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UK Confucius Institute and Education Abroad Support Faculty Travel to China

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April, 2015)  With the goal of establishing and enhancing education abroad programming and learning about international higher education opportunities in China, the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute (UKCI) and Education Abroad have collaborated to support UK faculty members’ travel to institutions of higher education in China in May.


Founded in 2010, UKCI has devoted itself to sending UK students, faculty, high school students and Kentucky educators to China, said Huajing Maske, director of UKCI.


“This should have started a long time ago,” Maske said. “The Confucius Institute has been working as a bridge between UK and institutions of higher education in China to forge new partnerships. It’s really our goal to support the pursuit of teaching, studying and doing research in China.”


Anthony Ogden, executive director of Education Abroad and Exchanges, said the partnership with UKCI is an effort in part to respond to the federal government’s “100,000 Strong” initiative, announced by President Barack Obama in 2009, with the goal of increasing the number of American students studying in China.


According to Ogden, too few UK students study abroad in China through UK Education Abroad programs. In 2014, only about 30 students studied aboard in China but Ogden says the potential is much greater.


“Most UK departments don’t specifically endorse programs in China via their Major Advising Pages,” Ogden said. “So, our curriculum integration efforts with regard to programming in China will benefit greatly through this site visit.”


Seventy-eight percent of students who studied abroad in China from 2008 to 2014 did so through UK sponsored, faculty-directed programs, none of which studied abroad through exchange programs. Ogden said the site visit would be a great opportunity to consider other programs, including establishing bilateral exchange programs with institutions in China and working through UK’s partner institutions in China to provide intensive language programming, internships, and so on.


Through this partnership, 20 UK faculty members, representing 17 colleges, will be traveling to China. While in China, representatives will attend educational lectures, visit a range of established education abroad programs and participate in cultural activities in Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai.


Sue Roberts, professor in the Department of Geography and representative of the College of Arts and Sciences, said this site visit would help her to learn more about opportunities in China so that she can in turn provide students in the College of Arts and Sciences with more opportunities to learn about a country that has been playing a significant role worldwide.


“China is a hugely significant country in its own right, and there are many reasons why U.S. students are very intrigued by China and want to learn more about this amazing country,” Roberts said. “So we see it as part of our mission to offer as many opportunities as we can for our students, to help them prepare themselves for success in an increasingly integrated world, and one in which China is playing an expanding role.”


Maske said the site visit would help UK be more competitive and appealing when recruiting prospective international students.


“It brings UK’s name and reputation out there together with other benchmark universities that are reputable for producing international-minded students,” Maske said. “It really brings UK up among those peers and gives UK a great competing edge with other institutions. I think that’s going to be a huge draw for prospective students and their families.”



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College of Education Alum's Studies, Experience Prepare Her for Journey of a Lifetime

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 15:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2015) – When University of Kentucky College of Education alumna Dixie Miller met Olivia — a tiny baby with a big hole in her heart — doctors doubted Olivia would live to have surgery. Miller had recently become certified to accept foster children when a friend told her about Olivia, who at the time lived with a family equipped to care for medically fragile children. But Miller wasn’t looking to adopt, at least not yet.  


Still, she would hear from her friend, “You need to go see her, she’s your baby.”


Reluctantly, she went. At the foster family’s home, Olivia lay on the living room floor and as soon as Miller looked into her deep blue eyes, she was completely taken. Ten days later, Olivia was deemed strong enough for a life-saving heart surgery. Suddenly, Miller was thrust into a gut-wrenching situation with a baby who wasn’t legally hers, but with whom her heart was already intertwined with maternal feelings of love and care.


Surgery was successful and Olivia was determined to live, but her tiny body kept giving out. Alarms would sound, alerting teams of doctors and nurses to rush to the room of the coding baby. Eventually, she grew stronger. Miller was able to visit her in the hospital after Olivia was moved out of intensive care, but couldn’t stay overnight without legal custody. She would leave Olivia’s room at 11 p.m., knowing she wouldn’t see her again until after work the next day. Olivia was in the hospital for more than a month.


“I had to completely let go of my baby and just wait,” Miller recalled.


During the day Miller found distraction by focusing on her clients at work as a developmental interventionalist. She was an independent contractor for First Steps at that time, working with children with developmental delays. Since 2007, she has been with Visually Impaired Preschool Services — a nonprofit organization that provides educational and therapeutic services to young children of the Commonwealth. She works with infants and preschoolers with visual impairments caused by issues such as cerebral palsy, seizure disorders and prematurity.


“We’re getting involved with the family fresh after the child has been diagnosed,” Miller said.


“The parent is grieving the loss of the ‘typical child’ while facing getting services started. They are bombarded with learning about developmental milestones and trying to navigate the system and some families feel completely overwhelmed.”


