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Faculty and Staff achievements, 2006-07
Congratulations to these faculty and staff members who have distinguished themselves and their departments recently for outstanding professional achievements:

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*Dr. Anne Grippo, Biology, Dr. Robyn Hannigan, Chemistry and Physics, and former ASU chemistry student Bradley Hamilton (now a pharmacy student at UAMS), along with Dr. Bill Gurley, UAMS College of Pharmacy, have written an article that has been nominated for the Literature Award in Pharmacy Practice Research, sponsored by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation. The article, "Metal content of ephedra-containing dietary supplements and select botanicals," was published in April 2006 in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. The Pharmacy Practice Research Award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the biomedical literature that is relevant to pharmacy practice in hospitals and health systems.

*Dr. Charles Hartwig, Political Science, was recently an invited participant in the first faculty summit at the Heifer International headquarters in Little Rock. Eighteen faculty members and administrators from around the nation spent two-and-a-half days meeting with leaders of one of the world's top hunger and poverty abatement non-governmental organizations. The faculty members, administrators, and organization representatives then formulated an action plan to help Heifer International become more visible and more active on college campuses. The eighteen participants will be the first "Heifer Ambassadors," spreading the word about the unique worldwide animal-based relief programs of Heifer International. For more information, see

*Dr. John B. (Jack) Zibluk, Journalism, was elected to a full term as vice president of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) at the organization's annual summit meeting in Portland, Ore. Zibluk was named chair of the NPPA's first strategic planning effort. He organized and moderated a panel discussion on bridging the gap between the academic and professional worlds. Panel participants included Kenny Irby, diversity program director, Poynter Institute, Dr. Julianne Newton, editor, Visual Communication Quarterly, and Dr. David Nelson, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State University. Zibluk also co-chaired the photojournalism speakers' program, which included six Pulitzer Prize winners.

*Dr. Argelia Lorence, Plant Metabolic Engineering, recently served as an invited external reviewer for the Panamanian National Council of Science, Technology, and Innovation (Secretaria Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnologia e Innovacion, SENACYT). SENACYT is the Panamanian equivalent of the United States' National Science Foundation (NSF). While in Panama, Dr. Lorence also presented "Manipulation of the vitamin C content in plants: implications to health, agriculture, and the environment," a lecture at the Institute of Advanced Scientific Research and High Technology Services (Instituto de Investigaciones Cientificas Avanzadas y Servicios de Alta Tecnologia, INDICASAT).

*Dr. Aldemaro Romero, Biology, published an article in the latest issue of the journal Forum on Public Policy, a publication from Oxford University. This issue of the journal was a monograph, "Science, Religion and Progress." It included contributions by 13 academicians from several U.S. and British universities. Romero's article, "The big issue between science and religion: purpose vs. uncertainty," discusses the differing reception of Charles Darwin's ideas on evolution by evangelical Protestants and Catholics. Romero's article argues that the initial acceptance of evolution among Catholics was because the idea was presented within the framework of 19th-century European mysticism.

*Dr. Gregory Hansen, English and Philosophy, coordinated a three-day teachers' workshop at Jubilee Community Arts in Knoxville, Tenn. The workshop provided teachers with resources and methods for integrating Folklife Studies into their classroom instruction. The session's highlight was a performance by the old-time country musician and ballad singer, Roy Harper. A retired railroad brakeman from Manchester, Tenn., Harper is recognized as the foremost performer of the songs of country music legend Jimmie Rodgers.

*Dr. Kris Biondolillo and Dr. Amy R. Pearce, Psychology and Counseling, have co-authored an article published in the peer-reviewed journal Neuropsychobiology. Their original paper, "Availability Influences Initial and Continued Ingestion of Nicotine by Adolescent Female Rats," is in this month's volume of the journal. Support for this research originated from grants awarded by the Arkansas Biosciences Institute.

Bonnie L. Thrasher, Journalism, has been named Journalism Educator of the Year by the Arkansas Press Association, a professional group for daily and weekly newspapers. She was recognized at the APA convention in Fort Smith this past weekend. Thrasher, instructor in journalism and advisor to The Herald, ASU's student newspaper, has led The Herald and its staff to regional and national awards for excellence. Thrasher was president of the Arkansas chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists from 2004-2006 and is now secretary. As a professional development activity, she is serving this summer as an associate editor at The Jonesboro Sun.

*The White House announced through a news release Thursday that President Bush will appoint Dr. Susan Davis Allen, senior advisor to the chancellor, to the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science. She served as vice chancellor for research and academic affairs before electing in April to return to full-time faculty status. In August, her new position will be distinguished professor of laser applications and science.

*Dr. Robert Engelken, Electrical Engineering, presented the paper, "A New Tri-solvent Bath for Chemical Bath Deposition of Low Hazard, Photosensitive Bismuth (III) Sulfide Films" at the 211th meeting of the Electrochemical Society recently
in Chicago. The presentation was co-authored by electrical engineering undergraduate research assistants Michael Sattler, Clark Marle, David Harlan, Matthew Lemay and Matthew Pruitt. These students have worked with Engelken in the ASU Optoelectronic Materials Research Laboratory. The presentation dealt with the group’s development of a new low cost and low hazard chemical solution for formation of light-sensing photocells from the deposited bismuth sulfide thin films. Lemay and Harlan also received first and second place, respectively, in "Excellence in Scholarship for Undergraduate Physical Sciences" for their presentations on complementary research on other semiconductors at the 91st annual meeting of the Arkansas Academy of Science.

Herb Lawrence, Small Business Development Center, has compiled the "Arkansas National Guard Business Mobilization Planning Guide" to assist Guard members who are business owners preparing for deployment to military duty. He also is participating in screenings for the Guard at Camp Robinson, and he participated in a news conference to announce the availability of the guide, which is available on the Arkansas SBDC Web site. An estimated 10 percent of Guard personnel are business owners.

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*Two ASU emeriti faculty continue to achieve. The Arkansas Historical Association announced association awards and recognitions at its recent 66th annual awards banquet, held at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. Dr. C. Calvin Smith, Emeritus Professor of History, received the association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Another Emeritus Professor of History, Dr. Michael B. Dougan, appears as a contributor to the book, The Earth Reeled and Trees Trembled: Civil War Arkansas, 1863-1864 (Old Statehouse Museum Publications, ed. Mark K. Christ). Dougan's contribution, "Say 'Au Revoir' but not 'Good-bye': The Enduring Confederate Government of Arkansas," is the opening essay in this collection of lectures given during the museum's Civil War symposia. These lectures offer compelling portrayals of Arkansas' involvement in the Civil War.

*Dr. Aldemaro Romero, Biology, recently published an article in the Journal of Spelean History. This periodical is published by the American Spelean History Association. This organization is, in turn, part of the National Speleological Society, the world's largest society aimed at studying caves. Romero's article, "The discovery of the first Cuban blind cave fish: the untold story," narrates the history of the discovery of blind cave fish in Cuba. The Cuban discovery predates the discovery of blind cave fish in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. Until recently, the Mammoth Cave fish were considered the earliest-known blind cave fish in scientific literature. Romero's article is based on little-known documents he discovered in museum archives.

*Tom Moore, University Communications, recently made a presentation, "Working with the News Media," to the Leadership Jonesboro class of 2007.  Leadership Jonesboro is sponsored by the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce.

*Dr. Jack Zibluk, Journalism, presented a day-long photography workshop recently at the Arkansas Press Association (APA) headquarters in Little Rock. Zibluk led 25 editors, reporters, and photographers from throughout the state in seminars on digital photography, composition, and storytelling, followed by a photography tour of the state capitol and a critique session.

*ASU's Office of Publications and Creative Services recently won several awards at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) 2007 Prism Awards. The ASU Viewbook, designed by Mary Williams, Publications and Creative Services, was the winner in the category, "Other Printed Media." The book is the lead publication designed for student recruitment, and was designed around the trademarked theme, "Powering Minds."  In the category "Special Advertising Support-TV," the "Powering Minds" television advertisement was a finalist. The television spot was a key element of the "Powering Minds" campaign. The "Powering Minds" campaign itself was a finalist in the "Marketing Communications-Nonprofit" category. The television spot was developed by Markham Howe, University Relations.

Dr. Pamela  J. Weathers, Plant Metabolic Engineering, was an invited presenter at the international TERPNET 2007 meeting held recently in Strasbourg, France. TERPNET is an international affiliation of researchers investigating all aspects of terpenes and isoprenoids. This meeting was dedicated to reporting on the latest advances in the chemistry and biology of terpenes and isoprenoids in plants and microorganisms. Dr. Weathers presented her work on the antimalarial drug, artemisinin. Her invited presentation was titled, "Artemisinin: controlling its production in Artemisia annua." Dr. Weathers is the director of the Molecular Biosciences PhD program, and she is also Judd Hill Chair of Agricultural Biotechnology. She holds a joint appointment with ABI and the College of Agriculture.

*The radio program, "Science in the Natural State," airs each Monday at 4:44 p.m. The program is a production of the Department of Biological Sciences at ASU, with support from the Department of Radio-Television. Dr. Aldemaro Romero, Biology, is the show's producer, and graduate student Jane Anfinson is the executive producer. The shows are written by Dr. Anne Grippo, Biology, and Dr. Martin Huss, Botany. Ms. Joy Trauth, Biology, and Dr. Romero serve as editors for the scripts. Betsy Wiederkehr Huss narrates the segments, and she is joined by various experts on a wide variety of fascinating topics. This week's show, #74, features Dr. Maureen Dolan, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, discussing food forensics. "Science in the Natural State" has been produced since February 2006.

