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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...

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...

Sports Diplomacy: New UK program using athletics to connect people from all walks of life

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward Sports are an intrinsic part of the American life — bringing folks together on the field, in the backyard and around the TV. But sports are also bringing people together in an even bigger way — people from different continents, cultures and walks of life — thanks to a concept called sports diplomacy. “Sport is a powerful vehicle,” said Carol...

UK announces $10 million gift from Don Jacobs Sr. Charitable Foundation for science education

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced Tuesday a $10 million gift from The Don Jacobs Sr. Charitable Foundation to further invest in undergraduate science education. The majority of the gift — $8 million — will go toward the new academic science building that now takes the name Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building. Another $2 million...

Cupcakes for Camp: UK student’s epilepsy diagnosis leads to life of service, Presidential recognition

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward When Jessica Waters was 11 years old, her young life changed. She could no longer go swimming on her own or ride a bike by herself. She even had to be careful watching television — it was a trigger for her seizures. After being diagnosed with epilepsy, Waters, now a University of Kentucky sophomore studying integrated strategic communication, had little enthusiasm...

Wearable technology allows anesthesiologists, surgeons to keep their eyes on their patients

By Whitney Harder and Ben Corwin Special to KyForward Surgeons and anesthesiologists prepped for their next bariatrics surgery: scrubs, masks, gowns, gloves? Check. And then the software engineer geared up: Google Glass, connected and fully charged? Check. They headed into the operating room. The software engineer was University of Kentucky computer science student Zack Anderson, who watched the surgery...

From LA to UK: Professional violinist Stewart orchestrates new career in the law

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward Intricate patterns of notes and rhythms coming together to form a beautiful piece of music isn’t magic — it’s an amazing analytical framework, according to Chris Stewart. And to study and practice music means to critically analyze and think creatively to conquer new challenges. So when people ask Stewart how he made the transition from being a professional...

UK campus to ‘Light It Up Blue’ for Autism Awareness Day, kicking off full week of activities

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward It was bluer than usual on the University of Kentucky campus Saturday as iconic Memorial Hall, as well as the Lyman T Johnson, Central II, Haggin, Woodland Glen I, Champions Court I and Champions Court II residence halls were lit with blue lights in honor of World Autism Awareness Day. This week, the University of Kentucky Student Council for Exceptional Children...

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)...

UK undergrads take on new comic opera, Little Nemo in Slumberland, in two-day run

University of Kentucky Undergraduate Opera Studio will perform a new opera, Little Nemo in Slumberland, on Feb. 1-2. (Photo provided)   By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   Undergraduate opera vocalists at the University of Kentucky will get the rare opportunity this weekend to be part of the first staging of a new opera. American composer Daron Aric Hagen and librettist J.D. McClatchy’s...