Normal, MO, United States
Normal, MO, United States

Truman State University is a public liberal arts and science university located in Missouri, United States. It is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Truman has 6,149 enrolled students in the Fall 2013, with 60% women, and 4% postgraduates, pursuing degrees in 48 undergraduate, and nine Graduate programs. Located in Kirksville, in the northeastern portion of Missouri, the University is named after President Harry Truman, the only president born in Missouri. Until 1996, the school was known as Northeast Missouri State University, but the Board of Trustees voted to change the school's name to better reflect its statewide mission. In the 2014 U.S. News & World Report College Rankings, Truman placed tenth in the Midwest among regional universities. Truman State is the only public institution in Missouri that is officially designated to pursue highly selective admissions standards. Wikipedia.

Time filter

Source Type

News Article | September 21, 2016

Although the United States and Europe are slowly rebounding from the recent recession, it is a precarious time to be a scientist. Government funding is flat or flagging in many nations, and that, along with other concerns, has many scientists worried about their futures. Nature's biennial salary and job-satisfaction survey, which this year drew responses from 5,757 readers around the world, found plenty of success stories, and nearly two-thirds of the 3,328 who responded to the question say that they are happy with their current jobs. But the survey also uncovered widespread unhappiness about earnings, career options and future prospects. And although the dissatisfaction spanned the globe, it seemed to reach particular heights in Europe, a continent that is struggling to find a place for research in the budget. The respondents — a self-selected group who in many cases used the survey as an opportunity to vent frustrations — have strong feelings about the financial state of science. Just under half say that the main challenge they face is competition for funding. And one-third of respondents say that they are dissatisfied with their pay. Many seemingly have reason for disappointment. Almost 30% of the 3,292 full-time researchers who replied report an income of less than US$30,000 a year. This group includes not only postdoctoral researchers and staff scientists, but also assistant professors and even full professors. Just 13% report an annual income in excess of $110,000, and only 6% make more than $150,000, a salary that would seem relatively pedestrian in many professional fields. Geography matters. Overall, almost one-quarter of the 1,300 respondents in Europe report earning less than $30,000, compared with just 6% of the 948 in North America. And European salaries don't seem to be growing: less than 40% of European respondents report a pay rise in the past 12 months, the lowest proportion of any continent. In comparison, nearly two-thirds of researchers in Asia and North America have enjoyed pay rises. Europeans do not seem to have a very rosy view of the road ahead (see page 471). Slightly less than half feel fairly or very positive about their job prospects, compared with 58% of North Americans and 65% of Asians. Optimism is quite high in Africa, however, where 72% say that their prospects are good. European pessimism is a common theme in respondents' comments. “There is no future in a research career in Italy,” writes Luciana D'Apice, a molecular biologist at the Institute of Protein Biochemistry in Naples. D'Apice, whose earnings sit at the lower end of the spectrum, says that Italy is falling behind other nations in Europe in terms of scientific support. “Even though research is always a topic in politicians' speeches, it means nothing to them,” she says. She spent a year at the relatively well-funded Pasteur Institute in Paris, and is discouraged by the comparatively tiny budgets and meagre equipment at Italian labs. “I'm convinced that we Italians could contribute to science given the right conditions,” she says. One of her duties is to guide and advise master's and PhD students, and she says that they are voting with their feet. “I've seen many motivated and brilliant young people leave research to look for something less impossible to achieve.” She is considering moving to teaching or writing herself, even though she loves her work. D'Apice isn't the only one complaining about the level of support for research in Italy. In a letter to Nature published in February, Giorgio Parisi, a theoretical physicist at the University of Rome, wrote that Italy “seriously neglects its research base” ( Nature 530, 33; 2016). In the letter, he notes that the government plans to spend about €92 million (US$100 million) on research in 2016, about one-tenth of what France spends. Frustrations run high in other parts of the continent, too. “The situation is ridiculous in Europe right now,” writes Alexander Merle, a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, Germany. He says that he might have to leave science in the next year or two if he can't find a job with more security. The search is discouraging — he feels that the plum jobs don't always go to candidates with the best qualifications and experience. “You could tick all of the right boxes and still not get a permanent position,” he says. “Performance does not translate to success.” Merle has noticed that European fellowships are getting harder to win. He won a coveted Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions fellowship in 2012, but a recent application for another fellowship fell short. With many fighting for too few positions, he says it's easy for quality ideas and people to miss out. “There are four or five people on a committee, and if just one person has a negative comment, it kills your chances no matter how good your proposal.” Merle would not encourage students to pursue a research career. “Scientists are quite depressed at the situation here in Europe.” The common perception that European fellowships are drying up is not entirely supported by the numbers, says Lucia Caudet, spokesperson for the European Commission. She notes that the commission plans to offer Curie fellowships to 65,000 researchers between 2014 and 2020, up from 50,000 in the previous 7 years. Still, Europeans feel that their job prospects pale by comparison with those of past generations. More than 80% of researchers in the United Kingdom, France and Italy say that prospects have worsened (see 'Protocols and prospects'), and about 70% in the United States and Japan share that view. But in China and India, optimism abounds: about seven of every ten respondents in each of those countries say that their prospects are better than those of scientists in the past. Yet second thoughts about science seem to be commonplace across the world. About two in every ten respondents would not recommend research as a career