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Preserving History

by Tanzi Merritt

Smiley Pete Publishing

The Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies at the University of Kentucky came into being in 2020, as the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor became part of a national conversation at the height of the global pandemic. But its roots within the university had been established well before. Read more here


By Ryan Girves 

The 2024 Outstanding Teaching Award winners. From left: (back) Jack Groppo, Kristine Urschel, Daria Goncharova, (center) Thaddeus Salmon, Lukas Bullock, Bradley Elliott, (front) Anastasia Hauser, John "Jack" Swab and Martha Yip. Carter Skaggs | UK Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2024) — The University of Kentucky recognized exceptional faculty and teaching assistants with the Outstanding Teaching Awards during the 2024 UK Faculty Awards Ceremony onApril 25.

The Outstanding Teaching Awards recognize faculty and graduate teaching assistants who go above and beyond what is expected and demonstrate outstanding performance in the classroom or laboratory. Selected via nomination, candidates were reviewed by a

By Lindsay Travis 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2024) — On Friday, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved 16 University Research Professors for the 2024-25 academic year. Established by the Board of Trustees in 1976, the professorships program recognizes excellence across the full spectrum of research at UK.

“Each year it is truly gratifying to recognize these distinguished experts who have made significant contributions across the breadth of research fields at the University of Kentucky,” said Lisa Cassis, UK’s vice president for research. “Our next cohort of University Research Professors have demonstrated

By C. Lynn Hiler 

Phi Beta Kappa inductees.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2024) — The University of Kentucky chapter of Phi Beta Kappa recently inducted 22 members into the academic honor society. This year’s induction ceremony was  Wednesday, April 17, at the Lewis Honors College Scholars Lounge and featured a keynote address from John Thelin, professor emeritus in the College of Education.

“We are approaching the 100th anniversary of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and we are enormously proud of the students admitted to our chapter,” said Lynn Hiler, chapter coordinator. “This honor recognizes their hard work and commitment to a liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences

By Jenny Wells-Hosley 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2024) — Appalachia, often viewed through a lens of disability, will serve as the backdrop for a special event this fall.

Tthe Symposium on Dis/Ability & Debility in Appalachia, scheduled for Sept. 28 at the University of Kentucky, will unite experts from Appalachian studies and disability studies. The symposium aims to foster collaborative conversations and solutions for disabled Appalachians. 

Mack Thompson, a UK master’s student studying applied anthropology, is coordinating the symposium.

"As someone doing disability justice work in Kentucky, I have done disability studies and Appalachian studies research, and seen how clearly related but separate these two fields are,” Thompson said

By Trey Conatser 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 23, 2024) — The University of Kentucky Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching has announces the 2024-25 Teaching Innovation Institute faculty members. This cohort represents 11 colleges and 24 departments or schools across UK. They are:

Kristi Bartlett, Department of Product Design; College of Design. Kari Benguria, School of Information Science, College of Communication and Information. Roger Brown, Department of Agricultural Economics, Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Juan Fernandez Cantero, Department of Hispanic Studies; College of Arts and Sciences. Thom Cochell, Department of

By Emily Sallee 

Hena Kachroo and Asa O'Neal

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2024) — The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced that three UK students have been awarded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships:

Hena Kachroo, biochemistry major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Asa O’Neal, mechanical engineering major in the Stanley and Karen Pigman College of Engineering and physics major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Harrison Yang, biomedical engineering major in the Stanley and Karen Pigman College of Engineering.

Kachroo, O’Neal and Yang are among 438 students selected nationwide to receive the 2024-25 scholarship. This year’s recipients were selected from a pool of 1,353

By Ryan Girves 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2024) — The University of Kentucky Women’s Executive Leadership Development program has announced its 2024 cohort of faculty and staff participants. The eight-month program seeks to develop a new generation of leaders of higher education who can adeptly navigate our complex environment and successfully chart the future of the university through retreats, monthly meetings, conversations with upper-level administrators and other group interactions.  

WELD is supported and organized through the Office of Faculty Advancement and is in its 10th year. Current faculty trustee

By Owen Chesemore 

Shria Holla, a Gaines fellow andu undergraduate research ambassador, credits her mentors’ accessibility and honesty to help her take advantage of opportunities. Photo provided by the Office of Undergraduate Research.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2024) — Shria Holla, a Lewis Honors College member and senior mathematical economics major with minors in political science and statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, has collected a variety of research experiences thanks to mentors and opportunities through the UK Office of Undergraduate Research.

In the summer of 2023, Holla was an economic

By Jesi Jones-Bowman 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2024) — More than 450 UK undergraduates will converge for the 18th annual Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars. The showcase allows undergraduates to share their discoveries, ideas and creative works with the campus community and public.

The showcase is from 1 to 5 p.m./ Wednesday, April 24,  in the Gatton Student Center Grand Ballroom It features 450 students and 373 presentations representing 94 disciplines and 17 colleges.

