■ Dr. Kristina Neda has received the American Academy of Implant Dentistry's Dental Student Award, which honors undergraduate dental students who demonstrate an academic and clinical interest in implant dentistry.
Neda graduated this year from the University of Kentucky and was selected by the faculty to receive the award. She will do a general practice residency at UK for one year, after which she plans to look for associateship positions locally.
■ Stites & Harbison attorney Buck Hinkle Jr. received an honorary doctor of public service degree from Morehead State University at the university's spring commencement. The degree recognizes Hinkle's long and sustained support of MSU, and his professional and business accomplishments.
Hinkle has served two terms as a member of MSU's Board of Regents, including board chair from 2001 to 2004. He serves on the advisory board of MSU's Kentucky Center for Traditional Music and the board of directors for the MSU Foundation.
Hinkle is based in the Lexington office of Stites & Harbison. He chairs the firm's Construction Service Group and is a member of the Sustainability & Emerging Technologies Practice Group and the Business Litigation Service Group.
■ Burke Christensen, visiting professor in Eastern Kentucky University's Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems and director of EKU's Risk Management and Insurance Program, is among 13 heroes of the insurance industry, as identified by LifeHealthPro, an online resource for life and health insurance advisers.
Christensen joined Eastern in 2006 as the Robert B. Morgan Chair of Insurance. Two years later, he was named coordinator of academic integrity at EKU. In 2012, EKU honored him as one of its Critical Thinking Teachers of the Year. Christensen also has 30 years experience as an attorney and executive officer in the insurance industry.