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have distinguished themselves and their departments recently for outstanding
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Dr. Debra Ingram, Mathematics and Statistics, and Dr. Scott
Reeve, Chemistry and Physics, both gave poster presentations at the
national meeting of the Council on Undergraduate Research in Wisconsin
last month. Dr. Ingram presented work co-authored by undergraduate
research students Steffany Belcher-Novosad and Amanda Gillion
titled "Nonregular Designs from Hadamard Matrices of Order 28:
Undergraduate Research in the Statistical Design of Experiments."
Dr. Reeve's presentation, titled "High Resolution Laser Spectroscopy at
Arkansas State University," highlighted the senior honors thesis work of
undergraduate research students Kyle Trauth and Tiffany Moss.
Dr. William Burns, Chemistry and Physics, also co-authored this
Catherine C. Reese, Political Science, recently co-authored a
refereed book chapter titled, "The Role of Human Resource
Professionals in the Budgetary Process" for the 2nd edition of Stephen
E. Condrey's Handbook of Human Resource Management in Government.
Dr. Mike Panigot and Dr. Mark Draganjac, Chemistry,
and students Randi Sebourn, Bryanna Lies, and Audra Bowman will
present the paper "Synthesis and Metal Binding Ability of Thioglycoside
Dendrimers" at the 228th national meeting of the American Chemical Society,
in Philadelphia next month. The poster has been accepted for presentation
both in the Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry and at the Sci-Mix poster
session which has select posters from all disciplines of chemistry.
Additionally, Dr. Panigot will present the poster "Steps Toward the
Preparation of Glycoside and Thioglycoside Dendrimers" with Dr. Draganjac,
as coauthor, at the 22nd International Carbohydrate Symposium in Glasgow
Donald L. Lester, Management & Marketing, co-authored the article,
“Organizational Life Cycle: A Five-Stage Empirical Scale” that was
recently published in the
International Journal of Organizational Analysis. A sole
authorship article was published by Dr. Lester in the
Journal of Business & Entrepreneurship
titled, “An American Entrepreneur Manages Across the Life Cycle.”
And, while attending a conference in March of the Association of Small
Business and Entrepreneurship, an article he coauthored titled, “The
Complete Life Cycle of a Family Business” received a Distinguished Paper
Dr. Aldemaro Romero,
Biological Sciences, presented the paper "Arkansas State University's
Biodiversity Center Project" during the annual meeting of the Natural
Science Collections Alliance at the Smithsonian Institution this Spring.
Dr. Romero presented the plans for a new facility that will manage the more
than 500,000 specimens of plants and animals currently in the holdings of
biological sciences department. The facility will also have classrooms for
hands-on teaching of subjects related to zoology and botany.
* Pam Kail,
President's Office, has been selected as Rotarian of the Year by the
Jonesboro University Rotary for 2003-04
* Dr. Juliet M. Hahn, Chemistry, will preside over the "Asymmetric
Reactions and Synthesis" session of the Organic Chemistry Division at the
national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in
Philadelphia. She also is sole author of a paper titled "Stereoselective
Synthesis of Tropanes," which has been accepted
for presentation at the ACS national meeting.
* Dr. Phyllis E. Pobst, History, was recently elected to a two-year term
as president of The 14th Century Society which is an interdisciplinary and
multi-national group of scholars with research interests in the European
14th century that fosters dialogue among specialists in art history,
history, languages, literature, music, philosophy and religious studies and
sponsors sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, held
each year in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Dawn Tucker, Advancement, has been elected vice president for a two-year
term to the Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers
* Dr. Cherise R. Jones, History, has received a short-term summer
research fellowship from the Institute of Southern Studies at the University
of South Carolina to write an article titled, "To Speak Where and When I
Can: African American Women's Political Activism and the South Carolina
Progressive Democratic Party."
* Dr. Elizabeth Stokes, Ms. Deborah Gilbert-Palmer, Dr. Phyllis Skorga,
Dr. Charlotte Young and Ms. Deborah Persell, all of Nursing, have an
article in the May 2004 issue of "The Nurse Practitioner," titled
"Chemical Agents of Terrorism: Preparing Nurse Practitioners."
* Dr. Greg Phillips, Agriculture, was recently recognized by his
scientific colleagues in the Society for In Vitro Biology as a Fellow of the
Society, an honor received by less than five percent of the membership. The
Fellow award was presented at the 2004 World Congress of the society
recently in San Francisco. The award recognizes outstanding professional
accomplishments and service to the society in the area of plant
biotechnology in vitro biology.
* Dr. Tillman Kennon, Chemistry and Physics, has been elected
president of the Arkansas Science Teachers Association to serve a three-year
term, beginning this fall.
* Dr. Bao an Li, Physics, has recently returned from a three week
trip to China where he was an invited lecturer at several prestigious
academic institutions, including the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics.
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* Laser research activity and possible federal funding for ASU were
reported in Sunday's Jonesboro Sun. Chemistry and physics faculty
members Dr. Bill Burns, Dr. Bruce Johnson, Dr. Sergey Kudryashov and
Dr. Scott Reeve, along with Dr. Susan Allen, Research and Academic
Affairs, are working on a potential project for the U.S. Department of
Christy Jackson Carroll, Teacher Education, completed Pathwise Training
for the Arkansas Education Association and will train as a state assessor this
summer. Dr. Carroll also was chosen by the U.S. Department of Education as an
Expert Reviewer for magnet school proposals for 2003-04.
* Three pieces of neon
sculpture by Bill Rowe, Art, have been selected for exhibition in the
Kansas City River Market Regional Exhibition to be housed in the
in Kansas City, July 9 – Aug. 6. The work selected are titled "Goat Rearing,"
"Chicken Stop" and "Know Open." The juror for the exhibition was Shannon
Fitzgerald, curator at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. She chose 54
artworks by 29 artists from a total of 944 entries. The exhibition was open
to current artists who reside in a six-state area.
* Dr. Lillie Fears, Journalism (on leave), gave the commencement
address May 14 at her alma mater, Phillips Community College of the University
of Arkansas in Helena. For the past year, she has been working as
communications director at the Delta Regional Authority central office in
Miss. The college recognized her as an Outstanding Alumnus in 1999.
* Robert A. Franklin, KASU, received a Society of Professional
Journalists, Arkansas Chapter, award in the documentaries category for his
Race Riots of 1919." The award was announced Saturday in Little Rock.
* Dr. Neal Vickers, Career Services Center, was interviewed for "Dress
for Success," an article in the 2004 edition of Arkansas Quest, a career guide
produced by Arkansas Business Publishing Group.
* Dr. Stan Trauth,
Biology, is one of three authors of a new book, "The Amphibians and Reptiles
of Arkansas" published by the University of Arkansas Press. The book will be promoted
throughout the world and to herpetology societies. It is currently sold on Amazon.com.
* Dr. Mark Draganjac, Chemistry, undergraduate student, Jeremy Lamb, president of the ASU American
Chemical Society (ACS) and other ACS members, recently received a
"commendable" award for their work in the ASU ACS chapter at the 227th
national meeting in Ahaheim, Calif.
Dr. Draganjac also co-authored an article in the publication "Crystal
Growth and Design," titled "The Quest for Chain-Link Hydrogen Bonded
Capsules: Self-Assembly of C-Methyl Calix  resorcinarene with 1,2-bis
* Dr. Jack Zibluk, Journalism, has been cited extensively in the
magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists, "Quill," for his
study of working photojournalists in Arkansas.
* Dr. Dale Thomas, Political Science, has been notified that his
article "The Nature of Borders and International Conflict," which he
co-authored, will be published in the journal "International Studies
* Chandra Miller,
Counseling Center, co-presented "Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and
Treatment on College Campuses" at the American College Counseling
Association's Bi-Annual Conference in March. She was also elected
president-elect of the Arkansas Collegiate Drug Education Committee.
* Dr. Patricia Glascock,
Counseling Center, was elected president of the Arkansas College Counseling
Association (ArCCA), a division of the Arkansas Counseling Association.
* Dr. Phil Hestand, Counseling Center, was elected president of the
Arkansas Counselor Educators and Supervisors, a division of the Arkansas
* Paige Wimberley and Nonie Wiggins, Nursing, authored an article
titled "How much do you know about anticoagulant therapy?" in the February
issue of "Nursing Management."
* Annette Stacy and Debbie Gilbert-Palmer, Nursing, authored an
article in the March issue of the "Journal of the American Academy of Nurse
Practitioners" titled "Educational strategies to enhance placement and
retention of nurse practitioners in rural Arkansas."
* Dr. David Gillanders, Engineering, has been recently inducted into
the University of Michigan Hall of Honor as one of only ten Wolverine
athletics alumni named to
this year's distinction. In the 1960 Olympics, he captured the bronze medal
for the 200 meter butterfly. And, currently he competes in U.S. Masters
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* Dr. Robyn Hannigan, Chemistry, has been appointed to the National
Academy of Science Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. As a nationally
recognized expert in earth science, Dr. Hannigan will participate in board
meetings twice a year in Washington, D.C. to guide the collection of
scientific knowledge and advice on the nation's most important problems.
* Dr. Mike Panigot and Dr. Mark Draganjac, Chemistry and
Physics, and their undergraduate students Jeremy Lamb and Andrea Hausman
recently made two poster presentations at the 18th National Conference on
Undergraduate Research (NCUR), Indianapolis, April 15 to 17.
Mathematics and Statistics, recently gave an invited research talk titled
“Nonregular Designs with Generalized Minimum
Aberration” at the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon
Fraser University in Vancouver. She also presented her work “Construction of
Optimal Screening Designs from Hadamard
Matrices” at the ASU Statistics Symposium in April. Ingram was a
co-director of the statistics symposium along with Dr. Jerry Linnstaedter,
Dr. R.P. Smith, and Dr. Roger Abernathy, all of Mathematics and
Statistics. Most recently, Dr. Ingram was notified that she will participate
in the IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) New Researchers’
Conference (NRC) at York University in Toronto in August.
Dr. Gary Latanich,
Economics, was elected president of the Missouri Valley Economic
Association for 2004. He is currently planning the associations next
meeting, which will be held in Nashville in October.
Career Services, successfully defended his dissertation on March 25.
He will receive his doctoral degree in education leadership at ASU.
Dr. Richard S. Segall,
Decision Sciences, recently presented a paper at the Acxiom Conference on
Applied Research in Information Technology held at the University of
Arkansas at Little Rock titled “Data Mining for Analyzing the Impact of
Environmental Stress on Plants—a case study using OSMID” which has also been
submitted for the Acxiom Working Paper Series. He also presented a paper
titled “Data Mining for Assessing the Impact of Environmental Stresses on
Plant Geonomics” which he co-authored with Dr. Gauri Guha, Economics,
and Dr. Sarath Nonis, Marketing, at the 35th Annual Meeting of the
Southwest Decision Sciences Institute held recently in Orlando, Fla. Both of
these papers pertained to research that was funded by the Arkansas
Biosciences Institute (ABI).
Alumni Relations, recently received a Prism Award from the Public Relations
Society of America (PRSA) in Little Rock for her feature titled, “Cathy
Travis” in the ASU Alumni Association publication Voices.
* Dr. Michael B. Dougan, History, is the author of "Community Diaries:
Arkansas Newspapering, 1819-2002," published recently by August House.
