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Opinion: Kentucky’s research universities — UK and UofL — answering the call now and for the future

By Neeli Bendapudi and Eli Capilouto When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Commonwealth this spring, Kentucky’s research universities – the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville — answered the call. Local and state leaders turned to us to lead the way in identifying and treating patients, addressing shortages in testing and protective equipment and conducting research close...

Murray State nonprofit leadership class awards $3,000 in grants to CASA by the Lakes, Soup for the Soul

CASA by the Lakes and Soup for the Soul were the co-recipients of a $3,000 grant awarded by Murray State University’s nonprofit leadership class taught by Dr. Kelly Rogers. CASA by the Lakes and Soup for the Soul were recognized during a presentation at the Murray State University men’s basketball game at the CFSB Center on Dec. 7. The evening began with a pre-game reception held in honor of the...

An international leader in the field, UK celebrates 50 years of continuous no-till research plots

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky has long been known as an international leader in research and farmer adoption of no-till soil management. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently celebrated another milestone in this legacy with the 50th anniversary of ongoing research on the Blevins plots. “There are only a handful of long-term research sites...

League of Women Voters of Lexington sponsors annual Jay Ogden Essay Contest for teenagers

The League of Women Voters of Lexington has invited all Fayette County ninth grade through 12th grade social studies/history teachers to encourage their students to participate in the annual Jay Ogden Essay Contest. Invitations went to public and private schools, as well as to homeschooling associations. This year’s prompt encourages students to develop their understanding of why U.S. eligible young...

UK researchers, farmers, stakeholders celebrate official opening of Grain and Forage Center of Excellence

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky researchers, Kentucky farmers and stakeholders celebrated the official opening of UK’s Grain and Forage Center of Excellence, a facility committed to moving the state’s and surrounding region’s agricultural community forward. “The Grain and Forage Center of Excellence reflects our land-grant mission in the 21st century,” UK...

UK gets $11 million grant to decrease cervical cancer in Eastern Ky; focus on smoking, HPV, screenings

The University of Kentucky has been awarded a five-year, $11 million grant to work toward reducing the rates of cervical cancer in Eastern Kentucky, a region that has some of the highest rates of incidence and deaths from it in the nation. The research will address three of the risk factors that contribute to these high rates — smoking, the human papillomavirus (HPV) and low rates of cervical-cancer...

Alltech names Dr. Ronan Power new chief scientific officer to advance research on health, nutrition

­Alltech has appointed a new chief scientific officer to advance innovative research to improve the health and nutrition of animals, plants, and people. Dr. Ronan Power has assumed the role following the retirement of Dr. Karl Dawson on June 28.   Dr. Power joined the Alltech team in 1991 as the European director of research and has been closely involved in the development of Alltech’s product...

Wildlife biologists asking for help in locating barn owl nesting sites for rare species, once plentiful in KY

Wildlife biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources need the public’s help in locating barn owl nesting sites to gain a deeper understanding of why the species is rare in the state. Barn owls, with their distinctive heart-shaped faces and dark eyes, were plentiful across Kentucky as late as the 1960s. By 2016, however, there were only about 75 documented nesting locations...

Transylvania University receives $800,000 to help combine liberal arts, digital technology

Transylvania University is working to build a national reputation for applying digital technology to a liberal arts curriculum. The Bingham Fund for Excellence in Teaching at Transylvania University has awarded two grants totaling $800,000 as part of the Transylvania Initiative for Digital Technology, Research, and Creativity (DTRC). The Bingham Fund was established to promote excellence and dedication...

Eli Capilouto: Research one of the major factors helping to drive Kentucky’s economy

At the University of Kentucky, we strive to be at the intersection of innovation and impact. We are called, as a $3.7 billion academic, research and health enterprise, to answer still lingering questions while daring to pioneer the questions yet asked. This discovery helps drive Kentucky’s economy. Our rare mix of top ranked programs in agriculture, engineering, medicine, and pharmacy positions UK...

Speaking second language shows benefits
to the aging brain, new UK study shows

(Photo from UKNow) Older adults who have spoken two languages since childhood are faster than single-language speakers at switching from one task to another, according to a study conducted at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.   The study also found that lifelong bilinguals show different patterns of brain activity than their monolingual counterparts when making the switch.   The...