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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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Sep 23, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 23, 2021) – UK’s Saha Cardiovascular Research Center recently held its annual Cardiovascular Research Day, an event that showcases innovative research in cardiovascular health. The event features prominent speakers in the field of cardiovascular health, and was the first in-person scientific conference in the field of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism and cardiovascular disease in nearly two years.

With 250 attendees from UK and nearly 40 other universities, the event featured a wide variety of research activity from scientists and researchers, from trainees to prominent senior scientists.

This week’s episode of ‘Behind the Blue’ features the director of the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center and chair of the UK Department of Physiology, Dr. Alan Daugherty. Dr. Daugherty is also the Gill Heart Foundation Chair of Preventive Cardiology. He serves as editor-in-chief of the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB) journal, and his research focuses on molecular mechanisms of vascular diseases, including atherosclerosis and aortic aneurysms.

"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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Sep 16, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 16, 2021) – Making the transition to college can be an intimidating time not only for incoming undergraduate students, but also for families, as they seek to support their students from their earliest days on campus through graduation.

Embracing a multidimensional concept of family and the diversity of family structures, including families of origin and families of choice, the UK Parent and Family Association invites parents, guardians, grandparents, spouses/partners, and any other supportive people in the lives of UK students to join for free. The Association strives to enhance student success by actively engaging parents and families as part of the larger university community through publications, programs, and services. Their goal is to offer the best way to stay informed, get connected and find support for families and their students.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, two members from UK’s Office for Student Success talk about their work with these families and students.

Nancy Stephens is the head of the New Student and Family Programs team, working with programs such as the K Week fall welcome week and the UK Parent and Family Association.

Nicki Jenkins is the Senior Program Specialist for the Parent and Family Association, overseeing all day-to-day functions and coordinating events and programs.

Together they discuss the Parent and Family Association and the work they do, including UK’s Family Weekend coming up this weekend, September 17-19th.

"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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Sep 9, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 9, 2021) – Telehealth, or the delivery of health care services through electronic communication, has been at the forefront of UK’s College of Health Sciences academics since 2015. Between lack of access to services in both rural and urban areas, and rising preferences to a virtual health care experience, the growth in telehealth and communications technology is forever altering the landscape of health care.

Joneen Lowman, associate professor in the communication sciences and disorders program with the college, first began work with the Linking Kids to Speech Language Pathologists (LinKS) program, and is now at the helm of a new Graduate Certificate in Telehealth. The program is the first of its kind among health sciences colleges and is the only telehealth certificate available in the state of Kentucky.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, Lowman talks about the growth of telehealth services and how this certificate program is assisting students meet the rising need for it in the Commonwealth and beyond.

"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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Sep 2, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 2, 2021) – Within UK’s role as Kentucky's flagship, land grant university, the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) unites clinicians, researchers, and communities to accelerate the translation of basic science discoveries to tangible improvements in health.

Since 2006, the CCTS has focused on addressing chronic health disparities in rural and underserved populations throughout the Commonwealth and the Central Appalachian region. They work closely with institutional and community partners to collaboratively identify local challenges and opportunities to improve wellbeing.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, CCTS Director Dr. Philip A. Kern talks about the vast amount of work the Center supports. Since his recruitment to UK in 2009, Dr. Kern has been continuously funded for both his own NIH-funded research program as well as his leadership of the CCTS. He has also served as a mentor, colleague, and collaborator on numerous other projects. In addition, he continues to provide clinical and educational services within the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center and Division of Endocrinology.

"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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Aug 25, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 25, 2021) – A national leader with more than 25 years of experience at some of the country’s leading institutions has been selected as the University of Kentucky’s next vice president for institutional diversity.

Katrice A. Albert, Ph.D., will begin her duties as vice president for institutional diversity on Sept. 27, according to an announcement from UK President Eli Capilouto.

Highlights of Albert’s career in leading diversity and education efforts include:

  • Serving as the top diversity officer and a senior executive at Louisiana State University and the University of Minnesota system as well as the NCAA, where she also led Human Resources.
  • Authoring two volumes of work around issues of race, racial equity and mental health. She is the author of a forthcoming work on leadership in intercollegiate athletics.
  • Serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Community Engagement. Albert also has been published in other academic journals related to psychology, counseling and development.
  • Teaching graduate-level courses in multicultural counseling, the politics of race and gender, and serving as an adjunct faculty member in education at LSU.
  • Consulting with some of the leading governmental, civic, religious, private, public and nonprofit sector institutions throughout the country on issues of diversity, development and strategy. Clients have included: the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, American Red Cross, the Neiman Marcus Group and the Universities of Notre Dame, Nebraska, West Florida and Central Florida.

On this edition of ‘Behind the Blue’, UK Chief Communications Officer Jay Blanton talks with Albert about what she’s looking forward to in joining UK, particularly at this moment, as the institution is engaged in a broad-based and expansive effort around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

You can read more about UK’s DEI efforts here: https://dei.uky.edu/.

You can read Capilouto’s message to the campus about Albert here.

"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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Aug 19, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 19, 2021) – Dr. Eli Capilouto became the 12th President of the University of Kentucky on July 1, 2011. Under his leadership, the Commonwealth's flagship and land grant research university has grown from $2.7 billion to nearly $5.1 billion in total operations and has gained significant momentum in fulfilling its mission of teaching, research, service and health care.

On this episode of Behind the Blue, Capilouto sits down for a conversation about the upcoming fall semester, the work to return to “normal” in the midst of the pandemic, UK’s Strategic Plan and how its implementation will guide the University into the future.

"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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Aug 12, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 12, 2021) – The University of Kentucky Alumni Association started the Great Teacher Award program in 1961 to honor excellent teaching at the university. There have been 307 teachers honored since that first year. Nominations may only be submitted by current students.

