UK reseachers developing computer software to deliver better therapies for heart failure patients

By Whitney Harder Special to KyFoward Picture this: you’re battling heart failure and meeting with your doctor to discuss treatment. Before prescribing anything, the doctor pulls up a virtual model of your heart on her computer and “treats” it with several drugs. A few moments later, she can see how your heart is doing five years down the road. Your doctor chooses the treatment with...

Bevin appoints Elizabeth Griffin McCoy to UK Board of Trustees to replace Craft

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Elizabeth Griffin McCoy, of Hopkinsville, to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees. McCoy will replace Kelly Knight Craft, who has resigned to accept a presidential appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Canada. McCoy is president and CEO of Planters Bank, Inc. in Hopkinsville. She also serves on the boards of the following organizations: the Kentucky Center for the...

UK Patterson School of Diplomacy hosts journalist in exile Bilicito to mark United Nations Day

The University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce and the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s Bluegrass Chapter will recognize United Nations Day with a visit from a journalist who has stepped around and beyond his byline to become an international symbol for the victims of political oppression. Abdülhamit Bilici is a Turkish newspaper...

Kroger Field awarded LEED silver certification for environmental performance, sustainable design

Kroger Field, the home of the University of Kentucky football team, has been awarded LEED silver certification for its environmental performance and sustainable design. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and...

National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Demystifying security jargon, terms you should know

By Jennifer Edwards Special to KyForward University of Kentucky Information Technology Services is providing tips and advice throughout Cyber Security Awareness Month. Whether we realize it or not, the internet touches nearly all aspects of our daily lives. With the perpetual connectivity to the internet through multiple devices increasing cyber security concerns arise. Anyone can fall victim to cyber...

UK Theatre Department to open 50th anniversary season with ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Oct. 26-28

By Dominique Page Monday Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance will return for its 50th anniversary season with a timely production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” the weekend before Halloween. The production is set to offer audiences a hauntingly good time Oct. 26- 9, at Guignol Theatre. Little Shop of Horrors book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and...

UK agricultural engineers co-authors of updated grain drying and storage handbook

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Farmers and elevator operators throughout the country have expanded grain drying and storage capacity in recent years to keep pace with increased production. On-farm and commercial storage has grown to 13.2 and 11.1 billion bushels, respectively, with 205 and 80 million bushels in Kentucky. To help growers effectively manage these systems, agricultural engineers...

Sanders-Brown Markesbery Symposium focuses on why some people don’t get Alzheimer’s or dementia

By Laura Dawahare and Allison Perry Special to KyForward Why do some people stay intellectually sharp into their 90s, while others have memory problems? Is there anything we can learn from their lifestyles that can help everyone age successfully? These are among topics scheduled for the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging’s Markesbery Symposium on Nov. 3-4. Keynote speakers...

UK holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for expanded Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at Turfland

By Ann Blackburn UKNOW reporter University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Mark F. Newman, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Dr. John Fowlkes, director of the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center, and members of the Barnstable Brown family will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly expanded Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at UK HealthCare’s...

With new basketball season on the horizon, UK deputy AD Peevy prepares for calm before storm

By Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward As the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team prepares to kick off its regular season with Big Blue Madness, UK Deputy Director of Athletics DeWayne Peevy prepares for the calm before the storm. Since he oversees the men’s basketball program as part of his role with UK Athletics, the next few months will keep the Birmingham,...

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Kristof to discuss global citizenship during UK appearance

The University of Kentucky International Center will welcome Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and well-known columnist with The New York Times, on Oct. 26, to discuss “A Path Appears: How Students Can Change the World.” His appearance is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gatton College of Business and Economics, and the School of Journalism...

UK Women’s Club Fun Run to raise money for scholarships set for Saturday at Wellington Park

The University of Kentucky Woman’s Club Scholarship Fun Run to raise funds for UK student scholarships will take place Saturday, Oct. 14, in Wellington Park near Clays Mill Road in Lexington. It is intended to be a fun activity for adults and children of all ages, while helping UK students. The untimed 3K run/walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with Scratch, the UK Athletics mascot, entertaining...

UK degree, business card helped nationally known garden designer John Carloftis to his dream career

A University of Kentucky alumnus says he owes his successful garden design career to his college degree and a single business card. Those were the only resources University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information alumnus Jon Carloftis had at his disposal when he left his Kentucky home for New York City in the late 1980s. “I had the chance to move to New York for the summer,”...

Blind equestrian forms lifelong partnership with UK HealthCare to meet challenges of rare eye disease

By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward When Alexis Johnson, a 22-year-old avid equestrian and resident of Versailles, Ky., prepares to jump with her horse Joey in competition, she is keenly focused on what lies before her. There are no distractions, no nervousness or fear. Everything around her is in shades of gray and the only sound she hears is the rhythmic pace of Joey’s hooves as he begins to...

UK Gaines Center, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government host first University Cities Conference

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward A new species of city is making itself known across the country through its steady success during uncertain economic times. These “university cities,” as they are now referred to, have outgrown their college-town status and created dynamic economies around major research universities in their urban core. To better understand this phenomenon, the University of...

UK scientist part of group sequencing first liverwort genome; provides insight into plant evolution

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Earth would look a whole lot different without plants rooted firmly in the ground. A University of Kentucky researcher was among the group of international scientists that recently sequenced the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha. Liverworts were among the earliest plants to live on land. This is the first genome sequenced in this scientific family and may provide...

Keith Taylor: Make no mistake, Kentucky players elated to reach halfway mark at 5-1

Kentucky’s players aren’t paying much attention to some of the negativity going into open week. They’re happy to be within one game of bowl eligibility with six games left. The Wildcats have won five games in their first six encounters and in third place in the current Southeastern Conference standings. The five wins were by a combined margin of 38 points, including a 40-34 triumph over Missouri...

Who wants to be a dairy farmer? 4-H leadership program introduces teens to their community

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Granted, it wasn’t a perfect day to visit a dairy farm. A constant hard drizzle managed to stir up a sloppy mess of mud. Not one of the 21 teenagers complained, because hugging and bottle-feeding two-day-old calves trumps mud any day. Moving on to the next stop of the day, they fed hunks of carrots to big-eyed alpacas at Serano Alpaca Farm and ended the morning’s...

UK College of Law uses Trivia Night to raise record amount to benefit Law Legal Clinic

Thirty teams battled it out at HopCat last month for the University of Kentucky College of Law’s third annual Trivia Night. A record $1,540 was raised by students, faculty and staff to benefit the UK Law Legal Clinic. Approximately 200 members of the UK Law community came out to answer questions in categories that included horse racing, Kentucky sports and bourbon. The money raised will go toward...

UK scientists outline hemp research needs with focus on improving yields, economic viability

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward With hemp’s reintroduction into the United States as a part of research pilot programs in 2014, scientists need to learn much about the crop to help farmers improve yields to make it sustainable and economically viable. In a recent article published in the journal Trends in Plant Science, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment scientists...