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UK to Jazz Up China's Music Scene

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 18:23

 

Video by Jenny Wells/UK Public Relations.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 30, 2014) — Before embarking on a two-week tour of China, the University of Kentucky’s Jazz Ensemble will take a Bluegrass stage to present a preview concert of music they plan to perform on tour. The free public concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 2, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

The concert, featuring everything from big band swing music to more contemporary jazz performed by the UK Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Miles Osland, is designed to showcase the tremendous breadth of the American art form for Chinese audiences, who have become major fans of the genre but rarely get to hear live American performances. 

 

UK is serving as an ambassador for the American music genre. "We're one of the first American university jazz ensembles ever to play in China. So the programming that I have is wide and varied, doing some Count Basie, Duke Ellington, but then doing a lot more contemporary, more updated things too," said Miles Osland, director of UK Jazz Studies and a professor of saxophone at UK School of Music.


The ensemble will also play some hip versions of popular tunes like the theme song to "The Flinstones," as well as a jazz version of "My Old Kentucky Home."

 

UK Jazz Ensemble, composed of 17 undergraduate and graduate students, will pack up their instruments and depart for Beijing June 4. During their 14-day stay, the group will perform at the Beijing Contemporary Music Institute in Beijing, the Xi’an Conservatory of Music in Xi’an, and the JZ Club and Shanghai University in Shanghai. At the last concert, the ensemble will even perform with students from Shanghai University’s music program during UK Week at the institution.

 

Based on the popularity of jazz in China the ensemble is looking forward to playing for the Asian audience. "I think the crowds are really going to enjoy it. They will probably come out to hear an American ensemble playing a variety of different types of big band music. I think we are going to be rock stars over there," said Carlos Espinosa, a saxophone player and doctoral candidate from Fort Worth, Texas.

 

In addition to playing concerts for audiences abroad, the UK students and Osland will also open their rehearsals and present seminars and master classes in jazz for the Chinese music students and educators where they hope to also learn from the local artists.

 

"We're actually going to be working with students form Shanghai University. I am really excited to see not only how they play jazz, but how they approach it, how the ensemble works together and in the back of my mind compare it to how we do things here and hopefully take something back from that," said UK Honors Program member and Singletary Scholar Drew Burke, a trumpet player and music education and music performance freshman from Pikeville, Ky.

 

Osland is also interested in hearing the Chinese musicians. "It will be real interesting to see how they feel and play jazz. I am not saying that you have to be American, but it is America's indigenous art form. Hopefully they'll learn a lot from us, but it will be interesting to hear how they foresee or pursue their jazz interests also."

 

While they aren’t rehearsing, teaching and performing, the UK students will get to visit such popular and important historic sites as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven and the Bird’s Nest. The UK Jazz Ensemble Tour is made possible by support of the China Jazz Association and the UK Confucius Institute.

 

For many of the students this will be their first trip abroad. "This experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all of us. We get to travel halfway across the world and play jazz," said Colleen Wagoner, a saxophone player and music education senior from Lexington. "I know I am going to be overwhelmed with the amount of people and the size of the buildings. I am just excited to just experience China because I have no idea what to expect and know I will be in disbelief."

 

"Personally, I just want to share my love of this music and show them individually the things I have to offer as a musician. I want to speak basically from my heart, my soul, my mind in music and I want to put that out there for other people to see. And collectively as a group, I think we can really showcase how much fun it is to be in an ensemble like this, the camaraderie that's built, not just through music but personally. And just bring them a taste of Kentucky," Espinosa said.

 

Even after the students head back to the United States, Osland will remain to participate as one of a group of 15 UK faculty members teaching at Shanghai University during the inaugural UK Week at the school. He will present a jazz appreciation course during his time at the university. Osland will also perform in the week’s opening ceremony to be held June 20.

 

"I get to impart not only the music with the ensemble performing, but also the knowledge, a little bit of our history and what it really is," said Osland. "What's nice is that I've got recordings, I've got videos, and I plan on personally playing in class a lot because the music says it all. I can talk all day about it, but when you hear it, that says it all."

 

Osland has made appearances throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia as a guest conductor, performer and clinician for Selmer Saxophones, Jody Jazz mouthpieces and D'Addario Woodwinds, Osland’s compositions and arrangements have been recognized and supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Arts Council and by numerous other art foundations.

 

Under Osland, the UK Jazz Ensemble has received invitations to perform at the Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference three times, most recently in 2013, and the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference.  In July 2011, UK Jazz Ensemble, along with the Osland/Dailey Jazztet, toured France, Switzerland and the Netherlands, performing at two of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals.

 

Recipient of the Outstanding Jazz Ensemble certificate at the Annual Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, and winner of “Downbeat Magazine’s” DeeBee award for Best Jazz Instrumental Studio Orchestra, UK Jazz Ensemble has been featured with many national touring artists, including David Liebman, Tom Harrell and Mel Torme.

 

UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has achieved awards and national and international recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as for music education, composition, theory and music history.

 

 

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

Kentucky Office of Rural Health Hosts State's First Rural Health Clinic Summit

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 17:16

HAZARD, Ky. (May 30, 2014) – More than 100 participants came to Kentucky’s first Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Summit, hosted by the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) on May 16, 2014. Attendees from 28 Kentucky counties, along with a few from Tennessee and North Carolina, traveled to Hazard for a full day of networking and learning at the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH).

 

Bill Finerfrock, executive director of the National Association of Rural Health Clinics in Washington D.C., delivered the opening keynote and provided a legislative update.  New sequester-related cuts are not expected for Medicare, though the 1.6 percent reduction in provider payment is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, said Finerfrock.

 

Kentucky’s decision to expand Medicaid coverage to the levels identified in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to 138 percent of poverty level, new and proposed rules affecting regulatory requirements and independent contractor status of mid-level practitioners, and a delay in the ICD-10 implementation to Oct. 1, 2015, were among Finerfrock’s updates.

 

Robin Rowe, with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Office of Inspector General Division of Health Care, presented on the licensure and certification process for RHCs.  Panel presentations and breakout sessions throughout the day offered participants a wide range of educational topics including, patient centered medical home, Medicaid managed care, community health workers, electronic health records, revenue cycle and more.

 

Kentucky is home to 175 RHCs, which are certified to receive special Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement to help improve access to primary health care in underserved rural areas. RHCs operate with a team approach of physicians and mid-level providers for staffing.

 

“The many recent changes in health care have created significant challenges for RHCs from a number of angles,” said Ernie Scott, director of the KORH.  “We surveyed attendees to ask what they would like to see happen as a result of the RHC Summit.  Establishing an RHC network, concern about the future of RHCs, patient centered medical homes, and rural health access and growth were among the excellent feedback we can use to chart our course for a stronger future for rural health,” Scott said.

 

“We are thrilled with the level of participation and interest at this inaugural RHC Summit.  An RHC Advisory Board is in the process of being developed and KORH is optimistic about the potential of the RHC Summit continuing as an annual event,” said Scott.

 

Shelia Bowling, billing supervisor at Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky, attended the summit and said it was “informative and helpful in topics that we are currently facing.”

 

The UK CERH serves as the federally designated Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH), which was established in 1991 as a framework to link small rural communities with local, state and federal resources while working toward long-term solutions to rural health issues. The KORH assists clinicians, administrators and consumers to find ways to improve communications, finances and access to quality health care while insuring that funding agencies and policy makers are made aware of the needs of rural communities.

