University of Kentucky Research Professorship

Dr. Jason Unrine, Professor, has been awarded a 2019-2020 University of Kentucky Research Professorship.  This award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in research and creative work that addresses scientific, social, cultural, economic or health challenges in our region and around the world.

The University Research Professorships were established by the UK Board of Trustees in 1976 to recognize outstanding research achievement.  The professorships program recognizes excellence across the full spectrum of research, scholarship and creative endeavors within each college at UK.  College leadership developed criteria for excellence within their area of expertise, and then nominated faculty who excelled at these criteria. Each University Research Professor receives a one-year award of $10,000 to be used to further their research, scholarship and creative endeavors.

Jason UnrineDr. Unrine joined the Plant and Soil Sciences Department in 2008.  His research group investigates the environmental fate, transport and ecotoxicology of trace-elements and engineered nanomaterials. Much of his research focuses on the transformations and impacts of trace-elements and nanomaterials in terrestrial and wetland environments. The Unrine Lab has developed tools that utilize advanced analytical, imaging and spectroscopic techniques to investigate the environmental transformations, bioavailability, bioaccumulation, trophic transfer and maternal transfer of these contaminants. Unrine's lab relates this information to adverse organismal effects with population level relevance. Working closely with Dr. Olga Tsyusko, Dr. Unrine also uses ecotoxicogenomics tools to help elucidate the biochemical mechanisms of contaminant bioaccumulation and adverse effects.

According to Dr. Unrine, "Our work with nanomaterials focuses on how the properties of nanomaterials relate to their bioavailability and adverse effects and how these properties change in the environment. We also work in the area of environmental health focusing on human exposure to trace-elements in support of epidemiology studies being conducted by the Markey Cancer Center and collaborate with scientists and engineers working to develop cost effective contaminant source reduction and waste handling techniques for mining. We frequently collaborate with outside researchers and have helped address a wide array of problems in trace-element biology, geology and chemistry." 


Dr. Dave Van Sanford, Plant and Soil Science Professor and Wheat Breeder, has been awarded a 2018-2019 University of Kentucky Research Professorship.  This award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in research and creative work that addresses scientific, social, cultural, economic or health challenges in our region and around the world.

The University Research Professorships were established by the UK Board of Trustees in 1976 to recognize outstanding research achievement.  The professorships program recognizes excellence across the full spectrum of research, scholarship and creative endeavors within each college at UK.

David Van Sanford  

Previous University Research Professors include Dr. Ole Wendroth (2017-2018), Dr. Arthur Hunt (2016-2017), and Dr. Joseph Chappell (1998-1999).


Philip Morris Professor

2018-2021   Dr. Bob Pearce, has been named a Philip Morris Professor.  This prestigious endowed professorship is awarded to faculty who have made substantial contributions to the advancement of tobacco research and extension.  Pearce has designed and implemented applied field trials on many aspects of burley tobacco production including float plant production, fertilization, conservation tillage, and chemical topping.  He has conducted over 200 on-farm trials or demonstrations in 76 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. The knowledge and experience gained in these trials has been used to develop numerous extension presentations and publications.  “The goal of my program is to support tobacco growers with high quality information to help produce high quality burley tobacco as efficiently as possible” says Pearce.  He also serves as the lead editor of the multi-state extension publication “Burley and Dark Tobacco Production Guide” and is Editor in Chief of the journal Tobacco Science.  

Bob Pearce


S. Lawrence and Elizabeth Ritchey Yost Lea Professorship in Plant and Soil Sciences

This is an endowed professorship established by Elizabeth Ritchey Yost Lea.

The Yost Lea Professorship is awarded to a faculty member who:

  1. Is tenured and holds the rank of Associate or Full Professor.
  2. Has research interests clearly linked to Plant and Soil Science with emphasis first on wheat or white corn, or second, other grain crops.
  3. Is recognized as an outstanding leader in the area of Plant and Soil Science.
  4. Contributes to the advancement of new knowledge; and
  5. Has a strong research program underway involving other faculty, staff, and students of the university.

 

Dr. Chad Lee

Dr. Chad Lee - 2020-2023 Yost Lea Professor

The previous Yost Lea Professor was Dr. Chad Lee (2017-2020) and Dr. David Van Sanford.


John H. Heick Professorship in Soil Science

Established by Betty Jo Denton Heick, the Heick Professorship is awarded to a faculty member who:

  1. Conducts research in an area of soil sciences;
  2. Is recognized as an outstanding leader in that field;
  3. Contributes to the advancement of new knowledge; and
  4. Has a strong research program underway involving other faculty, staff, and students.

  

Dr. Ole Wendroth

Dr. Ole Wendroth - 2020-2023 John H. Heick Professor

Previous John H. Heick Professor, Dr. Ole Wendroth 2017-2020


Harold R. Burton Endowed Professorship in Plant Biochemistry

This professorship is endowed by the donation of shares of Star Scientific, Inc.

The Burton Professorship is awarded to a faculty member who:

  • Conducts research in the area of plant biochemistry;
  • Is recognized as an outstanding leader in that field;
  • Contributes to the advancement of new knowledge; and
  • Has a strong research program underway involving other faculty, staff and students.

  

Dr. Luke Moe - 2020-2023 Harold R. Burton Professor

Previous Burton Professors have been Dr. Ling Yuan (2017-2020), Dr. Harold Burton, and Dr. Joseph Chappell.