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100th Year

April 10, 2009

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Convocation of Scholars Week,
April 13-20

Student Honors Recital, Monday, April 13,
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5th Annual Brain Awareness Day set for April 11
The 5th annual Brain Awareness Day will be held Saturday, April 11, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Round Room of the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, 315 W. Oak. The event is free and open to the public, and door prizes will be awarded. The ASU Student Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and the library are co-sponsors of the event, which will feature more than 20 different activities, such as making models of brains and neurons, testing reaction time, watching robots work, and more. Dr. Amy Pearce, Psychology and Counseling, Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, Molecular Biology, and Dr. Shivan Haran, Mechanical Engineering, and student volunteers will also provide information on normal brain functions and neurological disorders. Local entertainer Chippy Kazoo will give juggling lessons. For details, contact Dr. Amy Pearce,  ext. 3282, or Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, ext. 3082, or see the NewsPage release.

2009 Student Honors Awards ceremony set for April 13
ASU announces the 2009 Student Honors Awards ceremony, to be held in ASU's Student Union Auditorium Monday, April 13, from 3-5 p.m. At that time, the outstanding students from the 2008-09 academic year will be announced. These include the 4.0 Scholars, Chancellor's Scholars, Distinguished Service Award recipients, and the Wilson Award winner. The Wilson Award is ASU's highest student award, honoring the memory of R. E. Lee Wilson of Wilson, Arkansas, who was a member of ASU's Board of Trustees from 1917 until his death in 1933. R. E. Lee Wilson's great-great-grandson, attorney Perry Wilson of Little Rock, will present the Wilson Award this year. Other presenters will include ASU administrators as well as Gary Pugh of Pocahontas, who will represent more than 61, 000 ASU alumni. A photo opportunity and a reception will follow the ceremony. For details, contact Dr. Nancy Hendricks, director of Alumni Communications, at ext. 2451.

Undergraduate Scholars Day slated for April 14
Undergraduate Scholars Day will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 in ASU's Student Union. Undergraduate Scholars Day (USD) is an annual program held during Convocation of Scholars Week where students can present and share their research or creative work in a professional setting.
The collegial and professional environment of USD not only provides a venue for students to showcase their work and enhance their presentation skills, but it helps prepare them for the rigors of life beyond their undergraduate years. The official program for USD contains all of the times and locations for all student presentations. More than fifty students are participating this year. For more information about USD, contact Rebecca Oliver, director of Student Services, the Honors College, at ext. 2308, or see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Kher gives invited paper at international conference
Dr. Shubhalaxmi Kher, Electrical Engineering, had an invited paper publiDr. Shubhalaxmi Khershed in the proceedings of  the 11th International Conference on Computer Modeling and Simulation, UKSIM 2009, held recently at Cambridge University, U.K. The theme of the conference was simulation models, decision support systems, and intelligent systems applications. Dr. Kher's research is in the area of genetic algorithms and soft computing, and her paper was "Greedy dynamic crossover management in hardware accelerated genetic algorithm implementations using FPGA." The UKSIM conference is an annual event, organized by the UK Simulation and Modeling Society.

Torres judges Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup
Henry Torres, director, Center for Learning Technologies, served as a judge of finalists at the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition. The competition was held recently at the Little Rock State House Convention Center. This is Torres’Henry Torres fourth year as a judge, where prize money for the finalists is $20,000, $10,000 and $5000. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 28. Since the competition began in 2001, more than $789,000 has been awarded to students attending Arkansas’ universities. With one of the largest cash prize pools in America, the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition encourages graduate and undergraduate students to act upon their ideas and talents to produce tomorrow’s businesses. The competition also encourages universities to nurture these entrepreneurial efforts. This year’s cash prize pool total is $194,000. For details on the competition, visit

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