College of Dentistry's Annual Fundraiser to Restore Smiles of Abuse Victims Set for Oct. 18

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 13:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2014) − Smiling is one of life's simplest pleasures and has been scientifically linked with many health benefits, such as, lower blood pressure, a boost in the immune system, and an increase in happiness and self-confidence. However, victims of abuse are often robbed of this powerful human gesture which can potentially negatively impact every area of their lives.


Members of the American Association of Women Dentists at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry are preparing to host their largest fundraiser of the year which will fund their commitment of restoring lost smiles to victims of domestic violence.


'Strut Your Smile' will be held from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the UK Student Center Ballroom. The master of ceremonies will be Miss Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter, who will also be performing at the event. The fun begins with a brunch followed by a fashion show and silent auction.


The fundraiser was founded eight years ago by Dr. Erin Langfels to raise funds for victims of domestic violence so that they would be able to receive dental care for no cost to them at the UK College of Dentistry.


“I am extremely proud of our students for not only raising a significant amount of money to help victims of domestic violence, but also for helping to shine a bright light on a very ugly problem," said Dr. Sharon Turner, dean of the College of Dentistry. "The more awareness we can raise about domestic violence, the more impact we can have in helping its victims and preventing countless unnecessary injuries and deaths.”


Whitney Deitz, president of the AAWD said that treating a patient from Greenhouse 17, a local domestic violence shelter, is one of the best experiences of her dental school career.


"It is an amazing privilege to be part of an organization of women helping women and an even more personally rewarding privilege to be the student dentist who gets to give a fellow woman back her smile after years in a domestic abuse situation," Deitz said. "It's moments like this and opportunities like these that remind me why I have chosen dentistry."


"I think we all want to make a difference in our corner of the world," Deitz said. "Every woman deserves a smile that inspires self-confidence; we want to help give that to other women."


All proceeds from the event go directly to Greenhouse 17, formerly named the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Center, where the money is earmarked for individuals and families entering the center to be able to receive much needed dental care due to oral trauma and neglect. Since its inception eight years ago, the event has raised over $80,000 which has gone to pay for much needed extractions, tooth replacement and even cancer treatment for some victims.


"The fundraiser is a fun way to bring the community together and raise awareness and money to help make a difference in people's lives," said Darlene Thomas, executive director of Greenhouse 17.  "Over the years, this program has helped many, many survivors by bringing back smiles and providing the confidence to explore new opportunities in their lives."


The full brunch buffet will be served by UK Catering Service during the silent auction.  Auction items include autographed photography from the Bengals, sporting event tickets, customized jewelry, and over 100 gift baskets.


Eleven local stores will participate in the fashion show which include the latest looks from Bella Rose, The Loft, Ruby Ribbon, lululemon, White House Black Market, Lexington Angler, Lily Pulitzer, Gap, Francesca's Collections, Calypso, and Alumni Hall. All the models in the fashion show will be styled by Cha Cha's.  Additionally, there are many door prizes available, and each guest will receive a bag full of coupons and samples at the fashion show portion of the event.


A domestic abuse survivor who received dental care made possible through funds raised by past events will speak. The guest speaker has lobbied on the state and national level for legislation supporting lives harmed by domestic violence.


"Strut Your Smile provides a unique opportunity to help women in the Lexington community," said Brooke Faulkner, president-elect of the AAWD for 2015-2016. "It brings a sense of joy seeing the impact this charity has on the lives of these amazing women and how in many cases it helps them begin a new chapter in their lives."


Tickets for the event are $20 in advance and may be purchased at the Medical Center Library during the lunch hour Monday - Friday. Tickets are $25 at the door the day of the event. Student tickets are $10 for all students who present a current UK Wildcat ID Card or any other current student ID at the door. T-shirts are available for $12.


Parking is available in the E lot directly across the street next to Memorial Coliseum. The Parking Structure on Limestone beside Kennedy Book Store will be reserved for this event from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at no cost. Take the elevator to the third level and the ped-way across to the Student Center. Please remove all vehicles before 3:30 p.m., as the gates will lock at this time.


