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8/5/2010

<p>This summer the College of Arts and Sciences has expanded its curriculum to include online course offerings. I&nbsp;recently talked with UK&nbsp;President Lee Todd on WUKY's podcast &quot;UK&nbsp;Perspectives&quot;&nbsp;about the process of integrating technology into A&amp;S, and I am honored to have been able to discuss the exciting progress that A&amp;S&nbsp;has made as a whole. </p>
<p>To listen to our conversation, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wuky/news.newsmain?action=article&amp;...

8/3/2010

<p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.as.uky.edu/academics/departments_programs/HispanicStudies/His... Rueda</a>, a&nbsp;professor with the Department of Hispanic Studies, has co-released a book: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.marcialpons.es/fichalibro.php?id=100871361">El retorno / El reencuentro: La inmigracion en la literatura hispano-marroqui</a> (The Return / The Reencounter: Migration in Hispano-Moroccan Literature). </p>
<p>The book was written in collaboration with Sandra Martin, and was recently named &ldquo;Book of the Week&rdquo; by Radio

7/30/2010

by Rebekah Tilley
photos by Shaun Ring

When you ask UK University Scholar Dan Sheffler to name one of his favorite books, he immediate replies The Confessions of St. Augustine. Leaning back in his chair, his face lights up and searching the ceiling, he begins to describe why.

“I feel that when I read The Confessions Augustine is talking to me, as if he were directly addressing me,” Sheffler explained. “Even though it is all obviously addressed to God I feel like I’m sort of sitting in the room. I feel like I can completely relate to Augustine’s position in his life, and I can really connect with what he’s saying.”

“I think it is one of the most beautiful things that has ever been written in Latin. There are passages in it that are just shockingly beautiful.”

If this wasn’t your take on The Confessions, you may want to experience

7/30/2010

by Guy Spriggs

Cassie Hardin was sure that she wanted to explore her passion for studying languages after arriving at the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2008, but she also knew that she getting tired of more traditional romance languages. She wanted something new; she wanted a new horizon.

So how did Hardin arrive at her decision to pursue courses in UK’s Chinese Studies program? She left it up to chance.

“I wanted a new challenge, so I flipped a coin: did I want to do Japanese or did I want to do Chinese. It landed on Chinese, so I went with Chinese and I’m so glad.”

In the spring of 2010, Hardin was presented with a unique opportunity to travel to China for the Conversational Chinese in Shanghai Program through Education Abroad at UK. The program, directed by UK professor Liang Luo, was the inaugural exchange program for the new Confucius

7/19/2010

<p>Summer is generally considered a time of higher flexibility for students, and being able to offer online education was an opportunity that A&amp;S wanted to offer to its student body. I am excited to report that the flexibility and quality of these courses has resonated with the participants, and that online courses will be an integral part of what A&amp;S has to offer in the future &ndash; for our current students and alumni.</p>
<p>A&amp;S&nbsp;summer courses have been featured on UKNow; <a target="_blank" href="http://uknow.uky.edu/node/10353">click here</a> to read more.</p>

7/13/2010

 

Peggy Keller's research tackles alcohol problems and family stress

by Rebekah Tilley
Photos by Richie Wireman

An elementary school teacher notices one of her students is acting out in odd ways. She seems sad and anxious, exhibits random aggressive behavior toward other children, and her schoolwork is suffering.

What’s going on?

Researchers have long been aware that parental alcohol problems relate to these and other behavior problems in children. Yet what happens between Point A and Point C remains a mystery.

Enter Peggy Keller.

“It’s really important for researchers to tackle how alcohol problems translate to difficulties with children,” said Keller, an assistant professor in the 

7/7/2010

<p>May&rsquo;s bike commuter challenge was the most successful one in the history of the event, and the University of Kentucky earned first place in three categories (determined by size). UK Libraries IT, the Department of Chemistry, and the College of Arts &amp; Sciences Dean&rsquo;s Office all earned first place in their categories. By biking to work, the participants were helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and represented a sustainable alternative to using fossil fuels. Even though the challenge is over, many participants continue to ride to work.<br />
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UK has been working on making campus more environmentally friendly, and their &ldquo;Big Blue Goes Green&rdquo; campaign is planning a Sustainability Fair in September, which will showcase the ways in which UK is making efforts to conserve natural resources

7/6/2010
Nick and Beth Kirby

Ph.D. Students

by Amber Scott
photos by Richie Wireman

During one typical afternoon in an average American high school, Nicholas Kirby, a junior at the time, found himself wandering into the "young, cool" math teacher's classroom. Curiosity about the different sizes of infinity had taken hold of him and he decided to give up his lunch break to get some answers.  His teacher patiently explained this complicated concept, crystallizing an appreciation for abstract thought that would eventually become Nick's whole life.

