Physics & Astronomy alum Dr. Anjan K. Gupta came to the University of Kentucky after earning bachelors and masters degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1995 in Kanpur, India.

Anjan is from a small city called Etawah in Uttar Pradesh, the most populated state in India.

“I wanted to go to the United States because I knew there would be many opportunities for research as a graduate student,” Anjan said. “I applied many places but I was interested in UK because they had a good condensed matter experimental department. I knew that’s what I wanted to pursue.”

Anjan said he found good teachers and mentors among the faculty in the physics and astronomy department, particularly Dr. Joseph Brill and Dr. Kwok-Wai Ng.


Ashley Barton and Donny Loughry Graduate Student Spotlight Back to "Doing" Science by Guy Spriggs
photos by Richie Wireman

Earth & environmental graduate students Ashley Barton and Donny Loughry took separate but similar paths to their graduate education at the University of Kentucky.

Both are natives of West Virginia. Both completed undergraduate degrees in education and have experience as teachers. Both had an interest in science and nature from a young age, and both relished the opportunity to be interviewed outside on a sunny day.

Most importantly, however, both Barton and Loughry decided that graduate study in UK’s Earth and Environmental Science (EES) Department was the right outlet for the their passion for science.


<p>The <a target="_blank" href=" department has been receiving a lot of recognition for its latest research from graduate student Holly Miller. She has been providing insight to the brain&rsquo;s use of glucose to perform acts of self-control, by studying dogs in a UK psychology lab. Holly&rsquo;s examination of dog behavior has been featured on the <a target="_blank" href=" Post</a>, as well as the journal <a target="

Ganesh Tripathi

Graduate Student Spotlight

by Jessica Fisher
photos by Shaun Ring

Most people in Kentucky associate the relationship between the state’s water and its limestone geology with world-famous bourbon and strong competitive thoroughbreds.

For Ganesh Tripathi, a graduate student in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Kentucky, it was his interest in groundwater systems, and how limestone affects such systems, that brought him to Lexington, Ky., from Nepal in 2007.

So, besides unique groundwater systems, top-rated horses and the best bourbon in the world, just what is so great about limestone? As Tripathi’s research indicates, it is not always as picturesque as the Kentucky landscape may suggest.

Tripathi first became fascinated with karst groundwater systems after receiving a master’s

Natalie Glover

Graduate Student

By Megan Neff
Photos by Mark Cornelison

Natalie Glover bears no material resemblance to Wassily Kandinski.

But the 23-year-old psychology graduate student has dealt with the abstract in ways that parallel this Russian abstract painter and art theorist.

The most obvious parallel is that Glover is a painter too. And like Kandinski, she realizes the intrinsic value of art in dealing with matters of human nature; of reflecting not only what is aesthetically pleasing, but also what is internally revealing.

“The older I get, the more I study, the more confident I become,” said Glover. “And I find that in my art. More and more I’m starting to do original work, most of it abstract. I’m starting to trust in my abilities more.”

Though Glover’s path did not


<p><a target="_blank" href=" Beattie</a>, a professor of Biology, travels with students to Australia to study the diverse ecosystems in different locations around the continent. Students get to&nbsp;swim&nbsp;near the Great Barrier Reef, visiting World Heritage Sites, and also get to experience cosmopolitan culture in Sydney. Her course includes on-site study in tropical rainforests in Queensland and eucalyptus forests in southern Australia. The class, which&nbsp;takes students across the globe and expands their perceptions of the natural world, is not only beneficial to the students as individuals, but to the&nbsp;UK


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Last week, I gave the annual state of the college address to Arts and Sciences faculty and staff. Despite the current state of the economy, the college is making great strides. This year we are hiring 30 new faculty, expanding our international reach, and adding 30 online summer classes. The college is also beginning a new planning initiative - Envision 2020 - to look forward to the year 2020. We are envisioning where students will be in 10 years and what the college needs to become to meet their needs.&nbsp; We also will be examining how research and teaching will evolve and grow&nbsp;in a technologically-connected world.<br />
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It is an exciting time in Arts and Sciences, and I look forward to hearing from our alumni and friends.<br />


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I&nbsp;am probably not the only one excited about the new PBS&nbsp;series featuring two A&amp;S&nbsp;professors.&nbsp; PBS is airing a series called &quot;<a target="_blank" href="">Appalachia:&nbsp;A&nbsp;History of Mountains and People</a>&quot; on Thursdays for the&nbsp;next month.&nbsp;Professors <a target="_blank" href=" Norman</a> and <a target="_blank" href="


<p>I would like to extend my congratulations to Hui Chu and Christine Smith, both graduate students in A&amp;S.&nbsp;&nbsp;Hui is&nbsp;a doctoral candidate in&nbsp;developmental and social <a target="_blank" href=" Christine is working on her master's degree in the <a target="_blank" href="">Department of Geography</a>.&nbsp; The <a target="_blank" href="">National Science Foundation</a> aims


A Different Kind of Healing

by Kathryn Wallingford
photos by Shaun Ring

Before Ericka Barbour learned about feminist scholars, before she heard the stories of men and women and their struggles to overcome society’s misconceptions of gender, and before the name “Judith Butler” meant something to her, she was on her way to becoming a doctor.

