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3 > Image 3 of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, 2010-12-07

Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

-3- 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.,