Prevention, Treatment Could Curb Meth Problem
A two-year, comprehensive report commissioned by UK Presi- Sharon Turner, dean of the College of Dentistry, and Robert
dent Lee T. Todd concludes the popular perception of a “meth Walker, assistant professor in Behavioral Science, formed a group
epidemic” tends to overstate the role of methamphetamine in the of researchers, clinicians, and other experts to examine Kentucky’s
overall picture of substance abuse in Kentucky. Alcohol, marijuana emerging substance use problems. The report suggests the state
and prescription opiates are the state’s biggest and most costly could save millions of dollars in law-enforcement, health care,
drug problems. More attention to treatment and research could child welfare and prison costs by investing in research and improv-
lead to saving tax dollars. ing drug-abuse awareness, prevention and treatment.
E.ON Awards Grant Literacy Program Shows Success
To U K E nergy Center A recent report issued by the US. Department ofEducation, In-
stitute of Education Sciences stated that the Reading Eirst na-
Energy storage may very well hold a key to expanding renewable tional literacy program was not having a statistically signiHcant
energy and managing peak demand. Kentucky just proved that it impact on student reading achievement. However, the Collabora-
has one of the world’s leading research centers on the topic as the tive Center for Literacy Development (CCLD), which is housed
UK Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) was among 10 in the UK College of Education, reports that the opposite is true
international universities and institutes that won a total of 6 mil- in Kentucky.
lion euros (approximately $9.4 million) in the 2007 E.ON Inter- Research conducted by the CCLD shows that in the 72 schools
national Research Initiative competition conducted by E.ON across the Commonwealth of Kentucky that are participating in
AG’s of Dusseldorf, Germany the Reading Eirst program, reading growth has been seen across
CAER netted nearly $1.2 million to further research how to the board. In the Hrst four years ofthe Hve-year program, the per-
store energy using asymmetric carbon-based electrochemical ca- centage of students in kindergarten through third grades proh-
pacitors instead of batteries, as has been done previously. Capaci- cient in reading has increased 30.1 percent to 71.7 percent (from
tors can handle very rapid charging and discharging over hundreds 2004 to 2007). Also, in these schools, the achievement gap be-
of thousands of cycles. tween white students and other racial groups is narrowing. Eor ex-
Storing energy could make renewable energy more accessible in ample, Caucasian students have improved 14.7 percent while
areas like Kentucky, where the wind doesn’t always blow and the African-American students have improved 28.8 percent.
sun doesn’t always shine. Additionally, energy storage could help “ Rather than using one standard package of materials statewide,
energy companies manage peak demand more effectively. Kentucky’s proposal for the Reading Eirst grant is based on meet-
ing the needs of individual schools and students,” says Susan
Cgmpngd frgm news rgpgrtg Cantrell, CCLD executive director. “The Kentucky program is
about research at U K. grounded more in professional development and teacher learning
than in just implementing scripted packaged programs.
FOV TTIOYG ll'lfOYm8tlOl'l about Reading Eirst was established by the national No Child Left Be-
research taking place at UK, hind Act of2001 to help all children read at or above grade level
Vjsjt WWW_y€S€ayCh_uky_€du by the end ofthird grade. In 2009, a Hnal report will be issued.
UK Wins $10 Million NIH Superfund Grant
UK has received a grant of more than $ 10 million for a multi-pronged effort to study the relationships among environmental pollu-
tants, nutrition and disease. Eunded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the grant will support the efforts of more than 50
scientists and students representing more than 15 academic departments in the colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Engineer-
ing, Medicine and Pharmacy
UK’s program, “Nutrition and Superfund Chemical Toxicity? was one of only two proposals selected for funding from among 18
competing grants submitted nationally to the NIH ’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences under its Superfund Basic
Research Program. Superfund sites are defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as uncontrolled or abandoned places
where hazardous waste is located. There are more than 500 such sites in Kentucky, a state in which rates of such chronic diseases as
cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and hypertension are well above national averages.
The grant will support five projects that address ongoing Superfund-related issues in the Commonwealth. Three of these projects
focus specifically on biomedical issues while two nonbiomedical projects tackle chemical detection and clean-up.
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