HDI Names Allie Rhodes as 2014 Burberry Award Winner

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 3, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) has named Allie Rhodes as the winner of the 2014 Paul Kevin Burberry Award. 


Rhodes is a a doctoral student in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation in the UK College of Education and the HDI Evaluation Unit research assistant. Her doctoral work has focused on communication disorders.


The award is named in memory of the Berea native who pioneered a trail in the public school system as the first student with significant physical disabilities, due to cerebral palsy, to complete Berea Community High School. Burberry graduated with highest honors and went on to attend Berea College and the University of Kentucky, where he was majoring in philosophy. He was an exemplary student whose life was cut short prior to his anticipated graduation, with honors, in May 2004.


The award — the highest student honor awarded annually by HDI — is given to a student involved with HDI who has exemplified in his or her life the leadership, advocacy and commitment to persons with disabilities and their families that Burberry demonstrated in his own life.


“More than anything else, Allie shows us that every child can learn, that every life must be meaningful, that every person has something valuable to contribute," said Chithra Adams, HDI director of evaluation and Rhodes’ supervisor. "In other words, she is the very personification of HDI and what we stand for."


HDI Director Harold Kleinert commended Allie for her "passionate focus" on the application of assistive technology to improve the life of individuals with the most significant disabilities.  


"Allie is a tremendously positive person, who deftly handles the demands of wife and mother, doctoral student, and evaluation assistant, with a truly balanced and wise outlook on those parts of our lives that matter most deeply," he said. 

UK Researcher Uses New Technology to Preserve Ancient Artifact

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 3, 2014) — This July, a University of Kentucky professor is headed back to Lichfield Cathedral in England to continue a labor of love: digitizing the nearly 1,300-year-old St. Chad Gospels.


William Endres, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies, has already captured multispectral and historical images of the St. Chad Gospels and rendered the manuscript  in 3-D in 2010. However, he recently received a grant from the West Semitic Research Project to digitize the precious relic using a new technology called Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI).


To learn more, visit a podcast by Endres and a video that explains the process of 3-D rendering.


Endres said RTI was a necessary step in helping to preserve the priceless artifact. The manuscript has a long and turbulent history. The jeweled binding was likely torn off by marauding Vikings, and the delicate vellum pages have become warped over the years from water damage and ambient moisture. "Vellum absorbs water much more quickly than pigments; so as vellum expands, it puts stress on the pigments. When stress is placed on pigments, they crack. Once they crack sufficiently, chips of pigment break free," said Endres.


The detailed, high-relief view that RTI affords will allow scholars to see where pigment on the pages is rising up and preparing to flake off. Through RTI, preservationists will be able to pinpoint and address trouble spots that may have arisen since the manuscript’s pages were flattened, treated with liquid nylon and rebound in 1962.


RTI will also allow scholars around the world to see an intriguing facet of the St. Chad Gospels: its dry-point glosses. By design, dry-point glosses are notoriously difficult to see and nearly impossible to capture with regular photography. They are etched into the vellum with a stylus but no ink. However, these glosses are highly important. In the St Chad Gospels, these glosses are likely the names of scribes, who added their names because they believed that a great gospel-book like the St Chad Gospels functioned as a book of the living, that St. Peter would look at their manuscripts on Judgment Day and give a free pass into heaven for anyone whose name appeared in the margins.


Another surprising fact about the glosses is that three of the names are female. In the margins of the Magnificat page, where the pregnant Virgin Mary sings a song of praise to God, three Anglo-Saxon women's names appear: Berhtfled, Elfled and Wulfild.


"So if we're correct about these names, it's likely--or at least possible--that these women worked in the scriptorium at Lichfield Cathedral, had access to the St. Chad Gospels, and inscribed their names," said Endres.


He believes the presence of these names secures the manuscript's place as an important piece of feminist history, especially since so little is known about the day-to-day life of women in early medieval England. "But this page also speaks to a reclaiming of women's contributions to culture in a much larger way than just within the St. Chad Gospels. I find it's emblematic for the power of the feminist movement and the richness that the movement adds to our lives and understanding of our history."


In appreciation to Lichfield Cathedral for allowing him access to the St. Chad Gospels, Endres said he plans to give a series of lectures about the manuscript while he's in Lichfield, and he will also hold a class to teach local children how to do their own calligraphy, illumination and interlace art.


Endres said it's important for scholars to contribute to the communities that preserve important artifacts at great expense. Lichfield Cathedral, for example, receives no State funding to help care for the St. Chad Gospels and the Cathedral, even though the costs are substantial.


