Kirksville Chapter of Sigma Xi Donates Books to Kirksville Middle School


(Left to right) John Ma, plant biologist at Truman and secretary of Kirksville Sigma Xi; Trish Sexton, biochemist at KCOM and treasurer of Kirksville Sigma Xi; Robert Baer, physiologist at KCOM and president elect of Kirksville Sigma Xi; Deena Moffitt, librarian at Kirksville Middle School Library; Judi Misale, psychologist at Truman and president of Kirksville Sigma Xi; and Neil Sargentini, microbiologist at KCOM and past president of Kirksville Sigma Xi; present a set of books to the Kirksville Middle School.

ollowing its donation of a book series titled “Women’s Adventures in Science” to the Adair County Library this past summer, the Kirksville Chapter of Sigma Xi donated a second set to the Kirksville Middle School library on Oct. 17. The money for this purchase of these books was donated by Sigma Xi members.

There are 10 books in the series, sponsored by the National Academics 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.

Sigma Xi is the national Scientific Research Society, and 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, 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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