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Office of Undergraduate Research

 

Current Opportunities:

Please scroll down to see which opportunities are compatible with your major, field of interest, or future career objectives, then contact Dr. Capilouto for an appointment.

Opportunities below are open to all majors!


Title of Opportunity: Communication Care Plans in Long-term Care

Division / Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders/Rehabilitation Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Marshall/Christian Page

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Spring 2015, Summer 2015

Description: The majority of residents in long-term care facilities have significant speech, language, and cognitive deficits. Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) provide 80-90% of direct care for 7-15 residents during their work shifts. The increased word demands and residents' cognitive-communication impairments impede adequate interpretation of residents' wants and needs. Therefore, the aim of this study is to provide communication care plans for residents and describe certified nursing assistants' views of the communication care plans. The researcher will collaborate with CNAs to develop a communication care plan. Then, CNAs will receive support for 2 weeks. Next, the researcher will interview CNAs. Students involved in this research opportunity will help uncover the voices of CNAs and residents in long-term care by assisting the researcher with transcription. Findings will be disseminated through presentations at state and national conferences and a manuscript

Prerequisite: Minimum GPA of 3.5. In order to be considered, students must be able to commit to working on the project for both spring and summer semesters. Students should demonstrate a positive work ethic and be punctual.

Date Posted: 11/18/2014


 

Title of Opportunity: Counting of Overhead Activity

Division / Department: College of Health Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tim Uhl

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Summer 2015

Description: A study is being conducted examining the total number of overhead throws during a practice compared to a new wearable device in order to validate the device. We are looking for a student to assist in the counting of of overhead motions during sport practices. This opportunity will require you to be available during multiple practices and responsible for applying and removing new device onto the arm dominant arm of the athlete. you will be required to do Human Subject research training and will be responsible for securing and transferring data collected on new device.

Prerequisite: Student in good standing academically, GPA of 3.2 or greater. Able to stand in bad weather during practice for several hours (2-3 typically), and be able to focus for long duration in order to properly count number of throws from a distance.

Date Posted: 11/11/2014


 

Title of Opportunity: Involvement of muscle stem cells in diaphragm muscle

Division / Department: Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Esther Dupont-Versteegden

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015

Description: Skeletal muscle stem cells, or satellite cells, are important for muscle repair and regeneration, but it is currently unknown what their function is in the diaphragm muscle which very rarely undergoes muscle damage and repair. With a genetic mouse model we investigate the function of these stem cells in diaphragm muscle of mice which have undergone running activity or hypoxia.

Prerequisite: Required: a general cell biology background.

Date Posted: 9/29/2014


 

Title of Opportunity: Parents' of Children with Down syndrome Knowledge of Speech/Language Services

Division / Department: CSD in Rehabilitation Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jane Kleinert

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Description: This research part is a master's thesis being completed by Ms. Erin Salmons in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Student will be responsible for entering qualitative data taken from surveys of families of children who have Down syndrome. The survey is designed to gain information about when and how families of children with Down syndrome received information re: the child's need for services from an SLP and their satisfaction with the information given to them.
Tasks:
Review each survey submitted for anecdotal information and family comments
Enter data verbatim into a spread sheet for analysis.
Regular communication via email or in person with Ms. Salmons

Prerequisite: At least a GPA of 3.5
Completed CITI training
Available for both fall and spring semesters (if possible)

Date Posted: 9/29/2014


 

Title of Opportunity: Can iTouches be used to teach vocabulary

Division / Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joneen Lowman

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Paid Position

Position Availability: Fall 2014

Description: Vocabulary contributes to academic success. The average student will graduate high school knowing 40,000 words. For this to occur, a student must learn 7 words a day. The purpose of the current study is to investigate the use of mobile devices and videos for teaching vocabulary to children in grades 3 - 5. Students participating in this research opportunity will gain experience administering norm-referenced language and cognitive tests and implementing vocabulary instruction to students in a school setting.

