David Kiblinger, a sophomore physics and mathematics double major from Cape Girardeau, Mo., presented "Construction of an Aurora Detector" at the 2006 Winter Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers recently held in Anchorage, Alaska. Kiblinger’s presentation was sponsored by his research mentor, Michael Goggin, associate professor of physics, who also attended the meeting. The work described was the result of Kiblinger’s summer 2005 research project funded by the National Science Foundation through Truman’s NextSTEP Program.

Julie Wynn, a junior psychology and pre-elementary education double major from Shrewsbury, Mo., has been named the 2005 "Volunteer of the Year" for Special Olympics Missouri. Wynn received her award during the annual "Night of Inspirational Stars" Awards Banquet that took place on Jan. 21 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Mo. Each year, Special Olympics Missouri utilizes more than 47,000 volunteers. Wynn’s involvement with Special Olympics Missouri began when she volunteered with the organization during her high school years in St. Louis. Her work grew into a leadership role when she came to Truman and joined the Games Management Team for Area Spring Games, first serving as Olympic Town Chair. Her ideas during that year led to a larger Olympic Town than had ever been held. Wynn continued working within the organization, adding Opening Ceremonies to her duties, and in 2006 she was chosen to chair the entire Games Management Team. When a local bowling team needed a coach, she stepped in as well.
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