*Bill Rowe, Art, is one of the 18 artists chosen for Perspectives, a juried exhibition of regional contemporary art, which will be on view at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art June 22-Sept. 9. The exhibition will provide an overview of contemporary art made within a 300-mile radius of Memphis. Works chosen for the exhibition demonstrate how regionalisms, once defined as peculiar characteristics of work produced outside of cultural centers, have become strategies for dealing with local and global issues embedded in a broad visual and philosophical context.

*Heritage Studies PhD student Michael Bowman presented a paper at the 66th annual conference of the Arkansas Historical Association (AHA) in Little Rock. Bowman's paper, "A Regional Problem: How Television Framed the Little Rock Central Crisis," was presented as part of a session, "Arkansas' Path to Integration and Civil Rights," moderated by Dr. Joe Key, History.

*Bonnie Thrasher, Journalism, is working as an associate editor for a few weeks at The Jonesboro Sun after the departure of managing editor Rick Fahr. Thrasher's duties will include working with Sun reporters to develop Northeast Arkansas coverage, working with the photo editor, and copy editing. Thrasher is advisor to The Herald, ASU's student newspaper and frequently serves as a judge for student and professional journalism contests. She is also the current secretary and past president of the Arkansas Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She is the chair of College Media Advisors' Career Development Committee, and she coordinates the student job fair at the annual National Fall College Media Convention. She has worked as a reporter and bureau chief for The Commercial Dispatch of Columbus, Miss., and as a reporter and editor for The Starkville (Miss.) Daily News.

*Dr. Jack Zibluk, Journalism, recently had a book chapter submission accepted for publication after a lengthy, blind, peer-reviewed process. Zibluk's "Myspace, Facebook, privacy, and copyright," will appear in "Teaching with Multimedia: Pedagogy in the Websphere," Vol. 1. The first volume of the two-volume text will largely be critiques and essays concerning the teaching of multimedia, while the second volume will consist of case studies about teaching with multimedia in various disciplines.

*Sue Marlay, International Programs, participated in a Fulbright Scholar Advising workshop at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars' office in Washington, D.C., recently. A number of Fulbright assistant directors highlighted the opportunities for teaching and research around the world.
David Wick, International Programs, was invited to attend a two-day program at the Institute of International Exchange in New York, where he will train to promote the Fulbright U.S. Student program and to increase applications from ASU students. Wick also attended sessions on fostering competitive applications to other nationally competitive study abroad scholarships, e.g., the National Security Education program, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program, and the Freeman awards for study in Asia.

*Dr. Marti L. Allen, ASU Museum, has received the Excellence in Peer Review Service award from the American Association of Museums (AAM). This award honors individuals who have exhibited outstanding professional dedication, diplomacy, and service to the museum field through the Museum Assessment Program and the Museum Accreditation Program. The award will be presented to Dr. Allen at the AAM annual meeting in Chicago on Monday, May 14. Dr. Allen and four others were selected for this award from a list of 90 individuals nominated from a total of more than 1,200 peer reviewers.

*Six College of Education faculty members and one graduate student presented papers at the European Teacher Education Network (ETEN) annual conference in Porto, Portugal. ASU is one of only five U.S. universities who are members of this 44-institution-strong organization. ETEN exists to support and enhance international exchanges, professional development, and scholarly interaction. Papers included "Perspectives on Student Achievement in Multiage Settings" by Dr. David Holman, Andrea Breckenridge, and Dr. George Foldesy; "Curriculum Makers and Metaphor Makers: Teacher Collaboration in a Knowledge Community Experience" by  Dr. Dixie Keyes; "John Dewey and Multicultural Education in a Global Society," Dr. Tom Fiala; "Including Middle School Art Teachers on Interdisciplinary Teams: A Case Study to the Arts Education Thematic Interest Group" by Dr. Paula Stewart; "How Can Early Learners Learn by "Playing" with Technology?" by Dr. Natalie Johnson-Leslie; and "Reflective Practice Through the Use of Editorial Cartoons: Tools for Teaching and Assessment" by Dr. John Beineke.

*Two psychology students, Rebecca Breckinridge and Tabitha Fentress, recently presented research papers at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. ASU faculty members presenting papers included Dr. Richard Breeding, Dr. Robert Johnson, Dr. Loretta Neal McGregor, and Dr. David Saarnio. Additional students and faculty were involved in developing several of the research projects, including students Coral Machado, Mary Porter, Brandy Riggan, Jennifer Maulden, and Faith McMath, and faculty members Dr. Kris Biondolillo, Dr. Crystal Easton, and Dr. Latoya Pierce.

*Dr. Charles Hartwig, Political Science, recently conducted a workshop for the annual state convention of the League of Women Voters in Jonesboro. The workshop topic was "The United Nations Millennium Development Goals."

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*Dr. Karen Yanowitz, Psychology, published an article titled "Changes in student-centered assessment by postsecondary science and nonscience faculty." The article appeared in the April edition of Teaching in Higher Education, an international, peer-reviewed journal. Yanowitz' co-author was Debbie Hahs-Vaughn, University of Central Florida.  Dr. Yanowitz also presented a paper at the American Education Research Association annual conference. That presentation, "Who is Conducting Teacher Research?" was also co-authored with Debbie Hahs-Vaughn. Dr. Yanowitz also sponsored two student presentations at the 10th annual Mid-South Psychology Conference. Ollie Cox III presented a paper, "Relational Aggression in Families," and Debbie Mays had a third-place winning poster, "Students' Perspectives of Science."

*Dr. Amy Pearce, Psychology, attended the Arkansas Symposium for Psychology Students (ASPS) in Monticello, Arkansas, as a faculty advisor for presenting students. ASPS is a psychology conference that allows students to present their research in a supportive environment. The conference is supported by colleges and universities throughout Arkansas and is held on a different Arkansas campus each year. ASU-Jonesboro has been selected as the host site for the 24th annual ASPS conference to be held in April 2008.

*Judy T. Pfriemer, Nursing, presented research findings at the Nursing 2007 Symposium in Orlando. Titled "Teaching Breast Cancer Screening to Hispanic Women: Evaluation of a Multifaceted, Culturally Sensitive Educational Program," the research involved other ASU faculty. They were Cathy P. Hall and Paige D. Wimberley, Nursing, and Dr. John D. Hall and Dr. Craig H. Jones, Psychology and Counseling. The research study was supported by a grant from the NEA Clinic Charitable Foundation, with additional funding from the College of Nursing and Health Professions at ASU.

*John Salvest, Art, will have work included in two New York exhibitions this summer. "Red Stalactite" will be exhibited, along with works by Andy Warhol, Wayne Thiebaud, Andreas Gursky, and others, in "I WANT Candy" at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, N.Y., June 16-Sept. 2. Organized by Bartholomew Bland, curator of exhibitions at the Hudson River Museum, the exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. Salvest's "Promised Land" will be included in a group exhibition selected by Elizabeth Grady, curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. This group exhibition will be at Morgan Lehman Gallery, June 7-Aug. 8.

*Dr. Elizabeth Hood, Research and Technology Transfer, gave a plenary talk at the Alberta Agricultural Genomics and Biotechnology Workshop in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The presentation concerned using plants as production factories for valuable renewable products for industrial applications. Dr. Hood also presented a poster at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing in Orlando. The poster outlined a cost-effective production system for cellulase enzymes for biomass breakdown for ethanol production from cellulose.

*The 2007 Distinguished Performance Awards and Service Recognition will take place Thursday, May 3, at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium. A reception will follow in the Heritage Lounge outside the auditorium.
     This year's Distinguished Performance Award winners are: Peggy Britt, Office of Development, clerical/secretarial; Al Stoverink, Physical Plant, executive managerial/administrative; Chris Enger, Human Resources, non-faculty/professional; Willie LaGrone, Student Union night manager, service/maintenance; Roger Anderson, Student Housing, skilled crafts; Beverley Mixon, Student Housing, technical/paraprofessional; Linda Bryant, Finance, part-time; and Shelly Sailor, Department of Nursing, customer service. Each winner of the Distinguished Performance Award receives a plaque and a savings bond.
     This year's retirees from ASU are also recognized; they are Bill Kidd, Stanley Schmidt, and Charlie L. Watson, all of Facilities Management.
Eight employees will be cited for 30 years of service, and they are: Regina Bowman, Athletics; Ron Carroll, Athletics; Linda Collins, Library; Hester L. Hall, Facilities Management; Dwain Lutrell, Finance; James C. McCoy, University Police; Patricia Carol Tinsley, Career Services; and Randal Wallace, Facilities Management. For a complete list of those honored for years of service to ASU, see the NewsPage release.

*Members of the Department of English and Philosophy published and/or presented papers as part of recent research activities. Dr. Charles Carr, chair of the department, presented "Three and a Half Theories of Constitutional Interpretation" to a meeting of the ASU Philosophy Club. Dr. Eric Cave saw "What's Wrong with Motive Manipulation?" published in the journal Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. Dr. Mike Cundall presented "Teasing's Relation to Racist and Ethnic Humor" at  the Midsouth Philosophy Conference, Memphis. Dr. Don Merrell presented "The Meaning of Life" to a meeting of the ASU Philosophy Club. Dr. Jeanine Weekes Schroer presented "Continental Philosophy Viewed with an Analytic Eye" to the ASU Philosophy Club. Dr. Robert Schroer presented "How Can a Single Property Be Both Qualitative and Dispositional in Nature?" at the annual meeting of the Alabama Philosophical Society in Tuscaloosa. See more presentations and upcoming publications from these faculty members.

*Dr. Aldemaro Romero, Biology, will edit a volume on epigean and hypogean fishes of China for Springer, the world's second largest academic publisher. Romero's co-editor is Dr. Yahui Zhao, researcher for the Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The volume will be published simultaneously as a special issue of the prestigious journal Environmental Biology of Fishes. The volume will cover diverse aspects of the biology of surface and cave fishes of China. Romero will contribute two chapters to the book, as well: one a review on the diversity of Chinese cave fishes and the other on the history of cave fish research in China. The publication represents an English language update of new information from Chinese researchers in an easy-to -access format for western researchers.

