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Help Yourself This Season by Helping Others

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec 11, 2014) -- Although there are a lot of things to enjoy about the holiday season -- spending time with friends and family, favorite foods and drinks, giving and receiving gifts -- it can also be a very stressful time of year. Additionally, the cold, dreary winter weather can contribute to feelings of stress or depression (known as seasonal affective disorder).

 

There are a few common ways to help combat these negative feelings. Eating well, exercising, and seeking medical attention if necessary are all ways you can maintain some calm during the hectic holiday season. But there's also another popular activity that may provide more benefits than you ever knew -- volunteering.

 

There are plenty of organizations that need extra hands this time of year, and devoting some of your time to help out can make a big difference in your own health. Volunteering not only makes other people feel good, but it is also good for you!

 

Recent studies have shown that there are numerous health benefits that are linked to the act of volunteering. For example:

 

·      Volunteering has been shown to moderate the loss of a sense of purpose among older adults who have undergone a major role change in life, like retiring from work or watching their children grow up and "leave the nest."

 

·      Volunteering has been shown to lead to lower rates of depression for people 65 and older.

 

·      Studies show that those who volunteer at an earlier age are less likely to suffer from ill heath later on in life.

 

·      In terms of seasonal affective disorder, fighting that depression can be aided by encouraging activity and socialization, and volunteering is a perfect way to incorporate both.

The benefits for your mental health can also been translated to your physical health -- in other words, having a healthy mind can lead to a healthy body. Volunteering has been proven to reduce stress, which is a common cause of chest pain, trouble sleeping and elevated blood pressure.

 

The positive health effects of volunteering seem to be more pronounced in individuals 65 and older than compared to younger generations, most likely due to the fact that younger individuals don't have as much spare time to go out and volunteer outside of working full-time and/ or taking care of children.

 

To really reap the benefits of volunteering, make sure you choose an organization that provides services you truly believe in and can support. You are much better off genuinely volunteering to help others out, rather than just seeking to make yourself feel better.

Additionally, know your limits. There is such a thing as too much volunteering. If you are giving too much of your time to others, the work can become more stressful than rewarding, which leads right back to health problems.

 

Dr. Teresa Gevedon is a psychiatrist at UK HealthCare.

 

This appeared in the Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader

 

Crunch Brunch Crunches Away the Stress of Finals Week

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 17:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2014) — The Student Activities Board Campus Life Committee gives students a way to de-stress during finals week by hosting Crunch Brunch from 9 p.m. until midnight on Monday, Dec. 15, in Memorial Coliseum.

 

Crunch Brunch is a traditional SAB event that provides a place for students to de-stress during finals week. At the event, students can receive long sleeve T-shirts, breakfast-type foods, and massages, as well as enjoy music and inflatables. New to the event, SAB will also provide a video gaming area, a yoga session and a Pinterest table.

 

“Crunch Brunch is the place that students, study partners and friends come to decrease their stress level during a crucial time of their academic careers,” Abbey Tillman, SAB director of campus life, said. “We strive to make finals week as enjoyable as possible for the campus community and hope to make this the biggest and best Crunch Brunch yet.”

 

Busses from campus to Memorial Coliseum will be available. All busses will drop students off at Wildcat Alumni Plaza, which is located on Avenue of Champions across from Memorial Coliseum. There are three pick up locations across campus:

  • Corner of Rose Street and Columbia Avenue
  • Corner of Rose Street and Huguelet Drive
  • The "90" - corner of Woodland and Hilltop Ave (near William T Young Library)

SAB brings more than 100 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community.

 

Connect with SAB at www.uksab.org, follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/UKSAB or Instagram at instagram.com/uksab or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UKSAB. For more information about SAB and events, email contact@uksab.org or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment, to 411-247.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, katy.bennett@uky.edu, 859-257-1909

SAB CONTACT: Olivia Senter, publicrelations@uksab.org

New Observation Unit at UK HealthCare Provides Care for Patients Not Ready for Discharge

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:00

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2014) –  UK HealthCare will open its first Observation Unit this week at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Across the nation, observation units are increasingly being utilized to provide high quality, safe and efficient care to patients who come to the emergency department and are too sick to be discharged home and need additional evaluation.

 

In the 24-bed unit located adjacent to UK Chandler's emergency department, patients with symptoms such as chest pain, abdominal pain, dehydration or syncope (fainting or passing out) will be managed and cared for up to 24 hours until either discharged or admitted as an in-patient for more intensive care. The patient will remain as an outpatient while in the unit.

 

Studies show benefits of patients cared for in observation units include better clinical outcomes, greater patient satisfaction, less diagnostic uncertainty, and improvements in the use of hospital resources and staff.

 

"There are times when a patient doesn't meet criteria set by Medicaid or Medicare to be admitted to the hospital but as a physician you just don't feel that they are well enough to be sent home," said Dr. Romil Chadha, medical director of the Chandler Observation Unit. "This unit allows us to monitor them for an extended amount of time and ensure they get the care they need."

