Research Challenge Trust Fund

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Ty BordersTy Borders
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Endowed Chair in Rural Health Policy

Ty Borders is a professor of health management and policy in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. He also serves as co-director of the Institute for Rural Health Policy. Borders earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in health administration and an M.S. in epidemiology from the University of Iowa. He earned a B.A. in psychology with honors from the University of Kansas. His research focuses on rural/urban, racial and ethnic variations in health-related quality of life, consumer reports of care and health care access. Over the past 12 years, most of his work has investigated rural substance use and treatment access as a principal investigator on projects funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). He recently received a $2.8 million award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to establish the Rural and Underserved Health Research Center, one of only seven such centers in the United States. Borders also serves as editor of The Journal of Rural Health. In 2015, he was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Rural Health and Human Services, which advises the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. He was elected as a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and received the Excellence in Writing Award from the UK Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies.

Sarah WellingSarah Welling
Ashland-Spears Distinguished Research Professor of Law and Laramie L. Leatherman Professor of Law

Sarah Welling is a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Law. She teaches criminal law, federal criminal law, and criminal procedure. Her primary research interest is federal criminal law, particularly money laundering. She has spoken on federal criminal law in Poland, Croatia, the Czech Republic and China. On money laundering, she has consulted with Congress and the CIA, served as a team leader in a RAND exercise, and has been quoted by The New York Times. Welling’s most recent books are Wright & Welling, Federal Practice and Procedure, Volumes 3 and 3A (4th ed. 2010) covering Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure 31-42. Welling is the lead author of Federal Criminal Law and Related Actions: Crimes, RICO, Forfeiture and the False Claims Act, a two-volume treatise published by West Group in 1998. Her articles have appeared in Hastings Law Journal, Notre Dame Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and William & Mary Law Review. Her work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous appellate courts. Welling was elected to the American Law Institute in 2008. She is active as a consultant for Model Penal Code-Sentencing, Model Penal Code-Sexual Assault, and Principles of Government Ethics. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Welling has been the reporter for the Sixth Circuit Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions since 1999. She joined the UK faculty in 1981 after clerking for then-District Court Judge Eugene E. Siler Jr. and practicing for two years in Chicago.

Yang-Tse ChengYang-Tse Cheng
Frank J. Derbyshire Professor of Materials Science

Yang-Tse Cheng is a professor of chemical and materials engineering in the College of Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky. His current research interests include synthesis, characterization and modeling of materials for electrochemical energy storage. Cheng received his bachelor’s in physics and mathematics, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2008, he worked for 20 years at the General Motors Research and Development Center where he was a Technical Fellow and Laboratory Group Manager for Engineered Surfaces and Functional Materials. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications and holds 48 U.S. patents. He serves as a principal editor for the Journal of Materials Research, and served as the chair and vice chair to the ASM International Bluegrass Chapter in Kentucky. In 2102, he was awarded the Materials Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award and Teacher Who Made a Difference Award at the University of Kentucky. He was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2005 and a fellow of the Materials Research Society in 2013.

Kathryn ThrailkillKathryn Thrailkill
Barnstable-Brown Chair in Pediatric Diabetes Research

Kathryn Thrailkill is a member of the Pediatric Endocrinology team at UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital. This team of specialists evaluate and treat disorders of a child’s endocrine system that may result in growth problems, thyroid disorders or diabetes. She is also a clinical care affiliate of the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center. This center coordinates efforts across the diverse units engaged in diabetes and obesity research and clinical care at the University of Kentucky. She was named one of the Best Doctors® in America for 2015-16. Only 5 percent of doctors in America earn this honor, decided by peer review. Thrailkill received her M.D. from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. She completed a residency and fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in general pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology. Over the last 36 years, Thrailkill has published 60 articles, with focuses on insulin, insulin-like growth factors, and other growth-related receptors affected by type 1 diabetes. Her current research is focused on the adverse effects of type 1 diabetes on the skeleton. She also participates in clinical research trials investigating the effectiveness of new medications for the treatment of diabetes in children and adolescents.