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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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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.

"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. You can watch a video version of this podcast here.

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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.

"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. You can watch a video version of this podcast here.

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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

"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. You can watch a video version of this podcast here.

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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. You can watch a video version of this podcast here.

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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. You can watch a video version of this podcast here.

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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. You can watch a video version of this podcast here.

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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

"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. You can watch a video version of this podcast here.

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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.

"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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Dec 29, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 29, 2020) – In only his third year at the University of Kentucky, Jason Brooks already is making a very significant imprint by positively impacting the lives of students, faculty, and staff across campus.

The Kansas native joined UK in 2018 as director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Center and promptly expanded programming, educational opportunities, and outreach raising the profile of the center to many citizens in the greater Lexington area. In 2020, he was named to a new position, executive director of institutional engagement for UK.

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.

Dec 22, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2020) – Dr. Mark V. Williams is in his seventh year as a member of the UK HealthCare team at the University of Kentucky. This highly respected physician and researcher is constantly looking at ways to improve the patient experience, drawing upon what he has learned during a career which has taken him from Emory University in Atlanta, to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, to Northwestern University in Chicago, and now to Kentucky.

Carl Nathe visited with Williams in a wide-ranging interview which makes up today’s edition of our ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast.

"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.

Dec 17, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2020) – For over 80 years, the UK College of Social Work (CoSW) has been a leader in social work education. Through rigorous research, excellence in instruction, and steadfast service, the CoSW works to improve the human condition. Always, in all ways, according to their mission.

In addition to the main campus in Lexington, the College has satellite campuses at the Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard, Kentucky and Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. The College offers four unique academic programs, including a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work, Master of Social Work, Doctor of Social Work, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Work.

Not yet 40 years of age, Jay Miller is in his second year as dean of the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. Miller grew up in foster care and thus is acutely aware of what an important role effective, professional social work can play in the development of a young person and how social work can make a positive impact on individuals and the broader society.

Miller recently joined Carl Nathe for a ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast interview about ways the college is expanding access to social work education at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.

"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.

Dec 15, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2020) – As the fundraising arm of the University of Kentucky, the Office of Philanthropy is charged with furthering the university’s mission and vision. The philanthropy staff works with faculty, students, programs, colleges and administration to identify the university’s top priorities. Then, it connects the university to the people, corporations and foundations who can make their dreams a reality.

In the fall of 1969, Muhlenberg County native Mike Richey enrolled at the University of Kentucky in Lexington as a college freshman. More than 51 years later, the University’s Vice President for Philanthropy and Chief Philanthropy Officer’s love for UK burns brighter than ever.

Recently, Richey joined Carl Nathe for a ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast interview to talk about the school’s ongoing ‘Kentucky Can’ efforts, the 21st Century Campaign for the University of Kentucky 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.

Dec 10, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 10, 2020) – The mission of UK’s Extension department is to make a difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through research-based education. Jointly with our other land-grant partner, Kentucky State University, UK Extension takes the University to people in their local communities, addressing issues of importance to all Kentuckians.

Now in her 32nd year as a University of Kentucky Extension Agent, Jennifer Bridge recently received a major national award in recognition of her innovative service and tireless dedication to the people of Meade County.

In this edition of the ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast, Carl Nathe talks with Bridge about the passion she brings to her work and some of the ways this family and consumer sciences agent goes above and beyond in improving the lives of those around her.

"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.

Dec 9, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2020) – It has been nearly one year since the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus changed the world. With millions of people infected and over a quarter million dead in the United States, the novel coronavirus continues its pervasive hold on our health and well-being.

After months of stress, frustration and uncertainty, people are itching to travel and visit loved ones during the height of the holiday season, despite increasing cases of COVID-19. As the virus continues to dominate news coverage, people are clinging to the anticipation of promising vaccine trials from Pfizer, Moderna and several other companies. How will these vaccines, and potentially others still to come, change the course of the pandemic? Will we be able to return to normal and how long could that take?

On this episode of Behind the Blue, we speak with Vincent Venditto, an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Science, and Brooke Hudspeth, an associate professor and Chief Practice Officer for the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. In our third and final part of this interview, we ask Vince and Brooke about how this pandemic possibly ends, and how we progress into a new world after COVID-19.

"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.

Dec 8, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2020) – It has been nearly one year since the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus changed the world. With millions of people infected and over a quarter million dead in the United States, the novel coronavirus continues its pervasive hold on our health and well-being.

After months of stress, frustration and uncertainty, people are itching to travel and visit loved ones during the height of the holiday season, despite increasing cases of COVID-19. As the virus continues to dominate news coverage, people are clinging to the anticipation of promising vaccine trials from Pfizer, Moderna and several other companies. How will these vaccines, and potentially others still to come, change the course of the pandemic? Will we be able to return to normal and how long could that take?

On this episode of Behind the Blue, we speak with Vincent Venditto, an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Science, and Brooke Hudspeth, an associate professor and Chief Practice Officer for the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. In part two of our interview with Vince and Brooke, we discuss who exactly takes part in vaccine trials, the issues those trials may run into, when to expect some type of herd immunity 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.