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Social Media and 'Arab Spring' Topic of Presentation

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2014) — University of Kentucky Libraries, along with the UK College of Arts and Sciences, will host “The ‘Arab Spring’ and Social Media: Possibilities and Perils in a Networked Age,” 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the UK Athletics Auditorium in William T. Young Library.


The presentation will be conducted by Todd Presner, chair of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Digital Humanities Program and the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies. His research focuses on European intellectual history, the history of media, visual culture, digital humanities, and cultural geography. He is the author or co-author of three books: the first, "Mobile Modernity: Germans, Jews, Trains" (Columbia University Press, 2007), maps German-Jewish intellectual history onto the development of the railway system; the second, "Muscular Judaism: The Jewish Body and the Politics of Regeneration" (Routledge, 2007), analyzes the aesthetic dimensions of the strong Jewish body; and the third, "Digital_Humanities" (MIT Press, 2012), co-authored with Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld and Jeffrey Schnapp, is a critical-theoretical exploration of this emerging field. 


Outside of the classroom, Prenser is the founder and director of HyperCities, a collaborative, digital mapping platform that explores the layered histories of city spaces. Awarded one of the first “digital media and learning” prizes by the MacArthur Foundation/HASTAC in 2008, HyperCities is an interactive, web-based research and teaching environment for authoring and analyzing the cultural, architectural and urban history of cities.


As part of his talk, Presner will discuss a series of projects that analyze the role of social media in the Middle East, starting with the 2009 Tehran election protests and going up to the 2011 "Arab Spring." He will include Twitter projects such as the "Voices of January 25th" (Egypt),  "Voices of February 17th" (Libya), and HyperCities as examples.


“The ‘Arab Spring’ and Social Media” presentation is intended to address library concerns as well as scholarly use of social media


This talk is presented in conjunction with Year of the Middle East, part of the Passport to the World initiative based in the UK College of Arts and Sciences. The initiative is sponsored by the A&S Advisory Board.




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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Previews Upcoming Event at UK on Family Finance

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 22:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2014) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today's guest host is WUKY's Josh James who talks to Robert Smith with NPR's "Planet Money."  They preview the upcoming "Family Matters: Your Financial Lifetime," co-hosted by Smith, at UK's Singletary Center for the Arts Oct. 16. 


To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit


"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.


From Airplanes to Stethoscopes, UK Medical Student's Career Turnabout Follows Family Tradition

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 17:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2014) — After obtaining an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, landing a graduate research position at Georgia Tech, and designing jet engine acoustics as a consultant for the Federal Aviation Administration and NASA, Ben Havrilesko decided to plot a new career course.


Wearing light blue scrubs and toting medical science texts across campus, the first-year medical student is today immersed in the mechanics of the human body. When asked about life before medical school, Havrilesko clarifies some misconceptions about his former role as an aeronautical engineer.


"It's an over-romanticized profession," Havrilesko said of aerospace engineering. "It's not rocket science — I could do rocket science, I guess. Airplanes are more difficult."


Originally from Winchester, Kentucky, Havrilesko finds a new purpose in health care — a calling that lured his grandfather into the nursing profession after a long career serving as a chemist and professor. Havrilesko left a secure job and years of training in a highly specialized field to pursue a medical degree at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. His decision was largely inspired by his grandfather Harry Smiley and mother Cheryl Havrilesko, who were both models of service and compassion as he was growing up.


While working as an aeronautical engineer at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Havrilesko logged long hours indoors with little contact with people. He programmed the acoustics of jet engines, with the goal of mitigating noise, working with government agencies as well as private firms including Boeing and Airbus. With many hours sitting in front of a computer desk, he started searching outside the office environment for human-to-human contact. He volunteered with the Children's Hospital of Atlanta where he found some fulfillment. Around that time in 2011, his grandfather passed away, which prompted Havrilesko to rethink his career's direction.