The 416-page book grew out of his project to document the history of the
Arkansas Press Association, which observed its 130th anniversary last year,
and the state's newspaper industry. Dougan "details the economic, cultural,
and political conditions that influenced the evolution of the press in
Arkansas," according to the publisher. He interviewed newspaper people
throughout the state and conducted extensive research for the book.
John D. Hall, Psychology, recently made a poster presentation at
the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) annual
convention in Dallas. The poster titled “School Psychology
Services in Arkansas: A Survey of Practitioners” was co-presented
with Dr. Amy C. Kallam, Psychology, and several graduate
students (Gretchan L. Clayton, Kyla D. Warnick, & Sandy C. Daniels)
who are currently enrolled in the Ed.S. Degree Program, school
psychology track. Hall was also selected to become a NASP Program
Reviewer for graduate school psychology programs across the country.
He completed the training for this duty at the convention. The NASP
approves major school psychology graduate programs at colleges and
universities throughout the U.S.
* Drs. Mike Panigot and
Mark Draganjac, Chemistry and Physics, coauthored with
their students four poster presentations at the national
meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, Calif.,
recently. Their presentations were titled: "Chromium-Hexadentate
Bipyridyl Complexes as Photoactivators for Protein Electron
Transfer," "Spectroscopic Study of Ruthenium Mercaptan
Complexes," "Focus on Fund Raising - Successful Strategies at
Arkansas State University," and "Steps toward the Synthesis of
Thioglycoside Dendrimers." In addition, they also coauthored
presentations at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Academy of
Science, held on the ASU campus.
* Mrs. JoAnn Nalley, Childhood Services, was nationally
recognized recently as the SECA Outstanding Member
and was also given the President's Award at the Southern Early Childhood
Association conference in Florida .
* Dr. Larry Dale, Economics, and Dr. Henry
Torres, Management Information Systems, won the "Outstanding
Paper" award a result of the Horizon Institute of Technology
grant last year in the selected session of the Allied Academies’
Spring International Conference in New Orleans. Their paper will
be published in the Academy of Free Enterprise Education
Journal. The article is titled
Teaching Entrepreneurship to
At-Risk Students in the Mississippi Delta.
* Dr. D. Kent
Johnson, Assessment Services, served as coeditor with James L.
Ratcliff and Jerry G. Gaff for “Changing General Education
Curriculum.” In addition to editing the journal, Johnson contributed two
chapters: “A Decade of Change in General Education” and “Creating
Coherence: The Unfinished Agenda."
* Sue Southard, Admissions, recently gave a
presentation titled "One Element for Recruitment" at the SCT
(Systems & Computer Technology Corp.) Summit on the maximum
utilization of screens for tracking recruitment and prospective
Dr. Charles Hartwig, Political Science, recently participated in the
annual meeting of the multi-disciplinary Southwestern Social Science
Association in Corpus Christi, Texas. He made a presentation on a panel
devoted to the career of Paul Diesing, looking at the international
relations aspects of Diesing's scholarship, and also served as Chair and
Discussant on a Graduate Student panel. Graduate student Dedric Todd Lee,
Political Science, presented a paper titled "Warlords, Maiming, and ECOWAS:
The Fall of Stability in West Africa."
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* Roy Aldridge, Physical Therapy, will present a paper titled:
"Vestibular Input and Alertness and Attention" at the annual conference of the
Consortium of Institutes of Higher Education in Health and Rehabilitation in
Bad Elster, Germany next month.
* Dr. Loretta Brewer, Social Work, has a paper accepted for
presentation at the state chapter meeting of the National Association of
Social Workers in Fort Smith this month. Her paper is titled, "Older
Adults: Disempowerment to Empowerment."
* Dr. Chuck Joiner, Scott Burcham, Karen Fullen and Dr. Pat Teddlie,
Social Work and Sociology, will present a symposium on "Foster Care of Children:
Changing Patterns" at the Southwest Social Science Meeting in Corpus
Christi, Texas this month.
* Scott Reeve, Chemistry and Physics, recently had the article
published, "Infrared Laser Spectroscopy of Jet Cooled Cobalt
Tricarbonyl Nitrosyl," in the Journal of Chemical
Physics. JCP is a publication of the American Institute of Physics and
is one of the top journals for spectroscopic research in the World. Co-authors
were Kyle Trauth, William Burns and Ginger
Gauri Shankar Guha, Economics, recently
made two presentations at the Federation of Business Disciplines
conference in Orlando titled,
“Businesss Perceptions of Earthquake Risks in Memphis, Tenn.,” which
received honorable mention in The Southwestern Decision Sciences Institute.
Another paper was presented titled, “Input-Output Analysis of the Impact
of Biotechnology in Arkansas” (research funded by the ABI) to the
Southwestern Society of Economists.
* Daniel R. Marburger,
Economics, presented a paper at the Southwest Region Decision Sciences
Institute conference in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month. The title of his
paper was "Does an Attendance Policy Impact Student Performance?"
* Richard Jorgensen, Music,
recently observed the manufacturing process
for Kanstul trumpets in Anaheim, Calif.. He also visited Cambrass in Valencia which is
the national distribution center for Stomvi trumpets (which are manufactured
and imported from Spain). At both places, he played trumpets in many
different configurations, materials and keys.
* Twelve faculty and administrators from the College of Education recently
attended and presented papers at the European Teacher Education Network
Conference (ETEN) in Portugal. "Mobilizing
Teacher Education" was the theme for the conference, which was held in
February. Presentations were made in
"thematic interest groups" that included reflective practice,
technology education, democracy, urban education, myths and fairytales, early
learners and multimedia, internationalization, physical education, and special
needs. Individuals from ASU who
attended were: Dr. John Beineke, Dr. Cindy Albright, Dr. Dennis Campbell,
Dr. Thomas Fiala, Dr. George Foldesy, Dr. Irena Khramtsova, Dr. Donald Maness,
Dr. Veda McClain, Dr. Charlotte Skinner, Dr. Darren Smith, Dr. Tyra Whittaker,
and Dr. Simon Whittaker.
