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UK Dining Offers Faculty and Staff Appreciation Meal

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 09:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2015) — University of Kentucky Dining is extending its gratitude toward the university's faculty and staff. In recognition for all that faculty and staff do throughout campus, UK Dining is offering a discounted meal at Blazer and Commons. Today, Friday, March 13, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy lunch for only $3 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in UK's all-you-can-eat restaurants.  


Blazer Café is located on north campus on South Martin Luther King Boulevard in Blazer Hall; Commons Market is located in the Kirwan/Blanding Complex on south campus. The all-you-can-eat restaurants feature numerous interactive and dynamic food stations that offer a variety of choices, such as omelets, grilled options, pizza, pasta, deli selections, desserts, a salad bar and more.  Each station has its own theme and offers a mix of traditional foods as well as leading-edge selections.


UK Dining offers faculty and staff the opportunity to save money through a variety of meal options and access to all of the restaurants and convenience stores on campus.


The three plans include:


·    The 20 Block Plan, which includes 20 all-you-care-to-eat meals at Blazer Café and Commons Market for $110, at approximately $5.50 per meal. Any extra meals roll over to the next semester and do not expire. This plan offers the most amount of food for the money.


·    The 10 Block Plan, which includes 10 all-you-care-to-eat meals at Blazer Café and Commons Market for $110 (approximately $6 per meal) and $50 flex. The meals and flex dollars for faculty/staff do not expire and will roll over.


·    The All Flex Dollars Plan, which includes $200 flex for $170. Flex can be used at all campus cafés, restaurants and convenience stores.


Meals on the 20- and 10- block plans may also be used for Wildcat Deals at select restaurants. At select restaurants, faculty and staff can also receive an additional $1 off food purchases of $5 or more with a faculty/staff ID (excludes combos, national brands and convenience stores).      


UK Dining is committed to providing the UK community a broad selection of great tasting, healthy food and beverages. Menus are created by experienced chefs who have a passion for food. Kentucky Proud products are also used throughout campus to provide wholesome, locally grown food.


Visit the UK Dining website to learn more about faculty and staff meal plans.




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Report on Women's Economic Status Reveals Earnings Are Worse or Unchanged

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 17:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 12, 2015) — A report released today by the Institute for Women's Policy Research reveals that in nearly half of all U.S. states, women's economic status has either worsened or remained unchanged in the last decade. Kentucky ranks in the bottom third. 


If progress continues at the current rate, the average gap between U.S. women's and men's wages will not close until 2058 — but will take about 15 years longer in Kentucky.


"The Status of Women in the States: 2015 Employment and Earnings" used data from U.S. government and other sources to measure working women's economic status in each state, including the District of Columbia (which ranks as the best place for women's employment and earnings). TK Logan, professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Behavioral Science and the Center on Drug & Alcohol Research, serves on the national advisory committee of the project.


"The Institute for Women’s Policy Research is working on reports on the status of women in several areas including political participation, social and economic autonomy, health and well-being, work-family balance, and violence and safety," said Logan. "The Employment and Earnings report is the first in the data series to be released. States were ranked based on performance in four areas including median annual earning for women who work full time, gender earnings ratio for full-time workers, women’s labor force participation, and the percent of employed women who work in managerial or professional occupations."


The report also notes discrepancies among women of different ages, races/ethnicities, and educational levels. Women over 65 make just 72.5 cents for every dollar a man makes (compared with 78 cents overall for women) and Hispanic women's median annual income earnings are the lowest at $28,000 (compared to $38,000 for women overall). At all but one educational level, women earn the same or less than men who have lower educational attainment. For example, a woman with a bachelor's degree has the same annual earnings as a man with only an associate's degree. Women in southern states, including Kentucky, are worse off than women in other states. Six of the bottom 10 states for women's employment and earnings are in the south.


Logan pointed out that while women still make less than men, there have been some improvements, especially for women ages 16-35.


"Some states have begun to tackle this issue with passing statutes to address the gender wage gap," said Logan. "When women earn more, it is good for children, families, communities and businesses."


The Institute for Women's Policy Research has published reports on women's earning statuses since 1996 that have been used to highlight women's progress and the obstacles they continue to face. The reports aim to educate the public on such issues, and encourage policy and programmatic changes to improve opportunities for women. 


To view the full report, visit




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Gaines Fellowship Awarded to 12 UK Scholars

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 16:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 12, 2015)   The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has chosen 12 outstanding undergraduates as new scholars for the university's Gaines Fellowship Program for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years. Gaines Fellowships are given in recognition of outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, an interest in public issues and a desire to enhance understanding of the human condition through the humanities.


Gaines Fellowships are awarded for the tenure of a student's junior and senior years, or for the last two years of a five-year program; students in all disciplines and with any intended profession are given equal consideration.


UK's 12 new Gaines Fellows are:

All Gaines Fellows are required to take a specially designed, four-credit hour per semester seminar in the humanities during both semesters of their junior year. In addition, each junior fellow must complete a jury project, planning and optionally carrying out an improvement for a local community. In the senior year, each fellow must complete a major independent study project of six to 15 credit hours. At the conclusion of this project, a thesis paper must be submitted and defended in front of a thesis committee of three university faculty members and the director of the Gaines Center.


In addition to the course requirements, Gaines Fellows enjoy a rich program of field trips, lectures, and other activities designed to widen and deepen their educational experience.


