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Extension class teaches teens with Down syndrome important skills with ‘Teen Cuisine’ series

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Olivia Miller put in her request the minute she arrived at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension office for the fifth lesson in the Teen Cuisine series. She wanted to make Frappuccinos, she told Jacqui Denegri. She really wanted to make Frappuccinos. Denegri, University of Kentucky extension nutrition education program assistant, hated to disappoint Olivia,...

University of Kentucky softball prepared for Friday’s Super Regional showdown with Washington

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Rachel Lawson knows what her team will be going up against when the Wildcats take on No. 3 in the NCAA Super Regionals Friday. “Washington is always one of the best defensive teams in the country,” Lawson said. “I don’t know what their statistics are in terms of defense, but they’re very fast and they’re always really good. They do a great job...

Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference to be held at Lexington’s Hilton Hotel June 3-6

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The 35th Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference is June 3-6 in the Hilton Hotel in downtown Lexington. The biannual conference is a focal point for researchers and extension specialists to exchange information and discuss current research and future needs for forest genetics and tree breeding. This year’s meeting is hosted by the Forest Health Research...

UK, Whitley County FFA students partner to help rebuild ecosystem at Flying Rooster Farm

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Lee Bryant was having fun, whooping it up and darting from person to person applauding their efforts and offering advice. University of Kentucky forestry and natural resources undergraduate and graduate students, with about 60 FFA students from Whitley County High School, spent a spring day at his Flying Rooster Farm in Whitley County, learning about forest...

University of Kentucky softball to open tournament play at home for fourth consecutive year

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky softball team will open play in the NCAA Tournament at home. The Wildcats (33-22) will host Toledo (29-26) at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Joe Cropp Stadium. It marks the fourth consecutive season Kentucky has been selected as a host sight in the opening round. The Wildcats are a No 14 seed and will open the tourney following the Illinois-Virginia Tech...

Democratic gubernatorial candidates to debate at UK Wednesday in Gatton Student Center Ballroom

A Democratic party gubernatorial candidate debate will be held on the University of Kentucky campus this Wednesday (May 15). The debate is free and open to the public at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Gatton Student Center Ballroom. The UK community is invited to attend. Candidates Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen and Geoff Young will participate in the debate that is co-sponsored by the UK Student...

Debate for candidates for Democratic primary for Governor on May 15 at UK; Republicans declined

A Candidate Debate for the Democratic Primary for Governor in Kentucky will be held on the University of Kentucky campus Wednesday, May 15. Candidates Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen and Geoff Young will participate in the debate that is co-sponsored by the UK Student Government Association, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky/Lexington and Gray Television and its nine TV stations serving...

UK names University of Wisconsin-Madison librarian Doug Way as next dean of libraries

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky Doug Way has been selected as the next dean of the University of Kentucky Libraries pending approval by the UK Board of Trustees. Way is currently associate university librarian for Collections and Research Services at University of Wisconsin-Madison. “I am honored and thrilled to be joining the University of Kentucky as dean of Libraries. This is an exciting...

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program celebrates 50 years of service to Kentucky

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program is celebrating a half century of teaching low income families how to eat healthier while stretching their food dollars. In Kentucky, the U. S. Department of Agriculture program is administered through the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and is particularly focused on helping low income, limited...

Keeneland announces Christa Marrillia and Marc Therrien have joined executive leadership team

Keeneland officials have announced two additions to the executive leadership team as Christa Marrillia is Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, while Marc Therrien is Managing Director of Keeneland Hospitality.  Christa Marrillia “Our world-class marketing efforts and the hospitality we extend to our guests are critical to the success of our core business,” said Keeneland President and CEO...

Kentucky Hospital Association and state CHFS form coalition, launch statewide assault on opioids

The National Institute on Drug Abuse ranks Kentucky among the top 10 states with the highest opioid-related overdose deaths, and Kentucky’s hospitals are on the frontline in the fight to help the state recover. To assist the state’s hospitals in this battle, the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) is partnering with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services as part of the Kentucky Opioid Response...

University of Kentucky alumnus D.C. Storm putting Gatton College education to work at Churchill Downs

By Carl Nathe University of Kentucky When the call to the post is played before the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs this Saturday, University of Kentucky alumnus D.C. Storm will look forward to watching the world-famous horse race in person along with more than 150,000 of his “closest friends.”  And while this 2004 summa cum laude graduate of UK’s Gatton College...

Special graduate set to cross UK’s commencement stage after majoring in socialization, basic obedience

Anu and his student handler Abby Sheeler pose for their graduation pictures. (Photo courtesy of Abby Sheeler) By Meg Mills University of Kentucky You might see a few extra feet — or paws — walk across the stage at the University of Kentucky’s May Commencement. Anu, a year-old golden retriever service dog in training, is one of several dogs that will be crossing the graduation stage with...

Keeneland donates $1.3 million to UK’s Gluck Equine Research Center for drug research and testing

The Keeneland Association is continuing its long-standing philanthropic relationship with the University of Kentucky with a gift of $1.3 million to the Keeneland Endowed Chair in Equine Veterinary Science. This gift will grow the fund to $3 million and will allow the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Gluck Equine Research Center to launch a world-class equine drug research and testing...

UK agricultural economists offer information for farmers dealing with financial challenges

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky agricultural economists are offering information for producers dealing with financial pressures after several years of downturn in the industry. “Since farmers make up only 2 percent of the population, it can be easy to overlook the struggles that many farmers are currently facing regarding tight profit margins, cash-flow issues and potentially...

University of Kentucky alumnus Ed Berry turns passion for football into successful business career

Rebecca Longo University of Kentucky University of Kentucky football alumnus and now successful businessman Ed Berry did not always envision that he would end up where he is today. With a dream of playing in the National Football League (NFL), he got his start playing football at a very young age. Little did he know, his future career would grow from this passion. Competing on the gridiron was always...

UK student, professor pioneer a first in stratospheric measurements, aiming for better weather forecasting

By Jenny Wells University of Kentucky  A University of Kentucky doctoral student and chemistry professor have measured environmental variables during high-altitude, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flights for the first time, reaching a better understanding of meteorological conditions to enable the next generation of weather forecasting models. Travis Schuyler, a doctoral candidate in the UK Department...

UK’s freshman EJ Montgomery to try for NBA Draft, hoping to be a first-rounder; but could return

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today EJ Montgomery is going to attempt to give it a shot at the next level.   The Kentucky freshman forward declared for the NBA Draft Friday, but could opt to return based on feedback he receives from experts. Montgomery will have until May 29 to decide remain in the draft or decide to come back for a second season. EJ Montgomery (Photo by Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) “My...

Calipari rebuilding as Nate Sestina, a graduate transfer from Bucknell, and Keion Brooks join roster

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky added two new faces to its roster Thursday.   Nate Sestina, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound  graduate transfer from Bucknell, will enroll as a graduate transfer next season. Sestina, a second-team All-Patriot Team performer, averaged 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season and will be eligible for one season.   The Wildcats also signed freshman forward Keion...