LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2015) — The University of Kentucky will host 140 Fulbright students from Pakistan, who recently arrived in the United States for their graduate studies, at the Fulbright Pakistan Fall Seminar Nov. 5-8, 2015. The seminar, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan, will focus on how social justice movements have shaped contemporary U.S. life and culture.
The seminar will also address how to be successful in the U.S. higher education system, and participants will have the opportunity to work with a number of returning-student mentors. The seminar will provide professional development and networking opportunities and will acquaint participants with the culture of the Upper South region of the United States. In addition, participants will visit the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
The seminar’s thematic sessions include “The Making of Modern Kentucky: Race and the Fight for Equal Rights,” “Tools of U.S. Social Justice Movements” and “U.S. Social Movements Today.” These sessions will expose students to critical issues facing U.S. society and will introduce some of the ways the U.S. responds to movements for social change. Participants will develop a greater understanding of the cultural context in which they are living.
The sessions will be led by distinguished faculty members of UK, U.S. Department of State program officers, and members of the Lexington community, including a retired Lexington Herald-Leader reporter, and local leaders of the Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah, American Spiritual Ensemble, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and The Plantory.
Dr. Carol E. Jordan, executive director of the University of Kentucky Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women, will give the keynote address at 7:30 p.m. on November 5, at the Embassy Suites Lexington Hotel. Members of the media are welcome to attend and should RSVP to Andrea Gils. Interviews with Fulbright Students from Pakistan and program administrators can also be arranged by request.
Since 1950, the U.S. and Pakistani governments have partnered to operate and manage the Fulbright Program in Pakistan with the goal to help Pakistanis learn more about the United States and to help Americans learn more about Pakistan. Close to 3,000 Pakistanis and 880 U.S. citizens have been awarded Fulbright grants to study or research in the United States and in Pakistan, respectively. There are currently 419 Pakistani students in the United States pursuing master’s and Ph.D. degrees through the Fulbright Program, making it the largest Fulbright Foreign Student program in the world.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants from more than 160 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2015) — Deborah Willis, a groundbreaking photographer who is internationally recognized for her work on the visual representation of African Americans, will present the second installment of this year's Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series, organized by the University of Kentucky Art Museum. The lecture begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Both the lecture and an exhibition of Willis' work, currently on display as part of a reinstallation of UK's permanent collection through Dec. 23, are free and open to the public.
"She has been one of my heroes for a long time," said Janie Welker, UK Art Museum curator. "She is the rare scholar who delivers keen critical analysis with the ease of a storyteller, and as the MacArthur Foundation noted when they awarded her a 'genius' grant in 2000, she has pretty much single-handedly recovered the legacy of African-American photography."
Willis' early work includes monographs on J. P. Ball, a prominent 19th century daguerreotypist in Cincinnati and James Van Der Zee, who chronicled the Harlem Renaissance. Her numerous publications include: "Picturing Us: African American Identity in Photography"; "Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present"; "Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs"; and "Black Venus 2010: They Called Her 'Hottentot.'"
Willis has worked as a curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library and at the Smithsonian Center for African American History producing exhibitions and related publications stemming from her original research. These include "Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to Present" at the Smithsonian. Willis also co-produced the documentary "Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People." This fall, she curated a traveling exhibition "Posing Beauty in African American Culture," which was based on her recent book.
The May Lecture Series explores photography's roots in the 19th century and its reinvention in the digital world. The lecture series is made possible through the Robert C. May Photography Endowment, a museum fund established in 1994 for the support of acquisitions and programs relating to photography. Other speakers coming to town as part of the series include Paul Shambroom.
The mission of the UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,800 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the museum presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2015) — Human and mammalian milk, a key source of early infant nourishment, has evolved as a result of 200 million plus years of Darwinian pressure on mammalian lactation to become the near perfect species specific neonatal food.
The composition of milk varies dramatically between species. For example, seal milk has evolved to contain 50 percent fat to provide high energy nourishment in an extremely cold environment for baby seals compared to 4.5 percent fat in mature human milk. Most carnivores, for example cats, produce milk containing 10 percent protein compared to 1.4 percent for human milk.
Other evolved milk components also vary greatly depending on the needs of the species. Human breast milk components, while nourishing growth of the infant, also provide a myriad of bioactive compounds that modulate the immune system, cognitive development, protection from toxins and pathogenic disease, and remarkably help establish the intestinal microbiota (gut bacteria). One of the most important short-term immunological benefits of breast feeding is the protection against infectious disease. Breast milk contains antibodies and molecules, like lactoferrin and nucleotides, to protect against pathogenic bacteria and viruses.
Other benefits include a positive effect on improved cognitive development, measured by scoring higher on intelligence tests. One plausible explanation for this improvement includes the omega-3 fatty acids found in human milk. These fatty acids are largely absent in cow’s milk and are associated with better cognitive function and vision. Amazingly, breast milk adapts to the infant’s growth with the initial secretion of colostrum (rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antibodies and growth factors) followed by transitional milk, and finally mature milk, which contains progressively more fats and sugars than colostrum.
