Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
April 30, 2007

Calendar highlights:

* Arkansas Association of Professional Education Administration annual conference, today
* Employee Distinguished Performance Awards, Thursday, 2 p.m.

* Commencement, Saturday,
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


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Dr. Yanowitz publishes article, presents at conference
Dr. Karen Yanowitz, Psychology, published an article titled "Changes in student-centered assessment by postsecondary science and nonscience faculty." The article appeared in the April edition of Teaching in Higher Education, an international, peer-reviewed journal. Yanowitz' co-author was Debbie Hahs-Vaughn, University of Central Florida.  Dr. Yanowitz also presented a paper at the American Education Research Association annual conference. That presentation, "Who is Conducting Teacher Research?" was also co-authored with Debbie Hahs-Vaughn. Dr. Yanowitz also sponsored two student presentations at the 10th annual Mid-South Psychology Conference. Ollie Cox III presented a paper, "Relational Aggression in Families," and Debbie Mays had a third-place winning poster, "Students' Perspectives of Science."

Alumni office offers 1924 Sustaining Life Memberships
As the academic year draws to a close, the Alumni office reminds all ASU faculty and staff that they are eligible to become 1924 Sustaining Life Members of the ASU Alumni Association, regardless of whether they attended ASU. It's a great way to be connected to the university, receive great discounts and benefits, and help make the Cooper Alumni Center a reality. There are several convenient payroll plans available, including payroll deduction. For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office at ext. 2586.

Piggott hosts Hemingway Creative Writers' Retreat
Ernest Hemingway wrote portions of "A Farewell to Arms" and several short stories in Piggott between 1928 and 1938. The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) will hold the Hemingway Creative Writers' Retreat June 18-22. The retreat invites participants to write in the barn-studio Hemingway used, and to walk the grounds and  spend time in the house where he found inspiration. The retreat meets Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with lunch provided each day. This year, C.D. Mitchell, professor of fiction and creative nonfiction at the University of Alabama, will lead the group. The fee for the retreat is $90 by May 28, and $125 thereafter. Spaces are limited. This retreat is also approved by the Arkansas Department of Education for 30 hours of continuing education credit for public school teachers. Dr. Tom Williams, English, and Dr. Ruth Hawkins, director, Delta Heritage Initiatives, will be featured guest speakers. For details, contact Deanna Dismukes, education coordinator, HPMEC, at (870) 598-3487, or see

Department of Biological Sciences produces TV spots
Department of Biological Sciences will begin broadcasting TV spots featuring the research being done by ASU science faculty. These 30-second spots present the research, along with footage from the researchersí labs or field study sites. The first four TV spot topics are the alligator snapping turtle with Dr. Stanley Trauth, Zoology; nerve regeneration with Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, Molecular Biology; the ivory-billed woodpecker with Dr. Jim Bednarz, Wildlife Ecology; and ecological research on mussels with Dr. Alan Christian, Zoology. Future topics will include research into the effects of nicotine on the brain, with Dr. Roger Buchanan, Zoology, and reproductive endocrinology of the flying squirrel with Dr. Tom Risch, Environmental Biology. A special documentary on a field course taught by Dr. Aldemaro Romero, Biology, focusing on the study of marine mammals, is also in preparation. The spots feature music by Jane Anfinson, a candidate for the masterís degree in biology at ASU. The spots will air on Channel 18 at 2:59 a.m., 8:59 a.m., 12:59 a.m., and 10:59 p.m. seven days a week,  and at 4:59 p.m. and 6:59 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The spots will also air during the ASU-TV newscasts from 4:30-5:00 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. Articles, radio spots, and TV spots are posted to the Department of Biological Sciences outreach site.

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