UK Libraries' 'Circ2Go' Returns for Faculty, Staff Convenience

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 14:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) — The end of the semester, filled with work, projects and busy schedules, can be a hectic time for not only University of Kentucky students but faculty and staff as well. It's also a time for many to renew and return library books. To make this process more convenient for UK faculty, staff and graduate students during this busy time, UK Libraries will offer "Circ2Go," a mobile circulation service set up in Patterson Office Tower from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9-11.


In the past, faculty, staff and graduate students could only bring materials to a UK Libraries location to renew or return after their electronic renewals had been exhausted, a difficult requirement for some.


The pop-up circulation station in Patterson Office Tower, where many faculty offices are housed, will allow faculty and staff, including graduate students, to extend their borrowing period, with the exception of outstanding holds or recalls, and return UK Libraries' materials.


UK Libraries staff may also be able to resolve some fines at "Circ2Go."


As the premier research library in the Commonwealth, UK Libraries provides ever-expanding access to quality information resources, services and programs. UK Libraries locations include the William T. Young Library, the Agricultural Information Center, the Hunter M. Adams College of Design Library, the Education Library, the John A. Morris Library (Gluck Equine Research Center), the Kentucky Transportation Center Library, the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center, the Medical Center Library, the Science Library, the Shaver Engineering Library and the Special Collections Research Center.



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Media Depot Offers Solutions to Faculty, Students

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 09:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2014) — When Ann Christianson wanted to teach her students about using iMovie in her A-E 120 classes, "Pathways to Creativity through the Visual Arts," a UK Core and art education course, they hit a bit of a snag – no Mac labs were available to use during the scheduled class period.


The Media Depot @ the Hub came to the rescue as manager Kirk Laird and staff member Isaac Davidson quickly arrived at a workable solution – tablets. The Media Depot’s iPads were purchased with the iMovie app already installed, so Christianson was able to check out the iPads and use them in a normal classroom setting to provide her students with the iMovie instruction.


The Media Depot also provides tours of their facilities and resources for classes. Anna Stone, a writing, rhetoric and digital studies teaching assistant, has incorporated a documentary or podcast as a final project for her WRD 110 course (as do several other WRD 110 course sections). She scheduled a class tour with the Media Depot’s technician Kevin Reifert, who demonstrated Adobe Premiere Pro to the students before they were paired up to practice on their own.


The students created fun 30-second videos and became visibly more relaxed about their final course project. Many of the students had never made a video before, so the project was intimidating. However, at the end of their Media Depot visit they were smiling and telling Stone, “I think I can do this!”


The following week, Stone’s students returned to the Media Depot and received additional assistance from the Media Depot technicians. Before leaving, the students were asked for feedback regarding the services they received. One student responded that he found the staff helpful stating, “Yes, because I wouldn’t know how to get started on my own!” Another student agreed, “If you don’t know what’s going on, you can ask one of the technicians and they’re always so nice and helpful.”


The Media Depot is a student digital media space located in the Hub at William T. Young Library, which provides access to recording equipment and space, editing stations with specialized multimedia software, and technical support for students’ development of their academic media projects.


As final project deadlines draw near, the Media Depot is available to assist students with documentary, podcast and other media projects. Information about scheduling recording rooms and the software available is available at   


Faculty can also find specialized media help in the Faculty Media Depot, which recently opened on the ground floor in the Science Library, located on the south side of the Margaret I. King Library




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

IR4TD Director Wins International Combustion Award

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 09:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) – University of Kentucky Director of the Institute of Research for Technology Development (IR4TD) Kozo Saito was awarded the International Prize of CSJ (Combustion Society of Japan) last week in Japan.


The International Prize of CSJ is given to a famous combustion scientist living outside of Japan who has contributed greatly to the CSJ and Japanese combustion community, according to Osamu Fujita, vice president of the Combustion Society of Japan, in a letter to Saito.


Among other distinguished combustion researchers from Australia, Korea and the U.S., Saito is the fourth recipient of the International Prize of CSJ. He was honored for impacting the combustion community across the world, and especially for his contribution to the Japanese community.


"You accepted a number of Japanese combustion researchers to your lab, and many of them are now important leaders of (the) Japanese combustion community," said Fujita writing to Saito.


"I feel I am truly honored to receive this award not only based on my technical contribution, but also recognizing my basic philosophy to serve as an ambassador to make a bridge between American and Japanese combustion scientists and engineers," said Saito.


Saito credits Leona Ezaki, a Nobel Prize winning physicist at IBM who later became president of Tsukuba University in Japan, and Fujio Cho, Toyota Motor Corporation’s former president and current honorary chairman of the board, for inspiring his role as an ambassador between the U.S. and Japan.


A message broadcast by Ezaki in New Jersey around 1982 encouraged what Saito would later do at UK, "Every Japanese businessman who lives in America carries two important roles: represent your company and play the role of a Japanese ambassador who can help promote cultural exchange and mutual understanding."


