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Apply to be May Undergraduate Commencement Speaker by Friday

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 16:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — Keeping with UK tradition, an undergraduate student will be selected to speak at each of two undergraduate Commencement ceremonies, which will take place at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in Rupp Arena.


Students interested in speaking must submit their applications by 4 p.m. Friday, March 27.


A Commencement Speaker Selection Committee will determine which students will have the honor of addressing their fellow graduates. Applications are available online at


To be considered, applicants must be receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky at the May 9 Commencement Ceremony. Additionally, the applicants must have contributed to UK through campus or community activities and through their fields of study. Applicants must also demonstrate strong public speaking skills.


Undergraduate students who wish to apply must submit a resume, information sheet and a copy of their proposed speech no longer than three typed, double-spaced pages. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the selection committee.


The committee may contact any applicant for a 15 minute interview and speech demonstration for the following week.


All graduates should register for Commencement at


For information regarding caps and gownsparking and travel,  college receptions or other questions, visit the Commencement website.




Livestream: Transportation Master Plan Forums

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 16:40





LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2015) — Sasaki and Associates, the consulting firm developing the Transportation Master Plan, will return to the University of Kentucky campus today for the second round of public forums.


The UK campus is encouraged to provide feedback and ask questions about this important initiative.


Two forums will take place at the following times and locations:

  • 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Pavilion A Auditorium in the Chandler Hospital 
  • 1-2:30 p.m. in the Student Center Room 230

Both forums will also be livestreamed on UKNow.


The UK Transportation Master Plan (TMP) aims to improve access and mobility to, from, and around campus for all members of the UK community.


Sasaki will present preliminary transportation solutions for the campus community to consider. These concepts are highly informed by feedback the university received from the first round of public forums, which took place in January, as well as through the "send us your feedback" feature on the EVPFA website, and from the TMP online survey which yielded nearly 4,800 responses. 


"The feedback that we receive at these March forums will continue to shape the recommendations that ultimately result in the Transportation Master Plan," Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday said.  


Videos of the January forums as well as Monday's responses to recurring questions from audience members are available here.


The TMP aligns with the UK Campus Master Plan — the blueprint for UK's campus transformation that‘s allowing it to become a national model for a thriving, public residential research campus. 


"It is also a time when campus engagement is crucial," Monday said. "We want to receive your input and feedback on the challenges facing the university in terms of transportation, parking and mobility."




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UK Men's Chorus, Women's Choir Spring into Concert

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 16:22


UK Women's Choir singing "Pie Jesu" at Ely Cathedral. A transcription of this video can be found here


LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — As the University of Kentucky's Women’s Choir prepares for their summer tour to Spain and the Men’s Chorus returns to their home stage fresh off their heralded performance at the American Choral Director’s Association National Convention in Salt Lake City, the ensembles will come together in a concert of mutual commendation and celebration. The UK Women's Choir and Men's Chorus Spring Concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.


"Gaudete" performed by the UK Men's Chorus. Video courtesy of American Choral Directors Association. A transcript of this video can be seen here.


At the spring concert, the UK Men’s Chorus will perform a variety of works including the medieval Irish chant “Christus Resurgens,” Richard Burchard’s “Tenebrae” and guest conductor and UK doctoral candidate J.D. Frizzell’s composition “i thank you God for most this amazing day” based on a poem by E. E. Cummings. A composer, conductor and baritone, Frizzell is the director of Fine Arts and director of Vocal Music at Briarcrest Christian School.


The concert will also include selections sung by the UK Women’s Choir from Spanish composers to celebrate their trip to Spain in June 2015. Among the works to be performed will be “Gloria” by Ola Gjeilo and “O Magnum Mysterium” by Tomás Luis de Victoria.


In addition to the Men’s Chorus and Women’s Choir, the a cappella groups acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen will also perform.


The UK Women’s Choir, directed by Lori Hetzel, is a select ensemble composed of more than 100 of the school’s most talented female voices. The singers, ranging from freshmen to graduate students, represent a variety of musical backgrounds and academic disciplines. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature spanning from Gregorian chant to eight-part music of the 21st Century. With an emphasis on music by female composers, the ensemble performs works of many different languages and compositional forms. The UK Women’s Choir has achieved many distinguished honors and performed in countless venues worldwide.