With the help of specialists like Miller, parents begin to understand that despite a disability diagnosis, it is going to be OK. A new mom may be in tears during the first meetings with Miller, but cheering her child’s progress a few months later. The grief comes and goes, Miller says. A parent will come to a stage of acceptance, but may walk into a preschool and see other kids talking, walking, running – things that don’t come easily to his or her own child. And all the emotions come rushing back.


Miller says as families begin to take steps to get services, they often come together stronger as a unit and advocate for the child. It’s her role to help them get prepared for when the child enters the school system for kindergarten.


“It’s definitely a world you don’t want to enter, but when you’re there you learn to love it and capture small moments of what your child does,” Miller said. “It’s kind of like you’re in a secret society when you’re a parent of a kid with special needs, and until you are in it you don’t understand it.”


Miller counts herself lucky to be part of that society. Olivia was eventually discharged from the hospital and after a process involving meetings with social workers and hearings with a judge, the 9-month-old came home to Miller on Jan. 13, 2005 – commonly celebrated as “gotcha day” (official adoption did not happen until 2006).


Olivia, who has Down syndrome, recovered from heart surgery and is now a spunky and energetic 10-year-old. She is athletic and uses a healthy dose of stubbornness and determination to keep up with her peers. Her latest mission has been learning to ride a scooter like her cousins. Not being able to master it was driving Olivia nuts, her mother says. This past spring she finally got it. Now, she’s doing tricks.


“I love watching every milestone she’s hit,” Miller said. “Watching life through her eyes, it’s so much fun.”


Turning passion into a career


Miller, who graduated from Lafayette High School and has a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy, did not find her calling until a friend told her about developmental intervention and Kentucky’s First Steps program. She researched available schools and chose the UK College of Education Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling, where she completed a master’s in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE). She also has a teaching certificate from the University of Louisville as a teacher of the visually impaired.


“I was finally in a field where I knew it was something I was interested in and would walk away from the program being able to enjoy my career,” Miller said. “The professors are a strength of the program. The education college at UK is top-notch in the nation, they are right on it with research. And, they’re a family.”


Miller worked as a graduate assistant and got a first-hand glimpse at what professors do in addition to teaching courses. Her faculty mentors in the program included Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Lee Ann JungKatherine McCormick, and Charlotte Manno.


“They want to see good teachers being produced so they put their hearts into it,” Miller says.


“They have a love for children with special needs just as much as I do and they want to see those children being served, and so they are going to educate these students coming through to the best of their ability.”


Miller’s time as a student in the College of Education included many hours doing observations and working in the Early Childhood Lab, operated by the IECE program. The lab not only provides care and education for young children, but also serves as a teaching facility to train the next generation of early childhood professionals. It has existed at UK for nearly 80 years.


“I sent Olivia to the lab school at the age of 2 ½ to get the experience and top-notch education I knew it would provide for her,” Miller said. “As a professional, I have encouraged many of my families to tour the lab as a possible place to send their child for preschool.”


The lab recently moved from the basement of UK’s Erikson Hall to a freshly renovated building designed specifically for the needs of the program. The new space is allowed the lab to double in size, serving more than 100 children using best early childhood practices. The 10,000-square-foot, freestanding building is part of the former Lexington Theological Seminary campus, recently acquired by UK. 


Miller’s involvement in the lab is starting to come full circle. In addition to her time spent there as a student and sending her daughter there, her professional work will soon be based in the lab. Her employer, Visually Impaired Preschool Services, is partnering with UK and will share the new space.


“The new facility will not only be accessible, but geared toward children with visual impairments,” Miller said. “This will also allow us to partner with the vision program at UK and help them provide hands-on experience with visually-impaired children from birth to 5. It will create an opportunity to help better serve our children throughout the entire state of Kentucky.”




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College of Education Unveils New Outdoor Space

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 14:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2015) — With blooming flowers, umbrella-topped tables and bright blue custom-made benches inhabiting the courtyard in the center of Taylor Education Building, you wouldn't believe that the space sat barren only a short time ago.


The Jim and Kaye Burton Courtyard opened Thursday, April 16, with a ribbon-cutting and crowd of faculty, students and guests celebrating the revival of the outdoor space.


Kaye Burton was a 1965 graduate of the UK College of Education and went on to teach elementary school in Bullitt County.


"Her parents' love for UK and strong legacy in education has driven her and Jim to support the college enthusiastically," said Jeffrey Francisco, director of development in the College of Education.


The Burtons helped fund the courtyard and also fund a scholarship in honor of Kaye's parents, the John P. and Frances Charlton Samuels Presidential Scholarship. The Burtons are also leaders on the College of Education Board of Advocates.