Cho asked him to do the same when Cho decided to fund the Toyota-UK Lean Systems Program in 1994. Since then, IR4TD has hosted more than 30 Japanese visiting and postdoctoral scholars, and 22 doctorate and 30 master's students from 10 different countries have completed degrees in combustion, thermal-fluid sciences, and lean systems studies, according to Saito.


About half of them have returned to their home countries to become a faculty member in their countries’ top research universities, and some of them hold administrative positions there, such as center director and assistant dean.


"This is what we call in Japan, 'Hitozukuri,' which means to educate people to become individuals who can make the world a better place through their learned expertise. This Hitozukuri concept also matches our IR4TD’s educational principles," Saito said.


His award is not only a testament to his work in the field, but to the success of IR4TD and its students.


"This award recognizes unique contributions made by every former student, and postdoctoral and visiting scholars who helped to build UK’s unique IR4TD research program," said Saito.  




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, 

Kentucky Ag Economy Remains Strong, but Concerns Are for 2015

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:13

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2014) -- Though the forecast for 2014 crop receipts is down 2 percent, a 15 percent increase in beef, poultry, dairy and hog prices is expected to boost 2014 Kentucky agricultural cash receipts to $6 billion, up slightly from $5.7 billion in 2013. The outlook for 2015, however, is expected to drop back to the $5.7 billion range.


Overall, Kentucky is faring better than much of the rest of the nation when it comes to its farm economy. While U.S. farm cash receipts are expected to fall by 1 percent this year, University of Kentucky agricultural economist Will Snell predicts Kentucky’s receipts will increase by about 5 percent.


“These higher receipts, coupled with the last year of tobacco buyout payments and a relatively large percentage of the 2013 corn crop being sold this year, will enable Kentucky net cash income to remain relatively strong in 2014,” Snell said. “Our biggest concern is what is looming in 2015 when buyout payments have ended and a much lower priced grain crop is marketed.”


UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment faculty Snell, Kenny Burdine, Todd Davis and Tim Woods, all from the Department of Agricultural Economics, Jeff Stringer, from the Department of Forestry, and Kentucky Farm Business Management Program coordinator Jerry Pierce shared their agricultural economic outlook for 2015 and an overview of 2014 during the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation conference Dec. 4 in Louisville.


“Despite a lot of concern over current and projected crop prices, we partially attribute Kentucky’s agricultural economy being better than that of the U.S. to the diversity of agriculture we have in our state,” Snell said. “In the midst of a current depressed grain economy, compare Kentucky’s gross or net farm income to that of a grain state, like Illinois. They are really nervous looking into 2015.”


That is because significantly lower anticipated grain prices, coupled with modest changes in land rents, will challenge grain profitability in 2015.


“We are seeing lower prices because stocks of wheat, corn, soybeans and cotton are increasing both domestically and globally,” Davis said. “We’re likely to see less corn planted in the U.S. in 2015 due to farmers shifting to more profitable crops.”


Kentucky is more livestock dependent than the country as a whole. Throughout 2014, tight supplies, strong fed cattle prices and decreasing corn prices resulted in unprecedented feeder cattle price levels.


“Short supplies and decreased grain prices should support feeder cattle markets in 2015,” Burdine said. “I expect a record calf market in the spring of 2015 and likely the second highest fall market on record, second only to 2014.”


Hog prices, while showing extreme variability, were up more than 15 percent in 2014. These increased prices and lower feed costs resulted in higher profitability. This will possibly lead to 2 to 4 percent more pork on the market in 2015, which may push prices down by 10 to 15 percent for the year. On the plus side, lower prices will help U.S. pork compete in world markets, which could add about 4 percent to export levels.


Poultry continues to be the top agricultural enterprise in the state. In 2014 broiler production continued its upward trend, with production increasing by 3 percent over 2013. Declining feed costs will enhance profits in 2015, which will lead to a 2 to 4 percent increase in production. The increased production will drive prices down slightly, but the lower prices will keep the U.S. competitive in global markets.


The tobacco situation changed this year, driven by increasing world production, lower burley demand and a mixed quality crop. Snell expects 2014 U.S. burley production will be greater than anticipated use, which would lead to more critical grading and prices retreating from their high of $2.06 per pound in 2013.


“Excess world burley supplies and slumping demand will likely induce tobacco companies to reduce contract volumes in the U.S. in 2015,” Snell said. “Coupled with labor and infrastructure challenges, acres will likely fall, with the value of Kentucky tobacco production likely retreating below $400 million next year.”


The equine market continues to show recovery from the three-year lows of 2009 to 2011. Burdine said major sales in 2014 are comparable to a year ago, both in terms of value and numbers sold. He predicts that strength in major markets will likely continue to support sales and stud fees in 2015, while softer commodity prices will reduce the pressure to convert hay ground to row crops, which caused a decrease in supply over the past few years.