 

The new unit which will open with 12 beds will eventually expand to 24 beds and provide patient care with close collaboration among Hospital Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Cardiology to provide prompt, high quality and efficient observation care.

 

Along with providing care for patients, observation units can take stress off of the emergency department, generate inpatient hospital capacity, and reduce unnecessary admissions and readmissions, said Dr. Mark V. Williams, director of UK's Center for Health Services Research (CHSR).

 

“UK HealthCare has built a superb space for an Observation Unit and is using a state-of-the-art continuous process improvement approach developed by Toyota," Williams said. "With help from the True Lean Systems Program at UK’s College of Engineering, the team of care providers — nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others — will be continuously improving how the unit functions. I expect this will become a national showcase of how patient-centered observation care should be delivered.”

 

Media Contact:  Kristi Lopez, kristi.lopez@uky.edu

Singletary to Bring 'A Celtic Christmas' to the Bluegrass

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:06

 

A preview of Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas." A transcript of this video can be found here.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2014) — Kentucky families looking for a different way to celebrate the holidays can take in "Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas" as part of the 2014-2015 Signature Series at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. "A Celtic Christmas" will warm hearts beginning 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.

 

Now in its 17th season, "A Celtic Christmas" recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland. The show remembers when neighboring families gathered around the fire to grace the wintry night with haunting melodies of traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of their music, to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances and to fill the night with the laughter of their stories.

 

Ticket prices vary from $20 to $30 for "Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas." Tickets can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the venue. Processing fees will be added to purchase upon transaction.

 

A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

 

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

 

UK Institute Recognized for Second Time as Confucius Institute of the Year

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute (UKCI) has received one of five 2014 Confucius Institute of the Year Awards at the ninth Confucius Institute Conference held Dec. 7, in Xiamen, China. This is UK's second award for the institute and the third competitive award from the Office of Chinese Language Council International (colloquially known as the Hanban) in three years.

 

Awarded by the Hanban, the honor distinguishes the UKCI among the more than 400 Confucius Institutes worldwide; there are more than 90 Confucius Institutes in the U.S. UKCI Director Huajing Maske was on hand to accept the award at the conference. UK previously won this honor in 2012.

 

In addition to recognition for the institute itself, last year Maske won the other competitive award presented by the Hanban. She was one of only 15 leaders to receive a 2013 Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award worldwide.

 

The honors continue to bring valuable new opportunities to the UK community.

 

"We are so proud that the UK Confucius Institute and our director, Dr. Huajing Maske, have been recognized again for their exemplary work as a Confucius Institute of the Year," said Susan Carvalho, associate provost for internationalization. "This may well be an unprecedented string of laurels. It is impressive indeed, to have UK on that very visible stage for the third year in a row, and this is a direct result of Huajing’s creativity and initiative, in the many innovative linkages she has devised between Kentucky and China that benefit our faculty, staff, students and community."

 

The mission of the UK Confucius Institute is to serve as Kentucky’s gateway to China in the areas of education, arts, culture and business. Maske and her staff have been largely successful in fulfilling this mission at UK, local Kentucky schools and in the community at large.

 

Since its inauguration in 2010, the institute has positioned itself as a conduit of UK’s China initiatives, and created many successful partnerships between colleges at UK and Chinese universities. UK Confucius Institute has also played a valuable role in K-12 Chinese language and cultural education.

 

 

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

UK CI/SLIS Alumna Jessica Holmes Wins “I Love My Librarian” Award

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) — Jessica Elaine Holmes, a 2006 alumna of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information’s School of Library & Information Science (UK SLIS), has been announced as one of the 2014 “I Love My Librarian” award winners. She is one of 10 librarians nationwide to receive this year’s award, which recognizes librarians for outstanding service.

 

Holmes, who currently works at Westridge Elementary School Library Media Center in Frankfort, is a graduate of UK SLIS’ Library and Information Science (LIS) master’s program where she studied school librarianship and completed her certification. This year’s “I Love My Librarian” Awards were presented by the American Library Association (ALA), the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the New York Times.  Library patrons across the country submitted nominations with stories of how their local librarians have inspired them and made an impact in their communities.

 

Holmes’ nomination (PDF available here) demonstrates the positive changes she has brought about in her school and its media center. Assistant Superintendent Charley Preston said, "Ms. Holmes inherited a dismal library at Westridge that was only minimally used by students and staff. In less than one year, she transformed the library into a warm and inviting place for all.”

 

A few years prior, Holmes was chosen by colleagues as the recipient of Westridge Elementary School’s “Teacher of the Year” award, an honor not regularly bestowed upon school librarians according to Westridge social studies teacher Joe Lovell, who submitted her nomination for the “I Love My Librarian” award.

 

Holmes, who was honored at an awards ceremony for the recipients held Dec. 3 in New York City, said, “It was an unforgettable trip and I am truly honored to have been selected.  It was inspirational to hear the backgrounds of the other winners and to learn about the contributions those librarians are making in their libraries and communities.”

