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UK Gatton College marketing professor studies the how and why of asymmetric pricing

Remember a few years ago when airline ticket fares increased dramatically due to surcharges which were added quickly in response to sharply rising fuel costs? Even though fuel prices have moderated substantially, many, if not most, of the higher fares are here to stay. And yet such pricing practices, dubbed “asymmetric pricing” by academics, seem to be less prevalent in other parts of the world....

University of Kentucky CBER issues report showing education is key to Kentucky’s economic future

By Michael Childress Special to KyForward Identifying education as the most important factor affecting Kentucky’s economic future, the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) — the applied economic research branch of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky — released its 46th Kentucky Annual Economic Report today. The report is one of the many ways...

University of Kentucky’s Schnatter Institute to host special panel discussion on Bitcoin Feb. 7

By Carl Nathe and Ann Mary Quarandillo Special to KyForward As the popularity of Bitcoin continues to rise, it is also raising serious questions about how it will affect the business world and the global economy. The Schnatter Institute at University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics will address some of these questions with noted economist and internationally known cryptocurrency...

University of Kentucky names marketing professor Steven Skinner interim dean of Gatton College

University of Kentucky Provost David W. Blackwell has named Warren W. Rosenthal Professor of Marketing Steven J. Skinner to the position of interim dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Skinner begins his new duties immediately. Blackwell had served as dean of the Gatton College until his appointment as UK’s provost. “Steve has served the Gatton College and the University...

Gatton College of Business and Economics dean David Blackwell named UK’s next provost

Gatton College of Business and Economics dean David Blackwell has been named the University of Kentucky’s next provost. Blackwell will begin his duties as provost on Jan. 8, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced Tuesday in a campus-wide announcement. Blackwell has served as dean of the Gatton College since 2012, a time of tremendous growth and transformation. Most recently,...

UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics to host Professional MBA Open House event Dec. 7

The University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics will be hosting a Professional MBA Open House event beginning 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in the new $65 million Gatton College of Business and Economics building on campus. The event will be open to all UK employees and working professionals and executives in Central Kentucky interested in Gatton’s Professional MBA, Professional...

Former UK football walk-on Walker tackles life — on the field and in the classroom — with tenacity

By Amy Jones-Timoney, Kendall Randolph, and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward It’s clear that University of Kentucky football wide receiver Charles Walker is guided by an unbridled work ethic. After beginning his college career as a walk-on, the Louisville native earned a scholarship last fall. “I felt like I had the chip on my shoulder to come in and work a little bit harder than the next...

UK Martin School of Public Policy holding open house Wednesday for prospective graduate students

The University of Kentucky’s highly regarded Martin School of Public Policy and Administration is holding an Open House from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. The event will be held on the 18th floor of the Patterson Office Tower and is open to all. It is intended to give potential master’s degree and doctoral degree students a close-up look at the school and its program offerings. “This will...

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts first speaker at UK’s Heyburn Initiative series

University of Kentucky College of Law students as well as judges, lawyers and clerks from across Kentucky were provided an extraordinary opportunity Wednesday as the Hon. John G. Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, visited the UK campus. Chief Justice Roberts was here as the first speaker for the newly established John G. Heyburn II Initiative for Excellence in the Federal Judiciary. “It...

Nobel Peace Prize recipient to speak at Gatton College on role of business in social change

In the first major lecture of the academic year, the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics welcomes 2016 Chellgren Lecturer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi to the college’s Kincaid Auditorium 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. The theme of his speech is “The Role of Business in Bringing About Social Change.” The event is free and open to the public; however,...

Registration open for budding entrepreneur bootcamp sponsored by UK’s Gatton College

The opportunity to learn how to become an entrepreneur is available to everyone at the University of Kentucky. If you have ever dreamed of creating a startup, or wanted to see if your idea could be the next big thing in technology, product design or web-based services, then Bootcamp is for you. This program is free and is open to all faculty, students, staff and community members. The Entrepreneurs...

Entrepreneur Hartman tackling new role as Gatton College Innovation Office director

Eric Hartman, a man with more than 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur himself, is now working full time to help others realize their dreams of turning innovative ideas into profitable businesses. Hartman, who earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, recently took over as director of the Lexington Office of the Kentucky...

UK Gatton College dean Troske appointed to federal policymaking committee

University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Outreach Kenneth R. Troske has been appointed to serve as a member of the newly established Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, part of the executive branch of the federal government. Troske was appointed to the 15-member commission by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Among other...

Tastes of Paris: Urban bakery-cafe Brioche Doree coming to UK’s Gatton College

Students at the University of Kentucky can soon enjoy the tastes and aromas of Paris between classes at the Gatton College of Business and Economics with the arrival of the Parisian-style urban bakery café, Brioche Dorée. Opening Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, the new and convenient eatery specializes in an impressive range of European café options. From fresh espresso-based coffees and croissant breakfast...

Gatton College of Business offering new MBA program designed for health care professionals

In order to meet the heightened demands of the health care work environment, the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky is offering a new Healthcare MBA program. Similar in its structure to the Professional MBA program, the Healthcare MBA curriculum has been specifically tailored for health care professionals, providing a strong foundation for a graduate to excel in...

Deadline for exhibitors for Soiree and Bluegrass Emerging Entrepreneurs Showcase nearing

If you or your organization is interested in being an exhibitor at the Soirée and Bluegrass Showcase of Emerging Entrepreneurs and University Researchers (SPARK) on Wednesday, May 25, the time to take action is now. The exhibitor application deadline is Thursday, May 12. Click here for the exhibitor application. The Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network and the Von Allmen Center for...

Gatton College of Business hosting professional MBA Open House for central Kentucky businesses

The University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics will host a Professional MBA Open House event for interested UK employees and companies in Central Kentucky that would like to learn more about UK’s professional MBA programs, which include the Professional Evening MBA and Executive MBA. The Professional MBA Open House event will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in the...

Commerce Lexington, Gatton College of Business partner to offer executive MBA scholarship

Through a partnership formed between Commerce Lexington Inc. and the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, a scholarship in the amount of $15,000 will be available to a Commerce Lexington member to help eliminate a portion of the cost of the UK/UofL Executive MBA program, beginning in August 2016. The goal is to provide an opportunity for an advancing corporate leader...

Year in Review: Expanded facilities, improving campus diversity among highlights for UK in 2015

By Amy Jones-Timoney Special to KyForward The stories told in 2015 about the University of Kentucky family weave together a tapestry of discovery, community and transformation, setting a foundation for a promising 2016. 2015 marked the culmination of a campus-wide discussion of UK’s new strategic plan. In October, the Board of Trustees endorsed the plan’s five strategic objectives: Undergraduate...

‘Very different approach’ to mosquito control uses natural bacterium instead of chemicals

UK researcher Stephen Dobson and his former graduate student, Jimmy Mains, have developed a teckhnology that uses male mosquitoes to effectively sterilize females through a naturally occurring bacterium. (Photo from UKNow)   By Carl Nathe and Amy Jones Timoney Special to KyForward   Who would have thought of mosquitoes being put to work to help decrease and control the mosquito population?...