Direct markets and programs such Kentucky Proud, Farm-to-School, Restaurant Rewards and Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program continue to drive demand and growth for produce in Kentucky. More than 50 percent of produce is sold through direct markets, while auction markets result in 10 to 15 percent of sales.


The forestry sector saw a 5 percent increase from 2013, with an estimated direct economic impact of $8.3 billion. Employment in the industry is up 2 percent over last year. All forestry sectors increased; pulp and paper producers and converters saw the biggest gains.


“Prices for all timber commodities were stable or increased in 2014. Prices for sawlogs for lumber production, our most important timber commodity, increased 24 percent on average for all species and grades. These prices are expected to continue into 2015, resulting in good opportunities for growers, loggers and processors,” Stringer said.


The export value of Kentucky’s wood products is estimated to reach more than $273 million in 2014, an increase of more than 30 percent from 2013.


Preliminary study results were released that indicated the economic importance of the entire agricultural cluster, which includes production, agricultural inputs and food processing, was $43 billion, using data from 2012, the most recent available. The final report will be made available before the end of the year.


A copy of the outlook publication including information on individual farm sectors can be found at

'UK at the Half' Reports on $7 Million Grant to Fight Lung Cancer

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014)University of Kentucky College of Medicine faculty member in behavioral science and Director of the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative Dr. Jamie Studts was featured during the "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. Providence College basketball game, broadcast on the radio Nov. 30.


The Kentucky LEADS Collaborative received a three-year, $7 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's Bridging Cancer Care Initiative. Kentucky has more cases of lung cancer than any other state and its lung cancer mortality rate is 50 percent higher than the national average. The collaborative includes the UK Markey Cancer Center, The University of Louisville's James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the Lung Cancer Alliance. The grant funds a three-phase project supporting an increase in primary care provider information, a lung cancer survivorship care initiative and new opportunities in lung cancer screening.


"UK at the Half" airs during the 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 Nov. 30 "UK at the Half" interview, click here

'UK at the Half' Talks With Alumnus Tom Hammond of NBC

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2014)NBC Sports broadcaster and University of Kentucky alumnus Tom Hammond was featured during the "UK at the Half" that aired during the University of Kentucky vs. University of Louisville football game, broadcast on the radio Nov. 29.


Hammond discussed his family's rich history at UK. His grandfather, Thomas Poe Cooper, served the university in many capacities from 1918-1951, including dean of the College of Agriculture and director of the Experiment Station. He also talked about the experiences he had at UK and his journey to becoming a broadcaster. Hammond has anchored the Kentucky Derby, 11 Olympics broadcasts, NFL football, NBA basketball, as well as college football and basketball.


"UK at the Half" airs during the 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 Nov. 29 "UK at the Half" interview, click here

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Explores 'Tales from Afrofuturism & Beyond'

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 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. This week Godell listens in on a conversation between UK African American Studies professor DaMaris Hill and her student Nathan Moore. Under discussion is a recent anthology that showcases multiculturalism and characters of color – "Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism & Beyond" edited by Bill Campbell and Edward Austin Hall.


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


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

UK Art Goes 3D

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 15:58

Video by Jenny Wells/UK Public Relations and Marketing


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2014) – As the Smithsonian Castle begins displaying the first 3D-printed bust of a U.S. President, students in one University of Kentucky art course are wrapping up a semester learning how to not only create art with the assistance of a 3D printer, but also to build 3D printers.


The concept for the new course came from a suggestion by Derek Eggers, senior faculty instructional consultant with UK's Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), and Jeremy Colbert, a facilities specialist in metal arts at UK School of Art and Visual Studies. Eggers then teamed up with senior lecturer James Wade, in sculpture and art foundations, to design a 3D printing course that would teach students to not only use the printer but also build one, capitalizing on the wealth of open source information available. 


"We initially hoped to create machines from scratch. But we wanted to emphasize creativity first and foremost," Wade said. "We realized by using kits, a lot of the highly technical issues involved with such delicate precision machines had been problem solved by other tech labs."


Initially imagined for model making and prototyping, opportunities to use 3D technology have boomed in recent years. More and more, the forms produced by printers can now be used as the final product. And the industry is pushing the realm of possibilities even further by transforming them into other materials using casting and mold making processes, making this another tool in the inventory.


Egger and Wade's course includes not only the creation of art or other "artifacts," but also construction of two 3D printers from kits and one CNC router/mill from a kit. The class is cross disciplinary and open to all majors with the goal of creating interaction between several departments and colleges on campus — engineering, art, media, agriculture and design.


Students started the course with learning the digital drawing program called Rhino3D. Once a basic understanding of drawing was achieved by each student, they then pursued their own designs. Art majors were pushed to create forms that complement the work they are doing in other studios. Students in other areas were encouraged to create forms or 'artifacts' that relate to their areas of study, like parts for the UK Solar Car


"So an engineering student might design a mechanical part rather than a sculpture," Wade said. "These designs are then printed on 3D printers, cut on a CNC laser cutter, or milled on a CNC router. Some designs will be taken to the foundry in the Metal Arts facility and cast in aluminum or iron."


