Kenneth Carter, professor of chemistry, presented an invited paper, "From Patients of Teaching to Agents of Learning," at the 231st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in a symposium devoted to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL). The American Chemical Society is the world's largest scientific society.

Laura Keck, a senior political science and sociology/anthropology double major from Quincy, Ill., and Terri Rott, a senior communication major from St. Louis, have each been awarded an 1843 Deans Scholarship to the Saint Louis University School of Law. Keck and Rott were selected to receive the scholarship from a pool of 28 finalists. The prestigious 1843 Scholars award is granted to just 10 incoming Saint Louis University Law School students each year and is a three-year, full-tuition scholarship.

Chenghu Li, a sophomore physics major from Jefferson City, Mo., and Matthew Beaky, associate professor of physics, presented the results of research conducted at the Truman Observatory at the 2006 Mid-American Regional Astrophysics Conference in Kansas City, Mo. Li's presentation was titled "Neglected Binary Star Parameters Determined from Archival Images and Direct Observation," and Beaky spoke on "Detecting Extrasolar Planetary Transits Through Photoelectric Photometry." The latter project described work carried out by Violet Poole, a senior physics major from St. Charles, Mo., as part of the summer 2005 Next STEP Program.

Truman's NSSHLA chapter, the Communication Disorders Association (CoDA), hosted a Spring Workshop on Feb. 17. Angela Saus, M.A. CCC-SLP and Denise Sangoi, B.S., OTR/L made a presentation on "Organize and Puzzle: An Integrated Approach to Treating Communication Disorders and Sensory Needs."

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) has recognized Violet Poole, a senior physics major from St. Charles, Mo., as one of the SPS 2005-2006 Leadership Awardees. Poole was selected from a group of exceptional applicants for her outstanding academic performance and high level of SPS activity. She will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000. The SPS plans to feature its scholarship winners on its Web site at and possibly in an upcoming article in the SPS Observer newsletter or in the Radiations magazine.

John James Quinn, associate professor of political science, and his co-author, David Simon from Yale, had their article "Plus ca change, . . . : The Allocation of French ODA to Africa During and After the Cold War" accepted for publication in International Interactions.

Mark Spitzer, assistant professor of English, recently had his book "Riding the Unit: Selected Nonfiction 1994-2004" accepted for publication by Six Gallery Press in Pittsburgh, Pa.
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