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2018

Professor Lisa Sattenspiel

This week, during the 100th anniversary of the 1918 flu epidemic, an international, interdisciplinary workshop will be held in Oslo, Norway, focusing on the social impact of the pandemic. Professor Lisa Sattenspiel, chair of the Department of Anthropology, and two of her graduate students will present talks at the conference at Oslo Metropolitan University.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that roughly one-third of the world’s population became infected with the flu virus during the 1918–19 pandemic, and about 50 million of those infected worldwide died, either from the virus itself or from secondary bacterial infections like pneumonia.

Oded Gurantz

Oded Gurantz, assistant professor in the MU Truman School of Public Affairs, suggests that high school students should take the SAT early and often.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – For high school students, the SAT and ACT are the gateway to their college futures. With the tests playing a crucial role in both college admissions and scholarships, they can be critical for low-income students hoping to earn a college degree.

Corrina Leween, Soren Larsen, Eli Larsen, Maddie Davis, Hayley Portell

Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief Corrina Leween, Associate Professor Soren Larsen, his son Eli, and students Maddie Davis and Hayley Portell pose for a photo inside a tipi during the Cheslatta Carrier Nation campout in July.

Associate Professor of Geography Soren Larsen has a long history with the Cheslatta Carrier Nation in British Columbia. His involvement with the indigenous community began in 1998 while he was working on his master’s thesis at the University of Kansas.

Beth Howard and Pat Okker

Elizabeth Howard Snyder, BFA ’02 art, receives the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from Dean Pat Okker at the 37th annual Arts and Science Banquet at the Reynolds Alumni Center last February.

The College of Arts and Science has built a proud tradition of honoring alumni and friends through its annual alumni awards program. The success of the program is largely due to the assistance of friends and alumni who provide us with nominations on behalf of deserving individuals. 

The college is seeking nominations for candidates in each of the following categories: 

Distinguished Alumni Award

Chancellor Cartwright

MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright delivered a State of the University address today noting progress in the past year and actions the university will be taking in the near future.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – During a campus address Wednesday, University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright noted the progress made in the past year and described new efforts to enhance student affordability; deepen a commitment to the arts; boost research; and improve education, the economy and healthcare throughout Missouri.

Professor Jeff Milyo

Annual Vehicle Stops Reports (VSRs) from the Missouri attorney general’s office have prompted heated discussions at Columbia, Missouri, city council meetings, community forums, and other venues for several years.

J. Chris Pires, Truman, and Nicole Monnier

J. Chris Pires, associate dean for research, and Nicole Monnier, associate dean for undergraduate studies, pose with Truman the Tiger at a recent Tiger Tailgate event in Kansas City.

Nicole Monnier, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

 

Tiger Walk

Sunday, Aug. 19 features an all-campus pizza party and Tiger Walk, featuring freshmen walking through the Columns signifying their entrance into the university, followed by a reception complete with Tiger Stripe ice cream and a performance by Marching Mizzou and the Spirit Squad.

Students will return to the classroom at the University of Missouri on Aug. 20, but there are a host of events and activities planned for incoming and returning students before they ever crack open a textbook. Regular registration for the fall 2018 semester begins Monday, Aug. 13, and students can begin moving into MU residence halls on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Devin Fergus, the Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor of History and Black Studies

Fergus’ new book, Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class (Oxford University Press), traces the history of fees from the deregulation era of the 1970s to the present and explores the effect of increasing fees on growing inequality in the United States.

Each month when we receive bills for services such as cable television or cell phones, those bills typically include one or more fees that increase the total cost of the service, often above what is marketed to consumers as the basic price of that particular service. A new book by Devin Fergus, the Arvarh E.

Eichel Davis

If you’ve set foot in Taylor Stadium, Mizzou Arena or Memorial Stadium during the past two years, chances are you’ve likely experienced the magic of Eichel Davis’ storytelling. Mizzou Athletics’ unofficial “hype man” told the story of Mizzou’s athletic programs through powerful videos that often aired before games and have been viewed thousands of times on social media.

Marching Mizzou

University of Missouri Health Care will contribute $400,000 over the next four years to support the creation of the Marching Mizzou Scholarship Fund. The scholarships will help ensure that Marching Mizzou students have the necessary support to continue their educational and musical endeavors at MU.

NAVAIR visit

Alan van Nevel, head of research at the NAVAIR facility, Hani Salim and J. Chris Pires on a recent trip to NAVAIR's China Lake facility.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri administrators have signed an education partnership agreement with the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in China Lake, California, which will position Mizzou faculty, researchers and students to partner on advanced national security development efforts.

Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences John Huntley

Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences John Huntley has been named as one of two recipients of the 2018 Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award.

Assistant Professor Elizabeth “Libby” King

Assistant Professor Elizabeth “Libby” King received the 2018 Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award.

The award, which comes with a $1000 prize, recognizes exceptional research promise of an early career faculty member.

ACUE Summer Institute on Innovative Curricular Design

Eighteen faculty members participated in the ACUE Summer Institute on Innovative Curricular Design, studying MU’s undergraduate curriculum and exploring innovative ideas for enriching the learning experience.

A group of University of Missouri faculty from a variety of disciplines spent the first part of the summer rethinking curricula in ways that enhance student success.

Leslie Daggs, Olivia Wright, Jenny Dashner, and Kira Kirk

MU students Leslie Daggs, Olivia Wright, Jenny Dashner, and Kira Kirk tour the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant as part of Prof. Jerry Frank's "Acts of God: An Environmental History of Natural Disasters" history course.

MU communication major Olivia Wright walked the stage at the College of Arts and Science commencement this May even though she won’t officially graduate until August. Still needing a few credit hours to complete her degree, Wright enrolled in a two-week history course in late May called Acts of God: An Environmental History of Natural Disasters, taught by Associate Professor of History Jerry Frank.

jesse hall

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has selected MU and 32 other colleges and universities to join 24 schools selected in 2017 in its Inclusive Excellence initiative, which aims to catalyze schools’ efforts to engage all students in science ­­­─ regardless of background. Those students could include underrepresented ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, or working adults with families.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has selected the University of Missouri to receive a $1 million, five-year grant in support of the Inclusive Excellence initiative. As one of 33 colleges selected in 2018, Mizzou will contribute to the initiative by improving efforts to engage all students in science—regardless of their backgrounds.

Aaron Mencher, Douglas Osmun, Dustin Dunn, Gemma New

Student composers Aaron Mencher, Douglas Osmun, and Dustin Dunn pose with SLSO conductor Gemma New at Powell Hall in St. Louis. The symphony orchestra performed compositions by each student during a public concert in April.

Three student composers in the MU School of Music recently had an opportunity to have their compositions performed by an ensemble of world-class musicians. The performance at Powell Hall in St. Louis marked the culmination of a year-long collaboration between the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) and the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI), funded by Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

Asst. Professor Laura Scherer

Laura Scherer and her team determined that patients may want cancer screenings even if the potential harms outweigh the benefits. Researchers believe that clinicians and oncologists could develop better communications tools and provide reassurance to their patients in better ways.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A large proportion of the American public opts to receive cancer screenings with the hope that testing will reduce their chance of cancer death. Now, a team led by University of Missouri psychological science researchers has determined that patients may want cancer screenings even if the potential harms outweigh the benefits.

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