Recap

Here’s a recap of recent WKU News items; for updates, follow WKU News on Twitter or Facebook

WKU news summary for June 23-July 2, 2014

3 to join Hall of Distinguished Alumni during 2014 Homecoming: A musical composer, performer and teacher, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, and a decorated military veteran and former commander of the WKU ROTC will join WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni this fall. Dr. David “Doc” Livingston, Rick Loomis and Retired Col. Gary “Mickey” Riggs will be inducted during WKU’s 2014 Homecoming celebration. The 23rd class of noted alumni will be inducted during a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 7.

Gatton Academy students work to develop app using Google Glass: For three Gatton Academy students, this summer’s coolest eyewear isn’t found on a beach; it’s found at the Department of Computer Science in WKU’s College High Hall. The students – Lydia Buzzard of Hopkinsville, Logan Houchens of Crestwood and Peter Kaminski of Owensboro – are working under the mentorship of Dr. Uta Ziegler, professor of Computer Science, to develop an app for WKU using Google Glass.

Lux named WKU’s Director of Recruitment and Admissions: Dr. Jace Lux has been named WKU’s Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Chief Enrollment and Graduation Officer Brian Meredith announced.

WKU researcher shines in ‘Science Idol’ competition at symposium: Dr. Jill Maples, an assistant professor of exercise science in WKU’s Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport, was selected as a co-winner in the first “Science Idol” competition at the recent National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence in Washington, D.C.

Grant supports WKU researcher’s project on epigenetics, obesity: A WKU researcher will use a grant from the Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (KBRIN) Investigator Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under grant number 5P20GM103436-13 to develop a better understanding of the metabolic dysregulation evident in complex metabolic diseases like severe obesity.

Sport Management faculty member invited to lecture in China: Dr. Bruce Larson, Associate Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport (KRS), has been invited to participate in the “Summer Lectures of Foreign Professors” program July 7-14 at Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) in China.

42 WKU students earn national scholarships; Regents approve budget: WKU students continued to raise the bar in 2013-14 as a record 42 students earned recognition in national scholarship competitions. In a report Friday (June 27) to the University’s Board of Regents, Audra Jennings, Director of the Office of Scholar Development, said the awards had a combined value of more than $1 million and will allow recipients to travel to 19 countries, conduct research, and complete graduate degrees in the U.S. and abroad.

5 WKU students recognized by Gilman scholarship program: Five WKU students have been recognized by the U.S. Department of State through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program. Four students won a combined total of $14,500 to fund study and internship programs abroad and one was designated an alternate.

WKU hosting inaugural GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy: WKU has partnered with the GEAR UP Kentucky program to host a summer academy for 21 rising sophomores from high schools throughout the state. This is the university’s first time partnering with GEAR UP on this inaugural project with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business and health.

IRH provides wellness screening services for business, industry: Students and staff in WKU’s Institute for Rural Health provided more than 560 wellness screening procedures to employees at J. M. Smucker Co. in Scottsville in 2013-14.

Gatton Academy students present research at HHMI symposium: Kelly Lynch of Glasgow and Josh Stewart of Crestwood, both rising seniors at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, represented the 2013-14 WKU Genome Discovery and Exploration class at the 6th Annual SEA-PHAGES (Science Education Alliance–Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science) scientific symposium, sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

AASCU’s civic engagement award named for WKU’s Barbara Burch: The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) recently awarded the first Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement. Named in honor of Dr. Barbara Burch, provost emerita and professor of education at WKU, the award recognizes exemplary faculty leadership in advancing the civic learning and engagement of undergraduate students and advancing the work of AASCU’s American Democracy Project on campus and/or nationally.

WKU’s TopSCHOLAR database adds Readership Map feature: WKU’s research and creative activity database (TopSCHOLAR) has added a new feature called Readership Map. The new map pinpoints where researchers are located from around the world and what specific data they are viewing at that moment.