* Dr. Jerry Farris, Environmental Sciences, recently
presented a paper at the triennial meeting of the World
Aquaculture Society (WAS) in Honolulu. WAS is an international
non-profit society with more than 4,000 members in 94 countries. Arkansas is a
recognized leader in aquacultural production for both food and baitfish. Few
people know about the large amount research coming from Jonesboro, Pine
Bluff, and Stuttgart. The invited paper summarized mussel research
accomplished for the state by ASU's collaborative projects spanning the past
* Dr. Louella Moore, Accounting, recently made four presentations on
issues in state finance: 1) "Infrastructure Reporting Practices by State
Governments in 2002" at the International Association of Business and
Public Administration Disciplines in New Orleans; 2) "A First Look at
State Financial Statements Under the New Reporting Model," at the
Mid-South Association of Business Disciplines in Jackson, Miss.; 3) "The
Unexpected Relationship Between Long Term Assets and Revenue Streams in the
State Financial Reports under the New Model" at the Arkansas Political
Science Association in Fayetteville, and 4) "Using School Reform Issues
in Arkansas for Case Based Discussion," also at the APSA in Fayetteville.
* Dr. Christy Jackson Carroll, Education, recently made a
presentation at the National Middle School Association Conference in Chicago.
The presentation was titled: "Poverty and its Effect on Middle School
Students." She also presented at the National Learning Styles Conference
on "Effective Learning Styles and Strategies for Children with
Martin Huss, Biological Sciences, recently published an article in
the peer-reviewed scientific journal, The
Condor. The article is a result of a collaborative effort by Huss,
along with Kerry Farris and Steve Zack (both from the Wildlife Conservation
Society), investigating the ecological interactions of woodpeckers,
wood-boring beetles, and decay fungi in the decomposition of dying or dead
Ponderosa pine trees in the central and Southern Cascades of Oregon and
* Dr. Gilbert Fowler, Journalism, has been elected to serve as
South Central Region vice
president of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society for the for
the 2004-07 Triennium.
* Dr. Lonnie Williams, Student Affairs, has been nominated to attend
the annual African American Leadership Summit on April 27 and 28 in
Washington, D.C. The Summit will bring together leaders of Congress and
approximately 500 African American leaders, to explore ways to address the
most pressing issues facing America today. This includes: creating new jobs,
ensuring economic growth, educating children, providing affordable quality
health care and strengthening families.
* Dr. Tyra Turner Whittaker, Rehabilitation
Counseling, recently made a presentation at the National Council on
Rehabilitation Education Conference in Tucson, Ariz.
The presentation was titled "Effective Strategies for the
Recruitment and Retention of Faculty and Students from Traditionally
Underrepresented Groups in Rehabilitation Education Programs."
She also presented in Viana Do Castelo, Portugal, on "Effective
Strategies for working with the Families of Children with Disabilities:
A Rehabilitation Counselor Perspective."
* Dr. Tom Risch,
Biological Sciences, and five ASU undergraduate students including Blake
Grisham, Robert Langele, Elizabeth Compton, Elizabeth Easley, and Sarah De
Viney and two graduate students, Shane Prescott and Bobby Fokidis attended the annual meeting of the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network and
Colloquium of Mammals in the Southeastern United States at Unicoi State Park
in Helen, Ga., on Feb. 12-13. Blake Grisham delivered an oral
presentation, co-authored by Robert Langele, Elizabeth Compton, Elizabeth
Easley, Sarah De Viney, and Thomas S. Risch titled: Comparisons of Small
Mammal Populations in Genetically Modified and Conventional Crops, A Multi
Scale approach. This presentation was based on research funded by the Arkansas
Biosciences Institute. Bobby Fokidis presented a talk titled: Patterns of
Multiple Paternity in the Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans),
co-authored with Thomas S. Risch.
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Aldemaro Romero, Biological Sciences,
authored four chapters in the Encyclopedia
of caves and Karst Science, which was recently published by Fitzroy
Dearborn. In this 900-page encyclopedia, he wrote about the biology of the
North American cave fishes, the major figures in the history of biospeleology,
the bahavioral adaptations of cave animals and the evolution of cave fauna.
This Encyclopedia is the most current and authoritative general compendium of
the study of caves and its inhabitants.
* Bill Rowe,
Art, will lecture on his past and present art works in ceramics and mixed media
sculpture at the University of Memphis Art Department on March 18. Also,
several of his works have recently been selected for exhibitions. "Car Oar" and
"Ronnie, Letıs Bowl" will be included in the annual National Drawing and Small
Sculpture Exhibition to be held at Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas.
"Just Wait" has been selected to be exhibited in the annual National Juried
Competition at the Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, La., March 21-May 1. The
LaGrange National 2004 Biennial XXIII Exhibition,
March 12-April 24
at the Lamar Dodd Art Center of LaGrange College, LaGrange, Ga., also will
include his work.
* Dr. Charles Coleman, Technology, has secured a gift of $50,000 worth of
Chief Architect software and will work with StarTraining Center of Tulsa to set
up a regional training center in his department.
* Dr. Jack
Zibluk, Journalism, will present a paper titled "Convergence, Skills and
the Profession: The Arkansas Photojournalism Survey," this Saturday at the
Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication midwinter
conference at Rutgers University. Also, his opinion article, "New education
crisis looming," concerning the problems of higher education in Arkansas, ran
Feb. 16 on the op-ed page of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
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* Dr. Roger Lee, Student Life and Assessment, was recently
recognized at the 16th Annual International Conference of the Association for
Student Judicial Affairs as the recipient of the 2004 Dissertation of the Year
Award. The dissertation, Freedom of Expression: A Model Policy on Free Speech,
Campus Protests, Demonstrations, and Speakers for the Public University
Community, examined First Amendment policy and legal issues and addressed
on-going debates regarding campus civility and constitutional liberties. The study examined exemplary free speech policies
as noted by the leadership of national organizations.