path. That includes Birgit Rommel, a geneticist at the University of Bremen in Germany. She says she feels lucky to have a permanent job in academia, but wouldn't encourage others to follow in her footsteps. Jobs are too scarce, she says, and the system isn't geared to encourage success. “Germany has a stupid rule that you can work for only 12 years in academia without a permanent job, which kicks a lot of people out of the system,” she says. “Many people who wanted to do research end up as salespeople at some company.” That 12-year window is mandated by a German law that says researchers can't be on temporary contracts for more than six years before earning a PhD or more than six years afterwards. Acknowledging that many researchers fail to find permanent work within that time, the German Bundestag passed a law in January 2016 requiring universities to provide more training for and support for early-career scientists, especially in the first two years after earning a PhD. On the survey, Rommel pegs her salary in the $50,000–79,000 range. After more than 20 years in science, she says that she feels undervalued. “It took me about ten years of fighting and change of a boss to climb one step up the salary ladder,” she says. “No matter how much the salary is, this is not very satisfactory, even less so in the light of all that political debate about supporting women.” On the other side of the globe, physicist Sergei Slussarenko has come to the same conclusion. He, too, would not recommend a science career to people who ask. He is a postdoc working on quantum optics at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and is satisfied with his salary, especially compared with any wage he could hope to get in his home country of Ukraine. “Science is better supported in Australia than in Europe,” he says. “It's a small country with a lot of money. I'm pretty happy with myself.” However, he adds, people who work in professional occupations outside science are virtually certain to earn more than he does. The problem, Slussarenko says, is the lack of job security. He hopes to stay at Griffith, but that can happen only if a grant gets approved. “My future depends on someone else,” he says. Over the years, he has seen many people leave science for something more stable and predictable. “They get a job offer for something completely different,” he says. “They think about it for two or three minutes and say 'bye-bye' to science.” Despite widespread misgivings, 61% of all respondents say they would recommend a research career. But the commitment comes with a cost, they say. More than half have sacrificed a good salary for the sake of science, some 42% have sacrificed work–life balance, and close to one-third say that their relationships have suffered. The flip side is that more than 80% say that their work is interesting, and 62% feel sense of accomplishment. Barbara Kramer, a chemist at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, has experienced the give-and-take of science. She would recommend science as a career, and often gives that advice to students in real life. “I love what I do,” she says. “I try not to think about the sacrifices I've made.” But some of the trade-offs are obvious. “We're in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, and we aren't compensated particularly well. We've had fights to increase salaries.” As the mother of twin four-year-old boys, she sympathizes with the respondents who say that doing science throws off their work–life balance. “I have no time for family stuff,” she says. “I feel guilty about the time that I spend at work.” Scientists of both sexes make sacrifices, but responses to the survey suggest that women are getting less in return. More than twice as many men as women reported earning more than $110,000 a year (15% of men versus 7% of women). Men are over-represented in the most senior, highest-paid positions in science, so it's not surprising that most of the top earners are men. But the trend continues even at the top of the career ladder. Among full professors and principal investigators, 28% of men but only 16% of women reported earning more than $110,000. The results seem to underscore the ongoing gender gap in science, but they must be interpreted with caution, says Wendy Williams, a human-development researcher at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She says that self-reported surveys may not accurately capture gender differences in salary. “Men may overstate their earnings,” she says. “And women who feel overworked may under-report their earnings because they feel under-appreciated.” With those caveats in mind, Nature's survey is hardly the first to suggest a gender gap in science salaries. In the 2013 Survey of Doctorate Recipients by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), men with full-time jobs in the biological sciences reported a median salary of $100,000, whereas women reported $84,000. In the physical sciences, men reported a median salary of $110,000 and women reported $90,000. That survey is also self-reported, although it is sent out to a representative population rather than being self-selected. The reasons behind the apparent disparities are unclear. In a 2014 paper, Williams and her colleagues noted that salaries in the sciences are generally negotiable, and women may simply ask for less than men ( et al. Psychol. Sci. Public Interest 15, 75–141; 2014). Williams also points to a large body of data suggesting that women give up some income in exchange for working hours that leave some time for family. She speculates that a survey of male scientists who happened to be primary caregivers would show that they, too, pay a price. Amid all the financial hardship and sacrifice, science also has its share of success stories. Donald Phinney, a stem-cell biologist at the Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida, reported an income at the high end of the scale. He would recommend science as a career because the “rewards outweigh the sacrifices”. Still, he says, he has his own tales of woe and struggle. Relatively speaking, he says, he made less in his trainee days than graduate students and postdocs generally make today. And as a principal investigator, he knows what it's like to fight for funding. “I had a time when things were looking bleak,” he says. “We put our heads down and started writing grants. There aren't a lot of dead ends in science. You can always take a new direction.” Like many respondents, Phinney thinks that scientists in general and junior researchers in particular are grossly underpaid, especially given their level of dedication. But he points out that the chance to practise science is one of the most intellectually rewarding around. “Young scientists have to be very careful not to let optimism wither on the vine because they are frustrated with funding,” he says. “You're still doing science, It's discovery, and there's so much to learn.”