The students chosen as Gaines Fellows are excited for the incredible experience the fellowship will bring them. "To say that I am elated concerning my selection as a Gaines Fellow would be an understatement," Hannah Latta said. "I feel incredibly blessed to be given this opportunity to be immersed in the humanities and to connect to the Gaines Fellowship in the Humanities. I knew the program would allow me to realize this aspiration."


Founded in 1984 by a generous gift from John and Joan Gaines, the Gaines Center for the Humanities functions as a laboratory for imaginative and innovative education on UK's campus. Part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the center is devoted to cultivating an appreciation of the humanities in its students and faculty. The center embraces varied paths of knowledge and particularly strives to integrate creative work with traditional academic learning.



UK Analytics and Technologies Renews Contract With IT Research Firm

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 13:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 12, 2015) — University of Kentucky Analytics and Technologies (UKAT) has renewed the university's contract with Gartner, Inc., which provides technology research to help make informed decisions on key information technology (IT) initiatives.


In addition to research, Gartner's products and services include contract review, IT key metric data, and peer networking on topics such as change management, project management and security. 


UK students, faculty and staff can benefit from exploring the research information offered as UKAT system engineers Steve Stanley and John Walker recently completed a new interface to the Gartner website, which provides easy access using a link blue username and password. The website introduces best practice methods, cloud migrations and higher education perspectives on topics from eLearning to networking.


With 60,000 clients, Gartner, producing thousands of pages of research every year. The company employs over 900 expert analysts to provide information based on vendor briefings, consultants, as well as professional advice on how to make a company thrive in any industry. 

Slaymaker Translates Hideo's New Book on Words Without Borders

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 17:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) — Excerpts from Doug Slaymaker’s translation of Furukawa Hideo’s latest book “Horses, Horses, in the Innocence of Light” will be published on the online journal Words Without Borders today and Thursday.


The publication is in commemoration of the 3.11 earthquake/tsunami/meltdown disasters four years ago today. The book is the account of how one man, one nation endured an unbearable tragedy. Written in reverse chronology, it begins exactly one month after the magnitude 9 underwater earthquake spawned deadly tsunamis and a nuclear power plant meltdown. It is the distillation of a witness’s narrative of a disaster that killed nearly 16,000, moved the main island of Japan eight feet eastward, and shifted the Earth on its axis as much as 10 inches.


Words Without Borders’ introduction praises Slaymaker’s work: “The translation tries to preserve the herky-jerky, unprocessed feel, the overwhelmed and overwhelming emotional space created by the narrative. The excerpt preserves the convoluted flows of time, the intertwined story lines, the kinship with magical realism.” 


Slaymaker is a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences Japan Studies program.

Hideo wrote the screenplay for the documentary “True Songs” which will be shown with free admission at 7 p.m. today at the Kentucky Theatre on Main Street, downtown Lexington. The film is a record of song, oral narrative and spoken word performances staged in the years since the March 11, 2011, disaster. The film provides not only a documentary of the performance’s history, but a record of the performance itself and a record of life in post-3.11 Japan.


Slaymaker supplied the subtitles for the film and described it as “a compelling rendition of a powerful stage piece performed by some of contemporary Japan’s most important voices. It is also a remix of one of the most loved of Japanese tales, Miyazawa’s ‘Milky Way Railroad.’”

College of Public Health to Host Occupational Safety Meeting

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 16:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) — The Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center, housed at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, will host the fourth annual meeting of the Southeastern States Occupational Network (SouthON) on April 16-17 at the Hilton in downtown Lexington. 


The event features presentations from occupational injury and illness experts from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in addition to other worker groups and organizations within the southeast region.


Discussions during the meeting will address topics such as worker safety interventions, occupational fatality surveillance, Ebola and emergency responder health monitoring, heat-related illnesses and more. There is no registration fee for the two-day meeting. Excursions are also planned before and after the event for those who wish to participate at their own cost.


For more information and online registration, visit SouthON 2015 Registration. Please call (859) 323-6836 with any questions.



CNP Answers Employers' Call for Academic and Practical Experiences

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 16:54
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) — Undergraduate student preparedness has long been a topic of concern among higher education institutions and remains at the forefront of University of Kentucky’s agenda. UK strives to graduate students with the skills needed to successfully enter their field of work. and efforts are continually made to improve levels of preparedness.


Two recent studies by the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU) found disconnects between what employers want and the skills recent graduates can provide. For example, the CLA found that 40 percent of graduating seniors lacked key critical thinking and analytical skills — skills highly valued by potential employers. The AACU found 91 percent of employers believe that for career success, a student’s ability to think critically, to communicate clearly, and to solve complex problems were more important than his or her major. 


Research and conversations such as this drove the University of Kentucky to develop the Social Enterprise & Innovation/Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Certificate Program, a non-academic professional certificate that complements all UK majors and minors, providing students with a curriculum designed to better meet these gaps employers and educators have identified. With a balance between academic experience and practical experience, the CNP program directly supports employers’ call for students who work hard on their major, engage in outside-of-the-classroom activities including multiple internships, and take on leadership roles as the best prepared individuals.


CNP is a three-semester program (open to second semester freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) that includes course work (UK 300: Foundations of Social Enterprise & Innovation), participation in a series of workshops led by academics and community leaders, attendance at the Alliance Management Institute national conference, a capstone project, and 300 internship hours with a nonprofit organization.


