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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: November, 2021
Nov 25, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 25, 2021) – This week in the United States we celebrate the national holiday of Thanksgiving.  Once again, we thought it would be a good time to take stock of the things we may have in our lives to be thankful for.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, we spent some time this week in both the Gatton Student Center on campus, as well as via Zoom, talking with students and staff about being back in an in-person setting on campus, the people in their lives they’re grateful for, and also learning about some of their favorite Thanksgiving foods and traditions.

Enjoy this short episode, and we hope that you might also have an opportunity to reflect on things you’re thankful for, as well as traditions that are unique and special for you and yours.

"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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Nov 18, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 18, 2021) – The University of Kentucky Recycling program has set sustainability goals for campus designed to significantly reduce the University’s waste. In an effort to reach those goals, the program strives to offer a comprehensive recycling program, outstanding service and interactive education.

Despite some of the complications from the pandemic, the program has continued to make exciting progress towards their sustainability goals throughout 2020 and 2021, including expansion of the food waste composting program to coffee shops on campus, an increase of collection spots for yard/green waste by grounds, recycling concrete from sidewalk repairs on campus, and the development of online resources for faculty, staff and students.

Esther Moberly came to the University in 2015, starting as the recycling coordinator. In 2017, Moberly stepped into a new role as the Waste, Recycling and Trucking Manager for the University, where she oversees operations of the Waste Management and Recycling departments for UK.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, Moberly talks about the responsibilities of her department, from the collection, removal and proper disposal of all the University’s municipal solid waste, to the implementation of plans to significantly reduce that waste through recycling, reduction and reuse programs on campus.

"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. “The Kentucky Wildcast”, the UK Staff Senate podcast, is also available on your favorite podcast platforms.

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.

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

Nov 11, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 11, 2021) – Established in 2002, the University of Kentucky Staff Senate is the official representative body of the staff of the University. Beyond representing the interests of staff in conversations and decision making with university administration, the Staff Senate works to strengthen relationships and empower all university employees and students to participate in the decision-making process.

Staff Senate is behind special events such as the Outstanding Staff Awards, UK Appreciation Day, Conversation with the President, UK Remembers, and more. The Senate consists of 133 Senators across 5 sectors, with 13 standing committees that address issues such as Community Outreach, Employee Engagement, Benefits and Professional Development

On this episode of Behind the Blue, UK Staff Senate Chair Olivia Ellis talks about her involvement with Staff Senate, what compelled her to advocate for others, and programs such as the Lunch and Learn series, mentorship programs, and crisis relief efforts for fellow UK staff.

"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. “The Kentucky Wildcast”, the UK Staff Senate podcast, is also available on your favorite podcast platforms.

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.

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

Nov 4, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 4, 2021) – The University of Kentucky is proud to be the home of global leaders in aging and brain research, all striving towards the same goal: finding a stop to the 6th leading cause of death in the United States: Alzheimer’s Disease.

UK’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has been around for nearly half a century, helping lead the way in Alzheimer’s and dementia research. Center Director Dr. Linda Van Eldik firmly believes they will find a cure through the work going on right here on the UK campus.

With their dedicated work recently earning the center renewed funding from the National Institute on Aging, education and community support are big parts of the role Sanders-Brown plays. In between various trainings, workshops and community events, they are also making life-changing and life-saving discoveries.

Soon, Van Eldik and others at Sanders-Brown will be able to welcome a very valuable piece to their research – the volunteers – into a brand new facility at UK HealthCare’s Turfland Campus.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, Van Eldik joins UKPR’s Hillary Smith to discuss the larger game plan of finding a cure, and the team effort between those volunteers, the world-class faculty and staff at Sanders-Brown, and the University of Kentucky as a whole.

"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.

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

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