*Dr. Jerry Farris, Environmental Biology, and Environmental Science PhD students Aaron Archer and Mathangi Gopalan, received a $15,000 Environmental Stewardship Award from Entergy Corporation. This grant will fund research assessing the environmental impacts of dust suppressant made from acidulated soybean soapstock.

*Dr. Dixie Keyes, Teacher Education, recently attended and presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual conference in Chicago. She presented "The Strength of the Curriculum-Making Stance in Narrative Meaning-Making: The Constellation of a Curriculum Maker Framework," and "Teachers as Curriculum Makers and Metaphor Makers: A Knowledge Community Experience." Dr. Keyes belongs to two divisions within the organization, Division B, Curriculum Studies, and Division K, Teaching and Teacher Education, as well as the Narrative and Research Special Interest Group (SIG).

Dr. Alan Ford and Dr. Scott W. Reeve, Chemistry, attended the Defense and Security Symposium, part of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) spring meeting in Orlando. Ford and Reeve presented a paper, "Sensing and Characterization of Explosive Vapors near 700 cm-1." The work is part of the Standoff Sensor for Radionuclide Identification (SSRID) effort at ASU. SSRID is one of two programs at ASU funded by the Department of Defense; SSRID is aimed at detecting molecules from weapons of mass destruction and determining nuclear and chemical contamination levels caused by such weapons.

*Dr. Warren Johnson, French, recently attended two conferences and presented two  papers in France, "Le rire en hiver: le comique nordique de Francois Barcelo," as part of the colloquium, "Identites du nord," in Rouen, France, and "Arthur Symons and the 'Intransitivity' of French Decadence," at the colloquium "An Anglo-American Vision of France," in Cergy-Pontoise, France. Dr. Johnson was an invited presenter in Cergy-Pontoise. Dr. Johnson also recently delivered a lecture, "The Quebec Novel and the Quebec Imaginary," at the Universidad de Huelva, Spain.

*The College English Association, a national organization of teacher-scholars, recently named Dr. Norman E. Stafford, English, the recipient of the Honorary Life Membership award, which recognizes extraordinary and sustained service to the association and to the profession. The presentation occurred at the 38th annual CEA conference in New Orleans. Stafford has been active in the organization for more than 25 years, serving in a variety of board offices, including president in 1999-2000 and conference program chair in 1999. He was also president of the regional affiliate, the South Central College English Association. Stafford is completing his 30th year at ASU, where he directed the writing program for 10 years and teaches a range of American literature courses.

*Dr. Alyson A. Gill, Art History, recently received formal notification from the National Endowment for the Humanities that a collaborative project between ASU and Coastal Carolina University has been funded through a new NEH initiative, the Digital Humanities Start-up grant. The award is $30,000 and will fund the 18-month collaboration, Ashes2Art: Virtual Reconstructions of Ancient Monuments. An innovative interdisciplinary concept, Ashes2Art combines art history, archaeology, graphic design, web design, 3-D animation, and digital photography to recreate ancient sites and monuments online. Faculty and students conduct focused research on specific monuments, visit the sites, shoot high-resolution digital panoramas, write essays summarizing scholarly opinions based on published archaeological reports, and document those sources with extended bibliographies. Immersive 3-D models are built and posted online, utilizing many technologies. The NEH funding provides travel funds for the project directors to go to Delphi, Greece in 2007 and to several sites in Turkey in 2008. The funding also covers travel to the Getty Institute to use the institute's library resources.

Several individuals and one group were recognized Wednesday at the annual Diversity Excellence Awards Luncheon for their contributions toward strategic diversity initiatives at ASU-Jonesboro. Dr. Lillie Fears, Journalism, and Dr. Les Wyatt, President, were named recipients of the Campus Excellence Award. The United Voices Gospel Choir, represented by Elmira Whitfield of Osceola, president of the group, received the Student Excellence Award. Those recognized as Friends of Diversity were Dr. Jerry Farris, Sciences and Mathematics, Dr. Len Frey, Business, and Candice Seward, Admissions. Author and motivational speaker Allyson Lewis gave the keynote address.

ASU's Office of Publications and Creative Services recently won three awards at the District IV CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) conference in Dallas. CASE is the international association of professionals who advance educational institutions. The PCS team is director Ron Looney, art director Mark Reeves, and graphic designers Heath Kelly and Mary Williams. The team took home the first place Gold level Grand Award in the category "Institutional Identity Programs" for the "Powering Minds" branding campaign. The monumental campaign included publications, logo-branded items, and the massive library banner depicting "The Scholar," the icon of the campaign. The team also scored two third place Bronze level Achievement Awards for a media/press kit and a two-color brochure. ASU's prize-winning entries vied against those of CASE member universities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Beth Smith, executive director of the ASU Alumni Association, is the CASE District IV chair. For details about the projects and awards, see the NewsPage release.

The documentary "Why Only Killen," a collaborative project by Bill Rowe, Art, John Gibson, and James H. Tichgelaar, Heritage Studies, will be shown on Tuesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m., at the Richard C. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. The Butler Center is located on the 3rd floor of the Main Library of the Central Arkansas Library System, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Margaret Block, John Gibson, Bill Rowe, and Grif Stockley. The film treats the story of the inadequate justice rendered after the 1964 slaying of three civil rights workers, James Cheney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, in Neshoba County, Miss. "Why Only Killen" was also presented to faculty, staff, and students in the Chadbourne Residential College (CRC) program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 7 in Memphis, as part of a CRC civil rights tour of the South.

A group of students and faculty from the ASU Department of Mathematics and Statistics recently traveled to Tahlequah, Okla., for the annual meeting of the Oklahoma-Arkansas Section of the Mathematical Association of America (OK-AR MAA). Those attending were undergraduate students Pamela Cox and Alison Wiley (co-presidents of the ASU Student Chapter of the MAA) and Bilal Khokar; graduate students Matthew Franklin and Carrie Thielemier; and faculty members Kent Gibson, Sarah Gore, Dr. Mike Hall, and Dr. Debra Ingram (MAA faculty mentor). Wiley presented a paper in collaboration with Ingram titled “Uncovering the Complex Aliasing Patterns of Some Nonregular Designs.” Dr. Jerry Linnstaedter, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, received special recognition for 50 years of service to the MAA. ASU alumna Cynthia Logan of Walnut Ridge School District received the OK-AR MAA Award for Arkansas Middle School Teacher of the Year. ASU alumna Lisa Davis Honey of Gibbs Albright Elementary in Newport, received the OK-AR MAA Award for Arkansas Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

* Debbie J. Persell
, Nursing, will study for three weeks at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) in Hiroshima, Japan, in an international collaboration. Funded jointly by RERF and the Board of Directors of HICARE (Hiroshima International Council on Care of the Radiation Exposed), Persell will also study at the Peace Memorial Museum Archives, the Japanese Red Cross Hiroshima College of Nursing, and the Institute for Peace Studies at Hiroshima University. This is an historic achievement; no other doctoral-level nurses have ever been invited to study at these institutions, and no American scientists have ever been invited to study through HICARE. This opportunity also marks the first time RERF has ever funded studies for an American researcher.

Two members of the ASU Nursing and Health Professions faculty, Dr. Barbara Turnage, Social Work, and Dr. Laura Owens, Nursing, were chosen to attend the Midwest Regional Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Training Center's program in St. Louis. Both will be oriented as speakers/trainers on the organization's behalf, with all costs borne by the agency. The program's admissions process is highly selective.The Midwest Regional Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Training Center is a collaborative effort that involves St. Louis University's School of Medicine, the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, and the St. Louis Arc, a United Way agency.

* D.A. Davis
, Environmental Health and Safety, has been appointed by the governor of Arkansas to the Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board for a five-year term. Davis replaces John Rudder.

Dr. Clyde A. Milner II, History, 2006-2007 Frederick W. Beinecke Senior Research Fellow at Yale University, presented the 2007 Beinecke Lecture Tuesday, March 6. The lecture, "A Big Western Life: The Challenging Biography of Granville Stuart," reflects Milner's research and writing interests in the history of the American West and Native American history. Milner, with his wife, Dr. Carol A. O'Connor, History, are collaborating on a biography of Stuart (1834-1918), the quintessential pioneer who lived an extraordinary life during an extraordinary time in American history. Dr. Milner is director of ASU's Heritage Studies PhD program, and Dr. O'Connor is associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Both Milner and O'Connor are on sabbatical at Yale.

Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolivar, Plant Metabolic Engineering, was invited to make two presentations and to chair the biotechnology session at the International Symposium on Medicinal and Nutraceutical Plants held in Fort Valley, Ga. Dr. Medina-Bolivar presented "Hairy Roots: Novel Approaches for the Production of Specialized Metabolites and Proteins." He also presented "Hairy Roots: A Source for a Highly Defined and Enriched Resveratrol Product." Dr. Medina-Bolivar holds a joint appointment at Arkansas Biosciences Institute and in the Department of Biological Sciences. The symposium was co-sponsored by the International Society for Horticultural Science.

On March 9, Ms. Karen Fullen, Social Work, was named Social Worker of the Year by the Arkansas Chapter fo the National Association of Social Workers. Fullen earned a BS in Psychology from ASU in 1978 and an MA in Sociology from ASU in 1983. She earned her MSW from UALR in 1998. Fullen has worked in the field of child welfare for 27 years, including 15 years with Suspected Child Abuse/Neglect (SCAN), Inc. At SCAN, her positions included case worker, management, and executive staff. Fullen has been with ASU's Department of Social Work for eight years, two years as a full-time instructor, and six years in the IV-E Academic Partnership for Public Child Welfare program as program coordinator. The IV-E program recruits, educates, mentors, and retains child welfare workers across the state.  

