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100th Year

June 22, 2009

Calendar highlights:

ASU Theatre presents "The Little Mermaid," opening Wednesday, June 24, 10 a.m. and
2 p.m.; Thursday, June 25, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Friday, June 26,
10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Bluegrass Monday presents RedHead Express tonight,
7-9 p.m., Atkins Celebration Hall, 101 S. Pruett St., Paragould



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Dr. Wang sees publication of book on Arkansas politics
Dr. Richard P. Wang, chair, Political Science, co-edited the recently released scholarly publication, Readings in Arkansas Politics and Government (University of Arkansas Press). Dr. Wang's co-editor was Dr. Janine A. Parry of the University of Arkansas. The collection features 21 articles arranged in four sections, with topics including issues of church and state, civil rights, and education reform, along with fascinating accounts of five of the state's most influential politicians,
Governors Faubus, Rockefeller, Bumpers, Pryor, and Clinton. The volume also features a foreword by former Arkansas governor and U. S. Senator David Pryor, who calls the book "a major contribution to the study and practice of Arkansas government by retaining key readings from past collections while exposing us to just how many changes the state’s politics have undergone in just a decade’s time. ... Destined to become one of the major cornerstones of study and practical application within the sphere of the Arkansas political system." Readings in Arkansas Politics and Government appeared as one of the University of Arkansas Press Spring 2009 releases.

Dr. Bouldin, ARISE cohort, study Spring River
Dr. Jennifer L. Bouldin, director, Ecotoxicology Research Facility, recently led this year's cohort of 11 undergraduate students on a canoeing trip of the Spring River in order to take water samples for biological and chemical characterization of the river.This year's ARISE cohort is photographed shortly before engaging in water sampling on the Spring River at Many Islands. Photo courtesy of Dr. Jennifer Bouldin. The cohort undertook the river sampling through ASU's ARISE (Accelerated Research in the Science of the Environment) program. The ARISE program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), brings undergraduate interns to ASU-Jonesboro for a three-week environmental internship program each year. This year's cohort also went spelunking to study geological formations at Blanchard Spring caverns and worked at archeological sites with Dr. Julie Morrow, Jonesboro station archeologist, Arkansas Archeological Survey. Last year's interns unearthed human bones more than 5,000 years old. The students, senior Jerry Tharp, junior Aaron Weaver, senior James Evans Davidson, sophomore Chven Mitchell, senior Molly Brown, sophomore Bloom Harris, junior Keisha Gray, senior Keisha Person, senior Paul Hogan, senior Kristopher White, and Teresa Brueggen, a first-year graduate student, presented their research in ABI, Room 107, Friday. The students also worked with Dr. Gauri Guha, Economics, who taught them environmental economics, Dr. Carolyn Dowling, Chemistry, who worked with them in chemistry, and Dr. Steven Green, Soil and Water Conservation, who taught them nutrient analysis. Dr. Bouldin serves as principle investigator (PI) and Drs. Dowling and Morrow are co-investigators (Co-Is). ASU's ARISE program enhances graduate studies in the geosciences and environmental sciences by encouraging diversity in these fields. For details, contact Dr. Jennifer L. Bouldin, ARISE principal investigator, ext. 2570, or visit ARISE...and the fun begins: Highlights and images from ARISE 2008.
Board of Trustees conference call scheduled for June 23
Reminder: A Board of Trustees conference call has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 23, at 3 p.m. The call will originate from the ASU System conference room, MCB Plaza (Regions Bank Building), 2400 East Highland Drive, 3rd Floor, Suite 300, Jonesboro. For members of the ASU-Jonesboro community, a conference call will be set up in the Chancellor's Conference Room, Administration Building.

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