LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2014) — Pink Martini, an ensemble known for their mastery of many musical genres, will return to the Bluegrass with The Von Trapps to perform with University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of John Nardolillo. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
Pink Martini, or the "little orchestra," is a 12-member ensemble that brings lounge, swing, world, classical, jazz, samba and more together to create an original and beautiful sound for audiences around the world. All 12 members of the group come from multicultural families and study different languages and styles of music from across the world.
Tickets for the Pink Martini concert featuring The Von Trapps and the UK Symphony Orchestra are all based on seating location and range from $35 to $55 plus fees. The tickets can be purchased via phone at the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at www.SCFATickets.com, or in person at the ticket office.
A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2014) — How would you mail a single potato chip without it breaking? Protect an egg from a three-story drop? Build a tower out of spaghetti and gumdrops?
These aren't the kinds of challenges you run into every day. But each taps into creative problem-solving, a critical skill for engineers. And all of those are actual projects you can see for yourself at the annual University of Kentucky Engineers Day Open House, also known as E-Day.
Hosted by the UK College of Engineering, the popular event features contests, displays and demonstrations for elementary, middle and high school students along with their families. Some 15 different student groups at the College of Engineering organize and oversee the various events.
E-day is a celebration of everything engineering has to offer. From building bridges to discovering new medications to writing the software that powers our cell phones, engineers and computer scientists do the things that make our 21st-century world work.
This year's open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Engineering Complex at UK. The event will also be held at UK's Engineering Campus at Western Kentucky Community and Technical College's Crounse Hall in Paducah from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CST). Online registration (one registration per family recommended) is available, along with a full schedule of events, maps, and other useful information, at http://www.engr.uky.edu/eday.
E-day comes at the end of Engineers Week, an annual event sponsored by a coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies dedicated to promoting math and science literacy and ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.
E-Day is a “come and go” type event. Most activities do not a have start time, although a few contests (Volcano and Egg Drop, for example) do have a specified time for judging. Organizers say most people will find it challenging to make it to every exhibit and contest, so they advise attendees, especially first-timers, to get there early, in order to get the lay of the land and plan out their day.
For high school students interested in attending the UK College of Engineering, student recruiters will be on hand in Room 323 of the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems (CRMS) building. A Q&A session will take place from 9-10:30 a.m., followed by a tour of the Engineering residence hall at 10:45.
For more information, visit http://www.engr.uky.edu/eday, or contact Chelsea Hansing at 859-257-5823 or e-mail email@example.com. For parking directions, visit http://www.uky.edu/Admission/content/directions-uk-visitor-center.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2014) — In the interest of safety, University of Kentucky Police Department has issued a Crime Bulletin for the UK community.
Officials at the University of Kentucky have recently been made aware of a robbery that took place off campus. On Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, UK Police Department was informed that the following crime, which occurred near UK property in downtown Lexington, is being investigated by the Lexington Division of Police:
At approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, a robbery was reported to have occurred near the intersection of South Martin Luther King Boulevard. and East High Street. The male victim was walking from the intersection of South Broadway and East Maxwell when the suspect approached the victim near Martin Luther King Boulevard and High Street, where he was reportedly robbed of personal property and struck in the face causing serious injuries. The suspect asked for cash from the victim before the incident took place. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’11” tall, with a full brown beard. He was wearing a dark knit cap and a brown Carhartt-type coat with a hood and was described to be 30 to 40 years of age. The suspect’s direction of travel following the reported crime was unknown.
University of Kentucky Police Department has issued this Crime Bulletin for the UK Community in compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact UK Police at 859 257-8573 or Lexington Division of Police at 859-358-3600.
The University of Kentucky values a safe community for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors. In the interest of promoting a safe and secure campus environment, UK Police offer the following safety precautions:
- If you see something, say something. For emergencies, call 911.
- Carry a cell phone to be able to call for help in emergencies.
- Do not travel alone after dark; walk with a friend or with a group.
- Whenever possible, look out for your friends when you go out together; walk together and make sure that everyone gets home safely.
- Request a FREE SAFECATS student safety escort or coordinate after-hours on-demand bus service during the fall and spring semesters by calling 859-257-SAFE(7233).
- Park in well-lit areas when possible.
- Turn over any requested items (purse, wallet, etc.).
- Make statements with authority – “BACK-OFF! STOP! NO-WAY!” You deserve to be respected.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) formally opened the Pioneer Natural Resources Stratigraphy and Paleo-environments Laboratory at a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, Feb. 14.
The laboratory is situated on the completely renovated ground floor of the Slone Building. The project was undertaken with $900,000 in support from Pioneer Natural Resources, a large, independent oil and natural gas company based in Irving, Texas. The company provided an initial grant of $600,000 and an additional $300,000 in operating funds.
Additional support for the project came from the UK College of Arts and Sciences, UK Facilities Management, and the Herman Lee and Nell Stuart Donovan Endowment. Lexmark International donated casework for the lab.
David Moecher, professor and EES chair, presided over the ceremony and introduced Michael McGlue, who has been named Pioneer Natural Resources Professor in Stratigraphy."Professor Mike McGlue and other faculty in EES, in collaboration with Pioneer staff scientists, are developing research projects that will continue our close connection with Pioneer into the near future, helping support the research and training of graduate and undergraduate students in geology at UK," Moecher said.
McGlue said the gift from Pioneer would be a transformative resource for the EES department in general and the Petroleum Geosystems emphasis area in particular.
“The gift has supported a complete overhaul of space on the first floor of Slone Research Building into a world-class research facility for the analysis of fine-grained sedimentary systems," he said. "The gift demonstrates the commitment our alumni have to the department and UK, and we are so thankful for their support and generosity.“
The Petroleum Geosystems emphasis area, spearheaded by McGlue and EES Professor Derek Sawyer, is designed to develop new energy-themed coursework and research at UK. Faculty affiliates and laboratory facilities in EES, the Kentucky Geological Survey, and the Center for Applied Energy Research collectively offer state-of-the-art resources and decades of regional geology expertise.
"We ultimately aim to establish UK as a target recruiting school in the region and at national levels," McGlue said.
Representing Pioneer Natural Resources at the ceremony were its Executive Vice President for Business Development and Geoscience Chris Cheatwood, and Kit Clemons, a UK geology alumnus who attended on behalf of the eight other UK geology alumni currently at Pioneer. UK College of Arts and Sciences Dean Mark Kornbluh was present at the ceremony, as were Bob Wiseman, UK vice-president of facilities, and William Varble, of Lexmark International.
Another UK Geology alumnus, Pioneer Vice President for Geoscience Tom Spalding, was instrumental in arranging the gift from Pioneer. Although he was unable to attend, Spalding sent a statement expressing his gratitude to Cheatwood and the rest of Pioneer's management committee, to Moecher and Kornbluh, and to the university as a whole.
Spalding offered this advice to current and future graduates of his college: "Participate in the culture of honor being developed at UK EES. Remember those people and institutions who helped you along the way, and give back."
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2014) — Former governor of Utah, 2012 presidential candidate and former U.S. Ambassador to China and Singapore Gov. Jon Huntsman will visit the University of Kentucky this week.
His talk, “China: Opportunities and Challenges,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in UK’s Memorial Hall. While tickets are required for entry, the event is free and open to the public.
Huntsman will discuss his years of experience working closely with American business owners to facilitate commerce in the growing Asian market, and outline ways to bring jobs and capital back to America, engage China from a position of strength and level the economic playing field in order to protect the U.S. economy.
"The foreign policy pivot by the Obama Administration toward Asia underscores the vital importance of this region to the U.S. and the need for all Americans to better understand it,” said Ambassador (ret.) Carey Cavanaugh, director of UK’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. “With growing tensions between China and Japan, essential cooperation of North Korea, and a massive trade relationship that firmly binds us together, Huntsman’s visit could not be more timely.”
Huntsman began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has since served four U.S. presidents in critical roles around the world, including ambassador to Singapore, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia, U.S. trade ambassador and most recently U.S. ambassador to China.
Twice elected as Utah's governor, Huntsman brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the states rainy day fund and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. During his tenure, Utah was named the best managed state in America and best state in which to do business.
Recognized by others for his service, Huntsman was elected as chairman of the Western Governors Association, serving 19 states throughout the region.
Huntsman ran as a candidate for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination. He now serves as co-chair, along with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), of No Labels, a growing citizens’ movement of Democrats, Republicans and everything in between dedicated to promoting a new politics of problem solving.
He also serves on the board of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, as a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institute, a trustee of the Reagan Presidential Foundation, and as chairman of The Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
UK Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature and Culture Liang Luo hopes students will be inspired by Governor Huntsman's extensive experience learning Mandarin Chinese and living in a wide-range of Chinese-speaking Asian regions, including Taiwan, Singapore and Mainland China.
“With the U.S. and China being the top two economies of the world, I hope our students will realize how knowledge of Chinese language and culture will be vital in creating and maintaining a mutually beneficial relationship between the two countries, and how they can lead the effort by majoring or minoring in Chinese studies at UK, and taking part in our summer intensive language program in Shanghai,” Luo said.
Tickets are available at the Student Involvement Ticket Center (Room 253 in the UK Student Center) or on Ticketmaster.com (a processing fee is charged if using Ticketmaster). Any remaining tickets will also be available at Memorial Hall the night of the event.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2014) — Keeping with UK tradition, an undergraduate student will be selected to speak at each of two undergraduate Commencement ceremonies, which will take place at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in Rupp Arena.
