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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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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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Nov 15, 2016

In the spring of 2016, the University of Kentucky hired Dr. Robert DiPaola as the new dean for the UK College of Medicine. Dr. DiPaola had previously been the director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and vice chancellor for cancer programs at the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Center. 

At Rutgers, he was responsible for all research, clinical and administrative activities of a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and led the successful renewal of their NCI designation in 2011. During his tenure there, he oversaw an increase in external research funding to more than $100 million annually. He now takes over a College of Medicine that has long been nationally recognized for education innovation and leadership, preparing graduates for clinical practice and advanced academic and research opportunities. 

On this episode, Dr. DiPaola discusses his transition to UK, his vision for priorities in research and the College of Medicine, advances in technology and multi-disciplinary work, and more.

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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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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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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...

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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