"He was a big inspiration in that," Havrilesko said of his grandfather. "His influence on his community and the fact that he pursued this after having another job really hit home with me — that I could pursue what I was passionate about as well."


A professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Eastern Kentucky University, Harry Smiley also grew tired of the nine to five job. While he was a beloved teacher by his students, he wanted to do more to serve sick people, with a special interest in children. Having already acquired a master's degree and doctorate in chemistry from the University of Kentucky, Smiley graduated from the EKU School of Nursing in 1998. He founded a health clinic for children in Haiti through a missionary group and cared for elderly patients in his community of Richmond, Kentucky.  


"Seeing how he interacted with people and just being friendly all the time — it was just the way he lived," Havrilesko said. "He instilled that in my mom, and she instilled that in me."


Calling his career turnabout a "deep dive," Havrilesko took a couple years of undergraduate courses to meet the prerequisites to apply for medical school.  At first, the decision wasn't welcomed by his wife Danielle, who has since warmed up to the idea of Havrilesko becoming a doctor. Havrilesko finds some common ground in the science of airplanes and the science of medicine. His engineering background allows him to think critically about a disease or disorder in the human body.


"In the area of analytical thinking there is lots of crossover," Havrilesko said. "While in engineering, you are diagnosing a problem, just like diagnosing a patient as a physician. I think that was the best thing I got from engineering."


Havrilesko isn't the only student who has transitioned from a career in engineering to medicine. In fact, his former co-worker at Georgia Tech is currently a medical student at the University of North Carolina. He likes that the medical school allows opportunities through rotations for students to try out different areas before deciding their specialty. While Havrilesko said it's too early to pinpoint his specific path in medicine, he has an interest in surgery and pediatric care, like his grandfather.


"Some people are on a set path, they know exactly what they want to do and they know what they have wanted to do since they were born," Havrilesko said. "I just wasn't like that."




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Pittard Hosts Her First Lexington Book Signing

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 16:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2014) — Already a successful author before she arrived at the University of Kentucky as an assistant professor in the Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, for the current fall semester, Hannah Pittard’s second novel — Reunion(Grand Central, October 2014) — was released just days ago.   


Her first Lexington book signing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Morris Book Shop in Lexington.


The theme for “Reunion” as well as several other recent fictional works, Pittard said is “parting, especially abrupt departures, and the grief and readjustment that follow … when something or someone goes missing.”


Author of more than a dozen short stories and essays, Pittard’s first novel, “The Fates Will Find Their Way,” was published in 2011 by Harper Collins/Ecco in the United States and various publishers in the United Kingdom, Germany, Holland and South Korea. Her stories have appeared in The American Scholar, McSweeney’s, The Oxford American, and many other publications. She is a consulting editor for Narrative Magazine, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and recipient of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award.


Pittard recently completed a draft of her third novel, but currently she is working on two short stories and the outline of her fourth novel, which will be set in Atlanta during the turbulent 1960s.


This fourth novel, she said “will require a significant amount of research, which is not how I normally write, but I’m really excited about the challenge.”




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Associate Dean Honored for Long-Standing Involvement in Kentucky Rural Health

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 16:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2014) — Anyone familiar with Appalachian culture should recognize the dulcimer, a stringed instrument used to play mountain folk music.


Every year, the Kentucky Rural Health Association (KRHA) presents this symbol of rural Kentucky heritage to the recipient of the Dan Martin Award for Lifelong Contributions to Rural Health. The annual KRHA award honors a health care professional who has shown a long-standing commitment to solving health challenges in rural areas across the state. This year's recipient, James Norton of the University of Kentucky, has pledged to go a step further and learn how to play his handmade and locally crafted gift.


Norton, associate dean for educational engagement at UK College of Medicine, was surprised with a dulcimer and plaque in September before leaving for a trip abroad. Recipients of the annual award are usually honored during the KRHA annual conference, which was held Sept. 17-19 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Norton, who has in the past served on the committee that chooses recipients, said his fellow recipients demonstrate a pattern of service in many rural areas over a long period.


"It's really gratifying," Norton said of receiving the award. "You do this for a long time, and it's nice to have your peers convey to you that they think what you've done has value in the long pull."


Norton works closely with regional physicians to place medical students participating in the Western Kentucky Initiative (WKI) at clinical sites in Murray/Paducah, Bowling Green and Owensboro. He has led the WKI since its initiation several years ago. The program places third-year medical students in rural communities for five clinical rotations during the third year and promotes electives as these sites during the fourth.


In addition to overseeing educational activities for the College of Medicine in rural parts of the state, Norton is the director of CE Central, the administrative office responsible for managing continuing education for doctors and pharmacists. Dr. Norton has served on state and national boards that include National Rural Health Association and on groups that are part of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). He is a past president of the KRHA.  


"For over 30 years, Dr. Norton has been a major contributor and leader in developing programs directed to developing future health care providers for rural and underserved communities," Linda Asher, chair of the KRHA selection committee, said.


Started in 2003, the award is named after its inaugural honoree Dan Martin of the Trover Foundation in Madisonville, Kentucky. Nominations for the award accepted from across the state.




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UK Professor Recognized With AIA Kentucky's Highest Honor

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2014) — Clyde Carpenter, professor of architecture at University of Kentucky College of Design, has been presented with the C. Julian Oberwarth Award from the Kentucky Society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Kentucky). The award recognizes and honors an individual society member who has displayed a long-standing commitment to the betterment of the profession and well-being of architects in Kentucky, and who has dedicated extraordinary time and talent to this end.


The Oberwarth Award, presented to Carpenter on Oct. 3, at AIA Kentucky's annual convention, is the society's highest individual honor. The award is named for C. Julian Oberwarth, former executive director of the Kentucky Board of Architects and the first architect registered under the Kentucky registration law he championed, as well as the first recipient of his namesake award in 1981.


A native of Lexington, Carpenter received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from UK and his master's degree in architecture from University of Pennsylvania. After graduation and completion of his traveling fellowship, he joined the architecture faculty at UK.


During his time at UK, Carpenter has served as assistant to the dean of the College of Architecture and director of Academic Programs. He was later appointed an associate dean, a position he held until 2003, with the occasional stint as acting dean. Carpenter then served as chair of the newly formed Department of Historic Preservation and Clay Lancaster Endowed Professor in Historic Preservation until 2010. He remains a professor in both the School of Architecture and the Department of Historic Preservation.


For the past 50 years, Carpenter has educated, advised, inspired and befriended virtually every student who has gone through the architecture program at UK. He has been cited by many architects as the heart and soul of the School of Architecture and as the one person who most influenced them to become an architect.


Carpenter's nomination for the Oberwarth Award was accompanied by numerous letters of support from architects across the Commonwealth. Time and again, his former students spoke with great warmth and passion about the profound impact he had on them and their careers.


The esteem Carpenter's former students hold for him can probably be best summed up by one letter which noted “He led by being the finest example of a true professional in the practice of architecture. He has served as an extraordinary role model to senior professionals, as well as an inspiration to young students beginning their careers. He is a wise counselor, a standard bearer of integrity and civility, and is as highly respected as anyone in the field.”


As a practicing architect, Carpenter's work has involved historic preservation and adaptive reuse, as well as new construction. He has received four AlA Kentucky Honor Awards for architectural projects and four awards for his work in historic preservation. He serves on the advisory board for the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, which has established the annual Clyde Carpenter Award for Adaptive Reuse in his honor.



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Singletary Center for the Arts Hosts 'hEAR the Music' to Benefit UK's Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2014) — Songs for Sound, a Nashville based nonprofit organization that promotes cochlear implant awareness, will present 'hEAR the Music' at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. Songs for Sound presents programs featuring country music artists such as Jay Clementi and Danielle Peck. Proceeds from the event will benefit the University of Kentucky Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, which is run jointly by the UK Department of Otolaryngology and the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center.