“It is such a rewarding profession,” Holmes said about her career in librarianship. “I treasure each and every day with my students.“

 

Just as Westridge Elementary has shown their love for their librarian, Holmes notes how her school is a shining example as well. “I am fortunate to work at a school where my creativity is supported by the administration and where my teachers are flexible and willing to try new things,” she said. “I do not know if I would have been as successful at any other school.  My Westridge family has helped me to be the best librarian I can be.”

 

The ALA issued a news release announcing Holmes' honor.

 

“We’re very proud of Ms. Holmes for her well-earned recognition and the outstanding work she continues to do at Westridge Elementary, for Kentucky librarians and educators, and for her excellent representation of LIS professionals at the national level,” says SLIS director Jeff Huber.

 

More information on the 2014 I Love My Librarian Award recipients may be found at http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian/2014/14winners.

Lane Reduction on Hilltop Avenue Could Affect Traffic

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2014) — Due to weather delays, construction related to installation of storm water lines for the new dining facility, The 90, will result in a lane reduction on a brief portion of Hilltop Avenue near Woodland Avenue Monday, Dec. 8, through Friday, Dec. 12.  Traffic will be reduced to one lane in that area. Please see map for specific location.

 

Work is being done over the weekend and will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in an effort to avoid major morning and afternoon drive-times.  Brief traffic stops can be expected in the area.  Traffic controls will be in place at the corner of Hilltop Avenue and University Drive and at the corner of Woodland Avenue and Hilltop Avenue.

 

The trenched area will be covered with metal plates allowing for a return to two-lane traffic each day after 4 p.m.

 

Traffic delays will be possible in this area, and motorists are asked to take that into consideration for their daily commute.

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Honors Health Professor

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) — Graham Rowles, Ph.D, professor and chair of the Department of Gerontology in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, has received the 2015 Distinguished Faculty honor from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). 

 

The Distinguished Faculty honor recognizes individuals who exhibit exemplary, innovative or impactful teaching in the area of gerontology, the study of aging through the lifespan. Rowles will be presented with this honor at the AGHE Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference held in February.  In addition to receiving the award, Rowles will deliver a lecture at the annual meeting.

 

Rowles is professor in the Graduate Center for Gerontology and holds joint appointments in a number of departments across campus, including nursing, behavioral science, geography and health behavior.  He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of American and AGHE and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Gerontology and the Journal of Housing for the Elderly. Additionally, he is the president-elect of the AGHE.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Noble, sarah.noble@uky.edu  

UK Libraries' 'Circ2Go' Returns for Faculty, Staff Convenience

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 14:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) — The end of the semester, filled with work, projects and busy schedules, can be a hectic time for not only University of Kentucky students but faculty and staff as well. It's also a time for many to renew and return library books. To make this process more convenient for UK faculty, staff and graduate students during this busy time, UK Libraries will offer "Circ2Go," a mobile circulation service set up in Patterson Office Tower from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9-11.

 

In the past, faculty, staff and graduate students could only bring materials to a UK Libraries location to renew or return after their electronic renewals had been exhausted, a difficult requirement for some.

 

The pop-up circulation station in Patterson Office Tower, where many faculty offices are housed, will allow faculty and staff, including graduate students, to extend their borrowing period, with the exception of outstanding holds or recalls, and return UK Libraries' materials.

 

UK Libraries staff may also be able to resolve some fines at "Circ2Go."

 

As the premier research library in the Commonwealth, UK Libraries provides ever-expanding access to quality information resources, services and programs. UK Libraries locations include the William T. Young Library, the Agricultural Information Center, the Hunter M. Adams College of Design Library, the Education Library, the John A. Morris Library (Gluck Equine Research Center), the Kentucky Transportation Center Library, the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center, the Medical Center Library, the Science Library, the Shaver Engineering Library and the Special Collections Research Center.

 

 

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

Media Depot Offers Solutions to Faculty, Students

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 09:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2014) — When Ann Christianson wanted to teach her students about using iMovie in her A-E 120 classes, "Pathways to Creativity through the Visual Arts," a UK Core and art education course, they hit a bit of a snag – no Mac labs were available to use during the scheduled class period.

 

The Media Depot @ the Hub came to the rescue as manager Kirk Laird and staff member Isaac Davidson quickly arrived at a workable solution – tablets. The Media Depot’s iPads were purchased with the iMovie app already installed, so Christianson was able to check out the iPads and use them in a normal classroom setting to provide her students with the iMovie instruction.

 

The Media Depot also provides tours of their facilities and resources for classes. Anna Stone, a writing, rhetoric and digital studies teaching assistant, has incorporated a documentary or podcast as a final project for her WRD 110 course (as do several other WRD 110 course sections). She scheduled a class tour with the Media Depot’s technician Kevin Reifert, who demonstrated Adobe Premiere Pro to the students before they were paired up to practice on their own.

 

The students created fun 30-second videos and became visibly more relaxed about their final course project. Many of the students had never made a video before, so the project was intimidating. However, at the end of their Media Depot visit they were smiling and telling Stone, “I think I can do this!”

