D. President’s Report (PR 1)
President Todd called attention to the following items in PR 1:
UK Confers Nearly 7 000 Degrees at 143rd Commencement
Nearly, 7,000 candidates for undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees were honored at the
University of Kentucky’s 143rd Commencement in Rupp Arena on May 8, 2010. David C. Novak,
Chainnan, CEO, and President of Yum! Brands Inc., was the Commencement speaker.
President Todd announced that UK will have its first December graduation ceremony this year.
New UK Institute Will Train Next Generation of Power and Energy Engineers
The UK College of Engineering has received nearly $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of
Energy to establish a new institute to train the next generation of power engineers. This fits into the
strategy that energy has got to be one of the real components ofthe Top 20 push going forward.
Energy is an important area for the state. Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor L. E.
Holloway is to be congratulated on receiving this amount of money for the university.
Toyota USA Foundation Gives $500,000 to Program to Improve Math Science Teaching
Toyota USA Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to a UK program designed to help K-12
teachers develop more effective methods of teaching math and science in 13 central and northern
Kentucky urban school districts. John Yopp and Mary John O’Hair receive a lot of credit for the
university getting this gift. This is the largest gift that Toyota’s Foundation awards.
National Science Foundation Chooses Five UK Students for Graduate Research Grants
Five UK students will receive $100,000 govemment-funded National Science Foundation (NSF)
Graduate Research Fellowships to support research-based master’s or doctoral degrees.
Coalition Report Regales Three UK Spinoff Finns for Using Grants for Economy Gains
UK spinoff companies Allylix Inc., Mersive Technologies, and AllTranz Inc. are featured in a report
released by The Science Coalition. The report suggests that one of the best ways the United States
can foster long-tenn economic growth is through investment in the basic research that leads to
innovation and job creation. These three companies have been in fonnation at UK. They come out
ofthe College of Agriculture, College of Engineering, and College of Phannacy.
Three UK Students are Recognized by Prestigious Two-year Goldwater Scholarships
Three UK students were recognized by the Bany M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in
Education Program. One was named a Goldwater Scholar, and two other students received honorable
Student is Named 2010 Beckman Scholar Gets $19,300 to Support Research
Agriculture biotechnology junior Philip Houtz has been named the 2010 Beckman Scholar at UK and
will be given $19,300 over 14 months to support his own scientific research project. Professor Bruce
Webb, Department of Entomology, has been the mentor for Mr. Houtz.