Stephen Allen, professor of business administration, and Daniel Tracy of the University of South Dakota have an article titled “An Unbiased Look at Automotive Quality,” published in the forthcoming May 2008 issue of the Regional Business Review.

Brent Buckner, professor of biology; Diane Janick-Buckner, professor of biology; and Kayleigh Swaggart, a senior biology major from Belton, Mo.; had their article titled “Expression and Nucleotide Diversity of the Maize RIK Gene” accepted for publication in the Journal of Heredity. Co-authors on this article include Truman State University alumni Cheryl Wong, Kelsey Aurand and Heath Smith. The manuscript describes research that was supported by the following NSF grants: “Functional Analyses of Genes Involved in Meristem Organization and Leaf Initiation” and “High-density Genetic Map of Maize Transcripts.”

Emily Dahmer, a senior art major from St. Louis,
has had work selected for two regional juried shows that will be on display in Columbia, Mo., in the month of March. Her “Plum Blossoms” teapot was selected for the Access Arts Teapot Exhibition sponsored by the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs. Her sculptural piece, a bust titled “Five Ginko Trees Which Survived the Atomic Blast at Hiroshima,” was selected for the Women in the Arts exhibit sponsored by the Craft Studio Gallery at the University of Missouri.

Two original musical compositions by Warren Gooch, professor of music, have been selected for performance at the 2008 Region VI Society of Composers Incorporated Conference, to take place on the campus of Sam Houston University. The compositions, titled “Light of Shadow” for solo timpani and “Prayer of David” for tuba, will be performed April 18. Both compositions were selected through a juried process involving a large pool of submissions from composers across the United States.

Daniel Mandell, associate professor of history, participated in a forum on “Engaging Indigenous Critiques: Reconsidering ‘Race,’ Gender and Politics in New England Native History,” at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, on Feb. 12.

At the Write to Learn conference Feb. 15 in Osage Beach, Mo., Barbara Price, associate professor of English,
gave a presentation focused on online resources for teaching and learning. Also attending the conference were Joel Anderson, an English graduate student; Bob Becker, a senior English major from St. Louis; Deana Judah, a senior psychology major from St. Joseph, Mo.; and Emily Murdock, a senior English major from Spring Hill, Kan. Recent Truman MAE graduates Kara Burns, Nick Kremer, Chris Marino, Mary Beth Nakai and Jackie Paulson also attended the conference. Marino was a workshop presenter, with a colleague from Oakville High School where he currently teaches, on the topic “Working and Reflecting Together.” The Missouri Association of Teachers of English presented the 2008 Robert J. Greef awards to outstanding pre-service teachers at the conference; Anderson was the Truman recipient.

The Missouri National Education Association Student Program (MNEA-SP)-Truman State University was awarded Outstanding Chapter at the Missouri NEA Student and Future Educators Association Conference Feb. 16 at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark. Amanda Balk, a junior psychology major from Jefferson City, Mo., served on the MNEA Student Advisory Committee which was responsible for coordinating the conference. Melody Jennings, instructor of health and exercise science, presented a workshop on “Rainy Day Activities” and Sally Carter, NASA Education Specialist (Northeast RPDC), presented “To Infinity and Beyond.” Student members in attendance were Balk; Beth Rudder, a senior English major from Centertown, Mo.; Renee Stites, a junior English major from O’Fallon, Ill.; Ava Cichock, a freshman English major from Lakewood, Ill.; Bethany Goldammer, a sophomore history major from Kansas City, Mo.; Emi Griess, a senior English and psychology double major from Nevada, Mo.; Stephanie Hiatt, a sophomore psychology major from St. Peters, Mo.; Rachel Hix, a senior English major from Kirksville; Katie Johnson, a junior English major from Overland Park, Kan.; Kristina Rieman, a senior English major from Fenton, Mo.; and Cassandra Runge, a graduate English student from O’Fallon, Mo. The adviser for Truman’s MNEA-SP chapter is Bev Perrachione, assistant professor of education.
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