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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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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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For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

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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.

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

For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

Click here for "Behind the Blue" on iTunes.

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.

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

For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

Click here for "Behind the Blue" on iTunes.

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.

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

For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

Click here for "Behind the Blue" on iTunes.

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

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