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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2014) — More pinning, less doing. The Student Activities Board presents the first Pinterest Party of the semester. SAB provides the supplies, and students provide the creativity in a relaxing and fun arts event from 7-9 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Rasdall Gallery.
Pinterest parties are based on popular “pinned” ideas on Pinterest. Do it yourself projects, also known as DIY, and crafting have become popular over the past few years due to the social media site’s popularity. Pinterest parties give students an opportunity and make crafts to decorate their residence halls or apartments while relieving stress.
“We are very excited to offer Pinterest parties because they were such a hit with students last semester,” said Connor Giesselman, SAB director of campus life. “The first Pinterest party will focus on fun Valentine’s Day crafts that students can use all year round.”
Pinterest parties will also be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in Commons 308B, located next to The Study, and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Rasdall Gallery.
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 like them on Facebook at facebook.com/UKSAB. For more information about SAB and events, email email@example.com or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment to 411-247.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2014) — The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky is showcasing a new exhibition that is uniquely American. The show features 70 pictures taken by American photographers, ranging from the iconic documentary work of Walker Evans to the contemporary art of Carrie Mae Weems, who was recently awarded a MacArthur "Genius Grant" for her groundbreaking work. "Wide Angle: American Photographs from the Collection," which is free and open to the public, runs through April 27.
Organized by Art Museum at UK curator Janie Welker, "Wide Angle" offers the opportunity to examine the history of American photography in the 20th- and early 21st century through the work of both major and lesser known artists. Among those artists featured are Ansel Adams, Van Deren Coke, Imogen Cunningham, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Frank, Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Helen Levitt, An-My-Lê, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Cindy Sherman, Aaron Siskind, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Doris Ulmann and Andy Warhol.
Video by Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser/UK Public Relations and Marketing.
Welker, who had a wealth of photographs to choose from in the Art Museum at UK collection, built an exhibition that takes the viewer through the evolution of the medium.
"I thought it would be more meaningful to look at the photography thematically. How photographs kind of tell the history of photography in the 20th century. What's some of the major themes like documentary photography and how that evolved into street photography. In some cases, I chose images that weren't the most famous images, to show that there was a visual language that evolved and you see it kind of over, over and over again over time."
The Lexington community occupies a unique place in the history of photography thanks to the Lexington Camera Club, which can be seen as one of the last amateur groups to support serious photography. Among its leaders were nationally known figures like Coke and Meatyard, as well as talented regional photographers like Robert C. May, whose bequest of photographs and funding has been integral to building the museum's collection of more than 1,300 pictures.
"Robert C. May was a talented amateur photographer who worked here at UK, and who was very much involved in the photography community. He was part of the Lexington Camera Club and he left a bequest of 198 photographs. About half of them were his own photographs, and half of them were photographs by major photographers of the 20th century, like Ansel Adams and Walker Evans. He also left an endowment to the university which allows us to purchase photography. Over the years we purchased 450 photographs with that endowment," said Welker.
The Lexington Camera Club fostered an interest in experimentation and passion for photography in Lexington that continues to this day. Its legacy is examined, along with themes that include documentary and socially concerned photography, street photography, modernism, manipulated and constructed imagery, landscape photography and "new topographics."
Welker hopes visitors to "Wide Angle" appreciate the photographers' artistic efforts as much as she does.
"I hope that they love the photographs as much as I do. People think, well, it's not art because it's made with this mechanical device. They don’t think anything of the contemporary artist who might have something manufactured to their specification. Or to the Renaissance or Baroque artist who used studios, and had assistants who were painting large portions of their painting. I just think that photography is so fascinating, and I hope that people can come in with an open mind and really appreciate that."
The Art Museum at UK is located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. The hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and noon to 8 p.m. Friday.
The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for the people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from their permanent collection.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2014) — A new study led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researcher Peter Zhou shows that targeting Twist, a nuclear protein that is an accelerant of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) program in human cells, may provide an effective approach for treating triple-negative breast cancer.
Triple-negative breast cancer has an activated EMT program, which is a process that provides cells with the increased plasticity (or flexibility) to adapt to stressed environments during embryonic development, wound healing, tissue fibrosis and metastasis. EMT provides tumor cells with stem cell-like characteristics, making them resistance to therapeutics and increasing their chances for early metastasis.
Triple-negative breast cancer in particular is associated with an aggressive clinical history, development of recurrence, distant metastasis and shorter patient survival, especially in younger women. It lacks effective targeted therapies and often displays early metastatic spread to brain and lung, sites known to be associated with an estimated 5-year survival of less than 20 percent.
