Cory Koedel, associate professor of economics and public policy at MU, says that teachers may not value pension benefits as much as they cost to provide. He suggests funds currently devoted to support defined-benefit plans could likely be spent in a more strategic manner to promote the highest quality workforce for students.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Fifteen years ago, in an effort to improve teacher benefits, St. Louis Public Schools enacted a change to the defined-benefit pension plan that resulted in an immediate and dramatic increase in the incentives to remain teaching in St. Louis. Similar enhancements also occurred across the country.
Morganite is a gem-quality stone that is becoming increasingly popular for its use in engagement and wedding rings because it often comes in light pastel shades of pink. Morganite, named after the financier J.P. Morgan in 1911, is a type of pegmatite, an igneous rock that forms during the final stage of a magma’s crystallization.
To celebrate 2016 Homecoming, the Mizzou Alumni Association will host the first Homecoming Hall of Fame Luncheon to honor the inaugural alumni inductees of the Mizzou Homecoming Hall of Fame. The inaugural inductees are Linda Godwin, David Novak and Kellen Winslow. The induction will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at the Reynolds Alumni Center (the event is sold out).
The latest issue of Mizzou magazine features a number of stories about the contributions and achievements of faculty members in the College of Arts and Science. Here is just a sample:
The Arts and Science Student Council presented Chalk Awards to an economics professor, a philosophy professor, and an academic adviser during the council’s recent trivia night at Memorial Union. The Chalk Awards, first presented to instructors and advisers in 1974, are a means for students to recognize faculty and staff who have made a difference in students’ lives.
The Board of Curators has named Professor of English Scott Cairns a University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Professor. Cairns, who received his PhD in 1990 from the University of Utah, teaches modern and contemporary American literature and creative writing.
Chris Wikle, professor of statistics, has been named a University of Missouri Curators' Distinguished Professor. Wikle received his PhD from Iowa State University in 1996. His research focuses on spatio-temporal and hierarchical models and Bayesian methods.
Dr. Roy Fox, emeritus professor of English and education at the University of Missouri, began his Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland last month. Fox will spend three months in Ireland as Scholar in Residence to the College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences (CACSS) Graduate School at University College Cork (UCC).
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Official enrollment figures for the 2016-2017 academic year at the University of Missouri showed an increase from opening day, including total enrollment, undergraduates, total minority students and retention rate. Overall, MU’s official fall enrollment is 33,266, up 489 students or 1.5 percent from opening day enrollment numbers.
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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.