Lexington, Ky. (March 25, 3014) -- The University of Kentucky Late Night Film Series hosts award-winning filmmaker, author and community activist dream hampton, who will be presenting an exclusive director's cut of her current documentary "Transparent" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the University of Kentucky Worsham Theater. Admission is free.
"Transparent" is the story of Shelly Hilliard, a 19-year-old transgender woman living in Detroit who was brutally murdered. "Transparent" follows Hilliard's family and friends as they struggle to search for closure and tell the story of her life. The project is in its final phases and the Late Night Film Series will present a rough cut followed by a question and answer session with hampton, who prefers her name appear in lower case letters. A reception at the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center will follow the event.
She was an associate producer of VH1's Emmy Award-winning "Behind the Music: Notorious B.I.G." and co-producer of "Bigger Than Life," the first feature-length documentary on the legendary rapper. She has also collaborated with Jay-Z on the New York Times best-selling book, "Decoded." Her short film "I am Ali" was an entry at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and won Best Short Film at Vanity Fair's Newport Film Festival. She was a co-executive producer of "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty" (2012), associate producer of "The Russian Winter" (2012), director of the music video "QueenS" (2012) for SubPop artists TheeSatisfaction!, which NPR named one of the most stylish of 2012.
For 20 years hampton has written about music, culture and politics. A noted "pioneering" black female journalist, she was a contributor to Vibe for 15 years, beginning with its launch in 1993, The Village Voice, and Spin. Other publications her writings have appeared in include The Detroit News, Harper's Bazaar, NPR, Essence, and Ebony. Her Essays have also been included in over dozens of anthologies, including "Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic" (2009, edited by Michael Eric Dyson) and "Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness" (2012, edited by Rebecca Walker).
Established in 2005, The Late Night Film Series is a student run collective dedicated to presenting a diverse array of films and documentaries free of charge to the University of Kentucky audience. Recently named one of the top university cinema programs in the nation, the series aims to present challenging and entertaining material while balancing educational and historical context within the realm of cinema.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2014) — Lexington Mayor Jim Gray speaks at the University of Kentucky today ― the next event in the "see tomorrow." Speaker Series in conjunction with development of UK's Strategic Plan. The university community is invited to attend at 4 p.m. today, in the UK Athletics Auditorium in the William T. Young Library.
As one core tenant of the plan focuses on UK's community impact, Gray will discuss "town and gown" relations between the university and the city.
"UK President Eli Capilouto and I often quote the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan who said that 'to create a great city, you create a great university, and you wait 200 years.' UK is nearly 150 years, and we’re seeing the fruits of that growth and partnership between university and community."
The former CEO of international construction firm Gray Construction, Gray became Lexington's mayor in 2011. He will be the fourth speaker in the "see tomorrow." Speaker Series, which is sponsored by the UK Senate Council and Office of the Provost.
Past speakers have included John Thelin, a UK educational policy studies professor; David Attis, a practice manager with the Education Advisory Board; and Kathi Kern, director of the UK Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching.
"President Capilouto and I strongly believe that "see tomorrow: The University of Kentucky Strategic Plan" cannot be a document that simply sits on a shelf. It must inform what we value as an institution, how we bring those values to life and how we fund those aspirations," UK Provost Christine Riordan said. "An ongoing speaker series provides an avenue to continually remind us all that the strategic plan is never complete. It is an ongoing process of continuous improvement and aspiring to do more on behalf of the Commonwealth we serve."
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2014) — The University of Kentucky and Central Kentucky community have a unique experience awaiting them this week, a sneak peak at episode 4 of the upcoming PBS series “Civil War: The Untold Story.”
The visually stunning and absorbing five-hour documentary series breaks new ground by examining the Civil War through the lens of the Western Theater, battles in the strategic lands between the Appalachians and Mississippi River. Narrated by Elizabeth McGovern of the popular PBS series “Downton Abbey,” “Civil War: The Untold Story” is set to premiere nationally on public television stations in April 2014. The historical series will air regionally on Kentucky Educational Television Sundays at 3 p.m. and KET2 Sundays at 10 p.m., beginning April 6.
Admission is free to the UK screening of “Civil War: The Untold Story: Episode 4, Death Knell of the Confederacy,” which focuses on the Battles of Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and the 1864 Campaign for Atlanta. The episode will be screened at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in Worsham Theater in the UK Student Center. Filmmaker Chris Wheeler will introduce the film, and UK Associate Professor of History Amy Murrell Taylor, who is featured as one of the eminent on-camera historians in the series, will lead an expert panel discussion following the screening. The event is sponsored by the UK College of Arts and Sciences.
“This film offers an unflinching look at the suffering, hardship, death and destruction that was the Civil War,” Taylor said. “The end of slavery and the triumph of freedom are central to its story, but so too is the enormous human cost that America’s deadliest war inflicted along the way. ‘Civil War: The Untold Story’ relies on the latest in Civil War scholarship to dramatize the war as it was lived and experienced.”
UK’s event is one of 25 exclusive previews being held around the U.S. in cities, including New York, St. Louis, Memphis, Atlanta, Gettysburg and more. To view video clips, images and additional information on the series, follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CivilWarTheUntoldStory .
Filmed with sweeping cinematic style on the actual sites these epic battles were fought, the series painstakingly recreates authentic scenes in a thoroughly authentic manner, adding to the sheer magnitude of history. The series also uses state-of-the-art 2D and 3D graphics, fascinating archival imagery and incisive expert commentary by Civil War historians and scholars to provide new insights on one of the bloodiest and most defining eras in our nation’s history.
The series highlights the battles, the causes and politics of war, but also provides new insights into the relatively unexplored impact on Southern civilians and women, especially the roles that African Americans played in the conflict, from enslaved to emancipated to enlisted.
