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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: July, 2019
Jul 30, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 31, 2019) – The University of Kentucky is constantly trying to make itself better. An ongoing example is the team effort being applied to enhance sustainability and recycling efforts across the entire campus.

On this episode of ‘Behind the Blue’, Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications sits down with three campus leaders who are achieving outstanding results in these areas. Shane Tedder (UK’s Sustainability Coordinator), Joanna Ashford (UK’s Recycling Coordinator) and Esther Moberly (UK’s Waste, Recycling, and Trucking Manager) discuss how they work together towards the idea of ‘cultural sustainability’, and to keep the University balancing its economic responsibilities with environmental and social ones.

Behind the Blue is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. Transcripts are available for download from the host page here. 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.

Jul 23, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 23, 2019) – Experts advise that one of the best ways to stay young at heart is to remain curious about the world around you, to keep learning new things. The University of Kentucky’s commitment to this concept is demonstrated by its Office of Lifelong Learning, under the very capable direction of Diana Lockridge.

Thanks to a program envisioned by former UK president Herman Donovan back in the 1950’s and formally begun in 1964, well over 1,000 Kentuckians age 50 and over now take classes, attend special programs, paint, sing, dance and more. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UK and the Donovan Fellows give credence to their adopted motto, “Where Curiosity Never Retires.” 

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR’s Carl Nathe visits with Lockridge about the dynamic educational and enrichment opportunities offered to older adults through the university.

Behind the Blue is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. Transcripts are available for download from the host page here. 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.

Jul 16, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 16, 2019) – Regeneration is one of the most enticing areas of biological research. How are some animals able to regrow body parts? Is it possible that humans could do the same? If scientists could unlock the secrets that confer those animals with this remarkable ability, the knowledge could have profound significance in clinical practice down the road.  

Scientists at the University of Kentucky have taken this fantasy one step closer to reality, recently announcing that they have assembled the genome of the axolotl, a salamander whose only native habitat is a lake near Mexico City.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR’s Amy Timoney talks with Randal Voss, a professor in the UK Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, and Jeramiah Smith, an associate professor in the UK Department of Biology. Organisms with larger genomes than humans have been largely impossible to map, due to the remarkable computational burden posed, but Voss and Smith adapted a classical genetic approach called linkage mapping to put the axolotl genome together in the correct order quickly and efficiently – the first genome of this size to be assembled to date.

As proof of concept, Voss and Smith used the assembled data to rapidly identify a gene that causes a heart defect in an axolotl, thus providing a new model of human disease.

Behind the Blue is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. Transcripts are available for download from the host page here. 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.

Jul 9, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 09, 2019) – For the very first time, the University of Kentucky is  hosting the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) program on its campus in Lexington this summer.The three-week intensive summer arts program opened on June 23 and  continues through July 13, with selected high school sophomores and juniors from across the state participating in seminars, masterclasses, lectures, workshops, and more.

UK alumnus Nick Covault, who earned degrees from the College of Fine Arts in vocal performance and arts administration, is also a GSA graduate and is now in his third year as director of the program. GSA enables all of its students to attend free of charge, thanks to a public/private partnership first established in 1987 by The Kentucky Center.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR’s Carl Nathe talks with Covault about his own time as a GSA student and how his UK experiences continue to help  influence his life and career.

Behind the Blue is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. Transcripts are available for download from the host page here. 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.

Jul 2, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 3, 2019) – Alzheimer's disease wreaks emotional havoc on patients, who are robbed of their memories, their dignity, and their lives.  It’s financially devastating as well: care for Alzheimer's patients is predicted to top $1 trillion by about the time children born today are having children of their own.

More than 70,000 Kentuckians are living with Alzheimer's disease, which likely means that you know someone whose life has been touched -- directly or indirectly -- by dementia. And since that number is expected to rise to more than 85,000 in the next five years or so, Alzheimer's will likely hit closer to home for many of us.

But the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is doggedly pursuing answers to unlock the "how" and "why" dementia occurs with the goal of a treatment by 2050. They are world leaders in dementia research, and research funding for Sanders-Brown has almost tripled in the past 5 years.

In this episode of "Behind the Blue," Sanders-Brown director Linda Van Eldik talks about Sanders-Brown's involvement in some of the most important discoveries in the history of Alzheimer's research and what they are doing now to advance the science. 

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.

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