Erin Clark, a senior major from Lincoln, Ill., earned a first-place award in the 2006 Illinois Associated Press Editors Association Editorial Excellence contest for entertainment writing. Clark was an intern for the Lincoln Courier, which competes with daily newspapers in Illinois that have a circulation of 15,000 or less.

Matthew Datum, a senior business administration major from Joplin, Mo., has passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 2.
Taner Edis, associate professor of physics, presented a lecture titled “An Accidental World,” at The Summer Institute of the Jefferson Center for Religion and Philosophy in Ashland, Ore. The Summer Institute was titled “Exploring the Borderlands: Science and Religion in the 21st Century.”

Masahiro Hara, associate professor of Japanese, presented a paper titled “Transfer in Parsing Strategies” at the International Conference on Japanese Language Education 2006 located at Columbia University in New York City on Aug. 5-6.

John Ishiyama, professor of political science, and Krystal Fox, a senior political science and economics major from Bellevue, Neb., had their article “What Affects the Strength of Partisan Identity in Sub-Saharan Africa?” accepted for publication in the journal Politics and Policy. The article will appear in the December 2006 issue of the journal.

John Ishiyama, professor of political science,
Marijke Breuning, associate professor of political science, and Linda Lopez of the National Science Foundation had their article “A Century of Continuity and (Little) Change in the Structure of the Undergraduate Political Science Curriculum” accepted for publication in the American Political Science Review.

Daniel Mandell, associate professor of history,
organized a session on “Race, Landlessness, and The Question of Dependence in the Early Republic” for the 2006 meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early Republic, and in the session presented a paper on “Race, Landlessness, and Class: Farm Workers in Stonington, Connecticut, 1780-1830.”

Thomas Trimborn, professor of music,
recently presented a lecture “Encounters With Lincoln” at the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Ind. Based on his book of the same title published by the Truman Press, he concluded with a PowerPoint presentation of his Lincoln portraits accompanied by a recording of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” the music most associated with the martyred president. Trimborn also had an exhibition of his book’s original art in the Old State Capitol Building in Springfield, Ill. Officials state that 40,000 visitors toured the exhibit from late April through the closing on July 1, 2006.
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