College of Law Welcomes Campaign and Election Lawyer Trevor Potter

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2014)  — Trevor Potter,one of the nation's best-known and experienced campaign and election lawyers, will speak to the University of Kentucky College of Law Wednesday, Oct. 1.  Potter is leads the Political Law Group of the law firm Caplin and Drysdale; is president and general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center; and is former commissioner and chairman of the Federal Election Commission. 


Potter has served as general counsel to several presidential campaigns, most recently for John McCain in 2008. He has been described by the American Bar Association Journal as "hands-down one of the top lawyers in the country on the delicate intersection of politics, law, and money."  Potter has frequented "The Colbert Report," often as the campaign finance attorney for Stephen Colbert.


Potter, a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, has published several books and articles. He has testified before Congress on federal election proposals and campaign finance regulation, and has taught campaign finance law at the University of Virginia School of Law and Oxford University. He co-chaired the American Bar Association (ABA) Task Force on Lobbying Regulation and co-chairs the ABA’s Administrative Law Section’s Election Law Committee and is the liaison for the Advisory Committee of the Standing Committee on Election Law.


Potter received his law degree and Order of the Coif from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief for the Virginia Journal of International Law, and his undergraduate degree from Harvard College.


Potter will speak during an open forum at noon Oct. 1, in the College of Law courtroom about campaign finance and then later to Professor Josh Douglas’ Election Law class. The noon forum is open to the general public.




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With UPK Book Bourbon Gets its 'Just Desserts'

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2014) — France is famous for wine, and its cuisine makes excellent use of the nation’s signature libation. From boeuf bourguignon and coq au vin to classic sauces, wine is an integral part of French cooking. Similarly, beer is at the center of German culture, and no Oktoberfest would be complete without bratwurst and onions cooked in beer. Bourbon holds a similar position in American culture. It is our nation’s native spirit and the only one to be designated by congress as a “distinctive product of the United States.” Why then, despite bourbon’s complex and sophisticated flavor, is it not used more in cooking?


Food writer and journalist Lynn Marie Hulsman seeks to change that by showcasing how bourbon can be incorporated into confections and sweets in "Bourbon Desserts," published by University Press of Kentucky (UPK). With over 100 recipes ranging from cakes and candies to sauces and sorbets, this collection contains all the knowledge a home cook needs to whip up sophisticated and delectable desserts.


Anecdotes about Hulsman's own childhood in Kentucky and her relationship to bourbon make this cookbook a treat to read. Each recipe begins with her own insightful observations and comments on the dish. Her careful, step-by-step directions make complicated recipes easy to execute, and the fun bourbon facts and helpful cooking tips scattered throughout are both useful and entertaining.


Hulsman includes sections on cakes, cookies and bars, pies and tarts, puddings and custards, frozen dishes, syrups and sauces, candies, compotes and spreads, and dessert drinks. The breadth of dishes covered means there are multiple options for every occasion, like grilled bourbon-glazed peaches at summer cookouts and cooked and spiked eggnog custard for Christmas parties.


In addition, the recipes go beyond traditional desserts to encompass a broader variety of sweets. Breakfast can include bourbon-infused orange doughnuts or bourbon-flapjack coffee cake along with bourbon-cherry jam to spread on browned butter and bourbon biscuits.


Though designed for the amateur baker, "Bourbon Desserts" collects a broad range of dishes from the startlingly simple to complex, multi-stage recipes sure to wow even the most dedicated foodies. Something as basic as substituting bourbon for extracts can often create subtle and complex flavors in familiar recipes. Bourbon’s spicy oaken flavors pair exceptionally well with the tang of cream cheese in frostings. Other recipes are more involved. Pumpkin gingerbread trifle with bourbon whipped cream requires multiple steps, though it will be the talk of a Thanksgiving feast in place of pumpkin pie.


With color photos to entice, "Bourbon Desserts" offers something for everyone from whiskey enthusiasts looking beyond rocks glasses to dedicated Southern cooks who enjoy putting news twists on traditional fare. Hulsman enables ambitious cooks to dazzle their cocktail party compatriots with bourbon trivia while serving up delectables tinged with the unique, unmistakable flavor of the whiskey that makes Kentucky famous.


Hulsman is a freelance food writer, journalist, and editor. She is the author of "Thornton Hall" and coauthor of "Make Your Own Soda" and "Irish Pantry: Traditional Breads, Preserves, and Goodies to Feed the Ones You Love."


UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that now includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. Led by Director Stephen Wrinn, its editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.


WUKY's Phoenix Fridays Concert Series Wraps Up Sept. 26

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 23:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2014) ― WUKY's Phoenix Fridays concert series wraps up in Lexington's Phoenix Park tomorrow night with opening acts — The Northside Sheiks and Jarekus Singleton— followed by headliner — Jukebox the Ghost.


The free concert series presented by WUKY, the University of Kentucky's NPR station, presents its fourth and final event of the summer at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in downtown Lexington.


 The Northside Sheiks bring the pre-'50s blues and R&B vibe to the concert, while Jarekus Singleton melds the sound of original blues with the energy of rap and rock to create his own unique style.  Indie pop group Jukebox the Ghost is known for its quirky song lyrics and flamboyant, energetic live shows.


Band details, interviews and videos can be accessed on the WUKY website.


