Kent Gates

The American Chemical Society has named the 2016 class of ACS fellows, which includes two chemistry professors at the University of Missouri. Kent Gates, the Herman G. Schlundt Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and Silvia Jurisson, professor of chemistry and radiology, are among the 57 scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society.

Pat Okker

Pat Okker will begin her new duties as interim dean of A&S August 1.

University of Missouri Provost Garnett Stokes announced today that Pat Okker, a senior associate provost, has agreed to serve as interim dean of the College of Arts and Science.

Erin Cooper

The University of Missouri School of Music has hired Erin Cooper to be the new Director of Marching Mizzou, one of the most visible ensembles in the School of Music and the largest student organization on campus. Cooper has been Director of Bands at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma, for the past year.

John Huntley

John Huntley loves Italian food, which is convenient because the assistant professor of paleobiology will spend the next month as a senior visiting fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna, Italy.

Cassie Boness

 We are accustomed to seeing a person with a disability accompanied by a service animal—a dog—that helps that person navigate daily life. Service animals are recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as animals trained to serve a specific disability-related function, such as a seeing-eye dog for someone with vision problems.

Phillip Sink

The Mizzou New Music Initiative and the University of Missouri School of Music have awarded the Initiative’s first-ever postdoctoral fellowship to composer Phillip Sink.

Starting with the Fall 2016 semester, Sink will teach classes in composition and electronic music at Mizzou, and also will begin a major research project to be completed during the two years of his fellowship.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— Summer session opened this week at the University of Missouri, and enrollment is up 2.2 percent. Overall, summer enrollment is up to 13,697 students, an increase of 298 students from last year’s total of 13,396. This is an all-time high for summer enrollment.

Laura Scherer

Laura Scherer found that data and stories from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS, may not increase the public’s acceptance of vaccines.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national vaccine safety reporting system that collects information about possible side effects that may occur after inoculation. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and available online, anyone can report possible adverse reactions to vaccines for any reason, making it a rich source of information about possible vaccine harms.

Robert Lynch in Iceland

A couple who decides to have children faces a choice—whether consciously or not—to either have fewer children and invest their resources in the health and well-being of those children, or to have more children with the realization that there will be fewer parental resources to invest in each child. Robert Lynch, a postdoctoral student in anthropology, says this is the well-known biological concept of a quality–quantity trade-off.

Julius Riles

Assistant Professor Julius Riles will begin teaching in the Department of Communication in the fall of 2016.

The newest faculty member in the Department of Communication wants to know how the media we use influences our perceptions of others—especially others who differ from us in some significant way. Julius Riles successfully defended his dissertation in communication at the University of Illinois last fall and will begin his new duties as an assistant professor at MU this fall.

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Speer Morgan and Kris Somerville spend a lot of time rummaging through dusty archives, making friends with curators of libraries, and traveling to conduct literary research in New Orleans, Texas, New York, and London, to name a few of their frequent research haunts.

Major Garrett

CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett will deliver the commencement address at the College of Arts and Science 2016 Spring Commencement at Mizzou Arena Saturday evening.

Alumnus Major Garrett spends most of his time in Washington, D.C., or on the road covering the most important political stories of the day, but he calls the University of Missouri his second home. The CBS News chief White House correspondent will take the stage at Mizzou Arena Saturday evening to talk to graduates about the impact his four years at MU had on his life and his career.

Spring 15 A&S graduates

COLUMBIA, Mo. – During the weekend of May 13-15, 5,606 students will receive degrees during spring commencement exercises at the University of Missouri. University officials also will honor MU Law alumnus and philanthropist, Shawn Askinosie, with an honorary degree.

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Arts and Science Student Council president Blake Nourie, left, and vice president Jacob Young, right, present the Purple Chalk Award plaque to Grant Eilliott at the Student Council trivia night in Memorial Union May 2.

A pair of teachers, a couple of advisers, and two teaching assistants will be recognized for their contributions to MU students during a year-end reception hosted by the Arts and Science Student Council May 2. For the second time this semester, the student council has solicited nominations for Purple Chalk Awards for the best instructors, Blue Chalk Awards for excellence in advising, and Green Chalk Awards for outstanding graduate teaching assistants.

Mark Flinn

Mark Flinn, seen here on one of his many trips to Dominica, determined that children and adolescents physically react to their social networks and the stress those networks may cause. Credit: Mark V. Flinn

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Research has shown the significance of social relationships in influencing adult human behavior and health; however, little is known about how children’s perception of their social networks correlates with stress and how it may influence development. Now, a University of Missouri research team has determined that children and adolescents physically react to their social networks and the stress those networks may cause.

Fred Vom Saal

Vom Saal says a new study has corroborated his work showing that BPA causes a linear increase in the death rate of embryos and could be the cause for decreases in the frequency of implantation, pregnancy and live birth rates in couples seeking in vitro fertilization.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as water bottles, metal food and beverage containers, and thermal paper cash register receipts. Long considered to have health effects on animals and humans, exposure to BPA may lead to reduced quality of embryos during reproduction.

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Editors of The Missouri Review are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s 25th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize Contest for fiction, essay and poetry. In addition to publication in the upcoming spring 2016 issue of The Missouri Review, the winners will each receive $5,000.

David Singh

Each time you drive your car, about one-third of the gasoline your engine burns is not used to propel the vehicle forward. Instead, that energy just goes out the exhaust pipe in the form of heat. In fact, MU Professor of Physics David Singh says about half of all of the energy consumed in the United States results in waste heat. Singh and his colleagues have been trying to find ways to harness that waste heat and convert it into electricity using thermoelectric materials.

David Geary

David Geary and his team determined that, overall, girls experience negative emotions about mathematics that can result in avoidance of math topics.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Global studies have shown that women are underrepresented in some science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and fields. Even in countries with higher gender equality, sex differences in math and technical scores persist.


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