 

Some of the programs available at the KORH include Kentucky’s Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex), a grant established to assist rural hospitals and improve access through critical access hospital (CAH) designation. Since the majority of CAHs have been converted, the Flex grant has evolved to support quality and performance improvement activities, financial improvement activities and the integration of emergency medical services (EMS) into rural healthcare systems.  

 

Other services of the KORH include the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant (SHIP), which provides funding to support quality improvement initiatives in small hospitals, and the Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program, which is a 50/50 matching program that increases availability of primary health care services through repayment of education loans to eligible health professionals practicing in health professional shortage areas.

 

To learn more about KORH services and technical assistance, visit www.kyruralhealth.org, or call 606-439-3557, or toll-free 855-859-2374.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Beth Bowling, beth.bowling@uky.edu, 606-439-3557, ext. 83545

 

UK Equine Farm and Facilities Expo is June 3

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 15:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 30, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host the 6th Annual Equine Farm and Facilities Expo from 4 to 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 3, at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center in Nicholasville, Ky. The event is free and open to the public and a meal will be provided.

 

“The expo is a great opportunity for any equine owner on any size farm to learn some of the latest information from all of the various equine industry companies and UK specialists,” said Nick Carter, Fayette County agriculture and natural resources extension agent.

 

UK specialists will provide hands-on instruction and lead informal demonstrations on parasite control, equine digestion, fencing options and sampling techniques for soil fertility and hay quality. Other highlights include weed control, vaccination protocol, nutrition, pasture management and farm safety.

 

“The expo will provide equine enthusiasts the chance to learn practical information that can be used on their own farms,” said Ray Smith, professor and forage extension specialist within the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “It’s a great way to learn about multiple topics in a single day.”

 

The Kentucky Equine Humane Center, 1713 Catnip Hill Road, provides treatment and shelter for unwanted equines, regardless of breed. Directions to the center are available at http://www.kyehc.org/Map_Directions.html.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Jackson Wells, 859-257-5164.

Four UK Students Receive Scholarships to Study Critical Languages

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 14:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 2, 2014) — Three University of Kentucky students and an alumnus have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships to study the Arabic, Japanese and Turkish languages abroad.

 

The Critical Language Scholarship Program, a program of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in 13 critical need foreign languages during the summer of 2014. The Critical Language Scholarship Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Program participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

 

The four UK recipients of Critical Language Scholarships are:

· marketing and media arts and studies sophomore Jordie Gamble, who will travel to Morocco for Arabic language studies;

· biology senior Naomi Hayes, who will travel to Japan for Japanese language studies;

· anthropology doctoral student Lydia Roll, who will return to Turkey for her second consecutive year of language coursework in Turkish; and

· 2013 Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce graduate Wade Wilson, who will travel to Jordan to study Arabic.

 

Honors Program member Jordie Gamble, a 2012 graduate of Christian Academy of Louisville, is the daughter of Lisa and Shannon Gamble of Louisville, Ky.

 

Gamble, who also plans to study abroad in Spain next fall, will use her Critical Language Scholarship in Arabic to strengthen her conversational skills and learn more about the culture. "I will bring my Arabic skills up to a fully conversational level that will increasingly open up the opportunities available to me. I will also gain valuable experience about living abroad and how to assimilate to new cultures gracefully, a lesson that will come in handy if I'm to become a viable player in the global marketplace."

 

The Global Scholar credits Nada Majzoub, her Arabic teacher in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages Literatures and Cultures, for her love of Arabic. "She helped inspire in me a love for the language while breaking it down into manageable portions. I'm so grateful to her," Gamble said.

 

Upon completion of her bachelor's degree, Gamble would like to work with a global nonprofit on marketing and promotional materials.


Honors Program member Naomi Hayes, a 2011 graduate of Louisville Male High School, is the daughter of Hiromi and Peter Hayes, of Louisville.

 

Hayes, who is also working on a Japanese minor at UK with her biology major, will use her Critical Language Scholarship to take intensive language classes in Himeji, Japan.

 

The choice to study Japanese is a very personal one for Hayes, who is president of the Japanese Culture in Kentucky Society. "I decided to study Japanese because even though my mother is Japanese herself, I am not able to speak the language fluently. I hope to reclaim some of my heritage by learning the language and culture. I also in general have an interest in Japan and its modern entertainment industry.  

 

Hayes hopes to one day be fluent in Japanese. Upon completion of her bachelor's degree, she would like to pursue graduate school in Japan.

 

This is the second Critical Language Scholarship awarded to Lydia Roll, daughter of Darla and Roger Pitman of Bloomington, Ind., and Michael and Cheryl Roll of Marathon, Fla. She will use the second scholarship to help prepare her for a year of living in Istanbul to complete her dissertation.  

 

"I conducted three weeks of preliminary dissertation fieldwork in Istanbul during May 2013. Additionally, I will conduct 12 months of dissertation research in Turkey, beginning in 2015. While there, I will engage in participant observation and ethnographic interviews with university students. For this reason, conversational Turkish language skills are essential. Participation in the Critical Language Scholarship Program will provide the opportunity to strengthen my Turkish language skills, thereby enabling me to conduct my research."


Roll, who holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University, became interested in studying Turkish after living in the International House at the University of Chicago while she was a master’s student at Loyola University. "At I-House, I was able to make friends from around the world, including a group of Turkish students, who over countless cups of tea and conversation, inspired my initial interest in studying Turkish."

 

At UK, Roll credits her advisor in anthropology, Diane E. King, with providing invaluable guidance, including the process of narrowing her research focus and crafting the application for the Critical Language Scholarship program.

 

Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Roll plans to become a university professor.

 

Wade Wilson, the son of Bill and Nancy Wilson of Owensboro, Ky., holds multiple degrees from UK. He earned his bachelor's degrees in accounting and economics and most recently received his master's degree from the UK Patterson School in December 2013. He will use the Critical Language Scholarship to advance his language skills in Arabic in Amman, Jordan.  

 

Studying a language critical to national security makes sense for an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who has seen U.S. foreign policy at work on the front line. "International relations and the American foreign policies that frame those relations have always been very interesting to me, especially after joining the military and experiencing the effects of our policies first hand," Wilson said.

 

Last year, Wilson studied Arabic at Yemeni College of Middle Eastern Studies in Sanaa, Yemen, with partial funding from the Patterson School. He hopes to continue his Arabic education after finishing his Critical Language Scholarship program, as well as studies in other foreign languages.

 

The Critical Language Scholarship Program provides fully funded, group-based intensive language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences for seven to 10 weeks for U.S. citizens who are undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students. During the summer program, participants will cover approximately one academic year of university-level language coursework. The application for the 2015 summer program will be available in the fall on the program website, http://clscholarship.org.

 

Students interested in applying for the Critical Language Scholarship and/or Boren Scholarships should contact Pat Whitlow, director of the UK Office of External Scholarships (OES). Part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, OES assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with OES well in advance of the scholarship deadline.

 

 

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

UK Playing a Role in 'Pitch' Competitions

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 14:37

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 30, 2014)  Imagine having five minutes to pitch your business idea to a group of investors who could make your dream come true. Sound like a reality show? It is reality, right here in Kentucky. And the University of Kentucky's Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, part of the Gatton College of Business and Economics, is playing a key role.

 

Earlier this week, Governor Steve Beshear announced the state will host eight regional pitch competitions this summer. Similar to the hit television show “Shark Tank,” these competitions will feature Kentucky entrepreneurs presenting their business ideas to a group of local angel investors, individuals who provide capital for startup companies. Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to present their business plans to the entire Kentucky Angel Investors Network (Kentucky Angels) in Frankfort.

