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Do Your Part in Not Overusing Antibiotics

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 17:32

By Thein Myint, infectious diseases physician at UK HealthCare


LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 8, 2016) — Antibiotics have been used for the past 80 years to treat patients and have greatly reduced illness and death from infectious diseases. However, these same drugs have been used so extensively and for so long that the organisms they are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective over time.


Bacteria can spread from person to person. Although some of these bacteria don’t cause any problems, if you become infected with certain harmful bacteria, you may become sick. If those bacteria are resistant to antibiotics then your infection may be harder to treat because the antibiotics may simply not work.


This overuse and resistance to antibiotics is a growing problem throughout the world and in the U.S. In fact, a few weeks ago, a patient in Pennsylvania was determined to be infected with bacteria resistant to an antibiotic generally used as a drug of last resort called colistin. The patient recovered but the fear remains that if the resistance spreads to other bacteria, we could see “supergerms” resistant to all antibiotics.


Colistin is an old antibiotic many doctors stopped prescribing in the 1970s due its side effects and the availability of other antibiotics. However, it has been used more and more the past several years as other antibiotics have begun losing their effectiveness.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other countries have already seen multidrug-resistant superbugs that can’t be fought with any antibiotics including colistin.


Those at the greatest risk for antibiotic resistant bacteria are cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and others who are medically immunocompromised. However, overuse of antibiotics and its repercussions are issues everyone should take seriously and do their part to reduce.


The first step is to never take an antibiotic for a viral infection as they don’t cure viral infections such as:


o                Colds

o                Flu

o                Most sore throats

o                Most coughs and bronchitis (“chest colds”)

o                Many sinus infections

o                Many ear infections


Instead, wash your hands frequently and ask your health care professional about steps you can take to feel better and get relief from your symptoms without using antibiotics. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, be sure to ask if you really need it and if there are any alternatives.


If you need an antibiotic for an infectious disease such as strep throat, be sure to take it exactly as your health care professional tells you and safely discard any leftover medication.


Remember that while it may seem like taking an antibiotic wouldn’t be a bad thing, misuse can allow harmful bacteria to change and reproduce causing them to become resistant or immune to an antibiotic. When you use antibiotics appropriately, you are doing what is the best for your health, your family's health, and those around you.


This column originally appeared in the Sunday, June 26 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader


Media Contact: Kristi Lopez,, (859)323-6363

Hair Cut-A-Thon Will Fund Hair Replacements, Treatment for Pediatric Cancer Patients

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 16:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 8, 2016) — Pediatric cancer interrupts all aspects of a child’s life, but one of the most visible signs of the treatment process is the absence of youthful hair.


Recognizing that hair loss is often a traumatic experience for pediatric cancer patients, Angie and Jay Ballard founded the Lexington nonprofit Anjay’s Kids. Since 2013, the nonprofit has supplied hair replacements and styling assistance exclusively for Kentucky Children’s Hospital DanceBlue Hematology/Oncology Clinic patients. The nonprofit merges Angie Ballard’s experience as a hairdresser with Jay’s passion for helping cancer patients as a registered nurse and radiology technician.


“It is an honor to work with the DanceBlue Clinic and we are humbled that they trust us to provide customized hair replacement to their patients,” Jay Ballard said. "It makes us very happy to be able to give back in some small way.”


The Ballards recently opened Hair Nation Salon and Spa on West Tiverton Way. They will host a Hair Cut-A-thon at the new location on Sunday, July 10, to raise funds for Anjay’s Kids and treatment for patients with exceptional circumstances.


Haircuts are $20 with an additional $10 to blow dry. The Cut-A-Thon runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 50 percent of proceeds support treatment for special cases while 50 percent of all proceeds support hair replacements for other KCH children. Walk-ins only.


For more information about Anjay’s Kids, click here.


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Unleash Your Inner Picasso at UK Fine Arts Institute

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 16:10


Hear what UK Fine Arts Institute students have to say about their ceramics and painting classes. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 8, 2016) Do you have an inner Picasso begging to unleash his talents? The University of Kentucky's Fine Arts Institute is the answer for individuals wanting to test their abilities in numerous artistic ways. With classes in ceramics, drawing, painting, jewelry making, printmaking, photography and fiber arts, the community can learn the basics or advance their skills on the way to becoming the next Georgia O'Keefe, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe or Arturo Alonzo Sandoval.


Not ready for the gallery circuit yet? That's okay. Art classes can be a great way to meet others in the community and even relax while using another part of your brain outside of a hectic work or class schedule.


