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A day in the life of a UK COVID-19 contact tracer: ‘That call can be really hard for some to receive’

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky It’s 8 a.m., and it’s time for Eryn Clayton to pick up the phone and begin dialing. There’s a pause as the call connects. A University of Kentucky student is on the other end. Clayton smiles sympathetically as she introduces herself — she will be the first to inform them they have tested positive for COVID-19. “That call can be really hard for...

Reading the unreadable from 2,000 years ago: UK professor and team reveal Dead Sea Scroll text

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky It’s a 25,000-piece puzzle that researchers have longed to solve. That’s because the 25,000 fragments represent the Dead Sea Scrolls, and inside are ancient secrets — mysteries that have been locked away for 2,000 years. For more than two decades, Brent Seales has doggedly labored to help solve the puzzle. Seales, professor and chair of the Department...

UK marketing experts explain how, why brands are tackling current social justice issues

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Ben & Jerry’s. Nike. Patagonia. These are just a few of the major brands and companies taking a firm stance against racial injustice and demonstrating their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. In the wake of protests across the United States, corporate America is shifting away from “business-as-usual” and instead, sharing messages of solidarity...

UK College of Social Work receives $100,000 grant to bring together suicide survivors, researchers

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky A new project spearheaded by a team of researchers in the College of Social Work (CoSW) at the University of Kentucky aims to empower those with lived experience of suicide. The project — which will inform suicide-related advocacy, education, research and treatment — is being funded by a nearly $100,000 grant through the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement...

Aiming for the stars, UK graduate Kelly Lynch lands dream job at NASA as chemical engineer

By Lindsey Piercy and Steve Shaffer University of Kentucky It’s been said that exploration is part of human nature. History is filled with stories of adventurers who dared to chart the unknown. But some feel that drive stronger than others. “I’ve wanted to work at NASA since I was 5.” Growing up in Kentucky in the city of Glasgow, Kelly Lynch — not unlike most bright-eyed kids — had dreams...

UK alumni launch nonprofit FTFL to feed front-line workers, support local restaurants

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Five University of Kentucky alumni are putting their degrees to work by showing support for front-line workers and local restaurants. With backgrounds in business and medicine, Michael Zhu, Jodi Llanora, Kyle Luo, Logan Jones and John Stein refused to feel helpless in the fight against COVID-19. “The original idea for Feed the Front Line originated in Houston...

UK graduate Luke Ramey overcomes substance misuse and loss to become prevention specialist

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Have you ever pictured a moment so vividly you could feel it ­— the joy or sadness that accompanied what you were wearing and who you were with? For Luke Ramey, there’s one moment in particular. He’s dressed in a blue cap and gown while proudly walking across the Rupp Arena stage — putting one foot in front of the other until his outstretched hand reaches...

‘Survivor’ champion, UK alum returning for ‘Winners at War’ 40th season; will compete for $2 million prize

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Last year, Nick Wilson outwitted, outplayed and outlasted 20 competitors on the 37th season of “Survivor.” The University of Kentucky alumnus claimed the title of “Sole Survivor” and the $1 million prize on the season finale. Now, he will be returning to the hit CBS competition in hopes of claiming victory once again. And this time,...

NASA recognizes UK graduate student James Tyler Nichols for ‘Excellent Work’ on Hercules Project

By Lindsey Piercy and Kel Hahn University of Kentucky Laying the groundwork for a new era of space exploration — that’s exactly how James Tyler Nichols, a graduate student at the University of Kentucky, is spending his summer. Nichols is one of four UK students, from a total of 16, who were selected for the highly competitive NASA Academy at NASA Langley Research Center. The academy is an intense...

University of Kentucky alumna Laura Schwab named first female president of Aston Martin Americas

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Laura Schwab lives life in the fast lane — setting her sights on a goal and ultimately achieving it. When opportunities present themselves, rarely does she tap the brakes. That approach is what led the University of Kentucky alumna to the role of a lifetime — representing a company regarded as a cultural icon. You’re probably familiar with Aston Martin —...