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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 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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Apr 11, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2018) – April is National Donate Life Month, an opportunity to renew the commitment to save lives through organ and tissue donation. More than 1,000 Kentuckians are currently on the transplant waiting list; in 2017, UK HealthCare performed a record-breaking 208 total transplants.

As part of Donate Life Month, UK Healthcare joins local and national medical centers in celebrating those who chose to give the gift of life, as well as provide information and education on how to become an organ and tissue donor.

On this week's episode of Behind the Blue, UK Transplant Center Patient Services Advocate Elaine Milem and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) Family Aftercare Manager Gretchen Starnes discuss the importance of organ donation, what it means for donors and families, and common misconceptions and myths about the organ donation process.

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Mar 30, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 1, 2018) -- The opioid epidemic has ravaged communities across the United States and few states have been harder hit than Kentucky. There is, however, reason to have hope. Researchers, physicians and leaders in the Commonwealth and across the nation are working to find solutions that can help people enter recovery and save lives.

Physicians like Dr. Laura Fanucchi, work with patients who have opioid use disorder (OUD) to help them on their path to recovery. In several clinical spaces at UK HealthCare, Fanucchi assists patients by providing medication assisted treatment, the standard of care in the treatment of OUD, and helps connect patients to other services like counseling. Increased rates of injection drug use have led to a rise in incidence of infectious diseases like endocarditis, Hepatitis C and HIV. These patients are also seen by Fanucchi who treats their condition, educates them on preventing reinfection and works to address the underlying cause of the infection, addiction.

Fanucchi also conducts research through the UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, including studies on ways to improve access to treatment for substance use disorders by better integrating that care into the inpatient setting. She is currently working on a study examining the viability of treating patients for endocarditis in their homes, rather than with long stay in a hospital.

April 2 to 5 Fanucchi and a team of physicians, researchers and leaders from the University of Kentucky will travel to Atlanta for the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. There, the team will have the opportunity to share with federal, state and local leaders the work they do in Kentucky to combat the opioid epidemic.

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Mar 2, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2018) - As people head back outdoors for yardwork and baseball season starts once again, shoulder injuries will be on the rise. Dr. Carolyn Hettrich associate professor of orthpaedic surgery in the University of Kentucky Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, a shoulder and elbow specialist will treat many of those injuries.

On this week's episode of Behind the Blue, Hettrich discusses why she chose sports medicine, her work leading the world's largest study on shoulder instability and how she advocates for improved treatment and funding for musculoskeletal injuries.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Olivia Ramirez, Olivia.mccoy1@uky.edu, (859) 257-3200

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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Feb 22, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (February 20, 2018) – On January 8th, 2018, Dr. David Blackwell assumed the role of Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Blackwell was previously a Professor of Finance and Dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at UK from 2012 to 2018. A two-time graduate of the University of Tennessee, Dr. Blackwell earned his B.S. in Economics in 1981 and his Ph.D. in Finance in 1986.

On this week’s episode of Behind the Blue, Dr. Blackwell joins UKPR’s Amy Timoney and Carl Nathe for a conversation about his transition to his new role, what he views as important steps to take moving forward, meeting future challenges at the University of Kentucky, and more.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, carl.nathe@uky.edu, (859) 257-3200

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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Feb 13, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (February 13, 2018) – The Olympics celebrates all things sport, and medalists are widely considered to be "ultimate athletes."  But the special operations forces of the U.S. military experience similar physical and mental challenges, often with much more on the line.

The University of Kentucky's Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI) works with athletes of all skill levels and the tactical athletes of the U.S. military to improve performance and reduce injury. 

Consider the physical demands on an Olympic biathlete, an event that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. It's difficult to aim with a steady hand if your heart is pounding from a vigorous cardiovascular workout. 

The superior biathlete is usually the one with the best "CV recovery"– that is, the amount of time it takes to slow the heart rate down after physical exertion.  According to Nicholas Heebner, Associate Director for Research at the UK SMRI, the same is true of military athletes.