"This is kind of what I do to keep myself sane during medical school. I come play with a little bit of mud," said Megan Riley, a medical student from Morehead, Kentucky, who took advanced ceramics. "I really, really enjoy my time here. There's a lot of different people with a lot of different levels of experience and I feel like I learn so much from everyone else. And it's really cool to see the art everyone else can make and see myself make art."


Don Glover, a repeat participant in the institute's ceramics courses, also enjoys working with the different levels of artists. "What's my favorite thing about this class? I would say probably the people and the environment and the fact that all levels of ability are welcome. There are people that have been clay buffs like me for a long time, and there are people that are brand-spanking-new and everyone gets to work together."


UK Fine Arts Institute is set to start their second session of art classes this summer on July 11. All classes are being offered as noncredit art courses. The classes range from painting to jewelry making and are offered at a beginners' level to more advanced levels. Class fees range from $5 to $190 per session.


In the second summer session most of the classes are offered once a week in the evenings. For those that are too busy during the week there are some Saturday classes and one-day workshops being offered as well.


The classes and workshops will be held in the new UK Arts and Visual Studies Building adding to the excitement. "It's really just a great environment and the new facility is awesome. It’s just fun. That's the bottom line," Glover said.


Summer session 2 will run from July 11-Aug. 19. Registration for summer session 2 is now open and includes the following classes:


  • "Beginning Ceramics" with Jill Coldiron, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning July 7, and
  • "Taking Ceramics to the Next Level" with Coldiron, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning July 5.


  • "Explorations in Drawing" with Christine Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Mondays, beginning July 11;
  • Open drawing sessions with Anthony Roccanova, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Aug. 13; and
  • “Foundational Portrait Drawing” with Thomas Baker, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning July 13.

Jewelry Making

  • “Connections: An Exploration of Jewelry Design for Beginners” with Dwayne Cobb, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning July 12.


  • "Learn to Paint, Yes You Can!" with Kuhn, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning July 12, and
  • "Layering it On: Mixed Media Painting Techniques" with Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning July 13.


  • “Printmaking Using Alternative Silkscreen Techniques” with Sarah Brown, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, beginning July 16, and
  • "Printmaking Using Contemporary Woodcut Practices" with Brown, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, beginning July 16.

In addition to the weekly classes, the following one-day workshops will also be offered during summer session 2:

Fiber Arts

  • "Felting on the FeltLOOM Felting Machine" with Laverne Zabielski, 1-3 p.m., July 16, July 30 or Aug. 13


  • "One Day Digital Photography Workshop for Beginners" with Lennon Michalski, Aug. 13.

For more information on any of these classes or workshops or their instructors, including cost and specific class times, visit the institute online at or visit the institute's Facebook page here.


The Fine Arts Institute, an outreach program of the School of Art and Visual Studies at the UK College of Fine Arts, offers all the resources and classrooms that the school has to offer through these noncredit art classes. All courses and workshops are open to the public.


Registration for UK Fine Arts Institute courses is available online at, by calling the institute at 859-257-8151, or by emailing Jane Andrus at



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KSBDC Hosts 'Preparing for Opportunity' Series in Eastern Kentucky

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 16:05

LEXINGTON, Ky., (July 8, 2016) — A door to greater business opportunities is about to open for the companies and communities of Eastern Kentucky with the proposed construction of a federal prison in Roxana. For those who wish to get a leg up on the many prospects the prison will bring, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) , in partnership with the Letcher County Fiscal Court, will offer the "Preparing for Opportunity" training series.


Businesses can choose from workshops offered along two training tracks: government contracting and general business.


The three-part series will take place on July 12, July 26 and Aug. 9, with live instruction taking place at the Whitesburg campus of Southeast Community and Technical College ITV rooms and broadcast to the Middlesboro and Cumberland campuses. Instruction will be from 3-5 p.m. EDT or 6-8 p.m. at the Whitesburg campus. Only the 6 p.m. session will be broadcast to the Middlesboro and Cumberland campuses. A resource fair will be hosted at the Whitesburg campus from 4-6 p.m.


The training topics by date include:

July 12         

"Government Contracting Overview"

"Keys to Startup Success"


July 26         

"Exploring Certification and Certification Options"

"Where’s the Money? and Overview of Financing Options"


Aug. 9     

"How to Market to the Federal Government"

"Customers Mean Profit-Maximize Your Marketing"


“KSBDC is happy to invest in this region by underwriting the training cost that would normally run $300 per person for the three-part series,” said Becky Naugle, KSBDC state director.


There is no cost to participants, but seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Early enrollment is encouraged. Please note that workshops in each training track run concurrently. Register online at


For more information, visit or contact Shawn Rogers at 859-257-7662 or email


The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 13 offices located throughout the state. The center helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC services, visit their website,


Other partners include: Kentucky Small Business Development Centers at Pikeville and Ashland, Southeast Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, Kentucky Innovation Network – Pikeville, Kentucky River Area Development District, Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises Inc. and Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet – Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certification.



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UK Police Hosting Regional K-9 Certification and Trials

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 15:15

LEXINGTON, Ky., (July 8, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Police Department is hosting the United States Police Canine Association Region 5 Certification and Trials event beginning this Sunday July, 10, and continuing through Wednesday, July 13, at the Carnahan House in Lexington.


“Law enforcement canines serve an invaluable function both to their agencies and and to the community they serve,” UKPD Chief Joe Monroe said. “We are honored to host the USPCA Region 5 Certification and Trials event this year.”


The United States Police Canine Association is the largest and oldest active organization of its kind. Region 5 encompasses law enforcement canine agencies across Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. These canines will be seeking recertification in agility, obedience, tracking, criminal apprehension, article evidence, narcotics detection and explosives detection at the historic Carnahan House, located on UK's Coldstream Research Campus, just off Newtown Pike.


“Regional and national certification for canine law enforcement agencies are an important tool in standardizing the level of expertise these canines and their handlers must have to become credible witnesses in their respective fields,” said USPCA Region 5 President Jason Thomas.


In 2004, UKPD obtained its first canine as a result of a mutual aid agreement with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The K-9 unit has grown to three canines — their names are Pink, Baska and Junior.


Members of the public are invited to attend the outdoor testing of law enforcement canines including the agility, obedience and criminal apprehension trials on Tuesday, July 12, and Wednesday, July 13.


For more information about USPCA, visit


For more information about the Region 5 Certification and Trials, visit



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Universities Off to a Flying Start With Large Drone Research Project

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 14:35


Click the arrows to view photos of the flight campaign in Oklahoma. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 11, 2016)  Nearly 100 researchers and students from four universities, including the University of Kentucky, converged in Stillwater, Oklahoma, recently to do what they do best — fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), otherwise known as drone systems.


The groups from UK, Oklahoma State University (OSU), the University of Oklahoma (OU) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln were conducting their first flight campaign for CLOUD MAP, the $6 million NSF-funded project focused on using drones for improved precision agriculture and weather forecasting.


"It was a great opportunity as a student to learn and practice engineering skills; for UK to work closely with other schools; and for science to accomplish goals that very few have even attempted," said Rob Singler, a mechanical engineering student who attended the weeklong campaign.


With weather cooperating all week, UK flew 70 successful flights of nearly 250 total campaign flights testing different technologies. All UK flights were conducted per Federal Aviation Administration regulations under UK's blanket certificate of authorization.


"This flight campaign — the world's largest gathering of atmospheric science and UAS researchers to date — exceeded everyone's expectations," said UK College of Engineering's Suzanne Smith, director of the UK Unmanned Systems Research Consortium and principal investigator of UK's efforts in the project.


UK faculty, staff and students from the departments of mechanical engineering, biosystems and agricultural engineering and chemistry attended the campaign, which included a tour of the National Weather Center.


After 17 faculty investigators presented their research to more than 80 faculty, staff and students in attendance, "ideas started coming immediately as we witnessed the potential of this technology all together in one place," Smith said.


On the first full testing day, Smith said many were already imagining the possibilities of the research when working together for a second year — "and 2017 is only year two of this four-year project."


Collaboration kept the team flying high all week. UK's Sean Bailey and OU's Phil Chilson conceived joint test flights with two UK fixed-wing sensor platforms and OU's rotorcraft platform. UK's Michael Sama collaborated with OSU's Amy Frazier, sharing ground reference targets viewed with his multispectral imaging sensors.


Many joint exercises were conducted with the flights, allowing teams to compare sensor measurements and analyze which sensors could complement each other. Researchers also flew their UAS around an Oklahoma Mesonet site where high-quality reference weather and ground moisture data is available. 


"Now there is much data to evaluate and analyze over the next several months," Smith said.


A tour of the National Weather Center and the OU Advanced Radar Research Center completed the outstanding week for all.


The excitement of their accomplishments and collaborations is sure to energize the students and faculty as they work toward the next CLOUD MAP Flight Campaign tentatively scheduled for July 10-14, 2017, again in Stillwater. The 2018 flight campaign is planned for Kentucky.


