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Behind the Blue

Some stories require a little more – a little more discussion, more context, more depth and breadth. That’s the idea behind “Behind the Blue” – a new weekly podcast created by UK Public Relations and Marketing. It is designed to explore through probing interviews the in-depth the stories that make UK the university for Kentucky and that have impact across the institution, the Commonwealth and, in some cases, the world.
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Sep 28, 2016

On July 1st, 2011, Dr. Eli Capilouto left his position as the Provost of the University of Alabama-Birmingham to become the 12th President of the University of Kentucky. Over the past five years, UK has undergone significant physical transformation of its academic, research, residential, health care and community spaces. Through partnership, increased philanthropy, and effective financial management, UK is self-financing the vast majority of its more than $1.9 billion infrastructure development.

Among the construction initiated or authorized in that time are 14 new residence halls, several dining facilities, a renovation and expansion to the Gatton College of Business and Economics, a new Academic Science Building, a revitalization of Commonwealth Stadium, a renovation and expansion of the Student Center, continued work to Chandler Hospital, and more. 

But, perhaps bigger than that, Capilouto is attempting to oversee a transformation of the college experience for UK students by investing in student financial aid, Honors programs, increased student resources in counseling and academic advising, and the strengthening of an academic community in areas of inclusivity and diversity. This week on Behind the Blue, we sit down with Dr. Capilouto to discuss his time here at the University, how the lessons learned in his life have shaped his approach to the office, what's on his music playlist, and much more...

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Sep 6, 2016

Steven Alvarez is used to questions about language, words and meaning.

But he couldn’t have been prepared for the questions being posed for teaching one class last semester.

Provocatively titled, “Taco Literacy,” the class taught by Alvarez to undergraduates in the Writing, Rhetoric and Digital (WRD) studies program at the University of Kentucky used food to explore issues of Hispanic language and culture – a growing population in Lexington. 

Some, however, criticized the class as an example of being frivolous. Soon, media in Lexington – and across the country – were approaching Alvarez to ask what he meant by “taco literacy.”

The class, while exploring some of the culinary smells and tastes of Hispanic and Latino food in Lexington, asked students to write often and deeply about culture and food’s role in it. Journals, blogs, websites and multi-media output were also aspects of the class as students developed their skills as writers and communicators.

In this edition of “Behind the Blue,” Alvarez, an assistant professor in the newly created WRD department, discusses the controversy, his teaching methods, and his scholarly activities.

And he discusses what makes a great taco, too.

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If you have questions or comments about this or any other episode of 'Behind the Blue', email us at BehindTheBlue@uky.edu, or Tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

Aug 30, 2016

Tracy Campbell views history as a way to explore the paradoxes of humanity and the human condition. 

“We’re human beings. We are complex. We are not perfect,” said Campbell, a University of Kentucky professor of history. “Why do we like Shakespeare? Because it’s not devils versus angels It’s about how the two can usually be in the same head … and that’s a lot more interesting, but it’s also a lot more human … the paradox of American history is what I really enjoy trying to understand.”

Campbell discusses the exploration of those paradoxes in his work at UK and in how he teaches students in this week’s edition of “Behind the Blue,” the podcast produced by UK Public Relations and Marketing that explores the people and events that make UK the university for Kentucky.

Campbell – a native Kentuckian and UK graduate – has been teaching and writing at the University of Kentucky since 1999. Known for his skills as a writer and scholar as well as captivating teacher, Campbell has written books about Kentucky political wunderkind Ed Prichard, explored the political dealings behind the creation of the St. Louis Arch, and delved into the history of election fraud in America. He has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was named one of UK’s Great Teachers.

Now, he is researching and writing about what he calls a seminal and pivotal moment in American history – the year, 1942, when the country entered World War II and made critical decisions that have shaped the development of the United States. You can read more about Campbell and his work here -- https://history.as.uky.edu/users/tracamp

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Aug 23, 2016

The 2016 Fall Semester has arrived at the University of Kentucky, and with it, the beginning steps for thousands of new students preparing to make their mark on the world… For these students, those beginning steps take them through K Week, the fall welcome week for all new undergraduate students at the University.

This is the second of a two-part series taking a look at the college transition for both students and families. This week, it’s a look at “What to Expect as a New UK Student”, and to help us do that, we’re joined by two guests: Trent Patrick, a K Week Coordinator, and Loretta Stafford, a UK 101 Peer Instructor Liaison. They offer up insight on how to make the most of your K Week experience...

Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be features, along with the most important news impacting the university.

If you have questions or comments about this or any other episode of 'Behind the Blue', email us at BehindTheBlue@uky.edu, or Tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

Aug 16, 2016

For many families, the transition of a child from high school to college brings with it an array of excitement, nervousness, and emotion that they’ve seldom had to experience up to that point.

This is the first of a two-part series on Behind the Blue that will take a look at the college transition for both students and families. We're joined by Nancy Stephens from UK's New Student and Family Programs, to discuss academic success, personal growth, and an abundance of tissues as families see their children step into a whole new world...