"It was just too cool," said Nick. "I was hooked. I became a math addict."

Setting out from his hometown of Nashville, Tenn., Nick went to Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh to complete his bachelor’s degree in math. While there, he did research in the field of materials under his advisor and received his first

7/6/2010

Growing up in Los Angeles and studying as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, Michael Dorff hadn’t heard a lot about Kentucky, let alone the University of Kentucky.

But while he was getting his masters in mathematics at the University of New Hampshire and trying to look for a doctoral program, one of his professors mentioned UK.

“She told me about a professor at UK, Ted

6/29/2010
Amy Anderson

Graduate Student Spotlight By Saraya Brewer
Photos by Mark Cornelison

Amy Anderson’s academic history has taken a sharp turn since her early undergrad pre-medical path. “We had to kill things in our lab class and that was the end of that,” she laughed. “I always liked to write – I went straight back to the English Department.”

Though she has studied English for close to a decade now, Anderson is quick to admit that her “academic ADD” still stands: “I can’t focus on a time period. I’m interested in anything you put in front of me.” 

Her broad and varied interests make Anderson the perfect candidate for the brand new division of the University of Kentucky English department: Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Media. Anderson says she was excited about rhetoric, which is essentially

6/16/2010

They came from different backgrounds and for different reasons-- a diverse group of UK undergrads that didn't know much about one another, or the culture in which they were getting ready to dive into.
 
On May 30, 12 UK students and two instructors returned from a two-week trip to the Bawana Resettlement Colony on the outskirts of New Delhi to work with nonprofit home-builder Habitat for Humanity.
 
But these students weren't constructing houses; they were constructing relationships, hitting the slums running with video cameras and tape recorders, telling Habitat's story of India from the ground up in a UK summer class aptly titled, "Writers Without Borders."
 
"I was just shocked; and shocked more and more every day," said English and Spanish major Stephanie Anderson. "The poverty was

6/16/2010

By Guy Spriggs

In late March 2010, two conferences will come together when the University of Kentucky hosts the Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Section of the Mathematical Association of America (KYMAA).

The events on March 26, 27 and 28 will mark the first time UK has hosted a sectional meeting of the AMS since 1994 and the first return of the KYMAA since 2001. Organizers in the Mathematics Department at UK have worked hard to bring the meetings to Lexington and overlap events for one weekend. “It was definitely not a coincidence,” said UK associate professor of mathematics 

6/7/2010

<p>The summer months will provide many of us with time to further our individual efforts (and hopefully offer a little bit of rest).&nbsp;I plan to spend part of the summer furthering a planning initiative that commenced this Spring.&nbsp;In an effort to develop a common College vision, groups of faculty have been meeting to brainstorm what it means to be a college of excellence in 2020.&nbsp;This exercise, dubbed Envision 2020, relates in part to the University&rsquo;s goal of becoming a top 20 public university in 2020, but it also provides us with the opportunity to create a vision of where we want to be as a college &ndash; a vision that will energize and excite alumni and friends to invest in us. My hope is that by the time school starts in August, I will have a set of documents ready to circulate to faculty and staff for comment. I look forward to

6/1/2010

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.

Anjan's

5/17/2010
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.

So
5/14/2010

<p>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.as.uky.edu/academics/departments_programs/Psychology/Psycholo... 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="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wray-herbert/dog-tired-what-our-hounds_b_5... Post</a>, as well as the journal <a target="

5/13/2010
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

5/12/2010
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

5/11/2010

<p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.as.uky.edu/academics/departments_programs/Biology/Biology/fac... 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

5/4/2010

<p>&nbsp;<br />
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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