Local food trucks will be onsite at Phoenix Park, located at the corner of Main Street and South Limestone in downtown Lexington.


Produced by the Downtown Lexington Corporation, WUKY's Phoenix Fridays series has brought local and up-and-coming musical acts to the stage each fourth Friday this summer. 


For more information contact WUKY’s Mike Graves at




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‘LiveWell Check In’ Empowers Employee Health

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 17:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2014) — Employees at the University of Kentucky are taking advantage of a new health benefit called “LiveWell Check In,” which enables them to get a “snapshot” of their overall health status — and an extra $100 in their paycheck.  


Announced earlier this month in a series of emails from campus leaders, early response to the program has been overwhelmingly positive. More than 500 employees signed up on the first day. In the first two weeks, that number had grown to 2,000. All regular employees working half-time (0.5 FTE) or more are eligible to participate.


“We want to ‘see transformation’ in our culture on UK’s campus, as we support employees getting closer to their wellness goals,” said Andrea Deweese, a wellness specialist with UK Human Resources who serves as team lead on the LiveWell Check In project. “We will meet them wherever they are, with no judgment and no expectations, just support.”


Eligible employees can sign up online for a Check In appointment at one of 20 convenient locations both on and off campus, with slots available from now through Dec. 19. It takes about 10 minutes to complete the online registration and questionnaire, and the Check In itself takes only 20 to 30 minutes.


Employees enrolled in a qualifying UK health benefit plan are eligible for a $100 incentive, in the form of a plan premium rebate on the employee’s pay statement, just for completing the Check In. 


When an employee visits a Check In site, a Check In specialist (or “guide”) will greet them and ask a few questions about their current health concerns and goals. The guide will also record the employee’s height, weight and blood pressure. A quick “finger stick” blood test provides information about blood sugar and cholesterol levels.


Visitors to a Check In will also receive valuable information about a wealth of health maintenance benefits available to UK employees free or at very low cost. These include classes for weight loss/management and tobacco cessation, group fitness, gym memberships — even individual consultations with a registered dietitian or exercise specialist.


A secure online portal, which employees can access by logging in with their myUK linkblue credentials, enables LiveWell participants to view a “snapshot” of their health status, and to track their progress toward individual health goals through a visual dashboard-style interface. Individualized follow-up is available, with employees determining the level of feedback they want, and how they’d prefer to be contacted.


It’s all part of what the program leaders call a “conversation-based” approach to health promotion.


“The Check In is special because it’s so much more than just a screening,” Deweese said. “We see the participants as the experts on themselves — their needs, schedules, preferences and readiness to change. In most screenings the participants are just told what they need to do differently and are expected to walk out and just do it. We see the Check In as more of a two-way conversation, where participants can get the information and support they need in order to make positive changes in health behavior.”


The LiveWell Check In program builds on the success of two previous UK health promotion initiatives, Healthtrac Rewards and Wellness on Wheels, which ended last year. Unlike Healthtrac Rewards, a third-party vendor-supplied program, LiveWell Check In was developed entirely at UK, to better integrate the entire spectrum of health promotion expertise and resources available on campus. So far, Deweese says, employees seem to appreciate the more personal touch that comes with a program designed by UK employees for UK employees. 


“Participants are noticing the difference from our screenings in the past and are liking it,” she said. “They feel listened to instead of talked at. They know we’re here to help them along the way, no matter where they are in relation to their goals.” 


One early adopter, Matt Presby, a billing coordinator for UK Analytics and Technologies, said the Check In was more user-friendly than other health interventions he has been through.         


“I thought the health screening was much more personable and intuitive,” Presby said. “They actually have time to listen and address your problems and go over what you need to work on.”


UK Police Chief Joe Monroe says he and his department have already benefited from the new program. 


“The LiveWell Check In program is an initiative that we support 100 percent at UKPD,” he said. “We feel that this is just one crucial piece in the wellness puzzle to promote healthy living and reduce health-related problems, both in and out of the workplace.”


There is no deadline to register. However, appointment slots are limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so employees are encouraged to secure their preferred Check In time now. To learn more about LiveWell Check In or to sign up for an appointment, please visit



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SAB to Host First #TrendingTopics Event of the Semester

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2014) — Student Activities Board's Engaging Issues Committee will host "#TrendingTopics: Immigration Reform," an interactive debate, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Student Center's Center Theater. This event provides students with the rare opportunity to participate in an interactive debate over a hot-button issue in a safe environment. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions and share their opinions through SAB’s Twitter feed.


The issue of immigration reform has come to public attention recently due to many questions about providing amnesty to illegal immigrants as well as uncertain border security. The debate will address the issues of how responsible the United States is in providing opportunities to immigrants. Debaters will then go on to argue what the appropriate steps relating to amnesty, border security, and other issues are.


“The #TrendingTopics Immigration Reform Debate will be extremely unique because the issue involved has come into the spotlight politically," James Collard, director of engaging issues, said. “This topic will allow for analysis on what political action should be taken in regard to issues like border security and amnesty, as well as a more broad exploration of how obligated we are to provide opportunities to others as human beings. I am excited to hear the thoughtful consideration of both debaters, as well as see what students have to say through the use of twitter and text-in response polls.”  


