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A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

Important Updates

  • The American Spiritual Ensemble will perform at Fowler Center's Riceland Hall tonight at 7:30pm.
  • For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • ETS testing candidates that were scheduled for today should contact the Testing Center in the Reng Student Union at 972-2038 when A-State reopens and they will assist with rescheduling.
  • The Red WOLF Center will open today on winter weather hours of noon until 5 p.m.
  • Dean B. Ellis Library is closed all day today.

For updates on A-State events, please check the university’s official website AState.edu or social media feeds, Facebook.com/ArkansasState or @ArkansasState on Twitter.

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Research Associate Professor of Protein Chemistry


  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Plant Physiology, Ph.D.
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Botany, M.S.
  • Iowa State University, Ames, Biology, B.S.

Courses Taught

  • MBS 7123, Topics in Molecular Biosciences ("Plant cell wall polysaccharides and related enzyme systems")
  • MBS 6251, Techniques in Molecular Biosciences ("Essential tools for protein analysis and purification" and "Protein identification by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry")
  • AGRI 6361, Grad seminar ("Introduction to writing funding proposals")

Research Interests

  • Development of polysaccharide-modifying enzyme systems for tailoring functional properties of pectin and arabinoxylan and oligosaccharides derived from them.
  • Isolation and analysis of functional protein and polysaccharide components from rice and bioenergy crop processing fractions.
  • Understanding the root-specific cell wall biochemistry using sugar beet hairy root cultures.


  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society for Plant Physiologists
  • Society for Industrial Microbiology


  • Research Associate Professor of Protein Chemistry, Arkansas Bioscience Institute and College of Agriculture (October 2006 to present)
  • Research Plant Physiologist, USDA-ARS, Wyndmoor, PA (January 2000 to September 2006)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, USDA-ARS, Wyndmoor, PA (September 1995 to December 1999)

Brett Savary

Contact Information

P: (870) 680-4792
F: (870) 972-2026


Building: Arkansas Biosciences Institute
Room: 307