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April 21, 2024

UKSRC trainees named poster award-winners at the 2024 Wyatt Symposium

The Wyatt symposium honors the legacy of Dr. John P. Wyatt and his pioneering environmental clinical research on air pollution and lung pathology. Multiple universities and agencies from across the state gathered to present research and practice focused on the environment and its impact on health in Kentucky.


April 12, 2024

CEECHE 2024: Seeking Solutions for Environmental Exposures and Disease Risks

The University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UKSRC), in collaboration with the Department of Civil Engineering and the University of Aristotle in Thessaloniki, Greece, and sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), are the proud organizers of the 2024 Central and Eastern European Conference on Health and the Environment (CEECHE) to be held July 15-19, 2024 at the University of Aristotle in Thessaloniki, Greece. 


April 5, 2024

Mayor proclaims April as John P. Wyatt, M.D., Environment and Health Awareness Month

The 2024 John P. Wyatt, M.D., Environment and Health Symposium was held Thursday, April 4 on the University of Kentucky campus at the J. David Rosenberg College of Law Grand Courtroom. The Wyatt symposium honors the legacy of Dr. John P. Wyatt and his pioneering environmental clinical research on air pollution and lung pathology.


February 29, 2024

First-generation grad student Jerika Durham has found her stride

Durham is currently researching environmental toxins and their potential impacts on colon cancer at the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center. 


February 28, 2024

Improved Machine Learning Technique to Reveal How Metabolites Are Created

Researchers from the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Program are using machine learning techniques to help interpret how chemicals are processed, or metabolized, in the body.


February 27, 2024

Hollie Swanson interviewed by WKYT

Hollie Swanson spoke to WKYT about the affect of rapid temperature changes on the home and human health.


February 1, 2024

Rollie Mills wins 2023 Wetterhahn Award

Superfund researcher earns accolades for water filtration membrane development and rural youth outreach as the 26th recipient of the Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award. 


March 9, 2023

Cleanup of East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment site could take years to complete

Details of contamination remain murky as the town begins what could be a long remediation period.


March 9, 2023

UK Colleges and Appalachian communities partner to reduce exposure to chemicals in drinking water

A recent National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ (NIEHS) Environmental Health Chat podcast features an NIH-funded study that brings together multiple UK colleges and community partners to tackle real-world environmental health challenges.


March 3, 2023

UKSRC Participates in E-Day 2023

Kelly Pennell, Director of the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UKSRC), and Professor of Civil Engineering, along with Angela Gutierrez, UKSRC liaison, and Elena Moseley, a high school student enrolled in the Math Technology Science Center (MTSC) at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington who works in Pennell Research Group, represented UKSRC at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering's annual open house, E-Day on Saturday, February 25, 2023.


February 2, 2023

Swaying Tower: Ariel Robinson’s Path to Civil Engineering

When she was thirteen, Ariel Robinson took a class field trip to the Willis Tower in her hometown of Chicago. Looking up she noticed that the tower swayed, which she found both frightening and interesting. A worker on the site explained to her that this movement was a deliberate structural aspect of the building.


December 6, 2022

UK researchers, community partners tackle health threats from 'forever chemicals'

Nearly every person in the United States has been exposed to per- and polyfluorinated alky substances (PFAS) at some point in their life. These “forever chemicals” are the focus of a targeted investigation by University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UKSRC) researchers who are working collaboratively with community partners to protect Kentuckians.


November 7, 2022

Stakeholder driven science to address infrastructure needs

Dr. Kelly Pennell, UKSRC Director and leader of Project 4: Fate and transport of contaminants in aging piping systems, alongside Dr. Anna Hoover, Project 4 co-leader, collaborated with researchers at Purdue University and Ohio State University on a recent publication titled: “Bystander Chemical Exposures and Injuries Associated with Nearby Plastic Sewer Pipe Manufacture: Public Health Practice and Lessons”.


October 19, 2022

UK at the Half: Researchers develop antiviral face mask

For this "UK at the Half," University of Kentucky College of Engineering Professor Dibakar Bhattacharyya, Ph.D., and doctoral student Rollie Mills, discuss the medical face mask membrane they have developed. The membrane can capture and deactivate the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein on contact.


October 17, 2022

Researchers Attended the 42nd International Symposium Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants

Kelly Pennell, Professor and Director of the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UKSRC) and a team of researchers from the Department of Civil Engineering traveled to New Orleans to participate in the 42nd International Symposium Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants.


