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Springfield’s Midtown Neighborhood Association earned second place in the Social Revitalization/Neighborliness Single Neighborhood category at the 35th annual Conference on Neighborhood Concerns in Little Rock, Ark. The conference had more than 480 attendees from the U.S., Canada and Japan.

Education
Lifeng Dong, assistant professor of physics, astronomy and materials science at Missouri State University, received the Cottrell College Science Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Dong will receive $35,000 to help pay for students’ travel expenses to the National Center for Electron Microscopy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif.

Debbie Bicket, director of the Master of Science in School Counseling program and assistant professor of guidance and counseling at Evangel University, was granted tenure by Evangel’s board of directors. Bicket has taught at Evangel since 2002.

Paul Durham, biology professor at Missouri State University and director of the Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences, received a one-year $60,000 grant from Merck & Co. Inc. toward the purchase of supplies for a migraine study and to pay two student workers to help with the research.

Engineering
Reid Catt
, a member of the Springfield transportation team for Olsson Associates passed his professional engineering exam and completed four years of work under a licensed professional engineer. Catt has been with Olsson Associates since 2008 and his project work includes military site planning at Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base, in North Carolina.

Health Care
Dr. Boyd Crockett
, a physician at CoxHealth’s Southwest Spine and Sports Medicine, was accepted into the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

Stan Schmidt of McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital and Hugh Corry of St. John’s Hospital-Lebanon were among the nine hospital board members statewide to receive a 2010 Excellence in Governance Award from the Missouri Hospital Association. Schmidt is board president of McCune-Brooks in Carthage, and Corry is board president of St. John’s in Lebanon.

Kimberly Short, materials manager at CoxHealth, was elected to the executive board of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management.

Hospitality
Bill Tirone
, assistant general manager of the Branson Convention Center, became certified in exhibition management by the International Association for Exhibition Management following completion of a nine-part, three-year program. Tirone has more than 30 years of experience in meeting planning and hospitality management.

Media
Geoff Pickle
joined SBJ Publishing Inc. as Web editor of Springfield Business Journal. Pickle, a Missouri State University graduate, is responsible for the content and management of sbj.net.

Nonprofit
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri
received a $3,500 grant from the Allen P. & Josephine B. Green Foundation to provide cultural competency training for CASA board, staff and volunteers.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks hired Mallory Nolen as special events coordinator and Sarah Leahy as recruitment coordinator.

Nolen was working as a Big Brothers Big Sisters intern and Leahy has volunteered there for six years.

Brenda Cirtin, Springfield city clerk, was elected vice president of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. Cirtin served on the organization’s board of directors 2005–08.[[In-content Ad]]

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