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100th Year

Nov. 18, 2009

Calendar highlights:

ASU Theatre presents  'Little Shop of Horrors,' Monday-Wednesday,
Nov. 16-18, 7:30 p.m.

Lecture-Concert Series presents pianist Robert Henry, Monday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

World AIDS Day Conference, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Student Union Auditorium



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Dr. 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 Dr. Jim BednarzHome-range Sizes: Do Singing Locations Alone Provide an Accurate Estimate of Space Use?”  This paper appeared recently in the prestigious periodical, The Auk, published quarterly by the American 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
The 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. For 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. 20
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 NewsPage release.
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 Susan 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 history. 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 NewsPage release. 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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