Four Named Research Professor

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Subbarao Bondada

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Peter D. Hislop

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Enrico M. Santi

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Bruce A. Webb

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The 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. Reed.

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LEXINGTON, 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.

The 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 Agriculture.

Bondada will use the professorship to focus on B-lymphoma growth regulation to find ways to inhibit contributors to the causes of lymphoma and leukemia.

Hislop will concentrate on three questions in the mathematical theory of atoms and molecules to help determine why the conductivity of metals is limited.

Santi will finish a manuscript of a massive biography of Mexican poet and 1991 Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz.

Webb 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.

The 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.

The programs will help meet demand for civil and mechanical engineers in Western Kentucky.

The board also accepted several gifts and pledges totaling $387,869. The gifts and pledges were from:

• Charles 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 Disease Research;

• A 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;

• A 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

• Douglas A. Stough of Louisville, who gave $18,000 and pledged $162,000 to the UK Department of Athletics to benefit the K Fund.

The 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. Reed.


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