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A&S Pioneers New Fields of Research with Pioneer Natural Resources

I recently had the honor of attending the Pioneer Natural Resources gift recognition ceremony on UK’s campus. The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences (EES), in partnership with UK alumnus and Pioneer’s Vice President of Technology Tom Spalding, accepted a $600,000 gift from the company. The gift, which is intended to be spread over the next three years, will fund the Pioneer Natural Resources Research Professorship in Stratigraphy, as well as a three-year recruiting fellowship. Ellen Kaiser a first-year student in EES is the first recipient of this award.  Pioneer is a large independent oil and gas exploration company based in Dallas, with operations in Texas, Colorado, Alaska, and South Africa.

Voices of Alumni: Susan Tomasky

Susan Tomasky is a graduate from the University of Kentucky and is currently on the board of A.E.P. (American Electric Power) as the president of A.E.P. Transmission. During her time as a student at UK, Tomasky was involved in solving big problems that faced many universities and colleges in the 1970s. Surmounting the challenges at UK helped prepare her for problem-solving on a professional scale.

Voices of Alumni: Jeffrey Burch

Jeffrey Burch is an aerospace engineer that started his career as a physicist. Burch graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1977 with a BS in Physics, and went on to earn higher degrees from the University of Chicago and Rutgers University. In this interview, he discusses the faculty that influenced him during his time at UK.
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