Each spring, the showcase unites undergraduates from all disciplines, their faculty mentors and members of the community. At UK, undergraduate research is central to creating a well-rounded student experience.

By Lindsay Travis 

Yang-Tse Cheng

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 18, 2024) — Two University of Kentucky researchers have been named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows, a distinguished lifetime honor within the scientific community.

Pradeep Kachroo, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology in the Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and Yang-Tse Cheng, Ph.D., the Frank J. Derbyshire Professor of Materials Engineering in the Stanley and Karen Pigman College of Engineering and professor of physics and astronomy in the

By Ryan Girves 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2024) —  Sue Roberts, University of Kentucky associate provost for internationalization and member of the Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently was selected to participate in the 2024 Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Program to India.

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers more than 400 awards for U.S. citizens to teach, conduct research and carry out professional projects around the world. 

Roberts also was a Fulbright Scholar for the 2012-13 academic year at the University of Turku in Finland and a Fulbright Specialist in 2016 at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.  

By Richard LeComte

Alix McIntosh

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Lexington native Alix McIntosh, a project officer in Cambodia with the United Nations' International Organization for Migration, will be speaking at an awards ceremony for the University of Kentucky’s College of Arts and Sciences International Studies Program at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the Grand Courtroom of the Rosenberg Law Building. The event is open to the public.

McIntosh works as a project officer for counter trafficking in persons at an office in Phnom Penh. She graduated from UK in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Arabic and Islamic Studies. She served with the U.N. in Egypt for four years, then earned a master’s degree in human rights and democratization, international law and legal studies from the Global Campus of Human Rights in Europe.

By Ryan Girves 

Michelle Sizemore

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2023) – Michelle Sizemore, associate professor of English at the University of Kentucky, has been named the new director of UK's Gaines Center for the Humanities, pending approval by the board of trustees. 

“Without question, the director of the Gaines Center is my dream job,” Sizemore said. “I have always been passionate about undergraduate education, and I believe deeply in the mission of the Gaines Center and the value of the Humanities. As a university program, the Gaines Center presents an important forum for Humanities advocacy throughout campus, the Lexington community and the Commonwealth.”

By Erin Wickey 

Lauren Whitehurst

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2024) — Understanding how sleep helps people live healthier lives is the mission of one University of Kentucky researcher. Lauren Whitehurst, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychology in the UK College of Arts and Sciences and assistant director of the UNITE Research Priority Area, studies how genetics and environment affect sleep. 

“Before birth all the way until death, our sleep can be shaped,” Whitehurst. said. “Understanding what those biological mechanisms are, as

The University of Kentucky has announced recipients of the 2024 Faculty Awards. The College will have an awards program and reception in early fall to recognize the recipients. More information will follow soon.

2024 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards recipients are: 

Outstanding Teaching Award

Humanities Joseph Clark – Department of History.. Yanira Paz – Career Award – Department of Hispanic Studies Behavioral and Social Sciences Pooja Sidney – Department of Psychology. Lecturers Emily Croteau – Department of Biology. Chloe Wawrzyniak – Department of Mathematics.

Excellence in Teaching Large Courses Award

Kyle Golenbiewski – Department of Mathematics.

Innovative Teaching Award

Abigail Firey – Department of History. Jennifer Hunt – Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.

Outstanding Undergraduate

The Committee on Social Theory (CST) is pleased to announce that we are once again accepting applications for Graduate Student Research Grants. 

CST supports research by University of Kentucky graduate students with interests in social theory, broadly defined. Grants between $500-$1,500 will be awarded. Funds can be used for any research-related expenses.

The grant competition is open to graduate students from across the University of Kentucky. Priority will be given to students working towards a ST certificate and/ or have taken the ST 600 or ST 500 course (or an equivalent) within the past two years. Support is available for master’s thesis research and doctoral dissertation research. Award is given up front (not reimbursement). Grantees are required to present their research at a ST graduate student showcase in Fall 2024.

Application deadline: May

By Shannon Markel 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2024) — The University of Kentucky Appalachian Center is showcasing the work of student and faculty researchers through its Sharing Work on Appalachia in Progress series this spring.

The presenting researchers represent five colleges and eight departments from across UK’s campus as well as the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in UK Libraries. Many of the presenting students are supported through the center’s 

By Richard LeComte

Ernest J. Yanarella, left, Leslie Land Geoghegan, Ana Franco-Watkins, Quentin R. Tyler and Philip D. Leming

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2024) — The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky inducted three alumni and one emeriti faculty into its Hall of Fame on Friday, April 5. 

The honor recognizes UK Arts and Sciences alumni and faculty who exemplify the foundational importance of an arts and sciences education and who have contributed significantly to their professions, their communities and the university.

“This year’s honorees exemplify extraordinary talent and steadfast dedication to their