. The event will begin when the team arrives.


For fans who would like to cheer the team bus along its way to Rupp, here is the route:


  • Man-o-War to Versailles Road
  • Right on Red Mile Road/Virginia Ave
  • Left on South Limestone
  • Left on West Main
  • West Main to Rupp Arena


For fans unable to attend at Rupp, the event also will be televised live on WKYT.


UK Film Series Looks at 1938 Documentary of Lebanon Family

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2014) — "Reel to Real: Special Collections at the Movies," the University of Kentucky Special Collections Library's film series, will close this year with a screening of "Our Day," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Worsham Theater in the UK Student Center. The film series explores celebrated movies through a historically accurate perspective based on primary source materials found in Special Collections. The screening is free and open to the public.


 “Our Day” is a short 1938 documentary about the Kelly family of Lebanon, Ky. Filmed by Wallace Kelly, the home movie looks at a day in the life of the family.


Movie topics from this year's series are relevant to the following departments in the College of Arts and Sciences: African American and Africana Studies, American Studies, Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies Program, Military Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics, English, Folklore and Mythology, Gender and Women's Studies, and History.


Interested faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to assign viewing of the movies for extra credit. Every movie will include a guide to materials that can help students and faculty better utilize Special Collections and archival documents in their research and teaching.


UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center. The mission of Special Collections is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


The project is sponsored by UK Libraries. For additional questions, contact Stacie Williams, Learning Lab manager, Special Collections, at 859-257-8371 or



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Cheers to UK's Sam Malone, Winner of NCAA Award

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2014) ― Sam Malone, a junior at the University of Kentucky, is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships.


The Elite 89 award, founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.


Malone, majoring in marketing in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, currently carries a 3.73 GPA. He was presented with the award during the Men’s Final Four Salute Presentation on April 3 in North Texas.


All GPAs are based on a straight grading scale to ensure consistency among institutions. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.


Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and competing at the championship.


NCAA Championship Game Impact on April 7 Bus Service, Parking

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2014) — With the Wildcats playing in the NCAA Basketball Championship tonight, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is alerting the campus community to parking and bus service changes in place for Monday, April 7.


The Lexington Division of Police, in cooperation with the University of Kentucky Police Department, will be utilizing various parking areas on city streets adjacent to campus Monday evening. As such, parking will be partially or completely restricted in the following areas: Conn Terrace, Crescent Avenue, Elizabeth Street, State Street and University Avenue.


Parking in these areas will be restricted beginning Monday, April 7 at 5 p.m. through Tuesday, April 8 at 6 a.m. Any vehicles in violation of posted “No Parking” notices will be towed at the owner’s expense. The Commonwealth Stadium Red and Blue K lots will be off control from 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 7 through noon Tuesday, April 8, for on and off-campus students to move their cars away from celebration areas.


The top levels of both the UK HealthCare Parking Garage (PS #8) and the Good Samaritan Hospital Parking Garage will be unavailable to general parking on Monday, April 7. These areas will be used for police operations staging.


Additionally, the South Limestone Garage (PS #5), located next to Kennedy's Wildcat Den, will be unavailable for retail customer parking. The facility closes at 10 p.m.; absolutely no after-hours access will be permitted.


The Ag Loop will be unavailable for parking starting at 5 p.m. Monday, April 7.


PTS will attempt to operate the CATS Yellow Night Route as usual, unless circumstances dictate otherwise. Should the bus be unable to navigate the scheduled route, PTS will modify the route by turning down Patterson One-Way and picking up the normal route again on Rose Street (bypassing South Limestone north of Avenue of Champions). PTS will also attempt to operate the CATS Bus On-Demand Service ― scheduled to begin at midnight ― as normal.


All CATS buses are on Cat Tracker, a real-time GPS-based bus locating system. Cat Tracker can be accessed at, via the free TransLoc Android, BlackBerry and iPhone apps and through QR and SMS codes located on each bus stop sign.


The Colt Trolley will not operate Monday night. However, Lextran routes passing through the campus area are likely to have detours or other impacts to service.


Both Lextran and PTS will be communicating any changes to service through their respective Twitter streams, found at and Lextran will also be posting updates on their Facebook page.


