One in only 400 such centers in the world, the new Confucius Institute opened with much
celebration, thanks to the efforts of; among others, Provost Subbaswamy, Mrs. Todd, the
International Office, and the David Jones family Foundation of Louisville. The UK student
orchestra perfonned with students from Chinas Shanghai University. President Todd looks
forward to a fruitful relationship with new friends and colleagues from China.
Eguine Surgery Center Opens with Help from Small Business Development Center
Several new businesses were opened with UK assistance in 2010, and the latest of these is
Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine, a veterinary referral practice that focuses on
outpatient medicine and elective surgery. The new business found assistance from UKs Small
Business Development Center, which received much praise for their excellence in fonnulating
financial projections and a business plan. As well, the three-way collaboration between the UK
Office for Commercialization, the City of Lexington, and Commerce Lexington, known
collectively as the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership, provided client services.
Several Doctoral and Research Progpams Rise Dramatically in National Rankings
President Todd noted the recently released rankings of the National Research Council (NRC)
that showed several of UKs doctoral and research programs had risen dramatically in national
prominence. Specifically, UK houses three doctoral programs ranked in the top quarter,
compared to only one program in the top quarter in 1993, the year of the most recent NRC
survey. UK had 12 other programs in the top half in the survey results as well. In 1993, UK had
a total of only 6 programs in the top 50 percent.
UK Breaks Ground on $19.8 Million Renewable Energy Lab
In October, the Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) broke ground on what will become
the universitys first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified
laboratory. The $19.8 million renewable energy laboratory will allow CAER to greatly expand
its research capabilities devoted to Kentuckys growing renewable energy industries, including
biomass and biofuels, electrochemical power sources (such as capacitors and batteries), and
distributed solar energy technologies. The facility is funded by a competitive grant (600
proposals for 12 funded grants) CAER won last year from the U.S. Department of Commerces
National Institute of Standards. President Todd credited CAER Director Rodney Andrews and
his staff for writing this grant that will allow a major step forward in UKs research programs.
Department of Theatre Celebrates 100 Years with "Gorey Stories"
In October, the UK Department of Theatre celebrated 100 years of theatre on campus with
"Gorey Stories," an assortment of tales, songs, and limericks from the gothic writer-illustrator
Edward Gorey, which was adapted for the stage by UK alumnus Stephen Currens. The
production, first staged at UK, went on to appear on Broadway at the Booth Theatre in 1978.
UKs production of "Gorey Stories" was directed by Russell Henderson, associate professor of
acting and voice, and Ryan Shirar, musical director.
College of Medicine Celebrates 50th Anniversay through Academic Convocation
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine celebrated its 50th anniversary through an
Academic Convocation on September 23. The convocation featured speaker Lois Nora, M.D.,