Published in Cancer Cell, the study found that the nuclear protein Twist acts similarly to a virus protein. Using protein purification, Zhou's team identified that Twist interacted with a key nuclear transcription regulator BRD4. When many DNA viruses (such as papillomaviruses) enter into human “host” cells during infection, they hijack host cell machinery to replicate and synthesis their viral DNA and proteins. BRD4 is the virus's favored molecule and is often seized by DNA papillomaviruses for gene transcription during replication and growth.
Twist uses a similar strategy to recruit BRD4 to the genomic regions that are regulated by Twist. Many of these genomic regions contain oncogenes, such as those of survival proteins, growth factors and molecules that enhance cell migration and invasion. By recruiting BRD4 to these genomic regions, Twist accelerates cell growth and invasion by “waking up” the expression of these oncogenes.
Additionally, the study showed that two BRD4 inhibitors, JQ1 and MS417, can specifically disrupt the interaction of Twist with BRD4, resulting in the suppression of invasion, stem cell-like characters and tumorigenicity of triple-negative breast cancer cells.
"This finding has significant clinical ramification, because drugs that can target the Twist-BRD4 interaction provide a new hope for treating life-threatening triple-negative breast cancer," said Zhou, associate professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry at UK.
Jian Shi, a post-doctoral fellow at UK Markey Cancer Center, was the first author of this study, and other collaborators include UK Markey Cancer Center director Dr. Mark Evers and researchers Chi Wang and Haining Zhu. Previously, Zhou and his team have studied the role of the Snail complex — also known as the cellular "brake" in contrast to Twist's accelerant — in the EMT program.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2014) — The number of "phishing" emails targeting University of Kentucky employees and students is on the rise.
Phishing is the malicious act of sending emails with the intent of gaining the user’s private information for the purposes of identity theft and fraud. These emails can also be used as stepping stones to launch further cyber-attacks against individuals and the university.
Members of the university community are reminded to never give their LinkBlue or other account passwords to anyone. Phishing e-mails can often be detected and separated from legitimate email by looking for a few clues. Be suspicious of supposedly "official" emails that include any of the following:
- a “sent from” email address that does not end in “uky.edu”;
- a notice that the email is “Urgent”;
- references to organizational units that do not exist within UK;
- inconsistencies (i.e., “University of Kentucky Technical Assistance Team” and then “University of Kentucky webmail Customer service”);
- hyperlinks to Internet addresses that do not end in “uky.edu”; or
- a request that you provide an account username and password.
“The number of phishing emails that the UK community receives will always increase with the start of a semester; unfortunately, the sophistication, quality, and quantity of these bogus emails is increasing as well,” said Vince Kellen, senior vice provost for Academic Planning, Analytics and Technologies. “All of us need to be vigilant.”
Members of the UK community who suspect or witness a computer or network security incident or a related crime, either on campus or involving UK's digital assets, are advised to contact the UKAT Security Services team at email@example.com or call the UKAT Service Center at 859-218-HELP (4357).
More information about identifying phishing email is available at http://www.uky.edu/ukit/security/abuse.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2014) – Two University of Kentucky female employees who contribute to issues that affect women at UK and across the Commonwealth will be honored with the 2014 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award. Does a deserving woman you know come to mind? Nominations for the respected recognition are being accepted until Thursday, Feb. 13, an extension of the original deadline.
Created by the UK Women’s Forum, the Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards have been among the most esteemed recognitions bestowed at UK. The award recognizes one female faculty member and one female staff member who promote growth and well-being of women at the university and across Kentucky. The award brings recognition for efforts that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Each recipient of the 2014 award will receive recognition at the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Luncheon and $1,000. Their own legacy will be remembered by an engraving of each name on the Sarah Bennett Holmes memorial plaque hanging in UK's Main Building. Any woman, regular staff or faculty, currently employed by the University of Kentucky is eligible for nomination. Self-nominations are not accepted and all members of the Women's Forum Board are ineligible.
The 2014 luncheon will be held Thursday, March 6, 2014, in the Frank Harris Grand Ballroom of the UK Student Center.
To nominate someone who works toward advancing women, go to https://uky.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7NIKu6Flh0qd4tn to fill out the nomination form.