The UK Men’s Chorus, directed by Jefferson Johnson, is a 90-voice ensemble composed of students who range from freshmen to graduate students. The young men represent a variety of musical backgrounds and academic disciplines. Founded in fall 2002, the Men’s Chorus has grown in size and popularity each semester. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature that spans from Gregorian chant to music of the 21st century. Rehearsing only twice weekly, the Men’s Chorus maintains an active performing schedule throughout the state of Kentucky, touring each semester.


Tickets for the UK Women's Choir and UK Men's Chorus Spring Concert are $10 for general admission. The tickets may be purchased via the Singletary Center ticket office online, by phone at 859-257-4929, or in person at the ticket office.


UK Choirs are a part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The choral ensembles have garnered international attention with appearances at Carnegie Hall (New York City), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Mormon Tabernacle (Salt Lake City), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), St. Peter’s Basilica (Rome, Italy) and St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Vienna, Austria). 


For more information on the concert, contact Evan Pulliam, administrative assistant for UK Choirs, at             



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Old Internet Browsers No Longer Supported at UK

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 16:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — University of Kentucky Analytics and Technologies' (UKAT) security team works daily to protect the university and its computer users from security threats. As part of this ongoing effort, effective March 27, 2015, Internet browsers using only SSLv3 protocol will be unable to access university Web pages. 


So, what does that mean for users? 


Very old browser versions, such as Internet Explorer version 5, will no longer be able to connect to University of Kentucky web pages. A list of supported browsers is listed below. If you have an older, unsupported browser, it will need to be updated to a supported version in order to access University of Kentucky Web pages.


Supported browsers include:


  • Google Chrome                              - Any version
  • Google Chrome for Android           - Any version
  • Mozilla Firefox                                - Any version
  • Internet Explorer                            - Version 7 or higher
  • Internet Explorer Mobile                 - Any version
  • Opera                                             - Version 5 or higher
  • Safari                                              - Any version
  • Safari Mobile                                   - Any version


If you have questions, please contact your department/college technology professionals or call the UKAT Service Desk at 859-218-HELP (4357).




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UK, Department of Education to Recognize Nine High School Women for Computing Achievements

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 15:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the University of Kentucky, the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) and the Department of Education Student Technical Leadership Program (STLP) Program will recognize nine high-school women for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology. The award event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Rupp Arena. 


The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is a program of the National Center for Women and Information Technology, a coalition of over 450 universities, corporations and organizations dedicated to increasing the meaningful participation of women in computing. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to acknowledge the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field, and generate visibility for women’s participation in computing-related pursuits. Award-winners have been selected for their outstanding aptitude and interest in computing and desire to pursue computing-related studies of occupations. The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program is sponsored nationally by AT&T, Bank of America, Bloomberg and Microsoft with additional support from Google, Intel, Motorola Solutions Foundation and Northrop Grumman.


The Kentucky area 2015 winners are:

  • Taylor Bowman, Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, Bowling Green
  • Anika Singh, Eastern High School, Louisville
  • Sarah Schwartz, Dupont Manual High School, Louisville
  • Cejay Moore, South Warren High School, Bowling Green
  • Hannah Bewley, Mercy Academy, Louisville
  • Ceceley Ford, Monroe County High School, Thompkinsville
  • Rachael Buckel, Mercy Academy, Louisville
  • Taryn Rauenzahn, West Jessamine High, Nicholasville - Runnerup

"These awards are very important as they honor young high school women for their computing-related achievements," said Sue Scheff, co-chair of the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project. "We strive to increase girls' interest in the STEM fields, especially computer science where in 2012 only 18 percent of computer and information science undergraduate degrees nationally were awarded to women."


UK, the Kentucky Department of Education STLP and the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is a collaborative effort by dedicated volunteers. Find out more at


For information on the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project contact Sue Scheff,

UK Law Professor Inducted into American College of Bankruptcy

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 14:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — Recognized for his contribution to the insolvency field and service to the profession and his community, Christopher Frost, University of Kentucky Thomas P. Lewis Professor of Law, was recently inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.


The American College of Bankruptcy is an honorary and educational association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals. Fellows are selected by invitation only, based on the highest standard of professionalism, ethics, character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership in contributing to the enhancement of bankruptcy and insolvency processes; sustained evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing or writing on bankruptcy or insolvency; and commitment to elevate knowledge and understanding of the profession and public respect for the practice.


