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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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Dec 27, 2018

LEXINGTON, KY (Dec. 27, 2018) - The world of human genome editing was turned on its head last month when a scientist from China claimed – on YouTube, no less – to have created the first gene-edited babies. He Jiankui, an assistant professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, announced that he used a gene editing tool called CRISPR on two embryos in hopes of making them resistant to HIV.

With the birth of these twin girls (and an alleged third pregnancy underway), Jiankui flung the theoretical world of gene editing firmly into the middle of a bioethical firestorm, and the fallout from his actions are likely to affect how science is conducted and policed for generations to come. 

The "genes are out of the bottle," says Sara Rosenthal, Ph.D., professor and founding director of the University of Kentucky's Program for Bioethics. "Assuming that [Jiankui] is telling the truth – and we don't even know that yet, since we've seen no data – the implications of his actions for both the science community and for these girls and their offspring are profound."

In this episode of "Behind the Blue," Rosenthal discusses the controversy surrounding Jiankui’s claims and the implications when science gets ahead of ethical principles.

In addition to running UK’s Bioethics Program, Rosenthal also directs UK HealthCare's clinical ethics consultation service and the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science's Research Ethics Consultation Service, also known as "benchside ethics" consults.

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Dec 25, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 25, 2018) – (THIS EPISODE IS AN ENCORE EDITION) Drug addiction is rampant in the nation, with estimates of more than 70,000 people dying from drug overdoses in 2017, much of that fueled by opioid abuse.

To put it in relatable numbers, the United States suffered more deaths to drug abuse last year than the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in the Vietnam War. Or, put another way, at roughly 200 deaths per day, it’s the equivalent of a jumbo jet going down every 24 hours.

The problem has reached epidemic levels in Kentucky, with heroin and fentanyl abuse ravaging communities. On this week’s episode of Behind the Blue, Dr. Sharon Walsh, director of the University of Kentucky’s Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) and a distinguished professor in the UK College of Medicine, discusses the challenge Kentucky faces in battling the opioid epidemic.

That question – what do we do? – was the basis of a daylong meeting Dr. Walsh had with the UK Board of Trustees. As part of its annual retreat this year, UK President Eli Capilouto and Walsh framed an entire day of discussion and presentations around the opioid epidemic in the country and its specific impact on Kentucky.

As importantly, the discussion centered on how UK – along with partners at the state and federal levels – is positioning itself to stem the tide of drug addiction and abuse in the state and beyond those borders.

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Dec 19, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2018) – (THIS EPISODE IS AN ENCORE EDITION) The holidays offer the opportunity to reunite with seldom-seen relatives. Family gatherings often bring people together over traditional foods, activities, and recollections of the past. If you notice memory changes in your older family members, how do you know whether what you're seeing is just part of getting older or something more serious? 

According to Kelly Parsons of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky, there's a fine line between normal brain aging and dementia.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue”, Parsons joins us to provide tips on warning signs and what to do when you worry that grandma or grandpa might have Alzheimer's, plus advice on making the holidays less stressful for everyone when someone with Alzheimer's is on the guest list.

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Dec 17, 2018

LEXINGTON, KY. (Dec. 17, 2018) - One of the biggest barriers to accessing treatment for substance use disorders can be the time it takes to find an open space in a treatment facility. By the time a clinician, family member or patient can find the right facility for their needs and navigate the insurance process, the bed in question may have been filled or the window of opportunity for recovery may have passed.

During a visit with her own primary care physician, Terry Bunn, an associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and director of the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) heard that same sentiment repeated. As the leader of KIPRC, a bona fide agent of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Bunn knew there was a solution to this issue, that more people with substance use disorders could be helped and lives could be saved.

In February 2018, "Find Help Now KY" was launched. Kentucky is currently the only state with a near real-time treatment opening locator for substance use disorders. The locator guides individuals to available treatment openings. It takes into consideration the substance(s) being used, payment options including commercial and public insurance programs, gender identity, preference for in- or out-patient treatment and needed co-occurring treatments such as mental health care, plus 30 more criteria. The site provides daily availability information for treatment openings, to enable rapid admission to addiction programs.

On this week's episode of "Behind the Blue" hear about the development of "Find Help Now KY", the success the site has experienced and KIPRC's efforts to assist other states in the development of their own website to help those in active addiction.

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Dec 10, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2018) –In case someone asks you, what do the arts have to do with the sciences, just tell them to spend a few minutes with University of Kentucky senior biology and neuroscience major Esther Putman. She will tell you, plenty.

Raised by parents with a strong commitment to making sure that Esther got to see the importance of being a well-rounded person, she’s been a lifelong student of dance while simultaneously developing a passion for the study of all things space, as in NASA, and medicine.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR‘s Carl Nathe talks with Putman about why UK has been the perfect place for her to put all of her interests together as she works toward what promises to be a fascinating life and career.

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Dec 3, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2018) – If staying engaged in something you love is the key to staying young, University of Kentucky emeritus faculty member Don Frazier certainly is on the right track.

At an age when many folks are sitting back and taking it easy, Frazier still shows up on campus several days a week to impart knowledge and wisdom to young students, and to mentor up-and-coming faculty members. And he still is earning research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR‘s Carl Nathe talks with Frazier about his passion for science and research, and for sharing that love with others.

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Nov 26, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 26, 2018) – The job of overseeing student enrollment at the University of Kentucky, from the application process to the culmination of receiving a degree during Commencement ceremonies, is a big one.

Christine Harper serves as UK’s Associate Provost for Enrollment Management and coordinates a wide array of programs all aimed at helping students succeed during their time on campus.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR‘s Carl Nathe talks with Harper about why she loves her job, and about what she and her colleagues are doing to facilitate students having a wonderful experience inside and outside of the classroom.

