Business awards: Week of Jan. 27

John Obrycki, chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific organization. Obrycki was nominated for his contributions to the field of entomology, particularly for examining the ecological effects of transgenic crops on biological predators and fundamental studies of predatory insects' roles in biological control.

Obrycki is only the 18th fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from Kentucky and is the third UK entomologist to receive this award, joining Ken Haynes, UK entomology professor, and Paul Freytag, UK entomology emeritus professor.

He will receive the award in February during the association's annual meeting in Chicago.

Gale Reece has been presented the Lexington Spirit Award by the Lexington Forum. Reece, the unanimous choice of the 2013 selection committee, has worked for years to address the needs of seniors, the disabled and the expanding number of people who care for them.

In 2006, noting a need in the community for safe, reliable, dignified transportation for seniors and those with disabilities, Gale applied for affiliation with the national Independent Transportation Network organization, establishing the fourth active affiliate in the country and changing legislation to enable the service to work in Kentucky. Today, ITNBluegrass coordinates a network of volunteer drivers to deliver more than 700 rides per month. The nonprofit organization, of which Gale is the founding director, recently celebrated its 30,000th ride.

In 2012, Gale conceived the idea of the i know expo, a free one-day event devised to fill another community need — for convenient, centralized information about services and resources available to seniors, people living with disabilities or caring for loved ones. The event attracted scores of exhibitors, expert speakers and more than 1,000 attendees in its first year. The 2014, i know expo is scheduled from noon-5 p.m. April 27 at the Lexington Center (Iknowexpo.orgcq.

Gale is also the chair of the LFUCG Senior Service Commission and appointed to the Commonwealth of Kentucky's Institute for Aging statewide 10-member board.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo