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Kingston Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Kingston Award Committee has selected Karen Skaff and Sam Powdrill to receive the 2011 Kingston Award for Excellence in Teaching. They were chosen based on their innocative work in developing and sustaining the use of standardized patients in the Physician Assistant Studies program. This effort has lead to substantial HRSA funding and has gained recognition beyond UK. Tp date, more than 2,500 standardized patient encounters have been completed by PAS students.

Many thanks to the Kingston Committee (janice Juperstein, Kim Campbell and Carl Mattacola) and to those who nominated and supported applicants for this award. Please offer your congratulations to Karen and Sam.

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CHS Award Recipients

The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) met on 2/4/11 to vote for the CHS Research Award recipient from the nominees provided. Although a single award is typically given each year in one of the 2 categories (Distinguished Research Award and Young Investigator Award), two candidates are so exceptional, the RAC voted to give 2 research awards.

CONGRATULATIONS to Pat Kitzman, PhD, recipient of the Distinguished Research Award and also Rita Patel, PhD, recipient of the Young Investigator Award!

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Reminder: Baby Shower for the McKeon’s

Date: March 1, 2011
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: CTW 127, The Commons

The McKeon’s are registered at Baby’s-R-Us.

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DanceBlue 2011

Congratulations to the CHS DanceBlue team for winning the Overall Team Spirit Award for Small Teams! A special thanks to the dancers, volunteers and supporters for all of your dedication, hardwork and help.

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Physical Therapy Career Fair

The Division of Physical Therapy will be hosting its annual PT Career Fair today, Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. – noon throughout the first two floors of the Wethington Building. This will be followed by afternoon interviews for the third year PT students.

We anticipate 160 PT students will participate in the morning Fair and nearly 60 in interviews.

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Education Abroad Scholarships Available

More than $150,000 in scholarships are available for students interested in education abroad opportunities. Individual awards range from $750 to $1,500. Please encourage interested students to visit the Office of International Affairs website at for more information. Applications for summer and fall 2011 are due March 1.

In addition to this award, there are a variety of other funding options available to support students who want to study abroad. Scholarships are offered by several of our colleges and there is a wide range of national sources (i.e., Boren, Gilman) and destination specific sources (i.e., DAAD for Germany, Bridging Scholarship for Japan, etc). In most cases, UK students continue to receive their financial aid packages while they are abroad. Plus, there are many inexpensive exchange programs available that allow UK students to study abroad for little more than studying here in Lexington.

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LibQUAL Survey

UK Libraries will be assessing service quality by asking faculty and students to complete the national LibQUAL survey from February 14-28. Data from the survey will help UK Libraries understand faculty and student expectations and perceptions of library service.

A sample of faculty and students will receive an e-mail message (via UK e-mail) with a link to the survey. This year’s shortened version of the survey, LibQUAL Lite, will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Your participation is appreciated, and undergraduate and graduate students who complete the survey are entered in a drawing to win a free iPad.

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Nutritional Sciences Seminar Series

Topic Persistent Organic Polluntants, Dietary Intake and the NHANES 2003 – 2004
Speaker Carolyn Hofe, University of Kentucky, GCNS Research Assistant
Date Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Time 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location CTW 411
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Muscle Forum

Topic Organizational Meeting, Center Development Discussion
Date Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
Time 11 a.m. – Noon
Location MS 505
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Children with Disabilities Conference

“Meeting the Therapy Needs of Infants, Toddlers and Children with Disabilities in Rural Communities”

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Eastern Kentucky University

This conference focuses on serving the needs of rural occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists who desire increased competency in the provision of evidence-based practice service delivery and increased understanding of diversity issues for infants, toddlers and children with disabilities in early intervention or school-based settings.

Download conference information packet (pdf).

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Inaugural UK Obesity & Diabetes Research Day

Date Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Time 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (UK Student Center, Grand Ballroom)
Poster Session 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Awards Reception 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Boone Center)

Come hear researchers from the University of Kentucky and other regional institutes share their current findings and ongoing research about the alarming rise in obesity and diabetes rates. Our presenters will also discuss prevention, development and treatment of these epidemic-level diseases.

Featured Speakers:

  • Robert Eckel, MD, Professor of Medicine and Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Colorado, Denver
  • Robert Hegele, MD, Director of the Blackburn Cardiovascular Genetics Laboratory in London, Ontario, Canada
  • Patrick Tso, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Cincinnati


  • Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes & Obesity Center
  • UK Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences
  • NCRR Center of Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease
  • National Institutes of Health T32 Nutrition & Oxidative Stress

Download information flier (pdf).

For questions, please contact Mary Lowell via e-mail or by phone at (859) 323-4933, ext. 81390.

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4th Annual Multicultural Health Careers Open House

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The annual Multicultural Health Careers Open House continues the University’s commitment to building diversity by targeting traditionally underrepresented minorities interested in the Health Professions. Please note, however, this event is open to ANY interested student. The Open House will give prospective students from the state of Kentucky and surrounding areas and their families the opportunity to meet and greet the Deans and select staff and students from each of the University’s Health Professions Colleges.

Students will again have the chance to choose from a myriad of different interest sessions designed to provide information about the Colleges of Health Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health. In addition, other detailed interest sessions will be offered for students should they decide to attend. Among them: Financing a professional school education, Interviewing, and Other ways to be a competitive applicant. Finally, prospective students will have the opportunity to visit the UK Healthcare Colleges and participate in an open, frank discussion with current professional students about their experiences.

The 4th annual Multicultural Health Careers Open House is open to any interested high school, current undergraduate or graduate student.

Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the Biological Pharmaceutical Complex (BPC - NEW College of Pharmacy building) with the event beginning promptly at 10 a.m. The event will end by 2:45pm. Due to space capacity, students are ideally limited to 2 guests.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and is also available by directly visiting the Registration Website.

Please keep in mind, seating is limited so register early! Be sure to bring a friend or two! Registration may close early, if capacity is reached.

Additional Information, including registration instructions, directions to the building and parking information is available by visiting the registration site, or by contacting Chris Johnson via e-mail or by phone at 859-257-5196.

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Academic Enhancement Open House

March 8th, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
306B Complex Commons

Dr. Karin Lewis, Director of Academic Enhancement, will open with welcoming remarks at 4:15 p.m. followed by brief remarks from Dr. Robert Mock, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dr. Mike Mullen, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

Refreshments will be provided.

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Appalachian Health Summit: Focus on Obesity

Date Thursday, April 21, 2011
Location Lexington Convention Center, 3rd floor

View conference information.

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Calendar of Events

February 18-19 DanceBlue
8 p.m. Friday – 8 p.m. Saturday
Memorial Coliseum

February 20 KAPLAN Free Practice Tests
Whitehall Classroom Building

February 21 Chat with Anthany Beatty
11:30 a.m.
King Alumni House (400 Rose St.), Ballroom/Lounge

February 23 Grand Opening of Samaritan’s Touch UK Student Physical Therapy Clinic
UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Clinic, 125 E. Maxwell Street

February 23 Nutritional Sciences Seminar Series
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
CTW 411

February 25 Physical Therapy Career Fair
1st & 2nd Floors, CTW Building

March 1 Baby Shower for the McKeon’s
CTW 127, The Commons

March 5 4th Annual Multicultural Health Careers Open House
9:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Biological Pharmaceutical Complex

March 8 Academic Enhancement Open House
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
306B Complex Commons

March 19 Children with Disabilities Conference
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky University


Note: More dates can be found on the CHS Sharepoint Calendar

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