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Dr. Arnold Irchai, former principal bassoonist with the Moscow
Philharmonic Orchestra and bassoon professor at the University of
Florida, Gainesville, will perform in a recital Monday, Feb. 18, at
7:30 p.m., in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. He will be joined by Dr.
Lauren Schack Clark, pianist, and Dr. Dale Clark, bassoonist. The
concert is free and open to the public. Dr. Irchai will hold a
master class Sunday, Feb. 17, at 12 noon in the Recital Hall, Fine
Arts Center. For details, contact
Dr. Dale Clark, ext. 2094.
* Sue Marlay, University College, co-chaired
and presented at an orientation for national leaders of NAFSA:
Association of International Educators recently at NAFSA's annual
Washington Leadership Meetings in Washington, D.C. Marlay is the
outgoing chair of the Leadership Cultivation Subcommittee, which
developed this leadership program in 2006. The program includes an
introduction to leadership in NAFSA, advocacy for international
education, and volunteer management training.
* Dr. Ashraf Elsayed,
Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Dr. Shivan Haran,
Engineering, are the recipients of a $30,000 research grant from
State Farm Insurance that will be directed toward their research
study, "Shear Wave Velocity Profiling and Soil Liquefaction Hazard
Analysis." Jonesboro is situated within the New Madrid Seismic Zone,
an area including eight states, and so is potentially vulnerable to
an earthquake. State Farm also supports earthquake awareness efforts
in Missouri and Tennessee. The grant was awarded yesterday at the
Judd Hill Center, home of the ASU Foundation, Inc. For details, see the
* Dr. Jim Stillwell, Physical Education, was recently
selected as winner of the Margie R. Hanson Distinguished Service
Award by the board of directors of the National Association for Sport
and Physical Education (NASPE). This award is one of the most
prestigious awards given by the American Alliance for Health,
Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), the largest
national association of those involved in physical education. The
Margie R. Hanson Distinguished Service Award is given to honor
professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the field
of physical education for children at state, district and national
levels. Stillwell will receive his award in April at NASPE's
national convention in Fort Worth.
Kimberley Boyett, a graduate student and teaching assistant in the
Department of Psychology and Counseling, has published in the
national peer-reviewed Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.
Her article, "Individual Differences in Voluntary
Self-Administration of Oral Nicotine in Female Rats," is featured in
the Winter 2007 edition of the journal. Faculty supervisors were
Dr. Amy Pearce and Dr. Kris
Biondolillo, Psychology and Counseling. Their research was
supported by funding from the Arkansas Biosciences Institute. Psi
Chi is the national honor society in psychology.
* Dr. Lonnie R. Williams,
Student Affairs, recently served as a panel review
leader and chair for the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships
in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) panel
review meeting in Arlington, Va. The S-STEM program provides
institutions with funds for student scholarships in
science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. This meeting was
convened to review and discuss more than 250 proposals submitted
for review by 21 panels. Estimated funding exists for 100 such
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Dr. Dan Howard, ASU's new vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and
Research, will officially dedicate a new science exhibit in the
Laboratory Sciences Center, East Wing, at ASU on Monday, Feb. 11, at
12 noon. The opening of "The Hall of Science" is the official
start of the "Week
of Science" festivities planned
through Friday, Feb. 15. Refreshments will be served, and the public
is welcome. "The Hall of Science" will encompass features like
marine skeletons, a marine aquarium, a vivarium, a meteorological
station, a mineral collection, and much more, including exhibits
demonstrating ongoing research being conducted at ASU. For details,
contact Dr. Aldemaro Romero,
ext. 3082, or see the NewsPage
The research of Dr. Stanley Trauth,
Zoology, was featured in "Life in Cold Blood," the
BBC nature documentary by Sir David Attenborough, the most famous
living nature documentarian in the world. Filming began in 2005, and
Dr. Trauth's research is included in the segment, "Land Invaders (Amphibians),"
which will be broadcast in the U.K. on Monday, Feb. 11. U.S. air
dates have not yet been announced. Click
for more information on "Life in Cold Blood."
* Dr. Lynita Cooksey,
University College, is one of 10 nationwide recipients, selected
from more than 100 nominees, of the Outstanding First-Year Student
Award. This award, presented by the University of South Carolina's
National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students
in Transition and Houghton Mifflin Publishing, honors faculty,
administrators, staff, and students for outstanding work on behalf
of first-year students and for the impact their efforts have had on
their institutional cultures. Recipients will be formally honored in
San Francisco at the Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience.
Dr. Cooksey, who currently serves as interim dean, University
College, is also associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and
Research at ASU.
* Dr. George
Morara Ogendi, Environmental Geology, recently became a Senior Fellow
with the prestigious Washington D.C.–based Environmental Leadership Program
(ELP)after successfully completing a two-year training period as an ELP
National Fellow. The ceremony took place in December at Kirkridge Retreat
Center, Pennsylvania. The training program is geared towards equipping
fellows with leadership skills for engaging governments, the private sector,
and civil society in environmental education and policy formulation for
sustainable use of natural resources. The ELP nurtures a new generation of
environmental leaders characterized by diversity, innovation, collaboration,
and effective communications. The training components included appreciative
leadership, movement building, conflict management and resolution,
negotiation, public speaking, media and communication planning, network
building, and diversity.
Graduate students in
Dr. Steven Green’s Environmental Sustainability class looked for and
found ways to make an impact on the environmental sustainability of
the ASU campus. Three teams focused on three
plans involving the issues of plastic bottle recycling; lighting
management in offices, classrooms, and labs; and incandescent
lighting in residence halls. Proposals were submitted to the campus
recycling committee, facilities management administrators, and
residence life administrators. Implementing the proposed projects
will make campus more environmentally sustainable by diverting tens
of cubic yards of plastic bottles from landfills, reducing ASU's
carbon dioxide footprint, and saving tens of thousands of
dollars each year. For details, contact Dr. Steven Green at ext.
* Gov. Mike
Beebe announced Wednesday that he has appointed Ron Rhodes of
Cherokee Village to the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees.
Rhodes, a 1970 graduate, is a life member of the ASU Alumni Association, as well as
belonging to the ASU Indian Club. He is president of King-Rhodes
and Associates, Inc., a real estate business in Cherokee Village. Members of the Board of Trustees, which has
oversight responsibilities for the Arkansas State University System,
serve staggered five-year terms. Rhodes succeeds Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dallas
Wood of Paragould, whose term expired. Other members are Mike Gibson of
Osceola, chair; Mike Medlock of Jonesboro, vice chair; Florine Tousant
Milligan of Forrest City, secretary; and Howard Slinkard of Rogers.
Comments from Dr. Les Wyatt, ASU System president, are included in
the NewsPage release.
* Dr. Shawn Drake,
Physical Therapy, recently presented a certified personal training
workshop for the American College of Sports Medicine in Barcelona,
Spain. Dr. Drake
gave three presentations at the workshop: they included "Exercise
Science and Kinesiology/Human Movement," "Cardiorespiratory
Assessment and Programming," and "Flexibility and Range of Motion
Assessment and Programming." Dr. Drake is a certified
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) exercise specialist and
program director. She currently serves on ACSM's Committee on
Certification and Registry Boards (CCRB), the International Programs
subcommittee of the CCRB, and the Exam Development Team.
* ASU’s new Moot Court team, coached by Dr. Hans Hacker,
Political Science, will
compete in the 2008 American Collegiate Moot
Court Association National Tournament, to be held at Drake
University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday-Saturday, Jan.
18-19. The team attended its first tournament only weeks after its
founding, and ended with a fifth-place ranking out of seven teams.
For details on ASU’s Moot Court team, contact
Dr. Hans J. Hacker at ext.
2257, or see the NewsPage release.
* Dr. Pamela J. Weathers,
Metabolic Engineering, ABI, was recently reelected to a third term
as the chair of the Public Policy Committee for the
Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB),
and thereby also reelected to a third term as a member of the SIVB
Board of Directors. The Public Policy Committee of SIVB assists
society members and the scientific community at large to better
understand in vitro biology, biotechnology, and current research and
public policy issues affecting the scientific community. The
committee supports SIVB's interaction with Congress and other
government officials to give scientific advice on funding priorities
and other issues relevant to in vitro biology and
biotechnology. Dr. Weathers holds the Judd Hill Chair in
Agricultural Biotechnology. She also directs the Molecular
Biosciences Graduate Program at ASU.
* Dr. Tanja McKay, Entomology, recently attended the 55th
annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America. Dr. McKay
was chosen to give the "Highlights in Veterinary Entomology"
symposium speech this year. She also co-authored a poster, "House
fly (Musca domestica) and stable fly (Stomoyxs calcitrans)
parasitism following sustained releases of pteromalid wasps in
southern dairies." Her master's degree student, Justin Fiene, also
gave a talk, "Do dung beetles respond to ivermectin residues? An
examination of the olfactory cues used by dung beetles in finding
* Dr. Lillie M. Fears, Journalism, was recently elected to the
board of directors of theArkansas
Humanities Council (AHC), a nonprofit corporation promoting public
understanding, appreciation, and use of the humanities. The board
consists of 24 directors, 18 elected by the board, and six appointed
by the Governor of Arkansas. ACH
was established in 1974 to develop a statewide program to acquaint
Arkansans with the various fields of study that
comprise the humanities and to provide financial support for
well-planned projects, such as community history projects for
citizens, reading/discussion groups for public library
patrons, workshops on foreign languages and cultures for teachers,
and museum exhibits on topics in Arkansas prehistory or history.