“The film is not just about who we were then. It's about who we are now," said the series’ producer/director Chris Wheeler. “In a nation arguably as divided today as we were 150 years ago, ‘Civil War: The Untold Story’ is a compelling, relevant program that we believe will strike a powerful chord with Americans today.”
Timed to coincide with the 150-year anniversary of the pivotal “Campaign for Atlanta,” the series also chronicles the presidential campaign of 1864 in which Abraham Lincoln was nearly defeated. The authenticity of uniforms, voiceovers and scenery, makes it seemingly impossible to distinguish this modern adaptation from the actual war so many years ago.
“Civil War: The Untold Story” is produced for public television by Great Divide Pictures, which, in addition to numerous cable television documentaries, has created more than 25 films shown in National Parks Visitor Centers around the country. The series is sponsored by Nashville Public Television and will be distributed to public television stations nationally by American Public Television (APT).
Following are brief synopses of all five episodes of “Civil War: The Untold Story,” including Episode 4, which those attending the April 26 event at UK will view.
Episode One – “Bloody Shiloh”
With the 1860 election of anti-slavery candidate Abraham Lincoln, 13 states from the South secede and form the Confederate States of America. Union military leaders, along with Lincoln himself, realize that ending the rebellion rests on controlling the Mississippi River. In February 1862, Union forces, led by an obscure general named Ulysses S. Grant, establish a foothold in southern Tennessee near a simple log structure known as “Shiloh Church.” On April 6, 1862, a Confederate force of over 40,000, led by General Albert Sidney Johnston, launches a surprise attack on Grant. The fighting in the hellish terrain surrounding Shiloh is some of the most brutal of the entire war. By day’s end, victory is in sight for the attacking Confederates. But Johnston has been struck in the leg by a bullet, and bleeds to death in 20 minutes. The death of Johnston is a harbinger of a great change that will soon sweep over “Bloody Shiloh.”
Episode Two – “A Beacon of Hope”
In the disaster at Shiloh, Union General Ulysses S. Grant sees victory. On the night of April 6, 1862, Grant’s beleaguered army along the Tennessee River is reinforced. The next morning, Grant’s counterattack leads to victory. The defeated Confederate force of 40,000 retreats south to Corinth, Miss. At Shiloh, the Confederates lose arguably their best opportunity to change the outcome of the war. The shocking combined casualty count of 24,000 men is more than in all the wars fought to that date in the United States. Many of the nearly 4 million slaves across the South see the war as an opportunity to seize their own destiny. Thousands of escaping slaves, dubbed ‘contrabands,’ seek refuge with Union forces advancing into the South. At Corinth, Miss., the Union army sets up a ‘contraband camp.’ The former slaves begin building a community that includes a school, hospital and church. As thousands of slaves flee northward, the question asked all over America is this: are they still slaves or are they now free? In a cottage overlooking Washington, D.C., Abraham Lincoln begins drafting a “proclamation” whose message will boldly answer that question.
Episode Three – “River of Death”
Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation does not only free slaves in the rebelling states. It changes the war from one of reunification, to one of ending slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation also gives African Americans freedom to fight. By war’s end, some 200,000 will enlist. In truth, Lincoln’s proclamation is an empty promise without the power of the United States Army to enforce it. In 1863, Ulysses S. Grant begins a campaign to take Vicksburg, Miss., a Confederate citadel overlooking a strategic section of the lower Mississippi River. In May, Grant begins laying siege to the city of 4,500. Mary Loughborough is one of the many terrified civilians who have dug caves into the hillsides for protection. Clutching her 2-year old daughter, Mary “endeavored by constant prayer to prepare myself for the sudden death I was almost certain awaited me.” On July 4, 1863, the day after Pickett’s disastrous charge at Gettysburg, the Confederates surrender Vicksburg to Grant. With the Mississippi River now under Union control, the campaign moves eastward to Chattanooga, Tenn., a rail center that Lincoln considers as important as the Confederate capital of Richmond. Eight miles south, along the Chickamauga, a creek the Cherokee call “the river of death,” Union and Confederate forces clash in what will become the biggest battle of the Western Theater.
Episode Four – “Death Knell of the Confederacy”
Sept. 19, 1863, the first day of the Battle of Chickamauga ends in a bloody draw. On the next day, the battle is determined by one of the biggest blunders of the Civil War. Miscommunication, confusion and fatigue with Union General William Rosecrans and his generals have left a gap in the Union line more than a quarter-mile wide. James Longstreet’s force of 11,000 from the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, pours through the gap and splits the Union army in two. Rosecrans and his beaten army escape to Chattanooga. Chickamauga’s combined casualties of 34,000 are only topped by the carnage at Gettysburg. In October, Rosecrans is replaced by Grant, who immediately plans an offensive. In November 1863, Grant routes the Confederate stronghold just outside Chattanooga. As they escape southward into Georgia, a Confederate officer calls the devastating defeat: “the death knell of the Confederacy.”
Episode Five – “With Malice Towards None”
In the spring of 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman’s force of 100,000 men marches from Chattanooga toward Atlanta, Ga., the industrial hub of the Deep South. Twenty miles north of Atlanta, Sherman’s army is soundly defeated at Kennesaw Mountain. Sherman’s defeat combined with Grant’s stalemate in Virginia, enrages a Northern electorate already weary of war. The presidential election is in November, and Abraham Lincoln’s chances for a second term are dwindling by the day. The Democrats nominate George McClellan. The party’s platform calls for a negotiated peace with the Confederacy in which slaveholders will be allowed to keep their slaves. If McClellan is elected, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation will almost certainly be struck down. Though victorious at Kennesaw Mountain, the outnumbered Confederate Army falls back to a defensive position at Atlanta. After six weeks of bloody conflicts around Atlanta, Sherman wires Washington: “Atlanta is ours and fairly won.” For the first time in the war, many in the North now believe victory can be achieved. Eight weeks later, the president defeats McClellan in a landslide. After the election, Sherman begins his March to the Sea. The largely unopposed march across Georgia to Savannah is a psychological blow to the Confederacy, and a stunning conclusion to the Western Theater.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2014) — Nominations for the University of Kentucky Staff Senate open today, March 24, and will remain open for two weeks, through Friday, April 4.
