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College of Education Celebrates 197 Teachers Who Made a Difference

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 17:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 16, 2016) — There were no winners and no losers at the recent University of Kentucky College of Education’s Teachers Who Made a Difference recognition ceremony. Often, the nominators were celebrated as fervently as the nominees. If tears fell during the ceremony – and many did – they were never bitter or sad, but full of joy and admiration.

 

This year, 197 educators were honored by their former students as a Teacher Who Made a Difference in their lives and the lives of others. Organizers were pleasantly surprised this year when students named teachers from Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Connecticut, Maryland and Tennessee.

 

“Teachers and students often develop strong relationships, with the impact of that bond lasting a lifetime, for many,” said Mary John O’Hair, dean of the College of Education. “The UK College of Education is thankful to play a part in helping students show gratitude for a special teacher.”

 

Each year, any Teacher Who Made a Difference submission is accepted, up to a predetermined limit. Also each year, the program is assisted by a spokesperson who helps get the word out. In the past, John Calipari, Dermontti Dawson, Tubby Smith, Lee T. Todd Jr., Kyle Macy, and Dan and Cheri Issel have led the charge. UK women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell once again volunteered to team with the college to help the program.

 

“Teaching is my job, teaching is my passion. And it is something that I love and hope to do the rest of my life,” said Mitchell. “It is a tremendous thing to be a teacher.”

 

Take for example, the case of UK physical therapy graduate student and Jamaican native Carolyn Blissett and her mentor, UK associate professor of physical therapy and director of the College of Health Sciences PT clinical education director M. Lynn English.

 

In her nomination letter, Blissett wrote, “Dr. Lynn English has been one of my greatest blessings during my educational and professional journey towards becoming a physical therapist. After hearing about the difficulties that I was experiencing at a clinical site, she took the time to meet with me one-on-one to listen to me and provide guidance to help me grow in my areas of weakness. Due to my strong interest in doing a clinical rotation in Belize, Dr. English used her resources to help to make that clinical site a possibility for me and future UK students.”

 

Blissett went on to use words and phrases like “leader, mentor, passion, approachable, strong commitment to service” to describe English.

 

“Throughout my two and a half years in the physical therapy program,” said Blissett, “Dr. English has encouraged me and believed in my potential to pursue my dreams of becoming a medical interpreter and a bilingual physical therapist. She has provided me with opportunities to develop that passion and her belief in me has helped me to believe in myself even more.”

 

For her part, English speaks of Blissett with high praise. “Carolyn is one of the most enthusiastic, personable people I know. She works very hard at everything she does and does so with a smile on her face.”

 

English remembers fondly that Blissett became proficiently bilingual in a matter of a few weeks during a UK Shoulder to Shoulder Global mission to Ecuador. Now, she is a volunteer interpreter for UK’s physical therapy clinic here in Lexington.

 

The University of Kentucky College of Education Teachers Who Made a Difference Program began in 1998 as part of the college’s 75th anniversary celebration. With more than 100 teachers honored that year and the overwhelming support from the UK campus and community, the College of Education decided to make it an annual event. After 18 years, nearly 2,000 educators have been honored.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302, gail.hairston@uky.edu

UK Alum to Honor Cousin, Fallen Officer Ellis, With 'Immortalizing' Song

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 16:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2016) — This Sunday, May 15, flags will be flown at half-staff and the country will honor thousands of fallen police officers on Peace Officers Memorial Day — including fallen Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis. Following the ceremony in Washington, D.C., a special performance on the West Lawn will pay tribute to him.

 

"A song can never be unwritten — it's sort of an immortalizing thing," said Hannah Ellis, a 2012 integrated strategic communication graduate from UK and cousin to Officer Ellis. "Every time I sing this song I see my family and what we went through together."

 

Hannah, a musician living in Nashville, knew she wanted to honor her cousin — who was killed in the line of duty and while pursuing his passion - with her own passion, singing.

 

"It was the day after Daniel's funeral and I was watching what Katie (Daniel's wife) was going through," she said. "I thought, 'what is the truest way to write this song?'"

 

And so with co-writers Steven Dale Jones and Justin Ebach, they wrote the song, "Officer Down," from the perspective of Katie Ellis.

 

"I never wanted to overstep; I wanted it to be true," Hannah said. "And I think it's true to me and a lot of people who have experienced something similar."

 

Later, the Fraternal Order of Police asked Hannah to come sing her song at the Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony, where Daniel's name will be etched in marble on the 304-foot-long memorial. She will sing the song in front of a national audience as well as both her immediate family and Daniel's. And while she sings, she'll remember how supportive Daniel was of her music.

 

"He always encouraged me to go after my passion, and that's what he did," she said. "He was so passionate about being a police officer, and he was a great one."

 

Since his death, Hannah said the community support surrounding the Ellis family has been a blessing and they have felt very loved.

 

"I hope everyone in the crowd on Sunday who has lost their own hero feels that same love and support," she said.

 

Hannah will sing her song "Officer Down" around 11 a.m. Sunday and the song will be available on iTunes on Friday, May 13. 

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Nurses Should Practice Pause to Maintain Mental Wellness

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:45

By Janie Heath, Ph.D., dean of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 16, 2016) — Nurses are at the forefront of the health care industry, repairing our fractured systems while providing care to each individual patient. To help our nurses take on these tremendous responsibilities, we must enable them to build their own strength and resilience during and beyond National Nurses Week by promoting practices such as mindfulness and self-care.

 

Bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment – mindfulness – is a practice that can be implemented immediately at no cost and can help nurses. According to numerous scientific studies, mindfulness can help reduce psychological and physiological stress, while improving empathy, job satisfaction and a sense of wellbeing.

 

Nurses need our help. Many are wounded and filled with fatigue and moral distress from managing increasingly higher chronicity of care in complex systems with depleted resources, workforce shortages, long hours and safety concerns. Burnout is seen in nurses all over the world, leading to impatience with co-workers, patients, friends and family.

 

“The Pause,” a method developed by Jonathan Bartels, a trauma nurse in the University of Virginia Health System, illustrates how mindfulness can generate profound improvements at the point of care. After unsuccessful patient resuscitation efforts, Bartels and health care team members implemented a 45-second pause, allowing time to honor the life that was, recognize the team effort, breathe deeply, and recharge and renew for the next patient.

 

Paying attention to patients is what nurses do; however, we are often compelled to race in, assess a patient, move rapidly into the treatment phase and proceed to the next patient. If we invited more pauses, more stillness into our care environments, would it make us more resilient? Would it improve our health and wellness? Would it improve our relationships? Would it help prevent burnout?

