Fall 2007 Issue:
UK researchers are increasing the efficiency of Fischer-Tropsch, a World War II-era process for converting domestic sources like coal and natural gas to liquid transportation fuels, mapping underground geology for permanent storage of CO2, creating membranes to separate hydrogen from CO2, and producing catalysts to efficiently generate hydrogen for fuel cells.
Aging & Alzheimer’s
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Diabetes & Nutrition
Drug & Alcohol Abuse
Drug Design & Delivery
Literature and the Arts
Other Key Research
Movers & Shapers
Past Issues Archive
This issue won the CASE-Kentucky Grand Award for Magazines in 2007.
Odyssey Turns silver
This year Odyssey joins a club with only a few select members—research magazines that have been publishing for a quarter of a century or longer. (There are fewer than 10 of us, by my best count.)
Odyssey was founded in 1982 by Susan Stempel, with the support of Wimberly Royster, vice chancellor for research. In charge of producing UK’s annual awards report, Susan wanted to put a human face on research at the university and showcase, for the general public, some of the excellent work being done here.
In the past 25 years, the magazine has featured approximately 1,200 faculty and graduate students, whose work has run the full range of research and scholarship. And Odyssey has won over two dozen local, regional and national awards for writing and design.
This—our 50th issue—includes the second part of our coverage of “green energy” research at UK along with three special features. Research Spotlights covers 55 top projects, most of which have previously been featured in the magazine. Our timeline highlights some of the notable events and achievements at UK in the past quarter century, and Movers & Shapers is a gallery of 25 faculty who were, or continue to be, influential and visionary in moving the university forward academically, and enhancing its reputation nationally and internationally. In selecting faculty to be featured in these sections, our staff is very thankful for the thoughtful suggestions we received from our current college deans and others with sharp institutional memories.
If through the years Odyssey has achieved its goal of publicizing research that improves the lives of Kentuckians and others, it’s only because hundreds of faculty, staff and graduate students have taken time to explain clearly and imaginatively what it is they do. The magazine counts on our faculty for information and illumination, and we count equally on the support of the UK administration, especially the Office of the Vice President for Research, which funds the magazine.
And we thank our readers, all of you who continue to support us with your sustaining encouragement and good words.
—Jeff Worley, Editor
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