UK researchers help victims of violence manage chronic pain with mobile breathing techniques app

By Jenny Wells Special to KyForward Researchers from the University of Kentucky are studying how to help victims of sexual and domestic abuse alleviate chronic pain using a smartphone application. Charles Carlson, professor of psychology in the UK College of Arts and Sciences, and Matt Russell, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, are currently conducting the first clinical trial of its kind...

Competition continues for Team USA triathlete Lane following hip surgery at UK Healthcare

When Patty Lane’s orthopaedic surgeon told her that her time as an endurance athlete was over, she was so upset she didn’t even tell her family. The stiffness that she had been experiencing in her hip was arthritis; she felt like her body had let her down. She contemplated what this diagnosis would mean and if she could be happy to just stand on the sideline at races. When she talked to her son’s...

Registration remains available for UK’s Precision Dairy Farming Conference at Coldstream

The University of Kentucky is teaming up with the University of Minnesota to offer the 2017 Conference on Precision Dairy Farming in Lexington. The conference is May 30 through June 1 at UK’s Coldstream Dairy Farm and the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington. Although the early deadline has passed, registration is still available. “We have designed this conference for dairy producers and practical...

UK Ag Equine Program hosting free farm and facilities expo at New Vocations on June 8

The University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host an Equine Farm and Facilities Expo from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 8, at New Vocations at Mereworth Farm, 719 Dolan Lane in Lexington. The event is free, and a meal will be provided. Horse owners and farm managers will have the opportunity to visit exhibitor booths and see a range of equipment and supplies for horse farms of all sizes....

On heels of success of UK Venture Studio, another event for entrepreneurs, researchers set for May 25

Close on the heels of another successful semester inside the University of Kentucky Venture Studio, UK’s Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship (VACE) & Lexington office of the Kentucky Innovation Network is hosting another exciting gathering for entrepreneurs and researchers Thursday, May 25. As a part of the ongoing SPARK networking series, the Soiree and Bluegrass Showcase of Emerging...

Out of the box, into the future — UK workshop introduces middle school girls to a STEM career

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Sometime during the transition from middle school to high school, girls often find their early interest in science and math steered in other directions, often toward careers that fit comfortably into a box of more “traditional” women’s roles. A recent day-long workshop at the University of Kentucky sought to stem that tide by introducing 120 Kentucky...

Speech pros raise awareness of communication disorders during Better Hearing and Speech Month

By Elizabeth Campbell Special to KyForward Each year during the month of May, speech-language pathologists and audiologists raise awareness about people with communication disorders and ways to improve their quality of life. This includes people with a variety of communication challenges, which can affect speech, language, voice, hearing, problem solving and other communicative functions. Communication...

Sculpt a more beautiful summer while honing your skills in the arts at UK Fine Arts Institute

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky’s Fine Arts Institute will offer a variety of classes this summer that explore different aspects of art and creativity. The classes are all offered as noncredit art courses and are perfect for adults with busy work schedules. Courses range from ceramics and metalworking to jewelry-making and sculpture, a new class offered by the...

Warren County Extension office steps up to plate to share agriculture with 1,400 regional students

When an opportunity to share agriculture with 1,400 young people from several counties arose, the Warren County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service took to the ball diamond. The extension agents recently hosted the agriculture awareness day at a game of the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the local Single-A baseball team. The game was played earlier in the day to accommodate...

Lexington artist Alley among nine to win $5,000 South Arts State Fellowship

Becky Alley of Lexington has received a $5,000 State Fellowship from South Arts, making her one of nine artists to receive recognition from the regional arts organization of which the Kentucky Arts Council is a member. South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the south’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. The State Fellowship recipients...

First comprehensive hemp conference in the United States scheduled for Lexington Center in September

The first hemp conference in the United States to bring together industry professionals, scientists and policymakers will be Sept. 8-11 at the Lexington Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel. The 2017 Hemp Industries Association’s 24th Annual Hemp Conference is a partnership between the association, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the American Society of Agronomy and...

GreenHouse17: UK research project proving the benefits of therapeutic horticulture at shelter

By Jenny Wells Special to KyForward Many people who garden or grow their own food can attest to the therapeutic benefits of being in nature and tending to plants. Now, a local women’s shelter is witnessing firsthand the healing powers of farming and is working with University of Kentucky researchers to further develop this program and assess its impact. GreenHouse17 is a shelter for victims of intimate...

South Elkhorn Christian Church plans May 21 celebration to mark historic 250th anniversary

South Elkhorn Christian Church will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the congregation with special activities on Sunday, May 21. A special Blue Grass Trust plaque will be unveiled as part of the ceremony which will be held at noon following the regular Sunday worship service. Past ministers and local officials have been invited. The South Elkhorn congregation is one of the oldest...

Graduating student Townsend’s Campus Kitchens sustainability project leaves a mark on UK

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward As a self-proclaimed foodie and a lifelong gardener, it was no surprise that University of Kentucky student Anna Townsend answered the call to share her knowledge when the Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky (CKUK) formed in 2014. As she prepares for life after graduation, Townsend, the group’s vice president and garden fellow, will leave her mark on...

UK student Nickodem overcomes surgery during every school break to graduate Magna Cum Laude

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward The week of graduation, most high school students are decorating their caps, writing last-minute yearbook notes, and making fun plans for the summer. Lexington native Moran Nickodem wasn’t so lucky — she spent her last week of high school heavily sedated in the hospital after meningitis, e. coli, and a number of other bacterial infections attacked...

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital joins 17-member UK Markey Cancer Center affiliate network

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital (LCRH) in Somerset, Kentucky, has announced a new affiliation with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. “As we work toward fulfilling our mission of ‘Making Communities Healthier,’ it is clear to me that the relationship between Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and...

UK trustees approve student recreation fields renovation; 16 university research professorships

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved Tuesday a project proposal to renovate and upgrade student recreation fields. With the growth in overall student population and student residents in central and south campus, there has been an increase in student recreation needs. The project will address some of these needs and is a critical part of the implementation of the University’s...

Torn ACL one of most common knee injuries — most are unaware of possible longterm complications

By Dr. Christian Lattermann Special to KyForward A torn ACL (also known as the anterior cruciate ligament) is one of the most common knee injuries, with as many as 200,000 cases per year in the U.S. Young people under the age of 20 are at particular risk, in part because of participation in sports. Despite the frequency of torn ACLs, many people don’t know that the injury results in a significant...

From A(laddin Sane) to Z(iggy Stardust): New UK class explores life, work of David Bowie

By Whitney Hale and Jenny Wells Special to KyForward A new class designed by music theorist Kevin Holm-Hudson and art historian Anna Brzyski took University of Kentucky students on a journey through the universe of the multi-talented artist David Bowie this spring semester. This interdisciplinary class for students from UK’s School of Art and Visual Studies and School of Music surveyed the 52-year...

People in the News: Commerce Lexington promotes Tyra; Blankenship to receive Medal of Excellence

Commerce Lexington Inc. has announced that Tyrone Tyra has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Community and Minority Business Development. He has spent the last 22 years working for economic development agencies and has led Commerce Lexington’s Community and Minority Business Development Program since 2005. Tyrone Tyra His responsibilities at Commerce Lexington Inc. include helping companies...