Students interested in speaking must submit their applications by 4 p.m. Friday, March 3.
A Commencement Speaker Selection Committee will determine which students will have the honor of addressing their fellow graduates. Applications are available online at www.uky.edu/Commencement/speakers.html.
To be considered, applicants must be receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky at the May 10 Commencement Ceremony. Additionally, the applicants must have contributed to UK through campus or community activities and through their fields of study. Applicants must also demonstrate strong public speaking skills.
Undergraduate students who wish to apply must submit a resume, information sheet and a copy of their proposed speech no longer than three typed, double-spaced pages. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the selection committee.
The committee may contact any applicant for a 15minute interview and speech demonstration for the following week.
All graduates should register for Commencement at www.uky.edu/Commencement.
For information regarding caps and gowns, parking and travel, college receptions or other questions, visit the Commencement website. Regalia will be available for purchase beginning Feb. 25, at the Grad Salute, hosted by the UK Alumni Association.
The 2013 December Commencement ceremony is available to watch on YouTube. The student address begins at 0:59:45.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2014) — University of Kentucky Department of Theatre will continue its 2014 season, "A Season to Wake the Dead," with "Eurydice." Described by the New York Times as a "weird and wonderful new play — an inexpressibly moving theatrical fable about love, loss and the pleasures and pains of memory," "Eurydice" will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20-22, 27-28 and March 1, and 2 p.m., March 2, in UK's Guignol Theatre.
"Eurydice" is a modern interpretation of the myth of Orpheus. The story follows Eurydice as she travels to the underworld on her wedding day to meet her father, where she must decide whether to create a future with her husband or live in Hades with the memories of her father.
Tickets for the play are $10 for students and $15 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at UK’s Singletary Center Ticket Office, by calling 859-257-4929 or by visiting scfatickets.com.
The UK Department of Theatre at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from a renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2014) — Perhaps you are a woman with a great business idea but you are not sure how to get the rest of the world to take notice. Or, maybe you are looking to create and build your personality into an identifiable brand.
An exciting event, 'Finding Your Voice,' will examine these topics and many other aspects of business Friday, Feb. 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the William T. Young Library Auditorium on the University of Kentucky campus. Admission is free and all members of the university community are invited to attend.
Sponsored by UK's Von Allmen School of Accountancy, the Graham Office of Career Management, the Gatton College of Business and Economics, and the Gatton College's Women Business Leaders program, Finding Your Voice will bring renowned business communications expert Kimberly Pace to UK. A faculty member in Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, Pace also serves as president and CEO of EXECUTIVE Aura which coaches executives to develop memorable and effective personal brands.
"I asked Professor Pace to be with us for this inaugural event because of her expertise in personal branding," said Nicole Jenkins, associate professor of accountancy in the Von Allmen School at UK. "She will provide participants with a framework through which they can join their skill set and their goals into a cohesive package that communicates who they are and the value they bring to an organization."
When she was growing up, Jenkins, who earned her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa and formerly taught at Vanderbilt, worked in the family business owned by her parents.
"When I was in high school I became responsible for preparing the documents that the company's auditors needed for the annual audit," Jenkins said. "This experience along with taking an accounting class in high school helped me to choose a double major in accounting and finance as an undergraduate."
Jenkins spent seven years in public accounting at Price Waterhouse before entering the doctoral program in accounting at the University of Iowa.
Professor Pace is incorporating other women in leadership into her presentation. Confirmed leaders include Jeri Isbell, vice president of human resources at Lexmark International; Shalon Pillow, assistant UK women's basketball coach; and, several women student leaders from the Gatton College.
"This event was put together with women in mind," Jenkins said. "However, it is open to anyone here at the university. The skills taught through Finding Your Voice are not unique to women."
Gatton College Dean David W. Blackwell is thrilled about the college hosting Finding Your Voice.
"We are pleased to help make this unique and very useful training accessible to students, faculty, and staff here at UK. We especially want to ensure that all of our students accurately assess their skills, match them with their goals and devise a workable plan to achieve their desired outcome," said Blackwell.
Advance registration is suggested for this free event. Please go to http://gatton.uky.edu/yourvoice/.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's Center for Community Outreach's program UK FUSION, For Unity and Service In Our Neighborhoods, is currently accepting applications for site leaders.
This role is all about sharing your passion of serving the community and motivating others to do so as well. Committing to serve as a site leader exemplifies being a servant leader throughout the year, not just a single day. This position is a way for students to serve campus and community and to develop leadership skills.
FUSION site leadership involves high interaction with volunteers. If you are passionate about service, enjoy interacting with new people both from UK’s campus and in the community and are ready to lead other volunteers in this positive experience, UK FUSION wants you.
To apply for this position, please download the application form.
