The Cooperative Research Network and the Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation research organizations held task force meetings at CAER. Both of these organizations are created to perform research and solve problems for the electric utility industry. The CRN’s members are the Rural Electric Cooperatives and the task force that met at CAER is the Generation, Fuels and Environment Group. CEATI is a similar group made up of international utilities. A portion of their time was also spent in presentations on CAER research and an in depth tour.
Elementary, middle school, and high school students from around the area monitored building efficiency, saw how fresh flowers can freeze quickly via liquid nitrogen, and discovered that algae is not just pond scum during tours of CAER this spring.
The students hailed from Russell Cave Elementary, which celebrates its decade long partnership with CAER this year; Clark County Middle School through its partnership with Bluegrass PRIDE; and a group of female high school students from Fayette County’s “Green Team.”
There were around 150 students in total. While the tours were more detailed to suit the groups’ grade level, all seemed fascinated by the science. The students were impressed when told that the newest building on CAER’s research campus uses around 60 percent of the energy for a regular building its size. They were equally as enthralled with the idea that algae could be used to capture carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
In addition to the demonstrations, researchers discussed their backgrounds, education, careers, and the need for future energy experts.
May 21, 2013 13:33 by Alice
UKNOW Story on Fourth-Graders Get hands-on Science at CAER.
This is the 10th year of the partnership between Russell Cave Elementary School and the UK CAER.
Michelle Johnston and Trent Garrison, MS & PhD students, respectively, in Earth & Environmental Sciences and doing their research in the CAER's Applied Petrology Lab, received awards from the Geological Society of America's Coal Geology Division. Michelle is the recipient of the GSA Coal Division’s Antoinette Lierman Medlin Lab/Analytical Research Award. The selection is for her work to characterize the coal macerals and ultimately understanding of peat accumulation and depositional environment for the Leatherwood coal. The amount of the award is $1,500.
Trent is the recipient of the GSA Coal Division’s Antoinette Lierman Medlin Field Award for his work to examine water quality impacts in area of coal fires. The amount of the award is $1,000. This is the second time that CAER petrology students have won both Medlin Awards. Jen O'Keefe and Sarah Mardon swept the awards in 2006.
This year's Sustainability Expo took place at Locust Trace Agriscience Farm, a local Fayette County public school that focuses on agricultural resources and the environment. CAER participated with staff explaining energy sustainability to children from the school.