 

“The next great idea can come from anyone,” said Gov. Beshear. “As a state, we need to support these visionaries and provide them the tools to turn their vision into a reality, including the financial means to get started. I look forward to seeing more small businesses and new jobs come to life as a result of these competitions.”

 

The competition is sponsored by the Office of Entrepreneurship within the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, along with the Kentucky Angels Network and the Kentucky Innovation Network. The events will take place in Ashland, Pikeville, Murray, Elizabethtown, Richmond, Covington, Lexington and Louisville.

 

“These regional events help form the foundation for a statewide network of entrepreneurs and investors working together to create new businesses and jobs across the Commonwealth,” said Dean Harvey, executive director of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship.

 

“Small businesses are job creators and the backbone of Kentucky’s economy,” said Mandy Lambert, acting commissioner of business development at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. “This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to network with potential investors and get their businesses off the ground. We want to expose more people to investment opportunities right here in the Commonwealth.”

 

The pitch competitions will make the following appearances:

 

Ashland: June 3, 2014, Ignite Accelerator, 1100 Greenup Avenue, 5-7 p.m.

 

Pikeville: June 10, 2014, Coleman College of Business, UPIKE, 5-7 p.m.

 

Murray: June 17, 2014, Heritage Hall, Murray State University, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

 

Elizabethtown: June 19, 2014, Brown-Pusey House, 128 North Main Street, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

 

Richmond: June 20, 2014, Central Bank Community Room, 350 West Main Street, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

 

Louisville: July 23, 2014, Greater Louisville Inc., 614 West Main St., Suite 6000, 4-5:30 p.m.

 

Lexington: Sept. 24, 2014, Commerce Lexington, 330 East Main St., Suite 100, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

 

Covington: TBD.

 

For more information on the competition, visit kyinnovation.com.

 

Last year, the cabinet successfully launched the Kentucky Angels Network. Kentucky Angels brings new ventures and accredited investors together via monthly online meetings, providing investors access to form deals and partnerships with entrepreneurs statewide. Membership is open to those accredited investors in and outside the state who are passionate about investing in Commonwealth companies. To learn more about Kentucky Angels, visit www.kyangels.net.

 

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200.

UK Google+ Ranked Fifth

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 13:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 30, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's Google+ account has been ranked fifth on the Most Influential Colleges on Google+ list created by CollegeAtlas.org published May 28.  

 

CollegeAtlas.org evaluated the social media efforts of major U.S. colleges and universities. The 2014 rankings focused on each school’s activity, reach and engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Instagram.  

 

"We were pleased to see an unusually broad set of colleges emerge as top performers in our social media rankings," said Branden Neish, general manager of CollegeAtlas.org. "These schools offer immersive collegiate experiences and fervent alumni groups that positively impact students throughout their lives. Social media helps us measure these difficult-to-quantify, yet important, aspects of higher education."

 

Using a data set, ranging from the number of Facebook likes to tweeting frequency, CollegeAtlas.org developed proprietary algorithms to generate top 20 lists for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, as well as Google+. From those lists the website also developed at top 30 list for the social media platforms combined.

 

CollegeAtlas.org teamed up with Shawndra Russell, a writer and social media educator for businesses, professionals and graduate students at Armstrong Atlantic State University, to analyze the top-performing colleges. Their findings are published as "A Study of Social Media in Higher Education."

 

The website anticipates its findings will be used by a wide variety of organizations to further develop their social media strategies, as well as by prospective students looking for colleges that offer tight-knit and supportive communities.

 

CollegeAtlas.org, which describes itself as the encyclopedia of higher education, aims to provide comprehensive and unbiased information about universities, degrees and academic programs. CollegeAtlas.org publishes rankings that help students make important higher education decisions. For nearly a decade, CollegeAtlas.org has been helping aspiring students and education-minded professionals make more informed choices by providing up-to-date information about college and higher education opportunities. More information is available at CollegeAtlas.org.

 

Other colleges joining UK in top five of the CollegeAtlas.org Google+ list are Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University and Columbia University.

 

To connect with UK online, visit the following social media outlets:

 

 

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

 

UK Arts Administration Group to Launch Kickstarter to Support Community Art Initiative

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 30, 2014) — A group of University of Kentucky arts administration students has taken a course project from the classroom to the community, launching an effort to bring art to Lexingtonians who need it the most. The group will begin seeking community support this weekend as they launch their own Kickstarter campaign June 1.

 

Art in Unlikely Places was founded by 17 students in an arts administration spring 2014 class under the guidance of UK Arts Administration Director of Undergraduate Studies Mark Rabideau. What began as a class project has grown into a fully functioning arts organization. Driven by the belief that creativity is the seed of hope, Art in Unlikely Places connects artists to those most in need of the transformative powers of the arts.

 

To support the development of the organization, the students were awarded a grant from the Michael Braun Endowment Fund, which awards projects and activities that enrich student knowledge of the arts administration profession and field.

 

The organization’s first project is Future Doors, launched with the belief that art by definition challenges the mind and emotions and refocuses our perspective of the world.

 

For the project, local artists were commissioned to create works of art on doors that reflect the mission of eight partner nonprofit organizations. These artworks serve as reminders of hope for the underserved of Lexington. Each door is on display at its respective nonprofit until June 25, at which time they will be auctioned off at the historic Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center. Proceeds from the auction will go to the artists and nonprofit organizations.

 

To help further support the Future Doors project and auction, Art in Unlikely Places will launch a Kickstarter campaign beginning June 1. Funding received through the campaign will be used for supporting the efforts of Art in Unlikely Places partner charitable organizations and future cultural and social entrepreneurial projects.

 

"For me, the real investment through Future Doors is empowering young people to see themselves as change-agents, leveraging their skills, knowledge, experience and passion toward providing hope for those most in need of the transformative powers of the arts," Rabideau said.

 

The Future Doors participating nonprofits and artists, including current UK students and alumni, are:

For more information about Art in Unlikely Places, visit the organization’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/artin.unlikelyplaces​, or contact Mark Rabideau, at mark.rabideau@uky.edu.

 

The Arts Administration Program at UK College of Fine Arts offers one of the most comprehensive curriculums in the country and the first online master's degree in the field at a public university. The program is designed to teach students the concepts, technologies and skills necessary to successfully direct an arts organization in a competitive and changing environment.

 

 

 

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

Lung Cancer Patients May Benefit from Innovative Informatics Project

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:15

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 30, 2014) -- A multidisciplinary team of doctors, researchers, and informaticists the University of Kentucky is working to improve identification of lung cancer patients who are eligible to participate in clinical trials for novel treatments.

 

Clinical trials are critical for advancing research into new and better treatments for patients, and the need for improved treatment of lung cancer is dire: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Its burden is especially significant in the Commonwealth, where rates of lung cancer incidence and mortality are the highest in the country. In Appalachian Kentucky, the situation is even worse, with incidence rates nearly twice the national rate.

 

Despite high rates of lung cancer, less than 1 percent of lung cancer patients enroll in clinical trials. This is partly due to the difficult and tedious business of identifying and recruiting patients who are eligible for trials, a task currently conducted by research staff who manually reviews patient information for a multitude of (often complex) eligibility factors. The process is time consuming and inefficient, with studies showing that manual identification can overlook up to 60 percent of eligible patients. Furthermore, patient eligibility can vary by study and change over time.

 

And, unfortunately, the severity of the disease also contributes to the exceptionally low rates of lung cancer patient enrollment in clinical trials. Lung cancer is often diagnosed so late that the median survival time is only eight months, leaving little time for patients to explore treatment options or for doctors to identify patients who are eligible for novel therapeutic interventions offered through clinical trials.

