■ The University of Kentucky recently ranked 11th on the Top Social Media Colleges list by StudentAdvisor.com, which followed more than 6,000 colleges and universities with at least 500 Facebook fans for a month. During that time, the StudentAdvisor.com research team collected information on how active and effective each school is at engaging audiences on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media, including iTunes and podcasts.
The colleges in StudentAdvisor.com's top 10 are Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. Military Academy, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Notre Dame, Stanford University, Columbia University, the University of Miami, the University of Florida and the University of Oregon.
■ David Hardesty, the Thomas C. Simons professor of marketing in the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Kenneth N. and Carol Lee Robertson Faculty Research Leadership Award.
The honor, which carries a cash stipend, recognizes notable research achievements by a Gatton faculty member and is named for Kenneth Robertson, a UK alumnus who now is chairman of the Gatton College Dean's Advisory Council, and his wife, Carol Lee. The presentation was made during the recent Gatton College Alumni Hall of Fame weekend.
■ Leigh Moberly, a science teacher at Bryan Station High School, and Joseph Ratliff, a science teacher at Henry Clay High School, have been named 2011 Educators of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars. Bryan Station student Daven Florence nominated Moberly, and Henry Clay's Giselle Gomez nominated Ratliff for the honor.
■ Emma Norris, an eighth- grader at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, topped the five-state East Central Division in the Daughters of the American Revolution's stamp- design contest. Her design will compete at the national level. The contest is sponsored by the DAR's Junior American Citizens Committee.
■ Jessie Zhu, a freshman at Henry Clay High School, has been accepted to the Kennedy Center/ National Symphony Orchestra summer music institute in Washington, D.C. Jessie was the symphony orchestra concertmaster at this year's all-state conference and has been a member of Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras since third grade.
■ Elaine Barkley of Lafayette High School won the $250 first prize in the 2011 Sister Cities High School Art Contest, sponsored by Central Bank. Runner-up Heather Adams of Henry Clay High School received a $150 award, and Allie Thomas of Lafayette got $100 for third place. All the entries were displayed in the bank's John G. Irvin Gallery on West Vine Street.
■ Andrew Padilla, a seventh-grader at SCAPA at Bluegrass, created the winning design for World Fit T-shirts, which will be delivered in early May. Seven middle schools and more than 5,000 students are participating in this spring's World Fit challenge, which encourages kids to get outside and get active.
■ Joanna Slusarewicz, a seventh-grader at Beaumont Middle School, has been accepted into the Davidson Young Scholars program, making a total of five current participants from Fayette County Public Schools. Applicants to the Nevada-based Davidson Institute for Talent Development must demonstrate evidence of extreme intellectual precocity.
■ Two University of Kentucky students and one student at Eastern Kentucky University have been recognized by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program for 2011. UK juniors Philip Houtz of Winchester and Taylor Lloyd of Union have been named Goldwater Scholars and will receive scholarships worth about $7,500 a year for two years of undergraduate study. EKU student Ethan Kilgore, a junior physics and mathematics major from Paint Lick, will use the scholarship to pursue a doctorate in theoretical physics.
■ University of Kentucky international studies and history major Richard Sellnow will travel to China this summer as the sole recipient of the 2011 NSCS International Scholar Laureate Program Award. The $2,000 award was created by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars to help members attend one of the laureate program's programs during summer 2011.
Sellnow will document his experience at Whatareyoureallychina.wordpress.com.
■ Lauren Weyl of Lexington has received a $1,000 college scholarship from the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society. Weyl plans to attend Brescia University. Scholarships were awarded based on financial need, leadership, academic achievement and community service. To be eligible, a candidate must be younger than 25, have had a cancer diagnosis before age 19 and be a Mid-South resident.
■ Kelli Carmean, professor of archaeology and chair of Eastern Kentucky University's Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work, is one of 24 fellows chosen for a National Endowment for Humanities Summer Institute. She will participate in "Revisioning the Maya: New Directions in Scholarship and Teaching On-Site in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize." The five-week event, which involves travel in the three Central American countries, is sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association.
