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2005-2006 Awards & Accomplishments

College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Highlights and Accomplishments 2005-06

Dr. Nicholas Baeth (Mathematics) was accepted as a Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) fellow sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America.

Drs. Steve Boone (Chemistry) and Curtis Cooper (Computer Science) discovered the 43rd Mersenne prime number, the world’s largest known prime number containing 9.1 million digits.

Dr. Steve Boone (Chemistry) served on an American Chemical Society (ACS) Exams Institute Committee that wrote a first-term general chemistry exam widely used across the country.

Dr. Stefan Cairns (Biology) served as the co-editor in chief for Common Ground, an international refereed electronic journal.

Dr. Bryan Carter (English) was the keynote speaker at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center Black Heritage Ball (Columbia, MO).

Dr. Renee Cole (Chemistry) was a Senior Facilitator for the POGIL project (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) and presented workshops across the country on the topic.

Dr. Renee Cole (Chemistry) was a member of the ACS Division of Chemical Education Taskforce on recruitment and promotion of chemical education faculty and served as co-chair for the meeting of the Division of Chemical Education for the 231st ACS National Meeting (Atlanta, GA).

Dr. Curtis Cooper (Computer Science) is the editor of Fibonacci Quarterly and the problem editor for the Missouri Journal of Mathematical Science.

Sheryl Craig (English) was the invited after-dinner speaker at the annual general meeting of the Jan Austen Society of North American (Milwaukee, WI).

Dr. Kathleen Desmond (Art) was the invited speaker on photography (Columbia, MO).

Dr. Brent Foster (Communication) was a Missouri Broadcast Educators Association (MBEA) scholarship recipient and awarded the top research paper in 2005 by the MBEA.

Dr. Delia Gillis (History) served on the ‘History Panel” for the 125-year retrospective by the Kansas City Star.

Dr. Della Goavec (Modern Languages-French) presented a workshop to senior Gaston Berger University students on African Francophone women writers in search of their identity (Senegal, West Africa).

Dr. Terry Goodman (Mathematics) is the co-principle of a $2.4 million, three-year project funded by the MODESE and the National Science Foundation (NSF), Missouri Elementary Mathematics Leadership Academy, for 100 elementary teachers.

Dr. Terry Goodman (Mathematics) is the managing editor of the Missouri Journal of Mathematical Science and Dr. Shing So (Mathematics) is the coordinating editor.

Dr. Richard Herman (Theatre) received the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri Wayne Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching, the UCM Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Jason Holland (Chemistry) developed a new procedure for biochemistry laboratories to investigate the influence that base sequence has on the stability short RNA stem-loop structures.

Joyce Jablonski (Art-MFA) conducted workshops at Morehead State University (KY) and Miami University (OH), gave lectures at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, and her work was featured in Ceramics and Perception, and Ceramics Monthly.

Dr. Victoria Jackson (Biology) received a grant from the Missouri Conservation Commission, Predictive Models and the MO Natural Heritage Database, served as the President of the Missouri State chapter of Wildlife Society, and was elected president-elect of Central Plains Society of Mammalogists.

Dr. Christopher Jargocki (Physics) received a grant from the Metanexus Institute to support the Center for Cooperative Phenomena.

Dr. Yvonne Johnson (History) received the University’s Byler Award, received a Fulbright Scholar Award to Belarus, and a grant from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi to sponsor the Cultural Literacy Symposia.

Dr. Sean Kim (History) served as the co-curator for the exhibit Reconfiguring Korea:  Photographs by Roger Marshutz, 1952-54 at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (Harvard University) and delivered the opening gallery talk for the exhibit.

Dr. Stephen Kingsbury (Music) was faculty clinician and guest conductor at the 2006 San Francisco Choral Festival and also conducted the UCM Concert Choir as a showcase choir at this international festival.

Dr. Ann Legreid (Geography) was accepted to attend the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration held at Bryn Mawr College (Pennsylvania).

Dr. Joseph Lewandowski (Philosophy) received a Fulbright Scholar Award at the Institute of Political Science, Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic).

Dr. James Loch (Earth Science) received the first UCM Kyle R. Carter Graduate Faculty Research Award.

John Louder (Art-MFA) exhibited his work at the Tinnen Fine Arts Center (Popular Bluff, MO), Highland Community College (Highland, KS), Coe Visitors’ Center (Everglades National Park, FL), Truman State University (Kirksville, MO), Barton Community College (Great Bend, KS-awarded Best of Show 2-D color catalog), and was recognized as the Artist in Residence at the Everglades National Park (FL).

Dr. Mick Luehrman (Art) exhibited his work at the Del Mar 40th Annual National Works on Paper and Small Sculptures (Corpus Christi, TX), Fiber Focus 2005 in St. Louis, Innovations in Textiles 6 and Fiber Directions 2005 at the Wichita Center for the Arts (KS), and the Topeka Competition 27 at the Alice C. Sabitini Gallery (Topeka, KS).

Dr. Sheri Mattson (Music) was elected treasurer for the Midwest Double Reed Society.

Dr. Scott McKay (Chemistry) was selected as one of the 2004-05 Who’s Who among America’s Teachers.

Dr. Scott McKay (Chemistry) is co-editor of the Missouri Journal of Undergraduate Chemical Research.

Dr. Gary Moege (Music) appeared with the Midwest Winds (Wichita and Stillwell, KS).

Dr. John Nold (Earth Science) was elected as the president of the Association of Missouri Geologists (AMG).