"These two disciplines use the same science" to maximize performance, Heebner said, and the work of the SMRI, which encompasses sophisticated analysis of biomechanical motion, anaerobic power, metabolic capacity and more, can help Special Ops forces, Olympic athletes and "weekend warriors" perform better and with fewer injuries.

In this episode of the Behind the Blue, we chat with Heebner and the SMRI's Medical Director Dr. Scott Black about the similarities between Olympic athletes and the tactical athletes of the U.S. military and how the SMRI is doing research that benefits both.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Laura Wright, LauraWright@uky.edu, (859) 257-5307

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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Feb 6, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (February 6, 2018) – The lure of live sporting, with game results unknown, is a valued commodity for both sports organizations and broadcasters. By getting fans involved with sports “branding”, marketers have found a natural way to meet consumers, marketing the sports themselves as well as marketing through them.

This week’s guests on Behind the Blue are Dr. Scott Kelley, the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, and Jason Schlafer, UK’s Executive Associate Athletics Director and Chief Revenue Officer.

On this week’s episode, Scott and Jason discuss what we mean by sports marketing, the explosive growth it  has undergone over the years, the impact of sports marketing on the University of Kentucky and what it provides, and more. They also take a look at how sports marketing has evolved in regards to the Olympics, and how all of this has changed the spectator’s relationship with sports, both on and off the field.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, carl.nathe@uky.edu, (859) 257-3200

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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Feb 2, 2018

Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies with Jeff Rice

LEXINGTON, Ky. (February 1, 2018) –The University of Kentucky’s Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies (WRD) is dedicated to the study and teaching of writing practices, public rhetoric, and digital media. The department serves over 5,000 UK undergraduates each year, and the WRD BA/BS major offers students three tracks: 

  • Professional Writing and Editing (for those who want careers in editing and publishing or writing for/within a nonprofit or business)
  • Rhetorical Theory and Practice (for those who want to get involved in public advocacy, government, or law)
  • Digital Studies (for those who want to write and produce content for electronic spaces and understand how those spaces are designed)

WRD also offers a minor in Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies as well as a minor in Professional and Technical Writing.

This week’s guest on Behind the Blue is Dr. Jeff Rice. Dr. Rice holds the Martha B. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky, writes on media and network theory and brings national speakers to campus to speak on digital media. From 2012-2015, he co-directed Wired, the College of Arts and Sciences residential college.

On this week’s episode, Dr. Rice discusses the diversity of careers that benefit from a WRD background, what he’s learned from students over the years, his thoughts on the “most tattooed Department on campus”, and more.

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

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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Nov 2, 2017

A Campus Walk With Sonja Feist-Price

LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 2, 2017) – A central tenant of the University of Kentucky’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan is ongoing work towards Diversity and Inclusivity. To that end, the Office for Institutional Diversity serves the entire university community, working to implement ideas, collaborate on outreach and recruitment efforts, and to enhance student retention and achievement.

In March of 2017, the University of Kentucky named Sonja Feist-Price as vice president for institutional diversity. Feist-Price has been at UK for nearly 25 years as a leading teacher and scholar in the College of Education. She also has served as academic ombud, and most recently as a senior assistant provost for faculty affairs.

On this week’s episode of Behind the Blue, Dr. Feist-Price joins UKPR’s Amy Jones-Timoney on a walk across campus. In their conversation, they discuss her new role on campus, the joy she gets from working with students, how she incorporates diverse perspectives from across campus to impact the lives of students, faculty and staff..

The idea behind “Campus Walks” is to get out of the office and onto campus with members of the UK community, to have in-depth, authentic conversations about our university with the people working so hard to advance our mission of education, research and service. You can also watch the video of our walk here.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Jones-Timoney, amy.jones2@uky.edu, (859) 257-2940

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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Oct 16, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 16, 2017) – This fall, UK HealthCare welcomes Dr. Mark F. Newman as its new executive vice president for health affairs. An Owensboro Kentucky native, Dr. Newman comes to UK from Duke University Medical Center, where he had a distinguished career in medicine, working in anesthesiology and healthcare management.