Prerequisite: At least a GPA of 3.0; have dependable transportation; be available a few hours a day between the hours of 7:45 - 2:00 at least two days a week. The actual time will vary by your assignment, tester or interventionist. The position pays $8.41/hour.

Date Posted: 9/16/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Hip strength and landing mechanics related to ankle instability

Division / Department: Athletic Training/Rehabilitation Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Phillip Gribble

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2014, spring 2015

Description: Chronic ankle instability (CAI) commonly follows an initial ankle sprain, and it is marked by repetitive injury, mechanical insufficiencies, and perceived instability of the ankle. A growing body of evidence suggests that changes in multiple joints may contribute to persistent dysfunction of the ankle. We aim to further establish these changes between joints. Students will gain experience in assessment of various functions of the lower body including balance, strength, and jump landing mechanics.

Prerequisite: Basic understanding of anatomy and biomechanics.

Date Posted: 9/11/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Neural and Structural Alterations in CAI patients

Division / Department: Athletic Training/Rehabilitation Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Phillip Gribble

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2014, spring 2015

Description: The understanding of the development of Chronic Ankle Instability(CAI) continues to be a major focus among researchers. Our goal in the laboratory is to study why physically active individuals who suffer an acute lateral ankle sprain go on to have balance and structural deficits compared to healthy individuals. Students will have the opportunity to observe how cortical stimulation and diagnostic ultrasound is utilized in understanding the consequences of CAI. Students will be able to participant in data collection and recruitment.

Prerequisite: Basic understanding of anatomy and biomechanics.

Date Posted: 9/10/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Predicting Injuries Using Functional Assessments

Division / Department: Athletic Training/Rehabilitation Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Phillip Gribble

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2014, summer 2015

Description: Musculoskeletal injuries to the lower extremity represent the largest percentage of injuries among athletes and the physically active. Prevention of these injuries is paramount to maintaining participation in desired sports. In order to target individuals in need of prevention for ankle and knee injuries, identification of risk of injury is vital. Using simple, clinical tools, high school and collegiate athletes across multiple sports will be screened at the beginning of their competition season. These measures of balance, strength and functional movement will be used to create a performance prediction model for the athletes that suffer an ankle or knee injury during that season. Students will help implement the screening tests and introduced to analysis of injury risk.

Prerequisite: Interest and basic understanding of musculoskeletal injury and physical activity. Available for afternoons.

Date Posted: 9/10/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Writing for the IRB process

Division / Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anne Olson

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2014, spring 2015

Description: Two UG students are needed to provide support for Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) faculty. The purpose of this UG research experience is to expose UG students to the writing requirements of an IRB proposal and to develop a draft IRB proposal for CSD faculty members. Students will assist CSD faculty in developing IRB proposals for already identified research projects. This will involve, attending a training about the IRB process, conducting a literature review on a specified topic, identifying and completing the needed forms for the IRB proposal, organizing and submitting IRB proposal with faculty supervision.

Prerequisite: Faculty prefer students who are able to work on this project for 2 semesters so that learned skills can carry over. Preference given to individuals with interest in writing, students in CSD or HHS majors.

Date Posted: 9/3/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Exploring International Service Learning and Interprofessional Education in Ecuador

Division / Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Audrey Johnson/Dr. Dana Howell

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2014

Description: This qualitative research study is designed to explore the shared experience of health professional students collaborating and working together to treat Ecuadorian patients as part of the University of Kentucky’s Shoulder to Shoulder Global (STSG) Centro Medico clinic. The project involves interviewing health professional students who have participated in the 2014 health brigades in Ecuador. This experience will allow a student or students to learn about qualitative research, assist in data collection and transcription of interviews, and assist with the data analysis process. The student may also be asked to participate in the organization of data, themes and analysis using qualitative data management software. The primary investigator welcomes students with prior research experience but it is not necessary. Additionally, this research experience will allow the student an opportunity to share authorship in the future. 

