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Blonder Re-elected as Faculty Representative to UK Board of Trustees

Headshot of Lee X. Blonder.
This will be the second term Lee X. Blonder has served as faculty representative to the UK Board of Trustees.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2019) — Lee X. Blonder, University of Kentucky professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, has been re-elected by university faculty to serve a three-year term as a faculty representative to the UK Board of Trustees. 

Blonder previously served a three-year term as faculty representative from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019. Her new term will expire June 30, 2022.

"It’s an honor and a privilege to have been elected to serve a second term as faculty trustee," Blonder said. "I plan to continue to represent faculty across the university, promote shared governance, and assist the Board of Trustees and the administration in enabling the faculty to continue to accomplish UK’s statutory missions."

Blonder will serve as a faculty representative alongside Robert Grossman, professor in the Department of Chemistry, as one of two faculty representatives on the board.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Bard College, a master's degree in creative art from Hunter College, a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral neurology at the University of Florida, Blonder arrived at the university in 1989.

With joint appointments in the Departments of Neurology and Anthropology, Blonder participates in the education of medical students, graduate students and undergraduates in the Lewis Honors College

Her research focuses on the neural substrates of cognitive and emotional processing in healthy volunteers and patients with stroke and Parkinson’s disease. She also studies cognitive and emotional processing using functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging, collaborating with colleagues in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Center at UK. 

Blonder is active in university faculty governance and serves on the College of Medicine Faculty Council, the University Senate and the University Senate Council at UK. She served as UK University Senate Council Chair from 2012-2014.

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