LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2014) -- A new report from the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) reveals the prevalence and charges associated with drug overdose in the Bluegrass state. The report, "Drug Overdose Deaths, Hospitalizations, and Emergency Department Visits in Kentucky, 2000‐2012", analyzes overdose morbidity and mortality among Kentucky residents and documents the enormous societal and financial toll on the Commonwealth's population. KIPRC, located in the UK College of Public Health, is a bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health.
The report includes points of encouragement and concern. The good news is that, overall, overdose deaths and emergency department visits leveled off from 2011 to 2012, and the contribution of prescription opioids and benzodiazepines to drug overdoses decreased. In 2012, there were 6,496 overdose emergency department (ED) visits and 1,031 overdose deaths, compared with 6,492 and 1,022 in 2011, respectively. Pharmaceutical opioids remained the primary cause of overdose deaths in the state. Benzodiazepines remained the primary drugs involved in Kentucky resident drug overdose ED visits and hospitalizations in 2012, but decreased 9 percent from a high of 939 visits in 2011 to 856 visits in 2012. Intent to self‐harm was the primary reason for hospitalizations due to overdose, similar to years 2000‐201. Casey, Carroll, Nicholas, Powell, and Johnson Counties had the highest overdose ED visits in the time period of 2008 to 2012.
While the contribution of prescription opioids and benzodiazepines to drug overdoses decreased from 2011 to 2012, there was a precipitous increase in heroin involvement in overdose deaths, inpatient hospitalizations, and ED visits over the same period. Heroin contributed to 129 Kentucky resident drug overdose deaths in 2012, a 207 percent increase from the 42 heroin-involved deaths recorded in 2011. There was also a 174 percent increase for inpatient hospitalizations and 197 percent increase for ED visits related to heroin.
The spike in drug abuse and overdoses involving heroin is not unique to Kentucky. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the number of heroin users increased by 80 percent from 2007 to 2012. Similarly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a 55 percent increase in heroin-related overdose deaths from 2000 to 2010. Many experts suspect a connection between increased heroin use and decreasing non-medical prescription opiate abuse.
Due to efforts like prescription drug monitoring programs, it has become increasingly difficult to obtain prescription drugs, while heroin has become cheaper and more accessible. In Kentucky, drug prescribers and dispensers are required to report to KASPER (Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting) and use the system to identify and reduce the number of patients who are "doctor shopping", or obtaining multiple prescriptions to support their drug addiction. Identification of such patients can also facilitate their referral to addiction treatment resources.
The KIPRC report also reveals that impact of overdose on Kentucky is increasingly costly. Analysis showed that total charges for drug overdose hospitalizations rose by 7 percent to $129.3 million in 2012, with Medicare being billed for $41.3 million and Medicaid being billed for $34.1 million. Kentucky resident drug overdose ED visit charges increased 5 percent to $15.3 million.
Terry Bunn, PhD, director of KIPRC, says that the report highlights the fundamental importance of comprehensive approaches to drug abuse and treatment in the state.
“A multipronged strategy to reduce drug overdoses in the Commonwealth of Kentucky involves the basic elements of the public health model that includes the comprehensive surveillance and tracking of drug overdoses, identification of risk factors that result in drug overdoses, development of interventions to prevent drug overdoses, and the widespread adoption of drug overdose prevention interventions," she said.
The high number of pharmaceutical opioid and heroin deaths in Kentucky illustrates the need for naloxone, an opiate antidote, to be available for administration by first responders and friends and family of substance abusers in order to reduce overdose deaths. Intranasal administration of naloxone during an opiate overdose has been credited with saving countless lives.
Bunn says that the report reflects the growing need for improved education of physicians on drug abuse and treatment, better law enforcement and adjudication, and significantly increased funding and volume for substance abuse and mental health treatment services across the state in order to decrease the extraordinary toll of drug abuse on individuals, families, and communities.
She also points to the need for the state to establish a comprehensive prescription/illegal drug of abuse surveillance system that includes medical examiner, toxicology, and treatment facility data.
"It’s great that we at KIPRC can provide info on three major datasets, but more are needed to obtain an even broader picture and clearer understanding of drug overdoses and abuse in Kentucky."
The KIPRC report is available at http://www.mc.uky.edu/kiprc/.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2014) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Today's show explores Afrofuturism, the topic of a course offered at UK. DeMaris Hill, assistant professor of creative writing and African American and Africana Studies, and student Nathan Moore are the guests.
To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/diving-afrofuturism.
"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2014) — With tired feet and full hearts, there's nothing more thrilling to the participants and student leaders of DanceBlue than seeing the fundraising total revealed in the final few minutes of UK's annual dance marathon. The reveal of the fundraising total is the culmination of a yearlong effort by DanceBlue — work that exemplifies the passion UK students have 'For The Kids.'
Started in 2006, DanceBlue raises money and awareness of pediatric cancer by supporting the Golden Matrix Fund. The Golden Matrix Fund was created to benefit the DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic patients and families. Childhood cancer not only affects the child physically, but it also creates many emotional and financial difficulties for the entire family. Children who have cancer make routine visits to the hospital and have to undergo countless tests and procedures regularly, all the while trying to fit in with their peers. Families affected by childhood cancer are faced with countless added stressors to their daily lives: paying medical bills, obtaining transportation to and from hospital visits, taking time off work to care for their children and the emotional effects on other siblings.
DanceBlue funds provide salary support for professionals who help patients and their families deal with all aspects of childhood cancer. DanceBlue directly funds two social workers who are dedicated to pediatric oncology social work and who connect families with various resources. Prior to DanceBlue there were no dedicated pediatric oncology social workers.
DanceBlue also helps fund the long-term follow-up care at UK that provides medical care for survivors of childhood cancer. DanceBlue provides salary support for neurocognitive testing of the patients, which helps diagnose therapy-related learning disorders, and helps the clinic communicate with schools for appropriate intervention. DanceBlue also helps provide clinical research associate support that allows the latest treatment plans offered by the National Cancer Institute Children's Oncology Group. DanceBlue supports laboratory research in pediatric oncology and in the Markey Cancer Center.
