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Social Theory Journal disClosure Now Available Online

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 15:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 10, 2016) — The 25th volume of the University of Kentucky’s social theory journal, disClosure, which focuses on the topic of “transnational lives,” was released recently. The current issue’s theme brings together a variety of genres, including creative pieces, analytical articles, interviews and art, as it explores concepts related to the topic.

 

disClosure is an annual thematic publication dedicated to investigating and stimulating interest in new directions in contemporary social theory. The journal has been entirely redesigned and incorporates artwork by Lexington-based artist Lina Tharsing.

 

“Simple words such as ‘home’ or ‘religion’ take on an entirely new meaning when they are considered across transnational spaces,” said co-editor of the journal’s current issue Catherine Gooch, a graduate student in the UK College of Arts and Sciences Department of English.

 

“In addition, there are larger implications, on both personal and public levels. If we think about our economic system and how globalization has caused capitalism to expand transnationally, around the world, we see how this economic expansion impacts everything from our personal lives to the higher education system,” Gooch said, adding that Mahmood Mamdani addresses the topic further in an interview in the current issue.

 

“We were also lucky to have two UK faculty write reflective pieces for us, Ted Schatzki and Arnold Farr,” said Ashley Ruderman, co-editor of the issue and graduate student in the UK Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. “Both Dr. Schatzki and Dr. Farr were involved in the founding of the Social Theory Program.”

 

In 2014, disClosure transitioned from print publishing to digital publishing and began publishing to issuu this year.

 

“This addition allows us to give our readers the option to download articles (in pdf format), as well as enjoy the experience of reading the journal like an e-book,” Ruderman said.

 

The spring 2016 issue of disClosure can be found at https://socialtheory.as.uky.edu/disclosure and includes a link to the issuu version.

 

Gooch is a doctoral candidate specializing in African-American literature. Her current research examines literary and cultural representations of the Mississippi River, focusing specifically on the river’s relationship to black artistic production, labor and economics in 20th century African-American literature.

 

Ruderman earned a master’s degree in English and a certificate in social theory prior to starting her doctoral work in the UK Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. Her research examines cultural representations of lesbian criminality in relationship to state surveillance practices from the mid-century to present. 

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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Only Three 'Grand Night' Performances Left

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 14:25

 

Promotional ad for "It's a Grand Night for Singing!" Provided by UK Opera Theatre. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 13, 2016) — University of Kentucky Opera Theatre will conclude its 24th production of "It's a Grand Night for Singing!" with its last three performances June 17-19, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

Since 1993, this popular event has kicked off the start of Central Kentucky's summer arts season, with an unbelievable turnout and multiple sold-out shows. "It's a Grand Night for Singing!" is a highly anticipated production in Lexington, with not only regional performers, but UK performers showing off their talents. The event features popular Broadway tunes as well as Top 40 hits to entertain guests of all ages.

 

The last three performances begin 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 17 and June 18, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 19. "Grand Night" tickets are $45 for general admission, $40 for seniors and UK faculty, and $15 for students with a valid student ID. Tickets for "Grand Night" are available through the Singletary Center ticket office, by phone at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the venue. All applicable fees will be added to tickets upon purchase transaction. Valet parking will be available for all performances from 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

 

In addition, each performance will also have a limited number of select seats available to UK staff for only $25. The special staff price is presented in memory of Russ Williams, the university's first representative of the staff on UK's Board of Trustees who died in 2009. Staff tickets must be purchased in person with a valid staff ID.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

UK Football Season Ticket Sales Enter New Phase June 14

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 13:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 13, 2016) — With the upgrade process for current season ticket holders nearing completion, fans will be able to purchase new season tickets and select their seats beginning Tuesday morning, June 14. Tickets will be available at UKFootballTix.com  or by calling 800-928-2287.

 

New season ticket holders will be able to use the Kentucky Football Virtual Venue to review and compare available season locations. The system also allows fans to see a 360-degree virtual view from the seats in Commonwealth Stadium.

 

Buying season tickets gives fans the best choice of seat locations for the 2016 season. Additionally, season ticket holders are eligible for Season Ticket Surprises drawings all summer long. Upcoming prizes include an authentic Kentucky football helmet signed by Mark Stoops, movie night in a Commonwealth Stadium hospitality area for you and 10 guests, and exclusive, early access at Kentucky football Fan Day.

