■ Mubeen Ansari, a University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging scientist, has received a $100,000 grant from the Alzheimer's Association. The New Investigator Research Grant is awarded with the goal of advancing the understanding of Alzheimer's, helping to identify new treatment strategies, providing information to improve care for people with dementia and furthering knowledge of brain health and disease prevention.
Ansari received the award for his work on "The Complex Role of NADPH-Oxidase in Alzheimer's disease," a study he conducted at UK's Sanders-Brown.
Ansari has been part of the Sanders-Brown faculty for six years. His research is focused on Alzheimer's and traumatic brain injuries.
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■ Maura Broderson, a junior at Woodford County High School, has been selected as a top 10 finalist in a national video contest to promote the ACT college entrance exam.
Her video features an original song written, performed and recorded by Maura, and the video was largely shot and edited by her.
The winner will be selected through an online vote and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Maura is the only finalist from Kentucky.
View and vote for Maura's video at ACT.openfilm.com.
■ University of Kentucky journalism professor Al Cross received the highest honor awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists at the society's 2011 Excellence in Journalism Convention in New Orleans.
Cross was recognized recently at the SPJ President's Installation Banquet, where he received the 2011 Wells Memorial Key. The award is named in memory of Chester Wells, the society's second national president. It is granted each year to someone who has served the society in "an outstanding fashion."
A past national president of the society, Cross became director of the UK Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues in 2004. Before that, he worked for more than 26 years as a reporter for The Courier-Journal, including more than 15 years as its chief political writer.
■ Henry Clay High School is eligible to win $50,000 from the Verizon Wireless High School TXT2Win contest.
Students, parents and fans of Henry Clay High School can send a text message to 66861 with the school's contest code HENRY or go to Vzwrules.com/highschool to vote online and increase the school's odds of winning.
Henry Clay is competing against 72 other high schools across the Midwest. The school with the most votes by Nov. 4 wins $50,000, but all participating schools will receive a $1,000 donation.
■ Nine grants have been awarded to public and school libraries across the Commonwealth from proceeds of the annual Kentucky Book Fair.
Since the book fair's inception in 1981, more than $350,000 has been awarded to public libraries. Each year about 4,000 people attend the event, which attracts nearly 200 authors who autograph and sell copies of their latest books, resulting in approximately $125,000 in gross sales.
The following libraries were approved for grants totaling $7,800: Campbellsville Middle School, $900; Harrison County High School, $500; Lone Jack School Center in Bell County, $900; Mary Todd Elementary School in Lexington, $900; Crittenden County Elementary School, $900; Cumberland Middle School, $900; Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library, $1,000; Magoffin County High School, $900; and McKinney Elementary School in Lincoln County, $900.
The 30th annual Kentucky Book Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Frankfort Convention Center. For more information, go to Kybookfair.org.
■ Visual arts specialist Rachel Losch of Dixie Magnet Elementary, is one of nine semifinalists for the 2012 Kentucky Teacher of the Year honors.
The Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. will announce the elementary, middle and high school winners and the overall state winner on Oct. 18 in the Capitol rotunda.
Competing with Losch for Elementary Teacher of the Year are Elizabeth Ann Fuller of J.B. Atkinson Academy in Jefferson County, and Amy Littlejohn of Caldwell County Elementary in Caldwell County.
Middle school semifinalists are: Jennifer S. Fowler, Paintsville Jr./Sr. High, Paintsville Independent; Jenni Lou Jackson, Corbin Middle, Corbin Independent; and Donna K. Williams, Taylor County Middle, Taylor County.
In the high school category, the semifinalists are: Randy Barrette, Menifee County High, Menifee County; James A. Gilbert, Central High, Jefferson County; and Kimberly Shearer, Boone County High, Boone County.
The semifinalists were among 24 educators named 2012 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Award winners, which included Kellie Little of Athens-Chilesburg Elementary. The nine educators advanced based on their scores from the first round of judging by a panel of veteran educators.
The winner will represent Kentucky in the 2012 National Teacher of the Year competition.
■ Amy Oates, a school psychologist at Beaumont Middle and Sandersville Elementary, has received a Best Practice Award from the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools.
This award recognizes the top school psychologists in the state for their contributions to the advancement of services to Kentucky's children, families and schools. Only three were awarded in 2011.
The association, which represents nearly 300 school psychologists practicing in Kentucky, held its annual state conference Sept. 21-23 in Lexington.
■ A team of scholars in the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics has won the top prize for best research paper published in the Journal of Financial Economics during the past year.
Brad Jordan, professor of finance and the Richard W. and Janis H. Furst Endowed Chair in Finance, was lead author on the study, which focused on an area of capital markets and asset pricing. Jordan's co-authors were Ekkehart Boehmer, professor of finance at EDHEC in Nice, France, and Zsuzsa R. Huszar, a recent doctoral graduate in economics in Gatton who is now at the National University of Singapore.
The Fama-DFA prize is named for Eugene F. Fama, a professor of finance at the University of Chicago who is widely recognized as the "father of modern finance." DFA stands for Dimensional Fund Advisors.
Jordan is in his 15th year at the Gatton College.
■ For the fourth consecutive year, students from the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics will head to the annual Wall Street Journal National Biz Quiz competition at Ohio State University this fall.
Gordon Holbein, a senior lecturer in strategy and leadership at Gatton who is the team's coach, recently announced the selection of three students and one alternate chosen on the basis of a quick recall competition.
The team members are Jonathan Evers, a junior finance and math major from Paducah; Alyssa Rivard, a marketing and management sophomore from Pikeville; and Danail Kelisakiev, a finance senior and Gatton Global Scholar from Varna, Bulgaria. Ryan McFerran, a junior finance and economics major from Hebron, qualified as the team's first alternate.
The event will be held Nov. 11-13 at Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business.
■ Kentucky State University student Luis Urbina, a graduate student in computer science, completed NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, internship in August. The internship gave Urbina hands-on and mentored engineering experience at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.
Urbina was born in Peru and is a naturalized United States citizen. He has lived in Lexington since 2006. His internship was funded through the NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium and the NASA EPSCoR internship program.