Further, human milk proteins compared to cow’s milk are more easily digested and are less allergenic. Not only does breast milk provide the right composition of needed nutrients for the infant, it also provides the right nutrients to maintain a healthy gut microbiome. In addition to sugar (lactose), fat and protein, breast milk contains oligosaccharides (long complex sugar molecules), which are not digested and do not contribute to the infant’s nourishment but are important in promoting healthy gut bacteria.
There are more than 200 different oligosaccharides found in human milk making up 10 percent of the milk content with many of these complex sugars supporting the specific growth of good gut bacteria. By having these good bacteria, like Bifidobacterium infantis, present in the babies gut it may serve as a shield formed against unwanted pathogenic invaders. Not only do these complex sugars provide nourishment for the good bacteria, they also bind with the bad bacteria and move them out of the intestines into the diapers. So breast milk has evolved to nourish and to protect the infant from disease causing organisms. No other food has this amazing capability.
Geza Bruckner, Ph.D., is a professor and director of the Division of Clinical Nutrition and Health Sciences, Education, and Research at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2015) — U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden recently told University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment students they are the next generation of agricultural decision makers and problem solvers.
Harden said one thing she loves about her job is meeting with college students.
“I encourage you to learn from history, so you don’t forget the path,” said Harden, to students gathered in the Cameron Williams lecture hall in the Plant Sciences building on the UK campus. “We need more people to be part of the future (of agriculture).”
One of Harden’s passions is working to eliminate food waste.
“We throw away a vast one-third of what we produce each year,” she said. “We buy more than we can eat. I’m guilty of it myself, but I’m trying to change that. Even though I live in a high-rise building, I still compost my food waste.”
She shared a new app the U.S. Department of Agriculture developed called FoodKeeper. Users will be able to find storage timelines, cooking tips and learn how storage methods affect the storage life of foods. They will also be able to personalize the app according to their purchases and ask questions of USDA representatives.
After her brief address, Harden took questions from students in the audience. Students posed a variety of topics for discussion including food safety, immigration and migrant workers, animal health and urban farming. Harden also encouraged students who have an interest in agriculture, but don’t have a rural or farm background, to pursue their passion.
During her visit to the UK campus last week, Harden toured The 90, an 80,000 square-foot academic-support and dining facility. There she visited with administrators of The Food Connection at UK, which serves farmers, food producers, students and consumers through creative strategies for a vibrant, healthy and sustainable food economy.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2015) — A new science called neurogastronomy explores brain and behavior in the context of food, and the International Society of Neurogastronomy's inaugural symposium will bring together for the first time the "four pillars" of neurogastronomy to share their knowledge and begin a dialogue that, they hope, will ultimately lead to real changes in brain behavior as it relates to food.
Registration for the symposium which will take place this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Pavilion A of the Albert B. Chandler Hospital, will close Tuesday at 5 p.m. Instead of long lectures typical of a symposium, there are several presentations in a TED-talk style format.
Featured speakers include:
- Next Iron Chef Runner-up Jehangir Mehta: "The Museum of Modern Protein"
- James Beard finalist and Mind of a Chef host Ed Lee: "Disease, Recovery, the Pleasure Principle, and a new Anti-Inflammatory Cuisine"
- Leah Sarris, program director for the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University: "Culinary Medicine: Bridging the Gap Between Kitchen and Clinic"
- Fred Morin of Joe Beef Montreal: "Eat! It's Good For You!"
- Local chef/celebrity Ouita Michel: "Food and the Cancer Patient: Psychology and Nutrition — a Chef's Perspective"
- Bob Perry, UK professor and chef: "Yields and Flavors of Heritage Hog Breeds"
- Gordon Shepherd, the father of neurogastronomy: "Neurogastronomy: Expanding the Brain's World of Flavor"
- Physiologist Tim McClintock: "Receptor Identification: The Future of Flavor Development"
- Prize-winning experimental psychologist Charles Spence: "The Perfect Meal: On the Multisensory Science of Food and Dining"
- UK neurologist Sid Kapoor: "The Ketogenic Diet in Epilepsy"
- UK neuropsychologist Dan Han: "Clinical Neurogastronomy: Combating Brain Problems with Flavor"
- UK physiologist Bret Smith: "The Brain's Control of Eating, Energy Balance, and Metabolism"
The symposium will be a true culinary experience as well, with tasting breaks to help participants grasp the fundamentals of flavor perception (sweet, salty, umami, etc.) and chef-quality breakfast and lunch breaks.
ISN co-founder Han is anxious to begin the dialogue that might ultimately provide tangible improvement to quality of life for people with neurologically-related taste impairments.
