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100th Year

Sept. 11, 2009

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Lecture-Concert Series presents Martha A. Sandweiss, Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line, Monday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Fowler Center Drama Theatre



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Beck PRIDE Center a winner of "Newman's Own" award
The Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Veterans at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious 10th annual Newman’s Own Award. Chancellor Robert L. Potts accepted the $5,000 award at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Thursday as awards totaling $75,000 were presented to 11 volunteer organizations for their innovative programs to improve military quality of life. The competition, which rewards programs that benefit service men and women and their families, was sponsored by Newman’s Own, Fisher House Foundation, and Military Times Media Group. "At the Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans, we feel honored to be a recipient organization,” said Susan Tonymon, director of the Beck PRIDE Center.  “We will utilize the generous support from the Fisher House Foundation to make a significant impact for the military service members in our program. It is particularly meaningful that ‘Newman’s Own Award’ founder, the extraordinary actor Paul Newman, was also a decorated Navy World War II veteran. Therefore, we pledge to do our very best to use these resources to provide innovative solutions to improve the quality of life for active duty, reserve or National Guard injured combat veterans and their families,” concluded Tonymon. (Pictured from left) Newman's Own president Tom Indoe, Chancellor Robert L. Potts, Fisher House Foundation trustee Tammy Fisher).

Dr. Armah, Dr. Phillips, Aaron Archer publish in journal
Dr. Paul Armah, Agricultural Economics, Dr. Gregory C. Phillips, Plant Biotechnology and dean, College of Agriculture and Technology, and Aaron Archer, College of
Agriculture and Technology and currently a PhD student at Missouri University of Science and Technology, recently published an article, "
Drivers Leading to Higher Food Prices: Biofuels Are Not the Main Factor," in the journal In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology-Plant.Their article, and the data reviewed in therein, debunks the popular myth that food producers, particularly farmers growing corn or soybean for biofuel feedstocks, are making huge profits with high commodity prices. The article suggests that a primary solution to the overall rise in food prices (poultry and dairy products in particular) since 2007 is to increase the supply of commodity crops responsibly, in ways that are respectful and sustainable economically, societally, and environmentally. At the center of this solution lies the implementation and development of new technologies to increase crop yields and nutritional values without increasing the amount of fossil-based inputs used in agriculture. Conventional breeding, molecular breeding, genomics, and biotechnology are all pivotal technologies for increasing crop yields to meet these supply needs, combined with the impacts of other new technologies and best management practices in agricultural production. 

Dr. Gil-Osle publishes in peer-reviewed journal
Dr. Juan PablDr. Juan Pablo Gil-Osleo Gil-Osle, Spanish and French, recently published an article, "Early Modern Illusions of Perfect Male Friendship: The Case of Cervantes’s ‘El curioso impertinente,’" in the bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America, a peer-reviewed journal which stands as one of the best worldwide in field of Cervantes. The contents of this publication are available in paper, as well as online. The article deals with the transformations of the concept of male friendship during the early modern period. The theory of friendship evolved from a clan-oriented concept to a more individualistic idea in the Enlightenment. Cervantes’s novella "El curioso impertinente" is a wonderful example of the evolution of these symbolisms of friendship.

Yearbook photos scheduled for Sept. 14-18
The WolfTracks Yearbook will hold its annual Photo Week Monday-Friday, Sept. 14-18, on the first floor of the Student Union. To be included in this year’s publication,  faculty, staff and students are required to have new photos made during the week of September. Faculty, staff, and students must present a valid ASU ID to sit for photos. All faculty and staff are strongly advised to have photos made, since these photos remain on file with both the yearbook and the Office of University Communications and the Office of Media Relations. Faculty and staff photos also serve as official headshots for news and media releases. Hours are Monday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 15-17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Friday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For details or questions, contact Natalie Eskew, Leadership Center, ext. 2055.
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