Miguel Fernandez, a mathematics and physics major, received the Mathematical Association of America’s Outstanding Presentation Award at the national MathFest meeting in Lexington, Ky., in August for his talk “Geometry of Surfaces with Density.” The talk resulted from work he did this summer at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.

Jason Miller, professor of mathematics, and former Truman professor Matthew Beaky
were awarded a five-year NSF S-STEM grant. The $600,000 grant will provide need-based scholarships for first- and second-year students in biology, chemistry, physics, agricultural science or interdisciplinary STEM majors. The scholarship project aims to provide early career experiences for the students that emphasize the interconnectedness and interdependence of all STEM majors.

Antonio Scuderi, professor of Italian, recently published a book and an article. The book, “Dario Fo: Framing, Festival, and the Folkloric Imagination” is published by Lexington Books. The article, “Okay Napulitan!: Social Change and Cultural Identity in the Songs of Renato Carosone,” is available in Italica 87.4:619-36, the journal of the American Association of Teachers of Italian.

Finance majors Wanding Shi and Linyu Zheng passed CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Level I with highest marks. The CFA Level I exam that requires general knowledge in finance is highly challenging and the first step to set the highest educational, ethical and professional standards in the investment industry.

Rachel Witts, a senior chemistry major, presented her research “Natural Bond Orbital Analysis to Rationalize Stability of the Transfer RNA Anticodon,” at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver, Colo. Co-authors included alumni Emily Hopson, Drew Koballa, Drew VanBoening, Nick Hopkins and faculty members Eric Patterson and Maria Nagan.

Professors of chemistry David Wohlers and Dana Delaware
traveled to Denver, Colo., for the 242 meeting of the American Chemical Society in August. Wohlers serves as councilor of the Mark Twain local section and represents the local section at each national meeting. As councilor, he also participates on several committees including the Committee on Community Activities and the Committee on Chemists with Disabilities. Wohlers coauthored a talk with April Hill, Cary Supalo and Tom Maallouk of the Pennsylvania State University and presented by Dr. April Hill, currently at the Metropolitan State College of Denver, entitled “Long-term effects of a one-week, laboratory-based, multisensory science experience for high-school students who are blind or low-vision.” It is available online at

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