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August 4, 2008

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Murdock interviews for vice chancellor position
CriCristian A. Murdockstian A. Murdock, executive director, National Major Giving Programs, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, will be on campus Sunday-Monday, August 3-4, as a candidate for the position of vice chancellor, University Advancement. Murdock will mak
e a public presentation today at 4 p.m. in the Dean B. Ellis Library boardroom, 8th floor. He will present "The Role of the Chief Advancement Officer" as part of the interview process. One additional candidate will also be interviewing for the position. To view a copy of Murdock's curriculum vitae, click here.

Dr. Romero, Dr. Trauth, students, present papers
Dr. Aldemaro Romero, chair, Biology, and Dr. Stanley Trauth, Zoology, recently presented several papers at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Montreal, Canada, with graduate and undergraduate students. Romero presented three papers on cave fishes. One paper, coauthored by Dr. Trauth and graduate students Kapil Mandrekar and David Hayes, was on the morphology of North American cave fishes. Romero presented a second paper, coauthored by graduate student Michel Conner and undergraduate student Chuck Vaughan, on the conservation status of the southern cave fish in Arkansas. Romero's third paper, on the cave fishes of China, was coauthored with two of his colleagues from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Trauth and his coauthor, Dr. Mike Plummer, Harding University, presented a paper on the controversial functions of Rathke’s glands in softshell turtles. These glands, referred to by many as musk or scent glands, often produce malodorous secretions. Dr. Trauth plans to examine these glands in additional species of Arkansas turtles.

Dr. Agnew, colleagues, graduate students present papers

Dr. David Agnew, Agricultural Education, along with current and former students and colleagues from the University of Arkansas, Kassel University in Germany, and the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education, co-authored and co-presented five papers at the 15th International Conference on Learning held in Chicago in June. Bridget Duncan, a College of Education doctoral student
, presented a poster on the Kuder career planning system in recruiting agriculture students. John Davison, deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education, was a co-author. Debbie DeRossetti, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, co-authored a paper on career education, using 4-H and extension resources in a statewide pilot project. Morgan Ruff, an agriculture instructor in northeast Arkansas who earned a master's degree at ASU, co-authored and co-presented a case study of the relationship of extracurricular activities to standardized testing in a rural school. Dr. David Powell, a recently graduated doctoral student, co-authored a presentation on an analysis and correlation of the Flood, Land, and People curriculum and the Food and Fiber literacy standards relating to agricultural literacy. Also related to agricultural literacy, graduate student Okoro Akinyemi and Dr. Peter von Fragstien, both of Kassel University in Germany, co-authored a paper on the status of school gardens in Nigeria.

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