* David Wick
, International Programs, was one of a core team of three NAFSA members who helped secure the Arkansas Senate's passage of House Concurrent Resolution 1004, a joint resolution promoting international education. The resolution, sponsored by Representative Lindsley Smith and Senator Sue Madison, will enable educators to secure additional legislation and funding  for international programs at local, state, and national levels. Wick compiled existing resolutions from other states and drafted the resolution. He worked with NAFSA's DeDe Long, director, UA Study Abroad Office, and Andrew Faulkner, admissions coordinator, UCA International Programs. Arkansas is only the seventh state in the nation to pass a comprehensive international education resolution.

* Dr. Lillie M. Fears
, journalism, has been selected as a faculty fellow in the 2007 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) at AFRL/HE Brooks City Base, Texas, in the program "Cultural Status of Women in Iraq." The 10-week program offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through research residencies for college and university faculty in science and engineering at Air Force research facilities. Participants will perform high-level research and receive nationally accredited mentoring. SFFP is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Almost 300 applications were received, making this year's selection process extremely difficult, according to Rick Kempinski, ASEE program manager.

* Dr. George Ogendi
, Environmental Geology, presented at a four-day training workshop at Antiochian Village Conference and Retreat Center in Pennsylvania. The workshop, organized by the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), offers two-year fellowships to emerging leaders from diverse professional backgrounds who are dedicated to environmental conservation and sustainability. Dr. Ogendi presented his findings on drinking water scarcity and quality and its impact upon human health and education in Western Kenya. Dr. Ogendi is one of 2006's 25 National ELP Fellows.

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Dr. Myleea Hill and Dr. Jack Zibluk, Journalism, will publish a paper, "Helping Human Resources navigate the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)." Dr. Hill will present the paper at the International Association of Business and Public Administration Disciplines conference in Dallas, May 3-6. The paper will be published in the annual IABPAD yearbook. The research is a legal study that clarifies the contradictions of the application of FERPA. It finds that, despite concerns over privacy, no school has ever faced a fine for violating FERPA guidelines.

Dr. Andrew Sustich, dean of the graduate school and dean of the honors college, along with Dr. Aldemaro Romero, chair of the department of biological sciences, recently represented ASU in a Graduate Fair, of which 21 schools were in attendance. The fair was a part of the 9th Annual Texas National McNair Scholar's Research Conference.  The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Program is designed to educate low-income, first-generation, and under-represented students and their families on the need for higher education.

An exhibition of photographs by Dr. Gregory Hansen, English and Folklore, is now on display at the ASU Museum. "Lasting Legacies of the Stone Carver" depicts hand-carved stones from Indiana's Limestone Belt and the Arkansas Delta. The exhibit provides special focus on the symbolism expressed in tree trunk tombstones.

Bill Rowe, Art, recently exhibited his neon artwork (courtesy of the Schroeder Romero Gallery) in Pulse New York 2007, a biannual international invitational contemporary art fair, held at the 69th Regiment Armory, home to the legendary 1913 Armory Show. Rowe's neon "Pluto or Plato" will also be included in the 34th annual juried competition at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, La. Rowe's work will also be exhibited in the upcoming exhibition, "Perspectives," at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. "Perspectives" is a juried exhibition of regional contemporary art.

David Wick, International Programs, presented a half-day workshop, "Education Abroad Advising," at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators' Academy. The four-day NAFSA Academy Spring Training was held at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. In addition to presenting, Wick serves as a coach for international educators in Region III (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas).

* Dr. Loretta Neal McGregor, Psychology and counseling, was an invited presenter at the Southeastern Psychological Association's annual conference recently in New Orleans. Her presentation, "The life and times of Mamie Phipps Clark," described how Dr. Clark's doll research with children was used successfully to show the harmful effects of segregation in the 1954 Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education case.

* D
r. Cherisse Jones-Branch, History, presented "'May We Pray That We Be Given Strength and Faith to Stand Together': Conflict, Change, and the Charleston, South Carolina YWCA, 1940s-1960s" at the 2007 annual meeting of the South Carolina Historical Association. The meeting was held at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Dr. Jones-Branch has also published “'To Speak When and Where I Can': African American Women’s Political Activism in South Carolina in the 1940s and 1950s." This article appeared in the South Carolina Historical Magazine.

* Dr. John B. (Jack) Zibluk
, journalism, has been elected national vice president of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), the professional association of the nation's photojournalists, videographers, and online visual journalists. The national vice president is expected to become president of the organization the following year. The NPPA is the second largest journalism association in the country, second only to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Zibluk was elected a regional director of the organization last year. He has been ethics writer and columnist for the NPPA's News Photographer magazine for four years, and he won the organization's Robin F. Garland Educator of the Year award in 2005.

Dr. Alyson Gill, Art History, will be co-chairing a session at the Computer Applications in Archaeology 2007 "Layers of Perception" conference in Berlin, April 2-6. The conference is under the auspices of the German minister of foreign affairs and is organized by the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), the Centre of the Ancient World, and the Staatliche Museum. Gill's session is titled "Visualizing Ancient Spaces: The Impact of Three-Dimensional Virtual Reconstructions on Research and Pedagogy," which developed from a recent collaboration between Coastal Carolina University and ASU called Ashes2Art. Gill's session will explore the ways in which constructed three-dimensional models can be used as pedagogical and research tools. Gill will display a reconstruction of the Greek sanctuary at Delphi--a current Ashes2Art project in which ASU students are participating. The CAA 2007 conference website is

Dr. Stephen V. Horner, Management and Marketing, recently published a case study in The Global Enterprise: Entrepreneurship and Value Creation. The case study, "Entrepreneurship in the Experience Economy: The Evolution of the Hard Rock Cafe," co-authored by Todd Chiles of the University of Missouri-Columbia and Long Lam of the University of Macau, traces the development and growth of the Hard Rock Cafe from the time of its founding in 1971 by two American expatriates in London. The case applies chiefly to the study of entrepreneurship and strategic management and is particularly topical in light of the restaurant chain's recent acquisition by the Seminole Tribe of Florida for $965 million.

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Dr. Robert Engelken, Engineering, has written a book, "How to (Not) Fall Flat on Your Face in College: Where the Nose Meets the Grindstone or the Face Hits the Floor." From Trafford Publishing, the 516-page personal guidebook for students explores candidly how students can avoid numerous pitfalls leading to mediocrity or failure in college, strategies that star college students use to excel, and strategies that high school students can use to prepare solidly for college. The book also frankly discusses self-definition, purpose, character, cause and effect, investment in the future, work ethic, social factors, and numerous other issues that frequently influence college success. The book is currently being distributed by,, and

* Dr. Gauri Guha
, Economics, recently had an article accepted in the peer-reviewed environmental journal, Energy Sources, B: Economics, Planning, and Policy. The article, "Cost and Carbon Savings from Innovative Conversion of Agricultural Residues," was co-authored with Dr. Robert Engelken, Electrical Engineering, and doctoral candidates Aaron Archer and Jason Self. The article is of great topical interest, given the recent focus on climate change and alternate energy sources.

* Dr. Richard Breeding,
Psychology and Counseling, recently had an article titled "The Utility of Proactive Vocational Assessment in Advancing Consumer Empowerment" published in Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals Journal, a national peer-reviewed rehabilitation counseling journal.

Dr. Jerry Farris, Environmental Biology, and Dr. Jeff Jenness, Computer Sciences, attended a conference on e-commerce and e-government in November at Shandong University of Finance (SUF) in Jinan, Shandong Province, China. They were invited as guests of university president Shuai Chongqing in observance of Shandong University's 20th anniversary. (ASU and SUF are partner universities.) Jenness presented "The Changing Future of Business Information," and will return to teach an undergraduate and a graduate course at SUF. He will be the first exchange professor at SUF to teach an area-specific course for a complete semester.

* Dr. Gregory Hansen, English and Folklore, has published a book. "A Florida Fiddler: The Life and Times of Richard Seaman" is a musical life history of a 97-year-old fiddler and storyteller from Kissimmee Park, Fla. The book presents Seaman's life history in relation to the tunes that he played and the tall tales, legends, and stories of local history that he related to audiences in folk festivals, schools, and other events in the Jacksonville area. Noted folklorist and scholar Henry Glassie says, "Gracefully written, richly detailed, Hansen's book is a treasure." The book is available from the University of Alabama Press,

* The Department of English and Philosophy and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences have announced the publication of the most recent issue of "Explorations in Renaissance Culture." Co-sponsored by the South-Central Renaissance Association, this bi-annual journal takes an interdisciplinary approach involving literature and languages, music, and art to Renaissance studies. Dr. Frances Malpezzi, English, is editor. She is assisted by Joseph Bynum, editorial assistant, and Dr. William Clements, production editor, and a board of internationally known associate editors. Click here for more details about the latest issue.

* Sue Marlay, director of International Programs, chaired and presented at an orientation for national leaders of NAFSA: Association of International Educators on Jan. 26, at NAFSA's annual Washington Leadership Meetings in Washington, D.C. Marlay is the chair of the Leadership Cultivation Subcommittee, which developed this leadership orientation program over the course of the last six months. The program includes an introduction to leadership in NAFSA, advocacy for international education, and volunteer management.