 

The combination of the burden of lung cancer in Kentucky and the urgency of identifying patients who are eligible for clinical trials motivated Dr. Eric Durbin and his team to devise a more efficient method for screening patient eligibility. Durbin, an assistant professor in the division of biomedical informatics at the UK College of Public Health, is the director of the Cancer Research Informatics Shared Resource Facility at the UK Markey Cancer Center and director of cancer informatics at the Kentucky Cancer Registry.

 

With pilot funding from the Kentucky Lung Cancer Research Program (KLCRP), Durbin and his team are leveraging the rich and unique electronic data sources managed by the UK Center Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), the UK Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (IPOP), the Markey Cancer Center,  and the Kentucky Cancer Registry (KCR), which is housed at UK, to design, develop, pilot, and evaluate an innovative, electronic informatics system to automatically identify patients who are eligible for clinical trials. The outcomes of the automated identification system will then be compared to those of the manual identification methods. If successful, the automated system could dramatically increase the speed, completeness, and efficiency of identifying patients for lung cancer clinical trials.

 

"The need for improvement was pretty obvious, and my colleagues and I thought it would be an ideal project for KLCRP pilot funding," said Durbin, who is the principal investigator on the project. "We're trying to leverage existing and new electronic data sources to improve the efficiency of the identification and recruitment process."

 

The pilot project will specifically focus on identification of eligible patients at the UK Markey Cancer Center. Due to its designation as National Cancer Institute, Markey offers unique clinical trials that are only available through NCI centers.

 

"Clinical trial recruitment is critically important to the Markey Cancer Center if we're going to get lifesaving therapeutics to our patients," said Dr. Susanne Arnold, associate professor in medical oncology and radiation medicine at the Markey Cancer Center and member of the project team. “It’s also how we make progress in cancer treatment.”

 

It is particularly important to identify and recruit clinical trial participants from the entire pool of eligible patients in order to remove any potential bias from the study results and to ensure that the findings are applicable to the general population. Additionally, under-recruitment in underserved populations, such as Kentucky's Appalachian residents, can be perceived as unequal access to the most cutting-edge treatments and technologies.

 

"We want to ensure that all patients have the opportunity to enroll in clinical trials," said Durbin.

 

The two-year project is currently in its seventh month, and the team is in the discovery phase of evaluating the multiple data sources and testing different query methods. In addition to using discrete data elements, such as lab values, the team is utilizing natural language processing methodology to incorporate more conceptual data, such as patient performance status, from the qualitative notes that doctors make in their medical records.

 

"We are combining discrete data elements with natural language processing approaches to extract complete information," said Durbin. "This is a very important area of informatics."

 

The objectives of the project align perfectly with the mission of the Kentucky Lung Cancer Research Program, who funded the project and whose mission is to reduce the burden of lung cancer in Kentucky.  

 

"A critical component to reducing this burden is clinical research," said Dr. Nathan Vanderford, assistant director for research at the Markey Cancer Center and the center's liaison to the Kentucky Lung Cancer Research Program.

 

"The potential to greatly improve enrollment in studies will ultimately translate into improved lung cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment in the future."

 

Vanderford recognizes the distinctive capacity of Durbin's team to capitalize on the robust data, expertise, and technology available at UK. In addition to the wealth of electronic health data at UK, the Kentucky Cancer Registry (KCR) is housed at the university by legislative mandate.  The KCR operates a population-based electronic pathology reporting system that captures 90 percent of all histologically confirmed cancer cases in Kentucky within days of diagnosis.

 

"We are very uniquely situated in terms of the data sources and technology we have at UK. And this team is uniquely skilled to do this project. They have a significant number of years of experience and are very familiar with all the data sources. We're very cutting edge in being able to apply all these different data sources to achieve our objective in a much better way," he said.

 

While the pilot project focuses specifically on lung cancer patients at Markey Cancer Center, the automated identification system could be easily applied to a broad range of cancers and other disease conditions in the future.

 

"What's really exciting about Dr. Durbin's study is that it has the potential to greatly improve clinical research not only in lung cancer but in other cancers and disease conditions as well," said Vanderford.

 

 

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

 

Book on Violence Against Women Examines Legislative Reforms and True Stories Behind Them

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 2, 2014) — For more than a century, Kentucky women have fought for the right to vote, to own property, to earn and control their wages, and to be safe at home and in the workplace. Tragically, many of them have been silenced by abuse and violence.

 

In "Violence Against Women in Kentucky: A History of U.S. and State Legislative Reform," Carol E. Jordan, executive director of University of Kentucky's Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women, gives Kentucky women — specifically victims of rape, domestic violence and stalking — a voice. Their stories punctuate her account of the struggles of advocates and legislators to bring legal protections to these Kentuckians. Written for those engaged in the anti-rape and domestic violence movements, legislators and policy makers, criminal justice and health care professionals, and anyone interested in the fight for women’s rights, "Violence Against Women in Kentucky" documents the legislative reform made, but also outlines the work yet to be done.

 

For local audiences wanting to hear more about the book, Jordan will be the featured guest on WUKY's "Curtains @ 8" beginning 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, on 91.3 FM.

 

In the book published by University Press of Kentucky, Jordan sets the stage with the suffrage and temperance movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From the passage of the 23rd amendment in 1920 granting women the vote, it was more than 40 years before a second women's reform movement began with a focus on economic justice and other freedoms. It was from that second wave of reform that the nation’s attention was first riveted on rape and domestic violence.

 

Jordan provides a decade-by-decade account, examining more than 100 bills covering rape, domestic violence and stalking that were passed by the Kentucky General Assembly. She begins with the creation of the Kentucky Commission on Women in 1970, passage of the rape shield law, marital rape, domestic violence reforms, and the state’s first anti-stalking legislation; and goes to recent legislation, including the 2010 passage of Amanda’s Law, which expanded the use of GPS tracking devices to protect victims of domestic violence. She also places Kentucky in a broader context by examining violence against women-related reform efforts across the nation.

 

More than just an explanation of legislation, however, "Violence Against Women in Kentucky" gives voice to Kentucky women and their advocates. Jordan recounts the story of Myrtle Whitaker, who was shot and paralyzed by her husband, who then killed their two sons before turning the gun on himself. She also tells the stories of advocates like Louisville lawyer Bonnie Brown, who was key to the passage of laws recognizing marital rape in Kentucky. At the heart of the book are elected officials like State Senators Georgia Davis Powers and Marshall Long; State Representatives Gerta Bendland Joni Jenkins; and many more, who championed reform, sometimes in the face of formidable opposition.

 

"Violence Against Women in Kentucky," however, is not merely a descriptive account of progress; it also serves as a guide for advocates throughout the nation. Policy makers in other states can learn from Kentucky’s successes and failures, and Jordan outlines specific legislative strategies that can be used. In addition, she notes work yet to be done, including an amendment of the Domestic Violence and Abuse Act to extend protective orders to cover dating couples. With an understanding of where we have been and where we need to go, victims of rape, domestic violence and stalking will hopefully have an even stronger voice in the future.

 

Carol E. Jordan is the executive director of the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women at UK College of Arts and Sciences and holds appointments in the departments of psychology and psychiatry. She is co-author of "Intimate Partner Violence: A Clinical Training Guide for Mental Health Professionals" and "Women and Victimization: Contributing Factors, Interventions, and Implications." She has also published more than 35 peer-reviewed articles on violence against women, heavily focused on civil and criminal justice reforms.

