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UK, Baptist Health Lexington, Norton Healthcare partner in Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial

By Mallory Powell University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky, in partnership with Baptist Health Lexington and Norton Healthcare in Louisville, has been selected as a testing site for the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson’s Phase 3 clinical research study, called the ENSEMBLE trial, to evaluate Janssen’s investigational COVID-19 vaccine candidate, JNJ-78436735, also...

UK action plan to address gaps in opportunity, access for Black students, communities of color

The University of Kentucky on Friday announced the first steps of what will be a comprehensive plan, designed to accelerate progress at UK for diversity across campus. “In many ways recently, we have made progress — educating and graduating more Black students and underrepresented students than at any time in our history. But we must also continue to confront the fact that much of that history...

UK restart playbook begins and ends classes early, includes robust plan for testing, screening, tracing

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky on Tuesday released the pillars of its restart plan for the fall, which makes clear a commitment to returning to a residential campus experience in August: -In-person classes beginning a week early on Aug. 17 and end at Thanksgiving. -Testing for students for COVID-19, daily assessment for symptoms and mask-wearing in most places on campus. -Working...

Independent Stave Company, Boswell family give $1 million for spirits maturation warehouse at UK

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Independent Stave Company and the Boswell Family are giving $1 million to the University of Kentucky to further spirits research at the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits. The gift will fund a maturation facility that will allow the Beam Institute to experiment with barrel aging spirits produced in its research distillery. “The creation of the James...

Transylvania receives federal funds to help bolster Kentucky research and manufacturing technology

Transylvania University will receive part of a $24 million National Science Foundation grant to help boost Kentucky’s research and manufacturing capabilities. Over five years, the university is expected receive a total of around $200,000 for faculty and student physics research and cutting-edge chemistry lab equipment. The research at Transylvania made possible through these funds will complement...

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 College of Ag celebrates renovation of historic home, formation of Beam Institute of Ky. Spirits

By Laura Skillman University of Kentucky University of Kentucky officials gathered beside the historic Cooper House last week to celebrate its rebirth as the new front door for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. UK officials also recognized the establishment of the previously announced James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits, which will lay the educational foundation for the future...

Jim Beam Bourbon donates $5 million to UK for the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits

Jim Beam® Bourbon will donate $5 million to the University of Kentucky to establish the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits. The institute will educate the next generation of distillers through a curriculum that covers the skills needed to succeed in the distilled spirits industry at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Seth Debolt, UK horticulture professor, will serve as...

Kentucky chosen for prestigious entrepreneurship development program — MIT REAP

Kentucky has been chosen as one of nine regional members in the 6th Cohort of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Regional Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program. MIT REAP, an initiative of MIT Sloan Global Programs, is an intensive process designed to engage partners from throughout the state in developing a plan to support entrepreneurs. “We are thrilled to have been selected,” said Luke...

Lexington, UK officials urge fans to celebrate safely during upcoming NCAA tourney games

As the University of Kentucky Wildcats head into the NCAA Sweet 16 matchup against University of Louisville Friday, March 28, fans are being encouraged to enjoy the game, but also to celebrate safely and respect their neighbors.   To that end, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and UK President Eli Capilouto today announced a joint city/UK initiative during and after this weekend’s games to help...

‘I Am …’: UK collects video contributions from Kentuckians showcasing our diversity

The University of Kentucky diversity project – “You are the ‘I’ in the ‘I am …'” has made an impact statewide. (Photo from UK)   By Gail Hairston Special to KyForward   Diversity is not easy to explain, some say, because it means something different to everyone. University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff have taken this negative and turned...

UK’s Capilouto to lawmakers: ‘Hope you are proud of what we’ve accomplished together’

Kentucky invests $284 million annually in the University of Kentucky. What do taxpayers and the state receive for that investment?   That was the focus of testimony Thursday from UK President Eli Capilouto to members of the General Assembly’s Interim Economic Development Committee, which met on the university’s campus.   “We leverage the state’s $284 million investment...

University of Kentucky in new partnership with leading online course provider, Coursera

  The University of Kentucky, in an effort to enhance student readiness and performance, has launched a partnership with the country’s leading massive open online course (MOOC) platform, Coursera.   UK is one of 10 flagship state universities or systems that make up this first wave of large public universities to announce a partnership with Coursera. And, as importantly, this partnership...