#TrendingTopics is a debate series that covers relevant, engaging topics and provides a safe environment for students to interact and participate. Each debate consists of two or more debaters knowledgeable on the topic at hand. Two more debates #TrendingTopics debate will take place this semester, each with a different topic.


SAB brings more than 100 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community.


Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at or Instagram at or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment, to 411-247.


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Intense Sports Culture Can Cause Kids to Strike Out with Injuries

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 14:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2014)  Whether on a field or a court, in a gymnasium or a pool, outdoors or indoors, on a team or practiced by an individual, competitive sports will always come with some risk of injury for youth.


Sports are fun and constructive activities for children and teens that instill important life lessons and healthy habits. However, when kids are pushed too far, unsupervised or violating the rules of the game, their safety — and the safety of their teammates — is compromised.


According to a recent report from Safe Kids Worldwide, 1.24 million children were sent to the emergency room because of a sports-related injury in 2013. Any kid who has worn a cast can tell you a sports injury is no fun. Still, 90 percent of youth have sustained an injury while playing a sport. The most at-risk children for sports injuries are at the age of puberty, between 13 and 15 years old. As coaches, parents and cheerleaders for our kids, we have the power to prevent sports-related injuries.


Put me in, Coach 

To stay in the game, kids will keep quiet about the extent of an injury. While 42 percent of children admitted to downplaying an injury, only 27 percent of coaches reported their players hiding or downplaying an injury. Let kids know it's okay to sit on the bench so they can avoid further injury to their body. Make sure the child who was injured receives release from their doctor to play a sport before getting back into the game.


Set a zero-tolerance standard for bullying and dirty play.

One-third of athletes reported an injury as the result of dirty play from an opponent and 28 percent believe it's normal to commit a hard foul to "send a message" to the other team. Before the season begins, every player should know the rules of the game and the consequences for dirty play and hard fouls. Coaches and referees should call hard fouls appropriately, and address those fouls with the child and parent as necessary.


Encourage prevention.

Coaches and parents should encourage proper stretching, warming up and strength-building exercises to help prevent injuries. Sprangs and strains are the most frequently reported sports-related injuries, followed by dehydration and broken bones. Make sure children are well-hydrated and properly dressed in the appropriate protective gear for their sport. Talk to your child's coach about ways they are preventing injuries, or work with them on a plan to prevent injuries for the entire team.


Keep sports fun.

The culture of youth sports today puts an extreme amount of pressure on young athletes. Pressure to succeed from parents, coaches and peers can lead to burnout or set the stage for an injury. More than half of coaches said they felt pressure from a parent to put a child back into the game after an injury. Allow time off for rest, especially after an injury, and keep a positive attitude about competition. 


Sherri Hannan is the director of Safe Kids Fayette County based at UK HealthCare.

UK College of Public Health Receives $1.8 Million to Support Public Health Organization, Financing, and Delivery Research

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:11



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept, 25, 2014) —The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR), based in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, has received $1.8 million of renewed funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to extend its research on ways to improve the health and economic impact of public health and prevention strategies across the United States. This award contributes to a total of $9.4 million in RWJF funding received by the Coordinating Center since its launch in 2010, and enables an expansion of its nationwide research capacity.   


Launched as a national program office of the RWJF in 2011, the Coordinating Center supports research, both at UK and at other institutions nationwide, that examines how the public health system can best implement the many programs, policies, services and supports that keep people healthy and safe. PHSSR compares alternative approaches for financing, organizing and delivering  public health strategies that protect Americans against a broad array of preventable health problems and risks, ranging from tobacco exposure and obesity to food-borne illness and vaccine-preventable infections.  These strategies vary widely across the United States, as do the mix of organizations and funding mechanisms that support their implementation, creating ample opportunities for research and learning about what works best.  


“We have an expanding array of programs and policies that are scientifically proven to prevent disease, injury and premature death, but many of them fail to reach and protect large segments of the American population,” says Coordinating Center director Glen Mays, who serves as the Scutchfield Endowed Professor of Health Services and Systems Research at the UK College of Public Health. “Our research seeks to address these failures in delivery by discovering more effective, efficient and equitable delivery systems and implementation strategies that, ultimately, can support a healthier nation.”


To date, the Coordinating Center and its partners have supported more than 120 individual studies, some of which are implemented through its constellation of practice-based research networks (PBRNs), which engage more than 2,000 public health organizations and 50 academic research centers across 32 states. Important areas of study for both the Coordinating Center’s extramural and intramural research endeavors include examining the cost, quality, and value of specific public health delivery strategies and investigating efforts to better coordinate these strategies with the nation’s medical care delivery and financing systems, which are currently undergoing reform.


In addition to supporting and conducting research studies, the Coordinating Center strives to translate research results into real-world applications and solutions by providing policy-makers and stakeholders with evidence-based information.


"We need to ensure that research findings end up in the hands of people who can use them to inform key policy and practice decisions," says Coordinating Center deputy director Anna Hoover.


To boost dissemination of scientific findings and downstream research translation, the Coordinating Center is redesigning its website to better share project-specific information across four domains: public health workforce, systems structure and performance, financing and economics, and information and technology.


“By expanding access to research projects and scientific results, we can truly maximize the PHSSR field’s real-world health impact,” says Mays.


