Happy holidays from the staff of Inside ASU
Today's issue of Inside ASU is the last of 2008. The staff of Inside
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
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
Dr. Moore publishes book on ecology and literature
Bryan 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
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
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
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,
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 gunk—this
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
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
College of Agriculture and Technology.
Soil and Water Education conference
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
College of Agriculture and Technology.
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