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* Dr. Daniel Cline, Education, has been "raising" books for a special project. With the help of international student Crystal Machado of Pakistan, Dr. Cline is collecting books for donation to the University of Mosul, after reading a wish list of books in a blog by Najma, the pseudonym for a young Communications Engineering student at the University of Mosul. In late August, Cline sent out a request to ASU faculty for books published in the last five years, in good condition, from mainstream academic disciplines. In early October, he shipped two boxes totalling 100 pounds of books. They arrived intact five weeks later. Cline continues to ship the donated books, noting that the deterioration of Iraq's educational system comes after decades of neglect, and that the decline of universities has been hastened by the assassinations and expatriation of many professors. Cline says simply, "I am a professor, and sending books for the university has a lot of meaning for me." Najma's mother, a professor at the University of Mosul, weighed in on the books as well. Najma wrote Cline, "Mom told me to tell you that there are people like you who do not allow us to hate America." For details, contact Dr. Daniel Cline. For Najma's wish list, click on

Dr. Robert Engelken, Electrical Engineering, and Dr. Tansel Karabacak, UALR, were recently jointly awarded a $5,000 planning and preparatory grant through the U.S. Department of Energy's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The award comes via the Arkansas NASA/EPSCoR program. The project title is "Photosensitive Arrays of Indium (III) Sulfide Nanostructures." The award supports exploratory research on the depositing of nanostructures of the light-sensitive semiconductor indium (III) sulfide for use in photoconductive light detectors and photovoltaic energy conversion, with the goal of follow-up research being funded by a subsequent full-scale NASA/EPSCoR proposal and grant. Dr. Andrew Sustich, Graduate School, is ASU's representative to the state's Arkansas Space Grant Consortium/NASA EPSCoR Committee.

* The Board of Directors of the Kays Foundation has announced two grant awards for 2007-08. The projects were chosen from 41 proposals. The grants will provide support to Dr. Thomas Risch, Biological Sciences, to help develop a statewide educational and conservation initiative centered around ongoing research with eastern bluebirds, and to the College of Nursing and Health Professions to provide matching funds for purchasing a patient ventilator, which will be used in the critical care lab of the ASU Nursing Program. The grant amounts are $9,022 and $11,000, respectively. The Kays Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation supporting ASU. Congratulations to those who prepared the successful grant proposals.

* Dr. Susan Roehrig, Physical Therapy, had an article, "Use of Neurodevelopmental Treatment Techniques in a Client with Kyphosis: A Case Report," in the latest issue of Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.  While neurodevelopmental treatment methods developed for use with individuals who have had strokes are common, her article described the use of neurodevelopmental methods in a client who was not a stroke victim, but whose musculoskeletal impairments of the upper back and shoulder girdle were similar to those seen in clients who had suffered strokes.

Dr. Patrick Stewart, Public Administration, wrote an op-ed column that appeared recently on the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Voices page.  As a follow-up to recent public discussion on appropriate curriculum for high school students, Stewart wrote that the importance of teaching citizenship skills has been overlooked. He bases his conclusion partially on his findings through ASU's Center for Social Research.

* Dr. Kim Pittcock, Horticulture, and associate dean of the College of Agriculture, received the Friend of Resource Conservation and Development award Dec. 11 in Little Rock. The award, presented annually by the Arkansas State Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, is given to agencies or individuals who demonstrate continued support of resource conservation and development. Nominations for the award were statewide. Among Dr. Pittcock's achievements were her role in establishing and developing the ASU Regional Farmers' Market and her work on the L'Anguille Watershed Coalition project. 

* Dan Marburger, Economics,
signed a book contract with the Addison Wesley Publishing Group to write a managerial economics textbook. The distinguishing aspect of Marburger's book is that it will position managerial economics away from abstract intermediate microeconomic theory and demonstrate how microeconomic theory complements actual business functions, such as accounting, finance, marketing, and operations. The textbook, which is expected to appear in print in 2009, will be packaged along with case studies from the Harvard Business School, Ivey Publishing, and Darden Press.

* Dr. Ruth Owens, Languages, was recently granted full certification as an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester in Spanish by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  This certification was awarded after more than a year of conducting Spanish proficiency interviews validated by an ACTFL tester trainer.  OPI tester certification allows Dr. Owens to use this comprehensive method of  assessment of language proficiency for a variety of academic purposes, such as language teacher credentialing, program entrance and exit requirements, scholarship requirements, and research on language proficiency.

* Dr.George Ogendi, Environmental Geology, will travel to Kenya this month as part of a team that will shoot a documentary film based on Maude Barlow's book, "Blue Gold." The goal of the documentary film is to capture and expose to the world the plight of low income families in a developing country as they attempt to obtain water. As water becomes increasingly commodified and heavily priced by private water corporations, the poor in rural and urban communities have been denied access to this most basic and important resource. While in Kenya, Dr. Ogendi will also attend the World Social Forum in Nairobi from Jan. 20-25.

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Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, History, was the keynote speaker at the 90th anniversary celebration of the Phillis Wheatley Literary and Social Club, where she presented "Loyal Women of Palmetto: Black Women's Clubs in Charleston, South Carolina." The celebration was held at the Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture at the College of Charleston.

*Dr. Crystal Easton, Psychology and Counseling, and coordinator of the MSE in School Counseling Program, was selected as the Counselor Educator of the Year for the Northeast Region of the Arkansas School Counseling Association. Graduate students in School Counseling from various institutions nominate faculty members for the award. She works continuously to ensure that students are adequately equipped for the challenges they face as they enter the field of School Counseling.

*Rhonda Keith, Degree Center Coordinator, Financial Aid and Scholarships, presented at the fall meeting of the Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (AASFAA) in Bentonville on Nov. 11-13. “Cost of Attendance” was the topic of her presentation. Keith is also on the Planning Committee for the 2007 Spring AASFAA Conference.

Dr. Gauri S. Guha, Economics, recently presented two papers at the refereed Southern Economic Conference in Charleston, S. C. One paper, “Modeling the Economic Impacts of Sectorally Differentiated Supply Availabilities of Electricity – A CGE Analysis of Lifeline Losses Following a Potential Earthquake in Memphis, Tennessee,” was co-authored with  Dr. Adam Z. Rose, Penn State. The second paper, "Economic Impacts of Controlling Agriculture-Related Phosphorus Runoff in Eastern Arkansas,” was co-authored with Rodney Wright, a Ph.D. candidate in the Environmental Sciences program. Dr. Guha is also the associate director of the International Business Resource Center.

*Dr. George Ogendi, Chemistry and Physics, has published an article in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. The article, “Effects of acid-volatile sulfide on metal bioavailability and toxicity to midge larvae in black shale sediments” provides insights into the effects of metal contaminants on aquatic organisms in the presence of other confounding physical and chemical factors. The article was co-authored with Dr. Robyn Hannigan and Dr. Jerry Farris of ASU and Dr. William Brumbaugh of the U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia, Mo.

Dr. Lonnie R. Williams, Student Affairs, served as a presenter and panelist at the National Association for Black Culture Centers annual conference in Raleigh, N.C. His topic was “Black Culture and Multicultural Centers: Centering Black Culture on 21st Century Campuses."  On Nov. 17, Williams received the Mossie J. Richmond Jr. Outstanding Leadership Award at the Arkansas College Personnel Association’s annual conference. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the association and to student affairs in Arkansas. The late Dr. Richmond was a prominent administrator at ASU from 1973 until his death in 1995.

* Dr. Ross Marlay, Political Science, has a new publication, “Filipino Muslims and Global Jihad,” in a book edited by Daniel H. Unger and Clark D. Neher, Bureaucracy and National Security in Southeast Asia (Northern Illinois
University). The article was co-authored with former student Lesley Pruitt. Dr. Marlay, a former Fulbright senior lecturer in the Philippines, has written extensively on Burma and has written two books with Clark D. Nehrer, Patriots and Tyrants: Ten Asian Leaders and Democracy and Development in Southeast Asia: The Winds of Change.

* At the annual Arkansas Counseling Association (ArCA) Conference in Hot Springs, Dr. Latoya A. Pierce and Dr. Nola Christenberry, Psychology and Counseling, presented at the conference. Dr. Pierce's presentation was titled, “Teaching Multicultural Competence: Homosexuality and Student Convictions." Dr. Nola Christenberry and Dr. Phil Hestand presented “Induction to Supervision: Clarifying Expectations." Dr. Christenberry is a recent past president of ArCA and currently serves as by-laws chair for the association. She also served as ArCA booth chair for the 2006 conference. Many counseling graduate students attended; those who presented during the poster sessions were Daniel Bergeron, Kimberly Boyett, Mike Juola, Vicky Martin, and Samantha Spillman.

* Dr. Marceline Thompson-Hayes
, Speech Communication, co-authored an article recently published in the national journal Argumentation and Advocacy. The article focused on the emotional experience of arguing in face-to-face interaction. Two findings of the study were that partners tend to mirror each other’s emotions throughout argument, and that individual traits, such as the tendency to take conflict personally, affected emotions experienced during argument.

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The staff in the Office of International Programs attended the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region III conference in Little Rock Nov. 6-11. David Wick chaired and presented at a session on maximizing exchange agreements; he also presented at sessions on advocacy for international education and on marketing programs in international education. Sue Marlay chaired and presented at a session on leadership in professional associations; she also presented at a session on Fulbright program opportunities. Wick facilitated a student mentor program at the conference, and Marlay served as co-chair of local arrangements.

* Reminder:
The eighth Madrigal Feaste will be Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall, Fowler Center.
The Chamber Singers and Dr. Dale Miller, director of choral activities, will host the evening’s entertainment. Tickets for the Thursday performance are available through today, and Saturday tickets may be purchased through Wednesday through the Central Box Office, ext. 2781. The Friday performance will be hosted by the Faculty Women’s Club, and tickets may be purchased from Carol Tinsley at 972-3234. All seats are reserved. Ticket prices are $35, and $30 for ASU faculty, staff, students and senior citizens. Proceeds benefit the choir’s concert tour to Carnegie Hall in January 2008, and the choral scholarship program. For details, click on NewsPage.

