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99th Year

Dec. 1, 2008

Calendar highlights:

World AIDS Day conference today, Centennial Hall, Student Union

ASU Ringers in concert tonight, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall,
Fowler Center

Bradbury Gallery's Fall 2008 Senior Exhibition, opening reception, Thursday, Dec. 4,
5 p.m.,
Fowler Center


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Dr. Michael E. Dockter named to head ORTT
Dr. Michael E. Dockter, vice provost and chief research officer at Saint Louis University and Medical Center and professor in the department of biochemistry and molecularDr. Michael E. Dockter biology at SLU, is the new associate vice chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer at Arkansas State University, university officials have  announced. Prior to his service at Saint Louis University, Dr. Dockter built extensive experience in the University of Tennessee and University of Memphis medical education arenas, including work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Baptist Regional Clinical Laboratories, Regional Medical Center in Memphis, and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. He has also worked in the research and teaching areas of biochemistry/bioenergetics, biochemical techniques, fluorescence, macromolecules in solution, biophysical chemistry, cell molecular biology/protein, and clinical flow cytometry. In addition, he was selected twice as a postdoctoral European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Long-Term Fellow by the University of Basel, and its research institute, Biozentrum, in Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Dockter earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and is a graduate of distinction from California State University at Sonoma. He earned his doctorate from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., in biophysics/biochemistry. For details, see the NewsPage release.

C-Span's 'Road to the White House' Bus to visit ASU
ASU students will join the thousands who have toured C-SPAN’s Campaign 2008 Bus as part of the “Road to the White House” tour, when the bus stops at Arkansas State University, ASU lot SW-4, behind the Dean B. Ellis Library and near the College of Communications, from 12 noon-2:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 3. The 45-foot mobile production studio was on the campaign trail to promote and enhance C-SPAN’s comprehensive political coverage, traveling to major political events such as candidate debates and speeches in early primary states, touring state capitols, and conducting educational programs for teachers and students. Since its January 2007 launch, the bus has been to 45 state capitals and 239 schools, where 8,947 teachers, 52,431 students, and 816 elected officials, including 4 former presidential candidates, have been on board. The Jonesboro events, in partnership with Suddenlink, are part of the bus’s inaugural “Road to the White House” tour, named after C-SPAN’s renowned political program that marks its 20th year on the air in 2008. The bus will also visit Jonesboro High School, 301 Hurricane Drive, 8-11 a.m. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Charlie Seemann gives presentation on cowboy poetry
Charlie Seemann, executive director of the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nev., will speak at Arkansas State University on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m., in the MockingbirdCharlie Seemann Room, ASU Student Center.  His multimedia presentation, “Get Along Little Doggerel: The Long Trail of Cowboy Poetry and Song from Cow Camps to Cowboy Poetry Gatherings,” is free and open to the public. Seemann’s visit is sponsored by ASU’s Department of English and Philosophy and the Heritage Studies doctoral program, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Seemann is a noted international authority on cowboy poetry and the folk culture of America’s western states. He will discuss how poetry has been an important cultural contribution from American cowboys from the early 1800s to the present. For details, contact Dr. Gregory Hansen, ext. 3508, or see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Jeffrey Mitchem to lecture on archeology
The Central Mississippi Valley Archeological Society (CMVAS) will present a lecture, "Painting the Past," by Dr. Jeffrey Mitchem, station archeologist at Parkin Archeological State Park, on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. The lecture, which takes place in the ASU Museum, Room 182, is free and open to the public.
Archaeologist Dr. Jeff Mitchem will discuss a series of paintings that were designed to show how the Parkin site would have looked about 500 years ago. For more information on this lecture, or on the Central Mississippi Valley Archeological Society, contact Dr. Julie Morrow, ext. 2071.         

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