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have distinguished themselves and their departments recently for outstanding
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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
*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,
*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
*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.
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.
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
*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
*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
*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,
*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
*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
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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
(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
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.
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.
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,
For a complete list of those honored for years of service to ASU, see the
*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
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
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
*The College English Association, a national organization of
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
*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
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
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
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
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
* 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
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.
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
* 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
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
* 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.
* Dr. 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
* 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
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 www.trafford.com,
Amazon.com, and chapters.indigo.ca.
* 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
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
* 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
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
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
*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,
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
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
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
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
Bergeron, Kimberly Boyett, Mike Juola, Vicky Martin, and Samantha
* 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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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
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
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
* Dr. George Ogendi,
Environmental Geology, and Dr. Mai Elobeid,
post-doctoral researcher, University of Alabama, recently
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."
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
* 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
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,
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
* 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
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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.
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
* 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.
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,
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
* 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.
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.
Lamm, English, has co-authored an argumentative writing textbook
titled Dynamic Argument
(Houghton Mifflin, 2007).
Dr. Lamm and
Jennifer Stewart, English, made a
on Oct. 13, at 12 noon in
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
* 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.
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
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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
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
* 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
* 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
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.
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
* 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
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
* 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
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
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
* 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
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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
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
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
* 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
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
Peregrination's featured website in the latest issue. According to the
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.
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
* 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
* 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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