 

For National Nurses Week, please reach out and thank a nurse for continually responding to the demands and needs of others, remind them to take time for their own health and wellbeing, find ways to invite stillness into the care environment so that our nurses can be happier, stronger and more balanced providers.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

 

Zachary Johnson in the Human Performance Lab Featured on LabTV

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:32

 

Video by UK REVEAL Research Media.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2016) — Back when Zachary Johnson was behind the plate, as catcher for the Oldham County High School baseball team, he wasn’t considering a career in research. But that’s exactly where he ended up. And he tells his story on LabTV.

 

His sophomore year at the University of Kentucky Johnson did some hands-on learning as a physical therapy tech, which led him to pursue a degree in kinesiology and a future in research.

 

Johnson now works as a research assistant in the Human Performance Lab in the College of Health Sciences alongside Charlotte Peterson, the Joseph Hamburg Endowed Professor and the associate dean for research in health sciences, and Philip Kern, director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences and professor of endocrinology.

 

“Working with Dr. Peterson and Dr. Kern, seeing the work and the time and effort they put in and really seeing what goes on in research, drove me to want to be a part of their team and here I am,” Johnson said.

 

Johnson is part of a team that is gathering and analyzing data on metformin as a treatment to prevent frailty in the elderly by improving their muscle growth response. Metformin is the most widely prescribed drug for managing type 2 diabetes and could offer a low-cost, personalized approach to help people maintain their independence as they age.

 

In 2014 Kern and Peterson, along with scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, received a $2.9 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to measure the benefit of metformin to older adults who do not respond well to exercise.

 

“The novel hypothesis of our study is that metformin will augment strength gains in response to exercise,” Peterson explains. “Since the response to exercise is highly variable in older people, we are specifically targeting individuals over 65 to help them gain mass and strength more effectively so that they can maintain functional independence. This may identify new purposes for metformin, directly on muscle, in addition to its known role of lowering blood sugar.” 

 

Johnson is the personal trainer for all the participants in the 16-week resistance-training exercise program that looks at whether metformin strengthens muscle. Although several years from final results—the project runs through 2019—Johnson is pleased with how the program is improving quality of life for the participants.

 

“I’m seeing a lot of muscle gains in this study, and a lot of power and strength increases, which can help them in their everyday living needs, like getting up and down stairs. That can really drive society by being able to allow them to do more things on their own,” said Johnson.

 

By building a strong background in research, Johnson hopes to pursue either a master’s in exercise physiology or a doctorate in physical therapy.

 

For more on the metformin research project, see reveal.uky.edu/metformin.

 

LabTV.com features videos with medical researchers who tell where they came from, how they chose their career, what they do each day in the lab, and why they love it. LabTV’s founder, Jay Walker of TEDMED, said he started the site because if high school students can personally identify with a young medical researcher, they are far more likely to consider becoming one. LabTV’s network features researchers working at leading universities, corporations, and the National Institutes of Health.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343, jenny.wells@uky.edu

UK Athletics Surpasses 3.0 GPA for 8th Straight Semester

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 14:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2016) — What was once an ambition has now become an expectation.

 

For the eighth consecutive semester, UK Athletics has posted a cumulative department-wide grade-point average of 3.0 or better.

 

UK Athletics’ scholarship students combined for a GPA of 3.157 this spring, nearly identical to the 3.149 GPA posted in the fall.

 

“We have a group of graduating seniors who have contributed to a 3.0 GPA in every semester they’ve spent at Kentucky,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “That’s an achievement by our students that should not be overlooked. I want to congratulate those students and everyone who supports them for making that possible.”

 

Eighteen of UK’s 20 teams posted GPAs of 3.0 or better, the threshold set each semester by the department. Barnhart originally established the goal of a department-wide GPA of 3.0 or better as part of his 15 by 15 by Plan unveiled in 2008. The goal was carried over in the new set of goals set as part of 1-3-5 Elite last April.

 

“The way that our department takes pride in the personal development of our students is an incredible source of pride for me,” Barnhart said. “Academics are an essential part of equipping our students to succeed after they leave UK.”

 

The women’s golf team led all teams with a GPA of 3.705, closely followed by softball (3.638) and women’s swimming and diving (3.607). Women’s soccer (3.556), women’s tennis (3.554) and rifle (3.500) each also had GPAs or 3.5 or better.

 

As further evidence of UK Athletics’ academic success, all Wildcat teams once again surpassed the Academic Progress Rate cut score in a report released by the NCAA in April, continuing a streak of breaking or tying the school record for NCAA graduation rate every year since the statistic was introduced in 2005. Four teams – women’s cross country, men’s golf, rife and men’s basketball – received public recognition for their APR being in the top 10 percent of their sport. Additionally, 70 Wildcats graduated during the 2015-16 school year.

 

“We all embrace academics as part of our department’s culture, but the importance of our CATS (Center for Academic and Tutorial Services) counselors and tutors should not be overlooked,” Barnhart said. “I want to thank them for their tireless work and commitment to our students.”

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Guy Ramsey, guy.ramsey@uky.edu; 859-257-3838.

UK Named Founding Member of University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2016) — The University of Kentucky is one of nine founding members of a six-year, $20 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funded project that is seeking to advance fossil fuel technology.

 

Called the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER), the project will identify, select, execute, review and disseminate knowledge from research that will improve the efficiency of production and use of fossil energy resources while minimizing the environmental impacts and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Penn State University will lead the coalition, which is funded by DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). In addition to Penn State and UK's Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER), other university partners include: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Texas A&M University, University of Southern California, University of Tulsa, University of Wyoming and Virginia Tech. 

 

"We are excited to serve as a founding member of UCFER," said Rodney Andrews, director of CAER and UK's lead investigator on the project. "These dollars represent a significant investment in UK's fossil fuel research programs. It will help our investigators improve the efficiency and reliability of Kentucky energy and develop new uses for fossil fuels."

 

Chunshan Song, director of Penn State's Energy Institute in the College of Earth and Mineral Science and distinguished professor of fuel science and chemical engineering is the principal investigator and will be director of UCFER.

 

UCFER will engage in both fundamental and applied research for clean and low-carbon energy based on fossil resources. Outreach and technology transfer to industry will be important components of the coalition.  With the aim of reducing environmental impacts and minimizing carbon dioxide emission, the coalition will explore both research in coal and in natural gas and oil.

