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He's Not Finished Yet: Chemistry Professor Celebrates 50 Years at EKU

In a world where the average worker changes jobs 12 times throughout their lifetime, it is remarkable that someone has served in the same profession and at the same institution for 50 years. Eastern Kentucky University chemistry professor Dr. Vernon Stubblefield is that unique character.

Professor Brings Awareness to the American Chestnut Tree

Eastern Kentucky University professor and ecologist Dr. Jennifer Koslow has been heavily involved with the expansion of knowledge and awareness concerning the American chestnut tree.
Jennifer Koslow and her students pose with chestnut trees

Marling Wins Trow Scholarship

Joanna Marling, a junior with a double major in psychology and forensic biology and a double minor in criminal justice and veteran studies from Louisville, recently earned the prestigious Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship from the Alpha Lambda Delta national honor society.

Best Meatless Burger? Zyzak Sniffs it Out

As consumers notice more plant-based meat alternatives on grocery shelves, many may wonder how the appearance, texture, smell, and taste compare to familiar products. This curiosity led EKU chemistry professor Dr. LiLi Zyzak to evaluate plant-based hamburger products at home. During her home-based research, she immediately observed a few differences between plant-based products and meat — one being aroma.

Retired Professor Funds Endowment to Honor Former Student’s Legacy

“It’s not about me,” said Dr. Gary Kuhnhenn, ’72, retired EKU geology professor, department chair and dean, about his decision to fund the Rick Schroder Student Assist Fund. “It’s about Rick.”

Dr. Gary Kuhnhenn and EKU student Rick Schroder Banner

Virtual Reality Flight Simulator Lab Takes Learning Pilots Safely to the Skies

Eastern Kentucky University has installed a 2D/Virtual Reality professional flight simulation lab within the Aviation program. The VR simulators are state-of-the-art technology that are only available in a small number of university-based aviation programs in the United States.

Koenig Tells Fellow Graduates to Dig for Roots

“But now as I stand before you all today, I have never been more thankful to see a sea of faces, rather than a Zoom screen of one or two brave souls with their videos on,” Koenig told his fellow graduates during the ceremony.