This year's recipient of the John P. and Frances Charlton Samuels Presidential Scholarship, Rachel Allegeier — an English education senior, college ambassador, and student council leader — helped secure the funding for the College of Education-themed benches, a focal point of the courtyard.


The UK blue benches feature the image of the Taylor Education Building clock tower and the college's motto, "Inquire. Innovate. Inspire." The benches were brought to life by artists Scot and Laura Kellersberger of Savisa, Kentucky, parents of Beth Kellersberger, a graduate student in the Educational Psychology Program.


A second courtyard in the Taylor Education Building, a more formal space, is also undergoing a renovation and should be completed this summer.  


View before and after photos of the Jim and Kaye Burton Courtyard below. 




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UK Biology Student RISEs to Challenge of German Internship

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2015) — University of Kentucky sophomore Hannah Latta has been awarded a summer internship through the Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) program of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD). The internship will provide the biology major an opportunity to do research at one of Germany's top universities and research institutions.


DAAD offers a wide range of funding opportunities for individuals and institutions in higher education. The program's primary goal is to facilitate transatlantic mobility to Germany for U.S. and Canadian scholars. DAAD's RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE offers opportunities to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of two to three months during the summer.


RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. All scholarship holders receive stipends from DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities and research institutes provide housing assistance.


Internships from RISE were first offered in 2005. Following the first intake of around 100 students, the number of participants has increased steadily to approximately 300 scholarship recipients.


Latta, the daughter of Gary and Lou Ann Geveden Latta, of Mayfield, Kentucky, will do her RISE internship in epigenetics research at Martin Luther University in Halle Saale, Germany.


"I will be collaborating with Maria Giebler, a Ph.D. student, to investigate the Piwi gene and its effects on infertility," Latta said. "Additionally, I will be able to form invaluable connections with aspiring scientists from Canada and the United Kingdom during my internship."


The RISE recipient first became interested in biology, and specifically genetics, at Graves County High School. "In high school, I was introduced to the field of genetics, and I have since possessed an insatiable desire to further my knowledge concerning the subject. It was this fascination that prompted me to study biology at the University of Kentucky."


At UK, Latta is already active in research at the undergraduate level working in the laboratory of Vivek Rangnekar, UK professor and Alfred Cohen Chair in Oncology Research in the Department of Radiation Medicine. Rangnekar's research is studying the effects of Par4 on glycolysis and metabolism rates in mice.


Outside of her biology studies, Latta is a Chellgren Fellow, Gaines Fellow and member of the UK Honors Program. In addition, she is pursuing a minor in French.


Latta credits two mentors, Ruth Beattie, professor of biology, and Pat Whitlow, director of the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, in helping her achieve her initial success and work toward her career goals.


After completing her undergraduate degree, Latta plans to attend medical school and eventually pursue a career in pediatric oncology.


Students who are interested in this and other study abroad internships and scholarship opportunities should contact Pat Whitlow, director of the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education. The office assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with Whitlow well in advance of the scholarship deadline.



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Phi Beta Kappa Inducts 36 Students

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2015) — The University of Kentucky chapter of Phi Beta Kappa held its annual induction ceremony last week, inducting 36 students into the nation's oldest and most widely known academic honor society.


F. Douglas Scutchfield, the Peter P. Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research and Policy at the UK College of Public Health, delivered a keynote address.


The 2015 inductees are:

  • Noora Aljabi, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Rahul Annabathula, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Connor Appelman, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Clara Bone, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Liza Bustle, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Andrew Cech, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Steven Chapman, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Abigail Craig, College of Fine Arts
  • Jonathan Elliott, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Michael Fassio, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Christopher Garr, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Tristan Griner, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Colby Hall, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Casey  Hibbard, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Akesha Kirkpatrick, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Vanessa Koenigsmark, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Erica Mattingly, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Trevor McNary, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Kaitlin Moore, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Elizabeth Morehead, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Sanjana Pampati, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Abigail Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Jonathan Pickett, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Sibi Rajendran, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Keith Rodgers, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Marcel Roman, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Morgan Saint James, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Charles Shelton, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Josephine Suchecki, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Grace Trimble, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Emily Vanmeter, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Samantha Warford, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Austin  Way, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Samuel Wicke, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Christina Zeidan, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Shelley Zhou, College of Arts & Sciences

Phi Beta Kappa elects more than 15,000 new members a year from 270 chapters across the United States. There are also more than 50 associations that foster friendship and learning in their members' communities and provide a means for members to continue their active affiliation with the society after graduation.The society celebrates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.


UK's Phi Beta Kappa chapter is supported by the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence, which is part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.