The Department of History and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are sponsoring a 19-day study tour to Greece, tentatively scheduled for May 6-24, 2007. Dr. Alexander Sydorenko, History, will lead the tour, which will provide an exploration of ancient Greek history, civilization, and art from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period. The program will include visits to all major historical and archeological sites, as well as to significant museum collections on the mainland. The study tour will consist of two separate interim summer history courses. Participants will earn six hours of undergraduate or graduate academic credit, or they may choose to audit the class. For costs and information, contact Dr. Sydorenko at 972-3257 or, or click on NewsPage.

The University Communications today welcomes Sara E. McNeil to the staff as editor and a contributor to Inside ASU. She brings a wealth of experience in higher education, corporate communications, and the news media. Most recently she has been assisting Dr. Greg Phillips with editing “In Vitro Plant,” a scientific journal. Previously she was arts editor for The Jonesboro Sun and a copy editor for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. She may be contacted at ext. 3633, or at

* Dr. George Ogendi
, Environmental Geology, and Dr. Mai Elobeid, post-doctoral researcher, University of Alabama, recently received awards from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) during the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring in Miami. Drs. Ogendi and Elobeid are former graduate students, advised by Dr. Robyn Hannigan. The awards were in recognition of their successful completion of their doctoral degrees in environmental sciences. Both Drs. Ogendi and Elobeid were the 2005-2006 recipients of the SREB Dissertation-Year Fellowship. One goal of the SREB is to increase the number of minority faculty in universities and colleges across the nation. Several other representatives from ASU attended. For more information on the activities of SREB and other programs that support minority graduate students, click on

* Dr. Gregory Hansen
, English and Folklore, presented a paper and chaired a forum at the American Folklore Society meeting held recently in Milwaukee. The forum was titled "Folklore and Heritage in Historic Preservation, Public Policy, Ecology, and Academe." His paper was titled "Folklife, Education, and Heritage."

* Dr. Sherri Lovelace
, Communication Disorders, was recognized Friday by the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  She received the “Upholding the Torch of Excellence Award,” given in recognition of her academic and professional achievements by the Lyman T. Johnson Alumni Association.

* Dr. Patrick Stewart
, Political Science, is co-author of an article published in the fall issue of The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics. The title is "Taking the 'Low Road' with Subliminal Advertisements: A Study Testing the Effect of Precognitive Prime 'RATS' in a 2000 Presidential Advertisement."

A paper by Dr. Lillie M. Fears, Journalism, received a Top Paper Award at the annual Symposium of the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication in Baton Rouge, La. She presented the paper, "New Generation in the 'Pink Collar' Ghetto?: An Examination of Student Interests in Broadcast Journalism through a Gendered Lens," at the symposium. The paper will be published in the Spring 2007 issue of Southwestern Mass Communication Journal.

* Reminder:
Next week will be a busy one for the Department of Music students and their faculty directors. The Jazz Bands, under the direction of Ron Horton, will perform in concert Monday night; the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Carroll, will perform Tuesday night; and the Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Craig Collison, will perform Thursday night.  All three concerts are in Riceland Hall of Fowler Center, and admission is free.

Next week will be a busy one for the Department of Music students and their faculty directors. The Jazz Bands, under the direction of Ron Horton, will perform in concert Monday night; the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Carroll, will perform Tuesday night; and the Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Craig Collison, will perform Thursday night.  All three concerts are in Riceland Hall of Fowler Center, and admission is free.

* Dr. Rick Neeley
, Communication Disorders, received the Frank R. Kleffner Clinical Career Award, given by the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, during the group's state meeting in Hot Springs. The award recognizes an individual with a distinguished career in speech pathology or audiology. Neeley has taught at ASU since 1987.

* Dr. Warren Johnson
, Languages,
presented a paper at the 19th Century French Studies Colloquium recently at Indiana University in Bloomington. The paper was titled "Science and Decadence: Verne, Flaubert, Huysmans, Villiers."

A workshop proposal by Dr.
Charles Hartwig, Political Science, has been accepted for the American Political Science Association meeting in February.  The focus of the national meeting, in Charlotte, N.C., will be “Teaching and Learning.”  Hartwig will be part of a workshop titled “Learning through Competition -- How to Integrate Best Pedagogical Practices with Student Competitions.”

* Dr. Staffan Elgelid
, Physical Therapy, delivered a presentation, “Healthy Ager Project: An Interprofessional Geriatric Educational Experience” at the annual conference of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions in Chicago. The presentation was the result of cooperation between the nursing and physical therapy programs at ASU. Dr. Sue McLarry, Nursing, organized the results from the nursing aspect of the project and wrote the nursing part of the final presentation.

* Dr. Amy Pearce
, Psychology & Counseling, gave two presentations at the annual Society for Neuroscience conference in Atlanta. Dr. Pearce’s presentations were "Environmental Influences on Consumption of Oral Nicotine by Female Sprague-Dawley Rats" and "Brain Awareness Days Involve Everyone: Insights from Volunteers and Community Members of Jonesboro, Ark."  Undergraduate psychology major Lisa Smith also delivered a presentation at the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience poster session, "The Impact of Voluntary Oral Nicotine on Operant Responding for Food."  The research was conducted in collaboration with Dr. Kris Biondolillo, Psychology & Counseling, and other student researchers in the Arkansas Biosciences Institute.

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A paper by Dr. Aldemaro Romero, Biological Sciences, “The real big issue between science and religion: purpose vs. uncertainty,” will be in the next issue of the journal Forum on Public Policy, published by Oxford University.  This issue is a monographic one titled “Science and Religion: The Intelligent Design Controversy.”  This paper is an expanded version of the lecture Dr. Romero gave at Oxford University this summer.

* Dr.
Elizabeth Stokes, Professor Emeritus, Nursing, presented a paper on faculty role and responsibilities titled, “Functioning in the Educational Environment: What does It Mean?” at the annual National League for Nursing Education Summit in New York. Dr. Stokes is a member of the Minimum Data Task Force on Nursing Research and the Certification of Nurse Educators Test Development Committee of the National League for Nursing.

For the 12th year in a row, the American Chemical Society (ACS) has selected ASU's student chapter as one of the top affiliates in the country. Last week, the ASU chapter received an ACS honorable mention award, for the 2005-06 academic year, that will be awarded at the annual meeting in Chicago next March. The award for the ASU chapter places it in the top 16% of the 998 chapters in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The ACS also commended Dr. Mark Draganjac, Chemistry, for his dedication and hard work as advisor for the ASU chapter.

The second presentation in th\is year's Faculty Recital Series will be Thursday evening at 7:30 in Riceland Hall of Fowler Center. The concert will feature music faculty members Lauren Schack Clark, Dale Clark, and Ed Owen. Click on NewsPage for details.

* Dr
. Craig Jones, Psychology and Counseling, has been invited to serve as a reviewer for the Educational Research Quarterly. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles in the area of educational psychology.

* Dr. Richard Breeding
, Psychology & Counseling, delivered two presentations at the annual symposium of the “National Rehabilitation Counseling Association” in Albuquerque, N.M. Dr. Breeding’s presentations were titled, "Rehabilitation Consumer Empowerment across Service Venues," and "The Utility of Proactive Vocational Assessment in Advancing Consumer Empowerment."

* Dr. Argelia Lorence
, Plant Metabolic Engineering, has been selected by the Minority Environmental Leadership Development Initiative (MELDI) at the University of Michigan to be profiled in its upcoming book, The Paths We Tread II.  A project at Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), MELDI aims to enhance the leadership and career development opportunities available to minority students and minority environmental professionals.  Dr. Lorence, who conducts research at ABI, was selected as a leader in her research field who is passionate about mentoring students and instilling a passion for life-long learning. The book is due out this fall. 

The Arkansas Balloon Satellite Program will launch its first high altitude balloon on Saturday, Oct. 21. Funded by the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium, the program is a joint effort between four Arkansas schools and two Arkansas universities, including ASU. Dr. Martin Huss, Botany, and Dr. Tillman Kennon, science education, are among those working on this project. Click on NewsPage for details.

* Dr. William Allen
, Center for Learning Technologies, assumed a second three-year appointment on the editorial board of the Educause Quarterly at the Educause annual conference in Dallas. Allen served a term that ended in 2005 and was invited to return to the board beginning this fall.

* Dr. Staffan Elgelid
, Physical Therapy, delivered a presentation titled, "Visualization and guided imagery in Physical Therapy" during the fall meeting of the Arizona Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association in Phoenix. Dr Elgelid also participated on a panel discussing the future of physical therapy.

Dr. Robert Lamm, English, has co-authored an argumentative writing textbook titled Dynamic Argument (Houghton Mifflin, 2007). Dr. Lamm and Jennifer Stewart, English, made a presentation on Oct. 13, at 12 noon in Wilson 314 on the “Arguing Visually” chapter of the book. All faculty and students are invited to attend.

*  Dr. Chris S. Edrington, Engineering, has received an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers second prize award for his paper in the IEEE Industrial Applications Society’s Transactions on Industry Applications. The article is titled “Investigation of Force Components in Switched Reluctance Machine under Single and Multiphase Excitation.” 

*  Dr. Frances Malpezzi
, English & Philosophy, has published an essay, “Emerson’s Allusive Art: A Transcendental Angel in Miltonic Myrtle Beds,“ in the recent issue of Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate. The article treats the influence of John Milton on the American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson.

*  Dr. Les Wyatt, President, was recognized t the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce banquet as recipient of the prestigious Roy Jolly Volunteer Award. The award honors a local citizen for dedication to the Chamber and for commitment to community and economic development efforts.

*  Several ASU faculty have contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of American Folklife, edited by Simon J. Bronner and published by M. E. Sharpe. Contributors and their titles were: Dr. Richard Burns, English and folklore, “Prisoners”; Dr. William Clements, English and folklore, “Context,” “Delta, Mississippi River,” “Religion,” and “Text”; Dr. Gregory Hansen, English and folklore, “Education,” and “Public Folklore”; and Dr. Frances Malpezzi, English, “Italian Communities.” Clements also served on the Encyclopedia’s advisory board.