Hudman S.P.,Truman State University | Gido K.B.,Kansas State University
Freshwater Biology | Year: 2013

1.Habitat fragmentation has been implicated as a primary cause for the ongoing erosion of global biodiversity, yet our understanding of the consequences in lotic systems is limited for many species and regions. Because of harsh environmental conditions that select for high colonisation rates, prairie stream fishes may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of fragmentation. Hence, there is urgent need for broader understanding of fragmentation in prairie streams such that meaningful conservation strategies can be developed. Further, examination at large spatial scales, including multiple impoundments and un-impounded catchments, will help identify the spatial extent of species movement through the landscape. 2.Our study used data from 10 microsatellite loci to describe the genetic structure of creek chub (Semotilus atromaculatus) populations across four catchments (three impounded and one un-impounded) in the Kansas River basin. We investigated whether genetic diversity was eroded in response to habitat fragmentation imposed by reservoirs and whether intervening lentic habitat increased resistance to dispersal among sites within a catchment. 3.Our analyses revealed that genetic diversity estimates were consistent with large populations regardless of the location of the sampled tributaries, and there was little evidence of recent population reductions. Nevertheless, we found a high degree of spatial genetic structure, suggesting that catchments comprise a set of isolated genetic units and that sample sites within catchments are subdivided into groups largely defined by intervening habitat type. Our data therefore suggest that lentic habitat is a barrier to dispersal among tributaries, thus reducing the opportunity for genetic rescue of populations in tributaries draining into reservoirs. Isolation by a reservoir, however, may not be immediately deleterious if the isolated tributary basin supports a large population. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Maxwell K.,Truman State University | Chitambar E.,Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics | Year: 2014

