Kirksville Chapter of Sigma Xi Donates Books to Adair County R-II School in Brashear


(Left to right, front row) Patricia Sexton, biochemist at KCOM and treasurer of Kirksville Sigma Xi; Kimmie Walitshek and Chance Hill, students from Louise Smith’s 5th grade science class; (left to right, back row) Neil Sargentini, microbiologist at KCOM, past president of Kirksville Sigma Xi; and Judi Misale, psychologist at Truman and president of Kirksville Sigma Xi.; gather for the Sigma Xi book donation.

Following its donation of a book series titled “Women’s Adventures in Science” to the Adair County Public Library this past summer and to the Kirksville Middle School library on Oct. 17, 2007, the Kirksville Chapter of Sigma Xi donated a third set to the Adair County R-II School in Brashear on Feb. 11. 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. The 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, 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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