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UK Markey Center doctor talks about pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer that killed Aretha Franklin

This week, the world lost one of the greatest singers of all time, Aretha Franklin. She passed away after a battle with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer at her home in Detroit on Thursday surrounded by family and friends. The ‘Queen of Soul’ was 76. In the wake of her passing, there are questions about the type of cancer she had and what treatment options are available. From Wikipedia Pancreatic...

Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service to host indoor shrimp farming workshop Sept. 14-15 at KSU

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will host a workshop about indoor shrimp farming for those interested in learning more about the relatively new industry to the United States. The workshop is Sept. 14-15 at the Kentucky State University Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm in Frankfort. “In the last five years or so, indoor shrimp farming...

UK’s Markey Cancer Center earns renewal of prestigious National Cancer Institute designation

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center announced today that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) renewed its national cancer center designation for the next five years. The UK Markey Cancer Center remains one of only 70 NCI-designated centers in the country and the only one in Kentucky.   “UK was founded for the people of Kentucky, and still today, they turn to us. Five years ago, we stood...

Jamie Vaught: Game-by-game forecast for the University of Kentucky 2018 football schedule

Are you ready for the college football campaign to kick off? Well, I am. Here’s my annual game-by-game forecast of UK’s 2018 schedule. • CENTRAL MICHIGAN (Sept. 1, Lexington): The Chippewas, who are coming off an 8-5 mark last fall, have been showing up for post-season bowl parties five times in the last six years. However, since Central Michigan has lost several key players, the Chippewas...

UK researchers track genetic trail of ALS; one form found most common around Cumberland Gap

Two University of Kentucky researchers are on the genetic trail of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Their detective story has not reached its end, but it is told in fascinating fashion by Eric Boodman of Stat, the medicine-and-science publication of The Boston Globe. The story is based around the Cumberland Gap, where Kentucky meets Tennessee and Virginia....

American Baseball Coaches Association names UK 2018 Team Academic Excellence Award winner

The University of Kentucky baseball team received a 2018 Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association, it was last week. The Wildcats are the only Southeastern Conference program to earn the distinction for the 2017-18 academic year. The ABCA honors teams that post a cumulative grade-point average over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the entire academic year. Nearly 300 programs...

New poll shows voters don’t support cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Congress is considering cuts to a key hunger-fighting program, a move that a new survey shows wouldn’t be popular among voters. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides food assistance to about 650,000 Kentuckians, and a new poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research reveals that nearly two-thirds of people said they were opposed to reducing SNAP...

Eli Capilouto: A powerful message about student success and the workforce we’re building for Ky.

Consider this economic fact: A recent national study from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce concluded that 95 percent of jobs created in the recovery of the last 10 years went to applicants with some college experience. In other words, a college education — some training and development beyond high school — has never been more important. The challenge — and the opportunity...

UK student studying abroad in Tel Aviv, Israel reported missing following swimming accident

A University of Kentucky student studying abroad this summer in the Middle East is missing following a swimming accident this weekend in Tel Aviv, Israel. The student, TeNiya Elnora Jones, 19, a sophomore from Ft. Myers, Fla., was swimming in the Mediterranean Sea Saturday evening with two other students. The students were studying in a program this summer focused on Arabic language. The student group...

UK graduate Kyle Longley named director of LBJ Presidential Library; his book on LBJ just published

Kyle Longley, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, has been named director of the LBJ Presidential Library by the archivist of the United States. A distinguished historian, Longley will be the fifth director of the library, named for Lyndon B. Johnson, which opened to the public in 1971. “Longley’s extensive historical knowledge, combined with his teaching, research and leadership...

New University of Kentucky Center for Health Equity Transformation addresses state’s health disparities

At the University of Kentucky, understanding and addressing the health needs of the people of the Commonwealth is the goal of many faculty, staff, clinicians and researchers. As a step toward improving health equity, the University of Kentucky Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) was established and recently approved by the UK Board of Trustees. Nancy Schoenberg and Carrie Oser (Photo from...

Keven Moore: The pedestrian scramble — be sure to look both ways before crossing with the crowd

Last fall, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, in partnership with the University of Kentucky’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, announced the implementation of Lexington’s first all-way pedestrian crosswalk, also known as a “pedestrian scramble” at the intersection of Prall Street and South Limestone. When I first read about this...

University of Kentucky students donate over nine tons of items to nonprofits during May move out

By Trey Melcher University of Kentucky University of Kentucky students donated a total of 18,449 pounds of items during the May 2018 move out days with the Give and Go donation program (17,863 pounds of household and clothing items and 586 pounds of food). These results were a 17 percent increase from last year’s move out efforts, which collected a total of 15,372 pounds. The items collected...

Going boldly where no plant has ever been, thanks to collaboration between Space Tango, UK scientists

By Allison Perry University of Kentucky Joe Chappell’s latest venture in plant-based drug development could be described, quite literally, as “out of this world.” Chappell runs one of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy’s natural products labs, with the specific goal of developing new therapeutics derived from flora. Now, working with UK postdoc Chase Kempinski and a team from...

UK student Rachel Immerman chosen as new chair of Aspiring Educators, will lead 60,000 NEA members

The Aspiring Educators of the National Education Association last week elected a new chair, Rachel Immerman, a student at the University of Kentucky, at their annual Student Leadership Conference, which takes place just prior to the NEA’s yearly Representative Assembly. During her two-year term as chair, Immerman will work with members of the NEA-Aspiring Educator Program to provide visibility on...

‘Making patterns’ and creating powerful fiction, Kentucky’s Bobbie Ann Mason offers ‘Patchwork’

By Mack McCormick and Whitney Hale University Press of Kentucky Life is a quilt — random bits of memory that somehow fit together, forming a cohesive yet unlikely pattern. One of the best ways to uncover these seemingly hidden patterns, as demonstrated by Kentucky writer and University of Kentucky alumna Bobbie Ann Mason, is through fiction. “Writing fiction is a way of making patterns, discovering...

Screenwriter Charles Pogue to deliver Playwrights Lecture at Lexington playwrights conference Sept. 6

Charles Edward Pogue a native of Fort Thomas, a graduate of Highlands High School and the University of Kentucky will give the Kentucky Playwrights Lecture at a playwrights and screenwriters conference sponsored by the Kentucky Playwrights Workshop at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington September 6-8. Charles Pogue Pogue once worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood where he wrote...

Hayes Middle School’s Deener named Kentucky History Teacher of the Year

April Deener of Edythe J. Hayes Middle School has been selected the 2018 History Teacher of the Year for Kentucky by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a nonprofit organization dedicated to K-12 history education. April DeenerThe award honors one teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Defense Department schools, and U.S. territories. Deener is now in this pool for National...

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to host Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day in July

By Katie Pratt The University of Kentucky’s Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day is July 24 at the UK Research and Education Center Farm in Princeton. Registration begins at 7 a.m. CDT. Tours begin at 7:50 a.m. and will offer producers more in-depth, educational options related to production and soil nutrition, tobacco, integrated pest management and precision agriculture. UK specialists present...

Bill Straub: Following Tuesday’s primary election, the Republican Party now the party of Trump

WASHINGTON – There can no longer be any doubt that the Republican Party, once known as the party of Lincoln and, later, the party of Reagan, is now the party of Trump. The proof comes in Tuesday night’s primary election results. In South Carolina, state Rep. Katie Arrington toppled incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford to capture the GOP nomination for that state’s 1st Congressional District seat centered...