Sarah Bennett Holmes, a distinguished former dean of women at the University of Kentucky, tirelessly championed the rights of women throughout her career. Widowed at a young age, Holmes raised four children while completing her own education. She then began a successful career at the university where she inspired young women to persevere in the face of hardship and pursue their career goals. Among her accomplishments, Holmes developed work programs for women during the depression.
In her honor, the UK Women's Forum created the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award and since 1994 has been honoring women at UK who work on the same principles as Holmes did.
For more information contact Lindsey Jasinski at 859-257-9259.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 7, 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 Chris Bollinger, an endowed professor at the UK Gatton College and director of UK’s Center for Business and Economics Research, provides a preview of UK’s 25th annual Economic Outlook Conference which will be held at the Lexington Convention Center Tuesday, Feb. 11.
To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/uk-economic-outlook-conference-preview.
"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2014) — The second annual Lead UK Conference will be held all day Saturday, Feb. 15, in the University of Kentucky Student Center. This free conference, hosted by UK’s Leadership Exchange program, teaches leadership skills through workshops and speakers. The conference also allows student leaders and faculty from across the state to connect and inspire.
The workshop offers three breakout sessions on a variety of topics, such as service and community engagement, and allows students to work on developing their leadership skills in an interactive way. The theme of this year’s conference is “Propel Your Leadership.” The keynote speaker, Jason Connell, is an internationally known philanthropist and speaker whose Ignited Leadership program seeks to provide young adults with the skills they need to lead and make a difference in the world.
Participants can register for the event here. The first 50 people to register will receive a leather padfolio.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2014) — Apollo, hosted by the University of Kentucky’s Black Student Union, begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Advance tickets are $10 or $15 if purchased on the day of the show. Tickets maybe be purchased online at finearts.uky.edu/singletary-center, by calling 859-257-4929, or from the Singletary Center for the Arts ticket office at 405 Rose St., Lexington, Ky.
The annual talent contest, described as a “nightclub show with uptown style,” showcases the talents of local artists and offers prizes to the winners. Auditions to compete were held in January for all types of talent. The judges are Atlantic Records producer and Grammy award winner, Amir Windom, and recording artist “Sammie” Leigh Bush, who has collaborated with other popular musical artists like Trey Songz and Lil’ Wayne.
Celebrity hosts include Dukk Duce and Miss Mykie. The official DJ is Warren Peace, who has performed at other Lexington venues like Busters and Tin Roof.
This event was inspired by the long-running talent contests at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Harlem’s Apollo amateur hours helped to launched the careers of artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill.
Follow UK’s Black Student Union on Twitter, twitter.com/UK_BSU, Instagram, @uk_bsu and tag Apollo social media posts with #UKApollo2014. You can also view teaser videos for the event here.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2014) — University of Kentucky students will have the opportunity to meet with more than 120 employers at the 2014 Spring UK Employer Showcase, sponsored by the James W. Stuckert Career Center. In preparation, students are encouraged to explore the center's new Guidebook app with details and resources related to the event.
The showcase will bring employers in both technical and non-technical professions to the Student Center Ballrooms from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, and Wednesday, Feb. 12.
The first day of the event will showcase employers in technical career fields such as engineering, computer science, construction, information systems/technology and scientific research.
The second day will host employers in nontechnical career fields such as communications, accounting, banking, consulting, health care, government, management, human services, retail and sales, and other fields.
More than 120 employers will participate over this two-day event, including private companies, government agencies and nonprofit groups. Among the registered employers are Total Quality Logistics, Toyota, Fifth Third Bank, General Electric Appliances, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Marathon Petroleum, Hewlett-Packard, Target, and Ernst & Young LLP.
For more information about the companies registered to attend and tips on how to prepare for the showcase, visit the center's app. Individuals can download the Guidebook app via both Android and iPhone.
The Stuckert Career Center's UK Employer Showcase VIP Program is also available for this event. The interactive program is designed to develop career-ready students at UK and offer exclusive exposure to employers. VIP program participants attend a preparation workshop that helps maximize their showcase experience. The last workshop being offered this week is noon today, Feb. 7, in F. Paul Anderson Tower, Room 257. VIP Program participants can enter the Employer Showcase 30 minutes early to begin connecting with employers.
To get another jump on the job search, MBA students are encouraged to attend a networking event, MBA Evening with Industry. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Hilary J. Boone Center.
Outside of these organized sessions, Lenroy Jones, associate director and manager of corporate relations for the Stuckert Career Center, suggests students prepare by researching companies of interest by registering through Wildcat CareerLink. This online career management tool allows students to secure company information and sign up for campus interviews.
