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Kentucky’s Top Students Reunite at UK's Annual GSP/GSA Day

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 11:19

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2016) — The University of Kentucky’s wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities allows for its students to create a college experience that caters to their wants, needs and passions, both inside and outside of the classroom. Today, UK celebrates the high school students who have attended either the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) or Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) for the annual UK GSP/GSA Day.

 

This event brings together the Commonwealth's top students, giving each student a unique opportunity to “see blue.” and learn how UK can help them achieve their dreams at the next level. GSP/GSA Day is also a celebration as students reunite with the friends they’ve made during the past summer at these prestigious programs.

 

"We are excited to showcase a campus in transformation — new residence halls, academic science building, student center and the list goes on — ultimately, this also provides the context for our UK students to also transform," said Associate Provost for Enrollment Management Don Witt.

 

To prepare for the more than 360 prospective students who will be in attendance, UK will be hosting a college fair, special presentation and campus tours. This year, more than 700 total guests are expected!

 

Attendees will be able talk to current students, faculty and staff as they get a taste of what it’s like to be a true Wildcat.

 

Students and their families will also enjoy a lunch on the lawn in front of the Main Building, as well as other college tours and information sessions in the afternoon. 

 

Incoming GSP or GSA students who have achieved a minimum test score of 31 ACT or 1420 SAT (M+EBRW) with a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.50 will automatically receive the Presidential Scholarship. This scholarship provides in-state tuition for up to four years of undergraduate study.

 

All other eligible GSP or GSA students will receive the Provost Scholarship. This scholarship provides $1,500 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study.

 

For more information about UK scholarships for GSP or GSA students, click here. Additionally, the deadline to apply for competitive scholarships is Dec. 1.

 

Hosting this annual event in October will allow students and their families to enjoy a beautiful campus, showing off some of Lexington’s extraordinary scenery and giving attendees a unique feel for campus life at the University of Kentucky.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton, rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, 859-323-2395 

PTS Offers Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 10:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2016) For the 13th consecutive year, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is simplifying Thanksgiving travel for students, by way of a complimentary shuttle service from campus to Blue Grass Airport prior to the break.

 

The shuttle will operate Monday, Nov. 21, through Wednesday, Nov. 23, with daily campus pickup times of 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Students should plan to leave campus at least two hours prior to takeoff.

 

Although the shuttle is free, reservations are required. To schedule a pickup, students should submit a ride request through the form found here: www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_seasonal-shuttles_airport-shuttles. Ride requests should be submitted at least two business days in advance.

 

A PTS representative will email to confirm the pickup time. Students are responsible for their own transportation back to campus.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398, blair.hoover@uky.edu

When the Cause of Stroke is Mystery, Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Could be the Answer

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 10:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2016) - A stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts, preventing the brain from receiving the oxygen it needs to survive or directly damaging brain tissue.

 

A stroke can be devastating, with possible paralysis, speech or vision problems, and/or memory loss. Outcomes can sometimes be improved with immediate treatment, with additional efforts directed at enhancing recovery and reducing the likelihood of another stroke. 

 

To assess a patient's stroke risk, doctors look at factors such as high blood pressure, narrowing of the blood vessels, and heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation (an irregular beating of the upper chambers of the heart). Despite a thorough evaluation, in about 30 percent of patients who have had a stroke, the specific cause remains uncertain (called a cryptogenic stroke). 

 

In some cases, a patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a possible explanation. Between 20-30 percent of adults have a PFO, which occurs when a flap of tissue between the upper chambers of the heart fails to seal after birth. This can allow blood clots or other material to divert into the arteries supplying the brain. 

 

An echocardiogram (a sound picture of the heart) can detect a PFO.  When another cause of stroke is not apparent, these patients should then have tests to exclude a source of a blood clot that could have passed through the PFO. Although some studies indicate that a PFO can be found more frequently in patients initially diagnosed with cryptogenic stroke, whether the PFO is the cause of the stroke is often uncertain, especially when other risk factors are present. 

 

Although PFOs can be closed with a device placed via a catheter, doing so may not decrease the risk of another stroke.  Recent evidence-based guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology state that, “Clinicians should not routinely offer PFO closure to patients with cryptogenic ischemic stroke outside of a research setting.”

 

Patients who have had a stroke and are found to have a PFO should have a complete evaluation for other or additional stroke risks. This should include at least 30 days of heart rhythm monitoring to identify possible episodes of atrial fibrillation (AFib is found in up to a quarter of patients initially diagnosed with cryptogenic stroke). In the absence of a specific cause such as atrial fibrillation warranting treatment with an anticoagulant blood thinner, treatment with an antiplatelet drug such as aspirin is a reasonable choice. PFO closure may still be considered as an option for patients who have a second stroke of uncertain cause despite adequate medical therapy.

 

Dr. Larry B. Goldstein is the Ruth L. Works Professor and Chair in the Department of Neurology, and Co-Director of the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute at the University of Kentucky

 

Media Contact:  Laura Dawahare, laura.dawahare

'UK at the Half' Features College of Public Health Dean Donna Arnett

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 22:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2016)  Donna Arnett, dean of the Univesity of Kentucky College of Public Health, was featured during "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. Mississippi State football game, broadcast on radio Oct. 22.