 

The project will support the mission of the DOE program including areas in its Strategic Center for Coal and Strategic Center for Natural Gas and Oil. Research in coal will include clean, efficient and low-carbon energy through advanced energy systems – gas turbines, gasification systems, advanced combustion and solid oxide fuel cells, carbon dioxide capture, carbon dioxide storage and also involve areas that crosscut technology such as sensors and controls, water management, simulations and environmental controls.

 

Research in gas and oil will include natural gas resources including shale gas and environmental impacts, natural gas infrastructure – leak detection and smart sensors, deep water technology, methane hydrates and enhanced recovery.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; jenny.wells@uky.edu 

Expansion of Commonwealth Stadium Lots to Net 200 New Parking Spaces

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 16, 2016)  University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is committed to improving access and mobility to, from and around campus for all members of the UK community. As announced last month, the department is offering a wide range of mobility choices for the coming year, ranging from mass transit to bicycling initiatives to parking options.

 

In terms of improving parking options, PTS will be adding approximately 200 new parking spaces in the Commonwealth Stadium Blue and Green Lots over the summer months.

This increase complements the previously announced space increase in the High Street Lot as part of PTS’ summer lot expansion projects.

 

The Green Lot, which is located adjacent to the Oswald Building, primarily accommodates Bluegrass Community and Technical College employee and student parking, while the Blue Lot, which is located on the Alumni Drive side of Commonwealth Stadium, serves as a peripheral employee and student parking option. The peripheral parking permits - new for 2016-2017 - are a lower-cost option and allow those permit-holders to take advantage of the convenient and frequent shuttle connections or the improved pedestrian connections planned for this summer.

 

The new spaces will be achieved by expanding both lots and by utilizing design efficiencies in the Green Lot.

 

The project is expected to be completed by Aug. 10.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

UK's Yates Receives NSF, DOE Grants for Work in Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Structure

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2016) — Steven Yates, professor in the University of Kentucky Departments of Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy and director of the UK Accelerator Laboratory (UKAL), was recently awarded grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Agency.

 

The three-year $880,000 NSF grant, which extends continuous NSF funding of work at UKAL to more than 50 years, will be focused on advancing fundamental understanding of the atomic nucleus. 

 

The nucleus, composed of protons and neutrons, is billions of times smaller than is visible with the human eye. Some nuclei are spherical in shape, while others are deformed in oblate (like a Frisbee) or prolate (like a football) shapes; the shape of the nucleus is unique for each isotope of each element. 

 

"Because we cannot take an ordinary photograph of the nucleus to investigate its shape and structure, other methods must be employed," Yates said.

 

With a particle accelerator and a nuclear reaction, neutrons are produced, which can scatter from the nucleus. In the process, the nucleus gains and subsequently releases energy that can be detected. This information is used to “develop a photo” of the nucleus and gain an understanding of how the neutrons and protons in the nucleus contribute to its properties.

 

Yates' three-year $690,000 grant from the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Agency, under its Stewardship Science Academic Alliance, is in collaboration with researchers from the University of Dallas and the U.S. Naval Academy. With this grant, the team will measure the probabilities of neutron scattering from materials of interest in the design of advanced nuclear reactors and reactor fuels and to the nanoelectronics industry.

 

Education at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels is emphasized in all UKAL activities.

 

"Graduates of this research program will receive hands-on experience with particle accelerator operation, nuclear science instrumentation, radiation detection and data acquisition systems, and emerge as well-trained nuclear scientists who are capable of important contributions to our national needs," Yates said.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Zika Website Gives Kentuckians Latest Information

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:50

LEXINGTON, Ky., (May 12, 2016) – University of Kentucky entomologists recently developed a website that will have the most up-to-date information on the Zika virus and its spread, as mosquito populations around the state begin to build. The website is http://pest.ca.uky.edu/EXT/ZIKA/1kyzika.html.

 

“Mosquitoes are beginning to appear in the state now, and their populations will peak during the mid- to late summer,” said Lee Townsend, extension entomologist with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and website administrator. “The website has information on the mosquitoes which are potential virus carriers in Kentucky and will include information on locally transmitted cases as they appear.”

 

One species, Aedes aegypti, is a known carrier of Zika. Kentucky is at the northern edge of the mosquito’s range. The other is Aedes albopictus, which is better known as the Asian tiger mosquito and the most common mosquito in Kentucky. Though it hasn’t been confirmed, scientists believe that all mosquito species within the Aedes genus could potentially transmit Zika.

 

In addition, the website includes links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Zika virus Web page, information for pregnant women, a map of confirmed cases of Zika in the United States, products used to control mosquitoes and educational activities for children. Mosquito control videos in both English and Spanish are also available.

 

Currently, all confirmed cases of Zika in the United States are from travelers who were bitten by mosquitoes while in another country. Kentucky has had six such cases reported thus far. The virus causes everything from mild, flu-like symptoms in the average person to severe birth defects in babies, if their mothers contract the virus during pregnancy.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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UK Shoulder to Shoulder Global May Brigade Help Relief Efforts in Ecuador

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2016) — Shoulder to Shoulder Global (STSG) is leading 41 University of Kentucky students, faculty and community members on a 10-day interdisciplinary health brigade experience. Participants will arrive in Ecuador today and will work in conjunction with the Ecuador Ministry of Health and the Centro de Salud Hombro a Hombro (CSHH) to assist earthquake refugees in addition to providing health services and health education in Santo Domingo, Ecuador.

 

The May 2016 brigade will continue STSG’s tradition of incorporating academic and community partners to improve the health and well-being of impoverished and underserved communities, while offering students and health professionals the opportunity to work in a multicultural and interdisciplinary setting.

 

The CSHH clinic, the primary worksite for UK’s STSG brigades, has been supporting local efforts and assisting earthquake victims since the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador April 16. In the aftermath, CSHH staff visited Pedernales, a canton devastated by the earthquake in the province of Manabi.

 

The CSHH, which recently celebrated its ninth anniversary, provides medical care, prevention services, oral health and school-based services in the community. The CSHH operates year-round and employs a local staff, including a physician, a nurse, a dentist and support personnel who work as a team to improve the health of patients and the community.

 

Although there were no confirmed casualties in Santo Domingo, where the CSHH is located, approximately 45 houses were damaged, and local hospitals have been experiencing an increase in the number of patients, as victims from surrounding vicinities seek treatment.