Applications for site leader positions are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, to the Center for Student Involvement front desk, 106 Student Center.
UK FUSION is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach (CCO). 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. Connect with the CCO on Facebook at facebook.com/UKCCO and on Twitter at twitter.com/ukcco.
If you have any questions throughout this process please contact Laura Ross, director of FUSION 2014, by email at email@example.com or by phone at 859-257-9385.
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LEXINGTON, Ky (Feb. 17, 2014) — Genocide Awareness Week at the University of Kentucky will begin with Derreck Kayongo, a refugee of the Ugandan civil war. Kayongo will share his experiences as a refugee and how he turned his struggles into an opportunity. He will point out how small contributions can save thousand of lives. Kayongo will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, in the Student Center's Center Theater. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Student Activities Board's Multicultural Affairs Committee.
After many years of witnessing devastation in his homeland, Kayongo is now a philanthropist and the founder of the Global Soap Project. Used hotel soaps are collected, cleansed, reprocessed and shipped to nations like Haiti, Uganda, Kenya and Swaziland. The idea began in the early 1990s after Kayongo first arrived in the U.S. and stayed at a hotel in Philadelphia that replenished the bars of soap daily. The project focuses on improving living conditions for people in impoverished countries.
"Derreck Kayongo is a true testament of how you can survive a horrible experience, and then take it and try to make a positive opportunity with it,” said Teran Sundy, director of the Multicultural Affairs Committee. “SAB's Multicultural Affairs Committee is happy to bring someone like Kayongo who has a vibrant story to tell. This event is sure to raise awareness and spark some initiative into our fellow students.”
Continuing Genocide Awareness Week, SAB will screen "No Fire Zone" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Memorial Hall. This film provides inside information on the lives of refugees who have survived genocide and their struggle to rebuild. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with Mark Whitaker, professor of anthropology at UK.
SAB, CATalyst and the Martin Luther King Center will also host an event that allows students to experience the everyday struggles of refugees from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the MLK Center. Students will live the life of a refugee without basic sanitation, such as no soap and water. They will have the opportunity to facilitate stimulating conversation on the issue.
The Student Activities Board brings more than 100 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that reflect on contemporary issues to the University of Kentucky campus each year. The programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community.
Connect with SAB at www.uksab.org, follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/UKSAB or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UKSAB. For more information about SAB and events, email email@example.com or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment, to 411-247.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2014) − University of Kentucky College of Medicine student Melanie Pleiss has received the PhRMA Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmacology/Toxicology.
The fellowship is a two year award that provides recipients with an annual stipend of $20,000 to support the research activities of a doctoral program.
"The application process is extremely competitive, with just one applicant per institution allowed to apply and only a certain number of awards given to U.S. schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or veterinary medicine," said Dr. Linda Van Eldik, director of the Sanders Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky. "Melanie underwent an intense review and completed a lengthy application, including a detailed description of her thesis project."
Pleiss earned her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from Marshall University in 2011 and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology under the mentorship of Dr. Christopher M. Norris. Her graduate research has focused on examining Alzheimer's Disease and neuroinflammation.
"We're delighted that Melanie was honored with this award and the opportunity it provides through training to become a more competitive and independent scientist," Dr. Van Eldik said.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Feb. 13, 2014) — Keynote addresses from a pair of leading public health industry experts highlight the 2014 Southeastern Conference Symposium, titled “Prevention of Obesity: Overcoming A 21st Century Public Health Challenge,” scheduled for Sept. 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
The featured speakers, announced by the SEC on Thursday, are Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association, and Dr. Michael Lauer, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Brown will deliver her keynote address Sunday, Sept. 21, while Lauer’s keynote address will take place Monday, Sept. 22.
Obesity prevention and treatment are popular topics among media, lawmakers and health care professionals. While the subjects have gained attention during the past decade, the U.S. has not seen a significant reduction in population-level obesity rates over the same 10-year span.
Researchers at the 2014 SEC Symposium hope to identify ways to markedly reduce America’s obese and overweight populations. Presentations will focus on a variety of topics, including early-life, genetic and environmental influences on weight status, workplace strategies for obesity prevention and technology-based interventions to prevent obesity.
Designed to address a significant scholarly issue utilizing the range of disciplines represented by the SEC’s 14 member universities, the 2014 SEC Symposium is led by the University of South Carolina.
“We are thrilled Ms. Brown and Dr. Lauer have agreed to deliver keynote addresses for our second SEC Symposium,” said Torie Johnson, executive director of SECU, the SEC’s academic initiative. “In 2014 obesity-related conversations are inescapable, and to have them both commit to our program focusing on obesity prevention is significant given their expertise and work in comprehensive heart health.”
Brown, since 2009, has been CEO of the American Heart Association, which is widely known and respected as the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing, treating and defeating cardiovascular disease and stroke. Under Brown’s leadership, the AHA announced its bold 2020 goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.