*  Larz Roberts
and Dr. Lily Zeng, Radio-Television,
have been selected as conferees for the upcoming IRTS Foundation, Inc., faculty/industry seminar. “Electronic Journalism in Changing Times” will take participants to network newsrooms and other destinations in New York City in a study of key issues and the current state of electronic journalism. Selection is an honor for each, while the pair of selections reflects very highly on the Department of Radio-Television.

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Dr. Marti Lu Allen is the new director of the ASU Museum. Dr. Allen comes from Brigham Young University, where she has served as director of the Museum of Peoples and Cultures since 1991. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and is a classical archaeologist/art historian and certified in museum practices. Read more about her in the newsletter.  Welcome to Dr. Allen!

* Dr. Staffan Elgelid
, Physical Therapy, participated in a unusual professional development experience this past summer.  Elgelid was personal physical therapist for rock musician Beck during a European tour.  Elgelid is a practitioner of feldenkrais, an approach to changing one's movements and habits to reduce pain. See more details on the Newspage.

*  Dr. Karen Yanowitz
, Psychology and Counseling, Dr. Ann Ross, Teacher Education, Dr. Staria Vanderpool and Dr. Tanja McKay, Biological Sciences, have been awarded a National Science Foundation grant entitled CSI: Arkansas. The goals of this three-year project, funded for $1million, are to improve science education in the region and increase the number of students engaged in post-secondary education. Summer workshops for teachers and students will be presented using forensic sciences as an integrating theme, using a team-based problem solving approach. Teachers will receive mentoring during the year, and will engage in a variety of follow-up activities. The Northeast Arkansas Regional Partnership for Science/Math Education, directed by Jannie Trautwein and Cynthia Miller, will be integrally involved throughout the project. Parents and school counselors will also be invited to participate in sessions, to help give them tools to encourage students to continue in post-secondary education, and specifically in science and technology career preparation. Congratulations to all those involved!

*  Dr. Aldemaro Romero
, Biological Sciences, will give the opening lecture at the annual Whaling History Symposium in New Bedford, Mass., next month. The title of his address will be "Yankee Whaling in the Caribbean and its Impact in Local Culture: The Logbooks Speak." This summarizes 15 years of marine mammal exploitation and historical research conducted with emphasis on his utilization of logbooks as source for statistical analysis on the rate of exploitation of whales and dolphins in the Caribbean. He will also present a video that captures the songs of local whalers in the Caribbean today, which are derived from those sang by Yankee whalers who visited those waters in the 19th century. This is a symposium by invitation only that gathers the world’s experts on whaling history and includes scholars from Harvard, Emory University and the Smithsonian Institution.

*  Karen Busby
has been chosen for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Mid-South Delta Initiative (MSDI) design work group from more than 400 applicants across three states. Busby will serve on the leadership group, a coveted position for which she was asked to apply. The purpose of this program is to allow a group of grassroots people to develop new solutions for low-income or disenfranchised communities, and to explore new leadership practices in the region. Employed by ASU Jonesboro through a grant with the Arkansas Department of Education, she works with the Delta Institute for Mathematics & Science Education. She works with teachers, administrators, and students covering a region that includes eight counties with 29 school districts and 49 secondary schools to provide professional development, technical assistance, mentoring, model lessons, and student workshops. Congratulations to Karen!

*  Dr. Aldemaro Romero
, Biological Sciences, has a paper accepted for publication in the Bermuda Journal of Archaeology and Maritime History. His paper deals with the environmental history of whale and ambergris exploitation of the island during the 17th century. Dr. Romero did archival research at the Bermuda Archives and the British Library in London, where he found sources that supported the idea that despite strong British intentions to regulate the exploitation, local Bermudans, sometimes in association with local officials, developed a pirate whaling industry, which set the stage for the depletion of the local populations of humpback whales.

*  Dr. Michael Cundall
, The Honors College, recently had an article accepted for publication. The article is titled Rethinking the Divide:  Modules and Central Systems and is forthcoming in the journal "Philosophia."

*  Dr. Robyn Hannigan
, Chemistry and Physics, has received the American Chemical Society 2007 Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. This award is sponsored by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation and includes presentation of a medal as well as a $5,000 honorarium. Formal presentation of the award will occur at the ACS national meeting next March.

*  Dr. Susan Hanrahan, Nursing and Health Professions, will be honored at her alma mater, the University of Kansas Medical Center, this weekend during ceremonies in Kansas City. Dean Hanrahan will receive the Distinguished Allied Health Alumna award from the KU Medical Center Alumni Association. Hanrahan, also a professor of physical therapy, received her bachelor's and master's degrees at Kansas.

*  Jeff McLaughlin, Theatre, has been awarded an Arkansas Arts Council Fellowship, and will be accepting the award during a ceremony next month at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock. Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships award $4,000 to recognize artistic ability. The artists selected have demonstrated a career commitment to the art discipline for which they apply and have created a substantial body of work. This year, the Arts Council will present seven awards totaling $28,000. The artists will be recognized in a ceremony during the Governor’s Arts Awards.

*  Dr. Jack Zibluk
, Journalism, has been named to serve on the editorial board of Visual Communication Quarterly.  He recently was featured on the quarterly's new web site.

Dr. Michael Dougan, History, recently presented The Arkansas Secession Convention in Action, March-June, 1861 at the Old State House Museum for the annual Civil War symposium in Little Rock.

The new director of the Delta Center for Economic Development at ASU is Alan McVey, according to an announcement today by Dr. Len Frey, Business. McVey will be coming to ASU from the Arkansas Department of Economic Development, where he is deputy director.  Click on NewsPage for details.

*  Barbara Doyle
, Research and Academic Affairs, has been appointed director of assessment. She will be responsible for directing and measuring assessment activities which include workshops and services to enhance learning at ASU. More specifically, she will be leading campus-wide efforts to foster and improve the culture of learning at ASU by collaborating with faculty, staff and students.

Explorations in Renaissance Culture, a biannual publication of the South-Central Renaissance Conference, has moved its editorial office to ASU. Dr. Frances M. Malpezzi, professor of English, is the new editor. Beginning with the recently published Summer 2006 issue, the journal will be jointly published by the Conference, which is a regional affiliate of the Renaissance Society of America, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English and Philosophy at ASU.

*  Dr. Chris S. Edrington, Electrical Engineering, has a paper accepted for the IEEE-Industrial Electronics Conference (IECON) in Paris, France, this November. The paper, "Analysis of a Reduced Parts Converter for Bipolar Excitation of an 8/6 Switched Reluctance Drive," is co-authored by undergraduate research assistants who were supported by the SURF and McNair Achievement programs. Alton Tounsand, undergraduate research assistant and McNair Scholar, will present the paper.

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*  Dr. Myleea Hill, Journalism, was one of 14 fellows selected from across the country to participate in the Indiana University School of Journalism teaching workshop this summer. The week-long event focused on teaching writing, reporting and editing in core journalism classes and the application of journalism skills in areas such as advertising and public relations. Dr. Hill will implement these "service-learning" and "project-based" activities in journalism courses and in advising the ASU chapter of the American Advertising Federation this year.

*  Dr. Randy Kesselring, Economics, will be interviewed this afternoon for Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox News Channel. The topic will be his recently publicized research on incidence of divorce among couples when the wife becomes more wealthy. Your World is scheduled for midnight on Jonesboro’s cable channel 53. Kesselring’s findings have been picked up by a number of news organizations around the world.

*  Dr. Carolyn Dowling,
Chemistry, gave an invited presentation at the Antarctic New Investigators Workshop in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 12-22. The NSF-sponsored workshop was for scientists who have never been a principal investigator or a co-principal investigator on an award in the U.S. Antarctic Program. The workshop included presentations and opportunities to meet with personnel who are responsible for science and logistical operations in the Antarctic and with scientists who have worked in Antarctica. Dr. Dowling shared both her experiences as a principal investigator in the program and as a researcher at the McMurdo Station this past winter.

*  Dr. Irina Khramtsova, Dr. David Saarnio, and Dr. Amy Pearce, all of Psychology and Counseling, hosted a symposium in Athens, Greece. In July, they presented a symposium on Positive Psychology Across Cultures at the 26th International Congress of Applied Psychology. Dr. Khramtsova served as moderator of the symposium, Dr. Saarnio was the discussant, and Dr. Pearce gave one of the five invited presentations. Presentations on research conducted in Greece, Japan, India, and Russia were also included in the symposium.

Molly Simpson, Theatre, has been appointed to the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi National Artist Selection Committee. Composed of one member from each of the society’s five regions, the Artist Selection Committee evaluates nominees and selects Phi Kappa Phi’s Artist. In 1983, the Artist Award was established to recognize the achievements of those who have displayed talents in the broad realm of the creative, graphic, performing, visual, and/or fine arts.

Alyson Gill, Art, has a paper accepted for the spring issue of  SECAC Review titled "Aphrodite’s Bath: Mediating Difference in Classical Antiquity." She will also be presenting a paper titled "An Architecture of Abundance: The 'Women’s Baths' of Ptolemaic Egypt" at the October meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference in Nashville.

*  Dr. Bert Greenwalt, Agricultural Economics, has been appointed to serve on the District Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The St. Louis Federal Reserve is one of 12 banks that comprise the Federal Reserve System, which formulates monetary policy, regulates state-charted member banks and bank holding companies, and provides payment services to financial institutions and the U.S. government. Greenwalt is one of six Arkansans asked to serve on the council.


