Julia DeLancey, associate professor of art, chaired a session titled “The Italian Renaissance Reconstructed: Histories of Missing Movements” at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in March. In addition, she was invited to deliver a paper as part of the University of Kansas Medical Center’s research seminar. The paper was titled “Colors or Cures?: Pigments and Medical Ingredients in Early Modern Italy.”

John Ishiyama, professor of political science and director of the Ronald E. McNair Program, was awarded the 2007 Researcher of the Year Award by the Kirksville chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

Gregory Jones, professor of music, had his article “Trumpets in Paradise: The 4th Ionian Summer Music Academy” published in the March issue of the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild. The article details musical traditions and pedagogical concepts that were presented by the international panel of teachers and students at the annual music academy held on the island of Corfu in Greece. Jones was also one of the featured performers and teachers at the academy.

Liubov Kreminska, assistant professor of physics,
and co-authors recently had their article, “Smectic-A-Filled Birefringent Elements and Fast Switching Twisted Dual-Frequency Nematic Cells used for Digital Light Deflection,” published in the journal of Optical Engineering.

Huping Ling, professor of history, will have her new book, “Chinese in St. Louis, 1857-2007,” released by Arcadia Publishing in summer 2007 in its series of “Images of America.”

Daniel Mandell, associate professor of history,
has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for a period of one month during the 2007-2008 academic year.

Elaine McDuff, associate professor of sociology,
organized and served as convener and discussant for two sessions and one panel at the Midwest Sociological Society meeting April 4-7 in Chicago. The sessions were titled “Women and Religion” and “Women in Evangelical Christianity.” The panel, which included participants from the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, Jobs with Justice – Chicago and the Centro Romero, was titled “Building the Global Justice Movement in the U.S.: The World Social Forum and the U.S. Social Forum.”

Sara E. Orel, associate professor of art history,
has been accepted into the NEH Seminar “The Middle East Between Rome and Iran: Early Christianity on the Path to Islam” at Notre Dame University for the summer of 2007.

Marc Rice, associate professor of music,
had his book review of Steven F. Pond’s “Head Hunters” accepted for publication in the Journal of American Music for the Summer 2007 issue.

Two Truman Upward Bound students received scholarships at the annual tri-state (Mo., Kan. and Neb.) consortium meeting for TRIO programs April 4-6 in Kansas City, Mo. Andrew Jones, Schuyler County High School, received a $1,000 scholarship and Jennifer Sparkman, Moberly High School, received a $500 scholarship. Retiring Associate Director Jeanie Casady was also recognized for her many years of service (1980-2007) with the Truman Upward Bound Project.

The University Swingers took second place at the Hawkeye Swing Festival April 13-15 at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Truman alumnus Mark McKelvey was also at the competition, competing with the Iowa State University team as a graduate student.
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