University of Kentucky trustees move toward demolition of Kirwan-Blanding residential complex

Focusing on the long-term needs of students and the campus, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved a proposal Tuesday to begin moving toward demolition of the Kirwan-Blanding Resident Housing Complex and Dining Commons. The demolition process  would be paid for with university resources and private funding and would occur over the course of the next few years, beginning in 2018 with...

UK to swap land with city of Lexington; city gets some acreage near Coldstream, UK gets city streets

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a proposal for a potentially historic land swap with the city of Lexington that would create jobs and economic development, provide additional internship and career opportunities for UK students, and increase safety in and around the campus. The land swap would involve UK conveying two parcels of...

Central Ky’s most famous cold case the subject of new book by UK law professor Robert Lawson

On Oct. 26, 1961, the lifeless body of 19-year-old student Betty Gail Brown was discovered in front of the Old Morrison Building on Transylvania University’s campus. A new University Press of Kentucky book, “Who Killed Betty Gail Brown? Murder, Mistrial, and Mystery” by Robert G. Lawson, emeritus professor of law at the University of Kentucky, is the first book to examine Brown’s murder,...

University of Kentucky alumni to join Red Barn Radio for “An Appalachian Christmas” concert

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward A radio concert featuring some of the state’s best musical artists, including alumni, will celebrate the holidays in a very Kentucky way. “An Appalachian Christmas,” presented as part of the “Red Barn Radio” program, will showcase the talents of The Sara Holroyd Singers featuring UK alumni, My Brother’s Keeper, The Price Sisters and...

University of Kentucky study shows lower lung cancer rates in cities with tougher smoke-free laws

A recent study by University of Kentucky BREATHE (Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments) researchers shows that fewer new cases of lung cancer were found in communities with strong smoke-free workplace laws. The study, “Lung Cancer Incidence and the Strength of Municipal Smoke-free Ordinances” was published in Cancer, an American Cancer Society journal dedicated...

UK Agriculture extension agents to host 11th annual Pastures Please!! event Jan. 22 in Georgetown

By Madeline Regis Special to KyForward University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host a Pastures Please!! pasture maintenance workshop from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Scott County Extension office, 1130 Cincinnati Road in Georgetown. The event is free, and snacks will be provided prior to the event by McCauley’s Feeds. Horse owners, farm owners and farm managers will have the opportunity to listen...

UK professor perfects low-pressure irrigation system that may offer alternative for small, isolated farms

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward A low-pressure irrigation system that a University of Kentucky horticulture extension professor perfected in Asia looks like it also will have practical applications for small growers in this country. Farmers who have no easily accessible electricity or water to their field or those who just want to reduce their water bill might find this to be a useful system,...

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...

UK Ag professors named fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Arthur Hunt and Subba Reddy Palli, professors in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, are among the newest Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. Association members elect Fellows for their distinguished efforts to advance science or its application....

UK researchers develop new programs to help children with ADHD thrive in the classroom

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForwad School is tough for a lot of children, but the classroom can be especially stressful for kids struggling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As a matter of fact, nearly 15 percent of Kentucky children are currently diagnosed with ADHD, the highest rate in the nation. Many struggle to pay attention, sit still or finish school work, overwhelmed...

University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs to host equine showcase, breeders’ short course Feb. 2-3

By Holly Wiemers Special to KyForward University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host the 7th Annual UK Equine Showcase and the 9th Annual Kentucky Breeders’ Short Course Feb. 2-3 at the Fayette County Extension office in Lexington. The UK Equine Showcase will highlight the university’s equine programs and relevant industry findings with an emphasis on safety and horse welfare. It will run...

STEAM sophomore accepts philanthropy award for work with ‘Backpack Payback’ project in East Aftrica

Aisha Ndayishimiye, a sophomore at the STEAM Academy, has received a 2017 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award for her efforts with a “Backpack Payback” project benefiting youngsters in her native East Africa. She accepted the honor from the Bluegrass Chapter and the Thoroughbred Collegiate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals during a National Philanthropy Day celebration...

KCTCS, UK sign reverse transfer agreement in effort to help more students earn associate degrees

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the University of Kentucky (UK) have signed a reverse transfer agreement to help more students earn associate degrees beginning in the 2018 spring semester. Former KCTCS students that transfer to UK before earning an associate degree can have UK credits applied toward the KCTCS degree, if the credits for each institution align. “Thousands...

University of Kentucky agricultural engineers offer to assist farmers with new EPA air emissions reporting

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward With Nov. 15 approaching, some Kentucky farms will have to begin reporting emissions of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Agricultural engineers at the University of Kentucky have developed some useful resources to help livestock and poultry farmers stay in compliance. This information is available at www.uky.edu A recent appeals...

UK student-athletes break, tie records for graduation success rate in annual NCAA report

University of Kentucky student-athletes broke one school record for graduation rate and tied another in the annual report issued this week by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR), a four-year composite statistic for the freshman classes of 2007-08 through 2010-11, was 85 percent. That broke last year’s school record of 82 percent and continued UK’s...

University of Kentucky entomologists to travel to Antarctica to study only insect endemic to continent

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward University of Kentucky researchers will soon travel to Antarctica to study an insect that can tolerate a wide range of extreme environments. The Antarctic midge is the only insect endemic to the continent, and it is the largest terrestrial animal that spends its entire life there. UK entomologist Nick Teets collects midges on a previous trip to Antarctica (Photo...

UK, Lexington set to celebrate business innovation during Global Entrpreneurship Week Nov. 13-19

By Eric Hartman and Carl Nathe Special to KyForward It all begins on Monday — the University of Kentucky, the city of Lexington and Lexington-based startup entrepreneurs, small businesses, investors and service providers will join in the worldwide celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017. A total of 15 events celebrating entrepreneurship will take place on campus and at venues throughout...

UK, Toyota partner to offer unique engineering program to address automotive industry needs

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward Two of Kentucky’s economic engines are collaborating to graduate more engineers with automotive production training already under their belt, addressing a significant industry need in the nation’s third-largest auto-producing state. Toyota Motor Engineering North America announced today at its Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center grand opening...

Jamie Vaught: Kentucky Miss Basketball frontrunner Blair Green to follow in mother’s footsteps at UK

Blair Green is following her mother’s footsteps to Lexington. That’s where the Harlan County High School basketball star will be playing next season as she’ll be taking the hardwood floor as a freshman for coach Matthew Mitchell’s Kentucky Wildcats. Just like her current Harlan County girls’ head coach and mother, Debbie Hoskins Green, who played for UK women’s team – then called the...