In his new role, Dr. Newman will be responsible for UK HealthCare, the clinical enterprise of the University of Kentucky, and will also work with the provost to guide the UK College of Medicine.

On this week’s episode of Behind the Blue, Dr. Newman sits down with Amy Jones-Timoney from UK Public Relations and Marketing, to discuss his approach to taking on the new role, how his Kentucky roots helped guide him in life, his thoughts on what UK HealthCare can and should mean to the Commonwealth, and more.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Jones-Timoney, amy.jones2@uky.edu, (859) 257-2940

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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Sep 20, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 20, 2017) – This week’s guest on Behind the Blue is Dr. Ken Troske. Dr. Troske is the Associate Dean for graduate programs and outreach in the Gatton College of Business and Richard W. and Janis H. Furst Endowed Chair of Economics at the University of Kentucky, as well as a Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany.

Dr. Troske served as a member of the Congressional Oversight Panel whose task was to assess the existing condition of America’s financial markets and the regulatory system, as well as to closely monitor the actions of the Treasury Department and financial institutions to determine if their actions are in the best interest of the American economy.

Dr. Troske joins us this week to discuss current trends in American economics, the impact of government collapses like the ones currently happening in Venezuela and Yemen, how countries fall into and climb out of those types of “death spirals,” and more.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, carl.nathe@uky.edu, (859) 257-3200

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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Sep 13, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 13, 2017) – “There isn’t a university in the U.S. right now that doesn’t have some kind of internationalization or globalization as one of their top priorities,” says Dr. Sue Roberts, UK’s Associate Provost for Internationalization and Director for the UK International Center (UKIC).

From Education Abroad to International Student Recruitment to Global Health and more, the UKIC leads internationalization efforts at the University of Kentucky. The work of the UKIC is supported by the International Advisory Council, a group of globally-engaged faculty and administrators representing each of the University’s 16 colleges, plus other key academic units.

On this week’s episode of Behind the Blue, Dr. Roberts joins us to discuss ‘human’ geography, helping the University on a global stage through her transition to the UKIC, and the wealth of global learning opportunities UK provides both internationally and here at home.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Jones-Timoney, amy.jones2@uky.edu, (859) 257-2940

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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Sep 7, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 7, 2017) – The debate surrounding Confederate monuments and statues in public spaces has ebbed and flowed since their creation. This debate seems to be at high point, with the June 2015 murders of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina serving as a springboard into a national spotlight of conversation and controversy.

From Florida to California, from Alabama to Maine, monuments to the Confederacy have been under increased scrutiny and efforts to either preserve them on or remove them from the grounds they occupy.

In an effort to get more perspective on the swirling interest around the future of these statues, this week’s episode of Behind the Blue features Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor, from the Department of History in the UK College of Arts & Sciences. A 2016 winner of the UK Alumni Association’s Great Teacher Award, Dr. Taylor’s research focuses on the social and cultural history of the U.S. South in the era of the Civil War and Emancipation.

Dr. Taylor’s first book, The Divided Family in Civil War America (UNC Press, 2005), explored the image and reality of families divided by national loyalties in the Civil War period. Her current book project, Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the U.S. Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps (UNC Press, forthcoming), is a study of the many thousands of men, women, and children who fled slavery during the Civil War.

Dr. Taylor gives a historian’s perspective on how she approaches the discussion regarding these monuments, how many people would be surprised at Kentucky’s actual role in the Civil War, the reactions and insights she gets from students, and more.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Jones-Timoney, amy.jones2@uky.edu, (859) 257-2940

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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Sep 1, 2017

A Campus Walk With UK President Eli Capilouto

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 1, 2017) – This fall, members of the Class of 2021 are experiencing a campus that has been transformed with student success at its core.

