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2019

INMI building

Professor of Radiology Jeff Smith and Chemistry Professor Silvia Jurisson chat outside the International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine (INMI), across the street from the MU Research Reactor (MURR). The INMI facility will provide critical infrastructure and collaborative expertise to researchers at all four University of Missouri campuses.

At the beginning of the school year, University of Missouri System President Mun Choi announced a series of investments in research and creative works that will help the system’s four universities achieve excellence through innovation. Many of those innovations will germinate and take root at the Institute of Nano and Molecular Innovations (INMI) building across the street from the MU Research Reactor (MURR) on the Mizzou campus.

John Kerns, professor of psychology

John Kerns is a professor of psychology in the MU College of Arts and Science.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Help may be on the way for people who might lose contact with reality through a psychotic disorder, such as schizophrenia.

Associate Professor of Geography Mike Urban

In September, Associate Professor of Geography Mike Urban will take his expertise to the U.S. Department of State, where he will serve as a foreign affairs officer for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs for the next year.

As the Earth’s climate continues to change, humanity is learning to grapple with the impacts of a warming planet—forcing us to reassess how and where we live, how we get from place to place, and how we feed an ever-growing population.

Sashi Satpathy, Cathy Boain, Ron Boain, Alexander Cartwright

Department of Physics and Astronomy chair Sashi Satpathy looks on as Chancellor Alexander Cartwright thanks Ron and Cathy Boain for their generous gift to the department.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – When Ronald J. Boain, a 1965 graduate of the University of Missouri, made his first donation to his alma mater, the gift was small — just $5 — but it was the first of what was to become 50 years of financial support. Today, MU officials announced that Boain recently gifted a total of $1.28 million to the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Science to support student success.

Callie Vitro

Callie Vitro, one of seven students selected for this year's MU Alcohol Research Training Summer School, conducts research in Prof. Denis McCarthy's Alcohol Cognitions Lab in the Department of Psychological Sciences. 

Opioid abuse and overdoses have reached epidemic proportions for much of the country over the past several years.

The cast of Ragtime, Rebecca Allen Photography

The tagline for MU Theatre is “Theatre Makes a Difference,” and for 50 years, the Summer Repertory Theatre (SRT) on the University of Missouri campus has been making a difference in the lives of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community.

Patricka Williams-Simon

Patricka Williams-Simon, a doctoral fellow in biological sciences at MU who led the study, places fruit flies into a box to study how well they learn and remember. She and the team discovered some fruit flies learn better than others.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Fruit flies could one day provide new avenues to discover additional genes that contribute to a person’s ability to learn and remember. Scientists at the University of Missouri are studying genes of fruit flies to explore why an individual fly can be a better learner than another. Many of those genes in fruit flies are similar to those found in people.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren with Hunter Woodall

Associated Press reporter Hunter Woodall, BJ, BA history ’15, interviews Sen. Elizabeth Warren during the presidential candidate's recent visit to New Hampshire. 

As the country gears up for the 2020 presidential election, most Americans will only see or hear the candidates when they appear on television. But Hunter Woodall, BJ, BA history ’15, has met most of them already.

Hong An

In the new study, a team of multi-institution scientists led by Hong An at the University of Missouri challenged prior theories of the origins of three vegetables — canola, rutabaga and Siberian kale — by mapping the genetic family tree of these leafy greens.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Human genetic testing has evolved over the recent decades, allowing people to find their ancestors and even determine specific percentages of their heritage. Much like the advances in human genetic testing recently popularized by commercial organizations have allowed people to gain a better understanding of their ancestry, scientists are now a step closer to determining a genetic family tree for vegetables by linking biology with computer science.

the instrument

The instrument is designed to analyze the quality of liquids using the photoacoustic effect, or the generation of sound waves after light is absorbed in a material. The MU scientists believe this might be the first use of this technology to analyze such small liquid samples.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Ping! The popular 1990 film, The Hunt for Red October, helped introduce sonar technology on submarines to pop culture. Now, nearly 30 years later, a team of scientists at the University of Missouri is using this same sonar technology as inspiration to develop a rapid, inexpensive way to determine whether the drinking water is safe to consume.

