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Faculty Recognition

October 10, 2006

Patterson elected to Food Marketing Alliance board of directors

MESA, Ariz. - At the September 6 membership meeting of the Arizona Food Marketing Alliance (AFMA), Paul Patterson, interim dean of Arizona State University’s Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness, was elected to the AFMA board of directors, effective January 2007. His appointment is for a three-year term.

The AFMA board members are legally and ethically responsible for all activities of the alliance. The board is solely responsible for determining policy, approving the annual budget and determining the mission and goals of the alliance. AFMA serves, represents and advocates the interests of Arizona’s food industry through programs in legislation, regulation, education and other appropriate services.

Patterson has been a faculty member in the Morrison School since 1995 where he has held positions of increasing responsibility. He has served on the Academic Assembly for six years as parliamentarian, president-elect and most recently as president. He is extremely well published and has been recognized with distinctions from the university as well as national associations and the USDA. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and economics from Auburn University, and his master’s and doctorate in agricultural economics from Purdue University.

CONTACT(S): AFMA — Rich Jennings/Debbie Roth, AFMA, 602/252-9761
ASU’s Polytechnic campus — Christine Lambrakis, 480/727-1173, 602/316-5616,

Grant aids in development of IDeaBook

MESA, Ariz. - The Arizona Board of Regents awarded one of its 2006-2007 Learner-Centered Education (LCE) grants to Arizona State University early in the summer. The principal investigator of the grant is La Verne Abe Harris, assistant professor of graphic information technology. Jane Humble, associate professor of operations management technology, is the co-PI.

The $24,911 grant will be used for the research and development of the online LCE IDeaBook Web site through the IDeaLaboratory, a creative thinking and problem solving, interdisciplinary studio headed by Harris on ASU’s Polytechnic campus.

This project supports research in the integration of LCE and learning styles, for developing and implementing an LCE needs assessment model, and for building interactive teacher tutorials for distribution to university faculty through the LCE IDeaBook. A faculty workshop also will be offered.

ABOR is committed to learner-centered education at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. Because of this commitment, ABOR awards several LCE grants annually to university faculty.

CONTACT(S): Christine Lambrakis, 480/727-1173, 602/316-5616,

Faculty appointed to ADHS Council

The Governor appointed Danny Peterson, professor of practice in environmental technology management, and Scott Somers, graduate research associate, to the Arizona Homeland Security Coordinating Council in July. These appointments are for three-year terms. Only 18 members are selected state wide for the 25 member council. Peterson was appointed as a representative of higher education. Somers was selected as a firefighter/first responder representative. Somers also is a Mesa City Councilman, a Phoenix Fire Fighter, and a faculty associate in the Department of Technology Management, and is a Ph.D. student at ASU.