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PA Student Receives Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Ebony Blackmon, a student in the Physician Assistant Studies program, for receiving the Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship Award for 2011-2012.

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Dr. Butterfield Paper Accepted by Arthritis & Rheumatism

Congratulations to Dr. Tim Butterfield, who recently had a paper accepted by Arthritis & Rheumatism, the official monthly journal of the American College of Rheumatologyis. He is a co-author of “Transcriptome-wide gene regulation by gentle treadmill walking during the progression of monoiodoacetate induced arthritis,” which will be published shortly.

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2010–2011 Employee of the Year Nominations

Nominations for the 2010-11 Employee of the Year award are now being accepted. Nomination forms as well as a list of eligible staff members, are available below. Please submit nominations to Meredith Houlihan no later than Tuesday, May 3. All nomination forms must be signed and sealed in an envelope.

Download nomination form (pdf)

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New PAS Division Director Named AAPA Distinguished Fellow

Brad Schwarz, the new Physician Assistant Studies Division Director starting on July 1, was recently named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). Read the press release below:

ATLANTA – The director of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Science was recently recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Bradford W. Schwarz, who joined the college in 2006 as the first director of the physician assistant program and is a clinical associate professor, was notified of the honor in March. Prior to joining Mercer, Schwarz was an assistant professor and associate director of the PA program at Emory University.

"Brad joined a select number of outstanding PAs who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to the physician assistant profession, their commitment to advancing health care for all people, and by their exemplary personal and professional development," said Patrick Killeen, president of the AAPA.

Schwarz's primary area of medical specialty is in the field of cardiology. He has worked in Interventional Cardiology and Pacing/Electrophysiology and has authored articles on atrial fibrillation, mitral valve prolapse, heart failure, and dyslipidemia. His specific interests include medical ethics, battlefield trauma, cardiac electrophysiology, ECG rhythm analysis, 12-lead ECG interpretation, advanced cardiac life support, and complementary medicine.

A lieutenant colonel, Schwarz has over 34 years of military service in the U.S. Army and Air Force and has provided health care throughout the globe. He served in Iraq in 2003-04 and in Southwest Asia in support of a special envoy in 2006, which included stops in Turkey, Iraq, Qatar, Afghanistan, and Germany. Lastyear, Schwarz was the commander of a U.S. Air Force humanitarian medical team to Loag, Philippines, that provided care to over 15,000 patients.

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HeartWalk is Tomorrow

The 2011 Start Heart Walk is tomorrow, Saturday, April 23rd at 10 a.m.

The walk is a wonderful way to get exercise, spend time with your coworkers & the community and bring awareness to the issues of Heart Disease.

The UK Healthcare tent will provide lunch after the walk. Last year it was barbeque.

Feel free to bring your family, friends and pets. Strollers and pets are welcome, but pets must be on a leash.

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Awards Reception & Mother’s Day Brunch

All faculty and staff are invited to attend an Awards Reception and Mother’s Day Brunch in honor of our student and faculty award winners.

This event will take place immediately following the university’s morning Commencement Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel’s Regency Ballroom.

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Reds Tickets for Sale

The Ambassadors are selling tickets to the August 8 (Monday) Reds vs. Rockies game in Cincinnati as a fundraiser. The game begins at 7:10 p.m.

The tickets are limited in amount, so those interested should act now. Price details are listed below:

  • 10 tickets are for the sun/moon deck. $20 each (regular price is $25)
  • 20 tickets are for the infield box. $35 each (normally $45)

If you plan to purchase a ticket and are also interested in bus transportation for the group attending, please mention your interest at time of purchase so that this option can be looked into further.

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Records Management Presentation Summary

The following are highlights of the records management presentation give by Nancy Demarcus, University Records Manager, during the recent college meeting:

  • Dean Gonzalez will appoint a liaison who will work with the departments and the records program in order to insure “best practice” records management. A college-wide annual review period will be scheduled in order to evaluate the office records.
  • The UK Records Manager will assist with the record series and retention identification; permanent records transfer to the University Archives; non-permanent records delivery to the offsite storage facility; and the destruction of records via the attached records destruction certificate.
  • The specific record series which were discussed are as follows: U0120; U0449; U0620; U01707 – U01708; and U1800 – U1803. It was reiterated that the UK Legal Counsel and the Internal Audit offices recommend that the retention periods be adhered.
  • The utilization of systematic records management produces the following results: state law and university policy requirements implementation; efficiency improvement; university history preservation; and state and general public accountability.
  • The State University Records Retention Schedule is the university’s guide for retaining a record until the retention period is met or for permanent record transfer to the University Archives and Records Program (UARP). Please add this important records management tool to your online favorites.
  • After the retention has been met or because office storage space is limited, there are two options: transfer the non-permanent records to the offsite storage facility or destroy via a locked UK recycle bin. Both these options relate to the UK Records Program.
  • Contact Nancy DeMacus via or the list serve in order to send records to the offsite storage facility or to destroy the non-permanent records which have reached their retention.

Note: a record has the same retention period whether it is in a hard copy format or an electronic format.