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Nov 19, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2018) – The holidays offer the opportunity to reunite with seldom-seen relatives. Family gatherings often bring people together over traditional foods, activities, and recollections of the past. If you notice memory changes in your older family members, how do you know whether what you're seeing is just part of getting older or something more serious? 

According to Kelly Parsons of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky, there's a fine line between normal brain aging and dementia.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue”, Parsons joins us to provide tips on warning signs and what to do when you worry that grandma or grandpa might have Alzheimer's, plus advice on making the holidays less stressful for everyone when someone with Alzheimer's is on the guest list.

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Nov 12, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2018) – Many factors can impact child and adolescent socialization and adjustment. What are the things that lead one person on a path to happiness and achievement, while another youngster gets involved in problem behaviors and even violence?

University of Kentucky faculty member Alexander Vazsonyi, a professor in the Department of Family Sciences within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is renowned nationally and internationally for his research on adolescent development and adjustment. 

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR‘s Carl Nathe talks with Vazsonyi about his work, his accomplishments, and how much he enjoys serving as a mentor to students.

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Nov 5, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2018) – In some way, shape, or form books have been an essential part of Leila Salisbury’s life from a very early age. As she enters her third year as director of the University Press of Kentucky, Salisbury is excited about the future of the press, which was founded in 1943. 

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR‘s Carl Nathe talks with Salisbury about new things in the works at the University Press, the upcoming Kentucky Humanities Book Festival and Fair, and more.

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Oct 31, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2018) – On Tuesday, November 6th 2018, Kentuckians will head to the polls along with their fellow Americans for the 2018 mid-term elections. Federal, state, and local offices are up for grabs across the nation, including all 435 seats in the US House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the US Senate. Additionally, 39 state and territorial governorships will be among the offices contested.

On this episode of ‘Behind the Blue’ associate professors Dr. Emily Beaulieu, who specializes in comparative politics, and Dr. Stephen Voss, who specializes in voting behavior and political methodology, join us to discuss the impact of these elections on a local, state, and national level. We last spoke with both of them in January of 2017. Listen as they offer their insight on the state of politics in the time since the Presidential inauguration, the rise of social movements across the country, the challenges candidates face in creating a winning election strategy, and more.

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Oct 22, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2018) – Drug addiction is rampant in the nation, with estimates of more than 70,000 people dying from drug overdoses in 2017, much of that fueled by opioid abuse.

To put it in relatable numbers, the United States suffered more deaths to drug abuse last year than the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in the Vietnam War. Or, put another way, at roughly 200 deaths per day, it’s the equivalent of a jumbo jet going down every 24 hours.

The problem has reached epidemic levels in Kentucky, with heroin and fentanyl abuse ravaging communities. On this week’s episode of Behind the Blue, Dr. Sharon Walsh, director of the University of Kentucky’s Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) and a distinguished professor in the UK College of Medicine, discusses the challenge Kentucky faces in battling the opioid epidemic.

That question – what do we do? – was the basis of a daylong meeting Dr. Walsh had with the UK Board of Trustees. As part of its annual retreat this year, UK President Eli Capilouto and Walsh framed an entire day of discussion and presentations around the opioid epidemic in the country and its specific impact on Kentucky.

As importantly, the discussion centered on how UK – along with partners at the state and federal levels – is positioning itself to stem the tide of drug addiction and abuse in the state and beyond those borders.

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Oct 15, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2018) – The University of Kentucky College of Engineering is answering the call to train and develop more engineers for the Commonwealth and beyond.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR‘s Carl Nathe talks with one of the newest members of the UK family, Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Buchheit, who assumed his role as dean of the College of Engineering on July 1, following 20 years as a faculty member and administrator at The Ohio State University.

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Oct 5, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2018) – A person who earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree here at the University of Kentucky in the 1970’s is this year’s president of the UK Alumni Association.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR‘s Carl Nathe talks with Fritz Skeen about his passion for UK, the vital role alumni and friends can play in the present and future success of the university, and how much he is looking forward to Homecoming 2018.

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Sep 28, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2018) – Simon Sheather just completed his third month in his new role as dean of the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, and he is very happy to be here on campus.

This native son of Australia came to Lexington on July 1 after spending 13 years on the faculty of Texas A&M University in College Station.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR‘s Carl Nathe talks with Sheather about his life, his career, and what attracted him to come to the Bluegrass.

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Sep 21, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2018) - As the university for Kentucky, understanding and addressing the health needs of the people of the Commonwealth is the goal of many faculty, staff, clinicians and researchers. As a step toward improving health equity in the Commonwealth, the University of Kentucky Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) was established during the 2018 Board of Trustees meeting. 

On this episode of Behind the Blue, CHET director Nancy Schoenberg and associate director Carrie Oser discuss how, through research and training, CHET will increase the number of researchers and the amount of health-equity focused research at UK.

"[Kentucky] is one of several states where we see declines in life expectancy so there is a lot of work to be done. We believe that research can help inform the best practices that can support improvements in health" said Nancy Schoenberg.

To learn more about the Center for Health Equity Transformation, click here.

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Sep 14, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2018) – A brand new research building will open on the University of Kentucky campus on Friday, Sept. 21.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR‘s Carl Nathe talks with UK Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis about the vital importance of this new facility and how it is designed to help researchers collaborate to help solve many of Kentucky’s health disparities.

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Sep 7, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 7, 2018) - Summer is winding down and the start of the 2018 Fall semester is upon us. UK President Eli Capilouto is entering his eighth year as the leader of the University of Kentucky.

On this week's episode of Behind the Blue, UKPR's Amy Jones-Timoney and Carl Nathe join President Capilouto to talk about the changes continuing to happen on campus, the vision for the University moving into the future, and how the work here continues to energize and motivate him.

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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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