In just its first semester, CNP has offered the first cohort a wealth of experiences. In preparation for interviewing with local nonprofits in order to begin their 300 internship hours, students participated in a Professional Development/Interviewing Workshop Jan. 25. This workshop welcomed a large number of nonprofit community leaders representing organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Red Cross, 4Kids, Jubilee Jobs, Dress for Success, kNowMore Nonprofits, Kentucky Refugee Ministry, and many others. From this workshop, many CNP students have now accepted internship positions within these organizations.


Today, CNP students will attend the Starting a Nonprofit workshop featuring guest speaker Barb Ellerbrook (from the nonprofit SCORE), along with representatives from Refuge for Women, Community Inspired Solutions, Parent and Family Learning Center, and Youth Golfers Outreach Program as panel participants.


At 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 in room B-24 of the William T. Young Library, CNP will invite the campus community to attend "Barred for Life: A Conversation on Mass Incarceration," featuring speakers from Mission Behind Bars & Beyond, a former prison inmate, and a UK faculty member.


Visit for complete details on all CNP events. 


Beyond the leadership and professional experiences, students who complete the program earn professional credentials through certificate-granting national organization Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. With its combination of classroom work, workshops, and substantial internship experiences, CNP has joined the efforts to create better prepared students and engage in the conversation about what it takes to achieve student success.


For further details about CNP and to apply for the Fall 2015 semester, visit

UK HealthCare to Hold Nurse Recruitment Open House

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 15:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) – Providing exceptional care to patients and families is one of the things the nurses at UK HealthCare do best. To ensure the tradition of excellence, UK HealthCare will hold a nurse recruitment open house for experienced nurses, advanced practice nurses, and recent and upcoming nursing graduates.


Respiratory Therapy and Rehab Services will also be on hand to recruit interested respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistant and occupational therapist assistant candidates. The open house will take place from 5 - 9 p.m. March 12 at UK Chandler Hospital on the ground floor of Pavilion A.


Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with patient care managers and service directors, physicians and staff nurses at UK HealthCare, including UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital, Eastern State Hospital and UK affiliates from Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center. Nurse Recruiters will be available to answer questions about employment opportunities.


"UK HealthCare is excited to host this upcoming event as we showcase all the great opportunities that await the ideal candidate; along with displaying on-going excellence in evidence-based practice by nurses throughout the enterprise," said Shayne Stratton, UK HealthCare manager, nurse recruitment. "Nurses at UK HealthCare continue to provide excellence ‘to every patient, every time’."


Refreshments will be provided as well as tours of UK's patient care facility and a key opportunity to hear from UK HealthCare Chief Nurse Executive Colleen Swartz. Parking will be available in the hospital parking garage located at 110 Transcript Ave. Parking tickets will be validated at registration.


To RSVP for nursing, visit or for more information, go to


To RSVP for RT and Rehab, visit


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


Voices in Harmony Brings to UK Three of Nation's Best A Capella Groups

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 14:51



The House Jacks in concert with a special appearance by Voices of Legend High School Choir. 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) — Voices in Harmony, a two-day a cappella festival, will culminate with a public concert featuring some of the best a cappella acts in the nation including The House Jacks, Musae and University of Kentucky's own Acoustikats, national finalists on NBC's "The Sing Off" in 2013. The concert, presented by the UK Choirs in association with the A Cappella Educators Association, will begin 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.  


The fifth annual Voices in Harmony A Cappella Festival is making its UK debut after starting at Lexington Catholic High School. The festival has grown each year and has supported the formation and growth of dozens of a cappella groups across the region.


This year more 300 participants from more than 20 local and regional middle schools, high schools, universities and community choirs will experience thrilling performance, dynamic clinics and engaging educational workshops.


A high school group competition will be held as part of the festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Lexington Catholic High School, and will include performances by UK Acoustikats and Paws and Listen, UK's popular female a cappella group.  


The House Jacks is known as “the original rock band without instruments” (San Francisco Chronicle) that creates powerful original music using only their five voices. The band’s vocal innovations laid the groundwork for the current a cappella renaissance, and their music can be heard in the movie “Pitch Perfect,” on the television show “The Sing Off” (U.S., China, Netherlands and France) and on radio stations around the world. The House Jacks continue to electrify audiences with their pioneering sound, powerful original songs, dynamic versions of popular songs and their incomparable “Human Jukebox,” a popular part of their act where they take requests from the audience. 



Musae singing "Electric Lady" O.P.B. Janelle Monae at the Hong Kong A Cappella Dinner 2014.


Founded in 2011, Musae has gained acclaim performing at a cappella festivals across the nation. As a powerhouse all-female vocal band, Musae shares a fresh and fun sound while playing on their sense of femininity and womanhood. True to the original Latin, these “muses” seek not to just inspire but also breathe new life into the professional vocal scene in the U.S. and abroad. Most of their singers have been prominently featured in groups on NBC’s “The Sing Off.”


Founded in 1993, by Jefferson Johnson as a subsection of the UK Men’s Chorus, the acoUstiKats are the premier all-male a cappella ensemble in the state of Kentucky. Following their success on “The Sing-Off,” the Acoustikats decided to form a professional vocal band following in the footsteps of notable all-male groups like Straight No Chaser and they have performed in countless venues across the U.S. The professional group features current UK students and alumni from the ensemble.


Tickets for the Voices in Harmony concert featuring The House Jacks, Musae and the Acoustikats range from $15-25 with a discount for groups of 15 or more. To purchase tickets, contact the Singletary Center for the Arts box office online at or call 859-257-4929. 