Judges From Albanian School of Magistrates Visit UK

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2015) — On Thursday, April 16, the University of Kentucky College of Law and the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce welcomed to campus, in partnership with Assistant U.S. Attorney David Grise (UK Law ’83) and U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove (UK Law ’89), seven judges from the Albanian School of Magistrates. The Albanian School of Magistrates provides initial legal training and is the sole provider of continuing legal education (CLE) for judges and prosecutors in Albania. 


The judges (Sokol Sadushaj, Dashamir Kore, Marjana Semini, Arta Mandro, Vangjel Kosta, Ador Koleka, and Jetnor Tafilaj) served on a panel with Grise during a student assembly, and College of Law faculty member Marianna Jackson Clay served as moderator. They discussed the similarities and differences between the judicial and legal education systems of Albania and the United States.


Albania has a civil law system, which has significant differences from the common law system at work in the United States. A few examples of this include no juries, minimal application of case law, and a preference for educational institutions designed specifically for judges and prosecutors.


During their visit, the Albanian judges had an opportunity to meet with faculty and staff in charge of several UK Law programs that were of special interest to them.


“The visiting delegation was delighted to hear ways the College of Law has incorporated practical application of legal principles into its curriculum, including litigation skills courses, mock negotiations, legal research and writing classes, and legal and tax preparation clinics,” Grise said. He noted that due to the nature of their work at the Albanian School of Magistrates, the judges “were impressed with the College of Law’s active CLE program, especially its distance learning techniques.”


The academic experience for UK law students is enhanced when exposed to outside judiciary proceedings and policies. However, it’s more than just students who gain from this exposure; there is much to be said on the importance of judiciaries from different countries getting together to discuss their systems and procedures.


“Many developing nations have benefited greatly from a continuing relationship with a U.S. law school. This is particularly true of nations which emerged from communist governments within the last 25 years, which have no history of adversarial proceedings or independent judiciaries. The relationship also assists the U.S. institution by exposing its faculty to the advantages of alternative systems and teaching methods,” Grise said.


The Albanian judges made the most of their visit to the states. In addition to visiting the University of Kentucky, the judges also had the opportunity to visit the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., National Center of State Courts in Williamsburg, Virginia, and National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.  While in Kentucky, they also met with Judge John Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, to discuss ethics and technology in the courtroom.

UK Public Health Research Center Names 2015 Brown Scholars

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 16:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) — The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR), based at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, and Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) have announced recipients of the Dr. E. Richard “Rick” Brown Keeneland Conference scholarships. The scholarships recognize the many lasting contributions of the late distinguished leader, scholar and teacher in public health and the founding director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.


The recipients are:

·         Rose Hardy, MPH, Ph.D student, Health Services Research, University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado

·         Shivani Murthy, MPH, a DrPH student in International Health, Johns Hopkins University

·         Karmen Williams, MSPH, DrPH Candidate in Public Health Leadership, Georgia Southern University


These awards support Keenelend Conference travel, attendance and networking for pre-doctoral and early-career postdoctoral researchers from racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups who are underrepresented in the health and social sciences. Awardees were selected based on the significance and innovation of their PHSSR research interests and their potential as emerging scientific leaders in the field. 


The Keeneland Conference, the premier national PHSSR conference, will be held April 21-22 in Lexington, Ky. PHSSR examines questions that relate to the financing, organization and delivery of public health services – and how those factors translate to population health.


For more information about the Keeneland Conference and the Brown Scholarships, visit


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Ribbon Cutting Marks Official Opening of UK HealthCare at Turfland

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) -- At 10 a.m., Monday, April 20, a ribbon cutting ceremony will mark the official opening of UK HealthCare at Turfland, a new outpatient center on Harrodsburg Road in Lexington on the site of the former Turfland Mall.


See for more information.


UK HealthCare has leased and renovated the former Dillard's location for consolidation and relocation of some of its primary care and specialty outpatient clinics and will be the anchor tenant for the first floor of the building utilizing approximately 85,000 square feet. 


Media Contact: Kristi Lopez, 859-806-0445

Two Memorials Scheduled for Slain Student, Jonathan Krueger

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:11


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) ‒ University of Kentucky students are grieving the loss of one of their own today. Jonathan Krueger, a 22-year-old UK junior from Perrysburg, Ohio, was shot early this morning as he walked home along Maxwell Street, near Transylvania Park. He later died at University of Kentucky Hospital.


Krueger was exceptionally close to two UK student groups, the Epsilon Omicron Chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and the university’s student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel. Krueger was an integrated strategic communications junior and Kentucky Kernel photo editor.


The fraternity has scheduled a candlelight vigil in memory of Krueger at the Newman Center, near campus, at 8 p.m. today.


The Kentucky Kernel staff invites the campus and Lexington communities to a second candlelight memorial at 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, at Memorial Hall Amphitheater. If it rains, plans have been made to open Memorial Hall for the ceremony.  


