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Stoops pleased with team’s progress in learning new offensive scheme after first scrimmage of season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today As Kentucky enters its final week of spring workouts, Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has been pleased with his team’s progress learning and adapting to a new offensive scheme. “I feel like there’s definitely a lot to build on,” he said. “(I’m) really looking forward to challenging the guys to have a really solid finish to the spring here this week...

Thousands of UK vaccine clinic openings remain available as community works toward immunity

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky It’s a mission the University of Kentucky strives to live up to each and every day – to be the University of, for and with Kentucky. Now, you can be part of that mission to meet this unprecedented moment and help create a healthier, safer community. Kentuckians, regardless of the phase they fall into, are encouraged to request an appointment for a COVID-19...

McConnell urges Republican men to get vaccine; Beshear asks other GOP leaders to follow his lead

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News After touring the mass-vaccination site at the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field Monday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell urged Kentuckians to get vaccinated, especially Republican men, who polls have found are some of the most reluctant to get a shot. “I saw on some program last week that Republican men, curiously enough, might be reluctant...

UK to spotlight innovators, entrepreneurs during virtual 2021 Entrepreneur showcase April 8

By Jacqueline J. Greene University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky (UK) Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) in partnership with the UK Alumni Association and UK Philanthropy will host its UK Entrepreneur Showcase noon-1:15 p.m. Thursday, April 8, on Zoom. The event offers an opportunity for everyone to learn about the innovative and entrepreneurial work UK faculty, UK alumni and community...

University of Ky’s Gluck Center and VDL preliminarily identify novel rotavirus affecting foal crop

Researchers at the University of Kentucky’s Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have preliminarily identified a novel Rotavirus associated with diarrhea in very young foals. UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers have developed a multipronged research plan to address the problem. (Photo by Matt Barton, UK AG) The virus could not be...

UK, FCPS and partners join forces to create STEM pipeline program for underrepresented students

By Alicia Gregory University of Kentucky The STEM Through Authentic Research and Training (START) program at the University of Kentucky is creating a unique pipeline to increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literacy and promote STEM careers for traditionally underrepresented populations (people of color, individuals with disabilities, students from free or reduced lunch schools),...

Ky’s competitive environment, Calipari’s reputation major factors in transfer decision for Kellan Grady

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kellen Grady is prepared for the next step in his collegiate career. Following a four-year stay at Davidson, Grady plans to pick up where he left off as a graduate transfer at the University of Kentucky next season. Grady scored 2,002 points in four seasons at Davidson which, he says, will be beneficial when he changes programs. “It was a memorable four years for me...

Student-led Campus Kitchen shares nutritious meals with UK peers and greater Lexington community

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky students are spreading the message of good nutrition by preparing healthy meals for their peers and the greater Lexington community. Since 2014, student members of the Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky have recovered food that would otherwise go to waste from campus dining halls and community partners around Lexington and repurposed...

Kentucky unemployment rate improves slightly in February mirroring trend in joblessness nationally

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary February 2021 unemployment rate was 5.2%, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS). The preliminary February 2021 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from January 2021 and up 1% from the 4.2% recorded for the state one year ago. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for February 2021 was 6.2%, down from the 6.3% reported in...

KY Supreme Court unanimously agrees with The Kernel that UK violated the state’s Open Records Act

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously upheld a ruling on Thursday finding the University of Kentucky violated the state’s Open Records Act in denying records to the student newspaper, ending a six-year legal battle. In 2015, two UK graduate students complained of sexual assaults by Dr. James Harwood, a professor in the University’s College of Agriculture. The university...

UK Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition gets creative to keep students engaged during pandemic

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky With many in-person classes and activities going online, college students have struggled to feel connected to and engaged with their teachers and their peers during the pandemic. The University of Kentucky Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition introduced many new initiatives this semester to help their students feel more connected to their professors and...

University of Kentucky Healthcare opens new neurology clinic focused on pediatric and adolescent patients.

By Hillary Smith University of Kentucky Throughout the past few years, the University of Kentucky’s Department of Neurology has experienced tremendous growth. As part of this growth, the Child Neurology division outgrew its clinic space within the Kentucky Clinic. As a solution to that problem, UK Child Neurology opened a new clinic on March 15 at UK HealthCare’s Turfland campus with several other...

University of Kentucky wins 2021 NCAA Rifle National Championship to claim school’s third title

After not getting a chance to put the finishing touches on its impressive 2020 season, the University of Kentucky rifle team claimed its unfinished business Saturday as it won the 2021 NCAA Rifle National Championship as Wildcats finished gold and silver in air rifle inside Converse Hall in Columbus, Ohio. This is the third national title for head coach Harry Mullins and the Kentucky program. The Wildcats...

UK’s J. David Rosenberg College of Law names Kelly Daniel first black editor of Kentucky Law Journal

By Shawntaye Hopkins University of Kentucky University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law second-year law student Kelly Daniel will serve as the first black editor-in-chief of the college’s Kentucky Law Journal (KLJ) for the 2021-2022 academic year. Daniel, a native of Boston, recalls one of her most memorable experiences in law school when, during her first year, she and other members...

Keith Taylor: Nothing ever worked well in Kentucky’s rare losing season — when all was far from normal

What went wrong for Kentucky basketball this season? Several factors could be taken into consideration regarding the team’s first losing season since the end of the Eddie Sutton era. 
The Wildcats concluded a 9-16 campaign following a 74-73 loss to Mississippi State in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday. The loss marked the first time Kentucky had more losses...

University of Kentucky students and staff rally around those affected by Eastern Kentucky flooding

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky “It takes a village” is a common saying, but in the case of a natural disaster, it can take an entire state. University of Kentucky students and staff stepped up when they recognized the need to help their fellow Kentuckians who are victims of the recent Eastern Kentucky floods. A group of 19 UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment students from the...

Something to look forward to? Billions of cicadas will be visting Kentucky as Brood X emerges May-June

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky This May and June, billions of 17-year periodical cicadas will emerge from the ground all across Kentucky, but don’t worry. They will mostly be a noisy irritation, said a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment entomologist. Preserved specimens show the difference between annual cicadas (top) and periodical cicadas, the one...

UK Forestry extension offers winter storm damage resources for Kentucky’s woodland owners

Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The recent winter storm caused damage to woodlands across the state, varying in intensity depending on the region. For woodland owners who rely on timber-producing trees as part of their income, the destruction from ice and snow could impact their bottom line. University of Kentucky’s forestry extension has a website with fact sheets, safety guides and a photo...

New Coldstream Research Campus development will provide office, research space for high-tech start-ups

The University of Kentucky and its partners have broken ground on a high-tech, $15 million building at UK’s Coldstream Research Campus that will provide office and laboratory space for early-stage, high-tech companies. Known as “The Core – Collaboration. Research. Entrepreneurship.” the new facility will be an entry-level resource for companies looking to locate on the research campus. The...

University of Kentucky women’s swimming and diving brings home first-ever SEC Championship

For the first time in school history, the No. 3 University of Kentucky women’s swimming and diving team has won the Southeastern Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The Wildcats broke five school records and produced 12 podium finishes throughout the meet, collecting 1,124 points for their highest score in program history. Kentucky set itself up for success during the...