Dr. Richard Burns, English
& Folklore, will participate in a National Public Radio talk show
in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 27, between 11 a.m. and noon, CST. Marc Breindel,
producer of "KNPR's State of Nevada," invited Dr. Burns to join local
storytellers by phone on the panel to discuss African-American storytelling, in
anticipation of a series of storytelling events at local libraries. The series
is inspired by African-American History Month. One of the participants will be
telling the story of how her great-grandfather came to Nevada as a pioneer from
Fordyce, Ark. This interview can be accessed at www.knpr.org.
L. Smith, Center for Regional & Community Development, was elected
president-elect of the University Economic Development Association, a national
organization serving colleges and universities and their economic development
partners, at the group's annual conference in Albany. Smith is ASU’s
representative in UEDA, which has a membership of more than 100 universities. In
December, Smith and the board of directors changed the name of the organization
from National Association of Management and Technical Assistance Centers to
* Dr. Tyra Whittaker,
Counseling, was recently re-appointed by Gov. Huckabee to a four-year term on
the state Board of Examiners in Counseling.
* Linda Medlock, Museum,
was recently re-appointed by Gov. Huckabee to the board of the Arkansas
* Dr. Roger Lee, Student Life, received the ACPA (Arkansas
College Personnel Association) Mossie J. Richmond Jr. Outstanding Leadership
Award at the organization's fall meeting last November. The award, named in
honor of the association's first recipient served ASU for many years as VP of
Student Affairs and later as interim ASU President.
David Shaw, Student Life, was elected to the post of
Member-at-Large and will serve the ACPA Executive Council for two years in the
* Dr. Aldemaro Romero, Biological Sciences, recently published an
article in the prestigious Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Comparative
Experimental Biology titled, 'One eye but no vision: Cave fish with induced
eyes do not respond to light.' In the journal article, Dr. Romero and his
collaborators used blind cave fish who eyes had been regenerated by implanting
the optic lens. After doing so, these fish were tested for behavioral
responses and showed inability to respond to light.
* Dr. Elissa Miller, Nursing, recently presented a paper at the Royal
College of Nursing International Conference on Nursing History at the Wellcome
Center for the History of Medicine, Wadham College, at Oxford University in
England. The paper, titled: "Nursing on the Frontier: The Experiences of
British Nurses at Frontier Nursing Service, 1925-1939." Frontier Nursing
Service, established between the World Wars and initially staffed by British
nurse midwives, was founded to furnish maternal and child services to women
and their children in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky.
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* Dr. Brad Edgar, Engineering, recently
gave three presentations at a workshop on benchmark problems in computational
aeroacoustics (CAA) in Cleveland. The workshop was sponsored by NASA Glenn, the
NASA aeroacoustics research consortium, and the Ohio Aerospace Institute. Dr.
Edgar represented ASU and participated as part of a three-person team from the
Air Force Research Laboratory’s Center for Excellence in Computational Sciences.
Edgar and co-author Miguel Visbal have been asked to submit a paper discussing
their results for the workshop proceedings. The workshop garnered
international participation and included research teams from government
sponsored labs, universities, and industry. The computational study of acoustics
has become increasingly important to the commercial aircraft and automotive
industries as well as NASA and DoD. Through the aeroacoustics research
consortium, NASA and industry partners have invested heavily in quiet aircraft
technology, while the automotive industry continues to look at ways to reduce
noise and vibration harshness.
* Dr. Neal Vickers, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Career
Services, Joshua Givens, and Joseph Givens (both graduate
research assistants) presented at the Arkansas College Personnel Association
recently in Eureka Springs. The presentation shared results of a 1998
national study Vickers conducted and used as a model to formulate a new
assessment procedure for the institution addressing the correlation of career
services to employment of graduates. Graduate research assistants, Joshua and
Joseph Givens, assessed the frequency of use and helpfulness of collegiate
career services by the 2001-2002 graduating class of ASU. Each participant,
respectively, shared the results of their portion of the study.
* Dr. Michael Dougan, History, gave what the weekly newspaper Arkansas
Business termed a "well-received presentation" to the Downtown Little Rock
Rotary Club recently on how the state has lagged since the 1800s in providing
The ASU Brass Quintet will hold the last of three fall semester concerts next Monday,
Dec. 15, at ASU-Newport. On Nov. 9, they played a concert in Cherokee
Village for the Spring River Entertainment Association and were featured
on Dec. 1 at The Arts Center of The Grand Prairie in Stuttgart as part
of the 2003-'04 Lennox Industries Performing Arts Series. Members of the
ensemble are: Richard Jorgensen, Dr. Robin Dauer, Dr. Neale Bartee, Dr.
Ed Owen, and graduate student Sherri Fincher.
* Dr. Ruth Owens, Languages, was recently chosen to serve as a
specialized professional association evaluator for the National Council for
Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Dr. Owens will evaluate teacher
education programs in foreign languages in accordance with standards set forth
by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
* Dr. Gregory Hansen, English/Philosophy and Heritage Studies, contributed
to the production of the "Florida Music Train," a multimedia
learning resource on Florida's traditional music. This resource won the 2003
Dorothy Howard Award for Excellence in Folklife in Education from the American
* Ms. Marilyn Yergler, Nursing, recently presented a continuing education
program on "Bioterrorism" at the state-wide Associate Degree Nursing
Sharing Day in Rogers.
