College of Arts and Sciences Celebrates

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Photo of William Nunn Lipscomb, Jr.
William Nunn Lipscomb, Jr.

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Other activities scheduled for the College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Week include a promotion and tenure and new faculty recognition ceremony set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Spindletop Hall, and a college Advisory Board meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2004) -- A former University of Kentucky Wildcat basketball player, a former scientist with the Atomic Energy Commission, and the former president of the Shell Chemical Co. will be inducted into the UK College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Friday, Oct. 15.

Also during the college’s Hall of Fame Week Oct. 13-16, William Nunn Lipscomb, Jr., who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UK in 1941 and won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1976 for his work with the element boron, will deliver the 2004 College of Arts and Sciences Blazer Lecture.

Lipscomb, who received his doctorate in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., in 1946, will give the Blazer Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in Memorial Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Lipscomb, who taught chemistry at Harvard University from 1959 to 1971 and was chairman of the chemistry department there from 1962 to 1965, wrote a book titled “Boron Hydrides” and the products of his work received practical application in Japan as doctors used irradiated boron in the experimental treatment of brain tumors.

The Blazer Lecture Series in the Humanities was endowed 53 years ago by Paul G. Blazer Sr., founder of Ashland Oil, Inc., and his wife, Georgia Blazer, who was the first woman to serve on the UK Board of Trustees.

The three Arts and Sciences alumni who will be inducted into the college's Hall of Fame at a ceremony Friday, Oct. 15, in the Lexington Convention Center, are:

  • Larry Conley, a former Wildcat basketball player who graduated from UK in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and is now a broadcaster with ESPN Sports;
  • Glenn Price, who graduated in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science in physics and later earned a doctorate in physics, served as a scientist with the Brookhaven National Laboratory from 1952 to 1985 and the Atomic Energy Commission from 1987 to 1989; and
  • Michael Grasley, who earned a master's degree in chemistry from UK in 1961 and retired as president and chief executive officer of the Shell Chemical Co.

“We are tremendously pleased about inducting these outstanding Arts and Sciences graduates into our Hall of Fame,” said Steven Hoch, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Their spectacular careers and achievements have brought great honor and prestige to the entire university,” he added.

“Having a Nobel Laureate like Dr. Lipscomb deliver our Blazer Lecture is also great honor,” Hoch said. “His work has proved of great service to all mankind.”

Other activities scheduled for the College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Week include a promotion and tenure and new faculty recognition ceremony set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Spindletop Hall, and a college Advisory Board meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college at UK with 16 discipline-based departments and 14 interdisciplinary programs. Nearly every student who attends the university takes one or more undergraduate classes in the college during their academic career.


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