Frost joins 852 other professionals as fellows in the college. Together with its affiliated foundation, the college is the largest financial supporter of bankruptcy and insolvency-related pro bono legal service programs in the United States.


“The College of Bankruptcy is actively involved in the improvement of the bankruptcy system through their pro bono and educational activities. I am excited to have an opportunity to work with this group of outstanding professionals," Frost said.


Since 1998, Frost has been a faculty member in the UK College of Law. His areas of instruction and research include contracts, bankruptcy, commercial law and corporate finance. Before joining the UK College of Law, he practiced bankruptcy and commercial law with the firm of Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago until joining the law faculty of Saint Louis University. During this time, he was also a visiting professor at the University of Illinois College of Law and at the UK College of Law.


Frost earned a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Kentucky in 1983 and graduated from the College of Law in 1986, where he served as articles editor for the Kentucky Law Journal and was elected to Order of the Coif.


His articles on corporate reorganizations have been published in journals including the Hastings Law Journal, the North Carolina Law Review, the Arizona Law Review and the Tulane Law Review.


A board member of the Fayette County Bar Association, Frost is also board chair of the Kentucky Equal Justice Center and on the advisory board for Child Advocacy Today. Additionally, Frost is a contributing editor to the Bankruptcy Law Letter and member of the Lexington Fayette Urban County's Financial Policy Advisory Group.




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MRI-Compatible Incubator Ensures Safety of Newborns, Supports Pediatric Research

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — Neonatologists at Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH) recently acquired an incubator compatible with magnetic resonance technology (MRI) to examine brain development and injuries in newborns.


The addition of the MR Diagnostics Incubator System nomag IC will allow KCH neonatologists to visualize the brain structures of high-risk infants born before 25 weeks of gestation, as well as infants who suffered from oxygen deprivation, also known as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, before delivery.


The state-of-the-art incubator will prevent the need for sedation in newborns, who are already susceptible to hypothermia and other complications that could exacerbate their conditions. As a benefit for the neonatal intensive care unit staff, the incubator, which custom fits into the MRI machine, will simplify the process of transporting an infant.


The UK Division of Neonatology specializes in caring for the smallest and most fragile newborn babies, some of them weighing less than 700 grams. UK has the only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit - the highest level for the most complex care - in the region and last year had nearly 900 patient admissions. The division offers a well-developed and comprehensive clinical care service and a rapidly growing research program.


While most premature infants will not need an MRI right away, Dr. Peter Giannone, chief of the Division of Neonatology and vice chair of Pediatric Research, said conducting MRIs on extremely premature babies prior to discharge is becoming a standard of practice in major medical centers specializing in care for these patients.


The incubator will also serve an important function enabling the collection of data for an ongoing study within the UK Department of Pediatrics, which is investigating the developmental implications of brain bleeds commonly diagnosed in premature babies.


"We will be able to put the baby in the incubator, connect specially designed monitoring equipment, and take the baby down to the MRI, with the anticipation of doing the MRI without sedation," Giannone said. "This will be a much safer way to do MRIs on our babies."


Giannone and John Bauer, Ph.D, a researcher in the Department of Pediatrics, are leading a randomized placebo-controlled trial looking at whether the delayed clamping of the umbilical cord at birth can improve blood flow to the brain and reduce the risk of brain lesions in the earliest premature babies. The research trial is supported by a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


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Second Phase of Stadium Blue Lot Parking Losses Delayed

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015)  The 182 Blue Lot parking spaces scheduled to be removed from parking inventory in March 2015 will now remain temporarily available through the end of the spring semester.  As previously announced on Jan. 20, 2015, the east section of the Blue Lot, including the 182 parking spaces, is still to be permanently closed at the end of this semester. The Blue Lot is designated as a K Lot, meaning that students and employees with valid K, Commuter, Residential or Employee permits may park in this area.


The losses associated with the second stage of the football practice facility project have been delayed until the conclusion of the spring semester. While the project is on schedule, the phasing was shifted in order to minimize the impact to student and employees parking in the Stadium East Blue Lot.


Updated and additional information will be communicated as the date of the construction impact approaches.