UK Choirs are a part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The choral ensembles have garnered international attention with appearances at Carnegie Hall (New York City), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Mormon Tabernacle (Salt Lake City), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), St. Peter’s Basilica (Rome, Italy) and St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Vienna, Austria). 


For more information on the Voice in Harmony festivities, contact Adam Beeken, at, or visit online at



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UK, SOAR Advancing Eastern Kentucky Health, Economy

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) — The University of Kentucky and SOAR announced a three-year, more than $300,000 partnership Tuesday as part of UK's ongoing commitment to the health and economy of Eastern Kentucky.


SOAR — Shaping Our Appalachian Region — was established in 2013 by Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers and is designed to address the most significant challenges confronting Appalachian Kentucky in partnership with communities throughout the mountains.


"We are not simply the University of Kentucky. We are the University for Kentucky," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "But we have a particularly close relationship and responsibility with and for communities throughout the Appalachian region. Today's announcement is another tangible expression of our commitment to the region as well as our support of the leadership of Gov. Beshear and Congressman Rogers in this critical effort.


"Like these leaders, we are committed to do even more to help find community solutions to community challenges."


“Better education and better health are vital elements in helping transform the economy and outlook for Eastern Kentucky,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “The university will bring its expertise in both to SOAR. I congratulate UK for taking a leadership role in supporting SOAR and helping support the region’s future.”


“The Governor and I commend the University of Kentucky for partnering with SOAR as a financial supporter and health adviser,” Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen said. “Improving the state’s health is not a task that can be accomplished in months. But through partnerships with SOAR and the University of Kentucky, we now have the opportunity to truly change the future of Kentucky by cementing the health reforms created by the Governor in a way that has a lasting and stable impact.”


UK is the first university and first presenting sponsor for SOAR, said Jared Arnett, SOAR's executive director. The sponsorship will ensure the university's full involvement in Corporate Partner Strategic Meetings, exposure at board meetings, SOAR summits and other events that grow out of the organization's work.


“SOAR is designed to truly transform the future of Eastern Kentucky through hard work, dedication and innovation,” said Congressman Hal Rogers. “I applaud the University of Kentucky for sharing in SOAR's mission by committing funding and expertise that can put the rubber to the road as we develop plans for healthier communities and a more diverse economy."


"The University of Kentucky's Corporate Partnership comes at a pivotal time for Appalachian Kentucky," Arnett said. "As we transition from planning to action, their commitment to the region will provide necessary resources to support our success in creating a brighter economic future for the families across the SOAR region.  We believe SOAR's work is critical for the future of the Appalachian Region, but also for the future of the entire Commonwealth."


Several members of UK's faculty and staff were involved in initial SOAR work groups that studied and produced reports around issues such as health and the economy of the region.


Currently, UK has some 125 individual research projects in Appalachia revolving around the five largest causes of preventable deaths: cancer, heart disease, pulmonary disease, stroke and unintentional deaths such as accidents and drugs.


Capilouto, citing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said there are hundreds of preventable deaths each year in Kentucky. And, in those most intractable of health challenges such as cancer and heart disease, the rate of incidence and death is well above state and national averages.


Capilouto and Arnett said the more formal partnership announced Friday also will ensure that UK works even more closely with SOAR on specific issues of importance to the region, particularly in health care.


Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for health affairs at UK, said UK HealthCare already has strong ties to hospitals and primary care centers throughout Eastern Kentucky. The SOAR partnership will help strengthen those ties and potentially create new avenues for partnership.


UK HealthCare helps strengthen local hospitals so that patients can receive care closer to home. Only patients with the most serious of illnesses are transferred to UK HealthCare and then returned as quickly as possible to home, Karpf said.


"This commitment and formal corporate partnership represents our belief in the future of Eastern Kentucky," Karpf said. "We believe involvement with SOAR is another important step in our efforts to help improve health outcomes, working closely with CDC and the communities of the SOAR area." 

UK Musicians, WUKY DJ Recognized at Lexington Music Awards

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) – Two University of Kentucky faculty musicians and a WUKY DJ took home honors at the first Lexington Music Awards, held Feb. 22, at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington.


Joe Conkwright of WUKY was awarded Best Radio DJ, Kevin Holm-Hudson of the UK School of Music was awarded Best Keyboard and Miles Osland of the UK School of Music was awarded Best Brass/Winds and Best Jazz/World for his band DOJO (DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra).


The idea for the Lexington Music Awards came about from Lexington musician and music teacher, David McLean. McLean intended for the event to be a small gathering, but soon realized that there was much more interest in the event than he originally predicted.

In order to determine the winners of each category, McLean had the public make nominations online. He then narrowed down the votes to the top four candidates per category and then had individual nominees vote on each category to determine the winners.


Joe Conkwright of WUKY won Best Radio DJ. Conkwright has worked as a producer, host and announcer for WUKY since 1998. He currently produces a one-hour show called "Joe's Blues," which airs 8-9 p.m. Mondays and again from 11 p.m.-midnight Fridays. Conkwright can also be heard on 91.3 from noon to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday during "Rock & Roots."


Kevin Holm-Hudson of the UK School of Music was voted Best Keyboard. Holm-Hudson, an associate professor of music theory, has taught at UK since 2000. He holds a doctoral degree in composition (with an ethnomusicology emphasis) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the author of "Genesis and the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" (Ashgate, 2008) and the editor of "Progressive Rock Reconsidered" (Routledge, 2002).


