Professor Paul Miceli

The College of Arts and Science is proud of its outstanding faculty members. They continue to make research breakthroughs and generate new knowledge, and Paul Miceli, professor of physics, is a prime example.

Keona Ervin, assistant professor of history

As any professor knows, semesters quickly become busy with teaching, advising, and administrative commitments.  Fellowships and grants can give faculty members the time and resources they need to focus on key research projects. Keona Ervin, assistant professor of history, just received a Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation that will allow her to devote a year to her manuscript.

Gary Baker, assistant professor of chemistry

Gary Baker, assistant professor of chemistry, came to MU in 2011. His research covers a variety of topics, ranging from green nanochemistry to clean energy. His innovative work was affirmed recently when he received a Cottrell Scholar award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) for his research on tailoring bacterial cellulose ionogels for diverse chemical tasks.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mark Wilkins, a resident of St. Louis, has given $1 million to the University of Missouri College of Arts and Science to create the Mark A. Wilkins Fund for Excellence in the College of Arts and Science.

WHAT: The University of Missouri Department of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences and the MU Department of Anthropology will collaborate with Columbia Public Schools’ Planetarium to host “Dinosaurs, Cavemen and Our Changing Planet.” The family-friendly event will feature exhibits, activities and shows on the fossil record, climate variability, and human and dinosaur anatomy

WHAT: An announcement regarding a major gift to the University of Missouri. This gift will create opportunities to recruit and retain prominent faculty to the MU College of Arts and Science.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – When parts of a plant, such as dead leaves, flowers or ripe fruit detach, the process is called abscission. A new study from the University of Missouri sheds light on the process that governs how and when plants shed their parts.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Suzanne Burgoyne, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Theatre at the University of Missouri, has given a $1 million estate gift to MU to create the Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research in the Department of Theatre in the MU College of Arts and Science. The new center will expand opportunities to use theater techniques as active learning strategies in a number of disciplines and industries.

WHAT: A major announcement regarding a gift to the University of Missouri. This gift will create and enhance educational and research opportunities at the MU Department of Theatre in the College of Arts and Science. The announcement also will include a short theatrical performance by MU theater students.

Sharon Austin Keister, BA ’61 zoology, and Richard Keister, BA ’61 mathematics

Richard Keister, BA ’61 mathematics, and Sharon Austin Keister, BA ’61 zoology, fondly remember their time at MU. They were both first-generation college students and enjoyed great relationships with faculty and staff. “All the people at MU were very friendly, helpful, and available,” says Richard Keister. 

The College of Arts and Science is proud to be home to some of the world’s best historians, scientists, artists, authors, performers, innovators, and scholars. The A&S Faculty Fellowship program allows the college to recognize outstanding faculty members by providing a one-time award of $5,000. The fellowship may be renewed if the faculty member is selected again.

WHAT: Geoff Eley, contemporary history professor at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, will visit the University of Missouri to present, “Placing the Holocaust in History: Shifting Perspectives, 1960-2010.” Eley’s talk will focus on ways historians have represented the Holocaust to the public and how viewpoints have changed over time.

Brianne Boland’s packaging design for Demitasse Creamery

Professor Jean Brueggenjohann pushes her graphic design students to produce fresh concepts and interesting work each semester. Her students graduate with job offers from top agencies and companies including Hallmark, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the U.S. State Department, among many others. Outstanding portfolios and resumes always predicate these job offers, and two of Brueggenjohann’s recent students, Brianne Boland and Jacob Brcic, can add an impressive accomplishment to their resumes.

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2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Awards, established in 1984, allow the college to recognize some of its many outstanding 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.

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BA ’84 political science, BJ ’84

COLUMBIA, Mo. – In the social world, people constantly gather information through visual cues that are used to evaluate others and interact. A new study from researchers at the University of Missouri determined that babies can make sense of complex social situations, and that they expect people to behave appropriately.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The bestselling book, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” is being released as a major motion picture February 13th. The book and others in the trilogy depict the relationship between the naïve college graduate, Anastasia Steele and business magnate, Christian Grey. Melissa A.

WHAT: Science Café Columbia continues its mission to inspire informal, relaxed conversations about popular science topics.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Grasping an object involves a complex network of brain functions. First, visual cues are processed in specialized areas of the brain. Then, other areas of the brain use these signals to control the hands to reach for and manipulate the desired object.

A&S alumni are leaders all around the world, particularly in the state of Missouri and within the university community. Two of them have recently been appointed to the MU System Board of Curators by Governor Jay Nixon.


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