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Research Blending the Humanities and Technology

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


The campus may seem a bit quieter this summer, but the work of our faculty -- here and around the globe is continuing in fascinating -- and pathbreaking -- ways.


In fact, one of the things that makes UK special is the way that our researchers push the boundaries of discovery through collaborative, multidisciplinary projects every day. And that work by our faculty is meaningful, too, for our students.


As one of only eight institutions in the country with the full range of academic, professional and health care programs on one campus, UK offers distinctive opportunities for students to customize their education in ways that help them compete in a global economy.


This past week, many of you may have read of the work of William Endres, a researcher working across, and blending, disciplines in compelling ways.


Endres is an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies. His digital humanities project focuses on digitizing early medieval manuscripts.


Because of his efforts, ancient texts -- at risk of being lost -- are being made available to scholars worldwide, without compromising conservatory efforts necessary for preservation.


In 2010, Endres was part of a team that created a 3D digital copy of the medieval St. Chad Gospel. He will return to England this summer to continue this project.


The Herald-Leader featured Endres' work earlier this week. You can find that here:


I also encourage you to listen to this podcast by Endres and watch a video that explains the process of 3-D rendering.


His work is another example, among many, if the extraordinary work happening at UK every day across disciplines. Such work is the future of research and of education. At UK, we are at the leading edge of many of those efforts.


All the best,




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