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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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Jun 17, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 17, 2021) – Members of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today are considering a proposed $5.1 billion UK budget for 2021-2022. The budget describes how the university funds the salaries of some 20,000 employees, sets tuition for 30,000 students and details the operations of a hospital system that now comprises roughly half of UK’s budget.

But at its core, according to UK’s Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, Eric Monday, a budget is about values and priorities. Monday believes a budget provides a roadmap to better understand what the institution really values.

In this episode of Behind the Blue, Monday discusses those values and priorities in detail as he breaks down a record budget for the University of Kentucky.

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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. Transcripts for this or other episodes of Behind the Blue can be downloaded from the show’s blog page.

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Jun 10, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 10, 2021) – Medical trauma, the emotional and physiological reactions that many children with medical conditions and their family members experience, happens to millions of people and can cause a variety of adverse reactions, regardless of the severity of the medical condition being treated.

On this episode of ‘Behind the Blue’, Dr. Meghan Marsac and Melissa Hogan discuss their new book that addresses medical trauma, how to understand it and tips to overcome it. ‘Afraid of the Doctor: Every Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Managing Medical Trauma’ is the first book written for parents with the primary goal of equipping them with the knowledge and skills to support their children through medical challenges. The book will be available beginning July 16, 2021, and you can find more information here.

Marsac is a pediatric psychologist and tenured Associate Professor here at the University of Kentucky and Kentucky Children’s Hospital, with expertise in promoting adjustment and preventing post-traumatic stress in parents and their children with medical conditions. Clinically, she implements evidence-based practices to facilitate families' management of medical treatment and emotional adjustment to challenging diagnoses and medical procedures. In addition, Dr. Marsac specializes in training medical teams in the implementation of trauma-informed medical care.

Hogan earned a Juris Doctor with a focus on health law from the University of Pittsburgh School of law, where she served as executive editor of the Law Review. She has worked as an attorney, a consultant on law firm strategy, and an adjunct professor of legal writing and health care regulatory law.

Hogan is the mother of three boys, the youngest of whom was diagnosed with the rare disease Hunter syndrome as a toddler. Soon after her son’s diagnosis, she began to blog about what she was learning and her family’s experience with her son’s condition. That blog connected her to a community of parents around the world whose children had Hunter syndrome or other chronic conditions.

"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. Transcripts for this or other episodes of Behind the Blue can be downloaded from the show’s blog page.

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Jun 3, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2021) – Crystal Wilkinson is an associate professor of English at the University of Kentucky and an award-winning author. Her novel, The Birds of Opulence was the winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. She is also the author of Water Street and Blackberries, Blackberries. She also has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including most recently in the Oxford American and Southern Cultures. 

Most recently, she was named the state’s poet laureate for 2021-2022, the first time a black woman has been appointed to the prestigious post.

In this episode of Behind the Blue, Wilkinson discusses growing up in Appalachian Kentucky, her love of writing and teaching and what she is focused on now in her creative work.

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May 27, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 27, 2021) – Jennifer Greer joined the University of Kentucky in 2019 as Dean of the College of Communication and Information.

She came to UK after several years as an academic administrator at both the University of Alabama and the University of Nevada. She served as associate provost at the University of Alabama, handling faculty personnel issues, faculty orientation and leadership programs, and providing oversight for several academic support and compliance units in Academic Affairs.

She also has been recognized for her excellence in teaching, winning collegewide teaching awards at Nevada and Alabama and was honored with a university award for excellence in academic advising at Alabama.

This academic year, she returned to the classroom to teach – in the midst of a pandemic.

In this episode of Behind the Blue, Greer discusses the challenges of running a growing college, returning to the classroom and the future of communication and media.

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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. Transcripts for this or other episodes of Behind the Blue can be downloaded from the show’s blog page.

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May 20, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 20, 2021) – A 1972 graduate of the UK Dental School, Dr. Jeff Okeson returned in 1974 to begin a now 46-year career as a faculty member of the UK College of Dentistry. Inducted into the 2015 class of the UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni, Dr. Okeson has touched the lives of a vast number of students as well as members of the surrounding community.