Aldemaro Romero, Biology, recently published a chapter on whales
and whaling in the Encyclopedia of Environment and Society, edited
by Paul Robbins and published by Sage Publications. The chapter,
co-authored with former ASU student Shelly Kannada, reviews the
world history of whaling and the current status of whale
* Dr. Gauri Guha, Economics, recently published an article, "A
Concurrent Evaluation of Trends in Commodity Exports, Economic
Growth, and Environmental Quality in the United States," in this
month's issue of the International Business and Economic Research
Journal. Guha's article examines the dual consequences of recent
U.S. exports, noting that economic growth is a logical motivation
for and an empirically determinable outcome of increasing exports.
The article also notes, however, that there are corresponding losses
in environmental resources.
* Bill Rowe, Art, and students Leah Chunestudy and
Joey Chunestudy were recently
notified that their proposal, "Investigating Native American Pottery
along the St. Francis River," was awarded two Student Undergraduate
Research Fellowship (SURF) grants for the 2007-08 academic year by
the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE). Rowe will serve
as faculty mentor for the project. The SURF program allows
undergraduate students to conduct in-depth research in their fields
of study with a faculty mentor's assistance. Winners must have a
minimum GPA of 3.25, 30 or more credit hours in a degree program at
the time of funding, and a faculty mentor.
* Dr. Susan Hanrahan, Nursing and Health
Professions, is among 30 Arkansans who have agreed to serve on the
Governor's Roundtable on Health Care. Gov. Mike Beebe announced the
formation of the panel in August, and the recently named roundtable
members include consumers, business representatives, health care
representatives, and community leaders. The roundtable seeks new
approaches and strategies for improving health and health care for
McVey and Frankie Gilliam of ASU's Delta Center for
Economic Development recently led a delegation to Cheyenne, Wyo., on
a city planning study trip. Findings will be used to support Project
ADAPT, a web-based economic development analysis tool. The project
is a partnership between ASU's Delta Center, the East Arkansas
Planning and Development District, and the University of Arkansas at
Little Rock's Institute for Economic Advancement. For details, see
the NewsPage release.
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* Dr. Rebecca Matthews, Nursing, recently attended the 135th
annual American Public Health Association meeting in Washington,
D.C. She attended an Epidemiology for Non-Epidemiologists two-day
course, participated in meetings and breakout sessions, and
presented a poster, "Coming Alongside: Building Resilience in
At-Risk Teen Mothers through Peer Group Support."
* E. Ron Horton, Music,
performed as lead trumpeter for the off-Broadway production of
"High School Musical" earlier this month. Horton performed a single
rehearsal and eight performances for audiences during the show's
five-day run in Robinson Center Music Hall, Little Rock. In addition
to performing a very challenging score that encompassed a wide
variety of musical styles, Horton met with industry musicians and
gained firsthand knowledge of their experiences as traveling
* Dr. Lynita Cooksey
has been selected to serve as interim dean of the University
College, effective Jan. 1. A veteran faculty member and administrator at ASU,
she has served in
various capacities since joining the university staff in 1993. She will succeed Dr. Herman Strickland, who has announced his
retirement at the end of the year. Dr. Glen Jones, interim vice
chancellor for academic affairs and research, announced the
appointment and said a national search will be conducted for a
permanent dean. Cooksey has served since June 2000 as associate vice chancellor for
academic services, and she will continue in that role also. See the
NewsPage release for more details.
* Dr. Tillman Kennon, Science Education, recently had his
at the Edge of Space," accepted for publication in the January
edition of the peer-reviewed journal The Science Teacher. Kennon's
article discusses atmospheric research being done by high school
teachers and students using high-altitude balloons that are launched
locally. The January edition journal cover will feature a photograph
taken from one of these balloons on a recent flight. The photo
depicts Memphis and the Mississippi River from 73,000 feet above the
Dr. Latoya Pierce, Psychology
and Counseling, recently presented at the 62nd annual Arkansas
Counseling Association Conference in Hot Springs. Her presentation,
"Cultural Competence Training for Mental Health Professionals,"
offered a basic training for mental health professionals in
diversity, cultural competence, and racial identity models. Specific
terminology and skills for working with diverse groups were also
* The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas (HPAA) recently
presented its 26th annual awards. ASU's winners were Ronnie
Walker of Lake Village, winner of the Outstanding Work by a
Craftsperson award for his restoration work at the Lakeport
Plantation site, where he used historic methods and hand tools.
Dr. Ruth Hawkins of Jonesboro, winner of the Outstanding
Achievement in Preservation Education award for her work with ASU's
three off-campus heritage sites, the parkways, and the Heritage
Studies PhD program. HPAA is the only statewide nonprofit
organization focused on the preservation of Arkansas' architectural
and cultural resources for more than 25 years.
* Dr. Lina Owens, Reading Education, and Dr. Beverly
Gilbert, Elementary Education,
recently co-presented at the National Council of Teachers of English
conference in New York. They presented "Exploring Diversity through
Literature Using Multimodal Forms of Media." Dr. Dixie Keyes,
Middle Level Education, also attended the conference,presenting, "At
the Heart of the Matter:Critical Literacy for the Middle School
* ASU's College of Agriculture
recently launched its new Metallurgical Technology program. Since
agricultural tools and equipment are made from metal and alloys,
this program will provide knowledge about metals and alloys, their
heat treatment operations and quality assurance. Faculty for the
program include Dr. Charles Coleman, Technology, and Dr.
Zariff (Zac) Chaudhury, Metallurgical Technology.
* Curtis Steele, Art, was recently elected to serve on
the Committee on Nominations of the National Association of Schools
of Art and Design (NASAD) the accrediting agency for ASU's
Department of Art. ASU is among NASAD's 276 institutional members.
Steele will serve a two-year term, ending in October 2009, and was
commended for his volunteer efforts to develop the quality of visual
arts teaching and learning in the U.S.
* Dr. Ross Marlay, Political Science, recently presented a
paper on "The Motives
of Suicide Bombers to the Association of Third World Studies
conference held in Lima, Peru. The Association of Third World
Studies (ATWS) is the world's largest professional organization
devoted to the study of the Third World. ATWS exists to provide an
international structure for the humane and scientific study of Third
World peoples, problems, and issues, with the ultimate goal of
improving quality of life in the Third World.
* Dr. Gauri Guha, Economics, Dr. Rich Grippo,
Environmental Biology, and Dr.
(recent PhD, Environmental Sciences program) recently published
an article, "Effects of subsample size on seasonal and spatial
comparisons of stream macroinvertebrate communities," in the journal
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. The journal discusses the
consequences of natural resource management and pollution risks.
* Dr. Farhad Moeeni, Computer
and Information Technology, organized and presented a
day-long workshop, "Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in the
Supply Chain," at the annual meeting of the Decision Sciences
Institute. Twelve experts and researchers from academia and
industries shared their knowledge with the audience. The workshop,
sponsored through a grant from Arkansas Sciences and Technology
Authority (ASTA), included hands-on experiments with various
technologies. Dr. Kevin Berisso, Ohio University, was the
co-organizer and co-sponsor of this event. The event followed two
earlier workshops presented in Boston in 2004 and in San Francisco
* Dr. Aldemaro Romero, chair, Biology, presented two papers at
the 17th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in
Cape Town, South Africa. Romero's paper, co-authored with Dr. Steven
Green, University of Miami, "Shifts in Yankee whaling practices in
the Caribbean, 1762-1921," is a statistical analysis explaining the
behavioral patterns of U.S. whalers from the eighteenth century
until 1927. Romero's paper, co-authored with former student Joel
Cresswell, "Deplete locally, impact globally: Environmental history
of shore-whaling in Barbados, West Indies," deals with the history
of marine mammal exploitation in Barbados.
Dr. Patricia E. Murphy,
Literacy, recently attended the College Reading
Association Conference in Salt Lake City. She made a
presentation titled “Techniques Used for Author Studies in
Pre-Service Teacher Education Classrooms.”
* Dr. Natalie Johnson-Leslie,
Secondary Teacher Education, recently attended the Mid-South
Education Research Association (MSERA) conference held in Hot
Springs. Dr Johnson-Leslie presented two research papers
at the conference, one paper was “Accreditation is Important: How
Teachers Educators Live and Learn with College Live Text. Live Text
is the portal being used to collect and present data across the
college of education to NCATE and the second paper provided hands-on training for practitioners to learn how to use the College Live
Text portal in their respective settings.