"This manuscript is very precious to Lichfield," said Endres. "I try to do things that will honor the manuscript's position within the community. It is a touchstone for the community’s Christian origins in Lichfield. The St Chad Gospels might be a treasure of the world, but it is the Lichfield community that has protected and preserved it through the ages.”




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No CATS Bus Service Friday, July 4

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 17:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 2, 2014) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services will not offer any bus service Friday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. This includes the CATS Summer/Break Route, the Medical Center Route and the Kentucky Clinic Route. All bus service will resume normal operations Monday, July 7.


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


Members of the campus community are encouraged to tune into 1700 AM (WQKH 253) to hear campus parking and transportation information. The station broadcasts 24 hours, seven days a week.

PTS Hosts Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Viewing

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 17:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 2, 2014) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) invites the campus community to watch Lexington’s Independence Day fireworks display from the top deck of the South Limestone Garage (PS #5). The proximity of the garage to the downtown area offers a close view of the fireworks display while avoiding the crowds and congestion of the downtown festivities.


Anyone possessing a valid UK parking permit may park in the facility free of charge to view the fireworks from the upper level.


Those planning to attend the fireworks viewing may enter from the South Limestone gates to the parking garage only. The gates will open at 8 p.m. Friday, July 4. The top deck lights will be turned off during the display to enhance the viewing experience.


Alcoholic beverages, grills, open fires, and all fireworks, including sparklers, are prohibited. No animals are allowed, with the exception of service animals. To promote a safe and positive viewing experience for everyone, the University of Kentucky Police Department will be present to enforce these restrictions. 

UK Named in CIO Magazine Top 100

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 16:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 3, 2014) — CIO magazine has named the University of Kentucky as a recipient of a 2014 CIO 100 Award. The awards program, which began in 1987, recognizes "the top 100 organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology."


"For 27 years now, the CIO 100 Awards have honored the innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value," said Maryfran Johnson, the magazine's editor-in-chief. "Our 2014 winners are an outstanding example of the transformative power of IT to drive everything from revenue growth to competitive advantage."


Making the list allows information technology professionals across sectors to highlight their work and share best practices, says Vince Kellen, UK's chief information officer and senior vice provost for academic planning, analytics and technologies. 

“It is good for the CIO communities in higher education to get connected to industry, and industry back to higher education,” he said. “There are practices that flow back and forth, and we have always found that valuable.”


Recipients of this year's CIO 100 Award were selected through a three-step process. First, businesses filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of external judges (many of them former CIOs) reviewed the applications in depth, looking for leading-edge IT practices and measurable results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' recommendations and selected the final 100.


Executives from all of the winning organizations will be recognized at the CIO 100 Symposium and Awards Ceremony, to be held Aug. 19 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.


Coverage of the 2014 CIO 100 Awards will be available online at on Aug. 1 and in that day's issue of CIO magazine.


UK Analytics and Technologies (UKAT) highlighted the university’s commitment to improving student success in the CIO 100 Award application. The application described how UK is able to better engage with students, quickly provide decision makers with the information they need and predict student behavior by leveraging its industry-leading use of in-memory analytics and mobile development.


UKAT's big-data analytics platform helps the university analyze student engagement, pinpoint segments of concern for advisor interaction and widely share analytics and visualizations regarding various aspects of student success. Their next-generation mobile strategy is to improve student success and retention by utilizing and integrating high-speed big data analytics directly into the use stream of the student experience. The UKMobile app provides an array of features that enable students to manage their academic and financial data while on the go.

CIO magazine is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG).



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Parking and Transportation Services Now Accepting Student Permit Applications

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2014) – University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is now accepting student parking permit applications. UK students are encouraged to apply for their permits at Students may also apply for parking permits via mail by using printable forms found at or in person at Parking and Transportation Services in the Press Avenue Garage (Parking Structure #6). Office hours for permit sales are 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Student C, R and K permits are $264 for the 2014-2015 academic year, while evening permits are $136. Students who require a motorcycle permit in addition to their vehicle permit should contact PTS directly after purchasing their permit.


Students who choose to purchase K or C6 permits will have the option of purchasing their parking permit by the semester, rather than for the entire year. The single semester permits are $132.


All outstanding parking citations must be paid before an application is accepted. Citations may be paid online at


To complete an online application, applicants should have on hand their link blue ID and password, correct home address, a credit card, and their license plate number.


