WHO: Professors from University of Kentucky's College of Arts and Sciences and Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.
WHAT: are available to comment on the recent death of Osama bin Laden and its impact on the war on terrorism and the psyche of the American public.
MORE: Psychology professor Richard Smith's research focuses on social comparison processes and social emotions, examining distinctive emotional reactions to good or bad events happening to others. His most recent research centers on distinguishing the contrasting emotions of schadenfreude (pleasure at another person's suffering) and gluckschmerz (displeasure at another person's absence of suffering).
Islamic Studies professor Ihsan Bagby has focused on Muslims in America through his research over the last 10 years. In 2001 he published the results of the first comprehensive study of mosques in America, titled "The Mosque in America: A National Portrait." Bagby, who specializes in Islamic Law, is currently updating the mosque study.
In addition to Washington assignments in the State Department, Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, Patterson School Director and former U.S. Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh served in Berlin, Moscow, Tbilisi, Rome and Bern. In 1992, he established the first U.S. Embassy to the new Republic of Georgia. Under Presidents Clinton and Bush, he spearheaded or helped advance peace efforts involving Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Tajikistan and Turkey.