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Bill Straub: Following Tuesday’s primary election, the Republican Party now the party of Trump

WASHINGTON – There can no longer be any doubt that the Republican Party, once known as the party of Lincoln and, later, the party of Reagan, is now the party of Trump. The proof comes in Tuesday night’s primary election results. In South Carolina, state Rep. Katie Arrington toppled incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford to capture the GOP nomination for that state’s 1st Congressional District seat centered...

University of Kentucky Wildcat Pulling Team places third at international competition

By: Katie Pratt Special to KyForward A tractor built by University of Kentucky students recently placed third at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition. 2018 UK Pulling Team members from left to right Mike Sama (advisor), Courtney Travis, Robert Marker, Shawn O’Neal, Tim Smith (advisor), Pradeep, John Mann,...

KY universities partner with State Treasurer to support empowerment for teachers, students

Economic educators across the state  have joined with State Treasurer Allison Ball to launch the Coalition for Financial Literacy in the Commonwealth (CFLC). Ball Partners include Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, the University of Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University. The CFLC was formed to combine resources to teach personal finance, entrepreneurship...

UK’s LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis to host 11th annual workshop June 4-8

The University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics’ LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis will host its 11th annual workshop on the campus in Lexington from June 4-8. The weeklong event regularly draws more than 150 participants representing more than 100 academic institutions, private organizations and governmental agencies. A dozen countries spanning five continents are...

At 17, she’s on her way to realizing a little girl’s dream — owning an ice cream business, going to UK

By David Kubota NKyTribune reporter As a little girl, Taylor Cook, 17, of Frankfort, had always dreamed of one day owning her own ice cream business, and she also always dreamed of going to the University of Kentucky. When she reached high school, as a member of the Future Farmers of America, she was required to complete a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) throughout her high school experience....

Rural Blog: Students in rural communities facing backlash when speaking out in favor of gun control

Recent school shootings have inspired a wave of gun-control activism, some of it from students, and a few of those students from rural areas. “In a more liberal city like Parkland, Fla., or at a rally in Washington, these students might have been celebrated as young leaders,” Jack Healy reports for The New York Times. “But in rural, conservative parts of the country where farm fields...

University Press of Kentucky celebrating 75 years with LexArts UPK75 exhibit, other initiatives

Three-quarters of a century ago, what would become University Press of Kentucky (UPK) got its start in the History Department at the University of Kentucky. Now, over 2100 books later, they are celebrating that history with a special LexArts Gallery Hop exhibit — UPK75 — opening on the second floor of the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning May 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be entertainment,...

Grant County native Hayley Leach nearing end of reign as Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival queen

By Jaime Vaught Special to KyForward   The reigning queen of the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival has just completed a memorable spring semester in college and is ending her reign as Mountain Laurel Festival queen as well.   Hayley Leach, a junior-to-be political science major at the University of Kentucky, spent the semester working as an intern for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Leach...

New contract allows UK to expand, improve rural Ky. opioid use disorder program for pregnant women

By Olivia Ramirez UK Now With a $4.9 million contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the University of Kentucky will expand and improve treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) in rural areas of Kentucky. The need for multidisciplinary comprehensive treatment for OUD was seen across multiple disciplines – members of the Department of Obstetrics...

KTOB Foundation to invest $250,000 in University of Kentucky’s Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Foundation announced Tuesday that it will invest $250,000 in the University of Kentucky Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center. The gift will be matched by the university and will enable the Gluck Center to renovate an equine infectious disease research laboratory. The KTOB Foundation and the Gluck Center will also create a partnership facilitating a joint...

As opioid crisis spreads, new program will enhance autopsy services and training of forensic doctors

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville announced a new partnership today that will strengthen the state Medical Examiner’s Office, a vital step amid the deadly opioid epidemic and a national shortage of forensic doctors. Under the agreement, the Justice Cabinet will contract with the universities for forensic pathology services, combining...

University of Kentucky names Rudolph Buchheit as new dean of College of Engineering

Rudolph G. Buchheit has been selected as the next dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, pending approval by the UK Board of Trustees. Professor Buchheit is associate dean for academic affairs and administration of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University, an academic unit comprising more than 350 faculty members, 400 staff members, 8,500 undergraduate students and...

University of Kentucky plant pathologists warns cold, wet spring could lead to seedling blights in corn

This year’s wet, chilly spring has delayed corn planting across the state. With additional recent rains, the corn that is in the ground could be susceptible to seedling blights, said Kiersten Wise, University of Kentucky extension plant pathologist in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Corn plants affected by seedling blight may have poor emergence. Photo courtesy of the Crop Protection...

Transylvania partners with research-intensive UK on pre-med, pre-pharmacy programs

Transylvania University has launched two partnerships with the University of Kentucky that give students an inside track to graduate school at the College of Pharmacy and the College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus. Transylvania’s Early Assurance Program partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus reserves spots for Transylvania pre-med students at...

Idea State U finals competition to be decided for 30 teams today at UK’s Gatton School of Business

The Idea State U finals competition, which highlights innovative business ideas from young entrepreneurs across the commonwealth, will be held today at the University of Kentucky Gatton School of Business in Lexington. At the 11th edition of the event, 30 teams consisting of Kentucky college undergraduate and graduate students will pitch their business plans and models for a chance to take home a portion...

Jeff Rubin: Silent crimes against children, women and elderly need to become less silent

April is Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time that places the spotlight on two issues I find disturbing, both for the nature of the crimes and the helplessness of the victims. That’s why the recent report on child maltreatment released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau got my attention. The report cites Kentucky as the second highest state...

KyForward’s Gene Clabes among those named to UK journalism’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni

Staff Report KyForward Executive Editor and co-founder Gene Clabes is among nine journalists who will be inducted into the University of Kentucky School of Journalism’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni Thursday evening. The alumni to be recognized in addition to Clabes include an widely recognized photographer for National Geographic, a popular and beloved Courier- Journal columnist; the editor of...

Kentucky Children’s Hospital unveils Welcome Center, neonatal unit at Chandler Hospital

After years of careful planning, Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) unveiled the new Makenna Foundation Welcome Center and Betti Ruth Robinson Taylor Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in UK HealthCare’s Chandler Hospital. Designated in 1988, KCH lacked a central lobby and registration space, and was only accessible via a single visitor elevator. This spacious center includes patient and visitor...

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 experts seek solutions at Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta

Few states have been harder hit by the opioid epidemic than Kentucky. Countless lives have been lost, families have been broken and communities have been ravaged. That’s why University of Kentucky physicians, researchers and academic and administrative leaders joined nearly 3,000 experts from all 50 states at the annual Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit this week in Atlanta, Georgia. Physicians, Researchers...