(Feb. 2008) - Two UK-SRP faculty members have been honored as 2008 Great Teachers by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. Dr. D.B. Bhattacharyya, Project Leader for Chloro-Organic Degradation by Nanosized Metallic Systems and by Chelate-Modified Hydroxyl Radical Reaction, and Dr. Lisa Gaetke, Core Leader for Community Outreach and Co-PI of the Research Translation Core, were among the six faculty members university-wide to receive this recognition.
Dr. D.B. Bhattacharyya is University Alumni Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for Chemical and Materials Engineering. His research and publications focus on membrane separation/functionalization, tunable membranes and biocatalysis, and dechlorination of hazardous organics by nano-structured metals. His work with the UK-SRP seeks to develop and implement versatile technologies for the effective dechlorination of hazardous organics utilizing both oxidative and reductive pathways.
Dr. Lisa Gaetke is Associate Professor in the School for Environmental and Human Sciences. She conducts research in and is widely published on nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, and community nutrition as it relates to environmental contaminants. As Outreach Core Leader, Dr. Gaetke directs UK-SRP's Superfund Community Action through Nutrition (SCAN) program and helps impacted communities and health care providers utilize nutritional interventions to improve health outcomes following exposure to environmental contaminants.
Started in 1961, the UK Alumni Association's Great Teacher Award is the oldest continuous award to recognize teaching at UK. Nominations are made by students. Selection of the award recipients is made by the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Awards Committee, in cooperation with student organizations Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board. Great Teacher Award recipients each receive a citation, an engraved plaque, and a cash award.
Since the award's inception, 229 faculty members have been honored. Candidates must hold the rank of assistant professor or above and have been a member of the UK faculty for the past three years on the Lexington Campus or in the Chandler Medical Center; have superior knowledge of their subject matter; have original and innovative classroom presentations; demonstrate concern for students, both inside and outside the University setting; and not have been a recipient of this award for the past ten years.
Recipients were honored at a special awards luncheon and recognized at halftime of the University of Kentucky-University of Georgia basketball game on February 19th.