appointments to the Board of Directors. On behalf of the Nominating Committee, he moved approval of NCR 1. Mr. Branscum seconded the motion, and it passed without dissent. (See FCR 1 at the end of the Minutes.)
H. Appointment of Trustee to The University of Kentucky Research Foundation Inc. Board of Directors (NCR 2)
Mr. Shoop said that NCR 2 recommends that the Board approve the appointment of Penny Brown as a trustee member to the University of Kentucky Research Foundation Board of Directors for a three-year term ending December 31, 2011. The Nominating Committee of the Board is to submit nominations of Trustee representatives to the Board for approval, and the bylaws of the foundation require that the Board of Trustees approve appointments to the Board of Directors. On behalf of the Nominating Committee, he moved approval of NCR 2. Ms. Haney seconded the motion, and it passed without consent. (See NCR 2 at the end of the Minutes.)
I. President's Report to the Trustees (PR 1)
President Todd began his report by introducing Dr. Judy "JJ" Jackson. This is Dr. Jackson's first Board meeting as vice president of institutional diversity at the University of Kentucky. He and others are glad to have her at the university, and they look forward to her contributions.
Rodney Andrews made a presentation at the Board retreat and told about the Center for Applied Energy Research receiving a $1.2 million grant in an international research competition conducted by utility giant E.ON. There were 50 international universities and institutes from 11 countries that submitted proposals, and the University of Kentucky was the only U.S. institution to win an award. This grant is to develop some capacitors to store wind and solar energy. While it gets UK into an arena where there is a lot of wind and solar work going on in Kentucky, it is something that will have international impact.
A group of UK's College of Engineering students built a car and got it certified through a process for a solar car race, which was very difficult to do. The ultimate winner of that race was the University of Michigan. The University of Michigan students raised about $3 million to build their car. The UK students had probably less than $100,000 to build their car. The race began in Dallas, Texas, and the finish line was in Calgary, Alberta, which was 2,400 miles in a car with solar energy. It was a great project for the students, and they came in 11 out of 15. Making the race was a big opportunity for the students, and they will continue to improve on that position.
According to a new study published by Ellen Hahn, professor at the College of Nursing, and several colleagues, asthma visits to the emergency room have decreased since the enactment of the smoke-free legislation. The study was to