Miles Osland of the UK School of Music was awarded Best Brass/Winds and Best Jazz/World for his band DOJO, created with former UK School of Music professor, Vince DiMartino. Osland has been teaching saxophone at UK since 1989 and currently serves as director of Jazz Studies. Osland holds a master's degree from Eastman School of Music. As a distinguished performing artist, Osland has recorded previously with Sea Breeze Jazz Records. The record company had even submitted some of Osland's pieces for Grammy nominations. 



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Harrington Edits Nationally Recognized Health Communication Issue

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015)  A special issue of Health Communication was recently published that not only featured five University of Kentucky authors but was also edited by Nancy Harrington, associate dean for research in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky. Health Communication, published by Taylor and Francis, is the premier health journal in the communication discipline.


The special issue of the magazine focused on the 2014 Kentucky Conference on Health Communication (KCHC), of which Harrington is the chair and program planner.  KCHC is supported by a grant through the National Cancer Institute and Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. Four department of Communication faculty members were invited to be preconference speakers and summit manuscripts for rigorous peer review before being included in Health Communication. Harrington, being guest editor for the special issue, was also featured in the magazine with a brief introductory article.


The special issue, which has received national attention, including being listed in the Center for Disease Control's Health Communication Science Digest, focuses on message design. The discipline of communication investigates how people use messages to create understanding and meaning across various contexts, cultures, and channels. Message design considers how messages make an impact.


"We consider the content, format, and structural variations of messages and what impact these variations may have on message effects, such as attitude change of behavior change," said Harrington.


It isn't surprising that UK faculty members were able to play such a vital role in the publication, considering UK has one of the best health communication programs in the nation. The program is supported by nationally and internationally recognized faculty members who are participating in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research to tackle a multitude of health-related problems, such as cancer prevention, oral health promotion, end-of-life decision making, and reduction of hospital readmission rates. This program continues to successfully recruit top master's and doctoral students. In addition, the National Communication Association ranks the program sixth in the nation for applied communication. 

Severe Storms Awareness Month

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) — With March 2015 being designated as Severe Storms Awareness Month, Kentucky  Emergency Management has scheduled the 2015 Statewide Tornado Safety Drill for today, March 10, at approximately 10:07 a.m. EST. The University of Kentucky Police’s Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness will not utilize the campus’s emergency notification system, UK Alert, this year. We do however, want to encourage the campus community to take time today and locate the Storm Shelter nearest your location.


Additionally, please take a moment to review the tornado/severe weather procedures at:  


This also is an optimal time for you to add information to the UK Alert system in order to be adequately alerted in the case of class cancelation, severe weather, and crimes on campus requiring immediate action.  UK Alert email messages are automatically sent to all personnel with a email address, however you must add your phone number to the UK Alert database in order to receive calls or text messages. Your phone number will not be shared.


For more information, visit or go to your myUK portal and click on "UK Alert."


If you have any question or concerns regarding this drill, please contact the UK Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness at

KET to Air Documentary About UKAg Grape and Wine Research

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 23:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) — As Kentucky farms move from tobacco and other traditional crops to growing grapes, the University of Kentucky is supporting this growing industry through grape and wine research and education. A half-hour documentary, "Thrive: The Kentucky Wine Tradition,” will air on KET in March and April.


The film follows UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Extension research in the field and in vineyards across the state. It features UK extension horticulture specialists Tom Cottrell and Patsy Wilson, horticulture research analyst Jeff Wheeler, research farm technician Sean Lynch and UK vineyard and sustainable agriculture field technician Kristi Durbin, as well as Kentucky vineyard owners and winemakers Cynthia Bohn, Cathy Edwards, Tom Beall, Kerry Jolliffe and Jim Wight.


At UKAg’s Horticulture Research farm on the corner of Man O’ War and Nicholasville Road in Lexington, the viticulture team grows different grape varieties to identify those particularly suited to Kentucky’s climate and studies growing methods and pest management.


Making the transition from more typical Kentucky crops, like tobacco, to grapes can be a hard one for farmers. Many farmers don’t have a background in working with perennial crops.

“We were really nervous about that,” said Edwards, owner of Harkness Edwards Vineyard.


“But we were farmers, so growing grapes is all about farming. We had the equipment, we had the land, we had the support from the University of Kentucky, which provided a lot of knowledge for beginning growers, and we found a lot of good networking out there. So we just got into it and learned by doing.”


“There’s a demand for local products, and what better product than wine?” Wheeler said.  “Everything about wine is a culture very much tied to the place. So if you want a sense of Kentucky, hopefully we can make wines that represent what that is.”


The documentary was produced as a collaborative project between Reveal/UK Research Communications and the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments.


“This project was a unique opportunity to discover the history of winemaking in Kentucky,” said Alicia Gregory, producer and director for UK Research Communications. “Did you know that the very first commercial vineyard in the United States was in Jessamine County, Kentucky? This project allowed us to see, firsthand, how UK is partnering with farmers across the state to support a resurgence of Kentucky’s winemaking tradition.”


The documentary will air at the following times:

•   KET: Sunday, March 29 at 3:30 p.m. EDT

•   KET2: Monday, March 30 at 10:30 p.m. EDT

•   KETKY: Tuesday, March 31 at 9:00 p.m. EDT

•   KETKY: Wednesday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m. EDT

•   KETKY: Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. EDT

•   KETKY: Saturday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. EDT


Shriners, Patients Break Ground for New Medical Center Located at University of Kentucky

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 20:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) -- Shriners from throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana joined local Shriners Hospital for Children – Lexington representatives, Shriners patients, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and officials from the University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare in a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the new $47 million Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center.


