Education notes: Sept. 21

■ The next lecture in Eastern Kentucky University's Chautauqua Lecture Series, "Living with Others: Challenges and Promises," will feature renowned animal behaviorist and best-selling author Temple Grandin.

Grandin will present "Animals, Humans, and Sensory Based Thinking" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond. The presentation is free.

One of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism, Grandin was the topic of HBO's Emmy Award-winning movie Temple Grandin (2010). The film will be shown at 6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday in the EKU Student Success Building O'Donnell Hall. The screenings are free.

For more information about the EKU Chautauqua Lectures, call (859) 622-8667, email or go to

■ Author and harpsichord expert Edward L. Kottick will present two lectures at Eastern Kentucky University on Sept. 28.

The lectures, "Steps to Parnassus: Building an Italian Harpsichord" at 1:25 p.m. and "Fruits, Flowers, Floozies, Fripperies and Finishes: A Fleet Frolic Through Harpsichord Decoration" at 5 p.m., will celebrate delivery to the Department of Music of a harpsichord built by Kottick.

Both lectures are free and will be in Room 100 of the Foster Music Building.

■ Eastern Kentucky University Theatre will present Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors at 8 p.m. Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Gifford Theatre of the Campbell Building.

Tickets are available at the Gifford Theatre box office from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays and one hour before each show. Tickets are $6, $5 for student and senior citizens. For reservations, call (859) 622-1323.

Dr. Woodford VanMeter, a professor in the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been named one of America's leading ophthalmologists by Becker's ASC Review, the leading source for business and legal news for ambulatory surgical centers.

The list, "135 Leading Ophthalmologists in America," recognizes outstanding ophthalmologists in health care organizations across the country.

Dr. Susan Smyth has been named chief of cardiovascular medicine within the University of Kentucky College of Medicine's division of internal medicine.

Smyth also directs the M.D./Ph.D. program at UK and a cardiovascular research training program for fellows. She is co-director of education and training programs for the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and chairs the research and developmental committee for the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Smyth also is an attending physician at the Lexington VA, UK Chandler Hospital and UK Good Samaritan Hospital.

■ Four University of Kentucky students are starting the school year studying in a global classroom. Christiana Holsapple, Desiree P. Jones, Joshua Koontz and Joshua D. Smith were awarded the National Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship this summer. The scholarship program provides undergraduates with opportunities to acquire skills and experiences in countries and areas of the world deemed critical to national security.

As recipients of Boren Scholarships, the four will receive up to $20,000 each to cover expenses for language studies in strategically important areas that are underrepresented. In return for the year of study abroad, each scholar will work for the federal government for a year in a position that carries national security responsibilities.

Holsapple, the daughter of Carol Eades and Clyde Holsapple of Nicholasville, is a UK senior studying international studies, with a focus on human rights and social movements. Her Boren Scholarship will cover a year of study in the Ukrainian and Russian languages in Kiev, Ukraine. While abroad, she will be conducting research on the relationship between social movements and linguistic identity as part of her senior international studies thesis.

Jones, the daughter of Charles T. and Mary L. Jones of Louisville, is a senior working on her second bachelor's degree in international studies; she earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural communications, education and leadership in 2005. She will use her Boren Scholarship to study Portuguese in Brazil to learn about the intersection of democracy, civic engagement and media in an exemplary, newly liberalized democracy. While in Brazil, she hopes to intern with a non-governmental organization.

Koontz, the son of Susan Marcus and Tim Koontz of Charleston, W.Va., is a senior majoring in international relations and Arabic languages and literature, and is pursuing minors in French and Islamic studies. He will use his Boren Scholarship to study Arabic in Jordan.

Smith, the son of Harold and Patsy Smith of Caneyville, is a senior finishing a bachelor's degrees in international relations and history.

He studied history in Greece and Italy in 2003 before earning his first bachelor's degree, in communication, from UK in 2004. He will use his Boren Scholarship to study the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture for a full academic year.