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LouisvilleKY scientists identify novel early detection for Alzheimer’s

Story from www.uofl.edu Louisville, KY., – Scientists from the University of Louisville believe they’ve developed a unique way to find areas of the brain that are susceptible to Alzheimer’s at an earlier age. Neurologist Dr. Greg Barnes says the new system is a potential breakthrough because it would allow doctors to “identify individuals who have specific defects in distinct brain circuits” and prevent those circuits from sustaining further damage or dying. Currently, close to half of Americans age 85 or older suffer from Alzheimer’s which begins to erode brain function up to 15 years before it’s diagnosed. Dr. Barnes says…


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Former LouisvilleKY mayor Jerry Abramson to begin stint at Spalding University

Story from spalding.edu Louisville, KY., – Jerry Abramson, formerly the Mayor of Louisville, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House, has accepted the position of Executive in Residence at Spalding University, Spalding President Tori Murden McClure announced Tuesday. Abramson will teach undergraduate and graduate classes at Spalding and is expected to play a role in Spalding’s development of academic programs focused on juvenile criminal justice reform and restorative practices. He will be available to teach and guest lecture in courses on comparative leadership, public finance and innovation in…


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LouisvilleKY’s gets new New Female Giraffe  

 Louisville, KY., – Meet Kianga — a new 1-year-old female Masai giraffe joins us from the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens in California. Kianga was born November 9, 2016 in Los Angeles and her name means “sunshine” in Swahili.  Kianga is currently on exhibit in rotation with 2-year-old male giraffe Baridi and 21-year-old female giraffe Malaika. ABOUT MASAI GIRAFFE Female giraffes grow to be 16 feet tall and weigh up to 2,600 pounds. The signature long neck has only seven vertebrae, the same as most mammals. To counteract the demands of such a long neck, there are valves in the…


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Dr. Neeli Bendapudi named the 18th president of the University of Louisville

Story and photos from www.louisville.edu Academic, business and community leader has over three decades of experience A University of Kansas provost with extensive academic and business experience has been selected as the next president at the University of Louisville. Neeli Bendapudi, Ph.D., provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas, was selected after a months-long search that drew more than 50 candidates from across the nation. The UofL Board of Trustees approved her appointment at a special meeting Tuesday, April 3. She is expected to start at UofL on May 15. “We conducted a thorough search for a…


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LouisvilleKY’s School Board Approves ‘Major’ Changes

Story from JCPS’s website… JCPS to move forward on centralized Newcomer Academy, reorganization of central office Louisville, KY., – On March 27, the Jefferson County Board of Education approved two major initiatives led by Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio that will strengthen support to students and schools: create a centralized location for the Newcomer Academy and implement the phase-one reorganization of the district’s central office. “Both of these initiatives build on the day-one priorities I announced as acting superintendent: strengthening culture and climate, boosting student learning and improving organizational coherence,” Dr. Pollio said. “These are innovative, needed…


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LouisvilleKY students put their knowledge to the test this weekend

DERBY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION HOSTS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE ON SATURDAY   Louisville, KY.   – Class Act Federal Credit Union and the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation will host dozens of talented kids at the Academic Challenge this weekend. The quick-recall tournament is set for this Saturday, March 24, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown. The tournament is coordinated by Jefferson County Public Schools is scheduled for 8 AM to 3 PM. “The Academic Challenge event is a great way to showcase the academic achievements of not only our local students, but also our public schools,” said Jeff English, President of the KDF Foundation. “The competition continues to…


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Kentucky Derby Festival’s Spelling bee commences Saturday at LouisvilleKy’s Kentucky Center

64 Students from Kentucky and Southern Indiana to Compete   Louisville, KY.   – Students from around Kentucky and Southern Indiana will compete in the 25th annual Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 17th.  The competition starts at 11 AM in the Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center (501 W. Main Street in Louisville). 64 students in grades 4th through 8th will compete on Saturday. They qualified by winning their respective school and county bees. Said Kimberly Hofmann, Ford Zone Manager for the Cincinnati region: “As one of the top employers in the state, Ford is committed to driving a brighter future in…


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Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth at LouisvilleKY’s Zoo

LG&E and KU sponsor events throughout April; $8.25 admission to the Zoo’s Earth Day celebration on April 29 Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo is throwing its annual bash for the Earth — Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth, powered by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company. The month of April will feature special activities including zoo keeper presentations, a regional art contest for students, $8.25 admission on April 29 and conservation-minded events every weekend. “While celebrating the Earth is the focus of the event, one of the most wonderful things about it is the awareness it…


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LouisvilleKY’s RoboRumble is this weekend

DERBY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT ON SATURDAY March 8, 2018. Louisville, KY. – Get ready to ROBORUMBLE!  Samtec has teamed up with the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation and Jefferson County Public Schools for the 2018 RoboRumble Regional Robotic Tournament. The event is this Saturday, March 10 at Marion C. Moore High School. The tournament challenges students and teams from Jefferson County schools and surrounding regions to design, build and compete with robots. The competition begins at 9 AM with the awards ceremony following at 3 PM. “Samtec is pleased to sponsor the KDF Foundation RoboRumble Robotic Tournament,” said John Hynes, Director of Product Marketing. “We are committed to supporting…


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LouisvilleKY kicks off its 2018 SummerWorks program to put youth to work

Louisville, KY., – A stronger pipeline of young talent is critical to Louisville’s future, Mayor Greg Fischer said today in launching the SummerWorks youth jobs program for 2018. “Summer jobs are critical building blocks for young people, and SummerWorks is crucial for the health of the local economy, because it creates a pipeline of future talent,” Mayor Fischer said. “We want Louisville’s business culture to be one where every company, large and small, hires or sponsors summer jobs for youth.” Last year, more than 160 companies and organizations hired SummerWorks youth. And already, momentum is building for this summer, with…