Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
98th Year

April 25, 2008

Calendar highlights:

ASU Jazz Festival, Saturday, April 26,
6 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

Art Dept. spring pottery sale, Saturday, April 26,
10 a.m-3 p.m., Fine Arts Center

Fowler Center Series finale with ASO, Sunday, April 27,
3 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

Biology book signing, Monday, April 28,
2 p.m., Lab Sciences  Center East Wing



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Wright to serve on national advisory board
Peggy Robinson Wright, Geography, director, Delta Studies Center, has bePeggy Robinson Wrighten selected to serve on the national advisory board for Family Justice, Inc., a leading national nonprofit institution dedicated to developing innovative, cost-effective solutions that benefit people at greatest risk of cycling in and out of the criminal justice system. Family Justice, Inc. is creating a new curriculum designed to provide community corrections personnel with tools to increase access to housing for individuals recently released from prison. As part of the curriculum design initiative, Family Justice, Inc. will be conducting site visits and field research in Arkansas.

Dr. Beineke co-authors article with foundation president
Dr. John Beineke, Educational Leadership, Curriculum, and History, and dean, College Dr. John Beinekeof Education, has co-authored an article with Martha Lamkin, past president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, a private, independent, Indiana-based foundation providing grants for expanding access to education beyond high school. Beineke's article, "Taking Chances: Helping Break Down Barriers of Rural Education Access," appeared in the inaugural issue of the journal Philanthropy and Rural America, published by the Council on Foundations. The article describes ASU's three-year Lumina grant, enhancing higher education access in the Mississippi Delta. The Lumina Foundation is among the nation's forty largest foundations and rarely funds ventures outside Indiana.

Dr. Gill presents research at conference
Dr. Alyson Gill, Art, recently co-chaired sessions and presented research aDr. Alyson Gillt the 36th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, "On the Road to Reconstructing the Past" in Budapest, Hungary. Gill co-chaired the sessions "Visualizing Ancient Spaces: Virtual Reconstructions of Archaeological Sites" and "Virtual Environments and Pedagogy." Gill presented a paper, "Chattering in the Baths: The Urban Greek Bathing Establishment and Social Discourse in Classical Antiquity," including a spatial analysis of the Greek bath. Gill also discussed peer-review practice for a new digital archive program, Serving and Archiving Virtual Environments (SAVE), in a workshop organized by the University of Virginia's Institute for the Advanced Technology in the Humanities and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Gill was also appointed to the scientific committee of Computer Applications in Archaeology (CAA) in fall 2007, and will serve throughout 2008.

Fourth annual Brain Awareness Day celebrated
The ASU Society for Neuroscience (ASU-SFN) hosted the 4th annual Brain Awareness Day on Saturday, March 29, at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library. This year's event had a record turnout of more than 230 attendees from the community and more than thirty volunteers from ASU, Jonesboro High School, and the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Brain Awareness Day is part of a series of events held worldwide to increase public awareness of  the brain and nervous system. ASU Society for Neuroscience faculty sponsors are Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, Molecular Neuroscience, and Dr. Amy R. Pearce, Psychology and Counseling.

Science articles by ASU faculty highlighted nationally
ASU faculty members have been recognized by The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS). The organization has cited the publication of weekly articles by ASU science faculty members as exemplary outreach activity in the U.S. COPUS is a grassroots coalition linking universities, scientific societies, science centers and museums, government agencies, advocacy groups, media, educators, businesses, and industry to promote public understanding of the nature and societal value of science. The coalition works to create new forums for communication and develop new partnerships for engaging the public with science. ASU faculty articles on scientific topics are published in The Jonesboro Sun every Sunday and are available online. The articles are also distributed to about 30 local, state, regional, and national media outlets and are reprinted in approximately 10 local and regional newspapers.

Past editions of Indian Yearbook now available
Several past editions of the Indian Yearbook are available free of charge in the Leadership Center, 2nd floor, Student Union. Years available are: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2002, 2001, 1999, 98, 97, 96, 95, 94, 89, 88, 87, and 84. For details, contact the Leadership Center, ext. 2055.

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