Education Notes: Nov. 16

November 16, 2011 

■ Georgetown College recently presented Cathy Yaun, an English language learners teacher at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, with the Dean's Honor Award. Established in 2007, the award recognizes the most outstanding student in Georgetown's graduate education program. Yaun was selected from among the 195 August graduate candidates as an intellectual leader with the potential to make a significant impact on the education profession. In addition, Yaun was one of six graduates selected for the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

■ More than 2,000 Fayette County Public Schools students participated in the Nov. 5 Academic Challenge Invitational, a single-elimination tournament hosted by Bryan Station High School. Students in grades 2 and 3 and grades 4 and 5 worked in small groups to answer questions in all subject areas, and winning teams moved on to the next round.

Fayette County Public Schools hosts three Academic Challenge tournaments a year, culminating in a competition for college scholarships. The next contests are Feb. 4 and March 10.

Primary results:

First place: Tates Creek D (16 points) — Shalavion Howard, Chuck Logsdon, Joey Ilagan and Gareth Watson-Mills.

Second place: Tates Creek B (15 points) — Tyler Jones, Caeden Lowe, Brandon Saldana, Tharanie Subramaniam and Will Sun.

Third place: Tates Creek H (14 points) — Hanif Al Barra, Eli Dyer and Frankie Mann.

Fourth place: Tates Creek E (11 points) — Dalal Eqal, Makhia Hocker, Simon Palmer, Charlie Reynolds, Gabriella Staykova and Joey Vires.

Intermediate results:

First place: Meadowthorpe A (14 points) — Emily Tao, Victoria Webb, Trysten Whitlock and Nicole Wong.

Second place: Meadowthorpe F (13 points) — Ace Canales, Guillermo Hernandez, Maria Hernandez, Gloria Ma and Jacob Styer.

Third place: Rosa Parks K (12 points) — Alan Luo, Sai Naidu and Caelan Rajan.

Stonewall Elementary's PTA is one of only 10 nationally to earn a 2011 healthy lifestyles grant from the National PTA.

The "Healthy and Fit Stonewall" program, which will receive $1,000, kicked off with a schoolwide Wellness Night on Nov. 3. The overall focus is educating students and families about nutrition and physical activity.

Under the PTA's new initiative, students will be challenged to eat the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables and complete 60 minutes of exercise each day; students will be asked to share their favorite fruit or vegetable snack recipes for a school cookbook; and the PTA will promote the concept of indoor recess during inclement weather, providing ideas and resources for teachers.

■ Two area schools are eligible to win one of at least six $25,000 awards for technology upgrades from Windstream's SchoolsWIN Classrooms Connections program.

The photography club of East Jessamine High School and Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary have been chosen as two of the 30 nationwide finalists. For its project, East Jessamine High School photography club members volunteered at their local animal shelter. They helped walk, exercise, play with and socialize the animals. The club also posted pictures around school to advertise available animals at the shelter and to promote volunteerism.

Students at Mary Queen participated in a community service project to donate soda pop tops to the Ronald McDonald House.

The projects that receive the most online votes through Friday at Schoolswin.windstream.com/finalists will win $25,000. Winners will be announced Nov. 28.

■ The School to Work Council, a non-profit organization that funds programs to help students connect the importance of academic achievement with future careers, has received a $10,000 grant from the Staples Foundation.

The funding will support job-skills programs for students in Bourbon, Clark, Fayette and Scott counties.

Through School to Work, students participate in career fairs, job shadowing and field trips where they observe business in action and receive mentoring from local business leaders to help discover their talents and interests.

In addition, youths may develop their own school-based enterprises, which helps them understand the challenges of starting a company and how human resources, accounting, marketing and customer relations affect the success of a business.

■ The University of Kentucky College of Public Health recently inducted five members into the Public Hall of Fame.

Each year, Kentuckians and others who have made major contributions to the health of populations, through process or outcome in public health activities in Kentucky, the nation or internationally, are honored.

This year's inductees are: Dr. James C. Cecil, Dr. James W. Holsinger, Dr. David M. Lawrence, Dr. Lillian H. South (posthumously) and Eula Jean Spears.

Cecil joined the UK College of Dentistry faculty in October 1996 after a career with the Navy in clinical, research, administrative and junior and senior leadership roles. In January 2001, Cecil was appointed state dental director, Kentucky Department for Public Health, and dental director for the Department for Medicaid Services for the state.

Holsinger is the Charles T. Wethington Jr. Chair in the Health Sciences at UK. His faculty appointments include preventive medicine and health services management in the College of Public Health, and surgery and anatomy in the College of Medicine. On Aug. 6, 1990, President George H.W. Bush appointed him chief medical director of the Veterans Health Administration, and in 1992 he became undersecretary for health in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Lawrence received a medical degree from UK in 1966 and later was CEO and chairman of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals until his retirement in 2002.

A native of Warren County, South earned a medical degree from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1904. In 1910, she was appointed state bacteriologist at the state board of health in Louisville, a position she held for 40 years.

Spears was born in Breathitt County and spent her early childhood in Fayette County, subsequently graduating from the Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Lexington. Spears was the Kentucky Department for Public Health administrator for continuing education for 15 years. She retired in 2010 as assistant dean for practice and service in the UK College of Public Health. She is now an adjunct faculty member on a Maternal Child Health Epidemiology HRSA grant with the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona.

■ The University of Kentucky was recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education recently as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars for the 2011-12 academic year, with five recipients as of Oct. 7.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is the flagship international exchange program of the United States and provides grants that allow distinguished academics to spend extended periods studying and teaching at foreign universities.

Economics professor William "Josh" Ederington will be researching the design and effects of international environmental agreements at the department of economics at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium, on a Fulbright- Schuman grant from February through June.

Political science professor Donald Gross will teach American politics and the development of American foreign policy to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Ljubljana in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in the spring. Gross's research and teaching interests are in American politics, including campaign finance, legislative politics, political parties and executive branch politics.

Harry LeVine III, associate professor in the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Department, Center for Structural Biology has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Sweden. LeVine will be working with Linköping University researchers Peter Nilsson and Per Hammarstrom in the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology from February to June. Their goal is to improve the selectivity of a class of brain imaging agents for the detection of neurodegenerative diseases.

Economics professor Jenny Minier received a Fulbright-Schuman grant on European Union affairs. Minier will be studying from February to June at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics at Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, doing research on regional income gaps within the European Union.

American studies professor Alan Nadel will be doing research in Rome this spring, and teaching a master's level seminar in Naples on the plays of African-American playwright August Wilson.

Nadel will be analyzing post-World War II American, German, British and Italian film to explore the connection of historical, cultural and social changes of the war's fundamental re-alliances in order to understand how they helped shape Europe's culture today. His research in Rome will focus on the Italian film aspect of the larger project.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Tates Creek Elementary will receive $1,000 from the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association in November to supplement its "Fuel Up to Play 60" program. Physical education teacher Daniel Hill, who spearheads the school's healthy eating and physical activity initiatives, said the money will enable Tates Creek to offer taste-testing of healthy foods for the rest of the year.

Ellen Hahn, professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and College of Public Health, recently was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing at a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Hahn is one of seven members of the UK College of Nursing to become a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. The academy works for the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The academy's 1,800 members, known as fellows, are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research.

Hahn is also a faculty associate at the UK Markey Cancer Center and directs the Clean Indoor Air Partnership and Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy in the College of Nursing. She is also the assistant director of the Center for Biobehavioral Research in Self-Management in the College of Nursing. Through the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy, she and her colleagues have assisted many of Kentucky's 30 communities that have gone smoke-free.

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