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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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Now displaying: June, 2019
Jun 25, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 25, 2019) – The University of Kentucky campus in Lexington is a big place, nearly 800 acres in area. Add in hundreds of buildings, ranging in age from brand new to more than 100 years old, and it’s a lot to keep track of and take care of.

Overseeing this effort is the job of UK’s Vice President for Facilities Management and Chief Facilities Officer Mary Vosevich, who joined the UK family in 2014 after a long career at the University of New Mexico.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR’s Carl Nathe talks with Vosevich about her responsibilities, the work that her people do each and every day, and the future outlook for the campus.

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Jun 19, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 19, 2019) – When hospitals close we can assume that those who live near them will presumably have less access to medical care because they will have to travel farther for healthcare services. Since 2009, five rural hospitals in Kentucky have closed, and many more are at risk of following suit. 

Alison Davis, a professor of agricultural economics in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and director of Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) and SuZanne Troske, a research associate at CEDIK, recently authored a policy paper, and are working on a research article, that discusses the impact rural hospital closures have on the length of time an individual spends being transported in an ambulance.

While the paper didn’t offer specific solutions to the problem, the two researchers plan to conduct further studies to examine air transportation as an alternative, how longer ambulance rides impact health outcomes and understand the importance of hospitals as an economic driver in a community.

In this week’s episode of Behind the Blue, we discuss all this as well as the role communities can play in keeping rural hospitals open, the important piece of healthcare services provided by ambulances and emergency medical services and how economic development can impact health outcomes.

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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.

Jun 11, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 11, 2019)The University of Kentucky’s Department of Computer Science within the College of Engineering was formed in 1966, making it one of the oldest departments of its kind anywhere in the nation.

Now one of its younger faculty members, Corey Baker, is helping to lead the way for the department in bridging the diversity gap. Baker, who is in his second year as an assistant professor at UK, believes universities must do a better job recruiting, retaining, and graduating minority students in engineering. Thus far, his extensive efforts are proving to be very successful.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR’s Carl Nathe talks with Baker about student recruitment and about his teaching, research, and service.

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