Songs for Sound was founded by Kevin and Jamie Vernon whose daughter Alexis is a cochlear implant recipient.  Their core mission is to improve the quality of life for profoundly deaf children worldwide by providing resources to give them the chance at a mainstream life. Songs for Sound informs the hearing-impaired community and provides resources for cochlear implants and rehabilitation, including speech/audiology services, to children and adults in need.


“‘Hear the Music’ is such an important event for our patients, the University of Kentucky, and our region" said Dr. Matt Bush, assistant professor in UK's Department of Otolaryngology. "It represents a collaborative effort among dedicated clinicians, amazing patients, and the generous Songs for Sound team. Our cochlear implant program has grown progressively over the past 20 years, and this event will enable us to expand our research and extend our reach to provide the absolute best hearing health care for patients throughout Kentucky and beyond. This will be a fantastic event that will highlight top country artists and patients who, in spite of their hearing loss, have regained the ability to ‘hEAR the music.’”


VIP level tickets for 'Hear the Music' can be purchased from the Songs for Sound website ( and general admission tickets ($35 or $20) can be purchased directly from the Singletary Center for the Arts website at

( or at the Ticket office located at 405 Rose St. in Lexington. Doors will open to the Singletary Center President’s Room at 5:45 p.m. the day of the event for the VIP ticket holders and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Singletary Center Recital Hall for the general admission ticket holders. For more information, email in the UK otolaryngology department or call the Singletary Center at 859-257-4929.


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'UK at the Half' Explores the Field of Nursing

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 17:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 9, 2014) – University of Kentucky's Janie Heath, dean of the College of Nursing, was the guest of "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. University of South Carolina football game, broadcast on the radio Oct. 4.


Heath took over the position as dean of UK's College of Nursing Aug. 1. She talks about nurses' work at the forefront of the health care system and transformations currently taking place in the field.


"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.


To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click on the play button below. To view a transcript for the Oct. 4 "UK at the Half" interview, click here.


'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Presents Local Honeys, Ritchie Family

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 17:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2014) — From some Local Honeys to the beloved Ritchie family, "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series is sure to pack the Niles Gallery. On Friday, Oct. 10, the old time music trio the Local Honeys will perform. A couple weeks later, on Friday, Oct. 24, the "Singing Family of the Cumberlands" is in the spotlight with an appearance by four of Jean Ritchie's nieces. Both free public concerts will take place at noon at the Niles Gallery, located in the University of Kentucky Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.


The Local Honeys perform B.F. Shelton's "Darlin' Cora." 


A Sweet Old Time Trio

The Local Honeys are a vibrant female trio specializing in old time music, primarily connected to Kentucky. The group all met as students and faculty at the Kentucky

Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University. The multi-instrumentalists also incorporate comedy and dance into their performances.


The Kentucky trio is comprised of Montana Hobbs on clawhammer banjo and vocals; Stephanie Jeter on autoharp and vocals, as well as clogging and flatfooting; and Linda Jean Stokley on fiddle, clawhammer banjo and vocals. 


Regionally, the Local Honeys have appeared at the Red Barn Radio Show, the Kentucky Folk Art Center, Wallace Station and Willie's Locally Known. The band members consider themselves ambassadors of traditional music and are dedicated to the preservation of traditional songs, ballads, fiddle tunes and dance.


The Next Generation of the 'Singing Family of the Cumberlands'

Celebrated traditional singer, dulcimer player, author, songwriter and UK alumna Jean Ritchie wrote of her life growing up in the community of Viper, in Perry County, Kentucky, in the book "Singing Family of the Cumberlands." It was a remarkable singing family in every regard; they would spend evenings “singing up the moon” at their homeplace nestled in the mountains.


Ritchie wrote, “Best of all the singing. When we got started on ‘The Cuckoo She’s a Pretty Bird,’ we sang back all the happy days and ways of our growing up. Remembrances by the score swept over my mind. Funny happenings, happy days and sad days, and I could tell by the sound of the other voices that they were remembering too. The lovely past was not gone, it had just been shut up inside a song.”


