Dorothy Bland is next Journalism Alumni Speaker
Dorothy Bland, a prominent journalism educator, will
visit ASU today and Tuesday, March 16-17, as part of
this year's Journalism Alumni Speakers Series.
Bland, a 1980 graduate of Arkansas State, turned a professional career
of more than 25 years in print and online into a promising future as a
journalism administrator. She
currently directs the Division of Journalism at Florida A&M University
where she also is a professor.
A native of Little Rock and a graduate of Parkview High School, she
attended ASU where she was editor of The Herald. Following graduation,
Bland worked for the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star as a reporter before
joining USA Today in its first four years of publication. There she
served as states editor, journal editor, newsmakers editor and special
projects editor/reporter. In 1988, Bland earned a masterís of business
administration degree from George Washington University. She was
named a Gannett presidentís ring winner ó one of the top 10 Gannett
publishers ó three times based on outstanding performances in 1995,
1998 and 2000.Bland also has served as a Pulitzer Prize nominating juror for feature
writing. In 1993, Presstime designated her as one of “20 under 40”
leaders to watch in the newspaper industry. For details, see the
National Symphony Orchestra to
perform at Fowler Center
The Fowler Center
presents the National Symphony Orchestra in concert as the opening event
of the symphony’s 2009 American Residency in Arkansas.
The concert will take place on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., in
Riceland Hall, Fowler Center.
The American Residency program is a one-of-a-kind outreach project of
the National Symphony Orchestra of the
John F. Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts. In 1992, the
Symphony Orchestra (NSO) began the American Residency program as a
project unique throughout the world. On behalf of the orchestra, the
nation's center for the performing arts accepts one residency invitation
each year, making a state or a region the focus of a host of activities.
The National Symphony Orchestra has never been in Arkansas before, and
it will not return to Arkansas for 50 years.
For more information, call the Fowler Center at ext. 3471. Purchase
tickets online, or by
calling by calling (870) 972-2781 or 1-888-278-3267. For details,
see the NewsPage release.
Science Flicks series to present
'Fat Man and Little Boy'
“Fat Man and Little Boy,” a 1989 movie about the
Manhattan Project, is the 19th movie set for the 2009 “Science Flicks”
film series presented by the Departments of Biological Sciences and
Chemistry and Physics at Arkansas State University.
The film will be shown Tuesday, March 17, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 219 of
the Laboratory Sciences Center, East Wing. Admission is free to ASU
students and the general public. Paul Newman and Dwight Schultz star.
For details, see the NewsPage release.
University awarded military
contract to develop sensor
ASU has been awarded a contract
by the U.S. Army to conduct research and ultimately, develop a
laser-based multi-color, real-time remote sensor capable of detecting
the presence of an explosive at a distance of 100 meters. Dr. Susan
Allen, Distinguished Professor, Laser Application and Science,
heads up the the research and development team, which includes
Dr. Bruce Johnson, Physics; Dr. Scott Reeve, Chemistry;
and Dr. William Burns, Chemistry, and a group of
undergraduate and graduate students.
ASU is one of three universities that will each receive $2.42 million
over the next two years from the U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic
Sensors Directorate (NVSED) which is part of CECOM (Communications and
Electronics Command) in Alexandria, Va. Two other universities, Florida
A&M University and the University of Hawaii, will work closely with ASU
on the project. This project is part of a research effort initiated in
2005 and has been included in the Department of Defense appropriations
bills for fiscal years 2008 and 2009. The current contract with NVSED
represents a four-year, $6,032,115 investment by the Department of
Defense. For details, see the NewsPage
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