Education Notes: Jan. 18

S. Thompson
S. Thompson


■ Three music educators in Fayette County Public Schools have earned Teacher of the Year accolades in District 7 of the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

The elementary-level honoree is Lydia Wainright of Maxwell Spanish Immersion; the middle school recipient is April Kite, assistant band director at Beaumont; and the high school winner is Chuck Smith, band director at Lafayette.

In addition to Fayette, KMEA's District 7 includes Jessamine, Woodford, Franklin, Scott, Harrison, Bourbon and Clark counties.

Dr. Lon R. Hays, chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry, has been elected secretary of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Additionally, Hays serves on the finance, maintenance of dertification, external relations and credentialing committees.

■ A paper detailing the findings of UK College of Agriculture researchers was selected as one of the top research breakthroughs in chemistry for 2011 by the editors of Chemical and Engineering News, a weekly magazine published by the American Chemical Society.

The paper, "Evidence for Biomagnification of Gold Nanoparticles Within a Terrestrial Food Chain," was included in Chemical and Engineering News' "Chemical Year in Review 2011," which included excerpts of the superlative research achievements. Jonathan Judy, a doctoral student in the lab of UK soil scientist Paul Bertsch, wrote the paper. Co-authors include Bertsch and fellow UK soil scientist Jason Unrine.

The paper originally was published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. The "Chemical Year in Review 2011" appeared in the Dec. 19 issue of Chemical and Engineering News.

Sherwood Thompson, assistant dean and associate professor in the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, has been selected to participate in the 2012 class of The Executive Leadership Academy at the University of California, Berkeley.

In its second year, the academy continues to embark on an ambitious plan to prepare leaders of colleges and universities to guide their institutions in an increasingly multicultural global environment. The academy is designed to enable people of all backgrounds who might be interested in appointments to positions such as deans, vice presidents, provosts, chancellors and presidents.

The theme for the academy, to be offered March 25 to 29 in Berkeley, is "Ten Years from Now: Leading in a Multicultural Environment."

Lexington League of Women Voters's essay contest winners have been announced by league president Tammy Fagley. First place and a prize of $250 went to 10th-grader Michael Sommer of Henry Clay High School for his essay, "If You Can Keep It." His social studies teacher, Keen Babbage, received a $100 honorarium as teacher of the first-place student.

Second place winner, Henry Clay senior Jenny Lee, was awarded $150 for her essay, "True American Citizenry." Her teacher, librarian Janie Cantrell, received a $50 honorarium.

Third place went to Emma Daugherty, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, for her essay, "Pulling Their Own Weight: Active Citizenship and Immigration." Her social studies teacher, Tara Wilkinson was awarded $50.

Students in public and private Fayette County high schools were encouraged to submit essays responding to the two-part question: What does the phrase "actively engaged citizen of the United States of America" mean to you? And how does your interpretation of the phrase shape your thinking on one of today's most important issues (e.g., voting rights, immigration, partisan politics, national budget problems, health care reform)?

"The League sponsors this essay contest each year to encourage and support student interest in the democratic process," Fagley said.

■ The UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi recently attained merit status and welcomed a new class of honorees in ceremonies held in the UK Student Center.

Founded 114 years ago at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. UK's chapter, chartered in spring 2009, is one of only 31 chapters to receive merit recognition from the society's headquarters in Baton Rouge, La., during the past year.

Recent UK Chapter highlights that led to the merit designation include:

Jenna Brashear of Beaver Dam, former undergraduate student vice president of the UK chapter, was awarded a $5,000 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship from the national organization to continue her educational pursuits.

Amanda Fickey of Red Star, former graduate student vice president of the chapter who is a Ph.D. candidate in geography at UK, earned a Love of Learning Award from national headquarters.

As part of the recent ceremonies, UK Board of Trustees member and author the Rev. C.B. Akins Sr.; Ellen J. Hahn, UK Alumni Professor in the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health and faculty associate at the Markey Cancer Center; and Frank X Walker, UK associate professor of English and director of African American and Africana Studies, were inducted into Phi Kappa Phi with a number of undergraduate and graduate students.

Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also can qualify.

UK students honored at the recent induction ceremony were Mathew Aaron Acra, Macy Ann Allen, Mary Rebekah Arnett, Emily Caroline Barr, Kathleen Claire Barrette, Andrea Suzanne Bartlett, Emily Board, Jennifer Lynn Brogie, Liang Chen, Kate Townsend Creasy, Ashlee-Nicole King Crump, Jay LeRoy Crutcher, Megan Marie Danzl, Virginia Frances Deaton, Joshua Ryan DeVore, Robert Smith Emmitt, Nathan Estes, Courtney L. Ford, Kristin Noell Gibson, Jessica Greenberg, Seth Elliott Grider, Alisha Mishelle Hamilton, Nyrene Ahmed Haque, Matthew Hassen, Marie Paige Higginson-Rollins, Marcus Alan Hincks, Jessicah Cheyenne Hohman, Gavin Taylor Howington, Jacob Andrew Hughes, Sarah Lynn Jacobs, Marquiana Rebecca Jusma, Lindsay Marie Kampfer, Angie Keedy, David Andrew Kline, Nicholas Ledgerwood, Kelli Ann Long, Megan Kathleen Martin, Luke Aaron McAnally, Jamie Christine Moline, Stephanie L. Murphy, Timothy James Nichols, Crystal Norgren, Elizabeth Haydon Nunnelley, Jonathan Otto, Ashley Elizabeth Parks, Kristina Fugitte Pattison, Rachel Lauren Peters, Dinesh Poudyal, Benjamin Gary Powell, Christine Elizabeth Riveire, Laura Paige Robinson, Salam Omar Salman, Joshua Daniel Schlueter, Carley Schroering, Clay Stanley, Mitchell Andrew Strohmaier, Karen Rose Thompson, Kevin Andrew Thompson, William O'Brien Walker, Andrew Miles Wheeler, Jeffrey R. Witt, Hong Xu, Heather Marie Yonutas and Dana Noel Youtsey.

For information on the UK chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, call Lynn Hiler at (859) 257-6894 or email To contact the national organization, call 1-800 804-9880 or go to

Celeste Phillips-Salimi of the UK Research Foundation has been named recipient of a 2011 Nurse Researcher Grant from Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. The grants are designed on the belief that the lives of children battling cancer can be improved through the work of nurses on the front lines.

Phillips-Salimi will use the award to research the development of connectedness with health care providers for adolescents and young adults with cancer. Phillips-Salimi's Intermediate Nurse Researcher Award will total $40,000 over two years.


■ Kentucky students are invited to create a poster or write an essay on agriculture's effect in their everyday lives as part of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's annual Poster and Essay Contest. This year's theme is It All Starts With Agriculture.

The contest is open to Kentucky students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students may submit a poster or an essay. Entries must be postmarked by Feb. 10 and mailed to Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Poster and Essay Contest, 100 Fair Oaks Lane, fifth Floor, Frankfort, Ky. 40601.

Winners in each grade will be notified Feb. 20 and will be honored at the annual Kentucky Agriculture Day luncheon in March in Frankfort. Each winner will receive $100. The winning posters and essays will be used in department publications and displayed at department events.

For information, including contest rules, contact Elizabeth McNulty at (502) 564-4983 or or go to, click on Programs, and click on Ag in the Classroom and Agriculture Education.


Bluegrass Cellular is accepting scholarship applications from graduating seniors who attend high school in its 40-county coverage area. The deadline for applications is March 26.

Bluegrass Cellular will award 18 scholarships valued at $1,500 each. This is the 11th year the company has recognized dedicated high school students through its scholarship program.

Scholarship recipients are selected by a panel of judges based on criteria including financial need, academic achievement, school and community involvement, and a personal essay. Winners will be notified in May.

For a complete list of guidelines and an application, go to, visit one of Bluegrass Cellular's Customer Care Centers or contact your school's guidance counselor.

In addition to the application form, each applicant must submit a copy of his or her high school transcript, two letters of recommendation and an essay.