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No Classes Tuesday, Resources Still Available

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 16:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2016)  Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 8 is Presidential Election Day. Offices at the University of Kentucky are traditionally closed in observance of this important day in the life of the country.

 

That means classes will not be in session and faculty and staff will not report to work.

 

As always, an exception to that is UK HealthCare hospitals and clinics, which will be open and operating on normal hours. Staff are expected to report for duty as normal. UK HealthCare employees should refer to this policy for Presidential Election Day floating holiday information or consult with their supervisor.

 

In addition, UK officials said, several campus resources will be available for students to report any issues or concerns resulting from what has been – and continues to be – a tumultuous election cycle.

 

“Although it is an academic holiday, UK is committed to maintaining a safe campus where everyone can find a sense of belonging, safety and inclusion,” said Terry Allen, UK’s interim vice president of institutional diversity.  “As a result, many campus resources will remain available Tuesday for students and employees to utilize, if necessary.”

 

Allen said that students and employees who may experience bias, negative interactions or are seeking a safe place of support are encouraged to utilize the following services:

  • Bias Incident Support Services (BISS) Bias Incident Support Services are available to any student or employee member who has been impacted by an instance of racism, bias, hate, or identity-based violence due to their actual or perceived identity. BISS can be accessed on Wednesday, Nov. 9 when the VIP Center opens at 8:30 a.m. No appointment is needed to access support. Walk-ins are welcome.
  • Bias Incident Response Team The Bias Incident Response Team is the official reporting system for students, staff, and faculty to notify the University of instances of hate, racism, bias, and identity-based violence due to a person or group’s actual or perceived identities.  Reports can be made anonymously if necessary. Reports can be made here.
  • UK Police Department 859-257-8573
  • Counseling Center 106 Frazee Hall, 859-257-8701 (closed Tuesday, will reopen Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Community of Concern Students and employees may file an online report if they have concerns about a current student or employee. File a report here.

“Our expectation is that Tuesday will be a day where all Americans make their voices heard – through the voting process and speaking out on issues of fundamental importance to our country,” Allen said. “There will be disagreements, but we expect our campus community to find common ground around the idea that we all have a voice and we all have an expectation that ours is a community where everyone can and should belong.”

 

 

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

Nominations Open for Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 15:51

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2016) The University of Kentucky Advising Network is now accepting nominations from students, faculty and staff for the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award. The award is designed to recognize outstanding service in the field of undergraduate academic advising for both faculty and professional advisors. Nominations are being accepted online on the UK Advising Network website.

 

The recipients of the Ken Freedman Award will receive a $500 travel grant from UK Student and Academic Support, a unit of the UK Division of Student and Academic Life, and will be recognized at a luncheon Feb. 17, 2017.

 

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the nominating process. Nominees can also be selected from special programs outside of UK's colleges, such as CARES (Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services), First Generation Initiatives, or Education Abroad. Enter only one nominee for each category (faculty or professional advisor).

 

You can view a list of past recipients on the Advising Network website.   

 

The nomination deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 30.

 

The advisor award is named for Ken Freedman, who served as a professional advisor at UK for 15 years prior to his death in 2001. Freedman was one of the founders of the UK Advising Network in 1986 and instrumental in advising leadership on campus in the 1990s.

 

Academic advising is integral to fulfilling the teaching and learning mission of higher education. Through academic advising, students learn to become members of their higher education community, to think critically about their roles and responsibilities as students, and to prepare to be educated citizens of a democratic society and a global community.

 

 

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

 

 

 

Leaders Converge on UK Campus to Discuss Early Childhood Services

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 14:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2016) More than 50 leaders across the Commonwealth and the University of Kentucky — including former Gov. Martha Layne Collins, former Gov. Paul Patton and UK President Eli Capilouto — will meet on campus this week to discuss the university's commitment to young children.

 

The gathering, being held Thursday, Nov. 10, is the inaugural meeting of a new advisory council for the Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services at the UK Human Development Institute. Various state leaders will participate, including Health and Family Services Cabinet Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services Adria Johnson, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc. President Wilbert W. James.

 

The meeting will include presentations from Collins, Patton and an exemplary child care provider from the Lexington area who will share her experience. The council will also recognize the history of child care in Kentucky and honor Patton for his early childhood initiative, KIDS NOW, which was enacted in 2000.

 

The Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services enhances high quality services for children and families through active engagement in collaborative research and professional development. It provides programs to support child care providers across the state and works collaboratively with the Kentucky Early Childhood Data System, Online Learning for Child Care teachers, School Ready Libraries, Stars Plus, and National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative.

 

Sponsoring agencies of the partnership include Kentucky Division of Child Care, Kentucky Department of Public Health, Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Child Care Aware of America, Frank Porter Graham Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Human Development Institute and the UK College of Education.

 

To find out more information about programs and services for Kentucky parents and providers, visit www.kentuckypartnership.org/.

 

 

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. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

Day of Decision Approaches; What Will Tomorrow Bring?

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 14:51
Campus NewsBy Gail Hairston Monday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2016) — One would have to be isolated to the point of sequestered to escape the tumultuous presidential campaign between Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump.

Tomorrow, finally, the nation chooses.

Before the results are recorded for posterity, three University of Kentucky political scientists and one historian agreed to comment upon the 2016 battle for the White House. Many Americans believe this campaign has been unlike any that has come before. Is this merely our limited perception of political history in America?

The experts agree. It is real.

As points of comparison, Associate Professor of Political Science Stephen Voss remembered the 1860 presidential election, which displayed “some of the same fictionalization” and the 1968 election “which had some of the same issues and the same high jinks.” But nothing in our history compares to the present, said the department’s publicity director.

“I think we are so far off the map now that I can’t give you a single parallel above the city council level to what’s going on in this presidential election,” said Voss, who is an expert in voting behavior, political methodology and racial/ethnic politics.

“Look, we’re making history,” he said. “We’re either going to get a candidate who hasn’t held office before, a female president, or — slight possibility — a third party victor. For sure, we’re making history; we just don’t know what it’s going to be yet.”

And a great deal of what Americans internally define as democracy could shift. If the election outcome is in dispute, constitutional law could be vitally relevant. In 2000, the Supreme Court felt compelled to determine if and how the Constitution applied. It is unclear if the court would take that role again, said Michael Zilis, assistant professor of political science and an expert in constitutional law.

Keeping in mind that many presidential elections help determine the future membership of the Supreme Court, the outcome of this election could influence how the Constitution is interpreted for decades to come.

“In some years this is a hypothetical concern,” Zilis said. “This year, however, the future of the court's membership has been frequently discussed, since there is currently an open seat on the court. The next president will very likely place one, if not multiple, new justices on the bench. We can safely assume that Trump and Clinton would like to choose individuals with very different legal philosophies for the court, which can affect case outcomes in the future.”

The nastiness many perceive in this election isn’t “as unprecedented as you would think,” Voss said. “We’ve had presidential candidates who were accused, probably rightly, of having illegitimate children, affairs, all sorts of corruption.

“Thomas Jefferson was accused of … not being a devil worshiper, per se, but being part of a secret society that was linked to the devil,” he said. “So, almost any nastiness has happened before, but wow, we decided to get it all in (during this campaign). We’re almost at a scandal a day!”

David Hamilton, associate professor for the UK College of Arts and Sciences Department of History, said, “It's not easy to put this campaign into historical perspective — at least not any kind of perspective for our recent political history. All presidential campaigns seem exceptional — and exceptionally nasty — before an election, but this one is highly unusual.

“We have two rather non-ideological candidates leading parties that are now intensely ideological,” explained Hamilton. “The efforts to demonize the other candidate seem to know no bounds."

Hamilton attributes much of the personal attacks “to the partisan divide” that has shaped American politics since the early 1990s and to “the anger and resentment” generated by the financial meltdown of 2008-09.

“What we won't know for a while yet is whether this campaign is unique … or does it mark a turning point in how campaigns are waged, the role of the parties in selecting candidates, and the issues that dominate American politics,” Hamilton said.

The award-winning author of 20th century political history could only add, “Stay tuned.”

It seems that “staying tuned” has kept many Americans obsessively checking the latest news accounts for months, trying to stay aware of the day’s shocking remarks or behavior. This has created, what many experts believe, is one of history’s best-informed electorate.

“The first question to ask about high information voters,” said Associate Professor in Comparative Politics Emily Beaulieu, “is how do they make up their mind about a candidate, because … we’ve come to a point where those who have selected a candidate are pretty settled in their choice.”

A voter’s preferred candidate many not change at this stage, but their actions on Election Day might.

“The thing that is interesting that we know from research is that — given the scandal-laden nature of this election — even for people who have made their choice, negative information late in the campaign can be de-mobilizing. In fact, that is one of the only places where we see negative information having any meaningful effect. When (negative political ads) come late in the campaigns after people have already selected (their candidate) — and if (the remarks) are against your selected candidate, that can work to have a demobilizing effect, (making the voter) less inclined to actually vote. They choose not to vote.”

Voss agreed immediately, “You know, we talk about those undecided voters, or undecided poll respondents, as if they are swing voters because they are undecided, and we think they could go either way. But the large numbers of those undecided voters aren’t actually voters,” he said. “They are undecided people who are going to stay home.”

But there appears to be another block of undecided voters with unusual traits — the undecided, but well-informed voter.

“I do think we have larger than usual number of people who are undecided and yet who are fairly well informed,” Voss said. “We have some people who are seriously cross-pressured; they have pressures pushing them in two different directions. 

“I’m especially thinking of college-educated Republicans, especially female college-educated Republicans for whom Trump’s legacy of sexism pushes them very hard one way. But Hilary Clinton’s liberalism, which doesn’t give them the policies they want, pushes them very hard in the other direction.”

This is the group of voters that some analysts believe could swing the election one way or the other.

“We really don’t know what they’ll do in a presidential contest where they are being pushed so hard in opposite directions,” Voss said. “Staying home is a possibility, or they could decide to go with one or the other in large numbers.”

What has so many experts shaking their heads is that the old political science axioms are trembling. 

“Politicians used to want to be near where the median voter is,” Voss said, “and that means being more moderate, more reasonable, more like a typical American and less like a hard-core Republican or Democrat.

“That logic has fallen apart.”

“What we’ve had is this pendulum effect as the election has favored first Democrats, then Republicans, all those middle of the road, bridge-building compromise people who can negotiate are being pummeled. It’s broken the political scientists," Voss said. "Half the things we used to tell our students … most of the research we’ve done had assumptions in the background. We’ve never had a presidential election where one of the candidates had never run for office, never run a serious political campaign before so all that research that included two experienced candidates, doesn’t apply here.”

