April 28, 2003
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|Dr. Marlin Shipman receives national award for
The Society of Professional
Journalists, the nation's top organization for working journalists, has
designated Dr. Marlin Shipman's recently published book, The
Penalty is Death, as the nation's outstanding research about
journalism in 2002. The award will be presented July 11 at the
National Press Club in Washington, D.C. SPJ will present the Sigma Delta Chi Excellence in Journalism awards to working journalists,
but Shipman will receive the only award for research. Shipman's book, published by the University of
Missouri Press, is an analysis of how newspapers reported on the
executions of women in the United States from 1847 to present. The
ASU news release about the book is available in the NewsPage archive,
while SPJ's news release about the award is at http://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=321.
Wright appointed to State Commission
Speaker of the Arkansas
House of Representatives Herschel W. Cleveland has appointed Peggy
Robinson Wright, coordinator of the Delta Studies Center at ASU, to
serve a two-year term on the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
(ANHC). The commission, which includes 15 members,
is responsible for maintaining the most up-to-date and comprehensive
source of information concerning rare plant and animal species, and
high quality natural communities of Arkansas. Systematic analysis of
this natural heritage data can be used to identify locations that hold
exceptional importance for the state’s natural diversity, but that
lack formal protection. To protect such tracts of land, the ANHC also
maintains a "system of natural areas." Along with comprising
remnants of the original natural landscape, lands within the system of
natural areas provide vital habitat for imperiled plant and animal
species. Wright joined
the ASU staff in January of 1998.
completes commemorative mural
ASU art professor Roger Carlisle recently
completed a project as big as all outdoors, almost. His task was
to conceptualize, design, compose, and paint a mural measuring 8 feet
tall by 24 feet long. The mural, "Baseline in Louisiana Purchase
State Park," celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana
Purchase. Read about his involvement in this historic endeavor in a NewsPage
Students excel with
Several chemistry and biology students have made presentations about
their research recently to science conferences at Arkadelphia and
Fayetteville. Congratulations to the faculty members who have
guided and supported them. Read more details in Campus News.
Thursday in Agriculture
Gary Potter of Texas A & M University, a nationally renowned expert
in the field of biotechnology, will give a presentation on the ASU
campus Thursday, May 1, at 9:15 a.m.
His topic will be "Agricultural Research And Development -
A Successful History, An Exciting Future."
This event, open to everyone, will be in the
Agriculture Building, Room 401.
Another edition of Arkansas
Review is off the press
The ASU Department of English and
Philosophy has announced the publication of
the April issue of "Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies."
Edited by a committee of faculty and graduate assistants, the magazine
offers an interdisciplinary approach to the seven-state Mississippi
River Delta region through academic articles, interviews, fiction,
poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, and reviews. The April
issue focuses on several Delta icons.
Blues scholar Barry Lee Pearson
from the University of Maryland writes about jook joints; in an
interview Mississippi writer Lewis Nordan speaks of the ways in which
the Delta continues to influence his fiction; and Jenny Ellerbe writes
from Monroe, La., about her experiences with alligators.
Among members of the ASU community who have contributed to this issue
of the journal are book reviewers Michael B. Spikes, Wayne Narey, Brady
M. Banta, and Richard Allen Burns (who has also written an obituary for
pianist Mose Vinson); and photographers Angela Williams and Jack Zibluk.
Fiction and poetry which evoke and respond to the Delta also appear in
the issue. The cost for the April issue is $7.50; a year's
subscription (three issues) costs $20.
Make checks payable to ASU Foundation with "Arkansas
the memo line. Address to Arkansas Review, P.O. Box 1890, State University, AR
Board of Trustees meeting will be
Friday, May 9
The Board of Trustees meeting
scheduled for Friday, May 9, will be conducted by conference
call. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m., and interested
individuals may monitor the call in the Board Room of the Dean B. Ellis
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