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Brad's Blurb

Dear Staff,

I would like to start by saying thanks to the entire staff for the amazing work you do every day.  As we get ready to enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend we have so much for which to be grateful.  I hope that everyone has the opportunity to set aside time to spend with families and friends and enjoy the long weekend. 

The A&S Culture Committee recently posted the results of the 2014 Culture Survey at:  The Culture Committee  also prepared a short summary of the results which I have included below. The Culture Committee continues to expand current initiatives, and consider new initiatives to address some of the findings.     

•         121 staff completed the survey

•         More than 200 comments were shared by staff who took the survey

•         Nine areas of the survey that showed upward trends from the last survey are:

                -63% of all staff feel faculty-staff relations have improved

                -95% of staff understand how their work supports education and research in the College

                -93% of staff are aware of their major job responsibilities

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5 Things About Kari Burchfield

I grew up in Middlesboro, KY. The town is as far south and east in the state that you can go, situated on the KY, TN and VA border. I met my husband Bill while performing in the local community theater. We moved to Lexington to attend UK in 2002. We love it so much, we stayed. I graduated from UK with a BA in English in 2005. We welcomed our first child into the world this past April.

Before working as a full time employee here, I was a manager at for a residential property leasing company. I’ll never forget the day I decided to apply for a job at UK. It was a beautiful day in September, blue sky and the sun shining brightly. I was driving through campus thinking, I’d really like to be back here, this is where I need to be. A few weeks later, I was hired! After six years, I still believe that this was the best decision I could have made.

What do you do in your spare time? Between a seven month old, Piper, and a nine year old English Springer Spaniel, Blaze, I don’t have much spare time. Evenings and weekends are spent with our little family. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Night of Creativity-January 5, 2015 (Monday)

The College of Arts and Sciences 3rd Annual “Night of Creativity”

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Brad's Blurb

Here are the results of October's Staff Sparcet awards.  Lisa Hiscox (POT IBU) gave out the most Sparcets and Dee Beegle (POT IBU) received the most Sparcets this month.  This month’s Platinum award goes to Scott Horn from the HIVE.  Jennifer Allen wrote the following on Scott.  “We have a beautiful, adaptive, and dynamic website for Ampersand magazine now-thanks to Scott and his hard work!  The website allows us to incorporate all multi-media produced so we can showcase stories, videos, photo galleries, and podcasts in one location.  This website definitely enhances the magazine”.  Scott is October’s winner of a free lunch, along with 3 other of his A&S staff colleagues.  Congratulations to Lisa, Dee, and Scott for being recognized this month by your colleagues. Keep those Sparcets coming! 

It is time to start thinking about this year’s performance evaluations and to start tracking a few deadlines: 

-Tuesday, December 2, 2014-2014 performance evaluations available online

-Friday, January 16, 20150-Deadline to submit updates of position descriptions

-Monday, March 2, 2015-Deadline to submit completed online performance evaluations for your team members

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Meet Shaunescia Davis




I was born in Johnson City, Tennessee and moved to Kentucky my 3rd grade year. I have 4 half siblings (2 sisters and 2 brothers) and I am the oldest of the 5. I started working for UK in the summer of 1999 as a STEPS employee after graduating high school a year early. I graduated with a BS in Family in Consumer Sciences in the 2006 from the University of Kentucky.   




1. What do you do in your spare time?

I have a 9 year daughter name Kianti who speaks Spanish as her second language and is in competitive gymnastics. I have volunteered with/ for CASA which is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in Fayette County for past few years.

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United Way Campaign -- It Ain't Over...

The A&S total contribution to the United Way of the Bluegrass as of November 4, was just over $20,000. We fell short of our $30,000 goal, but we have been given more time to accomplish that goal.

Payroll deductions can be made up until December 17, 2014. If you would still like to make a cash or check donation, please let me know. I am happy to facilitate that process. 

The Halloween Potluck held on Friday, October 31, brought in $61 in donations. The Change for Change drive that started in August brought in $54. Thanks to all who helped us with new and creative ways to get staff involved in helping the United Way.

Thank you to all of you who were able to make your United Way pledges before the end of October. Hopefully, others of you will choose to go into your MyUK and designate a contribution before December 17. If you have any questions, please let me know how I can help. I feel confident that A&S will meet the goal.

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Recently published in Earth Surface Processes & Landforms: Anastamosing Channels in the Lower Neches River Valley, Texas. The abstract is below: 


Active and semi-active anastomosing Holocene channels upstream of the delta in the lower valley of the meandering Neches River in southeast Texas represent several morphologically distinct and hydrologically independent channel systems. These appear to have a common origin as multi-thread crevasse channels strongly influenced by antecedent morphology. Levee breaching leads to steeper cross-valley flows toward floodplain basins associated with Pleistocene meander scars, creating multi-thread channels that persist due to additional tributary contributions and ground water inputs. Results are consistent with the notion of plural systems where main channels, tributaries, and sub-channels may have different morphologies and hydrogeomorphic functions. The adjacent Trinity and Sabine Rivers have similar environmental controls, yet the Trinity lacks evidence of extensive anastomosing channels on its floodplain, and those of the Sabine appear to be of different origin. The paper highlights the effects of geographical and historical contingency and hydrological idiosyncrasy.


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I recently watched an episode of the Syfy Channel’s post-apocalyptic zombie show Z-Nation. The human survivors were making their way across the U.S. Midwest when a massive tornado spun up, picking up zombies and flinging them all over the place.

“Is that what I think it is?” asks one character, observing the oncoming cyclone of the undead. “It ain’t sharks,” says his companion. This is, of course, a reference to the infamous “Sharknado” movie in which a tornado at sea (technically a waterspout, I reckon) sucks up a bunch of sharks and blows them into Los Angeles. Sharknado is, by all accounts, a thoroughly ridiculous movie with no scientific validity.

The tornado in the background is just about to suck up these flesh-eating freaks from beyond the grave to form an un-deadly Z-nado!

This movie poster tells you all you need to know. 

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Hot off the press, our (myself, Dan Marion, Chad Yocum, Stephanie Mehlhope, and Jeff Olson) study of geomorphic impacts of a tornado blowdown event. You can get a copy here:

The abstract is below:

Geomorphological Impacts of a tornado disturbance in a subtropical forest.

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Last month the climatologist Justin Maxwell from Indiana University gave an interesting talk at our department about drought-busting tropical cyclones. In his talk, and in conversations before and after with our physical geography crew, he had some interesting things to say about climate teleconnections involving mainly sea surface temperature and pressure patterns such as ENSO, NAO, etc. If teleconnections and the various acronyms are unfamiliar, check out the National Climatic Data Center’s teleconnections page:


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