Beaulieu, however, has spent a great deal of time in a different political atmosphere, California, “where we send actors to public office. I don’t see Trump’s profile as a candidate as an anomaly.

“When this is all said and done,” she said, “does the Republican Party survive? What I see is that Trump is a real sign of the times. In terms of discontent among segments of our population — particularly over issues like the shifting demographics in this country — I don’t think Trump is anomalous; I think he’s a mirror for where we’re at as a country.”

“What destroys a party is internal splits,” Voss reminded. “To me it is not impossible that between Donald Trump representing one distinct faction of the Republican Party and most of the people who are currently serving in Congress who represent a different Republican Party … well, it is not clear they could coexist within the same institution for very long.”

For a podcast of a lengthier conversation with Voss and Beaulieu for "Behind the Blue," visit www.as.uky.edu/podcasts/behind-blue-what-does-presidential-election-really-mean.

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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, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

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859-257-3302 Summary: Whatever the outcome on Election Day, the United States has survived an historical presidential campaign, experts say. “I can’t give you a single parallel … to what’s going on in this presidential election,” said political scientist Stephen Voss. “We’re making history; we just don’t know what it’s going to be yet.”Homepage Feature: Primary feature

Students Express Appreciation Through Big Blue Thank You

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 14:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2016) — In this season of thanksgiving, the University of Kentucky Parent and Family Association has created an opportunity for students to express appreciation to their loved ones through Big Blue Thank You.

 

On Nov. 9 and Nov. 10, the Parent and Family Association staff will provide students with note cards, pens and refreshments, so they can write a thank you note to a parent, family member or mentor who has helped them succeed at UK.

 

Tables on the first floor of the White Hall Classroom Building will be staffed 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. this Wednesday and Thursday. Sealed, addressed letters left with Parent and Family Association staff will be mailed at no charge to students.

 

“This has become a fun Thanksgiving tradition at UK,” said Nicki Jenkins, assistant director in the Office of New Student and Family Programs. “We hope that students take advantage of the opportunity to express their gratitude to those who mean the most to them and who have supported them with their college dreams and goals. The UK Parent and Family Association is here to support the relationship between students and their families, and this is one simple way for us to do just that.”

 

For more information regarding this event, please contact the UK Parent and Family Association staff by emailing parents@lsv.uky.edu or calling 859-257-6597. You can also connect with them through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @UKParents.

 

 

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

UK Collegians Day Invites Top Scholars to UK

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 14:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2016)  Top high school seniors from across the Commonwealth and around the country can now call themselves "Kentucky Collegians."

 

Today, one of the University of Kentucky's premiere recruitment events, UK Collegians Day, will honor top prospective students who have applied and earned at least a 31+ on the ACT and/or equivalent SAT. A record number of just over 280 outstanding student scholars representing 17 states along with an additional 450+ guests will be in attendance. 

 

Not only are these scholars being recognized, they are given the opportunity to explore and experience all that UK has to offer. Students begin their day with tours of campus followed by sessions with each academic college. A reception will take place at the Lexington Center/Bluegrass Ballroom along with dinner and a formal recognition ceremony later in the evening.

 

“Collegians Day is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the incredible UK faculty, resources and opportunities to outstanding prospective students and their families," said Associate Provost for Enrollment Management Don Witt. "Students really appreciate the interaction with the UK faculty from across all of the colleges and disciplines.”

 

UK faculty speakers at the recognition include Lewis Honors College Interim Dean Phil Harling, University Senate Chair Katherine McCormick and top current students Emily Appel, Joshua Musalia and Dealla Samadi. Guests will be entertained with several groups from the College of Fine Arts including Paws-n-Listen and acoUstiKats. In addition, nearly 100 UK faculty and staff will be hosting individual tables providing the opportunity for students and family members to learn more about the many academic and extracurricular opportunities at UK.

 

 

For more information on becoming a Wildcat, visit www.uky.edu/Admission/.

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: Rebecca Stratton, rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, (859) 323-2395 

UK, Lexington Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 14-20

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 14:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2016) Lexington's sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will take place from Nov. 14-20, with events including an Open Mic Pitch for researchers, a workshop on how to fund your high-tech startup, a session on mobile app marketing and monetization, and much more.

 

The week of exciting events, many of which are free, is organized and hosted by the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership (BBDP). BBDP is comprised of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship and the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network within the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the city of Lexington and Commerce Lexington.

 

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is an international initiative that celebrates today's creative thinkers, who bring ideas to life and foster economic growth and human development. Each November, Lexington’s growing entrepreneurial community joins together with participants in 160 different countries in this effort to inspire people to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. GEW is the flagship campaign of the Global Entrepreneurship Network.  

 

"We are excited about the wide range of events that will be available for the Central Kentucky entrepreneurial community, including opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship, network with fellow entrepreneurs, and compete for prizes,” said Eric Hartman, director of the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network.

 

While the events are open to the public, advance registration is required due to space limitations. More detailed explanations of each event are available on the registration page at http://gewlex.eventbrite.com.

 

Among the highlights for UK faculty and researchers is a workshop titled, “A New Roadmap: University of Kentucky IP, Technology Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship.” The workshop will kickoff with remarks by UK Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis; include presentations by Ian McClure, the new director of the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC), and UK Senior Associate General Counsel Katherine Adams; and will conclude with an “open mic” showcase.

