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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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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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I got a few e-mails last week about fluvial geomorphology—not because of anything I have done, or any current issues or unresolved questions in that field. No, it was because a character in the irreverent Comedy Central show South Park was identified on the show as a fluvial geomorphologist. Apparently that gives us a measure of popular culture street cred.

South Park character Randy Marsh, in his pop singer Lorde disguise.

An actual geomorphologist named Randy (R. Schaetzl, Department of Geography, Michigan State University).


Early in October, an episode of the show was based on the premise that the New Zealand pop singer Lorde is actually a 45 year old man, Randy Marsh, a regular character on the show. As explained during the episode, “Lorde isn’t just a singer, she’s also a very talented scientist who specialises in fluvial geomorphology.” If this is all a bit confusing, see

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Meet Krista Greathouse




Born and raised in Owensboro, KY.  Moved to Lexington in 1997.  Have two fabulous kids – Ben (age 10) and Madelyn (age 9).  Have had an interesting career including working for Mayor Newberry as the City’s WEG liaison and producer of the 17 day festival in downtown Lexington during WEG.  I started at UK in March 2014. 





Broadway Musical - RENT
Book – American Sniper
Movie – Shawshank Redemption

Ambition/Goal for next year

finish my MBA and begin my PhD

I love ALL animals

I have one dog, two cats.  I rode horses until I became pregnant with Ben (my first child).  If my kids get their way – we will add a bunny and a hamster at Christmas.

Most interesting place I have been

Cologne Cathedral in Köln, Germany. 


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