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5/23/2013
Four UK students have been selected as recipients of Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships, including one of the nation's five award winners of a Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship for research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings.

By Whitney Hale

Four students from the University of Kentucky have been selected as recipients of Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships. The UK recipients are among 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2013-2014 academic year through the prestigious program. In addition, one of UK's four winners, medical student Juliana Odetunde, received one of only five prestigious Fulbright-Fogarty awards, which promote the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding

5/7/2013
Julia Meador is a recent UK graduate who was forever changed by her experience. Julia now lives in Atlanta, Ga. and works as a strategic communications planning manager at the American Cancer Society, Inc.

By President Eli Capilouto

It is once again time for the University of Kentucky to celebrate the work of our student scholars. We gather to recognize their achievements, and to award them their degree during our 146th Commencement Ceremonies.

Over the last two years, I have interacted with our ambitious students – tomorrow’s leaders who, in profound ways, are leading today. Students are engaged in our laboratories and research centers; they lead student organizations and serve our community; they excel in our classrooms, perform in our recital halls, and learn in our libraries; and they set good examples as members of the UK family.

The activities that happen across our institution every day are incredible and inspiring. They teach us valuable lessons

5/2/2013
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto Thursday announced that Dr. Christine Riordan ― current dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver ― has accepted an offer to become UK's next Provost.

By Jay Blanton

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto Thursday announced that Dr. Christine Riordan ― current dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver ― has accepted an offer to become UK's next Provost.

Dr. Riordan, 48, will begin at UK this fall, subject to approval from the university's Board of Trustees at its May 14 meeting. She was one of three finalists for the position of Chief Academic Officer, who visited the campus last week for a series of meetings and public forums. Interim Provost Tim Tracy will return full time to his role as Dean of the College of Pharmacy.

"Dr. Riordan’

5/1/2013
The New Dormitory, the second building added to the institution's original three buildings, was constructed in 1890 at a cost of $14,500. Photo courtesy of UK Special Collections.

By Whitney Hale

In celebration of the University of Kentucky's upcoming sesquicentennial in 2015, the 55th of 150 weekly installments remembers Neville Hall, the fifth building constructed at the institution.

The New Dormitory, the second building added to the institution's original three buildings, was constructed in 1890 at a cost of $14,500. It was remodeled for classes in 1918 due to a report in June of 1917 that described the New Dormitory and the Old Dormitory as "public nuisances."

On Dec. 18, 1919, the Board of Trustees, following the recommendation of President Frank L. McVey, renamed the building known as the New Dormitory Neville Hall in honor of

4/29/2013
In The Kentucky Derby, Nicholson offers a look at the evolution of the Derby as well as its international, national and regional importance. He details the Derby’s existence as an intersection of past traditions and contemporary culture, for both Kentuckians and Americans, and examines the historical, political and cultural significance of horse racing’s most famous event.

By Whitney Hale, Mack McCormick

University Press of Kentucky author James C. Nicholson, an alumnus and part-time history instructor at the University of Kentucky, has been named as the recipient of the Southern Kentucky Book Fest’s Kentucky Literary Award for his book The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America’s Premier Sporting Event. First awarded in 2003, the Kentucky Literary Award is a celebration of Kentucky literature.

Eligible books for the Kentucky Literary Award include those written by Kentuckians or books with a substantial Kentucky theme. The award

4/25/2013
Alan Lowe is the director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library, which is opening today at Southern Methodist University in Texas. Photo courtesy of Alan Lowe.

By Kelley Bozeman, Jay Blanton, Kody Kiser, Amy Jones.

From early childhood on, Alan Lowe thought he would be a doctor.

A few days on the University of Kentucky campus – and a little time in Chemistry 101 -- in the 1980s quickly taught him otherwise.

“But that’s where I step back and think about ‘What do you really like?’ Step back and really look at yourself,” Lowe says. “What I really liked was politics and history, that type of thing. So, I ran for the History Department. They were very welcoming and I absolutely loved it there.”

After bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history, the Bourbon County native went to work for UK Libraries, where he worked for about 18 months before getting a call one day from organizers of the

4/17/2013
A resident of Nashville, Egerton is well known for his coverage of education, race relations and social-cultural issues, even the world of food, in his native South. Photo courtesy of UK Alumni Association.

