■ University of Kentucky oral historian Doug Boyd recently earned the Clay Lancaster Heritage Education Award from the Blue Grass Trust for his book Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community. The honor recognizes service in researching and disseminating information about the Central Kentucky region.
■ David D. Allen, dean of the University of Mississippi's School of Pharmacy, has been selected as the 2012 University of Kentucky Outstanding Graduate Program Alumnus for the Pharmaceutical Sciences. Allen, who received both his bachelor's and PhD from the UK College of Pharmacy, will be honored at the College's annual Symposium on Drug Discovery and Development on Sept. 20.
The award is presented as part of the College's annual Symposium on Drug Discovery and Development. Established in 2006, the goal of the award is to honor graduates of the program in recognition of their accomplishments and contributions to scholarship, education and research in the pharmaceutical sciences.
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■ Debra Aaron, professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, will be named a fellow in the teaching category of the American Society of Animal Science.
Aaron is known for her devotion to animal science education. In 1994, she developed a capstone course in animal science at UK. She has also taught Applications of Animal Sciences and a course in animal genetics.
The fellow award in the teaching category is granted to American Society of Animal Science members with distinguished service to the animal industry and/or to the American Society of Animal Science and who have had continuous membership in the Society for a minimum of 25 years. The American Society of Animal Science is a professional organization that serves more than 5,000 animal scientists and producers around the world.
■ Alan Daugherty, director of the University of Kentucky Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, senior associate dean for research in the UK College of Medicine and Gill Foundation Chair in Preventive Cardiology, has been named the new editor-in-chief of the premier academic journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association (ATVB), a monthly journal devoted to the biology, prevention and impact of vascular diseases.
■ Mary John O'Hair, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Education, has been honored by AdvancED with the AdvancED Innovation Award for her leadership in promoting and advancing excellence in global and international education. O'Hair received the award June 26 at the AdvancED International Summit 2012 in Washington, D.C.
O'Hair is also executive director of the Kentucky P20 Innovation Lab, where her leadership led to the establishment of the lab to link university research and innovation to issues faced in schools and communities.
AdvancED is a global enterprise, operating three regional accrediting agencies, accrediting 30,000 institutions in more than 70 countries serving more than 16 million students.
■ Eastern Kentucky University's College of Education has received a 2012 Inviting School Award from the International Alliance for Invitational Education.
The International Alliance for Invitational Education is dedicated to democratic principles, its mission is to enhance lifelong learning, promote positive change in organizations, cultivate the personal and professional growth and satisfaction of educators and allied professionals, and enrich the lives of human beings personally and professionally.
The award will be presented at the 2012 IAIE World Conference in Hong Kong.
■ Thomas H. Kelly, the Robert Straus Endowed Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, was recently appointed the new associate dean of research at the UK College of Nursing. Kelly replaces Lynne Hall who recently retired.
Kelly has been with the UK College of Medicine since 1992, serving as associate professor and professor until he was appointed as Robert Straus Endowed Professor in 2003.
■ The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has lauded Southern and Tates Creek middle schools for transforming their campuses into a healthier place for students and staff. Both earned a bronze medal in the Healthy Schools Program and have been invited to the national forum this fall in Little Rock, Ark.
To earn the National Recognition Award, Southern and Tates Creek improved their nutrition services and physical activity programs to meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Healthy Schools Program, which provides free advice and resources targeting childhood obesity.
Schools are eligible for bronze, silver or gold awards based on their level of achievement.
■ Beth E. Barnes, professor and associate dean of undergraduate and international studies in the UK College of Communication and Information, was recently awarded a fellowship from Open Society Foundations to work with the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kiev, Ukraine. By acting as a consultant for a developing journalism program, Barnes will guide the international effort to improve the curriculum of graduate media studies.
The Mohyla School of Journalism at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy is the first journalism school in Ukraine to focus on media research. The main specialization of the school is news and coverage of important public events through different types of media including television, radio, print and Internet.
■ The American Meat Science Association has named Surendranath Suman, an associate faculty member in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, as one of three recipients of its annual Distinguished Achievement Award.
The award was established in 1992 and is designed to recognize and foster the development of young AMSA members who have demonstrated significant scientific skills in muscle foods research and technology that contribute to the animal products industry and the AMSA.
Suman's research program focuses on the fundamental basis and applied aspects of meat color and is continuously supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program.
Suman came to the United States from India in 2002 and earned a doctorate from the University of Connecticut. In addition to teaching and research duties, he advises the UK Food Science Club. With Suman's AMSA recognition, every faculty member in the UK meat science area has now received the distinction.
■ The Lexington Chinese School is accepting enrollment for the fall semester and is offering an early bird discount for registration before Aug. 3. LCS is located inside Tates Creek High School and offers classes for preschool children through adults from 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays beginning Aug. 18. A back-to-school parent/teacher get together will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Beaumont Library branch. For more information, call (859) 396-8866 or visit Lexingtonchineseschool.org.