To receive the award, a candidate must:

  • Hold the rank of full-time lecturer or above and have been a member of the faculty for the past three years at UK.
  • Have superior knowledge of the subject matter.
  • Have original and innovative classroom presentations.
  • Demonstrate concern for students, both inside and outside the classroom setting.
  • Not have been a recipient of the award for the past 10 years.

A committee of the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors and a representative from the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa select the recipients based on objective rating and ranking of the eligible nominations submitted.

This episode of Behind the Blue features part two of interviews with the 2021 winners of the Great Teacher Awards. On this episode, we’ll be talking with three of them: Christopher Crawford, from the College of Arts & Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chad Risko, representing the College of Arts & Sciences, Chemistry, and Kathleen Swan, representing the College of Education, Curriculum and Instruction.

"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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Aug 5, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 5, 2021) – The University of Kentucky Alumni Association started the Great Teacher Award program in 1961 to honor excellent teaching at the university. There have been 307 teachers honored since that first year. Nominations may only be submitted by current students.

To receive the award, a candidate must:

  • Hold the rank of full-time lecturer or above and have been a member of the faculty for the past three years at UK.
  • Have superior knowledge of the subject matter.
  • Have original and innovative classroom presentations.
  • Demonstrate concern for students, both inside and outside the classroom setting.
  • Not have been a recipient of the award for the past 10 years.

A committee of the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors and a representative from the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa select the recipients based on objective rating and ranking of the eligible nominations submitted.

This episode of Behind the Blue features part one of interviews with the 2021 winners of the Great Teacher Awards. Featured on this episode are:

  • Clark Kebodeaux, representing the College of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice and Science
  • Wayne Sanderson, representing both the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering as well as the College of Public Health, Epidemiology
  • Joseph H. Hammer, representing the College of Education, Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology.

"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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Jul 29, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 29, 2021) – The University of Kentucky is quickly approaching the start of the fall 2021 semester, and plans are in place for a full capacity restart.

Concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic aside, newly arriving students, along with their families, are always full of questions as they navigate their way onto campus. How will I meet and make new friends? What will I eat? Where will I study? These are only a few of the concerns students have as they transition to college life.

Joining Behind the Blue this week are two guests who work year-round to answer those questions and more.

Sarah Ballard is the Executive Director of the First-Year Experience and Early Outreach programs here at UK. Nicki Jenkins is the Senior Program Specialist for the Parent and Family Association. We talk with them about what they do to help relieve concerns, provide balance, and work to provide students and their families with the best foundation possible on their way to graduation.

"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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Jul 22, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 22, 2021) – In her work as chair of UK’s Department of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry, Dr. Rebecca Dutch partners with researchers and faculty from multiple disciplines across the University of Kentucky.

Now, Dutch is taking on even more research responsibilities, as she was recently appointed Vice Dean of Research for the UK College of Medicine. In her new role, she will oversee and encourage research, from basic areas to clinical applications and more for the College.

Dr. Dutch returns to the ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast this week to discuss UK’s current state of play in handling the coronavirus pandemic. She joins UKPR’s Kody Kiser and UK Chief Communications Officer Jay Blanton to share her thoughts on a wide range of pandemic topics, including:

  • Delta and other variants of the coronavirus, who it’s most affecting and the likelihood of becoming infected with or without use of vaccines
  • Understanding the differences in the messaging coming from the CDC vs. the World Health Organization
  • What efforts can be taken to get vaccination rates up among the population
  • The continuing search for the origins of the virus and the possible connection to laboratories in China

"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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Jul 15, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 15, 2021)THIS EPISODE IS AN ENCORE EDITION. 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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Jul 8, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 8, 2021)THIS EPISODE IS AN ENCORE EDITION. 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.

"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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Jul 1, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2021) – If, in recent memory, you’ve attended a University of Kentucky football game at Kroger Field you will, no doubt, be familiar with the guest on this episode of ‘Behind the Blue.’ In fact, if you’ve listened to ‘Behind the Blue’ over the past several years, you’ve heard the voice of Carl Nathe, as he’s interviewed many people who have put their hard work and effort into making the university work.

A native of Pleasantville, New York, Nathe is a graduate of the University of Maryland – College Park. He’s been at UK for over 30 years, since 1989, and has been the voice of Kroger Field since 1997. A former sports reporter and anchor at WLEX-TV in Lexington, Nathe also served as sideline reporter for selected statewide and regional live telecasts of UK Women’s basketball games.

On this episode of ‘Behind the Blue’, the spotlight is turned around for a rare interview with Nathe about the end of his UK career, the inspirations that guided him along the way, and the moments and memories he’ll take with him.

"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 24, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2021) – Jen Smith is an instructor in the School of Journalism and a self-described recovering sportswriter who worked for the Lexington Herald-Leader in various positions for more than 20 years, including writer, copy editor and designer.

While working in the sports department, she covered everything from high school sports to racing — both the horse and horsepower kinds — before settling into the University of Kentucky football beat in 2011.  She also covered UK women’s basketball for more than 15 seasons. 

Smith has a passion for sports, but also for good storytelling across multiple platforms, editing and journalism history.  In addition to her teaching duties, Smith is now focused as well on creating a sports journalism program and academic path at UK.

In 2016 and 2017, she was named Kentucky Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Smith also was a Top 10 sports beat writer in the country in 2017, according to the Association of Professional Sports Editors. During her two decades in the journalism industry, she won multiple sports feature and story competitions.

In this episode of Behind the Blue, Smith discusses taking on her new role as a teacher, the state of journalism and what’s next for the profession in a time of economic challenge. (This interview was recorded in February of 2021.)

"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 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.

"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.

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.

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

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.

"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.

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.

"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.

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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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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