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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2014) — It’s not a coincidence that two deans on the University of Kentucky campus share the same last name: O’Hair.
On this Valentine's Day, watch the video above to discover how these administrators first met and how their paths led them to Lexington, the place their entire family now loves to call home.
This video feature is part of a special new series 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 will become 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!
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2014) — Nominations for the 2014 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards, the University of Kentucky's prestigious honor for inspirational humanitarian achievements by students and community members, are now open.
The Sullivan Awards, sponsored by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, are presented annually to an outstanding male and outstanding female graduating senior, and to a nonstudent with a UK affiliation. The award recognizes individuals whose commitment to community service evokes a spirit of love for and helpfulness to other men and women.
The criteria for selection, which puts a premium on character, integrity and humanitarian service, are written in the spirit of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a Southerner who became a prominent lawyer, businessman and philanthropist in New York in the late 19th century.
Award winners will be formally announced Monday, April 14, at the University Honors and Recognition Awards Program in the Student Center's Grand Ballroom.
"The Sullivan Awards are a highlight of my academic year," said Buck Ryan, director of the Citizen Kentucky Project of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the UK College of Communication and Information. "We have so many amazing students who are out to change the world and so many friends dedicated to making our community a better place. Selecting winners is a difficult task for our faculty committee."
UK has been recognizing Sullivan Award winners since 1927 and is one of several Southern universities that present Sullivan Awards.
Nominations for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award can be emailed to Buck Ryan, chairman of the faculty selection committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending a letter of nomination to Ryan at 134 Grehan Building, School of Journalism and Telecommunications, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0042.
Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2014) — Hope Koehler, a featured soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble and University of Kentucky alumna, will return to her alma mater to bring the music of celebrated composer and balladeer John Jacob Niles back to life on Feb. 15. Koehler's guest recital will feature Niles' compositions represented in her recently released CD, "Lost Melodies," most of which have never been published or recorded until now. The free public recital will begin 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Niles Gallery, in the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.
Koehler, who has celebrated Niles' music with previous CD recordings, including "The Lass from the Low Countree" (2008), is renowned for interpreting the music of the eminent composer. For Koehler's concert of "Lost Melodies," she will be accompanied by pianist James Douglass. The pair will also perform Robert Schumann's "Frauenliebe und Leben" and music by Richard Wagner and Duke Ellington.
In 2013, Koehler’s second recording of Niles' music, "Lost Melodies," featuring unpublished and out-of-print works, was released to critical acclaim. OPERA NEWS found Koehler's voice well-suited to Niles' music saying, “This repertoire fits her plush, rich hued voice like a glove, and she encompasses the wide vocal and emotional ranges of the songs with apparent ease."
Niles (1892-1980) was a powerful voice in the American folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s, with Joan Baez, Burl Ives, and Peter, Paul and Mary, among others, recording his songs. He composed and arranged more than 1,000 songs and orchestral works, including "Go 'Way from My Window," "I Wonder as I Wander" and "Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair." He also collected Appalachian ballads and African-American spirituals.
Koehler, whose voice has been heralded as having “the richness of Marilyn Horne at the bottom and the clarion clarity of Leontyne Price at the top” has appeared in "Carmen," "Il Trovatore," "Lucia di Lammermoor," "Rigoletto," "The Impressario," "The Old Maid and the Thief," "Amahl and the Night Visitors," "Gianni Schicchi" and many others. She has also appeared in the title roles of "Tosca," "Carmen," "Fidelio," and "Madama Butterfly." Koehler is also noted for her performances in orchestral and oratorio works from Bach to Verdi.
The Koehler recital is presented by United Artists and Authors Agency and the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music at UK. The center, a collaborative effort of the UK School of Music in UK College of Fine Arts and UK Libraries, is named after the celebrated Kentucky musician and displays a number of traditional instruments that he handcrafted.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has become one of the first cancer centers in the country to offer the latest model of the Varian TrueBeam for its patients.
The Varian TrueBeam is an advanced radiotherapy system from Varian Medical Systems, designed to deliver powerful cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy and precision. Using advanced imaging and motion management technologies, Markey radiation oncologists are able to deliver highly complex treatments more quickly compared to other available machines, while monitoring and compensating for tumor and organ movement.
The TrueBeam's accuracy allows it to be used on cancers in particularly sensitive areas with significant organ and tissue mobility, including those of the abdomen, liver, lung, breast, and head and neck.
Additionally, Markey's TrueBeam is the first in the world to be installed using the small vault configuration (SVC) model, the most modern iteration of the TrueBeam technology platform.
"As a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, Markey is always seeking the newest and most effective treatment for all types of cancer," said Dr. Marc Randall, the Markey Cancer Foundation Chair in Radiation Medicine. "The Varian TrueBeam is an excellent example of this: leading-edge technology that provides faster, more accurate, and more comfortable treatment for our patients. This technology joins other advanced treatment options available for our patients at UK HealthCare, including Tomotherapy and Gamma Knife platforms, creating one of the most technically sophisticated departments anywhere."
