EXPERTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

Faculty and research experts at the University of Kentucky (UK) are available to speak to the news media about a variety of topics ranging from finance and economics to literature and the arts. Members of the media wishing to interview or consult with these individuals should call (859) 257-1754.



UK EXPERTS AVAILABLE TO COMMENT ON FISCAL CLIFF LEGISLATION

Kenneth Troske, Gatton College of Business and Economics Senior Associate Dean and Sturgill Professor of Economics
Contact Troske at: (859) 257-1282 or ktroske@uky.edu
Jennifer Hunter, Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist in Family Financial Management at the UK School of Human Environmental Sciences in the UK College of Agriculture
Contact Hunter at: (859) 257-3290 or jhunter@uky.edu

Kenneth Troske is an expert on economic matters. He has provided expert commentary locally, regionally and nationally. Troske served on the five-member Congressional Oversight Panel in the wake of the 2008 fiscal crisis.

Jennifer Hunter is an extension specialist in family financial management and financial literacy.


 

UK EXPERT AVAILABLE TO COMMENT ON NASA MISSION TO MARS


Chris Romanek, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the UK College of Arts and Sciences
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-3758, E-mail: c.romanek@uky.edu

Chris Romanek is an expert on the geology and composition of Martian rocks and soil, which are the main focus of the Mars Science Laboratory’s (MSL) many analytical capabilities. The MSL project involves a series of explorations to better understand the history of the planet based primarily on the geology of the Martian surface and its potential for harboring primitive life in the form of microbes. Part of MSL is the one-ton mobile robotic rover, Curiosity, equipped with the most sophisticated suite of scientific instruments ever sent to another planet, and designed to conduct an in-depth investigation of Mars’ past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Essentially, the mission aims to determine the planet’s "habitability."


UK EXPERT AVAILABLE TO COMMENT ON ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH


Linda J. Van Eldik, Director of the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
Contact Phone(s): Allison Elliott, Senior Public Relations Specialist, 859-323-2394 or allison.elliott@uky.edu

Linda J. Van Eldik is the lead author of a new study detailing a new drug which displays promise in an animal model of Alzheimer's disease suggesting that administration of this drug before Alzheimer's symptoms are readily apparent may be a promising therapeutic strategy. She is available to comment on her research and general research in the field of Alzheimer's and aging. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, yet it is the only disease among the top 10 killers without a way to prevent, cure or slow its progression. The disease kills more people than diabetes, as well as more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. The recent National Alzheimer’s Project Act clearly defines the rapidly growing nature of the problem and is the foundation for an evolving national plan to address this critical health and economic crisis. Part of the national effort is to test explicit hypotheses about new disease modifying therapeutic strategies.

Updated April 3, 2013 by Web Administrator