About the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services & Systems Research:  The National Coordinating Center supports applied research that uncovers strategies for improving the organization, financing, and delivery of public health programs and policies, including ways of improving the health and economic impact of these activities. The Center designs and conducts research studies, provides technical assistance and direction for other researchers across the U.S., develops methodological advances in measurement and analysis, and accelerates the translation and dissemination of research findings for policy and practice stakeholders.  The Center is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based at the University of Kentucky.


About the Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks Program: The Public Health PBRN Program is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that engages public health practice settings and research institutions across the U.S. in the collaborative study of innovations in public health practice and policy. More than 2000 state and local public health agencies located in more than 30 states are engaged in Public Health PBRN activities along with more than 50 academic research centers.  The PBRN program is directed by the National Center for Public Health Services & Systems Research based at the University of Kentucky. 


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UK Researcher Earns NIH Funding to Expand Gender-Based Studies on Foodborne Illness

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2014) — In her research, Sarah D'Orazio, associate professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics,   investigates why some people get sicker than others after ingesting the foodborne bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. Using a mouse model, her research team observed that a subset of mice most susceptible to the dangerous bacteria share one common trait: they are all female.


With supplemental funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), D'Orazio has the resources to explore why Listeria infection affects females more severely than their male counterparts. Part of an effort to promote sex-based research, the NIH is investing $10 million in clinical and preclinical trials that consider sex, or gender, a fundamental variable in scientific results. D'Orazio was one of 82 researchers in the nation to receive an award to expand her studies to look specifically at the immune response to Listeria in both male and female mice.


"It was an interesting observation, but we really didn't have the funds to investigate that question," D'Orazio said of comparing male and female immune responses.


Launched in 2013, the supplemental grants from the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health are awarded to research studies that will contribute to a body of sex-based knowledge to inform future studies. The awards enable researchers to expand their studies to investigate sex-based differences by adding elements of gender comparison and data analysis.


According to the NIH, an overreliance on male subjects in preclinical trials can obscure key findings related to sex differences that are later used in human studies. This year, the grants were awarded to projects spanning many scientific areas, including basic immunology, cardiovascular physiology and behavioral health. 


"This funding strategy demonstrates our commitment to moving the needle toward better health for all Americans, while helping grow our knowledge base for both sexes and building research infrastructure to aid future studies,” said Dr. Janine Austin Clayton, NIH associate director for women’s health research. “The scientists receiving these awards have approached their research questions with fresh thinking, and are looking for innovation and discovery through a new lens.”


Prior to receiving the supplemental funding, D'Orazio's Listeria research was funded by an R01 grant from the NIH. Listeriosis is one of the most deadly foodborne infections in America.  A 2011 outbreak in Colorado involving contaminated cantaloupes affected 147 people in 28 states, and resulted in 33 deaths. Since then, the USDA has recalled an average of 40 to 50 food products per year due to contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  


From the start of the project, D'Orazio's research team factored sex as a possible variable in the mice's immune response to Listeria infection. D'Orazio is looking at how the rapid production of a pro-inflammatory cytokine in some mice helps to trigger clearance of the bacteria.  With the additional funding, she and her research team will investigate whether this immune response differs in susceptible females compared to the more resistant male mice.


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'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Presents Affrilachia, Fiddle Concerts

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2014) — From Affrilachia to fiddles, the next two performances in the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series are sure to entertain. On Friday, Sept. 26, celebrated folk duo Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will perform. The next Friday, Oct. 2, Letcher County's only female fiddle duo, the SkiPdiPPerS, will appear. Both free public concerts will take place at noon at the Niles Gallery, located in the University of Kentucky Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.


A Folk Concert with Some Spark

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform "Which Side Are You On?" at UK's Niles Gallery. 


Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform throughout the U.S. as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. Sparky has been performing more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller and author. He accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo and spoons. Rhonda is an accomplished harmonica, piano, banjo and bones player, and also adds vocal harmonies to their songs.


The couple is known to deliver uplifting presentations of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history and tall tales. Sparky and Rhonda take audiences on an educational and emotional journey that ranges from poignant stories of slavery and war to an amusing rendition of a Brer Rabbit tale or witty commentaries on current events. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, cowboy music, railroad songs, and a few of their own original compositions.


Sparky and Rhonda have numerous recordings, and their 1991 release, "Treasures and Tears," was nominated for the W.C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Recording. They have also contributed music to the syndicated television miniseries "The Wild West," directed by Keith Merrill. Sparky's renditions of "John Henry" and "Jesse James" were used in the National Geographic Society’s 1994 video "Storytelling in North America."


Sparky has also appeared on numerous radio programs, including National Public Radio’s "Morning Edition," "Prairie Home Companion" and "Mountain Stage." He also performed in "Carry It On" and "Amazing Grace: Music in America," two videos produced by the Public Broadcasting System.


A Fiddlin', Skippin' Good Time

Sylvia Ryerson and Carrie Jean Wells make up the SkiPdiPPerS, the only female fiddle duo from Letcher County, Kentucky.


Ryerson is Appalshop’s coordinator of traditional music and director of the Pick and Bow Program that provides instruction in traditional music for Letcher County students. As a fiddler, she is heavily influenced by a long lineage of Kentucky musicians from Art Stamper to Paul David Smith.  


Wells comes by the fiddle through her birthright. She is a member of the Wells family of East Kentucky that includes her father, Jamie Wells, and brother Jesse Wells, who are considered among the region's finest fiddlers.  