Having worked as a teacher, a researcher, a lecturer and a representative of the University on a national and even international level, Dr. Okeson now serves as Dean of the College of Dentistry, a role he views as a privilege that enables him to give back to the school that gave him so much.

In an interview recorded in January of 2021, Dr. Okeson talks with UKPR’s Carl Nathe about how the pandemic pushed the College to find new ways of keeping students immersed in their work, the innovations in dentistry that UK Dentistry students are being trained in, the importance of getting dental care back into underserved areas of Kentucky, and more.

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May 13, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2021) – One of the many jewels in the crown of the University of Kentucky is the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.

This distinguished graduate program has been preparing its students for careers in both public service and the private sector for 60 years.

Recently, Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications had the chance to talk with faculty member and interim director of the Patterson School, Kathleen Montgomery, for this latest installment of the ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast.

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May 6, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2021) – Four decades ago, Northern Ireland native Jonathan Allison earned an exchange scholarship to pursue graduate study in the United States.

His original plan was to earn a Master’s degree then return to his homeland to resume his career of teaching literature and poetry to high school students. Instead he wound up earning a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and decided to become a college professor in America.

It became the good fortune of the University of Kentucky to hire Allison to join the faculty of the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1988. He’s been at UK ever since and currently serves as chair of this esteemed department.

Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications recently did an in-depth interview with Allison for this edition of ‘Behind the Blue’.

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Apr 29, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2021) – On March 1, UK HealthCare opened its expanded Interventional Services facility at Chandler Hospital. Offering less invasive alternatives to traditional surgery, Interventional Services have seen tremendous growth in recent years.

Dr. Driss Raissi is the Medical Director for Interventional Services and the Vascular & Interventional Radiology Division Chief at UK HealthCare, and has overseen the expansion of this newly renovated, 50,000 square foot facility designed to accommodate the growing number of patients who qualify for less invasive surgery and procedures.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, Dr. Raissi talks about what interventional radiology covers, the life-changing impact it offers patients who cannot be served by other means of treatment, the benefits this new facility will provide the Commonwealth, and more.

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Apr 22, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2021) – One of the career fields which promises plenty of opportunity now and for the future is engineering.

Whether it is civil engineering, computer science and engineering, mechanical engineering or another area of this wide-ranging field, engineers are problem solvers. As such they play a key role in everything from developing new health care technologies, to building better bridges, to finding solutions for environmental challenges.

Professor Rudy Buchheit is in his third year as dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. In this edition of the ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast, Carl Nathe visits with Buchheit to talk about the ongoing growth of the college and more.

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Apr 15, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2021) – Last March, as the country began to come to grips with a global pandemic, University of Kentucky officials made the decision to move all classes to online formats.

Thousands of classes and courses sections were moved – in two weeks.

In the last year, significant investments have been made in technology to help facilitate a combination of different formats for learning and classes – online and remote, in-person, hybrid and other teaching methods such as synchronous and asynchronous learning. In some ways, the pandemic has hastened a conversation around the different ways – and the best ways – students learn, particularly since our students have grown up with sophisticated technology at their fingertips.

To discuss trends in both technology and teaching, Behind the Blue talked with experts on campus, who are exploring what’s new in these fields as well as what works best for students and faculty when it comes to learning.

Kathi Kern is a professor of history, the director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching and Associate Provost of Teaching, Learning and Academic Innovation at UK.

Emily Croteau is a lecturer in biology at UK, who is interested in learning about best methods and practices in teaching biology, which includes using real-life examples to demonstrate how relatable biological concepts are to our lives.

Matthew Wilson is an associate professor of geography and a visiting scholar at Harvard, who co-founded and co-directs the New Mappings Collaboratory, which studies and facilitates new engagements with geographic representation.