* Dr. Stephanie Davidson,
Early Childhood Education, recently attended the National
Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) held in
Chicago. She presented 3 papers: “Preparing teacher candidates
to become advocates and agents of change for the future of early
childhood education," “Examining teachers’ perceptions of
alternative routes to teacher certification," and "Teacher
preparation programs answering the call for the culturally
responsible and responsive teaching force."
* Dr. Lance G. Bryant,
Physical Education, was recently invited to speak at the 8th World
Congress on Disabilities Conference and Exposition, held in
Washington, D.C. Dr. Bryant's presentation, "Effect of a Physical
Education Teacher's Disability on High School Pupils' Learning and
Perceptions of Teacher Confidence," encouraged his audience to
consider the role physical appearance, including disability, can
play in secondary students' perceptions of physical educators.
* Dr. Timothy Oliver, Music, director of
bands, recently published an article "Establishing
Continuity of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Arts Education Assessments: Implications of the NAEP 1978 Music
Assessment," in the October 2007 issue of the Journal of Historical
Research in Music Education, the premier journal in the field of
historical research in music education. Oliver examined the methodology of the 1978 NAEP Music Assessment and the
implications of this assessment on future NAEP music and art
* Dr. Laquita Saunders,
History, is this year's recipient of the You Made a Difference
award for outstanding advising. Each semester, the Wilson Advising
Center sponsors an academic advising award to acknowledge deserving
faculty members for outstanding advising. The Outstanding Faculty
Advisor award is presented in spring semester and is selected by a
faculty committee. The You Made a Difference award, presented in
fall semester, is entirely student-nominated and student-selected.
Dr. Joseph Key, History, was runner-up. This
year's pool of nominees numbered 21.
* Dr. Jerry Farris, Sciences and
Mathematics, and Environmental
Biology, recently published a book, "Freshwater Bivalve
Ecotoxicology," published by the Society for Environmental
Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Press and CRC Press. Farris
co-edited the book with John H. Van Hassel, senior environmental
specialist, American Electric Power. The co-editors provided a
collective review of techniques and approaches for utilizing
bivalves to assess contaminant impact on freshwater ecosystems.
* Dr. Dianne Lawler-Prince,
Early Childhood Education, recently attended the annual conference
of the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE)
in St. Louis. While there, Dr. Lawler-Prince presented a paper with
Dr. Mary Jane Bradley, Dr. Lina Owens, Dr. Tonja
Fillippino, Dr. Ron Towery, and Ms. Paula Stewart,
"Realities and Challenges: Collaborative Programs Design and
Delivery." Dr. Patricia E. Murphy, Literacy, also attended
SRATE, presenting "The Realities of Student Placement in Clinical
Experiences/Internships." Ms. Audrey Bowser, Technical and
Secondary Education, presented "Reframing the Notion of Difference:
Field Experiences in Culturally Diverse Schools," in order to share
ASU's current model of field-based teacher preparation that equips
teachers for diverse educational settings.
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Three familiar faces around the ASU campus will be winding up their
careers here very soon. Dr. Herman Strickland, dean,
University College, Dr. Rick McDaniel, senior associate vice
chancellor, Academic Affairs, and Dr. Marlin Shipman,
professor, Journalism, are retiring. Strickland and McDaniel are
departing simultaneously, mirroring their arrivals here in 1972. Strickland
came to ASU to teach in elementary education, while McDaniel taught in
biology. Shipman joined the journalism faculty in 1981.
Congratulations to these men for their careers of outstanding
achievement and their decades of service to ASU and untold numbers
* Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, Molecular Biology, ABI, recently
presented research at the annual conference of the Society for
Neuroscience in San Diego. Dr. Srivatsan and postdoctoral
research fellow Dr. M. P. Badanavalu presented "Copper nano
particles exert size-dependent toxicity on somatosensory neurons of
rats." At this meeting, Dr. Srivatsan was chosen to be a mentor
in the society's Neuroscience Scholars Program and was paired with
neurobiology graduate student Jesus Mena, from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison and bioengineering graduate student Mahlet Mesfin
from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Srivatsan helped two
young scholars develop a strategy for achieving
their career goals. The Society for Neuroscience is a prestigious
international organization with 38,000 members.
* Dr. Joanna Grymes, Early Childhood Education, has been
elected to represent the
state of Arkansas as a member of the Southern Early Childhood
Association (SECA) Board of Directors, beginning January, 2008. SECA
is a professional association of 20,000 early childhood educators
throughout the South and the nation. SECA's mission is to promote
the professional development of early childhood educators and to
advocate for the well-being of children and families in our region.
* Sue Marlay, International Programs, recently attended
the regional conference of NAFSA: Association of International
Educators in Austin. She presented at two sessions: "The Joys and
Challenges of NAFSA Leadership," and "Finding Harmony in a
Multi-part Chorus: Women and Leadership in International Education."
Marlay was recognized by NAFSA's national organization at the
conference's awards luncheon for her service to the organization and
to the field of international education and exchange.
* Dr. David LaVetter, Physical Education, received the 2007
Outstanding Higher Educator of the Year award at the Arkansas
Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (ArkAHPERD)
state convention in Eureka Springs. Dr. Jim Stillwell,
Physical Education, received ArkAHPERD's 2007 Honor Award for
outstanding leadership and dedicated service at the convention.
* Dr. William M. Clements, English and Folklore, and Dr.
Frances Malpezzi, English, were invited speakers at the recent
meeting of the Missouri Folklore Society in Jefferson City. Drs.
Malpezzi and Clements spoke on "Regionalism and Re-regionalization
in Italian American Folklore." Dr. Clements also delivered a paper,
"Geronimo in St. Louis, 1904." In addition, Dr. Clements also
recently participated in the conference of the South Central Modern
Language Association in Memphis, presenting a paper, "How to be a
good Laguna Uncle."
* Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, Molecular Biology, ABI, recently
completed an international hands-on workshop, "Molecular
Fluorescence Dynamics in Living Cells," at the University of
California-Irvine, under the mentorship of Professor Enrico Gratton.
Her successfully attained certification will aid her significantly
in her research by enabling her to track individual molecules inside
cells, thus determining rates of diffusion, binding, and
* Dr. Julie Lamb-Milligan,
Gifted, Talented, and Creative Education,
recently published a book, "Assessment of Giftedness: A Concise and
Practical Guide," published by YBK Publishers, New York.
Lamb-Milligan's book provides information on the history of
assessing giftedness, discusses using traditional and alternative
methods to assess giftedness, and includes tests and methods that
teachers can use to assess giftedness independently.
Seven faculty members from the College of Education's department of
Teacher Education attended the Arkansas Early Childhood
Association's annual conference in Hot Springs, where they made
presentations. Presenters were Ms. Nancy Bacot, Early
Childhood Education, Dr.
Beverly Gilbert, Elementary Education, and Dr. Lina
Owens, Reading Education, Dr. Tonya Fillippino, Middle
Level Education, Dr. Patricia Murphy, Literacy, Dr.
Diana Williams, Elementary Education, and Dr. Joanna Grymes,
Early Childhood Education. For details, see the
Dr. Richard Burns, English
and Folklore, recently presented a paper, "Views from
the Inside: Texas Prison Folklore and the Texas Prison Museum," at
the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in Quebec. The
paper examines the representation of official prison culture in the
Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville, Texas, including observations
collected by the prisoners themselves while enrolled in Cultural
Anthropology courses taught by Dr. Burns.
* Dr. John D. Hall and Dr. Nola Christenberry,
Psychology and Counseling, and Dr. Phil Hestand,
ASU Counseling Center, recently presented their research,
"Depression and Anxiety Screening with College Students: A
Comparison of Negative versus Positive Item Formats on Self-Rating
Measures" at the annual convention of the Mid-South Educational
Research Association (MSERA) in Hot Springs.
* Dr. Fabricio
Medina-Bolívar, Plant Metabolic Engineering, ABI, was recently
invited to give
a featured talk at REDBIO 2007 (Latin American and Caribbean
Conference on Agricultural Biotechnology), the largest biotechnology
meeting in Latin America, sponsored by REDBIO and the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The
conference, featuring Dr. Medina-Bolívar's talk, "Harnessing plant
and chemical diversity for the production of medicinal and
nutritional compounds," was held in Vina del Mar, Chile. Following
REDBIO, Dr. Medina-Bolívar gave a second invited talk, sponsored by
the Pablo Cassara Foundation of Argentina. This lecture, presented
at the Center for Science and Technology Cesar Milstein in Buenos
Aires, focused on Medina-Bolívar's ongoing research into the
production of medicinal compounds using plant tissue culture.
* Geania Dickey,
program coordinator for ASU Childhood Services, was the recipient of
the 2007 Outstanding Member Award from the Arkansas Early Childhood
Education Association for her contributions to the association and
to the field of early childhood education in Arkansas.
* Dr. John Beineke,
Educational Curriculum, Leadership, and History, and Dr. Don
Education, recently completed rigorous training to become
Quality Assurance Review (QAR)
team chairs for AdvanceED, the parent organization for the North
Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School
Improvement (NCA CASI). As certified chairs, Beineke and Maness will
serve as leaders of QAR teams to schools seeking accreditation.
