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Al Cross: Mitch McConnell should get Trump to stop contradicting science — that’s bad for public health

When I was a child growing up in one of the poorest counties in the nation, with one of the smallest percentages of college graduates of any county, I was lucky. I had parents who had been to college and knew something about public health and had even worked in it. Even the less fortunate folks in our community had respect for the local health department. We all knew that it was a trusted place with...

Kentucky by Heart: Many Kentuckians have made their mark in fields of science and technology

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Science and technology. . .in the Bluegrass State?? Over the years, Kentucky hasn’t always been given credit for its part in the furtherance of science and technology in the U.S., but after I did a little research this week, I discovered that the state has some real credibility in the area. There are a goodly number of people born in Kentucky who have been, or...

Al Cross: Beshear sees his limits; now it’s time for an individual character test and for you to carry the ball

There’s no shortage of subjects for a Kentucky political column: the U.S. Senate race (Mitch McConnell’s got a leg up, and both sides are misleading you), the bipartisan plan for the election (kudos to Secretary of State Michael Adams and Gov. Andy Beshear) or the Republican convention (Donald Trump’s latest TV show, well produced but with too much fiction). But the most important piece of business...

KCTCS sets records for total number of credentials awarded, most graduates for one year

Despite the significant disruption to the spring semester, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) awarded a record number of credentials to a record number of graduates. Additionally, the record number of credentials awarded pushes the total number of credentials awarded to half a million since KCTCS was created. For the 2019-20 academic year the 16 KCTCS colleges awarded 39,291...

Jan Hillard: We are all in this together, except for our partisan differences

It is expected that our political parties differ on many issues such as the economy, foreign affairs, and the role of government. These differences are reflected in public opinion and across political leaders. However, it would be reasonable to expect that partisan differences would significantly lessen during the current pandemic. Instead, the opposite is true. During the pandemic, partisan differences...

Two years early, Kentucky’s public universities hit key targets on STEM+H bachelor’s degrees

Kentucky’s public universities chalked up another win for workforce readiness in 2018-19, surpassing a major milestone for bachelor’s degrees in high-demand STEM+H fields – science, technology, engineering, math and health care. The state’s strategic plan, “Stronger by Degrees,” called on universities to produce at least 6,620 STEM+H degrees annually by the 2020-21 academic year. However,...

Council on Postsecondary Education report shows degrees, credentials up 11.4 percent over five years

A new degree and credential production report issued by the Council on Postsecondary Education shows Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities awarded a record 72,936 degrees and credentials in the 2017-18 academic year, representing a 4% annual gain and an 11.4% increase over five years. (Click for full report) The five-year report describes the state of postsecondary education...

Kentucky launches K-TECH initiative for Hazard Independent, Perry County students

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has launched Kentucky Advanced Technical College High (K-TECH), the state’s first college-high apprenticeship program, in partnership with Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC), University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health, Appalachian Regional Hospitals, Juniper Health, and Hazard Independent Schools. Science, technology,...

Nearly 12,000 students headed to Rupp Arena for STLP State Championship on Thursday

Nearly 12,000 students, educators, volunteers, community members, and parents are expected to converge on Lexington for Kentucky’s annual Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship on Thursday. P-12 students from across the state will show what they know and can do with technology in arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and demonstrate many career-ready...

Al Cross: Gov. Bevin is reckless to disregard the science on chickenpox; public health matters

When Gov. Matt Bevin volunteered to a Southern Kentucky radio audience March 19 that he had exposed his nine children to chickenpox, and questioned the need for vaccinations and laws requiring them, it was more than the latest example of him being reckless with his mouth. It was a new low in public officials’ willful ignorance or disregard of science, an alarming trend that is taking us to new highs...

Registration now open for UK’s Expanding Your Horizons Conference for middle school girls April 20

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky is hosting the third annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference for middle school girls and their parents or guardians from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 20. This day of hands-on workshops will inform young Kentucky girls and their parents about exciting career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Women...

‘Four C’s’ could result in science, technology students earning free Legends tickets

The Lexington Legends are stepping into the fields of science and technology through a new educational program. The Legends are working with the Instructional Technology Department of Fayette County Public Schools to provide an incentive for students in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Science and Technology Leadership Program (STLP) to participate in academic activities related to those studies....

Competitors give best efforts in district science fair involving 700+ students

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   More than 700 students competed Feb. 7 in the annual Kentucky American Water Science Fair, presenting projects in a variety of disciplines such as chemistry, plant sciences, engineering and physics.   The overall winners included Dorottya Gal, fourth grade, Meadowthorpe Elementary; Meenakshi Ambati, fifth grade, Cassidy Elementary; Evan Winkler, sixth...

Science Guy: Here's a quick and easy experiment that is light as a feather

  How long can you balance a feather in the palm of your hand? Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how you can use science to help you with this challenge.   Feather Balance   INGREDIENTS   · Feather   INSTRUCTIONS   STEP 1: Place the quill of the feather in the palm of your hand and attempt to balance the feather.   EXPLANATION   You...

Science Guy: No pressure, but household bathroom supplies could suck you into science

  It’s something we find in the bathroom, but the toilet plunger isn’t just for unclogging the toilet. Jason Lindsey aka “Mr. Science,” with Hooked on Science, and a kid scientist show us how plungers can help us better understand the weather.   Plunger Power     INGREDIENTS   · 2 Toilet Plungers   INSTRUCTIONS STEP 1: Press the two plunger cups together. STEP...

Science Guy: A penny may not buy much, but put it with a few other items, make electricity

  Do you have a few extra pennies in your pocket? If so, our KyForward’s Science Guy Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how to use pennies and a few other ingredients from around the house to power a calculator.   Penny Powered Calculator     INGREDIENTS   · 3 Pennies · 3 Zinc Washers · Cardboard · Electrical Tape · Vinegar · 2 Alligator Clip Test Leads ·...

Science Guy: Not all fragile things break when dropped as in this new light bulb experiment

We all know light bulbs are fragile. So, why is Jason Lindsey, KyForward‘s Science Guy, dropping them? The answer and the results will surprise you.   Unbreakable light bulb   Ingredients:   • Incandescent light bulb   Instructions:   Step 1: Hold the incandescent light bulb so the metal part is pointing toward the floor, let go and observe.   Explanation:   The...

Lexmark hosted students and professionals for a day of learning, teaching and inspiration

Students and professionals worked together in a day of technology, science, math and engineering. (Photo provided)   More than 100 students and 135 science, technology, engineering, and math professionals, volunteers, speakers and committee members attended the Youth Science Summit at Lexmark’s headquarters in Lexington.   Created by the Science Center’s Youth Infusion Board, the Youth...