 

The program, with continental breakfast and lunch provided, will take place from 8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Woodward Hall, room 307 of the Gatton College building. Researchers will have the opportunity to deliver their pitches during a 45-minute competition period beginning at 11 a.m. Each competitor will give a 2-minute presentation to a panel of judges on current research or novel work being done in the lab. Pitches will be judged on the following criteria:

· stage of technology and/or idea; 

· market potential; and 

· clarity of presentation.

 

"The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship is very excited to be partnering with OTC to organize and sponsor this event which will provide UK faculty, researchers and students with information on the intellectual property (IP) landscape and processes at UK, as well as an opportunity to present their research and technology,” said Warren Nash, executive director of the Von Allmen Center (VACE). “This workshop also will enable participants to learn more about the resources available to them to potentially assist in their commercialization efforts."  


A $500 cash prize will be awarded by VACE to the winner and all other participants will receive a $25 gift card. Space is limited to the first 10 people that sign up and there are just a few spots remaining. To register email Mariam Gorjian, commercialization specialist and director of the UK Venture Studio at mariamgorjian@uky.edu, with full name and research title on one slide by midnight Wednesday, Nov. 9.

 

 

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. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kathryn Macon, kathryn.macon@uky.edu, 859-257-8716; or Carl Nathe, carl.nathe@uky.edu, 859-257-3200.

 

UK Collegians Day Invites Top Scholars to UK

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 14:22
Campus NewsBy Rebecca Stratton Monday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2016) — Top high school seniors from across the Commonwealth and around the country can now call themselves "Kentucky Collegians."

Today, one of the University of Kentucky's premiere recruitment events, UK Collegians Day, will honor top prospective students who have applied to UK and earned at least a 31+ on the ACT and/or equivalent SAT. A record number of just over 280 outstanding student scholars representing 17 states along with an additional 450+ guests will be in attendance. 

Not only are these scholars being recognized, they are given the opportunity to explore and experience all that UK has to offer. Students begin their day with tours of campus followed by sessions with each academic college. A reception will take place at the Lexington Center/Bluegrass Ballroom along with dinner and a formal recognition ceremony later in the evening.

“Collegians Day is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the incredible UK faculty, resources and opportunities to outstanding prospective students and their families," said Associate Provost for Enrollment Management Don Witt. "Students really appreciate the interaction with the UK faculty from across all of the colleges and disciplines.”

UK faculty speakers at the recognition include Lewis Honors College Interim Dean Phil Harling, University Senate Chair Katherine McCormick and top current students Emily Appel, Joshua Musalia and Dealla Samadi. Guests will be entertained with several groups from the College of Fine Arts including Paws-n-Listen and acoUstiKats. In addition, nearly 100 UK faculty and staff will be hosting individual tables providing the opportunity for students and family members to learn more about the many academic and extracurricular opportunities at UK.

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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, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Contact Rebecca Stratton
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859-323-2395 Summary: Today, UK Collegians Day will honor top prospective students who have applied to UK and earned at least a 31+ on the ACT and/or equivalent SAT. A record number of just over 280 will be in attendance. Section Feature: Section Feature

Day of Decision Approaches; What Will Tomorrow Bring?

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 14:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2016) — One would have to be isolated to the point of sequestered to escape the tumultuous presidential campaign between Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump.

 

Tomorrow, finally, the nation chooses.

 

Before the results are recorded for posterity, three University of Kentucky political scientists and one historian agreed to comment upon the 2016 battle for the White House. Many Americans believe this campaign has been unlike any that has come before. Is this merely our limited perception of political history in America?

 

The experts agree. It is real.

 

As points of comparison, Associate Professor of Political Science Stephen Voss remembered the 1860 presidential election, which displayed “some of the same fictionalization” and the 1968 election “which had some of the same issues and the same high jinks.” But nothing in our history compares to the present, said the department’s publicity director.

 

“I think we are so far off the map now that I can’t give you a single parallel above the city council level to what’s going on in this presidential election,” said Voss, who is an expert in voting behavior, political methodology and racial/ethnic politics.

 

“Look, we’re making history,” he said. “We’re either going to get a candidate who hasn’t held office before, a female president, or — slight possibility — a third party victor. For sure, we’re making history; we just don’t know what it’s going to be yet.”

 

And a great deal of what Americans internally define as democracy could shift. If the election outcome is in dispute, constitutional law could be vitally relevant. In 2000, the Supreme Court felt compelled to determine if and how the Constitution applied. It is unclear if the court would take that role again, said Michael Zilis, assistant professor of political science and an expert in constitutional law.

 

Keeping in mind that many presidential elections help determine the future membership of the Supreme Court, the outcome of this election could influence how the Constitution is interpreted for decades to come.

 

“In some years this is a hypothetical concern,” Zilis said. “This year, however, the future of the court's membership has been frequently discussed, since there is currently an open seat on the court. The next president will very likely place one, if not multiple, new justices on the bench. We can safely assume that Trump and Clinton would like to choose individuals with very different legal philosophies for the court, which can affect case outcomes in the future.”

 

The nastiness many perceive in this election isn’t “as unprecedented as you would think,” Voss said. “We’ve had presidential candidates who were accused, probably rightly, of having illegitimate children, affairs, all sorts of corruption.

 

“Thomas Jefferson was accused of … not being a devil worshiper, per se, but being part of a secret society that was linked to the devil,” he said. “So, almost any nastiness has happened before, but wow, we decided to get it all in (during this campaign). We’re almost at a scandal a day!”

 

David Hamilton, associate professor for the UK College of Arts and Sciences Department of History, said, “It's not easy to put this campaign into historical perspective — at least not any kind of perspective for our recent political history. All presidential campaigns seem exceptional — and exceptionally nasty — before an election, but this one is highly unusual.

 

“We have two rather non-ideological candidates leading parties that are now intensely ideological,” explained Hamilton. “The efforts to demonize the other candidate seem to know no bounds."

 

Hamilton attributes much of the personal attacks “to the partisan divide” that has shaped American politics since the early 1990s and to “the anger and resentment” generated by the financial meltdown of 2008-09.

 

“What we won't know for a while yet is whether this campaign is unique … or does it mark a turning point in how campaigns are waged, the role of the parties in selecting candidates, and the issues that dominate American politics,” Hamilton said.

 

The award-winning author of 20th century political history could only add, “Stay tuned.”

 

It seems that “staying tuned” has kept many Americans obsessively checking the latest news accounts for months, trying to stay aware of the day’s shocking remarks or behavior. This has created, what many experts believe, is one of history’s best-informed electorate.

 

“The first question to ask about high information voters,” said Associate Professor in Comparative Politics Emily Beaulieu, “is how do they make up their mind about a candidate, because … we’ve come to a point where those who have selected a candidate are pretty settled in their choice.”

 

A voter’s preferred candidate many not change at this stage, but their actions on Election Day might.

 

“The thing that is interesting that we know from research is that — given the scandal-laden nature of this election — even for people who have made their choice, negative information late in the campaign can be de-mobilizing. In fact, that is one of the only places where we see negative information having any meaningful effect. When (negative political ads) come late in the campaigns after people have already selected (their candidate) — and if (the remarks) are against your selected candidate, that can work to have a demobilizing effect, (making the voter) less inclined to actually vote. They choose not to vote.”

 

Voss agreed immediately, “You know, we talk about those undecided voters, or undecided poll respondents, as if they are swing voters because they are undecided, and we think they could go either way. But the large numbers of those undecided voters aren’t actually voters,” he said. “They are undecided people who are going to stay home.”

 

But there appears to be another block of undecided voters with unusual traits — the undecided, but well-informed voter.

 

“I do think we have larger than usual number of people who are undecided and yet who are fairly well informed,” Voss said. “We have some people who are seriously cross-pressured; they have pressures pushing them in two different directions. 

 

“I’m especially thinking of college-educated Republicans, especially female college-educated Republicans for whom Trump’s legacy of sexism pushes them very hard one way. But Hilary Clinton’s liberalism, which doesn’t give them the policies they want, pushes them very hard in the other direction.”

 

This is the group of voters that some analysts believe could swing the election one way or the other.

 

“We really don’t know what they’ll do in a presidential contest where they are being pushed so hard in opposite directions,” Voss said. “Staying home is a possibility, or they could decide to go with one or the other in large numbers.”

 

What has so many experts shaking their heads is that the old political science axioms are trembling. 

 

“Politicians used to want to be near where the median voter is,” Voss said, “and that means being more moderate, more reasonable, more like a typical American and less like a hard-core Republican or Democrat.

 

“That logic has fallen apart.”

 

“What we’ve had is this pendulum effect as the election has favored first Democrats, then Republicans, all those middle of the road, bridge-building compromise people who can negotiate are being pummeled. It’s broken the political scientists," Voss said. "Half the things we used to tell our students … most of the research we’ve done had assumptions in the background. We’ve never had a presidential election where one of the candidates had never run for office, never run a serious political campaign before so all that research that included two experienced candidates, doesn’t apply here.”

 

Beaulieu, however, has spent a great deal of time in a different political atmosphere, California, “where we send actors to public office. I don’t see Trump’s profile as a candidate as an anomaly.

 

“When this is all said and done,” she said, “does the Republican Party survive? What I see is that Trump is a real sign of the times. In terms of discontent among segments of our population — particularly over issues like the shifting demographics in this country — I don’t think Trump is anomalous; I think he’s a mirror for where we’re at as a country.”

 

“What destroys a party is internal splits,” Voss reminded. “To me it is not impossible that between Donald Trump representing one distinct faction of the Republican Party and most of the people who are currently serving in Congress who represent a different Republican Party … well, it is not clear they could coexist within the same institution for very long.”

 

For a podcast of a lengthier conversation with Voss and Beaulieu for "Behind the Blue," visit www.as.uky.edu/podcasts/behind-blue-what-does-presidential-election-really-mean.

 

 

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Info Sessions for Students to Focus on STEM, Environment and Other Research Opportunities

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 13:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2016) Join University of Kentucky’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards in November for three information sessions on a selection of local, national and international scholarships, grants and awards for those students looking for opportunities in STEM, the environment and various forms of research.

 

The first info session is for scholarships for undergraduate students in STEM fields and will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Room 307B of the Funkhouser Building. This session will focus on the Astronaut Scholarship and the Goldwater Scholarship. The Astronaut Scholarship is awarded to sophomores and juniors in engineering, natural or applied science, or mathematics fields who intend to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degrees. The Goldwater Scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition for sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in engineering, natural or applied science, or mathematics fields. Note that students intending to pursue a practice in professional medicine are not eligible for these awards. Space is limited for this session, so individuals should register here to attend.

 

The next info session will explore three different funding opportunities to pursue research during the summer and will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Room 200 of the Funkhouser Building. This session will discuss National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates, which fund student research at sites across the U.S. For this award, each student applies for a specific research project in an area funded by the NSF where he/she will work closely with faculty and other researchers at that site. The session will also look at the Amgen Scholars Program, which provides financial support and a hands-on research experience at a participating university for undergraduates in science and biotechnology. In addition, the session will look at options on campus through the UK Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Research Grants, which enable students in any discipline to conduct research at the lab of their choice during the summer. Note that applicants for the UK grant must return as full-time students in fall of 2017. Again, space is limited for this session, so participants are asked to register here to attend.

 

The last info session will examine an opportunity for those interested in working with the environment and it will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Room 307B of the Funkhouser Building. This session will be strictly about the Udall Scholarship, a merit-based award offered to outstanding students who intend to pursue careers related to the environment. Students in all fields are eligible to apply, but should have environmental career goals. Space for the Udall session is also limited, so interested students are asked to register here to attend.

 

Part of the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Student and Academic Life at UK, the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with the office's director, Pat Whitlow, well in advance of the scholarship deadline.

 

 

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UK Ag Engineering Chair Named Fellow of National Association

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 16:34

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Nov. 4, 2016) – Sue Nokes is the chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, but she’s also an acclaimed researcher and teacher. Recently, the American Society of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers named Nokes a Fellow at their annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

 

Nokes has been a department chair in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment since 2011. She was recently the lead researcher on a multidisciplinary, multi-institution project funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Biomass Research Development grant. The project, On-Farm Biomass Processing: Towards an Integrated High-Solids Transporting/Storing/Processing System, was the first to successfully produce butanol from a culture of anaerobic bacteria on dry plant material. She has collaborated with industry on solid substrate cultivation and the production of industrial enzymes for animal feed supplements. Nokes served as a technical coordinator and steering committee member on the Kentucky Rural Energy Consortium, a partnership organization comprising several universities, research centers and government organizations with interests in promoting energy research and deployment for the benefit of Kentucky citizens.

 

Under her leadership, student enrollment in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering has grown from 75 to 200. She also added a technical systems management minor. She has served as an advisor for many graduate students as well as a frequent mentor to high school and undergraduate students. Many of her advisees have been women, and she has continually worked to promote the role of women in agricultural and biological engineering. Her grant writing efforts have secured millions of dollars in funding to support UK research labs, graduate fellowships and research programs.

 

Nokes is also a decorated educator, having won the UK Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award, the USDA National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges Excellence in Teaching Award, the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Henry Lutes College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching award, as well as many other departmental teaching honors.

 

A 29-year member of ASABE, Nokes has served on the ASABE board of trustees as treasurer, and on the engineering and technology accreditation committee, the finance committee and the Stewart Engineering Humanities Award committee, among many others. She has volunteered for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology as a program reviewer and has been heavily involved with developing online training for engineers preparing for the Professional Engineer licensure exam.

 

Nokes is the author or co-author of more than 60 refereed journal articles and book chapters. She is an American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow, a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and a member of the Society of Women Engineers.

 

To be considered for the grade of ASABE Fellow, an individual must demonstrate unusual professional distinction with outstanding qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural engineering. Twenty years' membership in ASABE is also required. Only about 2 percent of the active members of ASABE have achieved the grade of Fellow.

 

The ASABE is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food and biological systems.

 

 

 

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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Highlights Election Analysis Blog

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 16:10
Campus NewsBy Kathy Johnson Nov. 4, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2016) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Sitting in for Godell today is Josh James with WUKY News. His guest is Joshua Douglas, Robert G. Lawson & William H. Fortune Associate Professor of Law, who talks about the Election Law Society's Election Analysis Blog planned for the evening of Nov. 8.

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/uk-law-students-live-blog-election#stream/0.

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

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

UK Researcher Highlighted by National Cancer Institute

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 15:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2016)  University of Kentucky Researcher Nancy Schoenberg is currently a featured partner on the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) website for her work with Faith Moves Mountains.

 

Schoenberg, associate dean of research for the UK College of Public Health and professor in the UK College of Medicine, founded Faith Moves Mountains in 2004. The program is a community-based intervention to help decrease cervical cancer rates for women in the Appalachian region by building relationships with local churches within Appalachian communities.

 

Schoenberg's accomplishments include interventions at over 30 churches. Health advocates have conducted follow-up contact with more than 400 women, and about 35 percent of the target group has received the recommended cancer screenings.

 

In addition, Faith Moves Mountains is continuing to grow by adding new faith-based projects, such as "Quittin' and Preventin,'" which is designed to help smokers quit and provide cancer screenings. 

 

Media Contact: Allison Perry, allison.perry@uky.edu

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Highlights Election Analysis Blog

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 15:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2016) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Sitting in for Godell today is Josh James with WUKY News. His guest is Joshua Douglas, Robert G. Lawson & William H. Fortune Associate Professor of Law, who talks about the Election Law Society's Election Analysis Blog planned for the evening of Nov. 8.

