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University of Kentucky alumnus to lead ServiceMaster spinoff business Frontdoor

By Jeff Broth KyForward Contributor The University of Kentucky has a long track record of producing successful alumni over the years. From a long list of professional athletes to members of Congress and high-level business executives, UK has no shortage of notable graduates. In recent news, yet another UK alumnus is being added to the list by leading new company and ServiceMaster spinoff Frontdoor...

Rural Blog: Rural colleges make big changes to stay afloat; ‘What’s a university without a history major?’

Many public universities in smaller towns are in crisis mode as enrollment and state funding continue to drop, and it doesn’t look like those trends will improve any time soon. Administrators at such colleges are making drastic changes to combat the downturn, including slashing staff, changing up majors, appealing more to adults looking to switch careers, and merging satellite programs and even...

University of Kentucky employee Heather Chapman to appear on ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ Friday

By Meg Mills University of Kentucky Who wants to be a millionaire? Trivia lover Heather Chapman does. Chapman, a Lexington native, will test her chances on ABC’s show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” this Friday. But Chapman isn’t a rookie at game shows. She competed on “Jeopardy!” 11 years ago, though she says she did poorly then as a result of giving birth three...

Jamie Vaught: Looking ahead to 2019 after ‘Amazing Cats’ add exclamation point to outstanding season

Before New Year’s Day in 2019, like many fans, I only saw ONE great UK football team during my career as a sportswriter. But that statement changed after the 16th-ranked Wildcats ended their stunning 2018 campaign with an exciting 27-24 victory over No. 12 Penn State on Tuesday in a sunny Citrus Bowl in Orlando, finishing with an amazing 10-3 mark, including three wins over nationally-ranked teams...

UofL’s ‘elite’ scorer Jordan Nwora is a challenge for UK Wildcats as the two teams collide on Saturday

There is no question that Louisville’s Jordan Nwora will be a primary focus of Kentucky’s defense when the two teams collide Saturday afternoon in the KFC Yum! Center. After all, he is U of L’s leading scorer by a long shot and a guy his coach has called an “elite” offensive player. 
But as dangerous as Nwora is with the basketball in his hands, the 6-foot-8 sophomore...

UK Forestry and Natural Resources Extension receives national award for family forest education

The University of Kentucky Forestry and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension team recently won the Comprehensive Family Forests Education Award presented by the National Woodland Owners Association and the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs. This is the second time the team has won this national award, which is presented to an educational institution that has delivered...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky’s ‘resume win’ over North Carolina first step in climb back to the top

Just maybe Kentucky’s win over North Carolina will help ease the pain of a season-opening loss to Duke. It remains to be seen, but every little bit helps as the Wildcats delve deeper into the season.   Sure, losing by 34 points to the Blue Devils wasn’t an easy thing to swallow, but Kentucky coach John Calipari and the players couldn’t dwell on the disappointing setback and give up hope on the...

UK Wheat Science Group to host Winter Wheat Meeting in Hopkinsville on January 8

The 2018 University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group will host their Winter Wheat Meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST Jan. 8 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville. Registration for the event will start at 8:30 a.m. Photo by Matt Barton UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists will cover several topics of interest to those in the wheat industry including weed control,...

Kentucky Wildcats seek to boost its NCAA resume against No. 9 North Carolina in Chicago

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has yet to beat a ranked opponent this season. The Wildcats will get a chance to boost their NCAA Tournament resume against No. 9 North Carolina Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic in Chicago. In its last outing against a ranked foe, the No. 19 Wildcats (8-2) failed the test. In the worst setback of the John Calipari era, Kentucky dropped a humiliating 118-84...

UK Alum Nick Wilson is big winner of $1million prize on season finale of ‘Survivor’

Whitley County has a new millionaire and maybe a new hero. 
Nick Wilson, a University of Kentucky alum and Whitley County native, captured the 37th season of “Survivor” on Wednesday night. 
A self-proclaimed superfan of the show, it was his dream just to be a contestant, reports Kentucky Today. 
And now he’s a champion.