Jean and her brother, Wilmer Ritchie, who lives in Berea, Kentucky, are the last of that generation, but the next generations of the "Singing Family of the Cumberlands" continue to “sing up the moon” together. Four of the Ritchie family nieces, Susie Ritchie, Patty Tarter, Judy Hudson and Joy Powers will gather for a special appearance at the Niles Gallery, creating a “blood harmony,” a very special understanding of music bound to a sacred place. Despite their jobs and lives in different parts of the country, the Ritchies still come together with their unique repertoire and sweet, close harmony.


"It is an honor to have Susie, Patty, Judy and Joy conjure up the beauties of the Appalachian Mountains here in the Bluegrass," said Ron Pen, director of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music and host of the concert series.


The “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series celebrates the old-time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 13 different artists, duos and groups from southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim. The concert series is generously presented by the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine Arts, UK School of Music and UK Libraries.


For more information on the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series or the concerts featuring the Local Honeys or members of the Ritchie family, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to or visit the website at




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;


UPK Book on Burley Wins Wayland D. Hand Prize

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 16:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 9, 2014) — University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author Ann K. Ferrell has been named the recipient of the 2014 Wayland D. Hand Prize for Outstanding Book that Combines Historical and Folkloristic Perspectives for her book "Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century."


A biennial prize, the award is named for eminent folklorist Wayland D. Hand (1907–1986). The Hand Prize, selected by a jury of distinguished scholars, is sponsored by the History and Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society.


In a press release announcing the award, the jury praised Ferrell’s "Burley" saying, “The volume’s combination of historical and ethnographic methodologies with rhetorical analysis stands out among the many entries for the prize. Writing precisely and in an engaging style, Ferrell has constructed both a history of the small farmer burley tobacco industry and an ethnography of tobacco cultivation.”


In "Burley," Ferrell uses the stories of individual farmers to trace not only the history of tobacco cultivation, but also to illuminate the region’s complex relationship with the crop. Building on interviews and oral histories, she examines how all aspects of cultivation have changed over the years, from sowing and setting through harvesting and curing to selling and marketing. Her inquiry gives tobacco farmers a voice as they have become increasingly stigmatized by changing social attitudes toward smoking. She concludes by looking at the future of tobacco, including the problems associated with replacing it with alternative crops.


Ferrell is assistant professor of folk studies at Western Kentucky University.


UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that now includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. Led by Director Stephen Wrinn, its 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 UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.



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College of Dentistry Welcomes Class of 2018

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 15:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 9, 2014) − The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry recently welcomed 67 new students into the dental profession with the presentation of the traditional doctors white coat at a ceremony held on Friday, Sept. 19, in Memorial Hall on UK's campus.


The College of Dentistry Alumni Association and the American College of Dentistry helped to sponsor the event, making it possible for each member of the class to receive a personalized monogrammed white coat.


Keynote speaker Dr. Sharon Turner, dean of the College of Dentistry, charged the class of 2018 to reflect on this rite of passage and to "accept both the rights and the responsibilities that come with the role of a dental professional."


“We will help guide your steps for the next four years,” Turner said.  “…you will be well prepared to walk the professional path on your own thereafter when you constantly reflect on both the rights and the responsibilities of caring for the oral and thus the overall health of your patients.”


The College of Dentistry's class of 2018 is comprised of 30 males and 37 females, 40 of whom are from Kentucky. 


Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or 

Outreach Center's Legendary "Mobile Classroom" Retired from Service

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 15:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 9, 2014) – Skeletons? Check. Body parts including hearts, lungs, brains and more? Check. A large truck to haul this unusual cargo? Check.


It's not the premise to the latest Hollywood horror movie -- for Dr. Don Frazier, director of the Outreach Center for Science and Health Career Opportunities, this unusual set-up was part of his mission to educate young Kentucky students about what he calls "an extraordinary machine" -- the human body.


In 1995, Frazier serendipitously purchased a large truck using grant money from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The opportunity arose because of a delay in the national budget that year – he received his award notice four months after the expected start date.


