■ Karyn A. Esser has been named director of the University of Kentucky Center for Muscle Biology.
Esser, a professor of physiology, came to UK in 2004 from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She earned a doctorate in exercise physiology at the University of Michigan and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology with the Children's Medical Research Foundation at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Esser's research focuses on adaptation of skeletal muscle in health and disease. Esser succeeds Michael B. Reid, who became the center's founding director in 2008. Reid is also chair of the Department of Physiology.
■ The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass have announced that Dr. Nirmala "Nima" S. Desai, a neonatologist at Kentucky Children's Hospital, will be presented with the 2010 "Legacy of Love" award at the group's annual McDazzle "Red Tie" Gala fund-raiser Aug. 20 in Lexington.
Desai, who came to UK in 1972, is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She also is co-director of the NICU follow-up clinic at Kentucky Children's Hospital and helped open the first Neonatal Graduate Clinic at the UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard in 2008.
■ The National Endowment for the Arts has featured Everett McCorvey, director of University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, in its most recent "Art Works" blog and podcast.
The July 29 "Art Works" blog entry, "Creating Collaboration," and the corresponding podcast interview by Josephine Reed explore McCorvey's work growing UK's opera program, as founder of the American Spiritual Ensemble and as a performer.
■ Kathy Wheeler, a licensed nurse practitioner and assistant clinical professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, recently was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Wheeler was one of two Kentuckians inducted during the group's national conference in Phoenix. Julie Marfell, from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, also was inducted.
The Franklin County High School Class of 1985's 25-year reunion will be Sept. 17 and 18 in Frankfort. The cost is $15 a person or $25 per family. For details, e-mail Ricky Crombie at email@example.com or Julie Maynard Palmore at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can visit the FCHS 1985 class page on Facebook.