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Parking and Transportation Services’ Bike Voucher Program Cycles Into Second Year

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 14:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2016) — Last year University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) implemented a pilot bicycle voucher program to encourage employees to consider alternatives to driving a vehicle to campus. The tremendous success of the program — spearheaded by the university’s Bicycle Advisory Committee — in its inaugural year has prompted PTS to renew the bike voucher program.


Last year —  in the voucher program’s first year — PTS selected 100 bike voucher recipients from a pool of 462 applicants. The 100 qualified recipients each received a $400 voucher, redeemable at participating local bicycle shops, in exchange for not bringing a motor vehicle to campus for two years.


In order to receive the voucher, participating students and employees must sign a car-free commitment that will restrict them from purchasing a motor vehicle parking permit for two years. Vouchers are awarded with the goal of removing motor vehicles from campus. To that end, priority will be given to students and employees who have had a vehicle parking permit for the past fiscal year (July 1 - June 30), but those new to the university will also be given consideration.


The one-time use vouchers may be used toward the purchase of a bicycle or gear and accessories to outfit a bike that the employee or student already owns. Program participants will also receive 10 scratch-off parking passes —  one-day permits that may be used on occasions when participants must bring a motor vehicle to campus. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase up to 40 additional scratch-off permits per fiscal year.

PTS will begin accepting applicants for the bicycle voucher program today, Wednesday, April 13. The application window will close Thursday, June 30. Faculty, staff and students who wish to participate and who have already purchased a 2015-2016 parking permit may return it for a pro-rated refund.


Prior to receiving the bike voucher, participants must attend a short program orientation covering basic bicycle safety and regulations, as well as campus and community resources for bicyclists.


Residential students are not eligible for the bicycle voucher program, but are encouraged to sign up for use of a bicycle through the Big Blue Cycles fleet.


UK employee and bike voucher recipient Steve Ivey said the program saves him time and adds physical activity to his daily routine.


“I live about four miles from campus. Counting the time it takes to walk to the parking garage, exit the garage and navigate campus traffic during the evening rush hour, the bike ride home takes about the same amount of time,” said Ivey. “Plus, it’s a great way to build some extra physical activity into my day while contributing to some parking and traffic solutions on campus.”


The bicycle voucher program — along with other PTS programs such as BluPass — is part of a suite of alternative transportation options available to the UK community. The programs are designed to simplify the process of shifting from driving a single-occupancy vehicle to campus to an alternative form of transportation, and to reward those individuals who make the change in their routine.


Kristen Mark, UK employee and bike voucher recipient, encourages those considering the bike voucher program to give it a try.


“Don’t be discouraged by relying on your bike and giving up your parking pass. We got 10 free day passes, and I have used all of them, because there were some days where it was too icy or too cold to realistically ride in,” Mark said.


To learn more about the bike voucher program or to submit an application, visit To learn more about the Transportation Master Plan, visit



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Health Colleges Student Diversity Services Expands Mission, Changes Name

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 13:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2016) — For many years, University of Kentucky Health Colleges Student Diversity Services (HCSDS) —  a unit under the Office for Institutional Diversity — has been committed to increasing and supporting the diversity of student populations within UK's health colleges community. HCSDS has also provided all health college students, faculty and staff with educational opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue across cultural differences.


Because of the phenomenal job HCSDS has done in serving their students’ needs, the office and mission of HCSDS are expanding.


HCSDS Director Chassity Holliman-Douglas says this expansion will aid in increasing diversity on campus.


“I am excited that our university has understood the need for an expansion of our services in order to create a more diverse environment than ever before,” Holliman-Douglas said. “Their commitment to this expressed need is what will aid in our current transition as well as continuing to increase the diversity of our campus, so that it more closely resembles society’s makeup.”


While HCSDS will continue its commitment in its full capacity, the office is expanding its mission to provide essential services and educational programming to all graduate and professional students at UK. With this expansion, the office will operate under a new name —  the Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives (CGPDI).


“This expansion comes as an answer to the needs and requests for more dedicated support and resources for underrepresented graduate and professional students across the university as well as continuing the institution's commitment toward building a culturally engaging campus environment,” said Holliman-Douglas.


“The expansion of Health Colleges Student Diversity Services to cover all underrepresented graduate and professional students supports the university’s commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive community,” said Interim Vice President for Institutional Diversity Terry Allen. “The expansion of the office will also bring about an expansion of staffing as well as space. Additional information in that regard is forthcoming as the transition proceeds.”


CGPDI will focus on the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in UK's graduate and professional programs as well as the cultural diversity development of all members of the campus community. 


The mission of the CGPDI is to connect students to essential tools and resources, assist the university in promoting academic excellence, build inclusive communities, and support the professional development of underrepresented graduate and professional students, with the ultimate goal of developing leaders in academy, industry, and society.


Holliman-Douglas hopes the expansion will give graduate and professional students a supportive environment and a dedicated space for underrepresented students in all graduate and professional disciplines as students in a recent town hall requested.


“We anticipate the new Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives to serve as an additional space where graduate and professional students can thrive in a welcoming and supportive atmosphere, actively engage in dialogue with students from disparate backgrounds, and participate in co-curricular programming to enhance students' academic success, cultural competency, commitment to advocacy, and overall professional development,” said Holliman-Douglas.



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Markey Receives Funding to Improve Community Cancer Education in Eastern Kentucky

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 13:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2016) — University of Kentucky researchers Robin Vanderpool and Mark Dignan are leading projects funded by the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities to continue Markey Cancer Center’s community-based efforts aimed at reducing cancer rates in Appalachia. Both programs are funded for three years.


Appalachian regions, particularly in Eastern Kentucky, have disproportionately high rates of both incidence and mortality due to cancer when compared to other regions in the United States. Poverty, lack of access to health care, poor diet, tobacco use, and lack of exercise conspire together to produce high rates of preventable cancers in Appalachia.


The UK Markey Cancer Center brings together numerous disciplines and universities throughout Appalachia to research and implement community-based solutions to help reduce the rate of cancer in the region. The additional funding received supports two projects: the National Outreach Network (NON) and a Geographical Management of Health Disparities Program (GMaP). 


The NON program provides funding to support a community health educator (CHE) who will be strategically integrated into Markey Cancer Center’s cancer prevention and control activities. Through NCI’s National Outreach Network, the CHE is linked to a collection of evidence-based resources and programs to increase access to accurate and culturally tailored cancer information, education and outreach activities to improve local cancer health disparities.