 

The following week, Stone’s students returned to the Media Depot and received additional assistance from the Media Depot technicians. Before leaving, the students were asked for feedback regarding the services they received. One student responded that he found the staff helpful stating, “Yes, because I wouldn’t know how to get started on my own!” Another student agreed, “If you don’t know what’s going on, you can ask one of the technicians and they’re always so nice and helpful.”

 

The Media Depot is a student digital media space located in the Hub at William T. Young Library, which provides access to recording equipment and space, editing stations with specialized multimedia software, and technical support for students’ development of their academic media projects.

 

As final project deadlines draw near, the Media Depot is available to assist students with documentary, podcast and other media projects. Information about scheduling recording rooms and the software available is available at http://www.uky.edu/ukit/mediadepot.   

 

Faculty can also find specialized media help in the Faculty Media Depot, which recently opened on the ground floor in the Science Library, located on the south side of the Margaret I. King Library

 

 

 

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

IR4TD Director Wins International Combustion Award

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 09:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) – University of Kentucky Director of the Institute of Research for Technology Development (IR4TD) Kozo Saito was awarded the International Prize of CSJ (Combustion Society of Japan) last week in Japan.

 

The International Prize of CSJ is given to a famous combustion scientist living outside of Japan who has contributed greatly to the CSJ and Japanese combustion community, according to Osamu Fujita, vice president of the Combustion Society of Japan, in a letter to Saito.

 

Among other distinguished combustion researchers from Australia, Korea and the U.S., Saito is the fourth recipient of the International Prize of CSJ. He was honored for impacting the combustion community across the world, and especially for his contribution to the Japanese community.

 

"You accepted a number of Japanese combustion researchers to your lab, and many of them are now important leaders of (the) Japanese combustion community," said Fujita writing to Saito.

 

"I feel I am truly honored to receive this award not only based on my technical contribution, but also recognizing my basic philosophy to serve as an ambassador to make a bridge between American and Japanese combustion scientists and engineers," said Saito.

 

Saito credits Leona Ezaki, a Nobel Prize winning physicist at IBM who later became president of Tsukuba University in Japan, and Fujio Cho, Toyota Motor Corporation’s former president and current honorary chairman of the board, for inspiring his role as an ambassador between the U.S. and Japan.

 

A message broadcast by Ezaki in New Jersey around 1982 encouraged what Saito would later do at UK, "Every Japanese businessman who lives in America carries two important roles: represent your company and play the role of a Japanese ambassador who can help promote cultural exchange and mutual understanding."

 

Cho asked him to do the same when Cho decided to fund the Toyota-UK Lean Systems Program in 1994. Since then, IR4TD has hosted more than 30 Japanese visiting and postdoctoral scholars, and 22 doctorate and 30 master's students from 10 different countries have completed degrees in combustion, thermal-fluid sciences, and lean systems studies, according to Saito.

 

About half of them have returned to their home countries to become a faculty member in their countries’ top research universities, and some of them hold administrative positions there, such as center director and assistant dean.

 

"This is what we call in Japan, 'Hitozukuri,' which means to educate people to become individuals who can make the world a better place through their learned expertise. This Hitozukuri concept also matches our IR4TD’s educational principles," Saito said.

 

His award is not only a testament to his work in the field, but to the success of IR4TD and its students.

 

"This award recognizes unique contributions made by every former student, and postdoctoral and visiting scholars who helped to build UK’s unique IR4TD research program," said Saito.  

 

 

 

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

Kentucky Ag Economy Remains Strong, but Concerns Are for 2015

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:13

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2014) -- Though the forecast for 2014 crop receipts is down 2 percent, a 15 percent increase in beef, poultry, dairy and hog prices is expected to boost 2014 Kentucky agricultural cash receipts to $6 billion, up slightly from $5.7 billion in 2013. The outlook for 2015, however, is expected to drop back to the $5.7 billion range.

 

Overall, Kentucky is faring better than much of the rest of the nation when it comes to its farm economy. While U.S. farm cash receipts are expected to fall by 1 percent this year, University of Kentucky agricultural economist Will Snell predicts Kentucky’s receipts will increase by about 5 percent.

 

“These higher receipts, coupled with the last year of tobacco buyout payments and a relatively large percentage of the 2013 corn crop being sold this year, will enable Kentucky net cash income to remain relatively strong in 2014,” Snell said. “Our biggest concern is what is looming in 2015 when buyout payments have ended and a much lower priced grain crop is marketed.”

 

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment faculty Snell, Kenny Burdine, Todd Davis and Tim Woods, all from the Department of Agricultural Economics, Jeff Stringer, from the Department of Forestry, and Kentucky Farm Business Management Program coordinator Jerry Pierce shared their agricultural economic outlook for 2015 and an overview of 2014 during the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation conference Dec. 4 in Louisville.

