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SPUR and the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars at UK

If you are an undergraduate doing a research project at the University of Kentucky, you can register for the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars online at uky.edu/UGResearch/showcase.html by April 6, 2012.

The Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) hosts the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars each spring. On April 25 from 4-7 p.m., the showcase will feature poster, oral and table presentations at the UK Student Center.

Guest speaker Sam Nicaise graduated from UK in 2010 and is currently doing nanotech research at MIT. As an undergrad, Sam led the UK solar car team. Come hear how his undergrad research experience prepared him for graduate work.

For more information, visit SPUR's homepage: uky.edu/UGResearch/SPUR.html

Produced by Alicia P. Gregory (Research Communications), videography/direction by Chad Rumford (Research Communications)

This video appears courtesy of Reveal: University of Kentucky Research Media research.uky.edu/reveal/index.shtml

Randal Voss: Salamander Research at UK

At any given time, hundreds of salamanders are being bred at the University of Kentucky. "We have the only captive-bred salamander population in the world where people can call us up, and we can do the breedings, make those resources and ship them out nationally and internationally," says Randal Voss, a professor of biology and faculty associate of the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC).

With funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Army Research Office, Voss is studying salamander regeneration—something that may one day help people with spinal cord and limb injuries. He is involved in sequencing the salamander genome, and says he has been able to identify genes that explain variation in the rate of regeneration. "But most of the traits that we care about are very complicated in their nature. How long we live, how much we weigh, or the time at which we metamorphose, or regenerate, is probably determined by hundreds to thousands of genes."

In this complex research, Voss says UK offers him a number of advantages over other universities. Close proximity to the medical researchers with whom he collaborates through SCoBIRC, as well as his colleagues in Biology, is one advantage. Another is shared scientific equipment, like the laster capture microscope he's using to select single chromosomes. "One of the great things about UK is we've got a number of these common core facilities, and the instrumentation is there, the expertise is there to help you."

Produced by Alicia P. Gregory (Research Communications), videography/direction by Chad Rumford (Research Communications)

This video appears courtesy of Reveal: University of Kentucky Research Media research.uky.edu/reveal/index.shtml

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Hive member Cheyenne Hohman. Photos By: Dana Rogers

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