The new, state-of-the-art ambulatory facility will be constructed at the University of Kentucky campus across from the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children’s Hospital.  Construction will take about 22 months with completion in 2017.


“This is truly a win-win opportunity for Shriners Hospitals for Children, UK HealthCare, and most importantly, the children we treat,” said Douglas E. Maxwell, chairman of the Board of Trustees for Shriners Hospitals for Children network. “I would like to commend this community for making this dream for Shriners Hospital a reality in Lexington, and let me be the first to say that I can’t wait to see how this project unfolds to benefit the children of Kentucky, southern Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and beyond.”


Shriners Hospital, based in Lexington since 1926 and at the current Richmond Road location since 1955, will own and operated the new ambulatory care center. Shriners will occupy 60,000 square feet of space on the bottom three floors for pediatric orthopaedic care. UK HealthCare will lease the top two floors for ophthalmology services


“Relocating to the UK HealthCare campus will bring together the pediatric orthopaedic expertise Shriners is known for with the top-rated specialty and subspecialty pediatric care at Kentucky Children’s Hospital – a benefit to children with complex conditions,” said Dale Stauss, Imperial Potentate of Shriners International, the fraternity that founded and governs Shriners Hospitals. “Close proximity to a first-rate medical center will also enhance the education and research aspects of our mission.” 


Collaboration between Shriners and UK HealthCare is not new. Physician specialists in the fields of pediatric orthopaedics, anesthesia, and rehabilitation serve on the medical staff of both organizations.


“The University of Kentucky and the Lexington Shriners Hospital have long traditions of excellence and commitment when it comes to providing the best in specialty and subspecialty pediatric care,” said Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for health affairs at UK. “We welcome Shriners to the UK campus and look forward to furthering our partnership to enhance pediatric orthopaedic care in Kentucky and beyond.”


The new medical center will include a motion analysis laboratory (one of only three in the state), 20 patient exam rooms, two surgical suites, a rehabilitation gymnasium and therapy rooms, and interactive artwork. Energy efficiency was a priority in the design stage. The building will have geothermal heating and cooling, LED lighting and occupancy sensors, and automated equipment and controls.


An $8 million capital campaign kicked off in October has already raised over $6 million toward the project. 

Engineering Student Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 17:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) — University of Kentucky electrical engineering and computer engineering senior Daniel Cambron, of Glasgow, Kentucky, has been awarded the 2015 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Scholarship.


The scholarship was established in 1939 as a memorial to Charles LeGeyt Fortescue in recognition of his valuable contributions to the field of electrical engineering. The annual scholarship carries a stipend of up to $24,000 and is awarded for one year of full-time graduate work in electrical engineering at an engineering school of recognized standing located in the U.S.


Cambron plans to begin graduate studies at UK in the fall of 2015 and complete his master’s degree in electrical engineering the following spring. Enrolled in the University Scholars Program, he is also a member of the Honors Program and a member of the UK Solar Car Team for the last four years. His research interests include electro-mechanics, embedded systems and controls.


"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that this scholarship provides, and to IEEE for their effort in supporting professional growth of electrical and computer engineers, both young and experienced," said Cambron. "This scholarship will enable me to completely finance my graduate education and achieve my goals. I look forward to a year of exciting and meaningful graduate study at the University of Kentucky!"




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Legislative Leaders Join Gov. Beshear for UK Research Bill Signing

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 15:56

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 9, 2015) – Governor Steve Beshear, joined by legislative leaders, today signed legislation authorizing construction of a multidisciplinary research building at the University of Kentucky.


House Bill 298 provides for a state-of-the-art facility which will house world-class research across health disciplines. Research will focus on the many health challenges facing the Commonwealth, particularly those which contribute to preventable diseases and deaths.


“This project represents the potential to improve the lives of so many, both within Kentucky where our health outcomes are so poor, and beyond,” Gov. Beshear said. “I’m happy the General Assembly is supporting the university’s efforts to reduce Kentucky’s unacceptably high rates of preventable diseases and deaths. Our entrenched health problems won’t improve without major investment like this project, which will complement the lifesaving efforts at the Markey Cancer Center and its designation as a National Cancer Institute.”


The legislation authorizes bonds to support the construction of a research building at the university. The building will be funded with $132.5 million in state bonds and $132.5 million in restricted funds provided by the university, which it has said will come through research contracts and private fundraising.


Gov. Beshear supported the legislation for the research facility, which is in keeping with the kyhealthnow initiative he launched last year to significantly reduce incidence and deaths from diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease and to improve the state’s collective health.




“As Kentucky’s flagship, land-grant university, we have a special mission and responsibility to serve this Commonwealth,” University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto said. “Because of the vision and commitment of Governor Beshear and the Kentucky General Assembly, UK will take another step forward in our mission to work in partnership with communities to heal and help in every corner of our state. World-renowned researchers will have facilities that match their intellect and passion. They will work collaboratively with clinicians and communities between and among disciplines to close the stubborn gaps caused by health disparities that for too long have plagued our state.”


“Many will recall that during the first week of this session, I called on our Legislature to open the budget and fund this critical endeavor, and I am encouraged that the House, Senate, and Governor Beshear were able to get this done,” said Senate President Robert Stivers. “The project will enable the best and the brightest to research the causes of many health issues that continue to burden Kentuckians at a higher rate than most in the U.S. The hope is that through the research of the center, Kentucky will achieve a healthier population and reduce these preventable diseases and conditions.”