Maness will serve on a South Carolina team this month.
* Dr. David W. Cox,
Center for Excellence in Education, presented a paper,
"Case-in-Point Teaching: A New Approach to Leadership Education," at
the International Leadership Association Conference in Vancouver,
British Columbia. The conference, "Leadership: Impact, Culture, and
Sustainability," was attended by leadership educators and program
directors from around the world. Cox's presentation was a case study
on his implementation of a leadership pedagogy he learned at a
* Dr. Craig H. Jones,
Psychology and Counseling, co-authored an article published in the
International Electric Journal for Leadership in Education with Dr.
John Slate of Sam Houston State. The article, "Mexican
Parents' and Teachers' Views of Effective Elementary Schools,"
reports the results of a study comparing the perceptions of parents
and teachers in Juarez, Mexico, on what is required for effective
* Dr. Warren Johnson, French, presented a paper, "Comic
Voices," at the Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium in
Mobile, Ala. in October. Johnson's paper dealt with how traces of
orality transformed late nineteenth-century French comic short
fiction, introducing a narrative hybridity and moral ambiguity.
* Dr. Gil Fowler,
Journalism and The Honors College, has co-authored a paper with Dr.
Hesham Mesbah of Kuwait University and Dr. Masoud Abdul Raheem of
Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) in Kuwait. The paper,
"Media Use and Public Perception: How Kuwaitis View Aspects of
Globalization," appeared in the latest issue of the Journal of Arts
and Human Sciences in Menya University, Egypt. The paper
investigated media use patterns of 414 Kuwaitis and how attitudes
towards globalization and Americanization were formed. While in
Kuwait, Dr. Fowler also lectured at GUST.
* Dr. Zariff (Zac) Chaudhury,
Metallurgic Technology, recently
attended a week-long MOST (Maynard Operation Sequence
Technique) Applicator training course and received certification
from H. B. Maynard and Co., an international consulting, software,
and training business. MOST is a work measurement technique
applicable to any business environment. Chaudhury gained experience in time study analysis, preparatory to teaching a spring
course, Motion and Time Study.
* Dr. Staffan Elgelid, Physical Therapy,
presented "Gait from a
Perspective," during the fall meeting of the Arkansas Chapter of the
American Physical Therapy Association, held in Little Rock. The presentation observed gait from a first-person
perspective, paying particular attention to awareness of gait, and
then reviewed options to alter gait, focusing on rehabilitation and
athletic performance. Elgelid is a practitioner of the Feldenkrais
Method of somatic education, a form of mind-body development
focusing on the relationship of movement and thought.
* Dr. Gil Fowler,
Journalism, and four journalism students on a recent trip to Kuwait,
garnered substantial media exposure for ASU. Fowler and students
Sara Gay, Stephanie Fischer, Andrew Geswein, and Andrew Wilson
appeared on a Kuwait radio program Sunday, and quotations from
Fowler and the students appeared in a Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
release, which was picked up by
The Kuwait Times, the Arabian Gulf's first daily paper, and
MENAFN, the Midle East North Africa Financial Network. Fowler and
the students were visiting the Gulf University for Science and
* Dr. Charlott Jones, professor emerita, recently
Peg Newton Smith Award for Lifetime Achievement for 2006 from the
executive board of the Arkansas Museums Association (AMA). Dr.
Jones directed the ASU Museum for 16 years, retiring in June of
1999. Under her advocacy, the museum hired its first paid educator
and began an endowment. The award recognizes her significant and
ongoing contributions to the preservation of Arkansas' heritage
through a lifelong commitment to the museum community. The three
jurors for the remainder of the AMA awards included Dr.
Robert Franklin, KASU Public Radio.
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* Kim Vickrey, Graphic Design, has had several logos published
in the newly released
"1,000 Restaurant, Bar, and Cafe Graphics" from Rockport Publishers.
The book is a catalogue of creative ideas for restaurant
graphics and serves as a reference book for designers, showcasing
inspiring and innovative graphic options for identity, signage,
installations, promotions, menus, and more. Rockport creates
illustrated sourcebooks for professional designers and
artisans of all type. The books collect the best design work
from the world's most talented art and design studios.
* Dr. Susan Hanrahan,
dean, Nursing and Health Professions, presented a
"The Allied Health Research Institute: A National Partnership of the
Allied Health Industry and Academia," at the Association of
Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) annual conference in
San Diego. Her co-presenters were Dr. Richard Oliver, dean of the
School of Health Professions, University of Missouri, and Dr. James
Erdmann, dean, College of Health Professions, Thomas Jefferson
University. Hanrahan was also re-elected to her second term as
secretary of the Board of Directors and for ASAHP.
* Dr. Roger Buchanan, Zoology,
and Dr. Robyn Hannigan, Geochemistry, have received a substantial
award ($810,000) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) over a
five-year period. The grant funds the Research Internships in
Science of the Environment University Program (RISE-UP) for
produce highly competent undergraduate students who will enroll in
degree programs and complete degrees in the biological sciences. The
research-based program for first and second year science minors
supplies scholarship monies, paid research assistant positions,
opportunity to work with a cross-disciplinary collaborative research
team and much more. For details, call
Dr. Buchanan at (870)
682-4297, or Dr. Hannigan
at ext. 3086.
K. Susan Sifford, Nursing, was recently awarded an $8,000
Evercare Scholarship. Evercare, a subsidiary of United HealthCare,
provides health plans and services for patients needing long-term
care and employs advanced practice nurses to provide that care. The
scholarship was awarded by the leadership of the Arkansas John A.
Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence for dedication and
career commitment to nursing home residents. Sifford, an advanced
practice nurse, is in in her second year of a Nursing Science PhD
program at UAMS and is a full-time instructor of nursing at ASU. As
a result of the scholarship award, Sifford will attend (with all
expenses paid) the seventh annual Hartford Leadership conference in
San Francisco to accept the award.
* Traci Perrin, Human
Resources, was recently elected to the governing Board of
of Disability Rights Center, Inc. (DRC). Perrin is an applicant
administrator and is one of the board's three new members.
DRC is the federally funded statewide protection and advocacy system
for Arkansans with disabilities. DRC provides free advocacy for
children and adults in education,
employment, abuse and neglect, housing, technology, health care and
accessibility. For details, see DRC's Web site.
* Dr. Susan Hanrahan,
dean, Nursing and Health Professions,
was recently honored as Jonesboro's Woman of the Year. The honor was
conferred at a reception for National Business Women's Week,
sponsored by Jonesboro Business and Professional Women (BPW). Since
1919, BPW/USA has promoted workplace equity for all women through
advocacy, education, and information. Dr. Hanrahan earned a bachelor
of science degree in physical therapy and a master's degree in
public administration from the University of Kansas before earning
her doctoral degree in health education from Temple University.
Several ASU faculty members
recently saw publication of their northeast Arkansas community
study, "Effects of a Culturally Sensitive Education Program on the
Breast Cancer Knowledge and Beliefs of Hispanic Women," in the
journal Oncology Nursing Forum. The article evaluated the
effectiveness of a multifaceted, culturally sensitive, and
linguistically appropriate breast cancer education program for
Hispanic women, who have a higher breast cancer mortality rate than non-Hispanic Caucasian women, due in part to later
diagnosis. Appropriate education programs can lead to earlier
diagnosis and save lives. The faculty authors of the study were
Cathy Hall, Nursing, Dr. John D. Hall, Psychology and
Counseling, Judith T. Pfriemer, Nursing, Paige D.
Wimberley, Nursing, and Dr. Craig H. Jones, Psychology
* Patrolman Raymond Mansker, University Police
Department, was recently
named the city's top law enforcement officer of the year by Mayor
Doug Formon, Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates, and his law
enforcement peers. The honor for 2007 was sponsored by the Jonesboro
Exchange Club. Mansker was cited for helping a couple and their
small child. Mansker, a 2005 graduate of the Arkansas Law
Enforcement Training Academy, has been employed by ASU for four years
* Dr. Lance G. Bryant,
Physical Education, recently presented a paper, "Influence of a
Physical Education Teacher's Disability on Middle School Pupils'
Learning and Perception of Teacher Competence," at the national
Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) conference in Pittsburg.
The conference examined historically significant research in sport
pedagogy and was attended by pedagogy scholars from around the
world. Bryant's presentation and research focused on the role
physical appearance plays in relationship to student perceptions of
* Dr. Stan Trauth, Zoology, has published two recent articles.
The first, "The importance of comparative phylogeography in
diagnosing introduced species: a lesson from the seal salamander,
Desmoganthus monticola," appeared in the journal BioMed Central
Ecology, and the second article, "Physiological trade-offs between
immunity and reproduction in the northern cricket frog (Acris
crepitans) appeared in the journal Herpetologica.
* Dr. Jim Farris,
Physical Therapy, recently published work as part of an expert
The panel's article, "The Obesity Battle: Top PTs discuss causes,
research, and prevention strategies to fight Americans' increasing
size," was the cover story for a recent issue of the
magazine Advance for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy
Assistants. Dr. Farris was selected for the panel because of his
research in obesity and his promotion of health improvements
for the obese through physical therapy. Other panel members were
from Washington University School of Medicine, the University of
Pittsburg, and the University of Massachusetts.
* Dr. Steven Green, Soil
and Water Conservation, recently published an article, "Bioactive
phosphorus loss in simulated runoff from a phosphorus-enriched soil
under two forage management systems," in the journal Soil Science.
The study was conducted to characterize the distribution of
inorganic and organic forms of phosphorus in runoff water from
farming systems with a history of manure application. Results of the
study highlight the importance of forage management in controlling
phosphorus in runoff. Knowledge of the phosphorus release patterns
in addition to the amounts of phosphorus lost in runoff is
increasingly important, as concerns for water quality increase both
regionally and nationally.
* Dr. John D. Hall and
Dr. Amy F. Claxton, Psychology and Counseling, were among a
select group of school psychologists honored at the fall state
conference of the Arkansas School Psychology Association (ASPA) for
past service to the organization. Both have served as past
presidents of ASPA. ASU's school psychology faculty were also
recognized for their assistance in initiating state licensure for
school psychologists in the early 1990s through the Arkansas
Department of Education.
* Dr. Gloria Gibson, English, Folklore, and Ethnomusicology,
announces the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Brown Bag
Lecture Series. The series opened Thursday, Oct. 18. The next
lecture is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. in Wilson Hall,
Room 217b, when Dr. Erik Gilbert, History, will speak on "The Dhow
as Cultural Icon." For details, call ext. 3046 or see the
Civil War authority Dr. David W. Blight will be the featured speaker in
the fourth event of Arkansas State University's 2007-08
Lecture-Concert Series. Blight will present a lecture, "A Slave No More:
Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom," on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Reng Student Services Center/Student Union Auditorium.
Blight is a
professor of history at Yale University and director of the
Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and
Abolition. His lecture is funded in part by the Corinne Sternheimer
Greenfield Lecture Series.
For more details, contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean for the
College, at (870) 972-2308 or see the
Services staff and faculty participated in the UALR Assessment Expo
held recently in Little Rock. Barbara Doyle,
director, said ASU Assessment Services won the poster
exhibition at the event, with a certificate of recognition and a
cash prize. Attendees included Doyle, Nicole Nelson, and
Sarah Cash, of Assessment Services, and faculty members Dr.
Lynita Cooksey, Academic Affairs, Dr. Alan Christian and
Dr. Julia Huggins, Biology, and Dr. Troy Adams, Sociology.
* Dr. Nareatha Studdard, Management
and Marketing, presented papers this summer at two international
conferences. Her "Student Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy and
Perception of Business Plan Competitions" was presented at the 27th
annual meeting of the Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference
held in Madrid, Spain. Her presentation "From Social Capital to
Human Resource Development: A Cross-Cultural Study of the Role of
HRM in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in High-Tech Organizations"
was presented in Tallin, Estonia, at the International Human
Resource Management Conference. This paper was co-written with Dr.
Roger Darby, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, Britain.
* Dr. Fabricio
Plant Metabolic Engineering, was an
invited speaker at the 61st Tobacco Science Research Conference,
"Frontiers in Tobacco Biotechnology," held in Charlotte, N.C. Dr.
presentation, "Screening for Bioactive Stilbenoids in the Genus
Nicotiana and other Solanaceae species," focused on research
conducted in his laboratory for the discovery of medicinally
important compounds that can be induced in the roots of tobacco and
* Dr. Bill Stroud, Geography, and Jason Self, a graduate
student in Environmental
Sciences, have co-authored a paper
published in The Florida Geographer. Their paper,co Island:
Tropical Paradise or Environmental Disaster," focused on the
relationship between subdivision planning and environmental
degradation. In addition, Dr. Stroud has recently published a paper,
"Problems Associated with Amenity-Based Subdivisions in the Poconos:
The Case of Pike County, Pennsylvania," in The Pennsylvania
* Dr. Michael B. Dougan, History, emeritus, recently published an
article, "David Walker: The Whig on the State Supreme Court," in The
Arkansas Lawyer, which reprinted the article from the newsletter of the Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society, Inc. Dougan's article is a brief biography of Arkansas Supreme Court
Judge David Walker, who lost a congressional race to Archibald Yell,
backed loser Joseph Brooks in the Brooks-Baxter War, and opposed the
granting of legal rights to women for 42 years.
* Rob Alley,
Music, is a recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council's 2008 Individual
Artist Fellowship. Alley was selected on the basis of his career
commitment to his discipline and for his substantial body of work.
Alley is a jazz soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Pops
Concerts. A former member of the Tuscaloosa Horns, he has performed
with the Temptations, the Four Tops, the O'Jays, and Frankie Valli.
For details, visit the
* Dr. Alyson
Gill, Art History, gave a paper entitled "Virtual Delphi: Two
Case Studies" in a conference session on 3D rendering and virtual
environments at the 21st International Committee for Architectural
Photogrammetry (CIPA), in Athens, Greece. Gill's paper outlined the
collaborative project, "Ashes2Art," between ASU and Coastal Carolina
University. Gill presented two case studies from the Greek sanctuary
at Delphi, the Tholos of Athena Pronaia, and ASU student Richard
Taylor's rendering of the Greek bath. This spring, Gill will
continue her Ashes2Art class at ASU, moving beyond the gymnasium and
into the sanctuary proper. The ASU Ashes2Art website, "Digital
Delphi," will be launched next month.
* Dr. Len Frey,
Business, has been selected as curriculum co-chair of Leadership
Arkansas Class II. Leadership Arkansas, sponsored by the Arkansas
State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas, is designed to take a statewide view of
economic and political challenges and to train individuals committed to building a better Arkansas. The chairman
for this year's Leadership Arkansas class is Gov. Mike Beebe. Frey's
co-chair is Mike Mauldin of Entergy Corporation.
Robert L. Potts, chancellor at ASU-Jonesboro, today announced
through his First Friday report
that he has appointed Dr. G. Dan Howard of the University of North
Alabama to serve as vice chancellor for academic affairs and
research at ASU. In appointing Howard, Potts accepted a unanimous
recommendation from the campus search committee. Howard will begin
his duties at ASU on Jan. 1. See today's edition of
First Friday and the NewsPage
* Dr. Troy Adams, Sociology, recently received
the Teaching Excellence Award from Eastern Michigan
during EMU's 17th annual Teaching Excellence Awards presentation.
The ceremony was
sponsored by the Alumni Association of Eastern Michigan University.
The award recognizes faculty who have distinguished themselves in
the classroom, and Adams was one of only six to be so honored this
year. Adams received his bachelor's degree in criminology from EMU
and began teaching at EMU in 1988.
* An exhibition conceived and
curated by John Salvest, Art, will be on view at the
Museum, Budapest, Hungary, beginning Thursday, Oct. 4-Sunday, Oct.
28. The exhibition, "Kim Levin: Notes and Itineraries 1976-2004,"
features working notes from the personal archive of prominent New
York art critic Kim Levin. This exhibition has previously been shown
in New York and Zurich and has been reviewed in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, and Neue Zurcher Zeitung. Salvest will
travel to Budapest to supervise the installation of the exhibition
and to participate in a panel discussion about contemporary art
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* Dr. Susan Roehrig,
Physical Therapy, was recently inducted into the Academy of Advanced
Item Writers of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
One function of the federation is to develop and administer the
national licensing examination in physical therapy. Inductees into
the academy have attended an advanced workshop, have had
a minimum of 60 items accepted for use on the licensing exam,
and have been nominated by an item writer coordinator. Roehrig was
inducted at the federation's national meeting in Memphis.
* Dr. George Ogendi, Environmental Geology, was among a group
delegates who presented at the 10th
International River Symposium in Brisbane, Australia. His paper,
"Water Quality, Use, and Conservation among the indigenous
communities in the Njoro Watershed, Kenya," focused on incorporation
of indigenous environmental knowledge in the management and
conservation of water resources. Dr. Ogendi was also one of five
panelists in a UNESCO-sponsored Man and the Biosphere session on
river cultures and ecological futures. This panel discussed the
fundamental role of culture in sustainable utilization of water
resources along the world's river ecosystems.
* Dr. Ronald Johnson,
Zoology, along with co-authors Dr. Stephen Coughlan and
recent graduate student Travis Harmon, recently published an article
in the journal Ecology of Freshwater Fish. The article, "Spatial and
temporal variation in prey selection of brown trout in a cold
Arkansas tailwater," was the result of a grant from the Arkansas
Game and Fish Commission. Brown trout find limited prey in the cold
tailwaters below Greers Ferry Dam, since fish other than trout have
been completely removed from the upper Little Red River. Food
sources consist chiefly of
rice-grain sized invertebrates and, occasionally, smaller trout.
Trout growth has become limited by this diet, according to the article.
