New Papa John’s restaurant opens Friday at UK’s The 90, will accept student meal plan Flex dollars

Papa John’s International Inc. and Aramark announced the opening of a new Papa John’s pizza restaurant located on the University of Kentucky’s campus. The new restaurant, located at The 90 is set to opened Friday in conjunction with the start of the fall 2017 semester. The 90, located at the corner of Hilltop and Woodland Avenue, contains UK’s primary residential dining hall serving approximately...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky offers workshop to help businesses implement smoke-free policies

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering a workshop to help businesses learn how to implement smoke-free policies in their workplaces Aug. 31 in Louisville. “More than 70 percent of Kentucky adults and 90 percent of Kentucky businesses support smoke-free, so it’s never been easier for Kentucky businesses to adopt workplace policies to protect their employees from the dangers of...

Team of University of Kentucky students will have unique view of eclipse — from above

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward While millions are looking to the sky on Aug. 21 for one of nature’s rarest events, a team of University of Kentucky students will offer a perspective of a total solar eclipse never experienced before — the view from above. Using cutting-edge technology, the UK Solar Eclipse Ballooning Team will stream the eclipse live from space to the internet, where...

Patient overcomes fear of the dentist, finds healthy new smile leads to newfound confidence

By Olivia Ramirez Special to KyForward For Andrea Crookston, taking photos used to mean hiding her smile. Fear and anxiety kept Crookston from going to the dentist every six months as recommended. Instead, she’d only go when the pain was too much for her to bear. “I’d been in pain for a long time, but I was afraid of the dentist,” she said. “The sound of the drill gives...

Kentucky Small Grain Growers invest $785,000 in UK Grain and Forage Center, related research

The Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association Board and Promotion Council voted this month to invest $250,000 in new graduate housing for the University of Kentucky Grain and Forage Center for Excellence and an additional $290,000 in UK grain-related research projects. KySGGA’s contribution to the Center since fundraising began in November 2015 totals $785,000. This amount will be added to the Center’s...

K Week 2017: New UK students get tips on making successful transition to university life

For nearly 6,000 students, this week marks the beginning of their collegiate career at the University of Kentucky. To ease the transition, hundreds of UK’s best student leaders — K Crew leaders — will guide new Wildcats through K Week and show them what it truly means to be a Wildcat. K Week 2017 begins Friday and ends Tuesday, Aug. 22. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hundreds...

UK assistant chemistry professor receives $750,000 CAREER Award from U.S. Energy Department

Kenneth Graham, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Kentucky, has been selected as a recipient of a CAREER Award from the U.S. Department of Energy. This award supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research programs in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science. The chemistry at organic-inorganic...

Eli Capilouto: As competition for talent increases, need for education and skills grows as well

Last week, 50 representatives with Greater Louisville, Inc. traveled to our campus to bridge a strong connection between their effort in developing Louisville’s workforce and our graduates. They are working on behalf of their community to recruit more of our graduates to the Louisville area; further connecting our cities and region, and adding to the more than 35,000 UK alumni already in the region....

Early diagnosis of rare ocular cancer at UK Advanced Eye Care gives infant a future with sight

By Christina Brigg Special to KyForward Kenley Overton’s parents didn’t know much about retinoblastoma when they took their infant Kenley in for her four-month wellness checkup, but that quickly changed. Kenley was born Aug. 24, 2010, to Jason and Kendra Overton. Kenley was a welcome addition to the family by her big sister Jaylen. When Kenley was a few weeks old, the Overton’s noticed her right...

Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service hosting second event on indoor aquaculture program

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Due to the popularity of its spring indoor aquaculture program, the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a second event for individuals interested in learning more about the production of indoor marine shrimp, tilapia and aquaponics. The program is Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Kentucky State University Aquaculture Research Center in Frankfort. Indoor aquaculture...

Keven Moore: Is the risk associated with Monday’s solar eclipse sufficient reason to close schools?

Local school officials have recently reached out to me as one of their risk control advisers to ask if they should cancel classes because of Monday’s Great American Solar Eclipse. How I would have longed for that call when I was in school. I’m pretty sure that I would have advised them to cancel the week before, the week of and the week after due to the “glaring” risks associated...

Often undiagnosed, dangerous deep vein thrombosis could become life-threatening condition

By Dr. Nathan Orr Special to KyForward Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a dangerous condition where a blood clot forms in the larger veins of our body due to slow blood flow, blood vessel damage, or increased tendency to clot. When we cut or scrape our skin, the clotting process creates a scab. When that process begins inside our bodies – typically in the blood vessels in our legs or thighs – the...

UK Agricultural Economics Academic team earns second consecutive national championship

The University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics’ Academic Bowl team recently earned back-to-back national championships. The team won the double elimination tournament at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s annual meeting from July 31-Aug.1 in Chicago. Team members are Erica Rogers, Jordan Champion and Zoe Gabrielson. UK post-doctoral scholar Jerrod Penn was the...

UK Horse Pasture Evaluation Program provides meaningful research benefiting students, farms

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward An equestrian for the past 15 years, University of Kentucky junior Anna Intartaglio loves everything about horses. It’s no surprise she jumped at the chance to spend her summer conducting research that’s meaningful to the industry. As an intern in the UK Horse Pasture Evaluation Program, she has gained a deeper understanding of the industry she loves so much. “This...

High return on investment a safe bet with Small Business Development Centers

An independent study conducted by James J. Chrisman, professor of management at Mississippi State University, finds once again that the Kentucky Small Business Development Center continues to make a significant positive impact on the state’s economy. Released in July the study found that for every dollar invested in KSBDC $3.03 is returned to the economy, and for every dollar invested directly into...

Human resources workshop August 31 to help employers implement tobacco-free workplaces

Businesses looking to create healthier workplaces for their employees can learn how to implement tobacco-free policies at a workshop hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in Louisville Aug. 31. Smoking costs businesses an estimated $5,800[i] per smoker in extra expenditures each year, including productivity losses and additional health care costs, and puts them at risk for the health consequences...

UK hosting annual hemp field day Sept. 9 in conjunction with national hemp conference

The University of Kentucky industrial hemp agronomic science group will present their annual field day Sept. 9 in conjunction with the 2017 Hemp Industries Association’s Hemp Conference, which is Sept. 8-11 at the Lexington Convention Center. The field day is from 10 a.m. EDT until noon at UK’s Spindletop Research Farm and is open to the public. Preregistration is not required for the field day. Photo...

With cancer in the rearview mirror, it’s back to school time once again for Versailles teacher Erika Carter

By Samantha Almeida Special to KyForward Dealing with a classroom full of rowdy second-graders can be taxing on even the most patient, energetic individual. But for 42-year-old Versailles schoolteacher Erika Carter, her real challenges have happened outside the classroom. In the summer of 2015, she visited her doctor for her regular yearly checkup and bloodwork, which yielded some bad news: an anomaly...

UKAccel entrepreneur program graduates first class at Gatton College of Business

The University of Kentucky Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship (VACE) and UK’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) held the first Demo Day at the Gatton College of Business and Economics with graduates from the UKAccel Program. The UKAccel program, which is managed by OTC and VACE, offers a professional development and experiential learning opportunity to UK researchers interested...

After four years and $450 million investment, UK campus housing revitalization project is complete

By Blair Hoover Conner Special to KyForward Four years, nearly $450 million, and more than 6,800 beds in 14 new state-of-the-art residence halls. Those are the numbers that encompass the University of Kentucky’s revitalization of campus housing — the largest taking place in all of higher education. The transformation concludes this year as two new residence halls — Lewis Hall and University...