The Truman chapter of the American Marketing Association won an award for Outstanding Community Service at the International Collegiate Conference. Four students, Haley Ray, Lisa Buckley, Hannah Siekerman and Olivia Crandall, attended the conference from March 26-29. This is the second year in a row that Truman’s AMA has won the Outstanding Community Service award.

Dana Delaware and David Wohlers, professors of chemistry, traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah March 20-25 to attend and participate in the 237th meeting of the American Chemical Society. Delaware attended paper presentations primarily directed to the teaching and learning of organic chemistry. As the Councilor of the Mark Twain Local Section of the ACS, Wohlers not only attended the Council meeting but also participated as a member of the committee on Community Activities, the committee with oversight of the National Chemistry Week and Chemists Celebrate Earth Day activities. Wohlers also volunteered service at the booth of the Office of Public Affairs in the Convention Center in the Exhibit area. As a co-author with Cary A. Supalo and Tom Mallouk from Pennsylvania State University Wohlers presented a poster entitled “Multisensory Learning Experiences for Students Who are Blind or Low Vision in the Chemistry and Science Laboratories.” Wohlers gave a report to the Committee on Chemists with Disabilities concerning his involvement in the Workshop, “Excellence Empowering a Diverse Academic Workforce: Chemists, Chemical Engineers, and Materials,” sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation in February.

Ronald A. Knight, professor emeritus of mathematics, had his paper “Some Topological Properties of Generalized Flows” accepted for publication in the “Journal Topology Proceedings.”

In April 2008, Huping Ling, professor of history,
was named the executive editor of the “Journal of Asian American Studies.” Under her editorship, the first issue of “Journal of Asian American Studies” (JAAS 12.2) will be out in the next few weeks. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press, the JAAS is one of the premier refereed journals in the field of Asian American studies and it is in the top 25 percent of 300 journals on the electronic database Project Muse. There are Asian American and Pacific Islander studies programs and departments in more than 50 public and private institutions nationwide, Ling has authored and edited 10 books on Asian American studies.

Rodney Taylor, professor of German, will have two academic articles reprinted dealing with the German playwright Georg Buchner. The essays entitled “The Convergence of Individual Will and Historical Necessity in Buchner’s Danton” and “Buchner’s Critique of Platonism in Dantons Tod” will appear in a forthcoming reference work on world playwrights entitled “Drama Criticism,” Vol. 35, DC-35. Taylor was also invited to contribute an essay to a special volume in new Buchner scholarship to be published by the prestigious “Amsterdamer Beitrage zur Neueren Germanistik.”

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