The UK Staff Senate is the official representative body of the staff of the university. Staff members interested in serving may self-nominate during this period. All regular, UK employees with a 0.75 full time equivalency or greater serving in staff positions are eligible, provided they have at least one year of continuous service by April 1, 2014.
Serving on the Staff Senate can provide an opportunity for employee involvement in university leadership. Staff Senators serve on a variety of decision-making and reporting committees. Five senators are currently serving on strategic planning committees. Staff senators have been involved in decisions that affect the entire university, such as raise allocations, review and revision of regulations, and budgeting. Many senators contribute personal time to campus programming and improvement. Senators provide leadership within their work units as well.
Electronic and printable versions of the nomination form are available at the Staff Senate website at http://www.uky.edu/staffsenate/staff-senate-2014-election-information. Requests for forms and other information may also be directed to Holly Jones Clark, Staff Senate office coordinator, at 859-257-9242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nomination forms may be submitted electronically via the Staff Senate website or by mail to: Holly Jones Clark, UK Staff Senate Election Committee, 202C Main Building, Lexington, KY, 40506-0032. Documents may also be faxed to 859-257-9240 or sent via email to email@example.com. Nominations must be received no later than 4 p.m. EDT Friday, April 4, to be considered for eligibility. Please allow time for campus mail.
All UK employees serving in staff positions (including those with faculty appointments) are eligible to vote in the Staff Senate elections. Voting begins for all precincts Monday, April 21, and runs through Friday, May 2. Election results will be announced on UKNow Tuesday, May 6. Questions about the process may be directed to Mike Adams, election chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2014) ― The next “see tomorrow” Town Hall forum on trends in higher education will be held from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in Room 234 of the UK BioPharm Complex.
The forum, which will discuss the impact of major trends on the University of Kentucky, will be led by Susan Carvalho, UK’s associate provost for internationalization. The first forum on trends was held earlier this month at W.T. Young Library.
The trends report is based on extensive research conducted by the six strategic planning work groups about the state of higher education. It is not the institution’s strategic plan and does not contain recommendations. But, it is a document that the groups are using to inform their work as they craft recommendations that may ultimately be pieces of UK’s strategic plan.
President Eli Capilouto and Provost Christine Riordan released the trends report to the campus earlier this month ― http://www.uky.edu/strategic-plan/resources/research-report-trends-higher-education. The more than 100-page document discusses nine major trends confronting higher education and UK:
- Changing Finances and Sustainability of Funding Sources: as traditional sources of support at the state and federal levels have declined, other revenues ― from tuition, private giving, among others ― have taken on more importance.
- Redefining the Purpose of Public Higher Education: Against that backdrop of changing financial support, many in the academy ― and outside of it ― are asking tough questions about the purpose of higher education.
- Greater Accountability: All of us in higher education are being scrutinized more closely. Do we deliver on our promises? Are we doing enough to graduate students, while minimizing the debt they incur?
- Increased Use of Technology: Technology holds great promise ― in research, in teaching and outreach to students and those we serve. But how do we maximize its impact in a positive way, without compromising the level of quality we expect in all that we do?
- Increased Internationalization: We live ― and our students compete ― in an increasingly complex global and interdependent economy. The numbers of international students we serve and educate have grown significantly in recent years.
- Changing Undergraduate Population and Curriculum: Some populations of students are growing; others are declining in terms of the numbers who attend institutions of higher learning. What do those changing demographics mean for how we teach and serve and the access and affordability we offer?
- Challenges in Graduate Education: Ph.D., Master’s, and Professional Degrees: The demand for some degree programs is growing at a rapid rate; for others it is declining. How should those changing dynamics influence our strategies in providing the highest quality possible of graduate and professional programs on a campus that prides itself for its depth and breadth?
- Changes in Research Funding: The largest source of research funding for UK and other institutions ― federal dollars ― has been flat or declining in recent years. We hope that is stabilizing and poised once again to grow. But regardless, how do we ensure that we maximize research funding and create programs and research initiatives responsive to both that funding climate and the needs of our Commonwealth?
- The Changing Professoriate: As is true across higher education, our faculty population is aging. What strategies should we develop going forward to address the changing dynamics in ways that honor our mission of education, research and service as a flagship, land-grant institution?
As part of the strategic planning process, a series of Town Halls are being held over the next several weeks to continue the conversation about the strategic plan and to gather campus input. A draft of the strategic plan will be released for campus review and feedback in the coming weeks. The UK Board of Trustees is expected to review the six-year plan at its June meeting.
Future forums in April will discuss drafts of the strategic plan itself as well as goals and recommendations contained in the proposed plan.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2014) — University of Kentucky College of Law Associate Professor Scott Bauries, along with two co-authors, has written an amicus brief that was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Lane v. Franks, an appeal for which the court will hear oral argument April 28.
Bauries and his co-authors, Paul Secunda of Marquette University Law School and Sheldon Nahmod of Chicago-Kent College of Law, submitted the brief in support of the petitioner, a community college administrator who was allegedly fired for truthfully testifying in a criminal prosecution. The brief argues that the Supreme Court should reverse the 11th Circuit’s decision denying First Amendment protection to the petitioner’s testimonial speech. Joshua Branson of Kellogg, Huber, Hanson, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC, is an attorney of record on the brief, and more than 65 additional law professors signed on.
Bauries is pleased to be one of the lead authors on the brief.
“It’s a big milestone for me,” Bauries said. “Authoring an amicus brief on behalf of your colleagues is not something that happens frequently for a law professor, and it’s very gratifying when colleagues trust you with that responsibility.”
