Chancellor Hank Foley and Helen Bass

It was the Friday before Spring Break when Helen Bass was summoned to a meeting with the Office of Service-Learning staff. Awaiting her arrival to the second floor of Lowry Hall were MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley, College of Arts & Science Dean Michael O’Brien and Professor of Economics Jeff Milyo. They were there to make a special announcement: Bass had been selected to receive the Mark Twain Fellowship.

Gerald Summers

The Campus Writing Program has awarded Gerald Summers, associate professor and associate director of biological sciences, the 2016 Win Horner Award for Innovative Writing Intensive Teaching.

Patrick Graham

Patrick Graham’s nomination to the University of Missouri Board of Curators will not become official until the Missouri Senate approves the appointment, but the MU junior is not sitting around waiting for lawmakers to act. Since Governor Nixon nominated Graham as the next student representative on the Board of Curators in March, Graham has attended public forums of the presidential search committee and went to listening sessions with students at UMKC and at MU.

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The Mizzou Alumni Association surveyed students who graduated last December, asking them to rate their experience at the University of Missouri. The overwhelming majority of students who responded to the survey rated their MU experience either positively or very positively:

Debbie Dougherty

Debbie Dougherty and co-author, Marlo Goldstein Hode, found that employee interpretation of sexual harassment policies may render the policy ineffective.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Although 98 percent of all organizations have sexual harassment policies, sexual harassment remains an issue in the workplace. Researchers at the University of Missouri are evaluating how employees’ interpretations of sexual harassment policies can invalidate the purpose of the policies.

Sarah Bush

Sarah Bush, an associate teaching professor of biological sciences in the MU College of Arts and Science, was awarded a 2016 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri interim Chancellor Hank Foley and Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz today awarded two of the 2016 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence to faculty members in the College of Arts and Science.

Candace Galen

Candace Galen was selected to receive the 2016 Excellence in Education Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists.

The award, which was initiated in 1988, recognizes outstanding teaching, mentoring, and/or educational outreach in plant biology.

Susan C. Nagel

Susan Nagel and her team report high levels of EDC activity in the surface water near a hydraulic fracturing wastewater disposal facility in West Virginia.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to release natural gas and oil from underground rock. Recent studies have centered on potential water pollution from this process that may increase endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in surface and ground water and whether populations living near these operations have an increased risk of disease.

Bill Horner and James Endersby

Most people who have attended the University of Missouri are familiar with the Gaines Oldham Black Culture Center or have heard of Lloyd Gaines, the first African-American to apply to the MU law school, which denied his application. Until now, however, few have been aware of the legal battles Gaines and the NAACP waged to guarantee equal rights decades before the civil rights movement gained steam.

Alex Barker speaking at EUNIC in Washington, D.C.

In 2014, the Capitoline Museums of Rome and the City of Rome launched a partnership with the University of Missouri to study a treasure trove of ancient artifacts that had been stored in the Italian museum for more than a century. Under the Hidden Treasure of Rome project, artifacts are shipped to MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology for detailed analysis and documentation.

Associate Professor Elisa Glick

Students enrolled in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri will be required to take three credit hours from courses in the college’s undergraduate curriculum that are designated “DI” for diversity intensive. The proposed diversity course requirement was approved by 75 percent of the tenured and non-tenure track faculty who voted on the measure. 

Shawn Christ

New research into a relatively rare genetic brain disorder finds the effects appear to be more extensive than previously thought and that current treatment regimens are insufficient. Shawn Christ, an associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences and director of the University of Missouri Brain Imaging Center, has been studying phenylketonuria (PKU) and its effects on neural and cognitive abilities for 12 years.

Ian Worthington

The Hellenic American Leadership Council has invited an MU history professor to deliver a public lecture and feature his latest book in conjunction with a major exhibit at one of the largest natural history museums in the world.

R. Paul Crabb

The University Singers will present "Tradition and Influence: The African-American Musical Legacy," March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Columbia. The group is conducted by R. Paul Crabb, director of choral activities at the School of Music, and features accompanist Jenna Braaksma. Crabb says the concert was prepared to inform and educate audiences about the influence of African-American musicians and poets following the events on the MU campus last fall.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Developing drought-tolerant corn varieties that make efficient use of available water is vital to sustain the estimated 9 billion global population by 2050. For the past several decades, University of Missouri researchers have been working to solve this world hunger problem and have made significant strides.

Arthur Suits

A St. Louis native and MU graduate has returned to Missouri to begin the next chapter in his remarkable scientific career. Professor Arthur Suits, BS ’87, considered one of the best experimental physical chemists in the world, brought his team of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from Wayne State University in Detroit to Columbia in January.

Matthew Will

Matthew Will and his team recently discovered the chemical circuits and mechanisms in the brain that separate food consumption from cravings. Knowing more about these mechanisms could help researchers develop drugs that reduce overeating.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Researchers investigating eating disorders often study chemical and neurological functions in the brain to discover clues to overeating. Understanding non-homeostatic eating — or eating that is driven more by palatability, habit and food cues — and how it works in the brain may help neuroscientists determine how to control cravings, maintain healthier weights and promote healthier lifestyles.

Heather Carver

A trilogy of one-woman plays, which started with a devastating diagnosis, led Dr. Heather Carver to understand the power of humor in supporting health.

Booby Hatch, a Hysterical Musicale premieres on March 2, 2016 at the Corner Playhouse, on the MU campus, in Columbia, MO. It is the third in a comedic, autobiographical trilogy about Carver’s experiences as a breast cancer patient and survivor of over ten years. 

Jeffrey Milyo

In the Netflix series House of Cards, protagonist Frank Underwood climbs from speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives to president using every dirty trick in the book, including murder. It’s a cynical view of life in our nation’s capital, yet it mirrors the growing public perception that politics and politicians are corrupt.

Dale Prouty

Jefferson City native Dale Prouty, BS, BS EE ’74, has been involved with more than 25 technology businesses during his career, but he believes his current company has the potential to change the world. Prouty is chief executive officer of Tri Alpha Energy (TAE), located in southern California, which is working to develop fusion-based electricity generation.


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