 

"UK at the Half" airs during the halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.

 

To hear the Oct. 22 "UK at the Half," click on the play button below. To view a transcript of the show, click here.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Behind the Blue: Lisa Cassis on UK's Remarkable Research

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 19:07

 

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2016) When we think of research, our minds may possibly conjure up an image of a scientist in a white coat, hunched over a lab table, pouring chemicals into beakers. But research takes a multitude of forms, and flourishes in many different fields. From clinical trials for new cancer medication, to composing and recording an album of original music, and even to studying and refining the most effective ways to cure a country ham. Research often leads us toward answering questions we didn’t even think to ask.

 

At the forefront of research efforts at the University of Kentucky, is the construction of a brand-new, $265 million dollar, multidisciplinary research building. Expected to be completed in 2018, the space will be dedicated to addressing health challenges and disparities in Kentucky.

 

In this week's "Behind the Blue" podcast, UK Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis joined Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser of UK Public Relations and Marketing to discuss the new facility and the impact it will have on innovation and collaboration. Cassis talks about her personal journey into fields of research, the importance of bringing together viewpoints from different fields to drive new discoveries, the importance of clinical trials through UK’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and more.

 

Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of "Behind the Blue" each week. UK's latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.

 

For questions or comments about this or any other episode of Behind the Blue, email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu, or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

 

Click here for "Behind the Blue" on iTunes and here for Behind the Blue on Stitcher.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282, kody.kiser@uky.edu; Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, amy.jones2@uky.edu

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Has a Story to Tell — From The Horse's Mouth

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 17:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2016) WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. On today's show he talks to Jenny Rice, an associate professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies, who has organized The Horse's Mouth Storytelling Series. The next storytelling night is Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Parachute Factory in Lexington. 

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/its-story-time#stream/0.

 

"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

Play with a Purpose to Support Kentucky Children’s Hospital on Extra Life Game Day

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 17:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2016) —Local gamers of all levels and categories — from consoles and mobile apps to PCs and tabletops — will unite to save and improve the lives of children treated at Kentucky Children’s Hospital on Nov. 5.

 

Extra Life, a Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals fundraising program, provides game lovers a fun way to support Kentucky Children’s Hospital, the local CMN Hospital.

 

Participants can sign up for the 24-hour gaming marathon and invite friends, family and fans to make a donation to Kentucky Children’s Hospital. The official Game Day is Nov. 5, but participants may complete their 24 hours of play whenever and however they like: all in one day or one hour a day for 24 days. Players may also participate solo or on teams.

 

Last year’s event raised $10,595 for the hospital and helped support sick and injured Kentucky kids and their families. Funds support patient services, music and art therapy, research, pediatric programs and specialized equipment.

 

The virtual marathon is expected to involve 65,000 gamers fundraising for 170 CMN Hospitals across North America. The 2015 event raised more than $1 million on Game Day, contributing to the year’s total of $8.3 million. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $22 million for member hospitals. The secure donations fund the selected hospital’s greatest needs, often including pediatric medical equipment, research, therapy programs and charitable care.

 

Interested participants can register at Extra-Life.org, select Kentucky Children’s Hospital as their preferred CMN Hospital, set a fundraising goal and collect donations throughout the year for patients in need. Learn more about the local CMN Hospital and how donations are saving kids’ lives at CMNHospitals.org.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

 

UK Study Helps Bats Come Home to Roost and Recover

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 15:29

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Oct. 28, 2016)  Thousands of bats lie, heaped high on cave floors, sometimes as many as 10,000 at one site. Fragile, winged mammals that have succumbed to the ravages of white nose syndrome and dropped, flightless, from their roosts on cave ceilings. Biologists report coming upon this tragic scene and finding, among the piles of tiny corpses, living bats, struggling to survive hibernation by burrowing among the bodies of their colony for residual warmth.

 

“For those of us who expend our entire career working on them, like I have, it’s pretty heartbreaking,” said Mike Lacki, professor of wildlife ecology and management in the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry.

 

White nose syndrome is decimating native bat populations in the Eastern United States and Canada. Since 2006, when the evidence of the disease first showed up in North America, millions of bats have died when the cold-adapted, white fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, infected the skin of their muzzles, ears and wings during the critical hibernation period. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that bat populations in the Northeast have declined by 80 percent. In Kentucky, populations are declining at a similarly terrifying rate, Lacki said.

 

“These bats play a fundamental, ecological role, and anyone who’s gone into a white nose-affected cave and has seen the mass mortalities, it will get to you,” he said.

 

Lacki is not about to sit back and watch these creatures pass into oblivion. He and co-principal investigators John Lhotka, UK associate professor of silviculture, and Jeff Stringer, UK extension professor of hardwood silviculture and forest operations, are taking progressive measures to attempt the re-establishment of bat species. With the support of cooperators, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, their study began in May 2015. The crux of the multi-year project is to investigate three forest management procedures to determine which, if any, will provide the optimum environment for the survivors of white nose syndrome to successfully raise their young and begin to rebuild the populations.

