Betty L. McLane-Iles, professor of French, participated in the recent annual conference of the French Colonial Historical Society in Québec City, Québec, from May 14-18. McLane-Iles presented a paper on “The Defense of Cultural Integration and Social Justice in Biographical Portrayals of Three Major Progressive Francophone Women Political Leaders” in the panel “Great Men and Women in French Colonial History.” The three political leaders featured were Louise Beaudoin, former Minister of Francophonia, Culture and Communication, and International Relations for PQ Québec; Christiane Taubira, of the French National Assembly representing French Guyana since 1993; and Elisabeth Guigou of the French National Assembly, former Minister of European Affairs, of Justice, and of Employment and Social Affairs.

Eric Patterson, associate professor of chemistry, has been granted a Cottrell College Science Award of $37,720 from Research Corporation. This award will fund two undergraduate research students per summer for two years, and the funded research will explore various ways that chemical warfare agents may be chemically degraded to yield harmless products.

Helen K. Pham, a pre-accounting and pre-business administration double major from St. Louis,
has been awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant for 2008. Pham will participate in a study abroad program in China. Study Abroad Grants are designed to recognize and assist undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty grants valued at $1,000 each are awarded annually.
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