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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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Now displaying: September, 2019
Sep 24, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2019) – For the first time since it was founded more than 40 years ago as a graduate program offering master’s and doctoral degrees, the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration is launching an exciting undergraduate program in the next academic year, 2020-21.

Several of the Martin School’s programs are nationally ranked and the addition of this new initiative has energized its faculty and is already garnering plenty of interest from prospective students.

On this week’s edition of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR’s Carl Nathe interviews Wendell Ford Professor of Public Policy Genia (pronounced Gene – ah) Toma about this undergraduate offering, as well as details on the 2019 Wendell Ford Lecture coming up on Oct. 8th.

"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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Sep 17, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2019) – Educated at the University of Florida and Yale University, Richard Ausness joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky College of Law 46 years ago, in 1973. Ausness is the Stites and Harbison Professor of Law in the college and is still very active teaching classes and doing legal research.

Lately, Ausness is often contacted by news media outlets across the nation for his  expertise regarding lawsuits stemming from the opioid addiction crisis.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR’s Carl Nathe visits with Ausness to talk about his career at UK and his legal scholarship, including his work dealing with this very serious societal issue.

"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.

 

Sep 10, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2019) The world of pediatric cancer treatment has seen huge advancements in treatments over the past 60 years – in the 1950s, less than 10 percent of children were cured of their cancer. Today, the number of survivors is nearly 80 percent.

However, that still means that one in five children diagnosed with cancer will not survive. Many childhood cancers can be extremely difficult to treat, and research is key to developing new, better therapies for these diseases. 

Ramon Sun, an assistant professor in the UK Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, is one researcher embarking on an exciting new project in pediatric cancer – specifically, Ewing Sarcoma, a rare pediatric cancer that often occurs in the bones or the soft tissue surrounding bones and affects children and young adults typically between the ages of 5 and 16. Sun was recently awarded a significant grant to study Ewing Sarcoma from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. The award will fund his work at $110,000 a year for up to the next five years.

With this new grant, Sun will specifically investigate the role of aberrant glycogen in patients with Ewing Sarcoma and explore this glycogen as a therapeutic target. Sun sees the award as not just a coveted accolade, but a chance to identify a potential new cure for Ewing Sarcoma ­– there have been no new therapeutic options approved to treat Ewing Sarcoma in the past 20 years, and patients who undergo chemotherapy and radiation for the disease may experience lifelong side effects from their treatment.

The disease is in desperate need of research and development of new therapeutic options, Sun says, and the St. Baldrick’s grant will further that goal by focusing on a specific angle of the disease – the role of aberrant glycogen in cancer development.

“Ewing sarcoma is a devastating disease, where aggressive treatments are met with poor disease outcomes,” Sun said. “One of the key observations of Ewing Sarcoma made back in the 1930s is the accumulation of a large amount of glycogen – these tumors store a large amount of aberrant glycogen, and that accumulation has gone largely unexplored. My research aims to understand the reason behind this glycogen accumulation and exploit the glycogen deposits as a possible drug target for treating Ewing Sarcoma.”

On this week’s episode of Behind the Blue, UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications' Allison Perry and Kody Kiser sit down with both Sun and UK hematologist/oncologist Dr. John D’Orazio to talk about pediatric cancer in Kentucky, the magic of DanceBlue, future goals for this Ewing Sarcoma project, and why research funding is so important in helping scientists develop newer, better cures for cancer.

"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.

Sep 3, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2019) – Ed Berry became a member of the University of Kentucky football team after graduating from Eminence High School in Henry County, Kentucky just over a decade ago. He earned undergraduate degrees in management and marketing from the Gatton College of Business and Economics in 2013, followed by his MBA from Gatton in 2014.

The roommate of former Wildcat standout Randall Cobb during their college years, Berry did not get the opportunity to join Cobb in pursuing an on-the-field career in the NFL. However, he is harnessing the skills and experience he gained at UK to help the likes of Cobb, Avery Williamson, Aaron Rodgers and other pro football stars make the most of their business opportunities and lives away from football.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR’s Carl Nathe visits with Berry to talk about his formative years, his time at UK and his thriving career as a member of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), based in New York City. 

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.

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