By Whitney Hale

Writer and alumnus John W. Egerton will receive the 2013 University of Kentucky Libraries Award for Intellectual Achievement. The award will be presented at the UK Libraries Annual Dinner scheduled for April 19, at Griffin Gate Marriott, located at 1800 Newtown Pike. As part of the dinner, Egerton will talk about the place of libraries and the future of paper in the cyber age.

The UK Libraries Award for Intellectual Achievement recognizes high intellectual achievement while encouraging education and promoting creativity throughout the Commonwealth. Candidates must have been born in

3/25/2013
At “Dine. Discover. Decide.” held at the King Alumni House, students will dine with alumni volunteers in a career field of their interest and discover potential career path options to help them decide their future goals.

By Gail Hairston

It always helps to talk to others who have survived and subsequently thrived after a daunting experience. “Dine. Discover. Decide.” is a new event created for University of Kentucky students to do just that — to discuss career options with a gathering of alumni professionals.

The UK Alumni Association hosts “Dine. Discover. Decide.” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the King Alumni House. The students will dine with alumni volunteers in a career field of their interest and discover potential career path options to help them decide their future goals.

“We are excited for our students to have the opportunity to tap into the wealth of knowledge that our alumni have in many different fields,” said

3/18/2013
The university's March #AskAChat Twitter Chat on March 19 will offer UK graduating seniors to ask questions about commencement, UK Alumni Association membership, and job searches.

By Whitney Hale

With University of Kentucky Commencement just around the corner, tomorrow's #AskACat Twitter Chat will give graduating seniors at the University of Kentucky an opportunity to ask questions regarding Commencement ceremonies, membership in the UK Alumni Association, and tips on job searches.

This month's #AskACat experts are Kelly Allgeier, alumni career counselor at UK Alumni Association; Frieda Gebert, member of the UK Commencement Committee; and Leslie Hayes, membership specialist at UK Alumni Association. The trio will answer questions beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, via the university's official Twitter account, @universityofky. Those

3/6/2013
As a freshman, Doris Wilkinson was one of the first African Americans to participate in the integration of UK after the Supreme Court declared public school segregation illegal. Photo courtesy of UK Special Collections.

By Breanna Shelton, Whitney Hale

In celebration of the University of Kentucky's upcoming sesquicentennial in 2015, the 46th of 150 weekly installments remembers the accomplishments of integration pioneer Doris Wilkinson.

As a freshman, Doris Wilkinson was one of the first African Americans to participate in the integration of UK after the Supreme Court declared public school segregation illegal. After receiving her bachelor's degree in 1958 from UK and her master's and doctoral degrees from Case Western Reserve University, the trailblazer became the first full-time female African-American faculty member at UK.

As a UK professor in the Department of Sociology, Wilkinson would also design the university's

2/4/2013
John Anthony, UK's Gill Professor of Chemistry, will present "Carbon-Based Materials for Solar Power Generation" at the 2013 SEC Symposium.

By Keith Hautala

Three University of Kentucky faculty members will present at the first-ever Southeastern Conference Symposium, to be held Feb. 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. 

The 2013 edition of the SEC Symposium, titled “Impact of the Southeast in the World’s Renewable Energy Future,” addresses a significant scholarly issue across the range of disciplines represented by the SEC’s 14 member universities. The event showcases their academic excellence and underscores their educational and economic contributions to the vitality of the region, nation and world.

John Anthony, UK's Gill Professor of Chemistry, will present "Carbon-Based Materials for Solar Power Generation" at a session about advanced materials for

1/25/2013

By Sarah Geegan

UK alumna Lauren Cook did it in Switzerland; UK  junior Hannah Simms did it in China; they studied abroad. Widely seen as a life-changing experience, education abroad has been perceived as one with added financial burden. However, Education Abroad at UK is seeking to dispel the myth that money is necessarily an obstacle; rather, they want students to know money does not have to be a barrier.

Education Abroad at UK strives to make education abroad programs more affordable and accessible for all UK students. In 2011-2012, Education Abroad at UK awarded $231,750 in total scholarships. The 2011-2012 year also represented a 42 percent increase from the number of students who received scholarships in 2010-2011 and a 41 percent increase in total funding.

"One of the significant

10/23/2012

by Sarah Geegan

The UK College of Arts and Sciences inducted four new members to the A&S Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 19.

