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To many people, Matt Cutts, Arts and Sciences and Engineering, '95, is simply known as No. 71.

But in the high-tech world of Silicon Valley, that means he is much more than just a number.

As one of Google's first 100 employees ever, Cutts was on the ground floor of what is today the world's largest search engine. It's a company that operates each day under the premise that helping people access the information they need when they need it can literally change the world for the better.

And Cutts, a native of Morehead, Ky., gives much of the credit for his success at Google to the undergraduate education he received at the University of Kentucky.

"There's no reason you can't get as good of an education at UK as anywhere else in the world," said Cutts, a


By Erin Holaday Ziegler

Because the Russian Empire had 18 million men-in-arms, 5 million prisoners-of war and 2 million deaths during World War I, University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences history Professor and department Chair Karen Petrone just couldn't believe



By Whitney Hale


In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, University of Kentucky's School of Music and the Latin American Studies Program present "Latin America in Music: A concert of Latin American Music." This concert featuring UK faculty and students, as well as international guest artists, will take the stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Worsham Theater, in the UK Student Center. The concert is free and open to the public.



If you are one of the many students still weighing graduate school or higher education options, you aren’t alone. Hispanic Studies graduate student Jeffrey Zamostny chose to complete a Graduate Certificate in Social Theory at UK because Social Theory encompasses more than one academic field and offers a broad spectrum of studies that he could tailor with a specialized dissertation.

“I was drawn to Social Theory because when you are in a Ph.D. program at UK, you are often with the same people, since you’re in a rather narrow field. Social Theory gives you the opportunity to meet many people in a wide range of departments. They approach the same topics, but from a variety of perspectives,” said Zamostny.

Zamostny discovered the Committee on Social Theory after taking a course in Gender and Women’s Studies. He liked many aspects of the class, but he wanted to combine


By Erin Holaday Ziegler

University of Kentucky students and alumni from throughout campus and the community received career counseling from the inside out this past summer in a new eight-week online course offered by the College of Arts & Sciences.


A&S 350, or "Personal Strengths and Your Career Development," is a three-credit-hour self-development course, according to A&S Director of Advising and Student Services 



Biology professor David Westneat from the University of Kentucky's College of Arts & Sciences has won a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), guaranteeing 10 weeks of research to 10 undergraduate students at UK's Ecological Research Facility (ERF) or 


In summer 2011, Arts & Sciences Video Production team member Natalie Baxter traveled to Whitesburg, Ky to help teach Appalshop interns how to create documentary style short films about the Appalachian region. The program, Appalachian Media Institute (AMI), has interns ages 14 to 21 that live in the surrounding Appalachian Kentucky counties.

Filmed by: Dana Rogers, Brian Connors Manke, and Noah Adler

Edited by: Dana Rogers



By Erin Holaday Ziegler


The emotional suffering and clinical treatment associated with infertility is wide-ranging and ever-changing.


In the Middle Eastern world, many of the couples unable to have children suffer a social stigma as well, according to Marcia Inhorn, William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at Yale University.

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By Erin Holaday Ziegler

The University of Kentucky continues on its international course with a visit from University of Haifa Rector (Provost) David Faraggi this week.  While here, Faraggi signed a memorandum of understanding, or a general cooperation agreement, with President Eli Capilouto Monday, Sept. 12.

“The University of Kentucky is excited about the opportunity to partner with the University of Haifa,” said Capilouto. “With the phenomenal advances in technology and industry, strategic collaborations between postsecondary institutions play an important role in a growing global economy.”

This past June, a UK delegation including public health professors Douglas Scutchfield and Jim Holsinger and Associate Provost for International Programs Susan


Dean Mark Kornbluh continues his Dean's Channel series, sitting down with professor Gang Cao from the Department of Physics & Astronomy and Director of UK's Center for Advanced Materials.

They discuss the great benefit of UK housing its own helium liquefier as well as a number of other advances with materials research.