In addition to her work with the AHA, Brown serves as the 2014 chairperson of the National Health Council and co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care. She also is a member of the Executive Committee of Research!America, and on the Boards of Directors of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and the Valentin Fuster-Mount Sinai Foundation for Science, Health and Empowerment.
Lauer leads the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s program for research on the causes, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. He received education and training at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Albany Medical College, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health and the NHLBI’s Framingham Heart Study. He spent 14 years at the Cleveland Clinic as professor of medicine, epidemiology, and biostatistics.
During his tenure at the Cleveland Clinic, Lauer led a federally funded, internationally renowned clinical epidemiology program that applied big data from large-scale electronic health platforms to questions regarding the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease. Since coming to the NHLBI in 2007, he has promoted efforts to leverage big data infrastructure to enable high-efficiency epidemiology, comparative effectiveness research, and clinical trials.
This academic conference-type event will include keynote presentations, small-room discussions on topics of current research interest and poster presentations. In addition, SEC Symposium attendees will be able to visit the SEC University Showcase and attend the SEC Presidents, Chancellors and Provosts Reception, while undergraduate students will vie for the Excellence in Student Attendance award.
For complete information on the 2014 SEC Symposium, log on to www.secsymposium.com.
The recipients are:
- Mark Coyne, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
- Jonathan M. Golding, College of Arts and Sciences
- Dr. Zaki-Udin Hassan, College of Medicine
- Jerzy W. Jaromczyk, College of Engineering
- Cyndy Miller, College of Communication and Information
- Dr. Paul Murphy, College of Medicine
Award recipients will be honored at the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Recognition Dinner Tuesday, March 4. They will also be recognized during the Kentucky vs. Alabama men’s basketball game later that evening.
The Great Teacher Award, started in 1961, is the longest-running university award recognizing teaching. In order to receive the award, educators must first be nominated by a student. The UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Committee, in cooperation with the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa, then makes the final selections. Recipients receive an engraved plaque and cash prize.
This story appeared in the February 13 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader. Reprinted with permission.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2014) -- Maisie Elizabeth Merrill was just 6 days old when she welcomed her first guest.
Only a few days home from the hospital, the darling newborn with a tuft of red hair was part of an old tradition — a doctor's house call.
Dr. Shannon Voogt gingerly walked up the ice-covered sidewalk to check on her newest patient and her parents at their Lexington duplex.
Greeted on the porch by Maisie's dad, Andrew Merrill, Voogt wasn't quite in the door when the questions began.
"We were going to call you," said Andrew Merrill, before launching into inquiries about sleeping and eating and all the basic baby functions that are a wonder to a newborn's parents.
Mom Colleen Merrill was upstairs breast-feeding or attempting to. Another one of her new-mother challenges was helping Maisie master the art of latching on.
Voogt, a family medicine doctor at UK HealthCare, is operating under the old cradle-to-grave treatment model, tending to mom, dad and baby before and after birth. Voogt makes it a point to offer prenatal visits, to be at the hospital when the baby is born and to make a home visit to check on the newborn — and the new parents — within a few days of birth.
Upper-level resident physicians nearing the end of their training also see patients. She bills for her service through insurance, as with the other treatment she provides.
Voogt, who had a baby six months ago, says it's easier for her to get to the family than for the family to get to her.
When Colleen Merrill, 27, and Andrew Merrill, 28, found out she was pregnant, they sought advice from friends about a doctor. Colleen Merrill, who works with the Lexington Arts League, and Andrew Merrill, a social worker, were interested in natural childbirth. Voogt's name kept coming up.
Voogt said many, but not all, of her maternity patients are interested in natural childbirth. During a prenatal visit weeks before Maisie made her debut, Colleen Merrill said she was comforted in knowing that Voogt, a warm and familiar presence after months of prenatal checkups, would be the person to help with delivery.
"That doesn't happen that much any more," she said.
Like a good and sensible husband, Andrew Merrill wanted what his pregnant wife wanted.
When the couple went to the hospital for what would turn out to be 30 hours of labor, Voogt was there. "A long time," she said, with a smile.
Maisie's entrance didn't go exactly as planned. After more than 24 hours of labor, Colleen Merrill was exhausted and feverish. After consulting with Voogt and the doula who had helped during labor, the couple decided an epidural was necessary, and the birth plan was changed. Because forceps were required, another doctor assisted in the delivery. Ultimately, a healthy baby was born. And Voogt, someone the parents knew and trusted, was on hand.
Voogt thinks that having a long-term doctor-patient relationship with the parents is best for the baby, she said. Because she knows the child, she can see minor changes that might indicate a problem that might be missed by a stranger. And, she said, "it is really enjoyable for me and for my patients."
