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2019

Associate Professor Sean Franzel

Associate Professor Sean Franzel, seen here in Budapest, Hungary, will spend a year in Germany researching his new book after receiving a Humboldt fellowship.

An associate professor of German will spend a year in Germany after receiving a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. Sean Franzel will begin part of his year-long fellowship at the Free University of Berlin this July and then complete the fellowship in 2021.

Professor of Chemistry Arthur Suits

Prof. Suits and his team found is that spin flips between magnetic and nonmagnetic forms can happen very efficiently in the course of a chemical reaction as the products separate after reaction if they are two “radicals”—molecules with at least one unpaired electron each.

An unexpected discovery in Professor Arthur Suits’ chemistry lab could have implications for manufacturing more efficient solar cells and improving photodynamic therapies for treating cancer, and it may contribute to research into quantum computing. At the heart of the discovery is the spin of electrons. Molecules are either nonmagnetic or magnetic depending on whether two electrons are paired with opposite spins or unpaired with same spins.

David Geary

David Geary and his team say a new way of measuring gender inequality is fairer to both men and women, and presents a simplified but more accurate picture of peoples’ well-being than previous calculations.

Researchers from the University of Missouri and University of Essex in the United Kingdom say a new way of measuring gender inequality is fairer to both men and women, and presents a simplified but more accurate picture of peoples’ well-being than previous calculations. The new Basic Index of Gender Inequality (BIGI) focuses on three factors – educational opportunities, healthy life expectancy and overall life satisfaction.

Carolina Heredia and Katina Bitsicas

Assistant Professor of Music Composition Carolina Heredia and Assistant Professor of Digital Storytelling Katina Bitsicas first collaborated on a piece commissioned by a Rhode Island-based music ensemble, and plan to continue working together.

Argentinian composer Carolina Heredia’s work explores the merging of music and visuals, and her current research is invested in the production of interactive audiovisual works. This semester, the assistant professor of music composition launched a new course called Intermedia, which focuses on creating collaborative, interdisciplinary works featuring poetry, music, video, and other elements.

2018

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No straight line exists between Move-In Day and commencement. This December, 2,243 students will earn degrees from the University of Missouri. Their journeys are as unique as the students themselves.

Student Affairs caught up with four soon-to-be-alumni, who agreed to share a little of their path to graduation and where the road leads next.

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The College of Arts and Science 2018 fall commencement will be held at the Hearnes Center Dec. 15, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Jenelle Beavers has served as counsel in the University of Missouri’s Office of General Counsel for about a year, after serving as associate director of Mizzou’s Honors College. Prior to returning to campus, Beavers, BA ’01 English, served eight years as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, leading False Claims Act investigations and civil prosecutions in the health, technology, and defense industries.

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The Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs (TSPA) in the College of Arts and Science and the Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources are excited to announce that the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) will join the Truman School to partner with the Institute of Public Policy (IPP), effective January 1, 2019.

Jennifer First with students

Jennifer First, program manager at the MU Disaster and Community Crisis Center, says that disaster media coverage can have lasting effects on children’s mental health. The center offers resources to help children cope with disasters.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – In 2018, American children have been exposed to multiple disasters – ravaging wildfires in California, to major Hurricanes in Florida and the Carolinas, and mass shootings in schools and places of worship – all of which have been covered 24/7 by the media.

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To ignite a comprehensive conversation about the grand challenge of addiction, the University of Missouri will host The Science of Addiction Symposium featuring keynote speakers of national prominence, as well as thought leaders from a range of disciplines across the University of Missouri.

The University of Missouri will host The Science of Addiction Symposium Dec. 6 at the Bond Life Sciences Center to launch a broader collaboration among researchers and professionals focusing on addiction. A primary goal is to chart a path forward for addiction-related work at the university. Professor Jamie Arndt, chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences at MU, emailed Professor Denis McCarthy and Curators’ Professor of Psychological Sciences Kenneth J.

Curators' Professor Shi-Jie Chen

Curators' Professor Shi-Jie Chen

Curators' Professor Shi-Jie Chen of the MU Department of Physics and Astronomy has been named a 2018 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Johannes Schul

Johannes Schul, Professor of Biological Sciences

Johannes Schul, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Missouri, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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The College of Arts and Science Student Council has presented its autumn/fall 2018 Chalk Awards to an economics professor, a faculty adviser, and a student teaching assistant in recognition of their excellence as instructors and advisers. The student council solicits nominations from students for their favorite instructors and advisers, and the council’s executive committee makes the final selections.

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The Missouri Review editor Speer Morgan says this year’s collection of Jeffrey E. Smith Editor's Prize winners, Trouble in Mind: Short Story and Conflict, could be a textbook for creative writing.

Last fall, The Missouri Review (TMR) editor Speer Morgan and marketing director Kris Somerville established a new book imprint in order to publish a collection of short stories by an author whose work they had previously published and whom they both adored. Jane Gillette’s collection of short stories had been picked up by Johns Hopkins Press, but the editor became ill and the collection was never published.

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On November 11, Americans are asked to reflect upon the heroism of those who have served our country in war or peace. Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day to mark the signing of the truce that ended World War I, was renamed by Congress in 1954 to honor American veterans of all wars.

Mackenna Surdyke-Bennett

The university’s School of Visual Studies’ Art on the Move Outreach Program will feature a photo exhibition at the Lake of the Ozarks by MU alumna and Osage Beach native Mackenna Surdyke-Bennett, who received her BFA from MU with an emphasis in photography.

A series of art exhibitions scheduled at the Lake of the Ozarks in November brings together several University of Missouri alumnae who have known each other for years. The university’s School of Visual Studies’ Art on the Move Outreach Program will feature a photo exhibition by MU alumna and Osage Beach native Mackenna Surdyke-Bennett, who received her BFA from MU with an emphasis in photography.

Suchi Guha

A University of Missouri team of researchers has been awarded a Major Research Instrumentation award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will allow the team to purchase an ultrafast amplified laser system that will facilitate research in condensed-matter physics, material science and engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, biology, bioengineering, and medicine.

Associate Professor Gavin King

Gavin King, an associate professor of physics, is trying to understand one of the most basic concepts in cell biology: secretion, or the mechanism by which proteins can pass through a cell membrane to get from one compartment of a cell to another. Membrane proteins are the “gatekeepers” that allow information and molecules to pass into and out of a cell.

Álvaro Vergés, Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile

If a person drinks five or more alcoholic beverages every day, is that person an alcoholic? The answer, according to Curators Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences Kenneth J. Sher, is maybe, maybe not.  Sher was curious about the association between daily drinking and various outcomes but discovered there was very little data available about daily drinking that was distinct from other drinking patterns.

Prof. Candace Galen

Candace Galen finds bees fell silent in the darkness of the total solar eclipse.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – On August 21, 2017, at 16 points along the path of last year’s total solar eclipse, tiny microphones—each about the size of a USB flash drive—captured a unique biological phenomenon. As Earth fell into complete darkness, the bees stopped buzzing, according to researchers at the University of Missouri.

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