Attendees to the Monday event are invited to bring a favorite photograph of Krueger or a favorite photograph taken by him to celebrate his love of photography. The Kernel will also collect messages to deliver to Krueger’s family.


In a message released earlier today, the fraternity wrote, “Jonathan was an active Beta during his tenure in the Epsilon Omicron Chapter and had a way of putting a smile on everyone’s face, every single day. Jonathan could be found pursuing his dreams outside of Beta on the sidelines of a number of University of Kentucky sports. His passion for photography and athletics was great; his love for people was even greater.”



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Coldstream Research Campus to Host Earth Day Cleanup

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) — In support of Earth Day and the national Keep America Beautiful campaign, the University of Kentucky Coldstream Research Campus and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government's Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a cleanup of the banks of the Cane Run Creek from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. 


Due to recent rains, high water has deposited a great deal of litter along the banks that are visible from the Legacy Trail bridges.Volunteers will pick up litter along the Legacy Trail between the interstate and Spindletop Hall. The cleanup will cover four bridges along a 1.5 mile stretch of the trail.


Volunteers will also sort trash and recyclables along the way. LFUCG will pick up bags from the trail the next business day.


UK Coldstream will provide bags, gloves, trash pickers, and water for all volunteers.


For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Jim Conner at 859-361-9253 or



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UK Arts Administration Serves Up a Coffee and Donuts Fundraiser

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) — Tired of your everyday morning coffee routine? Start your day in a charitable way by participating in a coffee swap 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Fine Arts Building.


UK Arts Administration Program students are asking people to "swap out" their morning coffee routine by giving what they would normally spend on a cup of coffee as a donation to the program. The suggested donation price is $5-$10. In return, participants will receive a cup of coffee and doughnuts.


This event is being hosted by students taking a "Fundraising for the Arts" class this semester. The students secured donations of coffee and donuts from local businesses in Lexington. The proceeds will go into a discretionary fund in the UK Arts Administration Program, which will support future students and faculty activities such as field trips and conferences.


The coffee swap will take place in the Fine Arts Building, right outside of the Guignol Theatre.


UK's Arts Administration Program, in the UK College of Fine Arts, is designed to prepare students for a future in the management of arts organizations. Students are provided with a strong liberal arts education, an understanding of the business world, and a comprehensive education in one of the four arts disciplines of art, music, dance and theatre.



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Sue Roberts Named A&S Associate Dean

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:14


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) ‒ Mark Kornbluh, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, announced today that Sue Roberts, professor of geography, has accepted the positions of associate dean for international affairs and director of the international studies program for the college. Roberts’ term begins July 1, 2015.


“The new associate dean position will enable the college to enhance its internationalization efforts and to consolidate oversight of and initiatives regarding international activities,” Kornbluh wrote in a message to his college faculty and staff.


Roberts will provide vision and coordination for all international programs, travel, exchanges, and more for the College of Arts and Sciences faculty, students and staff.


With the support of the college’s Executive Committee and Council of Chairs, the new associate dean position was combined “for the present time with the directorship of the International Studies Program, in the hope of accelerating the college’s progress toward an enhanced profile in this area. As director, Dr. Roberts will work on strengthening the International Studies Program and enriching its relations with other units in the College,” wrote Kornbluh.


An economic geographer who studies international processes, Roberts works academically with students and colleagues from many countries. She was co-PI on an NSF-funded research program in Oaxaca, Mexico, and is currently co-PI on a grant from the Australian Research Council. Recently, she spent a year in Finland as a Fulbright scholar, interacting daily with Finnish faculty and students in classes, workshops and seminars. She has also delivered talks in many countries outside the United States and has served on the UK International Advisory Board for several years.  Roberts is an accomplished scholar, having published widely with leading presses and top-tier geography journals and received several research grants.


Her contributions to service, both to the profession and the university, are equally impressive. She is presently co-editor of Progress in Human Geography, a leading peer-reviewed journal, and she was recently elected to the national council of the Association of American Geographers. Roberts provided excellent leadership as department chair from 2008-2012. She also has experience working in interdisciplinary realms – being an active member of the Committee on Social Theory and an affiliate of Gender and Women’s Studies.


Roberts replaces Carlos de la Torre, professor of sociology, as director of international studies.


“Professor de la Torre showed great leadership in moving the International Studies Program to the next level,” said Kornbluh. “He successfully stewarded the program through its external review, grew the major to over 400 students and helped develop new international exchanges. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Roberts to this role and thanking Dr. de la Torre for his excellent service.”




UK Cosmetic Surgery Associates Hosting Open House

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 13:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) - UK HealthCare's Cosmetic Surgery Associates will be holding an open house 4-8 p.m. this Tuesday, April 21 at the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Office Building, Suite 303.   


Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about what the UK HealthCare plastic surgery team can offer. The team will perform on-site demonstrations with open discussions on the latest cosmetic surgical procedures, including treatment for wrinkles and anti-aging.


Other bonuses include:

· Opportunity to purchase ZO Skincare Kits with a promotional offering (free gift with a minimum $200 purchase) while supplies last

· Complimentary Skin Scope Assessment with Skinceuticals

· On-site vendors for Botox, Dysport, and Fillers providing questions and answers

· Special pricing opportunities for one night only

· Door prizes and more


Light appetizers will be provided.  For more information or to RSVP, call UK Cosmetic Surgery Associates at (859) 257-7171.

UK Biology Undergrad Wins International Research Award

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) — Slavina Goleva, an undergraduate biology student at the University of Kentucky, recently received the highly competitive David S. Bruce Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence from the American Physiological Society (APS) at the 2015 Experimental Biology International Meeting held in Boston, Massachusetts.


Ninety abstracts were submitted to the APS by undergraduate students from across the globe. From those, 30 were selected for the David S. Bruce Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Award that Goleva received. Those 30 winners went on to be interviewed at the Experimental Biology conference in Boston, where Goleva was selected as the winner of the Undergraduate Research Excellence award. 


"Winning the award was an incredible experience," Goleva said.


The selection process involved presenting a poster based on her abstract to two sets of seven judges, along with a period of questions from the judges.


"This was probably my favorite part of the experience because I had the opportunity to show off my hard work and understanding of the project," she said.


Goleva worked under Jeffrey Osborn, professor in the Department of Biology at UK, as well as graduate student Megan Rhoads. Working with them "…really helped me gain a deeper understanding of the science, and I don’t think I could have excelled as much without such great mentors," Goleva said.


The Experimental Biology meeting "…is a very large international conference composed primarily of scientists from the disciplines of physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, immunology, pathology, pharmacology and nutritional sciences," Osborn said.


Goleva's research focused on the underlying causes of essential hypertension, or the development of high blood pressure with no known cause, within the kidneys.


Focusing on the role that kidneys play in essential hypertension, Goleva's research suggests that mitochondrial dysfunction within the kidneys is linked to long-term blood pressure control.


"This has made me so much more confident in myself as both a scientist and a person, which is arguably the most valuable thing I've gained from this experience," she said.


The Bruce Awards were created in 2004 in memory of David S. Bruce from Wheaton College and honor his commitment to promoting undergraduate involvement in research, in the APS annual meeting, and, ultimately, in research careers.




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UK Engineering Inducting Six New Members Into Hall of Distinction

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) — Recognizing alumni who have demonstrated distinguished professional accomplishments, outstanding character and commitment to community service, the University of Kentucky College of Engineering will induct six honorees into its Hall of Distinction Friday, April 24.


Initiated in 1992, the Hall of Distinction not only recognizes notable engineering alumni, but also serves to encourage exemplary achievements by current students and others.


The Class of 2015 includes:


Floyd E. Henson - Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, 1970


The son of an entrepreneurial father, Floyd Henson founded Veytec, Inc., as an internal start-up and has been the president and CEO since 1982. Veytec is a leading provider of networking security and storage solutions in the southeastern United States to businesses as well as state and local governments. It partners with top companies such as Cisco, Dell, Microsoft, IBM, HP and others to offer the most advanced products available coupled with superior customer service. Under Henson’s leadership, Veytec designed, built and deployed Unix servers and communications in over 3,500 truck stops and designed and implemented the communication network for more than 5,000 auto parts stores. Henson has won numerous awards, including the 1978 Intel Developer of the Year.


John W. Kyle - Bachelor of Science in computer science, 1991


A summer spent tinkering with a Texas Instruments computer (TI-99) coupled with a love for mathematics led John Kyle to major in computer science. After graduating, he embarked on a successful career that began with designing software for Ford Aerospace Corp., and applications for supercomputing industry leader Cray Research, which eventually propelled him into marketing, customer service and high-level leadership roles. In 2007, he won a Web Marketing Association award for his Web presence strategy. Kyle is currently president of Apesoft, Inc., and operates his own consulting firm, Kyle Venture Advisors. Passionate about leadership development, Kyle helps companies identify and mold leaders and launch internal start-up companies within the parent company.


J. Wayne Purdom - Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering, 1969


Wayne Purdom began his career in the refining industry at Humble Oil & Refining Company in 1969. Sixteen years later, he became operating services department manager for ExxonMobil Refining and Supply — Baton Rouge. He worked for ExxonMobil until his retirement in 2012. During Purdom’s 44-year career, he became a recognized leader in applied process safety management, improving business unit performance, personnel selection and development, litigation and emergency response. In the United States and abroad, Purdom consistently demonstrated leadership in normal and abnormal situations — in 1989, he coordinated the cleanup operation of the Exxon Valdez oil spill — as well as entrepreneurial instincts that increased business unit safety, efficiency and profitability. Upon retiring, Purdom founded Assessments, Consulting & Emergency Services, LLC.