The CHE role will enhance coordination of cancer prevention and control activities with the Markey Cancer Center, GMaP investigators, Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP), Kentucky Cancer Consortium, and other state, regional, and local community partners. Mindy Rogers, who recently served as regional cancer control specialist with KCP in the Cumberland Valley region of the state, will serve as the NON CHE covering Kentucky’s Appalachian communities.


GMaP includes partners at the cancer centers of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia, as well as health disparities researchers at the University of South Carolina. GMaP will focus on increasing research training opportunities in our region, mentoring students and investigators early in their careers, and work with the NON CHE to reach out to the community.  



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UK Welcomes First Multicultural Sorority to Campus

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2016) — Scholarship, service, sisterhood, leadership and multiculturalism — these are the tenets of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. The Alpha Omicron colony of Theta Nu Xi was recently established on the University of Kentucky campus.


Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. was founded at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on April 11, 1997. The founders established a mission to promote leadership, multiculturalism and self-improvement through academic excellence, involvement in and service to the campus and community, as well as being living examples of sisterhood across different races, cultures, religions, backgrounds and lifestyles.


Katelyn Lauber, president of the Alpha Omicron colony of Theta Nu Xi at UK, said, “Our mission statement embodies everything that we believe in.”


A core group of 15 women went through the process of establishing their colony on UK’s campus. The women first became involved with Reaching out to Empower Ambitious Ladies (REAL) — an interest group of Theta Nu Xi.


“Through REAL, we were able to build a strong foundation and incorporate Theta Nu Xi’s tenets with what we wanted a student organization to look like, which was to help empower women on campus and in the community and to build leadership skills through service,” said Julia Vega, UK senior and sister of Theta Nu Xi.


Shortly after, the core group of women held a recruitment week in November 2015.


“More girls started coming to our interest meetings and from then on we were able to go through the regular process of establishing a sorority,” Vega said.


The group of 15 women officially became the Alpha Omicron colony of Theta Nu Xi on March 7, 2016. They are the longest line in Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. history as well as the first and only multicultural sorority at UK.


Loretta Stafford, Theta Nu Xi publicity chair, believes the process of establishing a colony on UK’s campus helped each woman learn a lot about themselves.


“The whole process of joining and establishing this sorority on campus has definitely been one of the biggest areas of growth we’ve experienced. People are different not only in the way they look or their religion but in their way of thinking and their way of reasoning,” said Stafford. “It’s a good thing to embrace those differences and learn how your characteristics can help complement those differences.”


Senior Theta Nu Xi sister Chanel Friday says being in a group with women different from herself has taught her many valuable lessons.


“I think multiculturalism is something that we tend to forget about. We should be educating ourselves on different cultures,” Friday said. “It is really beneficial in the sense that you get to learn from someone who’s from a different culture, and they can educate you on their culture and traditions.”


Friday, along with the rest of the Alpha Omicron colony, would like to see more inclusion between various groups on campus.


“We really want to see a change and cultural shift and more inclusion with all groups on campus. We want to be involved with all types of organizations on campus,” said Friday. “We want to go out and do things with big organizations and small organizations to bridge the gap. We want to get to know more people and create an all-inclusive environment for Greek and non-Greeks alike.”


As part of their Founders Week, Theta Nu Xi will be hosting an interest session tomorrow night, April 14 at 5 p.m. in Room 214 of White Hall Classroom Building. If you can’t make it to the interest session but are interested in learning more about Theta Nu Xi, contact


Follow the Alpha Omicron colony of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. on Twitter and Instagram.



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Spring Football Game Vehicle Relocation

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 08:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2016) — To accommodate fan parking for the University of Kentucky Spring Football Game this Saturday, April 16, the university requires vehicles in the Commonwealth Stadium area to relocate as they would for a typical fall football game.


Students and employees who park at Commonwealth Stadium and in the Sports Center Drive Lots, including the Sports Center Garage, must move their vehicles before 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 16. R7 permit holders parked on Complex Drive do not need to move their vehicles.


Additionally, parking is prohibited on University Drive at any time on Saturday, April 16. Failure to move any vehicle from the stadium parking lots, the Sports Center Garage, the Sports Center Lots or University Drive may result in a citation or impoundment at the owner’s expense. This includes all of the Stadium lots (Red, Blue, Green, and Orange) as well as the Greg Page Overflow Lot and the Soccer/Softball Complex Lots. In addition to the E spaces on University Drive, anyone in motorcycle spaces or parked at meters must be moved.


Vehicles may be moved any time after 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15, and must be moved back by 5 a.m. Monday, April 18.


For more on PTS game day policies and a map illustrating where to move your vehicle, visit

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Inducts Distinguished Alumni

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 17:45

LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 12, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently inducted five new members to its Hall of Distinguished Alumni. This year’s recipients — an entrepreneur, a NASA nutritionist, a Wall Street executive, a family and consumer scientist and an animal scientist — showcase the vast career options available to alumni from the college.


Robert Hall Jr., of Georgetown, Kentucky, received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 1955. Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Army as a food inspector and held herdsman positions in the Northeast and at UK. In 1964, he purchased a small business, Farmers Feed Mill, which through product development and service has grown into a company with worldwide markets. Hall continues to serve as president of the Lexington-based company. In addition to growing a successful company, he has a history of service to agriculture and his community. For example, he sponsored the first Honor Flight from Bluegrass Airport to Washington, D.C., for Central and Eastern Kentucky World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans to visit the memorials dedicated to their service.


Barbara Landrum Rice of Bellaire, Texas, spends her days working with astronauts as a research dietitian at the Johnson Space Center. The Simpson County native graduated from UK with a degree in dietetics in 1962. She went on to receive her master’s degree in nutrition at California State University. Rice directed the nutrition training program at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, started a private practice in nutrition consulting for children and adults, and taught at two universities before moving to Texas. At NASA, she has worked with both U.S. and Russian crews. Her expertise has been called on many times over the years including when NASA assisted in the rescue of trapped Chilean miners, as nutrition was an important component of their successful rescue. Rice is the author of numerous publications and has been the recipient of numerous awards.


Bonnie O. Tanner of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, received her bachelor’s degree in home economics at UK in 1963 and master’s and doctoral degrees in agricultural and extension education at the University of Maryland. During her career, she established a home economics program at a Kentucky mental hospital, creating training for community re-entry. She taught middle school students home economics, was an extension agent and associate professor in Maryland. She joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture where her work in women’s leadership, dietary guidelines, farm to school and food and fitness were nationally and internationally recognized. She returned to UK in 1999 and served for five years as assistant director for family and consumer sciences. She then transitioned to working on special projects for the college until her retirement in 2007. During her tenure at UK, she developed unique partnerships in the arenas of public health and is the co-founder of the Kentucky Women in Agriculture organization.


Myra Leigh Tobin, a native of Harned, Kentucky, received her bachelor’s degree at UK in home economics in 1962, a master’s degree in counseling psychology at Ohio State University and an MBA from New York University. Involved in many activities while in school, she became a trailblazer in the business world. She began her career with Goldman Sachs and then moved to New York-based insurance firm Marsh and McLennan Companies, where she rose through the ranks to become senior vice president, then managing director, a position she held until retiring in 1998. Tobin, of New York, has been a leader in professional and community organizations and remained connected to her Kentucky roots through the family farm. She has served as president of the UK Alumni Association and served for six years on the UK Board of Trustees. She helped raise more than $2 million for First Presbyterian Church in New York City and supported UK HealthCare with the construction of the Myra Leigh Tobin Chapel in the the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A.


The late James D. Kemp, a native of Pickett, Kentucky, spent nearly 40 years teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students in Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky, many of whom today are well-recognized in their respective careers. He was instrumental in helping to establish the food science program in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. He also helped to initiate what is now a well-known event at the Kentucky State Fair – the annual grand champion ham auction. Kemp died on Feb. 17, 2015.


The Hall of Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented annually and are a joint program of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the UK Ag and HES Alumni Association. It is the highest alumni award bestowed by the college.



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Nash Appointed Director of Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 17:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2016) — University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics Dean David W. Blackwell today announced the appointment of Warren O. Nash III as the new executive director of the college's Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship.


“Warren Nash’s extensive experience in business development and the Kentucky entrepreneurship community, and his leadership of the Lexington office of the Kentucky Innovation Network for the past five years, make him exceptionally qualified to lead the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship into its next phase,” Blackwell said. “I look forward to working with Warren to continue growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University of Kentucky and throughout the Commonwealth.”   


Nash officially assumes the job after serving as the center's interim director for the past several months following the retirement of Dean Harvey at the end of December 2015.


Prior to his new position, Nash served as director of the Lexington office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, a unit of the Von Allmen Center and part of a system of 13 Innovation Network offices located across the state. The Kentucky Innovation Network is funded by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Cabinet together with local strategic funding partners located in each region.


Before coming to UK in January 2011, Nash served as deputy commissioner for the Department of Commercialization and as deputy commissioner of the Department for Financial Incentives within the Cabinet for Economic Development. 


Nash is a graduate of Georgetown College and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. He is also a member of the Kentucky Bar Association.


“I am grateful for this new opportunity and look forward to building upon the success of Dean Harvey in creating a more vibrant entrepreneurial community at the university, as well as across the Bluegrass Region and throughout the Commonwealth,” Nash said.


The mission of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship is to help accelerate and grow Kentucky’s economy by assisting and guiding university faculty, researchers, clinicians, staff and student innovators in the development of ideas and commercialization of new technologies, products and services. The center also facilitates collaborations between the university and industry. 


The Von Allmen Center is an Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center program. EDA-funded university centers conduct applied research, provide technical assistance to public and private-sector organizations, and conduct other activities with the goal of enhancing regional economic development.


The Von Allmen Center is also a founding member of the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership (BBDP), which is an economic development initiative of UK, Commerce Lexington and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. The BBDP provides a one-stop shop for assistance to regional entrepreneurs/startup companies and promotes the regional innovation ecosystem.


Commerce Lexington Inc. President and CEO Bob Quick said, “Over the years, Warren has been an integral part of the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership team, helping entrepreneurs and innovators across the region. Central Kentucky has gained recognition nationally as a high-tech hub, and Warren’s efforts to grow the Lexington Venture Club, now known as SPARK, are paying dividends with increased participation and more opportunities for entrepreneurs. We are delighted to learn that in his new role, he will continue to work closely with the BBDP in initiatives to support technology start-ups, while engaging Lexington leaders and university students and faculty to further strengthen our entrepreneurial community.”



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Campus Climate Survey Deadline Extended

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 16:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2016) — All University of Kentucky faculty, staff and students have a few more days to offer their opinions on the current climate of diversity and inclusion on campus.


As President Eli Capilouto announced last month, UK is working toward an ambitious set of priorities to create a sense of belonging for everyone. As part of that goal, a survey is under way to gather feedback to better understand views on the current state of diversity and inclusion at the university.


The results from the survey — together with interviews and focus groups conducted earlier this year — will help develop a complete picture of campus and provide a baseline to measure future progress. The data will also help develop a robust initiative that will touch all faculty, staff and students.


“The community we want is not created in a single moment in time, nor is it captured at the end of a calculation or spreadsheet,” Capilouto said in announcing the survey last month. “It is about creating a culture in which students, faculty and staff all feel safe and welcome on our campus.”


Anyone who has not yet taken the survey should receive an email reminder from UK Administration on Thursday. The survey will officially close Friday.



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Clinical Nursing Specialist Student Uses Training to Reduce Patient Stress at Markey

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 16:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2016) — Five weeks at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center seemed like an eternity for bone marrow transplant recipient Earl Harris.


Two days after he started the treatment, his 91-year-old mother died, and the demands of the transplantation process meant he couldn’t attend her funeral. As days of inpatient treatment turned into weeks, the bus driver who transports special needs children to school in Jefferson County was anxious to return to his bus route — and his golf clubs.


Harris, a lymphoma survivor from Valley Springs, Kentucky, spent the entire month of April 2015 in isolation after receiving a bone marrow transplant at the UK Markey Cancer Center. Even close family members were discouraged from visiting Harris because his compromised immune system was vulnerable to infection. Harris experienced a number of medical scares, such as a sudden drop in his blood level counts and an episode of colitis, and needed highly specialized care just to recover from the transplantation.


Harris benefited from the specialized care of Tia Thistlewood, his primary care nurse who reminded him of the many reasons to persevere through the transplantation process. Thistlewood, a student on the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) track of the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program at the UK College of Nursing, is tailoring her education to provide advanced clinical expertise caring for patients undergoing the risk-laden process of bone marrow transplantation.


