UK President Says Schools Must Modernize

The president of the University of Kentucky says the proposed super-region between Louisville and Lexington relies in part on upgrades to public universities. The super-region would be based around manufacturing, most of it for the automotive industry. UK President Eli Capilouto says research at the universities will play a role, and that, in turn, will […]

Coal Ash News Special [Audio]

On Thursday we spent an hour looking at Coal Ash — what it is, whether it’s dangerous, and how it’s regulated. We spoke with John Voyles, Vice President of Transmission and Generation Services for LG&E; Tom Fitzgerald Founder and Director of the the Kentucky Resources Council; Tom Robl, Associate Director of Environmental and Coal Technologies […]

National Science Foundation Grant Funds UK Economic Development Study

The University of Kentucky has received nearly half a million dollars from the National Science Foundation to study economic development in eastern Kentucky. The study involves faculty from UK’s business school and schools of social work, public health, sociology and agriculture. Business professor Walter Ferrier is the study’s principal investigator. He says the researchers will […]

Capilouto urges UK to ‘challenge itself’ in first State of the University address

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio UK President Eli Capilouto gave his first State of the University address this afternoon. He touted the successes of students, faculty, and staff in his speech, saying the University of Kentucky is a place of opportunity. This year’s freshman class is the most academically accomplished in the school’s history, […]

Green Building Adapts to Various Structures, Scales in Kentucky Architecture

Green building is often seen as a luxury. A lot of projects are capital-intensive, and take years to make up for their costs in energy savings. But as energy prices rise, sustainable buildings are starting to make even more fiscal sense for all types of buildings. The corner of Seventh and Liberty streets in downtown […]

Study Finds Effects of Martin County Slurry Spill Still Felt

After a dam failed in Martin County in 2000 and released more than 3 million gallons of coal waste into area creeks, university sociologists began studying how the disaster affected local residents. The survey’s results found they were more distrustful of the local, state and federal governments than those living in surrounding counties. Now, the […]

Coal Sponsorship at Football Game Upsets Environmental Groups

by Josh James, Kentucky Public Radio A decision to allow Friends of Coal to sponsor the University of Kentucky-University of Louisville football game this Saturday isn’t sitting well with some environmental groups. Friends of Coal and the Kentucky Coal Association have paid $85,000 to put their name on three athletic events this year—the Cats-Cards this […]

Rupp Arena Task Force Discusses Future UK Basketball Venue

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio The decision of whether to renovate Rupp Arena or build a new home for the Kentucky Wildcats is still far off, but members of the arena task force heard some initial thoughts today from the recently-chosen master planner. Gary Bates of the architecture firm Space Group is familiar with […]

UK, U of L Researchers Working on New Technology to Produce Hydrogen From Sunlight

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio Researchers at the University of Kentucky have discovered an alloy that could possibly split water into hydrogen and oxygen using solar energy. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and supercomputer technology, Professors Madhu Menon and Michael Sheetz found that the alloy is a mixture of gallium nitride […]