In this paper, we consider the possible correlations between two parties using local machines and shared randomness with an additional amount of classical communication. This is a continuation of the work initiated by Bacon and Toner [Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 157904 (2003)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett. 90.157904] who characterized the correlation polytope for 2×2 measurement settings with binary outcomes plus one bit of communication. Here, we derive a complete set of Bell inequalities for 3×2 measurement settings and a shared bit of communication. When the communication direction is fixed, nine Bell inequalities characterize the correlation polytope, whereas when the communication direction is bidirectional, 143 inequalities describe the correlations. We then prove a tight lower bound on the amount of communication needed to simulate all no-signaling correlations for a given number of measurement settings. © 2014 American Physical Society.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 55.60K | Year: 2010

This project is to continue research that will ultimately result in the completion of a biography of Johannes Wislicenus (1835-1902), a major German chemist of the last half of the nineteenth century who directed chemical laboratories in Zürich (1860-1872), Würzburg (1872-1885) and Leipzig (1885-1902). The grant will support the PI during a sabbatical leave to write the biography and provide funds for final research visits to libraries and archives in New York City, Kansas City, Germany, and Switzerland.

Intellectual Merit
The biography will draw on previously unexamined archival materials, and will discuss Wislicenus chemistry, primarily his advocacy for the atomic theory and stereochemistry. It will also use his life to explore cultural and institutional themes in nineteenth century German science, including the relationship between science and religion in 1850s Germany, science and mathematics education, professional training in nineteenth century chemistry and the formation of a scientific personality, the institutional history of chemistry in Halle, Zürich, Würzburg and Leipzig, and generational shifts in chemical practice during the later nineteenth century. Many of these themes have not been studied extensively by historians of science. A second, smaller project is the creation of a new undergraduate course on Lives in Science at the PIs home institution, Truman State University.

Potential Broader Impacts
The biography of Wislicenus will add to the growing number of historically sensitive biographies of scientists written by historians of science. These biographical studies provide a corrective to a common, but incorrect view of science as an impersonal activity. They allow us to see the broader context of how scientists are trained, and provide examples of how science is done in a specific historical and personal context by documenting major intellectual influences and concrete social interactions. Completion of the project will also enhance the number of courses in history of science available to students at Truman State University.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 1.20M | Year: 2013

This Phase I project is preparing twenty dually certified math/physics teachers for rural and other high-need schools in Missouri. They are working with the Kirksville R-III School District Senior High School and Schuyler Junior/Senior High Schools and expanding their partnerships to other schools within the state. Noyce Scholars are earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in both physics and mathematics, and secondary teaching certificates in both mathematics and physics as well as a Master of Arts in Education degree.

Intellectual Merit: The proposal is based on prior related programs. The Bachelors degree is strong in all fields, requiring thirty-one hours of physics, thirty-five hours of mathematics and eleven hours of education courses as well as extensive field experiences throughout the curriculum. Supervision during the two semester practice teaching is by both a subject matter and an education faculty member.

Broader Impacts: The beneficiaries of the project are the many school children who will receive a strong education in mathematics and physics and the school districts that will be able to seed their schools with inspiring teachers who can connect physics and mathematics in the classroom. In addition, through the dissemination of what is learned through project activities, the new approaches may serve as models for other institutions

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 592.02K | Year: 2011

The goal of the S-STEM scholarship program at Truman State University is to increase the number of academically talented students who successfully complete a STEM baccalaureate degree and to increase the diversity of the STEM student body at Truman. The project supports talented students with demonstrated financial need who are majoring in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics or related interdisciplinary programs. Scholarships and student support services are provided during the freshman and sophomore years, when evidence shows that Truman State students are most vulnerable to leaving STEM majors. The objectives of the project are: 1) to increase the freshman to junior year retention rate for students in the target disciplines; 2) to increase the percentage of freshman Biology, Chemistry, and Physics majors who are minority students; 3) to engage first and second year students in the target disciplines in interdisciplinary thinking and reasoning; 4) to connect project participants to critical student support services. Through special seminar courses and cohort meetings, scholarship recipients engage in a range of activities with an interdisciplinary theme designed to promote a sense of community and develop a support network to help them persist in their STEM major.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 587.14K | Year: 2013

The project is designed to provide scholarships plus academic support services and career placement support to students in mathematics and computer science at the university who are both academically talented and financially needy.