“She was just a relief to see,” Harris said of Thistlewood. “Her expertise seemed to standout.”


Thistlewood has learned the priceless skill of coaching Markey patients through the trial of a bone marrow transplantation, which can require weeks or even months of inpatient care. While blood cancer patients who receive a bone marrow transplant can extend their life by several years, the temporary trade-off is subjecting their bodies to a stripping of all abnormal cells, which also devastates the immune system. Bone marrow transplant patients receive stem cells or donor cells, which migrate to their bone marrow and replenish damaged or destroyed cells. A number of complications can arise during the transplantation process, and nurses must know how chemotherapy and cancer affects the entire body and immune system.


“They can become critically ill very quickly and it takes a lot of training and skill to recognize when your patient needs extra care,” Thistlewood said. “It humbles me to think I’m that person keeping you well and getting you those interventions.”


In addition to the isolation from their daily lives and families, the transplantation process puts an emotional, physical and mental strain on patients. Nurses must monitor vital signs and watch for numerous complications during recovery, but they also help patients keep their eye on the prize of getting home to their families and lives.


“You get to know your patients and their family, and you become almost as close as family with your patients,” Thistlewood said. “You learn so much about life and relationships — you almost forget cancer is part of the equation.”


While the CNS track helps develop leadership and organizational skills, its primary purpose is to prepare advance practice nurses with a specific clinical expertise to assist patients and care providers in complex health care settings. This specialized training and emphasis on leadership gives nurses a competitive edge in their workplaces and equips them with the knowledge to enact positive change in health systems management.


“In my experience as a staff nurse, I have identified many ways to make the system better,” Thistlewood said. “In order to make the most impact, I chose to go back to school. The CNS track was attractive to me because of the role’s diversity.” 


Thistlewood said applying her knowledge in clinical practice is an important component of the CNS track. In addition to providing individual care directly to patients, CNS students are also trained to identify ways to improve patient outcomes through systematic health care delivery.


In applying her advanced knowledge to clinical practice at Markey, Thistlewood is identifying checkpoints along the bone marrow transplant trajectory where nurses have the opportunity to clarify information for patients. Through her interactions with patients, Thistlewood has noticed many patients are unclear or confused about what to expect during transplantation, and tension builds as they spend more time away from their homes and families. This tension can lead to conflict and adverse patient outcomes.

In response to these concerns, Thistlewood has formed a patient and family education committee at Markey to develop written materials that explain the transplantation process to patients and their caregivers prior to admittance. In addition, Thistlewood’s committee is introducing a two-hour transplant preparation class for patients and their caregivers.


Thistlewood has also turned her attention to the need for more nursing staff training on basic bone marrow transplant team and in March 2015 held courses for nurses to teach evidence-based practices and improve the confidence of staff nurses in this area. Thistlewood also hopes to develop a system for patient follow-up, as many patients leave Markey needing long-term care and support from home.


“Since Tia started in the clinical nurse specialist track in the DNP program, she has demonstrated outstanding initiative to improve the care of oncology patients receiving bone marrow transplant,” Martha Biddle, assistant professor and coordinator of the CNS track in the UK College of Nursing, said. “Her desire and ability to recognize unmet patient needs and develop programs that will improve patient care outcomes is a true asset to the Markey Cancer Center.


When Earl Harris was yearning for the golf course on the fifth week of his treatment, Thistlewood provided him with as much information as possible to give him hope, but also managed his expectations. Harris said the extra time she spent ensuring he was engaged and informed led to a long-term friendship. Harris and his wife Bonnie related to Thistlewood on their shared backgrounds in Louisville, and after his treatment was complete, they celebrated with Thistlewood and her boyfriend — a bone marrow transplant recipient — at their mutual favorite restaurant, Captain’s Quarter’s.


Now a year out from his transplant, Harris is cancer-free and driving his school bus. He’s getting good reports from his doctors. He makes trips to Lexington to volunteer and serve meals to other patients receiving long-term cancer care at the Markey Cancer Center. He and Bonnie maintain contact with Thistlewood, who sometimes consults them for gardening advice.


“Not everyone has a happy ending, but to see Earl happy and healthy was the best payment of all,” Thistlewood said. “Having the ability to make positive impacts for people who were once complete strangers is the entire reason why I do what I do.”


For more information about the CNS track part of the UK College of Nursing DNP program, click here

Students Honored at 2016 Lyman T. Johnson Awards Banquet

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2016) — The Lyman T. Johnson Awards Banquet was held last Tuesday evening in E.S Good Barn. The banquet sold out with nearly 100 attendants who were anxious to dine with one another and witness the announcement of this year's award-winning students.


The Lyman T. Johnson Awards Banquet is a longstanding tradition at the University of Kentucky. It was created over 30 years ago, by the UK Black Student Union, to honor the hard work, strong leadership and amazing achievements of the minority students on this campus, who may otherwise go unrecognized.


The banquet was named in honor of Lyman T. Johnson who, in 1949, became the first African-American student to be enrolled at UK after successfully suing the university for rejecting his application to a graduate program on the basis of race. The banquet was created in his name to honor his legacy, and continues as an annual tradition today.


This year's banquet was nothing short of a success, with nearly 100 people in attendance including President Eli Capilouto, Vice President of Institutional Diversity Terry Allen, BSU founder Theodore Berry, and staff from the Martin Luther King Center. An inspiring keynote address was given by State Rep. George Brown, and the evening was hosted by Bishlam Pea and Mariah Caise, who hold the titles of Mr. And Ms. Black UK, respectively.


The 2016 winners of the awards annually presented by the Black Student Union were:

  • Fabian Leon, Outstanding Freshman Award

  • Tiara Fripp, Outstanding Senior Award

  • Carol Taylor, Evelyn J. Black Award
  • Eseosa Ighodaro, John T. Smith Award

  • Kelsey Hammon, Dr. Doris J. Wilkinson Award

  • Nicholas Bryant, Lyman T. Johnson Award

  • NAACP, Non-Greek Organization of the Year

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.-Mu Epsilon Chapter, Greek Organization of the Year 



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South Africa Conference Explores Global Education

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2016) — The call for papers deadline approaches for the Interuniversity Centre for Education Law and Education Policy (CELP) conference, “Balancing Freedom, Autonomy and Accountability in Education,” to be held July 27-29 in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa.


