Education Notes: Nov. 18

Participants needed

■ The University of Kentucky Psychology Department is seeking 8- to 12-year-old boys and girls for research on children's inhibition and working memory. Children will complete kid-friendly computer tasks. Children participate in a 1½ -hour session and are compensated for their time. For more information, please call (859) 257-4977.


■ Chan Mi Jean, a junior piano performance major at Asbury College, placed first in the state at the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Steinway Piano Competition held at Northern Kentucky State University on Oct. 17. Jean, a student of Donald A. Zent, played a 40-minute program that consisted of compositions by Bach, Schubert, Chopin, and Kaplan. She will advance to the Southern Division of the Young Artist Competition to be held in January 2010 at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama.

■ Luke Achterberg, recent graduate of the University of Kentucky Department of Art, has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2009. Achterberg garnered the international award for his sculpture "Relative," a painted steel sculpture measuring 207 inches long by 88 inches tall by 52 inches wide. The sculpture is the result of three years of research, work and active study for Achterberg in UK's Master of Fine Arts program.

■ University of Kentucky's Vice President for Facilities Management Bob Wiseman recently received an Environmental Commission Award from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. The 39th Annual Environmental Commission Awards were given to individuals, organizations and businesses that have contributed significantly to the improvement of the local environment. Wiseman was honored for spearheading UK's sustainability and environmental program projects.

■ University of Kentucky Provost Kumble Subbaswamy and former Kentucky Governor Martha Layne Collins are among the honorees who were inducted into the UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest all-discipline honor society, during ceremonies on campus in early November.

Also being inducted were longtime UK faculty members Philipp Kraemer and Doris Wilkinson; UK alumnus and veteran professional staff member Emmett "Buzz" Burnam; and two of UK's college deans, D. Sudharshan of the Gatton College of Business and Economics, and Robert Shay of the College of Fine Arts.

■ Transylvania University 2007 alumnus Erik Weber has been named a Presidential Management Fellow in the Federal Transit Administration in Washington, D.C. Through the fellowship, Weber works with the United We Ride agency, which focuses on helping communities provide safe, affordable and easy access to public transportation.

■ Eastern Kentucky University's SERV Corps Program topped all AmeriCorps programs in the commonwealth in this year's Make A Difference Day Food Drive competition. The 30 members at EKU collected more than 42 tons of food, almost doubling the per-member contribution of the runner-up program. The collection amounts to almost 170,000 eight-ounce servings of food.

■ An Eastern Kentucky University faculty member has received the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Award in recognition of her work in jewelry and metalsmithing. Felicia Szorad, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Design and Metals Program chair, will use the funds to further her creative research.

■ Michael Gomez-hidalgo, a student in Bryan Station High School, will join a select group of students representing their schools and communities as People to People student leaders. Gomez-hidalgo has been accepted into the People to People Leadership Summit in Columbia University in New York, N.Y. and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on June 15-24. The People to People Student Leaders complete an academically rigorous program focused on leadership development and global awareness.

■ Woodford County High School's Marching Band finished seventh among Class 4A schools in the Kentucky Music Educators Association East Region quarterfinals Oct. 31. The ranking advanced the band to the state championships for the first time in the school's history, one of the goals set by students when school began in August. The band is under the direction of Matt Skaggs.

■ Eastern Kentucky University's aviation program has received the 2009 Aviation Achievement Award, presented by the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame. The Aviation Achievement Award recognizes institutions and organizations for their contribution to aviation. Previous honorees include airlines, general aviation associations and training programs.

■ All of Morehead State University's Imaging Sciences 2008 graduates have passed their national licensure exam on their first attempt. This 100 percent pass rate for the 56 graduates includes a total of 81 examinations. The department has two degree programs that graduate students annually. The programs include the Associate Degree Radiologic Sciences and Baccalaureate Degree in Imaging Sciences with two areas of concentrations, computed tomography/magnetic resonance and diagnostic medical sonography.

■ Bill Laramee, Berea College vice president for alumni and college relations, is one of three who received awards during Berea College's Homecoming Nov. 13-15. Laramee received the Honorary Alumnus Award.

Receiving the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Berea's highest alumni honor, was retired botany professor and conservationist J. Dan Pittillo of Sylva, N.C. Della Mae Justice, assistant attorney general for the state of Kentucky's Consumer Protection Division, received the award of Outstanding Young Alumnus.

■ Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine announced its list of the 100 Best Values in Private Colleges for 2009-10, ranking the 100 schools that exemplify excellent academics while keeping their costs to a minimum. The story appears in Kiplinger's December issue — on newsstands now — and online at Kiplinger's selected Centre College as its number 29 pick for best value among liberal arts colleges.


■ Transylvania University students Natalie Carpenter and Rachel Mansfield have been chosen as recipients of the 2009-10 Transylvania Women's Club scholarship, presented annually to two women who have excelled academically.

Carpenter is a junior political science and sociology double major from Dayton, Ohio. Mansfield is a senior biochemistry major and German minor from Irvine.


■ The University of Kentucky's Girls Enjoy Math and Science program (GEMS) brought more than 200 elementary-, middle- and high-school girls to campus Nov. 14, for a day focusing on careers in engineering, chemistry, nursing, physics, medicine and other science-related fields.

Sessions focused on computer programming, physics, pharmacy careers, robotics, electrical circuits and other topics.

The Girl Scouts of America collaborated with the UK College of Engineering and the Center for Manufacturing on the event. It was sponsored by the UK College of Engineering and Kentucky American Water Co.

■ The Kentucky Arts Council has selected 15 high schools to participate in the state competition for the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. This is the fifth year of the program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, recitation and competition.

Selected schools are Allen County Scottsville High School, Allen County; Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Fayette County; Frankfort High School, Franklin County; Western Hills High School, Franklin County; Fulton High School, Fulton County; Grant County High School, Grant County; Harlan County High School, Harlan County; Hart County High School, Hart County; Ballard High School, Jefferson County; Beechwood High School, Kenton County; Knox Central High School, Knox County; Jenkins Independent School, Letcher County; Mercer County High School, Mercer County; Ohio County High School, Ohio County; and Greenwood High School, Warren County.

The winner from each school will participate in the state Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest on March 16, 2010 at the Frankfort Convention Center. The state winner will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the April 25-27 National Finals. In addition, his or her school will receive a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books.

Kentucky students have reached the finalist stage for three out of the last four years of the national competition. The 2009 Kentucky winner, Barbara Gooding, from Western Hills High School in Frankfort, went on to finish second nationally.