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11 > Image 11 of Kentucky Alumni, vol. 81, no. 3, Fall 2010

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C C C C Self-Motivation Aids Weight-Loss Success New research from the UK College of Agriculture may help motivation starts to wane, which was after four weeks. The results many Americans who have trouble losing weight and maintaining from this study, directed by Kelly Webber, an assistant professor that loss reach a healthy weight. The study measured motivation with the College of Agriculture, led to a second study where she levels of 66 overweight or obese female participants during a 16- experimented with using motivational strategies to help people week study focused on the role motivation plays in peoples ability lose weight. The Hndings indicated that those who were self-moti- to lose weight. vated to begin with did not beneht much from the extra The study found participants who were self-motivated were motivational strategies. more likely to lose weight than those who were motivated to par- Results from the studies were published this year in the ]ournal ticipate by someone else. In addition, the research pinpointed the {Nutrition Education antlBeloaoior and the International ]ournal exact time in the weight-loss study when participants) positive {Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Ford To Use UK Research UK'Smart Skin Patch' On Emissions Helping Nicotine Addiction Eord Motor Company and researchers at UK are collaborating on A UK research teams innovative smart skin patch to treat new, more efficient ways to cleanse vehicle emissions. Their work has nicotine addiction is catching the attention of scientists around yielded a catalytic converter system that combines two existing ap- the country. The team, which includes Bruce Hinds and William proaches to eliminate nitrogen oxide emissions and help lower emis- Bryan ofthe UK College of Engineering and Audra Stinchomb of sions of carbon dioxide. It is one ofthe most signihcant advances in the UK College of Pharmacy, has conducted extensive studies emission control technology since the catalytic converter was intro- with carbon nanotube membranes and nano-scale device fabrica- duced in the 1970s. tion. Vince Easterling, a UK chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate, and Scientists and researchers believe UKs novel technology has the Mark Crocker, faculty at the UK Center for Applied Energy Re- potential to revolutionize transdermal drug delivery. The technol- search, along with members ofthe Eord Research and Innovation ogy utilizes a programmable transdermal patch to deliver a cus- Center, are building on a system already in limited use in some cars in tomized therapy to each patient based on their individualized Europe and ]apan. They also are in direct competition with other US. needs. This will dramatically reduce treatment costs and increase vehicle manufacturers engaged in similar research. accessibility for patients. IIinds, along with UK Plant and Soil Sciences Assistant Profes- sor David McNear ]r., was recently honored by President Obama H el PI n g h a n rl b u S I n ess with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engi- Kentucky Air National Guard Lt. Col. Carney]ackson and 64 Uccfs (PECASE) other team members have been working toward their mission of promotingagribusinees in Afghanistan by providing resources and U K Resea rch Featu red In education in the provinces of Kapisa, Bamyan, Parwan and Pan- _ eee. Human Molecular Genetics ]ackson, a veterinarian for the UK Livestock Disease and Diag- _ _ _ nostic Ceetet, was deployed ee Afghanistan last year where ee eed Kttttttthttt at tht UK Ctmtgt tt Mtdttmt hart dttttwtttd tt his team used their research at UK to teach better techniques for new eless eh RNAs eehed Preeessee smeh hueleehu RNAs er _ planting and harvesting, battling plant disease and improving irri- PsneRNAs These eegnneery nnelele selds eenenn eener genes In gation. The team is also developing training materials for pasture ene nedy One PSHOKNA In Psnnennn seems ee eenenn ene gene management, animal health, parasitology and necropsy (animal that regulates hnngen autopsy) techniques ee train local Afghan vetemeaeiaes, paravets Ut ttttttb ltd by Sttttttt Stttttttt UK Ptftttt tttt1tt1t eed animal veteeieaey care workers. The goal is for eee Afghan and ttuttlttt btthttttttttY Pttwtdtt tt ttmdtl that txplatttt Why Pt people to adopt the new or improved strategies and be able to sus- ple whe hieh this PsheRNA may have the here genetic disorder mm the Projects themselves, Prader-Willi syndrome. Those who suffer from the syndrome ex- perience constant hunger and are prone to developing type 2 dia- Compiled from news reports betes abeut research at UK' The research was featured on the cover ofthe scientihc journal For more information abnut Huinan Molecular Genetics. research ta king place at UK, visit www.uka| 9 ((