Prerequisite:

Date Posted: 8/28/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Supporting college students with intellectual disabilities

Division / Department: Human Development Institute

Faculty Mentor: Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Ph.D.

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Description: UK/HDI’s Supported Higher Education Project (SHEP) supports students with intellectual disabilities (ID) attending colleges and universities across the state through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Direct supports are provided to students through peer mentoring. Peer mentors attend classes with students with ID and provide tutoring and other supports determined through person-centered planning. Student(s) involved in this project will assist in recruiting and training peer mentors. Students will also provide direct mentoring supports to at least one student at BCTC campus in Lexington. The student will gain experience in working with young adults who have developmental disabilities as well as background in Social Role Valorization theory and training protocols. Students will participate in research activities including providing intervention activities, evaluation, and data entry.

Prerequisite:

Date Posted: 6/13/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Understanding the experience of driving with a passenger with aphasia

Division / Department: Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Faculty Mentor: Ryan Husak/Dr. Robert Marshall

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Summer 2014

Description: The objective of this research opportunity is to introduce an undergraduate student to the process of conducting qualitative research in communication sciences and disorders. The student will learn how to transcribe and code interview data, assess data for intercoder reliability, and develop themes. The student will demonstrate competence in managing and analyzing data. From this experience, the student will:

1. Develop a deeper understanding of living and communicating with a person with an acquired communication disorder
2. Gain experience in qualitative research methodology
3. Develop skills for data management, analysis, and interpretation

Prerequisite: Student in good standing. CSD Major. To be completed Summer Session II 2104

Date Posted: 5/27/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Understanding the factors that predict success in professional PA and PT programs

Division / Department: Office of Student Affairs, College of Health Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Randa Remer-Eskridge

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Description: The purpose of this study is to investigate the factors the predict academic success in PA and PT professional programs. Factors could include, but not be limited to, rural versus urban educational setting, grade point average, leadership activities etc. The student assisting with the research will be responsible for entering and analyzing data as directed by the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. Experience with data packages such as Excel are preferred will train as needed.

Prerequisite: Health Sciences Major preferred. Preference given to applicants who can participate in two successive semesters. Student in good standing.

Date Posted: 5/27/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Overhead Arm Volume in Collegiate Volleyball Players

Division / Department: Division of Athletic Training

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tim Uhl

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Summer 2014, Fall 2014

Description: This research opportunity focuses on the volume of overhead hitting in volleyball athletes. Students would be assisting faculty in collecting serve volume data, managing data and other activities related to the research project.

Prerequisite: Student in good standing.

Date Posted: 5/13/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Teaching Age-Appropriate Academic Learning via Communication (TAALC)

Division / Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jane Kleinert / Dr. Judy Page

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Summer 2014, Fall 2014

Description: Children in the public schools who have significant intellectual disabilities often lack adequate communication systems. TAALC is a state-funded training project intended to develop and evaluate training to teams of teachers and speech-language pathologists who work with these students. As part of the project we collect pre- and post video samples from each participating team for project assessment and training. Students in this research opportunity will assist with editing and organizing video data for analysis

Prerequisite: Video editing experience preferred, but will train. Minimum grade point average 3.5. CSD major preferred, but not required.

Date Posted: 5/09/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Contribution of the subsystems of voice production

Division / Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Faculty Mentor: Mr. Dan Croake/Dr. Joseph Stemple

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Description: Healthy voicing is thought to be dependent on a relative balance among the vocal subsystems of respiration, phonation, and resonance. This series of projects in the Laryngeal and Speech Dynamics Lab will measure respiratory kinematics (movement), aerodynamics (air pressures/flows), and acoustic properties (vowel formants/intensities) during voice production in healthy participants and also after a temporary vocal fold paralysis. Students will be able to learn the different types of instrumentation and analysis tools necessary for data collection and analysis of voice production.

Prerequisite: Students should have an interest in speech/voice science.
CSD Major, rising senior. Minimum two semester commitment to the project

Date Posted: 5/06/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Global Coherence in Narrative Discourse Following Right Hemisphere Stroke

Division / Department: Rehabilitation Sciences/Communication Sciences and Disorders

Faculty Mentor: Katie Maddy/Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Contact: Katie Maddy/Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Description: Discourse is a highly complex task requiring a speaker to organize units of information into a coherent manner to communicate a message to a listener. Global coherence refers to the manner in which discourse is organized with respect to an overall goal, plan, theme or topic and is based on the listener’s perception of the discourse. Studies that have examined global coherence following right hemisphere stroke have been equivocal. This study will examine global coherence in the discourse of individuals following right hemisphere stroke. The student will assist in the transcription and global coherence scoring of discourse samples as well as help to establish inter- and intra- rater reliability. The student may also assist in scoring various cognitive assessments. Skills obtained will prepare the student for discourse analyses in the clinical setting.

Prerequisite: Communication Sciences and Disorders major preferred but not required.

Date Posted: 3/19/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Research assistant

Division / Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph Stemple

Contact: jcstem2@uky.edu

Position Type: Volunteer

Position Availability: Full (please check back)

Description: The volunteer will be helping Vrushali Angadi, who is a Ph.D student conducting her research under the guidance of Dr.Joseph Stemple. Her present study involves studying voice characteristics in patients who have received radiation therapy for early vocal fold cancers. Data from various sources will be collected for the study. Research activities for the volunteer will involve data organization, data entry and collecting articles for literature review specific to the present research topic.

Prerequisite: None

Date Posted: 5/06/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Quality of Life Outcomes for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Division / Department: Human Development Institute

Faculty Mentor: Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Ph.D.

Contact: Kathleen.sheppard-jones@uky.edu

Position Type: Academic Credit (1-3 hours) or Volunteer

Position Availability: Full for Spring, please check back

Description: Description: Service quality can be measured in a variety of ways. In this ongoing effort, quality of services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is assessed using a participant-driven model. This project conducts interviews with individuals receiving services and people who know them well. Items reflect various domains, including relationships, access to services, community participation, choice, rights, satisfaction, employment and health and wellness. Student(s) involved in this project will receive interviewer training and conduct consumer interviews. Students may also enter project data and participate in data analysis.

Prerequisite: Open to HHS & CSD majors

Last Updated: 12/05/2013

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Title of Opportunity: Cellular Mechanisms of Lymphedema

Division / Department: Physical Therapy / Rehab Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Deborah G. Kelly / Esther Dupont

Contact: (859)218-0592

Position Type: Academic Credit or Volunteer

Position Availability: Currently no opportunities, please check back. 

Description: Lymphedema is a condition that is most often associated in the Western world with cancer treatment. The condition includes swelling of the affected limb(s). The condition is chronic and permanent but with the correct treatment, can be managed like other chronic diseases. Current treatment includes light manual techniques and the cellular mechanisms behind the success of the treatment are not well understood. We are currently developing an animal model for mimicking the manual treatment of lymphedema. Students participating in this project will learn about cellular responses involved in the application of manual techniques used to treat lymphedema.

Prerequisite: None

Last Updated: 12/05/2013

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Title of Opportunity: Patient Outcomes Following Orthopedic Knee Surgery

Division/Department: Rehabilitation Sciences / Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Howard, PhD, ATC or office (859) 218-0839

Position Type:  Academic Credit or Volunteer

Position Availability:

       Full for Spring, please check back

Description: Patient centered outcomes are becoming increasingly valued for the practice of evidence based medicine, and as a result the need for clinical research that includes the patient perspective is growing. We have an ongoing patient outcomes database that is a collaboration between the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Health Sciences and the UK Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. We are looking to expand our data collection to an additional sports medicine physician and to use previously collected data for the development of patient education materials. Students will have the potential to be involved in active data collection at our outpatient sports medicine clinic, and will interact with physicians, patients, athletic trainers, and other clinic staff.