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RGAN Building Soaking Up Sun's Power With New 30-kilowatt Array

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — On Monday, March 16, construction began on a new 30-kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) array at the Ralph G. Anderson Building on the University of Kentucky campus.


The installation is located on the southwest-facing roof of the building and is visible from the engineering courtyard, F. Paul Anderson Tower, Oliver H. Raymond Civil Engineering Building, and the Advanced Science & Technology Commercialization Center (ASTeCC). The $91,000 installation was jointly funded through a partnership between the UK Student Sustainability Council (SSC) and Campus Physical Plant Division (PPD).


The newly installed array also has the capability to expand into a 60-kW array by adding two additional 15-kW arrays to remaining space on the Anderson roof. Not only does the installation allow for cleaner, more renewable energy use, but it also provides a learning opportunity. An online solar production tracking system will be available to the public or for use in the classroom, such as courses in the College of Engineering Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK). PPD and the SSC are exploring a future partnership to fund this expansion.


"The College of Engineering is excited to be a part of this solar project," said John Walz, dean of the College of Engineering. "Not only will the facility help power one of our buildings, it will also be a great teaching tool for our students."


The new solar array is expected to produce 36,700 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy in its first year and has an expected payback of 23 years. The solar energy will be fed directly into Anderson Hall for consumption, and will produce 1.5 percent of the annual energy needs for the facility.


"A commonly used statistic in the solar industry is the cost per installed watt of a solar array, which came in at $2.77/watt installed for this project, well below the 2013 national average of $4.30/watt," said campus energy engineer Britney Thompson. "According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), an installation of this size just 10 years ago would have cost more than $8/watt installed."


While this installation will be the university’s largest and most visible to-date, two other solar PV installations are already generating power for the campus.


The Davis Marksbury Building is supported by a 26-kW solar PV array, made up of both fixed panels and two dual-axis solar tracker panels that follow the orientation of the sun. The S.KY BLUE Solar Decathlon House, designed and constructed by UK students, has a 13 kilowatt array made up of both fixed and single axis tracking panels. The solar house placed 9th in the 2009 Solar Decathlon and is currently located near Farm Road on south campus.


One student member of the 2009 Solar Decathlon team, Johnathan Stewart, is now employed at CMTA Consulting Engineers in Lexington, Kentucky, and was the designer for the current project on the RGAN Building. Third Sun Solar of Athens, Ohio was the installer.


"The Student Sustainability Council provided support for the RGAN project as a public demonstration of renewable energy at UK that will help educate students and visitors alike," said Tammy Clemons, director of development for the SSC and doctoral student in anthropology. "The SSC has provided funding for both large-scale campus projects like this as well as smaller student-led projects addressing a variety of sustainability issues. It's exciting to see this important project underway and to know that every student at UK helped make it possible through the Environmental Stewardship Fee."  




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

UK's Lollar Testifies Before Department of Defense Panel

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — University of Kentucky Assistant Professor of Law Cortney Lollar testified before the Department of Defense’s Judicial Proceedings Panel in Washington, D.C. on March 13. The Department of Defense established the Judicial Proceedings Panel to conduct an independent review and assessment of judicial proceedings conducted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice involving adult sexual assault and related offenses.


At the request of Congress, the hearing focused on compensation and restitution for sexual assault victims. Lollar spoke as part of a panel of legal scholars with expertise in restitution and sexual assault.


Professor Lollar's primary research interests involve the intersections among criminal procedure, criminal law, gender, sexuality and remedies.


Prior to joining the UK College of Law faculty, Lollar was a clinical faculty fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, where she taught the Criminal Justice Clinic and a seminar on sex crimes. She previously represented adult and juvenile defendants at the trial and appellate level at the Federal Defender Program in Atlanta, Georgia, and at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.


Lollar has also served as a legal consultant in India for the Initiative for Medicines, Access, and Knowledge, and as a research assistant to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.


More information on the hearing is available at




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Match Day Reveals Next Phase of Medical Journey for UK Students

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 16:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2015) — Before fourth-year University of Kentucky medical students Kenisha Webb and Tom Muse opened acceptance letters to their medical residency programs, they calculated their odds of landing at the same location. Their letters could show any of 92 possible combinations of medical institutions between the two future doctors who started dating during medical school.


Sharing a podium and stage inside the Keene Barn at Keeneland on March 20, the couple declared they were both destined for Texas A&M University, where Webb, a native of Pikeville, will train to specialize in anesthesiology and Muse, who is from Lexington, will train for a career in general surgery.


"We just want to go somewhere that challenges us to excel," Muse said. "We want to be great physicians and take care of patients."


During the annual Match Day ceremony, graduating medical students in the Class of 2015 continued the tradition of opening their match letters in front of their classmates, families, instructors and mentors. More than 100 students in the class matched with residency programs across the country, at institutions including Yale University, University of California-San Francisco, Case Western Medical Center and the University of Kentucky. About a third of students will remain at the University of Kentucky for residency training. Twenty-two different specialties were represented by the outgoing students, and 38 percent will pursue residency training in primary care, which is defined as internal medicine, pediatrics, combined internal medicine and pediatrics, and family medicine.


For graduating medical students across the country, the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) has standardized the residency selection process by establishing a uniform date of appointment to residency positions. The NRMP conducts its matches using a mathematical algorithm that pairs the rank ordered preferences of applicants and program directors to produce a “best fit” for filling available training positions.


Dr. Chipper Griffith, the senior associate dean for medical education in the College of Medicine who delivered the envelopes on Friday morning, considers the Match Day ceremony his second favorite day of the academic year. His favorite day is graduation in May, when the students officially receive the title of "doctor."


"What I really love about academic medicine is the rhythm of the school year," Griffith said. "I get to see these students in their first year go through their white coat ceremony, excited to become doctors, and then I get to see them a few years down the road when they are excited to go into their specialties, and it all culminates with Match Day."  


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How to Orchestrate a War

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 16:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences 2014-2015 Distinguished Professor Lecture Series presentation is slated at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the William T. Young Library Auditorium.


This year’s distinguished professor, Professor Ana Rueda of Hispanic Studies, presents “Orchestrating War: Dissonances of Modernity in Burlesque Musical Pieces on the 1860 War of Africa.”


The Spanish-Moroccan War, known in Spain as the War of Africa, was a colonial military operation that resulted in the surrender of the city of Teto, the beginnings — and also the death throes — of Spanish colonialism on Moroccan territory in modern times. Spain’s military intervention in Morocco inspired an abundant literature whose aim was to glorify the war.


Rueda examines one-act plays on the topic of the War of Africa to reveal how war was staged and orchestrated politically through theatrical and musical performances. Burlesque musical representations of the War of Africa reinforce collective yet conflictive notions of national identity, still unresolved at the threshold of modernity, while exposing Spain’s impracticable political aspirations to regain its lost colonial power and the nation’s hesitancy to refashion itself as a modern nation.


In her 12 years at UK, Rueda has an exemplary service to the university and its students, as evidenced by the awarding of the 2012 UK Great Teacher Award and the 2013 Teacher Who Made a Difference recognition. In addition to her teaching, research and mentoring responsibilities, Rueda served as chair of the Hispanic Studies Department for nine years. During her tenure, she facilitated greater research and publication among faculty and graduate students alike and further consolidated the department's reputation as one of the best Hispanic Studies programs in the country.


In 2007 the Faculty Scholarly Activity Index ranked the department as the top program nationally in faculty productivity. In 2010, the National Research Council ranked the Department in the top 25 percent nationwide. Under her leadership, undergraduate instruction was revamped, and she secured funds to incorporate technology into undergraduate language courses. She also created an Honors Program in Hispanic studies and promoted quality teaching in both undergraduate and graduate offerings.



CNN's Jeffrey Toobin to Deliver Prichard Lecture at UK

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 15:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2015) — Author and journalist Jeffrey Toobin will deliver the 2015 Edward F. Prichard Lecture, sponsored by University of Kentucky Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Center. He will speak on “The Obama White House and the Supreme Court.”


The Prichard Lecture will take place 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the UK Athletics Auditorium of William T. Young Library. The presentation is free and open to the public.


The timely talk will offer the UK community valuable insight on the current climate of the court on major political issues. "With pending cases concerning health care, marriage, campaign finance, privacy and voting rights, the Supreme Court has the power to affect every American in profound ways, and few people are better situated to discuss these dynamics than Jeffrey Toobin," said Tracy Campbell, co-director of the Ford Center.