 

UK’s Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women (OPSVAW) works to shape the creation, implementation and evaluation of public policy to improve the lives of women harmed by violence and abuse. It is based in the UK College of Arts and Sciences and is affiliated with the Department of Psychology and the Department of Political Science. In addition to its policy work, the OPSVAW provides student support through the Women’s Empowerment Scholarship, the Mary Byron Graduate Fellowship, and other assistantships.

 

"Violence Against Women in Kentucky" is a Thomas D. Clark Medallion winner. The medallion is presented by the Thomas D. Clark Foundation, which was established in 1994 in honor of Thomas Clark, Kentucky’s historian laureate and founder of the University Press of Kentucky. Since 2012, the foundation has chosen one book that highlights Kentucky history and culture to be honored with a Clark Medallion. Previous medallion recipients are "Kentucky Government, Politics and Public Policy" and "The Hills Remember: The Complete Short Stories of James Still."

 

The University Press of Kentucky is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing an association that now includes all state universities, five private colleges, and two historical societies. Led by Director Stephen Wrinn, its editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.   

 

 

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

UK Connections Motivate Dr. and Dr. Dawson to Care for Kentuckians

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 14:36

 

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 29, 2014) — There are many families across campus, around the state and throughout the world that share deep University of Kentucky connections. 

 

Point of Care Ultrasound Director and Assistant Emergency Medicine Program Director Dr. Matthew Dawson and his wife Dr. Kristin Dawson, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow, are no exception.   The couple met at the William T. Young Library and married while attending the UK College of Medicine.  

 

But their connections run deeper still.  Watch the “Big Blue Family” video above to discover how their ties to UK were strengthened when their infant daughter Avery battled a sudden illness at Kentucky Children's Hospital and why they both have renewed motivation to serve their fellow Kentuckians. 

 

This video feature is part of a special new series produced by UKNow focusing on families who help make up the University of Kentucky community.   There are many couples, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters who serve at UK in various fields.   The idea is to show how UK is part of so many families’ lives and how so many families are focused on helping the university succeed each and everyday. 

  

Since the "Big Blue Family" series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If you know of a family who you think should be featured, please email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!

 

VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones, 859-257-1754, ext. 257, amy.jones2@uky.edu OR Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282, kody.kiser@uky.edu

 

 

UK Faculty Chosen to Present at SEC Symposium

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 14:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 29, 2014) -- University of Kentucky faculty members Lisa Cassis, chair of the Department of Pharmacology and interim UK vice president for research, and Alison Gustafson, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, are among the chosen participants for the the 2014 SEC Symposium in Atlanta, Sept. 21-23.  All 14 member universities of the Southeastern Conference will be represented by faculty and administrators at the symposium entitled Prevention of Obesity: Overcoming a 21st Century Public Health Challenge.

 

Obesity prevention and treatment are popular topics among media, lawmakers, health care professionals and others. And, while the subjects have gained attention during the past decade, the U.S. has not seen a significant reduction in population-level obesity rates over the same 10-year span. As a result, researchers at the SEC Symposium hope to identify ways to markedly reduce America’s obese and overweight populations, through prevention.

 

This year’s topics range from genetics, to technology and media, to environmental influences. The symposium is divided into eight sessions of formal presentations and includes informal breakout sessions intended to foster interaction and discussion among participants.

 

In addition to university presenters, there will also be two keynote speakers. Sunday, Sept. 21, Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association, will open the event. A second keynote address by Dr. Michael Lauer, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, will be held Monday, Sept. 22.

 

Established by SEC presidents and chancellors, the annual SEC Symposium is led by an SEC university and focuses on an issue of global interest. It also showcases the academic excellence and underscores the educational and economic contributions of the SEC’s members to the vitality of the Southeast region, nation and world.

 

The SEC Symposium is an academic conference-type event that also includes the SEC Presidents, Chancellors and Provosts Reception, poster exhibitions, and SEC University Showcase. To learn more about the 2014 SEC Symposium, go to SEC Symposium.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry (859) 323-2399 or allison.perry@uky.edu

Seasoned by Fire: UK Fire Cats Wrap Up Their First Wildfire Season

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 23:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 28, 2014) — On any given weekend, when smoke curled over the mountains, the University of Kentucky Fire Cats could get the call. That call to fight some of the state’s wildfires during the recent spring fire hazard season came pretty regularly this year. The Fire Cats’ inaugural fire season turned out to be a bad one.

 

Over the past 14 years, Kentucky has averaged about 1,500 fires and almost 56,000 acres burned each year. The state has two fire hazard seasons — spring and fall. This year’s spring fire hazard season alone, which ran from Feb. 15 through April 30, saw 1,171 fires burn 35,613 acres. There were plenty of opportunities for the young firefighters to learn the ropes.

 

Andrew Nielsen, one of the three Fire Cats squad leaders, came into the new program with more experience than most. For the past six years, he has battled blazes in Oregon, where the Kentucky native lived for awhile. But for many of the Cats, this season was their first. Trained by the U.S. Forest Service and employed by the Kentucky Division of Forestry, the students are receiving “a brilliant opportunity,” according to UK Department of Forestry Chair Terrell “Red” Baker.

 

“Not only do they get in a few extra hours and earn some money, but they get excellent hands-on training that enables them to find jobs in the summer that could ultimately lead to career opportunities,” Baker said.

 

Chris Osborne, manager of UK’s Robinson Forest in the southeastern part of the state, is the Fire Cats’ crew leader and the unofficial liaison between the group, the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the Daniel Boone National Forest, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. He explained that wildland fires in this part of the country are different than western fires, which often spread rapidly through the canopy, fueled by evergreens. In hardwood-dominated Eastern Kentucky, fires usually run across the ground’s surface, fueled by leaf litter or logging slash.

 

“That being said, there are conditions and times that fire activity in Eastern Kentucky can be extreme. There are fires where you’ll have one- to two-foot flame heights, but we do have some grass fires and other fuel types that can create some extreme fire activity with much higher flame fronts,” Osborne said.

 

One of the fires Nielsen and his squad helped extinguish was a slow 15-acre fire burning in mixed hardwood and leaf litter in Lee County.

 

“It had been skulking around on the ground for a day or so,” Nielsen said. “Out west that fire would have taken at least a day to get control of, where here, you get two people on a blower blowing all the leaves away and people burning behind it, and you’re pretty much around it…. It took maybe an hour and a half. It was that quick, which is amazing to me.”

 

MacKenzie Schaeffer, another squad leader, has been interested in fighting wildfires for a long time.

 

“I always thought it would be really cool to go out west and fight the big wildfires, but that’s a big step to take,” she said. “When they started offering this program, I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to find out if it’s something I really like or want to do when I graduate and make a career out of it. It’s been an awesome opportunity, and I’ve loved it.

 

Schaeffer recalled her first fire.

 

“We did a mop-up, which is where you walk back through and check the line to make sure nothing’s blown into it or across it to start a fire,” she said. “When you go through the training, there’s no actual fire, so we got to see things in action.”

 

To prevent a trailer backed up to grass from catching fire, Schaeffer’s squad got to dig the line and then set a backfire to run the flames away from the trailer and towards what had already burned.

 

“I like using the drip torch,” Schaeffer said and laughed.

 

The idea for the Fire Cats grew out of the Department of Forestry’s long relationship with the Daniel Boone National Forest, said E.J. Bunzendahl, forest assistant fire manager officer for the Daniel Boone. Since 2011, UK forestry students have had to take fire training as a mandatory course for their degree. The U.S. Forest Service, through Bunzendahl and her staff, facilitate the online version of the wildland firefighter training. Students spend between 40 and 60 hours completing the online portion of the class, which culminates in an eight-hour required field day that the Daniel Boone National Forest hosts.

