By Jenny Wells-Hosley

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2021) — Gary Ferland, a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been named a fellow by the American Astronomical Society (AAS).  Ferland is one of 31 members recognized by the organization for his innovative and significant contributions to astronomy.

Ferland was honored for his work in developing and...

Published February 19, 2021

Holler Back! is once again interviewing talented folks that dedicated their lives to bettering our Appalachian Region. Willa is the Director of the Appalachia Media Institute and she gives us an inside look as to what the program is all about, other programs Appalshop offers, and her thoughts on Hillbilly Elegy. You don't want to miss this one!

Published December 9, 2020

Stacie and Billy bring on Robinson Scholar and esteemed Physician's Assistant student Dakota Halbert! Dakota has considerable expertise in the field of Public Health. In this episode, we talk about health in Appalachia, COVID-19, and the coal industry!

Published December 9, 2020

Billy and Stacie interview Appalachian superstar Christy Boyd of the Knott County Artisan Center! Christy has devoted much of her life to service in Appalachia and spreading knowledge of our region. Christy gives our listeners a look into everything that the Artisan Center offers from their Culture of Recovery program, blacksmithing workshops, and their instrument-building programs! Help us spread the news about everything that the Knott County Artisan Center gives back to Appalachia!

Published December 9, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2020) — Coming from a large family in Nebraska, Mark Prendergast grew up with a desire to help others.

Prendergast, the director of the Neuroscience Bachelor of Science degree program in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, has used that desire to find demonstrative ways to increase the number of students of color in the neuroscience field.

“We have a...

Published November 30, 2020

By Jay Blanton and Kody Kiser

Tuesday will mark one of the most important — and certainly unusual — elections in decades.

Local, state and federal elections are being contested in the midst of a pandemic and in the wake of unrest across the country around issues of racism. The country is deeply polarized. Recovery from a deep recession is uneven and unsure. Congress is in a stalemate over whether to provide more stimulus as part of relief from COVID-19....

Published November 2, 2020

Stacie and Billy interview American singer-songwriter Larry Cordle about his journey as an artist, being an ally to Appalachia, and his impressive instrument collection. Larry is an Eastern Kentucky native and holds many awards -- two being the 2019 and 2020 SPBGMA Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year awards. Larry also treats us and our listeners to a mini concert where he performs "Highway 40 Blues" and "Black Diamond Strings." You don't want to miss this one!

Published October 28, 2020

Billy and Stacie interview special guest Crystal Good! Crystal is an advocate, entrepreneur, Affrilachian poet, and all-around superstar. Join Billy and Stacie as they talk about Crystal’s current projects, challenges and opportunities of being an Appalachian poet currently in LA, and one of her earliest projects: Valley Girl!

Published October 23, 2020

On Oct. 17, UK at the Half aired an interview with Mark A. Prendergast, University Research Professor and director of the Neuroscience B.S. Degree Program in the College of Arts & Sciences. Prendergast discusses how neuroscience is expanding opportunities for underrepresented minorities.


Published October 19, 2020

Stacie Fugate and Billy Devericks welcome the first guest of Holler Back Season 2: Neomia Hagans-Flores, the Associate Director of the Center for Next Generation Leadership! This first-generation trio talks about opportunities and obstacles surrounding education for Appalachians. They also reflect on their time at UK and how the Robinson Scholars Program shaped them into who they are today.

Published September 29, 2020


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