■ Dr. Mikel Smith has been named the inaugural Alberto Mazzoleni Professor of Cardiology at the University of Kentucky. Smith presently serves as professor of internal medicine and director of the UK HealthCare Gill Heart Institute Echocardiography Laboratory.
Smith, who graduated from Paducah Tilghman High School and Murray State University, attended the UK College of Medicine, graduating in 1973. Following his internship, residency and fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia, he joined the UK faculty in 1982, and has taught new physicians and treated Kentucky heart patients for nearly 30 years. Smith served as the associate chairman for academic affairs in the department of internal medicine, and since 1992 has been a full professor of internal medicine and cardiology. He is also presently the director of the UK Chandler Medical Center and Gill Heart Institute Echocardiography and Noninvasive Stress Laboratories, and medical director of the Cardiovascular Sonographer Training Program.
■ Six University of Kentucky professors have been recognized for their excellence in the classroom as the UK Alumni Association announces the recipients of its 2011 Great Teacher Awards.
The 2011 recipients are: Fred Danner, College of Education; Dwight Denison, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; Cliff Jackson, College of Fine Arts; Erin Koch, College of Arts and Sciences; Pamela Stein, College of Dentistry; and Paul Vincelli, College of Agriculture.
Started in 1961, the Great Teacher Award is the oldest continuous award that recognizes teaching at UK. The nominations are made by students. Selection of the award recipients is made by the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Committee, in cooperation with the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa. Great Teacher Award recipients each receive a citation, an engraved award and a cash stipend.
■ The 'green team' from Lexington's Family Care Center stepped out into the neighborhood Nov. 16 to share energy-saving tips and give away compact fluorescent light bulbs to residents of Christian Towers. According to Energy Star, a CFL bulb will save users about $30 over its lifetime and pay for itself in about six months. It uses 75 percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. The Family Care Center, which is a partnership between Fayette County Public Schools and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, is an alternative program for teen mothers.
■ Beth E. Barnes, director of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications, is one of five finalists for the Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism Administrator of the Year award. The award, given in collaboration with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, recognizes vision and leadership in an outstanding college journalism administrator, and includes a $10,000 cash prize.
She was chosen by an awards committee from the Scripps Howard Foundation, which nominated five finalists and will select a winner based on letters of recommendation and other documents.
The winners will be recognized at the foundation's National Journalism Awards dinner on May 3 in Cincinnati.
■ Bluegrass Alliance for Women will offer two $500 non-renewable scholarships in 2011 to women and girls who have demonstrated strong leadership skills and a commitment to volunteer service.
One will be awarded to a traditional student and one to a non-traditional student.
The Legacy of Leadership Scholarship is available to female residents of one of the counties in the Bluegrass Area Development District (Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott and Woodford).
The scholarship is open to women and girls who will be attending college as a full-time student or a part-time student carrying nine credit hours.
The application form is available online at Bluegrassallianceforwomen.com or by contacting Karman Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 31. The scholarships will be presented in March at BAW's annual Legacy Award Luncheon.
■ Women Leading Kentucky is accepting applications for college scholarships through Feb. 1.
Applicants must be female freshmen, sophomores or juniors enrolled full-time at a Kentucky college or university, have at least a 3.0 grade-point average and have demonstrated leadership abilities on campus and/or in their communities.
Approximately eight students will be selected for $1,000 and $1,500 scholarships, and all will be informed of their selection by mid-April.
Apply online at Womenleadingky.com/scholarships.html.