  

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/uk-law-students-live-blog-election#stream/0.

 

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

 

 

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UK Arts Administration Grad Student Embarks on 'Legend of Zelda' Journey

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 14:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2016) Gamers and symphony aficionados may not be a natural pairing, but a tour based on one of the most popular and beloved video game series of all time, "Legend of Zelda," aims to prove naysayers wrong. Next week, as the North American tour comes to the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, University of Kentucky arts administration graduate student Nathan Williams will lend his musical talents to the journey.

 

“The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” features live orchestral performances of theme music from Nintendo’s "The Legend of Zelda" franchise accompanied by a giant screen showing the most memorable moments of the series. Concertgoers will hear their favorite game music timed with an orchestral score approved by franchise composer Koji Kondo. The four-movement symphony recounts over 30 years of music and classic storylines from "Ocarina of Time," "The Wind Waker," "Twilight Princess," "A Link to the Past," "Link's Awakening" and more.

 

"The symphony consists of a full orchestra and choir. This will be a symphonic experience like no other," said Williams, who has been practicing for the Nov. 10 performance in Louisville for three months now.

 

"Legend of Zelda: Symphony of Goddesses" promotional video. 

 

The opportunity to play in this high profile multimedia concert tour came to Williams based on a strong resume of experience he has built over his years at UK, where he earned his bachelor's degrees in arts administration and music performance in 2015.

 

"The Zelda Symphony actually came to me. The contractor for the Louisville Ballet and the Broadway touring shows that come through Louisville contacted me asking if I was interested. Since soundtrack music is some of the best repertoire, I couldn’t say no," said Williams, who has played with the Louisville Orchestra.

 

Because of the size of a symphony and the cost of travel, there are only a few musicians who travel as a part of the tour. It also gives professional musicians in the cities the tour visits an amazing opportunity to play. Williams will only perform with the tour on its Louisville stop. The symphony and choir for that particular concert will come together the morning of the show and have one rehearsal as a group before staging the program.
 

"That’s the life of a professional musician. The music directors hope and trust that you prepare your own music and can come into the first and only rehearsal ready to perform. The rehearsal will serve as an opportunity to combine the orchestra, choir and film to make it one cohesive experience for the audience," noted Williams, who will play the French horn for the symphony.

 

In addition to his experience playing for Louisville's orchestra, Williams is no stranger to Lexington music venues playing with the UK Wind Symphony, UK Symphony Orchestra (UKSO), Wildcat Marching Band and the Lexington Chamber Orchestra. He also played in UKSO's smaller pit orchestra for UK Opera Theatre's productions of "Les Miserables," "The Phantom of the Opera," "The Tales of Hoffman, "Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" and more at Singletary Center for the Arts and Lexington Opera House.

 

Not surprisingly Williams' love of music began at an early age. He started playing the cello in first grade. Once his brother started taking piano lessons, he got jealous and wanted to take them as well. In fifth grade, Williams joined the fifth grade band as a trumpet player. He even sang and rang handbells in the church growing up. However, once Williams' teacher found out he already had such a musical background, she encouraged the young musician to switch to the French horn. A choice Williams has never regretted.

 

Williams' performance with "Legend of Zelda" in his hometown of Louisville next week is yet another great opportunity this talented graduate student will get to add to his resume, not only musically but also as an arts administrator.

 

"This show will allow me to have an informal experience related to the process of bringing to fruition a concert that has so many little parts to it. The Zelda Symphony has to coordinate with dozens of concert halls, contract hundreds of musicians, supply all of the musicians with sheet music and MP3 recordings, create the various programs, and create schedules for everyone involved. Although I’m not a part of the administration for this tour, I get to see what goes on behind the scenes and be surrounded by amazing administrators and musicians for an entire day."

 

Williams hopes "Legend of Zelda" will be rewarding for concertgoers too and maybe introduce some to a form of entertainment they haven't tried yet. "I hope this experience brings in audience members that wouldn’t normally attend a symphony performance. With this unique experience, it allows audience members to relive their childhood as well as get a glimpse at what it’s like to attend a formal symphony concert in an amazing hall."

 

What's next on the horizon for this graduate student? The 4k for Cancer, where Williams will help raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults biking across America next June. 

 

 

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Leaders Converge on UK Campus to Discuss Early Childhood Services

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 14:03
Campus NewsBy Whitney Harder Monday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2016) — More than 50 leaders across the Commonwealth and the University of Kentucky — including former Gov. Martha Layne Collins, former Gov. Paul Patton and UK President Eli Capilouto — will meet on campus this week to discuss the university's commitment to young children.

The gathering, being held Thursday, Nov. 10, is the inaugural meeting of a new advisory council for the Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services at the UK Human Development Institute. Various state leaders will participate, including Health and Family Services Cabinet Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services Adria Johnson, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc. President Wilbert W. James.

The meeting will include presentations from Collins, Patton and an exemplary child care provider from the Lexington area who will share her experience. The council will also recognize the history of child care in Kentucky and honor Patton for his early childhood initiative, KIDS NOW, which was enacted in 2000.

The Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services enhances high quality services for children and families through active engagement in collaborative research and professional development. It provides programs to support child care providers across the state and works collaboratively with the Kentucky Early Childhood Data System, Online Learning for Child Care teachers, School Ready Libraries, Stars Plus, and National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative.

