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Two researchers at Transylvania University are among those statewide working on projects tied to furthering manufacturing technology.

Transy Physics Professor Stephen Johnson will use $30,000 a year to work with different students over five summers.  Johnson sees great benefits for student workers.

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Jan 20, 2020

On this week's program, the care and feeding of the Kentucky mind. Eastern Kentucky University Interim President David McFaddin and University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto.  And, Prichard Committee executive director, Brigitte Blom Ramsey makes a 'big bold ask' from a budget-strapped state legislature.

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Iconic UK Dormitory Towers To Come Down In 2020

Dec 6, 2019

Two iconic high rise towers, formerly dormitories, on the University of Kentucky campus are scheduled for demolition over the next year.  The planned take down of the Kirwan-Blanding Residence Hall Complex and Dining Commons would pave the way for a new 500 bed residence hall plus substantial green space.

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Kentucky plans to use a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for Kentucky  to move medical research into the commercial market more quickly. 

The announcement Thursday in Frankfort paves the way for advancing new med-tech and health related companies.

Lexington city council members were briefed Tuesday on a downtown development described as a mix of private retail and university-managed innovation and e-sports space. E-sports is a form of competition using video games.

University of Kentucky Executive Director for Strategic Analysis and Policy Melody Flowers offered the update to the budget committee

“Very much intend to be inviting the community in, focusing on economic development, entrepreneurship, design thinking, solution finding efforts.”

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The Governor’s School for the Arts just wrapped up its 33rd year of holding an intensive three-week summer program.  For the first time since 1987, the GSA was held at the University of Kentucky.

Just after lunch on the last day before the final weekend performances, a group of budding singers warmed up with vocal exercises.

This year, the Governor’s School for the Arts included 256 rising high school juniors and seniors.  There were 1,400 applicants.  GSA Director Nick Covault said some participants go on to professional careers, but it’s not the goal of all.

A&W Restaurants Incorporated is expected to be the first company locating in Lexington’s new industrial park near Interstate 75.  The city has 50 acres shovel ready in UK Coldstream Research Campus. 

A&W will be relocating their global headquarters and moving some 35 jobs to the new site.  Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton is optimistic this is only the start of business growth at the industrial site. “I don’t think we would be in this business doing this if we weren’t," she said.

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Wet weather has caused major problems for many farmers in the Midwestern portion of the country.  Kentucky’s neighboring states like Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio have seen major delays in plantings. 

University of Kentucky Agriculture Meteorologist Matt Dixon says reports show in some of these areas 30% of corn is in the ground, when typically it should be about 90%. 

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While sustainable funding remains an ongoing challenge, scientists at the Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center continue to investigate ways to help the state’s burley growers.

The Keeneland Association is contributing $1.3 million to the University of Kentucky’s Keeneland Endowed Chair in Equine Veterinary Science.  The gift will grow the fund to $3 million and will support the launch of an equine drug research and testing program. 

UK Lab Workers To Study Horse Track Conditions

Apr 24, 2019
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University of Kentucky Agriculture Equine Programs Director Mick Peterson said horse track consistency is one key objective in any effort to reduce racing related breakdowns.  UK got word last week of a $100,000 gift from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Charities. 

The money will go to establish an Equine Surfaces and Safety Lab.  Peterson says the aim is to develop the basic technology and automation required to do real-time monitoring of the race track.

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The largest grant ever given to the University of Kentucky will support research to reduce opioid deaths in 16 Kentucky counties.  The four-year, $87 million grant comes from the National Institutes of Health.  Kentucky is one of four sites selected.

University of Kentucky officials detailed Tuesday afternoon an updated student code of conduct policies to Lexington council members.  The university adopted a new code of conduct in June of 2016. 

Kentucky's Unemployment Rate Remains At 4.5 Percent

Dec 20, 2018

The preliminary November unemployment rate for Kentucky is a familiar figure.  The 4.5 percent jobless figure for last month equals the rate in October and also a year ago in November.

A program aimed at helping new mothers who battle opioid addiction is making a move to a new and larger location.  A telehealth emphasis is also expected to help reach more women.


In college football, it’s homecoming weekend at the University of Kentucky, as the Wildcats take on Vanderbilt. 
UK is 5 and 1 on the season and resumes play after a week off. The Commodores are 2 and 4 but UK coach Mark Stoops says they’re a better team than their record suggests. 

Stoops told WFPL: "You see the team that’s very hungry, that plays very hard, and well-coached. They’re just looking for that breakthrough.” 

UK and Vandy kick off at 7:30pm tomorrow in Lexington.

Twenty- four academic institutions including five from Kentucky will benefit from a just announced federal grant.  It’s aimed at speeding up the release of biomedical technologies.

The three year $3.5 million dollar grant creates a hub to accelerate commercialization of biomedical technologies.  The grant comes from the National Institutes of Health. 

The Louisville based healthcare technology accelerator XlerateHealth is the primary awardee.  The firm is part of a consortium with two dozen academic entities including UK, U of L, EKU, WKU, and NKU.

A Colorado criminology professor says sexual misconduct on a college campus is not limited to male perpetrators.  Callie Marie-Rennison, with the University of Colorado in Denver, led a session last week in Lexington as part of the National Conference on Campus Climate and Adjudication of Sexual Misconduct.  It was sponsored by UK. 

UK Opens Multidisciplinary Research Facility

Sep 21, 2018
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University administrators, government leaders at the state and federal levels, along with many medical scientists today recognized the opening of the University of Kentucky’s multidisciplinary research building.  Efforts are well underway to recruit internationally known researchers to work in the $265 million facility in Lexington. 

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The University of Kentucky will use a $4 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Defense and Office of Naval Research to better determine optimal physical and mental fitness of elite military members.  The announcement came Thursday on UK’s campus.

A University of Kentucky freshman and the fraternity he was pledging have been suspended following a fatal car-pedestrian crash last weekend.  That information was released Tuesday in a campus-wide email by UK President Eli Capilouto.

Jacob Heil, 18, faces a driving-under-the-influence charge.  Four-year-old Marco Lee Shemwell was struck while he and his family waited to cross Cooper Avenue last Saturday.  The boy later died from his injuries.

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Lexington council members Thursday got more details about the land-street swap deal between city government and the University of Kentucky.  




The plan, already endorsed by the UK board, could come before council for final approval in the next few weeks.


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Legendary University of Kentucky and Southeastern Conference coach and administrator C.M. Newton died Monday at the age of 88. put together remembrances from friends and athletes who recalled him as the "defination of a leader"

The Louisville Courier-Journal also posted a tribute

Appalachian Research Day Focuses on Opioid Epidemic

Apr 19, 2018

This year’s Appalachian Research Day event in Hazard focused on efforts to address the opioid epidemic.  The one day program Wednesday included innovation stations from schools throughout eastern Kentucky. 

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Residents living near the University of Kentucky Tuesday evening learned more about a planned land-street swap between Lexington government and UK.  The hour plus meeting included lots of questions from citizens and answers from UK and city officials.

Neighbors Meet on UK-City Land-Street Swap

Mar 6, 2018
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The land-street swap deal between Lexington and the University of Kentucky lacks one more approval before it’s a done deal.  It needs Lexington City Council backing to move forward. But first,  UK’s neighbors will get a chance to review the plan Tuesday evening.


Deal Keeps Cats At Rupp Through 2033

Feb 8, 2018

A deal signed today insures that the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team will be playing at Rupp Arena through the 2033 season.

The agreement was signed today by Lexington Center Corporation and university officials. It details that Big Blue Madness, Blue/White Games, some women’s basketball games and Winter and Spring Commencements will also be at the downtown arena.

UK Officials Outline Response To Meningitis Case

Jan 30, 2018

University of Kentucky officials said steps are being taken to contain the spread of meningitis.

Officials at a news conference Tuesday said a student is being treated for an apparent case of the sometimes fatal bacterial infection.

But, health officials are stressing that casual contact, such as sharing a class with the infected student, is not likely to lead to infection. Those with close contact to the student are receiving antibiotics as a precaution.

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An Eastern Kentucky University football game against the University of Kentucky is a significant event for players, coaches, and fans of the Richmond-based school.

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Dressed in crisp blue scrubs, Certified Nurse Midwife JoAnne Burris walks briskly, the click of her sensible clogs a counterpoint to smooth jazz in the hall.

The University of Kentucky Midwife Clinic, with its large, color prints of newborns on earth-tone walls, still has that new furniture smell. But word-of-mouth already has the waiting room full.