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Jones-Branch Receives Vaughn Professorship Jones-Branch Receives Vaughn Professorship

Congratulations to Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, professor of history, one of the first three recipients of the Vaughn Endowed Professorships. Jones-Branch, who joined the A-State faculty in 2003, is frequently invited to make presentations on her historical research. The University Press of Florida published her book on mid-20th century race relations in South Carolina. Jones-Branch discusses her selection in a video; an article is online.

Alam's Team Files Patent on Discovery

Congratulations to Dr. Mohammad Abrar Alam, assistant professor of chemistry, on the work achieved by his research group. A utility patent has been filed, titled "Antimicrobial Agents and the Method of Synthesizing the Antimicrobial Agents." Alam's team has identified new pyrazole derivatives as potent agents against Acinetobacter baumannii, which tops the World Health Organization's list of 12 drug-resistant bacteria that pose the greatest threat to humans.

Alam's Team Files Patent on Discovery
Ruby is NBEA Yearbook curriculum editor Ruby is NBEA Yearbook curriculum editor

Dr. Ralph Ruby Jr., professor of computer and information technology, has been invited to serve as editor of the curriculum section of the 2017 yearbook published by the National Business Education Association. The NBEA Yearbook, a refereed publication, is used by business education professionals both as a text and resource guide. NBEA invites section editors based on expertise, involvement in professional activities, mobile apps and publications.

Clarks Serve on Saarburg Festival Faculty

Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, professor of music and coordinator of keyboard studies, and Dr. Dale Clark, adjunct instructor in music, were artist faculty for the second year at the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival in Germany. In addition to performing on faculty and side-by-side concerts with students, they also coached eight of the student chamber music groups that performed. Eight A-State students also participated. 

Clarks Serve on Saarburg Festival Faculty
Costello Organizes 'Pack Prints' Recognition Costello Organizes 'Pack Prints' Recognition

Dr. Kristi Costello, assistant professor of English and director of composition, organized the Pack Prints reception Monday to celebrate the students and faculty who contributed to an anthology of students' writing. Pack Prints is now serving as a textbook for composition I and II courses. More than 25 undergraduate students, nearly 10 graduate students, and about 20 faculty members worked on the collaborative project.

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