Sponsoring agencies of the partnership include Kentucky Division of Child Care, Kentucky Department of Public Health, Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Child Care Aware of America, Frank Porter Graham Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Human Development Institute and the UK College of Education.

To find out more information about programs and services for Kentucky parents and providers, visit www.kentuckypartnership.org/.

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859-323-2396 Summary: More than 50 leaders across the Commonwealth and UK — including former Gov. Martha Layne Collins, former Gov. Paul Patton and UK President Eli Capilouto — will meet on campus this week to discuss the university's commitment to young children.

December Graduates: Monday is Last Day to Submit Student Speaker Applications

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 13:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2016) — Custom to the University of Kentucky, a student will be selected to speak at the undergraduate December 2016 Commencement ceremony, which will occur 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Rupp Arena.

 

Students interested in speaking must submit their application by Monday, Nov. 7.

The student designated to address their fellow graduates will be chosen by the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee. Applications are available online atwww.uky.edu/Commencement/speakers.html.

 

Students applying for the position must be receiving an undergraduate degree from UK at the December 2016 Commencement ceremony. Also, students must have contributed to the university through campus or community activities and within their field of study. Applicants must demonstrate strong public speaking skills.

 

Students who wish to apply must submit a resumé, information sheet and a copy of their intended speech no longer than three typed, double-spaced pages. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the committee.

 

Applicants may be contacted by the committee to conduct a 15-minute interview and speech demonstration.

 

All graduating students must register for Commencement at www.uky.edu/Commencement.

 

 

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Ethnomusicologist to Lecture on Diverse Realms of Indian Dance

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 13:21
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2016) As part of the Year of South Asia, the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences will host guest speaker Anna Morcom, professor of ethnomusicology at Royal Holloway University of London, for a lecture related to her book, “Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance: Cultures of Exclusion,” which was awarded the 2014 Alan Merriam Prize. The free public talk will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in the Niles Gallery of Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.

 

Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance: Cultures of Exclusion,” looks at the evolution of the arts in India from the 1930s when no woman could perform in public and still be respected in India, to today's Bollywood dance craze. In the early years, professional female dancers were courtesans, but were powerful figures in social and cultural life. Today, upper-class women have taken control of the classical performing arts and also entered the film industry. At the same time, a Bollywood dance and fitness craze has recently swept middle-class India.

 

In her talk at UK, called “Courtesans, Bar Girls and Dancing Boys: Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance,” Morcom will cover these multiple worlds of Indian dance from courtesans to the present. In particular, she will also examine male, female and transgender dancers and detail the forces of inclusion/exclusion that have shaped these worlds of Indian performing arts.

 

For the seventh academic year, the UK College of Arts and Sciences has celebrated other regions of the globe in its Passport to the World program. Through seminars and classes, events and lectures, the College of Arts and Sciences has introduced the UK campus to South Africa, China, Russia, Mexico, the Middle East and Europe. This year, South Asia is the center of attention in a series of events and activities called the "Year of South Asia: Its People, Societies, Sciences, Arts and Life."

 

Anna Morcom’s talk at the university is being made possible with support from sponsors UK College of Arts and Sciences, the UK School of Music and the Rey M. Longyear Endowment.

 

 

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Getchell Memorial Award Honors Graduate Scientist's Persistence in Seeking National Funding

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 16:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2016) —The second annual Thomas V. Getchell, Ph.D., Memorial Award for excellence in grant writing was presented to Jenna Gollihue, a graduate student in the University of Kentucky Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, on Nov. 2.  

  

The award honors the memory of Getchell, a former professor of physiology in the UK Department of Physiology who encouraged researchers to improve grant writing skills to acquire research funding. The award supports a travel stipend for a student participating in the annual Grant Writing Workshop. Getchell founded the Grant Writing Workshop in 2005 with a vision to provide proactive, individualized mentoring to medical, doctoral and post-doctoral trainees to further their skills in grantsmanship, increase their success rate in obtaining fellowship grants and enhance their research careers.

 

Gollihue studies the therapeutic potential of mitochondrial transplantation in a rodent model of spinal cord injury.  After she completed a previous workshop, she wrote and submitted a pre-doctoral fellowship application to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Although the study was not funded on first submission, she persevered, resubmitting a revised application, and as a result was awarded a competitive fellowship from the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke in 2015.  Gollihue has returned as an alumna to workshop to share her grant writing experiences with students and postdoctoral scholars in the workshop. 

 

Getchell was a professor in the Department of Physiology and a member of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and served as associate dean for research and basic sciences for the UK College of Medicine from 1989 to 1998. Workshop trainees have earned more than $2.4 million in fellowship funding as a result of Getchell’s efforts.    

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

 

'UK at the Half' Features UPK Director Leila Salisbury

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 15:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2016) — Leila Salisbury, new director of the University Press of Kentucky (UPK) that is housed at the University of Kentucky, was featured during "UK at the Half," which aired during the UK vs. Clarion basketball game, broadcast on radio Oct. 30.

 

UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing all the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. Salisbury, who worked for UPK previously, returned as its director this year after serving as director of the University Press of Mississippi.

 

To hear the Oct. 30 "UK at the Half," click on the play button. To view a transcript of the show, click here.

 

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

 

 

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