 

“Despite a lot of concern over current and projected crop prices, we partially attribute Kentucky’s agricultural economy being better than that of the U.S. to the diversity of agriculture we have in our state,” Snell said. “In the midst of a current depressed grain economy, compare Kentucky’s gross or net farm income to that of a grain state, like Illinois. They are really nervous looking into 2015.”

 

That is because significantly lower anticipated grain prices, coupled with modest changes in land rents, will challenge grain profitability in 2015.

 

“We are seeing lower prices because stocks of wheat, corn, soybeans and cotton are increasing both domestically and globally,” Davis said. “We’re likely to see less corn planted in the U.S. in 2015 due to farmers shifting to more profitable crops.”

 

Kentucky is more livestock dependent than the country as a whole. Throughout 2014, tight supplies, strong fed cattle prices and decreasing corn prices resulted in unprecedented feeder cattle price levels.

 

“Short supplies and decreased grain prices should support feeder cattle markets in 2015,” Burdine said. “I expect a record calf market in the spring of 2015 and likely the second highest fall market on record, second only to 2014.”

 

Hog prices, while showing extreme variability, were up more than 15 percent in 2014. These increased prices and lower feed costs resulted in higher profitability. This will possibly lead to 2 to 4 percent more pork on the market in 2015, which may push prices down by 10 to 15 percent for the year. On the plus side, lower prices will help U.S. pork compete in world markets, which could add about 4 percent to export levels.

 

Poultry continues to be the top agricultural enterprise in the state. In 2014 broiler production continued its upward trend, with production increasing by 3 percent over 2013. Declining feed costs will enhance profits in 2015, which will lead to a 2 to 4 percent increase in production. The increased production will drive prices down slightly, but the lower prices will keep the U.S. competitive in global markets.

 

The tobacco situation changed this year, driven by increasing world production, lower burley demand and a mixed quality crop. Snell expects 2014 U.S. burley production will be greater than anticipated use, which would lead to more critical grading and prices retreating from their high of $2.06 per pound in 2013.

 

“Excess world burley supplies and slumping demand will likely induce tobacco companies to reduce contract volumes in the U.S. in 2015,” Snell said. “Coupled with labor and infrastructure challenges, acres will likely fall, with the value of Kentucky tobacco production likely retreating below $400 million next year.”

 

The equine market continues to show recovery from the three-year lows of 2009 to 2011. Burdine said major sales in 2014 are comparable to a year ago, both in terms of value and numbers sold. He predicts that strength in major markets will likely continue to support sales and stud fees in 2015, while softer commodity prices will reduce the pressure to convert hay ground to row crops, which caused a decrease in supply over the past few years.

 

Direct markets and programs such Kentucky Proud, Farm-to-School, Restaurant Rewards and Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program continue to drive demand and growth for produce in Kentucky. More than 50 percent of produce is sold through direct markets, while auction markets result in 10 to 15 percent of sales.

 

The forestry sector saw a 5 percent increase from 2013, with an estimated direct economic impact of $8.3 billion. Employment in the industry is up 2 percent over last year. All forestry sectors increased; pulp and paper producers and converters saw the biggest gains.

 

“Prices for all timber commodities were stable or increased in 2014. Prices for sawlogs for lumber production, our most important timber commodity, increased 24 percent on average for all species and grades. These prices are expected to continue into 2015, resulting in good opportunities for growers, loggers and processors,” Stringer said.

 

The export value of Kentucky’s wood products is estimated to reach more than $273 million in 2014, an increase of more than 30 percent from 2013.

 

Preliminary study results were released that indicated the economic importance of the entire agricultural cluster, which includes production, agricultural inputs and food processing, was $43 billion, using data from 2012, the most recent available. The final report will be made available before the end of the year.

 

A copy of the outlook publication including information on individual farm sectors can be found at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/cmspubsclass/files/Outlook2015.pdf

'UK at the Half' Reports on $7 Million Grant to Fight Lung Cancer

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014)University of Kentucky College of Medicine faculty member in behavioral science and Director of the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative Dr. Jamie Studts was featured during the "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. Providence College basketball game, broadcast on the radio Nov. 30.

 

The Kentucky LEADS Collaborative received a three-year, $7 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's Bridging Cancer Care Initiative. Kentucky has more cases of lung cancer than any other state and its lung cancer mortality rate is 50 percent higher than the national average. The collaborative includes the UK Markey Cancer Center, The University of Louisville's James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the Lung Cancer Alliance. The grant funds a three-phase project supporting an increase in primary care provider information, a lung cancer survivorship care initiative and new opportunities in lung cancer screening.

 

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

 

To hear the "UK at the Half" interview click on the play button below. To view a transcript for the Nov. 30 "UK at the Half" interview, click here

'UK at the Half' Talks With Alumnus Tom Hammond of NBC

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2014)NBC Sports broadcaster and University of Kentucky alumnus Tom Hammond was featured during the "UK at the Half" that aired during the University of Kentucky vs. University of Louisville football game, broadcast on the radio Nov. 29.

