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SHSU Update For Week Of July 22


Ward Discusses Student Roles In Information Collection

Richard Ward, associate vice president for Research and Special Programs, discussed the role of universities in conducting research on terrorism as a featured speaker for a conference held last week in Washington, D.C.

The conference on open source intelligence, which was broadcast on C-SPAN, was sponsored by the Directorate of National Intelligence.

Ward discussed one of the “underutilized resources in higher education” that could serve as a “cost-effective method” for collecting materials that would aid in turning information into intelligence for the U.S. government: students, especially graduate students.

“Collecting open source information on more than 1,100 groups and 1,400 subgroups throughout the world, these students focus on the minutia that would normally be too costly, or too time-consuming, for intelligence professionals to analyze,” Ward said.

“These students, at any one time, bring language skills in as many as 20-30 areas, making it possible to explore foreign language Web sites, news media and other documentation—such as court records, financial statements and open-source official reports.”

He also discussed SHSU’s Institute for the Study of Violent Groups and how the institute’s work is mutually beneficial to the U.S. government, the countries from which SHSU’s 20-30 students working for the institute come and the students themselves, as they are preparing for careers within the U.S. government.

“Currently, through mutual agreements, the institute employs graduate students from other countries who are serving as police officers,” he said. “Students from Turkey, Thailand, China, Korea, Taiwan, Egypt, Botswana, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, India, Colombia, and Mexico have worked in the collection part of the institute.”

Ward, who is also a professor of criminal justice, is a coauthor of a recent book on Homeland Security, written with former adjunct professor at SHSU and retired assistant director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Kathleen Kiernan, and SHSU doctoral graduate and director of the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups Daniel Mabrey.


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Student Posters To Be Displayed In LSC

Posters depicting the summer research of eight biology students from across the country who are participating in SHSU’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program will be on display on Thursday (Aug. 2) in the Lowman Student Center.

The presenters for 5th Annual REU Student Poster Conference will be in the LSC from 1-3 p.m. to discuss their research and experiences during the 10-week REU program.

Associate professors of biological sciences Diane Neudorf and William Lutterschmidt host the event and the REU program, held annually through a grant awarded to the professors by the National Science Foundation.

Neudorf and Lutterschmidt were awarded a three-year, $290,000 grant this year from the NSF, which will allow a total of 32 students to visit SHSU and conduct field research during the summer.

This year’s REU participants include Jeffrey Ackley, from Eckerd College in Florida; Kevin Hudson, from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania; James Cureton, from SHSU; Connie Larsson, from the University of Houston-Downtown; Julia Stutzman, from Bridgewater College in Virginia; Phillip Torres, from Cornell University in New York; Hannah Turner, from Clarion University in Pennsylvania; and Gregory Zychowski, from Baylor University.

The poster conference is one of the academic activities outlined in the National Science Foundation program which helps students gain research experience over the summer, according to Lutterschmidt.
"This program helps foster an interest and enthusiasm for pursuing graduate studies in biology and ultimately future careers in science and research," he said.

For more information on the NSF program, visit or contact Lutterschmidt at or 936.294.1556.


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ABC To Cast Call For Game Contestants In Houston

The American Broadcasting Company is seeking “enthusiastic people and colorful characters who are ready to win a lot of cash and prizes,” as well as “trivia buffs and pop culture junkies” to serve as contestants on the network’s “National Bingo Night.”

An open casting call will be held on Saturday (July 29) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel by the Galleria, located at 5353 Westheimer Road in Houston.

Hosted by “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design team contributor Ed Sanders, “National Bingo Night” is a high-energy game of luck in which a contestant races against the studio audience as balls numbered from 1-75 are randomly selected from a giant sphere set in a high-tech "Bingo Plex" arena, according to the ABC Web site.

“The studio audience will track the numbers on their own Bingo cards for a chance to win cash and prizes and send the contestant home empty-handed,” the Web site said.

In each episode, which airs at 8 p.m. on Fridays, three Bingo games are played in-studio, with the viewing public invited to play along for a chance to win tens of thousands of prizes.

Those who don’t want to wait in line may submit information about themselves early by e-mailing contact information, picture and a short biography, including “something interesting about yourself that most people don’t know,” to

“You really only need to be high energy and fun to get on,” said casting producer Shari Ast.

Contestants must be at least 21 years of age and a legal U.S. resident.

For more information, call 323.845.3015.

University employees who are seriously interested in participating on the show may also contact the Public Relations Office, at 936.294.4406, for more information.


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SAM Center Offers Grad School Advice

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will give students considering graduate school all of the information they need with an informational seminar on Tuesday (July 31).

The presentation, which will include a question-and-answer session, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the SAM Center.

Among the topics that will be discussed are financial aid, organizing applications and the grad school timeline.

Space is limited, and students should call or stop by the SAM Center to sign up.

For more information, contact Amanda at or 936.294.4444 or visit the SAM Center, located in Academic Building 4 Room 210.


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All Spring School Psychology Grads Pass Exam

All nine of the SHSU psychology and philosophy department’s school psychology spring 2007 graduates have passed the National School Psychology examination.

A passing score on this exam does three things, according to psychology professor Tom Wood.

“First, it allows the student to be awarded the master's degree at SHSU; second, it qualifies the student to acquire a Texas state license to practice called ‘Licensed Specialist in School Psychology’ offered through the Texas Board of Examiners of Psychologists; and third, the student can obtain the highly prestigious Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential,” he said.

Having the NCSP allows students to move from state to state with minimal effort in obtaining a license and often involves a salary supplement.

Most of the students who completed the three-year graduate program, which includes a year of full-time internship in the public schools, are already employed, Wood said, adding that several were employed by their internship sites.

“With the extreme shortage of school psychologists in the United States, it is unlikely that any of SHSU's school psychology graduates will ever be without a position,” he said. “Salaries tend to be significantly above other human service fields at the master's level.”

The SHSU program attracts students from all over the country, has a high retention rate and has a nearly perfect passing rate on the national exam since the inception of the program.

In addition, the school psychology training program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists, the highest accreditation in the nation available to pre-doctoral training programs.

For more information on the program, contact Wood at 936.294.4662 or


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
July 20, 2007
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