WKU Spring 2014 Graduates List:The WKU Spring 2014 Graduates List is available online at http://www.wku.edu/mediarelations/gradlist.php

Follow the Bike4Alz riders: 12 WKU students are cycling across the country this summer to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research. Follow the group on Twitter @Bike4Alz

Gifted Studies summer programs: The Center for Gifted Studies is hosting its annual summer programs for students and educators. Follow the SCATS blog at http://gifted-studies.com/campblog/

What’s Happening at WKU

2014 Homecoming set for Nov. 8:Mark your calendars: WKU’s 2014 Homecoming is scheduled for Nov. 8. The Hilltoppers will face UTEP in the Homecoming football game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘MoonBeings’ July 13-Aug. 24: MoonBeings, a show about extending the search for life beyond Earth to a diverse array of moons in the solar system, will open July 13 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

WKU news summary for June 16-20, 2014

$249,978 NSF grant aids chemistry research at WKU, South Korea: Dr. Moon-Soo Kim, assistant professor chemistry at WKU, has received a $249,978 National Science Foundation grant for students to work with WKU and South Korean collaborators to develop a point-of-care diagnostic for pathogen detection.

Clinical Education Complex receives grant for technology: The Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU has received a $10,000 grant for technology and educational programs.

27 high school students attend 2014 ASSET Conference at WKU: WKU’s Department of Agriculture hosted 27 students at the ASSET (Agriculture Students Striving for Effective Tomorrows) Conference June 15-19.

WKU Police training June 23 at Thompson Complex North Wing: On Monday (June 23), the WKU Police Department will be conducting an active shooter training exercise inside the Thompson Complex North Wing.

WKU to participate in forum on internationalizing U.S. college campuses: Raza Tiwana, Chief International Officer at WKU, will participate in the fifth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington D.C., from June 23-25. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the EducationUSA Forum will bring together 550 university representatives with more than 60 EducationUSA regional educational experts and advisers from around the world to discuss strategies for helping international students to study in the United States, and promoting U.S. Study abroad.

Roundabout Update – University Boulevard Closure Coming Soon: Lane closures on 31W will continue for the week of June 23. Please use caution and expect delays if traveling through this intersection. At this time, KYTC anticipates that University Boulevard will be closed between Normal Street and 31W beginning July 6 at 6 p.m. until the roundabout opens on Aug. 11.

View from the Hill – Alumni College: Have you ever thought about reliving your college experience without the pressure of making good grades? WKU’s Alumni College offers that opportunity as Amy Bingham shows us in this View from the Hill.

View From The Hill – The Writing Center/WKU Glasgow Campus: Students at WKU’s Glasgow campus have added a much-needed resource.  Amy Bingham explains how The Writing Center is having a big impact in this View from the Hill.

Spring 2014 Dean’s/President’s List: The Spring 2014 Dean’s and President’s List is available online at http://www.wku.edu/mediarelations/deanslist.php

Follow the Bike4Alz riders: 12 WKU students are cycling across the country this summer to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research. Follow the group on Twitter @Bike4Alz

Gifted Studies summer programs: The Center for Gifted Studies is hosting its annual summer programs for students and educators. Follow the SCATS blog at http://gifted-studies.com/campblog/

WKU news summary for June 9-13, 2014

WKU GIS student awarded KAMP scholarship: WKU student Taylor Berzins of Antioch, Tenn., has been awarded a tuition scholarship of $1,000 for Fall 2014 by the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP).

PMBA students study in France: The entire second year class of the Professional MBA program at WKU just conducted a study abroad in Lyon, France. Students were led by Bob Hatfield, Associate Dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business, and hosted by the School of Management-IAE Lyon.

WKU Libraries approved for Center of Excellence program: WKU Libraries was recently approved as a Center of Excellence for the Office of the Vice President of the United States. The Center of Excellence program is part of the Collaborative Federal Depository Program for the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries.

