Kirksville Chapter of Sigma Xi Donates Books on Women’s Adventures in Science to Adair County Public Library


(Pictured left to right) Judi Misale, psychologist at Truman and incoming president of Kirksville Sigma Xi, Diane Burger, Children’s Librarian at the Adair County Public Library; Amber Johnson, anthropologist at Truman and outgoing secretary of Kirksville Sigma Xi; and Trish Sexton, biochemist at KCOM and treasurer of Kirksville Sigma Xi; hold books Kirksville Sigma Xi members recently donated to the Adair County Public Library.

The Kirksville Chapter of Sigma Xi, a chapter of the international Sigma Xi Research Society, is donating three sets of a book series titled “Women’s Adventures in Science.” One set of these books has been donated to the Adair County Public Library. The other two sets will go to the library in Kirksville Middle School and to the library in the Adair County Schools in the fall. The money for the purchase of these books was donated by Sigma Xi members.

There are 10 books in the series, sponsored by the National Academies of Science, each of which focuses on the life and career of a particular woman scientist. Careers described in the books include:  planetary astronomy, forensic anthropology, sociology, wildlife biology, climate science, neuropsychology, biomechanics, robot design, planetary geology and physics. Books are most appropriate for middle school students.

Kirksville Sigma Xi includes faculty, staff and student members from the research communities at both Truman State University and the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T. Still University. In addition to sponsoring one public lecture each spring, Kirksville Sigma Xi members participate in various community outreach projects from giving talks or tours of their research labs to local school classes to providing judges for science-related competitions. Most recently, Sigma Xi members participated in judging the regional Design and Build Competition for Middle School and High School projects. In addition, Kirksville Sigma Xi makes an annual award of Teacher of the Year for outstanding math and science teachers in area schools. More information about Kirksville Sigma Xi, recent award winners, and contact information is available online at
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