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UK provides update on $15 million KeY Treat study aimed at eradicating hepatitis C in Perry County

By Allison Perry University of Kentucky On Wednesday, University of Kentucky officials provided updates on the recently launched Kentucky Viral Hepatitis Treatment Project (KeY Treat), a three-year, $15 million study co-funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) with the ultimate goal of eradicating the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Perry County. Led by UK...

KY Pitch, Kentucky’s largest intercollegiate pitch competition, announces 2020 schedule

KY Pitch, Kentucky’s largest collegiate business pitch competition, is back for 2020 with initial applications due by January 24. The Final Competition will be held on March 28, at the Gatton College for Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. New this year, teams will participate in two tracks: the Exploratory Track for new concepts and the Developed Track for teams that are developed...

Registration for UK’s CSA Project opens Jan. 24; CSA vouchers offered to eligible UK employees

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Registration for the 2020 season of the University of Kentucky’s Community Supported Agriculture Project opens Jan. 24. All UK faculty, staff and students are eligible to enroll in the program, which provides members with fresh produce from May 21 through Oct. 15 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified organic farming unit of the UK Horticulture...

University of Kentucky to host 2020 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit March 19-20

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky will host the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit March 19-20 in the UK Student Center. The event brings together college students, faculty, administrators and hunger activists from around the world to discuss ways they can collectively reduce worldwide hunger. The event includes networking opportunities, breakout sessions and several...

It’s now Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, milestone naming rights for legendary facility

Lexington Center Corporation announced a landmark naming rights agreement with Central Bank, rebranding Lexington-Central Kentucky’s premier convention, meeting, sports and entertainment complex as Central Bank Center. The iconic Rupp Arena will be Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. The agreement is between Central Bank and JMI Sports, and UK / LCC’s multimedia rights partner.  This agreement...

Summit to promote local, sustainable food systems in Ky. set for Feb. 26 at UK’s Gatton Student Center

The second annual Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit will bring together the Commonwealth’s farm and food community for a day of workshops, networking and conversations. The event will take place on Feb. 26 at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton Student Center. “The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is proud to support the second annual Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit,” Agriculture Commissioner...

Collaboration between UK colleges results in hiring of cooperative extension fine arts specialist

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky A unique collaboration between the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and College of Fine Arts has resulted in the hiring of one of the few cooperative extension arts specialist in the country. Stephanie Richards, who was hired in 2005 in Pike County as the first fine arts extension agent in the nation, accepted the job. Richards’...

Jamie Link named Executive Director of Kentucky Communications Network Authority

Jamie Link has been named Executive Director of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority – the state agency overseeing the KentuckyWired project. During a special meeting on Wednesday, Link was voted in and hired by the KCNA Board. He replaces Interim Director Deck Decker. Jamie Link Link brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the agency. Previously he has served as the Finance Director...

Richards stands out as UK Cats defeat Missouri in the season’s first SEC game for both teams, 62-50

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Missouri had no answer for Nick Richards. Richards scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead No. 17 Kentucky to a 62-50 win over the Tigers Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. It was the sixth double-double of the season for Richards, who poured in 13 points and grabbed 10 boards in a 78-70 win over No. 7 Louisville last week. The junior...

UK graduate finds dream career through loss, becomes a nurse through second-degree program

By Grace Colville University of Kentucky Graduate from college, find a job, become a husband, a grieving father, and then a college student again is not the average path one takes in their post-grad life. UK grad Roger Dittert says there’s no direct path to finding your passion. In 2015, Roger and his wife Rebecca were a typical young couple. They’d been married for about two years and were pregnant...

Your health: Got resolutions? Think about them carefully — follow these tips so you can keep them

By Jackie Hanson UK Health & Wellness As the new year begins, so does the pressure to be a new you. Many see the new year as an opportunity to make big changes, such as losing weight or quitting tobacco. But by resolving to make drastic changes, you might find those new changes hard to sustain. To be successful in the new year, and to make resolutions you can stick to, keep the following tips...

Limited-edition bobblehead commemorates rivalry between UK Wildcats, UofL Cardinals

As the University of Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals prepare to renew on of college basketball’s most intense rivalries today, fans can now purchase a playful memento. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled an officially licensed, limited edition bobblehead featuring Kentucky mascot “Wildcat” and Louisville mascot “Louie the Cardinal.” The mascots are...

Sporting News tabs UK’s Calipari as decade’s top coach for changing ‘college basketball landscape’

Underscored by more victories than any other coach or program over the last 10 seasons, more Final Four appearances, a record number of NBA Draft picks, and the 2012 national championship, John Calipari was named the College Basketball Coach of the Decade by Sporting News on Monday. In a piece penned by national writer Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News credits Calipari for changing the college basketball...

Kentucky suffers second straight setback of 2-game road trip to Las Vegas, loses to Ohio State 71-65

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has never beaten Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic. That trend continued Saturday night. The Wildcats (8-3) suffered a second straight setback of the two-game road trip to Las Vegas with a 71-65 loss to the Buckeyes. Kentucky suffered a 69-66 loss to unranked Utah last Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena. “We put ourselves in a position to win the game, but...

UK FitBlue how-to videos aim to get Kentuckians active; physical activity tracker app now available

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky FitBlue, a physical activity tracker app developed by the University of Kentucky, is helping more Kentuckians get moving by releasing new how-to exercise videos with intentional mindfulness for individuals of all ability levels. “Kentucky has one of the highest disability rates in the nation with 34.6% of the state population having some type of disability,”...

Kentucky jobless rate increases slightly from a year ago; November unemployment rate at 4.4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary November 2019 unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary November 2019 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state in November 2018. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate...

UK raises starting pay, improves workforce benefits that ‘makes possible an incredible dream’

(Photo by Mark Cornelison, UK) By Sarah Geegan and Jay Blanton UK Now Saying it is “the right thing to do,” University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced Thursday that beginning July 1, 2020, the starting wage for regular employees will increase from $10.40 an hour to $12.50. “We have a wonderful team of employees that makes possible an incredible dream,” Capilouto said. “And we...

UK Wheat Science Group to host Winter Wheat Meeting on Jan. 7 at Siemer Milling Company Conference Center

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group will host its Winter Wheat Meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CST) on Jan. 7 at the Siemer Milling Company Conference Center at the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence in Princeton. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. A representative from Siemer Milling Company will provide a welcome and a presentation. UK College...

Inaugural James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference coming to UK’s Gatton Student Center

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Bourbon is an $8.6 billion industry in Kentucky and boasts more than 21,000 jobs and rising, accounting for a third of all distilling jobs in the United States. The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky will offer an inaugural industry conference Feb. 27 in the UK Gatton Student Center. The Beam Institute is a collaboration...

For past 25 years, UK Extension Homemakers have spread ‘Joy of Giving’ during Christmas season

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Before the tables were arranged, before the cookies were spread, before the doors were opened, residents of Pine Meadows Post Acute were lined up in the hallways, happy anticipation lighting their faces. Inside the activities hall, Fayette County Cooperative Extension Homemakers were preparing for the annual Joy of Giving, their county-wide gifting project...