"When the concept of neurogastronomy was introduced, people realized it was a need that had been there for a long time – ever since mammals started eating," Han said. "If we could get together and simply provide ways to help these patients enjoy a meal, break bread with family and friends and enjoy that process again, then I would be very proud of that contribution to clinical sciences."
For more information about the ISN Symposium or to register, go to http://www.isneurogastronomy.org/
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2015) — The Winter/Spring 2016 priority registration period is now open and will remain open through Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Throughout the past few weeks, communication to students has been underway announcing priority registration. E-mails, posters and social media among other efforts have announced the kick-off to Winter/Spring 2016 registration. Also, for the second year, University of Kentucky stickers will be given to each student after they have been advised and cleared for registration. The stickers provide the dates of registration, the myUK link and the registration help line phone number.
Priority registration is dependent upon how many credit hours a student has earned by the end of the fall 2015 semester.
"With the improvements that have been made to the registration process, students will find that registration and planning is a powerful tool to aid in their academic career," said Don Witt, associate provost for enrollment management and director of undergraduate admissions and university registrar. "I’m very excited about the enhanced communication and efforts to incentivize students to plan and register as early as possible. This effort helps maximize a student's chance at registering for the classes they need in order to graduate on time."
Prior to registering, an undergraduate student must meet with an advisor and complete a registration worksheet. After these steps are completed, the undergraduate student will have their advisor hold lifted, allowing them to register for classes during their registration window. For instructions, they should contact the dean's office in their college. Students who are undeclared are advised in Undergraduate Studies located on the first floor of Miller Hall.
Once a student's registration window opens, it will not close until Nov. 24. These windows will continue to open on a staggered schedule which is determined upon the number of credit hours a student has earned and the student's classification.
When priority registration concludes, eligible students will be able to register and add/drop courses from Nov. 30 through Dec. 21 and again Jan. 4 through 20. The first day of the spring 2015 semester is Wednesday, Jan. 13.
"Additionally, follow-up communications will take place after the registration windows to those students who have not yet registered," said Witt. "These efforts, along with outreach from faculty, staff, advisors and peers, help contribute to overall university retention efforts."
For a list of all Spring 2016 registration windows, click here.
To view the Spring 2016 schedule of classes, visit www.myuk.uky.edu/irj/portal, click on the "Student Services" tab, then the "Plan and register for Courses" link followed by "Search Course Catalog."
Students who have failed to pay citations before their class registration window opens may be unable to register for classes due to an administrative hold. Students can pay citations online at www.uky.edu/pts/online-services_pay-a-citation.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2015) — Laura Roché Youngworth, University of Kentucky alumna, was named the 2015 Kentucky World Language Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA). The KWLA's Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes an achieving individual in the language teaching profession who engages students to learn inside and outside of the classroom, meets the goals of the National Standards for Foreign Language Learners, and advocates for his or her community.
The UK alumna received her bachelor's degree in French, English, and Secondary Education, a MATWL (Master of Teaching World Languages) in French and her master’s degree and Rank I in Curriculum and Instruction. She is in her sixth year of teaching French language at Beaumont Middle School, after teaching at Scott High School in Kenton County and Anderson County High School. Youngworth is president of the Kentucky chapter of the American Asssocation of Teachers of French.
"Dr. Youngworth has a passion for French language and culture which, through hard work, she has effectively combined with her knowledge and skills as a professional educator. The combination has made her an exceptional teacher and has benefitted the students of Kentucky tremendously," said Nels Jeff Rogers, associate professor of German studies in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MCL). "The faculty in French and MCL are proud of Dr. Youngworth's accomplishments. We have no doubt that in the years to come she will continue to be an educational leader in the state and nationally."
Youngworth will represent KWLA in the Regional Teacher of the Year award pool at SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching) scheduled for February in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The KWLA is a "network of individuals" dedicated to educating and learning a wide variety of world languages and cultures. In addition to the Outstanding Teacher Award, the KWLA also has awards for Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher, Outstanding Administrator, Lifetime Achievement and Amici Linguarum, meaning "friend of languages."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2015) — Over the years, skeptics have at times been publicly critical of what they perceived as a lack of activity on the University of Kentucky's Coldstream Research Campus. These days, there is plenty going on at Coldstream.
Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing recently sat down with the executive director of Coldstream, George Ward, for a conversation on 'UK at the Half,' a feature about people and programs at the university, which airs at halftime of every live radio broadcast of Wildcat football and basketball on the UK Sports Network.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2015) — The Univesity of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will present a free Breeders' Cup Concert tonight with Berlin Philharmonic clarinetist Walter Seyfarth. WUKY is offering a preview of tonight's concert that begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Singletary Center for the Arts.
The interview with orchestra director John Nardolillo and the in-depth preview of the concert can be heard here: http://wuky.org/post/john-nardolillo-previews-upcoming-uk-symphony-orchestra-concert.
