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Whitney Baker, conservator for the libraries, was invited to participate in a workshop titled "The Future in Preservation for ARL Libraries" Sept. 27-29 during the Association of Research Libraries Conference in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Shawna Irwin, senior telecommunications engineer for Networking and Telecommunications Services, presented a paper titled "Understanding OSP Permitting Issues" on Sept. 20 during the BICSI fall conference in Las Vegas.

Erin Ellis, social sciences librarian, presented "Doing the MINI (Meaningful, Immediate, Needed Instruction): Thinking Outside the One-Shot Instruction Session" as part of a poster session during the College and University Libraries Section (Kansas Library Association) Conference on Oct. 6 in Salina.

Jill Glasser, library web services coordinator for Information Technology; Bill Myers, director of assessment for Information Services; Ryan Papesh, customer services manager for Networking and Telecommunication Services; and John Stratton, head of outreach services for the libraries, presented "Developing an Integrated Approach to Library and Information Technology Assessment" as part of a panel presentation during the Association of Research Libraries' Library Assessment Conference held Sept. 25 in Charlottesville, Va.

Dorice Williams Elliott, chair and associate professor of the English department, presented "Class Act: Servants and Mistresses in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell" at the Conference on the Life and Works of Elizabeth Gaskell, held Sept. 22 and 23 at the University of Salford in Manchester, England.

Joseph Harrington, associate professor of English, presented "Memories are Pieces of Stories You're Not: Tale, Text and Image in a Multi-media Life Story" for Collision 2006: Inter-arts Research and Practice held Sept. 20 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Iris Smith Fischer, associate professor of English, presented "Semiotics as a Foundation for Performance Studies" for the Semiotic Society of America, Sept. 29, Purdue University.

The book Making Do and Getting Through:KU Co-ops, Halls and Houses 1919-1966, by Fred McElhenie, associate director of student housing, has been selected to receive the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region IV-West Publication Research and Literature-Based Award. McElhenie will receive the award during the NASPA IV-West Conference on Nov. 2 in Breckenridge, Colo.

Lori Messinger, assistant professor of social welfare, received the Distinguished Contemporary Contribution to Baccalaureate Social Work Education Award from peer baccelaureate program directors. Messinger will be presented with the award at the group's annual conference this month.

Eric Vernberg, professor and director of the KU Child and Family Services Clinic, was a featured speaker and instructor at the "Community Response to Disaster and Terrorism: Putting Research into Practice" workshop Oct. 3, in Kansas City, Mo. The Mid-America Regional Council for Homeland Security sponsored the workshop.

Donald Deshler, professor of special education, was one of the first recipients of the Inspiration Award from LD Online, an informational Web-site for learning disabilities.

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