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Special graduate set to cross UK’s commencement stage after majoring in socialization, basic obedience

Anu and his student handler Abby Sheeler pose for their graduation pictures. (Photo courtesy of Abby Sheeler) By Meg Mills University of Kentucky You might see a few extra feet — or paws — walk across the stage at the University of Kentucky’s May Commencement. Anu, a year-old golden retriever service dog in training, is one of several dogs that will be crossing the graduation stage with...

University of Kentucky employee Heather Chapman to appear on ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ Friday

By Meg Mills University of Kentucky Who wants to be a millionaire? Trivia lover Heather Chapman does. Chapman, a Lexington native, will test her chances on ABC’s show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” this Friday. But Chapman isn’t a rookie at game shows. She competed on “Jeopardy!” 11 years ago, though she says she did poorly then as a result of giving birth three...

UK Graduate and Lexington teacher Claire Bishop to compete on ‘Jeopardy!’ Teacher’s Tournament

By Lindsey Piercy UK Now Here’s today’s “Daily Double” question: This Lexington teacher will compete in the “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament tonight. Answer: Who is Claire Bishop? That’s correct! Bishop, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, is one of 15 upcoming competitors on the long-running TV quiz show. The “Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament”...

UK reseachers developing computer software to deliver better therapies for heart failure patients

By Whitney Harder Special to KyFoward Picture this: you’re battling heart failure and meeting with your doctor to discuss treatment. Before prescribing anything, the doctor pulls up a virtual model of your heart on her computer and “treats” it with several drugs. A few moments later, she can see how your heart is doing five years down the road. Your doctor chooses the treatment with...

National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Demystifying security jargon, terms you should know

By Jennifer Edwards Special to KyForward University of Kentucky Information Technology Services is providing tips and advice throughout Cyber Security Awareness Month. Whether we realize it or not, the internet touches nearly all aspects of our daily lives. With the perpetual connectivity to the internet through multiple devices increasing cyber security concerns arise. Anyone can fall victim to cyber...

With new basketball season on the horizon, UK deputy AD Peevy prepares for calm before storm

By Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward As the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team prepares to kick off its regular season with Big Blue Madness, UK Deputy Director of Athletics DeWayne Peevy prepares for the calm before the storm. Since he oversees the men’s basketball program as part of his role with UK Athletics, the next few months will keep the Birmingham,...

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Kristof to discuss global citizenship during UK appearance

The University of Kentucky International Center will welcome Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and well-known columnist with The New York Times, on Oct. 26, to discuss “A Path Appears: How Students Can Change the World.” His appearance is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gatton College of Business and Economics, and the School of Journalism...

Stanford University researcher Rauh to discuss pension issues during Gatton College event

As Kentucky lawmakers try to decide how to deal with the Commonwealth’s pension problem, a widely recognized scholar on the subject of state and local pension systems will be speaking at University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Joshua D. Rauh’s research on pension systems in the United States has received national media coverage in outlets such...

UK employee, students developing virtual reality game to provide distraction for kids with cancer

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward It’s difficult to imagine how a child with cancer could escape the reality of the disease and their surroundings, but Nathan Stevens, a college media officer at the University of Kentucky, is trying to do just that through virtual reality. “The game will be simple, but engaging, transporting children from the hospital to another world,” Stevens...

‘Appalachia in the Bluegrass’ continues fall concert series with Brett Ratliff, The Local Honeys

The next performances in the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series showcase artists who have dedicated their lives to the performance and preservation of old-time music. On Oct. 6, banjo player Brett Ratliff will perform. On Oct. 13, the traditional music duo The Local Honeys will play. Both free public concerts will take place at noon, at the Niles Gallery, located in the University...

UK-authored study confirms pelvic radiation as standard of care for early stage endometrial cancer

By Liz Gardner Special to KyForward In a new phase III trial report from the National Clinical Trial Network group, NRG Oncology, recurrence-free and overall survival rates for women with stage I-II high-risk endometrial cancer were not superior following vaginal cuff brachytherapy plus chemotherapy when compared with pelvic radiation therapy. University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center radiation...

C-J reporter Yetter named winner of James Madison Award for Service to the First Amendment

A journalist whose reporting on the deaths of children abused or murdered while under the supervision of a state agency is the 2017 recipient of the James Madison Award for Service to the First Amendment. Deborah Yetter, a reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal, is the 12th recipient of the award given by the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism...

Fall Blitz Week kicks off DanceBlue events raising funds for Kentucky Children’s Hospital

The beginning of the fall semester signifies the beginning of the DanceBlue season. In conjunction with National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, DanceBlue will host its annual Fall Blitz Week through Friday, Sept. 29. What is Blitz Week? Blitz Week is a week full of DanceBlue activities on UK’s campus that concludes with the end of team registration 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. There is a theme for...

Citywide Y’Art Sale featuring local artists set for Saturday; benefits go to UK Art Museum

Is someone else’s junk your idea of treasure? Wonder what kind of tchotchkes artists have in their homes? Y’all here’s your chance to find out. Stop by 16 homes and workspaces of Lexington’s most creative types as part of the University of Kentucky Art Museum and Robbie Morgan’s citywide Y’Art Sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. The sale will go on, rain or shine. Participants in...

UK earns recognition as Diversity Champion college by Insight into Diversity magazine

By Blair Hoover Conner Special to KyForward INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has recognized the University of Kentucky as one of 15 Diversity Champion colleges and universities in the nation. Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs and at the highest administrative levels. “UK is a visionary leader...

UK’s Appalachia in the Bluegrass concert series showcases talents of Magill, Rose

The next two concerts in the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” series will showcase the talents of Andrew Finn Magill and Jennifer Rose. On Friday, Sep. 22, fiddler Andrew Finn Magill will play. The next week, Friday, Sep. 29, folk singer and traditional dancer Jennifer Rose will perform. These free public concerts will take place at noon, at the Niles Gallery, located in the University of...

UK College of Design expands into Louisville with first satellite architecture studio

In partnership with the City of Louisville and Portland Investment Initiative (Pii), the College of Design at the University of Kentucky will host its first satellite studio in West Louisville beginning with the fall 2017 semester. After meeting with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Pii founder Gill Holland in spring 2016, Dean Mitzi Vernon set the wheels in motion for the inaugural “studio away”...

Above and Beyond: UK HealthCare’s ALS Clinic assisting patients with equipment loan closet

By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward Last month, the UK HealthCare ALS Clinic earned a coveted recognition from the ALS Association: ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence. The certification honors UK’s commitment to ALS research and patient care, which centers around a multidisciplinary approach where ALS patients see a variety of specialists in a single visit. (Read more...

Time to dust off your dancing shoes — DanceBlue Team registration now open

Individual and team registration is now open for the 2018 DanceBlue marathon. The only requirement is that participants and team members are all full-time University of Kentucky students. How to DanceBlue: • Create a team — it can be your friends, dorm or any student/Greek organization. • Personalize your team — pick a cool team name and a team captain. • Register your team — team captains...

Protect Your Eyes: The eclipse may be over, but your eyes still need everyday protection from the sun

By Dr. Claire Fraser Special to KyForward Now that the solar eclipse is over, it’s a good idea to review the basics of everyday sun protection for your eyes. Long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight can lead to damage on the inside and the outside of your eyes. There is an increased risk of developing cancers of the eyelids and ocular surface with increased exposure to the sun....