A&S Hall of Fame 2014 - Dr. Keith B. MacAdam

Keith B. MacAdam was born in Rochester, N.Y., attended Swarthmore College and earned a doctorate in Physics in 1971. After research at University of Stirling in Scotland, Yale University, and the University of Arizona, he came to UK as an Assistant Professor in 1977. He built a campus-based research program in experimental atomic-molecular-optical (AMO) physics with students and post-docs, supported by the National Science Foundation and the Research Corporation. He was appointed Professor of Physics in 1986 and was a University Research Professor in 1990-91.

MacAdam’s research in crossed-beam collisions between charged particles and laser-excited atoms in highly excited “Rydberg” states was widely recognized in the international AMO physics community. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1987. Research in Aarhus, Denmark, Boulder, Colo., and Stockholm, Sweden, extended his international connections.

At UK MacAdam was active in all aspects of teaching, research and service. He taught with success at levels from first-year to graduate, and he introduced and continues to teach a non-majors’ physics course “How Things Work.” He served as Chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy (1997-2001), on the College Executive Committee (Chair, 2007-08) and on many campus-wide committees. MacAdam was honored by the naming of the UK MacAdam Student Observatory, which opened in 2008 to serve the campus and community.



Cape Town - University of Kentucky Education Abroad

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This internship program offers hands-on experience working with one of several non-profit and non-governmental organizations in Cape Town, South Africa. In addition students will learn about contemporary South Africa in a conventional seminar taught by UK faculty. Offering experience in nearly every facet of the non-profit and non-governmental sector, this internship will increase student awareness of how to build other non-profit organizations, how to develop environmental education and youth leadership, support victims of domestic violence, build a sustainable market for artists from underprivileged communities, develop a curriculum for elementary math and science educational reform, and more.

This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking to gain practical and transferrable 'real world' skills, those who want a meaningful internship experience with independence and the possibility of designing and leading projects and those who want to make a difference within underprivileged communities in a developing nation in Africa. Outside of the internship and coursework, students will visit sites of historical and contemporary significance, including a visit to Nelson Mandela's jail cell on Robben Island, tour a 17th century wine farm, learn about the colonization of the Cape and have an opportunity to learn how to cook traditional Cape Town curries while gaining an appreciation for the cultural diversity of South Africa. This internship program is for the serious-minded student with an adventurous heart and a social conscience who wants something a little different than the typical study abroad experience.

Highlights Experience the rich and multifaceted culture of Cape Town, South Africa Work with non-profit organizations to improve their services and outreach in the community Gain professional skills and work experience through internship placement

Nicholas Pinter: Rivers and Flooding in the 21st Century

"Rivers and Flooding in the 21st Century" Nicholas Pinter Southern Illinois University

University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences, Geology Department Sept. 18th, 2014


Explaining and understanding Earth surface systems almost always requires some triangulation between three different sets of factors. The first, examples of which are shown on the lower left corner of the triangle below, are general principles and relationships that apply everywhere and always. Second, on the upper point, are environmental factors--characteristics of locations and regions such as climate, geology, etc. On the lower right of the triangle is the third set of factors, related to past events and time available for the system to develop.

This can be generalized as laws, place, and history, as shown below. 

UK Superfund Research Center Receives $12.2 Million Federal Grant

UK has received a $12.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to better understand and minimize negative health and environmental impacts from hazardous waste sites.

They Preserve the Past for the Future

Adjunct Assistant Professors A. Gwynn Henderson and David Pollack have been award this year's Ida Lee Willis Memorial Award for outstanding commitment to historical preservation.

Book on Violence Against Women Examines Legislative Reforms and True Stories Behind Them

A new book by Carol E. Jordan examines the struggles of advocates and legislators to bring legal protections to Kentucky victims of violence and abuse.

Finding Place and Feminist Futures: A Conversation with bell hooks

20th Annual Black Women's Conference

Finding Our Place: A Conference in Honor of the Work and Writings of bell hooks

University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences


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