In the end, the technology lets users build anything from a tool (like a part of an easel), to just one element of a piece of art, to an entire artwork itself or multiple art pieces with minor differences in a series of work. 


After learning how to input the piece they needed, students then teamed up and began to assemble the two different printers and the CNC router. Eggers and Wade hope learning how to build the printers will give students an even better idea of the 3D printing technology.


"Building the machines should demystify the idea of 3D printing and CNC technology," Wade said. "Some students from engineering and other colleges know what this type of equipment can do but don't necessarily get to have the hands-on experience. For most students in the School of Art and Visual Studies, this is an entirely new experience. We want to make the processes approachable."


Art studio senior Melissa Shelton, from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was excited with the skills she picked up in the course.


"It was a lot more hands on than most art studio classes get to take part in. It was definitely really interesting to see kind of how it all worked together. I think that gave me a better understanding of how 3D printing works to begin with," Shelton said. "They have three different axes, and we had to build motors for each one of those. So you really get to see how it goes up, it moves over, and then back down, and it goes all the way through space. That was cool."


In addition, the assembly knowledge should help with creation of future designs. "Knowing the mechanics, movements, parameters and software of the machines will inform them of what is possible to achieve," Wade said.. "There are limitations in the processes, so there is problem-solving involved with design choices."


Wade, an artist and former mechanical engineering student who worked in 3D modeling programming at IBM,  believes the new skills acquired by the UK students should make them more marketable in their career fields.


"A lot is happening in the so called 'Maker Movement.' Technology is becoming more affordable and therefore more common in the public realm," he said. "Up until 2010, this was only something that could be utilized in industry, with $40k+ equipment. Use of 3D digital technology is extremely useful in industry, engineering, architecture, design, studio arts and more."


Shelton agrees it is valuable for all art mediums, not just sculpting, which 3D printing lends itself to naturally. "I am originally a painter. I am really interested in 2D design, but I wanted to get outside of my normal artistic range and I thought that 3D printing is kind of trendy and in technology in the world today, so I wanted to get some skills for that professionally."  


After achieving much success and interest in the first presentation of this course, Wade and Eggers will teach the course again in the spring. In addition, the class is also being used to understand the campus needs of 3D printing resources. The new Bolivar Art Center will use this information to help set up a new FabLab when the building opens in the summer of 2015. The School of Art and Visual Studies plans to operate the lab for students across campus.


Individuals wanting to see some of the results of Wade and Eggers' course, can check out the students' work at two upcoming events. Work will be on display at Open Studio being presented from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, Dec. 5, at Reynolds Building Number 1. The following week the students' work will be the focus of an exhibition on display 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, located in the Fine Arts Building.


The UK School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies and art education.


CELT was created as a way of highlighting educational development resources and services available to UK instructors. The center works with instructors to create engaging, innovative and inclusive learning environments in which diverse students can excel.



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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Chorus Hosts Free Holiday Concert

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Chorus will present its annual holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 6. The concert begins at 3 p.m. at Tates Creek Christian Church and is a free public event.


The 100-member chorus directed by John Stegner comprises lifelong learners ages 50 and older. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the holiday concert. The event will feature holiday composition, including "O Holy Night" and "White Christmas," as well as special ensemble performances. Tates Creek Christian Church is located at 3150 Tates Creek Road in Lexington.  A reception will be held after the concert.


Throughout 2014, the University of Kentucky has celebrated 50 years of lifelong learning. OLLI offers educational and enrichment courses, programs and events for dynamic lifelong learners aged 50 and older and who are continually exploring new learning opportunities.


For more information about the concert, contact the OLLI Office at (859) 257-2656 or visit


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Nominate Your Advisor for the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) — The UK Advising Network is now accepting nominations from undergraduate students for the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award. The award is designed to recognize outstanding service in the field of undergraduate academic advising for both faculty and professional advisors. Nominations are accepted online on the UK Advising Network website.


The recipients will receive a $500 travel grant from the Division of Undergraduate Education and will be recognized at a luncheon Feb. 20, 2015. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in the nominating process. Please enter only one nominee for each category (faculty or professional advisor). You can view a list of past recipients on the Advising Network website.   


The nomination deadline is Friday, Dec. 12.


The award is named for Ken Freedman, who served as a professional advisor at UK for 15 years prior to his death in 2001. Freedman was one of the founders of the UK Advising Network in 1986 and instrumental in advising leadership on campus in the 1990s. Academic advising is integral to fulfilling the teaching and learning mission of higher education. Through academic advising, students learn to become members of their higher education community, to think critically about their roles and responsibilities as students, and to prepare to be educated citizens of a democratic society and a global community.


Recipients of the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award will be nominated by UK for the Region 3 Excellence in Advising Award and for the National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor Award. The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), founded in 1979, promotes the quality of academic advising in institutions of higher education. NACADA is dedicated to the support and professional growth of academic advisors, administrators, and the advising profession. Through its publications and conferences, NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas regarding the role of advising in higher education.


The UK Advising Network is sponsored by the Division of Undergraduate Education and the Office for Student Success. For more information, contact Jennifer Doerge.




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

UK's Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Inducts 82 New Members

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) welcomed 82 new members during a recent ceremony held in the UK Student Center, including six current UK faculty members and administrators. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society.


The faculty and administrative inductees are:

·         Constance 'Connie' Baird, director of Distance Learning Programs at UK since 1984;

·         Susan Carvalho, associate provost for internationalization and interim associate provost and dean of The Graduate School;

·         Judy 'J.J.' Jackson, vice president for institutional diversity and associate professor of educational policy studies and evaluation;

·         H. Dan O'Hair, dean of the College of Communication and Information and professor of communication;

·         John Walz, dean of the College of Engineering; and

·         Pat Whitlow, director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards at UK.


In addition, 76 undergraduate and graduate students were inducted into Phi Kappa Phi. Membership is strictly determined by the standards set forth in the Society’s bylaws. Juniors must be in the top 7.5 percent of their class, seniors in the top 10 percent of their class, and graduate students in the top 10 percent of their class. Faculty, professional staff, alumni and community members who have achieved scholarly distinction also may qualify. Here is a list of the new student members of the UK chapter:


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The characteristic of Phi Kappa Phi that makes it unique among the leading honor societies is its policy of electing undergraduate and graduate members from all schools, divisions, or departments of the institution. Specifically, Phi Kappa Phi’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”


Strong participation by members in campus and national activities over the past year resulted in the UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi being named a 2014 'Chapter of Excellence' by the organization at its recent biennial convention held in St. Louis. This is the second time the UK chapter, in only its sixth year of existence after being chartered in the spring of 2009, has received the 'excellence' distinction. The chapter previously has earned 'Chapter of Merit' designation, as well.


"The University of Kentucky chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi continues to distinguish itself nationally," said Kenneth Roberts, dean emeritus of the College of Pharmacy and president of the UK chapter. "The recognition received this year is a credit to the exceptional women and men who have become active members of the UK chapter."


Across the U.S., Phi Kappa Phi's robust award programs give more than $1 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.


Founded in 1897, the society annually inducts students from more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.


For more information on the UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, go to, or visit




MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200;

Phi Kappa Phi is supported by The Chellgren Center which is part of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.


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Ignite BBN Connects Students On Campus

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) – Students at the University of Kentucky love to chant “We Are UK” in the stands at Rupp Arena, but one student decided it was time to bring this type of camaraderie to other aspects of student life.  Avis Sampson, a senior majoring in communication and media arts and studies in the College of Communication and Information, brought together a group of her friends and started Ignite BBN. The organization, which came on campus this semester, focuses on instilling a spirit of unity between UK’s students.


Ignite BBN works to bring students together through various activities in order to create a sense of student community. Sampson and her friends spent the beginning of the semester recruiting people to join the organization and showing its face on campus at events like SAB’s Campus Ruckus and the Homecoming Coalition’s Kitty Karnival. Now at 12 members, they decided it was time to put on some events of their own.


To begin, they wanted to get more involved by serving the community. Ignite BBN is hosting a toy drive for NECCO, an organization that positively affects the lives of youth and foster families. Toys can be dropped off in the Student Center of UK’s campus in front of The Cats Den from noon to 2 p.m. through the Dec. 5.


Sampson says the group is very excited and will be wrapping the presents and giving them to the children.


“As an organization, there is no excuse. We need to get involved with this kind of thing,” Sampson said.


Ignite BBN also plans to host an Artist Showcase in the coming spring semester. Students are encouraged to come to the event and enjoy some music together. Some of the performers will participate in a DJ competition, including local DJ WarrenPeace.


The group is looking for more artists to participate in the event Jan. 30 at Memorial Hall. An informational meeting will take place at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 4, in Room 111 of the Student Center.


Ignite BBN is in the process of planning educational and professional events, as well. These include a study abroad information panel and a networking day. Regardless of the event, Ignite BBN wants to bring students together.


For more information about Ignite BBN, visit them on Twitter at @ignitebbn, Instagram and Facebook, or contact them at  

Money Management Matters Site to Aid Students, Topic: Saving and Investing

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2014) — What might your degree be worth?


The University of Kentucky Graduate School is prepared to aid students in developing the personal financial knowledge to answer this question and others related to financial literacy.

The UK Graduate School has created a personal financial education webpage titled "Money Management Matters," built upon six salient personal financial topics that pertain directly to students and graduates:


1.         Student loans

2.         Employment

3.         Health care

4.         Credit

5.         Saving and investing

6.         Money management


This week, UKNow will highlight the fifth topic: saving and investing


Saving and investing money wisely is a key component of sustainable personal financial health. Whether one is putting money back for a down payment on a home or developing a strategy to save aggressively for retirement, saving and investing money effectively should be a priority. The MMM web page provides a list of resources that will supply the foundation of information for informed saving and investing decisions over all phases of one's personal financial life cycle.


"One of the smartest choices to implement is to begin saving early," said Chris Riley, project manager of the Enhancing Student Financial Education Grant and graduate student at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. "This allows the power of compounding to make small investments (now), become very valuable in the future.  The 'Saving and Investing' tab on the MMM web page provides some valuable information on early investment strategies that we feel will get you on the right path to a comfortable retirement.”


The UK Graduate School is one of 15 universities, in partnership with the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and the investment firm TIAA-CREF, introducing a personal financial literacy initiative aimed at educating students and graduates.


Last fall the 15 university partners distributed surveys to their graduate student populations concerning a variety of personal financial questions, to understand their “baseline” of personal financial knowledge. Using this information, the CGS developed as a personal financial education platform designed to help students and graduates enhance their personal financial knowledge.


The UK Graduate School has created the "Money Management Matters" website to strengthen this initiative at UK. 


 “We hope the information provided within and MMM will aid students and graduates in establishing a strong foundation of personal financial knowledge that they can build upon in order to make sound decisions across all stages of their personal financial life cycle,” Riley said.




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

Martin School Honors Outstanding Service, Careers

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2014) — A former mayor of Lexington and a distinguished alumna were honored recently at the annual Alumni and Friends reception of the University of Kentucky's Martin School of Public Policy and Administration.


Pam Miller, the first woman ever to be elected to Lexington's top local office, was inducted into the Kentucky Public Service Hall of Fame. Margaret Prizer 'Peggy' Graymer, a Martin School graduate who served in higher education and governmental administrative and executive roles for a quarter-century, received the Martin School's Distinguished Alumnus Award.


In addition, longtime Martin School student affairs officer Sarah Lee, who is retiring, was recognized for her dedicated service to the school during her career at UK.


Miller, who served as mayor from 1993-2003, also was a member of the Lexington Fayette County Urban County Council for a total of 16 years. She was a founding member and former chair of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and currently serves as chair of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.


Graymer was an adminstrator at UK, the University of North Carolina, and UCLA.  She also served in the Governor's State Budget Office in North Carolina. Graymer later established a consulting firm to assist institutions of higher education and not-for-profit organizations.


Merl Hackbart, faculty member and interim director of the Martin School said, "We are proud to bestow this well-deserved recognition on Pam Miller and Peggy Graymer. They both are shining examples for our current students and all of our graduates to emulate."


With regard to Lee, Hackbart added, "Sarah's contributions to the Martin School have always been above and beyond the call of duty. Individuals like her help ensure that our students and faculty get the support they need to be successful."




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Spring Semester K and Evening Parking Permits Go on Sale Monday

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 19:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) — Starting Monday, Dec. 8, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) will offer student spring semester permits for sale on the PTS website,


UK and Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) students seeking K and evening permits for the 2015 spring semester may apply online through the Parking Account Manager. UK students must use their link blue login and password in order to apply for a permit online. BCTC students must use their KCTCS username and password. In addition to K and evening permits, PTS will also accept applications for R6 and R8 permits for eligible residents at this time. The cut-off date for online permit application is Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.


Students may also purchase permits in person at the PTS office, located in the Press Avenue Garage, at the corner of Press and Virginia Avenues, starting Monday, Dec. 15.


The K lots at Commonwealth Stadium will not be controlled for permits during the semester break, beginning Saturday, Dec. 20. The K lots will return to normal control Wednesday, Jan.14, 2015. For a list of dates when other lots resume control, visit the Spring Permits Calendar.


Eligible students who do not have a parking permit or who want to upgrade from a K permit may submit a lottery request online for C and R permits through the Parking Account Manager. Eligibility criteria must be met to purchase the desired permit. Drawings are typically held two to three weeks after the beginning of the semester; notification is sent to lottery winners via email.

New students are encouraged to visit the New Student Parking Information page for maps, frequently asked questions and more.


PTS Offers Special Holiday Parking Passes

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 19:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is offering peace of mind to those UK students concerned about leaving their vehicles out in the elements during the upcoming semester break. PTS is providing students with the chance to store their vehicles in the South Limestone Garage (PS #5), located next to Kennedy’s Wildcat Den, for the duration of the break. This is the fourth year for the program.


To obtain a holiday parking pass, students should visit the PTS office, located in the Press Avenue Garage, at the corner of Press and Virginia Avenues, or the South Limestone Garage office, located on the first floor and facing Limestone. Passes are available only to students with a valid UK parking permit; the passes will be issued at no cost, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Thursday, Dec. 4, with a maximum of 200 passes issued.


Vehicles may be parked on the fourth or fifth floor of the South Limestone Garage beginning Monday, Dec. 15. Students should access the garage by pulling a visitor ticket from the ticket dispenser. The holiday parking pass must be clearly displayed on the dashboard.


