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Fight for Survival: UK teaching assistant uses life-altering injury as motivation for students

By Amanda Nelson Special to KyForward It was a normal day in southern Ohio. Hot, but normal. The Huntington Huntsmen football players were giving it their all during practice. It was the first time they were running plays with full contact, wearing all their gear. It might have been more enjoyable, if only it weren’t so hot. The heat wasn’t on Sy Bridenbaugh’s mind as much as other things,...

The Difference a Grade Makes: UK researcher Guskey helps educators better serve their students

How effective are traditional grading practices in the classroom? Tom Guskey tackles this and other current issues in education through his research at the University of Kentucky College of Education. “I think everybody has a sort of in-born sense of curiosity and becoming a researcher just allows us to formalize that,” he said. Guskey is a professor of education psychology at UK and is...

UK student develops program to to help encourage communication between police, autism community

By Amanda Nelson and Beth Goins Special to KyForward A University of Kentucky student is teaming with local police to provide education about interacting with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Abbey Love is an educational psychology doctoral student in the UK College of Education. With a research focus on teaching and ASD, Love is involved with Central Kentucky autism groups such as...

UK colleges team up to develop a video game to educate young family farmers, help prevent injuries

By Olivia McCoy Special to KyForward Family farming differs from other professions because people in this field both work and live in the same location. This means the risk of injury in the workplace is higher than usual; you never leave the workplace. Agriculture ranks among the most dangerous industries, with an estimated annual cost of agricultural injuries exceeding $4.5 billion. Researchers...

Full STEAM Ahead: UK partnership will prepare academy students for careers in geosciences

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward A new partnership between the University of Kentucky Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) in the College of Arts and Sciences, UK College of Education and STEAM Academy will prepare a diverse population of high school students for careers in geosciences. The program is being funded by a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)...

Tinkering with Opportunity: Teacher opens doors, brings STEM subjects to life at camp

Craig Schroeder, center, created the See Blue STEM Camp at UK for fifth- through eighth-graders. (Photo from UKNow)   By Amanda Nelson Special to KyForward   During his childhood in Burnside, in Pulaski County, Craig Schroeder was always taking things apart and trying to fix them — a tinkerer.   “Most of the time I was unsuccessful, but occasionally I was able to repair my remote...

Fayette Farm to School Team receives service award for connecting students to agriculture

The Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has selected the Fayette County Farm to School Team to receive its 2014 Award for Community Service. This annual award goes to an individual or group that has promoted or enhanced the nutritional well-being of the community or has contributed significantly to the nutrition profession.   The team concentrates on these three Cs – classroom, cafeteria...

UK College of Education's Sport Leadership program opens doors to careers in athletics

After graduating from UK’s Sports Leadership program, Josh Harbolt accepted a job with a NCAA program.   Careers in athletics are not limited to roles on the playing field. Consider Josh Harbolt’s story. He chose business administration with an emphasis in finance as his undergraduate major. Today, he’s employed by an NCAA Division I athletic program.   Harbolt grew up just outside...

Leaders in education join together to mark launch of Kentucky's STEMx Network

Leaders in Kentucky education cut a ribbon to formally launch Kentucky's partnership in the STEMx network. (Photo from UKNow)   A ribbon cutting was held recently to officially mark the launch of Kentucky’s involvement in the STEMx Network created by the Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization. The University of Kentucky College...

UK College of Ed., AdvancED’s Innovation Summit to bring education leaders together

Leaders in education, businesses and communities will come together in Lexington to share ideas that will help transform education in Kentucky at the 2012 Innovation Summit.   Roszalyn M. Akins is a featured speaker at the Innovation Summit. She currently serves as the director of the Carter G. Woodson Academy in Fayette County. (Photo from AdvancED) The Innovation Summit, co-sponsored by the...

UK College of Ed., AdvancED's Innovation Summit to bring education leaders together

Leaders in education, businesses and communities will come together in Lexington to share ideas that will help transform education in Kentucky at the 2012 Innovation Summit.   Roszalyn M. Akins is a featured speaker at the Innovation Summit. She currently serves as the director of the Carter G. Woodson Academy in Fayette County. (Photo from AdvancED) The Innovation Summit, co-sponsored by the...