A contingent of students from Southern Middle School fared well at the Technology Student Association national conference, June 21 through 25 in Nashville. Austin Brooks and Brittany Drake placed third in the Techno Talk competition.
In the high school division, Shelby Rosenberg of Paul Laurence Dunbar finished sixth in Prepared Presentation.
Among 3,000 middle schoolers, Southern had three other groups in the top 12: Leah Noble, Madison Gayheart and Lauren Miller, ninth in Leadership Strategies; Austin Brooks, Mohammad Ahmad, McKay Diuguid and Jonathan Spears, 12th in Website Design; and Quinn McWhorter, Brittany Drake and Luke Stephens, 12th in Agriculture and Biotechnology.
Students integrate science, technology, engineering and math concepts through co-curricular activities and related programs. Students also compete in intense contests and creative displays in a variety of areas, including technical sketching, structural engineering and digital photography.
■ The UK Alumni Association Distinguished Service Awards are presented annually to those who have provided extraordinary service to the university and the association. The 2012 recipients were honored June 15 during the UK Alumni Association board of directors summer workshop in Lexington.
The 2012 recipients are:
David W. Moseley, a life member of the UK Alumni Association who has been involved with the Daviess County UK Alumni Club since 1983. He was president of the club from 1987 to 1989. He is now serving his fourth term on the UK Alumni Association board of directors, where he is a member of the executive committee and chairman of the Club Development Committee. Moseley is vice president of Southern and Midwest markets for Texas Gas Transmission.
Rick Parsons is a multiterm board member of the Fayette County UK Alumni Club, a life member of the UK Alumni Association and a UK Fellow. Parsons is president of The Financialist in Lexington.
David Ratterman is a life member of the UK Alumni Association and has been active in the Greater Louisville UK Alumni Club for 25 years. He has served three terms on the UK Alumni Association board of directors, and he has participated in a variety of leadership positions with the association, most notably championing the goal of diversity. He is a construction law attorney and a partner with Stites & Harbison.
Adele Pinto Ryan is a life member of the UK Alumni Association and a member of the its board of directors. She has served on the Membership Committee and has been vice chairwoman of the Club Development Committee and chairwoman of the Communications, Executive and Nominating for Board committees.
■ The 2012 recipient of the Joseph T. Burch Young Alumni Award is Quintissa S. Peake, a member of the UK Alumni Association board of directors who is currently on the Membership Committee. She is an active member of the Fayette County UK Alumni Club and the Lyman T. Johnson African-American UK Alumni Constituent Group. Peake graduated from UK in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. Born with sickle cell anemia, Peake has become an advocate for blood donation in Central Kentucky.
The award is named in honor of Joseph Burch, a longtime UK administrator who spent the better part of his life in service to University of Kentucky students.
■ Nick Grisanti, a second-year graduate student studying international commerce at UK's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, has been awarded a critical-language scholarship to study Chinese. Grisanti will spend two months in an intensive Chinese study program in Shanghai, China.
The Critical Language Scholarship Program, a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in 13 critical-need foreign languages this summer.
The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical-need foreign languages.
Grisanti, the son of Kathy and Paul Grisanti of Louisville, received a bachelor's degree from UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics in 2008. After graduation, Grisanti taught English in Taipei, and that led him to study Chinese at language schools in Taiwan. Grisanti was able to parlay his international experience and interest in the Chinese language into a place in the Patterson School after two years abroad.
■ Christopher Crawford, a professor in the UK physics and astronomy department, has received a prestigious five-year, $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's 2012 Early Career Research Program.
The program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science. Crawford's award will allow him to study the forces that hold the atomic nucleus together and that cause nuclear decays.
One of Crawford's projects involves developing precision magnets. Crawford will conduct his experiments at the $1.4 billion Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
■ Seven UK students in the College of Arts and Sciences have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad. They are among 2,300 U.S. undergraduates who will be participating in programs abroad during the summer or fall terms, or the 2012-2013 academic year. The average award amount is $4,000.
The Gilman Scholarship program supports a diverse group of students who traditionally have been under-represented in study abroad.
The UK students awarded Gilman scholarships for summer or fall 2012 are: Hannah Allen and Maria Jennings, international studies seniors who will study in South Africa; Carolyn McKenzie, an international studies junior in the Honors Program who will study in Chile; Jonathan Riojas, a Japanese language and literature sophomore who will study in Japan; Shayne Strickland, an international studies junior who will study in Japan; Grant Weherley, an economics senior and Chellgren Fellow who will study in New Zealand; and Shelby Williams, an international studies junior who will study in Chile.
■ Sayre School has announced the appointment of Kristin A. Seymour as middle school director. Seymour has held several positions at Sayre since she arrived in 1996, most recently as middle school dean. She also taught eighth-grade French, sixth-grade English and social studies, and eighth-grade English.
In addition, Seymour founded and directs the school's Diversity and Multiculturalism Team. She also is involved in independent school leadership at the state level and served on the Kentucky Association of Independent Schools' Professional Development Committee and Diversity Directors Consortium.
Seymour has a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's degree from the University of Michigan. Her husband, Jeff Peters, is a professor of French literature at the University of Kentucky.
Outgoing director Heidi Newman will return to teaching English in the middle school on a full-time basis.
■ Coleman Stivers, a junior at Lafayette High School and Locust Trace AgriScience Farm, was the statewide winner in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Farmers Market Entrepreneur Contest, which was part of the FFA state convention June 12 to 14 at Rupp Arena.
Coleman developed a portfolio of his business and went through an interview process during the contest. He also competed in FFA's "prepared public speaking" category.
■ Bluegrass Orthodontics, a practice in Lexington, Nicholasville and Paris, began a cooperative program called "Partners in Education" in 2010. The mission of the program is to provide funding directly to local schools for teachers' use in their classrooms for supplies.
For every patient who starts full orthodontic treatment at Bluegrass Orthodontics, the office will donate $100 to the school of the patient's choice. Bluegrass Orthodontics has donated $52,400 to area schools since 2010.