During the past six years, the University of Kentucky has invested more than $2.3 billion in facilities designed to support students. New residence halls, innovative classrooms and learning spaces, along with modern lab space create boundless opportunities for our newest Wildcats to learn, discover and grow.

With students already moving onto campus, we wanted to spend some time with University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto to get his thoughts on the upcoming academic year.

Since UK’s president loves to walk the campus, this episode of Behind the Blue is taken from our “Campus Walks” video series produced by UK Public Relations & Marketing. Dr. Capilouto joins UKPR’s Amy Jones-Timoney in a discussion on topics including campus renovation, the significance of Maxwell Place, and the mission and responsibility of the University to the Commonwealth.

The idea behind “Campus Walks” is to get out of the office and onto campus with members of the UK community, to have in-depth, authentic conversations about our university with the people working so hard to advance our mission of education, research and service. You can also watch the video of our walk. Click here for segment 1, here for segment 2, here for segment 3, and here for segment 4.

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May 5, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2017) – The most exciting two minutes in sports brings horses, jockeys, celebrities and more from across the country and around the world to Louisville, Kentucky every year. While reporters and guests focus on big hats, bow ties, silks and mint juleps researchers at the University of Kentucky are interested in injuries.

One of the many benefits of a campus like UK’s is the ability to work across disciplines and specialties on research. So, when a physician at Keeneland approached Dr. Christian Lattermann about documenting jockey injuries Lattermann asked Dr. Carl Mattacola to work on the project with him, in partnership with the Jockeys’ Guild, to establish and grow a registry that can be utilized to look at injuries among professional jockeys.

Since 2006 Lattermann and Mattacola have had the opportunity to work on numerous projects together. They join us this week on Behind the Blue to discuss those projects, including their work with the UK Sports Medicine Research Institute, or SMRI.

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May 1, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 1, 2017) – This week, the University of Kentucky will honor its next group of undergraduate and graduate degree candidates, as spring commencement ceremonies are held. As these new graduates move on from campus and out into the world, they may soon discover that no matter how far from Lexington they travel, the University of Kentucky is closer than they might expect. Alumni from UK live and work around the world, and the UK Alumni Association works to keep those alumni connected both to campus and each other.

Since its inception more than 125 years ago in 1889, the UK Alumni Association has served the University and its nearly 300,000 alumni worldwide by providing benefits, communications, programs, services, records management and legislative advocacy. Joining us on this episode of ‘Behind the Blue’ to talk about the Alumni Association are Jill Smith, the Associate Director for Communications and Membership, and Program Coordinator Sara-Elizabeth Bush.

They discuss with us their own personal experiences as UK students and alumni, the benefits of becoming a part of the Alumni Association, and how the advantages go far beyond finding a group of Cats fans to watch the next big game with…

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Mar 17, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 17, 2017) – Each year we see athletes new and old flipping, dunking and swimming their way to wins and national titles. What we don’t see are the countless staff members working to keep these athletes healthy and in shape before, during and after their meets, games and matches.

People like Dr. Kim Kaiser, assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. Kaiser not only serves patients in the UK Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine clinic she’s also team doctor for gymnastics, cheerleading, women’s soccer, swimming and diving, volleyball and sideline physician for women’s basketball.

In this week's episode of the Behind the Blue, Kaiser shares how she works with athletes to ensure they’re in shape and feeling healthy for class and game time. She also provides insights into how research being done at UK Sports Medicine will help reduce and hopefully prevent the long term effects of repeated head injury and concussion. Kaiser also discusses why she chose to come to Lexington from Missouri and how her experience as a student athlete better enables her to treat both college athletes and patients in clinic who have their own athletic goals.  

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Mar 7, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Mar. 7, 2017) – On February 28th, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association held a dinner to honor this year’s recipients of the Great Teacher Award. Six UK professors have been named winners of the award for 2017:

Since 1961, when the program was started, 283 faculty members have been honored as Great Teachers. The award holds special significance for the winners, because it is entirely student nominated. It is the oldest, continuously-given award for teachers at the University of Kentucky. Recipients are selected by a committee appointed by the UK Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and representatives of the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa. In addition to the awards dinner, the winners received a plaque, a cash stipend, and were recognized at center court on the floor of Rupp Arena during this season’s final home UK Men's Basketball game.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, each of the 2017 Great Teacher Award winners discuss what it was like to be presented with this honor, their teaching philosophies, their thoughts regarding their students here at UK, and more.