 

Hammond discussed his family's rich history at UK. His grandfather, Thomas Poe Cooper, served the university in many capacities from 1918-1951, including dean of the College of Agriculture and director of the Experiment Station. He also talked about the experiences he had at UK and his journey to becoming a broadcaster. Hammond has anchored the Kentucky Derby, 11 Olympics broadcasts, NFL football, NBA basketball, as well as college football and basketball.

 

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

 

To hear the "UK at the Half" interview click on the play button below. To view a transcript for the Nov. 29 "UK at the Half" interview, click here

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Explores 'Tales from Afrofuturism & Beyond'

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 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. This week Godell listens in on a conversation between UK African American Studies professor DaMaris Hill and her student Nathan Moore. Under discussion is a recent anthology that showcases multiculturalism and characters of color – "Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism & Beyond" edited by Bill Campbell and Edward Austin Hall.

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/mothership-tales-afrofuturism.

 

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

UK Art Goes 3D

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 15:58

Video by Jenny Wells/UK Public Relations and Marketing

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2014) – As the Smithsonian Castle begins displaying the first 3D-printed bust of a U.S. President, students in one University of Kentucky art course are wrapping up a semester learning how to not only create art with the assistance of a 3D printer, but also to build 3D printers.

 

The concept for the new course came from a suggestion by Derek Eggers, senior faculty instructional consultant with UK's Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), and Jeremy Colbert, a facilities specialist in metal arts at UK School of Art and Visual Studies. Eggers then teamed up with senior lecturer James Wade, in sculpture and art foundations, to design a 3D printing course that would teach students to not only use the printer but also build one, capitalizing on the wealth of open source information available. 

 

"We initially hoped to create machines from scratch. But we wanted to emphasize creativity first and foremost," Wade said. "We realized by using kits, a lot of the highly technical issues involved with such delicate precision machines had been problem solved by other tech labs."

 

Initially imagined for model making and prototyping, opportunities to use 3D technology have boomed in recent years. More and more, the forms produced by printers can now be used as the final product. And the industry is pushing the realm of possibilities even further by transforming them into other materials using casting and mold making processes, making this another tool in the inventory.

 

Egger and Wade's course includes not only the creation of art or other "artifacts," but also construction of two 3D printers from kits and one CNC router/mill from a kit. The class is cross disciplinary and open to all majors with the goal of creating interaction between several departments and colleges on campus — engineering, art, media, agriculture and design.

 

Students started the course with learning the digital drawing program called Rhino3D. Once a basic understanding of drawing was achieved by each student, they then pursued their own designs. Art majors were pushed to create forms that complement the work they are doing in other studios. Students in other areas were encouraged to create forms or 'artifacts' that relate to their areas of study, like parts for the UK Solar Car

 

"So an engineering student might design a mechanical part rather than a sculpture," Wade said. "These designs are then printed on 3D printers, cut on a CNC laser cutter, or milled on a CNC router. Some designs will be taken to the foundry in the Metal Arts facility and cast in aluminum or iron."

 

In the end, the technology lets users build anything from a tool (like a part of an easel), to just one element of a piece of art, to an entire artwork itself or multiple art pieces with minor differences in a series of work. 

 

After learning how to input the piece they needed, students then teamed up and began to assemble the two different printers and the CNC router. Eggers and Wade hope learning how to build the printers will give students an even better idea of the 3D printing technology.

 

"Building the machines should demystify the idea of 3D printing and CNC technology," Wade said. "Some students from engineering and other colleges know what this type of equipment can do but don't necessarily get to have the hands-on experience. For most students in the School of Art and Visual Studies, this is an entirely new experience. We want to make the processes approachable."

 

Art studio senior Melissa Shelton, from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was excited with the skills she picked up in the course.

 

"It was a lot more hands on than most art studio classes get to take part in. It was definitely really interesting to see kind of how it all worked together. I think that gave me a better understanding of how 3D printing works to begin with," Shelton said. "They have three different axes, and we had to build motors for each one of those. So you really get to see how it goes up, it moves over, and then back down, and it goes all the way through space. That was cool."

 

In addition, the assembly knowledge should help with creation of future designs. "Knowing the mechanics, movements, parameters and software of the machines will inform them of what is possible to achieve," Wade said.. "There are limitations in the processes, so there is problem-solving involved with design choices."

 

Wade, an artist and former mechanical engineering student who worked in 3D modeling programming at IBM,  believes the new skills acquired by the UK students should make them more marketable in their career fields.

 

"A lot is happening in the so called 'Maker Movement.' Technology is becoming more affordable and therefore more common in the public realm," he said. "Up until 2010, this was only something that could be utilized in industry, with $40k+ equipment. Use of 3D digital technology is extremely useful in industry, engineering, architecture, design, studio arts and more."

 

Shelton agrees it is valuable for all art mediums, not just sculpting, which 3D printing lends itself to naturally. "I am originally a painter. I am really interested in 2D design, but I wanted to get outside of my normal artistic range and I thought that 3D printing is kind of trendy and in technology in the world today, so I wanted to get some skills for that professionally."  

