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Kentucky: Award Highlights

See what exciting research and education has been funded by NSF in each state or U.S. territory.  Award Highlights provide a snapshot about select NSF awards and their impacts.

15 Award Highlights found :: Kentucky

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Faster microdevice fabrication

Software helps fabricate complex microstructures quickly and efficiently...

Research Areas: Engineering

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Controlling molecules as they bind to surfaces

Visible light device helps researchers manipulate molecules as they attach to surfaces...

Research Areas: Engineering

a cardiac cell culture model

Mimicking the push and pull of cell growth

This cellular communication doesn't require a smartphone...

Research Areas: Engineering

microscopic algae surrounded by oil

Transforming Algae Into a Practical Biofuel

Collaborative effort develops method to increase algae yields...

Research Areas: Engineering, Earth & Environment

brain region networks used while switching tasks

A Second Language Keeps the Brain Nimble

Knowing two languages over a lifetime promotes cognitive flexibility as we age...

Research Areas: People & Society


High-tech Scarecrows for Low-tech Farms

Automated scarecrows improve crop yields in sub-Saharan Africa....

Research Areas: Biology, People & Society

mexican walking fish

Mexican Walking Fish: Model for Limb Regeneration

Endangered species may hold key to regrowing tissue....

Research Areas: Biology, Engineering

A.  In a normal immune response, proteins and platelets adhere.  B.  When the surface is immobilized with a bacterial protein, absorption is inhibited.  Credit: Kimberly Anderson

Extending the Safety of Implanted Medical Devices

An NSF-funded chemical engineer has demonstrated that a specialized coating on the surface of implanted medical devices, including stents and catheters, can reduce the chances of clotting and other side effects in patients....

Research Areas: Chemistry & Materials, Biology

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New Device Treats Heart Failure, Stimulates Economic Development

Researchers have developed a long-term "counterpulsation" device to treat individuals with early heart failure....

Research Areas: Engineering

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Scientists Create Spore-based Sensing System

Sylvia Daunert and her group at the University of Kentucky have recently demonstrated that their spore-based, whole-cell sensing systems can survive and maintain performance, even in storage at room temperature for up to 24 months....

Research Areas: Biology

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Access to Algebra for All

Acknowledged by many as a gatekeeper to further study in the sciences, engineering and mathematics, success in algebra is a critical component of the pathway to college and the successful completion of a college degree....

Research Areas: Education, Mathematics

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Development of a New Generation of Miniature Search and Rescue Robots

Researchers have developed a miniature robot "scout" that can obtain reconnaissance and surveillance data in areas that pose significant risk to human beings or are unreachable in any other way. ...

Research Areas: Computing, Engineering

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U.S. and Austria Collaborate to Solve Computational Problems in Science and Mathematics

Computer science researchers at the University of Kentucky, Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria, and the Karl-Franzens University of Graz, Austria are collaborating to develop tools to hasten the identification of algorithms capable of solving industrial-quality computational from six to 12 months to a few days. ...

Research Areas: Mathematics, Computing

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Scientists Research How Life Adapts to Deep-water Conditions

Scientists have investigated the importance of reverse gyrase (rgy) in Nautilia profundicola's ability to adapt to the extreme changes in the deep sea....

Research Areas: Earth & Environment, Biology

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Intelligent Sensors Detect Ocean Pollutants

Researchers are developing intelligent sensors that can remotely sense, track and identify pollutants in bodies of water. This tool will help mitigate damage to the surrounding ecosystems, and may prevent bioterrorist attacks on our water supply....

Research Areas: Computing, Engineering, Earth & Environment, Mathematics

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