"If a company is actually hiring, they really don't want candidates to ask, 'What are you looking for? What opportunities do you have?'" Jones said. "These statements indicate a lack of preparation."
"Company research should uncover job openings and new employee training programs," Jones said. During the showcase, students may ask about the work environment and current major projects of the company. Questions such as these will demonstrate the applicant's interest, as well as an understanding of his or her desires in a career opportunity. "Students seeking internships or full-time positions should request an interview," Jones said.
Jones suggests students prepare a two to three-minute introduction that states their name, graduation date and major; basic personal information; and career interests. Students shouldn't be afraid to mention honors or special achievements received, such as a high GPA or campus leadership positions. By having completed their research, students should know exactly what questions to ask. Practicing how to communicate with an employer is a big key to success, Jones explained.
Students should print résumés on high-quality white or ivory paper. Résumés should include an objective, work or volunteer experience, internships, and special honors.
"Relevant experience is a significant advantage that should be reflected on the résumé," Jones said.
The purpose of a résumé, Jones said, is to provide adequate interest to secure an interview. One page résumés are often suitable for this purpose.
Students should carry about 20-30 résumés in a nice portfolio with a nice pen and a pad of paper to take notes. Business attire is appropriate. Students should dress professionally in dark colors such as black, charcoal gray or navy blue. Women can wear either a skirt or pant suit with a solid color conservative shirt, closed toe shoes and minimal jewelry. No extreme heels, short skirts or low necklines. For men, a suit, a button-down white shirt, tie, sports jacket, slacks, and shined shoes will make the best impression.
For more information on the Spring 2014 UK Employer Showcase and the other career-building services offered by the Stuckert Career Center, students can stop by or visit the center's webpage at www.uky.edu/careercenter.
As part of the UK Division of Undergraduate Education, the James W. Stuckert Career Center mission is to prepare students to successfully connect with employers and post graduate educational opportunities. The Stuckert Career Center is here to help students explore their college major options and career goals, engage in the process of expanding their knowledge and experience of the work place, and to connect with those who can help students on their career path. For more information on the Stuckert Career Center and how the staff can provide assistance, visit www.uky.edu/careercenter.
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Design Release No. 3, scheduled to open for bids March 14, will include contracts for selective demolition, team store foundations, slabs, masonry, team store steel, sound amplification panel, west facade improvements, corner graphics panels, metal panels, roofing, insulation, exterior and interior doors/hardware, exterior and interior glazing, interior/exterior stud framing and drywall, millwork and finish carpentry, interior finishes, sports seating, exterior railings and gates, food service equipment, fire protection, grease traps, underslab MEP, MEP systems, sports lighting for south sideline, special systems, broadcast cabling, sound systems, traffic coatings, sealants, trench drain system, site hardscape and landscaping.
The reception will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Wildcat Den, in Commonwealth Stadium, located at 1540 University Drive, on the north side main concourse. Attendees may enter the stadium at Gate 4, near Cooper Drive. Free parking is available adjacent to Gate 3.
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Lexington, Ky. ( Feb. 6, 2014 ) — Catherine Opie, a documentary photographer known for stretching the boundaries, will continue the Robert C. May Photography Endowment Lecture Series with a lecture at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in Worsham Theater at the University of Kentucky Student Center. In conjunction with her visit, an exhibition of Opie's work is on display Feb. 7 through March 9, at the Art Museum at UK. The lecture and the exhibition are free and open to the public.
Catherine Opie photographs complex bodies of work. She usually focuses on sexual, communal and cultural notions of the world. Her pictures are known for showcasing different ideas of masculinity and femininity of transgender, cross-dressers and members of the gay and lesbian community of Los Angeles.
On the other end of the spectrum, Opie is also recognized for powerful pictures of seascapes that make the viewer feel like he or she is in the water. Large seascapes of this type from the series "12 Miles to the Horizon" are on display at the Art Museum at UK. Both meditative and visually stunning, they evoke color field painting as well as notions of the sublime in painting, in which nature provides a spectacle that goes beyond mere beauty to provide a spiritual experience. At the same time, Opie's work plays with the notion of sunrise and sunset as photographic clichés.
Opie's first solo project was showcased in New York's 494 Gallery in the year 1991. Since that date, she has also been showcased in multiple museums nationally and internationally, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Photographers' Gallery in London, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, just to name a few. Opie has also had work shown in group exhibitions including "All But the Obvious" at the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and the "Whitney Biennial" in New York at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Opie's Whitney Biennial collection was the first time she received vast recognition.
The artist first studied photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. Opie graduated with a degree in photography in 1985. After graduation, she enrolled in the MFA program at the California Institute of the Arts. Upon finishing school, Opie worked as a lab technician until 1994. She now lives and works in Los Angeles.
The 2013-2014 May Lecture Series explores appropriation, portraiture, landscapes and socially concerned photography. The series is made possible through the Robert C. May Photography Endowment, a museum fund established in 1994 for the support of acquisitions and programs relating to photography. Other photographers coming to town as part of the series this year include Eugene Richards.
The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for the people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection.
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Mumper, who received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at UK before earning his doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences, received his award as part of the college’s graduate program recruitment event.
“It was great to have Russ back on campus again,” said Timothy S. Tracy, Dean of the UK College of Pharmacy. “Russ’s story is a great example of what a UK College of Pharmacy education can do for you, and I am glad both our prospective students and current students had the opportunity to hear from such an accomplished pharmaceutical scientist.”
Mumper is vice dean of the University of North Carolina's Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the John A. McNeill Distinguished Professor in the school's Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics. From 1999 to 2007, Mumper was a faculty member in UK's Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He served as vice chair of the department from 2004 to 2007. Also, from 1999 to 2006, Mumper was associate director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Science and Technology.
He has received more than $10.2 million in research grants/contracts as principal investigator (and over $28.6 million total). Dr. Mumper has more than 295 scientific publications/abstracts and 45 patents or patents pending.
In 2007, Mumper was recognized by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association as one of six “Great Teachers” at UK. This award is the oldest, continuously given award for teaching on UK’s campus. In 2013, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction, a campus-wide award at UNC-Chapel Hill.
He has been recognized for his scientific contributions to the profession as well. Mumper is an American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Fellow, and he is a past recipient of the AAPS Lipid-Based Drug Delivery Award sponsored by Gattefossé Corporation and AAPS.
He serves on the editorial board of three pharmaceutical journals and is an ad-hoc member of several scientific review panels for the National Institutes of Health. He continues to serve as a consultant to the industry and as an expert patent witness.
Mumper was the chair of the Bio-Targeting Working Group of the NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer from 2010-2012 and is currently a member of the steering committee of the AAPS Nanotechnology Focus Group.
Mumper has co-founded five companies, including NanoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc., Four Tigers LLC and Berryceuticals LLC (based in Paris, Ky., and Lexington), Capture Pharmaceuticals LLC (based in Chapel Hill, N.C.), and IonX Capital Holdings Inc. (based in Lexington).
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2014) — Interested in learning how to prevent and treat lower back pain?
Lower back pain is one of the most common health complaints worldwide. Improving physical fitness and using proper body mechanics can help prevent and treat lower back pain. University of Kentucky employees are invited to learn how to keep their backs healthy and strong at a "Lunch and Learn" session sponsored by UK Human Resources, Health and Wellness.
The session will take place from 12:10-12:50 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in the gallery of the William T. Young Library. The event's presenter will be Will Swann, certified personal trainer (NSCA-CPT) and strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS).
Register at http://www.uky.edu/hr/event/lunch-learn-preventing-and-treating-lower-back-pain, or attend online by visiting https://connect.uky.edu/lunchandlearn at the time of the event.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2014) - With pillows propped behind their backs and workbooks in hand, a group of women in their third trimesters of pregnancy gathered at UK HealthCare's Polk Dalton Clinic on Feb. 4.
They took turns meeting privately with a midwife. They chatted about baby movements with nurses, who measured their blood pressures. Then they formed a circle to discuss topics such as signs of labor, benefits of breastfeeding and how many diapers they'll go through in one day after the baby is born.
The CenteringPregnancy program, a combined support group and prenatal appointment for women with high-risk pregnancies, fulfills the Strong Start grant awarded to UK HealthCare for its Efforts to Maximize Prenatal Outcomes in Women at Risk (EMPOWR) model of care. UK HealthCare was one of 27 organizations in the nation awarded funding from the Center for Medicaid Services for high-risk pregnancy intervention programs in 2013.
Through the CenteringPregnancy program, women are grouped by due date and risk factors, meeting a total of 10 times through the course of their pregnancies. The program is designed to help women modify behaviors that lead to adverse prenatal outcomes, such as tobacco use, diabetes, depression and other obstetric risk factors. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to eliminate barriers of access to quality prenatal health care and reduce the incidence of preterm births across Kentucky. The program is available to women qualifying for Medicaid services.