* Dr. Shane Hunt,
Marketing, recently co-authored an article that was published
in the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management. Dr. Hunt’s
article, "The Influence of the Selling Situation on the Effectiveness
of Control: Toward a Holistic Perspective" explores the combined
role that individual, environmental, and organizational factors have
in influencing the effectiveness of control mechanisms. The Journal
of Personal Selling and Sales Management is the premier
international journal devoted to the field of selling and sales
* Dr. Gil Fowler, Journalism and The Honors College, was recently reelected vice
president of the south central region of The Honor Society of Phi
Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective
all-discipline honor society, at the group's 2007 Triennial
Convention in Orlando, Fla. In addition to serving as regional vice
president, Fowler also served on the 2010
Convention Site Selection Committee, the board's Executive
Committee, and the Marketing and Member Benefits Committee.
* Dr. Erick P.C. Chang,
Management, published an article in Journal of Business
"Are family managers agents or stewards? An exploratory study in
privately held family firms," with his colleagues Drs. Jim Chrisman
and Franz Kellermanns from Mississippi State University and Dr. Jess
Chua from the University of Calgary. Using a sample of 208 small
firms across the US, the research suggest that family managers
behave as agents rather than stewards and that family business owners use
these mechanisms to improve the firm’s performance. This paper was
also presented at a Conference in Family Research in Canada, 2006
and won the faculty-student collaboration award by the MSU College
of Business in Spring 2007.
* Dr. John Mello,
Marketing, had an article titled "S&OP, Forecasting, and the
Knowledge-Creating Company" published in Foresight: The
International Journal of Applied Forecasting. He also attended the
International Institute of Forecasting's annual Forecasting Summit
in Boston and presented a paper, "Using Forecasting and S&OP to
Achieve Competitive Advantage." In the article and in his paper, he
presented ways in which companies can use their sales forecasting
and sales and operations planning processes to create organizational
knowledge and to transform that knowledge into business plans and
* Dr. Shahram Pezeshk, interim chair of the
Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Memphis, will
present "Seismic Issues in the Central United States" at ASU on
Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. in the Agriculture Building, Room 203.
Pezeshk and Dr. Ashraf Elsayed, Engineering, are involved in a
joint research project sponsored by the Arkansas Highway and
Transportation Department. The project is titled "Shear Wave
Velocity Profile and Soil Liquefaction Hazard Analysis" and is a
study of how the soil will behave during an earthquake. See the
NewsPage release about their
* Rhonda Keith, senior
internal auditor, is the recipient of a $1,000 graduate level
scholarship for 2007-2008 from the Association of College and
University Auditors (ACUA). The award, based on Keith's application,
her academic achievements, and continuing involvement
with ASU internal auditing functions, will be presented to her at
the ACUA annual conference. Keith is currently
enrolled in the MBA program at ASU.
* Bill Rowe, Art, will present his film, "Why Only Killen?" at
the Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Symposium Lecture Series. This year's
symposium theme is "The Current Status of Civil Rights Research and
Pedagogy: A Gathering of Friends." The symposium lecture series is
Oct. 3-5 at Jackson State University,
Jackson, Miss. The film will be followed by a panel
discussion featuring participants who have been involved in the
civil rights movement and its video/oral documentation. The event
also celebrates the founding of the Hamer Institute.
Gauri S. Guha, Economics, was an invited speaker at the
Oxford Round Table on “Global Warming – Governing a Crisis” held at
the Oxford Union Chamber. He presented a paper titled, “Affirmative
Climate Action in the United States” to a group of 48 scholars,
including several from major U.S. universities.
The Oxford Round Table provides
an opportunity for academics, lawyers and policymakers to present
and interact in a collegial atmosphere in the historic city of
Drs. John D. Hall,
Craig H. Jones, and Amy F. Claxton, Psychology &
Counseling, recently had their research accepted for publication in
the peer-reviewed Journal of Applied School Psychology. Their study,
titled "Evaluation of the Stop & Think Social Skills Program with
Kindergarten Students," was funded through a Nathan Deutsch Faculty
Research Award at ASU and involved contributions from three school
psychology graduate students: Joshua Toopes, Tammy Pannells, and
* The National Endowment for
the Arts (NEA) announces that ASU's Arkansas Folklife Program will
be awarded a $25,000 grant to support the program for a third year.
According to project director Dr. Gregory Hansen, English and
Folklore, this grant will allow ASU to continue its collaboration
with the Arkansas Arts Council for the statewide folklife program.
Dr. Mike Luster, director, Arkansas Folklife Program, adds that
initial projects have involved researching the traditional culture
of the Mississippi Delta Region and of the Ozarks, as well as
providing technical assistance with heritage programming throughout
* Dr. George Ogendi,
Environmental Geology, is the author of two chapters
in "Concepts and Applications in
Environmental Chemistry," co-edited by Dr. Dibyendu Sarkar, Dr.
Rupali Datta, and Dr. Robyn Hannigan. Dr. Ogendi wrote the
book's first chapter, "Association of dissolved organic carbon with
stream discharge and dissolved metals concentrations in black
shale-draining streams," with Dr. Hannigan and Dr. Jerry Farris,
Environmental Biology. Dr. Ogendi also co-authored
"Black shale weathering contribution to stream chemistry using
end-member mixing analysis," with lead author Leonette Cox, a
doctoral student in environmental sciences.
Several ASU faculty members have contributed to a recently
published textbook, James Girard's "Criminalistics: Forensic Science
and Crime." Contributors include Dr. Maureen Dolan, Dr. Carolyn
Dowling, Dr. Robyn Hannigan, Dr. Tanja McKay, and
Dr. Kelly Redeker.
Previous editions of this text have been the top-selling textbook
for introductory forensic science courses in the U.S. This latest
edition, featuring ASU faculty, has been redesigned to link
techniques with real-world applications.
* Dr. Steven Green, Soil and Water Conservation, Dr. Alan
Christian, Zoology, Dr. Jennifer Bouldin, Ecotoxicology,
and Dr. Robyn Hannigan, Geochemistry, were awarded a $190,835
National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant.
Collaborators on the grant include Dr. Ben Rougeau,
Chemistry, and Dr. Bill Baker, Plant Science. This grant
facilitates the establishment of a new Biogeochemical Analysis
Laboratory in the Agriculture Building. Grant funds will
purchase three major analytical instruments: a carbon, nitrogen, and
sulfur analyzer for solids; a dissolved carbon and nitrogen analyzer
for liquid solutions; and a wet chemistries autoanalyzer. These
instruments will be used in conducting four interdisciplinary
research projects in biology, geochemistry, and agriculture. This
grant will also be used for undergraduate and graduate teaching
laboratories in the departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry
and Physics, the College of Agriculture, and the Environmental
Sciences graduate program.
* Dr. Catherine C. Reese, Public
Administration, and Dr. David Harding Jr., Political Science,
recently published an article, "Implementation of the Welfare-to
Work Program in Arkansas," in the refereed journal Politics and
Policy. The article stems from an evaluation they
conducted of the state's Temporary Employee Assistance (TEA) program
* Dr. Alyson Gill, Art History, was
awarded a research fellowship through the J. Paul
Getty Trust. She
recently traveled to the Getty Research Institute at the Getty
Center in Los Angeles to use its Photo Study Collection of two
million photos, as well as excavation reports housed in the Getty
Villa. Gill sought unpublished photographs of excavation sites to
incorporate into her study of ancient baths. Once completed, her
book, "Balaneia," will serve as a sourcebook on ancient baths and
bathing establishments from the Greek Archaic period through the
* Dr. Jennifer Bouldin, Ecotoxicology,
was appointed to a two-year term on the Arkansas Wastewater
Licensing committee. This committee of the Arkansas Department of
Environmental Quality oversees the licensing of all wastewater
treatment personnel. Dr. Bouldin, director of ASU's Ecotoxicology
Laboratory, periodically offers workshops that fulfill wastewater
and water treatment licensing continuing education. Her workshops
also provide credit hours in those areas.
* Dr. Kelly Redeker, Analytical Chemistry,
recently published an article in the Journal of Geophysical
Research. Redeker's research explores the potential to use stable
carbon isotopes to determine the age, point of origin, and emissions
source of multiple atmospheric gases. Samples were taken from
various locations in Northern Ireland. Redeker's article was titled, "Isotope
values of atmospheric halocarbons and hydrocarbons from Irish urban,
rural, and marine locations."
Dr. Jerry Farris, associate
dean, Sciences and Mathematics, has been
appointed to the
new Governor's Commission on Global Warming, created by the 86th General
Assembly. The Commission will study the issues and potential impact
of global warming in Arkansas and work with state agencies to reduce
contaminants that contribute to global warming.
The 21-member group also includes State Rep. Joan Cash of Jonesboro and Kevan Inboden of
Jonesboro City Water and Light.
* Dr. Robyn Hannigan, Environmental Sciences Program,
Geochemistry, contributed a chapter to the book, Diversity and the
Future of the U.S. Environmental Movement, published by Yale
University Press. Her chapter, "Better Science through Diversity:
Disciplinary and Cultural Diversity in the Environmental Sciences,"
discusses the need for cultural diversity, as well as the expected
disciplinary diversity, in the field of Environmental Science.
