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Broader check in: Structure DEI meetings somewhat differently this semester ūüĎŹ

This semester: we will come up with initiatives/goals that we will accomplish for the semester and use meeting times to move those tasks along. 

Introductions (to old/new members and to undergraduates!): Angie 499 student: will add events to website, add DEI-related research that are happening in the department onto DEI website Katie 399 student: will assist committees to help DEI committee to reach our goals

By Lindsey Piercy 

People often experience stress, anxiety or even depression during the winter months. Each year, about 10% of adults in the United States experience seasonal affective disorder. The condition can reflect a change in serotonin levels and be linked to depression.

Matt Southward, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky, is researching treatment outcomes for those coping with anxiety, depression and personality disorders. He also works in the Treatment Innovation for Psychological Services Lab.

In the Q


By Jesi Jones-Bowman 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 12, 2023) ‚ÄĒ¬†The¬†University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research¬†recently announced the 21 undergraduate winners of the 58th annual Oswald Research and Creativity awards. Chad Risko, faculty director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, and Research Ambassadors were on hand to congratulate the winners and distribute the awards.

Established in 1964 by then-President John Oswald, the Oswald Research and Creativity Competition encourages undergraduate research and creative activities across all fields of study.

Categories are:

Biological Sciences. Design (architecture, landscape architecture and interior design). Fine Arts (film, music, photography, painting, and sculpture), Humanities (from

By Lindsey Piercy 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2022) ‚ÄĒ¬†As jolly as we all want it to be, the holiday season can also bring the not-so-wanted gift of added anxiety. This time of year demands a lot ‚ÄĒ¬†elaborate decorations, home-cooked meals and well-thought-out gifts.

Michelle Martel, a professor and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky, says feeling the pressure of the holidays is fairly common.

“In my clinical and personal experience, I would say most, but not all, people report increased stress around the holidays. However, only a subset of


By Lindsay Travis 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2022) ‚ÄĒ¬†University of Kentucky researchers in the¬†College of Arts and Sciences¬†and¬†College of Public Health¬†are the first in the country to study a digital intervention method‚Äôs impact on interrelated public health issues: heavy drinking and insomnia.

The two-year, nearly $400,000 grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism will fund research on how an intervention program called Sleep Healthy Using the Internet will improve participants’ sleep and indirectly improve their drinking habits.

Mairead Moloney

The program is an online version of cognitive behavioral therapy for 


By Richard LeComte 

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Abbey Loar, a University of Kentucky junior psychology major, wants to help people in rural communities, and her major offers her the chance to do just that: She’s going to be working on a project to study why people in Appalachia don’t get enough sleep. 

"I want to do research to help improve the mental health of communities, especially like those in Eastern Kentucky,‚ÄĚ said Loar, who‚Äôs from Hebron, Maryland. "Rural communities don't necessarily have that help available, and I‚Äôd like to help communities like that in the future.‚Ä̬†

Loar, is a psychology major, is joining  Mairead Moloney and Christal Badour, associate professors in UK’s Departments of Sociology and Psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences, in “Researching Equitable Sleep Time in Kentucky Communities (REST-KY)." The effort, funded with a $3.5 million


The Students Participating to Advance Research in Kentucky (SPARK) Program trains undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to conduct impactful research related to health disparities.

Undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University are eligible to apply. Applications due October 31, 2022. 

SPARK participants are introduced to community-engaged research focused on health disparities/health equity and receive extensive mentorship from faculty. They identify a research topic and work with their mentors to develop a project. Students then conduct research projects in their home communities over the summer, receiving funds to support this research. After implementing the project, participants meet with their mentors, undertake data analysis and write-up, and present and


Minute Taker: Emily

Welcome (back): Review of committee nuts & bolts, time commitment

Subcommittees: (Brief overview of last year’s activity + what committees will continue + assignment of group members to committees)

Transparency Committee: Developed a departmental manual that makes explicit departmental roles and responsibilities and how-tos for both faculty and students. This is a work in progress still. (Christal in charge: could use some more sub-committee members here?)

Admissions Committee:

Last year: Web updates to simplify the process for applicants, development of an exit survey, collection of data on applicant demographics as a baseline

This year: need to update the site with who is taking a student; administer exit survey. Anything else?


By Richard LeComte 

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Nolia Williams spent her summer mixing her psychology and journalism majors in western Kentucky, where she got to talk to people affected by the ravages of environmental disasters. 

Working for the news network of the Edge Media Group, Williams wrote and recorded stories about tornado relief near Princeton and Hopkinsville, Kentucky, as well as some good-news stories, including a program for Trigg County homemakers and free medical care for veterans.  

By Hillary Smith Friday 1 of 2         The multimillion-dollar award exemplifies team science, helping to support about 35 researchers across six different labs who will be working on four main projects, all with a common theme. Arden Barnes | UK Photo.   The multimillion-dollar award exemplifies team science, helping to support about 35 researchers across six different labs who will be working on four main projects, all with a common theme. Arden Barnes | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2022) ‚ÄĒ¬†A team of researchers at the University of Kentucky‚Äôs¬†Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA)¬†has been awarded a $20.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of


By Jesi Jones-Bowman

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2022)¬†¬≠‚ÄĒ¬†The¬†Office of Undergraduate Research¬†at the University of Kentucky is honored to announce that 22 students have been selected for the 2022-23 Undergraduate Research Ambassador program.