May 9, 2022

High School Student Uses AROMA-VOC in Research with the University of Kentucky

Over the last two years, Benjamin Bratten, a high school senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, has been working to study sewer pipe leakage and cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) emissions. He has had a “secret weapon” on his side: AROMA-VOC. Bratten works with Kelly Pennell, Director of the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center, where they have access to cutting-edge research tools including AROMA-VOC.


March 1, 2022

Women Making History Series Kicks Off with Isabel Escobar on ‘Behind the Blue’

Throughout March for Women’s History Month, the University of Kentucky is spotlighting Women Making History. These women are leading their fields of research, crossing traditional academic boundaries and impacting Kentucky’s most pressing challenges including opioid use disorder treatment, aging and Alzheimer’s, water and air filtration, environmental impacts on health and suicide prevention.


February 16, 2022

Molly Frazar was interviewed by WEKU on her research and recent Karen Wetterhahn memorial award

Tune in on Thursday, February 17 11am EST and 8pm EST on 88.9 WEKU.


February 4, 2022

Superfund Research Featured in SRP e-Posted Notes

In the February 4th issue of the SRP e-Posted Notes, the Superfund's research to understand how environmental contaminants harm the body was featured.


December 20, 2021

Molly Frazar received the Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award

Molly Frazar is the 24th recipient of the Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award, which recognizes one outstanding graduate student or postdoctoral researcher who exemplifies qualities of scientific excellence.


December 3, 2021

UK Superfund Research Center hosted a Science Visualization Workshop

The UK Superfund Research Center’s Research Experience and Training Coordination Core hosted a one-day ‘Science Visualization’ workshop.


November 15, 2021

Dr Kelly Pennell Interviewed for Story on Henderson County Chemical Exposure

Dr. Kelly Pennell (UKSRC’s Director) was interviewed for a story about a report claiming Henderson County officials downplayed a chemical exposure at an area company.


September 2, 2021

Dr Bernie Hennig Interviewed by NIEHS Director in the September Issue of Environmental Factor

Dr. Bernie Hennig (UKSRC’s Deputy Director) was interviewed by the NIEHS Director, Dr. Rick Woychik, and the interview is featured in the “Director’s Corner” of the September issue of NIEHS’ Environmental Factor.


July 29, 2020

UK SRC PI Kevin Pearson Wins Inclusive Excellence Recognition Award

UK SRC PI Kevin Pearson receives the UK Office of Institutional Diversity's 2020 Inclusive Excellence Recognition Award. 


July 23, 2020

UKSRC Researchers Developing Face Masks for Coronavirus

Three UKSRC Investigators have received funding to support the development of face masks that offer protection from coronavirus.


April 20, 2020

UK’s Superfund Research Center Receives $8.7 Million

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has awarded the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK-SRC) a five-year, $8.7 million grant to conduct research aimed at better understanding and minimizing the negative health and environmental impacts of chlorinated organic compounds found at Superfund sites across the Commonwealth and the U.S.


March 5, 2020

UK's Superfund Research Center connects with community for a healthier Kentucky

UK's Superfund Research Center connects with community for a healthier Kentucky By Elizabeth Chapin March 5, 2020 Video by Research Communications LEXINGTON, Ky.


March 3, 2020

Postdoctoral Trainee Dr. Pan Deng Featured in UKNow News StoryHome

On January 30, 2020, UK's internal news source UKNow published a story and video featuring the work of Dr. Pan Deng, Project 1 Postdoctoral Trainee. The article and video discuss Dr. Deng's research which shows that a diet high in fiber could possibly reverse the adverse effects that environmental toxins have on cardiovascular health.


February 13, 2020

UK SRC Assistant Director Dr. Kelly Pennell Interviewed About PFAS in Drinking Water

On February 6, 2020, UK SRC Assistant Director Dr. Kelly Pennell was interviewed about PFAS in drinking water by Eileen Street of Spectrum News 1 in Louisville, KY. The story, A Growing Conversation About PFAS Chemicals in Drinking Water, aired on Spectrum News 1 on Monday, February 10th.


July 15, 2019

UK SRC Hosts UofL SRC for Immersive Two-Day Trainee Event

On July 10th and 11th, the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK SRC) hosted trainees from the University of Louisville Superfund Research Center for a two-day event that included information exchange among trainees from both centers, group presentations and discussion, tours of some of UK’s labs, and a full day visit to Whitesburg, Kentucky, 


May 9, 2019

UK SRC's Dr. Zach Hilt Named 2019-2020 UK Research Professor

Gill Eminent Professor of Chemical Engineering J. Zach Hilt has been named one of the University of Kentucky’s 16 University Research Professors for the 2019-2020 academic year.


