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A Trek Through the Italian Renaissance: Bailey Ubellacker

Studying abroad is considered an unforgettable experience for many of the University of Kentucky’s students. A typical study abroad program transports a group of students to a foreign country. These opportunities offer new perspectives, connections, and fond memories. The Zolondek Scholarship sets itself apart by offering students the opportunity to travel abroad on their own. 

During the summer of 2013, Bailey Ubellacker, a double major of Spanish and Elementary Education, spent three weeks abroad studying and experiencing the Italian Renaissance. Bailey Ubellacker was the recipient of the Zolondek Scholarship, which allowed her to challenge herself as she traveled alone and shaped her own study abroad experience. In this podcast, Bailey Ubellacker discusses her time in Italy and what she has brought back with her. 

This podcast was produced by Casey Hibbard.

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Seeing No Limitations: Peter Price

One of the oldest traditions in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences is its Geology Field Camp. Those who have been a part of this tradition never forget their experiences, the bonds they formed, or what they learned. 
 
University of Kentucky alumni Peter Price was one of those lucky enough to participate in the Geology Field. We sat down with Price at a Field Camp reunion where he talked about his own personal experience at the camp and why his time at UK was so crucial to pursuing his life goals.
 

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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Testing Your Mettle: Michael Borque

One of the oldest traditions in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences is its Geology Field Camp. Those who have been a part of this tradition never forget their experiences, the bonds they formed, or what they learned. 
 
One such participant is University of Kentucky alumni Michael Borque. We caught up with Borque at a Geology Field Camp reunion where he discussed how the hands-on experience provided at the camp uniquely prepared him for his future.
 

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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The Curse of Rafinesquina: A Prehistoric Mystery with Rebecca Freeman

All over Kentucky, fossilized brachiopods are common. Rebecca Freeman, a lecturer in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, studies brachiopods and how they interacted with their prehistoric environments according to the fossil record. When I interviewed her about a recent line of research that identified a previously unknown species of brachiopod, I also got a ghost story from Lexington, Kentucky.

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman.

 

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How To Rock the Geology World: Terry O'Hare

Terry O’Hare, who finished his time at UK with a degree in BS in Geology in 1980, has gone on to start his own company. At the Field Camp Reunion in 2013, he told us about his experiences at UK and at Field Camp, his thoughts on how to succeed with a degree in Geology, and how things have changed since he graduated. 

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman and recorded by Laura Sutton

 

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Journeys to the Center of the Earth: Vanessa Santos

Geologist Vanessa Santos has seen a lot of our planet – inside and out! Since graduating from the University of Kentucky, Santos has worked all over the globe, following her passion for earth sciences, and is currently working with Agapito Associates in Colorado. In this podcast, she talks about her experiences in the UK Geology department (now called the Earth & Environmental Sciences Department), and how students can become successful in their field.

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman

 

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Expanding Horizons with Social Theory: Lisa Cliggett

Though A&S has a variety of departments and programs, the most interdisciplinary group may be the the Committee on Social Theory. A diverse group of faculty, it has been a part UK since 1989. With the former director on sabbatical (Marion Rust from English), Anthropologist Lisa Cliggett will serve as the interim director. In this podcast, Cliggett talks about her involvement with social theory, what kinds of courses and events the Committee brings to UK, and how social theory informs her own research. 

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman

 

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Opening New Doors: Debdas Mukerjee

University of Kentucky alumni Debdas Mukerjee graduated in 1962 with his Ph.D. in genetics. After UK, Mukerjee contributed his expertise to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center before his career finally carried him to the Environmental Protection Agency where he was a Senior Environmental Health Scientist for the United States. 

All of this was not Mukerjee's plan but he found that both the University of Kentucky and the state itself opened the doors of America to him in way he would never have imagined. In this podcast, Mukerjee reminisces on his "innumerable" memories at UK and gives some advice to current students so that they too can get the most from their academic experience. 
 

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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2013 Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award: Dave Moecher

Dave Moecher, Professor and Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences Chair, is a 2013 recipient of the University of Kentucky's Ken Freedman Outstanding Advising Award which is given each year to one professional and one faculty adviser. The candidates are nominated by students and the award, named in honor of Ken Freedman, who served as a professional adviser at UK for 15 years, recognizes outstanding service in the field of academic advising. 

Professor Moecher, as the director of undergraduate studies, has advised all the majors going through his department for more than six years. As a faculty advisor, he has to balance those responsibilities with his research and teaching efforts. Different faculty have different proportions of these roles but Moecher, like other advisors, finds a special reward in the effort of serving students in this particular way and plans to continue his efforts long into the future. 
 
In this podcast, Moecher discusses the team effort required between professional and faculty advisors to make sure A&S students have the support they need.
 

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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Cosmos and Computers: Gary Ferland discusses infrastructure upgrades for studying space.

The University of Kentucky recently announced big upgrades to its supercomputing infrastructure. This means more power for researchers across the campus working on some of the questions that have puzzled us the longest. 

One such researcher is Professor Gary Ferland of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Since the late 1970s, he’s been using computer modeling software to carry out experiments that would otherwise be impossible. With his widely used program Cloudy which simulates clouds of interstellar matter out in space and UK’s high-tech supercomputing infrastructure, Ferland and his students have been able to help answer some of the biggest questions facing astronomers as well as society.
 

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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