Members of the National Education Association Student Program attended the Student NEA State Conference Feb. 27-28 at the Doubletree  Hotel at Westport in St. Louis, Mo. Members attended various workshops for future teachers, met members from other university chapters throughout Missouri and heard from keynote speakers Lily Eskelsen, NEA Secretary-Treasurer, and Margaret Williams, Missouri Teacher of the Year. In addition to workshops, Truman’s chapter took home five of the seven awards including Best Webpage, Outstanding Chapter Project and Best Newsletter. The chapter president, senior Amanda Balk, was awarded Diligent Chapter Leader, and the Truman chapter was awarded Outstanding Chapter for the second year in a row.

Jon Beck, professor of computer science, moderated a panel of software engineering educators March 5. The panel, in Chattanooga,
Tenn., at SIGCSE 2009, was the 40th annual technical symposium on computer science education. Accompanying Beck on the panel were Vicki Almstrum, professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Austin; Heidi Ellis, assistant professor of computer science at Trinity College in Connecticut; and Massood Towhidnejad, professor and chairman of computer and software engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Taner Edis, associate professor of physics, presented a lecture on “Science and Religion in Islam,” at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies March 16 at the University of Michigan.

An original musical work by Warren Gooch, professor of music, will be performed in San Francisco later this spring. The composition, entitled “The View from the Tower,” was selected via an international call for musical scores. This composition consists of seven comedic songs for voice, piano and tuba that take a humorous look at different aspects of the academic profession.  “The View from the Tower” will be performed May 22 and 23 by cast members of the San Francisco Cabaret Opera in their “Fresh Voices” concert series. The San Francisco Cabaret Opera Company is affiliated with Goat Hall Productions, an organization dedicated to bringing innovative and entertaining theatrical concert music to the San Francisco Bay area.

Robert Bates Graber, professor emeritus of anthropology, will have two entries entitled “Culture Change” and “Social Evolution,” published in the forthcoming SAGE Handbook, “21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook.”

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