Keisha Wells, Patrick Kitzman, and Crystal Hignite

This March, the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH) is joining with the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) and others across the nation to raise awareness about the importance of including people of all abilities in all facets of community life.

A person placing a nicotine patch on their arm.

University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center experts Timothy Mullet, MD, and Jessica Burris, PhD, are co-authors of a recent study that reveals critical gaps in how oncology programs assess and address smoking cessation for their patients. 

Roberta Taylor on a UK balcony.

Every week in March, we will offer perspectives on this national observance and their own life experiences from women at UK HealthCare. This week’s Q&A features Roberta Taylor, a clinical services technician with UK HealthCare and staff in the UK College of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine. 

Q: What Does Women’s History Month mean to you? 

Kelly Kennoy leading a breakout session

Faculty members from the University of Kentucky presented at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) Network Meeting in Durham, North Carolina last month.

Dr. D'Orazio in front of one of his paintings.

Not many people wake up before the sun rises to indulge in a hobby. But for John D’Orazio, MD, his passion for a hobby he discovered during the COVID-19 pandemic remains something that still inspires him to wake up at 4 a.m.

Yadi Wu working in the lab.

A recent University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center study published in PNAS uncovers a critical pathway involved in immune evasion by breast cancer cells.  

Dillon Powell sitting on the stairs.

Northern Kentucky has always been home for Dillon Powell, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Raised in Independence, Kentucky, he attended Simon Kenton High School and Thomas More University.

Dillon Powell

Northern Kentucky has always been home for Dillon Powell, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Raised in Independence, Ky, he attended Simon Kenton High School and Thomas More University. When the College of Medicine opened its Northern Kentucky Campus in 2019, he knew that was where he wanted to go for medical school. 

April Hatcher, PhD headshot

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is pleased to announce that April Hatcher, PhD, has been named assistant dean for foundational sciences. Dr. Hatcher will assume this new role beginning April 1, 2024. 

Image of research scholars for 2024. Names are in the image caption.

The University of Kentucky’s Research Scholars Program (RSP) has welcomed its fourth cohort made up of six faculty whose expertise spans a broad range of research foci. The program is aimed at advancing research by promoting the success of a diverse group of faculty.

Dr. Asha Shenoi

Women’s History Month is a nationally recognized observance that commemorates the role of women throughout American History. Though its roots as a national celebration trace back to 1981, the presidential proclamation of every March as Women’s History Month officially began in 1995.

Lisa Cassis.

The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) is honoring the University of Kentucky’s Vice President for Research for her foundational contributions to our understanding of the renin-angiotensin system that has broad implications for hypertension and cardiovascu

Jacqueline A. Noonan, MD (far right) was a trailblazer in the field of cardiology

March is designated as Women’s History Month. To celebrate, we are highlighting women who have made history here at the College of Medicine. Their contributions are diverse, spanning significant research breakthroughs to exemplary patient care and education. 

jerika durham headshot

Jerika Durham is a PhD candidate in the department of toxicology and cancer biology. Durham, who grew up in eastern Kentucky, is not only the first person in her family to pursue such a degree, but the first to attend college at all. 

UK Innovate will host its second annual Kentucky Innovator Challenge (KIC) on April 11, 2024, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET, in Ballrooms 212 A&B within Gatton Student Center. 

DanceBlue team at Cyclebar fundraiser

DanceBlue is the University of Kentucky’s student-run organization that raises funds for the DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic. The yearlong fundraising culminates in a 24-hour dance marathon. This year’s event will be April 6-7, 2024. 

obert ballet photo

First-year medical student Chloe Obert is disciplined. She enjoys structure and does not shy away from a challenge. It is why becoming a doctor was a natural career path. But Obert’s road to medicine was nontraditional. When searching for the right undergraduate degree, she felt called to another passion – ballet.

dr cheavar blair in the lab

Cheavar Blair, PhD, completed his doctorate in physiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 2017. In 2022, he was recruited back to the department as an assistant professor in the research title series.

Professor Laneshia Conner

When Laneshia Conner was in graduate school, an instructor told her that she had great questions. From there, she says she began to find that she had more questions than answers. In this “Research Made Possible” podcast produced by Research Communications, Conner discusses her work that is centered on improving scientific knowledge about HIV prevention for older Black women.  

BG Internal Med residents

Mallory Vaughn, MD, has wanted to be a doctor most of her life. When she was just 8 years old, her grandmother experienced a cardiac event and needed treatment.