Ky. (April 6, 2004) -- The
University of Kentucky Board
of Trustees today approved the appointment
of four professors to one-year, $35,000 University
Research Professorships, a designation that will
permit them to concentrate their research efforts.
four are Subbarao
Bondada, Department of Microbiology, Immunology
and Molecular Genetics in the College of Medicine;
Peter D. Hislop, Department of Mathematics in the
College of Arts and Sciences; Enrico
M. Santi, Department of Hispanic Studies in
the College of Arts and Sciences; and Bruce A.
Webb, Department of Entomology in the College of
will use the professorship to focus on B-lymphoma
growth regulation to find ways to inhibit contributors
to the causes of lymphoma and leukemia.
will concentrate on three questions in the mathematical
theory of atoms and molecules to help determine
why the conductivity of metals is limited.
will finish a manuscript of a massive biography
of Mexican poet and 1991 Nobel Laureate Octavio
will focus on how a particular family of viruses
disables immune responses in insects, research
that may lead to reduced disease transmission by
mosquitoes and other insects.
board also approved the establishment of two Bachelor
of Science degree programs that partner UK with Western
Kentucky University. The programs, a join bachelor’s
program in mechanical engineering and a joint bachelor’s
program in civil engineering, are contingent upon
satisfying requirements set by the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools.
programs will help meet demand for civil and mechanical
engineers in Western Kentucky.
board also accepted several gifts and pledges totaling
$387,869. The gifts and pledges were from:
D. Lucas Jr. of Louisville, who gave $11,077
and pledged $38,923 to create and endow the Charles
D. Lucas Jr. Endowment for Parkinson’s
Disease Research in the College of Medicine’s
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. The gift,
made by an alumnus of the College of Agriculture
to enhance Parkinson’s disease research,
qualifies for matching funds from the state’s
Research Challenge Trust Fund (RCTF). When the
endowment’s principal reaches $100,000,
the income will be used to support a new position,
the Charles D. Lucas Jr. Professorship for Parkinson’s
variety of individuals who gave $37,322 and pledged
$13,600 to create and endow the College of Law
2002 Memorials Fellowship Endowment Fund. These
were made in memory of George E. Barker, a 1949
graduate of UK College of Law who was a longtime
Fayette circuit court judge; Don S. Sturgill,
a 1955 College of Law graduate who co-founded
the law firm Sturgill Turner Barker and Maloney;
and Glenn M. Sims, a 1973 College of Education
graduate and longtime Lexington Fayette-Urban
County Government administrator. The gifts are
eligible for RCTF matching funds;
variety of individuals to who gave gifts totaling
$100,347 and pledged $6,600 to create and endow
the University of Kentucky Oral History Endowment
Fund in the UK Libraries. Among the major donors
were former Gov. Louie B. Nunn and William T.
Young, who both died in January; former UK first
lady Gloria Singletary; former UK President Charles
T. Wethington Jr., Gail H. Hart, and William
B. Sturgill; and
A. Stough of Louisville, who gave $18,000 and
pledged $162,000 to the UK Department of Athletics
to benefit the K Fund.
board also appointed UK Trustee Barbara S. Young
to the Board of Directors of the UK Hospital effective
today. She replaces UK Board Chairman Steven S.