■ Jessica Bellamy of Lexington, a communication sciences and disorders student, and Trudy Colaco of Dubai, a medical laboratory sciences student, recently were named University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences Ambassadors for the 2011-12 academic year.
The College of Health Sciences Ambassadors is a group of students who have demonstrated achievement in academics and leadership. Ambassadors provide assistance with student recruitment; speaking to community and university groups; planning social, philanthropic and educational activities for peers; and representing the college at receptions and meetings.
■ Fayette County Public Schools will share details about magnet schools, gifted and talented programs and high school offerings at a parent information night Tuesday at Tates Creek Middle School, 1105 Centre Parkway.
Parents can learn about elementary and middle schools from 6 to 7 p.m. and about high school programs from 7 to 8 p.m.
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Individual open houses in the coming weeks will showcase all the program, which provide educational choices that focus on students' needs, interests and abilities.
For more information, go to Fcps.net/magnets and Fcps.net/gifted.
For more information, families may stop by room 104 at the district office, 701 East Main Street, or call (859) 381-4741.
■ Susan Doring, who teaches engineering, architecture, robotics and foundations at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, flew in a glider in the desert this summer and learned to pilot a flight simulator for the Lynx suborbital spacecraft under development by XCOR Aerospace.
She and two dozen colleagues from around the country spent a week at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. The Suborbital Astronautics Workshop was part of the Teachers in Space program, whose professional development sessions give science, technology, engineering and math teachers a look into the emerging world of commercial human space flight.
Doring, a graduate of Purdue University, said the experience was a "dream come true."
■ David Anderson, a recent Eastern Kentucky University graduate from Richmond, is one of four students nationwide to receive a 2011-12 Pi Sigma Alpha/Howard Penniman Graduate Scholarship. The scholarships are awarded annually by the national political science honor society to members entering graduate school in political science.
Anderson graduated from EKU's Honors Program in May with a bachelor's degree in political science. He will begin work on a master's degree in political science at Ohio University in Athens with a certificate in women's and gender studies.
■ Sahil Nair, a freshman at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, and Joanna Slusarewicz, an eighth-grader at Winburn Middle School, were among two of Kentucky's five semifinalists in the Broadcom MASTERS — a new national contest in which middle school students demonstrate their mastery of math, applied science, technology and engineering through science fair competition. Both students attended Beaumont Middle School last spring.
Sahil's project was "Up in the Air: How Winglets and Other Wingtip Devices Affect Aircraft Performance." Joanna's project was titled "Objects' Effects on the Perception of Color."
The Broadcom MASTERS is the national science, technology, engineering and math competition for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders nominated by their local science and engineering fairs. The 30 finalists will be announced Aug. 31, and the national competition is set for Sept. 30 through Oct. 5 in Washington, D.C. The winner will receive the $25,000 Samueli Education Prize.
■ Two classrooms at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary School were converted this summer into a state-of-the-art science laboratory because of a donation from Pearse and Deirdre Lyons and Alltech.
The lab, which was dedicated earlier this month, is a 1,643-square-foot learning center featuring new cabinets; heat- and chemical-resistant countertop spaces for experiments; a mini Smart board; a new conventional oven, microwave oven and dishwasher; five new student computers; additional microscopes, triple-beam balances and other non- consumable equipment, and supplies and more.
Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic School, established in 1962, is on Clays Mill Road and has more than 400 students in pre-gindergarten through eighth grade.
For more information about Mary Queen, go to Maryqueenschool.cdlex.org or call (859) 277-3030.