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A&S featured in UK at the Half for this Saturday's Game

Submitted by kornbluh on Fri, 10/28/2011 - 11:12 am


Carl Nathe recently interviewed one of our own faculty members for his UK at the Half segment, which airs during each UK football game. He spoke with Ann Kingsolver, Director of the UK Appalachian Center and anthropology professor, about her work in the area. Kingsolver is excited to be part of the Center and the Appalachian Studies Program and is busy exploring ways to become more involved in the community – for the university, faculty, and students. She stresses the importance of interdisciplinary work and research at the Appalachian Center in looking at complex issues throughout the region. Her hope is to build strong partnerships with local communities which would also allow students attending classes at UK to work in their local communities in the region.

Look for the interview during the UK at the Half segment during this Saturday’s UK vs. Mississippi State football game!

Internationally Renowned Filmmaker Comes to Campus as part of Year of China

Submitted by kornbluh on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 10:10 am


As part of the College’s Year of China events, A&S is excited to welcome internationally renowned filmmaker Carma Hinton to campus this week. Keiko Tanaka, sociology professor and Director of the Asia Center, will show the documentary, “Morning Sun,” in her class, “Passport to China: Global Issues & Local Understanding.” "Morning Sun" is a psychological history of China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, which took place from 1964-1976. The film provides a multi-perspective view of a tumultuous period as seen through the eyes — and reflected in the hearts and minds — of members of the high-school generation that was born around the time of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Hinton was born and lived in China until she was 21. She received a doctorate in art history from Harvard University and has lectured on Chinese culture, history, and film at various educational institutions around the world.

The film will be shown on October 25 at 5:00pm in room 118 of the Whitehall Classroom Building. The discussion of the film with Hinton will be held on October 27 at 5:00pm also in room 118 of the Whitehall Classroom Building.

The film showing and discussion are free and open to the public. This is a great opportunity to not only see a powerful film but to also get insight into the importance of these events in Chinese history from the filmmaker herself.

To learn more about Year of China events, please visit


Outstanding A&S Professors Nominated for Awards for Latest Works

Submitted by kornbluh on Fri, 10/14/2011 - 12:45 pm

It has been a banner week for humanities in the College of Arts & Sciences. Both Nikky Finney of the Department of English and Jeremy Popkin of the Department of History were nominated for outstanding scholarship in their latest books.

Nikky Finney’s book is a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award in Poetry. National Book Awards are conferred in four genres: fiction, nonfiction, children's literature and poetry.  Five finalists are named in each genre, with this short list establishing the five most notable books in that genre for that year. Finney’s “Head Off & Split” has been named one of the year's five best poetry books.

The National Book Awards Finalists announcement is one of the most anticipated events in the publishing world – the winners will be announced on November 16. The five most notable books — “Head Off & Split” being one — have already earned a medal for their authors.  Finney will receive a medallion this November in New York.

Jeremy Popkin has been named as one of six finalists for the 2011 Cundill Prize in History for his recent publication of “You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery.” He will compete for the world‘s largest non-fiction history book award, which offers the winning author a $75,000 grand prize.

The book, released by Cambridge University Press, is based on extensive archival research that provides an extensive account of the dramatic events that led up to the revolution and the abolition of slavery in Haiti.

These are wonderful accomplishments by outstanding A&S faculty members – congratulations!

Ramesh Bhatt Awarded NSF Grant to Study Autism

Submitted by kornbluh on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 11:19 am

Congratulations are in order for Ramesh Bhatt, who has recently won a three-year National Science Foundation grant worth $432,751. Bhatt, a professor in the Department of Psychology, will use the support to expand his research on the development of social functioning in infancy. For example, Bhatt will analyze how infants from 3 to 9 months of age react to systematic changes to body and face images, documenting which aspects of bodies and faces infants scan. The results will help Bhatt determine whether babies know as much about bodies as about faces.

In addition to supporting the university’s mission to contribute to basic scientific knowledge, Bhatt’s NSF grant may also help answer questions about Autism, a developmental disability that has had a great impact on our society.

Summer Reading: The Girl in the Blue Beret

Submitted by kornbluh on Mon, 08/01/2011 - 10:08 am

There are still a few weeks left in the summer before classes start – so for those of you who are still looking for that great summer book, check out A&S English professor Bobbie Ann Mason’s latest work, The Girl in the Blue Beret. The novel’s hero, a World War II crash survivor, sets out to find the people who risked their lives to help him.


