Douglas Osmun

As this year’s winner, Osmun (pictured) now will be commissioned to write an original work for Mizzou’s University Philharmonic orchestra, with the premiere performance to be presented as part of the Chancellor’s Arts Showcase on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia. With the commission, he also will receive funding for the production of the score and parts, and a professional recording of his work.

The University of Missouri School of Music and the Mizzou New Music Initiative have awarded the 2017 Sinquefield Composition Prize to Douglas Osmun.

Osmun, who grew up in Zeeland, MI, is a first-year graduate student at Mizzou studying composition with Stefan Freund. He submitted “First Fig,” a work written for alto voice, cello and piano, to the competition and was selected for the prize by a panel of independent judges.

Robert Kazmierczak

Robert Kazmierczak, a postdoctoral fellow in biological sciences at MU, recently published a paper showing that weekly injections of a particular Salmonella strain into genetically engineered mice with prostate cancer reduced the size of the tumors without serious side-effects. (Photo credit: Alycia McGee)

It may sound a bit exotic to a layperson, but researchers at the Cancer Research Center (CRC) in Columbia have discovered they can use a genetically modified strain of Salmonella bacteria to target cancer cells.

Assistant Professor Pamela Brown

Dr. Pamela Brown is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences.

Pamela Brown, an assistant professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri, received a three-year $624,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study cell growth in the soil bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens.

Curators Distinguished Professor of History Ian Worthington

Curators Distinguished Professor of History Ian Worthington will discuss his research on Ptolemy as this year’s distinguished speaker for the 21st Century Corps of Discovery Lecture. His presentation, “Ptolemy I of Egypt: Alexander the Great’s Greatest Successor?” will be held on Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in Stotler Lounge, with a reception to follow.

Curators Distinguished Professor of History Ian Worthington enjoys challenging conventional wisdom. Worthington teaches courses in Greek history, western civilization, and ancient history and has written what have been described by scholars as “the definitive histories” of Alexander the Great and Phillip II of Macedonia.

Armel Koulong (left, kneeling) with fellow cadets from different ROTC programs.

Armel Koulong (left, kneeling) with fellow cadets from different ROTC programs who are paticipating in the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program offered by the U.S. Army Cadet Command.

The College of Arts and Science strongly encourages all students to study abroad during their time at MU because study abroad has long been accepted as an integral part of a well-rounded undergraduate education. Popular study-abroad destinations for MU students include Greece, Italy, Spain, and South America. For cadets in MU’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), however, study abroad can happen anywhere in the world the U.S. Army has an established presence.

Professor of Chemistry and Radiology Silvia Jurisson

Silvia Jurisson and her team are exploring alternate materials that could be used to help recycle the metals used to produce radioisotopes more efficiently and with less waste.

According to the World Nuclear Association, more than 10,000 hospitals worldwide use radioisotopes in medicine. Molybdenum-99, the parent isotope of technetium-99m, is the most widely used radioisotope for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. However, production costs and the limited viability of the isotope can be a challenge for clinicians and healthcare providers.

Kathryn Burns

Kathryn Burns, BA ‘02 communication, won a Creative Arts Emmy for choreography for three musical numbers on the CW television show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. (Photo credit: William Callan)

Kathryn Burns, BA ‘02 communication, doesn’t actually dance on the CW television show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, but the former MU Golden Girl certainly knows how to “bust a move.” Burns is the choreographer for all of the musical numbers on the show and just won an Emmy for three of them.

Prof. Sue Langdon (l) and Prof. Lisa Sattenspiel

Departmental chairs Sue Langdon (left) and Lisa Sattenspiel took local reporters on a preview tour of the renovated Swallow Hall Sept. 14.

The Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Department of Anthropology will welcome the public to celebrate the re-opening of Swallow Hall Sept. 15, but departmental chairs Sue Langdon and Lisa Sattenspiel and campus officials took local reporters on a preview tour of the renovated building Sept. 14.

Cory Koedel

Cory Koedel, associate professor of economics and public policy at MU, says that without addressing the issue of pension debt, costs will continue to rise and their influence on public education services will become more pronounced.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Most public school teachers are enrolled in defined benefit (DB) pension plans, in which retirement income is determined by a complicated formula. Currently, states across the country are facing significant shortfalls in DB plans due to unfunded liabilities—effectively debt.

Associate Curator Candace Sall

Over Labor Day weekend, the Associate Curator of the Museum of Anthropology once again set a new world record at the National Flight Archery Championships.

J'Den Cox

J’Den Cox, a senior majoring in psychology, won the bronze medal in the 86-kilogram freestyle wrestling competition at the recently concluded Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. With his win, Cox becomes just the eighth Tiger to medal at the Olympics.

The first Columbia native to win an Olympic medal has returned to class at MU and is getting back into the routine of day-to-day college life. J’Den Cox, a senior majoring in psychology, won the bronze medal in the 86-kilogram freestyle wrestling competition at the recently concluded Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. With his win, Cox becomes just the eighth Tiger to medal at the Olympics.

Professor Mitchell McKinney

University of Missouri Provost Garnett Stokes announced today that Mitchell S. McKinney will serve as faculty fellow for academic personnel. His 12-month appointment will be full-time in the provost’s office. His duties will include monitoring the processes regarding faculty hiring, grievance petitions, academic integrity, and equity resolution.


Sailors, pilots, military service men and women deployed around the world, and government officials who make national security decisions all rely on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to provide them with timely geospatial information that is critical for planning and decision-making.

Associate Professor Susan C. Nagel

Susan Nagel and her team released a study that is the first of its kind to link exposure to chemicals released during fracking to adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes in mice. Scientists believe that exposure to these chemicals also could pose a threat to human development.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – More than 15 million Americans live within a one-mile radius of unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations. UOGs combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to release natural gas from underground rock. Scientific studies, while ongoing, are still inconclusive on the potential long-term effects fracturing has on human development.

Soren Larsen

The Peace Corps and the University of Missouri announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program that will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers. All program fellows will complete internships in underserved American communities while they complete their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers. 

Jesse Hall

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— Mizzou began its fall semester today with its third-highest retention rate in the university’s history and the highest ACT scores of any incoming freshman class, both indications that the University of Missouri continues to be a top choice for quality higher education in Missouri.

Mojgan Padash

Mojgan Padash, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri, completed studies on fruit flies with a condition that mimics a form of HPV-induced cancer.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the United States and has been identified as a primary cause of cervical cancer in women. Now, an international team of researchers led by the University of Missouri has completed studies on fruit flies with a condition that mimics a form of HPV-induced cancer.

Emily Puckett

Emily Puckett, who recently received her doctorate in the Division of Biological Sciences in the MU College of Arts and Science, found that many species are encountering much longer wait times before receiving the endangered designation. Scientists studying the ESA believe that delays could lead to less global biodiversity. Credit: Melody Kroll

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was enacted by Congress in 1973 to protect species threatened with extinction. To receive protection, a species must first be listed as endangered or threatened in a process that is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A two-year timeline for the multi-stage process, which starts with submission of a petition and ends with a final rule in the Federal Register, was established in 1982 by a Congressional amendment to the ESA.

David Geary

David Geary found that preschoolers who better process words associated with numbers and understand the quantities associated with these words are more likely to have success with math when they enter kindergarten.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – While many studies have been conducted on infants’ and preschoolers’ math competencies, few have evaluated how toddlers’ basic mathematics knowledge relates to early elementary school success.

Haley Horstman

For most of the 20th century, domestic and international adoptions were closed. Birth parents typically placed their child with an adoption agency or a religious organization and never heard from the child again, unless the child sought them out years later.


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