UK staff attendees included:

Ryan Nolin (Mechanical Engineering)

Luis Felipe Pampolini (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering)


Other UK faculty attendees:

Marcelo Guzman (Chemistry)

Jesse Hoagg (Mechanical Engineering)

Michael Renfro (Mechanical Engineering)


UK graduate students:

Ali Hamidisepehr (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering)

Liz Pillar-Little (Chemistry)

Brandon Witte (Mechanical Engineering)


UK undergraduate students:

Caleb Canter (Mechanical Engineering)

Chris Good (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering)

Jonathan Hamilton (Mechanical Engineering)

William Sanders (Mechanical Engineering)

Rob Singler (Mechanical Engineering)


For more information on CLOUD MAP, visit


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Jeff Zumwalt Named Director of Utilities and Energy Management

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 8, 2016)  The University of Kentucky has named Jeff Zumwalt the director of utilities and energy management, a role that will report directly to the vice president for facilities management as part of implementation of a new energy management and conservation effort across UK.


In his role, Zumwalt provides leadership on planning and implementing the university’s strategic initiatives related to utilities and energy management. This includes energy procurement, production and distribution throughout the campus. Zumwalt is also charged with developing and managing energy conservation programs.


Prior to coming to UK, Zumwalt worked as the associate director of production and distribution for Texas A&M University and the director of the physical plant department for the University of New Mexico (UNM).


At UNM, Zumwalt managed $80 million in utility renovations funded by energy efficiency improvements. His efforts in energy efficiency led to his appointment on UNM’s sustainability council. In this capacity, he drafted the first greenhouse gas inventory for the campus in 2007 and helped write the climate action plan.


He was also the vice president of Lobo Energy, a subsidiary of UNM that focused on opportunities to reduce energy costs. Prior to joining UNM, Zumwalt spent 12 years in the electric utility industry working for Reliant Energy and Southern California Edison.


Zumwalt earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and a MBA from UNM.


He is active in industry associations as demonstrated by his past membership on the board of directors for the International District Energy Association and the New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers. Zumwalt has also volunteered as a member of the faculty at the APPA Institute for Facility Management.



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Martin School to Offer Online Public Financial Management Programs

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 15:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 7, 2016)  There are exciting developments in the University of Kentucky's Martin School of Public Policy and Administration in the way of new academic offerings.


Beginning with the fall semester, the Martin School is offering an online, 12-credit-hour, four-course graduate level Certificate of Public Financial Management. The first two classes will be available in the fall and two more will be offered in the spring. Each class in the certificate program will be offered in an eight-week module. 


Two of the courses have been developed in partnership with the Von Allmen School of Accountancy, part of UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics, including a course taught by Urton Anderson, the director of the Von Allmen School.


"The Certificate of Public Financial Management is designed to provide 'in-place' staff of federal, state and local government or nonprofit organizational employees with an enhanced understanding of policies and processes needed for effective financial management of their department or organization," said Merl Hackbart, longtime professor who has served as the interim driector of the Martin School.


"Governmental accounting and auditing have a specific set of knowledge and skills which are different than those in corporate accounting," Anderson said. "Accounting programs have been able to provide only limited coverage to the governmental area. This program will offer governmental accounting professionals the opportunity to acquire this information in a structured and concise format so as to develop more efficiently and effectively their expertise."


Hackbart, who spearheaded the action to establish the new program, added, "The effective partnership forged by the Martin School and the Von Allmen School of Accountancy has made possible a unique program which establishes a niche serving an important national need — the enhancement of financial management processes and procedures of public and nonprofit organizations. The Certificate of Public Financial Management will help individuals enhance their knowledge and career advancement."


The Martin School will also soon launch a 36-hour Master of Public Financial Management (MPFM) program as a result of the Council on Postsecondary Education's recent unanimous vote to approve the degree. Also offered completely online, the MPFM will be the school's fourth degree program and will be distinct nationally because of its focus. The master's builds on the Martin School's national reputation which includes a ranking of fourth in the country in the area of public finance and budgeting by U.S. News & World Report.


The Martin School's new director, Ron Zimmer, said, "The programs leverage the nationally recognized strength in financial management of the Martin and Von Allmen Schools to train students here in the U.S. and internationally.”


Rhonda Trautman, the director of the new online programs being offered through the Martin School added, "These opportunities provide students from across the country and beyond a very affordable, flexible way to pursue graduate education while still receiving the same quality education as those students attending classes on campus.”


Anderson also cited the contributions of Jennifer Siebenthaler, a senior lecturer in the Von Allmen School who teaches governmental and nonprofit accounting for the Master of Science in Accounting (MSACC), as well as undergraduate accounting programs. Siebenthaler will be teaching the governmental accounting course for the online MPFM. 


The existing Martin School degree programs are the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Public Policy, and the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration.


Another plus for the Certificate of Public Financial Management is that students who complete the 12 hours will be able to transfer that credit to the master's degree program.



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