Jan. 26, 2004

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ASU to host Regional Conference of the National Science
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ABI Executive Director is now on board
Dr. Susan Allen, vice chancellor for research and academic affairs, has announced Dr. Carole L. Cramer of Blacksburg, Va., as the first executive director of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI). Cramer, a professor and research scientist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, holds a Ph.D. in biological science from the University of California at Irvine with undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley. “Dr. Cramer is a very well-known plant molecular biologist,” Dr. Allen said. “Her work was on the Institute for Scientific Information’s most-cited list in 2002. She was appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman to the USDA’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture. Well-known in the biotechnology field, she has several patents, has founded two companies, and is well published.” Read more about Dr. Cramer.

Professor on NPR; faculty & staff members honored
Dr. Rick Burns, English and Folklore, will participate in a National Public Radio program Tuesday; Jerry Smith, Center for Regional & Community Development, has been elected to leadership by his national professional group; and Dr. Tyra Turner, Counseling, and Lynda Medlock, Museum, have been re-appointed to state boards.  Read the details in Campus News.

Astronaut Winston Scott here for Lecture~Concert
Capt. Winston ScottCapt. Winston Scott was a mission specialist on the 1996 STS-72 Endeavour shuttle flight which demonstrated and evaluated techniques used in the construction of the International Space Station. He flew on the Columbia in a 1997 mission which accomplished a number of difficult assignments including the manual capture of a Spartan Satellite. In addition to his years of NASA experience, Capt. Scott has served as an associate dean and faculty member of the College of Engineering at Florida State University. This Lecture~Concert series program, titled "NASA's Space Explorations: Views from Columbia and Endeavour," will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center. It is free and open to the public. This Lecture~Concert Series event is a joint presentation with the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium, the ASU College of Science and Mathematics, and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

ASU to air new television and radio advertising
The University Relations Department unveiled a new 30-second television commercial last week which will begin running today on KAIT-TV, Channel 8. Produced by Jones Productions of Little Rock, the television commercial will also begin running on the three Little Rock network stations and in the Memphis market relatively soon. In addition, five radio commercials are being developed in cooperation with McNabb, Kelley and Barre, a Jonesboro advertising firm. These radio commercials will run primarily in northeast Arkansas and eastern Arkansas. In all, 47 ASU students were interviewed for the television commercial with a primary focus toward student recruitment. To view the new TV commercial, see it first here. You must have QuickTime on your computer; to download it, go here.

NSF Regional Conference: Tuesday & Wednesday
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Regional Conference will be held on the ASU campus tomorrow and Wednesday. This regional conference will include hundreds of professionals from all across the United States, representing some 50 colleges and universities. The NSF is a $5.8 billion funding arm of the federal government which supports basic research and education. Due to the event's popularity, registration has already closed, according to Dr. Don Cotten, who is coordinating the event for ASU. For details, contact him via email: dcotten@astate.edu or call 910-3800.  

Student Health Center to hold Open House Tuesday
ASU's new Student Health Center will hold its Open House tomorrow following a 2 p.m. ribbon cutting. Officials from St. Bernards HealthCare and ASU will make opening remarks at that time with tours beginning immediately afterward and continuing until 4 p.m. In addition to the Student Health Center, the facility also houses a Sports Medicine Clinic and First Care Acute Care Center. The 14,259 square-foot facility is a joint venture between ASU and St. Bernards.

ASU receives Heartland Grant to fund performance
ASU has been selected to receive a Heartland Arts Fund grant. This award will support the performance by the California contemporary music ensemble, the E.A.R. Unit, at the Fowler Center Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The E.A.R. Unit appearance is scheduled in connection with the 2004 regional conference of the Society of Composers Inc. and includes a lecture/demonstration at 6:30 p.m., just prior to the concert.  Both the lecture/demonstration and concert are free and open to the public. The Heartland Arts Fund is a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Arkansas Arts Council and foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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