During the home visit, the soft-spoken Voogt answered matter-of-fact questions that come up for all new mothers, issues of nipples and peeing and pooping and swaddling.
With a healthy baby, Voogt generally checks to make sure the infant, mother and father are doing what comes naturally. Maisie, apparently, was right on target: wiggly, pink and staying up all night to the bleary dismay of her parents.
Voogt uses a food scale — good for babies who weigh less than 10 pounds — and a shallow basket lined with a blanket to get Maisie's official weight of 7 pounds, 7 ounces.
And as Voogt gently touched Maisie's tummy and declared, "she looks good," the newest member of the Merrill family kicked and stretched, seemingly pleased to be home.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2014) — Student entrepreneurs still have time to register for the UK Venture Challenge competition on March 1. The deadline to submit write-ups on their ideas for new innovations, products or services is end of the day Feb. 19.
Students will present to a panel of judges at the James. F. Hardymon Theater in the Davis Marksbury Building March 1. They are competing for $3,000 in scholarship prizes and the right to represent UK at the state competition, Idea State U, in April.
This year’s lead judging panel includes: Lee T. Todd Jr., entrepreneur and former UK president; Alan Stein, entrepreneur, president and CEO of the SteinGroup, and owner of the Lexington Legends and the Omaha Storm Chasers; and Stephanie Herron, entrepreneur and new president and CEO of the Markey Cancer Foundation.
The public in invited to vote online for their favorite venture. The top vote-getter wins $50. The public is also invited to attend the presentations on March 1, which begin at 9 a.m. Winners will be announced at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Sponsors are providing $3,000 in scholarship prize money that will be shared by the winning teams. The lead sponsor is the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership, including the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Commerce Lexington, and the University of Kentucky. New sponsors this year are the Gatton College of Business and Economics and the College of Communication and Information.
The UK Venture Challenge competition is organized by iNET, the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking hosted by the College of Communication and Information, with the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship / Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, and the Big Blue Starters student entrepreneur organization.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 14, 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. On today's program, WUKY News' Chase Cavanaugh is guest host, and he talks to Jon Huntsman, former U.S. ambassador to China and Singapore, Utah governor, and presidential candidate, who will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in Memorial Hall.
To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/conversation-jon-huntsman.
"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2014) — New York City's legendary Carnegie Hall, where artists like Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Antonín Dvořák and Igor Stravinsky have made their names, is welcoming one of University of Kentucky's very own. Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities and professor at UK School of Music, has been invited to conduct the National Festival Chorus at a concert beginning 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Carnegie Hall.
Johnson will conduct the National Festival Chorus as they perform works by composers David C. Dickau, Georg Philipp Telemann and Byron Smith. The chorus is made of 177 high school vocalists from California, Colorado and Florida. These performances will be presented alongside those by the Masterworks Festival Chorus and New York City Chamber Orchestra conducted by Pete Eklund.
A busy conductor, Johnson directs the UK Chorale and UK Men's Chorus, as well as the Lexington Singers. He is also the founder of the popular university male a cappella group, the acoUstiKats. As a professor in the UK College of Fine Arts, Johnson teaches advanced choral conducting, choral methods and literature, and directs the graduate program in choral music at UK School of Music.
Johnson doesn't restrict his talents to the Bluegrass though, as he is an adjudicator and guest conductor for many high-school and collegiate choirs throughout the country. He has conducted honor choruses in 30 states and has appeared as a featured clinician at American Choral Directors Association and MENC (National Association for Music Education) conventions in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Johnson made his first debut at Carnegie Hall in 1999 when he conducted the Lexington Singers performing Faure's Requiem.
Performances by the National Festival Chorus conducted by Johnson will be presented in the Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. Tickets range from $20 to $110, based on seating.
For more information, visit Carnegie Hall's website: www.carnegiehall.org.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2014) – February is Heart Month and the University of Kentucky takes health to heart through its Tobacco-free policy in effect for over four years. What's new on campus is the addition of five part-time ambassadors who put a face on UK's Tobacco-free (TF) policy.
A typical day for the ambassadors involves scanning the campus, especially the known 'hot spots,' for policy violators. They observe, approach, and report violators in groups of two at different times of the day and evening, Monday through Friday, with the goal of improving compliance.
"The ambassadors are there to remind people in a positive and compassionate way about the policy and to offer support," said Mindy Ickes, director of Tobacco-free Take Action! (TFTA!).
Ickes, who also coordinates ambassador training, said that ambassadors are taught to fully understand UK's tobacco-free policy including campus boundaries and how to approach violators of the policy using scripting techniques. They are taught how to document and report violators of the policy and collect data for evaluation. Ambassadors also assess signage and make sure there are an adequate number of tobacco-freepolicy brochures on campus. In addition, they promote available tobacco treatment resources, including low-cost nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) options sold in campus stores and pharmacies so that tobacco users can feel more comfortable while on campus.
