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University of Louisville Kent School partners with nonprofit Wellspring to aid city’s homeless

By Judy Hughes University of Louisville University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work is partnering with the nonprofit organization Wellspring on a new, five-year federal grant to offer a unified care approach to help homeless people experiencing both mental health and substance use issues to find housing and recovery. “About 50 percent of adults with severe mental illness have a co-occurring...

University of Louisville researchers developing method to convert carbon dioxide to usable products

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville Scientists at the University of Louisville have received new support for developing a method to sustainably sequester and convert carbon dioxide to valuable products. The three-year project on catalysts for CO2 is funded by the Catalysis Program of the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation. Carbon dioxide is the most significant greenhouse gas...

Second round of COVID-19 Kentucky Equine Business Impact Survey now open until July 13

The Kentucky Equine Education Project and the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program jointly announced the release of the second round of their COVID-19 Kentucky Equine Business Impact Survey. The survey will be shared with employers throughout Kentucky’s horse industry and community to further capture the impacts of the pandemic on the Commonwealth’s signature industry. The second...

Now back on campus, Louisville’s Williamson understands importance of following virus protocols

By Kenny Klein University of Louisville University of Louisville forward Samuell Williamson is glad to be back on campus with his teammates, but he understands that everyone needs to continue to follow proper protocols and be cautious in this pandemic environment. “It’s (the virus) definitely something that’s always in the back of our heads,” said Williamson. “When we’re...

Louisville season opener against N.C. State moved to a Wednesday to avoid conflict with Derby Week

The University of Louisville’s season opener at home against North Carolina State will be played on a Wednesday (Sept. 2), moving from the previously scheduled Sept. 3 date. Vince Tyra, Louisville’s director of athletics, made the announcement on Monday. Because of the nationwide pandemic, the 146th Kentucky Derby Weekend, originally set for April 30 through May 2 in Louisville, was pushed...

Kroger pledges $1.5 million to University of Louisville in broad-ranging effort to end hunger, food waste

By John Karman III University of Louisville The Kroger Louisville Division is making a $1.5 million pledge to the University of Louisville as part of a broad-ranging effort to reduce hunger and waste in the local community. The gift will create the Kroger Zero Hunger, Zero Waste Fund at UofL. The fund will provide support in three main areas: diversity and inclusion, food security and sustainability...

Satterfield, Louisville football players slowly see normalcy returning as voluntary workouts continue

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville University of Louisville football head coach Scott Satterfield said on Wednesday that things are almost back to normal. Well, as normal as you can hope during a pandemic. More than half of the roster has returned to campus during the past two weeks, and Satterfield brought back his coaches on Monday in hopes to start the 2020 football season as planned. COVID-19...

Louisville defensive back uses platform as Division I athlete to join in call for change in society

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville University of Louisville defensive back Anthony Johnson isn’t sitting idle when it comes to racial injustice and social issues within the community. The junior, who was a key component on the defense last season, is using his platform as a Division I athlete to provoke change, not only in the city of Louisville but nationally. He is back on campus and...

UofL researchers part of $17 million investment to fast-track studies on effects of vaping, nicotine

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville The American Heart Association is investing nearly $17 million to fund a two-year research initiative, ENACT (End Nicotine Addiction in Children and Teens), led by a national network of scientists focusing on the health impacts of e-cigarettes and other nicotine delivery systems on youth and young adults. As part of this network, researchers at the University...

Louisville COVID-19 antibody initiative receives $1.5 million to expand testing, launch ‘virus radar’

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville The Co-Immunity Project, a groundbreaking collaboration to track and curb COVID-19 in Kentucky, has received $1.5 million from the James Graham Brown Foundation, as well as additional gifts, to expand community coronavirus testing and launch a public ”virus radar” for understanding its spread. “We are deeply grateful for this timely philanthropic support...

University of Louisville online masters program puts Navy petty officer on new career path in IT field

By Janet Cappiello University of Louisville In 2012, Pennsylvania resident Carolyn McCormick decided her career in television was not right for her. Eager for a change and short on funds, she decided to join the United States Navy and use the education benefits to earn a graduate degree in the field of information technology. This spring, after five years of taking classes while being an active duty...

University of Louisville nursing scholarship created to honor Breonna Taylor; four-year renewable award

By John Karman III University of Louisville To honor the memory of the EMT from Louisville, the University of Louisville Health Board of Directors is creating a nursing scholarship in the name of Breonna Taylor. The Breonna Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund in Nursing will be a four-year renewable award. In choosing the recipient, preference would be granted to a Black female who is a Kentucky resident....

Billy Reed: Remembering the great Wes Unseld, a big fella with a stellar career, dead at age 74

The last time I saw Wes Unseld, we were at a cocktail party in Louisville, participating in an event called “Louisville’s Legends.” The big fella was still massive, and I seem to recall a walker or cane nearby. I knew he had been suffering from some physical ailments. When he saw me, he smiled and motioned me to come sit with him. After the usual greetings, he said, “I need to get you up to...

Louisville-born startup helps companies understand and improve cultural well-being, drive innovation

By Baylee Pulliam University of Louisville A new University of Louisville research-born startup is helping companies assess and improve organizational culture and drive innovation — even while navigating the myriad of culture shocks caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The startup — called UPOP, for “Underestimated People Of Purpose” — is built around a new cultural well-being survey and predictive...

Louisville legend, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld dead at age 74

Former University of Louisville standout Wes Unseld, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, passed away on Tuesday. He was 74. Unseld’s No. 31 is one of just four retired jersey numbers in UofL history. In three seasons at UofL (1965-68), he scored 1,686 points (11th all-time at UofL) and grabbed 1,551 rebounds (second all-time at UofL). Seneca High School graduate Wes Unseld...

Louisville quarterback ready for return to campus next week; to begin voluntary workouts June 8

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville After two months of being away from campus, University of Louisville quarterback Micale Cunningham is excited about returning to campus. The junior quarterback is among as many as 30 football student-athletes, 15 each from men’s and women’s basketball, and 15 from swimming and diving that will be returning to the UofL campus on June 1 and begin...

Transylvania names Deidra Dennie vice president for diversity and inclusion; begins duties on July 13

Deidra Dennie has been named Transylvania University’s vice president for diversity and inclusion. Dennie currently serves as the chief diversity officer at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland and has worked in the diversity, equity and inclusion field in higher education and private industry since 2003. “At Transylvania, we are committed to fostering a campus characterized by compassion,...

University of Louisville interior design students gain experience through homeless veterans project

By Alicia Kelso University of Louisville In the fall of 2019, Valerie Fuchs, a part-time professor at the Hite Art Institute in the University of Louisville’s Department of Fine Arts, tasked her interior design students with designing a few rooms and raising funds for the Louisville Hotel for the homeless. Unable to reach anyone in time, that project was put on hold. But the fire had been ignited...

Louisville, ACC prepared to play football without member schools that choose to cancel season

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today While the college football season remains in limbo due to the coronavirus pandemic, speculation about the eventual outcome covers the entire field. Will it start on time in September? Be delayed until October? November? How about January? Will there be a shortened season? Bowl games in May? Reports have also surfaced that several of the Atlantic Coast Conference schools...

Opinion: Kentucky’s research universities — UK and UofL — answering the call now and for the future

By Neeli Bendapudi and Eli Capilouto When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Commonwealth this spring, Kentucky’s research universities – the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville — answered the call. Local and state leaders turned to us to lead the way in identifying and treating patients, addressing shortages in testing and protective equipment and conducting research close...