In tonight's event, the UK Symphony Orchestra will join Seyfarth for the Breeders’ Cup Concert, which will feature Mozart’s Overture to "The Magic Flute," Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2015) — Lexington's fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will take place from Nov. 16-22. This week of exciting events, is organized and hosted by the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership (BBDP), which is comprised of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship and the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network within the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Commerce Lexington.
Global Entrepreneurship Week http://www.gew.co/ is an international initiative that celebrates today's innovators and creative thinkers, who bring ideas to life and foster economic growth and human development. During the week the BBDP will host informational panels, networking events, workshops, competitions and other events that focus on the entrepreneurial community of Lexington.
“Lexington’s Global Entrepreneurship Week events provide both the university and community innovators and entrepreneurs a wonderful opportunity to come together to network and celebrate an ever growing and flourishing Bluegrass entrepreneurial community,” said Warren Nash, director of the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network
GEW will kick off with the annual celebration of the region's entrepreneurs and the recipients of the 2015 Venture Club eAchievers awards. The celebration will be held on Monday, Nov. 16 from 5-7 p.m. at Manchester Music Hall, located at 899 Manchester Street. The cost to attend is $35 per person. Those who wish to attend need to register here.
On Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., the Bluegrass Biotech Regulatory Summit will be held at the Commerce Lexington Building located at 330 E. Main St. The summit will focus on regulatory issues for pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Speakers will include Elaine Duncan, president of Paladin Medical and Aimee Cousoilis of GxP Pinch Hitting. Also, biotech start-ups from across the Commonwealth will be discussing their experiences with FDA regulatory issues during the summit’s luncheon. While this is a free event, those interested in attending are requested to register here.
The Launchpad Lex Competition will give 12 companies the chance to compete to win a professionally produced 30-second commercial to be distributed on Red Oak Digital Network's 10 Shell gas stations for three months. Co-sponsored by the BBDP and the Red Oak Group, the free pitch event is from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Commerce Lexington Building located at 330 E. Main St. The competition guidelines and applications can be found at www.redoaklex.com. The deadline to apply to pitch is Nov. 9. Those interested in attending the presentations need to register here.
Twelve teams will be selected to pitch their company to a panel of business leaders at the Standup for your Start-Up Pitch Competition, which will take place from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. at Commerce Lexington. One of the judges for this competition will be Marc Nager, chief community officer of Techstars and CEO of Startup Weekend. The top prize, titled The Furst Award, will be $1,000 and second place will be awarded $500. Companies chosen to compete will also have a chance to showcase their product prior to the pitches. Competition guidelines and the application can be found here. The deadline to apply to pitch is Friday, Nov. 13. Those interested in attending and viewing pitches need to register here.
Other Lexington GEW events include, a Prototyping 101 Workshop hosted by the BBDP and Kre8Now; an Open Coffee at Boom Wagon, 800 N. Limestone featuring local companies who have run successful Kickstarter Campaigns and a Game Demo Day in the new UK Venture Studio. GEW wraps up with Lexington Startup Weekend. Nov. 20-22. Information on these and other GEW events can be found here.
Shirie Hawkins, director of the Bluegrass SBDC at the University of Kentucky, gets to the heart of GEW: “Participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week activities not only highlights and encourages the many opportunities that are available to start or expand a business but also celebrates the entrepreneurial energy in Lexington.”
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2015) – The John Templeton Foundation, a philanthropic organization devoted to rigorous scientific research and scholarship, has awarded a three-year, $2.4 million grant to Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati and his research team at the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences to study the genetics of a new source of DNA they discovered.
The human body is made up of trillions of cells, with their own complete set of genetic instructions. This set of instructions is known as our genome and is made up of DNA. Within this DNA is a unique chemical code that guides human growth, development and health.
The Ambati lab discovered a new ecosystem of genetic information that is separate from the traditional, well-known DNA in our genome. They plan to study the function and heritability of these newly discovered DNA molecules in this project.
"We are hopeful that these studies will shed new light both on organismal development and diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and macular degeneration," Ambati said.
Research in genetics was a long-standing interest of Sir John Templeton, the organization's founder. Templeton saw the extraordinary potential for explaining the deepest principles of life's evolution and for providing large-scale, transformative breakthroughs in fields like medicine and agriculture. He was particularly interested in how major advances in genetics might serve to empower individuals, leading to spiritually beneficial social and cultural changes.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2015) — Deborah Radman, a 40-year veteran of the public relations business and Fellow of the Public Relations Society of America, will deliver the 2015 James C. Bowling Executive-in-Residence lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center Recital Hall. This is the 16th year for the program.
Radman will speak on “Aspire Higher,” offering her view on ethical leadership in public relations. The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications Alumni Association.