Bauries joined the UK Law faculty after working as an associate with McGuireWoods, LLP, where he practiced labor and employment Law, higher education law, and commercial litigation. He teaches advanced torts, civil procedure, employment law, education law, and state constitutional law. His scholarship focuses on issues relating to state and federal constitutional law and employment law in the education context. He is a contributor to The Edjurists, a law blog in the CASTLE network focusing on education law-related issues.
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Former Fulbright Scholar Program Administrator to Lecture on Chinese-American Educational Partnerships
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's Confucius Institute, UK's gateway to China, will present a talk by David Adams, former administrator of the Fulbright Scholar Program, on the importance of the U.S. and China's educational relationship at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 at the University of Kentucky Athletics Auditorium in William T. Young Library. The lecture, "Chinese-American Educational Exchanges: A Window on the Bilateral Relationship," is free and open to the public.
A reception will follow Adams' lecture in the Alumni Gallery of Young Library.
An international education consultant, Adams worked for more than two decades as an administrator for the Fulbright Scholar Program administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a department of the Institute of International Education. Primarily focusing on East Asia and the Pacific region, including China, he has been honored by the Association for Asian Studies for his contributions to Asian studies through his work at the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Adams, who has a master's degree and doctoral degree in political science from the University of Chicago, conducted his doctoral research in Thailand. He holds a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary, where he assisted the late Tang Tsou, a leading expert on modern China.
Established in 2010, the Confucius Institute at UK is a center for Chinese language, culture, art and business. A gateway to China for the university and the Commonwealth, the Confucius Institute serves as the conduit for UK’s China initiatives, facilitating a range of China exchange programs across the campus and beyond. In addition, the Institute works to strengthen China Studies within the university, while at the same time providing leadership and support for Chinese language programs in Kentucky’s K-12 classrooms, and forging important community relationships through Chinese cultural outreach to people in the Commonwealth.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2014) — A one-day recruiting event, the Kentucky Teachers Network Career Fair, at the University of Kentucky expects to attract representatives from school districts across Kentucky, as well as districts from Cincinnati, Ohio; Charleston, S.C; Indiana; and as far away as Alaska, who seek to hire upcoming graduates and alumni.
The James W. Stuckert Career Center will host the event in collaboration with Eastern Kentucky University and other Kentucky colleges and universities from 3:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the UK Student Center Grand Ballroom. The career fair is free to participants.
Participants are encouraged to dress professionally and to bring at least 20 copies of their resume.
For a complete list of recruiters attending the event, visit https://uky-csm.symplicity.com/events/students.php/pid238795?mode=list&cf=KTN2014.
As part of the UK Division of Undergraduate Education, the James W. Stuckert Career Center strives to provide students with enriching and educational programs to enhance their working experience and employment opportunities. The Stuckert Career Center helps students explore their career options, engage in experiential learning and connect with employers for employment or graduate school admission. For more information on the Stuckert Career Center and how the staff can provide assistance, visit www.uky.edu/careercenter or call 859-257-2746.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2014) ― As part of the year-long Viva Mexico program, University of Kentucky Libraries and the UK College of Arts and Sciences will host a speaker on “Mexico on the Digital Frontier: Creating Access in Archives and Libraries.” Linda Arnold, professor emerita of history at Virginia Tech University, will speak on the topic at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the Niles Gallery of the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library on UK’s campus. A reception will follow in the Little Library foyer.
Arnold spent 29 years at Virginia Tech, where she developed and taught more than a dozen undergraduate writing-intensive courses, and directed nearly 30 undergraduate independent studies. She was a pioneer in digital history who, along with her students, created the “Mexican-American War and the Media” site, a site that makes primary source documents on the Mexican–American War available for serious scholarship.
Arnold is the author of nine books; 12 articles in peer-reviewed journals; 17 chapters in edited anthologies; 16 book reviews; and 39 digital archives, compilations, archival guides and archival finding aids.
In addition, she has served on the editorial boards of three academic journals, offered numerous workshops to students and faculty in Mexico, and was a member of numerous doctoral committees for students completing their degrees at Mexican universities. Her area of specialization is the history of Mexican law, and it is in that context that she became involved in the digitization and compilation of some of the early legal documents of Mexico.
Arnold holds membership in numerous societies and has served as member on the NEH World Preservation and Digitalization Panel.
At UK, she will discuss the challenges of finding, preserving and making available primary resource documents from early Mexico.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 21, 2014) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Today's program features Melanie Matson, director of the UK Center on Violence Intervention and Prevention. Matson gives a preview of next week's Take Back the Night march and rally, and annual event dedicated to the goal of ending personal violence.
To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/take-back-night-preview.
"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 21, 2014) — National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-21, 2014, as designated by the U.S. Congress. Each year, more than 2 million poisonings are reported to the nation’s poison centers.
According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, approximately 90 percent of poisonings happen at home, mostly in kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms, and 51 percent of poisonings involve children under the age of 6. The Health Services and Resources Administration reports that poisonings cause more than 35,000 deaths per year, and that 90 percent of those deaths are among adults over the age of 20.
The top five causes of poisoning include painkillers; cosmetics and personal products; household cleaning products; sedatives, hypnotics and antipsychotic medicine; and foreign objects like toys. Carbon monoxide is also a significant poison risk in the home.
According to Dr. Susan Pollack, director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Injury Prevention Program at the Kentucky Injury Prevention Research Center, specific high-risk items vary for different age groups. Medication poisoning is particularly common among youngsters.
"For kids, some of the most common poisonings are due to getting into blood pressure and psychiatric meds of family members, which causes the risk of cardiac rhythm toxicity," she said. "Another major lethal risk for is kids is getting into long-acting opioids, such as oxycontin and the newly released crushable pain meds."
Safe Kids Worldwide reports that every eight minutes, a child age 4 and under goes to the emergency department for medicine poisoning, and every minute of every day, a poison control center answers a call about a young child getting into medicine. Three out of four emergency department visits for medicine poisoning are due to children getting into parents' or grandparents' medicine.
