The Truman chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was recognized in the Winter/Spring 2008 issue of Phi Kappa Phi forum for their successful book drive, in which they partnered with Truman’s chapter of the Communication Disorders Association. The drive assisted Janet Gooch, associate professor and department chair of communication disorders, with her Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant. A portion of the funds was to be used to create a lending library for the Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic’s clients and their families.

Matthew Beaky, associate professor of physics, had his spectral observations of Nova Cygni 2008, acquired at the Truman Observatory, published in the International Astronomical Union Circulars. A suspected nova can only be confirmed through a measurement of its spectrum; Beaky’s observations were the first reported spectrum of the nova, now officially known as V2468 Cygni.

Masahiro Hara, associate professor of Japanese, presented a paper titled “The Learning of Processing Routines Appropriate for Target Languages” at the American Association for Applied Linguistics 2008 Annual Conference March 31 in Washington, D.C.

Diane Janick-Buckner, professor of biology; Chris Dove, a junior biology major from Chesterfield, Mo.; Eneda Hoxha, a senior biology and psychology double major from Albania; Joshua Kangas, a senior computer science major from Kirksville; Christa Manton, a junior biology major from Linn Creek, Mo.; and Rebecca O’Connell, a junior biology major from Kansas City, Mo.; recently presented posters and attended the 2008 Midwest Section of the American Society of Plant Biologists. Kangas received one of two awards given to the best undergraduate presentations.
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