Toobin is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the senior legal analyst for CNN. Previously he worked for ABC News, where his work received an Emmy. He is the author of profiles of Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John G. Roberts, as well as articles on nearly every major legal controversy and trial of the past two decades.


Before joining The New Yorker, Toobin served as an assistant United States attorney in Brooklyn and an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh. His books include "Opening Arguments," "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court," "Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election" and "A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President." Toobin's most recent book is "The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court."


The Prichard Lecture is made possible, in part, by an endowment created by the family of Edward F. Prichard Jr.


The Ford Public Policy Research Center supports research and public and educational programming dealing with issues relating to public policy, politics and Congress. The center provides UK faculty, involved in teaching and research in these areas, the opportunity to work closely with the Ford Center on specific or general topics. Exhibits are made available on the UK campus as well as other institutions and agencies throughout Kentucky. In addition, the Ford Center works closely with the UK Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center to support digitizing primary source materials pertaining to public policy, politics and Congress and placing them on the Web. The center also supports interns in processing related collections.


The Ford Center is a member of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress. Co-directors of the center are Deirdre Scaggs, UK Libraries associate dean for special collections and Tracy Campbell, professor in the UK Department of History.



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SGA Offers Child Care Grants

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 14:49

LEXINGTON, Ky.  (March 24, 2015) — Each semester University of Kentucky Student Government offers child care grants to students who need financial assistance for day care service for their children. These grants were created to help students with children further their education with less financial stress. Child care grants are available for part-time and full-time students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 


To be eligible, a student must be enrolled at the University of Kentucky in the semester they apply for the grant and their children must be enrolled in a daycare or after school program that requires a weekly or monthly payment.


This is a one-time grant with applications available each semester. The grant will be credited through myUK to a student's account. If both parents are UK students, it should be noted on the application, but it is not necessary for both parents to apply.


The selection committee reviews numerous applications and asks applicants to be as detailed in their responses as possible. Once the online application process is begun the application must be completed in its entirety. It cannot be saved.


The deadline to apply for a child care grant is noon Wednesday, April 1. No late applications will be accepted.


You can find the application online at

Williams Named UK HealthCare Chief Transformation and Learning Officer

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 14:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 23, 2015) -- Dr. Mark V. Williams has been named chief transformation and learning officer (CTLO) for UK HealthCare as well as co-director of the newly created Office for Value and Innovation in Healthcare Delivery (OVIHD). He will co-direct OVIHD with Dr. Bernie Boulanger, chief medical officer, and foster innovative approaches to increasing the value of patient-centered care delivery.


By leveraging UK HealthCare’s growing information technology expertise and performance improvement efforts, Williams intends to collaborate with staff and leaders throughout UK HealthCare to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of care delivery through standardization across the health system. His office will also work to optimize care coordination, fostering a population health strategy to deliver the most effective patient-centered care in the most appropriate setting.
“The Office for Value & Innovation in Healthcare Delivery represents a superb platform to transform and improve the quality of care for our patients and the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Williams said. “I eagerly look forward to collaborating with the wonderfully talented members of the UK HealthCare team. It’s a new era in health care, and we must rapidly change to provide a patient-centered approach that efficiently provides the highest value care in the optimal setting.”
Working closely with co-director Boulanger, Williams will coordinate OVIHD efforts  that use analytics to both evaluate implementation of evidence-based practices and foster applied health services research at UK HealthCare. The intent is to become a learning health system.   
“We are fortunate to have Dr. Mark Williams at UK HealthCare,” Boulanger said. “Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help transform our care delivery system for the benefit of our patients.  I look forward to working with him as we co-lead the new Office for Value and Innovation in Healthcare Delivery.” 
Williams is a nationally recognized leader in quality and patient safety with 25 years of experience leading clinical enterprises ranging from a medical emergency clinic with 65,000-visits-per-year to hospital medicine programs with 100-plus staff members. He has conducted seminal research in the fields of care transitions, hospital medicine, care delivery and health literacy.
“As chief transformation & learning officer, Williams will play a key role in navigating our transformation into a value-driven and efficient provider of high-quality care,” said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. “This position is key to our ability to continue to deliver the most effective patient-centered care we can offer.”