But raising money isn't all DanceBlue students do; they spend time with the patients and their families in the clinic, helping to cheer them up, keep them company and make their days a little brighter. DanceBlue student volunteers spend in excess of 30 hours per week volunteering in the clinic.
"Coming into the committee-side of DanceBlue, I was worried about volunteering at the clinic," Alex Wade, 2014 family relations chair, said. "I knew I liked playing with kids. I knew I wanted to serve this mission, and volunteering in the clinic weekly I see the kids at their very worst, and it puts you in a vulnerable position. But what's crazy is that going into the clinic —that ends up being the best part of my week. You ultimately end up being so uplifted because I've never heard them complain before.
They just want to play with you and love you. And they just want to play 'Break the Ice,' make some crafts and be normal. To be able to see that, to be able to see a picture of that and that positive attitude makes me want to do that, too. I just want to go play and love people and not complain about what I'm going through because it doesn’t even touch what they're going through. To be able to hear their story on top of that and how they're persevering through that — it's so uplifting."
DanceBlue is led by 138 committee members including an overall chair and nine committee chairs: family relations, corporate relations, operations, public relations, programming, mini marathons, dancer relations, technology and fundraising and has two UK staff advisors. These chairs and their committees work to make DanceBlue an awesome experience for everyone involved — dancers, patients and spectators.
"I came to Dance Blue to watch my freshman year," Wade said. "And I know that I'm not a dancer so it was really easy for me to say 'this is a great organization but it's not for me because I'm not a dancer and never have been,' but watching it for the first time, I think everyone has this moment where they know they have to be a part of it after they see it. You can't really describe it — the way that it makes you feel when you see 800 people are going towards the exact same mission, something so much bigger than themselves. Seeing that actually happen through the University of Kentucky and everyone being united in that throughout the whole year it makes you be involved no matter if you're a dancer or not."
This year 216 community, faculty, staff and student volunteers, in addition to the DanceBlue committee, will help make the marathon happen Feb. 22 and 23 at Memorial Coliseum on UK's campus. The marathon begins at 2 p.m. Saturday and ends 24 hours later at 2 p.m. Sunday.
"The last five hours are dedicated to the families, and there'll be a talent show where the kids of the clinic come up there and do a specific talent — they'll dance or sing," Wade said. "There will also be a memorial hour where we dedicate that to the kids that have passed away. We'll have different families that will speak about their time at the clinic and how exactly DanceBlue has impacted them on a personal level as well as how that fundraising effort is helping the clinic. DanceBlue has directly impacted these families not only through research but is changing their lives with the relationships formed and the support provided."
DanceBlue is a program housed in the Center for Community Outreach. The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long community service. For more information about the CCO, visitgetinvolved.uky.edu/cco. Connect with the CCO on Facebook here and on Twitter attwitter.com/ukcco.
Give to DanceBlue here and connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at www.facebook.com/danceblueand on Twitter at twitter.com/UKDanceBlue and on Tumblr at danceblue.tumblr.com. You can also follow DanceBlue on Instagram.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2014) — University of Kentucky Associate Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music George R. Boulden has been honored as the 2014 Outstanding Bandmaster by the Psi Chapter of Phi Betu Mu, an international bandmasters fraternity.
The distinction was announced during the 56th annual Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Professional Development Conference, held Feb. 5-8, in Louisville, Ky. The award presentation was made during the All-State Band performances, held at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts during the conference.
"I am honored and humbled to receive this honor," Boulden said. "Phi Beta Mu members serve as outstanding models of music education in Kentucky, as well as internationally."
In his role as associate director of bands at UK School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts, Boulden conducts the UK Symphony Band, supervises student teachers, and teaches a music technology course. He received his bachelor's of music degree in music education from UK and master's degree in music education from the University of South Carolina.
Before coming to UK, Boulden served as a high school band director in South Carolina and Florida, and was the recipient of the American School Band Directors Association-Stanbury Award as the outstanding young band director in Florida and the Southeastern region of the United States. In 2011, Boulden was selected as the KMEA College/University Teacher of the Year.
Outside of his work at UK, Boulden maintains an active schedule having appeared as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the U.S., Canada, and Japan. He has presented lectures and clinics at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Music Educators National Conference National Convention, National Band Association National Conventions, College Band Directors National Association National Conventions, Music for All/Bands of America Summer Symposia, Drum Corps Japan, and several MENC State Association Conferences. Currently, Boulden serves as the editor of the Bluegrass Music News, the official journal of KMEA.
Phi Beta Mu, an international bandmasters fraternity, is a nonpolitical, nonprofit fraternity organized to promote fellowship among its members, encourage the building of better bands and the development of better musicians throughout the world, foster a deeper appreciation for quality wind literature and encourage widespread interest in band performance. The organization’s Psi chapter covers the state of Kentucky. For more information on Phi Beta Mu, visit www.phibetamu.org.
To learn more about Boulden and the UK Bands program, visit www.ukbands.org.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2014) — The axolotl may look like a creature from a science fiction movie, but researchers at the University of Kentucky say these strange little salamanders have a lot to teach us.
On Monday, Feb. 24, the university will host a daylong symposium, titled "How Mexican Axolotls Promote Science, Conservation, and Creativity," sponsored by the UK College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, and Department of Hispanic Studies.
The axolotl (rhymes with "tax a bottle") is unusual in that it does not undergo a metamorphosis between its juvenile form and adulthood, as do most salamanders, a trait known as paedomorphism, the retention of juvenile traits by adults.
"Axolotls are the most famous paedomorphic salamander," said UK biology Professor S. Randal Voss, who has spent much of his career working to identify the genes that make axolotls maintain their youthful appearance. "They appear to never grow up."
Axolotls, among certain other species, also have the ability to regrow functional limbs in response to trauma. Salamanders in general are of interest to researchers in several areas of biomedical science, including tissue regeneration, neural transmission, vision, olfaction, and aging.