 

Though many bat species spend colder months in caves, many species, such as the northern long-eared and endangered Indiana bats, actually use forests for summer roosting and rearing young. Both species, native to Kentucky, have been severely impacted by the disease. In 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the northern long-eared bat as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.

 

“The northern long-eared bat was very common at one time and easily captured across forested landscapes during capture-and-release studies,” Lacki said. “That is no longer the case. It is one of the species that has been probably hit the hardest.”

 

Bats’ ecological importance cannot be denied. They serve as the major predator of many pest species, such as mosquitos, beetles and moths that negatively impact agricultural crops and forest trees during their larval stage.

 

“If you take bats out of the equation, there will be repercussions, either in reduced yields and an increased need for pesticides on farms or through burgeoning moth pests that might lead to increased levels of mortality of some tree species in our forests,” he said.

 

The research team is collecting data on three treatments at each of three sites in Eastern Kentucky: Kentucky Ridge State Forest in Bell County, private land in Breathitt County and Robinson Forest, the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s research and education forest. The replication derived from multiple sites will help them draw conclusions at the end of the project that could be applied to a wider geographic region.

 

Lhotka, Lacki and Stringer collaborated to develop treatments using variable retention harvest methods. There is an intact control site at each location. The other two treatments will retain the large trees that bats prefer for roosting and raising young, either disbursed in a uniform pattern throughout the landscape or aggregated into clusters. Through reduction of the forest canopy, spaces will open for bat foraging areas and flyways, and more sunlight will reach the tree trunks, allowing for greater thermal regulation — sunlight on heat-retaining large trees will warm the young nestled in cavities or beneath the bark. The methods should also produce greater insect diversity that is beneficial to both the bats and the landscape.

 

“We’re trying to maintain residual trees that have characteristics that are favorable to bats. Bat habitat is the direct consideration in this study,” Lhotka said.

 

“Let’s face it, we are still dependent on wood,” Lacki said. “Knowing that logging will occur to maintain our society’s infrastructure, the next step then is how can we change the way we do it to a more environmentally harmonious way?”

 

From April through September over the next two or three years — longer if possible — the research team will track the bats by acoustic detectors set out among the trees to record their calls. Some bats will carry small transmitters, as well. With the data they collect, they will be able to match the patterns derived from the bats to each particular site, thereby determining the best management practice for bat habitat.

 

“The crisis we’re facing with bats is as real as we’re portraying it,” Lacki said. “I used to see bats coming out of the forest all the time where I live. When dusk got to a certain point, my son and I would stand on the driveway and, whoosh, you’d see them just shooting out of the trees. We don’t see them at all anymore. I put my acoustic detector out and — nothing. They’re just not there. There have been more lost, I think, than we probably realize.”

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Carol Lea Spence, 859-257-8324, cspence@uky.edu

UK Leaders in Research and Rural Health Appointed Fellows of American Academy of Nursing

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 17:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2016) — Two University of Kentucky nursing leaders whose work has enhanced nursing practice and uplifted rural health were recently inducted as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing.

 

Nora Warshawsky, an associate professor in the UK College of Nursing, and Frances Feltner, the director of the Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard, Kentucky, were named 2016 inductees to the AAN. Warshawsky and Feltner join 26 current and emeriti faculty members from the UK College of Nursing to receive the honor.

 

Previously a hospital and family practice nurse, Feltner now focuses on community health education. She coordinates the center’s community health worker program, training community health workers and patient navigators to serve in rural communities. In addition, she has led the Kentucky Homeplace initiative, which is a community health model that addresses chronic diseases and disparities in rural areas. Warshawsky developed the Nurse Manager Practice Environment Scale, a contextual tool for assessing support for nursing managers and guiding organizational development in health care. She has also conducted novel studies on job satisfaction and turnover in nursing managers.

 

The American Academy of Nursing's 2,400 fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research and include association executives, university presidents, deans, political appointees, hospital executives and vice presidents for nursing, nurse consultants, researchers and entrepreneurs.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

 

Gatton Professor's Paper on CEO Equity Incentives, Institutional Ownership to be Published

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 16:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2016) A research paper by Brian Bratten, University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics associate professor of accountancy, was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Management Accounting Research. His paper titled "Institutional Ownership and CEO Equity Incentives" displays new evidence on the relation between CEO's equity incentives and institutional ownership.

 

Bratten's research demonstrates that when firms’ CEOs have abnormally low or abnormally high equity incentives, firms experience lower future performance. In response to this, firms with higher ownership by institutional investors take actions both to increase CEO’s equity incentives when they are too low, and to decrease them when they are too high. Firms with more institutional monitoring respond to abnormally high equity incentives by reducing CEO’s annual stock option grants and by substituting equity-based compensation for cash compensation.

 

Bratten notes that it is important to document the effect of equity incentives on performance is not strictly positive. Previous research on the topic has assumed a strictly positive association between equity incentives and institutional ownership, and recent guidelines encourage increasing equity incentives to align CEOs' interests with shareholders' interests. However, Bratten's research results suggest that continued attempts to increase equity incentives may result in equity incentives being too high.

 

Brian Bratten holds the Clark Material Handling Company Endowment for Faculty Excellence Fellowship in the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Bratten received a doctoral degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in finance from Texas A&M University. He joined Gatton College's faculty in 2009 where he continues to focus his research on financial accounting and auditing topics. He has been published in many journals including The Accounting Review; Contemporary Accounting Research; Review of Accounting Studies; Accounting, Organizations and Society; AUDITING: A Journal of Practice and Theory; and now the Journal of Management Accounting Research.

 

The Journal of Management Accounting Research is committed to improving the theory and practice of management accounting. The journal focuses on the promotion of high quality applied and theoretical research. The target audience of the journal include members of the Management Account Section of the American Accounting Association as well as those interested in management accounting.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Lydia Moore, ljmo223@uky.edu, 859-257-8716 

 

Gatton College to Host Citigroup Whistleblower on Friday, Oct. 28

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 15:59

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Oct. 27, 2016)  Citigroup whistleblower Richard Bowen will be on the University of Kentucky campus on Friday (Oct. 28) to share his story with students, faculty and staff at the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Bowen’s presentation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in the college’s Kincaid Auditorium. Admission is free and members of the community are welcome to attend.

 

Bowen will discuss his effort to warn Citigroup about the possibility of a financial crisis due to faulty mortgage loans before the market officially crashed in 2008.

 

Following Bowen’s talk, students will take part in their choice of five different breakout sessions to be led by the following individuals:

· Alfonzo D. Alexander, president of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy's Center for the Public Trust, on ethics;

· Darrell Ratliff, special agent (ret.) for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, on Treasury special investigations;

· Gary Smith, president and CEO of Kentucky Trailer, on servant leadership;

· Kourtney Nett, certified public accountant (CPA) and director of Risk Advisory Services, and Brad Smith, CPA and director of Assurance Services, at Mountjoy Chilton Medley, on fraud; and

· Paul Fiorelli, co-director of Cintas Institute for Business Ethics at Xavier University, on "Why Good Accountants Do Bad Things."

 

CPAs who attend this event are eligible for 2 CPE (continuing professiona education) hours of ethics credit.

 

The Von Allmen School of Accountancy and the Gatton College appreciate the support of the sponsors for this event, including Blue & Co., Crowe Horwath, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, EY, KyCPA, Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP and UK MBA Programs.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200, carl.nathe@uky.edu; Ann Mary Quarandillo, 859-257-0750, annmary.q@uky.edu

Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Honored for International Outreach on Water Issues

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 15:40

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2016) — Alan Fryar, an associate professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES), received the 2016 International Association of Hydrogeologists, U.S. National Chapter International Service Award at the recent national meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver, Colorado.

 

Fryar studies water quality, particularly water in the ground used for drinking water. Groundwater is the largest source of unfrozen fresh water on Earth, but access to sufficient amounts of clean water is a challenge in developing countries. The International Service Award honored Fryar's 15 years of working on this problem with students and scientists in Africa and Asia, including developing a program to train graduate students from these regions.

 

“Alan is not only an educator who instills a love of learning and exploring the unknown but someone whose actions inspire hope and compassion,” said Cara Peterman, one of Fryar’s doctoral students. “Leadership is not about title or designation, but about the influences and impacts that one has on another, whether it is a small gesture to a few or large contribution to the whole. Alan has embodied what it means to be a true leader, not just to the hydrogeologic community, but to the world in general. Having Alan as an advisor and mentor, I can say with all honesty and humility that if I end up being half the hydrogeologist and humanitarian that Alan is, then I will have led an amazing life.”

 

Fryar has spent time working as a scientist in Morocco and Pakistan as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. He has also hosted scientists from the same program visiting the U.S. from Morocco and Niger. This outreach is part of his laboratory’s overall research agenda, which has been funded by such agencies as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences’ commitment to the study of the Earth extends to the communities that are impacted by Earth processes, as EES Chair Dave Moecher points out.

 

“Professor Fryar has made international research engagement a priority for the past decade,” Moecher said. “Much of this research provides international exchange opportunities for senior scientists and students from the developing world. He has either traveled in or supported visits by scientists and students from China, India, Morocco, Niger, Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia, Algeria and Saudi Arabia. He has collaborated on research projects with faculty from Egypt, Sweden, Iran and Bangladesh. And he has had graduate students from India, Nepal and Eritrea complete the Ph.D. degree under his supervision. He is so dedicated to international scholarship that he even took four semesters of French at UK, in order to be able to communicate more effectively with his international colleagues from Morocco and Niger.”

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; jenny.wells@uky.edu

UK Recognized for Sustainable Transportation Options

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 14:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2016) — The University of Kentucky was recently highlighted in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) 2016 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) for its sustainability in transportation options.

 

UK Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) has worked steadily over the last 5 years to promote alternative transportation.

 

"In the past several years, PTS has greatly expanded its efforts to offer a broader menu of mobility options, particularly ones focused on incentivizing UK students and employees to shift their primary mode of transportation,” said Lance Broeking, director of Parking and Transportation Services. “It is gratifying to see these efforts rewarded, however, the benefits to the entire campus community extend well beyond that."

 

In 2015, Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) launched a pilot bicycle voucher program encouraging students and employees to consider alternatives to driving a vehicle to campus. In exchange for not bringing a motor vehicle to campus for the next two years, 100 qualified students and employees received a $400 voucher, redeemable at local bicycle shops. Due to the program’s tremendous success in its first year, PTS renewed the bike voucher program for 2016. This program works in tandem with Big Blue Cycles, which provides bikes to on-campus students who sign a one-year car-free commitment.

 

In addition, UK's BluPass partnership with Lextran allows UK students and employees to ride any Lextran route for free with their valid Wildcard ID. In its first 15 months of operation, BluPass has given more than 1,000,000 rides to students and employees. In April, UK and Lextran announced the extension of the program through June 2019.

 

SCI recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The full 2016 SCI can be found here.

 

"These transportation initiatives boost our efforts to promote sustainability using a triple bottom line approach," said Shane Tedder, UK sustainability coordinator. "They make financial sense for individuals and the institution, promote health and safety, and reduce congestion, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions."

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398, blair.hoover@uky.edu

Alumnus Gives UK Theatre's 'She Kills Monsters' its Fight

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 14:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2016) When the protagonist, Agnes, in University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance's production of "She Kills Monsters" begins waging war on monsters this weekend, she has alumnus Andrew Dylan Ray to thank for her winning fighting form.

 

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Lexington Herald-Leader video by Pablo Alcala of a fight demonstration presented by the cast and crew of UK's production of "She Kills Monsters."

 

Since fall of 2012, Ray has been returning to Lexington each semester from his home in Shreveport, Louisiana, to train UK students in stage combat. The actor, director, motion capture performer in the video game industry, and 2003 UK theatre graduate is one of only 116 certified stage combat instructors with the Society of American Fight Directors in the U.S. and is the main reason UK theatre students have a fighting edge in the arts.

 

"We have developed the most successful stage combat program in the country here with UK Theatre," said Ray, who can teach certification courses in eight different weapons for stage and screen. "Last year we graduated a group of seniors who have moved to do this type of work all over the country." 

 

This fall, Ray has been hard at work preparing the cast of "She Kills Monsters" to bring the Qui Nguyen story to life on stage at Guignol Theatre. The play follows an average young woman, Agnes, who after her teenage sister dies in a tragic accident, discovers the sibling's "Dungeons and Dragons" notebook and sets off on an extraordinary adventure into the fantasy world of RPGs (role-playing games).

 

Ray was a great match to serve as assistant director and fight director of the UK production of "She Kills Monsters," as much of the cast has little stage combat experience yet and benefited from the expertise he was able to bring to the action in the play.

 

"The group in 'She Kills Monsters' are really doing most of this stuff for the first time and some of them haven’t taken my class yet. They are learning on the fly," Ray said. "The fights in this are open for a lot of interpretation and we have really pushed them to make these fights fun and exciting, but be performed at a level where the audience buys into the world and begins to believe, while never sacrificing safety and technique to do so."

 

Many times stage combat can be shorted in the rehearsal process of stage productions, which often is easily detected by more and more savvy theatre audiences. "Fights are typically given the least amount of time in rehearsal, and a lot of the time are just thrown together by someone with no qualifications or real skill in this art form," Ray said. "What you get are bad, sloppy and dangerous moments on stage that take the audience out of the moment rather than draw them in."

 

Even as Ray kept a busy work schedule flying back and forth to Kentucky to work with his cast, he has truly enjoyed the opportunity to teach his actors a new set of skills that will benefit not only this weekend's performances but also the cast's future careers. "The thing I’ve loved the most about this show is I’ve been here every night, and the students are allowed to explore these fights in an environment they feel safe in. This work is about trust and developing partnering skills." 

 

The students appearing in UK's "She Kills Monsters" are: Lyndsey Jayne Pennington as Narrator/Farrah; Kelsey Reese as Tilly Evans; Sloan Gilbert as Agnes Evans; David Cole as Chuck; Joshua Cox as Miles; Tamia Fair as Lilith; Cameryn Zupon as Kaliope; Henry Harris III as Orcus; Tucker Keel as Steve; Madeline Williamson as Vera; Raiffa Syamil as Evil Tina; and Allyson Ledford as Evil Gabbi. Isaac Hines-William, Austin Lytle, Amy Pan and Brea Rollston will lend their talents to the play as members of the ensemble.

 

"She Kills Monsters" will storm the Guignol Theatre stage 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 27-29, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29 and 30. Tickets for the production are $15 for general admission and $10 for UK students with a valid ID through the Singletary Center box office. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 859-257-4929, visit online at www.scfatickets.com or purchase in person during operating hours.

 

The UK Department of Theatre and Dance at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from the renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life. 

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

New Stadium Blue Lot Bus Shelter to Open Monday

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 13:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2016) On Monday, Oct. 31, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) will open its newest bus shelter, located in the Commonwealth Stadium Blue Lot adjacent to University Drive. The new shelter will serve as a stop for the Blue and White Routes (Lextran 14), the Green Connector Route (Lextran 26) and the Yellow Night Route.

 

Campus buses will begin utilizing the new shelter at 6:45 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31, effectively moving the Commonwealth Stadium bus stop from its current location at the President’s Pavilion.

 

“The completion of this shelter and the move from our temporary stop location will enable PTS to offer more efficient bus routes to our riders,” said Lance Broeking, director of Parking and Transportation Services.

 

Also on Oct. 31, the Green Route will change slightly to add a stop at Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s Academic Technical Building. This stop will replace the shuttle service between the designated overflow parking areas along Wildcat Court and the Green Lot.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398, blair.hoover@uky.edu

UK Symphony Orchestra to Join Soprano Karen Slack in Concert

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 11:59
 

 

Karen Slack sings "Who will be witness for my Lord." 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2016) The critically acclaimed University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro John Nardolillo, will continue its 98th season in concert with celebrated soprano, Karen Slack, who has appeared on stages around the world. The concert with Slack will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

The upcoming UK Symphony Orchestra concert program is an evening of collaborations featuring Karen Slack accompanied by the orchestra on Richard Strauss’ "Vier letzte Lider" ("Four Last Songs"). The orchestra will also perform Richard Wagner’s "Tannhauser" overture, Prelude and "Liebestod" ("Love-death") from "Tristan und Isolde," as well as Strauss’ suite from "Der Rosenkavalier."

 

Hailed by critics for possessing a voice of extraordinary beauty, seamless legato and great dramatic depth, American soprano Karen Slack was most recently heard in the title role of "Tosca" and as Leonora in "Il Trovatore" with Arizona Opera, and as Aida with West Bay Opera, as well as a soloist for Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the Latvian National Symphony and Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Alabama Symphony. Other recent engagements include the role of Violetta in "La Traviata" with both Sacramento Opera and West Bay Opera, Serena in "Porgy and Bess" with both Washington National Opera and San Francisco Opera, Mimi from "La Bohème" with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, Cilla in Richard Danielpour’s "Margaret Garner" with Michigan Opera Theater, and a featured role in Tyler Perry’s movie and soundtrack “For Colored Girls” as the Opera Diva.

 

Slack made her Carnegie Hall debut as Agnes Sorel in Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s "Maid of Orleans," a role she also performed with the San Francisco Opera. She made her Metropolitan Opera and international radio broadcast debuts in the title role of Giuseppe Verdi’s "Luisa Miller." She sang Johann Sebastian Bach’s "St. Matthew’s Passion" and George Frideric Handel’s "Messiah" with the Messiah Festival of the Arts in Kansas and Vaughan Williams’ "Dona Nobis Pacem" with the Sacramento Choral Society. Additionally, she appeared as Sister Rose in "Dead Man Walking" with Madison Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera. The 2016-2017 season and beyond includes performances of Donna Anna in "Don Giovanni" with Nashville Opera, Serena in "Porgy and Bess" with the National Chorale and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sister Rose in "Dead Man Walking" with both Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Vancouver Opera, and her debut with the Scottish Opera.

 

Founded in 1918 and made up of undergraduate and graduate musicians from across the United States, Asia, South America and Europe, the UK Symphony Orchestra has long served as one of the university’s most prominent musical ensembles. This year they continue that tradition with performances of some of the greatest works in the orchestral repertoire, alongside contemporary works which push the boundaries of orchestral music. Concerts will feature music by the likes of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and George Gershwin, and by modern composers John Adams and current UK student Logan Blackman. The orchestra will also continue its partnership with UK Opera Theatre, performing next in the program's production of "The Barber of Seville."

 

John Nardolillo has appeared with more than 30 of the country’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the National Symphony and principal orchestras of Seattle, San Francisco, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Milwaukee, Utah, Columbus, Indianapolis, Oregon, Fort Worth, Buffalo, Alabama, Louisville, Missouri, North Carolina, Toledo, Vermont, Columbus, Omaha and Hawaii. He also recently conducted concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; and Carnegie Hall in New York. Nardolillo made his professional conducting debut in 1994 at the Sully Festival in France, and has since made conducting appearances in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and China. He has led major American orchestras in subscription series concerts, summer and pops concerts, education concerts and tours, and for television and radio broadcasts. In 2004, Nardolillo joined the faculty at the UK School of Music, where he is currently serving as the director of Orchestras.

 

Doors for the UK Symphony Orchestra concert with Karen Slack open 7 p.m. with music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students, and free for UK students with a valid ID purchased before the day of the performance (at the Singletary Center ticket office). Tickets are available through the Singletary Center ticket office online at www.scfatickets.com, by phone 859-257-4929, or in person at the venue.

 

UK Symphony Orchestra is part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The school 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.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Law Student Organizes First ABA Leadership Conference

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2016) Jordan Dye, a second-year law student at the University of Kentucky College of Law, recently organized the first American Bar Association (ABA) leadership conference for the 6th Crcuit, held Oct. 15, in Columbus, Ohio.

 

Dye, who has served as the ABA 6th Circuit Ambassador (a liaison between Student Bar Association presidents, ABA representatives and the ABA) since July, brought the idea of a leadership conference to Circuit Governor John Weber. Weber then gave him the task of both planning and implementing his idea. He reached out to campus leaders to inquire whether the conference sparked any interest. It quickly became clear that the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas was the perfect plan.

 

The ABA 6th Circuit Leadership Conference brought together 15 campus leaders to learn about the benefits the ABA offers to both practicing attorneys and current law students. Leaders attended various sessions throughout the one-day event including:

  • a general information session about the ABA that focused on the benefits of membership and information about the upcoming mid-year conference;
  • a roundtable discussion dedicated to talking about upcoming events and resolutions for common campus issues, such as parking for graduate students and involvement in student organizations;
  • a skype session with guest speaker Kareem Aref, chair of the Law Student Division for the ABA, who informed attendees about the structure of the ABA and the benefits of holding a national position; and
  • a session with guest speaker Jaiza Page, a local attorney and councilperson, who discussed her experiences and the importance of both networking and seeking leadership positions.

“My favorite part of the conference was meeting the different ABA representatives and SBA presidents from across the circuit,” Dye said. “I really enjoyed getting to hear these leaders collaborate with each other and discuss events for the upcoming year.”

 

In addition to the conference, leaders attended an informal meet and greet the evening before. Though this was the first 6th Circuit leadership conference, Dye hopes to make it an annual event. 

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Op-ed by UK Election Law Expert Published in USA Today

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 09:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2016) Joshua A. Douglas, Robert G. Lawson and William H. Fortune Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law, recently authored an opinion piece, "The good news on voting and democracy," published in USA Today on Oct. 23.

 

To read the op-ed, visit www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/10/23/elections-voting-law-counties-states-column/92372896/.

 

“All politics is local, as the saying goes, and the same is true of election law," Douglas wrote in the piece.

 

He went on to discuss three important takeaways from local experiments in election rules.

 

“Local voter expansions represent an emerging area in the debate about the right to vote. We should encourage these local innovations in our democratic process,” Douglas said. “If states are ‘laboratories of democracy,’ then localities can be what I have called ‘test tubes of democracy’ that may try out voting innovations on a smaller scale. The best ideas will ‘trickle across’ to other cities and ‘trickle up’ to states. In this way, local voting rules can bring about nationwide reforms.”

 

He goes on to tell readers that the right to vote comes from the U.S. Constitution, as well as from state constitutions and local ordinances. He concludes by writing, “We ignore these state and local voting rules at our peril.”

 

Douglas teaches and researches election law, civil procedure, constitutional law and judicial decision making. He is also a co-author of an "Election Law" case book (Aspen Publishers 2014) and a co-editor of a new book, "Election Law Stories" (Foundation Press 2016), which tells the behind-the-scenes stories of the major cases in the field.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

UK Receives $19.8 Million Clinical and Translational Science Award

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 21:14
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2016) – Please stay tuned for a major announcement of a research grant from the National Institutes of Health. The announcement will be made at 10:30 a.m. by University of Kentucky officials, who will be joined by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Representative Andy Barr.

 

The announcement will be livestreamed here. 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Mallory Powell, mallory.powell@uky.edu

UK Receives $19.8 Million Clinical and Translational Science Award

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 21:00
 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) announced today that it received a four-year, $19.8 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Advancing Clinical and Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. CTSA grants support innovative solutions to improve the efficiency, quality, and impact of translating scientific discoveries into interventions or applications that improve the health of individuals and communities.

 

UK officials were joined by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Congressman Andy Barr for the announcement.

 

This is the second CTSA grant that the UK CCTS has competed for and received. In 2011, the CCTS received a five-year, $20 million award. These grants are extremely competitive and place UK in elite company. Other institutions funded in this round include Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Rockefeller University and UCLA.

 

Additionally, UK is one of only 21 institutions in the country with federally-designated research centers in translational science, aging and cancer.

 

“While this trifecta of competitive grants positions us to recruit the brightest scientific minds of our generation and host potentially transformational clinical trials, it is the impact on community that is the heart of the CTSA and, indeed, our work as a University for Kentucky,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “Our capacity to engage at the intersection of research disciplines – which we translate from the cellular-level, to the community, and to the Commonwealth – will be emboldened by this highly competitive award.”

 

The mission of UK CCTS is to accelerate the process of translating scientific discoveries into tangible applications for individual and community health, with particular focus on health disparities in Kentucky and Appalachia. A "disease agnostic" center, the CCTS does not focus on one particular disease but supports research on an array of diseases across the lifespan in order to quicken the process of moving new science, treatments and tools to the patient bedside or into communities.

 

"The CCTS has focused our work over the last five years to create a robust spectrum of resources and expertise that enhances translational research at UK, within communities, and through a network of regional research collaborations. We are also committed to training the upcoming generation of physician scientists and researchers who will make the scientific discoveries of the future " said Dr. Philip A. Kern, director of the UK CCTS.

 

Senator McConnell, who contacted NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins on behalf of the University, said, “I was pleased to work with University of Kentucky President Dr. Capilouto and faculty and staff to help secure this federal assistance. The competitive grant we are celebrating today is not only great news for UK and its students and researchers, but it is great news for the entire Commonwealth which benefits from the critical health research undertaken by UK and the healthcare provided by the University and its partners. 

 

“UK’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science administers multi-level, proactive training which equips health care providers to not only address current health issues facing my constituents, but also to create innovative ways to improve the lives and health of Kentuckians. UK has long made it a priority to undertake important research specific to Kentucky and the Appalachian region’s population, which has resulted in better health care access and outcomes for my rural constituents in Eastern Kentucky.”