Silent Auction to Benefit UK's Clinic in Ecuador

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2015) – The International Federation of Medical Students Association will host a silent art auction Friday, March 27, in the atrium of the University of Kentucky's Biomedical Biological Science Research Building from noon to 5 p.m. Profits from the auction will support UK's Shoulder to Shoulder Clinic in Ecuador.


Shoulder to Shoulder is an organization created by UK to help serve underprivileged communities around the world. The university currently supports a year-round health clinic is Ecuador where locals can receive care free of cost. Funds raised through the auction will keep the clinic open to the public by providing a way for them to cover medical supplies, upkeep of the facility and other essential expenses.


The auction will feature original works of art, with many of the pieces donated by local Kentucky artists.


For more information on the auction, contact Shu Kwun Lui at


UK Vocalist Reginald Smith Jr. Winner at Metropolitan Opera Auditions

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:51






"A Woman is a Sometime Thing" performed by Reginald Smith Jr. in UK Opera Theatre's production of "Porgy and Bess." Video courtesy of Smith. A transcript for this video can be found here.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 23, 2015) – University of Kentucky alumnus Reginald Smith Jr. has taken one of the five winning spots in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions after competing against eight other vocalists in the grand finals concert March 22 at the Metropolitan Opera. Smith is the second UK vocalist to win the prestigious opera competition.


"I am so proud of Reggie. It couldn't have happened to a kinder person," said Everett McCorvey, director of UK Opera Theatre and the Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera Studies. "Reggie has worked hard his entire young career. He was an incredible citizen in our program when he matriculated at the University of Kentucky and it's wonderful to see all of that hard work paying off. This is a great day for the University of Kentucky, the College of Fine Arts and for the UK Opera Program. It also speaks to the quality of the comprehensive training that the students are receiving in the UK School of Music. I couldn't be prouder of all of our students and faculty."


As part of the finals, Smith, a baritone, performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, conducted by Fabio Luisi. He advanced to the semifinals and finals at the Met out of the Southeastern Region held in Atlanta, Georgia. Among Smith's competitors in the semifinals was bass and UK student Matthew Turner, who took first place at the regional in Lexington and also studies with McCorvey, as well as Dennis Bender, associate professor of voice.


A 2013 choral music education and vocal performance graduate of UK, Smith came to UK Opera Theatre as an Alltech Vocal Scholar where he studied under McCorvey. Currently, Smith is in the young artist program at Houston Grand Opera.


The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions program provides a venue for young opera singers from all over the U.S. to be heard by a representative of the Met. Applicants prepare a minimum of five operatic arias in their original language; selections must demonstrate contrasting style as well as languages. Upon completing the audition, candidates are given the opportunity to meet with the judges personally to discuss matters of evaluation and advice.


The Met holds the auditions to discover new talent and to search for possible participants in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. The Lindemann program, designed to nurture the most talented young artists through training and performance opportunities, provides financial aid together with supervised artistic direction to the young artists.


Tenor and UK Artist-in-Residence Gregory Turay was the first UK vocalist to be named a winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1995.


The highly acclaimed UK Opera Theatre program is part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. For more information on the program, visit online at



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Campus Encouraged to Provide Feedback in Second Round of Transportation Master Plan Forums

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2015) — Sasaki and Associates, the consulting firm developing the Transportation Master Plan, will return to the University of Kentucky campus for the second round of public forums this Thursday, March 26.


Two forums will take place at the following times and locations:

  • 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Pavilion A Auditorium in the Chandler Hospital 
  • 1-2:30 p.m. in the Student Center Room 230

The forums will also be live-streamed on UKNow.


The UK Transportation Master Plan (TMP) aims to improve access and mobility to, from, and around campus for all members of the UK community.


Sasaki will present preliminary transportation solutions for the campus community to consider. These concepts are highly informed by feedback the university received from the first round of public forums, which took place in January, as well as through the "send us your feedback" feature on the EVPFA website, and from the TMP online survey which yielded nearly 4,800 responses. 


"The feedback that we receive at these March forums will continue to shape the recommendations that ultimately result in the Transportation Master Plan," Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday said.  


Videos of the January forums as well as Monday's responses to recurring questions from audience members are available here.