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Apr 8, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2021) – The Arboretum is a 100-acre public garden located on the campus of the University of Kentucky. It draws over 200,000 visitors annually who can see and learn about native and horticultural plants from across the Commonwealth.

The mission of the Arboretum is to showcase Kentucky landscapes and serve as a resource center for environmental and horticultural education, research, and conservation.

On this episode of ‘Behind the Blue’, Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications visits with Arboretum Director Molly Davis.

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Mar 18, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 18, 2021) – The arts play a significant role in the quality of life for many of us. Music, theatre, dance, painting, sculpture, you name it…The work of artists touches us, inspires us, makes us think and so often brings us joy.

Mark Shanda came to the University of Kentucky as dean of the College of Fine Arts in the summer of 2017. In this installment of the ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast, Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications talks with Shanda about the continuing growth of the college, as well as the innovative ways its various units are still connecting with the public in spite of the ongoing pandemic.

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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. Transcripts for this or other episodes of Behind the Blue can be downloaded from the show’s blog page.

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Mar 12, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 12, 2021) – These are exciting times in the University of Kentucky College of Design, which prepares both undergraduate and graduate students for a wide array of career opportunities.

Mitzi Vernon is now in her sixth year as dean of the college. Vernon has led the college to develop new programs and expand collaborations with other academic units at UK.

And soon, construction is expected to begin on transforming an older part of campus into the new home for the College of Design, bringing students, faculty and staff together in ways not seen before.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, UKPR’s Carl Nathe interviews Dean Vernon about these topics and more

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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. Transcripts for this or other episodes of Behind the Blue can be downloaded from the show’s blog page.

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Mar 4, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 4, 2021) – Students often are figuratively encouraged to ‘reach for the stars’…Yet there are those who actually follow this aspirational goal in a very literal way.

For example: Longtime University of Kentucky Professor of Physics and Astronomy Gary Ferland, who recently received a very rare honor for his work in blazing new trails in his chosen field.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, UKPR’s Carl Nathe talks with Ferland about his life, his career, and why he loves working with students

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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. Transcripts for this or other episodes of Behind the Blue can be downloaded from the show’s blog page.

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Mar 2, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2021) – The University of Kentucky is prioritizing student success by providing resources which are making a real difference in improving retention and graduation rates across the institution. Research has proven the higher the percentage of freshman students who return for their sophomore year, the higher the percentage of students who successfully earn their degree.

For the past three decades, Toni Thomas has dedicated her UK career to helping students. On this episode of Behind the Blue, UKPR’s Carl Nathe talks with Thomas about UK CARES, the Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services

"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. Transcripts for this or other episodes of Behind the Blue can be downloaded from the show’s blog page.

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Feb 25, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (February 25, 2021) – 30 years ago, the University of Kentucky and its College of Medicine established the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health.

Since that time, CERH, which also serves as the federally designated Kentucky Office of Rural Health, has been supporting the health and well-being of rural Kentuckians by promoting access to health services and educational opportunities.

Headquartered in Hazard and with employees located across the Commonwealth, CERH is directed by Fran Feltner. On this episode of the ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast, UKPR’s Carl Nathe talks with Feltner about the important work being carried out by the center, the challenges of working in rural health versus being in more populous areas, how that work has adapted to change over three decades,  and more.

"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. Transcripts for this or other episodes of Behind the Blue can be downloaded from the show’s blog page.

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Feb 18, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (February 18, 2021) – Dr. Rebecca Dutch, chair of UK’s Department of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry, continues to help lead researchers and faculty from multiple disciplines across the University of Kentucky as part of the global effort to treat, understand and eradicate COVID-19.

Dutch last spoke with Behind the Blue in April of 2020, discussing the COVID-19 Unified Research Experts (CURE) Alliance team, a workgroup within UK’s College of Medicine, which works to bring together UK experts from across the campus to focus on advising COVID-19 patient care and clinical trials based on emerging research and potential treatment options.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, Dutch talks about the new vaccines being used to combat the coronavirus, the genetic variations of the virus that are appearing in different parts of the world, her outlook for when we may emerge from the pandemic, and more.