Dean of Michigan Graduate School Next in 'see tomorrow.' Speaker Series

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 22:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2014) ― Janet Weiss, vice provost for academic affairs–graduate studies and dean of the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan, will speak on the UK campus Tuesday, April 8, about the changing role of graduate education as part the "see tomorrow." Speaker Series.


She will speak at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the UK Athletics Auditorium in the William T. Young Library. UKNow recently caught up with Weiss for a conversation about her upcoming talk and the state of graduate education.


As vice provost and dean, Weiss oversees all of the University of Michigan’s doctoral programs and many of the master’s programs. She serves as the Provost Office’s advocate for policies and practices benefitting all graduate and professional students at the university.


What do you plan to talk about while at UK? I will talk about the role of graduate education in public research universities, and how that is changing over time.  I have served on the Board of the Council of Graduate Schools and as President of the Association of Graduate Schools, so I've had  a chance to see how many different universities approach the challenges and opportunities of running graduate programs (professional, master's, and doctoral programs) alongside of their undergraduate programs.  I am convinced that graduate education is fundamental to the excellence of a research university. 


How would you describe the current state of graduate education today? The current state of graduate education is rapidly changing, just like higher education more generally.  The demands and expectations of society go up, as do the expectations of students.  As universities, we need to make the best choices to meet those expectations.


What are the biggest challenges? Challenges abound.  Where will the money come from to support high quality graduate study (which is expensive!), and how do we align our academic priorities with the resources available?  How will changes in academic employment affect the future careers of our Ph.D. graduates?  How do students manage to pay for the cost of obtaining a master's degree, and when is that worthwhile for them? 


What do you see as some opportunities? Opportunities also abound.  Traditional disciplines are blurring and morphing into one another.  To keep up with cutting-edge research and scholarship, graduate education can morph and blur as well, to create much more innovative structures for degrees and for students to learn how to address big picture problems in society. 


Are you optimistic about the future? Yes, I am optimistic.  Universities are places for learning and building for the future.  Today's graduate students will be tomorrow's faculty members, professionals, political and civic leaders, entrepreneurs, writers, and innovators. 

The "see tomorrow." Speaker Series is an ongoing effort to engage with the campus community about the Strategic Plan. Experts, both from UK and from other organizations in higher education, will speak on topics related to the process.


Weiss served as associate provost for academic affairs from 2002-2005, before assuming her current position. In that role, she was responsible for a range of academic issues, including faculty promotion and tenure; support for museums and libraries; facilities and space planning; and family-friendly policies. Weiss has been on the faculty of the University of Michigan since 1983, with a joint appointment between the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.


Weiss also founded and directed the Nonprofit and Public Management Center, creating a rich set of opportunities for faculty and graduate students in the realms of research and community engagement.


She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University in psychology and social relations and her bachelor's from Yale University, where she was a member of Yale's first class of women.


This "see tomorrow." Speaker Series will continue throughout the spring semester and after UK President Eli Capilouto presents the plan to the Board of Trustees in June.


Deadline to Apply for UK Woman’s Club Full-tuition Scholarship Approaching

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 22:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2014) ― The University of Kentucky Woman’s Club (UKWC) is currently accepting applications for its 2014-2015 full-tuition scholarship, awarded to full or part-time nontraditional undergraduate students at UK. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is Friday, April 18.


UKWC awards scholarships covering tuition at the resident rate to deserving UK students each year. Applicants must be age 25 or older and have completed at least 12-credit hours with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Preference is given to women with unmet financial needs.


Scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 academic year can be found here.


Applications are due in the UK Office of Academic Scholarships in Funkhouser Building before 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014. Prior to applying, students must complete the 2014-2015 Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA).


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


Since its inception in 1973, the UKWC Aid Fund has provided 190 undergraduate scholarships totaling more than $335,000.


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


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


Program Celebrates 50 Years of Lifelong Learning at UK

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 15:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2014) --  Irene Elam is a busy 84-year-old. Every weekday, she works form 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. managing rental properties in her hometown of Morehead, Ky. She sees her friends, goes to church, and reads two books a week. But of some of her favorite activities are the classes provided in her community by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Kentucky.