Intellectual Merit: The University is committed to offering a high-quality, affordable undergraduate education comparable to that of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the nation and currently awards the largest number of undergraduate mathematics degrees in the state. The overarching goal of this project is to improve the recruitment, retention, and career placement of mathematics and computer science students. This is being achieved through academic support services and activities such as personal tutoring, guest speakers, field trips, and discussion panels, and by utilizing strong ties with regional industry partners to provide career placement opportunities. Six faculty members are coordinating and overseeing all activities relating to the program. Of the 51 scholarships per year, 15 are targeted toward incoming freshmen and 22 toward upperclassmen with 14 available as incentive scholarships for potential majors taking mathematics or computer science courses. Emphasis is placed on increasing the number of women who major in computer science and mathematics and on improving retention for first-generation college students.

Broader Impacts: This program is attracting more students to mathematics and computer science by recruiting more first-year students and by encouraging other students to consider mathematics or computer science as a first or second major. It is keeping these same students committed to the discipline, increasing the number of students who graduate with degrees in mathematics or computer science, and easing the transition of these students to graduate programs or to industry. In particular, graduation rates for women in computer science and first-generation college students in both disciplines are being improved. Results are being disseminated through relevant conference presentations and journal article submissions.

OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Trading right up until the closing bell, four students from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ("UNC-Chapel Hill") turned in a 127 percent total portfolio gain in four weeks, outperforming nearly 2,500 others to win the third annual thinkorswim® Challenge by TD Ameritrade, Inc. (“TD Ameritrade”)1. This year's virtual trading competition had a record number of participants: 726 teams of students from 233 colleges and universities across 49 states put their best investing ideas to the test. The 2016 thinkorswim Challenge ran from Oct. 10 through Nov. 4, 2016, and was open to all students at post-secondary educational institutions in the U.S. Participating teams started with $500,000 in virtual money to invest in real time using the paperMoney® program on TD Ameritrade’s thinkorswim platform. Prizes were awarded to the top three teams with the highest overall percentage gain in their portfolios at the close of the competition, and to their respective schools. There were also prizes awarded to teams whose portfolios had the highest percentage gains in aggregate value at the end of each trading week, and to the team that collected the most badges for its trading activity. "There are no Monday morning quarterbacks at the end of the thinkorswim Challenge," said Steven Quirk, executive vice president of trading at TD Ameritrade. “Experience is often the best educator, so our competition is designed to give young people unparalleled exposure to navigating the market amid the real time events that ultimately influence the performance of their investments." During the competition, students remained optimistic about the market overall, with 49 percent of trades being bullish and 40 percent bearish. The remainder were volatility plays or other trades. Top Prize Goes to Team All for Tony, Tony for All Team All for Tony, Tony for All from UNC-Chapel Hill won the Challenge, placing trades in the final hour of the four-week competition to edge out others and win with a 127 percent portfolio gain and a portfolio value of $1,133,492. The team consisted of four UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates: senior Alex Bryan, an economics and Portuguese double major; sophomore Nyatefe Mortoo, a business administration major; sophomore Dhru Patel, a computer science and pre-business double major; and senior Grahme Taylor, a health policy and chemistry double major. All for Tony was one of 17 teams from UNC-Chapel Hill competing in this year’s Challenge. Each member of the Challenge's overall winning team received $3,000 to be deposited into his own TD Ameritrade brokerage account. As the school affiliated with the overall winning team, UNC-Chapel Hill received $30,000 from TD Ameritrade for its role in educating students on the importance of investing. “Our team had a diverse collection of interests and skill sets, which worked well for us. In fact, by the end of the Challenge we had deployed a four-tiered strategy for researching investment ideas and executing trades,” said Grahme Taylor, All for Tony team member. “It was an intense and exhilarating learning experience and those of us who are here next year absolutely plan to do it again.” Less than $13,000 separated the competition's overall winner from the second place team, which was Team CattleDrive from the University of Idaho. With its 124 percent gain and a portfolio valued at $1,121,232, team Cattle Drive brought in $20,000 for its school and each team member won $2,000 deposited into individual TD Ameritrade brokerage accounts. Third place went to BSIF Elite from Truman State University, which ended up with a 90 percent gain and a portfolio value of $950,568. The team won $10,000 for its school, and each team member won $1,000 for placing third in the competition overall and $500 for winning week four of the competition, deposited into individual TD Ameritrade brokerage accounts. Michigan State University's Spartan Capital team earned