Safe Kids also found that a significant increase in the numbers of grandparents living with grandchildren (a 23 percent increase since 2005) has resulted in increased exposure of children to adult medicines.
Keeping kids safe around medicines requires storing medicine where children can't see or access it — not, for example, in purses, on counters, or in nightstands. Choosing child-resistant caps for medicine bottles can also reduce poison risk.
While medication safety is of utmost importance in preventing poisoning, Pollack also points out other risks for children in the home.
"For toddlers, some the most lethal things include drain cleaner and dishwasher soap, especially the new single packets of washing machine soap in bright colors that look like candy and have become a significant problem," she said. "And lead and cadmium poisoning from cheap jewelry and toys also continues to be a problem."
Art supplies, insect repellents and insecticides, plants, and chemicals also pose a threat to children.
For more information about poison-proofing your home, visit http://poisonhelp.hrsa.gov/what-can-you-do/poison-proof-your-home/index.html.
If you or someone you know may have been poisoned, or if you have questions, call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222. Program the number into your phone in case of emergency, and share the number with friends and family.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 21, 2014) — Brandy Durman was a radiography student at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) when her husband, Lexington Police Officer Bryan Durman, was killed in the line of duty by a hit-and-run driver on April 29, 2010. Her entire life changed that night and, she depended on the love and support of others to help her through some of her darkest days. Little did she know at the time that she would someday take her personal tragedy and use it for good to help others in similar situations.
The days following Bryan Durman's death were surreal to Brandy, and she says she had to live from moment to moment, hour to hour, day to day. She has a military background working in crisis management and she knew she had to keep herself together, especially for her son Brayden, who was 4 years old at the time.
"Grief is much more physical than people realize. I remember being in pain. My heart hurt. Grief is both physical and emotional," she said.
Durman returned to BCTC in the fall following her husband's death for her first rotation in surgery clinicals but she soon realized that everything about the hospital — the sights, the sounds, the smells, the sight of trauma — reminded her of the night her husband died. Although she didn't know at the time what she wanted to do, she knew she could not work in that particular setting.
As she mulled over what to do next and while attending the trial of Glenn Doneghy, the man who would eventually be convicted of her husband's death, she began working with Victim's Administration with Commonwealth Attorney Ray Larson. Soon, what could be described as a door to a new beginning was opened for Durman.
A social worker with the Commonwealth Attorney's office, Mary Houlihan, came to her home shortly after Bryan Durman's passing. Houlihan was also a law enforcement wife and she walked Brandy through the entire court process, preparing her for what she might see and hear.
"She knew all about the law and could discreetly explain things when I didn't understand something that was said in the court room," Durman said. "Basically, Mary manages other people tragedies. She also suggested my son see a counselor to help him conquer his grief."
Houlihan was a pivotal person in Durman's life the stressful weeks and months of Doneghy's trial. Houlihan would say something to Durman that would have a huge impact on her future: "People who have experienced trauma are often the best counselors."
"Her commitment to helping others inspired me to take that direction with my own life. I am so glad I made that choice because I have been able to use my story and my experiences to positively impact the lives of others."
Durman enrolled in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work in the fall of 2011 and is set to graduate this May, one day before what would have been her husband's 31st birthday. She plans to attend graduate school at UK and to pursue certification as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).
A large part of Brandy Durman's work while at UK has been with advocacy of stronger laws that require offenders convicted of manslaughter in the 2nd degree or reckless homicide to serve longer sentences. The catalyst for her advocacy was learning that Doneghy, who was convicted and sentenced to 20 years for Bryan Durman's death, would have to serve only 20 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole under the original statue.
Brandy Durman felt disbelief over the way the law was written, and with the support of local politicians, she began to lobby in Frankfort for policy change. She met with Sen. Alice Forgy-Kerr, R-Lexington, who became instrumental in changing the law.
When Gov. Steve Beshear signed the Bryan Durman Act on April 29, 2013, exactly three-years after her husband's death, anyone convicted of manslaughter in the 2nd degree or reckless homicide of a public servant must now serve at least 85 percent of their sentence before they can become eligible for parole.
"The College of Social Work has been amazingly supportive while I have been out of classes lobbying. Faculty members as well as classmates have attended sessions in Frankfort and have helped hand out flyers at community events. I can't think of a profession more supportive than this," Durman said.
Passage of the Bryan Durman Act was a bittersweet moment for Durman. The new law does not impact Brandy Durman or her family's situation, but it can change the circumstances for other victims of crime in the future.
"The whole reason I am in social work is to pay it forward," she said. "I had a social worker hold my hand through the darkest moments of my life, and she spoke for me when I could not speak. Now that I have a voice, I want to speak for others."
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 20, 2014) ― For the first time in program history, the University of Kentucky has been selected to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament in Memorial Coliseum; games will be held at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 24.
UK Parking and Transportation Services has announced that although no games will take place during traditional working hours, North Campus parking will be impacted beginning Friday, March 21, due to lot closures associated with tournament operations.
The College View Lot, adjacent to Wildcat Coal Lodge, will be reserved for tournament operations parking only from Friday, March 21, through Monday, March 24; the lot has 75 spaces. Additionally, 20 spaces in the Coliseum Lot, located behind the Joe Craft Center, will be unavailable from Friday, March 21, through Monday, March 24 to accommodate satellite trucks for media outlets covering the tournament games.
The Linden Walk Lot will also be unavailable to general parking Friday, March 21, for tournament operations. The lot consists of 63 spaces.
Members of the UK community with valid E permits who normally park their vehicles in these lots may park in other E lots on campus. Go to www.uky.edu/pts/parking-info_parking-maps to view a campus parking map.
