More Than 5,000 Sign Up for UKs Free Online Chemistry Prep Course

The "Advanced Chemistry" course, beginning Jan. 27, will be the university's first to use Coursera, a leading platform for MOOCs (massive open online courses). The non-credit course is designed to prepare incoming and current students for college-level chemistry classes, and to provide supplemental material for students already enrolled in chemistry classes for credit.

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Meet Heather Pigram!

Heather PigramI was born in Louisville second oldest of four.  During high school I thought music was going to be my life until college.  I attended UofL but soon transferred to UK where I found what I enjoyed.  I received a Bachelor’s Degree of Hospitality and Management Tourism.  Working as a front desk for Holiday Inn Express in Nicholasville wasn’t my ideal job.  Friends encouraged me to apply at UK.  A week later I got a phone call asking me to come in the next day to start work.  I began working with the A&S IBU for Chemistry, Physics, and Anthropology through STEPS. I worked for about two months as a STEPS employee before I became a permanent full-time employee in January.

1. What do you do in your spare time? 

During my spare time I enjoy reading ScFi, mystery, and adventure, shopping, watching NFL, going out with friends and playing my clarinet.

2. What is your favorite movie or book?

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Greenhouse: UK’s new environment and sustainability residential college

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Ever since I was a little girl, one of the things I have loved most is wading through streams. I love feeling the coolness of the water on my legs. I love watching the water as it flows around bends and over rocks. I love turning over those very same rocks to find out what lives underneath. I have been lucky enough to play and work in streams in Kentucky, the U.S., and the world.

With each stream I visit, I think of a quote by the fluvial geomorphologist Luna Leopold: “The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land.” Some streams I have visited were healthy and functioning well, while others were not.  Because of my love of streams and the environment, I decided to spend my career working on ways to improve the health and functioning of streams.  Luckily for me, while working at the University of Kentucky, I have been able to combine my love of streams and the environment with my love of teaching.

50 Years of the War on Poverty: Young Volunteers in Appalachia



Hosted by the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center University of Kentucky Centrer Theatre December 4th, 2013

This panel of historians and representatives of federal volunteer programs discuss 50 years of US War on Poverty investments in social change in Appalachia through youth service programs, from the Appalachian Volunteers in the 1069s to current Teach for America and VISTA volunteers.



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Meet Kara Covert!

Kara and her son, Evan


Kara Covert is the Assistant Dean for Advancement for A&S.  Before arriving at UK in October, she worked as the Associate VP for Advancement at Transylvania University.  Prior to that, Kara served Eastern Kentucky University as Associate VP for Development, and Washington University in St. Louis working in both Alumni Relations and Development.  Kara’s undergraduate degree is from Transylvania and she holds a Masters degree from Vanderbilt University.  Despite growing up in Louisville, Kara credits her late grandmother for instilling a love of blue early in life.  Kara lives in Lexington with her husband Michael, who is the Associate Dean of Students at Transy, and their nine-year-old son, Evan.



1. What do you do in your spare time? 

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Focus on the 20% that matters most!

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” -William James.

How many different ways, formats, styles, and schemas have you devised as the secret to your time management? Whether you draw up to-do list, set schedules or fill your desk with post-its, chances are you work to discover how to get ahead and make the most of the time you have.

Turns out there is a mathematical law called the Pareto Principle (also known as the 80/20 rule), which says that for many phenomena, 80% of the consequences stem from 20% of the causes. In most cases, we obtain 80% of our results from 20% of our actual effort. Think about it, isn’t this true?

CESL Ecuador Scholars Ceremony 2014







Discovery of New and Old Thermoelectrics using First Principles Methods



Dr. David Singh Oak Ridge National Labs

There is increasing interest in thermoelectric materials motivated in part by recent progress and in part by the potential of these materials in various energy technologies. Thermoelectric performance is a multiply contra-indicated property of matter. For example, it requires (1) high thermopower and high electrical conductivity, (2) high electrical conductivity and low thermal conductivity and (3) low thermal conductivity and high melting point. The keys to progress are finding an optimal balance and finding ways of using complex electronic and phononic structures to avoid the counter-indications mentioned above. In this talk, I discuss some of the issues involved in the context of recent results. One key aspect is optimization of the doping level in a given thermoelectric material. While this has long been understood in terms of standard semiconductor parabolic band models, we find surprisingly different results for many thermoelectric materials when the actual first principles band structures are used. This has led to prediction of a number of useful thermoelectrics, some that are new, and surprisingly some that are old. This work was done in collaboration with David Parker, Xin Chen, Olivier Delaire and Mao-Hua Du and was supported by the Department of Energy through the S3TEC Energy Frontier Research Center.



Megan's "see blue." Story: Unique Undergraduate Research at UK

Megan Riley, who's from Centerville, Ohio, says UK offers so many opportunities to love. In this video she shares her undergraduate research experience.

The Astrophysics of Black Hole Spin



Dr. Reynolds University of Maryland In addition to providing vital clues as to the formation and evolution of black holes, the spin of black holes may be an important energy source in the Universe. Over the past couple of years, tremendous progress has been made in the realm of observational measurements of spin. I will describe these efforts with particular focus on the use of X-ray spectroscopy to probe the spin of supermassive black holes in active galactic nuclei (AGN). For the first time, we are obtaining hints about the distribution of spins across the population of supermassive black holes with some interesting and unexpected consequences. After discussing spin, I will also address questions related to the driving of relativistic jets from AGN and the jet-disk connection. I shall conclude by discussing future prospects enabled by Astro-H (to be launched in 2015) and LOFT/ATHENA+ (currently under consideration by ESA).




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