Zhong (John) Ma, assistant professor of biology, Todd Hammond, professor of mathematics and computer science, along with their students Yu-yu Ren, a biology major and Bo Forrester, a math and computer science major, had their paper “A Computer-Assisted Mathematical Image Analysis Method for Quantifying Gravitropic Curvature in Plant Roots,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Mathematics. The research was supported by Truman’s grant from the National Science Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biology and Mathematics Program under Grant No. 0436348, “Research-focused Learning Communities in Mathematical Biology,” and Grant No. 0337769, “Mathematical Biology Initiative.” The work also received valuable support from science machinist T.W. Sorrell and Truman undergraduate biology majors Allison Schafers, Jenna Landwehr, James Franklin and Jeremy Oliver.

Barbara Price, associate professor of English/English education, participated in the Iowa Council of Teachers of English conference in Des Moines, Iowa Oct. 1-2. Price and MAE student Chelsie Neufeld, who currently is completing her teaching internship in the St. Louis area, gave a presentation, “Multiple Voices/Reading and Writing Multigenre Texts.” Truman MAE students Kelly Dillon, Amanda Happy and Deana Judah also attended the conference.

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