Employees who typically park on North Campus should plan accordingly and allow extra time in arriving to work.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 20, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Women’s Forum is seeking nominations for its board. Nominations for the 2014-2016 term are being accepted now through 5 p.m. Friday, March 28.
Self-nominations are welcome from anyone interested in championing women’s issues at UK. Employees are also encouraged to reach out to other potential candidates to see if they would like to be nominated. Women’s Forum membership is open to all regular staff and faculty, both women and men.
A link to the online nomination form is available on the Women's Forum website, at http://www.uky.edu/womensforum. Some of the features and benefits of board membership include:
- Enhancing leadership and teamwork skills;
- Participating in networking opportunities with a diverse group of individuals;
- Celebrating the uniqueness of all women at UK;
- Being involved in the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award and Luncheon;
- Developing new contributions to the annual Women’s Forum Conference; and
- Participating in the Employee Educational Assistance Awards program, which bestows scholarships for continuing education among UK employees.
In addition to board membership, there are many other opportunities to become involved, such as joining as a general member. For general membership inquiries, contact Marcia Shrout at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about the Women’s Forum can be directed to Sarah Nikirk at email@example.com.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2014) — International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), part of the University of Kentucky International Center, is offering courses through the myUK self-service tab on various topics related to engagement with international students, faculty and visiting scholars.
Nearly everyone on UK's campus collaborates with international students, faculty, and staff. ISSS facilitates these interactions by promoting cross-cultural awareness and offering professional immigration advising.
"ISSS is delighted to reach out to colleges and departments in order to provide services which support their efforts toward internationalization at UK," said Elizabeth Leibach, director of ISSS. "International students, faculty, staff and visiting research scholars are critical to the values embedded in internationalizing the campus."
Course registration is available in the employee self-service tab of the myUK portal:
- Login to myUK, select Employee Self Service tab
- Under Employee Services, select Training
- Under Course Catalog, select UK International Center
- In the Assigned Subject Areas, select course from the options available
- In the course date section, find the class date/time you would like to attend and select To Registration and select Book Course
Courses Available in Spring 2014:
Learn best practices for engaging international students inside and outside the classroom. This course is offered by the UK International Center.
- Tuesday, April 22, 9-11:30 a.m., 220 Scovell Hall, Suite I
J-1 Visas for International Visitors
Learn about J-1 exchange visa and B-1/B-2 visitor’s visa for international visitors. The course will include information about required visa forms and processes for sponsoring an international visitor. This course is recommended for supervisors, principal investigators, grant administrators, HR and Integrated Business Units.
- Tuesday, March 25, 9 a.m.-noon, 220 Scovell Hall, Suite I
Visa Services H-1B Forms Review
Learn about required visa forms and processes for sponsoring an international employee. This course is recommended for administrators with HR or payroll functions as well as Integrated Business Units.
- Friday, March 28, 9-11 a.m., Bradley Hall, Room 207
DOs & DON’Ts of Hiring International Students
Understand the types of employment permitted for international students. Review examples of off-campus versus on-campus work authorization, and pre and post-completion options for hiring international students with visa statuses managed by UK or other universities. Recommended for academic advisors, directors of graduate schools, supervisors, business officers, Human Resource personnel, and Integrated Business Units.
- Friday, April 18, 1-3 p.m., H31-B (Hospital)
Hiring International Faculty/Staff: PERM
This course covers the Immigration and Department of Labor rules for hiring international faculty and staff in tenure track positions, and the different pathways to employment-based permanent residency status. This course is recommended for supervisors, business officers, Human Resources personnel and Integrated Business Units.
- Friday, April 18, 9 a.m.-noon, 220 Scovell Hall, Suite 1
ISSS is part of the UK International Center and provides leadership and expertise in the advising and immigration needs of more than 2,000 international students and over 500 international faculty, staff and exchange visitors. ISSS also administers university compliance with evolving federal regulations, supports the university and its medical center by managing global student and scholar interactions, and facilitates the well-being of all international students, faculty, staff and scholars.
For more information, contact Derrick Meads, manager of marketing and communictions at the UK International Center, at 859-323-2113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2014) — If you are planning to take classes in the fall, remember that priority registration begins March 31.
Undergraduate students must have their advisor hold lifted before registering for classes. For instructions, they should contact the dean's office in their college for advising instructions. Students who are undeclared are advised in Undergraduate Studies located on the first floor of Miller Hall.
“It’s important to remember that Priority Registration is based upon three-day windows, which will open and close at specific times based upon student classification and hours earned,” said Michelle Nordin, senior associate director of undergraduate admission and senior associate registrar. “Students may view their registration windows by logging on to myUK and clicking on the Registration tab.”
To view the Fall 2014 schedule of classes, visit https://myuk.uky.edu/irj/portal, click on the “Student Services” tab, then the “Search Course Catalog and UK Core” link.
For more information about Priority Registration, call 859-257-7173 or visit: http://www.uky.edu/registrar/how-to-register.
To review a PDF of myUK registration instructions, visit: http://www.uky.edu/sites/www.uky.edu.registrar/files/myukinstructions.pdf.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 20, 2014) — Hundreds of top students from across the state and region will make their way to Lexington this Friday through Saturday for the second of two University of Kentucky Merit Weekends.
The University Registrar and Office of Undergraduate Admission host these two-day events every March so that some of the best and brightest can have a last look at campus before they decide where to attend college.
"Merit Weekends showcase the many opportunities available to outstanding students," said Don Witt, associate provost for enrollment management. "From academic to extracurricular, we are able to demonstrate how UK stands out as an incredible choice for top student scholars. The success of Merit Weekend is the result of collaborations from across the campus. It’s exciting to see the enthusiasm of students admitted for Fall 2014 and to be a part of their academic journey."
Merit Weekends are available by invitation to admitted students who have excelled academically in high school.
"Merit Weekend is always an exciting time when we can congratulate students on their academic success and showcase everything that UK has to offer these exceptional students," said Stephen Barnett, senior associate director of admissions and senior associate registrar.