UK's tobacco-freepolicy strictly prohibits cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, snuff, snus, water pipes or hookah, pipes, etc. anywhere on university property, including all campus grounds inside and out, streets, sidewalks, parking areas, vehicles, and student housing. E-cigarettes are covered under the policy because they are not an approved method of quitting and they emit chemicals, nicotine, and particles into the air.
Ellen Hahn, supervisor of TFTA! Ambassadors and director of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy at the UK College of Nursing, says promoting compliance with the tobacco-free policy is a priority.
"UK has documented a four-fold increase in attempts to quit tobacco since the tobacco- took effect in November 2009. This means healthier employees, sponsored dependents, and students," she said.
"We are proud of our TFTA! Ambassadors who help promote compliance and report violators. Since adding ambassadors to the tobacco-free campus effort in April 2012, we have seen a 35 percent reduction in cigarette butts on campus."
The TFTA! Ambassadors represent a cross section of the UK community and have varying reasons that motivate them to promote UK's tobacco-free policy. They are:
Adaeze Aroh, a master's in Public Health student from Nigeria: "I am passionate about TFTA! Because I have a great interest in health policies, being an ambassador affords me the opportunity of getting experience in the health policy implementation process, the different challenges that come with it, and how they are handled. Most importantly, I am acting as an agent of change and a promoter of healthy environments."
Amy Carr, a Kinesiology major with a minor in Health Promotion, from Cleveland, Ohio: “I am an active member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and have served as their Health and Wellness Chair since Fall 2012. Helping people, especially those on the University of Kentucky’s campus, be able to live healthier and happier lives is something that I enjoy doing. I am glad to be an Ambassador of the TFTA! team, so I can make a larger impact on helping to improve the health within UK’s community. I plan on continuing to help others with their health after I graduate from the University of Kentucky. My plans include attending graduate school to study occupational therapy. My dream job involves being an occupational therapist who uses animal-assisted therapy to help people progress within their therapy in a more enjoyable and comfortable environment.”
Nate Dillon, a junior Political Science major from Flemingsburg, Ky.:
"I wanted to join the TFTA! program for two reasons: I was looking for a change of pace in my work life but still wanted to contribute to the campus; and I have strong feelings about tobacco use, stemming back to my childhood in a region dominated by the tobacco industry, where friends and family members were frequent users. I've always wanted to do something about tobacco use in Kentucky. With UK's tobacco-free policy and the need for ambassadors to promote the policy, this position gives me an opportunity to really do something about tobacco use. I am encouraged knowing that we have the chance to help change a university of thousands of people for the better."
Rochelle Harp, a non-traditional junior elementary education major from Northern Kentucky: "I grew up in a home where my father smoked, and he still does to this day. My brother started smoking at the age of 13, and he still smokes 16 years later. I fear that growing up in secondhand smoke will one day affect me. I also fear daily for the health and wellbeing of my dad and brother as they continue to smoke. I am an ambassador because I support the policy and want to assist tobacco users to be comfortable on campus without the use of tobacco, as well as to answer their questions about the devastating and life changing effects that tobacco can have on them and others. Many students and employees are not aware of the resources UK offers to them to quit smoking. I am 100 percent in support of UK's tobacco-free policy, as I know it provides a healthy campus for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.”
Jaclyn Perryman a finance and economics double major from Palatine, Ill.: "I hope to one day become a corporate attorney. I enjoy getting involved on campus through the Delta Delta Delta sorority, the Economics Society, and now, as a TFTA! Ambassador. I am very excited about this position because I believe UK’s tobacco-free policy is instrumental in maintaining a healthy and environmentally safe campus and community. I hope to make a difference on campus and help UK to be the best it can be."
To learn more about UK's TFTA! Ambassadors program, go to: www.uky.edu/TobaccoFree and follow on Twitter @UKTakeAction
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Wind Symphony and the UK Women’s Choir will come together to present a concert honoring the memory of beloved friend and colleague in the School of Music. “In Memoriam Nancy Clauter” begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
The UK Wind Symphony and the UK Women’s Choir will perform several musical selections along with performances by guest artists from the School of Music, Assistant Professor ToniMarie Marchioni on oboe and English horn, and Assistant Professor Jason Dovel on trumpet.
Nancy Clauter, who held a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and a master's degree from University of Arizona, joined UK’s faculty in 1997. Active in the local music scene, she also performed as principal oboe for the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and was an associate professor of oboe at the School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts.
Clauter was diagnosed in 2008 with multiple myeloma, a rare, blood-related cancer. Wanting to inspire and comfort others who faced the disease, she recorded a CD. "MERIDIAN: The Ascending Journey," featuring a new oboe concerto and Clauter with artists from UK and the Lexington Philharmonic, was made possible through funding from the UK Research Foundation.
