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Bluegrass Mud Run to Benefit WUKY and UK Army ROTC; Registration Discount for UK Students, Employees

by Gail Bennett

 WUKY, the University of Kentucky's NPR station, is partnering with UK Army ROTC to present the Jack Kain Ford Bluegrass Mud Run.  This fun and exciting event will take place on the campus of the University of Kentucky Sept. 21, 2013.  This will be a 5K run starting at Commonwealth Stadium and proceeding through obstacles designed by UK Army ROTC.  These obstacles will be challenging yet fun and definitely get participants MUDDY! 

Modern Genesis: The Amazing Story of our Cosmic Origins

Worsham Theater on the UK Campus Map

Presented by the Department of Physics & Astronomy, professor Sandra Faber of the University of California will speak on "Modern Gensis: The Amazing Story of our Cosmic Origins". Less than one hundred years ago, astronomers did not know about galaxies or that the Milky Way is a galaxy in a vast, frothy sea of galaxies. Today, astronomers have made remarkable progress in understanding how galaxies form in our expanding universe and the crucial role that they play in how the elements we are made of were built, and even how our planets and our solar system came to be.  This lecture will distill a century of dramatic cosmic discoveries to present a comprehensive yet digestible account of why we are here and where we are going...cosmically speaking.

Sandra Faber is a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Interim Director of the UCO/Lick Observatory.  She is an observational astronomer with primary research interests in cosmology and galaxy formation. Some of her major discoveries include the first structural scaling law for galaxies (called the Faber-Jackson relation), the discovery of large-scale flow perturbations in the expansion of the universe, and the ubiquity of massive black holes at the centers of galaxies.  In 1984, she and three colleagues presented the first detailed treatment of galaxy formation based on “cold dark matter,” which has since become the standard paradigm for galaxy formation in the universe.  Faber was one of three astronomers who diagnosed the optical flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope, and she played a major role in its repair.  From 1994-2005 she was Principal Investigator of the DEIMOS spectrograph, a large optical multi-object spectrograph for the Keck telescope that is the most powerful instrument of its kind in the world.  She and colleagues used DEIMOS to conduct the DEEP redshift survey of the distant universe, which collected spectra of 50,000 distant galaxies and exploited the immense power of Keck to see and study galaxy formation 10 billion years back in time.  She now leads the CANDELS project, the largest project in the history of the Hubble Space Telescope, to extend our view of galaxy formation back nearly to the Big Bang.  In 2009, she was awarded the Bower Award for Achievement in Science from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, and in 2012 she received the Bruce Medal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and the Russell Prize of the American Astronomical Society, both for lifetime scientific achievement. Most recently, she received the National Medal of Science from President Obama in February 2013.

 

Date: 
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Worsham Theater, UK Student Center

Poetry to Heal PTSD: Travis Martin

We often hear about veterans that can't shake traumatic experiences and memories of war, but what about those who find ways to cope? Travis Martin, a PhD candidate in English, is doing research to document the ways in which veterans use the arts to process and move past trauma. He is the President of Military Experience and the Arts, a project that connects veterans with resources and outlets for their artwork, poetry, fiction, and scholarship, as well as the Veterans' PTSD Project, which seeks to dispel stereotypes about post-traumatic stress disorder by giving veterans a voice.

In this podcast, he reads and discusses three of his poems, “A Little Boy With Bananas,” “The Writing on the Wall,” and “Rifling About,” all of which reflect on his combat experiences in Iraq and life after returning home. The first two were featured in the New York Times, and the third can be downloaded here

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman.

 

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

UK Celebrates National Bike to Work Week May 13-17

May is National Bike Month, and University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is encouraging UK employees to take advantage of the many great activities going on with Bike Lexington. A great time to get involved is during National Bike to Work Week May 13-17.

Annual UK Shoe Drive Goes Through Friday, May 10

The third annual University of Kentucky Track and Field Shoe Drive continues through Friday, May 10. Founded by former Wildcat track competitor Josh Nadzam and current standout Luis Orta, the first two years (2011, 2012) of the drive have resulted in 5,000 pairs of shoes being collected in Lexington for people in developing countries.

President's Blog "146th Commencement"

President Eli Capilouto's blog celebrates the work of UK's student scholars and their experiences while on campus.

Matthew Mitchell - Wired Coffee Chat

 

Coaches in UK Athletics aren’t only committed to their team’s success.

This was on display recently when women’s basketball head coach, Matthew Mitchell, shared some of his life lessons and wisdom with A&S Wired students during a weekly Coffee Chat.

Coach Mitchell discussed his life as a high school history teacher prior to his collegiate coaching career. He began as the leader of a classroom and soon became the leader of a winning, Division 1 basketball team.

He stressed the importance of having character, and he challenged students to develop character that pushes their efforts, and will move them to focus on their passions rather than financial success. He also stressed honesty, hard work, discipline, and principle as winning tools that he uses on and off the court.

Located in Keeneland Hall, A&S Wired provides students with a dynamic skill set that will instill social responsibility and prepare them to excel in scholarship, research and service. For more information on A&S Wired, visit wired.as.uky.edu.

>>Photo album of the event 

How the Bluegrass Took the Epsom

In "Never Say Die: A Kentucky Colt, the Epsom Derby, and the Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry", James C. Nicholson, part-time instructor in the University of Kentucky Department of History, examines the career of the first Kentucky-born racehorse to win England’s Epsom Derby in 1954.

Take Back the Night to End Violence

For more than 30 years, Take Back the Night has united campus and community members to recognize their collective power to end violence. This year’s event includes a march and rally featuring special speakers, live music, a candlelight vigil, a speak-out, tabling, free stuff and more.

Mass and Fields

We examine the concept of mass from the different perspectives of Newton and Einstein. Fields are introduced, starting with the familiar gravitational and magnetic fields. Our modern understandings of the mass of an atom and the masses of the proton and the neutron are not as simple as one might expect.

What's New in Science - Tim Gorringe Spring 2013 Series, University of Kentucky

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