Learning Through Research

Departmental Open Houses


Departmental Open Houses

All open houses will take place on Thursday, April 3 from 4-6pm.

Ever wanted to see what happens behinid the scenes in UK's aerospace engineering lab?  Learn how dissections of non-human primates can teach us about our own species evolution?  Learn about the ins and outs of vinyl print making?  Find out how to make a wiki for George Eliot's 19th century classic, Middlemarch
Come on over to our house!  You can do all this and more at the NCUR Open Houses on April 3 from 4-6pm.  For one night only, UK will throw open the doors to some of its most interesting research labs, studios, and facilities and UK faculty and students will be on hand to dazzle you with mind blowing demonstration, fascinating exhibitions, and scintillating discussions about the cutting edge and unique research being done at UK.  Much of this work involves the invaluable contribution of undergraduate researchers and will be a great way to find out more about undergraduate research opportunities on campus.  All participating students are encouraged to join us and to visit a number of open houses to see first-hand, the research diversity at UK.  Transportation between open house events will be provided.
View a map of Open Houses.
Location #1: Joe Craft Center
  • Tour UK’s state of the art athletic training centers and see where the wildcats live!
Location #2: Little Library
Creative writing Oulipo workshop

Oulipo is a loose gathering of (mainly) French-speaking writers and mathematicians which seeks to create works using constrained writing techniques.  Participants will have a chance to learn about and apply several of these techniques
  • The N 7 exercise
  • The false translation exercise
  • The lipogram exercise
  • Explore how English is related to many of the world’s languages (e.g. Russian, French, Hindi)
  • Learn about perceptual dialectology
  • Demonstrations of field linguistic methodologies
  • Demonstrations of grammatical modeling
  • Learn about language typology
Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures workshop (Borders: Discovering Global Culture)
Digital and poster presentations of senior thesis research by MCL majors (Arabic, Chinese, Classics, French, German, Japanese, Russian) and their mentors. Students and mentoring faculty will demonstrate and discuss their findings on topics as wide ranging as the definition of culture and identity to how language is acquired, from ancient myth in the contemporary film to literary analysis of the graphic novel
Location #3: Marksbury Building
Computer Science

  • Learn about inexpensive immersive environments (Flight simulator projected onto a 3-sided, immersive screen)
  • View demos of rapid 3D scanning and create a 3-D model of a person in just a few seconds of standing still! 
  • Explore the potential of 3D printing and view objects created using this technology
  • Learn about iris recognition and biometric authentication, even through glasses and sunglasses!
Location #4: Marksbury Building
Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • View demonstrations of environmental scanning electron microscopy and nanoscale 3D printing
  • Explore small space craft development and International Space Station payloads
  • Learn about computer development and how supercomputing can be made cheap using clusters and GPUs including demonstrations of computational photography
Location #5: College of Eng. Quadrangle Courtyard
UK Aerospace

  • Learn about NASA internships and career opportunities
  • View CubeSat satellite engineering models presented by the UK Space Systems Lab (KySat-2 flight model scheduled for launch Nov 19, 2013)
  • Learn about unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • View demos of High Temperature Shape Memory Alloys (HT-SMAs) and machining results
  • Explore spacecraft thermal protection systems simulations
Location #6: Raymond Building
Environmental Research and Training Lab

  • Tour the entire facility, learn about each of the scientific instruments (ICP, GC-MS, LC-MS, Real-Time PCR, and many others), and learn about ERTL research.
  • Analyze heavy metals in water samples from area streams by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES).
  • Examine water samples from area streams for E.coli bacterial concentrations to determine the impact of leaking sanitary sewers and storm sewer overflows.
Location #7: Chem-Phys Building, Room 394
Physics and Astronomy Lab
  • Tour the intermediate energy/nuclear physics labs and see the van de Graaf accelerator
  • Visit the MacAdam observatory
  • View magnetic resonance, Compton scattering, X-ray diffraction, and photoelectric effect demonstrations
  • Visit the condensed matter research labs
Location #8: Thomas Hunt Morgan Building

  • Learn about how live pine sawflies can tell us about speciation events
  • View zebrafish embryos at different stages of development with a stereomicroscope
  • Explore the role of larval lampreys in studies of vertebrate evolution
Location #9: Slone Building
Environmental Earth Science and Geology

  • Visit the Stable Isotope analysis laboratory and use mass spectrometry to determine stable isotope ratios for paleoclimate analysis
  • View tiny grains in lava in the petrographic microscopy labs and then Visit the Electron Microprobe Lab to view the tiny grains in the tiny grains in lava
  • Tour the Sedimentary Environmental and Radiochemical Research Laboratory
Location #10: Young Library
William T. Young Library Archives

  • View a demonstration on the use of digital publishing tools in the creation of multimedia specific to ‘Immigration in Appalachian, Kentucky’
  • Explore library movie holdings for an historically accurate perspective on Hollywood
  • Learn more about the OHMS cataloging system and Kentucky’s oral history
William T. Young Library Research Facilities
Come and see active learning spaces in action, with mediascape demos, interactive classroom polling, and research assistance methods. Multiple demonstrations using the technology in creative ways.

Location #11: Kentucky Clinic
Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)
  • Explore ongoing CCTS research and learn about research training opportunities
  • Tour out-patient and in-patient clinical facilities
  • Tour the clinical laboratory facilities
Location #12: BioPharm Complex
Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharm.D.
Location: Pharmacy building
  • Prepare a Pluronic Lecithin Organogel (PLO) for transdermal medication delivery in a fictional patient
  • Learn about the practical application of camphor and menthol ointments
  • Explore the tools and approaches used in natural product drug delivery
  • Learn about drug interaction and methods used to assess the number of receptors
Location #13: Sanders-Brown Building
Sanders-Brown Center on Aging/Alzheimer’s Disease Center

  • Learn about how tauopathies like Alzheimer’s disease occur, tour the tissue culture hood and examine GFP expressing cells
  • Examine human brains under a microscope and learn about  Alzheimers and age related changes in the brain
  • Participate in neuropsychological testing exercises
  • Learn about the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and Down Syndrome.
Location #14: MRI Whitney Hendrikson Building
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in Humans and Small Animals

  • Observe a cardiac MRI in a human
  • Observe a cardiac MRI in a mouse
  • Observe a functional brain MRI in a human
  • Learn about MRI ‘physics tricks’ (floating paperclips!) and the strength of the magnetic field
Location #15
Anatomy (Non-human primate comparative morphology labs)

Location: UK Chandler Medical Center, MN 221

  • View and touch non-human primate cadavers (gorillas, monkeys, lemurs and more)
  • Learn about how paleontologists use the bones, muscles and sensory organs of our close relatives to learn more about primate and human evolution
  • See demonstrations of computer based 3D morphometric shape analysis, muscle fiber architecture analysis, histological studies of primate sensory structures and gross anatomical dissections of our closest relatives – The primates!
Location #16: CT Wethington Building, Second and Fifth Floors, Basement
Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology

  • Learn how blood flow and renal pressure is measured in rats and how they respond to andrenergic agonists
  • Observe how electrical activity of the heart is recorded in anesthetized experimental animals.
  • Explore how learning and memory is evaluated in rats using a Morris water maze
Location #17: Biomedical/Biological Research Sciences Building (BBSRB), Second Floor
Nutritional Science
  • Learn about obesity and obesity related research at UK
  • Measure blood pressure, body composition and metabolic parameters in mice
  • Learn how the impacts of exercise on health and disease is studied in mice
Location #18: Fine Arts Building
  • Watch a rehearsal of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in the Guignol Theater, Room 127.
  • Join Professor Suse Thiel for a dance rehearsal in the University of Kentucky Dance Studio.
  • Enjoy the sounds of the University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Miles Osland in Room 22.
  • Enjoy a catered reception and celebrate the artwork of NCUR presenters at the Student Art Exhibition, TUSKA Center for Contemporary Art, Room 107.