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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...

UK has record number of first-year students; greater diversity, higher quality, more preparedness

The University of Kentucky has a record number of first-year students, greater diversity and more quality and preparedness of students, the Board of Trustees was told on Friday. UK says the record first-year class of 5,396, represents 319 more students than last year and underscores their commitment to educate more Kentuckians and other young people. President Eli Capilouto told the board they are...

UK Veterinary Diagnostic Lab director receives inaugural Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory director, Dr. Craig Carter, recently received the inaugural Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Informatics. The award honors individuals who have dedicated their careers to being a leader, educator and innovator in veterinary informatics. The Association for Veterinary Informatics...

Regional university partnership offers new options for students in Southeastern Kentucky

EKU President Michael Benson and Somerset Community College President Carey Castle sign a memorandum of agreement. (EKU photo) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three of Kentucky’s regional public universities have now joined forces to offer classes at the new University Center of Southern Kentucky, located on the campus of Somerset Community College. The University Center of Southern Kentucky, or UCSK,...

As students return to school and fall sports, risk of concussions increase; risk higher for female athletes

By Matthew Hoch University of Kentucky With schools starting back for the year, many young athletes are returning to sports – and with that comes the possibility of injuries, including concussions. Sport-related concussions are often recognized as a health issue in football. However, athletes in nearly all sports are susceptible to these injuries, and research shows that young female athletes have...

UK golfer battles bone cancer: ‘He and God are going to whip this thing over the next year’

Cullan Brown, a Kentucky sophomore men’s golfer who has been diagnosed with a form of bone cancer in his left thigh, has made an impression not only with his golfing abilities but also with his faith. 
Brown, a member of Hebron Baptist Church, announced Saturday he has withdrawn from Kentucky and will not compete during the 2019-20 season to focus the year on his health. 
Brown was diagnosed...

Former UK star, Rex Chapman, teams up for National Recovery Month event in Paintsville on Sept. 21

Kentucky Health News Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of substance-use and mental disorders and to celebrate the people who recover. “This observance celebrates the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance-use disorders, reminding us that treatment...

UK equine field day to be held Sept. 5 at Weber’s Retired Horses in Princeton; event is free, open to public

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Ag Equine Programs will host an equine field day from 3:30 until 8 p.m. (Central time) on Sept. 5 at Weber’s Retired Horses LLC, 1013 Dripping Springs Road in Princeton. The event is free and open to the public. “The Weber’s are an excellent example of the benefits of resource conservation...

UPDATE: Services, memorial fund for UK J-school director Mike Farrell, journalist and educator

EDITOR’S NOTE: Update on services for Mike Farrell: Visitation is Sunday, Sept. 1, 4-7 p.m.; funeral is Monday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. Both at Calvary Baptist Church, 3711 Tibbatts St, Covington. Private family burial is Tuesday. MEMORIAL: In addition, with the family’s approval, the NKyTribune has established the Michael Farrell Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Horizon Community Funds of Northern...

Keeneland Library launches Life’s Work Oral History Project; first installment features Seth Hancock

The Keeneland Library is creating the Life’s Work Oral History Project, a new initiative designed to capture treasured stories from the Thoroughbred industry and preserve and promote them for future generations. Life’s Work represents a unique collaboration of the Keeneland Library, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, along with the University of Kentucky Libraries’ Louie B....

Design Studio Winchester is visionary collaboration; combines design, community development

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Design Studio Winchester, a collaboration between the University of Kentucky and the City of Winchester, seeks to address the question: Is a town made up of its artifacts or its citizens? The new studio, which combines design and community development in one space, respects the artifacts and empowers citizens. A place-based satellite studio where students...

UK agricultural economist offers grain marketing workshops to help young farmers navigate tight times

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Slim profit margins and limited working capital result in a particularly challenging economic environment for many grain producers to navigate. Being a new farmer can add an additional hurdle. A University of Kentucky agricultural economist is offering workshops to help young Kentucky farmers better navigate tight economic times. Todd Davis, an assistant professor...

Rubicon Global founder, CEO Nate Morris to be inducted into Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has announced that Rubicon Global founder and CEO Nate Morris will be inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame this November. Morris is the youngest person to ever receive the honor. The Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame shares and celebrates the stories of Kentucky’s most successful entrepreneurs. Founded in 2010 and now run by the Kentucky Chamber of...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has an extra spring in his step at Wildcats ready for Saturday’s opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops couldn’t hide his excitement going into Kentucky’s season opener set for Saturday against Toledo. “Waking up (Monday) morning, I had a little extra heartbeat,” Stoops said during his first weekly press conference Monday. “I’m excited. It’s game week and I’m really looking forward to it. ” That added boost comes a year after Stoops guided...

University of Kentucky to retract publications after ‘misconduct’ of two professors, research scientist

Two professors and a staff research scientist are responsible for significant research misconduct in a number of scholarly papers, an internal investigation at the University of Kentucky has concluded. As a result, UK will seek retraction of the publications in question and, absent their agreement to resign, begin a University process to terminate the employment of professors Xianglin Shi and Zhuo...

UK stream restoration project to improve water quality, provide outdoor classroom for students

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The first phase of a stream restoration project on the University of Kentucky campus has begun. When all phases of the project are completed in late fall, water runoff from the fields and adjacent parking lots will be controlled, which will result in improved water quality, area beautification and an outdoor learning laboratory for UK students. If all that...

University of Kentucky Sports Network, UK Athletics launch BBN TV, BBN Radio for 2019-2020 season

As the University of Kentucky’s 2019-20 athletics schedule gets underway, the UK Sports Network is revamping its programming with the debut of Big Blue Nation TV (BBN TV) and Big Blue Nation Radio (BBN Radio). BBN TV is a weekly 30-minute television program built around exclusive access and analysis by UK Sports Network talent, co-hosted by Emmy-nominated sportscaster Lee K. Howard and veteran...

Grant allows former Ky. governor to start treatment, housing for addicts in 101 rural counties, 47 in state

An organization headed by former Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher will get $6.6 million in federal funds “to establish a center of excellence for substance-abuse disorder and . . . provide treatment and housing options for low-income and high-risk individuals in 47 Kentucky counties,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said in a press release. Dr. Ernie Fletcher spoke in...

Beef Bash 2019 moves to Central Kentucky, to be held Sept. 26 at C. Oran Little Research Farm in Versailles

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Beef Bash 2019, a unique field day for Kentucky beef cattle producers, will take place Sept. 26 at the University of Kentucky C. Oran Little Research Farm in Versailles. The UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Kentucky Beef Integrated Resource Management Program and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association will host the event. Since 2008, the bash...

UK, Somerset Community College sign MOU for University Center of Southern Kentucky

The University of Kentucky and Somerset Community College (SCC) have signed a memorandum of understanding with the University Center of Southern Kentucky. This new partnership provides SCC students with an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from UK on the community college’s campus in Somerset. Students will first attend SCC to obtain their associate degree and then transfer to the partnering...