'UK at the Half': Meet UK Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis

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UK Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2021) — For this “UK at the Half,” Lisa Cassis, vice president for research at the University of Kentucky, shares how leaders across campus came together to find a path forward for research during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By creating policies to ensure the safety of research faculty, staff, students and study participants, and by creating the CURE Alliance focused on providing seed support to innovative COVID research projects, Cassis led UK’s research enterprise in one of the most challenging chapters of its existence. In FY 2021, UK investigators received a record $468 million in grants and contracts for their research and scholarship. This funding continues to support critical community-based work in Kentucky — like the HEALing Communities Study targeting opioid use disorder.

“UK at the Half” airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on the radio and is hosted by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To hear the “UK at the Half” interview, click the play button above.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.