STEM Behind Hollywood

STEM Behind Hollywood
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From zombies and superheroes to crime drama and space, Hollywood’s blockbuster genres rely on real-world science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to bring the magic to life on the big screen.

STEM Behind Hollywood is an exciting new program created by TI with the assistance of the Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences, to get students excited about STEM education and careers.

Learn more about this exciting new program!

Lexington’s Global Entrepreneurship Week includes free workshops

Lexington, KYFrom the Lexington Herald-Leader: “Lexington is again hosting a slew of activities for Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide effort sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation to encourage young people to explore their potential to be innovators and entrepreneurs. And most of them are free.

This year, 135 countries will have national campaigns for Global Entrepreneurship Week and the event is expected to attract about 10 million participants, according to the event’s website,

In Central Kentucky, the week is organized by the Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center, a part of the Kentucky Innovation Network, and the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center, both of which are a part of the University of Kentucky. The Bluegrass Business Development Partnership including the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, UK and Commerce Lexington are supporting the effort.”


Could the next new cancer drug come from Kentucky coal mines?

Coal miningFrom Medical Xpress: “In their ongoing quest to develop the latest and most effective drugs for disease treatment, researchers in the University of Kentucky’s Center for Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation (CPRI) are looking deep—as in, deep underground.

It’s all part of a new UK-based bioprospecting initiative, which involves a collaboration between CPRI, the Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER), and the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS). The idea behind the program is to collect samples from unusual environments throughout the Commonwealth, with the goal of finding new, unique organisms that produce natural products that could potentially be used to develop new drugs with an initial focus on treatments for cancer, infectious disease and inflammation.”

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High-tech jobs in downtown Bowling Green could bring others

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From the Daily News: “By the end of today, Connected Nation employees in Bowling Green should have their new desks set up in the commercial wrap around the parking garage adjacent to Bowling Green Ballpark. Their space is on the same floor as Hitcents, a website, app and game development company. Connected Nation and Hitcents have collaborated for a few years.

‘There is definitely an incentive for particular types of businesses to locate together,’ said Brian Mefford, chairman and founder of Connected Nation, which was developed to deploy broadband Internet. ‘Just as an example, take a look at automotive plants and how they create opportunities for the supply industry.'”

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Bill Gatton named to Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Gatton AcademyBill Gatton is one of four people being inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Here is an excerpt from a Business First article about Mr. Gatton’s induction: “Carol Martin ‘Bill’ Gatton, who started a Volkswagen dealership in Owensboro in 1959 and has owned and operated as many as 12 automobile dealerships in Tennessee, Texas and Alabama. In 1975 Gatton and four of his friends purchased the Owensboro National Bank and formed a holding company, which grew from a single bank with $100 million in assets to 17 banks with $3 billion in assets by the time it was sold to BB&T in 2001. Gatton founded the Bill Gatton Foundation in 1985, which contributes money to support the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics and the Gatton Academy of Math & Science at Western Kentucky University.”

Innovate Kentucky is a partnership between The Center for Gifted Studies, the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, the Honors College at Western Kentucky University, and Innoplexx, the WKU Student Business Accelerator.

Click here to read more about the other inductees.