CeNSE Highlights


CeNSE Nanoscale awards

A call for work completed with assitance of CeNSE fascilities or staff was made to all researchers and students with the following three categories:

1. Visually striking images.  SEM, TEM, AFM, or any of the optically related images. 

Winner: Prashanthi Para

Honerable mention (in no particluar order): Bing Hu and Eugene Donnev

2. Hard science category.  Submissions can include any published paper.  Only one submission per first author. 

Winner: Stephan Johnson

Honorable mention: Hari Charra

3. Poster presentations.  Any poster presentation based partially on work done at CeNSE was eligible.  The winner was chosen based on both aesthetic and scientific appeal.

Winner: JC Li

Honorable Mention (in no particluar order): Bing Hu and Harri Charra

All winners were choosen by a small anonomous comittee headed by Brian Wajdyk with the mandate of impartiality. Below are the winnign submissions. All images are clickable links to submitted work.


CeNSE Student Receives Astronaut Scholarship

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2009) − Space Shuttle Astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson presented University of Kentucky senior Samuel Nicaise with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) during a public presentation and ceremony, 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in 230 Student Center, on the UK campus.

The award ceremony coincided with a presentation by Gibson, where he shared his experiences as a Space Shuttle Astronaut and what it was like to fly on five space flight missions.

The Astronaut Scholarship is the largest monetary award given in the United States to science and engineering undergraduate students based solely on merit. Seventeen of these prestigious awards were dispersed this year through the ASF to outstanding college students majoring in science, engineering or math. Over $2.8 million has been awarded in scholarships to date, $101,000 to UK students. These well-rounded students exhibit motivation, imagination and intellectual daring, as well as exceptional performance, both in and outside, the classroom.

"Students, like Samuel, are the pioneers of our future," said Gibson, "He will forever be included in the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s elite group of Astronaut Scholars. Our scholars have gone on to work with the Hubble telescope discovering the furthest galaxy documented to date, helped design several of the world’s most prestigious fighter jets, have been named some of the top 50 technical leaders by Scientific America and much more."

Nicaise, of Covington, Ky., will graduate in May 2010 with a degree in electrical engineering. He is dedicated to finding a solution to the problems associated with electrical power generation, specifically coal fired power plants, and is working toward a solution using photovoltaics combined with nanotechnology. Nicaise is part of UK’s College of Engineering solar car team which is developing a car that runs solely on sun power and also dedicates his time as his fraternity’s scholarship chair. He co-founded an interdisciplinary student research group called SYMBIOS to enlighten undergraduate researchers. In the future, he plans to pursue a doctorate and work on the cutting edge of photovoltaics and nanotechnology.

"Samuel is an exceptional student who has been highly successful in his studies and research," said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. "We are pleased to see his hard work recognized by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and know with the help of this scholarship that he will continue to thrive in both his graduate studies and research, making great contributions to the field of engineering."

Gibson became a NASA Astronaut in 1979 and spent 36 days on five space flights. He piloted his first flight, STS-41-B, and achieved the first orbital landing on the runway at the Kennedy Space Center in February of 1984. As the commander of STS-61-C, he and his crew conducted experiments in astrophysics and materials processing. Following the Challenger accident, Gibson participated in the investigation and in the redesign of the shuttle’s solid rocket boosters. He also commanded the crews of STS-27, which carried a payload for the Department of Defense, and STS-47, in which he and his crew focused on life science experiments. For his final spaceflight, he commanded the crew of STS-71. This mission in 1995 marked the first Space Shuttle docking with the Russian Space Station 'Mir' and the 100th manned space launch performed by the United States. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2003 and serves on the Board of Trustees for the ASF.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit organization established by the Mercury Astronauts in 1984. Its goal is to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships for exceptional college students pursuing degrees in these fields. Today, more than 80 astronauts from the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle and Space Station programs have joined in this educational endeavor. For more information, visit http://www.astronautscholarship.org/



Dr. Todd Hastings Receives Defense Agency Award

Date - July 10, 2009

Dr. Todd Hastings, associate professor, electrical and computer engineering, has been selected for a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award for his proposal, "Nanoscale Electron-Beam Induced Processing Using Liquid Reactants."

This award is for $300,000 over two years, and also allows/requires the recipient to attend a series of visits and exercises at various Department of Defense (DoD) facilities to identify new research opportunities. The award will support his work on nanoscale rapid prototyping and low volume production.

The DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program will identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions in academia and expose them to DoD needs and DARPA's program development process.

The YFA program provides high-impact funding to rising stars early in their careers in order to develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs. The long term goal is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their career on DoD and National Security issues.


Dr. Bruce Hinds Receives Presidential Award

Date - July 10, 2009

Dr. Bruce Hinds, associate professor and William Bryan Professor, chemical and materials engineering was named by President Obama as one of 100 beginning researchers as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The recipient scientists and engineers will receive their awards in the fall at a White House ceremony.

The Presidential Early Career Awards embody the high priority the Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the nation’s goals and contribute to all sectors of the economy. Nine Federal departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious young scientists and engineers—researchers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for strengthening America’s leadership in science and technology and contributing to the awarding agencies' missions.

"These extraordinarily gifted young scientists and engineers represent the best in our country," President Obama said. "With their talent, creativity, and dedication, I am confident that they will lead their fields in new breakthroughs and discoveries and help us use science and technology to lift up our nation and our world." The awards, established by President Clinton in February 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected on the basis of two criteria: Pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and a commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach. Winning scientists and engineers receive up to a five-year research grant to further their study in support of critical government missions.