The “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series celebrates the old-time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 13 different artists, duos and groups from southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim. The concert series is generously presented by the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine Arts, UK School of Music and UK Libraries.


For more information on the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series or the concerts featuring Sparky and Rhonda Rucker or the SkiPdiPPerS, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to or visit the website at



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College of Education Professor Co-authors Book on Philanthropy and Higher Education

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 17:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) — John Thelin, professor of higher education and public policy in the University of Kentucky College of Education, and Richard Trollinger, vice president of Centre College have co-authored a book on the history of philanthropy and its role in the evolution of American higher education.


"Philanthropy and American Higher Education" is the third project on whichThelin and Trollinger have collabroated. According to the book's description, it outlines their belief that "support of higher education through philanthropy is central to the historic and future character of colleges and universities."


Thelin, who also has a joint appointment with the UK Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, came to UK in 1996. Since then, he has become nationally renowned as one of UK's experts on higher education history, policies and issues. An alumnus of Brown University, he received his master's degree in American history and doctorate in the history of education from the University of California, Berkeley.  He went on to work in a variety of administrative positions in higher education, and eventually became research director for California’s 64 independent colleges and universities in 1979, which sparked his interest and involvment with public policy at the state and federal levels. Over the years, Thelin developed even more interests ranging from the study of philanthropy and foundations to economics of higher education to the study of college sports.


His book, "A History of American Higher Education," has remained the standard account of the evolution of American universities and colleges since its publication in 2004 by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

UK Harvests Hemp

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 16:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2014) – University of Kentucky researchers harvested the university’s first hemp crop in decades today.


“It was a good growing season for many crops, not just hemp,” said David Williams, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment agronomist and co-project lead. “Precipitation was excellent this year and more than adequate for growth. The only downside to the growing season was that we planted a little bit late, but I don’t think that had much effect on the crop.”


 UK’s research plot, planted May 27, was one of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s pilot studies to reintroduce hemp production in Kentucky. UK’s study was conducted in conjunction with Eastern Kentucky University and Kentucky State University.


“Congratulations to the University of Kentucky and all of our partners in the hemp pilot projects on the first hemp crop in Kentucky in almost 70 years,” said Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who has championed the cause of returning hemp production to the commonwealth. “This crop will yield significant data about production techniques, which varieties do best in Kentucky and which of the many uses of hemp are most likely to succeed here.”


Kentucky was a national leader in hemp production before the crop was outlawed in the United States due to its similarity to marijuana. Many agricultural advances have occurred since then, so research trials were necessary to determine the crop’s viability in an ever-changing agricultural economy.


UK researchers used a sickle bar mower to harvest the crop in the same manner that hay is harvested.


“Our plan was to simply lay the crop on the ground where the elements will begin to break down or ‘ret’ the hemp,” said Rich Mundell, co-project lead and an agronomist in the Kentucky Tobacco Research Development Center. “Because the hemp was very tall (about 10 feet) we felt the sickle bar mower would do a better job than a more commonly used disc mower.”


UK’s research project included 13 different varieties managed for either fiber production or seed production.


After the harvest, researchers will analyze and compare the different varieties to find one that’s best suited for the state and then present the results to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

UK and Other Public Colleges, Universities Team Up to Recruit Former Students

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 15:56

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2014) — The University of Kentucky and the state's other public colleges and universities are teaming up to offer a statewide, virtual college fair for former students and other adults who are close to completing their college degrees.



The Project Graduate College Fair is set Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 11a.m.-9 p.m. ET (10 a.m.-8 p.m. CT). The fair will connect prospective students to college advisors who can answer questions via text and video chat, and help get the adults on a path to finish their degree.


Students can log on to register through the day of the fair at


Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson announced the college fair at a news conference held in the Capitol Rotunda today.


“If Kentucky is to compete in a 21st century economy, we must have a highly trained, skilled, educated workforce, and this initiative gets us closer to that goal,” Abramson said. “It really does take a communitywide effort, and I applaud CPE, KCTCS and the state’s four-year universities for their ongoing efforts to help make college more attainable for our citizens of all ages.”


Representing UK at the news conference today was Mike Shanks, senior associate registrar, who says Project Graduate is a great opportunity for former UK students to complete their degree.  "The University of Kentucky is thrilled to participate in this event and provide the services and staff to assist students in finishing their dream of graduating from UK."


Council Chair Pam Miller said, “We are excited that our campuses have joined together to host a convenient college fair for busy working adults who want to finish their degrees. Together, we are sending the message loud and clear: You can finish and we will help.”


The council launched the nationally recognized program in 2007, in collaboration with the state’s public four-year universities. More than 1,500 students have earned their bachelor’s degrees through the program, and another 1,000 were in the pipeline last fall.


New this fall is the participation of the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).


“Project Graduate will provide KCTCS students the opportunity to re-establish their career goals and design a pathway to completing their degree,” said KCTCS President Michael B. McCall. “Because having a postsecondary credential is critical in today’s job market, this is the perfect time for students to re-enroll and finish their programs.”


To qualify for Project Graduate, students must have earned 80 or more credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree or 30 or more toward an associate degree.


The four-year institutions will waive application fees for qualifying students who both attend the fair and register for classes in the spring 2015 term. KCTCS does not charge application fees.


