Kevin Becker, a graduate music composition student, has been awarded First Place in the West Central Division of the Music Teachers National Association Student Composition Competition: Young Artists Division, for his composition “Elegy for Strings.” This past fall, Becker’s composition received First Place in Missouri state MTNA competition. “Elegy for Strings” will now advance to the national level of the competition. The West Central Division encompasses the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska.

Tom Capuano, professor of foreign language, had his article “Una nueva versión catalana del Opus agriculturae de Palladius” recently published in the latest edition of Romance Philology (UC Berkeley). His article describes a newly discovered medieval translation of Palladius’s book on Roman agriculture.
Taner Edis, associate professor of physics, had a paperback edition of his “Science and Nonbelief” published. Edis had his article, “Islamic Creationism: A Short History,” published in the January 2008 issue of the History of Science Society Newsletter.

An original musical composition by Warren Gooch, professor of music, has been selected for performance at the 2008 combined Great Plains/Great Lakes College Music Society Conference, to take place March 28-29 on the campus of Illinois State University. The composition, titled “The Harvest Moon,” will be performed by the Illinois State University Concert Choir under the direction of Karyl Carlson. “The Harvest Moon” was one of several works selected for performance from a pool of approximately 100 submissions.

Steve Smith, professor of mathematics, was a main invited speaker at the University of Iowa’s Heartland Partnership Workshop on Organizing and Coaching Undergraduate Math Modeling Teams. The workshop took place Dec. 8.

George Sumter, a junior computer science major from Warrensburg, Mo., and Adam Vogt, a junior physics major from Festus, Mo., presented the results of research conducted at the Truman Observatory at the Winter 2008 American Astronomical Society Meeting in Austin, Texas. Their research was carried out under the mentorship of Matthew Beaky, associate professor of physics, as part of the summer 2007 Next STEP Program. Sumter’s poster earned an Honorable Mention in the AAS Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards competition.

Thomas Trimborn, professor of music, had his article “Robert Russell Bennett” published in the December issue of The Instrumentalist Magazine. It highlights the career of the man most responsible for creating the Broadway sound during the golden age of musical theater from the 1920s through the 1960s. Trimborn also has an exhibit titled “Encounters With Lincoln” that continues through June 13 at The Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Ind. It features original artwork that appears in his book with the same title published by the Truman State University Press.
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