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A group of professors and students at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, along with community partners like Keeneland and AllTech are working together to introduce the Lexington community to the science around us. Everything is Science is a science festival that will be held at different locations all throughout the city, with concurrent events happening Thursday, April 26th through Saturday, April 28th. Their 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.


Thursday, April 26

From Stories to STEM – the Science of Education

Crank & Boom (5:30-7:30 p.m.)


  • Sarah Jashington, second grated STEM teacher from San Francisco, CA will discuss making science accessible to elementary school children
  • Patrick Goff, Kentucky middle school science teacher, will discuss teaching science to teens
  • Rupinder Kaur, first-year graduate student at UK College of Pharmacy, will discuss her path to science
  • Kaylynne Glover, researcher with focus on the biology of what makes us human, will discuss helping religious students navigate evolution
  • Janna Norton, Alltech project director, will discuss community and corporate engagement with science


Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes – the Science of Sports Medicine

Kentucky Native Café (6:30-8:30 p.m.)


  • Dr. Ken Campbell, associate professor of physiology and cardiovascular medicine, will discuss heart health
  • Dr. Vincent Sorrell, director of Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging at UK HealthCare, will discuss cardiac imaging at the UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute
  • Dr. Bruce Swetnam, associate dean of students in the UK College of Design and lead architect for Kentucky Native Care, will discuss design context, design details, and design-build
  • Stuart Pope, a former two-time Academic All-American UK soccer player and UK Pharmacy student, will discuss what fitness looks like and injury recovery
  • Dr. Mary Llody, former Olympic team doctor now at UK Healthcare, will discuss injury recover and sports medicine


Out in the Open – the Science of LGBTQ* Health Disparities

Ethereal Brewing (7:30-9:30 p.m.)


  • Lance Poston, director of UK Office of LGBTQ* Resources
  • Dr. Bernadette Barton, professor of sociology and gender studies at Morehead State University, will explore how the Bible Belt shapes the experience of LGBTQ folks and discuss how to debunk religious freedom arguments
  • Dr. Lisa Tannock, chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Molecular Medicine at UK HealthCare and associate director of the UK Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center, will discuss hormone therapy for transgender patients
  • Tuesday Medows, president of UK LGNTQ Alliance and co-chair of Lexington Fairness, will discuss LGBTQ activism
  • Dr. Kristen Mark, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at UK, will discuss why including gender and sexual identity in comprehensive sex education efforts is crucial for the health of everyone
  • Dr. Amanda Fallin Bennett, associate professor in UK College of Nursing whose research focuses on tobacco use and disparate populations


Friday, April 27

Hold Your Horses – the Science of Horse Racing

Keeneland on The Hill (1-6 p.m., in between races)


  • 12:36pm-1:00pm, Carleigh Fedorka, PhD from UK's Equine Research Center

  • 1:10pm-1:34pm, Fernanda Camargo, DVM, PhD from UK's Saddle Up Safely

  • 1:44pm-2:07pm, Mieke Holder, PhD, will discuss horse nutrition 

  • 2:17pm-2:40pm, Amy Parker, MS from McCauley’s and will discuss horse nutrition

  • 2:50pm-3:13pm, Carl Mattacola, PhD, will discuss traumatic brain injury 

  • 3:23pm-3:46pm, Mick Peterson, PhD, will discuss track surface design

  • 3:56pm-4:19pm, Allen Page, DVM, PhD, will discuss horse immunology

  • 4:29pm-4:52pm, Alex Riddle, BA from Rood and Riddle – Pharmacy, will discuss horse medication and pharmacy

  • 5:02pm-5:25pm, Katie Garrett, DVM from Rood and Riddle, will discuss horse health


Creepy Crawlers – the Science of Infectious Diseases

Al’s Bar (5:30-7:30 p.m.)


  • Dr. Frank Romanelli, professor of pharmacy and associate dean at the UK College of Pharmacy, will discuss HIV treatment
  • Dr. Vincent Venditto, assistant professor of pharmacy, will discuss vaccines
  • Dr. Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova, associate professor of pharmacy, will discuss antimicrobial resistance


Kentucky Anonymous – the Science of Substance Use Disorder & Recovery

Rock House (6:30-8:30 p.m.)


  • Dr. James Pauly, professor of pharmacy, will discuss tobacco and nicotine
  • Dr. Lindsey Hammerslag, postdoc in psychology, will discuss research in addiction and reward-related behavior 
  • Alex Elswick, UK graduate student, will discuss substance use disorders, sobriety, and recovery


Mapping the Big C – the Science of Cancer & Personalized Medicine

Pazzo’s (7:30-9:30 p.m.)


  • Dr. Jessica Blackburn, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry and researcher at the UK Markey Cancer Center, will discuss her work using zebrafish models to identify therapeutic targets for cancer treatment
  • Dr. Penni Black, associate professor of pharmacy, will discuss pharmacogenomics, or the study of how a person’s genes affects their response to cancer treatment
  • Dr. Brad Berron, associate professor of chemical engineering and researcher at the UK Markey Cancer Center, will discuss personalized medicine


Saturday, April 28

Cheers to You! – the Science of Brewing, Distilling, and Winemaking 

Parlay Social (5:30-7:30 p.m.)


  • Dr. Jeff Wheeler, resident winemaker at UK, will discuss methods used to produce sparkling wine, reasons why Cahampagnes are delicious and demonstrate the removal of yeast from a bottle-fermented wine 
  • Mark Coffman, Alltech brewer, and master distiller will discuss the science or brewing and distilling
  • Dr. Seth Debolt, professor in UK Department of Horticulture, will discuss the science of brewing and distilling 
  • Dr. Christian Paumi, assistant professor of chemistry at EKU, will discuss the role of chemistry in creating beverages
  • Dr. Cate Webb, Professor, associate dean for research in EKU Chemistry Department, will discuss geochemistry and environmental chemistry


Life in Space – the Science of What’s Above, Below, and Around Us

Pivot (6:30-8:30 p.m.)


  • Dr. Steven Van Lanen, associate professor of pharmacy, will discuss microbes and their relationship to medicine
  • Brittany Rice, College of Medicine graduate student and #IAmAWomanInSTEM co-faciliatator of UK chapter, will discuss research in pharmacology and nutrition
  • Dr. Bill Massie, UK College of Design director of Design Technology, will discuss the science on building and developing usable space for people
  • Dr. Chase Kempinski, UK College of Pharmacy post doc, will discuss how UK is sending plants into space 

Head to Head – the Science of Aging & the Brain

Bear and the Butcher (7:30-9:30 p.m.)


  • Julia Schulz, UK College of Pharmacy graduate student, will discuss the blood brain barrier using kid-friendly tools
  • Dr. Lance Johnson, assistant professor of physiology, will discuss Alzheimer’s disease genetics
  • Dr. Elizabeth Head, a researcher at the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, will discuss the process of accelerated aging
  • Dr. Zain Guduru, a physician at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, will discuss movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease 
  • George Ross, a patient with Parkinson's disease, will discuss his experience

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.