Education notes


Heidi Milia Anderson, associate provost for faculty affairs at the University of Kentucky and professor in the UK College of Pharmacy, has been elected president of the board of directors for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education.

Anderson was appointed to the board by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for a term that ends June 30, 2012.

Clyde Carpenter, chair of the UK Department of Historic Preservation, has been named the 2010 recipient of the John Wesley Hunt Award. The award, presented by the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, is given to an individual who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the preservation movement in Central Kentucky.

■ Kohl's Department Stores has awarded more than 200 volunteers with $1,000 scholarships toward post-secondary education. Through the 2010 Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, William Hopkins, 17, of London stood out among more than 27,000 nominees nationwide for helping to make his community a better place by spearheading efforts to raise more than $30,000 to provide local families with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Winners were chosen based on initiative, creativity, leadership and generosity. Each regional-level winner also qualifies for one of Kohl's 10 national scholarship — $10,000 each — which will be announced at the end of this month.

Mandalynne Pearce has been selected to participate in a multiyear learning experience at Berea College to practice and implement entrepreneurial leadership in rural communities of Central Appalachia. The Entrepreneurship for the Public Good Program Summer Institute at Berea College began June 7 and will last for eight weeks.

Pearce is the daughter of Greg and Vonnie Pearce of Lexington. Her goal is to become a nurse anesthetist.

During the summer institute, 20 participants practice entrepreneurial leadership skills by pursuing social and commercial enterprises in Central Appalachia.

■ The UK College of Medicine was ranked among the top 20 medical schools in the United States based on its "social mission score," which represents the percentage of graduates who practice primary care, work in underserved areas or are underrepresented minorities.

UK was ranked 14th in the national study, published in the June issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine by researchers at George Washington University, which included an analysis of 60,043 physicians in active practice who had graduated from medical school from 1999 to 2001.

■ Members of the UK Solar Car team finished ninth overall in their second American Solar Challenge. Their car, Gato Del Sol IV, traveled about 1,300 miles from Cresson, Texas, to Naperville, Ill., covering the distance in about 40 hours, from June 20 to 27. The team finished in 11th place in last year's challenge.

Sam Nicaise, leader of the team, and 16 other students participated in the race.

The design, construction and racing of the Gato Del Sol IV was completely student-run and operated as part of the UK College of Engineering.

The car, which weighs about 470 pounds without a driver, runs on lithium-polymer batteries, similar to those found in laptops and cell phones.

Andrzej Wala, professor in the UK mining engineering department, was honored with the 2010 Howard L. Hartman Award at the 13th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium held in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The award is presented biannually to a recipient elected by the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration board of directors.

The Howard L. Hartman Award, established in 1989, recognizes distinguished contributions in practice, teaching, or research in the field of underground ventilation engineering.

■ For the third consecutive year, members of the news staff at WEKU-FM, the public radio service of Eastern Kentucky University, have earned national recognition from Public Radio News Directors Inc.

During the group's recent annual conference in Louisville, WEKU received awards for Best Student Newscast and Best Soft Feature.

Competing against college broadcasters from across North America in the Best Student Newscast category was EKU junior Emily Boyer. WEKU News Director Charles Compton received a second-place award among the nation's mid-sized public radio newsrooms for a holiday feature on Ebenezer Scrooge. The light-hearted What's Scrooge's Problem? explored the mental health of Scrooge through interviews with two UK psychology professors. The award-winning segment can be heard at main?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1590167.