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100th Year

July 9, 2009

Calendar highlights:

ASU Museum presents "Our Awesome Ancestors," opening Thursday, July 16, and running through Saturday, July 18

Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, Tyronza, features Hope and Despair: FSA Photography in Arkansas during the Great Depression,through Wednesday, July 22


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Dr. Farris chairs, moderates at national conference
Dr. Jerry Farris, Environmental Biology Distinguished Professor, chaired and moderated a conference session on Environmental and Energy Research and Education inDr. Jerry Farris Washington, D.C., earlier this spring. This year's University-Federal Dialogue on Environmental and Energy Research and Education featured 30 senior leaders from 12 federal agencies. These leaders engaged in discussions with almost 150 faculty and senior administrators on the research and funding priorities of the Obama administration and the effects those research and funding priorities might have on higher education. The conference was sponsored by the National Council for Science and the Environment and also includes ASU in its Council of Environmental Deans and Directors

Dr. Salinger attends family and victim advocacy training
Dr. Lawrence Salinger, Sociology, and assistant department chair, recently attended Family and Victim Advocacy 101 training at the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Dr. Lawrence Salinger Huntsville, Ala. The training is designed for Family or Victim Advocates who work with children who are victims of crime and/or the child’s non-offending caregivers. Historically, the criminal justice system was designed for adults, and can be confusing and frightening for children. Family and Victim Advocates are uniquely positioned to provide information and support to children and families, who often have a host of concerns and needs during the legal process. The training focused on the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to successfully implement a Family and/or Victim Advocacy program. Topics covered in the training included dynamics of non-offending caregivers, building community acceptance, program description and operation, integrating programs with existent services, working with multidisciplinary investigative teams, rapport building and bonding with clients, implementing support groups for caregivers, accessing community services, and tools and techniques for intervening with caregivers.

Department of Teacher Education professors publish
Dr. Natalie Johnson-Leslie, Teacher Education, and Dr. Dixie K. Keyes, Teacher Education, published articles in the Journal of the European Teachers Education Network (JETEN). Johnson-Leslie’s article, "Panwapa’s Island: Using technology to globalize early learners," features the exploration of a multi-media educational program in a global village. Early childhood educators examined "Panwapa’s Island" for use in diversity awareness. Keyes’ article, "Reflecting and generating new understandings with Synectics," features the history of Synectics, a model of teaching, along with student writing and conceptualizations based on the creative thought generated in the process. Also spotlighted is a Synectics brainstorming session from the 2008 European Teachers Education Network (ETEN) Conference in Liverpool, England.

Dr. Mike Hall participates in AP Calculus Reading
Dr. Mike Hall, Mathematics, was selected as a reader in the annual reading and scoring of the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) examinations in Calculus this June.Dr. Mike HallThe AP readers are among the finest high school and college educators in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. Each year the AP program, sponsored by the College Board, gives more than one million high school students an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and examinations. Based on exam performances, students can receive credit and/or advanced placement when they enter college. More than 2.7 million examinations from 37 AP courses were evaluated by over 10,000 AP readers from universities and high schools. The AP reading is a unique forum in which academic dialogue between secondary school and college educators is fostered and strongly encouraged.
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