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Faculty and Staff achievements (archived information, 2002-03)
Congratulations to these faculty and staff members who have distinguished themselves and their departments recently for outstanding professional achievements:

Uploaded in June
Dr. Veda McClain, Teacher Education, is attending the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.  This four-week institute attracts female administrators from the U.S. and South Africa.  Presentations examine the external environment, academic environment, institutional environment, and professional development.

* Bryan Ulmer
, Ellis Library, was honored at the annual banquet of the Jonesboro University Heights Lions Club.  He received the Edward Dalstrom Distinguished Service Award from Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service in Memphis.  The local club presented the award in recognition of Ulmer's years of service as chair of the local club's Sight Committee.  Under his leadership, the club provided around $13,000 worth of eyeglasses to needy individuals in the
Jonesboro area over the past year, with a special focus on children referred to the club by their school counselors or teachers.

* Sue Marlay, International Student Services, attended the NAFSA: Association of International Educators national conference in Salt Lake City.  She chaired and presented at the F-1 Basics Professional Practice Workshop and served on a curriculum writing team that revised the participant manual for two workshops.  She also helped revised and update the guidebook for participants in the Fulbright Japan-International Education Administrators Program and served on a panel about the program.

* Dr. Robert Lamm, English, assisted by
Deanna Webster, Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, led 14 high school participants in the second annual Creative Writing Day Camp recently at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer center in Piggott.  Two high school teachers also assisted with the group, which produced “Tell-Tale Hearts,” a collection of writings, including prose and poetry.

Uploaded in May
* An interview with John Salvest, Art, was featured in a two-page spread in the spring edition of Number, a contemporary arts magazine in Memphis.  The front cover design  included a photo of his sculpture, "Night Train."

* Richard Jorgensen, Music, gave lectures on "Trumpets and Film Music" at Western Kentucky University and Murray State University in April.

* D
r. Shivan Haran, Engineering, has received a faculty research grant for for his project titled "Use of Embedded Sensors in Health Monitoring of Structures."  The project involves studying the vibration signatures of concrete structures through the use of embedded piezoelectric sensors.  Various signal processing techniques will be used to identify unique characteristics in the signatures, which will help in determining the health/condition of the structure.  The outcome will be useful for in-situ monitoring and diagnosing of faults in different types of structures.

Uploaded in April
Undergraduate Darren Hess, with Dr. Jon Russ, Chemistry, and Dr. Jeanette Loutsch, Biology, presented his research "Investigating the Microbial Production of Oxalate Rich Crusts on Prehistoric Rock Art in Southwestern Texas" at the Arkansas Undergraduate Research Conference in Arkadelphia.
* At the same conference, three undergraduate students of Dr. David Gilmore, Biological Sciences, gave talks on their research. Heather Davis and Brandon Hogue reported on bacteria that grow using detergent as a nutrient and produce plastic, and Kelli Halcom talked about the UV resistance of bacteria that contaminate paint.

* Dr. Mark Draganjac, Chemistry, has received an Arkansas BRIN Fellowship
for the 2003-04 academic year.  The project involves the synthesis of chromium complexes with hexabipyridyl ligands. These compounds will be used as photoreactive reagents to initiate electron transfer between protein pairs and gain important information about protein interactions and mechanisms. The work will be done in collaboration with Drs. Bill Durham and Frank Millett, University of Arkansas.

* MS student Jan Annaratone of Wynne, with Dr. Mark Draganjac, Chemistry, presented her work "Preliminary IR Study of the Reaction of CpRu(CO)2+ with Organic Thiols" at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Academy of Science in Fayetteville. She was awarded second place in the Graduate Physical Sciences division for her presentation.  Her project is related to the catalytic removal of sulfur impurities from fossil fuels, which subsequently reduces acid rain precursors.

* Student Kyle Trauth and Drs. Scott Reeve and William Burns, Chemistry, presented their work, "Rotational Analysis of Several Vibrational Bands of Cobalt Tricarbonyl Nitrosyl Obtained Under Jet Colled Conditions" at the same meeting.