If the initial permit type requested is no longer available, eligible students may submit a lottery request online for C and R permits. Eligibility criteria must be met to purchase the desired permit. Lottery drawings are typically held two to three weeks after the beginning of the semester, based on the availability of R or C spaces, and notification is sent via electronic mail.


For more information on permits, parking on campus or to receive forms, visit, call (859) 257-5757 or visit Parking and Transportation Services in the Press Avenue Garage (PS #6). To stay up-to-date on campus parking and transit news, follow UK Parking on Twitter at, subscribe to the Parking e-News email newsletter at or tune into 1700 AM.


UK HealthCare Recognized for Safety Initiative by National Hospital Association

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2014) – UK Healthcare has been recognized by America’s Essential Hospitals for a patient safety initiative that has resulted in a significant decrease in mortality at the hospital compared with the general population.


America's Essential Hospitals, a national organization representing hospitals committed to high-quality care for all people, including the vulnerable, awarded UK Healthcare a 2014 Gage Award honorable mention for improving quality. The association made the award June 26, at its annual conference, in San Antonio.


“UK Healthcare’s patient safety initiative stands out among the innovative approaches our hospitals take to avoid harm and improve the quality of care,” said America’s Essential Hospitals President and CEO Dr. Bruce Siegel.


The Gage Awards, named after association founder Larry Gage, honor and share successful and creative programs that improve patient care and meet community needs. The Gage Award for improving quality recognizes activities that improve the quality of care delivered, or reduce or eliminate harmful events to individual patients or groups of patients.


"UK HealthCare is continuously working to improve, driven by our high standards and our commitment to serve the people of the Commonwealth and beyond and the Gage Award represents national recognition of this work," said UK HealthCare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bernard Boulanger. "It is recognition of our team’s relentless, rigorous approach to improving patient care, in a manner that directly benefits our patients"


UK Healthcare received the award for the development of an internal process called SWARMING to help the hospital improve overall patient safety. A SWARM is initiated shortly after the occurrence of an adverse incident or undesirable event, and the people directly involved are empowered to "stop the line" when they observe a problem. Since instituting SWARMs in 2009, the hospital has experienced an overall reduction in the observed to expected mortality ratio from 1.5 to 0.7, as reported in December 2013.


"The SWARM process has been a remarkable and successful team effort throughout the UK HealthCare enterprise and everyone should be commended for their role in what has become one of our best tools in improving patient safety," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs.  "This award is another example of our commitment to excellence in patient care and patient safety and in keeping our promise to Kentuckians that they can get the very best care right here regardless of the complexity or care needed."


Media Contact: Kristi Lopez,, 859-806-0445 


Vouchers No Longer Needed for Catering Services on Campus

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 18:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2014) — As the University of Kentucky transitions to a new dining partner, Aramark, there already are developments occurring that will improve services and operation for this vital campus service.


Beginning today, July 1, university departments and others on campus will no longer use journal vouchers (JVs) for catering services. Going forward, departments will utilize a UK Procard to purchase all catering services provided by the new UK Dining as well as events at the Boone Center and the The Club at Spindletop Hall.


“This process will be a more efficient and effective system and, ultimately, will be easier for everyone involved as events are booked through UK Dining’s new online system – CaterTrax,” said Eric N. Monday, UK’s executive vice president for finance and administration.  "Changes such as this one will lead — and already are leading — to a more efficient, effective and responsive dining operation at UK. "


Charges will be billed and processed directly using the UK Procard directly to SAP.  Official events will be charged to cost centers in accordance with existing Discretionary Expenditure Policy. Details of that policy, which covers events where alcohol is served, can be found at:  Separate invoices will be produced for food and for alcoholic beverages.  Departments remain responsible to edit UK Procard charges to the appropriate cost center and to retain the invoice records.


Details of the transition include:


  • A UK Procard will be required to pay for official university functions for catering services, meals and activities provided by UK Dining.


  • A UK Procard will be required to pay for official university functions for catering services, meals and activities provided by the Boone Center and The Club at Spindletop Hall.


  • The use of a UK Procard for catering is specifically limited to UK Dining, the Boone Center, and The Club at Spindletop Hall.  The Procard may not be used with other off-campus vendors for catering.  Specifically, a PRD created in SAP is still a requirement for off-campus vendors. 


  • In the event some departments do not have a Procard, they can contact Laura Payton at to start the process of obtaining a Procard for your department.  A new card is provided within approximately one week. In the interim, UK Dining will work with your department during this brief transition period — and will continue to process requests for catering.  Final billing will be processed when the Procard is available. 


