technological infrastructure will create an atmosphere
in which the best researchers can work with the best
equipment to produce the best research. I believe
success in the research laboratory will be reflected
in dozens of new industries for Kentucky."
Lee T. Todd Jr.,
University of Kentucky
13, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. today
announced a $13.5 million grant for statewide, interdisciplinary
research in the biochemical and environmental sciences.
The funds include $9 million from the National Science
Foundation (NSF) and $4.5 million in state funding
through the Kentucky Experimental Program to Stimulate
Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
will be shared by three Kentucky universities - UK
with $7.2 million, the University of Louisville with
$4.8 million and Murray State University with $1.5
million - "but I fully expect the entire Commonwealth
will be the primary beneficiary of this investment,"
the funds will be used to renovate facilities, purchase
leading-edge research equipment, hire faculty researchers
and support staff, and establish a statewide consortium
of Kentucky researchers. UK's three components will
focus on genomics, proteomics and environmental science.
infrastructure will create an atmosphere in which
the best researchers can work with the best equipment
to produce the best research. I believe success in
the research laboratory will be reflected in dozens
of new industries for Kentucky," Todd said.
that the investment will help "build a knowledge-based
economy for future generations."
to the renovation of facilities and the purchase of
new equipment, the funds will enable UK to add six
new faculty positions, as well as necessary support
staff, said John Connolly, NSF-EPSCoR project director
and principal investigator for the statewide program.
genomics and proteomics components, funding will enable
the development of integrated facilities including
state-of-the-art equipment for a statewide advanced
study of genes and proteins.
of life scientists programs in Kentucky are eager
to exploit the benefits of genome-enabled research,
but current facilities and expertise are inadequate,"
the direction of Brian Rymond, professor of molecular
and cellular biology in the Department of Biology,
$1.6 million will be set aside for equipment and researchers
focusing on genomics.
$1.3 million will be invested in proteomics, administered
by principal investigator Thomas Vanaman, professor
of molecular and cellular biochemistry UK College
of Medicine. Researchers in the fields of biology,
statistics, chemistry, molecular and cellular biochemistry,
anatomy and neurobiology, obstetrics and gynecology,
agronomy, animal sciences, entomology, horticulture,
pharmaceutical sciences, and molecular and cellular
pharmacology will benefit.
component, administered by Gail Brion, associate professor
of civil engineering, will establish the Environmental
Research and Training Laboratories (ERTL), a centralized,
state-of-the-art facility to be shared by environmental
scientists statewide, as well as the Kentucky Environmental
Research and Education Consortium. With funding totaling
$2.3 million, the goal is to significantly improve
the quality, scope and national competitiveness of
environmental research in the Commonwealth. Researchers
in the UK College of Engineering, departments of civil,
chemical and agricultural engineering; the College
of Arts and Sciences, departments of geological sciences
and chemistry; and the Department of Agronomy in the
College of Agriculture will be involved.
primary component, with nearly $1.4 million in EPSCoR
funds, will encourage the careers of Kentucky college
students through Undergraduate Research Fellowships
for Minorities and Under-represented Groups and through
Research Enhancement Grants for Undergraduate Institutions
award will allow UK to continue building research
infrastructure in high priority areas," said Acting
Vice President for Research Jim Boling. "We are particularly
pleased that it will have a major impact not only
at UK but statewide in the research areas of functional
genomics, cellular and molecular proteomics, nano-
and micro-electro-mechanical systems, structural biology,
and environmental sciences."