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3/8/2012
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by Sarah Geegan

The African American and Africana Studies Program at the University of Kentucky is partnering with the Lyric Theatre to provide a series of community lectures. Engaging the community and strengthening UK's relations with East Lexington, the lectures aim to "rebuild the block." 

The Rebuilding the Block, S.T. Roach Community Conversation series is a seven-month sequence of public lectures, led by UK experts and focused around the theme of African-American males. The conversations are broken into sub-themes, each presenting relevant issues in a particular expert's field that relate to black men.

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3/8/2012
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By Whitney Hale

Who do you think you are? That is precisely the question an NBC TV show of the same name answers for interested celebrities. Gerald Smith, associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky and general co-editor of the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia Project, will join the TV show on this quest to answer just that question for former Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome "The Bus" Bettis. The episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" featuring Bettis will air at 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, on NBC (local residents can see the show on local affiliate WLEX 18 and Insight Cable channel 8).

On Friday's episode, Smith travels to Paducah, Ky., to meet with

3/7/2012
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By Sarah Geegan, Jonathan Spalding

With the incredible success the Division of Classics in the College of Arts and Sciences has demonstrated in the last decade, it is no surprise that recently two of its students, Lisa Jagoda and Claire Heitzman, have been awarded the Otis Singletary Fellowship as they prepare for graduate school in the fall. 

The fellowship is a one-time scholarship awarded to graduating seniors who are continuing their post-baccalaureate education at UK. Paralleling the growth of the classics program, awards such as these contribute to the continued success in attracting some of the best students from around the world, and especially in keeping the ones who already call the classics program home

3/7/2012
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By Whitney Hale

University of Kentucky social work junior Jillian Harris has been named a finalist and will interview for the prestigious Truman Scholarship, which recognizes college juniors with a commitment to public service.

"Even being at finalist status puts me in a really elite group of individuals across the country," Harris said. "I’m really humbled to be even in the top 200 for consideration of this scholarship."

Named in honor of U.S. President Harry S. Truman, the Truman Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving college juniors who show commitment to public service and potential to continue that service beyond graduation. Recipients of the scholarship are awarded up to $30,000 for graduate study in public service fields and leadership training.

This year, the 

3/6/2012

 

by Colleen Glenn

If you’re an incoming psychology major, UK has just developed a way to give you the best of both worlds. Large research universities like the University of Kentucky offer state-of-the-art research opportunities and prestigious faculty, but sometimes students in a popular major like psychology can be intimidated by the large class sizes.

After considering this issue, Bob Lorch (chair of the Department of Psychology) and other faculty members in the department put their heads together and created the Psychology Honors Program. The program, which launched this fall, offers incoming freshmen smaller class sizes, more research opportunities, and a built-in support network.

Students in the honors program take their core psychology courses as a cohort during their first two years at UK. The smaller, more intensive sections of the standard

3/6/2012

By Kami L. Rice

Baishakhi B. Taylor and Darina Lepadatu became fast friends when their paths converged at UK nearly 10 years ago. The two women, from India and Romania, respectively, were among the few international students in UK’s sociology Ph.D. program. As Lepadatu notes, they went through the American acculturation process together. They even have young daughters who are almost the same age, deepening the bond between the two women. Both scholars have recently taken on new roles at their universities, and they credit the preparation they received at UK.

The Administrative Route can be the right track

On first glance, Baishakhi B. Taylor’s new job doesn’t appear to be a wise choice for a research-minded sociologist. But Taylor says her sociology background

3/6/2012
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By Sarah Geegan

Fifteen A&S Wired students gathered at Keeneland Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 29, to showcase their knowledge of human subject protection, cell biology, research ethics and history. With posters, movies on iPads, handouts and PowerPoints, they presented information on this wide array of topics — material they researched extensively in only eight weeks. 

The course, "A&S 100-12 Cell Biology, Society and Research Ethics: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," focused on the medical and social significance of a woman who died in 1951 and whose cancerous cells laid the foundation for many aspects of future biological research.

"It was typical in the '50s for doctors to take tissue samples and study them," Wired student Samantha

3/6/2012
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By Whitney Hale

The next Little/Gaines Artist Series presentation will explore how much life imitates art. "The Daily Routine: Theme and Variations," featuring the work of Little/Gaines artist Kit Donohue, a musician and UK graduate student, and her collaborator, dancer and UK alumna Kasey Shackelford, will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Niles Gallery, located in University of Kentucky's Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. This event is free and open to the public.

As part of the Little/Gaines Artists Series, Kentucky artists team up with one or two

3/1/2012

By Jonathon Spalding

For two millennia, the leading intellects of Western Europe expressed their most sophisticated thoughts in a language that is now largely considered extinct.

Although there are no remaining native Latin speakers, the language has transcended across time and cultures, lending itself to religious traditions and academic study, as well as uses in the fields of law, medicine and science. It is for this reason that the Division of Classics, within the UK Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literature and Cultures (MCLLC), approaches Latin as a living language that can be read, written, spoken and deeply cherished. 

In the last decade, the M.A. program in classics has undergone tremendous growth, attracting students from some of the world’s most

3/1/2012
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By Erin Holaday Ziegler, Sarah Geegan

From the halls of Congress to the streets of downtown Lexington, America might not agree much, but the majority of its citizens can see the disparity in the economic fortunes of rich, poor and middle class American families.

The myriad reasons behind economic inequality range from the decline of unions to the decline of the progressive income tax, but the outcome is undeniable: those at the very top of the income ladder have emerged as the biggest winners in a huge transformation of the American economy. 

As an interdisciplinary body striving to improve policy and government performance through the production and distribution of world-class scholarship, The University of Kentucky’s Quantitative Initiative for Policy and Social Research (QIPSR) wants to join the conversation.

Each

2/28/2012
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By Keith Hautala

The University of Kentucky's Jamie Wheeler and Sebastian Bryson were honored as the recipients of the 18th Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Awards at a luncheon held on Friday, Feb. 24.

The award recognizes outstanding service in the field of academic advising. Two awards are presented each year, one to a full-time professional advisor and another to a faculty advisor.

"Every time a University of Kentucky student graduates, an advisor earns his or her wings," said UK Provost Kumble Subbaswamy, evoking Frank Capra's 1946 film "It's a Wonderful Life."

This year saw more nominations than in any year previous. In total, 35 professional advisors and 39 faculty advisors were proposed to receive the honor, with several garnering multiple nominations from the students they serve.

"This was a tough year," said Mike Mullen, associate

2/24/2012

Susan Bordo is a professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at UK. On March 20th, 2012, professor Bordo will present a lecture, “The Queen with Six Fingers: Origins of Popular Myths about Anne Boleyn.” The lecture will be at 4pm in the president’s room at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts, and will address popular myths about Anne Boleyn, one of the wives of Henry XIII. Bordo's research on Boleyn has culminated in an upcoming book, "The Creation of Anne Boleyn." 

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman.

2/22/2012
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By Kathy Johnson

University of Kentucky educators and others will be honored with teaching and public service awards today in UK's second annual Founders Day Award Ceremony at 4 p.m. in Worsham Theater in the UK Student Center.  Members of the campus and local communities are invited.  A reception will follow in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Center.

The university was created by legislative act on Feb. 22, 1865. While Founders Day has been celebrated in various ways over those years, the Founders Day Award Ceremony was established last year to recognize outstanding teaching, research and public service among faculty.

The Provost's Awards for teaching and service, the Sullivan Medallions for community service, the Sturgill Award for contributions to graduate education, and the Kirwan Prize for outstanding research will be presented in today's

2/22/2012
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By Sarah Geegan

From lions to dragons, Kung-Fu to calligraphy and painting to poetry, The Confucius Institute at UK will showcase authentic Chinese performances at its Spring Gala at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

The gala will exhibit a vast spectrum of traditional Chinese culture, with performances from students and faculty from Hubei University in Wuhan, China. Hanban, the Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing, selected the performance group to travel to specific universities with Confucius Institutes, including the University of Kentucky.

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2/21/2012
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By Whitney Hale

The University of Kentucky's Latin American Studies ProgramCollege of Communications and Information Studies and Libraries are coming together to offer a screening of "Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity," a documentary on a period during Argentina's Dirty War when people were tortured and babies were kidnapped and given to military supporters. The free public screening will be presented at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Worsham Theater.

"Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo" is a documentary film that was a labor of love for 

2/21/2012
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By Sarah Geegan

The University of Kentucky’s Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies Program will feature a panel discussion about hydraulic fracturing (or “fracing”) as a way of extracting natural gas in Kentucky. The event, part of the Appalachian Forum series, will take place from 7-9 p.m Thursday, Feb. 23, in Room 106 of UK's White Hall Classroom Building.

Panelists at the event will represent a variety of relevant areas of expertise, and after brief introductory remarks by each panelist, Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural

2/20/2012

By: Jonathon Spalding

For two millennia the leading intellects of Western Europe expressed their most sophisticated thoughts in a language that is now largely considered extinct.

Although there are no remaining native Latin speakers, the language has transcended across time and cultures to lend itself to religious traditions and academic study, as well as uses in the fields of law, medicine and science. It is for this reason that the Classics program at UK approaches Latin as a living language that can be read, written, spoken and deeply cherished. 

In the last decade, the M.A. program in Classics has undergone tremendous growth, attracting students from some of the world’s most renowned colleges and universities. 

“A

2/20/2012
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By Keith Hautala

Sen. Rand Paul will deliver a public talk March 2 at the University of Kentucky, titled "A Year in the Senate: Discussion and Reflections." 

Paul's talk will take place at 4 p.m. Friday, March 2, in Room 106 of the White Hall Classroom Building on UK's central campus.

Paul, a Bowling Green ophthalmologist and son of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas, was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Republican in 2010, succeeding Sen. Jim Bunning. He has Senate committee assignments in energy and natural resources; health, education, labor and pensions; homeland security and governmental affairs; and small business and entrepreneurship.

The event is part of the Leaders in Public Policy Series, sponsored by the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. Paul's talk is co-sponsored by the Gatton College of Business and Economics' BB

2/20/2012

 

The University of Kentucky celebrates Founders Day with a recognition of faculty achievements Wednesday, Feb. 22.  Recipients of numerous awards will be honored in a special ceremony at 4 p.m. in Worsham Theater in the UK Student Center. The event is open to the campus community and public.

UK President Eli Capilouto, Provost Kumble Subbaswamy, deans and department chairs from various colleges will present the awards, which include the following:

-- Public Scholar Award

-- Albert D. and Elizabeth Kirwan Memorial Award

-- William B. Sturgill Award

-- Provost's Awards for Outstanding Teaching

-- Provost’s Distinguished Service Professorships

-- Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards

 

A reception will follow in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Center.

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