Conference co-chairs include Rika Joubert, director of CELP and professor emeritus at the University of Pretoria in South Africa; William Thro, general counsel at the University of Kentucky; and John Nash, associate professor in the UK College of Education Department of Educational Leadership Studies. The conference also incorporates the 2016 International Symposium on Educational Reform, for which Nash is the 2016 coordinating director.


According to CELP’s literature, “The effort to respect the role of parents as the primary advocates for the education of their children and thus to find the right balance between liberty and accountability in education – to ensure that society’s goals are met and vulnerable individuals and groups are protected … is the theme of this conference.”


Contributions addressing any of the following sub-themes are invited:

·       Freedom of and right to education as basic norms in democratic societies

·       Understanding and implementing education reform worldwide

·       The role of the state in promoting human rights in education

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"see blue." #selfie: Jeremiah Pickett III

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 14:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2016)  Want to get to know the people behind some of the biggest student leadership positions on campus? We did, too! That's why we're excited to introduce "see blue." #selfie  a brand new series on UKNow that lets student leaders from across campus tell us a little bit more about themselves and their organizations. This week, the 2016 president of the Black Student Union, Jeremiah Pickett.


Jeremiah Pickett, a junior political science major from the south suburbs of Chicago, is this year's Black Student Union (BSU) president at the University of Kentucky. Pickett strives to take on the task of nurturing others during their time at UK. He's always open to helping out where he can, catching a good movie at his favorite theater in Lexington and building community by investing in his friends and peers. Learn more about Pickett in his "see blue." #selfie!


UKNow: What is your major and where are you from?

Jeremiah Pickett: I'm from the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, and I'm a political science major. I'm a junior.


UK: Tell me about your position in Black Student Union.

JP: As president of UK BSU, I am pretty much the representative of the issues across campus as well as administratively in our organization. I delegate and handle situations as they arrive. As soon as someone in the organization needs me, they can get in touch with me! Everyone knows that.


UK: When did you become involved with BSU?

JP: My involvement began my sophomore year when I held the position of political action chair. During that election, I was nominated and elected as president for this year.


UK: Why are you so passionate about this organization? 

JP: What makes me so passionate about it is the activities that we put on and the events that bring out blacks on campus. It fuels me! I think that the events help everyone get to the next place they want to be in their lives.  


UK: In your own words, how does BSU benefit our campus?

JP: As a whole, we are one of the largest minority organizations on campus. Our duty is to nurture. We are trying to expand to show people that we are catering to more than blacks.


UK: What was your favorite part about the organization?

JP: I would say exec board meetings with the leadership team and chairs. We still get business done, but we are more relaxed and chilled and we get to hang out for an hour and a half. That definitely is my favorite part.


UK: Are there any teachers or staff members that have made a positive impact on your time here at UK?

JP: I have three — our faculty advisors and one of my political science teachers. Our advisors, Kahlil Baker and Asia Payne, impact a lot of what we do. And Richard Waterman, one of my political science teachers, wants students to succeed. He will have a conversation with you despite your political interest. He just is there to talk and help you out.


UK: If you had a movie about your life, what would the title be? 

JP: Probably "The Third in Succession." Yup, that's good! I would go see that!  


UK: How much planning goes on behind the scenes for BSU events? 

JP: Behind the scenes, we come up with a topic first. Once that's decided, from there the planning and coordination starts. We reach outside of BSU, talking to the Lexington community or other organizations, reserving room. We spend a lot of time coordinating to make it a well-planned event. Out biggest event is Saturday — it's the Apollo Talent Show. Now in year 17, it's become a statewide thing with contestants from all over the state. It's in the Singletary Center with a celebrity guest host for intermission. It's a time of fellowship, fashion, talents and acts.


UK: Outside of BSU, what has been one of your favorite events on campus?

JP: I enjoy Campus Ruckus and I think it's because you get to see the incoming freshman and all their interests! It's one of the first times returning students will all be together, too. It's a good time to see everyone before school starts!


UK: Growing up, what did you want to be?

JP: I wanted to be a chef. I wanted to be that for the longest time!


UK: What's your dream job now? 

JP: Now, I would like to be a staffer for an elected official in Congress.  


UK: What's your favorite thing you like to do off campus? 

JP: Going to the movies either at Regal or the Movie Tavern because of the seats!


UK: What's your favorite late night place to grab a bite to eat?

JP:  My friends and I always space it out. One night it might be McDonalds, or O'Charley's for free pie Wednesdays, or Steak-n-Shake!


UK: If you could make anything a national holiday, what would it be?

JP:  If I had to make a national holiday, I would want to have one in January in remembrance of Obama's inauguration or November when he was elected!


UK: What is your favorite vacation spot? 

JP: My family owns a RV. One of my favorite parts about that RV is when we take it to Stone Mountain, Georgia. We go there frequently!


UK: Since we celebrated Opening Day last week, which MLB team are you rooting for this year? 

JP: I'm a White Sox fan by default.


UK: Do you have any advice for incoming freshman?

JP: I have two! Looking back on what I wish I would have known, first I would say to ask questions to anyone about anything while you're in college. In college, this is one of the places you're going to grow the most to set you up for when you graduate. Get those questions out now while you have some free time to figure out what's going on in your life. On the academic side of things, remember that office hours change grades. If there's a time when you see you're struggling, get the help. Ask the teacher or go see them! I tell everyone "go see your teacher!"


"see blue." #selfies will appear every other Tuesday on UKNow. Know a student leader we should feature? Contact Rebecca Stratton at to nominate someone.



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UK Family Invited to Enter Designs for Confucius Institute's Snapchat Filter Competition

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute (UKCI) is now accepting submissions from UK students, faculty or staff for its Snapchat Filter Competition!


The UKCI is looking for graphic design submissions for a new Snapchat filter that students and community members can use when sharing UKCI moments on Snapchat.


Submissions will be reviewed by the UKCI marketing team and a winner will be selected. The winner will receive a UKCI gift basket and his or her design will be used as UKCI’s official Snapchat geo-filter design on campus.