“I’m an aw-shucks Kentucky boy, and everybody thought I couldn’t...

UK veterinarian receives BIOMIC Excellence in Diagnostic Veterinary Microbiology Award

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky At the recent annual convention of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, University of Kentucky’s Dr. Erdal Erol received the 2018 BIOMIC Excellence in Diagnostic Veterinary Microbiology Award. This national award recognizes distinguished scientists for research accomplishments in the field that can be applied for the betterment...

PSC Names Karen Wilson as legislative director; veteran of state government to advise commissioners

Karen Wilson, a 22-year employee of Kentucky state government, has joined the staff of the Kentucky Public Service Commission as its legislative liaison and executive advisor to the commissioners. Wilson most recently served a policy advisor in the Department of Energy Policy in the Energy and Environment Cabinet. She previously held several other posts in EEC and also worked in the Governor’s Office...

Bah, Humbug? University of Kentucky Psychology expert offers tips to deal with holiday stress

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky ‘Tis the season to be merry and bright! But you may be feeling less than joyful during the “most wonderful time of the year.” Do you experience stress, anxiety or even depression from November to January? If so, you’re not alone. “It’s pretty common. In my clinical and personal experience, I would say most, but not all, people...

UK College of Design lecturer offers eight ways to spruce up your space for the holiday season

By Meg Mills University of Kentucky If you are decorating for the holidays, here is advice for achieving a festive home for friends and family to enjoy. Christine Mobley, with the University of Kentucky College of Design, has eight easy tips to help make your holiday space everything you’ve ever dreamed of without breaking the bank. • Create a statement piece. Usually, the most visual part...

Five-year, $3.4 million grant to support UK, U of L and state commission research on child hearing loss

By Mallory Powell University of Kentucky For children with hearing loss or deafness, health interventions often focus on immediate issues related to the ear and language development, sometimes overlooking important psychosocial dynamics such as behavior and parenting patterns. But for University of Kentucky social worker and public health researcher Christina Studts and otolaryngologist Dr. Matt...

Kentucky agricultural receipts predicted to hold steady, but net cash income likely drops

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Buoyed by gains in the poultry and equine industries, Kentucky agricultural cash receipts are predicted to hold steady to 2017 levels, but 2018 net cash income will likely dip. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2018 farm cash receipts to be $5.7 billion, equaling last year’s level. “Kentucky...

‘Cats cruise to easy win over Monmouth as Herro scores 16 points in 90-44 victory

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It was an easy night for Kentucky.   The 10th-ranked Wildcats (6-1) pushed their winning streak to six games with a 90-44 win over Monmouth Wednesday night, ending the opening month of the season on a high note after dropping a 118-84 loss to No. 3 Duke in the Champions Classic on Nov. 6 in Indianapolis. Tyler Herro scored 16 points to lead Cats past Monmouth. Tyler...

Hadeel Abdallah is 10th UK student to be named a Rhodes Scholar — and the first female

By Whitney Hale, Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky political science and Arabic and Islamic studies senior Hadeel Abdallah, of Lexington, has been named a recipient of the highly prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Abdallah is one of 32 American women and men selected as Rhodes Scholars representing the United States. She is the first female from the university...

Pretty in Purple — UK will light up the campus in purple in honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

By Ryan Girves University of Kentucky When students, faculty and staff return from break on Monday, they will be welcomed by purple lights around campus. In honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregiver’s Month, from Monday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Nov. 30, buildings across the University of Kentucky campus will be lit with purple lights to spread awareness...

Eli Capilouto: Kentucky can stem the tide of opioid abuse and addiction — and UK will help

Kentucky families know better than most the plague of addiction. Kentucky ranks third in the United States in overdose deaths, and families residing in Kentucky’s rural communities are disproportionately impacted by the opioid crisis. But there is hope. There is us. We know that Kentucky can stem this devastating tide. At the University of Kentucky, our faculty and clinicians are doggedly determined...