Monday's symposium will bring together scholars from a variety of different backgrounds to discuss not just the axolotl's importance to medicine, but also its significance in Mexican literature and culture, and its status as a "flag species" to restore Mexico's most important and managed wetlands.
"The symposium has something for everyone," Voss said. "For historians, it chronicles the history of salamanders in science. For literary types, it shows how the axolotl has inspired famous poems and stories. For scientists, it presents the most up-to-date information about axolotl research and ongoing conservation efforts in Mexico. It really is a great opportunity to see how University of Kentucky's great collection of young scientists work with the axolotl in their research."
The symposium, which is free and open to the public, runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the auditorium of UK's William T. Young Library. For more information, including a complete schedule of presentations, please visit http://bio.as.uky.edu/how-mexican-axolotls-promote-science-conservation-and-creativity.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2014) ― Stuart Horodner has been selected as the next director of the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky.
Horodner is artistic director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. He has held positions as visual arts curator at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, Ore.; director of the Bucknell University Art Gallery, Lewisburg, Pa., and was co-owner of the Horodner Romley Gallery, New York. He has taught classes at Bucknell University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University and the University of Victoria, in British Columbia.
Horodner founded and co-directed the Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, an intimate art fair in Portland, Ore., and has organized and participated in symposia and educational initiatives at The Armory Show, College Art Association, Concordia University, Kansas City Art Institute, New York University, Rhode Island School of Art and Design, UK, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, among others. He has served on a number of review panels and nominating juries and as advisor to organizations including Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, Creative Capital, Hallie Ford Family Foundation and The MacDowell Colony.
His writing has appeared in periodicals including Art Issues, Art Lies, Art on Paper, Bomb, Dazed & Confused, Sculpture and Surface. Horodner's book, "The Art Life: On Creativity and Career," was published in 2012, and addresses the philosophical and practical issues that affect art-making and the marketplace.
Horodner received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union, New York, N.Y., and his Master of Fine Arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.
"I am delighted that Stuart has been chosen as the new director of the art museum," said Dean Michael Tick, of the UK College of Fine Arts. "I know he is the right person at the right time for the right museum. The growth at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, both artistically and in community-driven projects, assures me that the museum has an exciting and bright future. I also know how personable Stuart is. I am confident that the Lexington community will embrace this talented art administrator and curatorial thinker. I am looking forward to working with him to help move the museum forward."
Horodner will begin his tenure July 9, 2014. He succeeds Kathy Walsh-Piper, who retired in August 2013 after more than a decade of service to the university. Amy Nelson Young, director of grants and community assets for the museum, has served as interim director.
"During the past 20 years, I have held a range of commercial, academic, curatorial, and critical positions," Horodner said. "They have each allowed me to empower artists and audiences, and experiment with forms of display and interactivity. The museum director position at the University of Kentucky is an exciting opportunity for me to oversee exhibition strategies and collection-building, and work with various staff and stakeholders to deliver ambitious educational programs and collaborative endeavors. I’m excited about the museum’s role on the campus, in the Lexington community, and beyond."
Tick and Mary John O’Hair, dean of the UK College of Education, co-chaired the search committee for the museum director. In addition to meeting with the committee, the finalists for the position addressed the community during public forums.
The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for the people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2014) — Kathi Kern, director of the University of Kentucky Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), will engage with the UK community next Thursday, as the third speaker in the "see tomorrow Speaker Series."
Kathi Kern, an associate professor in the UK Department of History, is an innovator in her own classrooms and brings energy and enthusiasm to the teaching enterprise at UK. She will speak at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the William T. Young Library Auditorium.
Her speech, which will focus on pedagogy and use of technology in the classroom, is titled,
“From the Ground Up: Faculty Innovation and the Future of Teaching and Learning at the University of Kentucky.”
Kern has won UK's Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching (1995), the Alumni Great Teacher Award (2003) and the College of Education's "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Award (2001, 2004). She has authored several successful grants funded through the Teaching American History Grant program of the U.S. Department of Education with awards totaling nearly $4 million. Kern also served as the Stanley Kelley Jr. Visiting Associate Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University, 2009-2010.
Her presentation follows two other nationally recognized speakers who engaged with the campus earlier this semester. UK professor of educational policy studies John Thelin, whose book "A History of Higher Education in America" is considered a seminal work in examining the development of American higher education, spoke about "Higher Education’s New Deal in the 21st Century." David Attis, a practice manager with the Education Advisory Board, spoke to the UK community about both research and major trends in American higher education.
Speakers will discuss different aspects of the strategic plan each month. It's a process that Provost Christine Riordan says she wants to continue even after the adoption of the Strategic Plan in June.
"President Capilouto and I strongly believe that "see tomorrow: The University of Kentucky Strategic Plan" cannot be a document that simply sits on a shelf. It must inform what we value as an institution, how we bring those values to life and how we fund those aspirations," Riordan said. "An ongoing speaker series provides an avenue to continually remind us all that the strategic plan is never complete. It is an ongoing process of continuous improvement and aspiring to do more on behalf of the Commonwealth we serve."
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2014) -- A recent study suggests that self-reported memory complaints might predict clinical memory impairment later in life.
Erin Abner, an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, asked 3,701 men aged 60 and higher a simple question: "Have you noticed any change in your memory since you last came in?"
That question led to some interesting results. "It seems that subjective memory complaint can be predictive of clinical memory impairment," Abner said. "Other epidemiologists have seen similar results, which is encouraging, since it means we might really be on to something."
The results are meaningful because it might help identify people who are at risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease sooner. "If the memory and thinking lapses people notice themselves could be early markers of risk for Alzheimer’s disease, we might eventually be able to intervene earlier in the aging process to postpone and/or reduce the effects of cognitive memory impairment."
Abner, who is also a member of the faculty in the UK Department of Epidemiology, took pains to emphasize that her work shouldn’t necessarily worry everyone who’s ever forgotten where they left their keys.
"I don't want to alarm people," she said. "It’s important to distinguish between normal memory lapses and significant memory problems, which usually change over time and affect multiple aspects of daily life."