"I've always had a curious mind and I've always wanted to know how and why things work," she said. "I love to find out new things."


Since 1964, UK has worked through the Donovan Fellowship and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)  to ensure that "curiosity never retires" in the Commonwealth.  Through tuition waivers and community-based classes, workshops, and social events, Kentuckians over the age of 50 find intellectual stimulation, physical activity, creative outlets, and social engagement. 



On Saturday, April 12, Elam, along with other OLLI members, Donovan Scholars, and community members, will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of lifelong learning at UK at a reception from 1-3:30 p.m. at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will make an announcement at 1:15 p.m. to commemorate the many accomplishments of the lifelong learning program at UK. The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will also include music by the OLLI Dulcimers, acting and improv by OLLI students, and the happy tunes of a Barbershop Quartet and the the OLLI Chorus. 


UK's lifelong learning program is the brainchild of UK President Dr. Herman Donovan, who in envisioned a program for continuing education for persons 65 and older. In 1961 he proposed to the White House Conference on Aging in 1961 that colleges and universities, particularly public ones, owed their greatness to the work, support, gifts, taxes and votes of people now grown old, and could easily make their educational resources available to them. 

Three years later, the UK Board of Trustees approved the Herman L. Donovan Fellowship for Senior Citizens, allowing for tuition waiver for individuals over the age of 65.  The first 16 "Donovan Scholars," ranging in age from 65 to 84, were admitted in the fall of 1964.


“More than fifty years ago President Donovan announced to UK, and to the nation, a vision that welcomed to the university adults with a lifelong passion for learning," said Mike Smith, executive director of OLLI at UK. 


The program quickly earned national recognition, including a 1966 TIME magazine article that dubbed the program "Educare," a reference to Medicare, which was another new program at hte time. The national publicity resulted in inquiries from every state and many foreign countries interested in establishing similar programs.


Now in its 50th year, UK's lifelong learning program maintains the Donovan Fellows tuition waiver for students over 65, and 53 degrees -- including five doctorates -- have been earned through the program. Additionally, OLLI at UK has evolved to include non-credit educational programs and shared interest groups not just in Lexington but also in Morehead and Somerset, and the participation age for community events has been lowered to 50. These expansions were made possible in large part from a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation in 2007, when the program became one of 116 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the United States.


"As we age, we continue to grow and change who we are, what we want from life, and more importantly, from ourselves," said Diana Lockridge, program director at OLLI at UK.  "The OLLI at UK is continually growing and evolving as well, searching to create unique and meaningful learning opportunities and occasions, that inspire our members and strengthen their passion for learning." 


In the 2012-13 academic year, there were approximately 1,500 adults over the age of 50 involved in OLLI programs at UK. The upcoming year will offer over 50 courses, in addition to the Donovan Forums, a biannual speaker series.


For Elam, the OLLI at UK allows her to explore subjects and activities that she didn't have a chance for previously.


"I thought, 'I'm going to do all the things that I was never able to do while working and raising a family.'"  


She particularly enjoys art and history classes, but each spring and fall she looks forward to seeing what new classes will be offered.


"I've taken practically all of the classes," she said. "And they're always coming up with new ideas. It seems like each year there's another class that pops up that I just have to take. I look forward to it every spring and fall."


And as someone who claims to never have been bored in her life, Elam appreciates the opportunities to continue learning in her community.


"That's what we're trying to do, to keep the mind active and get out and move around so you feel better and you're healthier," she said. "It's been a wonderful experience. It really has helped a lot of people."


In addition to the celebration on April 12, OLLI at UK will host a series of events to commemorate its 50th anniversary.  There will be pop up events this summer at McConnell Springs Founders Day, Moon Dance Jazz Nights, and the Lexington Farmer’s Market. The festivities will culminate with the 50th Anniversary Gala on July 31, 2014.


"It is truly an honor to work alongside our volunteers, together designing unique learning opportunities and events of the 50th anniversary of lifelong learning at UK, said Lockridge.  "Throughout 2014, we will commemorate the storied past, celebrate a dynamic present, and prepare for a vibrant future."


For more information about OLLI anniversary events and regular programs, please call 859-257-2656, toll free 866-602-5862, or visit     


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