■ After completing his Master of Agronomy degree from the University of Kentucky, Beau Neal attended the National FFA Organization's New Century Farmer conference July 24-29 near Des Moines, Iowa.
Participants from 24 states took part in the event, which included workshops and sessions on the global marketplace and farm financing. Students also participated in field tours and learned about the latest developments in agricultural technology.
■ The Eastern Kentucky University Center for Economic Education, with support from the Council for Economic Education and State Farm, will work with the Kentucky Council on Economic Education and centers at Northern Kentucky University and Morehead State University to provide workshops and free copies of the Virtual Economics 4.0 CD-ROM to K-12 teachers in schools throughout the region.
For more information or to register for a workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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■ Eastern Kentucky University's new student orientation textbook is one of the first in the nation written, designed and published entirely by university faculty, staff and students. The 300-page book involved more than 140 people from inception to production.
Explore, Evaluate, Expand, Express: Academic Success and the EKU Experience will be used this fall in freshman orientation classes for all five colleges. One of the most important issues behind creating the book was cost. Students had been paying more than $50 for a textbook for the one-hour orientation class. The new book will cost students approximately $20.
■ Colleen Swartz, chief nurse executive at UK HealthCare, has been named one of the 21 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows for 2011. The three-year leadership development program is designed to enhance nurse leaders' effectiveness in improving the United States health care system.
■ Dr. Sam Matheny, professor and former chair of the UK College of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine and UK College of Medicine alumnus, has accepted the position of Assistant Provost for Global Health Initiatives at the University of Kentucky.
■ Dr. Raleigh Jones, chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, will receive the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Distinguished Service Award at the opening ceremony of the 2011 AAO-HNSF annual meeting and OTO Expo in San Francisco.
■ Fayette County Public Schools has produced 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 as Rising Stars through science fair competition.
Sahil Nair, a freshman at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, and Joanna Slusarewicz, an eighth-grader at Winburn Middle School, were among the 300 announced by the Broadcom Foundation and the Society for Science & the Public. Both students attended Beaumont Middle School last spring.
Sahil's project was called "Up in the Air: How Winglets and Other Wingtip Devices Affect Aircraft Performance," while Joanna's was titled "Objects' Effects on the Perception of Color."
The Broadcom MASTERS is the national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) competition for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders nominated by their local science and engineering fair.
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.
■ University of Kentucky architecture faculty member Mark O'Bryan and alumni Mary Lee O'Bryan, Helene Steene and Mark Alan Gerwing are all featured in the July/August issue of Kentucky Homes & Gardens. In addition, the issue's cover showcases the work the O'Bryans have done updating their own residence.
Mark O'Bryan, associate professor in the UK School of Architecture and associate dean of administration for the UK College of Design, and his wife, Mary Lee O'Bryan, interior design alumna and professional interior designer, work out of their Louisville-based company The Design Studio.
■ The University of Kentucky Research Foundation has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to receive $14.5 million to help develop ways to reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of advanced carbon capture systems used at coal-fired power plants.
The project will be headed by the Power Generation and Utility Fuels group at UK's Center for Applied Energy Research and will take place at LG&E/KU's Brown Power Plant.
■ UK Chandler Hospital's emergency department was one of 20 recipients of the first-ever Lantern Awards presented by the Emergency Nursing Association. The award was presented to hospital emergency departments across the nation that exemplify exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.
■ Dr. David J. Moliterno has been appointed chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
Moliterno succeeds Dr. Frederick C. de Beer, who was recently appointed dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for clinical academic affairs.
■ Bill Ellis, foundation professor emeritus of history at Eastern Kentucky University, will discuss his latest book, A History of Education in Kentucky, at EKU on Sept. 7.
The event, free and open to the public, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Grand Reading Room of John Grant Crabbe Main Library. A reception will follow. The book will be available for purchase and signing.
The library event precedes a daylong forum on the "History of Education in Kentucky," 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at the EKU Perkins Building. Governmental leaders, historians, educators, journalists and others, including Ellis, will discuss the past, present and future of Kentucky's public and private P-16 educational system.
The forum registration fee of $70 (plus $3 handling fee) includes a continental breakfast, lunch and a signed copy of Ellis' book. To register, call EKU Conferencing and Events at (859) 622-1444 and provide name, title, school/business, telephone number and email address.