 

Since receiving its first CTSA grant in 2011, the CCTS has made significant investments to transform the research enterprise at UK and has established itself as the CTSA hub for Central Appalachia.

 

“The awarding of this competitive grant is a testament to UK’s national leadership in training the next generation of researchers and engaging the community in collaborative efforts to improve public health,” said Barr. “I am proud to support and to have voted for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health because programs such as the Center for Clinical and Translational Science have a tremendous return on investment in terms of improving outcomes for patients, lowering costs, and expanding access to care."

 

The CCTS provides critical research infrastructure, funding and support services; facilitates team science and a regional research network; engages with communities for research and training to address health needs; and prepares the upcoming generation of clinical and translational researchers. These efforts integrate UK's tripartite mission to provide the best clinical care, conduct innovative research to improve health and educate the health care and research workforce.

 

“In order to provide the most advanced care for Kentuckians, we need to be active in developing new treatments and diagnostics, as well as training top-notch physicians and researchers who can carry on the processes of discovery," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "Our focused efforts and investment in translational team science mean we have more clinical trials available to our patients, and we’re able to bring the best and most innovative science to their care."

 

UK's research enterprise has benefited from a multitude of CCTS efforts. The CCTS pilot funding program, which supports innovative, early-stage research, has provided $4 million in awards which have yielded $38.5 million in competitive extramural research funding at UK — a return on investment of more than 8 to 1. These pilot awards support diverse research studies, from new treatments for Parkinson's disease to increasing lung cancer screening in Appalachia.

 

In order to catalyze team science, CCTS has funded 100 multidisciplinary team sciences projects and recently partnered with the College of Medicine and the UK vice president for research to establish the new Multidisciplinary Value Program, which creates multidisciplinary research teams and new clinical trials at UK.

 

The CCTS has also created a significant infrastructure of research support services to assist investigators across the spectrum research, with targeted investments in specific research capacities. It has invested $1.2 million to enhance UK's imaging infrastructure and research through career development, pilot awards, and equipment. These investments resulted in patents for optical imaging equipment for breast cancer diagnosis, and novel MRI techniques to assess ACL and hip joint repair and to measure cardiac scar tissue in patients with kidney failure.

 

The CCTS also created UK's first biospecimen bank, which makes biological samples available to researchers. More than 18,000 patients have consented to participate.

 

A new Drug Discovery and Development core through the UK Center for Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation was also funded in part by the CCTS. This investment led to an exclusive UK Natural Products Repository, composed of pure natural products deriving from unique environments in Appalachian Kentucky. Collection site areas included active and abandoned coal mines and reclamation sites, thermal vents from longstanding underground coal mine fires and deep well drilling.  Compounds from these unprecedented collection sites are purified and tested for novel metabolic potential as new drugs. 

 

CCTS efforts and investments in biomedical informatics have greatly enhanced UK's research enterprise as well. A robust, cutting-edge research warehouse of clinical data from UK and state partners, called the Enterprise Data Trust, enables the use of health data for discovery and improved patient care. The CCTS was also active in recruiting UK's new, expert biomedical informatics team, and facilitated the development of the new Institute for Biomedical Informatics.

 

"The UK Strategic Plan for Research focuses on support of outstanding research that improves the lives of those in the Commonwealth.  We couldn’t achieve these important goals without the support of programs like the CCTS. To bridge the gap between basic and clinical research, we need a specialized infrastructure that facilitates translational research,” said Lisa Cassis, Ph.D., UK vice president for research. “This program provides that infrastructure. This grant is also vitally important to the new multidisciplinary research building, currently under construction, that will focus on health disparities facing Kentuckians."

 

Through partnerships with Kentucky communities and through its role as the CTSA hub for Central Appalachia, the impact of the CCTS also extends far beyond UK's campus. The CCTS is the founding member of the Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN), which facilitates research collaborations with East Tennessee State University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, the University of Cincinnati, and West Virginia University. Marshall University, also an ATRN member, receives sub-award of UK's CTSA grant to bolster research capacity and support pilot research.

 

Another key initiative from the UK CCTS is the Community Leadership of Kentucky, which provides training and funding to enhance the capacity of community leaders and organizations to address health challenges. A series of pilot and mini-grants also support community-based research and health interventions.

 

Preparing the next generation of translational researchers and physician scientists is another pillar of the CCTS mission. Through its career development program, 15 junior faculty have received research funding and mentored research training; nine have since earned independent research awards, and six are current awardees. The CCTS additionally supports students in doctoral clinical and translational science training programs.

 

Over its next four years of funding, the CCTS will building upon its work to build infrastructure, enhance translational team science, engage with communities, and confront regional health disparities.

 

"Addressing the serious and complex health challenges in Kentucky and Appalachia requires multipronged, interdisciplinary approaches that leverage the strengths of our collective efforts," said Kern. "As we look to our work in the coming years, we will build upon our infrastructure and continue to stimulate innovative team science across a broad spectrum of disciplines with focus on the important health needs of communities. We look forward to continued participation with national CTSA consortium, in partnership with many other outstanding institutions, to represent Central Appalachia in the quest to help solve the many health problems faced by our nation."

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Mallory Powell, mallory.powell@uky.edu

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