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Cancer, COVID-19 and the Kentucky economy: How ‘Sweet Annie’ could make an Impact

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward With the morning sun rising in the sky at the University of Kentucky’s sprawling Spindletop Farm, Patrick Perry is in high spirits, smiling behind his reflective shades as his tractor roars to life. His student workers, UK seniors Chris Bankes and Tyler Miles, take Styrofoam float beds loaded with tiny seedlings of the plant Artemisia annua and attach them to...

‘Faith Moves Mountains’ initiative continues with $3.1 million grant to study diabetes care in appalachia

By Amy Jones-Timoney and Kristi Willett Special to KyForward Since 2004, Nancy Schoenberg, the Marion Pearsall Professor of Behavioral Science in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been principal investigator of a series of projects called “Faith Moves Mountains,” including “An Appalachian Cervical Cancer Prevention Program,” “A CBPR Appalachian Wellness and Cancer...

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...

UK Nursing student, breast cancer survivor thrives on activity, beating cancer and finishing school

By Elizabeth Adams UKNow reporter Striding across the finish line in pink knee-high socks imprinted with the phrase “tough ta-tas,” Brandy Smith completed her first 5K as a breast cancer survivor in October. She wore a victory sash and clasped a pink carnation as she and husband Jason waited for friends at the ballpark. The race was a moment of exhalation for the University of Kentucky student...

Seeing Double: Why minutes matter – and more – for twins in UK’s Big Blue Family

  On a campus the size of the University of Kentucky, it’s not uncommon to find students who are related to each other in some way.   But what is it like to be twins who make the decision to come to college together?   Twins Alex and Alexis Poythress (Photo by Mark Cornelison/UKNow) In a “Big Blue Family” video from UKNow, the spotlight is turned on three sets of Wildcat...

UK Women’s Choir turns 20 and brings back alumnae to celebrate with special concert

The fall concert Saturday includes alumnae returning to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the University of Kentucky Women’s Choir. (Photo from UK)   The University of Kentucky Women’s Choir will celebrate 20 years of music when they present their fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. UK’s award-winning female a cappella group,...

Historian studies early, never-before-seen sermons, letters of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Gail Hairston Special to KyForward   Gerald Smith (Photos from UKNow) Gerald Smith has spent a lifetime studying the nation’s African-American leaders, including the formative years of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.   The Lexington area will celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday, Jan. 21, with a march and program featuring Jeff Johnson. Register here to take...

Terry Birdwhistell understands the value
of history in moving UK Libraries forward

Terry Birdwhistell (Photo from UKNow)   By Kelley Bozeman Special to KyForward   Terry Birdwhistell understands – more than virtually anyone – what is really among the rows of books and periodicals that fill the W.T. Young Library at the University of Kentucky.   He understands the real value in the stacks of yellowed paper stored in mountains of boxes and the digital recordings...