Jill Holloway Smith has been named associate vice president for alumni engagement and executive director of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. Smith, a Paducah native, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management in 2005 from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics and a master’s degree in career and technical education from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 2011.

Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca, Gatton Chaired Professor of Management, recently published "Negative Ties and Signed Graphs Research: Stimulating Research on Dissociative Forces in Social Networks" along with Nicholas M. Harrigan and Filip Agneessens.

Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca, Gatton Chaired Professor of Management, gave an invited presentation at the 2020 NetSciX conference at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan on January 20 entitled, "Recognizing the Positive and Negative Ties in a Network." The presentation covered joint research conducted with former UK Ph.D. students, Josh Marineau (Assoc.

The University of Kentucky is one of 22 universities, think tanks and advocacy organizations that will receive funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in support of new, independent research intended to inform federal policy affecting the future of the internet.

Huiwen Lian has recently published a paper in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (OBHDP) titled, “Being Sensitive to Positives has its Negatives: An Approach/Avoidance Perspective on Reactivity to Ostracism."

Matt Zook (Geography) and Steve Borgatti have recently received $285,806 from NSF to study "Cryptocurrencies and New Spaces of Finance”, in which they look at exchanges among thousands of wallets.

Ji Youn (Rose) Kim's coauthored paper (with Emily Pahnke, Michael Howard and Warren Boeker), "Bankers or Brokers? For Favored Firms, VCs Invest More than Dollars" has been chosen for a Schulze Publication Award for 2018. 

Scott Soltis' professional development workshop, “Building a Research Community: Advancing a Social Network Paradigm in Human Resource Management" (to be presented at the upcoming Academy of Management Meetings in Boston), was selected for a $1,000 sponsorship from Boston University.

Ph.D. students Jason Ross and Ajay Mehra's paper, “The Role of Memory and Cognition (vs. Activity and Behavior) in Social Networks," has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming Academy of Management Meetings in Boston. The symposium was accepted by three divisions (Organization and Management Theory, Management and Organizational Communications, and Organizational Behavior) and was chosen by the Organizational Behavior division as a "showcase Symposium", which is in the top 10% of symposia accepted, and is expected to attract a large audience.

Dan Halgin has received the 2019 Honors Pathways Faculty of Excellence Award, given by students in the Social Enterprise and Global Scholars Honors programs.