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UK celebrates latest campus construction project, announces naming contest for new facility

Rendering of the outside of the Winslow facility. (Image from UK) By Ryan Girves and Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The planned transformation of property at South Limestone Street and Winslow Street — what is now referred to as the Winslow Project — is moving quickly. So much so, that University of Kentucky officials, along with the institution’s real estate partner, launched a community...

Lexington preparing for forecasted winter weather; drivers urged to use caution during a.m. commute

With a rain/snow mix expected in the evening hours combined with temperatures expected below freezing, the City is urging drivers to use extra caution on their morning commute. The City will be responding to calls for emergency treatment on roadways, bridges, hills and overpasses to ensure safe travel. As winter weather approaches, the City of Lexington is prepared. “Kentucky weather is oftentimes...

Grant will help UK Cooperative Extension Service in statewide effort to fight opioid addiction, aid recovery

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service recently received more than $1 million to help further the organization’s statewide educational efforts in opioid prevention and recovery. The grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will allow Cooperative Extension Service professionals to implement new programming efforts...

Kentucky college campuses pilot employability certification for academic programs

Kentucky is the first state in the nation to pilot a certification process that ensures college graduates are ready for the workforce with essential employability skills, or the so-called “soft skills,” that employers say are often lacking in graduates. Launched just one year ago, three programs are now certified, including two bachelor’s degree programs at Murray State University — construction...

Months away from planting, corn and soybean futures offer attractive 2020 marketing opportunities

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Corn and soybean producers may want to consider locking in futures contracts for at least a portion of their 2020 crops now, even though they are still months away from planting, said Todd Davis, agricultural economist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. December 2020 corn futures were trading at $4.07 a bushel on Oct....

Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame program to be held Nov. 14 at Otis A. Singletary Center for the Arts

The Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame program will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the University of Kentucky’s Otis A. Singletary Center for the Arts, located at 405 Rose Street. The program is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Nov. 11 to Mary Ann Taylor at the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights at MaryAnn.Taylor@ky.gov or (502) 566-9961. The Kentucky Commission on Human...

Lexington’s Family Care Center celebrates 30th anniversary, still blazing innovative trail of work

A facility that was considered ground-breaking when it opened in 1989 is still blazing an innovative trail today as it celebrates its 30th anniversary of work with parents and young children. “The Family Care Center helps families with young children achieve greater stability and resilience. One of its priorities is working with young parents who may not be quite ready to be parents,” Mayor Linda...

UK Gatton Student Center coffee tables preserve heritage of site, reaping benefits of venerable trees

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Generations of students passed beneath the shade of pin oak trees on the University of Kentucky campus, rushing to class, strolling with friends or studying beneath their branches on a warm spring day. But when the new and expanded Gatton Student Center went up, several of the trees had to come down. Their story doesn’t end there, though, because students...

UK partners with Gen.G to maximize student success, build community through global gaming

As part of strategic efforts to leverage technology to maximize student success and build community, the University of Kentucky has announced a partnership with the global esports company Gen.G to build a first-of-its-kind global gaming and esports program. The collaboration is being jointly led by two UK offices: Student and Academic Life and Information Technology Services. A growing number of universities...

UK research project evaluating whether in-furrow fertilizers are cost-efficient for corn producers

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky In a time when many grain operators are tightening their belts on input costs, producers want to make sure the ones they purchase give them the most favorable results. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers are evaluating whether in-furrow fertilizers provide enough yield increase to offset their costs for Kentucky corn...

UK’s Belle C. Gunn First-Year Program welcomes freshmen with tenacity, curiosity and passion

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently announced a reimagined Living Learning program, the Belle C. Gunn First-Year Program. In 1888, Belle C. Gunn was the first woman to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from what was then known as the State College of Kentucky and is now the University of Kentucky. Beginning in fall semester 2020, the College of Agriculture,...

Keeneland Library, UK’s Louie B. Nunn Center partner for project to gather stories of Kentucky’s horsemen

By Whitney Hale, Amy Gregory, and Amy Owens University of Kentucky Kentucky is home to many of the world’s leading horsemen — individuals who have shaped the global thoroughbred industry as we know it today. To capture their treasured stories and preserve and promote them for future generations, Keeneland Library, University of Kentucky Libraries’ Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and...

UK extension agents earn national awards for innovative, outstanding programming efforts

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service agents received national recognition for innovative programming and career accomplishments during the annual meeting of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. “All across Kentucky, family and consumer sciences extension agents are working to improve the quality of life for individuals...

New recipe card series — ‘Cook Wild Kentucky’ — to educate Kentuckians on how to prepare wild game

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are teaming up to raise awareness about “Cook Wild Kentucky,” a new recipe card series from the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment aimed at educating Kentuckians on how to prepare wild game. “It is an unfortunate reality that 1 in 6 Kentuckians is food...

UK forage specialist offers considerations for grazing, harvesting drought-stressed soybeans

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Producers can graze and harvest drought-stressed soybeans for baleage and hay but need to make careful considerations before doing so, said Chris Teutsch, extension forage specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. A drought hit Kentucky during critical development time for late-planted and double-crop soybeans. This...

UK to host Heart of America Grazing Conference Oct. 29-30 at Boone County Extension office

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council will host The Heart of America Grazing Conference to help Midwestern producers learn how they can extend the grazing season and reduce their hay use. The conference is Oct. 29-30 at the Boone County Extension office in Burlington. Jim Gerrish is...

Kentucky by Heart: Construction worker Shaun Neal’s 27-year odyssey pays off with ‘Mama’s Song’

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Construction worker Shaun Neal’s odyssey in search of completing his first book, a novel called Mama’s Song, ended successfully a few years ago after nearly three decades in process. He feels both elated and relieved. “It started in 1990, one year after my wife and I got married. I finished in 2017,” said the Nicholasville resident. “My wife . . . she...

Grammy Award winner, Ky. native Chris Stapleton to perform ‘A Concert for Kentucky’ at Kroger Field

“A Concert for Kentucky” — a special performance hosted by Chris Stapleton and benefitting his newly created Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund — will be held at the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field in Lexington April 25. The performance is the first concert ever held at UK’s Kroger Field and will feature very special guests Willie Nelson and Family, Sheryl...

Attention Middle School students and educators: MATHCOUNTS wants you in its Competition Series

The Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) is sponsoring another exciting year of MATHCOUNTS. All interested middle school students, their parents, and their teachers are encouraged to take part in the 2019-2020 MATHCOUNTS Competition Series. MATHCOUNTS is a national program that starts with students and educators, in their schools. It is a program that stimulates interest in mathematics...

Commentary: One thing on which there is no rivalry; We are one when it comes to preventing child abuse

By Dr. Melissa Currie and Dr. Christina Howard It’s finally Fall in the Commonwealth, which means cooler temperatures, leaves changing, and college football season. As child abuse pediatricians at University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, we are well aware of the deep rivalry when it comes to our sports programs, and we both proudly support our team. As competitive as our respective universities...