Conference to Address STEM Opportunities for Girls

The Kentucky Girls STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Collaborative, in partnership with the STEM-H Institute at Eastern Kentucky University, will hold its fifth annual conference "Reaching for the Stars!" Friday, June 7, at the Eastern Kentucky University campus.

What's New in Science - Computing molecular properties

What's New in Science Anne-Frances Miller

Part 4 of 4: The modeling software gives us a look at CO2, polarity and means of understanding real-world properties such as ability to solvate salts or trap heat. We learn there is important interplay between real measurements in the lab and the software calculations. Measurements let us test the validity of calculations on known materials, suggesting how well the calculations can do in predicting new, but similar, molecules. This technique allows us to identify the most promising new molecular designs for actual creation in the lab.

What's New in Science - Computing a Small Molecule: Water

What's New in Science Anne-Frances Miller

Part 3 of 4: Understanding molecules requires more sophisticated models. Modeling software is introduced, which we use to build a model of water, and simulate its vibrations and stretching.

What's New in Science - Quantization

What's New in Science Anne-Frances Miller

Part 2 of 4: A quick tour through the development of Bohr’s model of the atom concludes with calculation of the allowable (quantized) energies of an electron orbiting in a Hydrogen atom. Electron states, and transitions between states are presented, as are their related spectra.

What's New in Science - From Electrons to Materials: How Small is Small?

What's New in Science Anne-France Miller

Part 1 of 4: We discuss the scale of atoms and their constituents, and explore some things that we know about interactions and forces within the atom.

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

Introduction to a Stunning Discovery

This segment outlines the presentation and introduces the large hadron collider (LHC), the massive ATLAS and CMS experiments, and the economic scale and human scale of the experiments. It ends with speculations on the Nobel Prize for the Higgs particle prediction and Higgs particle discovery.

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

The Higgs Field and its Role in Creating Mass

We meet the Higgs field, and also consider aspects of empty space and the universe. Two demonstrations are used to model how the Higgs field gives mass to particles: sugar and ping-pong balls; and a prism and light beams.

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

The Experiment and Data; and What’s Next?

How do ATLAS and CMS actually "see" individual Higgs particles? Here’s an opportunity for you to join the search for Higgs particles and other things at There are still lots of unanswered questions and puzzles about the Higgs particle, and crazy ideas abound about so-called dark matter and dark energy that fill the universe.

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

Biology Professor Published in Science Journal Addresses Key Evolutionary Question

Biology Professor Catherine Linnen recently helped paint a clearer picture of a big evolutionary question, using very small subjects.


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