 

“The earthquake may have passed, but there is still a long way to go to recover from the disaster,” said Craig Borie, STSG program coordinator. “The Centro de Salud Hombro a Hombro is doing everything they can to help earthquake victims and the May brigade will assist in these efforts”, states Craig Borie, STSG program coordinator.”

 

Ecuador’s Ministry of Health has requested that the May UK team help with patient care in two communities closer to the Earthquake affected area. The brigade will be working in these communities for two days to provide needed health care.

These relief efforts have been possible thanks to a funding relief campaign initiated along with STSG partners Timmy Global Health (TGH) and the Ecuadorian foundation Hombro a Hombro.

 

To support this effort in Santo Domingo, visit https://timmyglobalhealth.org/online-donation-form/. Indicate in comment section that this is for STSG and select "Ecuador Earthquake Relief 2016" from the dropdown under "Please use my donation."

 

To learn more about STSG and the brigades to Ecuador, please visit STSG’s website at http://www.uky.edu/international/shoulder_to_shoulder.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302, gail.hairston@uky.edu

 

UK HealthCare Team Helps Former PICU Nurse Open Community Health Clinic in Haiti

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 12, 2016) —  The adage, “build it, and they will come,” didn’t apply when former pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) nurse Kristyn Mickley and the Reach Haiti medical mission broke ground on a health clinic in the secluded mountains of Haiti.

 

An estimated 40,000 patients living in a medically underserved region of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere were already in dire need of basic medical care. Before the clinic opened its doors on March 5, as many as 20 villagers flocked to Mickley’s doorstep in the early morning seeking medicine for their ailments.

 

“Once people realized we were there, they just started showing up on my front porch,” Mickley said.

 

Mickley, who started visiting Haiti on short-term mission trips in 2013, resigned from her nursing position at Kentucky Children’s Hospital in 2015 to embark upon an adventure and fulfill a personal calling to serve the health care needs of children and families in Haiti. She joined the cause of Reach Haiti, a faith-based medical mission that built and operates a small community health clinic in the geographically isolated mountaintop village of Foret De Pins, Haiti. The Reach Haiti medical team consists of Mickley and pharmacist Daniel Abercrombie with support from Abercrombie's wife, a nurse. Most of their patients come from farms or small villages interspersed throughout the region.

 

Mickley sold all her belongings and boarded a one-way flight to Haiti last August, settling into a house across the street from the clinic and acclimating to the Haitian lifestyle. She and her fellow medical missionaries waited for months while the clinic was under construction. She soon learned that many necessities taken for granted in the United States require extra effort to acquire in rural Haiti.

 

“You focus on the medications you have to hand out, or the sick patients coming your way,” Mickley said. “When you live here full time, you have all that, plus just everyday life. If you want drinking water, you have to arrange that.”

 

Before moving to Haiti, Mickley, who graduated from the UK College of Nursing, started her career as a PICU nurse at Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) in 2012. She worked in the unit with Dr. Scottie Day, chief of pediatric critical care for KCH and now associate chief medical officer for UK HealthCare, who shared her passion for serving the medical needs of underprivileged people and populations around the world.

 

While Mickley was an invaluable asset to the pediatric critical care team, Day and the entire PICU staff rallied to support Mickley when they heard her plans to move to Haiti. In the weeks leading up to her move, the PICU staff hosted a fundraising event for Reach Haiti’s first endeavor.

 

“In a way, she was a loss to KCH but she was a gain to children elsewhere,” Day said of Mickley. “I’m also so proud of what she’s done — she’s made a huge difference in a short period of time and laid a foundation for more to come.”

 

Day and other UK HealthCare faculty members didn’t lose interest in the mission when Mickley left for Haiti. Day committed to helping the Reach Haiti mission by traveling to volunteer his medical expertise and forming an ongoing partnership between the ministry and multidisciplinary medical teams at UK HealthCare. He led a team of UK faculty members, including KCH pediatrician Dr. Robert Dillard, to Haiti for the clinic’s official opening in early March. The team was joined by Day’s 10-year-old son Dalton, who learned the importance of helping others while accompanying his dad on the trip and created a video of memorable moments and people. The medical members of the team provided additional support to respond to an overwhelming influx of patients throughout the opening week, as well as deliver specialized care for complex and emergency cases presenting at the clinic.

 

More than 300 patients were treated in the first four days of service. One patient presented to the clinic with an infected tonsillar abscess that had degraded to sepsis, and the team coordinated resuscitation and then stabilized the patient with fluids and oxygen before transporting him to the distant hospital. Mickley called the case a “flash back” to her days in the PICU.

 

“Having Dr. Day and other UK faculty here in Haiti serving at the facility brought such joy — they jumped in and quickly became part of the team,” Mickley said.

 

 

Video produced by Dalton Day. 

 

After operating for a few weeks, the clinic now functions much like a doctor’s office, providing examinations and treatment for common conditions such as respiratory illness, hypertension and pregnancy. With the nearest hospital a four-hour drive on rough terrain away, Haitian villagers also come to the clinic to triage injuries or illness that requires more advanced care. The building includes three examination rooms, a mini-triage area, a pharmacy and a reception room.

 

“It’s just become this safehouse — it’s something the community wanted,” Day said.

 

The patient load has reduced to about 20 to 25 patients per day, but Mickley said the mission plans to hire more medical staff. Sometimes scheduled patients must wait to be seen because of unexpected emergencies. As the only full-time staff members, Mickley and Ambercrombie begin every day in the clinic with a prayer for their patients, and then they bring in patients waiting outside the building in groups of three at a time. Challenges range from getting patients to return to the clinic for follow up care to having enough medical supplies to treat every symptom or condition.

 

“Our patients are sick, but tough,” Mickley said. “Most of them have never seen a doctor before, or if they have, it’s been very limited care.”

 

Day is interested in sending more UK volunteer groups to the clinic to help manage patient loads and supply additional medical support. He plans to organize groups of students and faculty members representing various disciplines across six health college at UK to learn how to practice medicine in environments with a lack of resources, as well as gain the impressionable and humbling life experience of serving in underprivileged areas of the world.

 

“It will be a continual investment, it’s not just involving the children’s hospital and people from this university,” Day said. “It’s a way for UK HealthCare to partner with community members who are already invested. That’s what is really nice about this program — it’s UK HealthCare and KCH working with other community leaders and other nationalities.”

 

Mickley is excited about the prospect of hosting UK groups, including some of her friends and former colleagues in the PICU, for medical mission work in Haiti. Now that she’s confronted with the unmet health needs of sick and suffering patients everyday, she welcomes more helping hands in the clinic.  