April 24, 2019

UK SRC Partners with the Lexington Senior Center to Share Research with Local Community Members

The UK Superfund Research Center’s Community Engagement Core (CEC) works with communities to develop strategies that give people the opportunity to actively engage in good nutrition and physical activity to protect their health from environmental pollution.


September 19, 2018

UK College of Medicine Postdoc and Superfund Center Trainee Mike Petriello Wins Prestigious NIH Award

Mike Petriello has received the prestigious Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This highly competitive career development award offers postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to accelerate their transition to independence.


August 28, 2018

UK SRC's Vapor Intrusion Expert Kelly Pennell Featured on Environmental Health Chats Podcast

On July 19, 2018, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' (NIEHS) Partnership for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) released a new podcast featuring UK SRC's Dr. Kelly Pennell, a leading expert in vapor intrusion research. The podcast, Vapor Intrusion and Your Health, is part of PEHP’s podcast series, Environmental Health Chats, which explore how environmental exposures affect human health.


June 19, 2018

UK Superfund Scientists Join International Colleagues to Seek Solutions for Environmental Problems

On June 10th – 14th, CEECHE 2018 brought nearly 200 scientists from 18 different countries to Kraków, Poland, to engage in discussions addressing health and environmental issues. Two NIEHS Superfund Research Programs, the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK SRC) and the Louisiana State University Superfund Research Center, collaborated to organize the conference.


June 11, 2018

UK SRC Graduate Trainee Rishabh Shah Wins KC Donnelly Externship Award

UK SRC Graduate Trainee Rishabh Shah has won the prestigious K.C. Donnelly Externship Award. Established in 2011 by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program, this supplemental award provides current SRP-funded graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with translational/transdisciplinary opportunities and experiences within other SRP-funded centers, government laboratories, or other agencies.


May 9, 2018

BerryCare Kicks Off at the Boyle County Senior Center

The BerryCare program is a collaboration between the UK SRC's CEC and the Cooperative Extension to create sustainable, affordable, and accessible sources of blackberries while also increasing physical activity through gardening. 


April 23, 2018

UK SRC Graduate Trainee Brittany Rice Wins 2018 UK Inclusive Excellence Award

UK SRC Graduate Trainee Brittany Rice received the 2018 University of Kentucky Inclusive Excellence Award in the Graduate Student category on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the UK Faculty Awards Ceremony. This distinguished award recognizes Brittany for her exemplary contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion through campus and community leadership and engagement. T


April 23, 2018

Dr. Bhattacharyya Wins 2018 Sturgill Award

Congratulations to UK SRC’s Dr. Dibakar Bhattacharyya, winner of the 2018 Sturgill Award! The Sturgill Award is named in honor of William B. Sturgill, who contributed to higher education in Kentucky through his gifts and services. This prestigious award is presented annually to a graduate faculty member for outstanding contributions to UK Graduate education.


April 23, 2018

Graduate Trainee Jessie Hoffman is Dept. of Pharmacology & Nutritional Sciences Student of the Year

UK Superfund Research Center Graduate Trainee Jessie Hoffman was named the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences 2018 Student of the Year on Thursday, April 19, 2018. The award recognizes Jessie's exceptional achievements and demonstrated student leadership.


March 8, 2018

UK SRC Trainee Joshua Preston Featured in UKNow

UK SRC undergraduate trainee Joshua Preston was featured in a UKNow news story on March 8, 2018. In 2017, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) selected Joshua as one of the 45 national recipients of its prestigious Astronaut Scholarship.


February 14, 2018

UK Superfund Trainee Brittany Rice Wins FIERCE Award

UK Superfund Research Center trainee Brittany Rice is the Essence Honoree for the UK Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives’ FIERCE Award.


December 13, 2017

UK SRC Trainee Angela Gutierrez Wins Prestigious Wetterhahn Award

Congratulations to University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK SRC) Trainee Angela Gutierrez, the 20th recipient of the annual Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award! The Wetterhahn Award honors one outstanding National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Research Program (SRP) graduate student or postdoctoral researcher each year who exemplifies qualities of scientific excellence. UK SRC Trainee Angela Gutierrez Wins Prestigious Wetterhahn Award