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Aug. 20, 2007


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ASU sends team to SENCER Summer Institute
A team of faculty and a graduate student from ASU attended the 2007 Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities (SENCER) Summer Institute in Portland, Maine. SENCER is a National Science Foundation-funded program that selects a small cadre of teams from the many national and international application programs it received to attend the the institute to work on and share information and ideas on how to infuse civic engagement activities into the science curriculum. The team from ASU, led by Dr. Robyn Hannigan, Environmental Sciences program and Geochemistry, included Dr. Alan Christian, Zoology, Leonette Cox, graduate student, Environmental Sciences, Dr. Erik Gilbert, History, Dr. Steve Green, Soil and Water Conservation, and Dr. Tillman Kennon, Science Education. Dr. John M. Pratte, Chemistry and Physics, also gave a presentation, "The Effects of Online Classes on Engagement."

Dr. Johnson presents paper at Parisian colloquium
Dr. Warren Johnson, French, presented a paper, "Paris et le comique fin-de-siècle," at the colloquium "La vie parisienne" sponsored by the Société des Études Romantiques in Paris. The paper described the role of the French capital, specifically the Montmartre area, in the flourishing of the comic spirit in the late 19th century, but the paper also described the comic writers' reactions against the modernity that Paris embodied at that time.

Freer elected to governing board of NCTA
Rosemary Freer, Testing Center, has been elected to a three-year term on the governing board of the National College Testing Association (NCTA). She recently attended her first board meeting in Salt Lake City, where she also presented a workshop, "Don't Get Stung by Conflict: Overarching Approaches to Handling Conflict," at the NCTA annual conference. Freer has served for the past two years on the organization's Sponsors and Exhibitors' Committee and will chair that committee for next year's conference in Baltimore.

College of Nursing & Health Professions to mark 25 years
The College of Nursing and Health Professions will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Thursday, Aug. 30. Watch for details about the party in Wednesday's Inside ASU.

ASU scientists to begin film series Thursday evening
As announced last June in Inside ASU, the departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Physics are initiating a film series to further promote public appreciation and understanding of science. The first presentation will be "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. in Lab Science 219. "Science Flicks" will feature one popular film each month, followed by a panel discussion about the science that is featured in the film. This week's discussion topics will include submarine technology, marine life, atomic power, and environmentalism. Dr. John M. Pratte, Chemistry and Physics, and Dr. Al Romero, Biological Sciences, provided more detail in their July 1 science series article in The Jonesboro Sun. For a complete listing of upcoming films, see

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