Jan. 29, 2007

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ASU Choirs Gospel Benefit Concert, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., Walnut Street Baptist Church

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ASU to hold 2008 Environmental Studies Summit 
Dr. Robyn Hannigan, director and Judd Hill Chair of Environmental Science, and Dr. Aldemaro Romero, department chair, Biology, announce that ASU has been selected to host the third Environmental Studies Summit in June 2008. The 2008 Environmental Studies Summit gathers academics from dozens of national and international colleges and universities to discuss numerous issues that concern teaching and research in different areas of environmental studies around the world and particularly in the U.S. This summit is sponsored by ASU's graduate program in Environmental Sciences and the Department of Biological Sciences in addition to the U.S. Council of Academic Deans and Directors (CEDD) and the National Council for Science and Environment (NCSE). The summit will cover a variety of topics such as cross-disciplinary communication, teaching and curriculum development in environmental studies, and fostering cross-disciplinary research. For details, contact Dr. Robyn Hannigan or Dr. Aldemaro Romero.

ASU Society for Neuroscience meets tomorrow
The first meeting of the ASU chapter of the Society for Neuroscience for the spring semester will be Tuesday, Jan. 30, 5 p.m., in Room 219 of Lab Sciences East. The SFN has more than 37,500 members, making it the world's largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to the study of the brain. ASU-SFN is in its third year, with about 25 active student members and five faculty members. ASU-SFN is sponsoring a regional Brain Bee runoff on Friday, Feb. 9, from whence three qualifiers will be sent to the state competition in Little Rock on Thursday, Feb. 15. The society also holds an annual Brain Awareness Day for youngsters on Saturday, March 31, at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library. Faculty sponsors of the ASU-SFN are Dr. Amy Pearce, Psychology and Counseling, and Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, Molecular Biology. For details, see asusfn@yahoo.com or contact Swati Mishra.

Undergraduate Scholars Day website opens 
A new website is coming for the rapidly approaching Undergraduate Scholars Day, where student abstracts can be submitted and where early versions of the presentation schedule will be available--see http://events.astate.edu/usd. The website submission form is active on Thursday, Feb. 1, and will remain open until Thursday, March 1. Undergraduate Scholars Day is a program allowing students to present their research in a professional setting and in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Learning to present in such a setting develops confidence and allows the student to be the expert. Faculty are needed to chair individual sessions, and participating faculty members can add to their service requirements by demonstrating their commitment to students and to the university. For details, contact Dr. Mike Cundall, assistant dean, The Honors College, in 103 Library or at ext. 2308.

New library exhibit commemorates fallen local heroes
The Dean B. Ellis Library has announced a new exhibit, “Fallen Heroes from Arkansas.” The exhibition includes photographs of 41 Arkansas men and women who have given their lives in the Afghanistan and Iraq theatres of war from 2003 to the present. Several articles of war are also on display. The exhibit will be on display until Saturday, Feb. 10, during regular library hours. The exhibit is a collaboration with the ASU Department of Military Science and Leadership and the office of Congressman Marion Berry. For details, see NewsPage.

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