In addition to its advanced technical capabilities, it has features for patient comfort, as well — the TrueBeam operates quietly and provides built-in music capabilities so that patients can relax by listening to music of their choice during treatments.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2014) -- Internationally renowned classical guitarist named Pablo Sainz Villegas is coming to Lexington for a performance with the Lexington Philharmonic. No doubt his performance will be an unparalleled musical experience.
But the real story isn’t about his concert.
Villegas will be quite busy both before and after his performance on Feb. 14. On Feb. 13, Villegas will lead a guitar Master Class with students from the University of Kentucky School of Music. And on Feb. 15, the UK Arts in HealthCare Program is partnering with The Philharmonic to bring Villegas and his music to middle and high school students.
And Lexington wouldn't likely see Villegas at all if it weren’t for Dr. Ron Saykaly and his (now deceased) wife Teresa Garbulinska Saykaly, who established a Performer in Residence Series and the annual Sakayly-Garbulinska Concert to expose Lexingtonians to international musical talent.
Through the efforts of this unlikely trio of non-profit organizations and philanthropists, many Lexingtonians will have the opportunity to meet, interact and observe a musician of international caliber -- even if they can't afford a ticket to the concert itself.
The day before Villegas' performance with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra at the Singletary Center for the Arts, a handful of lucky UK School of Music students will spend several hours with Villegas to observe and learn from the Christopher Parkening International Guitar Competition gold medalist.
At the Sakayly-Garbulinska Concert on Feb. 15, Villegas will perform for about 300 middle and high school students in the Pavilion A Auditorium at Albert B. Chandler Hospital, followed by a bilingual (English and Spanish) Q&A session with Villegas and Philharmonic Director Scott Terrell. At 3 p.m., the events open to the public, including performances by the School of Music classical guitar students, demonstrations by the UK HealthCare music therapy program, and an Instrument Petting Zoo organized by LexPhil where children can have a hands-on interaction with a variety of orchestral instruments. The entire event will be broadcast to patient rooms at Chandler and at Good Samaritan, which means an even broader audience will have access to Villegas' internationally recognized talent.
"We are so fortunate to have this collaboration, all of us working together to make the event possible," Jackie Hamilton, director of UK HealthCare's "Arts in HealthCare" Program. "Music has an impact on us in so many ways -- including healing -- and this event is a wonderful way to demonstrate that."
The Saykalys have had a life-long love affair with classical music. Both studied piano, and Garbulinska performed in the United States and Europe, including New York’s Carnegie Hall. Furthermore, Ron Saykaly is a physician, so helping to underwrite an educational music experience in a health care setting was a natural fit.
Dr. Saykaly feels his efforts to bring world-class performers to Lexington has a meaningful effect on society just by giving people an opportunity to expand their musical knowledge and experience.
Doctors, composers, musicians, philanthropists and health care organizations converge to expose students, patients, children, and ordinary citizens to the world of music. It's partnerships like these that are generating the "meaningful effect" Saykaly said.
The acoUstiKats perform Lonestar's "Amazed" on the fourth season of NBC's "The Sing-Off."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2014) — Valentine's Day is even sweeter this year with an "After Dark" performance by beloved University of Kentucky a cappella groups acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen. An annual event, "Paws and Kats After Dark" will begin 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in UK Student Center's Worsham Theater, offering audiences a perfect Valentine's evening full of entertainment. This year's "After Dark" is presented as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the Student Center.
Guests of this year's concert will not only be entertained by the popular musical styling of the all-male ensemble, the acoUstiKats, and the all-female ensemble, Paws and Listen, but will also enjoy a post-show dessert reception celebrating "Student Center love stories" of some UK alumni. Guests will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the Student Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. A dessert reception, courtesy of UK Catering Services and Office of the Student Center Director, will immediately follow the concert.
The acoUstiKats were founded in 1993 during Director of UK Choral Activities Jefferson Johnson's first semester at UK's School of Music in the College of Fine Arts. As a subsection of the nationally renowned UK Men’s Chorus, this 12-member group serves to promote and encourage male singing of all ages. Last December, the acoUstiKats were among the nation's top 10 a cappella groups competing on season four of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”
Paws and Listen is an a cappella singing group of 14 women auditioned from UK's Women's Choir. The highly esteemed group performs pop music as well as a mix of doo-wop, vocal jazz and show tunes. The ensemble is coached by undergraduate music education majors and advised by Lori Hetzel, associate director of UK's Choirs/Choral Music Education. Paws and Listen performs for numerous prestigious events throughout the year and is often featured at high profile events at Maxwell Place, the home of the UK president.
Since May 14, 2013, the 75th anniversary of the grand opening of the school’s Student Union, far-flung Student Center alumni have joined with current students and staff at commemorative events that focused on the recognition of the building’s past and praise for the building’s future. The UK Student Center "has been a hub of activity on our campus," UK President Eli Capilouto recently said. "It has played host to famous concerts and events, housed thousands of student organizations and been an incubator for young men and women who would go on to amazing careers in business, politics and civic life."
To view a documentary of the history of the UK Student Center produced by its staff, visit http://youtu.be/feRQx3emUfs. Visit the Student Center's 75th anniversary website and follow the extensive timeline of the life of the Student Center. Also on the Student Center anniversary website, share your favorite Student Center stories and check the calendar for upcoming celebrations.
Tickets for "Paws and Kats After Dark" are $5 for UK students and $10 for all others. To purchase tickets, visit the Office of Student Involvement Ticket Office or call 859-257-8427.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2014) - Long study hours and limited grocery budgets don’t always lead to healthy dietary decisions for students on campus. For students struggling with the dreaded "Freshman 15," or confronted with other dietary concerns such as diabetes and food allergies, University Health Service offers nutrition counseling with new health education coordinator Emily Waits.
A registered dietitian, Waits joined University Health Service as a member of their Health Education staff in November 2013. She brings to the position a background working in community health clinics and a passion for helping people of all ages improve their lives through good nutrition. In addition to providing individual counseling to undergraduate and graduate students, Waits works with university groups across campus to implement health and wellness programs. She counsels on topics including weight management, diabetes, eating disorders, vegetarian lifestyle, gluten-free diets and allergies, gastrointestinal distress, elevated cholesterol, and more. Currently, Waits is consulting one-on-one with 33 students participating in the “Time to Change” student wellness program at the Johnson Center.
"My passion has been in preventative health care," Waits said. "I believe we have the ability to intervene at an earlier time to prevent conditions and diseases we're seeing today. For many students, this may be the first time they are away from home, and they're learning to go grocery shopping or cook for themselves. We're able to provide them with education that is critical for their future."
Waits received her bachelor's degree in hospitality management and dietetics from Western Kentucky University, where she was a scholarship athlete on the swimming and diving team. She completed a dietetic internship in Indianapolis and a master's degree in health promotion at UK. Waits is also a diving coach who enjoys an active lifestyle that includes swimming, running and biking.
Nutrition counseling through University Health Service is free to undergraduate and graduate students who have paid the university's student health fee. However, students who have not paid the health fee may pay out of pocket for services, and select services may be covered by the UK-sponsored academic health plan (United Healthcare Insurance). To make an appointment with Emily Waits, call (859) 323-2778, or make an appointment through the MyUK portal.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2014) — Among all the Living Learning Communities and residential colleges at the University of Kentucky, the one dedicated to students who have transferred here from other two- and four-year colleges and other universities is special. The Transfer Living Learning Community is a residential experience designed to support students who require special consideration.
Regardless of the number of hours any particular student may have earned before registering at UK, the sheer size of the university and its greater spectrum of opportunities can be daunting for transfer students. Accordingly, the academic success for Transfer LLC students is encouraged through connected courses with their peers, increased faculty and staff interaction, as well as intentional programming efforts.
Scheduled to open for the fall 2014 semester in Baldwin Hall, which also houses the First Generation LLC, the Transfer Living Learning Community seeks students between the ages of 18-25 years of age, with a minimum of 24 credit hours from another institution. All academic majors and interests are welcomed.
“While transfer and first generation students are definitely distinct groups of individuals, they share some of the same struggles to succeed academically,” said Trisha Clement-Montgomery, assistant director of academic iniatives.
Through participation in the Transfer LLC, a student will:
- become knowledgeable of campus resources and services available to them
- become knowledgeable of campus organizations and how to become involved
The Transfer LLP will help explain UK’s academic requirements and expectations and also help students become socially and academically integrated into UK’s academic and social community. Special attention will be given to helping students complete the transfer student credit process and to retain transfer credits from one semester to the next.
All students who participate in the Transfer LLC will reside in Baldwin Hall, located in the south campus neighborhood, with access to a unique space dedicated to supporting transfer students through the transition into UK college life. The community is equipped with study rooms, active learning spaces, tutoring sessions and a host of other programming initiatives specifically for transfer students.
Students who enroll in the Transfer LLC will have the opportunity to participate in programs designed specifically to support their success, such as:
- Organized in-hall study groups for any courses students need. For instance, in the past, tutors have been hired to lead sessions in chemistry and mathematics
- Monthly in-hall workshops and seminars on topics vital to transfer student success, such as getting involved in student organizations, or preparing for a career
- Special community service projects, such as volunteering at Kentucky Children's Hospital.
Students who participate in the Transfer LLC are required to enroll in UK 201, a one-credit-hour course designed to help transfer students adjust to academic life at UK. Through lectures, class discussions and out-of-class assignments, UK 201 helps students articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; become aware of the university's mission, history and traditions; demonstrate skills for achieving academic success such as information literacy; identify personal skills and interests that complement a career search or choice; locate and use campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that transfer students often face in a college environment; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.
- Go to www.facebook.com/seeblue and like the page
- Post on Facebook a status about why you love UK between the hours of midnight and 11:59 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.
- You must tag "University of Kentucky Admissions" in your post.
- Example status: I love all of the opportunities to be involved at UK! @seeblue
- Tweet a message about why you love UK between the hours of midnight and 11:59 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.
- You must mention @UKYAdmission in your tweet
- Example tweet: I love being a Wildcat! @UKYAdmission
- Post a picture or shoot a video featuring why you love UK between the hours of midnight and 11:59 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14
- You must mention @seeblue in the comment section of your post
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2014) ― The exceptionally harsh winter conditions lately have resulted in some snowy/icy conditions. UK Physical Plant Division's (PPD) Grounds crews have worked around the clock to clear campus sidewalks, parking lots and streets that allow for access to all buildings. To help ensure safety when walking on and around campus, pedestrians should use good practices.
UK Environmental Health and Safety has some helpful advice for students, employees and visitors to campus to prevent injuries due to falls:
- Always utilize Priority #1 routes, the areas cleared first by UK PPD. (See the UK Snow Removal Plan at http://www.ppd.uky.edu/snow_removal/)
- Wear sturdy footwear with a good grip -- you can always change when you reach your destination. Proper footwear should place the entire foot on the surface of the ground and have visible treads. Avoid a smooth sole and opt for a heavy treaded shoe with a flat bottom.
- insulated boots with good rubber treads
- rubber over-shoes with good treads
- Be careful when shifting your weight. Walk at a slower pace, take short steps, and allow extra time to reach your destination.
-- if you’re carrying something such as a backback it may cause an imbalance.
- Avoid walking with your hands in your pockets; keeping your hands free helps with balance.
- Walk even more slowly on stairs. Utilize the handrail when going up or down.
- Plan Ahead - avoid areas with poor lighting. Wear bright clothing or reflective gear. Avoid taking shortcuts that may not be cleared properly. Wear sunglasses on sunny days to help you see better.
- Anticipate black ice. Be aware that black ice can look like wet pavement. Use special care when entering or exiting vehicles.
- Watch for areas where melting and refreezing may persist, including parking lot drainage areas, roof gutters, and piles of snow where melting and refreezing can continue for weeks.
- Be on the lookout for sliding, out-of-control vehicles.
- Enter a building carefully. Remove as much snow as possible from shoes and boots before entering a building.
- Stay on mats inside buildings
- Be aware of wet and/or slick surfaces
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2014) ― The top floor of the Limestone Garage (PS #5) will be unavailable to general parking from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both Tuesday, Feb. 11 and Wednesday, Feb. 12, due to the Employer Showcase event being held at the Student Center. The floor consists of 144 parking spaces.
Employees and students who typically park on North Campus should plan accordingly and allow extra time in arriving to work or class on both days. Due to the large influx of visitors to North Campus, the parking garage and other parking areas in the vicinity are expected to fill early.
When the garage is full, employees with valid E permits may park in another E lot. Go to www.uky.edu/pts/parking-info_parking-maps to view a campus parking map.
Students with valid C5 or C7 permits may park in the Taylor-Dickey Lot or the Scott Street Lot, or park in the K areas at Commonwealth Stadium and ride the Lextran Stadium-Greg Page Route.
The Career Center Lot will also be blocked from 7 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2014) — Deborah Orloff, the artist behind "Holzwege," an exhibition at the University of Kentucky's Tuska Center for Contemporary Art that uses landscape photography to explore the way one's life path can change, will visit campus this week as part of the show's closing reception Feb. 13.
The closing reception for "Holzwege," which runs through Feb. 14, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the gallery. Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
"Holzwege," the German word for wood-path, refers to paths in the forest that lead nowhere. Thus the concept of a wood-path can be seen as a metaphor for life's uncertainty.
"There are points in our lives when we are focused; it is as if we are on a clear path toward our goals. Other times, we feel unsure of where we are heading, or a chosen course ends unexpectedly, and we must suddenly reevaluate our direction," Orloff said.
Through "Holzwege," Orloff explores these turning points by creating ambiguous landscapes through the layering of multiple photographs. With digital combinations, she creates surreal, new spaces where one photograph disappears into the next. These inverted landscapes function as metaphors for the universal experience we inevitably all have, when our lives suddenly change. Just when you think you know where you're going, unexpected circumstances dictate a change in plans.
Ultimately, Orloff's images are meant to be ethereal and optimistic, conveying the sense of wonder that exists when we open ourselves up to new possibilities and realize that change can be fortuitous. While the word holzwege suggests a dead-end, the connotation is not necessarily negative. Rather, the inability to move forward presents opportunities for exploration, transformation and previously unimagined destinies.
Originally from New York City, Orloff moved to Ohio in 1994 to accept a teaching position at the University of Toledo. She is currently a tenured professor of art and runs the photography area within New Media in the Department of Art. She received her MFA in art media studies from Syracuse University and her bachelor's degree from Clark University.
Although Orloff's primary medium is photography, she has also worked in video and installation. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions at national and international venues which include: the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Toyohashi City Museum of Art & History in Japan; the Arts Center Gallery at EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia; and the Royal Scottish Academy Galleries in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has been the recipient of dozens of grants and awards, including last year's Faculty Excellence Award, and regularly gives public lectures about her photo-based art.
Part of the UK School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts, the Tuska Center for Contemporary Art is on the first floor of the UK Fine Arts Building, located on Rose Street. The gallery, named for late UK faculty member and artist John Regis Tuska, is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art of regional and national importance.
Regular gallery hours for the spring 2014 semester are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2015) – Ten health care provider organizations in Kentucky attended the Kentucky Regional Extension Center (REC) Inaugural Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Cohort Kick-Off held Jan. 24.
Members included UK Family and Community Medicine, UK HealthCare-Georgetown, Family Medicine Clinic of Danville, Van Bussum Family Practice, Physicians Affiliated Care, Bluegrass Community Family Practice, Central Internal Medicine, Georgetown Pediatrics, Drs. Borders and Associates, and Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky.
Kentucky REC will assist these practices in achieving National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) PCMH Recognition within a 15 month period. The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a way of organizing primary care that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into "what patients want it to be." Medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patients’ and providers’ experience of care. This recognition is the most widely-used way to transform primary care practices into medical homes.
“We are delighted to offer support to practices as they prepare for the many changes ahead in healthcare,” said Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, director of Kentucky REC and chief medical information officer for UK HealthCare. “We are excited to announce new services to support innovative models, such as Patient-Centered Medical Home, that are proven to help practices deliver coordinated, cost-effective care for their patients.”
Kentucky REC has helped health care providers across the state implement electronic health records and qualify for federal incentive funds. However, electronic health records are just a start. Now, the REC is focused on helping practices prepare for the next wave of innovation by using technology together with changes in practice culture and workflow to radically improve patients’ experience of care and the effectiveness of the healthcare system overall.
Kentucky REC operates programs designed to assist clinicians in Kentucky with becoming meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs) and use technology to improve care. The Kentucky REC is a grantee under the Regional Extension Center Program funded by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology. For more information, contact the Kentucky REC at 859-323-3090.
The Kentucky Regional Extension Center, housed at the University of Kentucky, is a Trusted Advisor in Health Information Technology working with healthcare organizations to enhance the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of care through Electronic Health Information. The Kentucky REC is one of 60 Regional Extension Centers across the country commissioned by the Office of the National Coordinator to help providers and hospitals transition to EHR technology.
Kentucky REC Implementation Specialists provide resources and guidance to help providers gain federal incentives through the Meaningful Use Incentive Program. To date, the Kentucky REC is assisting more than 2,800 providers and more than a third of all Kentucky hospitals. The Kentucky REC has helped providers in Kentucky secure over $90 million in Meaningful Use incentive dollars. For more information about the Kentucky REC, visit www.kentuckyrec.com. Follow @KentuckyREC on Twitter and connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EHRResource
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2014) -- For junior faculty with clinical and/or teaching responsibilities, it's difficult to find enough time to prioritize their own research. On top of time constraints, junior faculty members often have limited experience in the precise art of writing successful federal grant applications and managing large grants. It takes time, training, and funding to accelerate a research career. The KL2 Career Development Program provides these resources to investigators to do just that.
Operated by the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), the KL2 program is a competitive research training and funding opportunity for faculty looking to jumpstart their careers in clinical and translational research. The goal of program is to assist awardees, called KL2 Scholars, in obtaining an individual career development award or an independent investigator award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). To this end, the program requires that scholars outline a clear professional trajectory and then provides them with a robust, wrap-around package of support and training to achieve it. The program is part of the Training, Education, and Mentoring program of the CCTS.
"We're not just paying their salaries. We're helping them identify a project, articulate a career development plan, and learn essential research skills," said Victoria King, career development director at the CCTS. "It's not enough to protect someone's time or give them money. We really have to help them develop the skills to become physician scientists and expert researchers."
KL2 scholars receive salary support to protect 75 percent of their time for research for two years. During this time, they also benefit from a multidisciplinary team of research and career development mentors who provide continuous feedback on their research projects and grant applications. K-Club, which meets twice a month, provides an opportunity for the KL2 Scholars to present their work and receive feedback from the diverse expertise of the KL2 faculty. Didactic coursework in subjects like research methods and protocol development provides training in the logistical aspects of grant writing and management. Scholars also receive $20,000 for research costs, $500 for textbooks, and a yearly allowance of $2,500 to attend two academic conferences.
Attending and presenting at academic conferences is an important part of the professional development for KL2 Scholars, who receive focused training in presenting their research.
"One of the most important things for these scholars is getting out and going to national meetings, so they can network and build a name for themselves as leaders in their field," said King.
Two streams of funding support the KL2 Program. One is the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the NIH, housed at the CCTS. A primary aim of CTSA is to train, sustain, and foster collaboration between future leaders in clinical and translational science, and the KL2 program is a key component of that effort. The program is also supported by university funding, reflecting the institutional commitment to developing a team of upcoming translational researchers at UK.