* Several Political Science Department faculty members have been giving professional papers around the country lately:
-- Dr. Ross Marlay and Bryan Ulmer, Library, presented a paper at a March conference called "Beyond Borders: Globalization and the Human Experience" at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla.  Their paper was entitled "Traditional People and Globalization: The Maroons of Suriname."
-- Last week two more POSC faculty members were making paper presentations, this time at the Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting in Chicago.  Dr. Patrick Stewart's paper was titled "The Emotionally Intelligent Public Manager," and Dr. William McLean presented a paper entitled "Objective vs. Subjective Evaluations of Rural Service Delivery."
--Charles Hartwig escorted nine ASU students to the 2003 University of West Florida Invitational Model UN Security Council meet in Pensacola, Fla., two of whom came back with the "Best Delegation" award.

* Gary Albright, Intramurals, had the 11th edition of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Flag & Touch Football Rules Book & Officials Manual dedicated to him for his role in the advancement of flag and touch football at the NIRSA annual conference in Cleveland.

* At the recent South Central Renaissance Conference in New Orleans, Dr. Frances Malpezzi, English, presented a paper "Sylvester Militant:  Battering Tobacco for God and Country."  The paper focused on a 17th-century anti-tobacco poem in the context of the early debate over tobacco.

* Several faculty members in the Department of Chemistry attended and presented their findings at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans. 
Dr. William Burns
and undergraduate student John Burnett presented "Fitting experimental pH titration data to a theoretical expression: Estimation of analyte concentration K".  Dr. Mark Draganjac, faculty advisor to the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates Chapter, presented "National Chemistry Week, ASU style" with student chapter officers Jennifer Woodruff, Jeremy Lamb, and Casey Oliver. Dr. Mike Panigot and students Alison Bare, Matt Whiteside and Jeremy Lamb presented two posters, "Steps toward the synthesis of C-glycoside-containing dendrimers" and "Efforts toward the synthesis of stereoselectively beta-deuterated histidine". Dr. Scott Reeve, associate professor, along with coauthor Dr. William Burns and student Kyle Trauth presented "Infrared diode laser spectroscopy of jet-cooled organometallics."

Uploaded in March
* Congratulations to Dr. Ruth Hawkins, Arkansas Delta Byways, and everyone associated with Great River Road.  The Great River Road, which winds through eastern Arkansas, received a Henry Award, the "Bootstrap Award," at the Governor's Conference on Tourism in Fort Smith.  The Henry Awards honors individuals and organizations which have made important contributions to the state's tourism industry during the past year.

* Dr. Shivan Haran, Engineering, presented a paper at the International Symposium on "Smart Materials and Structures," organized by the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) meeting in San Diego.  His paper was "Characterization of Loaded Piezoelectric Actuators," co-authored with Dr. Karla Mossi at Virginia Commonwealth University and Dr. Lisa Scott of Dominion Energy, Inc.

* Richard Jorgensen, Music, presented a lecture on "Trumpet Orchestral Excerpts" at University of Central Arkansas on March 14.

Cyndy Hendershot, English, recently published an article entitled "Rebellion and Conformity in Fifties Juvenile Delinquency Films" in Popular Culture Review. Also, she presented a public lecture at UA-Fayetteville last week entitled "Rebellion and Conformity in 1950s Juvenile Delinquency Films."

* Kimberly Boyd Vickrey, Art, recently presented a workshop, "Alternative Photography Techniques, Emulsion and Image Transfers," to the Equine Photographers Network's Winter Conference in Phoenix February. She was also invited to participate in a traveling photo exhibition sponsored by the Equine Photographers Network, "The Horse Exposed" which made its debut at the Winter Conference. Two of her works were selected to be included in this exhibition.

* When Derek Miles, Advisement Services, is not helping students at ASU, he is an accomplished pole vaulter.  He recently won the U.S. indoor meet in Boston, qualifying him to represent the USA in the world indoor championship in England. He placed fifth in that competition.

* The latest CD recorded by Dr. Robin Dauer, Music, was considered for nomination in two categories of the American Gramophone Awards, better known as the Grammy Awards. "Horn Americana," was considered in "best instrumental solo performance, without orchestra," and "best classical recording."  Robin and his CD were featured recently in The Jonesboro Sun.

