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Summer 2006 Odyssey cover: painting by Victoria FlaniganWinter 2007

Cover Story

Green Energy
The University of Kentucky is taking “green energy” literally. By playing up Kentucky’s agricultural strengths, UK researchers are creating a more stable form of bio-oil, designing new catalysts to produce premium biodiesel, targeting a new way to make ethanol with cornfield leftovers, packaging fine coal and sawdust together in a potent briquette, and looking for cheap ways to capture solar energy with devices spray painted onto rocks or tents. [pdf] [html]

Features

Research Trifecta!
An all-star team of cancer researchers at UK has conducted three landmark trials in the past 20 years, studies that have resulted in a new “standard of care” for patients with metastatic cancer. [pdf] [html]

Mosquito Birth Control
Entomology professor Stephen Dobson is working to prevent human filariasis, a globally important disease spread by mosquitos. Currently, 1.2 billion people are at risk of contracting this potentially deadly disease. [pdf] [html]

2007 University Research Professors
Daret St. Clair: A Heart for Cancer Research
Michael Bardo: Neuromechanisms of Novelty
Jonathan Phillips: Seeking Chaos in the Dirt
Alan Daugherty: Genetically Modifying Serendipity [pdf] [html]

Research Outreach

Fighting Back: The Marty Driesler Cancer Project

A first-of-its-kind health-care initiative to fight deadly cancers in Eastern Kentucky is focusing on early detection to cut the rates of lung and esophageal cancers. It’s a UK partnership with regional and local physicians and hospitals initiated by 5th District Congressman Hal Rogers. [pdf] [html]

In Brief

Meditate on This New Finding: Meditation is More Effective than a Power Nap

Subbaswamy is New UK Provost

Minimum Wage Study Turns Up Surprising Results

UK Researcher Pinpoints Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission

UK Gets $1.8 Million for Math Outreach

UK Climbs in National Research Rankings, Hits Record $290 Million in Funding

Good Dental News for Expectant Mothers

UK Research Now Featured on the ResearchChannel

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