 

UK Athletics has worked hard to create a variety of pricing options throughout the stadium. General public season tickets cost $280, including many that come with no corresponding K Fund donation attached. Full-time faculty and staff are able to once again purchase tickets at a discounted rate. Regular full-time faculty and staff can receive a 20 percent discount on the cost of tickets (up to two seats priced $280 and above), including a 50 percent discount on the K Fund donation (up to two seats), if selecting seats at the $525 donation level or below. The 50 percent K Fund discount does not apply to premium seating areas, including suites, loge and club seating.

 

There are also new $210 season tickets in the north upper level, as well as a brand-new Kentucky Football Pocket Pass that UK Athletics is excited to announce.

 

The Pocket Pass includes a mobile ticket to all seven home games for $175. This unique season pass gives fans the opportunity to watch games from different viewpoints in the stadium with a different seat each game. Your seat location will be delivered electronically to your mobile device through the Kentucky Wildcats Gameday app. Only 500 passes will be sold this season, and pass holders are guaranteed to sit in the lower level for at least two home games.

 

Kentucky football Mini-Packs will go on sale later this month through UKFootballTix.com (or by calling 800-928-2287). These two- and three-game Mini-Packs offer additional flexibility.

 

On July 19 at 9 a.m. ET, single-game tickets to all seven home games will go on sale to the general public through UKFootballTix.com (or by calling 800-928-2287), based on availability. Away game ticket orders will be accepted from the general public beginning in late June.

 

Student season tickets will go on sale later this summer, and students will receive more information by email later this month.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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Cheer on UK for a Good Cause at Design Slam

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 13:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 10, 2016) Several University of Kentucky architecture students and recent graduates will compete in this weekend's AIA (American Institute of Architects) East Kentucky Design Slam supporting Lexington Habitat for Humanity and AIA Kentucky. The Bluegrass is invited to take in the competition and vote on their favorite design June 11, at West Sixth Brewing.

 

"This is a fantastic way to support the local design that helps make Lexington unique," said Heather Chapman, resource development coordinator of Lexington Habitat for Humanity. "I can't wait to see the fresh perspective the UK architecture students will bring to the competition."

 

The fourth annual AIA East Kentucky Design Slam is a no-holds-barred live competition where teams of local architects race the clock to come up with the best design for an urban space in Lexington. The teams must be ready for anything, since the design prompt for their creation will only be given to them at the beginning of the hour. Teams can use any digital media to create, render or illustrate their work.

 

Video highlights of the 2014 Design Slam.

 

The public can cheer the designers on, shout suggestions, and vote for their favorites as the teams’ work is showcased on overhead screens. Votes are $1 each and will be tallied at the end of the competition.

 

This year's four competing local teams are from Ross Tarrant Architects; Omni; UK School of Architecture; and a combined team with UK architecture students and representatives of Sherman Carter Barnhart and CMW. The students competing for the UK team are:

·       2016 graduate Kevin Bloomfield, from Lexington;

·       2016 graduate Michael S. Foster, from Corbin, Kentucky;

·       senior Thomas Lanham, from Lebanon Junction, Kentucky; and

·       senior Joshua Powell, from Lexington.

The UK competitors on the team with Sherman Carter Barnhart and CMW are 2016 graduate Jackie Sanchez, from Managua, Nicaragua, and graduate student Nathaneal Zellers, from Leitchfield, Kentucky.

 

The competition supporting local design and affordable housing will run from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at West Sixth Brewing, located at 501 W. Sixth St. Proceeds will benefit AIA Kentucky and Lexington Habitat for Humanity. You can purchase tickets at the door or online at: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/lexhabitat/event/770737/.

The 2016 AIA East Kentucky Design Slam is organized by the East Kentucky Chapter of the AIA, and sponsored by Louisville Tile, Thermal Equipment, Advanced Solutions, Shrout Tate Wilson and Lynn Imaging.

 

In addition to participating in this year's Design Slam, many UK students work with Lexington Habitat for Humanity yearround as part of the university's chapter. To learn more about the campus chapter visit: www.facebook.com/ukhabitat/ or http://uknow.uky.edu/content/see-blue-selfie-amanda-hickey

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

UK Helps St. Catharine Students With Transfer Requests

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 09:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2016) — The University of Kentucky is helping St. Catharine College students continue their education in the aftermath of last week's announcement that the college in Springfield, Kentucky, would close at the end of July.

 

The UK Office of Undergraduate Admission and the Transfer Center are assisting students who are interested in transferring to UK. The $50 application fee is being waived for all students applying to transfer to UK on or before June 30, 2016, including St. Catharine students.

 

"The University of Kentucky recognizes the unique needs of transfer students, particularly those from St. Catharine College," said Mike Shanks, director of the UK Transfer Center. "We encourage each student interested in transferring to contact the Transfer Center to aid in transcript evaluation and admission information.

 

"Our Transfer Center provides resources to help students transition to UK.  Our staff collaborates with other on-campus units to provide the necessary resources for successful progress toward graduation."

 

At the Transfer Center, students can:

 

·         Discuss transfer course equivalencies prior to admission

·         Resolve specific transfer related issues by connecting with a UK staff member

·         Discuss transfer planning strategies prior to enrolling at UK

 

For more information on how to contact a staff member or to learn more about transferring to UK, call the UK Transfer Center at 859-218-1724; email to UKTransfer@uky.ed; or visit the center at 11 W.D. Funkhouser Building on the UK campus. 

 

The website is www.uky.edu/Transfer. Application information is also available at: www.applyuk.com.

 

 

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MEDIA CONTACT:  Rebecca Stratton, 859-323-2395, rebecca.stratton@uky.edu

KNI Stroke Center Receives High Designation from American Heart Association

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 09:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 10, 2015) - UK HealthCare's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) has received the "Get With The Guidelines - "Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award" by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for maintaining nationally recognized standards for the treatment of stroke patients.
 

KNI also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. Over 12 months, at least 75 percent of the hospital’s ischemic stroke patients received tPA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as door-to-needle time). Stroke patients who receive tPA within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover more quickly and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

 

This year marks the sixth year that KNI has received Gold Plus designation. KNI has been named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll the past three years and repeats for the 'elite' level that was introduced last year.

 

Kentucky patients aren't the only ones benefiting from this achievement.

 

"By participating in the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program, we are able to share our expertise with other member hospitals around the country, including access to the most up-to-date research, clinical tools and resources, and patient education resources," said Dr. Jessica Lee, medical director of the KNI Comprehensive Stroke Center.

 

Dr. Larry Goldstein, chair of the UK Department of Neurology and co-director of KNI, said that “Comprehensive Stroke Center status reflects our capability to provide the most advanced care for patients with stroke. These awards further underscore the hard work of our multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, emergency physicians, nurses, therapists and others to optimize care delivery for stroke patients right here in Lexington.”

 

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. In Kentucky, cardiovascular disease (which includes stroke) is the leading cause of death.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 785,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

 

The KNI Stroke Center is also also certified as a “Comprehensive Stroke Center” by The Joint Commission – its highest honor.

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

Media Contact:  Laura Dawahare, Laura.Dawahare@uky.edu, (859) 257-5307

 

World's Largest Math Proof Produced at 200 Terabytes

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 09:19
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 13, 2016)  The world's largest mathematical proof — at a massive 200 terabytes — has been produced and a longstanding math mystery has been solved by University of Kentucky Professor Victor Marek and collaborators.

 

How big is 200 terabytes? The journal Nature reported that the proof is "roughly equivalent to all the digitized text held by the US Library of Congress."

 

“It is, indeed quite big," said Marek, a professor in the UK Department of Computer Science.

 

The team, including Marek, Marijn J. H. Heule of The University of Texas at Austin, and Oliver Kullmann of Swansea University in Wales, was working to solve the boolean Pythagorean Triples problem. (Remember the Pythagorean theorem? a2 + b2 = c2.)

 

The problem asks if it is possible to color each positive integer either blue or red so that no Pythagorean triple a, b and c are all of the same color.

 

The supercomputer-assisted proof revealed that it was possible to color the integers in multiple ways up to 7,824 integers. But at 7,825 and beyond, it is impossible for every Pythagorean triple to be multicolored.

 

The team's findings are featured pre-print at http://arxiv.org/abs/1605.00723. Marek, Heule and Kullmann have already been rewarded for their work. Ronald Graham, the mathematician who proposed the problem in the 1980s, pledged back then to give $100 to whoever solved the problem. He followed through on his promise last month, presenting a check to Heule at a scientific conference.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

 

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Honorary Degree Nomination Deadline is July 15

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 15:22

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2016) — The University Joint Committee on Honorary Degrees is inviting nomination packages for honorary doctorates to be awarded at the university Commencement exercises in December 2016.