* Ms. Paige Wimberly, Nursing, recently presented a paper, "Teaching
Breast Cancer Detection to African-American Women in the Delta: A Study of
Beliefs, Knowledge, and Behavior," at the annual meeting of the Arkansas
State Nurses Association Convention in Little Rock. Other study investigators
were: Ms. Cathy Hall, Ms. Judy Pfriemer and Ms. Annette Stacy,
all of Nursing; Ms.Lyn Hubbard, Radiologic Sciences; Ms. Jacquelyn Gilbert,
Physical Therapy; and Dr. John Hall, Psychology and Counseling.
Ms. Paige Wimberly, Nursing, also presented a paper: "HIPPA:
Strategies for Survival," at the Baccalaureate Nursing Conference of the
American Association of Colleges of Nursing in San Antonio in November.
Co-authors of the paper were: Ms. Julie Isaacson, Ms. Renee Miller, Ms.
Annette Stacy, Ms. Debra Walden, and Ms. Nonie Wiggins, all of Nursing.
* Ms. Deborah Persell, Nursing, recently presented a paper: "Leading
Nursing Students When the Environment is Bioterrorism," at the Convention of Sigma Theta Tau International in Toronto, Canada.
Co-author of the paper was Dr. Charlotte Young, Nursing.
Uploaded in November
* Dr. Larry Dale, Director
of the Center for Economic Education,
Patricia Toney-McLin, Accounting,
Dr. Jerry Crawford and
Dr. Gauri Guha, Economics and Decision Sciences, attended the
International Meeting of the Allied Academics of Business recently in Las
Dr. Crawford, Dr. Dale and McLin presented a paper
titled: "Student Performance Factors in Accounting and Economics." Dr.
Guha represented two other colleagues from the College of Business, Dr.
Sarath Nonis and Dr. Richard Segall and PhD candidate in
Environmental Sciences Anil Baral, in presenting the paper: "The
Potential of Biotechnology: Promises, Perils, Perplexities - A Survey of
Impact on Relevant Economics Sectors," with research funded by ABI. It
won the Outstanding Paper Award, which will appear in the next issue of the
Journal for Economics and Economic Education Research.
Pat Toney-McLin was awarded the "Academy of
Educational Leadership Creative and Innovative Teaching Award" for her
efforts at ASU.
Dr. Dale, who is editor and president of the Academy of
Economics and Economic Education, was awarded the Larry R. Watts Outstanding
* Bill Rowe, Art, currently has a solo exhibition of his work at Schroeder
Romero gallery in New York City. The neon pieces he is exhibiting reflect
his observations during extensive travels on his motorcycle. Roadside
sights, ordinary people and places, and city landscapes provide Rowe with most
of his ideas.
* Dr. Dennis White, Speech Communication, was recently elected
president of the American Communication Association or ACA. The organization
includes researchers, teachers, and specialists located in North, Central and
South America and in the Caribbean.
* Mike Bowman, Regional Programs, was recently selected as president of
the Arkansas Distance Learning Association for 2004. He is the coordinator of
the Compressed Video Network here at ASU.
* Kim Vickrey, Graphic Design, recently presented a paper at the
University of Minnesota's Refine/Design Conference titled: "Fine Art
versus Graphic Design; The Struggle for Equality in the Tenure Application
* Sue Marlay, International Student Services, served as a presenter at
a two-day workshop at the Association of International Educators in New
Orleans. Her presentations were: "Beyond Advising -- Tools for
Strengthening Your International Student Office" and "The Role of
the Principal Designated School Official."
Gauri Guha, Economics, won the Distinguished Research Award at
the Allied Academics Conference last month in Las Vegas for the paper
titled: "The Potential of Biotechnology: Promises, Perils and
Perplexities - A Survey of Impacts on Relevant Economic Sectors."
It was coauthored by Anil Baral, PhD student; Dr. Sarath Nonis, Marketing; and Dr. Richard
Daniel Marburger, Economics, recently had three papers accepted for
publication in both national and international journals. "Can Prior Offers and
Outcomes be Used to Predict the Winners of Subsequent Final Offer Arbitration
Cases?" was co-authored with Paul Burgess. "Arbitrator Compromise in Final Offer
Arbitration: Evidence From Major League Baseball," was also accepted. And, the
final paper was "Is Title IX Really to Blame for the Decline in Intercollegiate
Men's Non-revenue Sports?"
* Dr. Robert Engelken, Engineering, recently served as a reviewer for the
new McGraw-Hill textbook, Classical and Modern Motor Control.
Anil Baral, candidate for the Ph.D. in Environmental Science, and
his advisor, Dr. Robert Engelken, Engineering, recently co-authored the
presentation and extended abstract “Optimization and Characterization of
Electrodeposition of Trivalent Chromium from Amino Acid-Based Baths.” Baral made
the presentation recently at the annual meeting of the Electrochemical Society
in Orlando, Florida.
Uploaded in October
* The North American Society of
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), has named Dr. Jerry
Farris, Environmental Sciences, the recipient of the prestigious
Eugene Kenaga Membership Award. Dr. Farris will receive the award at the
annual meeting in Austin, Texas, on Nov. 9. The award was created by
SETAC this year to honor the many contributions of Eugene Kenaga,
the first president of SETAC and one of its founders.
Accounting, recently published an article in the Sept. 29 issue of “Arkansas
Business” titled The CPA's Role in Evaluating Medical Savings Accounts.
She has also been appointed to the board of directors for ACTEB (Arkansas
College Teachers of Economic and Business). On Oct. 7, Moore presented a paper
An Analysis of Recent Accounting Scandals at the International Business
and Research Conference (IBER) in Las Vegas. The IBER paper was co-authored
with College of Business graduate students Maria Barner, Melissa Bradberry,
Meredith Bratton, Amy Sloas, & Kazuki
Several members of the ASU history department attended the 30th
Arkansas Association of College History Teachers in Hot Springs on October 2
and 3. Dr. Phyllis Pobst, history, led the
meeting as president, Dr. Gina Hogue, history, and Dr.