Libby Cowgill, Jerry Frank, and Manuel Leal

Associate Professor Libby Cowgill in the Department of Anthropology, Associate Professor Jerry Frank in the Department of History, and Professor Manuel Leal in the Division of Biological Sciences have each been named to the 2019-2020 class of Presidential Engagement Fellows.

Three faculty members in the College of Arts and Science have accepted invitations to become 2019-20 University of Missouri System Presidential Engagement Fellows.

MU students field test "volcano pants" in Colorado

Stuart Kenderes and Brenna Halverson, doctoral students in the MU Department of Geological Sciences, field test "volcano pants" created by Abby Romine, a master's student in Textile and Apparel Management, during a recent research trip to Colorado.

What do you wear when exploring a volcano?

This is a question that professors and students in the MU Department of Geological Sciences face regularly.

Mikhayla White

Not everyone gets to have a career epiphany, but when you do, it’s probably best to heed it.

Senior Mikhayla White graduated in May after only three years at Mizzou, and she makes it sound almost easy to pull off a double major of economics and statistics in a year (or two) less than most.
 

Associate Professor of Physics Gavin King

A team of researchers including Gavin King is challenging prior theories about how material leaves the inside of an E.coli cell. This discovery could have important implications for how we treat diseases.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The flow of traffic through our nation’s highways and byways is meticulously mapped and studied, but less is known about how materials in cells travel. Now, a team of researchers at the University of Missouri is challenging prior theories about how material leaves the inside of an E.coli cell. This discovery could have important implications for how we treat diseases.

Prof. Frank's natural disaster class

Students in Professor Jerry Frank's "Acts of God: An Environmental History of Natural Disasters" class volunteered to assist in the cleanup following the May 22 tornado in Jefferson City. The group includes Saige Bexten, Alexandra Cappetta, Noah Carroll, Marigrace Heinze, Skylar Irwin, Peter Leipold, Tianyu Liu, Olivia McKee, and Erin O'Connor and Prof. Frank.

As they approached Jefferson City to assist in the cleanup from the May 22 tornado, a group of MU students say they were shocked to see houses submerged in what looked like a lake surrounding Highway 63.

2019 A&S graduate

The College of Arts and Science awarded degrees to nearly 1,350 undergraduate students during its spring 2019 commencement exercises at Mizzou Arena on Sunday, May 19. Dean Patricia Okker served as the master of ceremonies and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, BA ’79 economics, was the keynote speaker.

ROTC cadets participating in the Bataan death march
Mizzou students Sydney Feltenstein and Kimberly Woods are preparing for a future of leadership in the U.S. Army while earning their degrees. In March, these two cadets of the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Missouri inspired their peers by completing a grueling 26.2-mile race while wearing full combat attire and carrying a 35-pound military backpack.
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia says he is looking forward to speaking to graduates at the College of Arts and Science graduation ceremonies May 19 in Mizzou Arena, especially since this year marks his 40th anniversary as a Mizzou alumnus.

Mateo inside a committee room inside the Longworth Congressional Office Building.

Mateo Mateo says one of the most important lessons he learned at Mizzou during his freshman year is to pay attention in class.

Professor David Schulz

David Schulz, a professor of biological sciences in the MU College of Arts and Science, and a team of scientists at the University of Missouri have discovered that a neuron’s own electrical signal, or voltage, can indicate whether the neuron is functioning normally. If that voltage is absent, scientists say everything is “out of whack.”

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Nerve cells, or neurons — specifically the “workhorse cells” involved in walking, breathing and chewing — can adjust to changes in the body, but they never stop working unless there is an fatal injury. What exactly signals neurons to keep acting and operating normally has not been known until now.

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