Monthly Archives: November 2008

Kentucky Live! Presented Brian Leung

Brian Leung signing his bookWKU Libraries’ “Kentucky Live!” program presented Prof. Brian Leung from the Department of English, University of Louisville on the evening of November 13, 2008. He talked about creative writing and his world-famous books to an audience consisting of mainly WKU students in Barnes and Noble’s conference room. He signed his books after his talk.

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WKU Science Librarian to Make Presentation at London Conference

Charles SmithDr. Charles H. Smith, Western Kentucky University Libraries’ Science Librarian and Professor of Library Public Services, has been invited to give a presentation on British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace on Nov. 22 at a conference at The Linnean Society of London — the world’s oldest active biological society.

The conference celebrates the double occasion of the 150th anniversary of the first presentation of the theory of natural selection in 1858, and the upcoming publication of Dr. Smith’s Oxford University Press book on Wallace titled “Natural Selection and Beyond: The Intellectual Legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace.”

“I’m looking forward to personally meeting several of the people I have been corresponding with over the years,” Dr. Smith said. “This conference is a great opportunity to share my views on Wallace as well as discuss related theoretical science ideas.”

Considered a leading expert on one of history’s most influential biology figures, Dr. Smith has reconstructed Wallace’s published bibliography and philosophy including making more than 500 of his publications accessible in full-text on the Internet. This work also has led to nine published papers and three book projects over the past several years.

Smith was recently nominated for membership in The Linnean Society of London and was made a “Fellow” by vote of Society members on Oct. 9, 2008. While in England, Smith will also be giving a lecture at the Wessex Institute of Technology. For more information, see Dr. Smith’s Alfred Russel Wallace website.

Charles Smith is quoted in an article linked to from the Huffington Post.

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TopSCHOLAR Hosts Second E-Journal

The Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE), the Wilderness Education Association (WEA), and the Western Kentucky University Research Foundation (WKURF) launched the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership (JOREL) earlier today in San Diego, California at the 22nd Annual AORE Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education. The three organizations have teamed together to create and manage this new peer-reviewed publication located at This announcement included the inaugural “Call for Papers.”

The journal’s mission is to improve outdoor recreation, education, and leadership through the publication and dissemination of peer-reviewed manuscripts centered on professional practice, research, and theoretical discussions. Manuscript submissions are encouraged from authors inside and outside of academia to help improve research and practice with a goal of reducing the disparity between the two in the represented disciplines.

Relevant topic areas (centered on outdoor recreation, outdoor education, or outdoor leadership) for the journal include, but are not limited to: outdoor recreation, adventure recreation, outdoor education, outdoor leadership, pedagogy, administration, programming, risk management, wilderness medicine, certification, participant behavior, trends, diversity, training, and outcomes. Manuscript submission guidelines are found on the journal’s website.

The founding journal advisory council (representing AORE, WEA, and WKURF) includes: Raymond Poff, Ph.D., Western Kentucky University; Tom Stuessy, Ph.D., Green Mountain College; Eric Frauman, Ph.D., Appalachian State University; Marni Goldenberg, Ph.D., Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo State University; Bruce Martin, Ph.D., Ohio University; and Connie Foster, MLS, Western Kentucky University.

The Editor-in-Chief is Aram Attarian, Ph.D., of North Carolina State University. Raymond Poff, Ph.D., Western Kentucky University will serve as the journal’s Managing Editor.

The journal, hosted at WKU, uses resources available through TopSCHOLARâ„¢ a University-wide, centralized digital repository dedicated to scholarly research, creative activity and other full-text learning resources that merit enduring and archival value and permanent access. TopSCHOLARâ„¢ uses the Digital Commons platform from Berkeley Electronic Press
The Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) provides opportunities for professionals and students in the field of outdoor recreation and education to exchange information, promote the preservation and conservation of the natural environment, and address issues common to college, university, community, military, and other not-for-profit outdoor recreation and education programs.
The Wilderness Education Association (WEA) promotes the professionalism of outdoor leadership through establishment of national standards, curriculum design, implementation, advocacy, and research driven initiatives.

The Western Kentucky University Research Foundation (WKURF) is organized to support Western Kentucky University efforts to promote the development, implementation, and coordination of extramurally sponsored programs involving research, instruction, public service, and to legally protect, manage and commercialize intellectual property resulting from research, scholarship and creative activities on behalf of Western Kentucky University.

For information, contact Dr. Raymond Poff at (270) 745-2498.

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Kentucky Library & Museum in Homecoming Parade

Homecoming ParadeGraduate student Marian Robbins, volunteer Pam Elrod, and KYLM faculty members Sue Lynn McDaniel and Christy Spurlock marched in the October 31st WKU Homecoming Parade. Also marching but not pictured, WKU student Kaitlen Osburn.

Fliers and candy were distributed to promote “Christmas in Kentucky Saturday”, December 6th at the KYLM. Christmas in Kentucky is a free, family oriented afternoon of holiday activities including; ornament making, carolers, Santa, Big Red and much more. Come join in the fun Saturday, December 6th 11:00am-2:00pm.

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