Established in 1979, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky is nationally recognized for its research, education and outreach, and clinical programs on healthy brain aging and neurodegenerative disorders. In 1985, the SBCoA was named as an Alzheimer’s Disease Center, one of the original ten centers funded by the National Institute on Aging.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2014) ― The University of Kentucky Police Department’s Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness (CMP) will conduct a test of the UK Alert system at noon today. UK Alert is an emergency notification system designed for use only when an incident disrupts normal campus operations or threatens the immediate health and safety of the campus community.
The test will include four components of UK Alert:
1. A test notification will be sent to all registered devices, including email, text messages, voice calls, Twitter, and Facebook.
2. Each Emergency Notification Tower (Outdoor Blue Emergency Phone) will flash, broadcast a series of tones, followed by a recorded message, and end with short tones.
3. Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) desktop phones on Main Campus, and a select few VoIP phones off-campus, will relay emergency tones, display a TEST notification on the phone’s screen, and end with tones. (UK HealthCare will not be included in this portion of the test.)
4. Approximately 130 desktop monitors will flash with a test message.
Go to the UK Alert website at http://www.uky.edu/EM/UKAlert/index.html to listen to the indoor and outdoor alert notifications and read an explanation for each.
All UK students, staff and faculty are registered in UK Alert with their official university email address. CMP encourages all of the University of Kentucky community to provide at least one other form of notification, i.e., a cell phone number to receive voice calls and/or text messages.
Students and faculty and staff members can update contact information via the myUK portal. Students can log into myUK and choose the "Student Services" tab where the UK Alert link can be found. Employees should log into myUK, choose the "Employee Self-Service" tab followed by the "UK Accounts & Services" link where the UK Alert link can be found under "UK Services." The myUK portal works optimally with Internet Explorer 9 (or lower) for PCs and Firefox for Apple products. Please report any issues to email@example.com.
Parents, media, visitors, and other interested parties may register for UK Alert on a voluntary self-subscription basis at https://www.getrave.com/login/uky.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's Martin School of Public Policy and Administration is hosting the south region Policy Solutions Challenge USA case competition tomorrow and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22, and in doing so, is in some very good company. Competing in Lexington against students from the Martin School will be the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas and Florida International University.
Other regional sites for the competition are the University of Southern California's Sol Price School of Public Policy, which is hosting teams of students from the University of Utah and the University of Washington; and, the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs, which will go up against students from American University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
At each regional site the three teams, comprised of three to five students each, will vie for the right to advance to the national finals. The first-place teams from each regional will move on to the nationals in Washington, D.C. March 21 and 22.
Students from each school will prepare a 10-page memo and give a 15-minute presentation of recommendations to a distinguished panel of judges regarding this year’s topic: Improving Employment and Earnings Outcomes for Younger Workers.
'We are looking forward to hosting student competitors from other top schools at the regionals," said Professor Merl Hackbart, interim director of the Martin School. "Our students are very excited about going up against formidable challengers and have been working hard to prepare themselves to make a strong bid to reach the nationals."
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2014) — For the past nine years, DanceBlue has grown to be a cause that is dear to many students, faculty, staff, alumni and citizens of the Commonwealth. Many are aware that DanceBlue is our 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund, however few know the story behind the joys and struggles that have gone into making DanceBlue what it is today.
It all started with Jarrett.
Jarrett Mynear, born April 16, 1989, is remembered as smart, quick witted and enthusiastic. Able to make friends wherever he went, Jarrett truly was a joy to all. The only thing that set him apart was his diagnosis of Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, at the age of 2. By the time he was 13, he was diagnosed with various forms of cancer six times.
Despite these obstacles, Jarrett took his condition and made it an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those around him. He became a humanitarian, a phenomenal public speaker and a local celebrity. He made appearances on the "Rosie O’Donnell Show"; walked President Clinton’s dog; started his own philanthropic organization, Jarrett’s Joy Cart; and witnessed the creation of his biography, "The Joy Cart" by Marvin Bartlett. Jarrett Mynear is remembered by his fighting spirit, and his determination to look past his life-threatening condition in order to help others.
Upon Jarrett’s passing in October 2002, his parents, Jennifer and Doug Mynear, sought to set up a memorial fund in his memory. During the last week of his life, Jarrett created a list of requests, which included raising funds for improvements and upgrades to the Pediatric Oncology Outpatient Clinic. Jennifer had Jarrett’s story, her knowledge of patient and family needs within the clinic, and the passion to fund this effort; however she sought out the help of Susannah Denomme, who works in UK's development office, for assistance due to her fundraising and professional skill set.
“We hit it off immediately, and the effort was a huge success," Jennifer Mynear said. "We raised more than $448,000 for the Jarrett Mynear Memorial Fund for the clinic.”
Throughout the process, Denomme had been sharing with her daughter and Penn State University student, Caroline, about Jennifer Mynear’s efforts and determination. Caroline at the time had just gotten involved with a campuswide organization called THON, which benefited the Pediatric Oncology Program at Hershey Medical Center, and is still the most successful student-led fundraiser in the world. After hearing of this, Jennifer Mynear was asked to meet Denomme for coffee, where she was shown a promotional video for Penn State’s THON. Mynear and Denomme immediately felt it was a perfect fit for the University of Kentucky.
"We felt that the student body at UK, our alma mater, could benefit from a student-led activity to bring the campus together for something more than sports or a party," Mynear said, "and this event could be a diversified effort for something reaching beyond the boundaries of campus.”
The ball began to roll; Mynear and Denomme contacted Rhonda Strouse of the Office of Student Involvement for input and support. Meetings were then held with the Student Activities Board, Student Government Board, Panehellenic Council, as well as open meetings in the Student Center.
Denomme's tech-savvy husband, Mark, was able to put a “UK spin” on the THON video and, using that as a visual tool, they were able to speak about Jarrett, his Joy Cart and his message of “service above self.” They also spoke about what was raised so far for pediatric oncology and the future needs to care for the growing number of Kentucky children being diagnosed with cancer, as well as the logistics and the support that Penn State had offered.
