Education notes


Beth Barnes, director of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications in the College of Communications and Information Studies, will also be the college's associate dean for Undergraduate and International Studies, a position newly created in the college. As associate dean, Barnes will help recruit and retain undergraduate students in the college, as well as develop new international studies initiatives.

To adjust for her new set of responsibilities in addition to continuing her position as director, professor Scoobie Ryan was named the associate director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications.

As associate director, Ryan is now focusing on student services and teaching support. She will primarily focus on class scheduling, advising and registration questions, in addition to overseeing major program contracts, the school's assessment process, the JAT 399 internship program, and the junior faculty and teaching assistants assigned to the school.

■ Professor Clyde W. Holsapple, holder of the Rosenthal Endowed Chair in Management Information Systems in the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, will be inducted as a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute at the organization's 2010 annual meeting in San Diego later this year. Holsapple becomes only the 109th DSI Fellow in the organization's more than 40-year history, joining notable scholars from such prestigious business schools as Wharton, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Michigan, Arizona, Minnesota, Wisconsin, UCLA, and the London Business School. Fellows of the institute are determined by a committee of peers and the DSI board of directors as persons having made exceptional career contributions to the decision sciences disciplines in terms of their research, scholarship, teaching, and service accomplishments. Selection as a DSI Fellow is the highest honor the institute bestows on scholars in the decision sciences.

Henry Clay and Paul Laurence Dunbar high schools finished atop their respective groups in the 2010 Governor's Cup district-level competition, which wrapped up Feb. 4 after snow postponed the previous Saturday's contests.

Kentucky's premier academic competition, Governor's Cup consists of five written assessment exams, composition (on-demand writing), future problem-solving and quick recall (also known as quiz bowl).

In District 43 competition, Henry Clay was first, followed by Lafayette in fourth place and Bryan Station in fifth. This group also included Sayre School and Lexington Catholic.

In District 44, Paul Laurence Dunbar won, and Tates Creek High School came in third. This field also included West Jessamine High and East Jessamine High.

District 43 top results:

Mathematics: Jeremy Bradford, Henry Clay David Brown, Lafayette, tied for second.

Science: Jeremy Bradford, Henry Clay, second; Satchel Fowler, Bryan Station, third.

Social Studies: Matthew Thornton, Lafayette, second.

Language Arts: Jay Schrader, Henry Clay, first; Cullen Smith, Henry Clay, second.

Arts & Humanities: Jay Schrader, Henry Clay, first.

Composition: Zoe Snider, Bryan Station, first; Rachel Geil, Henry Clay, second; Emily Estus, Henry Clay, third.

Quick recall (team): Lafayette, first; Henry Clay, second.

District 44 top results:

Mathematics: Idrees Kahloon, Paul Laurence Dunbar, first; Brian Fei, Dunbar, second; Michael Druggan, Tates Creek, third.

Science: Ping Chen, Dunbar, first; Jay Li, Dunbar, second; Orshi Hegyl, Dunbar, third.

Social Studies: Brian Fei, Dunbar, first; Sandy Huang, Dunbar, second; Matt Hensley, Dunbar, third.

Language Arts: Victor Macrinici, Dunbar, first; Helen Fu, Dunbar, second; Idrees Kahloon, Dunbar, third.

Arts & Humanities: Matt Hensley, Dunbar, first; Ailin Shen, Dunbar, second; Victor Macrinici, Dunbar, third.

Composition: Darshali Vyas, Dunbar, first; Helen Fu, Dunbar, second.

Future problem-solving (team): Dunbar, first.

Quick recall (team): Dunbar, first; Tates Creek, second.

Paul Laurence Dunbar and Henry Clay students brought home numerous awards in the sixth annual Keep It Real Video/Internet Contest, a community effort to educate young people about the risks of underage drinking.

The contest gives students an opportunity to explore the issue and develop messages that will have a positive impact on their peers. The idea is that teens will be more likely to understand the risks when they help design the message through 30-second videos.

From Paul Laurence Dunbar:

● Best Picture: Beautiful World, Andrew Von Nieda and Rob Gomez

● Best Comedy: The Exam?! Luke Coleman, Phillip Flaga, Robert Givens and others

● Cinematography: Sisterly Love, Erin Adkins and Danielle Denniston

● Best Depiction of Message runner-up: What Doesn't Belong? Corie Roberts and Serena Sahajian

● Best Drama runner-up: Don't Let Your Life Fall to Pieces, Louann Lopez and Zachary Walker

● Best Art Direction runner-up, Upside Down, Celia Barnhill

From Henry Clay High School:

● Best Drama: Toxic, Molly Barnette

● Most Original runner-up: Ya Wanna Drink? Walker Miller

● Best Editing runner-up: The News, Annie Dunbar and Ella Dunbar

The entries were posted online for public voting in January, and students received awards Feb. 2 at the Kentucky Theatre. Prizes include cash and air time at movie theaters and on television.

Contest sponsors include the Kentucky State Police, KY-ASAP, Mayor's Alliance on Substance Abuse, Central Baptist Hospital, CSAP Drug-Free Community Grant, Lexington Family Magazine, State Farm Insurance, Fusioncorp Design Mediahouse and Video Editing Services.

■ A University of Kentucky electrical engineering assistant professor has received a $400,000 Early Career Development grant from the National Science Foundation.

Jingshan Li received the five-year grant for his proposal to study robust production systems that can withstand variations in machines, human factors and products.

The project could lead to helping boost productivity, product quality and production-process flexibility. It could provide manufacturers with tools and principles for designing and operating highly efficient production systems.

Li is an assistant professor of electrical engineering in the Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing. He is the director of the Production and Service Systems Lab and director of the Health Care Systems Lab. Li joined the University of Kentucky in 2006. His research area is in systems and control with applications to production and health care systems.

Sayre School's sixth annual Upper School Science Fair was held Jan. 27, with 170 participating students and 126 projects judged by Sayre parents, UK professors, LexMark engineers, and friends of the school.

The overall winner was 11th-grader Hayley Cunningham, daughter of Mark Cunningham and Dr. Katherine Dixon of Midway, for her project The Effect of Dodecenal and Legumes on Salmonella in the Soil.

Highlights of the event included the U.K. Solar Car Team with its award-winning car; Raptor Rehabilitation of Louisville with various Kentucky birds of prey; and All Rite Pest Control with preserved insects from around the world. Senior Will Snowden, son of Woody and Robin Snowden of Winchester, brought his calf, Baby B., and presented information on sustainable farming with livestock that he has researched as part of a Sayre independent study in animal science.


■ The Lafayette High School Alumni Association has awarded Asri Mumpuni the Alumni Scholarship for 2009-10, for $1,000 a semester for four years. Mumpuni is a pre-med student at the University of Kentucky. The association also inducted Jewel Spears Brooker, a 1957 Lafayette graduate, into its hall of fame. Brooker is a professor of literature at Eckerd College in Florida.

The Leon Tackett Memorial Scholarship, funded by People Helping People, is accepting applications. High school seniors from four high schools: Boyd County High School, East Carter High School, West Carter High School and Greenup County High School are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Three seniors will receive a one-time gift of $500 to help with school-related expenses. The deadline for applying is April 30.