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If you have questions or comments about this or any other episode of 'Behind the Blue', email us at BehindTheBlue@uky.edu, or Tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

Jul 18, 2016

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and opioid addiction is a primary driver of this epidemic. The American Society of Addiction Medicine reports that an estimated 23% of individuals who use heroin develop an opioid addiction.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, we're joined by Dr. Catherine Martin, the Dr. Laurie L. Humphries Chair in Child Psychiatry at UK. Dr. Martin is currently working on research grants investigating individual differences related to drug effects in children, adolescents, and adults.

The UK Department of Psychiatry's clinical services include a model clinic for the treatment of adolescent substance abuse or adolescents at high risk of substance abuse. The clinic operates within a treatment program entitled Adolescent Health and Recovery Treatment and Training (AHARTT). Dr. Martin joins us to discuss the work the clinic and the AHARTT program has performed, and the benefits provided to healthcare workers across the state.

Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be features, along with the most important news impacting the university.

If you have questions or comments about this or any other episode of 'Behind the Blue', email us at BehindTheBlue@uky.edu, or Tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

Jul 5, 2016

Financial markets and political conversations were roiled in recent weeks by the decision of voters in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. The so-called Brexit referendum has left numerous questions for policymakers and pundits alike to stew over.

To help bring clarity and context to the conversation, this edition of Behind the Blue discusses Brexit with Kathleen Montgomery, an associate professor in UK’s Patterson School for Diplomacy. Montgomery specializes in development and international economics, among other areas, and on “Behind the Blue” she discussions the implications for the referendum on the future of the EU and even the economic impact on the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be features, along with the most important news impacting the university.

If you have questions or comments about this or any other episode of 'Behind the Blue', email us at BehindTheBlue@uky.edu, or Tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

Jun 30, 2016

Let's eat! On this episode of Behind the Blue, we talk with Dr. Karen Bryla McNees and Vanessa Oliver from UK Health & Wellness. We discuss their mission with the Eatwell Program, local options including participation in farmer's markets (including what to do with that mysterious kohlrabi!), and efforts to make healthy eating choices easier along with work with farmers and communities across the Commonwealth.

Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be features, along with the most important news impacting the university.

If you have questions or comments about this or any other episode of 'Behind the Blue', email us at BehindTheBlue@uky.edu, or Tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

Jun 14, 2016

On this episode of 'Behind the Blue', we talk with Dr. Suzanne Smith, with the UK College of Engineering. Dr. Smith is the director of the Kentucky Space Grant Consortium, and joins us for a discussion on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones, and their impact on the Commonwealth from industry to entertainment.

Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be features, along with the most important news impacting the university.

If you have questions or comments about this or any other episode of 'Behind the Blue', email us atBehindTheBlue@uky.edu, or Tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

Jun 7, 2016

The Zika virus is an infectious disease spread through mosquito bites or through sexual contact with someone with the Zika virus. Currently, Zika virus transmission is ongoing in many Caribbean, Central, and South American countries. Although many people who contract Zika have mild or no symptoms, pregnant women are at high risk for complications because the virus has been linked to microcephaly, a neurological disorder characterized by an abnormally small head and potentially fatal developmental issues in newborns.

UK HealthCare is urging Kentuckians to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites this summer, and to be aware of travel warnings and evolving information regarding the Zika virus.

On this episode of 'Behind The Blue', Dr. Derek Forster (UK HealthCare Medical Director for Infection Prevention and Control) discusses the impact of Zika virus on Kentucky, and what the community at-large can do for education and preparedness for the disease.

Stay tuned for new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be features, along with the most important news impacting the university.

 If you have questions or comments about this or any other episode of 'Behind the Blue', email us at BehindTheBlue@uky.edu, or Tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

May 31, 2016

The University of Kentucky's Strategic Plan and its ambitious goals for student success and academic excellence are the drivers behind a major realignment of several areas of the university announced on May 26th, 2016, which will be part of the 2016-2017 UK budget considered by the Board of Trustees in late June.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, UK Provost Tim Tracy and UK Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration Eric Monday discuss the realignment, and what it means for both the University community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Stay tuned for new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be features, along with the most important news impacting the university.

 If you have questions or comments about this or any other episode of 'Behind the Blue', email us at BehindTheBlue@uky.edu, or Tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

May 17, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2016) – Some stories require a little more – a little more discussion, more context, more depth and breadth. 

          That’s the idea behind “Behind the Blue” – a new weekly podcast created by UK Public Relations and Marketing. It is designed to explore through probing interviews the in-depth the stories that make UK the university for Kentucky and that have impact across the institution, the Commonwealth and, in some cases, the world. 

          The first podcast, appropriately enough, focuses on election-year politics and the presidential election. To provide insight and context on an extraordinary and historic election, UK political science professor and elections expert Stephen Voss discusses at length the forces shaping this year’s presidential race, his insights on both the Democratic and Republican parties, and an individual candidate or two, who may be making headlines. 

Voss -- https://polisci.as.uky.edu/users/dsvoss -- is quoted extensively in state and national publications for his views on politics. He is seen as a dispassionate and in-depth observer of the political scene, attributes on full display in this first episode of “Behind the Blue.” 

          Stay tuned for new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be features, along with the most important news impacting the university.

 If you have questions or comments about this or any other episode of 'Behind the Blue', email us at BehindTheBlue@uky.edu, or Tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

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