Many students came forward in order to help, whether having known Jarrett personally, having seen his story through media outlets or simply wanting to do something meaningful beyond themselves.
“I still marvel how students came out for meetings, paid rapt attention and believed, as we did, that they would and could begin a new tradition, a new truly campuswide effort to make a tangible difference in the lives of children in our state," Jennifer Mynear said. "While (Denomme) and I introduced the idea for the first marathon, and initially helped get the doors opened in the community, it was the stellar students who led the way that made it happen. DanceBlue is, was and always will be student led, and that’s why it works.”
In it’s first year, DanceBlue was able to raise $123,323.16 for the Golden Matrix Fund and the Markey Cancer Center, breaking all fundraising records for a first-year dance marathon event.
“In the future, I see cancer research conducted right here at UK, funded by DanceBlue dollars, to help improve treatment options and increase successful outcomes, not only Kentucky's children, but children world-wide," Mynear said. "Wouldn't that be a legacy for the students!"
"I'm always so humbled and grateful for the first DanceBlue leadership team, led by the amazing Emily Pfeifer, who trusted Denomme and I unconditionally, and had the vision, leadership skills and fearlessness to build a solid foundation for something that will remain a part of UK," Mynear said. "Thank you to all of the students, faculty and staff who have given so much in so many ways – FTK! Lastly, and surely not least, thank you to my Jarrett, for leaving a legacy of love for others, service above self and turning tears into joy.”
“…There is good that comes out of this, [and there is a] reason for everything that happens in life.”
— Jarrett Mynear
DanceBlue is the University of Kentucky’s 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic. Now in its ninth year, DanceBlue has raised more than $5.1 million for cancer research and DanceBlue Clinic patients and families. DanceBlue 2014 will take place this weekend — Feb. 22 and 23 — at Memorial Coliseum on UK's campus. The marathon kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday and concludes at 2 p.m. Sunday.
DanceBlue is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach. The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long community service. For more information about the CCO, visit getinvolved.uky.edu/cco.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2014) -- The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) have recognized UK HealthCare for excellence in lactation care.
The Birthing Center at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant certification (IBCLC) and providing a lactation program that is available five to seven days a week for breastfeeding families. In addition, the facility demonstrated that is has provided recent breastfeeding training for medical staff that care for new families, and have recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
UK HealthCare participates in Best Fed Beginnings, a first-of-its-kind national effort to significantly improve breastfeeding rates in states where rates are currently the lowest.
Although breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive health measures for infants and mothers, half of US-born babies are given formula within the first week, and by nine months, only 31 percent of babies are breastfeeding at all. Best Fed Beginnings seeks to reverse these trends by dramatically increasing the number of U.S. hospitals implementing a proven model for maternity services that better supports a new mother’s choice to breastfeed.
In addition, UK Chandler Hospital is one of 89 hospitals participating in a learning collaborative, using proven quality improvement methods to transform their maternity care services in pursuit of “Baby-Friendly” designation. This designation verifies that a hospital has comprehensively implemented the American Academy of Pediatrics-endorsed Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, as established in the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
"This award for excellence in lactation care is another step to achieving our goal of receiving 'Baby-Friendly' designation as well as further evidence of our staff's commitment to supporting and assisting new mothers and their infants," said Dr. Rebecca Collins, newborn nursery director.
According to Liz Brooks, president of ILCA, “This recognition highlights the efforts being made by maternity facilities all across the world to help mothers get off to a good start with breastfeeding, and to support them in reaching their goals. IBCLC is the leading internationally recognized lactation certification in the world, and IBCLC certificants are highly skilled in helping mothers with the questions and concerns that can arise. They are also an important part of the overall maternal and child health team by assuring that evidence-based policies and practices are in place that help mothers succeed with breastfeeding.”
Rachelle Lessen, Chair of IBLCE, echoes those sentiments. “Facilities that receive the IBCLC Care Award are to be commended for improving maternal and child health by making breastfeeding a priority and for taking steps to improve breastfeeding support. An important part of providing excellent breastfeeding care is having expert assistance available when the breastfeeding couplet needs it. IBCLC professionals are the health care professionals best suited to provide this clinical help and often make the difference between success and failure for women achieving their breastfeeding goals.”
IBLCE certificants focus on preventive care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess the mother and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding. They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping mothers overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information, and continuing to support them as their baby grows. They assist mothers returning to work or school, help mothers in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding more than one baby or nursing a sick or premature infant, and help train nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2014) — The University of Kentucy College of Pharmacy and Markey Cancer Center announce the creation of the Center for Nanobiotechnology, which will be led by Peixuan Guo, UK’s William S. Farish Fund Endowed Chair in Nanobiotechnology.
Nanotechnology is the development and engineering of devices so small that they are measured on a nanometer scale. Nanoscale devices can work as parts of body organs, tissues, and drug carriers to interact with biomolecules on both the surface and inside cells. Because they have access to so many areas of the body, they have the potential to detect diseases and deliver treatments in newer and more effective ways.
The newly-established center will bring together biomedical experts working in nanobiotechnology in UK’s Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine. All faculty with research interests in nanobiotechnology, such as nanoscale biomaterials, nanobiomechanics, nanomedicine, nanodrug delivery, nanoimunology, nanophotonics, biomolecular imaging, micro- and nano-scale biosensors, biochips, and RNA nanotechnology, are invited to engage with the center.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2014) - Summer Davies thought her baby Kate's frequent falls meant the early walker was just a bit clumsy. Little did she know, Kate's recent growth spurt had left her core muscles too weak to support her movements.
Kate’s classroom teachers at the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass noticed the pattern of falls, and consulted a staff physical therapist, who quickly identified the root of the problem and introduced daily exercises to strengthen Kate's core. Within a matter of weeks, Kate was back on target in her physical development. Davies said she might never have detected her child's developmental hitch without the oversight of the staff at the childcare center on Alumni Drive.
"It might not have been caught," Davies said. "We certainly didn't realize it - they caught something that had totally escaped our attention, and we were very surprised."
