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April 10
Arthroscopy Association of North America Grant Awarded to UK Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
Funding Agency: Arthroscopy Association of North America
Grant Title: “Triamcinolone treatment in patients with acute ACL tear and painful effusions: follow-up 2 years post-ACL reconstruction”
Amount: $12,500
Investigators: Christian Lattermann, MD; Jennifer S. Howard, PhD, ATC; Darren L. Johnson, MD
Project: This funding will allow investigators to add an additional 2 year follow-up time point, which will include MRI evaluation, to a previous study funded by the Arthritis Foundation examining the effect of administration of triamcinolone acetonide (Kenalog) following acute ACL injury. The project will examine if specific synovial fluid biomarker levels and their response to early intervention with triamcinolone Kenalog correlates with improved patient reported outcome measures regarding pain, function, and health related quality of life and structural joint health as evaluated by MRI 2 years following ACL reconstruction.
February 25
New RHB Publication
February 23
Corps Connection - Newsletter for the Specialists Corps - OT/PT/RD/PA
The Corps Connection Winter Newsletter can be found here:
Congratulations to Enrique Smith-Forbes (Pgs. 6-7), his advisors, several of our alumni, and incoming student Tim Benedict. Tim Benedict on page 16 will be entering UK in the fall.
Kudos to Katie Yancosek (2010) on page 9, and “ DEAN” Scott Shafer (2006) on page 13. Great to see the terrific work they are doing!!!!
Also important to note that COL Joseph Moore on page 13 was a recent recipient of a CHS Alumni award and past graduate of our Physical Therapy Program.
February 23
Congratulations to Dr. Dupont-Versteegden and her trainee, Jenae Brown from Alma College!
Jenae worked in Esther’s lab last summer and her abstract was awarded "Outstanding Abstract” by the American Physiological Society and she will present this work at the Experimental Biology meeting in Boston this year.
February 13
Updated University of Kentucky Thesis and Dissertation Submission Guide

The team in Academic Services along with UK Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Department updated the University of Kentucky Thesis and Dissertation Submission Guide during the fall of 2014. The revisions mentioned below should be welcomed add-ons to the process.


Embargo Policy—The candidate continues to have the option to embargo (i.e., delay) online access to a thesis/dissertation. Now we ask that the candidate, in consultation with their committee chair, indicate the length of the embargo on the Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) approval form. The form can be found at Candidates and advisors are encouraged to visit for additional information regarding embargoes such as when an embargo is appropriate and the pros and cons of an embargo.


Additional Files—We now require all forms that are normally delivered to the Graduate School be converted to PDF format and uploaded to UKnowledge as additional files during the submission process. The forms concerned include the signed ETD approval form and reprint permission letter(s). Doctoral candidates should also upload the signed ProQuest/UMI Dissertation Agreement and the confirmation page of the Survey of Earned Doctorates as additional files.


What Happens Next—The section titled “What Happens Next” in the submission guide provides information on what occurs once the thesis/dissertation has been submitted to UKnowledge. We hope this will ease any anxiety or tension the candidate might be having as we review the document for Graduate School standards.

The revised submission guide can be found here:

February 03
New RHB Publication
Page, C., & Howell, D.M. (2015). Current clinical practice of speech-language pathologists who treat individuals with aphasia: A grounded theory study. Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders, 6 (1), 1-23. doi: 10.1558/jircd.v6i1.1
A PDF of the article is linked here:
February 03
RHB graduate featured on the Penn State website
Nicole M. Etter, PhD, CCC/SLP, and 2014 graduate of the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program, was recently featured on the Penn State website.
January 29
Call for Abstracts: 10th Annual CCTS Spring Conference
Submit your abstract for presentation at the 10th Annual CCTS Spring Conference: A flier can be found here:
January 22
Spring Pedagogy Workshops Offered by CELT
The Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) is offering more than 20 pedagogy workshops throughout the spring semester (see the list below, and check CELT’s events calendar for dates: The Graduate School encourages you to take advantage of these free professional development opportunities (some are accompanied by refreshments!). To receive workshop dates and descriptions by email and to learn about registration details, join the CELT announcement list by going to and clicking on “Join Our Announcement List. The Graduate School will also include descriptions and details about these and other workshops in its Graduate Student Listserv, which you may join here: January • Exploring the Use of Rubrics • Gamestorming & Innovation Games in the Classroom • Hybrid Course Design • Alternatives to the Essay February • How Do I Handle This? Challenging Situations In and Out of the Classroom • Active Learning with Google Apps • Introduction to Digital Pedagogy • Beyond PowerPoint: Prezi and other Tools • Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) • Aligning Outcomes, Assessments and Activities • Student Roundtable: Multiple Perspectives Panel • Teaching to the Four Humors March • Formative Assessment & Collaborative Learning • Flipping the Classroom: Key Design Considerations • Documenting Your Teaching Activities: Assembling a Teaching Portfolio • CELT Presents Richard E. Mayer on the Intersection of Cognition, Instruction, and Technology • Mobile App Playground: mLearning & Cellphones in the Classroom • Teaching Millennials: Advice from a Boomer April • Intermediate Game-Based Learning • 7 Principles of Multimedia Learning • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Course and Teacher Evaluations • Rethinking Presentation Slides Using Assertion-Evidence Structure • Self-Regulated Learners
January 12
Congratulations Greg Pitts, MS, OTR/L, CHT!
Greg Pitts, a native of Berea, Kentucky and a graduate of the Eastern Kentucky University Masters of Occupational Therapy program, has been named the National President of the American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF). The AHTF is an organization dedicated to supporting research and education for upper extremity rehabilitation. The Foundation awards $20,000 on an annual basis for education and research to grant applicants. Mr. Pitts is past owner and current Clinical Specialist at Kentucky Hand and Physical Therapy in Lexington, Kentucky. He is also currently enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences doctoral program, a collaborative program between University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. Mr. Pitts lives in Lexington Kentucky with his wife Anne Marie and their six children.
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