"Basically, although the first year’s budget was approved, we had to spend the total amount in eight months," Frazier said.


Because of this delay, he had to present a new year one budget to the NIH. On an outside chance, he renewed his request, originally denied, for TV cameras and a truck to use as a "mobile classroom," taking specimens and equipment out on the road. They once again declined his request for the TV cameras, but gave him the greenlight on the truck, and a unique roadshow was born.


The truck allowed the Outreach Center Team to travel across the entire state of Kentucky. Frazier, who grew up in Floyd County, originally focused on schools in Eastern Kentucky due to his connection and knowledge of the area.


His first trip was to a small elementary school in Mount Sterling, Ky.222 On his way to the school, he got a little surprise when some construction road crew members stopped him, intrigued by the medical nature of the truck, and asked what was inside. With no hesitation, Frazier opened up the back to showcase the displays inside, always ready and eager to teach others about science and medicine.


"They stopped me to ask me what I did," Frazier said. "So I said, “let me show you!”

Initial outreach trips went well, and soon the buzz about the truck spread, leading the team to travel all across the state.


"When you go out to a school, the word gets out," said Frazier.


For students, the truck represented more than just an opportunity to get out of school for a few hours – it became a fun and interesting way to learn about a complicated topic. Frazier's truck allowed students to actually see and feel what they were learning about, using resources that many teachers out in the state simply didn't have.


One major benefit of these outreach trips is that it provided the Outreach Center team a better perspective on how to interact with students with more knowledge of their environment and curriculum.


"We try to instill confidence that they have the ability to think their way through problems given some facts," Frazier said. "Learning is more fun when they feel engaged."


Frazier estimates that the Outreach Center has entertained, on the average, at least 4,000 students each year, and over its 20-year lifespan, reached more than 100,000 young minds. The visits personally touched many students, and the effect was seen through the thousands of letters he has received from students over the years.


"I keep all of them," Frazier said. “It certainly helps to keeps us going!”


Earlier this year, the truck was officially "retired" due to budget cuts and the cost of maintaining the decades-old vehicle. Now, Frazier and other volunteers use their own cars to make trips out to schools, loading up their own vehicles with as many displays as they can manage.


However, the loss of the Outreach Center truck and its funding has limited the number of students the Center is able to reach – unfortunately, many schools don't have the budget to pay for a bus to bring young students onto UK's campus for health and science demonstrations.


“As a consequence, most of our on-site visits are high school/tech classes with a modest number of middle schools still able to make the trip," Frazier said. "Our interactions with elementary schools are almost exclusively off-site.”


Even with the setbacks, the Outreach Center team is able to see the positives with their mission. They love the opportunity to work with kids.


“Thanks to a dedicated staff and wonderful UK volunteers, I am certain that the Center has made and will continue to make a substantial difference in these young students' lives," Frazier said. “I know it has mine!”


Teachers from across the state can request a visit to the Outreach Center – or a visit from Frazier's team – by contacting tour coordinator Lisa Stevens at (859) 257-6440 or


MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or

Expert on Community Engagement to Address UK Community Today

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 9, 2014) — Andrew Furco, national expert on community engagement among universities, will present at 9 a.m today, Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Lexmark Public Room in the Main Building.


The next speaker in the "see tomorrow.": Strategic Plan Speaker Series, Furco is an associate professor and associate vice president for public engagement in the University of Minnesota Office for Public Engagement. 


Furco works with units across the University of Minnesota to advance the institutionalization of various forms of public and community engagement into the university’s research, teaching, and outreach activities.


Furco's current work includes co-chairing the UNESCO International Values Education Research Consortium, a research collaborative composed of researchers from eight nations who are working to deepen understanding of universal values through a series of nationally based and transnational research studies. He also serves on the Council of Engagement and Outreach for the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), which focuses on advancing the role of community engagement at public institutions of higher education.


The speaker series is co-sponsored by the University Senate and the Office of the Provost.




MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365;