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Trott Brothers Make a Splash in Academics and Athletics

Schoolwork can get overwhelming for college students, and they need an outlet for fun. For brothers Terren and Skylar Trott, a combination of medical school and research opportunities led them to establish their own extracurricular activity on campus — water polo.

On The Move and Staying Put: Jennifer Hamilton

The educational rabbit-hole of entering the medical world can be a time consuming one. Often students feels that they don’t have time to squeeze in an elective of their choice — much less a semester abroad. Jennifer Hamilton however, was able to study abroad twice while earning her undergraduate degree in biology. Hamilton attributes this achievement to her College of Arts and Sciences advisor who guided her through the study abroad process, helped with scholarships, while also keeping her on track academically.

After applying and being accepted to numerous public and private medical schools, she decided to remain at the University of Kentucky and is now in her first year. Hamilton says herself that she feels “A&S and UK's Biology department more than prepared me to be a competitive applicant to public and private medical schools as well as in-state and out-of-state ones and it showed in the schools I was accepted into.”

The guiding hand of an A&S advisor paired with a biology major allowed Hamilton not only to prepare herself for medical school through the courses she took but also through lived experience, both here and abroad.

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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UK Faculty Member Wins Statewide Teaching Award

University of Kentucky Biology professor Robin Cooper recently won an award from the Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS), commending his excellence in teaching.

Standout from the Crowd: Jin-Young Kim

Jin-Young Kim is a student at the University of Kentucky's College of Dentistry but her path there was paved as an Arts and Sciences undergraduate majoring in biology. Kim's experiences visiting the dentist as a child instilled in her the desire to give other people the confidence to let their pearly whites shine. Similarly, the goal of UK and the College of Arts and Sciences is to instill in its students the confidence they need to let their best selves show.

Kim found that her biology major allowed her to meet all of the pre-dental requirements as well as secure a strong grasp on the sciences that would be crucial to her field of work. Further, as an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences, she found many student and pre-professional organizations that helped provide her with the experience necessary to help her standout from the crowd during dentistry school interviews. 

Guiding Kim through all of this—her undergraduate degree and dental school preparations—was her A&S advisor who became, overtime, not just an advisor but a friend.

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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Suburban Ecology and Invasive Species Research Experience at UK

Through a National Science Foundation program called Research Experiences for Undergraduates, 10 students from colleges across the country spent 10 weeks studying suburban ecology and invasive species at or nearby UK's Ecological Research Facility.

This video appears courtesy of Reveal: University of Kentucky Research Media research.uky.edu/reveal/index.shtml

 

 

Charting A Unique Course: Pooja Patil

For undergraduates on the path to becoming doctors, UK’s B.S./M.D. program accelerates the student’s educational path allowing them to earn a medical degree in only seven years. One dimension of this track, is a degree in biology from the College of Arts and Sciences. By combining a student's undergraduate and graduate degree into one program, the University of Kentucky is better able to serve those students who already have their collegiate goals mapped out.

One of those students is A&S Ambassador Pooja Patil. She found the accelerated program a perfect fit for her aspirations but in our interview Patil also places an emphasis on the non-medical aspect of her education. As a piano performance minor, Patil has found this musical outlet an important part of her education and the requisite practice breaks a welcome relief from all of the science. Her advice for students on a similar path as her own was also drawn from this experience. Patil suggests that while it's important to take all of the science course you can, it's also important that students take advantage of A&S's broad offerings to further their education in other areas such as music or writing.

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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Bishop to Lead Lecture in Research Ethics Lecture Series

The University of Kentucky Department of Philosophy and the UK Program for Bioethics will present the latest component in the Research Ethics Lecture Series Wednesday, Oct. 10.

A Bedrock Education

For many University of Kentucky students, the right undergraduate degree is an important stepping stone towards a life-long goal of pursuing medicine, dentistry, or law. The College of Arts and Sciences works hard to develop programs and majors that help cater to the pre-professional goals of its many students.

Biology Grant Will Focus on Fish, Possible Key to Human Retinal Regeneration

Biology Professor Ann Morris' lab contains approximately 200 individual fish tanks, but only one type of fish.

Biology Grant Will Focus on Fish, Possible Key to Human Retinal Regeneration

 

 

Biology Professor Ann Morris' lab contains approximately 200 individual fish tanks, but only one type of fish. Having recently secured a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Morris will continue investigating zebrafish and the insight they offer in regard to solutions for human retinal degeneration. The NIH grant, titled, “The role of insm1 in vertebrate photoreceptor differentiation,” will be funded over five years and focuses on zebrafish to better understand genetic pathways that control the development of the retina. "Mammals cannot regenerate photoreceptors, because the retina is part of the central nervous system, and like other neurons in the brain, when you damage them you can't replace them," Morris said. "So that means when people get genetic diseases where the neurons, particularly the photoreceptors, start to die or to degenerate, there's no way of replacing those cells, so eventually they go blind. While that's true for mammals, it's not true for fish. Fish can regenerate photoreceptors." Morris' study focuses on both the development of the retina and photoreceptor regeneration in fish, as she hopes to gain insight that could eventually be applied to the development of cell-based therapies for human retinal regeneration.

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