About eight years ago, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Mark Lee Jr. was in the lab trying to make a simple ether compound from a boron-oxygen-hydrogen bond. He injected the mixture he was trying to manipulate into his lab’s new mass spectrometer and found the reaction he was trying to achieve had failed.
The University of Missouri Board of Curators today approved plans to construct a new School of Music building on the Columbia campus. The board’s action allows Phase 1 of the project to move forward; fundraising will continue toward Phase 2 of the overall plan, which includes a 500-seat concert hall.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – During the weekend of Dec. 16-18, 2,400 students will celebrate the culmination of their academic achievements during fall commencement ceremonies at the University of Missouri. Throughout the weekend, MU officials will award 2,563 degrees, including 1,911 bachelor’s degrees, 488 master’s degrees, 151 doctoral degrees, 3 professional degrees and 10 education specialists’ degrees.
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. William Harrington has completed tours of duty in Afghanistan, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, and even the White House. He currently serves as superintendent of the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, where he handles training, safety, morale, welfare, and quality-of-life issues for 3,200 personnel.
Professor Kathleen Newton has been awarded the distinction of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her “distinguished contributions to the fields of plant biology and genetics, particularly for investigations of mitochondria and chloroplasts in plant growth and development.”
Many human health problems are thought to result from our modern diet, especially in industrialized countries. Foremost among these is a growing epidemic of obesity and obesity-related disorders, such as diabetes.
Professor Wendy Sims received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Kent State University and her doctorate in music education from Florida State University. She has been a member of the University of Missouri faculty since 1985.
Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences Nelson Cowan has been studying different kinds of childhood language problems with colleagues from Arizona State University. Their grant focuses on the use of working memory as an important part of language use and may provide insights into differences in intelligence. Cowan is a co-author of the research that will be published by Professor Shelley Gray et al.
Tucked away on the third floor of McReynolds Hall on the MU campus is one of the country’s most prestigious literary magazines. For 38 years, the Missouri Review has striven to find and publish the best writers first, sifting through some 12,000 unsolicited submissions each year to fill its quarterly issues.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Mizzou Alumni Association (MAA) will honor broadcasting legend Jann Carl, internationally recognized geneticist Jerry Taylor, and 13 other outstanding faculty and alumni at its 49th annual Faculty-Alumni Awards Ceremony on Nov. 11 in the Reynolds Alumni Center. The Distinguished Service Award, Distinguished Faculty Award and Faculty-Alumni Awards will be presented to outstanding MU faculty and alumni.
An MU history professor who specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of the United States says his curiosity about the popularity of President John F. Kennedy led to a new understanding of America’s 35th president. Steven Watts’s new book, JFK and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier (St. Martin’s Press 2016), was officially released this week.
The autumn 2016 issue of the College of Arts and Science alumni magazine, Mosaics, is available to view at http://www.omagdigital.com/publication?i=352383
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).