 

After achieving much success and interest in the first presentation of this course, Wade and Eggers will teach the course again in the spring. In addition, the class is also being used to understand the campus needs of 3D printing resources. The new Bolivar Art Center will use this information to help set up a new FabLab when the building opens in the summer of 2015. The School of Art and Visual Studies plans to operate the lab for students across campus.

 

Individuals wanting to see some of the results of Wade and Eggers' course, can check out the students' work at two upcoming events. Work will be on display at Open Studio being presented from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, Dec. 5, at Reynolds Building Number 1. The following week the students' work will be the focus of an exhibition on display 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, located in the Fine Arts Building.

 

The UK School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies and art education.

 

CELT was created as a way of highlighting educational development resources and services available to UK instructors. The center works with instructors to create engaging, innovative and inclusive learning environments in which diverse students can excel.

 

 

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

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Chorus Hosts Free Holiday Concert

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Chorus will present its annual holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 6. The concert begins at 3 p.m. at Tates Creek Christian Church and is a free public event.

 

The 100-member chorus directed by John Stegner comprises lifelong learners ages 50 and older. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the holiday concert. The event will feature holiday composition, including "O Holy Night" and "White Christmas," as well as special ensemble performances. Tates Creek Christian Church is located at 3150 Tates Creek Road in Lexington.  A reception will be held after the concert.

 

Throughout 2014, the University of Kentucky has celebrated 50 years of lifelong learning. OLLI offers educational and enrichment courses, programs and events for dynamic lifelong learners aged 50 and older and who are continually exploring new learning opportunities.

 

For more information about the concert, contact the OLLI Office at (859) 257-2656 or visit www.uky.edu/OLLI

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

Nominate Your Advisor for the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) — The UK Advising Network is now accepting nominations from undergraduate students for the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award. The award is designed to recognize outstanding service in the field of undergraduate academic advising for both faculty and professional advisors. Nominations are accepted online on the UK Advising Network website.

 

The recipients will receive a $500 travel grant from the Division of Undergraduate Education and will be recognized at a luncheon Feb. 20, 2015. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in the nominating process. Please enter only one nominee for each category (faculty or professional advisor). You can view a list of past recipients on the Advising Network website.   

 

The nomination deadline is Friday, Dec. 12.

 

The award is named for Ken Freedman, who served as a professional advisor at UK for 15 years prior to his death in 2001. Freedman was one of the founders of the UK Advising Network in 1986 and instrumental in advising leadership on campus in the 1990s. Academic advising is integral to fulfilling the teaching and learning mission of higher education. Through academic advising, students learn to become members of their higher education community, to think critically about their roles and responsibilities as students, and to prepare to be educated citizens of a democratic society and a global community.

 

Recipients of the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award will be nominated by UK for the Region 3 Excellence in Advising Award and for the National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor Award. The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), founded in 1979, promotes the quality of academic advising in institutions of higher education. NACADA is dedicated to the support and professional growth of academic advisors, administrators, and the advising profession. Through its publications and conferences, NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas regarding the role of advising in higher education.

 

The UK Advising Network is sponsored by the Division of Undergraduate Education and the Office for Student Success. For more information, contact Jennifer Doerge.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365; sarah.geegan@uky.edu

UK's Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Inducts 82 New Members

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) welcomed 82 new members during a recent ceremony held in the UK Student Center, including six current UK faculty members and administrators. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

 

The faculty and administrative inductees are:

·         Constance 'Connie' Baird, director of Distance Learning Programs at UK since 1984;

·         Susan Carvalho, associate provost for internationalization and interim associate provost and dean of The Graduate School;

·         Judy 'J.J.' Jackson, vice president for institutional diversity and associate professor of educational policy studies and evaluation;

·         H. Dan O'Hair, dean of the College of Communication and Information and professor of communication;

·         John Walz, dean of the College of Engineering; and

·         Pat Whitlow, director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards at UK.

 

In addition, 76 undergraduate and graduate students were inducted into Phi Kappa Phi. Membership is strictly determined by the standards set forth in the Society’s bylaws. Juniors must be in the top 7.5 percent of their class, seniors in the top 10 percent of their class, and graduate students in the top 10 percent of their class. Faculty, professional staff, alumni and community members who have achieved scholarly distinction also may qualify. Here is a list of the new student members of the UK chapter:

 

First Name

Last Name

 

First Name

Last Name

Rahul

Annabathula

 

Josephine

Kim

Shabika

Arvijanti

 

Vanessa

Koenigsmark

Katherine

Barnes

 

Patrick

La Mar

Yaroslav

Bezkorovaynyy

 

Hannah

Latta

Spencer

Bolton

 

Logan

Leathem

Bryn

Brendamour

 

Rachael

Lebo

Nicole

Brooks

 

Duan

Li

Eric

Bryant

 

Xingzhe

Li

Samuel

Burkhardt

 

Madeleine

Lockridge

Matthew

Bush

 

William

Lucas

Steven

Chapman

 

Ana

Machado

Roxanne

Coburn

 

