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Going boldly where no plant has ever been, thanks to collaboration between Space Tango, UK scientists

By Allison Perry University of Kentucky Joe Chappell’s latest venture in plant-based drug development could be described, quite literally, as “out of this world.” Chappell runs one of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy’s natural products labs, with the specific goal of developing new therapeutics derived from flora. Now, working with UK postdoc Chase Kempinski and a team from...

Kentucky-based Space Tango’s launch is first step to commercializing microgravity research

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched Space Tango payloads on Commercial Resupply Services – 10 (CRS-10) on Feb. 19 from Cape Canaveral, Fla. “Space Tango is a leader of a rapidly growing entrepreneurial space industry in Kentucky,” shared Kris Kimel (kkimel@kstc.com), Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation president and Space Tango chairman. The state of Kentucky continues...

Hampton establishes Kentucky Chapter of national Aerospace States Association

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton has joined the Aerospace States Association (ASA) and established a Kentucky Chapter of the organization (KY ASA). “Since the aerospace/aviation industry is Kentucky’s number one export, it is critical to build positive momentum through a unified effort across the Commonwealth,” said Hampton. KY ASA will be holding a chapter kickoff event, October Sky Launch, on Wednesday,...

Statewide Summit on Philanthropy to feature keynoter Cleveland Fed president Loretta Mester

Loretta Mester, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, will be keynote speaker for the eighth annual Kentucky Summit on Philanthropy, set for Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington. The theme of this year’s conference is “Economic Transition: Leading Through Philanthropy.” To register, click here. Options are available to attend just the luncheon...

Kentucky’s aviation and aerospace growth, spurred by Space Tango, is out of this world

Engineers watched a few weeks ago from a control room inside an old building on Short Street in Lexington as a small box was pushed into place aboard the International Space Station. Designed and built in Kentucky under the direction of Kentucky-based Space Tango, the box is a laboratory called TangoLab 1 filled with 21 cubes capable of running different bioengineering experiments simultaneously. As...

Bluegrass Tomorrow, Higher Education Consortium bring IdeaFestival back with star-studded cast

IdeaFestival returns to the Bluegrass Region highlighted by the keynote addresses of Jad Abumrad of NPR’s Radio Lab and author Rich DeMillo, noted for his work on the revolution in higher education. IF Bluegrass will take place at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts, April 21-22, presented by the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium and Bluegrass Tomorrow. IF Bluegrass begins...

Business, education and the arts create blueprint for strong workforce, experts agree

A group of nearly 60 arts educators, teaching artists, school representatives, business people and representatives from arts organizations gathered to hear some of the state’s leaders in business and education discuss the role arts education plays in preparing Kentucky’s young people for the workforce.   “Creativity and Innovation: Developing Tomorrow’s Workforce”...