*  Dr. Richard Burns, English and Folklore, recently published an article, "I Got My Duffel Bag Packed/And I'm Goin' to Iraq': Marching Chants in the Military" in a special issue of the journal, "Ballads and Songs -- International Studies" (BASIS). The issue is titled "Ballad Mediations: Folksongs Recovered, Represented, and Re-imagined." Furthering his interest in military folklore, Burns' article explores the recycling of military marching chants that have emerged during the Iraq War. His article documents and discusses oral traditions and innovations that drill instructors employ as they prepare their charges for the field.

Dr. Clyde Milner II, Heritage Studies Ph.D. Program, and Dr. Carol O'Connor, Humanities and Social Sciences, will spend this academic year at Yale University.  The Beinecke Library has appointed Milner as the Frederick W. Beinecke Senior Research Fellow, and O'Connor as Visiting Fellow. Their joint research will focus on Granville Stuart, a quintessential 19th-century pioneer of the American West.  The library houses many of Stuart's letters and diaries. Their proposed book on Stuart is under contract with Oxford University Press.

*  Two chapters co-authored by Dr. Patrick Stewart and Dr. Will McLean, Political Science, have been published recently. “Knowledge of the Homeland Security Advisory System: Inattention in the Heartland” and “Agricultural BioTerrorism: Dimensions of Fear and Public Perception” were published in Homeland Security: Protecting America’s Targets, vol. II, Praeger Publishers.  The first deals with a poll of Arkansans while the second deals with Mid-South respondents’ perceptions of threats from agri bioterrorism.  The papers were co-authored with, respectively, graduate students Matthew Huckaby and Lucas Duffner.

*  Dr. Neale Bartee
, Music, performed at the International Trombone Festival last month in Birmingham, England. Dr. Bartee was invited to participate in the American Trombone Choir, which included college professors from seven states. He was also in the world’s largest concert of trombone players documented by the Guinness Book of World Records.

*  Dr. David Cox, Education, attended an eight-day workshop at Harvard on The Art and Practice of Leadership Development. Faculty with the John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program led the experience for 50 trainers, educators, and consultants from all over the world. Dr. Cox will apply what he learned with “case-in-point” teaching to his doctoral courses in the Educational Leadership program this academic year.

*  Dr. Dan Ross
, Dr. Dale Clark, and Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, Music, performed as the ASU Double Reed and Piano Trio at the International Double Reed Society Conference held at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., the end of last month. Dr. Ross and Dr. Clark also served on discussion panels at the conference.

*  The engineering technology program, directed by Dr. Charles Coleman, has received a gift of 50 copies of Autodesk Inventor Professional 11 technology design software, valued at $400,000. The gift was made possible through the Autodesk Invest in Education Grant, D3 Technologies, and Hytrol of Jonesboro. An article about the gift appears in today's Jonesboro Sun. Over the years, Coleman has secured thousands of dollars worth of software donations for the program.

*  Dr. Terry Roach
, Business, is the recipient of the 2006 Collegiate Teacher of the Year presented by the Arkansas Business Education Association (ABEA). Roach received the award last week at the ABEA annual meeting in Hot Springs. The criteria for the award included service and membership in professional associations, years of teaching, publications, presentations, and community service. He has taught students for 37 years including high school, junior college, university, adult education, and continuing education.

Dr. Michael K. Cundall Jr., English and Philosophy, and Dr. Patrick A. Stewart, Political Science, recently made a presentation at the 2006 International Society for Human Ethology. They presented research, as part of a joint research project, on humor and the American president.

*  Dr. Ross Marlay and Dr. Charles Hartwig, Political Science, have been selected as participants in a Chautauqua course in New Mexico slated for October. The short course is titled "The Birthplace and Early History of the Atomic Bomb," and will be conducted near Albuquerque, N.M., with trips to Los Alamos and the Trinity Site where the first atomic bomb exploded on July 16, 1945. The course will explore the science, politics, and geography of how the world's first atomic weapons were created.

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*  Dr. Pamela Weathers
will be coming to ASU as the first director of the Molecular Biosciences doctoral program.  She also will serve as the inaugural Judd Hill Distinguished Chair of Agricultural Biotechnology in the College of Agriculture.  Weathers currently is a professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.  Her appointment was announced jointly by Dr. Greg Phillips, Dean of the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering and Sciences and Mathematics, and Dr. Carole Cramer, executive director of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute. Click here for more details on the NewsPage.

Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolivar, Biological Sciences, was an invited speaker at the Medicinal Plants Symposium at the annual International Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science, in New Orleans, earlier this month. His topic was "Hairy Roots: Harnessing the Biosynthetic Potential of Plant Roots for Agriculture and Medicine." Dr. Medina-Bolivar was also appointed as a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Symposium on Medicinal and Nutraceutical Plants to be held next March in Macon, Ga.


*  Dr. Malathi Srivatsan presented research titled “Extracellular Acetylcholinesterase is Neurotrophic to Somatosensory Neurons of Rat” at the Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Excellence organized by National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C. earlier this month. In addition, her undergraduate research associate, Jonathan Treece, won a competitive travel award from the faculty for undergraduate neuroscience to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience to be held in Atlanta. Treece will present his research titled, “Specific cytokines are synthesized and released by sympathetic neurons in cell culture.”

*  Dr. Dan Marburger
, Economics, presented "An Examination of the Arbitrator Exchangeability Hypothesis" at the Western Economic Association International conference recently in San Diego. The paper, which uses data from major league baseball’s salary arbitration procedure, empirically tests the hypothesis that arbitrators think alike when rendering arbitration decisions.

Dr. Tina Quinn, Accounting & Law, attended the 2006 Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference at Louisiana State University earlier this month. The conference speakers included Cynthia Cooper, the former internal auditor at WorldCom, who was instrumental in uncovering the financial statement fraud that lead to the bankruptcy of WorldCom.

Dr. Elizabeth Hood, Research and Technology Transfer, was the featured speaker Wednesday for the Memphis BioWorks Development Council speaker series luncheon at the University of Memphis. Her topic was "Bioethanol as a Sustainable Energy Alternative."

*  Dr. Catherine C. Reese
, Political Science, had an article published in June with Dr. Thomas P. Lauth of the University of Georgia in the journal Public Budgeting & Finance titled, "The Line-Item Veto in Georgia: Fiscal Restraint or Inter-Branch Politics?"

*  Dr. Amy Claxton
, Psychology, and school psychology graduate student, Joshua Toopes, presented research at the National Association of School Psychologist (NASP) annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., this past spring.
Dr. Craig Jones, Psychology, and Tammy Pannells, an Ed.S. graduate in Psychology & Counseling, also assisted with the study. The research was titled An evaluation of the Stop and Think social skills program with rural kindergarten students.

Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, Molecular Biology, has received a grant totaling nearly $200,000 from the prestigious National Institute of Health to study the effects of nicotine on developing nervous systems. Dr. Srivatsan will test the hypothesis that chronic exposure to nicotine retards development of nervous system among new born rat pups due to altered influx of calcium through the calcium permeable nicotinic receptors. Results from these experiments will begin to reveal the mechanism of nicotine’s action on survival and growth of nerve cells.

*  Dr. Aldemaro Romero, Biological Sciences, has been invited to give a lecture at Oxford University for the conference Science and Faith: The Great Matter. Dr. Romero, together with other distinguished scholars in science and theology from around the world, will give a presentation titled The real big issue between science and religion:  purposeness vs. uncertainty. Dr. Romero will review the response to Darwin’s ideas among scientists working on cave animals.

*  Dr. Frances Malpezzi and Dr. William Clements, both of English, have been awarded the Massaro Prize in History for their article in Italian Americana on Italian American foodways. In addition, Dr. Malpezzi has recently published an essay in the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council titled "Building a City of Ladies with Christine de Pizan and Arkansas State University Honors Students,” which emphasizes the importance of teaching interdisciplinary honors seminars about medieval and early modern women.

The online art image collection compiled by Dr. William Allen, Art History, and Center for Learning Technologies, is Peregrination's featured website in the latest issue. According to th
e article, Allen has taken thousands of photos of art-historical sites for use in his classes. Since 2000, he has made these accessible to fellow teachers and medieval art aficionados through the archive. The photos often include details of works that are difficult to photograph, such as interior mosaics and wall paintings.

*  Sir David Attenborough, the award-winning writer and broadcaster for the BBC, will be in Arkansas Monday, July 31, to visit a salamander research site operated by Dr. Stan Trauth, Zoology. Attenborough is working on “Life in Cold Blood,” the most recent in his series of natural science specials. The site that Attenborough will visit is in Garland County, near Hot Springs. The special is scheduled for broadcast in 2008. 

*  Dr. Ed Coulter, chancellor of ASU-Mountain Home, has been named chairman of the board for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Coulter was elected by the 32-member AACC Board of Directors and will serve a one-year term that began July 1. The AACC is the national organization representing the nation’s 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges and it's 11.6 million students.

*  Dr. David Agnew
, Agriculture, and Dr. Mark McJunkin, Education, along with doctoral student David Powell had four papers accepted for presentation at the 13th International Conference on Learning held at Montego Bay, Jamaica, last month. Agnew and McJunkin attended the conference. The papers were titled: A Model for Service Learning: Leadership Development in Adult Education; No Child Left Behind: A Model for Integration of Core Academic Subjects with Agricultural and Environmental Content; What Student Leaders Want: Preferences for Involvement in College Student Leadership Organizations; and A Model for Agricultural Literacy: Clarifying a Vision for Practical Application.

*  Ron Carroll, Athletics, who has served as ASU's head certified trainer for the last 30 years, has been selected as an Outstanding Alumnus at Indiana State University in the Athletic Training Department. Carroll received the award last month at an ISU alumni reception held during the National Athletic Trainers Association annual symposium in Atlanta. Only 12 previous recipients have been honored with the Outstanding Alumnus award out of more than 950 ISU athletic training graduates.

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