All public colleges and universities are participating, including:

·         Eastern Kentucky University

·         Kentucky State University

·         Morehead State University

·         Murray State University

·         Northern Kentucky University

·         University of Kentucky

·         University of Louisville

·         Western Kentucky University

·         The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System


Project Graduate is the recipient of the 2012 Noel-Levitz Retention Award for Excellence and is a key strategy in the state’s college completion agenda. The primary components include one statewide brand, campus advocates, and high-touch services and incentives, which vary by institution.


For more information, visit Follow Project Graduate College Fair on Twitter: #kyprojectgrad.

NIH Fellowship Allows College of Education Student to Pursue Her Passion to Help

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 15:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) — Growing up in Detroit, Joi-Sheree' Knighton saw first-hand the implications of drug use and the incidence of HIV infection in African-American men and women. Now, thanks to a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Knighton will continue to examine these issues and the state of health care among these populations.


"I have seen individuals struggle with substance use and eventually overcome this disease," said Knighton, a doctoral student in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology in the UK College of Education. "The dissolution of long-term marriages and families as a result of substance use is an all too familiar story. It is not uncommon to overhear stories of rampant frustration from the gross lack of services available to get substance use treatment or mental health care."


The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship provides Knighton three years of funding to support research that will focus on training in epidemiology of substance use, mental health and HIV as they relate to health disparities among African Americans. The NRSA award allows for a hands-on role in the primary data collection of her proposed National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) project examining substance use, mental health and HIV in African-American men involved in the criminal justice system.


Knighton says that without the mentorship of Danelle Stevens-Watkins, assistant professor in the department, she never would have had the confidence to conduct the research necessary to receive the fellowship. She credits Stevens-Watkins for taking the time to help her build her research skills while also realizing the importance of research in her academic pursuits.


And it's Knighton's life experience that greatly informs her actual research. Working at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Lexington, she is reminded on a daily basis how substance use affects lives. She says that she is given a visual image of the disproportionate rates of incarcerated African-American men for non-violent, drug-related crimes. But with all the negative, she also has seen how many have achieved sobriety and worked toward better mental health. Through her graduate research she has seen a prevalence of substance use and HIV infection among African-American men and women.


"Substance use has been identified as a predominant HIV risk factor, particularly among African-American men who engage in unprotected sexual contact with men and women," Knighton said. "To complicate things further, African Americans are significantly less likely to seek treatment or drop out of treatment prematurely due to perceived racism, lack of insurance and low income, along with a host of other related barriers. Thus, many will go undetected and fail to receive services that can improve prognosis. The harsh reality of these health disparities has inspired my research to date."


From her experiences in Detroit and from working in the prison system, Knighton sees how detrimental these issues can be. She's concerned not only how these individuals are perceived by others, but also how they perceive themselves. In addition, she remains committed to encouraging open discussion and reducing stigma surrounding health issues that plague African American communities.


Knighton's relationship with these communities has given her the insight and the desire to make a difference.


"Collectively, these experiences have all exposed me and left me feeling connected in one way or another to the deleterious effects associated with substance use and HIV risk behaviors. I have internalized a responsibility to continue to bring light to these issues. I remain driven by the opportunity to examine something that has implications for so many people."

A Masterful Concert Opens UK Chorale Season

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 15:42


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) — The 2014 University of Kentucky Chorale will make its fall debut at the Cathedral of Christ the King as part of the "Cathedral Concert Series." The chorale, under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, UK School of Music director of Choral Activities, will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. The concert is free and open to the public.


UK Chorale's concert program will feature a performance of Franz Schubert’s Mass in G. Additionally, the program will consist of "Ave verum corpus" by Wolfgang Mozart; "Jubilate Deo" by Benjamin Britten: "In paradisum" by Gregory Partain; and "Great God Almighty" arranged by Stacey V. Gibbs. The Chorale will be accompanied by Michael Rintamaa and assistant conducted by doctoral candidate, J.D. Frizzell.


The UK Chorale is the premier mixed choral ensemble at UK. It consists mostly of upperclassmen and graduate students. While the majority of singers are music majors, there are a number of other academic disciplines represented within the ensemble. The Chorale prides itself in performing a wide variety of choral literature from Renaissance to 21st Century.


The "Cathedral Concert Series" is presented by the Cathedral of Christ the King Music Ministry in cooperation with the UK School of Music. It is funded by the Cathedral of Christ the King endowment fund. Christ the King is located at 299 Colony Boulevard in Lexington.


For more information on this concert or the UK Chorale, contact Evan Pulliam,  

administrative assistant for UK Choirs, at


The UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;  


Big Blue Family VIDEO: Act of Giving Impacts Three Generations of Dawson Family

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:10



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) — There is a phone call Point of Care Ultrasound Director and Assistant Emergency Medicine Program Director Dr. Matthew Dawson will never forget. 


While he was a medical resident in Utah, his father Stewart Dawson, then the chaplain for the Lexington Fire Department, called to ask him about a bispectral index monitor – more commonly called a BIS monitor.    


His father had helped to organize Lexington’s “Race to Remember” as a tribute to those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks.  The money raised in the event would go to meet the needs of Kentucky Children's Hospital  (KCH), and that monitor was on their wish list. 