 

“Watching two nations come together to bring health care to such a devastated area brings me so much joy and hope,” Mickley said. “When I first started here, I thought I would see a lot of just colds or cuts. But the level of illness is so beyond that. I am reminded daily that this clinic is not just a want, but a need for these people.”

 

To make a financial contribution to the Reach Haiti ministry and get updates on the clinic’s progress, click here.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

Two Students Awarded First LGBTQ* Scholarships at UK

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 13:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 12, 2016)  The University of Kentucky Office of LGBTQ* Resources recently announced the winners of the office’s first endowed scholarships. Tristan Suel and Max Hulsman were selected by the Office of LGBTQ* Resources as the recipients of this year’s scholarships.

 

The scholarship is available to currently enrolled full-time UK students to help defray the cost of tuition, room and board, books, education abroad and other expenses.

 

The scholarship was made possible by gifts to the UK LGBTQ* Endowment Scholarship Fund. Initially created by Keisa and Amanda Fallin-Bennett — two UK alumnae devoted to empowering student success — the scholarship fund seeks to support students who are committed to completing a degree at UK.

 

Suel and Hulsman expressed gratitude to the Office of LGBTQ* Resources for the scholarship as well as the support it provides.

 

Hulsman, a rising sophomore mechanical engineering major, said while he has only been at UK for one year, he appreciates the support the office provides.

 

“The Office of LGBTQ* Resources has helped me a good amount. It sponsors and aids the LGBT student groups on campus, such as the Gay-Straight Alliance, which I have had a fantastic time working with and being a part of,” Hulsman said.

 

Hulsman is also thankful for the connections he has made with faculty, staff and students across campus.

 

“The staff from the Counseling Center have helped as guests to Spectrums, the LGBT organization I am involved in leadership with, to mediate sensitive debates and discussion meeting,” Hulsman said.

 

Suel, a rising senior media arts and studies major, said UK has helped shaped her as an individual.

 

“UK has allowed me to freely be who I want to be and has given me a memorable place to know this is where I found myself,” Suel said. “The university provided teachers, instructors, great resources and friends that I have gained here to help with my process.”

 

Suel added UK has been a tremendous blessing to her life.

 

“UK is an extraordinary blessing because it gives growing individuals a fresh start to get in touch with who they are, to accept everything they are, and to love themselves,” said Suel. “I have learned to have a voice for myself and what I stand for through this university.”

 

For more information about the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, visit their website or connect with them on Facebook.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit  uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

UK College of Communication and Information Names New Members to National Advisory Board

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 11:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 12, 2016) – The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information recently added four new members to its National Advisory Board: Angela Evans, Larry Forester, Lois Mateus and Peggy Noe Stevens.

 

The college’s National Advisory Board serves as an external advisory body to Dean Dan O’Hair. Members of the board have attained prominence in their respective careers and are chosen for their value in providing counsel to the dean. Advisory board membership includes graduates and non-alumni members throughout the nation and across professions.

 

Angela Evans is currently serving her first term as council member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Clark Atlanta University. She received her juris doctorate in 2000 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

 

Evans continues to practice law in her home state of Kentucky. Prior to her election in 2015, she served as an assistant attorney general of Kentucky for six years, providing legal services to various state agencies. She also served as general counsel to the Kentucky Secretary of State.

 

Larry Forester is senior vice president – senior lender for Cumberland Valley National Bank. He is a graduate of the University of Pikeville and the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking.

 

Forester is active in the community and serves as a board member for many public and civic organizations in the Lexington area including Commerce Lexington, Urban League of Lexington, Lexington-Fayette Board of Adjustment, Lexington Community Land Trust and the East High Street YMCA.

 

Lois Mateus is a retired Brown-Forman executive, where for 26 years she oversaw the company's public relations, corporate communications, community relations and contributions activities. Representing Brown-Forman, she became the first woman to serve on the board of the Kentucky Distillers Association (KDA). In 2013, KDA created the annual Lois Mateus Mentoring Award in her honor.

 

Mateus serves on the board of Hardscuffle/American Life, a Louisville based insurance company, the Kentucky State Fair Board, and the Berry Center. She is chairman of the advisory board of the University of Kentucky’s Center for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and serves on Centre College President’s Advisory Board.

 

Currently Mateus and her husband operate Tallgrass Farm, where they raise grass-fed Black Angus cattle and their Tallgrass Farm Foundation regularly brings inner-city children to the country for farm field-day experiences. Additionally, the pair are co-developers of several historic buildings in the NuLu East Market restaurant and arts district in Louisville.

 

Peggy Noe Stevens has devoted herself to more than years of hospitality, entertaining and the exploration of experiential marketing in both her life and career. She began her career in hospitality and marketing with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, engaging in all aspects of guest services, professional event planning and culinary arts and entertaining. Stevens then moved to the Brown-Forman Corporation to lead a newly developed travel and event planning department. She later became the world’s first female Master Bourbon Taster in the industry.

 

Currently, Stevens uses her role as author, global speaker, media spokesperson and experiential brand strategist to work with corporations to design women’s research and strategy studies for corporations that will help them attract and retain female executives.

 

Evans, Forester, Mateus and Stevens join current National Advisory Board members John Antenucci, Cathy Black, Janice Birdwhistell, Michael Carozza, Lewis Donohew, Henry Evans, Rufus Friday, John R. “Jack” Guthrie, Shae Hopkins, Jim Host, Patrick Leddin, Terry Meiners, Patrick Mutchler, James Nelson, Jackie Powell, Doug Robinson, Michael Ruehling, Robert Slaton, Jesse Stallsworth (student representative), David Thompson and Bill Wilson.

 

The National Advisory Board meets biannually to advocate for college programs, students, faculty and staff by opening doors for corporate connections as well as educating and updating our faculty on developments in the professional community. Board members also help with long range and strategic planning and provide leadership for philanthropic efforts.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Engineering Dean John Walz Elected President of Milwaukee School of Engineering

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2016) – John Y. Walz, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, has been elected president of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His term will begin July 1, 2016.

 

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. The institution offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing.

 

"Dean Walz has been a tremendous leader - growing enrollment and private support of the college, while at the same time enhancing the quality of education for every engineering student at UK,” said UK Provost Tim Tracy. “He has been instrumental in increasing the number of engineers directly impacting the Commonwealth, and I have no doubt he will bring the same vision to MSOE.”

 

Walz has been in his current position since 2012. Previously, he was professor and department head of chemical engineering at Virginia Polytechnic and State University.