Spring 2014 Dean’s/President’s List: The Spring 2014 Dean’s and President’s List is available online at http://www.wku.edu/mediarelations/deanslist.php

Toppers at Sea on two-week voyage to study climate change: Toppers at Sea: The Climate Change Challenge launched May 30 for a two-week voyage. For updates, visit http://toppersatsea.wordpress.com/

Follow the Bike4Alz riders: 12 WKU students are cycling across the country this summer to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research. Follow the group on Twitter @Bike4Alz

Gifted Studies summer programs: The Center for Gifted Studies is hosting its annual summer programs for students and educators. Follow the SCATS blog at http://gifted-studies.com/campblog/

WKU news summary for June 2-6, 2014

Kentucky Mesonet works to build funding model, increase support: Now in its eighth year of operation, the Kentucky Mesonet is looking to build a broad base of funding and support for the statewide climate and weather network.

WKU student wins Hearst’s 2014 national photojournalism title: WKU student Jabin Botsford won the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s 2014 National Photojournalism Championship last week in Washington, D.C.

Wilcutt, 2 other astronauts guests of honor at Hangar Party: A trio of distinguished astronauts will be the guests of honor at the 2014 Aviation Heritage Park Hangar Party, which will launch on June 14 at the Bowling Green/Warren County Regional Airport. The event will honor Russellville native and 1974 WKU graduate Terry Wilcutt, who will be joined by fellow astronauts Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson and Dr. Rhea Seddon.

9 WKU faculty members complete 2-week program in Ecuador: On May 31, the eight WKU faculty members selected to participate in the inaugural Zuheir Sofia Endowed International Faculty Seminar (ZSEIFS), along with program leader Melissa Stewart (Modern Languages), completed the international leg of what has been a semester-long exploration of Ecuador.

View from the Hill – Top Crops: A new garden project at the WKU Farm offers much more than fresh fruits and vegetables. Amy Bingham reveals the life lessons associated with Top Crops in this week’s View from the Hill.

2014 WKU Steel Bridge team finishes 34th overall in nation: WKU civil engineering students competed in the 2014 National Student Steel Bridge Competition May 23-24 at the University of Akron.

WKU geographer revisits transportation project in Britain: University Distinguished Professor of Geography Dr. David Keeling completed a 10-day research project in rural Lincolnshire at the end of May.

Roundabout Project Update for June 9-13: Due to the roundabout construction activities, beginning Monday, June 9, through Friday, June 13, there will be periodic lane closures on U.S. 31-W northbound near Oaklawn Way. Lane shifts can be expected. Detours remain in place. Please use caution when traveling in the area. All schedules are subject to change. For the most up to date information, visit the KYTC District 3 website, http://transportation.ky.gov/district-3/.

VUB instructor honored at Veterans Memorial Courtyard: On Friday (May 30), Veterans Upward Bound Instructor David Angle was one of eight veterans who had a brick laid in his honor at the Veterans Memorial Courtyard outside the Warren County courthouse.

Toppers at Sea on two-week voyage to study climate change: Toppers at Sea: The Climate Change Challenge launched May 30 for a two-week voyage. For updates, visit http://toppersatsea.wordpress.com/

What’s Happening at WKU

2014 Homecoming set for Nov. 8:Mark your calendars: WKU’s 2014 Homecoming is scheduled for Nov. 8. The Hilltoppers will face UTEP in the Homecoming football game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

‘Night Sky Stories’ through July 10 at Planetarium; summer camp July 7-11: Night Sky Stories Over a Summer Campfire, the summer constellation show at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium, will be presented through July 10. The Hardin Planetarium and the Confucius Institute at WKU also will host Chinese Discoveries that Shaped our World, a full-day summer camp for students in grades 3-6 on July 7-11.

‘Sing Out Loud’ theme of 2014 SOKY Children’s Chorus Camp June 25-27: The WKU Department of Music has announced dates for the 2014 SOKY Children’s Chorus Camp. The camp, themed “Sing Out Loud,” will take place June 25-27 at the Music Rehearsal Hall on the WKU campus.

 

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