Click here to visit our Facebook page and see what the New York Times reviewers had to say about this great read!

National Association of Biology Teachers Recognizes James Krupa

Submitted by kornbluh on Tue, 07/26/2011 - 10:50 am

James Krupa, UK biology professor, was named the 2011 winner of the Four-Year College & University Section Biology Teaching Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). Krupa’s lesson on the ivory-billed woodpecker, which was used to cover evolution with non-biology majors, was considered by the award committee. The award honors a four-year college or university faculty member who demonstrates creativity and innovation in teaching. Krupa will receive this award at the NABT meeting in Anaheim, California in October.

Congratulations on this outstanding recognition!

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James Krupa

New Applied Statistics Laboratory to Launch This Month

Submitted by kornbluh on Fri, 07/08/2011 - 02:58 pm


In an effort to streamline and centralize statistical consulting activities on campus, a new Applied Statistics Laboratory (ASL) will launch July 2011. The main objectives of this venture are to provide improved statistical services to groups preparing grant proposals, direct faculty involvement from the Departments of Statistics and Biostatistics for study design and data analysis throughout UK, foster collaborative research between scholars who develop quantitative methodology and those who use such methodology in their work, and to become a resource which may be referenced in institutional support for larger grants, in addition to direct statistical support typically included in such grants.


The ASL will be supported by two experienced M.Sc. statistician staff members, Adam Lindstrom and Candace Brancato, as well as several graduate students from the Departments of Statistics and Biostatistics. Professors from these departments may also be enlisted to assist with projects. The laboratory will be led by Director Arne Bathke and Associate Directors Constance Wood and Heather Bush, who have been involved in all levels of statistical consulting and collaboration and who have extensive experience communicating statistical results to non-statisticians, including collaborative publications and grants.


For those interested in using the ASL, a consultation request may be submitted by emailing Candace Brancato at  In January 2012, the ASL will move into renovated space in the Multidisciplinary Science Building.



Anna Bosch Honored as a Leadership Program Fellow

Submitted by kornbluh on Wed, 06/22/2011 - 03:00 pm


The College of Arts & Sciences’ own Anna Bosch, along with Martha Peterson and Diane Snow from the UK College of Medicine, have been named 2011-2012 Academic Leadership Development Programs (ALDP) Fellows for the prestigious Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium (SECAC).  The year-long leadership program focuses on a variety of topics including budgeting and  finance, diversity, strategic planning, media relations, trends in higher education, and leadership strategies, to name only a few. The program will feature both on- and off-campus activities which will bring them together with other ALDP Fellows from SEC schools.
Anna Bosch joined the University of Kentucky in 1990, and has been an Associate Professor of Linguistics and English since 1996, serving as Director of the Linguistics Program from 1997-2006. Her research interests include phonological theory, field methods and dialectology (primarily Scottish Gaelic and North American). Bosch has authored numerous articles in the field of linguistics and has over a decade of fieldwork research on endangered and minority languages. In her role as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in Arts & Sciences, Bosch oversees curricular and program changes, implementation of the General Education curriculum, programmatic assessment, academic advising, undergraduate scholarship selection, online education, and interdisciplinary programs.
Congratulations again to the 2011-2012 ALDP Fellows!
Read the full news story here.
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Diversity Committee Reception

Submitted by kornbluh on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 12:54 pm

Please join the College of Arts & Sciences Diversity Committee as they host a coffee and tea reception on June 16. This college-wide event is a great way to meet fellow staff members from other departments as well as discuss issues that are important to you and your workplace.


The reception will take place in 245 POT from 3:00pm – 4:00pm on June 16. We hope to see you there!

Novel Electronic Materials Conference Held in China This Year

Submitted by kornbluh on Mon, 06/13/2011 - 12:11 pm

The Novel Electronic Materials conference is going international after two workshops were held at UK in 2005 and 2008. Wuhan University in China is the new host of the conference which will be made up of scientific representatives from around the world, including Gang Cao, UK physics professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Materials. The meeting is intended to provide an opportunity to communicate recent developments, tackle challenges and establish possible collaborative research in multiple fields of science, including physics, chemistry, and engineering. The group of approximately 350 participants and 65 scheduled speakers will discuss topics ranging from orbital physics and spin excitations, to magnetism and organic semiconductors.

Cao and his global scientific colleagues will meet in China June 10-15 for the UK organized workshop.

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Gang Cao