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New Water Institute Director Named

Lindell Ormsbee, professor of civil engineering at the University of Kentucky, has been named director of the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI) at UK. He has served as associate director of the institute since 1995.

Ormsbee has been a leading researcher on the environmental cleanup at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, where groundwater contamination was discovered in the late 1980s. His work has generated more than $3 million in research projects from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Lindell Ormsbee has an extraordinary wealth of knowledge and a deep well of curiosity regarding water resources. These qualities make him the best choice for the leadership of this institute, whose work is so critical to the commonwealth and its residents," says Wendy Baldwin, UK's executive vice president for research.

KWRRI stimulates water-related environmental research, assists academic units in conducting undergraduate and graduate education in environmental areas, and develops statewide interactions among faculty and research staff and the private and public sector.

--UK Public Relations

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