Upon returning to campus, students should bring their holiday parking pass to the South Limestone Garage office, to be exchanged for an exit voucher.


Vehicles not removed by Tuesday, Jan. 13, will be charged the hourly parking rate starting at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, through the exit time and date.

UK Faculty, Staff, Students Gain Access to Adobe Creative Cloud Software, New Downloads Site

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 17:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) — University of Kentucky Analytics and Technologies (UKAT) announced today a major expansion of campus licensing for Adobe software, and a new and improved software download website that will make accessing site-licensed software easier than ever before.


UK has signed a new 3-year contract with Adobe to provide the suite of Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications to all faculty, staff and students. The contract includes individual Creative Cloud licenses for students, and extends UK’s site license to cover additional video and multimedia apps, such as Premiere Pro and After Effects, which were not previously available campus-wide. During this 3-year period, UKAT will evaluate campus needs and usage of the Adobe software under this new licensing model.


Access to the Adobe software will be provided through the UK Download website at, which has been completely redesigned with a clean new interface, enriched search tools and up-to-date software information. The new website, additional Adobe applications and student Creative Cloud licenses will be available starting Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. 


UK faculty and staff will continue to download site-licensed applications directly from the UK Download website. Adobe applications will be available individually and in specialized bundles for graphic design, web, and video production.


UK students can obtain a redemption code for an individual Adobe Creative Cloud license through OnTheHub, UK’s academic software store, available through the UK Download website. Each license is valid for one year and can be renewed annually. Students can review UKAT’s Adobe Creative Cloud Installation Guide for complete step-by-step instructions.


In addition to the Adobe software and access to OnTheHub, the UK Download website provides operating systems, desktop applications, virus protection, and other site-licensed resources for office and/or home use. The UK community is encouraged to browse the new site and explore all the products available.


A complete list of Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications is located at For more information about contract details, eligibility and access to Adobe software, please visit the Adobe FAQ at or contact the UKAT Service Desk at 859-218-HELP (4357),, or @ukatstatus on Twitter.




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Undergraduate Research Takes Flight With T.J. Flynn

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 16:10

Video by the UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments (Vis Center) as part of its "What's Next" series. It can also be viewed at Reveal Research Media:


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) — The University of Kentucky is shaping the next generation of scientists and scholars by exposing undergraduates to research early in their academic careers. For T.J. Flynn, of Lexington, research as an undergrad at UK shaped his path — he is currently a Ph.D. pre-candidate at the University of Michigan, with a focus on acoustics and fluid dynamics.


An avid undergraduate researcher, Flynn worked on projects including carbon sequestration using algae at the Center for Applied Energy Research, novel nanomaterials in the physics department, and microfabrication techniques in the mechanical engineering department. Flynn received dual bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering, with an aerospace certificate, and physics from UK in 2014.


Flynn said, "My time at the University of Kentucky led me to a senior design course. I was actually able to get involved with the design of an unmanned aerial vehicle specifically for measuring turbulence in the atmosphere.


"I've also been fortunate to be a part of a high school Wing Design Competition that we run here at UK, where we get a number of high school students to compete in designing a wing, and they get to actually test their wing with different metrics such as speed and ability to carry payload. It’s a really fun time."


Since 2011, NASA Kentucky and the UK College of Engineering have partnered with the Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education to host the Wing Design Competition for high school students interested in the aerospace industry. 


In 2013, Flynn received a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. These scholarships are the largest monetary awards available to United States science, technology, engineering, and math students based solely on merit.


"I was very fortunate to be awarded the astronaut scholarship," said Flynn. "I got to represent the University of Kentucky going to the astronaut scholarship technical conference, so I got to present my research to other like-minded students. Research is as rewarding as it is challenging, and I think that’s one of the things that brings a lot of people to it. The sum of all these experiences has been great. It’s definitely convinced me that I want to pursue a career in research sciences, particularly in engineering.”

Retired Nurses Continue to Influence Patient Care through Volunteer Roles

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:55


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) — More than a decade ago, Ruth Berry and Gail Carpenter retired from longtime careers practicing and teaching nursing to college students. But even in retirement, the two friends and former colleagues are drawn back to the health care setting where they continue to serve patients in meaningful ways.


Wearing the volunteer uniform of pale blue button-down shirts and navy blue slacks, the retirees sort through piles of mail, organize a cart full of cookies and help families navigate the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. During the Thursday morning shift they share at the UK HealthCare Volunteer Office, they deliver mail, bouquets of balloons and flower arrangements to patients throughout the hospital.


Often during deliveries, they will offer to open and read mail to incapacitated patients. As former nurses, they are well-versed on bedside manner and sensitive to the health care circumstances affecting each patient. Although their role today is on the periphery of medical care, they know a few moments to sit and listen could make a difference in the patient's life.


"Going into a room in pediatrics where a child is alone, and opening up the mail for them and spending a few moments with them — those are precious moments just to be able to talk to them," Berry said. "They might not have family member there all day."


