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Week-Long Science Festival to Explore "Life in Technicolor"

Dr. Kevin Pearson, UK College of Medicine
Dr. Kevin Pearson, UK College of Medicine, gives a presentation during an Everything is Science event in 2019. | Photo courtesy: Michelle Pitts

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 24, 2020) — From the moment we wake up in the morning, science is happening all around us – it colors everything we do.

What can seem like an intimidating topic is, in reality, quite relatable and experts in Lexington and beyond plan to prove that next month. Professors and students in the University of Kentucky’s College of Pharmacy will host the third annual Everything is Science festival Monday, Feb. 24 through Friday, Feb. 28.

The festival, which is free and open to everyone, makes science appealing and relatable to all audiences. The event features presentations, demonstrations and conversation in laid-back spaces, like Pivot Brewing and Campus Pub.

“Making science accessible in a fun and interactive way is important in helping people feel more connected not only to science, but to the city of Lexington as a whole,” said Michelle Pitts, a UK post-doctoral fellow. “Turning science into something tangible can help people realize that they know a lot more than they might think.”

This year’s festival theme is “Life in Technicolor.” The events are color-coded with titles like We Heard it Through the Grapevine: Purple & Green in Science or It’s a Gray Area: Black & White in Science. Experts will explore topics relevant to the color spectrum, from sleep (black) to climate change and homelessness (green) to color theory and linguistics (rainbow).

“Everything is Science is more than just a festival,” said Kip Guy, dean of the College of Pharmacy. “It’s a celebration of strides we’ve made as a community in science literacy. This is not only an opportunity to showcase the research from across UK but also highlight our state’s commitment to science and education.”

Everything is Science ensures UK’s work as a land grant institution reaches beyond the Lexington campus and creates a dialogue between the community and academic experts.

The themed nightly topics are provided below. For an updated schedule of events, visit

Feb. 24, 6-9 p.m.: It's a Gray Area:  Black & White in Science

RockHouse Brewing (119 Luigart Ct.)

Feb. 25, 6-9 p.m.: We Heard it Through the Grape Vine: Purple & Green in Science

Creaux (310 Short St.)

Feb. 26, 6-9 p.m.: Tickled Pink: Red & White in Science

Campus Pub (3939 Waller Ave. #18)

Feb. 27, 6-9 p.m.: Make Hay While the Sun Shines: Yellow & Blue in Science

West Sixth - Main Brewery (W 6th St.)

Feb. 28, 6-9 p.m.: Our True Colors: The Rainbow of Science

Pivot Brewing (1400 Delaware Ave.)

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