the most badges for its trading activity, acquiring a total of 39 badges during the competition. Each member of Spartan Capital received $500 deposited into individual TD Ameritrade brokerage accounts for winning the 2016 badge award. A list of the competition winners is below: Students Used Options at All-Time High The students in the 2016 Challenge had a healthy appetite for options early on, which increased as the weeks passed. In week one, 77 percent of trades were options, compared with 64 percent of trades at the start of last year's competition, and 45 percent in 2014. In the final week of this year's competition, 87 of trades placed were options, 12 percent were stock trades, and less than one percent were ETF trades. This year, students made more trades in the technology sector than in any other sector. Apple (AAPL) was the most frequently traded stock option and Twitter (TWTR) was the most frequently traded stock. Consistent with last year, 36 percent of trades during the 2016 Challenge were placed through a mobile device, compared with 21 percent of trades placed on mobile by TD Ameritrade clients. The iPhone was the most frequently used mobile device for trading in the competition. Bringing Financial Literacy to Life The thinkorswim Challenge is offered every year through TD Ameritrade U, an educational program for professors and college-run organizations that provides free access to virtual trading through paperMoney® on the thinkorswim trading platform. TD Ameritrade developed the program in 2014 to help students prepare for the real world of personal finance by giving them the ability to put classroom theory into real-life investing practice. The firm believes that access to leading-edge investment resources and education is the first step in helping young people form investing habits that can last a lifetime. “What's most important about the thinkorswim Challenge is that the students expand their investing horizons," said Quirk. “We're happy to hit a new high in participation, but what excites us even more is to watch the students grow savvier about the market with each passing year.” For more information about TD Ameritrade U or the thinkorswim Challenge, visit or To receive updates on the 2017 thinkorswim Challenge, interested students and educators can email For the latest news and information about TD Ameritrade, follow the Company on Twitter, @TDAmeritradePR. Inclusion of specific security names in this commentary does not constitute a recommendation from TD Ameritrade to buy, sell or hold. Past performance of a security, strategy or index is no guarantee of future results or investment success. Historical data should not be used alone when making investment decisions. Please consult other sources of information and consider your individual financial position and goals before making an independent investment decision. Trading options can involve substantial risks and are not suitable for all investors. Clients must consider all relevant risk factors, including their own personal financial situations, before trading. Please read Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options before investing in options. thinkorswim Challenge subject to full official rules available at The paperMoney® software application is for educational purposes only. Successful virtual trading during one time period does not guarantee successful investing of actual funds during a later time period as market conditions change continuously. About TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation Millions of investors and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) have turned to TD Ameritrade’s (Nasdaq: AMTD) technology, people and education to help make investing and trading easier to understand and do. Online or over the phone. In a branch or with an independent RIA. First-timer or sophisticated trader. Our clients want to take control, and we help them decide how — bringing Wall Street to Main Street for more than 40 years. An official sponsor of the 2014 and 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, TD Ameritrade has time and again been recognized as a leader in investment services. Please visit TD Ameritrade’s newsroom or for more information.

News Article | February 15, 2017

The Elgin family law firm of Pucci | Pirtle, LLC is pleased to announce that Thomas B. Spencer IV has been added to the approved list of Kane and McHenry County Child Representatives. “Tom offers a down-to-earth approach to child representation, drawing on his own experiences and years of practice to better understand parents and help them obtain the best possible results for their children, “ says Managing Partner Julia A. Pucci. Prior to joining Pucci | Pirtle, LLC, Elgin Attorney Thomas B. Spencer worked as a prosecutor for numerous cities within McHenry County. He earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Truman State University, and graduated cum laude with his J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law. He concentrates his practice in family law matters including divorce, child custody, and domestic violence. He also has experience in handling criminal defense cases. Spencer is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Kane County Bar Association, and McHenry County Bar Association. He is also a past chairperson of the McHenry County Ethics Commission, where he spent several years as a volunteer. The law firm of Pucci | Pirtle, LLC is located in Elgin, Illinois. Pucci Pirtle represents individuals and families across the practice areas of family law, divorce, and criminal defense. With offices located in Elgin, St. Charles, and Algonquin, the Illinois family law attorneys work with clients throughout Chicago’s northwest suburbs in Kane County, McHenry County, and DuPage County. For more information contact Pucci Pirtle at 630-945-8807 or visit

