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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....

Artist Alison Saar’s UK Art Museum exhibition on Great Flood of 1927 still relevant today

By Dorothy Freeman and Whitney Hale Special to KyForward As the staff of the University of Kentucky Art Museum unpacked Alison Saar’s “Breach,” an exhibition that investigates the 1927 Great Mississippi River Flood, they could not help but be aware of how relevant the work is to the tragic situation in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Alison Saar is a sculptor, installation...

UK College of Nursing’s Tobacco Treatment Specialist training program receives accreditation

The University of Kentucky College of Nursing’s BREATHE Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) training program received accreditation from the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP) recently. The program is one of 18 accredited training programs for tobacco treatment internationally. The BREATHE TTS training was developed as a collaborative effort by UK and community partners interested...

Raising the Bar: New $56 million building project significantly expands UK College of Law

The University of Kentucky College of Law began a new chapter with a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday on Mandrell Hall’s front lawn, across the street from the Law Building, now undergoing construction. UK President Eli Capilouto and UK Law Dean David A. Brennen were joined by students, faculty, staff, donors and alumni in unveiling details of the $56 million building renovation and expansion...

New UK Clinical Trial exploring treatments to slow bone loss in patients on dialysis

By Hartmut H. Malluche, MD Special to KyForward Many people with chronic kidney disease rely on dialysis to perform some of the functions of a healthy kidney, like removing waste, maintaining safe levels of chemicals in the body and helping to control blood pressure. However, individuals who use dialysis experience very high death rates — the mortality rate is approximately 25 percent each year,...

Gatton College’s Schnatter Institute hosts economist Art Laffer for tax policy discussion Thursday

By Carl Nathe Special to KyForward Tax reform discussions are taking place in our nation’s capital and in state capitals across the country, including Frankfort, Kentucky. Amid this backdrop, the Schnatter Institute at University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics is hosting noted economist and tax policy analyst Arthur B. “Art” Laffer as part of a 90-minute panel discussion...

A Cornucopia of Arts: UK offering diverse selection of concerts, theatre and dance this season

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward From the university’s art studios, gallery and museum to the stages of Singletary Center for the Arts and Guignol Theatre, students, faculty and staff in the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts will entertain and move audiences with a diverse selection of concerts, exhibits, theatre and dance offerings beginning this fall all while marking the 50th...

Grab Your Running Shoes: It’s time to register for DanceBlue’s annual 5K walk/run fundraiser

Time to lace up your running shoes and start training. The annual DanceBlue 5K will begin at noon Sunday, Oct. 1. This year’s walk/run 5K will be held at the newly named Kroger Field and will benefit the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Registration Students, faculty, marathon runners and DanceBlue supporters are all welcome to come join DanceBlue for...

Child Development Center of the Bluegrass sets Touch a Truck fundraiser for Sunday at Keeneland

Child Development Center of the Bluegrass (CDCB), located at the University of Kentucky, announced the 2017 Touch-A-Truck Event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 27 at Keeneland Entertainment Center. The event will raise funds for programs and therapy services for the preschool, which helps children with and without special needs achieve their maximum potential. Touch a Truck is a unique...

It’s All Here: UK president Capilouto gives video tour of sweeping campus changes as students return

By Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward On Wednesday, the University of Kentucky campus came alive once again as the first classes in the 2017-18 academic year began. Students, faculty and staff are arriving to a transformed campus. During the past six years, the University of Kentucky has invested more than $2.3 billion in facilities designed to support students. In addition to the...

UK’s Gatton College of Business launches first professional finance Master’s degree in Kentucky

By Carl Nathe Special to KyForward Until now, no master of finance degree program existed in the state of Kentucky. That is changing this week as the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics officially launches its new professional Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree. “There is a great need for highly trained finance professionals in our Commonwealth,” said Mark...

Team of University of Kentucky students will have unique view of eclipse — from above

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward While millions are looking to the sky on Aug. 21 for one of nature’s rarest events, a team of University of Kentucky students will offer a perspective of a total solar eclipse never experienced before — the view from above. Using cutting-edge technology, the UK Solar Eclipse Ballooning Team will stream the eclipse live from space to the internet, where...

Patient overcomes fear of the dentist, finds healthy new smile leads to newfound confidence

By Olivia Ramirez Special to KyForward For Andrea Crookston, taking photos used to mean hiding her smile. Fear and anxiety kept Crookston from going to the dentist every six months as recommended. Instead, she’d only go when the pain was too much for her to bear. “I’d been in pain for a long time, but I was afraid of the dentist,” she said. “The sound of the drill gives...

Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service hosting second event on indoor aquaculture program

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Due to the popularity of its spring indoor aquaculture program, the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a second event for individuals interested in learning more about the production of indoor marine shrimp, tilapia and aquaponics. The program is Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Kentucky State University Aquaculture Research Center in Frankfort. Indoor aquaculture...

Organ donors recognized, honored during UK HealthCare’s annual Gift of Life Celebration

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward On November 2015, Frankfort native Brian Chenault went to the doctor for what appeared to be a bout of pneumonia. After more than a year of struggling with the illness, Brian received some much more distressing news: a viral infection had damaged his heart beyond repair. This past January, the 39-year-old was referred to UK HealthCare for a heart transplant. “I...

Daughter’s gift to University of Kentucky Libraries continues legacy of Earle C. Clements

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward When the National Archives and the University of Kentucky Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center present this year’s Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Awards to three Central Kentucky history/civics educators Wednesday at the Special Collections Research Center Great Hall, in the Margaret I. King Library Building, it will be just one...

Universe will provide state a sight to remember on Aug. 21 — as long as the weather cooperates

By Gail Hairston and Jenny Wells Special to KyForward Imagine humankind at the dawn of civilization, or even earlier. Men, women and children huddle mesmerized, terrified in their ignorance, as a bright sunny day suddenly darkens until the sun vanishes and stars appear in the midday sky. It is dark long enough for night creatures to make an appearance. Imagine the confusion, the panic, the helpless...