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"Seeking the Good Life in America: Lessons from the Appalachian Past" with Ron Eller

In April of 2012, Ron Eller delivered the annual Distinguished Professor Lecture. Eller is a professor in the Department of History and has spent more than 40 years teaching and writing about the Appalachian region. His lecture was entitled “Seeking the Good Life in America: Lessons from the Appalachian Past,” and is available in this podcast in its entirety. Opening remarks were given by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Mark Kornbluh

Eller served as the director for the UK Appalachian Center for 16 years. Eller has also served as chairman of the Governor’s Kentucky Appalachian Task Force, the first chairman of the Kentucky Appalachian Commission and as a member of the Sustainable Communities Task Force of President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development.

This podcast was recorded by Stephanie Lang and produced by Cheyenne Hohman

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Appalachian Food Preservation: Lisa Conley

Spring is on its way! Gardens will be growing, and fruits and vegetables will be ready to eat - or preserve, pickle, freeze or dry! Lisa Conley is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology, and has been working on a documentary film about home food preservation methods in Appalachia since 2009.

In this podcast, Conley discusses her research for the film, as well as an upcoming event. On April 5th, 2012, Conley will be presenting at the Appalachian Forum on Home Food Preservation in Eastern Kentucky, which will include a panel discussion, an excerpt from Conley’s film, and a question and answer session about food safety. The forum is from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Room 206 of the UK Student Center.

The forum is sponsored by the Appalachian Center and the Appalachian Studies program and is free and open to the public.

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman.

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The 2012 Van Winter Memorial Lecture: Paul Steinhardt and Quasicrystals

Each year, the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy jointly organize the Van Winter Memorial Lecture, which brings in distinguished speakers to give lectures on matters of common interest to mathematicians and physicists.

This year's speaker is Paul Steinhardt, professor of physics and astrophysics at Princeton University, and director of the Princeton Center for Theoretical Sciences. In this podcast, we spoke to Sumit Das, who will be hosting the lecture, about some of professor Steinhardt's research.

Professor Steinhardt's lecture will be titled, "Once Upon a Time in Kamchatka: the Extraordinary Search for Natural Quasicrystals." The presentation will be on Friday, March 23, from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm, in room 139 of the Chemistry-Physics building.

In short, a quasicrystal is a type of structure that shows rotational symmetry, but is not periodic -- it doesn't have a pattern that repeats over a distance. Quasicrystals can be composed of sets of a few shapes that are arranged to fill up a space, and although they may have radial patterns, these do not repeat around the crystal in any noticeable order. Usually, it has been thought that crystals can only have two-, four-, or six-sided radial patterns, but quasicrystals can have five-sided rotational symmetry as well, such as in these structures:

A Penrose tiling of thick and thin rhombi.An atomic model of fivefold icosahedral-Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal surface.A Penrose tiling using thick and thin rhombi.

 

 

 

 

 

This podcast was produced by Stephen Gordinier.

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The 18th Annual Black Women's Conference: Melynda Price

Melynda Price is a professor in the College of Law, and is the organizer for the 2012 Annual Black Women's Conference, which is in its 18th year. It will take place from March 22nd until the 24th, at various locations on UK's campus and the Lyric Theatre. The African American and Africana Studies program is sponsoring the conference, which is titled "Learning the Ropes: Black Girlhood, Identity, and the Power of Play." It will be free and is open to the public.

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman

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The Bottom Line: Ikenna Uzuebugnam

Each week during the 2010 fall semester, the College of Arts and Sciences is showing the new documentary by Connie Field, "Have You Heard from Johannesburg?"  This is part of the year long Kentucky and South Africa Initiative: "Different Lands, Common Ground". Each week's film installment is accompanied by a guest speaker. This week's speaker was Ikenna Uzuebugnam, a new professor in the Gatton College for Business and Economics. His research focuses on social entrepreneurship.

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Hell of a Job: Marybeth Gasman

Each week during the 2010 fall semester, the College of Arts and Sciences is showing the new documentary by Connie Field, "Have You Heard from Johannesburg?"  This is part of the year long Kentucky and South Africa Initiative: "Different Lands, Common Ground." Each week's film installment is accompanied by a guest speaker. This week's speaker was Marybeth Gasman, a prominent speaker from the University of Pennsylvania who studies historically black colleges and universities in America and Africa.

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Free at Last: Connie Field

Connie Field is the director of "Have You Heard From Johannesburg?" In this podcast, Field discusses the years of work that she put into making the seven-part documentary. The film is a focal point of the Kentucky and South Africa Initiative: "Different Lands, Common Ground."

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Food, the Future, and Forgiveness: Ahmed Kathrada

Ahmed Kathrada, anti-apartheid activist and cell-mate of Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, speaks at the opening of an exhibition in Lafferty Hall about life in South Africa under apartheid. 

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