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WKU students, faculty earn awards, recognition

Here’s a listing of recent awards and recognitions for WKU students and faculty from several departments.

Ogden College: WKU science graduate awarded NSF Fellowship

Shelby Rader visited Siccar Point along the coast of Scotland as part of her WKU in England experience at Harlaxton College.

Shelby Rader visited Siccar Point along the coast of Scotland as part of her WKU in England experience at Harlaxton College.

Shelby Rader of Irvine, a 2012 graduate of the Honors College at WKU who majored in Geography & Geology and Chemistry, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This highly competitive award provides three years of financial support (including salary, travel and research funding) for graduate study while Rader pursues a science doctorate at the University of Arizona. The NSF-GRF is intended to challenge those scientists who will become future international leaders in their field, by providing the opportunity to explore cutting-edge areas of transformative science. The inclusion of three WKU Ogden College of Science and Engineering alumni in the award list (Shelby Rader, along with Schuyler Wolff, Physics and Astronomy; and Amanda Smelser, Biochemistry) pays tribute to WKU’s ongoing mission of educating and training the highest quality students in the nation.

Contact: Dr. David Keeling, (270) 745-4555.

Biology: Graduate student receives Gisela Mosig travel award

WKU biology graduate student Amanda Seaton was awarded the Gisela Mosig travel award to attend the 113th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Denver on May 18-21. The grant is awarded to the graduate student who submits the best-qualified abstract. Seaton works in Dr. Rodney King’s laboratory where she is defining the requirements for early gene expression in a newly discovered bacteriophage called HK639. The Mosig award honors the memory of Gisela Mosig (1930-2003), a pioneer in the field of phage T4 genetics, and is sponsored by New England Biolabs, a recognized world leader in the discovery, development and commercialization of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research.

Contact: Dr. Rodney King, (270) 745-6910

Biology: WKU Microbiology Club receives grant

The WKU Student Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology recently received a $300 grant from the Kentucky-Tennessee branch of the American Society for Microbiology to support chapter activities. The chapter’s mission to promote student interest and enhance microbiology education at WKU, to further theoretical and practical knowledge of microbiology related research, to provide educational outreach programs to the community, and to promote student participation in local, state and national ASM meetings.

Contact: Microbiology Club advisor Dr. Rodney King at (270) 745-6910 or rodney.king@wku.edu; or Club President Meredith Doughty at mdoughty1122@yahoo.com.

Theatre & Dance: Dance faculty member honored in competition

Lisa Draskovich-Long

Lisa Draskovich-Long

Lisa Draskovich-Long, assistant professor of Dance, was part of a team that placed fourth in the 2012 MoFILM Las Vegas Contest. She was invited to choreograph the Chevrolet commercial by award-winning director Austin Albany of Sublime Media.  The video featured professional dancers from Owensboro and Nashville, and Dance Kaleidoscope of Indianapolis. Also featured dancing in the commercial were WKU students Fiona Mobrary, Dillon Martin, MaKenzie Day and Megan Kuhn, also with Adjunct Dance Faculty Shauna Dever.

Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560.

Theatre & Dance: Department receives Diversion Program of the Year Award

The WKU Theatre & Dance Program was recently notified that it won the Diversion Program of the Year Award in conjunction with the Court Designated Workers from the Warren County Administrative Office of the Courts. The program is run as a partnership between the WKU Department of Theatre & Dance and Department of Sociology and provides juvenile offenders with the opportunity to enroll in a theatre program in place of community service. They find a place to channel their energy and perform a showcase that they help write and produce. The WKU program was funded last year by a PIE Grant, and this year by a $1,000 grant from the ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships.

Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560.

Journalism & Broadcasting: Photojournalism student 8th in Hearst contest

WKU photojournalism student Ian Maule, a senior from Johnsburg, Ill., finished eighth in the second photojournalism competition (picture story/series) of the 53rd annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

Maule and two other WKU students — Jabin Botsford and Adam Wolffbrandt — are among 12 national photojournalism semifinalists in this year’s Hearst competition. Six finalists will be selected for the national championship in early June.

WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting placed third in the 2012-13 Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition and will receive a $2,000 award. The top 10 finishers were Missouri, Penn State, WKU, North Carolina, Ohio, Nebraska, Kent State, Oregon, Minnesota and Florida. WKU has won the photo competition 20 times in the past 24 years.

Often called the “Pulitzers of College Journalism,” the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. The program consists of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, three broadcast news competitions and four multimedia competitions and awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting has finished among the top eight nationally in the Hearst overall rankings for 19 consecutive years and won the national title in 2005, 2001 and 2000.

Contact: School of Journalism & Broadcasting, (270) 745-4144.

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