When asked why they volunteer, Carpenter and Berry say their roles keep them connected to the health care profession, but they also enjoy the camaraderie of the volunteer office. Both women retired from faculty positions in the UK College of Nursing and at Lexington Community College (now known as Bluegrass Community and Technical College) and are now members of the hospital's auxiliary board of directors. Berry and Carpenter first became acquainted as colleagues from their involvement in the university community and professional organizations. Carpenter, who retired in 1997, helped recruit Berry to the volunteer office after she retired in 2000.


Carpenter's interest in a profession in nursing started in high school when she learned of a friend's sister who was completing a nursing program in New York City. She was attracted to a profession caring for people and was fascinated by the science of nursing. She accepted a position teaching fundamental courses and pediatric nursing at Lexington Community College in 1976 and eventually become coordinator of LCC's nursing program, retiring in 1997.


Berry, whose mother was a neonatal nurse who emigrated from Germany, read the popular Sue Barton series of youth novels when she was young, which sparked her interest in a nursing career. At the age of 14, she started working as a nurse's aide in a local hospital. While she originally intended to study chemistry in college, she chose to study nursing at the collegiate level. She joined the faculty of the UK College of Nursing in the Department of Public Health Nursing in 1965, and after a period of time away from the profession, returned to the department in 1986. During her time at UK, she established a health clinic for the homeless and a parish nursing program, retiring from her role in 2000.


"I always liked helping and being with folks," Berry said.


When she first started volunteering, Carpenter was assigned to assist with a health clinic run by Berry, who was still working as a faculty member. Berry was thrilled to have Carpenter, a former nurse, as a volunteer in her clinic. Carpenter also volunteered as a patient liaison in the surgery department for several years before she changed roles to delivering mail and flowers. After her retirement, Berry decided to join Carpenter as a UK HealthCare volunteer on Thursdays. She also works in the auxiliary gift shop, which is primarily staffed by volunteers, on Mondays.


In addition to serving together at on a weekly basis, the women fill their schedules with volunteer roles for the Lexington Public Library, God's Pantry and the Department of Veteran's Affairs hospital. They are members of the same theater club, which meets several times a year. Outside of the volunteer office, Berry said Carpenter is a reliable friend. Carpenter has helped Berry through periods of hospitalization, picking her up for appointments at 5 a.m.


"(Volunteering) is more enjoyable when I know we can be there together and we can catch up at some of our other events," Berry said of Carpenter. "If we have concern about something, we can share it with each other."


As volunteers, Berry and Carpenter have heard many stories and met many interesting people of all ages. They have developed a sense of community and purpose within the hospital through their involvement. They are always encouraging others to become new volunteers at UK HealthCare as help is constantly needed for patients and visitors.  


"We get to see how the medical center really works," Carpenter said of volunteers. "We have a way of helping people navigate them through this physical maze at the medical center — it's enjoyable to do."


To learn more about volunteering, visit


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Tis the Season to Celebrate Good Health

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) -- Winter is on its way, and along with colder temperatures come holiday celebrations and precious time with family. It’s the season to feel good about ourselves and cherish what we have. It is also time to value the most important things in life, including our family, our accomplishments, and our health.


Health is not necessarily about visiting the doctor. Rather, it is about being proactive to prevent illness whenever possible. Before the new year arrives, think about how healthy you want to be in the coming year. Here are some tips for making your health a priority this holiday season:


·      Take advantage of community resources: Your county health department is a good place to start. Talk to them about vaccinations, special precautions that will help you stay healthy in winter, and how to prepare for emergency situations like snowstorms, floods and tornadoes. Call your primary care provider or pharmacy and get an updated list of your prescribed medications. Talk to them about ways to get your medications in case of inclement weather or other emergency situations. Keep your list of medications handy (including any vitamins, supplements, and over the counter medications) and share it with emergency management if required.


·      Find ways to be physically active this winter: You are more likely to stick with it if you find an activity you enjoy. Anything and everything that keeps your circulation flowing counts, including dance, yoga, squeezing stress reliever balls, simply lifting your arms and legs up and down, or cleaning your house.


·      Celebrate safely: Holiday partying doesn't have to be no-holds-barred. Enjoy special meals in moderation to avoid holiday weight gain. If you consume alcohol, do so in moderation. If you are going to be consuming alcohol at a celebration, arrange for safe, dependable transportation beforehand. Never drive under the influence of alcohol or accept a ride with a driver who is intoxicated. Always wear your seatbelt. Practice safe sex by using barrier contraceptives (like condoms) to avoid sexually transmitted infections.  


·      Get outdoors, weather permitting: Many companies offer activities and clubs for their employees, and this paper publishes a weekly calendar of events. To find out about parks and recreation opportunities in Lexington, visit the website. For more information on recreation parks statewide, visit the Kentucky State Parks website.


Don't wait until Jan. 1 to make your resolutions.


Dr. Somu Chatterjee is an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.