Bednarz and recent students publish journal article
Dr. Jim Bednarz, Wildlife Ecology, and two of his recent
graduate students, Nick Anich and Dr. T.J. Benson, recently
published a feature article, “Estimating Territory and
Sizes: Do Singing Locations Alone Provide an Accurate Estimate of
Space Use?” This paper appeared recently in the prestigious
The Auk, published quarterly by the
Ornithologists’ Union, and generally considered the
foremost ornithological scientific journal in the world. In this
paper, Anich, Benson, and Bednarz documented the home range and
territory size used by 37 male Swainson’s Warblers by attaching and
tracking small radio transmitters in eastern Arkansas. Their data
demonstrated that the average male Swainson’s Warbler used a
considerably larger area than previously determined
using traditional observational techniques. They cautioned that for
many secretive birds, previous estimates of space use in the
literature based on past techniques may be seriously underestimated,
and these could lead to erroneous ecological and conservation
conclusions. In the weeks following publication of this article, the
authors have received numerous comments, queries, and requests for
copies of the paper from throughout the U.S., and from Argentina,
Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, and Spain. In addition, a
writer for the popular professional magazine, “The
Wildlife Professional,” published by the
Wildlife Society indicated that
they were planning to summarize the results and feature this ASU
research in their “Science in Short” section.
Bookstore invites faculty, staff to annual event Nov. 18, 19
The ASU Bookstore invites all faculty and staff to the annual event
celebrating the bookstore's partnership with faculty and staff. On
Wednesday, Nov. 18, and Thursday, Nov. 19,from
9 a.m.-4 p.m., refreshments will be served and door prizes offered.
The bookstore also offers a 35% total discount on select merchandise
to staff and faculty.
Final jazz concert of the year is Nov. 19
Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will
present the ASU Jazz
Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band in concert on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7:30
p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The Jazz Ensemble is under the
direction of Dr. E. Ron Horton. The concert is free of charge and
open to the public.
its final concert of the year, the ASU Jazz Band and Jazz Lab Band
will visit the musical world of Miles Davis. The concert will
explore the music of people who influenced Davis, such as
Dizzy Gillespie and his contemporary Horace Silver. The bands will
also perform music by musicians who were influenced by Davis, such
as Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. The band will also perform
some of the music that Davis was famous for during his cool jazz
period. This concert will also feature a piece by ASU’s director of
Jazz Studies, Dr. E. Ron Horton.
For details, contact the music office at ext. 2094, or see the
NewsPage release for a
complete program and list of personnel.
Moot Court team to attend tournament Nov.
Dr. Hans Hacker, Political Science, will serve as director of the first ever
undergraduate moot court championship for the South Central region of
the United States, to be held on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Bowen School
of Law in Little Rock. Dr. Hacker also coaches the ASU Moot Court Team, which will
compete at the tournament, vying for the overall championship and a top
seed in the National Undergraduate Moot Court Championships, to be held
on Friday-Saturday, January 15-16, 2010, at the Florida International
University College of Law in Miami.
This year, 36 teams from nine universities will compete in Little Rock.
Universities competing include the University of Texas at Dallas,
Vanderbilt University, Arkansas State University, the University of
Texas at Austin, Howard Paine University, Middle Tennessee State
University, Texas Wesleyan University, and Stephen F. Austin State
University. Judge Susan Webber-Wright, chief judge of the United States
District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, will present
the championship trophy in honor of her husband, Robert R. Wright
III, former Bowen School professor, for whom it is named. For
details, see the NewsPage
release. ASU's Moot Court team of
Lilia Pacheco and Jervonne Newsome
recently took third place in a tournament at Texas Wesleyan School
of Law, finishing third out of 50 teams. Abram Skarda, Jervonne
Newsome, and Ryan Mullenix all placed in the competition for
individual speaker awards at Texas Wesleyan. For details, see the
Call for submissions for Susie Pryor Award is announced
The Arkansas Women’s History Institute announces a call for submissions
for the 2010 Susie Pryor Award.The award is named in honor of
Hampton Newton Pryor, one of the first women to run for political office
in Arkansas, a community leader, mother, local historian, and writer
from Camden, Ark.
The Susie Pryor Award in Arkansas Women’s History offers a $1,000 prize
annually for the best unpublished essay on topics in Arkansas women’s
Manuscripts are judged on the knowledge of contributions by women in
Arkansas’ history, use of primary and secondary materials, and
analytical and stylistic excellence. The winning paper may be published.
Submission deadline is Monday, Feb. 15, 2010. The winner will be
announced at the 2010 meeting of the Arkansas Historical Association in
Jonesboro, April 15-17, 2010.
Contact Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, History,
ext. 3291 for details, or see the
For guidelines or more information about the Susie Pryor Award, visit
the Arkansas Women’s History Institute
online, or contact
Heather Register Zbinden, chair of the Susie Pryor Award
Competition, at 1318 Pine Valley Road, Little Rock, Ark. 72207, or by
telephone at (501) 683-3615.
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