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Some stories require a little more – a little more discussion, more context, more depth and breadth.

That’s the idea behind “Behind the Blue” – a new weekly podcast created by UK Public Relations and Marketing. It is designed to explore through probing interviews the in-depth the stories that make UK the university for Kentucky and that have impact across the institution, the Commonwealth and, in some cases, the world.

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Some stories require a little more – a little more discussion, more context, more depth and breadth.

That’s the idea behind “Behind the Blue” – a new weekly podcast created by UK Public Relations and Marketing. It is designed to explore through probing interviews the in-depth the stories that make UK the university for Kentucky and that have impact across the institution, the Commonwealth and, in some cases, the world.

    January 21, 2020 - Carrie Oser (Geographic variation in Addiction Treatment (GATE) study)

    January 21, 2020 - Carrie Oser (Geographic variation in Addiction Treatment (GATE) study)

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2020) – The University of Kentucky recently received $3 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on General Medical Sciences to fund new opioid-related research in the criminal justice system.
    Known as the Geographic variation in Addiction Treatment (GATE) study, the 5-year project is led by Carrie Oser, professor of sociology in the UK College of Arts & Sciences. Oser and her colleagues will be focusing on the factors that influence a person’s decision to use one of the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) – methadone, buprenorphine and extended-release naltrexone.
    Although research shows that these medications are highly effective at reducing opioid use, infectious disease transmission, and drug-related criminal behavior, uptake of these medications is low – only about 7% of people with OUD receive medications – and more than half of KY counties do not have any providers who prescribe medications for OUD.  It is even more challenging for those involved in the criminal justice system. In the past few years, the Kentucky Department of Corrections has addressed this issue by making naltrexone available inside their institutions and is currently piloting expansion at three prisons by offering buprenorphine to individuals with OUD that meet clinical and medical protocols.
    On this episode of Behind the Blue, Oser talks with UKPR’s Allison Perry about the GATE study and its goals, to identify how a person’s individual characteristics, personal networks and structural factors influence their decision whether or not to take medication for OUD both during incarceration and following release, and it will specifically look at the differences between urban and rural populations. While other studies have looked at individual and structural factors as predictors of medication use, this study is unique in its focus on the people surrounding the person with OUD and how their support – or lack thereof – and opinions influences decisions on taking medication.
    "Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.
    For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.
    To discover what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky, click here.

    • 23 min
    January 15, 2020 - UK's Smart Campus Initiative

    January 15, 2020 - UK's Smart Campus Initiative

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 15, 2020) – The University of Kentucky launched the Smart Campus Initiative in 2019, involving students and faculty from across the campus looking at new ways of teaching and learning, among other objectives.
    On this week’s edition of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR’s Carl Nathe talks with three key leaders who are helping to implement this unique project and how it promises to benefit UK and the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky.
    "Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.
    For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.
    To discover what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky, click here.

    • 25 min
    December 10, 2019 - Mary Chandler Bolin (University Counseling Center)

    December 10, 2019 - Mary Chandler Bolin (University Counseling Center)

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 10, 2019) – The University of Kentucky strives to provide a caring community which provides its students with a sense of belonging. One of the ways UK accomplishes this is through the services offered through the University Counseling Center. 
    Mary Chandler Bolin, director of the center, is widely respected across campus and around the nation for her commitment, expertise, and innovations. She is the recent recipient of a major national award from her peers.
    In this edition of the Behind the Blue podcast, Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications talks with Chandler Bolin about the center, the wide arrange of services it offers, and her career.
    "Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.
    For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.
    To discover what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky, click here.

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    December 3, 2019 - Aaron Thompson (Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education)

    December 3, 2019 - Aaron Thompson (Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education)

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2019) – University of Kentucky alumnus Dr. Aaron Thompson, the President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, has conducted listening tours across the Commonwealth over the past year.
    The goal is to learn what students, parents, community leaders and employers think on key issues in education.
    In short, Thompson hopes to learn how to improve education in the bluegrass state.
    To learn more about his findings on the tour, and what the Council will do with that information, ‘Behind the Blue’ talked with Thompson during his visit to UK. On this episode, they discuss his beginnings, his insights and what he hopes to see for the future of education and institutions of higher learning in Kentucky.
    "Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.
    For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.
    To discover what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky, click here.

    • 47 min
    November 26, 2019 - Thanksgiving Special

    November 26, 2019 - Thanksgiving Special

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 26, 2019) – This week in the United States we celebrate the national holiday of Thanksgiving, so we thought it would be a good time to take stock of the things we may have in our lives to be thankful for.
    To that end, we spent an afternoon in the Gatton Student Center on campus talking with students and staff about that, and also learning about some of their favorite Thanksgiving foods and traditions.
    Enjoy this short episode, and we hope that you might also have an opportunity to reflect on things you’re thankful for, as well as traditions that are unique and special for you and yours.
    "Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.
    For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.
    To discover what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky, click here.

    • 16 min
    November 19, 2019 - Jennifer Havens (Hepatitis C Research)

    November 19, 2019 - Jennifer Havens (Hepatitis C Research)

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2019) – The University of Kentucky is tackling many of Kentucky’s toughest health issues through research aimed at making documented, measured progress.
    Among the many ongoing examples of UK’s faculty researchers focusing their skills to combat a major health challenge is Jennifer Havens.
    In this edition of the Behind the Blue Podcast, Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications talks with Havens about a project she is leading which is combatting Hepatitis C head on.
    "Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.
    For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.
    To discover what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky, click here.

    • 36 min

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