Environment

Understanding and Predicting the Dynamic Behavior of Mine Tailings Dam Materials

Sponsor name: 
National Science Foundation
UK Department: 
Civil Engineering
Duration: 
10/01/2005 - 09/30/2010

Tailings dams are constructed to contain waste materials produced as a result of mining activities. Approximately one-third of the 1,555 tailings structures in the United States are high-hazard potential, where failure would result in loss of human life. Over the past 40 years, approximately 15 tailings dams have failed worldwide as a result of liquefaction of fine refuse due to earthquake shaking.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Michael Kalinski, mekali2@uky.edu

Promoting Life Skills in Middle School Youth

Sponsor name: 
Cooperative State Research Education and Extension
UK Department: 
Nutrition and Food Science
Duration: 
05/15/2007 - 05/14/2011

The purpose of Kentucky's Sustainable Community Project is to provide educational life skills programs for middle school youth. The primary goal of the project is for middle school youth of the target counties to exhibit an increase in the number oflife skills and developmental assets they possess, assuring increased health, happiness, and contribution to their communities. Short term objectives include increased awareness and understanding of critical life skills; increased community collaborations; and opportunities for youth to engage in program planning and evaluation processes.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Janet Kurzynske, jkurzyns@email.uky.edu

Coal Mining Impacts on Soil Carbon Storage and Impacts in Appalachian Headwater Streams: A Research Experience for Undergraduates

Sponsor name: 
National Science Foundation
UK Department: 
Civil Engineering
Duration: 
08/15/2008 - 07/31/2011

Through an integrated program of classroom, field, and laboratory experiences, REU participants will study biogeochemical cycles and their influence on ecosystem dynamics over time by examining carbon cycling and storage in soils and sediments in headwater watersheds.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
James Fox, jffox2@uky.edu

Transforming Kentucky's New Economy with EPSCoR

Sponsor name: 
National Science Foundation
UK Department: 
Computational Sciences
Duration: 
09/01/2008 - 08/31/2013

This project will continue the strategy of investing in infrastructure to develop Kentucky's New Economy. It will involve investments in bio-, nano- and cyber-technologies, judged to be critical to the future of Kentucky's prosperity. In these areas, it will focus on the design and synthesis of advanced materials, research on ecological genomics and building expertise in the cyberinfrastructure of the state. It will develop new facilities and establish new faculty and staff positions in these areas.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
John Connolly, connolly@uky.edu

Family Consumer Science Program Assistant for Environmental Education

Sponsor name: 
Steele Reese Foundation
UK Department: 
Area Extension Field Programs
Duration: 
09/01/2008 - 08/31/2011

Educating adults and youth about sustaining or improving the health of the environment has been a priority initiative of the Elliott County Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences programs for the past 15 years. This proposal from the Elliott County Cooperative Extension Service District Board is requesting $140,400.00 over a three year period for salary and program support for an educator / program coordinator to be housed at the Laurel Gorge Cultural Heritage Center (Center) and Hiking Trail (trail) Sandy Hook, KY.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Gwenda Adkins, gadkins@email.uky.edu

The Messy Politics of Clean Coal, Contested Energy Alternatives in the Appalachian Coalfields

Sponsor name: 
National Science Foundation
UK Department: 
Appalachian Center
Duration: 
03/01/2009 - 02/28/2011

This project examines Appalachia’s carbon problem, and specifically focuses on how “clean coal” technologies have been debated and contested in the region as a possible solution to this problem.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Dwight Billings, billing@email.uky.edu

Long-Lived Wood Products: Carbon and Competitive Advantages for Hardwood Mills

Sponsor name: 
Forest Service
UK Department: 
Forestry
Duration: 
06/01/2009 - 06/30/2011

Recognition by existing voluntary carbon markets, including but not limited to the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), of carbon sequestered in long-lived wood products (LLWPs) has provided primary forest industries an o pportunity to capitalize on the sale of carbon credits through their contribution to the production of LLWPs and provide a much needed stream of alternative revenues.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Jeffrey Stringer, stringer@uky.edu

Silvicultural Approaches for Regenerating Upland Stands in the Northern Cumberland Plateau

Sponsor name: 
Department of Agriculture
UK Department: 
Forestry
Duration: 
05/13/2009 - 09/30/2010

In summary, the proposed study will: 1. Evaluate the overall effects of mid story removal on natural and underplanted seedlings seven years following treatment 2. Quantify the relationship between seedling morphological characteristics and subsequent growth and mortality 3. Examine the seven-year response of stand structure to the midstory removal 4. Characterize light, temperature, alid soil moisture regimes within untreat~d stands and stanas receiving midstory control.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
John Lhotka, jmlhot2@email.uky.edu

2008 Southern Regional Water Resource Project

Sponsor name: 
Texas A&M University
UK Department: 
Plant & Soil Sciences
Duration: 
09/01/2008 - 08/31/2010

The Kentucky project leader will lead and participate in regional coordination meetings and conferences in support of the Southern Region water quality program. The project leader will communicate local, regional, and national priorities and opportunities for enhanced water quality extension, research, and education. This responsibility represents a cornmibnent to national citizenship in support of the CSREES National Water Program to facilitate water quality program information sharing and coordination across the United States.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Brad Lee, brad.lee@uky.edu

CAER Regional Representitives

Sponsor name: 
KY Energy and Environment Cabinet
UK Department: 
Center for Applied Energy Research
Duration: 
07/01/2009 - 06/30/2011

Abstract: Unavailable

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Rodney Andrews, rodney.andrews@uky.edu