In November 2021, Mizzou announced a transformational effort to strengthen innovation in research disciplines. Known as MizzouForward, the initiative is bringing new faculty to campus, including the College of Arts & Science, to boost MU research projects and improve lives around the world.
Medea Csoba DeHass, Geography
DeHass' research aims to understand the role of 3D digital models as part of a collaborative heritage preservation framework that can be deployed both in origin communiities and in heritage institutions, and to contribute to the larger discourse on the digital representations of Indegenous peoples and the post-colonial legacies embedded in digitizing Indigenous collections.
Bergstralh's research focuses on the establishment and maintenance of epithelial tissue architecture. Epithelia are the most common tissue type in animals. They can be found at organ boundaries, where they perform functions including absorption (the intestine), secretion (glands), filtration (kidneys), and gas exchange (the lungs). Epithelia are typically organized into sheets of cells that are one-cell thick. Bergstralh's lab aims to understand how these sheets develop.
Medea Csoba DeHass
DeHass' resarch aims to understand the role of 3D digital models as part of a collaborative heritage preservation framework that can be deployed both in origin communiities and in heritage institutions, and to contribute to the larger discourse on the digital representations of Indegenous peoples and the post-colonial legacies embedded in digitizing Indigenous collections
Nanopore stochastic sensing has attracted substanital interest as a label-free technique to measure single molecules by taking advantage of the ionic current modulations produced by the movement of target analytes in a single nano-scale sized pore. A major bottleneck of utilizing nanopore sensors for practical applications is the rapid transport of target analytes through the pore since current recording techniques do not always accurately detect these rapid events. Guan's research efforts advance nanopore technology as a versatile tool for exploring various new applications, especially in medical diagnosis, homeland security, pharmaceutical screening, and environmental monitoring.
Handa's research lab aims to enhance discovery through fundamental science and train students to create a future workforce specializing in safer organic syntheses, catalysis, and drug discovery for a sustainable environment and health. This mission also promotes diversity and inclusion through students' direct collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry.
Hennes' research in the Social Cognition of Social Change (SCSC) lab focuses on cognitive and motivated biases in information processing and person perception, particularly in the context of contemporary social issues such as environmental sustainability, and racial and gender inequality. Much of this research examines how concern for the maintenance of social stability and preferences for restorative vs. progressive change influence cognitive processes.
Hutchins' research focuses on designing and syntheszing materials by using supramolecular chemistry strategies to achieve desirable properties. Her group focuses on controlling the response of materials to changes in temperatures, improving properties and processes in pharmaceuticals, and design of materials that capture rare earth elements.
Lane's research focuses on the precise measurement and modeling of dynamic processes critical for conducting empirical research that matches data to theory, and that effectively identifies momentary opportunities for clinical intervention. He develops systems methods for examining and intervening on dynamic phenomena with a focus on emotion, interpersonal, and health-related regulatory processes.
Physics and Astronomy
Meng’s research focuses on semiconductor crystal growth for optoelectronic device applications and on characterization of materials towards a structure-based understanding of functional properties. There are several central research themes: novel ferroelectrics based on alloys of aluminum nitride, dielectric breakdown and resistive switching, and transmission electron microscopy and other structural characterization techniques.
Harry S Truman School of Government and Public Affairs
Park studies the impact of dramatically evolving information technology on society. Specifically, he examines how the improved information environments lead to increasingly stricter human rights standards and changing expectations in our society.
Rubin's research employs tools from evolutionary game theory and network science to provide a picture of how aspects of social identity uncovers hidden roadblocks for marginalized groups, suggests potential remedies, and demonstrates when policies focused on efficiency in science would not only further entrench (or even amplify) current injustices, but backfire, ultimately impeding scientific progress.