“I’m glad we could approve this project now rather than having to wait another year,” said House Speaker Greg Stumbo, one of the bill’s sponsors. “It will raise the University of Kentucky’s already high profile in medical research, and, more importantly, it will help pave the way in finding those cures that will hopefully make such diseases as cancer and strokes a thing of the past.”


“This is an extremely important project, because it will play a frontline role in researching treatments for those diseases that affect Kentuckians at a much greater rate than citizens in most other states,” said Rep. Rick Rand, who chairs the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. “I was proud to be the lead sponsor on this bill and look forward to this facility’s construction and ultimate use.”

Warm Welcome in College of Education Online Course, Despite Frigid Temps

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 15:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) — Despite Kentucky’s extreme weather in the 2015 spring semester, students in a number of online courses continued learning.


In one University of Kentucky College of Education course, it was business as usual — with a pint-sized twist.


Justin Bathon’s wife had given birth to their fourth child, Lucy, the week prior. Bathon, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies, usually teaches the online course from his office in Dickey Hall, but logged in from home due to the foot of snow and record-low temperatures wreaking havoc on Lexington roads in March. Baby Lucy joined him.


Students in the course waved hello and were able to ask questions, like if she’s sleeping through the night (no, not yet).


All of the courses in the School Technology Leadership program (this particular one was EDL 665 – School Technology Leadership for Digital Citizenship) contain synchronous components (meaning students log in and “meet” at a specific time, rather than only completing online work independently). Students still get the traditional classroom experience, just in a digital format so they can participate from all over the world, Bathon said.


“We have very close relationships with our online students to the point that we usually even get to know elements of their personal lives and friendships remain between students and professors in digital spaces like twitter long after the classes are over. Because we are literally coming into their homes, we do get to see their kids and personal elements of their lives more often than if they came to a physical classroom at UK.”


Most of those enrolled in the School Technology Leadership Program are educators (school teachers and leaders, and some higher education and related fields). It is open to educators across the globe.


“In the class held during the snow storm, about 75 percent were in Kentucky, 20 percent were elsewhere in the US, and one student lives in Kuwait,” Bathon said.


Bathon, whose expertise is in education and law, helps students examine school and classroom leaders’ social, ethical and legal responsibility to students. The course he taught during the snow storm covers a wide range of issues from cell phone usage and searching in schools to student data privacy.


“Technology is changing schools more rapidly than the law or even social norms can adapt,” Bathon said. “Frequently educators are left in a difficult position of applying older policies to entirely unforeseen circumstances. This course tries to provide a foundation upon which to make those difficult choices.”


The program is part of the college’s Department of Educational Leadership Studies. It offers an online graduate certificate in School Technology Leadership and three different degree integration options for those courses.


The University of Kentucky is the institutional home of the University Council for Educational Advancement (UCEA) Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the only international center dedicated to the technology needs of school leaders. Because the core courses are tied to the International Society for Technology in Education's (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators (NETS-A), there is an internationally-recognized foundation for the programs.


For more information, go to Or, check out the #UKSTL hashtag where the conversation around the program and related elements if always going on:




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New Dean Envisions a Bright Future for the College of Health Sciences

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 13:48


LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2015) -- Scott M. Lephart, Ph.D., joined the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences as dean on March 1. He also serves as a professor and as Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Research.  

Lephart formerly served as a distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition as well as the founding director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the principal and senior investigator leading the Department of Defense Human Performance Research initiative. His research interests include musculoskeletal sports and military injury prevention and performance optimization.


Q:  You were at the University of Pittsburgh for 27 years. What was it about UK and the College of Health Sciences (CHS) that attracted you?

A:  The combination of the University’s goals, as outlined in the recent strategic plan, to become a top 20 public research university, the new fiscal model, and most importantly the excellence of the faculty, staff, and students of the college presented an intriguing opportunity for the new dean. This was the first deanship I have applied for and the first position outside of Pitt that I have sought in my 27-year academic career.  


Q: What impressed you most about UK and CHS?


A: I was impressed by the sense of pride in this institution – unlike any that I had experienced. I found the enthusiasm and pride for the Commonwealth’s flagship University to be palpable. During my first interview, I took a two-hour walk around campus to observe and interact with students, who I believe are the fabric of any university. Their pride and optimism confirmed my belief that this was an environment where I wanted to be, and where I could contribute to the momentum. During my interviews, I found a similar enthusiasm displayed by University leadership and the CHS faculty and staff.  


Q:  What are the main areas of opportunity at CHS?


A:  The excellence I have observed in the CHS students, faculty, and staff is a solid foundation to build upon. The Board of Trustees and President Capilouto have stated goals for the university, and the college must make a concerted effort to contribute to the success of this strategic plan. While sustaining the current quality of programs offered by CHS, we must strive to expand our sponsored research portfolio in a meaningful, sustainable manner. As we move forward, our research focus will promote the growth of our graduate programs, a priority stated in UK’s new strategic plan. Our focus should always be one that seeks to achieve these goals in a diverse and inclusive environment, which ultimately commits us to the Kentucky Promise of making the Commonwealth a better place through our teaching, research and service mission.


Q:  How do you view your role as dean?


