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Dr. Brian Davis, Assistant Professor of Biology, attended the “72nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology” in October 2012 in Raleigh, NC.

Dr. James Donelson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, attended the “Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence” conference in Springdale, Ark. in October 2012. He participated in a workshop on developing undergraduate biochemistry laboratory curriculum and served as a judge for poster presentations.

Dr. Jill Greer, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Dr. Conrad Gubera, Professor of Sociology, attended a presentation entitled “Making a Difference: An Evening with Jane Goodall” given by Jane Goodall at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., in October 2012. Fifteen Missouri Southern students accompanied them.

Dr. James Kilpatrick, Associate Professor of Spanish, attended the “19th Annual Missouri Interpreters Conference” in Osage Beach, Mo. This conference will help Dr. Kilpatrick to become nationally certified as a National Interpreter. He also recently attended a conference in Salt Lake City, Utah that concentrated on the “Interpreter’s Code of Ethics”, especially within courtroom and medical settings. This conference also focused on providing interpreters with valuable skills interpreting for Spanish-speakers who originate from over 20 countries. Both of these conferences will aid Dr. Kilpatrick in teaching three courses that MSSU offers as part of the Certificate in Medical Interpretation, a program that is based on a partnership with Mercy Hospital.


Dr. Brian Davis, Assistant Professor of Biology, was a nominee for the 2012 Taylor & Francis Award for Best Student Article from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. The article published in 2011 was entitled “A novel interpretation of the tribosphenidan mammal Slaughteria eruptens from the Early Cretaceous Trinity Group, and implications for dental formula in early mammals” and was published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.


Mr. Scott Keatts, Instructor of EMT, was awarded the C.T. Thompson Award for Outstanding Trauma Care at the St. Francis Trauma Symposium in Tulsa, Okla.

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