Taner Edis, assistant professor of physics, presented an invited talk as part of a symposium on “Teaching Evolution and the Challenge of Intelligent Design” at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists April 15. Also, Edis’ “The Return of the Design Argument,” a review of two books about evolution and design, was published in Philosophy Now, March/April 2005.

Betty McLane-Iles, professor of French, has been honored by the national office of French Honorary Society Pi Delta Phi, for 20 years of service as adviser and founder of the Truman chapter Iota Tau. McLane-Iles has also been notified that her essay, “Reflections on France” will be published in the forthcoming Well-Versed, the annual literary journal of the Columbia chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild. Her short story “Cities from the Sea” is a finalist in the international St. Petersbourg literary contest as well. She has been offered a stipend to enable participation in the annual SLR literary conference in St. Petersbourg, Russia.

Gregg Siewert, professor of French, received a medallion as recognition by the national organization of Pi Delta Phi for 10 years of service as adviser of the Truman chapter of Pi Delta Phi (Iota Tau). Officers and members recognized Siewert’s service at the semester induction ceremony of the local chapter April 10.

Four Truman communication majors presented their work for the public relations division at the annual Central States Communication Association conference in Kansas City, Mo., April 10. Kristina Sis, senior communication science major from Omaha, Neb., spoke of her work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Rebecca Martin, junior English and pre-education major from St. Peters, Mo., and Lindsay Pittenger, senior business administration and communication double major from Kansas City, Mo., presented their public relations/marketing campaign for Trevor Marlow, senior English and communication double major from Columbia, Mo., screened the promotional video that he and Emily Finnegan, junior communication major from St. Louis, created for the Franklin Street Singers. Marlow explained the video as a part of the duo’s overall campaign they designed. The students were part of an undergraduate panel that included presenters from Central Missouri State University, Illinois State University, Indiana State University and Indiana Wesleyan University.

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