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Rehabilitation Sciences Department Meeting

Date Friday, April 29, 2011
Time Noon
Location CTW 405

Lunch will be provided. Please confirm your attendance by contacting Theresa Cook at

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Clinical Laboratory Sciences Alumni Reception & Lab Week Celebration

Date Thursday, April 28, 2011
Time 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location Hilary J. Boone Center
Featuring Mark Birdwhistell, UK Healthcare External Affairs Officer

RSVP online.

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No Limits Mark Wellman Tour

Mark Wellman made history as the first paraplegic to ascend the 3,000-foot El Capitan and Half Dome at Yosemite National Park. With his dynamic and bold determination, Mark encourages his audiences to fulfill their dreams by reaching for higher goals to success.

Come for a discussion that will motivate and inspire you to fulfill your dreams.

Thursday, May 5

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Noon – 1 p.m.
    Center of Learning
  • 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Rock Climbing Demo
    Therapy Garden Parking Lot

For more information about this event please call 1-800-458-8267 and ask for Tammy. You can also visit our website, and check out our News and Events section.

Download promotional flier (pdf)

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Alzheimer’s Research Funding for Pilot Work

The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is a National Institute on Aging-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC). As an ADC our responsibility is to pursue research to further our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

The ADC is soliciting pilot grant applications focused on dynamic basic and clinical science studies of AD. Each of the awards is intended to provide seed funding that will facilitate the initial testing of novel hypotheses and lead to national-level funding of an expanded research plan based on the pilot work.

Download information flier (pdf).

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Cardinal Valley Park Stream “Great American” Cleanup

Join community volunteers in removing unsightly trash from Wolf Run Creek (and tributaries). Activities include an in-stream clean up from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. followed by a celebration at Cardinal Valley Park on Cambridge Drive.

Date Saturday, April 30, 2011
Time 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Location Cardinal Valley Park, 2077 Cambridge Dr., Lexington, KY 40504

This is a full contact water sport so participants should be prepared to:

  • Get wet from the knees down
  • Wear sturdy submersable shoes or boots (Hip waders work well)
  • Bring work gloves you don't mind getting wet
  • Bring water or a snack to tide you over (refreshments will be served at a party for volunteers immediatly following the cleanup)
  • Volunteers under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult or be part of a sponsored youth organization with an adult leader present (Teacher, Scoutmaster, Youth Minister etc.)

Clean up event will be held rain or shine. Volunteers can evaluate their own participation based on weather conditions.

For more information, please contact the event chair, Peggy Henson, LFUCG 11th District Council Member.

Click here for event registration.

If you are interested in participating in the celebration only, please contact Laura Hatfield at

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Nutritional Sciences Seminar Series

Topic Maternal exercise: effects on offspring health
Speaker Lindsey Carter GCNS Research Assistant, University of Kentucky
Date Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Time 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location CTW 411
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Muscle Forum

Topic “Cardiac Potassium Channel Dysfunction Associated with the Long QT Syndrome”
Speaker Brian Delisle
Date April 28, 2011
Time 11 a.m. – Noon
Location MS 505, Physiology Conference Room
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Exercise Science Seminar Series

Date April 29, 2011
Time 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Topic “Integration of biomechanics into innovative interdisciplinary research aimed to improve health and encourage an active lifestyle”
Speaker Kevin Ford, Ph.D., FACSM, Co-Director, Human Performance Laboratory, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Location 213 Seaton Center
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STEM Education Conference

Friday, April 29, 2011 – Student Center

The Second Annual STEM Education Conference at the University of Kentucky will focus on STEM research, teaching and learning and engagement with goals of generating new partnerships and collaboration across the STEM disciplines.

Faculty, K-12 educators and STEM undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to present STEM Education related research or experiences. Presenters may choose among three formats: paper presentation, “round table” discussion, and poster presentation.

Keynote Speaker President Lee T. Todd, Jr.
“Supporting STEM Initiatives in Kentucky and Nationwide”
President Todd will discuss how we are attempting to leverage STEM initiatives to positively impact the STEM pipeline in Kentucky and across the nation. The President will speak about various means of supporting the “Educate to Innovate” initiative as well as the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities’ Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative.

Click here for more information

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Calendar of Events

April 22 Dissertation: Ashwini Joshi, MS, CCC-SLP
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
College of Nursing, Room 505

April 22 CHS Staff Retreat
8 a.m.
Blazer Hall Cafe

April 23 2011 Start Heart Walk
10 a.m.
Commonwealth Stadium

April 27 Nutritional Sciences Seminar Series
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
CTW 411

April 28 Alumni Reception and Lab Week Celebration
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Hilary J. Boone Center

April 29 Rehabilitation Sciences Department Meeting
CTW 405

April 29 STEM Education Conference
8 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
UK Student Center

April 29 Exercise Sciences Seminar Series
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
213 Seaton Center

April 30 Cardinal Valley Park Stream “Great American” Cleanup
1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Cardinal Valley Park

May 3 Employee of the Year Nominations Due

May 5 No Limits: Mark Wellman Tour
Noon – 1 p.m.
Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center, Center of Learning

May 8 CHS Awards Reception & Mother’s Day Brunch
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Regency Ballroom


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

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