G. Michael Ritchie - Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, 1972


Mike Ritchie is the former president and CEO of Photo Science (now Quantum Spatial), an aerial mapping company headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. Ritchie bought the company in 1990 and under his leadership, Photo Science became one of the largest geospatial solutions companies in the United States, increasing revenue from $1 million to $42 million annually. Photo Science’s operations expanded to 10 regional offices across the U.S. with a staff of more than 200 employees. During his time as president and CEO, Photo Science won numerous national awards for its work, including the American Council of Engineering Companies National Engineering Excellence Award in 2003 and 2011. In 2008, Ritchie was appointed by President George W. Bush to advise the federal government on how to implement geospatial technology.


Kenneth L. Seibert - Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, 1983


Ken Seibert is president of CMTA Consulting Engineers, the largest mechanical, electrical and plumbing consulting firm in Kentucky and a top 60 firm in North America. Under Seibert’s direction, CMTA has earned a national reputation for designing energy efficient buildings that leave a smaller carbon footprint on the environment. The firm has engineered 126 ENERGY STAR® buildings and 35 LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) projects, incorporating high performance design strategies into all of its building projects. CMTA is the national leader in Net Zero Energy buildings — structures able to generate needed energy through renewable systems on site — and has completed nine of them. Seibert was named the 2008 Planner of the Year by the Kentucky Chapter of the Council for Educational Facilities Planners International.


Michael L. Strain - Bachelor of Science in computer science, 1973


Mike Strain’s inspiration to pursue an education in computer science came from a three-year stint in the United States Army; the prevalence of computerized communications in the Army convinced him computers were going to be the future. Beginning in 1976, Strain spent seven and a half years at Texas Instruments (TI), an experience that led him to found Spectrum Digital, Inc., in 1986. Spectrum Digital generates development tools that allow engineers and programmers to develop with new technology. Over the last 29 years, it has gone from a three-person operation to a fully integrated company that sells products worldwide. The company targets high growth, large volume markets that require specialized technology and is the largest provider of development boards and emulators for TI microprocessors. 




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Eugenia Toma Wins 2015 Lyons Award

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) — University of Kentucky Professor Eugenia Toma is the 2015 recipient of the William E. Lyons Award for outstanding service to the University of Kentucky, the community, and the Commonwealth. She will accept the award at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Hilary J. Boone Center. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Each year, this award is presented to a UK professor who embodies the service oriented traits of former director of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, the late William "Bill" Lyons. In addition to the award, Toma will receive $500 and a plaque.


"I knew and admired Bill Lyons so this award is a great honor," Toma said.


Toma currently serves as Wendell H. Ford Professor of Public Policy and director of graduate studies, Master's of Public Policy (MPP) and accelerated Master's of Public Administration (MPA) programs within the Martin School.


"Professor Toma epitomizes the ethic of engagement and service that Bill Lyons brought to the university and the community while building an excellent record as a scholar," said Edward Jennings, chair of the committee that selected Toma for this award. In addition to Jennings the selection committee comprises a faculty member from the Department of Political Science, one from the Martin School and the previous year's award recipient.


The Lyons Award carries forward the "…heritage of commitment to the trifold mission of the university: community, research, and education," said Merl Hackbart, interim director of the Martin School. "In all three of these areas Toma has had an exceptional record and is deserving of this award." 


A graduate of UK and Kentucky native, Toma concentrates her work on education and public policy within Kentucky. Toma has received research funding for various projects, many of which pertain to the Appalachian region.


Toma has been a part of the Martin School for almost 30 years, serving as director from 1995-2004, as well as director of the Ph.D. program. In addition to her work in the Martin School she also served on many campus committees, most notably two provost search committees, one in 2002 and the recently concluded 2015 search.


Within the profession of public policy Toma has made numerous contributions, serving as president of the Southern Economic Association from 2002-2003 and as president of Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration from 2004-2005. She has also served on boards for organizations including the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management and the Association for Education Finance and Policy.


The James W. Martin School of Public Policy and Administration is an academic, research, and service unit of the University of Kentucky Graduate School. It was named in honor of Dr. James W. Martin, a scholar, public servant and teacher whose accomplishments have created a lasting legacy of scholarship and service.




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President Notifies Campus of Tragic Incident

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto notified the campus community this morning of the death of a student.  Below is the message sent to students, faculty and staff of the university:


Campus Community,


I am deeply saddened to let you know that a member of our University of Kentucky family was tragically killed in a shooting incident early this morning.


