Inside ASU, News for Faculty & Staff, Arkansas State University
98th Year

Nov. 30, 2007

Calendar highlights:

Madrigal Feaste,  tonight and Saturday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m., Grand Hall,
Fowler Center

College of Business Open House, Monday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Business Building, Room 106

Study Day, Tuesday, Dec. 4; finals begin Wednesday, Dec. 5



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Dr. Joanna Grymes elected to SECA board of directors
Dr. Joanna Grymes, Early Childhood Education, has been elected to represent the state of Arkansas as a member of the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) Board of Directors, beginning January, 2008. SECA is a professional association of 20,000 early childhood educators throughout the South and the nation. SECA's mission is to promote the professional development of early childhood educators and to advocate for the well-being of children and families in our region.

Dr. Srivatsan presents at annual meeting in San Diego
Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, Molecular Biology, ABI, recently presented research at the annual conference of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego. Dr. Srivatsan and postdoctoral research fellow Dr. M. P. Badanavalu presented "Copper nano particles exert size-dependent toxicity on somatosensory neurons of rats." At this meeting, Dr. Srivatsan was chosen to be a mentor in the society's Neuroscience Scholars Program and was paired with neurobiology graduate student Jesus Mena, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and bioengineering graduate student Mahlet Mesfin from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Srivatsan helped two young scholars develop a strategy for achieving their career goals. The Society for Neuroscience is a prestigious international organization with 38,000 members.

Retirements near for three long-time faculty members
Three familiar faces around the ASU campus will be winding up their careers here very soon. Dr. Herman Strickland, dean, University College, Dr. Rick McDaniel, senior associate vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, and Dr. Marlin Shipman, professor, Journalism, are retiring. Strickland and McDaniel are departing simultaneously, mirroring their arrivals here in 1972. Strickland came to ASU to teach in elementary education, while McDaniel taught in biology. Shipman joined the journalism faculty in 1981. Congratulations to these men for their careers of outstanding achievement and their decades of service to ASU and untold numbers of students.

ASU Museum Gift Shop holds Holiday Super Sale
The ASU Museum Gift Shop is holding a holiday sale today through Monday, Dec. 3. The museum is offering 50% off on all Christmas decorations, selected jewelry, and windchimes and 25% off on oil lamps, decorative items, handbags and umbrellas, all toys and books, and all apparel. Museum Gift Shop hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. The museum is also giving away "Free Mona" buttons or ASU magnets with purchases of $5 or more, while supplies last. For details, call ext. 2074.

Department of Music presents University Ringers
The ASU Ringers, a handbell ensemble directed by Dr. M. Ellis Julien, will present a Christmas concert Monday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The concert is free. For details, call ext. 2094 or see the NewsPage release.

CMVAS lecture featuring Dr. Tom Green, director, AAS
The Central Mississippi Valley Archeological Society presents a lecture by Dr. Tom Green, director, Arkansas Archaeological Survey, "Paleoindian or Paleoamerican?" on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., ASU Museum, Room 182. In the past decade, many biological anthropologists have been calling the few late Pleistocene/early Holocene skeletons in the Americas Paleoamericans instead of Paleoindians, implying that skeletons such as Kennewick Man and Buhl Woman may or may not be the biological ancestors of modern Native Americans. The lecture will explore the use of craniofacial morphology as a measure of biological affinity, as well as other methods. Admission is free and open to the public. New anthropology books will be raffled off to fund Archeological Lab research, and opportunities for field work near Jonesboro's RidgePointe subdivision will be announced. For details, e-mail Dr. Julie Morrow.

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