University of Kentucky Interiors professor to be inducted into Lighting Hall of Fame

Joseph Rey-Barreau
Joseph Rey-Barreau Photo provided


▪ In honor of his decades-long involvement in educating others in the discipline of lighting design, University of Kentucky Associate Professor of Interiors Joseph Rey-Barreau will be inducted into the American Lighting Association’s Hall of Fame at its annual conference this September. The ALA is the trade association representing the residential lighting industry in North America.

For more than 20 years, Rey-Barreau has written hundreds of courses and seminars for ALA’s members. He has traveled across the United States and Canada on behalf of the association to conduct lighting workshops as well as develop online training courses.

Over the course of his more than 30 years as an educator, Rey-Barreau, a faculty member in the UK School of Interiors, also has written and presented a range of continuing education programs focused on lighting design for architects and interior designers.

▪ Matt Winslow, an Eastern Kentucky University psychology professor, has received the 2017 Acorn Award, the highest honor for teaching excellence presented by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and co-sponsored by Kentucky colleges and universities. Winslow is the fifth EKU recipient of the annual award since 1995.

Just as students have their “a-ha” moments, Winslow’s epiphany came approximately five years ago. That’s when he began moving away from a passive lecture style to a format where his students are active participants in the process. It’s when he became, as he put it, less of a “sage on the stage” and more of a “mentor in the middle” or a “guide on the side.”

Cassie Whitt, now pursuing a Ph.D. degree at the University of Alabama after earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology at Eastern, said she models her research habits after her former professor and research mentor.

“Dr. Winslow has a knack for presenting information in an innovative and novel way … that makes learning appealing to students and encourages them to think critically,” Whitt said.

▪ Angela Wei, an agricultural and medical biotechnology and mathematics senior from Lexington, is one of five students across the country selected to participate in the 2017 Dartmouth MD/PhD Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program.

Started in 2012, the Dartmouth MD-PhD Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program is an initiative aimed at exposing undergraduates, especially members of historically underrepresented ethnic minorities in medical science, to the career pathway of the physician-scientist.

A Chellgren Fellow and Lewis Honors College member, Wei is the daughter of Wei Qiu and Xiaochen Wei, of Lexington. Wei first became active in research as a student at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, where she was part of the Math, Science and Technology Center.

▪ Eastern Kentucky University has received the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine. EKU will be featured along with 79 other recipients in the November 2017 issue of Insight into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. For more information about programs and services offered by the University Diversity Office, go to


▪ The 2017-18 Family University series kicks off this month with “Ready, Set, Grow: Guiding Families from Cradle to Career.” Join in to learn what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level.

The first session, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, will include workshops for parents and guardians, a Resource Fair to connect with school and community support, and activities for youth ages 4-18. Mentors and others who work with youth are also encouraged to attend. Lunch is provided, along with door prizes and interpreters by request.

In addition, Bryan Station High School’s food bank will be open to the first 25 registered families who email coordinator Sabina Massey by 3 p.m. Thursday at Register by Tuesday here.

▪ Dominion Senior Living of Richmond is partnering with the University of Kentucky and will accept interns from the College of Public Health for the fall and spring semesters. The senior community decided to partner with the university to help educate the next generation of senior living leaders. This partnership will offer students hands-on experience in a growing field and teach them how senior living communities operate.

“The partnership between the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and Dominion Senior Living is a natural fit for our shared mission of working toward optimal health outcomes for community members,” said Angela Carman, associate dean for Practice and Workforce Development.

Dominion Senior Living of Richmond is under construction in the Heritage Place subdivision as part of the Meridian Way master-planned community, and will open later this year.