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2014

Ray Semlitsch, Curators’ Professor of biological sciences, is corresponding author of the study.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Currently, there are more than 18,300 golf courses in the U.S. covering over 2.7 million acres. The ecological impacts of golf courses are not always straightforward with popular opinion suggesting that environmentally, golf courses have a negative impact on ecosystems.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Coding genes contain DNA sequences that are used to assign functions required for development and maintenance within a cell. These coding genes articulate how a fingernail grows, help develop nerve cells responsible for chewing, and are vital in helping the spinal cord facilitate movement in arms or legs.

Dr. Weicai Yang recognizes Dr. James Birchler with a prestigious Einstein Professorship in a ceremony held on March 18 at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

Columbia, MO—The Chinese Academy of Sciences has named James Birchler, Curators’ Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri, a recipient of an Einstein Professorship.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and Commerce Bank Chair Jim Schatz today awarded one of the 2014 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence to Ann Harrell, an associate professor of voice and voice area coordinator in the School of Music in the MU College of Arts and Science.

The red widow spider (Latrodectus bishopi) gets its name for the reddish-orange coloring of its head, carapace, and legs. Although venomous, no bites from this spider have been recorded. (Photo courtesy of J. Carrel)

Beetles. They’re what’s for breakfast—or at least for the red widow spider (Latrodectus bishopi), according to a new study by University of Missouri biologist James Carrel. The study, which appears in the March issue of the Florida Entomologist, provides a first-time glimpse at the diet of this enigmatic spider found only in Florida’s “scrub” habitat.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The world’s oceans cover more than 72 percent of the earth’s surface, impact a major part of the carbon cycle, and contribute to variability in global climate and weather patterns. However, accurately predicting the condition of the ocean is limited by current methods.

Professor David Setzer

David Setzer, a professor of biological sciences in the College of Arts & Science, was named the Advisors Forum Advising Shout Out Award winner for February. The Shout Out Award is awarded twice a semester and recognizes undergraduate advisers for the impact they make on students’ lives.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri Division of Student Affairs has awarded three faculty members the 2014 MU Faculty Achievement Award in Diversity. This is an endowed award given annually to three faculty members whose work elevates diversity and inclusion on the MU campus. This year’s recipients are:

Stephanie Schuttler shows a young student how to install and set up a remote a camera trap, which they’ll use to collect photos of mammals in different environments.

While attending Mizzou, Stephanie Schuttler, Ph.D  ’13, helped local school kids set up motion-sensitive cameras to study animals in their environment. The experience helped her land a prestigious postdoctoral position with eMammal at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – When use of a dominant hand is lost by amputation or stroke, a patient is forced to compensate by using the nondominant hand exclusively for precision tasks like writing or drawing. Presently, the behavioral and neurological effects of chronic, forced use of the nondominant hand are largely understudied and unknown.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a wide variety of consumer products, such as resins used to line metal food and beverage containers, thermal paper store receipts, and dental composites. BPA exhibits hormone-like properties, and exposure of fetuses, infants, children or adults to the chemical has been shown to cause numerous abnormalities, including cancer, as well as reproductive, immune and brain-behavior problems in rodents.

Congratulations to MU doctoral graduate Teerachat Techapaisarnjaroenkij for being selected by the Eastern Economic Association as the recipient of the group’s Eckstein Prize for 2011–12.

The award is given out to the author(s) of the best article published in the EEA in a two-year period. Techapaisarnjaroenkij’s article, co-written with Assistant Professor Cory Koedel, studied the relative performance of Head Start and non-Head Start childcare programs.

Dawn Schillinger

Congratulations to senior economics student Dawn Schillinger for being awarded the prestigious Mizzou ’39 Award, which is given to 39 outstanding seniors for their academic achievement, leadership, and service to Mizzou and the community.

“Being selected for Mizzou ’39 was really an honor,” Schillinger says. “I was excited to be considered at all, looking at the history of the award and the truly Mizzou- and community-changing individuals who have been honored in the past.”

Martin Sanders

2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Awards, established in 1984, allow the college to recognize some of its many alumni whose professional contributions have enhanced their respective disciplines and the quality of life for humankind, and in doing so have reflected well on the College of Arts and Science.

Martin E. Sanders
BA ’75 microbiology

Michael Podgursky

In this video, Michael Podgursky takes his expertise in the economics of education and applies it to how educators are compensated. Podgursky, who teaches economics at the University of Missouri, contends that teacher payment systems have unintentionally become dysfunctional.

Bond LSC scientist Anand Chandrasekhar studies the zebrafish model to learn how motor neurons develop. These adult zebrafish lay eggs used to gain insight into how motor neurons arrange themselves as embryos grow into adults. Roger Meissen/ Bond LSC

Three thousand zebrafish swim circles in tanks located on the ground floor of the Bond Life Sciences Center, content to mindlessly while away their existence by eating their fill and laying eggs.

Deborah Hanuscin uses hands-on training and classroom simulations to help teachers help students learn science. Photo by Nicolas Benner.

Deborah Hanuscin, Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the MU College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences, was named the 2014 Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year by the Association for Science Teacher Education. To learn more about her work and dedication to teaching teachers, read the article published in Illuminations.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) program, established in 1943 under the authority of the Allied armies, is the subject of the upcoming major motion picture, “Monuments Men.” The Monuments Men were a group of Allied art historians and archaeologists who were brought together to protect the cultural property in war areas during and after World War II.

Electron micrographs of the three species of rod-shaped bacteria that display different stalk positions. From left, Caulobacter crescentus with a polar stalk; Asticcacaulis excentricus with a subpolar stalk; and A. biprosthecum with bilateral stalks. (Photo by Chao Jiang)

Bacteria come in a dazzling array of shapes and sizes—from spherical to star shaped. The evolutionary mechanisms that give rise to the morphological diversity of bacteria are the focus of a new study co-authored by MU biologist Pamela Brown and published in Nature.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Professional athletes in the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball can reap very large financial rewards, especially if their performance peaks during their “contract year,” or the last season before an athlete signs a new contract or becomes a free agent. Often, when these athletes perform well during the contract year, they receive huge raises and added benefits.

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