The "Celebrate A&S: Alumni and Faculty Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" took place at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Two faculty members and two alumni joined the ranks of the current 30 alumni and 6 emeritus faculty A&S Hall of Fame members.

The ceremony followed an academic theme; the inductees wore formal academic regalia and received medallions with the UK A&S seal. 

The 2012 Hall of Fame inductees:

Matthew Cutts, current leader of Google’s webspam

7/11/2012

By Gail Bennett, Sarah Geegan

WUKY 91.3 FM, the University of Kentucky's NPR station, is partnering with UK Army ROTC to present the Inaugural Kentucky National Guard Bluegrass Mud Run Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. This 5K run will begin at UK's Commonwealth Stadium and proceed through obstacles designed by members of UK Army ROTC. The obstacle course will be challenging yet fun and will be made to get runners muddy. 

"This fun and exciting mud run is for the pro-athlete or the pro-couch potato!" said Gail Bennett, marketing director at WUKY." Everyone is encouraged to participate, and we strongly encourage you to have fun and even dress in your favorite or most bizarre costume

7/11/2012
doug boyd

By Ethan Levine, Whitney Hale

Crawfish Bottom was not the best neighborhood in the city of Frankfort, Ky. In fact, it was far from it. But a book from University of Kentucky oral historian Doug Boyd, recognized with a recent regional historic preservation award, sheds light not only on the area's notorious history but the love its residents had for their community.

The 50 acres of Crawfish Bottom on the north end of the state capital was better known for its crime rate and tough reputation than anything else, earning it the nickname "the lowest part of the city," or simply "bottom" for short. But if you dig beneath the "bottom," what you'll find is a neighborhood formerly filled with culture, history and lasting relationships.

A few years ago, Boyd, director of

7/3/2012
jeffrey smith

By Sarah Geegan

 

There's just no telling where an education from the University of Kentucky can take you.

For U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Smith, the journey that began at UK has taken him around the world and deep below the ocean's surface, as captain of the USS Kentucky, a nuclear submarine.

"Having been born in Kentucky and growing up there, I can’t imagine any pride greater than serving as commander of the ship that bears my home state's name," says Smith, whose parents and sister still live in Kentucky.

Born in Covington and raised in Independence, Smith graduated from Simon Kenton High School and attended Xavier University for a year before transferring to UK. After graduating in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in physics, Smith was commissioned in the Navy and went to officer candidate school in Pensacola, Fla., where he began nuclear

6/19/2012

 

                                  

By Sarah Geegan

Nina Elliott and Elizabeth Walsh have assembled an impressive list of accomplishments at UK this year, from creating new derivatives of the molecule phenothiazine, to potentially increasing performance of lithium-ion batteries, to co-authoring a paper in preparation for publication. Their next task to check off: graduating from high school.

Susan Odom, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, has hosted the two Paul Laurence Dunbar High School students in her chemistry laboratory over the past semester. Elliott and Walsh assisted Odom in a project involving specific organic molecules and their utility in lithium-ion batteries.

"The idea is, phenothiazine derivatives have been used as additives

6/4/2012

 

By Sarah Geegan

Chemistry Professor Yinan Wei recently received a $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a study expected to generate some of the first ever data in her subject matter.

The proposal, titled "Protein Activity and Oligomer Stability in Cell Membrane," will focus on questions surrounding how proteins oligomerize in cell membrane, or in other words, how membrane-spanning proteins that function in units containing more than one subunit, assemble in nature.

"The selective permeability of cell membranes, which is essential for all life forms that we know, is conferred by membrane proteins," Wei said. "Approximately 80 percent of membrane proteins with known structures exist as oligomers when

5/10/2012
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By Whitney Hale

Two students from the University of Kentucky and one 2006 alumna have been selected as recipients of Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships. The UK recipients are among 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2012-2013 academic year through the prestigious program.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign

4/25/2012
whats new in science logo

By Sarah Geegan

The University of Kentucky BiologyPhysics and AstronomyChemistry, and Psychology departments are reaching out to area high school science teachers and teaching them something new: what's new in science.

The What's New in Science series, an outreach program aimed to strengthen UK's relationships with high school science programs, will engage teachers and youth in various scientific areas. It will focus specifically on emerging discoveries and developments in the realm of science.

"The university already has a strong history in supporting science teachers in Kentucky Schools," said Sally

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