Education Notes


Dr. Paul DePriest, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and chief medical officer at University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been appointed to the additional role of associate dean for clinical affairs. In that role, DePriest will focus on all matters related to the clinical services offered by the college of medicine's faculty.

■ University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications director Beth Barnes was recently named president-elect of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. The association is composed of 190 journalism and mass communication programs in the United States, Canada and several foreign countries. Barnes will begin her one-year post in October and will take over as president of the organization in October 2011.


Devin Booker, a senior at Henry Clay High School, scored a 36 — the highest possible composite score — on the ACT college entrance exam. Nationally, only one-tenth of one percent of test-takers hits that mark.

At Henry Clay, Booker is vice president of Cooking for a Cause, whose members prepare a meal once a month for parents staying at the Ronald McDonald House. He also is involved in the school's Equity in Advanced Placement mentoring program, which encourages students to take AP classes.

■ An Eastern Kentucky University Bassmasters team won the 2010 College Bass National Championship competition last month.

Jonas Ertel of London and Tyler Moberly of Berea had placed second in the East Super Regional to qualify for the championship, sponsored by ESPN.

■ In May, Nolan Phillips, the Kentucky state Geography Bee winner, participated in the National Geography Bee in Washington, D.C., competing against other state and U.S. territory winners. Nolan placed 13th in the national competition. He attended Montessori Middle School and is now a student at Tates Creek High School.

Qingjun Wang, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has received a New Scholar Award in Aging from the Ellison Medical Foundation.

The Ellison Medical Foundation supports basic biomedical research to understand lifespan development and age-related diseases and disabilities. The New Scholar Awards provide support, as much as $100,000 a year for four years, to newly independent investigators starting within three years of their postdoctoral training.

Wang's research focuses on the molecular mechanism of mammalian autophagy and its relevance to human diseases. Autophagy, a Greek word meaning "self-eating," is a mechanism that cells use to degrade and recycle unneeded or harmful cellular contents. Autophagy has been found to decrease in aged cells and tissues, suggesting that the decline of autophagy might contribute to aging and age-related illness, including cancer and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.

Wang came to UK in 2009 after earning her doctorate at the University of Illinois and postdoctoral research at The Rockefeller University in New York.


■ The American Electric Power Foundation has made a $100,000 commitment to the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program. The gift includes $50,000 for 2011 and $50,000 for 2012 and will be used to help scholars attend the program during those two years from the 20 counties in Eastern Kentucky that are served by Kentucky Power.

The Governor's Scholars Program is a non-traditional, five-week residential program for outstanding Kentucky students from across the state who have completed their junior year in high school. The mission of the program is to identify and nurture Kentucky's next generation of civic and economic leaders.

■ Fayette County Public Schools will host Dr. Ruth Stoeckel, a speech pathologist from the Mayo Clinic, who will give a presentation on "Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Differential Diagnosis and Practical Treatment Strategies."

The session will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 28 in Norsworthy Auditorium at "It's About Kids" Support Services, 701 E. Main St. The session is free but does not include lunch.

To register, contact Monica Johnson at (859) 381-4182 or e-mail


Dunbar and Douglas High School All-Class Reunion (for all alumni) will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 28 in Douglas Park. Bring a picnic basket, lawn chairs, photographs and memories. for information, call Nancy Carrington at (859) 838-6953.