The program’s mission is to increase awareness and create opportunities for students to actively engage in research and creative scholarship. Ambassadors must demonstrate academic excellence and  leadership potential and be involved in mentored research. This year’s ambassadors represent six colleges, 15 disciplines and 18 research areas.

The student leaders’ goal is to make undergraduate research more accessible. Ambassadors promote undergraduate research involvement and opportunities through student outreach and program


By Lindsey Piercy, Allison Perry and Danielle Donham

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2022) ‚ÄĒ In a myth-busting¬†WVLK¬†segment, ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs Not How Any of This Works,‚ÄĚ experts from various disciplines at the¬†University of Kentucky¬†discuss how their career paths and fields of study aren‚Äôt as they always appear on screen.

Stephen Voss, associate professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, guest hosted the show, which aired live on Aug. 19. The segment is also 


Psychology and Neuroscience major Abigail Wilcox has worked in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Prendergast, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Neuroscience B.S. Program, since the 1st year of her studies at UK. Working closely with graduate student Caleb Bailey, Abby and Caleb received a pilot grant from the UK Substance Use Priority Research Area (SUPRA) to investigate a new possible biochemical mechanism involved in the development of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.


This worked confirmed that exposure of newborn brain to high doses of alcohol causes abnormalities in brain "tau" activity, much like that seen in Alzheimer's Disease. Congratulations to Abby ! Abby graduated in May of 2022 and is off to a career in applying her Psychology training in the Marketing field.


The University of Kentucky Department of Psychology is home to Internationally


Minute Taker: Emily Lapidus

Leadership Update: Shannon

Jake from HIVE sent the video!

Subcommittee Updates:

Leadership Committee: Office of Institutional Research and they are responding shortly. As Gender & Womens’ Department has 6 faculty, it may be beneficial to reach out to Department of Sociology

Transparency Committee: Some sections are outlined (Shannon). Some time this summer will be to flesh out some missing information. Google sheets may be updated to describe what classes are offered & when.

Admissions Committee: Jessica Burris put together the exit interview survey, but it will  be tabled for February 2023 for the next application 

Diversify the Pipeline: Jake from the HIVE has finished the video! The goal is for


Minute Taker: Baylee Jenkins

Leadership Update: Shannon

Departmental transparency handbook

Adding links to grad school

Including go-to people/ resources for questions (e.g., ombud for advisor-mentee challenge questions)

Designing for less-frequent updates

Having point-people for particular resources/ questions

Chain of command for particular issues

Annual/ bi-annual lookovers to make sure the handbook is up-to-date

DEI Events

Including a possible link on the website to an updating document, accessible by everyone, of events that are happening

Possibly having a 399 student involved in doing this

Hannah has great resources

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By Jesi Jones-Bowman

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 23, 2022) ‚ÄĒ¬†The¬†Office of Undergraduate Research¬†has selected 16 undergraduates for the 2022 Commonwealth Undergraduate Research Experience Fellowship program.

The new CURE Fellowships, sponsored by UK Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of the Vice President for Research, empowers undergraduates to become leaders for their communities by providing opportunities to develop new knowledge and skills through research within UK’s seven research priority areas: cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes & obesity, diversity and inclusion, energy, neuroscience and substance use disorder.

“Conducting summer research will provide me with valuable experience that


By Elizabeth Chapin

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2022) ‚ÄĒ¬†Poor sleep is linked to a wide range of medical issues, including hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity¬†and cancer. With more than a third of U.S. adults reporting insufficient sleep, researchers at the¬†Centers for Disease Control and Prevention¬†describe sleep deprivation as a public health epidemic.

The public health burden of sleep deprivation is especially high in Kentucky: Residents are some of the nation’s most sleep-deprived, particularly in rural Appalachia. In that area,  25-58% of adults report insufficient sleep, defined as less than six hours a day.

Two College of Arts and Sciences professors at the University of Kentucky have received a $3.7 million grant from the National


By Danielle Donham

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2022)¬†‚ÄĒ¬†University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has selected four student representatives to speak at the¬†UK Commencement¬†Ceremonies May 6-7, at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. Each speaker will address her or his respective ceremony in person. The speakers are:

Amy Luu Ngo

Ngo, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, will address her classmates as the student speaker for the 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7 ceremony. Ngo is earning a bachelor's degree in biology from the UK College of Arts and Sciences and a minor in health advocacy and a 


By Meghan Arrell

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2022) ‚ÄĒ¬†On this Wildcat Wednesday, the University of Kentucky¬†is¬†celebrating¬†Supriya¬†Challa, who will graduate next week with a degree in¬†psychology¬†from the¬†UK College of Arts and Sciences¬†and¬†Lewis Honors College.

Challa, who is from Okemos, Michigan didn’t follow a typical path to the commencement stage. She had experienced a traumatic childhood and was looking forward to leaving Michigan to make a fresh start at UK. But during her first semester in college, Challa discovered that the source of her childhood trauma had not released its grip on her life. The challenges she was dealing with in her personal life, behind the scenes,