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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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Oct 31, 2016

Over the past several months here on Behind the Blue, we’ve been telling stories about how the University of Kentucky helps lead the Commonwealth into the future, through groundbreaking research, community health initiatives, and preparing the next generation of students to become the great leaders and thinkers of tomorrow. But in some ways just as important, the University works hard to preserve its past, and allow Kentuckians to see UK’s rich history as the state’s flagship land-grant institute.

This week, we’re joined by Deirdre Scaggs, Associate Dean for UK’s Special Collections Research Center, and Director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center.

Along with the Ford Research Center, the Special Collections Research Center is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection, the John G. Heyburn Center for Judicial Excellence, and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center.

SCRC collects,preserves, and provides access to materials documenting the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

On this week’s episode, Deidre joins us to talk about her work with the UK archives, some of the rare materials she and her team get to work with and, as a special Halloween treat, a few stories from UK’s past, including one about Maxwell Place, and the Case of the Poisoned Salmon…

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Oct 26, 2016

When we think of research, our minds may possibly conjure up an image of a scientist in a white coat, hunched over a lab table, pouring chemicals into beakers. But research takes a multitude of forms, and flourishes in many different fields. From clinical trials for new cancer medication, to composing and recording an album of original music, and even to studying and refining the most effective ways to cure a country ham. Research often leads us towards answering questions we didn’t even think to ask. 

At the forefront of research efforts here at the University of Kentucky, is the construction of a brand-new, $265 million dollar, multi-disciplinary research building, expected to be completed in 2018…a space that will be dedicated to addressing health challenges and disparities in Kentucky.

Joining us this week to discuss this new facility, and the impact it will have on innovation and collaboration, is Dr. Lisa Cassis, the University’s Vice-President for Research. In our conversation, Dr. Cassis talks about her personal journey into fields of research, the importance of bringing together viewpoints from different fields to drive new discoveries, the importance of clinical trials through UK’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and more…

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Oct 19, 2016

Is Donald Trump an anomaly? Are the two political parties at a crisis point? Where does the country go after a presidential election seemingly like no other?

Those questions and more were the topic of this week’s Behind the Blue podcast. To explore the issues raised by this year’s election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Behind the Blue talked with two leading experts at UK --

Emily Beaulieu, an associate professor in comparative politics, and Stephen Voss, an associate professor specializing in voting behavior and political methodology.

It’s a broad and far-ranging discussion that touches on the history of presidential elections, what’s different about this one, and what the future may look like for the political parties and our system of governance.

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Oct 12, 2016

“Affrilachia” is the word coined by poet Frank X Walker to signify the importance of the African-American presence in Appalachia. It is his accepted responsibility to do work which challenges, in his words, “the notion of a homogeneous all-white literary landscape in this region”. 

Walker is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, a founder/Executive Director of the Bluegrass Black Arts Consortium, the Program Coordinator of the University of Kentucky’s King Cultural Center, and a Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Fellowship recipient. He has lectured, conducted workshops, read poetry and exhibited at over 300 national conferences and universities, and was the recipient of the 2006 Thomas D. Clark Literary Award for Excellence.

A native of Danville, Ky., Walker is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, currently serves as Associate Professor in the UK Department of English, and was the 2013-14 Poet Laureate for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In this episode, Walker discusses his work, reflections on campus both as a former student and now as a professor, and more…

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Oct 5, 2016

This week, alumni, students, and family members will gather on campus for UK’s celebration of Homecoming along with Family Weekend. Each year, the University celebrates those who have gone before, along with showcasing how current students are experiencing UK and the Lexington area. 

If you were to be on campus this weekend, and asked pretty much anyone about Don Witt, you’ll likely get an answer of familiarity. Witt, the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, is often the first point-of-contact for incoming students and their families. In addition to signing their letter of acceptance, Witt also serves as the Director of Undergraduate Admission and as the University’s Registrar, so he bookends that act with another signature…the one on their diploma upon graduation.

On this week's Behind the Blue, we sit down with Don for a brief conversation on making the connection with students, the challenges of navigating a college career, how students can best prepare for the college experience, and more…

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