The firefighters ended up donating money to go toward the monitors, which help anesthetists and caregivers measure an indication of patients' consciousness while under anesthesia.  UKNow reported on the donations back in 2010.


Dr. Dawson hadn’t heard of the piece of equipment and says he really didn’t give the conversation any more thought. 


Fast forward a couple of years later, when Matthew Dawson, and his wife, Dr. Kristin Dawson, and their two children are living in Lexington.


When their daughter Avery was an infant, she suddenly became very ill and was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit at KCH. 


“She was ventilated for six days before we knew exactly what was wrong with her,” said Kristin Dawson, who most recently completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UK.  “It was an incredibly scary and difficult time for our family.”


As little Avery fought an eventual diagnosis of infant botulism, the staff at KCH utilized a piece of equipment that Matthew Dawson had never seen before.  But he immediately recalled hearing about it. 


“I remembered that conversation with my father, and I never thought I would hear about it again, until the day they brought it into Avery’s room,” Matthew Dawson said. 


The BIS monitor, that same piece of equipment his own father had been so interested in, was now being used to treat the Dawsons' daughter.


Watch the video above to discover how an act of philanthropy spearheaded by a grandfather would end up directly helping his own granddaughter at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. 


The Lexington Fire Department still holds the race each September in its efforts to give back to children being treated at KCH.


For more information on the race and its history of giving back, visit: 


For more information about giving to Kentucky Children’s Hospital, visit:


This video feature is a “Big Blue Family” follow up to a story UKNow first published in May about the Dawsons, who you may remember are a couple who met at the William T. Young Library and married while attending the UK College of Medicine.  


This story is part of a special new series (see video below) produced by UKNow focusing on families who help make up the University of Kentucky community. There are many couples, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters who serve at UK in various fields.   The idea is to show how UK is part of so many families’ lives and how so many families are focused on helping the university succeed each and everyday. 



Since the "Big Blue Family" series is a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If you know of a family who you think should be featured, please email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!


VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones,-Timoney, 859-257-1754 OR Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282,

UK Education Abroad to Hold Scholarship Workshop Today

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:58


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2014) — Today from 3 to 7 p.m., University of Kentucky Education Abroad (EA) will host its Scholarship Workshop in the Hub of William T. Young Library. Free pizza will be provided.


"Following the success of last week's Education Abroad Fair, we are excited to offer an informal workshop that focuses on funding opportunities available for education abroad," said Miko McFarland, assistant director of UK Education Abroad. "Students can drop by to get information about UK college and departmental, program-specific and external scholarships. EA staff will be available to review students' scholarship essays, provide guidance on applying for scholarships and share additional ideas for fundraising."


The UK Education Abroad scholarship application deadline for winter and spring programs is Oct. 1. 


"We encourage winter and spring education abroad students to attend, along with students who are thinking about a future education abroad program," said McFarland.

'Suda On Line' Database is Complete

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:47
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) — The first English translation of the entire Suda lexicon, a massive 10th century Byzantine encyclopedia, is complete after more than 16 years of collaborative, volunteer-driven work by a diverse group of scholars, including key contributors from the University of Kentucky. 


The translation, as well as the first continuous commentary on the Suda's contents in any language, is now searchable and browsable through the Suda On Line (SOL) database at Conceived in 1998, the project grew to comprise more than 31,000 entries, through the contributions of more than 200 volunteers. 


The project was groundbreaking in more ways than one, providing a new model of open, participatory scholarship. The project organizers state:


"From the beginning, the idea of SOL was not just to translate the Suda but to develop and test a new paradigm of scholarly publication. The innovative features of this paradigm include not only the purpose-built computational infrastructure for compiling and working with the submitted material, but also some unorthodox editorial principles. The entire editing process was to be open, open-ended, and crowdsourced (though that term did not yet exist).


"Nearly anyone who possessed the ability to translate ancient Greek, regardless of formal credentials and specialization, was eligible to apply to the project and request the assignment of any entry. Submitted entries, even ones that were very rough and mistake-ridden, would be instantly accessible on the site (though marked clearly as ‘draft’ until vetted). Vetting and editing would be done not by clandestine referees but by scholars whose real names would be listed on every entry they worked on; and no entry, however well translated and annotated, would ever be considered off-limits for future improvement."

Two UK faculty members, Ross Scaife, professor in the Department of Classics, and Raphael Finkel, professor in the Department of Computer Science, were heavily involved in the project from the beginning. SOL was one of the first new projects that Scaife brought under the aegis of the Stoa Consortium ( Design and programming of the SOL system commenced under the supervision of Scaife and Finkel, who also co-authored the database system used by the project.  


The project suffered a tremendous loss with Scaife's untimely death in 2008. His collaborators say the Suda On Line will be "a lasting monument to Ross's pioneering efforts" and note that his "legacy also lives on in a number of projects inspired and influenced by the SOL’s methods and principles." 


Project organizers say that their work is not finished, although all the entries are translated. One of the principles of SOL is that there will never be any limit to the improvement that the contents of the database can undergo. From here on, editors will be scrutinizing every entry for opportunities to introduce improvements to the translations, additions to the annotations, updates to the associated bibliography, and other enhancements.


