Summer 2009 Issue:

Cover Story

Can Fat Mice Teach Us How Obesity Kills?

What started as a landmark discovery in 1988—fat makes the precursor to a protein that drives up blood pressure—has led Lisa Cassis, who chairs the UK Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences, to 25 years of research on the hormone-based renin-angiotensin system. Using fat mice, Cassis is learning how obesity kills and finding mechanisms to stop it.

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Features

Taking Good Care

Based on the latest research about the brain’s ability to form new neural connections, UK’s Lumy Sawaki is helping patients regain the use of stroke-damaged hands, legs or arms. Her approach, which combines therapy with the latest technology, is central to the research program in physical medicine and rehabilitation at UK and Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.

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A Walk across Uneven Ground

UK history professor Ron Eller was a consultant for Diane Sawyer’s 20/20 program “A Hidden America: The Children of Appalachia.” He talks about that experience, stereotyping, his new book, and the consequences of “modernizing” Appalachia.

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Kentucky Speeds into the Future with Internet 2

A federal appropriation will equip UK to install a state-of-the-art network connection to Internet 2. Ten times faster than the current 1 gigabit access, this network will benefit doctors, patients, medical students, teachers, and scientists across Kentucky.

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UK Attracts 33 New Cancer-Fighters

 “Shining star” B. Mark Evers, an accomplished surgeon from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and 32 new recruits are helping to shape the future of the UK Markey Cancer Center. Evers’ goal: achieve national cancer center designation and attract more top scientists to target Kentucky’s deadliest cancers: lung and colorectal cancer.

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Burgers Make Me Happy

Three UK professors have recently conducted research on emotional intelligence—the ability to understand and manage our emotions when making decisions—and its role in consumer decision making. Their objective: to help people learn to make better decisions about what to eat and drink.

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Research update

Math and Science Partnership Scoring High Grades

An Appalachian program is helping students in 56 school districts boost their math and science IQ, and supporting teachers with the latest technology.

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