Program participant Claudine Brigaine briefly left her group at the Polk Dalton clinic after a co-worker recommended she seek pregnancy care elsewhere. Biragane returned to UK because she was missing personal connections with providers and the sense of community she found through the CenteringPregnancy program. She also appreciated the opportunity to share her experiences and learn from other pregnant women in her group.
"I decided to come back home," Brigaine said. "It's nice because sometimes you have confusion or pain, and you realize it's normal - you are not by yourself."
Nancy Jennings, a registered nurse, facilitates groups of women that meet at the Polk Dalton Clinic and UK's Good Samaritan Hospital. Currently, more than 120 women are enrolled in CenteringPregnancy groups that meet through UK. Each session begins with a health assessment and meeting with the provider, followed by CenteringPregnancy curriculum and a discussion of EMPOWR principles relevant to the group, which could include a healthy diet, smoking cessation or strategies to decrease stress.
"Sometimes people go through a pregnancy and have needs and concerns that in a traditional care setting don't have time to be addressed," Jennings said. "These women have 20 hours of face-to-face time with their prenatal care team during the pregnancy; in a traditional care setting, you might get 10 minutes per visit."
The Strong Start grant also funds CenteringPregnancy programs at affiliated clinics in Frankfort and Morehead. For more information about the CenteringPregnancy program, visit www.centeringhealthcare.org.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2014) − Glenn L. Means III, a University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies student, was one of three graduate students selected for an eight-week fellowship with Health for America in the summer of 2013. The fellowship, which was a pilot-program, recently garnered the attention of Forbes online magazine.
"I was very fortunate to be selected for this amazing fellowship opportunity,” Means said. “This fellowship gave me the opportunity to leave a lasting impact on the health care delivery system. Being featured in this prestigious publication is still surreal to me. It's nice to see organizations taking notice of what we are doing and showing people how they can make their lives easier through the use of technology in the health care system."
Means, along with two other fellows, worked on finding innovative, technology-based approaches to dealing with childhood asthma, which affects which affects 7 million U.S. children. Their work produced tangible results, including: A white paper, outlining potential solutions to the problem, which has been accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society; a prototype of a device to improve the delivery of asthma medicines; and a challenge to design a game that could help children with asthma manage their condition. Health for America is currently working to further develop and commercialize the prototype created by the fellows.
“We are so very proud of Glenn and his work with Health for America,” said Kevin Schuer, assistant professor, UK College of Health Sciences Division of Physician Assistant Studies. “Glenn represents the type of student that the UKPAS program has been seeking of recent years, a student who is curious, innovative, diligent and willing to put in the effort and energy required to serve people and improve health. Students like Glenn are great ambassadors of our profession and program, and we are very much looking forward to his and his peers’ future contribution as physician assistant leaders.”
Health for America plans to launch a yearlong fellowship program this year. The expectation is that, given more time, the fellows will be able to make a bigger impact on health care. Although Means’ experience was brief, he predicts the impact will be long-lasting.
"Having this opportunity really encouraged me to explore many other areas of the health care delivery system and understand the importance of how they all work together to make the patient experience the best interaction possible,” Means said. “All I have ever wanted to do is make an impact on people. The network I have created through the Health for America Fellows program and in my current master’s degree program, I will carry with me for the rest of my life. These experiences have definitely opened the doors for me to know that I can change the face of health care and through innovative methods, find easier ways for people to not only access health care but provide a clearer understanding of what they need to live a long, healthy life.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2014) ― University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto Monday directed UK's purchasing division to begin negotiations with vendors toward the goal of creating a public-private partnership for dining services.
"We have a very good dining operation and exemplary staff. That has never been in question and it shouldn't be now," Capilouto said. "But the most important question is how do we ensure that we have the best possible service for all those we serve going forward -- most significantly our students?"
Capilouto said after months of review, including two committees that analyzed proposals and visited several campuses, along with a number of public forums, it is clear that "we must adapt and grow as the needs and desires of our campus community change and expand."
That can best be accomplished, he said, by seeking a partner that can invest millions of dollars in upgrading dining facilities across campus, offer more convenient hours and expand food options, including healthier choices for customers.
