Taner Edis, associate professor of physics, presented talks on “Islam and Science” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Madison Public Library Oct. 23-24. The  departments of Physics and History of Science co-sponsored the visit.

Michael Goggin, associate professor of physics, gave a presentation entitled “Quantum Computing Without Entanglement” at Frontiers in Optics 2008, the 92nd annual meeting of the Optical Society of America Oct. 19-23 in Rochester, N.Y. His presentation was based on work done at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, while he was on sabbatical earlier this year.

Masahiro Hara, associate professor of Japanese, presented the paper “Evidence for L2 syntactic gap processing from processing of Japanese scrambling” at the 31st Second Language Research Forum held at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Oct. 17.

Daniel Mandell, associate professor of history; Barbara Smith-Mandell, acquisitions editor for Truman State University Press; and Jerrold Hirsch, professor of history, presented “Without a Minyan: Adjusting to Jewish Life in a Small Midwestern Town” to the 21st Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium on Jewish Life and Culture, in Omaha, Neb.

Elaine McDuff, associate professor of sociology, has published an article, “Organizational Context and the Sexual Harassment of Clergy,” in the Fall 2008 issue of the journal “Sociology of Religion.”

Betty L. McLane-Iles, professor of French, was interviewed by KTVO on Oct. 25 in Fairfield, Iowa. McLane-Iles was signing copies of her book “Dieppe Crossing.” The historical novel is a fictional memoir set during the Spanish Civil War through the years of the French Resistance.

Jason Miller, associate professor of mathematics and director of the Mathematical Biology and STEP programs at Truman, has been appointed to a three-year term to the Mathematical Association of America’s Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics subcommittee on Research by Undergraduates.  The Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level.

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