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99th Year

Dec. 12, 2008

Calendar highlights:

Winter Commencement, Saturday, Dec. 13,
2 p.m.

Fowler Center Series presents Tony Kenny's "Christmas Time in Ireland," Monday,
Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall,
Fowler Center



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Dr. Hogue receives annual academic advising award
Dr. Gina Hogue, History, is the recipient of the 2008-2009 "You Made a Difference" academic advising award. Each fall, the Wilson Advising Center and StudentDr. Gina Hogue Government Association co-sponsor an academic advising award to acknowledge deserving faculty members for outstanding advising. The "You Made a Difference" advising award is entirely student-nominated and student-selected. Criteria that the selection committee looks for include, understanding of university, college, and departmental regulations, policies, and procedures, use and dissemination of appropriate campus information sources, interest in working with advisees, availability to advisees, mentoring to encourage academic achievement, and effective interpersonal skills. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Lamm receives career achievement award
Dr. Rob Lamm, English, received the Career Achievement Award from the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (ACTELA). In association with the recent Arkansas Educators Association’s fall convention, Dr. Lamm was commended by ACTELA for his seventeen years of service to Arkansas education. In addition to serving as ACTELA’s president from 2000-2002, Dr. Lamm established the state’s “English Teacher of the Year” award and ACTELA’s literary magazine for K-12 students and teachers, the Arkansas Anthology. Dr. Lamm continues to provide workshops and presentations for schools, educational cooperatives, and writers’ groups. Dr. Lamm is director of English Education at ASU.

Dr. Huang presents at international symposium
Dr. Xiuzhen Huang, Computer Science, Arkansas State University, recently attended and presented at the Third International Multi-Symposiums on Computer and Computational Sciences 2008, held at the Medical School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. Huang presented a paper, "Addressing Biosequence and Biostructure Problems." The paper presented a review of her lab’s work on developing novel algorithmic sequence and new complexity analysis methodology, which can be applied to address biosequence and biostructure problems. While at the symposium, Dr. Huang discussed collaborations with researchers from both bioinformatics and from medical science. Dr. Huang’s lab is in ABI, and her research represented at the symposium is largely funded through a P3 Seed Grant through the Arkansas Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Plant Powered Production (P3) Center.

Dr. Church directs award-winning theses
Dr. Brian Church
, Exercise Science, recently directed two award-winning master's theses in Exercise Science. Marina Engelbrecht's thesis, "
A comparison of male andDr. Brian Church female tennis players on measures of on-court tennis performance and anaerobic power" and Catherine Milner’s thesis, "Heartrate measurements obtained from women during a yogafit class," won first and second places in the area of outstanding student research at the Arkansas Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance annual statewide conference. Engelbrecht and Milner's state-level awards provide both monetary compensation and recognition. Engelbrecht also made a poster presentation at the conference. Dr. Church earned his PhD at the University of Alabama, and his areas of interest include exercise physiology and strength training.

Dr. Romero
publishes article on whaling history
Dr. Aldemaro Romero, chair, Biological Sciences, published an article in the
Bermuda Journal of Archaeology and Maritime History. The article is about the history of whaling in Bermuda and by Bermudians during the 18th century. In this article, Dr. Romero shows how this activity was both hampered by the 1812 Anglo-American War and the American Civil War (1861
–1865) and exacerbated by the extreme poverty of that island. This is the second in a series of three articles by Dr. Romero about the history of whaling in Bermuda.

ASU Board of Trustees meets today
Reminder: The ASU Board of Trustees will meet today at 10 a.m. in the Science Building Lecture Hall on the Beebe campus. Interested parties may listen to the meeting via speaker phone in the Chancellor’s Office conference room, Administration Building.

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