* Dr. Lillie Mae Fears,
Journalism, recently completed a 10-week summer research
with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Brooks City-Base in
San Antonio. Her project examined the day-to-day lives of female
citizens left behind in war-torn Iraq. In researching these women's
lives, Fears conducted survey interviews with reporters and
Middle East correspondents covering Iraq, including journalists
working for CNN, the Washington Post, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,
the Salt Lake Tribune, and NBC Nightly News.
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*Dr. Aldemaro Romero,
Biology, recently published an article, "More private gain than
public good: whale and ambergris exploitation in 17th-century
Bermuda," in the latest issue of the Bermuda Journal of Archaeology
and Maritime History, the publication of the Bermuda
Maritime Museum. His article argues that the first
shore-whaling operation by Europeans in the Caribbean was carried
out by British colonists in order to circumvent colonial
regulations. Whaling became piratical, until British investors in
Bermuda moved to stop it.This pirate whaling was enticing to
poverty-stricken colonists, and ultimately led to the exploitation
of the sperm-whale by-product, ambergris, which was of substantial
value to European perfumers.
* Dr. Anne Grippo, Biology, and several colleagues recently
had an article accepted by the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing the safe,
effective, and economical use of medications. The article, "Analysis
of Flavonoid Phytoestrogens in Botanical and Ephedra-Containing
Dietary Supplements," was an ASU Honors thesis by Kayla Capps, ASU
chemistry and physics graduate, now at Telecris Co., North Carolina.
Other co-authors are Ben Rougeau, research assistant, Chemistry
and Physics, and Dr. Bill J. Gurley, UAMS College of Pharmacy. The article is
also available in
"Articles Ahead of Print," at
* The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc.'s national
focus is "Healthy
Children~Healthy Futures," and Dr. Blair Dean, Physical
Education, has been the featured speaker at one area meeting in
Arkansas and will be the featured speaker in other meetings in
Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Dean's topic, "Catch the
Physical Activity Epidemic," describes projects for increasing
physical activity for children and adults. Dean is the author of
several articles on innovative physical education techniques for
young children, and she serves on the board of directors for the
National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF) and will serve as
that organization's 2008 conference director. For a listing
of Dean's speaking engagements with the Junior Auxiliary, visit
Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, Molecular Biology, was invited to speak at
the recent annual meeting of the International Society for Drug
Abuse Research, held in Merida, Mexico. Her talk, "Nicotine and
neuro-immuno-modulation in the autonomic nervous system" was
well-received by the 87 international scientists attending the
meeting. Dr. Srivatsan's research at ASU is supported by funds from
the drug abuse division of the National Institute of Health (NIH)
and is also supported by ABI.
* Dr. Frances M. Malpezzi, English, has published an essay, "The
Parson Fictionalized: A Reprise, " in the recent issue of the George
Herbert Journal. Her work serves as an introduction to the reprint
of a 1910 short story by Marjorie Bowen, a prolific British writer
of popular and historical fiction. The short story, originally
published in Harper's Monthly Magazine, features George Herbert, the
17th-century poet/minister, known best for poems like "Easter
Wings," "The Collar," and "The Windows."
* Dr. Fabricio
Medina-Bolívar, Plant Metabolic Engineering, ABI, gave a talk at the annual meeting of the Phytochemical Society of North America, at the
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis. His talk focused on
using hairy roots to study how plants respond to environmental
pollutants. This presentation was a collaborative effort among the
research groups headed by Dr. Argelia Lorence, Plant Metabolic
Engineering, Dr. Kelly Redeker, Analytical Chemistry, Dr. Robyn Hannigan, Geochemistry, and Dr. Medina-Bolívar. Dr. Medina-Bolívar's
research group also made three other presentations at the meeting,
including a talk by Dr. Ganapathy Sivakumar, Plant Metabolic
Engineering, ABI, and two posters from Molecular Biosciences PhD
students Jose Condori and Cesar Nopo-Olazaba.
* Dr. Hyun-Duck Kim, Physical Education, recently
completed a new publication,
the article, "An Investigation into Relationships among Constructs
of Service Quality, Customer Satisfaction, and Repurchase Intention
in Korean Private Golf Courses." Kim's article appeared in ICHPER
SD Journal of Research, a biannual scholarly publication of the
International Council for Health, Recreation, Sport, and Dance, one
of the most prestigious governing bodies in the sport and recreation
Patrick Stewart, Public Administration and Center for Social
Research, recently published a book chapter in the Handbook of
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. He wrote chapter 12.3,
"Comparability Studies for Later Generation Products -- Plant-Made
Pharmaceuticals." Shayne Cox Gad is editor, and the book is
published by John Wiley and Sons.
* Rosemary Freer, Testing Center, has been
elected to a three-year
term on the governing board of the National College Testing
Association (NCTA). She recently attended her first board meeting in
Salt Lake City, where she also presented a workshop, "Don't Get
Stung by Conflict: Overarching Approaches to Handling Conflict," at
the NCTA annual conference. Freer has served for the past two
years on the organization's Sponsors and Exhibitors' Committee and
will chair that committee for next year's conference in Baltimore.
* Dr. Warren Johnson, French, presented a paper,
"Paris et le comique fin-de-sičcle," at the colloquium "La vie
parisienne" sponsored by the Société des Études Romantiques in
Paris. The paper described the role of the French capital,
specifically the Montmartre area, in the flourishing of the comic
spirit in the late 19th century, but the paper also described
the comic writers' reactions against the modernity that Paris
embodied at that time.
* A team of faculty and a graduate student from ASU attended the 2007
Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities (SENCER)
Summer Institute in Portland, Maine. SENCER is a National Science
Foundation-funded program that selects a small cadre of teams
from the many national and international application programs it
received to attend the the institute to work on and share
information and ideas on how to infuse civic engagement activities
into the science curriculum. The team from ASU, led by Dr. Robyn
Hannigan, Environmental Sciences program and
Geochemistry, included Dr. Alan Christian, Zoology, Leonette
Cox, graduate student, Environmental Sciences, Dr. Erik Gilbert,
History, Dr. Steve Green, Soil and Water Conservation, and
Dr. Tillman Kennon, Science Education. Dr. John M. Pratte,
Chemistry and Physics, also gave a presentation, "The Effects
of Online Classes on Engagement."
* Dr. Rob Lamm,
director, English Education, spent this summer as a visiting faculty
member at Notre Dame University, South Bend, In., teaching two
graduate-level English courses. Each summer, Notre Dame hosts
a non-traditional teacher licensure program, the Alliance for
Catholic Education (ACE). A "boot camp for teachers," the program
allows individuals to earn an MSE after two intensive summers of
coursework and supplementary correspondence work while teaching
through the fall and spring. As part of the 200-teacher program,
Lamm worked with 20 English teachers to develop teaching techniques
and plan for the upcoming school year. Lamm was invited to join the
program through a nationwide search.
* Dr. Myleea Hill, Journalism,
recently had an article accepted by SIMILE (Studies in Media and
Information Literacy Education), a peer-reviewed journal bridging the
subject areas of media and information literacy. Hill's article,
"E-mail Inverted Interest Index Theory: A Case Study of Electronic
Communication in a Strategic Planning Initiative at a Four-Year
Public University," appeared in this month's issue of the journal,
which is published by the University of Toronto Press.
* Dr. Jack Zibluk,
Journalism, recently organized and moderated a panel, "Industry
leaders confronting convergence," at the annual meeting of the
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
in Washington, D.C. Zibluk also organized and moderated a panel on
teaching entrepreneurship in the journalism classroom, featuring
Margo Berman, Miami-based advertising executive and instructor, Florida International
University, freelance photojournalist Paul Taggart, Beirut,
Lebanon, and David Weinstock, public relations consultant and
instructor, Grand Valley State University, Mich. For information and
links, see the NewsPage release.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a grant
of $612,000 to a team of scientists to conduct a comprehensive study
to measure the impact of post-harvest lesser grain borer
infestations on rice milling quality. Dr. Tanja McKay,
Entomology, will coordinate the insect monitoring studies at the
mill in Jonesboro. Texas A & M will serve as the lead institution
for the project. The team will look at the prevalence and seasonal
history of insect infestations in field sites throughout the rice
belt, assess insect control, and develop a comprehensive
cost-benefit analysis to evaluate the practical economic benefit of
new insect control measures. This study will ultimately develop a
comprehensive risk analysis for stored rough rice. For more
information, see the NewsPage release.
* Erica L. Smith, a Master of
Public Administration student in the Department of Political
Science, was recently awarded one of three national scholarships for
Washington internships. The $2,000 award was conferred by Pi Sigma
Alpha, the national honor society for Political Science. The
Washington Intern Scholarship, an annual award, is designed for
students participating in political science internships in
Washington, D.C. during either summer term or fall semester. Smith
was nominated for the highly competitive scholarship by Dr.
Catherine C. Reese, Public Administration, faculty advisor for
ASU's Iota Eta chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha.
