July 10, 2006

* New Student Orientation, tomorrow, all day

*  Summer Pottery Club Sale: Thursday, Friday & Saturday at The Edge, coffeehouse, 1900 Aggie Rd.

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Hairy Roots workshop on Thursday
Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolivar
and Dr. Argelia Lorence, Arkansas Biosciences Institute, have organized the first International Workshop on Hairy Roots to be held at ABI this Thursday. The workshop is near capacity with participants from several countries.  At the ABI laboratory, hairy roots are being used to produce valuable chemicals with applications in medicine, agriculture and food science. For example, two current projects in the laboratory are focused on using hairy root technology to produce chemicals for treating cancer. A second project is looking at the manipulation of the hairy roots to make novel chemicals with potential applications in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. For more on the workshop program, click on the workshop website. Or, contact the workshop organizers, Dr. Medina-Bolivar or Dr. Lorence.

William Allen's image archive is featured
The online art image collection compiled by Dr. William Allen, Art History, and Center for Learning Technologies, is Peregrination's featured website in the latest issue.  Click here to visit the archive. According to the article, Allen has taken thousands of photos of art-historical sites for use in his classes. Since 2000, he has made these accessible to fellow teachers and medieval art aficionados through the archive. The photos often include details of works that are difficult to photograph, such as interior mosaics and wall paintings.  For art historians, Allen also runs the website Digits, which gives practical advice for teaching art history and incorporating new technologies.

ADHE news on federal student grants
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education announced last week that the curriculum of the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship has been deemed rigorous enough to assist students in qualifying for new grant programs announced by the U.S. Department of Education. The new federal grant programs are the Academic Competitiveness (AC) Grants and the Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grants. In addition to the Pell Grant amount, up to $750 will be awarded to eligible first-year AC recipients and $1,300 to second-year AC grant recipients. Up to $4,000 (in addition to Pell Grant funds) will be awarded to eligible National SMART Grant students, who are in the third or fourth academic year of pursuing a four-year degree program in mathematics, science, technology, engineering or in a critical need foreign language. For more details, go to www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov or call 1-800-4FEDAID or contact finaid@astate.edu.

Blue Monday next Monday in Paragould
KASU presents Olga next Monday at 7 p.m. for Blue Monday-Paragould at Brittny’s Steakhouse, downtown. Hailing from San Francisco of Austrian parentage, Olga is among the vanguard of new blues artists combining innovation with a deep sense of roots. Olga received classical training in voice, piano, and violin at a young age with her friend's guitar and the help of Jimi Hendrix. Soon thereafter, blues kidnapped her mind and soul. Olga now calls Memphis and New Orleans her homes. Admission to the Blue Monday-Paragould concert featuring Olga is free thanks to sponsors Bank of Paragould, Child Art Studio, Joe Holifield – Attorney at Law and KASU, but seating is limited.

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