James Ross

Martin

Brandon

Cofield

 

Lindy

Massey

Pamela

Correll

 

Trevor

Mcnary

Juliana

Cybriwsky

 

Lila

Michaels

Jacqueline

Dallaire

 

Elizabeth

Miller

Christy

Daniels

 

Rachel

Newcomb

Walker

DeVerges

 

Benjamin

Norton

Kelsey

Dominick

 

Nicholas

Per

Abraham

Dutch

 

Briana

Price

Damien

Enzenbacher

 

Andrew

Rudnick

Jacob

Ewing

 

Sydnie

Schell

Jon

Fish

 

Rebecca

Schladt

Chelsea

Folmar

 

Erica

Schuster

Sharayah

Franklin

 

Rebecca

Shelton

Mary

Freeman

 

Christian

Soares

Jenna

Garofolo

 

Mary

Stewart

Tiffney

Gipson

 

Alexis

Thompson

Michelle

Haggard

 

Grace

Trimble

Jonathan

Handshoe

 

Leah

Vance

Sydney

Hobbs

 

Lisa

Von Wiegen

Kyle

Holdeman

 

Victoria

Votaw

Kimberly

Hubbard

 

Christina

Walker

Park

Huff

 

Aisha

Walton

Shamara

Huguely

 

Kalin

Wilson

Darren

Isaacs

 

Kelsey

Wolf

Taylor

Johnston

 

Chao

Yang

Angeline

Keedy

 

Christina

Zeidan

 

The characteristic of Phi Kappa Phi that makes it unique among the leading honor societies is its policy of electing undergraduate and graduate members from all schools, divisions, or departments of the institution. Specifically, Phi Kappa Phi’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

 

Strong participation by members in campus and national activities over the past year resulted in the UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi being named a 2014 'Chapter of Excellence' by the organization at its recent biennial convention held in St. Louis. This is the second time the UK chapter, in only its sixth year of existence after being chartered in the spring of 2009, has received the 'excellence' distinction. The chapter previously has earned 'Chapter of Merit' designation, as well.

 

"The University of Kentucky chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi continues to distinguish itself nationally," said Kenneth Roberts, dean emeritus of the College of Pharmacy and president of the UK chapter. "The recognition received this year is a credit to the exceptional women and men who have become active members of the UK chapter."

 

Across the U.S., Phi Kappa Phi's robust award programs give more than $1 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.

 

Founded in 1897, the society annually inducts students from more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.

 

For more information on the UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, go to  http://www.uky.edu/academy/phi-kappa-phi, or visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; carl.nathe@uky.edu.

Phi Kappa Phi is supported by The Chellgren Center which is part of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.

 

Since its founding in 1865, the University of Kentucky has been dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care as Kentucky's flagship institution and one of the nation's top land grant universities. Please join us in celebrating the university's 150 year storied history and help us build on that tradition of success as part of UK's sesquicentennial celebration through 2015. Visit uknow.uky.edu/sesquicentennial to access UK sesquicentennial news, in addition to archived news stories and announcements. Keep up with UK sesquicentennial activities on social media by looking for #UK150.

 

Ignite BBN Connects Students On Campus

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) – Students at the University of Kentucky love to chant “We Are UK” in the stands at Rupp Arena, but one student decided it was time to bring this type of camaraderie to other aspects of student life.  Avis Sampson, a senior majoring in communication and media arts and studies in the College of Communication and Information, brought together a group of her friends and started Ignite BBN. The organization, which came on campus this semester, focuses on instilling a spirit of unity between UK’s students.

 

Ignite BBN works to bring students together through various activities in order to create a sense of student community. Sampson and her friends spent the beginning of the semester recruiting people to join the organization and showing its face on campus at events like SAB’s Campus Ruckus and the Homecoming Coalition’s Kitty Karnival. Now at 12 members, they decided it was time to put on some events of their own.

 

To begin, they wanted to get more involved by serving the community. Ignite BBN is hosting a toy drive for NECCO, an organization that positively affects the lives of youth and foster families. Toys can be dropped off in the Student Center of UK’s campus in front of The Cats Den from noon to 2 p.m. through the Dec. 5.

 

Sampson says the group is very excited and will be wrapping the presents and giving them to the children.

 

“As an organization, there is no excuse. We need to get involved with this kind of thing,” Sampson said.

 

Ignite BBN also plans to host an Artist Showcase in the coming spring semester. Students are encouraged to come to the event and enjoy some music together. Some of the performers will participate in a DJ competition, including local DJ WarrenPeace.

 

The group is looking for more artists to participate in the event Jan. 30 at Memorial Hall. An informational meeting will take place at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 4, in Room 111 of the Student Center.

 

Ignite BBN is in the process of planning educational and professional events, as well. These include a study abroad information panel and a networking day. Regardless of the event, Ignite BBN wants to bring students together.

 

For more information about Ignite BBN, visit them on Twitter at @ignitebbn, Instagram and Facebook, or contact them at ignitebbn@gmail.com.  

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