Jonathan Krueger, a 22-year-old junior in the College of Communication and Information, was killed while walking home in the area of Maxwell Street and Transylvania Park.  Lexington Police are questioning one person of interest in relation to the incident, and the investigation is on-going.


We extend our deepest sympathies to Jonathan's family, friends, faculty members, and fellow students. We have reached out to his family to let them know that we are here to assist them in any way we can at this incomprehensible moment.


For those understandably shaken by this tragedy, do not try to bear the burden of grief alone. Reach out to your family and friends and members of our UK family for comfort and support. Do not hesitate to contact the University of Kentucky Counseling Center at 859-257-8701 and ask for the day-time on-call staff member.


Although this tragedy occurred off campus, it is a stark reminder that all members of our campus community should at all times be vigilant about their safety, and the safety of others. We are each other’s keeper.


It is also in a moment like this that we are reminded of how fragile and precious life is. Let us all keep Jonathan’s family, loved ones and friends in our thoughts and prayers.


Eli Capilouto


WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Chats With Excellence in Writing Award Winners

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 19:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today, Godell talks to Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen and Peter Brackney, author of “Lost Lexington,” — both are winners of Excellence in Writing awards from UK's Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies (WRD).  Jenny Rice, associate professor and director of composition, WRD, also joins the conversation.


To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit


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

WUKY’s 3rd Annual Vintage Vinyl: Bigger and Better

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 17:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015)WUKY, the University of Kentucky’s NPR station, is hosting its 3rd Annual Vintage Vinyl Sale and has added extra events to make the sale bigger, better and even more special this year.  The Vintage Vinyl Sale kicks off with a preview party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Southland Drive in Lexington. Tickets will be available at the door for $20, and $10 of that will act as a voucher for the purchase of items during the sale.  The regular portion of the sale is 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily April 23-25 at the ReStore. 


"The Vintage Vinyl Sale has become one of WUKY’s most anticipated events and takes its participants back in time where music was more than popping in some headphones and jamming to your favorite tunes," said Robert T. Hansel, membership manager for WUKY. "Music was an event where you gathered around the record player and experienced the raw talent of an artist."


Special events in connection with the WUKY Vintage Vinyl Sale: 

·         Thursday, April 23:  Everyone is invited and encouraged to come in costume from their favorite era.  Pictures will be taken and votes will be cast for the best costume.  WUKY will offer prizes! 

·         Friday, April 24:  Find the “Most Outrageous” Album Cover.  Treat this sale like a needle in a haystack.  Not only are there treasures available for your collection, but treasures that you may not even be looking for.  Prizes will be awarded to individuals who find the “most outrageous” album cover in the sale.    

·         Saturday, April 25:  Don’t just show up to find some of your favorite albums, but perform some of the hits of your favorite artists.  WUKY and the ReStore will host a karaoke contest from 4- 6 p.m. Saturday. The contest will offer the chance to showcase your talents in front of other music lovers.   More WUKY swag and prizes will be available.


"In recent years, vinyl has surged back into the mainstream with many current artists producing their latest projects on vinyl," Hansel said.  "There’s no argument that vinyl, with its grooves and pops and imperfections, sounds a lot different (some would say better) than the digitally sampled perfection of MP3s and CDs.  WUKY’s Vintage Vinyl sale is your opportunity to experience the magic of vinyl once again and build your own collection or maybe add to treasures you already have at prices that can’t be beat."   

KET Documentary Follows UK Doctor's Work Helping Kentucky Teens

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 17:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — Bullying, peer pressure, substance abuse and suicide — these are all serious issues voiced by teens in the opening segment of a Kentucky Educational Television (KET) special report on teen health. Dr. Hatim Omar, chief of the University of Kentucky Division of Adolescent Medicine, is one expert featured in the program who is committed to helping teens overcome these issues as they progress toward adulthood. 


KET Health's "What Does Every Teen Need?" explores the unique generational challenges confronting Kentucky's youth and offers insight into how parents can support teen health. During the documentary, Omar describes his comprehensive approach to teen health, which emphasizes prevention and the principles of Positive Youth Development. Omar claims three essential components are necessary to foster positive youth development: a caring adult, a safe place to connect with others and a meaningful activity.


The documentary also highlights partnerships forged by Omar between the UK Division of Adolescent Medicine and two rural Kentucky school systems. Through these partnerships, the UK Adolescent Medicine conducts health screenings to identify at-risk teens and provides in-school clinical hours at middle and high schools. The programs have helped improve accessibility to treatment for many teens in Harrison and Lincoln Counties.


"What Does Every Teen Need" was produced by Laura Krueger and premieres on Monday, April 20, at 9 p.m. on KET. To view a preview of the program, click here


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