After graduating from Louisville’s Central High School Pre-Med magnet program, Barbour saw a career in the field of medicine as a means of “healing” and helping those in need. Deciding she wanted to become an OBGYN, Barbour signed up for classes in biology and chemistry as a college freshman at the University of Kentucky.

But within her first two semesters of the natural sciences, Barbour became


Cindy Isenhour is featured currently on the Anthropology Department home page for her work studying the culture of consumption and how it relates to sustainability.  She is interested in issues of social and environmental justice, which has informed her work with the UK Anthropology Department.
Her dissertation,  "Building Sustainable Societies: Exploring Sustainability Policy and Practice in the Age of High Consumption" is in progress and will be an important contribution to the study of sustainability.  For more information about her work, click here.

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Last week, faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences began communication with colleagues from the <a target="_blank" href="">University of the Western Cape in South Africa</a>.&nbsp; Via video conference, approximately a dozen UK faculty and their South African counterparts discussed ways in which the two institutions could work together.&nbsp; Ideas included opportunities for students to study abroad, faculty and postdoctoral scholar exchanges, and research collaborations.&nbsp; Conversations will continue in the coming months.&nbsp; The University of the Western Cape is a premier institution of higher education, located in Cape Town, South Africa.&nbsp;</p>


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Many A&amp;S&nbsp;Faculty are going places!&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href=" Basu</a>, an associate professor with our <a target="_blank" href=" of&nbsp;Gender and Women's Studies</a>, has been selected by the Rockefeller Foundation for a month-long residency in beautiful Bellagio, Italy.&nbsp;She will have the opportunity


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I am excited to announce that this weekend, the University of Kentucky is going to host a long-standing and international event, the <a href="" target="_blank">Kentucky Foreign Language Conference</a> (KFLC), which is in its 63rd year. I have the honor of being a supporter of the KFLC, which showcases the work of specialists in language, literature, culture, and linguistics. </p>
<p>LangTech is the technology division of the event, which has been an integral part of the conference&rsquo;s offerings since 2005. There are six technology sessions this year, which include applied and theoretical topics ranging from using video games to teach language to whether or not language learners&rsquo; autonomy can be promoted


I was fortunate to attend the compelling A&S Week keynote address "Stereotypes and Inequalities: Hillbillies, Horses, and Hoops" by our very own Ronald Eller. If you missed out on this superb A&S Week event, you can listen to it here.



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Two A&amp;S&nbsp;Faculty have received awards for their ongoing research.&nbsp; <a href=" Hutson</a> and <a href=" Alcalde</a> have both been awarded <a href="


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Making international connections is an essential aspect of our work as a University in the changing political climate. &nbsp;Department of Anthropology Assistant Professor <a href=" target="_blank">Diane King</a> has just returned from a seminar in the United Kingdom where she spoke at a seminar on genocide in Iraq.</p>
<p>Diane has been carrying out ethnographic research in the Kurdistan Region since 1995. She is editor of the book &quot;<a href="http://


The recent presidential election not only captivated the nation, but also opened up a whole new dialogue on politics.The sense of excitement surrounding the election mobilized the younger generations, who in turn supported their candidate by using social networking and video sharing sites and in some cases hitting the campaign trail.

This increase in participation was also noted by UK political science alum Paul Brewer. Currently an associate professor and chair of the


Not many people get to spend their careers involved with something they’ve loved since they were 10 years old.

University of Kentucky alum Zeljko Ivezic is one of those lucky few. The Croatia native became fascinated with what he could see in the sky and beyond as a child and now Ivezic is a leading astronomer at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Having had a hand in creating the very first digital map of the sky, Ivezic continues to follow his passion, working on several projects including one that could help to identify dangerous asteroids that might strike our planet.

Ivezic, 44, earned undergraduate degrees in physics and mechanical engineering from Croatia’s University of Zagreb in 1991.

“But I knew I wanted to go to school in the U.S. for my graduate studies,” Ivezic said. “I always knew that’s what I wanted.”

He applied to UK somewhat

Betsy Dahms

Graduate Student

Cracking the Code of Masculinity

by Andrew Battista
photos by Mark Cornelison

Betsy Dahms has known since her childhood that masculinity can mean a variety of things. Growing up with eight brothers and one sister, Dahms developed an acute awareness that a person’s masculinity can never be reduced to a single form or expression. It is this aspect of her family upbringing that has most significantly influenced Dahms’ budding scholarly and pedagogical career.

“My father died when I was young, so I didn’t grow up with a father-figure in my life,” said Dahms.“In my house I was able to see how my brothers were treated versus how my sister and I were treated, and I often thought to myself, ‘wow, that’s different.’”

This disparate treatment did not end when Dahms left her Northern


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