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Science is all around us — pushing, pulling, exerting opposing forces that keep the universe in balance. Join us for this year’s Everything is Science (EiS) Festival, Opposites Attract. It's a week of paired presentations, lectures and demonstrations that take a closer look at the yin and yang of science. EiS is a science festival that will be held at different locations all throughout the city, with events happening Monday, March 4th through Friday, March 8th. Our mission is to demonstrate how science is happening all around us and not just in research labs while allowing the community to come together and celebrate the science that makes the Bluegrass great. All events are free and open to the public. No registration required.



Wanted Dead or Alive: The Science of What’s Alive (or Not)

DEAD: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Creaux (310 West Short St.)

  • Hogs, Smoke, & Salt: The Science of Country Ham - Steve Coomes, Author of Country Ham: Southern Tradition of Hogs, Salt & Spoke 
  • Resurrecting a Dead Bourbon Distillery - Matthew Bell, Mitcher's Distillery
  • Diagnosing the Brain after Death - Janna Neltner, UK College of Medicine

ALIVE: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, West Sixth Brewing (501 West Sixth St.)

  • What is Artificial Intelligence? - Judy Goldsmith, UK College of Engineering 
  • It's Alive! Look Inside Your Mouth - Meg Grady, UK College of Engineering
  • Social Bonds & What it Means to Live - Nathan DeWall, UK College of Arts & Sciences, Psychology 



Size Matters: The Science of Big & Small

SMALL: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Campus Pub (393 Waller Ave.)

  • How Do (Tiny) Melanin Pigments Relate to Cancer Risk? - John D'Orazio, UK College of Medicine
  • Look A Little Closer - Even Bugs Have Bugs - Jen White, UK College of Ag, Entomology
  • Pregnancy: When Short-term Investments Yield Long-term Gains - Kevin Pearson, UK College of Medicine

BIG: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Rock House Brewing (119 Luigart Ct.)

  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Weather But Never Got A Chance to Ask - Bill Meck, LEX18
  • When the Stars Are Right: The Physics Behind Historical Sky Events - Mark Pitts, EKU Physics/Astronomy 
  • Stars & Ancient Times: How Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans Used the Sky - Jackie Murray, UK College of Arts & Sciences



I’m Rubber, You’re Glue: The Science of What Sticks (or Doesn’t)

STICKY: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Blue Stallion Brewing (610 West Third St.)

  • Sticky Stuff & Why It's Cool - Jon Pham, UK College of Engineering
  • Sticking Together: What Makes a Relationship Work? - Kristen Mark, UK College of Education
  • Make Your Message Stick: A Look at Memory & Marketing - Dan Sheehan, UK Gatton College of Business & Economics, Marketing and Supply Chain

BOUNCY: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Soundbar (208 South Limestone Ave.)

  • Bouncing Ideas off Each Other: The Science of Improvisation - Susie ThielBrad KernsRaleigh Dailey, UK College of Fine Arts
  • Bouncing Back from Adversity: The Science of Growth Mindset - Rhonda Henry, UK Work-Life Office
  • Bouncing Numbers: The Science of Accounting - Abby Helton, CPA



Hurts So Good: The Science of Pleasure & Pain

PLEASURE: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, West Sixth Greenroom 109 West Main St.

  • Sex and the Pleasure Deficit - Kristen Mark, Sex & Relationship Expert
  • Me, We, And the Bee: Talking About Pleasure Benefits Bee Societies - Clare Rittschof, UK College of Ag, Entomology 
  • Tasting Pleasure, A Systemic Approach - Kevin Eastin, Sommelier

PAIN: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Pivot Brewing (1400 Delaware Ave.)

  • Pain Management & The Opioid Epidemic - Nathan Pauly, WVU School of Public Health
  • Headaches & How We Treat Them - Siddharth Kapoor, Director, Headache Clinic, UK HealthCare, 
  • Weeding through The Fact: Therapeutic Uses for CBD Oil - Shelley Roberts, Owner, Grassroots Pharmacy 



Are You Born With It? The Science of Nature Versus Nurture

NURTURE: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Parlay Social (249 West Short St.)

  • You Are What You Eat: Perspectives from An Organic Farmer - Mac Stone, Elmwood Stock Farm
  • Is It A Peanut or The Plague? How the Immune System Learns & Changes Throughout Life - Luke Heil, UK College of Medicine
  • Bargain Like a Roman: Living Latin in the Bluegrass - Jessamyn Rising, UK College of Arts & Science
  • How I Went from Concert Pianist to Professional Ballroom Dancer: Pattern Recognition & Cognition - Aaron Orin, Pianist/Dancer, Arthur Murray Dance Studio

NATURE: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Crank & Boom (1210 Manchester St.)

  • Plant Diseases: The Extinction of Pizza as We Know It - Lou Hirsch, UK College of Ag, Department of Plant Pathology 
  • Expressing your Natural Self - Tuesday Meadows, LGBTQ Community Activist
  • Nature's Bad Air: What does it mean to BREATHE free? - Ellen Hahn, UK College of Nursing 


We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.