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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: January, 2020
Jan 29, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 29, 2020) - Science colors everything we do. From the moment we wake up in the morning until we go to bed at night, science is all around us. We’re looking forward to another year of Everything is Science – the week-long festival featuring experts from Lexington and beyond, who will give presentations, demonstrations and conversation in laid-back spaces.

Everything is Science: Life in Technicolor will focus on colors – with events like, “We Heard it Through the Grapevine: Purple and Green in Science” and “It’s a Gray Area: Black & White in Science.” The experts will focus on the science of sleep, climate change and homelessness, color theory and linguistics.

Local restaurants and bars participating in the week-long festival will host guests Monday, February 24-28.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, Kristen Mark, an associate professor and director of UK’s Sexual Health Promotion Lab, and Jarrod Creameans, a graduate student in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, talk about why science matters and how you can join in the conversation about science that is happening all around us – not just in research labs.  

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.

Jan 21, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2020) – The University of Kentucky recently received $3 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on General Medical Sciences to fund new opioid-related research in the criminal justice system.

Known as the Geographic variation in Addiction Treatment (GATE) study, the 5-year project is led by Carrie Oser, professor of sociology in the UK College of Arts & Sciences. Oser and her colleagues will be focusing on the factors that influence a person’s decision to use one of the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) – methadone, buprenorphine and extended-release naltrexone.

Although research shows that these medications are highly effective at reducing opioid use, infectious disease transmission, and drug-related criminal behavior, uptake of these medications is low – only about 7% of people with OUD receive medications – and more than half of KY counties do not have any providers who prescribe medications for OUD.  It is even more challenging for those involved in the criminal justice system. In the past few years, the Kentucky Department of Corrections has addressed this issue by making naltrexone available inside their institutions and is currently piloting expansion at three prisons by offering buprenorphine to individuals with OUD that meet clinical and medical protocols.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, Oser talks with UKPR’s Allison Perry about the GATE study and its goals, to identify how a person’s individual characteristics, personal networks and structural factors influence their decision whether or not to take medication for OUD both during incarceration and following release, and it will specifically look at the differences between urban and rural populations. While other studies have looked at individual and structural factors as predictors of medication use, this study is unique in its focus on the people surrounding the person with OUD and how their support – or lack thereof – and opinions influences decisions on taking medication.

"Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. 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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Jan 15, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 15, 2020) – The University of Kentucky launched the Smart Campus Initiative in 2019, involving students and faculty from across the campus looking at new ways of teaching and learning, among other objectives.

On this week’s edition of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR’s Carl Nathe talks with three key leaders who are helping to implement this unique project and how it promises to benefit UK and the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky.

"Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. 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.

To discover what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky, click here.

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