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* Dr. Don Maness, associate
dean, Education, was an Oxford Fellow at the Harris
College Summer Research Institute at Oxford University. Twenty-five
fellows from a dozen U.S. universities took part in the
week-long institute. The fellows' disciplines included medicine,
law, the humanities and social sciences, and education. Fellows had
access to all Oxford libraries, including the 12-million-book Bodleian Library,
with its large collection of rare volumes. Fellows' research plans,
which included a focused reading regimen, were supported by a Harris
Manchester College librarian. The major emphasis of Maness' research
was the culture and climate of U.S. higher education, based on his research and
* Dr. Farhad Moeeni, Computer and Information Technology, has
been invited to join the
board of the International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and
Applications, due to debut in 2008. This journal is the first
academic journal in the world devoted to radio frequency
identification technology (RFID). The journal will provide
researchers with a vehicle to exchange information and list research
results regarding RF technology deployment, data analytics, and
business value creation. Topics the journal will address in addition
to RFID will be real time location sensing (RTLS), near-field
communication (NFC), and RF-based sensors.
* Dr. Paul Armah,
Agricultural Economics, presented a paper at the 14th International
Conference on Learning in Johannesburg, South Africa. Co-authored by
Dr. David Agnew, Agricultural Education, and Tammie Pannell, former
ASU graduate student, the presentation focused on the attitudes,
perceptions, and limitations of College of Agriculture students
regarding participation in international travel experiences.
* Dr. William Clements,
English and Folklore, is the winner of an Arkansas Arts Council's
2007 Governor's Arts Award in the Judge's Special Recognition
category. Joy Pennington, executive director of the Arkansas Arts
Council (AAC), announced the winners. The Governor's Arts Awards
recognize outstanding contributions to the arts in Arkansas.
Clements is the noted author of nine books and is the guiding force
behind the creation and expansion of ASU's 14-year-old Delta Blues
Symposium. Under Clements' leadership, the symposium has attracted
interest from across the nation and around the world. Clements was
nominated for the AAC award by Steve Owens, vice president for
University Advancement, and will be honored at an awards ceremony
and luncheon during the ArtLinks 2007 annual arts conference in
Rogers this October. For more information, see the Arkansas
Arts Council's website.
* Dr. Larry Dale, Economics, was recently invited to
present a paper on poverty
the Conference on Poverty, held at Manchester College, Oxford
University. Dr. Dale was one of 38 scholars from all over the world
to attend and present. The paper, "The Northeast Arkansas
Experience: The Welfare-to-Work Program," was co-authored by Dr. Sandra Bevill,
Courtney Bracy, advising coordinator, College of Business.
The paper presented the results of a project conducted through the Center for
Economic Education and the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization.
For this program, 10 college students were trained to conduct a
series of two sets of three workshops for Greene
welfare recipients to assist them in getting off welfare. Of the 91 participants in the program,
83% were able to get a job and earn their way off all public
assistance within two years, compared to the national average of 60%.
Hood, Plant Biology, and director of ASU's Biofuels
Research Program, anticipates increased momentum for the program. With the recent passage of the House Energy and
Water Appropriations Bill, Congressman Marion Berry secured
$1.5 million in funding for Hood's six-person research team. The ASU
team creates technologies that make the production of cellulosic
ethanol possible and affordable, including the creation of
inexpensive enzymes. Plants serve as biofactories, and enzyme
technology breaks down plants into sugars, which are then used in
ethanol production. The ASU team's creation of more enzyme types
and volumes will significantly reduce the cost of cellulosic ethanol
production, as well as making ethanol production more
environmentally friendly, with reduced energy costs and fewer waste
by-products. These new enzyme technologies will also allow farmers
to utilize waste materials in the production of ethanol, ultimately
lowering the cost of biofuel to consumers.
Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolívar, Plant Metabolic Engineering, and
project co-leader Dr. Maureen Dolan, Biochemistry, reported the study
"Production and Secretion of Resveratrol
in Hairy Root Cultures of Peanut." This peer-reviewed article was
published in the July special issue of the journal Phytochemistry. ASU co-authors in the study are Jose Condori, Ph.D.
student in molecular biosciences, Kristen Shelton, undergraduate,
John Hubstenberger, ABI, and Dr. Agnes Rimando, USDA Natural
Products Unit. Resveratrol, a plant-derived defense compound, has
been associated with many health benefits, including anti-cancer,
anti-aging, and neuroprotection properties. This study reports the
use of hairy root technology for production of high quality, enriched
extracts containing resveratrol and its many valuable derivatives.
Because of the numerous applications of these compounds in the
pharmaceutical and neutraceutical industries, ASU filed U.S. and
international patent applications on the process earlier this month.
* Dr. John Beineke,
dean, College of Education, and Dr. Mitch Holifield, chair, Department of Educational Leadership, Curriculum, and Special
been appointed members of the Arkansas Professional Licensure
Standards Board. Beineke and Holifield were appointed by the State
Board of Education, and they will represent public institutions of higher
learning and the First Congressional District. There are 15 members of the
Professional Licensure Standards Board, and each member serves a term of
three years. Their first board meeting is Wednesday, July 25, in Little Rock
* Dr. Len Frey, dean, College of
Business, is a graduate of the inaugural class of
Leadership Arkansas, a program designed
to take a statewide view of the economic and political challenges
that face Arkansas. Created by
the State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas
(AIA), Leadership Arkansas builds a sense of statewide community by
identifying and training individuals with the passion and commitment
to become personally engaged in issues, programs, and activities
aimed at building a better Arkansas. Dr. Frey was one of 70
individuals chosen to make up the inaugural class.
* ASI's Chief of Police James Chapman,
University Police Department, recently graduated from Arkansas
Leader, an executive management program sponsored by the
Justice Institute of the UA system and the FBI. Chief Chapman, with
UPD for 3 years, was one of 25 law enforcement leaders chose to
attend the 16th session of this prestigious program. Participants
are carefully selected, and leadership, education, advancement of
the law enforcement profession and individual and agency development
are emphasized in the program.
* Sue Marlay and David Wick, International Programs,
recently made presentations at the national conference of NAFSA: Association
of International Educators in Minneapolis. Both of them participated in
leadership meetings, and each of them made session presentations. Wick’s
presentation addressed marketing in international education, while Marlay’s
addressed leadership in NAFSA and in other professional organizations.
* Dr. Rebecca Matthews, Nursing, recently made a presentation in St.
Louis at the National Parents as Teachers conference. The presentation
represented a summary of Matthews' six-year tenure as executive director of
Paces, Inc., a Jonesboro non-profit serving at-risk families (www.paces4parents.org).
Her presentation, "What a difference a logic model makes," took her audience
through the development of a logic model, illustrating how effective Paces
was in helping at-risk teens become better mothers. The presentation also
encouraged the development of logic models in other programs in order to
measure effectiveness and to enhance services. Dr. Matthews' presentation
was also featured in the current newsletter of the National Parents as
* Dr. Sarah Wilkerson-Freeman, History, was an invited presenter at
the University of Nottingham's recent Hurricane Katrina Symposium. The
symposium, sponsored by Nottingham's American and Canadian Studies program,
featured several international scholars. The interdisciplinary event focused
on the responses of scholars in film, literature, and history to Hurricane
Katrina, to post-Katrina life in New Orleans, and to the influence of the
hurricane and its aftermath on scholarship, particularly documentaries.
Wilkerson-Freeman presented her work on Jack Robinson's 1950s New Orleans
photographs, which she discovered and identified within the Robinson
collection in Memphis. She also spoke about the impact of post-Katrina
reorganization on traditional infrastructures of artistic life and culture
in the region. Her 26-piece exhibition of 1950s photographs, installed in
the atrium of the Djanogly Art Gallery complex, was the site of the
symposium's closing reception.
* Dr. Robyn Hannigan, Environmental Science, was recently featured in
The College Board Review (No. 210, Winter/Spring 2007), the magazine of the
College Board. This prestigious publication provides a national forum for
discussion of new and useful ideas in education. Hannigan, who designed and
established a program to immerse minority and female undergraduates in
environmental science, appeared in Dr. Kathie L. Olsen's article, "Let's
Frame the Future: Building a Solid Science and Engineering Foundation for
This Century." Olsen is deputy director of the National Science Foundation
(NSF). Dr. Hannigan received funding through the NSF Research Experiences
for Undergraduates (REU) program. Hannigan's program, Research Internships
in Science of the Environment (RISE), is an interdisciplinary program
focusing on relationships between agricultural land use and ecological
health. The RISE program has funded more than 30 undergraduates in summer
research projects since 2001.
* Two ABI faculty members, Dr. Carole Cramer, ABI executive
Dr. Maureen Dolan, Biochemistry, traveled to Verona, Italy, to
participate in an international conference, "Plant-Based Vaccines and
Antibodies," held at the University of Verona. Dr. Cramer, a member of the
conference's scientific advisory panel, was an invited symposium speaker as
well as a session moderator. Drs. Dolan and Cramer also presented several
posters describing results of ABI research on using plants to produce
complex immuno-modulating proteins for vaccine applications.
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