The university's purchasing division will now begin negotiations with one or more partners toward the goal of finalizing an agreement with one partner. Capilouto will review and approve any final proposed agreement. Significant changes to facilities or additional facilities would be brought to the UK Board of Trustees for its consideration.
Eric Monday, UK's executive vice president for finance and administration, said several conditions will be met as part of any final public-private partnership agreement:
- Employees with UK's dining services as of Feb. 13, 2013 will be ensured of continued employment.
- Student workers will continue to be employed with dining services.
- Partnerships with existing campus outlets such as the Lemon Tree Restaurant and Butcher Shop will be maintained.
- Any agreement will make explicit goals and commitments with respect to local food sourcing and the Kentucky Proud program.
- The agreement will be a public document that all of the university's stakeholders can review.
"In fall 2014, we will house over 21 percent more students than we did this past fall," Monday said. "Such growth is, without question, the right thing to do. We know from research that students learn better and do better when they live on campus. We must have facilities in dining and other areas that support that growth and that desire for expanded and healthier food options. Currently, we do not."
Moreover, Monday said there is not the capacity financially to expand those offerings. "A partnership with a third-party with extensive expertise in this area offers the opportunity for millions of dollars in facility investment over the next several years. We simply do not have that capacity internally. Nor can we expect the taxpayers of this state to foot that bill."
Monday said all but two of Kentucky's eight public universities have moved to public-private partnerships for dining operations. UK and Murray State University remain the only institutions with internally run dining operations. And 10 of the 14 Southeastern Conference schools use public-private partnerships for dining.
"We must, however, develop a Kentucky partnership that honors UK's unique values and needs. That is the goal as we move forward with negotiations," Monday said. "It is an unwavering expectation that we will have of any potential partner. They will help us maintain our commitments. They will help us continue to honor our values as an institution. We must now seek an agreement -- with tough, explicit expectations outlined in a management agreement and operating contract -- that will help us ensure those commitments are met."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2014) —The University of Kentucky Police Department is offering its spring semester of the Citizen Police Academy (CPA). Participants will not actually make arrests, but they will gain a good understanding of law enforcement and university policing. This free series of eight weekly classes begins Feb. 18. Each class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 205 of the UK Student Center, with class graduation set for April 22. No class will be held March 18 due to Spring Break.
The academy is open to anyone inside or outside the university who is 18 years or older with no prior felony convictions. This includes students, employees and the public.
Registration for the Citizen Police Academy is Feb. 5-18. Enrollment is based on a first come-first served basis. Please go to http://www.uky.edu/Police/citizensacademy.html to find more information about the Citizen Police Academy. Enrollment is also available on the UK Police Facebook site at, www.facebook.com/ukpolicedepartment. More information can be obtained by calling 859-323-7447 or 257-5108.
The CPA will include instruction in law, firearms, DUI detection, canine, and self-defense, as well as other police related training. Course material will be presented through lecture, audio-visual aids, and interactive scenarios.
Prospective participants will be expected to complete a course application and submit to an electronic background check.
The mission of the Citizen Police Academy is to foster a more cohesive relationship between law enforcement officers and the campus community. Graduates will be able to share knowledge gained with others in the community, thereby helping others become more familiar with police practices.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2014) — Great science "happens" when the right people talk to each other.
Sometimes that can occur in conferences or meetings. But, just as often, it takes place by pure chance. The key to promoting collaboration is providing the kind of environment where these chance encounters are likely to occur.
One such encounter took place in the fall of 2011, when a graduate student at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy found herself having a corridor conversation with a professor from the UK College of Engineering.
Mo Dan, then a doctoral student in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was waiting to speak with her mentor, Provost's Distinguished Professor Robert Yokel, about a traineeship with the UK Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center (CNTC). She was specifically interested in the problem of how to get drugs past the blood-brain barrier, the cellular boundary that helps to protect the brain from harmful substances or pathogens in the bloodstream.
The blood-brain barrier poses a challenge in developing drugs to treat diseases of the brain, particularly brain cancer, because it can prevent drugs from reaching their targets in the brain tissue, leaving them in the circulating bloodstream.
Nanoparticles, being very small (measured in nanometers, one-billionth of a meter), have shown promise as a drug-delivery system that can penetrate the blood-brain barrier. Dan had methods and techniques to test a nanoparticle drug-delivery system, but she needed to work with somebody who could create the nanoparticle .
Waiting with Dan, out in the hallway, was Thomas Dziubla, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. The two struck up a conversation.
