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Joanne Hickey, coordinator in Student Success and Star Staff and programmer/analyst for Information Services, presented "Upgrading to Campus Solutions 8.9: Finding our way through security" in March at the 2006 Alliance Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Michael Detamore, assistant professor of petroleum and chemical engineering, organized and chaired the first Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Conference May 25-27 in Broomfield, Colo. He also made a presentation at the conference, as did Ken Fischer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

Lena Hileman, assistant professor in biological sciences, learned her NSF proposal "The Role of Symmetry Genes in Establishing Petal and Stamen Phenotypic Diversity Amount and Duration" was funded by the Developmental Systems Cluster for $487,323 over three years.

A proposal by Bryan Foster, associate professor in biological sciences, was funded by the Ecological Biology Program for $480,000 for five years. The proposal is titled: "Grassland community coalescence and diversity in response to nitrogen eutrophication."

A proposal by Hume Feldman, associate professor of physics and astronomy, has received a $50,000 grant from the Research Opportunity Award from Research Corporation. The proposal was titled "The interplay of species pools, niche-determinism and neutral processes." The grant will be used for the project "Probing particle physics and cosmology with cosmic velocity fields."

Joann Keyton, professor, Michael Dennis, assistant professor, and Adrienne Kunkel, associate professor, all in communication studies, presented "Double duty in breast cancer support groups: Enacting social support and managing group process" at the first-ever conference of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research in July in Pittsburgh.

Mechele Leon, assistant professor in theater, presented her paper "Qu'est qu'un dramaturge? Moliere and the playwright function" at the Maison francaise in Oxford, England, on June 23. Her performance review of "Viol d'apres Titus Andronicus de William Shakespeare" appeared in Theatre Journal 58:2 (May 2006).

Travis Berkley, associate director of Network and Telecommunications Services, participated in a panel discussion titled "At the Edges of Disaster" on July 25 at the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education Annual conference in San Diego. Session members whose campuses have experienced hurricanes, bombings, strikes and other disasters offered frank advice about preparation, response and rebuilding.

Brian Rosenblum, scholarly digital initiatives librarian, presented "Institutional Repositories and KU ScholarWorks" as a guest speaker June 20 at the State Technical Library in Prague. He also presented "Recent Trends in Scholarly Publishing" as part of the Librarianship panel at the World Congress of the Czechslovak Society of Arts and Sciences conference, held June 29 at the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.

Barbara Barnett, assistant professor in journalism, had an article, "A Picture of Health: A pilot study on how women's magazines frame medical news and feminity," accepted for publication in the journal Women & Language. Barnett also presented a paper, "The Wounded Community: Mother-blaming in Journal Accounts of Maternal Infanticide," at the International Communication Association's annual conference June 19-23 in Dresden, Germany.

Ann Brill, dean of the School of Journalism, was a panelist on "Keeping Up with Changing Professions" in a breakout session at the Aug. 15 Teaching Summit. The other panelists were Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education, and Helen Conors, associate dean/academic affairs, School of Nursing.

Ann Tilson, Applied English Center lecturer, is the first winner of the annual Betty Soppelsea Excellence in Teaching Award.

Tilson received the $1,000 award June 27 at an Applied English Center staff meeting. Chancellor Robert Hemenway established the award in 2004 to honor Soppelsea, the first Applied English Center director.

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