Prerequisites:

Any in major in good standing with a minimum of a 3.25 GPA. Must have dependable transportation to travel to off campus clinic (just outside of New Circle). Ideal students will have the ability to commit at least 1 regularly scheduled half day a week to collect data in the clinic.

Last Updated: 12/05/13

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Title of Opportunity: Clinical Nutrition Volunteer Research Opportunity

Division/Department: Clinical Nutrition/Clinical Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Travis Thomas, PhD, RD or office (859) 218-0863

Position Type:  Academic Credit or Volunteer

Position Availability:

       2 openings in Fall 2014

Description: Volunteer Opportunity to Assist with Clinical Nutrition Research Assist graduate student coordinators with data entry, filing and assist with misc. research tasks. Please inquire for more details.

Prerequisites:

At least 3.0 GPA; prefer health related major.

Last Updated: 8/11/14

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Title of Opportunity: Cellular mechanisms of skeletal muscle atrophy

Division/Department: Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Esther Dupont-Versteegden, Ph.D., (859) 218-0592

Position Type:  Academic Credit or Volunteer

Position Availability:

      Full for Spring, please check back

Description: Skeletal muscle atrophy is a condition that is associated with aging, muscle diseases, disuse and various other ailments and directly affects the quality of life of afflicted individuals. In my laboratory we study the cellular and molecular mechanisms of skeletal muscle atrophy and the recovery from atrophy after a period of disuse. Students will be able to learn different cellular pathways involved in muscle atrophy and growth and will measure different components of molecules involved.

Last Updated: 12/05/2013

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Title of Opportunity: Response of aging intrinsic laryngeal muscles to chronic electrical stimulation.

Division/Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders/Dept. of Rehab Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph C. Stemple, joseph.stemple@uky.edu

Position Type:  Academic Credit or Volunteer

Position Availability:

       Spring 2014

Description:

In older individuals, changes in the laryngeal muscles may compromise voice quality, impairing the ability to communicate and diminishing the ability to remain socially active and engaged. This project examines the muscle biophysiological changes that occur as a function of exercise and training using a well-accepted animal model for aging. We are using chronic electrical stimulation as a fictive endurance "exercise" program in aging rat laryngeal muscle to characterize the morphological, metabolic, and functional changes consequent to the fictive exercise model. Students will acquire experience in various aspects of the research process including, but not limited to, experimental procedures, data collection, data analysis, and data interpretation. Students will be trained to run the daily experimental protocol (morning/afternoon) and will help with data processing and analysis (histology, histochemistry, and immunohistochemistry).

Prerequisites:

Student must be able to commit 5-8 hours per week. Any major in good standing with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

Last Updated: 12/05/2013

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Knee and hip injury biomechanics

 

Division/Department: Physical Therapy/Dept of Rehab Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Brian Noehren, PhD

Phone: 859-218-0581

Position Type:  Academic Credit

Position Availability: Full for Spring, please check back

Description:

We are focused on understanding the underlying mechanisms  in several common injuries that occur in the lower extremity.  We use a variety of methods to answer our questions such as 3D motion capture, strength assessment and clinical measurements.  We also use and develop computer code to process and analyze the data we collect. Students working in our lab serve in a variety of capacities such as observing clinical evaluations, assisting in data collections and processing data.  The undergraduate students working in our lab gain an understanding of anatomy, common clinical assessment techniques, and  joint mechanics. Leadership opportunities also exist for students who return for a second semester to develop and present an abstract at a regional or national conference and to help train and supervise newer students.  We are looking for students who have a good attention to detail, strong work ethic, are interested in a future career in a medical field and enjoy working in a team environment.


Prerequisite: Must be current Junior or Sophomore with at least a 3.4-3.5 GPA; prefer students interested in PT school, but open to any post professional med desires.
Last Updated
: 12/05/13   

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Dr. Gilson Capilouto
859-218-0555
gjcapi2@uky.edu

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