Amber Johnson, associate professor of anthropology, and Amanda Langendoerfer, head of Special Collections in Pickler Memorial Library, have received a Historical Archives Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for $15,000 to fund the initial transfer of Lewis R. Binford’s primary material to Special Collections.

Plamena Koseva, a romance language major
, recently created and published “Reviews of Language-Learning Websites” on her blog, which contains an analysis of various features of the most common language-learning internet resources. Koseva’s research was supported by a Fall 2011 award from the Grants-in-Aid of Scholarship and Research of the Office of the Provost. Her blog is posted at

Donald Krause, assistant professor of communication, was recognized by Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority as February’s professor of the month. Alpha’s program “Professor Payday” acknowledges one of Truman’s outstanding professors every month.

Zhong (John) Ma, associate professor of biology, and Yu-yu Ren, a Truman biology graduate, had their paper, “Ethylene Interacts with Auxin in Regulating Developmental Attenuation of Gravitropism in Flax Root,” published in the Journal of Plant Growth Regulation. The research was supported in part by Truman’s grant from the National Science Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biology and Mathematics Program. The work also received help from Truman biology graduate Meghan Whitaker.

Bonnie Lynn Mitchell-Green, assistant professor of sociology, has coauthored a chapter, “Indigenous Religions,” with Lester R. Kurtz in Gods in the Global Village, 3rd edition: The World’s Religions in Sociological Perspective.

John James Quinn, professor of political science, had a chapter accepted for publication entitled “The Nexus of the Domestic and Regional within an International Context: The Rwandan Genocide and Mobutu’s Ouster.” It shows how violence diffused from Rwanda to Zaire, escalated, and led to Mobutu’s overthrow. It will appear in Amy Freedman, ed., Threatening the State: the Internationalization of Internal Conflicts.
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