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Nov. 3, 2008

Calendar highlights:

ASU Opera Production class presents "Pajama Opera" tonight, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

ASU Concert Orchestra performs Tuesday,
Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

Fowler Center Series presents Chanticleer  Thursday, Nov. 6,
7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center


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ASU ROTC to add four names to war memorial monument
 In observation of Veterans' Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, ASU's Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) will unveil the addition of four names to the ROTC War Memorial during a ceremony starting at 1:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory. The Arkansas State University ROTC War Memorial was first dedicated on Nov. 11, 1995. Engraved on the four sides of the granite monument, located to the east of the Armory, are the names of all of the ASU ROTC recipients of the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, and all those who fell in combat. This monument was funded by ASU ROTC alumni and local community organizations under the reign of Col. (ret.) David Grossman.
The four new additions to the monument are:  Ray A. Clardy (’42, Distinguished Service Cross); Jimmie G. English (’40, Killed in Action [KIA]); Donald W. Holman (’68, KIA); and Michael J. McCarty (’02, Silver Star).

ASU to hold mass flu dispensing on Nov. 6
ASU and the Craighead County Health Unit will join forces Thursday, Nov. 6, to practice a local mass dispensing plan for flu vaccination. Approximately 3,000 doses of free influenza vaccine will be administered to persons aged six months and older at the Convocation Center on the ASU campus in the Hames Rooms from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. The public may come into the Convocation Center or remain in their vehicles and use one of the drive-through lines. The purpose of the clinic is to provide flu vaccine to Craighead County citizens and also to exercise the county’s mass dispensing plan, designed to insure that health professionals and volunteers are prepared to vaccinate or dispense medication to a large population in a very short period of time. Participants should bring Medicaid, Medicare, and/or state insurance cards; paperwork will be filed as part of the clinic. There will be no charge to those who do not have coverage and are unable to pay. The vaccine is free to the public at the one-day mass dispensing clinics only. For more information, visit the flu clinic link on the ASU Web page for Environmental Health and Safety, see the NewsPage release, or contact the Arkansas Health Department at (870) 933-4585.

Dr. Xu wins British Petroleum Young Scientist Award
Dr. Jianfeng Xu, assistant professor of Biochemical Engineering at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI) and the College of Agriculture, was presented with the 2008 British Petroleum (BP) Young Scientist and Student Award at the 13th International Biotechnology Symposium and Exhibition Oct.12-17, 2008, in Dalian, northeast China. The International Biotechnology Symposium and Exhibition is held only once every four years and is recognized as the premier international conference in the field of biotechnology. Xu was selected from more than two hundred applicants to receive this global award.The overall theme of the Symposium for 2008 was “Biotechnology for the Sustainability of Human Society.” The symposium examined the milestone achievements and successes in biotechnology and discussed how biotechnology can contribute to global sustainability in the 21st century. Xu is part of the Arkansas Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Plant Powered Production (P3) Center at ABI. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Medina-Bolívar invited to talk in China
Dr. Fabricio
Medina-Bolívar, Plant Metabolic Engineering/ABI, was recently inDr. Fabricio Medina-Bolívarvited to give a talk, "Induced Biosynthesis and Biological Activity of Natural
Resveratrol Analogues from Hairy Root Cultures," at the 6th Annual Congress of International Drug Discovery Science and Technology (IDDST) in Beijing, China. Dr.
Medina-Bolívar was also invited to chair the session "Develop Bioprocesses for Production of High Value Medicines." The Congress included renowned speakers from academia and industry, including Nobel Prize laureates. During his stay in China, Dr. Medina-Bolívar also gave a lecture at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Laboratory of Biochemical Engineering. Dr. Medina-Bolívar’s talks and research on production of resveratrol analogues and other bioactive compounds using hairy root cultures were well-received in both venues. Dr. Medina-Bolívar is currently pursuing research collaborations with different academic institutions and industries in the US, China, and South America.

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