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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...

Kentucky middle school girls invited to Expanding Your Horizons STEM conference April 21 at UK

Kentucky’s middle school girls and their parents or guardians are invited to register for the second annual Expanding Your Horizons conference at the University of Kentucky Saturday, April 21. This day of hands-on workshops will give middle school girls the chance to meet role models and get exposure to opportunities in the STEM disciplines. This is the second iteration of the conference, which...

University of Kentucky: On Biennial Budget — net reduction 3%, saving University Press, ‘path forward’

Dear Campus Community, On Monday evening, the General Assembly passed a Biennial Budget that now goes to the Governor for his review. For the 2018-19 fiscal year, the state budget includes a reduction of $16 million in our base appropriation but does provide a performance funding pool of $31 million for postsecondary education institutions.   We likely will receive between $8 million to $10 million from...

Kentucky by Heart: What makes your college that ‘special’ school? Kentuckians share their thoughts

Note: Following is the first of a two-part article about individuals sharing comments about their “special college” in Kentucky. It was always a given that I’d go to college after graduating from Campbell County High School back in 1971. The best I could tell, there were few in the Flairty or Fryer lineage who set forth on that path, so I guess I was a bit of a pioneer. Understandably, the particular...

Former Congressman Ron Mazzoli to deliver UK’s Spring 2018 Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Mazzoli, a Democrat of Louisville and co-author of the last major immigration-reform law, will deliver the Spring 2018 Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture on Wednesday, April 11 at the University of Kentucky. Mazzoli, who represented Kentucky’s Third Congressional District from 1971 through 1994, joined with now-retired Republican Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming to develop and...

The covered bridge capital of Kentucky, Flemingsburg is a diamond in the rough

Branson Leet Special to KyForward Flemingsburg is a rural town hidden amongst the rolling hills of Appalachia that is truly a diamond in the rough. The seat of Fleming County, Flemingsburg is in Northeastern Kentucky with a caring community of 2,658 citizens, as of the 2010 census. This town is home to several churches, schools, and businesses that all serve their role in bettering the humble setting....

Beatles and Bluegrass ‘Come Together’ March 30 with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band

Imagine the music of the Beatles with bluegrass and jazz infusions and a classical twist. This is the sound Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band has long been known for as the world’s premier Beatles tribute band. Kentucky audiences can hear what it sounds like when the Beatles meet bluegrass 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. Each...

Commentary: During March, Social Work Month, celebrate the great work of practitioners, educators

By Jay Miller and Ann Vail University of Kentucky March is designated Social Work Month. Since the 1960s, this month has been marked as a time to celebrate the significant work of social work practitioners, educators, researchers and students. Social work has a rich and storied history. The foundational impact of Jane Adams’ Hull House, and Mary Richmond’s Charity Organization Societies has reverberated...

State Botanical Garden of Kentucky to celebrate Earth Month with annual Party for the Planet

April is Earth Month, and this year The Arboretum, the State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, will be cultivating connections all month long through their annual celebration, Party for the Planet. With the support of presenting sponsor Kentucky Utilities, the annual party offers special activities focused on environmental topics and is designed to help adults and children connect with nature. Bring the...

UK researchers to grow malaria-fighting plants in cooperation with German Company ArtemiFlow

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers will grow the malaria-fighting plant Artemisia annua, as part of a cooperative agreement with the German company ArtemiFlow. Artemisinin-based therapies are the most effective malaria treatment used throughout the world; however, supplies of artemisinin have been unreliable in recent decades. UK’s portion of the project...

University of Kentucky’s annual lawn mower clinic planned for March 22-25 at Ag Machine Research lab

The University of Kentucky’s popular lawn mower clinic will be March 22-25 at the Agriculture Machine Research Lab on campus. The goals for the clinic are to provide preventative maintenance for the upcoming lawn care season and to give students in the UK Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering a chance to fine-tune their skills. (Photo from UK BAE Student Branch) For $35, UK College...

Two nationally recognized artists to visit UK this month to present art concepts for Memorial Hall

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward Two nationally recognized artists, Karyn Olivier and Bethany Collins, will travel to the University of Kentucky this month to present concepts for art to be featured in two vaulted spaces in the vestibule of Memorial Hall. As part of their visits, Olivier and Collins will give a talk on their proposals 3 p.m., March 20 and 29, at Memoria Hall. Both presentations...

Boot, Scoot and Boogie 5K April 14 will benefit UK agricultural education scholarship fund

It’s time to lace up the running shoes, get a little exercise and, in the process, support University of Kentucky agricultural education students. The 2018 Boot, Scoot, and Boogie 5K race will be April 14 at The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall. UK Department of Community and Leadership Development hosts the annual run/walk event as a fundraiser for an endowed scholarship fund for agricultural education...

IdeaFestival Student Day for middle, high school students coming to Norton Center on March 29

IdeaFestival Student Day is returning to the Bluegrass Region March 29, highlighted by the unique Career Maker Faire which focuses on helping students with their college and career awareness. IF Bluegrass will take place at the Norton Center for the Arts, presented by the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, an initiative of Bluegrass Tomorrow.  IF Bluegrass, a one-day festival, is free to middle...

As March 15 revenue protection insurance deadline approaches, market continues to favor soybeans

As the March 15 decision deadline approaches for revenue protection insurance, grain farmers are faced with a similar situation as in 2017, with the market continuing to favor soybeans, said Todd Davis, agricultural economist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The safety net, also known as a revenue guarantee, is established at the end of each February based...

UK grad Luke Reedy followed his dreams to Los Angeles; will see ‘Deception’ premiere in special way

By Whitney Harder University of Kentucky After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 2013, Luke Reedy took a chance to follow his dreams. He moved to Los Angeles without a job and knew only two people in the area. Today, he works for Warner Bros. as a post-production coordinator. “During my senior year, I applied to hundreds of jobs in LA and never received a response — someone...

Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame to induct six new members in April 9 ceremony at Griffin Gate Marriott

A transformational media executive, a woman who inherited a newspaper when her husband died, a highly respected Capitol reporter, a copy editor on prize-winning magazine work, a longtime TV reporter and editor, a veteran reporter and editor — this is just part of the story behind this year’s inductees in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. A total of six journalists who have made contributions...

University of Kentucky’s Career Training in Oncology Program preparing next generation of cancer fighters

By Allison Perry and Alicia Gregory Special to KyForward For Carrigan Wasilchenko – and so many others hailing from Eastern Kentucky – cancer is not just a public health issue. It’s also a problem that hits far too close to home. “I don’t think I know one person who doesn’t know someone who’s been affected by cancer in some way,” said Wasilchenko, whose mother...

Jeff Stringer named chair of University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Jeff Stringer, a longtime University of Kentucky professor who is well-known by members of Kentucky forest industries, has been named chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, subject to board of trustees’ approval. “We are pleased to have Dr. Stringer leading Kentucky’s flagship forestry department,” said Nancy Cox, dean of the College of Agriculture,...