An article by Dr. Rajender S. Varma, a Sam Houston State University affiliated faculty member who also does research at the Houston Advanced Research Center in The Woodlands, appears in the September 1996 issue of "Nutrition."

The journal will be exhibited at the 18th Congress of the European Society of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition in Geneva, Switzerland, beginning on Sept. 8.

Varma's studies involve natural nutritional elements which he calls "chemopreventors," contained in such foods as fruits, vegetables, tea, grains, soybeans, garlic and red wine.

"Chemoprevention may be described as a clinical strategy that blocks or reverses carcinogenesis before the development of invasive cancer," said Varma. "Recently the activity of such purified components from tea, soybeans, garlic and red wine have shown protective effect on several diseases."

Varma's work is being funded by a $150,670 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.


SHSU agriculture faculty members and students, including one new team which is in the formation stage, are preparing to hit the road to show and judging events.

Beginning with the Fort Worth Livestock Show in January, and including San Antonio and Houston later in the spring, Sam Houston State students will be showing 5-7 heifers from the university's Brangus herd, said Dr. Stanley Kelley, assistant professor of animal science.

Kelley is adviser for the new show team as well as the established five-member judging team, which in two weeks will begin a fall schedule that will take them to Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Kentucky.

Kelley said that participation in the new show team will be a serious commitment. He expects some 35 agriculture majors to volunteer for the seven-day-per-week tasks of halter breaking, grooming, care and feeding, and record-keeping. The activity will enable them to better teach and practice such skills when they graduate, he said.

He also expects the show team to increase the visibility and reputation of the SHSU agriculture education program and the value of the university's herd.

Emphasis in the judging team competition is on ability to evaluate animals and to explain the rankings, he said.

The teams are co-sponsored by the Department of Agricultural Sciences and the Block and Bridle Club.


The Department of Art has begun registering students for next summer's month-long summer school trip to Florence, Italy and other Italian cities.

Dr. Darryl Patrick, who will direct the program and teach two three-hour courses, has guided students through Europe, including Venice, Florence and Rome, since 1980.

The trip is scheduled from May 29 until June 30, with final drawing sessions back on campus by July 3.

The $3,495 cost includes round trip air transportation from Houston, a furnished two or three bedroom apartment with kitchen, and all land transportation and museum fees associated with the courses. The cost does not include health insurance, SHSU tuition, or food costs.

Registration will continue through March 15, 1997, or until the class limit is reached. Registration forms and information are availble from the Art Department, Box 2058, SHSU, or by calling Dr. Patrick at 294-1561.


The Sam Houston State University chapter of the Golden Key National Honor Society received one of the society's Most Improved Chapter Awards this summer at the society's convention in Arizona.

The award is presented to chapters that have been active for more than a year and that have drastically improved their leadership and involvement. The society has 244 chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico and Australia.

Membership in the society is by invitation to the top 15 percent of juniors and seniors in all fields of study. Dr. William Green, who chairs the Department of Economics and Business Analysis, is the SHSU chapter sponsor.


The Karate Club of SHSU will hold an open house at 7 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 12) at the YMCA on Lake Road. SHSU students, faculty and staff are eligible to participate in the club. For more information, call Christian Zela at 293-1009.

The Aikido Club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. in the Health and Kinesiology Building. Potential members are invited to visit. Additional details are available by calling club president Dennis Moehr at 291-8731.


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SHSU UPDATE is produced by the Office of Public Relations at Sam Houston State University. Faculty, staff, and students may contribute material by mail (Box 2105), (fax) 294-1834, e-mail pin_frk@shsu.edu or pin_per@shsu.edu telephone (294-1836), or visit (212 Rather Communications Building).
Sept. 8, 1996