The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has approved four University Research Professorships for 2012-13. The professorships carry a $40,000 award to support research.
Funds for these annual awards are provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research.
Now in its 36th year, the University Research Professors program's purpose is to enhance and encourage scholarly research productivity, provide an opportunity for concentrated research effort for selected faculty members, and to recognize outstanding research achievement by members of the faculty.
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The 2012-13 University Research Professors are:
Christopher Pool, an anthropology professor who is internationally recognized for his work in Mesoamerican archaeology, particularly in the ancient Olmec culture.
Mark Fillmore, a psychology professor and a member of the behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology area. Fillmore's research is in understanding the role that cognitive processes have in promoting risk-taking behavior, with emphasis on recreational drug use including alcohol abuse and dependence.
Douglas Andres, a professor and vice chair of the department of molecular and cellular biochemistry in the College of Medicine. Andres' research group is working to define the molecular pathways that control adult neurogenesis following traumatic brain injury.
Mark Dignan, an internal medicine professor in the College of Medicine. Dignan leads a research program that focuses on cancer prevention and control in community settings using community-based participatory methods.
Fayette County Public Schools will offer several summer school options, including a physical education class, an online health course and credit recovery for students who need to make up a class or wish to retake a course to improve their grade.
The initial-credit P.E. class is 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 11-22 (first session) and July 9-20 (second session), hosted by Henry Clay and Bryan Station high schools. Pre-application forms will be available after spring break in each high school's guidance office. Students must have this form completed and signed by their counselor and a parent or guardian before coming to register in person. Applicants will bring the completed form to receive a numbered registration form; the P.E. classes are limited to the first 90 Fayette County students per session/per site. Out-of-county applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Students may register for either session Tuesday at Henry Clay and April 18 at Bryan Station High. Registration times are 8 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. After these dates, students may register downtown in Room 201 at "It's About Kids" Support Services 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays if space is available.
Tuition for the half-credit P.E. class is $160; students who qualify for reduced-price lunches pay $100; and those receiving free lunches pay $75. Payments must be cash, certified check or money order payable to FCPS. No business or personal checks will be accepted. For questions, call Pam White at (859) 381-4198.
Students interested in taking the health class via eSchool for half-credit may take the online class during the summer session, which runs May 29 to Aug. 8. The course will be activated within 48 hours of payment. Tuition is $125; reduced-lunch students pay $80, and free-lunch students pay $60. Payment must be cash, certified check or money order payable to MLK Academy. No business or personal checks will be accepted. All students must have a "health only" eSchool application completed and signed by their guidance counselor and by a parent/guardian before registration. Only original forms will be accepted. Bring the form and payment when registering between 8 a.m. and noon or 3 and 5 p.m. Tuesday at Henry Clay or April 18 at Bryan Station. From April 19 to June 6, registration is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at MLK Academy. For questions about eSchool, call Rita Stamey at (859) 381-4052.
The Horse Farm Workers' Education Assistance Fund scholarship applications are now available for high school graduates going to college or technical training in the fall. Applicants must be the child of a parent who has worked on a Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farm for at least three years. Scholarships are awarded based upon need, merit, a written essay and personal interview, and are for tuition only. Call (859) 269-1719 to request an application. Visit Horsefarmworkerseducationfund.com for more information.
The April collaborative workshop for Early Childhood Education professionals in this year's Mary Beers Powerful Professional Development Series features Susan Hart Bell, researcher, author and psychology professor at Georgetown College. This presentation will assist early childhood teachers and other professionals in solving five of the most common behavioral challenges that disrupt classroom routines and student learning.
The workshop will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 24 at The Lexington School, 1050 Lane Allen Road. The cost is $15.
For information, call Jaci Sloan, (859) 278-0501, Ext. 289, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.