Dean Mark Kornbluh continues his Dean's Channel series, sitting down with professor Gang Cao from the Department of Physics & Astronomy and Director of UK's Center for Advanced Materials. 

They discuss the great benefit of UK housing its own helium liquefier as well as a number of other advances with materials research.


by Robin Roenker

What is the value of nature? Does it have intrinsic value of its own—or only as it relates to humans and our uses for it?

Does a conservationist perspective (which seeks to regulate human use) or a preservationist perspective (which aims to limit human use altogether) better foster an equitable stewardship of natural resources?

What isenvironmental sustainability—and how do we achieve it?

UK’s new philosophy class on Environmental Ethics, PHI 336, challenges students to consider complex questions like these—questions that, at their heart, delve into fundamental issues of mankind’s role as stewards of the environment, and the responsibilities that entails.

While efforts to launch an Environmental Ethics course within the Philosophy Department began years ago, the new course became reality in

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UK Physics Professor Gang Cao talks about what makes the research at the Center for Advanced Materials unique. He leads up a team of graduate students who work dilegently on breaking new ground for the technology of electronic materials. The motivation for this, according to Cao is "that whoever controls materials, controls technologies and research."

Click here for a Dean's Channel Chat with Professor Cao and Mark Kornbluh, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

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By Kendall Smith

The UK College of Arts and Sciences Passport to the World program is taking a look at China, a country that continues to grow in global significance.

“It is one of the most important countries for America to develop better opportunities with economically, politically and socially,” said Keiko Tanaka, coordinator of the China Initiative.

Particularly over the the past 50 years, China has been one of the



By Gail Hairston, Erin Holaday Ziegler


There's an academic side of Martin Luther King Jr. that few people know about. From John Locke to Immanuel Kant and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, King studied them all and considered going into academia himself.


University of Kentucky philosophy Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences and the inaugural 



The International Studies program in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Kentucky developed three years ago in response to a recognition that the world and its problems are increasingly interrelated. Whether it's religious beliefs; social or political circumstances; environmental, economic or health outcomes; events in one part of the world today affect those

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Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media professor Adam Banks sits down with Renee Shaw on KET's Connections to talk about digital communications, models of Black leadership, new media platforms, and what this means for minorities facing the Digital Divide. His second book, Digital Griots: African American Rhetoric in a Multimedia Age, develops a specific approach to teaching writing rooted in African-American rhetorical traditions and was published by Southern Illinois University Press's Studies in Writing and Rhetoric series. Watch the full interview here.




by Arne Bathke

When elections are thrust into the media spotlight we are inundated by numbers, graphs, and figures. Every day, someone presents new poll results and predictions, statistical analyses, or interpretations. 

Candidates are trying to find out which target group to focus on with their efforts to sway voters. Journalists want to be the first in forecasting the outcomes of important races. Political analysts and scientists strive to comprehend the underlying political and sociological movements that determine election results.

Neither group can succeed without a good understanding of statistics. In fact, knowing your stats well gives you the extra edge over your competitors.

Statistics and politics have long historical ties. The term “Statistics” derives from the Italian “statista” which means “Statesman”, and it is commonly

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By Erin Holaday Ziegler


What do you want to be when you grow up? That's exactly what Tricia Dyk, the University of Kentucky's Director of the Center for Leadership Development, asked 4th-8th grade students in a Harlan County 4-H program almost 20 years ago.


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UK Biologist David Westneat has received a grant from the National Science Foundation entitled "Suburban Ecology and Invasive Species." The funding, which will be for the summers of 2012, 2013, and 2014 will allow 10 student research positions for 10 weeks. The program focuses on suburban ecology - the interactiosn between organisms and an environment that is heavily modfied by human activity, with special focus on invasive species. Eleven researchers acros five departments have designed a diverse array of projects for student participatns. The research projects will be conducted at Robinson Forest and Griffith Woods. Congratulations to Professor Westneat and the Biology Department!



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