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Feb 17, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2017) – Parkinson’s disease is a long-term, progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. An estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s. The symptoms for the disease usually develop slowly over time, and among the obvious are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty in walking. Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s, though there are medications that can slow the progression of symptoms.

Dr. Craig van Horne is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery with UK HealthCare. He focuses his research on cellular and surgical therapies for Parkinson’s disease.

Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS, is a surgical procedure that uses electrodes to stimulate areas of the brain, effectively overriding the damaged nerve’s electrical impulses to reduce many of the symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease. Dr. van Horne is testing an experimental procedure called DBS+, which uses peripheral nerve tissue to prompt nerve regeneration and slow the disease process. Early data shows that DBS+ has improved symptoms for some patients, and Dr. van Horne hopes it will become the new “standard of care” for the treatment of Parkinson’s symptoms, improving quality of life for patients who are diminished by their disease.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, we sat down with Dr. van Horne to discuss DBS+, what this treatment may mean for Parkinson’s patients, and how this research can impact many other areas across the spectrum of healthcare.

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Feb 9, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2017) – February is American Hearth Health Month, and this past February 3rd marked the 14th annual National Wear Red Day for Women. It’s a day designed to call our attention to recognizing heart disease as the #1 killer of women in this country, and to raise awareness of women’s overall heart health.

According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, and in 2013 was responsible for about 1 in 4 female deaths. It’s generally thought of as a “man’s disease”, but heart disease affects genders equally here in the US, and only 54% of women recognize that it is their #1 killer. Perhaps most alarming, 64% of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease experience no previous symptoms.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, we sit down with Dr. Gretchen Wells, Director of the Women’s Heart Program at the UK Gill Heart Institute, and Gail Cohen, a patient who experienced first-hand the dangers of undetected heart disease. We discuss the differences regarding heart health between men and women, the impact of heart disease here in Kentucky, and how collaboration across UK’s campus reaps benefits for new and advanced methods of detecting and treating heart disease, as well as preventative steps people can take to improve heart health.

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Feb 1, 2017

UK Libraries is integral to the University’s mission of teaching and learning, research, and outreach. Consisting of 10 major facilities, including the William T. Young Library, the John A. Morris Equine Library, the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library, and more, UK Libraries collaborates with faculty across campus and the Commonwealth of Kentucky to prepare students for a future in the knowledge economy and a global society.

As the premier research library in the Commonwealth, UK Libraries provides ever-expanding access to information resources, teaching and learning programs and services, and helps develop new digital formats to reach users at their point of need.

On this week’s episode of Behind the Blue, we sit down for a conversation with Dr. Terry Birdwhistell, UK’s Dean of Libraries. Known as the University’s oral historian, Dr. Birdwhistell has been working in the University Libraries since 1973. He’s done over 900 oral history interviews during that time with a wide array of people who have influenced, impacted, and helped shape the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Dean Birdwhistell talks with us about the importance of listening, some of his favorite interviews, and his belief that while quantitative data is important, numbers can often fail to give us certain information about our history. In those moments, stories can shed light upon our history in rich and meaningful ways that transcend raw data. He also shares with us a surprising starting 5 for his “Dream UK Basketball” team…

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Jan 26, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 27, 2017) – Bias, conscious and unconscious, can have a much greater impact in our lives than we possibly give credit for. It can shape daily decisions, frame our outlook on the world, impact our relationships, and create divisions among us that can jeopardize our business and personal wellbeing.

