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Animal sciences and industry

Melvin C. Hunt received the distinguished research award from the American Meat Science Association at the Reciprocal Meat Conference, June 25, University of Florida, Gainesville.


Michal Zolkiewski has been elected chairman of the Graduate Biochemistry Group.

Gerald R. Reeck and colleagues published “A Protein from the Salivary Glands of the Pea Aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum, is Essential in Feeding on a Host Plant,” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, early edition, July 7-11.

Clinical sciences

Hans Coetzee will present “Anaplasmosis in Cattle,” “Assessment and Management of Pain in Cattle” and “Antimicrobial Resistance,” American Veterinary Medical Association Convention, July 19-22, New Orleans.


The following faculty presented at the annual conference of the Children’s Literature Association: Reimagining Normal, June 12-14, Normal, Ill.:

Philip Nel, “How to Publish Your Book; or, The Little Manuscript That Could” and “Postmodernism.”

Anne Phillips, “American Families of the Cold War Era: Resourcefulness and Resilience in Enright’s ‘Spiderweb for Two.’ ”

Karin E. Westman, “Power to the (Normal) People? Muggles, Commoners and Magical Power in Rowling’s Harry Potter and Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy.”

Naomi Wood, “De-Normalizing the Quest Fantasy: Philip Pullman, J.K. Rowling and China Miéville.”

Nel published “DeLillo and Modernism” in “The Cambridge Companion to Don DeLillo,” edited by John N. Duvall, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Multiple departments

Dolores J. Takemoto, biochemistry; and Duy Hua, chemistry; and colleagues published “Protection of Retinal Cells from Ischemia by a Novel Gap Junction Inhibitor,” Biochemical & Biophysical Research Communications, online.

Communication studies, theater and dance

David Ollington served on the faculty of the Missouri Fine Arts Academy June 6-29 at Missouri State University, Springfield. Ollington taught interdisciplinary class, ballet, contact improvisation, auditioning for musical theater, and dance composition. He also premiered an original work of choreography, “New Sun,” June 12. He moderated a panel discussion of academy visual artists. The academy commissioned its ’08 dance faculty to collaborate on an original performance, “Unrendered.” Ollington worked with choreographers Susan Rieger (940 Dance Company, Lawrence) and Rebecca Bryant (Purdue University), percussionists Ray Castrey (Missouri State) and Don Nichols (Purdue), and videographer Natalia Jaeger (Arizona State University).