The TMP aligns with the UK Campus Master Plan — the blueprint for UK's campus transformation that‘s allowing it to become a national model for a thriving, public residential research campus. 


"It is also a time when campus engagement is crucial," Monday said. "We want to receive your input and feedback on the challenges facing the university in terms of transportation, parking and mobility."




MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, 859-257-5365;

Fellowship Awards Presented by Association of Emeriti Faculty

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2015) — University of Kentucky Association of Emeriti Faculty (UKAEF) presented fellowship awards to three UK graduate students at a ceremony Feb. 10. Each award includes a stipend of $2,500.


Since 1996, 59 fellowships have been awarded totaling $84,500. Three or four fellowships are presented annually to full-time graduate students. These awards are made possible through donations from UKAEF members as well as from the Commonwealth of Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund.


This year's UKAEF Fellowship awards are named in honor of Jean Pival, 25-year faculty member in the Department of English and active member of UKAEF since 1987.


"Jean was a key figure in beginning the organization and encouraging its success for the first 20 years," said Mary Witt, professor emeritus in the Department of Horticulture. Witt served as UKAEF president from 2008-2009 and currently serves as executive secretary.


Winners for the 2014-15 school year are Jonathan Chilcote, Barry Kidder and Wen Wen.


Chilcote, a doctoral candidate in the Department of History, wrote his dissertation on the international history of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic combining elements of diplomatic, medical, political and social history. He feels study of the past can teach valuable lessons applicable to today's situation with Ebola. Chilcote hopes to teach on a wide variety of subjects at a small college or university.


A doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology, Kidder has spent three summers in Yucatan, Mexico, conducting archeological research on the interaction between Maya elites and non-elites 2,000 years ago. Dedicated to teaching pedagogy, Kidder is enrolled in UK's Preparing Future Faculty program. Additionally, he taught for five years in a Texas high school and has taught at the college level.


Wen Wen is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biology who focused her dissertation on ocular morphogenesis during eye development. Her students describe her as "caring, conscientious and fair in her teaching and mentoring of students." Wen has a research publication under review and revision for Developmental Biology.


For more information on UKAEF or to apply for a fellowship award, visit



Kentucky REC Launches New Round of Support for Providers Seeking to Transform Patient Care

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2015) – The Kentucky Regional Extension Center(REC) hosted its second Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Kick-Off Meeting on March 13 for a group of pioneer health care provider organizations in Kentucky.


Participants included UK HealthCare, Baptist Health Medical Group, Murray-Calloway County Physicians, Matthew 25 AIDS Clinic, Bluegrass Clinic,, Kentucky River Community Care, Harrison Memorial Hospital Physicians, and Dr.  AC Wright.


The Kentucky REC will assist these practices in achieving recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a PCMH. Becoming a PCMH practice involves using an innovative improvement framework for healthcare organizations to enhance quality and value for patients. With its focus on quality improvement, care coordination, preventative services, and chronic disease management, the PCMH framework helps practices deliver better care, better outcomes and lower costs.


“We are delighted to offer support to practices as they prepare for the many changes ahead in healthcare,” said Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, Kentucky REC Director and UK HealthCare Chief Medical Information Officer. “We are excited to offer these services and to support innovative care models, such as PCMH, that are proven to help practices deliver coordinated, cost-effective care for their patients.”


Kentucky REC has helped health care providers across the state implement electronic health records and qualify for federal incentive funds. But, electronic health records are just a start for practices on the road to more patient-centered care. Now, the Kentucky REC is focused on helping practices prepare for the next wave of innovation by using technology together with changes in practice culture and workflow to radically improve patients’ experience of care and the effectiveness of the healthcare system overall.


Practices participate in group learning sessions for 18 months and work together with specially-trained REC staff to make changes that benefit patients. At the end of the 18 months, successful practices will apply for special recognition from NCQA.


Kentucky Regional Extension Center is a trusted advisor and strategic partner for health care providers in their efforts to improve care and patient outcomes, reduce healthcare costs and improve the overall health and well-being of the Commonwealth and beyond.


The Kentucky REC offers a comprehensive set of transformation services include: Meaningful Use Assistance, EHR Implementation & Optimization, HIPAA Privacy & Security Risk Analysis, Patient-Centered Medical Home Consulting, ICD-10 Training, and Quality Improvement Support.


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