Over the past 20 years, Radman has led award-winning PR programs and provided vital outsourced staff services to several organizations. Most recently, she ran Radman Communications, her consulting practice, which led to her full time employment at History Colorado after she returned to Denver from the East Coast. Before that, she worked in New York City as a special consultant to Ketchum PR leading the IBM Centennial Celebration which garnered six Silver Anvil Awards, the industry’s equivalent of an Oscar.
Prior to that Radman headed Chicago-based Cramer‐Krasselt Public Relations. CKPR’s professional practice spanned four offices and was part of the Cramer‐Krasselt ad agency, one of the largest, independent 360 marketing communications firms in the U.S. with nearly $1 billion in revenue. Prior to joining CKPR, Radman opened and built the New York office of Stanton Communications. Before that, she served as Managing Partner of Corporate and Marketing Communications at KCSA Public Relations Worldwide.
Radman has counseled clients primarily in the fields of corporate communications, crisis management, public affairs and both consumer and business‐to‐business marketing.
She became a public relations practitioner in Denver, where she grew up, attended college and worked for several firms before founding Brown Radman Wolper in 1992. With her partners she grew the business quickly, gaining many national accounts and opening local offices in New York City, Detroit and San Francisco.
Alyssa Eckman, chair of the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, said Radman’s presentation is relevant to all aspects of the industry.
“Ethics is at the core of all that we do in ISC,” Eckman said. “These principles apply to public relations, advertising, direct marketing, persuasive communications and branding. With her breadth of experience, Deborah Radman will offer multiple perspectives on the importance of ethical practices.”
Marc C. Whitt, director of development communications in the UK Office of Development, is the 2015 Excellence in Public Relations award recipient from the UK Department of Integrated Strategic Communication. He will be honored at a reception Nov. 12 preceding the annual James C. Bowling Executive-in-Residence lecture.
Whitt has led a distinguished career of more than 30 years in higher education and nonprofit public relations and marketing, and has long been an active advocate for education, economic development and the performing arts.
Whitt was recognized as the 2015 Eastern Kentucky University Department of Communication Distinguished Alumnus. He served 12 years as EKU’s Associate Vice President of Public Relations and Chief Communications Officer, where he developed and led a nationally award-winning program. Throughout his tenure as EKU’s spokesperson, Whitt was instrumental in enhancing relations between the university and national, regional and local media; civic leaders from across EKU’s service region; and with several national and international higher education and economic development associations. For eight of his last 12 years at EKU, Whitt taught Public Relations and Communication Studies in the Department of Communication, which earned him student nominations for the 2015 EKU Golden Apple Award, an award that recognizes instructors for their “excellence in teaching and encouragement of student success,” and the 2011‐12 Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year Award.
On the national front, Whitt is the Public Relations and Marketing Columnist for University Business magazine, one of the most regularly read publications for higher education leaders in the United States. He is also a frequent presenter, having addressed organizations such as the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, International Town & Gown Association, Council for Advancement & Support of Education, and in 2010 led a workshop at the International Higher Education Marketing Institute in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte.
Whitt's work has achieved measurable results garnering more than 40 national, regional and state honors, including the prestigious Beth K. Fields Service Award presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education-Kentucky for his lifetime service of excellence to the higher education advancement profession and the Kentucky Music Educators Association District 11 Friends of Music Award. Recently, Onalytica, a London, England-based social media network analysis agency, named Whitt among the "Top 100 Public Relations Influencers on Twitter." He was ranked 21st.
In August 2015, Whitt joined the Office of Development at the University of Kentucky where he serves as the director of development communications. He is responsible for promotional messaging of UK's philanthropic programs, including campaign communications, strategic development messaging, publications, website, social media, and other external and internal communications and outreach.
A native of Paintsville, Kentucky, Whitt and his wife, Jennifer, make their home in Richmond and are the parents of three children: Emily (married to Mark Wayne Fields), Elizabeth and Jacob.
The Bowling Executive-in-Residence Program began in 2000 and brings to UK nationally known public relations practitioners to not only deliver an address, but also meet with students interested in public relations careers. The program includes the executive-in-residence visit, the excellence award and a scholarship for a senior integrated strategic communication major with an emphasis in public relations. The 2015 scholarship recipient will be announced at the lecture.
The series honors James C. Bowling, the late retired assistant chairman of Philip Morris Companies Inc. He attended UK and later served the university as a member of the UK Development Council. In addition to serving on several national boards, Bowling also worked with the UK College of Agriculture, UK Gatton College of Business and Economics, and the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. This week guest host, UK News Director Alan Lytle interviews doctoral students Dara Vance and Cody Foster about the UK Department of History's new podcast series, "Long Story Short - A Brief History of History."
To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/uk-perspectives-doctoral-students-launch-podcast-get-young-people-hooked-history.
"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Election Law Society and election law expert Josh Douglas will provide live analyses on legal issues surrounding the Kentucky general election Tuesday, Nov. 3, on their blog at http://www.uky.edu/electionlaw/.
As results come in, Douglas, the Robert G. Lawson and William H. Fortune Associate Professor of Law, and the Election Law Society, a student organization at the UK College of Law, will provide easy-to-understand legal explanations and answer questions from the public and media on their blog from 5-10 p.m. Tuesday.
The analyses will cover the Kentucky gubernatorial race as well as the secretary of state, attorney general, state auditor, state treasurer and agriculture commissioner races.
"Any number of issues could arise on Election Day that will require attention from a legal perspective," Douglas said. "In particular we'll be watching to see if any of the races are close as the votes are tallied, and the potential for recounts or post-election contests increases."
Jack Conway, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has held a narrow lead over Republican Matt Bevin throughout the election. The latest Bluegrass Poll released Wednesday, Oct. 28, shows Conway with a 5 percentage point lead over Bevin. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points and 10 percent of voters polled said they have yet to decide between the candidates.
Students and Douglas will also be covering issues in the voting process, such as polls opening late or absentee ballot problems. A post about Kentucky's voter ID law and what voters need to take to the polls is already on the blog at http://www.uky.edu/electionlaw/analysis/what-bring-polls-some-quick-notes-kentuckys-voter-id-law.
"The live blog is a great resource for the general public to understand the myriad election law issues that occur," Douglas said.
And it serves as an opportunity for UK law students to examine and write pieces on an important and quickly growing area of the law.
"For those students who have a strong interest in politics but cannot fit Professor Douglas' election law class into their schedules, the ELS (Election Law Society) and live blog provides another vehicle for students to explore this fascinating branch of the law," said Christopher Stewart, a third year law student and president of the UK Election Law Society.
Last year, the blog received traffic from 45 of the 50 states and visitors from at least four foreign countries including Japan and Australia. In a five-day period, more than 3,000 visitors landed on the blog.
Visit the blog at http://www.uky.edu/electionlaw/.
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Trailer for Disney•Pixar's upcoming original feature film "The Good Dinosar," set to release Nov. 25
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2015) — From their origins in the creative minds of George Lucas and Steve Jobs to a glorious track record in cinema teaming up with Disney for features like "Toy Story," the Golden Globe Award-winning movie "Cars" and their newest film "The Good Dinosaur," Pixar Animation Studios is a powerhouse in the world of animation.
University of Kentucky students have a chance to see Pixar movie magic come to life as artist Matt Nolte gives a behind-the-scenes animation presentation noon Monday, Nov. 2, in the gallery of the Art and Visual Studies Building. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to arrive early as seating is limited.
Matt Nolte joined Pixar in July of 2004, starting as an animator on the award-winning feature "Cars." He went on to work on the Academy Award-winner "Ratatouille" as a character designer and continued as the character art director of the Academy Award-winning film "Brave."
As a character art director, Nolte helps design a film's characters and take them from an image on paper to a 3D model in the computer.
Nolte is currently serving as the character art director for Disney•Pixar's upcoming original feature film "The Good Dinosar," set to release Nov. 25. The movie asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar takes viewers on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
A native of San Diego, California, Nolte attended Ricks Junior College in Rexburg, Idaho, and the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. He currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two children.
Located in Emeryville, California, Pixar Animation Studios has created acclaimed animated feature and short films for more than 25 years. Pixar is also home to the RenderMan line of software products.
Nolte's talk is presented by the UK School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts. The school is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies, and art education.
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Appalachian Translational Research Network Health Summit Highlights, Facilitates Regional Collaborations
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2015) — Chronic health challenges show no regard for state boundaries in central Appalachia. Some of the nation's highest rates of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and mental health problems can be found in the region stretching across Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio and Tennessee. Recognizing that these unrelenting regional health problems required a proportional regional response, researchers and clinicians across central Appalachian states created the Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN).
The ATRN aims to enhance research collaborations and speed the translation of scientific discoveries to improve health in the region. Members include the University of Kentucky, Marshall University, The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, West Virginia University and East Tennessee State University.
This month, more than 130 clinicians, researchers, policymakers and community members gathered at the 5th Annual ATRN Health Summit to share expertise, resources and facilitate collaboration. The ATRN summit was held Oct. 14 - 16 in Charleston, West Virginia, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI). The summit included podium and poster presentations as well as regional and national expert speakers.
"The reality is that the very long term health disparities and health conditions within the central Appalachian region are so well-documented," said Patrick Kitzman, director of the ATRN and associate professor at UK. "The problems are so large that no one institution can even begin to have a sustained impact on fixing them. The only way to have a sustained impact in the region is to work as a team. We need collaborative voices and knowledge, and we have to look at it at every level you can think of."
Patient-centered outcomes research was a particular focus of the ATRN summit. Greg Martin, deputy director of stakeholder engagement at the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), presented an overview of the institute, and three investigators who have received PCORI funding shared their research. Presenters included Debra Moser, PhD, RN, professor of nursing at UK; Kelly Nottingham, MPH, CHES, executive director of Primary Care Research Initiatives; and Nate Thompson, executive director of the Athens Photographic Project, who shared his using art as means to engage and support individuals living with mental illness.
"We've got to get out of the mindset that only doctors and nurses and clinicians can ask questions about health care. We've got to listen to communities," Kitzman said.
The summit also focused on identifying and learning from "bright spots" of positive health outcomes in Appalachia. Earlier this year, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky joined with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to launch a three year Bright Spots research project to examine factors that support a culture of health and hopefully translate these factors into actions that address health disparities in Appalachia.
Kitzman said that convening the ARC and RWJF with the ATRN partners helped everyone learn about each other's work and identify possible collaborations.
"Instead of always asking 'What's bad here?' we can also look at spots where things are working. What are they doing right? Can the region learn from its own groups?" he said.
Julie Lockman, director of scientific development and research pathfinder at the WVCTSI, emphasized the essential need for stakeholders throughout the region to combine efforts and share what's working, and what's not.
"The state boundaries are there, but the health issues surpass those boundaries. The research taking place in West Virginia is just as applicable to regions of Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee because the health disparities exist across borders. Whether it was bench science or community work or policy, we had all those pieces of the puzzles represented at the summit," she said.
Conference organizers reported robust dialogue between participants who were eager to learn about research and programs throughout the region.
"Bringing different people together is the best thing that comes out of these conferences," said Jay Mason, program coordinator for community engagement and outreach at the WVCTSI. "And then the question becomes how we can continue to build on these relationships after these meetings."
Next year's ATRN summit, which rotates between partnering institutions, will be held at Ohio University.
Several poster and podium presentations received awards this year, including a new "viewer's choice" award.
- First Place: Danielle Shepherd, West Virginia University - "Mitochondrial Dysfunction: A New Clinical Predictor of Disease Development in the Type 2 Diabetic Patient”
- Second Place: Amanda Stover, University of Cincinnati: “High Risk Drug-Related Behaviors Among People Residing in Appalachian Counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee”
Early State Investigators
- First Place: Dr. Danielle Davidov, West Virginia University, "“Factors Influencing Adoption of a Primary Prevention Violence Program in Kentucky High Schools
- Second Place: Dr. Audis Bethea, Charleston Area Medical Center - "Predictors of Contrast Induced Nephropathy in Trauma Patients”
- First Place: Dr. David Siderovski, West Virginia University - “Genetic Variations in GPSM3 Associated with Protection from Rheumatoid Arthritis affect its Transcription Abundance”
- Second Place: Dr. Beth Bailey, East Tennessee State University - “Barriers to Primary Care Smoking Cessation Efforts in Rural Appalachia: Mental Health Problems, Other Substance Use, Chronic Pain, and Disability”
- Dr. Fran Feltner, University of Kentucky - "Appalachian Research Day: Come Sit on the Porch"
Session A: Dr. Roberto Cardarelli, University of Kentucky - " Terminate Lung Cancer (TLC): Knowledge and attitudes of lung cancer screening in a high-risk, rural population”
Session B: Dr. Daniel McNeil, West Virginia University - “Oral Health among Pregnant Women in Northern Appalachia"
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2015) — University of Kentucky art studio senior Tom Baker will present his B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) solo exhibition "Imago Dei" that offers a critique of Christian culture, politics, theology and iconography. The show, which is free and open to the public, will be on display Nov. 2-6, in the Art and Visual Studies Building Art Gallery. An opening reception in honor of Baker's work will be presented 5-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at the gallery.
The intersection between religion, politics and culture is incredibly important to Baker's art. His art is both sacrilegious and yet deeply influenced by his own religious practice. Baker has a desire for his artwork to participate in the prophetic tradition of the Old Testament.
"Thematically the show offers a critique of Christian culture, politics, theology and iconography from my perspective as a practicing liberal Christian who has worked in ministry for the last 14 years," Baker said.
The solo show will include several mixed media prints as well as an installation and performance piece.
A nontraditional student, Baker is a father of four who has a communication background and previously worked as a musician, call center manager, in ministry and as a research assistant at UK. After being laid off from his regular job, he decided to follow his passion for art and return to school and pursue a degree in art studio specializing in print media. In addition, according to the artist, he suffers from bipolar disorder.
Despite adversity, Baker has managed to garner several awards, including a Summer Sustainability Research and Creativity Fellowship from UK, as well as the Ross Zirkle Memorial Award for printmaking and service to the campus and community. Baker recently exhibited work in Tokushima, Japan; Atlanta, Georgia; Jupiter, Florida; and at the Mid-America Print Council Members' Juried Exhibition in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Baker is active in the local and national printmaking community as a member of the Lexington Guild of Printmakers, the Southern Graphics Council International, the Mid-America Print Council, and as co-founder of Back Alley Press, a student printmaking organization at UK.