 

“We have a participating agreement signed between the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and the Daniel Boone National Forest that says we’ll help each other; we’ll provide the class and they offer consultation assistance to us,” Bunzendahl said.

 

Alabama A&M University and Virginia Tech both field teams of student firefighters, so when Baker saw how interested his students were in taking the mandatory course, he considered fielding a team. He spoke with Dan Olsen, who at the time was director of fire and aviation management for the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service. Olsen brought Bunzendahl on board, who called the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

 

“On the Daniel Boone, we average less than 100 fires a year, and the Kentucky Division of Forestry averages about 1,500 or 1,600 fires a year,” Bunzendahl said. “If you want to get some experience, you’ll have a little more opportunity working for them than you will right here on the Boone. KDF was instrumental in getting this program off the ground.”

 

Leah MacSwords, state forester and director of KDF, gave the idea her approval and Mike Harp, assistant fire chief with the division, started making the arrangements to work with the UK students. KDF employs the students and has provided all their equipment. Both Harp and his supervisor, Luke Saunier, are graduates of the UK Department of Forestry, and they immediately saw the benefit to the students.

 

“When we both came into the Kentucky Division of Forestry, we were not prepared for the firefighting aspect,” said Harp, who graduated in 1996. “If I would have had this back in school, it could have really helped me understand things a bit better. I would have been ahead of the curve.”

 

The Fire Cats have helped KDF, too. Harp accompanied one of the squads on what he called a “somewhat complicated small 10-acre fire.”

 

“When I say complicated, it was because of the terrain,” he explained. “If I would have let the crews they had on-site at the time fight that fire, it probably would have taken two or two and a half hours to put it out. But with the UK Fire Cats there, with that added personnel, we knocked it out in probably half the time. They really made a difference up there.”

 

In Osborne’s eyes, it’s a win-win situation.

 

“So far, there’s been really positive interaction with these kids. They’ve asked really good questions, and they’re engaged, and they’ve been hardworking,” he said. “So far it’s been a great success.”

 

The 2014 UK Fire Cats include James Baunach, Andrew Hagerty and Andrew Nielsen, all from Louisville; Christopher Bullock from Winchester; Lexingtonians Austin Combs, William Ellis, Kristian Elswick and Taylor York; David Corr from Fort Thomas; Sam Cox from Riverside, Illinois; Tyler Frame, from Maysville; William McCormick from Inez; Cody Pyles from Monticello; Josh Robinson from Elizabethtown; MacKenzie Schaeffer, Derwood, Maryland; and Richard Tamer from Shelbyville, who was the third squad leader.

Walker's Talents Range From Writing to Dancing

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 17:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 28, 2014) — Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker was recently honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) as the recipient of the 2014 Honor Book for Poetry for his “Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers: Poems.” The 2014 BCALA Literary Awards recognize excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction by African-American authors published in 2013.

 

“This honor is extra special to me because of the reverence I have for libraries and librarians,” Walker said. “When I was a kid I wanted to grow up and drive the bookmobile. Recently, the Boyle County Public Library made my dream come true. They let me drive their bookmobile to a local school where I read to a classroom of young students.”

 

Earlier this year, Walker, associate professor of English at the University of Kentucky, was awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry for "Turn Me Loose."

 

“Turn Me Loose” recounts the assassination of 1963 civil rights leader Medgar Evers with haunting poetry, all told through the eyes of those who loved and hated him the most, including Byron De La Beckwith, the white supremacist who murdered Evers. Listen online to Walker reading from his work on a radio program produced by Lexington's NPR affiliate, WUKY 88.1 FM, at http://wuky.org/unghosting-medgar-evers.

 

Walker and his wife Taunya Walker recently won the Rotary Club of Lexington’s Dancing with the Lexington Stars. The event will be telecast at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 1, on WTVQ-TV, Lexington.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Gail Hairston, gail.hairston@uky.edu, 859-257-3302

New Security System Helps Fight Crime at UK

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 16:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 28, 2014)  ̶̶  Installation of the University of Kentucky's new high-tech security system began last summer, and now  ̶ ̶̶  nearly a year later  ̶ ̶  it has become a major crime fighting weapon for UK Police

 

Part of the new system involves strategically placed cameras throughout UK's campus  ̶  208 exterior cameras now and more expected over time. The cameras are useful for investigation of serious crimes and injury accidents; monitoring special events; monitoring severe weather issues; and observing crowd behavior at events. Already these cameras have proved vital for investigating numerous criminal cases and have been credited with swiftly solving and making arrests in three felony cases.

 

UK Police Chief Joe Monroe says the felony cases involved outdoor chairs stolen from the Main Building Plaza; an armed robbery that occurred on South Limestone; and most recently, arson of a car in the Commonwealth Stadium parking lot.

 

In the case of the arson, cameras clearly caught the crime on video, which immediately identified the vehicle in which the suspects were riding.  Other cameras were able to capture video of the car at different points on campus after it left the scene. UK Police released a video screen-shot photo of the car in question to the public, and within hours two subjects turned themselves in, Monroe said. Interrogation of those suspects led to a third suspect, and all were arrested within 25 hours of the incident.

 

Four main components are integrated into the computerized security system:

·         Video monitoring system that required installation of the cameras on campus;

·         Access control system into buildings;

·         Consolidation of ID badge operations for student and employee access to buildings; 

·         Implementation of an early warning notification system

 

In the case of the armed robbery, Monroe said a number of these components came into play.

 

"When the crime was reported, emergency notifications were delivered over loudspeakers and to all voice-over IP phones to notify the campus community of the immediate threat," Monroe said. "The remote emergency lockdown of nearby buildings functioned properly, and the cameras captured valuable evidence that led to the quick apprehension of the suspects.

 

"This sophisticated security system has become a major tool for our criminal response and investigative purposes. It has allowed us to respond to crimes quicker and increased our evidence capability, resulting in the rapid apprehension of criminals. Overall, this system is helping decrease crime on campus."

 

The exterior notification loudspeakers are part of the towers where the exterior cameras are mounted. The loudspeakers and voice-over Internet protocol (IP) phone notification are in addition to the UK Alert system that already warns the campus community via email, text and phone in the event of severe weather or a criminal act that threatens the campus and requires immediate action.

 

Also, several buildings now have automatic locks that allow UK Police to lock the buildings remotely.  Among those are the residence halls built since 2005, the Main Building, Patterson Office Tower, Student Center, W.T. Young Library, White Hall Classroom Building, Funkhouser building, Chemistry-Physics building, Thomas Hunt Morgan Biological Sciences building and the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. 

 

The UK community can expect more facets of the security system in the future.  More buildings will be fitted for remote access; more outdoor and indoor video cameras will be installed; software will be implemented to provide emergency notification to all desktop computers on campus; and UK Police will be able to provide virtual patrol of campus to enhance its current patrol via police car and bicycle.

 

"Have no doubt that safety is a priority at the University of Kentucky," Monroe said. "We have a highly trained, certified police force working with a state-of-the-art electronic security system to provide the safest environment possible for our students, employees, alumni and visitors."

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Kathy Johnson, kathy.johnson@uky.edu, 859-257-3155

Mock Recognized for Support of Equal Opportunity

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 13:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 29, 2014) — Robert Mock Jr., University of Kentucky vice president for student affairs, recently received the Wendell Thomas Award from the Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education (KABHE).

 

The 15th recipient of this annual award, Mock was recognized for his endeavors to promote the cause of African Americans in higher education and for his commitment to promoting equal opportunity. The award recipient was selected by the KABHE executive board and presented at the organization’s annual conference.

