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People in the News: Two join Brand Advertising Group; UK’s Price gets outstanding research award

Kendra Steele has recently joined Brand Advertising Group as agency’s Media Coordinator. Kendra brings more than 17 years’ experience in the advertising industry, with a primary focus on radio and TV, as well as public relations and promotions.

Kendra Steele (Photo Provided)

Kendra Steele (Photo Provided)

Barb Sallee recently joined Brand Advertising Group to oversee Creative Services. Barb has three decades of experience in advertising and marketing in all areas, including public relations, print, and electronic, as well as digital and social platforms.

For almost two decades, Brand Advertising Group has been a leader in innovative marketing and advertising in the Central Kentucky area, as well as representing clients throughout the Southeast. With a diverse roster of clients, BAG focuses on results-based marketing through effective and proven advertising strategies.

UK’s Price wins outstanding research award

At its recent annual meeting in Concord, North Carolina, the Association of Southeastern Biologists awarded the Senior Research Award to the University of Kentucky’s Steven J. Price for outstanding research.

Price is an assistant professor of stream and riparian ecology in the Department of Forestry, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. He won the award for research that examined the impacts of mountaintop removal mining on stream salamander populations.

Steven J. Price

Steven J. Price

The Journal of Applied Ecology recently published his paper, which was co-authored by Breneé Muncy, Simon Bonner, Andrea Drayer and Christopher Barton.

“Salamanders are the most abundant vertebrates in headwater streams,” Price said. “They play very important roles in these ecosystems.”

Price’s lab in the Department of Forestry focuses on the population ecology and conservation of semi-aquatic and aquatic animals, primarily reptiles and amphibians, groups that are experiencing record declines in their populations.

“We are proud of Steve for all of the accomplishments he’s had since he’s been here. He’s been extremely productive, not only in a research sense, but engaging the public around the state,” said Terrell Baker, Department of Forestry chair. “This is just another recognition of how important he is to the department and to the research community.”

David Brooks to speak at Centre College

In what will be his third visit to Centre College, award-winning New York Times columnist David Brooks will speak at the Opening Convocation, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 28.

The annual event takes place the day before classes begin and marks the start of the new academic year at Centre.

Brooks’ previous visit took place on Oct. 2, 2012, just nine days before the College hosted its second-ever vice presidential debate. His upcoming address to the campus community will take place on the same stage, Newlin Hall in the Norton Center for the Arts, that hosted the two candidates, Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan.

“Centre College is a place where important conversations take place, and we aim to provide our students with opportunities to hear opinion makers and thought leaders discuss key topics in our national conversation,” President John A. Roush said.

“David Brooks helped set the stage in 2012 as we prepared for our most recent moment at the center of the political universe as debate hosts,” Roush added, “and we are eager to welcome him back to our campus.”

The timing of his appearance at Centre, after both major party conventions and the build-up to the general election, is sure to offer opportunity for his astute social and political observations.

Staff report

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