All works of art must comply with the following guidelines:

  • All graphics used must be 100 percent original.
  • No logos or trademarks, other than the University of Kentucky logo. 
  • Design must be relevant to the UK Confucius Institute brand.
  • No photographs.
  • No hashtags. 
  • Graphics should cover less than one-third of the screen.
  • File should be 1080 pixels wide by 1920 pixels high.
  • Files should be a PNG under 300 KB with a transparent background.
  • Be creative and think visually.

See the sample at bottom of page as an example.


Deadline for submissions for the UKCI Snapchat Filter Competition is 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 25.


Each entry must be sent via email with the designer’s name, year (if applicable), major or department, and email address. All submissions and questions should be sent to Lauren Henrickson at

Individuals submitting designs to the UK Confucius Institute are authorizing UKCI and the University of Kentucky to make unlimited, unrestricted use of their design for promotional purposes.


A gateway for Chinese language, culture and art to the people of Kentucky, UKCI provides leadership, support and coordination for Chinese language and programs in K-12 schools as well as on UK's campus; assists and facilitates establishing and maintaining faculty and student exchanges between UK colleges and Chinese universities; conducts Chinese language and cultural exchange; and promotes education about China on campus, across the Bluegrass region, and throughout the Commonwealth. To keep up with UK Confucius Institute and future events, join the institute's listerv and follow them on FacebookTwitter and Snapchat (UKConfucius).



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Leila Salisbury to Lead University Press of Kentucky

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2016) — Leila Salisbury will return to the Bluegrass as the new director of the University Press of Kentucky (UPK). Salisbury will take leadership of the press on Aug. 1. She began her career as an intern at UPK.


Salisbury returns to Kentucky after serving as director of the University Press of Mississippi (UPM) since 2008. At UPM, she was responsible for strategic planning and the overall direction and management of a $2.7 million scholarly publishing operation, directed the electronic evolution of the press, and helped secure a $3.8 million endowment.


Prior to her time at the helm of UPM, Salisbury served as marketing director of the University Press of Kentucky from 2001–2008, and her duties included all facets of publicity, marketing, promotion and book sales. She also acquired books in film studies and popular culture.

While at both presses, Salisbury has been very involved with the American Association of University Presses (AAUP), an organization of nonprofit publishers whose members strive to advance scholarship through their publications. Currently a member of the association's national board of directors, she has previously chaired and participated in a number of panels and workshops at both national and regional levels and served as the chair of the AAUP marketing committee.


“I look forward to Leila bringing her national academic publishing experience back to Kentucky and leading the Kentucky's statewide academic press through the exciting digital transformation underway in publishing,” said Dean of Libraries Terry Birdwhistell.

Salisbury holds a bachelor's degree with honors in English from Davidson College and a master's degree in English from the University of Kentucky.


The University Press of Kentucky is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that includes all of the state universities, five private colleges, and two historical societies. The press’s editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production, and marketing departments of the press are found at the UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation through the UK Libraries.



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Annual Ceremony Will Memorialize Those Lost From the UK Community

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 09:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2016) — The annual University of Kentucky Remembers Ceremony will be held noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, on the plaza of the Main Building. The rain location is King Alumni House.


UK Remembers is an opportunity for the University of Kentucky community to pay respect to the alumni, faculty, staff and students who’ve passed away during the previous year. The ceremony will include a presentation of flags by the UK ROTC Color Guard; speakers who represent faculty, staff, students and alumni; and a musical tribute.


Additionally, a memorial banner will hang in the plaza the day of the ceremony. This year, the banner will include nearly 400 names of community members we’ve lost in the past year.


The event is open to the public, and attendees are invited to post pictures and memorial notes to the banner as a way to honor those who have passed. This year’s service has been organized by students from the Robinson Scholars Program and staff from the office of Alumni Relations, the Counseling Center, Work Life, Student Center and Physical Plant.



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Contemporary Emirati Art Exhibit Makes Final American Stop at UK's Bolivar Gallery

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:09
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) — The first major touring exhibition of Emirati art will make its final stop of an 18-month tour of the United States this weekend in the Bluegrass. "Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates," organized by Meridian International Center and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), tells the story of the UAE’s rich history, culture and rapid development. The exhibition will run April 16-May 13 at the University of Kentucky’s Bolivar Art Gallery, in the new Art and Visual Studies Building.


A special highlight of "Past Forward" is the display of works that showcase facets of Emirati culture, including a strong equestrian heritage and a culture deeply rooted in hospitality. Similar to Lexington, horses are intrinsically woven into the fabric of Emirati culture. The UAE is home to some of the world’s most famous horse racing tournaments including the Dubai World Cup, and the country’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed, led the country in promoting purebred Arabian horses to the world. The UAE — which is home to more than 200 different nationalities — and Kentucky share a proud culture of hospitality that makes visitors feel at home.


"'Past Forward’ presents the UAE’s culture and history as told through the eyes of the country’s best contemporary artists, and how the country has preserved its traditions while developing into the modern, open and tolerant place it is today," said UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba. "'Past Forward’s final stop in Lexington, Kentucky, is the last chance to view some of these talented Emiratis’ artwork in the U.S., and we are excited to share this moment in a city where we have so much in common."


The UAE and the U.S. share close bilateral ties, and the "Past Forward" touring exhibition and auxiliary programming is a reflection of the two countries’ friendship. In conjunction with the exhibition, this week, a delegation of featured artists from the UAE will participate in public programming and arts outreach on the UK campus and around the community.


The exhibition showcases more than 50 paintings, photographs, sculptures, video installations and other media by 25 notable Emirati artists that emphasize core elements of life in the UAE. Emirati artists are a multifaceted group of men and women who have maintained a sense of national identity while also promoting their vision and aspirations for the future. Early proponents of contemporary art in the UAE forged a path for the art world over 40 years ago, making the discipline a key aspect of today’s culture.


"We are thrilled to host this incredibly important exhibit. It is a tremendous vote of confidence by the UAE to enable the School of Art and Visual Studies to showcase more than 25 leading Emirati artists,” said UK College of Fine Arts Dean Michael Tick. "The scope of this exhibit not only allows us to strengthen our programming for the benefit of the students of the University of Kentucky as well as the entire community, but also showcase our new state-of-art building."


"Past Forward" showcases works by several of these pioneers, who draw inspiration from the country’s rich history, diverse society and unique environment. Immersed in a fast-moving, transitional space, Emirati artists still remain deeply connected to their roots. "Past Forward" leads visitors on a visual journey from artistic beginnings in the UAE to the country’s evolution into a vibrant regional art center. It also provides an intimate view of life in the UAE that characterizes the nation’s past, present and future.


"'Past Forward’ will provide a unique opportunity for people in Lexington to learn about the UAE’s cultural heritage through the eyes of Emirati artists," said Meridian International Center President and CEO Ambassador Stuart Holliday.


The Emirati artists featured in this exhibition are: Ebtisam AbdulAziz, Shamma Al Amri,

Ammar Al Attar, Khalid Al Banna, Zeinab Al Hashemi, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Maitha Al Mehairbi, Farah Al Qasimi, Mohammed Al Qassab, Abdul Qader Al Rais, Alia Saeed Al Shamsi, Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi, Afra Bin Dhaher, Mattar Bin Lahej, Maitha Demithan, Alaa Edris, Lamya Gargash, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Alia Lootah, Najat Makki, Lateefa bint Maktoum, Khalid Mezaina, Salama Nasib, Khalid Shafar and Obaid Suroor. To read more on each artist's story or to see examples of an artist's work, visit the "Past Forward" website at


As part of the exhibition, a panel discussion on the contemporary art landscape in the UAE will be presented from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the auditorium of UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A. The discussion will be moderated by Miriam Kienle, assistant professor in the UK School of Art and Visual Studies, and will include UAE artist Lamya Gargash; Terry K. Harvey, vice pesident of Cultural Programs at Meridian International Center; Dana Al Marashi, head of the Heritage and Social Affairs Department at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C.; and UAE artist Maitha Al Maehairbi


The following week an opening reception will be held for the exhibition from 4:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Bolivar Art Gallery. The exhibition, panel discussion and opening reception are all free and open to the public. 


"Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates" is organized and circulated by Meridian International Center with support from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C. Additional support for "Past Forward" is provided by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and Etihad Airways. The exhibition is co-curated by the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy and contemporary Emirati art expert Noor Al Suwaidi. As part of its national tour, the exhibition has visited Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Spokane, Washington; East Lansing, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois.


Housed in the UK Art and Visual Studies Building, the Bolivar Art Gallery is the primary gallery space of the UK's School of Art and Visual Studies at the College of Fine Arts. The gallery features exhibition programming showcasing work by visiting artists, as well as UK students and faculty in the School of Art and Visual Studies, an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studioart history and visual studies, and art education.


Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Meridian International Center is a premier international leadership organization that provides valuable insight and experiences across borders, cultures and sectors. Meridian works with U.S. Department of State partners in the government, private, NGO, and educational sectors globally to create lasting international partnerships through leadership programs and cultural exchanges. Meridian also connects U.S. and foreign governments with the private sector to respond to global challenges and sustain impact. Meridian’s mission is to create innovative exchange, educational, cultural, and policy programs that advance three goals: strengthen U.S. engagement with the world through the power of exchange, prepare public and private sector leaders for a complex global future, and provide a neutral forum for international collaboration across sectors.


The UAE is a source of stability, tolerance, innovation, and growth in the Arabian Gulf and around the globe. The United States and the UAE are reliable allies, with historical and present-day shared security and economic interests. In fact, the UAE is the largest export market for U.S. goods in the Middle East and more U.S. naval vessels visit UAE ports than any other port outside the United States. The United States and the UAE also enjoy growing social and cultural ties, and many U.S. institutions in education, health care and the arts have formed collaborative partnerships with UAE entities. For more information:



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UK Team Wins First Place in Districts of National Student Advertising Competition

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 15:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) — A student team from the University of Kentucky Department of Integrated Strategic Communication (ISC) won first place in their district in the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) held April 1, in Columbus, Ohio.


UK competes in AAF District 5, which includes schools in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. Students from more than 200 programs nationwide compete annually in the NSAC. Winners from the 15 AAF districts go on to the semifinal competition, held via video conference May 4; semifinal winners will compete at the national competition June 4-7, in Anaheim, California.


"I am beyond proud of my team and their hard work — winning in District 5 is no small feat," said Adriane Grumbein, assistant ISC professor and advisor to the team. "I am thrilled that I got to be their advisor, and I can’t wait to see how far they go — both in the NSAC and in life."


This year's NSAC sponsor was Snapple. Each team developed a 27-page campaign book and made a 20-minute presentation before a panel of industry judges.


Just like the ISC major, the team's campaign was multi-faceted. It centered a lot of work around public relations efforts and garnering attention for Snapple in new ways. The team spent countless hours conducting primary and secondary research to support the campaign's strategies and tactics. 


“This experience was a true capstone and culmination of the ISC major," said Savanah Sellars, an ISC junior and competition team member. "It was a unique experience to see all of the paths come together to create a cohesive campaign — a true show of team work. Every member of the team worked exceptionally hard and having the opportunity to compete at semifinals is such a reward!"


The integration of "paths" Sellars mentioned is the hallmark of the ISC major at UK. Unlike programs at other schools that generally focus on only advertising or public relations, the students in the integrated strategic communication major learn about the range of promotional communication techniques and how they can best be used together.


"The integrated campaign that this team created for Snapple shows the value of an academic program like ISC," said UK Department of ISC Chair Alyssa Eckman, who also helps advise the team. "The team had students from all our areas of specialization, including direct response, creative advertising, public relations and account management. The commitment to teamwork was really amazing this year, and they proved that a determined group of ISC students can overcome tough challenges and tight deadlines.”


The 2016 UK NSAC team members are:


Kelsey Brosseau

Sarah Carbin

Jacob Ewing

Ryan Girves

Lauren Henrickson

Austin Hohiemer

Rachel Izydorek

Joran Mason

Abigail O’Connor

Kelsey Potter

Ryan Quinn

Garrett Ringler

Savanah Sellars

Sydney Shelton

Seth Stewart 

Rachel Walker



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UK Researchers Co-hosting Important International Meeting on Health, Environment

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 14:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) – Scientists from the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK-SRC) are joining the Institute of Environmental Medicine AS CR in co-hosting the 2016 Central and Eastern European Conference on Health and the Environment (CEECHE). Held biennially, this year’s meeting is taking place this week through April 14 at the Hotel Diplomat in Prague, Czech Republic. The UK-SRC is able to co-sponsor the event with financial support provided by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program.


The CEECHE meeting facilitates the exchange of knowledge about new methods for assessing and addressing environmental health risks that are relevant to central and eastern European regions. Attendees will focus on conducting and translating science within an emerging prevention paradigm, determining ways to better define the complex but common links between health and environment, and promoting shared understandings of current research.


Discussion topics include the exposome; epigenetics; environmental disease prevention strategies that include lifestyle factors; new environmental remediation technologies; risk assessment; and policy levers for reducing exposures and improving environmental public health. Scientists will share data and engage broadly with other members of the scientific community, while trainees and early-career scientists will meet established investigators within an international context to exchange ideas and initiate scientific collaborations.


“Reducing exposures and improving environmental health outcomes for those who cannot avoid exposures are important goals worldwide,” said Bernhard Hennig, UK-SRC director. “Bringing together scientists from different nations to share knowledge and strategies for preventing exposures and promoting health is an important way that we can leverage the expertise of many disciplines and backgrounds to improve population health.”


Hennig, a professor of nutrition and toxicology at UK, will serve as Wednesday’s keynote speaker, discussing the public health implications of his research on the relationship between nutritional interventions and environmental pollutant toxicity.


In addition to Hennig, UK faculty presenting their research at the conference include Kelly Pennell of the College of Engineering, Anna Hoover of the College of Public Health, and Andrew Morris of the College of Medicine.


UK-SRC postdoctoral researcher Michael Petriello will present a research poster at the conference, as will UK-SRC graduate students and postdoctoral trainees Jordan Perkins and Angela Gutierrez.


Complete details regarding the sessions are available on the event website: Learn more about the UK-SRC at


The Commonwealth of Kentucky is home to 14 active U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Priorities List Superfund hazardous waste sites and to more than 500 federal and state Superfund sites. By participating in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences nationwide family of Superfund Research Programs (SRP), UK meets its land-grant institution mandate and continues a strong tradition of cross-disciplinary collaboration.


This grant represents the continuing effort of the university to pursue national prominence in environmental and health research while addressing issues of extreme importance to Kentuckians.


The University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK-SRC) supports both biomedical and environmental science research on reducing the health and environmental impacts related to chlorinated organic compounds found at Superfund sites across the country.


The center's biomedical research focuses on potential roles for nutritional components and lifestyle choices to reduce negative human health effects related to chemical exposures. UK-SRC environmental research examines potential uses of nanotechnology for detecting and remediating such sites.


Together, UK-SRC investigators and trainees translate research findings for and with academic audiences, federal and state policymakers and regulators, and affected communities to contribute to real-world improvements in environmental health.


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Office of Wellness Initiatives for Student Empowerment Establishes Collegiate Recovery Community

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 13:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Office of Wellness Initiatives for Student Empowerment (WISE) is excited to announce the launch of its Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC).


UK’s CRC is dedicated to empowering students recovering from addictive disorders to achieve academic, personal and professional success while maintaining recovery. The CRC provides a safe and supportive community for students in recovery, including a positive social atmosphere with like-minded peers, dedicated and qualified recovery staff and an emphasis on developing as productive members of society.


Living in recovery on a college campus can be very difficult but the CRC exists to bring recovering students together — students who are pursuing a life of sobriety while achieving their goals.


Kelsey Hinken, WISE prevention coordinator, is excited about the establishment of a CRC on UK’s campus.


“Students involved with collegiate recovery communities tend to have higher GPAs, higher graduation rates as well as lower relapse rates,” Hinken said.


Hinken is also passionate about providing recovering students with the support they need.


“I would love to get feedback from students about what they would like to see because – ultimately – that is what we want the CRC to be. Whatever recovering students feel they need, whatever resources they want to have, that’s absolutely what the CRC would like to provide for them,” Hinken said.


Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12, the CRC team will be available on the Mining and Minerals Plaza near William T. Young Library from noon to 3 p.m. Grab some free goodies and see what CRC is all about.


If you are interested in or would like to join the Collegiate Recovery Community at UK, email Kelsey Hinken at If you would like to donate or support the CRC, email Drew Smith at


For more information, visit the CRC website, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.



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UK Police Department Launches Moped Education/Enforcement Campaign

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 12:58


Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing. View a transcript. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) — An increase of inappropriate and illegal use of mopeds on the University of Kentucky campus is resulting in UK Police launching an education and enforcement campaign for the remainder of the spring semester. Moped operators not following state laws or campus regulations will be subject to warnings and eventually citations if the warnings are ignored.


Mopeds are not allowed to be driven on sidewalks or in bicycle lanes, and they cannot be parked at bicycle racks on UK's campus. The same rules that apply to motorcycles apply to mopeds — they can be parked in motorcycle spaces on campus.


"This is a safety issue on a number of levels," said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe. "The risk of injury increases for pedestrians and moped drivers alike if they are on sidewalks together, especially during heavy pedestrian travel periods. Also, we want to avoid situations of mopeds with tanks full of gasoline being parked at bicycle racks in close proximity to buildings. That can increase the risk of fire on campus."


Monroe also said UK Police are seeing other examples of moped drivers disregarding legal and safe driving practices, including driving the wrong way on one-way streets; circumventing traffic; having multiple riders on a moped; and not using safety equipment.


Starting today, UK Police are stepping up their efforts to educate the campus community about UK regulations and state laws covering the use of mopeds. Driving mopeds on sidewalks or in bike lanes is against Kentucky vehicle laws, which also require moped drivers to possess a regular driver's license and follow the same laws as any motor vehicle. UK Police plan to focus on moped drivers who violate laws of improper lane usage, careless driving, failure to yield and disregarding traffic regulations.


"As long as moped users operate their vehicles in a legal and responsible manner, they have nothing to worry about," said UK Police Captain Kevin Franklin who is coordinating the education and enforcement effort. "We just want to make sure that they know and understand the driving laws and parking regulations and follow those rules."


For the next two weeks UK Police will issue verbal and written warnings to any moped user in violation of state and local regulations. If violators are students, they could be reported to UK Student Affairs officials, and if they are employees, they could be reported to Human Resources officials. After that time period, violators can expect citations.


UK Parking and Transportation Services will also increase enforcement for mopeds parked in violation of campus parking regulations including being parked at bike racks, near buildings, and on sidewalks.


"We hope members of our campus community as well as visitors who use mopeds will respond quickly to our education campaign and comply with the rules of the road and parking," Monroe said. "Safety is a top priority of the university, and we don't want the illegal or unsafe operation of mopeds to become a risk to maintaining a safe campus environment."



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