Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
July 23, 2007

Calendar highlights:

* Biology radio show #74 today, 4:44 p.m., KASU 91.9 FM

* New Student Orientation Wednesday, July 25

* ASU Summer Children's Theatre,
"The Invention," Wednesday-Friday

* Lunch and Learn, "Beginning an Exercise Program," Thursday, July 26, noon, Room 107, ABI


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ASU Biofuels Research Program secures $1.5 million
Dr. Elizabeth Hood, Plant Biology, and director of ASU's Biofuels Research Program, anticipates increased momentum for the program. With the recent passage of the House Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, Congressman Marion Berry secured $1.5 million in funding for Hood's six-person research team. The ASU team creates technologies that make the production of cellulosic ethanol possible and affordable, including the creation of inexpensive enzymes. Plants serve as biofactories, and enzyme technology breaks down plants into sugars, which are then used in ethanol production. The ASU team's creation of more enzyme types and volumes will significantly reduce the cost of cellulosic ethanol production, as well as making ethanol production more environmentally friendly, with reduced energy costs and fewer waste by-products. These new enzyme technologies will also allow farmers to utilize waste materials in the production of ethanol, ultimately lowering the cost of  biofuel to consumers.

Dr. Dale serves as invited presenter in Oxford
Dr. Larry Dale, Economics, was recently invited to present a paper on poverty
at the Conference on Poverty, held at Manchester College, Oxford University. Dr. Dale was one of 38 scholars from all over the world to attend and present. The paper, "The Northeast Arkansas Experience: The Welfare-to-Work Program," was co-authored by Dr. Sandra Bevill, Management, and Courtney Bracy, advising coordinator, College of Business. The paper presented the results of a project conducted through the Center for Economic Education and the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization. For this program, 10 college students were trained to conduct a series of two sets of three workshops for Greene County welfare recipients to assist them in getting off welfare. Of the 91 participants in the program, 83% were able to get a job and earn their way off all public assistance within two years, compared to the national average of 60%.

ASU Childhood Services hosts 37th annual conference
Arkansas State University Childhood Services is hosting its 37th annual Early Childhood Education Conference Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 6-8, in the Convocation Center and Fowler Center at ASU. Jo Ann Nalley, director, has announced that featured conference speakers will include Dr. Patrick Cooper, Cate Heroman, and Sharon MacDonald. The conference is sponsored by The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. For questions or to receive a registration form, contact Childhood Services at 870-972-3055 or 888-429-1585 or visit the web site,

Tuition discount forms available online through July 31
Tuition discount forms for Fall 2007 must be filed with the Human Resources Office by Tuesday, July 31. All employees wishing to utilize this benefit for themselves, their spouses, and/or their legal dependents must file a new form for each semester he or she plans to attend. These must be filed by the July 31 deadline due to Banner conversion. The form can be found on the web at Completed forms should be faxed to 972-3337. For more information, contact Vicki Fletcher at 972-3081.

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