 

During his time here, the UK College of Engineering's enrollment has reached record levels, increasing the number of engineers released into Kentucky's workforce each year. In the fall of 2015, the college welcomed more than 800 students in the incoming freshman class and more than 3,000 students in the college for the first time. At the same time, the Engineering Residential College has grown to 700 students and a freshman design lab has been introduced to meet the demand.

 

Under Dean Walz's leadership, the college has also seen a significant increase in gifts investing in students, faculty and facilities, including the $7 million gift made by F. Joseph and Joani Halcomb this year to transform biomedical engineering at UK.

 

“I am deeply grateful to have served as dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering," Walz said. "The enthusiasm of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the college have created momentum that will take the college forward for many years. I am thankful for the friendships and partnerships I experienced here at UK, and look forward to embracing new challenges at Milwaukee School of Engineering."

 

Walz earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tulane University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Walz began his career as a support engineer for Shell Oil Company and later returned to Tulane as assistant professor after earning his Ph.D. In 1997, Walz joined Yale University’s faculty as an associate professor of chemical engineering, becoming the department’s chairman in 2002. He remained at Yale until 2005 when he assumed his position at Virginia Tech.

 

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky

#seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Making UK May Day a Future Wildcat's Day at UK

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 09:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2016)  High school sophomores and juniors from around Kentucky are invited to campus to experience the very first University of Kentucky May Day Open House. May Day gives future Wildcats a head start in the college selection process and allows them to learn more about what UK has to offer. Students will have the chance to truly make UK May Day - their day at UK!

 

May Day is an on-campus open house for all Kentucky sophomore or junior high school students, family members and guests. This day will allow students to not only see campus through a guided tour, but they will have the opportunity pick and choose activities ranging from residence hall walk-throughs to meeting with college representatives and learning about the enrollment process. Admissions, Financial Aid, Academic Scholarships and a variety of campus departments will also be present to answer any questions.

 

May Day will take place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday, May 13, and will begin on the front lawn outside of the Main Building. Guests have the freedom to arrive at a time convenient for them and the opportunity to attend sessions and tours that spark their interests.

 

Guests will be able to attend one of three admission presentations, one of three campus tours, which will include UK's main academic area, the William T. Young Library and the Johnson Recreation Center, a residence hall showcase of Central Hall II and Woodland Glen III and college, department and program presentations.

 

Future Wildcats, families and guests can make UK's May Day - their day at UK by registering at www.seeblue.com/mayday.  Registration is not required, but encouraged.

For more information, email primwathen@uky.edu or call 859-257-7265.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett or Rebecca Stratton, katy.bennett@uky.edu or rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, (859) 257-1909/(859) 323-2395 

UK College of Communication and Information Hosts Technology Usability Lab

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 09:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2016) — An innovative new program at the University of Kentucky explores human-computer interaction. Senior Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs Derek Lane and College Media Officer Nathan Stevens, along with Dean Dan O’Hair, of the UK College of Communication and Information, have pioneered a new multidisciplinary venture they are calling the CI Collective.

 

The CI Collective is a program hosted by the College of Communication and Information that includes a technology usability lab where students and faculty can work together to test emerging technologies. The primary purpose of the CI Collective is to support interdisciplinary research on human-computer interaction and related areas in understanding how people use communication technology and learn from information systems.

 

Technology developers might have one use in mind, but consumers of all ages may find that a technological device may be used to fill a separate and distinct need. Research conducted in the CI Collective will help determine how users interact with technology and learn from information systems.

 

“A usability lab is where people bring in technology and folks to use the technology, and then they study and survey what they like about it, what they hate about it, what they think should be improved about it,” Stevens said.

 

Another facet of the program involves bringing in professional IT people, who actually study how and why people might adopt these technologies.

 

Together these two groups of people generate a report to review the product and send it to the technology companies.

 

“Basically it’s a partnership where we learn together about how any communication technology might be adopted and attempt to understand potential gains and pain points,” Lane said. “Companies make their technology available, then we conduct usability research with it, analyze the data, write the reports and send our results back to them. Our research is unbiased and tends to be more trustworthy than proprietary research.”

 

These reviews, based on empirical research, are impartial and objective — a valuable way for technology companies to understand how consumers might potentially use their products.

 

The CI Collective provides benefits to the UK campus community in multiple ways.  In particular, students can gain valuable experience as both interns and research participants.

 

“First, it gives the students experience of how a usability lab works,” Stevens said. “That’s vital because people can make a living managing a usability lab.”

 

It also gives students opportunities to work on personal research or product development. 

 

“If students have an idea and they want to engage in design thinking and rapid prototyping, they should be able to do that in our lab,” Lane said.

 

In addition, faculty will have access to technology that can help extend current research programs.

 

“It will help campus because one of our goals is to get faculty members in to help with their research or to find new ways to build their research agenda,” Stevens said.

 

“Faculty from across campus can access the resources and facilities and decide how, if at all, existing technology might extend their research programs,” Lane said.

 

Research in the CI Collective will also be used to help other communities. The lab is currently working with technologies that have been shared with UK researchers from places as far away as Paris, France.

 

Some technologies that are being studied include various devices that help monitor, track and report health diagnoses. These products can be especially helpful in the Appalachian region where patients are not always located near health care facilities. Eventually Lane and Stevens hope this research can be applied to developing countries as well.

 

“Being able to help communities that may not be able to help themselves is a goal of our lab,” Stevens said.

 

In addition to working with technologies to improve health care, the lab also explores interactive home automation systems, virtual reality technology, 3D printing, robotic telepresence and virtual video gaming.

 

“We are excited about the possibilities, and we think it’s a really cool place for students to think about the research we conduct in the college and across campus in very unique ways,” Lane said.

 

O’Hair and Lane began discussing this project a few years ago, and they are excited that it’s finally coming to fruition.

 

“I am so pleased that our initial idea about a usability lab is becoming a reality," said Dean O'Hair. "Information communication technologies are often ignored or slow-tracked because they do not have an empirical track record of success. That is where the CI Collective plays a key role."

 

While the project has been in development since October, Lane and Stevens hope to have it past the preliminary stage and fully developed before the end of the fall 2016 semester.

 

If anyone is interested in collaborative projects or if students are interested in working in the lab as an intern, participating in research studies as a product tester or learning more information about how to get involved, they should contact Nathan Stevens at nss@uky.edu

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Plant Science Building Evacuated for Nearly Five Hours Monday

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 19:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment's Plant Science Building was evacuated around 2 p.m. Monday, and the Lexington Fire Department was notified as a precaution after an unknown odor was detected in a second floor plant pathology lab. Lexington Fire Departments's Hazardous Materials Unit was called to the scene, evaluated the building, and determined there was nothing harmful present.

 

UK's Environmental Management officials followed up with monitoring and cleared the building for re-entry at 6:40 p.m. The cause of the odor, though not harmful, is under investigation.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Kathy Johnson, 859-559-5396

Celebrated Kentucky Historian Receives Medallion for Intellectual Achievement

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 15:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2016) — Tonight University of Kentucky Libraries Spring Gala will recognize the 2016 recipient of the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement, James C. Klotter. The Lexington native, UK alumnus and Georgetown College scholar is the state historian of Kentucky.  

 

"Through his writing, his teaching and hundreds of talks on Kentucky history across the Commonwealth over the past four decades, Dr. James C. Klotter epitomizes what the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement honors; high intellectual achievement by a Kentuckian who has made a contribution of lasting value," UK Libraries Dean Terry Birdwhistell said.

 

The UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement is one of UK's most prestigious awards. It was created in 1990 to recognize high intellectual achievement by a Kentuckian who has made a contribution of lasting value to the Commonwealth. The award also promotes education and creative thought. The recipient is determined by the UK Libraries National Advisory Board after receiving nominations from the public. Past recipients of the honor include: John Anthony, Wendell Berry, James Still, Bobbie Ann Mason, Thomas D. Clark, Laman A. Gray Jr., Guy Davenport, George C. Herring, Adalin Wichman, John Egerton, Karl Raitz and George Wright.

 

James C. Klotter received his doctoral degree in history from UK in 1975. He is the prize-winning author, co-author or editor of almost 20 books including “The Breckinridges of Kentucky,”Faces of Kentucky” and the second edition of  “Our Kentucky: A Study of the Bluegrass State.” He is also the author of the Kentucky history textbooks used at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels statewide.

 

The state historian of Kentucky since 1980, Klotter worked at the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) from 1973 to 1998, with his tenure culminating in eight years of service as the KHS executive director. Since 1998, he has been a professor of history at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. In both positions he has served in the public history field, giving almost a thousand public presentations around the Commonwealth, working with teachers in workshops and other forums, and serving as a resource person for various media outlets. He has also been chair or president of the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History, the Kentucky Council on Archives, the UK Library Associates, the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning and the Kentucky Civil War Roundtable.

 

Klotter is general editor, along with UK Libraries Dean Terry Birdwhistell and Douglas Boyd of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, of the book series “Kentucky Remembered: An Oral History Series” published by the University Press of Kentucky (UPK). He also serves as the general editor of the “Topics in Kentucky History” series from UPK. Together those 22 books span Kentucky history from early statehood to the present.

 

The recipient of several local, regional and national honors, Klotter has received the Governor’s Outstanding Kentuckian Award and the Clark Award for Literary Excellence. He also has delivered the McCandless Lecture at Oxford University.

 

In addition to celebrating Klotter's life and work, the UK Spring Gala, presented by the UK Libraries National Advisory Board, will also include the recognition of this year's recipients of the 2016 Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2016 Dean's Awards for Outstanding Performance. The Willis Award will be presented to Frank Davis, a clinical liaison librarian in the Medical Center Library. The Dean's Awards for Outstanding Performance will be presented to Josh Monroe, a monograph library specialist at William T. Young Library; Beth Reeder, library technician senior in the Agricultural Information Center; and Kopana Terry, oral history archivist in the Nunn Center in UK's Special Collections Research Center.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

Helping a Co-Worker in a Time of Need Deepens UK IBU Employees Desire to Give Back to the Community

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 14:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 12, 2016) -  Participating in community service activities has always been a priority for a group of University of Kentucky employees in the Integrated Business Unit (IBU) for the UK College of Medicine.  However, when one of their own faced a serious illness and was unable to return to work, their desire to help others took on a more personal meaning. 

 

The IBU employees realized their colleague faced a huge financial burden and came up with the idea of collecting donations from employees in exchange for the privilege of wearing jeans to work.  A series of 'jeans weeks' over the months raised $2,000 and helped bridge the financial gap for their friend and co-worker. Eventually a 'GoFundMe' page was created. Out of their desire to help, a discussion evolved about how they could help others in their community.

 

“Our staff members have really been the driving force behind this effort and I’m so proud of the sense of community it has created within our team.  Projects like this that are born at the employee level and grow into something that benefits not only our department, but also the community we live in, are very inspiring.  It’s a fun way to boost morale and give back at the same time," said Amy Longeway, UK Healthcare IBU Business Operations Manager  

 

During a staff meeting, team members began to suggest charities to support on a monthly basis. A list of charities was created that will cover the remainder of 2016 and into 2017.

 

The project kicked off this past April with the Lexington Humane Society (LHS), Central Kentucky's largest pet adoption agency, as the month's designated charity.

 

The IBU employees made $5 donations or gave five cans of cat food during the week of April 18-22 for the privilege of wearing jeans that week. The money was used to purchase additional cat food and by the end of the week, 520 cans were donated, enough for the LHS to feed their feline friends for 13 days.

 

The LHS relies on the donations of individuals and organizations to help keep up their life-saving work for pets. Every year, their needs increase as they work to save more animals and expand community based programs.

 

"Wet food is a critical part of our enrichment program for our cats, and is also important for our feline friends who may be unable to eat regular dry food for medical reasons. We go through 40 cans of cat food a day so any support we receive is appreciated by not only staff but of feline friends as well!" said Ashley Hammond, LHS's senior development manager.

 

This month, the employees chose the Hope Center for their charity. The Hope Center in Lexington provides daily services to around 800 of Lexington's homeless and most at risk citizens per night. The designated jeans week is set for May 16 - 20, when employees will either contribute $5 or the equivalent in new personal hygiene items.

 

In the coming months, employees plan to support The Nest, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, The Ronald McDonald House, Wives Behind the Badge, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, the Big Blue Food Drive, Lexington Rescue Mission, The Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Autism Society of the Bluegrass, UK Healthcare Circle of Love and The Chrysalis House.

 

The IBU team also enjoy supporting UK sponsored activities like 'Go Red for Heart Health' and "Go Blue for Child Abuse Awareness' months.