■ Eastern Kentucky University junior construction management major Diana Harbeson has received a $2,500 scholarship from the Association of General Contractors.
Harbeson, of Lexington, also was the recent recipient of the $1,000 Murray S. Riffee Scholarship, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Kentucky.
A transfer from Bluegrass Community and Technical College, where she spoke at the school's commencement in 2010, Harbeson has a 3.64 GPA while interning with KDV Inc., a local contractor, and holding a part-time job.
■ The Young Achievers program has selected 2010-11 winners from participating elementary and middle schools in Fayette County. Each will receive a gold medallion, a T-shirt and a book bag.
The program honors students in grades five through eight who are positive role models for their peers, demonstrate exceptional achievement in a variety of areas, exhibit good citizenship in their schools and communities, and maintain satisfactory records of school attendance and scholastic achievement.
Holifield Photography sponsors Young Achievers in cooperation with the International Leadership Network, a non-profit charitable organization.
Students are nominated by a principal, guidance counselor or teacher in the spring of their fourth- or seventh-grade years. Each participant receives an award certificate and is photographed for displays at Fayette Mall and local schools. The 2010-11 school winners are:
Fifth-graders: Katherine Slone, Arlington; Alexander Pickett, Ashland; Alex Welch, Athens-Chilesburg; Johann Wigginton, Booker T. Washington; Anthony Mason, Breckinridge; Forrest Dills, Cardinal Valley; Abigail Magoola, Cassidy; Karina Henson, Clays Mill; Jade Finley, Deep Springs; Ryan Landry, Dixie; Jemima Gervis, Garden Springs; Timari Johnson, Harrison; Usha Adhikari, Julius Marks; Sarah Cooper, Lansdowne; Kacie Hughes, Liberty; Jacob Arnold, Mary Todd; Isabelle Booker, Maxwell; Michael Wesley Elliott, Meadowthorpe; Evan Kinniard, Millcreek; Claire Page, Northern; Hannah Paige Lindon, Picadome; Leila Abou-Jaoude, Rosa Parks; Amia Warren, Russell Cave; Omar Bojang, Sandersville; Joey Layne, Southern; Keirystin Peyton, Squires; Whitney Lowry, Stonewall; Nicole Loy, Tates Creek; Claire Telfer, Veterans Park; Tyanna Reid, William Wells Brown; Bailey Watkins, Yates.
Eighth-graders: Courtney Hausman, Beaumont; Kennedy Weathers, Bryan Station; Emily Bramel, Edythe J. Hayes; Jonah Andreatta, Jessie Clark; Cassidy Webb, Leestown; Bilal Shalash, Lexington Traditional Magnet School; Zachary Byrd, Morton; Joel Nelson, SCAPA at Bluegrass; McKenna Cox, Southern; Dustan Taylor Jones, Tates Creek; Susie Smith, Winburn.
■ Sedalia Elementary teacher Keri Dowdy's fourth-graders won the Kentucky competition and placed third nationally in the Disney Planet Challenge. It's the second consecutive year that Dowdy's students won at the state level and the first time they placed nationally. The contest is designed as an opportunity for students to improve the environment while they learn about it. This year's class calls itself "The Rot Squad" and urges others to "Do the Rot Thing" about the environment. Sedalia Elementary is in Mayfield.
■ The Blue Grass Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. May 11 at The Hilton Suites, Lexington Green. The devotional will be given by Louis Newby, and Tom Leach will speak about Rich Tradition, a book about former University of Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks. New officers will be installed, and a memorial service will be held for teachers who died during the past year. Mail reservations and a check for $18 to Betty Adkins, 116 Vanderbilt Drive, Lexington, Ky. 40517.
■ Bluegrass Community and Technical College will offer three new associate degree programs in the fall in response to student demand and job growth in the region: biotechnology laboratory technician, associate of applied science; criminal justice, associate of applied science; and theater, associate of fine arts.