"Imago Dei" is presented by UK School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts. The school is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies, and art education.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2015) — In celebration of the Breeders' Cup coming to Lexington, Berlin Philharmonic clarinetist Walter Seyfarth will join musicians from the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and UK School of Music for two concerts this week.
As part of his residency at the School of Music, Seyfarth will perform in a chamber music concert tonight. The concert program will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet and Johannes Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet. The featured string quintet will include: Walter Seyfarth, on clarinet; UK Symphony Orchestra Conductor John Nardolillo, on violin; Margie Karp, violin and viola lecturer, on viola; Benjamin Karp, violoncello professor, on cello; and doctoral student Jessica Miskelly, of Baltimore, Maryland, on violin.
The chamber concert featuring Seyfarth begins 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday), Oct. 29, at First Presbyterian Church. The event is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted at the concert with proceeds benefitting the Music for Mission program, which presents free concerts for the community given by outstanding musical artists while raising money and awareness for local and regional mission organizations.
The following evening UK's entire symphony will join Seyfarth center stage for the Breeders’ Cup Concert, which will feature Mozart’s Overture to "The Magic Flute," Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2.
UK Symphony Orchestra's Breeders' Cup Concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.
Seyfarth is native of Düsseldorf, Germany. At the age of 16, he was a first prize winner in the Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband competition. Following studies at the University of Music in Freiburg under Peter Rieckhoff and with Karl Leister at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy, he was appointed to the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1975. In 1985, Seyfarth joined the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as solo E flat clarinetist.
Founder of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, Seyfarth is also a member of the larger ensemble, The Winds of the Berlin Philharmonic. Among his teaching and mentoring responsibilities are appointments with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy, the Jeunesse Musicales World Orchestra and the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela.
Seyfarth worked in the last 30 Years with the world's leading conductors, including Herbert von Karajan, Leonhard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. His chamber music partners behind the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet are Katja and Marielle Labeque, Daishin Kashimoto, and Stephen Hough, among others. Since 2012, he has performed as a soloist for the new Music Festival in Trancoso (Brazil).
Since Nardolillo took the conductor's podium of the UK Symphony Orchestra, it has enjoyed great success accumulating recording credits and sharing the stage with such acclaimed international artists as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch, as well the Boston Pops. In addition to its own concerts, UK Symphony Orchestra provides accompaniment for much of the UK Opera Theatre season. UK's orchestra is one of a very select group of university orchestras under contract with Naxos, the world's largest classical recording label.
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.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2015) — Tracy Campbell, professor of history and interim chair of the University of Kentucky Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences was interviewed by National Public Radio Wednesday morning about the African-American neighborhoods razed to build the museum and grounds surrounding St. Louis' Gateway Arch.
Campbell, an expert in 20th century American social and political history, wrote “The Gateway Arch: A Biography” (Yale, 2013), which was featured on NPR's "Weekend Edition" with Scott Simon, XM Radio's "The Bob Edwards Show," and was selected by the History Book Club. The book was also chosen as one of the Best Books of 2013 by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and won the 2014 Missouri History Book Award. In July 2015, Campbell discussed the book on C-Span's "Book TV."
The NPR story can be accessed at http://www.npr.org/2015/10/28/452299164/as-gateway-arch-turns-50-its-message-gets-reframed
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2015) — In August 2015 the University of Kentucky Office of First Generation Initiatives created a new program dubbed UK EMBRACE.
EMBRACE is designed to connect students with campus support programs that provide an array of financial, academic, social and emotional support throughout the journey to graduation from UK.
The program is available to students who are or have been displaced from their family of origin, former foster youth, orphans, previous wards of the state, adopted, homeless or an independent student.
EMBRACE is a holistic effort to provide students with a support system, resources and financial incentives necessary to pursue higher education and transition smoothly through college.
“Students who form a connection on campus are more likely to be retained. EMBRACE will provide that for students who have traditionally been marginalized as they transition to and proceed through college," said Matthew Deffendall, director of first generation initiatives. "Our goal is to be motivating and guiding for these students and provide a safe place for them.”
- Secondary advising through the Office of First Generation Initiatives
- Connections with the Office of Financial Aid
- Opportunities for additional scholarships and financial resources
- Workshops to connect students with campus partners to support the path to graduation
- Break housing for students living on campus
- An early move-in bridge program to provide an orientation to life at UK
As part of EMBRACE, students will:
- Meet with an EMBRACE coach to develop a graduation plan
- Attend a kickoff event at the beginning of each semester
- Participate in one EMBRACE workshop each semester
To register for EMBRACE, students must simply complete the registration form found here.
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