With a small teacher-to-child ratio and a team of 10 physical, occupational and speech therapists on-staff, the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass provides early childhood education for children with special needs and typically developing children. In the integrative learning environment, typically developing children serve as peer models to those with developmental delays, who make up about one-third of the center's population.
Davies, a social worker for UK HealthCare, and her partner Sarah chose the center for three reasons: its proximity to their workplaces, its reputation for quality care and the comfort of knowing that Kate can receive intervention as part of her normal school day if needed. The Center's staff works closely with parents to provide ongoing assessments of each child's development.
A member of the Teacher Appreciation Committee and the Parent's Club, Davies also appreciates the Center's openness to parent involvement. Teachers send out weekly e-mail invitations for parents to participate in the classroom. Parents can also monitor classroom activities through the Center's online system Teaching Strategies Gold, which posts daily projects and teaching techniques in accordance with each child's level of comprehension.
The Child Development Center offers full-day childcare for children ages six weeks to pre-kindergarten. The Center has attained the highest levels of state and national accreditation levels with Kentucky STARS for KIDS NOW and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The facility includes 15 classrooms, three therapy gyms, three breakout rooms, a nursing room, a full kitchen and separate toddler and preschool playgrounds, as well as an observation room where parents can monitor their child's behavior from one of six computers.
UK employees are given priority for openings at the center, which accepts the UK employee HMO insurance plan for therapy services. The Center is a year-round program, and to establish continuity of care, children typically stay with the same teacher and peer group for a full year. For more information about the UK Child Development Center of the Bluegrass, visit www.cdcbg.org.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2014) — The North American Membrane Society (NAMS) recently elected University of Kentucky professor Dibakar Bhattacharyya as their new president starting in June 2015.
NAMS promotes further development and understanding of membranes and the membrane process. It is the only professional society in North America that promotes all aspects of membrane science and technology.
NAMS chose Bhattacharyya for this position because of his leadership in the field of membrane technology, where his group pioneered a membrane system to provide a green method for the remediation of ground water.
"Dr. Bhattacharyya being elected as president of NAMS is a remarkable testament to his outstanding record of productivity in membrane research," said Allan Butterfield, director of the Center of Membrane Sciences at UK. "He certainly deserves this honor and recognition, which is so good for the University of Kentucky and the UK Center of Membrane Sciences."
Bhattacharyya is currently an alumni professor of chemical engineering and serves as a co-founder of the UK Center for Membrane Sciences. Bhattacharyya has received numerous of awards for his research and educational accomplishments, including the 2004 Kirwan Prize for Outstanding Research.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2014) – How would you react if you’d just been told you have cancer?
“You freak out,” said 57-year-old Tony Stone, a current patient at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. “You don’t know what to do.”
Stone, who hails from Liberty, Ky., came to Markey last fall after getting diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer at a local hospital. The diagnosis came just six months after he retired from a long career – 36 years – as an iron worker.
The timing wasn’t just poor because it put an end to Stone’s well-deserved break – it also meant a serious blow to his finances. Stone had elected to forego health insurance upon retirement because he couldn’t continue to afford the $900/month payments without his job.
Faced with what seemed like insurmountable expenses and a terminal disease, Stone made the initial trip to Markey on a friend’s recommendation. Though he knew to expect top-of-the-line medicine and treatment from the cancer center, he hadn’t expected the other aspect of cancer care he would receive at Markey – the emotional and personal support from Markey’s Psych-Oncology Services team.
Located on the third floor of Markey’s Whitney-Hendrickson building, the Psych-Oncology team is devoted to providing much-needed assistance to Markey’s patients. Every day, financial counselor Michele Ratcliffe, clinical dietitian Rachel Miller, American Cancer Society patient navigator Melanie Wilson, oncology social workers Jenny Delap and Angie Pennington, and licensed clinical social worker Joan Scales meet with new and ongoing patients to assess their needs on a more personal and emotional level.
In general, research shows that hospital patients who receive counseling and support for psychosocial distress have reduced hospitalizations, length of stays, physician visits, emergency department visits, and prescriptions. Markey’s Psych-Oncology team was assembled specifically to deal with the non-medical “side effects” of cancer – while oncologists, radiation medicine specialists and surgeons can recommend and perform specific medical treatments, this team focuses on fixing the everyday stressors that may impede a patient’s ability to get the full benefits of their medical care.
“The question we focus on is ‘What are the tangible, basic needs that we can get for the patient?’” said Delap.
For many patients, those needs includes assistance with paying for medication, getting insurance, creating a living will or an advanced directive, help with transportation or lodging costs, or referrals to national programs that may offer further assistance.
In Stone’s case, it first meant help with his finances – Delap helped him apply for disability and insurance coverage to help pay for the 35 radiation sessions and three rounds of chemotherapy he endured.
Because of the location of his cancer and subsequent radiation – the head and neck area – Stone was unable to physically eat his food during and following treatment, and a feeding tube was placed in his stomach. And that’s where Miller came in. As Markey’s dietitian, her job is to ensure that patients are getting the nutrition they need to stay strong through their treatments.
During her visits with patients, Miller counsels patients on what specific foods they should eat, how often to eat, and how to make foods taste better during chemotherapy (which can affect the taste buds, making previously appetizing foods seem bland or have an undesirable taste). Or, for patients like Stone, how to use the feeding tube and what to put in it for optimal caloric intake.
“Staying nourished can become a chore during cancer treatment, especially for patients who have lost their appetites or don’t feel well enough to eat,” Miller said. “It’s a catch-22, because you need to be fully nourished at the same time that you feel the least like eating.”
Sometimes, a patient’s needs are even more basic. Wilson, who is Kentucky’s only American Cancer Society patient navigator, said the first thing she was able to do for Stone was get him a bandanna to cover his head as his hair began to fall out. She often fulfills similar cosmetic requests by procuring wigs and other head coverings, or by referring patients to the ACS's Look Good... Feel Better program, which is facilitated on site by a licensed cosmetologist and helps patients combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Additionally, she makes patient referrals to a variety of services that can assist with funding transportation or lodging during treatment.