Dr. Anna Oller (Biology) is certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Registry for Medical Technologists to practice in clinics and hospitals.

Clint Orr (Art-MFA) designed internet distributable informational brochures for the Foreign Trade Zone Corporation, the newsletter for Lutherans in Medical Missions, the outdoor awareness card for the Boy Scouts Pack 404, and the ASSE 10th Annual Golf Tournament.

Jeffery Peltz (Theatre-MFA) received the Outstanding Faculty Team Award for the Stage Crew Showdown from the American College Theatre Festival (Fargo,ND).

Susan Prillaman (Art) was the honored guest speaker at the annual Surface Fabrication and Design Expo (Las Vegas, NV) and an invited juror for the 2006 Cygnus Achievement in Design Contest Surfaces, Designs, Innovations, and Creations (Las Vegas, NV).

Kevin Prufer (English-MFA) earned the “Editors’ Favorite Books of the Past 25 Years” award by the Bloomsbury Review for Fallen from a Chariot; was named one of 15 “Midwestern Writers to Watch” by the Kansas City Star in 2005; awarded the Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Memorial Award for collections of poems that use language in an original way and take a stand against oppression; and the journal he co-edits, Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, published work that was chosen for a Pushcart Prize in 2006.

Dr. Kuldip Rampal (Communication) was awarded a research grant, First Democracy in Chinese History:  Media’s Role in the Democratization of Taiwan” (Taiwan).

Dr. Jay Ravelli (Biology) serves on the Board of Directors and is taxon editor for the Flora of North America Editorial Committee.

Dr. Dorothy Robbins (Modern Languages-German) was the guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Russian and Eastern European Psychology and guest editor of three special issues of the aJournal of Russian and East of the European Psychology.

Ray Robison’s (Theatre-MFA) costumes for The Belle’s Stratagem were selected for the Region V Costume Parade.

Dr. Jack Rogers (Communication) received nine mini-grants from the International Debate Education Association, the SOROS Foundation, and the U.S. Department of State to host public debates focused on the United States’ and United Nations’ cooperation in the areas of conflict, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, poverty, hunger, and the environment.

Dr. Somnath Sarkar (Chemistry) was notified by the Missouri Department of Higher Education that the second year of his $376,596 grant, Scaffolding Authentic Learning by Inquiry:  A Field-Based Project for Middle School, was funded.  Also, Dr. Sarkar was selected for Who’s Who in America.

Dr. Wayne Stalick (Chemistry) was selected as an international reviewer for government grants being awarded by the Republic of Slovenia and was granted Patent No. US 6,872,830 B1.

Dr. Sue Sunberg (Mathematics) received the University’s Byler Award.

Dr. James Taylor (Physics) refereed “a new class of exact solutions to the Dirac equation” for Physics Letters A (United Kingdom).

Dr. Jon Taylor (History) received a Humanities Consultation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Landmarks that Shaped the life of Harry S. Truman, in partnership with the Truman Library and the National Historic District (Independence, MO).

Doug Underwood (Communication) completed production shooting on the historical documentary, Federicktown, A Historical Perspective of My Hometown.

Dr. Alan Wenger (Music) was principal solo cornet and concertmaster for the Fountain City Brass Band (Kansas City) which won third place at the U.S. Open Brass Band Competition (Louisville, KY);  placed second in High Brass Technical Solo Division, North American Brass Band Championships (trumpet) (Louisville, KY) and is acting principal trumpet of the Kansas City Symphony (Kansas City, MO).

John Wilson (Theatre-MFA) was selected by Region V Executive Committee as their nomination for the Kennedy Center Summer Fellowship in Action and received a Meritorious Achievement award for Fight Choreography for the UCM production of Macbeth.

Dr. Steve Wilson (Biology) was chosen as the faculty director of the Maastricht Center for the Transatlantic Studies Program.

Dr. Kenneth Wood (Music) was a tenor finalist at the Classical Singer Magazine 2006 audition competition and declared a Certified Classical Singer for 2006-07 and was selected for Who’s Who in America.

Neva Wood (Art-MFA) exhibited her work at the Kansas City Union Station Exhibit (Kansas City, MO).

Dr. Jeff Yelton (Anthropology) was the principal investigator, in collaboration with the Friends of Arrow Rock, for a $155,000 Landmarks of America grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Matt Zupnick (Art-MFA) was the solo exhibitor at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art (St. Joseph, MO), Gardiner Art Gallery (Oklahoma State University), the Hope Horn Gallery (University of Scranton, PA), Olive DeLuce Gallery (NWSU, Maryville, MO),  Memorial Park (Jefferson City, MO), Binghamton University Art Museum (Binghamton, NY), Limner Gallery (Phoenicia, NY), and Sam Strauss Sr. Gallery (Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR).

Books Published by CAS Faculty

Kevin Prufer (English-MFA) – Fallen from a Chariot.

Dr. Christopher Jargocki (Physics) – German language edition of Mad about Physics; English language edition of Mad about Physics, 6th printing.

Dr. Marla Selvidge (Religious Studies) – Women Nobel Peace Prize Winners.

Dr. James Staab (Political Science) – The Political Thought of Justice Antonin Scalia:  A Hamiltonian on the Supreme Court.

Dr. Eric Miles Williamson (English)) – Two Up.

Other Scholarly Work by CAS Faculty

Faculty published 28 chapters in books and 84 articles in professional journals.

Faculty made 125 presentations of their scholarly work at professional meetings.

Faculty published 67 creative works such as poems, short stories, etc.

Faculty published 11 creative works such as poems, short stories, etc.