Samira Sayeh

Samira Sayeh, assistant professor of French and Italian, specializes in Francophone literature and culture and the history of countries other than France that speak the language. Read More


Amy Devitt, professor of English, presented “Clashing over Connections in Existing Rhetorical Situations: Respecting Existing Cultures” at the Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference, held Oct. 25 at Montana State University.

Steve Hawley, professor and associate chair of physics and astronomy, was keynote speaker at the Oct. 10 dedication of a scale model of the solar system in downtown Kansas City, Mo. The exhibit, Voyage, was a gift of the Kauffman Foundation as part of its scientific education outreach mission.

John Ralston, professor of physics and astronomy, hosted a seminar titled “How Many QCDs Are There?” on Aug. 29 at Wayne State University in Detroit. On Sept. 17, he gave a physics colloquium at Rockhurst College titled “The History of Light You Never Knew.” He also gave the summary theory talk titled “The Colorful Future of Spin” on Oct. 11 at the 18th International Symposium on Spin Physics in Charlottesville, Va.

Val Smith, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was an invited speaker and a member of the organizing committee for the 2008 International Prize in Biology Symposium. The prize is awarded each year to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of basic research in a filed of biology. This year’s international prize honored David Tilman, a distinguished ecologist and world leader in the areas of interspecific competition, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Smith traveled to Sendai, Japan, to participate in the symposium honoring Tillman and made one of the keynote addresses during the symposium.

Rathnam Chaguturu, director of the High Throughput Screening Laboratory, organized “Drug Discovery Through Bioprospection in Panama,” a workshop on high throughput screening strategies in drug discovery in Panama City, Panama. The workshop was aimed at Latin American scientists interested in drug discovery from natural sources and was attended by scientists from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Panama and the United States.

David Perlmutter, professor of journalism, gave a presentation Dec. 3 on “Blogging Down to Business: When/Where Mass Communication Gets Personal” for the Edwards Campus’ “Professional Edge” series.

William Woods, professor of geography, presented a series of papers in Nicaragua and Italy. At the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers in Nicaragua, he co-presented “Continuity and Change in Pre-Columbian Amazonia: Implications of a Case Study,” “Costa Rica’s Anthropogenic Tierras Negras?” and “Northern Mists Visited.” Last month in Italy, he presented “Amazonian Dark Earths and Their European Counterparts” at Perugia University and “South American Agricultural Systems 1100, 1500 AD” at the Swedish Institut.

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