* Richard Jorgensen, Music, presented trumpet master classes at the University of Texas-Arlington and at Baylor University.

* Shawn Smee, Student Affairs, was elected to the board of directors of the National Orientation Directors Association.  He will represent Region 4, which includes universities and colleges in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.  an assistant dean of students at ASU, he will be sworn in at the group's national conference in Seattle later this year.

* Dr. Gregory Hansen, English and Folklore, moderated a panel and presented a paper, "Your Word Was Your Bond:  Richard Seaman's Tall Tales and Truth-Telling," at a recent joint meeting of the Florida Folklore Society and the Society of Ethnomusicology/Southeast and Caribbean Chapter. The presentation was developed from his doctoral dissertation research on an old-time fiddler and storyteller from Jacksonville, Fla.

* Beth Smith, Alumni Relations, is conference chair for the annual district conference of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), to be held in Little Rock next month. Georgia Summitt and Heath Kelly, Publications and Creative Services, co-chaired conference publications.  Elaine Poynter, Development, is chairing the New Professionals workshop.  The district includes five states and Mexico.

* Congratulations to Dr. Jon Russ, Chemistry, and Dr. Debra Ingram, Mathematics, whose undergraduate research assistants Melanie Beazley and Richard Rickman recently had a research paper accepted for publication in the international journal Radiocarbon.  The students worked with co-authors Russ and Ingram to explore the reliability of using biological residues on rock surfaces to predict past climate changes.  Both Beazley and Rickman graduated from ASU and are now pursuing graduate degrees at Texas A&M University.

Uploaded in February

* Several Political Science faculty and graduate students participated in the annual meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association, Feb. 21-22, at UCA in Conway.  Dr. Richard Wang assumed office as association president for the coming year after his election at the annual business meeting.  He also chaired a panel on “Bureaucracy, Management, and Policy.” Dr. Patrick Stewart presented a paper, “Interpretation of Facial Expressions of Emotion Based on Status in the Workplace,” and participated in a roundtable panel on “Community-University Partnerships.”  Dr. Charles Hartwig organized and chaired a panel of six ASU graduate students dealing with “Africa and the Failed State Thesis,” and participated in a roundtable on “Global Instability.”  Dr. David Harding organized and chaired a panel on “Presidential Politics.” The six graduate students who presented papers at the conference were MA students Sarah Jones, Dedric Lee, Peter Ngoma, and Jarrod Stroud, plus MPA students Driss El-Akrich and Willette Romious.  Lee and Romious tied for the top graduate student paper award, which included a modest cash prize.

* Dr. Gauri Shankar Guha, Economics, is co-editor of Conflict Management of Water Resources, a book recently published by Ashgate in Hampshire, United Kingdom.  Water is a key resource in global economic development, and sharing of water is a a critical issue. especially in developing countries.  The book brings together issues and strategies for peaceful resolution of water-related conflicts at various levels through case studies from across the world.  The co-editors are associated with State University of New York and the World Bank.

Uploaded in January

* Dr. Charles Coleman, Engineering, has received a 25-system grant from Autodesk for the new release of AutoCAD Inventor 6, worth $75,000. The Technology program at ASU will be involved with Star Training Center of  Tulsa, Okla., which will enhance a regional certification program for AUTOCAD on this campus.

*  Brandon Passmore, a senior electrical engineering major, and faculty mentor Dr. Robert Engelken, Engineering, recently were awarded a SILO Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) from the Arkansas Science Information Liaison Office (SILO) for research on the synthesis of the ferromagnetic and semiconducting phase of iron sulfide, pyrrhotite. This research will complement  work on the creation and applications of ferromagnetic/polymer composites being conducted under NASA EPSCoR funding in partnership with the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

* A book by Dr. Cyndy Hendershot, English, has been published by McFarland and Company Publishers.  The title is Anti-Communism and Popular Culture in Mid-Century America.

