Professor Yan has been interested in the cosmos since childhood, and joins us this fall to continue his research on star formation. His research seeks to understand why some galaxies no longer produce stars. This podcast is part of a series highlighting the new faculty members who joined the College of Arts and Sciences in the fall 2012 semester, and was produced by Cheyenne Hohman.
Story by Erin Holaday Ziegler
Photo by Dana Rogers
It's 11:30 a.m. on a Thursday, and we're about to have a scientific throwdown.
University of Kentucky freshmen pull out their iPads, gather in small groups around 21st century tables and begin to discuss physics problems in a way that's as far from conventional as the touch screens they are intently gazing upon.
There's just no telling where an education from the University of Kentucky can take you.
For U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Smith, the journey that began at UK has taken him around the world and deep below the ocean's surface, as captain of the USS Kentucky, a nuclear submarine.
"Having been born in Kentucky and growing up there, I can’t imagine any pride greater than serving as commander of the ship that bears my home state's name," says Smith, whose parents and sister still live in Kentucky.