July 31, 2006

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Director appointed for newest Ph.D. program
Dr. Pamela Weathers will be coming to ASU as the fDr. Pamela Weathers (WPI Photo)irst director of the Molecular Biosciences doctoral program.  She also will serve as the inaugural Judd Hill Distinguished Chair of Agricultural Biotechnology in the College of Agriculture.  Weathers currently is a professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.  Her appointment was announced jointly by Dr. Greg Phillips, Dean of the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering and Sciences and Mathematics, and Dr. Carole Cramer, executive director of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute. Click here for more details on the NewsPage.

Dr. Medina-Bolivar invited to speak
Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolivar, Biological Sciences, was an invited speaker at the Medicinal Plants Symposium at the annual International Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science, in New Orleans, earlier this month. His topic was "Hairy Roots: Harnessing the Biosynthetic Potential of Plant Roots for Agriculture and Medicine." Dr. Medina-Bolivar was also appointed as a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Symposium on Medicinal and Nutraceutical Plants to be held next March in Macon, Ga.


Dr. Srivatsan presents research in D.C.

Dr. Malathi Srivatsan presented research titled “Extracellular Acetylcholinesterase is Neurotrophic to Somatosensory Neurons of Rat” at the Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Excellence organized by National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C. earlier this month. In addition, her undergraduate research associate, Jonathan Treece, won a competitive travel award from the faculty for undergraduate neuroscience to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience to be held in Atlanta. Treece will present his research titled, “Specific cytokines are synthesized and released by sympathetic neurons in cell culture.”

Centennial Hall now accepting reservations
Centennial Hall, the new name for the ballroom of the Reng Center, is scheduled to open Monday, Oct. 2. Reservations are now being accepted for events. In addition, the Reng Center has been renamed the Reng Student Services Center, which will house many student services, as the remainder of the building opens in the fall. Centennial Hall can seat up to 1,000 people in a lecture type arrangement, 700 people in a banquet/meal type arrangement and 600 people in a classroom (table and chair) type setting. Also, partitions can divide Centennial Hall into three separate rooms. For more details or to reserve a room, call Pam Fletcher, special events coordinator, at 972-2056 or via email at pfletch@astate.edu.

Commencement will be Friday
Wednesday, Aug. 2, is the last day of classes for Summer Session II, with final exams on Thursday. August Commencement will be held on Friday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center.

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