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Everything is Science, Lexington’s city-wide science festival, is back in 2024 with an exciting new theme: Make It Make Sense! 

Each year, a group of students and employees at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and campus and community partners work together to show Lexington that science is all around us, not just in the research labs. Everything is Science unfolds across various venues throughout the city, with evening events scheduled from Monday through Friday.

In 2024, attendees will embark on a sensory journey, where the focus will be on the five remarkable human senses: touch, vision, taste, hearing, and smell.

The festival features talks, demonstrations, and conversations in laid-back spaces like local restaurants, pubs, and breweries. Speakers will demystify complex subjects, demonstrating that even the most seemingly unrelated topics can be connected to the fascinating world of science.

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Everything is Science: Make It Make Sense will occur February 19-23, 2024, from 6-8 pm daily.  

  • Monday, 2/19: TOUCH
    • Ethereal Cornerstone (401 S Limestone)
      • (6:00 - 6:30 PM) Touching the past: Making sense of touch in the ancient world — Dr. Eric Welch, UK College of Pharmacy
      • (6:30 - 7:00 PM) Wild touch: What “extreme” animals can teach us about how we feel — Dr. Eve Schneider, UK College of Arts & Sciences
      • (7:00 - 7:30 PM) Balancing act: Touching on the science of stability — Dr. Valerie Martin, UK HealthCare Sports Rehab
      • (7:30 - 8:00 PM) Out of touch: How diabetics can get back in touch — Dr. Monica Kennison, Berea College
  • Tuesday, 2/20: VISION
    • Ethereal Public House (102 W. Vine Street)
      • (6:00 - 6:30 PM) Controversial chemistry: How the public views the central science — Dr. Tim Funk, Gettysburg College
      • (6:30 - 7:00 PM) Seeing is believing: Perceptions of reproduction from children’s books — Dr. Shelly Krajny, UK College of Education
      • (7:00 - 7:30 PM) Look closer: Vaccines viewed through whiskey-colored glasses — Dr. Vince Venditto, UK College of Pharmacy
      • (7:30 - 8:00 PM) Am I seeing things: The magical world of perception — John Shore, John Shore Magic
  • Wednesday, 2/21: TASTE 
    • Old North Bar at Greyline Station (101 W. Loudon Avenue) 
      • (6:00 - 6:30 PM) Savoring Kentucky: Flavor wheel bourbon tasting — Chef Ouita Michel, Holly Hill and Co.
      • (6:30 - 7:00 PM) Fungal feasts: Fungi are all around us — and tasty! — Dr. Lou Hirsch, UK Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
      • (7:00 - 7:30 PM) Sensational steak: How to cut up a beef ribeye — Dr. Gregg Rentfrow, UK Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
      • (7:30 - 8:00 PM) A bite of ideology: Are you political, or just bitter? — Dr. Tom Adams, UK College of Arts & Sciences
  • Thursday, 2/22: HEARING
    • Pivot Brewing (1400 Delaware Avenue)
      • (6:00 - 6:30 PM) Making sense of your prescriptions: Hearing what you need to know. — Dr. Donna Brostek Lee, UK College of Education
      • (6:30 - 7:00 PM) Hear no evil...but keep hearing the rest! How to prevent hearing loss at any age — Dr. Jeanette Miller, The Hearing & Speech Center
      • (7:00 - 7:30 PM) Can you hear me now? Critical connections between hearing and brain health — Dr. Elizabeth Rhodus, UK College of Medicine
      • (7:30 - 8:00 PM) Tune in and find out: The evolution of cochlear implantation — Dr. Beth McNulty, UK HealthCare
  • Friday, 2/23: SMELL 
    • Void Sake Co. (819 National Ave., Suite 120)
      • (6:00 - 6:30 PM) What's that smell? The philosophy of perception and the olfactory experience — Dr. Clare Batty, UK College of Arts & Sciences
      • (6:30 - 7:00 PM) Sniffing out the secrets: Smelling well and tasting great! — Dr. Tim McClintock, UK College of Medicine
      • (7:00 - 7:30 PM) Is something burning? More than scent, it's a story! — Yasmine Fleming, Luxe and Ash Candle Co
      • (7:30 - 8:00 PM) Smelling Success: Stink up the place with some funk! — Miles Osland and Dr. Joe McGillis, UK College of Fine Arts


All events are free and open to the public. No registration is required.  


The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy continually ranks as a top-ten institution of pharmacy education in the nation, and research funding has more than doubled in the last decade.

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.