More information about the transition and this process can be found at:

UK Alum Back to Share Knowledge of Appalachia

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 16:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2014) — Former University of Kentucky student Amanda Fickey is back at her alma mater this summer, teaching Appalachian history and culture to 60 high school students from Eastern Kentucky who are part of UK’s Robinson Scholars Honors Program.


Fickey, a native of Letcher County, served as the arts and cultural outreach coordinator for The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky, prior to her time at UK. Fickey, who recently completed her doctoral degree in economic geography at UK, also holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Kentucky and a master’s degree in folk studies with a concentration in historic preservation from Western Kentucky University. At WKU, she received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology, as well as the Outstanding Student Award in the Potter College of Arts and Sciences.


“Currently, I serve as assistant professor of intercultural geography and coordinator of Appalachian Studies at Union College in Barbourville and am thoroughly enjoying it,” said Fickey.


Fickey is also responsible for facilitating academic components of the Union College Redbud Festival of Appalachian Culture and serves on a number of faculty committees. She has also given a number of public presentations this spring and recently served as a keynote speaker for the University of Kentucky Graduate Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase co-organized by graduate students with interests in Appalachian Studies at UK and the UK Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies Program.


Fickey’s research interests include economic geography, diverse economics, alternative economic and political spaces, neoliberalism, political economy, regional economic development and critical pedagogy. She has authored papers in these areas for the Journal of Appalachian Studies, Social and Cultural Geography, ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, Geography Compass, The Geographical Bulletin, PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement, disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory and has had reviews published in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, the Journal of Economic Geography, and New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry.


A former student vice president of the UK Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Fickey received a 2011 Certificate for Outstanding Teaching from the College of Arts and Sciences at UK, as well as the 2010 Women in Geography Education Award from the National Council for Geographic Education. In addition, Fickey was awarded a Dissertation Enhancement Award from UK, the 2009 Edith Schwab Memorial Scholarship, a James Brown Research Award for Graduate Research in Appalachia from UK, a UK Student Government Association scholarship, and two Kentucky Oral History Scholarship Commission Project Grants from the Kentucky Oral History Commission, administered by the Kentucky Historical Society.


“The University of Kentucky enabled me to take advantage of a number of opportunities to learn and grow,” Fickey said. “My undergraduate years helped broaden my outlook and perspective. And, the research I conducted as a doctoral student in UK’s Department of Geography helped me to gain a deeper understanding of what I wanted to do after graduate school.”


In 2012, Fickey was one of 40 international scholars selected to participate in the Sixth Annual Summer Institute in Economic Geography, held in Zurich, Switzerland.


Currently, Fickey is prepping for her fall semester teaching duties at Union College, creating a web presence for the Appalachian Studies program at the school, and is putting together social media sites for the Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography to be held at the University of Oxford in August 2015. All of this while working on her forthcoming book chapter, “Developing Appalachia,” co-authored with her dissertation advisor, Michael Samers, professor of economic and urban geography in the UK Department of Geography.


For more information about Fickey, visit




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21st Century Crossroads for Science

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 15:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2014) — Excitement is building as construction begins for the University of Kentucky’s new Academic Science Building. Scheduled to open in about two years, the building is designed to make learning engaging for the many groups that will wander its halls, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, teachers and visitors.


Earth-movers have only recently started to work, but the new structure is already touted as UK’s next iconic landmark building, rivaling Memorial Hall and the William T. Young Library.


In a recent podcast about the new science building, College of Arts and Sciences’ Dean Mark Kornbluh discussed the building’s interdisciplinary potential, as it will house different science disciplines with teaching and research across those disciplines.  He also talks about the “integrative” nature of the building.


“It will be integrative in that it’s designed purposefully to integrate from the most entry level science classes to the most advanced science classes and research in the university. It is also integrative in that it’s designed to integrate from basic to applied integrate research and teaching,” said Kornbluh.


With plenty of space for both students — undergraduate and graduate — and faculty — researchers and teachers — to work and relax together, UK leaders are expecting a community of 21st century scientists to flourish and prosper.


“This truly is what makes science education different at the University of Kentucky from other universities and colleges in Kentucky,” Kornbluh said.


Different, indeed. For one thing, there will be NO traditional classrooms; glass walls throughout are designed to capture the imagination.


“I have no doubt this is going to make science fun,” Kornbluh said, “not only make it fun, but it's going to make it practical.  It's going to show students the wide variety of careers — the open doors for them in the future — having been a science major at the University of Kentucky.”



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