 In an effort to assist faculty, staff and student, the University of Kentucky created the Bias Incident Response Team, to provide a reporting structure for encounters with bias, as well as a place for people to go for support. Carol Taylor-Shim is the Director of the team. Taylor-Shim came to UK as a social justice educator at the Violence Intervention Prevention Center in July 2013. She joins us on this episode of UK’s ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast to give more insight on bias.

 Taylor-Shim has spent nearly 20 years working with families in need, and says there are steps the University community is taking to address how victims of bias can find support. “When people belong, and know they belong and feel they belong, they engage more, and this place becomes theirs…but we have to work to make sure that is what’s happening.”

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Jan 18, 2017

On Friday, January 20th 2017, the United States of America will observe the “peaceful transfer of power” that for 220 years has marked the transition between one US President to the next. Just after noon on that day, Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States, as the 2nd term of President Barack Obama comes to an end.

On this episode of ‘Behind the Blue’ we’re joined once again by associate professors Dr. Emily Beaulieu, who specializes in comparative politics, and Dr. Stephen Voss, who specializes in voting behavior and political methodology.

As our country heads into the next four years of a new administration, we take a look back at the Presidential election of 2016, where the predictions were right, where they were wrong, and where we go from here, on a state, national, and global level.

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Dec 21, 2016

Storytelling is an art as old as human civilization. It can cross or establish boundaries, unite or divide cultures, and give context and meaning to our shared existence. Throughout its history, the University of Kentucky has fostered a rich culture of storytelling. Long considered a cradle of Kentucky authors, the University is making headway in supporting the work of authors more representative of the national scene.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, we welcome one of those authors..UK Assistant English Professor Hannah Pittard. Hannah has published three novels: 2011’s The Fates Will Find Their Way, which received a favorable review by The New York Times Book Review. Her second novel, Reunion (in 2014), was an editor’s choice by the Chicago Tribune. In 2016, she released Listen To Me, and is now completing work on her next book, Atlanta, 1962, which will be released in 2017.

During our conversation, Hannah discusses lessons in generosity learned from her students, how she’s never forgotten that success in published storytelling is based on luck, her pick of Madam Bovary as the best novel in existence, what she feels may be one of the best kept secrets in Lexington, and more…

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Dec 13, 2016

Since the early 1900s, the University of Kentucky Police Department has been a part of the campus community. Originally serving as a night watchman service, the UK department (along with all state universities) was given the power of a full police agency by a 1972 Kentucky legislative statute. Since then, it has grown into the 12th largest police department in the state of Kentucky.

UK Police Chief Joe Monroe has also seen his fair share of growth during his time with the department. A native of Cynthiana, Ky, Chief Monroe has been a part of UK Police since 1994, and has worked to strike a balance of learning from the past and adapting for future challenges, all while attempting to maintain transparency for his department..something which he feels is ever important in today’s tenuous times.

We sat down with Chief Monroe to discuss the history of UK Police, his thoughts on the future of campus safety, and how recent assaults on college campuses around the country can inform both his department and the campus community at-large on efforts to maintain safety…

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Nov 29, 2016

The end-of-year holidays are upon us, and for many, it’s a time made all the more meaningful by food.. Dishes that are traditions in some families can be powerful reminders of coming together with loved ones to celebrate and reflect.

But, what if the foods that elicit such strong memory and emotion in us no longer tasted the same? Certain foods hold so much sentiment in our lives, how would we react if we could no longer have that experience?

Our three guests this week have been exploring that very idea of taste, smell, and how our nerve receptors interpret that information. Dan Han is a UK Neuropsychologist, and the Director of Neurobahavioral Studies at the UK Sports Medicine Research Institute. Tim McClintock is a UK Physiology Professor working in Neural Regeneration. And Ouita Michel is a nationally acclaimed chef and owner of the Holly Hill Inn. Together, they are forging new paths in a field called Neurogastronomy: which examines how the brain creates taste perceptions. Their work is taking them into areas of learning how to change and enhance the mechanics of the flavors of foods, how we experience them, and how this may impact the world in areas of clinical and nutritional science, both on a personal and a global level.

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