Wilson has fulfilled some unique requests in her time at Markey – including making sure that an out-of-town patient’s dog was taken care of during a long stay at the cancer center – but she says that any little thing she can do to help ease the patient’s mind during their time at Markey is worth it.
“It may not seem like much, but it’s one less thing for them to worry about,” she said.
But perhaps the most important thing the Psych-Oncology team offers is the simplest of all – an ear to listen. Collectively, the team agrees that they provide an opportunity for patients to talk about their individual situations with no judgment, and to make requests or ask questions that they might feel uncomfortable asking of their physicians or nurses. Both Delap and Pennington note that they make an estimated 35-40 contacts per week – they regularly check in through in-person visits, texts, and phone calls to make sure the patients are continuing to get what they need on every level throughout the treatment process and beyond.
“We get to know certain patients really well,” Delap said. “We provide an outlet for them, an extra person to lean on during a hard time.”
It was that level of personal support that made all the difference for Stone, a self-described “tough guy” who found himself initially overwhelmed by his grim diagnosis.
“They’ve been there for me when I was scared out of my mind,” Stone said. “You just don’t find this kind of caring people out there in the world… it takes a special kind of person to do this.”
For more information on the services and programs provided by Markey’s Psych-Oncology team, please contact supervisor Joan Scales at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2014) -- Dr. Meriem Bensalem-Owen, associate professor of neurology, anatomy and neurobiology and director of UK HealthCare's Epilepsy Program, has been named a fellow of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS), a professional association dedicated to fostering excellence in clinical neurophysiology.
In addition to serving on the society's program committee, the Committee for Continuing Medical Education, and the Website/Social Media Committee, Dr. Bensalem-Owen will co-chair the Mentoring Program of the ACNS.
"This is a great honor for Dr. Bensalem- Owen as she is the first UK faculty member to be named a fellow of this prestigious society," said Dr. Michael Dobbs, associate chief medical officer for UK HealthCare and interim chair for the Department of Neurology. "She has represented herself, the University of Kentucky, and The Kentucky Neuroscience Institute well."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2014) -- More than 100 UK HealthCare physicians affiliated with University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital and UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital appear on the Best Doctors in America® List for 2014 -- more than any other hospital in Kentucky. Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review.
The Best Doctors in America® List, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup®, results from exhaustive polling of over 45,000 physicians in the United States. Doctors in over 40 specialties and 400 subspecialties of medicine appear on this year’s List.
In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?” Best Doctors, Inc. evaluates the review results, and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria.
In bringing together the best medical minds in the world, Best Doctors works with expert physicians from its Best Doctors in America® List to help its 30 million members worldwide get the right diagnosis and right treatment.
The experts who are part of the Best Doctors in America® database provide the most advanced medical expertise and knowledge to patients with serious conditions – often saving lives in the process by finding the right diagnosis and right treatment.
The 2014 Best Doctors in America® from UK HealthCare and their specialty are:
- Kenneth B. Ain, Endocrinology and Metabolism
- Paul Angulo, Hepatology
- Michael I. Anstead, Pediatric Specialist
- Lowell Anthony, Medical Oncology and Hematology
- Sanford M. Archer, Otolaryngology
- Susanne M. Arnold, Medical Oncology and Hematology
- Henrietta Salvilla Bada, Pediatric Specialist
- Hubert O. Ballard, Pediatric Specialist
- Terrence Barrett, Gastroenterology
- Robert J. Bauman, Pediatric Specialist
- Joseph R. Berger, Neurology
- Rolando Berger, Critical Care Medicine
- Louis Bezold, Pediatric Specialist
- Peter James Blackburn, Ophthalmology
- Christopher A. Boarman, Pediatrics
- David C. Booth, Cardiovascular Disease
- Edwin A. Bowe, Anesthesiology, Pediatric Specialist
- Raeford E. Brown Jr., Pediatric Specialist
- Franca Cambi, Neurology
- Charles L. Campbell, Cardiovascular Disease
- T. Shawn Caudill, Internal Medicine
- Christopher P. DeSimone, Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Philip A. DeSimone, Medical Oncology and Hematology
- David J. DiSantis, Radiology
- Dennis Doherty, Pulmonary Medicine
- John H. Eichhorn, Anesthesiology
- Eric D. Endean, Vascular Surgery
- Deborah R. Erickso, Urology
- B. Mark Evers, Surgery
- Donna G. Grigsby, Pediatrics
- John C. Gurley, Cardiovascular Disease
- Michael D. Hagen, Family Medicine
- Wendy Fetterman Hansen, Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Sidney A. Houff, Neurology
- Ardis Hoven, Infectious Disease
- Dianna S. Howard, Medical Oncology and Hematology
- Joseph A. Iocono, Pediatric Specialist
- Mary Lloyd Ireland, Orthopaedic Surgery
- Henry Iwinski, Pediatric Specialist
- Gregory A. Jicha, Neurology
- Darren Lee Johnson, Orthopaedic Surgery
- Raleigh O. Jones, Otolaryngology
- Jamshed F. Kanga, Pediatric Specialist
- Edward J. Kasarskis, Neurology
- Douglas G. Katz, Ophthalmology
- Paul A. Kearney, Surgery, Critical Care Medicine
- Sachin Kedar, Neurology
- Philip A. Kern, Endocrinology and Metabolism
- Mahesh R. Kudrim, Radiation Oncology
- Cheri D. Landers, Pediatric Specialist
- Philip B. Latham, Pediatrics
- Robert W. Lightfoot, Rheumatology
- Richard Lock, Anesthesiology
- Grace F. Maguire, Pediatrics
- Scott D. Mair, Orthopaedic Surgery
- Hartmut H. Malluche, Nephrology
- Hanna W. Mawad, Nephrology
- Ronald Charles McGarry, Radiation Oncology
- Patrick C. McGrath, Surgical Oncology
- Todd Milbrandt, Pediatric Specialist
- Douglas A. Milligan, Obstetrics and Gynecology
- David J. Minion, Vascular Surgery
- David J. Moliterno, Cardiovascular Disease
- Timothy W. Mullett, Thoracic Surgery
- Kevin R. Nelson, Neurology
- Nicholas J. Nickl III, Gastroenterology
- M. Elizabeth Oates, Nuclear Medicine
