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100th Year

Feb. 15, 2010

Calendar highlights:

Lecture-Concert Series presents McMurtery/Volker flute/guitar duo, Monday, Feb. 15,
7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Rick Stroud is part of Journalism Alumni Speakers Series today, Tuesday, Feb. 16

Meir Z. Ribalow speaks on Arkansas films, Thursday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Drama Theatre, Fowler Center; Ribalow  reads from his own work Friday, Feb. 19,
11 a.m., Spring River Room, Student Union, and speaks on career directing and writing,
2 p.m., Drama Theatre, Fowler Center



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Dr. Reese, Dr. Warner to present research at conference
Dr. Catherine C. Reese, Public Administration, and Dr. Barbara Warner,Dr. Barbara Warner visiting Dr. Catherine C. Reeseassistant professor of Public Administration, have been chosen to present their research at the 5th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in Cambridge, England, August 2-5. Their paper, “Pay Equity for Women: Why Does the United States Lag So Far Behind Other Countries?,” focuses on the fact that despite legal changes, such as the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, median full-time annual earnings for women are still 77% of men’s, indicating that systemic progress is lacking. The United States ranks only 31st in the Global Gender Gap 2009 rankings published by the World Economic Forum, behind such countries as Latvia, Lesotho, and Mongolia. The authors plan to survey members of the U.S. Congress, leaders of major U.S. women’s groups, and executives of U.S. Fortune 500 companies to assess why they believe the United States continues to lag behind numerous countries in the gender wage gap. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Dodson publishes article, is elected to committee
Thomas Dodson, Psychology and Counseling, had an article, Green Careers: The Professional School Counselor’s Role, published in the winter 2009 edition oDr. Thomas Dodsonf the National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) professional magazine, Career Developments. Dodson's article explained how professional school counselors are in a strategic position to help young people aspire towards green career opportunities. Multiple creative action steps that school counselors could implement were listed as well. Dr. Dodson also serves on the National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) elections committee. The committee is part of the preparation process for future leaders of NCDA. Dr. Dodson was elected to this position. NCDA is one of the six founding divisions of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

Dr. Kulkarni publishes monograph based on dissertation
Veena Kulkarni, Sociology, has published a monograph based on her PhD dissertation on economic outcomes of Asian immigrants in the United States. Her monograph, Asians in the United States Labor Market: ‘Winners’ or ‘Losers’?, wasDr. Veena Kulkarni published by VDM Verlag, Saarbrucken, Germany, 2009. The monograph examines employment, earnings, and income of the six major foreign and native-born Asian groups in the U.S.: Asian Indians, Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese, Koreans, and Vietnamese. The results indicate earning disadvantages for Asians when compared to white populations. Further, the findings from the multivariate and non-parametric reweighting analyses show that foreign-born Asians experience greater disadvantage relative to whites than do native-born Asians. Gender comparisons indicate that being native-born as compared to being foreign-born is more beneficial for Asian women than for men in the labor market. Native-born Asian women experience higher earnings than white women. Additionally, Asian men experience the ‘glass ceiling’ more than Asian women. The analyses at the household level suggest a higher inclination to pool resources among the foreign-born relative to the native-born Asian and white households. Intergroup comparisons show that foreign-born Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese households have a greater tendency to share and pool resources than foreign-born Asian Indians and Japanese. The overall findings from this research suggest that at both the individual and the household levels, the differences between foreign-born and native-born Asian groups are more significant than the intergroup variations among Asians. This research also brings to light that better data on educational attainments, training, and perceptions will enhance the understanding of the intergroup comparisons of economic outcomes.

Carden Bottom project is focus of CMVAS lecture Feb. 17
The Central Mississippi Valley Archeological Society (CMVAS) will present a lecture, “The Carden Bottom Project: From 11,000 Years Ago to 500 Years Ago,” on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., in the ASU Museum's Room 182. Most recent meetings of the society have been held on Tuesdays or Thursdays. The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture will be presented by Dr. Leslie “Skip” Stewart-Abernathy, station archaeologist for the Arkansas Archaeological Society in cooperation with the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain, which sponsors educational programs in archeology in partnership with the Arkansas Archeological Survey. The Carden Bottom area along the Arkansas River Corridor in Yell County, Arkansas, is renowned for late Mississippian pottery found by grave robbers during the Depression. To learn more about the site, the 2009 Arkansas Archeological Society/Survey Training program focused on features from the European Contact period, one of which was a large intact pit containing brass and glass beads, scrap iron, and Native American pottery and stone tools. Refreshments will be offered, and new t-shirts in earth tones, printed by Creative Edge, will be available at the meeting as well. Purchasing t-shirts helps support all chapters of the Arkansas Archaeology Society. There will also be a bake sale to help raise funds for a radiocarbon date for Harter Knoll, a site the group has been investigating near Strawberry. For details, contact Dr. Julie Morrow, ASU station archaeologist, at ext. 2071, or see the NewsPage release.

Soul Food Day rescheduled for Feb. 18
The fifth annual Soul Food Day, originally scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 4,
has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the National Guard Armory, 1915 Aggie Road, due to inclement weather. For details, contact Peggy R. Wright, ext. 2325, see the printable flyer, or see the NewsPage release.

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