A:  As dean of CHS, my role is to advocate for our students, staff and faculty and to facilitate their success in meeting our mission. Leadership needs to be visionary and to position the College for future success. As such, I will work to expand opportunities for the College by bringing greater awareness to our current successes, and to broaden the breadth and scope of new opportunities by establishing meaningful, collaborative relationships across the UK and UK HealthCare community.


Q:  What are the main advantages of being at a research-intensive university such as UK?


A:  Research provides a vibrant intellectual environment that rewards curiosity, innovation and entrepreneurialism. Such environments stimulate students and faculty alike to think about the future and create solutions for our complex society. This is particularly true in the health sciences, and the University and UK HealthCare are taking a leadership role in promoting a healthier Commonwealth by disseminating new discoveries and therapeutic techniques at home and beyond our borders. Such a research environment also enables us to leverage our successes internationally and provides global outreach opportunities for our students and faculty.


Q:  How do you envision collaborations between CHS, UK HealthCare and other colleges evolving and expanding?


A:  The infrastructure of the health care colleges and UK HealthCare was an attractive aspect, when considering this career move. Solutions to our health care needs can best be achieved through interdisciplinary collaboration in support of our research, teaching and service mission. I hope to further establish these relationships with our colleagues in other colleges, both those in health care and beyond. I have already realized that the commitment of UK HealthCare is without question an asset for CHS.


Q:  What do you want potential or current CHS students to know about the College?


A:  CHS is an exciting environment for future health care professionals. In fact, we will be referring to many of our programs as the “Gateway to the Health Professions.” We will balance our mission of teaching, research and service to enable our students to optimize their experience by participating in all aspect of these educational endeavors. As our research enterprise expands, I foresee our students playing integral roles in the discovery and translation of new information to enhance the delivery of health care. I am particularly excited about our newly approved Undergraduate Research Certificate, which will be available starting early this summer. I hope our students take full advantage of working side-by-side with our world-class research faculty in innovative laboratories, centers and institutes with cutting-edge facilities.


Q:  How would you summarize your work with the U.S. Department of Defense and the research you are bringing to the University?


A:  Our injury-mitigation models for elite athletes have significant utility when applied to the elite tactical athlete, the Special Forces Operator. In early 2000, the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory was solicited by Naval Special Warfare (SEALs) to begin research, which would assist in describing preventable musculoskeletal injuries and would develop mission-specific protocols to mitigate such injuries and optimize the physical readiness of the Force. To date that work supports all branches of Special Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines) under the auspices of the U.S. Special Operations Command. The Warrior Human Performance research centers are located at seven military installations, with central operations located at the University of Pittsburgh in the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory and Center of Warrior Human Performance Research. As part of the transfer of my responsibilities, UK has committed to developing the new UK Sports Science Research Institute that, among many research foci, will have a core to support our ongoing work with Special Operation Forces.


Q:  What are your major plans for advancing research at CHS and at UK?


A:  Working very closely with the faculty and the associate dean for research, our goals will be to advance our research enterprise with sponsored program grants. It is virtually impossible for a research intensive institution striving for prominence to achieve such aspirations without a core of sponsored research initiatives. Funded research enables the growth of our doctoral programs and increases the likelihood of sustainable research agendas of our faculty. Such achievements are also important benchmarks for top research institutions and facilitate the delivery of health care by our clinicians. In my expanded role at the University, I will be establishing linkages for interdisciplinary discovery in the core areas associated with the UK Sports Science Research Institute.


Q:  What are your interests outside of your career?


A:  I am a sports enthusiast, both as a participant and fan. Until about 10 years ago, I was a competitive amateur golfer. I hope to return to that on some level once settled in Lexington – of course now on the senior circuit!


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UK Chemistry Regional Poster Competition Accepting Abstracts

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 12:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) — Showcasing undergraduate research in the chemical sciences from across the Commonwealth and surrounding states, the University of Kentucky Department of Chemistry will hold its annual Regional Poster Competition Friday, April 17, in combination with its annual Lyle Dawson Lecture, and is accepting submissions for abstracts for the competition until April 10.


The competition, which does not require a registration fee, provides an opportunity for undergraduates to share their chemistry research, network with other undergraduate researchers in the region, and compete for monetary prizes.


First prize winners of the competition will be awarded $300, second prize winners will be awarded $200, and three students awarded honorable mentions will receive $100.


To submit an abstract, visit Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by a member of the Department of Chemistry.


In addition to many UK undergraduates, students from across Kentucky and other states have presented at the competition and won top prizes. Recent winners of the competition include students from UK, Berea College, Centre College, Marshall University, Transylvania University, and Western Kentucky University.


This year, participants will also have the opportunity to attend the annual Lyle Dawson Lecture, featuring world-class chemical research and commemorating Lyle Ramsey Dawson, former Department of Chemistry professor and chair. Geoffrey Coates, chemist and Cornell University professor, will deliver the 2015 lecture, "New Polymers from Old Monomers: Advances Enabled through Catalyst Design and Discovery," at 4 p.m., April 17.


Coates is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, and has received awards from the American Chemical Society, National Science Foundation, MIT Technology Review Magazine, Research Corporation, and many other organizations. In 2011 he was identified by Thomson Reuters as one of the world’s top 100 chemists on the basis of the impact of his scientific research, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Coates also received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award and the DSM Performance Materials Award in 2012.


The Dawson Lecture is free and open to the public. The endowment of the lecture series is supported by Lyle Dawson’s daughter, Venita Dawson Curry.


For more information about the Department of Chemistry's Regional Poster Competition, visit For more information about the Lyle Dawson Lecture, visit




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