- John M. O'Brien Jr., Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Hatim A. Omar, Pediatric Specialist
- P. Andrew Pearson, Ophthalmology
- Luis R. Pena, Gastroenterology
- Luther C. Pettigrew Jr., Neurology
- Barbara A. Phillips, Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Critical Care Medicine
- Andrew R. Pulito, Pediatric Specialist
- Marcus E. Randall, Radiation Oncology
- L. Raymond Reynolds, Endocrinology and Metabolism
- John J. Rinehart, Medical Oncology and Hematology
- Kimberly Ringley, Pediatrics
- Edward H. Romond, Medical Oncology and Hematology
- Sheila P. Sanders, Ophthalmology
- B. Peter Sawaya, Nephrology
- Douglas J. Schneider, Pediatric Specialist
- Michael Sekela, Thoracic Surgery
- Lori Shook, Pediatric Specialist
- John Slevin, Neurology
- David A. Sloan, Surgical Oncology
- Charles D. Smith Jr., Neurology
- Vincent L. Sorrell, Cardiovascular Disease
- Carol Steltenkamp, Pediatrics
- Julia C. Stevens, Pediatric Specialist
- Dan L. Stewart, Pediatric Specialist
- Stephen Strup, Urology
- Lisa R. Tannock, Endocrinology and Metabolism
- Vishwas R. Talwalkar, Pediatric Specialist
- Alice C. Thornton, Infectious Disease
- Phillip A. Tibbs, Neurological Surgery
- Dale E. Toney, Internal Medicine
- Fred Rand Ueland, Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Joseph Valentino, Otolaryngology
- Craig Van Horne, Neurological Surgery
- Woodford S. Van Meter, Ophthalmology
- John R. van Nagell, Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Henry C. Vasconez, Pediatric Specialist, Plastic Surgery
- Lars M. Wagner, Pediatric Specialist
- Carmel Wallace, Pediatrics
- Thomas French Whayne Jr., Cardiovascular Disease
- Peter Wong, Pediatrics
- Michael H. Young, Infectious Disease
- Thomas L. Young, Pediatrics
- Khaled M. Ziada, Cardiovascular Disease
- Joseph B. Zwischenberger, Critical Care Medicine, Thoracic Surgery
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2014) – It’s been a hard winter on Kentucky’s trees. Though the state hasn’t suffered a catastrophic ice storm this year, there has been enough ice to cause significant damage to both woodland and urban trees in some areas.
“It was particularly onerous on some of the pines, particularly Eastern white pine,” said Jeff Stringer, referring to an icy storm that struck the Bluegrass a couple of weeks ago. Stringer is an extension professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
Though ice damage this year has not been serious enough in most cases to damage trees beyond repair and require removal, any tree damaged by ice or winds has a number of problems attached to it. An open wound can lead to disease or rot. And a common problem can pose a hazard for people and animals on the ground. Broken branches that are hung up high in the canopy are called widow makers, for good reason. Eventually wind or gravity can bring the limbs down with no warning.
Stringer recommended taking care of damaged trees as soon as possible, considering spring is drawing near.
“If you go ahead and prune off those branch stubs, you can set up a situation where they’ll start to heal,” he said. “That needs to be done fairly quickly though, because there can be some problems with doing this when you get up into mid-March or later.”
In a short time, the sap will begin to rise in trees, which can result in bark stripping off fairly easily as the tree is pruned.
“That situation stays with us pretty much from early- to mid-March until leaf-out. That’s a particularly bad time to be pruning trees,” he said.
If trees have lost major limbs and expose the main stem, he recommended removing the entire branch and cleaning up the bark around the wound.
“It can be bad enough that it can cause future rot in that tree. There’s not much you can do other than clean it up and allow that tree to heal over,” Stringer said.
UK Forestry Extension offers a website with information on storm damaged timber at http://www.kytimberdamage.net.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2014) — Valerie Perry, director of Branch Libraries, head of the Agricultural Information Center and head of the Science Library at University of Kentucky Libraries, has joined the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Board of Directors as past division cabinet chair, filling a spot left vacant by the recent passing of SLA’s Division Cabinet Chair Ann Koopman. Perry will be the first information professional from Kentucky to serve on the board.
"As the first SLA board member from Kentucky, I look forward to representing the university and Commonwealth while serving the members of the Special Libraries Association. It is an honor to serve in these roles," Perry said.
In her new position, Perry will help govern the association for the entirety of 2014, working with SLA’s division leaders and the current division cabinet chair, Tara Murray, to bolster division leaders’ efforts, liaise with the division leaders, and effectively integrate their initiatives within the overall association mission.
SLA is a nonprofit international organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves information professionals in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists. The association promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives.
Joining SLA in 1998 after accepting her first faculty position at UK, Perry soon became very involved with the Kentucky Chapter of SLA as well as the Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition (FAN) Division of SLA. She initially served as secretary for both units, and expanded her involvement by becoming treasurer of the Science-Technology Division of SLA in 2004, as well as the business manager for SLA's Sci-Tech News. She took this opportunity to learn as much as possible from the outgoing treasurer, Koopman, and these roles allowed her to feel more comfortable about the financial and governance side of SLA involvement.
"Ann Koopman was an important mentor and SLA colleague beginning when we served on the Science-Technology Board together," Perry said. "Her enthusiasm for serving SLA and its members inspires me to do the same in this new leadership role."
Perry went on to thrive in other major roles as well, including chair of the FAN Division in 2009, and the divisions conference program planner in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, she served as president of SLA’s Kentucky Chapter, helping to increase the chapter’s joint-conference attendance and sponsorship revenues. The role also allowed her invaluable experience and skills in vendor-partner relations.
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