UPK Shares Story of the Man Behind the Cake Mix

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 10:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 28, 2014) — Mention the name “Duncan Hines” to most Americans today and they will undoubtedly conjure the image of a cake mix package. With fictitious advertising characters like Betty Crocker and Otis Spunkmeyer, no one can blame them if they fail to recognize the significance of the man for whom the cake mix is named. In "Duncan Hines: How a Traveling Salesman Became the Most Trusted Name in Food," University Press of Kentucky author Louis Hatchett, delves into the life of the food pioneer, from his upbringing in Bowling Green, Ky., where his Grandma Duncan taught him to appreciate the art of good cooking, to his lucrative licensing deal with Proctor & Gamble.

 

The forerunner of American restaurant critics, Hines realized his passion while working as a traveling salesman in the 1920s and 1930s. There were no chain restaurants and finding a quality place to eat on the road was often difficult and posed serious hazards that we rarely concern ourselves with today. Hatchett follows Hines’ culinary road trips across 20th-century America as he discovered restaurants, sampling everything from fine wine in the St. Regis Hotel in New York to tamale pie at the Melody Lane restaurant in Los Angeles. Hines offered his recommendations to readers in the best-selling "Adventures in Good Eating" (1935).

 

He went on to compile classic cookbooks, including "Adventures in Good Cooking" and "The Dessert Book," both of which have been rereleased to coincide with the biography. He included recipes from some of his favorite restaurants, dishes collected from his family, and his own creations which often used innovative ingredients he encountered in his journeys. Several even served as the basis for many of the mixes that later bore his name on grocery store shelves across the country.


Not only did Hines write about where and what to eat, he wrote about how to eat as well. He transformed the act of eating into an art form, asking people to taste their food instead of gulping it down “like an old hound dog in Kentucky.” Hatchett also chronicles Hines’ crusade to keep Americans who enjoyed the adventure of eating at restaurants safe and healthy. Hines lobbied for better-educated restaurant employees, and in 1943, the Duncan Hines Foundation was founded. It offered scholarships to students in hotel and restaurant management programs and was one of numerous projects he developed to promote restaurant sanitation across the country.

 

Duncan Hines is more than just a brand name — he was a fiercely independent businessman who could not be bought at any price. Hines was determined at all costs to protect the integrity of his reputation because he recognized its value and what it meant to the millions who placed their faith in him. Hatchett tells the story of an average man who came to America’s attention, gained their trust, and because of it, became an American icon. Hines paved the way for today’s celebrity foodies such as Guy Fieri and Anthony Bourdain and inspired Americans to fall in love with food from across the nation and recreate it in their own kitchens at home.
 

The University Press of Kentucky is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing an association that now includes all state universities, five private colleges, and two historical societies. Led by Director Stephen Wrinn, its editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.  

 

Recipes from Duncan Hines’ two cookbooks include:

Chicken with Rice (Serves 4 to 6)
Ingredients:
4 lb. chicken
1 onion—minced
1 tablespoon parsley
2 whole cloves
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup tomato sauce
2 cups soup stock
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
Cut chicken into pieces. Braise onion, parsley, cloves, and butter with chicken for a few minutes. Add tomato sauce and soup stock to mixture and let simmer until done. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with cooked rice.
Pilot Butte Inn, Bend, Oregon

Pennsylvania Dutch Cheese Pie
Ingredients:
4 eggs
½ lb. cottage cheese
½ lb. sugar
1 tablespoon flour
Pinch of salt
A little lemon and vanilla flavoring
1 10-inch unbaked pie shell
Directions:
Separate egg yolks and whites. Press the cottage cheese through a sieve. Cream together the cottage cheese, sugar, egg yolks, flour, salt and flavoring. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into mixture. Bake in unbaked pie shell in 400° oven for 25-30 minutes.
Hotel Brunswick, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

 

 

 

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

UK Students Named Fulbright Recipients

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 16:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 27, 2014) — University of Kentucky Office of External Scholarships has announced that four UK students have been selected as recipients of Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships. The UK recipients are among approximately 1,800 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2014-2015 academic year through the prestigious program.

 

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the U.S. also provide direct and indirect support.

 

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

 

The UK students awarded Fulbright grants for graduate study, research or teaching assistantships are:

 

Hannah Christine Drake, the daughter of Elizabeth and John Drake, of Frankfort, Ky., received her bachelor's degree in political science from UK on May 10. Drake also has a minor in Spanish. The UK graduate, who previously participated in the English Language Learner program at a local elementary school, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA), which will allow her to teach English in Macau for one year.

 

Drake, who previously studied abroad in Seville, Spain, and traveled to many parts of Europe and North Africa, chose to apply for the assistantship in Macau to push herself out of her comfort zone.

 

"Given my Spanish-speaking abilities and my minor in the Spanish language, it seemed natural to return to Spain or another Spanish-speaking country in South America. However, these options seemed a little too safe and familiar. Many aspects led me to choose to apply to Macau, including my desire to learn Cantonese and the interesting fusion of Portuguese and Chinese cultures present in the region. There is a deep and complex history in this region of the world," Drake said.

 

While in Macau, Drake hopes to serve as an ambassador both in and outside of the classroom. "I plan to engage myself locally in Macau through local shelters, particularly women and children's shelters, and food banks during my time outside class."

 

Upon completion of her Fulbright ETA Assistantship, Drake plans to attend UK College of Law. In the future, she would like to pursue a career with an international nonprofit group that satisfies her passion for service, the law and international affairs.

 

Chia Hong, the daughter of Fang Du and Boi Hong, of Lexington, received her bachelor's degree in psychology and international studies from UK on May 10. Hong, who was a UK Honors Program member, received a Fulbright ETA which will allow her to teach English in Taiwan for one year.

 

"Not only will I teach English in an elementary school, but I will also get the opportunity to immerse myself in Taiwanese culture and develop my Chinese language skills. I will also serve as a cultural ambassador, helping to foster mutual understanding between Americans and people in Taiwan," Hong said.

 

Working with elementary students in Taiwan won't be a shock for Hong who studied elementary students as part of undergraduate research she participated in at UK. "I worked with Dr. Christia Brown on a research project examining the development of Latino elementary students' ethnic identity and perceptions of discrimination across school contexts, as well as its effects of academic outcomes."

 

In addition to Brown's research, Hong has also served as a research assistant in the lab of Richard Milich, a Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Psychology, who research includes story comprehension interventions for children with ADHD.

 

Upon completion of her Fulbright ETA Assistantship, she plans to attend graduate school for psychology.

 

Tanner Jones, the son of Curtis and Suzanne Jones, of Lexington, received his bachelor's degree in vocal performance from UK in 2009. A current doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at UK School of Music, Jones will use his Fulbright grant to travel to Jeju Island, South Korea, to research the music of Jeju's shamanic rituals.

 

Jones, the son of music educators, has always been fascinated by world music and has played and/or studied music from Korea, China, Thailand and Indonesia, as well as bluegrass and old time music from America. His studies with Donna Kwon, assistant professor of ethnomusicology, helped build his interest in Korean music.

 

"After I graduated with my bachelor's degree, I was encouraged by my professor, Dr. Kwon, to travel to South Korea. There, I became even more entranced by the music that Dr. Kwon had previously introduced to me, and I decided to return to pursue a degree in ethnomusicology so that I might continue to study the music of the world," Jones said.

 

After completing his doctoral degree, Jones would like to teach ethnomusicology at the collegiate level. "My dream job would be finding a school with little or no world music instruction, where I would be able to build up a program that could expose students to new and different ideas from other cultures, and hopefully spark a similar love for different musical cultures."

