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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 1, 2017) ― Six University of Kentucky educators were named recipients of the UK Alumni Association 2017 Great Teacher Award Tuesday night.

The recipients are:

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The University of Kentucky College of Medicine announced Monday plans to develop a regional medical school campus in Northern Kentucky for four-year medical education. The program is the third regional medical school campus announced by UK designed to increase the overall number of physicians in the Commonwealth. Four-year regional campuses have been proposed in Bowling Green and Morehead; the campus at Bowling Green is projected to begin enrolling students in 2018, and Morehead sometime thereafter. 

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After 24 hours of dancing in anticipation, DanceBlue chairs and committee members revealed the 2017 grand fundraising total of $1,785,286.96 to the nearly 1,000 student participants and a crowd of supporters. Whether participating as a dancer, volunteer, committee member or a supporter, DanceBlue is something no one ever forgets, especially the last few hours. With a family talent show featuring children from the clinic and an emotional memorial hour to remember those who lost their battle with cancer, the reveal this evening was a much anticipated moment for so many people at UK.
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Carol Elam, associate dean of Admissions and Institutional Advancement at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA) Career Educator Award. The award acknowledges Elam’s leadership and contributions to medical education. As a professor of behavioral science, associate dean for admissions and institutional advancement, and director of medical education research at the college, Elam has been an avid supporter of student-centered initiatives focused on education and student well-being.
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In the spring of 2016, the University of Kentucky hired Dr. Robert DiPaola as the new dean for the UK College of Medicine. He had previously been the director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and vice chancellor for cancer programs at the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Center.

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When we think of research, our minds may possibly conjure up an image of a scientist in a white coat, hunched over a lab table, pouring chemicals into beakers. But research takes a multitude of forms, and flourishes in many different fields. From clinical trials for new cancer medication, to composing and recording an album of original music, and even to studying and refining the most effective ways to cure a country ham. Research often leads us toward answering questions we didn’t even think to ask. 

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Alex Wade, a third year medical student in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, wanted to give at-risk high school students opportunities they may not have known about and the chance to learn that they have the skills necessary to solve complex medical and surgical problems, even when they’re not taught how up front. To provide these opportunities, Wade founded the Medical Technologies Innovation Team. Students who participate in the program are not given a set format for solving the design problem, they choose their own groups to work in and set their own goals.
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Third-year medical student Perry Hooper won big at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s annual Academic Convocation and Awards Day held recently. Hooper won four awards, the most of any student, including the Cobern E. Ott Award and Anatomy Student Mentor Program Award. Hooper earned two degrees during his time as an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky, a Bachelor of Science in Spanish and Biology. When the time came to decide where to continue his medical education, UK was high on Hooper’s list. “I knew immediately after my interview here that this where I wanted to be.
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The NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Obesity and Cardiovascular Diseases, in collaboration with the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) announce the availability of limited funds to support pilot projects focused on research examining obesity-associated diseases (cardiovascular, diabetes, others). These pilot grants are intended to assist investigators new to this area of research to generate sufficient data to be competitive for extramural funding. 

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Six teams of researchers and physician scientists have become the inaugural recipients of pilot funding from the new Multidisciplinary Value Program (MVP), which aims to boost team science that will impact University of Kentucky patients and wellbeing in the Commonwealth. Each MVP team will launch a new clinical trial that brings cutting-edge science to patients and communities.

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University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) is hosting its sixth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Nov. 4-5. This two-day program will offer sessions for both the scientific and community audiences. Clinicians and researchers from UK and other institutions will come together to share current findings, trends and the latest updates on dementia and aging disorders, particularly as related to Alzheimer’s disease. The Markesbery Symposium is in honor of the late Dr. William R.
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Dr. Ginny Sprang, professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry and executive director of UK’s Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC), has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. When Sprang began her research she focused on the field of traumatic stress, investigating event-specific factors that influenced how trauma manifested in people of all ages. Her experience as a psychotherapist working with violence exposed children began to shape the trauma research she conducted.
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Robert DiPaola, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, was featured during "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK at Florida football game, broadcast on radio Sept. 10.

DiPaola, who came to UK March 1, talks about his impressions of the college and the university, including the collaborative nature, strong leadership and strength of faculty.

The Academic Convocation and Awards Ceremony is an annual presentation of awards to students and faculty for outstanding achievement in academics, service, research and teaching during the previous year. Convocation will include the Munich Memorial Lecture featuring Robert S. DiPaola, M.D., Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dean DiPaola will deliver the “State of the College of Medicine: Direction for the Future.” A light reception will follow.

The Academic Convocation and Awards Ceremony is an annual presentation of awards to students and faculty for outstanding achievement in academics, service, research and teaching during the previous year. Convocation will include the Munich Memorial Lecture featuring Robert S. DiPaola, M.D., Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dean DiPaola will deliver the “State of the College of Medicine: Direction for the Future.” A light reception will follow.

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The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital is one of the nation’s “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs” in Becker’s Hospital Review magazine's recently released compilation of leading cancer care providers in the United States. The UK Markey Cancer Center, whose clinical programs are integrated with UK Chandler Hospital, received a National Cancer Institute cancer center designation in July 2013.

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White coat ceremonies are held at medical schools across the country and are always meaningful for faculty and staff. New medical students begin their commitment to educating and caring for their fellow citizens. For Dr. Donna Grigsby, chief of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics, this year’s ceremony will be especially meaninfgul. Dr. Grigsby’s son, Charlie Grigsby, will be one of the students on stage receiving a white coat. It’s not uncommon for medical students to have parents in the medical profession.

The UK College of Medicine will host the Class of 2020 White Coat Ceremony on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at the Otis A. Singletary Center for the Arts located at 405 Rose Street. Save the date and join us on this memorable day as we share in the excitement for our incoming medical students. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception following the ceremony. 

 To download the flyer for this event, click here.

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Growing up in Hazard, Kentucky, Brittany Martin was familiar with diabetes. Many of her older relatives had been diagnosed with the chronic condition, and her younger family members were starting to develop it as well.
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Established in 2005, the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Pipeline Program works to further the interest of students in health professions. One of the goals of AHEC is to increase the number of health care providers in the Commonwealth. A popular manifestations of this program is the Summer Health Careers Camps. Open to Kentuckians, who are juniors or seniors in high school, camps allow students to interact with professionals from a variety of medical fields.