Read more about CURE here: http://uknow.uky.edu/research/university-kentucky-researchers-unite-fight-covid-19

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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. Transcripts for this or other episodes of Behind the Blue can be downloaded from the show’s blog page.

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Feb 11, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2021) – The University of Kentucky, including UK HealthCare, the UK Emergency Operations Center and hundreds of volunteers from across campus are stepping up to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

UK’s football stadium, Kroger Field, is serving as the site for vaccinating between two and three thousand (2,000-3,000) Kentuckians per day to protect against the virus.

In this edition of the ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast, Carl Nathe talks with two leaders in UK HealthCare who are helping to coordinate this massive public health effort, Dr. Ashley Montgomery-Yates and Dr. Philip Almeter.

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Feb 4, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2021) – Kimberly White is in her seventh year as a faculty member in the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. As teachers in training, students at the college learn the content they will teach, in addition to how to manage a classroom.

White, who is an associate clinical professor of elementary education at UK, has authored a new textbook tailored to match the structure and content of the classroom management course she teaches for future elementary teachers.

In this edition of the ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast, Carl Nathe talks with White about her career as an educator, how she came to be part of the UK family, and what led to this new book which is expected to be widely used in college and university teacher training programs across the country.

"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 28, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 28, 2021) – Christian M. M. Brady was the inaugural TW Lewis Dean of the Lewis Honors College at the University of Kentucky. He is a scholar of ancient Hebrew and Jewish Literature, and has been a long-time national leader in Honors education, coming to UK after a 10-year stint as dean of the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University.

Brady has recently taken on the administrative role of serving as interim dean of UK’s College of Arts & Sciences. Brady also recently authored the book, Beautiful and Terrible Things: A Christian Struggle with Suffering, Grief, and Hope. It is a Biblical scholar’s poignant examination of grief and grace in the wake of the sudden death of his young son.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, Brady discusses his book, his scholarship, what he loves about honors education at a public research university and his new administrative role.

"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 21, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2021) – As of January 1, 2021, the University of Kentucky’s J. David Rosenberg College of Law has a woman as its permanent dean for the first time in its storied history.

Mary J. Davis, who has taught at UK’s law school for more than three decades, also played a key role in helping to design the college’s expanded and totally renovated building.

Recently, Davis joined Carl Nathe for a ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast interview to talk about her life, her career, and her aspirations for the school.

In this edition of the ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast, Brooks talks with Carl Nathe about the work he and his office are doing in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and more.

"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.

Jan 14, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2021) – In the fall of 1970, a young man from southern Indiana enrolled at the University of Kentucky. Over 50 years later, Keith Elkins remains a part of the Lexington and Kentucky media scene.

In this edition of the ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast, Carl Nathe talks with Elkins, a 1974 graduate of UK, about his family ties to Kentucky and an ongoing career which includes sports radio play-by-play work, television news anchoring, public relations, and now podcasting.

"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 7, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 7, 2021) – What will the future of energy storage look like? Whether it be batteries for electronic devices like cell phones, laptops, tablets, and smart watches, or for electric cars and hybrid vehicles, or for units that play an integral role in the operations of major power plants, researchers at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) are working to speed the development of the next generation of more efficient and safer battery technology.

The CAER investigates energy technologies to improve the environment. Researchers contribute to technically-sound policies related to fossil and renewable energy.

The CAER is a UK unit that is staffed by professional scientists and engineers, has extensive interactions with faculty members and students, and provides analytical services for outside organizations. CAER adds to the teaching and instruction arm of UK by educating students from pre-college to postgraduate levels and being involved in labor force development for the Commonwealth.

On this episode, UKPR’s Carl Nathe recently talked with UK faculty members Chad Risko and Susan Odom about their work and how this research connects to students in the classroom and the laboratory.

"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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