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UK blue Team Awarded 9th Place in 2009 Solar Decathlon!

Team members, Jonathan Lee and Ross Graham, set the mitered edges of the planters during the construction of the solar house in Washington D.C.

Earning 732.152 points out of 1,000 put the University of Kentucky in ninth place overall in the competition. The contest is a project of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The Solar Decathlon consists of 10 contests that center on all of the ways in which we use energy in our daily lives. A media intern from the the Vis Center’s Media Experience for Undergrads was presented with the team in Washington D.C. for the full three week experience. While our full documentary is currently in post-production, on-site videos are available on the blue website.
The Kentucky solar house was also featured recently on the Today Show.

Vis Center Hosts a Forum on Coal in Kentucky


Four panelist debate during evening session

On Thursday, November 5, the Vis Center hosted a full day Forum on Coal in Kentucky. Featuring nearly 20 speakers ranging from coal producers, environmentalists, regulators and researchers. Over 300 people attended the daytime sessions and another 300 attendees came out for the evening session. Read more about it.

Ground Breaking Ceremony for New Building to House Vis Center

groundbreaking2University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. and lead donor Davis Marksbury today presided over groundbreaking ceremonies for a new $18.6 million building to house the second phase of the university’s high-tech “Digital Village” concept. The building will be named for Marksbury, a 1980 civil engineering alumnus and a leading donor in a project primarily supported through private donations.

Todd and Marksbury were joined by Secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet Mary Lassiter, Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry and UK College of Engineering Dean Thomas Lester, in a ceremony at the building site on Rose Street near the UK James F. Hardymon Building, which is also part of the Digital Village.

“This is a historic moment for the University of Kentucky,” said Todd. “Not only will the Davis Marksbury Building provide UK with world-class research and teaching space, it is the first capital construction project to be constructed solely with private support and matching funds from the state’s Research Challenge Trust Fund.”

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