Scott Alberts, associate professor of statistics, was awarded the Lex Whittinghill Award for Best Contributed Paper in Statistics Education in January 2010 for his presentation of “Experiential learning through a campus-client-led survey project” at Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Francisco, Calif. At this year’s conference in New Orleans, La., he presented the paper “Deep Assignments: Getting Statistics Students to Think Critically.”

Curtis R. Blakely, assistant professor of justice systems, and Alice Walkley, a recent graduate and a current student at Baylor School of Law,
have published a paper that appears in the December 2010 edition of L.A.E. Journal (a publication of the American Criminal Justice Association). In their paper, “Bio-penology: The Protean Approach,” Blakely and Walkley analyze prison operations from a biological perspective. Critical to their paper is the pioneering work of scholars at the University of Chicago. These scholars developed the concept of social ecology, which suggests that neighborhoods and living organisms share a number of characteristics in common. Blakely and Walkley adopt a similar approach paying particular attention to institutional homeostasis, anti-social contagions and the prison’s evolution. Ultimately, the authors suggest that through the development and application of innovative and creative practices, the prison can become a more effective institution at breaking the criminogenic cycle.

Katie Lakner, a senior music major, was awarded Honorable Mention in the Collegiate Division of the Iowa Composers Forum Student Composition Competition for an original musical composition. Lakner’s musical work, “Character Sketches of the Usual Suspects” for flute, will be performed in May during the annual Iowa Composers Forum conference in Cedar Rapids.

Marc Rice, associate professor of music, has been asked to contribute an extensive essay on Dixieland music for the forthcoming “Encyclopedia of American Music and Culture,” through ABC-Clio Press. The four-volume work will be published in 2012.

Steve Smith, associate professor of business administration, had his article “Legal Issues Arising from the Healthcare Reform Issue” accepted for publication in the Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics.

The School of Health Sciences and Education’s Advanced Placement Teacher Development Institute received the Tourism Event of the Year Award at the recent Kirksville Chamber of Commerce annual banquet for bringing 150 teachers to Kirksville in July 2010. This event combined education seminars and classes during the daytime and social events each evening and familiarized high school teachers from all across Missouri with Truman and the community of Kirksville.
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