 

An honorary doctoral degree pays tribute to those whose lives and work exemplify professional, intellectual, or artistic achievement and who have made significant contributions to society, the state and the University of Kentucky.

 

Nominations may be made by faculty, students, staff and friends of the University of Kentucky. The committee will follow the criteria, principles and guidelines approved by the University Senate and Board of Trustees. 

 

For information on criteria and the nomination process, as well as the list of previous recipients, visit the Graduate School’s Honorary Doctoral Degrees website.

 

Lead nominators who are assembling a nomination package should upload the completed document at the link on the above website by July 15, 2016.

 

Please direct any questions to Morris Grubbs at morris.grubbs@uky.edu in the Graduate School.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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Behind the Blue: UK's Dr. Derek Forster on Dealing with Zika Virus

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:36
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2016) — Amid growing concerns about the Zika virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued a travel advisory for the countries hit hardest by the virus, as well as new guidelines for clinicians who may be treating women who have contracted the virus.  As Zika continues to spread through South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, many Americans and growing concerned about the potential impact in the U.S.  In this week’s edition of the “Behind the Blue” podcast, UK HealthCare's Medical Director for Infection Prevention and Control Dr. Derek Forster discusses the background of the Zika virus, its implications, and what Kentuckians can do to help prevent the spread of the virus. You can download this edition and others of "Behind the Blue" at:http://behindtheblue.libsyn.com/podcast UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Mining Engineering Professors' Innovation Combats the Dangers of Dust

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2016)  According to Thomas Novak, professor and Alliance Coal Chair in the Department of Mining Engineering at the University of Kentucky, approximately 50 percent of all coal produced in underground mines in the U.S. comes from a particular kind of underground mine called a longwall mine. While such mines are quite productive, they are not effective at reducing the amount of dust generated by longwall shearers, which extract the coal. Whether respirable dust, which is harmful if breathed over a miner’s career, or float dust, which carries the potential for an explosive dust cloud if the mine is subjected to an ignition of methane, dust is hazardous to safe and sustainable mining. 

 

In an attempt to combat dust emissions, Novak and Assistant Professor Chad Wedding have created a full-scale model of a longwall shearer that features a fully functional scrubber system.

 

“Scrubbers aren’t new to underground mining,” explained Novak. “Continuous mining operations — which are different from longwall mining operations — have used what are called flooded bed scrubbers successfully for quite some time. Basically, we are trying to bring what we know works for one method of mining to another method that suffers from more difficult dust control.”

 

While both Novak and Wedding are mining engineering professors at UK, they bring expertise in other fields to this project. Novak received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering; Wedding earned his in mechanical engineering. Novak designed the electrical and computer-control system for the scrubber and Wedding fabricated all of the components with the help of the college’s machine shop and used a 3-D printer to create a mold for the scrubber’s 32 cutting picks.

 

Because longwall shearers face vertical height restrictions, it is not possible to simply attach a scrubber onto an existing machine; therefore, Novak and Wedding have incorporated their scrubber into a new shearer design. Further, the placement of the scrubber is crucial. Because the dust must be captured before it is dispersed into the air and diluted, the scrubber inlet needs to be near the cutting drum, which cuts into the longwall face; however, if it is too close, large coal particles may clog the scrubber bed. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling played a critical role in helping the team place the scrubber’s large centrifugal fan and ductwork.

 

Based on CFD modeling, Novak and Wedding 3-D printed a small-scale version of the new shearer design. Then they went to work on producing the full-scale model, which is approximately 65 feet in length when assembled. This week, the team will transport the shearer to the Pittsburgh Research Lab of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). There, they can test the scrubber’s capabilities in NIOSH’s longwall dust gallery.

 

“There wouldn’t be any way to test this prototype due to its size and the disruption it would cause to a mining operation,” Wedding said. “That is why it is important that we are able to use the longwall gallery at NIOSH, which closely simulates a longwall face. Currently, we are working on building a similar gallery for continuous mining in Georgetown, Kentucky.”

 

Funding for the project came from the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health Inc. with an in-kind donation of equipment from Joy Global and in-mine visits from Alliance Coal LLC.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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Federal Grant Helps Bridge Rural Gap in Availability of Speech Therapy Services

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 10:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2016) — Access to health care and health-related services is a chronic problem in rural America, and Kentucky with its swaths of undeveloped land in Appalachia and points west is particularly vulnerable. A number of initiatives are working to address the issue, and one in particular – using videoconferencing technology to connect experts in larger cities with patients in rural areas – has shown promise.

