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 blue digit    17th Annual KY EPSCoR Conference

Aiming Science for Impact
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, KY

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Conference Overview

KY EPSCoR's mission is to build research infrastructure in Kentucky's postsecondary institutions to advance science and engineering discovery and innovation.  This infrastructure enables Kentucky's colleges and universities to compete more effectively for federal academic research funds.  Each year, a conference is hosted to highlight ongoing scientific research funded through the program and to present topics of interest to Kentucky's research community. 

This year's conference will offer an opening talk by NSF’s Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives in the Director’s Office, Dr. Dedric Carter. Presentations will cover the latest research in energy storage, nutrigenomics, and nano materials. A director from  NUCLEUS, the University of Louisville’s Innovation Center will highlight their Kauffman FastTrac® TechVenture™ entrepreneurship training program and other services they provide to drive innovation.  A lunch talk will be given  by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on BEAM, the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement and Kris Kimel will give an overview of the fourteen action areas in the recently released 2012 KY Science and Innovation Strategy.  In the  afternoon, a session will be held on the demand, challenge, and significance of translating recycled materials into economic development - particularly for KY's vital aluminum industry.  Research posters will be on display, students will present, and updates on funding and collaborative opportunities within the KY EPSCoR agency programs will be given.

A poster session will be held showcasing ongoing research. Individuals who have received funding from KY EPSCoR, NASA KY, or one of the sister federal programs (NIH-IDeA, or USDA-AFRI) are encouraged to submit an abstract of their work for poster presentation. Five abstracts will be selected from the submissions for authors to give brief oral presentations in addition to poster presentations. Your research is important and this is a great opportunity to communicate it, as well as learn from others.  Click on the tabs above for more details. 

Who Should attend ? Registration for the conference is open to the public. Individuals actively conducting or interested in scientific research are encouraged to attend.  Academic, government, and private sector administrators will benefit from the information presented on the programs' reach and opportunities. 

Registration Fees:   (Individuals who registered by May 6th will receive a Free copy of "Physics of the Future" by Michio Kaku)

●  Regular:                 $55    (After May 6th - $75)
●  Student/Post-Doc:  $27    (After May 6th - $37)


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