* "Curtain Up," which aired on KASU in 2000 and 2001, received the Crystal Award of Excellence from The Communicator Awards 2002 Audio Competition.  Molly Simpson, Theatre Arts, wrote and hosted the program, which was produced and engineered by June Taylor of KASU.  "Tradition," which is hosted and written by Dr. Bill Clements, English and Folklore, received an honorable mention.  Taylor produces and engineers that program, as well.

* Dr. Lillie Fears, Journalism, has been cited by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars in Washington, D.C., for her contributions and leadership as advisor to the organization's ASU chapter.  NCSS promotes academic achievement among first and second-year students.

Uploaded in December

Dr. Richard Burns, English and Folklore, organized a panel, "Foodways in Institutional Settings," as part of the Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society held in October in Rochester, N.Y.  As the session's chair, Burns also presented a paper, "Foodways in the Military," which focused on his own experiences as an ex-Marine Corp cook while he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. from 1969-1973. 

*  Five student singers from the Department of Music were recently selected by taped auditions to perform at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in New York City Feb. 12-15.  Chosen to perform in the National Men and Boys Honor Chorus are tenors Chris France, Justin Griffin, and Marc Sexton.  Selected for the National Women's Honor Chorus are altos Jenny Pham and Crystal RichardsFrance and Sexton are voice students of Julia LansfordGriffin and Richards study with Matthew CareyPham is the voice student of Dr. Ellis Julien.

Uploaded in November

*  Two faculty members and their students from the Department of Chemistry and Physics were recipients of SURF-SILO undergraduate research fellowships. Dr. Scott Reeve, Chemistry, and student Kyle Trauth were awarded a fellowship for "Infrared laser spectroscopy of jet cooled COBH3 and COBF3."  Dr. Michael J. Panigot, Chemistry, and student Alison Bare were awarded a fellowship for "Toward the Synthesis of C-Glycoside Dendrimers: Alkynyl C-Glycoside Formation and Protecting Group Exchange".

* The Center for Regional, Community Development at Arkansas State University and Jerry Smith, director of the center, were presented with a national award in recognition of their partnership with the University of Memphis to help revitalize the older community area of downtown West Memphis.  Dr. Richard Wang, political sciences, and two of his public administration graduate students helped conduct research for the project.  Congratulations to all!

* Dr. Jon Russ, Chemistry, had two students, Darren Hess and Jeff Ward, recently present research papers at the Southwest Regional American Chemical Society Conference in Austin, Texas.  Hess spoke on his research on current microbial growth on ancient rock paintings, after which Ward presented his research on using lichen residues to predict past climate changes.

* Dr. Jim Stillwell, Physical Education, received the Arkansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ArkAHPERD) Honor Award at the 2002 state convention held November 6-8 in Russellville. The award is in recognition of Stillwell's outstanding contributions to the advancement of HPER & D in the state of Arkansas.  He has been the Executive Director of ArkAHPERD since 1997.

* Dr. Louella Moore, Accounting, presented a paper "Goodwill Accounting: New and Improved or Fatally Flawed?"  Oct. 11, at the Mid South Association for Business Disciplines in Jackson, Miss.  Moore will present a paper, "Accountability Issues in Crisis Giving," Nov. 15, at the 31st annual conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Associations in Montreal.

* Dr. Jon Russ, Chemistry, and graduate assistants Azah Peter Abanda, environmental sciences, and Ranjini Murthy, chemistry, presented research recently at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver, Colo.  Approximately 6,300 geoscientists attended the event.  Russ' presentation was "Predicting paleomoisture regimes based on stable carbon isotope ratios of oxalate deposits from lichens;" Abanda presented "Rare Earth elements in black shales: isolation and analysis of mineral fractions;" and Murthy presented "Rare Earth element fractionation during phosphate nodule diagnesis."

Uploaded in October

* Herb Lawrence, Small Business Development Center, was selected as the 2002 State Star of the Arkansas Small Business Development Center network.  Lawrence was chosen by the Arkansas SBDC network for being an exemplary performer, making a significant contribution to the program and showing a strong commitment to small business in Arkansas.

Evan Lindquist, Art, has works on display in an exhibition called "Evan Lindquist: Master Printmaker" in the Jeannette Edris Rockefeller Gallery at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock.  The exhibit features approximately 60 of his works.

