Nov. 14, 2005

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* Percussion Ensemble, tonight

* The Importance of Being Earnest,  theatre production continues

* Multicultural Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, Nov. 17, Armory,
$5 admission

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Molecular biosciences Ph.D. program gets approval
The Higher Learning Commission has approved ASU's proposal for a new Ph.D. program in molecular biosciences.  The program will accept applications through Dec. 1 for those wish to start classes in the spring semester.  This will be a cross-disciplinary program emphasizing discovery in disciplines such as agriculture, medicine, forensics, environmental sciences, food sciences and renewable energy.  Dr. Tom Wheeler, program director, may be contacted at 972-3300.

Dr. Stan Trauth gives keynote address
Dr. Stan Trauth
, Zoology, was the keynote speaker at the 32nd annual meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society held on the Pittsburg State University campus in Pittsburg, Kansas, last week. His talk was titled Ecoregions in Arkansas: A Herpetofaunal Approach.

Dr. Charles Hartwig chairs panel on UN
Dr. Charles
Hartwig, Political Science, recently chaired a panel on "Reforming the United Nations" at a conference marking the 60th anniversary of the United Nations, held at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Three ASU students were also able to attend the conference, thanks to mini-grants from the dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and the UCA conference coordinator.

Friends mourn passing of former ASU president
Carl Whillock of Little Rock, who served as the sixth president of ASU from 1978-80, died suddenly last Monday.  Funeral services were Wednesday.  Those wishing to read his obituary and sign the online guest book may click here.

Communications to host panel discussion
The College of Communications will host a panel discussion with journalism professionals focusing on race and gender content in the media at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the ASU-TV studio. More specifically, the journalism professionals will discuss media coverage of hurricanes, college mascots, and urban music. The event is also hosted by the association for Women in Communications and Dr. Lillie Fears’ “Race, Gender and Media” class. The speakers will include Wes Brown, business editor for Arkansas News Bureau; Jajuan Johnson, reporter and oral history coordinator at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies in Little Rock; and Rick Fahr, managing editor of The Sun, Jonesboro.

all for proposals from
Middle East Studies
The Middle East Studies Committee is seeking proposals that identify specific areas of academic interest and a detailed plan by which the applicant will conduct the study or research in the Middle East. The awards are open to all fields of study. For more details, see Middle East Studies.

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