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UofL researchers focus on coronavirus treatment, testing cells growing quickly in host tobacco plants

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The University of Louisville’s biocontainment laboratory is being called upon in research efforts focusing on the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, and a Kentucky crop could be a key. 
At U of L, researchers are exploring compounds that hold promise as therapeutic agents against the disease and could be grown quickly in host tobacco plants. 
A strain...

Angela Crenshaw: Dr. J. Blaine Hudson’s popular ‘Ancestry’ topic a Black History Month legacy

“I am a part of all that I have met; Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’ Gleams that untravell’d world whose margin fades For ever and forever when I move. How dull it is to pause, to make an end, To rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!” — From “Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1833, an excerpt from one of Dr. Blaine Hudson’s favorite poems. Angela Crenshaw...

Hosparus Health names veteran fundraiser Tawanda Lewis Owsley vice president of development

Tawanda Lewis Owsley has joined Hosparus Health as vice president of development and will lead all fundraising efforts at the not-for-profit hospice. In her new role, Owsley’s duties will include strategy, donor cultivation for capital and major gifts, planned and annual giving, special events and other initiatives designed to increase access to care for seriously ill patients and their families...

Passport Health Plan moves forward with West Louisville project, releases RFP for development

Passport Health Plan is taking the next step to revive the construction of its planned headquarters development at Louisville’s intersection of 18th and Broadway. The health plan, which administers Medicaid benefits to more than 300,000 members statewide, has announced it is releasing a Request For Proposals (RFP) the week of Jan. 6 to identify parties interested in developing the prominent site....

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...

Tom Miller: University of Louisville hospital acquisitions benefit the entire commonwealth

The University of Louisville’s recent acquisition of Jewish Hospital and other Louisville-area assets of KentuckyOne Health has led to many questions. For us – President Neeli Bendapudi, the Board of Trustees, our physicians and academic and administrative leaders– our decision to move forward came down to the answer to one very important question: What would happen if Jewish Hospital closed? On...

Baptist Health chief compliance officer Don Riggs to retire, Marea Aspillaga named replacement

Donald R. “Don” Riggs, chief compliance officer for Baptist Health, has announced he will retire at the end of the year after 27 years with the health system. For the past six years, the 58-year-old has headed the health system’s Compliance team, which he helped form in 2013. The Compliance team is responsible for ensuring that the system’s hospitals, medical group and affiliated organizations...

Oleka selected as president of Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities

After an extensive search, the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) has named OJ Oleka as its next president. Oleka, who currently serves as Chief of Staff for Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, will assume his duties as AIKCU president on Dec. 1. Oleka succeeds Gary S. Cox, Ph.D., who is retiring after serving as AIKCU president since...

Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky selects Charles George as new executive director

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky (WSWK) have announced Charles George is its new executive director, putting his many years of policy experience to work in guiding the organization in Frankfort and beyond. The group also released the findings of an economic impact report on jobs, payroll, and tax revenue generated by the wholesale and retail tiers of Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage industry. Authored...

Attention Middle School students and educators: MATHCOUNTS wants you in its Competition Series

The Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) is sponsoring another exciting year of MATHCOUNTS. All interested middle school students, their parents, and their teachers are encouraged to take part in the 2019-2020 MATHCOUNTS Competition Series. MATHCOUNTS is a national program that starts with students and educators, in their schools. It is a program that stimulates interest in mathematics...

Commentary: One thing on which there is no rivalry; We are one when it comes to preventing child abuse

By Dr. Melissa Currie and Dr. Christina Howard It’s finally Fall in the Commonwealth, which means cooler temperatures, leaves changing, and college football season. As child abuse pediatricians at University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, we are well aware of the deep rivalry when it comes to our sports programs, and we both proudly support our team. As competitive as our respective universities...

Rick Pitino’s attorney wants more information; UofL board of trustees were asked about payments

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today The fallout continued Wednesday from the bombshell revelation that a University of Louisville board of trustees member may have been a key figure in the sex parties. And it isn’t likely to die down anytime soon. For starters, Rick Pitino’s attorney in his suit against U of L, filed a motion to “explore David Grissom’s claim” that a trustee...

Bevin, University of Louisville, KentuckyOne Health strike deal for acquisition of Jewish Hospital

Gov. Matt Bevin and University of Louisville President Dr. Neeli Bendapudi have announced a plan to secure the future of the Jewish Hospital and other KentuckyOne Health properties and their employees. Under the deal, University Medical Center Inc., owned by U of L, would acquire Jewish Hospital and other KentuckyOne Health assets located in the metro Louisville region and then integrate them into...

Former UofL board chairman testifies president was aware a trustee funded basketball sex parties

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Consider this: You are the chairman of the board of trustees at the University of Louisville. The U of L president tells you that a member of the board was the cash source of payments made to the strippers and prostitutes in the school’s sex parties two years ago. Would you: (a) demand to know the identity of the culprit; (b) pass that information on to authorities...

Troops to Teachers program helping Kentucky veterans hone tools to succeed in the classroom

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher Kentucky has given its veterans a pathway to teacher certification. The next step is to make sure they are ready to succeed in the classroom. A number of veterans who have turned to teaching got some of the tools they’ll need to become successful teachers last week at a workshop held by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the University of Louisville (UofL). Norma...

EKU football standouts McCleskey Jr., Patrick and Moore chosen to All-OVC preseason team

Three Eastern Kentucky University football players have been chosen to the All-Ohio Valley Conference preseason team. Running back Daryl McCleskey Jr., defensive end Aaron Patrick and defensive back Leodis Moore III earned spots on the preseason team, which was selected by OVC head coaches and communications directors. McCleskey was a third team All-OVC pick by Phil Steele after the 2018 season. The...

Former Coastal Carolina assistant Patrick Blake joins EKU men’s basketball coaching staff

Patrick Blake has joined the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach A.W. Hamilton announced on Wednesday. Blake comes to EKU following four successful seasons as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina University. He helped the Chanticleers transition into the Sun Belt Conference with back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17. “It’s...

11th annual Jane Austen Festival to be held this weekend (July 12-14) at Locust Grove in Louisville

The 11th annual Jane Austen Festival will be held this weekend (July 12-14) at Locust Grove in Louisville. The event is sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of Greater Louisville and will be held at 561 Blankenbaker Lane. Tours of the house will be provided Saturday and Sunday of the festival. Friday hours are 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. For Saturday and Sunday, hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will...

American Cancer Society names Erica Kellem Beasley executive director for Kentucky

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has named Erica Kellem Beasley the executive director for Kentucky. She began her duties March 18. Erica Kellem Beasley As executive director, her focus is the development and execution of the Kentucky area plan to support the mission of ACS, build a strong area board of directors, and lead the team in Kentucky. Kellem Beasley brings 24 years of experience working...

Kentucky launches initiative to fast track veterans, transitioning military personnel to aircraft mechanics

Transitioning military personnel and veterans with aviation or power plant mechanics experience are now eligible to become Federal Aviation Administration certified in Kentucky. Through a collaborative effort among the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), the University of Louisville, and the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs...