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99th Year

Dec. 8, 2008

Calendar highlights:

Final exams this  week, Monday-Saturday,
Dec. 8-13

Milner and O'Connor book signing,
Thursday, Dec. 11,
3:30-5 p.m.,
third floor,
Dean B.
Ellis Library

Commencement, Saturday, Dec. 13,
2 p.m., Convocation Center


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Dr. Cramer attends, presents at Salk Institute
Dr. Carole L. Cramer, executive director, ABI, attended the Salk Institute Plant Biology Laboratory 25th Anniversary Symposium, and gave a talk on “Pushing PBIO to theDr. Carole L. Cramer Interface of Agriculture and Medicine.” She included a discussion of the goals, facilities and research clusters within ASU's Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI). Cramer also highlighted results from her research groups’ experiments in using plant lectins as potential carriers of medical and veterinarian proteins. The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is located in La Jolla, Ca., and its major areas of study include Molecular Biology and Genetics; Neurosciences; and Plant Biology. 

Four faculty members present papers at conference
Four faculty members from the Department of Criminology, Sociology, and Geography recently attended and presented papers at the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology in Jacksonville, Fla.
Dr. Troy Adams
, chair and professor, Sociology, presented "Spatial AccessibiDr. Troy Adamslity of Supermarkets in Arkansas: The Effects of Neighborhood Composition and Economic Factors." This paper examines the relationship between accessibility to supermarkets as a function of neighborhood environment. Preliminary analysis supports theoretical expectations and finds an empirical relationship between accessibility of supermarkets and neighborhood characteristics and reveals that super markets stocking affordably-priced and nutritious foods are absent or inaccessible in many neighborhoods.
Dr. Michael J. Botts. Michael J. Botts, Criminology, presented  "Antidepressant Use, Suicide and Violence." Criminal justice professionals who frequently come into contact with dangerous and violent individuals and situations have overlooked suicidal and violent behavior caused by antidepressants. Suicide and violent dangers stemming from antidepressant usage are examined and presented in this paper by examining the open literature and internal company documents and information.
Dr. Veena Kulkarni
, Sociology, presented "What Matters for Self-rated HeaDr. Veena Kulkarnilth Status? : The Case of Sri Lanka," which examined the correlates of self-rated health status in the context of Sri Lanka, a country experiencing levels of objective indicators of health, such as life expectancy and infant mortality, that are comparable to those of developed countries. The paper used comprehensive and recent data from the World Health Organization. The results from the first round of the analyses indicate statistically significant gender differences in self-rated health assessments after relevant controls.
Kurt Monroe
, Criminology, presented "The Medicalization of Problem Gambling and Its Impact on the Effectiveness of Gamblers Anonymous," a paper exploring both the negative and positive consequences of medicalizing problem gambling, as well as the medical model’s role in Gamblers Anonymous (GA). Using previous research findings on identity work among professed compulsive gamblers and the testimonies of GA members, this project will investigate the degree to which GA is an ineffective treatment.

Dr. Dale Clark presents master class
Dr. Dale Clark, Music, presented a master class on bassoon reed making at the University of Florida-Gainesville Bassoon Day on November 1. The other guest artist on the program was Leonard Hindell, retired bassoonist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. The event was hosted by Dr. Arnold Irchai, associate professor of Bassoon of the University of Florida and principal bassoonist with the Washington D.C. Philharmonic. Dr. Dale Clark's articles have been published in the Double Reed, and his compositions, lectures, and performances have been presented at conferences of the International Double Reed Society. Dr. Clark was a bassoonist with the Boston Lyric Opera, and he has performed with Orquesta Sinfonica in Monterrey, Mexico. He has also been a guest artist at Berklee College of Music in Boston and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Clark is a former faculty member of Boston Conservatory, Atlantic Union College, and the University of Memphis.

Administration Building holds annual holiday open house
The employees of the Administration Building invite the campus community to an annual holiday open house on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 3-4 p.m., in the Administration Building lobby. Refreshments and music will be provided.

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