Cramer and Dr. Hood present at crops conference
Carole L. Cramer, executive director, ABI, and Dr. Elizabeth Hood,
professor, Agriculture and president and CEO of Infinite Enzymes, recently attended
the Planting Seeds for the Future: West Tennessee Alternative Crops
Conference at the University of Memphis.
Dr. Cramer and Dr. Hood presented the forum on "Plants as Biofactories:
New Crops with Novel Output Traits." This conference was based on
alternative or “new” crops that can be used in high-value food, health
and industrial applications. Farmers, agriculture and bio-products
professionals, technology developers, educators, researchers, government
officials and entrepreneurs gathered to explore some of the
non-traditional crops and how they could be utilized and explore the
challenges of developing business around these “new” crops.
Hood’s company, Infinite Enzymes, was both a sponsor and participant in
the partnering forum held the first night of the conference. The
Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Memphis Bioworks Foundation
were the conference sponsors. For details, see the
Dr. Keyes, Woods, to co-direct new national project site
ASU has been approved for the funding of a new
National Writing Project site, the Arkansas Delta Writing Project. Funding for ASU’s site begins in January,
2009, and the site will conduct its first Summer Writing Institute for
Teachers in the summer of 2009. Housed in
ASU’s Department of Teacher Education, the new site will be led by
director Dr. Dixie Keyes, Teacher Education, and co-director LaToshia Woods,
Teacher Education, former teachers who have taught writing or provided
professional development in writing. Keyes wrote the grant, which will
provide $30,000 of funding for 20 Northeast Arkansas teachers to attend
the 2009 summer writing institute and to receive graduate credit and
distinguished professional development in writing pedagogy. For details,
Keyes at (870) 680-8065 for information about how to apply for the
summer writing institute, or
see the NewsPage release.
Dr. Burns, Dr. Reeve, Causey present at
Dr. William Burns, Chemistry, and Dr. Scott Reeve,
Chemistry, attended the
64th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in
Little Rock this fall. Jason Causey, Computer Science, also
attended, along with graduate students Tabetha Osborn and Sindhu
Kaimal and undergraduate students Michael Sullivan and Joshua Green.
The group presented two contributed talks, on "High Resolution
Infrared Spectroscopy of the CH Stretching Bands in Acetaldehyde,"
and "High Resolution Spectral Signatures for TNT-Based Explosives"
and two contributed posters, "A Low Cost Raman Spectrometer" and
"Development of Synthetic Spectra to Aid in the Analysis of Observed
High Resolution Infrared Spectra."
ASU SBTDC will receive grant for veterans' services
The Arkansas Congressional delegation has
announced that the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development
Center (ASBTDC) will receive a $93,405 grant through the U.S. Small
Business Administration’s Veterans Assistance and Services Program.
The center will provide online consulting and educational services
tailored to Arkansas veterans. A Web portal ASBTDC is creating will
serve as a hub for services. The portal will host ASBTDC’s
veteran-specific distance learning programs and will also offer blogs,
discussion forums, audio and video streaming, content syndication and
news. Online training will detail pre-deployment and post-deployment
activities for business owners. Four webinars
– live online seminars
– are planned
over the next year on starting a business and writing a business plan.
All services, which include consulting, research and training, are
available at low or no cost through ASBTDC’s partnership with the SBA
and higher education institutions across Arkansas. For details,
contact Herb Lawrence, center
director, or see the NewsPage release.
KASU's Blue Monday-Paragould hosts Vikki McGee
KASU 91.9 FM presents Vikki McGee at the next Blue Monday-Paragould
tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the Red Goose Deli, 117 N. Pruett Street,
in downtown Paragould. Jonesboro's own Vikki McGee
from the small town of Port Barre, Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun
Country, and her big voice belies her small-town origins. Admission
to the Blue Monday-Paragould concert featuring Vikki McGee is free,
but seating is limited. Blue Monday concerts are held on the second
Monday of the month at the Depot Diner in downtown Newport and the
third Monday of each month at the Red Goose Deli in downtown
Paragould. KASU is the 100,000 watt public broadcasting service of
ASU-Jonesboro. For details, contact KASU development director
Todd Rutledge at ext.
2807, or see the NewsPage
presents annual holiday pottery sale
The ASU Pottery Guild continues its annual holiday pottery sale this
will be held Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 18-20, at the Edge Coffee
House, 1900 Aggie Road. Hours at the Edge are Thursday, Dec. 18,
from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and
Saturday, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
For details, contact the ASU Art Department, ext. 3050.
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