Phi Sigma Pi, a national coed honor fraternity, was recently awarded “Best in Region” and “Outstanding Website” for the 2007-2008 academic year at Phi Sigma Pi’s National Convention in Nashville, Tenn. on Aug. 7-10. Mallory Stites, a senior psychology and English major from Crystal City, Mo., and Joseph Grissom, a junior biology major from Hamilton, Mo., represented the Truman’s chapter of Phi Sigma Pi at the National Convention. “Outstanding Website” is awarded once a year to one of 103 active collegiate chapters in the nation. Truman’s chapter was awarded with “Best in Region” out of Central Region, which consists of 10 active chapters. Truman’s chapter has won “Outstanding Website” and “Best in Region” three out of the last four years.

Dean De Cock, associate professor of statistics
, represented Truman at the Evolution 2008 Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Naturalists, Society for the Study of Evolution and Society of Systematic Biologists in Minneapolis, Minn., from June 20-24. De Cock’s poster, “The W Statistic: A New Approach for Testing the Relative Abundance Structure of Communities in a Phylogenetic Context,” detailed the results achieved by his group of Tracey Blasingame, a senior mathematics major from Belvidere, Ill.; Bryan Hartwig, a senior mathematics major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Nathan Whelan, a biology graduate from Eureka, Mo.; and Jonathan Gering, associate professor of biology; within Truman’s National Science Foundation (NSF) funded “Research-focused Learning Communities in Mathematical Biology.”

Warren Gooch, professor of music, has two original musical compositions that have been selected for publication by Alliance Publications Incorporated (API Music). Gooch’s choral works “Sing Noel” and “A Christmas Prayer” were selected for the publication.

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