 

Via “telemedicine,” UK HealthCare physicians have been able to help women with high-risk pregnancies, Alzheimer’s patients, and many other sick people who cannot feasibly travel long distances to get their care.   

 

Faculty from the University of Kentucky’s College of Health Sciences have been exploring ways to train a new generation of speech-language pathologists in "telepractice," a similar concept of using technology to connect practitioners and patients, to deliver therapy to underserved populations. Their efforts have been rewarded with a $1.2 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop the LinKS (Linking Kids to Speech-Language Pathologists) project. 

 

Funding will be used to prepare eight master-level speech-language pathologists annually (40 total) in the effective utilization of telepractice, thereby increasing children’s access to speech-language services in rural Kentucky schools. Assistant Professor Joneen Lowman, Ph.D., will serve as LinKS project director and Associate Professor Jane Kleinert, Ph.D., as co-director.

 

“Resources in rural school districts can be slim and schools are frequently unable to meet federal mandates to provide support services for children with disabilities,” Kleinert said.  “Telepractice is an innovative way to help solve that problem.”

 

Lowman said the program will give students the skills to address the nuances in delivering therapy remotely.

 

“A race car driver must know more than just how to drive the car,” she said.  “He must know how the car’s technology functions, how to manage gas usage…. all sorts of things that are tangentially related to race car driving, but are directly critical to success.  Using technology to deliver healthcare services is very similar.”

 

To that end, the program will help students understand the complexities of licensure and reimbursement, HIPAA/FERPA and other privacy concerns, and even some of the more technical aspects of care delivery.  “They must know how to operate high-tech equipment and understand terminology like ‘bandwidth,’ to be effective,” said Lowman. “If they can’t fix technical issues on the spot, they can’t provide the services these children need.”

 

Perhaps one of the most intriguing elements of the LinKS program is the curriculum on rural culture. Students will be assigned readings and attend lectures about the unique character of Appalachia and other rural areas that will inform each student’s ability to collaborate with “cultural brokers” in the communities they ultimately serve.

 

Hazard resident Taylor Marshall, now nine years old, participated in a trial run for speech language telepractice at UK. Taylor had hearing issues that contributed to a speech delay with certain letters and sounds, said his father, Charles Marshall.

 

“We looked into speech therapy for Taylor and were astonished to discover that the only place in Hazard that could help Taylor didn’t take our insurance,” said Charles Marshall. “Our only other options were to pay $50 per session to stay in Hazard for speech therapy or drive to Lexington in order to use our insurance.”

 

Then, Charles got in touch with Lowman, who agreed to treat Taylor using telepractice.  At first, Lowman teleconnected with Taylor twice a week at the Center for Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard.  Eventually, however, Taylor’s school allowed Lowman to meet with Taylor once a week via FaceTime.

 

“Being able to receive speech therapy services in school was a huge plus, since it reduced the amount of time Taylor spent out of the classroom,” Charles said.

 

Lowman used her experience with Taylor to begin crafting a systematic approach to training students in telepractice.  “We scaffold (the LinKS students) through this process thoughtfully, allowing them first to practice with one another, and then with a child client in pairs, and ultimately when they're out doing a 15-week rotation in a rural school.”

 

Emma Davis of Louisville is one of the first students admitted to the LinKS program.  She always knew she wanted to be a speech therapist, but the telepractice concept made it a more intriguing career prospect.

 

“I think that there are a lot of people around the world that are underserved in various aspects of health,” said Davis. “You always think of Third World countries but you really don’t even have to cross the state line to find those kids, and so I was really excited about the idea of using technology to reach those kids and to provide services to them.”

 

Kleinert is particularly enthusiastic about the cycle of learning, feedback and adjusting that the LinKS program – which is just one of a handful in the U.S. – will afford. 

 

“As a land grant research university, it’s our mission to develop evidence-based practice to help our citizens lead better lives,” Kleinert said. “We know what strategies work with children in a face to face setting. What we have to find out, and give evidence to support, is whether these same strategies can also be used in telepractice, or should they be adapted or changed? So the program will not only train our students, but it should produce some very good evidence and research that can be used elsewhere in the country.”

 

 

 

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