Released in August 2011, "MERIDIAN" both inspired listeners going through the same battle and raised money for research into the rare blood cancer. The CD can be ordered online from the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, where 100 percent of the proceeds go to MMRF's work funding drug discovery and development efforts to treat multiple myeloma.
As part of her research project for the CD, Clauter also agreed to participate in a 30-minute documentary of her story, allowing a media team from Research Communications and the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments at UK to follow her for six months. "The Ascending Journey" tells Clauter's story, from her diagnosis, through chemotherapy and stem cell transplant therapy.
Clauter retired from UK School of Music in spring 2013 and moved back to Arizona to be closer to her family. She passed away Dec. 24, 2013.
Included in the memorial concert's program will be some of Clauter’s favorite works. The concert opens with John Mackey’s “Redline Tango,” which takes its title from both the common term of “redlining an engine” or pushing it to the limit, as well as the IRT subway line of the New York subway system. Next up will be Vincent Persichetti’s historically significant “Symphony for Band,” which premiered in 1956. The work is considered a masterpiece of the genre. Also on the evening’s program is “Quiet City,” a well-known composition for trumpet, cor anglais and string orchestra by Aaron Copland.
The UK Wind Symphony, under the direction of John Cody Birdwell, is made up of the finest wind and percussion performers in the School of Music. As the centerpiece of a band program that has served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for more than 100 years, the UK Wind Symphony is considered to be one of the finest university concert bands in the United States. In the summer of 2008, the ensemble participated in a 10-day concert tour of the People's Republic of China and performed for thousands of Chinese citizens in the cities of Suzhou, Yangzhou, Changzhou, and Beijing in celebration of China's hosting of the Summer Olympic Games. The UK Wind Symphony performs frequently on campus in the Singletary Center for the Performing Arts. Concerts are free and open to the public.
UK Women's Choir, under the direction of Lori Hetzel, is made up of more than 100 women of all ages and academic disciplines. The choir has been internationally recognized, traveling to England, Ireland and Wales for a recent summer tour. Hetzel and the choir were invited to serve as a demonstration choir at the 2013 American Choral Directors Association National Conference held in March in Dallas, Texas.
For more information on the memorial concert contact the UK Bands at 859-257-2263 or visit online www.ukbands.org.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2014) — Open access to information is the goal of higher education, and several members of the University of Kentucky Department of Psychology faculty are participants in an innovative project designed to bring free, up-to-date texts to students. Headed by University of Illinois professors Ed and Carol Diener, the website Nobaproject.com gives instructors and their students access to customized psychology content written by top experts in the field.
120 authors, including seven members of the UK faculty, put together more than 80 chapters in 11 psychology topic areas. All content is completely free, and allows instructors to customize texts by selecting only those chapters pertinent to the goals of the class.
"In addition to saving the students hundreds of dollars in textbook costs, what is especially exciting about the project is that the students get to read sections written by international experts who are writing about their respective fields," said Richard Milich, Provost's Distinguished Service Professor in UK College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Psychology and a contributor to the Noba Project. "I know the students will appreciate the cost of the text, and I hope they come to appreciate what a privilege it is to understand the fields of psychology from experts in the field.”
Using the Nobaproject.com site, instructors can browse a list of psychology topics ranging from ADHD to PTSD, and spanning demographics from children to older adults. Once instructors have selected their desired chapters, they can organize the chapters into any order they like to make a coherent text for their class. With one click, the book is then viewable online or downloadable as a PDF. Students and instructors just need a free account to access the material.
Susan Barron, another UK psychology professor who has written for Noba, said she was happy to be asked to participate in this project. "This creative approach to making information about a broad range of areas of psychology more readily available to students at no cost is so important in these difficult financial times. In addition, the range of topics covered by experts in the field allows for tremendous flexibility for the student and the instructor by allowing them to choose the topics relevant for their interests or courses."
The Noba Project represents a new model in academic text distribution. By offering educational materials free of charge, it empowers students to potentially save hundreds of dollars per semester. As a series of digital publications, the Noba Project text is environmentally friendly. It is both traditional and cutting-edge. The chapters reflected in the Noba collection represent the standard canon of introduction to psychology courses as well as cutting edge chapters reflecting new trends in science. It is also open and crowd-sourced. Noba is available to anyone to use and to share with others, even people outside academia, who simply wish to learn more about psychology. Noba also continually requests feedback from users to help guide innovations and new topic areas. This helps balance traditional expert offerings with the desires of users to create materials that will be both authoritative and usable.
University of Kentucky authors on the Noba Project include: Susan Barron, Christia Spears Brown, Cristina Crego, Jennifer A. Jewell, Richard Milich, Walter Roberts and Thomas Widiger, all of the Department of Psychology.
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