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100th Year

Nov. 6, 2009

Calendar highlights:

Four Silver Star recipients to be inducted into Hall of Heroes, halftime of ASU/Louisiana-Lafayette football game, beginning at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, ASU Stadium

ASU Dept. of Music welcomes Dr. Frank Ticheli as composer-in-residence Thursday, Nov. 12

ASU Theatre presents  'Little Shop of Horrors,' Friday-Saturday, Nov. 13-14, and Monday-Wednesday,
Nov. 16-18, 7:30 p.m., Fowler Center


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'Dirty Jobs' featuring Dr. Tanja McKay screens Nov. 10
ASU's College of Science and Mathematics will host a viewing party on TuesdDr. Tanja McKayay, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. to celebrate the appearance of Dr. Tanja McKay, Entomology, on the new season of the popular Discovery Channel show, "Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe." Viewing of the show begins at 8 p.m. Viewing will be held in Laboratory Sciences, East Wing, Room 219.  RSVP for Tuesday's viewing party to Jennifer Clack, ext. 3079. For details, visit the College of Sciences and Mathematics online. Watch a sneak peek of the episode with Dr. McKay on YouTube, and view a poster of Dr. McKay and her students.

Torchbearers events slated for Nov. 12
The Torchbearer breakfast and happy hour will be here soon, on Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Cooper Alumni Center. RSVP for one of the two events or join Torchbearers now. Great door prizes will be given away, including two Red Wolf wall plaques made by ASU's Sign Shop. Send in pledge forms or contact Elaine Poynter, director, Annual Giving, in the Alumni Office, ext. 2718. Torchbearers are current and retired faculty and staff who make gifts of $50 or more to the ASU Foundation. Those individuals choose the designations of their gifts, which could be any college, department, Santa’s Wolves, Staff Senate Educational Stipend Fund, the Library, KASU, the ASU Museum, or any privately funded scholarship. Torchbearer members also receive a centennial clock.

Dr. Davis co-authors article in clinicians' journal

Dr. Sharon Davis, Rehabilitation Counseling, is co-author of the article "Competency Issues for Alcohol/Other Drug Abuse Counselors." The study was published in the July 2009 issue of Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. The study examines the attitudes of alcohol and other drug abuse counselors as well as their perceptions of competency in working with people with coexisting disabilities. Dr. Davis is the new program coordinator for the Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling program at ASU. ASU's program in rehabilitation counseling is ranked 45th in the nation, according to the recent U.S. News and World Report graduate schools ranking.

Dr. Kulkarni publishes article in peer-reviewed journal
Dr. Veena Kulkarni, Sociology, and co-author Dae Young Kim published their research on economic outcomes of second generation immigrant populations. Their artiDr. Veena Kulkarnicle, "The Role of Father’s Occupation on Intergenerational Educational and Occupational Mobility: The Case of Second-Generation Chinese Americans in New York," appeared in the peer-reviewed journal Sociological Forum, March 2009, Volume 24, Number 1. Dr. Kulkarni and Dr. Kim's article examines the predictive role of parents’ socioeconomic status, which generally applies for most racial and ethnic groups. That association does not always hold for groups exhibiting high levels of education, such as Asian Americans. This study, using the 2000 United Census data and the New York Immigrant Second-Generation Survey, analyses the role of parents’ education and occupation on children’s educational and occupational attainment for Chinese Americans aged 18–32. The results corroborate the positive link between parents’ socioeconomic status and children’s educational and occupational attainments. Children of professionals command an educational and occupational advantage over children of entrepreneurs and children of manual workers. However, the children of entrepreneurs surpassed the children of manual workers with respect to educational and occupational achievement and attainment. This suggests that immigrant entrepreneurship contributes in the upward educational and occupational mobility of the children of entrepreneurs.

Dr. Hacker has article accepted in peer-reviewed journal
Dr. Hans Hacker, Political Science, and his former student, William D. Blake, have had their article, “The Brooding Spirit of the Law: Supreme Court Justices Reading Dissents Dr. Hans Hackerfrom the Bench,” accepted by the Justice Systems Journal, one of only four peer-reviewed law journals in the nation. Their article explores reasons why justices sometimes take the unusual step of reading their dissenting opinions aloud during the Court’s opinion announcements. Using a unique data set collected from audio recordings, newspaper accounts, and legal databases, Blake and Hacker test a model explaining why justices use this practice by analyzing ideological, strategic and institutional variables. The paper's major finding was that justices are more likely to read in dissent when another justice with a similar ideology writes the majority opinion. The Justice Systems Journal is associated with the National Center for the Study of State Courts in Williamsburg, Va. The journal publishes research on all levels of court systems and will publish the Blake and Hacker article in early 2010.

Continue to use ASU's flu reporting link, check updates
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting that H1N1 is widespread in 48 states, including Arkansas and the states surrounding it. Along with this, the numbers of doctor visits for influenza-like illness is the same or greater than what is normally seen at the peak of seasonal flu season. The seasonal flu season has just begun and generally does not peak until February. Further, the number of hospitalizations and deaths from influenza and pneumonia are continuing to grow and exceed what is expected at this time of year. The CDC confirms that all subtyped Influenza A was 2009 H1N1. Despite minimal disruption to campus life this semester, vigilance is necessary Continue to wash hands frequently, cough into sleeves, and stay home when sick. Plan now to get both seasonal and H1N1 influenza vaccines. As always, if you have H1N1, or someone you know on campus has H1N1, please use ASU's on-line report form. This helps ASU personnel know who needs assistance, as well as helping to track the number of cases that exist within our campus community. There are many links on ASU's Emergency Communications site that provide vital information. Most of the answers to questions faculty and staff might have can be found there. For additional information, contact the Student Health Center, ext. 2054, the Department of Student Affairs, ext.3355, or Dr. Deborah Pursell, Nursing, and coordinator, Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education, ext. 3074.

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