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Four Faculty Members Selected as University Research Professors

By Ralph Derickson


The new University Research Professors are Carol C. Baskin, biology; Tom D. Dillehay, anthropology; Herbert A. Fertig, physics and astronomy, and Jeremy D. Popkin, history. All are in the UK College of Arts and Sciences.





















Photo of Carol C. Baskin
Carol C. Baskin

Photo of Tom D. Dillehay
Tom D. Dillehay

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Herbert A. Fertig

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Jeremy D. Popkin

April 1, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today named four faculty members as University Research Professors for 2003-2004. They will each receive $35,000 to advance their research programs.

The new University Research Professors are Carol C. Baskin, biology and agronomy; Tom D. Dillehay, anthropology; Herbert A. Fertig, physics and astronomy; and Jeremy D. Popkin, history. All are in the UK College of Arts and Sciences.

At the end of the meeting, some board members took time to commend Coach Orlando “Tubby” Smith and the men’s basketball team for an outstanding season, and praised the UK Cheerleaders for their performances. Board member Marian Moore Sims called the cheerleaders “front line ambassadors for the university.” UK cheerleader sponsor T. Lynn Williamson was applauded for his leadership of the cheerleading program.

In other action, the board approved spending $374,890 from the housing and dining maintenance reserve fund to install safety bars on all the windows located in the Kirwan/Blanding student residential complex.

The safety bars – one-inch by four-inch solid aluminum bars – will be installed 42 inches above the floor in front of 1,562 windows in the complex. Ben Crutcher, associate vice president of auxiliary services, said “dynamic tests” were conducted on a mock-up of the window system and that the bars held in all tests.

Crutcher said punching bags were filled approximating the weight of an average person and swung at the window bars in the tests. The tests, using computer simulation, represented a person traveling at “jogging speed,” another at “sprint speed,” and then “two people hitting the window at fast-walk velocity.” The window held in all cases, he said. Installation of the safety bars stemmed from a May 2, 2002, incident in which a UK student and a campus visitor died after crashing through a third floor window in the Kirwan Tower residence hall.

The new research professors attended the board meeting and were introduced. A brief synopsis of their careers follows:

-- Baskin is a native of Elkin, N.C. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla., and a doctorate in biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Her research interests are the ecology, biogeography, and evolution of seed dormancy and germination. She began her career at UK as an adjunct associate professor in 1984 and became a full professor in 1999. She co-authored a book with her husband, Jerry Baskin, in 1998 titled “Seeds: Ecology, biogeography, and evolution of dormancy and germination.” Baskin has a joint appointment in the Department of Biology (College of Arts and Sciences) and the Department of Agronomy (College of Agriculture).

-- Dillehay is the T. Marshall Hahn Professor of Anthropology at UK. He has conducted extensive anthropological and archeological research in Peru, Chile, Argentina and many sites in the United States. He has been a visiting professor at more than 20 universities in Latin America, Europe, Japan and Russia. Dillehay, perhaps best known for discovering the oldest man-made structure in the Americas in Monte Verde, Chile, has published 13 books and more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. He recently received a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on Mapuche political identity in Chile and Argentina.

-- A native of New York City, Fertig received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Princeton University. He received master’s and doctorate degrees in solid state physics from Harvard University. He began his career at UK as an assistant professor in August 1991 and became a full professor in 2001. A Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fertig has won many awards in his field including a Cottrell Teacher-Scholar Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and a CTP Fellowship at the University of Maryland.

-- Popkin, a professor of European history, received his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He came to UK in 1979 and now teaches courses in French and European history and a popular course on the history of the Holocaust. He has written or edited 11 books and has published more than 100 scholarly articles. He has previously held research fellowships from the J.S. Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Newberry Library. He was the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, 1995-96.

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