A brief history of the project is available at For further background, see Anne Mahoney's article in Digital Humanities Quarterly at


The SOL has already proved to be a catalyst for new scholarship on the Suda, including the identification – as possible, probable, or certain – of many hundreds more of the Suda's quotations than previously recognized. A list of these identifications, with links to the Suda entries in question, can be found at




MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Hautala, 859-533-2911; 

Think You Have Alzheimer's? UK Study Suggests You May Be Right

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) -- New research by scientists at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging suggests that people who notice their memory is slipping may be on to something.


The research, led by Richard Kryscio, Ph.D., chair of the Department of of Biostatistics and associate director of the Alzheimer's Disease Center at UK, appears to confirm that self-reported memory complaints are strong predictors of clinical memory impairment later in life.


Kryscio and his group asked 531 people with an average age of 73 and free of dementia if they had noticed any changes in their memory in the prior year. The participants were also given annual memory and thinking tests for an average of 10 years. After death, participants' brains were examined for evidence of Alzheimer's disease.


During the study, 56 percent of the participants reported changes in their memory, at an average age of 82. The study found that participants who reported changes in their memory were nearly three times more likely to develop memory and thinking problems. About one in six participants developed dementia during the study, and 80 percent of those first reported memory changes.


"What's notable about our study is the time it took for the transition from self-reported memory complaint to dementia or clinical impairment -- about 12 years for dementia and nine years for clinical impairment -- after the memory complaints began," Kryscio said. "That suggests that there may be a significant window of opportunity for intervention before a diagnosable problem shows up."


Kryscio points out that while these findings add to a growing body of evidence that self-reported memory complaints can be predictive of cognitive impairment later in life, there isn't cause for immediate alarm if you can't remember where you left your keys.


"Certainly, someone with memory issues should report it to their doctor so they can be followed. Unfortunately, however, we do not yet have preventative therapies for Alzheimer's disease or other illnesses that cause memory problems."


The research, which was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, was published in the Sept. 24, 2014, online issue of Neurology.

Children’s Advocate Shriver Visits Child Development Center of the Bluegrass

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) -- The Child Development Center of the Bluegrass at the University of Kentucky hosted “A Special Evening with Mark K. Shriver” on Tuesday, Sept. 23.  Shriver was keynote speaker at a dinner held at the Center.


Shriver is senior vice president for strategic initiatives at Save the Children, the leading independent organization creating lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Previously, Shriver served two four-year terms as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and was Maryland's first-ever chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families.


“High-quality early learning programs can set children on a path to success in life – and the more successful they are, the brighter the future for us all,” said Shriver who toured the Child Development Center for the Bluegrass earlier in the day.


Shriver, the son of the late Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, has had a longstanding commitment to children and their well-being. In 1988, Shriver founded the innovative Choice Program, a public/private partnership that serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling and job training services. Shriver has been widely published in the national media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and Newsweek, among others.


He served as chair of the National Commission on Children and Disasters and as a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Advisory Council. Shriver received his undergraduate degree from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993.


In August 2012, the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass, relocated to a new facility located on the campus of the University of Kentucky off Alumni Drive near The Arboretum. The Center has served more than 10,000 children in Fayette County and the surrounding area for more than 50 years. After its move to UK, the Center more than tripled the number of children able to be provided services including full-day childhood education 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.


For more information about the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass, visit




College of Pharmacy to Host Drug Discovery Symposium

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:26
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy will host its fifth annual Symposium on Drug Discovery and Development on Thursday, Sept. 25.


This year’s symposium features recent advances in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease and substance abuse in which biologics have been employed as therapeutic agents.


"In addition to outstanding investigators from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and pharmaceutical industry, the program includes short talks by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice,” said Gregory Graf, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and this year's symposium chair. "We are particularly enthusiastic about advances in the treatment of cocaine overdose that will be highlighted during this year’s symposium, as this agent was developed at the University of Kentucky in the laboratory of Dr. Chang-Guo Zhan.” 


The 2014 Symposium invited speakers include:

  • Alan T. Remaley, senior investigator, Lipoprotein Metabolism Section, National Institutes of Health – “Recombinant LCAT in LCAT deficiency and Acute Coronary Syndromes”
  • Ronald B. DeMattos, research advisor, Discovery Neuroscience, Eli Lilly and Company – “Monoclonal Antibody Therapy in the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease”
  • Azmi Nasser, associate director of clinical pharmacy, PK/PD, global clinical development director, Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceutical, Inc. – “Recombinant Choline Esterases in the Treatment of Cocaine Overdose”

The symposium will also feature the college’s 2013 Publication of the Year, “Association Between Pseudoephedrine Sales and Reported Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory Seizures in Kentucky,” which was published in the Journal of American of the American Medical Association and has had a significant impact on discussions among pharmaceutical policy makers around the nation.  


New to this year’s symposium is the final round of the College’s Elevator Speech Competition in which graduate students must present their thesis project in fewer than three minutes.


The symposium showcases cutting-edge research to the local scientific community and encourages collaboration in basic and translational science as well as pharmacy practice and policy. By hosting renowned scientists working on distinct areas of diseases, but each employing biological agents in drug discovery and development, the college hopes the forum will bring together researchers at UK working to improve our understanding of, and advance the development of therapeutic approaches for, the unmet health care needs of the citizens of Kentucky and the nation.


Registration is open for the 2014 Symposium at the following website: