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EKU president’s upcoming book to spotlight ’one of the most remarkable figures’ in history of higher ed

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson’s next book will spotlight “one of the most remarkable figures in the history of American higher education.” As president of fledgling Johns Hopkins University from 1875 to 1901, Daniel Coit Gilman “created the prototype for the modern research university.” When the University’s namesake, wealthy philanthropist Johns Hopkins, passed away...

WKU’s Maggie Lewis chosen for QatarDebate Elite Academy; only non-native Arabic speaker selected from USA

Western Kentucky University senior Maggie Lewis of Shepherdsville has been selected to join the QatarDebate Elite Academy. “I couldn’t feel more privileged, honored or excited to take on such a unique and challenging opportunity,” said Lewis, an Arabic major and 2018 graduate of The Gatton Academy. “Being selected to be part of QatarDebate’s Elite Academy is something that I never anticipated...

Rural Blog: GateHouse, Gannett merger would create major concentration of newspaper control

Gannett and GateHouse Media, the largest newspaper publishers in the U.S., are considering a merger, according to The Wall Street Journal. If the deal goes through, “about 1 of every 6 daily newspapers in the United States would be owned by a single company. Totaled up, 267 dailies would fall under a single ownership and management,” Ken Doctor reports for Nieman Lab at Harvard University....

Diabetes Awareness Month — threes signs you are at risk of vascular disease and what to do

People who have type 2 diabetes can live a long and healthy life if they take good care of themselves. But part of staying healthy means knowing how to manage the risk of diabetes-related vascular disease, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery. In the United States, more than 30 million people live with diabetes. It is a major risk factor for peripheral artery disease or PAD, a disease the...

New state health commissioner Jeffrey Howard’s sincerity, passion ‘a breath of fresh air’ for Kentucky

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s recently installed health commissioner is a 30-year-old doctor, two years short of being a surgeon, a goal he still plans to achieve. But right now he’s in charge of public health in a state with huge health issues, and local health departments with big financial issues. Dr. Jeffrey Howard is still learning. He will graduate from Harvard...

Foundation for a Healthy Ky. names Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion

Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless has been named a Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky for her leadership toward enacting a stronger smoke-free ordinance in the city. The award recognizes individuals and organizations working to improve the health of Kentuckians through policy change. Harless is now eligible for the Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion of the Year award,...

Education Next annual survey shows support for higher teacher pay, vouchers — and more

The 2018 Education Next annual survey of American public opinion on education reveals growing support for increasing teacher pay — to the highest level seen in EdNext’s annual survey since 2008 — amid a national wave of statewide teacher strikes and walkouts, with residents of affected states especially enthusiastic. Public support for charter schools and vouchers for all students is also up...

Ohio Valley Resource, Appalshop reporter Becker among Nieman special reporting fellowship winners

A rural reporter, a small-city editor and an investigative reporter and editor from Puerto Rico the first recipients of a new fellowship from The Nieman Foundation at Harvard University “to support reporting and public service investigations in under-served news markets,” as it is described by the Boston-based Abrams Foundation, which funds it. The 2019 Abrams Nieman Fellows for Local...

Dawson Springs native Jennings named Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School

Dawson Springs native Scott Jennings, a conservative columnist and CNN Political Commentator, has been appointed a Resident Fellow for the Spring semester at The Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Scott Jennings A native of Dawson Springs, Jennings graduated from the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center for Political Leadership in 2000 and has been part...

Harvard professor Dominguez to discuss Cuba as part of U of L Latin American Heritage Lecture

A Sept. 27 talk at the University of Louisville will focus on Cuba’s challenges, economy and evolving relationships with the United States and its Latin American neighbors. Harvard University professor and Cuba native Jorge Dominguez will give the free, public talk about “Cuba: Today and Tomorrow” at 4:30 p.m. in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library. Jorge Dominguez (Photo Provided) The event is...