The KL2 program constitutes targeted investment in the research and careers of the scholars, and provides a significant return on investment. So far, UK's KL2 program boasts a 100 percent success rate, with the first three KL2 Scholars successfully obtaining independent investigator awards. The program invested around $450,000 to support the work of the first three scholars. They graduated from the program as seasoned, expert researchers--and have brought in over $4 million in new research funding through their subsequent independent grant awards.
"The key thing about the program is the remarkable success it's already had with the people who've gone through it," said Dr. Gerald Supinski, director of the KL2 Program and associate chair of the department of medicine for research.
He credits the strong career development component and the individualized support and feedback for the success of the program. "We do monitor their progress, and if something isn’t going well, we can step in and help them," he said.
Among the first three KL2 Scholars at UK, Dr. Brandon Fornwalt, earned an Early Independence Award for his research in using MRI technology to study dyssynchrony in pediatric heart disease. Fornwalt is the first and only UK faculty member to have received the award. Brian Noehren, received a K23 award based on his project, "Prolonged Micro and Macro Alterations to Muscle Following Knee Surgery and Physical Therapy." And Qing-Bai She, earned an RO1 grant following his project, "Biological and Therapeutic Implications of AKT and AR Cooperation in Advanced Prostate Cancer."
The combination of CTSA and university funding has allowed the CCTS to currently support six KL2 Scholars. Dr. Christina Studts is one of them. She describes the KL2 program as "professionally life-changing." Through her KL2 project, she is developing an ultra-brief screening tool to identify elevated behavior problems in preschool-age children. Such problems are predictors of future negative outcomes, such as dropping out of school prematurely, engaging in delinquent behaviors as an adolescent, and developing mental health and substance abuse problems. A faculty member in the Department of Health Behavior in the College of Public Health, Studts originally trained as a licensed clinical social worker and developed a passion for helping children with problematic behavior. But she didn't have time to devote to her own research.
"The KL2 program has been a huge turning point to give me the support and momentum to tackle this problem that I really care about. It's been the most exciting two years of my professional life," Studts said. "This is what I care about and what I love, and without the KL2 program I don’t know that I would have had the opportunity to totally immerse myself in this work."
Based on her KL2 project, she is currently developing an application for an R34 grant from the NIH. It's part of the three-phase, ten year professional plan that she developed as part of her KL2 application, which forced her to crystalize her own professional trajectory.
"Applying for the KL2 program made me sit down and map out the long-term path for my work and the steps I needed to take to get there," she said.
Dr. Moriel Vandsburger is another current KL2 scholar. He's working to develop molecular magnetic resonance imaging techniques to identify early stages of heart disease in high-risk patients that are excluded from existing diagnostic methods. He credits the KL2 program with protecting his time and fostering collaboration with physicians to generate preliminary data. He also appreciates the continuous feedback on his proposal for an RO1 grant.
"Each KL2 mentor gives me a different perspective. It's fundamentally changed how I write grants," he said.
While the KL2 programs provide direct benefits to individual researchers, it also generates significant momentum for the research capacity of the entire university by developing elite researchers who can obtain independent awards even in the current atmosphere of restricted funding. Supinski sees the KL2 program as a model for how to support junior faculty across campus become excellent clinical and translational scientists.
"The entire institution can be very proud of what we've been able to do in just a few years," he said.
King also views the program as a force for change across campus.
"It's a huge commitment to be a physician scientist. You really have to be able to balance your clinical and research efforts. Every time that we take someone in our program and they're successful at getting independent funding, it shows other physicians scientists and individuals who are interested in research that there is a way to balance all of these things - that you can really do it," said King. "We're here to help create that culture at the UK."
The current KL2 Scholars are:
- Dr. Keisa Bennett, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine. Project Title: How Social Networks Influence Smoking Behavior in Rural Appalachian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Persons
- Dr. Matthew L. Bush, assistant professor, Department of Otolaryngology, College of Medicine. Project Title: Bridging the Gaps: Assessment of Pediatric Hearing Loss in Appalachia
- Dr. Steven W. Leung, assistant professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine. Project Title: Differentiating Athlete’s Heart and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy with Cardiac MRI
- Ying Liang, assistant professor, Hematology Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine. Project Title: Role of Latexin in Pathogenesis of Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
- Christina R. Studts, assistant professor, Department of Health Behavior, College of Public Health. Project Title: Development of an Ultra-Brief Screening Tool for Disruptive Behavior Problems in Preschoolers: First Step Toward a Clinical Intervention in Primary Care
- Moriel Vandsburger, assistant professor, Department of Physiology, College of Medicine. Project Title: Translational Magnetization Transfer MR Imaging of Myocardial Fibrosis
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AGU is a nonprofit organization of geophysicists with more than 62,000 members from 144 countries. At its most recent meeting, in December, some 24,000 people presented and discussed the newest interdisciplinary and international research in geophysics.
Only the top 3 percent of student presenters are awarded the Outstanding Student Paper Award. Pillar says she was surprised to be chosen for her work in atmospheric sciences.
“I had no idea I even had a shot at winning, but it was really exciting," she said.
The geophysical sciences include four fundamental areas: atmospheric and ocean sciences, solid-Earth sciences, hydrologic sciences; and space sciences. Pillar was recognized for her work studying the loss of ozone, a key atmospheric gas, catalyzed by iodide.
“Liz’s research opens new avenues for studying reactions of atmospheric relevance,” said Assistant Professor Marcelo Guzman, Pillar’s advisor and head of the research lab.
Many people understand that ozone serves as protection against ultraviolet radiation in the stratosphere. Fewer people know that in the lower atmosphere, ozone is a pollutant and an oxidizing agent. Yet, previous knowledge could only explain about half of observed ozone losses, which means that there is still much to learn about the ozone cycle and how it affects the lower atmosphere.
This prompted Pillar to investigate the role that iodide may be playing in catalyzing the destruction of ozone at the air-water boundary of aerosols. Pillar’s work discovered that iodide can destroy ozone under atmospheric conditions. What’s more important is that they found that more reactive species can be formed and further transmit the cycle of ozone destruction in the troposphere. Environmental models can include these species and better predict what is going on in the atmosphere.
“Liz has proven to be a perseverant and creative researcher, a requirement needed to conduct extraordinary research,” Guzman said.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2014) — University of Kentucky Special Collections presents an exhibit focused on the life and work of Carolyn Reading Hammer, former curator of rare books. The opening ceremony for "The Pleasure of Printing: Carolyn Reading Hammer and Her Circles of Influence," running Feb. 13 through March 28, in the Margaret I. King Building, will feature a panel discussion led by alumna and Kentucky book artist Susan E. King with friends of Hammer beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. The exhibition and discussion are free and open to the public.
As a Columbia University graduate student in the early 1930s, Hammer was inspired with a lifelong passion for hand-press printing. Observations during many visits to New York Public Libraries’ exhibits of modern fine press printing led her to question, "Where are the women printers?" and to respond, "I want to be one."
Upon hearing of her new librarian’s interest in fine printing, UK Libraries' own Margaret I. King encouraged Hammer to print a book in 1940. Together with her longtime friend, Amelia King Buckley, she bought a tabletop press and metal type and began producing work as the Bur Press. They started by printing a letterpress Kentucky calendar for the year 1942, illustrated with photos from members of the Lexington Camera Club, to raise money for future publications.
The first book printed by Bur Press was "The Education of a Gentleman, Jefferson Davis at Transylvania, 1821-1824" by Margaret Newman, published in 1943. Hammer later formed and participated in several other presses and was at the center for many years of the fine printing scene in Lexington.
Hammer’s friendship with and marriage to the Viennese artist and typographer Victor Hammer widened her circle to include European artists and intellectuals. Their home became a salon as she made important connections between friends like Rena and John Jacob Niles and Thomas Merton. She provided a creative environment for her husband and promoted his work.
In 1956, Hammer founded the King Library Press at UK Libraries, where she mentored scores of assistants and apprentices, some of whom have gone on to pursue avocations or careers as accomplished artists and printers. Her legacy continues through the ongoing work of the King Library Press and the still vibrant community of printers, which she fostered for more than 50 fifty years. Hammer retired from UK in the mid-1970s and died in 2001.
"The Pleasure of Printing" showcases Hammer’s printed work from the 1940s to the 1990s through her many imprints. The exhibit places her in the context of intellectual life in Lexington in the middle part of the 20th century. She was active in the local community as well as the international community of hand-press printing and, at a time when there were few women in the field, she was recognized widely for her work.
"The Pleasure of Printing" will be available for viewing by the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, in the Great Hall at the King Building. The opening program on Feb. 13 will feature remarks by Susan E. King, printer and book artist, and a panel of people who knew Hammer and printed with her over the years. King and
Special Collection Arts Librarian Gail Kennedy are curators of this exhibition.
In addition to King Library Press, UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center. The mission of Special Collections is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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- Purchase an official custom cap, gown and tassel.
- Verify there are no stops or holds on graduation records.
- Obtain career information and employment resources.
- Have senior portraits taken for the Kentuckian yearbook and reserve a copy of the 2013-2014 edition.
- Order an official University of Kentucky class ring.
- Purchase a University of Kentucky diploma frame.
- Order official personalized graduation announcements.
- Support a Big Blue tradition with a gift to the university.
- Be part of a new UK tradition and order a Wildcat Alumni Plaza paver.
- Sign up to become a member of the UK Alumni Association at a special rate for new grads. Select the three-year membership and be entered to win an iPad mini!
For more information about Grad Salute, visit www.ukalumni.net/gradsalute or contact Meg Phillips at email@example.com or 859-257-3569. The UK Alumni Association is a membership supported organization committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association, and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association or to become a member, visit http://www.ukalumni.net or call 1-800-269-2586.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2014) — With DanceBlue only days away, committee members and teams alike are working hard in the final stretch leading up to Saturday, Feb. 22. Amidst the bustle of the semester, DanceBlue was lucky enough to sit down with Brant Cornelius, freshman captain of the DanceBlue team, “Two Left Feet.”
“Two Left Feet” is a team consisting of roughly 10 freshman members who met at the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program during the summer between their junior and senior years of high school. Cornelius first heard of DanceBlue during K Week at the student involvement fair, and was immediately intrigued and wanted to find out more about the marathon and its cause.
As a freshman, Cornelius struggled to figure out exactly what needed to be done in terms of becoming involved. He felt that a majority of DanceBlue participants were all Greek-affiliated, and that it was time for freshman unaffiliated dancers to take part.
“If you want to get involved, jump in and go for it," Cornelius said. "I remember talking to Claci [DanceBlue overall chair] and various chairs and they were extremely helpful in getting the ball rolling on fundraising and forming a team."
As an unaffiliated team, “Two Left Feet” took part in various fundraising efforts such as neighborhood canning, Amazon gift-wrapping and a popcorn fundraiser.
Overall Chair Claci Ayers said, “this team is extremely dedicated; during our community canning days, they would be the first team to arrive and one of the last to return!”
Cornelius has always had a passion for working with kids, thus fueling his motivation to fundraise and get involved in the 2014 marathon. He reminisced on a trip he took last semester to Nicaragua through a program in the Center for Community Outreach called Alternative Service Breaks. He worked with kids in the villages, and got joy from their eagerness to learn and make something of their futures, despite their conditions.
Finally when asked why “Two Left Feet” “Dances”Blue, Cornelius said, “I did DanceBlue because I can see the impact you all make … I want the kids in the clinic to have a future; everyone has a purpose and plan. I also did it for my team, our team. We really worked together and did it for each other; we all wanted to make an impact in these kids’ lives — it was a team decision. I couldn’t be prouder to lead them!”
DanceBlue is the University of Kentucky’s 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic. Now in its ninth year, DanceBlue has raised more than $5.1 million for cancer research and DanceBlue Clinic patients and families.
The 2014 DanceBlue dance marathon takes place from 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, through 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Memorial Coliseum on UK's campus.
DanceBlue is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach. The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long community service. For more information about the CCO, visit getinvolved.uky.edu/cco.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2014) — The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at the University of Kentucky released its 42nd Kentucky Annual Economic Report today. CBER Director Chris Bollinger, who authored the report's 2014 Kentucky economic forecast, said he is "generally optimistic about the state's economic prospects this year.
“Recovery from the so-called Great Recession has been frustratingly slow because of its depth and length,” said Bollinger. “The future course of Kentucky’s economy will depend in large part on businesses and consumers becoming comfortable with the certainty of the recovery. We expect this comfort level to increase as growth gathers steam and the unemployment rate continues to drop.”
He is forecasting a 2 percent increase in Kentucky’s gross domestic product and a decline of the unemployment rate to 6.5 percent, which is more or less on par with his expectations for the U.S. economy this year.
The Kentucky Annual Economic Report is one of the many ways CBER — the applied economic research branch of UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics — fulfills its mandated mission as specified in the Kentucky Revised Statutes to examine various aspects of the Kentucky economy. CBER performs research projects for federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as for private-sector clients nationwide.
“The Annual Economic Report contains a vast amount of information about the state’s economy that can be used by policymakers as well as citizens to become better informed on economic issues,” said Gatton College Dean David Blackwell.
In addition to the 2014 Kentucky economic forecast, the report covers a variety of issues including a comprehensive presentation of economic, income security, education, innovation, health, environmental, energy, infrastructure, community, public finance, and population factors affecting Kentucky’s future economic prosperity.
"The Annual Report will appeal to a broad spectrum of individuals — from business leaders to concerned citizens.” Said Bollinger, who in addition to being director of CBER is also a Gatton Endowed Professor of Economics.
More than 100 trends, forces and factors affecting Kentucky’s economy are presented in the report. This includes, but is not limited to, data and information about how Kentucky high school students perform on advanced placement exams compared to students in other states, whether there are more people at risk for chronic disease in Kentucky compared to the U.S. and neighboring states, how the income distribution has changed over the last three decades in Kentucky compared to the U.S., the level of entrepreneurial activity in Kentucky compared to other states, and detailed information about factors affecting state taxes and revenue — which affects the provision of public services from health care to public safety to education.
The breadth of the annual report reflects the diversity of the collaborators who worked with CBER to produce it — including the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking or iNET, which is organized and staffed by the College of Communication and Information, and the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, which is part of the Gatton College of Business and Economics.
According to Bollinger, “We have produced an Annual Report that paints a diverse and complicated picture of our state’s economy, its communities, and its citizens. Despite the constant change confronting us, there are timeless and enduring lessons. Pursuing educational excellence as well as economic innovation — since ideas, innovation, and intellectual capital form the foundation of the knowledge economy — is essential for Kentucky to improve its per capita income and achieve broad prosperity.”
Digital copies of the Center for Business and Economic Research 2014 Annual Economic Report can be obtained at the CBER Web site at http://cber.uky.edu or by calling 859-257-7675 or sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.