A record number of students already registered for this year's Merit Weekends. As of today, more than 940 total students representing 31 different states have registered for the programs spanning the weekends of March 7-8 and March 21-22.
"We have found that Merit Weekends increase our yield with these outstanding students," Witt said.
Not only do students meet with individual advisors to register for Fall 2014 classes, they get to talk to current students about what it's like to attend UK.
But it's not all about classes. Students also get to attend a wide variety of sessions to learn more about the opportunities that await them at UK.
"Thanks to this campuswide effort, we’re able to assist these students in taking that first step in transitioning to college," said Barnett. "They will learn about everything from Education Abroad and Undergraduate Research to Student Involvement and living learning communities & residential colleges, all while charting an academic course for their college career.”
For more information on Merit Weekends open the PDF below, click here, call 859-257-3256, or send an email or tweet. Students should use the hashtag #UKMW14 while on campus for Merit Weekend to connect with other students and share their experience.
To view videos about the opportunities at the University of Kentucky for prospective students, visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/UKseeblue or click on the YouTube playlist below.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 19, 2014) ― Debbie Anderson, co-founder and executive director of Strides to Success, will speak at the 2014 W. Norris Duvall Leader in Residence event March 24-28. Strides to Success is an equine assisted learning facility located in Plainfield, Ind., that connects horses with kids, adults and veterans for educational purposes and life skills development.
Hosted by the Center for Leadership Development in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Leader in Residence program brings to the UK campus nationally and world renowned leaders who are known for their ethical style of decision making and for their focus on youth leadership development
Anderson has been professionally involved in the horse industry for more than 35 years. She has more than 10,000 hours of experience with equine assisted learning and equine assisted psychotherapy work, serving hundreds of schools, mental health providers and corporate leaders. During the past several years, she has focused on assisting equestrian centers in the United States and abroad in partnering with elementary and secondary schools to develop equine assisted learning programs.
“We chose Debbie Anderson to be our leader in residence this year because of her expertise in developing educational curriculum that facilitates learning through the horse. Our intention is for her to be able to share best practices with Kentucky-based equine assisted learning programs that offer similar services in their communities,” said Lissa Pohl, assistant director of the Center for Leadership Development.
Anderson’s passion for working with youth on character development and leadership also was a large part of the center’s decision to invite her.
“I witness, on a daily basis, the amazing ability of horses to teach and heal humans. I love sharing this work with others and to assist them in developing successful programs,” Anderson said.
During the weeklong event, Anderson will share her expertise with UK students and faculty, local school district officials and private colleges on the topics of curriculum development, economic sustainability for equestrian centers through diversification of services and the challenges of running an equine assisted learning facility, among other topics. Public events will include a panel discussion from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at E. S. Good Barn on the UK campus and a live demonstration with the horses from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 28 at Locust Trace AgriScience Farm — a vocational high school located on Leestown Road in Lexington.
More information and a schedule of events are available online at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/cfld/Duvall.php.
The Leader in Residence program is sponsored by the W. Norris Duvall Endowment for Youth Leadership, Ethics and Service. The endowment’s mission is to support programs that reinforce the importance of integrity, ethical behavior and a sense of civic engagement through service-oriented leadership initiatives for Kentucky’s youth and college students.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 19, 2014) — When Premi Haynes was growing up in Pune, India, she attended Stella Maris High School, an English language convent school founded by Swiss nuns. Her second grade singing class used a book of English songs. One of the songs was "My Old Kentucky Home." At that time, Haynes had never heard of Kentucky, had no idea where it was, and had no particular ambition to go there.
Some 20 years and a twist of fate later, today Haynes is defending her Ph.D. thesis in physiology at the University of Kentucky, where she's made a significant discovery about the cellular structure of the human heart, particularly related to heart failure. The findings have recently been published by the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology.
At 18, Haynes moved to the United States by herself. She had planned to go to college in her home country of India, but a family friend who had attended the University of the Cumberlands suggested that she apply there.
"It was serendipitous," she said. "Cumberlands was the only place I applied in the U.S., and I got a scholarship."
Then, the president of the university wrote her a letter encouraging her to come.
"It was hard to say no to that," she recalled. "And my parents said I could go, so I decided to try it. I had two suitcases and $200, which I thought was a lot of money."
Haynes has lived in Kentucky for the 12 years since then, completing her master's degree in biology at Morehead State University before enrolling in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program at UK in 2008.
"I got interested in research when I was doing my master's at Morehead, and then I was interested in UK because it has an integrated program," she said. "I wasn't really sure which lab I wanted to go into, but at UK I could do rotations and try different labs."
She ultimately decided to join the Campbell Muscle Lab under the mentorship of Ken Campbell, associate professor of physiology and director of the biospecimens core for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). When Haynes joined UK, Campbell had just started building a biobank of cardiac tissue. He only had a handful of samples at the time, but Haynes couldn't turn down the opportunity to study human tissue.
"I was really interested in translational research. I didn't want to work just on animal models, but also with human tissue," she said.
Haynes has been directly involved with the establishment and growth of the lab's biobank, which, five years later, now houses around 2,500 cardiac tissue samples from about 150 patients. The remarkable progress is the result of determined effort, institutional support, and collaboration to overcome the administrative and communication barriers of collecting cardiac tissue from patients with heart failure who are undergoing surgeries, and from organ donors.
"It's required an amazing commitment from the people in my lab," said Campbell.
To illustrate: Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, someone from the Campbell Muscle Lab is on call to rush to the operating room whenever there's a transplant or ventricular assist device (VAD) surgery from which they can collect a tissue sample.
"For five years, we haven’t missed even one call," Haynes said. "And I think that's huge because the clinical staff know that we are invested in this, and we're determined to get these samples — they are very valuable. Groups in Washington state, Pennsylvania, and even New Zealand want to collaborate with us so that they can use them."