Dec 7, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 7, 2020) – It has been nearly one year since the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus changed the world. With millions of people infected and over a quarter million dead in the United States, the novel coronavirus continues its pervasive hold on our health and well-being.

After months of stress, frustration and uncertainty, people are itching to travel and visit loved ones during the height of the holiday season, despite increasing cases of COVID-19. As the virus continues to dominate news coverage, people are clinging to the anticipation of promising vaccine trials from Pfizer, Moderna and several other companies. How will these vaccines, and potentially others still to come, change the course of the pandemic? Will we be able to return to normal and how long could that take?

On this episode of Behind the Blue, we speak with two members of the UK College of Pharmacy all about the  history and implementation of vaccines, and what to expect from the rollout of these new vaccines designed to combat our current pandemic.

Vincent Venditto is an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Science. Dr. Venditto received training in organic synthesis and vaccine development. He obtained a BS in chemistry from Gettysburg College and then worked for two years at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health as a cancer research trainee before attending graduate school. He obtained a PhD in chemistry from Texas A&M University and worked on vaccine development as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at University of California, San Francisco.

Brooke Hudspeth is an associate professor and Chief Practice Officer for the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. An alumnus of the college’s PharmD and Community Residency programs, she serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students and residents, and as the CPO, oversees all community pharmacy efforts for the college while working to elevate the care available to those in the Commonwealth.

"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.

Dec 3, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2020) – Since its inception in 1889, the UK Alumni Association is a self-governed, nonprofit membership organization that serves the University of Kentucky and its many alumni, students, parents and friends.

From maintaining the Helen G. King Alumni House as the alumni home on campus, to scholarships, Homecoming and Golden Wildcat reunion activities, providing networking opportunities with UK graduates around the world and more, the vision of the UK Alumni Association is to “Enhance the lives of alumni, the university, and its students and provide opportunities for increased engagement by current and future alumni in service to each other, to the university, and to the communities that the university serves across the Commonwealth and beyond.”

On this episode of Behind the Blue, UKPR’s Carl Nathe is joined by Jill Smith, Executive Director and Associate Vice-President of the UK Alumni Association, and current UK Alumni Association President Hannah Myers. Myers and Smith talk about their shared UK backgrounds and how their time here inspired them to give back to their communities, the 131 year history of the Alumni Association and how it has developed and adapted over that time, the importance of being the “history holders” and tradition-keepers for the University, 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.

Nov 26, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 26, 2020) – Coming from a large family in Nebraska, Dr. Mark Prendergast grew up with a desire to help others.

Prendergast, the Director of the Neuroscience Bachelor of Science degree program in the UK College of Arts & Sciences, has used that desire to find demonstrative ways to increase the number of students of color in the neuroscience field.

“We have a longstanding commitment to addressing issues of diversity, inclusivity and equity,” says Prendergast. “And one of our most important missions as faculty and scientists is to train the next generation of scientists and professors. And we have to, absolutely must do that, with diversity, inclusivity and equity in mind.”

From 2013-2019, he co-directed a NIH-funded research training program for undergraduate students. The 10-week lab course studied alcohol at different levels of analysis, including cellular, behavioral and social. Prendergast says their mission was to address underrepresented minorities in the program.

In 2020, Prendergast began working with Joe Springer, Director of the UK Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, to develop the African-American Research Training Scholars Program. The program funds up to five 12-month awards for undergraduate students who identify as Black or African-American to work in a laboratory studying spinal cord injury or neuro-trauma.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, UKPR’s Carl Nathe talks with Prendergast about developing partnerships across campus, keeping students engaged in programs with work opportunities and mentorships, and more.

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Nov 19, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2020) – The statistics on Alzheimer’s and dementia inducing brain disease are frightening to look at, and unlike research into cancer and heart disease, researchers have often been frustrated in their efforts to make progress in understanding these diseases.

Dr. Peter Nelson, of the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, has spent the last 15 years in the Commonwealth helping to lead the fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia inducing brain disease. “Clinical trials are where we’re going to make the difference in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research,” says Nelson. “My colleagues who do the clinical trials do the most clinical trials of anybody in the country. More than Harvard, more than Stanford, more than U. Chicago, the very best in the world. So, if people want to be involved in clinical trial research, this is the place they go.”

On this episode of Behind the Blue, UKPR’s Carl Nathe talks with Nelson about the work of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, the strategies involved in working with such a complex set of diseases, the personal experience that drives his efforts in this research, and more.

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Nov 12, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on colleges and universities across the country, and while current students have been severely affected, prospective students are also suffering due to limitations on taking the standardized ACT or SAT tests for admission.

As the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s flagship, land-grant institution, UK is doing everything possible to insure that access to higher education is simpler for future students. For the 2021-22 academic year admissions cycle, the University of Kentucky will be test-optional, meaning students can apply without a test score.

“We ran our data here at the University of Kentucky, and it paired very well with the national data” says Christine Harper, UK’s Associate Vice-President for Student Success and Chief Enrollment Officer, “finding that GPA is a better indication of student success and retention.”

On this episode of Behind the Blue, Harper is joined by Asia Payne, UK’s Assistant Director of Academic Scholarships to talk about what test-optional means for prospective students, the range of scholarships available, the continuing availability of campus tours, 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.

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