Michael Dougan, history, presided over sessions. Dr. Alexander
Sydorenko, dept. chair of history, Dr. Pam Hronek,
history, Dr. Sarah Wilkerson-Freeman, history, Dr. Joseph
Key, history, and Dr. Calvin Smith (emeritus of
the history dept., now with Heritage Studies) were all participants. Both Hronek
and Key served on the paper prize committee. ASU emeritus C.K. McFarland
was one of the founders of AACHT in 1973. Since that time, ASU has been
very involved in the association, which includes 4-year public and private
colleges from throughout Arkansas.
* Dr. Stan Trauth, biological sciences, was an
invited speaker to the department of biological sciences at the University of
Memphis on Oct. 2. Dr. Trauth
spoke to a group of nearly 70 faculty and students about his ongoing,
long-term research on the nesting ecology of the western slimy salamander (Plethodon
albagula) in an abandoned mine shaft in the Ouachita Mountains near Hot
Springs. The research is currently being funded by the U.S. Forest Service. An article related to the above topic was recently accepted
for publication in Herpetological Natural History.
* Henry Torres,
economics and decision science, attended the 6th iSeries Summer
School with IBM Technologies in Rochester, Minn., this summer. The school
focuses on faculty development with IBM technologies to learn about
applications and solutions in a lab setting.
* Dr. Shawn Drake,
physical therapy, was one of only four individuals chosen on behalf of the
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) to offer a Health Fitness
Instructor Workshop and Examination in Riccione, Italy, Oct. 2 – 5. Her
lectures included, “Exercise Physiology,” “Functional Anatomy and
Biomechanics,” and “Exercise Programming.”
Dr. Staria Vanderpool, Biological
Sciences, has been appointed by Governor Mike Huckabee to a nine-year term on
the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. The Arkansas Natural Heritage
Commission is responsible for oversight of sensitive species identification,
monitoring, tracking and research involving species and communities in the
state. Dr. Vanderpool is a plant taxonomist who brings expertise in plant
conservation biology to the Commission.
* Dr. Ralph Ruby, Jr. has been appointed to a two-year term on the
Editorial Review Board of the NABTE Journal. The NABTE Journal is a blind-peer
* Dr. Aldemaro Romero, Biology, signed a contract with Cambridge
University Press to write a book titled The Ecology of Cave Fauna.
Dr. Romero has had more than 20 years of experience working on cave animals.
Cambridge University Press is one of the world's most prestigious academic
* Carol Barnhill, Procurement Services, was sworn in as president of the
National Association of Educational Buyers - TOAL Region (Texas, Oklahoma,
Arkansas, Louisiana) at their annual conference held in South Padre Island,
Texas. Carol will serve as president until October of 2004.
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* Dr. Karen Yanowitz, Psychology, recently received a Psi Chi
Psychology Honor Society Award for her research. The award carries a $2,000
stipend, and was one of 12 nationally competitive awards.
* Dr. Eric M. Cave, Philosophy, recently published an article in the
Journal of Social Philosophy titled, "Marital Pluralism: Making
Marriage Safer for Love."
Dr. Tyra Turner-Whittaker, Counseling, recently attended the National
Board of Certified Counselors workshop for state licensure board
representatives where counseling issues and items were developed for the
National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE). Along with
her husband, Dr. Simon Whittaker, Teacher Education, they will present
"The Art of the Apothecary: A Counselor's Guide to Issues Involving the
Integration of Web-Based Instruction into Existing Counseling Curriculum"
at the Hawaii International Conference on Education.
* Dr. Brad Edgar, Engineering, presented a paper titled, "A
General Buffer-Zone Type Non-Reflecting Boundary Condition for Computational Aeroacoustics" at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Aeroacoustics Conference. Dr. Edgar was also selected as a member of the
summer research faculty with the Air Force Research Laboratory at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
* Dr. Jerry Farris, Biology, and W.W. Stephens, student in Ph.D.,
recently gave a platform presentation at the SETAC Mid-South Region annual
meeting and the World Aquaculture Society at the Aquaculture America
Conference. In addition, they gave a poster presentation at the annual meeting
of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and the World
Aquaculture Society. They also did a poster presentation at the North American Benthological Society and the Center in Molecular Toxicology at Vanderbilt
* Dr. Patrick Stewart, Political Science, presented two papers at the
Association for Politics and Life Sciences annual meeting in Philadelphia. In
addition, he served as panel organizer and chair for "Plant Made
Pharmaceuticals," and "Sound Science in Political Decision Making
and Policy Implementation." Dr. Stewart participated in a roundtable on
"Biosocial Research Methods." Along with Dr. Andrew Knight,
Sociology, they presented a paper at the Rural Sociology Society in Montreal.
Dr. Knight also presented a paper at the Association for Politics and the Life
Sciences annual meeting in Philadelphia.
* Dr. Jon Russ, Chemistry, was recently awarded a research grant from
the National Endowment for the Humanities to study the chemistry of prehistoric
rock paints from sites in Arkansas. The $175,000 grant is collaborative
effort with the Arkansas Archeological Survey and scientists at Texas A&M
* Dr. Robert Engelken, Engineering, made a presentation, "Balancing
Rigor and Rapport in the Engineering Classroom: Where Should the Line be Drawn
by New Engineering Educators" at the annual conference of the American
Society for Engineering Education in Nashville.
Uploaded in August
* "Sparks: Mid-South
Children's Book Review Journal" resumed publication this summer. The editors are
Dr. Charlotte Skinner, Children's Literature, and Dr. Lina Owens,
Curriculum and Instruction. It is now an online journal, and may be accessed on
the ASU Web page or directly through http://www.clt.astate.edu/sparks.
Dr. Diana Williams, Technology, is webmaster.
* Dr. Mark Draganjac, Chemistry, was invited to submit his paper,
"Reaction of CpRu(PPh3)2Cl with six-member cyclothioethers" for publication in
the Journal of Chemical Crystallography. The paper looks at the relationship of
molecular structure and carbon-sulfur bond cleavage, an important step in crude
Dr. Cyndy Hendershot, English,
recently published an article in Paradoxa titled "Cold War Confessions and the
* Dr. Charles
Coleman, Engineering, recently completed advanced training with
computer-aided manufacturing software at the Tulsa Technology Center. He also
earned certification to teach architectural software following training at Tech
Ed Concepts in Manchester,
Roger Lee and David Shaw, Student Life, attended the Donald D.
Gehring Campus Judicial Affairs Training Institute in Salt Lake City. Dr. Lee
completed the 30-hour mediation skills training program and Shaw completed the
Intermediate Judicial Track on the field of campus judicial affairs and
mediation. Gehring Institute features nationally prominent practitioners,
scholars, and attorneys on the faculty.
* Dr. Aldemaro
published the article “Death and taxes: The case of the depletion of pearl
oyster beds in 16th-century Venezuela” in Conservation Biology. In that
article he described what probably is the first case of depletion of a natural
resource in the American continent, caused by Europeans.
* Dr. Martin
participated in the
Laboratory Workshop at Kansas State University. The week long course, taught
by an international team of experts, was attended by 42 scientists from 13
states and 17 countries. Species of the
are significant causes of a wide variety of plant diseases. These fungi also
have the potential to contaminate grain through the production of mycotoxins
that are known to be injurious to animal and human health. The workshop focused
on laboratory identification and characterization of fungal cultures using
standard and molecular biology techniques.
* Dr. Mary Jackson Pitts, Radio-Television, has recently published an article in the
journal “SIMILE” or Studies in Media & Information Literacy Education. Her
article states that more than 150 U.S. television station websites were analyzed
for content analysis.
Almost 55% of the television stations did not have additional information about
on-air stories on their site. In the study, CBS affiliates were more likely to
provide more information on their web sites than other affiliates.
Biology, with several of his former students, presented three papers
on the evolution and behavior of blind cave fishes at the annual meting of the
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in
Manaus, Brazil. Those papers
were part of a Symposium on Hypogean (Cave, Karst) Vertebrates that he
* Dr. Jerry Farris, Environmental Sciences, and his student, Ph.D.
candidate Jennifer Bouldin, presented the paper “Physical and vegetative
characteristics of agricultural drainages in the Mississippi Delta landscape” at
the annual meeting of the MidSouth Regional Chapter of the Society of
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in Nashville, and at the North American
Benthological Society annual meeting in Athens, Ga.
* Diana Sanders and Johnna Redman,
Museum and Educational Center, have been promoted to assistant director and
administrative assistant, respectively. Sanders, an ASU employee for 17 years,
was coordinator of advancement services at ASU-Jonesboro prior to becoming one
of the H-P founding staff members in 1999. She serves on the board of the
Arkansas Museum Association. Redman, an ASU employee for six years, was
actively involved for two years in restoration of the property. She was named
Outstanding Museum Staff Member in 2003 by the Arkansas Museum Association.
* Carol Barnhill, Procurement
Services, was recently appointed to the NAEB (National Association of
Educational Buyers) Cooperative Purchasing Committee. Among its many
activities, this committee compiles profiles on cooperative purchasing
opportunities available to NAEB members.
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* Dr. Aldemaro Romero, Biology, published five chapters in the
recently issued Grzimek's Encyclopedia of Animal Life. The chapters deal with
the natural history and classification of migratory eels, morays, loaches,
salmons, troutperches, and swamp and spiny eels. Grzimel's Encyclopedia is
considered as one of the most highly authoritative reference sources on animal
* Dr. Michael Morrell, Political Science (currently on leave),
presented the paper "Empathy, Discourse Ethics and Deliberative Democracy" July
8 at the annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology in
* Robert A.
will receive a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local
History for the radio documentary, "The Elaine, Arkansas, Race Riots of
1919." The AASLH awards program is the nation's most
prestigious competition for recognition of achievement in local, state,
and regional history. The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media in New York
provided financial support, and WGBH Radio in Boston, Mass., provided
in-kind technical support. The award will be presented during the AASLH annual meeting
in Providence, R.I.
* Bryan Ulmer, Library & CLT, was
named "Lion of the Year" by the Jonesboro University Heights Lions Club at the
club's July business meeting. He was recognized for heading up the Sight
and Hearing Committee and overseeing the club program which provided roughly
$10,000 worth of assistance with eyeglasses for some 120 needy Jonesboro
* Dr. Aldemaro Romero, Biology, and former student Joel
Creswell presented the paper “In the land of the mermaid: how culture, not
ecology, influenced marine mammal exploitation in the southeastern Caribbean”
during the recent annual meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology in
Duluth, Minn. In that presentation they theorized that although several
Caribbean countries share essentially the same marine mammal species, they have
developed different exploitation practices in terms of species targeted, capture
techniques, and time periods due to historical, political, social, and economic
* The Arkansas
Herpetology Book, by Dr.
Stan Trauth, Zoology, has been approved for funding by the Arkansas
Game and Fish Foundation, and publication by the University of Arkansas Press.
Although it is not expected to be finished until mid-2004, is already considered
to be the most comprehensive book ever published about amphibians and reptiles
found in Arkansas. Funds from a federal grant will help support the
* An op-ed article by Dr. Jack Zibluk, Journalism, concerning
diversity on campus, was published June 30 on the Voices page of the Arkansas
Campus News archive, 2002-03
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