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98th Year

March 31, 2008

Calendar highlights:

CoHSS spring forum tonight, 7 p.m., Centennial Ballroom

'Blues in the Schools,'
West Memphis Christian School, tonight, tomorrow

ASU Concert Orchestra, Thursday, April 3,
7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center



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Dr. Vanderpool elected to state commission
Dr. Staria Vanderpool
, Botany, was elected to the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission's (ANHC) slate of officers in late January. Dr. Vanderpool will serve asDr. Staria Vanderpool
secretary. Other officers include chairman Mark Karnes of Arkadelphia and vice-chairman Len Pitcock of Little Rock. The commission provides general direction to the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission professional staff, acts on proposals for acquiring and dedicating natural areas, approves cooperative agreements, establishes rules and regulations, and adopts and amends management plans for individual natural areas in Arkansas. ANHC is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Dr. Milner, Dr. O'Connor present joint lecture
DrDr. Clyde Milner II. Clyde A. Milner II, History, and Dr. Carol A. O'ConnorDr. Carol A. O’Connor, History, presented a public lecture, “South by West with Thoughts on the Midwest,” at the annual Richard D. McKinzie Symposium in Kansas City, Mo., in February. The theme for this year’s symposium and workshop was “Putting the Middle in the Center: The Midwest in Historical Perspective.” Milner and O’Connor are each designated Distinguished Lecturers by the Organization of American Historians (OAH). They are two of the three Arkansans so recognized. The McKinzie Symposium regularly asks OAH Distinguished Lecturers to deliver the public lectures and to lead its workshops for secondary school teachers. 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.

Art professor's work featured in solo exhibitionProfessor John Salvest
The work of John Salvest, Art, was recently featured in a one-person exhibition at PULSE International Contemporary Art Fair in New York. Morgan Lehman Gallery of New York will present artwork by Professor Salvest in the IMPULSE NY section of the fair, a series of solo exhibitions chosen by the PULSE Invitational Committee, comprised of international dealers, advisors and curators. The committee selected a dozen proposals from a pool of several hundred applicants worldwide.

ASU Poli Sci faculty, students, attend annual meeting
Several faculty members and students from ASU's Department of Political Science attended and presented at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association in Fayetteville in February. Dr. William McLean, Public Administration, was elected to a two-year term on the association's executive board. Dr. Catherine Reese, Public Administration, and MPA grad student Christy Polson presented, "State Decisions on Tobacco Settlement Spending." Dr. Richard Wang, Political Science, participated in a roundtable session on Arkansas politics. Dr. Charles Hartwig, Political Science, chaired a student panel, served as discussant on a second panel, and was named one of two members of the student awards committee. Dr. Patrick Stewart, Public Administration and MPA program director, served as discussant on a public policy and public administration panel. Dr. Louella Moore, Accounting, presented "The Hispanic Question: The Economics and Politics of Undocumented Workers in Arkansas and Beyond." MPA grad student Willette Romious presented "Smoking Trends of African-American Adolescents," MA grad student Anmol Bhatia presented "The Invisible Children: Changing One Country at a Time," and MA grad student Rhonda Minhas presented "WHO is What: The World Health Organization."

ASU-SFN hosts Brain Bee competitions
ASU's Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (ASU-SFN) hosted Brain Bee competitions at local schools in February. Event organizers included student members of ASU-SFN and faculty co-sponsors Dr. Amy Pearce, Psychology and Counseling, and Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, Molecular Biology. More than twenty participants were tested on knowledge of the brain and central nervous system in a written exam followed by an oral round. The ASU-SFN supported travel to Little Rock where the students represented Northeast Arkansas in the state Central Arkansas Brain Bee competition held at the Peabody Hotel in February. A senior at Hoxie High School, competitior Zach Harper placed second in the overall state competition and was selected as alternate to compete in the national Brain Bee competition.

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