News Article | March 2, 2017

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--World Wide Technology Asynchrony Labs today announced it has named Joe Hainline as the company’s new channel partner manager. Hainline will be responsible for managing WWT Asynchrony Labs’ existing channel partnerships (including Apple Mobility, Cisco Spark and Meraki, Samsung, and AT&T, among others) along with growing new and emerging strategic alliances. His role will include enhancing the company’s channel strategy, managing the dialogue between WWT Asynchrony Labs and its partner network to ensure satisfaction and program fulfillment, and coordinating efforts with World Wide Technology (WWT). Hainline will also provide channel partners with training, documentation, and assistance. As an internal liaison, he will work closely with the Asynchrony Labs’ sales organization while representing Asynchrony Labs with WWT sales and channel partners. Working alongside WWT, he will coordinate efforts to deepen the relationships between Asynchrony Labs and WWT channel partners. This new role supports innovation, by connecting, integrating, and enhancing partner technologies in new ways, while also supporting overall company growth. Asynchrony Labs has opened two new office locations in the past two years, and has recently expanded its St. Louis headquarters to house new staff members. Offices in New York and London are planned for later this year. “It’s an honor to represent WWT Asynchrony Labs to our channel partners, and to direct and grow these strategic investments and relationships.” said Joe Hainline, channel partner manager for Asynchrony Labs. “It’s a great opportunity for companies within WWT’s partner network to partner with Asynchrony Labs as we create comprehensive solutions to meet the unique business and technical challenges that organizations face today. We have the technical expertise in software and applications design to make enterprise aspirations in IoT, mobile, security, and cloud a reality.” Asynchrony Labs’ channel unit will support its technology services and solutions globally for all the business sectors it specializes in including corporate, nonprofit, and government/military. This new appointment will extend Asynchrony Labs’ model of building strong, regional channel partnerships across a much broader, global scale. "One component of Asynchrony Labs’ strategic plan for the coming year is the expansion of our channel partner program,” said Bob Elfanbaum, co-founder and general manager of Asynchrony Labs. “We’re engaged in some very important partnerships, developing innovative solutions to help companies solve their complex business problems. Joe’s combination of business and technical skills, and his experience of supporting our continued investments in R&D and marketing with Asynchrony Labs’ channel partners can deepen our relationships with WWT’s comprehensive network of channel partners.” Hainline has been with WWT Asynchrony Labs for five years, serving as product manager for an internal security platform and Krypdox, a secure file sharing product. He graduated with a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) from Olin Business School, Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Truman State University. For more information, visit WWT Asynchrony Labs or contact Joe Hainline at About WWT Asynchrony Labs World Wide Technology Asynchrony Labs is an information technology consulting firm located in St. Louis, Missouri. We specialize in application development, mobile computing, systems and sensor integration, enterprise architecture, and tactical collaboration. Our diverse client base includes commercial, non-profit, and government organizations. We’ve delivered solutions ranging from back-end government middleware to front-end applications and full-scale, commercial cloud infrastructures. In short, Asynchrony Labs connects people, sensors, information, and systems. For more, visit About World Wide Technology World Wide Technology (WWT) is a technology solution provider with more than $9 billion in annual revenue that provides innovative technology and supply chain solutions to large public and private organizations around the globe. While most companies talk about delivering business and technology outcomes, WWT does it. Based in St. Louis, WWT employs more than 4,000 people and operates over 2 million square feet of warehousing, distribution and integration space in more than 20 facilities throughout the world. For more, visit

Loading Truman State University collaborators
Loading Truman State University collaborators