And the hard work has paid off. Haynes' study is the first ever to document the specific cellular patterns of contraction across the wall of the human heart. As explained in her recent paper, "Transmural heterogeneity of cellular level power output is reduced in human heart failure," she showed that the different regions of the left ventricular wall have different cellular patterns of mechanical properties. Specifically, due to these transmural patterns, the middle of the wall is a better "engine" for pumping blood than the outer edges of the heart.
"People look at the heart as if the muscle is the same in every region of the heart. But that's not true," she said.
By comparing tissue from failing and non-failing hearts, she furthermore found that heart failure diminishes the cellular pattern (and therefore the pumping capacity) across the ventricular wall. Importantly, Haynes also discovered some of the key proteins that are driving these changes, which identifies new therapeutic targets for heart failure.
"Now we have some idea of which parts of the heart aren't working, and we can try to fix them to help treat disease," said Campbell.
Campbell and Haynes are quick to emphasize all of the different people and organizations at UK that have contributed to the success of their study. For example, the project was supported in part by a grant from the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. The Campbell Muscle Lab has also worked closely with the Center for Transplantation and Organ Failure, and in particular with Dr. Charles Hoopes, director of the UK Heart and Lung Transplant Program and the director of the Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program. In order to obtain samples of non-failing hearts, they've also worked with the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates team at UK. And they've depended significantly on the circulating nurses in the operating room, who alert the on-call lab member whenever they might be able to obtain a tissue sample.
"Basic scientists are used to writing grants and doing experiments. And in the operating room, everybody is focused on keeping patients alive. It's a bit of a cultural change," said Campbell. "But our success will make it easier for the next group who try to do this type of translational work."
Haynes’s project epitomizes the unique opportunities at UK to improve health by aligning advanced subspecialty care, such as transplants and VAD procedures, with basic science research. To further accelerate such progress, Campbell used support from the Center for Muscle Biology to start the Heart Working Group. Cardiologists, surgeons, and scientists now meet every Friday in the Department of Physiology to discuss their results and plan new research.
"We're not just doing operations — we're really making contributions to the field," Hoopes said.
Haynes is similarly aware of the value of this type of translational research.
"We've done a lot to cure heart failure in animals. But it's really time to cure heart failure in people," she said. "And I think that combining work on human and animal samples is the best way forward. We can learn things from humans, test our ideas with animals, and then go back to patients with potential therapies."
Haynes plans to build upon her findings through post-doctoral or industry work. While she admits that it might lead her to relocate, she knows that Kentucky will always be a home to her.
"I've been singing 'My Old Kentucky Home' for years," she said.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 19, 2014) — One of the fastest growing majors at the University of Kentucky — exercise science — will soon have its own Living Learning Program (LLP) dedicated to it.
Kinesiology and Health Promotion (KHP), a department in the UK College of Education, will open a Living Learning Program in August 2014. This program will give students majoring or interested in exercise science, physical education, health education or other related fields the opportunities to learn, study and network with other students, faculty, staff and professionals who share their same career interests.
"Exercise science is one of the fastest growing majors at UK; this is a national trend," said Melody Noland, chair of the KHP department. "There is a growing interest in exercise, healthy lifestyles and athletics. Students who are interested in pursuing careers in physical therapy, physician's assistant school, medical school (KHP satisfies all of the pre-requisites needed for these programs), physical or health education, occupational therapy, exercise specialists and health promotion, choose this major. With so many interested students, we wanted to offer a smaller community to help them connect and keep them at UK."
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Located in Ingels Hall on south campus, the program will house about 60 freshmen, 20 sophomores, 6 peer mentors and a graduate assistant who will serve as program director. The proximity to the Seaton Center, where the majority of KHP classes are held, is just a short walk away.
Lindsay Kipp, KHP lecturer and coordinator of the LLP, says the program will offer both social and professional development opportunities for its students.
"For the social aspect, it will build a sense of community for the students by offering study groups, team building activities and meet-and-greets with students, peer mentors and faculty in KHP; we're going to let the students help with the planning of special events," she said. "From the professional development aspect, professionals in the field, such as strength and conditioning coaches, will visit the LLP and do demonstrations, or day-in-the-life types of events. We'll also do physical activities such as yoga or group exercise, healthy cooking demonstrations, as well as field trips to potential job sites, like physical therapy clinics. We want to engage the students by providing experiences in their potential careers."
The KHP LLP is one of two LLPs offered by the UK College of Education. The other program, EdLife, is designed for future teachers.
"We will be sharing programs with EdLife," Noland said. "Since we're in the same college, both LLPs will be able to take advantage of the college's mentoring program. We're very excited for this fall."
"As a college, we take great pride in producing well-prepared health professionals, ready to join local and global efforts in addressing some of society's most critical needs," said UK College of Education Dean Mary John O'Hair. "The College of Education’s Living Learning Programs are a great choice for students eager to have additional hands-on learning experiences, interaction with faculty and upperclassman peer mentors, special courses connected with programs, and the chance to lead and teach others."
The KHP LLP is currently accepting housing applications for new students through April 1. More information is available at http://www.uky.edu/Housing/undergraduate/llp/KHP.html.
Celebrating its 25th year on campus in fall 2014, the Living Learning Program at the University of Kentucky provides students with an environment to learn where they live and to live where they learn. The Division of Student Affairs Office of Residence Life, creators of the program, collaborated with academic and other student success partners to complement the classroom experience. Through Living Learning Communities and Residential Colleges, UK offers students an opportunity to live and learn together in an integrated academic residential environment.
This dynamic residential experience offers specialized programming, interactions with UK faculty and staff, and a supportive community that focuses on student success. The program has grown exponentially in recent years with 965 students participating in 13 programs this fall. Six more programs will be added in fall 2014, nine times more than in 2008.
For more information, visit http://www.uky.edu/Housing/undergraduate/llp/index.html.
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