Dziubla talked to Dan about his idea of targeting PECAM-1, a protein that resides at the borders between the endothelial cells in the blood-brain barrier. Dziubla then put Dan in touch with David Cochran, who at the time was a doctoral student in engineering.
The two students took it from there, ultimately creating and testing an iron oxide nanoparticle coated with a PECAM-1 antibody. The result was a joint publication last November in PLOS-One, the flagship journal of the Public Library of Science, a nonprofit publisher of peer-reviewed, open-access scientific journals.
"This was a collaborative venture, and that’s where most biomedical and basically all scientific research is going," said Yokel, who serves on the CNTC mentoring and development committee, along with Dziubla. "As often happens, the graduate students initiated this project, because they're talking among themselves about what they're working on and what another person could bring to the table."
UK excels at creating the type of environment that is conducive to collaboration across disciplines, Yokel says. The university promotes collaboration through the creation of multidisciplinary programs and centers, and encourages it through incentives such as shared equipment maintenance.
Dziubla cites the CNTC as a prime example.
"The CNTC is a great example of having all these chances to meet with people," Dziubla said. "The university provides the environment, and then it’s the students who want to do something, who want to make or create something that hasn't been created before — that's the other half of the equation."
Supported by the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health and part of the National Cancer Institute Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer, UK's CNTC provides advanced, multidisciplinary training for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, with the aim of creating "a new type of cancer nanotechnology researcher who will fully appreciate the breadth of disciplines involved in translating novel laboratory findings to cancer diagnosis and treatment."
Both Dan and Cochran earned their doctoral degrees last May. Dan returned to China, where she now works for the Chinese equivalent of the Food and Drug Administration. Cochran is now in Pittsburgh, working for McNeil Consumer Healthcare.
Their article, "Binding, Transcytosis and Biodistribution of Anti-PECAM-1 Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Brain-Targeted Delivery," may be read online at http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0081051.
Lang Lang performance with Herbie Hancock in Berlin in 2012.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2014) — Named the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, and “the world’s ambassador of the keyboard” by The New Yorker, celebrated pianist Lang Lang will join the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor John Nardolillo, in a concert this weekend at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, in the Singletary Center Concert Hall.
Lang Lang’s classical sounds have been heard by billions around the world, most recently an appearance with Metallica on the 2014 Grammy Awards. His other major performances include the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the Franz Liszt 200th birthday concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit — the first classical music cinema cast to be headlined by a solo artist.
From a small Chinese town, Shenyang, Lang began playing the piano at the age of 3. By 5, he was giving his first public recital, entered Beijing’s Central Music Conservatory by 9, and won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians’ Competition playing the complete Chopin Etudes at the Beijing Concert Hall at 13. By 17, Lang was coined an "overnight sensation," when he performed in the "Gala Of The Century," playing a Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Named one of Time magazine’s "Time 100," featuring the 100 most influential people in the world, the magazine deemed him a symbol of the youth of China and its future.
Lang has made numerous TV appearances, including "The Today Show," "Good Morning America" and "60 Minutes," and has been featured in The New Yorker, Vogue and People, to name a few.
The popular classical pianist has also had the privilege to perform before current and past presidents, including presidents Barack Obama, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and William J. Clinton, as well as other public international figures including Queen Elizabeth II, President Horst Koehler of Germany and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Among Lang’s honors are the designation as goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and United Nations Messenger of Peace, and the awarding of an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Music, Germany's Order of Merit and France's Medal of the Order of Arts & Letters.
In the last 10 years of its 95 year existence, with Nardolillo at the helm, the UK Symphony Orchestra has earned significant international acclaim. The orchestra has accumulated several recording credits and shared the stage with such acclaimed international artists as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch and Mark O'Connor, as well the Boston Pops. UK Symphony Orchestra is one of a very select group of university orchestras under contract with Naxos, the world's largest classical recording label.
Last summer, UK Symphony Orchestra completed a 12-day tour of China. Later this month, the orchestra will return to the Singletary stage with Pink Martini and the Von Trapps on Feb. 28
The concert scheduled for Feb. 9 will include pieces from Hector Berlioz, Frédéric François Chopin, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky and Maurice Ravel, and Richard Georg Strauss.
Ticket pricing for the concert featuring Lang Lang and UK Symphony Orchestra is based on seating location and ranges from $75 to $95, with a discounted rate for faculty and students with a valid ID card. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Singletary Center Ticket Office, by calling the ticket office at 859-257-4929, or online at www.scfatickets.com.
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.
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