Theresa Yakeyonny, Residence Life, was recently elected as president elect of the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers organization. This organization is comprised of two and four year schools with on-campus housing programs in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.

April Hicks, Residence Life, was selected to serve as the Arkansas State Representative for the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers.

Carol Barnhill, Procurement Services, was elected first vice president of the Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana (TOAL) Region of the National Association of Educational Buyers recently in a meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Kimberly Boyd Vickrey, Art, will have a digital photograph featured in an equestrian calendar for 2003, published by Brown Trout Publishers, which publishes fine art and photography products and is the world's largest calendar publisher.

Uploaded in September and before

* A book by Dr. William M. Clements, English and Folklore, has been published by the University of Arizona Press.  Oratory in Native North America offers a comprehensive account of Native oratory, including treaty negotiations, captivity narratives, travel accounts and more.  Clements explores the reasons for the acclaim given to Native oratory.

* Dr. Lillie Fears, Journalism, was a fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' (AASCU) National Faculty Development Institute on "Incorporating Japanese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum," in June at San Diego State University.

* Barbara Castleton, Center for English as a Second Language, served as a curriculum consultant at Kasem Bundit University in June.  While in Bangkok, Castleton made three presentations:  "Bringing English to life where English isn't spoken", "Communicative Language in the four skill areas", and "Curriculum changes to enhance EFL proficiency".
* Castleton also recently  consulted with Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Ore., regarding their ESL teacher training curriculum.  As a part of that project, she presented " ESOL and Bilingualism: Is there one best answer?"

*  The Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society was awarded an Honorable Mention for the 2001 -02 year.  The American Chemical Society is the largest professional scientific organization in the world, with more than 163,000 members.  There were 31 outstanding chapters, 55 commendable and 71 honorable mention awards.  Last year's president was Deborah Pierce, the faculty advisor is Dr. Mark Draganjac, Chemistry and Physics.

* Dr. Cyndy Hendershot, English, presented a paper in Rome, Italy, in July on Robert Graves' "The White Goddess."

* Dr. Charles Coleman, Engineering, has been awarded a license for CADKEY Corporation CADKEY Workshop 20 software, valued at $219,500, subject to the compliance with CADKEY Corporation.

* Dr. Brad Edgar, Engineering, was selected as a research faculty for the Air Vehicles Summer Research Program at the Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  Research was conducted at the Center of Excellence for Computational Sciences in the Air Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/VAAC). 
*  In August, Edgar presented the research findings to the Air Vehicles Directorate at Wright-Patterson AFB.  The title of the presentation was “A Comparison Study of Buffer Zone-type Non-Reflecting Boundary Conditions for Computational Aeroacoustics”.  
* Edgar also presented a paper, “Simulation of 3-D Acoustic Scattering with a Pentadiagonal Compact Difference Method”, at the 8th American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aeroacoustics Conference, in Breckenridge, Colo. 

* Dr. Debra Ingram, Computer Science and Math, recently presented a paper and moderated a contributed session on the statistical design of experiments at the 2002 Spring Research Conference on Statistics in Industry and Technology in Ann Arbor, Mich..  Undergraduate researcher Steffany Belcher-Novosad presented related work at the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics and the Annual Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America Oklahoma-Arkansas Section.

* Dr. Robin Dauer, Music, recently completed a compact disc, Horn Americana, recital pieces written by American composers for horn and piano .  Dauer, a French horn player, was accompanied on the disc by Dennis Hay, pianist.

* Dr. Tom Williams
, English, has recently published short stories in Raven Chronicles, The Evansville Liberary Review, and in a special "Writers of Color" issue of Indian Review.

* Dr. Patrick Stewart, Public Administration, was a co-author of an article in Political Psychology on President Bush's response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and an analysis of the factors which possibly influence the "rally" effect which followed.

* Dr. Phil Hestand, Counseling Center, has been elected to a two-year term as president-elect of the Arkansas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

* Dr. Patricia Glascock, Counseling Center, was elected to a two-year term as president-elect of the Arkansas College Counseling Association.

* Dr. Russ Shain, College of Communications, is the new vice president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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