 

 

Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or ann.blackford@uky.edu

 

 

 

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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

Experience the Fantastical at UK Art Museum

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 13:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2016) — For those looking for art with a sense of fantasy or an other-worldly feel, three new exhibitions at the University of Kentucky Art Museum featuring national and popular regional artists may scratch that itch. "Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm," "Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds" and "Ralph Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama" are on display now through July 31. All the exhibitions are free and open to the public.

 

"All three shows have a combination of realistic representation combined with elements of fantasy, sometimes combining beauty with the grotesque," said UK Art Museum Director Stuart Horodner. "Natalie Frank is a celebrated contemporary artist from New York and Lawrence Tarpey is a beloved local artist, Duane Michals and Ralph Eugene Meatyard are represented in our museum’s collection. We are excited to show this range of work, stressing the ways that artists confront the human body and stories of desire, violence, mystery, transformation and dream. All the artists use specific media in masterful ways — they are skillful and visionary in very precise ways, all connecting with the art of the past as well as classic literature."

 

A 'Grimm' Approach

 

Natalie Frank talks about her "Brothers Grimm" exhibition on display at UK Art Museum. Natalie_Frank_Interview_Full from UK Art Museum on Vimeo.

 

Between 2011 and 2014, artist Natalie Frank created 75 drawings based on 36 of the original fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm, Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) which were initially intended for adult audiences who could intuit the moral lessons embedded in the narratives.

 

Frank regularly manipulates the human form in her provocative and vivid paintings, and so the Grimms’ stories were a natural continuation. Like figurative forebears, including Max Beckmann, James Ensor, Käthe Kollwitz, Odilon Redon and Paula Rego, she affirms the connection between painting and flesh, using the intimacy of drawing to conjure complex images that combine realism and dream, beauty and grotesquery.

 

She does not simply illustrate "Cinderella," "Rapunzel," "Hansel and Gretel" and "Snow White," or the lesser known adventures of "The Stubborn Child" and "The Maiden Without Hands," but she uses them as departure points for a contemporary take on desire, identity, taboo and transformation. Her deft use of gouache and chalk pastel helps to situate the protagonists between the flatness of the page and the dimensionality of conjured worlds. Women, men and various animals interact with each other in densely patterned spaces and are often seen in revelatory close-ups. Eyes abound — haunted, watery and watchful.

 

These colorful compositions serve as touchstones and mirrors, allowing the artist to use the Grimm brothers’ accounts of vengeful protagonists, transgressive caretakers and rampant abuse to address our own age of public and private dramas. Presented in the context of a university, the works speak to the disciplines of art, literature and theater, as well as addressing young adults with warning, instruction and humor.

 

"Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm" was curated by Claire Gilman, senior curator at the Drawing Center in New York and presented there from April 10-June 28, 2015. It was later shown at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas in Austin from July 11-Nov. 15, 2015.

 

A Grounds for Dreaming


To call Lexington-based artist Lawrence Tarpey a painter is a bit misleading because he combines a range of techniques to call forth the human and animal imagery that populates his works on paper, panel and canvas. Tarpey often puts down a ground of ink or paint and then disturbs it with sponges and scrapers during the drying process. This provides him with indications of figures and landscape formations that he can further articulate in distinct acts of drawing and erasing, a process he calls “etching.”

 

This is not surprising since qualities associated with traditional printmaking inform much of Tarpey’s work. Color is kept to a minimum, with an overall monochrome palette establishing his pictorial spaces. Occasionally, a rich hue will help focus the viewer on a detail or establish a compositional rhythm.

 

There is a dreamlike quality to Tarpey’s intimate worlds that harkens back to surrealist practitioners like Marc Chagall, Max Ernst and Joan Miró. He is playful when he depicts heads and other disparate body parts experiencing humorous encounters or confronting minor quandaries. There are also potential nightmares, such as when his orchestration of countless bodies is overwhelming and an air of apocalypse hovers.

 

Tarpey works slowly, and his studio is filled with numerous works in progress. He waits and watches for the next move to become clear, a tonal shift here or a biomorphic shape redefined there. Recurring motifs and procedural obsessions make his work immediately recognizable, and he revels in conjuring likable characters and elusive personages.

 

“I’m not interested in storytelling,” Tarpey said recently. Distinct moods define his horror vacui — anxious, whimsical and elegiac. "Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds" demands viewers' time and concentrated looking.

 

Drama Caught on Camera

 

"Ralph Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama," an installation of photographs from the UK Art Museum’s permanent collection, was chosen to accompany the Natalie Frank and Lawrence Tarpey exhibitions. Ralph Eugene Meatyard and Duane Michals are each known for creating distinctive narratives using staged photography, often pushing their image-making toward other genres, including film, theater and literature.

 

A Lexington optician, Meatyard was an avid reader whose fascination with Zen philosophy informed his photographic practice. Rejecting the idea of photography as a mirror of nature, he experimented with multiple exposures and blurred images and employed a wide variety of props, including masks. He often worked in abandoned farmhouses, posing family and friends in mysterious and sometimes troubling tableaux that explore the ephemeral nature of life.

 

Michals, a native of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, is known for his use of sequential images, often with handwritten texts that add another layer of interpretive data to the visual experience. He claims William Blake, Lewis Carroll and René Magritte as influences on his work, which is not surprising given the altered reality and confessional aspects of his production.

 

The UK Art Museum will also present several educational programs developed in conjunction with these exhibitions in the next couple months, including the following free public events:


Exhibition Tour
6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3

Director Stuart Horodner discusses the connections between the three current exhibitions, focusing on representations of reality and fantasy.

 

Family Day Workshop

Noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11
Join Lexington artist and educator Georgia Henkel, known for her confrontational art depicting humans and animals, for a spirited workshop that focuses on aspects of “the eye,” prompted by the "Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm" exhibition.
Adults and children of all ages are welcome; materials will be provided.

 

Family Day Workshop

Noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9
Art Museum Director Stuart Horodner and special guest artists lead a monoprint workshop inspired by the Lawrence Tarpey exhibition. Adults and children of all ages are welcome; materials will be provided.

 

Curator Tour

6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, July 15

Art Museum Curator Janie Welker discusses the current exhibitions and related works in the permanent collection galleries.

 

Reading Fairy Tales
6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, July 29
Join us for a special reading of select fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm. Guests from the Lexington arts and culture scene lend their voices, attitudes and interpretive skills for this event in conjunction with the Natalie Frank exhibition.

 

The mission of the UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,800 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection. 

 

The UK Art Museum, located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. For more information on membership, contact Lyndi VanDeursen at 859-257-8164 or lyndi.vandeursen@uky.edu

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

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