 

Ryan Voogt, the son of Donald and Jean Voogt of Hilbert, Wis., holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Calvin College and a master's degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies from University of Michigan. A current doctoral candidate in history at UK Department of History, Voogt will use his Fulbright grant to complete his dissertation research in Romania. Joining him in Romania will be his wife, Dr. Shannon Voogt, a family medicine doctor and assistant professor of family and community medicine, and daughters Esther and Edith.

Voogt's interest in Romania was sparked during his undergraduate years. "I went on two college wind ensemble tours of Eastern Europe and eventually volunteered two times in Romania for several months. These experiences vastly increased my fascination with the region, languages, peoples and their history."

 

Upon completion of his doctoral degree, Voogt would like to teach at the collegiate level. "I hope to finish my dissertation over the next couple of years and find a teaching position at a liberal arts college, ideally in the Bluegrass region."

 

In addition to the university's four students awarded Fulbright grants, one other UK student was named as an alternate for a Fulbright grant. UK's alternate is Danielle Boucher, a 2012 Spanish graduate and former Honors Program member from Bowling Green, Ky., considering teaching English in the Dominican Republic.

 

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 325,400 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education and athletics and won such prestigious honors as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Foundation Award and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education. For further information about the Fulbright Program, visit the website http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

 

UK students who are U.S. citizens can apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships through the university’s Office of External Scholarships (OES). Students interested in applying for a Fulbright should contact Pat Whitlow, director of OES. Part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, OES assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with OES well in advance of the scholarship deadline.

 

 

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

New Director of Center for Research on Violence Against Women on 'UK Perspectives'

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 23, 2014) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today's program features Diane Follingstad, new director of UK’s Center for Research on Violence Against Women.

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/inside-uks-center-research-violence-against-women.

 

"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.

Love of Language, Love of Arts Go Hand in Hand

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 27, 2014) — The relationship has never been made official, but everyone knows that languages and the arts are an item. As the story goes, the two got together sometime around the fall of Babel, and they’ve been inseparable ever since.

 

For Jan-Piet Knijff, Agata Grzelczak and Gonzalo Hernández Baptista, three University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences graduate students who know multiple languages and treasure a passion for the arts, this relationship is an enduring one.

 

Knijff was prepared to study classics in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, almost 30 years ago. A last-minute switch to study music at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, a specialized music university, led him to an international career as an organ and harpsichord player.

 

Knijff moved to New York in 1999, where he earned a doctorate of musical arts at City University of New York and taught music history, theory and performance at various universities. He later began teaching Latin at a community college in Connecticut, refreshing his knowledge of not only Latin, but also Greek.

 

“When I knew I wanted a degree in classics, I really wanted to do it at the University of Kentucky and only at UK because of the active Latin component,” explained Knijff.

 

Knijff is currently in the classics doctoral program, where his research interests include Latin music terminology as well as recent Latin translations of Dutch children’s books.

 

“At the end of the day, I think my interest in classics has broadened me as a person, and my music can only benefit from that. So, I really think both disciplines benefit from each other. It's getting a bit complex career-wise, but I don't think I could live without teaching in both areas somehow,” Knijff said.

 

While Knijff has already begun his career, Agata Grzelczak is just getting started, but she represents a true polyglot, speaking Polish, English, French and Spanish.

 

Grzelczak grew up and lived in Poland for 25 years and was immersed in multiple languages at a very young age as a result of her mother teaching German. Her interest in film began early on, as well. After attending a film festival at the age of 14 in which she was a member of the student jury, her interest in film took flight. “I wanted to find a way to research it, to study it,” Grzelczak said.

 

For her master’s thesis at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, she utilized her knowledge of multiple languages to study film by examining subtitle translations of a Spanish film into Polish and English. Now, at UK, she plans to research Argentinian film as she pursues her doctorate in Hispanic Studies.

 

“I watched a comedy from Argentina and the accent interested me most,” explained Grzelczak. “It’s a little bit like French and Spanish combined; I really love it because of that.”

 

Gonzalo Hernández Baptista is also a doctoral student in Hispanic Studies whose relationship with languages and the arts impacts his understanding, especially in literature.

 

Baptista grew up in the small city Castilla la Mancha in Spain, the city of Don Quixote. He later moved to Italy for nine years and became fluent in Italian.

 

Baptista left his job as department head of Italian Sección Española at the University of Turin in Italy to pursue his passions of studying sudden fiction, a genre of short story composed of around 200 words. He plans to concentrate his studies on the surrealist period and the notion of playing with perspectives.

 

Baptista also writes his own sudden fiction, and his language fluency in Spanish and Italian allows him to write in both languages. “When you write, you have to swim inside the language,” he said. “Otherwise, you are not free of expressing yourself.”

 

For Knijff, Grezelczak and Baptista, the merging of languages and arts assures that the perfect love story continues. 

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302, gail.hairston@uky.edu

Annual Markey Research Day Showcases Cancer Research

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 23, 2014) – The future looks bright for cancer research in Kentucky – on May 22, the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center held its annual Markey Cancer Center Research Day, highlighting the work of UK students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty from the past year.

 

As the cancer center has grown, Markey’s research programs have become even more robust, helping propel the center into becoming the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center.

 

“The NCI is pretty much all about research – it’s a huge part of what they’re looking for when they award the designation,” said Markey Cancer Center Director Dr. Mark Evers.

 

Research Day not only provides an opportunity for investigators to showcase their work, it also helps educate researchers about other ongoing projects at UK that they may not have known about before – and this often leads to new, fruitful collaborations for future research projects. Kathleen O’Connor, Markey’s associate director for cancer education, notes that providing opportunities for researchers to discuss their work with others is key for growth and improvement.

 

“If we don’t communicate the research that we do, then there’s no point in us doing it,” said O’Connor, who has been tasked with planning Markey Research Day for the past five years. “What we need to do is talk about our research, translate our research, and learn about opportunities to collaborate.”

 

Evers, who arrived at UK in 2009 with the goal of molding Markey into an NCI-designated cancer center within five years, agrees.

 

“It gives our students, fellows and faculty an opportunity to present their latest work, and it’s also turned out to be a great venue for collaboration,” Evers said. “Because even though we’re a very collaborative, collegial university, sometimes people working across the street don’t know about each other’s research. This gives them the opportunity to see what else is going on.”

 

This year’s event featured 141 posters; one student and two postdoctoral fellow oral presentations; and faculty oral presentations from Jon Thorson, Vivek Rangnekar, Mary Vore, and Mark Dignan, co-leaders of the four major research programs at Markey. Additionally, Evers presented his annual State of the Cancer Center Address and Dr. Harold Varmus, Nobel Laureate and director of the National Cancer Institute, gave the Susan B. Lester Memorial Lecture.

 

 

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The event finished with an award ceremony. Awards were presented in two different categories - basic science and clinical science - for both graduate and postdoctoral fellows. A Researcher's Choice Award was also presented, based on a popular vote by people who attended Research Day.

 

The winners are:

 

Graduate Basic Science

 

First place: Wei Zhang

 

Second place: Hedy Chawsheen

 

Postdoctoral Basic Science

 

First place: Jin Dai

 

Second place: Stuart Jarrett

 

Graduate Clinical Science

 

First place: Sally Ellingson

 

Second place: Shaoying Wang

 

Postdoctoral Clinical Science

 

First place: Rachel Stewart

 

Second place: Pallavi Sethi

 

Researcher's Choice Award

 

Winner: Emil Khisamutdinov

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry (859) 323-2399 or allison.perry@uky.edu

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