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July 6, 2009

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Dr. Novobilski is new dean of Sciences and Mathematics
ASU-Jonesboro announces the selection of Dr. Andrew J. Novobilski as the new deaDr. Andrew J. Novobilskin of the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Dr. Novobilski comes to ASU-Jonesboro from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), where he recently served as assistant provost for Research and Engagement, as the university’s chief research officer, and as professor and department head for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Novobilski assumed his new duties on Wednesday, July 1. Dr. Novobilski earned his doctoral degree in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Texas, Arlington, his master of science degree in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Texas, Arlington, and his bachelor of science degree in Computer Science at Drexel University. His research interests include academic leadership, community partnership and engagement, biomedical informatics, machine learning, cognitive models, Bayesian networks, aviation, human/computer interface, high-performance computing, and computer graphics. Among Dr. Novobilski’s honors are his being selected for a 2007-08 American Council on Education Fellowship, which he spent at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in the Office of the Chancellor. Other honors and awards include his achievement of his election to the Sigma Xi Research Society and Upsilon Pi Epsilon Computer Science Honor Society in 2004, and his winning of the UT Chattanooga Outstanding Computer Science Teaching award in 2001. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Drs. O'Connor and Milner make four presentations
Since the start of the new year, Dr. Clyde Milner, History, and Dr. Carol O’Connor, History, have made four presentations about their co-authored boDr. Carol O'Connor and Dr. Clyde Milner, from the jacket of "As Big as the West: The Pioneer Life of Granville Stuart." Photo by Dr. Jack Zibluk.ok, As Big as the West: The Pioneer Life of Granville Stuart, published by Oxford University Press. Most recently they discussed the larger context of their work at a special panel on "Ranching and Writing" set up at the National Cowboy and Western History Museum in Oklahoma City the only session on Friday afternoon, June 19, for the national conference of the Western Writers of America. Earlier this year, they presented a public lecture on January 12 in Little Rock at the Central Arkansas Library at the invitation of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. On March 26, they spoke in Dallas, Texas, to a seminar of graduate students in the history program at Southern Methodist University and then delivered a public lecture that evening sponsored by the university’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. On April 17, they spoke by invitation to the faculty and students of the history department at the University of New Mexico. Dr. O’Connor is interim dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Dr. Milner directs the Heritage Studies Ph.D. Program.

Dr. Engelken presents, publishes at annual conference
Dr. Robert Engelken, Engineering, made the presentation, "Building Academic Vision upon Academic Wealth and Balance: Perspectives from Two Decades down the Road" at the 2009 annual conference and exhibition of the American Society for Engineering Education in Austin, Texas, on June 16. A full-length refereed paper upon which the presentation was based was published in the conference proceedings.  

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