On Sept. 25, over 85 scientists, engineers and clinicians from eight institutions registered for Biomaterials Day, hosted in Lexington by both the College of Engineering and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). The program was “kicked off” with a keynote lecture by Dr. James Anderson, a world renowned figure in the field of tissue-biomaterials interactions and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science. A total of 50 presentations then covered a range of biomaterials and their applications during four oral sessions and two poster-viewing sessions. Three of the oral sessions began with invited talks by young investigators from regional universities such as University of Louisville, Purdue University and CWRU. Attendees had multiple networking opportunities, including morning and afternoon breaks, a sit-down lunch and an evening reception.
Students from UK and CWRU participated in blinded abstract review, presentation judging, and chairing oral presentation sessions. Two awardees were selected for both oral and poster presentations. Oral winners were Samantha Meenach (UK, chemical engineering) and Alyssa Master (CWRU) and the poster winners were Justin Poag (UK, chemical engineering) and Patrick Schexnailder (Purdue University). In addition these scientific awards, modest travel awards were made to subsidize attendance at the meeting.
Chemical and Materials Engineering
Ashland Distinguished Lecture Series
The 2009 Ashland Inc. Distinguished Lecture Series was held on Friday, November 6th in the W. T. Young Library Auditorium on the UK campus. The theme of this year’ lecture series was “Systems and Synthetic Biology.” Our distinguished speakers for this event were: Dr. Jay Keasling, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley; Dr. James Liao, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UCLA; Dr. Ilya Shmulevich, Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle WA; and Dr. Gregory Stephanopoulos, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT.
2009 REU Program is a Great Success
In summer 2009, the University of Kentucky hosted 12 students from across the country as part of an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program. This ten-week program, funded by the National Science Foundation, provides rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to work on multidisciplinary research focusing on Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices. The REU was co-directed by Dr. Kimberly Anderson and Dr. Zach Hilt, both professors in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering.
Manufacturing Hosts Guest Lecturer, Roger D. Quinn.
The Center for Manufacturing hosted a guest lecture presented by Dr. Roger D. Quinn of Case Western Reserve University on “Animals as Models for Robot Mobility and Autonomy: Crawling, Walking, Running, Climbing and Flying” in the Robotics building.
The biorobotics program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) uses biological inspiration to incorporate neuromechanical principles of locomotion and autonomy into robot designs. The seminar highlighted many of the projects undertaken during the past 20 years. The dual goals are to develop improved robot designs and neuromechanical models of animals to test hypotheses about their design, movement and control, leading to more efficient experiments and new neuromechanical knowledge.
Computer Science Hosts Distinguished Lecture Series
The Department of Computer Science kicked off its Distinguished Lecture Series on September 14, 2009 with guest speaker Bruce Schneier. Schneier delivered his lecture on “Reconceptualizing Security.” Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist and author who is described by The Economist as a “security guru.” His book on computer and network security, Secrets and Lies, was called by Fortune “[a] jewel box of little surprises you can actually use.” Future speakers in the lecture series include Mary Shaw, from the school of Computer Science at Carnagie Mellon, on March 24, 2010 and Leslie Lamport, a Microsoft researcher, on April 20, 2010.
Mining Engineering Presents Distinguished Lecturer
The Mining Engineering Foundation presented distinguished lecturer, Kenneth J. Nemeth to speak on “The Impact of Global Warming Initiatives on Energy Supplies, Climate and the Environment” April 23 at the Hilary J. Boone Center.
Ken Nemeth has served as the Southern States Energy Board’s secretary and executive director since February 1975. He is responsible for the direction, formulation, development, demonstration and implementation of all board programs. This includes the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, the largest of seven regional initiatives funded by the U.S. Department of Energy with over 100 members. During Nemeth’s tenure, the board has undertaken initiatives in a wide range of energy and environmental policy and technology areas. These include the creation of international partnerships and coalitions for clean energy, environmental protection and economic development. His diplomatic and political skills have facilitated joint partnerships throughout the world.
Nemeth currently serves as a member of the National Coal Council and numerous boards, organizations, task forces and partnerships representing energy and environmental strategies and technologies. His service to the region is acclaimed with honors and awards throughout the country.
Forum Discusses the Future of Coal in Kentucky
The College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky presented a Forum on Coal in Kentucky on Nov. 5. The purpose of the event was to create a balanced discussion regarding the past, present and future impacts of coal on our state’s economy and environment. It was an unprecedented event that brought representatives of environmental groups, the coal industry and researchers together in the hopes of creating a discussion on this important aspect of our state.
This forum was the kick-off event for a documentary film that is being developed on Coal’s Past, Present and Future in Kentucky. The forum and the documentary have been funded through a grant from Kentucky’s Cabinet for Energy and Environment with the purpose of educating the public of Kentucky regarding coal.
The Forum was hosted by the Department of Mining Engineering and the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments.