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99th Year

Dec. 19, 2008

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Fowler Center Series presents the Ma'alot Quintet, Friday,
Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

University closed Monday, Dec. 22-Sunday, Jan. 4. Classes resume Monday, Jan. 12


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Happy holidays from the staff of Inside ASU
Today's issue of Inside ASU is the last of 2008. The staff of Inside ASU wishDetail of library wreath, Dean B. Ellis Library, Arkansas State University. Photo by Tom the entire ASU community peace and goodwill during this holiday season. We appreciate the myriad contributions of faculty and staff to this thrice-weekly electronic newsletter, and we look forward to publishing more faculty and staff achievements, as well as pertinent news, events, and activities, in the new year. Due to inclement weather earlier this week, this is an extremely lengthy issue of Inside ASU, so please scroll down to read the additional nine items below.

Biology faculty see book reviewed in prestigious journal
"Adventures in the Wild: Tales from Biologists of the Natural State," edited by Dr. Al Romero and Dr. Joy Trauth, Biology, was recently reviewed in the Quarterly Review of Biology, the most important publication reviewing books on biology. The review is extremely positive, noting
"the editors marshal contributions from biologists on a single campus, an unusual faculty collaboration," among other comments. To read the review, click here. For more on "Adventures in the Wild," see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Moore publishes book on ecology and literature
Dr. B
ryan L. Moore, English, has published a book, "Ecology and Literature: Ecocentric Personification from Antiquity to the Twenty-first Century." (New York: Palgrave Macmillan). The book is now in worldwide distribution. The book explores personification as a means of representing the natural world. Dr. Moore employs a rhetorical and ecocritical approach to analyze ecocentric personification and its variants in the Western world from the time of the ancient Greeks to Charles Darwin, focusing particularly on American literature to the near-present. The book has been hailed in editorial reviews for its "exciting and original stance" and its status as "a timely and enduring contribution," according to Dr. Scott Slovic, professor of Literature and Environment, University of Nevada, Reno.

Sue Marlay presents at regional conference
Sue Marlay, University College, organized and chaired a session, "BecominSue Marlayg a NAFSA Leader: Opportunities and Pathways," at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region III conference. The conference was held recently in Merida, Mexico, in conjunction with the AMPEI conference. AMPEI, the Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Internacional, is NAFSA’s sister international education organization in Mexico. In addition to serving as a Region III presenter, Marlay is also the regional treasurer.

College of Business faculty publish article
Dr. Clint Relyea, Dr. Nareatha Studdard, and Dr. Faye Cocchiara, Management, authored the article, "The Effect of Perceived Value in the Decision to Participate in the Study Abroad Programs," which was recently published in the Journal of Teaching in International Business. This study examines university students’ motivations for participating in a study-abroad program. Specifically, the study seeks to understand the conditions under which students with a high-risk propensity will be more likely to participate in an international experience and whether the perceived career value will moderate this relationship.

Psychology and Counseling faculty to publish article
Dr. John D. Hall, Dr. D. Lynn Howerton, and Dr. Craig H. Jones, Psychology and Counseling, recently had their article, "Achievement Testing in the No Child Left Behind Era: The Arkansas Benchmark," accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Research In The Schools. The article addresses key issues and concerns applicable to the current achievement testing movement in the schools as a result of the No Child Left Behind legislation.

Dr. Tusalem, Dr. Shin to publish book chapter
Dr. Rollin F. Tusalem, Political Science, will have a book chapter published in "Democratization," edited by Christian Haerpfer, Oxford University Press. Dr. Tusalem's chapter 23, "Democratization in East Asia," was co-authored with Dr. Doh C. Shin, University of Missouri. The chapter offers a comprehensive assessment of the process of democratization and democratic consolidation in the Asian region. Drs. Tusalem and Shin conclude that authoritarian regimes have been largely displaced in the region, but they acknowledge that most regimes in East Asia are still illiberal democracies. They  also find evidence that modes of transitions and civil society pluralism do not influence the prospects for consolidation--rather, older democracies in the region are more likely to consolidate.

Grossology remains open through Sunday, Jan. 4
Grossology, the blockbuster science exhibition, is open at the ASU Museum through January 4. More than 12,000 visitors have learned a great deal about "the impolite science of the human body." The ASU Museum's hours are Tuesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. The ASU Museum is closed on Monday and will be closed Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 24-26, and Thursday, January 1. Free parking is available, and admission is free thanks to the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, SHARP (St. Bernard’s Healthcare Associated Regional Providers), KAIT Region 8, Occasions Publishing Group, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Niche Publications, and Chick-Fil-A. ASU Museum is a member of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation-supported Arkansas Discovery Network. Bring the family and explore why the body produces stinky, mushy, oozy, and crusty gunkthis exhibition might spark an interest in science for a future doctor, nurse, or biologist in your family! For details, visit the ASU Museum or see the NewsPage release.

2009 Agribusiness Conference slated
The 15th annual 2009 Agribusiness Conference will be held Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the ASU Fowler and Convocation Centers in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Onsite registration begins at 8 a.m. in Fowler Center. Lunch will be served in the Convocation Center, at 12 noon. Afternoon sessions end at 3:30 p.m. This year’s conference focuses on the commodity market outlook, world fertilizer markets, and macroeconomic forces influencing agriculture. Speakers will include William Biedermann of Allendale, Inc., Tobias Hlavinka of Helena Chemical Company, Bob Rasche, research director for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and Richard E. Bell, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture, as well as many others. Continuing education credits are available.

Admission to the conference is free, but luncheon reservations are limited to the first 500 who register. For more information, contact Dr. Bert Greenwalt, Agricultural Economics, and conference director, at ext.2221. For telephone registration, contact Joy Holmes at ext. 3942. For all conference information, including conference overview, program, guest speakers, and online registration forms, visit the 2009 Agribusiness Conference page, or see Upcoming Events, College of Agriculture and Technology.

2009 Arkansas Soil and Water Education conference

The 2009 Arkansas Soil and Water Education conference will be held Thursday, Jan. 22, at the ASU Convocation Center. The conference aims to educate farmers,
producers, consultants, policy makers, students, and others with a vested interest in soil and water management, about current issues and management practices in the area of soil and water management and conservation. This is a daylong conference--refreshments and luncheon will be provided. Three sessions will focus on current issues in soil and water management. Registration is $20, payable to Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference (ASWEC-ASU Foundation), P.O. Box 2340, State University, AR 72467. Registration is now underway. For details, contact Loretta Thornton, ext. 3364. For online registration, see the 2009 Arkansas Soil and Water Education page, or visit Upcoming Events, College of Agriculture and Technology.
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