More than 300 elementary, middle and high school girls from central and eastern participated in math and science experiments during the University of Kentucky’s GEMS Program on Saturday, October 25. GEMS – Girls Enjoy Math and Science – featured events where girls could build computers, electrical circuits and bridges; solve complex problems; explore neuroscience and static electricity; and other projects geared to stimulate their intellectual curiosity.
The sessions were led by UK faculty from the colleges of Engineering, Medicine and Arts and Sciences. “This is an event that both faculty and girl participants find rewarding,” said organizer Vicki Cooper of the UK Center for Manufacturing. “The girls have their eyes opened to new potential careers, and faculty session leaders walk away knowing they have changed lives.” GEMS is sponsored by the UK College of Engineering, the Girls Scouts and the Society of Women Engineers.
The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering brought four distinguished scholars to the W. T. Young Library Auditorium on Friday, October 24 for the 2008 Ashland Inc. Distinguished Lecture Series.
Buddy D. Ratner opened the program and spoke on “New Thinking on Healing, Reconstruction and Regeneration.” He was followed by Rakesh K. Jai who spoke on “Taming Tumor Vessels to Treat Cancer: From Bench-to-Bedside and Back.”
The afternoon featured Samuel I. Stupp who spoke on “Nanotechnology for Regenerative Medicine,” followed by Kristi S. Anseth who spoke on “Engineering Hydrogel Niches to Promote Tissue Regeneration.”
A newly renovated study and project work area for engineering students was dedicated on March 26, 2009. The ECE Student Commons, located on the fourth floor of the F. Paul Anderson Tower was officially opened at a ceremony which was attended by over 100 students, faculty and staff.
The ECE Student Commons was made possible through the generous support of Deane (’68) and Marty Blazie, Greg (’85) and Joan (’86) Coleman, Bill (’69) and Gail Fisher, Floyd Henson (’70), Lawrence E. Holloway, Richard A. (’64) and Phyllis W. Holloway, Maurice W. Long (’48), Aubrey (’80) and Karen Page, Cornelius J. “Neil” Starkey (’76), Reese S. Terry, Jr. (’64) and other alumni and friends.